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  ABA LEAGUE  


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar18.2 
 3. Boatright, Cedevita17.3 
 4. Lukovic, Krka16.4 
 5. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.4 
 6. Labovic, Karpos S.15.7 
 7. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.3 
 8. Barac, Zadar15.2 
 9. Hatcher, Partizan15.0 
 10. Waller, Mornar Bar14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks7.7 
 3. Lukovic, Krka7.6 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.4 
 5. Bolden, FMP7.3 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita7.3 
 7. Scott, MZT Skopje7.2 
 8. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija7.0 
 9. Klassen, Buducnost6.6 
 10. James, Buducnost6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Reynolds, Cibona6.9 
 2. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 3. Covic, FMP6.4 
 4. Williams, Buducnost6.2 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.2 
 6. Rebec, Krka5.9 
 7. Rebic, Mega Leks5.5 
 8. Vladovic, Zadar4.9 
 9. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
 10. Babic, Cedevita4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Reynolds, Cibona1.8 
 2. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.8 
 3. Labovic, Karpos S.1.7 
 4. Vladovic, Zadar1.7 
 5. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 6. Ramljak, Zadar1.6 
 7. Perry, Karpos S.1.6 
 8. Kaba, Mega Leks1.6 
 9. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 10. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lukovic, Partizan1.8 
 2. James, Buducnost1.6 
 3. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.5 
 4. Scott, MZT Skopje1.3 
 5. Austin, FMP1.3 
 6. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 7. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 8. Nikolic, Buducnost1.0 
 9. Bolden, FMP1.0 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.0 


Round 24: Top-ranked Crvena Zvezda wins another game - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in ABA League. The round 24 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

ABA League top team - Serbian Crvena Zvezda (23-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (10-14) in Beograd 88-67. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Un.Olimpija managed to win fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 8 assists. Power forward Petar Rakicevic (204-95) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Crvena Zvezda's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Gregor Hrovat (196-94) replied with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Un.Olimpija. Crvena Zvezda have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion maintains first position with 23-1 record. Un.Olimpija at the other side keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with FMP. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena FMP.
Important game to mention about took place in Zadar. Thirteenth ranked KK Zadar (8-16) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Cibona (11-13) 85-84 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian forward Boris Barac (205-92) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Ivan Marinkovic who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) with 27 points and 9 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KK Zadar moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Mornar Bar and MZT Skopje. Cibona lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. KK Zadar will play against higher ranked Karpos Sokoli (#9) in Skopje in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cibona will play at home against Mega Leks and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 24: Partizan beat Mega Leks on the road 87-80. MZT Skopje lost to Bosnian defending champion Igokea on its own court 67-71. FMP unfortunately lost to Buducnost in Podgorica 84-93. Krka recorded a loss to Mornar Bar at home 63-72. Karpos Sokoli was defeated by Cedevita on the opponent's court 81-77.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 21 points and 13 rebounds by Jonah Bolden of FMP.

Zadar - Cibona 85-84

Important game to mention about took place in Zadar. Thirteenth ranked KK Zadar (8-16) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Cibona (11-13) 85-84 on Wednesday evening. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 24-22 run, which allowed them to win the game. KK Zadar dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Cibona's 36. KK Zadar players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian forward Boris Barac (205-92) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian-Slovenian power forward Ivan Marinkovic (209-93) who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) with 27 points and 9 assists and forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KK Zadar moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Mornar Bar and MZT Skopje. Cibona lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. KK Zadar will play against higher ranked Karpos Sokoli (#9) in Skopje in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cibona will play at home against Mega Leks and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zadar: B.Barac 26+9reb+4ast, I.Marinkovic 21+6reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 14+1reb+2ast, Y.Franke 6+1reb+2ast, I.Ramljak 6+8reb+4ast, J.Vladovic 4+1reb+6ast
Cibona: S.Reynolds 27+2reb+9ast, Z.Sakic 14+2reb+2ast, E.Sulejmanovic 12+5reb, L.Zoric 10+4reb+1ast, P.Marinelli 6+1reb+1ast, D.Bosnjak 5+1ast
gschID: 476297


Mega Leks - Partizan 80-87

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Partizan (18-6) beat 9th ranked Mega Leks (9-15) in Sremska Mitrovica 87-80. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Partizan had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Mega Leks were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Stefan Pot (196-94) who added 15 points and 8 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was French power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, agency: BeoBasket) with 18 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Aleksandar Marelja (207-92, agency: BeoBasket) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mega Leks' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Partizan moved-up to second place, which they share with Cedevita. Mega Leks at the other side keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Karpos Sokoli. Partizan will play against bottom-ranked Krka (#14) in Novo Mesto in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mega Leks will play on the road against Cibona (#6) in Zagreb and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Partizan: M.Andric 20+4reb+1ast, S.Bircevic 20+8reb+1ast, S.Pot 15+4reb+8ast, A.Vrabac 12+8reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 9+7reb, D.Majstorovic 8+2reb+1ast
Mega Leks: A.Kaba 18+6reb, R.Zagorac 16+3reb+1ast, A.Marelja 15+6reb, J.Novak 14+2reb+4ast, O.Jaramaz 8+2reb+2ast, R.Spasojevic 5+3reb
gschID: 476296


MZT Skopje - Igokea 67-71

Very expected game when 11th ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (8-16) lost at home to sixth ranked Bosnian Igokea (12-12) 71-67. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But MZT Skopje won second period 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) who added 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Xavier Thames (191-91, college: San Diego St.) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to fifth place. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with Mornar Bar and Zadar. Igokea will play against Mornar Bar (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MZT Skopje will play against Buducnost in Podgorica and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Igokea: S.Micovic 20+3reb, D.Milosevic 14+6reb+2ast, J.Robinson 10+4reb+4ast, R.Rikic 9+2reb, V.Radivojevic 8+6reb+1ast, B.Mahkovic 4+2reb
MZT Skopje: D.Drenovac 16+5reb+2ast, X.Thames 15+7reb+3ast, J.Lalic 10+5reb, J.Scott 9+12reb+1ast, C.Kloof 6+2ast, S.Gjuroski 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 476294


Crvena Zvezda - Un.Olimpija 88-67

ABA League top team - Serbian Crvena Zvezda (23-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (10-14) in Beograd 88-67. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Un.Olimpija managed to win fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 8 assists. Power forward Petar Rakicevic (204-95) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Crvena Zvezda's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Gregor Hrovat (196-94) replied with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Un.Olimpija. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Crvena Zvezda have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion maintains first position with 23-1 record. Un.Olimpija at the other side keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with FMP. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena FMP.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: P.Rakicevic 14+5reb+2ast, N.Wolters 12+1reb+8ast, M.Bjelica 11+3reb, B.Simanic 11+2reb, B.Lazic 8+2reb+3ast, C.Jenkins 8+1reb+2ast
Un.Olimpija: N.Jankovic 16+5reb+1ast, S.Milosevic 14+3reb+2ast, G.Hrovat 12+6reb+5ast, B.Jefferson 12+2reb+4ast, D.Bubnic 7+1reb+4ast, J.Barbaric 6+5reb
gschID: 476299


Buducnost - FMP 93-84

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (17-7) won against 7th ranked Serbian FMP (10-14) in Podgorica 93-84. The hosts were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 25-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. FMP was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Serbian-Montenegrin forward Boris Savovic (208-87, agency: BeoBasket) who added 19 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. Buducnost's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and guard Marko Ljubicic (195-87) scored 16 points and 6 assists. Four FMP players scored in double figures. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains fourth position with 17-7 record. FMP at the other side keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Un.Olimpija. Buducnost will play against MZT Skopje (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FMP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Crvena Zvezda.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: B.Savovic 19+3reb, M.Williams 13+7reb+7ast, J.Reynolds 13+3reb, S.Sehovic 10+1reb+1ast, Z.Nikolic 9+8reb+2ast, A.Ilic 8+3reb
FMP: J.Bolden 21+13reb+1ast, M.Ljubicic 16+3reb+6ast, D.Davidovac 14+2reb, D.Apic 13+4reb+6ast, A.Radanov 7+1reb, S.Lazarevic 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 476300


Krka - Mornar Bar 63-72

Everything could happen in Novo Mesto at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar and 12th ranked Slovenian Krka had identical 7-16 record. But Krka was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Bar 72-63. Krka was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 28-12 third quarter run of Mornar Bar. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Antabia Waller (191-88, college: Auburn) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import point guard Lamont Jones (183-90, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who added 10 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Ron Curry (191-93, college: JMU, agency: Octagon Europe) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Sandi Cebular (195-86, agency: Duran International) scored 11 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mornar Bar (8-16) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Zadar and MZT Skopje. Krka lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Mornar Bar will play against higher ranked Igokea (#5) in Aleksandrovac in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Krka will play on the road against Partizan (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: A.Waller 21+5reb+3ast, O.Ellis 11+6reb, L.Jones 10+4reb+4ast, B.Bakic 8+2reb+5ast, V.Pavic 6+4reb, R.Vujosevic 6+4reb
Krka: R.Curry 13+5reb+1ast, S.Cebular 11+4reb+3ast, M.Lukovic 8+4reb+2ast, D.Elliott 8+7reb, Z.Dimec 8+5reb+1ast, D.Jukic 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 476295


Cedevita - Karpos Sokoli 81-77

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Croatian Cedevita (18-6) defeated 9th ranked FYR Macedonian Karpos Sokoli (9-15) in Zagreb 81-77. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Karpos Sokoli was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 45-38 second half run of Cedevita. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Marko Arapovic (207-96) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists and center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Cedevita's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) with 27 points and power forward Bojan Trajkovski (208-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Cedevita have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Croatian champion maintains second position with 18-6 record having just eight point less than leader Crvena Zvezda, which they share with Partizan. Karpos Sokoli lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Mega Leks. Cedevita will play against Un.Olimpija (#8) in Ljubljana in the next round where they are favorite. Karpos Sokoli will play at home against KK Zadar and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Arapovic 16+3reb+4ast, M.Bilan 14+7reb+1ast, R.Boatright 10+4reb+4ast, F.Kruslin 10+1ast, J.Shurna 8+5reb+3ast, T.Katic 6+1reb+1ast
Karpos Sokoli: D.Labovic 27+2reb+2ast, D.Mavra 18+3reb+4ast, B.Trajkovski 14+11reb, F.Sepa 7+3reb+2ast, K.Perry 5+1reb+3ast, I.Penov 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 476298





MZT Skopje and Daniel Clark part ways - by Mario Divanisov

Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) is no longer a member of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom as both sides decide on mutual agreement to part ways after four months together.
The British international joined the defending champion at the end of October as a replacement for Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) and managed to play in 15 ABA League games recording 8.5ppg and 4.2rpg. He also played 7 games in the EuroCup managing 11.1ppg and 4.1rpg for 24 minutes on court per game, but jet did not fulfill the expectations of the Macedonian side.
The wingman will be the seventh player to leave KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom this season after Jeremiah Massey, Torey Thomas (178-PG-85, college: Holy Cross), Andrej Cvetkovski (191-PG-96), Uros Lucic (207-PF-83, agency: 011 Sports), Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-PG-87) and Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, agency: Octagon Europe) who recently picked up a season ending injury.

This will come as a big blow for Ante Nazor (agency: XL Basketball Agency ) as KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom has two more games in the relegation battle in the ABA League against Montenegrin sides KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica and KK Mornar Basket Bar as well as the upcoming matches in the home front where the team defends the title.



Barac's 26 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old forward Boris Barac (205-F-92) had a great game in the last round for Zadar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Zadar in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Cibona (#6, 11-13) 85-84. Zadar is placed at 12th position in ABA League. Zadar is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-16 record. In the team's last game Barac had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Zadar, through which he has constantly improved. Barac has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.2ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87) of Cibona. He is American guard in his first season at Cibona. In the last game Reynolds recorded impressive 27 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as Cibona was edged by the lower-ranked Zadar (#12, 8-16) 85-84. Cibona 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 11-13 record. Reynolds is a newcomer at Cibona and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Zadar's star - forward Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93). Marinkovic scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Zadar, helping his team with a 85-84 win against the higher-ranked Cibona (#6, 11-13). The chances of Zadar not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marinkovic could try to bring Zadar's a little bit higher in the standings. Marinkovic has individually a great season in ABA League. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.2ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonah Bolden (208-F-96) of FMP - 21 points and 13 rebounds
5. Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87) of Karpos Sokoli - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marcus Williams (191-G-85) of Buducnost - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Alpha Kaba (209-C/F-96) of Mega Leks - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Djordje Milosevic (199-SG-93) of Igokea - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marko Ljubicic (195-G-87) of FMP - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) of Partizan - 20 points and 8 rebounds

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



Daniel Clark is no longer a part of MZT Skopje Aerodrom - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Great Britain international Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) is no longer a member of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom. The two sides have agreed on a contract termination. It has been agreed on mutual consent.

The big man has arrived to Jane Sandanski Arena to replace Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports). Has appeared in 15 AB League games, averaging 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. Daniel Clark has already left the team and is headed to his hometown of London.



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  ALBANIA  


Superliga Round 14: Vllaznia Shkodra beat Kamza Basket in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was played in Kamza. Third ranked Vllaznia Shkodra faced one of their biggest challengers Kamza Basket. Guests from Shkodra (9-5) smashed host Kamza Basket (7-7) 100-58. The game without a history. Vllaznia Shkodra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vllaznia Shkodra have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 9-5 record having four points less than leader SK Tirana. Kamza Basket at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
Leader SK Tirana delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Ardhmeria (3-11) 111-70. SK Tirana (13-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Ardhmeria lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost.
Bottom-ranked Flamurtari (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 107-45 loss to second ranked Teuta (10-4) in Durres on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Teuta maintains second position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader SK Tirana. Loser Flamurtari still closes the standings with 14 games lost.

Teuta - Flamurtari 107-45

Bottom-ranked Flamurtari (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 107-45 loss to second ranked Teuta (10-4) in Durres on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game without a history. Teuta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Teuta maintains second position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader SK Tirana. Loser Flamurtari still closes the standings with 14 games lost.
gschID: 538119


Kamza Basket - Vllaznia 58-100

An exciting game was played in Kamza. Third ranked Vllaznia Shkodra faced one of their biggest challengers Kamza Basket. Guests from Shkodra (9-5) smashed host Kamza Basket (7-7) 100-58. The game without a history. Vllaznia Shkodra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vllaznia Shkodra have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 9-5 record having four points less than leader SK Tirana. Kamza Basket at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
gschID: 538118


Ardhmeria - SK Tirana 70-111

Leader SK Tirana delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Ardhmeria (3-11) 111-70. The game without a history. SK Tirana led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. SK Tirana (13-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Ardhmeria lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost.
gschID: 538117





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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


Rieker Komarno advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Zlatorog - Rieker Komarno 72:67

Rieker Komarno became the first Alpe Adria Cup finalists. They protected a 12-point lead after the opening leg to see off Zlatorog. The Slovenian team earned a 5-point victory at home court on Tuesday but it was not enough to reach the championship series.
Zlatorog got to a strong start. The hosts built a 22:13 lead after the opening quarter. The Slovenian team maintained the pressure throughout the second term. Zlatorog built 42:26 halftime lead. Rieker Komarno slowed the hosts down in the second half. The Slovakian team pulled within 8 points at the final break. Rieker Komarno dropped 24 points in the fourth period and secured so needed result. Igor Tratnik (207-F-89) finished with 17 points for Zlatorog. Jan Span (187-PG-92) had 15 points for the home side. Wayne Langston (201-F-93, college: Murray St.) responded with 15 points for Komarno. Boban Tomic (190-G-88) produced 14 points in the loss.

Zlatorog: Igor Tratnik 17, Jan Span 15
Rieker Komarno: Wayne Langston 15, Boban Tomic 14



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Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.7 
 2. Green, Instituto20.4 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.18.9 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.5 
 5. Solano, Echague18.5 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Horner, Obras B.16.7 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.4 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.2 
 10. Reed, Penarol16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.3 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.6 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.1 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.9.0 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.8 
 7. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.6 
 8. Horner, Obras B.8.4 
 9. Justiz, Estudian.8.3 
 10. Francis, La Union8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.2 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.5 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.6 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 9. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.1.9 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 9. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.9 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.6 
 5. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 9. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.0 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.7 
 3. Brown, La Union19.9 
 4. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 5. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.0 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.18.8 
 8. Pais, Platense18.7 
 9. Montes-C., Obera T.18.3 
 10. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.9 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.3 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.9.2 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.8.7 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.6 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 9. Coleman, Alianza .7.7 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. La Bella, Gimnasia.7.6 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.5 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.6 
 4. Gandoy, Obera TC5.9 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.5.0 
 6. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.8 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.5 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.5 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sebastian PUNET
  Salta Basket
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Punet, Salta Basket3.1 
 2. Pais, Platense2.5 
 3. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Independ.1.9 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 3. Deck, Obera TC1.4 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.1 
 6. Okoye, Salta Basket1.1 
 7. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 
 8. Tabarez, Union SF1.0 
 9. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


Olimpico de La Banda inks Kyle Lamonte, ex Aguada - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA) signed 33-year old American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-86kg-84, college: William Carey). He played recently at Atletico Aguada in Uruguayan LUB league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Uruguay LUB All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout. Lamonte also played earlier that season for Olimpia (also in LUB) where in 12 games he had very remarkable stats: 19.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.2apg and 2.0spg this season. It was another spectacular year as he was named to Uruguay LUB All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lamonte's team won Colombian Liga DirecTV-1 Group 1 Regular Season in 2014. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-1 Guard of the Year back in 2014.
Lamonte is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Lamonte has played previously professionally in Brazil (Flamengo and Brasilia), Dominican Rep., Lithuania (P.Zvaigzdes), Turkey, Argentina (Atenas and Penarol), Uruguay (Hebraica and Malvin), Dominican Republic (CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago and Don Bosco) and Colombia (Guerreros).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Lamonte attended William Carey University until 2008 and it is his ninth season as a professional player.
He could be described: An undersized 2 player, who has great shooting accuracy and points production per minute. Gives his best when he attacks the basket inside, in this situation cen be unstoppable. Also, he's a good defensive player, who is very agile but a little limited by his size. The same, he grabs more rebounds than expected.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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

28-year old power forward Phillip Lockett (202-F/C-88, agency: DTMones) put on an amazing game in the last round for BHY Tiro Federal and receives a Latinbasket.com TNA Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Mitre Tuc. (#7, 8-20) 89-86. BHY Tiro Federal maintains the 5th position in their group in Argentinian TNA. BHY Tiro Federal is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-18 record. Lockett turned to be BHY Tiro Federal's top player in his first season with the team. Lockett has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 54.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Emiliano Correa (189-PG-91). He is a guard in his second season at BHY Tiro Federal. In the last game Correa recorded impressive 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for BHY Tiro Federal to edge slightly lower-ranked Mitre Tuc. (#7, 8-20) by 3 points 89-86. BHY Tiro Federal's 5th position in North has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-18 record. Correa is well-known at BHY Tiro Federal and together with Phillip Lockett he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Martin Gandoy (194-G-91) of Obera TC (#6). Gandoy showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, seven rebounds and twelve assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Obera TC, leading his team to a 93-75 easy win against the higher-ranked Villa Angela (#3, 16-12). The chances of Obera TC not to end season at such low position in North, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gandoy could try to bring Obera TC's a little bit higher in the standings. Gandoy has individually a great season in Argentina. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.9apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rakim Brown (198-SF-91) of La Union - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Agustin Carnovale (195-SG-86) of Villa San Martin - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Santiago Gonzalez (203-C-83) of San Isidro - 18 points and 15 rebounds
7. Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi (178-PG-91) of SP Las Parejas - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Pablo Moya (203-C-83) of Hindu - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gaston Essengue (203-F/C-83) of Comunicaciones - 17 points and 14 rebounds
10. Felipe Pais (185-G-90) of Platense - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists

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



TFB Round 17: Atletico Tostado keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as eight games ended with a tiny margin. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Atletico Tostado as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Centro. Atletico Tostado smashed 4th placed Union de Sunchales at home 99-66. Atletico Tostado have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Union de Sunchales at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Union de Sunchales will play next round against San Justino trying to get back on the winning streak. Atletico Tostado will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked H.San Justo on the road.
Top ranked River Plate (13-5) recorded its fifth loss in Buenos Aires. Visitors were rolled over by eighth ranked Villa Mitre CF (8-11) 79-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of River Plate. Villa Mitre CF have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place in Metropolitana. River Plate at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Villa Mitre CF will play against higher ranked Ramos Mejia (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. River Plate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires P.Echague.
A very close game took place in (derby !!!) between C.Entrerriano and Union Goya. First ranked C.Entrerriano (11-5) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Union Goya (10-8). C.Entrerriano managed to escape with a 1-point win 74-73 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Union Goya. C.Entrerriano maintains first place in Mesopotamia with 11-5 record. Loser Union Goya keeps the third position with eight games lost. C.Entrerriano will meet at home Penarol (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Union Goya will play against Regatas CU (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Villa Maria. It ended with only three-point home defeat of leader Ameghino (14-5) to third ranked Rivadavia M. (14-6) 70-67 on Sunday evening. Rivadavia M. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place in Oeste with 14-6 record having just seven point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Ameghino at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. Rivadavia M.'s next round opponent will be M.Junin (#5). Ameghino will play against Deportivo Norte A. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth-ranked Villa Mitre BB (9-10) made lots of trouble for second ranked Perfora (15-3) in Plaza Huincul on Tuesday. Perfora managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected easier game. Perfora maintains second place in Bonaerense with 15-3 record having just six point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Villa Mitre BB lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Bonaerense Villa Mitre BB was defeated by C.Espanol P. in a road game 74-57. Independ.N. was beaten by U.Mar del Plata at home 69-72. U.Mar del Plata was destroyed by C.Espanol P. on the opponent's court 92-64.
In Oeste Independ.N. managed to outperform Villa Mitre BB in a home game 63-62.
In Bonaerense Sportivo E. recorded a loss to Chivilcoy Racing on the road 82-66. Atletico Pilar defeated Argentino PRG on its own court 80-66.
In Centro Central SJ was smashed by Deportivo Norte A. in a road game 104-60. H.San Justo lost to San Justino at home 72-80. Deportivo Norte A. managed to outperform San Justino on the opponent's court 77-72. Olimpico Ceres rolled over H.San Javier in a home game 96-73. Union Sunch. defeated Central SJ on the road 74-64.
In Mesopotamia Gualeguay smashed Regatas U. on its own court 89-67. Atletico Tala lost to Saladas in a road game 76-79. Penarol unfortunately lost to Ferrocarril C. at home 70-81. Capuchinos was rolled over Regatas U. on the opponent's court 69-88.
In Metropolitana Ramos Mejia crushed Estudiantil in a home game 77-53. H.San Justo was beaten by Atletico Tostado on the road 57-55. Estudiantes LP won against Union Vecinal on its own court 75-69. RC Avellaneda unfortunately lost to P.Echague in Buenos Aires 79-88.
In Noa Hindu BBC managed to beat Union Oran at home 93-85. Union Oran was crushed by San Martin LR on the opponent's court 100-73. Hindu BBC lost to undefeated Talleres TV in a home game 74-93. N.Avellaneda Tuc. lost to Amancay LR on the road 76-93.
In Centro Independ. Oliva unfortunately lost to Rivadavia M. on its own court 70-76.
In Oeste Anzorena managed to beat M.Junin in Mendoza 93-84.

Group Bonaerense
Perfora - Villa Mitre BB 80-79

Fourth-ranked Villa Mitre BB (9-10) made lots of trouble for second ranked Perfora (15-3) in Plaza Huincul on Tuesday. Perfora managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected easier game. Perfora maintains second place in Bonaerense with 15-3 record having just six point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Villa Mitre BB lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 511711


C.Espanol P. - Villa Mitre BB 74-57

There was no surprise when 4th placed Villa Mitre BB (9-10) was defeated on the road by first ranked C.Espanol P. (15-3) 74-57 on Sunday. Newly promoted C.Espanol P. maintains first place in Bonaerense with 15-3 record. Villa Mitre BB lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. C.Espanol P. will face Independ.N. (#4) in Neuquen in the next round.
gschID: 537775


Independ.N. - U.Mar del Plata 69-72

There was a surprise result in Neuquen where eighth ranked U.Mar del Plata (5-13) edged 4th placed Independ.N. (6-11) 72-69 on Sunday. Newly promoted U.Mar del Plata maintains eighth place in Bonaerense with 5-13 record. Loser Independ.N. keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. U.Mar del Plata will have a break next round. Independ.N. will play against the league's leader C.Espanol P. (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 511710


C.Espanol P. - U.Mar del Plata 92-64

Very expected game when 8th ranked U.Mar del Plata (5-13) was rolled over on the road by first ranked C.Espanol P. (15-3) 92-64 on Friday. Newly promoted C.Espanol P. maintains first place in Bonaerense with 15-3 record. U.Mar del Plata lost third consecutive game. U.Mar del Plata at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. C.Espanol P. will face Independ.N. (#4) in Neuquen in the next round.
gschID: 511706


Independ.N. - Villa Mitre BB 63-62

There was a small surprise in Neuquen where fourth ranked Independ.N. (6-11) edged 4th placed Villa Mitre BB (9-10) 63-62 on Friday. Independ.N. maintains fourth place in Oeste with 6-11 record which they share with defeated Villa Mitre BB. Loser Villa Mitre BB keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Independ.N. will face league's leader C.Espanol P. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 511707


Chivilcoy Racing - Sportivo E. 82-66

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Sportivo E. (7-8) was defeated on the road by first ranked Chivilcoy Racing (14-4) 82-66 on Friday. Chivilcoy Racing have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Chivilcoy Racing maintains first place in Bonaerense with 14-4 record. Sportivo E. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Chivilcoy Racing will face again Sportivo E. (#5) in the next round. Sportivo E. will play against the league's second-placed Belgrano SN in San Nicolas and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511705


Atletico Pilar - Argentino PRG 80-66

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Buenos Aires where seventh ranked Atletico PL (5-11) won against 6th ranked Argentino PRG (6-12) 80-66 on Friday. Atletico PL maintains seventh place in Bonaerense with 5-11 record. Loser Argentino PRG keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Atletico PL will face league's second-placed Belgrano SN in San Nicolas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 511704


Group Centro
Deportivo Norte A. - Central SJ 104-60

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Central SJ (7-11) was crushed on the road by third ranked Deportivo Norte A. (13-5) 104-60 on Tuesday. Newly promoted Deportivo Norte A. maintains third place in Centro with 13-5 record having just 2 victories less than leader C.Entrerriano. Central SJ lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Deportivo Norte A. will face league's second-placed Ameghino in Villa Maria in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Central SJ will play at home against Olimpico (#9) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 537898


H.San Justo - San Justino 72-80

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked San Justino (6-13) defeated on the road 4th placed H.San Justo (11-9) 80-72 on Sunday. San Justino moved-up to eighth place in Centro, which they share with Olimpico Ceres. Loser H.San Justo keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. San Justino will face higher ranked Union de Sunchales (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. H.San Justo will play against the league's leader Atletico Tostado and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 511887


Atletico Tostado - Union Sunch. 99-66

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Atletico Tostado as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Centro. Atletico Tostado smashed 4th placed Union de Sunchales at home 99-66. Atletico Tostado have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Union de Sunchales at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Union de Sunchales will play next round against San Justino trying to get back on the winning streak. Atletico Tostado will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked H.San Justo on the road.
gschID: 511886


San Justino - Deportivo Norte A. 72-77

Very expected game in San Justo where 9th ranked San Justino (6-13) was defeated by third ranked Deportivo Norte A. (13-5) 77-72 on Friday. Newly promoted Deportivo Norte A. maintains third place in Centro with 13-5 record having just 2 victories less than leader C.Entrerriano. Loser San Justino dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Deportivo Norte A. will face league's second-placed Ameghino in Villa Maria in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. San Justino will play at home against Union de Sunchales (#4) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511884


Olimpico Ceres - H.San Javier 96-73

There was a small surprise in Ceres where ninth ranked Olimpico (6-13) outscored 7th ranked H.San Javier (6-10) 96-73 on Friday. Olimpico moved-up to eighth place in Centro, which they share with San Justino. Newly promoted H.San Javier keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Olimpico will face higher ranked Central SJ (#6) in San Javier in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 511885


Central SJ - Union Sunch. 64-74

Not a big story in a game in San Javier where 6th ranked Central SJ (7-11) was defeated by fourth ranked Union de Sunchales (12-7) 74-64 on Friday. Union de Sunchales maintains fourth place in Centro with 12-7 record. Central SJ lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Union de Sunchales will face San Justino (#8) in San Justo in the next round. Central SJ will play at home against Olimpico and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511883


Group Mesopotamia
Gualeguay - Regatas U. 89-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Gualeguay's (11-6) home victory over 3rd placed Regatas CU (10-9) 89-67 on Sunday. Newly promoted Gualeguay maintains second place in Mesopotamia with 11-6 record having just one point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Loser Regatas CU dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Gualeguay will face Atletico TL (#7) in Rosario del Tala in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Regatas CU will play against Union Goya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511488


Saladas - Atletico Tala 79-76

There was an upset when higher ranked Atletico TL (7-10) was edged on the road by ninth ranked Saladas (7-9) 79-76 on Friday. Saladas moved-up to sixth place in Mesopotamia. Atletico TL lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Saladas will face Capuchinos (#9) in Concordia in the next round. Atletico TL will play at home against Ferrocarril and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511487


Penarol - Ferrocarril C. 70-81

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Rosario del Tala where seventh ranked Ferrocarril (8-10) defeated 6th ranked Penarol (7-10) 81-70 on Friday. Ferrocarril moved-up to fifth place in Mesopotamia. Loser Penarol dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Ferrocarril will face Atletico TL (#7) in Rosario del Tala in the next round. Penarol will play on the road against the league's leader C.Entrerriano in Gualeguaychu and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511485


Union Goya - C.Entrerriano 73-74

A very close game took place in (derby !!!) between C.Entrerriano and Union Goya. First ranked C.Entrerriano (11-5) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Union Goya (10-8). C.Entrerriano managed to escape with a 1-point win 74-73 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Union Goya. C.Entrerriano maintains first place in Mesopotamia with 11-5 record. Loser Union Goya keeps the third position with eight games lost. C.Entrerriano will meet at home Penarol (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Union Goya will play against Regatas CU (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511486


Regatas U. - Capuchinos 88-69

Very expected game in Concepcion del Urug. where 8th ranked Capuchinos (6-10) was rolled over by third ranked Regatas CU (10-9) 88-69 on Friday. Regatas CU have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Despite that victory Regatas CU went down to fourth position (Mesopotamia) due to points difference. Loser Capuchinos dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Regatas CU will face higher ranked Union Goya (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Capuchinos will play against Saladas (#6) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511484


Group Metropolitana
Villa Mitre CF - River Plate 79-58

Top ranked River Plate (13-5) recorded its fifth loss in Buenos Aires. Visitors were rolled over by eighth ranked Villa Mitre CF (8-11) 79-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of River Plate. Villa Mitre CF have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place in Metropolitana. River Plate at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Villa Mitre CF will play against higher ranked Ramos Mejia (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. River Plate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires P.Echague.
gschID: 511611


Ramos Mejia - Estudiantil 77-53

Very predictable result when third ranked Ramos Mejia (13-6) outscored at home 9th ranked Estudiantil (4-15) 77-53 on Friday. Ramos Mejia moved-up to second place in Metropolitana, which they share with P.Echague. Estudiantil lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. Ramos Mejia will face Villa Mitre CF (#7) in Buenos Aires in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Estudiantil will play at home against Union Vecinal and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511610


Atletico Tostado - H.San Justo 57-55

Not a big story in a game when 4th placed H.San Justo (11-9) was edged on the road by second ranked Atletico Tostado (15-6) 57-55 on Friday. Atletico Tostado keeps a position of Metropolitana leader. H.San Justo lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Atletico Tostado will face again H.San Justo (#4) on the road in the next round. H.San Justo will play against RC Avellaneda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511608


Estudiantes LP - Union Vecinal 75-69

There was a surprise result in La Plata where tenth ranked Estudiantes LP (3-16) won against higher ranked Union Vecinal (9-9) 75-69 on Friday. Estudiantes LP maintains tenth place in Metropolitana with 3-16 record. Loser Union Vecinal keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Estudiantes LP will face league's leader Atletico Tostado at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Union Vecinal will play against Estudiantil (#9) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511609


P.Echague - RC Avellaneda 88-79

There was no surprise in Buenos Aires where 6th ranked RC Avellaneda (9-10) was defeated by second ranked P.Echague (13-6) 88-79 on Friday. P.Echague maintains second place in Metropolitana with 13-6 record having just five point less than leader C.Entrerriano, which they share with Ramos Mejia. Newly promoted RC Avellaneda keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. P.Echague's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena River Plate.
gschID: 511607


Group Noa
Hindu BBC - Union Oran 93-85

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Catamarca where seventh ranked Hindu BBC (5-13) defeated 6th ranked UD Nueva Oran (6-12) 93-85 on Tuesday. Newly promoted Hindu BBC maintains seventh place in Noa with 5-13 record. UD Nueva Oran lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Hindu BBC will face higher ranked N.Avellaneda Tuc. (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 511382


San Martin LR - Union Oran 100-73

Very expected game in La Rioja where 6th ranked UD Nueva Oran (6-12) was rolled over by second ranked San Martin LR (12-4) 100-73 on Sunday. San Martin LR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Noa with 12-4 record having just one point less than leader C.Entrerriano. UD Nueva Oran lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. San Martin LR will face Rio Grande (#8) in La Mendieta in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. UD Nueva Oran will play at home against Amancay LR and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511381


Hindu BBC - Talleres TV 74-93

Very predictable result in Catamarca where leader Talleres TV (17-0) outscored 7th ranked Hindu BBC (5-13) 93-74 on Friday. Talleres TV have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place in Noa with 17-0 record. Hindu BBC lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Talleres TV will face Olimpia Catam. (#5) in Catamarca in the next round. Hindu BBC will play against N.Avellaneda Tuc. and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511378


Amancay LR - N.Avellaneda Tuc. 93-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed N.Avellaneda Tuc.'s (8-9) road loss to third ranked Amancay LR (11-5) 76-93 on Friday. Amancay LR have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Amancay LR maintains third place in Noa with 11-5 record despite having the same number of points like the leader C.Entrerriano. N.Avellaneda Tuc. lost third consecutive game. N.Avellaneda Tuc. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Amancay LR will face UD Nueva Oran (#6) on the road in the next round. N.Avellaneda Tuc. will play against Hindu BBC and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511379


Group Oeste
Ameghino - Rivadavia M. 67-70

A very interesting game took place in Villa Maria. It ended with only three-point home defeat of leader Ameghino (14-5) to third ranked Rivadavia M. (14-6) 70-67 on Sunday evening. Rivadavia M. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place in Oeste with 14-6 record having just seven point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Ameghino at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. Rivadavia M.'s next round opponent will be M.Junin (#5). Ameghino will play against Deportivo Norte A. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511796


Independ. Oliva - Rivadavia M. 70-76

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Rivadavia M. (14-6) won against on the road 5th ranked Independ. Oliva (8-11) 76-70 on Friday. Rivadavia M. maintains third place in Centro with 14-6 record having just seven point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Newly promoted Independ. Oliva keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Rivadavia M. will face M.Junin (#5) in the next round. Independ. Oliva will play against Anzorena in Mendoza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511794


M.Junin - Anzorena 84-93

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked M.Junin (5-14) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Anzorena (2-17) 93-84 on Friday. Anzorena maintains sixth place in Oeste with 2-17 record. M.Junin lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Anzorena will face higher ranked Independ. Oliva (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. M.Junin will play against Rivadavia M. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511795





TNA Round 27: Union SF beat Villa San Martin by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Fifth-ranked Villa San Martin (10-19) was very close to win a game against first ranked Union SF (22-6) in Santa Fe on Saturday. Union SF managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Union SF looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Union SF made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Trevante Drye (200-93, college: Tulane) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Agustin Carnovale (195-86) answered with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Villa San Martin. Union SF maintains first place with 22-6 record. Newly promoted Villa San Martin keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. Union SF are looking forward to face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Villa San Martin will play at home against Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh-ranked La Union (7-21) was very close to win a game against second ranked Parque Sur (17-12) in Concepcion de Urug.. Parque Sur managed to secure only three-point victory 98-95. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for point guard Agustin Jure (183-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 assists. Guido Mariani helped adding 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Parque Sur maintains second place with 17-12 record behind leader Union SF. La Union at the other side keeps the seventh position with 21 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Tucuman between Mitre Tuc. and Independiente BBC. Seventh ranked Mitre Tuc. (8-20) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Independiente BBC (11-19). Mitre Tuc. managed to escape with a 1-point win 75-74 on Tuesday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Pablo Osores who led the winners and scored 25 points. Victor-Hugo Cajal came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for Independiente BBC in the defeat. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. maintains seventh place with 8-20 record. Independiente BBC at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with 19 games lost. Mitre Tuc. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Independiente BBC will play against Obera TC (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Morteros. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Mitre Tuc. (8-20) to fifth ranked BHY Tiro Federal (10-18) 89-86 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Emiliano Correa who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals. BHY Tiro Federal maintains fifth place with 10-18 record. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. keeps the seventh position with 20 games lost. BHY Tiro Federal's next round opponent will be higher ranked Salta Basket (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Villa Angela (16-11) against sixth ranked Obera TC (9-17) on Friday night. Visiting Villa Angela was defeated by Obera TC in Obera 93-75. It was a good game for Martin Gandoy who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obera TC maintains sixth place with 9-17 record. Loser Villa Angela keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Obera TC will face higher ranked Independiente BBC (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Villa Angela will play against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: Temperley was smashed by Rocamora on the road 97-74. Platense destroyed Atenas Carmen on its own court 79-59. San Isidro unfortunately lost to Union SF in Santa Fe 67-74. SP Las Parejas managed to beat Villa San Martin at home 90-84. Comunicaciones defeated BHY Tiro Federal on the opponent's court 82-69. Salta Basket smashed Independiente BBC in a home game 96-75. Villa Angela lost to Hindu on the road 54-65. SP Las Parejas unfortunately lost to San Isidro on its own court 68-74. Comunicaciones managed to beat Barrio Parque in Mercedes 76-61.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 12 points and 6 rebounds by Antwan Space of Rocamora.

Mitre Tuc. - Independiente BBC 75-74

A very close game took place in Tucuman between Mitre Tuc. and Independiente BBC. Seventh ranked Mitre Tuc. (8-20) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Independiente BBC (11-19). Mitre Tuc. managed to escape with a 1-point win 75-74 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 18-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for Pablo Osores (194-86) who led the winners and scored 25 points. Guard Jose Muruaga (188-84) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Point guard Victor-Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman Juan-Angel Lopez (190-84, agency: DTMones) added 18 points respectively for Independiente BBC in the defeat. Four Mitre Tuc. and five Independiente BBC players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. maintains seventh place with 8-20 record. Independiente BBC at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with 19 games lost. Mitre Tuc. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Independiente BBC will play against Obera TC (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitre Tuc.: P.Osores 25+2reb+3ast, J.Muruaga 14+6reb+2ast, R.Banegas 10+8reb, L.Arganaraz 10+2reb, T.Brown 9+8reb+2ast, L.Ortiz 3+1reb
Independiente BBC: J.Angel Lopez 18+4reb+1ast, M.Vittar 16+3reb+1ast, J.Aprea 13+6reb, B.Ingrata 10+6reb+5ast, V.Hugo Cajal 10+12reb+7ast, M.Balteiro 4+1reb
gschID: 523927


Rocamora - Temperley 97-74

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Rocamora (12-14) crushed at home 4th placed CA Temperley (13-13) 97-74 on Tuesday. Rocamora made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Rocamora outrebounded CA Temperley 38-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for point guard Ignacio Davico (188-92) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Matias Cuello (190-91) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Rocamora players scored in double figures. Guard Lucas Ortiz (190-87) answered with 20 points and power forward Martin Trimboli (196-85) added 17 points in the effort for CA Temperley. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rocamora maintains fifth place with 12-14 record. Newly promoted CA Temperley keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rocamora: I.Davico 16+5reb+4ast, M.Cuello 16+7reb+2ast, L.Podesta 14+5reb, F.Medina 13+2reb+1ast, A.Space 12+6reb+2ast, M.Novello 10+2reb+3ast
Temperley: L.Ortiz 20+3reb+2ast, M.Trimboli 17+3reb+1ast, A.Eiguren 9+3reb+4ast, S.Chaine 8+5reb, D.Graham 7+6reb+1ast, L.Ibanez Paz 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 537833


Platense - Atenas Carmen 79-59

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Atenas (14-14) was smashed by third ranked CA Platense (14-12) in Florida 79-59 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by CA Platense. Atenas was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Atenas to just 7 points in first quarter. CA Platense looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Atenas' players. It was a good game for guard Felipe Pais (185-90) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Center Dario Mansilla (207-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five CA Platense players scored in double figures. Emiliano Agostino (191-84) answered with 21 points and American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Atenas. CA Platense maintains third place with 14-12 record having four points less than leader Union SF. Loser Atenas keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Platense: F.Pais 21+5reb+7ast, F.Lopez 14+2reb+2ast, D.Mansilla 13+10reb+5ast, K.Young 12+6reb, I.Romani 12+7reb+5ast, A.Pappalardi 7+2reb+2ast
Atenas Carmen: E.Agostino 21+2reb, S.Cutley 10+7reb+1ast, M.Percaz 9+2reb+2ast, G.Peralta 9+5reb, H.Wilkerson 4+3reb, B.Oprandi 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 537782


Parque Sur - La Union 98-95

Seventh-ranked La Union (7-21) was very close to win a game against second ranked Parque Sur (17-12) in Concepcion de Urug.. Parque Sur managed to secure only three-point victory 98-95. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Parque Sur outrebounded La Union 35-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for point guard Agustin Jure (183-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 assists. Swingman Guido Mariani (193-94) helped adding 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Matias Solanas (192-98) scored 22 points. Four Parque Sur and five La Union players scored in double figures. Parque Sur maintains second place with 17-12 record behind leader Union SF. La Union at the other side keeps the seventh position with 21 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Parque Sur: A.Jure 22+1reb+6ast, A.Richard 14+2reb+2ast, G.Mariani 14+10reb+4ast, J.Stroud 13+6reb+1ast, S.Bernasconi 11+4reb+1ast, E.Martinez 9+5reb+2ast
La Union: R.Brown 27+9reb+5ast, M.Solanas 22+2ast, D.Cabezas 16+6reb+1ast, F.Mendoza 15+2reb+2ast, C.Buendia 11+2reb+5ast, S.Ravina 4+4ast
gschID: 537781


Union SF - San Isidro 74-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Union SF's (22-6) home victory over second-best San Isidro (19-12) in Santa Fe 74-67 on Monday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But San Isidro won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Union SF won last quarter 20-14. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 San Isidro turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Power forward Miguel Isola (197-83) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Italian Juan Kelly (190-88) added 8 points and 6 assists in the effort for San Isidro. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Union SF maintains first place with 22-6 record. Loser San Isidro keeps the second position with 12 games lost. Union SF will face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. San Isidro will play at home against Salta Basket (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union SF: B.Barovero 26+2reb+4ast, M.Isola 15+4reb, F.Podesta 12+3reb, P.Tabarez 8+6reb+1ast, T.Acosta 5+4reb+2ast, M.Borsatti 4+1reb+1ast
San Isidro: S.Gonzalez 15+11reb, G.Sciutto 10+1reb+1ast, J.Kelly 8+3reb+6ast, A.Landoni 7+1reb, H. Feder 7+1reb+4ast, M.Muller 7+3reb
gschID: 523926


SP Las Parejas - Villa San Martin 90-84

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Villa San Martin (10-19) lost to sixth ranked Sportivo (7-23) in Las Parejas 84-90 on Monday. Sportivo looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for point guard Juan-Ignacio Rodriguez-Suppi (178-91) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Dominique McKoy (203-93, college: Duquesne, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Italian point guard Gustavo Mascaro (185-80) answered with 20 points and 4 assists and power forward Federico Aldama (198-92) added 12 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Villa San Martin. Five Sportivo and four Villa San Martin players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Sportivo maintains sixth place with 7-23 record. Villa San Martin at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. Sportivo will face league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Villa San Martin will play at home against Villa Angela (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SP Las Parejas: J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 26+7reb+8ast, A.Rossi 18+6reb+1ast, D.McKoy 15+11reb+4ast, M.Luchi 13+8reb+5ast, A.Pautasso 11+2reb, M.Olocco 4+1reb+2ast
VILLA SAN MARTIN: G.Mascaro 20+3reb+4ast, A.Toledo 15+7reb+2ast, M.Cabrera 14+1reb+1ast, F.Aldama 12+13reb, A.Carnovale 10+1reb+1ast, J.Morales 8+8reb+7ast
gschID: 523925


BHY Tiro Federal - Comunicaciones 69-82

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Comunicaciones (22-8) defeated 5th ranked BHY Tiro Federal (10-18) in Morteros 82-69 on Sunday. Comunicaciones outrebounded BHY Tiro Federal 41-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for Santiago Ferreyra who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) answered with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Julian Xynos (170-96) added 16 points in the effort for BHY Tiro Federal. Five Comunicaciones and four BHY Tiro Federal players scored in double figures. Comunicaciones maintains second place with 22-8 record having just 4 victories less than leader Union SF. Loser BHY Tiro Federal keeps the fifth position with 18 games lost. Comunicaciones will face Villa Angela (#3) in Villa Angela in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BHY Tiro Federal will play at home against Salta Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
COMUNICACIONES: S.Ferreyra 19+3reb+2ast, J.De Felippo 11+4reb+1ast, N.Lauria 10+5reb+5ast, G.Torres 10+1reb+2ast, G.Essengue 10+5reb+1ast, M.Aristu 8+3reb
BHY Tiro Federal: J.Xynos 16+4reb, D.Brezzo 14+5reb, E.Correa 12+5reb+4ast, P.Lockett 11+5reb, M.Maximiliano 7+6reb+1ast, L.Cecchi 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 523922


Salta Basket - Independiente BBC 96-75

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Independiente BBC (11-19) was outleveled on the road by fourth ranked Salta Basket (12-13) 96-75 on Sunday. Salta Basket shot 60.3 percent from the field. Salta Basket outrebounded Independiente BBC 36-17 including a 26-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Salta Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Independiente BBC was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Salta Basket players scored in double figures. Center Julian Aprea (209-87) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Victor-Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) added 9 points and 11 assists in the effort for Independiente BBC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Salta Basket have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 12-13 record which they share with defeated Independiente BBC. Newly promoted Independiente BBC keeps the fourth position with 19 games lost. Salta Basket will face BHY Tiro Federal (#5) in Morteros in the next round. Independiente BBC will play at home against Obera TC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: L.Prowell 22+6reb+2ast, I.Okoye 18+8reb+2ast, N.Copello 15+2reb+4ast, M.Fioretti 14+1reb+1ast, A.Zurbriggen 8+2reb, G.Eseverri 7+9reb+5ast
Independiente BBC: J.Aprea 20+6reb, M.Vittar 18+1reb+4ast, B.Ingrata 15+4reb+1ast, V.Hugo Cajal 9+3reb+11ast, M.Martinez 5+1reb+1ast, R.Fernandez 5
gschID: 523923


Hindu - Villa Angela 65-54

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Hindu (22-5) beat 3rd placed Villa Angela (16-11) in Chaco 65-54 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-54. Hindu forced 22 Villa Angela turnovers. It was a good game for center Pablo Moya (203-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Pablo Fernandez (198-82) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Cesar Avalle (189-85) added 10 points in the effort for Villa Angela. Hindu maintains first place with 22-5 record. Loser Villa Angela keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Hindu will face Barrio Parque (#3) in Cordoba in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Villa Angela will play on the road against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hindu: P.Fernandez 17+2reb+3ast, P.Moya 15+14reb+2ast, K.Jones 10+3reb+1ast, N.Paletta 6+5reb+4ast, S.Mora 5+2reb+1ast, M.Robledo 5+1reb
Villa Angela: N.Carter 18+9reb, C.Avalle 10+4reb+2ast, A.Spalla 8+3reb+1ast, M.Garcia 6+2reb, M.Cequeira 5+5reb+5ast, A.Zago 4+4reb
gschID: 523924


SP Las Parejas - San Isidro 68-74

Very expected game when 6th ranked Sportivo (7-23) lost to second ranked San Isidro (19-12) in Las Parejas 68-74 on Saturday. San Isidro made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Power forward Sebastian Acevedo (198-90, agency: DTMones) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Point guard Juan-Ignacio Rodriguez-Suppi (178-91) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds and Manuel Olocco (198-88) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sportivo. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Isidro maintains second place with 19-12 record having just six point less than leader Union SF. Sportivo lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 23 games lost. San Isidro will face Salta Basket (#4) at home in the next round. Sportivo will play against the league's leader Union SF and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Isidro: S.Gonzalez 18+15reb+1ast, S.Acevedo 17+4reb+4ast, J.Kelly 14+4reb, M.Muller 7+1reb+1ast, M.Corzo 5+1reb+1ast, M.Gomez Nellar 4
SP Las Parejas: J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 25+5reb+2ast, M.Olocco 13+7reb+2ast, A.Rossi 10+2reb+4ast, D.McKoy 8+4reb+2ast, A.Carlachiani 5+1reb, A. Meinero 5+2reb
gschID: 523920


Union SF - Villa San Martin 85-82

Fifth-ranked Villa San Martin (10-19) was very close to win a game against first ranked Union SF (22-6) in Santa Fe on Saturday. Union SF managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Union SF looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Union SF made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Trevante Drye (200-93, college: Tulane) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Agustin Carnovale (195-86) answered with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Federico Aldama (198-92) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Villa San Martin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Union SF maintains first place with 22-6 record. Newly promoted Villa San Martin keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. Union SF are looking forward to face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Villa San Martin will play at home against Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union SF: B.Barovero 18+2reb+5ast, T.Drye 15+8reb+3ast, P.Tabarez 10+8reb+2ast, T.Ligorria 10+3reb+3ast, F.Podesta 8+4reb+1ast, G.Aliende 7+4reb+7ast
Villa San Martin: A.Carnovale 27+5reb+4ast, F.Aldama 16+8reb+1ast, A.Toledo 11+3reb+2ast, G.Mascaro 10+4reb+2ast, M.Cabrera 8+7ast, G.Saavedra 6+2reb
gschID: 523921


Barrio Parque - Comunicaciones 61-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Comunicaciones' (22-8) road victory over 3rd placed Barrio Parque (15-12) in Cordoba 76-61 on Friday. Comunicaciones made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) contributed with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Emiliano Martina (200-83) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Andres Mariani (188-87) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Barrio Parque. Comunicaciones maintains second place with 22-8 record having just 4 victories less than leader Union SF. Loser Barrio Parque keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Comunicaciones will face Villa Angela (#3) in Villa Angela in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Barrio Parque will play on the road against the league's leader Hindu in Chaco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
COMUNICACIONES: G.Essengue 17+14reb, C.Romero 13+1reb, M.Aristu 12+4reb+1ast, J.De Felippo 9+1reb, N.Lauria 8+9reb+5ast, N.Gimenez 8
Barrio Parque: E.Martina 14+5reb+1ast, S.Cabello 13+5reb+1ast, A.Mariani 11+6reb+2ast, L.Guerra 7+3reb+3ast, E.Rossi 7+3reb, E.Cantarutti 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523917


Obera TC - Villa Angela 93-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Villa Angela (16-11) against sixth ranked Obera TC (9-17) on Friday night. Visiting Villa Angela was defeated by Obera TC in Obera 93-75. They made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Villa Angela was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Martin Gandoy (194-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Forward Joaquin Deck (198-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Point guard Martin Cequeira (180-88) answered with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and Cesar Avalle (189-85) added 18 points in the effort for Villa Angela. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obera TC maintains sixth place with 9-17 record. Loser Villa Angela keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Obera TC will face higher ranked Independiente BBC (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Villa Angela will play against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: M.Gandoy 22+7reb+12ast, A.Montes Cardozo 18+1ast, J.Deck 16+10reb+1ast, A.Joseph 13+13reb+1ast, J.Montero 8+1reb, L.Quinteros 5
Villa Angela: C.Avalle 18+3reb+1ast, A.Spalla 15+3reb, M.Garcia 14+7reb+1ast, M.Cequeira 11+8reb+7ast, J.Federico Giarrafa 9+1reb+1ast, N.Carter 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523918


BHY Tiro Federal - Mitre Tuc. 89-86

A very interesting game took place in Morteros. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Mitre Tuc. (8-20) to fifth ranked BHY Tiro Federal (10-18) 89-86 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals. Naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Facundo Toia (179-94) added 26 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BHY Tiro Federal maintains fifth place with 10-18 record. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. keeps the seventh position with 20 games lost. BHY Tiro Federal's next round opponent will be higher ranked Salta Basket (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: E.Correa 25+7reb+7ast, P.Lockett 21+13reb+1ast, M.Maximiliano 14+1reb+4ast, L.Strack 11+2reb, D.Brezzo 6+1reb+1ast, J.Xynos 6+1reb+3ast
Mitre Tuc.: F.Toia 26+7reb+2ast, T.Brown 15+17reb+4ast, J.Muruaga 15+2reb+3ast, P.Osores 14+3reb+2ast, L.Arganaraz 9+3reb+2ast, G.Gorostiaga 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 523919





Cristian Cadillac is a newcomer at H.San Justo - by Eurobasket News

Centro Deportivo Huracan San Justo (TFB) added to their roster experienced 34-year old point guard Cristian Cadillac (194-83). He played last season at Argentino (LigaA). LigaA was a little too high level for him, where in 37 games he recorded just 1.2ppg. TFB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (14-15) season Cadillac played at Alianza Viedma (TNA). In 31 games he averaged 6.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.4apg.
He has spent his entire career in Argentina playing for eight other teams: San Andres, C.Entrerriano, Quilmes Mar del Plata, Belgrano San Nicolas, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Deportivo Puerto Madryn-Brown, Quimsa and River Plate.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  AUSTRALIA  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  United
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Ware, United22.1 
 2. Cotton, Wildcats21.6 
 3. Randle, 36ers21.3 
 4. Prather, Wildcats19.6 
 5. Dillard, Breakers18.1 
 6. Newley, Kings17.6 
 7. Penney, Breakers17.3 
 8. Clarke, Hawks17.0 
 9. Goulding, United16.9 
 10. Lisch, Kings16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh BOONE
  United
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Boone, United9.3 
 2. Craig, Bullets8.0 
 3. Ogilvy, Hawks7.6 
 4. Mitchell, Breakers7.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.1 
 6. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 7. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 8. Whittington, Kings6.4 
 9. McKay, Wildcats6.3 
 10. Knight, Wildcats6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Randle, 36ers5.4 
 3. Jackson, United5.4 
 4. Dillard, Breakers4.8 
 5. Ware, United4.5 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Newley, Kings4.1 
 8. Sobey, 36ers4.1 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Kings
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lisch, Kings1.9 
 2. Prather, Wildcats1.7 
 3. Martin, Wildcats1.7 
 4. Dillard, Breakers1.6 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.5 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Ware, United1.3 
 8. Martin, Hawks1.3 
 9. Newley, Kings1.2 
 10. Trice, Taipans1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew James OGILVY
  Hawks
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ogilvy, Hawks1.6 
 2. McKay, Wildcats1.4 
 3. Pledger, Breakers1.2 
 4. Boone, United1.1 
 5. Whittington, Kings0.9 
 6. Jervis, Bullets0.8 
 7. Powell, Kings0.8 
 8. Craig, Bullets0.7 
 9. Carter, Breakers0.7 
 10. Jacobsen, 36ers0.7 


NBL Round 2 of Finals. Wildcats celebrate second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Hawks - Wildcats 77-89

Perth stepped closer to NBL title. They upset the Hawks on the road for 2-0 lead in the best-of-five championship series. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 49-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Perth Wildcats outrebounded Illawarra Hawks 41-30 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international center Angus Brandt (208-89, college: Oregon St.) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman Casey Prather (198-91, college: Florida) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. The former international center Andrew-James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) added 21 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hawks: R.Clarke 21+3reb+4ast, A.James Ogilvy 21+10reb+3ast, N.Kay 8+1reb+5ast, M.Norton 7+1reb+3ast, T.Coenraad 6+6reb+3ast, O.Forman 6+1reb+1ast
Wildcats: B.Cotton 20+3reb, C.Prather 18+4reb+6ast, A.Brandt 15+11reb+3ast, D.Martin 12+6reb+6ast, J.Wagstaff 10+2reb+1ast, M.Knight 4+3reb
gschID: 537347





Avtodor adds Gliddon to their roster, ex Taipans - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) added to their roster 28-year old Australian international swingman Cameron Gliddon (196-86kg-89, college: Concordia Irvine). He started the season at Taipans in Australian NBL league. In 30 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Gliddon played at AZS Koszalin in Polish TBL where in 10 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Australian NBL Regular Season in 2015. Gliddon was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Gliddon has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2013 and previously for University National Team in 2011.
He also represented Australia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 34.5%.
Gliddon has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Australia for Slammers Australian Institute Sport.
He attended Concordia University at Irvine until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BAHAMAS  

NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators25.1 
 3. Smith, Bahamas .22.7 
 4. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.4 
 5. Farrington, Rockets21.3 
 6. Bain, Giants18.9 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.4 
 8. Ferguson, Pros16.9 
 9. Woodside, Cleaners16.8 
 10. Rolle, Rebels16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Bain, Regulators14.5 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.5 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.2 
 4. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 5. Francis, Pros11.2 
 6. Farrington, Rockets11.0 
 7. Sylvestre, Bahamas .11.0 
 8. Leadon, Pros10.4 
 9. Dean, Shockers9.9 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rashard WILLIAMS
  Rebels
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Rebels6.4 
 2. Dames, Bahamas .5.8 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Mackey, Regulators4.8 
 5. Wright, Pirates4.7 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.2 
 7. Mackey, Rockets4.1 
 8. Miller, Legends4.0 
 9. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 10. Bain, Regulators4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mekel ROLLE
  Rebels
  (--)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Rolle, Rebels3.4 
 2. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.3 
 3. Rolle, Pros2.8 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .2.5 
 5. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 6. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 7. Leadon, Pros1.8 
 8. Dames, Bahamas .1.8 
 9. Cooper, Rebels1.8 
 10. Ferguson, Stingers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Munnings, Cybots2.9 
 2. Farrington, Rockets2.2 
 3. Dean, Shockers2.0 
 4. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.5 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 7. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 8. Francis, Pros1.2 
 9. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 10. Burrows, Pros1.1 



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Round 4 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Balkan League just ended.

The most interesting game of round 4 was only one-point a home defeat of 7th ranked Feni Industries (2-4) to sixth ranked Kozuv (3-3) 70-69 in the game for the sixth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Feni Industries won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) who added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side Serbian power forward Branislav Djekic (209-91) responded with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Kozuv maintains sixth position in Group C with 3-3 record, which they share with Peja and Teodo Tivat. Feni Industries at the other side keep the seventh place with four games lost.
The game in Niksic was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Bulgarian Beroe (5-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Montenegrin Sutjeska (2-4). Beroe managed to secure a 8-point victory 76-68. The winners were led by Croatian power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89) who scored that evening 14 points and Brandis Raley-Ross supported him with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Even 20 points and 4 assists by American swingman Jayon James (198-92, college: La-Monroe) did not help to save the game for Sutjeska. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beroe maintains fifth position in Group C with 5-1 record, which they share with Kumanovo. Sutjeska at the other side keeps the eighth place with four games lost.

In the last game of round 4
In Group D Teodo Tivat lost to Peja on the opponent's court 70-75.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 6 rebounds by Radomir Marojevic of Teodo Tivat.

Group C
Sutjeska - Beroe 68-76

The game in Niksic was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Bulgarian Beroe (5-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Montenegrin Sutjeska (2-4). Beroe managed to secure a 8-point victory 76-68. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Beroe made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Beroe outrebounded Sutjeska 37-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Sutjeska was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Croatian power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89) who scored that evening 14 points and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) supported him with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Even 20 points and 4 assists by American swingman Jayon James (198-92, college: La-Monroe) did not help to save the game for Sutjeska. Serbian center Djoko Salic (213-95) added 15 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beroe maintains fifth position in Group C with 5-1 record, which they share with Kumanovo. Sutjeska at the other side keeps the eighth place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Beroe: S.Tesija 14+4reb+2ast, T.Zhelev 13+3reb+1ast, A.Jones 10+7reb, B.Raley-Ross 9+9reb+2ast, T.Tenchev 7+1reb+2ast, N.Nikolov 7+1ast
Sutjeska: J.James 20+2reb+4ast, D.Salic 15+2reb, D.Thomas 10+2reb+2ast, N.Djokovic 9+3reb+3ast, I.Cvorovic 5+5reb+1ast, M.Vujovic 3+4reb
gschID: 534342


Feni Industries - Kozuv 69-70

The most interesting game of round 4 was only one-point a home defeat of 7th ranked Feni Industries (2-4) to sixth ranked Kozuv (3-3) 70-69 in the game for the sixth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Feni Industries won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) who added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Kozuv players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian power forward Branislav Djekic (209-91) responded with 8 points and 9 rebounds and Croatian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81) scored 16 points. Kozuv maintains sixth position in Group C with 3-3 record, which they share with Peja and Teodo Tivat. Feni Industries at the other side keep the seventh place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: N.Djurasovic 15+7reb, M.Mijovic 14+13reb+2ast, I.Dimcevski 12+6reb+1ast, L.Hall 12+6reb+6ast, K.McNeaill 9+2reb+2ast, A.Shterjov 6+4reb
Feni Industries: M.Ceskovic 16+2ast, J.Petrovski 13+5reb, K.Nikolovski 9+6reb+2ast, G.Sharabidze 9+5reb+1ast, B.Djekic 8+9reb+1ast, P.Pajic 5+1reb
gschID: 534341


Group D
Peja - Teodo Tivat 75-70

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Peje where 10th ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (3-3) was defeated by eleventh ranked Kosovan Peja (3-3) 75-70. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-14. But Teodo Tivat won third quarter 19-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Peja made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The winners were led by American forward Noah Dahlman (201-89, college: Wofford) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Robert Abramovic (185-88) supported him with 18 points. Even 24 points and 6 rebounds by center Radomir Marojevic (207-81, agency: BeoExcell) did not help to save the game for Teodo Tivat. Guard Milos Djurisic (194-88) added 7 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Peja moved-up to tenth place in Group D, which they share with defeated Teodo Tivat.
Top scorers:
Peja: R.Abramovic 18+2reb+1ast, N.Dahlman 11+11reb+2ast, J.Skeen 9+4reb+2ast, L.Mekaj 9+2reb+2ast, A.Qallaku 9+2ast, C.Rundles 8+1reb+4ast
Teodo Tivat: R.Marojevic 24+6reb+3ast, S.Knezevic 14+1reb, M.Popovic 8+3reb+2ast, M.Djurisic 7+10reb+7ast, S.Sajin 5+2reb, N.Vucurovic 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 534344





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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Recap of Opening Leg of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet - P.Zvaigzdes 80-89

Pieno Zvaigzdes upset Liepaja/Triobet on the road to build a comfortable advantage prior to the return leg of the quarterfinal series. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. P.Zvaigzdes made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. P.Zvaigzdes outrebounded Liepaja/Triobet 41-26 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Power forward Egidijus Dimsa (204-85) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Ukrainian Andriy Agafonov (208-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Four P.Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. P.Zvaigzdes' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Arturs Ausejs (192-90) produced 25 points and 6 assists and American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex) added 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
P.Zvaigzdes: E.Dimsa 28+11reb+2ast, A.Agafonov 17+11reb+3ast, D.Low 13+1reb+6ast, S.Babrauskas 10+7reb+1ast, I.Fiodorovas 5+2ast, O.Olisevicius 5+3reb+1ast
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Ausejs 25+3reb+6ast, A.Butjankovs 23+2reb, M.Griffin 19+6reb+5ast, C.Montgomery 8+6reb, R.Krastins 3+2reb+2ast, K.Pauls Lasmanis 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 537283


Tartu Ulikool - Nevezis 86-88

Nevezis nipped Tartu Ulikool in Estonia in the opener. It looked good early as Tartu Ulikool took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Nevezis had a 21-18 second period charge getting the lead and Tartu Ulikool was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 86-88. Nevezis made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) nailed 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Croatian guard Toni Prostran (182-91) accounted for 8 points and 15 assists. American guard Mandell Thomas (188-93, college: Fordham) came up with 17 points and 5 assists and point guard Tanel Sokk (187-85) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively for Tartu Ulikool in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: K.Petrukonis 17+7reb, P.Petrilevicius 16+2reb+2ast, V.Volkus 15+7reb, I.Smiljanic 14+5reb+3ast, J.Love-Roberts 13+2reb+3ast, T.Prostran 8+15ast
Tartu Ulikool: T.Sokk 19+2reb+4ast, M.Thomas 17+4reb+5ast, D.Milka 15+4reb+1ast, J.Joesaar 13+2reb, M.Adam Konate 8+4reb+1ast, J.Talts 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 537282


Kalev/Cramo - Barons Riga 100-81

Kalev/Cramo rallied past Barons Riga in the opening leg of the series. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-81. Kalev/Cramo made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Barons Riga only scored twelve points from the stripe. Kalev/Cramo had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. 32 personal fouls committed by Barons Riga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-92) stepped up and scored 47 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Rain Veideman (192-91) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Davis Geks (192-95) scored 22 points. Four Barons Riga players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: V.Liutych 47+8reb, B.Mirkovic 13+3reb+3ast, R.Veideman 11+5reb+7ast, C.Simmons 9+11reb+2ast, E.Keedus 7+3reb+1ast, S.Sokk 6+3reb+6ast
Barons Riga: D.Geks 22+1reb+1ast, K.Mediss 16+1reb+2ast, D.Krestinin 15+8reb+1ast, D.Rozitis 11+9reb+1ast, D.Zonne 7+3ast, T.Larson 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 537281


Vytautas - Valmiera 102-71

Vytautas made a big step towards Final Four as they crushed Valmiera in Game 1. The game without a history. Vytautas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 28 and made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Vytautas forced 24 Valmiera turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Saulius Kulvietis (206-91) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Vytautas players scored in double figures. Arturs Berzins (204-88) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Martins Laksa (200-90) added 18 points in the effort for Valmiera. Valmiera's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: V.Lipkevicius 20+7reb+5ast, T.Klimavicius 20+4reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 15+2reb+4ast, S.Kulvietis 15+6reb+5ast, R.Miniotas 13+1reb+2ast, T.Delininkaitis 9+7ast
Valmiera: M.Laksa 18+3reb, A.Berzins 17+6reb, L.Blaus 13+3reb+2ast, J.Kaufmanis 6+2reb, D.Pitts 6+3reb+9ast, E.Jonats 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 537280





BBL: Showtime in Kuressaare - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo won the first game of BBL quarterfinals against Barons kvartals 100:81 (46:44) in Kuressaare. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) scored 47 points, breaking Baltic League all-time record.

The guests led for almost whole first half, leading even by 8 points at a time. A 14:2 run by Kalev helped them to take the lead 46:44 at the halftime break, although that was far less than the hosts and ca 800 spectators (full crowd) had expected. Liutych dropped 18 in the 3rd quarter and Kalev increased the gap to 15 with 10 minutes to play. Latvian team didn't give up but they looked more and more tired, allowing Kalev to take a quite secure lead before the game in Riga.

Branko Mirkovic added 13 points to his debut for Kalev/Cramo. Rain Veideman scored 11 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Cedric Simmons had 9 points and 11 rebounds.

For Barons, Davis Geks was the top scorer with 22 points to his name. Kristaps Mediss and Denis Krestinin added 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Davis Rozitis ended the game with 11 points and 9 boards.



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Review of Opening Leg of Round of 16 - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Srd - Le Mans 79-63

Dinamo Sassari eased past Le Mans in the opening leg of Round of 16. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Banco di Srd's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-12 extending their advantage to 16 points. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Banco di Srd players scored in double figures. Banco di Srd's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Wilfried Yeguete (201-91, college: Florida, agency: BeoBasket) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Le Mans.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: O.Hanlan 15+5reb, R.Pearson 10+1reb+2ast, L.Konate 8+3reb+1ast, G.Watson 8+1reb+3ast, P.Cornelie 7+3reb+1ast, W.Yeguete 6+7reb+2ast
Banco di Srd: G.Lawal 19+9reb, D.Savanovic 13+7reb+1ast, D.Bell 11+3reb+4ast, R.Stipcevic 10+1reb+9ast, T.Lydeka 8+1reb, D.Lighty 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 537248


Umana VE - Scandone AV 53-49

Umana Venezia held off Scandone Avellino in the opener. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 13-4 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Umana Venezia dominated on the defensive end, holding Scandone AV to just 4 points in fourth quarter. It was a very good performance for American forward Jamelle Hagins (206-90, college: Delaware) who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Tyrus McGee (188-91, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 10 points for the winners. Umana Venezia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) answered with 11 points and 7 assists and American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Scandone AV.
Top scorers:
Scandone AV: J.Ragland 11+4reb+7ast, L.Randolph 11+4reb, K.Fesenko 10+10reb, M.Leunen 9+8reb+3ast, A.Thomas 4+2reb+1ast, A.Zerini 2+3reb+3ast
Umana VE: H.Peric 11+3reb+1ast, T.McGee 10+4reb+3ast, J.Hagins 8+10reb+2ast, M.Ejim 6+5reb, M.Haynes 6+3reb+2ast, A.Filloy 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 537250


Ludwigsburg - Neptunas 73-61

Ludwigsburg topped Neptunas in the opening leg of the series. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 40-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import Roderick Trice (185-84, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 15 points and 4 steals for the winners. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Stealth Sport) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Mindaugas Kacinas (201-93, college: S.Carolina) added 5 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Neptunas.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: D.Ewing 14+5reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 9+5reb+1ast, C.Lofton 7+2reb+2ast, M.Mazeika 7+1reb+2ast, J.Grant 6+4reb, A.Siksnius 6+4reb+2ast
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 19+12reb, R.Trice 15+3reb, K.Martin 9+2reb+2ast, D.Crawford 8+2reb, D.McCray 8+1reb, J.Thiemann 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 537247


Pinar Karsiyaka - Besiktas 75-70

Pinar Karsiyaka overcame Besiktas in all-Turkish clash in Round of 16. Besiktas were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Pinar Karsiyaka, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Besiktas outrebounded Pinar Karsiyaka 39-21 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Besiktas were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American forward Earl Clark (208-88, college: Louisville) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Besiktas. Besiktas' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: V.Stimac 20+13reb+1ast, E.Clark 14+7reb+1ast, D.Strawberry 12+1reb+2ast, M.Roll 7+2reb+3ast, K.Weems 5+3reb+3ast, M.Thompson 4+1reb
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Green 25+5reb+3ast, M.Ponitka 22+4reb+1ast, D.Summers 10+6reb+1ast, J.Owens 10+6reb, B.Petway 4+2ast, J.Brown 4+6ast
gschID: 537246


Aris - ASVEL 67-67

Aris and ASVEL are tied after the first game of the series. Besiktas were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Pinar Karsiyaka, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Besiktas outrebounded Pinar Karsiyaka 39-21 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Besiktas were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American forward Earl Clark (208-88, college: Louisville) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Besiktas. Besiktas' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: V.Stimac 20+13reb+1ast, E.Clark 14+7reb+1ast, D.Strawberry 12+1reb+2ast, M.Roll 7+2reb+3ast, K.Weems 5+3reb+3ast, M.Thompson 4+1reb
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Green 25+5reb+3ast, M.Ponitka 22+4reb+1ast, D.Summers 10+6reb+1ast, J.Owens 10+6reb, B.Petway 4+2ast, J.Brown 4+6ast
gschID: 537246


EWE Baskets - Banvit BK 82-82

EWE Baskets drew level with Banvit at home court. Besiktas were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Pinar Karsiyaka, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Besiktas outrebounded Pinar Karsiyaka 39-21 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Besiktas were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American forward Earl Clark (208-88, college: Louisville) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Besiktas. Besiktas' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: V.Stimac 20+13reb+1ast, E.Clark 14+7reb+1ast, D.Strawberry 12+1reb+2ast, M.Roll 7+2reb+3ast, K.Weems 5+3reb+3ast, M.Thompson 4+1reb
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Green 25+5reb+3ast, M.Ponitka 22+4reb+1ast, D.Summers 10+6reb+1ast, J.Owens 10+6reb, B.Petway 4+2ast, J.Brown 4+6ast
gschID: 537246


AEK Athens - Monaco 69-68

AEK nipped Monaco in Athens in the opening leg. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. AEK Athens made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game, while Monaco only scored nine points from the stripe. AEK Athens had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian-Greek Dusan Sakota (210-86, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) accounted for 11 points. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) came up with 11 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and Ukrainian swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-88, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Monaco in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Monaco: Z.Wright 11+4reb+7ast, J.Shuler 10+4reb+1ast, D.Bost 9+2reb+2ast, S.Gladyr 8+6reb+1ast, B.Ouattara 7+2reb+1ast, B.Davies 7+2reb+3ast
AEK Athens: D.Sakota 20+5reb+1ast, M.Dixon 11+2reb, R.Ukic 9+2reb+1ast, D.Mavroeidis 8+4reb, C.Elonu 5+6reb, L.Mavrokefalidis 4+6reb
gschID: 537244


PAOK - Iberostar Tener. 66-63

PAOK held off Iberostar Tenerife to build a narrow lead before the return leg. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 17-9 CB Canarias' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 66-63 at the end of the game. American power forward Keith Clanton (205-90, college: Cent.Florida) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Latvian swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Canadian-Dutch forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Marius Grigonis (198-94) added 12 points respectively for lost side. CB Canarias' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Iberostar Tener.: A.Doornekamp 19+12reb+2ast, M.Grigonis 12+1reb+3ast, R.San Miguel 8+2reb+3ast, G.Bogris 6+1reb+1ast, W.Hanley 4+2reb, F.Vazquez 4+1reb
PAOK: Z.Peiners 15+5reb, K.Clanton 13+10reb+1ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 11+4reb+3ast, T.McFadden 9+4reb, V.Margaritis 8+2reb+1ast, A.Glyniadakis 4+3reb
gschID: 537245





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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.20.5 
 2. Jovanovic, Spars S.19.6 
 3. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak19.4 
 4. Vukovic, Mladost17.4 
 5. Negovanovic, Gradj.17.4 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.17.3 
 7. Hasandic, Sloboda .16.3 
 8. Kastropil, Siroki P.15.8 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.15.3 
 10. Svilar, Kakanj15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.10.2 
 2. Tomic, Kakanj10.1 
 3. Zimic, Kakanj8.8 
 4. Durmo, Spars S.7.7 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.7 
 6. Pelkic, Leotar7.4 
 7. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.2 
 8. Markovic, Gradj.7.1 
 9. Karacic, Siroki P.6.9 
 10. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josip NALETILIC
  Siroki P.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naletilic, Siroki P.7.5 
 2. Mocnik, Siroki P.7.4 
 3. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.3 
 4. Kovacevic, Spars S.4.3 
 5. Zahiragic, Spars S.4.1 
 6. Svilar, Kakanj3.9 
 7. Fekete, Leotar3.9 
 8. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 9. Luzajic, Leotar3.8 
 10. Princ, Zrinjski HT3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.6 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.4 
 3. Samadan, Zrinjski.2.0 
 4. Brown, Sloboda .1.9 
 5. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.8 
 6. Hagins, Bosna-Royal1.8 
 7. Bocka, Gradjanski1.6 
 8. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.5 
 9. Reljic, Spars S.1.4 
 10. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Emir ZIMIC
  Kakanj
  (218-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Zimic, Kakanj1.6 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.3 
 3. Demic, Zrinjski HT1.2 
 4. Bajramovic, Spars S.1.0 
 5. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 6. Karacic, Siroki P.0.9 
 7. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.8 
 8. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.0.8 
 9. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.7 
 10. Djugum, Siroki P.0.7 


Division I Round 16 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

The most interesting game of round 16 was only one-point a home defeat of 5th ranked Kakanj (9-7) to fourth ranked Sloboda Tuzla (10-6) 76-75. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Nedzad Muratovic (201-95) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) who added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Sloboda Tuzla's coach Velimir Gasic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side center Emir Zimic (218-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Sloboda Tuzla moved-up to third place, which they share with Spars Sarajevo. Kakanj at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kakanj will play again on the road against Sloboda Tuzla (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Mostar. Their biggest opponent host Zrinjski HT (10-5) lost to third ranked Spars Sarajevo (10-6) 88-74. The winners were led by Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (196-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who scored that evening 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Zlatko Jovanovic supported him with 27 points. Even a double-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists by the former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) did not help to save the game for Zrinjski HT. Spars Sarajevo have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-6 record having just one point less than leader Bosna-Royal, which they share with Sloboda Tuzla. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Spars Sarajevo will play against bottom-ranked Mladost (#10) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zrinjski HT will play on the road against the league's leader Bosna-Royal (#1) in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Bosnjak managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged eighth-ranked Gradjanski in Hadzici 85-82. Mujo Tuljkovic fired 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Milos Markovic produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Bosnjak (5-11) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Mladost. Loser Gradjanski keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Bosnjak will meet higher ranked Leotar (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gradjanski will play against Siroki Primorka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Division I top team - Bosna-Royal (12-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Siroki Primorka (6-10) in Siroki Brijeg 81-75. It was a very good performance for Haris Delalic who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains first position with 12-3 record. Siroki Primorka at the other side keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Bosna-Royal's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar and it will be for sure the game of the week. Siroki Primorka will play on the road against Gradjanski (#8) in Bijeljina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Sloboda Tuzla (10-6) crushed at home 6th ranked Leotar (6-9) by 27 points 99-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leotar. Worth to mention a quality performance of Enes Latifagic who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 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. Sloboda Tuzla moved-up to third place, which they share with Spars Sarajevo. Loser Leotar keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will face Kakanj (#5) at home in the next round. Leotar will play against Bosnjak and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 16 Mladost was destroyed by Kakanj on the opponent's court 85-65.

Kakanj - Mladost 85-65

Very expected game when 9th ranked Mladost (5-11) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Kakanj (9-7) 85-65 on Saturday. Kakanj forced 20 Mladost turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Vojin Svilar (187-86, college: W.Georgia, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 assists and forward Aldin Muflizovic (200-92) who added 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Montenegrin Filip Patkovic (200-90) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kakanj maintains fifth position with 9-7 record. Mladost lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Kakanj will face higher ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mladost will play against Spars Sarajevo (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: V.Svilar 24+2reb+5ast, Z.Palavra 17+2reb+1ast, A.Muflizovic 13+12reb+1ast, E.Dedic 9+4reb+3ast, A.Dzelmo 5+5reb, H.Curevac 5+2reb+1ast
Mladost: F.Patkovic 17+7reb, B.Stanojevic 14+3reb, N.Djurdjevic 6+1reb+2ast, D.Aleksic 6+1reb+4ast, N.Milosevic 5+4reb, A.Ivetic 5+1ast
gschID: 520923


Sloboda Tuzla - Leotar 99-72

Fourth ranked Sloboda Tuzla (10-6) crushed at home 6th ranked Leotar (6-9) by 27 points 99-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leotar. Sloboda Tuzla forced 27 Leotar turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Enes Latifagic (200-92, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds and the former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) who added 25 points during the contest. At the losing side Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (204-83) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian Marko Stevanovic scored 17 points and 6 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. Sloboda Tuzla moved-up to third place, which they share with Spars Sarajevo. Loser Leotar keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will face Kakanj (#5) at home in the next round. Leotar will play against Bosnjak and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: A.Hasandic 25+3ast, E.Latifagic 22+5reb+3ast, D.Brown 10+1reb+3ast, N.Muratovic 8+4reb+2ast, M.Hrncic 8+2reb+2ast, D.Petrov 7+1reb+2ast
Leotar: B.Pelkic 20+5reb+1ast, M.Stevanovic 17+6reb+2ast, V.Aleksic 10+4reb+3ast, M.Luzajic 9+4reb+1ast, L.Radmilovic 8+5reb+2ast, D.Ninkovic 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 520926


Siroki Primorka - Bosna-Royal 75-81

Division I top team - Bosna-Royal (12-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Siroki Primorka (6-10) in Siroki Brijeg 81-75. Bosna-Royal made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for international Haris Delalic (202-94, agency: AproK Sports Group) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. Vladimir Djordjevic (201) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Bosna-Royal players scored in double figures. Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Mateo Colak (206-98) added 23 points and 4 assists in the effort for Siroki Primorka. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains first position with 12-3 record. Siroki Primorka at the other side keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Bosna-Royal's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar and it will be for sure the game of the week. Siroki Primorka will play on the road against Gradjanski (#8) in Bijeljina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: H.Delalic 20+9reb+1ast, G.Ikonic 15+2reb+7ast, V.Djordjevic 15+7reb+3ast, M.Sturanovic 12+10reb+1ast, S.Dragicevic 7+2reb+2ast, L.Campara 7+4reb
Siroki Primorka: M.Colak 23+3reb+4ast, F.Kastropil 19+13reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 13+2reb+7ast, M.Dreznjak 9+2reb+2ast, D.Persic 5, D.Dreznjak 4+4reb
gschID: 520927


Zrinjski HT - Spars Sarajevo 74-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mostar. Their biggest opponent host Zrinjski HT (10-5) lost to third ranked Spars Sarajevo (10-6) 88-74. The winners were led by Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (196-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who scored that evening 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 27 points. Even a double-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists by the former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) did not help to save the game for Zrinjski HT. The former international point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-93) added 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Spars Sarajevo have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-6 record having just one point less than leader Bosna-Royal, which they share with Sloboda Tuzla. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Spars Sarajevo will play against bottom-ranked Mladost (#10) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zrinjski HT will play on the road against the league's leader Bosna-Royal (#1) in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spars Sarajevo: Z.Jovanovic 27+3reb+3ast, M.Kovacevic 26+6reb+6ast, I.Durmo 14+11reb+2ast, A.Stepanovic 9+5reb+2ast, I.Djukovic 6+6reb+4ast, R.Basic 4
Zrinjski HT: B.Djurasovic 22+11reb+6ast, D.Knezevic 15+3reb+7ast, V.Princ 12+2reb+2ast, M.Zovko 9+2reb, T.Brummitt 7+8reb, I.Begic 4+1reb
gschID: 536776


Kakanj - Sloboda Tuzla 75-76

The most interesting game of round 16 was only one-point a home defeat of 5th ranked Kakanj (9-7) to fourth ranked Sloboda Tuzla (10-6) 76-75. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Nedzad Muratovic (201-95) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) who added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Sloboda Tuzla's coach Velimir Gasic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side center Emir Zimic (218-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Croatian swingman Zeljko Palavra (194-82) scored 19 points. Sloboda Tuzla moved-up to third place, which they share with Spars Sarajevo. Kakanj at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kakanj will play again on the road against Sloboda Tuzla (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: N.Muratovic 18+12reb+5ast, D.Brown 14+7reb+4ast, E.Latifagic 12+3reb, B.Djumic 8+4reb, M.Hrncic 8+2reb+1ast, E.Ahmedovic 6+3reb
Kakanj: Z.Palavra 19+3reb+3ast, E.Zimic 14+12reb, A.Muflizovic 11+2reb+1ast, A.Dzelmo 8+4reb, V.Svilar 6+2reb+2ast, H.Curevac 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536775


Bosnjak - Gradjanski 85-82

Bottom-ranked Bosnjak managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged eighth-ranked Gradjanski in Hadzici 85-82. Bosnjak made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) fired 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Amir Dovadzija (193-84) chipped in 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Bosnjak players scored in double figures. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and Serbian swingman Danilo Negovanovic (194-88) added 21 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Bosnjak (5-11) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Mladost. Loser Gradjanski keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Bosnjak will meet higher ranked Leotar (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gradjanski will play against Siroki Primorka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosnjak: M.Tuljkovic 29+5reb+1ast, A.Dovadzija 15+9reb+8ast, A.Sarajlic 12+1reb+6ast, B.Lulic 11+7reb+2ast, R.Grosic 7+2reb+2ast, E.Mujic 7+7reb+4ast
Gradjanski: M.Markovic 24+13reb+3ast, D.Negovanovic 21+2reb+6ast, N.Vukovic 13+1reb+3ast, D.Marojevic 8+6reb+1ast, A.Vasilic 6+2reb+3ast, S.Svitlica 5+2reb
gschID: 520925



Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I round 16 best performance: Mujo Tuljkovic - by Eurobasket News

Former international Forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-F-79, agency: BeoBasket) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bosnjak, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 37-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, five rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Gradjanski (#8, 5-10) 85-82. Bosnjak is placed at 9th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Bosnjak is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-11 record. In the team's last game Tuljkovic had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Bosnjak, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Mujo Tuljkovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.4ppg) and averages impressive 2.4spg and 64.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Serbian Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports) of Gradjanski. Markovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Gradjanski was edged by slightly lower-ranked Bosnjak (#9, 5-11) 85-82. Gradjanski is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Markovic is a newcomer at Gradjanski, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) of Siroki Primorka (#7). Kastropil scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Kastropil's great performance Siroki Primorka lost 75-81 to the higher-ranked Bosna-Royal (#1, 12-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Siroki Primorka not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kastropil could try to bring Siroki Primorka's a little bit higher in the standings. Kastropil has individually a great season in Bosnia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 10.2rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 64.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Haris Delalic (202-SF-94) of Bosna-Royal - 20 points and 9 rebounds
5. Enes Latifagic (200-F-92) of Sloboda Tuzla - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Amir Dovadzija (193-G-84) of Bosnjak - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87) of Zrinjski HT - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Maksim Kovacevic (196-G/F-87) of Spars Sarajevo - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Almir Hasandic (191-SG-90) of Sloboda Tuzla - 25 points and 3 assists
10. Nedzad Muratovic (201-F-95) of Sloboda Tuzla - 18 points, 12 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)



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Dallin Bachynski (ex Echague) is a newcomer at Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket News

Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old naturalized Canadian center Dallin Bachynski (213-112kg-91, college: Utah). He played at Echague in Argentinian LigaA, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 12 games he recorded 9.4ppg and 5.8rpg this season. The last season Bachynski played at another team Drive in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. But in 13 games he averaged just 1.8ppg and 2.2rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Bachynski's team was regular season runner-up in Pac-12 in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Japan (Sendai 89ers).
Bachynski attended University of Utah until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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WINDSOR BEATS NIAGRA IN THRILLER 93-92 - by John Gary

COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM For the second time in two games, the Windsor Express played the Niagra River Lions at home. Windsor had not seen game action in almost a week. There last game was a heartbreaking loss to these same Niagra River Lions snapping Windsors four game win streak. Coming into the game, Niagra had only won four games against the Express. Before the game it was announced that the team had parted ways with former Windsor Alex Campbell. The week off showed out of the gates as Niagra went on a 12-4 run to begin the first quarter. Windsor had to use the three ball to get back into the game. Clinto Spinger provided a spark off the bench and contributed five points in the first quarter. Darren Duncan played the majority of the point guard minutes early leading a 20-3 Windsor run early. Windsor allowed only one three allowing them to maintain a 44-34 lead. Their leading scorer was Nick Evans who contributed eight points on 4-8 shooting in a team effort heavy first half. Juan Patillo began heating up in the second half. Going against former Express former and current River Lyons star Chris Commons, Patillo began finding success in the pick and roll game. There was a steady diet of these three pointers throughout the second half. Darren Duncan went on his first scoring rampage of the season making four shots from beyond the arch in the half. He would finish with a team high 20 points. With under one minute to play, Windsor led by only one point. Kirk Williams JR. DROVE THE LANE AND WENT UP WITH THE RIGHT HAND SINKING THE LAYUP AND TAKIN.g the lead away from Windsor. Express forward Nick Evans answered back with an inside bucket of his own giving Windsor the 93-92 lead. This gave Niagra enough time for one final possession to win it. Richard Amardi of the River Lions came up short on his final three point attempt sealing the victory for Windsor. For the first time this season, Windsor defeated Niagra 93-92. Darren Duncan was the player of the game falling four rebounds short of a double double. The star point guard had 20 points, 10 assits and six rebounds. JUAN Patillo also scored 20 points to go with his 9 rebounds. Niagra s leading scorer was Carl Hall, who put up a game high 21 points and 11 rebounds.


Hawks punch ticket to OCAA Championship Final Eight - by Eurobasket News

The Humber Hawks have advanced to the 2017 OCAA Championships by way of a 100-75 win on Saturday night at home, over the St. Lawrence Vikings. St. Lawrence were playing with heavy hearts, due to the sudden passing on Friday night of teammate Jermaine Edwards. Respectfully, there was a moment of silence prior to the tip of the basketball game. The visiting Vikings came out flying early, and raced to an early 8-2 first quarter lead. It took the second rotation of the Hawks to spur the Humber squad back into the game. Baskets by Curwin Elvis (G) and Trevon Mollison (G) were key in bringing Humber into a lead. From the eight minute mark of the first, until the 7 minute mark of the second quarter, Humber went on a large 19-4 run. St. Lawrence brought the lead to six, but a technical foul to the Vikings coach helped swing the Hawks back out to a double digit lead. A huge 3 at the buzzer brought the visitors to within eight at the half. Gibson Eduful (180-PG) led the Hawks at the half, with nine points. Ancil Martin (F) and Trevon Mollison checked in with eight apiece. The Hawks played a consistent third quarter, and when the third stanza was over Humber extended its lead to 68-52. As he has done for five years with the Hawks, Gibson Eduful was the" straw that stirs the drink", as he poured in point after point in the quarter. The fourth was nothing short of a blur, with Humber having its biggest output in a quarter on the day, scoring 32. With Humber in possession at the end, the buzzer sounded and the scoreboard indicated a 100-75 Hawk win. Trevon Mollison led the Hawks on the day, with 25 points. He shot 7 for 11 on the night, and this included being 2 for 2 from beyond the arc. Eduful, playing in his last game at home as a Hawk, dropped 24. Three other Hawks scored in double figures. Ancil Martin had 14, while Curwin Elvis and Tyrone Dickson (198-F) hit for 11 and 10 points, respectively. For the visiting Vikings. Jaz Bains (G-93) and Taylor Reddick (G) hit for 19 points, while Donald Gibson (198-F) contributed 18. There was no doubt that Eduful was named the Hawk Nation Player of the Game.
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First-half fire fuels Bears to Final Four - by Eurobasket News

With almost 70 points in the first half alone, the University of Alberta Golden Bears decisively clinched their spot in the Canada West Final Four by defeating the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 107-84 to take game three in a best-of-three quarter-final series, Saturday night at Saville Community Sports Centre. Fourth-year guard Geoff Pippus (196-G) led all players with 26 points and six three-pointers while third-year guard Austin Waddoups (188-PG, college: Salt Lake CC) added 21 points and five treys of his own. Four more Bears recorded 10 or more points in the victory, but only fourth-year forward Mamadou Gueye earned a double-double, netting as many rebounds as he did points with 12. Third-year forward Elliott Sentance had 21 points and eight boards for the Pronghorns, and fourth-year forward Dejon Burdeaux (183-PG, college: Fresno City JC) added 15 points, with most of them coming from the charity stripe as he drained all nine attempts. Along with Sentance, third-year forward Mike Pierzchala hit four treys and notched a double-digit point total with a dozen on the night. Three straight long balls by Pierzchala for the visitors had Lethbridge with a small early lead two minutes into the opening quarter, but an explosive 15-2 run by Alberta more than erased the deficit, with the Golden Bears rolling on for the rest of the frame. With six treys on 10 shots beyond the arc and shooting at 64% in the field, Alberta showed no signs of stopping, already picking up a 12-point lead to end the quarter. The Bears followed with eight consecutive points to open the second, adding eight more three-balls in the stanza. Foul trouble by the Pronghorns added to the Alberta lead. Lethbridge also came into the game with a chance to advance to the Final Four. The offence did whatever it could to stay in the game, with 46 points after two quarters being far from a struggling offence, but they simply could not match Alberta's shooting. The Bears also earned 12 points in the second quarter and 19 in the first half off of second chances. Yet the Pronghorns knew they still had a chance in this game, coming back from a 14-point deficit on Friday to force a third game, but they would need to work even harder to overcome 23. Unfortunately, Lethbridge's shooting went ice cold to start the third quarter, missing eight straight shots before senior guard William Hickey hit his first trey halfway through the quarter. The Golden, B.C. native put up four in last night's comeback win. Success at the charity stripe kept the score from getting out of hand. Lethbridge netted all 11 free throw attempts for half of their points, but Alberta kept pace and only had their lead drop to as low as 17. The fourth quarter had more of the same. The Pronghorns could not find the magic on the scoreboard from Friday while Alberta out-rebounded Lethbridge as the Golden Bears bench players contributed 14 points in the final 10 minutes. Pippus put the final nail in the coffin when he sank a trey with 2:13 left to put the Bears past the century mark. Sophomore guard Ivan Ikomey (185-G) added the last five points for Alberta. The Calgary native did not miss any of his six shots in 17 minutes of play, including four from beyond the arc. Alberta now advances to the Canada West Final Four, hosted by the Calgary Dinos next weekend.
Courtesy of: canadawest.org



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Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  North C.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 37.5
 1. McCollum, North C.37.5 
 2. Fredette, Shanghai.37.3 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.2 
 4. Cunningham, Jiang.34.0 
 5. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.9 
 6. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.33.6 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning H.32.6 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT30.9 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.5 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.4 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.0 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Hickson, Fujian QB13.4 
 5. Sakakini, TianJ.13.3 
 6. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.8 
 7. Batista, North C.12.8 
 8. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.12.1 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.12.0 
 10. Wang, Fujian QB11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.8.8 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.5 
 3. Jeter, TianJin S.7.9 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.6.9 
 5. Buycks, Fujian QB6.4 
 6. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.3 
 7. Jones, Qingdao E.6.2 
 8. Warren, Zhejiang.5.8 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.8 
 10. Marbury, Beiji.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.3.3 
 2. Sui, Shandong FB2.8 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang CB2.7 
 4. Fortson, Guangsha.2.6 
 5. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.5 
 6. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 7. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.4 
 8. Kennedy, Guangzhou2.3 
 9. McCollum, North C.2.3 
 10. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.6 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 3. Smith, Sichuan BW2.0 
 4. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 5. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.1.9 
 6. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 7. Thomas, Jilin N.1.6 
 8. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.6 
 9. Sun, Beijing D.1.6 
 10. Lalanne, Zhejiang.1.5 


CBA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Guangdong reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Shanghai S. - Shenzhen L. 95-92

Shangai outgunned Shenzhen for the second straight win in the series. Leopards were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 26-19 charge of Shanghai Sharks, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Leopards helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). The former international guard XiaoYu Liu (191-89) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds and American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Leopards. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leopards' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Shenzhen L.: L.Maciej 32+13reb, G.QuAn 22+3reb, P.Jeremy 17+5reb+4ast, D.Huaibo 10+2reb, Z.Jie 5+1reb+1ast, L.Muhao 4+6reb
Shanghai S.: F.Jimmer 33+14reb+3ast, L.XiaoYu 14+3reb+3ast, T.Wen-Ting 11+3reb+2ast, Z.Yi 10+5reb+4ast, Y.Guerschon 9+5reb+1ast, Z.ZhaoXu 9+5reb
gschID: 536902


Guangdong ST - Sichuan BW 119-97

Guangdong rallied past Sichuan to sweep the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Guandong Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Sichuan BW's 54. They outrebounded Sichuan BW 50-39 including a 40-29 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guandong Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Sichuan BW's players. It was a quality performance for American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) who led the winners and scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) accounted for 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice, agency: Stealth Sport) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Sichuan BW in the defeat. Five Guandong Tigers and four Sichuan BW 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:
Sichuan BW: L.Wei 19+1reb+2ast, W.Ruheng 18+1reb+2ast, H.Mike 11+13reb+3ast, H.Hamed 11+12reb+2ast, T.Chen 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Yue 8
Guangdong ST: S.Donald 26+7reb+6ast, Z.Peng 22+4reb+1ast, Y.Jianlian 20+9reb, B.Carlos 19+11reb, R.JunFei 14+7reb+1ast, G.Shang 7+1reb
gschID: 536903


Guangsha L. - Liaoning H. 100-117

Liaoning topped Guangsha to spur ahead. The game was mostly controlled by Liaoning Hunters. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions managed to win third quarter 31-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 51-36 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who led the winners and scored 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The former international Ailun Guo (192-93) accounted for 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 28 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and Taiwanese forward Cheng Liu (192-90) added 27 points and 4 steals respectively for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: F.Courtney 28+4reb+7ast, L.Cheng 27+3reb, H.Elijah 13+6reb, L.Chih-Chieh 13+5reb+4ast, H.Jinqiu 11+9reb+1ast, S.MingHui 3
Liaoning H.: H.Lester 33+6reb+4ast, G.Ailun 33+7reb+2ast, R.Shavlik 15+6reb+2ast, H.Dejun 14+21reb+1ast, Z.JiWei 12+4reb+4ast, L.Zhixuan 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536904


Xinjiang FT - Shandong FB 102-93

Xinjiang overcame Shandong to take 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-26 Shandong Bulls' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 102-93 at the end of the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 22 Shandong Bulls turnovers. Shandong Bulls were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Makan Kelanbaike (197-92) helped adding 27 points and 5 rebounds. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard AJ Price (188-86, college: Connecticut) with 44 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and international forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) scored 18 points. Shandong Bulls' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: P.A.J. 44+6reb+6ast, D.Yanyuhang 18+3reb+1ast, W.Ke 14+3reb, T.Jason 6+4reb+2ast, L.JingYu 6+2reb+1ast, T.HanLin 4+7reb+2ast
Xinjiang FT: K.Makan 27+5reb, A.Darius 21+8reb+6ast, L.Gen 18+1reb+1ast, B.Andray 15+6reb+6ast, S.TongLin 10+5reb+3ast, Y.Changdong 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 536901





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Podravac clinch A2 Nothern Division - by Zeljko Zule

Podravac have become the third team after Vern and Sanac Karlovac to clinch a division title in the 2016-17 Croatian A2 League. Belisce and Borovo both get a Playoff spot in Eastern Divison.

Central Division - Round 21: Maksimir-Fortuna 66-55 (Stojanovic 26, Lacic 20 - Markus 18, Bucevic 15), Zaprudje-Mladost 96-82 (Livajic 25, Herendic 21 - Perkovic 31 - Morovic 31), Rudes-Bosco 68-58 (Galic 15, Cvitkovic 12 - Gazic 13, Cutuk 10, Bubalo 10), Dubrava-AKK Vern 91-88 (Majcunic 26, Smolic 23 - Kordic 21, Bakovic 21), Agrodalm-Sesvete 85-80 (Ribaric 17, Zuzul 13, Matic 13 - Popovic 30, Papak 19), Zapad-Samobor 60-84 (Markocic 11, Car 11, Dugandzic 11 - Gril 28, Mandalinic 14).
Standings: Vern 18-3, Rudes 14-7, Agrodalm 12-9, Bosco 12-9, Zaprudje 12-9, Mladost 12-9, Dubrava 10-11, Samobor 10-11, Zapad 10-11, Sesvete 9-12, Maksimir 6-15, Fortuna 1-20.

Eastern Division - Round 17: Belisce-Osjecki sokol 87-78 (Preglej 28, Bicvic 24 - Boras 24, Katavic 18), Pozega-Zupanja 81-77 (Calis 34, Pejnovic 18 - Stjepanovic 22, Mitrovic 21), Vinkovci-Vrijednosnice Osijek II 69-50 (Pezer 22, Kentrzinski 13 - Ilic 12, Maskaljevic 10), Vukovar-Rekord Tim 63-81 (Kajba 16, Kovacevic 13 - Zivkovic 22, Celebija 21), Borovo-Djakovo 82-60 (Bekavac 21, Rajsic 18 - Rados 28, Ceskic 14).
Standings: Belisce 14-3, Borovo 13-3, Osjecki sokol 11-5, Rekord Tim 9-8, Pozega 8-9, Vukovar 8-9, Djakovo 8-9, Zupanja 7-9, Vinkovic 3-14, Vrijednosnice Osijek II 2-14.

Western Division - Round 21: Jadranka-Crikvenica 88-110 (Kremenovic 30, Muzic 20 - Maruna 32, M.Benic 21), Rovinj-Kastav 61-69 (Kljucevic 14, Honovic 13 - Saftic 18, Gusic 14), Sanac-Rudar 82-66 (Josipovic 21, Panjevic 13 - Lonzar 18, Zoric 17), Istrauni-Pula 1981 67-85 (Sertic 21, Sljuka 11 - Bozic 26, Perdija 14, Rakic 14), Zamet-Ghia Staff 73-88 (Cvitkovic 17, Bjelanovic 15 - Krstinic 37, Despot 24), Stoja-Kraljevica postponed.
Standings: Sanac 19-2, Crikvenica 15-6, Istrauni 15-6, Pula 1981 14-7, Rudar 13-8, Kastav 13-8, Ghia Staff 13-8, Stoja 8-12, Jadranka 7-14, Zamet 4-17, Kraljevica 2-18, Rovinj 2-19.

Northern Division - Round 17:
Graficar-Radnik 90-61 (Novak 15, Petrovic 14 - Tomas 28, Svoboda 10), Ivanic-Ivancica 89-68 (Kralj 21, Lukacevic 18 - Bigec 26, Rozman 13), Bjelovar-Petar Zrinski 83-97 (Malenica 22, Vrdoljak 17 - Tomic 25, Matoic 24), Mladost-Koprivnica 92-53 (Beljan 23, Golub 17 - Vedris 16), Podravac-Medjimurje 81-66 (S.Zadravec 31, Siprak 13 - Mar.Novak 21, Bisevac13).
Standings: Podravac 15-2, Graficar 13-3, Medjimurje 13-4, Ivanic 10-7, Petar Zrinski 9-8, Mladost 8-9, Radnik 8-9, Ivancica 4-12, Bjelovar 2-15, Koprivnica 1-15.

Southern Division - Round 17: Cetina-Diplomus 62-110 (Mulic 22, Zaper 14 - Rasetina 20, Marin 18), Solin-Sukosan 67-62 (Jukic 26, Barisic 13, Brzica 13 - Hrabrov 15, Elez 14), OmisCagalj Tours-Jazine Arbanasi 80-84 (Mimica 29, Djapo 18- Ceranja 18, Gulam 15, Mrva 15), Dubrovnik-Adriatic 60-69 (Raguz 17, Lucic 13 - Bastic 23, Macan 21), Sonik Puntamika-Ribola Kastela 83-94 (Marcev 27,
Postponed game of Round 13: Ribola Kastela-Sukosan 96-77 (Glavinic 25, Rezic 25 - Cirjak 29, Grabovac 18).
Standings: Jazine Arbanasi 16-1, Ribola Kastela 16-1, Diplomus 11-6, Omis Cagalj Tours 11-6, Sonik Puntamika 10-7, Adriatic 7-10, Dubrovnik 5-12, Sukosan 4-13, Solin 4-13 Cetina 1-16.



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  CUBA  

LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Esteban MARTINEZ
  Santiago
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Martinez, Santiago29.8 
 2. Boffil, Villa Clara28.1 
 3. Oliva, Pinar del Rio21.5 
 4. Guzman, Capitalinos20.1 
 5. Rodriguez, Ciego d.19.0 
 6. Monterrey, Pinar d.17.8 
 7. Granda, Ciego d.17.7 
 8. Pons, Guantanamo17.0 
 9. Abreu, Villa Clara16.4 
 10. Molina, Matanzas16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara8.3 
 2. Alorda, Capitalinos7.4 
 3. Siria, Santiago6.4 
 4. Reyes, Ciego de Avila6.4 
 5. Tito, Guantanamo6.3 
 6. Ochoa, Santiago6.3 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara6.0 
 8. Maria, Capitalinos5.7 
 9. Pons, Guantanamo5.6 
 10. Font, Capitalinos5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.4.0 
 2. Heredia, Santiago3.8 
 3. Abreu, Villa Clara3.5 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio3.1 
 5. Roque, Capitalinos2.5 
 6. Soltero, Capitalinos2.5 
 7. Deschapelles, Matan.2.4 
 8. Giron, Santiago2.3 
 9. Martinez, Ciego d.2.2 
 10. Molina, Matanzas2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.6.5 
 2. Deschapelles, Matan.5.8 
 3. Oliva, Pinar del Rio5.8 
 4. Boffil, Villa Clara5.5 
 5. Perez, Villa Clara5.3 
 6. Guerra, Guantanamo5.1 
 7. Rodriguez, Ciego d.5.0 
 8. Baldo, Camaguey4.7 
 9. Abreu, Villa Clara4.7 
 10. Cubillas, Villa Clara4.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara2.6 
 2. Font, Capitalinos2.2 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.8 
 4. Quintana, Pinar d.1.2 
 5. Garcia, Matanzas1.1 
 6. Castellanos, Ciego d.1.1 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara0.8 
 8. Rivero, Capitalinos0.8 
 9. Maria, Capitalinos0.8 
 10. Vazquez, Pinar d.0.8 


LSB Round 13: Pinar are defeated by Ciego - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between second ranked Pinar (10-3) and fifth ranked Ciego (4-8) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Pinar was defeated by Ciego in Avila 66-48. The game without a history. Ciego led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international William Granda (189-85, agency: Pro Sports) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 steals for the winners and guard Dainier Martinez (184-96) chipped in 17 points and 9 steals. At the losing side the former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) responded with 20 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ciego have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 4-8 record, which they share with Santiago. Pinar at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Ciego is looking forward to face higher ranked Capitalinos (#3) in La Habana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pinar will play at home against Santiago and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Guerreros (7-5) against fourth ranked Capitalinos (7-5) on Saturday night. Host Guerreros were defeated by Capitalinos in a tough game at home 58-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Guerreros. Freddy Maria nailed 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Jasul Rivero accounted for 14 points. The former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 6 rebounds for Guerreros in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Capitalinos moved-up to third place, which they share with Matanzas. Capitalinos will play against Ciego (#5) in Avila in the next round. Guerreros will play on the road against the league's leader Villa Clara in Santa Clara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LSB top team - Villa Clara (13-0) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Tigres (0-12) in Camaguey 81-74. Osvaldo Perez fired 30 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Yoimar Lopez produced 17 points and 7 steals for lost side. Undefeated Villa Clara have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Loser Tigres still closes the standings with 12 games lost. They share the position with Guantanamo. Villa Clara will meet at home Guerreros (#4) in the next round. Tigres will play against Guantanamo and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Guantanamo (0-12) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to sixth ranked Santiago (4-8) 110-92. Worth to mention a great performance of Esteban Martinez who helped to win the game recording 44 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Santiago's coach Lazaro Guibot allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Santiago moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ciego de Avila. Guantanamo lost their twelfth game in a row. They still close the standings with 12 games lost. Santiago's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Pinar in Rio and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guantanamo will play at home against Tigres (#7) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Camaguey - Villa Clara 74-81

LSB top team - Villa Clara (13-0) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Tigres (0-12) in Camaguey 81-74. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 44-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Villa Clara outrebounded Tigres 28-15 including 23 on the defensive glass. Osvaldo Perez fired 30 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Yoimar Lopez (-96) produced 17 points and 7 steals and guard Carlos Villegas (197-94) added 11 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Five Tigres players scored in double figures. Villa Clara have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Loser Tigres still closes the standings with 12 games lost. They share the position with Guantanamo. Villa Clara will meet at home Guerreros (#4) in the next round. Tigres will play against Guantanamo and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Villa Clara: O.Perez 30+9reb+2ast, Y.Cubillas 15+13reb+1ast, M.Mons 14+4reb, N.Abreu 8+2reb+6ast, M.Troyano 3+2ast, J.Romero 0+1ast
Camaguey: Y.Lopez 17+2reb, Y.Jimenez 14+1ast, C.Villegas 11+4reb, V.Francis 10+4ast, J.Sanchez 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Baldo 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 536665


Ciego de Avila - Pinar del Rio 66-48

The game between second ranked Pinar (10-3) and fifth ranked Ciego (4-8) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Pinar was defeated by Ciego in Avila 66-48. The game without a history. Ciego led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international William Granda (189-85, agency: Pro Sports) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 steals for the winners and guard Dainier Martinez (184-96) chipped in 17 points and 9 steals. At the losing side the former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) responded with 20 points and Diagmani Vazquez (192-87) scored 3 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ciego have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 4-8 record, which they share with Santiago. Pinar at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Ciego is looking forward to face higher ranked Capitalinos (#3) in La Habana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pinar will play at home against Santiago and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ciego de Avila: W.Granda 23+2reb, D.Martinez 17+1reb+3ast, A.Hernandez 8+6reb+1ast, D.Granados 6, V.Reyes 4+10reb, R.Oviedo 4+4reb+1ast
Pinar del Rio: O.Oliva 20+4reb+3ast, Y.Monterrey 7, J.Martinez 5, E.Quintana 4+2reb, A.L. Rojas 4+1ast, T.Blanco 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 536666


Matanzas - Capitalinos 58-62

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Guerreros (7-5) against fourth ranked Capitalinos (7-5) on Saturday night. Host Guerreros were defeated by Capitalinos in a tough game at home 58-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Guerreros. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Guerreros won fourth quarter 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Guerreros 30-16 including 20 on the defensive glass. Capitalinos brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Freddy Maria nailed 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international power forward Jasul Rivero (203-93) accounted for 14 points. The former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Yasmany Deschapelles (181-85) added 13 points and 8 steals respectively for Guerreros in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Capitalinos moved-up to third place, which they share with Matanzas. Capitalinos will play against Ciego (#5) in Avila in the next round. Guerreros will play on the road against the league's leader Villa Clara in Santa Clara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Capitalinos: J.Rivero 14+4reb+1ast, F.Maria 13+6reb+1ast, R.Castillo 12+1reb, D.Soltero 7+3ast, A.Alorda 6+5reb, A.Font 4+5reb+1ast
Matanzas: Y.Molina 28+6reb, Y.Deschapelles 13+1ast, D.Torrientes 6+2reb, H.Garcia 5+5reb, Y.Moralez 3+2reb+2ast, L.Curtiz 2
gschID: 536664


Santiago - Guantanamo 110-92

Bottom-ranked Guantanamo (0-12) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to sixth ranked Santiago (4-8) 110-92. The game without a history. Santiago led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Esteban Martinez (192-87) who helped to win the game recording 44 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Point guard Julio Heredia (183-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Santiago's coach Lazaro Guibot allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Elvis Pons (194-83) answered with 39 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and forward Yuset Tito (197-92) added 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Guantanamo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Santiago moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ciego de Avila. Guantanamo lost their twelfth game in a row. They still close the standings with 12 games lost. Santiago's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Pinar in Rio and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guantanamo will play at home against Tigres (#7) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Santiago: E.Martinez 44+9reb+1ast, J.Heredia 17+1reb+13ast, E.Hechevarria 15+7reb+1ast, G.Terres 15+1reb+3ast, A.Torres 10+1reb, E.Siria 4+8reb
Guantanamo: E.Pons 39+8reb+1ast, Y.Tito 14+9reb, L.Odelin 13+3reb+2ast, Y.Mena 11+1reb+2ast, R.Guerra 8+1reb+4ast, Y.Soria 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 536663





Cuban LSB round 13 best performance: Esteban Martinez - by Eurobasket News

Former international Forward Esteban Martinez (192-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Santiago, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (44 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Guantanamo (#8, 0-12) with 18-point margin 110-92. Santiago maintains the 6th position in Cuban LSB. Santiago is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-8 record. In the team's last game Martinez had a remarkable 69.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Santiago, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Esteban Martinez has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.8ppg. Martinez is in league's top in assists (9th best: 0.5apg) and averages impressive 2.8spg and 55.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Elvis Pons (194-G/F-83) of Guantanamo. Pons had a very good evening with 39 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Guantanamo lost that game 92-110 to slightly higher-ranked Santiago (#6, 4-8). Guantanamo are still at the very bottom. 12 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Pons is a newcomer at Guantanamo, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#8). He also registered 5.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Osvaldo Perez of league's top team Villa Clara. Perez got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Villa Clara, leading his team to a 81-74 win against Camaguey (#7, 0-12). Villa Clara have amazing season winning all 13 games without a single defeat. Perez turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Perez has a great season in Cuba. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.0rpg (7th best). He also has 5.3spg and FGP: 51.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yuniskel Molina (185-G-93) of Matanzas - 28 points and 6 rebounds
5. William Granda (189-SG-85) of Ciego de Avila - 23 points and 2 rebounds
6. Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) of Villa Clara - 15 points and 13 rebounds
7. Yuset Tito (197-F-92) of Guantanamo - 14 points and 9 rebounds
8. Julio Heredia (183-PG-93) of Santiago - 17 points and 13 assists
9. Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) of Pinar del Rio - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Yoimar Lopez (96) of Camaguey - 17 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)



Boffil's 23 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

34-year old swingman Andy Boffil (190-G/F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Villa Clara and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 23 points for Villa Clara in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Pinar del Rio (#2, 10-2) 75-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Villa Clara to consolidate first place in the Cuban league. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Villa Clara keeps a perfect 12-0 record. Boffil has many years of experience at Villa Clara, through which he has constantly improved. Boffil has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.1ppg) and averages solid 5.5spg and 60.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Yosiel Monterrey (185-PG-88) of league's second-best Pinar del Rio. He is former international guard in his second season at Pinar del Rio. In the last game Monterrey recorded impressive 32 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Pinar del Rio was edged by league's leader Villa Clara (#1, 12-0) 75-74. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Pinar del Rio still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 2nd loss this season, while they won 10 other games. Monterrey is well-known at Pinar del Rio and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#6). He also recorded 4.4 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Elvis Pons (194-G/F-83) of Guantanamo (#8). Pons scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Pons' great performance Guantanamo lost 68-69 to the higher-ranked Ciego de Avila (#5, 3-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Guantanamo can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 11 games. Too bad for Pons he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Pons has individually a great season in Cuba. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.4rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yuniskel Molina (185-G-93) of Matanzas - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Osvaldo Perez) of Villa Clara - 18 points and 8 rebounds
6. Julio Heredia (183-PG-93) of Santiago - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dainier Martinez (184-G-96) of Ciego de Avila - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Reider Giron (188-G/F-91) of Santiago - 9 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Yoimar Lopez (96) of Camaguey - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Yasmany Deschapelles (181-PG-85) of Matanzas - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  DENMARK  


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

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Germany). He led Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a surprising victory over the third-ranked s Oliver Baskets (11-6) 79-76 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Shields was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Shields' third season in pro basketball. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (9-13) is placed 11th in the BBL. Shields has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 59.7%(86-144), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 76.9% in 21 games he played so far. He played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Darko Jukic (199-90, currently plays in Slovenia). Jukic led Krka to an easy victory against the league outsider Portoroz (1-18) crushing them 98-65 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Sunday. He recorded 11 points. Krka Novo Mesto (16-4) is placed second in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Jukic averages: 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 60.9%(14-23), 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 61.5%. He is in the roster of the Danish senior national team.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel). Colman could not help Hapoel Eilat (12-9) to beat Maccabi Ashdod (6-14). He scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. Hapoel Eilat lost 82-93 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Maccabi Ashdod. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Colman's first season with the team. This year Colman's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 79.3% in 17 games. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish national team nine years ago.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #4. Guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Viola RC's victory against the 12th-ranked Eurobasket Roma (11-12) 76-70 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Voskuil scored 16 points and added 3 assists in 29 minutes. Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabriais placed tenth in West group. This year Voskuil's total stats are: 8.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg in five games. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil is also Danish national team player. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #5. International center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Massagno (5-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bergstedt's very good performance Massagno was crushed 87-61 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Lausanne (#9). He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Bergstedt also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Bergstedt has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.6apg. Bergstedt plays currently for the Danish national team.

Peter Moller
Peter Moller
   #6. Guard Peter Moller (190-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Metropolitan State College of Denver (10-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Metropolitan State College of Denver lost 77-88 in Lakewood to the Colorado Christian University. Moller recorded 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. This year Moller has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.6apg in 21 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Danish senior team two years ago.

Sebastian Petersen
Sebastian Petersen
   #7. Former U20 international guard Sebastian Petersen (188-95, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Malbas (1-8) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Petersen's good performance Malbas was badly defeated 89-72 in Sodertalje by the second-ranked Kings. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Petersen also added 3 assists. Petersen has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.3apg. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team two years ago.

David Knudsen
David Knudsen
   #8. Guard David Knudsen (193-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Marist (3-13) in their last game. Despite Knudsen's good performance the Marist was badly defeated 80-64 at home by the Siena College. He recorded 13 points in 24 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Knudsen has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg in 29 games. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #9. Former international power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels to win against the 11th-ranked Hamburg (10-15) crushing them 106-82 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Larsen recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (22-3) is placed first in the ProA. Larsen has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 3.5rpg. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

Christian Benzon
Christian Benzon
   #10. Guard Christian Benzon (193-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Evansville (4-9) in their game against the Wichita State University (12-1) in the NCAA. Benzon scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes. But the Evansville was crushed 109-83 on their home court in Evansville by the State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Benzon has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg in 31 games. Benzon is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Danish senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Daniel Mortensen (203-94, currently plays in NCAA2) led Barry University to a victory against the Embry Riddle University 113-102 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mortensen's stats this season are: 10.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international swingman Nicklas Jonsson (195-96, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Lander University's shocking victory against the Georgia College & State University 80-71 in the NCAA2 in Wednesday night's game. Jonsson scored 14 points in 24 minutes. He has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 1.4rpg in 21 games. Jonsson used to play for the Danish U18 national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U18 international guard Sikander Nielsen (188-97, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Newberry College win their game against the Brevard College crushing them 102-60 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He scored 11 points. Nielsen has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international guard August Haas (185-97, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Wisc.-Milwaukee in their game against the University of Detroit Mercy in the NCAA. He scored 5 points and added 5 passes. His team was defeated 81-74. Haas has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.8apg. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Johannes Nielsen (208-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Kennesaw St. in their game against the David Lipscomb University in the NCAA. Nielsen recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. His team lost 74-85. Nielsen has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.2rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Balkan League) contributed to Beroe's victory against the closely-ranked Sutjeska (2-4) 76-68 in the Balkan League in Tuesday night's game. Tenchev recorded 7 points. BC Beroe (5-1) is placed fifth in the Balkan League. The Second Stage already ended in the Balkan League. Tenchev's total stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 2.3rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Danish team.

   #2. Mads Rasmussen (198-G-88, currently plays in Sweden) led Helsingborg to a victory against the seventh-ranked RIG Mark (3-9) 88-75 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Sunday night. Rasmussen scored 18 points and had 3 steals in 25 minutes. Helsingborg BBK (8-7) is placed third in BEHS forts group. Rasmussen's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg in six games he played so far.

   #3. Toby Christensen (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Southern Connecticut State University to win against the Pace University crushing them 96-63 in the NCAA2 in Tuesday night's game. Christensen recorded only 4 points and added 3 passes. The Southern Connecticut State University has a solid 12-7 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Christensen has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 4.0rpg.

   #4. Fred Brondsted (198-G/F, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a West Virginia Wesleyan College's surprising victory against the Glenville State College 76-69 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He scored 5 points in 23 minutes. The West Virginia Wesleyan College has 8-9 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Brondsted has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg in 21 games.

   #5. Jonas Anderson (190-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2). He could not help the Black Hills State University (4-14) to beat the Regis University. Anderson scored 6 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. The Black Hills State University was badly defeated 69-53 on the road by the Regis University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Anderson has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg in 21 games.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Jackson, Texas L.27.2 
 2. Cook, Canton C.26.1 
 3. Harris, Texas L.26.0 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.22.9 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.22.5 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.1 
 9. Nader, Maine RC22.1 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.0 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.7 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.10.8 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.4 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.9 
 8. Webb-III, Delaware.9.2 
 9. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
 10. Tobey, Greensbo.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.7.8 
 5. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 6. McCallum, Grand R.7.4 
 7. Jackson, Texas L.7.3 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
 10. Morris, Rio G.6.4 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.3 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 5. Harris, Texas L.2.2 
 6. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.1 
 7. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 8. Fells, Westches.2.0 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Price, Erie Bay H.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian WOOD
  Greensbo.
  (208-F-95)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 2. Tavares, Raptors .2.6 
 3. Benson, Sioux F.2.5 
 4. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.3 
 6. Moreland, Canton C.2.3 
 7. Hammons, Texas L.2.1 
 8. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 9. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Brown, Windy C.1.9 


BayHawks Acquire Stefan Jankovic from Sioux Falls Skyforce - by Eurobasket News

The Erie BayHawks have acquired forward Stefan Jankovic (6'11''-F-93, college: Hawaii) from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, in exchange for Northern Arizona's own 2017 second round pick which Erie acquired via the Alex Davis trade, the team announced today. Trade is subject to Jankovic passing a physical. Jankovic (6-11, 235), has appeared in 22 games (10 starts) for the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season. He's averaging 5.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 17.3 minutes of action. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, Jankovic joined the Miami Heat for the 2016 NBA Summer League. He signed with the Heat on July 13, 2016 and was later waived on October 17. Jankovic signed with the Sioux Falls Skyforce in November of 2016, as an affiliate player of the Miami Heat. Jankovic played college basketball for Missouri (2012-14) and later transferred to Hawaii (2014-16). He held averages of 10.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.0 minutes of play throughout his four years. His best collegiate season came his senior year at Hawaii (2015-16), recording 15.6 points on .543 (172-317) shooting from the floor, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks per game in 24.8 minutes.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Fort Wayne Mad Ants ink Tyler Hansbrough - by Eurobasket News

Fort Wayne Mad Ants agreed terms with 32-year old forward Tyler Hansbrough (206-113kg-85, college: N.Carolina). He played last season at Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. In 46 games he had just 2.3ppg and 1.9rpg.
The previous (14-15) season Hansbrough played at the Raptors where in 78 NBA games he recorded 3.5ppg and 3.5rpg. Hansbrough helped them to win the Atlantic Division title (twice).
In 2009 he was drafted by Indiana Pacers (NBA) in first round (13th overall). The former University of North Carolina staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team and Orlando Pro Summer League 1st Team back in 2009 at his college time.
Hansbrough is a very experienced player.
He could be described: (by Stevan Petrovic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
A hustle player who loves to hit the glass as hard as possible on both ends of the floor ... Has great hands that he uses well around the basket ... Makes great decisions in the post; likes turning to his left shoulder and using a right handed baby-hook -or a mini hook while creating contact with his left ... Hansbrough creates space well in the low post and tries to position himself as close as possible to the basket. Struggles defending taller and more athletic players even at the college level ... Not athletic enough to overcome his size disadvantage to be a standout at the next level ... Needs to develop face-up game
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Delaware 87ers sign Derrick Byars - by Eurobasket News

Delaware 87ers signed 33-year old Ivorian swingman Derrick Byars (201-100kg-84, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Inception Sports). He started the season at Vichy Clermont in French ProB. In 16 games he had 11.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg this season. The last summer Byars played at Santeros in Puerto Rican BSN where in 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.5apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (42nd overall). The former Vanderbilt University staris in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won German Bundesliga Cup in 2013. Byars was also voted Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention back in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Byars has played in ten different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Greece, Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Spain (Sevilla), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), NBA (Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies), Puerto Rico (Caciques), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales), D-League (Northern Arizona Suns) and Russia (Krasny Oktyabr).
Byars could be described: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Complete player with good lateral quickness and athleticism. Defensively Byars does a great job staying in front of his man. Fundamentally there are few guards in the draft that have his array of tools. Plays the game with a good level of moxie and toughness. Excellent ball handler who has played point guard several times during his collegiate career
Shot selection at times can be questionable. Would benefit his game if he utilized the mid-range shot more
.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ChetErvin)

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Charge Hold off Swarm - by Eurobasket News

The Canton Charge (21-17), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, defeated the Greensboro Swarm (13-26), 114-108, at the Memorial Civic Center on Tuesday night. Canton now has a 3-0 lead in the inaugural season series between the two teams with a final matchup left in Greensboro on March 16th. Three Charge players scored 20+ points, led by Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland)'s 25 on 8-of-17 shooting with five assists and two steals in 34 minutes on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers. John Holland (6'5''-F/G-88, college: Boston U.) had 25 points of his own with four steals in 36 minutes. Jonathan Holmes (6'9''-F-92, college: Texas) rounded out the trio with 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting with five rebounds in 39 minutes. Roosevelt Jones scored 14 points with seven rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes for Canton. Eric Moreland added nine points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in 32 minutes off the bench. Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona) made his Charge debut after being acquired in a trade on February 25th, scoring 11 points and nabbing a steal in 20 minutes off the bench. Greensboro was paced by Damien Wilkins (6'6''-G-80, college: Georgia) scoring 23 points with five rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes off the bench. Archie Goodwin (6'5''-G-94, college: Kentucky) added 16 points and nine boards in 28 minutes. Cat Barber and Ralston Turner (6'6''-SG-91, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Two Points) scored 16 points each as the Swarm had six players score in double figures.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Raptors 905 take over top spot in NBA D-League - by Eurobasket News

Raptors 905 own the best record in the NBA D-League following their sixth straight win Monday, Feb. 27 in a 104-93 decision over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. C.J. Leslie (6'9''-F-91, college: N.Carolina St.) recorded 20 points and nine rebounds as the Raptors improved to 28-9. They have as many wins as the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Oklahoma City Blue, who have lost 10 and 12 games, respectively. Brady Heslip (6'3''-SG-90, college: Baylor) scored 19 points for the Raptors while Edy Tavares (7'3''-C-92) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Raptors trailed by as much as 17 in the second quarter, but rallied to hold the D-League's second best offence to their second lowest output of the season. Rio Grande Valley's Kyle Wiltjer (6'10''-F-92, college: Gonzaga) led all players in both points and rebounds with 24 and 15.
Courtesy of: mississauga.com



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

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). Mejia led Tofas to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (3-16) 86-81 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. He recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Tofas Bursa (9-10) is placed ninth in the BSL. Mejia has relatively good stats this season: 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 61.1%(58-95), 3FGP: 43.7% and FT: 73.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Ariza contributed to a Houston Rockets' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (24-36) 142-130 in the NBA on Saturday night. He scored 15 points and added 3 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 32 minutes. The Houston Rockets have a solid 42-19 record this season. Ariza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 74.4% in 61 games he played so far. Ariza is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain). Cabrera helped Mataro win their game against the 14th-ranked Barna (6-12) 80-76 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Sunday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Feimat Mataro (6-12) is placed 12th in Group C-A. Cabrera's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 47.6% and FT: 70.6%. He played for the Dominican Republic national team eleven years ago.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. Shooting guard Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) managed to help Union Poitiers Basket 86 to win against the 14th-ranked JA Vichy (8-11) 77-75 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Greer recorded only 3 points. Union Poitiers Basket 86 (9-10) is placed tenth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Greer's fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 2.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.6apg. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Gregorio Adon
Gregorio Adon
   #5. Former U17 international forward Gregorio Adon (198-91, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Marin (6-19) to beat Cocinas.com (8-16). Adon recorded 7 points. The bottom-ranked Marin was defeated 83-77 on the road by the higher-ranked Cocinas.com (#15). It was Marin's third consecutive loss in a row. Adon's overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (24-36) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves (24-36) lost 130-142 on the road to the Houston Rockets. Towns had a double-double by scoring 37 points and getting 22 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Towns' second season in pro basketball. Towns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 24.1ppg, 12.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4bpg in 60 games he played so far. Towns has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) led GECR Indalo to a victory over the sixth-ranked Argentino (16-19) 84-74 in the Argentinian LigaA last Saturday. Vargas was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (19-18) is placed fourth in Sur group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vargas has relatively good stats this season: 13.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg.

   #3. Experienced Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Gran Canaria's victory against the second-ranked Real Madrid (15-5) 93-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (13-8) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Baez's fifth season with the team. This year Baez averages: 8.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg in 21 games.

   #4. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Juvecaserta (9-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Juvecaserta was defeated 78-74 in Milano by the leading Armani. Sosa was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 7 passes. It's Sosa's first season with the team. This year Sosa has very high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.2apg and 1.2spg. Sosa is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #5. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) helped Flamengo win their game against one of league's weakest teams Liga Sorocaba (4-18) crushing them 90-58 in the Brazilian NBB last Tuesday. Ramon recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (15-6) is placed second in the NBB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ramon's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.2apg and 1.1spg in 20 games. Ramon has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Greece) helped Panathinaikos win their game against the sixth-ranked Kolossos HH 82-73 in the Greek A1 on Monday night. Feldeine recorded 6 points. This season he averages: 8.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg. Feldeine also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. O'Darien Bassett (189-G-86, college: Troy, currently plays in South Korea) was the major contributor in a Goyang Orions' victory against the eighth-ranked SK Knights 92-85 in the South Korean KBL in Thursday night's game. Bassett scored 18 points and added 7 passes in 29 minutes. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.2apg in 44 games. Bassett holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. He used to play for Huracanes del Atlantico in Dominican Republic league.

   #8. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92, college: Mississippi, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to secure a victory for Tadamon (1-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Tadamon was defeated 90-77 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Louaize (#5). Rhett recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. This season Rhett has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3bpg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Rhett used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #9. Lewis Clinch (191-G-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Iceland) was the main contributor in Grindavik's victory against the league outsider Snaefell 88-80 in the Icelandic Dominos League last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Clinch recorded 34 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Clinch has very impressive stats this year: 21.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 5.2apg and 1.3spg in 19 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Interesting that Clinch has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #10. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Merrimack, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Echague (6-31) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the tenth-placed Echague was crushed 101-64 in La Banda by the higher-ranked Olimpico de (#6) in the Norte group. Solano was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 assists. This season Solano has very high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg.



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  EL SALVADOR  


Santa Ana adds Dowdell to their roster - by Eurobasket News

MC El Brasil Santa Ana (Liga MB) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Tobias Dowdell (201-95kg-90). He just graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College, WV (NCAA2).
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Dowdell's college team won G-MAC Tournament in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga MB Round 6: Canarios lose to Sonsonate - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Liga MB, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

Canarios (3-1) recorded its first loss on the court of seventh ranked Sonsonate on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Sonsonate 115-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Canarios. Sonsonate dominated down low during the game scoring 110 of its points in the paint compared to Canarios' 56. They outrebounded Canarios 50-31 including 19 on the offensive glass. Sonsonate looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Canarios' players. The best player for the winners was Yoan Haiti who had a triple-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Bryyden Denald chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Reginald Brown (202-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Sonsonate have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Canarios. Sonsonate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
Santa Ana can celebrate finally their first win this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Giants (0-4) 117-86. It was a good game for American Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Tobias Dowdell contributed with 37 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. Maurice Williams replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds for Giants. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santa Ana (1-3) left bottom position moving up to eleventh place. It was Giants' fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Cojute and Arcense. Santa Ana will play against higher ranked Canarios (#7) in Ahuachapan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giants will have a break next round.
San Miguel can celebrate finally their first win this season after four consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Cojute (0-4) 79-61 on Wednesday. Jordan Johnson had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Kenny Demouchet with 24 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Miguel (1-4) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place. It was Cojute's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Giants and Arcense. San Miguel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cojute will play against Arcense (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Arcense (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 75-67 loss to tenth ranked Halcones (2-3) in San Salvador. Jeremee Davis notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort. Halcones moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 11 Lobos. Arcense at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Halcones will have a break next round. Arcense will play on the road against Cojute (#14) in Cojutepeque and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Chalchuapa was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Santa Tecla (4-0) played at the court of 8th ranked 11 Lobos (2-3). Santa Tecla defeated 11 Lobos 73-62 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Carlos Arias who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 22 rebounds. Santa Tecla have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Isidro Metapan. Loser 11 Lobos dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Santa Tecla will face Brujos Izalco (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day.

In the last game of round 6 Denver-FAS defeated Halcones in San Salvador 90-85.

Santa Ana - Giants 117-86

Santa Ana can celebrate finally their first win this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Giants (0-4) 117-86. Santa Ana made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Santa Ana outrebounded Giants 44-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Giants' players. It was a good game for American Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) contributed with 37 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Santa Ana players scored in double figures. Maurice Williams replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) added 21 points in the effort for Giants. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santa Ana (1-3) left bottom position moving up to eleventh place. It was Giants' fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Cojute and Arcense. Santa Ana will play against higher ranked Canarios (#7) in Ahuachapan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giants will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Giants: M.Williams 29+11reb, M.Brooks 21+3reb, L.Escoto 13+2reb+3ast, L.Paredes 8+3ast, C.Duran 6+2reb+3ast, C.Flores 3+6reb+2ast
Santa Ana: T.Dowdell 37+6reb+1ast, M.Daniels 31+12reb+4ast, S.Wright 21+12reb+8ast, F.Salazar 13+5reb+5ast, V.Sandoval 7+2reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 536965


San Miguel - Cojute 79-61

San Miguel can celebrate finally their first win this season after four consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Cojute (0-4) 79-61 on Wednesday. San Miguel forced 25 Cojute turnovers. American point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four San Miguel players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American Kenny Demouchet (198-89, college: Jackson St.) with 24 points and center Brayan Garcia (177-95) scored 5 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Miguel (1-4) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place. It was Cojute's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Giants and Arcense. San Miguel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cojute will play against Arcense (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cojute: K.Demouchet 24+4reb, B.Reyes 11+2reb+1ast, A.Calhoun 8+7reb+1ast, H.Acevedo 7+4reb, B.Garcia 5+10reb+1ast, L.Quintanilla 4+1reb+2ast
San Miguel: J.Johnson 37+11reb+7ast, J.Cruz 11+3reb+2ast, N.Ezeamii 10+12reb+1ast, C.Hernandez 10+2reb, B.De Leon 4+5reb+2ast, L.Ruiz 2+1reb
gschID: 536966


Arcense - Halcones 67-75

Bottom-ranked Arcense (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 75-67 loss to tenth ranked Halcones (2-3) in San Salvador. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Arcense's 36. Halcones forced 19 Arcense turnovers. American point guard Jeremee Davis (191-90, college: Georgia Coll.) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) supported him with 26 points. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds by Teodoro Romero did not help to save the game for Arcense. Cuban Yordany Jaca (195-83) added 20 points and 15 rebounds. Halcones moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 11 Lobos. Arcense at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Halcones will have a break next round. Arcense will play on the road against Cojute (#14) in Cojutepeque and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Arcense: M.Fernandez 23+3reb+4ast, Y.Jaca 20+15reb+1ast, T.Romero 19+19reb+2ast, C.Torres 3+2reb, C.Quevedo 2+2reb+1ast, R.Rodriguez 0
Halcones: J.Davis 26+15reb+3ast, J.Moss 26+2reb+1ast, J.Cathey-Macklin 12+15reb+1ast, M.Ramos 2+1reb+2ast, M.Orellana 2+6reb, J.Angulo 2+5reb+3ast
gschID: 536964


Sonsonate - Canarios 115-85

Undefeated Canarios (3-1) recorded its first loss on the court of seventh ranked Sonsonate on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Sonsonate 115-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Canarios. Sonsonate dominated down low during the game scoring 110 of its points in the paint compared to Canarios' 56. They outrebounded Canarios 50-31 including 19 on the offensive glass. Sonsonate looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Canarios' players. The best player for the winners was Yoan Haiti who had a triple-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Bryyden Denald chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Five Sonsonate players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Reginald Brown (202-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) added 29 points respectively. Sonsonate have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Canarios. Sonsonate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 29+2reb+3ast, W.Hepburn 24+5reb+2ast, R.Brown 18+16reb+1ast, I.Sandoval 6+4reb+2ast, C.Vanegas 3+1reb+1ast, A.Ruano 3+1reb
Sonsonate: Y.Haiti 26+14reb+10ast, B.Denald 23+10reb+2ast, A.Rojas 18+11reb+5ast, M.Lahud 14+2ast, J.Loucel 12+3reb+4ast, M.Gudino 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 536954


11 Lobos - Santa Tecla 62-73

The game in Chalchuapa was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Santa Tecla (4-0) played at the court of 8th ranked 11 Lobos (2-3). Santa Tecla defeated 11 Lobos 73-62 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was center Carlos Arias (200-89) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 22 rebounds. Naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) chipped in 24 points. Martinez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Santa Tecla have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Isidro Metapan. Loser 11 Lobos dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Santa Tecla will face Brujos Izalco (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: T.Fauntleroy 19+2reb+3ast, J.Antoine 13+10reb+1ast, M.Montavious 10+15reb+1ast, M.Gonzalez 9+5reb+1ast, A.Ruano 9+3reb+1ast, K.Campos 2+3reb+2ast
Santa Tecla: R.Martinez 24+3reb+3ast, C.Arias 22+22reb, O.Torres 15+5reb, E.Escalante 5+2reb+1ast, L.Valdez 3+4reb+2ast, A.Arias Serrano 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 536955


Halcones - Denver-FAS 85-90

There was no surprise in Sonzacate where 10th ranked Halcones (2-3) were defeated by sixth ranked Denver-FAS (3-1) 90-85 on Tuesday. Denver-FAS forced 21 Halcones turnovers. Halcones were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Olaniyr Adedoyin who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. American point guard Anthony Brown (193-89, college: Imperial Valley JC) chipped in 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Jeremee Davis (191-90, college: Georgia Coll.) added 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Halcones' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Denver-FAS moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Halcones dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Moss 28+10reb+1ast, J.Davis 20+8reb+4ast, J.Angulo 13+4reb+4ast, M.Ramos 7+1reb+1ast, J.Cathey-Macklin 6+5reb+3ast, M.Orellana 5+5reb+3ast
Denver-FAS: A.Brown 26+6reb+4ast, O.Adedoyin 20+17reb+2ast, R.Iglesias 16+8reb+1ast, J.Flores 9+4reb+4ast, E.Aguilar 7+5reb+4ast, J.Maria Rivas 7+2reb
gschID: 536953





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Djordje DZELETOVIC
  TL.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Dzeletovic, TL.19.6 
 2. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 3. van-der-Mars, Rap.18.2 
 4. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU18.1 
 6. Olmre, TTU17.6 
 7. Strupovics, Valga16.7 
 8. Bubalo, Parnu16.6 
 9. Post, Tarvas14.3 
 10. Seskus, Parnu13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.13.4 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU8.7 
 4. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.4 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu8.3 
 6. Milka, Tartu Ulikool8.2 
 7. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.8.1 
 8. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.9 
 9. Dzeletovic, TL.6.9 
 10. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.6.4 
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. Bratoz, Rapla4.1 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.1 
 6. Jones, TL.4.0 
 7. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.9 
 9. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 10. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.3 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.9 
 5. Lips, Tarvas1.8 
 6. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 7. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 8. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 9. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.0 
 3. Raadik, TTU0.9 
 4. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 5. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.8 
 7. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 8. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 9. Perine, Tarvas0.7 
 10. Saks, TL.0.7 


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

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

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark). He was the major contributor in Bakken's victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (11-14) 73-65 in the Danish Ligaen in Tuesday night's game. Kitsing scored 15 points in a mere 15 minutes on the court. Bakken Bears (20-4) is placed second in the Ligaen. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kitsing has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 58.7%(54-92), 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 87.5% in 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden). Kurbas led Sodertalje Kings to a victory over the league leader BC Lulea (21-6) 82-67 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Kurbas scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (18-7) is placed second in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Kurbas averages: 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 78.4%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). Kangur contributed to an Openjobmetis VA's surprising victory against the ninth-ranked The Flexx PT (10-10) 75-70 in the Italian Serie A on Monday night. He scored 8 points in 25 minutes. Openjobmetis Varese (6-14) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the Serie A. This year Kangur's overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 89.5% in 20 games. He played for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #4. Swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Nassjo (13-14) 93-78 in the Swedish Basketligan in Thursday night's game. Puidet scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. KFUM Jamtland Basket (14-13) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Puidet's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #5. Former international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help BC Nizhny Novgorod in a victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga (8-8) 78-73 in the VTB United League last Thursday. Vene recorded only 2 points in 22 minutes. BC Nizhny Novgorod (6-12) is placed ninth in the VTB United League. It's Vene's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.7apg in 18 games. Vene used to play for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
   #6. Forward Maik-Kalev Kotsar (208-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to S.Carolina's shocking victory against the Mississippi State University (11-1) 63-57 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. He scored 5 points. The University of South Carolina has quite an impressive 10-2 conference record this season. Kotsar's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Kotsar's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 5.1rpg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Estonian team two years ago.

Kregor Hermet
Kregor Hermet
   #7. U20 international power forward Kregor Hermet (204-97, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Castello (11-14) crushing them 92-69 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Hermet recorded only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. Actel Forca Lleida (14-11) is placed ninth in the LEB Gold. This year Hermet's total stats are: 2.5ppg and 1.1rpg in 13 games. He is also Estonian U20 national team player.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #8. Point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Ethnikos' victory against the 14th-ranked Irakleio (4-14) 79-74 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Laane recorded 11 points. Ethnikos Piraeus (10-9) is placed seventh in the A2. Laane has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Kristian Kullamae
Kristian Kullamae
   #9. U18 international guard Kristian Kullamae (190-99, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Oettinger Rockets Gotha's victory against the 13th-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (9-17) 85-75 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Kullamae recorded only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (14-11) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Kullamae averages just 3.1ppg in 12 games. He is also in the roster of the Estonian U18 national team.

Rauno Nurger
Rauno Nurger
   #10. Center Rauno Nurger (208-93, currently studies in the States) helped Wichita St. win their game against the University of Evansville (3-10) crushing them 109-83 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Nurger scored only 2 points. The Wichita State University has a very good 12-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Nurger has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 2.8rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Estonian senior national team.



BBL: Showtime in Kuressaare - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo won the first game of BBL quarterfinals against Barons kvartals 100:81 (46:44) in Kuressaare. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) scored 47 points, breaking Baltic League all-time record.

The guests led for almost whole first half, leading even by 8 points at a time. A 14:2 run by Kalev helped them to take the lead 46:44 at the halftime break, although that was far less than the hosts and ca 800 spectators (full crowd) had expected. Liutych dropped 18 in the 3rd quarter and Kalev increased the gap to 15 with 10 minutes to play. Latvian team didn't give up but they looked more and more tired, allowing Kalev to take a quite secure lead before the game in Riga.

Branko Mirkovic added 13 points to his debut for Kalev/Cramo. Rain Veideman scored 11 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Cedric Simmons had 9 points and 11 rebounds.

For Barons, Davis Geks was the top scorer with 22 points to his name. Kristaps Mediss and Denis Krestinin added 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Davis Rozitis ended the game with 11 points and 9 boards.



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David Nwaba, Eurobasket Summer League Vegas Participant, Signs NBA Contract with Los Angeles Lakers - by ESL News

The Los Angeles Lakers have officially signed David Nwaba (193-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) to a 10 day contract. Nwaba, who has been playing for the Lakers D-League affiliate (D-Fenders) attended the first session of the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas. He averaged 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals during his game action at the Summer League. Congrats to David and we wish him the best in his pursuits of a successful NBA Career. Below is a article written by Laker Nation on the signing of David Nwaba

Following the decision to release veteran point guard Jose Calderon, the Lakers successfully opened up a roster spot that they could use to try out different players for the rest of the season. It didn't take long to fill the opening as Luke Walton's squad signed David Nwaba of the Los Angeles D-Fenders to a 10-day contract.

Nwaba is not a name that is well known to most fans, but he has really turned heads during his time in the D-League especially because of his defense. Walton noted that getting someone like Nwaba is important for the identity of the Lakers according to Shahan Ahmed of NBC LA:

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For Nwaba, a Los Angeles native, this call-up is like a dream come true via Ahmed:

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The Lakers have been a terrible defensive team this year, and one of the main reasons why is a lack of a true perimeter stopper. Jordan Clarkson has been talked about as someone who has the potential to become that, as has rookie Brandon Ingram, but neither are close to that level right now.

Nwaba understands that the defensive end is his calling card. In 29 games in the D-League, Nwaba has averaged 13.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks. Over the last 10 contests, those averages have risen to 21.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 blocks. The rebounds and blocks are especially impressive considering he is only 6'4″.

Walton is looking to build a defensive identity for the Lakers as the team will never be successful if they can't get stops. Nwaba fits that bill and will now get the chance to prove he can handle an NBA workload.



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Daniel Clark is no longer a part of MZT Skopje Aerodrom - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Great Britain international Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) is no longer a member of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom. The two sides have agreed on a contract termination. It has been agreed on mutual consent.

The big man has arrived to Jane Sandanski Arena to replace Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports). Has appeared in 15 AB League games, averaging 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. Daniel Clark has already left the team and is headed to his hometown of London.



Valencia's Kravtsov out for the season - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket center Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: BeoBasket) is set to miss at least the next 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals game due to a broken toe in his left foot, the club announced on Wednesday. Viacheslav Kravtsov (2.13 meters, 29 years old) went down early in Game 1 of the quarterfinals against Khimki Moscow Region, and although he could not come back to the floor, Valencia won 88-82. Despite playing just 3 minutes, Viacheslav Kravtsov had 2 points and 2 offensive rebounds, helping Valencia set a new EuroCup record with 27 offensive boards. He has averaged 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds while leading the 2016-17 EuroCup in two-point shooting percentage (39-of-50, 78%). Likewise, Valencia announced that piont guard Antoine Diot, who missed Game 1 with a foot injury, will be sidelined for the re-match, as well. Valencia faces Khimki in Game 2 of their best-of-three quarterfinal series on Friday.
Courtesy of: eurocupbasketball.com



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Jones, Lapua22.7 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket21.7 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.9 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.6 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.3 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki18.1 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.3 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.2 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.0 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Van, Korihait10.9 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot10.0 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.9 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.4 
 7. Morris, Lapua8.0 
 8. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto7.7 
 10. Williams, Salon V.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.3 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.1 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket7.0 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.9 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.6 
 6. Edwards, Lapua4.4 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.4 
 8. Williams, Lapua4.4 
 9. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.2 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 5. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 6. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Holloway, Korihait1.4 
 10. Rannikko, Kataja B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Bristol, Kataja B.1.6 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Van, Korihait1.1 
 6. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 8. Edwards, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 9. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 10. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 


Korisliiga Round 33: UU-Korihait try to escape the last position defeating Tampereen Pyrinto - 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.

Bottom-ranked UU-Korihait managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of seventeen consecutive losses on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted UU-Korihait won against ninth-ranked Tampereen Pyrinto 71-67. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Marcus Van (201-87, college: Cent.Michigan) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and guard Emmanuel Holloway (185-86, college: Illinois St., agency: Blacktop Management) chipped in 15 points. The best for the losing side was forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Newly promoted UU-Korihait maintains tenth place with 5-25 record. Tampereen Pyrinto lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. UU-Korihait are looking forward to face higher ranked KTP-Basket (#8) in Kotka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tampereen Pyrinto will have a break next round.
Korisliiga top team - Helsinki Seagulls (22-7) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked BC Nokia (13-17) 86-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Nokia. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) nailed 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Devonte Upson accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Isaiah Wilkerson (191-90, college: NJIT) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for BC Nokia in the defeat. Helsinki Seagulls maintains first place with 22-7 record. BC Nokia at the other side keeps the sixth position with 17 games lost. Helsinki Seagulls will play against Kouvot (#7) in Kouvola in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Nokia will play on the road against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kotka was also quite interesting. Third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (20-11) played at the court of 8th ranked KTP-Basket (11-20). Kauhajoen Karhu defeated KTP-Basket 103-90 on Wednesday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Austin Hollins who scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Antwan Scott who recorded 27 points and 4 assists. KTP-Basket's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains third place with 20-11 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Helsinki Seagulls. Loser KTP-Basket keeps the eighth position with 20 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet at home BC Nokia (#6) in the next round. KTP-Basket will play against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 33 Lapua lost to Salon Vilpas on the opponent's court 82-94. Kataja Basket managed to outperform Kouvot in a home game 96-91.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 7 rebounds by Jamal Jones of Lapua.

Pyrinto - Korihait 67-71

Bottom-ranked UU-Korihait managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of seventeen consecutive losses on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted UU-Korihait won against ninth-ranked Tampereen Pyrinto 71-67. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Marcus Van (201-87, college: Cent.Michigan) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and guard Emmanuel Holloway (185-86, college: Illinois St., agency: Blacktop Management) chipped in 15 points. The best for the losing side was forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Kelvin Lewis (195-88, college: Houston) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted UU-Korihait maintains tenth place with 5-25 record. Tampereen Pyrinto lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. UU-Korihait are looking forward to face higher ranked KTP-Basket (#8) in Kotka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tampereen Pyrinto will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: J.Bullock 12+8reb+2ast, A.Lehto 10+1reb+5ast, K.Lewis 10+6reb+5ast, T.Nelson 10+7reb+1ast, T.Palmi 9+6reb+1ast, J.Caven 8+3reb
Korihait: E.Holloway 15+2reb+3ast, P.Peltokangas 11+3reb+3ast, M.Herbert 11+6reb, M.Van 11+14reb+2ast, A.Alanen 9+3reb+2ast, M.Jalonen 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 488067


Salon Vilpas - Lapua 94-82

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (15-15) was defeated on the road by second ranked Salon Vilpas (22-8) 94-82 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was American forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Okko Jarvi (193-96) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Five Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) who recorded 28 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Salon Vilpas maintains second place with 22-8 record having just one point less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. Loser Lapuan Korikobrat keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Salon Vilpas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against Joensuun Kataja (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lapua: J.Jones 28+7reb, M.Edwards 12+4reb+3ast, D.Williams 11+8reb+3ast, D.Morris 9+6reb+2ast, A.Conerly 8+2reb+1ast, M.Van Andringa 6+5reb
Salon Vilpas: A.Coleman 18+10reb+1ast, O.Jarvi 17+4reb+5ast, M.Koivisto 15+1reb+3ast, B.Edwards 14+9reb, M.Ojala 13+4reb, J.Staten 11+2reb+7ast
gschID: 488070


Kataja Basket - Kouvot 96-91

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Joensuun Kataja (19-8) defeated at home 7th ranked Kouvot (12-17) 96-91 on Wednesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Kouvot's 32 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 24 Kouvot turnovers. Strangely Kouvot outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 41-23 including 30 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) who recorded 32 points and 7 rebounds and forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Kouvot players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains fourth place with 19-8 record. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will meet at home Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) in the next round. Kouvot will play against the league's leader Helsinki Seagulls and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: S.Pledger 32+7reb+1ast, R.Appleby 15+6ast, R.Buckles 14+9reb, M.Cuffee 13+7reb+3ast, A.Saarijarvi 6+4reb+2ast, T.Hirvonen 4+4reb+12ast
Kataja Basket: J.Bradley 25+6reb+1ast, R.Brown 24+6reb+3ast, V.Makalainen 23+4reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 9+6ast, K.Bristol 7+1reb+2ast, I.Seppala 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 488066


Helsinki Seagulls - BC Nokia 86-78

Korisliiga top team - Helsinki Seagulls (22-7) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked BC Nokia (13-17) 86-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Nokia. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-17. But BC Nokia won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Helsinki Seagulls players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) nailed 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and center Devonte Upson (206-93, college: SE Louisiana) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Isaiah Wilkerson (191-90, college: NJIT) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Javier Duren (193-93, college: Yale) added 19 points respectively for BC Nokia in the defeat. Four BC Nokia players scored in double figures. Helsinki Seagulls maintains first place with 22-7 record. BC Nokia at the other side keeps the sixth position with 17 games lost. Helsinki Seagulls will play against Kouvot (#7) in Kouvola in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Nokia will play on the road against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: J.Duren 19+4reb+1ast, I.Wilkerson 17+5reb+4ast, D.Dolenc 16+6reb, S.Barrett 14+4reb, H.Hirvikoski 6, A.Akpaso 6+1reb
Helsinki Seagulls: R.Cowels III 29+9reb+2ast, D.Upson 12+7reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 10+5reb+6ast, C.Lindbom 9+1reb, R.Abell 9+4reb+3ast, T.Heinonen 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 488068


KTP Basket - Kauhajoki 90-103

The game in Kotka was also quite interesting. Third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (20-11) played at the court of 8th ranked KTP-Basket (11-20). Kauhajoen Karhu defeated KTP-Basket 103-90 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Kauhajoen Karhu 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 KTP-Basket's 32. They outrebounded KTP-Basket 34-22 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kauhajoen Karhu looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) who scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Five Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Antwan Scott (188-92, college: Colorado St.) who recorded 27 points and 4 assists and guard Daniel Bailey (196-90, college: Queens, NC) added 26 points respectively. KTP-Basket's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains third place with 20-11 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Helsinki Seagulls. Loser KTP-Basket keeps the eighth position with 20 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet at home BC Nokia (#6) in the next round. KTP-Basket will play against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTP Basket: A.Scott 27+4reb+4ast, D.Bailey 26+3reb+2ast, S.Gay 13+4reb+3ast, V.Kopio 10+1reb, M.Barnes 6+1ast, M.Aalto 5+5reb+1ast
Kauhajoki: A.Hollins 27+6reb+5ast, D.Giles 22+10reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 13+5reb+2ast, D.Washington 12+6reb+3ast, J.Lehtoranta 11+3reb+4ast, T.Unruh 10+3reb+6ast
gschID: 488069





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

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Spain). He could not help one of league's weakest teams FC Barcelona (14-6) in their last game. Despite Koponen's very good performance FC Barcelona was edged in an overtime 83-81 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Movil Estudiantes. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Koponen also added 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 30 minutes on the court. It's Koponen's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.2apg, 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 96.4%(27-28) in 16 games he played so far. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in ABA League). Sulejmanovic was not able to help Cibona (11-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Cibona was edged 85-84 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked KK_Zadar (#12). Sulejmanovic scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sulejmanovic's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 60.2%(53-88), 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 51.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish. Sulejmanovic played for the Finnish national team in 2013.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France). He contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the closely-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-9) 72-64 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Murphy scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Strasbourg IG (11-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. This year Murphy's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 86.4% in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #4. Guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Gran Canaria (4-2) in their game against Hapoel Jerusalem (5-1) in the Eurocup. He recorded 6 points. Gran Canaria was badly defeated 87-67 in Jerusalem by the leading Hapoel. Salin's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 1.5rpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #5. An experienced international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-7) in their game against Pinar Karsiyaka (9-5) in the Basketball Champions League. Huff scored 9 points in 22 minutes. But the fifth-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-7) was badly defeated 72-52 in Karsiyaka by the second-ranked Pinar in the group A of Basketball Champions League. This year Huff's total stats are: 5.6ppg and 4.8rpg in five games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #6. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kolossos HH (10-9) in their game against Panathinaikos (18-1) in the Greek A1. Ahonen recorded 5 points and added 4 assists. Kolossos HH was defeated 82-73 at home by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. Ahonen has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #7. International point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Petteri Koponen in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Wilson helped Movil Estudiantes edge in an overtime the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (14-6) 83-81. He recorded 6 points in 22 minutes. Wilson has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilson is also Finnish national team player. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
   #8. Power forward Lauri Markkanen (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Arizona to a victory against the University of Southern California (4-10) 90-77 in the NCAA last Thursday. Markkanen recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The University of Arizona has a very solid 11-1 conference record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Markkanen has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg and 7.3rpg. Markkanen plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Matti Nuutinen
Matti Nuutinen
   #9. International forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chorale de Roanne (9-10) in their game against Boulazac Basket (9-10) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 9 points in 32 minutes. But Chorale de Roanne was edged 68-66 in Boulazac by the lower-ranked (#9) Basket. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Nuutinen has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 2.7rpg in 19 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #10. Power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) helped Crailsheim Merlins win their game against the closely-ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (16-9) crushing them 101-62 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. Kotti recorded 8 points. Crailsheim Merlins (20-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kotti has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Anton Odabasi (206-95, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Trabzonspor in their game against Darussafaka in the Turkish BSL. Odabasi cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 17 minutes. His team was edged 82-79. Odabasi has averaged so far 0.3ppg and 1.1rpg in seven games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

   #12. International shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matti Nuutinen and both played together in the last French ProB game. Kanervo couldn't help Chorale de Roanne in their game against Boulazac Basket. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Kanervo recorded only 2 points. His team was edged 68-66. Kanervo has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

   #13. International forward Oskar Michelsen (206-95, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Davidson in their game against the University of Dayton in the NCAA. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Michelsen scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 89-82. Michelsen has averaged so far 1.2ppg and 1.1rpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

   #14. Former international point guard Harold Fiifi Aidoo (187-96, is currently at the American university) managed to help Grand Canyon State University in a victory against the Chicago State University crushing them 82-59 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Aidoo recorded only one point in 16 minutes. Aidoo has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg in 27 games. He used to play for the Finnish national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Henri Ventoniemi (208-95, currently plays in NCAA2) helped University of West Florida win their game against the Lee University 90-81 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. Ventoniemi scored only 2 points. This season Ventoniemi averages just 1.8ppg. He used to play for the Finnish U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Remu Raitenan (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of San Francisco in a victory against the Pepperdine University (5-9) 76-65 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Raitenan scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. The University of San Francisco has 7-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Raitenan has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 3.6rpg in 29 games he played so far.

   #2. Anton Kankaanpaa (196-G-92, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Southern Nazarene University's victory against the Southern Arkansas 68-64 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. Kankaanpaa scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 22 minutes. The Southern Nazarene University has a solid 13-7 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Kankaanpaa has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.0rpg in 24 games.



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

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the 13th-ranked Maccabi T-A (8-15) 93-81 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. De Colo was MVP of the game. He scored 29 points (!!!) and added 3 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in 29 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (17-6) is placed second in group A. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 57.0%(77-135), 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 95.7%(89-93) in 16 games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the main contributor in an Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Baskonia (12-11) 96-85 in the Euroleague last Friday. Heurtel was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and making 11 passes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (12-11) is placed seventh in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Heurtel has relatively good stats this season: 14.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 6.0apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 38.4% and FT: 87.5%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Guerschon Yabusele
Guerschon Yabusele
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95, currently plays in China). Yabusele could not help Shanghai Sharks (30-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Shanghai Sharks were crushed 115-75 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Leopards. Yabusele had a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 48 minutes. Yabusele has very impressive stats this year: 21.6ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 62.9%(234-372), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 68.8% in 41 games. He played for the French U20 national team two years ago.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #4. Guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel in the Euroleague last game. Beaubois was not able to help Baskonia (12-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Baskonia (12-11) was defeated 96-85 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#7) in the group A of Euroleague. Beaubois was the top scorer with 23 points. This season Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.3apg. He is also French national team player.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #5. International small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Charlotte Hornets (26-33) in their last game. Despite Batum's very good performance the Charlotte Hornets (26-33) were edged 124-121 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. He was the second best scorer with 31 points. Batum also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 43 minutes. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 5.9apg and 1.1spg in 57 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #6. Power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in Darussafaka's victory against the 11th-ranked Trabzonspor (7-12) 82-79 in the Turkish BSL on Monday night. Moerman recorded 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (13-6) is placed fifth in the BSL. Moerman has reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson
   #7. Former international shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an overtime Movil Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (14-6) 83-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Jackson was the top player that evening. He recorded 32 points (!!!). Movistar Estudiantes (15-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Jackson's first season with the team. This year Jackson has very high stats. He averages: 23.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg. Jackson used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #8. Center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Utah Jazz's victory against the Washington Wizards (34-23) 102-92 in the NBA on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 20 rebounds. Gobert also added 3 assists and 4 blocks in 36 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 37-22 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gobert has very impressive stats this year: 13.0ppg, 12.8rpg, 1.1apg and 2.5bpg in 60 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #9. An experienced former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-12) crushing them 85-61 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Kirksay recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (16-5) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. Kirksay's overall stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 2.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Kirksay used to play for the French national team nine years ago. He played also for Mulhouse in French league.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
   #10. Shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Orlando Magic (22-38) in their last game. Despite Fournier's very good performance the Orlando Magic (22-38) lost 103-112 in Portland to the Trail Blazers. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Fournier also added 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. Fournier has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.3apg in 47 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. U20 international power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) couldn't help Mega Leks (9-15) in their last game on Monday. Despite Kaba's very good performance Mega Leks was defeated 87-80 at home by the much higher-ranked Partizan (#3). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Kaba also added 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Kaba averaged so far 11.0ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.6spg. He plays currently for the French U20 national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Enel Brindisi (9-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite M'Baye's very good performance Enel Brindisi was edged 90-88 in Torino by the higher-ranked Auxilium TO (#10). He was the second best scorer with 19 points. M'Baye also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season M'Baye has very high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2bpg. M'Baye used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

   #13. International point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers 105-97 in the NBA on Friday night. He recorded 17 points and added 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 31 minutes. Parker's stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.9apg in 45 games. He is also French national team player.

   #14. Former international point guard Andrew Albicy (177-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra (10-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Albicy's good performance Andorra was edged in an overtime 86-84 in Santoago de Comp by the much lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#15). He recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Albicy's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 7.4apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the French national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international guard Leo Westermann (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas to win against the league outsider Siauliai crushing them 101-50 in the Lithuanian LKL on Monday night. He scored 5 points and added 3 passes. Westermann's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.6apg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Baskonia (12-11) in their last game. Despite Tillie's very good performance Baskonia (#8) lost 85-96 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Anadolu Efes in the group A of Euroleague. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Baskonia's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Tillie's overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 3.7rpg in 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Academik Plovdiv (11-6) in their last game. Despite Semple's very good performance Academik Plovdiv was edged 82-80 in Sofia by the leading Lukoil Academic. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Semple also added 4 assists, 2 blocks and 5 steals in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Semple has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.3ppg, 12.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7bpg and 2.1spg in 16 games. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #3. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hapoel Eilat (12-9) in their last game. Despite Nissim's very good performance Hapoel Eilat lost 82-93 in Ashdod to the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Maccabi. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Nissim also added 3 passes in a mere 19 minutes. It was Hapoel Eilat's first loss after six consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Nissim is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Hapoel Eilat's roster. This season his overall stats are: 8.8ppg and 1.6apg in 18 games. Nissim is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #4. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help London Lions (12-10) in their last game. Despite Niktash's very good performance London Lions was edged 73-72 in Bristol by the lower-ranked (#8) Acadamy Flyers. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds in 36 minutes. Niktash averaged so far 13.4ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg in 12 games. He has both French and Iranian nationalities.

   #5. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point Angelico Biella's victory against the second-ranked Tortona (15-8) 80-78 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Udom scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group West. Angelico Biella (18-5) is placed first. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Udom averaged so far 11.0ppg and 5.4rpg. He also holds two passports: French and Italian.

   #6. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Monthey (13-4) in their last game. Despite Maruotto's very good performance Monthey lost 68-80 at home to the lower-ranked (#8) Boncourt. He was the top scorer with 22 points in 27 minutes. Maruotto averaged so far 11.9ppg and 3.3rpg in 16 games. He has French and Swiss nationalities.

   #7. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Maccabi Rishon in their game against EnBW Ludwigsburg in the Basketball Champions League. Kadir scored only 4 points and added 4 passes in 23 minutes. His team was edged 84-82. This year Kadir's overall stats are: 4.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7apg in 15 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #8. Marc Gosselin (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led W.Carolina to a victory against the Virginia Military Institute 81-68 in the NCAA on Monday night. Gosselin had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals in 37 minutes. This year Gosselin's overall stats are: 8.9ppg and 6.5rpg in 31 games.

   #9. Aleek Pauline (185-PG-87, college: Norfolk St., currently plays in Holland) couldn't help Weert in their game against Den Bosch in the Dutch Eredivisie. He scored 9 points, made 4 passes and 5 steals. His team was edged 74-72. Pauline's overall stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg and 2.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Pauline used to play for Union Bourbourg Grande Synthe in French league.

   #10. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) managed to help Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek in a victory against the eighth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut 81-69 in the Belgian Euromillions League in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points in 27 minutes. Chada averaged so far 10.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg in 21 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Belgian.



Vitre tabs Sebastien Michineau - by Philippe Burstert

Aurore de Vitre (NM1) inked 26-year old point guard Sebastien Michineau (180-91, college: S.Idaho JC). He played recently at Union Basket Chartres Metropole in the NM1. The last season Michineau played also at UB Chartres where in 35 NM1 games he recorded 5.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.1apg.
His team made it to the NM1 Play-Offs Semifinals in 2015.
Michineau has played previously for three other teams: ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, Provence Basket and Poitiers.
He attended College of Southern Idaho until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Limoges ink Jerome Randle - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) agreed terms with 30-year old Ukrainian ex-international point guard Jerome Randle (175-77kg-87, college: California). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Randle He started the season at 36ers in Australian NBL league. In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.4apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Randle played at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL where in 21 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.8apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Randle also played 6 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg.
Randle has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He represented Ukraine at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 70.0%.
Randle is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium, China, Israel, Turkey (Trabzonspor, Aliaga and Eskisehir Basket), NBA (Dallas Mavericks), Ukraine (Azovmash) and D-League (Texas Legends, Maine Red Claws and Delaware 87ers).
Randle attended University of California until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
He could be described: A PG with great athletic skills, who can easily play at the upper level despite size. Has great court vision, can serve a teammate in a surprising way, simply because he's sometimes umpredictable. Can score and defend, doesn' t fear any opponent or situation. Great leadership and sparkling style of play seem to grant him a long career.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MZT Skopje and Daniel Clark part ways - by Mario Divanisov

Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) is no longer a member of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom as both sides decide on mutual agreement to part ways after four months together.
The British international joined the defending champion at the end of October as a replacement for Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) and managed to play in 15 ABA League games recording 8.5ppg and 4.2rpg. He also played 7 games in the EuroCup managing 11.1ppg and 4.1rpg for 24 minutes on court per game, but jet did not fulfill the expectations of the Macedonian side.
The wingman will be the seventh player to leave KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom this season after Jeremiah Massey, Torey Thomas (178-PG-85, college: Holy Cross), Andrej Cvetkovski (191-PG-96), Uros Lucic (207-PF-83, agency: 011 Sports), Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-PG-87) and Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, agency: Octagon Europe) who recently picked up a season ending injury.

This will come as a big blow for Ante Nazor (agency: XL Basketball Agency ) as KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom has two more games in the relegation battle in the ABA League against Montenegrin sides KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica and KK Mornar Basket Bar as well as the upcoming matches in the home front where the team defends the title.



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A League Round 6: Tskaltubo beat BC Titebi by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 6 in the A League took place in Tskaltubo. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers BC Titebi (3-3) to fifth ranked Tskaltubo (3-3) 99-96 in the game for the third place. Tskaltubo made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 BC Titebi turnovers. Strangely BC Titebi outrebounded Tskaltubo 53-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Travante Williams (197-93, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 50 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) contributed with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. American guard Ryan Aaron (190-91, college: S.Nazarene) replied with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for BC Titebi. Tskaltubo have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Arena-76 and BC Titebi. Tskaltubo is looking forward to face Arena-76 (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BC Titebi will play against SEU Tbilisi and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Hyundai-TSU (#2) and SEU Tbilisi (#6). Hyundai-TSU (4-2) smashed visiting SEU Tbilisi (0-6) by 25 points 85-60. South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-88, college: San Diego) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Sandro Sanadze chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jamal Wilson (195-90, college: Rhode Island) with 20 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. Hyundai-TSU maintains second position with 4-2 record behind leader DELTA. SEU Tbilisi at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Hyundai-TSU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SEU Tbilisi will play against BC Titebi (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game for DELTA (5-1) which hosted in 3rd ranked Arena-76 (3-3). First ranked DELTA managed to get a 6-point victory 74-68. Laron Griffin notched 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the effort. Even 8 points and 20 rebounds by Oleksandr Rychlyuk did not help to save the game for Arena-76. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first position with 5-1 record. Arena-76 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Tskaltubo and BC Titebi. DELTA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Arena-76 will play against Tskaltubo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Hyundai-TSU - SEU Tbilisi 85-60

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Hyundai-TSU (#2) and SEU Tbilisi (#6). Hyundai-TSU (4-2) smashed visiting SEU Tbilisi (0-6) by 25 points 85-60. SEU Tbilisi was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Hyundai-TSU forced 19 SEU Tbilisi turnovers. South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-88, college: San Diego) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Sandro Sanadze (188-95) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Gabriel is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Hyundai-TSU players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jamal Wilson (195-90, college: Rhode Island) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Richard Matiashvili (207-89, agency: Aspire Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 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. Hyundai-TSU maintains second position with 4-2 record behind leader DELTA. SEU Tbilisi at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Hyundai-TSU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SEU Tbilisi will play against BC Titebi (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hyundai-TSU: C.Gabriel 21+11reb, S.Sanadze 16+3reb+2ast, L.Giorgadze 14+2reb+2ast, G.Korsantia 10+7reb, C.Anderson 9+8ast, D.Aphkhazava 7+2reb+2ast
SEU Tbilisi: J.Wilson 20+7reb+1ast, E.Gaines 11+8reb+1ast, R.Matiashvili 10+10reb+3ast, G.Tsirikidze 7+2reb, V.Koguashvili 6+6reb+3ast, I.Jankhoteli 4+1reb+1ast
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DELTA - Arena-76 74-68

An interesting game for DELTA (5-1) which hosted in 3rd ranked Arena-76 (3-3). First ranked DELTA managed to get a 6-point victory 74-68. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. DELTA shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Arena-76 only scored five points from the stripe. DELTA forced 20 Arena-76 turnovers. American center Laron Griffin (205-89, college: E.Washington) notched 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the effort and forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) supported him with 18 points. Even 8 points and 20 rebounds by Ukrainian power forward Oleksandr Rychlyuk (208-84) did not help to save the game for Arena-76. American guard Rodnerius Lewis (193-93, college: Stillman) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first position with 5-1 record. Arena-76 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Tskaltubo and BC Titebi. DELTA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Arena-76 will play against Tskaltubo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DELTA: Z.Antadze 18+3reb+1ast, S.Lobjanidze 12+1reb+3ast, L.Eliadze 11+7reb, D.Ray 10+3reb, I.Alkhanaidze 10+3reb+1ast, L.Griffin 8+12reb+2ast
Arena-76: R.Lewis 14+5reb+5ast, M.Abaishvili 12+3reb+4ast, K.Bitsadze 12+6reb+1ast, P.Alexis 10+4reb, O.Rychlyuk 8+20reb+3ast, Z.Maisuradze 5+1reb+1ast
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Tskaltubo - BC Titebi 99-96

The most exciting game of round 6 in the A League took place in Tskaltubo. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers BC Titebi (3-3) to fifth ranked Tskaltubo (3-3) 99-96 in the game for the third place. Tskaltubo made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 BC Titebi turnovers. Strangely BC Titebi outrebounded Tskaltubo 53-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Travante Williams (197-93, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 50 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. American guard Ryan Aaron (190-91, college: S.Nazarene) replied with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists in the effort for BC Titebi. Four BC Titebi players scored in double figures. Tskaltubo have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Arena-76 and BC Titebi. Tskaltubo is looking forward to face Arena-76 (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BC Titebi will play against SEU Tbilisi and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tskaltubo: T.Williams 50+10reb+2ast, D.Sviridov 20+10reb+1ast, B.Blackmon 12+4reb+4ast, D.Dvalishvili 9+6reb+4ast, G.Kutchava 6+1reb+3ast, G.Kandelaki 2+4reb+1ast
BC Titebi: R.Aaron 24+9reb+4ast, N.Drayton 19+11reb, G.Gamqrelidze 16+5reb+12ast, G.Dvali 16+3reb+1ast, A.Flannigan 8+14reb+2ast, R.Didia 7+4reb
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Marquez Haynes selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Umana Venezia (12-8) in their last game. Despite Haynes' very good performance Umana Venezia lost 82-91 on the road to the league outsider (#16) Vanoli Cremona. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Haynes also added 5 passes in 29 minutes on the court. It was Umana Venezia's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Haynes' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 37.1%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 84.9% in 20 games he played so far. Haynes is a naturalized American. He played for the Georgian senior national team six years ago. Strangely Haynes has never played in Georgia.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the major contributor in an AEK Athens' victory against the fourth-ranked Juventus (8-6) crushing them 75-54 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. Dixon scored 14 points and added 5 passes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. AEK Athens (9-5) is placed second in group E. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Dixon has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.3%(51-89), 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 78.6%. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Italy). Hickman led Armani Milano to a victory against the 12th-ranked Juvecaserta (9-11) 78-74 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored 11 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 30 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (17-3) is placed first in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Hickman averages: 8.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 66.7% in 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Hickman played for the Georgian national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #4. Point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Bnei Hasharon's victory against the league leader Maccabi T-A (15-5) 99-92 in the Israeli Winner League last Tuesday. Green scored 21 points and added 4 passes in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bnei Hertzeliyya (12-8) is placed third in the Winner League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Green has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.5spg in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2010. However he has never played in Georgia.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #5. International power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra (10-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Burjanadze's very good performance Andorra was edged in an overtime 86-84 in Santoago de Comp by the much lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#15). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Burjanadze's stats this season are: 10.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #6. An experienced center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) helped Golden State Warriors win their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (21-38) 119-108 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Pachulia recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 50-9 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Pachulia's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg in 48 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #7. International center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Beka Burjanadze and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Shermadini was not able to secure a victory for Andorra (10-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Andorra was edged in an overtime 86-84 in Santoago de Comp by the much lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#15). Shermadini recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Shermadini averaged so far 14.8ppg and 7.8rpg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #8. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Lietuvos rytas (16-8) in their game against Lietkabelis (18-6) in the Lithuanian LKL, despite his good performance last Saturday. He scored 10 points in 16 minutes. But Lietuvos rytas lost 77-86 in Panevezys to the second-ranked Lietkabelis. This year Fisher's total stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.5apg in 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #9. Former international point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Khimky (4-2) in their game against Valencia Basket (6-0) in the Eurocup. He recorded 7 points. Khimky was defeated 88-82 in Valencia by the leading Basket. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Pullen has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Pullen used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

Giorgi Sharabidze
Giorgi Sharabidze
   #10. Center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) helped Feni Industries win their game against the closely-ranked Strumica (5-7) crushing them 97-69 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Saturday night's game. Sharabidze recorded 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 19 minutes. KK Feni Industries (11-2) is placed second in the Prva Liga. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Sharabidze has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg in 10 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help KK Primorska in their game against Zlatorog in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Sanadze recorded 5 points and added 4 assists. His team was defeated 78-64. Sanadze has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. Sanadze plays currently for the Georgian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Jesi in their game against Virtus Bologna in the Italian Serie A2 (second division), despite his very good performance on Monday night. He was the second best scorer with 15 points in 20 minutes. But his team lost 88-98. Janelidze has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 3.1rpg in 23 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Xuven Cambados to win against the closely-ranked CB Granada 76-63 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Gelazonia recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Gelazonia has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 5.0rpg. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Merabi Mirziashvili (207-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Innova Chef in their game against Naron in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Mirziashvili scored only 4 points in 18 minutes. His team was edged 72-70. Mirziashvili has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.8rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U18 international guard Zurab Kereselidze (192-97, currently plays in Czech Republic) helped MMCITE Brno win their game against the sixth-ranked BK Lions Hradec 95-77 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. Kereselidze scored only 2 points. This season Kereselidze averages just 0.4ppg. He used to play for the Georgian U18 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Quinton Hosley (201-F-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Iran) led Arak to a victory over the third-ranked Tabriz (0-1) 91-80 in the Iranian Superleague in Thursday night's game. Hosley was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group 1. Shahrdary Arak (2-0) is placed first. Hosley has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.5apg and 3.2spg. Hosley is a naturalized American. However he has never played in Georgia.

   #2. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Argentina) could not help San Lorenzo (25-11) in their last game. Despite Diaz's good performance the first-placed San Lorenzo (25-11) was edged 85-83 at home by the second-ranked Ferrocarril in the Sur group. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was San Lorenzo's third consecutive loss in a row. Diaz's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Puerto Rican.

   #3. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the closely-ranked Khimky (4-2) 88-82 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Thomas recorded only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all six games in the Quarter-Finals. Thomas' total stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 4.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.



Williams' double-double lands him A League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old forward Travante Williams (197-F-93, agency: Duran International) had an amazing evening in the last round for Tskaltubo and receives a Eurobasket.com A League Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 50 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out BC Titebi (3-3) 99-96. Tskaltubo is placed at 4th position in Georgian A League. Tskaltubo 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 3-3 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Tskaltubo's top player in his first season with the team. Alaska-Fairbanks graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is league's best scorer averaging so far 33.8ppg. Williams is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 3.3spg,56.5% FGP and 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Christopher Gabriel (210-C-88) of league's second-best Hyundai-TSU. He is South African center in his first season at Hyundai-TSU. In the last game Gabriel recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Hyundai-TSU to another comfortable win outscoring SEU Tbilisi (#6, 0-6) 85-60. Hyundai-TSU's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Gabriel is one of the most experienced players at Hyundai-TSU and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.8ppg (#9). He also registered 10.0 boards per game. Former University of San Diego star Gabriel is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to another Tskaltubo's star - center Dmitry Sviridov (212-C-85). Sviridov scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Tskaltubo, helping his team with a 99-96 win against BC Titebi (3-3). Tskaltubo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Sviridov has a great season in Georgia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Aaron (190-G-91) of BC Titebi - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Oleksandr Rychlyuk (208-F/C-84) of Arena-76 - 8 points, 20 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nate Drayton (203-F-91) of BC Titebi - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86) of BC Titebi - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Laron Griffin (205-C-89) of DELTA - 8 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Armani Flannigan (203-F-92) of BC Titebi - 8 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Zviad Antadze (198-F-88) of DELTA - 18 points and 3 rebounds

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



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Johannes Voigtmann's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Germans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (12-11) in their last game. Despite Voigtmann's good performance the eighth-placed Baskonia (12-11) lost 85-96 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Anadolu Efes in the group A of Euroleague. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. Voigtmann also added 3 assists in 26 minutes on the court. It was Baskonia's third consecutive loss in a row. Voigtmann has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 64.7%(75-116), 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 75.0% in 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Isaiah Hartenstein
Isaiah Hartenstein
   #2. Second place goes to U18 international power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Lithuania). Hartenstein was the major contributor in Zalgiris' victory against the league outsider Siauliai (3-21) crushing them 101-50 in the Lithuanian LKL last Monday. He scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (22-2) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Hartenstein's first season with the team. This year Hartenstein averages: 5.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 71.4%. He is in the roster of the German U18 national team.

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). Schroeder led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Boston Celtics (38-22) 114-98 in the NBA on Monday night. He was MVP of the game. Schroeder recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 33-26 record this season. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Schroeder is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Hawks' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Schroeder averages: 17.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.3apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 33.5% and FT: 83.2% in 58 games. He played for the German national team two years ago.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #4. Forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the New Orleans Pelicans (23-37) 96-83 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Nowitzki scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks have 24-35 record this season. Nowitzki has been at the team for nineteen years. This season he has very high stats. Nowitzki averages: 13.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the German national team back in 2015.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #5. Former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his French team JSF Nanterre win their game against the fifth-ranked Spirou Charleroi 86-78 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. Schaffartzik scored 14 points and added 7 passes in 24 minutes. JSF Nanterre (4-2) is placed second in group N. This year Schaffartzik has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.8apg in 14 games. He used to play for the German national team two years ago.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #6. Forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Zaragoza (7-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Benzing's very good performance Zaragoza was defeated 99-88 at home by the much higher-ranked Baskonia (#4). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Benzing also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Benzing has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Moritz Wagner
Moritz Wagner
   #7. Former U18 international forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Michigan win their game against the Purdue University (10-3) 82-70 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Wagner scored 24 points in 27 minutes. The University of Michigan has 6-6 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Wagner's stats this year are: 12.6ppg and 4.1rpg in 29 games. He used to play for the German U18 national team three years ago.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #8. Center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Galatasaray (7-16) in their game against Crvena Zvezda (13-10) in the Euroleague. Pleiss cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 3 assists. The bottom-ranked Galatasaray (#16) was badly defeated 77-58 in Beograd by the much higher-ranked Crvena Zvezda (#6) in the group A of Euroleague. Pleiss' overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1bpg. He plays currently for the German national team.

Kostja Mushidi
Kostja Mushidi
   #9. U20 international swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Serbian team Mega Leks win their game against one of league's weakest teams Mornar Bar (8-16) 89-81 in the ABA League on Wednesday night. Mushidi scored 7 points in 20 minutes. BC Mega Leks (9-15) is placed tenth in the ABA League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Mushidi's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.6apg in 22 games. He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.

Christian Sengfelder
Christian Sengfelder
   #10. Forward Christian Sengfelder (201-95, currently studies in the States) helped Fordham win their game against the University of Duquesne (8-6) 70-52 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Sengfelder scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Fordham University has rather weak 4-8 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Sengfelder averaged so far 12.3ppg and 5.0rpg. He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Cameron Neubauer (202-94, is currently at the American university) helped San Diego win their game against the University of Portland 85-82 in the NCAA last Saturday. Neubauer scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes. Neubauer averaged so far 11.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.3apg in 29 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U16 international swingman Roland Nyama (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Stony Brook (10-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Stony Brook lost 52-65 on their home court in Stony Brook to the University of Maryland -Baltimore County. Nyama scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. Nyama averaged so far 11.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg in 29 games. He used to play for the German U16 national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Gmunden Swans (16-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Klette's good performance Gmunden Swans was defeated 80-70 in Oberwart by the leading Redwell Gunners. He recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Klette averaged so far 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.6apg. He used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Kenneth Ogbe (198-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Utah Valley win their game against the New Mexico State University 84-72 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Ogbe recorded 16 points. Ogbe averaged so far 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Michael Kessens (206-91, agency: Court Side, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the FIU in their game against the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio in the NCAA. He recorded 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. His team was edged 69-67. Kessens averaged so far 12.9ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the German U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay). Wachsmann could not help Defensor (4-8) to beat Bigua (6-5). He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Wachsmann scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Defensor (#7) was edged 82-80 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Bigua (#4) in the Promocional 1 group. The Second Stage already ended. Wachsmann's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.4apg.

   #2. Mateo Zovko (192-SG-98, currently plays in Bosnia) was not able to help Zrinjski HT in their game against Spars Sarajevo (10-6) in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Zovko recorded 9 points in 22 minutes. But Zrinjski HT lost 74-88 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Spars Sarajevo. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Zovko's total stats are: 8.3ppg and 4.0rpg in 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: German and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite Zovko's German passport, he currently plays for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the German team.

   #3. Frederik Joerg (214-C-92, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the St.Martin's University (8-8) in their last game. Despite Joerg's very good performance the St.Martin's University was crushed 90-66 on the road by the Western Washington. He scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 26 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. This year Joerg's total stats are: 8.8ppg and 5.3rpg in 21 games.

   #4. Tyree Chambers (188-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) led Le Moyne College to an easy victory against the New Haven University crushing them 72-41 in the NCAA2 last Tuesday. Chambers recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Le Moyne College has a very solid 13-4 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Chambers' total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg.

   #5. Sven Jeuschede (190-G-95, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Montana St. - Billings (7-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Montana St. - Billings were edged 79-77 in Portland by the Concordia University, OR. Jeuschede scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was Montana St. -'s fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. This year Jeuschede's total stats are: 5.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg in 23 games.

   #6. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) led Iraklis to a victory against the closely-ranked Doukas 88-77 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 13 points. Cheilaris' total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 2.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Greek. Despite Cheilaris' German nationality, he previously played for the Greek U16 national team and probably cannot be called to the German team.

   #7. Sven Stammberger (198-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Panthers 90-75 in the Canadian university league CIS last Friday. Stammberger scored 10 points in 24 minutes. Stammberger averaged so far 14.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in 19 games. He has both Canadian and German nationalities.

   #8. Philip Jalalpoor (188-PG-93, college: Lower Columbia CC, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the University of British Columbia in their game against the Bisons in the Canadian CIS. Jalalpoor recorded 6 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 75-79. This year Jalalpoor's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.6apg in 21 games.

   #9. Javon Baumann (203-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the St.Joseph's in their game against the St.Bonaventure University in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Baumann scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 83-77. Baumann's total stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #10. Philipp Hartwich (216-C-95, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Portland in their game against the Brigham Young University in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Hartwich recorded only one point and had 3 steals in 21 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 97-78. This year Hartwich's total stats are: 1.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7bpg in 28 games.



Paul Carter (Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket) The D-league Will Make A Man Out Of You Quick Because It's Truly Sink Or Swim - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Paul Carter (205-F-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) is a 29 year old 205cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas playing his sixth professional season and first with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. the New Zealand Breakers (Australia-NBL). This season he has already played with three teams starting with ALBA Berlin (Germany-BBL) playing 4 Eurocup: games averaging 4.5ppg, 1.3rpg and playing 8 German BBL games averaging 2.5ppg, 1.6rpg and then moved to the New Zealand Breakers (Australia-NBL) playing 11 games averaging 9.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 50.0%, FT: 64.3%Last season he played with the Sharks Antibes (France-ProA) playing 33 games: 10.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 70.5%. He started his basketball career with Minnesota (NCAA) before moving to Ill.-Chicago (NCAA) for his final year and played 31 games averaging 14.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 76.7%. He started his professional basketball career in 2011 with Proteas Danoi AEL (Cyprus-Division A): 4 games: 14.8ppg, in Dec.'11 moved to Utah Jazz (NBA), later that month signed at Idaho Stampede (D-League): 34 games: 11.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 79.3%. In the 2012-2013 season he joined the Idaho Stampede (D-League): 9 games: 3.0ppg, 2.7rpg, in Jan.'13 signed at Springfield Armor (D-League): 23 games: 5.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 77.8%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for Elizur Ashkelon (Israel-National League): 8 games: 15.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 79.5%. Two seaons ago, he got further experience with Lapuan Korikobrat (Finland-Korisliiga,playing 40 games: Score-2 (19.7ppg), Reb-1 (12.5rpg), 2.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 79.8%. He spoke to eurobasket after leaving Alba Berlin and going to the New Zealand Breakers.

Paul thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how was your Christmas?

Thank you! I'm Currently in Auckland New Zealand. My Christmas was unusual being that I spent it on a plane. My wife and I left The States Christmas Eve and landed the day after Christmas.


The new year 2017 is slowly coming upon us and you are headed to New Zealand to the Breakers. What personal goals in basketball and as a man do you want to achieve the next year?


I honestly want to help the Breakers get back to the finals and win! As a man I'm hoping to be able to start a family this year!


You had a short stay with Alba Berlin coming in getting a short term contract. Many people didn't understand why the club got two forwards with you and Tony Gaffney. It was only obvious one player would suffer less minutes.

Yes, it was an interesting situation, one I wasn't accustomed to for sure. Playing minimal to no minutes was very hard but I learned a lot about myself and the business as well.


Then Tony Gaffney got injured and nothing changed with your minutes. How disappointed were you with how your stay with Alba Berlin ended up?

I was disappointed I didn't get to play more but Alba has a great group of guys and my teammates kept me positive. They all believed in my skills and abilities so them having confidence in me really helped uplift my spirits in a tough situation.

Sometimes the coach and player don't go eye to eye, or a player doesn't fit into the system or there is just too big of a rotation. Why do you feel did you not fit in?

It was just the timing and situation, my strengths are playing on the wing with my size and length but Alba didn't need me there, so playing the stretch 4 and very limited minutes was challenging but that's all Alba really needed from me.


Were you able to take away any positives from your Alba Berlin stay?

I took a lot of positives! I learned a different style of basketball from coach Ahmet and I also learned how to be more effective with limited minutes. It's strengthened my mental approach as well.


Now you are headed to a new world with New Zealand to the Breakers. With what expectations are you going there?

I'm just expecting to work hard and play my game. I'll be playing my actual position so it'll be a smooth adjustment.


You will be playing with ex NBA player David Stockton as well as perhaps New Zealands best player ever Kirk Penny who played for Alba Berlin 10 years ago. What will it mean to you being able to play with a legend like Kirk Penny?

Kirk is an awesome player and person! I'm hoping to learn a lot from him!!! He's a talented scorer but a true leader and professional. I feel blessed to have him and David as teammates this season.


Let's talk a little about your basketball career. In just a few years you have played all over in places like Cyprus, D-League, Mexico, Israel, Finland and France. What besides the traveling do you adore most about being a basketball globetrotter?

It's the people. I love meeting new people and being immersed in new cultures. Building relationships is what matters most to me, it's been a challenging journey but the people I've met have made it worthwhile.

Last season you played with the Sharks Antibes (France-ProA). How intense were the battles in practice with Tim Blue who has had a solid professional career?

Our practice was really intense! Tim is a great player and competitor I loved when guys would go at it! Tim makes sure you bring it every time you're on the floor.


Two seasosn ago you played with Lapuan Korikobrat (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 40 games Score-2 (19.7ppg), Reb-1 (12.5rpg), 2.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 79.8%. Did it at times feel like you were a man playing with kids?

Lol No I wouldn't say that, I was just in a great situation! My coaches Derrick Crayton and Nenad Stevonovic trusted me 100% and allowed me to show my strengths and play my style of basketball.

Your teammate was Austin Rowland who played in Germany many years ago with Ulm, Trier and Giessen and set a single game assist record with 18 with Ulm. What do you remember him doing on the court that will always stick in your mind?

Austen was a true floor general! He made sure everyone was where they needed to be and he was super competitive! If he ever beat you at anything in practice you would never forget it! Lol


You started your professional career in 2011 with Proteas Danoi AEL (Cyprus-Division A): 4 games: 14.8ppg, What wasy our wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were far away from home in Little Rock, Arkansas?

I'm actually born and raised in LOS ANGELES. I only lived in Little Rock for one year of my life hopefully that will be corrected. But my wake up call was actually the freedom offensively. In college a lot of players are really restricted. When I got to Cyprus my coach didn't care how I played, but he just wanted me to be assertive and smart.


You then moved to the Idaho Stampede (D-League): 34 games: 11.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 79.3%. You had had work outs with NBA teams as well. Did you ever feel like the NBA could be a closer step for you than a reach?

I always felt the NBA is where I belonged and in many ways I still believe that! The D- league taught me so much in such a short time. The D-league will make a man out of you quick! It's truly sink or swim.

In your second professional season you split time with the Idaho Stampede (D-League): 9 games: 3.0ppg, 2.7rpg, in Jan.'13 signed at Springfield Armor (D-League): 23 games: 5.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 77.8%. It was a rather disappointing season. What did you learn about the NBA dream in conjunction with the D-league that the whole experience is purely a business?

Pretty much. I thought things were going to go very different at times my situation had nothing to do with my ability on the court. I leaned that in this business it's not just about who can put the ball in the hole.


You started your basketball career in 2008 with Minnesota where you played 63 NCAA games in two seasons. You had some very talented guys there like a Royce White as well as Trevor Mbakwe coming in in your second season. Why did you go after two years? Did you feel you couldn't develop further under Tubby Smith?

I left because my younger sister Bria was diagnosed with Cancer. I left to be closer to her during her chemo therapy treatment.


Trevor Mbakwe didn't play in your last season, but you saw him in practice. Did you know that he would become such a great player at Minnesota and develop into a Euroleague player

I knew Trevor would great! I honestly believed he was a sure in for the NBA, him and Rodney Williams. Trevor's hustle and worth ethic is 2nd to none!


You moved to Ill.-Chicago (NCAA,) playing 31 games: 14.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 76.7%How did head coach Howard Moore give you that extra kick your senior year and groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Moore was great! He put me in position to succeed and exploit my talents. It was a rough year but he believed in me the whole way through and allowed me to play through failure and successes.


Who was the best player that you battled in college that is in the NBA now?

Gordon Hayward and Evan Turner were the toughest they both have great size and a great skill set.


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

MJ, Magic, LeBron, Kobe, No particular order

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

He's for sure top 3 in my book behind MJ and Magic

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

Garnett is top 5 for sure! But I'm
Not sure what order that's a tough list!


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

They're so many great NBA performances, but it's way up there.


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?


Numbers don't lie! Westbrook is having a crazy season, James Harden is too! I'm happy to see them doing well.


What was your most memorable Christmas experience in North Carolina when you were a kid?

North Carolina? Lol

What was the last movie that you saw?

Star Wars Rougue one I'm a huge Star Wars fan!!!


Thanks Paul for the chat.



German BBL round 23 best performance: Julian Gamble - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Telekom Bsk, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Bayreuth (#4, 15-6) 101-94. Telekom Bsk is placed at 6th position in German BBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Telekom Bsk will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. In the team's last game Gamble had a remarkable 86.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Julian Gamble averages this season 11.4ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets. Kramer had a very good evening with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as EWE Baskets lost that game 88-96 to league's leader Ratiopharm (#1, 22-0). This loss caused EWE Baskets to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kramer is one of the most experienced players at EWE Baskets and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Marcos Knight (188-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of Jena (#10). Knight showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Jena, leading his team to a 102-92 win against the lower-ranked Goettingen (#13, 8-15). The chances of Jena ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Knight could help Jena to bring them higher in the standings. Knight has a great season in Germany. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 6.6rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jake Odum (193-PG-91) of Wuerzburg - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Frank Gaines (191-SG-90) of Vechta - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Assem Marei (206-F-92) of Bayreuth - 22 points and 10 rebounds
7. Waverly Austin (211-C-91) of Bremerhaven - 24 points and 11 rebounds
8. Ryan Thompson (198-F/G-89) of Telekom Bsk - 22 points and 6 assists
9. Brian Qvale (210-C-88) of EWE Baskets - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm - 29 points and 5 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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Giannis Antetokounmpo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (26-32) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (26-32) lost 95-109 on the road to the Utah Jazz. He had a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 12 rebounds. Antetokounmpo also added 3 assists and 5 steals in 34 minutes on the court. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 57.5%(440-765), 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 78.6% in 57 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Antetokounmpo is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the fifth-ranked Ventspils (7-7) 70-61 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. Bramos recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. Bramos' overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg, 3FGP: 43.7% and FT: 84.6%. He is a naturalized American. Bramos played for the Greek national team in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in EuroCup). He led his Russian team Lokomotiv to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Zenit (3-3) crushing them 75-52 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Vougioukas recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-1) is placed first in the Eurocup. Vougioukas' overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 58.4%(52-89) and FT: 70.2%. Former Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus starter played for the Greek national team three years ago.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #4. Center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-12) crushing them 85-61 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded 6 points in only 14 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (16-5) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It's Bogris' first season with the team. This year Bogris' overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.9rpg in 21 games. He is also Greek national team player.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #5. International center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Sacramento Kings (25-35) in their last game on Monday. Despite Koufos' good performance the Sacramento Kings (25-35) were defeated 102-88 in Minnesota by the Timberwolves. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Koufos' total stats this season are: 6.2ppg and 5.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Koufos plays currently for the Greek national team. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #6. An experienced small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams FC Barcelona (14-6) in their game against Movil Estudiantes (15-5) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Perperoglou recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. FC Barcelona was edged in an overtime 83-81 in Madrid by the higher-ranked (#4) Movil Estudiantes. This year Perperoglou's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 3.2rpg in 14 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #7. Former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Brose Baskets (8-15) in their game against Zalgiris (10-13) in the Euroleague. Zisis scored 5 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. The 12th-placed Brose Baskets (8-15) was defeated 91-86 in Kaunas by the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#10) in the group A of Euroleague. Zisis has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.5apg. He used to play for the Greek national team two years ago.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #8. Power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Boca Juniors (11-26) in their last game. Despite Lampropoulos' good performance Boca Juniors (#9) lost 60-69 in Bahia Blanca to the higher-ranked (#3) Weber Bahia in the Sur group. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Lampropoulos also added 4 assists in 33 minutes. Lampropoulos has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.8apg in 37 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2003.

Leonidas Kaselakis
Leonidas Kaselakis
   #9. Former U20 international small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Kazakhstan team Astana to a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked Avtodor (5-12) 79-78 in the VTB United League last Saturday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. BK Astana (8-10) is placed seventh in the VTB United League. Kaselakis has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in 18 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team seven years ago.

Dimitrios Katsivelis
Dimitrios Katsivelis
   #10. Guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leonidas Kaselakis and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Katsivelis contributed to a 1-point Astana's victory against the closely-ranked Avtodor (5-12) 79-78. He recorded 8 points and added 11 passes in 29 minutes. Katsivelis has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.9apg and 1.3spg in 15 games. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Oregon to a 2-point victory against the Stanford University 75-73 in the NCAA last Saturday. Dorsey scored 15 points. Dorsey has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Dorsey plays currently for the Greek national team. Interesting that he has never played in Greece.

   #12. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra in their game against Blusens Monbus in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Antetokounmpo cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 10 minutes. His team was edged in an overtime 86-84. Antetokounmpo has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 3.4rpg in 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

   #13. Former U18 international center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-94, currently studies in the States) led Cal-Irvine to a 3-point victory against the Cal State - Northridge 83-80 in the NCAA last Saturday. Dimakopoulos scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg in 29 games. Dimakopoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international forward Konstantinos Mitoglou (208-96, is currently at the American university) contributed to a Wake Forest's victory against the University of Pittsburgh 63-59 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Mitoglou has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 5.9rpg. He used to play for the Greek U19 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U20 international swingman Anastasios Traianos (197-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Manchester Giants in their game against Leeds Force in the British BBL. Traianos scored only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team lost 71-81. Traianos has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 3.1rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) led his Turkish team Usak Sportlif to a victory over the seventh-ranked Oradea crushing them 108-82 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. Auguste was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 12 rebounds in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Auguste's third season in pro basketball. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbolis placed third in group Q. It's Auguste's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Auguste averages: 19.5ppg, 11.5rpg and 1.5spg in two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Auguste has never played in Greece.

   #2. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) could not help AV Cantu (7-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Calathes' good performance AV Cantu was defeated 79-73 at home by the higher-ranked Betaland Cdo (#7). He scored 11 points. Calathes has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg and 7.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #3. Nazareth Mitrou-Long (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Iowa St.'s surprising victory against the Oklahoma State University (3-10) 86-83 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Mitrou-Long scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Iowa State University has 7-5 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Mitrou-Long is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Iowa St.'s roster. This season he has very high stats. Mitrou-Long averages: 15.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Canadian. Despite Mitrou-Long's Greek passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #4. Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to a St.Francis, PA's victory against the Sacred Heart University (10-3) 73-64 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Angelou recorded 12 points and added 7 assists. The St.Francis University (PA) has 8-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Angelou is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in St.Francis, PA's roster. He has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.1apg.

   #5. Dimitris Agathangelidis (182-G-98, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Talje Knights (3-9) in their last game. Despite Agathangelidis' good performance Talje Knights (#6) lost 64-75 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Lobas in the BEHS forts group. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Agathangelidis also added made 4 passes and 4 steals in 30 minutes. It was Talje Knights' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Agathangelidis has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5spg in 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.

   #6. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) helped Real Madrid II win their game against the 16th-ranked Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada crushing them 72-39 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Sole scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sole has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. He has both Uruguayan and Greek nationalities.

   #7. Kurt Karis (185-G-95, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the USC in their game against the University of Arizona in the NCAA. Karis cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 90-77. This season Karis averages just 0.6ppg. He is a naturalized American. However Karis has never played in Greece.

   #8. Gerasimos Koutoufas (196-F, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Mansfield, PA in a victory against the East Stroudsburg 86-81 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. Koutoufas has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 3.2rpg in 21 games.

   #9. Theodor Aliferis (183-G-88, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Persbraten in their game against Asker Aliens in the Norwegian BLNO. He scored 7 points and added 3 assists. His team was crushed by 22 points 89-67. Aliferis has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Norwegian. Despite Aliferis' Greek nationality, he previously played for the Norwegian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #10. Kosta Karamatskos (194-G-86, currently plays in Germany) helped Itzehoe win their game against the third-ranked Artland Dragons 77-71 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Karamatskos scored 5 points, had 11 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 25 minutes. Karamatskos has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.7apg in 21 games. He has dual citizenship: Greek and German.



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Gonzaga keeps Paul VI at bay to claim second WCAC tournament title in three years - by Frank Simpson

Gonzaga keeps Paul VI at bay to claim second WCAC tournament title in three years

By Jacob Bogage February 27

The Eagles' Chris Lykes scored a game-high 20 points to help his team claim the WCAC title. Fifth-ranked Gonzaga waited and waited for No. 4Paul VI's run to come Monday night. The Panthers describe themselves as 'a 10-0 run waiting to happen,' instant offense that can be deployed at any moment.

The Panthers score in bunches behind an offense that slams the gas pedal and a defense that plays inside opponents' jerseys.

For four quarters on Monday, Gonzaga waited for it all to kick in, to play back on its heels and cling to a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. But that burst never came and Gonzaga refused to yield in a 68-55 win at American University's Bender Arena.

Senior guard Chris Lykes, the two-time conference player of the year, hit a scoop-shot layup with three minutes to play that put the Eagles (26-5) up 16. He buried a three-pointer two possessions later to push the margin to 17 points and all but ice Gonzaga's second conference tournament title in three years .

'Even with three minutes left, up 17, I knew they had a chance to come back,' Lykes said. 'You never feel like you have it in the bag,' Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said.

But then Lykes hit that pair of shots. Freshman forward Terrance Williams made two free throws. Paul VI Coach Glenn Farello shook hands with Lykes during a dead ball with under two minutes remaining.

Lykes swung his arm around junior forward Myles Dread, who scored 15 points Monday and 19 in a 33-point semifinal win over No. 2 St. John's on Sunday. Lykes told Dread, 'We got it. We're going to win a championship.'Dread started crying. 'We just worked so hard for this,' he said through tears at midcourt afterward.

Paul VI ran Gonzaga ragged in their first meeting in January. The Panthers (26-5) beat the Eagles in transition as junior guard Brandon Slater tallied a season-high 34 points.
On Monday, he scored 15.

Lykes, who averages 17.7 points, only had 11 points in that first meeting. But Monday night, before a packed house, he poured in 20 to lead all scorers.
'It puts him up there as one of the greatest players in Gonzaga history,' Turner said of Lykes, the school's all-time leading scorer.

Gonzaga controlled the tempo in the title game with reliable rebounding and unrelenting defense. Paul VI's scoring spurt wasn't inevitable, Turner told his team. It was preventable.'I trusted them tonight,' he said. It paid off with another title for Gonzaga, which will turn its attention to this week's DC State Athletic Association tournament. The Eagles split the regular season WCAC title with the Panthers, who will compete in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament.

'We just stopped everybody,' junior guard Prentiss Hubb said. 'Don't let them get anything at all.' Paul VI senior Aaron Thompson (15 points) got hot in the fourth quarter with seven straight points, but Hubb and Mike Myers responded with a pair of threes. The Eagles refused to let the tide turn.
'We decided we weren't going to buckle,' Dread said, 'that we'd be the tougher team.'

Jacob Bogage writes about sports for The Washington Post,
Follow @jacobbogage



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Erik Braal to stay with Groningen for three more seasons - by Eurobasket News

Erik Braal agreed on terms of contract extension with Donar Groningen. The specialist penned a three-year deal extension. Erik Braal joined Groningen back in 2015. He led the team to the Eredivisie title in 2016. Braal also won the Dutch SuperCup in 2017 season. Previously Erik Braal worked with Rotterdam, West-Brabant, Aris Leeuwarden and Oberwart.


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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Szedeak
  (194-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Lilov, Szedeak21.5 
 2. Johnson, Sopron KC20.5 
 3. Govens, Falco KC19.5 
 4. Bojic, Jaszberenyi19.1 
 5. Pacher, Vasas18.9 
 6. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.3 
 7. Tiby, Atomeromu17.5 
 8. Sejfic, PVSK P.17.4 
 9. Ubilla, ZTE K.16.8 
 10. Sihota, MAFC16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.7 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari9.4 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.4 
 4. Gilbert, Atomeromu8.1 
 5. Wright, Vasas8.0 
 6. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 7. Pacher, Vasas7.8 
 8. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.8 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.5 
 10. Poscic, MAFC7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.7.9 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak7.5 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.2 
 4. Saddler, Jaszbere.6.5 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.3 
 6. Nelson, PVSK P.6.2 
 7. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 8. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC6.0 
 10. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.8 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.7 
 3. Frazier, Kaposvari2.2 
 4. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 5. Smith, MAFC2.0 
 6. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.9 
 7. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.1.8 
 9. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
 10. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan WRIGHT
  Vasas
  (206-C/F-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Wright, Vasas1.1 
 2. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 3. Andric, Szolnok0.9 
 4. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.9 
 5. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 6. Simms, Kaposvari0.9 
 7. Keller, Alba0.8 
 8. Turner, Falco KC0.7 
 9. Arrington, Jaszbere.0.7 
 10. Czinger, ZTE K.0.7 


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

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (12-11) in their last game. Despite Hanga's very good performance the eighth-placed Baskonia (12-11) lost 85-96 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Anadolu Efes in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Hanga also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 33 minutes on the court. It was Baskonia's third consecutive loss in a row. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.5%(65-115), 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 70.9% in 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). Jones was the major contributor in a VL Pesaro's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Banco di Srd (11-9) 76-71 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He scored 17 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Consultinvest VL Pesaro (7-13) is placed 14th in the Serie A. It's Jones' first season with the team. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 26.2% and FT: 79.8%. Jones is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). Trotter contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Stabill (3-19) crushing them 111-70 in the Polish PLK in Friday night's game. He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Polski Cukier Torun (16-5) is placed first in the PLK. This season Trotter has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 87.8%. He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team four years ago. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Dontay Thomas
Dontay Thomas
   #4. Point guard Dontay Thomas (187-84, also represented by Octagon Europe, college: La Salle, currently plays in Balkan League) was not able to help Sutjeska (2-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Thomas' good performance Sutjeska was defeated 76-68 at home by the higher-ranked Beroe (#5). He recorded 10 points. The Second Stage already ended in the Balkan League. Thomas has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2014. He played also for Gunaras KC Dombovar in Hungarian league.

Gyorgy Goloman
Gyorgy Goloman
   #5. Former U18 international forward Gyorgy Goloman (211-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the The University of Washington (12-2) crushing them 98-66 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Goloman recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 26 minutes. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a solid 9-3 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Goloman's overall stats are: 3.8ppg and 2.5rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team four years ago.

Balint Mocsan
Balint Mocsan
   #6. Guard Balint Mocsan (190-97, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Idaho St. (3-9) in their game against the Eastern Washington University (8-4) in the NCAA. Mocsan scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Idaho St. was defeated 89-77 on their home court in Pocatello by the Eastern Washington University. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Mocsan's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Hungarian National Team roster.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #7. Former U20 international guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany) led Kaiserslautern to a victory against the sixth-ranked Lich II (13-7) 68-60 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Hosszu recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. 1. FC Kaiserslautern (9-12) is placed eighth in South-West group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Hosszu's stats this year are: 13.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg in 19 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U20 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) led UBT Cluj Napoca to a victory over the fourth-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti 96-79 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Torok recorded 25 points in 22 minutes. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napocais placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. This year Torok's overall stats are: 9.1ppg and 4.7rpg in 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #2. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in a Radnicki 1950's victory against the league outsider Srem (2-16) 106-100 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) last Saturday. Stojanovic was MVP of the game. He recorded 32 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 39 minutes. Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac (13-6) is placed fourth in the 2MLS. Stojanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg in 19 games. Stojanovic is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #3. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Spartak (11-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Spartak was crushed 101-74 on the road by the leading Vrsac. Miscevic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Miscevic's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #4. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to Benfica's victory against the leader CAB Madeira (11-11) 75-66 in the Portuguese LPB in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Hollis recorded 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Sport Lisboa Benfica (17-5) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Hollis has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hollis' Hungarian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. Hollis used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #5. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a Targu Mures' victory against the second-ranked Pitesti 93-77 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. He recorded 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-10. BC Mures Targu-Muresis placed third. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Lazar's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.8bpg. He has both Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.

   #6. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Illiabum crushing them 107-67 in the Portuguese LPB on Saturday night. Dukic recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes. Dukic has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg in 21 games. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #7. Experienced Zoltan Kurinczky (181-G-82, currently plays in Norway) was not able to help Persbraten in their game against Asker Aliens in the Norwegian BLNO. Kurinczky scored 5 points. His team was crushed by 22 points 89-67. Kurinczky averaged so far 14.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. He holds both Hungarian and Swedish passports.

   #8. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Holargos B.C. in a victory against the closely-ranked Aiolos Astakou 67-62 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Popadic recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. Popadic averaged so far 11.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg in nine games. He has Serbian and Hungarian nationalities.

   #9. Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Fellbach crushing them 95-62 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Fekete recorded 9 points. Fekete averaged so far 10.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.7apg. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #10. Tamas Okros (201-F-95, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Post University in their game against the Philadelphia University in the NCAA2. Okros cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 11 minutes. His team lost 63-72 in the NCAA2. This year Okros' total stats are: 7.8ppg and 3.5rpg in 21 games. He holds both Hungarian and British passports.



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Woods' double-double lands him D1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Chris Woods (195-F-89) had a great game in the last round for Hamar and receives a Eurobasket.com D1 Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 35 points and 24 rebounds, while his team edged out Valur (#3, 15-5) 98-96. Hamar maintains the 5th position in Icelandic D1. Hamar is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-11 record. Woods turned to be Hamar's top player in his first season with the team. Pfeiffer University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Woods is in league's top in points (2nd best: 27.7ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 56.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Terrance Motley (201-F-91) of FSu. He is American forward in his first season at FSU. In the last game Motley recorded impressive 23 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as FSU lost that game 48-54 to the higher-ranked Breidablik (#4, 14-7). FSU is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Motley is a newcomer at FSU and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 31.0ppg (#1). He also registered 12.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Urald King (198-F-90) of Valur (#3). King scored 20 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite King's great performance Valur lost 96-98 to slightly lower-ranked Hamar (#5, 10-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Valur needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 5 lost games. King has a great season in Iceland. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.5ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.5rpg (5th best). He also has 2.1spg, 2.4bpg and FGP: 56.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derek Shouse (188-G-93) of IA - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Aaron Moss (185-G) of Hottur - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Illugi Audunsson (196-F-92) of Valur - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ragnar Albertsson (190-G-93) of Hottur - 23 points and 7 rebounds
8. Erlendur Stefansson (190-G-95) of Hamar - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Sigmar Hakonarson (181-PG-92) of Hottur - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Benedikt Blondal (188-G-93) of Valur - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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Ronald March's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American Ronald March (196-G-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Delhi C. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 23-year old guard recorded a triple-double of 36 points adding also ten rebounds and eleven assists, while his team beat Haryana G. (#4, 1-5) 114-101. Delhi C. maintains the 2nd position in their group in Indian UBA League. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Delhi C. will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game March had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Delhi C., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Philander Smith College graduate has very impressive stats this year. March is in league's top in points (3rd best: 39.8ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.0rpg), assists (3rd best: 7.5apg) and averages solid 3.0bpg,3.2spg and 63.9% FGP. Worth to mention March played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Ravi Bharadwaj of Punjab S.. Bharadwaj impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Punjab S. lost that game 94-102 to slightly higher-ranked Mumbai Ch. (#1, 5-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in North. Punjab S. still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Bharadwaj is one of the most experienced players at Punjab S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American De'Sean Mattox (185-G) of Haryana G. (#4). Mattox showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Mattox's great performance Haryana G. lost 101-114 to #2 ranked Delhi C.. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Haryana G. can only dream about fighting for top spots in North. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Mattox he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mattox has individually a great season in India. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 30.3ppg (5th best) and assists with 6.2apg (6th best). He also has 2.2spg and FGP: 54.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Inderbir Gill (193-F-87) of Mumbai Ch. - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Prudhvi Reddy) of Mumbai Ch. - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Amjyot Singh (203-F-92) of Delhi C. - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Nikhil Kumar) of Mumbai Ch. - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Eban Hyams (196-G-81) of Haryana G. - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Akashdeep Hazra (213-C-96) of Haryana G. - 15 points and 5 rebounds
10. Anil Anil) of Delhi C. - 19 points and 4 assists

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



UBA League Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in UBA League just ended.

Round 12 most important game was a victory of Pune P. over second-best Hydrabad S. 106-102 on Tuesday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Hydrabad S. was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-24 charge of Pune P., which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Pierre Newton (196-93, college: Minn.-Duluth) who led his team to a victory with 41 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Narender Grewal contributed with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. American Tevin Kelly replied with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 10 assists for Hydrabad S.Pune P. maintains first position with 4-2 record, which they share with Delhi C. Hydrabad S. at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Bengaluru.
An interesting game for Bengaluru (3-3) which hosted in Kondhwa one of their biggest challengers Chennai S. (2-4). Third ranked Bengaluru managed to get a 14-point victory 100-86. Worth to mention a great performance of Palpreet Brar who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi who added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 16 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Agu Chukwunanu with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Chennai S.'s coach Prasanna Jayshankar rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bengaluru have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hydrabad S. Defending champion Chennai S. dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Punjab S..

Bengaluru - Chennai S. 100-86

An interesting game for Bengaluru (3-3) which hosted in Kondhwa one of their biggest challengers Chennai S. (2-4). Third ranked Bengaluru managed to get a 14-point victory 100-86. The game was mostly controlled by Bengaluru. Chennai S. was better in fourth quarter 32-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bengaluru players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Palpreet Brar who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and international guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-91) who added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 16 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Agu Chukwunanu with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists and Jairam Jat scored 19 points. Five Bengaluru and four Chennai S. players scored in double figures. Chennai S.'s coach Prasanna Jayshankar rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bengaluru have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hydrabad S. Defending champion Chennai S. dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Punjab S..
Top scorers:
Bengaluru: P.Brar 34+11reb+2ast, V.Bhriguvanshi 24+5reb+16ast, V.Palani 12+5reb+5ast, C.Solomon 12+4reb+4ast, P.Singh 11+3reb+1ast, R.Dhusianth 4+2reb
Chennai S.: A.Chukwunanu 19+7reb+12ast, J.Jat 19+4reb+2ast, R.Pethani 16+4reb+2ast, A.Khan 14+1reb+2ast, Cammy 7+3reb, A.Rai 6+2reb+2ast
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Hydrabad S. - Pune P. 102-106

Round 12 most important game was a victory of Pune P. over second-best Hydrabad S. 106-102 on Tuesday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Hydrabad S. was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-24 charge of Pune P., which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Pierre Newton (196-93, college: Minn.-Duluth) who led his team to a victory with 41 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Narender Grewal contributed with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. American Tevin Kelly replied with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 10 assists and his fellow American import forward Mak Boskailo (206, college: Harding) added 11 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Hydrabad S.Four Hydrabad S. players scored in double figures. Pune P. maintains first position with 4-2 record, which they share with Delhi C. Hydrabad S. at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Bengaluru.
Top scorers:
Pune P.: P.Newton 41+8reb+7ast, N.Grewal 29+5reb+5ast, S.Shinde 18+4reb+5ast, P.Chauhan 8+7reb, A.Bhullar 5+3reb+1ast, G.Ohlan 4+3reb
Hydrabad S.: T.Kelly 45+9reb+10ast, M.Singh 18+2reb+2ast, J.Singh 15+3reb+2ast, M.Boskailo 11+14reb, M.Padmanabhan 7+4reb+2ast, A.Sharma 4+1reb
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Newton's 41-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Pierre Newton (196-G-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Pune P. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 41 points adding eight rebounds and seven assists for Pune P. in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Hydrabad S. (#3, 3-3) 106-102. It allowed Pune P. to consolidate first place in the Indian league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Pune P. has a very solid 4-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Newton had a remarkable 57.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Pune P., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Minnesota - Duluth graduate has very impressive stats this year. Newton is in league's top in points (7th best: 27.5ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.5rpg), assists (7th best: 6.0apg) and averages solid 54.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tevin Kelly of Hydrabad S.. He is American in his first season at Hydrabad S.. In the last game Kelly recorded impressive double-double of 45 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Hydrabad S. was edged by slightly higher-ranked Pune P. (#1, 4-2) 106-102. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in South. Hydrabad S. still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Kelly is one of the most experienced players at Hydrabad S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 39.5ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 7.5rpg and 7.3apg.

Third place about best performers goes to Palpreet Brar of league's second-best Bengaluru. Brar got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . He was a key player of Bengaluru, leading his team to a 100-86 easy win against #4 ranked Chennai S.. Bengaluru needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in South. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Brar has a great season in India. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (5th best). He also has 2.7bpg and FGP: 68.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Narender Grewal) of Pune P. - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Agu Chukwunanu) of Chennai S. - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
6. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) of Bengaluru - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 16 assists
7. Mak Boskailo (206-F) of Hydrabad S. - 11 points and 14 rebounds
8. Rikin Pethani (203-C-90) of Chennai S. - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mahipal Singh (181-G-97) of Hydrabad S. - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Visu Palani) of Bengaluru - 12 points, 5 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)



UBA League Round 1 of Quarter-Finals. Bengaluru and Punjab punch semifinal tickets - by Eurobasket News

Bengaluru - Hydrabad S. 116-113

Bengaluru held off Hydrabad to seal their semifinal appearance. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hydrabad S. won third quarter 26-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bengaluru dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Hydrabad S.'s 60. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Hydrabad S. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 57 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners and Palpreet Brar chipped in 27 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side American Tevin Kelly responded with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import forward Mak Boskailo (206, college: Harding) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Hydrabad S. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hydrabad S.: T.Kelly 40+9reb+10ast, M.Singh 16+2reb+3ast, M.Boskailo 16+6reb+2ast, A.Sharma 12+1reb, J.Singh 12+3reb, M.Padmanabhan 11+5ast
Bengaluru: V.Bhriguvanshi 57+5reb+11ast, P.Brar 27+13reb, C.Solomon 17+6reb+5ast, K.Zia 8+5reb+1ast, P.Singh 3+4reb+2ast, R.Dhusianth 2+1reb
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Delhi C. - Punjab S. 92-102

Punjab rolled past Delhi to advance into the semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Punjab S.. Delhi C. was better in second period 29-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Punjab S. won last quarter 31-23. They made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Delhi C. turnovers. American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) nailed 50 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) for the winning side and Rajveer Singh accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. Crockrell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. International forward Amjyot Singh (203-92, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his fifteen free throws !!!) and American guard Ronald March (196-93, college: Philander Smith) added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Delhi C. in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Delhi C.: A.Singh 34+6reb+1ast, R.March 19+9reb+6ast, J.Vinay 14+3reb+4ast, A.Anil 12+6reb, M.Bek 10+10reb+5ast, R.Rachit 3
Punjab S.: D.Crockrell 50+8reb+4ast, R.Singh 13+7reb+3ast, G.Singh Gill 11+7reb+2ast, I.Bryan 10+5reb+3ast, A.Pari 10+3reb+4ast, R.Bharadwaj 5+2reb
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  IRAN  


Perkins' double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old guard Doron Perkins (189-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Naft Abadan and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team lost the game against the league's best team Arak (#1, 2-0) 61-69. Naft Abadan was forced-out from the top positions in Iranian league. Naft Abadan is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 1st lost game this season out of 2 games. In the team's last game Perkins had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Naft Abadan's top player in his first season with the team. Santa Clara University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Perkins is in league's top in assists (5th best: 3.6apg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 52.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Daequan Cook (195-G-87) of Chemidor. He is American guard in his first season at Chemidor. In the last game Cook recorded impressive 36 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Chemidor to edge Gorgan (0-1) by 2 points 76-74. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Cook is a newcomer at Chemidor and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.7ppg (#1). He also registered 5.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Chemidor's star - K Riaie. Riaie scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Chemidor, helping his team with a 76-74 win against #4 ranked Gorgan in a game of the week. Chemidor needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group 2. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Riaie has a very solid season. In 20 games in Iran he scored 2.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95) of Petrochimi - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Adnan Doraghi (190-SG-89) of Azad - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) of Arak - 14 points and 12 rebounds
7. Mahdi Moradinasab (202-C-92) of Gorgan - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Quinton Hosley (201-F-84) of Arak - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Oshin Sahakian (200-PF-86) of Petrochimi - 7 points and 10 rebounds
10. Farhad Sabouri (204-PF-91) of Azad - 10 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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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.4 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles24.0 
 3. Pemberton, Tralee22.4 
 4. Turner, Killester20.7 
 5. Lawrence, Moycu.20.6 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.20.2 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.5 
 8. Murphy, Templeogue17.9 
 9. Killeen, Templeogue17.3 
 10. Garrow, UCD Marian16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Provizors, DCU S.16.6 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian15.4 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.14.0 
 4. Turner, Killester12.8 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen11.9 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee11.6 
 7. Killeen, Templeogue11.4 
 8. Lawson, UCC Demons10.9 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee10.8 
 10. Gil, Swords T.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.6 
 2. Westbrooks, Swords T.8.7 
 3. Drumm, UCD Marian8.2 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.5 
 5. Downey, UCC Demons6.4 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.6.2 
 7. Roe, Killester5.0 
 8. Hosford, UCC D.4.8 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee4.5 
 10. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian5.8 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian5.1 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.4 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee2.7 
 5. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.5 
 6. Murphy, Templeogue2.5 
 7. James, Templeogue2.5 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.4 
 9. Calvo, Swords T.2.2 
 10. Howlin, UL Eagles2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacob LAWSON
  UCC Demons
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Lawson, UCC Demons3.1 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue2.9 
 3. Gil, Swords T.2.5 
 4. Freeman, Moycullen2.2 
 5. Jackson, KUBS2.0 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee2.0 
 7. Garrow, UCD Marian1.9 
 8. Goldsborough, Swords T.1.9 
 9. Turner, Killester1.8 
 10. Moreira, UCD M.1.6 



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  ISRAEL  

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Warren, Maccabi .24.9 
 2. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa22.4 
 4. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 5. Pointer, Ironi K-A21.8 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.3 
 7. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.7 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.20.6 
 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/S11.3 
 3. Livingston, Hapoel K.11.0 
 4. Warren, Maccabi .10.9 
 5. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.5 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.5 
 7. Treadwell, Hapoel A.10.3 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.2 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 10. Cannon, Hapoel A.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Hap.H.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.8.2 
 2. Teel, Maccabi H/H6.7 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.0 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.9 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.7 
 7. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.6 
 8. Honig, Ramat H.4.6 
 9. Dunne, Ironi N.4.6 
 10. Hofman, Ironi N.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.8 
 2. Lavie, Maccabi .2.6 
 3. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.6 
 4. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.5 
 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. Asbury, Ramat H.2.0 
 10. Eiram, Macc.Reh.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.5 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 3. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.8 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.6 
 5. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.5 
 6. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 7. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.3 
 8. Warren, Maccabi .1.3 
 9. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.1 
 10. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.1 


Aviram Zelkovits joins Hapoel Jerusalem - by Nir Luna

Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) agreed terms with 28-year old shooting guard Aviram Zelkovits (191-90kg-89). He started the season at Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League). Zelkovits has played there for the last four years. In 12 Winner League games he had 5.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.6apg this season. Zelkovits also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 6.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2apg. The last season he played also at Bnei Hasharon. In 34 Winner League games he averaged 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Israeli League All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zelkovits' team was regular season runner-up in Israeli National League in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League 1st Team back in 2013.
Zelkovits was a member of Israeli U18 National Team in 2007.
He has played previously for three other teams: Hapoel Tel Aviv, Ironi Nahariya and Kohav Yair.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Israeli National League round 21 best performance: Denzel Livingston - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Denzel Livingston (193-G-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hapoel K/S, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Galil Elion (#11, 9-12) 85-78. Hapoel K/S maintains the 3rd position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hapoel K/S will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. In the team's last game Livingston had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hapoel K/S's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Incarnate Word star has very solid stats this year. Livingston is in league's top in points (6th best: 21.3ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 11.0rpg) and averages impressive 2.1bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Vernon Teel (193-G-87) of Maccabi H/H. Teel had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 13 assists. It was enough for Maccabi H/H to edge the lower-ranked Ramat Hasharon (#13, 4-17) 91-86. Maccabi H/H's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Teel is a newcomer at Maccabi H/H, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 8.2rpg and 6.7apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-F-91) of Hapoel Afula (#9). Treadwell showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hapoel Afula, leading his team to a 86-65 easy win against the higher-ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (#6, 13-8). The chances of Hapoel Afula ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Treadwell could help Hapoel Afula to bring them higher in the standings. Treadwell has a great season in Israel. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.3rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Storm Warren (201-PF-88) of Maccabi H/H - 27 points and 5 rebounds
5. Josh Hairston (203-C-92) of Maccabi Raanana - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-G/F-92) of Ironi K-A - 25 points and 9 rebounds
7. Terrence Watson (200-F-87) of Hapoel K/S - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Rashad Madden (196-G-92) of Hap.R/G Givat. - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Samme Givens (198-F-89) of Maccabi Raanana - 16 points, 8 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)



National League Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

There was a change at the National League leadership position after last games. Round 21 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Hapoel B/S (14-7). They were edged by fifth ranked Maccabi Rehovot (13-8) 60-59 on Tuesday night. American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and swingman Gur Porat (197-79) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Maccabi Rehovot's coach Avner Yeor used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Maccabi Rehovot have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. and Ironi K-A. Hapoel B/S at the other side dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel K/S. They were replaced at the leadership position by Maccabi Raanana. Hapoel B/S will play next round against Ironi Ramat Gan trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Maccabi Rehovot will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Hap.R/G Givat. in Givataim.
An interesting game took place in Afula where 4th placed Hap.R/G Givat. (13-8) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Hapoel Afula (10-11) 86-65. American forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Omer Tal accounted for 15 points and 6 assists. American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) came up with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Hap.R/G Givat. in the defeat. Hapoel Afula moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Hapoel Migd.H. Hap.R/G Givat. at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Macc.Rehovot and Ironi K-A. Hapoel Afula will play against league's leader Maccabi Raanana on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hap.R/G Givat. will play against Maccabi Rehovot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
12th ranked Hap.Haifa (7-14) was outscored at home by second ranked Maccabi Raanana (15-6) with the biggest margin this round 97-55 on Tuesday night. The best player for the winners was Josh Hairston who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Jaraun Burrows who recorded 16 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. Maccabi Raanana have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Hap.Haifa lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Maccabi Raanana will meet at home Hapoel Afula (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hap.Haifa will play against Hasharon in Ramat Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21: Ramat Hasharon lost to Maccabi H/H on the opponent's court 86-91. Bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan was outscored by Ironi Nes-Ziona in a home game 67-91. Galil Elion recorded a loss to Hapoel K/S on the road 85-78. Hapoel Migd.H. was crushed by Ironi K-A on its own court 67-100.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 9 rebounds by Sir'Dominic Pointer of Ironi K-A.

Maccabi H/H - Ramat Hasharon 91-86

Very expected game in Hod Hasharon where 13th ranked Hasharon (4-17) was defeated by eighth ranked Hasharon (11-10) 91-86 on Tuesday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Hasharon looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 27 points and 5 rebounds. Hasharon's coach Hanan Hershkovich allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts) added 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hasharon maintains eighth place with 11-10 record. Hasharon lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Hasharon will meet higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hasharon will play against Hap.Haifa (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ramat Hasharon: M.Esho 20+1reb+2ast, L.Gordon 20+7reb+3ast, A.Honig 11+7reb+2ast, A.Navon 11+5reb+2ast, R.Cornelius 10+1reb+1ast, M.Moscovitz 9+7reb+1ast
Maccabi H/H: S.Warren 27+5reb+1ast, V.Teel 22+8reb+13ast, I.Simin 13+1reb+3ast, C.Bouchman 10+6reb+2ast, S.Malkov 9+1reb, O.Shaashoua 8+3reb+3ast
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Macc.Rehovot - Hapoel B/S 60-59

There was a change at the National League leadership position after last games. Round 21 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Hapoel B/S (14-7). They were edged by fifth ranked Maccabi Rehovot (13-8) 60-59 on Tuesday night. American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and swingman Gur Porat (197-79) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Yates is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Maccabi Rehovot's coach Avner Yeor used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) scored 18 points. Maccabi Rehovot have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. and Ironi K-A. Hapoel B/S at the other side dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel K/S. They were replaced at the leadership position by Maccabi Raanana. Hapoel B/S will play next round against Ironi Ramat Gan trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Maccabi Rehovot will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Hap.R/G Givat. in Givataim.
Top scorers:
Hapoel B/S: J.Williams 18+2reb+1ast, J.Allen 16+11reb+3ast, D.Shamriz 16+1reb+1ast, J.Lewis 5+3reb+1ast, R.Netzia 3+4reb+3ast, A.Fisher 1+4reb+2ast
Macc.Rehovot: E.Yates 17+12reb, G.Porat 11+6reb+2ast, I.Eiram 10+6reb, Y.Levi 9+4reb, M.Addison 5+5reb+4ast, D.Drapic 3+3reb
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Ironi Ramat Gan - Ironi Nes-Ziona 67-91

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (12-9) smashed on the road bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-19) 91-67 on Tuesday. Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Ramat Gan's 36. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 27 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The former international Raviv Pitshon (201-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American Sean Labanowski (205-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Anthony Lee (206-91, college: Ohio St.) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona maintains seventh place with 12-9 record. Ironi Ramat Gan lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet at home higher ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel B/S (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: S.Labanowski 18+10reb+2ast, V.Gandlin 11+4reb+1ast, A.Lee 8+12reb+1ast, T.Zalmanson 7+1reb, R.Apelstein 6+1reb, A.Harari 6+3reb
Ironi Nes-Ziona: L.Roberts 19+10reb+2ast, J.Beal 18+3reb+3ast, R.Pitshon 13+12reb+3ast, G.Gutt 12+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 10+7reb+2ast, G.Amitay 6+2reb+5ast
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Hapoel K/S - Galil Elion 85-78

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Galil Elion (9-12) was defeated on the road by third ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (14-7) 85-78 on Tuesday. Hapoel Kfar Saba made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Cinmeon Bowers (201-93, college: Auburn) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel B/S. Loser Galil Elion dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba will meet Ironi Nes-Ziona (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Galil Elion will play against Hapoel Migd.H. (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Elion: R.Geffen 20+1reb+3ast, M.Kikus 18+5reb+3ast, C.Bowers 16+10reb+1ast, G.Jordan 14+17reb+4ast, S.Salz 7+9reb+7ast, G.Farber 3+1reb
Hapoel K/S: D.Livingston 32+14reb+1ast, T.Watson 18+14reb+4ast, A.Cohen 14+5reb+6ast, E.Rotemberg 10+13reb+1ast, G.Gilinski 6+2reb+3ast, B.Azoulay 5+1reb+1ast
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Hapoel Afula - Hap.R/G Givat. 86-65

An interesting game took place in Afula where 4th placed Hap.R/G Givat. (13-8) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Hapoel Afula (10-11) 86-65. Hapoel Afula outrebounded Hap.R/G Givat. 42-30 including 18 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Hap.R/G Givat.'s players. American forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and guard Omer Tal (188-92) accounted for 15 points and 6 assists. Five Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) came up with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Hap.R/G Givat. in the defeat. Hapoel Afula moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Hapoel Migd.H. Hap.R/G Givat. at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Macc.Rehovot and Ironi K-A. Hapoel Afula will play against league's leader Maccabi Raanana on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hap.R/G Givat. will play against Maccabi Rehovot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hap.R/G Givat.: R.Madden 20+6reb+5ast, Y.Solomon 15+3reb+1ast, J.Olasewere 9+9reb+1ast, U.Kokia 9+9reb, L.Lifshitz 6+1reb+3ast, L.Shem-Tov 3+2reb+2ast
Hapoel Afula: D.Treadwell 19+16reb+4ast, J.Cannon 16+7reb+2ast, O.Tal 15+4reb+6ast, O.Lev 14+5reb+5ast, A.Gershon 13+3reb+5ast, R.Sabag 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 498502


Hap.Haifa - Maccabi Raanana 55-97

12th ranked Hap.Haifa (7-14) was outscored at home by second ranked Maccabi Raanana (15-6) with the biggest margin this round 97-55 on Tuesday night. Maccabi Raanana outrebounded Hap.Haifa 47-26 including a 37-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Hap.Haifa's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Maccabi Raanana made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ilan Nanikashvili (187-79) added 11 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi Raanana have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Hap.Haifa lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Maccabi Raanana will meet at home Hapoel Afula (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hap.Haifa will play against Hasharon in Ramat Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hap.Haifa: J.Burrows 16+7reb+2ast, I.Nanikashvili 11+2reb+3ast, O.Zinderman 6+6reb+2ast, D.Licht 6+2reb, G.Saar 5+2reb, T.Parselani 5+3reb+1ast
Maccabi Raanana: Y.Zoosman 23+4reb+1ast, J.Hairston 18+13reb+3ast, S.Givens 16+8reb+5ast, N.Neumann 8+3reb+1ast, I.Paz 7+4reb+3ast, L.Moran 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 498504


Hapoel Migd.H. - Ironi K-A 67-100

Everything went according to plan in Tarshicha where sixth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (13-8) outscored 9th ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (10-11) 100-67 on Tuesday. Ironi Kiryat Ata made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Hapoel Migd.H.'s players. The best player for the winners was American swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-92, college: St.John's) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Sagiv David (198-92) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Puerto Rican Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-88, college: Colorado) added 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Kiryat Ata have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot and Hap.R/G Givat. Loser Hapoel Migd.H. keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hapoel Afula. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet at home Hasharon (#8) in the next round. Hapoel Migd.H. will play against Galil Elion in Kazrin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Migd.H.: C.Gaston 16+9reb+1ast, M.Relphorde 14+6reb+4ast, C.Rosenberg 13+4reb+1ast, Y.Holodov 8+1reb+5ast, L.Ariely 5+2reb+2ast, D.Wachner 4+1reb
Ironi K-A: S.Pointer 25+9reb+1ast, S.David 14+8reb+3ast, T.Sankar 13+1reb+5ast, D.Joyner 12+6reb+3ast, N.Matalon 12+3reb+4ast, Y.Ainhorn 10+4reb+10ast
gschID: 498507





Best players of Israeli Winner League round 20 - by Eurobasket News

American-Montenegrin Halil Kanacevic (203-F-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Bnei Hertzeliyya and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi T-A (#1, 15-5) 99-92. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Bnei Hertzeliyya maintains the 3rd position in Israeli Winner League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bnei Hertzeliyya will need more victories to improve their 12-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Kanacevic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Halil Kanacevic averages this season 6.9ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American swingman William Graves (198-F/G-88) of Maccabi Haifa. Graves impressed basketball fans with 34 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Maccabi Haifa was edged by the higher-ranked Maccabi T-A (#1, 15-5) 97-96. Maccabi Haifa is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Graves is one of the most experienced players at Maccabi Haifa and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Guinea-Bissau Colton Iverson (212-C-89, agency: Pensack Sports) of top-ranked Maccabi T-A. Iverson scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi T-A, leading his team to a 97-96 win against the lower-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#8, 9-11). Maccabi T-A confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 5 lost games. Iverson has a very solid season. In 16 games in Israel he scored 8.2ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and FGP: 67.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87) of Hapoel J-M - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90) of Hapoel T-A - 13 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jake Cohen (208-PF-90) of Maccabi Ashdod - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Darion Atkins (203-F-92) of Hapoel Holon - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jeff Adrien (201-F-86) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi T-A - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Yancy Gates (206-C/F-89) of Ironi Nahariya - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Bagnoli's double-double lands him Serie B Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

35-year old power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-F/C-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Cassino and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Cefalu (#10, 10-11) 90-82. Cassino maintains the 5th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cassino will need more victories to improve their 15-7 record. In the team's last game Bagnoli had a remarkable 78.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cassino's top player in his first season with the team. Bagnoli has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.4rpg) and averages solid 58.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dante Richotti (180-PG-85) of Scauri. He is naturalized Argentinian guard in his 3rd season at Scauri. In the last game Richotti recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Scauri was edged by the lower-ranked Patti (#13, 7-15) 77-74. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Group C. Scauri keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Richotti is one of the most experienced players at Scauri and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gianluigi Prestini (200-PF-89, agency: Octagon Europe) of Iseo (#16). Prestini got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Prestini's great performance Iseo lost 82-88 to the higher-ranked Sestu (#12, 8-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Iseo can only dream about fighting for top spots in Group B. They have rather bad season and 5-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Prestini he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Prestini has a very solid season. In 22 games in Italy he scored 12.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) of Faenza - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-PG-90) of Piacenza - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Nicolo Ravazzani (200-C-85) of Matera - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Mario Gigena (198-F-77) of Cecina - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Filiberto Dri (190-G-89) of Oleggio - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Andrea Maggiotto (194-G-88) of Senigallia - 31 points and 7 rebounds
10. Gionata Zampolli (189-PG-85) of Matera - 33 points, 2 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)



Andrea Costa Imola tabs Filiberto Dri - by Andrea Centenari

Andrea Costa Imola (Serie A2) inked 28-year old guard Filiberto Dri (190-89). He started the season at Oleggio Magic Basket in the Serie B. In 21 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3apg this season. The last season Dri played at BPC Virtus TSB Cassino (also in Serie B) where in 40 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to make it to the group final.
Dri was a member of Italian U18 National Team back in 2006.
He has played previously for six other teams: UBC, Valenza, Pallacanestro Alto Sebino Volpino, GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine, Legnano and Ticino.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Italian Serie A2 round 23 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Marco Spissu (182-G-95) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Virtus Bologna and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 21-year old guard had the game-high 28 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Virtus Bologna in his team's victory, helping them to beat Jesi (#9, 11-12) 98-88. It allowed Virtus Bologna to consolidate first place in the Italian Serie A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Virtus Bologna has a very solid 17-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Spissu as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Marco Spissu averages this season 11.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American swingman Perrin Buford (198-G/F-94) of Agrigento. Buford impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Agrigento to edge slightly higher-ranked Treviglio (13-10) by 3 points 87-84. Agrigento's 7th position in West has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Buford is a newcomer at Agrigento 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 Trae Golden (188-G-91) of Chieti (#12). Golden got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . He was a key player of Chieti, leading his team to a 83-71 win against slightly higher-ranked Piacenza (#10, 10-12). The chances of Chieti not to end season at such low position in East, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Golden could try to bring Chieti's a little bit higher in the standings. Golden has individually a great season in Italy. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Frazier (193-G-94) of Verona - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Nikolas Raivio (192-SG-86) of Legnano - 34 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) of Latina Basket - 19 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Terrence Roderick (196-SF-88) of Bondi Ferrara - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Timothy Bowers (188-PG-82) of Jesi - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Cristopher Mortellaro (207-F/C-82) of Chieti - 13 points and 13 rebounds
10. Anthony Raffa (185-PG-89) of Roma Virtus - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Mantova inks Marco Lusvarghi - by Eurobasket News

Stings Mantova (Serie A2) agreed terms with 20-year old power forward Marco Lusvarghi (199-97). He played last season at Basket Castelfranco Emilia in Serie C Gold. However his team was relegated to Serie C Silver.
The previous (14-15) season Lusvarghi was tested by Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A).
He was a member of Italian U17 National Team in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Matera tabs Matteo Annese - by Eurobasket News

Bawer Olimpia Matera (Serie B) inked 22-year old power forward Matteo Annese (95). He started the season at Action Now Monopoli in the Serie C Silver.

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Roma S.Azzurra inks Mirko Gloria - by Eurobasket News

Stella Azzurra Roma (Serie B) agreed terms with center Mirko Gloria (202). He played recently at Lighthouse Conad Trapani in the Serie A2. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

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Serie A2 Round 23: Angelico Biella edge Tortona by two points - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Serie A2 took place in Biella. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Tortona (15-8) to first ranked Angelico Biella (18-5) 80-78 in the game for the first place. The best player for the winners was American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Forward Giampaolo Ricci (201-91) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Tortona's coach Demis Cavina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Angelico Biella maintains first place in A2 with 18-5 record. Tortona at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Angelico Biella are looking forward to face Legnano (#3) in Castellanza in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tortona will play at home against Scafati and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Roma. Sixth ranked Roma Virtus (13-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Legnano (14-9) 84-82 on Sunday evening. Naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Aristide Landi contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds for Legnano. Roma Virtus maintains sixth place in A2 with 13-10 record. Legnano at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Roma Virtus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Roma to the arena Eurobasket Roma.
A very close game took place in Agrigento between Agrigento and Treviglio. Seventh ranked Agrigento (13-10) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Treviglio (13-10). Agrigento managed to escape with a 3-point win 87-84 on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for Perrin Buford who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Tommaso Marino responded with 25 points. Agrigento maintains seventh place in A2 with 13-10 record. Agrigento will meet Rieti (#11) on the road in the next round. Treviglio will play against Novipiu Casale (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Leader Virtus Bologna delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Jesi (11-12) 98-88. It was a quality performance for Marco Spissu who led the winners and scored 28 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Virtus Bologna maintains first place in A2 with 17-6 record. Jesi at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Virtus Bologna's next round opponent will be Verona (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Jesi will play against Ravenna and hope to win that game.
Fourteenth-ranked Imola (8-15) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Mantova (13-10) in Mirandola on Tuesday. Mantova managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Alessandro Amici who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Mantova's coach Alberto Martelossi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Mantova moved-up to sixth place in A2. Loser Imola keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Mantova will face Roseto (#7) on the road in the next round. Imola will play against Udine APU (#11) and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In A2 Piacenza was defeated by Chieti in a road game 83-71. Alma Trieste beat Recanati at home 83-66. Verona won against Udine APU on the opponent's court 88-73. Treviso Basket managed to outperform Roseto in a home game 68-58. Bondi Ferrara recorded a loss to Ravenna on the road 91-83. Unieuro Forli was defeated by F.Kontatto BO on its own court 80-88. Eurobasket Roma was beaten by Viola RC in Reggio Calabria 76-70. Novipiu Casale destroyed Agropoli at home 89-51. FCM Ferentino unfortunately lost to Latina Basket on the opponent's court 70-79. Scafati recorded a loss to Lighthouse TR in a home game 69-74. Rieti crushed Mens Sana 1871 on the road 90-55.

East
Mantova - Imola 80-77

Fourteenth-ranked Imola (8-15) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Mantova (13-10) in Mirandola on Tuesday. Mantova managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Mantova looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward DeAndre Daniels (206-92, college: Connecticut) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Mantova's coach Alberto Martelossi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Travis Cohn (188-89, college: Jacksonville, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Mantova and four Imola players scored in double figures. Mantova moved-up to sixth place in A2. Loser Imola keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Mantova will face Roseto (#7) on the road in the next round. Imola will play against Udine APU (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Imola: T.Cohn 22+7reb+4ast, A.Ranuzzi 16+7reb+1ast, N.Hassan 14+3reb+1ast, M.Maggioli 13+4reb+4ast, A.Tassinari 8+4reb+2ast, B.Norfleet 2+2reb+7ast
Mantova: L.Corbett 15+1reb+5ast, A.Amici 14+7reb+7ast, F.Candussi 13+5reb, D.Daniels 13+7reb+1ast, A.Casella 10+4reb+2ast, J.Giachetti 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 485721


Virtus Bologna - Jesi 98-88

Leader Virtus Bologna delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Jesi (11-12) 98-88. Virtus Bologna shot 62.5 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. It was a quality performance for guard Marco Spissu (182-95) who led the winners and scored 28 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV) accounted for 28 points for the winning side. American point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) came up with 26 points and 7 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists respectively for Jesi in the defeat. Four Virtus Bologna and five Jesi players scored in double figures. Virtus Bologna maintains first place in A2 with 17-6 record. Jesi at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Virtus Bologna's next round opponent will be Verona (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Jesi will play against Ravenna and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jesi: T.Bowers 26+3reb+7ast, G.Janelidze 15+3reb+1ast, M.Maganza 14+2reb+1ast, A.Benevelli 13+2reb, D.Davis 11+10reb+10ast, F.Alessandri 6+3reb
Virtus Bologna: M.Umeh 28+3reb+1ast, M.Spissu 28+6reb+5ast, G.Rosselli 15+7reb+9ast, A.Michelori 13+2reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 6+3reb+1ast, T.Oxilia 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 485726


Chieti - Piacenza 83-71

There was an upset when higher ranked Piacenza (10-12) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Chieti (9-14) 83-71 on Sunday. Chieti dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Piacenza's 38. They outrebounded Piacenza 38-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-82, college: Drury) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Four Chieti players scored in double figures. American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) produced 25 points and guard Tommaso Raspino (200-89, agency: Players Group) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Chieti moved-up to twelfth place in A2. Loser Piacenza keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Chieti will face league's second-placed Treviso Basket on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Piacenza: K.Hasbrouck 25+2reb+2ast, T.Raspino 20+4reb+2ast, L.Infante 9+5reb+1ast, R.Jones 7+2reb+2ast, E.Persico 6+3reb, F.De Nicolao 2+1reb+4ast
Chieti: T.Golden 34+6reb+3ast, C.Mortellaro 13+13reb+1ast, D.Zucca 10+5reb, M.Allegretti 10+4reb+2ast, Q.DeCosey 7+3reb+2ast, M.Fallucca 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 485719


Alma Trieste - Recanati 83-66

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Alma Trieste (16-7) defeated at home 15th ranked Recanati (6-17) 83-66 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Lorenzo Baldasso (192-95) chipped in 19 points. Baldasso is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Alma Trieste players scored in double figures. Alma Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and center Leonardo Marini (205-95) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Alma Trieste maintains third place in A2 with 16-7 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Recanati keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Alma Trieste will face Piacenza (#10) in Casalpusterlengo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Recanati will play at home against Unieuro Forli (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Recanati: E.Rush 19+15reb+2ast, F.Infante 10+1reb, L.Marini 10+7reb, T.Bader 9, G.Maspero 8+4reb+3ast, R.Bolpin 5+3reb+2ast
Alma Trieste: L.Baldasso 19+3reb+1ast, J.Parks 15+14reb, S.Bossi 13+3reb+3ast, J.Green 11+1reb+1ast, A.Pecile 7+1reb+4ast, M.Da Ros 6+7reb+6ast
gschID: 485724


Udine APU - Verona 73-88

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Udine APU (10-13) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Verona (12-11) 88-73 on Sunday. Verona made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Verona had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) who scored 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Power forward Leonardo Tote (209-97) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI) produced 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Udine APU's coach Lino Lardo tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Verona moved-up to eighth place in A2. Newly promoted Udine APU keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Verona will face league's leader Virtus Bologna at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Udine APU will play against Imola (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Udine APU: A.Ray 18+1reb, S.Okoye 18+8reb+4ast, V.Nobile 8+1reb+3ast, O.Diop 7+1ast, A.Fall 7+5reb+1ast, M.Vanuzzo 6+2reb+2ast
Verona: M.Frazier 29+5reb+6ast, L.Tote 15+5reb+1ast, D.Robinson 13+3reb+3ast, D.Brkic 11+1reb+1ast, G.Pini 6+5reb+3ast, D.Diliegro 6+6reb
gschID: 485725


Treviso Basket - Roseto 68-58

Rather predictable result when second ranked Treviso Basket (16-7) beat at home 6th ranked Roseto (13-10) 68-58 on Sunday. Treviso Basket forced 20 Roseto turnovers and outrebounded them 39-25 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. The former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Treviso Basket players scored in double figures. American power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Treviso Basket maintains second place in A2 with 16-7 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Roseto dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Treviso Basket will face Chieti (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Roseto will play against Mantova (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roseto: A.Smith 20+2reb+2ast, B.Sherrod 14+8reb+2ast, V.Amoroso 7+4reb+1ast, R.Casagrande 7+4reb, R.Fultz 5+1reb+1ast, N.Mei 5+2reb
Treviso Basket: J.Perry 14+7reb+4ast, A.Ancellotti 13+15reb, D.Moretti 10+1reb+3ast, M.Fantinelli 10+6reb+9ast, M.Negri 9+3reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 485723


Ravenna - Bondi Ferrara 91-83

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Bondi Ferrara (9-14) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Ravenna (15-8) 91-83 on Sunday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard Derrick Marks (190-93, college: Boise St.) who scored 28 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) added 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Ravenna and five Bondi Ferrara players scored in double figures. Ravenna maintains fourth place in A2 with 15-8 record. Loser Bondi Ferrara dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Ravenna will face Jesi (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bondi Ferrara will play against F.Kontatto BO (#5) in Bologna and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bondi Ferrara: T.Roderick 27+10reb+7ast, L.Bowers 21+15reb+4ast, R.Cortese 13+3reb+1ast, L.Molinaro 11+2reb, F.Pellegrino 11, R.Zani 0
Ravenna: D.Marks 28+6reb+2ast, T.Smith 15+13reb+2ast, M.Tambone 10+3reb+4ast, G.Sabatini 10+7reb, A.Chiumenti 9+5reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 485722


Unieuro Forli - F.Kontatto BO 80-88

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked F.Kontatto BO (14-9) won against on the road 16th ranked Unieuro Forli (4-18) 88-80 on Sunday. F.Kontatto BO shot 60.8 percent from the field. Unieuro Forli was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was point guard Matteo Montano (188-92) who scored 17 points and 5 assists. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) chipped in 19 points. Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four F.Kontatto BO players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Melvin Johnson (193-93, college: VCU) added 21 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. F.Kontatto BO maintains fifth place in A2 with 14-9 record. Newly promoted Unieuro Forli keeps the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. F.Kontatto BO will face Bondi Ferrara (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Unieuro Forli will play against Piacenza and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Unieuro Forli: M.Johnson 21+1reb+3ast, R.Amoroso 18+8reb+1ast, O.Adegboye 17+1ast, D.Bonacini 8+1ast, S.Pierich 7+1ast, R.Castelli 5+5reb+1ast
F.Kontatto BO: J.Knox 19+3reb, M.Montano 17+4reb+5ast, M.Ruzzier 11+2ast, N.Italiano 10+4reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 8+6reb+3ast, A.Legion 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 485720


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Viola RC - Eurobasket Roma 76-70

There was an upset in Reggio Calabria where higher ranked Eurobasket Roma (11-12) was defeated by fifteenth ranked Viola RC (7-16) 76-70 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcus Gilbert (198-93, college: Fairfield) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 16 points. American point guard Michael Deloach (185-86, college: Norfolk St.) produced 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Eugenio Fanti (184-91) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Viola RC and four Eurobasket Roma players scored in double figures. Viola RC moved-up to fourteenth place in A2. Newly promoted Eurobasket Roma dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Viola RC will face higher ranked FCM Ferentino (#13) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Eurobasket Roma: E.Fanti 19+7reb+1ast, M.Deloach 15+9reb+4ast, T.Easley 12+11reb+1ast, M.Micevic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Malaventura 7, A.Giampaoli 4+1ast
Viola RC: M.Gilbert 17+11reb+2ast, A.Voskuil 16+3reb+3ast, A.Fabi 12+6reb+4ast, P.Baldassarre 11+9reb+1ast, T.Guariglia 11+2reb, L.Caroti 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 485963


Angelico Biella - Tortona 80-78

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Serie A2 took place in Biella. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Tortona (15-8) to first ranked Angelico Biella (18-5) 80-78 in the game for the first place. The best player for the winners was American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Forward Giampaolo Ricci (201-91) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 21 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Five Angelico Biella and four Tortona players scored in double figures. Tortona's coach Demis Cavina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Angelico Biella maintains first place in A2 with 18-5 record. Tortona at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Angelico Biella are looking forward to face Legnano (#3) in Castellanza in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tortona will play at home against Scafati and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 21+2reb+4ast, G.Ricci 16+11reb+4ast, P.Greene IV 14+2reb+1ast, L.Garri 11+6reb, V.Cucci 9+3reb, D.Alviti 7+6reb
Angelico Biella: A.Tessitori 17+6reb, M.Hall 17+9reb+4ast, J.Ferguson 14+3reb+7ast, M.Venuto 10+2reb+3ast, M.Udom 10+4reb, L.Pollone 7+2reb
gschID: 485960


Novipiu Casale - Agropoli 89-51

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Novipiu Casale (12-11) smashed at home 16th ranked Agropoli (5-18) 89-51 on Sunday. They outrebounded Agropoli 36-23 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Novipiu Casale shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Agropoli's players. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Niccolo Martinoni (203-89) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Jordan Tolbert (201-92) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Novipiu Casale's coach Marco Ramondino felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) produced 14 points and center Mattia Soloperto (208-80) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Novipiu Casale moved-up to eighth place in A2. Loser Agropoli keeps the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. Novipiu Casale will face higher ranked Treviglio (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Agropoli will play against Mens Sana 1871 (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Agropoli: K.Langford 14+4reb+1ast, M.Contento 12+1reb+2ast, M.Soloperto 8+9reb+1ast, R.Santolamazza 8+1ast, A.Delas 4+6reb+2ast, G.Romeo 3+2ast
Novipiu Casale: N.Martinoni 22+8reb+2ast, J.Tolbert 11+6reb, N.Natali 11+2reb+4ast, G.Tomassini 9+3reb+4ast, B.Blizzard 9+2reb+4ast, F.Di Bella 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 485961


Latina Basket - FCM Ferentino 79-70

Very expected game when 13th ranked FCM Ferentino (9-14) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Latina Basket (13-10) 79-70 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. American point guard Keron DeShields (190-92, college: Tennessee St.) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Angelo Gigli (209-83) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (193-86, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five FCM Ferentino players scored in double figures. FCM Ferentino's coach Riccardo Paolini tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Latina Basket moved-up to fourth place in A2. Loser FCM Ferentino keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Latina Basket will face Lighthouse TR (#9) in Trapani in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FCM Ferentino will play at home against Viola RC (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: A.Gigli 16+9reb, B.Musso 12+6reb+5ast, B.Raymond 11+3reb+1ast, I.Radic 11+10reb, M.Imbro 10+4reb+4ast, F.Guarino 6+1reb+1ast
Latina Basket: A.Pastore 19+3reb+4ast, M.Poletti 19+17reb+2ast, K.DeShields 17+9reb+4ast, M.Passera 7+5reb+3ast, L.Uglietti 6+3reb+1ast, G.Allodi 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 485962


Scafati - Lighthouse TR 69-74

Rather predictable result when eleventh ranked Lighthouse TR (12-11) beat on the road 14th ranked Scafati (6-17) 74-69 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Jeffrey Crockett (201-91, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lighthouse TR players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Tommaso Fantoni (204-85, agency: Players Group) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Anthony Dobbins (192-81, college: Richmond) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Lighthouse TR moved-up to ninth place in A2. Loser Scafati dropped to the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Lighthouse TR will face higher ranked Latina Basket (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Scafati will play against the league's second-placed Tortona (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Scafati: A.Dobbins 19+3reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 14+10reb+1ast, Y.Naimy 12+1reb+7ast, D.Jackson 8+2ast, M.Ammannato 7+7reb+3ast, I.Lupusor 4+1reb
Lighthouse TR: K.Viglianisi 21, A.Renzi 14+4reb, J.Crockett 13+9reb+1ast, D.Filloy 11+11reb+3ast, K.Mays 7+2reb+6ast, R.Tavernelli 6+6reb+8ast
gschID: 485964


Agrigento - Treviglio 87-84

A very close game took place in Agrigento between Agrigento and Treviglio. Seventh ranked Agrigento (13-10) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Treviglio (13-10). Agrigento managed to escape with a 3-point win 87-84 on Sunday evening. Agrigento made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import power forward Damen Bell-Holter (206-90, college: ORU) helped adding 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Agrigento players scored in double figures. Guard Tommaso Marino (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 25 points and Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Agrigento maintains seventh place in A2 with 13-10 record. Agrigento will meet Rieti (#11) on the road in the next round. Treviglio will play against Novipiu Casale (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: T.Marino 25+2reb+1ast, A.Sollazzo 14+7reb+3ast, P.Sorokas 13+9reb+2ast, A.Pecchia 9+1ast, P.Marini 6+7reb+2ast, E.Rossi 6+5reb
Agrigento: P.Buford 28+7reb+3ast, R.Bucci 18+2reb, D.Bell-Holter 16+10reb, A.Piazza 14+3reb+7ast, M.Evangelisti 5+3reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 485959


Roma Virtus - Legnano 84-82

Important game to mention about took place in Roma. Sixth ranked Roma Virtus (13-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Legnano (14-9) 84-82 on Sunday evening. Roma Virtus made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international Aristide Landi (203-94) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Roma Virtus players scored in double figures. American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and guard Matteo Martini (195-92, agency: Players Group) added 22 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Legnano. Roma Virtus maintains sixth place in A2 with 13-10 record. Legnano at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Roma Virtus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Roma to the arena Eurobasket Roma.
Top scorers:
Legnano: N.Raivio 34+8reb+2ast, M.Martini 22+8reb, M.Palermo 12+4reb+2ast, W.Mosley 8+12reb+1ast, F.Ihedioha 3+2reb+3ast, F.Maiocco 3+2ast
Roma Virtus: A.Raffa 22+10reb+6ast, A.Landi 19+8reb+1ast, T.Baldasso 12+3reb+1ast, J.Brown 11+3reb+1ast, D.Sandri 10+7reb+5ast, G.Maresca 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 485966


Mens Sana 1871 - Rieti 55-90

There was an upset in Siena where higher ranked Mens Sana 1871 (12-11) was outplayed by twelfth ranked Rieti (11-12) 90-55 on Sunday. Rieti looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Mens Sana 1871's players. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Dalton Pepper (196-90, college: Temple) who scored 30 points. Forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Rieti players scored in double figures. Guard KT Harrell (193-92, college: Auburn) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Mens Sana 1871's coach Giulio Griccioli gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rieti moved-up to eleventh place in A2. Loser Mens Sana 1871 dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Rieti will face higher ranked Agrigento (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Mens Sana 1871: K.Harrell 18+5reb+2ast, M.Myers 17+5reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 7+4reb+2ast, G.Vildera 5+6reb, J.Tavernari 3+10reb+2ast, S.Flamini 3+3reb
Rieti: D.Pepper 30+3reb+3ast, D.Sims 18+12reb+5ast, A.Zanelli 14+5reb+4ast, M.Chillo 10+3reb+3ast, M.Casini 9+1reb+2ast, N.Benedusi 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485965





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Delaware 87ers sign Derrick Byars - by Eurobasket News

Delaware 87ers signed 33-year old Ivorian swingman Derrick Byars (201-100kg-84, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Inception Sports). He started the season at Vichy Clermont in French ProB. In 16 games he had 11.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg this season. The last summer Byars played at Santeros in Puerto Rican BSN where in 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.5apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (42nd overall). The former Vanderbilt University staris in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won German Bundesliga Cup in 2013. Byars was also voted Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention back in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Byars has played in ten different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Greece, Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Spain (Sevilla), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), NBA (Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies), Puerto Rico (Caciques), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales), D-League (Northern Arizona Suns) and Russia (Krasny Oktyabr).
Byars could be described: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Complete player with good lateral quickness and athleticism. Defensively Byars does a great job staying in front of his man. Fundamentally there are few guards in the draft that have his array of tools. Plays the game with a good level of moxie and toughness. Excellent ball handler who has played point guard several times during his collegiate career
Shot selection at times can be questionable. Would benefit his game if he utilized the mid-range shot more
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ChetErvin)

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Eskisehir Basket lands Troy Gillenwater, ex Toyota Alvark - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Eskisehir Basket (TBL) tabbed 29-year old American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-104kg-88, college: New Mexico State). He started the season at Toyota Alvark in Japanese B League. In 26 games he averaged impressive 17.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg this season. Gillenwater ended the last season at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB where in two games he had 5.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at LG Sakers in South Korean KBL. In 51 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 26.2ppg and recorded 9.0rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.7apg.
Among other achievements Gillenwater's team made it to the WAC Tournament Semifinals in 2009 and 2011. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Gillenwater is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Gillenwater has played previously professionally in Cyprus, Israel, Puerto Rico (Piratas), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), South Korea (Goyang Orions) and Turkey (Konyaspor).
He attended New Mexico State until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Barrett, Madona28.7 
 2. Miezis, Kekava23.3 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava22.7 
 4. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.21.9 
 6. Saknitis, Kekava18.0 
 7. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 8. Skute, Madona17.6 
 9. Osins, Limbazi17.2 
 10. Bets, Ogre/Kum.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniels MINAJEVS
  LU/BS R.
  (205-C/F-95)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Minajevs, LU/BS R.12.4 
 2. Barrett, Madona12.1 
 3. Dubults, ViA11.1 
 4. Cavars, Kekava11.0 
 5. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.4 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 7. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki9.7 
 8. Metnieks, Marupe8.9 
 9. Lasmanis, Ogre/Kum.8.7 
 10. Skute, Madona8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Gatis JUSTOVICS
  Jelgava
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Justovics, Jelgava7.8 
 2. Buikis, Saldus7.7 
 3. Endzels, Turiba6.8 
 4. Kohanovs, ViA6.0 
 5. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 6. Osins, Limbazi5.6 
 7. Zotovs, VEF skola5.4 
 8. Paze, Marupe5.3 
 9. Dulevskis, Gulbenes.5.3 
 10. Ikstens, RSU5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aivars DAMBIS
  BJBS R.
  (183-G-0)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 2. Miezis, Kekava3.3 
 3. Zotovs, VEF skola2.7 
 4. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 5. Osins, Limbazi2.5 
 6. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 8. Klegeris, LU/BS R.2.5 
 9. Salenieks, DSN/.2.4 
 10. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 3. Skute, Madona1.3 
 4. Engers, ViA1.2 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 7. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 8. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 9. Viksna, Livani0.9 
 10. Hudins, VEF skola0.9 


LBL2 Round 16 (Second Stage): BJBS Riga win their first game - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in LBL2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

BJBS Riga can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they defeated Riga/Ridzene (1-12) 93-85 on Wednesday. Riga/Ridzene was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 30-18 charge of BJBS Riga, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Riga/Ridzene turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Riga/Ridzene helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Aivars Dambis (183-0) fired a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Guard Ingus Lapans (196-98) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Guard Karlis Ozolins (191-98) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Riga/Ridzene's coach Aigars Brigmanis rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. BJBS Riga (1-11) left bottom position moving up to twentieth place. It was Riga/Ridzene's eighth loss in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leader Kekava delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Marupe (9-11) 69-63 in Riga. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Agnis Cavars (196-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Nauris Miezis contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Kekava's coach Edgars Teteris allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Roberts Paze (193-95) replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Marupe. Kekava (18-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted Kekava maintains first position. Marupe lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Kekava will play against Ogre/Kumho Tyre (#5) at home in the next round. Marupe's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga RSU.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Livani, where 8th ranked Limbazi (6-13) lost to eleventh ranked Livani (3-14) in a road game 70-79 on Wednesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Juris Kalnins who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Livani's coach Edgars Cimars used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Vents Veinbergs responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Livani maintains eleventh position with 3-14 record. Limbazi at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Livani will meet at home higher ranked ViA (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Limbazi will have a break next round.
An interesting game took place in Riga, where 14th ranked DSN/SB (10-5) lost at home to seventeenth ranked VEF skola (9-6) 70-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of DSN/SB. The winners were led by Matiss Surkulis who scored that evening 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. VEF skola maintains seventeenth position with 9-6 record. DSN/SB at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with five games lost. VEF skola's next round opponent will be Valmiera/ORDO-2 (#18) on the road.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ogre. Local Ogre/Kumho Tyre (10-8) outscored 10th ranked RTU (4-15) 89-51 on Wednesday night. Sandis Bets fired 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Ogre/Kumho Tyre's coach Peteris Ozolins felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Ogre/Kumho Tyre have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-8 record. RTU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost. Ogre/Kumho Tyre will face league's leader Kekava in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. RTU will play against Saldus (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 16 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Jekabpils II was crushed by Madona in a road game 103-76. Saldus was beaten by ViA at home 77-84. Marupe lost to Jelgava on the opponent's court 70-78. Valmiera/ORDO-2 unfortunately lost to LU/BS Riga in a home game 75-88.
The best stats of 16th round was 19 points and 9 rebounds by Eduards Viksna of Livani.

Livani - Limbazi 79-70

We should mention about the upset which took place in Livani, where 8th ranked Limbazi (6-13) lost to eleventh ranked Livani (3-14) in a road game 70-79 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-70. Livani dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Limbazi's 32. They outrebounded Limbazi 52-29 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Livani looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Juris Kalnins (200-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and guard Matiss Caune (186-93) who added 15 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Four Livani players scored in double figures. Livani's coach Edgars Cimars used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Vents Veinbergs (188-93) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds and center Gatis Licitis (196-88) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Livani maintains eleventh position with 3-14 record. Limbazi at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Livani will meet at home higher ranked ViA (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Limbazi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Limbazi: V.Veinbergs 26+8reb+3ast, G.Licitis 16+6reb, P.Penka 10+3reb+1ast, R.Brencs 9+5reb+4ast, R.Demidovs 5+4reb, K.Veide 4+3reb+5ast
Livani: J.Kalnins 23+13reb+2ast, E.Viksna 19+9reb+2ast, M.Caune 15+13reb+3ast, M.Malnieks 11+3reb+3ast, D.Pabrieza 9+2reb+7ast, J.Zarans 2+6reb+3ast
gschID: 538233


Riga/Ridzene - BJBS Riga 85-93

BJBS Riga can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they defeated Riga/Ridzene (1-12) 93-85 on Wednesday. Riga/Ridzene was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 30-18 charge of BJBS Riga, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Riga/Ridzene turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Riga/Ridzene helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Aivars Dambis (183-0) fired a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Guard Ingus Lapans (196-98) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Guard Karlis Ozolins (191-98) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and point guard Edgars Lacis (191-98) added 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Riga/Ridzene's coach Aigars Brigmanis rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. BJBS Riga (1-11) left bottom position moving up to twentieth place. It was Riga/Ridzene's eighth loss in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Riga/Ridzene: K.Ozolins 21+10reb+6ast, E.Lacis 20+10reb+5ast, K.Bremers 15+1ast, K.Vitolins 10+5reb+2ast, V.Hugo Liepnieks 8+2reb+2ast, E.Blaus 4+2reb
BJBS Riga: A.Dambis 37+12reb+8ast, I.Lapans 21+4reb+4ast, D.Bigestans 18+8reb, T.Bergmanis 10+7reb+1ast, I.Dronka 7+7reb+1ast, R.Blankveins 0
gschID: 530306


Marupe - Kekava 63-69

Leader Kekava delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Marupe (9-11) 69-63 in Riga. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-15. But Marupe won second period 16-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Agnis Cavars (196-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Nauris Miezis (189-91) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cavars is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Kekava's coach Edgars Teteris allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Roberts Paze (193-95) replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Nauris Metnieks (196-86) added 9 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Marupe. Four Marupe players scored in double figures. Kekava (18-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted Kekava maintains first position. Marupe lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Kekava will play against Ogre/Kumho Tyre (#5) at home in the next round. Marupe's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga RSU.
Top scorers:
Marupe: R.Paze 17+5reb+6ast, M.Zemturis 14+5reb+1ast, K.Vecens 11+4reb+3ast, O.Polis 10+2reb, N.Metnieks 9+11reb+3ast, A.Kramins 2+4reb
Kekava: N.Miezis 24+6reb+1ast, A.Cavars 15+14reb+3ast, M.Gundegs 12+7reb+4ast, N.Saknitis 9+6reb, M.Steinbergs 6+4reb+2ast, J.Berzins 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 530309


Madona - Jekabpils II 103-76

There was no surprise when 19th ranked Jekabpils II (3-12) was crushed on the road by seventeenth ranked Madona (9-5) 103-76 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Madona. Jekabpils II was better in second period 31-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Madona forced 20 Jekabpils II turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Jekabpils II's players. Jekabpils II was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Martin Barrett (196, college: Mount Olive) fired 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Emils Petersons (196-99) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Barrett is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Madona players scored in double figures. Forward Reinis Avotins (202-98) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and guard Kristers Tumss (190-0) added 15 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Madona have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixteenth place. Jekabpils II lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the nineteenth position with 12 games lost. Madona will face higher ranked Ventspils Augstskola (#13) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils II: R.Avotins 28+11reb+2ast, K.Tumss 15+2reb, M.Kolesinskis 11+2reb, J.Mezinskis 6+1reb, A.Grustans 4+3reb, A.Matulis 3+1reb+1ast
Madona: M.Barrett 35+8reb+4ast, E.Petersons 19+5reb, R.Brants 15+4reb, D.Tonnis 11+6reb+4ast, N.Skripka 8+3reb+3ast, R.Cakstins 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 530308


Ogre/Kumho Tyre - RTU 89-51

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ogre. Local Ogre/Kumho Tyre (10-8) outscored 10th ranked RTU (4-15) 89-51 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Ogre/Kumho Tyre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to RTU's 36. Ogre/Kumho Tyre forced 19 RTU turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by RTU's players. Guard Sandis Bets (194-92) fired 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Armands Briedis (194-98) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Ogre/Kumho Tyre's coach Peteris Ozolins felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Power forward Karlis Helmanis (199-97) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and point guard Ingus Mastins (185-97) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Ogre/Kumho Tyre have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-8 record. RTU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost. Ogre/Kumho Tyre will face league's leader Kekava in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. RTU will play against Saldus (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
RTU: K.Helmanis 15+16reb+2ast, I.Mastins 13+4reb+3ast, H.Rozensteins 8+4reb+1ast, L.Berzins 8+2reb+4ast, R.Anisimovs 5+6reb, M.Jankovskis 2+2reb
Ogre/Kumho Tyre: R.Pabrieza 15+1reb+1ast, S.Bets 14+5reb+2ast, S.Jekabsons 12+2reb+3ast, D.Atelbauers 10+4reb+4ast, M.Steinbergs 8+2reb+3ast, A.Berkolds 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 530307


DSN/SB - VEF skola 70-83

An interesting game took place in Riga, where 14th ranked DSN/SB (10-5) lost at home to seventeenth ranked VEF skola (9-6) 70-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of DSN/SB. The game was mostly controlled by VEF skola. DSN/SB was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF skola dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to DSN/SB's 30. VEF skola forced 20 DSN/SB turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. The winners were led by guard Matiss Surkulis (195-0) who scored that evening 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and guard Eduards Hazners (192-97) supported him with 20 points. Even 24 points and 9 rebounds by Pauls-Tomass Berzins (199-97) did not help to save the game for DSN/SB. Guard Niks Salenieks (180-0) added 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. VEF skola maintains seventeenth position with 9-6 record. DSN/SB at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with five games lost. VEF skola's next round opponent will be Valmiera/ORDO-2 (#18) on the road.
Top scorers:
DSN/SB: P.Tomass Berzins 24+9reb, N.Salenieks 19+1reb+5ast, K.Salmins 8+8reb+4ast, E.Barbejs 8+4reb+5ast, J.Gertners 4+6reb+1ast, E.Ozolins 3+6reb
VEF skola: M.Surkulis 24+7reb+5ast, E.Hazners 20+3reb+3ast, O.Hlebovickis 13+3reb+1ast, F.Gustavs Lacis 7+7reb+3ast, M.Hudins 6+5reb+1ast, R.Bumeisters 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 530303


Saldus - ViA 77-84

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked ViA (14-5) defeated on the road 9th ranked Saldus (5-15) 84-77 on Tuesday. Saldus trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 27-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-84 at the end of the game. ViA made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Saldus were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Toms Kohanovs (191-96) fired 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Janis Engers (200-95) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Center Janis Licitis (200-84) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and guard Toms-Karlis Broks (188-90) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. ViA maintains fourth position with 14-5 record. Loser Saldus keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. ViA will face Livani (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saldus will play against RTU in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saldus: T.Karlis Broks 18+6reb+1ast, J.Licitis 16+15reb+2ast, R.Smidrins 14+4reb+2ast, E.Buikis 8+2reb+8ast, K.Baumanis 5+5reb+2ast, G.Vasilevskis 5+1reb+1ast
ViA: T.Kohanovs 16+3reb+5ast, E.Ivanovs 12+3reb, J.Engers 12+5reb+3ast, R.Ermansons 11+4reb+2ast, K.Dubults 9+10reb, R.Apsitis 8+3reb
gschID: 530304


Jelgava - Marupe 78-70

Very expected game when 7th ranked Marupe (9-11) was defeated on the road by third ranked Jelgava (17-4) 78-70 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But Marupe won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Andris Justovics (200-89) fired 19 points for the winners. Guard Kalvis Krumins (185-90) chipped in 15 points. Jelgava's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Point guard Arturs Kramins (177-88) produced 23 points and guard Roberts Paze (193-95) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Jelgava have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-4 record having just nine point less than leader Kekava. Marupe lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Jelgava will have a break next round. Marupe's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga RSU.
Top scorers:
Marupe: A.Kramins 23+4reb, R.Paze 17+3reb+2ast, K.Vecens 10+2reb+1ast, N.Metnieks 9+7reb+3ast, O.Polis 7+3reb, M.Zemturis 4+4reb+3ast
Jelgava: A.Justovics 19+1reb+3ast, E.Krumins 16+3reb, K.Krumins 15+4reb+2ast, J.Berzins 8+1reb, G.Justovics 6+5reb+4ast, J.Atelbauers 4+1reb
gschID: 530305


Valmiera/ORDO-2 - LU/BS Riga 75-88

Rather predictable result when fifteenth ranked LU/BS Riga (9-3) beat on the road 18th ranked Valmiera/ORDO-2 (6-7) 88-75 on Tuesday. Valmiera/ORDO-2 was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. LU/BS Riga forced 23 Valmiera/ORDO-2 turnovers and outrebounded them 45-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Guard Davis Klegeris (184-97) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Daniels Minajevs (205-95) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. Four LU/BS Riga players scored in double figures. Point guard Davids Viksne (191-0) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Rainers Kalnins (188-99) added 19 points and 6 steals respectively for lost side. LU/BS Riga have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifteenth position with 9-3 record. Loser Valmiera/ORDO-2 keeps the eighteenth place with seven games lost. LU/BS Riga will have a break next round. Valmiera/ORDO-2 will play at home against VEF skola (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera/ORDO-2: R.Kalnins 19+2reb+1ast, D.Viksne 19+10reb+7ast, O.Berzins 9+2reb+6ast, E.Kaufmanis 8+2reb+1ast, D.Gersons 7+8reb+1ast, M.Jakovels 7+5reb
LU/BS Riga: D.Klegeris 24+10reb+3ast, A.Lemanis 18+3reb+4ast, A.Snipke 15+5reb+5ast, D.Minajevs 11+15reb+3ast, A.Putans 8+3reb+4ast, K.Zunda 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 530302





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  LEBANON  


Panteras add Hill to their roster, ex Tadamon - by Francisco Vega

Panteras de Miranda (LPB) added to their roster 33-year old American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence). He just played at Tadamon in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Hill managed to play in three leagues in three countries this year. In two Pepsi LBL games he recorded 10.0ppg and 10.5rpg. He also played earlier that season for Saigon Heat in Vietnamese league where in two Pepsi LBL games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 3.0bpg. The other team Hill played shortly was Sonic Boom in South Korean KBL. In 5 Pepsi LBL games he had very remarkable stats: 16.2ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2bpg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (55th overall). The former Providence College standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Korean KBL Regular Season in 2016. Hill was selected to Korean KBL All-Star Game back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Hill's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in nine different countries. Hill has played previously professionally in Bahrain (Al Muharraq), China (Jiang Xi), France, Philippines, Puerto Rico (Caciques), Saudi Arabia (Al Hilal), South Korea (Samsung Thunders, KCC Egis, ET Land Elephants and Dongbu Promy), Lebanon (Champville) and Venezuela (Gigantes).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Shows good mobility, running the court with ease. Has worked hard to improve his touch around the basket. Possesses great hands, capable of catching most passes without fumbling or losing control of the ball. Solid rebounder who uses his long arms and hands to tip balls out of position to himself. Solid finisher where he wastes little time, keeps the ball high and goes right up.
This lack of strength can work against him when he faces physical forwards limiting his ability to get good position in the post. Can be stunted by double teams as he doesnt always read the defense quick enough to react
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 24 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Arturas Valeika (207-F-85) had a great game in the last round for Vytautas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 23 points adding nine rebounds and seven assists for Vytautas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Nevezis (#9, 5-19) 96-87. Vytautas maintains the 6th position in Lithuanian LKL. Vytautas 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. It was one of impressive evenings for Valeika as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Arturas Valeika averages this season 11.2ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Jermaine Love-Roberts (188-G-89) of Nevezis. Love-Roberts impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Nevezis lost that game 87-96 to the higher-ranked Vytautas (#6, 13-11). Nevezis managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Nevezis managed to get this year. Love-Roberts is a newcomer at Nevezis 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 another Vytautas' star - Saulius Kulvietis (206-F-91). Kulvietis scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Vytautas, helping his team with a 96-87 win against the lower-ranked Nevezis (#9, 5-19). Vytautas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 11 lost games. Kulvietis has a great season in Lithuania. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.3ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomas Delininkaitis (190-G-82) of Vytautas - 24 points and 7 assists
5. Paulius Petrilevicius (200-F-91) of Nevezis - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C/F-89) of Juventus - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Alejandro Hernandez (189-G-90) of Dzukija - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) of Lietkabelis - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gediminas Navickas (180-PG-84) of Dzukija - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88) of Juventus - 15 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Luxembourg Total League round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Scott Morton - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Scott Morton (195-G/F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Racing, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 36 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Bascharage (#4, 1-20) 74-63. It allowed Racing to consolidate first place in the Luxembourg Total League. Racing has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 20-1. In the team's last game Morton had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Racing, through which he has constantly improved. Former SUNY Geneseo star has very solid stats this year. Morton is in league's top in points (4th best: 27.3ppg), assists (2nd best: 5.7apg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Brad Reese (200-F-88) of Sparta. Reese had a very good evening with 36 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Sparta to another comfortable win 102-89 over T71 (12-9) being unquestionably team leader. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Reese is a newcomer at Sparta, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.6ppg (#6). He also registered 7.1 boards per game. Former Texas Tech University star Reese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Ladarius Tabb (196-G/F) of Arantia (#3). Tabb got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for nineteen rebounds . He was a key player of Arantia, leading his team to a 88-83 win against #3 ranked Kordall Steelers in a game of the week. Arantia can only dream about fighting for top spots in Playdowns. They have rather bad season and 5-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Tabb he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Tabb has individually a great season in Luxembourg. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.5ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 16.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bill Clark (196-F-88) of Basket Esch - 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Marlin Mason (201-F-93) of Kordall Steelers - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ryan Nicholas (201-F-91) of Residence - 40 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Billy McNutt (203-C/F-85) of Etzella - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Elijah Bonsignore (198-G/F) of BC Mess - 34 points and 10 rebounds
9. Everage Richardson (191-G-85) of Residence - 34 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Christopher Jones (186-G-90) of T71 - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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LNBP Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Soles and Toros - by Eurobasket News

Soles - Garzas 87-83

Soles surged ahead in the semifinal series versus Garzas edging those at home court. Soles made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Garzas' players. Garzas were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Alexander Perez-Kaufmann (191-93, agency: Pro Sports) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. The former international forward Stephen Soriano (200-85, college: Colorado Mesa) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Ivan Johnson (203-84, college: CS San Bernar., agency: Haylett Sports) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Garzas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Soles: J.Keenan 25+6reb+2ast, A.Perez Kaufmann 17+5reb+8ast, J.Carter 11+7reb+4ast, L.Martinez 10+3reb+2ast, R.Martinez 9+4reb+3ast, P.Meza 8+2reb+2ast
Garzas: I.Johnson 18+8reb+2ast, S.Soriano 18+9reb+1ast, W.Orozco 13+5reb, T.White 10+1reb+1ast, I.Gutierrez 8+4reb, R.Beck 8+1reb
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Fuerza Regia - Toros 70-83

Toros upset Fuerza Regia on the road to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. Toros looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international center Lorenzo Mata (205-86, agency: Pro Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76) chipped in 16 points. Four Toros players scored in double figures. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) produced 26 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Andy Panko (203-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Toros: L.Mata 17+10reb+1ast, W.Pagan 16+4reb+2ast, R.Nelson 13+3reb+5ast, M.Ramos 11+9reb+2ast, A.Henning 8+1reb+2ast, R.Rougeau 7+3reb+3ast
Fuerza Regia: J.Akindele 26+9reb+2ast, A.Panko 15+1reb+3ast, H.Hernandez 9+6reb+3ast, C.Cortes 5+1ast, J.Anderson 5+3reb+1ast, A.Parada 4+3reb+2ast
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NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Di''Mar HILL
  Faulkner
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Hill, Faulkner25.1 
 2. Davidson, Bethe.19.1 
 3. Standfield, Middle G.18.5 
 4. Miller, Brewton-.17.8 
 5. Edmondson, Bethe.17.4 
 6. Chowbay, Martin M.16.6 
 7. Lynch III, Martin M.16.3 
 8. Parker, Loyola, LA15.5 
 9. Davis, Martin M.15.4 
 10. Garrett, William .15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carnilious SIMMONS
  Dalton S.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Simmons, Dalton S.10.2 
 2. Standfield, Middle G.10.1 
 3. Griffin, Loyola, LA9.7 
 4. Mujahid, William .8.2 
 5. Floyd, Blue Mountain8.0 
 6. Edmondson, Bethe.7.9 
 7. Ingleton, Middle G.7.4 
 8. Wilson, Dalton St.7.3 
 9. Miller, Brewton-.7.2 
 10. Burnett, Bethel, TN7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Di''Mar HILL
  Faulkner
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Hill, Faulkner4.8 
 2. Moore, William Carey4.2 
 3. Gray, Loyola, LA3.8 
 4. Wilkinson, Bethe.3.4 
 5. Davis, Martin M.3.3 
 6. Chowbay, Martin M.3.3 
 7. Edmondson, Bethe.3.2 
 8. Canada, Co.Georgia3.2 
 9. Hinton, Middle G.3.2 
 10. Box, Dalton St.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jordan LEWIS
  Co.Georgia
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lewis, Co.Georgia2.1 
 2. Box, Dalton St.2.1 
 3. Griffin, Loyola, LA2.0