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  ALBANIA  



Superliga Round 17: Vllaznia Shkodra beat Ardhmeria by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-ranked Ardhmeria (5-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Vllaznia Shkodra (12-5) on Sunday. The visitors from Shkodra managed to secure only two-point victory 66-64. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ardhmeria. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. Vllaznia Shkodra have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader SK Tirana. Newly promoted Ardhmeria keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost.
An interesting game for SK Tirana (15-2) which played road game in Durres against 3rd placed Teuta (11-6). First ranked SK Tirana had an easy win 96-63. SK Tirana maintains first place with 15-2 record. Teuta at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost.
Bottom-ranked Flamurtari is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 17th consecutive match to fourth ranked Kamza Basket (8-9) 90-56 on Sunday evening. Kamza Basket maintains fourth place with 8-9 record. Flamurtari lost their seventeenth game in a row. They still close the standings.

Teuta - SK Tirana 63-96

An interesting game for SK Tirana (15-2) which played road game in Durres against 3rd placed Teuta (11-6). First ranked SK Tirana had an easy win 96-63. The game without a history. SK Tirana led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. SK Tirana maintains first place with 15-2 record. Teuta at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost.
gschID: 541248


Kamza Basket - Flamurtari 90-56

Bottom-ranked Flamurtari is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 17th consecutive match to fourth ranked Kamza Basket (8-9) 90-56 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Kamza Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kamza Basket maintains fourth place with 8-9 record. Flamurtari lost their seventeenth game in a row. They still close the standings.
gschID: 541247


Ardhmeria - Vllaznia 64-66

Fifth-ranked Ardhmeria (5-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Vllaznia Shkodra (12-5) on Sunday. The visitors from Shkodra managed to secure only two-point victory 66-64. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ardhmeria. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. Vllaznia Shkodra have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader SK Tirana. Newly promoted Ardhmeria keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost.
gschID: 541246





Leka makes history, becomes first Albanian head coach in Serie A - by Arnold Laperi

Spiro Leka is the new head coach of Consultinvest VL Pesaro. The news was made official after the club and former head coach, Piero Bucchi, agreed to mutually part ways earlier this month. Leka, who for the last four seasons served as an assistant coach with the team, was initially hired by the organization after a long and successful tenure in the Italian lower divisions, where he produced several titles and promotions as a head coach. Prior to beginning his career as a coach more than two decades ago, the Tirana native was a Partizani Tirana player and FIBA European Champions Cup competitor for many years. Along with being the first Albanian head coach in Serie A, Leka remains the only Albanian coach in any top-level European league.


Klaudio Ndoja selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85, currently plays in Italy). Ndoja could not help Virtus Bologna (18-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the first-placed Virtus Bologna (18-7) was defeated 113-105 on the road by the much lower-ranked Verona (#8) in the East group. Ndoja scored 13 points. It's Ndoja's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 72.7%. Ndoja has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. He played for the Albanian senior national team five years ago.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). Bushati was not able to help Brescia in their game against Openjobmetis VA (9-14) in the Italian Serie A, despite his good performance on Sunday night. He scored 11 points in a mere 19 minutes. But Brescia lost 78-87 at home to the lower-ranked (#13) Openjobmetis VA. It was Brescia's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Bushati's overall stats are: 2.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 53.3% in 23 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Bushati played for the Albanian national team in 2012.

Rashaun Broadus
Rashaun Broadus
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in a SC Rasta Vechta's surprising victory against the eighth-ranked EWE Baskets (13-12) 89-76 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Broadus scored 14 points and added 9 passes. SC Rasta Vechta (2-22) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the BBL. They ended the series of seventeen consecutive loses. Broadus' total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 5.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 38.2% and FT: 57.1%. He is a naturalized American. Broadus is also a member of the Albanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Albania.

Elvisi Dusha
Elvisi Dusha
   #4. Guard Elvisi Dusha (188-94, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for Plymouth Raiders (12-13) in their game against Leeds Force (7-21) in the British BBL, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Dusha was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 3 assists in a mere 17 minutes. But Plymouth Raiders was crushed 99-69 in Leeds by the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Force. It was Plymouth Raiders' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Dusha's total stats are: 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.8apg in nine games. He has both Albanian and British nationalities. Despite Dusha played previously for the British U20 national team, he is currently in the Albanian national team roster.

Frenki Lilaj
Frenki Lilaj
   #5. U18 international center Frenki Lilaj (201-98, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help GBA Sparta (5-17) in their game against Novy Jicin (8-14) in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division). Lilaj cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only one point and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. GBA Sparta (#6) was crushed 100-77 on their home court in Praha by the higher-ranked (#4) Novy Jicin in the Places 13-20 group. It was GBA Sparta's tenth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Lilaj has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 2.9rpg in eight games. He plays currently for the Albanian U18 national team.

Vildan Mitku
Vildan Mitku
   #6. Forward Vildan Mitku (200-83, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Tuebingen II (8-16) in their game against Fellbach (10-14) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Mitku recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. But Tuebingen II (#11) was defeated 69-65 on their home court in Tuebingen by the higher-ranked Fellbach (#9) in the South-West group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Mitku is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Tuebingen II's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mitku averages: 16.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Albanian senior team six years ago.

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

   #1. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Krka's surprising victory against the seventh-ranked Cibona (11-15) 95-91 in the ABA League in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (8-18) is placed second from the bottom (#13) in the ABA League. It was Krka's first victory after five consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the ABA League. It's Kastrati's fifth season with the team. This year Kastrati averages: 3.6ppg and 2.3rpg in 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #2. Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93, currently plays in Germany) managed to help SC Rasta Vechta to win against the eighth-ranked EWE Baskets (13-12) 89-76 in the German BBL on Saturday night. Bekteshi scored 5 points. SC Rasta Vechta (2-22) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the BBL. It was his team's first victory after seventeen consecutive loses. Bekteshi has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.9apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and German.

   #3. Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96, currently plays in Italy) could not help Isernia (7-16) in their last game. Despite Patani's good performance Isernia (#13) was crushed 74-42 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) Pescara in the Group D. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Patani also added 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was Isernia's third consecutive loss in a row. Patani has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 7.4rpg in 23 games. He has both Albanian and Italian nationalities.



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ABBA Round 22: Stingerz keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Stingerz as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Stingerz defeated 6th ranked HS Outlaws at home 73-59. The game was mostly controlled by Stingerz. HS Outlaws managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stingerz (9-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. HS Outlaws lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Flyers (8-2) outscored 5th ranked Ottos (4-7) 83-56. Flyers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Cutie Ovals Ojays. Newly promoted Ottos keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Flyers will play against HL Rockersville (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Ottos will play against Cutie Ovals Ojays and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Stingerz - HS Outlaws 73-59

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Stingerz as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Stingerz defeated 6th ranked HS Outlaws at home 73-59. The game was mostly controlled by Stingerz. HS Outlaws managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stingerz (9-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. HS Outlaws lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Flyers - Ottos 83-56

The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Flyers (8-2) outscored 5th ranked Ottos (4-7) 83-56. The game without a history. Flyers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ottos to just 5 points in second quarter. Flyers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Cutie Ovals Ojays. Newly promoted Ottos keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Flyers will play against HL Rockersville (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Ottos will play against Cutie Ovals Ojays and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.0 
 2. Green, Instituto20.4 
 3. Solano, Echague19.4 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.19.1 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.1 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Harper, Quimsa16.7 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.5 
 9. Horner, Obras B.16.4 
 10. Mickeal, Atenas16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.9 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.5 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.8 
 5. Wood, San M.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.4 
 8. Francis, La Union8.4 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.1 
 10. Horner, Obras B.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Pedro BARRAL
  Obras B.
  (186-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Barral, Obras B.6.3 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.2 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.6.0 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.3 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Figueroa, Penarol4.6 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.6 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Garcia, San M.2.1 
 2. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 3. Solano, Echague2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.7 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.6 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Basualdo, Quilm.0.9 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.4 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista21.1 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.7 
 4. Brown, La Union19.6 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.18.2 
 6. Pais, Platense18.1 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 8. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 9. Montes-C., Obera T.17.3 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Gonzalez, San I.13.0 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.3 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.8.9 
 5. Joseph, Obera TC8.5 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.5 
 7. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.0 
 10. Brown, Mitre Tuc.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.1 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.4 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.4 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.4 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Gandoy, Obera TC4.7 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.4 
 10. Luduena, Obera TC4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe PAIS
  Platense
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pais, Platense2.5 
 2. Punet, Salta Basket2.5 
 3. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 4. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.1 
 5. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 7. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 8. Eseverri, Salta B.1.7 
 9. Lopez, Independ.1.7 
 10. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joe EFESE
  Gimnasia LP
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Efese, Gimnasia LP2.8 
 2. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Deck, Obera TC1.4 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.1.3 
 6. Okoye, Salta Basket1.2 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 8. Stroud, Parque Sur0.9 
 9. Nwogbo, Alianza .0.9 
 10. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 


Israel Gutierrez (ex Garzas) joins Argentino - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) agreed terms with 24-year old Mexican international center Israel Gutierrez (206-93). He started the season at Garzas in Mexican LNBP. In 45 games he had 6.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg this season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Mexican LNBP All-Star Game. Gutierrez ended the last season at Boca Juniors where in 8 LigaA games he recorded 6.3ppg and 6.9rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Halcones Rojos (LNBP) in Mexico. In 37 games he averaged 7.7ppg and 6.8rpg.
Gutierrez's team won Mexican LNBP Regular Season in 2015.
He has been also a member of Mexican international program for some years. Gutierrez has regularly played for Mexican senior team since 2014 and previously for University National Team in 2013.
He represented Mexico at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. Gutierrez's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 5.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg.
Gutierrez has played also professionally in Mexico for Caballeros de Culiacan.
On Gutierrez: A tough inside player, whose game is basically physical. He does the dirty work, sets good screens, locates himself well on the court, fights for all the rebounds and brings energy to the team.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Freeman leaves Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos - by Eurobasket News

33-year old American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-116kg-84, college: Massachusetts) left newly promoted Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (LigaA). In 34 games in Argentina he averaged 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg this season.
The most of last season Freeman spent at Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB where in 20 games he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the Uruguay LUB title (twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB 1st Team. Freeman also played that season for Boca Juniors. In 17 LigaA games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg.
In 2007 Freeman was drafted by Albany Patroons (USBL) in third round (29th overall).
He attended University of Massachusetts and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Freeman received Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Import Player of the Year award back in 2008.
He is a very experienced player. Freeman has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Freeman has played previously professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Belgium (VOO Verviers Pepinster), Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), China (Heilongjiang), Germany, Israel (GreenTops Netanya and B.C. Habikaa), Puerto Rico (Brujos), France (JSF Nanterre), Kuwait (Kazma) and IBA (Schenectady L.).
His game is described as: "Rashaun is an All-American Candidate after being on the A-10 First Team for the last two years. He is an extremely talented post player, a great one-on-one player, he's very tough to stop. I've seen more of a determination from him in our preseason workouts. He's paid more attention to his body, paid more attention to his weaknesses. So much came to him, so easily early. He was First Team All-Atlantic 10 his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. I wouldn't say he got complacent. It all just came easy to him; he didn't concentrate on his weaknesses. I've seen a determination. There have been many pro scouts watching his workouts. Ray has done really well.".

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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LigaA Round 39: #1 San Lorenzo is defeated by Ferrocarril - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked San Lorenzo (27-12) in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Ferrocarril (26-14) 70-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Lorenzo. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But San Lorenzo won third quarter 15-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ferrocarril won last quarter 21-18. It was a great evening for American center Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 5 rebounds. Martin Cuello (193-93) helped adding 13 points. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Ferrocarril maintains second place with 26-14 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. Defending champion San Lorenzo still keeps top position with 12 games lost. Ferrocarril are looking forward to face Regatas Corrientes (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Lorenzo will play against Obras Basket and is hoping to win this game.
Sixth-ranked Argentino (19-21) gave a tough game to third ranked Regatas Corrientes (24-14) in Junin. The visitors from Corrientes managed to secure only three-point victory 87-84. However their fans expected easier game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Chevon Troutman accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. Regatas Corrientes' coach Gabriel Piccato allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Argentino in the defeat. Regatas Corrientes maintains third place with 24-14 record having six points less than leader San Lorenzo. Argentino at the other side keeps the sixth position with 21 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will play against league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Argentino will play on the road against Quilmes MP (#7) in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Formosa between La Union and Penarol. Eighth ranked La Union (19-22) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Penarol (16-27). La Union managed to escape with a 3-point win 73-70 in the game for the eighth place. The best player for the winners was Facundo Pinero who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Roberto Acuna who recorded 17 points. Penarol's coach Marcelo Richotti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. La Union maintains eighth place with 19-22 record which they share with defeated Penarol. Loser Penarol keeps the eighth position with 27 games lost. La Union will meet higher ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play against Argentino (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Estudiantes C. (29-14) against fourth ranked Instituto (24-18) on Sunday night. Visiting Estudiantes C. was defeated by Instituto in a tough game in Cordoba 69-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Estudiantes C.. It was a good game for Rodney Green who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Instituto maintains fourth place with 24-18 record. Estudiantes C. at the other side keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Instituto's next round opponent will be Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero. Estudiantes C. will play on the road against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba and hope to win that game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Concordia. Second ranked host Estudiantes C. (29-14) defeated 4th placed Instituto (24-18) 78-71. It was a great evening for Dar Tucker who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Estudiantes C. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 29-14 record having just four point less than leader San Lorenzo. Instituto lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 18 games lost. Estudiantes C. will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Instituto will play on the road against Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 39: Quilmes MP lost to Hispano Am. on the opponent's court 83-92. Boca Jrs managed to outperform Quimsa in a home game 98-92. Quilmes MP recorded a loss to Ferrocarril on the road 76-69. Libertad S. was defeated by Estudiantes C. on its own court 72-81. Quimsa was smashed by Obras Basket in Buenos Aires 116-89. San Martin C. won against Penarol at home 71-65. Atenas was outscored by Olimpico LB on the opponent's court 96-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 12 points and 14 rebounds by Sam Clancy of Instituto.

Hispano Am. - Quilmes MP 92-83

There was a minor upset in Rio Gallegos where 7th ranked Quilmes MP (18-21) was defeated by tenth ranked Hispano Am. (13-29) 92-83 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-19. But Quilmes MP won second period 30-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hispano Am. made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Hispano Am. outrebounded Quilmes MP 36-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for forward Mariano Fierro (200-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American Larry O'Bannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 20 points and 6 rebounds. Five Hispano Am. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international power forward Ivan Basualdo (202-90) with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains tenth place with 13-29 record. Loser Quilmes MP keeps the seventh position with 21 games lost. Hispano Am. will face Echague (#10) in Parana in the next round.
Top scorers:
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 20+6reb, M.Fierro 16+10reb+2ast, J.Treise 13+3reb+5ast, N.Ferreyra 12+1reb+3ast, G.Torres 10+3reb+3ast, R.Freeman 10+8reb
Quilmes MP: E.Ruiz 21+4reb+2ast, I.Basualdo 16+6reb+5ast, L.Vildoza 14+5reb+8ast, T.Robinson 9+3reb+2ast, E.Flor 7+3reb+4ast, A.Eslava 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523607


Instituto - Estudiantes C. 76-69

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Estudiantes C. (29-14) against fourth ranked Instituto (24-18) on Sunday night. Visiting Estudiantes C. was defeated by Instituto in a tough game in Cordoba 69-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Estudiantes C.. Estudiantes C. was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 24-8 third quarter run of Instituto. It was a good game for American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC, agency: DTMones) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Estudiantes C.Instituto maintains fourth place with 24-18 record. Estudiantes C. at the other side keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Instituto's next round opponent will be Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero. Estudiantes C. will play on the road against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Instituto: R.Green 21+8reb+3ast, S.Clancy 12+14reb, P.Bertone 9+4reb+3ast, M.Gerlero 9+4reb+1ast, G.Whelan 8+1reb+1ast, J.DeGroat 7+5reb+1ast
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 24+5reb+3ast, J.Justiz 15+10reb, F.Giorgi 9+5reb+1ast, A.Marin 5+3reb+3ast, H.Toure 5+3reb+1ast, S.Orresta 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 523622


Boca Jrs - Quimsa 98-92

There was a small surprise in Buenos Aires where ninth ranked Boca Juniors (13-28) defeated 6th ranked Quimsa (22-20) 98-92 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-92. It was a great evening for Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. Panamanian-American swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia) helped adding 19 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) with 26 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) scored 18 points and 5 assists. Five Quimsa players scored in double figures. Boca Juniors maintains ninth place with 13-28 record. Loser Quimsa keeps the sixth position with 20 games lost. Boca Juniors will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: F.Lampropoulos 24+7reb, G.Forbes 19+7reb+3ast, F.Funes 13+2reb+1ast, C.Delfino 12+1reb+1ast, N.Gianella 9+4reb+2ast, L.Gargallo 7+2reb+5ast
Quimsa: A.Harper 26+5reb+2ast, C.Elliott 18+2reb+5ast, T.Gallizzi 14+5reb, L.Gonzalez 12+1ast, P.Hopson 10+10reb+3ast, J.Ruiz 6
gschID: 523618


Argentino - Regatas C. 84-87

Sixth-ranked Argentino (19-21) gave a tough game to third ranked Regatas Corrientes (24-14) in Junin. The visitors from Corrientes managed to secure only three-point victory 87-84. However their fans expected easier game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Regatas Corrientes' coach Gabriel Piccato allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Mateo Bolivar (187-92) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively for Argentino in the defeat. Four Regatas Corrientes and five Argentino players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes maintains third place with 24-14 record having six points less than leader San Lorenzo. Argentino at the other side keeps the sixth position with 21 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will play against league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Argentino will play on the road against Quilmes MP (#7) in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 27+2reb+5ast, C.Troutman 13+6reb+2ast, F.Ramirez 11+3reb, P.Espinoza 10+7reb+3ast, D.Sims 9+1reb, J.Saiz 8+2reb+2ast
Argentino: N.Gadson 17+5reb+4ast, E.Basabe 15+2reb+1ast, J.Cangelosi 14+2reb+3ast, M.Bolivar 13+2reb+6ast, L.Cequeira 11+2reb+2ast, C.Crawford 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 523619


Ferrocarril - Quilmes MP 76-69

Not a big story in a game in Buenos Aires where 7th ranked Quilmes MP (18-21) was defeated by second ranked Ferrocarril (26-14) 76-69 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 7 points. It was a great evening for international point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 8 assists. Center Jose-Ignacio Alessio (203-87) helped adding 20 points. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was international power forward Ivan Basualdo (202-90) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Ferrocarril maintains second place with 26-14 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Quilmes MP keeps the seventh position with 21 games lost. Ferrocarril will face Regatas Corrientes (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Quilmes MP will play against Argentino (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: J.Ignacio Alessio 20+2reb+1ast, F.Balbi 16+3reb+8ast, J.Maldonado 10+2reb+2ast, A.Feeley 9+3reb+1ast, R.Clemente 9+8reb, M.Cuello 5+4reb
Quilmes MP: I.Basualdo 18+11reb+1ast, L.Vildoza 18+5reb+3ast, E.Flor 15+2reb+5ast, T.Robinson 7+2reb+2ast, A.Eslava 5+3reb+1ast, I.Clark 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523620


Libertad S. - Estudiantes C. 72-81

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Estudiantes C. (29-14) beat on the road 7th ranked Libertad Sunchales (19-20) 81-72 on Friday. It was a great evening for American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Facundo Giorgi (204-85, college: FIU) helped adding 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. The best for the losing side was international point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) with 20 points and international point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96) scored 17 points. Estudiantes C. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 29-14 record having just four point less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Libertad Sunchales keeps the seventh position with 20 games lost. Estudiantes C. will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Obras Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 31+12reb+4ast, F.Giorgi 19+5reb+2ast, H.Toure 14+6reb+2ast, S.Orresta 9+6reb+3ast, J.Slider 4+2reb+1ast, P.Calderon 2+2reb
Libertad S.: J.Brussino 20+3reb+2ast, J.Vildoza 17+2reb+2ast, J.Massey 14+5reb, S.Vega 9+7reb+3ast, M.Saglietti 5+1reb+2ast, A.Alloatti 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 523616


La Union - Penarol 73-70

A very close game took place in Formosa between La Union and Penarol. Eighth ranked La Union (19-22) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Penarol (16-27). La Union managed to escape with a 3-point win 73-70 in the game for the eighth place. La Union had a 36-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Facundo Pinero (200-88) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international center Roberto Acuna (208-90) who recorded 17 points and the former international point guard Juan Figueroa (185-86, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 6 assists respectively. Five La Union and four Penarol players scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Marcelo Richotti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. La Union maintains eighth place with 19-22 record which they share with defeated Penarol. Loser Penarol keeps the eighth position with 27 games lost. La Union will meet higher ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play against Argentino (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
La Union: F.Pinero 17+11reb+2ast, T.Francis 13+12reb, D.Garcia 10+2reb+1ast, E.Gamboa 10+2reb+2ast, A.Konsztadt 10+5reb+4ast, A.Elsener 6+4reb+1ast
Penarol: R.Acuna 17+2reb+1ast, L.Gutierrez 12+3reb+1ast, J.Manuel Torres 11+7reb, S.Pettigrew 11+4reb, J.Figueroa 9+3reb+6ast, A.Diez 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 523617


Obras Basket - Quimsa 116-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Quimsa's (22-20) road loss to fifth ranked Obras Basket (21-21) 89-116 on Thursday. The game without a history. Obras Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.8 percent from the field. Obras Basket shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 59.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a great evening for the former international forward Walter Herrmann (206-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 35 points (!!!) (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). The former international center Martin Leiva (211-80) helped adding 20 points and 10 rebounds. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) with 19 points and international power forward Tayavek Gallizzi (205-93) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Obras Basket and five Quimsa players scored in double figures. Obras Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Quimsa keeps the sixth position with 20 games lost. Obras Basket will face Libertad Sunchales (#7) on the road in the next round. Quimsa will play against Instituto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: W.Herrmann 35+4reb, M.Leiva 20+10reb+3ast, F.Mariani 14+1reb+2ast, D.Horner 13+3reb+3ast, M.Bortolin 9+3reb+1ast, P.Barral 8+7reb+9ast
Quimsa: A.Harper 19+4reb+2ast, T.Gallizzi 15+8reb+1ast, C.Elliott 15+4reb+3ast, J.Cowan 13+8reb+2ast, P.Hopson 12+6reb+5ast, L.Gonzalez 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 523613


San Martin C. - Penarol 71-65

No shocking result in a game when first ranked San Martin Corrientes (29-10) won against at home 8th ranked Penarol (16-27) 71-65 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 40-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Penarol was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) with 20 points and American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. San Martin Corrientes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 29-10 record. Loser Penarol keeps the eighth position with 27 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Penarol will play at home against Argentino (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: J.Wood 18+6reb+3ast, M.Lescano 13+6reb+2ast, L.Mainoldi 13+10reb+1ast, L.Faggiano 11+4reb+3ast, D.Tintorelli 5+6reb, F.Aguerre 4+4reb+1ast
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 20+3reb+2ast, S.Pettigrew 13+6reb+1ast, R.Acuna 10+3reb+1ast, F.Giorgetti 8+5reb, J.Manuel Torres 6+4reb+1ast, J.Figueroa 4+4reb+6ast
gschID: 523610


Ferrocarril - San Lorenzo 70-66

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked San Lorenzo (27-12) in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Ferrocarril (26-14) 70-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Lorenzo. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But San Lorenzo won third quarter 15-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ferrocarril won last quarter 21-18. It was a great evening for American center Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 5 rebounds. Martin Cuello (193-93) helped adding 13 points. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia, agency: Stealth Sport) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Ferrocarril maintains second place with 26-14 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. Defending champion San Lorenzo still keeps top position with 12 games lost. Ferrocarril are looking forward to face Regatas Corrientes (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Lorenzo will play against Obras Basket and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: M.Cuello 13+2reb, A.Feeley 13+5reb+3ast, F.Balbi 10, R.Clemente 9+4reb+1ast, J.Maldonado 7+4reb+2ast, A.Calvo 7+3reb
San Lorenzo: M.Mata 14+5reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 13+2reb+3ast, G.Diaz 11+1reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 9+9reb+1ast, B.McShepard 9+5reb+1ast, S.Safar 4
gschID: 523609


Olimpico LB - Atenas 96-74

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Atenas (13-25) was crushed on the road by sixth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (23-19) 96-74 on Wednesday. Olimpico de La Banda looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a great evening for the former international Federico Van-Lacke (191-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) helped adding 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Roquez Johnson (201-92, college: Mississippi St.) with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Bruno Labaque (178-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to fifth place. Atenas lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 25 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face higher ranked Instituto (#4) in Cordoba in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atenas will play at home against Boca Juniors (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: A.Boccia 18+1reb+2ast, F.Van Lacke 17+5reb+4ast, J.Williams 16+10reb, M.Cosolito 12+3reb+1ast, K.Lamonte 8+1ast, D.Nesbitt 7+2reb+3ast
Atenas: R.Johnson 15+8reb+1ast, B.Labaque 15+1reb+5ast, D.Gerbaudo 10+2ast, D.Lo Grippo 7+5reb+1ast, P.Mickeal 7+2reb+1ast, L.Rasio 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 523611


Estudiantes C. - Instituto 78-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Concordia. Second ranked host Estudiantes C. (29-14) defeated 4th placed Instituto (24-18) 78-71. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Instituto won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Estudiantes C. made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Estudiantes C. made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Point guard Sebastian Orresta (188-93) helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import John DeGroat (201-85, college: Pittsburgh) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Estudiantes C. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 29-14 record having just four point less than leader San Lorenzo. Instituto lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 18 games lost. Estudiantes C. will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Instituto will play on the road against Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 25+14reb+6ast, J.Justiz 19+5reb+2ast, S.Orresta 17+7reb+2ast, A.Marin 10+2reb+1ast, H.Toure 3+2reb, F.Giorgi 3+1reb+2ast
Instituto: P.Bertone 19+4reb, R.Green 18+8reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 15+9reb+2ast, D.Ciorciari 6+6reb+3ast, S.Clancy 6+11reb, G.Whelan 5+1reb
gschID: 523608





Facundo Campazzo selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). He led UCAM Murcia to a victory over the eighth-ranked Andorra (12-11) crushing them 77-53 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Campazzo was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 28 minutes on the court. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (9-15) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa. Campazzo has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.7apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 30.9% and FT: 82.5% in 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Brussino
Nicolas Brussino
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Nicolas Brussino (202-93, currently plays in NBA). Brussino contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Washington Wizards (42-27) 112-107 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks have 30-39 record this season. It's Brussino's first year with the team. This year Brussino averages: 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 29.1%. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Delia helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the eighth-ranked Andorra (12-11) crushing them 77-53. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It's Delia's first season with the team. Delia's overall stats this year are: 6.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(60-102) and FT: 62.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Delia is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #4. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86, currently plays in Spain). He could not help CB Canarias (18-6) to beat Valencia Basket (5-18). Richotti recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. The league leader CB Canarias was edged 65-62 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#13) Valencia Basket. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Richotti has been at the team for seven years. This season his overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg in seven games. Richotti is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #5. An experienced international guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs in their game against the Portland Trail Blazers (32-36) in the NBA. Ginobili scored 7 points and added 6 passes. The San Antonio Spurs (53-16) were defeated 110-106 in Portland by the Trail Blazers. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 15th year in Spurs' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. Similarly like Richotti and Delia above Ginobili has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #6. Point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Baskonia (16-7) in their game against La ICL Manresa (4-20) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Laprovittola cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. Baskonia lost 82-87 in Manresa to the league outsider (#17) La ICL. It was Baskonia's first loss after four consecutive victories. This year Laprovittola's total stats are: 5.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 4.2apg in six games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #7. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) helped Arkadia Lions win their game against the closely-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (12-15) crushing them 85-64 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Saturday night. Vay scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (14-13) are placed fourth in the A Bundesliga. Vay plays fourth season for the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Vay averages: 18.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team eight years ago.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #8. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the eighth-ranked Melilla Baloncesto (16-12) 105-101 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 12 points in 23 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (18-9) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. Fernandez has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg in 27 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2014.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #9. Former U16 international small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped Valmontone win their game against the 15th-ranked Viterbo SA (4-20) crushing them 88-68 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. Caceres scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Virtus Valmontone (19-5) is placed second in Group C. Caceres has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U16 national team fifteen years ago.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led Umana Venezia to a victory over the 12th-ranked The Flexx PT (10-13) 78-71 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Filloy recorded 20 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (15-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Filloy's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.6apg in 20 games he played so far. Filloy has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite his Argentinian passport, Filloy previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Tulio Cobos (197-F-86, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Venezuela) was the main contributor in Bucaneros' victory against the third-ranked Guaiqueries (4-4) 87-72 in the Venezuelan LPB last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Cobos scored 32 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Conference Eastern. Bucaneros de La Guaira (6-4) is placed first in Eastern Conference. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Cobos has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3apg.

   #3. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Dolomiti En. TR's victory against the 12th-ranked The Flexx PT (10-13) 99-91 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Forray scored 10 points and had 3 steals in 23 minutes. Dolomiti Energia Trento (13-10) is placed fifth in the Serie A. Forray has been at the team for six years. This season his overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in 23 games. Forray is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #4. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) managed to help Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo to win against one of league's weakest teams Liga Sorocaba (5-19) crushing them 92-57 in the Brazilian NBB in Monday night's game. Hure scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (11-7) is placed fourth in the NBB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hure has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.4apg.

   #5. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a FCM Ferentino's victory against the 11th-ranked Mens Sana 1871 (12-13) 87-82 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. FMC Ferentino (11-14) is placed 12th in West group. Musso has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg in 25 games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #6. Brian Savoy (189-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Neuchatel edge one of league's weakest teams Massagno 74-72 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Savoy recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes. He has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 4.4apg in 20 games. Savoy also holds two passports: Argentinian and Swiss.

   #7. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85, currently plays in Brazil). He could not help CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro to beat Caxias do Sul. Palacios scored 6 points. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 76-57. He has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg.

   #8. Experienced Santiago Boffelli (197-G/F-83, currently plays in Italy) helped Scauri win their game against the leader Napoli Cuore 76-72 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Sunday night. Boffelli was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 37 minutes. Boffelli has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in 22 games. Boffelli has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #9. Dante Richotti (180-PG-85, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Santiago Boffelli and both played together in the last Italian Serie B game. Richotti helped Scauri win their game against the leader Napoli Cuore 76-72. He scored 20 points and added 6 assists. Richotti has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.6apg and 1.8spg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #10. Min-Soo Kim (200-C-82, currently plays in South Korea) helped SK Knights win their game against the third-ranked Samsung Thunders 91-85 in a derby game in the South Korean KBL last Saturday. Kim scored 9 points and blocked 3 blocks in 25 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 4.4rpg in 49 games. Kim holds both South Korean and Argentinian passports.



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Aron Baynes' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Australians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA). Baynes led Detroit Pistons to an easy victory against the Phoenix Suns (22-48) 112-95 in the NBA on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 17 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes on the court. The Detroit Pistons have 33-36 record this season. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Baynes averages: 4.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 50.6% and FT: 84.5% in 66 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand. Baynes is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Atlanta Hawks (37-32) 107-99 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Mills scored 15 points and added 9 passes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 53-16 record this season. It's Mills' fifth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 84.1%. Mills is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA). He led Utah Jazz to a victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (41-29) 114-108 in the NBA last Monday. Ingles scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 43-27 record this season. This year Ingles' overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.6%, 3FGP: 44.3% and FT: 79.6% in 70 games. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #4. Power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a 2-point Zalgiris' victory against the league outsider Unics Kazan (7-19) 82-80 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Motum scored 10 points. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (12-14) is placed tenth in the Euroleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Motum has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg and 3.5rpg. He is also Australian national team player.

Deng Deng
Deng Deng
   #5. Former U22 international forward Deng Deng (203-92, college: Baylor, currently plays in Lebanon) could not help Tadamon (1-6) in their last game. Despite Deng's very good performance Tadamon lost 77-90 at home to the lower-ranked (#7) Sagesse. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Deng also added 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 37 minutes. It was his first game for Tadamon this season; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Deng is another player who holds two passports: Australian and South Sudanese. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #6. Swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Koroivos (7-15) crushing them 89-63 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Newley recorded 8 points. AEK Athens (17-5) is placed third in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Newley's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #7. Former international swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to help Lietkabelis in their game against Juventus (15-12) in the Lithuanian LKL. Madgen scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Lietkabelis was edged 74-72 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Juventus. It's Madgen's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.1apg in 27 games. Madgen used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #8. Guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 1-point Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (41-29) 97-96 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 12 points and added 3 passes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 34-35 record this season. Dellavedova's stats this year are: 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.9apg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #9. Former international guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (10-36) crushing them 98-66 in the Japanese B League D2 on Sunday night. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). Hiroshima Dragonflies (36-10) are placed second in West group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Dillon averaged so far 12.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.5apg. He used to play for the Australian national team eight years ago.

Mitchell McCarron
Mitchell McCarron
   #10. Guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to Rangers' victory against the fifth-ranked Rams (1-1) 114-107 in the New Zealand NBL in Saturday night's game. McCarron recorded 28 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 38 minutes. It was his first game for Rangers this season. His team are placed first in the NBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. McCarron is a former U22 international player as two years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. International point guard Dante Exum (198-95, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joe Ingles. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Exum contributed to an Utah Jazz's victory against the Detroit Pistons 97-83. He scored 7 points and added 4 passes in 23 minutes. This year Exum's total stats are: 6.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg in 55 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #12. Former U18 international center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the leader Toyotsu FE crushing them 88-67 in the Japanese B League D2 in Sunday night's game. Vandenberg scored 9 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Vandenberg has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6bpg. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team back in 2008.

   #13. Former international guard Jason Cadee (186-91, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Kymis (7-15) in their last game. Despite Cadee's good performance Kymis was badly defeated 88-71 in Thessaloniki by the higher-ranked (#8) PAOK. He recorded 10 points in 23 minutes. Cadee averaged so far 14.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg in four games. He used to play for the Australian national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former U22 international forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked SISU crushing them 98-61 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. Trist had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 21 minutes. Trist averaged so far 12.7ppg and 6.5rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team back in 2015.

   #15. International forward Ryan Broekhoff (200-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help Lokomotiv in their game against Unicaja Malaga in the Eurocup. Broekhoff cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 74-63. Broekhoff has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (20-50) 125-120 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Irving scored 46 points (!!!) and added 3 passes (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) in 38 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 46-23 record this season. It's Irving's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Irving averages: 25.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.8apg and 1.2spg in 61 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Irving has never played in Australia.

   #2. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) was the main contributor in PAOK's victory against the 12th-ranked Kymis (7-15) 88-71 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Sobey recorded 25 points and added 3 passes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. PAOK Thessaloniki (12-10) is placed fifth in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Sobey has very high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg.

   #3. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand) was the major contributor in Saints' victory against the league outsider Hawks (0-2) crushing them 107-84 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. Duinker had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 6 assists in 33 minutes. It was his first game for Saints this season. His team are placed fourth in the NBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Duinker has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian.

   #4. Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (34-35) to beat the Golden State Warriors (55-14). Maker scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But the Milwaukee Bucks (34-35) were crushed 117-92 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. Maker's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 1.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and South Sudanese.

   #5. Xavier Cooks (203-G/F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Winthrop (16-3) in their last game. Despite Cooks' very good performance the Winthrop lost 64-76 at home to the Butler University. He scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Cooks has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 9.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7bpg in 33 games.

   #6. James Hunter (208-C-92, college: S.Dakota, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Giants crushing them 96-58 in the New Zealand NBL on Thursday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Hunter also added and 3 steals. It was his first game for Sharks this season.

   #7. Jock Landale (211-C, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the St.Mary's, CA (16-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Landale's very good performance the St.Mary's, CA was defeated 69-60 on their home court in Moraga by the University of Arizona. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. Landale also added 4 assists. This season Landale has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2bpg.

   #8. Joseph Acuil (213-F-94, is currently at the American university) contributed to an Baylor's surprising victory against the New Mexico State University 91-73 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 in Friday night's game. Acuil scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 25 minutes. Acuil has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 2.6bpg in 33 games. He has both Australian and Sudanese nationalities.

   #9. Deng Adel (201-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Louisville (12-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Adel's very good performance the Louisville was defeated 73-69 in Ann Arbor by the University of Michigan. He scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Adel averaged so far 12.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.1apg. He also holds two passports: South Sudanese and Australian.

   #10. Thomas Ammar (199-G/F-87, college: Mars Hill, currently plays in Lebanon) couldn't help Mayrouba in their game against Louaize in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Ammar recorded 6 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in 40 minutes. His team lost 81-91. Ammar has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.0apg in 15 games. He has Australian and Lebanese nationalities.



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Benjamin Ortner selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Auxilium TO (11-12) 89-70 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Ortner scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Umana Reyer Venezia (15-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Ortner averages: 3.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 52.5% and FT: 54.2% in 22 games he played so far. He played for the Austrian senior national team four years ago.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). Poeltl led Toronto Raptors to an easy victory against the Indiana Pacers (35-34) crushing them 116-91 in the NBA last Sunday. He scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Toronto Raptors have 41-29 record this season. It's Poeltl's first year with the team. Poeltl's overall stats this year are: 2.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 50.6% and FT: 57.1%. He played for the Austrian national team in 2015.

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). Mahalbasic could not help Sevilla (8-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Sevilla was badly defeated 89-70 at home by the much higher-ranked (#6) Gran Canaria. Mahalbasic scored 13 points and had 3 steals in 23 minutes. It was Sevilla's seventh consecutive loss in a row. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 61.9%(60-97) and FT: 74.4% in 13 games. Mahalbasic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Andorra's victory against the 14th-ranked Zaragoza (8-16) 100-92 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Schreiner recorded 6 points in 17 minutes. MoraBanc Andorra (12-11) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. Schreiner has been at the team for five years. This season his overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.2apg in 23 games. Schreiner is also Austrian national team player.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #5. International point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help Naestved in their game against Svendborg (13-15) in the Danish Ligaen. Despite his very good performance on Monday night He was the top scorer with 15 points. Lanegger also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Lanegger's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #6. Point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Braunschweig (5-17) in their game against EnBW Ludwigsburg (13-12) in the German BBL. Klepeisz cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points and added 8 passes in 26 minutes. Braunschweig was edged 80-78 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) EnBW Ludwigsburg. This year Klepeisz's total stats are: 6.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg in 21 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Austrian National Team roster.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #7. International forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Navarra (13-12) in their game against Blancos de Rueda (4-19) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Hopfgartner recorded 8 points. Navarra was edged 68-66 in Valladolid by the lower-ranked Blancos de Rueda (#14). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This season Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Austrian national team player.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) led Ovarense to a victory over the sixth-ranked Sampaense (4-21) 87-78 in the Portuguese LPB in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Douvier recorded 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Ovarense Dolce Vita (14-12) is placed first in Places 7-12 group. Douvier has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2apg. Douvier is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Austria.

   #2. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France) managed to help Lille Metropole Basket in a victory against the 16th-ranked Aix-Maurienne (9-14) 80-76 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Asceric scored 5 points in 23 minutes. Lille Metropole Basket (14-9) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Asceric has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.7apg in 20 games he played so far.

   #3. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany). He could not help Herzogenaurach (4-19) to beat Oberhaching (11-12). Kaiser cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and added 3 passes. The 13th-placed Herzogenaurach (4-19) was defeated 80-70 on the road by the higher-ranked Oberhaching (#8) in the South-East group. It was Herzogenaurach's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. Kaiser has reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg.



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NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators25.9 
 3. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.6 
 4. Farrington, Rockets21.3 
 5. Smith, Bahamas .21.2 
 6. Dean, Shockers19.5 
 7. Bain, Giants19.4 
 8. Ferguson, Pros17.4 
 9. Munnings, Cybots16.8 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Bain, Regulators14.5 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.5 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.1 
 4. Francis, Pros11.4 
 5. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 6. Farrington, Rockets11.0 
 7. Sylvestre, Bahamas .10.8 
 8. Leadon, Pros10.4 
 9. Dean, Shockers10.4 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rashard WILLIAMS
  Rebels
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Rebels6.4 
 2. Dames, Bahamas .6.3 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Mackey, Regulators5.5 
 5. Armaly, Shockers5.0 
 6. Wright, Pirates4.8 
 7. Bridgewater, Sting.4.1 
 8. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 9. Miller, Legends4.0 
 10. Bain, Regulators3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kemsy SYLVESTRE
  Bahamas .
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.5 
 2. Rolle, Rebels2.9 
 3. Smith, Bahamas .2.8 
 4. Rolle, Pros2.8 
 5. Dames, Bahamas .2.4 
 6. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 7. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 8. Saunders, Cybots1.9 
 9. Leadon, Pros1.8 
 10. Cooper, Rebels1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Munnings, Cybots3.4 
 2. Farrington, Rockets2.2 
 3. Dean, Shockers2.2 
 4. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.5 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 7. Francis, Pros1.4 
 8. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 9. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 10. Polidor, Legends1.0 


Buddy Hield selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). Hield could not help the Sacramento Kings (27-43) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Sacramento Kings (27-43) were badly defeated 118-102 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs. Hield was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Hield has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 13.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 46.0%(29-63) and FT: 85.0%. Hield played for the Bahamas senior national team three years ago.

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Argentina). He contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Atenas (13-25) crushing them 96-74 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night. Nesbitt scored 7 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (23-19) is placed fifth in Norte group. Nesbitt has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 85.0% in 10 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain). Cadot was not able to help Zornotza (13-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Zornotza was defeated 89-82 in Azpeitia by the leading Sammic ISB. Cadot recorded 12 points. Cadot's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 23.1%. He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #4. An experienced power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Arenys' victory against the eighth-ranked Cornella (10-11) 80-70 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Turnquest scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Arenys Basquet Joventut (11-10) is placed fifth in Group C-A. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Turnquest's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 6.3rpg in 20 games. Turnquest used to play for the Bahamas national team back in 2006.

Dwight Coleby
Dwight Coleby
   #5. Former international forward Dwight Coleby (206-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Kansas in a victory against the Michigan State University (10-8) crushing them 90-70 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 on Sunday night. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 9 minutes on the court. The University of Kansas have quite an impressive 16-2 conference record this season. Coleby's team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. And now that game is very crucial. This year Coleby's overall stats are: 1.7ppg and 1.8rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team three years ago.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #6. Forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) contributed to a SAP Vaucluse's victory against the closely-ranked CFBB (4-18) 70-61 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (13-16) is placed 13th in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Davis has reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is a former international player as he played for the Bahamas senior team three years ago.

Gjio Bain
Gjio Bain
   #7. Former international center Gjio Bain (211-85, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Indonesia) was the major contributor in an overtime Bima Perkasa's surprising victory against the second-ranked CLS Knights (11-3) 85-82 in the Indonesian IBL last Saturday. Bain had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 15 rebounds in 45 minutes. Bima Perkasa Yogyakarta (2-12) is placed second from the bottom (#10) in the IBL. They ended the series of eleven consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. This year Bain's total stats are: 5.9ppg and 8.0rpg in seven games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team six years ago.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #8. Forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) led Hap.Haifa to a 2-point victory over the seventh-ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (13-10) 84-82 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Burrows was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. Hapoel Haifa (9-14) is placed 12th in the National League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Burrows has very impressive stats this year: 22.4ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Bahamas national team.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to a victory over the Orlando Magic (25-45) crushing them 122-92 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Thompson scored 29 points (!!!), had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 29 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have quite an impressive 55-14 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Thompson averages: 22.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.1apg in 66 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland) could not help Wilki Morskie (13-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Knowles' good performance Wilki Morskie was edged 73-72 on the road by the league outsider Siarka (#17). He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. Knowles' overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 5.5rpg.

   #3. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) was not able to help SPO Rouen (10-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance SPO Rouen was badly defeated 94-78 in Blois by the much higher-ranked (#5) ADA Blois. Fairell scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. This year Fairell has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg in 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #4. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Gandia (7-18) in their game against Albacete (6-19) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his very good performance last Sunday He was the top scorer with 14 points. Forbes has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg and 2.3rpg.

   #5. Robert Nortmann (205-F, college: Dalhousie, currently plays in NBLCanada) couldn't help the Island Storm (10-14) in their game against the Moncton Miracles (9-16) in the NBL Canada. Nortmann cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The Island Storm (#3) was edged 111-108 in Moncton, NB by the lower-ranked Moncton Miracles. It was Island Storm's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Nortmann has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 8.0rpg. He has both Bahamas and Canadian nationalities.



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Al Hala draw first blood - by Eurobasket News

AL HALA registered a surprise 84-82 win over Manama in the Golden Square stage of the Basketball League at the Khalifa Sports City Hall in Isa Town. The quarter results were 19-18 (Manama) 23-15 (Al Hala) 21-18 (Al Hala) 30-22 (Manama) The game was the first of two matches to decide the team who will qualify for the final. Al Hala started the game with a line-up consisting of Hussain Salman, Hasan Gerashi, Ahmed Jamal, Yasser Bunafoor and Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona). Al Manama's line-up consisted of Mohammed Hussain, Mohammed Kuwaied, Ahmed Aziz, Nikoloz Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) and Mohammed Qurban (187-F-87). Manama were the first scoring side through Kuwaied but Al Hala took the lead quickly afterwards by a three-point shot from Gerashi. Manama extended their lead to three through Hussain before going on in the quarter to lead by eight. Al Hala, however, fought back hard to end the quarter trailing by only one point. Al Hala started the second quarter in strong fashion quickly taking the lead away from Manama to lead by seven points. The third quarter saw the winners extend their lead to 10 points. The real action was in the fourth quarter as Manama put in a fight to get back into the game. They got so close by closing the gap early into the quarter but their offensive approach helped Al Hala punish them by scoring from their weakest of chances. The last four minutes saw Nawrooz score a three pointer to trail by four points. Kuwaied also scored a three-point shot to drop the margin to just one point with two minutes to play. They managed to tie the score through Hussein who scored one from a two-free shots which he was awarded. Al Hala's Woods quickly gave his side a two-point lead with a magnificent dunk before adding in a free shot from a personal foul by Najaf. The last seconds of the game saw Kuwaied miss two free throws as Al Hala went on to score a precious win. Al Hala's Jamal topped the scoring ranks for his side with 20 points while Manama's Nikoloz Tskitishvili topscored for his team with 21 points. Al Ahli will face Muharraq today at 7pm at the Khalifa Sports City Hall in their first game of the Golden Square stages.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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BABA Round 8: No surprise as #1 Lumber defeat Hawks - by Eurobasket News

BABA top team - Lumber (5-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Hawks (1-5) 100-65. Undefeated Lumber have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Hawks at the other side keep the eighth place with five games lost. Lumber are looking forward to face PanAm I.I. (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Hawks will play against Pinelands and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Tridents (0-5) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked Sonics (3-1) 85-56. Sonics maintains fourth position with 3-1 record. Tridents at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Pinelands (4-1) played at the court of 6th ranked PanAm I.I. (1-3). Pinelands smashed PanAm I.I. 106-62 on Sunday. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Bulls. PanAm I.I. lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with three games lost. Pinelands will meet at home Hawks (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. PanAm I.I. will play against the league's leader Lumber and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 8 Warriors were destroyed by Cavaliers on the opponent's court 97-70.

PanAm I.I. - Pinelands 62-106

The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Pinelands (4-1) played at the court of 6th ranked PanAm I.I. (1-3). Pinelands smashed PanAm I.I. 106-62 on Sunday. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Bulls. PanAm I.I. lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with three games lost. Pinelands will meet at home Hawks (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. PanAm I.I. will play against the league's leader Lumber and hope to win that game.
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Cavaliers - Warriors 97-70

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Warriors (1-4) were crushed on the road by fifth ranked Cavaliers (3-2) 97-70 on Sunday. Cavaliers maintains fifth position with 3-2 record. Loser Warriors keep the seventh place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Hawks - Lumber 65-100

BABA top team - Lumber (5-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Hawks (1-5) 100-65. Lumber have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Hawks at the other side keep the eighth place with five games lost. Lumber are looking forward to face PanAm I.I. (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Hawks will play against Pinelands and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
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Tridents - Sonics 56-85

Bottom-ranked Tridents (0-5) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked Sonics (3-1) 85-56. Sonics maintains fourth position with 3-1 record. Tridents at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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  BELARUS  


Maalik Wayns selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). He could not help Maccabi Rishon (10-13) in their last game. Despite Wayns' very good performance Maccabi Rishon lost 85-94 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Hapoel Eilat. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Wayns also added 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 37 minutes on the court. It was Maccabi Rishon's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Wayns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 73.0% in 15 games he played so far. Wayns is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA U18 national team, Wayns is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Belarus.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in VTB United League). Liutych led his Estonian team Kalev/Cramo to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Tsmoki-Minsk (4-15) 79-70 in the VTB United League last Monday. He was MVP of the game. Liutych recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (5-15) is placed 11th in the VTB United League. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Liutych has relatively good stats this season: 14.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.2%(53-91), 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 78.9%. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Euroleague). He was not able to help Unics Kazan (7-19) in their last game. Despite Parakhouski's very good performance the bottom-ranked Unics Kazan was edged 82-80 in Kaunas by the higher-ranked (#10) Zalgiris. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Parakhouski also added 2 shots in 22 minutes. It was Unics Kazan's ninth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Parakhouski has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 63.3%(119-188) and FT: 79.7% in 25 games. He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #4. An experienced forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Brose Baskets (9-17) in their game against Fenerbahce (17-9) in the Euroleague. Veremeenko scored 5 points. Brose Baskets was defeated 83-78 in Istanbul by the much higher-ranked Fenerbahce (#4). There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Veremeenko's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 2.1ppg and 1.4rpg. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2007.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #5. International small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Falco KC (16-9) in their last game. Despite Pustahvar's good performance Falco KC was badly defeated 94-75 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#6) Kaposvari. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Pustahvar also added 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Pustahvar has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in 25 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian. Pustahvar plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #6. Guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Ironi Ramat Gan (2-21) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan was badly defeated 91-73 in Kfar Saba by the much higher-ranked Hapoel (#4). Gandlin was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gandlin's stats this season are: 12.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team three years ago.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #7. International power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Polfarmex (4-20) in their game against BM Slam Stal (17-8) in the Polish PLK. Salash scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. Polfarmex was crushed 89-64 in Ostrow Wlkp. by the much higher-ranked (#3) BM Slam Stal. It was Polfarmex's sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Salash's overall stats are: 4.5ppg and 3.2rpg in 22 games. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Yauhen Massalski
Yauhen Massalski
   #8. Forward Yauhen Massalski (204-99, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help Perlas-MRU (21-17) in their game against Rasai (23-15) in the Lithuanian NKL (second division). Massalski recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. The fifth-placed Perlas-MRU (21-17) was defeated 76-66 in Raseiniai by the higher-ranked Rasai (#4) in the Places 1-7 group. Massalski's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 4.4rpg. He plays currently for the Belarusian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Russia). Iurchik could not help Ryazan (5-18) to beat Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (14-9). He recorded 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Ryazan was crushed 90-63 on the road by the higher-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (#6). It was Ryazan's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Iurchik's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.

   #2. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania) managed to help SCM CSU Craiova in a 2-point victory against the second-ranked Phoenix Galati (7-14) 86-84 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Monday night. Solopa scored only 4 points in 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-10. SCM CSU Craiova (6-15) is placed third. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. This year Solopa's total stats are: 3.3ppg and 2.4rpg in 18 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Moldovan.



Belarusian Premier League round 34 best performance: Viachaslau Korzh - by Eurobasket News

Former international Point guard Viachaslau Korzh (195-PG-86) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Grodno-93, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 30-year old player got a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists, while his team crushed Impuls BGUIR (#5, 14-14) with 19-point margin 101-82. It allowed Grodno-93 to consolidate first place in the Belarusian Premier League. Grodno-93 has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 27-3. In the team's last game Korzh had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Grodno-93, through which he has constantly improved. Viachaslau Korzh has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.7apg) and averages impressive 58.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 15-year old Aliaksei Navoichyk (190-PG-01) of Prinemanye. Navoichyk had a very good evening with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Prinemanye to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked GOCOR-Sozh (#9, 4-26) 78-48. Prinemanye's 7th position in the standings has not changed. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories Prinemanye managed to get this year. Navoichyk is a newcomer at Prinemanye, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.5ppg (#8). He also registered 4.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Russian center Marsel Ovsepyan (200-C-90) of Vitebsk (#3). Ovsepyan showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Vitebsk, leading his team to a 88-60 easy win against the lower-ranked Brest (#8, 4-26). Vitebsk needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 11 lost games. Ovsepyan has a very solid season. In 21 games in Belarus he scored 9.2ppg. He also has 7.1rpg and FGP: 59.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maksym Kozlovets (205-C-90) of COR-Borisfen - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dmitriy Dmitruk (198-F-81) of Brest - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ivan Aladko (193-PG-95) of Vitebsk - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Yuri Mishukov (205-C-85) of Grodno-93 - 19 points and 10 rebounds
8. Dmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) of Grodno-93 - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Maksim Shustov (188-G-86) of Impuls BGUIR - 34 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Vadzim Stubeda (205-C) of Prinemanye - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Lhoest, Ninane20.8 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.7 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.4 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco17.1 
 6. Baptista, Gistel O.16.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 8. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 9. Gorremans, Soba15.7 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.9 
 2. Dierickx, Ieper10.8 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele9.7 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.2 
 5. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.4 
 7. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.3 
 8. Gorremans, Soba7.2 
 9. Fall, Ieper7.0 
 10. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.4.8 
 2. Celis, Oxaco4.8 
 3. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.4 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.3 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.6 
 6. Torreborre, Melse.3.6 
 7. Kanda-K., Giants B3.3 
 8. Lhoest, Ninane3.3 
 9. Maesen, Houthalen3.3 
 10. Benzouien, Royal B.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.1 
 2. Benzouien, Royal B.2.1 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.1 
 4. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 5. Hall, Royal Brussels1.5 
 6. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Van-d., Ekeren1.4 
 9. Snyers, Houthalen1.4 
 10. Lamot, Melsele1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Malick FALL
  Ieper
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1
 1. Fall, Ieper1.0 
 2. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 4. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 5. Argeerts, Ekeren0.7 
 6. Samaey, Waregem0.7 
 7. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.6 
 8. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.6 
 9. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 10. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 


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

24-year old power forward Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kangoeroes and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Limburg United (#6, 12-13) 98-91. Kangoeroes maintains the 4th position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kangoeroes will need more victories to improve their 14-11 record. Badji turned to be Kangoeroes' top player in his first season with the team. Badji has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 6.5rpg) and averages solid 58.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) of Leuven. He is American guard in his first season at Leuven. In the last game Miller-McIntyre recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 11 assists. Of course Leuven cruised to a 90-79 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Spirou (#7, 11-13). Leuven's 9th position in the standings has not changed. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Leuven managed to get this year. Miller-McIntyre is a newcomer at Leuven and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ryan Anderson (206-F-92) of league's second-best Antwerp. Anderson showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Anderson's great performance Antwerp lost 61-67 to #3 ranked Brussels. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Antwerp needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 8 lost games. Anderson has a great season in Belgium. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.1rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 1.4apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrance Henry (206-F-89) of Kangoeroes - 22 points and 6 rebounds
5. Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83) of Oostende - 18 points and 9 assists
6. Quincy Taylor (194-G/F-82) of Aalstar - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lionel Bosco (175-PG-81) of Mons-Hainaut - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ioann Iarochevitch (207-F/C-89) of Spirou - 11 points and 9 rebounds
10. Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91) of Brussels - 15 points and 7 rebounds

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



Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He led Olympiacos to a victory over the closely-ranked AEK Athens (17-5) 70-63 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Lojeski was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (19-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all nineteen games in the Regular Season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team. Lojeski has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 64.5%(49-76), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 88.5% in 20 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Lojeski is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. He used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in EuroCup). He contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Hapoel Jerusalem (5-1) 83-68 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Van Rossom recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 27 minutes. 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 Semi-Finals. Van Rossom has been at the team for four years. This season he averages: 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 44.7%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 92.9% in 18 games. Van Rossom is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). He could not help EWE Baskets (13-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite De Zeeuw's good performance EWE Baskets was defeated 89-76 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams SC Rasta Vechta (#17). He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It's De Zeeuw's first season with the team. De Zeeuw's overall stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 82.2%. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #4. Guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 1-point Scandone AV's victory against the seventh-ranked Grissin Bon RE (12-11) 90-89 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He recorded 8 points in only 11 minutes. Scandone Avellino (15-8) is placed third in the Serie A. This year Obasohan's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.6apg in 21 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan is also Belgian national team player.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #5. An experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help RETAbet BB in their game against UCAM Murcia (9-15) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But RETAbet BB was defeated 82-71 at home by the lower-ranked UCAM Murcia (#12). Hervelle plays seventh season for the team. Hervelle's total stats this year are: 6.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #6. Power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB in a victory against the eighth-ranked Andorra (12-11) crushing them 77-53 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Tumba scored only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (9-15) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa. This year Tumba's total stats are: 2.8ppg and 4.6rpg in eight games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Manu Lecomte
Manu Lecomte
   #7. International point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Baylor's surprising victory against the University of Southern California (10-8) 82-78 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 on Sunday night. Lecomte scored 12 points and added 5 assists in 27 minutes. The Baylor University has a solid 12-6 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. And now that game is very crucial. This year Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.8apg in 31 games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Elias Lasisi
Elias Lasisi
   #8. Swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (11-12) crushing them 80-59 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. Lasisi scored 6 points. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (11-12) is placed ninth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lasisi has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg and 2.5rpg. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #9. Former international point guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Sestu (8-17) crushing them 84-58 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. Lauwers scored 7 points and added 3 passes. Bergamo Basket 2014 (20-4) is placed second in Group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lauwers has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Belgian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in Anwil's victory against the 15th-ranked Start (7-17) crushing them 112-77 in the Polish PLK last Sunday. Haws scored 21 points and had 3 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Anwil Wloclawek (18-7) is placed second in the PLK. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Haws has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team. Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.

   #2. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League). Coric could not help Cibona (11-15) to beat Krka (8-18). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Coric scored only one point. Cibona was defeated 95-91 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Krka (#13). It was Cibona's ninth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the ABA League. Coric has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 1.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Croatian.

   #3. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Monthey in their game against Lausanne (7-13) in the Swiss LNA. Dubas recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Monthey lost 73-80 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#8) Lausanne. The Regular Season already ended. Dubas has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in 20 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #4. Stan Leemans (205-C-92, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Fribourg Olympic to win against the sixth-ranked Starwings (9-11) crushing them 90-63 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. Leemans recorded only 2 points. Fribourg Olympic (2-0) is placed first in the LNA. The Regular Season already ended. Leemans has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.1rpg. He has both Belgian and Swiss nationalities.

   #5. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked SPO Rouen (10-13) 94-78 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. Pontens scored only 2 points and added 4 assists in 12 minutes. ADA Blois Basket 41 (13-10) is placed fifth in the ProB. Pontens has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 1.8apg in 20 games. He also holds two passports: Belgian and French.



Top Division I Round 24: Royal Brussels beat Soba by one 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 most exciting game of round 24 in the Top Division I took place in Brussels. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Soba (12-11) to eighth ranked Royal Brussels (10-13) 52-51 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 13-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Royal Brussels outrebounded Soba 50-32 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American swingman Adam Hall (198-80, college: Virginia) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Thomas Creppy (197-90) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jonathan Balanga (191-94) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Soba. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Royal Brussels moved-up to seventh place. Soba at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Royal Brussels are looking forward to face Ekeren (#13) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Soba will play against Ninane (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Seventh-ranked Giants B (10-14) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Gembo BBC (17-6) in Antwerp. The visitors from Borgerhout managed to secure only three-point victory 95-92. However their fans expected much easier game. Gembo BBC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Oxaco. Giants B at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Gembo BBC will play against Gistel Oostende (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giants B will play against Houthalen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top Division I top team - Gent Hawks (19-4) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Ieper (8-16) 58-52. The winners were led by Joeri Vermoessen who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by Robin Mestdagh did not help to save the game for Ieper. Ieper's coach Frederic Claessens rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gent Hawks have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-4 record. Ieper lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Gent Hawks will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ieper will play against Gistel Oostende (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Melsele (9-14) and Gistel Oostende (8-15), which took place in Melsele. Higher ranked Melsele lost at home to twelfth ranked Gistel Oostende 89-98. The best player for the winners was Sam Hemeleers who scored 25 points and 6 assists. Gistel Oostende have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place. Melsele at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. Gistel Oostende's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gembo BBC (#3) in Borgerhout and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game between fourth ranked Waregem (16-7) and 13th ranked Ekeren (6-16) in Waregem on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Waregem outscored guests from Ekeren 101-52. It was a good game for Bart-Willy Samaey who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Waregem maintains fourth position with 16-7 record. Newly promoted Ekeren keeps the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Waregem will have a break next round. Ekeren will play at home against Royal Brussels (#7) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 24 Houthalen was beaten by Oxaco on the road 92-83. Ninane destroyed RPC Anderlecht on its own court 90-61.

Royal Brussels - Soba 52-51

The most exciting game of round 24 in the Top Division I took place in Brussels. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Soba (12-11) to eighth ranked Royal Brussels (10-13) 52-51 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 13-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Royal Brussels outrebounded Soba 50-32 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American swingman Adam Hall (198-80, college: Virginia) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Thomas Creppy (197-90) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jonathan Balanga (191-94) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Dries Bogaerts (200-86) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Soba. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Royal Brussels moved-up to seventh place. Soba at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Royal Brussels are looking forward to face Ekeren (#13) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Soba will play against Ninane (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Royal Brussels: A.Hall 21+11reb, T.Creppy 14+6reb+1ast, R.Benzouien 8+2reb+4ast, C.De Medina 4+5reb+1ast, N.Botuli 3+1ast, J. Nyamssi 2+4reb
Soba: J.Balanga 17+7reb+2ast, D.Bogaerts 12+6reb+2ast, R.Haerbos 7+2reb+2ast, K.van Kempen 6+7reb+2ast, V.Vanden Berghe 4, A.Ibens 2+1ast
gschID: 488872


Giants B - Gembo BBC 92-95

Seventh-ranked Giants B (10-14) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Gembo BBC (17-6) in Antwerp. The visitors from Borgerhout managed to secure only three-point victory 95-92. However their fans expected much easier game. Gembo BBC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Oxaco. Giants B at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Gembo BBC will play against Gistel Oostende (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giants B will play against Houthalen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 488867


Oxaco - Houthalen 92-83

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Oxaco (17-6) beat 5th ranked Houthalen (14-10) in Boechout 92-83 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 57-46 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for guard Nick Celis (196-88) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. Center Mark De-Meyer (194-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Bart Maesen (198-89) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds and center Dario Clemente (204-86) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Houthalen. Five Oxaco and four Houthalen players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oxaco have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-6 record having just two points less than leader Gent Hawks, which they share with Gembo BBC. Loser Houthalen keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Oxaco will face Melsele (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Houthalen will play against Giants B (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: S.Van Hoey 20+5reb, N.Celis 18+10reb+13ast, C.Pegg 16+1reb, M.De Meyer 13+11reb+2ast, D.De Hoon 11+3reb, S.Gevers 7+1ast
Houthalen: D.Snyers 21+6reb+1ast, B.Maesen 20+8reb+2ast, D.Clemente 17+8reb+5ast, J.Smith 14+4reb+1ast, C.Koonings 3+1ast, V.Jatulevicius 3+3reb
gschID: 488869


Ieper - Gent Hawks 52-58

Top Division I top team - Gent Hawks (19-4) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Ieper (8-16) 58-52. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 58-52. The winners were led by forward Joeri Vermoessen (200-93) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds and guard Robin Spaens (180-92) supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by swingman Robin Mestdagh (195-88, college: E.Kentucky) did not help to save the game for Ieper. Center Gilles Dierickx (213-92, college: Seattle Pacific) added 8 points and 9 rebounds. Ieper's coach Frederic Claessens rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gent Hawks have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-4 record. Ieper lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Gent Hawks will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ieper will play against Gistel Oostende (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: R.Spaens 15+5reb+1ast, J.Vermoessen 13+16reb+3ast, L.Lhote 11+1reb+3ast, M.Verspeeten 7+2reb, S.Stevens 4+1reb+1ast, J.Delobbe 3+9reb
Ieper: R.Mestdagh 14+6reb+1ast, A.Schepens 9+5reb, K.Devacht 8+4reb+3ast, G.Dierickx 8+9reb, J.Vandermeersch 5+2reb, M.Diop 3
gschID: 488871


Melsele - Gistel Oostende 89-98

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Melsele (9-14) and Gistel Oostende (8-15), which took place in Melsele. Higher ranked Melsele lost at home to twelfth ranked Gistel Oostende 89-98. Melsele was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Gistel Oostende made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Strangely Melsele outrebounded Gistel Oostende 29-16. The best player for the winners was guard Sam Hemeleers (180-95) who scored 25 points and 6 assists. Croatian forward Luka Kotrulja (196-98) chipped in 27 points (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was Francis Torreborre (184-93, agency: Promotex) who recorded 18 points and 8 assists and Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Gistel Oostende and five Melsele players scored in double figures. Gistel Oostende have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place. Melsele at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. Gistel Oostende's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gembo BBC (#3) in Borgerhout and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Gistel Oostende: L.Kotrulja 27+2reb, S.Hemeleers 25+1reb+6ast, T.Lambrecht 16+8reb+1ast, M.Palinckx 11+1reb, F.El Mahsini 5, S.De Vreught 4
Melsele: F.Torreborre 18+1reb+8ast, P.Hilliman 17+8reb+1ast, T.Lamot 17+3reb+1ast, I.Perez 13+3reb+3ast, N.Dhooge 12+9reb, S.Caron 9
gschID: 488870


Waregem - Ekeren 101-52

The game between fourth ranked Waregem (16-7) and 13th ranked Ekeren (6-16) in Waregem on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Waregem outscored guests from Ekeren 101-52. Waregem dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Ekeren's 26. They outrebounded Ekeren 42-25 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for center Bart-Willy Samaey (199-87) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Tim Bruyneel (200-95) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Waregem players scored in double figures. Forward Matthias Bessems (191-91) replied with 7 points and 7 rebounds and guard Andreas Rojas-Palma (188-92) added 9 points in the effort for Ekeren. Waregem maintains fourth position with 16-7 record. Newly promoted Ekeren keeps the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Waregem will have a break next round. Ekeren will play at home against Royal Brussels (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Waregem: B.Willy Samaey 19+9reb+1ast, S.Naudts 15+5reb+1ast, L.De Lepeleire 14+3reb+5ast, T.Bruyneel 13+10reb+1ast, B.Guillemyn 12+5reb+2ast, T.Foucart 11+7reb+1ast
Ekeren: D.Van den Brande 9+2reb+1ast, C.Aertssen 9+2reb, A.Rojas Palma 9+3reb+2ast, P.De Cock 8+3reb, M.Bessems 7+7reb+1ast, M.Rademakers 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 488868


Ninane - RPC Anderlecht 90-61

Very expected game when 14th ranked RPC Anderlecht (6-16) was smashed on the road by tenth ranked Ninane (9-13) 90-61 on Friday. Ninane held RPC Anderlecht to an opponent 24.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 51.7 percent accuracy of the winners. Ninane had a 32-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by RPC Anderlecht's players. It was a good game for the former international power forward Francois Lhoest (196-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Romain Fassotte (190-91) contributed with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-88) replied with 18 points and 4 steals and naturalized DR Congolese Constantin Tshimuanga (202-86) added 9 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for RPC Anderlecht. Ninane moved-up to ninth place. RPC Anderlecht lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Ninane will face higher ranked Soba (#6) in Antwerpen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. RPC Anderlecht will play at home against Ekeren (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ninane: F.Lhoest 26+15reb+5ast, R.Fassotte 18+9reb+7ast, G.Henrard 14+4reb+1ast, S.Maio 9+2reb+2ast, X.Colette 8+7reb+4ast, R.Nicaise 6+2reb+1ast
RPC Anderlecht: G.Hockins 18+4reb+3ast, C.Tshimuanga 9+11reb, S.Chapelle 6+3reb, L.Nziye 6+2reb+2ast, A.Vandervelden 3+5reb, C.Jouniaux 2+1reb
gschID: 488866





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Elmedin Kikanovic selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). He could not help ALBA Berlin (16-10) in their last game. Despite Kikanovic's very good performance ALBA Berlin lost 76-82 on the road to the leading ratiopharm Ulm. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Kikanovic also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 28 minutes on the court. Kikanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 59.3%(163-275) and FT: 77.9% in 25 games he played so far. Kikanovic is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Serbian team Crvena Zvezda to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Armani Milano (7-19) 78-71 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Kuzmic was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (15-11) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kuzmic's first season with the team. Kuzmic's overall stats this year are: 9.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.1%(101-177) and FT: 68.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Kuzmic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team in 2012.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the 13th-ranked Walter Tigers (9-19) crushing them 85-63 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Djedovic recorded 16 points (made all of his six free throws) in a mere 17 minutes. FC Bayern Muenchen (21-3) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Djedovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Bayern Muenchen's roster. This season his overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 58.0%(51-88), 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 84.9% in 24 games. Djedovic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #4. Center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Miami Heat (34-36) 115-104 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Nurkic recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. The Portland Trail Blazers have 32-36 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Nurkic has very high stats. He averages: 14.4ppg, 9.4rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1bpg and 1.4spg. Nurkic has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Ivan Ramljak
Ivan Ramljak
   #5. Former U18 international small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Croatian team KK Zadar win their game against the closely-ranked Un.Olimpija (10-16) 81-78 in the ABA League last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. Ramljak also added 3 assists in 31 minutes. KK Zadar (9-17) is placed 12th in the ABA League. The Regular Season already ended in the ABA League. This year Ramljak's total stats are: 9.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg in 21 games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Ramljak used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team twelve years ago.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #6. Forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) helped GKK Sibenik win their game against the league outsider Kvarner (2-19) 94-75 in the Croatian A1 on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Halilovic also added 3 assists. GKK Sibenik (17-4) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Halilovic has relatively good stats this season: 14.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4bpg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #7. International shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Croatia) helped Cedevita win their game against the closely-ranked Jolly (16-5) 82-66 in the Croatian A1 in Monday night's game. Musa scored 14 points in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cedevita Zagreb (16-5) is placed third in the A1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Musa has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.4apg in 16 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #8. Guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France) helped Monaco win their game against the 14th-ranked Chalons-Reims (8-15) 81-72 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Wright scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. AS Monaco Basket (20-3) is placed first in the ProA. Wright has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Wright plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Filip Adamovic
Filip Adamovic
   #9. Former international point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) helped UBT Cluj Napoca win their game against the third-ranked CSU Sibiu (14-9) 92-75 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Wednesday night. Adamovic recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (20-3) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. Adamovic has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.4apg and 2.1spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team three years ago.

Aleksandar Lazic
Aleksandar Lazic
   #10. Swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) helped Dynamic BG win their game against the closely-ranked Spartak (13-8) 80-72 in the Serbian KLS on Saturday night. Lazic scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Dynamic BG Beograd (16-5) is placed third in the KLS. Lazic has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg in 18 games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Demir IBB (6-16) in their last game. Despite Stipanovic's good performance Demir IBB was crushed 89-68 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Fenerbahce. He recorded 12 points in 20 minutes. Stipanovic has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.6apg in 22 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. Former international power forward Jozo Brkic (211-86, currently plays in Croatia) helped Jolly win their game against the closely-ranked Cibona 80-75 in the Croatian A1 on Wednesday night. Brkic scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Brkic has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Brkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #13. International point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) managed to help FC Barcelona Lassa in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Joventut crushing them 76-56 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded only 3 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 20 minutes. Renfroe has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg in 11 games. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

   #14. International forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) helped Milwaukee Bucks edge the Los Angeles Clippers 97-96 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Teletovic scored 11 points. Teletovic has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 2.3rpg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. Former international power forward Miroslav Todic (205-85, agency: Diamond Sports, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Promitheas (9-13) in their last game. Despite Todic's good performance Promitheas lost 80-84 at home to the higher-ranked (#7) AGOR. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. Todic averaged so far 10.8ppg and 5.5rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Marko Dujkovic (226-C-90, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Metalac's victory against one of league's weakest teams Smederevo (2-19) 89-82 in the Serbian KLS last Friday. Dujkovic recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Metalac Farmakom Valjevo (11-10) is placed eighth in the KLS. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Dujkovic has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.0bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYR Macedonian.

   #2. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in ABA League) led his Croatian team KK Zadar to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Un.Olimpija (10-16) 81-78 in the ABA League on Sunday night. Barac was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points and had 4 steals in 27 minutes. KK Zadar (9-17) is placed 12th in the ABA League. The Regular Season already ended in the ABA League. Barac has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.9apg in 25 games he played so far.

   #3. Mirza Begic (216-C-85, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the closely-ranked Partizan (19-7) 83-76 in the ABA League last Saturday. Begic recorded 7 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cedevita Zagreb (20-6) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Begic has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2bpg in 25 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #4. Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88, currently plays in Slovenia) could not help Rogaska in their last game. Despite Djuranovic's very good performance the second-placed Rogaska lost 72-83 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Un.Olimpija in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Djuranovic also added 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Djuranovic averaged so far 11.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg in 20 games.

   #5. Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Hungary) led PVSK Pannon to a victory over the 12th-ranked Jaszberenyi (7-17) 80-76 in the Hungarian A Division last Tuesday. He was the best player in that game. Sejfic recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 14 rebounds. PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (13-11) is placed seventh in the A Division. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Sejfic has very high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg and 8.1rpg.

   #6. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Eilat's victory against the ninth-ranked Maccabi Rishon 94-85 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. Rothbart scored 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Rothbart has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.1rpg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli nationalities.

   #7. Experienced Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help Hopsi Polzela in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Hopsi Polzela lost 56-64 in Lasko to the leading Zlatorog in the Places 1-6 group. Cup was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. Cup averaged so far 15.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg in 21 games. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #8. Vedran Borovcanin (200-G/F-85, currently plays in Denmark) was the main contributor in a Horsens IC's victory against the sixth-ranked SISU crushing them 98-61 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. Borovcanin was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Borovcanin's stats this season are: 11.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.4apg and 2.0spg.

   #9. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) helped Cibona win their game against the ninth-ranked KK Zabok 84-78 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. Bosnjak scored 8 points and added 4 assists. Bosnjak has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.7apg.

   #10. Dino Pita (195-G-88, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Krosno (13-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Krosno lost 78-89 in Ostrow Wlkp. to the much higher-ranked (#3) BM Slam Stal. Pita recorded 13 points in 23 minutes. Pita has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg in 11 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Swedish passports.



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Jeronimo comes back to Joinville - by Paulo Freire

Basquete Joinville/AABJ (Liga Ouro) inked 26-year old naturalized Spaniard center Jose Victor Jeronimo (208-91). It is actually his comeback to Joinville as he has played here before. Jeronimo He played recently at Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata in Argentinian TNA league. In 27 games he recorded 9.8ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5bpg this season. The last summer Jeronimo played at Indep/Sao Jose (Catarinense). He also played that season for Sao Jose/Vinac.
Jeronimo's team was regular season runner-up in Paulista League in 2013.
He was a member of Brazilian U19 National Team in 2009.
Jeronimo has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Jeronimo has played previously professionally in Spain (Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada) and Brazil (Vivo/Franca, Paulistano and Liga Sorocaba).
His game is described as: He is extremely long and has impressive wingspan. Can dominate the paint with more than 3 blocks per game. Has excellent timing to block shots and rebound the ball, he's very intense near the basket fighting for every ball. Jumps really high and plays above the rim. Great slasher. He still needs to improve his offensive game and needs of some more weight.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Felipe is back at S.Jose/Unimed - by Paulo Freire

A.E. Sao Jose/Unimed/Vinac (Paulista) agreed terms with 20-year old swingman Paulo Felipe (195-97). It is actually his comeback to Sao Jose/Vinac as he has played here before. Felipe played last summer at Palmeiras in the Paulista.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nene Hilario selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). He led Houston Rockets to a victory against the Denver Nuggets (33-37) 109-105 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Hilario scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. The Houston Rockets have a solid 49-22 record this season. Hilario has relatively good stats this year: 8.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 61.9%(200-323), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 59.1% in 59 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Euroleague). Lima contributed to a 2-point Zalgiris' victory against the league outsider Unics Kazan (7-19) 82-80 in the Euroleague last Friday. He scored 9 points. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (12-14) is placed tenth in the Euroleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Lima's first season with the team. This year Lima averages: 4.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 60.5%(52-86) and FT: 53.7%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy). Tavernari could not help Mens Sana 1871 (12-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the 11th-placed Mens Sana 1871 (12-13) lost 82-87 at home to the lower-ranked (#12) FCM Ferentino in the West group. Tavernari was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 40 minutes. It was Mens Sana 1871's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Tavernari has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 80.6% in 25 games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. Former E.C. Pinheiros/Sky Sao Paolo starter played for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #4. Shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the closely-ranked RETAbet BB (10-12) 82-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Benite recorded 7 points and added 6 assists. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (9-15) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa. Benite has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #5. International center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against Sevilla (8-15) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Hettsheimer was the second best scorer with 8 points in only 8 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 67-72 on the road to the lower-ranked (#13) Sevilla. This year Hettsheimer's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.4rpg in seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Hettsheimer plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #6. Point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for La ICL Manresa (4-20) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa was badly defeated 95-76 in Las Palmas by the much higher-ranked Gran Canaria (#6). Machado recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Machado's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Machado is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #7. Former international center Vitor Faverani (212-88, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help FC Barcelona (10-16) in their game against Darussafaka (13-13) in the Euroleague. Faverani cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. FC Barcelona lost 56-67 in Istanbul to the higher-ranked (#9) Darussafaka. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Faverani's total stats are: 7.7ppg and 4.2rpg in nine games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team four years ago.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #8. Power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Chicago Bulls in a victory against the Charlotte Hornets (32-38) 115-109 in the NBA on Monday night. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 14 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 33-37 record this season. Felicio has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 4.8rpg in 61 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #9. International point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Phoenix Suns (22-48) in their game against the Sacramento Kings (27-43) in the NBA. Barbosa scored only 4 points. The Phoenix Suns (22-48) were defeated 107-101 in Sacramento by the Kings. It was Suns' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Barbosa has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.2apg. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Lucas Siewert
Lucas Siewert
   #10. Center Lucas Siewert (202-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Colorado (8-10) in their game against the University of Central Florida (11-7) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1. Siewert recorded 5 points in 15 minutes. The Colorado lost 74-79 on their home court in Boulder to the University of Central Florida. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Siewert has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.1rpg in 32 games. He is a former U18 international player as three years ago he still played for the Brazilian national team.

   #11. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet in their game against Leyma Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Demetrio was the second best scorer with 9 points. His team was defeated 83-71. Demetrio averaged so far 10.7ppg and 5.5rpg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

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

   #1. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) could not help Oviedo CB (18-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite Dos Anjos' very good performance Oviedo CB was defeated 87-78 on the road by the leading Gipuzkoa. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Dos Anjos also added 8 rebounds. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #2. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) led Lorient to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Saint Vallier (14-15) 81-64 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Faroux had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 39 minutes. CEP Lorient (12-17) is placed 14th in the NM1. Faroux has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg in 26 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and French. Despite Faroux's Brazilian passport, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #3. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to Guifoes' victory against the eighth-ranked Academia (0-8) 73-66 in the Portuguese Proliga (second division) last Saturday. Ribeiro scored 10 points. Guifoes Sport Clube (9-10) is placed in Places 9-16 group. Ribeiro has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 3.8rpg.

   #4. Experienced Daniel Aleixo (210-C-0, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Real Betis SVL 2 in their game against Meridiano Baza (9-3) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Aleixo scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. Real Betis SVL 2 (#8) was crushed 70-44 in Alicante by the leading Meridiano Baza in the Group D Perman. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Aleixo has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 4.1rpg in 11 games.

   #5. Gabriel de Oliveira (206-PF-97, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Iserlohn (13-9) in their game against FC Bayern II (13-9) in the German ProB (third division). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Iserlohn (#4) was defeated 85-80 in Muenchen by the lower-ranked FC Bayern II (#4) in the North group. de Oliveira has been at the team for four years. de Oliveira has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 2.2rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and German.

   #6. Leandro Miranda (205-C-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Ponferrada CDP's victory against the 11th-ranked Innova Chef 80-69 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Miranda scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4bpg in 10 games.



World team outscores Brazil in All Star Game - by Eurobasket News

Brazil-World 96-108

World team outscores Brazil in All Star Game 108-96. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 18 points to be named MVP of the game. Hakeem Rollins (201-C/F-83, college: Washington, agency: DTMones) followed him with 15, while Drew Maynard (200-F-89, college: Rochester, MI) netted 13. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80) replied with 15 points for the national team and Jefferson as well as Lucas Mariano (208-C/F-93) added 12 each. Marcelo Machado (201-SG-75, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 11 points in a loss.
The World team posted a 31-24 run in the start of the game and also led 7 points at the halftime. The World team managed to win the third period 30-27 and closed the game with a final 20-18 rally.

Brazil: Guilherme Giovannoni 15, Jefferson 12, Lucas Mariano 12, Marcelo Machado 11
World: Shamell Stallworth 18, Hakeem Rollins 15, Drew Maynard 13



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Ruff House get their Rings! - by David Edole

NANNY CAY, Tortola, VI - They looked like trouble but they were talented and would eventually get it together to become the inaugural champions of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League in 2013.
This is the story of Ruff House, who were presented with their championship rings as promised on Saturday March 18, 2017 at a small Cocktail gathering at Nanny Cay on the main island of Tortola.

Co- Founder of the League, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) gave remarks before the rings were presented by Mrs Kharid T. Fraser, the League Chairperson.

'I can only say I'm happy to be here this evening, it is something long awaited and something that is right and fitting to do, celebrate our first champions with a reward, the rings,' Hon Fraser remarked.

A soft spot

It was no secret that Ruff House did not consist of gentle players but more so like what their name suggested; however, the players demonstrated they had the skills and could be competitive as a team. Apart from that, it was one of the teams that had a strong following.

Their large fan base, that included Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines, would have been elated when the team overcame the odds and were crowned champions.

'I was new to the game in terms of being associated with a league, sponsored by myself and Bishop John [I.] Cline. We wanted to mold the young generation to become fully and well-disciplined adults. Their first game entailed committee members having to round up the team, they came with an attitude, the guys looked like trouble, but could play and over the course of the season they blossomed and became 2013 Champions,' commented Hon Fraser.

Hon Fraser admitted also that the team was 'cool' and he had a soft spot for them.

The rings were then given to the assembled team members.

History of the Rings


When the League started in August of 2013 there were no rings awarded for the first championship team. However, following that year (2014) a decision was made by the Directors to award rings to all Championship teams going forward.

It meant that only Ruff House the 2013 Championship Team was without rings. Both founders of the popular Basketball League Third District Representative Honourable Julian Fraser RA, and Bishop John I. Cline of the Save the Seed Energy Centre made the decision and promised to give rings to the first championship team.

Meanwhile, 2013 MVP Shamoii A. Dagou, who along with Splash Brothers team mates Shakoy George and Ashfield Frett received rings as former Ruff House players, when asked how Ruff House felt about being given rings, had said 'about time' and they 'were waiting.'

Ruff House had etched their name in history by beating Avengers 109-91 in the deciding Championship Game 3 of the first ever Hon Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League at the Save the Seed Energy Center in Duff's Bottom on Sunday November 3, 2013.



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Nikolay Varbanov claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Former international Center Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Yambol and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 31-year old center had a double-double of 27 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Rilski (#4, 12-8) 90-76. Yambol is placed at 7th position in Bulgarian NBL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Yambol have already lost 14 games and recorded just five victories. Varbanov turned to be Yambol's top player in his first season with the team. Varbanov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 63.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Montenegrin center Milovan Savic (205-C-87) of Spartak Pleven. Savic impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Spartak Pleven to edge slightly higher-ranked Beroe (#3, 13-7) by 5 points 89-84. Spartak Pleven's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Savic is well-known by Spartak Pleven fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Brandis Raley-Ross (191-G-87) of Beroe (#3). Raley-Ross showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Raley-Ross' great performance Beroe lost 84-89 to slightly lower-ranked Spartak Pleven (#5, 10-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Beroe needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 7 lost games. Raley-Ross has a great season in Bulgaria. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.3apg (7th best). He also has FGP: 54.4% and 3PT: 40.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. D.J. Shelton (208-F-91) of Rilski - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. Jordan Semple (201-F-92) of Akademik PL - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Danny Gibson (177-PG-84) of Lukoil Acad. - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Martin Marinov (191-SG-85) of Spartak Pleven - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Konstantin Koev (196-F-91) of Spartak Pleven - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Dimitar Dimitrov (203-PF-93) of Lukoil Acad. - 13 points and 7 rebounds
10. Tsvetoslav Ostrev (175-PG-86) of Yambol - 25 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)



Darius Adams' 48 points make him top Bulgarian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Adams
Darius Adams
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Darius Adams (188-89, agency: Stealth Sport, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in China). He led Xinjiang Flying Tige to a victory over the fifth-ranked Flying Leopards (29-9) 111-103 in the Chinese CBA in Sunday night's game. Adams was MVP of the game. He scored 48 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 43 minutes on the court. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (32-6) are placed first in the CBA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Adams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 30.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 5.8apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 55.8%(317-568), 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 87.8% in 46 games he played so far. Adams is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Adams has never played in Bulgaria.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help Kalev/Cramo (5-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Mirkovic's very good performance Kalev/Cramo was defeated 94-86 at home by the higher-ranked Avtodor (#9). He recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and making 11 passes. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mirkovic has relatively good stats this season: 14.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 8.7apg, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Bulgarian. Former Rilski Sportlist Samokov starter played for the Bulgarian national team in 2013.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). Bost contributed to Monaco's victory against the 14th-ranked Chalons-Reims (8-15) 81-72 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 10 points and added 4 assists in 23 minutes. AS Monaco Basket (20-3) is placed first in the ProA. This year Bost has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 80.3% in 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Bost is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #4. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Baltic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Mirkovic. But that was another game of his team in Baltic League which we would like to mention. Simmons contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked Vytautas 94-88. He recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 32 minutes. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinnis placed second in group Q. Simmons has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4bpg in five games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2012. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #5. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Yesilgiresun Bld (9-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ivanov's very good performance Yesilgiresun Bld was defeated 89-83 on the road by the lower-ranked Istanbul BBSK (#11). He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Ivanov also added 4 rebounds. It's Ivanov's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 11.1ppg and 5.2rpg. Ivanov used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #6. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Dejan Ivanov in the Turkish BSL last game. Calloway contributed to an Istanbul BBSK's victory against the closely-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (9-13) 89-83. He recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes. Calloway averaged so far 11.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.0apg and 1.7spg in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team seven years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #7. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Tofas (10-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ivanov's good performance Tofas was defeated 95-82 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Gaziantep (#7). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Ivanov's stats this season are: 11.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.6apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Chavdar Kostov
Chavdar Kostov
   #8. Shooting guard Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kymis (7-15) in their last game. Despite Kostov's good performance Kymis was badly defeated 88-71 in Thessaloniki by the higher-ranked (#8) PAOK. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Kostov also added 3 steals in 26 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Kostov's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1spg in 14 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #9. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Pitesti (10-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Marinov's very good performance the sixth-placed Pitesti (10-13) was defeated 86-76 on their home court in Pitesti by the higher-ranked Oradea (#4) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Marinov also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Marinov averaged so far 13.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 3.8apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #10. Power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help FC Barcelona (10-16) in their game against Darussafaka (13-13) in the Euroleague. Vezenkov cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. FC Barcelona lost 56-67 in Istanbul to the higher-ranked (#9) Darussafaka. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Vezenkov's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3apg in 26 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Gipuzkoa's victory against the 12th-ranked Oviedo CB 87-78 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Simeonov recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Simeonov has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 3.3rpg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #12. U18 international forward Yordan Minchev (202-98, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help KK Vrsac Swisslion in a victory against the 12th-ranked Sloga crushing them 82-61 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Minchev scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 11 minutes. Minchev has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.3rpg in four games. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian U18 national team.

   #13. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Szedeak (12-12) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Lilov's good performance Szedeak was crushed 94-70 in Szekesfehervar by the leading Alba. He scored 12 points. This season Lilov has very high stats. He averages: 19.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. Lilov is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Polfarmex crushing them 89-64 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Nikolov scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. Nikolov has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former international forward Sim Iliev (204-89, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Furstenfeld Panthers (12-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Iliev's good performance Furstenfeld Panthers were crushed 85-64 in Traiskirchen by the higher-ranked Arkadia Lions (#4). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Iliev also added 8 rebounds. Iliev averaged so far 15.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) led Ventspils to a victory against the eighth-ranked BK Ogre (11-16) 92-85 in the Latvian LBL in Saturday night's game. Deane scored 13 points and added 3 passes. BK Ventspils (23-2) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Deane's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg. Deane is a naturalized American. He used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia). He could not help Kumanovo (1-1) to beat Rabotnicki (1-1). Karadzovski scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. But Kumanovo (#4) was badly defeated 87-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Rabotnicki in the Places 1-6 group. It was Kumanovo's first loss after five consecutive victories. Karadzovski averaged so far 10.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg in 14 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) was not able to help Cholet Basket in their game against Paris-Levallois (14-9) in the French ProA. Evtimov scored 8 points. Cholet Basket was edged 75-74 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Paris-Levallois (#5). Evtimov averaged so far 10.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #4. Musa Gunes (201-C-85, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Istanbulspor Beylikduzu to win against the 16th-ranked Final Genclik (6-22) 84-74 in the Turkish TBL (second division) last Friday. Gunes recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Istanbulspor Beylikduzu (18-10) is placed sixth in the TBL. Gunes has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 2.2rpg. He has both Bulgarian and Turkish nationalities.

   #5. Juliy Arabadzhiyski (204-F-93, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Bielefeld (8-10) in their last game. Despite Arabadzhiyski's good performance Bielefeld (#8) was badly defeated 94-74 at home by the higher-ranked (#6) Duesseldorf in the West group. He recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 18 minutes. It was Bielefeld's first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Arabadzhiyski has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 6.4rpg in 23 games.

   #6. Georgi Krastev (195-SF-94, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Karlsruhe SC's victory against the fourth-ranked Koblenz 81-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Krastev has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.7apg.

   #7. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) helped Aschersleben win their game against the third-ranked Sixers crushing them 78-57 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 6 points. Tenev has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 1.3rpg.

   #8. Milen Kostov (185-G-89, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Ibbenbueren in their game against Hagen BG in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 94-89. Kostov has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.4apg.



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Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.7 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 3. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas25.5 
 5. Robinson, Osorno23.0 
 6. McCombs, CDE T.21.3 
 7. Cheek, Las Animas21.2 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud20.8 
 9. Centeno, AB Ancud20.3 
 10. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.12.6 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 5. Taylor, Las Animas11.3 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 7. Bowdry, Los Leones10.9 
 8. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 9. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.6 
 10. Louis, CD Valdivia10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.3 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.7 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.0 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.5 
 7. Saez, Tinguiri.4.2 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.8 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.4 
 10. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 3. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 4. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 5. Soto, CDU Catolica1.6 
 6. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 7. Lopez, Puente Alto1.6 
 8. Del-Solar, Las A.1.6 
 9. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
 10. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Louis, CD Valdivia1.4 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.3 
 4. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 5. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 6. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 
 9. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 10. Okosa, Osorno0.8 


Liga Nacional Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Osorno and CDE Talca register wins - by Eurobasket News

Osorno - AB Ancud 84-79

Osorno held off AB Ancud to gain 2-0 lead in the series. AB Ancud trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-84 at the end of the game. Osorno Basquetbol dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to AB Ancud's 30. 26 personal fouls committed by AB Ancud helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) who scored 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Rodrigo Munoz (186-80) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Four Osorno Basquetbol players scored in double figures. Osorno Basquetbol's coach R Isbej used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Venezuelan swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Reginald Larry (198-86, college: Boise St., agency: Pro Sports) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
AB Ancud: F.Centeno 23+9reb+1ast, R.Larry 19+7reb+1ast, P.Sandoval 11+2reb+3ast, R.Vera 9+4reb+1ast, D.Osses 8+4reb+2ast, S.Figueroa 6+6reb+11ast
Osorno: B.Robinson 32+7reb+4ast, R.Munoz 15+2reb+6ast, J.Fontena 12+9reb, R.Okosa 11+8reb, M.Sepulveda 8, F.Ibarra 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540603


Los Leones - CDE Talca 72-74

CDE Talca upset Los Leones to even things up at 1-1. It looked good early as Los Leones took a 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Espanol de Talca took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 2 points. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Espanol de Talca forced 21 Los Leones turnovers. Los Leones were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Pablo Barraza (184-94) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Brandon Bowdry (200-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Evandro Arteaga (178-83) added 16 points in the effort for Los Leones.
Top scorers:
Los Leones: B.Bowdry 23+7reb+2ast, E.Arteaga 16+2reb+2ast, D.Jones 9+2reb+2ast, I.Carrion 8+10reb, T.Alvarez 6+1ast, E.Marechal 5+8reb+2ast
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 25+12reb+1ast, S.Bravo 12+4reb+1ast, V.Guaico 9+2reb+1ast, D.Jones 8+6reb+4ast, P.Barraza 8+10reb+1ast, R.Gomez 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540604





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  COLOMBIA  


Kentrell Gransberry (ex Academia) agreed terms with Guaiqueries - by Francisco Vega

Guaiqueries de Margarita (LPB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida). He played recently at Academia in Colombian Liga de las Americas. In three games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.3ppg and 9.3rpg this season.
In 2010 (two years after he left the college) Gransberry was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in fifth round (16th overall).
The former University of South Florida staris in his ninth season in pro basketball. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Mitchell Americas Cup 1st Team award in 2017.
Among other achievements Gransberry's team made it to the Mexican LNBP Semifinals for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
Gransberry is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Estudiantes Concordia), Dominican Rep., France, Korea, Puerto Rico (Leones, Brujos and Indios), Turkey, Uruguay (Bigua), Venezuela (Cocodrilos), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo and Huellas Del Siglo), Mexico (Soles), ABA (W.Texas W.) and D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liberia inks Cory Bradford - by Greg

Liberia (LBS) agreed terms with experienced 39-year old American guard Cory Bradford (191-78, college: Illinois). He started the season at GIE Maile Matrix (UBA) in the U.S. Bradford's team won Mitchell Americas Cup. He was voted Latinbasket.com All-Mitchell Americas Cup 2nd Team in 2017.
The last summer Bradford played at Sabios in Colombian Liga DirecTV where in 14 games he had very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He is quite experienced player. Bradford has played in eleven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Cyprus, France (JDA Dijon), Hungary (Alba), Jordan (ASU), Lebanon, Mexico, Qatar (Al Rayyan), UAE, Venezuela, Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro, Cafeteros, Islanders and Guerreros) and United Arab Emirates (Al Sharjah).
Bradford attended University of Illinois until 2002 and it is his 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Zabok
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Puljko, Zabok25.6 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.7 
 3. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 4. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.0 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.2 
 7. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik17.1 
 8. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.0 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.8 
 10. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.4 
 2. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.3 
 3. Bilan, Cedevita7.1 
 4. Halilovic, GKK S.7.1 
 5. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.0 
 6. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 7. Mazalin, Zadar6.6 
 8. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.5 
 9. Rajic, H.Analitica6.0 
 10. Vucic, Alkar Sinj5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Reynolds, Cibona7.3 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.4 
 4. Scott, Jolly JBS6.4 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.4 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 8. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 9. Vrbica, Gorica4.8 
 10. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Babic, Zabok2.0 
 4. Stemberger, Skrlj.2.0 
 5. Sirko, KK Split2.0 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar1.9 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 8. Brzoja, Zadar1.7 
 9. Katic, Cedevita1.7 
 10. James, Cedevita1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.1.4 
 2. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.4 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 6. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 7. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 
 8. Zoric, Cibona0.7 
 9. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.7 
 10. McDonald, Gorica0.6 


Nik Slavica leaves KK Cibona - by Dajana Karl

Nik Slavica (201-F-97) parted ways with Zagreb's KK Cibona.
There are rumors circling around it is due to unpaid salaries but there are no official statements just yet.

Slavica started his carrier with Cibona in 2011 with U18 team and has been Cibona member ever since.

He played in 17 A1 League games this season averaging 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assist. In Adriatic League his average stats are 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1 assist in 24 games, while in 3 games of FIBA Europe Cup his stats were 11.3 points, 3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals



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Division A Round 20: Apoel defeat Enosis in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Apoel (11-9) which played road game in Paralimni against one of their biggest challengers Enosis (8-12). Third ranked Apoel had an easy win 79-60. The game without a history. Apoel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Apoel looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Enosis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (200-90, college: Colgate) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: HMS) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for Enosis. Enosis' coach Nikolas Papadopoulos rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Apoel maintains third position with 11-9 record having seven points less than leader Keravnos. Enosis lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 12 games lost.
Division A top team - Keravnos (18-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Etha (4-16) in Nicosia 86-77. Worth to mention a quality performance of American-Somalian forward Mohamed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and Ronald Ross who added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American guard Baden Jaxen (190-90, college: N.Carolina) responded with 32 points and 4 assists. Keravnos have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-2 record. Etha at the other side keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost.
The game in Limassol supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked AEK (16-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Apollon (3-17). AEK smashed Apollon 98-44 on Sunday. The winners were led by Vladimir Dasic who scored that evening 23 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Even 13 points by Iraklis Pittakas did not help to save the game for Apollon. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. AEK have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 16-4 record having just two points less than leader Keravnos. Apollon lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost.

Etha - Keravnos 77-86

Division A top team - Keravnos (18-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Etha (4-16) in Nicosia 86-77. It looked good early as Etha took a 17-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Keravnos took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. They made 21-of-22 charity shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Keravnos outrebounded Etha 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American-Somalian forward Mohamed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and American point guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) who added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American guard Baden Jaxen (190-90, college: N.Carolina) responded with 32 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Leron Barnes (196-93, college: Houston) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Keravnos have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-2 record. Etha at the other side keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Etha: B.Jaxen 32+4reb+4ast, L.Barnes 19+6reb+1ast, C.Loizidis 12+7reb+5ast, P.Papamichael 6+4reb+3ast, A.Christou 3+2reb, A.Pilavas 3+1reb+1ast
Keravnos: M.Abukar 31+10reb+4ast, R.Ross 21+7reb+4ast, T.Parks 16+11reb+2ast, K.Barker 8+5reb+11ast, O.Andreou 5+1ast, G.Neophytou 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 533331


Apollon - AEK 44-98

The game in Limassol supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked AEK (16-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Apollon (3-17). AEK smashed Apollon 98-44 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by AEK. Apollon managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Apollon to just 5 points in first quarter. AEK dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Apollon's 28. AEK forced 24 Apollon turnovers and outrebounded them 30-10 including a 21-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Apollon's players. The winners were led by Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (207-88) who scored that evening 23 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) supported him with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Even 13 points by the former international guard Iraklis Pittakas (192-84) did not help to save the game for Apollon. Center Papa Suleiman (207-98) added 9 points for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. AEK have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 16-4 record having just two points less than leader Keravnos. Apollon lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Apollon: I.Pittakas 13+1reb+2ast, P.Suleiman 9+3reb, A.Panagidis 7+3reb, G.Christofidis 7+2ast, S.Iliadis 5+1ast, A.Sofroniou 2+1reb+2ast
AEK: V.Dasic 23+3reb+4ast, L.Anderson 16+2reb+2ast, P.Brezec 14+2reb+4ast, T.Biggs 9+5reb+1ast, T.Thomas 8+7reb+7ast, I.Panteli 8+1reb
gschID: 533330


Enosis - Apoel 60-79

An interesting game for Apoel (11-9) which played road game in Paralimni against one of their biggest challengers Enosis (8-12). Third ranked Apoel had an easy win 79-60. The game without a history. Apoel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Apoel looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Enosis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (200-90, college: Colgate) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Apoel players scored in double figures. American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: HMS) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Gerry Blakes (193, college: Arizona St.) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Enosis. Enosis' coach Nikolas Papadopoulos rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Apoel maintains third position with 11-9 record having seven points less than leader Keravnos. Enosis lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Enosis: G.Blakes 15+6reb+5ast, M.Pearson 14+10reb+2ast, J.Ray 9+1reb+1ast, P.Stratis 8, E.Washington 6+3reb+3ast, K.Thomas 5+4reb+2ast
Apoel: M.Burnatowski 27+8reb+4ast, T.Bussey 19+2reb+3ast, G.Pantouris 12+3reb+4ast, M.Best 10+7reb+2ast, B.Mobley 6+7reb+3ast, V.Kounas 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 533332





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1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.2 
 2. Peterka, Nymburk B23.9 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B23.6 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice22.6 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.8 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen19.0 
 7. Fait, Sokol Pisek18.9 
 8. Streba, USK P.18.8 
 9. Soska, Novy Jicin18.2 
 10. Sebela, Sokol S.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.3 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.6 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov10.1 
 4. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.9.4 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B9.3 
 6. Bubak, Vysocina9.0 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin8.9 
 8. Streba, USK P.8.7 
 9. Pelikan, Novy Jicin8.6 
 10. Bujnoch, Opava B8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.2 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice5.8 
 3. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 4. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 5. Petric, Pardubice4.7 
 6. Sehnal, USK P.4.7 
 7. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.7 
 8. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 9. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.2 
 10. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.8 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice3.3 
 3. Potocek, Pardubice2.5 
 4. Kozina, Zlin2.3 
 5. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.2 
 6. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.2 
 7. Nehoda, Zlin2.1 
 8. Novak, Vysocina2.0 
 9. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 10. Branda, Opava B1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.3 
 2. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.8 
 3. Skranc, Pardubice1.6 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.3 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 7. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 8. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 9. Goga, Prostejov B1.1 
 10. Hlobil, Prostejov B1.0 


Jaromir Bohacik claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

International Swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92, agency: Octagon Europe) had an amazing evening in the last round for USK Praha and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 24-year old swingman had the game-high 24 points adding four rebounds and two assists for USK Praha in his team's victory, helping them to beat BK Pardubice (#2, 21-6) 74-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. USK Praha is placed at 4th position in Czech Republic NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. USK Praha will need more victories to improve their 15-12 record. In the team's last game Bohacik had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at USK Praha and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Bohacik has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.4ppg) and averages solid 53.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Malcolm Brooks (196-G-92) of J.Hradec. Brooks impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 5 assists. Of course J.Hradec cruised to a 89-82 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked NH Ostrava (#9, 10-18). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. J.Hradec keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-19 record. Brooks is a newcomer at J.Hradec and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#4).

The third best performed player last round was American Lee Skinner (198-F-92) of BK Kolin (#6). Skinner scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Skinner's great performance BK Kolin lost 74-84 to the higher-ranked CEZ Nymburk (#1, 27-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of BK Kolin not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Skinner could try to bring BK Kolin's a little bit higher in the standings. Skinner has a very solid season. In 26 games in Czech Republic he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 6.5rpg and FGP: 59.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brett Roseboro (208-F/C-91) of Svitavy - 20 points and 8 rebounds
5. Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84) of BK Decin - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of CEZ Nymburk - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Deshawn Painter (205-C-90) of NH Ostrava - 15 points and 15 rebounds
8. Marek Sehnal (196-F/G-96) of Prostejov - 21 points and 6 rebounds
9. Ethan Jacobs (211-C) of Prostejov - 15 points and 5 rebounds
10. Bryan Smithson (183-PG-85) of Svitavy - 19 points and 7 rebounds

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



1Liga Round 4 (Second Stage): SKB Zlin is upset by Nymburk B - by Eurobasket News

1Liga is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 4 rounds left. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Zlin between third ranked SKB Zlin (4-4) and fourth ranked Nymburk B (4-4) on Sunday night. SKB Zlin was crushed by Nymburk B at home 78-55. International center Martin Peterka (205-95) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Eduard Kotasek (187-98) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. David Nehoda (193-91) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. SKB Zlin's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Nymburk B moved-up to third place in Places 1-6. Nymburk B are looking forward to face B&W Opava B (#5) at home in the next round. SKB Zlin will play against the league's leader Sokol Hradec Kralove and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Olomouc. Second ranked BK Loko Plzen faced 4th ranked Olomouc Bbal. Guests from Plzen (5-3) defeated host Olomouc Bbal (3-5) 76-67. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Uruguayan forward Martin Volf (198-80) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Vaclav Honomichl contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Moldovan forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds for Olomouc Bbal. BK Loko Plzen maintains second position in Places 7-12 with 5-3 record having nineteen points less than leader USK Praha B. Olomouc Bbal at the other side dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. BK Loko Plzen will play against Pardubice (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olomouc Bbal will play against Basket Kosice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pardubice. First ranked Sokol Prazky faced their biggest opponent Pardubice. Guests from Praha (6-2) smashed host Pardubice (4-4) 84-64. Worth to mention a great performance of Tomas Bruha who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). At the losing side Michal Svoboda responded with 12 points. Pardubice's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Sokol Prazky maintains first position in Places 7-12 with 6-2 record. Loser Pardubice dropped to the third place with four games lost. Sokol Prazky will meet at home Sokol Slapanice (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed BK Loko Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Sokol Hradec Kralove delivered the seventh victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Olomouc SK (1-7) 111-55. The winners were led by Libor Svandrlik who scored that evening 20 points and 9 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. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains first position in Places 1-6 with 7-1 record. Newly promoted Olomouc SK keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove's next round opponent will be SKB Zlin (#4) at home. Olomouc SK will play against the league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice and hope to win that game.
The game in Opava was also quite interesting. Second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked B&W Opava B (2-6). Slavoj BK Litomerice defeated B&W Opava B 78-67 on Friday. Martin Klimes fired 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all twelve shots !!!) for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Slavoj BK Litomerice maintains second position in Places 1-6 with 6-2 record having eighteen points less than leader USK Praha B. Loser B&W Opava B keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice will face Olomouc SK (#6) at home in the next round. B&W Opava B will play against Nymburk B and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 4 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Places 7-12 Basket Kosice defeated Sokol Slapanice in a road game 82-77.
In Places 13-20 Prostejov B beat Sokol Pisek at home 70-65. Vysocina lost to Novy Jicin on the opponent's court 85-91. Ostrava unfortunately lost to Sokol Pisek in a home game 90-91. GBA Sparta recorded a loss to Havirov on the road 71-78.
The best stats of 4th round was 32 points by Miroslav Krajcigr of Vysocina.

Places 1-6
Zlin - Nymburk B 55-78

The most important game in the last round took place in Zlin between third ranked SKB Zlin (4-4) and fourth ranked Nymburk B (4-4) on Sunday night. SKB Zlin was crushed by Nymburk B at home 78-55. International center Martin Peterka (205-95) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Eduard Kotasek (187-98) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Five Nymburk B players scored in double figures. David Nehoda (193-91) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and center Tomas Voslajer (211-90) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. SKB Zlin's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Nymburk B moved-up to third place in Places 1-6. Nymburk B are looking forward to face B&W Opava B (#5) at home in the next round. SKB Zlin will play against the league's leader Sokol Hradec Kralove and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: M.Peterka 29+15reb+1ast, M.Svoboda 13+3reb+2ast, E.Kotasek 12+7reb+3ast, M.Kolar 12+1reb+2ast, T.Dlugos 12+2reb+4ast, M.Stafl 0
Zlin: D.Nehoda 19+6reb+1ast, T.Voslajer 9+8reb+4ast, M.Susak 6+4reb+1ast, D.Zumer 4+1reb+2ast, J.Kozina 4+2reb+3ast, J.Kadlcik 3+2reb
gschID: 536513


Opava B - Slavoj Litom. 67-78

The game in Opava was also quite interesting. Second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked B&W Opava B (2-6). Slavoj BK Litomerice defeated B&W Opava B 78-67 on Friday. Slavoj BK Litomerice had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) fired 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all twelve shots !!!) for the winners. Adam Zampach (198-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Jiri Dihel (198-87) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and center Tomas Micunek (200-89) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four B&W Opava B players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Slavoj BK Litomerice maintains second position in Places 1-6 with 6-2 record having eighteen points less than leader USK Praha B. Loser B&W Opava B keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice will face Olomouc SK (#6) at home in the next round. B&W Opava B will play against Nymburk B and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Slavoj Litom.: M.Klimes 25+7reb+4ast, M.Slunecko 14+5reb+3ast, A.Zampach 12+11reb+2ast, A.Alic 8+4reb+4ast, J.Sotnar 6+3reb+5ast, M.Klouda 4
Opava B: J.Dihel 20+5reb+3ast, T.Micunek 16+7reb, V.Branda 11+8reb+3ast, O.Kukla 10+4reb+1ast, D.Kopf 4+2reb, J. Kavan 3+2reb
gschID: 536514


Olomouc SK - Sokol H.K. 55-111

Leader Sokol Hradec Kralove delivered the seventh victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Olomouc SK (1-7) 111-55. Sokol Hradec Kralove dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Olomouc SK's 30. They outrebounded Olomouc SK 43-22 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by center Libor Svandrlik (202-90) who scored that evening 20 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Petr Andres (179-93) supported him with 24 points. Four Sokol Hradec Kralove players scored in double figures. Even 18 points by forward Martin Vanak (198-87) did not help to save the game for Olomouc SK. Forward Rudolf Polasek (200-92) added 12 points 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. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains first position in Places 1-6 with 7-1 record. Newly promoted Olomouc SK keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove's next round opponent will be SKB Zlin (#4) at home. Olomouc SK will play against the league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sokol H.K.: P.Andres 24+3reb+2ast, L.Svandrlik 20+9reb+2ast, F.Zaba 15+4reb+1ast, M.Honzak 13+1reb+3ast, T.Kirsbaum 10+5reb, O.Peterka 8+4reb+2ast
Olomouc SK: M.Vanak 18+2reb, R.Polasek 12+2reb+2ast, K.Sin 8+1reb, O. Strubl 7+3reb, M.Sedlacek 5+4reb+2ast, D.Jilek 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 536512


Places 7-12
Sokol Slapanice - Basket Kosice 77-82

There was no surprise in Slapnice where 6th ranked Sokol Slapanice (2-6) was defeated by fourth ranked Basket Kosice (4-4) 82-77 on Sunday. Basket Kosice had a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Jan Kratochvil (199-82) fired 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Dominik Adasek (190-92) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Roman Zachrla (200-87, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Radek Hilser (197-81) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Basket Kosice maintains fourth position in Places 7-12 with 4-4 record. Loser Sokol Slapanice keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Basket Kosice will face Olomouc Bbal (#5) at home in the next round. Sokol Slapanice will play against the league's leader Sokol Prazky in Praha and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Basket Kosice: J.Kratochvil 16+9reb+3ast, D.Adasek 12+7reb+5ast, D.Zach 12+7reb+3ast, D.Hlavacek 10+5reb+2ast, J.Zavadil 10+3reb+2ast, L.Barton 9+5reb+2ast
Sokol Slapanice: R.Zachrla 23+7reb+4ast, M.Vyroubal 12+4reb+2ast, R.Hilser 10+10reb+3ast, I.Pavlicik 10+4reb+4ast, K.Trunecek 9+9reb, M.Licenik 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 536516


Olomouc Bbal - Loko Plzen 67-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Olomouc. Second ranked BK Loko Plzen faced 4th ranked Olomouc Bbal. Guests from Plzen (5-3) defeated host Olomouc Bbal (3-5) 76-67. BK Loko Plzen forced 24 Olomouc Bbal turnovers. Olomouc Bbal was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Uruguayan forward Martin Volf (198-80) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Moldovan forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Adam Choleva (195-95) added 12 points in the effort for Olomouc Bbal. BK Loko Plzen maintains second position in Places 7-12 with 5-3 record having nineteen points less than leader USK Praha B. Olomouc Bbal at the other side dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. BK Loko Plzen will play against Pardubice (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olomouc Bbal will play against Basket Kosice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Loko Plzen: M.Volf 22+2reb+2ast, V.Honomichl 20+5reb+1ast, J.Kovanda 12+5reb+2ast, K.Riha 6+2reb+1ast, S.Partyngl 5+5reb+2ast, J.Doljak 5+1reb
Olomouc Bbal: E.Scripcaru 13+5reb+1ast, A.Choleva 12+4reb+1ast, F.Tuma 9+1reb+1ast, J.Dedek 9+3reb+2ast, R.Jurka 8+4reb+1ast, M.Schuster 7+1reb
gschID: 536517


Pardubice - Sokol Prazky 64-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pardubice. First ranked Sokol Prazky faced their biggest opponent Pardubice. Guests from Praha (6-2) smashed host Pardubice (4-4) 84-64. Sokol Prazky made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Pardubice turnovers and outrebounded them 37-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of center Tomas Bruha (213-88, college: Tulane) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and forward Stepan Brix (201-94) who added 9 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Michal Svoboda (190-99) responded with 12 points and guard Radek Pesik (174-99) scored 11 points. Pardubice's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Sokol Prazky maintains first position in Places 7-12 with 6-2 record. Loser Pardubice dropped to the third place with four games lost. Sokol Prazky will meet at home Sokol Slapanice (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed BK Loko Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sokol Prazky: T.Bruha 21+5reb+3ast, M.Hartig 14+3reb+4ast, F.Cenek 14+4reb+1ast, S.Brix 9+14reb+2ast, J.Sop 8+1reb+2ast, T.Gavenda 7+2reb+4ast
Pardubice: M.Svoboda 12+1reb+1ast, R.Pesik 11+1reb+2ast, L.Kanturek 10+1reb+1ast, T.Tkadlec 8+1reb, F.Nimec 5+3reb, A.Petric 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 536515


Places 13-20
Prostejov B - Sokol Pisek 70-65

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifteenth ranked BK Prostejov B (11-11) defeated at home 14th ranked Sokol Pisek (11-12) 70-65 on Sunday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BK Prostejov B made 8 blocks. Point guard Martin Nabelek (176-98) fired 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Adam Goga (196-97) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. BK Prostejov B's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Pavel Englicky (210-83) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Petr Slechta (192-95) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. BK Prostejov B moved-up to fourteenth place in Places 13-20. Loser Sokol Pisek dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. BK Prostejov B will face GBA Sparta (#18) in Praha in the next round. Sokol Pisek will play on the road against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Prostejov B: M.Nabelek 14+7reb+2ast, A.Goga 14+5reb+2ast, M.Sehnal 10+3reb+3ast, V.Vasat 8+7reb, M.Szabo 7+10reb+1ast, J.Francirek 7+3reb+1ast
Sokol Pisek: P.Englicky 26+10reb+1ast, P.Slechta 22+7reb+3ast, D.Fait 9+6reb, V.Novak 3+5reb, O.Musil 3+3reb+1ast, R.Duda 2+1ast
gschID: 536519


Novy Jicin - Vysocina 91-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 18th ranked Vysocina's (5-17) road loss to seventeenth ranked Novy Jicin (8-14) 85-91 on Sunday. Novy Jicin made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Vysocina turnovers. Point guard Jan Stehlik (185-86) fired 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Slovakian center Ondrej Soska (208-78) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Five Novy Jicin players scored in double figures. Novy Jicin's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Miroslav Krajcigr (178-94) produced 32 points and forward Jiri Bubak (194-84) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Novy Jicin moved-up to sixteenth place in Places 13-20, which they share with Ostrava. Loser Vysocina keeps the eighteenth position with 17 games lost. Novy Jicin will face higher ranked Sokol Pisek (#15) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vysocina will play against Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: O.Soska 20+7reb+2ast, J.Stehlik 19+7reb+5ast, R.Medek 18+6reb+4ast, D.Panak 14+4reb+3ast, R.Pelikan 10+5reb+1ast, L.Pindroch 8+2reb
Vysocina: M.Krajcigr 32+4reb+1ast, J.Bubak 19+9reb+1ast, O.Manak 8+2reb, J.Dokulil 8+6reb, M.Straznicky 6+2reb+5ast, M.Novak 5+9reb+3ast
gschID: 536521


Ostrava - Sokol Pisek 90-91

Rather predictable result when fourteenth ranked Sokol Pisek (11-12) edged on the road 16th ranked Ostrava (8-14) 91-90 on Saturday. Sokol Pisek made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Sokol Pisek outrebounded Ostrava 38-27 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Pavel Englicky (210-83) fired 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Dalibor Fait (203-93) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Lukas Bukovjan (185-98) produced 24 points and 6 assists and forward Jakub Slavik (200-99) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Sokol Pisek and five Ostrava players scored in double figures. Ostrava's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sokol Pisek have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Despite that victory Sokol Pisek went down to fifteenth position (Places 13-20) due to points difference. Newly promoted Ostrava keeps the sixteenth place with 14 games lost. Sokol Pisek will face Novy Jicin (#16) in Novy Jicin in the next round. Ostrava will play on the road against Vysocina in Jihlava and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sokol Pisek: V.Novak 19+4reb, P.Englicky 17+9reb+3ast, P.Slechta 15+4reb+2ast, D.Fait 13+8reb+4ast, R.Duda 11+1ast, D.Hejda 8+3reb+6ast
Ostrava: L.Bukovjan 24+3reb+6ast, J.Slavik 20+5reb+2ast, T.Havlik 11+1reb+3ast, J.Lycka 10+2reb+2ast, J.Stepanek 10+2reb+1ast, O.Siko 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 536518


Havirov - GBA Sparta 78-71

There was a minor upset when 18th ranked GBA Sparta (5-17) was defeated on the road by bottom-ranked Havirov (3-19) 78-71 on Friday. Strangely GBA Sparta outrebounded Havirov 32-11 including a 22-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Jan Landor (189) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. J Hubacek chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ukrainian guard Illya Tyrtyshnyk (190-98) produced 23 points and Slovakian center Maros Zeliznak (205-99) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four GBA Sparta players scored in double figures. Havirov maintains twentieth position in Places 13-20 with 3-19 record. GBA Sparta lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth place with 17 games lost. Havirov will face higher ranked USK Praha B (#13) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Havirov: J.Landor 17+5reb, J. Hubacek 15+6reb, P.Kratochvil 0, A.Urbanek 0, M.Medvecky 0, V.Jancik 0+1ast
GBA Sparta: I.Tyrtyshnyk 23+4reb+3ast, M.Zeliznak 14+7reb, M.Drgon 14+4reb+1ast, D.Javorsky 11+4reb+2ast, Y. Sidibe 6+4reb, V.Kohs 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 536520





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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.1 
 2. Bello, Randers19.2 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.8 
 4. Nielsen, Randers18.0 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.5 
 6. Dominique, Horsholm16.4 
 7. McGrew, SI.16.2 
 8. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 9. Haas, SISU15.6 
 10. Wilson, SISU15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. McGrew, SI.10.8 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm9.1 
 5. Baru, SISU8.5 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg8.0 
 7. Moten, Svendborg6.8 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.7 
 9. Carter, Randers6.6 
 10. Trist, Horsens IC6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.8 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.6 
 3. Wilson, SISU4.8 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.5 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC4.1 
 6. Dranginis, SISU4.1 
 7. Lundberg, Horse.4.1 
 8. Nielsen, Randers4.0 
 9. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.2 
 2. Burgess, Randers2.0 
 3. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 4. Akoon-P., Bakken1.9 
 5. Bello, Randers1.9 
 6. Gesell, Bakken1.9 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 8. Smith, Horsholm1.8 
 9. Ross, Naestved1.6 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 4. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 5. Moten, Svendborg1.0 
 6. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 7. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.1.0 
 8. Colas, Randers1.0 
 9. Baru, SISU0.8 
 10. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 



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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Manny HARRIS
  Texas L.
  (196-F/G-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Harris, Texas L.26.0 
 2. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 4. Jackson, Texas L.24.3 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.22.9 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.0 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.6 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.0 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.10.6 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.5 
 6. McKinnie, Windy C.9.3 
 7. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 8. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
 9. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
 10. Zimmerman, Erie B.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Magette, Los A.9.2 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. Marshall, Reno B.8.6 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.2 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.5 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.1 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 3. Payton-II, Rio G.2.2 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 6. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 10. Fells, Westches.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Lasme, Texas L.4.1 
 2. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.9 
 3. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 4. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 5. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 6. Tavares, Raptors .2.5 
 7. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 8. Benson, Sioux F.2.3 
 9. Davis, N.Arizona S.2.1 
 10. Brown, Windy C.2.0 


Westchester Knicks outlast Bayhawks in Erie - by Eurobasket News

The Westchester Knicks (18-26), the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, defeated the Erie BayHawks (13-32), the Orlando Magic's affiliate, with a 116-104 road win. On assignment from the New York Knicks, forward Maurice Ndour (6'9''-F-92, college: Ohio) led all scorers with 27 points, notching a double-double with 10 rebounds on top of four steals. John Jenkins was right on his heels with 26 points, connecting on 4-of-6 from downtown. Returning from injury, Travis Trice (6'0''-PG-93, college: Michigan St.) II contributed 17 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91, college: Kentucky) and Keith Wright (6'8''-F-89, college: Harvard, agency: Aspire Sports) each chipped in an additional 11 points. Damien Inglis exited the game in the second quarter and is awaiting prognosis upon x-ray results. Gabe York paced Erie from the bench with 24 points, while his teammates Shevon Thompson (7'0''-C-93, college: George Mason) and Branden Dawson (6'6''-G/F-93, college: Michigan St.) contributed 12 points apiece from the pine. TJ Price supplied 18 points with seven rebounds, and Stefan Jankovic contributed 12 points with three rebounds. An evenly matched game for the majority of the bout, the teams traded a total of 26 leads and found themselves tied 19 times. After the first two quarters, Westchester and Erie were knotted at 62 behind nice shooting from both sides; the visitors shooting 58 percent and the home team shooting 54 percent. The largest lead of the game saw the Knicks ahead by 10 until the fourth quarter. The BayHawks fell victim to a poor fourth quarter, unable to keep pace with Westchester, with its shooting percentage dropping to 37 percent and going 0-for-5 from the arc. The Knicks stayed hot, and a 15-point performance from assignee Maurice Ndour in the final 12 minutes sealed the deal for Westchester as they took a 116-104 win.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  EL SALVADOR  


Salvadorean Liga MB round 16 best performance: Manuel Guevara - by Eurobasket News

Panamanian Shooting guard Manuel Guevara (186-SG-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for El Rapido, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 35-year old player was the main contributor (39 points, five rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Sonsonate (#6, 6-5) 77-72. El Rapido maintains the 10th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. El Rapido is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-6 record. In the team's last game Guevara had a remarkable 61.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be El Rapido's top player in his first season with the team. Manuel Guevara has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 29.0ppg) and averages impressive 2.2spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Cuban Oreste Torres (204-PF-87) of league's leader Santa Tecla. Torres had a very good evening with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Santa Tecla to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Santa Ana (#13, 2-8) 101-81. Of course Santa Tecla still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Santa Tecla managed to win all 11 games keeping a perfect record. Torres is a newcomer at Santa Tecla, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Canarios (#8). Brown scored 23 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Brown's great performance Canarios lost 94-102 to Denver-FAS (6-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Canarios needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Brown has a great season in El Salvador. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (7th best), rebounds with 18.1rpg (2nd best) and assists with 2.1apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Golden (193-G) of Cojute - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Anthony Brown (193-PG-89) of Denver-FAS - 31 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Jeffery Moss (193-PF-93) of Halcones - 28 points and 13 rebounds
7. Wali Hepburn (193-G-89) of Canarios - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Scott Sill (206-F-92) of Cojute - 27 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Yoan Haiti) of Sonsonate - 18 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 33.6
 1. Upchurch, HyPo33.6 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Bratton, Namika Lr27.9 
 4. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.6 
 5. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 6. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.8 
 7. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 8. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.4 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Laine, PeU-Basket22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.6 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.0 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.6 
 7. Stahl, Oulun N.11.2 
 8. Flemings, FoKoPo11.1 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.4 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 3. Innamaa, TuNM.5.3 
 4. Salonen, Porvoon .5.0 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United4.9 
 6. Kantonen, Korik.4.6 
 7. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.5 
 8. Ikavalko, Lahti4.5 
 9. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.4 
 10. Latvala, Ura Basket4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joshua GOUCH
  Espoo Basket
  (196-G-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 2. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 3. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.5 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 5. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 6. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.4 
 7. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 8. Moore, ToPo2.2 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Sandberg, TuNM.1.8 
 3. Young, Pyrinto II1.8 
 4. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 5. Harvey, Oulun N.1.4 
 6. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 7. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 8. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 9. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 
 10. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.1 


Finnish Korisliiga round 36 best performance: Carl Lindbom - by Eurobasket News

Former international Carl Lindbom (206-SF-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Helsinki Seagulls, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (39 points, four rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Lapua (#5, 15-18) 98-92. Helsinki Seagulls was forced-out from the top positions in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Helsinki Seagulls will need more victories to improve their 24-9 record. In the team's last game Lindbom had a remarkable nine three-pointers out of 13 attempts. He has many years of experience at Helsinki Seagulls, through which he has constantly improved. Carl Lindbom averages this season 11.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Desmond Williams (199-G-91) of league's leader Salon Vilpas. Williams had a very good evening with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Salon Vilpas to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Kouvot (#7, 14-19) 95-71. This victory allowed Salon Vilpas to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team has currently 25-8 record. Williams is a newcomer at Salon Vilpas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) of Kataja Basket (#3). Mullings scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Kataja Basket, leading his team to a 87-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Korihait (#10, 5-28). Kataja Basket needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 9 lost games. Mullings has a very solid season. In 24 games in Finland he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 7.1rpg, 3.5apg, 2.4spg and FGP: 55.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Pyrinto - 14 points and 15 rebounds
5. Kervin Bristol (206-C-88) of Kataja Basket - 16 points and 9 rebounds
6. Antwan Scott (188-G-92) of KTP Basket - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82) of KTP Basket - 19 points and 12 rebounds
8. Raymond Cowels III (193-F/G-90) of Helsinki Seagulls - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Brandon Edwards (198-F-91) of Salon Vilpas - 13 points and 8 rebounds
10. Marcus Van (201-F/C-87) of Korihait - 12 points and 14 rebounds

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



1st Division Round 1 of Finals. PuHu beat TuNMKY - by Eurobasket News

PuHu Juniorit - TuNMKY 92-79

PuHu recorded the first victory in Division B title series versus TuNMKY. The game without a history. PuHu Juniorit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. PuHu Juniorit forced 25 TuNMKY turnovers. Guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 9 steals for the winners. Forward Sakari Salminen (200-87) chipped in 20 points. Five PuHu Juniorit players scored in double figures. Center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) produced a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and swingman Timka Jaakkola (192-94) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
PuHu Juniorit: P.Rainamaa 22+11reb+5ast, S.Salminen 20+4reb+2ast, J.Aho 17+5reb, E.Lehtinen 14+4reb+4ast, O.Markkanen 10+5reb+1ast, J.Kyllonen 6+1reb+3ast
TuNMKY: M.Sandberg 36+11reb+3ast, T.Jaakkola 19+6reb+2ast, E.Innamaa 10+5reb+8ast, V.Salli 4+1reb+2ast, A.Talvitie 3+4reb+1ast, H.Dassouki 3
gschID: 540507





1st Division Round 23: Leader Lahti loses to Forssan Koripojat - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Lahti (20-7) recorded its seventh loss on the court of ninth ranked Forssan Koripojat on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Forssan Koripojat 87-81. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Forssan Koripojat forced 20 Lahti turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Bruce Reed (202-90, college: Pikeville) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Swingman Teemu Sulonen (188-94) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists. American power forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Forssan Koripojat (10-17) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Pyrinto II. Lahti at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Porvoo. Seventh ranked Porvoon Tarmo (11-16) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-ranked Espoo United (18-8) 10-8 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. American forward Levi Giese (206-90, college: Lafayette) orchestrated the victory by scoring 6 points. BJ Cardarelli contributed with 4 points for the winners. Forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, college: UTRGV) answered with 2 points for Espoo United. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to sixth place, which they share with HBA-Marsky. Newly promoted Espoo United keeps the second position with eight games lost.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked ToPo (16-11) against fifth ranked Oulun NMKY (15-12) on Sunday night. Host ToPo was defeated by Oulun NMKY in Helsinki 68-52. It was a great evening for Kristofer Clement who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Rasmus Marttinen responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Oulun NMKY have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. ToPo lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third position with 11 games lost.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked ToPo (16-11) against ninth ranked Pyrinto II (10-17) on Wednesday night. Visiting ToPo was crushed by Pyrinto II in Tampere 102-78. It was an exceptional evening for Terrell Vinson who led the winners and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Pyrinto II's coach Juri Heinamaki felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pyrinto II have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with FoKoPo. ToPo lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third position with 11 games lost.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Lahti. First ranked Lahti faced second-ranked Espoo United. Host Lahti (20-7) defeated guests from Espoo (18-8) 108-92. The best player for the winners was Rashad Smith who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lahti maintains first place with 20-7 record. Newly promoted Espoo United keeps the second position with eight games lost.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Pyrinto II defeated Jyvaskyla BA in Tampere 91-83. Jarvenpaa was beaten by HBA-Marsky at home 94-105. Jyvaskyla BA lost to Oulun NMKY on the opponent's court 60-76. HBA-Marsky unfortunately lost to FoKoPo in a home game 78-93.
The best stats of 23th round was 27 points by Robert Juvonen of Jyvaskyla BA.

Division A
Jyvaskyla BA - Pyrinto II 83-91

There was an upset when higher ranked Jyvaskyla BA (14-13) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Pyrinto II (10-17) 91-83 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-83. Pyrinto II made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Jyvaskyla BA was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Justus Kilpinen (193-93) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Lassi Kilpinen (185-93) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Pyrinto II's coach Juri Heinamaki used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) produced 27 points (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) and Valtteri Leppanen added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Four Jyvaskyla BA players scored in double figures. Pyrinto II have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with FoKoPo. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla BA: R.Juvonen 27+4reb+3ast, V.Leppanen 14+5reb+4ast, W.Barry 11+8reb+1ast, C.Chukwuma 11+5reb+2ast, S.Oja 7+3reb+3ast, M.Marttinen 7+4reb+1ast
Pyrinto II: T.Vinson 22+5reb+1ast, L.Kilpinen 18+7reb+4ast, J.Kilpinen 17+9reb+5ast, K.Rasinaho 9+2reb, T.Sukanen 8+1reb+4ast, R.Bellagnaoui 7+2reb
gschID: 487736


Jarvenpaa - HBA-Marsky 94-105

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked HBA-Marsky (11-16) defeated on the road 9th ranked Jarvenpaa (9-17) 105-94 on Sunday. Jarvenpaa was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 29-27 charge of HBA-Marsky, which allowed them to win the game. They made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. Jarvenpaa was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was point guard Edon Maxhuni (186-98) who scored 27 points and 4 assists. Center Hannes Polla (212-98) chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds. HBA-Marsky's coach Antti Koskelainen used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Leo Tarjanne (189-95) produced 33 points (!!!) and swingman Julius Pehkonen (190-93) added 18 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five HBA-Marsky and four Jarvenpaa players scored in double figures. HBA-Marsky moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Porvoon Tarmo. Loser Jarvenpaa dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Jarvenpaa: L.Tarjanne 33+4reb+3ast, J.Jousisto 21+3reb+3ast, J.Pehkonen 18+11reb+3ast, A.Towa 11+8reb+2ast, J.Mantyla 8+1reb+1ast, H.Coleman 3+4reb+2ast
HBA-Marsky: E.Maxhuni 27+3reb+4ast, H.Polla 25+8reb, L.Nikkarinen 17+5reb+4ast, M.Suvanto 16+2reb, A.Gustavson 10+4reb+3ast, M.Jantunen 9+7reb
gschID: 487733


Porvoon Tarmo - Espoo United 10-8

Important game to mention about took place in Porvoo. Seventh ranked Porvoon Tarmo (11-16) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-ranked Espoo United (18-8) 10-8 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. American forward Levi Giese (206-90, college: Lafayette) orchestrated the victory by scoring 6 points. His fellow American import forward BJ Cardarelli (203, college: S.New Hampshire, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 4 points for the winners. Giese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, college: UTRGV) answered with 2 points and American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) added 4 points in the effort for Espoo United. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to sixth place, which they share with HBA-Marsky. Newly promoted Espoo United keeps the second position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 4+1reb, J.Ivey 2, L.Toivonen 2+4reb, J.Gummerus 0, L.Gummerus 0+3reb, J.Haapanen 0
Porvoon Tarmo: L.Giese 6+2reb, B.Cardarelli 4+1reb+1ast, E.Salonen 0+2ast, R.Halikko 0, D.Fahlsten 0, C.Clark 0
gschID: 487734


FoKoPo - Lahti 87-81

Top ranked Lahti (20-7) recorded its seventh loss on the court of ninth ranked Forssan Koripojat on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Forssan Koripojat 87-81. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Forssan Koripojat forced 20 Lahti turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Bruce Reed (202-90, college: Pikeville) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Swingman Teemu Sulonen (188-94) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists. Reed is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. American power forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Sami Ikavalko (187-89) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Forssan Koripojat (10-17) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Pyrinto II. Lahti at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Lahti: J.Fields 17+9reb+2ast, S.Ikavalko 14+1reb+5ast, A.Ahola 14+5reb, E.Asikainen 10+2reb, O.Aalto 9+4reb+1ast, V.Karvonen 8+8reb+1ast
FoKoPo: B.Reed 22+6reb+1ast, J.Henttonen 20+3reb+2ast, T.Sulonen 17+3reb+8ast, R.Flemings 16+8reb+2ast, J.Kotavuo 9+1reb+7ast, H.Kotavuo 3+10reb
gschID: 487732


ToPo - Oulun NMKY 52-68

Very important is a home loss of third ranked ToPo (16-11) against fifth ranked Oulun NMKY (15-12) on Sunday night. Host ToPo was defeated by Oulun NMKY in Helsinki 68-52. The game was mostly controlled by Oulun NMKY. ToPo managed to win fourth quarter 16-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oulun NMKY dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to ToPo's 26. Oulun NMKY forced 24 ToPo turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Kristofer Clement (186-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. American guard Zach Stahl (196, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) helped adding 16 points and 15 rebounds. Four Oulun NMKY players scored in double figures. Guard Rasmus Marttinen (191-97) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Miki Kuusisto (194-94) scored 10 points and 5 assists. Oulun NMKY have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. ToPo lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
ToPo: R.Marttinen 13+7reb, M.Kuusisto 10+1reb+5ast, I.Pehkonen 10+2reb, J.Hietanen 9+6reb+1ast, T.Laine 4+4reb+2ast, J.Kauppinen 3+1reb+1ast
Oulun NMKY: Z.Stahl 16+15reb+1ast, I.Kallio 16+1reb+1ast, O.Virolainen 13+1reb+2ast, K.Clement 12+14reb+9ast, T.Yrjanheikki 5, D.Harvey 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 487735


Lahti - Espoo United 108-92

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Lahti. First ranked Lahti faced second-ranked Espoo United. Host Lahti (20-7) defeated guests from Espoo (18-8) 108-92. The game without a history. Lahti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 61.3 percentage. Lahti looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Mikko Jamsa (177-93) chipped in 22 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Lahti players scored in double figures. American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) produced 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and the other American import point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) added 24 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lahti maintains first place with 20-7 record. Newly promoted Espoo United keeps the second position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 35+7reb+3ast, J.Ivey 24+2reb+3ast, L.Toivonen 9+5reb+3ast, L.Gummerus 8+5reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 7+2reb+3ast, A.Hartikainen 6+2reb+3ast
Lahti: R.Smith 28+12reb+3ast, M.Jamsa 22+1reb+3ast, A.Alanen 21+1reb, J.Fields 12+5reb+5ast, A.Ahola 8+1reb+8ast, V.Karvonen 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 487731


Oulun NMKY - Jyvaskyla BA 76-60

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Oulun NMKY and 5th ranked Jyvaskyla BA had identical 14-12 record. This time Oulun NMKY used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Jyvaskyla 76-60 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Oulun NMKY. Jyvaskyla BA was better in second period 16-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jyvaskyla BA 44-33 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Zach Stahl (196, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) produced 19 points and Valtteri Leppanen added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Jyvaskyla BA's coach Mikko Tupamaki rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Oulun NMKY have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla BA: R.Juvonen 19+1reb+1ast, V.Leppanen 12+5reb+2ast, C.Chukwuma 10+6reb+1ast, W.Barry 9+8reb, T.Puittinen 3+1reb, K.Peltonen 3+2reb
Oulun NMKY: Z.Stahl 26+10reb+2ast, D.Harvey 22+12reb+2ast, I.Kallio 14+8reb+1ast, O.Virolainen 9+2reb+2ast, K.Clement 2+9reb+9ast, T.Yrjanheikki 2+2ast
gschID: 487730


HBA-Marsky - FoKoPo 78-93

There was a small surprise in Helsinki where ninth ranked Forssan Koripojat (10-17) beat 7th ranked HBA-Marsky (11-16) 93-78 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-78. Forssan Koripojat made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Forssan Koripojat looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Roderick Flemings (203-87, college: Hawaii) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Juho-Matti Henttonen (200-96) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. Point guard Edon Maxhuni (186-98) produced 19 points and 8 assists and forward Mikael Jantunen (200-0) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. HBA-Marsky's coach Antti Koskelainen rotated ten players saving starting five for next games. Forssan Koripojat moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Pyrinto II. Loser HBA-Marsky dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
HBA-Marsky: E.Maxhuni 19+3reb+8ast, H.Polla 16+6reb, M.Suvanto 15+3reb, M.Jantunen 13+8reb+3ast, A.Gustavson 6+3reb+2ast, L.Nikkarinen 5+3reb+4ast
FoKoPo: R.Flemings 28+11reb+5ast, J.Henttonen 22+3reb+4ast, T.Sulonen 19+2reb+2ast, B.Reed 11+7reb+6ast, H.Kotavuo 7+5reb+1ast, C.Altunel 4+1reb
gschID: 487729


Pyrinto II - ToPo 102-78

Very important is a road loss of third ranked ToPo (16-11) against ninth ranked Pyrinto II (10-17) on Wednesday night. Visiting ToPo was crushed by Pyrinto II in Tampere 102-78. Pyrinto II dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to ToPo's 36. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Terrell Vinson (201-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: HMS) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jerrah Young (203-85, college: Toledo) accounted for 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Young is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Pyrinto II's coach Juri Heinamaki felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gambian power forward Pierre Jallow (203-79, college: William Jewell) came up with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Juuso Kauppinen (188-94) added 16 points respectively for ToPo in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pyrinto II have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with FoKoPo. ToPo lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
ToPo: J.Kauppinen 16+3reb+2ast, P.Jallow 12+8reb+4ast, E.Djeen 11+4reb+3ast, R.Marttinen 11+2reb, C.Latimer 10+2reb+1ast, J.Hietanen 7+2reb+1ast
Pyrinto II: T.Vinson 20+7reb+3ast, J.Kilpinen 17+3reb+7ast, J.Young 17+11reb+2ast, T.Savino 16+1reb+3ast, T.Sukanen 9+1reb+1ast, L.Kilpinen 7+6reb+9ast
gschID: 487728





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Clark, Chalon18.5 
 2. Gibson, Gravelines17.5 
 3. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.3 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Prepelic, Limoges15.9 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.5 
 7. Sommerville, Orleans15.1 
 8. Smith, Chalons-Reims14.8 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel14.6 
 10. Young, Chalons-.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Fall, Chalon9.2 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.6 
 3. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.2 
 4. Solomon, Gravelines7.8 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre7.5 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.2 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.1 
 8. Yeguete, Le Mans7.0 
 9. Hassell, Le Portel6.9 
 10. Cain, Chalons-Reims6.7 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.7 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.1 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.1 
 4. Hodge, AS.5.9 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.8 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.1 
 8. Bost, Monaco5.0 
 9. Nelson, AS.4.4 
 10. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.4 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. Eito, Orleans2.2 
 3. Holston, Dijon1.9 
 4. Wood, Limoges1.9 
 5. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 8. Henry, Gravelines1.5 
 9. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 10. Roberson, Chalon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Fair, Limoges1.0 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 6. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 7. Hunt, Nancy0.9 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 
 9. Otule, Antibes0.9 
 10. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.9 


ProA Round 23: Chalon/Saor defeat JSF Nanterre in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

An interesting game for Chalon/Saor (17-6) which hosted in Chalon 3rd placed JSF Nanterre (16-7). Second ranked Chalon/Saor managed to get a 4-point victory 94-90. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Chalon/Saor made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by JSF Nanterre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Abdoulaye Loum (209-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Moustapha Fall (218-92) contributed with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for JSF Nanterre. JSF Nanterre's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor maintains second place with 17-6 record having just three points less than leader Monaco, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. JSF Nanterre at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Chalon/Saor is looking forward to face Strasbourg IG (#6) on the road in the next round. JSF Nanterre will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked JDA Dijon 87-70. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference suggests that Sluc Nancy is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It was a great evening for Spanish guard Alex Urtasun (193-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Brion Rush helped adding 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American point guard David Holston (168-86, college: Chicago St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 assists. Sluc Nancy (6-17) moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with Orleans. JDA Dijon at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Cholet and Chalons-Reims. Sluc Nancy will play against bottom-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#18) on the road in the next round. JDA Dijon will play against Olympique Antibes (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ProA top team - Monaco (20-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Chalons-Reims (8-15) 81-72. It was a quality performance for Billy Ouattara who led the winners and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mark Payne came up with 19 points, 7 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Chalons-Reims in the defeat. Monaco maintains first place with 20-3 record. Chalons-Reims lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Cholet and Dijon. Monaco will meet Hyeres-Toulon (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chalons-Reims will play against Le Portel and hope to secure a win.
Fifteenth-ranked Cholet Basket (8-15) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Paris-Levallois (14-9). Paris-Levallois managed to secure only one-point victory 75-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Jason Rich who scored 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Cholet Basket's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Paris-Levallois maintains fifth place with 14-9 record, which they share with Strasbourg. Cholet Basket at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Paris-Levallois' next round opponent will be Limoges CSP Elite (#10) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Cholet Basket will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez and hope to win that game.
Twelfth-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-14) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (13-10) on Saturday. Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Justin Cobbs saved the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains seventh place with 13-10 record. Hyeres-Toulon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face higher ranked JSF Nanterre (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hyeres-Toulon will play against the league's leader Monaco (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23: Limoges was smashed by Le Portel on the road 80-59. Pau-Lacq-Orthez won against Le Mans on its own court 85-71. Orleans unfortunately lost to ASVEL in Villeurbanne 78-82. Antibes recorded a loss to Strasbourg at home 72-81.
The most impressive performance of 23th round was 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals by Ronald Lewis of Pau-Lacq-Orthez.

Le Portel - Limoges 80-59

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked Le Portel (11-12) crushed at home 9th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (11-12) 80-59 on Monday. The game without a history. Le Portel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Le Portel outrebounded Limoges CSP Elite 36-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Limoges CSP Elite was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-87, college: Dakota Wesleyan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 assists. His fellow American import power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. Le Portel's coach Eric Girard felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) answered with 13 points and American forward CJ Fair (203-91, college: Syracuse) added 13 points in the effort for Limoges CSP Elite. Le Portel have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Limoges. Le Portel will face Chalons-Reims (#14) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Limoges: C.Fair 13+1reb+1ast, K.Prepelic 13+2reb+1ast, J.Randle 8+5ast, O.Camara 8+4reb+1ast, D.Wood 7+2reb+1ast, W.Buford 5+6reb
Le Portel: D.Dorsey 20+3reb+9ast, F.Hassell 18+5reb, L.Goulbourne 10+10reb+1ast, J.Donaldson 10+7reb+2ast, E.Lasisi 6+3reb, J.Begarin 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 485535


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Le Mans 85-71

Very expected game when 11th ranked Le Mans (10-13) lost on the road to third ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (17-6) 85-71 on Sunday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Pau-Lacq-Orthez's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-15 extending their advantage to 14 points. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Pau-Lacq-Orthez looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists. His fellow American import Ronald Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St., agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. The former international Wilfried Yeguete (201-91, college: Florida, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points in the effort for Le Mans. Le Mans' coach Alexandre Menard let to play ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to second place, which they share with Chalon. Loser Le Mans keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face Cholet Basket (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Le Mans will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: P.Amagou 15+1reb+1ast, R.Pearson 12+3reb, W.Yeguete 10+6reb+4ast, O.Hanlan 9+3reb, M.Gelabale 7+3reb+4ast, L.Konate 7+4reb+4ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: R.Lewis 21+4reb+5ast, T.Dean 17+1ast, D.Cooper 14+6reb+12ast, V.Chikoko 12+5reb+2ast, J.Mipoka 10+5reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485542


Nancy - Dijon 87-70

Bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked JDA Dijon 87-70. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference suggests that Sluc Nancy is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Sluc Nancy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to JDA Dijon's 28. Sluc Nancy had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Spanish guard Alex Urtasun (193-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). American-Montenegrin point guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. American point guard David Holston (168-86, college: Chicago St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 assists and the other American import forward Isaiah Miles (201-94, college: St.Joseph's) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Sluc Nancy (6-17) moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with Orleans. JDA Dijon at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Cholet and Chalons-Reims. Sluc Nancy will play against bottom-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#18) on the road in the next round. JDA Dijon will play against Olympique Antibes (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dijon: R.Brooks 16+2reb, D.Holston 15+11ast, I.Miles 9+10reb+2ast, A.Julien 8+4ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 6+1reb, B.Peterson 6+7reb+1ast
Nancy: A.Urtasun 22+4reb+2ast, B.Rush 11+5reb+5ast, D.Mallet 11+2reb+3ast, J.Jeanne 11+4reb, M.Trasolini 10+4reb, E.Brown 10+5reb+1ast
gschID: 485541


Gravelines - Hyeres-Toulon 81-80

Twelfth-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-14) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (13-10) on Saturday. Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Hyeres-Toulon trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 33-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-81 at the end of the game. American guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) saved the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 assists. American-Jamaican guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American forward Paul Carter (205-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and William Howard (201-93) added 15 points in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains seventh place with 13-10 record. Hyeres-Toulon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face higher ranked JSF Nanterre (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hyeres-Toulon will play against the league's leader Monaco (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: P.Carter 20+6reb+1ast, A.Chassang 16+5reb, W.Howard 15+4reb+3ast, D.Michineau 11+4reb+3ast, M.Acker 7+2reb+1ast, F.Prenom 4+4reb+3ast
Gravelines: J.Cobbs 24+2reb+4ast, S.Henry 22+3reb+1ast, R.Solomon 10+12reb, K.Gibson 7+3reb+2ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 6+2reb+1ast, A.Cel 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 485540


Monaco - Chalons-Reims 81-72

ProA top team - Monaco (20-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Chalons-Reims (8-15) 81-72. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-20. But Chalons-Reims won second period 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Chalons-Reims 50-35 including 20 on the offensive glass. Monaco looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a quality performance for international Billy Ouattara (191-92) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. American center Brandon Davies (208-91, college: BYU) accounted for 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Mark Payne (203-88, college: Cal-Davis) came up with 19 points, 7 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Chalons-Reims in the defeat. Monaco maintains first place with 20-3 record. Chalons-Reims lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Cholet and Dijon. Monaco will meet Hyeres-Toulon (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chalons-Reims will play against Le Portel and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: M.Payne 19+4reb+7ast, T.Cain 12+9reb+3ast, S.Smith 11+6reb, N.de Jong 9+5reb, A.Young 8+3reb+3ast, M.Souleyman Diabate 6+1reb+2ast
Monaco: B.Ouattara 27+6reb+1ast, N.Caner-Medley 13+5reb, D.Bost 10+2reb+4ast, B.Davies 9+9reb+4ast, Z.Wright 6+4reb+3ast, S.Gladyr 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 485538


Chalon - Nanterre 94-90

An interesting game for Chalon/Saor (17-6) which hosted in Chalon 3rd placed JSF Nanterre (16-7). Second ranked Chalon/Saor managed to get a 4-point victory 94-90. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Chalon/Saor made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by JSF Nanterre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Abdoulaye Loum (209-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Moustapha Fall (218-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for JSF Nanterre. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor maintains second place with 17-6 record having just three points less than leader Monaco, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. JSF Nanterre at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Chalon/Saor is looking forward to face Strasbourg IG (#6) on the road in the next round. JSF Nanterre will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: S.Butterfield 20+6reb+4ast, B.Conklin 17+1reb, H.Schaffartzik 14+2reb+5ast, H.Invernizzi 14+1reb+2ast, C.Warren 13+3reb+4ast, M.Lessort 8+11reb
Chalon: J.Roberson 23+2reb+3ast, M.Fall 18+10reb+4ast, A.Loum 16+12reb+4ast, J.Nzeulie 11+1reb+5ast, L.Harris 10+2reb, G.Pitard 7+1reb
gschID: 485539


Paris-Levallois - Cholet 75-74

Fifteenth-ranked Cholet Basket (8-15) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Paris-Levallois (14-9). Paris-Levallois managed to secure only one-point victory 75-74. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as Cholet Basket took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Paris-Levallois had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and Cholet Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-75. The best player for the winners was American guard Jason Rich (191-86) who scored 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman David Noel (201-84, college: N.Carolina) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Jonathan Rousselle (187-90) added 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Cholet Basket's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Paris-Levallois maintains fifth place with 14-9 record, which they share with Strasbourg. Cholet Basket at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Paris-Levallois' next round opponent will be Limoges CSP Elite (#10) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Cholet Basket will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cholet: J.Rousselle 16+1reb+2ast, D.Noel 15+6reb+4ast, J.Boutsiele 15+2reb, I.Evtimov 8+2reb+1ast, I.Almeida 8+1reb+2ast, G.Brown 4+2reb+1ast
Paris-Levallois: J.Rich 24+3reb+2ast, L.Sane 13+3reb+2ast, L.Labeyrie 12+7reb+2ast, V.Poirier 8+5reb+1ast, M.N'Doye 7+2reb, R.Lesca 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 485537


ASVEL - Orleans 82-78

Very predictable result when eighth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (12-11) won against at home bottom-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (6-17) 82-78 on Friday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Entente Orleans 45 was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse, agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) contributed with 20 points for the winners. British center Gabriel Olaseni (211-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Entente Orleans 45. Five Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains eighth place with 12-11 record. Entente Orleans 45 lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will face Le Mans (#11) on the road in the next round. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Sluc Nancy (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orleans: K.McAlarney 19+1reb+1ast, J.Prince 15+3reb+4ast, G.Olaseni 14+11reb, M.Sommerville 13+10reb+1ast, A.Eito 11+4reb+5ast, V.Jones III 6+2ast
ASVEL: W.Hodge 20+3reb+3ast, D.Watkins 18+9reb+3ast, C.Ware 13+1reb+4ast, C.Kahudi 8+4reb+1ast, N.Dragovic 8+3reb+2ast, N.Lang 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 485536


Antibes - Strasbourg 72-81

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Olympique Antibes (7-16) lost at home to sixth ranked Strasbourg IG (14-9) 81-72 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olympique Antibes won third quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Strasbourg IG won last quarter 27-20. Strasbourg IG outrebounded Olympique Antibes 36-24 including 21 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. International center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (208-94, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) contributed with 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Isaia Cordinier (194-96) answered with 19 points and American Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Olympique Antibes. Strasbourg IG have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Olympique Antibes lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. Strasbourg IG will face league's second-placed Chalon/Saor at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olympique Antibes will play against JDA Dijon (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: I.Cordinier 19+3reb+3ast, T.Blue 16+5reb+3ast, C.Otule 10+7reb+1ast, F.Bourdillon 9+1reb+4ast, W.Solomon 5+2reb+2ast, C.Galliou 4+1reb+1ast
Strasbourg: J.Leloup 16+4reb, R.Travis 13+6reb+1ast, E.Walker 13+8ast, M.Jaiteh 12+13reb, A.Slaughter 8+4ast, P.Lacombe 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 485534





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

31-year old Dinma Odiakosa (203-C/F-85, agency: Inception Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Le Havre and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed Boulogne (#17, 8-15) with 25-point margin 95-70. Le Havre is placed at 7th position in French ProB. Le Havre is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-11 record. Odiakosa turned to be Le Havre's top player in his first season with the team. Illinois State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Odiakosa leads league in rebounds with 10.0rpg. Odiakosa is in league's top in and averages solid 57.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mohamed Kone (211-C-81) of Charleville. He is naturalized Ivorian center in his first season at Charleville. In the last game Kone recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Charleville lost that game 79-84 to the lower-ranked St Chamond (#14, 10-13). This loss caused Charleville to drop to 4th position in the standings. His team's 13-10 record is not bad at all. Kone is a newcomer at Charleville and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Inception Sports) of Blois (#5). Turner scored 19 points and passed fourteen assists (!!!). He was a key player of Blois, leading his team to a 94-78 easy win against the lower-ranked Rouen (#12, 10-13). Blois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 10 lost games. Turner has a great season in France. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.4apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jean-Victor Traore (204-PF-85) of Lille - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ryan Rhoomes (203-C-92) of St Quentin - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Junior MBida (204-C-90) of Lille - 27 points and 6 rebounds
7. Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) of Bourg - 17 points and 10 rebounds
8. Soriah Bangura (200-PF-93) of Rouen - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Christopher McKnight (201-PF-87) of Nantes - 21 points and 11 rebounds
10. Rayvonte Rice (193-G-92) of Maurienne - 17 points and 7 rebounds

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



Nivins leaves Orleans - by Eurobasket News

30-year old American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) left Entente Orleans 45 (ProA). In 17 games in France he averaged 4.5ppg and 2.2rpg this season.
The last season Nivins was tested by ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket.
In 2009 he was drafted by Dallas Mavericks (NBA) in second round (56th overall). The former Saint Joseph's University standout is in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Nivins' team made it to the Belgian League Semifinals for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). He received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 1st Team award in 2015.
Nivins has played also professionally in Spain (La ICL Manresa), France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Poitiers) and Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Bobby Palumbi for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Agile forward with excellent speed running the floor ... A defensive minded player who takes great pride in his ability to defend Fundamentally sound rebounding technique with a knack for timing the ball off the glass A presence as a shot blocker, his athleticism and good lateral quickness allow him to defend out to the perimeter and be a good on-ball defender.
Lacks a midrange game at this point. He has bad positioning in the offensive paint when looking for the ball, this really hurts his chances of getting good quality entry passes to work on his low post moves
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Prva Liga Round 2 (Second Stage): Kumanovo are defeated by Rabotnicki - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Prva Liga.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Kumanovo (1-1) in Skopje on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Rabotnicki (1-1) 87-69. The game was mostly controlled by Rabotnicki. Kumanovo managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rabotnicki shot 60.7 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Serbian center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Rabotnicki's coach Marin Dokuzovski used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena MZT Skopje.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Gevgelija. host Kozuv (0-2) lost to MZT Skopje (2-0) 77-71. Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) notched 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Djordje Drenovac supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points and 4 assists by American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) did not help to save the game for Kozuv. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Rabotnicki.
The game in Kavadarci was also quite interesting. Karpos Sokoli (2-0) played at the court of Feni Industries (0-2). Karpos Sokoli defeated Feni Industries 90-78 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Kendrick Perry who scored 17 points and 5 assists. Mladen Pantic produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the hosts. Karpos Sokoli will meet Kumanovo (#4) on the road in the next round. Feni Industries will play against Kozuv in Gevgelija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Ohrid was also worth to mention about. Strumica (1-1) played at the court of Ohrid AV (2-0). Ohrid AV managed to secure a 4-point victory 81-77. Devin Brooks orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ohrid AV's next round opponent will be Vardar (#10) in Skopje. Strumica will play at home against Pelister Bitola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2
In Liga Pelister Bitola won against Vardar on the opponent's court 85-81.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 8 assists by Phil Hawkins of Pelister Bitola.

Places 1-6
Rabotnicki - Kumanovo 87-69

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Kumanovo (1-1) in Skopje on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Rabotnicki (1-1) 87-69. The game was mostly controlled by Rabotnicki. Kumanovo managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rabotnicki shot 60.7 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Serbian center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Four Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. Rabotnicki's coach Marin Dokuzovski used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) scored 14 points. Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: N.Misanovic 29+11reb+2ast, D.Tasovski 16+3reb+2ast, D.Mirakovski 11+9ast, V.Efremovski 10+1reb+4ast, A.Maslinko 8+5reb, V.Ilievski 7+2ast
Kumanovo: M.Janevski 23+9reb+3ast, M.Pekovic 14+2reb+3ast, D.Karadzovski 9+4reb+2ast, S.Zivanovic 8+2reb+3ast, N.Karakolev 6+1reb+2ast, Y.Brown 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 539647


Feni Industries - Karpos Sokoli 78-90

The game in Kavadarci was also quite interesting. Karpos Sokoli (2-0) played at the court of Feni Industries (0-2). Karpos Sokoli defeated Feni Industries 90-78 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-78. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) who scored 17 points and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five Karpos Sokoli players scored in double figures. Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: 011 Sports) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the former international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Karpos Sokoli will meet Kumanovo (#4) on the road in the next round. Feni Industries will play against Kozuv in Gevgelija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karpos Sokoli: D.Zekovic 18+2reb, K.Perry 17+4reb+5ast, B.Trajkovski 15+4reb, D.Labovic 13+7reb+3ast, F.Sepa 12+1reb+4ast, D.Mavra 11+3reb+6ast
Feni Industries: K.Nikolovski 18+3reb, M.Pantic 14+5reb+4ast, J.Petrovski 8+2reb+3ast, G.Sharabidze 8+3reb+1ast, B.Djekic 7+3reb+1ast, P.Pajic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 539645


Kozuv - MZT Skopje 71-77

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gevgelija. host Kozuv (0-2) lost to MZT Skopje (2-0) 77-71. It looked good early as Kozuv took a 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then MZT Skopje took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kozuv's 36. Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) notched 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points and 4 assists by American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) did not help to save the game for Kozuv. Serbian-Bosnian forward Nikola Djurasovic (197-83) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: X.Thames 20+2reb, J.Lalic 20+8reb, D.Drenovac 19+6reb+1ast, S.Gjuroski 7+3reb, D.Katnic 6+11reb+6ast, L.Mladenovski 3+4reb
Kozuv: K.McNeaill 19+4reb+4ast, N.Djurasovic 16+7reb+3ast, I.Dimcevski 13+3reb+4ast, M.Mijovic 8+13reb+1ast, B.Krstevski 7+1reb+2ast, K.Anikenko 4+1reb
gschID: 539646


Places 7-10
Vardar - Pelister Bitola 81-85

But Vardar was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Bitola 85-81. 32 personal fouls committed by Vardar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Phil Hawkins (186-90, college: Texas St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 8 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Serbian forward Milos Andrejevic (198-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Dejan Srbinovski (186-97) replied with 17 points and 5 assists and swingman Damjan Robev (192-97) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Vardar. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Vardar's coach Gjorgi Kocov tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Pelister Bitola's next round opponent will be Strumica (#9) in Strumica. Vardar will play on the road against Ohrid AV and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pelister Bitola: P.Hawkins 23+4reb+8ast, M.Andrejevic 17+10reb+1ast, B.Davkov 14+4reb+2ast, M.Golubovic 14+10reb+1ast, G.Anakievski 10+6reb+2ast, D.Zaharievski 7+5reb
Vardar: D.Robev 17+5reb+3ast, D.Srbinovski 17+4reb+5ast, V.Levkoski 14+2ast, B.Mitkov 13+5reb, M.Shalev 10+5reb+1ast, D.Kalov 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 539675


Ohrid AV - Strumica 81-77

The game in Ohrid was also worth to mention about. Strumica (1-1) played at the court of Ohrid AV (2-0). Ohrid AV managed to secure a 4-point victory 81-77. The game without a history. Ohrid AV led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ohrid AV outrebounded Strumica 47-27 including a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import center Kaylen Shane (208-93, college: N.Mexico Highlands, agency: Stealth Sport) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian forward Petar Jokic (201-91) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Vladimir Brckov (200-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Strumica. Four Ohrid AV and five Strumica players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ohrid AV's next round opponent will be Vardar (#10) in Skopje. Strumica will play at home against Pelister Bitola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ohrid AV: D.Brooks 33+10reb+5ast, K.Shane 17+14reb+1ast, S.Mihajlovski 10+8reb+2ast, A.Doneski 10+1reb+1ast, B.Janevski 9+1reb+1ast, S.Janeski 2+2reb
Strumica: P.Jokic 21+8reb+1ast, V.Brckov 16+4reb+4ast, A.Stefanovski 14+5reb, D.Makenadziev 12+4reb+3ast, E.Bogoev 10+3reb+4ast, D.Delipetrov 4+2reb
gschID: 539674





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A League Round 9: Hyundai-TSU defeat Arena-76 in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Hyundai-TSU (6-2) which hosted in Tbilisi 3rd placed Arena-76 (5-4). Second ranked Hyundai-TSU managed to get a 5-point victory 59-54. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 37-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hyundai-TSU forced 20 Arena-76 turnovers. It was a good game for American point guard Christopher Anderson (170-92, college: San Diego) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Forward Alexandre Pevadze (201-98) contributed with 9 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Peter Alexis (213-92, college: Philadelphia) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for Arena-76. Hyundai-TSU have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with DELTA. Newly promoted Arena-76 keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Tskaltubo. Hyundai-TSU is looking forward to face league's leader DELTA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arena-76 will play against BC Titebi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for DELTA (6-2) which played road game in against 4th placed BC Titebi (4-5). First ranked DELTA managed to get a 10-point victory 73-63. American players dominated the game. Center Laron Griffin (205-89, college: E.Washington) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and Deondre Ray chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Armani Flannigan (203-92, college: N.Texas) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first place with 6-2 record, which they share with Hyundai-TSU. BC Titebi at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. DELTA will play against league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU in Tbilisi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Titebi will play against Arena-76 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked SEU Tbilisi is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to fifth ranked Tskaltubo (5-4) 76-70 on Sunday evening. Dmitry Sviridov nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Davit Maisuradze came up with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for SEU Tbilisi in the defeat. Tskaltubo moved-up to third place, which they share with Arena-76. Loser SEU Tbilisi still closes the standings with nine games lost. Tskaltubo will meet at home league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SEU Tbilisi will play against the league's leader DELTA (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Hyundai-TSU - Arena-76 59-54

An interesting game for Hyundai-TSU (6-2) which hosted in Tbilisi 3rd placed Arena-76 (5-4). Second ranked Hyundai-TSU managed to get a 5-point victory 59-54. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 37-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hyundai-TSU forced 20 Arena-76 turnovers. It was a good game for American point guard Christopher Anderson (170-92, college: San Diego) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Forward Alexandre Pevadze (201-98) contributed with 9 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Peter Alexis (213-92, college: Philadelphia) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and Ukrainian power forward Oleksandr Rychlyuk (208-84) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Arena-76. Hyundai-TSU have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with DELTA. Newly promoted Arena-76 keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Tskaltubo. Hyundai-TSU is looking forward to face league's leader DELTA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arena-76 will play against BC Titebi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arena-76: P.Alexis 21+13reb, O.Rychlyuk 11+9reb+2ast, R.Lewis 9+8reb+2ast, M.Abaishvili 7+7reb+4ast, T.Chachibaia 4+5reb, K.Bitsadze 2+8reb+2ast
Hyundai-TSU: C.Anderson 18+6reb+6ast, G.Korsantia 11+3reb, S.Sanadze 9+7reb+2ast, A.Pevadze 9+13reb+3ast, G.Feriashvili 5+7reb, C.Gabriel 4+9reb
gschID: 534760


SEU Tbilisi - Tskaltubo 70-76

Bottom-ranked SEU Tbilisi is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to fifth ranked Tskaltubo (5-4) 76-70 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 25-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Tskaltubo forced 20 SEU Tbilisi turnovers. Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Giorgi Kutchava accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90) came up with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and center Viktor Koguashvili (203-85) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for SEU Tbilisi in the defeat. Four SEU Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Tskaltubo moved-up to third place, which they share with Arena-76. Loser SEU Tbilisi still closes the standings with nine games lost. Tskaltubo will meet at home league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SEU Tbilisi will play against the league's leader DELTA (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
SEU Tbilisi: K.Giorgadze 16+2reb+1ast, R.Matiashvili 15+8reb+1ast, V.Koguashvili 15+6reb+5ast, D.Maisuradze 14+6reb+8ast, R.Tukvadze 4+13reb+4ast, I.Jankhoteli 2+1reb+2ast
Tskaltubo: D.Dvalishvili 18+5reb+2ast, G.Kutchava 18+6reb+3ast, D.Sviridov 17+18reb+4ast, G.Kandelaki 9+2reb+2ast, G.Birkaia 6+6reb+1ast, G.Kiladze 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 534759


BC Titebi - DELTA 63-73

An interesting game for DELTA (6-2) which played road game in against 4th placed BC Titebi (4-5). First ranked DELTA managed to get a 10-point victory 73-63. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 22-7 run, which allowed them to win the game. DELTA dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Titebi to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 20 BC Titebi turnovers and outrebounded them 47-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. DELTA brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. BC Titebi was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Center Laron Griffin (205-89, college: E.Washington) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and Deondre Ray (196, college: Cameron) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Five DELTA players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Armani Flannigan (203-92, college: N.Texas) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and guard Ryan Aaron (190-91, college: S.Nazarene) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first place with 6-2 record, which they share with Hyundai-TSU. BC Titebi at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. DELTA will play against league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU in Tbilisi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Titebi will play against Arena-76 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Titebi: A.Flannigan 22+10reb+1ast, R.Aaron 20+6reb+2ast, R.Didia 10+8reb+5ast, G.Gamqrelidze 6+2reb+7ast, G.Vakhania 3+1reb+1ast, G.Dvali 2+1reb+1ast
DELTA: D.Ray 18+7reb+3ast, L.Griffin 16+20reb, I.Lezhava 13+2reb+2ast, Z.Antadze 10+3reb+2ast, I.Alkhanaidze 10+6reb+2ast, I.Gognadze 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 534758





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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.0 
 2. Knight, Jena18.7 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.8 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg16.0 
 5. Lewis, Bayreuth15.9 
 6. Paulding, EWE B.15.7 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.6 
 8. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.6 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen15.5 
 10. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Eatherton, Goett.7.3 
 3. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 4. Pierre, Braunsch.7.2 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.7.1 
 6. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.8 
 7. McGhee, Walter T.6.8 
 8. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 9. Marei, Bayreuth6.7 
 10. Knight, Jena6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.4 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.4 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.9 
 6. Odum, Wuerzburg5.8 
 7. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 8. Broadus, Vechta5.4 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.1 
 10. Sanders, Goettingen4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.7 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.6 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 6. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 7. Stewart, Walter T.1.8 
 8. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.7 
 9. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 10. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.4 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 3. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 5. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.1 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 8. Southerland, Wuerz.0.9 
 9. Horton, Telekom .0.9 
 10. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Williams, Kirchheim19.2 
 2. Alexander, ETB W.18.0 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg16.9 
 6. Warren, MBC16.8 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.6 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.9 
 10. Canty, Hamburg15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.7 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen9.0 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.2 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz7.0 
 7. Sturner, Dresden6.9 
 8. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 9. Kronhardt, Kirch.6.8 
 10. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.7 
 3. Adams, Uni Baskets5.7 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.6 
 5. Moore, Ehingen5.5 
 6. Vest, Uni Baskets5.5 
 7. Hatten, MBC5.2 
 8. Williams, Koeln R.5.2 
 9. Zazai, MBC5.1 
 10. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hatten, MBC2.6 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.3 
 4. White, Heidelberg2.3 
 5. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.0 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.7 
 9. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.3 
 3. King, Koeln R.1.5 
 4. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 5. White, Heidelberg1.3 
 6. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 7. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 8. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 9. Grim, Uni Baskets1.2 
 10. van, Trier1.1 


BBL Round 26: Brose Baskets lose to Bayern Muenchen in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Muenchen. Third ranked host Bayern Muenchen (21-3) defeated second-ranked Brose Baskets (23-2) 67-59. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Brose Baskets. Bayern Muenchen made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The former international center Maik Zirbes (208-90, agency: BeoBasket) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Nick Johnson (191-92, college: Arizona, agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 12 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-3 record having five points less than leader Ratiopharm. Defending champion Brose Baskets keep the second place with two games lost. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face Braunschweig (#16) in Braunschweig in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Brose Baskets will play at home against the league's leader ratiopharm Ulm (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BBL top team - ratiopharm Ulm (25-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked ALBA Berlin (16-10) 82-76. American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Augustine Rubit supported him with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Even 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for ALBA Berlin. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated ratiopharm Ulm have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-0 record. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will play against league's second-placed Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ALBA Berlin will play at home against BBC Bayreuth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth-ranked Walter Tigers (9-19) gave a tough game to fourth ranked BBC Bayreuth (18-6) on Saturday. BBC Bayreuth managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was De'Mon Brooks who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Barry Stewart produced 26 points and 4 steals for the guests. BBC Bayreuth have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 18-6 record. Walter Tigers lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. BBC Bayreuth will meet ALBA Berlin (#5) on the road in the next round. Walter Tigers will play against BG Goettingen (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixteenth-ranked Braunschweig (4-20) gave a tough game to eighth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (13-12). EnBW Ludwigsburg managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Johannes Thiemann orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach John Patrick allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. EnBW Ludwigsburg have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with EWE Baskets. Braunschweig lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#6) in Bonn and it may be quite challenging game. Braunschweig will play at home against Bayern Muenchen (#3) and hope to win that game.
An interesting game took place in Vechta where higher ranked EWE Baskets (13-12) were upset on the court of seventeenth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (2-22) 89-76 on Saturday. Devin Searcy scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains seventeenth position with 2-22 record. EWE Baskets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will face higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#15) in Wuerzburg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Goettingen lost to Fraport SKY on the opponent's court 67-81. Bremerhaven managed to outperform Telekom Bsk in a home game 113-103. Giessen 46ers managed to beat Jena on the road 77-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points by Shavon Shields of Fraport SKY.

Fraport SKY - Goettingen 81-67

Rather expected game in Frankfurt where 12th ranked BG Goettingen (9-17) was defeated by tenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-14) 81-67 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard AJ English (192-92, college: Iona) scored 15 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kwame Vaughn (190-90, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. Power forward Scott Eatherton (203-91, college: Northeastern, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 7 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) scored 12 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains tenth position with 11-14 record. Loser BG Goettingen keeps the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#14) on the road in the next round. BG Goettingen will play against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: D.Carter 12+4reb+1ast, A.Ruoff 12+3reb+3ast, L.Williams 11+1reb+2ast, M.Monninghoff 9+2reb+1ast, S.Eatherton 7+10reb+1ast, J.Sanders 7+3reb+4ast
Fraport SKY: S.Shields 15+3reb+1ast, A.English 15+4reb+4ast, K.Vaughn 15+2reb+3ast, M.Morrison 10+3reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 9+6reb+4ast, S.Huff 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 528760


B.Muenchen - Brose Bask. 67-59

The game between Top Four teams took place in Muenchen. Third ranked host Bayern Muenchen (21-3) defeated second-ranked Brose Baskets (23-2) 67-59. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Brose Baskets. Bayern Muenchen made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The former international center Maik Zirbes (208-90, agency: BeoBasket) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Nick Johnson (191-92, college: Arizona, agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 12 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 13 points and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-3 record having five points less than leader Ratiopharm. Defending champion Brose Baskets keep the second place with two games lost. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face Braunschweig (#16) in Braunschweig in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Brose Baskets will play at home against the league's leader ratiopharm Ulm (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: N.Zisis 13+2reb+3ast, J.McNeal 10+3reb+2ast, D.Theis 10+6reb, N.Melli 8+9reb, D.Miller 6+2reb+3ast, M.Lo 5+2ast
B.Muenchen: N.Johnson 12+3reb+1ast, V.Lucic 11+3reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 10+7reb, D.Booker 8+2reb+1ast, R.Redding 8+2reb+4ast, N.Djedovic 7+1ast
gschID: 528757


Ludwigsburg - Braunschweig 80-78

Sixteenth-ranked Braunschweig (4-20) gave a tough game to eighth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (13-12). EnBW Ludwigsburg managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected much easier game. EnBW Ludwigsburg outrebounded Braunschweig 38-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. International Johannes Thiemann (204-94) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Tekele Cotton (189-93, college: Wichita St.) contributed with 15 points for the winners. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach John Patrick allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) replied with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) added 18 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Braunschweig. Four Braunschweig players scored in double figures. EnBW Ludwigsburg have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with EWE Baskets. Braunschweig lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#6) in Bonn and it may be quite challenging game. Braunschweig will play at home against Bayern Muenchen (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Braunschweig: D.Pierre 27+9reb+4ast, C.Medlock 18+1reb+5ast, J.Boykin 11+1reb+1ast, S.Theis 10+3reb+2ast, G.Groselle 8+4reb, T.Schwartz 2+3reb
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 16+4reb, T.Cotton 15+3reb+3ast, J.Thiemann 13+12reb, K.Martin 10+3reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 9+2reb+6ast, C.Toppert 6+3reb
gschID: 528758


Vechta - EWE Baskets 89-76

An interesting game took place in Vechta where higher ranked EWE Baskets (13-12) were upset on the court of seventeenth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (2-22) 89-76 on Saturday. SC Rasta Vechta looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by EWE Baskets' players. EWE Baskets were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Albanian point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 14 points and 9 assists during the contest. American center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) scored 19 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains seventeenth position with 2-22 record. EWE Baskets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will face higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#15) in Wuerzburg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 19+4reb, C.Kramer 14+5reb+2ast, B.Qvale 12+10reb+2ast, M.De Zeeuw 11+4reb+1ast, D.Madrich 7+2reb, P.Schwethelm 5+1reb
Vechta: D.Searcy 18+8reb+1ast, R.Broadus 14+3reb+9ast, D.Allen 14+3reb+2ast, F.Gaines 13+2reb+3ast, M.Ehambe 10+1reb, L.Gordon 8+5reb+5ast
gschID: 528759


Ratiopharm - ALBA 82-76

BBL top team - ratiopharm Ulm (25-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked ALBA Berlin (16-10) 82-76. ALBA Berlin was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) supported him with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Even 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for ALBA Berlin. American forward Malcolm Miller (200-93, college: Holy Cross) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ratiopharm Ulm have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-0 record. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will play against league's second-placed Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ALBA Berlin will play at home against BBC Bayreuth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA: E.Kikanovic 25+7reb+4ast, C.English 15+3reb+2ast, M.Miller 10+7reb+3ast, D.Milosavljevic 8+3reb+9ast, E.Atsur 8+4reb+1ast, T.Gaffney 3+2reb+1ast
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 18+9reb+3ast, C.Babb 14+3reb+1ast, D.Butler 11+5reb, K.Tadda 11+2reb+1ast, T.Braun 9+3reb+2ast, A.Rubit 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 528756


Bremerhaven - Telekom Bsk 113-103

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (7-17) defeated at home higher ranked Telekom Baskets (14-10) 113-103 on Saturday. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven outrebounded Telekom Baskets 38-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American point guard Jordan Hulls (180-90, college: Indiana) scored 28 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 28 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and Latvian Ojars Silins (203-93) scored 18 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven maintains fourteenth position with 7-17 record. Defending champion Telekom Baskets keep the sixth place with ten games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will face higher ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#10) in Frankfurt in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: J.Mayo 28+3reb+5ast, O.Silins 18+1reb+2ast, K.Horton 15+2reb+1ast, F.Koch 12+4reb, J.Gamble 11+3reb, Y.Polas Bartolo 6+2reb+2ast
Bremerhaven: J.Hulls 28+2reb+2ast, I.Elliott 17+8reb+1ast, H.Kamp 15+4reb+5ast, F.Bleck 13+4reb+1ast, W.Austin 10+9reb+3ast, K.Anderson 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 528755


Bayreuth - Walter Tigers 82-81

Thirteenth-ranked Walter Tigers (9-19) gave a tough game to fourth ranked BBC Bayreuth (18-6) on Saturday. BBC Bayreuth managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. BBC Bayreuth made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward De'Mon Brooks (201-92, college: Davidson) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) chipped in 22 points. Four BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. Barry Stewart (193-88, college: Mississippi St.) produced 26 points and 4 steals and forward Stanton Kidd (202-92, college: Colorado St.) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. BBC Bayreuth have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 18-6 record. Walter Tigers lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. BBC Bayreuth will meet ALBA Berlin (#5) on the road in the next round. Walter Tigers will play against BG Goettingen (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: B.Stewart 26+4reb+2ast, G.McGhee 13+4reb+1ast, A.Munoz 10+1reb+1ast, S.Kidd 9+10reb, I.Philmore 8+2reb, J.Jordan 6+2reb+10ast
Bayreuth: J.Lewis 22+2reb+1ast, D.Brooks 18+7reb+1ast, K.Anderson 13+5ast, D.Gonzalvez 12+3reb, A.Marei 7+7reb+1ast, B.Doreth 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 528754


Jena - Giessen 46ers 71-77

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Science City Jena (10-15) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Giessen 46ers (12-13) 77-71 on Friday. Science City Jena was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Skyler Bowlin (191-89, college: Missouri So.) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Justin Sears (203-94, college: Yale) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Giessen 46ers players scored in double figures. American guard Immanuel McElroy (194-80, college: Cincinnati) responded with 21 points and 4 assists and point guard Ermen Reyes-Napoles (186-89) scored 11 points. Science City Jena's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Giessen 46ers maintains ninth position with 12-13 record. Science City Jena lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Giessen 46ers will have a break next round. Science City Jena will play at home against EWE Baskets (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jena: I.McElroy 21+3reb+4ast, J.Jenkins 13+1ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 11+4reb, W.Bernard 9, O.Mackeldanz 5+4reb, J.Wolf 5+5reb+1ast
Giessen 46ers: C.Wells 17+2reb+2ast, S.Bowlin 16+5reb+8ast, J.Sears 15+5reb+3ast, D.Evans 12+8reb+1ast, J.Saibou 8+2reb+2ast, M.Voeller 6
gschID: 528753





ProA Round 28: Mitteldeutscher BC beat Kirchheim Knights in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kirchheim. First ranked Mitteldeutscher BC faced 3rd ranked Kirchheim Knights. Guests from Weissenfels (25-3) defeated host Kirchheim Knights (19-9) 81-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. Mitteldeutscher BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. American guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) fired 22 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian power forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for lost side. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Kirchheim Knights at the other side keep the third place with nine games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Titans (#16) in Dresden in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kirchheim Knights will play on the road against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#14) in Allmendingen and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Nurnberg, where higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-13) lost to twelfth ranked Nuernberg (11-16) in a road game 66-79. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds. Diante Watkins contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 16 points for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nuernberg maintains twelfth position with 11-16 record. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Trier. Nuernberg will play against higher ranked Chemnitz (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against Baunach and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Essen, where higher ranked Gladiators (15-13) lost to fifteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (8-20) in a road game 61-69 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Maurice Creek who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Simon Schmitz responded with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ETB Wohnbau maintains fifteenth position with 8-20 record. Loser Gladiators dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Oettinger R.. ETB Wohnbau will meet higher ranked Chemnitz (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gladiators will play against Nuernberg and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Dresden. Local Titans (2-26) were outscored by second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (23-5) 104-74. The winners were led by Christopher Dunn who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Tuomas Iisalo felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 23-5 record having just two points less than leader MBC. Titans lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 26 lost games. Crailsheim Merlins' next round opponent will be Hamburg (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Titans will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 28 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Heidelberg were defeated by Chemnitz in a road game 79-67. Baunach beat Ehingen at home 79-65. Koeln Rh.Stars lost to Hamburg on the opponent's court 75-79. Uni Baskets outscored Hanau in a home game 88-63.

Dresden - Crailsheim 74-104

The game with biggest result difference took place in Dresden. Local Titans (2-26) were outscored by second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (23-5) 104-74. Crailsheim Merlins shot the lights out from three nailing 19 long-distance shots on high 51.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 36 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Titans' players. The winners were led by American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import guard Chase Griffin (190-83, college: Pepperdine) supported him with 30 points. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Tuomas Iisalo felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points and 7 assists by American point guard RJ Price (180-93, college: Radford) did not help to save the game for Titans. Helge Baues (205-94) added 13 points for lost side. Four Titans players scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 23-5 record having just two points less than leader MBC. Titans lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 26 lost games. Crailsheim Merlins' next round opponent will be Hamburg (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Titans will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: C.Griffin 30+1reb+3ast, C.Dunn 22+6reb+10ast, K.Tiggs 11+6reb+2ast, N.Hilliard IV 9+1reb+4ast, K.Wysocki 9+6reb+6ast, T.Kotti 7+3reb+1ast
Dresden: R.Price 19+3reb+7ast, H.Baues 13+1reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 11+3reb+1ast, W.Simon 10+4reb, D.Sturner 9+2reb+1ast, S.Heck 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 474231


Chemnitz - Heidelberg 79-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg's (16-11) road loss to fourth ranked Chemnitz (18-9) 67-79. Chemnitz players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by MLP Academics Heidelberg's players. The winners were led by American guard Chris Carter (195-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and the other American import power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 15 points by American point guard Vance Hall (193-91, college: Bellarmine) did not help to save the game for MLP Academics Heidelberg. Croatian point guard Hrvoje Kovacevic (190-86) added 10 points for lost side. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chemnitz maintains fourth position with 18-9 record. MLP Academics Heidelberg lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Chemnitz's next round opponent will be Nuernberg (#12) in Nurnberg and are hoping to win another game. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play at home against Titans (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: J.Lawson 22+8reb+2ast, C.Carter 20+5reb+9ast, V.Matthews 12+3reb+3ast, J.Richter 7+2reb+1ast, M.Fleischmann 7+2reb+1ast, M.Seiferth 6+5reb+1ast
Heidelberg: V.Hall 15+2reb+3ast, P.Heyden 11+4reb+1ast, H.Kovacevic 10+4reb+2ast, N.Wuerzner 8+2reb, S.Ely 7+5reb+1ast, B.Thompson 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 474224


Baunach - Ehingen 79-65

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourteenth ranked Baunach (9-19) defeated at home 13th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (9-20) 79-65. They outrebounded Ehingen/Urspringschule 45-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by Louis Olinde (205-98) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95) supported him with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Baunach players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 5 assists by American guard Kameron Taylor (198-94, college: Seton Hill) did not help to save the game for Ehingen/Urspringschule. Tobias Jahn (204-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) added 9 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Baunach moved-up to thirteenth place. Ehingen/Urspringschule lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. Baunach's next round opponent will be higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#6) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against Kirchheim Knights (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Baunach: L.Olinde 19+11reb+3ast, A.Nikolic 16+6reb+7ast, T.Taras 14+2reb+1ast, A.Kulboka 11+5reb+3ast, L.Kratzer 10+15reb+1ast, M.Mueller 9+4reb+2ast
Ehingen: K.Taylor 16+4reb+5ast, D.Berger 15+4reb+1ast, D.Moore 12+1reb+6ast, T.Jahn 9+12reb+3ast, C.Wolf 5+3reb, A.Fraser 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 474230


Hamburg - Koeln Rh.Stars 79-75

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (13-15) were defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Hamburg (13-15) 79-75. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Koeln Rh.Stars helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American guard Rod Camphor (191-92, college: SW Oklahoma St.) who scored that evening 23 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard DeAndre Lansdowne (187-89, college: Fort Lewis) supported him with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL) did not help to save the game for Koeln Rh.Stars. Center Dennis Heinzmann (216-91) added 7 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Arne Woltmann rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hamburg have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Hanau and Koeln Rh.Stars. Hamburg's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Hamburg: R.Camphor 23+4reb+4ast, D.Lansdowne 14+11reb+1ast, A.Canty 13+4reb+4ast, J.Raffington 11+9reb+2ast, E.Wolf 6+7reb, M.Liyanage 6+3reb+1ast
Koeln Rh.Stars: J.Hewitt 17+1ast, A.King 16+6reb+1ast, R.Williams 12+3reb+5ast, H.Robertson 10+6reb+1ast, D.Heinzmann 7+13reb, C.Eversley 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 474229


Kirchheim - MBC 64-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kirchheim. First ranked Mitteldeutscher BC faced 3rd ranked Kirchheim Knights. Guests from Weissenfels (25-3) defeated host Kirchheim Knights (19-9) 81-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. Mitteldeutscher BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. American guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) fired 22 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian power forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists and his fellow American import forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Kirchheim Knights at the other side keep the third place with nine games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Titans (#16) in Dresden in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kirchheim Knights will play on the road against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#14) in Allmendingen and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
MBC: A.Warren 22+2reb+4ast, D.Pantelic 13+6reb+2ast, S.Kerusch 11+4reb+3ast, T.Hinz 9+4reb+1ast, S.Fuelle 9+3reb+1ast, M.Hatten 8+4reb+8ast
Kirchheim: J.Williams 16+4reb+5ast, C.Love 15+11reb+9ast, S.Hinrichs 13+3reb+1ast, A.Kronhardt 9+9reb+1ast, T.Koch 6+4reb+3ast, B.Wenzel 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 474228


Uni Baskets - Hanau 88-63

Everything could happen in Paderborn at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Uni Baskets and 10th ranked White Wings had identical 13-14 record. This time Uni Baskets used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Hanau 88-63. Uni Baskets players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by White Wings' players. The winners were led by American guard Matt Vest (195-92, college: Wright St.) who scored that evening 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and Canadian Nick Tufegdzich (203-92) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Uni Baskets players scored in double figures. Coach Uli Naechster's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Even 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (193-92) did not help to save the game for White Wings. American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) added 13 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Uni Baskets maintains eighth position with 14-14 record. White Wings lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 15 games lost. Uni Baskets' next round opponent will be Koeln Rh.Stars (#10) on the road. White Wings will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Uni Baskets: N.Tufegdzich 17+5reb+2ast, T.Gloger 14+9reb+1ast, M.Kuhle 12+2reb+2ast, M.Vest 11+6reb+9ast, P.Daubner 7+3reb, C.Adams 7+3reb+9ast
Hanau: E.Harris 14+1reb+3ast, T.Joenke 14+8reb+4ast, K.Pinkins 13+10reb+1ast, J.Eichler 8+3reb, B.Sullivan 7, C.von Fintel 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 474227


Nuernberg - Oettinger R. 79-66

We should mention about the upset which took place in Nurnberg, where higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-13) lost to twelfth ranked Nuernberg (11-16) in a road game 66-79. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The other American import point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Nuernberg players scored in double figures. American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 16 points and center Robert Oehle (209-88, agency: Octagon Europe) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nuernberg maintains twelfth position with 11-16 record. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Trier. Nuernberg will play against higher ranked Chemnitz (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against Baunach and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nuernberg: D.Oppland 14+7reb, D.Watkins 13+2reb+4ast, J.Young 13+2reb+2ast, S.Schroeder 13+5reb+1ast, A.Calvin 11+6reb, R.Zinn 6+2ast
Oettinger R.: D.Mitchell 16+2reb+2ast, J.Schmidkunz 11+1reb+1ast, R.Oehle 9+9reb+1ast, D.Watts 8+6reb+2ast, K.Kullamae 7+2reb, J.Parker 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 474226


ETB Wohnbau - Trier 69-61

An interesting game took place in Essen, where higher ranked Gladiators (15-13) lost to fifteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (8-20) in a road game 61-69 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of American Maurice Creek (196-90, college: G.Washington) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who added 16 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Simon Schmitz (188-90) responded with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Johannes Joos (206-95) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ETB Wohnbau maintains fifteenth position with 8-20 record. Loser Gladiators dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Oettinger R.. ETB Wohnbau will meet higher ranked Chemnitz (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gladiators will play against Nuernberg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 16+3reb+1ast, M.Creek 16+6reb, A.Moore 13+1reb+6ast, E.Thompson 9+6reb, J.Lodders 6+4reb, A.Carraway 4+3reb
Trier: S.Schmitz 16+5reb+4ast, J.Joos 7+8reb+1ast, B.Spearman 6+1reb, J.Bucknor 6+3reb+2ast, K.Smit 6+2reb+2ast, K.Dietz 5+4reb
gschID: 474225





Results and Stats from ProB Round 2 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Wuerzburg - Art.Dragons 81-69

Wuerzburg rallied past Artland Dragons to force the decider. Wuerzburg outrebounded Artland Dragons 46-22 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Artland Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Maximilian Ugrai (201-95) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Lukas Wank (198-97) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Wuerzburg players scored in double figures. American forward Gregory Graves (201-93, college: Mt.St.Mary's) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and forward Benjamin Fumey (203-87, college: Valparaiso) added 11 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: M.Barksdale 18+3reb+2ast, M.Ugrai 16+11reb+3ast, G.Voigtmann 11+8reb+1ast, L.Wank 10+10reb+4ast, M.Heckel 9+6reb+1ast, T.Weigl 6+3reb+1ast
Art.Dragons: G.Graves 23+6reb+2ast, B.Fumey 11+2reb+2ast, C.Frazier 9+3ast, M.Rockmann 7+7reb, M.Nwakamma 6, P.Lieser 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 538992


Rist Wedel - Weissenhorn 61-83

Weissenhorn overcame Rist Wedel to sweep the eighth-final series. Weissenhorn Youngstars outrebounded SC Rist Wedel 46-27 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. SC Rist Wedel was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Nils Mittmann (201-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Austrian point guard David Kramer (191-97) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Lithuanian power forward Aurimas Adomaitis (205-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) replied with 8 points and 9 rebounds and Fabian Strauss (193-93) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for SC Rist Wedel. 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:
Weissenhorn: D.Kramer 15+4reb+1ast, N.Mittmann 13+9reb+3ast, M.Omuvwie 13+2reb+1ast, B.Rohwer 9+6reb+3ast, N.Moebus 7+2reb+1ast, T.Pape 6+4reb+1ast
Rist Wedel: D.Cortes Rey 10+1reb+3ast, F.Strauss 9+5reb, M.Huebner 8+2reb+1ast, A.Adomaitis 8+9reb+1ast, L.Kamp 7+2reb+2ast, M.Behr 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 538991


Rostock - Karlsruhe PS 65-77

Karlsruhe PS upset Rostock to advance into the next round of playoffs. Karlsruhe PS had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Swingman Eric Curth (193-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Bill Borekambi (198-92, college: Sequoias CC) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Spanish center Daniel Lopez (206-86) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Jarvis Davis (183-91, college: Gardner-Webb) added 13 points and 6 assists in the effort for Rostock. Rostock's coach Ralf Rehberger tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe PS: E.Curth 23+5reb+2ast, B.Borekambi 12+6reb, D.Jakolis 11+4reb, J.Mampuya 8+6reb+1ast, O.Parker 8+6reb+2ast, J.Talbert 7+2reb+1ast
Rostock: D.Lopez 19+7reb, J.Davis 13+3reb+6ast, L.Buntic 13+5reb, F.Winkler 9, J.Shuler 6+5reb+3ast, I.Slavchev 5+1reb
gschID: 538990


Schalke - Elchingen 76-74

Schalke nipped Elchingen to even the series at 1-1. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) notched 32 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and American-Irish guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) supported him with 22 points. Schalke's coach Raphael Wilder used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 29 points by Canadian swingman Taevaunn Prince (191-91, college: Missouri So.) did not help to save the game for Elchingen. American guard Brandon Lockhart (185-90, college: Drury) added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Schalke: C.Belger 32+6reb+3ast, P.Carney 22+4reb+1ast, L.Weichsel 8+13reb+1ast, T.Szewczyk 5, M.Agyapong 4+6reb+1ast, N.Khartchenkov 2+1ast
Elchingen: T.Prince 29+4reb, B.Lockhart 22+6reb+4ast, K.Kuhn 7+6reb, A.Didovic 7+3reb, B.Butler 6+5reb+2ast, N.Boakye 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 538989


Bochum - Bayer Giants 88-100

Bayer Giants overcame Bochum on the road to move the series into the third game. Bayer Giants made 30-of-35 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. AstroStars were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Kerry Carter (188-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 37 points (!!!), 6 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Brandon Nazione (202-94, college: E.Michigan) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Naturalized American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals and David Feldmann (189-92) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Four Bayer Giants and five AstroStars players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: K.Carter 37+4reb+6ast, B.Nazione 16+6reb+5ast, M.Kuczmann 16+2reb, G.Twiehoff 10+8reb+2ast, T.Schonborn 9+3reb+2ast, O.Legankovas 5+6reb+1ast
Bochum: G.Johnson 27+5reb+11ast, D.Feldmann 12+1reb+4ast, R.Bals 11+3reb+1ast, R.Howard 10+5reb, A.Angerer 10+2reb+1ast, C.Korbi 8+3ast
gschID: 538988


Karlsruhe BG - Oldenburg 70-85

Oldenburg beat Karlsruhe BG to level things up in the series. Oldenburg shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Swingman Lucien Schmikale (194-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. The former international Philip Zwiener (201-85) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Oldenburg players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Shawn Gulley (201-93, college: Temple JC) replied with 17 points and American guard Ricky Easterling (189-83, college: Bridgewater) added 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for BG Karlsruhe.
Top scorers:
Oldenburg: L.Schmikale 22+4reb, P.Zwiener 17+3reb+3ast, M.Kessen 12+3reb, M.Bacak 11+3reb, R.Drijencic 8+5reb, A.Musovic 5+1reb+1ast
Karlsruhe BG: R.Easterling 18+3reb+1ast, S.Gulley 17+4reb+2ast, A.Schmitz 11+2reb+3ast, A.Kazarnovski 8+4reb+2ast, J.Black 8+11reb+1ast, F.Ristau 3+2reb
gschID: 538987


Fraport SKY II - Bernau 76-61

Fraport SKY II toppled Bernau to draw things level in the series. Fraport Skyliners II made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Fraport Skyliners II had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Travis Thompson (185-91, college: Alaska-Anch.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Forward Stefan Ilzhoefer (202-95) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Pierre Bland (188-92, college: IPFW) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and guard Robert Kulawick (192-86) added 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for SSV Lok Bernau. SSV Lok Bernau's coach rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: T.Thompson 23+3reb+1ast, S.Ilzhoefer 15+8reb+3ast, I.Bonga 14+3reb+2ast, G.Zeeb 8+1reb+5ast, J.Knothe 5+6reb+1ast, A.Trtovac 4+2reb
Bernau: P.Bland 14+5reb+3ast, T.Schneider 11+1reb, K.Kovalev 8+1reb+1ast, R.Kulawick 6+6reb+4ast, B.Hundt 6+1ast, J.Hundt 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 538986


FC Bayern II - Iserlohn 85-80

FC Bayern II prolonged the series versus Iserlohn beating those at home court. Karim Jallow (199-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Bosnian point guard Amar Gegic (200-98) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American-Ivorian forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, agency: Dynamics Global Management) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds and guard Kristof Schwarz (186-87, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Iserlohn. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
FC Bayern II: K.Jallow 18+4reb+3ast, T.Korndoerfer 18+3reb+1ast, M.Ogunsipe 12+5reb+3ast, A.Gegic 10+6reb+8ast, G.Beyschlag 9+3reb+2ast, N.Weidemann 8+1reb+2ast
Iserlohn: M.Kone 20+9reb, K.Schwarz 15+3reb+4ast, D.Giddens 11+6reb, T.Harris 10+3reb+1ast, S.Fritze 7+2reb+3ast, Y.Opitz 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 538985





The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Live Another Day Forcing Another Do Or Die Game Beating Lok Bernau 76-61 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Even if they don't want to admit it, guys like Travis Thompson (185-G-91, college: Alaska-Anch.), Garai Zeeb or Konstantin Schubert will never forget the massive one sided drubbing they got last season in the playoffs as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors got hammered by Weissenhorn in game one by 69 points, but for some reason, the club has had a knack of rebounding back from tough situations as they came back strong rebounding from that massacre and winning two do or die games in a row and advancing to the pro B finals where they were swept by Ehingen. This season, they had a do or die game on the last game day beating the Giants Nordlingen in fine fashion as they were led by Isaac Bonga who celebrated his first professional triple double. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors slid into the Pro B playoffs with a 4 game winning streak and a lot of momentum, but that came to a crushing halt as they were brought down to reality as they faced top Pro B north team Lok Bernau losing 75-64. German wunderkind Isaac Bonga was close to another triple double as he finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, but the overall team carelessness with taking care of the ball in the second half set their doom as they coughed up the ball 22 times while Lok Bernau has only 10 turnovers thus giving them 12 extra possessions. It was time for the Fraport Skyliners Juniors to rebound back again as they had another do or die situation, but they were at home in their own Basketball City Mainhatten living room and still had the memory of their big do or die win against the Giants Nordlingen two weeks ago and wanted to force another do or die game in Bernau and did setting the tone of the game early and breaking away in the second quarter and never looked back as the Frankfurt depth was too much for the Lok Bernau depth as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors brushed aside Lok Bernau 76-61. After the match, a content top scorer Travis Thompson was all smiles reminiscing about the big do or die win. 'We came out good early and rebounded well. We moved ball better and Isaac Bonga hit some three's. We were able to stop their run and were able to make our own run. We also hit many timely shots that helped us get this win', stressed Alaska native Travis Thompson. After the loss, 31 year old BBL veteran Robert Kulawick who played 294 games in the BBL showed his role model style carrying the water bottles to the locker room something that usually is reserved for the kids was very disappointed with the performance of his team. 'We slept at the start and didn't have the needed intensity which punished us to the end. I have to compliment my team for the comeback, but it came down to not getting stops and then Frankfurt coming back and hitting a three. I have to compliment Frankfurt for holding us to 61 points. They did a very good job', stressed 2010 Eurochallenge winner Robert Kulawick.

Already in game one in Berlin saw the reunion of two ex Campbellville (NAIA) teammates Rilwan Bakare and Jonas Boehm who played together in the 2011-2012 season and the American got revenge after losing last week end in Berlin. 'It was weird playing him again. After we were teammates and I got cut and at that point, I wasn't sure I would ever play professional basketball. I did finish school and start a professional career, but never thought we would meet again. We battled then in practice and now as opponents. Jonas is a good guy', stressed Rilwan Bakare. The first quarter was a very even affair, but Lok Bernau only had two leads first at 4-3 courtesy of a Pierre Bland lay in, but the Fraport Skyliners Juniors had their offense cooking early as they got everyone involved as young German Armin Trtovac scored in bunches barreling his way to the hoop in traffic connecting twice, 20 year old perfect German role player Jamine Knothe nailed home a trey and Chicago native Rilwan Bakare made a hook shot as Frankfurt led 12-7. Lok Bernau then had their first real good offensive run going on a 7-0 run to get their second and last lead of the game at 14-12. In the run, they got good production from Parker-Rivera with free throws, a trey from Florida native Pierre Bland and a runner from the wing from ex Giessen 46er Konstantin Kovalev. However basketball is and will always be a game of runs as Frankfurt closed out the first frame with a 7-0 run as they got all their points from 17 year old 205cm point guard Isaac Bonga who nailed free throws, dropped a trey and made a pretty left handed lay in as Frankfurt led 19-16. 'We came out strong and knew that we had to be ready as they are a very good team that have good players at every position. We rebounded very well which helped us though out the game', stressed Travis Thompson. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 58% from the field and 33% from outside while Lok Bernau was shooting 26% from the field and 13% from outside. Frankfurt had the 11-7 rebound edge, but six turnovers while Lok Bernau had two turnovers.

In the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors started to break away as they started to move the ball better and suddenly found more open shots against the once very aggressive defense. German Tim Oldenburg got Frankfurt on the board first with a back door lay in as German Garai Zeeb once again presented his keen eye for the teammate with the perfect feed. Frankfurt continued to produce on offense as Bonga continued to have the hot hand from the parking lot as he connected for two trey's and Stefan Ilzhoefer made a floater for the Frankfurt 29-20 advantage. Frankfurt then went on a 10-3run totally breaking open the game as they extended their lead to 39-23. Everything was falling in for Frankfurt as they had that ST Patricks Day luck while for Lok Bernau, they were suffering easy misses and more in and out's than head coach Rene Schilling wanted. In the run, Frankfurt was led by Travis Thompson who nailed two three's and had a lay in on the fast break as Bonga fed him with the pretty no look pass. Ilzhoefer presented the spectators with an acrobatic submarine lay in high off the glass that was the shot of the night. Lok Bernau rode into the break with buckets from German Robert Glockner and Kovalev, but Frankfurt led 42-27. 'They weren't switching as well anymore and we were able to move the ball better. We also got some three's from Bonga. He has spent extra time in the gym and has become a real option for us from outside', stressed Travis Thompson. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting an overwhelming 62% from the field and 47% form the three point line while Lok Bernau was shooting 28% from the field and 15% from the three point line. Frankfurt led the rebound battle 19-14, but had 10 turnovers while Lok Bernau had six turnovers.

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors defense rattled Lok Bernau in the first minutes of the thid quarter, but they came back going on a run and getting back into the game. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors came into the third quarter upping their defensive to an aggressive form that didn't suit Lok Bernau as they were denied in their first 7 possessions, but the guests didn't play too bad defense either as they stopped Frankfurt 5 times, but allowed a trey to Thompson and a runner to Ilzhoefer that gave Lok Bernau their biggest deficit of the night at 47-27. However Lok Bernau recovered well and got back into the game going on a crushing 13-3 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 51-40. The run was started and sparked by 18 year old German guard Bennet Hundt from the bench who drilled home back to back trey's which was followed by a Parker-Rivera lay in. German big man Tim Schneider also supplied a three point bomb and alley-op tap in which was given from ex Braunschweig guard Robert Kulawick. Kulawick then had German Nino Valentic jumping up from the bench as he dropped a three as Frankfurt led by only 11 points. Thompson made a runner in the last seconds as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors led 53-41 after three quarters. 'They have a good team and eventually they were going to make a run. We did a good job standing our ground and we made ours. We have many young guys, but they are mature enough and we were able to hold their run and make ours', added Travis Thompson. 'We tried to pressure at the start of the third, but they carried their momentum over from the second quarter. We just stuck with them and came back step by step', said Robert Kulawick. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 51% from the field and 41% from the parking lot while Lok Bernau was shooting 29% from the field and 24% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 29-27 rebound edge, but 14 turnovers while Lok Bernau had eight turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, Lok Bernau cut the Frankfurt lead down to as much as five, but couldn't get consistent stops on defense to annoy Frankfurt any more. Lok Bernau got the ball rolling with a 7-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 55-48. A big Kovalev step back trey from the corner at the shot clock buzzer got Lok Bernau the needed self confidence to continue to score on offense, but a Thompson trey didn't hamper them on offense as they went on a vicious 5-0 as Bennet Hundt connected again from downtown and then they used their big weapon their fast break game as Bland fed Schneider for the huge two handed stuff. However then as so often has been the case this season, Frankfurt relied on their potent team basketball as they just wore down their guests going on a 8-2 run to extend their lead to 66-55. In the run, they got two deadly three pointers from Zeeb and Ilzhoefer. It didn't help that Lok Bernau got their fifth team foul which put them at the penalty and Frankfurt closed out the game with free throws from Zeeb, Thompson and Bonga held their nerves and made their free throws. 'We hit timely shots and closed out the game at the free throw line. We did a good job closing the lane with our bodies', expressed Travis Thompson. 'Frankfurt played a great game. They didn't let us play our game. Even when we cut the lead down to five in the fourth, they hit big shot after big shot to help them excel', added Timajh Parker-Rivera. Now it comes down to a do or die game in Bernau Tuesday. The question is how complete will the Fraport Skyliners Juniors be in terms of how many BBL license players will make the trip up north. For Robert Kulawick, it won't matter who comes, they will be ready. 'We have to play with more energy. We will prepare for as if all will be on board. We have to use our home court advantage', warned Robert Kulawick. 'For Frankfurt, it will be a game to see if they can survive the Lok Bernau home court. 'We are the eighth seed and have no expectations. The pressure will be on them', stressed Travis Thompson. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Travis Thompson with 23 points. Stefan Ilzhoefer produced 15 points while Isaac Bonga added 14 points. Lok Bernau was led by Pierre Bland with 14 points while Tim Schneider added 11 points. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 50% from the field and 415 from outside while Lok Bernau shot 32% from the field and 25% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 38-34, but coughed up the ball 19 times while Lok Bernau did 10 times.



The Fraport Skyliners Heat Up In The 4th For Chris Williams Disposing BG Goettingen 81-67 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

If one would have spontaneously asked Fraport Skyliner Quantez Robertson if the numbers 34 and 35 had any special mathematical meaning, the ex Auburn star would probably have given his typical Tez smirk and replied, 'were those some of the most points that NCAA teams won by in the first round of March Madness'? Actually Robertson was involved with one of these numbers last weekend. Last weekend it was a story of two tales concerning the basketball fate of the Fraport Skyliners and BG Goettingen as one team destroyed their opponent while the other team stunk up the building. 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen got severely rattled at home 101-66 to this season's big surprise team medi Bayreuth as the Bavarian team had five players scoring in double figures and Americans Demon Brooks and Joseph Lewis combined for 43 points as the club won the rebound duel and dominated in the paint shooting at a high percentage. The Fraport Skyliners on the other hand rebounded from a bitter loss in Ludwigsburg manhandling the Basket Lowen Braunschweig 92-56 as they led from the get go never looked back as the club was led by Shawn Huff with 17 points and Quantez Robertson and Shavon Shields added 16 points apiece. Frankfurt dominated the rebounds and spread the ball around the way a team led by Gordon Herbert should. One hot team Frankfurt was meeting cold team BG Goettingen, and the Fraport Skyliners were able to get revenge from their loss in Goettingen earlier in the season as they had a strong fourth quarter disposing of BG Goettingen 81-67. After any game in Frankfurt it is customary for the players of Frankfurt to sign autographes for the fans and after 15 minutes the last two Americans left were Quantez Robertson and Mike Morrison who were joking around and were in such good spirits that they could easily moonlight with their own sitcom once their playing days are over. 'Having a sitcom would be fun. I would be beating up Mike all the time. All Mike is doing on road trips is eating and drinking juice. Sometimes I just need to get away from him', joked Quantez Robertson. However when talk came about the two numbers 35 and 34, the Ohio native joked that math wasn't his strong suit in school. 'I wasn't good at math. From those two numbers you mentioned, I remember 34 being my old baseball jersey in school and 35 was just out there', smiled Quantez Robertson.

Even if there was a game to be played, Skyliner fans of old had one thing on their mind and that was Skyliner legend Chris Williams who had surprisingly passed away four days ago at only the age of 36 due to blood clotting to the heart. Williams played only two years with the Skyliners, but in those two years was instrumental in the team winning a their only league title to date in 2004 and reaching a league final in 2005. He belonged to the top power forwards in the BBL and was named league MVP. He also will be remembered as possibly being the best player in the history of the organization. The club organized a minute of silence before the tip off and there was one person who was extremely sad and probably had millions of thoughts flowing through his mind in that minute which probably felt like 10 minutes. That person was Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert who had coached Williams for one season and remembered the Alabama native very well despite having coached him 13 years ago. 'I was thinking about the kind of person he was. He was a great teammate and was very sociable. His death really shocked me. His death made me realize just how short life can be. I still remember exactly where he was on the floor when he made that amazing cross over dribble and dunked the ball in the final. Tyrone Ellis helped him become a better professional and taught him how to build his career better', stressed head coach Gordon Herbert. Fraport Skyliner guard AJ English was pleased about the win knowing that coach Herbert wanted a better performance in the second half, but at the same time shocked how quickly a life can end when confronted with the Chris Williams death. 'Alex Ruoff kept them in the game. He hit some difficult shots. I remember watching him as a kid when he was at West Virginia. We stepped it up in the fourth quarter, got defensive stops and kept moving the ball and made shots. We started slow, but picked it up in the fourth quarter. I saw Williams face the last days as there was a lot of talk, but didn't know who he was. It is very sad how he died. I know the feeling as I have lost guys like that. For BG Goettingen it has been a tough season and after being destroyed at home by medi Bayreuth last weekend, they stayed with Frankfurt for 30 minutes, but lost control of their energy in the fourth quarter. 'We ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. Frankfurt made a big run and on defense they pressured us much and we turned the ball over too much and made everything uncomfortable for us. That was a very sad story with Chris Williams. His sudden death puts life and basketball in perspective. It's not always about winning and losing', stressed BG Goettingen forward Adam Waleskowski.

4,200 people were in the Fraport arena on a mild day and witnessed a horrible start by the Fraport Skyliners who were without Germans Niklas Kiel and Max Merz as they fell behind quickly 8-0 as they couldn't match the intensity of BG Goettingen. In the run, the 2010 Eurochallenge winner got buckets from ex Florida State (NCAA) forward Adam Waleskowski from the parking lot, a lay in from ex Northeastern (NCAA) center Scott Eatherton who got the perfect lob pass from Ruoff, and a trey from Dutch national player Leon Williams. After being stumped on their first three offensive possessions by BG Goettingen, Frankfurt finally got on the board as Florida native Mike Morrison made a running hook shot. Frankfurt found a rhythm on offense as Robertson got a tip in and Finish national player Shawn Huff produced two mid distance jumpers and suddenly Frankfurt trailed only 11-8. BG Goettingen kept the lead and kept executing on offense as ex Wichita St (NCAA) forward Darius Carter found some daylight in the paint making a huge one hand dunk and Williams made his bread and butter mid distance shot as BG Goettingen led 15-11. After an AJ English trey, BG Goettingen continued to score even if their shots were difficult as Williams and Ruoff made shots in the lane as BG Goettingen led 19-12.Frankfurt closed out the first quarter strong going on a 6-2 run to trail 21-18 after 10 minutes. Frankfurt got to the line as Robertson and Shavon Shields scored and German Stefan Ilzhoefer nailed a trey. 'I think that Frankfurt might have had some back lash form the Gala last night as they started off slow. BG Goettingen started with a lot of intensity and played good inside out basketball and took advantage of the mismatches. AJ English came in and Frankfurt came back and Shawn Huff just did everything right when he was on the floor'; stressed Fraport Skyliner youth coach Igor Starcevic. BG Goettingen was shooting 53% from the field and 67% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 33% from outside. Frankfurt had the 10-7 rebound edge, but two turnovers while BG Goettingen had one turnover.

In the second quarter there were five lead changes, but Frankfurt had the lead going into half-time. Both teams started off sluggish, but it was Alex Ruoff who continued to dazzle everyone with his difficult shot selection and deadly accuracy as he made two very tough shots in traffic keeping Frankfurt at bay as BG Goettingen led 25-21. Frankfurt then went on a 5-0 run to get their first lead of the day 26-25 as American Kwame Vaughn (190-G-90, college: CS Fullerton) made a runner and Stefan Ilzhoefer made his second trey of the game. After the game, he was more than content with his six points, three assists and two rebounds in 19 minutes. 'I was a little tired from the Pro B game last night. I knew that I would play and went easy into the game. Coach always stresses taking shots and I do. I got some good looks and made my shots. I have confidence, but I first need to do my job on defense and the offense will come by it's self', stressed Stefan ilzhoefer. Ilzhoefer teammate AJ English started to beam when he heard the German's name. 'He had been injured for a while, but he has all the tools for his size. I always tell him when he is open to shoot. I would even pass up a shot for him, but I would do that for anyone who had a better look. Well maybe not if Mike Morrison was behind the three', smiled AJ English. Both teams then traded the lead as Huff and Ruoff traded buckets as BG Goettingen led 32-31. Morrison then executed on a left handed hook shot as Frankfurt grabbed back the lead 33-32 and would never look trail again in the contest. BG Goettingen stayed on their heels as ex Walter Tiger Tuebingen guard and Williams scored, but Shields and Vaughn also connected inside as Frankfurt led 41-36 at the break. 'Ilzhoefer played with a lot of confidence and BG Goettingen continued to hit very difficult shots despite Frankfurt's solid defense', added Igor Starcevic. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 45% from the three point line while BG Goettingen was shooting 50% from the field and 50% from the three point line. BG Goettingen had the 17-15 rebound edge, but six turnovers while Frankfurt had five turnovers.

In the third quarter the Fraport Skyliners played with more confidence and upped their lead, but were unable to hold it as BG Goettingen made a run at the end. Frankfurt started strong going on a 7-0 run to get their biggest lead of the game at 48-38. In the run, the club got a hard dunk from Morrison as Vaughn supplied him the bait, Shields dropped a trey and Mahir Agva connected over the double team. Ex Gonzaga (NCAA) sniper Matis Monnighof scored in bunches, but Vaughn snuck inside as Morrison fed him a perfect pass from the high post as Frankfurt led 53-44. BG Goettingen then caught Frankfurt off guard going on a timely 8-0 run to cut their deficit to 53-52 after 30 minutes. In the run, BG Goettingen got big support from four different players as ex Phoenix Hagen guard Malte Schwatz nailed an open 20 footer from the wing, Sanders supplied Carter with a pass off the penetration which he buried inside, Sanders then sped to the hole as Frankfurt supplied nonexistent one on one defense and Waleskowski scooped down an offense rebound and finished with a turnaround shot. 'Basketball is a game of runs and they had theirs at the end and they executed well', stressed AJ English. 'We defended better in that run and caused some turnovers, knocked down shots and Darius Carter supplied important energy from the bench', added Adam Waleskowski. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 46% from the field and 35% from the parking lot while BG Goettingen was shooting 46% from the field and 43% from the parking lot. BG Goettingen had the 26-21 rebound edge and nine turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners dominated as BG Goettingen looked like a team about three classes behind Frankfurt. The Fraport Skyliners exploded going on a 21-4 run to decide the game leading 74-56. Frankfurt stopped BG Goettingen's first four possessions and got seven points out of it as Shields made a step back shot, English a lay in and Robertson heaved home a trey as Frankfurt led 62-52. BG Goettingen then got on the board as Williams made a lay in in traffic. However Frankfurt kept their offensive explosion in tact going on a 12-2 run to lead 74-56. In the run, it was Shields and Morrison who scored in buckets suppling the offensive power. Shields owned the paint making a lay in and elegant floater while Morrison let out the beast in him making a lay in and massive two handed dunk. BG Goettingen had non existent defense inside as Vaughn and English continued the onslaught with two buckets near the rim. The game was decided with three minutes to play. BG Goettingen did get some better offensive production down the stretch as Schwarz and Carter nailed three's and Eatherton who was controlled well for the most part by Frankfurt made a lay in, but Frankfurt didn't let up and continued to execute as Vaughn drilled home a trey and scored inside as Frankfurt led 79-64. With 1.19 to play Germans Isaac Bonga and Garai Zeeb were inserted. Carter and Huff put the finishing touches on an average Sunday afternoon basketball game, but fans were treated with some entertaining baskets throughout the contest. 'We did a good job getting offensive rebounds in the fourth and knocking down shots', added Quantez Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Americans Kwame Vaughn, AJ English and Shavon Shields who supplied 15 points apiece. Mike Morrison added 10 points. BG Goettingen was led by Alex Ruoff and Darius Carter with 12 points apiece and Leon Williams had 11 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 51% from the field and 35% from outside while BG Goettingen shot 47% from the field and 47% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 33-29 and had only eight turnovers while BG Goettingen coughed up the ball 13 times.




Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners Cruise Past The Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC 80-70 in NBBL Playoff Action - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Now is a very special month in the States concerning college basketball as it is the time of the year where March Madness takes over and fans are transformed into a special world where players are made into hero's, some unknown teams create their own special Cinderella stories and upsets are always present as Duke recently was kicked out with the winner being crowned at the start of April in Phoenix. But also in Germany is March a very special time for youth basketball as the NBBL playoffs begin and teams battle for the ticket to the Final 4 at the end of May in Frankfurt and where upsets are also not uncommon as defending champion Breitengussbach lost their first game getting hammered by ratiopharm Ulm 82-58. In Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurrt/Fraport Skyliners started their mission to reach the NBBL top 4 on their home base in the 5,004 seat Fraport arena as they came into the playoffs with a 11-3 record in third place while the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons finished with a record of 12-4. There are no real easy opponents in the NBBL playoffs and Eintracht Frankfurt knew that they would be facing a sound defensive team with Nurnberg as they had relinquished 70 points or less in 10 games while Frankfurt did 9 times. After an offensive first quarter, both teams settled down on the defensive end and the game was even for three quarters, but in the fourth quarter the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC ran out of gas as the depth and fire power of Comso Gruehn and Isaac Bonga was too much for the Bavarian team as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners won 80-70. 'We knew that it wouldn't be an easy task. We played very well and got the needed support from the bench. We know that whenever the clock is down and we need a basket, we can rely on Isaac Bonga to making the shot. He has improved his three pointer the last weeks. He has been practicing his shot extra hard the last weeks and is a motivation for all of us to want to get our chances and produce like he does', stressed ex USC Freiburg forward Cosmo Gruehn (202-C-98).

Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners didn't waste any time jumping on the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC racing out on a crushing 11-0 run as the Bavarian assistant coach and former Ehingen coaching legend Ralph Junge was still staying calm, but must have been fuming inside. In the run, Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were led by three three pointers from Cosmo Gruehn, Isaac Bonga and Oliver Babitsch. Not only did Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners find their groove and make their mark early from outside, but the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC also started to heat up as point guard Nils Hassfurther and forward Pal Ghotra connected from downtown cutting the Frankfurt lead to 14-6. Moritz Sanders who also is active in the Pro A averaging 7,2ppg and scorched Dresden for 17 points also helped the Bavarian team in their 10-3 run with a lay in as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners suddenly led only 14-10. However the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners three point bombs continued as 16 year old quick guard Alvin Onyia nailed a trey. The Nurnberg side had their offense rolling and responded with a timely 5-0 run as Hassfuerter scored inside and Manuel Feuerpfeil dropped a trey cutting the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 17-14. However the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners slick duo of Bonga/Gruehn were a three point wrecking crew hitting from outside extending the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 23-16. Gruehn ended the first quarter with a lay in and free throw as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners led 26-20. 'I think that they were nervous, but so were we in a way. Whenever we see a new team, we want to set a good first impression and we did that with our 11-0 start. We caught them flat footed and we shot well', stressed Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners forward Cosmo Gruehn. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was shooting 57% from the field and 70% from outside while the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC were shooting 50% from the field and 50% from outside. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had the 7/6 rebound advantage and two turnovers while the guests had one turnover.

The second quarter was a battle as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had the lead, but the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC were closer on their doorstep than the hungriest kid on Halloween. It is always a thrill to see the young kids making amazing plays or passes something that Isaac Bonga has been doing all season long, but Nurnberg Matthew Meredith also has learned how to feed spectacular passes as he made a pretty no look pass to 17 year od 200cm forward Ben Gahlert for the first bucket of the second quarter. That first bucket inspired the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC for two more baskets to dead lock the contest at 26-26 as Hassfuerter scored on a jumper and Meredith snuck inside for a quick reverse lay up. Gruehn and Sanders then traded trey's and the Bavarian team then caught Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners a bit flat footed as they upped their defense and suddenly made life for the home team better and rode out on a 8-2 run to get their biggest lead of the game at 37-31. In the run, Nurnberg spread the ball around well as Ghotra, Hassenfuerter, and Feuerpfeil scored. It also didn't help Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners that German Oliver Babitsch was disqualified from the game. However Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were cautious and didn't allow the guests to get away any more as they closed out the second quarter with a 10-5 run to trail 42-41 at the break. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got vital production from Bonga and Niklas Pons who dropped three's and a lay in by Gruehn. 'We had problems under the basket. Nurnberg is a good team and it was clear that they would come back. Basketball is a game of runs and we had ours late', added Cosmo Gruehn. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 38% from the field and 53% from the three point line while the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC shot 58% from the field and 57% from the three point line. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had the 17-15 rebound edge and five turnovers while Nurnberg had seven turnovers.

In the third quarter the game remained tight as one could see that playoff atmosphere and focus as offense took a back seat and both teams started to concentrate again more on defense. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners regained the lead after their potent offensive duo of Bonga/Gruehn nailed three's again giving Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners the 47-44 advantage. However Nurnberg's Hassfuerter continued to produce as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had done a good containing Moritz Sanders with a trey to dead lock the game 47-47. Then both teams went on massive runs as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners started with a 10 -0 run to extend their lead to 56-47 as Bonga scored in buckets with a lay in and floater, Gruehn made a tip in and little used 17 year old Dennis Maclab came up big dropping a trey. However the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC weren't impressed and slapped Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners back going on their very own 12-1 run to steal back the lead at 59-57. In the run, the Bavarian squad got key input from Hassfuerter again as he was their go to guy in game one as he connected on a trey and a 15 footer, Meredith hit a three, Ghotra scored inside and 18 year old 207cm center Tim Handt spun his way to the hoop for two. However Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had the last laugh as Gruehn nailed another trey as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners led 60-59 after 30 minutes. 'It went back and forth with runs. Hassfuerter took over as we took Sanders better out of the game', stressed Cosmo Gruehn. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 41% from the field and 52% from the parking lot while the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC shot 51% from the field and 50% from the parking lot. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had the 28-24 rebound lead and both teams had 10 turnovers a piece.

Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners kept the lead and never gave it up again as the Igeko Falcons Nurnberg BC fought back, but the depth and fire power from the bench was too much for the Bavarian side. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners took off in the first few minutes wearing down the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC going on a massive 10-2 run to extend their lead to 70-61 lead. It was Bonga leading the charge as he nailed his fifth trey of the game and later in the run scored in the paint. The club also got huge support from their bench as Leon Pullen scored inside after getting the no look pass from Bonga and 16 year old little used German Aris Letsios used his extreme quickness catching Nurnberg off guard with a fast sprint to the hoop. Pons also exploited the paint area with his quickness scoring easily. Hassfuerter who took 16 shots on the day cut the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 70-64 with a bomb from outside, but the Bavarian side were unable to get consistent stops in crunch time as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to lay it on the line getting solid production from their bench as Oniya scored. However Gruehn and Bonga closed the door on the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC as they combined for 7 points as the ex Freiburg player hit a trey and the wunderkind Bonga hit a pull up and made a lay in extending the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 79-68. Ghotra and Gruehn closed out the game with free throws. 'Our bench was big today. Guys like Oniya and Letsios scored when we needed it. It is good that our bench see what we starters do and aren't scared to step up and contribute also', warned Cosmo Gruehn. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was led by Cosmo Gruehn with 31 points and 12 rebounds while Isaac Bonga had 26 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. The Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC were led by Nils Hassfuerter with 24 points. Pal Ghotra had 11 points and Moritz sanders added 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 45% from the field and 52% from outside while the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC shot 46% from the field and 45% from outside. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners won the rebound battle 40-27, but had 15 turnovers while the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC had 14 turnovers.




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B Round 23 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most shocking disappointment of round 23 was a home defeat of second-ranked Papagou (15-8) to fourth ranked Marousi (16-7) 72-61. It was a key game for the second position in South. Marousi moved-up to second place in South, which they share with Panerythraikos. Papagou at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Koropi. Marousi is looking forward to face Tritonas S. (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Papagou's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
Sixth-ranked Ermis Lagkada (12-11) gave a tough game to third ranked Ermis Agias (17-6). Ermis Agias managed to secure only one-point victory 76-75. However their fans expected easier game. Ermis Agias have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in North, which they share with Karditsas. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Anatolia and Stratoni. Ermis Agias will play against Anatolia (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ermis Lagkada will play against the league's leader Kastoria and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Koropi (15-8) against sixth ranked Ionikos Nikaias (14-9) on Sunday night. Host Koropi was defeated by Ionikos Nikaias in 83-73. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ionikos Nikaias. They maintain sixth place in South with 14-9 record. Loser Koropi dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Papagou. Ionikos Nikaias will meet at home Mandraikos (#8) in the next round. Koropi will play against Ergotelis (#14) and hope to secure a win.
B League top team - Kastoria (22-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixteenth ranked Aias Evosmou (4-19) 72-64. The victory was the seventeenth consecutive win for Kastoria. They maintain first place in North with 22-1 record. Aias Evosmou lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Kastoria's next round opponent will be Ermis Lagkada (#6) in Lagadas which should be theoretically an easy game. Aias Evosmou will play at home against Periko/Arhelaos (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
B League top team - Peristeri GS (19-4) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Zografou (10-13) 78-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zografou. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Peristeri GS. They maintain first place in South with 19-4 record. Newly promoted Zografou keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Papagou.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23:
In North Agriniou lost to Xanthis on the opponent's court 68-75. Stratoni managed to outperform Polygirou in a home game 83-79. Evropi recorded a loss to Filippos Veroias on the road 83-72. Karditsas crushed HANTH on its own court 76-56. Anatolia was beaten by Charilaos TM in a road game 85-72. Periko/Arhelaos won against Gefyra at home 81-67.
In South Ergotelis unfortunately lost to Tritonas S. on the opponent's court 73-77. Mandraikos recorded a loss to Panerythraikos in a home game 71-80. KAP defeated Apollon Sm. on the road 75-67. Proteas V. beat Nea Kifisia on its own court 70-67. Panelefsiniakos was destroyed by Kronos AD in a road game 81-62.

North
Xanthis - Agriniou 75-68

There was an upset when higher ranked Agriniou (13-10) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Xanthis (11-12) 75-68 on Sunday. Newly promoted Xanthis maintains ninth place in North with 11-12 record, which they share with Charilaos TM. Loser Agriniou dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Xanthis will face Polygirou (#15) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Agriniou will play against the league's second-placed Karditsas (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
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Stratoni - Polygirou 83-79

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Stratoni (12-11) defeated at home 14th ranked Polygirou (7-16) 83-79 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Stratoni moved-up to sixth place in North, which they share with Anatolia and Ermis Lagkada. Polygirou lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Stratoni will face higher ranked Evropi (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Polygirou will play against Xanthis (#9) and hope to win that game.
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Filippos Veroias - Evropi 83-72

There was an upset when 4th placed Evropi (13-10) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Filippos Veroias (8-15) 83-72 on Sunday. Filippos Veroias moved-up to twelfth place in North, which they share with HANTH. Newly promoted Evropi keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Filippos Veroias will face higher ranked Gefyra (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Evropi will play against Stratoni (#8) and hope to win that game.
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Karditsas - HANTH 76-56

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Karditsas (17-6) outscored at home 12th ranked HANTH (8-15) 76-56 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Karditsas. Newly promoted Karditsas maintains second place in North with 17-6 record having five points less than leader Kastoria, which they share with Ermis Agias. HANTH at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Karditsas will face Agriniou (#5) in the next round. HANTH will play against Charilaos TM (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Charilaos TM - Anatolia 85-72

There was an upset when higher ranked Anatolia (12-11) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Charilaos TM (11-12) 85-72 on Sunday. Charilaos TM moved-up to ninth place in North, which they share with Xanthis. Loser Anatolia dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Charilaos TM will face HANTH (#13) in the next round.
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Ermis Agias - Ermis Lagkada 76-75

Sixth-ranked Ermis Lagkada (12-11) gave a tough game to third ranked Ermis Agias (17-6). Ermis Agias managed to secure only one-point victory 76-75. However their fans expected easier game. Ermis Agias have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in North, which they share with Karditsas. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Anatolia and Stratoni. Ermis Agias will play against Anatolia (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ermis Lagkada will play against the league's leader Kastoria and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Kastoria - Aias Evosmou 72-64

B League top team - Kastoria (22-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixteenth ranked Aias Evosmou (4-19) 72-64. The victory was the seventeenth consecutive win for Kastoria. They maintain first place in North with 22-1 record. Aias Evosmou lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Kastoria's next round opponent will be Ermis Lagkada (#6) in Lagadas which should be theoretically an easy game. Aias Evosmou will play at home against Periko/Arhelaos (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Periko/Arhelaos - Gefyra 81-67

There was a surprise result in Perikos where fifteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (7-16) won against higher ranked Gefyra (10-13) 81-67 on Sunday. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to fourteenth place in North, which they share with Polygirou. Gefyra lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will face Aias Evosmou (#16) on the road in the next round.
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South
Koropi - Ionikos Nikaias 73-83

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Koropi (15-8) against sixth ranked Ionikos Nikaias (14-9) on Sunday night. Host Koropi was defeated by Ionikos Nikaias in 83-73. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ionikos Nikaias. They maintain sixth place in South with 14-9 record. Loser Koropi dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Papagou. Ionikos Nikaias will meet at home Mandraikos (#8) in the next round. Koropi will play against Ergotelis (#14) and hope to secure a win.
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Tritonas S. - Ergotelis 77-73

Very expected game when 14th ranked Ergotelis (7-16) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Tritonas S. (11-12) 77-73 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Tritonas S. moved-up to ninth place in South, which they share with Nea Kifisia. Ergotelis lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Tritonas S. will face higher ranked Marousi (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ergotelis will play against Koropi (#5) and hope to win that game.
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Mandraikos - Panerythraikos 71-80

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Panerythraikos (16-7) defeated on the road 8th ranked Mandraikos (12-11) 80-71 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Panerythraikos. They moved-up to second place in South, which they share with Marousi. Newly promoted Mandraikos keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Panerythraikos will face Apollon Sm. (#15) in Smyrnis in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mandraikos will play on the road against Ionikos Nikaias (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Papagou - Marousi 61-72

The most shocking disappointment of round 23 was a home defeat of second-ranked Papagou (15-8) to fourth ranked Marousi (16-7) 72-61. It was a key game for the second position in South. Marousi moved-up to second place in South, which they share with Panerythraikos. Papagou at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Koropi. Marousi is looking forward to face Tritonas S. (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Papagou's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
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Apollon Sm. - KAP 67-75

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Smyrnis where 15th ranked Apollon Sm. (4-19) was defeated by sixteenth ranked KAP (3-20) 75-67 on Sunday. Newly promoted KAP maintains sixteenth place in South with 3-20 record. Apollon Sm. lost their eleventh game in a row. Apollon Sm. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. KAP will face higher ranked Proteas V. (#13) in Voulas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
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Proteas V. - Nea Kifisia 70-67

There was a surprise result in Voulas where thirteenth ranked Proteas V. (9-14) edged higher ranked Nea Kifisia (11-12) 70-67 on Sunday. Proteas V. moved-up to twelfth place in South, which they share with Kronos AD. Loser Nea Kifisia keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Proteas V. will face KAP (#16) in Paraskevis in the next round.
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Kronos AD - Panelefsiniakos 81-62

There was an upset when higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (13-10) was outplayed on the road by twelfth ranked Kronos AD (9-14) 81-62 on Sunday. Kronos AD maintains twelfth place in South with 9-14 record, which they share with Proteas V. Loser Panelefsiniakos keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Kronos AD will face higher ranked Nea Kifisia (#9) in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
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Zografou - Peristeri GS 66-78

B League top team - Peristeri GS (19-4) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Zografou (10-13) 78-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zografou. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Peristeri GS. They maintain first place in South with 19-4 record. Newly promoted Zografou keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Papagou.
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Macheras' 17 points and 8 rebounds give him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old center Kostas Macheras (205-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ethnikos and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 17 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Ethnikos in his team's victory, helping them to beat Doxa Pefkon (#11, 8-14) 86-80. Ethnikos maintains the 6th position in Greek A2. Ethnikos is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-10 record. Macheras turned to be Ethnikos' top player in his first season with the team. Macheras has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.6ppg) and averages solid 63.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Grigoris Ralatos (202-F-86) of Pagrati. He is a forward in his first season at Pagrati. In the last game Ralatos recorded impressive 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Pagrati lost that game 80-87 to the higher-ranked Irakleio (#13, 6-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Pagrati is still at the dead bottom 16th position. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Pagrati managed to get this year. Ralatos is a newcomer at Pagrati and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Pagrati's star - forward Kostas Ezomo (201-F-89). Ezomo scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Ezomo's great performance Pagrati lost 80-87 to the higher-ranked Irakleio (#13, 6-15). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Pagrati can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-20 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ezomo he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ezomo has a very solid season. In 21 games in Greece he scored 4.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikolaos Diplaros (190-G-97) of Doxa Pefkon - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) of Iraklis - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-G-91) of Amyntas Dafnis - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) of Doukas - 21 points and 6 rebounds
8. Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-F-85) of Psychiko - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nikos Liakopoulos (188-PG-83) of Faros - 19 points and 7 assists
10. Guillem Rubio (202-C-82) of Doukas - 13 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)



Greek A1 round 22 best performance: Ioannis Bourousis - by Eurobasket News

International Center Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Panathinaikos, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Lavrio (#9, 8-14) with 21-point margin 85-64. Panathinaikos maintains the 2nd position in Greek A1. Panathinaikos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 21-1. In the team's last game Bourousis had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ioannis Bourousis averages this season 10.6ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Will Cummings (188-G-92) of Aris. Cummings had a very good evening with 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Aris was edged by Kolossos HH (12-10) 85-84. Aris managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 12-10 record is not bad at all. Cummings is a newcomer at Aris, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.6ppg (#5). He also recorded 3.2 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) of AEK Athens (#3). Mavrokefalidis showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of AEK Athens, leading his team to a 89-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Koroivos (#11, 7-15). AEK Athens needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 5 lost games. Mavrokefalidis has a very solid season. In 4 games in Greece he scored 11.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. McKenzie Moore (198-G-92) of Promitheas - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Tadija Dragicevic (206-F/C-86) of Aris - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90) of PAOK - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Walter Lemon Jr. (190-G-92) of AGOR - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Alex Harris (196-G-86) of Doxa Lefkadas - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-SF-92) of PAOK - 15 points and 8 rebounds
10. Dusan Sakota (210-SF-86) of AEK Athens - 18 points, 3 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)



The Flexx Pistoia adds Jenkins to their roster, ex Aris - by Eurobasket News

The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) added to their roster 31-year old American shooting guard Michael Jenkins (193-84kg-86, college: Winthrop). He started the season at Aris in Greek A1 league. In 19 games he recorded 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg this season. Jenkins helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 17 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. The last season Jenkins played at Turk Telekom in Turkish BSL. In 17 games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game 3-Point Contest. Jenkins also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 12.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg.
In 2008 Jenkins was drafted by Albany Patroons (CBA) as #1 pick overall.
He attended Winthrop University and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Jenkins has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Italian Lega Due in 2013. Jenkins was also voted All-Big South Conference 2nd Team back in 2008 at his college time.
Jenkins is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Liege Basket), Bosnia, Germany (Walter Tigers), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder), Montenegro (Buducnost), Italy (Brescia), CBA (Albany P.), D-League (Oklahoma City Blue) and Turkey (Istanbul BBSK).
The scouts decsribe him following way: The classic "combo guard" who can do very well at European level. He''s is a good scorer and has enough court vision and passing skills to spend time at the point.

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Jeter's 23 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Lance Jeter (191-PG-88) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Groningen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 23 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Groningen in his team's victory, helping them to beat Amsterdam (#7, 7-17) 81-73. It allowed Groningen to consolidate first place in the Dutch league. Groningen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 22-2. In the team's last game Jeter had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Groningen's top player in his first season with the team. University of Nebraska graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jeter is league's best passer with 6.4apg. Jeter is in league's top in and averages solid 54.8% FGP and 43.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Greg Mays (203-F-93, agency: Court Side) of Rotterdam. He is American forward in his first season at Rotterdam. In the last game Mays recorded impressive 31 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Rotterdam to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Weert (#8, 3-21) 83-61. Rotterdam's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-13 record. Mays is one of the most experienced players at Rotterdam and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Clayton Vette (202-C-88) of league's second-best Zwolle. Vette showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Zwolle, leading his team to a 80-65 easy win against #4 ranked Den Bosch in a game of the week. Zwolle needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 6 lost games. Vette has a great season in Holland. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Meshack Lufile (203-PF) of Leeuwarden - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Michael Kok (190-F-91) of Rotterdam - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Dimeo Van Der Horst (197-G/F-91) of Amsterdam - 31 points
7. Dyon Halman (204-C/F-94) of Weert - 15 points and 7 rebounds
8. Rogier Jansen (188-SG-84) of Leiden - 18 points and 3 assists
9. Daviyon Draper (201-F-94) of Leiden - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Charles Mitchell (203-F) of Den Bosch - 9 points, 10 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)



Prom.Divisie Round 19: No surprise as #1 Grasshoppers defeat Punch - 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.

Prom.Divisie top team - Grasshoppers (17-1) added another victory to their record on Thursday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Punch (5-14) in Delft 64-57. Grasshoppers have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-1 record. Punch at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with New Stars. Grasshoppers are looking forward to face league's second-placed Lions in Landsmeer in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Punch will play on the road against De Groene (#3) in Groningen and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Prom.Divisie top team - Grasshoppers (17-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked De Hoppers (0-19) in Katwijk 83-70. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Grasshoppers. They maintain first place with 17-1 record. De Hoppers lost their nineteenth game in a row. They still close the standings. Grasshoppers will play against league's second-placed Lions in Landsmeer in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. De Hoppers will play at home against CobraNova (#7) and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game in Leidschendam was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Red Giants (10-9) played at the court of seventh ranked CobraNova (9-10). CobraNova defeated Red Giants 57-45 on Saturday. CobraNova maintains seventh place with 9-10 record, which they share with Leiden 2. Loser Red Giants dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. CobraNova will meet bottom-ranked De Hoppers (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Red Giants will play against Leiden 2 (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Groningen was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Lokomotief (12-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Groningen (10-7). Groningen defeated Lokomotief 96-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lokomotief. Groningen moved-up to fifth place. Lokomotief at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Groningen's next round opponent will be Black Eagles (#9) in Rosmalen. Lokomotief will play at home against New Stars (#10) and hope to win that game.
10th ranked New Stars (5-14) were outscored at home by third ranked De Groene (13-5) with the biggest margin this round 64-46 on Saturday night. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for De Groene. They maintain third place with 13-5 record having four points less than leader Grasshoppers. New Stars lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. De Groene will face Punch (#11) in Delft in the next round and are hoping to win another game. New Stars will play on the road against Lokomotief in Rijswijk and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 19 Black Eagles lost to Leiden 2 on the opponent's court 73-77.

Leiden 2 - Black Eagles 77-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Black Eagles' (6-12) road loss to eighth ranked Leiden 2 (9-10) 73-77 on Sunday. Leiden 2 moved-up to seventh place, which they share with CobraNova. Black Eagles lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. Leiden 2 will face higher ranked Red Giants (#6) in Meppel in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Black Eagles will play at home against Groningen and hope to win that game.
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Punch - Grasshoppers 57-64

Prom.Divisie top team - Grasshoppers (17-1) added another victory to their record on Thursday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Punch (5-14) in Delft 64-57. Grasshoppers have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-1 record. Punch at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with New Stars. Grasshoppers are looking forward to face league's second-placed Lions in Landsmeer in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Punch will play on the road against De Groene (#3) in Groningen and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
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Grasshoppers - De Hoppers 83-70

Prom.Divisie top team - Grasshoppers (17-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked De Hoppers (0-19) in Katwijk 83-70. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Grasshoppers. They maintain first place with 17-1 record. De Hoppers lost their nineteenth game in a row. They still close the standings. Grasshoppers will play against league's second-placed Lions in Landsmeer in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. De Hoppers will play at home against CobraNova (#7) and hope to get finally their first victory.
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CobraNova - Red Giants 57-45

The game in Leidschendam was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Red Giants (10-9) played at the court of seventh ranked CobraNova (9-10). CobraNova defeated Red Giants 57-45 on Saturday. CobraNova maintains seventh place with 9-10 record, which they share with Leiden 2. Loser Red Giants dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. CobraNova will meet bottom-ranked De Hoppers (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Red Giants will play against Leiden 2 (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Groningen - Lokomotief 96-85

The game in Groningen was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Lokomotief (12-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Groningen (10-7). Groningen defeated Lokomotief 96-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lokomotief. Groningen moved-up to fifth place. Lokomotief at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Groningen's next round opponent will be Black Eagles (#9) in Rosmalen. Lokomotief will play at home against New Stars (#10) and hope to win that game.
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New Stars - De Groene 46-64

10th ranked New Stars (5-14) were outscored at home by third ranked De Groene (13-5) with the biggest margin this round 64-46 on Saturday night. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for De Groene. They maintain third place with 13-5 record having four points less than leader Grasshoppers. New Stars lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. De Groene will face Punch (#11) in Delft in the next round and are hoping to win another game. New Stars will play on the road against Lokomotief in Rijswijk and hope to win that game.
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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darrin GOVENS
  Falco KC
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Govens, Falco KC20.3 
 2. Bojic, Jaszberenyi20.3 
 3. Lilov, Szedeak19.9 
 4. Pacher, Vasas18.2 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.2 
 6. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.4 
 7. Sejfic, PVSK P.17.0 
 8. Tiby, Atomeromu16.8 
 9. Ubilla, ZTE K.16.3 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.3 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari9.1 
 3. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.1 
 4. Szabo, ZTE K.8.1 
 5. Pacher, Vasas8.0 
 6. Sihota, MAFC7.8 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.5 
 8. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.4 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.3 
 10. Watkins, Atomeromu7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.1 
 2. Battle, Atomeromu7.9 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak7.6 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.4 
 5. Nelson, PVSK P.6.3 
 6. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 7. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.1 
 8. Petty, Kormend6.1 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC6.1 
 10. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.5 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.4 
 3. Frazier, Kaposvari2.1 
 4. Petty, Kormend2.1 
 5. Smith, MAFC2.1 
 6. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 7. Boltic, Szedeak1.9 
 8. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
 9. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.6 
 10. Lilov, Szedeak1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Keller, Alba0.9 
 3. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 4. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 5. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 7. Andric, Szolnok0.8 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.8 
 9. Czinger, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 


A Division Round 24: Falco KC are upset by MAFC - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in A Division. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Budapest between third ranked Falco KC (16-9) and fourteenth ranked MAFC (4-20) on Sunday night. Falco KC was defeated by MAFC in a tough game on the road 67-75. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Falco KC won second period 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MAFC made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Falco KC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Deville Smith (183-91, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Two Points) who scored 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (201-87) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. MAFC moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Vasas. Falco KC at the other side dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. MAFC is looking forward to face higher ranked Kaposvari (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Falco KC will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kormend. First ranked Alba faced second-best Kormend. Guests from Szekesfehervar (20-4) defeated host Kormend (16-8) 81-76. It was a good game for American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-94, college: Utah) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 assists. Winston Shepard contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Guinea-Bissau point guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTRGV) replied with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals for Kormend. Alba maintains first position with 20-4 record. Kormend at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. They share the position with Szolnok. Alba will play against PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round where they are favorite. Kormend will play on the road against Vasas (#14) in Budapest and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Szolnok was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Kaposvari (15-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Szolnok (16-8). Szolnok defeated Kaposvari 80-65 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kaposvari. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Szolnok have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Kormend. Loser Kaposvari dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with ZTE KK. Szolnok will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kaposvari will play against MAFC (#13) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Sopron. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 9th ranked Sopron KC (11-14) to sixth ranked ZTE KK (15-9) 77-74 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by Emanuel Ubilla who scored that evening 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. ZTE KK moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kaposvari. Sopron KC at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. ZTE KK's next round opponent will be Jaszberenyi (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Pecs, where higher ranked PVSK Pannon (13-11) lost at home to eleventh ranked Atomeromu (9-15) 87-91 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Talor Battle who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Atomeromu maintains eleventh position with 9-15 record. Loser PVSK Pannon keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. Atomeromu will face higher ranked KTE-Duna (#9) in Kecskemet in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 24 Vasas was crushed by Szedeak in Szeged 92-70. Jaszberenyi were beaten by KTE-Duna at home 73-88.
The best stats of 24th round was 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals by Nenad Sulovic of Szedeak.

Szedeak - Vasas 92-70

There was no surprise in Szeged where 13th ranked Vasas (4-20) were crushed by eighth ranked Szedeak (12-12) 92-70 on Sunday. Szedeak made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (198-80) chipped in 24 points and 8 rebounds. Five Szedeak players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Sam Thompson (201-92, college: Ohio St., agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded 18 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) added 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) 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. Szedeak maintains eighth position with 12-12 record. Vasas lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom. Szedeak will have a break next round. Vasas will play at home against Kormend (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vasas: S.Thompson 18+2reb+2ast, R.Wright 15+6reb, A.Horvath 12+3reb+1ast, R.Taylor 8+4reb+5ast, A.Garamvolgyi 5+2reb, R.Katona 5+2reb+2ast
Szedeak: A.Ciric 24+8reb+2ast, N.Sulovic 20+8reb+7ast, M.Boltic 14+5reb+7ast, L.Juhos 12+6reb+1ast, I.Lilov 11+3reb+2ast, A.Wirth 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 498106


Sopron KC - ZTE KK 74-77

A very interesting game took place in Sopron. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 9th ranked Sopron KC (11-14) to sixth ranked ZTE KK (15-9) 77-74 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The winners were led by American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) who scored that evening 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Mate Mohacsi (192-90, agency: HMS) supported him with 20 points. Even 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Sopron KC. His fellow American import guard Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St., agency: HMS) added 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ZTE KK moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kaposvari. Sopron KC at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. ZTE KK's next round opponent will be Jaszberenyi (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Sopron KC: A.Myles 17+3reb+1ast, J.Mills 16+8reb, B.Johnson 12+6reb+6ast, M.Spica 11+4reb+2ast, N.Takacs 9+3reb, A.Dufault 7+3reb+2ast
ZTE KK: M.Mohacsi 20+4reb, E.Ubilla 15+5reb+6ast, Z.Szabo 12+6reb+1ast, S.Benke 11+3reb, J.Norfleet 10+6reb+6ast, A.Drungilas 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 498105


Kormend - Alba 76-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kormend. First ranked Alba faced second-best Kormend. Guests from Szekesfehervar (20-4) defeated host Kormend (16-8) 81-76. Kormend was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 27-15 third quarter run of Alba. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-94, college: Utah) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 assists. The other American import forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Guinea-Bissau point guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTRGV) replied with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals and the former international Csaba Ferencz (194-85) added 16 points in the effort for Kormend. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alba maintains first position with 20-4 record. Kormend at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. They share the position with Szolnok. Alba will play against PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round where they are favorite. Kormend will play on the road against Vasas (#14) in Budapest and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kormend: C.Ferencz 16+2reb+2ast, T.Allen 15+3reb+2ast, P.Petty 13+7reb+4ast, M.Csorvasi 11+3reb+3ast, S.Gibbs 10+1reb, C.Dickerson 7+4reb+1ast
Alba: B.Taylor 22+4reb+10ast, A.Keller 12+6reb, B.Burgess 11+1reb+3ast, L.Markovic 10+4reb+2ast, W.Shepard 9+7reb+3ast, J.Farr 7+5reb
gschID: 498104


Jaszberenyi - KTE-Duna 73-88

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked KTE-Duna (11-13) defeated on the road 12th ranked Jaszberenyi (7-17) 88-73 on Sunday. The game without a history. KTE-Duna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. KTE-Duna looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) who scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Montenegrin point guard Milutin Djukanovic (190-91) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four KTE-Duna players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian Andrija Bojic (207-93, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Devon Saddler (183-91, college: Delaware) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. KTE-Duna have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place. Jaszberenyi lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. KTE-Duna will face Atomeromu (#11) in Paks in the next round. Jaszberenyi will play on the road against ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: A.Bojic 28+11reb, D.Saddler 16+5reb+3ast, B.Arrington 13+3reb+4ast, B.Williams 8+4reb+1ast, S.Stamenkovic 5+3reb, J.Czirbus 2+5reb+1ast
KTE-Duna: T.Ivosev 24+5reb+1ast, M.Djukanovic 15+5reb+4ast, M.Djerasimovic 13+8reb+3ast, M.Pongo 11+3reb+7ast, K.Karahodzic 9+10reb+1ast, M.Pongo 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 498103


MAFC - Falco KC 75-67

The most important game in the last round took place in Budapest between third ranked Falco KC (16-9) and fourteenth ranked MAFC (4-20) on Sunday night. Falco KC was defeated by MAFC in a tough game on the road 67-75. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Falco KC won second period 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MAFC made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Falco KC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Deville Smith (183-91, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Two Points) who scored 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (201-87) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. MAFC moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Vasas. Falco KC at the other side dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. MAFC is looking forward to face higher ranked Kaposvari (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Falco KC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 23+10reb+8ast, I.Zigeranovic 15+8reb, B.Varadi 10+5reb, L.Medford 8+2reb, A.Pustahvar 5+3reb+2ast, D.Barham 2+5reb+2ast
MAFC: D.Smith 30+7reb+6ast, R.Sihota 18+9reb+1ast, A.Kovacs 10+4reb+1ast, M.Poscic 7+4reb, L.Polyak 6+1reb+1ast, A.Lakits 3+8reb+5ast
gschID: 498102


Szolnok - Kaposvari 80-65

The game in Szolnok was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Kaposvari (15-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Szolnok (16-8). Szolnok defeated Kaposvari 80-65 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kaposvari. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Szolnok have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Kormend. Loser Kaposvari dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with ZTE KK. Szolnok will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kaposvari will play against MAFC (#13) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 498107


PVSK Pannon - Atomeromu 87-91

We should mention about the upset which took place in Pecs, where higher ranked PVSK Pannon (13-11) lost at home to eleventh ranked Atomeromu (9-15) 87-91 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 53-47 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Atomeromu made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Atomeromu looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Talor Battle (182-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. The other American import forward Lawrence Gilbert (200-86, college: La-Monroe, agency: Mansfield and Associates) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Anthony Nelson (185-89, college: Niagara) who recorded 22 points and 4 assists and Croatian forward Veljko Budimir (199-85) added 17 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Atomeromu maintains eleventh position with 9-15 record. Loser PVSK Pannon keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. Atomeromu will face higher ranked KTE-Duna (#9) in Kecskemet in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: A.Nelson 22+3reb+4ast, V.Budimir 17+3reb+2ast, C.Smith 15+6reb+1ast, I.Sejfic 15+7reb, Z.Supola 6+1reb+2ast, A.Halasz 6+2reb+12ast
Atomeromu: T.Battle 20+5reb+10ast, M.Tiby 18+2reb, L.Gilbert 15+7reb+1ast, R.Watkins 11+9reb, L.Samenas 10+2reb+2ast, A.Kovacs 8+3reb+7ast
gschID: 498101



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Stevens, Keflavik29.5 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.4 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll24.0 
 6. Covile, Snaefell24.0 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK21.1 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik21.1 
 9. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.5 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 5. Carberry, Thor T.10.8 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll10.8 
 7. Hankins-Cole, IR10.3 
 8. Covile, Snaefell10.1 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR9.7 
 10. Alawoya, KR9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.7 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.3 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.2 
 7. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.0 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik4.8 
 9. Stefansson, KR4.7 
 10. Carberry, Thor T.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  Snaefell
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 2. Hunter, IR3.1 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.9 
 4. Thomas, IR2.7 
 5. Covile, Snaefell2.3 
 6. Olafsson, Grindavik2.1 
 7. Stevens, Keflavik2.0 
 8. Rikhardsson, Tinda.1.9 
 9. Alawoya, KR1.8 
 10. Barja, Haukar1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.8 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR1.9 
 3. Dempsey, Njardvik1.7 
 4. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 6. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 7. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 
 8. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 9. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 10. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar26.8 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.4 
 4. Shouse, IA25.4 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.5 
 6. King, Valur22.1 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir20.5 
 8. Bracey, Valur19.5 
 9. Oliver, Fjolnir19.4 
 10. Stefansson, Hamar19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Woods, Hamar14.1 
 2. Motley, FSU12.6 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.3 
 4. King, Valur11.5 
 5. Pryor, Fjolnir11.4 
 6. Shouse, IA9.5 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.1 
 8. Oliver, Fjolnir9.0 
 9. Petursson, Valur8.9 
 10. Virijevic, Hottur8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Moss, Hottur8.9 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.6 
 3. Garland, Breidablik5.6 
 4. Shouse, IA5.5 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.2 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.7 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.6 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar3.8 
 9. Hreinsson, FSU3.6 
 10. Jonsson, FSU3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.6 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA3.0 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. Motley, FSU2.2 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar2.0 
 7. Oliver, Fjolnir2.0 
 8. King, Valur2.0 
 9. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
 10. Pryor, Fjolnir1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marques OLIVER
  Fjolnir
  (201-PF-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Oliver, Fjolnir2.6 
 2. King, Valur2.3 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.4 
 4. Motley, FSU1.1 
 5. Audunsson, Valur1.1 
 6. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 7. Sigurdarson, Breid.1.0 
 8. Fridriksson, Arm.0.9 
 9. Petursson, Valur0.9 
 10. Johannesson, Breid.0.9 


Review of Dominos League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Keflavik - Tindastoll 86-80

Keflavik rallied past Tindastoll to take 2-0 lead in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tindastoll won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keflavik had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Tindastoll helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-88) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists during the contest. American forward Antonio Hester (198-90, college: Mobile, AL) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Petur Birgisson (185-96) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Tindastoll's coach Israel Martin rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: A.Hester 26+11reb+4ast, P.Birgisson 17+2reb+4ast, C.Caird 10+5reb+1ast, F.Thor Stefansson 9, V.Agustsson 4+2ast, F.Bjarnason 4+4reb
Keflavik: A.Stevens 35+16reb+3ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 22+4reb+6ast, G.Jonsson 18+5reb+1ast, A.Orrason 6+2reb, R.Dupree 5+4reb+2ast, E.Gudjonsson 0
gschID: 539899


Thor Thorl - Grindavik 90-86

Thor Thorl held off Grindavik to even the series at 1-1. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Grindavik won third quarter 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) notched 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and guard Halldor Hermannsson (188-97) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Carberry is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) did not help to save the game for Grindavik. The former international forward Omar Saevarsson (198-82) added 15 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Four Thor Thorl and five Grindavik players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: D.Jonsson 20+3reb, L.Clinch 18+5reb, O.Saevarsson 15+6reb+2ast, T.Olafsson 15+3reb+5ast, O.Olafsson 12+12reb+4ast, I.Thor Gudmundsson 6+7reb+2ast
Thor Thorl: T.Carberry 30+7reb+5ast, H.Hermannsson 14+6reb+3ast, R.Bragason 14+4reb+1ast, E.Einarsson 12+4reb+1ast, M.Baginski 9+3reb+2ast, O.Jonsson 9+6reb+7ast
gschID: 539898


IR - Stjarnan 75-81

Stjarnan overcame IR to gain the second straight win. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international point guard Justin Shouse (181-81, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Five Stjarnan players scored in double figures. American forward Danero Thomas (196-86, college: Murray St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Matthias Sigurdarson (180-94, college: Columbus St.) added 24 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. IR's coach Borche Ilievski tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
IR: M.Sigurdarson 24+2reb+4ast, D.Thomas 18+10reb+4ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 11+10reb+4ast, H.Hjalmarsson 6+2reb, S.Claessen 6+4reb+1ast, K.Marinosson 3+1ast
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 19+5reb+2ast, M.Valdimarsson 16+4reb+1ast, A.Odunsi 14+3reb+2ast, T.Tomasson 12+2reb+2ast, H.Baeringsson 10+13reb+7ast, T.Hilmarsson 5+1reb
gschID: 539897


Thor AK - KR 64-81

KR cruised past Thor AK to take 2-0 lead in the series. Thor AK was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 49-28 second half run of KR. They also forced 22 Thor AK turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. The former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American guard George Beamon (193-91, college: Manhattan) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Thor AK. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Thor AK: T.Hlinason 20+5reb+1ast, D.Lewis 19+5reb+3ast, G.Beamon 15+12reb+2ast, I.Rafn Ingvarsson 6+5reb+3ast, R.Fridriksson 4+3reb+1ast, E.Eyjolfsson 0
KR: B.Bjornsson 18+1reb+3ast, J.Stefansson 18+4reb+3ast, P.Ermolinskij 10+12reb+5ast, D.Hilmarsson 9+6reb+3ast, P.Alawoya 9+6reb+3ast, S.Thorvaldsson 9+2reb
gschID: 539896





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Best players of Indonesian IBL round 20 - by Eurobasket News

American Gary Jacobs (188-PG-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for NSH GMC and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 24-year old playmaker had a double-double of 61 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team crushed Satya Wacana (#11, 1-14) with 24-point margin 109-85. NSH GMC is placed at 7th position in Indonesian IBL. NSH GMC is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-9 record. In the team's last game Jacobs had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at NSH GMC, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Central Washington University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jacobs is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.9ppg. Jacobs is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.5apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American point guard Jarron Crump (183-PG-92) of Satya Wacana. Crump impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 47 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Satya Wacana lost that game 85-109 to the higher-ranked NSH GMC (#7, 6-9). Satya Wacana are still at the very bottom. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Satya Wacana managed to get this year. Crump is a newcomer at Satya Wacana and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.3ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 3.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Tyreek Jewell (185-G-93) of top-ranked Satria Muda. Jewell showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Satria Muda, leading his team to a 68-62 win against the lower-ranked Garuda (#6, 7-7). Many experts and fans count Satria Muda as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 13 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Jewell has a very solid season. In 14 games in Indonesia he scored 13.6ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and 3.9apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. JaJuan Smith (188-G-85) of Hang Tuah - 15 points, 22 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Kevin Loiselle (198-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 18 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Firman Nugroho (201-C-90) of CLS Knights - 12 points and 7 rebounds
7. Ashton Smith (187-G-89) of CLS Knights - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Mohammad Rizal (195-SF-93) of Satria Muda - 16 points and 2 rebounds
9. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) of CLS Knights - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Martavious Irving (185-PG-90) of Pelita Jaya - 23 points, 6 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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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A21.1 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Milbourne, Hapoel E.17.7 
 4. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.7 
 5. Holloway, Galil G.16.7 
 6. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.1 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi .16.0 
 8. Selby, Maccabi K/G15.8 
 9. Simon, Maccabi .15.5 
 10. Wayns, Maccabi .15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.2 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.9.3 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon9.2 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.8.2 
 5. Singleton, Maccabi .8.0 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .8.0 
 7. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 8. Williams, Hapoel T.7.5 
 9. Iverson, Maccabi .7.5 
 10. Carmichael, Maccabi .6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.7 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.2 
 3. Blatt, Hapoel T-A6.0 
 4. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.5 
 5. Lyons, Hapoel T-A5.4 
 6. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.2 
 7. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.9 
 8. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.7 
 9. Perez Kaufma., Maccabi .4.7 
 10. Weems, Maccabi T-A4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.2 
 2. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M2.1 
 3. Carter, Maccabi .2.0 
 4. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .1.9 
 5. Vargas, Maccabi .1.9 
 6. Perez Kaufma., Maccabi .1.9 
 7. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.8 
 8. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 9. Ziv, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Reginald BUCKNER
  Hapoel Eilat
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 2. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.7 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.3 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.3 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.1.2 
 6. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 7. Kelly, Maccabi K/G1.0 
 8. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 9. N''Diaye, Bnei H.1.0 
 10. Williams, Hapoel T.0.9 



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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Smith, Roseto25.1 
 2. Davis, Jesi23.5 
 3. Golden, Chieti20.8 
 4. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 5. Ferguson, Angelico.20.0 
 6. Sims, Rieti20.0 
 7. Legion, Viola RC20.0 
 8. Lawson, Virtus B.19.8 
 9. Brown, Roma Virtus19.6 
 10. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella13.3 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Smith, Ravenna9.8 
 5. Mortellaro, Chieti9.7 
 6. Mosley, Legnano9.6 
 7. Poletti, Latina B.9.6 
 8. Myers, Mens S.9.4 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.9.4 
 10. Perry, Treviso .9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.4 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.0 
 3. Fantinelli, Treviso .6.0 
 4. Bowers, Jesi5.8 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.2 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.4.9 
 7. Ferguson, Angelico.4.6 
 8. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 9. Fultz, Roseto4.5 
 10. Sollazzo, Treviglio4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-F-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Green, Alma T.2.7 
 2. Spissu, Virtus B.2.2 
 3. Okoye, Udine APU2.0 
 4. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 5. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 6. Bowers, Jesi1.8 
 7. Brown, Roma Virtus1.8 
 8. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 9. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
 10. Fantinelli, Treviso .1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.8 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.0 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.4 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.1.3 
 7. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 8. Buford, Agrigento1.1 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 
 10. Daniels, Mantova1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.6 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino20.9 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia20.1 
 4. Centanni, Volpino .18.7 
 5. Zampolli, Matera18.6 
 6. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.4 
 7. Sirakov, Bottegone18.3 
 8. Ghersetti, Bergamo18.2 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino18.0 
 10. Boffelli, Scauri18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Cassino
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Bagnoli, Cassino11.5 
 2. Chiacig, Taranto10.7 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 4. Ravazzini, Matera10.4 
 5. Bozzetto, Crema10.2 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.0 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.8 
 8. Arrigoni, Omegna9.3 
 9. Papa, Teramo9.0 
 10. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.4 
 2. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 3. Rivali, Montegrano5.5 
 4. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.5 
 5. Salari, Isernia5.5 
 6. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.4 
 7. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 8. Centanni, Volpino .5.2 
 9. Bottioni, Campli5.0 
 10. Magini, Firenze Enic5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.8 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.5 
 3. Demartini, Vicenza2.4 
 4. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.3 
 5. Busco, Patti2.0 
 6. Stefanelli, San M.2.0 
 7. Balanzoni, Lecco2.0