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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  



History made as DR Congo qualify for FIBA AfroBasket 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Ten years on, and the Democratic Republic of Congo sealed their ticket to the FIBA AfroBasket on Monday thanks to a successful FIBA Africa Zone 4 Group E campaign against the Republic Central Africa (CAF). Despite Monday's 80-76 loss to CAF, the Congolese advanced to this year's FIBA AfroBasket in Brazzaville thanks to an 85-64 win on Sunday, ending a 10-year absence from the biggest basketball tournament on the African continent. The Congolese, who last appeared at FIBA AfroBasket in 2007, closed the two-game series with a 161-144 triumph on aggregate. As a result of the loss, former African champions CAF will miss out the tournament for the very first time since 1999. The result also means a disappointment for CAF who hosted the qualifier and have been looking relaunch basketball in the country. Meanwhile, the DR Congo's win draws a new chapter in their basketball history. This is a country often described as having some of the most talented players in the continent but who have continually failed to join the best basketball nations. With the win, the DR Congo join African champions Nigeria, FIBA AfroBasket 2017 hosts Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Uganda, and Mozambique.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



Egypt Qualifies to the Africa Basketball Championship 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Egypt attains victory and qualifies to the 29 FIBA Africa Basketball Championship, known as Afro-Basket 2017, to take place on August 19 to August 30 in Brazzaville, Congo. Qualifications for this prestigious event are divided to seven zones, and Egypt has been placed in the fifth zone. In a final match of the 2017 Afro Basket qualifier for zone five, Egypt outperformed its rival, Uganda, and scored 95-72. On March 18, Egypt competed against Uganda and qualified for the the Africa Basketball Championship 2017 at the Cairo International Stadium. Also, Uganda, the runner-up, has qualified for Afro-Basket 2017.
Moving to the women's competition, the 23 FIBA Africa Championship for Women, also known as Afro-Basket Women 2017, is taking place on September 15 to September 24 in Mali. Qualification for such an important event is divided to six zones, where only the champion of each zone is qualified. Egyptian national women team surprised the world after it had beaten Uganda's team 92-68, at the fifth zone's final and celebrated the victory on March 18 at the Cairo International Stadium.
Courtesy of: egyptianstreets.com




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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.2 
 2. Green, Instituto20.4 
 3. Solano, Echague19.2 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.19.1 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.1 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas16.7 
 8. Harper, Quimsa16.7 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.16.5 
 10. Horner, Obras B.16.4 
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, Atenas8.2 
 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. De-l., GECR I.4.6 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.6 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
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. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Tucker, Estudian.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 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. Acuna, Penarol0.9 


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. Lauria, Comunica.8.5 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.5 
 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. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.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. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 
 8. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 9. Stroud, Parque Sur0.9 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


TFB Round 21: #1 Perfora is defeated by Villa Mitre BB - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in TFB. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Perfora (16-5) on the court of fourth ranked Villa Mitre BB on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Villa Mitre BB 90-87. Villa Mitre BB (11-10) moved-up to third place in Bonaerense, which they share with Sarmiento. Perfora at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Villa Mitre BB is looking forward to face Independ.N. (#4) in Neuquen in the next round. Perfora will play on the road against Rivadavia M. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Atletico PL's (#7) 63-53 road victory against 6th ranked Argentino PRG in Bonaerense. Atletico PL (8-13) moved-up to sixth place in Bonaerense. Argentino PRG at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Atletico PL will play against higher ranked Sarmiento (#3) in Junin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Argentino PRG will play at home against the league's leader Chivilcoy Racing (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from La Rioja: San Martin LR (#2) and Amancay LR (#3). Amancay LR was defeated at home 77-82 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. San Martin LR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Noa with 15-5 record behind leader Ramos Mejia. Newly promoted Amancay LR keeps the third position with seven games lost. San Martin LR will meet at home Olimpia Catam. (#5) in the next round. Amancay LR will play against Hindu BBC and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sarmiento (11-10) against fifth ranked Sportivo E. (10-10) on Sunday night. Visiting Sarmiento was defeated by Sportivo E. in 75-58. Newly promoted Sportivo E. maintains fifth place in Bonaerense with 10-10 record. Sarmiento lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with ten games lost. Sportivo E.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Belgrano SN in San Nicolas and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sarmiento will play on the road against Atletico PL in Buenos Aires and hope to win that game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked C.Espanol P. (16-6) against eighth ranked U.Mar del Plata (8-14) on Sunday night. Visiting C.Espanol P. was defeated by U.Mar del Plata in a tough game on the road 70-74. U.Mar del Plata have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place in Bonaerense. C.Espanol P. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second position with six games lost. U.Mar del Plata will face higher ranked Independ.N. (#4) in Neuquen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. C.Espanol P. will play against M.Junin and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21:
In Bonaerense Chivilcoy Racing lost to Belgrano SN on the opponent's court 77-82.
In Centro Deportivo Norte A. outscored H.San Javier in a home game 86-61. Union Sunch. recorded a loss to Olimpico Ceres on the road 98-80. Atletico Tostado defeated San Justino on its own court 91-79.
In Mesopotamia Regatas U. was beaten by Saladas in a road game 86-80. Union Goya won against Gualeguay at home 86-73. C.Entrerriano unfortunately lost to Capuchinos on the opponent's court 61-74.
In Metropolitana Ramos Mejia rolled over Estudiantes LP in a home game 79-58. Lanus was crushed by H.San Justo on the road 97-73.
In Noa Union Oran was beaten by Talleres TV on its own court 64-82.

Group Bonaerense
Sportivo E. - Sarmiento 75-58

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sarmiento (11-10) against fifth ranked Sportivo E. (10-10) on Sunday night. Visiting Sarmiento was defeated by Sportivo E. in 75-58. Newly promoted Sportivo E. maintains fifth place in Bonaerense with 10-10 record. Sarmiento lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with ten games lost. Sportivo E.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Belgrano SN in San Nicolas and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sarmiento will play on the road against Atletico PL in Buenos Aires and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511729


Villa Mitre BB - Perfora 90-87

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Perfora (16-5) on the court of fourth ranked Villa Mitre BB on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Villa Mitre BB 90-87. Villa Mitre BB (11-10) moved-up to third place in Bonaerense, which they share with Sarmiento. Perfora at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Villa Mitre BB is looking forward to face Independ.N. (#4) in Neuquen in the next round. Perfora will play on the road against Rivadavia M. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511728


Argentino PRG - Atletico Pilar 53-63

Very significant was Atletico PL's (#7) 63-53 road victory against 6th ranked Argentino PRG in Bonaerense. Atletico PL (8-13) moved-up to sixth place in Bonaerense. Argentino PRG at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Atletico PL will play against higher ranked Sarmiento (#3) in Junin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Argentino PRG will play at home against the league's leader Chivilcoy Racing (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 511727


Belgrano SN - Chivilcoy Racing 82-77

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in San Nicolas where leader Chivilcoy Racing (15-7) was defeated by second ranked Belgrano SN (14-6) 82-77 on Sunday. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Bonaerense. Belgrano SN maintains second place in Bonaerense with 14-6 record having 2 victories less than leader Ramos Mejia. Newly promoted Chivilcoy Racing still keeps top position with seven games lost. Belgrano SN will face Sportivo E. (#5) in the next round. Chivilcoy Racing will play against Argentino PRG (#8) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511726


U.Mar del Plata - C.Espanol P. 74-70

Very important is a road loss of second ranked C.Espanol P. (16-6) against eighth ranked U.Mar del Plata (8-14) on Sunday night. Visiting C.Espanol P. was defeated by U.Mar del Plata in a tough game on the road 70-74. U.Mar del Plata have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place in Bonaerense. C.Espanol P. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second position with six games lost. U.Mar del Plata will face higher ranked Independ.N. (#4) in Neuquen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. C.Espanol P. will play against M.Junin and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511725


Group Centro
Deportivo Norte A. - H.San Javier 86-61

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Deportivo Norte A. (15-7) smashed at home 9th ranked H.San Javier (6-11) 86-61 on Sunday. Deportivo Norte A. moved-up to third place in Centro. H.San Javier at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Deportivo Norte A. will face Independ. Oliva (#5) in the next round.
gschID: 511903


Olimpico Ceres - Union Sunch. 98-80

There was an upset in Ceres where 3rd placed Union de Sunchales (14-8) was defeated by eighth ranked Olimpico (8-15) 98-80 on Sunday. Olimpico moved-up to seventh place in Centro, which they share with San Justino. Loser Union de Sunchales dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Olimpico will have a break next round. Union de Sunchales will play against the league's second-placed H.San Justo (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 511902


Atletico Tostado - San Justino 91-79

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Atletico Tostado (16-8) beat at home 7th ranked San Justino (8-15) 91-79 on Sunday. Atletico Tostado maintains second place in Centro with 16-8 record having just two point less than leader Ramos Mejia. Loser San Justino keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. Atletico Tostado will face Central SJ (#6) in San Javier in the next round.
gschID: 511901


Group Mesopotamia
Saladas - Regatas U. 86-80

There was an upset when 3rd placed Regatas CU (11-11) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Saladas (9-12) 86-80 on Sunday. Saladas moved-up to sixth place in Mesopotamia, which they share with Atletico Tala and Capuchinos. Loser Regatas CU dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Saladas will face league's second-placed C.Entrerriano in Gualeguaychu in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Regatas CU will play at home against Ferrocarril and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511507


Union Goya - Gualeguay 86-73

There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Union Goya (12-10) won against at home leader Gualeguay (14-7) 86-73 on Sunday. Union Goya moved-up to third place in Mesopotamia. Newly promoted Gualeguay still keeps top position with seven games lost. Union Goya will have a break next round. Gualeguay will play on the road against Capuchinos in Concordia and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511506


Capuchinos - C.Entrerriano 74-61

There was an upset in Concordia where second-best C.Entrerriano (14-7) was defeated by seventh ranked Capuchinos (9-12) 74-61 on Sunday. Capuchinos moved-up to sixth place in Mesopotamia, which they share with Atletico Tala and Saladas. Loser C.Entrerriano still keeps top position with seven games lost. Capuchinos will face league's leader Gualeguay in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. C.Entrerriano will play against Saladas and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511505


Group Metropolitana
Ramos Mejia - Estudiantes LP 79-58

Very predictable result when first ranked Ramos Mejia (16-6) smashed at home 10th ranked Estudiantes LP (3-18) 79-58 on Sunday. Ramos Mejia have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Ramos Mejia maintains first place in Metropolitana with 16-6 record. Loser Estudiantes LP keeps the tenth position with 18 games lost. Ramos Mejia will face Villa Mitre CF (#8) in Buenos Aires in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Estudiantes LP will play at home against the league's second-placed H.San Justo and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511628


H.San Justo - Lanus 97-73

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Lanus (9-9) was rolled over on the road by third ranked H.San Justo (15-10) 97-73 on Sunday. H.San Justo have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in Metropolitana. Loser Lanus keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. H.San Justo will face Union de Sunchales (#4) at home in the next round.
gschID: 511627


Group Noa
Amancay LR - San Martin LR 77-82

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from La Rioja: San Martin LR (#2) and Amancay LR (#3). Amancay LR was defeated at home 77-82 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. San Martin LR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Noa with 15-5 record behind leader Ramos Mejia. Newly promoted Amancay LR keeps the third position with seven games lost. San Martin LR will meet at home Olimpia Catam. (#5) in the next round. Amancay LR will play against Hindu BBC and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 511398


Union Oran - Talleres TV 64-82

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Talleres TV (20-1) beat on the road 5th ranked UD Nueva Oran (7-14) 82-64 on Sunday. Talleres TV maintains first place in Noa with 20-1 record. Loser UD Nueva Oran dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Talleres TV will face Rio Grande (#8) in La Mendieta in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UD Nueva Oran will play against N.Avellaneda Tuc. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511397





Argentinian LigaA round 39 best performance: Dar Tucker - by Eurobasket News

American-Jordanian Shooting guard Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Estudiantes C., receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 39.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Libertad S. (#7, 19-20) 81-72. Estudiantes C. maintains the 2nd position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Estudiantes C. will need more victories to improve their 29-14 record. In the team's last game Tucker had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Estudiantes C.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former De Paul University star has very solid stats this year. Tucker is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.0ppg. Tucker is in league's top in and averages impressive 57.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 37-year old Spanish forward Walter Herrmann (206-F-79) of Obras Basket. Herrmann had a very good evening with 35 points and 4 rebounds. Of course he led Obras Basket to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Quimsa (#6, 22-21) 116-89. Obras Basket's 5th position in Norte has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 21-21 record is not bad and everything may still change. Herrmann is a newcomer at Obras Basket, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Ivan Basualdo (202-F/C-90) of Quilmes MP (#7). Basualdo scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Basualdo's great performance Quilmes MP lost 69-76 to the higher-ranked Ferrocarril (#2, 26-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Quilmes MP ranking at the top of Sur, however are very questionable as they have already lost 21 games, recording just eighteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Basualdo could help Quilmes MP to bring them higher in the standings. Basualdo has a very solid season. In 39 games in Argentina he scored 10.0ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paolo Quinteros (188-SG-79) of Regatas C. - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Aaron Harper (203-SF-81) of Quimsa - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Fotios Lampropoulos (206-PF-83) of Boca Jrs - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Olimpico LB - 16 points and 10 rebounds
8. Martin Leiva (211-C-80) of Obras Basket - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Javier Justiz (205-C-92) of Estudiantes C. - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sam Clancy (202-C-80) of Instituto - 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)



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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Chauncey Orr joins Dandenong Rangers - by Eurobasket News

Dandenong Rangers (SEABL) agreed terms with 24-year old American swingman Chauncey Orr (193-94kg-93). He just graduated from Hawaii-Pacific (NCAA2). In 25 games he had very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.7spg this season. Orr helped them to win the regular season. Quite impressive year as he was named All-PacWest All-Tournament MVP, named to All-PacWest 1st Team and named to PacWest All-Tournament Team. The last season he played also at Sea Warriors in U.S. NCAA2 league where in 26 games he recorded 14.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to All-PacWest 3rd Team.
As mentioned above Orr is just out of the college and it will be his first full season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @GuidoGuida)

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Andrej Lemanis to coach Boomers at Tokyo Olympics - by Eurobasket News

Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis will head to Tokyo in 2020 for his second crack at guiding Australia to an historic Olympic medal after falling short in Rio. Lemanis, the former NZ Breakers coach, has been re-appointed to the role for the next four years having taken Australia closer than ever to a first Olympic men's basketball medal in Rio last year. They lost by a point to Spain in the bronze medal play-off in August. "I am both humbled and honoured to be given the opportunity by Basketball Australia to once again be the head of the Boomers," Lemanis said. Lemanis, who also coaches NBL side the Brisbane Bullets, will likely be given a squad for Tokyo brimming with NBA talent, including Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Ben Simmons, Thon Maker and Dante Exum. Before that, the Boomers will contest the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and aim to qualify for the FIBA World Cup in China in 2019. Lemanis has held the national team head role since 2013 after being recruited from the all-conquering Breakers, with whom he won three NBL championships.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz



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  BAHAMAS  

NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators25.9 
 3. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.6 
 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 


NPBA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Cybots and Shockers advance - by Eurobasket News

Cybots - Bahamas Univ. 99-91

Cybots rallied past Bahamas Uni to advance into the semifinal stage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cybots made 13 blocks. 27 personal fouls committed by the Bahamas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Livingston Munnings who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 9 blocks. Guard Ernest Saunders (188, college: Cleveland St. CC) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Cybots players scored in double figures. Cybots' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Kemsy Sylvestre who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and Justin Smith added 25 points and 8 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Cybots: L.Munnings 27+18reb+2ast, E.Saunders 22+5reb+4ast, C.Pinder 13+7reb, J.Atkins 10+7reb, L.Arbrister 9+4reb+2ast, D.Beadle 8+1reb
Bahamas Univ.: J.Smith 25+8reb+1ast, K.Sylvestre 19+16reb+2ast, R.Goodman 16+7reb, J.Stubbs 11+3reb+1ast, B.Jennings 8+7reb+1ast, R.Dames 8+3reb+7ast
gschID: 540842


Shockers - Rockets 96-68

Shockers cruised past Rockets to seal their semifinal appearance. Shockers dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Rockets' 36. Shockers forced 30 Rockets turnovers and outrebounded them 57-46 including 21 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Rockets' players. Rockets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Salathiel Dean who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks. Lamont Armaly contributed with 14 points and 8 assists for the winners. Five Shockers players scored in double figures. Tomeko Moxey answered with 21 points and Demetri Mackey added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Rockets. 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:
Shockers: S.Dean 26+16reb+3ast, F.Armbrister 15+5reb+1ast, L.Armaly 14+3reb+8ast, K.Murphy 13+6reb+5ast, W.Rigby 11+10reb+4ast, A.Collie 7+2reb+1ast
Rockets: T.Moxey 21+3reb+2ast, S.McKenzie 10+6reb+4ast, D.Knowles 8+5reb, D.Mackey 7+10reb+3ast, R.Morley 6+7reb+1ast, H.Curry 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 540841





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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.9 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Tofi, Aalstar15.8 
 4. Miller-M., Leuven15.7 
 5. Simpson, Liege15.6 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .15.2 
 7. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.0 
 8. Ware, Antwerp13.9 
 9. Simmons, Brussels13.9 
 10. Channels, Kango.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.1 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.1 
 3. Ubel, Brussels6.6 
 4. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 5. Ware, Antwerp6.6 
 6. Simmons, Brussels6.5 
 7. Fields, Liege6.5 
 8. Badji, Kangoeroes6.5 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .6.3 
 10. Tofi, Aalstar5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.6 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.6 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.3 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.9 
 5. Marnegrave, Spirou4.4 
 6. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.1 
 7. Clark, Antwerp4.0 
 8. Anderson, Limburg .3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
 10. Simpson, Liege3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan DAVIS
  Spirou
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Spirou1.8 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven1.8 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Hertay, Liege1.5 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 6. Simpson, Liege1.4 
 7. Billbury, Leuven1.4 
 8. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 9. Clark, Antwerp1.3 
 10. Muya, Brussels1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 3. Fields, Liege1.1 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende1.0 
 5. Gugino, Liege1.0 
 6. Ware, Antwerp0.8 
 7. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 8. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 9. Fusek, Spirou0.7 
 10. Blair, Aalstar0.6 



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  BOSNIA  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.20.3 
 2. Kovacevic, Spars S.18.6 
 3. Jovanovic, Spars S.18.2 
 4. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.0 
 5. Negovanovic, Gradj.17.4 
 6. Vukovic, Mladost17.4 
 7. Hasandic, Sloboda .17.3 
 8. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.6 
 9. Pelkic, Leotar15.3 
 10. Demic, Zrinjski HT15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 10
 1. Tomic, Kakanj10.0 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.9.2 
 3. Zimic, Kakanj8.3 
 4. Durmo, Spars S.7.7 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.5 
 6. Pelkic, Leotar7.4 
 7. Markovic, Gradj.7.3 
 8. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 9. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 10. Djugum, Siroki P.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josip NALETILIC
  Siroki P.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naletilic, Siroki P.7.5 
 2. Mocnik, Siroki P.7.2 
 3. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.4 
 4. Djurdjevic, Mlado.4.6 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.2 
 6. Zahiragic, Spars S.4.1 
 7. Svilar, Kakanj3.9 
 8. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 9. Luzajic, Leotar3.9 
 10. Fekete, Leotar3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.6 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.2 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .2.0 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.9 
 5. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.8 
 6. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.8 
 7. Hagins, Bosna-Royal1.8 
 8. Bocka, Gradjanski1.6 
 9. Persic, Siroki P.1.6 
 10. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Emir ZIMIC
  Kakanj
  (218-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zimic, Kakanj1.3 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.3 
 3. Demic, Zrinjski HT1.2 
 4. Karacic, Siroki P.1.1 
 5. Bajramovic, Spars S.1.0 
 6. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.0.9 
 7. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 8. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.8 
 9. Djugum, Siroki P.0.7 
 10. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.7 


Division I Round 1 (Second Stage): Igokea are defeated by Bosna-Royal - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Division I just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Igokea (0-1) in Sarajevo on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Bosna-Royal (1-0) 88-84. The former international Goran Ikonic (196-80, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Montenegrin center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bosna-Royal are looking forward to face Kakanj (#4) at home in the next round. Igokea will play against Spars Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Zrinjski HT's (#1) 75-71 road victory against Kakanj in I. American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) nailed 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Drasko Knezevic accounted for 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian guard Vojin Svilar (187-86, college: W.Georgia, agency: BeoExcell) came up with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Kakanj in the defeat. Zrinjski HT will play against Sloboda Tuzla at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kakanj will play against Bosna-Royal in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Mrkonjic Grad between Siroki Primorka and Mladost. Siroki Primorka (1-0) got a very close victory on the road over Mladost (0-1). Siroki Primorka managed to escape with a 1-point win 85-84 on Saturday evening. Jan Mocnik fired 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Milijan Bocka produced 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for lost side. Mladost's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Siroki Primorka will meet at home Gradjanski (#8) in the next round. Mladost will play against Leotar in Trebinje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 1
In I winless Spars Sarajevo lost to undefeated Sloboda Tuzla on the opponent's court 82-91. Bottom-ranked Gradjanski managed to outperform Bosnjak in a home game 80-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points and 6 assists by Danilo Negovanovic of Gradjanski.

Liga 6
Bosna-Royal - Igokea 88-84

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Igokea (0-1) in Sarajevo on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Bosna-Royal (1-0) 88-84. The former international Goran Ikonic (196-80, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Montenegrin center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) scored 25 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bosna-Royal are looking forward to face Kakanj (#4) at home in the next round. Igokea will play against Spars Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Igokea: S.Micovic 25+3reb, J.Robinson 22+8reb+3ast, D.Milosevic 11+8reb+2ast, V.Radivojevic 10+1reb+2ast, R.Rikic 6+3reb, D.Albijanic 6+1reb+1ast
Bosna-Royal: G.Ikonic 22+6reb+2ast, M.Sturanovic 17+5reb+1ast, V.Djordjevic 13+4reb+3ast, S.Vasiljevic 11+1reb+9ast, M.Josilo 7+6reb+1ast, S.Dragicevic 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 540843


Kakanj - Zrinjski HT 71-75

Very significant was Zrinjski HT's (#1) 75-71 road victory against Kakanj in I. American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) nailed 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-93) accounted for 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian guard Vojin Svilar (187-86, college: W.Georgia, agency: BeoExcell) came up with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and center Obrad Tomic (206-93) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Kakanj in the defeat. Five Zrinjski HT and four Kakanj players scored in double figures. Zrinjski HT will play against Sloboda Tuzla at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kakanj will play against Bosna-Royal in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: V.Svilar 18+5reb+5ast, E.Merdanovic 15+4reb, D.Sakotic 13+5reb+1ast, Z.Palavra 11+1reb+1ast, O.Tomic 8+9reb+3ast, A.Muflizovic 5+5reb+2ast
Zrinjski HT: T.Brummitt 18+5reb+1ast, B.Djurasovic 14+3reb+1ast, I.Begic 13+4reb+3ast, V.Princ 10+4reb+5ast, D.Knezevic 10+6reb+6ast, F.Bundovic 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540844


Sloboda Tuzla - Spars Sarajevo 91-82

Sloboda Tuzla used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Sarajevo 91-82 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-82. The former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) fired 24 points for the winners. Power forward Mirza Hrncic (209-86) chipped in 15 points. Sloboda Tuzla's coach Velimir Gasic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (196-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency) produced 25 points and Serbian center Stefan Djordjevic (206-89) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Spars Sarajevo players scored in double figures. Sloboda Tuzla will meet Zrinjski HT in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spars Sarajevo will play against Igokea (#5) in Aleksandrovac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spars Sarajevo: M.Kovacevic 25+3reb+1ast, S.Djordjevic 16+6reb, Z.Jovanovic 14+1reb+2ast, P.Reljic 11+4reb+3ast, I.Durmo 5+9reb, S.Kocic 5+3reb+2ast
Sloboda Tuzla: A.Hasandic 24+1ast, M.Hrncic 15+4reb, B.Djumic 10+5reb+1ast, N.Muratovic 10+5reb, M.Rikalo 9+4reb+5ast, E.Latifagic 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540845


Places 7-13
Gradjanski - Bosnjak 80-68

Gradjanski used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Hadzici 80-68 on Saturday night. Gradjanski outrebounded Bosnjak 36-23 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) fired 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbian swingman Danilo Negovanovic (194-88) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. Guard Amir Dovadzija (193-84) produced 18 points and 4 steals and power forward Ernad Mujic (207-92) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Gradjanski will meet Siroki Primorka (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bosnjak will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bosnjak: A.Dovadzija 18+3reb+3ast, E.Mujic 13+3reb+1ast, A.Sarajlic 9+7reb, S.Damjanovic 7+3reb+1ast, R.Grosic 3+3reb+1ast, M.Tuljkovic 2+4reb+3ast
Gradjanski: N.Milesic 23+1reb, M.Markovic 18+9reb+1ast, D.Negovanovic 16+4reb+6ast, D.Milosevic 9+3reb, S.Svitlica 7+4reb+1ast, D.Marojevic 3+6reb
gschID: 540847


Mladost - Siroki Primorka 84-85

A very close game took place in Mrkonjic Grad between Siroki Primorka and Mladost. Siroki Primorka (1-0) got a very close victory on the road over Mladost (0-1). Siroki Primorka managed to escape with a 1-point win 85-84 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-84. Slovenian point guard Jan Mocnik (178-87) fired 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Power forward Mateo Colak (206-98) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Serbian point guard Milijan Bocka (185-82) produced 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mladost's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Siroki Primorka will meet at home Gradjanski (#8) in the next round. Mladost will play against Leotar in Trebinje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost: B.Stanojevic 15+4reb+4ast, O.Nisavic 14+2reb+1ast, M.Bocka 14+7reb+6ast, A.Vuckovic 10+6reb+2ast, L.Markovic 9, F.Patkovic 8+2reb+2ast
Siroki Primorka: M.Colak 19+3reb+5ast, J.Mocnik 17+4reb+8ast, D.Persic 13+3reb, M.Dreznjak 12+6reb, F.Kastropil 8+4reb, D.Dreznjak 7+1reb
gschID: 540846





Spars Sarajevo signs Stefan Djordjevic - by Eurobasket News

OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) signed 28-year old Serbian center Stefan Djordjevic (206-89). He just played at Faros in Greek A2 league. In 12 games he had 9.0ppg and 3.8rpg this season. Djordjevic also spent pre-season at KK Kumanovo 2009 (Prva Liga) in FYR Macedonian league earlier that year.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.5ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 45.7%, FT: 10.0%.
Djordjevic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Montenegro (Teodo Tivat), Spain (Torrelodones), Serbia (Smederevo) and Bosnia (Sutjeska).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lucas VEZARO
  Joinville
  (188-G-96)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Vezaro, Joinville20.3 
 2. Maistro, Contagem17.8 
 3. Smith, Botafogo.15.3 
 4. Filho, Botafogo.14.0 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.13.6 
 6. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.13.4 
 7. De-Oliveira, Blumenau13.0 
 8. Alvim, Contagem12.8 
 9. Lazzaris, Blumenau12.5 
 10. Moreira, Blumenau12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Prado, Brusque9.0 
 2. Silva, Blumenau8.5 
 3. Russell, Botafogo.7.8 
 4. Moreira, Botafogo.7.5 
 5. Alvim, Contagem7.3 
 6. Alves, Contagem7.0 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.0 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.4 
 9. Perez, Botafogo.6.3 
 10. Froehlich, Joinville6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Smith, Botafogo.5.5 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville4.3 
 3. Perez, Contagem4.3 
 4. Romualdo, Contagem4.0 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau4.0 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.5 
 7. Russell, Botafogo.3.0 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.3.0 
 9. Silva, Blumenau2.5 
 10. Moreira, Blumenau2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Bruno LAZZARIS
  Blumenau
  (202-F-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lazzaris, Blumenau3.3 
 2. Maistro, Contagem2.8 
 3. Romualdo, Contagem2.3 
 4. Perez, Contagem2.3 
 5. Moreira, Blumenau2.0 
 6. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.8 
 7. Prado, Brusque1.8 
 8. Alves, Contagem1.7 
 9. Froehlich, Joinville1.7 
 10. Silva, Blumenau1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Silva, Brusque1.3 
 2. Perez, Botafogo.1.3 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.1.0 
 4. Silva, Blumenau0.8 
 5. De-Oliveira, Blumenau0.8 
 6. Dias, Joinville0.7 
 7. Souza, Santos/M.0.7 
 8. Henrique, Brusque0.5 
 9. Silva, Joinville0.5 
 10. Thawan, Contagem0.5 


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.



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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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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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.



Beroe almost secured semifinal spot in Balkan League - by Valentin Anguelov

Beroe Stara Zagora almost secured semifinal spot in this year edition of Balkan League. This happened after they beat Feni Industries by single point 85-84 in their visit in Macedonia. With that victory Beroe is the leader in Group C with a total of 4 wins. In order to lose their first position on the table Beroe have to be defeated in both remaining games and in the same time Sutjeska need to win their two. Apart from that the team from Montenegro have to beat Beroe in the final round with at least 29 points difference, which is quite impossible. The next meeting of Beroe is against Feni Industries on February 23 in Stara Zagora.

Aaron Jones (206-F-93, college: Mississippi, agency: Two Points) was most productive for the win of Beroe with to 27 points. Riley Ross added 19 while Shane Gibson had 12.

Kiril Nikolovski for the hosts managed to score 18 points.



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Jeremy Nzeulie selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #1. This week's number one is former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France). He led Chalon/Saor to a victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (16-7) 94-90 in the French ProA last Saturday. Nzeulie scored 11 points and added 5 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (17-6) is placed second in the ProA. This season Nzeulie averages: 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, 3FGP: 27.1% and FT: 77.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Landry Nnoko
Landry Nnoko
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Landry Nnoko (208-94, college: Clemson, currently plays in Italy). He could not help VL Pesaro (7-16) in their last game. Despite Nnoko's good performance VL Pesaro lost 81-91 at home to the much higher-ranked (#7) Grissin Bon RE. He scored 12 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. It was VL Pesaro's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Nnoko's overall stats are: 6.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 2FGP: 51.8% and FT: 52.1% in 23 games he played so far. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Mbah a Moute was not able to help the Los Angeles Clippers in their game against the Denver Nuggets (33-37) in the NBA. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Los Angeles Clippers (42-29) lost 114-129 on the road to the Nuggets. This year Mbah a Moute's total stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 37.6% and FT: 72.5% in 69 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #4. Center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) led Lille Metropole to a victory over the 16th-ranked Aix-Maurienne (9-14) 80-76 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. MBida was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!), grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Lille Metropole Basket (14-9) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. MBida has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 6.1rpg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #5. Former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Trabzonspor (7-15) in their last game. Despite Kadji's good performance Trabzonspor lost 76-84 on their home court in Trabzon to the one of league's weakest teams (#15) Balikesir. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was Trabzonspor's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Kadji's first season with the team. Kadji has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4bpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #6. An experienced power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Sportivo (8-26) crushing them 103-59 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) last Thursday. Essengue scored 15 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Comunicaciones Mercedes (24-9) is placed second in North group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Essengue has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #7. Former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Svendborg (13-15) in their last game. Despite NaNa's very good performance Svendborg was edged 59-58 on their home court in Svendborg by the league outsider (#8) Stevnsgade. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 18 rebounds. NaNa also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 33 minutes. It was Svendborg's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. NaNa has reliable stats this year: 12.6ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.0apg in 26 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #8. Guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie and both played together in the last French ProA game. Pitard contributed to Chalon/Saor's victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (16-7) 94-90. He scored 7 points. Pitard has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.2apg. Despite he played previously for the French U18 national team, Pitard is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Seidou Njoya
Seidou Njoya
   #9. Former international point guard Seidou Njoya (188-89, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) managed to help STB Le Havre in a victory against one of league's weakest teams SO Maritime Boulogne (8-15) crushing them 95-70 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored only 4 points in 16 minutes. STB Le Havre (11-7) is placed third in the ProB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Njoya has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 1.4apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #10. Forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help Jarvenpaa (9-17) in their last game. Despite Towa's good performance the tenth-placed Jarvenpaa (9-17) lost 94-105 on their home court in Jarvenpaa to the higher-ranked (#6) HBA-Marsky in the Division A. He scored 11 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 39 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. Towa's stats this year are: 13.2ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in 26 games. He is a former international player as six years ago he still played for the Cameroonian senior national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Lukoil Academic Sofia to a victory over the league outsider Levski (4-16) crushing them 91-70 in a derby game in the Bulgarian NBL in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Gibson recorded 20 points and added 9 passes in 29 minutes. Lukoil Academic Sofia (17-3) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Gibson's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.2apg and 1.4spg in 20 games he played so far. Gibson has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #2. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) could not help Vanoli Cremona (6-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Biligha's very good performance the bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona was defeated 86-78 on the road by the leading Armani Milano. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Biligha has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #3. Pascal Siakam (206-F-94, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Toronto Raptors in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-30) in the NBA. He scored 7 points in only 6 minutes. The Toronto Raptors (41-29) were crushed 123-102 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder. Siakam has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 3.3rpg in 52 games.

   #4. Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in Eskilstuna's victory against the sixth-ranked RIG Mark (4-12) 86-79 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Kouagnia recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 3 blocks. Eskilstuna Basket (14-2) is placed first in BEHS forts group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Kouagnia has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.5ppg, 13.4rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg. Kouagnia has both British and Cameroonian nationalities.

   #5. Roger Moute a Bidias (199-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams California (10-8) in their game against the Cal State - Bakersfield (12-2) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1. Moute a Bidias recorded 8 points. The California was defeated 73-66 in Bakersfield by the Cal State -. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Moute a Bidias has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.8rpg.

   #6. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Souffelweyersheim crushing them 80-52 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Temgoua scored 7 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Temgoua has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.3apg. He also holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #7. Michel Enanga (196-F, currently studies in the States) managed to help Coastal Carolina College in a victory against the Loyola College 72-63 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 last Monday. Enanga scored only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. Enanga has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.6rpg in 10 games.

   #8. Bertrand Nkali (206-F-92, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Houston in their game against the The University of Akron in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Nkali recorded only 2 points. His team was edged 78-75. Nkali has averaged so far 1.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2bpg.

   #9. Johan Bitjaa (207-C-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Zamorano's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour 97-85 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 8 points in 17 minutes. Bitjaa has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 5.7rpg in 21 games.

   #10. Maxime Djo Ebala (208-C-94, currently plays in France) couldn't help Angers BC in their game against Rueil in the French NM1 (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Djo Ebala scored only 2 points. His team was edged 84-82. Djo Ebala has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 1.8rpg. He holds both Cameroonian and French passports.



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a 3-point Valencia Basket's victory against the league leader CB Canarias (18-6) 65-62 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Sato recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (17-6) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 5.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 81.5% in 21 games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

James Mays
James Mays
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson, currently plays in South Korea). He could not help LG Sakers (23-28) in their last game on Friday. Despite Mays' very good performance LG Sakers were defeated 71-65 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Sonic Boom KT (#9). He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mays has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 22.1ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.7apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 23.4% and FT: 60.4%. Mays is a naturalized American. He played for the Central African national team in 2013. Strangely Mays has never played in Central Africa.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France). He led Boulazac Basket to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Poitiers (11-12) crushing them 89-66 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. Zianveni scored 11 points and added 4 assists in a mere 16 minutes. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (12-11) is placed ninth in the ProB. This year Zianveni's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 58.9%(53-90), 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 55.3% in 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Central African and French. Zianveni played for the Central African national team four years ago.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #4. Power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in France) managed to help BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral to win against the 12th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-14) 81-80 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored only 3 points. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (13-10) is placed seventh in the ProA. Djimrabaye's total stats this season are: 2.1ppg and 1.2rpg. He used to play for the Central African national team back in 2015.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #5. Former international small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France) was not able to help Olympique Antibes in their game against Strasbourg IG (14-9) in the French ProA. Kouguere scored only 4 points in 28 minutes. Olympique Antibes lost 72-81 in Strasbourg to the much higher-ranked (#6) Strasbourg IG. It was Olympique Antibes' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Kouguere's total stats are: 6.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere used to play for the Central African national team two years ago.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) plays for Fubon Braves in Taiwanese SBL
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (184-G-86) plays for Lorient in French NM1
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Martial Gotagni (190-G/F-79) plays for Chateauroux in French NM2
Jonathan Alalengbi (192-F-92) plays for Toulouse in French NM2

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Central African playing currently abroad. Go to Central African Abroad Page to see completed list.



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Juan Palacios selected the top Colombian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Juan Palacios
Juan Palacios
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Juan Palacios (206-85, currently plays in Turkey). Palacios could not help Tofas (10-12) to beat Gaziantep (11-11). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Tofas was defeated 95-82 on the road by the higher-ranked Gaziantep (#7). This season Palacios averages: 5.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 33.3% and FT: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Spanish. Ex-Guerreros de Bogota player is currently a member of the Colombian senior national team.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Hanner Mosquera-Perea
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (206-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). He was not able to help the E.Tenn.St. in their game against the University of Florida (14-4) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1. Mosquera-Perea scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The E.Tenn.St. was defeated 80-65 at home by the University of Florida. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Mosquera-Perea's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 58.6%(106-181) and FT: 56.0%. He is in the roster of the Colombian senior national team.

Braian Angola-Rodas
Braian Angola-Rodas
   #3. The Colombian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Braian Angola-Rodas (198, currently studies in the States). Angola-Rodas was not able to secure a victory for the Florida St. (12-6) in their game against the Xavier University (9-9) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. He scored 5 points. The Florida St. was crushed 91-66 in Cincinnati by the Xavier University. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. Angola-Rodas' overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 78.0%. He is also a member of the Colombian senior national team.

Hansel Atencia
Hansel Atencia
   #4. Guard Hansel Atencia (180-97, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the The Master's College, CA (12-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Atencia's very good performance the The Master's College, CA was edged 77-75 in Fort Worth by the Texas Wesleyan University. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NAIA. Atencia has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Spanish and Colombian. Atencia is also Colombian national team player.

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

   #1. Experienced Luis Julio (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Venezuela) led Panteras to a victory over the fifth-ranked Toros (1-5) crushing them 103-82 in the Venezuelan LPB in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Julio scored 23 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 27 minutes. Panteras de Miranda (2-6) is placed fifth in Eastern Conference. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Julio has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg in eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan.

   #2. Cesar Cortes (200-F/C-81, currently plays in Liga Americas). Cortes could not help Fuerza Regia (3-0) to beat Leones (2-1). He recorded 5 points and added 8 assists. The league leader Fuerza Regia was crushed 90-68 on the road by the lower-ranked Leones (#3). Cortes has relatively good stats this season: 13.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg.

   #3. Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86, currently plays in Venezuela) contributed to Gaiteros' victory against the fifth-ranked Panteras (2-6) 84-74 in the Venezuelan LPB on Monday night. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. Gaiteros de Zulia (2-4) is placed third in Western Conference. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Chiquito averages: 9.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.8spg in five games. He is another player who holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan.

   #4. Jesus Urbina (201-F-84, college: George Mason, currently plays in Venezuela) was the major contributor in Guaiqueries' victory against the fourth-ranked Marinos (2-4) 72-65 in the Venezuelan LPB last Monday. Urbina recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 21 minutes. Guaiqueries de Margarita (4-4) is placed third in Eastern Conference. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Urbina's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.7apg in three games. He has both Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities.

   #5. Jackson Zapata (198-F-85, currently plays in Venezuela) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jesus Urbina and both played together in the last Venezuelan LPB game. Zapata contributed to Guaiqueries' victory against the fourth-ranked Marinos (2-4) 72-65. He recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It's Zapata's first season with the team. Zapata's overall stats this year are: 4.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. Similarly like Urbina and Chiquito above he also holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Zapata's Colombian nationality, he previously played for the Venezuelan U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Colombian team.

   #6. Fernando Lucena (185-PG-86, currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to help Gigantes in their game against Cocodrilos in the Venezuelan LPB. Lucena scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. His team lost 81-91. This year he averages only 6.8ppg in six games. Similarly like three previous players above, Lucena has dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan.

   #7. Jorge Leon (188-PG-79, currently plays in Venezuela) managed to help Toros de Aragua in a victory against the fifth-ranked Panteras 90-71 in the Venezuelan LPB on Saturday night. Leon scored only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. This year Leon averages just 2.2ppg in six games. He has Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities.

   #8. Cesar Silva (190-G/F-81, currently plays in Venezuela) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jesus Urbina. He played also in the last Venezuelan LPB game facing Jackson Zapata (above) in the other team. Silva contributed to Guaiqueries' victory against the fourth-ranked Marinos 72-65. He recorded only one point in 6 minutes on the court. Silva has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 3.2apg in six games. Similarly like five previous players above, he holds both Colombian and Venezuelan passports.



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  COSTA RICA  


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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Ante Zizic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). He led Darussafaka to a victory over the league outsider TED Kolejliler (2-20) crushing them 88-57 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Zizic was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (15-7) is placed fifth in the BSL. It's Zizic's first season with the team. Zizic has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 75.0%(42-56) and FT: 75.8% in nine games he played so far. Ex-KK Ribola Kastela player is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Dario Saric
Dario Saric
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Dario Saric (207-94, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Philadelphia 76ers (25-45) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Saric's very good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (25-45) were edged 106-104 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Saric also added 7 rebounds, 6 assists and made 2 blocks. Saric has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 12.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 78.0%. Ex-KK Cibona VIP Zagreb player is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy). Peric was the main contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the ninth-ranked Auxilium TO (11-12) 89-70 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Peric scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (15-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Peric is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Umana Venezia's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 73.6% in 22 games. Peric played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Ivica Zubac
Ivica Zubac
   #4. Center Ivica Zubac (216-97, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Los Angeles Lakers (20-50) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the Los Angeles Lakers (20-50) were crushed 129-101 in Denver by the Nuggets. Zubac recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds. Zubac has reliable stats this season: 7.2ppg and 4.1rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #5. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Banco di Srd (12-11) in their last game. Despite Stipcevic's very good performance Banco di Srd lost 65-77 in Avellino to the higher-ranked (#3) Scandone AV. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Stipcevic also added 3 assists in 32 minutes. Stipcevic's stats this year are: 11.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.9apg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #6. Point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help AEK Athens (17-5) in their game against Olympiacos (19-0) in the Greek A1. Ukic scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. But AEK Athens was defeated 70-63 in a derby game by the leading Olympiacos. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ukic's stats this season are: 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #7. Former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, another player represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help FC Barcelona (10-16) in their game against Darussafaka (13-13) in the Euroleague. Tomic scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 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. Tomic has been at the team for five years. This season his overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.8apg in 26 games. Tomic used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
   #8. Small forward Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Washington Wizards (42-28) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Washington Wizards (42-28) were defeated 112-107 in Dallas by the Mavericks. Bogdanovic scored 19 points. This season Bogdanovic has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg and 3.1rpg. Bogdanovic plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Josip Sobin
Josip Sobin
   #9. International center Josip Sobin (203-89, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked AZS Koszalin (8-17) 78-62 in the Polish PLK on Monday night. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. Anwil Wloclawek (18-7) is placed second in the PLK. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Sobin averaged so far 11.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Jure Lalic
Jure Lalic
   #10. Center Jure Lalic (211-86, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) contributed to a MZT Skopje's victory against the sixth-ranked Kozuv (0-2) 77-71 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Saturday night's game. Lalic was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (2-0) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Lalic has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg and 5.5rpg. Lalic is a former U20 international player as eleven years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, another player represented by Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 67-72 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#13) Sevilla. Popovic was the top scorer with 11 points. He also added 5 assists in 25 minutes. Popovic averaged so far 11.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.0apg in 16 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team six years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help Parnu in their game against Rapla in the Estonian Alexela KML. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Bubalo was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. This season Bubalo has very high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.7apg. Bubalo used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former international center Luksa Andric (208-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Hungary) helped Szolnok win their game against the league outsider Vasas 96-88 in the Hungarian A Division in Thursday night's game. He scored 13 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. Andric averaged so far 11.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg in 13 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international point guard Juraj Segaric (185-93, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in Helios' victory against the second-ranked Portoroz crushing them 78-58 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Tuesday night's game. Segaric recorded 13 points and added 3 passes. His total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg. Segaric used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #15. Former U18 international power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, currently plays in Bulgaria) couldn't help Beroe in their game against Spartak Pleven in the Bulgarian NBL. Tesija recorded 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. His team was defeated 89-84. Tesija's total stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Switzerland) could not help Monthey (14-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Barac's very good performance Monthey was defeated 80-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Lausanne (#8). He was the top scorer with 29 points (made all of his seventeen free throws !!!). The Regular Season already ended. Barac has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 23.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg.

   #2. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Sweden) led Sodertalje Kings to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked KFUM Jamtland (15-15) 99-98 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. Bizaca was the top player that evening. He recorded 32 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Sodertalje Kings (21-9) is placed third in the Basketligan. Bizaca's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Bizaca plays fifth season for the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 18.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6apg in 28 games he played so far.

   #3. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Sloga (7-14) crushing them 82-61 in the Serbian KLS last Saturday. He scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes. KK Vrsac Swisslion (17-4) is placed first in the KLS. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Pavlovic's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Serbian.

   #4. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to help PVSK Pannon (13-11) in their last game. Despite Budimir's very good performance PVSK Pannon lost 87-91 at home to the lower-ranked (#11) Atomeromu. He was the second best scorer with 17 points in 37 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Budimir plays fourth season for the team. Budimir averaged so far 14.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 24 games.

   #5. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovakia) was the major contributor in Prievidza's victory against the seventh-ranked Lucenec (17-20) crushing them 100-70 in the Slovakian SBL on Wednesday night. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. BC Prievidza (26-11) is placed third in the SBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Maric averaged so far 13.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg.

   #6. Marijan Cakarun (204-C-90, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for La ICL Manresa in their game against Gran Canaria in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 95-76. This year Cakarun's total stats are: 7.4ppg and 4.2rpg in 24 games.

   #7. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an USK Praha's victory against the second-ranked BK Pardubice 74-67 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. He scored 6 points, had 11 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 30 minutes. This year Primorac's total stats are: 8.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games.

   #8. Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) led McKinnon Cougars to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Whittlesea City crushing them 98-61 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. Platenik also added 3 assists. It was his first game for McKinnon Cougars this season. Platenik is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #9. Aleksandar Marcius (208-C-90, college: De Paul, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket (12-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Caceres Basket was defeated 97-83 in S'Arenal by the higher-ranked Palma (#10). Marcius recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 15 rebounds. Marcius averaged so far 13.8ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.1spg.

   #10. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) managed to help Telenet BC Oostende in a victory in overtime against the third-ranked Enisey 95-79 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. He scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. This year Jagodic Kuridza's total stats are: 4.5ppg and 1.8rpg in four games. He has both Serbian and Croatian nationalities.



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  CUBA  


Javier Justiz selected the top Cuban playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He was the major contributor in a Estudiantes Concordia's victory against the fourth-ranked Instituto (24-18) 78-71 in the Argentinian LigaA last Tuesday. Justiz scored 19 points, had 5 rebounds and made 6 blocks. Estudiantes Concordia (29-14) is placed second in Norte group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Justiz has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 60.7%. He is currently a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Yoanki Mensia
Yoanki Mensia
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Yoanki Mensia (196-97, currently plays in Argentina). Mensia contributed to a GECR Indalo's victory against the sixth-ranked Quimsa (22-21) 94-80 in the Argentinian LigaA on Monday night. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (21-21) is placed fourth in Sur group. This year Mensia averages: 1.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 44.4% in eight games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Cuban senior national team.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He could not help Telekom Baskets (5-1) to beat Ironi Nahariya. Bartolo scored 9 points in 27 minutes. But the first-placed Telekom Baskets (5-1) lost 80-90 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#8) Ironi Nahariya in the group M of FIBA Europe Cup. It's Bartolo's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 41.9%, 3FGP: 52.2%(12-23) and FT: 63.6% in 14 games. Bartolo has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. He played for the Cuban national team six years ago.

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #4. Guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help San Martin Corrientes to win against the eighth-ranked Penarol (16-27) 71-65 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night. Garcia scored only 4 points and had 4 steals. San Martin Corrientes (29-10) is placed first in Norte group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Garcia has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg and 2.1spg. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2009.

Taylor Garcia
Taylor Garcia
   #5. Former international point guard Taylor Garcia (182-87, currently plays in Spain) led Quintanar to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B (5-19) crushing them 89-69 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Garcia scored 17 points in 30 minutes. Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (11-12) is placed tenth in Group B. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Garcia has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg in 23 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #6. Power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France) was not able to help SO Maritime Boulogne in their game against STB Le Havre (12-11) in the French ProB (second division). Paumier cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. SO Maritime Boulogne was crushed 95-70 in Le Havre by the much higher-ranked STB Le Havre (#7). It was SO Maritime Boulogne's third consecutive loss in a row. Paumier's stats this season are: 10.9ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.3bpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team eight years ago.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #7. An experienced former international power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) led Nautico KIA Tenerife to a 3-point victory against the third-ranked Real Madrid II (18-6) 78-75 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Nautico KIA Tenerife (14-8) is placed sixth in Group B. Silvestre averaged so far 14.4ppg and 5.7rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team seventeen years ago.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #8. Forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Albacete (6-19) in their game against CB Tarragona 2017 (8-17) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Elias recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. Albacete lost 73-84 in Tarragona to the higher-ranked (#13) CB _2017. This year Elias' total stats are: 9.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg in 25 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2009.

Rangel Ramirez
Rangel Ramirez
   #9. Former international center Rangel Ramirez (206-75, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help AEC Collblanc (10-10) in their game against Olivar (9-12) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Ramirez cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. AEC Collblanc (#7) was badly defeated 77-60 in Zaragoza by the lower-ranked Olivar (#9) in the Group C-A. It was AEC Collblanc's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ramirez has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) led CEZ Nymburk to a victory over the sixth-ranked BK Kolin (11-17) 84-74 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Sant-Roos had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 36 minutes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (27-1) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Sant-Roos has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.3apg and 2.1spg in 25 games he played so far.

   #2. Adrian Diaz (213-C-93, college: FIU, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a BC Timisoara's victory against the sixth-ranked Pitesti (10-13) crushing them 88-67 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Diaz scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. BC Timisoara (12-11) is placed fifth in Places 1-6 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Diaz's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 5.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely Diaz has never played in Cuba.

   #3. Juan Ferrales (188-G-91, college: Barry, currently plays in Norway) was the main contributor in Kongsberg's victory against the eighth-ranked Tromso (9-18) 74-57 in the Norwegian BLNO in Friday night's game. Ferrales was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Ferrales' second season in pro basketball. Kongsberg Miners (23-4) is placed first in the BLNO. Ferrales has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 5.3apg and 1.7spg in 29 games. Ferrales is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and American. Strangely he has never played in Cuba.

   #4. Yankiel Moreno (189-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point Bondi Ferrara's victory against the ninth-ranked Jesi (11-14) 84-82 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Moreno recorded 6 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Bondi Ferrara (11-14) is placed 12th in East group. Moreno's total stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.0apg and 1.2spg. He has both Cuban and Italian nationalities. Despite Moreno's Cuban passport, he previously played for the Italian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cuban team.

   #5. Sigal Benitez (193-G-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Arenys' victory against the eighth-ranked Cornella (10-11) 80-70 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Benitez scored 9 points in only 14 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 important. This year Benitez's total stats are: 5.6ppg and 2.0rpg in 21 games.



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

31-year old forward Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Keravnos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Etha (#5, 4-16) 86-77. It allowed Keravnos to consolidate first place in the Cypriot league. Keravnos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 18-2. Abukar turned to be Keravnos' top player in his first season with the team. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Abukar is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.7ppg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Etha. He is American guard in his first season at Etha. In the last game Jaxen recorded impressive 32 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Etha lost that game 77-86 to the higher-ranked Keravnos (#1, 18-2). Etha managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Etha managed to get this year. Jaxen is a newcomer at Etha and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.9ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 4.1apg.

Third place about best performers goes to Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) of Apoel (#3). Burnatowski showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Apoel, leading his team to a 79-60 easy win against #4 ranked Enosis in a game of the week. Apoel needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Burnatowski has a very solid season. In 20 games in Cyprus he scored 14.2ppg. He also has 5.7rpg and FGP: 62.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88) of AEK - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of Keravnos - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of AEK - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Torey Thomas (178-PG-85) of AEK - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Leron Barnes (196-G-93) of Etha - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel - 19 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)



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Martin Peterka claims Czech Republic 1Liga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented International Center Martin Peterka (205-C-95) had a great game in the last round for Nymburk B and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 21-year old center had a double-double of 29 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team crushed Zlin (4-4) with 23-point margin 78-55. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Nymburk B is placed at 3rd position in Czech Republic 1Liga. Nymburk B is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 8 games. In the team's last game Peterka had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Nymburk B and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Peterka has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.9ppg) and averages solid 63.9% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old power forward Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83) of Sokol Pisek. Englicky impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Sokol Pisek lost that game 65-70 to the lower-ranked Prostejov B (#14, 11-11). This loss caused Sokol Pisek to drop to 3rd position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-12 record. Englicky is a newcomer at Sokol Pisek and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Martin Klimes (203-C-83) of second-ranked Slavoj Litom.. Klimes showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Slavoj Litom., leading his team to a 78-67 win against the lower-ranked Opava B (#5, 2-6). Slavoj Litom. needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Klimes has a great season in Czech Republic. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.4rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Miroslav Krajcigr (178-G-94) of Vysocina - 32 points and 4 rebounds
5. Tomas Bruha (213-C-88) of Sokol Prazky - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Libor Svandrlik (202-C-90) of Sokol H.K. - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vaclav Honomichl (186-PG-92) of Loko Plzen - 20 points and 5 rebounds
8. Jiri Dihel (198-F/C-87) of Opava B - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jakub Slavik (200-F-99) of Ostrava - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vojtech Novak (205-C-97) of Sokol Pisek - 19 points and 4 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)



Jan Vesely selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Fenerbahce's victory against the 14th-ranked Demir IBB (6-16) crushing them 89-68 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Vesely recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (20-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Vesely has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 71.1%(86-121) and FT: 70.7% in 18 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman David Jelinek (195-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). Jelinek led Andorra to a victory against the 14th-ranked Zaragoza (8-16) 100-92 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. He recorded 17 points and added 4 assists. MoraBanc Andorra (12-11) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. This season Jelinek has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, 3FGP: 37.6% and FT: 78.7%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in Slovenia). Kyzlink led Helios to a victory over the second-ranked Portoroz (1-9) crushing them 78-58 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Kyzlink recorded 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Helios Suns Domzaleis placed third. It's Kyzlink's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 76.3% in 22 games. Kyzlink is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #4. Center Ondrej Balvin (217-92, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Movil Estudiantes' victory against the seventh-ranked Unicaja Malaga (15-8) 78-66 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and made 2 blocks. Movistar Estudiantes (18-5) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Balvin's overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2015.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #5. International power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, another player represented by Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Spain). Auda could not help La ICL Manresa (4-20) to beat Gran Canaria (16-8). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. The bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa was badly defeated 95-76 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#6) Gran Canaria. This year Auda averages: 9.7ppg and 4.3rpg in 17 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #6. An experienced center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria) was not able to help Raiffeisen Wels (13-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Chan's good performance Raiffeisen Wels were crushed 81-57 in Oberwart by the leading Redwell Gunners. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Chan averaged so far 10.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team three years ago.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #7. International point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington Wizards (42-28) in their game against the Dallas Mavericks (30-39) in the NBA. Satoransky cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards (42-28) lost 107-112 in Dallas to the Mavericks. This year Satoransky's overall stats are: 2.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg in 51 games. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #8. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Estela (19-2) in their game against Ardoi (15-6) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. The first-placed Estela (19-2) lost 56-60 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) Ardoi in the Group A-A. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Hampl's stats this year are: 13.9ppg and 6.0rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2012.

Filip Halada
Filip Halada
   #9. Former U20 international forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia) managed to help MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno in a victory against the closely-ranked Handlova (17-21) crushing them 79-59 in the Slovakian SBL in Wednesday night's game. He recorded only 2 points in 17 minutes. MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno (21-16) is placed fifth in the SBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Halada averaged so far 10.4ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg in 32 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany). Tyrna could not help Sixers (13-5) to beat Aschersleben (12-6). He recorded 5 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The third-placed Sixers (13-5) was crushed 78-57 on the road by the lower-ranked Aschersleben (#4) in the North group. It was Sixers' first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tyrna averaged so far 10.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.6apg.

   #2. Jakub Kasa (203-F-92, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to help Nitra (3-33) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Nitra was crushed 101-74 in MBK Handlova by the higher-ranked (#8) Handlova. Kasa scored 10 points in 19 minutes. It was Nitra's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Kasa's total stats are: 8.4ppg and 2.7rpg in nine games he played so far.

   #3. Lubos Novy (204-C-91, currently plays in Germany) led Vilsbiburg to a victory over the tenth-ranked Ansbach (9-14) crushing them 94-62 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Novy recorded 23 points. Baskets Vilsbiburg (16-7) is placed second in South-East group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Novy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Vilsbiburg's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Novy averages: 17.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4apg.

   #4. Experienced Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81, currently plays in Slovakia) faced previously mentioned Jakub Kasa in the Slovakian SBL last game. Stria managed to help MBK Handlova to win against the league outsider Nitra (3-33) crushing them 101-74. He scored only 3 points and added 3 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Stria's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.4apg.

   #5. John Boyer (185-PG-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lubos Novy and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Boyer contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Ansbach (9-14) crushing them 94-62. He recorded 8 points and had 5 steals. This season Boyer has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 7.2apg and 4.9spg. Boyer is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Boyer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for BK Decin in Czech Republic league.

   #6. Adrian Melski (192-G/F-92, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Zwickau in their game against Schwabing in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Melski recorded 8 points in 18 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 96-79. This year Melski's total stats are: 8.0ppg and 3.8rpg in eight games.

   #7. Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Valdiceppo's victory against the 16th-ranked Monteroni 75-70 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. He scored only 4 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Meccoli Matejca's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.



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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, Randers19.3 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.7 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.5 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.4 
 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. Artino, Horsens IC6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.8 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Wilson, SISU4.8 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.5 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC4.2 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.2 
 7. Dranginis, SISU4.1 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.8 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.2 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Akoon-P., Bakken1.9 
 4. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 5. Gesell, Bakken1.9 
 6. Smith, Horsholm1.8 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 8. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 9. Bello, Randers1.7 
 10. Ross, Naestved1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 3. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 4. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 5. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 6. Moten, Svendborg1.0 
 7. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.1.0 
 8. Colas, Randers0.9 
 9. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 
 10. Baru, SISU0.8 


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

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Germany). He led Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a surprising victory over the league leader BG Goettingen (19-3) 81-67 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Shields was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points in 29 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Shields' third season in pro basketball. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (11-14) is placed tenth in the BBL. It's Shields' first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 14.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 60.4%(96-159), 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 77.0% in 24 games he played so far. Shields played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Darko Jukic (199-90, currently plays in Slovenia). He was the major contributor in Krka's victory against the third-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (6-4) crushing them 86-62 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Tuesday. Jukic recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Krka Novo Mestois placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. It's Jukic's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 64.3%(18-28) and FT: 61.5%. Jukic is in the roster of the Danish senior national team.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy). Voskuil could not help Viola RC in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the tenth-placed Viola RC was defeated 78-68 at home by the second-ranked Tortona in the West group. Voskuil was the top scorer with 36 points. This season Voskuil has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 40.4%. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil is also a member of the Danish senior national team. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #4. Guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Malbas (3-27) crushing them 102-55 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Plannthin recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes. Norrkoping Dolphins (22-8) is placed second in the Basketligan. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Plannthin's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg in 30 games. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #5. International center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Massagno (6-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bergstedt's very good performance Massagno was edged 74-72 on the road by the higher-ranked Neuchatel (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Bergstedt has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.6apg. Bergstedt plays currently for the Danish national team.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #6. An experienced guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Hapoel Eilat in a victory against the ninth-ranked Maccabi Rishon (10-13) 94-85 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. He scored 5 points and blocked 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Hapoel Eilat (13-10) is placed fourth in the Winner League. This year Colman's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.5apg in 19 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Danish senior team nine years ago.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #7. Former international power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kirchheim Knights (19-9) 81-64 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Larsen recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (25-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Larsen has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #8. Forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the eighth-ranked Melilla Baloncesto (16-12) 105-101 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Gilling recorded 9 points (made all of his five free throws) in 15 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (18-9) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. Gilling has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Nicolai Andersen
Nicolai Andersen
   #9. International center Nicolai Andersen (203-96, currently plays in Finland) was not able to secure a victory for Kouvot (13-14) in their game against Salon Vilpas (25-8) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Andersen scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kouvot was crushed 95-71 in Salo by the leading n Vilpas. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Andersen has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.6rpg. He is also in the roster of the Danish national team.

Mikkel Andersen
Mikkel Andersen
   #10. Guard Mikkel Andersen (194-95, currently plays in Norway) helped Gimle BBK win their game against the closely-ranked Asker Aliens (13-14) crushing them 90-61 in the Norwegian BLNO on Saturday night. He scored 6 points. Gimle BBK Bergen (17-10) is placed third in the BLNO. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Andersen has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 1.5rpg. He is a former U18 international player as three years ago he still played for the Danish national team.

   #11. International center Lasse Elbaek (208-94, currently plays in Sweden) faced previously mentioned Mikkel Plannthin in the Swedish Basketligan last game. Elbaek couldn't help Malbas in their game against Norrkoping Dolphins. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Elbaek recorded only 3 points in 10 minutes. His team was crushed by 47 points 102-55. Elbaek's stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1apg in 29 games. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Balkan League) led his Bulgarian team Beroe to a victory against the tenth-ranked Teodo Tivat (3-3) 78-69 in the Balkan League on Tuesday night. He recorded 11 points in 22 minutes. BC Beroe (5-1) is placed fifth in the Balkan League. This year Tenchev's overall stats are: 6.9ppg and 2.2rpg in 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Danish team.

   #2. Mads Rasmussen (198-G-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to Helsingborg's victory against the leader IK Eos (14-2) 84-78 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Wednesday. Rasmussen scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group BEHS forts. Helsingborg BBK (10-7) is placed third. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Rasmussen's stats this year are: 12.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg in seven games.

   #3. Daniel Fernandez-Munkholm (191-G-91, college: Union, KY, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CB Novaschool Malaga to win against the fifth-ranked Utrera (7-5) crushing them 77-57 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Sunday. Fernandez-Munkholm scored only 3 points. CB Novaschool Malaga (7-5) is placed third in Group D Perman. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Fernandez-Munkholm has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Spanish and Danish.

   #4. Marcos Sanz (202-F-86, currently plays in Spain). Sanz could not help Almassera (2-12) to beat L Alfas (7-4). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Sanz scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. Almassera (#5) lost 80-90 on the road to the second-ranked L Alfas in the Group E Descen. It was Almassera's eighth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sanz has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 1.9rpg in 16 games.



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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. Onuaku, Rio G.10.7 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.6 
 6. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 8. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
 9. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
 10. White, Sioux F.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Magette, Los A.9.2 
 2. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. 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. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 6. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 8. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Lasme, Texas L.4.1 
 2. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 3. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 4. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.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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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


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

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Houston Rockets' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (20-51) crushing them 139-100 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Ariza scored 20 points and had 4 steals in 28 minutes on the court. The Houston Rockets have a solid 49-22 record this season. Ariza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 72.7% in 71 games he played so far. Ariza has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Tofas (10-12) in their last game. Despite Mejia's very good performance Tofas lost 82-95 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Gaziantep. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Mejia also added 7 assists and 4 steals in 31 minutes. Mejia has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 61.9%(70-113), 3FGP: 44.3% and FT: 74.3% in 22 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain). Cabrera led Mataro to a victory over the 14th-ranked Santfeliuenc (7-14) 71-65 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Cabrera recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 19 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. Feimat Mataro (8-13) is placed 12th in Group C-A. Cabrera's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 54.8% and FT: 66.7%. He played for the Dominican Republic national team eleven years ago.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. Shooting guard Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Poitiers in their game against Boulazac Basket (12-11) in the French ProB (second division). Greer scored 8 points. Poitiers was crushed 89-66 at home by the higher-ranked Boulazac Basket (#9). It's Greer's fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 3.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Gregorio Adon
Gregorio Adon
   #5. Former U17 international forward Gregorio Adon (198-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Marin (6-22) in their game against Palencia Baloncesto (19-9) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He recorded only 4 points. The bottom-ranked Marin was defeated 84-74 on their home court in Marin by the much higher-ranked Palencia_Baloncesto (#3). It was Marin's sixth consecutive loss in a row. It's Adon's first season with the team. Adon's overall stats this year are: 4.2ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) led GECR Indalo to a victory over the sixth-ranked Quimsa (22-21) 94-80 in the Argentinian LigaA in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Vargas had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 26 minutes. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (21-21) is placed fourth in Sur group. It's Vargas' first season with the team. Vargas has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games he played so far.

   #2. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-42) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-42) were defeated 123-109 on the road by the New Orleans Pelicans. Towns was the top scorer with 33 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Towns has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 24.6ppg, 12.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3bpg. Towns has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Panathinaikos' victory against the league leader Real Madrid (19-7) 88-82 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Feldeine scored 14 points and blocked 2 shots in 21 minutes. Panathinaikos Athens (16-11) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Feldeine averages: 7.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.2apg in 27 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Boston Celtics (45-26) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Boston Celtics (45-26) were defeated 105-99 in Philadelphia by the 76ers. Horford was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 8 boards, handed out 6 passes and blocked 2 shots. It's Horford's first season with the team. This year Horford has very high stats. He averages: 14.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5bpg.

   #5. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to a 2-point Flamengo's victory against the league outsider Macae (5-19) 82-80 in the Brazilian NBB last Tuesday. Ramon scored 11 points, made 7 passes and 4 steals in 27 minutes. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (17-6) is placed first in the NBB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Ramon's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg in 22 games. Ramon has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Juan Guerrero (201-F-93, agency: Basket Management Solutions, currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to secure a victory for Toros (1-6) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Guerrero's very good performance the fifth-placed Toros was defeated 98-86 in Maracaibo by the higher-ranked Gaiteros (#3) in the Western Conference. He recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 14 rebounds. Guerrero also added 3 blocks. This season he has very high stats. Guerrero averages: 18.4ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1bpg and 1.4spg.

   #7. Experienced Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa 95-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded 10 points. Baez's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg.

   #8. Victor Liz (188-SG-86, also represented by Basket Management Solutions, currently plays in Liga Americas) couldn't help Leones (2-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Liz's very good performance the third-placed Leones was defeated 100-87 in Barquisimeto by the second-ranked Guaros in the group F of Liga Americas. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Liz also added 5 rebounds. This season Liz has very high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg.

   #9. Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, another player represented by Basket Management Solutions, college: Southeastern CC, currently plays in Venezuela) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juan Guerrero. But that was another game of his team in Venezuelan LPB which we would like to mention. Pena was the main contributor in Toros' victory against the fifth-ranked Panteras 90-71. He was MVP of the game. Pena scored 21 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes. This year Pena has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.1apg in seven games.

   #10. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, another player represented by Basket Management Solutions, college: Merrimack, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Echague (7-33) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the tenth-placed Echague was edged 88-87 in Rio Gallegos by the higher-ranked Hispano Americano de (#9) in the Norte group. Solano recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and made 2 blocks. This season Solano has very high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.3apg and 2.0spg.



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  DR CONGO  


History made as DR Congo qualify for FIBA AfroBasket 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Ten years on, and the Democratic Republic of Congo sealed their ticket to the FIBA AfroBasket on Monday thanks to a successful FIBA Africa Zone 4 Group E campaign against the Republic Central Africa (CAF). Despite Monday's 80-76 loss to CAF, the Congolese advanced to this year's FIBA AfroBasket in Brazzaville thanks to an 85-64 win on Sunday, ending a 10-year absence from the biggest basketball tournament on the African continent. The Congolese, who last appeared at FIBA AfroBasket in 2007, closed the two-game series with a 161-144 triumph on aggregate. As a result of the loss, former African champions CAF will miss out the tournament for the very first time since 1999. The result also means a disappointment for CAF who hosted the qualifier and have been looking relaunch basketball in the country. Meanwhile, the DR Congo's win draws a new chapter in their basketball history. This is a country often described as having some of the most talented players in the continent but who have continually failed to join the best basketball nations. With the win, the DR Congo join African champions Nigeria, FIBA AfroBasket 2017 hosts Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Uganda, and Mozambique.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  EGYPT  


Egypt Qualifies to the Africa Basketball Championship 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Egypt attains victory and qualifies to the 29 FIBA Africa Basketball Championship, known as Afro-Basket 2017, to take place on August 19 to August 30 in Brazzaville, Congo. Qualifications for this prestigious event are divided to seven zones, and Egypt has been placed in the fifth zone. In a final match of the 2017 Afro Basket qualifier for zone five, Egypt outperformed its rival, Uganda, and scored 95-72. On March 18, Egypt competed against Uganda and qualified for the the Africa Basketball Championship 2017 at the Cairo International Stadium. Also, Uganda, the runner-up, has qualified for Afro-Basket 2017.
Moving to the women's competition, the 23 FIBA Africa Championship for Women, also known as Afro-Basket Women 2017, is taking place on September 15 to September 24 in Mali. Qualification for such an important event is divided to six zones, where only the champion of each zone is qualified. Egyptian national women team surprised the world after it had beaten Uganda's team 92-68, at the fifth zone's final and celebrated the victory on March 18 at the Cairo International Stadium.
Courtesy of: egyptianstreets.com




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  EL SALVADOR  


Liga MB Round 17: Brujos Izalco edges Cojute by two points - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked Cojute (5-5) made lots of trouble for second ranked Brujos Izalco (9-1) on Sunday. Brujos Izalco managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Cojute. Brujos Izalco looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brujos Izalco made 7 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks. Power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds for the guests. Brujos Izalco have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-1 record having just three points less than leader Santa Tecla. Cojute at the other side dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Brujos Izalco are looking forward to face Quezaltepeque (#5) at home in the next round. Cojute will play against Santa Ana (#13) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Undefeated leader Santa Tecla delivered the eleventh consecutive victory. This time they beat 14th ranked Arcense (1-10) 100-91 in San Salvador. Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 5 rebounds. Oreste Torres contributed with 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Danny Lawhorn (183, college: Midwestern St.) answered with 33 points (!!!) for Arcense. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Santa Tecla. They maintain first place with 11-0 record. Arcense lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Santa Tecla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Arcense will play against Sonsonate (#6) to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Quezaltepeque between 11 Lobos and Quezaltepeque. Eleventh ranked 11 Lobos (4-6) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Quezaltepeque (6-4). 11 Lobos managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 on Sunday evening. Shawn Hampton stepped up and scored 31 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Nate Drayton responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for 11 Lobos. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with El Rapido. Loser Quezaltepeque keeps the fifth position with four games lost. 11 Lobos will meet at home higher ranked Halcones (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quezaltepeque will play against the league's second-placed Brujos Izalco and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in San Salvador. Local Denver-FAS (6-5) outscored 12th ranked San Miguel (3-8) 109-80. The game was also dominated by American players. Thomas Alexander nailed 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning 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. Denver-FAS moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Canarios and Sonsonate. San Miguel lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with eight games lost. Denver-FAS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Salvador Giants.

In the last game of round 17 El Rapido was defeated by Canarios in Ahuachapan 96-92.

Denver-FAS - San Miguel 109-80

The game with biggest result difference took place in San Salvador. Local Denver-FAS (6-5) outscored 12th ranked San Miguel (3-8) 109-80. Denver-FAS dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to San Miguel's 36. They outrebounded San Miguel 53-42 including 17 on the offensive glass. Denver-FAS players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by San Miguel's players. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) nailed 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and point guard Anthony Brown (193-89, college: Imperial Valley JC) accounted for 30 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) came up with 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for San Miguel in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Denver-FAS moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Canarios and Sonsonate. San Miguel lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with eight games lost. Denver-FAS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Salvador Giants.
Top scorers:
Denver-FAS: T.Alexander 35+6reb+4ast, A.Brown 30+8reb+6ast, O.Adedoyin 17+19reb+2ast, J.Maria Rivas 7+4reb+2ast, K.Serrano 6, R.Iglesias 5+7reb+5ast
San Miguel: J.Johnson 39+7reb+2ast, N.Ezeamii 14+11reb+2ast, C.Hernandez 9+4reb+2ast, J.Cruz 8+6reb, M.Aguilar 5+5reb+3ast, B.De Leon 3+8reb+4ast
gschID: 537011


Arcense - Santa Tecla 91-100

Undefeated leader Santa Tecla delivered the eleventh consecutive victory. This time they beat 14th ranked Arcense (1-10) 100-91 in San Salvador. Santa Tecla players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 5 rebounds. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) contributed with 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Danny Lawhorn (183, college: Midwestern St.) answered with 33 points (!!!) and the other American import guard Mike Moore (195-89, college: Hofstra, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Arcense. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Santa Tecla. They maintain first place with 11-0 record. Arcense lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Santa Tecla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Arcense will play against Sonsonate (#6) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: L.Valdez 27+5reb+3ast, O.Torres 26+4reb+4ast, R.Martinez 18+3reb+10ast, O.Rivera 12+2reb+7ast, C.Arias 11+8reb, E.Escalante 6+5reb+1ast
Arcense: D.Lawhorn 33+3reb+3ast, R.Cardona 18+7reb+3ast, C.Torres 16+3reb+5ast, M.Moore 13+15reb+4ast, L.Birdsong 11+7reb+3ast, R.Rodriguez 0
gschID: 537013


Quezaltepeque - 11 Lobos 76-78

A very close game took place in Quezaltepeque between 11 Lobos and Quezaltepeque. Eleventh ranked 11 Lobos (4-6) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Quezaltepeque (6-4). 11 Lobos managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 on Sunday evening. 11 Lobos forced 20 Quezaltepeque turnovers and outrebounded them 47-29 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Shawn Hampton (187) stepped up and scored 31 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners and Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) chipped in 25 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Nate Drayton (203-91, college: W.Texas A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for 11 Lobos. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with El Rapido. Loser Quezaltepeque keeps the fifth position with four games lost. 11 Lobos will meet at home higher ranked Halcones (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quezaltepeque will play against the league's second-placed Brujos Izalco and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: S.Hampton 31+9reb+6ast, J.Antoine 25+16reb+4ast, M.Montavious 20+15reb+3ast, G.Galdamez 2, R.Aguiar 0, M.Gonzalez 0
Quezaltepeque: N.Drayton 25+14reb, Q.Scates 15+4reb+2ast, S.Brackett 15+5reb+6ast, R.Miranda 9+2reb+1ast, D.Bairez 8+1reb+7ast, L.Portal 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 537012


Brujos Izalco - Cojute 81-79

Seventh-ranked Cojute (5-5) made lots of trouble for second ranked Brujos Izalco (9-1) on Sunday. Brujos Izalco managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Cojute. Brujos Izalco looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brujos Izalco made 7 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks. Power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds and forward Scott Sill (206-92, college: Delaware St.) added 22 points and 17 rebounds respectively for the guests. Brujos Izalco have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-1 record having just three points less than leader Santa Tecla. Cojute at the other side dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Brujos Izalco are looking forward to face Quezaltepeque (#5) at home in the next round. Cojute will play against Santa Ana (#13) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: G.McArthur 29+13reb+1ast, C.Blake 20+7reb+8ast, T.Elliott 11+17reb+2ast, A.Navarrete 7+2reb, R.Mendez 6+3reb, M.Flores 3+4reb+9ast
Cojute: A.Moe 26+19reb+1ast, S.Sill 22+17reb+1ast, B.Golden 21+7reb+10ast, B.Reyes 4+2reb, J.Quintanilla 2+3reb+1ast, H.Acevedo 2+3reb
gschID: 537010


Canarios - El Rapido 96-92

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked El Rapido's (4-6) road loss to ninth ranked Canarios (6-5) 92-96. 24 personal fouls committed by El Rapido helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) accounted for 30 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Canarios players scored in double figures. Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) came up with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) added 24 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals respectively for El Rapido in the defeat. Canarios moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Denver-FAS and Sonsonate. El Rapido at the other side keeps the tenth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 30+2reb+5ast, W.Hepburn 28+10reb+6ast, R.Brown 14+12reb+2ast, W.Quijano 12+1reb+1ast, I.Sandoval 12+5reb+1ast, R.Aguilar 0
El Rapido: M.Guevara 30+9reb+4ast, E.Ishman 24+9reb+7ast, D.King 22+12reb+4ast, M.Lopez 8+4reb+1ast, C.Marquina 6+5reb, S.Esperanza 2+1ast
gschID: 537009





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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.8 
 3. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 4. Olmre, TTU17.6 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.17.4 
 6. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu16.6 
 8. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 9. Seskus, Parnu15.3 
 10. Strupovics, Valga15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.9 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU8.3 
 4. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.3 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu8.1 
 6. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.8 
 7. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.6 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.4 
 9. Lips, Tarvas7.3 
 10. Dzeletovic, TL.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 2. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.5 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.2 
 5. Jones, TL.4.0 
 6. Bratoz, Rapla3.9 
 7. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 8. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
 9. Post, Tarvas3.7 
 10. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 5. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 6. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 7. Tamm, TL.1.7 
 8. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga1.7 
 10. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.1 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Kok, Rapla0.9 
 5. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 6. Lips, Tarvas0.8 
 7. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 8. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.8 
 9. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 10. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Langford, Unics22.5 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.3 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.2 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA15.8 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.4 
 7. Rice, FC Barcelona13.5 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.3 
 9. Brown, Anadolu .13.2 
 10. Larkin, Baskonia13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Darussafaka
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Zizic, Darussafaka7.6 
 2. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 3. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.4 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.4 
 6. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.3 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.5 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.4 
 9. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.2 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid6.3 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.1 
 4. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 5. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.9 
 6. Colom, Unics5.8 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia5.8 
 8. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray5.5 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.0 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 4. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 5. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 6. Paul, Anadolu Efes1.3 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 8. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 9. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 10. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.3 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.3 
 4. Dunston, Anadolu .1.2 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 6. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.1 
 7. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.0 
 8. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 9. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 10. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Sodertalje
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Bizaca, Sodertalje19.9 
 2. Allen, Kormend19.7 
 3. Jeter, Groningen19.4 
 4. Clark, Chalon19.0 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines18.9 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.7 
 7. Roberson, Chalon18.3 
 8. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
 9. Denmon, Gaziantep17.1 
 10. Jefferson, Gazia.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Elegar, Enisey10.2 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.9.9 
 4. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.1 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 6. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk8.2 
 7. Fall, Chalon8.1 
 8. Lipkevicius, Vytautas7.6 
 9. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
 10. Adrien, Bnei H.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Reynolds, Cibona9.3 
 2. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 3. Martinic, Targu M.8.5 
 4. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.8.3 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.8 
 6. Roberson, Chalon6.7 
 7. Jeter, Groningen6.4 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.6.0 
 9. Massamba, Soder.5.6 
 10. Long, Steaua CSM5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Reynolds, Cibona3.5 
 2. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 3. Gajovic, Targu M.2.6 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 5. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.4 
 6. Petty, Kormend2.2 
 7. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.2 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 9. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 10. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Kataja B.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bristol, Kataja B.5.0 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.7 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.6 
 4. Fall, Chalon1.6 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre1.6 
 6. Elegar, Enisey1.5 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 8. Lazar, Targu Mures1.4 
 9. West, Siauliai1.2 
 10. Fieler, Groningen1.2 


Chalon complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Chalon - Cibona 83:78

Chalon advanced into the semifinal stage. They overcame a 2-point deficit from the opening leg clash versus Cibona and sealed their semifinal appearance. Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91, college: Oklahoma) tallied 26 points and 8 boards in the win.
Chalon surged ahead in the first term. They grabbed a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Cibona however quickly denied the deficit. The Croatian side jumped to a 39:36 halftime lead. Chalon increased the tempo in the second half. They chipped in 23 points in the third quarter to get within a single point 59:60. Chalon went on a 24:18 rally in the fourth period to secure much-needed result. John Roberson (180-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) tossed in 17 points, while Jeremy Nzeulie (188-SG-91) had 10 points in the victory. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) replied with 25 points and 7 boards for Cibona. Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova) chipped in 15 points in the losing case.

Chalon: Cameron Clark 26, John Roberson 17, Jeremy Nzeulie 10
Cibona: Luka Zoric 25, Scottie Reynolds 15



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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. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.6 
 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.5.2 
 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. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Young, Pyrinto II1.8 
 3. Sandberg, TuNM.1.8 
 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 



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  FRANCE  


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

24-year old center Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Chalon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Nanterre (#4, 16-7) 94-90. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Fall as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Fall has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 9.2rpg. Fall is in league's top in and averages solid 2.4bpg and 66.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, agency: Inception Sports) of ASVEL. He is American center in his second season at ASVEL. In the last game Watkins recorded impressive 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for ASVEL to edge the lower-ranked Orleans (#18, 6-17) by 4 points 82-78. ASVEL's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Watkins is well-known at ASVEL and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Mark Payne (203-G/F-88) of Chalons-Reims (#14). Payne scored 19 points and passed seven assists. Despite Payne's great performance Chalons-Reims lost 72-81 to the higher-ranked Monaco (#1, 20-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Chalons-Reims not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Payne could try to bring Chalons-Reims' a little bit higher in the standings. Payne has a very solid season. In 22 games in France he scored 11.3ppg. He also has 4.2apg and FGP: 57.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronald Lewis (193-SG-84) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Justin Cobbs (191-G-91) of Gravelines - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Alex Urtasun (193-G-84) of Nancy - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jason Rich (191-G-86) of Paris-Levallois - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. John Roberson (180-PG-88) of Chalon - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. D.J. Cooper (183-PG-90) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists
10. Tim Blue (205-PF-84) of Antibes - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Misanovic number one in FYR Macedonia for round 2 - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Center Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Rabotnicki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Kumanovo (1-1) with 18-point margin 87-69. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Rabotnicki is placed at 3rd position in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Rabotnicki is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 1st lost game this season out of 2 games. In the team's last game Misanovic had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Rabotnicki's top player in his first season with the team. Nenad Misanovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 6.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 70.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old international forward Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) of Kumanovo. Janevski had a very good evening with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Kumanovo lost that game 69-87 to Rabotnicki (1-1). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Janevski is one of the most experienced players at Kumanovo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Kaylen Shane (208-C-93, agency: Stealth Sport) of Ohrid AV (#7). Shane scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Ohrid AV, leading his team to a 81-77 win against Strumica (#9, 1-1). Ohrid AV has a very good start of the Second Stage. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Shane also has a very good start of the Second Stage with very strong stats. Shane has a great season in FYR Macedonia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devin Brooks (186-G-92) of Ohrid AV - 33 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Petar Jokic (201-F-91) of Strumica - 21 points and 8 rebounds
6. Djordje Drenovac (201-G/F-92) of MZT Skopje - 19 points and 6 rebounds
7. Phil Hawkins (186-PG-90) of Pelister Bitola - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Jure Lalic (211-C-86) of MZT Skopje - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92) of Karpos Sokoli - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Kenyon McNeaill (185-PG-91) of Kozuv - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  GEORGIA  


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

31-year old center Dmitry Sviridov (212-C-85) had a great game in the last round for Tskaltubo and receives a Eurobasket.com A League Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 17 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat SEU Tbilisi (#6, 0-9), the league's bottom-ranked team 76-70. Tskaltubo is placed at 3rd position in Georgian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tskaltubo will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. In the team's last game Sviridov had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Tskaltubo's top player in his first season with the team. Sviridov has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 12.3rpg. Sviridov is in league's top in and averages solid 1.8bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Armani Flannigan (203-F-92) of BC Titebi. He is American forward in his first season at BC Titebi. In the last game Flannigan recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as BC Titebi lost that game 63-73 to the higher-ranked DELTA (#1, 6-2). This loss caused BC Titebi to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Flannigan is a newcomer at BC Titebi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#5). He also registered 10.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Laron Griffin (205-C-89) of league's leader DELTA. Griffin scored 16 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of DELTA, leading his team to a 73-63 win against the lower-ranked BC Titebi (#5, 4-5). DELTA confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Griffin has a great season in Georgia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.8rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Peter Alexis (213-F/C-92) of Arena-76 - 21 points and 13 rebounds
5. Viktor Koguashvili (203-C-85) of SEU Tbilisi - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Christopher Anderson (170-PG-92) of Hyundai-TSU - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Deondre Ray (196-SF) of DELTA - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ryan Aaron (190-G-91) of BC Titebi - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Davit Maisuradze (205-C/F-90) of SEU Tbilisi - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Rezo Didia (203-F-87) of BC Titebi - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  GERMANY  


German BBL round 26 best performance: Jordan Hulls - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Jordan Hulls (180-PG-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bremerhaven, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, two rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Telekom Bsk (#6, 14-10) 113-103. Bremerhaven maintains the 14th position in German BBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 17 games and recorded just seven victories. In the team's last game Hulls had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Bremerhaven's top player in his first season with the team. Jordan Hulls averages this season 13.5ppg and 4.4apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Canadian Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) of Braunschweig. Pierre had a very good evening with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Braunschweig was edged by the higher-ranked Ludwigsburg (#7, 13-12) 80-78. Braunschweig is still second from the bottom in the standings. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Braunschweig managed to get this year. Pierre is a newcomer at Braunschweig, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Josh Mayo (181-PG-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) of Telekom Bsk (#6). Mayo scored 28 points and passed five assists. Despite Mayo's great performance Telekom Bsk lost 103-113 to the lower-ranked Bremerhaven (#14, 7-17). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Telekom Bsk needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 10 lost games. Mayo has a very solid season. In 25 games in Germany he scored 15.5ppg. He also has 4.7apg and FGP: 57.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88) of ALBA - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Devin Searcy (208-C/F-89) of Vechta - 18 points and 8 rebounds
6. Skyler Bowlin (191-G-89) of Giessen 46ers - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Barry Stewart (193-SG-88) of Walter Tigers - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ivan Elliott (203-F-86) of Bremerhaven - 17 points and 8 rebounds
10. Immanuel McElroy (194-G-80) of Jena - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Chris Carter claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Chris Carter (195-G-92, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Chemnitz and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 20 points adding five rebounds and nine assists for Chemnitz in his team's victory, helping them to beat Heidelberg (#5, 16-11) 79-67. Chemnitz maintains the 4th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chemnitz will need more victories to improve their 18-9 record. In the team's last game Carter had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Chemnitz's top player in his first season with the team. Florida Institute of Technology graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carter is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.6apg) and averages solid 2.2spg and 54.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old American guard Chase Griffin (190-G-83) of second-ranked Crailsheim. Griffin impressed basketball fans with 30 points and 3 assists. Of course he led Crailsheim to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dresden (#16, 2-26) 104-74. Crailsheim's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just five games this season, while they won 23 matches. Griffin is a newcomer at Crailsheim and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Crailsheim's star - American Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83, agency: Inception Sports). Dunn showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of Crailsheim, helping his team with a 104-74 easy win against the lower-ranked Dresden (#16, 2-26). Crailsheim is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 23-5 record is not that bad... Dunn has a very solid season. In 27 games in Germany he scored 12.2ppg. He also has 5.0apg and and 3PT: 43.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joe Lawson (201-F/C-92) of Chemnitz - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Andrew Warren (196-G-87) of MBC - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Carrington Love (186-G-94) of Kirchheim - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Nick Tufegdzich (203-PF-92) of Uni Baskets - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Louis Olinde (205-SF-98) of Baunach - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Matt Vest (195-G-92) of Uni Baskets - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Leon Kratzer (210-C-97) of Baunach - 10 points and 15 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)



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.




EuroLeague: Baskonia hammer Brose Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Baskonia 71:96

Chase Budinger (201-SF-88, college: Arizona) scored career-high 17 EuroLeague points to propel Baskonia past Brose Baskets in regular season action tonight. The victory helped the visitors at 16-11 record in the ladder.
Baskonia entered the game firing on all cylinders. The Basque team erupted for 28 points in the first period to take a 17-point lead. Brose Baskets dropped 26 points in the second frame to narrow the gap at 16-point mark. Baskonia stayed aggressive throughout the second half. The visitors poured in 43 points after the long break and rallied to the win. Shane Larkin (180-PG-92, college: Miami, FL) delivered 17 points, while Tornike Shengelia (206-F-91) had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Jerel McNeal (191-G-87, college: Marquette) responded with 17 points for Brose Baskets. Lucca Staiger (196-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) had 12 points in the defeat.

Brose Baskets: Jerel McNeal 17, Lucca Staiger 12
Baskonia: Chase Budinger 17, Shane Larkin 17, Tornike Shengelia 16+12 boards



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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi20.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.3 
 3. Lilov, Szedeak19.9 
 4. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.4 
 5. Pacher, Vasas18.2 
 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, Kaposvari9.0 
 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. Johnson, Sopron KC6.1 
 8. Petty, Kormend6.1 
 9. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
 10. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.5 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.4 
 3. Petty, Kormend2.1 
 4. Smith, MAFC2.1 
 5. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari2.0 
 7. Boltic, Szedeak1.9 
 8. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
 9. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.6 
 10. Nelson, PVSK P.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Keller, Alba0.9 
 3. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 4. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 5. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 6. Benke, ZTE K.0.8 
 7. Andric, Szolnok0.8 
 8. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 9. Czinger, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 


Best players of Hungarian A Division round 24 - by Eurobasket News

American Deville Smith (183-PG-91, agency: Two Points) had a great game in the last round for MAFC and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old playmaker had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for MAFC in his team's victory, helping them to beat Falco KC (#4, 16-9) 75-67. MAFC is placed at 13th position in Hungarian A Division. 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. MAFC have already lost 20 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at MAFC and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Deville Smith averages this season 14.4ppg and 6.0apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Serbian power forward Andrija Bojic (207-PF-93, agency: BeoBasket) of Jaszberenyi. Bojic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Jaszberenyi lost that game 73-88 to the higher-ranked KTE-Duna (#9, 11-13). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Jaszberenyi keeps 12th position. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Jaszberenyi managed to get this year. Bojic is a newcomer at Jaszberenyi 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 20.3ppg (#2). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Nenad Sulovic (202-C-85, agency: BeoBasket) of Szedeak (#8). Sulovic showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Szedeak, leading his team to a 92-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Vasas (#14, 4-20). Szedeak needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Sulovic has a very solid season. In 23 games in Hungary he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 7.0rpg, 3.5apg and FGP: 57.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Falco KC - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Talor Battle (182-PG-88) of Atomeromu - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) of Szolnok - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Brandon Taylor (178-PG-94) of Alba - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Marko Boltic (193-G-87) of Szedeak - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Tomislav Ivosev (204-F-90) of KTE-Duna - 24 points and 5 rebounds
10. Anthony Nelson (185-G-89) of PVSK Pannon - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  ICELAND  

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. Covile, Snaefell24.0 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll24.0 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik21.1 
 8. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 9. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 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, KR10.0 
 10. Alawoya, KR8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Pavel ERMOLINSKIJ
  KR
  (202-G-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Ermolinskij, KR6.8 
 2. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.8 
 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, KR4.6 
 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. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 10. Alawoya, KR1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 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. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 9. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 10. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 


D1 Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Breidablik and Hamar - by Eurobasket News

Valur - Breidablik 80-82

Breidablik upset Valur on the road to extend the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Forward Egill Vignisson (198-91) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) answered with 26 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) added 18 points and 6 assists in the effort for Valur. Four Breidablik and five Valur players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Valur: U.King 26+9reb+2ast, A.Bracey 18+2reb+6ast, B.Blondal 12+4reb+3ast, O.Petursson 11+6reb+1ast, S.Sturluson 10+5reb+2ast, B.Petursson 3+11reb+1ast
Breidablik: T.Garland 34+4reb+4ast, E.Vignisson 14+6reb+1ast, S.Vignisson 13+4reb+2ast, B.Gunnarsson 11+7reb+2ast, R.Ragnarsson 6+1ast, B.Vidisson 3
gschID: 539909


Fjolnir - Hamar 86-91

Hamar rallied past Fjolnir to take 2-1 lead in the series. Fjolnir was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 53-41 second half run of Hamar. It was a great evening for American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) helped adding 20 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Collin Pryor (200-90, college: Northern St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Robert Sigurdsson (187-94) scored 14 points and 6 assists. Four Hamar and five Fjolnir players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: C.Pryor 22+10reb+6ast, G.Sveinbjornsson 17+3reb+2ast, R.Sigurdsson 14+2reb+6ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 11+2reb+3ast, E.Egilsson 10+3reb+2ast, B.Rikhardsson 5+2reb+3ast
Hamar: E.Stefansson 20+2reb+2ast, H.Petursson 19+4reb+1ast, C.Woods 16+13reb+3ast, O.Sigurdarson 15+6reb, R.Erlingsson 7+3reb+7ast, S.Hrafnsson 6+2ast
gschID: 539910





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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.4 
 2. Wilson, Belfast Star26.8 
 3. Pemberton, Tralee22.7 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.21.1 
 5. Turner, Killester21.0 
 6. Lawrence, Moycu.20.6 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.2 
 8. Murphy, Templeogue18.3 
 9. Killeen, Templeogue17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Provizors, DCU S.16.7 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian16.2 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.13.5 
 4. Turner, Killester12.6 
 5. Killeen, Templeogue11.6 
 6. Freeman, Moycullen11.6 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee11.5 
 8. Lawson, UCC Demons11.0 
 9. Gil, Swords T.10.6 
 10. Jackson, KUBS10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.8 
 2. Westbrooks, Swords T.9.1 
 3. Drumm, UCD Marian8.8 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.8 
 5. Downey, UCC Demons6.3 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.6.1 
 7. Roe, Killester5.4 
 8. Riles, Eanna4.8 
 9. Hosford, UCC D.4.5 
 10. Donaghy, Tralee4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian5.4 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian4.9 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.3 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee2.6 
 5. James, Templeogue2.5 
 6. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.4 
 7. Murphy, Templeogue2.4 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 9. Calvo, Swords T.2.3 
 10. Howlin, UL Eagles2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacob LAWSON
  UCC Demons
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lawson, UCC Demons3.0 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue2.8 
 3. Jackson, KUBS2.6 
 4. Gil, Swords T.2.4 
 5. Goldsborough, Swords T.2.1 
 6. Freeman, Moycullen2.0 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee1.9 
 8. Garrow, UCD Marian1.8 
 9. Moreira, UCD M.1.7 
 10. Turner, Killester1.7 


Maree crowned Division One champions - by Eurobasket News

MAREE were today crowned Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Regular Season champions for the second year in a row with a win over Ulster University Elks in Oranmore. In an extremely close and competitive game, it took Maree until the fourth quarter to put some breathing space between the two sides, with momentum swinging from end to end throughout the game. Good scoring from Kenneth Hansberry and Eoin Rockall (182-PG-98) sealed the deal in the end for the Galway side, and Maree were crowned champions. 'It feels brilliant. We had a really tough game today, Ulster Elks are a really good team and they really put it up to us,' said a thrilled Head Coach, John Finn . 'We were nine points down going into the fourth quarter and played really well to win the game so we're delighted. I felt that if we could play to our ability we could win, but it wasn't until the fourth quarter that we played the way we can play.'
Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie



Irish Super League round 22 best performance: Jermaine Turner - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Forward Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) put on an amazing game in the last round for Killester, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 42-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Eanna (#11, 5-16) 89-75. Killester maintains the 5th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. In the team's last game Turner had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Killester, through which he has constantly improved. Former Dowling College star has very solid stats this year. Turner is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.7ppg), rebounds (4th best: 12.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 55.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Mike Garrow (193-G-91) of UCD Marian. Garrow had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 25 rebounds. Bad luck as UCD Marian lost that game 66-94 to slightly higher-ranked Swords Thunder (#2, 18-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. UCD Marian still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 16-5 record is not bad at all. Garrow is a newcomer at UCD Marian, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints (#8). Provizors showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Provizors' great performance DCU Saints lost 64-76 to slightly higher-ranked UCC Demons (#6, 11-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of DCU Saints not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Provizors could try to bring DCU Saints' a little bit higher in the standings. Provizors has individually a great season in Ireland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 16.7rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 69.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Freeman (201-F-83) of Moycullen - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) of Templeogue - 31 points and 5 rebounds
6. Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of Templeogue - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Justin Goldsborough (203-F) of Swords Thunder - 18 points and 12 rebounds
8. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) of UCD Marian - 21 points and 10 rebounds
9. Isaac Westbrooks (189-PG-85) of Swords Thunder - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists
10. Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) of Templeogue - 25 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)



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  ISRAEL  

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Warren, Maccabi .24.3 
 2. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa22.1 
 4. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 5. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.7 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A21.3 
 7. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.6 
 8. Brown, Ironi R.20.2 
 9. Jordan, Galil Elion19.9 
 10. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE
  Ironi R.
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Lee, Ironi R.12.6 
 2. Jordan, Galil Elion11.7 
 3. Warren, Maccabi .11.3 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.2 
 5. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.8 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.4 
 7. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.1 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.0 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 10. Treadwell, Hapoel A.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Hap.H.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.7.5 
 2. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.3 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .6.2 
 4. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.0 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.5.0 
 7. Salz, Galil Elion4.8 
 8. Hofman, Ironi N.4.6 
 9. Fisher, Hapoel B/S4.6 
 10. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H3.0 
 2. Lavie, Maccabi .2.6 
 3. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.5 
 4. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.4 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.3 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.0 
 7. Eiram, Macc.Reh.1.9 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 9. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.9 
 10. Olasewere, Hap.R/G.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.4 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 3. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.8 
 4. Lee, Ironi R.1.7 
 5. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 6. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.5 
 7. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 8. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 9. Warren, Maccabi .1.3 
 10. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.2 


Winner League Round 23: Maccabi T-A beat Hapoel Tel-Aviv in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tel-Aviv: Maccabi T-A (#1) and Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#7). Maccabi T-A (17-6) crushed visiting Hapoel Tel-Aviv (11-12) by 26 points 100-74. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Tel-Aviv managed to win fourth quarter 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hapoel Tel-Aviv 46-20 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) who scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Naturalized American forward Joe Alexander (203-86, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Maccabi T-A's coach Ainars Bagatskis felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Maccabi T-A maintains first place with 17-6 record. Hapoel Tel-Aviv at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face league's second-placed Hapoel Holon at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Maccabi K/G (#12) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Holon. Local Hapoel Holon (16-7) outscored 11th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (8-15) 99-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 assists. Jordan Taylor contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Coach Dan Shamir's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton) answered with 18 points for Maccabi Ashdod. Hapoel Holon maintains second place with 16-7 record behind leader Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Hapoel Holon will play against league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi Ashdod will play at home against Bnei Hasharon (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G was crushed by Maccabi Haifa in a road game 99-78. Hapoel Eilat beat Maccabi Rishon at home 94-85. Galil Gilboa lost to Bnei Hertzeliyya on the opponent's court 66-76. Hapoel J-M managed to outperform Ironi Nahariya in a home game 91-80.
The best stats of 23th round was 14 points and 9 assists by Gregory Vargas of Maccabi Haifa.

Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi K/G 99-78

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Maccabi K/G (4-19) was crushed on the road by sixth ranked Maccabi Haifa (12-11) 99-78. The game without a history. Maccabi Haifa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Maccabi Haifa players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Maccabi K/G's players. International swingman Amit Simhon (198-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) contributed with 14 points and 9 assists for the winners. Five Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. Coach Ofer Rahimi's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import point guard Josh Selby (188-91, college: Kansas, agency: Octagon Europe) added 18 points in the effort for Maccabi K/G. Maccabi Haifa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 12-11 record. Maccabi K/G lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Maccabi Haifa will play against Ironi Nahariya (#8) on the road in the next round. Maccabi K/G will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: W.Graves 19+4reb, A.Simhon 18+5reb+6ast, G.Vargas 14+3reb+9ast, O.Blayzer 14+7reb+3ast, J.DiBartolomeo 11+5reb+4ast, W.Workman 11+1reb+2ast
Maccabi K/G: B.Bowman 19+7reb+1ast, J.Selby 18+3reb+1ast, J.Carter 16+3reb+2ast, A.Rosenberg 9+2reb+1ast, C.Kelly 8+5reb+1ast, E.Shulman 8+4ast
gschID: 540711


Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon 94-85

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Hapoel Eilat (13-10) defeated at home 8th ranked Maccabi Rishon (10-13) 94-85. It looked good early as Maccabi Rishon took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Eilat had a 19-17 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi Rishon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-94. Hapoel Eilat made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. International Rafi Menco (198-94) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. American point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. American-Belarusian point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova) answered with 23 points and 7 assists and American power forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Rishon. Four Hapoel Eilat and five Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hapoel Eilat moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Maccabi Rishon lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Galil Gilboa and Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Eilat will play against Galil Gilboa (#10) in Rosh Pina in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi Rishon will play at home against Hapoel Jerusalem and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: R.Menco 22+13reb+1ast, L.Milbourne 17+4reb+2ast, R.Rothbart 15+6reb, P.Henry 11+7reb+11ast, A.Nissim 10+1reb, W.Daniels 8+4reb+2ast
Maccabi Rishon: M.Wayns 23+4reb+7ast, C.Thomas 20+7reb+1ast, C.Long 14+5reb+1ast, I.Zalmanson 12+1reb+5ast, E.Kadir 10+5reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 540710


Bnei Hertzeliyya - Galil Gilboa 76-66

Very expected game in Hod Hasharon where 10th ranked Galil Gilboa (10-13) was defeated by third ranked Bnei Hasharon (14-9) 76-66. It looked good early as Galil Gilboa took a 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bnei Hasharon took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 10 points. Galil Gilboa was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. International forward Karam Mashour (198-91, college: Morehead St., agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. American-Georgian point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. American forward Murphy Holloway (201-90, college: Mississippi) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Galil Gilboa. Bnei Hasharon maintains third place with 14-9 record having just three points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya. Bnei Hasharon will play against Maccabi Ashdod (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galil Gilboa will play against Hapoel Eilat and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: K.Mashour 22+13reb+1ast, J.Adrien 15+5reb, T.Green 13+5reb+5ast, S.Dennis 12+1reb+5ast, H.Kanacevic 8+5reb+3ast, O.Leumi 4+3reb+1ast
Galil Gilboa: M.Holloway 27+7reb, E.Griffin 13+7reb+1ast, J.Siggers 8+2reb+2ast, J.Shuchman 6+8reb+4ast, A.Bier-Katz 4+2reb+2ast, E.Skverer 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 540709


Hapoel J-M - Ironi Nahariya 91-80

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-10) beat at home 8th ranked Ironi Nahariya (10-13) 91-80. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Jerusalem. Ironi Nahariya was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Jerusalem players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The former international point guard Bar Timor (190-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hapoel Jerusalem moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Ironi Nahariya at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Galil Gilboa and Maccabi Rishon. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against Maccabi Rishon (#9) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ironi Nahariya will play at home against Maccabi Haifa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: J.Dyson 22+5reb+2ast, B.Timor 19+6reb+10ast, L.Eliyahu 11+4reb+4ast, S.Jones 11+4reb, C.Jerrells 9+1reb+3ast, T.Peterson 9+3reb+1ast
Ironi Nahariya: S.Douglass 16+3reb+1ast, S.Hopson 16+2reb+4ast, Y.Gates 16+8reb+3ast, T.Nash 11+7reb+3ast, E.Asante Asare 9+6reb, J.Skjoldebrand 6+1ast
gschID: 540708


Maccabi T-A - Hapoel T-A 100-74

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tel-Aviv: Maccabi T-A (#1) and Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#7). Maccabi T-A (17-6) crushed visiting Hapoel Tel-Aviv (11-12) by 26 points 100-74. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Tel-Aviv managed to win fourth quarter 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hapoel Tel-Aviv 46-20 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) who scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Naturalized American forward Joe Alexander (203-86, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A's coach Ainars Bagatskis felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Tamir Blatt (180-97) added 9 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Maccabi T-A maintains first place with 17-6 record. Hapoel Tel-Aviv at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face league's second-placed Hapoel Holon at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Maccabi K/G (#12) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: J.Alexander 14+7reb, G.Pnini 14+2reb, G.Mekel 13+8reb+9ast, D.Smith 13+1reb+2ast, V.Rudd 11+9reb, S.Landesberg 10+3reb+4ast
Hapoel T-A: R.Howell 20+6reb+3ast, M.Lyons 12+3ast, M.Naor 10+4reb+1ast, T.Blatt 9+4reb+5ast, T.Moshe 7+1reb+2ast, A.Banks 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540707


Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Ashdod 99-70

The game with biggest result difference took place in Holon. Local Hapoel Holon (16-7) outscored 11th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (8-15) 99-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. The game without a history. Hapoel Holon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 assists. His fellow American import point guard Jordan Taylor (188-89, college: Wisconsin, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Coach Dan Shamir's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton) answered with 18 points and the former international Jake Cohen (208-90, college: Davidson) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Ashdod. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon maintains second place with 16-7 record behind leader Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Hapoel Holon will play against league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi Ashdod will play at home against Bnei Hasharon (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: T.Holloway 22+1reb+9ast, J.Taylor 14+4reb+4ast, J.Bell 13+3reb+3ast, A.Chubrevich 10+8reb+1ast, T.Younger 9+2reb+1ast, D.Atkins 9+9reb
Maccabi Ashdod: K.Dillard 18+4reb+1ast, C.Simon 16+4reb+1ast, J.Cohen 11+9reb+3ast, I.Ziv 10+3ast, B.Altit 8+5reb+1ast, J.Carmichael 4+6reb
gschID: 540706





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  ITALY  

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. Stefanelli, San M.2.0 
 6. Balanzoni, Lecco2.0 
 7. Busco, Patti2.0 
 8. Ricci, Giulianova1.9 
 9. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Corral, Omegna1.3 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni1.2 
 3. Laguzzi, Sestu1.2 
 4. Chiacig, Taranto1.1 
 5. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 6. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 7. Capitanelli, Pescara1.0 
 8. Gatti, Campli0.9 
 9. Balanzoni, Lecco0.9 
 10. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 


Serie A2 Round 25: Agrigento defeat Legnano in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. The round was exceptionally exciting as five games ended with a tiny margin. 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 exciting game of round 25 in the Serie A2 took place in Agrigento. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Legnano (15-10) to seventh ranked Agrigento (14-11) 68-67 on Sunday evening. American power forward Damen Bell-Holter (206-90, college: ORU) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Agrigento maintains seventh place in A2 with 14-11 record. Legnano at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Agrigento are looking forward to face league's second-placed Tortona on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Legnano will play against Latina Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ravenna. Third ranked host Ravenna (17-8) defeated their biggest opponent Treviso Basket (17-8) 68-61. American point guard Derrick Marks (190-93, college: Boise St.) nailed 21 points and 5 steals for the winning side and Taylor Smith accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for Treviso Basket in the defeat. Ravenna maintains third place in A2 with 17-8 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Ravenna will play against Verona (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Treviso Basket will play against Imola (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Serie A2 top team - Virtus Bologna (18-7) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Recanati (6-19) 98-63. Lorenzo Penna fired 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Erik Rush produced 12 points and 8 rebounds 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. Virtus Bologna maintains first place in A2 with 18-7 record. Loser Recanati keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Virtus Bologna will meet Alma Trieste (#4) on the road in the next round. Recanati will play against Chieti (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Serie A2 top team - Angelico Biella (19-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Lighthouse TR (12-13) 79-55. Worth to mention a great performance of Mike Hall who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Angelico Biella maintains first place in A2 with 19-6 record. Lighthouse TR at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be FCM Ferentino (#12) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Lighthouse TR will play against Roma Virtus and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Forli. Fifteenth ranked Unieuro Forli (7-18) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Verona (13-12) 70-68 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Ogooluwa Adegboye stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners. Newly promoted Unieuro Forli maintains fifteenth place in A2 with 7-18 record. Loser Verona dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Unieuro Forli will face higher ranked Jesi (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 25:
In A2 Piacenza lost to Mantova on the opponent's court 80-96. F.Kontatto BO managed to outperform Imola in a home game 71-68. Roseto managed to beat Chieti on the road 110-100. Udine APU defeated Alma Trieste on its own court 88-70. Jesi was beaten by Bondi Ferrara in a road game 84-82. Novipiu Casale won against Rieti at home 65-59. Eurobasket Roma unfortunately lost to Scafati on the opponent's court 84-93. Viola RC recorded a loss to Tortona in a home game 68-78. FCM Ferentino defeated Mens Sana 1871 on the road 87-82. Latina Basket was beaten by Agropoli on its own court 81-84. Treviglio lost to Roma Virtus in a road game 90-97.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 9 rebounds by Paulius Sorokas of Treviglio.

East
Mantova - Piacenza 96-80

Rather expected game in Mirandola where 9th ranked Piacenza (11-14) was defeated by seventh ranked Mantova (14-11) 96-80 on Monday. Mantova outrebounded Piacenza 42-26 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international point guard Jacopo Giachetti (190-83) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 assists for the winners and swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Mantova players scored in double figures. Mantova's coach Alberto Martelossi used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side the former international guard Matteo Formenti (194-82) responded with 30 points and 5 rebounds and guard Tommaso Raspino (200-89, agency: Players Group) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Mantova maintains seventh place in A2 with 14-11 record. Loser Piacenza dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Mantova will face Udine APU (#10) on the road in the next round. Piacenza will play against Bondi Ferrara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mantova: J.Giachetti 21+3reb+6ast, A.Casella 18+5reb+2ast, L.Corbett 17+2reb+1ast, A.Amici 14+8reb+5ast, F.Candussi 10+11reb, L.Vencato 9+1reb+3ast
Piacenza: M.Formenti 30+5reb+2ast, T.Raspino 23+7reb, F.De Nicolao 8+4reb+2ast, K.Hasbrouck 8+1reb+4ast, L.Infante 8+5reb+1ast, N.Dincic 3+2reb
gschID: 485739


F.Kontatto BO - Imola 71-68

Very predictable result in Bologna where fifth ranked F.Kontatto BO (15-10) edged 13th ranked Imola (9-16) 71-68 on Sunday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Travis Cohn (188-89, college: Jacksonville, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. F.Kontatto BO maintains fifth place in A2 with 15-10 record. Loser Imola keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. F.Kontatto BO will face Roseto (#6) on the road in the next round. Imola will play against the league's second-placed Treviso Basket (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: A.Legion 21+5reb+2ast, S.Mancinelli 12+7reb+2ast, L.Gandini 10+6reb+2ast, J.Knox 8+7reb, M.Ruzzier 7+2reb+3ast, N.Italiano 5+2reb+2ast
Imola: T.Cohn 19+6reb+2ast, M.Maggioli 13+5reb+1ast, N.Hassan 9+2reb+1ast, A.Ranuzzi 8+5reb+2ast, A.Tassinari 8+1reb+4ast, R.Rogic 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 485738


Unieuro Forli - Verona 70-68

Important game to mention about took place in Forli. Fifteenth ranked Unieuro Forli (7-18) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Verona (13-12) 70-68 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. British point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and naturalized American forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 7 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Giovanni Pini (200-92, agency: Two Points) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international swingman Giorgio Boscagin (196-83) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Unieuro Forli maintains fifteenth place in A2 with 7-18 record. Loser Verona dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Unieuro Forli will face higher ranked Jesi (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Unieuro Forli: O.Adegboye 16+3reb+3ast, D.Bonacini 14+3reb, S.Pierich 14+3reb+1ast, R.Castelli 11+3reb, R.Amoroso 7+11reb+1ast, M.Johnson 6+2reb+4ast
Verona: G.Boscagin 15+5reb, G.Pini 15+7reb, D.Robinson 13+4reb+2ast, M.Frazier 11+4reb+2ast, D.Diliegro 4+4reb, M.Portannese 4
gschID: 485737


Chieti - Roseto 100-110

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Chieti (9-16) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Roseto (15-10) 110-100 on Sunday. Chieti was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 28 points and 6 assists. Five Roseto players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 35 points (!!!) and 8 assists and the former international forward Marco Allegretti (204-81) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Chieti's coach Maurizio Bartocci rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Roseto maintains sixth place in A2 with 15-10 record. Loser Chieti keeps the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Roseto will face higher ranked F.Kontatto BO (#5) in Bologna in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chieti will play on the road against Recanati (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roseto: A.Smith 28+4reb+6ast, B.Sherrod 25+12reb+2ast, V.Amoroso 17+12reb+4ast, R.Fultz 12+4reb+6ast, N.Mei 12+4reb+1ast, R.Casagrande 7+1reb
Chieti: T.Golden 35+4reb+8ast, M.Allegretti 18+10reb+2ast, M.Venucci 10+6reb+11ast, L.Sergio 8+1reb, Q.DeCosey 8+5reb, C.Mortellaro 6+9reb
gschID: 485735


Ravenna - Treviso Basket 68-61

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ravenna. Third ranked host Ravenna (17-8) defeated their biggest opponent Treviso Basket (17-8) 68-61. Ravenna forced 20 Treviso Basket turnovers. Treviso Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Derrick Marks (190-93, college: Boise St.) nailed 21 points and 5 steals for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Ravenna players scored in double figures. The former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) added 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Treviso Basket in the defeat. Ravenna maintains third place in A2 with 17-8 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Ravenna will play against Verona (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Treviso Basket will play against Imola (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ravenna: D.Marks 21+3reb+1ast, T.Smith 13+8reb, S.Masciadri 12+2ast, M.Tambone 12+3reb+2ast, A.Chiumenti 5+3reb+1ast, G.Sabatini 3+2reb+1ast
Treviso Basket: M.Fantinelli 14+10reb+3ast, D.Moretti 13+1ast, A.Ancellotti 10+6reb+1ast, J.Perry 9+11reb+4ast, M.Negri 8+1reb+2ast, Z.Perl 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485740


Udine APU - Alma Trieste 88-70

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Udine APU (11-14) beat at home 4th placed Alma Trieste (16-9) 88-70 on Sunday. They outrebounded Alma Trieste 37-26 including 18 on the offensive glass. Nigerian-American swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI) stepped up and scored 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Estonian guard Rain Veideman (192-91) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Udine APU players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) responded with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Udine APU moved-up to tenth place in A2. Loser Alma Trieste keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Udine APU will face higher ranked Mantova (#7) in Mirandola in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Alma Trieste will play at home against the league's leader Virtus Bologna having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Udine APU: S.Okoye 29+8reb+2ast, D.Mastrangelo 15+2reb, R.Veideman 12+5reb+5ast, M.Ferrari 11+3reb+3ast, A.Fall 8+11reb, M.Vanuzzo 7+4reb+3ast
Alma Trieste: J.Green 15+6reb, J.Parks 11+7reb+5ast, M.Da Ros 9+7reb+4ast, A.Pecile 6+1ast, M.Ferraro 6+1reb, S.Bossi 6+1reb
gschID: 485741


Bondi Ferrara - Jesi 84-82

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Jesi (11-14) was edged on the road by twelfth ranked Bondi Ferrara (11-14) 84-82 on Sunday. Bondi Ferrara looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bondi Ferrara made 7 blocks. American forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) stepped up and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and swingman Riccardo Cortese (195-86) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) responded with a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and the other American import forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) scored 23 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bondi Ferrara maintains twelfth place in A2 with 11-14 record. Bondi Ferrara will face higher ranked Piacenza (#11) in Casalpusterlengo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bondi Ferrara: L.Bowers 23+5reb+2ast, R.Cortese 18+6reb+3ast, T.Roderick 14+4reb+9ast, F.Pellegrino 13+7reb, Y.Moreno 6+6reb+8ast, M.Mastellari 6+2reb
Jesi: D.Davis 23+4reb+1ast, T.Bowers 14+10reb+11ast, M.Battisti 12+3reb, F.Alessandri 11+5reb+1ast, M.Maganza 10+10reb, A.Benevelli 9+8reb+2ast
gschID: 485736


Virtus Bologna - Recanati 98-63

Serie A2 top team - Virtus Bologna (18-7) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Recanati (6-19) 98-63. Virtus Bologna made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Virtus Bologna outrebounded Recanati 46-30 including 17 on the offensive glass. Point guard Lorenzo Penna (176-98) fired 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV) chipped in 15 points. Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St.) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Stefano Spizzichini (203-90) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Virtus Bologna maintains first place in A2 with 18-7 record. Loser Recanati keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Virtus Bologna will meet Alma Trieste (#4) on the road in the next round. Recanati will play against Chieti (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: L.Penna 16+5reb+3ast, M.Umeh 15+2reb+2ast, M.Spissu 13+2reb+2ast, D.Bruttini 12+2reb, K.Lawson 10+6reb+1ast, K.Ndoja 9+7reb
Recanati: S.Spizzichini 13+6reb+2ast, E.Rush 12+8reb+2ast, F.Infante 12+7reb+1ast, T.Bader 10+2ast, F.Loschi 9+4reb+2ast, G.Maspero 3+2reb
gschID: 485742


West
Novipiu Casale - Rieti 65-59

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Novipiu Casale and 8th ranked Rieti had identical 12-12 record. This time Novipiu Casale used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Rieti 65-59 on Sunday night. American forward Jordan Tolbert (201-92, college: SMU) stepped up and scored 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import Dalton Pepper (196-90, college: Temple) scored 14 points. Rieti's coach Luciano Nunzi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Novipiu Casale (13-12) moved-up to eighth place in A2. Loser Rieti dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Novipiu Casale will face Scafati (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rieti will play against Agropoli (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: F.Di Bella 11+4reb+1ast, G.Tomassini 10+3reb+2ast, B.Blizzard 10+3reb+4ast, J.Tolbert 9+12reb+1ast, L.Severini 9+3reb+2ast, N.Martinoni 8+2reb+3ast
Rieti: D.Sims 15+11reb, D.Pepper 14+3reb+3ast, A.Zanelli 14+4ast, N.Benedusi 5+2reb, M.Casini 4+2reb+1ast, G.Della Rosa 3+2ast
gschID: 485977


Scafati - Eurobasket Roma 93-84

There was an upset when higher ranked Eurobasket Roma (11-14) was defeated on the road by sixteenth ranked Scafati (7-18) 93-84 on Sunday. Scafati made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Maltese-American Darryl Jackson (190-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) stepped up and scored 27 points for the winners and Israeli point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American point guard Michael Deloach (185-86, college: Norfolk St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import center Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St.) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Eurobasket Roma players scored in double figures. Scafati moved-up to fifteenth place in A2. Newly promoted Eurobasket Roma dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Scafati will face higher ranked Novipiu Casale (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Scafati: D.Jackson 27+3reb+3ast, Y.Naimy 16+1reb+7ast, N.Crow 15+6reb+2ast, M.Santiangeli 12+3ast, M.Ammannato 9+6reb+1ast, A.Dobbins 8+4reb+4ast
Eurobasket Roma: M.Deloach 18+5reb+10ast, T.Easley 14+6reb+2ast, A.Righetti 13+3reb+3ast, N.Stanic 11+4reb+1ast, E.Fanti 10+5reb+3ast, A.Iannilli 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 485980


Viola RC - Tortona 68-78

Very predictable result in Reggio Calabria where second ranked Tortona (17-8) defeated 14th ranked Viola RC (7-18) 78-68 on Sunday. They outrebounded Viola RC 38-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. Viola RC was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Tortona players scored in double figures. Tortona's coach Demis Cavina used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) responded with 36 points (!!!) and point guard Riccardo Rossato (190-96, agency: Players Group) scored 7 points and 5 rebounds. Tortona maintains second place in A2 with 17-8 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Viola RC dropped to the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. Tortona will face Agrigento (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Viola RC will play against Treviglio (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 23+6reb+4ast, P.Greene IV 18+3reb+3ast, L.Garri 15+9reb+2ast, G.Ricci 12+9reb+3ast, G.Mascherpa 5+2reb+1ast, M.Sanna 3+4reb+2ast
Viola RC: A.Voskuil 36+3reb, A.Fabi 11+2reb, R.Rossato 7+5reb+3ast, M.Gilbert 5+3reb+2ast, L.Caroti 4+2reb+5ast, P.Baldassarre 3+6reb+2ast
gschID: 485979


Agrigento - Legnano 68-67

The most exciting game of round 25 in the Serie A2 took place in Agrigento. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Legnano (15-10) to seventh ranked Agrigento (14-11) 68-67 on Sunday evening. American power forward Damen Bell-Holter (206-90, college: ORU) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Matteo Martini (195-92, agency: Players Group) scored 19 points. Agrigento maintains seventh place in A2 with 14-11 record. Legnano at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Agrigento are looking forward to face league's second-placed Tortona on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Legnano will play against Latina Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Agrigento: D.Bell-Holter 16+4reb+2ast, R.Zugno 14+2reb+1ast, P.Buford 11+8reb+1ast, M.Evangelisti 9+3reb+5ast, A.Piazza 7+4reb+7ast, A.Chiarastella 6+7reb+1ast
Legnano: N.Raivio 19+6reb+1ast, M.Martini 19+2reb+3ast, M.Palermo 11+4reb, W.Mosley 8+9reb+3ast, F.Ihedioha 6+3reb, M.Sacchettini 2
gschID: 485975


Angelico Biella - Lighthouse TR 79-55

Serie A2 top team - Angelico Biella (19-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Lighthouse TR (12-13) 79-55. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) contributed with 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Andrea Renzi (207-89, agency: Players Group) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Jeffrey Crockett (201-91, college: Texas Tech) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lighthouse TR. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Angelico Biella maintains first place in A2 with 19-6 record. Lighthouse TR at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be FCM Ferentino (#12) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Lighthouse TR will play against Roma Virtus and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Angelico Biella: M.Hall 16+10reb+2ast, M.Venuto 14+4reb+2ast, J.Ferguson 12+2reb+8ast, A.Tessitori 11+4reb+2ast, N.De Vico 9+2reb, C.Wheatle 7+5reb+1ast
Lighthouse TR: A.Renzi 14+11reb, J.Crockett 10+5reb, K.Mays 9+2reb+1ast, K.Viglianisi 8+2reb+2ast, D.Filloy 7+2reb, C.Tommasini 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 485976


Mens Sana 1871 - FCM Ferentino 82-87

There was a minor upset in Siena where 11th ranked Mens Sana 1871 (12-13) was defeated by thirteenth ranked FCM Ferentino (11-14) 87-82 on Sunday. FCM Ferentino made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Mens Sana 1871 was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatian power forward Ivica Radic (208-90, agency: XL Basketball Agency) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners and naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (193-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points. At the losing side the former international point guard Lorenzo Saccaggi (189-92, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points and naturalized Brazilian Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU) scored 20 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. FCM Ferentino moved-up to twelfth place in A2. Loser Mens Sana 1871 keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. FCM Ferentino will face league's leader Angelico Biella at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: B.Raymond 20+3reb, B.Musso 20+4reb, I.Radic 19+8reb+1ast, M.Imbro 13+2reb+4ast, L.Benvenuti 6+2reb+1ast, A.Gigli 5+7reb+2ast
Mens Sana 1871: L.Saccaggi 20+3reb+3ast, J.Tavernari 20+4reb+2ast, K.Harrell 18+4ast, M.Myers 11+8reb+2ast, S.Flamini 5+2reb+2ast, G.Vildera 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 485981


Latina Basket - Agropoli 81-84

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Agropoli (7-18) edged on the road 4th placed Latina Basket (14-11) 84-81 on Sunday. Agropoli made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Latina Basket turnovers. Latina Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and center Mattia Soloperto (208-80) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. Four Agropoli players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Roberto Rullo (193-90, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Agropoli moved-up to fourteenth place in A2. Loser Latina Basket dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Agropoli will face higher ranked Rieti (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Latina Basket will play against Legnano (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Agropoli: K.Langford 23+5reb+1ast, M.Contento 19+4reb+1ast, M.Soloperto 16+11reb, A.Delas 11+7reb+3ast, R.Santolamazza 8+6reb+11ast, G.Carenza 5+2reb+1ast
Latina Basket: M.Poletti 23+15reb+5ast, R.Rullo 14+1reb+4ast, A.Pastore 11+3reb+1ast, L.Uglietti 11+3reb, J.Arledge 7+8reb, K.DeShields 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 485978


Roma Virtus - Treviglio 97-90

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Roma Virtus and 6th ranked Treviglio had identical 14-10 record. This time Roma Virtus used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Treviglio 97-90 on Sunday night. Roma Virtus looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. At the losing side Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Five Roma Virtus and four Treviglio players scored in double figures. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Roma Virtus (15-10) moved-up to third place in A2. Loser Treviglio keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Roma Virtus will face Lighthouse TR (#10) in Trapani in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Treviglio will play at home against Viola RC (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Roma Virtus: J.Brown 26+8reb, D.Sandri 16+9reb+2ast, A.Raffa 15+7reb+8ast, M.Chessa 12+3reb+4ast, T.Baldasso 12+2reb+5ast, A.Landi 10+5reb+1ast
Treviglio: P.Sorokas 24+9reb+2ast, A.Sollazzo 21+5reb+8ast, E.Rossi 11+4reb, T.Marino 10+3reb+4ast, A.Pecchia 8+4reb, P.Marini 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485982





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  JAPAN  


Best players of Japanese B League round 47 - by Eurobasket News

American Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Tochigi Brex and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 47.
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 30 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out Shiga L-Stars (#6, 10-35) 82-80. It allowed Tochigi Brex to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League. Tochigi Brex have a solid 36-9 record. In the team's last game Rossiter had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Tochigi Brex, through which he has constantly improved. Siena College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rossiter leads league in rebounds with 13.5rpg. Rossiter is in league's top in and averages solid 53.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American power forward Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex. Gardner impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Niigata Albirex was edged by slightly higher-ranked Hokkaido L. (#4, 17-28) 93-89. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Central. Niigata Albirex still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 20-25 record. Gardner is a newcomer at Niigata Albirex 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 22.0ppg (#2). He also registered 8.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Marcus Dove (206-PF-85) of Kyoto Hannar. (#4). Dove scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Kyoto Hannar., leading his team to a 79-68 win against #3 ranked Chiba Jets. The chances of Kyoto Hannar. ranking at the top of East, however are very questionable as they have already lost 24 games, recording just twenty one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dove could help Kyoto Hannar. to bring them higher in the standings. Dove has a very solid season. In 42 games in Japan he scored 12.4ppg. He also has 7.6rpg and FGP: 61.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olu Ashaolu (200-PF-88) of Sanen - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Leo Lyons (206-F-87) of Akita NH - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Takanobu Nishikawa (195-F-92) of Hokkaido L. - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jerome Tillman (201-F-87) of Nagoya DD - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Toyama Grouses - 19 points and 8 rebounds
9. Naoki Uto (188-F-91) of Toyama Grouses - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Hilton Armstrong (210-C-84) of Chiba Jets - 16 points, 10 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)



Rickert's double-double lands him B League D2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cyberdyne IR and receives a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 48.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds, while his team outclassed Iwate Big Bulls (#6, 10-36) with 43-point margin 98-55. Cyberdyne IR maintains the 5th position in their group in Japanese B League D2. Cyberdyne IR 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 20-26 record. In the team's last game Rickert had a remarkable 86.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cyberdyne IR's top player in his first season with the team. University of Minnesota graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rickert is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.7ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.7rpg) and averages solid 51.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Justin Herold (203-PF-91) of Tokyo Excel.. He is American forward in his first season at Tokyo Excel.. In the last game Herold recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Tokyo Excel. cruised to a 80-73 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Shinshu BW (#6, 12-35). Tokyo Excel.'s 4th position in Central has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 18-27 record. Herold is one of the most experienced players at Tokyo Excel. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Josh Davis (203-F-91) of league's leader Shimane SM. Davis scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Davis' great performance Shimane SM lost 78-81 to the lower-ranked Kagawa FA (#5, 14-32). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Shimane SM had another "accident". It may be a crucial gamestill good, but 7th lost game is hopefully really an accident. Davis' teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Davis has a great season in Japan. After 43 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.2rpg (4th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 60.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenta Tateyama (188-SF-90) of Aomori Watts - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Cyberdyne IR - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Tokyo Excel. - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Chad Posthumus (211-C-91) of Shinshu BW - 21 points and 15 rebounds
8. Nigel Spikes (208-C-89) of Fukushima - 24 points and 11 rebounds
9. Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) of Gunma - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Luke Evans (203-C-91) of Tokyo Excel. - 16 points, 7 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)



Richardson's double-double lands him B League D3 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old forward Kyle Richardson (201-F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Otsuka A. and receives a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 23 rebounds, while his team beat Aisin AW (#6, 13-19) 79-72. Otsuka A. maintains the 4th position in Japanese B League D3. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Otsuka A. will need more victories to improve their 20-12 record. In the team's last game Richardson had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Otsuka A.'s top player in his first season with the team. Portland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Richardson is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.8ppg and leads league in rebounds with 11.0rpg. Richardson is in league's top in and averages solid 60.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) of league's second-best Fukuoka Rizing. He is Ghanian-British forward in his first season at Fukuoka Rizing. In the last game Bryan-Amaning recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he led Fukuoka Rizing to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Tokyo Big Blue (#9, 3-29) 102-57. Fukuoka Rizing's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 28 matches. Bryan-Amaning is a newcomer at Fukuoka Rizing and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Alex Jones (206-F/C-87) of Tokyo HT (#3). Jones scored 23 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tokyo HT, leading his team to a 78-71 win against the lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#7, 12-20). Tokyo HT needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 11 lost games. Jones has a very solid season. In 36 games in Japan he scored 13.6ppg. He also has 7.8rpg and FGP: 57.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ray Raymond (203-F-84) of Otsuka A. - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Brian Butch (211-C-84) of Fukuoka Rizing - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Brent Jennings (193-G-88) of Saitama Bron. - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Edward Morris (204-C/F-84) of Tokyo HT - 21 points and 11 rebounds
9. Ryota Ito (178-PG-92) of Tokyo Big Blue - 26 points and 2 assists
10. Yusuke Inoue (194-F-82) of Kanazawa Sam. - 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)



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Red Raven Season Ends With Loss to Motlow St. 59-78 In NJCAA Tournament - by Eurobasket News

The Coffeyville Community College men's basketball team lost in the opening round of the 2017 NJCAA Div I Men's Basketbll Tournament to the Motlow State Bucks, 59-78. The loss ends the Red Raven's season with a 22-13 record. The #19 seeded Red Ravens seemed to being playing catch up the entire game in the Tuesday morning matchup against the #14 seeded Bucks. The Red Ravens were outscored 28-38 in the first half and after a brief run to start the second half were never able to mount much of a comeback. The post game stat page summed up the loss for the Red Ravens. Motlow State made 11 three pointers in the game (11 for 33), and out rebounded the Red Ravens 49-23. Those two combined with the Ravens shooting 14-26 from the free throw line extinquished any hope of a comeback for Coffeyville. Stat leaders for the Red Ravens in the game included sophomore forward Tedrick Wolfe (6'5''-G) (21 points on 10 for 13 shooting and 5 rebounds), freshmen guard Travis Washington (6'0''-PG) (8 points and 9 assists), and freshmen guard Malik Keith (5'10''-PG) (8 points and 5 assists). Highlights for the Red Raven's season included earning a trip to the NJCAA National Tourney, two victories over nationally ranked Hutchinson and an exciting run through the Region VI Tournament to earn the 2017 Region VI Championship.
Courtesy of: coffeyville.prestosports.com



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The favorites continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

The favorites continue their winning streak as three teams improved to 8-0 records. Politekhnik, Guiness-29 and Tulpar-SKIF remain on top undefeated.
In the latest games Tulpar-SKIF beat Tokmok 97-33 with the final 28-12 surge in the fourth period. Politekhnik survived a thriller against Tulpar-SKIF-2 67-63 due to 17-12 rally in the last period. Guiness-29 meanwhile edged Manas 101-47.



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Best players of Latvian LBL2 round 19 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Rihards Adins (200-F/C-94) had a great game in the last round for second-best Turiba (they play in Places 1-1) and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LBL2 Player of the Week award for round 19 (Second Stage).
The 22-year old power forward had a double-double of 25 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat RTU (#11, 6-16) 94-85. Turiba maintains the 2nd position in Latvian LBL2. They are still close to the very top. Turiba would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 19-3 record. Adins has many years of experience at Turiba, through which he has constantly improved. Adins has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 58.8% FGP and 42.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young center Davids Ozolins (201-C-98) of LU/BS Riga. Ozolins impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led LU/BS Riga to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked BJBS Riga (#20, 1-15) 112-72. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. LU/BS Riga keeps 14th position. His team lost just three games this Second Stage, while they won 13 matches. Ozolins is a newcomer at LU/BS Riga and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Nauris Rikveilis (189-G-94) of Gulbenes Buki (#12). Rikveilis showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Gulbenes Buki, leading his team to a 84-74 win against the higher-ranked Limbazi (#8, 6-16). Gulbenes Buki can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Rikveilis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Rikveilis has a very solid season. In 23 games in Latvia he scored 10.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arvids Dambenieks (186-G-98) of LU/BS Riga - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Davis Klegeris (184-G-97) of LU/BS Riga - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Elvijs Miculis (200-F-94) of Turiba - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vents Veinbergs (188-G-93) of Limbazi - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Daniels Minajevs (205-C/F-95) of LU/BS Riga - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Roberts Mednis (205-C-89) of Gulbenes Buki - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Alberts Putans (180-PG-98) of LU/BS Riga - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Jackson's 33-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Dewayne Jackson (203-F-90, agency: Higher Vision Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Homenetmen and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 33 points adding six rebounds and seven assists for Homenetmen in his team's victory, helping them to beat Hoops (#10, 3-14) 90-76. It allowed Homenetmen to consolidate first place in the Lebanese league. Homenetmen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 15-1. In the team's last game Jackson had a remarkable nine three-pointers out of 13 attempts. It's his second year at Homenetmen and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Morgan State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jackson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.7ppg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 55.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) of Champville. He is American forward in his first season at Champville. In the last game Townes recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Champville to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Byblos (#3, 12-5) 104-83. Champville's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Townes is a newcomer at Champville and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Michael Efevberha (193-G-84) of Sagesse (#7). Efevberha got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds and ten assists. He was a key player of Sagesse, leading his team to a 90-77 easy win against Tadamon (5-11). The chances of Sagesse not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Efevberha could try to bring Sagesse's a little bit higher in the standings. Efevberha has individually a great season in Lebanon. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.3apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83) of Sagesse - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Markeith Cummings (198-SF-88) of Champville - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Wendell Lewis (208-C-89) of Louaize - 20 points and 12 rebounds
7. Jasmon Youngblood (195-SG-84) of Byblos - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Robert Upshaw (213-C-94) of Mayrouba - 28 points and 10 rebounds
9. Maurice Kemp (203-F-91) of Tadamon - 23 points and 12 rebounds
10. Emmanuel Jones (200-F-85) of Mayrouba - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  Rasai
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Vingelis, Rasai19.2 
 2. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.4 
 4. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 5. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.3 
 6. Beliavicius, Vytis16.0 
 7. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 8. Saulys, Suduva-M.15.1 
 9. Galeckas, Rasai15.0 
 10. Pukelis, Silute14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.0 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.1 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 4. Pukelis, Silute7.5 
 5. Jankaitis, Vytis7.4 
 6. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 7. Simonis, Palanga6.9 
 8. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.6.8 
 9. Raupys, Silute6.8 
 10. Kieza, Suduva-M.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.2 
 2. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 3. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.6.0 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.4 
 5. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.5.2 
 6. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 7. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 8. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 9. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
 10. Wanamaker, Silute4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Telsiai
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Razutis, Telsiai2.5 
 2. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 3. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Silute2.3 
 5. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 6. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Matulis, Suduva-M.1.9 
 9. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.1.9 
 10. Narusis, Ezerunas.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.0 
 2. Davis, Palanga1.6 
 3. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 4. Pukelis, Silute1.1 
 5. Green, Palanga1.1 
 6. Udras, Suduva-M.0.9 
 7. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.9 
 8. Massalski, Perla.0.9 
 9. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.9 
 10. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 


EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes surprise Zalgiris in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Anadolu Efes 68:76

Anadolu Efes clinched the sixth win in the last seven EuroLeague games as they rallied past Zalgiris in Kaunas tonight. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) stepped up with 25 points and 8 assists for the visitors.
Zalgiris got to a quick start. The hosts dropped 22 points in the opening period worth a 5-point lead. Anadolu Efes though lived up to the challenge. They cut the distance at 3-point mark at the interval 41:44. The Turkish team erased the deficit in the third term. They pulled ahead for a 60:59 advantage at the final intermission. Anadolu Efes limited Zalgiris to just 9 points in the fourth quarter and earned the 15th victory in EuroLeague regular season. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) delivered 13 points, while Brandon Paul (193-G-91, college: Illinois, agency: Pensack Sports) added 12 points in the win. Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) replied with 11 points for Zalgiris. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) tossed in 10 points in the loss.

Zalgiris: Lukas Lekavicius 11, Edgaras Ulanovas 10
Anadolu Efes: Jayson Granger 25, Derrick Brown 13, Brandon Paul 12



Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 27 - by Eurobasket News

American-Georgian Corey Fisher (186-PG-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lietuvos rytas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 28-year old playmaker had the game-high 23 points adding five rebounds and seven assists for Lietuvos rytas in his team's victory, helping them to beat P.Zvaigzdes (#7, 11-16) 93-86. Lietuvos rytas maintains the 3rd position in Lithuanian LKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lietuvos rytas will need more victories to improve their 19-8 record. In the team's last game Fisher had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Corey Fisher averages this season 9.3ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-F-89) of Vytautas. Lipkevicius impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Vytautas to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dzukija (#8, 7-20) 91-69. This victory allowed Vytautas to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lipkevicius is a newcomer at Vytautas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Karolis Guscikas (205-C-92, agency: Octagon Europe) of Dzukija (#8). Guscikas scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Guscikas' great performance Dzukija lost 69-91 to the higher-ranked Vytautas (#5, 15-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Dzukija can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-20 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Guscikas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Guscikas has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Drew Gordon (205-F-90) of Lietuvos rytas - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) of Lietkabelis - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Vytenis Cizauskas (187-SG-92) of Vytautas - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Laurynas Beliauskas (189-PG-97) of Neptunas - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Matas Jucikas (205-C-94) of Neptunas - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lorenzo Williams (190-PG-84) of Lietkabelis - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Dovis Bickauskis (188-G-93) of Juventus - 13 points and 4 assists

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



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

33-year old power forward Mike Jones (203-F/C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Heffingen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 35 points and 25 rebounds, while his team beat Arantia (#3, 6-19) 92-80. Heffingen maintains the 2nd position in their group in Luxembourg league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Heffingen will need more victories to improve their 17-7 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Heffingen's top player in his first season with the team. University of North Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is in league's top in points (9th best: 25.8ppg) and averages solid 2.3spg.

Second best performed player last round was Antonio Bivins (198-F-92) of Kordall Steelers. He is American forward in his second season at Kordall Steelers. In the last game Bivins recorded impressive double-double of 38 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Kordall Steelers lost that game 97-102 to slightly higher-ranked Basket Esch (#1, 13-11). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Playdowns. Kordall Steelers still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 15-9 record is not bad at all. Bivins is well-known at Kordall Steelers and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.4ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 9.8rpg and 3.4apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Shavon Coleman (196-F-92, agency: Court Side) of league's leader Amicale. Coleman got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds and six assists. He was a key player of Amicale, leading his team to a 95-74 easy win against #4 ranked Contern. Many experts and fans count Amicale as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 22 victories and only two lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings in Places 1-6. Coleman has a great season in Luxembourg. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.3rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brad Reese (200-F-88) of Sparta - 35 points and 7 rebounds
5. Jesse Morgan (196-G-91) of Contern - 35 points and 11 rebounds
6. Bill Clark (196-F-88) of Basket Esch - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Clancy Rugg (203-F/C-91) of Musel Pikes - 26 points and 12 rebounds
8. Titus Robinson (201-F-90) of Sparta - 24 points and 11 rebounds
9. Billy McDaniel (199-F/C-84) of Amicale - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mark Ogden (206-F-94) of Racing - 28 points and 12 rebounds

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



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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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  MOLDOVA  


Divizia Nationala Round 15: Floare-SDUSHOR-2 loses to Alfa Basket - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Divizia Nationala just ended.

The game between second ranked Floare-SDUSHOR-2 (9-6) and fourth ranked Alfa Basket (8-7) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Floare-SDUSHOR-2 was crushed by Alfa Basket in Bender 65-84. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Newly promoted Alfa Basket maintains fourth place with 8-7 record. Floare-SDUSHOR-2 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with UA-BASCO.
An interesting game for Admirals UTM (10-5) which hosted in Chisnau 3rd placed UA-BASCO (9-6). First ranked Admirals UTM had an easy win 89-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UA-BASCO. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Admirals UTM maintains first place with 10-5 record. Newly promoted UA-BASCO dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Floare-SDUSHOR-2.
The game between fifth ranked USEFS (7-8) and 6th ranked UFKS-Sparta (2-13) in Chisinau on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. USEFS outscored guests from Tiraspol 97-70. USEFS have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted USEFS maintains fifth place with 7-8 record. UFKS-Sparta lost ninth consecutive game. UFKS-Sparta at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost.

Floare-SDUSHOR-2 - Alfa Basket 65-84

The game between second ranked Floare-SDUSHOR-2 (9-6) and fourth ranked Alfa Basket (8-7) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Floare-SDUSHOR-2 was crushed by Alfa Basket in Bender 65-84. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Newly promoted Alfa Basket maintains fourth place with 8-7 record. Floare-SDUSHOR-2 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with UA-BASCO.
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USEFS - UFKS-Sparta 97-70

The game between fifth ranked USEFS (7-8) and 6th ranked UFKS-Sparta (2-13) in Chisinau on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. USEFS outscored guests from Tiraspol 97-70. The game without a history. USEFS led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. USEFS have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted USEFS maintains fifth place with 7-8 record. UFKS-Sparta lost ninth consecutive game. UFKS-Sparta at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost.
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Admirals UTM - UA-BASCO 89-67

An interesting game for Admirals UTM (10-5) which hosted in Chisnau 3rd placed UA-BASCO (9-6). First ranked Admirals UTM had an easy win 89-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UA-BASCO. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Admirals UTM maintains first place with 10-5 record. Newly promoted UA-BASCO dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Floare-SDUSHOR-2.
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  MONTENEGRO  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Milorad SUTULOVIC
  Danilovg.
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Sutulovic, Danilovg.21.8 
 2. Miljanic, Primorje.19.5 
 3. Bjelic, Jedinstvo18.8 
 4. Latkovic, Lovcen18.6 
 5. Koljevic, S.Centar18.3 
 6. Jelenic, Ulcinj18.0 
 7. Knezevic, Lovcen17.1 
 8. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.17.1 
 9. Bogojevic, S.Centar16.7 
 10. Felec, Ibar Rozaje16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen10.3 
 2. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.9.8 
 3. Jocovic, Primorje.9.5 
 4. Bjelic, Jedinstvo9.0 
 5. Draskovic, Jedin.8.3 
 6. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.1 
 7. Miljanic, Primorje.7.5 
 8. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 9. Bacovic, Primorje.7.2 
 10. Cekic, S.Centar7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen6.3 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.7 
 3. Miljanic, Primorje.5.3 
 4. Jovanovic, Lovcen4.6 
 5. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.5 
 6. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.2 
 7. Fisik, Jedinstvo3.6 
 8. James, Sutjeska3.4 
 9. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.2 
 10. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen2.8 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.1 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad2.0 
 4. Lalic, Sutjeska1.9 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.1.8 
 6. Ivanovic, Danilovgrad1.8 
 7. Gajovic, Sutjeska1.7 
 8. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje1.6 
 9. Nurkovic, Ibar R.1.6 
 10. Vukovic, Ibar R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.3 
 2. Bjelic, Jedinstvo2.0 
 3. Cekic, S.Centar1.6 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.0 
 5. Vujovic, Sutjeska0.9 
 6. Lopicic, Lovcen0.9 
 7. Djurkovic, Sutjeska0.7 
 8. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.0.6 
 9. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.6 
 10. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 


Ratkovic's 17 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Bojan Ratkovic (183-PG-92) had a great game in the last round for Danilovgrad and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 17 points adding four rebounds and seven assists for Danilovgrad in his team's victory, helping them to beat Jedinstvo (#7, 8-14) 84-71. Danilovgrad maintains the 8th position in Montenegrin league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 17 games and recorded just six victories. In the team's last game Ratkovic had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Danilovgrad's top player in his first season with the team. Ratkovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (5th best: 4.2apg) and averages solid 2.0spg and 62.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Marko Ljujic (207-C-90) of league's second-best Ibar Rozaje. He is a center in his first season at Ibar Rozaje. In the last game Ljujic recorded impressive 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Ibar Rozaje lost that game 72-85 to slightly lower-ranked Lovcen (#3, 14-8). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Ibar Rozaje still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 14-7 record is not bad at all. Ljujic is a newcomer at Ibar Rozaje and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Igor Cvorovic (203-SF-96) of Sutjeska (#4). Cvorovic scored 14 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Cvorovic's great performance Sutjeska lost 56-62 to slightly lower-ranked Ulcinj (#5, 13-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Sutjeska 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 9 lost games. Cvorovic has a very solid season. In 9 games in Montenegro he scored 9.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milos Latkovic (196-G-93) of Lovcen - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Petar Ivanovic (197-F-97) of Danilovgrad - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Emir Hadzibegovic (204-PF-96) of Danilovgrad - 25 points and 11 rebounds
7. Dejan Bjelic (209-C-90) of Jedinstvo - 22 points and 9 rebounds
8. Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) of Lovcen - 26 points and 5 rebounds
9. Armin Kalic (194-G/F-92) of Ibar Rozaje - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Milos Pajovic (205-C-94) of Lovcen - 14 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)



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  NAIA  

NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Taran BUIE
  Oklahoma S&A
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 27
 1. Buie, Oklahoma S&A27.0 
 2. Rogers, Texas W.19.5 
 3. Watkins, SAGU19.4 
 4. Tucker, St.Gregory18.7 
 5. White, SW Chris.18.6 
 6. Smith, St.Gregory18.3 
 7. Edwards, Oklahoma.17.5 
 8. Simmons, SW Chris.17.2 
 9. Rutherford, St.Gr.17.2 
 10. Bonhomme, Oklahoma.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joshua SIMMONS
  SW Chris.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Simmons, SW Chris.10.5 
 2. Smith, Oklahoma City9.4 
 3. Seaton, MidAmeri.8.8 
 4. Jeffery, Texas W.8.7 
 5. Young, Texas W.8.3 
 6. Timms, Wayland .8.1 
 7. Smith, Oklahoma.7.6 
 8. Williams, SAGU7.0 
 9. Rutherford, St.Gr.6.5 
 10. Chapman, Oklahoma.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Naiel SMITH
  Texas W.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Smith, Texas W.7.6 
 2. Mann, MidAmeri.4.6 
 3. Edwards, Oklahoma.4.3 
 4. Smith, St.Gregory4.1 
 5. Scott, SW Chris.4.1 
 6. Reed, Oklahoma.3.8 
 7. Rogers, Texas W.3.8 
 8. Perkins, MidAmeri.3.3 
 9. McDonald, Oklahoma.3.3 
 10. Buie, Oklahoma S&A3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Naiel SMITH
  Texas W.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smith, Texas W.2.3 
 2. Scott, SW Chris.2.1 
 3. Williams, SAGU1.9 
 4. Harris, Texas W.1.9 
 5. Buie, Oklahoma S&A1.8 
 6. Reed, Oklahoma.1.8 
 7. Tucker, St.Gregory1.7 
 8. Culver, Wayland .1.7 
 9. Watkins, SAGU1.6 
 10. Rowe, SAGU1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis TIMMS
  Wayland .
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Timms, Wayland .2.8 
 2. Smith, Oklahoma City2.7 
 3. Chapman, Oklahoma.1.1 
 4. Alderman, Oklahoma.1.1 
 5. Young, Texas W.0.8 
 6. Lemusu, St.Gregory0.8 
 7. Ray, SW Christian0.7 
 8. Martinez, John B.0.7 
 9. Sullivan, SW Chris.0.6 
 10. Rutherford, St.Gr.0.6 


All-NAIA D2 Awards 2016-17 - by Igor Obradovic

All-Tournament Team
Tyrone Sherman of Union
Mike Martin of Union
Sam Vander Sluis of Cornerstone
Cory Cox of Cornerstone
Kyle Steigenga of Cornerstone
Lane Mahurin of Indiana Wesleyan
Bob Peters of Indiana Wesleyan
Mike Cardenas of Bellevue
Nick Hilton of Bellevue
Bryan McGriff of Eastern Oregon
Paul Stone of Union

Most Outstanding Player: Paul Stone of Union
Championship Hustle Award: Mike Martin of Union
Coach of the Year: Kim Elders of Cornerstone
National Coach of the Year: Kevin Burton of Union

1st Team
Caleb Oetjen of Bethel (Ind.)
Colton Kooima of Northwestern (Iowa)
Gerrard Newby of Union (Ky.)
Jay Mayernik of Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Kyle Steigenga of Cornerstone (Mich.)
Lance Carter of Tabor (Kan.)
Lane Mahurin of Indiana Wesleyan
Paul Stone of Union (Ky.)
Tate Martin of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
Warren Hall of Warner (Fla.)

2nd Team
Antonio Levy of Robert Morris (Ill.)
B.J. Shelton of Bellevue (Neb.)
Bob Peters of Indiana Wesleyan
Bryan McGriff of Eastern Oregon
Chandler Folkerts of Concordia (Neb.)
Grant Greenberg of Saint Mary (Kan.)
Joel Yellow Owl of Oregon Tech.
Kevin Rich of Davenport, Mich.
Marquis Jackson of Ohio Christian
Zach Kirschbaum of Trinity International (Ill.)

3rd Team
Angelo Griffis of Rochester (Mich.)
Bryce Lienhoop of Saint Francis (Ind.)
Charles Nedd-Araujo of Florida Memorial
Demetrius Stanton of IU Southeast
Erich Erdman of Briar Cliff (Iowa)
Jacoby Claypool of IU East
Jake Bullock of Aquinas (Mich.)
Mike Bush of Huntington, Ind.
Miles Robinson of Indiana Tech
Ryan Atkins of West Virginia Tech

Honorable Mention
Alex Starkel of Midland (Neb.)
Brian Bridgeforth of Washington Adventist (Md.)
Bryan Forbes of Briar Cliff (Iowa)
Bryce Koch of Morningside (Iowa)
Cameron Coleman of York (Neb.)
Cameron Hunt of Southwestern (Kan.)
Cameron Paschke of College of the Ozarks (Mo.)
Clay Yeo of Bethel (Ind.)
Cordaris Towns of Bluefield (Va.)
Cory Cox of Cornerstone (Mich.)
Damon Overton of Midland (Neb.)
Daniel Radford of CSU Maritime (Calif.)
Darius Paul of Robert Morris (Ill.)
Deion McClenton of Keiser (Fla.)
Devin Harrison of Calumet (Ind.)
Donnell Minton of Presentation (S.D.)
Elisha Boone of WVU Tech (W.V.)
Franky Teran of Antelope Valley (CA)
Grant Corsi of Trinity International (Ill.)
Iain Morison of St. Francis (Ill.)
Jason Penn of Michigan Dearborn
Jason Spicer of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
Jayden Ferguson of Valley City (N.D.)
Joey Nebeker of College of Idaho
Julian Winton of Tabor (Kan.)
Justin Bridges of Reinhardt (GA)
Kenny Blackwell of Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Kentrell Washington of Eastern Oregon
Kyle Sovine of Saint Francis (Ind.)
Lawrence Jackson of Northwestern Ohio
Marcus White of Dickinson (N.D.)
Marcus Williams of Michigan Dearborn
Mason Degenkolb of Taylor (Ind.)
Michael Dupree of Northwest (Wash.)
Michael Gholston of Central Christian
Nate Taylor of Marygrove, Mich.
Nic Reed of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Nick Gamble of Davenport (Mich.)
Quinn Niego of Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Raheem Bowman of St. Thomas (Fla.)
Stanley Whittaker of Kaiser (Fla.)
Trenton Thompson of Asbury (Ky.)
Ty Hoglund of Dakota Wesleyan - S.D.
Tyrone Sherman of Union (KY)



NABC-NAIA All-Star 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

NABC-NAIA 3-Point Contest:
Winner: Zach Taylor (6'0''-PG) of Carroll
Finalist: Jalen McGaughy (6'10''-C) of Dillard
Other participants:
Michael Gholston (6'5''-G) of Central Christian
Kyle Pipenger (6'2''-G) of IU East

NABC-NAIA Slam Dunk Contest
Winner: Henry French (6'3''-G) of Trinity International
Finalist: Johnny Griffin (6'5''-G/F) of Loyola
Other participants:
Brendyn Taylor (6'3''-G-94) of Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Brendan Chapman (6'5''-C) of Science & Arts



Texas Wesleyan Wins National Championship, 86-76 - by Eurobasket News

Most Valuable Player Dion Rogers (6'0''-PG) scored a game-high 28 points to lead No. 3-seeded Texas Wesleyan to an 86-76 win over third-seeded Life (Ga.) Tuesday evening in the championship game of the 2017 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship at Municipal Auditorium. Texas Wesleyan (29-7) won its second national championship in program history, also capturing the 2006 crown with a 67-65 win over Oklahoma City in that season's championship game. Life (26-11) fell short of its fourth title in program history, claiming the red banner in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Rogers led all scorers with 28 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors for the championship, while also dishing out eight assists. Ryan Harris (6'1''-G) tallied 21 points and seven rebounds, Naiel Smith (6'4''-G) added 17 points, six assists and four rebounds, and Najeal Young (6'6''-G) posted 11 points and 10 rebounds. 'I can't explain the way I feel right now, I'm just so happy for our team,' said Rogers. 'This was our goal going into the year. It's a long season and we had a lot to accomplish on the way here. We had ups and downs, but we got through everything and reached our goal.' The defense of the Rams set the tone in the first half, limiting the Eagles to 28.6 percent shooting (8 of 28) that included a 3-of-15 clip from three-point range. Texas Wesleyan also forced nine turnovers that turned into 11 points, while posting a 21-19 rebounding advantage. Texas Wesleyan (29-7) took control of the first half over the final 4:03 before intermission, scoring the final 10 points to take a 35-23 advantage into the break. Following a jumper by Rogers, Harris converted a steal by Smith for a field goal before draining a three-pointer. Smith, who assisted on the Harris trey, finished the scoring for the half with a put-back and a single free throw. A three-pointer by Jonathan Beausejour (6'5''-F) brought Life as close as it would come in the second half, closing the gap to 49-44 with 11:02 remaining. However, Texas Wesleyan answered with 10-straight points to reclaim the double-digit advantage that remained intact for the remainder of the contest. 'We've got senior leadership and we're tough,' said Texas Wesleyan head coach Brennen Shingleton. 'It's almost as if we got in better shape as we went along. We never lost touch with who we are, and we just stayed the course.' The Rams dominated the second half at the free throw line, converting 25 of 30 attempts (.833). Rogers and Harris each knocked down 11 of 13 from the charity stripe, while Life made 17 of 22 (.773) in the entire contest. Though the Eagles managed to force 10 turnovers in the second half that turned into 18 points, the free throw discrepancy was too much to overcome. 'I think there was one team that was ready for the importance and the challenge of this moment and there was one team that wasn't,' said Life head coach Keith Adkins. 'I think Texas Wesleyan was that team who was ready. They were aggressive throughout the game. We just were not ready for it. We had our spurts to get back into it, but ultimately this was Texas Wesleyan's night and you have to give them all the credit.' Dalarian Williams (6'6''-F) tallied 25 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals for Life. Zach Landis (6'4''-G) added 21 points, 11 rebounds and three steals for the Eagles.
Courtesy of: naia.org



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.4
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.4 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.4 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.29.1 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 5. Davis, N.Orleans P.27.7 
 6. Lillard, Portland.27.0 
 7. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.0 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.2 
 9. Leonard, San A.26.0 
 10. Irving, Cleveland C.25.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Drummond, Detro.14.0 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.5 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.8 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.2 
 10. Gortat, Washingt.10.9 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.2 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.8 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.3 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.9 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.1 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Golden S.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Green, Golden S.2.1 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 3. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.1.8 
 7. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 9. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.3 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 


Lakers signing David Nwaba to two-year deal - by Eurobasket News

The Lakers are signing David Nwaba (6'4''-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) to a two-year contract, league sources told The Vertical. Nwaba's second 10-day contract expired Tuesday, and the two sides agreed to a deal covering the remainder of this season with a team option for 2017-18, league sources said. Nwaba, a 6-foot-4 guard, has intrigued the Lakers' front office because of his defensive ability and athleticism. The Lakers opened a roster spot at the trade deadline and called up Nwaba from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. 'What's great about David is he's not scared of any challenge,' Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters Monday. 'He's never overwhelmed by the situation, which is very impressive for someone of his circumstance.' In 10 games (two starts) for the Lakers, Nwaba, 24, has averaged 14.4 minutes, 3.6 points and two rebounds. Nwaba is joining his hometown Lakers after collegiate stops at Division II Hawaii Pacific and Santa Monica College before transferring to finish his career at Cal Poly.
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Raptors snap 11-game losing against Bulls with 122-120 win - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors fought and scrapped their way to their first victory over the Chicago Bulls in years. DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) led the way. DeRozan had 42 points, and the Raptors snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Bulls by rallying for a wild 122-120 overtime win on Tuesday night. "You don't want to have something lingering like that and go a couple of seasons where you can't beat a team," DeRozan said. "When you're a competitor, just to have that in the back of your mind, it sucks." DeRozan set a franchise record with 38 shot attempts, making 17, and also finished with eight assists. Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) had 19 points for the Raptors, and Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) scored 16 before he was ejected for his role in a memorable fight with Robin Lopez during the third quarter. Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) had 37 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Bulls, and Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) scored a season-high 24. It was Chicago's first loss to Toronto since Dec. 31, 2013. Following a Butler 3-pointer with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter, giving Chicago a 16-point lead, Lopez swatted the ball out of the hand of Ibaka. The two squared up in the middle of a crowd and Lopez swung and missed Ibaka, who returned in kind, barely connecting with the head of the center. Lopez and Ibaka were ejected following a long review period. Chicago forward Nikola Mirotic and Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire received offsetting technical fouls after getting into a shoving match following the melee. With Lopez throwing the first punch, Ibaka said he was simply trying to defend himself. "I'm not just going to be out there and watch a man like him punch me and walk away," he said after his fourth career ejection. Lopez was ejected for the sixth time in his career. He said he expects to be suspended for the fight. "I think it was a really physical game, physical game for everybody," he said. "Just kind of hit the flashpoint." The Bulls opened a 109-94 lead on Paul Zipser's 3-pointer with 6:39 left in the fourth. But the Raptors responded with a 15-0 run, tying the game on Joseph's layup with 1:50 remaining. "They were the aggressors on both sides of the floor, getting layups on one end and stops on the other," Butler said. "Hell, that's how we were playing for the majority of the game. Whenever you're playing like that, the game turns quickly." Toronto grabbed the lead for the first time on a turnaround jumper from DeRozan with 1:23 to play in overtime. Denzel Valentine missed a 3-point attempt on Chicago's next possession and Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89, college: Kentucky) had a tip-in layup to make it 119-115 Toronto with 44.7 seconds remaining. The Raptors lead the NBA with 18 comeback victories after trailing by 10-or-more points.
Courtesy of: bostonherald.com



Leonard, Aldridge help Spurs outlast Timberwolves - by Eurobasket News

Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and hit the go-ahead jumper with 54 seconds to play to help the San Antonio Spurs to a 100-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) scored 26 points for the Spurs, who remained three games behind Golden State for the top seed in the Western Conference. San Antonio scored 35 points off of 23 turnovers by Minnesota and held off a fourth-quarter rally from the Wolves. Karl-Anthony Towns (7'0''-F/C-95, college: Kentucky) had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost four straight games to fade from playoff contention in the West. Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-G-95, college: Kansas) scored 22 points and Shabazz Muhammad (6'6''-SF-92, college: UCLA) scored 16 of his 18 points in the second quarter for Minnesota. San Antonio trailed by nine at halftime, but turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter to grab control. Held to just two points in the first half, Leonard scored 12 in the third and the Spurs forced 10 turnovers by the Wolves in a 31-16 frame. The Spurs led 88-80 midway through the fourth quarter when Leonard had to go to the bench after getting whacked in the face by Gorgui Dieng. That opened the door for the Wolves, who outscored the Spurs 8-4 while their MVP candidate was on the bench. Wiggins threw down a big dunk in traffic to ignite the rally and Towns converted a three-point play to put the Wolves up 93-92 with 2:04 to play. Leonard responded with an 18-foot jumper and Wiggins missed a good look on the other end that would have put Minnesota back in front.
Courtesy of: foxsports.com




Lopez's jumper at buzzer gives Nets 98-96 win over Pistons - by Eurobasket News

While his twin brother was throwing punches, Brook Lopez (7'0''-C-88, college: Stanford) landed a blow that really hurt. Lopez made a jumper as time expired to give the Brooklyn Nets a 98-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. He had heard even before he ended the game about what happened in Toronto, where Robin Lopez was ejected along with the Raptors' Serge Ibaka for fighting. "Well, the Lopez twins were just both doing what we do tonight," Lopez said. "He was doing his dirty job ... and I was playing real basketball." The Pistons, fighting for a playoff spot, wiped out a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to tie it at 96 on Tobias Harris (6'9''-F-92, college: Tennessee)' follow shot with 2.4 seconds left. Lopez then took the inbounds pass moving left, dribbled toward the baseline and made the shot to cap a 29-point night. Harris had 24 points for the Pistons, who dropped a game back of Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6'5''-G-93, college: Georgia) finished with 19. Andre Drummond (6'10''-C-93, college: Connecticut) had 13 points and 17 rebounds, but he left midway through the fourth quarter after appearing to injure his knee. "It's frustrating," Harris said. "We came here and expected to win. We needed this win, and they played like they needed it more than us." After allowing 31 points in the first quarter, the Nets limited the Pistons to 34 over the next two, opening a 74-65 lead. Brooklyn got the first basket of the fourth to take its first double-digit lead and led by eight with 4 1/2 minutes remaining before Detroit tied it with a 13-5 spurt. Ish Smith was the catalyst, scoring 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as struggling starter Reggie Jackson watched from the bench. But the Pistons couldn't complete the comeback and lost for the fourth time in five games. "In the locker room, the guys had some stuff to say themselves," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Somebody said I hope this is a wake-up call and I almost started laughing. I mean we're 71 games in. A wake-up call? Come on, we've been doing this all year." The Nets, playing without starting point guard Jeremy Lin because of a sprained right ankle, snapped a two-game losing streak.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



Warriors bully Thunder in testy 111-95 victory at Oklahoma City - by Eurobasket News

Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) scored 34 points to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-95 on Monday night in a heated matchup filled with trash talking, physical play and technical fouls. It was Golden State's second visit to Oklahoma City since former Thunder star Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) signed a free agent contract with the rival Warriors last summer. Durant has been out since February with a left knee injury and sat on the bench with his team. Even with Durant out, the negative energy from the first meeting was still there. Stephen Curry exchanged shoves with Oklahoma City's Semaj Christon (6'3''-G-92, college: Xavier) just before halftime, and both were issued technical fouls. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) and Golden State's Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) also got technical for their roles in the skirmish. The Warriors were overpowering in this one, leading by as many as 27 points while completing a sweep of the four-game season series. Curry scored 23 points for the Warriors, who won their fourth straight and halted Oklahoma City's win streak at five games. Westbrook scored 47 points the last time the teams met in Oklahoma City. This time, he had 15 points on 4-of-16 shooting. The Warriors took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Thunder 34-17 to go up 20 at the break. Westbrook scored eight points in just over three minutes at the start of the third quarter to help the Thunder trim Golden State's lead to 12, but the Warriors bounced back and pushed their lead to 78-55 with just under five minutes left in the period. Westbrook didn't score again after his early third quarter surge.
Courtesy of: pressdemocrat.com



Boston Celtics tough out 110-102 win over Washington Wizards - by Eurobasket News

The way Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) sees it, it's all pretty simple. "Those guys don't like us, we don't like them, that's what it is," Boston's little big man said after scoring 25 points to lead the Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. It was the fourth game of the season between the Eastern Conference rivals fighting for second place behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. All four games, each won by the home team, have been physical, chippy affairs loaded with plenty of talking -- much of it not very nice. "We knew it was going to be one of those games. We knew it," said Thomas, who returned from a two-game absence caused by a knee bruise. "With that team, it's always going to be a physical game, always going to be trashing talking and things like that. "We're basketball players. We love it. We love that type of environment, but we've got to be smart about the things we do and we did a good job tonight." There were five technical fouls in the game, four of them against Boston, one against Thomas. But when it ended, the Celtics had their 11th win in their last 12 home games and a 2 1/2-game lead over Washington for that second spot. They also moved back to two games behind the Cavs. "We definitely felt like we owed those guys," said Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas), who had 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Boston. "It was our job to come out here. Everything we went over in shootaround, we definitely executed it." The Celtics used runs of 12-0 and 16-5 to lead by 11 at the half, then opened it up to 20 in the third quarter. The Wizards' bench made a bit of a run at the start of the fourth quarter, the Celtics answered and the Wizards, with their starters back in, got as close as six late before four straight Marcus Smart (6'4''-G-94, college: Oklahoma St.) points putting the game away. "I don't think it was chippy at all," Washington coach Scott Brooks said. "I just think it was a physical game. They're a physical team. They've got a couple of guys that play very physical. Put their hands on you and you have to be able to respond by hard cuts and be strong with the basketball. That's how they play." Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) added 16 points, nine boards and five assists, and Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette) had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics (45-26, 24-9 at home). Smart finished with 10 points and Kelly Olynyk had nine points and a season-high 11 rebounds off the bench. The Wizards, losing for the fourth in their last five games, got 19 points from Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida), 16 from John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky), 14 each from Markieff Morris and Bojan Bogdanovich and 13 from Jason Smith. Washington (42-28) was guilty of a season-high 28 fouls. "I think it's the same as the last game," Wall said of the nastiness. "There were just a couple technicals this game, but other than that it was (a) clean game. Nobody did anything dirty. Just two teams that (are) playing physical, fighting for a seeding, know where they want to be and just playing hard." It was the Celtics' fifth straight home win over the Wizards. "It was important for us," Bradley said. "Every single game is important for us." Once just 5-5 at home, the Celtics have now turned TD Garden into a home paradise. And Monday night opened a six-game homestand and also a final stretch of nine of their last 12 at home. With Thomas missing from their lineup, the Celtics, who hit at least 10 3-pointers in 26 straight games, one shy of the league record, had just 13 on 58 attempts in the two games. On Monday night, they went 10 of 33. "Just 10 for 33, though, 30 percent again," Boston coach Brad Stevens said.
Courtesy of: upi.com



Clippers Clobber the Knicks 114-105 - by Eurobasket News

Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 30 points, Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had 13 points and 13 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New York Knicks 114-105 on Monday night. DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the Clippers blew the game open by outscoring the Knicks 34-19 in the third quarter for a 25-point lead. The Clippers (42-29) pulled to within one game of the Utah Jazz for fourth in the Western Conference and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They have 11 regular season games remaining. "It's important, but I'm not going to focus on that," said Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers of getting home court advantage against the Jazz. "I'm going to focus on winning every game and at the end we'll see where we're at." The fading Knicks were led by Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95)' 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Derek Rose had 18 points and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) had 16. Largely using their bench, they cut the 25-point deficit to seven points in final minutes. Griffin got off to a hot start, hitting eight of his first 10 shots. Jordan was right behind, connecting on 5 of 6 to help the Clippers shoot 55.8 percent in the first half. Griffin had 20 points at the break.
Courtesy of: nbclosangeles.com



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Storm push past Hurricanes 112-103 - by Eurobasket News

The dark storm of the Halifax Hurricanes has finally been lifted for Prince Edward Island. Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91)' 26 points led a spirited wire-to-wire effort at EastLink Arena as the Prince Edward Island Storm - having lost its previous five outings against the Halifax Hurricanes - took home a 112-103 win in a Sunday matinee in the National Basketball League of Canada. Renaldo Dixon (6'9''-C-90, college: N.Mexico St.)'s season-high 29 points paced Halifax. Trailing by double digits for the vast majority of the afternoon, the Hurricanes (22-7) battled its way back to a two possession game (107-101) with two minutes to go. Storm power forward A.J. Stewart then drove on the right side of the baseline and found Akeem Ellis (6'6''-G-90, college: Coppin St.) for a lay-up, plus the foul - providing the defining moment down the stretch. The ensuing made free throw, errant Hurricanes' shot and careless foul by Mike Poole on the other end sealed the game - snapping PEI's (10-14) five-game losing streak. Holding an eight point halftime lead (58-50), the Storm almost looked ready to collapse once again against the Atlantic-leading squad. With 7:36 to go in the third, the Hurricanes trailed 68-64 - but that would be the closest they would get to sniffing the lead. PEI answered emphatically with a 17-6 run over the next four-and-a-half minutes with Ellis' (21 points) chippy play against Billy White and long distance shooting being the catalyst. The Storm put up 36 third quarter points and held a 94-78 cushion heading to the final segment. With the previous five match-ups having being decided by a measly 6.6 points-difference, Sunday's game took on a different narrative early on. Led by Thomas' and Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92, college: Arizona St.)'s (20 points, eight rebounds, five assists) electric play guard play, the Storm took it straight to the collective chests of the Hurricanes from the get go by marching out to a 33-23 lead after the first, including a sizzling 68.42 per cent shooting effort from the floor. Thomas connected on a pair of early threes - in a sign of what was to come - while the home team's defence orchestrated 11 Hurricane turnovers before the half. Tyrone Watson (6'5''-F-90, college: N.Mexico St.) did not dress for Halifax. The rubber match - and final game in the season series - goes Wednesday at the Scotiabank Centre.
Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca



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Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Kelsey PLUM
  Washington
  (173-G-94)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. Plum, Washington31.8 
 2. Anigwe, California21.0 
 3. Canada, UCLA17.9 
 4. Leonard, Colorado17.2 
 5. Billings, UCLA16.7 
 6. Chantel, Washi.15.7 
 7. Jones, Arizona15.6 
 8. Wiese, Oregon St.15.4 
 9. Hebard, Oregon14.9 
 10. Simon, USC14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Osahor CHANTEL
  Washi.
  (188-F-)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Chantel, Washi.15.4 
 2. Billings, UCLA10.4 
 3. Anigwe, California9.3 
 4. Hebard, Oregon8.7 
 5. McCall, Stanford8.7 
 6. Simon, USC8.7 
 7. Gulich, Oregon St.8.2 
 8. Potter, Utah8.1 
 9. Brunner, Arizona .7.4 
 10. Jones, Arizona6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jordin CANADA
  UCLA
  (168-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Canada, UCLA6.7 
 2. Leonard, Colorado5.8 
 3. Ionescu, Oregon5.6 
 4. Bean, Utah5.4 
 5. Plum, Washington4.8 
 6. Cowling, California4.7 
 7. Wiese, Oregon St.4.6 
 8. Sniezek, Stanford4.3 
 9. Chantel, Washi.4.2 
 10. Cazorla, Oregon4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jordin CANADA
  UCLA
  (168-PG-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Canada, UCLA2.5 
 2. Leonard, Colorado2.5 
 3. Smith, Colorado2.0 
 4. Hailey, Washingt.2.0 
 5. Robinson, Colorado1.9 
 6. Burke, UCLA1.9 
 7. Moore, USC1.9 
 8. Billings, UCLA1.8 
 9. Moos, Arizona St.1.8 
 10. Pavlopoulou, Washingt.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Emily POTTER
  Utah
  (196-F-95)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Potter, Utah2.8 
 2. Anigwe, California2.2 
 3. Jones, Arizona2.0 
 4. Billings, UCLA1.9 
 5. McClure, Washingt.1.9 
 6. Brown, Oregon St.1.9 
 7. McCall, Stanford1.7 
 8. Gulich, Oregon St.1.7 
 9. Smith, Stanford1.6 
 10. Adams, USC1.4 


LSU expected to announce deal with VCU's Will Wade as next coach - by Eurobasket News

LSU is expected to announce VCU coach Will Wade as its next basketball coach, a person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke under the condition of anonymity because neither school had announced anything publicly. ESPN and CBS Sports reported the agreement to be a six-year deal. Wade, 34, is one of the youngest coaches in college basketball and piloted the Rams to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances after taking over for Shaka Smart, who left for Texas in 2015. Previously, he was the head coach of Chattanooga for two seasons. He went 51-20 at VCU, which bowed out of the NCAAs in a first-round loss to Saint Mary's this March.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



Taylor's FTs lift UCF over Illinois State 63-62 in NIT - by Eurobasket News

B.J. Taylor (6'2''-G) scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds left, and Central Florida beat Illinois State 63-62 Monday night in the second round of the NIT. No. 4 seed UCF (23-11) will play No. 2 seed Illinois (20-14) in a quarterfinal. Top-seeded Illinois State (28-7) had its 22-game home winning streak snapped. Taylor scored 17 points in the second half and finished 11 of 11 from the line. Matt Williams added 15 points and A.J. Davis (6'9''-G/F-95) 11 for the Knights. Deontae Hawkins (6'8''-F-93) scored 15 points to lead Illinois State. UCF trailed by 13 early in the second half, and took its first lead of the game when Davis converted a 3-point play for a 61-60 lead with 1:40 left. With the game still 61-60, Taylor fouled MiKyle McIntosh at the top of the arc with four seconds left. McIntosh made both free throws and the Redbirds led 62-61 with four seconds to play. Following a timeout, Taylor ran the floor and McIntosh fouled him along the baseline. Paris Lee's desperation 3-point attempt was short to end it.
Courtesy of: qctimes.com



UMass to hire Winthrop's Pat Kelsey as head coach - by Eurobasket News

University of Massachusetts will hire Winthrop's Pat Kelsey as its next basketball head coach, according a source with direct knowledge of the hire. Kelsey went 102-59 over five seasons at Winthrop. He reached the NCAA tournament this year and won two Big South regular season titles. Kelsey, 41, replaces Derek Kellogg , a former Minuteman point guard who went 155-137 in nine seasons as head coach. He reached one NCAA tournament in that span and finished this season 15-18 and 4-14 in league play. UMass dismissed him immediately after the season ended. UMass officials value the energy and passion Kelsey will bring to the program, which has a new practice facility that cost nearly $30 million to build. Before reaching the NCAA tournament this year, Kelsey may have been known best for the passionate speech he gave in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., after a game at Ohio State in December 2012. Prior to Winthrop, Kelsey served for two seasons as the associate head coach at Xavier, which gives him significant experience in the Atlantic 10. Before his time at Xavier, he was an assistant at Wake Forest under Skip Prosser for eight seasons. Other candidates for the UMass job included Miami associate head coach Chris Caputo, Celtics assistant Micah Shrewsberry and Vermont coach John Becker.
Courtesy of: si.com



Robert Williams Returning To Texas A&M For Sophomore Season - by Eurobasket News

Robert Williams (6'5''-F) will return to Texas A&M for his sophomore season. Williams was projected to be a top-10 pick in the draft if would have declared. Williams averaged 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds for Texas A&M this season.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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Reese's NCAA D2 All-Star Game 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

East
0 Jeril Taylor (6'4''-G)
1 Taylor Stafford (6'1''-G)
3 Ray Anderson (6'3''-G)
5 Jeremiah Hill (6'2''-G-95)
11 Ken-Jah Bosley (6'1''-G)
13 Adam Klie (6'4''-G-95)
14 Josh Johnson (6'8''-F)
15 Devin Gilligan (6'5''-F)
24 Seab Webster (6'6''-F)
32 Romond Jenkins (6'7''-F)

Head Coach: Butch Raymond

West
0 Phil Taylor (5'10''-PG-91)
1 Joshua Blaylock (6'2''-G)
3 Michael Mallory (6'1''-G)
4 Braxton Reeves (6'4''-G-94)
5 Joseph Tagarelli (6'6''-F)
10 Keshun Sherrill (5'9''-PG-94)
14 Aaron Lien (6'4''-G-95)
15 Javonte Douglas (6'8''-F)
23 Devin Schmidt (6'4''-G)
24 Seth Youngblood (6'1''-G)
30 Rasheed Moore (6'5''-F)

Head Coach: Bill Gross



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BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.25.6 
 2. Weatherspoon, Baerum B.25.6 
 3. Roquemore, Nidaros .25.6 
 4. McDonald, Nidaros .23.7 
 5. Ferrales, Kongsberg23.5 
 6. Yele, Asker Aliens22.0 
 7. Garth, Asker Aliens21.8 
 8. Sommerfeldt, Centr.19.6 
 9. Stien, Asker Aliens19.4 
 10. Harris, Froya B.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Earl SIMBA
  Nidaros .
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Simba, Nidaros .15.8 
 2. Yele, Asker Aliens13.0 
 3. Fivelstad, Gimle B.11.9 
 4. Weatherspoon, Baerum B.11.8 
 5. Bolinz, Centrum10.7 
 6. Harris, Froya B.10.5 
 7. Issalhi, Tromso10.3 
 8. Eglitis, Asker Aliens10.2 
 9. Victor, Gimle BBK10.1 
 10. Oldham, Kongsberg9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  Baerum B.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Gilchrese, Baerum B.6.9 
 2. Garth, Asker Aliens6.3 
 3. Ferrales, Kongsberg5.3 
 4. Espe, Gimle BBK5.1 
 5. Roquemore, Nidaros .4.8 
 6. Mjos, Baerum B.4.5 
 7. Stien, Centrum4.2 
 8. Gabrans, Froya B.4.1 
 9. Issalhi, Tromso4.0 
 10. Silavs, Froya B.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  Baerum B.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Gilchrese, Baerum B.3.9 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso3.1 
 3. Roquemore, Nidaros .2.5 
 4. Mjos, Baerum B.2.5 
 5. Lange, Tromso2.4 
 6. Victor, Gimle BBK2.3 
 7. Gabric, Kongsberg2.1 
 8. Espe, Gimle BBK2.0 
 9. Bolinz, Centrum2.0 
 10. Simba, Nidaros .1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Earl SIMBA
  Nidaros .
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Simba, Nidaros .2.6 
 2. Harris, Froya B.2.2 
 3. Yele, Asker Aliens1.8 
 4. Victor, Gimle BBK1.2 
 5. Bolinz, Centrum1.2 
 6. Oldham, Kongsberg1.1 
 7. Weatherspoon, Baerum B.1.0 
 8. Bryn, Ammerud Bskt0.9 
 9. Lamo, Gimle BBK0.7 
 10. Rolls-Tyson, Kongs.0.7 



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77th ASUNCION METRO postponed until the 24th - by Santiago Maciel

Unfortunalety for all basketball fans in Asuncion, the tip off of the 77th Metro Pro League
was postponed again for another 5 days for its start.

The decision was made due to the last and very hard going meeting among team s managers
and owners. The conflict was established beacause most teams besides Olimpia, questioned the
CPB the decision of letting play Javier Martinez (188-G-78, agency: DTMones) (Paraguayan All Teime Best Player) with Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82, agency: Pro Sports)
and 2 foreigners together.

Most teams considered that thehiring of Javier Martinez was like the hiring of a foreigener knowing his
basketball skills and background.

Fortunately a good decision was taken by the CPB letting all teams by equal to hire 3 foreigners and two GALACTICOS.
Galacticos are the so called Category of players where Guillermo Araujo, Bruno Zanotti (198-SF-82, college: Merrimack), Marcelo Piuma (197-PF-83). Jose Fabio (200-F-77), Alejandro
Peralta and Junior Peralta are included.

This list was established by the CPB to equal the forces among teams, but the coming of a retired Javier Martinez
killed all initial intentions and Managers had to re write the rules.

Unfortunately anothe week was lost, TV CABLE TTIGO SPORTS is upset beacause they said they are losing money, and of course
all players and coaches who were ready to start this past 15th.

We finally have a scheduled date, the 24th. The 77th METRO seems that it will be very competitive league. Eurobasket. com wishes
every team a great performance and congratulates the CPB by opening to 3 the number of foreigners that can be hired.

Santiago Maciel for Eurobasket.com



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  PBL  


Anthony Jackson gets MVP of the Week award for PBL PBL - by Eurobasket News

Anthony Jackson (196-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dubois D. and that's him to receive a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 23 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Dubois D. in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Washington W. (#6, 3-8) 98-95. Dubois D. maintains the 8th position in PBL PBL. 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. Dubois D. have already lost 16 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Jackson had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Dubois D.'s top player in his first season with the team. Florida Institute of Technology graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jackson is in league's top in points (3rd best: 23.3ppg), rebounds (4th best: 9.0rpg), assists (5th best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 61.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old power forward Gerard DeVaughn (206-F/C-88) of second-ranked Kentucky M.. DeVaughn impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Kentucky M. lost that game 110-115 to slightly higher-ranked Rochester R. (#1, 12-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kentucky M. still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 3rd loss this season, while they won 12 other games. DeVaughn is well-known by Kentucky M. fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. Stillman College alumni DeVaughn played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was Bryant Osei (195-F/G-90) of Washington W. (#6). Osei scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Osei's great performance Washington W. lost 95-98 to slightly lower-ranked Dubois D. (#8, 1-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Washington W. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Osei he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Osei has individually a great season in PBL. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyquan Brown (200-F-89) of Chautauqua H. - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bernard Edwards (198-F-90) of Ohio Bootleggers - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ben Vozzola (198-G-92) of Kentucky M. - 27 points and 5 assists
7. Brett McKnight (198-F-89) of Ohio Bootleggers - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Corey Allmond (188-G-88) of Rochester R. - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nicholas Waddell (200-C-90) of Kentucky M. - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Akeem Echols (196-G/F-93) of Chautauqua H. - 27 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Aaron Johnson gets MVP of the Week award for Polish PLK - by Eurobasket News

American Aaron Johnson (173-PG-88, agency: Two Points) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Stal Ostrow and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 28-year old playmaker got a double-double of 17 points and eleven assists, while his team crushed Polfarmex Kutno (#16, 4-20) with 25-point margin 89-64. Stal Ostrow maintains the 3rd position in Polish PLK. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Stal Ostrow will need more victories to improve their 17-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Johnson as usually he does not deliver so high stats. University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.7apg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 56.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93) of Energa Czarni. Lewis impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Energa Czarni to edge the higher-ranked Rosa Radom (#5, 14-10) by 1 point 68-67. This victory allowed Energa Czarni to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lewis is a newcomer at Energa Czarni and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Anthony Ireland (175-PG-91) of Trefl Sopot (#9). Ireland scored 24 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Trefl Sopot, leading his team to a 79-68 win against MKS DG (13-11). Trefl Sopot needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 11 lost games. Ireland has a great season in Poland. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 54.0% and 3PT: 40.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Uros Nikolic (207-C-87) of PGE Turow - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. James Washington (182-PG-87) of Anwil - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Darrell Harris (205-C-84) of AZS Koszalin - 14 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tyler Haws (193-G-91) of Anwil - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nikola Markovic (208-F/C-89) of Trefl Sopot - 17 points and 11 rebounds
9. Darnell Jackson (206-C/F-85) of Rosa Radom - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jakub Karolak (196-F/G-93) of Trefl Sopot - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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



1Liga Round 28: #1 Sokol Lancut is defeated by Polonia Leszno - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in 1Liga. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Sokol Lancut (21-7) on the court of seventh ranked Polonia Leszno on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Polonia Leszno 77-65. Polonia Leszno forced 25 Sokol Lancut turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Maksym Kulon (191-93) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and guard Jakub Koelner (183-93) who added 15 points during the contest. At the losing side power forward Maciej Klima (203-82) responded with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Polonia Leszno (16-12) moved-up to sixth place. Sokol Lancut lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with seven games lost. They share it with Legia W-wa. Polonia Leszno are looking forward to face Biofarm PZN (#8) in Poznan in the next round. Sokol Lancut will play on the road against Pogon Prudnik (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Legia W-wa (21-7) against fifth ranked GKS Tychy (18-10) on Saturday night. Host Legia W-wa was defeated by GKS Tychy in a tough game in Warszawa 77-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Legia W-wa. The winners were led by Marek Piechowicz (201-88) who scored that evening 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals (made all of his seven free throws) and Marcin Kowalewski supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Even 9 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals by point guard Lukasz Wilczek (190-86) did not help to save the game for Legia W-wa. Legia W-wa's coach Piotr Bakun rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. GKS Tychy moved-up to fourth place, which they share with GTK Gliwice. Legia W-wa at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with Sokol Lancut. GKS Tychy will play against Notec Inowr. (#10) in Inowroclaw in the next round where they are favorite. Legia W-wa will play on the road against Nysa Klodzko (#16) in Kloszko and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked GTK Gliwice (18-10) against twelfth ranked Notec Inowr. (12-17) on Saturday night. Visiting GTK Gliwice was edged by Notec Inowr. in a tough game in Inowroclaw 63-65. Mikolaj Grod fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Marceli Dziemba produced 26 points for lost side. GTK Gliwice's coach Pawel Turkiewicz tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Notec Inowr. moved-up to tenth place. Loser GTK Gliwice dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with GKS Tychy. Notec Inowr. will meet higher ranked GKS Tychy (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. GTK Gliwice will play against SKK Siedlce and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Nysa Klodzko managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked Astoria Bydg. in Bydgoszcz 100-89. It was a very good performance for Rafal Wojciechowski who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds. Astoria Bydg.'s coach Konrad Kazmierczyk let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nysa Klodzko (7-21) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with defeated Astoria Bydg. Astoria Bydg. lost fourth consecutive game. Nysa Klodzko's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Legia W-wa in Warszawa and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
An interesting game took place in Kolobrzeg where 6th ranked Pogon Prudnik (15-13) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Kotwica (13-15) 81-71 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Patryk Przyborowski who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Pogon Prudnik's coach Tomasz Michalak gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kotwica have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Kotwica maintains ninth position with 13-15 record. Loser Pogon Prudnik dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost. Kotwica will face Rosa II Radom (#12) on the road in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 28: Znicz Basket won against SKK Siedlce on the opponent's court 89-75. Spojnia outscored Rosa II Radom in a home game 98-72. AZS AGH Krk. recorded a loss to Biofarm PZN on the road 68-58.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Jakub Fiszer of Biofarm PZN.

Astoria Bydg. - Nysa Klodzko 89-100

Bottom-ranked Nysa Klodzko managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked Astoria Bydg. in Bydgoszcz 100-89. Nysa Klodzko made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was a very good performance for guard Rafal Wojciechowski (192-85) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Aleksander Lenczuk (193-93) contributed with 24 points and 4 assists for the winners. Center Mateusz Fatz (205-96) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Patryk Gospodarek (184-94, agency: Octagon Europe) added 22 points and 5 assists in the effort for Astoria Bydg.Four Astoria Bydg. players scored in double figures. Astoria Bydg.'s coach Konrad Kazmierczyk let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nysa Klodzko (7-21) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with defeated Astoria Bydg. Astoria Bydg. lost fourth consecutive game. Nysa Klodzko's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Legia W-wa in Warszawa and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Nysa Klodzko: R.Wojciechowski 30+7reb+2ast, A.Lenczuk 24+4reb+4ast, M.Bluma 14+9reb+2ast, M.Kliniewski 10+3reb, M.Kowalski 8+2reb+4ast, M.Weiss 6+3reb+2ast
Astoria Bydg.: M.Fatz 31+11reb+4ast, P.Gospodarek 22+5ast, S.Dabek 12+2ast, S.Laydych 12+7reb+1ast, M.Bierwagen 5+2reb+1ast, P.Krefft 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 480845


SKK Siedlce - Znicz Basket 75-89

There was a minor upset when 11th ranked SKK Siedlce (11-17) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked Znicz Basket (11-17) 89-75 on Sunday. Znicz Basket made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Znicz Basket outrebounded SKK Siedlce 43-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. SKK Siedlce was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Tomasz Madziar (195-92) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds and Mikolaj Stopierzynski (190-94) who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Damian Szymczak (186-95) responded with 22 points and guard Rafal Sobilo (188-89) scored 15 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Znicz Basket moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Rosa II Radom and SKK Siedlce. Znicz Basket will face higher ranked Spojnia (#3) in Stargard in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: T.Madziar 23+5reb+3ast, M.Stopierzynski 19+4reb+2ast, D.Tokarski 13+2reb+2ast, A.Kordalski 8+9reb+5ast, M.Kierlewicz 8+2ast, M.Szwed 8+10reb+2ast
SKK Siedlce: D.Szymczak 22+3reb+1ast, R.Sobilo 15+3reb+3ast, M.Plawucki 12+3reb+5ast, K.Czosnowski 7+4reb, A.Weres 7+2reb, R.Rajewicz 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 480842


Spojnia - Rosa II Radom 98-72

Very predictable result in Stargard where third ranked Spojnia (19-9) smashed 12th ranked Rosa II Radom (11-17) 98-72 on Sunday. Spojnia forced 20 Rosa II Radom turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Spojnia looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marcin Dymala (188-90) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 assists and 5 steals and center Karol Pytys (202-85) who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Michal Sadlo (205-94) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Maciej Parszewski (195-94) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five Spojnia and four Rosa II Radom players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spojnia maintains third position with 19-9 record having just two points less than leader Sokol Lancut. Loser Rosa II Radom dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Spojnia will face Znicz Basket (#11) in Pruszkow in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rosa II Radom will play at home against Kotwica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: M.Dymala 22+3reb+8ast, M.Raczynski 14+4reb, K.Pytys 13+5reb+1ast, H.Pabian 10+4reb+1ast, P.Spica 10+2reb+2ast, P.Lewandowski 10+2reb+3ast
Rosa II Radom: M.Sadlo 15+6reb+2ast, M.Parszewski 12+6reb+1ast, J.Stanios 12+2reb+2ast, K.Obarek 12+1reb+2ast, M.Gos 8+3reb, F.Kolakowski 5+2ast
gschID: 480841


Biofarm PZN - AZS AGH Krk. 68-58

Not a big story in a game in Poznan where 14th ranked AZS AGH Krk. (9-19) was defeated by eighth ranked Biofarm PZN (15-13) 68-58 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Jakub Fiszer (187-95) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Piotr Wieloch (182-94) who added 14 points and 8 assists during the contest. Biofarm PZN's coach Przemyslaw Szurek used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side power forward Maciej Maj (200-88) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Tomasz Zych (185-87) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Biofarm PZN have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pogon Prudnik. Newly promoted AZS AGH Krk. keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Biofarm PZN will face higher ranked Polonia Leszno (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AZS AGH Krk. will play against Astoria Bydg. (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Biofarm PZN: M.Migala 18+6reb, J.Fiszer 14+8reb+4ast, P.Wieloch 14+4reb+8ast, M.Brek 9+10reb+3ast, F.Struski 8+3reb+1ast, M.Kurpisz 5+3reb
AZS AGH Krk.: M.Maj 15+8reb+2ast, B.Wrobel 13+4reb+1ast, T.Zych 10+7reb+2ast, A.Wlodarczyk 6+1ast, D.Kalinowski 4+9reb+2ast, M.Borowka 4+1reb
gschID: 480846


Legia W-wa - GKS Tychy 77-84

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Legia W-wa (21-7) against fifth ranked GKS Tychy (18-10) on Saturday night. Host Legia W-wa was defeated by GKS Tychy in a tough game in Warszawa 77-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Legia W-wa. GKS Tychy made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The winners were led by Marek Piechowicz (201-88) who scored that evening 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals (made all of his seven free throws) and Marcin Kowalewski (200-86, agency: Promotex) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Even 9 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals by point guard Lukasz Wilczek (190-86) did not help to save the game for Legia W-wa. Power forward Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-79) added 16 points for lost side. Legia W-wa's coach Piotr Bakun rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. GKS Tychy moved-up to fourth place, which they share with GTK Gliwice. Legia W-wa at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with Sokol Lancut. GKS Tychy will play against Notec Inowr. (#10) in Inowroclaw in the next round where they are favorite. Legia W-wa will play on the road against Nysa Klodzko (#16) in Kloszko and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
GKS Tychy: T.Deja 18+5reb+1ast, M.Kowalewski 18+5reb+2ast, M.Piechowicz 17+8reb+6ast, K.Szpyrka 10+4ast, H.Mazur 9+6reb+1ast, R.Basinski 8+4reb+6ast
Legia W-wa: T.Andrzejewski 16+4reb, G.Kukielka 14+3reb+1ast, A.Linowski 12+7reb, M.Wilczek 11+4reb+1ast, L.Wilczek 9+5reb+8ast, L.Pacocha 9+3reb+5ast
gschID: 480844


Notec Inowr. - GTK Gliwice 65-63

Very important is a road loss of third ranked GTK Gliwice (18-10) against twelfth ranked Notec Inowr. (12-17) on Saturday night. Visiting GTK Gliwice was edged by Notec Inowr. in a tough game in Inowroclaw 63-65. Notec Inowr. dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to GTK Gliwice's 22. They outrebounded GTK Gliwice 39-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Notec Inowr. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Mikolaj Grod (194-89) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Adam Lisewski (205-80) chipped in 6 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Marceli Dziemba (186-92) produced 26 points and swingman Kacper Radwanski (189-94) added 11 points respectively for lost side. GTK Gliwice's coach Pawel Turkiewicz tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Notec Inowr. moved-up to tenth place. Loser GTK Gliwice dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with GKS Tychy. Notec Inowr. will meet higher ranked GKS Tychy (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. GTK Gliwice will play against SKK Siedlce and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Notec Inowr.: M.Grod 21+11reb+2ast, S.Sroczynski 15+3reb+2ast, K.Maciejewski 10+4reb+6ast, A.Lisewski 6+11reb+3ast, D.Adamczewski 5+5reb+4ast, H.Wierzbicki 4+2reb+4ast
GTK Gliwice: M.Dziemba 26+4reb, K.Radwanski 11+2reb+1ast, M.Salamonik 10+3reb, G.Podulka 6+2reb, M.Jedrzejewski 4+2reb+3ast, L.Ratajczak 4+4reb
gschID: 480843


Kotwica - Pogon Prudnik 81-71

An interesting game took place in Kolobrzeg where 6th ranked Pogon Prudnik (15-13) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Kotwica (13-15) 81-71 on Saturday. Kotwica looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Patryk Przyborowski (195-90, agency: Promotex) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and guard Adrian Sulinski (185-89, agency: Promotex) who added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side Tomasz Prostak (188-88, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski (192-85) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Pogon Prudnik's coach Tomasz Michalak gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kotwica have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Kotwica maintains ninth position with 13-15 record. Loser Pogon Prudnik dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost. Kotwica will face Rosa II Radom (#12) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kotwica: P.Przyborowski 22+3reb+1ast, A.Sulinski 15+5reb+6ast, L.Bodych 11+7reb+1ast, P.Pawlowski 9+7reb+4ast, D.Mieczkowski 8+8reb+8ast, P.Dzierzak 8+1ast
Pogon Prudnik: T.Prostak 23+7reb+2ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 14+8reb+2ast, J.Bartkowiak 10+4reb+1ast, P.Bogdanowicz 8+4reb+2ast, M.Krawiec 7+1reb, N.Kujon 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 480840


Polonia Leszno - Sokol Lancut 77-65

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Sokol Lancut (21-7) on the court of seventh ranked Polonia Leszno on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Polonia Leszno 77-65. Polonia Leszno forced 25 Sokol Lancut turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Maksym Kulon (191-93) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and guard Jakub Koelner (183-93) who added 15 points during the contest. At the losing side power forward Maciej Klima (203-82) responded with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Sebastian Szymanski (183-91, agency: Promotex) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Polonia Leszno (16-12) moved-up to sixth place. Sokol Lancut lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with seven games lost. They share it with Legia W-wa. Polonia Leszno are looking forward to face Biofarm PZN (#8) in Poznan in the next round. Sokol Lancut will play on the road against Pogon Prudnik (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Polonia Leszno: M.Kulon 16+3reb+2ast, J.Koelner 15+4reb+1ast, P.Malona 10+3reb, T.Stepien 10+1reb+2ast, M.Rostalski 9+4reb+1ast, S.Kiwilsza 6+6reb+3ast
Sokol Lancut: A.Czujkowski 17+2reb+1ast, S.Szymanski 16+3reb+3ast, M.Klima 8+10reb+4ast, J.Koszuta 8+1reb+1ast, R.Kulikowski 6+12reb+2ast, M.Zywert 3+1ast
gschID: 480839





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

Forward Stephen Grosey (201-F) had a great game in the last round for Galitos-Barreiro and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Illiabum (#6, 12-14) with 19-point margin 80-61. Galitos-Barreiro maintains the 5th position in Portuguese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Galitos-Barreiro will need more victories to improve their 15-11 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Grosey as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Concordia University at Irvine graduate has very impressive stats this year. Grosey is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.1rpg) and averages solid 52.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nick Novak (182-PG-90) of Places 7-12 top-ranked Ovarense. He is American guard in his second season at Ovarense. In the last game Novak recorded impressive 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Ovarense cruised to a 87-78 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Sampaense (#12, 4-21). This victory allowed Ovarense to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team has currently 14-12 record. Novak is well-known at Ovarense and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 4.5rpg and 6.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Pedro Catarino (184-PG-90) of Maia Basket (#11). Catarino got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Maia Basket, leading his team to a 88-77 win against slightly higher-ranked Lusitania (#9, 6-19). Maia Basket can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Catarino he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Catarino has a very solid season. In 21 games in Portugal he scored 16.1ppg. He also has 3.1apg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Guillory (190-G) of Sampaense - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-PG-91) of Galitos-Barreiro - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Khyle Marshall (200-F-92) of Galitos-Barreiro - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dusan Ognjenovic (216-C-91) of Sampaense - 17 points and 13 rebounds
8. Damian Hollis (203-F-88) of Benfica - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Nikola Tadic (206-F/C-88) of Illiabum - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. David Gomes (200-C-86) of Maia Basket - 5 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Walker's 39-point game gives him Proliga (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old point guard Deshaunt Walker (180-PG-91) had a great game in the last round for Angra (they play in Places 9-16) and receives a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 39 points adding four rebounds and seven assists for Angra in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Sangalhos (#13, 4-4) 100-98. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to top of the standings. Angra maintains the 9th position in Portuguese Proliga. They are still close to the very top. Angra would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-1 record. In the team's last game Walker had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Angra's top player in his first season with the team. Stephen F. Austin State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Walker is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.0ppg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 52.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Emanuel Silva (188-G/F-79) of Sangalhos. He is a swingman in his 15th season at Sangalhos. In the last game Silva recorded impressive 32 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Sangalhos was edged by the lower-ranked Angra (#9, 8-1) 100-98. This loss caused Sangalhos to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Silva is one of the most experienced players at Sangalhos and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 12.5ppg (#9). He also registered 5.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Angra's star - swingman Flavio Gomes (194-G/F-88). Gomes scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Angra, helping his team with a 100-98 win against the lower-ranked Sangalhos (#13, 4-4). Angra is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 8-1 record is not that bad... Gomes has a great season in Portugal. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 10.2rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rodrigo Lima (183-PG-98) of Guifoes - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Benedito Suca (196-F-84) of Academia - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Diogo Araujo (201-F/C-97) of Dragon Force - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Ba Cassama (195-F-85) of Academia - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ricardo Monteiro (208-C-97) of Benfica B - 23 points and 13 rebounds
9. Jose Torres (182-PG-91) of Belenenses CF - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kenny Martin (208-F-93) of Barreirense - 22 points and 10 rebounds

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



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Liga Nationala Round 5 (Second Stage): Leader Targu Mures lose to CS Dinamo Bucuresti - by Eurobasket News

Liga Nationala is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 5 rounds left.

Top ranked Targu Mures (9-12) recorded its twelfth loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (6-15) 85-71. The game was mostly controlled by CS Dinamo Bucuresti. Targu Mures managed to win second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CS Dinamo Bucuresti made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Danilo Tasic (207-93, agency: 011 Sports) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Bosnian-Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (194-83) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian power forward Dalibor Djapa (205-84, agency: 011 Sports) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. CS Dinamo Bucuresti maintains fourth place in Nationala with 6-15 record. Targu Mures at the other side still keep top position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Galati. Fourth ranked Craiova (6-15) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Phoenix Galati (7-14) 86-84 on Monday evening. American power forward Christopher Lee (206-85, college: S.Carolina St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Catalin Burlacu contributed with 18 points and 9 assists for the winners. The former international center Adrian Gutoaia (197-90, agency: Court Side) answered with 19 points for Phoenix Galati. Craiova moved-up to third place in Nationala. Phoenix Galati at the other side keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Craiova will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Phoenix Galati will play at home against Oradea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked CSU Sibiu (14-9) against fourth ranked Oradea (13-10) on Saturday night. Visiting CSU Sibiu was defeated by Oradea in Oradea 84-72. Titus Nicoara stepped up and scored 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Chris Cooper responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. CSU Sibiu's coach Dan Fleseriu rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains fourth place in Nationala with 13-10 record. Loser CSU Sibiu keeps the third position with nine games lost. Oradea will meet league's second-placed Phoenix Galati on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CSU Sibiu will play against the league's second-placed Steaua CSM in Bucuresti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bucuresti. First ranked UBT Cluj Napoca faced second-ranked Steaua CSM. Guests from Cluj Napoca (20-3) defeated host Steaua CSM (14-9) 80-75. Kyndall Dykes nailed 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. UBT Cluj Napoca maintains first place in Nationala with 20-3 record. Steaua CSM at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. UBT Cluj Napoca's next round opponent will be Pitesti (#6) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Steaua CSM will play against CSU Sibiu (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 5 In Nationala Pitesti was crushed by BC Timisoara in a road game 88-67.

Places 1-6
BC Timisoara - Pitesti 88-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Pitesti's (10-13) road loss to fifth ranked BC Timisoara (12-11) 67-88. The game was mostly controlled by BC Timisoara. Pitesti was better in fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian guard Mladen Jeremic (198-88, agency: 011 Sports) nailed 33 points (!!!) for the winning side and Cuban-American center Adrian Diaz (213-93, college: FIU) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Adrian Tudor (184-85) came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Vincent Hunter (209-84, college: Arkansas) added 15 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for Pitesti in the defeat. Four Pitesti players scored in double figures. Pitesti's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. BC Timisoara maintains fifth place in Nationala with 12-11 record. Pitesti at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. BC Timisoara will have a break next round. Pitesti will play on the road against the league's leader UBT Cluj Napoca (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pitesti: V.Hunter 15+2reb, T.Gabric 13+4reb, A.Tudor 12+5reb+1ast, P.Marinov 12+1reb+3ast, A.Giani Zaharie 6+2reb+2ast, G.Balmus 4+2ast
BC Timisoara: M.Jeremic 33+2reb+3ast, A.Diaz 16+9reb+2ast, I.Dragusin 8+5reb+4ast, A.Andries 8+5reb, L.Tohatan 8+1reb+3ast, M.Komatina 7+5reb+2ast
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Oradea - CSU Sibiu 84-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked CSU Sibiu (14-9) against fourth ranked Oradea (13-10) on Saturday night. Visiting CSU Sibiu was defeated by Oradea in Oradea 84-72. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. CSU Sibiu managed to win fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oradea looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international Titus Nicoara (203-88, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American forward Sean Barnette (197-86, college: Wingate) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Chris Cooper (205-90, college: ODU) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (192-84) scored 13 points and 5 assists. CSU Sibiu's coach Dan Fleseriu rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains fourth place in Nationala with 13-10 record. Loser CSU Sibiu keeps the third position with nine games lost. Oradea will meet league's second-placed Phoenix Galati on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CSU Sibiu will play against the league's second-placed Steaua CSM in Bucuresti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: R.Paliciuc 15+2reb, C.Cooper 14+14reb+2ast, I.Mijajlovic 13+3reb+5ast, M.Davis 8+1reb+2ast, M.Dragoste 8+2reb, D.Gheorghe 4
Oradea: S.Barnette 15+5reb+1ast, T.Nicoara 13+7reb+1ast, A.Mandache 13+4reb+2ast, S.Denison 9+6reb+2ast, M.Pasalic 9+2reb+4ast, W.Franklin 9+2reb+8ast
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Steaua CSM - UBT Cluj Napoca 75-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bucuresti. First ranked UBT Cluj Napoca faced second-ranked Steaua CSM. Guests from Cluj Napoca (20-3) defeated host Steaua CSM (14-9) 80-75. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-15 Steaua CSM's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-75 at the end of the game. UBT Cluj Napoca made 18-of-19 charity shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American Kyndall Dykes (192-87, college: New Orleans) nailed 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) accounted for 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Lithuanian guard Marius Runkauskas (189-86, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 28 points and American power forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) added 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Steaua CSM in the defeat. UBT Cluj Napoca maintains first place in Nationala with 20-3 record. Steaua CSM at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. UBT Cluj Napoca's next round opponent will be Pitesti (#6) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Steaua CSM will play against CSU Sibiu (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Steaua CSM: M.Runkauskas 28+3reb+3ast, R.Falker 16+10reb+6ast, D.Dudzinski 8+5reb+2ast, L.Szijarto 7+1reb, N.Malesevic 7+7reb+3ast, Y.Frasenyuk 4+3reb
UBT Cluj Napoca: V.Moldoveanu 24+2reb, K.Dykes 20+8reb+4ast, O.Barro 17+9reb+5ast, A.Rasic 7+1reb+7ast, F.Adamovic 5+2reb+4ast, N.Kuti 3+1reb+1ast
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Places 7-10
Phoenix Galati - Craiova 84-86

Important game to mention about took place in Galati. Fourth ranked Craiova (6-15) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Phoenix Galati (7-14) 86-84 on Monday evening. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 17-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Craiova had a 28-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American power forward Christopher Lee (206-85, college: S.Carolina St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) contributed with 18 points and 9 assists for the winners. The former international center Adrian Gutoaia (197-90, agency: Court Side) answered with 19 points and American power forward Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Phoenix Galati. Four Craiova and five Phoenix Galati players scored in double figures. Craiova moved-up to third place in Nationala. Phoenix Galati at the other side keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Craiova will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Phoenix Galati will play at home against Oradea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Galati: A.Gutoaia 19+4reb+2ast, P.Miller 18+2reb+3ast, T.Gugino 15+6reb+3ast, M.Bojovic 13+1reb+7ast, D.Brandon 10+6reb+2ast, C.Vlaicu 4+2reb
Craiova: C.Lee 21+13reb+2ast, J.Abrams 19+5reb+5ast, C.Burlacu 18+4reb+9ast, T.Taylor 16+3reb+4ast, T.Bureau 6+4reb+3ast, V.Solopa 4+3reb+1ast
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Targu Mures - Dinamo B. 71-85

Top ranked Targu Mures (9-12) recorded its twelfth loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (6-15) 85-71. The game was mostly controlled by CS Dinamo Bucuresti. Targu Mures managed to win second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CS Dinamo Bucuresti made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Danilo Tasic (207-93, agency: 011 Sports) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Bosnian-Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (194-83) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian power forward Dalibor Djapa