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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, Instituto20.5 
 3. Solano, Echague19.2 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.19.1 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.9 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Harper, Quimsa16.7 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas16.7 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.16.5 
 10. Horner, Obras B.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.5 
 3. Johnson, Weber B.9.8 
 4. Clancy, Instituto9.8 
 5. Wood, San M.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 7. Francis, La Union8.4 
 8. Justiz, Estudian.8.4 
 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. Aguirre, San L.5.5 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Figueroa, Penarol4.6 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.6 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 10. Perez, Boca Jrs4.4 
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. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 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.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol0.9 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.4 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista21.1 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.7 
 4. Brown, La Union19.6 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.18.2 
 6. Pais, Platense18.1 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 8. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 9. Montes-C., Obera T.17.3 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Gonzalez, San I.13.0 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.3 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.8.9 
 5. Joseph, Obera TC8.5 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 7. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 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. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.4 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 10. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe PAIS
  Platense
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pais, Platense2.5 
 2. Punet, Salta Basket2.5 
 3. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 4. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.1 
 5. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 7. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 8. Eseverri, Salta B.1.7 
 9. La-Bella, Gimnasia.1.7 
 10. Lopez, Independ.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joe EFESE
  Gimnasia LP
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Efese, Gimnasia LP2.8 
 2. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. 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





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Round 14: Hong Kong ELL are defeated by Alab Pilipinas - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in ASEAN League. 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 crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (16-4) in Manila on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Filipino Alab Pilipinas (10-9) 82-75. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 44-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Alab Pilipinas dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Hong Kong ELL's 32. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Alab Pilipinas made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: Haylett Sports) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Sampson Carter (203-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: Haylett Sports) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Alab Pilipinas' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Alab Pilipinas maintains third position with 10-9 record having seven points less than leader Hong Kong ELL. Hong Kong ELL at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Alab Pilipinas are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Kaohsiung (#6) in Kaohsiung City in the next round. Hong Kong ELL will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (12-7) against fourth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (8-11) on Sunday night. Host Singapore Slingers were defeated by Saigon Heat in Singapore 88-71. American-Panamanian center Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-89, college: Kansas St.) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Lenny Daniel supported him with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 22 points and 22 rebounds by American center Justin Howard (209-81, college: Mercer) did not help to save the game for Singapore Slingers. Saigon Heat maintains fourth position with 8-11 record. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the second place with seven games lost. Saigon Heat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Singapore Slingers will play again on the road against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of first ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (16-4) against fourth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (8-11) on Wednesday night. Host Hong Kong ELL was defeated by Saigon Heat in a tough game in Hong Kong 92-96. The best player for the winners was Jordan Henriquez-Roberts who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Marcus Elliott produced 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the hosts. Saigon Heat maintains fourth position with 8-11 record. Loser Hong Kong ELL still keeps top place with four games lost. Saigon Heat will meet at home league's second-placed Singapore Slingers in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Hong Kong ELL will have a break next round.
Very significant was Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL's (#1, 16-4) victory against 4th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (8-11) 110-97. Marcus Elliott orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 29 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists. Hong Kong ELL maintains first position with 16-4 record. Saigon Heat at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Hong Kong ELL will have a break next round. Saigon Heat will play at home against the league's second-placed Singapore Slingers (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Malaysian KL Dragons managed to get the third consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Taiwanese Kaohsiung in Kuala Lumpur 103-78. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 25-point difference proves that KL Dragons was well-prepared to that game. Joshua Munzon scored 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KL Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Kaohsiung lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. KL Dragons will face again bottom-ranked Kaohsiung (#6) in Kaohsiung City in the next round. Kaohsiung will play at home against Alab Pilipinas and hope to win that game.

Hong Kong ELL - Saigon H. 110-97

Very significant was Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL's (#1, 16-4) victory against 4th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (8-11) 110-97. Hong Kong ELL dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Saigon Heat's 48 and made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Hong Kong ELL forced 20 Saigon Heat turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 29 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists. The other American import power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds and American-Panamanian center Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-89, college: Kansas St.) added 18 points and 25 rebounds in the effort for Saigon Heat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hong Kong ELL maintains first position with 16-4 record. Saigon Heat at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Hong Kong ELL will have a break next round. Saigon Heat will play at home against the league's second-placed Singapore Slingers (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong ELL: M.Elliott 29+14reb+13ast, T.Lamb 24+7reb+3ast, J.Boone 21+14reb+1ast, S.Guinchard 19+8reb+2ast, S.Yee Fong 12+8reb+2ast, K.Lee 3+2reb+3ast
Saigon H.: L.Daniel 30+13reb+3ast, D.Arnold 23+3reb+6ast, J.Henriquez-Roberts 18+25reb+2ast, M.Morgan 13+4reb+6ast, H.Nguyen Van 11+2reb+3ast, T.Nguyen 2+3reb
gschID: 520745


Alab Pilipinas - Hong Kong ELL 82-75

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (16-4) in Manila on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Filipino Alab Pilipinas (10-9) 82-75. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 44-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Alab Pilipinas dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Hong Kong ELL's 32. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Alab Pilipinas made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: Haylett Sports) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Sampson Carter (203-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: Haylett Sports) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Alab Pilipinas' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Tyler Lamb (196-91, college: Long Beach St.) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Alab Pilipinas maintains third position with 10-9 record having seven points less than leader Hong Kong ELL. Hong Kong ELL at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Alab Pilipinas are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Kaohsiung (#6) in Kaohsiung City in the next round. Hong Kong ELL will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Alab Pilipinas: S.Carter 20+7reb, R.Celiz 17+6reb+2ast, J.Hughes 17+14reb, B.Ray Parks 8+5reb+1ast, V.Acuna 6+2reb+1ast, J.Cawaling 4+1reb+1ast
Hong Kong ELL: M.Elliott 22+10reb+5ast, T.Lamb 19+6reb+1ast, K.Lee 12, S.Wing Chan 8+1reb+1ast, S.Guinchard 6+14reb+2ast, S.Yee Fong 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 520744


Singapore S. - Saigon H. 71-88

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (12-7) against fourth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (8-11) on Sunday night. Host Singapore Slingers were defeated by Saigon Heat in Singapore 88-71. Singapore Slingers were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 32-13 charge of Saigon Heat, which allowed them to win the game. American-Panamanian center Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-89, college: Kansas St.) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) supported him with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 22 points and 22 rebounds by American center Justin Howard (209-81, college: Mercer) did not help to save the game for Singapore Slingers. American-Filipino point guard Joshua Urbiztondo (185-83, college: Fresno Pacific) added 12 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saigon Heat maintains fourth position with 8-11 record. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the second place with seven games lost. Saigon Heat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Singapore Slingers will play again on the road against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: L.Daniel 27+9reb+3ast, J.Henriquez-Roberts 20+17reb+5ast, D.Arnold 19+3reb+3ast, M.Morgan 15+5reb+2ast, H.Nguyen Van 3+1ast, V.Nguyen Tuan 2
Singapore S.: J.Howard 22+22reb+2ast, W.Long Wong 14+1reb+1ast, L.Kwek Wei 14+5reb, J.Urbiztondo 12+4reb+5ast, F.Mitchell 6+2ast, K.Goh 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 520743


KL Dragons - Kaohsiung 103-78

Bottom-ranked Malaysian KL Dragons managed to get the third consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Taiwanese Kaohsiung in Kuala Lumpur 103-78. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 25-point difference proves that KL Dragons was well-prepared to that game. The game without a history. KL Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KL Dragons forced 19 Kaohsiung turnovers. American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) scored 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Skylar Spencer (208-94, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 26 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four KL Dragons players scored in double figures. Filipino forward Raymar Jose (193) responded with 25 points and American-Hungarian power forward Derek Hall (211-90, college: Albright) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KL Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Kaohsiung lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. KL Dragons will face again bottom-ranked Kaohsiung (#6) in Kaohsiung City in the next round. Kaohsiung will play at home against Alab Pilipinas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: J.Munzon 28+7reb+4ast, S.Spencer 26+11reb, K.Gardner 20+11reb+4ast, Y.Hou Wong 12+2reb+2ast, K.Hou Teo 6+1reb+1ast, T.Yuan Kuek 5+3reb+1ast
Kaohsiung: R.Jose 25+3reb, D.Hall 15+11reb+2ast, H.Wang 9+1reb, C.Oliver 7+6reb+2ast, W.Hsu 6+2reb, H.Chun Chang 5+2reb
gschID: 520742


Hong Kong ELL - Saigon H. 92-96

Very important is a home loss of first ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (16-4) against fourth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (8-11) on Wednesday night. Host Hong Kong ELL was defeated by Saigon Heat in a tough game in Hong Kong 92-96. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 49-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Saigon Heat made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Hong Kong ELL only scored twelve points from the stripe. Saigon Heat had a 34-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Saigon Heat made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American-Panamanian center Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-89, college: Kansas St.) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). American Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Saigon Heat players scored in double figures. American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) produced 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and his fellow American import guard Tyler Lamb (196-91, college: Long Beach St.) added 24 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Saigon Heat maintains fourth position with 8-11 record. Loser Hong Kong ELL still keeps top place with four games lost. Saigon Heat will meet at home league's second-placed Singapore Slingers in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Hong Kong ELL will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: J.Henriquez-Roberts 30+17reb+3ast, L.Daniel 24+13reb+3ast, M.Morgan 18+3reb+4ast, D.Arnold 13+4reb+1ast, H.Nguyen Van 7+2reb+4ast, T.Nguyen 4+2reb+2ast
Hong Kong ELL: M.Elliott 35+7reb+7ast, T.Lamb 24+6reb+3ast, S.Yee Fong 17+11reb+1ast, K.Lee 6+3reb+2ast, S.Guinchard 5+5reb, T.Lai Lau 3
gschID: 520741





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  AUSTRALIA  


Andersen comes back to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, ex United - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 37-year old Australian international center David Andersen (213-108kg-80). It is actually his comeback to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket as he has played here before. Andersen He started the season at United in Australian NBL league. In 19 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.9apg this season. The last season Andersen played at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket where in 45 ProA games he averaged 10.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Andersen also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 14.9ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention.
In 2002 Andersen was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (37th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Center of the Year award back in 2014.
Andersen has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2001 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001.
Andersen represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 9.8ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Andersen is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in seven different countries. Andersen has played previously professionally also in Italy (Virtus 1934 Bologna and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), Russia (CSKA Moscow), Spain (FC Barcelona), Turkey (Fenerbahce), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors) and France (Strasbourg IG).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Not very strong body (yet), but very good skills like for the man his size. Very useful playing close to the basket. Can jump, and and uses his turn around jumper. Very long arms make him dangerous close to the basket, when he can play with his back to the rim, and has very good moves. Can hit from the middle-range. Quick and decent passer. He has some problems playing against stronger centers.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Peja and Beroe celebrate wins - by Eurobasket News

Peja - Kumanovo 83-79

Peja overcame Kumanovo to take a narrow lead before the return leg. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kumanovo won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Peja looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Montenegrin forward Slobodan Miljanic (201-90, college: Lynn, agency: AproK Sports Group) fired 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Alban Veseli (202-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Four Peja players scored in double figures. American point guard Yonel Brown (175-94, college: Kennesaw St., agency: BeoExcell) produced 33 points (!!!) and forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: Y.Brown 33+1reb+2ast, S.Zivanovic 11+3reb+1ast, M.Janevski 9+12reb+3ast, R.Pekovic 8+5reb+4ast, M.Pekovic 8+2reb+3ast, N.Karakolev 6+2reb+1ast
Peja: R.Abramovic 22+2reb+4ast, S.Miljanic 15+8reb+7ast, A.Veseli 14+12reb+4ast, C.Rundles 10+2reb+3ast, J.Skeen 9+11reb+2ast, M.Ahmetbasic 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 540525


Teodo Tivat - Beroe 69-78

Beroe upset Teodo Tivat in Montenegro to open victoriously their semifinal campaign. It looked good early as Teodo Tivat took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Beroe had a 26-14 second period charge getting the lead and Teodo Tivat was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-78. Beroe forced 21 Teodo Tivat turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Tihomir Zhelev (193-90) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Milos Popovic (197-98) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and center Radomir Marojevic (207-81, agency: BeoExcell) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Teodo Tivat. Five Beroe and four Teodo Tivat players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Teodo Tivat: M.Popovic 20+7reb+1ast, R.Marojevic 14+9reb+1ast, N.Vucurovic 10+6reb, M.Stanojevic 10+9ast, M.Djurisic 7+5reb+3ast, P.Kusovac 6+4reb+1ast
Beroe: B.Raley-Ross 22+5reb+7ast, P.Aleksiev 12+3ast, T.Zhelev 12+4reb+2ast, T.Tenchev 11+1reb+1ast, O.Gudul 11+4reb+1ast, A.Jones 6+1reb
gschID: 540524





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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Overview of Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Monaco - Banco di Srd 73-62

Monaco toppled Sassari in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Monaco. Banco di Srd was better in fourth quarter 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Monaco dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Banco di Srd's 20. Monaco forced 24 Banco di Srd turnovers. American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) fired 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. American center Brandon Davies (208-91, college: BYU) chipped in 16 points. Four Monaco players scored in double figures. Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport) produced 17 points and 5 assists and Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Monaco: B.Ouattara 17+2reb+1ast, B.Davies 16+4reb, D.Bost 13+4reb+8ast, A.Sy 10+2reb+2ast, Z.Wright 6+1reb, S.Gladyr 5+2reb+4ast
Banco di Srd: R.Stipcevic 17+2reb+5ast, T.Lacey 9+4reb+1ast, T.Lydeka 9+5reb+2ast, D.Savanovic 8+7reb+1ast, D.Lighty 8+5reb+1ast, G.Lawal 6+2reb
gschID: 539876


Pinar Karsiyaka - Umana VE 74-71

Pinar Karsiyaka held off Umana Venezia for a narrow lead in the series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Umana Venezia won third quarter 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pinar Karsiyaka made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American point guard J'Covan Brown (188-90, college: Texas) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Ponitka 25+8reb+3ast, M.Green 12+4reb+2ast, D.Summers 11+9reb, J.Brown 11+5reb+6ast, J.Owens 8+6reb+4ast, B.Petway 4+2ast
Umana VE: M.Haynes 19+2reb+4ast, H.Peric 16+4reb, M.Ejim 16+7reb+1ast, M.Bramos 6+4reb+3ast, T.McGee 5+3reb+1ast, A.Filloy 3+8ast
gschID: 539874


ASVEL - Iberostar Tener. 62-62

ASVEL and Iberostar Tenerife drew things level in the opening leg clash. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Umana Venezia won third quarter 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pinar Karsiyaka made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American point guard J'Covan Brown (188-90, college: Texas) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Ponitka 25+8reb+3ast, M.Green 12+4reb+2ast, D.Summers 11+9reb, J.Brown 11+5reb+6ast, J.Owens 8+6reb+4ast, B.Petway 4+2ast
Umana VE: M.Haynes 19+2reb+4ast, H.Peric 16+4reb, M.Ejim 16+7reb+1ast, M.Bramos 6+4reb+3ast, T.McGee 5+3reb+1ast, A.Filloy 3+8ast
gschID: 539874


Banvit BK - Ludwigsburg 87-92

Ludwigsburg inched closer to the semifinal stage as they upset Banvit in Turkey. Banvit trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 87-92 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Banvit 32-21 including 20 on the defensive glass. American guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) nailed 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Kelvin Martin (195-89, college: Charleston So.) accounted for 19 points. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) came up with 18 points and 7 assists and Slovenian center Gasper Vidmar (211-87) added 20 points respectively for Banvit in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: K.Martin 19+4reb+3ast, D.Crawford 18+7reb+3ast, J.Thiemann 17+7reb, C.Hammonds 13+2reb+6ast, B.Loesing 7+1ast, J.Cooley 6+4reb+1ast
Banvit BK: G.Vidmar 20+4reb+1ast, J.Theodore 18+2reb+7ast, J.Chappell 14+5reb+3ast, G.Orelik 13+3ast, D.Kulig 10+1reb+2ast, F.Korkmaz 9+5reb+5ast
gschID: 539875





Andersen comes back to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, ex United - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 37-year old Australian international center David Andersen (213-108kg-80). It is actually his comeback to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket as he has played here before. Andersen He started the season at United in Australian NBL league. In 19 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.9apg this season. The last season Andersen played at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket where in 45 ProA games he averaged 10.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Andersen also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 14.9ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention.
In 2002 Andersen was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (37th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Center of the Year award back in 2014.
Andersen has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2001 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001.
Andersen represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 9.8ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Andersen is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in seven different countries. Andersen has played previously professionally also in Italy (Virtus 1934 Bologna and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), Russia (CSKA Moscow), Spain (FC Barcelona), Turkey (Fenerbahce), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors) and France (Strasbourg IG).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Not very strong body (yet), but very good skills like for the man his size. Very useful playing close to the basket. Can jump, and and uses his turn around jumper. Very long arms make him dangerous close to the basket, when he can play with his back to the rim, and has very good moves. Can hit from the middle-range. Quick and decent passer. He has some problems playing against stronger centers.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Lhoest, Ninane20.8 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.7 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.4 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco17.1 
 6. Baptista, Gistel O.16.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 8. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 9. Gorremans, Soba15.7 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Lhoest, Ninane14.1 
 2. Dierickx, Ieper10.8 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele9.7 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.2 
 5. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.4 
 7. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.3 
 8. Gorremans, Soba7.2 
 9. Fall, Ieper7.0 
 10. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.4.8 
 2. Celis, Oxaco4.8 
 3. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.4 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.3 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.6 
 6. Torreborre, Melse.3.6 
 7. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen3.3 
 9. Kanda-K., Giants B3.1 
 10. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.1 
 2. Benzouien, Royal B.2.1 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.1 
 4. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 5. Hall, Royal Brussels1.5 
 6. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Riahi, RPC A.1.4 
 9. Snyers, Houthalen1.4 
 10. Van-d., Ekeren1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Malick FALL
  Ieper
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1
 1. Fall, Ieper1.0 
 2. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 4. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 5. Argeerts, Ekeren0.7 
 6. Samaey, Waregem0.7 
 7. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.6 
 8. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.6 
 9. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 10. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 



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  BELIZE  


NEBL Week 8 Review!!! - by David Magana

This year, the NEBL has been more competitive compared to the past few years. This, of course, makes the games more exciting to watch. One thing is certain, the addition of foreign players to the league has significantly impacted both quality and play level of certain teams. This past weekend, predicted outcomes to the games held in Belmopan, San Ignacio and Orange Walk were debated up to the last minutes of play. In Belmopan, the home team struggled to pull its win from the San Pedro Tiger Sharks. George Williams (198-G-90, college: Wayland Baptist) had a game high of 24 pts. Apparently no one on the Bandits team could stop him once he had the ball. Williams had a height advantage over the Bandits smaller guards and exploited it to the max in this game. Raul Roches (F/C-91) was on fire for the Tiger Sharks, scoring six three pointers and ending the night with 22 points. Kurt Burgess (196-F-82), although not big on the offense, managed to showcase his defense abilities with 14 rebounds and a block. For the Bandits, Richard Smith III woke up from a two games slumber and exploded with 18 pts, 6 rebs and 5 blocks. His hiathus may have been a result of an ankle injury he sustained when he went against the Western Ballaz. Edgar Mitchell (G/F) also contributed to the win, seeming more relaxed and confident leading the Bandits. Maybe he has learnt to deal with the pressures of having Ms. Belize cheering on the side for him.
In Cayo, the Western Ballaz pulled a suffered win against the NEBL Champions, the Belize City Hurricanes. The Hurricanes seemed stormed into the Western Ballaz turf like category five but as time rolled on, the big storm fizzled out into a simple rain without thunder or lightning. Much of the Hurricane's success in the first half came as a result of the Western Ballaz lack of coaching. It seems as though the good management of the Western Ballaz is something of the past. Signs of this decay can be seen from the low fan attendance and from the assistant coach performing as the head coach. Douglas Smith has his hands well occupied by being the owner, manager and head coach at the same time. Mr. Alvarez should perhaps take the reins of the team as head coach and relieve Doug from some of his many responsibilities. If this is done, confusion and miscommunication will definitely be reduced because the Western Ballaz is a good team. Richard Troyer (196-SF-84, college: Utah Valley) and Darwin Leslie (191-SF-81) are excellent leaders of this team, when Daniel Nolberto (PG) regains his level, this team will skyrocket to the top. Looking at the math, the Hurricanes still have hopes of reaching the playoffs. Their biggest obstacle right now, is defense. Their big men, Lennox Cayetano (206-C, college: SAGU) and Benedict Terry, have been out for a time; leaving Brian White (196-PF-95, college: Wesley) to do most of the defense work. Brian has been playing well, as usual, but needs help. The help can come from Macario Augustine (PF) who needs to step up and help fill in the vacancies.
Right now, Orange Walk Running Rebels is the team that has been ending games in the most exciting ways. With the addition of American import, James Ewing (198-F-90, college: Mercyhurst), the Running Rebels, opponents are finding them to be a pain in the rear to play against. Jacob Leslie (SG) and Roger Reneau (SF) are adding numbers and helping their team to a possible all-time winning record high in the NEBL. Randy Usher (PG)r needs to wake up, he has gone from averaging 20 pts per game in the first two seasons, to a meager 13 pts per game. If this kid manages to get back to his former level, we are sure that the Running Rebel's past losing record can change this year. The win against Dangriga Dream ballers was no surprise; at home, the Rebels are a hard team to beat. Still, Dangriga looks like a team that will be in the playoffs. Tahj Wells (208-C-89, college: Edward Waters) (American Import) has been the big man in the defense, with rebounds and blocks. With the help of Dillmore Conorque, and Quinton Bowen in the offense, they are a team to watch.



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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 


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).

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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





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Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Rafael HETTSHEIMER
  Bauru
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi19.9 
 3. Anthony, Macae19.8 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo19.0 
 6. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 7. Holloway, Pinheiros18.2 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.3 
 9. Andrade, Bauru17.0 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.10.5 
 2. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.9 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.9 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.8 
 5. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.1 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo6.7 
 8. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.6 
 10. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.2 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.6 
 3. Pecos, Paulistano5.6 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.5 
 5. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.4 
 6. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.3 
 7. Borges, Franca5.3 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria5.1 
 9. Rodgers, Minas5.0 
 10. Freitas, Campo M.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.8 
 2. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 3. Rodgers, Minas1.8 
 4. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 5. Taylor, Mogi1.7 
 6. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.7 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi1.7 
 8. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 9. Toledo, B.Cearense1.5 
 10. Bresolin, Vitoria1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 2. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 3. Lenz, Pinheiros0.9 
 4. Castellar, Brasilia0.8 
 5. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 6. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 8. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 9. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 
 10. Rollins, Flamengo0.5 


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 



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Beroe with 9 points advantage after first Semifinal - by Valentin Anguelov

BC Beroe made a very big step towards securing a place in the final of SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League. The Greens defeated KK Teodo 78-69 away and will take a good advantage to the second game at home in Stara Zagora. It will be played next Tuesday, March 28th, and will decide the first team for the final.

Teodo had a great start to the game and took a quick 9-2 advantage. After that the hosts were keeping it and just before the first quarter finished it reached 10 points. Beroe however made a 7-0 run between the first and the second period to close the gap and soon the team took the lead. It happened thanks to Tihomir Zhelev who scored four triples in a row to put his team up by 5. Until the break Beroe managed to hold on and had a good advantage.

The visitors had a great start to the second half and after a 9-2 run went up by 13. Then The Greens kept their good lead as Aleksiev hit two important triples in moments when the the hosts were trying to come closer. In the final period the visitors controlled the score as the home side cut some of its deficit in the end.

Beroe had advantage in three-point shooting by making 11 of 23 attempts compared to 6 of 22 for the home team.

Brandis Raley-Ross (191-G-87, college: S.Carolina) was the top performer for the winners with 22 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Tihomir Zhelev and Plamen Aleksiev had 12 points apiece.

Milos Popovic finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the home team as Radomir Marojevic added 14 and 9.

Balkanleague.net



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  CHINA  


NBL INFO - by Robert Wang

An Hui team (NBL) just signed former CBA scorer guard Jonathan Gibson today. Gibson played 2 CBA teams. One is Guangsha and the other is Qing Dao team. His first game was in the 2013-2014 season. He average 32.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guangsha resigned him for the following season but he got injury during the practice before season. On the 2014-2015 season, he signed with Qingdao team, average 42 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.1 sssists. Good luck mr. Gibson.


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KK Graficar is ready to win they first game in qualifications for Premier league in Croatia - by Filip Bajsic

null Basketball Club Graficar from Ludbreg experienced a first defeat at home and the second defeat in qualifying for the Premier League.

Team of Graficar was losing even 17 differences at the end of the third quarter, but then players of Graficar were still relaxed and in the mood and they came to 1 difference, minute from the end of the game, but some minor glitches of judges, victory brought guests from Belisce.

Graficar and Podravac Virje in next season for sure are playing A1 league because they were in 2 top teams in A2 league north this season.

Podravac from Virje after experiencing defeat against teams Belisce, at home came to their first victory in qualifying for the Premier League. They were better than the visiting team Rudes from Zagreb and at the home side's best players were Siprak and Zadravec.

Virje this weekend goes to a tough game in the city of Pula and they will be playing with Pula 1981.

Graficar in next round is playing this Saturday at 20.00 pm in Zagreb, against Rudes.





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  CUBA  

LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Esteban MARTINEZ
  Santiago
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Martinez, Santiago28.4 
 2. Boffil, Villa Clara24.1 
 3. Oliva, Pinar del Rio18.9 
 4. Pons, Guantanamo18.5 
 5. Guzman, Capitalinos18.3 
 6. Molina, Matanzas16.2 
 7. Abreu, Villa Clara15.5 
 8. Granda, Ciego d.15.5 
 9. Rivero, Capitalinos15.2 
 10. Guerra, Guantanamo14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 9
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara9.0 
 2. Reyes, Ciego de Avila9.0 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago7.1 
 4. Alorda, Capitalinos6.6 
 5. Tito, Guantanamo6.2 
 6. Perez, Villa Clara6.0 
 7. Pons, Guantanamo5.7 
 8. Siria, Santiago5.6 
 9. Garcia, Matanzas5.1 
 10. Font, Capitalinos4.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.3.7 
 2. Abreu, Villa Clara3.6 
 3. Heredia, Santiago3.6 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio2.8 
 5. Martinez, Ciego d.2.4 
 6. Deschapelles, Matan.2.4 
 7. Soltero, Capitalinos2.3 
 8. Boffil, Villa Clara2.1 
 9. Molina, Matanzas2.1 
 10. Giron, Santiago1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.5.3 
 2. Oliva, Pinar del Rio5.1 
 3. Guerra, Guantanamo4.5 
 4. Deschapelles, Matan.4.5 
 5. Boffil, Villa Clara4.4 
 6. Perez, Villa Clara4.4 
 7. Soria, Guantanamo4.1 
 8. Martinez, Ciego d.3.9 
 9. Heredia, Santiago3.8 
 10. Giron, Santiago3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara1.9 
 2. Font, Capitalinos1.8 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.4 
 4. Quintana, Pinar d.1.0 
 5. Castellanos, Ciego d.0.9 
 6. Garcia, Matanzas0.9 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara0.7 
 8. Romero, Villa Clara0.6 
 9. Soria, Guantanamo0.6 
 10. Vazquez, Pinar d.0.5 



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Baden Jaxen agreed terms with Promitheas - by Greg

ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Jaxen played at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL Canada where in 43 games he averaged remarkable 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team.
Jaxen attended University of North Carolina until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Recap of Ligaen Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Horsens IC - Randers 112-80

Horsens IC cruised past Randers in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Randers managed to win fourth quarter 29-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Horsens IC looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Randers' players. Bosnian swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) fired 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Nigerian-American guard Deuce Bello (193-92, college: E.Tenn.St.) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and American-Belizean point guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Horsens IC and four Randers players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: V.Borovcanin 22+6reb+2ast, W.Artino 18+9reb+2ast, D.Trist 16+6reb, M.Mack 16+3reb+5ast, L.Alexander 11+5reb, G.Lundberg 10+7reb+6ast
Randers: D.Bello 20+5reb+3ast, C.Burgess 16+8reb+3ast, E.Kibi 14+9reb, B.Colas 11+6reb, M.Mouboe 7+4reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540791


Naestved - Svendborg 67-72

Svendborg upset Naestved on the road to take the lead. Naestved was ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 27-12 charge of Svendborg, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Argentinian-Italian point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) nailed 15 points and 8 assists for the winning side and Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Svendborg players scored in double figures. Svendborg's coach Arnar Gudjonsson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri) came up with 7 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and Austrian point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Naestved in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: A.Porta 15+3reb+8ast, H.NaNa 15+9reb, S.Bonneau 14+4reb+2ast, D.Moten 11+8reb+1ast, C.Magaard 6, A.Karason 5+8reb
Naestved: M.Lanegger 15+5reb+5ast, P.Nolan 15+8reb+2ast, P.Hertz 10+4reb+1ast, E.Ross 7+14reb+5ast, D.Mitchell 6+2reb+2ast, P.Onwenu 5+3reb
gschID: 540790


Horsholm - SISU 59-68

SISU knocked down Horsholm on the road in the playoff opener. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Horsholm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Derrick Wilson (185-92, college: Marquette) chipped in 20 points. At the losing side American-Haitian Marvin Dominique (201-91, college: St.Peter's, agency: Duran International) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Frederik Nielsen (178-88) scored 7 points and 8 assists.
Top scorers:
SISU: D.Wilson 20+4reb+3ast, T.McGrew 15+12reb+1ast, A.Touray 10+2reb+3ast, A.Baru 8+9reb+1ast, A.Haas 7+7reb+1ast, K.Dranginis 6+3reb+1ast
Horsholm: M.Dominique 15+6reb, M.Nielsen 12+4reb, J.Smith 9+8reb+1ast, F.Nielsen 7+4reb+8ast, A.Meilby 6+4reb, A.Midtgaard 4+3reb
gschID: 540789


Bakken - Stevnsgade 117-60

Bakken eased past Stevnsgade to gain the lead. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Stevnsgade to just 5 points in first quarter. Bakken dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Stevnsgade's 24. Bakken forced 30 Stevnsgade turnovers and outrebounded them 46-35 including 35 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bakken made 8 blocks. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) fired 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Five Bakken players scored in double figures. Forward Filip Rajovic (190-97) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and James Young added 7 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 19+8reb+4ast, E.Palm 16+2reb+4ast, T.Laerke 15+3reb+1ast, M.Gesell 15+1reb+6ast, C.Christoffersen 11+5reb, M.Diouf 11+8reb+1ast
Stevnsgade: F.Rajovic 22+6reb+1ast, J.Sandager 8+4reb+1ast, J.Young 7+3reb+3ast, J.Visaq 6+5reb+2ast, H.Nielsen 5+4reb+2ast, N.Christensen 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 540788





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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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.24.8 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Jackson, Texas L.23.8 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.23.0 
 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. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
 9. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
 10. White, Sioux F.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Magette, Los A.9.4 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. Marshall, Reno B.8.7 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.2 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.6 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.0 
 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. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 5. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 6. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 10. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.9 
 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. Acy, Texas L.2.0 


Bighorns fall on the road to Delaware - by Eurobasket News

The Reno Bighorns (17-28) fell 120-109 to the Delaware 87ers (24-21) Wednesday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Sports Center in Newark, Del. Will Davis II (6'8''-F-92, college: Cal-Irvine) led the Bighorns with 28 points and ten rebounds while Kendall Marshall (6'5''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina) logged his tenth double-double of the season with 18 points, five rebounds and 11 assists. Isaiah Cousins notched 19 points and seven rebounds during the Wednesday matinee. Russ Smith (6'0''-PG-91, college: Louisville) paced the 87ers with 24 points, four rebounds and four assists while Roscoe Smith (6'9''-F-91, college: UNLV) had 23 points and six rebounds. The 87ers opened up the first quarter separating themselves from the Bighorns having a 13 point lead at the mid-way point of the frame. Delaware held the edge over the Bighorns through the entirety of the quarter. David Stockton (5'11''-PG-91, college: Gonzaga) and Reggie Hearn (6'4''-G-91, college: Northwestern) opened up the second quarter hitting triples to make it a six-point game before the 87ers pulled away to hold a double-digit lead. Delaware held the advantage over the Bighorns the remainder of the frame having a 14-point cushion heading into the locker room. Davis ended the first half with 14 points. Coming out of the break, the 87ers opened their lead to as many as 17 points. Delaware held the advantage over the Bighorns the remainder of the quarter, having a 14 point lead entering the final frame The Bighorns chipped away at the 87ers lead, coming within nine points twice by the 6:00 mark. The Bighorns rallied behind Davis' 10 points making it a seven-point game with 1:54 left in play. Delaware would keep the Bighorns at bay the remainder of the period, resulting in an 87ers victory. The Bighorns will next travel to Westchester to face the Knicks on Friday, Mar. 24 at 4 p.m.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Hansbrough's double-double leads Mad Ants to win - by Eurobasket News

Another big night for Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) led the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on step closer to a playoff berth. Hansbrough scored 18 points with 23 rebounds as the Ants beat Greensboro 101-95 on Tuesday in front of 3,508 fans at Memorial Coliseum. Fort Wayne (27-19) plays Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. Friday at the coliseum. The Mad Ants have four games left, and would clinch a playoff berth with two more wins. They are three games ahead of Delaware for the second wildcard spot. They are one game behind Canton for the first wildcard spot. Stephan Hicks (6'6''-G-92, college: CS Northridge) also recorded a double-double for the Mad Ants, scoring 18 points with 12 rebounds. Jordan Loyd (6'4''-G-93, college: Indianapolis, agency: Three Eye Sports) and Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 16 points apiece. Ben Bentil scored 11 and Marquis Teague 10. Greensboro (16-30) was led by Cheick Diallo (6'9''-C/F-96, college: Kansas)'s 25 points and 14 rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon (6'4''-G-94, college: Maryland) scored 20 points, Cat Barber 19 and Damien Wilkins 19 points.
Courtesy of: news-sentinel.com



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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.



Los Prados de Santo Domingo add Terrence Shannon; ex GIE Maile Matrix - by Ricardo Dominguez

Copa Mitchell Cup Signing
3/22/2017

Los Prados de Santo Domingo (District National), agreed terms with American forward Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, college: Elgin CC). He started the season at GIE Maile Matrix (UBA) in the U.S. Shannon's team won Mitchell Americas Cup. He was voted Latinbasket.com All-Mitchell Americas Cup 1st Team and Top Forward in 2017.

The last summer Shannon played at Gaiteros de Zulia in Venezuela where in 14 games he had very impressive stats: 20.8ppg, 9.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.

He is quite experienced player. Shannon 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 Korea, Philippines,Puerto Rico, Argentina, Lebanon, Mexico, Qatar (Al Rayyan), UAE, Venezuela, Uruguay and Dominican Republic.

Shannon attend over 5 NBA vet and mini camps with the Pistons, Kings and Pacers. He played 3 years in the NBA DL along with the CBA.



Liberia inks Cory Bradford, ex GIE Maile Matrix - by Ricardo Dominguez

Copa Mitchell Cup Signing
3/22/2017

Liberia (LBS) agreed terms with American guard Cory Bradford (191-G-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. He was named top the NCAA All-American 3rd team along with NCAA Freshman of the Year. Bradford would later join the USA National Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Garland McArthur claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Garland McArthur (197-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Brujos Izalco and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 29 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team edged out Cojute (#9, 5-5) 81-79. Brujos Izalco maintains the 2nd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Brujos Izalco has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. In the team's last game McArthur had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Brujos Izalco, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Garland McArthur averages this season 19.7ppg and 12.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Olaniyr Adedoyin of Denver-FAS. Adedoyin impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 19 rebounds. Of course he led Denver-FAS to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked San Miguel (#12, 3-8) 109-80. This victory allowed Denver-FAS to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Adedoyin is one of the most experienced players at Denver-FAS and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido (#10). Ishman showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Ishman's great performance El Rapido lost 92-96 to slightly higher-ranked Canarios (#8, 6-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of El Rapido ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ishman could help El Rapido to bring them higher in the standings. Ishman has a very solid season. In 7 games in El Salvador he scored 21.9ppg. He also has 11.3rpg, 2.4spg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 50.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Moe (206-F/C) of Cojute - 26 points and 19 rebounds
5. Manuel Guevara (186-SG-81) of El Rapido - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Thomas Alexander (197-G) of Denver-FAS - 35 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Anthony Brown (193-PG-89) of Denver-FAS - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos - 20 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Daniel King (203-PF-87) of El Rapido - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jordan Johnson (183-PG-92) of San Miguel - 39 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

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, TTU17.5 
 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. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.3 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU8.2 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu8.1 
 6. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.8 
 7. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.6 
 8. Lips, Tarvas7.4 
 9. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.4 
 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. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 10. Post, Tarvas3.5 
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. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 5. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 6. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 8. Zvigurs, Valga1.7 
 9. Tamm, TL.1.7 
 10. Olmre, TTU1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.1 
 3. Raadik, TTU0.9 
 4. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 5. Kok, Rapla0.9 
 6. Lips, Tarvas0.8 
 7. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 8. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.8 
 9. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 10. Perine, Tarvas0.7 


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

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an Openjobmetis VA's victory against the closely-ranked Brescia (10-13) 87-78 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Kangur scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Openjobmetis Varese (9-14) is placed 13th in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Kangur averages: 5.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 27.9% and FT: 85.7% in 23 games he played so far. He played for the Estonian senior national team two years ago.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden). Puidet could not help KFUM Jamtland (15-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance KFUM Jamtland was edged 99-98 on the road by the higher-ranked Sodertalje Kings (#3). Puidet recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Puidet's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 30.5% and FT: 84.0%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Erik Dorbek
Erik Dorbek
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Erik Dorbek (196-82, currently plays in Australia). Dorbek was not able to help Norths Soul Sports Bears (0-0) in their game against Maitland Mustangs (3-1) in the Australian State League (second division), despite his very good performance on Sunday night. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Dorbek also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in a mere 19 minutes. But the fifth-placed Norths Soul Sports Bears lost 86-90 in Maitland to the leading Mustangs in the WARATAH group. Dorbek has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 60.9%(28-46), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 70.6% in three games. Dorbek played for the Estonian national team eleven years ago.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #4. Guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden) faced previously mentioned Jaan Puidet in the Swedish Basketligan last game. Kurbas was the major contributor in a 1-point Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked KFUM Jamtland (15-15) 99-98. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Kurbas' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Kurbas' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg. Kurbas is also Estonian national team player.

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #5. International forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Bakken Bears in a victory against the closely-ranked Horsholm (15-13) crushing them 113-70 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. He scored 5 points in 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bakken Bears (24-4) is placed first in the Ligaen. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Kitsing has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg and 3.8rpg in 24 games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Rauno Nurger
Rauno Nurger
   #6. Center Rauno Nurger (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Wichita St.'s surprising victory against the University of Dayton (15-3) 64-58 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Friday night. Nurger scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Wichita State University has a very good 17-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Nurger's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 2.8rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Estonian senior team two years ago.

Kristian Kullamae
Kristian Kullamae
   #7. U18 international guard Kristian Kullamae (190-99, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-13) in their game against Nuernberg (11-16) in the German ProA (second division). Kullamae recorded 7 points in only 11 minutes. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost 66-79 in Nurnberg to the lower-ranked (#12) Nuernberg. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Kullamae averages only 3.1ppg in 14 games. He is also Estonian U18 national team player.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #8. Guard Rain Veideman (192-91, currently plays in Italy) led Udine APU to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Alma Trieste (16-9) 88-70 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Veideman recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (11-14) is placed tenth in East group. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This season Veideman has very high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 3.0apg. Veideman plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #9. International point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) led Ethnikos to a victory over the 11th-ranked Doxa Pefkon (8-14) 86-80 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Laane recorded 17 points and added 3 passes in 33 minutes. Ethnikos Piraeus (12-10) is placed sixth in the A2. This year Laane's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.6spg in 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Estonian national team.

Kregor Hermet
Kregor Hermet
   #10. Power forward Kregor Hermet (204-97, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet (15-13) in their game against Leyma Basquet (17-11) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Hermet recorded only 4 points. Lleida Basquet was defeated 83-71 in Coruna by the higher-ranked Leyma Basquet (#6). Hermet's total stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 1.2rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Estonian National Team roster.



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Valencia join Unicaja in championship series - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Hapoel J-M 90-75

Valencia entered EuroCup Finals. They rallied past Hapoel Jerusalem in the decisive third game to join Unicaja in the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Valencia Basket. Hapoel Jerusalem managed to win fourth quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Rafael Martinez (190-82) helped adding 11 points and 4 assists. Five Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. Valencia Basket's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) with 19 points and the other American import power forward Amare Stoudemire (208-82) scored 17 points.
Top scorers:
Valencia: F.San Emeterio 15+4ast, B.Dubljevic 14+7reb, L.Sikma 12+4reb+3ast, R.Sato 12+2reb, R.Martinez 11+4reb+4ast, P.Oriola 10+3reb+1ast
Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 19+1reb+1ast, A.Stoudemire 17+3reb, B.Timor 9+2ast, Y.Halperin 8+3reb+3ast, L.Eliyahu 8+5reb+3ast, S.Jones 6+3reb
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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.20.2 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.4 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA16.0 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.2 
 7. Rice, FC Barcelona13.4 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.3 
 9. Brown, Anadolu .13.2 
 10. Larkin, Baskonia13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.4 
 4. Voigtmann, Basko.7.4 
 5. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.3 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka7.2 
 7. Dunston, Anadolu .6.4 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos6.4 
 9. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.3 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid6.3 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.0 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.9 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia5.8 
 7. Colom, Unics5.8 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.1.9 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.5 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 5. Paul, Anadolu Efes1.3 
 6. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 7. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 9. Papanikolaou, Olympiac.1.3 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.3 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.6 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.3 
 4. Dunston, Anadolu .1.2 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 6. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.1 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.0 
 9. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 10. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 


Recap of Round 27 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - FC Barcelona 85-69

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Real Madrid as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Real Madrid defeated 11th ranked FC Barcelona at home 85-69. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. FC Barcelona managed to win third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to FC Barcelona's 18. The best player for the winners was Sergio Llull (190-87) who scored 21 points and 6 assists. Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with CSKA. FC Barcelona at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Maccabi T-A and Galatasaray. FC Barcelona will play next round against Crvena Zvezda trying to get back on the winning streak. Real Madrid will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Olympiacos in Athens.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: A.Tomic 12+10reb+2ast, T.Rice 12+1reb+4ast, P.Koponen 11+1ast, B.Oleson 9+2ast, S.Perperoglou 7+2reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 5+1reb+2ast
Real Madrid: S.Llull 21+3reb+6ast, G.Ayon 14+5reb+3ast, A.Randolph 13+5reb+1ast, T.Thompkins 9+3reb+1ast, O.Hunter 8+5reb+1ast, J.Carroll 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 473889


Galatasaray - Unics 75-67

There was no surprise in Istanbul where 15th ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-20) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Turkish Galatasaray (10-17) 75-67. It looked good early as Unics Kazan took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Galatasaray had a 24-6 second period charge getting the lead and Unics Kazan was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-75. Galatasaray dominated on the defensive end, holding Unics Kazan to just 6 points in second quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American Jon Diebler (198-88, college: Ohio St., agency: BeoBasket) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. American-Czech swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) came up with 24 points and 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Unics Kazan in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with FC Barcelona and Maccabi T-A. Unics Kazan lost tenth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 20 games lost. Galatasaray's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Darussafaka.
Top scorers:
Unics: K.Langford 24+6reb+3ast, J.Colom 11+6reb+6ast, P.Antipov 8+6reb, L.Williams 7+8reb, V.Panin 6+2reb, A.Parakhouski 6+6reb
Galatasaray: J.Diebler 17+5reb+1ast, A.Daye 12+5reb, A.Tyus 10+4reb+1ast, B.Schilb 9+7reb+6ast, T.Pleiss 8+3reb, B.Fitipaldo 7+2ast
gschID: 473888


Crvena Zvezda - Olympiacos 64-66

Important game to mention about took place in Beograd. Third ranked Greek Olympiacos (19-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (15-12) 66-64 on Wednesday evening. Crvena Zvezda was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Georgios Printezis (204-85, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American-Serbian Charles Jenkins (191-89, college: Hofstra) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Marko Guduric (196-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points in the effort for Crvena Zvezda. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending Greek champion maintains third place with 19-8 record behind leader Real Madrid. Defending Serbian champion Crvena Zvezda keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Anadolu Efes. Olympiacos will play against league's leader Real Madrid at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Crvena Zvezda will play against FC Barcelona (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: M.Guduric 14+2reb+3ast, C.Jenkins 13+6reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 9+6reb, O.Kuzmic 8+8reb, N.Wolters 7+3reb+1ast, N.Dangubic 5+1reb+1ast
Olympiacos: K.Papanikolaou 17+9reb+1ast, D.Agravanis 16+3reb, G.Printezis 15+3reb+2ast, E.Green 8+3reb+3ast, E.Mantzaris 5+2reb+5ast, D.Waters 2+1reb
gschID: 473886


CSKA - Darussafaka 95-85

No shocking result in a game in Moscow where second ranked Russian CSKA (20-7) defeated 9th ranked Turkish Darussafaka (13-14) 95-85. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Darussafaka was better in third quarter 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Darussafaka's players. CSKA brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). French Nando De-Colo (196-87) accounted for 17 points and 8 assists for the winning side. American guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, college: Florida) came up with 26 points and power forward Furkan Aldemir (207-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Darussafaka in the defeat. Four Darussafaka players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Russian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Real Madrid. Darussafaka at the other side keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. CSKA's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Unics Kazan (#16) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Darussafaka will play against Galatasaray (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: S.Wilbekin 26+1ast, W.Clyburn 13+5reb, B.Wanamaker 10+3reb+6ast, J.Anderson 10+1reb+1ast, F.Aldemir 10+10reb+1ast, A.Moerman 9+6reb+1ast
CSKA: M.Teodosic 20+2reb+10ast, K.Hines 17+8reb, N.De Colo 17+1reb+8ast, A.Vorontsevich 8+2reb, V.Khryapa 8+8reb+4ast, J.Augustine 8+3reb
gschID: 473887


Panathinaikos - EA7 Armani 74-61

Very expected game in Athens where 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-20) was defeated by sixth ranked Greek Panathinaikos (16-11) 74-61. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. Armani Milano was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panathinaikos forced 23 Armani Milano turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 4 assists. American point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) accounted for 13 points for the winning side. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Panathinaikos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian Milan Macvan (206-89) came up with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Andrea Cinciarini (193-86) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Armani Milano in the defeat. Panathinaikos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Baskonia. Armani Milano lost sixth consecutive game. Defending Italian champion keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be Baskonia (#6) in Vitoria. Armani Milano will play at home against Brose Baskets (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: A.Abass 15+2reb+2ast, M.Macvan 12+7reb+4ast, A.Cinciarini 11+8reb+4ast, M.Raduljica 7+6reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 6+1reb, M.Kalnietis 4+1reb
Panathinaikos: N.Calathes 13+1reb+4ast, M.James 13+2reb+1ast, K.Rivers 10+1reb+1ast, N.Pappas 10+2reb, J.Gist 6+4reb+1ast, D.Nichols 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 473884


Brose Bask. - Baskonia 71-96

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bamberg. Local Brose Baskets (9-18) were outscored by seventh ranked Spanish Baskonia (16-11) 96-71. The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Brose Baskets was better in second period 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskonia dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Brose Baskets' 26. It was a quality performance for Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. American Chase Budinger (201-88, college: Arizona) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Jerel McNeal (191-87, college: Marquette) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95) added 4 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Brose Baskets 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. Baskonia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panathinaikos. Defending German champion Brose Baskets dropped to the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Baskonia's next round opponent will be Panathinaikos (#5) in Athens. Brose Baskets will play on the road against Armani Milano (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: J.McNeal 17+5reb+3ast, L.Staiger 12+1reb, D.Theis 11+5reb, P.Heckmann 6+3reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 5+1reb+1ast, D.Miller 5+1ast
Baskonia: S.Larkin 17+1reb+6ast, C.Budinger 17+5reb+3ast, T.Shengelia 16+12reb+2ast, R.Beaubois 9+1ast, K.Tillie 8+4reb, R.Freire Luz 7+1ast
gschID: 473882


Zalgiris - Anadolu Efes 68-76

Rather predictable result in Kaunas where eighth ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (15-12) beat 10th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (12-15) 76-68. Zalgiris were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 35-24 second half run of Anadolu Efes. It was an exceptional evening for Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 8 assists. American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) accounted for 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively for Zalgiris in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Anadolu Efes moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. Defending Lithuanian champion Zalgiris keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Anadolu Efes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Fenerbahce (#4) in Istanbul and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zalgiris will play on the road against Maccabi T-A (#13) in Tel-Aviv and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: L.Lekavicius 11+3reb+6ast, E.Ulanovas 10+2reb, P.Jankunas 9+3reb+2ast, A.Milaknis 9+2reb, L.Westermann 8+5reb+8ast, A.Kavaliauskas 6+2reb
Anadolu Efes: J.Granger 25+1reb+8ast, D.Brown 13+4reb+1ast, B.Paul 12+1ast, B.Dunston 10+9reb, D.Balbay 5+2ast, T.Honeycutt 5+12reb
gschID: 473885


Fenerbahce - Maccabi T-A 79-81

A very close game took place in Istanbul between Israeli Maccabi T-A and Turkish Fenerbahce. Fourteenth ranked Maccabi T-A (10-17) got a very close victory on the road over 4th placed Fenerbahce (17-10). Maccabi T-A managed to escape with a 2-point win 81-79 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 2 points. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Diamon Simpson (204-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) helped adding 22 points. The best for the losing side was Nigerian power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and guard Melih Mahmutoglu (193-90) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with FC Barcelona and Galatasaray. Defending Turkish champion Fenerbahce keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Maccabi T-A will meet at home higher ranked Zalgiris (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fenerbahce will play against Anadolu Efes (#7) in Istanbul and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: M.Mahmutoglu 15+4reb+3ast, E.Udoh 13+10reb+1ast, B.Dixon 11+4reb+7ast, J.Vesely 10+3reb+2ast, P.Antic 8+3reb, L.Datome 8+2reb+1ast
Maccabi T-A: S.Landesberg 22+1reb+3ast, D.Simpson 14+12reb+1ast, J.Alexander 13+1ast, Y.Ohayon 10+2reb+6ast, V.Rudd 8+4reb+3ast, C.Iverson 5+4reb
gschID: 473883





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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Jones, Lapua22.3 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket21.8 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.9 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.8 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.7 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.8 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.3 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.5 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.1 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Van, Korihait10.8 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.5 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.6 
 7. Williams, Lapua8.1 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto7.8 
 9. Williams, Salon V.7.7 
 10. Johnson, Kataja B.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.1 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.9 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.9 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.5 
 6. Edwards, Lapua4.3 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.3 
 8. Williams, Lapua4.3 
 9. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.1 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.4 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.5 
 9. Scott, KTP Basket1.5 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Kataja B.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bristol, Kataja B.1.9 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 3. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Van, Korihait1.2 
 6. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 7. Bailey, KTP Basket1.0 
 8. Edwards, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 10. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 33.6
 1. Upchurch, HyPo33.6 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Bratton, Namika Lr27.9 
 4. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.6 
 5. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 6. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.8 
 7. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 8. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.4 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Laine, PeU-Basket22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.6 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.0 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.6 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.1 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.4 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 3. 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. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.4 
 9. Ikavalko, Lahti4.3 
 10. Kantonen, JyWe4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darian CARTHARN
  Espoo B.
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 2. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 3. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 4. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.5 
 5. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.4 
 6. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 7. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 8. Moore, ToPo2.2 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Young, Pyrinto II1.8 
 3. Sandberg, TuNM.1.8 
 4. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 5. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 6. Harvey, Oulun N.1.4 
 7. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 8. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 9. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 
 10. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.1 


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

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Joventut (7-17) crushing them 76-56 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Koponen was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points in a mere 17 minutes on the court. FC Barcelona Lassa (16-7) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. This year Koponen averages: 9.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 94.3%(33-35) in 19 games he played so far. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-20) 95-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Salin recorded 8 points. Herbalife Gran Canaria (16-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Salin's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 82.8%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece). Ahonen was the main contributor in a 1-point Kolossos HH's victory against the closely-ranked Aris (12-10) 85-84 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Ahonen recorded 14 points and added 3 passes in a mere 15 minutes. Kolossos H Hotels (12-10) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ahonen's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 56.3%(18-32), 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 75.0% in 22 games. Ex-ToPo Helsinki player is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Antti Kanervo
Antti Kanervo
   #4. Shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point Chorale de Roanne's victory against the closely-ranked Denain Voltaire (10-13) 70-67 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Kanervo scored 17 points. Chorale de Roanne Basket (10-13) is placed 11th in the ProB. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Kanervo's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #5. An experienced international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Deutsche Bank Skyliners' surprising victory against the league leader BG Goettingen (19-3) 81-67 in the German BBL last Sunday. Huff scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (11-14) is placed tenth in the BBL. Huff has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg and 2.9rpg in eight games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
   #6. Power forward Lauri Markkanen (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Arizona win their game against the Saint Mary's College of California (16-2) 69-60 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 on Saturday night. Markkanen recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The University of Arizona has quite an impressive 16-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. And now that game is very crucial. Markkanen has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg and 7.1rpg. Markkanen is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #7. International power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) helped USK Praha win their game against the second-ranked BK Pardubice (21-6) 74-67 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 26 minutes. USK Praha (15-12) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. It's Madsen's first season with the team. This year Madsen has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4bpg in 27 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #8. Power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France) managed to help Strasbourg IG to win against the 16th-ranked Olympique Antibes (7-16) 81-72 in the French ProA last Friday. Murphy scored only 3 points. Strasbourg IG (14-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Murphy's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Murphy plays currently for the Finnish national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #9. International point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) helped Movil Estudiantes win their game against the seventh-ranked Unicaja Malaga (15-8) 78-66 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Wilson recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. Movistar Estudiantes (18-5) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This year Wilson's total stats are: 8.1ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg in 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilson is also in the roster of the Finnish national team. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #10. Power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) helped Crailsheim Merlins win their game against the league outsider Titans (2-26) crushing them 104-74 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. Kotti recorded 7 points. Crailsheim Merlins (23-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Kotti has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

   #11. U20 international forward Joonas Tahvanainen (198-96, currently studies in the States) helped Utah Valley win their game against the Georgia Southern University crushing them 74-49 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Wednesday night. He recorded only 4 points. Tahvanainen has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 1.5rpg. He plays currently for the Finnish U20 national team.

   #12. U20 international forward Samuli Nieminen (201-96, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the SF Austin to beat the University of Idaho. Nieminen cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 13 minutes. His team was crushed by 23 points 73-50. Nieminen has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 1.9rpg in 14 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish U20 national team.

   #13. Former U20 international swingman Vesa Heinonen (194-91, currently plays in Germany) helped Aschersleben win their game against the third-ranked Sixers crushing them 78-57 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Heinonen recorded only 4 points. Heinonen has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 1.6rpg. He used to play for the Finnish U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Remu Raitenan (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the USF (10-8) to beat the Rice University (11-7). Raitenan recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. The USF lost 76-85 at home to the Rice University. It was USF's third consecutive loss in a row. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Raitenan has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.6rpg in 31 games he played so far.



1st Division Round 2 of Finals. Second straight win for PuHu Juniorit - by Eurobasket News

TuNMKY - PuHu Juniorit 72-78

PuHu overcame TuNMKY for the second straight win in the series. 25 personal fouls committed by TuNMKY helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Eero Lehtinen (194-85) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Mikael Laihonen (198-94) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds and guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) added 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: E.Innamaa 26+7reb+4ast, M.Laihonen 18+18reb+3ast, T.Lommi 11+2reb+1ast, M.Sandberg 8+7reb+2ast, T.Jaakkola 5+5reb+1ast, P.Luomala 2
PuHu Juniorit: E.Lehtinen 28+9reb, J.Aho 19+6reb, P.Rainamaa 14+14reb+3ast, O.Markkanen 6+4reb+1ast, S.Salminen 5+5reb, J.Kyllonen 4+3reb+3ast
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Andre Hollins (ex Roanne) agreed terms with Braunschweig - by Eurobasket News

Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Andre Hollins (186-91kg-92, college: Minnesota, agency: Three Eye Sports). He started the season at Chorale de Roanne Basket in French ProB. In 23 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg this season. Hollins helped them to win the cup. The last season he played at Leuven Bears (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 29 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9spg (in top 2). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention.
Hollins won NIT championship title in 2014.
He graduated from University of Minnesota in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help CSKA (20-7) in their last game. Despite De Colo's very good performance CSKA was edged 79-78 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Baskonia. He was the top scorer with 22 points. De Colo also added 6 passes in 29 minutes on the court. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 57.2%(103-180), 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 96.2%(101-105) in 20 games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in an Anadolu Efes' victory against the 13th-ranked Maccabi T-A (10-17) 92-87 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Heurtel scored 18 points and added 8 passes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (15-12) is placed seventh in the Euroleague. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Heurtel has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 5.9apg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 87.3%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA). Gobert was not able to help the Utah Jazz (43-28) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Utah Jazz (43-28) lost 83-91 at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gobert had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 19 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 37 minutes. It was Utah Jazz's third consecutive loss in a row. Gobert has very impressive stats this year: 13.2ppg, 12.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 65.1%(332-510) and FT: 65.5% in 70 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #4. Power forward Ali Traore (207-85, also represented by BeoBasket, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Lebanon) led Byblos to a victory against the closely-ranked Louaize (9-8) 99-85 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL in Saturday night's game. Traore recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Byblos Sporting Club (12-5) is placed third in the Pepsi LBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Traore's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Traore has very high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 12.0rpg and 2.0apg. Traore used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
   #5. Former international shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) led Orlando Magic to a victory over the Phoenix Suns (22-49) 109-103 in the NBA last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Fournier recorded 25 points in 35 minutes. The Orlando Magic has 26-45 record this season. Fournier has very impressive stats this year: 16.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.1apg in 58 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson
   #6. Shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a Movil Estudiantes' victory against the seventh-ranked Unicaja Malaga (15-8) 78-66 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Jackson was the best player in that game. He recorded 27 points (!!!) and added 4 assists. Movistar Estudiantes (18-5) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This season Jackson has very high stats. He averages: 22.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg. Jackson is a former international player as he played for the French senior team two years ago.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #7. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Brose Baskets (9-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Brose Baskets lost 78-83 in Istanbul to the much higher-ranked (#4) Fenerbahce. Causeur was the top scorer with 15 points in a mere 19 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Causeur's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg in 26 games. Causeur is also French national team player.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #8. Power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Darussafaka (13-14) in their game against CSKA (20-7) in the Euroleague. Moerman scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. But Darussafaka lost 85-95 in Moscow to the second-ranked CSKA. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. This year Moerman's total stats are: 8.7ppg and 5.3rpg in 26 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #9. Former international guard Leo Westermann (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Zalgiris (12-15) in their game against Anadolu Efes (15-12) in the Euroleague. Westermann scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 28 minutes. Zalgiris lost 68-76 on their home court in Kaunas to the higher-ranked (#7) Anadolu Efes. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. Westermann has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 5.3apg in 27 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #10. Guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Brose Baskets (9-18) crushing them 96-71 in the Euroleague on Tuesday night. Beaubois scored 9 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (16-11) is placed sixth in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. This season Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. An experienced international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Sacramento Kings 118-102 in the NBA last Sunday. Parker scored 16 points and added 7 passes. Parker has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.7apg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. International small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Atlanta Hawks 105-90 in the NBA on Monday night. Batum recorded 16 points and added 6 assists in 31 minutes. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 5.9apg and 1.1spg in 65 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (211-86, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Washington Wizards' victory against the Chicago Bulls 112-107 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Mahinmi recorded 16 points and blocked 2 shots. Mahinmi has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Enel Brindisi (11-12) in their last game. Despite M'Baye's very good performance Enel Brindisi lost 77-83 in Cantu to the lower-ranked (#11) AV Cantu. He was the top scorer with 17 points in 33 minutes. M'Baye has very impressive stats this year: 19.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1bpg in 23 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former U20 international swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (201-95, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) helped Philadelphia 76ers win their game against the Dallas Mavericks crushing them 116-74 in the NBA on Friday night. Luwawu-Cabarrot recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Luwawu-Cabarrot has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the French U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Baskonia to a 1-point victory against the second-ranked CSKA (20-7) 79-78 in the Euroleague last Friday. He scored 11 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (16-11) is placed sixth in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. Tillie's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 3.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) led Academik Plovdiv to a 3-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Cherno More (5-15) 80-77 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night's game. Semple was the top player that evening. He recorded 21 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Semple's second season in pro basketball. Akademik Bulteks 99 Plovdiv (13-6) is placed second in the NBL. Semple has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.2ppg, 12.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.9bpg and 2.1spg. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #3. Experienced Herve Toure (205-PF-82, currently plays in Argentina) led Estudiantes Concordia to a victory against the seventh-ranked Libertad Sunchales (19-20) 81-72 in the Argentinian LigaA in Friday night's game. Toure scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Estudiantes Concordia (29-15) is placed second in Norte group. Toure has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg in five games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #4. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Israel) could not help Maccabi Rishon (10-13) in their last game. Despite Kadir's good performance Maccabi Rishon lost 85-94 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Hapoel Eilat. He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 31 minutes. It was Maccabi Rishon's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Kadir has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg in 22 games. He has both French and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to Kangoeroes' victory against the closely-ranked Limburg United (12-13) 98-91 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Friday night. Chada recorded 15 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (14-11) is placed fourth in the Euromillions League. Chada's stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg in 25 games. He also holds two passports: French and Belgian. Despite Chada's French nationality, he previously played for the Belgian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the French team.

   #6. Natan Jurkovitz (199-F-95, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Starwings crushing them 90-63 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Jurkovitz recorded 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Jurkovitz has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg. He has dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #7. Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) faced previously mentioned Elishay Kadir in the Israeli Winner League last game. Nissim contributed to a Hapoel Eilat's victory against the ninth-ranked Maccabi Rishon 94-85. He scored 10 points in only 11 minutes. Nissim has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 1.6apg in 20 games. He holds both French and Israeli passports.

   #8. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan) led Yulon Luxgen to a victory over the closely-ranked Taiwan Beer 74-68 in the Taiwanese SBL in Sunday night's game. Lamizana was the top player that evening. He scored 30 points (!!!), had 8 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 36 minutes. Lamizana has very impressive stats this year: 19.4ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2.9bpg and 1.4spg in 37 games. He has dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #9. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) helped Angelico Biella win their game against the tenth-ranked Lighthouse TR crushing them 79-55 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Udom recorded 6 points. Udom's stats this season are: 10.5ppg and 5.0rpg. He holds both French and Italian passports.

   #10. Rodrigue Maza (208-PF-91, college: Academy of Art, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Monthey (14-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Maza's good performance Monthey was defeated 80-73 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Lausanne (#8). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Maza also added 8 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Maza has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 2.6rpg.



Andersen comes back to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, ex United - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 37-year old Australian international center David Andersen (213-108kg-80). It is actually his comeback to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket as he has played here before. Andersen He started the season at United in Australian NBL league. In 19 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.9apg this season. The last season Andersen played at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket where in 45 ProA games he averaged 10.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Andersen also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 14.9ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention.
In 2002 Andersen was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (37th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Center of the Year award back in 2014.
Andersen has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2001 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001.
Andersen represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 9.8ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Andersen is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in seven different countries. Andersen has played previously professionally also in Italy (Virtus 1934 Bologna and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), Russia (CSKA Moscow), Spain (FC Barcelona), Turkey (Fenerbahce), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors) and France (Strasbourg IG).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Not very strong body (yet), but very good skills like for the man his size. Very useful playing close to the basket. Can jump, and and uses his turn around jumper. Very long arms make him dangerous close to the basket, when he can play with his back to the rim, and has very good moves. Can hit from the middle-range. Quick and decent passer. He has some problems playing against stronger centers.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tornike Shengelia's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Baskonia to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Brose Baskets (9-18) crushing them 96-71 in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game. Shengelia had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (16-11) is placed sixth in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Shengelia has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 52.6%(10-19) and FT: 76.5% in 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Lithuania). Fisher was the major contributor in a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the seventh-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (11-16) 93-86 in the Lithuanian LKL last Sunday. He scored 23 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (19-8) is placed third in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Fisher averages: 9.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 38.0%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 80.3%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he played also for the Georgian national team in 2012. Strangely Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Umana Venezia (9-5) in their last game. Despite Haynes' very good performance the third-placed Umana Venezia (9-5) was edged 74-71 on the road by the second-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka in the group B of Basketball Champions League. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Haynes also added 4 assists in 32 minutes. This year Haynes' overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 25.7% and FT: 83.3% in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Haynes played for the Georgian national team six years ago. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #4. Center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain) led Andorra to a victory over the 14th-ranked Zaragoza (8-16) 100-92 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Shermadini was MVP of the game. He recorded 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds. MoraBanc Andorra (12-11) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. Shermadini has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg and 7.7rpg. Shermadini is also Georgian national team player.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #5. Former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona (6-17) 86-78 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Hickman scored 18 points in 28 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (20-3) is placed first in the Serie A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Hickman has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg in 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Hickman used to play for the Georgian national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #6. Guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Koroivos (7-15) crushing them 89-63 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Dixon recorded 11 points and added 6 passes. AEK Athens (17-5) is placed third in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Dixon's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 12.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. Dixon is a naturalized American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster. However Dixon has never played in Georgia.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #7. International power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Burjanadze contributed to Andorra's victory against the 14th-ranked Zaragoza (8-16) 100-92. He recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. Burjanadze's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg in 23 games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Duda Sanadze
Duda Sanadze
   #8. Guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked LTH Castings (3-8) 91-72 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Wednesday night. He was the top player that evening. Sanadze recorded 19 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Sixt Primorska (10-1) is placed first in Places 7-12 group. Sanadze has very impressive stats this year: 17.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in 22 games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #9. Former international point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Bnei Hasharon's victory against the tenth-ranked Galil Gilboa (10-13) 76-66 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Green scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Bnei Hertzeliyya (14-9) is placed third in the Winner League. Green's stats this season are: 13.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team seven years ago.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #10. An experienced center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) helped Golden State Warriors win their game against the Orlando Magic (26-45) crushing them 122-92 in the NBA last Thursday. Pachulia had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 21 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have quite an impressive 57-14 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Pachulia's total stats are: 6.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.9apg in 59 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. International center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Balkan League) was not able to help Feni Industries (2-4) in their last game. Despite Sharabidze's good performance Feni Industries lost 68-81 in Tivat to the lower-ranked (#10) Teodo. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Sharabidze also added 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Sharabidze averaged so far 11.5ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg in 14 games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

   #12. U18 international power forward Goga Bitadze (210-99, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Smederevo in their game against Metalac in the Serbian KLS. Bitadze scored 8 points. His team was defeated 89-82. Bitadze averaged so far 10.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1bpg. He is also in the roster of the Georgian U18 national team.

   #13. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) helped Cambados win their game against the 14th-ranked Gandia 94-91 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night. Gelazonia recorded 9 points in 24 minutes. Gelazonia has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 4.8rpg in 25 games. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (207-91, currently plays in Russia) managed to help BC Novosybirsk to win against the eighth-ranked Kupol-Rodniki 69-64 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Dvalishvili scored only 4 points. Dvalishvili has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Jesi in their game against Bondi Ferrara in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Janelidze recorded only 3 points. His team was edged 84-82. Janelidze has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in EuroCup) could not help Valencia Basket (6-0) in their last game on Friday. Despite Thomas' good performance the league leader Valencia Basket was defeated 79-66 on the road by the leading Hapoel Jerusalem. He scored 10 points. Thomas' total stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 4.6rpg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help San Lorenzo (27-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Diaz's good performance San Lorenzo was defeated 70-66 in Buenos Aires by the second-ranked Ferrocarril in the Sur group. He scored 11 points. Diaz averaged so far 10.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Puerto Rican.

   #3. Grigol Shvangiradze (196-F-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Quintanar (11-12) in their game against Torrelodones (4-18) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Shvangiradze scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. Quintanar (#10) lost 73-83 in Madrid to the lower-ranked (#14) Torrelodones in the Group B. It was Quintanar's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Shvangiradze has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg in 23 games he played so far.



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Williams, Kirchheim19.2 
 2. Alexander, ETB W.18.0 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg16.8 
 6. Warren, MBC16.8 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.6 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.9 
 10. Canty, Hamburg15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.7 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen9.0 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.2 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz7.1 
 7. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 8. Kronhardt, Kirch.6.8 
 9. Sturner, Dresden6.7 
 10. Williams, Kirchheim6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Love, Kirchheim6.7 
 2. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 3. Adams, Uni Baskets5.7 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.6 
 5. Moore, Ehingen5.5 
 6. Vest, Uni Baskets5.5 
 7. Hatten, MBC5.2 
 8. Williams, Koeln R.5.2 
 9. Zazai, MBC5.1 
 10. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hatten, MBC2.6 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.3 
 4. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 5. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.0 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.7 
 9. Gibbs, Oettinger R.1.6 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.3 
 3. King, Koeln R.1.5 
 4. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 5. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 6. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 7. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 8. White, Heidelberg1.2 
 9. Grim, Uni Baskets1.2 
 10. van, Trier1.1 


Dallas Anglin (Hannover Korbjager) I'm A Student Of The Game And I Take Bits And Pieces Of Guys Games - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dallas Anglin (185-G-93, college: N.Colorado) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Mountclair, New Jersey that played his rookie season as a professional in Germany for the Hannover Korbjaeger (Germany-Regionalliga). He started his basketball career at Hofstra (NCAA) in 2012 playing 6 games averaging 3.2ppg, 1.2apg. In the next three years he would play at three schools starting with S.Idaho JC (JUCO) playing 32 games averaging 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 77.8%, S.Mississippi (NCAA) playing 6 games averaging 6.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 93.3%, and N.Colorado (NCAA) playing 20 games averaging 13.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 79.6%. He spoke to eurobasket recently before the club announced it had to withdraw from the Regionaliga before the end of the season.

Dallas welcome to Germany. Your last college game is almost a year old as you strapped on your N Colorado (NCAA) shirt against Portland State. Did you ever lose doubt that you might not sign your first professional contract?

A little, as time went by I was preparing for the worst and hoping for the best and then New Years Eve came and before I went to celebrate my agent called me and said I had an offer out in Germany.


Talk a little about the last 10-11 months. How did you experience your first time in the shark infested waters world of having to try to find that first professional team. How rough was it and how did you stay positive?

It wasn't as rough as people would think, during that time I was home in New Jersey around family and loved ones that kind of took my mind away from the negatives, believe me I had my days though. I stayed positive by having positive people around me.


How blessed were to start your professional career in Germany with the Hannover Korbjager? Do you remember the last words you told your parents when you got on the plane to head to Germany?

Very blessed. I'm very grateful for the opportunity and can't thank Aleks and the rest of the people here at Korbjager enough for the opportunity.


What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball?

Not too much, after playing a few games I've noticed the physicality.

Could you name a third German player off the top of your head that isn't named Dirk Nowitzki of Dennis Schroeder?

No I can't, I almost went on google to find the answer haha

Is a guy like Antwine Williams a role model for you? The ex N Colorado forward had a great senior year and then started his professional career in Germany in a lower league and moved his way up and reached the top German league BBL with Tuebingen in 2005.


I don't know Antwine, I only went to northern Colorado for a year and half.


Your joined a struggling team with the Hanover Korbjager. Did you feel any pressure coming into this situation having to prove yourself the right way and getting the team on track?

It's tough a lot of guys leaving and coming, it's like we have a new team or line up every week. I just try to play my best basketball and come out with the win.


Often one could call you a kind of savior coming in to turn the season around. Do you feel like you had to do that?


I wouldn't say 'savior', these past games I've played well but it wasn't enough to get some wins. The guys on my team are great guys who work hard, we just have to figure it out.


Your joined a team that is stalked with international flair with a few Brits, a Bulgarian player and one from France. You will be the only American. Do you sense like the players looked up to you more simply because you are an American?

I'd definitely say I'm one of the leaders but we have a Veteran on our team Glen from London and he's our captain.


You are a very versatile point guard. If you had to choose an NBA point guard that has a game comparable to you who would you mention?


I'm not sure, I'm a student of the game and I take bits and pieces of guys games that I like and put it in mine. (Monta Ellis, Jeff Teague, Westbrook, Kyrie, Isaiah Thomas)


You're a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, but what would you say is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court?


I couldn't say, I feel as though I show all of my abilities when I come to play.


You had a well traveled college career playing at 4 schools. If someone had told you the day before you went to Hofstra that you would finish your college career having been at 4 schools what would you have thought?


I wouldn't of believed them but everything happens for a reason you know?


You started at Hofstra (NCAA) and then took a few steps back to play at S.Idaho JC (JUCO) Despite having an illustrious high school career at Seton hall prep were you just not ready to play at the NCAA level at Hofstra?


No that's not the case at all, when I transferred from Hofstra my grades were messed up so in order to play division one again I had to go to S. Idaho which is one of the top jucos in the country to play, get my grades and get looked at by schools.


You then played at S.Idaho JC (JUCO) playing 32 games averaging 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 77.8%. What do you feel were the key things in this year that helped you mature better and get back to the NCAA?


Being in Idaho there isn't much to do other than work on your game, I really became a student of the game and got in the gym a lot and it worked out.


As a junior you played at S.Mississippi (NCAA) playing only 6 games averaging 6.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 93.3%. You left in mid season. When you look back at this experience was there anything positive that you gained from it?

90% of the team I was on left the school and those guys were tough competitors. Our pick up basketball games in the summer and summer workouts is what brought me to a higher level mentally and physically.

You really blossomed as a senior at N.Colorado (NCAA) playing 20 games averaging 13.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 79.6%. You came on the scene in December 2015 and was the fastest player ins school history to score 100 points. Is December a month you will tend to always look fondly at?

My birthday is in December haha but no I had to sit out a whole year because of the transfer so that was a year of working out, getting stronger, smarter and I was just waiting for my opportunity to get back under those lights and perform.


How important was head coach B.J Hill in identifying your talent and grooming and preparing you best for a professional basketball career?


B.J didn't help groom or prepare me to become a professional basketball player at all. My father Kyle Anglin played division 1 basketball player at St. Bonaventure University and my older brother Mike Tyree also played division 1 at Stony Brook Univ and they were the main people that prepared me to be a professional not just in basketball but in life.


There have been more than a handful of guys that have reached the NBA with lower stats than you, but then again many guys like you that are guards that have had stats like yours or better and not reached the NBA? When you watch NBA games, do you see the level of play not as great as one might suspect, but moreover as in everything in life knowing the right people and having luck is what gets a guy to the NBA?

Going to the NBA is like hitting the lottery. Of course you have to have skill but there's a lot of politics and who you know. Do I think I should be in the NBA based on what I did in college? No.


You had some very memorable games at N Colorado (NCAA) but where does your 20 point, five rebounds, six assist game in the 77-76 win against Montana State rate?


It's up there, I contributed big in a close need to win game so that's definitely in my top 3 games.


Who won a one on one in practice you or Jordan Davis?


Me haha. That's my little brother though. He's killing this season, going to be a great player.


Who was the toughest player that you played in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?


Deandre Kane from Iowa State but I played against him at Hofstra and he was at Marshall University.


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



Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant


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


I say Jordan Is the best all around player of all time, Kobe is the best scorer of all time and Lebron is the most athletically gifted player the NBA has ever seen.


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

Top 10

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


It's definitely up there for me but I've seen some of the best by some greats.


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


He's my favorite player in the league. Men lie, women lie but numbers don't. His stats speak for themselves.


What was the last movie that you saw?


Wolf of Wall Street


Thanks Dallas for the chat.




Johannes Voigtmann selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Euroleague). Voigtmann contributed to a 1-point Baskonia's victory against the second-ranked CSKA (20-7) 79-78 in the Euroleague last Friday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (16-11) is placed sixth in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Voigtmann's first season with the team. This year Voigtmann averages: 10.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 63.8%(83-130), 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 75.8%. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). Nowitzki led Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Brooklyn Nets (14-56) 111-104 in the NBA on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Nowitzki scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 30-40 record this season. Nowitzki is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 19th year in Mavericks' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 14.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 38.4% and FT: 86.0% in 44 games he played so far. He played for the German national team in 2015.

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). Schroeder could not help the Atlanta Hawks (37-33) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the Atlanta Hawks (37-33) were defeated 105-90 on the road by the Charlotte Hornets. Schroeder was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 6 assists. Schroeder has been at the team for four years. This season Schroeder has very high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.3apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 33.2% and FT: 84.4%. Schroeder played for the German national team two years ago.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #4. Forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Zaragoza (8-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Zaragoza lost 92-100 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#8) Andorra. Benzing was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 6 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in 28 minutes. Benzing has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg in 24 games. He is also German national team player.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #5. Former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for JSF Nanterre (16-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Schaffartzik's good performance JSF Nanterre was defeated 94-90 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. He scored 14 points and added 5 assists. Schaffartzik's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.8apg. He used to play for the German national team two years ago.

Paul Zipser
Paul Zipser
   #6. Swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Chicago Bulls (33-38) in their last game. Despite Zipser's good performance the Chicago Bulls (33-38) were edged 122-120 in Toronto by the Raptors. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 41 minutes. This year Zipser's overall stats are: 4.8ppg and 2.6rpg in 33 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #7. International center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Galatasaray's victory against the league outsider Unics Kazan (7-20) 75-67 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. Pleiss scored 8 points. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (10-17) is placed 11th in the Euroleague. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pleiss' total stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1bpg. He is also German national team player.

Moritz Wagner
Moritz Wagner
   #8. Forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Michigan's surprising victory against the University of Louisville (12-6) 73-69 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 on Sunday night. Wagner scored 26 points (!!!) in 31 minutes. The University of Michigan has 10-8 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. And now that game is quite important. This year Wagner has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1spg in 37 games. He used to play for the German U18 national team back in 2014.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #9. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Gmunden Swans (19-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Klette's very good performance Gmunden Swans was defeated 75-67 in Kapfenberg by the lower-ranked Bulls (#3). He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Klette has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.6apg. He used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

Kenneth Ogbe
Kenneth Ogbe
   #10. Guard Kenneth Ogbe (198-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to an Utah Valley's victory against the Rice University (11-7) 85-79 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 on Monday night. Ogbe scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Utah Valley University has 6-8 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. And now that game is extremely important. Ogbe averaged so far 10.8ppg and 2.5rpg. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former international center Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Starwings (9-11) in their last game. Despite Schoo's good performance Starwings was crushed 90-63 on the opponent's court by the leading Fribourg. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. This year Schoo's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 4.3rpg in 20 games. He used to play for the German national team eleven years ago.

   #12. Former U16 international power forward Thomas Kaspereit (199-83, currently plays in Luxembourg) couldn't help Kordall Steelers (15-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kaspereit's good performance the third-placed Kordall Steelers was defeated 102-97 at home by the lower-ranked Basket Esch (#3) in the Playdowns 2 group. He recorded 12 points and added 4 assists. Kaspereit has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the German U16 national team back in 1999.

   #13. Former U20 international center Robin Jorch (211-94, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Boise St. in their game against the University of Illinois in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. Jorch scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team lost 56-71. Jorch has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 1.9rpg in 29 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U16 international forward Dominique Uhl (206-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Iowa in their game against the Texas Christian University in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Uhl scored only 2 points in 15 minutes. His team was edged 94-92. Uhl has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg in 32 games. He used to play for the German U16 national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a Hapoel Jerusalem's victory against the closely-ranked Ironi Nahariya (10-13) 91-80 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and making 10 passes. Timor also added 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Hapoel Jerusalem (13-10) is placed fifth in the Winner League. Timor has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.9apg in 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #2. Experienced Robert Tomaszek (205-C-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) managed to help BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Polfarmex (4-20) crushing them 89-64 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Tomaszek scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (17-8) is placed third in the PLK. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Tomaszek's total stats are: 3.2ppg and 2.1rpg in 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish.

   #3. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) led Alaska Aces to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Globalport (0-1) crushing them 107-79 in the Filipino PBA in Saturday night's game. Thoss recorded 13 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Alaska Aces this season. His team are placed third in the PBA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Thoss plays fifth season for the team. Thoss has both German and Filipino nationalities.

   #4. Adam Ariel (192-F/G-94, currently plays in Israel). He could not help Maccabi Ashdod (18-3) to beat Hapoel Holon (16-7). Ariel cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maccabi Ashdod was crushed 99-70 on the road by the second-ranked Hapoel Holon. Ariel's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg. He also holds two passports: German and Israeli.

   #5. Nils Lehmann (196-F-96, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Rollins College's surprising victory against the University of Alabama in Huntsville (18-5) 72-68 in the NCAA2 on Tuesday night. Lehmann scored 7 points. The Rollins College has a solid 12-6 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 National Tournament Round 3. Lehmann has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1apg.

   #6. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) helped Iraklis win their game against the seventh-ranked Psychiko 88-83 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Cheilaris recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Cheilaris has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 2.7rpg. He holds both German and Greek passports.

   #7. Andy Eicke (208-C-92, currently plays in Luxembourg) was not able to help Contern in their game against Amicale in the Luxembourg Total League. Eicke cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 14 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 95-74. Eicke has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 2.0rpg in 21 games.

   #8. Phillip Holm (175-PG-80, currently plays in Spain) helped CAM E.Soler win their game against the sixth-ranked San Juan crushing them 91-58 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 2 points. Holm has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.2apg. He has dual citizenship: Uruguayan and German.



Andre Hollins (ex Roanne) agreed terms with Braunschweig - by Eurobasket News

Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Andre Hollins (186-91kg-92, college: Minnesota, agency: Three Eye Sports). He started the season at Chorale de Roanne Basket in French ProB. In 23 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg this season. Hollins helped them to win the cup. The last season he played at Leuven Bears (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 29 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9spg (in top 2). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention.
Hollins won NIT championship title in 2014.
He graduated from University of Minnesota in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria adds Powell to their roster, ex Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria (Serie A2) added to their roster 27-year old American power forward Marshawn Powell (201-106kg-90, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports). He started the season at s.Oliver Wuerzburg in German BBL league. In 13 games he recorded 9.5ppg and 4.4rpg this season. The last season Powell played at Treviso Basket (Serie A) where in 42 games he averaged impressive 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Powell won Italian LNP Silver championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Import Player of the Year in 2015.
Powell has played previously professionally in Lithuania (P.Zvaigzdes) and Ukraine (Zaporizhya and Azovmash).
He attended University of Arkansas until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
On Powell: He can score inside and worked really hard on being able to score outside as well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Review of ProB Round 3 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Oldenburg - Karlsruhe BG 68-79

Karlsruhe BG upset Oldenburg to advance into the quarterfinal stage. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Shawn Gulley (201-93, college: Temple JC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. American center Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Marcel Kessen (207-97) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Lucien Schmikale (194-97) added 18 points in the effort for Oldenburg. Four Oldenburg players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oldenburg: L.Schmikale 18+3reb, P.Zwiener 14+4reb+2ast, M.Kessen 13+7reb+2ast, R.Drijencic 12+2reb+4ast, J.Niklas Wimberg 4+1reb+1ast, J.Hollatz 4+3reb+1ast
Karlsruhe BG: J.Black 19+7reb, R.Easterling 19+2reb+4ast, S.Gulley 19+11reb+2ast, A.Kazarnovski 9+6reb+3ast, A.Schmitz 7+2ast, K.Duku 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 541239


Elchingen - Schalke 95-65

Elchingen cruised past Schalke in the decider. Elchingen dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Schalke's 30. They outrebounded Schalke 46-33 including 19 on the offensive glass. Elchingen players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The best player for the winners was Canadian swingman Taevaunn Prince (191-91, college: Missouri So.) who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Kristian Kuhn (208-87, college: N.Arizona) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Four Elchingen players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) who recorded 20 points and American power forward Trent Weaver (202-94, college: Ohio Dominican) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Schalke's coach Raphael Wilder gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Schalke: N.Khartchenkov 20+3reb+3ast, T.Weaver 11+10reb, C.Belger 8+7reb+3ast, P.Carney 8+3reb+4ast, T.Szewczyk 6+3reb+2ast, M.Buljevic 5+1ast
Elchingen: M.Petric 19+5reb+2ast, K.Kuhn 17+10reb, T.Prince 15+9reb+6ast, A.Didovic 11+5reb+1ast, B.Butler 10+7reb+5ast, F.Beck 9+2reb
gschID: 541238


Bernau - Fraport SKY II 88-59

Bernau overcame Freeport SKY II in the decisive third game in the series. SSV Lok Bernau forced 21 Fraport Skyliners II turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a quality performance for American guard Pierre Bland (188-92, college: IPFW) who led the winners and scored 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Tim Schneider (208-97) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four SSV Lok Bernau players scored in double figures. SSV Lok Bernau's coach Rene Schilling felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Isaac Bonga (203-99) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Travis Thompson (185-91, college: Alaska-Anch.) added 14 points respectively for Fraport Skyliners II in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: I.Bonga 16+6reb, T.Thompson 14+4reb+2ast, R.Bakare 10+2reb+2ast, J.Knothe 8+5reb+3ast, C.Akbayir 6+2reb+3ast, G.Zeeb 3+2reb+2ast
Bernau: F.Zylka 18+4reb+2ast, P.Bland 17+7reb+6ast, T.Schneider 17+7reb+3ast, J.Boehm 10+6reb, J.Hundt 6+3ast, K.Kovalev 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 541237


Iserlohn - FC Bayern II 74-69

Iserlohn toppled FC Bayern II to advance. Iserlohn made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Terrell Harris (191-93, college: Georgia Coll.) who scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Thomas Reuter (198-92, college: E.Washington) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Austrian forward Marvin Ogunsipe (204-96) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds and Karim Jallow (199-97) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
FC Bayern II: M.Ogunsipe 16+8reb+3ast, K.Jallow 14+8reb, N.Weidemann 13+2reb, D.Kovacevic 12+6reb+2ast, G.Beyschlag 6+3reb+4ast, A.Gegic 6+2reb+2ast
Iserlohn: T.Harris 16+6reb+4ast, T.Reuter 15+1reb+4ast, S.Fritze 11+1reb+1ast, M.Kone 11+3reb+1ast, R.Dahmen 8+2ast, K.Schwarz 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 541236


Art.Dragons - Wuerzburg 72-76

Wuerzburg upset Artland Dragons to secure the next round appearance. Wuerzburg outrebounded Artland Dragons 44-30 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Marcellus Barksdale (196-93, college: IUPUI) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Lukas Wank (198-97) helped adding 19 points. The best for the losing side was naturalized American point guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron, agency: Octagon Europe) with 19 points and 5 assists and forward Benjamin Fumey (203-87, college: Valparaiso) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: M.Reid 19+3reb+5ast, B.Fumey 17+5reb+1ast, M.Nwakamma 13+6reb+2ast, M.Rockmann 8+2reb+5ast, G.Graves 7+5reb+5ast, C.Frazier 6+5reb
Wuerzburg: M.Barksdale 23+8reb+5ast, L.Wank 19+4reb+3ast, G.Voigtmann 10+13reb+1ast, M.Heckel 9+3reb+2ast, L.Larysz 7+3reb, S.Rauch 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 541235


Bayer Giants - Bochum 70-80

Bochum upset Bayer Giants to reach the next round. 30 personal fouls committed by Bayer Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Davon Roberts (197-86, college: Azusa Pacific) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Alexander Angerer (203-96) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four AstroStars players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kerry Carter (188-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 21 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Brandon Nazione (202-94, college: E.Michigan) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: K.Carter 21+4reb+5ast, B.Nazione 16+7reb+2ast, M.Kuczmann 9+2reb+2ast, G.Twiehoff 8+1reb+1ast, O.Legankovas 6+5reb+2ast, D.Smith 4+1reb
Bochum: D.Roberts 20+10reb+3ast, A.Angerer 15+6reb+2ast, G.Johnson 12+4reb+6ast, R.Howard 10+9reb+1ast, C.Korbi 7+1reb+1ast, F.Engel 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541234





Eric Kibi (Randers Cimbria Basketball) Reaching The BBL After Starting In The Regionalliga Has Been A Huge Goal Of Mine - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Eric Kibi (198-F-90, college: Abil.Christian) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Ontario, Canada that is playing his fifth professional season and first with the Randers Cimbria Basketball (Denmark-Ligaen). Last season he played with the Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-ProB) playing 3 games averaging 4.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, left in Oct.'15, in Jan.'16 moved to KK Strsljen Gusinje (Montenegro-Erste Liga): 4 games: 3.8ppg, 5.5rpg, in Mar.'16 signed at London Lightning (Canada-NBL Canada) playing 23 games averaging 1.7ppg, 2.5rpg. Two seasons ago he completed his second season in Germany and first with Basketball Club Rendsburg (Germany-Regionalliga) averaging 20,5ppg and 15,0rpg. He started his basketball career in 2008 with Jacksonville College (NJCAA) where he played until 2010. He then played a season with UALR (NCAA) playing 29 games: 4.4ppg, 4.2rpg. He finished his college career in 2012 with Abil.Christian (NCAA2) playing 20 games: 8.2ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 60.0%. In 2012 he started his professional basketball career with Abil.Christian (NCAA2) playing 20 games: 8.2ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 60.0% He then played with Ottawa SkyHawks (NBL Canada): 29 games: 4.4ppg, 4.7rpg. He spoke to eurobasket about his season in Denmark.

Eric thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at the moment?

I'm in Randers, Denmark we are getting ready for our last regular season game against Naesved and then hopefully a successful playoff run.


2017 has come and already into it's third month. Did you make any new years resolutions this year or aren't you the type of guy that does that?

I came into the year just wanting to keep growing as a person but other than that my hunger or work ethic never changes just because the calendar flips year it's always the same.


You were close last season to getting your first professional title with the London Lightning (Canada-NBL Canada). Does one feel more and more how close one was to getting a title after time when you realize just how close you actually were?

Yeah I mean losing in Game 7 of a championship series was really tough last season especially after we battled back from being down 3-1. That team was a special group and I'll never forget going to war with those guys.


You are playing your first season for Randers Cimbria Basketball (Denmark-Ligaen) After playing for some lower league teams in Germany and in Canada and Montenegro, could one say that you are moving up the professional basketball ladder step by step?

You could say that, but basketball is basketball there's talent in every league for sure. I'll still say that the Canadian league doesn't get the credit it deserves, that's still the toughest league I played in until this day but Denmark was a nice step up in my European career, just want to stay humble and keep moving up.


It hasn't been the best season for Randers Cimbria Basketball (Denmark-Ligaen), but do you feel like the team can still slip into the playoffs?

Yeah it's been a tough up and down season for us but we have so much talent that it always feels like we are one game or one play away from unleashing all that talent. I still believe in this team to make a nice playoff run, the game isn't played on paper or in the media it's played on the floor.

You are having a very solid season averaging 10,7ppg and 5,4rpg. It seems like the transition from Germany wasn't hard, but what has been different in the style and quality of play in Denmark that you hadn't seen before?

Yes Denmark is very different than Germany because you don't have any restrictions on local players that have to be on the court so I would say the top 6-7 teams all have at least 6 or 7 foreign players and most of the time atleast 4 of those foreigners are on the court at the same time so it makes it for very competitive basketball.


You aren't having those huge rebound games in Denmark like you had in the Regionaliga in Germany. How inspiring and goal setting is playing in a tougher league where you know that you have to work so much harder in your game to be successful?

It's very motivating, I really take pride in my rebounding and this season for sure has been an adjustment getting used to the size and athleticism in the league but I'm still confident I'm going get back to those kinds of numbers before the season is over to help my team.

Is the Danish league somewhere between Pro A and Pro B in Germany? How would you classify the level of play of the Denmark Ligaen?

I would say the Top 2 teams are for sure Pro A maybe even higher, with Bakken having beaten Frankfurt of the BBL in the Champions League. As far as the rest of the league it falls between Pro A and Pro B but it's still tough to say because even the teams from 3 to 8 all have 6 or more foreigners which is totally different than Pro B and even Pro A. Many guys have made a successful transition from the Danish Ligaen to Pro A or BBL in recent years so that's motivating.


This season you are around so much more and better talent than ever in your professional season. How much do you feel have you benefited from veterans like Charles Burgess, Bonell Colas and Sean Carter. How has each guy helped you best this season?

Honestly what I've benefited the most is the intensity and competitiveness they each bring to every practice especially Charlie. Charlie is 32, a former league MVP and Champion in the league and arguably the best player in our league but he practices with a chip on his shoulder of a guy who's on the verge of being cut, it really forces you to raise your level in practice and in games or you might look stupid.

You will be turning 27 this summer. Are you reaching your prime and what are your goals in the next few years? Will Eric Kibi continue to move up the professional basketball ladder?

I am not there quite yet but I feel like I'm getting there it's taken a little longer than I would've liked but I'm staying humble and patient and sticking to my grind. I've tried to add something different to my game each summer so hopefully this will result into climbing to higher leagues. One of the goals I've set for myself is to reach the BBL in the next few years, I don't restrict it to just Germany obviously I would love to reach the highest level possible but I love Germany. I've played 3 of my 5 years there so reaching the BBL after starting in the Regionalliga has been a huge goal of mine since my rookie year.

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

-Lebron is my favourite player by far and I would put him up there in the Top 2 or 3 I think he has to win a few more to reach Jordan's level.


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

He's right up the in the top 5, I'd put him in the same category as Barkley, Malone and Duncan.


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

Obviously that's very impressive because of how well he moves without the ball and how quick he makes his decision. That's an all-time performance for me but I'd like to see Klay bring those kinds of performances to the playoffs as well which I know he is fully capable of doing.


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

Stat wise yes he is the best player in the world but I'd like to see him get more out of his teammates. I compare Russell's situation to Allen Iversons MVP season in 2001 where he didn't have much help but still took that team to the NBA Finals. I'm really curious to see if Russ can do the same, for sure he is capable.


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

I would say because Players like Draymond aren't appreciated as much as they should be. The NBA is a scoring league so players focus more on that but ever so often you get players like Draymond who worry about more than just points.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was Fences with Denzel Washington. Great Movie.


Thanks Eric for the chat.



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Tema Youth leads Accra Basketball League - by Yaw Mintah

Tema Youth's brilliant week has been rewarded with a top of the table rank in the 2017 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division I standings. The side beat eternal rival and defending champions Braves of Customs 84-78 in overtime and capped the splendid performance off with a 72-65 win over Ghana Navy.

While its first victory o the young season was a masterpiece, the second did not have the same effects as Navy played a very physical game that resulted in a lot of stoppages and trips to the free throw line.

DC Dynamics poor start to the season puts the side in fourth place without any wins only ahead of Braves and Ghana Navy due to playing more games than the aforementioned pair.
Fire Service is yet to play this season and sits in last place in the standings; Fire takes on Tudu Magic in the opening round of midweek games slated to take place later today at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu.

Ghana Navy plays Adenta Leopards in the final game of the day with the former in need of a win after losing to Tema. Below is the full standing:

Team GP W L GA GF DIFF PTS

Tema Youth 2 2 0 143 156 13 4

Adenta Leopards 1 1 0 41 55 14 2

Tudu Magic 1 1 0 46 59 13 2

DC Dynamics 2 0 2 114 87 -27 2

Braves 1 0 1 84 78 -6 1

Ghana Navy 1 0 1 72 65 -7 1

Fire Service 0 0 0 0 0 0 0




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Stratos Perperoglou selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Joventut (7-17) crushing them 76-56 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Perperoglou recorded 19 points in 24 minutes on the court. FC Barcelona Lassa (16-7) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. This year Perperoglou averages: 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(39-68), 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 58.1% in 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (20-51) 107-103 in the NBA last Friday. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 5 assists and made 2 blocks. The Milwaukee Bucks have 35-35 record this season. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth year with the team. Antetokounmpo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.6%(524-926), 3FGP: 27.7% and FT: 78.3%. Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). Zisis could not help Brose Baskets (9-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Brose Baskets lost 78-83 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) Fenerbahce. Zisis was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 3 passes (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 22 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Zisis' overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 94.5%(69-73) in 27 games. He played for the Greek national team two years ago.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #4. Swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Auxilium TO (11-12) 89-70 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (15-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Bramos' total stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.5apg in 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Bramos used to play for the Greek national team back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Georgios Papagiannis
Georgios Papagiannis
   #5. U20 international center Georgios Papagiannis (217-97, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Sacramento Kings (27-43) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Papagiannis' good performance the Sacramento Kings (27-43) were badly defeated 110-94 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Papagiannis has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 3.1rpg. He plays currently for the Greek U20 national team.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #6. Center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for CB Canarias (18-6) in their game against Valencia Basket (5-18) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Bogris recorded 8 points in 21 minutes. The league leader CB Canarias was edged 65-62 in Valencia by the much lower-ranked (#13) Basket. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Bogris has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 3.9rpg in 24 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #7. Former U18 international power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) led Boca Juniors to a victory over the sixth-ranked Quimsa (22-21) 98-92 in the Argentinian LigaA last Saturday. Lampropoulos was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (13-29) is placed tenth in Sur group. This season Lampropoulos has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.8apg. Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team fourteen years ago.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #8. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Georgios Papagiannis. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Koufos contributed to a Sacramento Kings' victory against the Phoenix Suns (22-49) 107-101. He scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes. The Sacramento Kings have 27-43 record this season. Koufos has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 5.8rpg in 69 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos plays currently for the Greek national team. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

Tyler Dorsey
Tyler Dorsey
   #9. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Oregon win their game against the Rhode Island University (13-5) 75-72 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 in Sunday night's game. Dorsey scored 27 points (!!!), had 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. The University of Oregon has quite an impressive 16-2 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. And now that game is very crucial. Dorsey has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Dorsey is also in the roster of the Greek national team. Interesting that he has never played in Greece.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #10. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help Lokomotiv (5-1) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (3-3) in the Eurocup. Vougioukas scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. The league leader Lokomotiv lost 63-74 in Malaga to the second-ranked Unicaja. It's Vougioukas' first season with the team. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg in 18 games. Vougioukas is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Andorra win their game against the 14th-ranked Zaragoza 100-92 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. He recorded 6 points in only 6 minutes. Antetokounmpo has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 3.3rpg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

   #12. Former U19 international forward Konstantinos Mitoglou (208-96, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Wake Forest in their game against the Kansas State University in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1. He recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 95-88. Mitoglou has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 6.1rpg. He used to play for the Greek U19 national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U18 international center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-94, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Cal-Irvine in their game against the Illinois State University in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1. Dimakopoulos recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 85-71. This season Dimakopoulos has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Astana in their game against VEF Riga in the VTB United League. Kaselakis cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 28 minutes. His team lost 62-73. Kaselakis has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg in 20 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former U18 international swingman Haris Plioukas (200-89, currently plays in Germany) helped Hagen BG win their game against the seventh-ranked Ibbenbueren 94-89 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Plioukas recorded 8 points. Plioukas has reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in a Usak Sportlif's victory against the eighth-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (11-11) 86-71 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Auguste recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 19 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (7-15) is placed 12th in the BSL. It's Auguste's first year with the team. Auguste has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg and 7.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Auguste has never played in Greece.

   #2. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an AV Cantu's victory against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi (11-12) 83-77 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (10-13) is placed 11th in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Calathes has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #3. Trian Iliadis (190-G-89, college: ODU, currently plays in Australia) led Wanneroo to a 3-point victory against the eighth-ranked Cougars (0-1) 104-101 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Iliadis scored 15 points and added 5 assists. It was his first game for Wanneroo this season. His team are placed fourth in SBL group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Iliadis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wanneroo's roster. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Australian. Despite Iliadis' Greek passport, he previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #4. Nazareth Mitrou-Long (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Iowa St. to a victory against the The University of Nevada (15-4) 84-73 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Thursday night. Mitrou-Long scored 13 points and had 3 steals in 36 minutes. The Iowa State University has a solid 13-6 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Mitrou-Long is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Iowa St.'s roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mitrou-Long averages: 15.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg in 35 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Canadian. Despite Mitrou-Long's Greek nationality, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #5. Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92, college: SIU Edwardsville, currently plays in New Zealand) could not help Hawks (0-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Fiorentinos' very good performance the bottom-ranked Hawks were defeated 99-87 on the road by the higher-ranked Rams (#5). He was the top scorer with 25 points. Fiorentinos also added 7 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Fiorentinos has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg and 5.0rpg. Fiorentinos has both British and Greek nationalities. Despite his Greek passport, Fiorentinos previously played for the British U20 national team.

   #6. Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 2-point St.Francis, PA's victory against the Jacksonville University 78-76 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 last Tuesday. He recorded 10 points and added 5 assists in 18 minutes. Angelou has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.1apg in 34 games.

   #7. Experienced Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in Cyprus) managed to help Cytavision Apoel Nicosia in a victory against the closely-ranked Enosis 79-60 in the Cypriot Division A in Friday night's game. Kounas scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 24 minutes. Kounas has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.6apg in 15 games. He also holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.

   #8. Emils Duselis (192-G/F, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Hills Hornets (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Duselis' good performance the sixth-placed Hills Hornets were defeated 89-78 in Sutherland by the lower-ranked Sharks (#8) in the WARATAH group. He scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists. It was his first game for Hills Hornets this season. Duselis has dual citizenship: Greek and Australian.

   #9. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Real Madrid II (18-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the third-placed Real Madrid II was edged 78-75 in Santa Cruz by the lower-ranked (#6) Nautico KIA Tenerife in the Group B. Sole had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 21 minutes. Sole has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg in 24 games. He holds both Uruguayan and Greek passports.

   #10. Georgios Tyrekidis (208-C-96, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Wusterhausen's victory against the ninth-ranked Westerstede 78-72 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Tyrekidis recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes. Tyrekidis has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.6rpg in 16 games. He has dual citizenship: Greek and German.



Baden Jaxen agreed terms with Promitheas - by Greg

ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Jaxen played at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL Canada where in 43 games he averaged remarkable 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team.
Jaxen attended University of North Carolina until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


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

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Baskonia to a 1-point victory over the second-ranked CSKA (20-7) 79-78 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Hanga was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points and blocked 4 shots in 24 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (16-11) is placed sixth in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 56.4%(75-133), 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 70.1% in 27 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). Trotter led Twarde Pierniki to a victory over the tenth-ranked Krosno (13-12) 78-74 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Trotter scored 18 points and added 3 assists. Polski Cukier Torun (17-8) is placed fourth in the PLK. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This season Trotter has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 30.1% and FT: 86.4%. He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team in 2013. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). Jones could not help VL Pesaro (7-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance VL Pesaro lost 81-91 at home to the much higher-ranked (#7) Grissin Bon RE. Jones was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was VL Pesaro's third consecutive loss in a row. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 28.0% and FT: 81.6% in 23 games. Jones is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Gyorgy Goloman
Gyorgy Goloman
   #4. Forward Gyorgy Goloman (211-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Kent State University (13-5) 97-80 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 last Friday. Goloman scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a very good 15-3 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1. Goloman's overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team back in 2013.

Adam Somogyi
Adam Somogyi
   #5. U16 international point guard Adam Somogyi (183-0, 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). Somogyi scored 7 points. The eighth-placed Real Betis SVL 2 (2-10) was crushed 70-44 on the road by the leading Meridiano Baza in the Group D Perman. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Somogyi's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 3.9ppg and 2.0rpg. Somogyi plays currently for the Hungarian U16 national team.

Zoltan Perl
Zoltan Perl
   #6. Swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Treviso Basket (17-8) in their game against Ravenna (17-8) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). He recorded only 4 points in 17 minutes. Treviso Basket (#2) lost 61-68 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#3) Ravenna in the East group. This year Perl's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.5apg in two games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Hungarian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Radnicki 1950 (14-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Radnicki 1950 was defeated 81-77 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams KK Jagodina (#13). Stojanovic was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 7 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Stojanovic's first season with the team. Stojanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. Stojanovic has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #2. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) led UBT Cluj Napoca to a victory against the fourth-ranked Oradea (13-11) 89-75 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Wednesday. He scored 12 points in 20 minutes. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (21-3) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. 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 is very crucial. This year Torok's overall stats are: 8.7ppg and 4.2rpg in 25 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #3. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) led Benfica to a victory over the fourth-ranked Oliveirense (19-7) 72-67 in the Portuguese LPB on Saturday night. Hollis was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sport Lisboa Benfica (20-6) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. It's Hollis' first season with the team. This year Hollis has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg. Hollis is a naturalized American. Despite his Hungarian passport, Hollis previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #4. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Targu Mures (9-12) in their last game. Despite Lazar's good performance the first-placed Targu Mures (9-12) lost 71-85 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) CS Dinamo Bucuresti in the Places 7-10 group. He scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. This year Lazar's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.8bpg in 21 games. He has both Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.

   #5. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) managed to help Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. in a 2-point victory against the leader FC Porto Ferpinta (21-5) 78-76 in the Portuguese LPB on Saturday night. Dukic recorded only 4 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. (19-7) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. It's Dukic's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.2apg in 24 games. Dukic also holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #6. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Spartak in their game against Dynamic BG in the Serbian KLS. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Miscevic scored only one point. His team was defeated 80-72. Miscevic's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #7. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in Holargos' victory against the 14th-ranked Kavala 86-68 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. Popadic has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg in 12 games. He holds both Serbian and Hungarian passports. Despite Popadic's Hungarian nationality, he previously played for the Serbian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Hungarian team.

   #8. Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help BV Villingen-Schwenningen in their game against Speyer in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Fekete recorded 5 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 73-69. Fekete's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg. He holds both Serbian and Hungarian passports.

   #9. Experienced Ivan Stefanovic (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Mladost SP in their game against Proleter Naftagas in the Serbian 2MLS (second division). Stefanovic recorded 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 32 minutes. His team lost 75-90. This year Stefanovic's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.2apg in 21 games. Similarly like Fekete and Popadic above he has Hungarian and Serbian nationalities.



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  ICELAND  

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik28.6 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.8 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Covile, Snaefell24.0 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 7. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik21.0 
 9. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 10. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.3 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.7 
 4. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 5. Carberry, Thor T.10.7 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll10.7 
 7. Hankins-Cole, IR10.5 
 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.6.6 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 7. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.0 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik4.9 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan4.6 
 10. Stefansson, KR4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  Snaefell
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 2. Hunter, IR3.1 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.8 
 4. Thomas, IR2.5 
 5. Covile, Snaefell2.3 
 6. Olafsson, Grindavik2.1 
 7. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 8. Stevens, Keflavik1.9 
 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, IR2.0 
 3. Dempsey, Njardvik1.7 
 4. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 6. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 7. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 8. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 9. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 
 10. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 



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  INDIA  


Fiba Asia Cup - 2017 - by Anil Kumar

When India head coach Paramdeep Singh takes his team into the FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2017, there will be more at stake than trying to gain promotion to the top flight.

The prestigious event in Bangalore will also serve as a showcase for the sport and specifically the women's game in a country which is viewed as having huge potential for the future.

FIBA.com caught up with the highly-rated and ambitious play-caller to find out more.

How important is the FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2017 for you as a coach, your team and India as a country?
The FIBA Women's Asia Cup is very important not only for me as a coach, but for my team and my country. As a coach, I feel proud to perform at such a high level and it's the same for the team as well. For India as a country, it is a great opportunity to conduct such a championship and register its presence at the international level.

Happy Republic Day & great news as India are set to host the first ever FIBA Asia Women's Cup
Do you believe that the mind sets will change in India now that the country will be hosting Asia's flagship event in terms of facilities, infrastructure and organization?
There will definitely be a change in the mind-set of the people in India and the awareness of basketball will increase when tournaments of this caliber are conducted in our country. This will make people realize that India does have the necessary infrastructure and facilities to organize these international basketball tournaments.

How important is it for a country to host a sports event? What are the benefits to the sport and the country?
For the promotion of sports in general, it is very necessary to host these kind of events. This event not only highlights the game of basketball in our country, but also attracts more people to the sport and puts India's name on the global basketball map. Such events will give basketball the necessary boost it needs in India and will help the team perform better at a higher level.

Will home advantage help India produce better results than in 2015?
Yes! There will be home advantage for us and so there will be more public support and familiar playing conditions - although there will also be added pressure to perform well in front of our home crowd. We hope to use this home advantage to get better results compared to our previous championships.

When will preparations start? Any training camps abroad? Have you selected the pool of players?
Preparations for this championship have already begun and are in full swing. Regarding training camps abroad, the Federation is looking into this and it will be planned accordingly. The initial group of selected players are currently attending camp, but the final selections will be made once we move closer to the tournament.

The FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2017 will take place from July 23-29.




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  IRAQ  


Kenny Brown (ex Halcones) replaces DeAndre Rice at Al Shurtah !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Shurtah Police (Superleague) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Kenny Brown (188-91, college: Ferris State). He played last summer at Halcones in Panamanian LPB league. In 12 games he had 10.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.8apg. Brown helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Last season he played with Al Karkh and helped the team to win the championship !!
He also played for Sinsa-Tigres (ACB) in Nicaraguan league that season.
Brown's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. Brown has played previously professionally in Iraq (Al Hilla and Al Karkh), PBL (Lake Michigan) and El Salvador (Aguila).
He attended Ferris State until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 6. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.5 
 7. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 8. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 9. Warren, Maccabi .1.3 
 10. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.2 


National League Round 24 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in National League. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most shocking disappointment of round 24 was only three-point a home defeat of second-best Hapoel B/S (15-9) to fourth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (16-8) 82-79 in the game for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in the league. 26 personal fouls committed by Hapoel B/S helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Eitan Rotemberg (197-91) who added 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Hapoel Kfar Saba moved-up to second place. Hapoel B/S at the other side dropped to the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Hap.R/G Givat.. Hapoel Kfar Saba are looking forward to face Hapoel Migd.H. (#11) in Tarshicha in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel B/S will play on the road against the league's leader Maccabi Raanana (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Raanana. First ranked Maccabi Raanana (17-7) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (15-9) 79-76 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hap.R/G Givat.. The winners were led by American center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Samme Givens supported him with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) did not help to save the game for Hap.R/G Givat.. Maccabi Raanana maintains first position with 17-7 record. Hap.R/G Givat. at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Hapoel B/S. Maccabi Raanana will play against Hapoel B/S (#4) in Beer Sheva in the next round. Hap.R/G Givat. will play at home against Hasharon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Nes Ziyona between Hasharon and Ironi Nes-Ziona. Eighth ranked Hasharon (14-10) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (14-10). Hasharon managed to escape with a 3-point win 94-91 in the fight for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Nes-Ziona. The best player for the winners was Storm Warren who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Tal-Michael Dunne who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists. Hasharon have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hasharon will meet at home bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hap.Haifa (#10) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the Winner League just one year after relegation.
Bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan managed to get a third victory, breaking the thirteen-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked Hapoel Migd.H. 98-84. It was a good game for Anthony Lee who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 25 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Hapoel Migd.H.'s coach David Elharrar rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains fourteenth position with 3-21 record. Hapoel Migd.H. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hasharon (#7) in Hod Hasharon and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Kazrin. Twelfth ranked Hap.Haifa (10-14) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Galil Elion (10-14) 86-85 in the fight for the tenth place. Worth to mention a great performance of Jahmar Young who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Hap.Haifa's coach Shaked Shoham used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Hap.Haifa have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hapoel Migd.H. and Galil Elion. Hap.Haifa will face higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#5) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 24 Macc.Rehovot lost to Ramat Hasharon on the opponent's court 89-94. Ironi K-A managed to outperform Hapoel Afula in a home game 83-68.

Ramat Hasharon - Macc.Rehovot 94-89

There was an upset in Ramat Hasharon where higher ranked Maccabi Rehovot (14-10) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Hasharon (5-19) 94-89 on Tuesday. Hasharon made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Swiss point guard Jonathan Shtarkman (188-91) who added 21 points during the contest. Hasharon's coach Guy Kantor used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was swingman Gur Porat (197-79) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Inam Eiram (194-88) scored 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Hasharon maintains thirteenth position with 5-19 record. Newly promoted Maccabi Rehovot dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. Hasharon will face higher ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (#3) in Givataim in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Maccabi Rehovot will play at home against Ironi Kiryat Ata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ramat Hasharon: M.Esho 28+12reb+4ast, J.Shtarkman 21+2reb, A.Navon 17+2reb+4ast, B.Sharoni 8+3reb+2ast, L.Gordon 6+7reb+3ast, A.Honig 5+1ast
Macc.Rehovot: M.Addison 21+4reb+3ast, I.Eiram 18+7reb+5ast, G.Porat 16+12reb+3ast, G.Eitan 8+3reb+4ast, H.Chachmon 7+2reb+1ast, D.Drapic 7+2reb
gschID: 498526


Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel Migd.H. 98-84

Bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan managed to get a third victory, breaking the thirteen-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked Hapoel Migd.H. 98-84. Ironi Ramat Gan shot 61.5 percent from the field. Ironi Ramat Gan outrebounded Hapoel Migd.H. 45-28 including a 37-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Ironi Ramat Gan players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Migd.H. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Anthony Lee (206-91, college: Ohio St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 25 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Point guard Omer El-Al (182-94) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Eliav Ohanon (199-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and naturalized American guard Clarke Rosenberg (193-93, college: Chicago St.) added 21 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hapoel Migd.H.Hapoel Migd.H.'s coach David Elharrar rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains fourteenth position with 3-21 record. Hapoel Migd.H. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hasharon (#7) in Hod Hasharon and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Lee 22+25reb+3ast, T.Zalmanson 19+2reb+4ast, O.El-Al 18+5reb+6ast, A.Harari 15+5reb+4ast, V.Gandlin 13+2reb+5ast, M.Ralby 11+5reb+4ast
Hapoel Migd.H.: E.Ohanon 25+11reb+2ast, C.Rosenberg 21+3reb+4ast, L.Ariely 12+4reb+1ast, A.Levin 9+4reb+6ast, Y.Holodov 9+1reb+4ast, N.Ear 4+2reb
gschID: 498522


Hapoel B/S - Hapoel K/S 79-82

The most shocking disappointment of round 24 was only three-point a home defeat of second-best Hapoel B/S (15-9) to fourth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (16-8) 82-79 in the game for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in the league. 26 personal fouls committed by Hapoel B/S helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Eitan Rotemberg (197-91) who added 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Anthony Fisher (191-86) scored 7 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Hapoel Kfar Saba moved-up to second place. Hapoel B/S at the other side dropped to the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Hap.R/G Givat.. Hapoel Kfar Saba are looking forward to face Hapoel Migd.H. (#11) in Tarshicha in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel B/S will play on the road against the league's leader Maccabi Raanana (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: D.Livingston 28+5reb+8ast, T.Watson 14+5reb, E.Rotemberg 10+7reb+3ast, A.Cohen 10+2reb+4ast, G.Gilinski 8+5reb+3ast, I.Davidi 7+3reb
Hapoel B/S: J.Allen 27+10reb+5ast, J.Williams 10+3reb+3ast, O.Cohen 10+4reb+3ast, B.Eisenhardt 9+5reb+2ast, T.Ariely 8+1reb, D.Shamriz 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 498528


Galil Elion - Hap.Haifa 85-86

Important game to mention about took place in Kazrin. Twelfth ranked Hap.Haifa (10-14) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Galil Elion (10-14) 86-85 in the fight for the tenth place. Strangely Galil Elion outrebounded Hap.Haifa 42-24 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jahmar Young (196-87, college: N.Mexico St.) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists and Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) who added 15 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Hap.Haifa's coach Shaked Shoham used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Cinmeon Bowers (201-93, college: Auburn) scored 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Galil Elion players scored in double figures. Hap.Haifa have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hapoel Migd.H. and Galil Elion. Hap.Haifa will face higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#5) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Hap.Haifa: J.Young 33+4reb+5ast, M.Niv 17+5reb+5ast, J.Burrows 15+5reb+8ast, O.Zinderman 9+5reb+1ast, T.Parselani 5+2reb+1ast, O.Avital 3+1reb
Galil Elion: G.Jordan 26+12reb+3ast, C.Bowers 22+9reb+4ast, R.Geffen 13+5reb+3ast, M.Kikus 12+3reb+3ast, G.Farber 7+5reb+1ast, S.Salz 3+4reb+5ast
gschID: 498524


Ironi K-A - Hapoel Afula 83-68

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (14-10) defeated at home 9th ranked Hapoel Afula (11-13) 83-68 on Tuesday. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman SirDominic Pointer (198-92, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) who added 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Ironi Kiryat Ata's coach Ziv Bartana allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) with 19 points and 9 rebounds and forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Ironi Kiryat Ata and four Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Hapoel Afula keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will face Maccabi Rehovot (#8) on the road in the next round. Hapoel Afula will play against Galil Elion and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: S.Pointer 21+11reb+3ast, D.Joyner 21+9reb+3ast, G.Halamish 14+4reb+3ast, N.Matalon 12+6reb+4ast, S.David 11+1reb+1ast, Y.Ainhorn 2+4reb+2ast
Hapoel Afula: J.Cannon 19+9reb, D.Treadwell 13+7reb+4ast, A.Gershon 12+1reb+3ast, R.Sabag 10+3reb+3ast, O.Tal 7+6reb+6ast, O.Lev 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 498523


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Maccabi H/H 91-94

A very close game took place in Nes Ziyona between Hasharon and Ironi Nes-Ziona. Eighth ranked Hasharon (14-10) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (14-10). Hasharon managed to escape with a 3-point win 94-91 in the fight for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hasharon dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Nes-Ziona's 32. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) chipped in 22 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Welsh Tal-Michael Dunne (196-87) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists and Golan Gutt (192-94) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hasharon have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hasharon will meet at home bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hap.Haifa (#10) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the Winner League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Maccabi H/H: V.Teel 22+6reb+8ast, S.Warren 19+19reb+4ast, O.Shaashoua 13+1reb+6ast, C.Bouchman 12+10reb+2ast, I.Simin 10+5reb+4ast, S.Basis 7+2reb+1ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 23+15reb+8ast, G.Gutt 19+5reb+1ast, J.Beal 16+5reb+4ast, G.Amitay 13+4reb+1ast, I.Stolero 11+2reb+3ast, A.Ben David 4+1reb
gschID: 498527


Maccabi Raanana - Hap.R/G Givat. 79-76

Important game to mention about took place in Raanana. First ranked Maccabi Raanana (17-7) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (15-9) 79-76 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hap.R/G Givat.. Maccabi Raanana players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Hap.R/G Givat.'s players. The winners were led by American center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) supported him with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Maccabi Raanana players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) did not help to save the game for Hap.R/G Givat.. Yaniv Solomon (201-94) added 20 points and 6 rebounds. Maccabi Raanana maintains first position with 17-7 record. Hap.R/G Givat. at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Hapoel B/S. Maccabi Raanana will play against Hapoel B/S (#4) in Beer Sheva in the next round. Hap.R/G Givat. will play at home against Hasharon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Raanana: J.Hairston 17+12reb+1ast, S.Givens 15+6reb+6ast, L.Moran 15+4reb+2ast, Y.Zoosman 11+3reb+4ast, G.Lavie 10+2reb+9ast, G.Beni 6+2reb+2ast
Hap.R/G Givat.: R.Madden 23+11reb+5ast, Y.Solomon 20+6reb+2ast, J.Olasewere 17+9reb+1ast, U.Kokia 8+13reb+3ast, S.Leshem 6+1reb, L.Shem-Tov 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 498525





Best players of Israeli Winner League round 23 - by Eurobasket News

International Rafi Menco (198-SF-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hapoel Eilat and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 22-year old had a double-double of 22 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi Rishon (#9, 10-13) 94-85. Hapoel Eilat is placed at 4th position in Israeli Winner League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hapoel Eilat will need more victories to improve their 13-10 record. In the team's last game Menco had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Rafi Menco averages this season 8.9ppg and 6.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old German point guard Bar Timor (190-PG-92) of Hapoel J-M. Timor impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 10 assists. Of course Hapoel J-M cruised to a 91-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#8, 10-13). Hapoel J-M's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Timor is one of the most experienced players at Hapoel J-M and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) of Galil Gilboa (#10). Holloway scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Holloway's great performance Galil Gilboa lost 66-76 to the higher-ranked Bnei Hertzeliyya (#3, 14-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Galil Gilboa ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Holloway could help Galil Gilboa to bring them higher in the standings. Holloway has a great season in Israel. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tu Holloway (182-G-89) of Hapoel Holon - 22 points and 9 assists
5. Karam Mashour (198-F-91) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 22 points and 13 rebounds
6. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi T-A - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) of Maccabi Haifa - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Pierria Henry (193-PG-93) of Hapoel Eilat - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) of Hapoel Eilat - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Joe Alexander (203-F-86) of Maccabi T-A - 14 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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Italian Serie A2 round 25 best performance: Brandon Sherrod - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-F/C-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Roseto, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Chieti (#14, 9-16) 110-100. Roseto maintains the 6th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Roseto will need more victories to improve their 15-10 record. Sherrod turned to be Roseto's top player in his first season with the team. Brandon Sherrod averages this season 13.0ppg and 8.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Nigerian Stan Okoye (198-G/F-91) of Udine APU. Okoye had a very good evening with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Udine APU to another comfortable win 88-70 over the higher-ranked Alma Trieste (#4, 16-9) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Udine APU to move up to 10th position in East. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Okoye is a newcomer at Udine APU, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Trae Golden (188-G-91) of Chieti (#14). Golden got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for eight assists. Despite Golden's great performance Chieti lost 100-110 to the higher-ranked Roseto (#6, 15-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Chieti not to end season at such low position in East, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Golden could try to bring Chieti's a little bit higher in the standings. Golden has individually a great season in Italy. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matteo Formenti (194-G-82) of Piacenza - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Alan Voskuil (191-G-86) of Viola RC - 36 points and 3 rebounds
6. Glenn Cosey (183-PG-92) of Tortona - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Paulius Sorokas (202-SF-92) of Treviglio - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) of Latina Basket - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Timothy Bowers (188-PG-82) of Jesi - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Jacopo Giachetti (190-PG-83) of Mantova - 21 points, 3 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)



Serie B Round 24: Moncalieri are defeated by Montecatiniterme - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Moncalieri (16-7) on the court of sixth ranked Montecatiniterme on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Montecatiniterme 73-67. Montecatiniterme dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Moncalieri's 30. Montecatiniterme forced 19 Moncalieri turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Marco Petrucci (195-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and center Silvio Stanzani (207-96, agency: Interperformances) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Leone Gioria (194-84) with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Moncalieri's coach Lorenzo Pansa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Montecatiniterme (13-10) moved-up to fifth place in B. Moncalieri at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Montecatiniterme are looking forward to face Firenze Enic (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Moncalieri will play against San Miniato (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Padova. Sixth ranked Lecco (15-9) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Padova (11-13) 74-71 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by point guard Davide Todeschini (190-93) who scored that evening 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and Gaetano Spera supported him with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Lecco's coach Massimo Meneguzzo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 23 points and 5 assists by naturalized Dominican guard Jean-Carlos Canelo (188-89, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Padova. Lecco maintains sixth position in B with 15-9 record. Padova lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Lecco will play against Reggio Emilia (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Padova will play against the league's leader Orzinuovi GaGa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Omegna (16-8) against ninth ranked Fiorentina (12-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Omegna was defeated by Fiorentina in Firenze 73-59. The best player for the winners was Davide Poltroneri who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Marco Arrigoni who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Fiorentina moved-up to seventh place in B. Loser Omegna keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Faenza. Fiorentina will meet Varese Robur (#8) on the road in the next round. Omegna will play against Valsesia (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Palestrina (19-6) against eighth ranked Catanzaro (13-10) on Sunday night. Visiting Palestrina was defeated by Catanzaro in a tough game in Catanzaro 75-79. It was a good game for Nicolas Morici who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Palestrina's coach Gianluca Lulli tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Catanzaro moved-up to sixth place in B. Palestrina at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Catanzaro's next round opponent will be league's leader Napoli Cuore at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Palestrina's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Roma Roma Vis Nova.
The game between Top Four teams took place in San Severo. 3rd ranked host San Severo (17-7) lost to first ranked Montegrano (21-1) 65-60. Worth to mention a great performance of Eugenio Rivali who helped to win the game recording 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Montegrano maintains first position in B with 21-1 record. Loser San Severo keeps the third place with seven games lost. Montegrano will face Giulianova (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. San Severo will play against the league's second-placed Bisceglie (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24:
In B Cecina lost to San Miniato on the opponent's court 58-72. Domodossola managed to outperform Oleggio in a home game 86-74. Firenze Enic recorded a loss to Sangiorgese on the road 75-63. Valsesia crushed Varese Robur on its own court 86-53. USE Basket was beaten by Siena Virtus in a road game 69-60. Bottegone won against Piombino at home 78-76. Reggio Emilia managed to outperform Crema on the opponent's court 81-74. Cento recorded a loss to Desio in a home game 60-62. Orzinuovi GaGa defeated Vicenza on the road 72-66. Bergamo smashed Sestu on its own court 84-58. Faenza won against Iseo in a road game 68-62. Milano Urania unfortunately lost to Volpino AltoSeb. at home 74-78. Piacenza rolled over San Vendemiano on the opponent's court 91-70. Barcellona defeated Maddaloni in a home game 86-75. Patti was beaten by Napoli Cuore on the road 67-54. Valmontone destroyed Viterbo SA on its own court 88-68. Cefalu managed to outperform Roma S.Azzurra in a road game 76-72. Forli Tigers managed to beat Scauri at home 85-77. Roma Luiss was defeated by Cassino on the opponent's court 84-76. Roma Vis Nova were beaten by Teramo in a home game 85-90. Venafro won against Porto S.Elpidio on the road 75-73. Giulianova unfortunately lost to Bisceglie on its own court 51-61. Campli managed to beat Ortona in a road game 76-72. Taranto was defeated by Senigallia at home 69-78. Rimini was beaten by Matera on the opponent's court 95-83. Monteroni lost to Valdiceppo in a home game 70-75. Isernia was outscored by Pescara on the road 42-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 7 rebounds by Gianmarco Leggio of Bisceglie.

Group A
San Miniato - Cecina 72-58

Very expected game when 12th ranked Cecina (10-13) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked San Miniato (14-10) 72-58 on Sunday. San Miniato outrebounded Cecina 37-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Cecina was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Roberto Bertolini (198-86, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and forward Gabriele Giarelli (197-93, agency: Octagon Europe) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Saverio Mazzantini (194-95, agency: Players Group) with 14 points and the former international forward Mario Gigena (198-77) scored 9 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Miniato maintains fourth position in B with 14-10 record. Loser Cecina dropped to the thirteenth place with 13 games lost. San Miniato will face league's leader Moncalieri on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Cecina will play against Domodossola (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Miniato: R.Bertolini 14+10reb+1ast, G.Giarelli 14+5reb+1ast, S.Sam Gaye 12+1reb+1ast, S.Perin 9+2reb, F.Stefanelli 7+6reb+4ast, A.Zita 6+2reb+3ast
Cecina: S.Mazzantini 14+1reb+2ast, A.Spera 10+4reb, M.Gigena 9+4reb+1ast, L.Turini 8+1reb, A.Danna 5+1reb+1ast, S.Lasagni 5+3reb
gschID: 531420


Domodossola - Oleggio 86-74

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixteenth ranked Domodossola (7-16) defeated at home 15th ranked Oleggio (8-16) 86-74 on Sunday. Domodossola forced 20 Oleggio turnovers. Oleggio was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Antonio Serroni (192-87) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds and guard Maurizio Realini (190-83) who added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Domodossola's coach Alessio Fioravanti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was point guard Andrea Resca (185-93, agency: Octagon Europe) with 19 points and center Stefano Colombo (200-95, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Oleggio players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Domodossola maintains sixteenth position in B with 7-16 record. Loser Oleggio dropped to the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Domodossola will face higher ranked Cecina (#13) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Domodossola: A.Serroni 23+5reb+3ast, C.Bianconi 15+4reb, M.Realini 13+5reb+6ast, F.Tuci 8+6reb+1ast, D.D'Andrea 7+7reb, P.Avanzini 7+5reb+1ast
Oleggio: A.Resca 19+1reb+2ast, A.Spatti 12+5reb, S.Colombo 11+7reb, F.Testa 11+4reb, S.Hidalgo 10+4reb+4ast, L.Petrosino 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 531418


Sangiorgese - Firenze Enic 75-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Firenze Enic's (8-16) road loss to thirteenth ranked Sangiorgese (11-13) 63-75 on Sunday. Sangiorgese forced 23 Firenze Enic turnovers. Firenze Enic was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Simone Tomasini (196-93) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds and Simone Nuclich (185-98) who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Sangiorgese's coach Silvano Picarelli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Andrea Filippi (197-97) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and forward Emanuele Di-Giacomo (203-94) scored 6 points and 9 rebounds. Sangiorgese moved-up to eighth place in B, which they share with Padova. Newly promoted Firenze Enic dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Sangiorgese will face Piombino (#9) on the road in the next round. Firenze Enic will play against Montecatiniterme and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sangiorgese: S.Tomasini 15+7reb+3ast, S.Nuclich 13+5reb+2ast, A.Priuli 10+6reb+1ast, A.Tommei 9+2reb+1ast, F.Gorreri 8+2reb+1ast, D.Mario Benzoni 7+3reb+4ast
Firenze Enic: A.Filippi 13+11reb+1ast, G.Rugolo 10+4reb+1ast, L.Passoni 10+2reb+2ast, L.Galmarini 10+3reb+1ast, D.Terenzi 7+4reb, M.Magini 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 531422


Montecatini - Moncalieri 73-67

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Moncalieri (16-7) on the court of sixth ranked Montecatiniterme on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Montecatiniterme 73-67. Montecatiniterme dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Moncalieri's 30. Montecatiniterme forced 19 Moncalieri turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Marco Petrucci (195-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and center Silvio Stanzani (207-96, agency: Interperformances) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Leone Gioria (194-84) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Daniele Merletto (175-93) scored 10 points and 5 assists. Moncalieri's coach Lorenzo Pansa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Montecatiniterme (13-10) moved-up to fifth place in B. Moncalieri at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Montecatiniterme are looking forward to face Firenze Enic (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Moncalieri will play against San Miniato (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Montecatini: S.Stanzani 18+6reb+1ast, M.Petrucci 14+12reb+1ast, V.Circosta 11+4reb+3ast, M.Caroli 8+3reb+2ast, G.Meini 8+7reb+9ast, T.Bianchi 6+2reb
Moncalieri: L.Gioria 12+6reb+1ast, A.Fabrizio Smorto 11+4reb+1ast, D.Merletto 10+4reb+5ast, F.Conti 9+4reb+1ast, A.Agbogan 7+2reb+1ast, R.Coviello 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 531421


Valsesia - Varese Robur 86-53

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Valsesia (14-9) outscored at home 7th ranked Varese Robur (12-11) 86-53 on Sunday. They outrebounded Varese Robur 37-25 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Valsesia looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Valsesia made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Flavio Gay (183-98) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and guard Nicolo Gatti (190-91) who added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Filippo Rovera (190-86) with 17 points and the former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84, agency: Players Group) scored 9 points. Varese Robur's coach Francesco Vescovi gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Valsesia maintains third position in B with 14-9 record having six points less than leader Montegrano. Loser Varese Robur dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. Valsesia will face league's second-placed Omegna on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Varese Robur will play against Fiorentina (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valsesia: F.Gay 25+1reb+2ast, N.Gatti 10+5reb+7ast, M.Molteni 10+3reb+3ast, E.Caversazio 9+7reb+5ast, M.Cozzoli 9+1reb+2ast, G.Lenti 8+6reb
Varese Robur: F.Rovera 17+3reb, F.Bolzonella 9+1reb+2ast, G.Pagani 6+4reb, G.Castelletta 6+2reb, S.Innocenti 5+2reb+1ast, A.Sabbadini 3+2reb
gschID: 531419


Fiorentina - Omegna 73-59

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Omegna (16-8) against ninth ranked Fiorentina (12-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Omegna was defeated by Fiorentina in Firenze 73-59. Fiorentina had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman Davide Poltroneri (195-85) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Davide Rosignoli (203-88) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Marco Arrigoni (199-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Andrea Dagnello (190-91) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively. Fiorentina moved-up to seventh place in B. Loser Omegna keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Faenza. Fiorentina will meet Varese Robur (#8) on the road in the next round. Omegna will play against Valsesia (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fiorentina: G.Sirakov 17+2ast, J.Lucarelli 12+6reb+2ast, F.Merengo 11+1reb, D.Poltroneri 11+11reb+2ast, D.Rosignoli 9+7reb+6ast, M.De Leone 8+9reb
Omegna: M.Arrigoni 17+10reb+3ast, A.Dagnello 12+4reb+5ast, G.Gasparin 11+3reb+3ast, D.Perez 9+1reb+1ast, F.Villa 5+1reb+2ast, A.Bianchi 3+2reb
gschID: 531415


Siena Virtus - USE Basket 69-60

There was an upset when higher ranked USE Basket (13-10) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Siena Virtus (11-13) 69-60 on Saturday. Siena Virtus forced 24 USE Basket turnovers. USE Basket was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Lorenzo Bruno (198-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and guard Ferdinando Nasello (194-95) who added 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Daniele Mariotti (186-84) with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Filippo Giannini (180-91) scored 15 points. USE Basket's coach Giovanni Bassi let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Siena Virtus moved-up to eighth place in B, which they share with Padova. Loser USE Basket dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Siena Virtus will face Oleggio (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Siena Virtus: S.Lenardon 13+2reb+4ast, F.Nasello 12+8reb+1ast, L.Bruno 10+10reb+2ast, A.Nepi 8+1reb, F.Bonelli 8+1reb, G.Olleia 6+2reb
USE Basket: F.Giannini 15+1reb+3ast, D.Mariotti 13+5reb+5ast, D.Sesoldi 10+8reb, A.Marusic 7+6reb+2ast, G.Terrosi 7+1reb+2ast, A.Ghizzani 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 531417


Bottegone - Piombino 78-76

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Bottegone (11-13) edged at home higher ranked Piombino (12-12) 78-76 on Saturday. Piombino was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Daniele Toscano (196-93, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Milos Divac (202-98) who added 8 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88, agency: Octagon Europe) with 19 points and 5 assists and swingman Camillo Bianchi (194-94) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Piombino players scored in double figures. Bottegone moved-up to eighth place in B, which they share with Padova. Loser Piombino dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Bottegone will face higher ranked USE Basket (#6) in Empoli in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Bottegone: D.Toscano 28+14reb+3ast, A.Paci 14+2reb, S.Angelucci 10+7reb, R.Marconato 9+4reb+2ast, M.Divac 8+8reb+1ast, L.Maspero 5+3reb+5ast
Piombino: S.Bonfiglio 19+2reb+5ast, C.Bianchi 14+6reb+2ast, A.Iardella 10+1reb+3ast, G.Guerrieri 10+7reb+2ast, M.Jovancic 9+6reb, M.Franceschini 6+6reb
gschID: 531416


Group B
Crema - Reggio Emilia 74-81

There was an upset when higher ranked Crema (12-12) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Reggio Emilia (10-15) 81-74 on Sunday. Crema was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Massimo Farioli (202-77, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Leonardo Malagutti (180-95) who added 15 points during the contest. Five Reggio Emilia players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Davide Liberati (190-91, agency: Players Group) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and center Davide Bozzetto (207-89, agency: Players Group) scored 6 points and 10 rebounds. Newly promoted Reggio Emilia maintains eleventh position in B with 10-15 record. Loser Crema keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Reggio Emilia will face higher ranked Lecco (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Reggio Emilia: F.Veccia 15+1reb, L.Malagutti 15+2reb+3ast, L.Bertolini 14+2reb, M.Farioli 12+7reb+3ast, G.Chiappelli 11+9reb, F.Pugi 10+5reb
Crema: D.Liberati 15+7reb+1ast, T.De Min 13+4reb+1ast, P.Del Sorbo 13+1reb+2ast, D.Manuelli 9+1reb+1ast, A.Petronio 7+1reb, M.Pasqualin 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531539


Cento - Desio 60-62

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Desio (10-14) edged on the road higher ranked Cento (17-7) 62-60 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Andrea Negri (193-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian guard Ariel Svoboda (192-85, agency: Interperformances) who added 13 points and 9 assists during the contest. Desio's coach Davide Villa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Luca Pignatti (198-86) with 7 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian guard Adrian Chiera (190-94, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points. Desio moved-up to ninth place in B, which they share with Milano Urania. Loser Cento keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Desio will face Iseo (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cento will play against Faenza (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Desio: A.Negri 19+6reb+2ast, A.Svoboda 13+2reb+9ast, D.Verri 12+5reb+1ast, M.Torgano 7+5reb+1ast, L.Albique 7+5reb, S.Casati 2+2reb+1ast
Cento: A.Chiera 10+4reb+3ast, M.Caroldi 9+1reb+4ast, N.Sabbatino 8+1reb+2ast, L.Brighi 7+7reb+1ast, L.Pignatti 7+10reb+1ast, D.Andreaus 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 531540


Vicenza - Orzinuovi GaGa 66-72

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Vicenza (7-17) was defeated at home by first ranked Orzinuovi GaGa (20-4) 72-66 on Sunday. Orzinuovi GaGa outrebounded Vicenza 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and guard Andrea Scanzi (196-88) who added 17 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Daniele Demartini (187-84, agency: Players Group) with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Andrea Campiello (200-87) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Orzinuovi GaGa maintains first position in B with 20-4 record, which they share with Bergamo. Loser Vicenza keeps the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. Orzinuovi GaGa will face Padova (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vicenza will play against Volpino AltoSeb. (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orzinuovi GaGa: A.Ruggiero 18+3reb+1ast, A.Scanzi 17+2reb, R.Valenti 11+5reb+2ast, G.Piunti 10+4reb+1ast, D.Zambon 7+7reb+3ast, M.Toure 5+6reb+3ast
Vicenza: F.Vai 11+1ast, U.Campiello 11+2reb+1ast, E.Chinellato 11+3reb+2ast, A.Campiello 11+5reb+1ast, D.Demartini 8+5reb+6ast, G.Basso 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531541


Padova - Lecco 71-74

Important game to mention about took place in Padova. Sixth ranked Lecco (15-9) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Padova (11-13) 74-71 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by point guard Davide Todeschini (190-93) who scored that evening 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and power forward Gaetano Spera (210-93, college: St.Peter's, agency: Players Group) supported him with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Lecco's coach Massimo Meneguzzo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 23 points and 5 assists by naturalized Dominican guard Jean-Carlos Canelo (188-89, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Padova. Forward Enrico Crosato (194-85) added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Padova players scored in double figures. Lecco maintains sixth position in B with 15-9 record. Padova lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Lecco will play against Reggio Emilia (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Padova will play against the league's leader Orzinuovi GaGa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lecco: D.Todeschini 23+3reb+6ast, D.Quartieri 16+3reb+3ast, G.Spera 11+12reb+1ast, J.Balanzoni 8+5reb+1ast, L.De Paoli 6, L.Brambilla 3+1reb+2ast
Padova: J.Carlos Canelo 23+4reb+5ast, M.Lazzaro 17+4reb, E.Crosato 14+11reb+1ast, S.Stojkov 10+3reb+5ast, F.Schiavon 5+2reb+1ast, C.Nobile 2+7reb+1ast
gschID: 531542


Bergamo - Sestu 84-58

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Bergamo (20-4) outscored at home 13th ranked Sestu (8-17) 84-58 on Sunday. Bergamo looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Alessandro Panni (189-91, agency: Octagon Europe) who added 13 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Bergamo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Romeo Trionfo (197-85, agency: Octagon Europe) with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Giuliano Samoggia (200-83) scored 10 points. Sestu's coach Marco Sassaro gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Bergamo have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of B leader, which they share with Orzinuovi GaGa. Newly promoted Sestu keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Bergamo will face Crema (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sestu will play against San Vendemiano (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: R.Pullazi 21+9reb+4ast, N.Cazzolato 13+2ast, P.Chiarello 13+5reb+1ast, A.Panni 13+1reb+6ast, M.Planezio 9+6reb+1ast, N.Bastone 8+4reb
Sestu: R.Trionfo 14+5reb+1ast, M.Passaretti 11+2reb, G.Samoggia 10+3reb, F.Villani 7+3reb, D.Scodavolpe 7+2reb+4ast, M.Graviano 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531538


Iseo - Faenza 62-68

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Iseo (5-19) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Faenza (16-8) 68-62 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Alessio Donadoni (194-97, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Emanuele Pini (197-95, agency: Two Points) who added 14 points during the contest. Faenza's coach Marco Regazzi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Gianluigi Prestini (200-89, agency: Octagon Europe) with 5 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Andrea Leone (186-94) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Faenza have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position in B with 16-8 record. Iseo lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth place with 19 games lost. Faenza will face higher ranked Cento (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Iseo will play against Desio (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Faenza: E.Pini 14+2reb+1ast, A.Donadoni 11+6reb+1ast, L.Benedetti 11+3reb, G.Penserini 7+2reb+2ast, R.Iattoni 6+5reb+1ast, A.Maccaferri 5
Iseo: A.Acquaviva 12+3reb+1ast, M.Azzola 12+5reb, A.Leone 11+3reb+4ast, S.Scuratti 6+4reb+1ast, G.Giorgi 6+5reb, D.Crescini 5+4reb
gschID: 531537


Milano Urania - Volpino AltoSeb. 74-78

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Volpino AltoSeb. (8-16) won against on the road higher ranked Milano Urania (10-14) 78-74 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Argentinian forward Andreas Bergamin (195-93, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Simone Centanni (185-91, agency: Interperformances) who added 15 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Andrea Paleari (202-81) with 21 points and 7 rebounds and guard Matteo Motta (192-92, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 20 points. Four Milano Urania players scored in double figures. Volpino AltoSeb. moved-up to twelfth place in B. Loser Milano Urania keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Volpino AltoSeb. will face Vicenza (#14) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Volpino AltoSeb.: A.Bergamin 26+7reb+2ast, S.Centanni 15+3reb+7ast, A.Pilotti 13+10reb, A.Esposito 8+2reb+1ast, M.Borghetti 8+2ast, M.Squeo 4+7reb+3ast
Milano Urania: A.Paleari 21+7reb+3ast, M.Motta 20+4reb+3ast, S.Ferrarese 14+3reb+4ast, L.Tortu 11+13reb+1ast, A.Ghiacci 6+7reb+1ast, T.Ingrosso 2+2reb
gschID: 531536


San Vendemiano - Piacenza 70-91

Very expected game when 15th ranked San Vendemiano (6-18) was crushed at home by fourth ranked Piacenza (18-6) 91-70 on Saturday. Piacenza forced 20 San Vendemiano turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Matteo Samoggia (196-90) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-90) who added 11 points and 9 assists during the contest. Five Piacenza players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Andrea Carlesso (202-82) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and forward Edoardo Rossetto (199-94) scored 13 points. San Vendemiano's coach Fabio Volpato gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Piacenza moved-up to third place in B. San Vendemiano lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Piacenza will face Milano Urania (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. San Vendemiano will play against Sestu (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Piacenza: E.Leonzio 17+3reb+1ast, M.Samoggia 17+7reb, M.Magrini 15+6reb+1ast, G.Bruni 15+3reb+2ast, G.Sanguinetti 11+4reb+9ast, T.Tempestini 9+3reb+1ast
San Vendemiano: A.Carlesso 13+5reb, E.Rossetto 13+4reb+1ast, M.Antelli 12+1reb+2ast, L.Varaschin 9+2reb+1ast, D.Masocco 8+2reb+1ast, C.Barbon 6+4reb
gschID: 531535


Group C
Barcellona - Maddaloni 86-75

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Basket Barcellona (17-6) defeated at home 16th ranked Maddaloni (3-21) 86-75 on Sunday. Basket Barcellona made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Maddaloni was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Daniele Grilli (191-87) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 5 assists and power forward Luigi Brunetti (205-88) who added 20 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Alessandro Guagliardi (194-94) with 21 points and 5 steals and point guard Giangiacomo De-Vincenzo (180-94) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Basket Barcellona moved-up to fourth place in B. Loser Maddaloni keeps the sixteenth position with 21 games lost. Basket Barcellona will face Scauri (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Maddaloni will play against Cefalu (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: D.Grilli 35+3reb+5ast, L.Brunetti 20+11reb+2ast, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 14+6reb+7ast, B.Milojevic 9+3reb+2ast, F.Stefanini 5+4reb+2ast, D.Paunovic 3+1reb
Maddaloni: A.Guagliardi 21+4reb+1ast, F.Sansone 18+2reb+2ast, G.De Vincenzo 18+5reb+3ast, A.Locci 6+5reb+1ast, S.Saletti 6+3reb+2ast, G.Luongo 4+7reb
gschID: 531662


Napoli Cuore - Patti 67-54

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Patti (7-17) was defeated on the road by first ranked Napoli Cuore (21-4) 67-54 on Sunday. Napoli Cuore made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Andrea Barsanti (189-86) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 assists and forward Mattia Mastroianni (200-94, agency: Players Group) who added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Napoli Cuore players scored in double figures. Napoli Cuore's coach Ciccio Ponticiello used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Luca Bolletta (198-91) with 21 points and guard Tindaro Gullo (175-86) scored 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Newly promoted Napoli Cuore maintains first position in B with 21-4 record. Patti at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Napoli Cuore will face Catanzaro (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Patti will play against Cassino (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Napoli Cuore: A.Barsanti 16+3reb+6ast, S.Nikolic 14+2reb+4ast, M.Mastroianni 13+6reb+4ast, F.Matrone 13+7reb+2ast, B.Rappoccio 5+4reb+2ast, A.Murolo 5+5reb
Patti: L.Bolletta 21+4reb, P.Cicive 8+3reb+1ast, G.Costantino 8+8reb+2ast, T.Gullo 7+8reb+4ast, G.Busco 4+3reb+2ast, A.Mazzullo 2+1reb
gschID: 531660


Valmontone - Viterbo SA 88-68

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Valmontone (19-5) outscored at home 15th ranked Viterbo SA (4-20) 88-68 on Sunday. Valmontone looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Viterbo SA's players. Viterbo SA was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Antonio De-Fabritiis (189-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Andrea Martino (195-95) who added 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Riccardo Rovere (196-94) with 21 points and Guilio Cianci (180-96) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Valmontone moved-up to second place in B. Loser Viterbo SA keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Valmontone will face Teramo (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Viterbo SA will play against Roma S.Azzurra (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmontone: A.De Fabritiis 16+10reb+2ast, A.Martino 15+4reb, L.Bisconti 14+2reb, A.Di Ianni 9+5reb+3ast, M.Reali 9+1reb+6ast, M.Carrizo 7+4reb+2ast
Viterbo SA: R.Rovere 21+3reb+1ast, G.Cianci 12+5reb+1ast, L.Fowler 9+1reb, S.Listwon 8+5reb+1ast, F.Ingrilli 7+2reb, F.Marcante 5+8reb+3ast
gschID: 531659


Catanzaro - Palestrina 79-75

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Palestrina (19-6) against eighth ranked Catanzaro (13-10) on Sunday night. Visiting Palestrina was defeated by Catanzaro in a tough game in Catanzaro 75-79. Catanzaro outrebounded Palestrina 43-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Palestrina helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Nicolas Morici (193-94) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Devil Medizza (198-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Catanzaro players scored in double figures. Point guard Gianmarco Rossi (182-90) replied with 27 points and forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89, agency: Players Group) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Palestrina. Palestrina's coach Gianluca Lulli tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Catanzaro moved-up to sixth place in B. Palestrina at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Catanzaro's next round opponent will be league's leader Napoli Cuore at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Palestrina's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Roma Roma Vis Nova.
Top scorers:
Catanzaro: T.Di Dio 21+1reb+3ast, G.Carpanzano 18+7reb+1ast, N.Morici 13+13reb+3ast, D.Medizza 12+12reb+2ast, D.Guadagnola 11+3reb, D.Naso 4+1reb+1ast
Palestrina: G.Rossi 27+4reb, R.Pederzini 15+5reb+2ast, F.Gagliardo 11+1reb+1ast, L.Montanari 8+8reb, D.Molinari 6+2reb, D.Serino 4+4reb
gschID: 531661


Roma S.Azzurra - Cefalu 72-76

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Roma S.Azzurra (4-19) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Cefalu (11-12) 76-72 on Saturday. Cefalu made 28-of-31 free shots (90.3 percent) during the game, while Roma S.Azzurra only scored eleven points from the stripe. Roma S.Azzurra was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Argentinian point guard Emiliano Paparella (180-83, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Marco Mollura (196-93) who added 19 points during the contest. Four Cefalu players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Serbian Lazar Nikolic (203-99, agency: BeoBasket) with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and Maltese center Kurt Cassar (195-99) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Roma S.Azzurra's coach Germano D'Arcangeli let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Cefalu maintains tenth position in B with 11-12 record. Loser Roma S.Azzurra keeps the fourteenth place with 19 games lost. Cefalu will face Maddaloni (#16) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Roma S.Azzurra will play against Teramo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cefalu: M.Mollura 19+4reb+3ast, E.Paparella 15+8reb+4ast, R.Malagoli 14+8reb, I.Biordi 10+1reb+1ast, G.Sodero 9+7reb+3ast, S.Paparella 5+1reb
Roma S.Azzurra: L.Nikolic 17+7reb+9ast, K.Cassar 15+12reb, D.Pazin 11+3reb+1ast, E.Trapani 9+2reb+6ast, V.Provenzani 8+2reb, A.Antonaci 6+3reb
gschID: 531655


Forli Tigers - Scauri 85-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Forli Tigers' (13-13) home victory over 9th ranked Scauri (11-12) 85-77 on Saturday. Forli Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Rodolfo Rombaldoni (193-77, agency: Players Group) who added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Enrico Merella (185-96) with 22 points and 5 assists and naturalized Argentinian swingman Santiago Boffelli (197-83) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Forli Tigers maintains eighth position in B with 13-13 record. Loser Scauri keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Forli Tigers will face higher ranked Roma Luiss (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Scauri will play against Basket Barcellona and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Forli Tigers: L.Fontecchio 24+12reb+1ast, R.Rombaldoni 13+5reb+5ast, M.Ghirelli 12+1reb+2ast, M.Carraretto 12+3reb+2ast, C.Villani 9+4reb+4ast, J.Myers 8+3ast
Scauri: E.Merella 22+4reb+5ast, S.Boffelli 20+8reb+1ast, L.Antonietti 15+7reb, J.Giammo' 14+5reb+4ast, V.Osmatescu 6+11reb, D.Richotti 0
gschID: 531658


Cassino - Roma Luiss 84-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Roma Luiss' (13-11) road loss to fifth ranked Cassino (17-7) 76-84 on Saturday. Cassino forced 19 Roma Luiss turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and guard Niccolo Petrucci (193-89) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Andrea Scuderi (188-92) with 26 points and 6 rebounds and center Eugenio Beretta (206-96) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cassino moved-up to fourth place in B, which they share with Cento. Loser Roma Luiss dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Cassino will face Patti (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Roma Luiss will play against Forli Tigers (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cassino: S.Bagnoli 29+12reb+3ast, N.Petrucci 16+5reb+2ast, B.Sergio 14+2reb+2ast, L.Panzini 10+4reb+8ast, R.Quartuccio 7+1reb+2ast, M.Del Testa 5+1reb+2ast
Roma Luiss: A.Scuderi 26+6reb+2ast, E.Beretta 16+9reb+1ast, L.Marcon 14+2reb+6ast, S.Pozzetti 12+2reb+1ast, F.Ramenghi 6+3reb+1ast, P.De Dominicis 2+1reb
gschID: 531656


Roma Vis Nova - Teramo 85-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Teramo's (10-11) road victory over 12th ranked Roma Vis Nova (7-15) 90-85 on Saturday. Strangely Roma Vis Nova outrebounded Teramo 43-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Roma Vis Nova was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Andrea LaGioia (193-86, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and naturalized Argentinian swingman Pedro Rubbera (-81) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Giulio Casale (187-91) with 21 points and swingman Valerio Staffieri (196-92) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Five Teramo and four Roma Vis Nova players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Teramo maintains eleventh position in B with 10-11 record. Roma Vis Nova at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Teramo will face Roma S.Azzurra (#14) on the road in the next round. Roma Vis Nova's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Roma to the arena Palestrina.
Top scorers:
Teramo: A.LaGioia 24+5reb+2ast, P.Rubbera 18+6reb, F.Papa 16+4reb+1ast, D.Tomasello 14+8reb+1ast, S.Salamina 11+1reb+4ast, L.Nolli 3
Roma Vis Nova: G.Casale 21+4reb+3ast, V.Staffieri 14+5reb+2ast, F.Gori 11+7reb+1ast, T.Rossetti 10+6reb+1ast, F.Casoni 8+7reb+1ast, G.Barraco 7+8reb
gschID: 531657


Group D
Porto S.Elpidio - Venafro 73-75

There was an upset when higher ranked Porto S.Elpidio (13-11) was edged at home by thirteenth ranked Venafro (7-14) 75-73 on Sunday. Venafro outrebounded Porto S.Elpidio 39-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. Porto S.Elpidio was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Mauro Liburdi (200-82) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Marco Rossi (183-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who added 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Mirko Romani (205-88, agency: Octagon Europe) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Alberto Cacace (197-96) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Venafro moved-up to twelfth place in B. Loser Porto S.Elpidio dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Venafro will face higher ranked Matera (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Venafro: M.Liburdi 28+7reb+1ast, M.Rossi 18+11reb+5ast, G.Moretti 10+7reb+1ast, M.Tamburrini 9+3reb+2ast, R.Minchella 7+2reb+2ast, A.Chiari 3+3reb
Porto S.Elpidio: A.Cacace 19+5reb, M.Romani 17+7reb, A.Brighi 14+2reb+2ast, S.Cernivani 9+2reb+4ast, M.Cernivani 5+2ast, F.Piccone 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 531778


Giulianova - Bisceglie 51-61

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Bisceglie (19-5) beat on the road 11th ranked Giulianova (8-15) 61-51 on Sunday. They outrebounded Giulianova 46-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Gianmarco Leggio (203-94) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds and Riccardo Antonelli who added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Riccardo Bartolozzi (202-95) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Simone Colonnelli (185-91) scored 16 points. Bisceglie maintains second position in B with 19-5 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Montegrano. Loser Giulianova keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Bisceglie will face San Severo (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Giulianova will play against the league's leader Montegrano (#1) in Montenegrano and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bisceglie: G.Leggio 18+7reb, R.Antonelli 11+7reb+5ast, M.Cucco 10+7reb+3ast, A.Poti 9+3reb+1ast, E.Di Emidio 8+4reb+2ast, E.Damian Cena 3+4reb+1ast
Giulianova: S.Colonnelli 16+2reb+3ast, R.Bartolozzi 15+10reb, A.Ricci 6+2reb+4ast, S.De Angelis 5+5reb+1ast, D.Gallerini 4+5reb, S.Cianella 3
gschID: 531782


Ortona - Campli 72-76

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Ortona (9-14) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Campli (16-5) 76-72 on Monday. Campli forced 19 Ortona turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of David Petrucci (188-85) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) who added 12 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals during the contest. Campli's coach Piero Millina used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was swingman Luca Castelluccia (202-86) with 24 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Gianluca Di-Carmine (200-86) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Campli moved-up to fourth place in B. Loser Ortona keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Campli will face Valdiceppo (#14) in Perugia in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ortona will play on the road against Isernia (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Campli: D.Petrucci 20+4reb, R.Bottioni 12+5reb+6ast, S.Gatti 12+7reb, A.Serafini 9+8reb+2ast, B.Duranti 6+8reb+2ast, N.D'Arrigo 6+4reb+2ast
Ortona: L.Castelluccia 24+9reb+1ast, G.Di Carmine 16+7reb+2ast, R.Martone 11+4reb+3ast, V.Gustavo Musso 8+11reb+5ast, F.Gialloreto 6+2reb+4ast, N.Bertocco 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 531780


Taranto - Senigallia 69-78

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Senigallia (11-11) won against on the road 15th ranked Taranto (5-17) 78-69 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Michele Caverni (180-96, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and guard Andrea Maggiotto (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Senigallia players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Alessandro Procacci (184-94) with 20 points and the former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Senigallia moved-up to eighth place in B. Loser Taranto keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Senigallia will face higher ranked Porto S.Elpidio (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Taranto will play against Pescara (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Senigallia: M.Caverni 22+3reb+2ast, A.Maggiotto 17+9reb+1ast, M.Gnaccarini 14+3reb+2ast, Y.Fall 11+4reb+1ast, F.Giampieri 10+3reb, U.Pietrini 3+2reb
Taranto: A.Procacci 20+4reb+3ast, R.Chiacig 13+6reb+3ast, G.Laquintana 13+4reb+2ast, A.Azzaro 9+11reb, M.Fioravanti 6+6reb+1ast, L.Veccari 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 531779


San Severo - Montegrano 60-65

The game between Top Four teams took place in San Severo. 3rd ranked host San Severo (17-7) lost to first ranked Montegrano (21-1) 65-60. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86) who helped to win the game recording 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Vincenzo Di-Viccaro (191-84) who added 17 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Iris Ikangi (200-94, agency: Octagon Europe) with 16 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Andrea Quarisa (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 7 points and 11 rebounds. Montegrano maintains first position in B with 21-1 record. Loser San Severo keeps the third place with seven games lost. Montegrano will face Giulianova (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. San Severo will play against the league's second-placed Bisceglie (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Montegrano: V.Di Viccaro 17+1reb+2ast, M.Dip 11+6reb, N.Rizzitiello 10+4reb+1ast, E.Rivali 8+6reb+6ast, O.Gueye 6+3reb+3ast, A.Paesano 6+3reb
San Severo: I.Ikangi 16+9reb+1ast, M.Torresi Lelli 13+3reb+1ast, L.Ciribeni 11+1ast, A.Quarisa 7+11reb+1ast, A.Cecchetti 5+1reb, J.Losi 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 531776


Matera - Rimini 95-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Rimini's (10-12) road loss to seventh ranked Matera (13-9) 83-95 on Sunday. Matera outrebounded Rimini 38-25 including 17 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of center Nicolo Ravazzani (200-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) who added 20 points and 5 assists during the contest. Matera's coach Roberto Miriello used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Leonardo Battistini (194-95) with 27 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Luca Pesaresi (180-89) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Five Matera and four Rimini players scored in double figures. Matera moved-up to sixth place in B. Loser Rimini dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Matera will face Venafro (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Rimini will play against Monteroni and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Matera: F.Lestini 22+2reb, G.Zampolli 20+4reb+5ast, A.Grande 18+2reb+3ast, N.Ravazzani 16+19reb+5ast, S.Laudoni 13+3reb+2ast, A.Ba 4+3reb+1ast
Rimini: L.Battistini 27+9reb+3ast, L.Pesaresi 13+1reb+4ast, J.Aglio 13+3reb+1ast, D.Meluzzi 12+2reb+2ast, S.Poti 7+4reb+2ast, E.Tiberti 7+5reb
gschID: 531775


Monteroni - Valdiceppo 70-75

Rather predictable result when fourteenth ranked Valdiceppo (7-16) defeated on the road 16th ranked Monteroni (3-21) 75-70 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Federico Burini (190-93) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists and center Alessandro Panzieri (201-95, college: High School) who added 13 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Valdiceppo's coach Paolo Pierotti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was power forward Simone Zanotti (208-92) with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks and Federico Ingrosso (187-94) scored 18 points and 7 assists. Newly promoted Valdiceppo maintains fourteenth position in B with 7-16 record. Loser Monteroni keeps the sixteenth place with 21 games lost. Valdiceppo will face higher ranked Campli (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Monteroni will play against Rimini (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valdiceppo: F.Burini 17+4reb+4ast, A.Panzieri 13+11reb, E.Casuscelli 11+1reb+1ast, L.Negrotti 9+1reb, A.Giovagnoli 8+6reb+1ast, R.Banach 8+4reb+1ast
Monteroni: S.Zanotti 32+17reb+1ast, F.Ingrosso 18+7ast, E.Mavric 7+3reb+1ast, A.Balic 6+6reb+3ast, F.Leucci 5+8reb+2ast, A.Paiano 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 531781


Pescara - Isernia 74-42

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Isernia (7-16) was rolled over on the road by fifth ranked Pescara (16-8) 74-42 on Sunday. Pescara made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Isernia turnovers and outrebounded them 50-36 including 37 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of center Andrea Capitanelli (208-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and forward Emidio Di-Donato (199-92) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Pescara players scored in double figures. Pescara's coach Giorgio Salvemini felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized Albanian power forward Klaudio Patani (197-96) with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Ferdinando Smorra (184-88) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. Pescara maintains fifth position in B with 16-8 record, which they share with Faenza. Loser Isernia dropped to the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Pescara will face Taranto (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Isernia will play against Ortona and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pescara: A.Capitanelli 16+10reb+3ast, S.Pepe 14+5reb+3ast, J.Valentini 13+2reb+2ast, E.Di Donato 12+10reb+1ast, M.Bini 6+8reb+1ast, S.Rajola 5+4reb+2ast
Isernia: K.Patani 13+9reb+1ast, L.Gazineo 9+6reb, F.Smorra 7+6reb+3ast, M.Norcino 5+3reb+2ast, A.Sipala 4+2reb, L.Lenti Ceo 2+5reb
gschID: 531777





Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria adds Powell to their roster, ex Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria (Serie A2) added to their roster 27-year old American power forward Marshawn Powell (201-106kg-90, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports). He started the season at s.Oliver Wuerzburg in German BBL league. In 13 games he recorded 9.5ppg and 4.4rpg this season. The last season Powell played at Treviso Basket (Serie A) where in 42 games he averaged impressive 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Powell won Italian LNP Silver championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Import Player of the Year in 2015.
Powell has played previously professionally in Lithuania (P.Zvaigzdes) and Ukraine (Zaporizhya and Azovmash).
He attended University of Arkansas until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
On Powell: He can score inside and worked really hard on being able to score outside as well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gilvydas Biruta (ex Trikalla) is a newcomer at Piacenza - by Armando Caporaso

UCC Assigeco Piacenza (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Lithuanian power forward Gilvydas Biruta (203-111kg-91, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Trikalla in Greek A1 league. In 21 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg this season. Biruta ended the last season at GS Lavrio (also in A1) where in 5 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Neptunas in Lithuanian LKL. In 21 games he had 3.5ppg and 2.4rpg. Biruta helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he got just 2.6ppg and 2.0rpg.
Biruta has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Atlantic 10 in 2015. Biruta was also voted Big East All-Rookie Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Biruta represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 46.9%, FT: 66.7%.
Biruta graduated from Rhode Island University in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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Interview with Gilvydas Biruta of UCC Assigeco Piacenza - by Andrea Centenari

I had the opportunity to have a little chat with the new UCC Assigeco Piacenza signing, Gilvydas Biruta (203-PF-91, college: Rhode Island).
He started the season at Aries Trikalla BC in Greek A1 league. In 21 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg this season. Biruta ended the last season at GS Lavrio (also in A1) where in 5 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Neptunas Klaipeda in Lithuanian LKL. In 21 games he had 3.5ppg and 2.4rpg. Biruta helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he got just 2.6ppg and 2.0rpg.
Biruta has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Atlantic 10 in 2015. Biruta was also voted Big East All-Rookie Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Biruta represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 46.9%, FT: 66.7%.
Biruta graduated from Rhode Island University in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

Hi Gilvydas and welcome to UCC Assigeco Piacenza. Can you please introduce yourself as a player? What are your main skills?
Energy, hustle, toughness, I'm a "team player".

What are you expecting to bring to this team in this last month of regular season?

I think it's important to finish strong and I hope to bring that extra win that the team needs to finish the season strong and as good as possible.

Why did you choose to left the greek first league and accept Assigeco Piacenza offer?
We save the division in Greece but at the same time we didn't have the chance to make the playoffs so there was nothing left to fight for. Italy was always a country in which I would like to try myself and my game.

How well do you know italian basketball?
From what I hear, it's an uptempo, entertaining basketball and something that I believe that I will love to play this style of game. I really want to try myself.

Is it your first time in Italy?
It's not my first time. I've been here in Treviso, at the Adidas Eurocamp with my college and now I'm back.

How much was important to you going to a good american college like Rutgers and Rhode Island, especially in your basketball education?
It was crucial, I learned a lot, I was coached by great coaches. I was fortunate end up to play in the NBA Summer League with the Denver Nuggets and the Washington Wizards. I've got experienced in college basketball and american coaching style of different level so it help me grow as a player.

A lot of lithuanian players have made their fortune here in Italy: Ksystof Lavrinovic, Kaukenas, Maciulis, Motiejunas...Biruta will be the next one?
[laughing] I pray that I'll be the next one.

What are your favorite hobbies outside basketball?
I only follow and like basketball. Basketball is my sport. I'm more that a geek: I like history and music.

Do you have a message to the Assigeco fans?
I would like to see the crowd never empty, I really enjoying the support and to see them to show it at the games.

Thank you Gilvydas and good luck for the rest of the season.



Danny Agbelese left Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News

27-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Danny Agbelese (206-107kg-90, college: Hampton) left Enel Basket Brindisi (Serie A). In 23 games in Italy he had 5.0ppg and 4.2rpg this season.
The last season Agbelese played at Gipuzkoa in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 23 games he recorded 4.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1bpg. He also played that season for Ourense (Liga Endesa) in Spain. In 11 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. Agbelese also spent pre-season at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) in Greek league that year.
His college team won MEAC Tournament in 2011.
Agbelese's career allowed him to visit four different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. Agbelese has played previously professionally in Iran (Esteghlal), Uruguay (Union Atletica and Wanderers) and Spain (CB Guadalajara).
He attended Hampton University until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

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  KAZAKHSTAN  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trevin PARKS
  Barsy Atyrau
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Parks, Barsy Atyrau22.7 
 2. Miller, Astana20.3 
 3. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau20.0 
 4. Lowery, Astana17.9 
 5. Kaselakis, Astana17.8 
 6. Odom, Astana15.5 
 7. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.15.1 
 8. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.14.7 
 9. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau12.9 
 10. Yargaliev, Astana12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leonidas KASELAKIS
  Astana
  (202-SF-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kaselakis, Astana8.0 
 2. Krubally, Astana7.5 
 3. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.6.8 
 4. Micheev, Barsy A.5.8 
 5. Ponomaryov, Astana5.8 
 6. Lowery, Astana5.1 
 7. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.5.0 
 8. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau5.0 
 9. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.4.9 
 10. Katsivelis, Astana4.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitrios KATSIVELIS
  Astana
  (196-G-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Katsivelis, Astana6.8 
 2. Miller, Astana5.8 
 3. Lowery, Astana5.4 
 4. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.5.1 
 5. Kaselakis, Astana5.0 
 6. Parks, Barsy Atyrau3.6 
 7. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau3.5 
 8. Yargaliev, Astana3.1 
 9. Savchenko, Barsy A.2.8 
 10. Murzagaliyev, Ast.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Sean HILL
  Kaspiy Aktau
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau4.5 
 2. Lowery, Astana3.4 
 3. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.3.2 
 4. Miller, Astana3.0 
 5. Parks, Barsy Atyrau3.0 
 6. Katsivelis, Astana2.8 
 7. Krubally, Astana2.0 
 8. Savchenko, Barsy A.1.8 
 9. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau1.7 
 10. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Roderick ODOM
  Astana
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Odom, Astana0.5 
 2. Bazhkin, Barsy A.0.5 
 3. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.0.5 
 4. Kaselakis, Astana0.4 
 5. Gavrilov, Astana0.4 
 6. Lowery, Astana0.3 
 7. Matyukevych, Barsy A.0.3 
 8. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau0.3 
 9. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.0.3 
 10. Marchuk, Astana0.3 



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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Larson, Barons Riga17.4 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera15.4 
 3. Griffin, Liepaja/.15.3 
 4. Jogela, Barons Riga14.8 
 5. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.4 
 6. Blums, VEF Riga14.3 
 7. Laksa, Valmiera14.0 
 8. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.7 
 9. Sirsnins, Jekabpils13.6 
 10. Kaufmanis, Valmiera13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 9
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga9.0 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.8.2 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.1 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.7 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.7 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.4 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera7.0 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.1 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.4 
 3. Pitts, Valmiera5.8 
 4. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Larson, Barons Riga4.8 
 8. Vitols, BK Ogre4.7 
 9. Saage, Valka/Valga4.6 
 10. Dargais, Barons R.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.5 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Pitts, Valmiera1.7 
 4. Jakovics, Ventspils1.7 
 5. Richard, VEF Riga1.7 
 6. Larson, Barons Riga1.6 
 7. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 8. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 9. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 10. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Devonta POLLARD
  Liepaja/.
  (203-F-94)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Pollard, Liepaja/.1.4 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils1.3 
 3. Mbodj, Ventspils1.1 
 4. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.1 
 5. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.1 
 6. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 7. Iljins, Jurmala0.9 
 8. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 9. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.8 


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Barrett, Madona27.5 
 2. Miezis, Kekava23.6 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava22.7 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 5. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 6. Saknitis, Kekava17.9 
 7. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 8. Skute, Madona17.9 
 9. Osins, Limbazi17.2 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniels MINAJEVS
  LU/BS R.
  (205-C/F-95)
  Avg: 12
 1. Minajevs, LU/BS R.12.0 
 2. Barrett, Madona11.7 
 3. Dubults, ViA11.1 
 4. Cavars, Kekava11.1 
 5. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.6 
 6. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki9.8 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 8. Adins, Turiba9.0 
 9. Metnieks, Marupe8.9 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Buikis, Saldus8.2 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava7.9 
 3. Endzels, Turiba6.7 
 4. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 5. Bikovs, RTU5.7 
 6. Kohanovs, ViA5.7 
 7. Osins, Limbazi5.6 
 8. Ikstens, RSU5.3 
 9. Dulevskis, Gulbenes.5.3 
 10. Paze, Marupe5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Kekava
  (189-F-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Miezis, Kekava3.3 
 2. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 5. Bikovs, RTU2.6 
 6. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 7. Osins, Limbazi2.5 
 8. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 9. Brants, Madona2.4 
 10. Klegeris, LU/BS R.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Juris KALNINS
  Livani
  (200-F/C-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kalnins, Livani3.0 
 2. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 3. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 4. Skute, Madona1.3 
 5. Engers, ViA1.2 
 6. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 8. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 9. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 10. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 



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  LEBANON  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Jackson, Homen.25.7 
 3. Johnson, Louaize24.8 
 4. Jones, Mayrouba24.8 
 5. Khatib, Homenetmen24.5 
 6. Cummings, Champville24.0 
 7. Rembert, Champville23.9 
 8. Kemp, Tadamon23.7 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed23.6 
 10. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BOHANNON
  Mayrouba
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bohannon, Mayrouba14.8 
 2. Townes, Champville13.4 
 3. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 4. O''Brien, Sagesse12.3 
 5. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.1 
 6. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 7. Holton, Tadamon11.9 
 8. Majok, Homenetmen11.3 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Hoo.11.3 
 10. Varda, Sagesse10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.1 
 2. Pigram, Tadamon8.0 
 3. Mezher, Hoops7.9 
 4. Khalil, Tadamon7.5 
 5. Johnson, Louaize6.6 
 6. Rembert, Champville5.9 
 7. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Efevberha, Sagesse5.3 
 9. Brown, Al Riyadi5.1 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.6 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.5 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.2 
 4. Curry, Moutahed1.9 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.9 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos1.8 
 8. Tucker, Byblos1.8 
 9. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 10. Jones, Mayrouba1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.8 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.6 
 3. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 4. Godfrey, Sagesse2.5 
 5. Bowles, Moutahed2.5 
 6. Townes, Champville2.5 
 7. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 9. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 
 10. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.4 



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  LITHUANIA  


Gilvydas Biruta (ex Trikalla) is a newcomer at Piacenza - by Armando Caporaso

UCC Assigeco Piacenza (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Lithuanian power forward Gilvydas Biruta (203-111kg-91, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Trikalla in Greek A1 league. In 21 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg this season. Biruta ended the last season at GS Lavrio (also in A1) where in 5 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Neptunas in Lithuanian LKL. In 21 games he had 3.5ppg and 2.4rpg. Biruta helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he got just 2.6ppg and 2.0rpg.
Biruta has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Atlantic 10 in 2015. Biruta was also voted Big East All-Rookie Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Biruta represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 46.9%, FT: 66.7%.
Biruta graduated from Rhode Island University in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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NKL Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Nafta-Uni and Vytis enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Silute - Nafta-Uni. 75-83

Nafta-Uni upset Silute on the road to seal their semifinal appearance. The guests were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-18 Silute's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 83-75 at the end of the game. Nafta-Uni. made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The winners were led by point guard Mindaugas Stasys (179-86) who scored that evening 29 points (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and Dziugas Slavinskas (203-98) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Even 19 points by American guard Brian Wanamaker (185-89, college: Texas Wesleyan) did not help to save the game for Silute. Center Aurelijus Pukelis (205-94) added 15 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Silute: B.Wanamaker 19+4reb+3ast, A.Pukelis 15+7reb, A.Eitutavicius 14+5reb+2ast, U.Thomas 12+2reb+2ast, D.Kibildis 8+1ast, A.Suliauskas 5+6reb+1ast
Nafta-Uni.: M.Stasys 29+1reb+3ast, D.Anuzis 14+1reb+1ast, D.Slavinskas 12+9reb+2ast, E.Alunderis 10+6reb+2ast, B.Bagdonavicius 8+6reb+2ast, I.Ramasauskas 6+3reb
gschID: 541003


Vytis - Telsiai 91-66

Vytis fired past visiting Telsiai to reach the next round of playoffs. The game without a history. Vytis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vytis outrebounded Telsiai 34-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Augustinas Jankaitis (205-94) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and Gytis Radzevicius (195-95) who added 20 points during the contest. Five Vytis players scored in double figures. Vytis' coach Virginijus Sirvydis felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side point guard Ignas Razutis (185-87) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Tomas Domarkas (184-91) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Telsiai: T.Domarkas 16+2reb+3ast, I.Razutis 14+7reb+1ast, G.Kybartas 12+2reb, M.Norkus 8+2reb+3ast, O.Kaminskis 6+5reb+2ast, L.Kaveckis 4+2reb+2ast
Vytis: G.Radzevicius 20+3reb+2ast, A.Jankaitis 14+11reb+5ast, P.Beliavicius 13+6reb+6ast, S.Jackson 12+5reb+1ast, E.Jezukevicius 11+4reb+2ast, M.Uzupis 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541002





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  MITCHELL CUP  


Academia ready for 2017 Liga Americas - by Ricardo Dominguez

Academia de la Montana Alavaro Contreras ready for 2017 Liga Americas

Academia de la Montana Alavaro Contreras of Colombia are set to travel to Puerto Rico for the 2017 Liga Americas Championship. The Colombian club ranked #1 in this seasons Copa Mitchell Cup. They went 3-0 in Santiago facing Plaza Fernando Valerio, Cleveland Havok and Cupes de los Pepines. Academia de la Montana Alavaro Contreras were led by star guard Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87, college: Campbell, agency: DTMones) who averaged an impressive 28.9 points per game. He was later named Top Guard by Latinbasket.com.

There was a bit of controversy with the Colombian club and defending champion GIE Maile Matrix. The Matrix who finished the top of Group A were set to face Academia de la Montana Alavaro Contreras in a showdown. The Colombians would not compete in the finals due to travel of Liga Americas. The GIE Maile Matrix would go on to win the 2017 Copa Mitchell Cup. Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) was named Finals MVP



Liberia inks Cory Bradford, ex GIE Maile Matrix - by Ricardo Dominguez

Copa Mitchell Cup Signing
3/22/2017

Liberia (LBS) agreed terms with American guard Cory Bradford (191-G-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. He was named top the NCAA All-American 3rd team along with NCAA Freshman of the Year. Bradford would later join the USA National Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Los Prados de Santo Domingo add Terrence Shannon; ex GIE Maile Matrix - by Ricardo Dominguez

Copa Mitchell Cup Signing
3/22/2017

Los Prados de Santo Domingo (District National), agreed terms with American forward Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, college: Elgin CC). He started the season at GIE Maile Matrix (UBA) in the U.S. Shannon's team won Mitchell Americas Cup. He was voted Latinbasket.com All-Mitchell Americas Cup 1st Team and Top Forward in 2017.

The last summer Shannon played at Gaiteros de Zulia in Venezuela where in 14 games he had very impressive stats: 20.8ppg, 9.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.

He is quite experienced player. Shannon 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 Korea, Philippines,Puerto Rico, Argentina, Lebanon, Mexico, Qatar (Al Rayyan), UAE, Venezuela, Uruguay and Dominican Republic.

Shannon attend over 5 NBA vet and mini camps with the Pistons, Kings and Pacers. He played 3 years in the NBA DL along with the CBA.



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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 


Prva B Round 18: Centar BP defeat leader Berane Bobcats - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Berane Bobcats (11-4) in Bijelo Polje on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by third ranked Centar BP (8-8) 90-65. Newly promoted Centar BP maintains third position with 8-8 record having just two points less than leader Berane Bobcats. Berane Bobcats at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keep top place with four games lost. Centar BP are again looking forward to face league's leader Berane Bobcats at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Berane Bobcats will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Zeta (8-7) against fourth ranked Rudar (6-8) on Sunday night. Host Zeta was defeated by Rudar in a tough game in Golubovci 77-81. Rudar maintains fourth position with 6-8 record. Zeta at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Rudar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zeta will play again at home against Rudar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Centar BP - Berane Bobcats 90-65

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Berane Bobcats (11-4) in Bijelo Polje on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by third ranked Centar BP (8-8) 90-65. Newly promoted Centar BP maintains third position with 8-8 record having just two points less than leader Berane Bobcats. Berane Bobcats at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keep top place with four games lost. Centar BP are again looking forward to face league's leader Berane Bobcats at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Berane Bobcats will have a break next round.
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Zeta - Rudar 77-81

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Zeta (8-7) against fourth ranked Rudar (6-8) on Sunday night. Host Zeta was defeated by Rudar in a tough game in Golubovci 77-81. Rudar maintains fourth position with 6-8 record. Zeta at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Rudar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zeta will play again at home against Rudar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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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.19.7 
 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.8.6 
 5. Young, Texas W.8.4 
 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: 7.5
 1. Smith, Texas W.7.5 
 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.3.7 
 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 (6'0''-PG) of Union
Mike Martin (6'4''-F) of Union
Sam Vander Sluis (6'9''-C) of Cornerstone
Cory Cox (6'5''-F) of Cornerstone
Kyle Steigenga (6'6''-F) of Cornerstone
Lane Mahurin (6'7''-F) of Indiana Wesleyan
Bob Peters (6'3''-G) of Indiana Wesleyan
Mike Cardenas (6'1''-G) of Bellevue
Nick Hilton (6'1''-G-96) of Bellevue
Bryan McGriff (6'7''-F) of Eastern Oregon
Paul Stone (6'6''-F) of Union

Most Outstanding Player: Paul Stone (6'6''-F) of Union
Championship Hustle Award: Mike Martin (6'4''-F) of Union
Coach of the Year: Kim Elders of Cornerstone
National Coach of the Year: Kevin Burton of Union

1st Team
Caleb Oetjen (6'0''-PG-94) of Bethel (Ind.)
Colton Kooima (6'3''-G) of Northwestern (Iowa)
Gerrard Newby (6'5''-F) of Union (Ky.)
Jay Mayernik (6'7''-F-85) of Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Kyle Steigenga (6'6''-F) of Cornerstone (Mich.)
Lance Carter (6'4''-F) of Tabor (Kan.)
Lane Mahurin (6'7''-F) of Indiana Wesleyan
Paul Stone (6'6''-F) of Union (Ky.)
Tate Martin (5'11''-PG-93) of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
Warren Hall (6'2''-G) of Warner (Fla.)

2nd Team
Antonio Levy (6'1''-G) of Robert Morris (Ill.)
BJ Shelton (6'4''-G-96) of Bellevue (Neb.)
Bob Peters (6'3''-G) of Indiana Wesleyan
Bryan McGriff (6'7''-F) of Eastern Oregon
Chandler Folkerts (6'8''-C-95) of Concordia (Neb.)
Grant Greenberg (6'3''-G) of Saint Mary (Kan.)
Joel Yellow Owl (6'4''-G) of Oregon Tech.
Kevin Rich (6'6''-F) of Davenport, Mich.
Marquis Jackson (6'5''-SG) of Ohio Christian
Zach Kirschbaum (6'10''-F) of Trinity International (Ill.)

3rd Team
Angelo Griffis (6'5''-G) of Rochester (Mich.)
Bryce Lienhoop (6'6''-F-95) of Saint Francis (Ind.)
Charles Nedd-Araujo (6'2''-G) of Florida Memorial
Demetrius Stanton (5'9''-PG) of IU Southeast
Erich Erdman (5'11''-G) of Briar Cliff (Iowa)
Jacoby Claypool (6'2''-G) of IU East
Jake Bullock (6'0''-PG) of Aquinas (Mich.)
Mike Bush (G) of Huntington, Ind.
Miles Robinson (5'11''-PG) of Indiana Tech
Ryan Atkins (6'2''-G) of West Virginia Tech

Honorable Mention
Alex Starkel (6'7''-F) of Midland (Neb.)
Brian Bridgeforth (6'10''-F) of Washington Adventist (Md.)
Bryan Forbes (6'5''-G) of Briar Cliff (Iowa)
Bryce Koch (6'6''-C) of Morningside (Iowa)
Cameron Coleman (6'6''-SF) of York (Neb.)
Cameron Hunt (6'3''-G) of Southwestern (Kan.)
Cameron Paschke (6'0''-G) of College of the Ozarks (Mo.)
Clay Yeo (6'5''-G-94) of Bethel (Ind.)
Cordaris Towns (6'7''-F) of Bluefield (Va.)
Cory Cox (6'5''-F) of Cornerstone (Mich.)
Damon Overton (6'0''-PG-93) of Midland (Neb.)
Daniel Radford (6'4''-G) of CSU Maritime (Calif.)
Darius Paul (6'9''-F-94) of Robert Morris (Ill.)
Deion Mcclenton (6'10''-F) of Keiser (Fla.)
Devin Harrison (5'11''-G) of Calumet (Ind.)
Donnell Minton (6'0''-G-93) of Presentation (S.D.)
Elisha Boone (6'4''-G-95) of WVU Tech (W.V.)
Franky Teran (6'4''-G) of Antelope Valley (CA)
Grant Corsi (6'5''-G/F-94) of Trinity International (Ill.)
Iain Morison (6'9''-F/C-95) of St. Francis (Ill.)
Jason Penn (6'8''-F-96) of Michigan Dearborn
Jason Spicer (6'5''-C) of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
Jayden Ferguson (6'5''-F) of Valley City (N.D.)
Joey Nebeker (6'7''-F) of College of Idaho
Julian Winton (6'0''-PG) of Tabor (Kan.)
Justin Bridges (6'4''-G) of Reinhardt (GA)
Kenny Blackwell (5'9''-PG) of Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Kentrell Washington (6'4''-G) of Eastern Oregon
Kyle Sovine (6'9''-F/C-94) of Saint Francis (Ind.)
Lawrence Jackson (6'4''-G/F) of Northwestern Ohio
Marcus White (6'6''-G/F) of Dickinson (N.D.)
Marcus Williams (6'7''-G/F-94) of Michigan Dearborn
Mason Degenkolb (6'0''-PG) of Taylor (Ind.)
Michael Dupree (6'1''-G) of Northwest (Wash.)
Michael Gholston (6'5''-G) of Central Christian
Nate Taylor (6'6''-F) of Marygrove, Mich.
Nic Reed (6'5''-F) of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Nick Gamble (6'0''-PG) of Davenport (Mich.)
Quinn Niego (6'4''-PG-95) of Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Raheem Bowman (6'11''-C) of St. Thomas (Fla.)
Stanley Whittaker (6'0''-PG) of Kaiser (Fla.)
Trenton Thompson (6'7''-F) of Asbury (Ky.)
Ty Hoglund (6'3''-G) of Dakota Wesleyan - S.D.
Tyrone Sherman (6'0''-PG) 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



Daktronics-NAIA D1 Scholar-Athlete Team 2017 - by Greg

Gavin Bartlett (6'0''-PG) of Arizona Christian
Andy Sessions (6'0''-G/F) of Arizona Christian
Carter Wilson (6'3''-G) of Arizona Christian
Ryan Sanchez (6'3''-G) of Avila (Mo.)
CJ Bolton (6'4''-G) of Baker (Kan.)
Taylor Johnson (6'2''-G) of Baker (Kan.)
Nathan Stacy (6'4''-F) of Benedictine (Kan.)
Justas Norvilas (6'6''-F-93) of Benedictine (Kan.)
Bryant Wilkinson (6'3''-G) of Bethel (Tenn.)
Aden Burton (6'1''-G) of Bethel (Tenn.)
Caelan Tiongson (6'4''-G/F) of Biola
Elliott Young (6'7''-F) of Campbellsville
Scott Stegeman (6'5''-F) of Central Methodist
Nathan Biggs (6'6''-F) of Columbia (Mo.)
Campbell Millar (6'4''-F-96) of Culver-Stockton
Nikola Maric (6'6''-F) of Culver-Stockton
Garrett Kirkland (6'1''-G) of Cumberland
Taylor Gover (6'1''-G) of Cumberlands
Michael Dow (6'5''-G-93) of Cumberlands
Deshawn Ruffin (6'0''-PG) of Dalton State
Mark Braunberger (6'2''-G) of Evangel (Mo.)
Ben Brown (6'3''-G) of Freed-Hardeman
Andrew Golden (6'10''-C) of Freed-Hardeman
Trevor Randolph (6'4''-G/F) of Freed-Hardeman
Jeremy Deemer (6'8''-C) of Graceland
Justin Wiley (6'4''-F/G) of Grand View
Reed Plunkett (5'9''-PG) of Hannibal-LaGrange
D'Avonte Garland (6'1''-G) of Hannibal-LaGrange
Jon Osantowski (6'9''-F) of Lawrence Tech
Tyler Higbie (6'6''-F-94) of Lewis-Clark State
Jonathan Beausejour (6'5''-F) of Life (Ga.)
Nate Pierre (6'8''-C-94) of Loyola (La.)
Joe Burt (6'3''-G) of Lyon
Josh Maher (6'4''-F) of Martin Methodist
Brad Sawin (6'3''-G) of Menlo
Rosendo Amayawood (6'7''-F) of Menlo
William Asplund (6'9''-F-93) of Menlo
Dustin Welch (6'1''-G) of Mid-America Christian
Trey Slate (6'0''-G) of Mid-America Christian
Pat Edmonds (6'2''-G/F) of Middle Georgia State
Chris Buzzell (6'3''-G) of Missouri Baptist
David Gabrovsek (6'7''-F-94) of Missouri Baptist
Lawrence Pierce (6'4''-G) of Mobile (Ala.)
Kevin Oberweiser (6'1''-G) of Montana State Northern
Tyler Chandler (6'2''-G/F) of Montana State Northern
William Walker of Montana State Northern
Kale Guldseth (5'11''-G) of Montana Tech
Sadiq Inuwa (6'7''-F/C) of Montana Tech
Marcus Payne (6'7''-F) of Montana Western
Brandell Collins (6'2''-G) of Our Lady of the Lake
Bryon Makel (6'2''-G) of St. Thomas (Texas)
Praneeth Udumalagala (6'2''-G) of Texas Wesleyan
Nick Dalafu (6'1''-G) of Vanguard
Maurice Redmond (6'2''-G) of Wayland Baptist
Stefan Inouye (5'10''-PG) of Westmont
Tre' Collins (6'5''-G/F) of William Carey
Cody Wilcox (6'8''-C) of William Jessup
Titus Letzring of William Penn
T.J. Cunningham (6'1''-G) of William Penn



NAIA D1 Championship Awards 2017 - by Greg

Championship MVP: Dion Rogers (6'0''-PG-94) of Texas Wesleyan
Championship Hustle Award: Jonathan Beausejour (6'5''-F) of Life (Ga.)
Player of the Year: Dalarian Williams (6'6''-F) of Life (Ga.)
Coach of the Year: Brennen Shingleton of Texas Wesleyan

All-Tournament Team
Mike Harris (6'2''-G) of Langston
Jonathan Beausejour of Life (Ga.)
Dalarian Williams of Life (Ga.)
Brandon Moss (6'9''-F) of LSU Alexandria (La.)
Brian Sylvester (6'8''-F) of LSU Alexandria (La.)
Ryan Harris (6'1''-G) of Texas Wesleyan
Dion Rogers of Texas Wesleyan
Najeal Young (6'6''-G-94) of Texas Wesleyan
Charles Knowles (6'5''-G/F-93) of William Penn (Iowa)
Torren Jones (6'9''-F-94) of William Penn (Iowa)



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.2
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.2 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.4 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.29.0 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 5. Davis, N.Orleans P.27.7 
 6. Lillard, Portland.27.0 
 7. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.0 
 8. Leonard, San A.26.0 
 9. James, Clevelan.26.0 
 10. Irving, Cleveland C.25.6 
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. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.8 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
 10. Gortat, Washingt.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.2 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.8 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.8 
 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. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 4. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 5. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.1.8 
 7. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 8. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.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. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 


Wilson Chandler leads Nuggets past Cavaliers, 126-113 - by Eurobasket News

Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul) scored 18 points in his return from a four-game absence with a pulled groin and provided stellar defense on LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) in the Denver Nuggets' 126-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. The Nuggets bounced back from consecutive heartbreaking last-second losses to Houston with a signature win that increased their lead to 1 1/2 games over idle Portland in the race for the final playoff spot in the West. Will Barton (6'6''-SG-91, college: Memphis) scored 20 points, Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) added 17 and Jamal Murray had 15 off the bench for Denver, which also got 21 points from Gary Harris and 16 from Nikola Jokic. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) led the Cavs with 33 points but James had just 18 and the two stars sat out much of the fourth quarter with Cleveland trailing by double digits. The Nuggets took a 101-90 lead into the fourth quarter after an entertaining third quarter that included a James-fueled 15-4 run by the Cavs and a 15-3 response by the Nuggets that included nine points from Faried. But the arena-rocking basket in the Nuggets' big run came not from Faried but from Jokic, who backed down James during a particularly physical possession. His basket gave Denver a 99-83 lead. Denver grabbed momentum midway through the second quarter when Murray swished three 3-pointers that gave the Nuggets a 50-40 lead. The Nuggets doubled that cushion thanks in part to Richard Jefferson's face slap of Juancho Hernangomez for a flagrant foul. Hernangomez sank both free throws and then Barton swished a 3-pointer on the inbounds, capping a 7-0 spurt that gave Denver a 61-47 lead. The Nuggets pushed their lead to 69-49. Chandler showed fresh legs and little rust in his return to action. 'He hasn't played in 10, 11 days,' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said before tip-off. 'At least going into the game I feel that we have a body that can match up with LeBron's physicality. He's just such a versatile defender for us, so that's going to be great to have him back.'
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Celtics storm past Pacers, 109-100 - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics just needed a little reminder to focus on playing instead of worrying about where they were in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. A loss on Sunday was perfect for that. Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) scored 25 points, Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) had 18 with eight rebounds and the Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 109-100 on Wednesday night for their fifth win in six games. The only loss came on the road against a weaker Philadelphia team. 'I think last week all we did was look at the standings,' Bradley said. 'We were losing games. We weren't focused. We came together as a group and we were like: 'We can't worry about where we are. Let's worry about (that) when the time is right.'' The Celtics remained 2 1/2 games ahead of Washington for second place in the East. They entered the day two behind top-seeded Cleveland. Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) added 15 points with eight boards and eight assists, and Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette) also scored 15 points for Boston, which won for the 12th time in 13 home games. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) led the Pacers with 37 points and Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest) had 25. Indiana has alternated by winning and losing in its last 15 games. The Celtics turned a red-hot shooting third quarter into 39 points, pushing a seven-point halftime lead to 14 after three quarters. 'We expected this team to come out the second half more aggressive and raise their play,' Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. 'We needed to do the same thing. We just weren't able to do it.' Boston hit 17 of 25 shots from the field, with Marcus Smart (6'4''-G-94, college: Oklahoma St.)'s last-second bank shot in the lane capping the shooting. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw, giving the Celtics an 88-74 lead entering the final quarter. 'I thought the end of the third, early fourth, some of our ball movement possessions were about as good as we've had in a while,' Boston coach Brad Stevens said. Thomas hit two 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the third. George kept the Pacers in the game, though, scoring 14 in the quarter. 'They started getting away from us and I tried to keep the game as close as possible,' he said. Trailing by 17 early in the fourth, the Pacers went on a 13-2 run to slice it to 95-89 on Teague's 3-pointer. Thomas then sandwiched a couple of breakaway layups around a turnaround by Horford to seal it.
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Gobert Scores Career-High 35, Jazz Beat Knicks 108-101 - by Eurobasket News

Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) is in the running for Defensive Player of the Year, but it was his offense that had the bigger impact Wednesday night. Gobert scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz rallied from 13 down to defeat the New York Knicks 108-101. That kind of production was unheard of three seasons ago as he spent time in the NBA Development League as a rookie. "I'm working," Gobert said with a smirk. "I'm just working every day and keep watching film and keep building chemistry with my teammates. I feel more confident and my teammates believe in me even more. "I just try to set good screens and get my teammates open. Tonight, I was able to get behind the defense and get on those balls. ... I wasn't really thinking. Just keep playing play after play." The Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Knicks dropped their third in a row. Gobert carried the Jazz throughout with the 7-foot-1 Frenchman scoring off pick-and-rolls, offensive rebound put-backs and even going full-court for a dunk after a steal. The Jazz struggled on offense, but Gobert connected on 13 of 14 shots. Eleven of his 13 rebounds were offensive. "His size and his length were a huge factor," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "If he doesn't play that way, we don't win. "If you attack the rim and you don't settle and you play with force on offense, with Rudy, if you just get the ball up on the basket, he's got a chance to tip it in. ... He's so long, it's tough to get him off the glass. It starts with a chain reaction of those guys driving." Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler) finished with 19 point and eight rebounds for the Jazz. Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) led New York with 24 points, while Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) added 17 and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) tallied 16. The Knicks controlled the entire first half and led 55-51 at halftime, including a 13-point advantage in the second quarter. "We sometimes, the bigs, we overcommitted and that way Gobert was able to get all of those tip-ins," Porzingis said, "and second-chance points and that is what hurt us."
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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.
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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.
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Ivan Rabb Leaves Cal For NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Rabb (6'11''-F-97) will leave Cal after his sophomore season to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft. Rabb has no intention of withdrawing his name this year. "Cal meant a lot to me. My two years at Cal was a huge learning experience both on and off of the court," Rabb said. Rabb is expected to be a first round pick.
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Windsor Express waive Smart - by Eurobasket News

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

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Halifax weathers Island Storm in 105-100 victory - by Eurobasket News

After falling to the Island Storm in their barn three days earlier, the Hurricanes returned the favour Wednesday night. Halifax pulled off a 105-100 win over the Storm at the Scotiabank Centre to improve its Atlantic Division-leading record to 23-7. The Storm (10-15) won the Sunday matchup between the two clubs 112-103. 'We were much better today, overall,' said head coach Mike Leslie. 'We made a few corrections and adjustments and gave ourselves a chance at the end.' With just 11.9 seconds remaining, Anthony Cox (6'9''-C-83, college: Farmingdale St.) grabbed the offensive rebound with a 102-100 lead and landed one of the foul shots to lock down the win. Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92, college: Arizona St.) could not land a three-point jump shot with less than a second remaining to give the Hurricanes the eventual 105-100 win. After a slow start from both teams, the Hurricanes finished up the first half with a 43-40 lead. The big men came to play in the opening half for the Hurricanes. Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.), Renaldo Dixon (6'9''-C-90, college: N.Mexico St.) and Cox - all of whom stand at least six-feet-eight inches tall - led the Hurricanes with eight points apiece in the opening 24 minutes. The trio combined for 52 points in the game, led by White's 24. 'We felt that we could score inside,' said Leslie. While play from the paint proved successful, the Hurricanes went cold from thr