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  ANGOLA  



National team on their way to Lusaka - by Eurobasket News

Speaking to Angop at Luanda airport, shortly before the team's departure, the coach Manuel da Silva "Gi" said that the athletes are obliged to qualify for Congo Brazzaville Afrobasket2017 on August. Gi said the team conducted quick training session to enable the players to increase the offensive and defensive game. He said short period of training allowed to set some defensive principles as crucial for the game, rapid transitions in terms of counterattacks and recovery.
Check of the list of summoned players: Gerson Goncalves (193-F/G-96), Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU), Leonel Paulo (197-F-89), Armando Costa (192-G-83), Hermenegildo Santos (192-G-90), Islando Manuel (192-F-91), Felizardo Ambrosio (202-F-87), Milton Barros (184-PG-84), Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82), Eduardo Mingas (200-F/C-79), Valdelicio Joaquim (208-C-90, college: Hawaii, agency: BeoBasket) and Fidel Capita.
Courtesy of:angop.ao



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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 23 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The game in was quite interesting. Third ranked Cutie Ovals Ojays (9-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Ottos (4-8). Cutie Ovals Ojays did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-62 on Thursday. The game without a history. Cutie Ovals Ojays led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Cutie Ovals Ojays have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Flyers and Stingerz. Newly promoted Ottos keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Cutie Ovals Ojays is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Yorks Crushers (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ottos will play against Stingerz (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Flyers (9-2) played at the court of 8th ranked HL Rockersville (2-9). Flyers smashed HL Rockersville 70-43. Flyers have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cutie Ovals Ojays and Stingerz. Newly promoted HL Rockersville keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Yorks Crushers. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Ottos - Cutie Ovals Ojays 62-81

The game in was quite interesting. Third ranked Cutie Ovals Ojays (9-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Ottos (4-8). Cutie Ovals Ojays did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-62 on Thursday. The game without a history. Cutie Ovals Ojays led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Cutie Ovals Ojays have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Flyers and Stingerz. Newly promoted Ottos keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Cutie Ovals Ojays is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Yorks Crushers (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ottos will play against Stingerz (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 539384


HL Rockersville - Flyers 43-70

The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Flyers (9-2) played at the court of 8th ranked HL Rockersville (2-9). Flyers smashed HL Rockersville 70-43. The game without a history. Flyers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding HL Rockersville to just 6 points in third quarter. Flyers have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cutie Ovals Ojays and Stingerz. Newly promoted HL Rockersville keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Yorks Crushers. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 539383





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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. Mickeal, Atenas16.7 
 8. Harper, Quimsa16.7 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.16.5 
 10. Horner, Obras B.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Johnson, Weber B.9.8 
 4. Clancy, Instituto9.8 
 5. Wood, San M.8.8 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 7. Francis, La Union8.4 
 8. Justiz, Estudian.8.4 
 9. Caracter, Echague8.3 
 10. Johnson, Atenas8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Pedro BARRAL
  Obras B.
  (186-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Barral, Obras B.6.3 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.5 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.6 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.6 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ivan BASUALDO
  Quilm.
  (202-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 4. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 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. Acuna, Penarol1.0 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


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. McCullough, Alianza .20.3 
 4. Brown, La Union19.6 
 5. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.5 
 6. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.18.2 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 8. Pais, Platense17.8 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 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. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 6. Joseph, Obera TC8.4 
 7. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 9. Nwogbo, Alianza .8.1 
 10. Brown, Mitre Tuc.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.2 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.4 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.4 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.4 
 5. Correa, BHY T.4.9 
 6. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.6 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.4 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 10. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sebastian PUNET
  Salta Basket
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Punet, Salta Basket2.5 
 2. Pais, Platense2.4 
 3. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 4. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.1 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.2.0 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 8. Merlo, Ciclista1.7 
 9. La-Bella, Gimnasia.1.7 
 10. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP2.4 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.4 
 6. Okoye, Salta Basket1.1 
 7. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 9. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 10. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 


Chris Daniels (ex Sonic Boom KT) is a newcomer at Quimsa - by Eurobasket News

Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American center Chris Daniels (205-120kg-84, college: Texas A&M-CC). He played at Sonic Boom KT in South Korean KBL league.
The most of last season Daniels spent at Al Riyadi (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league where in 34 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Daniels also spent pre-season at the Nets in NBA earlier that year.
In 2011 (three years after he left the college) Daniels was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in first round (9th overall).
He attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi until 2008 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Daniels received All-Southland Conf. Player of the Year award and NABC All-NCAA District 9 2nd Team award back in 2007 at his college time.
Daniels is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in China (Guandong Tigers and Flying Leopards), Jordan (ASU), Puerto Rico, D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Erie Bay Hawks) and Lebanon (Sagesse).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Unique big man who can bang down low, rebound, block shots yet step out to the three point line and consistently hit shots (shot 38% from 3 over his 4 year college career). Runs the court well for a big man his size, is adept at the screen and roll and is very coachable. NBA prospect who could be an outstanding overseas player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  ASEAN LEAGUE  


ASEAN League round 14 best performance: Jordan Henriquez-Roberts - by Eurobasket News

American-Panamanian Center Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-C-89, agency: Babcock Sports) had a great game in the last round for Saigon H., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 17 rebounds, while his team edged out Hong Kong ELL (#1, 16-4) 96-92. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Saigon H. maintains the 4th position in ASEAN League . Saigon H. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-11 record. In the team's last game Henriquez-Roberts had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Saigon H., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts averages this season 17.6ppg and 16.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was another Saigon H.'s star - 29-year old American Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87). Daniel had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Saigon H. to edge the higher-ranked Hong Kong ELL (#1, 16-4) 96-92. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Saigon H. consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Daniel is a newcomer at Saigon H., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#4). He also registered 12.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Skylar Spencer (208-F/C-94) of KL Dragons (#5). Spencer scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of KL Dragons, leading his team to a 103-78 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Kaohsiung (#6, 5-13). The chances of KL Dragons not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Spencer could try to bring KL Dragons' a little bit higher in the standings. Spencer has individually a great season in ASEAN League. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.4rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 60.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Hong Kong ELL - 29 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Kiwi Gardner (170-PG-93) of KL Dragons - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Justin Howard (209-C-81) of Singapore S. - 22 points, 22 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of KL Dragons - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Sampson Carter (203-F-90) of Alab Pilipinas - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of Hong Kong ELL - 21 points and 14 rebounds
10. James Hughes (211-C-83) of Alab Pilipinas - 17 points and 14 rebounds

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



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  AUSTRALIA  


State Leagues Round-Up - by Eurobasket News

Big V
Waverley F. - Knox R. 73-75

Waverley Falcons (0-1) recorded a loss in Mount Waverley. Hosts were edged by Knox Raiders (1-0) 75-73. Knox Raiders forced 20 Waverley Falcons turnovers. Strangely Waverley Falcons outrebounded Knox Raiders 47-11 including a 30-3 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Dylan Hare (193-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Liam Carroll (192-90) helped adding 11 points. The best for the losing side was point guard Bradley Kelleher (182-86, college: Hofstra) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Desmond Simmons (198-92, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Waverley Falcons players scored in double figures. Knox Raiders will play against Magic (#9) in Hawthorn in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Waverley Falcons will play at home against Whittlesea City and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Waverley F.: T.Boyle 13+9reb+1ast, D.Simmons 12+9reb+3ast, T.Liesting 11+6reb+2ast, M.Harper 9+4reb+3ast, D.Neville 4+8reb+5ast
Knox R.: M.Unwin 11+3reb, H.Dylan 9+6reb+4ast, M.Derrick 2, U.Mitchell 0+2reb+5ast, ,
gschID: 541282


Hume City - Hawthorn M. 87-82

Hume City Broncos used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Hawthorn 87-82 on Sunday night. It was a good game for American guard Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized British guard Lee Jeka (193-83) contributed with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Alex Bogart-King (200) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Joshua Morrison (198-91, college: NC-Wesleyan) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Magic. Magic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hume City Broncos will face Ringwood Hawks (#6) in Heathmont in the next round. Magic will play on the road against Knox Raiders in Wantirna South and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hawthorn M.: A.Bogart-King 23+7reb+1ast, J.Morrison 17+5reb+2ast, L.Sist 13+4reb+1ast, R.Johnson 8+2reb+1ast, P.McBrearty 8+6reb+1ast, J.Barry 5+7reb+3ast
Hume City: L.Jeka 25+5reb+6ast, M.Rose 24+10reb+4ast, L.Egan 15+4reb, T.Clayton 9+10reb+1ast, M.Berezdecky 6+4reb, S.Prendergast 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541283


Whittlesea City - McKinnon C. 61-98

But Whittlesea City was not able to use a home court advantage and was smashed by the opponent from McKinnon 98-61 on Saturday night. McKinnon C. forced 20 Whittlesea City turnovers and outrebounded them 50-38 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Platenik (201-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) contributed with 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four McKinnon C. players scored in double figures. Jonathan Maybank answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Dominic Bruno added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Whittlesea City. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. McKinnon C. will face Devils (#11) in Werribee in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Whittlesea City will play on the road against Waverley Falcons in Mount Waverley and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Whittlesea City: J.Maybank 20+5reb+1ast, D.Bruno 10+5reb+3ast, T.Samuel 8+4reb, A.Kearing 6+5reb, D.Van Lunenburg 6+2reb+1ast, A.Zeverona 4+3reb+2ast
McKinnon C.: D.Stith 26+7reb, I.Platenik 18+14reb+3ast, D.Walker 17+7reb, B.Tamir 14+3reb+1ast, A.Dench 8+6reb+3ast, N.Mueller 7+3reb
gschID: 541281


Ringwood H. - Werribee D. 98-83

Ringwood Hawks used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Werribee 98-83 on Saturday night. Ringwood Hawks made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American guard Jacob Gibson (198-93, college: Harding) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 4 assists. Power forward Shaun Clarke (204) contributed with 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Ringwood Hawks players scored in double figures. American guard Jeremy Smith (190, college: Nicholls St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Fred Hunter (196-89, college: Nicholls St.) added 16 points in the effort for Devils. Devils' coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ringwood Hawks will face Hume City Broncos (#3) in Tullamarine in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Devils will play at home against Diamond Valley Eagles (#8) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Werribee D.: J.Smith 28+15reb+6ast, F.Hunter 16+4reb+3ast, N.Morda 8+1reb, N.Wilson 8+4reb+1ast, J.Sonda 7+5reb, J.Hughes 3+4reb+4ast
Ringwood H.: J.Gibson 27+3reb+4ast, S.Clarke 25+5reb+1ast, M.McCahey 18+4reb+1ast, M.Fennell 16+12reb+3ast, N.Truman 8+2reb, M.Sutton 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 541278


Diamond V.E. - Eltham W. 52-94

An interesting game was also a 42-point tough home loss of Diamond Valley Eagles in a game in Greensborough versus undefeated Eltham Wildcats (#3) 94-52. Eltham Wildcats dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Diamond Valley Eagles' 14. They outrebounded Diamond Valley Eagles 51-21 including a 40-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Eltham Wildcats looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Diamond Valley Eagles' players. It was an exceptional evening for forward Simon Grant (195-91) who led the winners and scored 9 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Benjamin Waldren accounted for 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals for the winning side. Four Eltham Wildcats players scored in double figures. Guard Matt Reynolds (183) came up with 16 points and Jason Dirkx added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Diamond Valley Eagles in the defeat. Eltham Wildcats will meet at home Stingrays (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Diamond Valley Eagles will play against Devils in Werribee and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Diamond V.E.: M.Reynolds 16+3reb+1ast, J.Dirkx 8+6reb, S.Reynolds 6+4reb+2ast, G.Page 5+3reb+4ast, M.Lee 3, D.Girolami 0+4reb
Eltham W.: C.Cameron 17+8reb+2ast, B.Waldren 15+9reb+5ast, J.Aver 12+1reb+1ast, S.Bradbury 12+10reb+1ast, J.Malvaso 11+2reb+1ast, J.Canovan 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541280


Corio Bay S. - Casey C. 78-94

We should not miss anothera road victory of Casey C. (1-0) over Stingrays (0-1) 94-78. Casey C. dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Stingrays' 18. They outrebounded Stingrays 44-21 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Charles Polk (200-84, college: Butler) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Brent Hobba (205-82, college: Colorado Christian) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Casey C.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Jason Reardon (189-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Michael Rebula (189-90) added 14 points respectively. Casey C.'s next round opponent will be Diamond Valley Eagles (#8) in Greensborough and are hoping to win another game. Stingrays will play on the road against Eltham Wildcats and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Corio Bay S.: J.Reardon 18+14reb+4ast, M.Rebula 14+4reb+1ast, J.Mcfall 12+1reb+1ast, C.Eichler 5+1reb+1ast, C.Bennett 2, M.Stoop 0+1ast
Casey C.: C.Polk 20+11reb+1ast, B.Hobba 20+6reb, E.Golong 12+7reb+1ast, M.Chapman 11+1ast, B.Arnott 10+1reb+1ast, M.McInnes 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 541279


SBL
Kalamunda E.S. - Geraldton B. 84-119

Not a big story in a game when Suns (0-2) were outscored by Buccaneers (2-0) in Kalamunda 119-84 on Saturday. Buccaneers outrebounded Suns 49-37 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for American forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward Maurice Barrow (196-92, college: Fairfield) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Brighton Pass (192-95) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Theron Pinker added 16 points in the effort for Suns. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Suns' coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Buccaneers will face Eagles in Morley in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Suns will play at home against Hawks (#10) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kalamunda E.S.: B.Pass 16+6reb, T.Pinker 16+4reb, R.Blanchett 15+4reb, N.Drown 11+1reb+3ast, B.Grey 8+6reb+3ast, J.Diaz 6+1reb+5ast
Geraldton B.: D.Benjamin 33+5reb+7ast, M.Hancock 23+4ast, M.Barrow 16+12reb+6ast, J.Hussey 13+10reb+6ast, A.Ducas 9+3reb+3ast, A.Ralph 9+7reb+1ast
gschID: 541623


East Perth E. - Kalamunda E.S. 92-75

Eagles defeated Suns in Morley 92-75. Eagles forced 24 Suns turnovers. It was a good game for naturalized Sudanese forward Ngor Manyang (200-93) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Drew Williamson (196-83, college: Metro St.) contributed with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Timothy Squire (182-91) answered with 14 points and power forward Billy Grey (200-94) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Suns. Four Suns players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Suns will play next round against Hawks trying to get back on the winning streak. Eagles will try to continue on its current victory against Buccaneers in Wonthella.
Top scorers:
Kalamunda E.S.: T.Squire 14+4reb+1ast, T.Pinker 13, B.Grey 12+5reb, N.Drown 10+3reb+2ast, B.Pass 6+3reb+1ast, R.Blanchett 6+9reb
East Perth E.: N.Manyang 24+7reb+3ast, D.Williamson 22+3reb+5ast, A.Donlagic 12+3reb, C.Easley 8+3reb+1ast, D.Tawhiti 7+8reb+2ast, A.Murphy 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 541621


Willetton T. - Mandurah M. 87-73

Tigers used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Mandurah 87-73 on Saturday night. Tigers shot 24 for 33 from the free-throw line, while Magic only scored two points from the stripe. Magic was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Jay Bowie (196-92, college: Marist) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Kyle Armour (183-89, college: Augusta) contributed with 27 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Taylor Mullenax (200-86, college: St.Edward's) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman Ricky Kreklow (201-92, college: Creighton) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Magic. Magic's coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tigers will face Cougars (#8) in Hamilton Hill in the next round. Magic will play on the road against Lightning in North Lake and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mandurah M.: T.Mullenax 27+11reb+1ast, R.Kreklow 16+7reb+8ast, C.Simpson 11+6reb, F.Klasztorny 6+3reb+3ast, S.Julitz 6+3reb, C.Curtis 3+2reb+2ast
Willetton T.: K.Armour 27+4reb+4ast, J.Bowie 24+7reb+5ast, D.Scott 14+7reb+2ast, N.Cody 9+9reb+1ast, L.Evans 5+4reb+3ast, M.Collins 4+1reb
gschID: 541626


Lakeside L. - Geraldton B. 85-99

And finally the game worth to mention about is Buccaneers' easy win against Lightning 99-85. Buccaneers shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Forward Maurice Barrow (196-92, college: Fairfield) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Buccaneers players scored in double figures. Forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds and guard Devon Atkinson (185, college: Morehead St.) added 12 points and 7 assists in the effort for Lightning. Lightning's coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Buccaneers will face Eagles in Morley in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lightning will play at home against Magic (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lakeside L.: J.Padgett 26+19reb+1ast, D.Atkinson 12+2reb+7ast, C.Shervill 9+7reb, A.Ferguson 6+3reb+1ast, N.Palleschi 5+2reb, D.Morgan 5+4reb+1ast
Geraldton B.: D.Benjamin 29+9reb+4ast, M.Barrow 21+10reb+3ast, M.Hancock 18+1reb+3ast, J.Hussey 13+3reb+4ast, A.Ralph 11+1reb, M.Wundenberg 4+10reb+2ast
gschID: 541628


East Perth E. - Goldfields G. 99-78

There was no surprise when Giants (0-2) were outleveled by Eagles (2-0) in Morley 99-78 on Sunday. Eagles shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American power forward Corey Easley (206-83, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Drew Williamson (196-83, college: Metro St.) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Five Eagles players scored in double figures. American forward JB Pillard (201, college: Cent.Washington) answered with 26 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Jerome Reid (195-96) added 12 points in the effort for Giants. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Eagles will face Buccaneers in Wonthella in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Giants will play at home against Wanneroo (#4) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Goldfields G.: J.Pillard 26+8reb+1ast, J.Reid 12+3reb+3ast, D.Forlano 10+1ast, M.Exell 8+7reb+2ast, J.Sanders 5+2reb+4ast, D.Goodluck 5+3reb+2ast
East Perth E.: D.Williamson 24+2reb+2ast, C.Easley 19+7reb+3ast, A.Murphy 13+1reb+2ast, D.Tawhiti 11+8reb+2ast, M.Bragg 10+1reb+6ast, N.Manyang 10+6reb+3ast
gschID: 541627


SW Slammers - Lakeside L. 82-84

No shocking result in a game when Lightning (1-1) edged Slammers (0-1) in Bunbury 84-82 on Saturday. Lightning dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Slammers' 28. They outrebounded Slammers 38-23 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Devon Atkinson (185, college: Morehead St.) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Lightning players scored in double figures. American guard Tre Nichols (180-89, college: Boise St., agency: SDJ Sports) answered with 34 points (!!!) and naturalized American power forward Clive Weeden (206-87, college: Dartmouth) added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Slammers. Lightning will face Magic (#9) in Mandurah in the next round. Slammers will play at home against Redbacks and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
SW Slammers: T.Durnin 34+3reb+3ast, D.Travis 10+8reb, W.Clive 7+10reb+1ast, V.Tim 0+2reb,
Lakeside L.: J.Padgett 21+5reb, D.Morgan 19+5reb+1ast, D.Atkinson 18+4reb+8ast, C.Shervill 11+7reb+1ast, D.Grida 9+8reb+2ast, A.Ferguson 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 541624


Perth Redbacks - Goldfields G. 78-60

There was an upset when Giants (0-2) lost to Redbacks (2-0) in Northbridge 60-78 on Saturday. Redbacks made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Redbacks had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Redbacks made 7 blocks. It was a good game for forward Kyle Bowen (200-0) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international power forward Alexander Loughton (206-83, college: ODU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Jerrell Sanders (198, college: Ferris St.) answered with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Lordan Franich (201-85) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Giants. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Redbacks will face Slammers (#12) in Bunbury in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giants will play at home against Wanneroo and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Goldfields G.: J.Sanders 18+5reb+4ast, L.Pike 10+6reb, M.Exell 7+7reb, L.Franich 7+6reb+4ast, J.Pillard 6+5reb, D.Goodluck 5+4reb+4ast
Perth Redbacks: K.Bowen 20+15reb+1ast, A.Loughton 17+11reb+4ast, J.Wagner 10+3reb+6ast, D.Mawein 9+3reb+3ast, J.Stone 6+7reb, G.Murray 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541622


Rockingham F. - Perth Redbacks 77-102

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Redbacks' (2-0) road victory over Flames (0-1) in Rockingham 102-77 on Friday. Redbacks made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Redbacks outrebounded Flames 42-27 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Flames were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St.) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Alexander Loughton (206-83, college: ODU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Justin Beard (200) answered with 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and point guard Beau Samuelson (183, college: Clarion) added 15 points in the effort for Flames. Four Redbacks and five Flames 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. Redbacks will face Slammers (#12) in Bunbury in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Flames will play on the road against Stirling S. in Perth and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rockingham F.: B.Samuelson 15+2reb+3ast, J.Beard 15+4reb+2ast, D.Jack 13+3reb, V.Zollo 13+2reb, R.Godfrey 12+2reb+2ast, M.Honey 5+2reb
Perth Redbacks: S.Redhage 31+5reb+2ast, A.Loughton 18+11reb+2ast, J.Wagner 13+3reb+5ast, I.Gattorna-Hargrave 11+4reb, K.Bowen 7+7reb+2ast, J.Wagner 7+3ast
gschID: 541620


Perry Lakes H. - Stirling S. 87-94

But Hawks were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Perth 94-87 on Friday night. Stirling S. forced 20 Hawks turnovers. Strangely Hawks outrebounded Stirling S. 41-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. Hawks were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international forward Rhys Vague (204-96) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Corban Wroe (185-92, college: Hartford) contributed with 20 points for the winners. The former international forward Ben Purser (201-90, college: Augusta) answered with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Ryan Smith (192-92) added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Hawks. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Stirling S. will face Flames (#11) in Rockingham in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hawks will play on the road against Suns in Kalamunda and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Perry Lakes H.: R.Waters 23+2reb+2ast, B.Purser 23+9reb+6ast, R.Smith 19+8reb+5ast, B.Carlwell 16+7reb, R.O'Sullivan 3+6reb+1ast, R.Cassir 3+3reb
Stirling S.: R.Vague 23+6reb+4ast, C.Wroe 20+2reb+2ast, A.Litterick 18+4reb+1ast, A.Bruton 9+4ast, J.Coburn 7+2reb+1ast, J.Thwaites 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 541619


Joondalup Wolves - Cockburn C. 104-101

Wanneroo used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Hamilton Hill 104-101 on Saturday night. Wanneroo forced 19 Cougars turnovers. Cougars were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Filipino guard Sebestian Salinas (190-85) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. Naturalized Greek guard Trian Iliadis (190-89, college: ODU) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Wanneroo's coach used entire bench in such tough game. American forward Jalen Billups (198-92, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Haylett Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Gavin Field (202-89, college: W.Georgia) added 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Cougars. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Wanneroo will face Giants (#13) in Kalgoorlie in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cougars will play on the road against Tigers (#6) in Willetton and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cockburn C.: J.Billups 26+13reb+1ast, G.Field 20+10reb+6ast, S.Chan 15+4ast, L.Cummings 14+7reb, J.Holmes 14+3reb+1ast, S.Van Lit 8+2ast
Joondalup Wolves: S.Salinas 22+3reb, R.Ross 16+3reb, T.Iliadis 15+3reb+5ast, R.Huntington 15+5reb+1ast, D.Matacz 12+6reb+1ast, R.Maxwell 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 541625


Waratah
Manly Warr. - Sydney Comets 77-105

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (3-2) were outleveled by Sydney City Comets (2-0) in Narrabeen 105-77 on Sunday. Sydney City Comets shot 24 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Manly Warringah Sea Eagles only scored six points from the stripe. Sydney City Comets looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for naturalized American guard Indiana Faithfull (193-91, college: W.Liberty St.) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Tom Dawson (197) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Sydney City Comets players scored in double figures. Sydney City Comets' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Point guard Luke Cooper (183-84, college: Alaska-Anch.) answered with 12 points and 9 assists and Cooper Wilks added 15 points in the effort for Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. Sydney City Comets will face Spiders (#4) in Hornsby in the next round. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will play on the road against Bankstown Bruins in Condell Park and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Manly Warr.: C.Wilks 15+3reb, L.Cooper 12+2reb+9ast, A.Bulgin 9+2reb+1ast, C.Bulgin 8+4reb+2ast, K.Painter 8+3reb+2ast, J.Asensi 7+3reb+1ast
Sydney Comets: I.Faithfull 24+5reb+7ast, T.Dawson 14+8reb+1ast, S.Hyman 13+3reb+4ast, R.Craigie 11+3reb+1ast, A.Overs 9+1reb+1ast, L.Overs 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 539437


Norths Bears - Maitland M. 86-90

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when Maitland Mustangs (3-1) beat Norths Soul Sports Bears (2-1) in Crows Nest 90-86 on Sunday. Maitland Mustangs outrebounded Norths Soul Sports Bears 47-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American forward Tyler Monroe (201, college: Azusa Pacific) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Terrell Turner contributed with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Estonian swingman Erik Dorbek (196-82) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds and James Maccann added 15 points and 8 assists in the effort for Norths Soul Sports Bears. Four Norths Soul Sports Bears players scored in double figures. Maitland Mustangs will face Hills Hornets (#7) in Baulkham Hills in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Norths Soul Sports Bears will play at home against Hills Hornets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Norths Bears: E.Dorbek 20+8reb+3ast, B.Rymer 19+3reb+3ast, J.Maccann 15+2reb+8ast, J.Garlepp 12+5reb+3ast, L.Smith-Hyde 9+10reb+1ast, S.Albert 8+2reb
Maitland M.: T.Monroe 27+15reb+2ast, T.Turner 25+5reb+6ast, J.Clifford 13+6reb+4ast, P.Danet 8+1ast, J.Edwards 7+13reb+5ast, S.Huggins 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 539436


Hornsby S. - Manly Warr. 61-80

There was a minor upset when Spiders (2-1) were smashed by Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (3-2) in Hornsby 80-61 on Saturday. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles outrebounded Spiders 43-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for naturalized Polish swingman Stefan Blaszczynski (196-84, college: Nicholls St.) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Cale Bulgin contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Joshua Chapman answered with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Daniel Moser added 20 points in the effort for Spiders. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will face Bankstown Bruins (#6) in Condell Park in the next round. Spiders will play at home against Sydney City Comets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hornsby S.: D.Moser 20+4reb+1ast, J.Chapman 15+6reb+5ast, K.Brefo 10+3reb, K.Grewal 6+5reb+1ast, D.Emery 6+3reb+1ast, G.Gabriel 4+6reb+2ast
Manly Warr.: S.Blaszczynski 19+4reb+2ast, K.Painter 11+7reb, C.Bulgin 10+6reb+4ast, J.Asensi 9+3reb+3ast, C.Wilks 9+6reb, A.Bulgin 8+9reb+3ast
gschID: 539433


Illawarra H. - Bankstown B. 74-84

Rather predictable result when Bankstown Bruins (2-2) won against on the road Hawks (0-2) 84-74 on Saturday. It was a good game for Svetomir Gavrilovic who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Keelan Ward answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Sean Mullan (198-90, college: Nova SE) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hawks. Bankstown Bruins will face Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in Narrabeen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hawks will play on the road against Newcastle Hunters (#9) in Broadmeadow and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Illawarra H.: K.Ward 18+7reb, S.Mullan 16+6reb, B.O'Brien 11+3reb+2ast, J.Sorenson 8+12reb, S.Hunter 7+3reb, B.Bonham 5+3reb+1ast
Bankstown B.: S.Gavrilovic 28+7reb, S.Markovic 21+4reb+3ast, N.Pozoglou 16+8reb+2ast, C.Petrovski 9+5reb+1ast, R.Morgan 3+2reb, G.Barnes 3+2ast
gschID: 539434


Hills H. - Sutherland S. 78-89

There was a minor upset when Hills Hornets (1-2) lost to Sutherland Sharks (1-2) in Baulkham Hills 78-89 on Saturday. Sutherland Sharks made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Hills Hornets turnovers. It was a good game for American Isaac Turner (191-92, college: St.Vincent) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!). Bailey Musulin contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Croatian power forward Goran Veg (205) answered with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and naturalized British forward Paul Brotherson (198-89, college: Metro St.) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hills Hornets. Four Hills Hornets players scored in double figures. Hills Hornets' coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sutherland Sharks will face Spiders (#4) in Hornsby in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hills H.: P.Brotherson 19+5reb+1ast, G.Veg 15+9reb+3ast, E.Duselis 11+5reb+8ast, J.Strong 11+3ast, M.Claus 7+7reb+3ast, L.Urwin 3+1reb+1ast
Sutherland S.: I.Turner 33+4reb+2ast, D.Richardson 10+4reb+6ast, J.Biber 10+4reb, R.Simonovski 9+9reb, B.Musulin 9+7reb+5ast, D.Marjanovic 5+1ast
gschID: 539435





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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Pieno Zvaigzdes and Vytautas enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

P.Zvaigzdes - Tartu Ulikool 82-75 OT

Pieno Zvaigzdes overcame Tartu Ulikool in overtime to secure BBL Finals appearance. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tartu Ulikool won third quarter 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Tartu Ulikool used huge pressure winning it 17-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-16. P.Zvaigzdes looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Tartu Ulikool helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Justas Tamulis (194-94) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and Russian forward Nikita Balashov (207-91, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Ukrainian Maks-Adam Konate (202-91, agency: Alti Sport) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Janar Talts (206-83) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
P.Zvaigzdes: J.Tamulis 19+3reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 14+5reb, N.Balashov 14+5reb+2ast, A.Agafonov 9+3reb+2ast, S.Babrauskas 7+10reb+2ast, E.Zabas 7+2reb+2ast
Tartu Ulikool: M.Adam Konate 18+13reb+1ast, J.Talts 17+5reb+1ast, D.Milka 13+5reb, M.Thomas 10+6reb+2ast, T.Sokk 8+2reb+4ast, G.Dorbek 5+3ast
gschID: 540512


Vytautas - Kalev/Cramo 88-77

Vytautas rallied back from 6-point deficit after the opening leg clash and beat Kalev/Cramo to advance into Finals. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 59-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kalev/Cramo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Regimantas Miniotas (206-96) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-89) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-92) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: R.Miniotas 21+9reb, V.Lipkevicius 17+6reb+2ast, D.Gvezdauskas 16+4ast, T.Delininkaitis 14+2reb+3ast, V.Cizauskas 11+4reb+1ast, T.Klimavicius 6+7reb+5ast
Kalev/Cramo: V.Liutych 19+5reb+1ast, B.Mirkovic 16+1reb+4ast, E.Keedus 11+5reb, S.Sokk 10+1reb+8ast, M.Tollefsen 9+4reb+1ast, C.Simmons 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 540511





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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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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  


James Milton (ex Cayo Western B.) joins Giants - by Eurobasket News

Giants de San Salvador (Liga MB) agreed terms with American power forward James Milton (203-100kg, college: Stevenson). He played last season at Cayo Western Ballaz in Belizean NEBL. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.4apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Belizean NEBL 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Milton won Belizean NEBL championship title in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Belize for San Pedro Tigersharks.
Milton graduated from Stevenson University in 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOLIVIA  


Isaiah Cotton joins La Salle Tarija - by Francisco Vega

Entretanto Meta La Salle Tarija (Libobasquet) agreed terms with 25-year old American center Isaiah Cotton (213-143kg-92). He just graduated from Missouri Baptist (NAIA). In 26 games he had 7.0ppg and 3.1rpg last season.
As mentioned above Cotton is just out of college, so it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.19.8 
 2. Kovacevic, Spars S.18.6 
 3. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.0 
 4. Vukovic, Mladost17.4 
 5. Jovanovic, Spars S.17.2 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.16.9 
 7. Hasandic, Sloboda .16.5 
 8. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.2 
 9. Pelkic, Leotar15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.9 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.8 
 3. Durmo, Spars S.7.9 
 4. Zimic, Kakanj7.6 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.5 
 6. Pelkic, Leotar7.4 
 7. Markovic, Gradj.7.4 
 8. Marojevic, Gradj.7.2 
 9. Karacic, Siroki P.7.0 
 10. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.7.4 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.1 
 3. Djurdjevic, Mlado.4.6 
 4. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.3 
 5. Zahiragic, Spars S.4.1 
 6. Luzajic, Leotar3.9 
 7. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 8. Fekete, Leotar3.8 
 9. Svilar, Kakanj3.8 
 10. Vukovic, Mladost3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.6 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.2 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .1.9 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.8 
 5. Hagins, Bosna-Royal1.8 
 6. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.7 
 7. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.6 
 8. Bocka, Gradjanski1.6 
 9. Persic, Siroki P.1.5 
 10. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Emir ZIMIC
  Kakanj
  (218-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Zimic, Kakanj1.2 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.2 
 3. Demic, Zrinjski HT1.2 
 4. Karacic, Siroki P.1.1 
 5. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.0.9 
 6. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 7. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.8 
 8. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.7 
 9. Djugum, Siroki P.0.7 


Division I Round 2 (Second Stage): Sloboda Tuzla lose to Zrinjski HT - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Division I. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sloboda Tuzla (1-1) in Mostar on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Zrinjski HT (2-0) 88-46. Zrinjski HT dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Sloboda Tuzla's 26. They outrebounded Sloboda Tuzla 44-26 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Sloboda Tuzla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Vedran Princ (191-82) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. point guard Marko Rikalo (187-94) responded with 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zrinjski HT are looking forward to face Spars Sarajevo (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sloboda Tuzla will play against Bosna-Royal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sarajevo. host Bosna-Royal (2-0) smashed Kakanj (0-2) 70-48. Serbian Strahinja Dragicevic (203-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) notched 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Maksim Sturanovic supported him with 9 points. Even 11 points and 7 rebounds by swingman Dejan Sakotic (195-93) did not help to save the game for Kakanj. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bosna-Royal will play against Sloboda Tuzla (#4) on the road in the next round. Kakanj will play against Igokea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2:
In I winless Spars Sarajevo lost to Igokea on the opponent's court 78-88. Siroki Primorka outscored Gradjanski in a home game 90-70. Winless Mladost lost to undefeated Leotar on the road 68-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 10 assists by Jan Mocnik of Siroki Primorka.

Liga 6
Zrinjski HT - Sloboda Tuzla 88-46

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sloboda Tuzla (1-1) in Mostar on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Zrinjski HT (2-0) 88-46. Zrinjski HT dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Sloboda Tuzla's 26. They outrebounded Sloboda Tuzla 44-26 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Sloboda Tuzla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Vedran Princ (191-82) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Zrinjski HT players scored in double figures. Point guard Marko Rikalo (187-94) responded with 10 points and Serbian power forward Bozo Djumic (208-92) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zrinjski HT are looking forward to face Spars Sarajevo (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sloboda Tuzla will play against Bosna-Royal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: T.Brummitt 18+15reb, V.Princ 16+7reb+6ast, B.Djurasovic 13+6reb, D.Knezevic 11, I.Begic 10+3reb+2ast, F.Bundovic 8+5reb
Sloboda Tuzla: M.Rikalo 10+3reb+3ast, B.Djumic 9+4reb, D.Brown 8+3reb+1ast, N.Muratovic 7+1reb+1ast, E.Latifagic 7+5reb, A.Hasandic 5
gschID: 540849


Igokea - Spars Sarajevo 88-78

Igokea used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Sarajevo 88-78. Igokea made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Igokea brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) notched 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks to lead the effort and Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) supported him with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds by power forward Ibrahim Durmo (201-97) did not help to save the game for Spars Sarajevo. Serbian guard Maksim Kovacevic (196-87) added 19 points for the guests. Five Igokea and four Spars Sarajevo players scored in double figures. Spars Sarajevo's coach Marko Trbic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Igokea will play against Kakanj (#5) on the road in the next round. Spars Sarajevo will play against Zrinjski HT to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Igokea: S.Micovic 23+8reb+4ast, M.Pasajlic 14+1reb+6ast, B.Mahkovic 10+4reb+1ast, J.Robinson 10+4reb+3ast, D.Milosevic 10+8reb+7ast, S.Glogovac 8+4reb
Spars Sarajevo: M.Kovacevic 19+4reb+1ast, I.Durmo 19+10reb+1ast, A.Stepanovic 13+3reb+1ast, S.Djordjevic 13+7reb+2ast, Z.Jovanovic 7+5reb+9ast, F.Manjgafic 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540848


Bosna-Royal - Kakanj 70-48

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sarajevo. host Bosna-Royal (2-0) smashed Kakanj (0-2) 70-48. Bosna-Royal dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Kakanj's 20. Bosna-Royal forced 26 Kakanj turnovers. Kakanj was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian Strahinja Dragicevic (203-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) notched 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Montenegrin center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, agency: 011 Sports) supported him with 9 points. Even 11 points and 7 rebounds by swingman Dejan Sakotic (195-93) did not help to save the game for Kakanj. Center Obrad Tomic (206-93) added 6 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bosna-Royal will play against Sloboda Tuzla (#4) on the road in the next round. Kakanj will play against Igokea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: S.Dragicevic 12+7reb+2ast, M.Sturanovic 9+3reb+2ast, V.Djordjevic 9+2ast, G.Ikonic 8+1reb+1ast, M.Josilo 7+4reb, H.Delalic 6+7reb
Kakanj: D.Sakotic 11+7reb, V.Svilar 7+2reb, A.Dzelmo 6+3reb+2ast, O.Tomic 6+9reb+2ast, E.Merdanovic 6, Z.Palavra 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 540850


Places 7-13
Siroki Primorka - Gradjanski 90-70

Siroki Primorka used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Bijeljina 90-70. Slovenian point guard Jan Mocnik (178-87) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists to lead the effort and Croatian center Ivan Karacic (202-96) supported him with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Five Siroki Primorka players scored in double figures. Siroki Primorka's coach Romeo Bilinovac allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds by Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-81) did not help to save the game for Gradjanski. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) added 13 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Siroki Primorka will play against Bosnjak (#10) in Hadzici in the next round. Gradjanski will play at home against Leotar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siroki Primorka: J.Mocnik 19+4reb+10ast, I.Karacic 14+14reb+1ast, D.Persic 13+2reb+2ast, D.Dreznjak 13+4reb, M.Dreznjak 12+3reb+1ast, M.Colak 9+3reb+1ast
Gradjanski: D.Marojevic 18+8reb, M.Damjanac 16+6reb, M.Markovic 13+9reb+3ast, D.Negovanovic 9+3reb+8ast, N.Vukovic 5+2reb+2ast, A.Vasilic 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 540851


Leotar - Mladost 72-68

Not a big story in a game in Trebinje where Mladost (0-2) was defeated by Leotar (1-0) 72-68. Leotar will play against Gradjanski (#9) in Bijeljina in the next round. Mladost will have a break next round.
gschID: 540852





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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Mogi
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stallworth, Mogi19.9 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 3. Anthony, Macae19.8 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo19.0 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros18.2 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.1 
 8. Andrade, Bauru17.1 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia17.0 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.10.5 
 2. Maynard, Minas8.0 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.9 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.8 
 5. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.1 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo6.7 
 8. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.6 
 10. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.6 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.6 
 3. Pecos, Paulistano5.6 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
 5. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.4 
 6. Borges, Franca5.4 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.3 
 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, Minas1.7 
 4. Taylor, Mogi1.7 
 5. Stallworth, Mogi1.7 
 6. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.7 
 7. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 8. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 9. Borges, Franca1.5 
 10. Toledo, B.Cearense1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 2. Lenz, Pinheiros0.9 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 4. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 5. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 8. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 9. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 
 10. Andrade, Bauru0.5 


Contagem lands Wesley Sena - by Paulo Freire

Contagem Towers (Liga Ouro) tabbed 21-year old Brazilian power forward Wesley Sena (210-96). He played recently at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in only one game he had just 1 point and 2 rebounds this season.
Despite young age Sena had impressive career. He received Latinbasket.com All-Paulista League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Brazil at the South American Championships U17 in Salto (Uruguay) four years ago. Sena's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 13.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.8%, FT: 61.5%.
Sena has played previously for Palmeiras.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BULGARIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  Rilski
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Shelton, Rilski24.8 
 2. Semple, Akademik.20.9 
 3. Ivanov, Levski19.5 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More19.4 
 5. Petkov, Yambol18.6 
 6. Smith, Akademik PL17.1 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan16.6 
 8. Tsonkov, Cherno M.16.5 
 9. Marincheshki, Spartak .16.4 
 10. Savic, Spartak .16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.1 
 2. Shelton, Rilski11.1 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.1 
 4. Savic, Spartak .8.8 
 5. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.8 
 6. Varbanov, Yambol8.5 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan8.5 
 8. Yanev, Cherno More8.3 
 9. Jones, Beroe7.7 
 10. Bruinsma, Rilski7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.6.6 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.0 
 3. Hott, Balkan5.7 
 4. Gruev, Spartak .5.4 
 5. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.2 
 6. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 7. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.3 
 8. Hadjirusev, Levski4.2 
 9. Ostrev, Yambol4.1 
 10. Dudev, Spartak .4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deyan KARAMFILOV
  Cherno M.
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.3 
 2. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 3. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 4. Jones, Beroe1.9 
 5. Bellfield, Akademik.1.9 
 6. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.9 
 7. Yanev, Cherno More1.9 
 8. Veselinov, Levski1.7 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 10. Hott, Balkan1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Semple, Akademik.1.8 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.4 
 3. Varbanov, Yambol1.2 
 4. Savic, Spartak .1.0 
 5. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.0.9 
 6. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 7. Johnson, Akademik.0.8 
 8. Daniels, Balkan0.7 
 9. Delic, Rilski0.7 
 10. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.7 



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  COSTA RICA  


George Letford is a newcomer at Grecia - by Francisco Vega

Super Cable Grecia (LBS) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old international swingman George Letford (185-91) from Ferreteria Brenes Barva. Letford has played there for the last seven years. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice).
Letford also represented Costa Rica at the COCABA Championships in San Jose (Costa Rica) two years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kay Martinez joins Escazu - by Francisco Vega

Coopeservidores Escazu (LBS) agreed terms with 33-year old international guard Kay Martinez (198-84, college: Jackson State) from Ferreteria Brenes Barva. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Martinez was voted Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket Honorable Mention in 2016.
He has been also a member of Costa Rican international program for some years. Martinez has regularly played for Costa Rican senior team since 2006 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2002.
He also represented Costa Rica at the COCABA Championships in San Jose (Costa Rica) two years ago.
Martinez has played previously professionally in Costa Rica (Cartago, Limon, Goico and Coopenae ARBA San Ramon) and El Salvador (Denver-FAS San Salvador).
He attended Jackson State until 2009 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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 Rio19.1 
 4. Pons, Guantanamo18.5 
 5. Guzman, Capitalinos17.0 
 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, Capitalinos6.4 
 5. Tito, Guantanamo6.2 
 6. Perez, Villa Clara6.0 
 7. Pons, Guantanamo5.7 
 8. Siria, Santiago5.6 
 9. Garcia, Matanzas5.1 
 10. Baldo, Camaguey4.8 
Assists Per Game
 Neslier ABREU
  Villa Clara
  (187-G-93)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Abreu, Villa Clara3.6 
 2. Heredia, Santiago3.6 
 3. Monterrey, Pinar d.3.5 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio2.7 
 5. Martinez, Ciego d.2.4 
 6. Deschapelles, Matan.2.4 
 7. Soltero, Capitalinos2.2 
 8. Boffil, Villa Clara2.1 
 9. Molina, Matanzas2.1 
 10. Sanchez, Capitalinos1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.5.1 
 2. Oliva, Pinar del Rio5.0 
 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, Capitalinos1.7 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.4 
 4. Quintana, Pinar d.1.0 
 5. Garcia, Matanzas0.9 
 6. Castellanos, Ciego d.0.9 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara0.7 
 8. Coutin, Capitalinos0.6 
 9. Romero, Villa Clara0.6 
 10. Soria, Guantanamo0.6 


LSB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Pinar del Rio and Matanzas - by Eurobasket News

Pinar del Rio - Capitalinos 70-62

Pinar del Rio overcame Capitalinos to take 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-10. But Capitalinos won third quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international center Elieser Quintana (205-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) chipped in 17 points and 5 steals. At the losing side the former international forward Esteban Martinez (192-87) responded with 36 points (!!!) and international forward Karel Guzman (188-95) scored 13 points. Capitalinos' coach Rainel Panfet rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pinar del Rio: O.Oliva 17+2reb+2ast, E.Quintana 14+10reb, T.Blanco 11+2ast, D.Martinez 8, Y.Monterrey 6+1reb+3ast, J.Martinez 6+1reb
Capitalinos: E.Martinez 36+2reb, K.Guzman 13+2reb+1ast, F.Maria 3+2reb, N.Coutin 2+2reb+1ast, R.Castillo 2+1reb+1ast, A.Font 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 540815


Villa Clara - Matanzas 94-97

Matanzas nipped Villa Clara in the opener. Guerreros outrebounded Villa Clara 30-19 including 21 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Danys Torrientes (190-85) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. The former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) contributed with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals for the winners. Guerreros' coach Jemmott Allen used entire bench in such tough game. Guard Neslier Abreu (187-93) answered with 34 points (!!!) and the former international swingman Andy Boffil (190-82) added 20 points and 8 steals in the effort for Villa Clara. Four Villa Clara players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Matanzas: D.Torrientes 27+3reb+3ast, Y.Molina 22+6reb+5ast, Y.Rodriguez 15+4reb+3ast, H.Garcia 9+9reb+1ast, Y.Moralez 9+3reb+2ast, L.Curtiz 8
Villa Clara: N.Abreu 34+1reb+2ast, A.Boffil 20+1reb+2ast, O.Perez 14+3reb+1ast, Y.Cubillas 12+9reb+1ast, D.Valdes 4, M.Troyano 3+3reb
gschID: 540814





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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.2 
 2. Peterka, Nymburk B23.9 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B23.6 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice21.9 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.8 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek18.9 
 7. Streba, USK P.18.8 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.8 
 9. Soska, Novy Jicin18.2 
 10. Sebela, Sokol S.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.3 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.6 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov10.1 
 4. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.9.4 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B9.3 
 6. Bubak, Vysocina9.0 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin8.9 
 8. Streba, USK P.8.7 
 9. Pelikan, Novy Jicin8.6 
 10. Bujnoch, Opava B8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.2 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice5.3 
 3. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 4. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 5. Sehnal, USK P.4.7 
 6. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.7 
 7. Petric, Pardubice4.7 
 8. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 9. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.2 
 10. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.8 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice3.3 
 3. Potocek, Pardubice2.4 
 4. Kozina, Zlin2.3 
 5. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.2 
 6. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.2 
 7. Nehoda, Zlin2.1 
 8. Novak, Vysocina2.0 
 9. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 10. Novak, Olomouc SK1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.3 
 2. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.8 
 3. Skranc, Pardubice1.7 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.3 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 7. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 8. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 9. Goga, Prostejov B1.1 
 10. Hlobil, Prostejov B1.0 



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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.1 
 2. Bello, Randers19.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.9 
 4. Mack, Horsens IC17.7 
 5. Nielsen, Randers17.5 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.3 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Dominique, Horsholm15.9 
 9. Haas, SISU15.5 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. McGrew, SI.10.7 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm9.0 
 5. Baru, SISU8.7 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg8.0 
 7. Moten, Svendborg6.9 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.7 
 9. Trist, Horsens IC6.5 
 10. Artino, Horsens IC6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.6 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Wilson, SISU4.7 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.5 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 6. Mack, Horsens IC4.3 
 7. Dranginis, SISU4.2 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved3.9 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.8 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.2 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Gesell, Bakken1.9 
 4. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 5. Akoon-P., Bakken1.9 
 6. Smith, Horsholm1.8 
 7. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 8. Nielsen, Horsholm1.7 
 9. Ross, Naestved1.6 
 10. Bello, Randers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 3. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 5. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 6. Moten, Svendborg1.0 
 7. Colas, Randers0.9 
 8. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.9 
 9. Baru, SISU0.8 
 10. Carter, Randers0.8 



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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Manny HARRIS
  Texas L.
  (196-F/G-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Harris, Texas L.26.0 
 2. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.8 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Jackson, Texas L.23.7 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.23.0 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.1 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.4 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.1 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Onuaku, Rio G.10.7 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.6 
 6. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 8. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
 9. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
 10. White, Sioux F.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 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.8.1 
 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. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 6. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 10. Millsap, N.Arizon.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.6 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 3. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.7 
 4. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 6. Tavares, Raptors .2.5 
 7. Obekpa, Santa C.2.3 
 8. Davis, Iowa E.2.3 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.2.3 
 10. Davis, N.Arizona S.2.1 


Stokes comes back to Sioux Falls Skyforce - by Eurobasket News

Sioux Falls Skyforce strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old forward Jarnell Stokes (201-113kg-94, college: Tennessee). It is actually his comeback to Sioux Falls Skyforce as he has played here before. Stokes played at Denver Nuggets in the NBA, but was released by the team in Nov.'16. But in two games he recorded just 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg this season. The last season Stokes played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce where in 35 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. Great season indeed as he was selected USBasket.com All-D-League Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
Three years ago he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (35th overall). Stokes attended University of Tennessee until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. Stokes' team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 55.0%.
Stokes has played previously professionally in other NBA team (New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Iowa Energy).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Canton charges past Red Claws, 110-99 - by Eurobasket News

If Thursday night's game turns out to be a preview of the upcoming NBA D-League playoffs, fans in Portland are in for a show. The Canton Charge - who swept Maine in two games last spring - had their way with the Red Claws Thursday night, leading from start to finish and even rubbing salt in the wound at the end of a 110-99 victory before a crowd of 2,287. Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland), a 5-foot-9 rookie guard on assignment from the parent Cleveland Cavaliers, drove in a for a dunk that didn't quite beat the final buzzer but certainly will be remembered should the teams meet again in April. Felder finished with 26 points on 12-of-33 shooting that included flushes of two alley-oop passes. He also had nine assists. 'We talked about him a fair bit this week,' Red Claws Coach Scott Morrison said. 'I didn't think his scoring was the end of us (Thursday). I thought our transition defense was the reason we lost the game, but Felder also hurt us passing the ball. We've got to be able to contest his shots without taking three guys to do it.' The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Red Claws (28-18), whose magic number remains two for clinching a third straight Atlantic Division title. They have four games left, including a regular-season home finale Sunday afternoon against Reno. Canton (29-18) stands in second place in the Central Division. 'We're not clinched in the playoffs,' Canton Coach Nate Reinking said. 'So for us, we're trying to get the mentality like every game is a playoff game. Tonight we came out, we played extremely well but we knew Maine, they've got firepower, too.' Canton jumped to leads of 10-2 and 27-13 before the Claws cut it to eight after one quarter. They came as close as four (44-40) midway through the second on a 3-pointer by Coron Williams (6'1''-PG-89, college: Wake Forest) before Canton went on a 12-0 run and entered halftime with a 63-44 lead. Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91, college: Oregon St.) (14 points, 16 rebounds) took a Felder pass and dunked early in the third for a 79-51 advantage, Canton's largest of the night. With help from two Celtics assigned to Maine, Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU, agency: Babcock Sports) and Demetrius Jackson, the Claws cut the margin to single digits in the fourth and with two minutes left had two open looks from deep to make it a five-point game, but attempts from both Marcus Georges-Hunt and Jackson rimmed out. 'It was important for us to show that fight,' said Mickey, who led Maine in points (20) and rebounds (11). 'We battled back. We didn't quit.' John Holland led Canton with 28 points on 16 fewer shots (11 of 17) than Felder. Williams had 18 for Maine, Jackson 16 and Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) 14. After Jackson made two free throws with 6.4 seconds left, both teams relaxed, assuming Canton would dribble out the clock. Instead, Felder brought the ball up court and dunked, with Mickey coming over to contest it. 'No NBA team I know of would do that,' Mickey said. 'I know the Celtics wouldn't do it for sure and I doubt the Cavaliers would so something like that. Guys know better than to do stuff like that.' He paused. 'I'll keep that in the back of my mind,' he said, 'if we happen to play these guys again.'
Courtesy of: pressherald.com



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



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  EL SALVADOR  


James Milton (ex Cayo Western B.) joins Giants - by Eurobasket News

Giants de San Salvador (Liga MB) agreed terms with American power forward James Milton (203-100kg, college: Stevenson). He played last season at Cayo Western Ballaz in Belizean NEBL. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.4apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Belizean NEBL 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Milton won Belizean NEBL championship title in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Belize for San Pedro Tigersharks.
Milton graduated from Stevenson University in 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Giants tab James Kirksey, ex Dundgovi - by Eurobasket News

Giants de San Salvador (Liga MB) inked American James Kirksey. He played recently at Dundgovi in Mongolian Superleague.
Kirksey was voted to Mongolian Superleague All-Star Game in 2017.

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Liga MB Round 18: Giants still not able to record any victory - by Eurobasket News

The round 18 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Bottom-ranked Giants is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to seventh ranked Denver-FAS (7-5) 95-71 on Wednesday evening. Denver-FAS forced 22 Giants turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Giants' players. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for point guard Anthony Brown (193-89, college: Imperial Valley JC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) contributed with 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) replied with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Giants. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Denver-FAS have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Giants at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Denver-FAS will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Giants' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Salvador Arcense.
Important game to mention about took place in San Salvador. Fourteenth ranked Arcense (2-10) saved a 3-point derby victory at home edging higher ranked Sonsonate (6-6) 80-77 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. American point guard Danny Lawhorn (183, college: Midwestern St.) scored 37 points (!!!), 9 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Mike Moore chipped in 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Panamanian forward Manuel Gudino (195-95) with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Arcense maintains fourteenth position with 2-10 record. Newly promoted Sonsonate dropped to the ninth place with six games lost. Arcense's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Salvador to the arena Giants.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Cojute smashed Santa Ana on the road 116-93. 11 Lobos was destroyed by Halcones on its own court 87-109. Quezaltepeque unfortunately lost to Brujos Izalco in a road game 76-87.

Denver-FAS - Giants 95-71

Bottom-ranked Giants is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to seventh ranked Denver-FAS (7-5) 95-71 on Wednesday evening. Denver-FAS forced 22 Giants turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Giants' players. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for point guard Anthony Brown (193-89, college: Imperial Valley JC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) contributed with 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Denver-FAS players scored in double figures. Guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) replied with 26 points and 7 rebounds and James Kirksey added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Giants. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Denver-FAS have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Giants at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Denver-FAS will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Giants' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Salvador Arcense.
Top scorers:
Denver-FAS: T.Alexander 26+7reb+3ast, A.Brown 23+9reb+10ast, J.Maria Rivas 20+5reb+1ast, O.Adedoyin 11+5reb+1ast, I.Urrutia 9+3reb+7ast, J.Flores 2+1reb
Giants: M.Brooks 26+7reb+1ast, J.Kirksey 20+7reb+3ast, J.Milton 8+14reb+4ast, L.Escoto 5+2reb+1ast, J.Lopez 4+1reb+2ast, C.Flores 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 537017


Arcense - Sonsonate 80-77

Important game to mention about took place in San Salvador. Fourteenth ranked Arcense (2-10) saved a 3-point derby victory at home edging higher ranked Sonsonate (6-6) 80-77 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Arcense forced 24 Sonsonate turnovers. Strangely Sonsonate outrebounded Arcense 53-36 including 20 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American point guard Danny Lawhorn (183, college: Midwestern St.) scored 37 points (!!!), 9 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Mike Moore (195-89, college: Hofstra, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Panamanian forward Manuel Gudino (195-95) with 25 points and 9 rebounds and Mauricio Lahud scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Arcense maintains fourteenth position with 2-10 record. Newly promoted Sonsonate dropped to the ninth place with six games lost. Arcense's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Salvador to the arena Giants.
Top scorers:
Arcense: D.Lawhorn 37+4reb+9ast, M.Moore 21+14reb+4ast, C.Torres 8+4reb+7ast, L.Birdsong 7+4reb+2ast, R.Cardona 4+3reb+1ast, D.Hernandez 3+1ast
Sonsonate: M.Gudino 25+9reb+2ast, M.Lahud 24+5reb+3ast, Y.Haiti 11+16reb+5ast, A.Rojas 9+15reb, J.Loucel 4+5reb+2ast, L.Hernandez 4+2reb+7ast
gschID: 537018


Santa Ana - Cojute 93-116

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Cojute (6-5) crushed on the road 13th ranked Santa Ana (2-9) 116-93. Cojute made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Santa Ana turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American players dominated also this game. Power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) scored 44 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) chipped in 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Four Cojute players scored in double figures. Cojute's coach 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 center Andre Smith (208, college: William Jessup) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 21 rebounds and forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Cojute moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Quezaltepeque and Canarios. Santa Ana lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Cojute will play against 11 Lobos (#11) in Chalchuapa in the next round where they are favorite. Santa Ana will play on the road against the league's second-placed Brujos Izalco and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cojute: A.Moe 44+7reb+1ast, B.Golden 25+10reb+10ast, S.Sill 21+13reb+5ast, B.Garcia 12+7reb+3ast, L.Quintanilla 5+2reb+1ast, J.Quintanilla 4+1reb+3ast
Santa Ana: T.Dowdell 31+5reb+7ast, A.Smith 23+21reb+3ast, T.Conyers 17+4reb+11ast, F.Salazar 9+3reb+2ast, V.Sandoval 6+1reb+1ast, E.Molina 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 537016


11 Lobos - Halcones 87-109

Very expected game when 11th ranked 11 Lobos (4-7) were smashed by fourth ranked Halcones (8-4) in Chalchuapa 109-87. Halcones players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American players dominated also this game. Point guard Jeremee Davis (191-90, college: Georgia Coll.) scored 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) chipped in 22 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Halcones' coach 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 center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 21 rebounds and point guard Shawn Hampton (187) scored 28 points and 4 assists. Five Halcones and four 11 Lobos players scored in double figures. Halcones maintains fourth position with 8-4 record. 11 Lobos at the other side keep the eleventh place with seven games lost. Halcones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. 11 Lobos will play at home against Cojute (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Davis 34+8reb+7ast, J.Moss 22+10reb+3ast, R.Miller 15+13reb+1ast, J.Araujo 12+3reb+5ast, R.Figueroa 11+1reb+2ast, I.Andaluz 8+1ast
11 Lobos: S.Hampton 28+4reb+4ast, A.Ruano 16+1reb+3ast, M.Montavious 16+21reb, J.Antoine 15+12reb+2ast, J.Cuestas 6+2reb+1ast, M.Gonzalez 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 537015


Brujos Izalco - Quezaltepeque 87-76

Rather predictable result when second ranked Brujos Izalco (10-1) won against at home 5th ranked Quezaltepeque (6-5) 87-76. Brujos Izalco had a 40-28 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Brujos Izalco brought some defensive toughness making 14 blocks. American players dominated also this game. Guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) scored 40 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) chipped in 15 points, 20 rebounds and 7 blocks during the contest. Brujos Izalco's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Nate Drayton (203-91, college: W.Texas A&M) with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 20 rebounds and 6 blocks and Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. Brujos Izalco have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-1 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Quezaltepeque lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Cojute and Canarios. Brujos Izalco will play against Santa Ana (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Quezaltepeque will play against the league's leader Santa Tecla (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 40+7reb+4ast, G.McArthur 15+20reb+1ast, M.Flores 12+2reb+7ast, R.Mendez 7+7reb+3ast, D.Thompson 7+4reb, T.Elliott 4+11reb+1ast
Quezaltepeque: N.Drayton 20+20reb, Q.Scates 19+6reb+6ast, S.Brackett 13+6ast, R.Miranda 11+4reb+1ast, L.Portal 5+8reb+3ast, F.Castellanos 3+2reb
gschID: 537014





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  EUROLEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Langford, Unics22.5 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.2 
 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. Brown, Anadolu .13.1 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris13.1 
 10. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.6 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.5 
 3. Voigtmann, Basko.7.4 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.4 
 5. Zizic, Darussafaka7.2 
 6. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.1 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.4 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.3 
 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. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 5. Colom, Unics5.8 
 6. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.8 
 7. Calathes, Panathin.5.7 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 9. Larkin, Baskonia5.6 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.4 
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. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 7. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 8. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 9. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 10. Papanikolaou, Olympiac.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.6 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.3 
 4. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.1 
 6. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 
 10. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 


Sergio Llull claims Euroleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Real Madrid and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 21 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Real Madrid in his team's victory, helping them to crush FC Barcelona (#12, 10-17) with 16-point margin 85-69. It allowed Real Madrid to jump to the first place in the Euroleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Real Madrid has a very solid 20-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Llull had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Real Madrid, through which he has constantly improved. Llull has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.4ppg), assists (2nd best: 6.3apg) and averages solid 52.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Uruguayan guard Jayson Granger (189-G-89) of Anadolu Efes. Granger impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 8 assists. Of course Anadolu Efes cruised to a 76-68 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Zalgiris (#10, 12-15). This victory allowed Anadolu Efes to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Granger is well-known by Anadolu Efes fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. alumni Granger played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Diamon Simpson (204-F-87) of Maccabi T-A (#13). Simpson scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Maccabi T-A, leading his team to a 81-79 win against the higher-ranked Fenerbahce (#4, 17-10). The chances of Maccabi T-A not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Simpson could try to bring Maccabi T-A's a little bit higher in the standings. Simpson has a very solid season. In 3 games in Euroleague he scored 10.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) of Olympiacos - 17 points and 9 rebounds
7. Chase Budinger (201-SF-88) of Baskonia - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) of CSKA - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Tornike Shengelia (206-F-91) of Baskonia - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA - 17 points and 8 assists

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



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  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.5.1 
 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. Latvala, Ura Basket4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darian CARTHARN
  Espoo B.
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 2. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 3. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.5 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 5. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 6. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.4 
 7. Moore, ToPo2.3 
 8. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Kuusisto, ToPo2.1 
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 


Korisliiga Round 37: Joensuun Kataja beat Helsinki Seagulls in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Korisliiga. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Joensuu. Third ranked Joensuun Kataja faced their biggest opponent Helsinki Seagulls. Host Joensuun Kataja (23-9) smashed guests from Helsinki (24-10) 82-53. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Helsinki Seagulls' 28. Joensuun Kataja forced 20 Helsinki Seagulls turnovers and outrebounded them 39-25 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Joensuun Kataja made 7 blocks. American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) fired 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Blacktop Management) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Joensuun Kataja have a solid series of three victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains third place with 23-9 record having five points less than leader Salon Vilpas. Helsinki Seagulls at the other side keeps the second position with ten games lost. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face KTP-Basket (#8) in Kotka in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Helsinki Seagulls will play on the road against the league's leader Salon Vilpas (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was played in Kotka between eighth ranked KTP-Basket and 5th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat where host KTP-Basket (13-21) won against Lapuan Korikobrat (15-19) 85-76. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Antwan Scott (188-92, college: Colorado St.) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Monyea Pratt contributed with 20 points, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for Lapuan Korikobrat. KTP-Basket maintains eighth place with 13-21 record, which they share with Pyrinto. Lapuan Korikobrat lost sixth consecutive game. Lapuan Korikobrat at the other side keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Kouvot and BC Nokia. KTP-Basket will play against higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against BC Nokia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was played in Kauhajoki where Kouvot (#7) won against host Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) 96-91 on Wednesday evening. The game was also dominated by American players. Raheem Appleby stepped up and scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. At the losing side Tate Unruh responded with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Defending champion (15-19) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BC Nokia and Lapua. Kauhajoen Karhu lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. Kouvot will meet at home bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Joensuun Kataja (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Salon Vilpas delivered the twenty sixth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked UU-Korihait (5-29) 85-73 in Uusikaupunki. Al'Lonzo Coleman nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Salon Vilpas (26-8) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. UU-Korihait lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 29 lost games. Salon Vilpas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Helsinki Seagulls at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. UU-Korihait will play against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Nokia. Ninth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (13-21) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging higher ranked BC Nokia (15-19) 82-81 on Wednesday evening. Kelvin Lewis fired 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. The victory was the third consecutive win for Tampereen Pyrinto. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KTP Basket. Loser BC Nokia keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will have a break next round. BC Nokia will play on the road against Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

BC Nokia - Pyrinto 81-82

Important game to mention about took place in Nokia. Ninth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (13-21) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging higher ranked BC Nokia (15-19) 82-81 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 30-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Kelvin Lewis (195-88, college: Houston) fired 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward JNathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. American guard Javier Duren (193-93, college: Yale) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Blacktop Management) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. The victory was the third consecutive win for Tampereen Pyrinto. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KTP Basket. Loser BC Nokia keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will have a break next round. BC Nokia will play on the road against Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: J.Duren 23+8reb+3ast, P.Dia 14+2reb, S.Barrett 12+7reb+3ast, E.Skamo 9+5reb+2ast, D.Dolenc 8+2reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 7+5reb+1ast
Pyrinto: K.Lewis 17+3reb+5ast, J.Bullock 17+5reb+1ast, T.Nelson 11+11reb, J.Caven 11+3reb+1ast, R.Minard 11+7reb+3ast, A.Lehto 10+1reb+3ast
gschID: 488087


KTP Basket - Lapua 85-76

Another exciting game was played in Kotka between eighth ranked KTP-Basket and 5th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat where host KTP-Basket (13-21) won against Lapuan Korikobrat (15-19) 85-76. It looked good early as Lapuan Korikobrat took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then KTP-Basket had a 32-19 second period charge getting the lead and Lapuan Korikobrat was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-85. KTP-Basket forced 20 Lapuan Korikobrat turnovers. Strangely Lapuan Korikobrat outrebounded KTP-Basket 39-26 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Antwan Scott (188-92, college: Colorado St.) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) contributed with 20 points, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Lapuan Korikobrat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KTP-Basket maintains eighth place with 13-21 record, which they share with Pyrinto. Lapuan Korikobrat lost sixth consecutive game. Lapuan Korikobrat at the other side keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Kouvot and BC Nokia. KTP-Basket will play against higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against BC Nokia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lapua: J.Jones 19+10reb+3ast, D.Morris 18+3reb+2ast, D.Williams 14+8reb+2ast, L.Kinnard 13+9reb, A.Conerly 5+3reb+4ast, T.Viertola 4+2reb
KTP Basket: A.Scott 23+9reb+4ast, M.Pratt 20+4reb+8ast, M.Barnes 17+3reb+1ast, S.Gay 13+3reb+1ast, D.Bailey 6+4reb+3ast, M.Aalto 3+2reb
gschID: 488088


Kauhajoki - Kouvot 91-96

An interesting game was played in Kauhajoki where Kouvot (#7) won against host Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) 96-91 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-91. Strangely Kauhajoen Karhu outrebounded Kouvot 35-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Raheem Appleby (190-93, college: Louisiana Tech) stepped up and scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard James Sinclair (190-93, college: W.Carolina) chipped in 23 points. At the losing side guard Tate Unruh (193-90, college: N.Colorado, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Five Kouvot and four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Defending champion (15-19) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BC Nokia and Lapua. Kauhajoen Karhu lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. Kouvot will meet at home bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Joensuun Kataja (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: T.Unruh 23+5reb+5ast, K.Holsey 19+9reb+1ast, D.Giles 19+9reb+2ast, A.Hollins 10+4reb+3ast, S.Vanttaja 9+3reb+2ast, J.Lehtoranta 8+4reb+1ast
Kouvot: J.Sinclair 23+4reb+1ast, R.Appleby 22+6reb+4ast, M.Cuffee 14+3reb+1ast, R.Buckles 14+4reb+3ast, T.Hirvonen 13, A.Saarijarvi 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 488086


Korihait - Salon Vilpas 73-85

Leader Salon Vilpas delivered the twenty sixth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked UU-Korihait (5-29) 85-73 in Uusikaupunki. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 26-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) accounted for 21 points and 5 assists. Five Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) came up with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Gary Johnson (198-91, college: Albany) added 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for UU-Korihait in the defeat. Salon Vilpas (26-8) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. UU-Korihait lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 29 lost games. Salon Vilpas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Helsinki Seagulls at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. UU-Korihait will play against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Korihait: M.Jalonen 13+6reb+4ast, E.McAlister 12+4reb+1ast, P.Peltokangas 10+3reb+2ast, M.Van 9+5reb+1ast, G.Johnson 7+8reb+4ast, E.Holloway 7+5reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: J.Staten 21+4reb+5ast, O.Jarvi 12+2reb+1ast, B.Edwards 12+11reb, A.Coleman 12+10reb+9ast, D.Williams 10+5reb, M.Ojala 6+6reb
gschID: 488090


Kataja Basket - Helsinki Seagulls 82-53

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Joensuu. Third ranked Joensuun Kataja faced their biggest opponent Helsinki Seagulls. Host Joensuun Kataja (23-9) smashed guests from Helsinki (24-10) 82-53. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Helsinki Seagulls' 28. Joensuun Kataja forced 20 Helsinki Seagulls turnovers and outrebounded them 39-25 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Joensuun Kataja made 7 blocks. American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) fired 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. American guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Blacktop Management) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and forward Timo Heinonen (198-81, agency: Blacktop Management) added 11 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. Joensuun Kataja have a solid series of three victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains third place with 23-9 record having five points less than leader Salon Vilpas. Helsinki Seagulls at the other side keeps the second position with ten games lost. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face KTP-Basket (#8) in Kotka in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Helsinki Seagulls will play on the road against the league's leader Salon Vilpas (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: J.Conley 12+6reb, T.Heinonen 11+2reb, R.Cowels III 7+3reb+1ast, R.Abell 5+2reb+1ast, A.Vaenerberg 4+3reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 4+2reb
Kataja Basket: D.Mullings 17+3reb+3ast, R.Brown 17+7reb+5ast, T.Rannikko 13+6reb+4ast, J.Bradley 12+9reb, K.Bristol 8+8reb, T.Huolila 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 488089





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Jerrold BROOKS
  ALS Basket
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Brooks, ALS Basket17.9 
 2. Bradford, St Vallier17.8 
 3. Craion, Lorient17.6 
 4. Vaty, Lourdes17.0 
 5. Newson, Lorient16.6 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.4 
 7. Smith, Orchies16.2 
 8. Mitchell, Chartres16.0 
 9. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.16.0 
 10. Strong, St Vallier15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.10.0 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.8.9 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.3 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.8.1 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket8.0 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.7 
 7. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 8. Cox, Challans7.5 
 9. Vaty, Lourdes7.3 
 10. Rakocevic, Orchies7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Vitre
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Korac, Vitre7.9 
 2. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.3 
 3. Romain, Chartres7.1 
 4. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.4 
 5. Rathieuville, Rennes5.3 
 6. Delhomme, St Vallier5.2 
 7. Smith, Orchies5.0 
 8. Bichard, RAC Basket5.0 
 9. Suhard, Angers BC4.9 
 10. Choplin, Quimper4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Craion, Lorient3.0 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.3 
 3. Neri, ALS Basket2.1 
 4. Cornely, Caen2.0 
 5. Newson, Lorient2.0 
 6. Demuynck, Lourdes1.9 
 7. Monceau, Challans1.8 
 8. Pene, Rennes1.6 
 9. Correia, Souffel1.6 
 10. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Angers BC
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Watt, Angers BC1.3 
 2. Negrobar, Rennes1.2 
 3. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.0 
 4. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 5. Monteiro, Caen1.0 
 6. Kayembe, Souffel0.9 
 7. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 8. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 9. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.8 
 10. Davis, Rennes0.8 


Pau-Lacq-Orthez adds Agbelese to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) added to their roster 27-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Danny Agbelese (206-107kg-90, college: Hampton). He played recently at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A, but left the team earlier this month. In 23 games he recorded 5.0ppg and 4.2rpg this season. The last season Agbelese played at Gipuzkoa in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 23 games he averaged 4.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1bpg. He also played earlier that season for Ourense (Liga Endesa) in Spain. In 11 games he had 9.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. Agbelese also spent pre-season at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) in Greek league earlier 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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Orleans add Milosevic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 30-year old Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-111kg-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: 011 Sports). He started the season at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Milosevic managed to play in three leagues this year. In 12 Premier League games he had 14.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.7apg. Milosevic also played 18 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.8ppg and 7.5rpg. The last season Milosevic played at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. In 26 games he got 3.0ppg and 2.2rpg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 7.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg.
Milosevic's team won Romanian Cup in 2014.
He was a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. Milosevic was called to Montenegrin Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He is quite experienced player. Milosevic has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol), Spain (Burgos), Montenegro (Mornar Bar, Buducnost and KK Podgorica) and Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu).
He attended Western Kentucky University until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
On Milosevic: He's a key player--bigger and stronger and he seems more confident. He can be a consistent double-double.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  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 


Rilwan Bakare (Fraport Skyliners Juniors) I Will Never Forget Practicing With The BBL Team And Being Treated Like Family - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Rilwan Bakare (201-F-90, college: Texas Wesleyan) is a 26 year 201cm forward from Chicago,Illinois playing his third professional season and first with the Fraport Skyliners Juniors after starting the season with Pernion Urheilijat Basket (Finland-1st Division) and then moving to Union de Santa Fe (Argentina-TNA). Last season he played for BK Iskra Svit (Slovakia-SBL) playing 18 games averaging 11.2ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 57.8%, FT: 58.5%. As a rookie he played for TuS Breckerfeld (Germany-2.Regionalliga) playing 18 games averaging 19.9ppg, 10.5rpg. He played his college ball at four schools including Columbus State Community College (NJCAA), Danville Area Community College (NJCAA), Campbellsville (NAIA) and Texas Wesleyan (NAIA): He spoke to eurobasket after the game 3 loss to Lok Bernau ending his third professional season.

A tough loss to Lok Bernau ending the season. How much of a basketball culture shock was it coming from the big beautiful Mercedes arena to the tiny Bernau gym for game 3?

It was a difference I just had to adjust very quick

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors took only 8 players. Did this already put some pressure on the players knowing that total aggressive defense could have put guys in early foul trouble?

Just felt a little pressure but we had to just work harder and play as a team


How key was the quick 9-0 Lok Bernau start for the rest of the game? They jumped on the Fraport Skyliners Juniors right off the bat. Did this fast start already have an effect on the team mentally for the rest of the game?

I will say yes or no we knew they were going come out strong we just didn't adjust fast enough to stop the run


The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were playing catch up basketball all game long. What was most difficult defensively for not being able to keep Lok Bernau better in check?

Communication and being disciplined on defense I believe we got a little tired since some players had to play more minutes it's no excuse but mentally we knew it wasn't going be easy.


Lok Bernau did a good job getting the ball inside as Tim Schneider dominated. One can always use the excuse that Mahir Agva and Niklas Kiel were missing, but so was Tim Oldenburg. Were you a bit overmatched having only Cosmo Gruehn and yourself as the only true big men?

Yes and no we could have done a better job guarding the big man and sometimes had a miss match problem but it wasn't an overmatch and it wasn't a big difference. We tried to play our hearts out but still came up short.

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were down 67-47 after three quarters. Lok Bernau started with a 8-0 run to lead 75-47. How difficult was it mentally for you to keep focused about coming back or was the season over for you at this point?

It was kind of difficult but I had to keep my mindl strong but I tried my best to keep focused throughout the whole game.


How proud were you of Germans like role players Jamin Knothe and Can Akbayir? How much did they profit from getting these minutes in a big playoff game against a big opponent?

They played very hard and I am proud of them trying help us win.


You finished the game with 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes. Are you a little annoyed that you couldn't produce more? Are you surprised that you only took three shots?

I was annoyed, but I felt like I could of done better. I think I did get a little frustrated which I blame myself. Sometimes the game will overwhelm you and I have to remember to stay focused on the bigger picture and play harder. I feel bad that I let my team down and I will learn from my mistakes and move on to getting better


You have seen many Pro B teams this season. How far can Lok Bernau go? Do you feel as though they could win it all?


They are a great team and I don't know what will happen, but there are a lot of great teams in the Pro B and we will just have to see.


Let's talk about your season. In your first two seasons, you played in Germany and Slovakia, but this season in Finland, Argentina and Germany. How do you feel did you grow as a player in your third professional season?

I learned so much on how to become a better player in that I have to work harder than before. I started the season off slow but I know what I need to do when I get home.


What did you like most about your few months in Frankfurt? You will probably never see a training facility like this again. What will you never forget about this experience?


The experience I will never forget was the club allowing me to practice with the BBL team and learning from the head coach and becoming a better player. I liked how Frankfurt was very organized, and also treated everybody like family.


You have talked with joy about Isaac Bonga and I love his passing game, but if you look back at all the practices and games, what was his most amazing pass you remember him doing that you will never forget?


I will never forget hoe he split two defenders and passed me the ball. Isaac is a great player and he will be special in the future.


Where will the journey of Rilwan Bakare go now? Will you hang out in Frankfurt a bit or go back to Chicago and get ready for next season?


I don't know yet. I didn't want to go home honestly. I wanted to keep learning and get better but I know what I need to work on when I get home.


What have you enjoyed most about the country Germany and it's basketball? Could you imagine coming back and playing in Germany next season?


I will pray and hopefully come back to Germany I loved the city Frankfurt that I played in I also enjoyed exploring Berlin.


You are from Chicago and follow the Chicago Bulls. What has been your impression of German Paul Zipser? Do you see him having a long NBA career?


I'm not Chicago fan, but I'm more of OKC fan and Paul Zipser is a great player and will have a long season.


Where do you rank Boston Celtic point guard Isaiah Thomas with the top point guards in the NBA now?

Top 5 point guard in today's generation and very humble and hard worker.


What NCAA teams will make the NCAA Final 4 and who will win?

I believe UCLA will win it all

What was the last movie that you saw?

The Iverson Movie.

Thanks Rilwan for the chat.



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.




Jordan Burris (BBC Coburg) Has The Game And Kobe Ammunition To Fill A Gym - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



The life of a professional basketball player in Europe obviously is worlds apart from the glitz and glamour of the NBA, but it's still an occupation and a meal ticket for so many Americans living their basketball dream. A professional basketball player in Europe has so much free time on his hands during the day something any normal Joe Shmoe that is working a 9-5 job would dream of having at least once a week, but professional basketball players have it almost every day and sometimes worry too much about what and what not to do. Usually a club will have a weight room workout and light shooting somewhere in the vicinity of 10-1 and then a hard practice at night for 1-2 hours and in between and after a player has many options to fill their time. Back in the 80's and 90's a player had to be very imaginative about their free time as their was no social media, state of the art cell phones or Skype. Back then a player actually went into book stores to fill up on reading material and had possibly more interesting encounters of how to pick up women simply because then it was a work of art whereas now you can find a new one every night in the internet. However an interesting thing that clubs have done over the years is send players to schools to talk about their experiences with basketball and life or to help aspiring young kids how to play basketball. Usually it seems the taller and more gregarious a player is, the more interest a player will get simply because you don't see many 208cm men walking around in Europe. Fraport Skyliner Mike Morrison can fill the Fraport arena alone with his crushing dunks as it is always a highlight to see him running the floor and getting served up an alley-op hard throw down from a AJ English, Kwame Vaughn or Quantez Robertson as his 8 dunks recently against Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka seemed like an eternity for the Champions League team on that night. Of course, Morrison could also tell great tales about his experiences in Finland and Cyprus or school days at George Mason as well as other players recalling their great moments, but it's not every day that a player can rock the court with his play and also fill a classroom with his Kobe Ammunition. One of these guys is Jordan Burris (201-F-92, college: CS San Bernar.) who currently is living his basketball dream in the German 4th league with up and coming team Coburg. He is having a great third professional season which in a way is his rookie season after his first two professional seasons didn't really pan out the way he wanted to. He is filling the gym in Coburg with his game as he is averaging 20,8ppg, 9,1rpg, 2,6rpg and 2,4spg and if he had to would be able to fill any other room with his Kobe Bryant story. Burris had the opportunity to film a commercial with NBA legend Kobe Bryant that would fill any room to capacity, but then again if Mike Morrison would film an interview with his son Mike junior, it would surely get the thumbs up in Frankfurt and fill any room as anything they would do could only be entertaining as this father and son duo had the perfect wedding proposal plan and party time plan when mommy left for a trip to the States recently. If Burris really wanted to and needed extra cash, he could surely come up with a way to spice up the Kobe Bryant experience and just tour the country. He will forever cherish his time with the LA Laker legend. ' He's been my favorite player since I can remember. So to meet him and be able to pick his brain was the experience of a lifetime. At one point he stopped the production of the commercial and gave me a personal lesson on his fade away. That's a memory I will cherish forever. He's also a big trash talker man. But I guess in 20 years of NBA basketball he's heard it all', stated Jordan Burris. Burris also had the audacity to talk trash with Kobe and warned him about blocking his shot, but instead saw the master drop 10/10 on him. 'I told him I'm Jordan I'm the guy that's going to lock you down. To that he said that's not what my 30,000+ points say. After that I had nothing to say. But just being a huge fan of his, I admire his work ethic and tried to incorporate that into my game. Be the first one in and last one out as much as possible. A line that sticks with me from Kobe is rest in the end; not in the middle', stated Jordan Burris.

Burris is a 25 year old 201cm forward from Bakersfield, California that is playing his third professional season if one can call it that as he played only three D-League games with the Reno Bighorns and had stints in the American minor leagues with the Santa Monica Jump (IBL) and Indiana Diesels (PBL).Before turning professional he played at Nevada (NCAA) from 2010-2013 playing a total of 92 NCAA games and stat wise his junior season was his most productive as he played 31 games averaging 6.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 71.0%. Two of his best games were against Cal Poly-SLO where he scored 13 points in a 69-56 win and faced American Chris Eversley who currently is playing two leagues higher than him in Germany with the RheinStars had 7 points and the other fine outing was against USF in a 59-51 victory where he steered 11 points and seven boards However after three seasons he decided to move to CS San Bernardino (NCAA2) for his senior year where he displayed his knack for being a well rounded team player playing 25 games averaging 14.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 72.0%. He also showed how quickly he could adjust to a new environment. 'It's always tough going to a new place especially after being comfortable in one place. I think this adversity and learning to play a whole new team in a short amount of time benefited me for the start of my pro career', stressed Jordan Burris. His best two scoring games were against Chico State where he hammered in 31 and 24 points, but it wasn't his fondest memories there. 'They were good individual games. But if I remember correctly we lost both. Some games I remember more than that are winning our 16th straight game against Humboldt State and beating Chaminade in the tourney', added Jordan Burris.

Burris turned professional in 2014 and was drafted by the Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League,5rd (89), but his D-league experience didn't start right away and when it finally did in March 2015, it lasted only 3 games. Burris entered the shark filled tank of professional basketball bringing a very well rounded game, but it didn't seem to really to impress many at first. He really wanted to show everyone what he could do, but just didn't get a chance as his game reminded him of a player ripping up the NBA on the other side of the Bay in San Francisco. 'I like to compare myself to a Klay Thompson. He's a good shooter and overall playmaker that can play and defend multiple positions. He also can make plays with and without the ball which I think is a valuable asset to the team', added Jordan Burris After playing briefly with the Santa Monica Jump (IBL), he then played three games with the Reno Bighorns (D-League) and in his last game saw 14 minutes against Santa Cruz scoring three points on 1/5 shooting and that was the end of his D-league trial. 'The D league is a very crazy league with people getting sent down from the NBA and pressure to put the right guys on the court and I think it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle', warned Jordan Burris. The American who lists current Memphis Grizzlie Ray Mccallum as his toughest opponent in the NCAA never gave up and turned some heads in the famous Drew League in Los Angeles, but even after his showing there knew that the professional route wasn't going to be easy anywhere. 'Pro basketball isn't for the weak minded. You have to be strong physically and mentally and be able to fight through some adversity', stated Jordan Burris. After the Drew League in the summer of 2015, he didn't get his big break, but had to settle for some more semi-pro basketball with the Indiana Diesels (PBL).Then in the summer of 2016, he finally got a break and got an offer from German Regionalliga team Coburg who were playing in the fourth league. He knew that his first two years of professional ball was nothing to write home about, but Germany was always a place where he wanted to play and 8 months later, he is thrilled that he chose Coburg. Back in the summer of 2016, he knew that he had made the right choice with Coburg. 'I think there is a lot of expectations but at the end of the day it's basketball. I've been playing this game for 20 years so I'm pretty confident that we will make it work! As for the pressure, hey pressure forms diamonds. Coburg picked me and I just want to go out and prove that they made the right decision', stated Jordan Burris.

Eight months later, Both Coburg and Burris had made the right decision as the club is the best Regionalliga team in Germany posting a 20-2 record and on it's way up to the next level the Pro B. The club surprisingly lost their only game this season at home against Bad Aibling in the always filled HUK-Coburg arena that fills 3,000 passionate Bavarian fans that got the attention of Burris early on. 'The excitement is definitely growing! I love the fans they're so loyal and passionate. They travel with us and make almost every game feel like a home game for us. So that's what I appreciate, the pure passion that they have', stressed Jordan Burris. The success of the team where they score 91 points per game and allow 76 points has made basketball life so much easier for the California native and sees no real secret for the success. 'We've been very successful and the team as well as the fans and the city in general has made this a fun and easy transition to the European lifestyle. I really am enjoying my time here and I'm so thankful for the opportunity. There hasn't really been a secret to our success. Hard work and determination with a little luck sprinkled in. We are lucky that we have a great group of guys that all get along on and off the court and are willing to sacrifice for one another to get the job done', warned Jordan Burris.

Usually there is one or two top Americans on every Regionalliga team and usually also leading the team in scoring, but that isn't the case as Burris is second in scoring to German Fabian Franke who has German BBL experience and played in the Pro A which is two levels above the Regionalliga. Often an American playing overseas will have that annoying ego, but not Burris who is proud of his teammate who dropped 36 points in a win against Vilsbiburg. 'Fabi is very easy to play with. He has a high basketball IQ and a knack for scoring the ball. And he can score from inside and outside. I think that night he also had 12 rebounds! Monster performance by him. That'll be tough to top, but who knows on any given night any of us from top to bottom of our team is capable of getting hot', warned Jordan Burris. As for his own game, Burris has proved that he belongs to the best imports in the Regionalliga averaging 20,6ppg, 8,8rpg, 2,5apg and 2,4spg. He wouldn't attribute the success in his game where he is a man playing among boys. 'It's definitely not too easy. I think there is a lot of talent in this league. I just have a mindset that I will outwork everyone. And I'm glad the results are showing. Nothing easy I just work as hard as I can and play hard also, the focus is to win the game and do what the team needs me to do! Sometimes that means scoring, sometimes that means guarding the other teams best player, sometimes it's rebounding, I just want to win', warned Jordan Burris. Burris credits a lot of the success of the team and his play to head coach Simon Bertram. 'Coach Bertram has been great. He's intensity is infectious. We could be up by 50 and he's still screaming on the sidelines about defensive rotations! I think that is the quality of a winner and ultimate competitor. I believe that will lead to more success down the road', added Jordan Burris. The biggest strength in his game is his consistency as he has scored in double figures in each game with five double doubles, but what part in his game does he believe still gets unnoticed? 'I think my communication is something that you might not see. I'm always talking to my teammates and feel that on each team I've been on I've been one of the "glue" guys on and off the court. That is, I bring the team together and make sure everyone has a good time', warned Jordan Burris. Not many teams or players in the States really know what team basketball is except the San Antonio Spurs, but Burris has learned what it means to be a team player with Coburg. 'The game is a lot different than America. In the U.S. it's more 1 on 1 isolation ball whereas here the focus is team ball. So I think I've become more patient and learning to pass up good shots for great shots', added Jordan Burris. The first order of business for Burris and Coburg is the move to the Pro B. If Burris will stay is unknown at the moment, but he knows the only way for him is up, but will always be thankful that Coburg gave him his first European opportunity. 'Do I believe I could play in a higher league? Sure. But this is the journey that my life has taken and I'm very proud to be where I'm at. I'm ready for the next step, but in order to do that we have to continue to win here! And of course, I love the organization, the team is awesome, the fans are so supportive, the city is fascinating, you would be crazy to not want to stay', warned Jordan Burris. One thing is for sure, if Burris could get Kobe Bryant to Coburg to film a second commercial and tour the historic city that has the beautiful Veste castle, then the American would probably get a lifelong statue made and placed in front of the HUK-Coburg arena.



Ingo Freyer Will Coach The Giessen 46ers Next Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The last few months haven't been the easiest for head coach Ingo Freyer as he has had to digest the Phoenix Hagen fiasco as the club went bankrupt, but it was clear that this guy wouldn't be jobless long. According to eurobasket sources, Ingo Freyer will take over th reigns for current head coach Denis Wucherer in Giessen next season. Wucherer had made clear that he will seek offers and not return and continue to move up the coaching ladder in Europe. Wucherer has done a solid job with the Giessen 46ers and one could even say exceeded expectations as he came in 4 years ago where the club had fiancial woes and brought the team back to the BBL and has been near the playoffs the last two seasons.

Ingo Freyer had been coach with Phoenix Hagen since 2007 and led the team from the Pro A into the BBL in only his second season. He had made Phoenox Hagen into a solid BBL team that was usually somwhere in the middle of the standings and understood how to make the best out of the limited budget and knew how to find the right and best players possible for the limited money that he had to spend. He developed a Larry Gordon further into a top BBL player and helped reach the playoffs in 2013. With Giessen Freyer will have a similar scenario as he had in Hagen as he won't have a big budget, but the chance to find the best players again that will be able to produce for lesser money. Before coming to Hagen as a head coach, he coached SC Rist Wedel for 3 seasons. As a player he played for ALBA Berlin, Brandt Hagen, Caserta (Italy-A2), ratiopharm Ulm, Mitteldeutscher BC, Ludwigsburg, TSV Quakenbruck (2Bundeslliga), and the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (2.Bundesliga).



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi20.4 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.3 
 3. Lilov, Szedeak19.8 
 4. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.3 
 5. Pacher, Vasas18.1 
 6. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.5 
 7. Sejfic, PVSK P.17.0 
 8. Ubilla, ZTE K.16.7 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari16.4 
 10. Tiby, Atomeromu16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.2 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari9.0 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.1 
 5. Bojic, Jaszberenyi8.0 
 6. Pacher, Vasas7.9 
 7. Sihota, MAFC7.8 
 8. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.3 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.2 
 10. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.1 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak7.7 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 4. Battle, Atomeromu7.1 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.4 
 6. Nelson, PVSK P.6.3 
 7. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 8. Johnson, Sopron KC6.1 
 9. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.0 
 10. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.5 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.3 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 4. Smith, MAFC2.1 
 5. Frazier, Kaposvari2.0 
 6. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 7. Boltic, Szedeak1.9 
 8. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
 9. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.7 
 10. Pavlicevic, Szolnok1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 3. Keller, Alba0.8 
 4. Benke, ZTE K.0.8 
 5. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 7. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 8. Turner, Falco KC0.7 
 9. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 10. Wright, Vasas0.7 


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

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). He 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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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 


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.5 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.8 
 4. Shouse, IA25.4 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.5 
 6. King, Valur21.6 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir20.7 
 8. Stefansson, Hamar20.1 
 9. Bracey, Valur19.6 
 10. Oliver, Fjolnir19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Woods, Hamar14.6 
 2. Motley, FSU12.6 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.3 
 4. Pryor, Fjolnir11.7 
 5. King, Valur11.2 
 6. Shouse, IA9.5 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.1 
 8. Oliver, Fjolnir9.0 
 9. Petursson, Valur8.8 
 10. Virijevic, Hottur8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Moss, Hottur8.9 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.6 
 3. Shouse, IA5.5 
 4. Garland, Breidablik5.4 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.0 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.6 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.5 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar3.9 
 9. Hreinsson, FSU3.6 
 10. Jonsson, FSU3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.4 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA3.0 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. Motley, FSU2.2 
 6. Oliver, Fjolnir2.0 
 7. King, Valur1.9 
 8. Olafsson, Hamar1.9 
 9. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
 10. Pryor, Fjolnir1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marques OLIVER
  Fjolnir
  (201-PF-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Oliver, Fjolnir2.6 
 2. King, Valur2.3 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.5 
 4. Motley, FSU1.1 
 5. Audunsson, Valur1.1 
 6. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 7. Sigurdarson, Breid.1.0 
 8. Fridriksson, Arm.0.9 
 9. Petursson, Valur0.9 
 10. Johannesson, Breid.0.9 


Haukur Palsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He could not help SPO Rouen (10-13) in their last game. Despite Palsson's very good performance SPO Rouen was badly defeated 94-78 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) ADA Blois. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Palsson also added 3 assists in 37 minutes on the court. Palsson has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.8%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 76.4% in 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). Sigurdarson was not able to help Boras Basket (15-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Boras Basket was defeated 67-61 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Nassjo (#7). Sigurdarson was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Sigurdarson has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 94.6%(88-93). He played for the Icelandic national team in 2015.

Kristofer Acox
Kristofer Acox
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). Acox led Furman to an easy victory against the South Carolina Upstate (2-12) crushing them 79-57 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. Acox also added 3 assists in 28 minutes. The Furman University has a very good 14-4 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. It's Acox's fourth year with the team. He has reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 61.6%(183-297) and FT: 55.7% in 33 games. Acox is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Ragnar Nathanaelsson
   #4. Center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Albacete (6-19) in their game against CB Tarragona 2017 (8-17) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. Nathanaelsson's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 5.7rpg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Aegir Steinarsson
Aegir Steinarsson
   #5. International point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Araberri (13-15) 87-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Steinarsson recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (19-9) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Steinarsson's first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.7apg in 28 games. Steinarsson plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Martin Hermannsson
Martin Hermannsson
   #6. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (13-10) in their game against Saint Chamond (10-13) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his good performance on Friday night He scored 10 points and added 5 assists. Hermannsson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 5.8apg. Hermannsson is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #7. International small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Svendborg Rabbits in a victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (13-15) 72-67 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Svendborg Rabbits (13-15) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. This year Karason's overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 3.6rpg in 27 games. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Jovan Zdravevski (198-F-80) plays for IK Eos in Swedish Basketettan
Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) plays for AE Larissas in Greek A2



Dominos League Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. KR and Stjarnan reach semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Tindastoll - Keflavik 107-80

Tindastoll avoided elimination as they cruised past Keflavik at home court. The game was mostly controlled by Tindastoll. Keflavik managed to win fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tindastoll looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Keflavik's players. The best player for the winners was point guard Bjorgvin Rikhardsson (175-93) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. American forward Antonio Hester (198-90, college: Mobile, AL) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Hester is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Tindastoll players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American guard Reggie Dupree (183-87, college: Faulkner) who recorded 14 points and guard Magnus Traustason (190-96) added 18 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: B.Rikhardsson 22+3reb+4ast, C.Caird 19+3reb+1ast, P.Birgisson 14+2reb+5ast, A.Hester 13+9reb+2ast, H.Margeirsson 12+2reb, F.Thor Stefansson 9+2reb+2ast
Keflavik: M.Traustason 18+1reb, R.Dupree 14+4reb+2ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 10+1reb+3ast, G.Jonsson 9+1reb, A.Orrason 9+5reb, A.Stevens 6+11reb+1ast
gschID: 539903


Stjarnan - IR 75-72

Stjarnan held off IR and completed the sweep of the quarterfinal series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-72. Stjarnan made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Justin Shouse (181-81, college: Mercyhurst) helped adding 9 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was point guard Matthias Sigurdarson (180-94, college: Columbus St.) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. IR's coach Borche Ilievski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: H.Baeringsson 20+10reb+4ast, M.Valdimarsson 10+4reb+1ast, A.Odunsi 10+1reb+2ast, J.Shouse 9+4reb+7ast, E.Aevarsson 7+6reb+1ast, T.Hilmarsson 7+4reb
IR: M.Sigurdarson 21+10reb+3ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 14+14reb+3ast, S.Claessen 10+2reb+2ast, H.Hjalmarsson 9+2reb+1ast, T.Eiriksson 5, D.Thomas 4+6reb+4ast
gschID: 539902


Grindavik - Thor Thorl 100-92

Grindavik outgunned Thor Thorl for 2-1 lead in the series. Thor Thorl trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 92-100 at the end of the game. Grindavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Dagur Jonsson (185-95, college: St.Francis, NY) who scored 29 points. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 20 points and 8 assists. Five Grindavik players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) who recorded 38 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and naturalized Polish Maciej Baginski (195-95) added 18 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: D.Jonsson 29+3reb+3ast, L.Clinch 20+2reb+8ast, T.Olafsson 17+6reb+3ast, O.Saevarsson 13+8reb+3ast, O.Olafsson 12+13reb+4ast, T.Finnbogason 5+4reb+1ast
Thor Thorl: T.Carberry 38+9reb+3ast, M.Baginski 18+4reb+2ast, R.Bragason 12+2reb, H.Hermannsson 9+5reb+2ast, O.Jonsson 8+4reb+4ast, E.Einarsson 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 539901


KR - Thor AK 90-80

KR prevailed against Thor AK at home court and reached the semifinal stage. Thor AK was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 31-18 charge of KR, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) who led the winners with a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Nigerian-American forward PJ Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) accounted for 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard George Beamon (193-91, college: Manhattan) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and international center Tryggvi Hlinason (215-97) added 16 points and 14 rebounds respectively for Thor AK in the defeat. Five KR and four Thor AK players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
KR: P.Alawoya 22+7reb+2ast, J.Stefansson 17+5reb+4ast, B.Bjornsson 15+4reb+2ast, T.Thorbjarnarsson 11+6reb+4ast, P.Ermolinskij 10+16reb+10ast, D.Hilmarsson 8+3reb+3ast
Thor AK: G.Beamon 18+10reb+2ast, I.Rafn Ingvarsson 18+3reb+5ast, T.Hlinason 16+14reb, D.Lewis 14+6reb+7ast, R.Fridriksson 9+3reb+3ast, T.Johannsson 5+3reb
gschID: 539900





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The inside stories of Indian Basketball - Sony Six TV - by Anil Kumar

High up in the hilly abode of Himachal Pradesh, lies a fascinating little basketball secret. The Sherabling Monastery, located in Dharamshala, has monks who are in love with basketball. That's right, children from the monastery go out and enjoy the sport that is loved by millions around the globe.

NBA Hangout, a new weekly show, gives us an inside view of the fascinating stories related to basketball in India. A segment in the brand new show talks about how basketball has entered the lives of the monks at Sherabling Monastery. The story was quite different a decade ago when monks in Buddhist monasteries weren't allowed to play sports. However, with the growing awareness about the positive mental and physical influence of sports, the children at the monastery were allowed to explore the boon of sports. The rest, as they say, is history. Preferring to play basketball over indoor activities like video games, these young monks cannot wait to get out and shoot some hoops.

Besides the children being astutely aware of the many benefits of playing basketball (one particularly jovial boy mentions his ambitions of growing really tall and becoming a champion in the sport), what strikes a chord is the sheer joy basketball brings them. Despite playing other sports, they monks have a special fondness for basketball and are very enthusiastic about playing it everyday.

Whatever their reasons for playing, whatever the story behind their discovery of the sport, one thing is for certain. Basketball has added a touch of color to the austere lives led by the monks and is a heart-warming example of the magic of hoops and sport in general.

You can catch more such fascinating stories on NBA Hangout on TVF Play and on Thursday at 7 P.M. on Six and Six HD

Courtesy : NBA.Com



ONGC keeps winning in the Federation Cup - by Anil Kumar

ONGC Dehradun scored its second straight win defeating Income Tax (Gujarat) 88-71 in men's Group B league of the 31st Federation Cup basketball championship here on Thursday.

The IT boys knew they were up against one of the best teams in the country. But they displayed guts of steel, dribbling boldly and confidently into the rival area for precious points, in the first quarter.

ONGC, the championship favourite, meanwhile, played in a much relaxed manner. The idea was to exercise its strategies for the final league against a strong Indian Overseas Bank on Friday. It was, in fact, a rehearsal of sorts for the team.

After its main players secured a good 15-point lead in the first session, ONGC tested its bench strength.

Income Tax, on the other hand, continued to work hard at the flanks. Dishanth V. Shah, the only tall star in the team, who looked smooth and easy beating the defence in the first half, suddenly could not find the space to move around as he was completely checked by the big men from Uttarakhand.

Income Tax could have still made a match of it had its bench been strong enough. It had just three to boast of as against ONGC's eight. They tried their level best in the final quarter but the damage had already been done.

Late on Wednesday, Customs and Central Excise (Kerala) held its nerves to clinch a 78-77 thriller over a fighting Ludhiana BA.

The results: Men: ONGC (Uttarakhand) 88 (Yadwinder Singh 21, Vishesh Briguvanshi 20) bt Income Tax (Gujarat) 71 (Dishant V. Shah 20, Indravijay Singh 16); Army Service Corps & Centre (Karnataka) 87 (Issac T. Thomas 28, Vivekananda 16) bt Ludhiana BA 64 (Arshpreet Singh 19, Rajveer Singh 18); IOB 75 bt Central Railway 58.

On Wednesday: IOB 82 (G. Sivabalan 20, Hareesh Koroth 19) bt Income Tax (Gujarat) 71 (Dhaval P. Ulva 20, Dishan V. Shaji 19); Customs & Central Excise (Kerala) 78 (R. Manoj 30, K.R. Nikhil 23) bt Ludhiana BA 77 (Arshpreet Bhullar 21, Rahul Mehla 16).

Women: West Bengal 76 (Madhu Kumari 25, Sitamani Tudu 19) bt Kerala 55 (P.G. Anjana 11, Nimmi George 9); Chhattisgarh 105 (Poonam Chaturvedi 42, Riya Verma 18) bt Punjab 75 (Nicha Netam 15, Mahima Bharadwaj 11).




Federation Cup National Basketball - Day 1 results - by Anil Kumar

Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (26 points) and Amritpal Singh (19 points) did the bulk of the scoring as defending champion ONGC (Uttarakhand) defeated first-time entrant Central Railways (CR) 75-64 in the men's Group B league of the 31st Federation Cup basketball championship here on Wednesday.

ONGC fielded its top five at the start, but they failed to fire early. Central Railways cashed in on the chance and raced to a 6-2 lead in the opening minute with Raj Kalbhok shooting twice from outside the ring. ONGC did its best to keep the young shooter in check.

Later, after tightening the screws, it went into attack mode through Bhriguvanshi and Amritpal.

It was the former, in fact, who made a big difference. Standing at over six-foot, the playmaker showed great ball control. He cut down pace time and again and pressed on the power button when it mattered most to make it difficult for Railways.

Amritpal offered him great support and the points started to flow. However, the Central Railways team managed to stay close with ONGC leading 43-32 at the break.

It was ONGC's brilliance in the second half that decided the outcome of the game. It rested its stars, barring Bhriguvanshi, and tested its bench which did the finishing well. ONGC was all over Railways for most part of the last quarter. Railways could have matched the points charts had it not concentrated too hard on its defence. 'It was our first match so it took some time for us to settle down,' said ONGC coach Amit Kumar.

He had words of praise for the Central Railways side. 'They were really good. They were all new players and it was quite natural that they came out with new ideas.'

Central Railways coach Hanif Patel was pleased with his team's performance.

'We lost, but not without a fight. ONGC is a strong side and our boys made a match out of it. We played four of our tall players, but still struggled to beat the ONGC defence. That was because they stood taller than our boys.

The results:

Men: Army Service Corps & Centre (Karnataka) 57 (Isaac Thomas 16, Shashi Kumar 13, Jeethendar Singh 13) bt Indian Air Force 51 (Narendra Kumar 20, Joginder Singh 10); ONGC (Uttarakhand) 75 (Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 26, Amritpal Singh 19) bt Central Railways 64 (C. Amit 22, Akshadeep 11).

Women: Telangana 70 (Divya Palanivel 15, Aswathy 14, M. Gayathri 10) bt Punjab 39 (Gagandeep 10); Kerala 74 (P.R. Surya 16, P.G. Anjana 13) bt Delhi 36 (Sahiba Maan 12); Tamil Nadu 72 bt West Bengal 67; Southern Railway 69 bt Chhattisgarh 51.
Courtesy - The Hindu



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Mayrouba lands Tony Weeden, ex Azad - by Eurobasket News

Mayrouba (Pepsi LBL) tabbed experienced 34-year old American shooting guard Tony Weeden (183-93kg-83, college: Chicago State, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played most recently at Azad in Iranian Superleague. In 25 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com Iranian Superleague All-Imports Team.
Weeden's team made it to the Cyprus League Semifinals in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Weeden experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Weeden has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Canada (Kebs de Laval), Greece (Marousi), Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Poland (Slask, Anwil, Siarka, Polpharma and Kwidzyn), Syria (Al Ittihad), Cyprus (Keravnos) and PBL (Quad City R.).
He attended Chicago State until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Weeden's outlook: A dynamic combo guard, thanks to great court vision he can spend time at the point too. Defends well on the perimeter, has great scoring skills, even coming out from the bench.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Mina adds LaPhonso Ellis Jr. - by Eurobasket Center

Al Mina (Superleague) added to their roster 30-year old American guard LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (191-93kg-87, college: Greenville). He played most recently at Shanghai China CBO Chang Cheng Kaui Dai where he averaged impressive: 32.6ppg, 9.7ast, 9.5 rebs, 55%2pt, 48.4% 3pt, 4.5stls, 1.8blk.

He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

Ellis attended Greenville College until 2010 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Outlook: LaPhonso is the son of NBA player LaPhonso Ellis. He is a great defender, hard worker and an all-around scorer at the guard position with the ability to play the 1 or 2. He can shoot from anywhere on the court and create his own shot off the dribble whether it?s to the basket or for a pull-up jumper with range extending out to NBA 3 range. He has a high basketball IQ which he uses to make plays for others. LaPhonso is an energetic defender that has a 6?10? wing span helping him defend any position. LaPhonso also is a great free throw shooter and is constantly in the gym improving his game. He?s also a strong rebounder.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.4 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles24.4 
 3. Pemberton, Tralee23.2 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.21.1 
 5. Turner, Killester20.8 
 6. Lawrence, Moycu.20.7 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.2 
 8. Killeen, Templeogue18.1 
 9. Murphy, Templeogue18.0 
 10. Dogbo, UL Eagles16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Provizors, DCU S.16.7 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian16.5 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.13.1 
 4. Turner, Killester12.5 
 5. Killeen, Templeogue11.6 
 6. Freeman, Moycullen11.5 
 7. Lawson, UCC Demons11.3 
 8. Pantovic, Tralee11.2 
 9. Gil, Swords T.10.6 
 10. Donaghy, Tralee10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.7 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian9.1 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.9.1 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.5 
 5. Downey, UCC Demons6.4 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.6.1 
 7. Roe, Killester5.6 
 8. Riles, Eanna4.8 
 9. Hosford, UCC D.4.5 
 10. Donaghy, Tralee4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian5.4 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian4.8 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.3 
 4. James, Templeogue2.5 
 5. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.4 
 6. Donaghy, Tralee2.4 
 7. Calvo, Swords T.2.3 
 8. Murphy, Templeogue2.3 
 9. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 10. Dolenko, Swords T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacob LAWSON
  UCC Demons
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Lawson, UCC Demons3.2 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue2.7 
 3. Jackson, KUBS2.6 
 4. Gil, Swords T.2.4 
 5. Pantovic, Tralee2.1 
 6. Goldsborough, Swords T.2.1 
 7. Freeman, Moycullen2.0 
 8. Turner, Killester1.7 
 9. Garrow, UCD Marian1.7 
 10. Moreira, UCD M.1.7 


Donnie McGrath selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Donnie McGrath
Donnie McGrath
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Providence, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Koroivos (7-15) crushing them 89-63 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. McGrath recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. AEK Athens (17-5) is placed third in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season McGrath averages: 5.8ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 25.8%. He is a naturalized American. McGrath played for the Irish senior national team nine years ago. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

Damian Matacz
Damian Matacz
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Damian Matacz (204-79, college: N.Michigan, currently plays in Australia). He 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. Matacz scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only a mere 13 minutes. 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. It's Matacz's eighth year with the team. He has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian. Former Mardyke UCC Demons Cork starter played for the Irish national team in 2008.

Brian Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, also represented by Diamond Sports, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Czech Republic). Fitzpatrick contributed to Prostejov's victory against the fourth-ranked MMCITE Brno (10-18) 81-76 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Orli Prostejov (9-19) is placed sixth in Places 7-12 group. They ended the series of eleven consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Fitzpatrick's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.3% and FT: 68.0%. He is a naturalized American. Fitzpatrick is also a member of the Irish senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.

Cian Hickey
Cian Hickey
   #4. Point guard Cian Hickey (183-96, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Manchester Magic to win against the seventh-ranked Storm (13-13) 103-96 in the British NBL D1 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points. Manchester Magic (18-5) is placed third in the NBL D1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Hickey's overall stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Irish U18 national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Experienced Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Italy) led Angelico Biella to a victory over the tenth-ranked Lighthouse TR (12-13) crushing them 79-55 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Hall had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 34 minutes. Angelico Biella (19-6) is placed first in West group. Hall has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 13.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg in 25 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hall has never played in Ireland.

   #2. Will Hanley (201-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain). Hanley could not help CB Canarias (18-6) to beat Valencia Basket (5-18). He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. The league leader CB Canarias was edged 65-62 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#13) Valencia Basket. It was CB Canarias' first loss after three consecutive victories. This year Hanley's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 2.5rpg in 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Hanley has never played in Ireland.

   #3. Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against Sevilla (8-15) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 72-67 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Sevilla (#13). O'Leary's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 3.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently O'Leary has never played in Ireland.

   #4. Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Schalke's victory against the third-ranked Elchingen (15-7) 76-74 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Carney scored 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. FC Schalke 04 (11-11) is placed sixth in North group. Carney has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg in 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Carney has never played in Ireland.

   #5. Ako Adams (188-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Rice University to win against the University of San Francisco (10-8) 85-76 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 last Wednesday. He recorded only 2 points and added 4 assists. The Rice University has a solid 11-7 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Adams' overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.2apg.

   #6. Matt Wilson (206-C-92, college: Hartwick, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Leon in their game against Calidus Gal.COB in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Wilson scored only 3 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 17 minutes. His team was edged 68-66. This year Wilson's overall stats are: 8.4ppg and 6.7rpg in 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Wilson has never played in Ireland.



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Israeli National League round 24 best performance: Anthony Lee - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Anthony Lee (206-F/C-91) had a great game in the last round for Ironi Ramat Gan, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 25 rebounds, while his team beat Hapoel Migd.H. (#11, 10-14) 98-84. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains the 14th position in Israeli National League. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 21 games and recorded just three victories. Lee just recently signed at Ironi Ramat Gan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Ohio State University star has very solid stats this year. Lee leads league in rebounds with 12.6rpg. Lee is in league's top in and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 55.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Storm Warren (201-PF-88, agency: Octagon Europe) of Maccabi H/H. Warren had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds. It was enough for Maccabi H/H to edge slightly higher-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (14-10) 94-91. This victory allowed Maccabi H/H to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Warren is a newcomer at Maccabi H/H, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.3ppg (#1). He also registered 11.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Eliav Ohanon (199-SF-94) of Hapoel Migd.H. (#11). Ohanon scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Ohanon's great performance Hapoel Migd.H. lost 84-98 to the lower-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#14, 3-21). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hapoel Migd.H. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ohanon could help Hapoel Migd.H. to bring them higher in the standings. Ohanon has a very solid season. In 18 games in Israel he scored 8.0ppg. He also has 6.2rpg and FGP: 52.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Allen (201-C/F-87) of Hapoel B/S - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Germain Jordan (198-C/F-86) of Galil Elion - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Maxie Esho (206-F-91) of Ramat Hasharon - 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Rashad Madden (196-G-92) of Hap.R/G Givat. - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Tal Michael Dunne (196-SF-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-G/F-92) of Ironi K-A - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Denzel Livingston (193-G-93) of Hapoel K/S - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists

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



Alex Tyus selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in Galatasaray's surprising victory against the third-ranked Olympiacos (19-8) 80-71 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Tyus scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes on the court. 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 will be critical. It's Tyus' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 69.2%(119-172) and FT: 54.4% in 27 games he played so far. Tyus is a naturalized American. He played for the Israeli senior national team four years ago. Tyus used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

D'or Fischer
D'or Fischer
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in Latvia). He led Valmiera to a victory against the sixth-ranked Liepaja/Triobet (12-15) 86-79 in the Latvian LBL last Wednesday. Fischer recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. It was his first game for Valmiera this season. His team is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Fischer is a naturalized American. He played for the Israeli national team in 2015. Fischer used to play for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in Israeli league.

Anton Shoutvin
Anton Shoutvin
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U22 international center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Slovakia). Shoutvin could not help one of league's weakest teams Iskra Svit (21-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Iskra Svit was edged 94-92 at home by the higher-ranked Rieker KN (#5). Shoutvin was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Shoutvin's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Shoutvin has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 63.9%(200-313), 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 79.4%. Shoutvin played for the Israeli U22 national team six years ago.

Egor Koulechov
Egor Koulechov
   #4. Swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Rice's victory against the University of San Francisco (10-8) 85-76 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 last Wednesday. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds in 34 minutes. The Rice University has a solid 11-7 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Koulechov has very impressive stats this year: 18.2ppg, 8.9rpg and 2.1apg in 35 games. He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli. Koulechov is also Israeli national team player.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #5. Former international small forward Omri Casspi (206-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves in their game against the San Antonio Spurs (54-16) in the NBA. He scored 5 points. It was his first game for Minnesota Timberwolves this season. The Minnesota Timberwolves (28-42) were defeated 100-93 on the road by the Spurs. It was Timberwolves' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Casspi used to play for the Israeli national team two years ago.

Anton Kazarnovski
Anton Kazarnovski
   #6. Power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a BG Karlsruhe's victory against the third-ranked Oldenburg (14-8) 79-68 in the German ProB (third division) last Tuesday. Kazarnovski scored 9 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. BG Karlsruhe (11-11) is placed sixth in South group. This season Kazarnovski has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.5apg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Israeli team ten years ago.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #7. Former international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) helped Scafati win their game against the 13th-ranked Eurobasket Roma (11-14) 93-84 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 16 points and added 7 assists. Givova Scafati Basket (7-18) is placed 15th in West group. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This season Naimy has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.4apg and 1.1spg. Naimy used to play for the Israeli national team two years ago.

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

   #1. TJ Leaf (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led UCLA to an easy victory against the Kent State University (13-5) 97-80 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Friday night. He scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a very good 15-3 conference record this season. Leaf's team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1. And that game will be critical. Leaf has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1bpg in 32 games he played so far. Leaf is a naturalized American. Despite his Israeli passport, Leaf previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

   #2. Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked AE Larissas (10-12) crushing them 86-60 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (20-2) is placed first in the A2. This year Matalon's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.9apg in 22 games. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek. Despite Matalon's Israeli passport, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Israeli team.

   #3. Benji Tamir (192-G/F-91, currently plays in Australia) led McKinnon Cougars to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Whittlesea City (0-1) crushing them 98-61 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Tamir scored 14 points in a mere 18 minutes. It was his first game for McKinnon Cougars this season. His team are placed fifth in Big V group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Tamir is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Australian.



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Italian Serie B round 24 best performance: Daniele Grilli - by Eurobasket News

Guard Daniele Grilli (191-G-87) had a great game in the last round for Barcellona, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, three rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maddaloni (#16, 3-21) 86-75. Barcellona is placed at 4th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barcellona will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. In the team's last game Grilli had a remarkable 86.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Barcellona's top player in his first season with the team. Daniele Grilli averages this season 18.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Simone Zanotti (208-C/F-92) of Monteroni. Zanotti had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Monteroni lost that game 70-75 to slightly higher-ranked Valdiceppo (#14, 7-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Group D. Monteroni keeps 16th position. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Monteroni managed to get this year. Zanotti is a newcomer at Monteroni, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Nicolo Ravazzani (200-C-85) of Matera (#6). Ravazzani showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, nineteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Matera, leading his team to a 95-83 win against the lower-ranked Rimini (#9, 10-12). Matera needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group D. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 9 lost games. Ravazzani has a very solid season. In 19 games in Italy he scored 8.5ppg. He also has 10.4rpg and FGP: 58.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leonardo Battistini (194-G/F-95) of Rimini - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Daniele Toscano (196-SF-93) of Bottegone - 28 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Luca Fontecchio (202-PF-91) of Forli Tigers - 24 points and 12 rebounds
7. Simone Bagnoli (205-F/C-81) of Cassino - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Luigi Brunetti (205-C/F-88) of Barcellona - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Andrea Scuderi (188-G-92) of Roma Luiss - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Rei Pullazi (203-F/C-93) of Bergamo - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). Amagou could not help Le Mans (10-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Le Mans was defeated 85-71 on the road by the much higher-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#3). Amagou was the top scorer with 15 points. This season Amagou averages: 6.7ppg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 38.1%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 69.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France). Abouo was not able to help Denain Voltaire (10-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Denain Voltaire was edged 70-67 in Roanne by the higher-ranked (#11) Chorale de. Abouo was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Abouo's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 60.4% in 23 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American. Abouo played for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Herve Lamizana
Herve Lamizana
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Herve Lamizana (208-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan). Lamizana led Yulon Luxgen to a victory over the closely-ranked Taiwan Beer (18-12) 74-68 in the Taiwanese SBL last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Lamizana scored 30 points (!!!), had 8 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Yulon Luxgen (19-11) is placed second in the SBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Lamizana's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Lamizana averages: 19.4ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2.9bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 70.3% in 37 games. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Lamizana played for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #4. Center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Charleville-Mezieres (13-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Charleville-Mezieres was defeated 84-79 in Saint Chamond by the much lower-ranked Saint Chamond (#14). Kone recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds. Kone has relatively good stats this season: 13.8ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Kone is also Ivorian national team player.

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #5. International forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France) couldn't help ALM Evreux (12-11) in their game against JL Bourg (17-6) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. ALM Evreux was crushed 87-66 in Bourg by the leading JL Bourg. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This season Dibo has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. Similarly like Kone and Lamizana above he holds both Ivorian and French passports. Despite Dibo played previously for the French U16 national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
   #6. Point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chalons-Reims (8-15) in their game against Monaco (20-3) in the French ProA. Diabate scored 6 points. Chalons-Reims was defeated 81-72 on the opponent's court by the leading Monaco. It was Chalons-Reims' third consecutive loss in a row. Diabate's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Ivorian senior team two years ago.

Louri Frejus Zerbo
Louri Frejus Zerbo
   #7. Former international center Louri Frejus Zerbo (209-89, currently plays in France) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Limoges CSP Elite (11-12) in their game against Le Portel (11-12) in the French ProA. Zerbo cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Limoges CSP Elite was crushed 80-59 in Le Portel by the higher-ranked Le Portel (#9). Zerbo has been at the team for six years. Zerbo's total stats this season are: 1.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Bryan Pamba-Juille
Bryan Pamba-Juille
   #8. Point guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (184-92, currently plays in France) contributed to a Lille Metropole's victory against the 16th-ranked Aix-Maurienne (9-14) 80-76 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Pamba-Juille scored 7 points and added 5 assists in 29 minutes. Lille Metropole Basket (14-9) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Pamba-Juille's total stats are: 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg in 23 games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Pamba-Juille is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Moussa Kone
Moussa Kone
   #9. Former international forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Iserlohn (13-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Iserlohn (13-9) lost 80-85 in Muenchen to the lower-ranked (#4) FC Bayern II in the North group. Kone was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Kone has reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 10.9rpg and 1.4apg in 25 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Kone used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #10. Swingman Guy Landry Edi (202-88, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Mohamed Kone in the French ProB last game. Edi managed to help Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier in a victory against the fourth-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (13-10) 84-79. He scored only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. Edi has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg in seven games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

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

   #1. 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. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Estudiantes Concordia (29-15) is placed second in Norte group. This year Toure averages: 7.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg in five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) managed to help Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez to win against the 11th-ranked Le Mans (10-13) 85-71 in the French ProA in Sunday night's game. He scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (17-6) is placed third in the ProA. Koffi has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg and 6.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #3. Adjehi Baru (206-F-91, college: Charleston, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Horsholm (15-13) crushing them 97-75 in the Danish Ligaen in Thursday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Baru's second season in pro basketball. SISU Copenhagen (6-12) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. This year Baru has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.3apg in 16 games.

   #4. Dane Watts (203-F-86, currently plays in Germany) could not help Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-13) in their last game. Despite Watts' very good performance Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost 71-80 on the road to the lower-ranked (#11) Hamburg. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Watts also added 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Watts has reliable stats this year: 14.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in 18 games. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities.

   #5. Salim Gloyd (198-F-92, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Hawaii-Hilo, currently plays in Spain) led CB Tarragona 2017 to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Albacete (6-19) 84-73 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Gloyd was the best player in that game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Gloyd's third season in pro basketball. C.B. Tarragona 2017 (8-17) is placed 13th in the LEB Silver. Gloyd has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg and 4.6rpg in 24 games. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #6. Armand Anebo (194-SF-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Leeds Force in their game against Worcester Wolves in the British BBL. He scored 6 points. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 99-80. Anebo has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 5.0rpg.

   #7. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Orzinuovi GaGa's victory against the leader Vicenza 72-66 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 5 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Toure has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.9apg. He has dual citizenship: Ivorian and Italian.



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  JAMAICA  


Kimani Ffriend selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia). He led Dynamic BG to a victory over the closely-ranked Spartak (13-8) 80-72 in the Serbian KLS last Saturday. Ffriend was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Dynamic BG Beograd (16-5) is placed third in the KLS. Ffriend has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 56.8%(54-95) and FT: 69.9%. Ffriend played for the Jamaican senior national team five years ago.

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy). Scott could not help Enel Brindisi (11-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Enel Brindisi was defeated 83-77 on the road by the lower-ranked AV Cantu (#11). Scott scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season Scott has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 72.7%. Scott is a naturalized American. He played for the Jamaican national team in 2013.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan). Reid was not able to help Shimane Magic in their game against Kagawa FA (14-32) in the Japanese B League D2, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Reid also added 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 18 minutes. But the first-placed Shimane Magic (38-7) was edged 81-78 in Takamatsu by the lower-ranked (#5) Kagawa FA in the West group. They ended the series of twenty consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Reid's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 22.0% and FT: 69.8% in 46 games he played so far. Reid is a naturalized American. He played for the Jamaican national team six years ago.

Adrian Uter
Adrian Uter
   #4. Power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, agency: BeoBasket, college: Hofstra, currently plays in France) managed to help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to win against the league outsider Entente Orleans 45 (6-17) 82-78 in the French ProA last Friday. Uter scored only 4 points and blocked 2 blocks. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (12-11) is placed eighth in the ProA. Uter's total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg. He is a naturalized American. Uter used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2013.

Dylan Ennis
Dylan Ennis
   #5. Former international guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point Oregon's victory against the Rhode Island University (13-5) 75-72 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 in Sunday night's game. Ennis scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. 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. Ennis has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican. Ennis used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #6. Center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Joventut (7-17) in their game against FC Barcelona (16-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Jordan recorded only 2 points and added 3 assists. Joventut was badly defeated 76-56 at home by the much higher-ranked FC Barcelona (#3). Jordan's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg and 5.3rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team three years ago.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #7. Former international power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Kagawa FA (14-32) in their game against Shimane Magic (38-7) in the Japanese B League D2. Forbes cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Kagawa FA (#5) were badly defeated 80-64 in Shimane by the leading Magic in the West group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Forbes' total stats are: 5.8ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.3bpg in 46 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Uruguay) led Larre Borges to a victory over the third-ranked Olimpia (8-7) crushing them 85-56 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Johnson had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks in 38 minutes. Larre Borges Montevideo (6-8) is placed sixth in Promocional 1 group. Johnson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.7ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.0bpg and 1.7spg in three games he played so far. Johnson is a naturalized American.

   #2. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Gravelines-Dunkerque's victory against the 12th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-14) 81-80 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 22 points in 31 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (13-10) is placed seventh in the ProA. Henry has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) could not help Spirou Charleroi (11-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Shepherd's very good performance Spirou Charleroi was defeated 90-79 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (#9). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Shepherd also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Shepherd has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #4. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help La Union (9-25) in their last game. Despite Francis' very good performance the seventh-placed La Union (9-25) lost 72-84 in Junin to the higher-ranked (#6) Argentino in the Norte group. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was La Union's third consecutive loss in a row. Francis has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg and 8.4rpg in 43 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #5. Phil Henry (203-PF-91, college: E.New Mexico, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to secure a victory for Nova Ves (8-31) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Nova Ves was crushed 108-79 in Komarno by the higher-ranked (#5) Rieker KN. Henry had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 11 rebounds in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Nova Ves' third consecutive loss in a row. Henry's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Henry has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.1apg in 36 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #6. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-PG-91, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Illiabum 80-61 in the Portuguese LPB in Saturday night's game. Ogungbemi-Jackson recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (made all of his six free throws). This season Ogungbemi-Jackson has very high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg. Ogungbemi-Jackson is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican. Despite his Jamaican nationality, Ogungbemi-Jackson previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #7. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help KTP-Basket (13-21) in their last game. Despite his very good performance KTP-Basket lost 70-76 in Tampere to the one of league's weakest teams (#9) en Pyrinto. Gay had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes. Gay has very impressive stats this year: 19.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9bpg and 1.2spg in 34 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Khalid Mutakabbir (193-G-91, agency: Duran International, college: Presbyterian, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zornotza (13-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mutakabbir's very good performance Zornotza was defeated 89-82 in Azpeitia by the leading Sammic ISB. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Mutakabbir also added 4 assists. This season Mutakabbir has very high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg. Mutakabbir is a naturalized American.

   #9. Ryan Martin (206-F-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France) managed to help STB Le Havre in a victory against one of league's weakest teams SO Maritime Boulogne crushing them 95-70 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 16 minutes. This year Martin's total stats are: 5.1ppg and 4.0rpg in seven games. He has both Jamaican and British nationalities.

   #10. Dwayne Smith (198-F-89, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Olimpo in their game against Huracan in the Argentinian TNA (second division). Smith recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. His team was defeated 82-68. Smith has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.4spg. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.



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  KAZAKHSTAN  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trevin PARKS
  Barsy Atyrau
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Parks, Barsy Atyrau21.5 
 2. Miller, Astana20.1 
 3. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau20.0 
 4. Kaselakis, Astana19.0 
 5. Lowery, Astana17.9 
 6. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.15.6 
 7. Odom, Astana15.5 
 8. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.14.7 
 9. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau13.2 
 10. Yargaliev, Astana11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leonidas KASELAKIS
  Astana
  (202-SF-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Kaselakis, Astana8.2 
 2. Krubally, Astana7.5 
 3. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.6.4 
 4. Micheev, Barsy A.5.8 
 5. Ponomaryov, Astana5.6 
 6. Lowery, Astana5.1 
 7. Gavrilov, Astana5.0 
 8. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.5.0 
 9. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau5.0 
 10. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.4.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitrios KATSIVELIS
  Astana
  (196-G-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Katsivelis, Astana6.8 
 2. Miller, Astana6.0 
 3. Lowery, Astana5.4 
 4. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.5.1 
 5. Kaselakis, Astana4.8 
 6. Parks, Barsy Atyrau3.7 
 7. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau3.5 
 8. Yargaliev, Astana3.2 
 9. Murzagaliyev, Ast.2.9 
 10. Savchenko, Barsy A.2.8 
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. Parks, Barsy Atyrau3.1 
 5. Katsivelis, Astana2.8 
 6. Miller, Astana2.7 
 7. Savchenko, Barsy A.2.0 
 8. Cook, Barsy Atyrau2.0 
 9. Krubally, Astana2.0 
 10. Gavrilov, Astana1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Roderick ODOM
  Astana
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Odom, Astana0.5 
 2. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.0.4 
 3. Bazhkin, Barsy A.0.4 
 4. Lowery, Astana0.3 
 5. Gavrilov, Astana0.3 
 6. Kaselakis, Astana0.3 
 7. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.0.3 
 8. Matyukevych, Barsy A.0.3 
 9. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau0.3 
 10. Maidekin, Barsy A.0.3 



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  KOSOVO  


Scott Bamforth selected the top Kosovan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Scott Bamforth
Scott Bamforth
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Weber St., currently plays in Spain). He could not help RETAbet BB (10-12) in their last game. Despite Bamforth's very good performance RETAbet BB lost 71-82 at home to the lower-ranked (#12) UCAM Murcia. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Bamforth also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Bamforth has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(54-93), 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 90.3%(84-93) in 23 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Bamforth is currently a member of the Kosovan senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Kosovo.

Gezim Morina
Gezim Morina
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Gezim Morina (203-92, currently plays in Slovenia). He was the major contributor in a KK Primorska's victory against the fifth-ranked LTH Castings (3-8) 91-72 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Wednesday night. Morina recorded 16 points and added 4 assists in a mere 19 minutes. Sixt Primorska (10-1) is placed first in Places 7-12 group. This year Morina averages: 7.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 28.9% and FT: 78.8% in 23 games. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Slovenian. Morina played for the Kosovan national team in 2011.

Dardan Berisha
Dardan Berisha
   #3. The Kosovan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Dardan Berisha (191-88, currently plays in Italy). Berisha was not able to help Juvecaserta (9-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Juvecaserta was edged 74-71 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) Betaland Cdo. Berisha was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 3 steals in 27 minutes. It was Juvecaserta's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Berisha's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 42.9% in four games. He is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and Polish. Ex-KB Peja player is also a member of the Kosovan senior national team.

Jaren Sina
Jaren Sina
   #4. Guard Jaren Sina (188-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to G.Washington's surprising victory against the The University of Toledo (12-6) 73-69 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Wednesday night. Sina recorded 8 points and added 3 assists. The The George Washington University has 10-8 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Sina's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Sina is also Kosovan national team player. Apparently he has never played in Kosovo.

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

   #1. Shawn Jones (203-PF-92, college: Middle Tenn.St., currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Jerusalem to a victory against the closely-ranked Ironi Nahariya (10-13) 91-80 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Jones scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Hapoel Jerusalem (13-10) is placed fifth in the Winner League. This season Jones averages: 5.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3bpg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Jones has never played in Kosovo.

   #2. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Helios (0-1) 76-59 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Krka Novo Mesto (1-0) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It's Kastrati's fifth season with the team. Kastrati's overall stats this year are: 9.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

Other top Kosovan players, who play abroad:

Kenan Sipahi (197-PG-95) plays for Besiktas in Turkish BSL
Justin Doellman (205-F-85) plays for FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa
Fahri Breca (190-G-85) plays for Recklinghausen in German ProB
Bardhosh Kelmeni (195-G-98) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketligan
Damir Nicevic (205-C-76) plays for Vogosca in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division II
Elio Sadiku (186-PG-91) plays for Cognac BB in French NM2
Gerti Shima (204-PF-86) plays for SK Tirana in Albanian Superliga
Hekuran Pireva (C/F-86) plays for Trelleborg in Swedish Basketettan
Valon Gashi (202-F/C-87) plays for Trelleborg in Swedish Basketettan
Valdet Obertinca (197-F/G-82) plays for Hoganas in Swedish Basketettan

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



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  KYRGYZSTAN  


Kyrgyzstan wins Nooruz Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Kyrgyzstan wins Nooruz Cup 2017 at the home court. In the Final game the National Team overcame Azerbaijan U20 75-67. Trailing 7 points at the end of the first period, Kyrgyzstan managed to reply with an 18-13 run in the second frame and massive 23-10 surge in the third.
In the game for the third place Kyrgyzstan-2 beat Guiness-29 69-53. The latter led 2 points after 10 minutes, but could not keep the pace in the rest of the game.



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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. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava17.9 
 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. Metnieks, Marupe8.9 
 9. Adins, Turiba8.8 
 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, Turiba7.0 
 4. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 5. Bikovs, RTU5.7 
 6. Kohanovs, ViA5.7 
 7. Osins, Limbazi5.6 
 8. Paze, Marupe5.3 
 9. Dulevskis, Gulbenes.5.3 
 10. Ikstens, RSU5.3 
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. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 8. Osins, Limbazi2.5 
 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. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 10. Jurjans, RSU1.0 


Rolands Freimanis' 32 points make him top Latvian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Turkey). He led Usak Sportlif to a victory over the eighth-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (11-11) 86-71 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Freimanis was MVP of the game. He recorded 32 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (7-15) is placed 12th in the BSL. It's Freimanis' first season with the team. Freimanis has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(90-163), 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 77.8% in 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Timma
Janis Timma
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Janis Timma (201-92, currently plays in VTB United League). Timma was the main contributor in Zenit's victory against the league outsider Parma (0-18) crushing them 101-72 in the VTB United League last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Timma recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Zenit Saint Petersburg (17-3) is placed second in the VTB United League. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Timma has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 62.8%(49-78), 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 85.4%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Kristaps Porzingis (221-95, currently plays in NBA). Porzingis could not help the New York Knicks (27-44) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the New York Knicks (27-44) lost 101-108 on the road to the Utah Jazz. Porzingis was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was Knicks' third consecutive loss in a row. Porzingis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 78.7% in 60 games. Porzingis is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #4. Power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Telekom Baskets (14-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Telekom Baskets was defeated 113-103 in Bremerhaven by the much lower-ranked Eisbaeren (#14). Silins was the second best scorer with 18 points. Silins' overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #5. International swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Kymis (7-15) 88-71 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Peiners recorded 13 points in 26 minutes. PAOK Thessaloniki (12-10) is placed fifth in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Peiners has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6apg in 19 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #6. Center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria to win against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-20) 95-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Pasecniks recorded only 4 points. Herbalife Gran Canaria (16-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Pasecniks' overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 3.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Davis Lejasmeiers
Davis Lejasmeiers
   #7. International guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (18-12) 65-60 in the Swedish Basketligan in Wednesday night's game. Lejasmeiers was the top player that evening. He scored 22 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (22-9) is placed third in the Basketligan. Lejasmeiers' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Lejasmeiers' stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg in 30 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
   #8. Small forward Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95, currently plays in Estonia) helped Valga win their game against the closely-ranked TLU/Kalev (8-16) crushing them 84-59 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Tuesday. Zvigurs was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals. BC Valga-Valka/Maks&Moorits (8-16) is placed sixth in the Alexela KML. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Zvigurs averaged so far 14.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2015.

Rolands Smits
Rolands Smits
   #9. International power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) in their game against Sevilla (8-15) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Smits recorded 6 points in 16 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 67-72 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#13) Sevilla. This year Smits' overall stats are: 7.9ppg and 3.6rpg in 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #10. Small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, agency: HMS, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Nantes' victory against the second-ranked Provence Basket (16-7) 81-63 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Kuksiks scored 19 points. Hermine Nantes Atlantique (12-11) is placed sixth in the ProB. Kuksiks averaged so far 11.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Latvian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Kristaps Kanbergs (189-88, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivars Rihards Zvigurs and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Kanbergs helped Valga win their game against the closely-ranked TLU/Kalev crushing them 84-59. He scored 16 points in 24 minutes. This year Kanbergs' total stats are: 8.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 20 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team nine years ago.

   #12. International forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs in their game against the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. Bertans cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team were defeated 104-96 in the NBA. Bertans has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 1.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

   #13. Former U16 international small forward Rodions Kurucs (206-98, currently plays in Spain) helped Barca II win their game against the closely-ranked Cocinas.com 83-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Kurucs recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Kurucs has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.4apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Latvian U16 national team three years ago.

   #14. An experienced former international guard Edmunds Gabrans (188-79, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Froya Basket (17-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Gabrans' very good performance Froya Basket was edged 75-73 at home by the lower-ranked Centrum (#5). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Gabrans also added 5 rebounds. Gabrans averaged so far 13.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.1apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2002.

   #15. Former U20 international point guard Reno Silavs (180-91, currently plays in Norway) is a teammate of previously mentioned Edmunds Gabrans and both played together in the last Norwegian BLNO game. Silavs couldn't help Froya Basket (17-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Froya Basket was edged 75-73 on their home court in Laksevag by the lower-ranked (#5) Centrum. Silavs scored 13 points and added 3 passes in 34 minutes. Silavs averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg in 26 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Alvis Eglitis (195-F-85, currently plays in Norway). Eglitis could not help Asker Aliens (13-14) to beat Gimle BBK (17-10). He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Asker Aliens was crushed 90-61 on the road by the higher-ranked Gimle BBK (#3). Eglitis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Asker Aliens' roster. Eglitis has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg.

   #2. Aksels Skaistlauks (195-SG-97, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Tuebingen II in their game against Fellbach (10-14) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He recorded only 4 points. The 11th-placed Tuebingen II (8-16) was defeated 69-65 at home by the higher-ranked Fellbach (#9) in the South-West group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Skaistlauks has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg.



LBL Round 26: Barons Riga beat VEF Riga in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: Barons Riga (#6) and VEF Riga (#4). Barons Riga (12-12) won against visiting VEF Riga (12-4) 80-71. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-21. But VEF Riga won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Abdul Gaddy (190-92, college: Washington) produced 18 points for the guests. VEF Riga's coach Janis Gailitis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Barons Riga moved-up to fifth place. VEF Riga at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Barons Riga are looking forward to face Liepaja/Triobet (#6) at home in the next round. VEF Riga will have a break next round.
Leader Ventspils delivered the twenty third victory. This time they beat 7th ranked BK Ogre (11-16) 92-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Ogre. Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Ingus Jakovics contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Ventspils' coach Karlis Muiznieks allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Janis Poznaks (203-83) replied with 23 points for BK Ogre. Ventspils (23-2) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. BK Ogre at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Jurmala. Ventspils will play against league's second-placed Valmiera at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Ogre will have a break next round.
The game in Liepaja was also quite interesting. Second ranked Valmiera (18-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Liepaja/Triobet (12-15). Valmiera managed to secure a 7-point victory 86-79 on Wednesday. Damier Pitts had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Arturs Ausejs responded with 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Valmiera have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 18-9 record having three points less than leader Ventspils. Loser Liepaja/Triobet dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. Valmiera will meet league's leader Ventspils on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liepaja/Triobet will play against Barons Riga (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Jekabpils. Local Jekabpils (15-12) outscored 5th ranked Liepaja/Triobet (12-15) 90-65. Jurijs Aleksejevs notched 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Jekabpils maintains third position with 15-12 record having six points less than leader Ventspils. Liepaja/Triobet at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. Jekabpils' next round opponent will be Barons Riga (#5) at home. Liepaja/Triobet will play against Barons Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 26 LU was defeated by Jekabpils in a road game 67-61. Valmiera beat Barons Riga at home 80-62.

Barons Riga - VEF Riga 80-71

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: Barons Riga (#6) and VEF Riga (#4). Barons Riga (12-12) won against visiting VEF Riga (12-4) 80-71. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-21. But VEF Riga won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Barons Riga players scored in double figures. American guard Abdul Gaddy (190-92, college: Washington) produced 18 points and international center Martins Meiers (208-91) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. VEF Riga's coach Janis Gailitis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Barons Riga moved-up to fifth place. VEF Riga at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Barons Riga are looking forward to face Liepaja/Triobet (#6) at home in the next round. VEF Riga will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Barons Riga: T.Jogela 16+8reb+3ast, T.Larson 13+1reb+5ast, D.Krestinin 13+8reb+2ast, K.Mediss 12+1reb+2ast, R.Freimanis 11+1reb, D.Geks 6+2reb+3ast
VEF Riga: A.Gaddy 18+3reb+3ast, J.Blums 10+1reb, M.Mejeris 9+9reb, M.Meiers 9+9reb+2ast, I.Gromovs 6+1reb, A.Labuckas 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 542667


Liepaja/Triobet - Valmiera 79-86

The game in Liepaja was also quite interesting. Second ranked Valmiera (18-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Liepaja/Triobet (12-15). Valmiera managed to secure a 7-point victory 86-79 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 25-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Israeli center Dor Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Arturs Ausejs (192-90) responded with 19 points and power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Valmiera have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 18-9 record having three points less than leader Ventspils. Loser Liepaja/Triobet dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. Valmiera will meet league's leader Ventspils on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liepaja/Triobet will play against Barons Riga (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: D.Pitts 16+4reb+16ast, A.Berzins 16+4reb, J.Kaufmanis 15+2reb+2ast, D.Fischer 12+12reb+1ast, M.Laksa 10+3reb+2ast, H.Karlis 7+1reb
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Ausejs 19+4reb+3ast, J.Steele 13+5reb+1ast, A.Butjankovs 13+5reb+3ast, K.Garoza 10+5reb+1ast, M.Jurevicus 10+1reb+1ast, C.Montgomery 5+4reb
gschID: 533059


Jekabpils - LU 67-61

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Latvijas Universitate (5-22) was defeated on the road by third ranked Jekabpils (15-12) 67-61. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-11. But Latvijas Universitate won second period 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 46-24 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Roberts Stumbris (199-93) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) supported him with 20 points. Four Jekabpils players scored in double figures. Even 15 points by guard Edgars Lasenbergs (189-95) did not help to save the game for Latvijas Universitate. Peteris Rekis (197-93) added 13 points for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jekabpils maintains third position with 15-12 record having six points less than leader Ventspils. Latvijas Universitate lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 22 games lost. Jekabpils' next round opponent will be Barons Riga (#5) at home.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: R.Sirsnins 20+2reb+1ast, R.Stumbris 15+10reb+1ast, J.Antrops 13+6reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 10+8reb+1ast, J.Aleksejevs 7+7reb+3ast, A.Selakovs 2+4reb
LU: E.Lasenbergs 15+3reb+1ast, P.Rekis 13+2reb, A.Ginters 9+1reb+1ast, R.Krumins 8+4reb+2ast, J.Eiduks 8+2reb+1ast, H.Rubenis 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 533058


Ventspils - BK Ogre 92-85

Leader Ventspils delivered the twenty third victory. This time they beat 7th ranked BK Ogre (11-16) 92-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Ogre. BK Ogre was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 47-38 second half run of Ventspils. They outrebounded BK Ogre 43-25 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Ingus Jakovics (186-93, college: Liepaja-2) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Ventspils' coach Karlis Muiznieks allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Janis Poznaks (203-83) replied with 23 points and forward Renars Magone (204-92, college: Liepaja-2) added 21 points in the effort for BK Ogre. Ventspils (23-2) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. BK Ogre at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Jurmala. Ventspils will play against league's second-placed Valmiera at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Ogre will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: E.Zelionis 15+7reb, I.Jakovics 14+5reb+1ast, W.Deane 13+2reb+3ast, F.Campbell 10+1reb+4ast, M.Gulbis 9+5reb, A.Ate 8+3reb+1ast
BK Ogre: J.Poznaks 23+4reb+1ast, R.Magone 21+3reb+1ast, R.Zebergs 15+6reb+1ast, K.Plavnieks 7+4reb+6ast, G.Sipolins 6+3reb+1ast, R.Niedra 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 533055


Valmiera - Barons Riga 80-62

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Valmiera (18-9) defeated at home 6th ranked Barons Riga (12-12) 80-62. It looked good early as Barons Riga took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Valmiera had a 21-9 second period charge getting the lead and Barons Riga was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-80. Valmiera made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) notched 24 points, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and forward Ervins Jonats (203-91) supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Even 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) did not help to save the game for Barons Riga. Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Barons Riga's coach Martins Gulbis tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Valmiera have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 18-9 record having three points less than leader Ventspils. Barons Riga at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. Valmiera's next round opponent will be league's leader Ventspils on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Barons Riga will play against Liepaja/Triobet (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: D.Pitts 24+2reb+6ast, L.Blaus 15+6reb, E.Jonats 13+9reb+2ast, A.Berzins 11+7reb, M.Laksa 9+7reb+4ast, A.Mitchell 6+2reb+3ast
Barons Riga: T.Larson 25+5reb+5ast, D.Krestinin 12+9reb, T.Jogela 5, K.Mediss 4+1reb, D.Zonne 4, R.Freimanis 4+11reb
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Jekabpils - Liepaja/Triobet 90-65

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jekabpils. Local Jekabpils (15-12) outscored 5th ranked Liepaja/Triobet (12-15) 90-65. The game without a history. Jekabpils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Jekabpils players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Liepaja/Triobet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) notched 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Roberts Stumbris (199-93) supported him with 17 points. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds by American guard Jalen Steele (190-92, college: Lincoln Memorial) did not help to save the game for Liepaja/Triobet. Guard Arturs Ausejs (192-90) added 14 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Jekabpils maintains third position with 15-12 record having six points less than leader Ventspils. Liepaja/Triobet at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. Jekabpils' next round opponent will be Barons Riga (#5) at home. Liepaja/Triobet will play against Barons Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: J.Aleksejevs 19+6reb+4ast, R.Stumbris 17+4reb+1ast, E.Stelmahers 16+2reb+2ast, M.Sokolovs 8+5reb+4ast, J.Antrops 8+2reb+1ast, R.Sirsnins 7+6reb+5ast
Liepaja/Triobet: J.Steele 14+8reb+1ast, A.Ausejs 14+3reb+2ast, M.Griffin 12+4reb+3ast, R.Krastins 8+6reb+1ast, C.Montgomery 8+8reb, K.Pauls Lasmanis 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 533056





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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. Efevberha, Sagesse24.1 
 7. Rembert, Champville23.9 
 8. Kemp, Tadamon23.7 
 9. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed23.0 
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. Vukosavljevi., Hoo.11.3 
 9. Majok, Homenetmen11.3 
 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, Moutahed4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Deng DENG
  Tadamon
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Deng, Tadamon4.0 
 2. Johnson, Louaize2.6 
 3. Jackson, Homen.2.5 
 4. Galloway, Homen.2.2 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.9 
 7. Curry, Moutahed1.9 
 8. Tucker, Byblos1.8 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos1.8 
 10. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.8 
 2. Deng, Tadamon3.0 
 3. Majok, Homenetmen2.6 
 4. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 5. Townes, Champville2.5 
 6. Bowles, Moutahed2.5 
 7. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 8. Godfrey, Sagesse2.0 
 9. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 10. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 


All Star Weekend Timings and Venue Revealed - by Eurobasket News

The Lebanese Basketball Federation has decided to organize the annual All-Star weekend on Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, 2017, on Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Zouk.
The program will include a three-point competition whereas the best shooters in the league will be chosen upon their statistics and shooting percentages. Following that, the slam dunk contest between the best high flyers of our league will start. A committee will decide who can participate in this competition. Both these events are on Saturday starting 4 PM and finish at 7 PM. The long-awaited All-Star game between the team of Beirut composed of (Sagesse, Riyadi, Homenetmen, Hoops) and the team of outside Beirut composed of ( Tadamon, Byblos, Mouttahed, Louaize, Champville) will take place on Sunday at 5 PM. Players and coaches will be selected after voting from the fans under the supervision of the federation.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



Mayrouba lands Tony Weeden, ex Azad - by Eurobasket News

Mayrouba (Pepsi LBL) tabbed experienced 34-year old American shooting guard Tony Weeden (183-93kg-83, college: Chicago State, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played most recently at Azad in Iranian Superleague. In 25 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com Iranian Superleague All-Imports Team.
Weeden's team made it to the Cyprus League Semifinals in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Weeden experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Weeden has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Canada (Kebs de Laval), Greece (Marousi), Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Poland (Slask, Anwil, Siarka, Polpharma and Kwidzyn), Syria (Al Ittihad), Cyprus (Keravnos) and PBL (Quad City R.).
He attended Chicago State until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Weeden's outlook: A dynamic combo guard, thanks to great court vision he can spend time at the point too. Defends well on the perimeter, has great scoring skills, even coming out from the bench.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gediminas Orelik selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Banvit (15-7) in their last game. Despite Orelik's very good performance Banvit lost 74-83 on the road to the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. He was the second best scorer with 19 points in 33 minutes on the court. It's Orelik's first season with the team. Orelik has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 59.1%(39-66), 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 81.0% in 22 games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Grigonis was not able to help CB Canarias (11-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed CB Canarias (11-3) was edged 62-62 in Villeurbanne by the second-ranked ASVEL Lyon- Basket in the group D of Basketball Champions League. Grigonis recorded 16 points. This season Grigonis averages: 9.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 61.1%(22-36), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 82.5%. He is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Edvinas Seskus
Edvinas Seskus
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Estonia). He was not able to secure a victory for Parnu (4-0) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Seskus' very good performance the league leader Parnu was edged 93-91 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Rapla (#3). He was the top scorer with 30 points. Seskus also added 8 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Seskus has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 63.8%(127-199), 3FGP: 27.2% and FT: 51.8%. Seskus played for the Lithuanian U20 national team two years ago.

Edgaras Zelionis
Edgaras Zelionis
   #4. Forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89, currently plays in Latvia) led Ventspils to a victory over the eighth-ranked BK Ogre (11-16) 92-85 in the Latvian LBL last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Zelionis scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. BK Ventspils (23-2) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Zelionis has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2009.

Tautvydas Lydeka
Tautvydas Lydeka
   #5. An experienced former international center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Banco di Srd (12-11) in their last game. Despite Lydeka's good performance Banco di Srd lost 65-77 in Avellino to the higher-ranked (#3) Scandone AV. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. This year Lydeka's overall stats are: 6.8ppg and 4.6rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eleven years ago.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #6. Point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Armani Milano (7-21) in their game against Brose Baskets (10-18) in the Euroleague. Kalnietis recorded 8 points and added 4 passes. The bottom-ranked Armani Milano was defeated 84-76 in Bamberg by the higher-ranked Brose Baskets (#13). It was Armani Milano's seventh consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kalnietis' total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.9apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Adomas Drungilas
Adomas Drungilas
   #7. Former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary) was the main contributor in a ZTE KK's victory against one of league's weakest teams MAFC (4-21) 86-80 in the Hungarian A Division on Thursday night. Drungilas was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. Drungilas also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 27 minutes. Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (16-9) is placed fifth in the A Division. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Drungilas has reliable stats this year: 14.1ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.3apg in 24 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #8. Center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Mykolaiv (11-16) crushing them 118-80 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Saturday night's game. Anisimovas recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Budivelnyk Kyiv (25-2) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's 17th 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. Anisimovas averaged so far 11.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2007.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas
Mindaugas Kuzminskas
   #9. International forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the New York Knicks (27-45) in their last game. Despite Kuzminskas' good performance the New York Knicks (27-45) lost 95-110 in Portland to the Trail Blazers. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 32 minutes. It was Knicks' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Kuzminskas' total stats are: 5.7ppg and 1.9rpg in 59 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Eimantas Bendzius
Eimantas Bendzius
   #10. Forward Eimantas Bendzius (204-90, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Blusens Monbus' surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Real Madrid (16-7) 90-83 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Bendzius was the top player that evening. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (7-16) is placed 15th in the Liga Endesa. Bendzius has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 4.5rpg. He is a former university international player as four years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former U22 international power forward Tauras Jogela (202-93, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Latvia) helped Barons Riga win their game against the closely-ranked VEF Riga 80-71 in a derby game in the Latvian LBL in Wednesday night's game. Jogela was the top player that evening. He scored 16 points, grabbed 8 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 25 minutes. Jogela's stats this year are: 14.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in 21 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U22 national team two years ago.

   #12. International center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA) helped Toronto Raptors win their game against the Indiana Pacers crushing them 116-91 in the NBA last Sunday. Valanciunas recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds. This season Valanciunas has very high stats. He averages: 11.9ppg and 9.6rpg. Valanciunas is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

   #13. International guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) couldn't 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. Gecevicius was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 assists in 30 minutes. Gecevicius averaged so far 13.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg in 19 games. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

   #14. International swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the 12th-ranked FC Barcelona 85-69 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Maciulis scored only 2 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Maciulis has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tauras Jogela and both played together in the last Latvian LBL game. Krestinin was the major contributor in a Barons Riga's victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga 80-71 in a derby game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Krestinin has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg in 24 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in ABA League) led his Croatian team Cedevita to a victory over the closely-ranked Partizan (19-7) 83-76 in the ABA League on Saturday night. Shurna was MVP of the game. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cedevita Zagreb (20-6) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Shurna's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 2.7rpg in 18 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Nik Stauskas (198-SG-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Philadelphia 76ers (25-46) in their last game on Monday. Despite Stauskas' very good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (25-46) were edged 112-109 on the road by the Orlando Magic. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Stauskas has reliable stats this season: 9.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian.

   #3. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Tsmoki II (18-12) crushing them 97-73 in the Belarusian Premier League in Friday night's game. Kamarunas scored 11 points and added 8 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. COR-Borisfen Mogilev (26-2) is placed second in the Premier League. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kamarunas averaged so far 14.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 5.5apg and 1.9spg.

   #4. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Steaua CSM (15-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Steaua CSM (#2) was defeated 80-75 at home by the leading UBT Cluj Napoca in the Places 1-6 group. Runkauskas was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 3 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. Runkauskas has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.4apg.

   #5. Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a SG Schwelmer Baskets' victory against the 13th-ranked Hagen-Haspe (4-20) crushing them 84-59 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Mikutis was the top player that evening. He recorded 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. EN Baskets Schwelm (20-4) is placed first in West group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Mikutis has very impressive stats this year: 18.4ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.9apg in 23 games.

   #6. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to a 2-point Neuchatel's victory against one of league's weakest teams Massagno 74-72 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Danys averaged so far 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg.

   #7. Vaidas Tamasauskas (190-G-92, currently plays in Holland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Weert crushing them 83-61 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday night. He scored 8 points in 15 minutes. Tamasauskas has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 1.2rpg in 23 games.

   #8. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Baltic League) was not able to secure a victory for Tartu Ulikool in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance Tartu Ulikool was defeated in an overtime 82-75 in Pasvalys by the leading P.Zvaigzdes in the group Q of Baltic League. Milka scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Milka has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3apg.

   #9. Mantas Kazonas (202-F-89, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Lourdes-Tarbes' victory against the 15th-ranked Vitre 78-74 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Kazonas scored 17 points and had 4 steals. Kazonas averaged so far 10.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg.

   #10. Julius Zurna (188-PG-86, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Limburg's victory against the 11th-ranked Mainz 91-78 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Zurna recorded 31 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes. Zurna has very impressive stats this year: 17.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 5.1apg and 1.8spg in 21 games.



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

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Giants tab James Kirksey, ex Dundgovi - by Eurobasket News

Giants de San Salvador (Liga MB) inked American James Kirksey. He played recently at Dundgovi in Mongolian Superleague.
Kirksey was voted to Mongolian Superleague All-Star Game in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Erste Basketball League Round 26: Home teams got all wins, big men dominated and Teodo won the regular season - by Darko Pekic

Everything is known in Erste Basketball League and everybody are waiting for the play offs so the Round 26 did not bring much excitement as the previous round. Ibar finally got a win after few defeats and this time against Studentski centar at home (93-83). Post players Nikola Rondovic (207-PF-91, agency: Interperformances) (24 points) and Marko Ljujic (207-C-90) (21 points) played well for the winners while Marko Koljevic had another scoring night and had 24 points for the guests.

Lovcen at home had no trouble against Ulcinj (83-62). The winner was known at halftime so everything else was just formality. Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) again led his team with 23 points. on the other side Boris Jeknic (203-C-89) had 18 points.

Even Sutjeska without its foreigners got a win (76-69) against Jedinstvo. The young team was led by Igor Cvorovic (203-SF-96) ho had 32 points. Experienced Danilo Draskovic (207-C-85, agency: BeoExcell) played a solid game for Jedinstvo and scored 18 points.

Teodo confirmed its first place after another easy win against the bottom ranked Primorje (96-66). Igor Radonjic (194-F-88) scored 20 points in 19 minutes to lead the winners while talented Marko Grkovic (202-F-97) played a solid game with 19 points and 8 rebounds.



Orleans add Milosevic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 30-year old Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-111kg-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: 011 Sports). He started the season at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Milosevic managed to play in three leagues this year. In 12 Premier League games he had 14.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.7apg. Milosevic also played 18 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.8ppg and 7.5rpg. The last season Milosevic played at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. In 26 games he got 3.0ppg and 2.2rpg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 7.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg.
Milosevic's team won Romanian Cup in 2014.
He was a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. Milosevic was called to Montenegrin Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He is quite experienced player. Milosevic has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol), Spain (Burgos), Montenegro (Mornar Bar, Buducnost and KK Podgorica) and Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu).
He attended Western Kentucky University until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
On Milosevic: He's a key player--bigger and stronger and he seems more confident. He can be a consistent double-double.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.0 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.0 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.9 
 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 Clippers13.6 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.8 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
 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 Clippers9.2 
 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 


Barnes' late basket, steal put Mavs past Clippers, 97-95 - by Eurobasket News

Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) thrived in a new position on Thursday night, and so did the Mavericks. Barnes made the go-ahead basket, then stole the ball from Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) with 3.9 seconds left as Dallas beat the Los Angeles Clippers 97-95. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle started a big lineup, with Barnes moving from power forward to small forward. ''I have a little bit more energy from not banging with as many bigs,'' Barnes said. Barnes made a 14-foot jumper with 1:06 remaining for the game's 11th lead change, making it 96-95. After he stripped Griffin, Wesley Matthews made a free throw with 0.9 seconds to play before J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) missed a 3-point attempt that would have won it at the buzzer. His shot bounced off the far side of the rim. ''We had a great shot on the last play,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. ''That was great execution, and it was a 3, would have been a game-winner. Make, miss, we will live with that.'' Griffin scored 21 points, including nine in a row in the fourth quarter, but he missed his last three shots and turned the ball over four times in the game. ''I got to take care of the ball on the last play of the game,'' Griffin said, ''if you trust me with the last play of the game.'' Dallas expected Griffin to have the ball. ''I have to give credit to our coaching staff,'' Barnes said. ''They scouted that play well before the game. We knew it was coming to Blake. I just tried to play good defense, and I was in the right spot and the right time.'' The Clippers had their three-game winning streak snapped. Dallas, battling from behind for a playoff berth, had lost four of six. ''I don't care about the race,'' Rivers said. ''I care about how we play.'' Seth Curry (6'1''-PG-90, college: Duke) led Dallas with 23 points. Barnes finished with 21 and Dirk Nowitzki had 14. The new lineup had Nerlens Noel (6'11''-F-94, college: Kentucky, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) starting at center and point guard Yogi Ferrell on the bench. Curry started at point guard and had four assists. ''We're going to give this a look,'' Carlisle said. ''It may be the rest of the year, it may not.'' Noel finished with 12 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals, including one in the final minute. DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) had 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Clippers. Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) scored 15 points and Austin Rivers had 13. The Mavericks led by as many as 12 points in the second quarter. But after trailing 44-32, Los Angeles finished the first half on a 22-4 run for a 54-48 halftime lead. Paul had 13 points in the first half, and Jordan already had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Nowitzki and Curry each had 10 points for the Mavericks. Dallas started the third quarter with a 13-2 run to regain the lead at 61-56. The Mavericks took a 79-77 lead into the fourth quarter.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Spurs drop Grizzlies in potential playoff preview - by Eurobasket News

The Memphis Grizzlies got into the Spurs defensively, pushing San Antonio around and making every possession a fierce fight. The Spurs enjoyed it, especially their defensive-minded coach. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) scored 23 points, Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) added 19 and San Antonio beat Memphis 97-90 on Thursday night in a possible first-round playoff preview. "It's good for the team and myself that we're seeing this early instead of being hit in the playoffs," Leonard said. San Antonio opened a four-game homestand by moving two games behind idle Golden State for the league's best record. The Spurs (55-16) close the homestand against the Warriors (57-14) next Wednesday. Memphis (40-32) is seventh in the Western Conference, which would result in a first-round matchup with San Antonio if the standings remain. "I thought both teams played good defense," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "As usual, making some shots down the stretch matters, but overall I thought we moved the ball pretty well and we didn't turn it over too much. We played a pretty good game." Mike Conley had 22 points and six assists for Memphis, which fell 1 games behind Oklahoma City for sixth place. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85), who had 13 points, was the only other Grizzlies player in double figures. San Antonio lost the first two meetings, both in Memphis, by a combined 23 points. "They were more clear on their plan defensively," said Marc Gasol, who outscored his brother, Pau, by four points. "They did a good job. We didn't really run. They moved the ball, they made a lot of shots." Aldridge reached 15,000 career points with his final basket, a 13-foot jumper that gave San Antonio a 90-81 lead with 2:10 remaining. The 11-year veteran is averaging 21.4 points in five games since returning from a two-game absence after being diagnosed with a minor heart arrhythmia. "I don't know, I'm just trying to play basketball, really," Aldridge said. "Trying to be more dominant out there. I'm just trying to take my shots and play in the flow. I'm not being as passive as I was earlier in the year. It's working out for me." Leonard finished 7-for-15 from the field while battling the aggressive hands-on defense of Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) and James Ennis (6'7''-F/G-90, college: Long Beach St.) III. Leonard responded with his own defense to preserve the win. The 6-foot-7 forward sprinted in front of Allen to tip away a pass and leapt out of bounds to save the ball to Aldridge. The play led to a three-point play by Patty Mills after he was fouled on a 3-on-1 layup for an 88-80 lead with four minutes remaining. Mills was 3-for-6 on 3s, finishing with 15 points. "Our effort was fantastic," Memphis coach David Fizdale said. "We really competed defensively. It was stretches there where we had our mental lapses, but that's the Spurs."
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



DeRozan gets 40, Raptors rally again to beat Heat 101-84 - by Eurobasket News

Down by 15 early, the Toronto Raptors had no reason to panic. Trouble brings out their best. DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 40 points - doing that back-to-back for the first time in his career - and the Raptors clamped down defensively in the final three quarters to beat the Miami Heat 101-84 on Thursday night. Toronto has now won 19 games this season after trailing by at least 10 points, more than any team in the NBA. "It talks about toughness, heart," Raptors coach Dwayne Casey said. "Our give-a-crap level is pretty high, and it's one of those things where when you count us out, we find a way. My thing is just find five men who are going to play hard." Playing with 13 stitches in his right hand and some padding and bandages to protect the injury, Hassan Whiteside (7'0''-C-89, college: Marshall) had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Miami. Whiteside seemed a bit limited - his first two shots were rather gentle dunks, not his usual make-the-backboard-shake variety. His injury situation even got worse: Whiteside sprained his left ankle late in the game. "Very inspiring, just to see him out there battling," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Even with one good hand at the start and one good ankle at the finish, Whiteside was one of Miami's lone offensive bright spots. Rodney McGruder (6'4''-G-91, college: Kansas St.) and Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) each scored 13 for Miami, which shot 39 percent and tied its second-lowest scoring total of the season. "No one's going to feel sorry for me," said Whiteside, who had a bag over his cut hand, two icepacks on his knees and a wrap on his newly injured ankle as he sat at his locker postgame. DeRozan needed 38 shots to score 42 points against Chicago on Tuesday. He was much more effective in this one, shooting 14 for 25 from the field and 12 for 13 from the line. "I was just trying to be aggressive and try to pick it up on the defensive end as well, not just trying to go up there scoring," DeRozan said. "We slowly started getting into it and started playing like we wanted to play." Neither team moved in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Toronto (43-29) remained in the No. 4 spot, pulling within a half-game of No. 3 Washington. Miami (35-37) stayed No. 8, now just a game ahead of No. 9 Chicago and No. 10 Detroit.
Courtesy of: abcnews.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.
Courtesy of: pressherald.com



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."
Courtesy of: nbcnewyork.com



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



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  NBLCANADA  


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 three-point range in the half, going 0 for 7. For the Storm, Carson led with a game-high 19 points in the half while Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) added 11. Both teams picked up the scoring in the third quarter as the Hurricanes went to the fourth carrying a 78-72 lead. After just 18 combined fouls in the first half, the teams combined for 22 fouls in third quarter. The Storm quickly erased the Hurricanes' six-point lead in the fourth as the teams traded leads for most of the that frame. The Hurricanes gained a two-point lead with less than 15 seconds and were able to hold on for the win. White (24), Cox (15) and Ta'Quan Zimmerman (15) led the Hurricanes in scoring. Clifford Clinkscales (6'1''-PG-84, college: De Paul) added 10 assists. For the Storm, Carson (33) and Alex Richter (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Augustana, SD) (22) carried the load. In his second game with the team, newly-acquired Aaron Bowen (6'6''-F-91, college: Georgetown) scored 13 points in 23 minutes of play. 'He's very athletic,' said Leslie. 'He's also an intelligent player. He doesn't have to take a lot of shots.' The Hurricanes were once again without top scorers Tyrone Watson and CJ Washington who are both nursing foot injuries. Leslie said the pair are in 'wait-and-see' mode as the team has a two-week break after Sunday. The Hurricanes will have a quick turnaround as they square off with the Moncton Miracles Thursday night on the road.
Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca



Wild finish in Windsor, Orangeville falls short in double overtime - by Eurobasket News

It was a rough shooting start for the A's despite moving the ball very well for open shots. With a struggling offense, they quickly found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-0 run while Windsor converted most of their opportunities inside the paint. The A's didn't find themselves behind for too long however, and they retaliated after a quick pause in action to tie the game back up at 16-16. Although they had no success from behind the 3-point line, their interior presence provided consistency on the offensive end. 20 of their 24 first quarter points came from the interior and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (6'6''-F-91, college: Temple) (6p, 3-4 FG) led the charge for the visitors. Their strong play translated to the other side of the floor as well and they limited Windsor's scoring to 37% on their way to a 24-23 lead to end the 1st. Stefan Nastic (6'11''-C-92, college: Stanford) lead the A's with 31, Anthony Harris (6'2''-G-85, agency: Interperformances) added a double double of 12 points, 10 assists Only a small margin separated the teams and the back and forth battle continued well into the 2nd quarter. Turnovers were an area of concern for the A's, having given up the ball 12 times, and Windsor converted 16 points as a result. Orangeville's lead only got as big as 4 points while Windsor countered with a 7 point lead shortly after. Warren Ward (6'5''-G-89, agency: Blacktop Management) was dominant for the Express, the guard poured in 14 points to lead his team. Larry Anderson had that responsibility for the A's and his 11 points were just as valuable for the visitors. Orangeville was able to stay close behind his scoring for a long stretch but towards the end of the quarter Windsor caught fire to grab an 8-point advantage. Starting the 2nd half trailing 43-51, Orangeville had some ground to make up against the home team. They looked to be on their way to closing the gap but they were unable to contain Windsor's Nick Evans (6'11''-C-88, college: S.Indiana) (8p, 4-8 FG) who was scoring with regularity. Orangeville was eventually able to respond once Evans stepped off the floor and they were able to get within 3 points. Unfortunately, they wouldn't get much closer and Windsor responded with a run of their own to reclaim their large lead. Ward (21p, 9-14 FG) was once again the highlight of the Windsor offense and his shooting from the outside was crucial to his team's run. Orangeville managed to get stops and convert on the other end towards the end of the frame but the back and forth exchange didn't bode well for gaining any ground down the stretch. Now facing a 68-77 deficit heading into the 4th quarter, Orangeville had to make a late push in order to give them any opportunity at a comeback. In the previous quarters they came out strong and the trend continued in the final frame. Stefan Nastic (22p, 7r) emerged as the primary option for the A's and they went on a run to get within 1 point. Nastic wasn't the only contributor in the offense, 4 other A's ended with double-digit scoring numbers in the comeback attempt. With 80-81 in favour of Windsor, they went on an 11-0 run which seemed to quickly put an end to Orangeville's hopes. However, Orangeville had other plans and they exploded to take a 95-94 lead within the final minute. In a strange series of plays, both sides had many opportunities to seal the game from the free throw line but after a series of missed free throws, nothing separated either side and they would end up going into overtime. Overtime was very slow offensively and both sides only managed to put up 2 points in the 6 minutes of play. As a result, the game led into another overtime quarter that was drastically different. Both the A's and the Express lit up the scoreboard but neither side could create enough distance to get a hold on the game. Orangeville took a 5-point lead and it seemed that it would be enough to hold through the stretch but to everyone's surprise the Express had a final run up their sleeve. The A's were up 110-108 and the Express had one opportunity to steal the victory for their home fans. They put the ball in the hands of their leading scorer, Warren Ward, who came through on the opportunity by draining a deep 3-pointer off the wing to give Windsor the 111-110 victory.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



River Lions cut Okorie - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) cut 29-year old American point guard Nick Okorie (185-88kg-88, college: Texas Tech). In two NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.0apg this season. Okorie also played earlier that season for The Storm where in 20 NBL Canada games he had very remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.1apg.
He is a very experienced player. Okorie has played also professionally in Austria (Raiffeisen Wels), Denmark (Aalborg), Finland (Salon Vilpas), Germany (Saar Pfalz Braves) and Canada (Power and London Lightning).
He attended Texas Tech University until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Okorie's outlook: Can play in both guard positions, thaks to solid body, good court vision an passing skils. He's a good scorer with outside and inside dimension, shoots well free throws. Also, he's a tough defender who can earn lots of steals.
Very quick. Can run on the basket against taller players
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Markelle FULTZ
  Washington
  (196-G/F-98)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Fultz, Washington23.2 
 2. Graham, Arizona .18.3 
 3. White, Colorado18.1 
 4. Travis, Stanford17.3 
 5. Trier, Arizona17.2 
 6. Kuzma, Utah16.4 
 7. Thompson, Oregon S.16.3 
 8. Brooks, Oregon16.3 
 9. Leaf, UCLA16.1 
 10. Holder, Arizona St.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan RABB
  California
  (211-F-97)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Rabb, California10.3 
 2. Hawkinson, Washingt.10.2 
 3. Oleka, Arizona St.10.0 
 4. Kuzma, Utah9.3 
 5. Travis, Stanford8.9 
 6. Welsh, UCLA8.9 
 7. Bell, Oregon8.5 
 8. Eubanks, Oregon St.8.3 
 9. Dickerson, Washi.8.2 
 10. Leaf, UCLA8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lonzo BALL
  UCLA
  (198-G-97)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Ball, UCLA7.6 
 2. Fultz, Washington5.9 
 3. McLaughlin, USC5.5 
 4. Evans, Arizona St.4.4 
 5. White, Colorado4.4 
 6. Holiday, UCLA4.4 
 7. Jackson-C., Arizona4.1 
 8. Pritchard, Oregon3.7 
 9. Iroegbu, Washingt.3.6 
 10. Moore, California3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Matisse THYBULLE
  Washington
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Thybulle, Washington2.1 
 2. Melton, USC1.9 
 3. Ball, UCLA1.9 
 4. Fultz, Washington1.6 
 5. Allen, Arizona1.6 
 6. McLaughlin, USC1.5 
 7. Bonam, Utah1.4 
 8. Allen, Stanford1.4 
 9. Justice, Arizona .1.4 
 10. Thompson, Oregon S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BOUCHER
  Oregon
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Boucher, Oregon2.5 
 2. Dime, Washington2.5 
 3. Bell, Oregon2.1 
 4. Okoroh, California2.1 
 5. Eubanks, Oregon St.2.0 
 6. Metu, USC1.5 
 7. Gordon, Colorado1.5 
 8. White, Colorado1.4 
 9. Welsh, UCLA1.4 
 10. Fultz, Washington1.2 


Rice promotes Scott Pera to head men's basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

A whirlwind week for the Rice Owls basketball program continued Thursday with the hiring of associate head coach Scott Pera as the new head basketball coach. The Owls' basketball season ended Monday with a loss in the CBI postseason tournament. That was Mike Rhoades ' final game as Rice head coach; he was introduced Wednesday as the new VCU head coach. Pera has been on the Rice staff under Rhoades for the last three seasons and has a long history of coaching. He was an assistant on the University of Pennsylvania staff for three seasons and before that was at Arizona State from 2006-2012, where he coached current Rockets star James Harden. His relationship with Harden dates before that as well. He was the coach at Harden's high school, Artesia, in California.
Courtesy of: click2houston.com



Oregon Advances After Surviving Michigan's Buzzer-Beater Attempt - by Eurobasket News

The scoreboard had Oregon up by 2 points at the half, but it felt as though Michigan, the underdog, was about to overwhelm the Ducks. Michigan's point guard, Derrick Walton (6'1''-G-95) Jr., a senior, had deftly amassed seven assists, looking for all the world like a quarterback finding receivers like Duncan Robinson (6'8''-G/F-94) and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman through thickets of defenders. D. J. Wilson, a junior with a tall haircut and short shorts, had hit two 3-pointers and contributed a block and a steal in just seven minutes of play, his time limited by foul trouble. But Michigan's seemingly impending surge never materialized, as third-seeded Oregon, playing one of the country's most 3-point-happy teams, began to take more aim from deep and hit 3-pointers. And hit them and hit them and hit them. Five from sophomore Tyler Dorsey (6'4''-SG-96), two from junior Dillon Brooks (6'6''-F-96) - all in the second half. The Ducks, which entered making fewer than one-third of their shots from deep, made 47.1 percent (8-for-17) for the game. But Dorsey's most crucial shot came not from beyond the 3-point line, but on an acrobatic drive to the basket that put the Ducks ahead by a point with 1 minute 9 seconds remaining. Those proved to be the final points in a 69-68 victory for Oregon (32-5) over seventh-seeded Michigan (26-12), sending the Ducks to the round of eight on Saturday to play the winner of the later game Thursday night, between No. 1 Kansas and No. 4 Purdue. The Ducks were led by Dorsey and the junior Jordan Bell (6'9''-F-95). Dorsey had 20 points; Bell had a double-double, with 16 points and 13 rebounds - including, on the possession before Dorsey's lay-in, a crucial board on a missed Oregon free throw that he put back to cut Michigan's lead to 1 point. Michigan's Walton finished with 20 points and 8 assists, and his fellow senior guard Zak Irvin (6'6''-G/F-94) had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Moritz Wagner, a 6-foot-10 sophomore from Berlin, who goes by Moe, was Michigan's leading scorer in the last game, an upset of second-seeded Louisville, but on Thursday he appeared physically overwhelmed in the low post and hapless elsewhere, at one point botching a clear layup after Oregon gave him the lane. He finished with 7 points on 10 shots and barely saw the court in the second half. When Brooks hit a 3 with a little more than 13 minutes left in the game, Oregon led by 50-44 and looked in control. But the Ducks let the Wolverines back in it, missing their next five field goals and going scoreless for more than three minutes. Wilson played terrific defense on Bell, forcing him into a miss one-on-one in the post and then grabbing the rebound. Michigan took a 51-50 lead with Walton sitting for the first time in the game. Then Oregon fought back and built a 56-51 lead, with Tyler Ennis (6'2''-G-94, college: Syracuse) contributing a 3-point play. Wilson brilliantly faked his defender with the ball down low, only to miss the layup. Later, Wilson found Irvin underneath in a Walton-like assist to cut Oregon's lead to three. The game continued to seesaw between 3- and 5-point Oregon leads until Wilson hit a 3 to cut Oregon's lead to 60-58 with less than five minutes left. On Michigan's next possession, Walton dribbled at the top of the key, and Oregon's defense dropped back, giving him room to hit his own 3-pointer for a 61-60 lead for the Wolverines with 4:15 remaining. The lead was short-lived: Another Oregon 3-pointer was in store, from Dorsey. On the other end? A 3 from Irvin. With fewer than two minutes left and the shot clock dribbling, Walton took it upon himself again, creating a fadeaway shot that seemed to take an eternity to decide whether to go through the hoop or not. It finally decided in the affirmative, making the score 68-65 - Michigan's largest lead since the first half. Bell grabbed a missed Oregon free throw and put it in to make it a one-point Wolverines lead. This was followed by Dorsey's athletic drive to make it 69-68 Oregon with one minute remaining. Walton had one last chance to go ahead, but his attempt at a buzzer-beating 3-pointer was short. Though a major-conference champion with a famous football team, Michigan might have been the closest thing to a Cinderella story among the 16 teams that entered the N.C.A.A. men's basketball tournament's second weekend. Fledgling through the end of the season, its plane bound for the Big Ten tournament skidded off the runway, spooking the team and causing light injuries. The Wolverines proceeded to tear through that tournament, winning it all. Ranked as high as fourth overall in the Associated Press poll this season, Oregon lost its top shot-blocker, senior Chris Boucher, to a season-ending knee injury in the Pacific-12 tournament. The Ducks now look to make just their second Final Four in program history - and their first since 1939, the very first Final Four of them all.
Courtesy of: nytimes.com



Xavier upsets No. 2-seeded Arizona, 73-71 - by Eurobasket News

Trevon Bluiett (6'6''-G-94) scored 25 points, Sean O'Mara (6'10''-F/C-95) scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2-seeded Arizona, 73-71, in a West Regional semifinal on Thursday night. Xavier (30-13) stayed with the second-seeded Wildcats behind Bluiett's 18 first-half points and tracked down the Wildcats after they tried to pull away in the second half. O'Mara scored on a power move inside, but missed a free throw to give Arizona (32-5) a final chance. Allonzo Trier (6'4''-F-96) missed a three-pointer in the closing seconds and Xavier was able to dribble out the clock, earning its first trip to the Elite Eight since 2008. The Musketeers held Arizona scoreless over the final 2:52 to earn a spot in the West final against No. 1-seeded Gonzaga on Saturday. Trier scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and Dusan Ristic (7'0''-C-95) had 17 for Arizona. Xavier made an improbable run to its fourth Sweet 16 in eight years under Coach Chris Mack, overcoming a late six-game losing streak and slew of injuries that included the loss of point guard Edmond Sumner (6'6''-G-95) to a torn left ACL in late January. The Musketeers were the lone double-digit seed left in the bracket after knocking off Maryland and Florida State in the first two rounds, setting up their second Sweet 16 game against Arizona in three years. Arizona won the previous meeting to reach the Elite Eight, putting Coach Sean Miller one up on Mack, his former assistant. Bluiett kept the Musketeers in San Jose, converting seven of eight shots and both of his free throws to score 18 points in the first half. Arizona led 37-35 after turning 11 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points. Xavier came out hot to start the second half, making six of its eight shots to build a 48-45 lead. Arizona answered with a run of its own and Trier started lighting it up, scoring 15 straight points as Arizona built a 67-61 lead. With super fan Bill Murray cheering them on - his son is an assistant coach - the Musketeers battled their way back with a 7-0 run, tying the score at 71-all with less than two minutes left.
Courtesy of: latimes.com



Georgetown, John Thompson III part ways - by Eurobasket News

Georgetown has parted ways with head coach John III Thompson, sources confirmed to NBC Sports. Thompson has been the head coach of the Hoyas for 13 seasons, going 278-151 during his tenure. He won three Big East regular season titles with the program, the last of which came in 2013, and he reached the 2007 Final Four, but in recent years the program has fallen on hard times. Georgetown is 29-36 over the course of the last two seasons and the Hoyas have missed the NCAA tournament in three of the last four years. They've failed to make it out of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament since that Final Four, losing to five double-digit seeds in their last six NCAA tournament appearances. Thompson is the son of John III Thompson Jr., the Hall of Fame head coach that built the Hoyas into a national power in the 80s and 90s. The University just invested more than $60 million into a renovation of the team's practice facility which is now named The Thompson Center. The news was first reported by CasualHoya.com.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Jeter to transfer from Duke - by Eurobasket News

A former five-star recruit is hitting the transfer market. Chase Jeter (6'10''-F/C-97), a top-20 talent in the Class of 2015, will transfer from Duke, the school announced Thursday. The 6-foot-10 sophomore could never really crack the rotation with the Blue Devils, playing less than 500 minutes total over two seasons. He averaged 14.9 minutes in 16 appearances this past season. 'Chase has been an outstanding young man in our program for the last two years,' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement released by the school. 'He has been one of our top academic performers since he arrived on campus. Unfortunately, he was held back this season due to injury. We wish nothing but the absolute best for Chase and his family.' This past season Jeter dealt with a back injury, and he did not play after Jan. 14. 'I have loved my time at Duke, getting a world-class education and competing alongside my brothers every day,' Jeter said in a statement. 'After careful consideration, I decided it would be best for me to transfer to a school closer to home. I've made long-lasting relationships here and I want to thank my teammates and coaches for the support they've given me over the last two years.' Jeter, a Las Vegas native, chose Duke in the summer of 2014 over Arizona, UNLV and UCLA.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



CSUB beats UT-Arlington 80-76; will play Georgia Tech in NIT semifinals - by Eurobasket News

The CSU Bakersfield men's basketball team won 80-76 on the road against UT-Arlington in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Runners, seeded as the #8 seed, had already knocked off #1 Cal and #4 Colorado State before besting #6 UTA. CSUB moves on to the NIT's Final Four, held in Madison Square Garden in New York City. They'll play #6 Georgia Tech March 28, time to be determined. Wednesday was a bit of a homecoming for Damiyne Durham (6'4''-G-95). The redshirt sophomore hails from Oakwood, Texas, about a 2 hour drive from the College Park Center. Durham hit three 5 pointers, finishing with 18 points and picking up 7 rebounds. Shon Briggs (6'6''-G/F) led the Runners in scoring with 19 points. CSUB is the first #8 seed to ever make it to the NIT's Final Four.
Courtesy of: turnto23.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  SC Rangers
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 29
 1. Tait, SC Rangers29.0 
 2. Ongwae, Taranaki.28.0 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.28.0 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.27.0 
 5. Kendle, Canterbury26.7 
 6. Jones, Canterbury23.7 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.22.5 
 8. Ruscoe, SC Rangers22.0 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.21.0 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 16
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA16.0 
 2. Hunter, Southlan.11.0 
 3. Wesley, Wellington S.9.5 
 4. Norton, Southlan.9.0 
 5. Pledger, Southlan.9.0 
 6. Egwu, SC Rangers9.0 
 7. Duinker, Wellingt.8.5 
 8. Jones, Canterbury8.3 
 9. Bailey-N., Taranaki.8.0 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mitchell MCCARRON
  SC Ra.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. McCarron, SC Ra.6.0 
 2. Webster, Wellingt.6.0 
 3. Aston, Southland S.6.0 
 4. O''Riley, Ta.5.0 
 5. Allen, Southland S.5.0 
 6. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.0 
 7. Ili, Wellington S.5.0 
 8. Kendle, Canterbury4.3 
 9. Gomis, Taranaki MA4.0 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tylor ONGWAE
  Taranaki.
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ongwae, Taranaki.4.0 
 2. Bartlett, Taylor H.3.0 
 3. Hunter, Southlan.3.0 
 4. Burton, Taranaki.2.0 
 5. O''Riley, Ta.2.0 
 6. Jones, Canterbury2.0 
 7. Anderson, Taranaki.2.0 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.2.0 
 9. Bailey, Southland S.2.0 
 10. Ili, Wellington S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA2.0 
 2. Henry, Wellington S.2.0 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers2.0 
 4. Neighbour, Cante.1.7 
 5. Washington, Nelson G.1.5 
 6. Jones, Canterbury1.3 
 7. Bailey, Southland S.1.0 
 8. Kay, Southland S.1.0 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers1.0 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.1.0 



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  NIGERIA  


Pau-Lacq-Orthez adds Agbelese to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) added to their roster 27-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Danny Agbelese (206-107kg-90, college: Hampton). He played recently at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A, but left the team earlier this month. In 23 games he recorded 5.0ppg and 4.2rpg this season. The last season Agbelese played at Gipuzkoa in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 23 games he averaged 4.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1bpg. He also played earlier that season for Ourense (Liga Endesa) in Spain. In 11 games he had 9.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. Agbelese also spent pre-season at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) in Greek league earlier 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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Italy



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  NORWAY  


BLNO Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Centrum and Gimle BBK record wins - by Eurobasket News

Kongsberg - Centrum 60-86

Centrum rallied past Kongsberg in the semifinal series opener. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Centrum made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Centrum outrebounded Kongsberg 42-26 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Swingman Aksel Bolinz (201-90, college: N.Illinois) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-89, college: Manhattan) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals. Four Centrum players scored in double figures. Cuban-American guard Juan Ferrales (188-91, college: Barry) produced 22 points and British forward Solomon Rolls-Tyson (203, college: E.Utah JC, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Kongsberg's coach Bard Stoller gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Centrum: A.Bolinz 22+18reb+3ast, T.Sommerfeldt 20+4reb+2ast, M.Midtvedt 16+4reb+2ast, M.Kombat 10+9reb+2ast, S.Aslesen 7+1reb, T.Hilhorst 4+3reb
Kongsberg: J.Ferrales 22+4reb+3ast, O.Lundestad 12+1reb, S.Rolls-Tyson 9+7reb, C.Oldham 8+6reb+2ast, M.Gjerde 4+4reb, T.Gabric 2+2ast
gschID: 541005


Gimle BBK - Baerum Basket 101-91

Gimle BBK toppled Baerum Basket to gain 1-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Gimle BBK. Baerum Basket was better in fourth quarter 25-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Gimle BBK outrebounded Baerum Basket 62-44 including 19 on the offensive glass. Baerum Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Nick Victor (196-92, college: Yale) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds. Swingman Magne Fivelstad (198-89, college: Barry) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Five Gimle BBK players scored in double figures. American forward James Weatherspoon (198-92, college: Toledo) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 22 rebounds and point guard Stian Mjos (183-89) added 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Baerum Basket.
Top scorers:
Gimle BBK: N.Victor 26+18reb+1ast, L.Espe 22+10reb+4ast, M.Fivelstad 19+17reb+4ast, E.Lamo 13+8reb+2ast, A.Fjaerestad 10+4reb+2ast, D.Berg 8+2reb+2ast
Baerum Basket: S.Mjos 30+5reb+5ast, J.Weatherspoon 28+22reb+1ast, E.Gilchrese 24+5reb+3ast, A.Landenget 4+4reb+3ast, G.Haugen 3+2reb+1ast, P.Frantzvaag 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 541004





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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eugene PHELPS
  Phoenix
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 53
 1. Phelps, Phoenix53.0 
 2. McKay, Phoenix34.0 
 3. White, Mahindra31.0 
 4. Jefferson, Alaska A.28.0 
 5. Pringle, Globalport27.0 
 6. Taggart, Rain o.26.0 
 7. Smith, Blackwater25.5 
 8. Mitchell, Star H.24.0 
 9. Chism, NLEX R.22.5 
 10. Belo, Blackwater21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg SMITH
  Blackwater
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 23
 1. Smith, Blackwater23.0 
 2. Stepheson, Meralco .22.5 
 3. Phelps, Phoenix21.0 
 4. McKay, Phoenix20.0 
 5. Williams, Globalport19.0 
 6. White, Mahindra18.5 
 7. Chism, NLEX R.17.0 
 8. Mitchell, Star H.16.0 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.5 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Simon ENCISO
  Alaska Aces
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Enciso, Alaska Aces6.5 
 2. Mallari, Mahindra6.5 
 3. Pringle, Globalport6.0 
 4. Jazul, Phoenix5.5 
 5. Belo, Blackwater5.0 
 6. Newsome, Meralco .5.0 
 7. Taggart, Rain o.4.0 
 8. Jalalon, Star H.4.0 
 9. Smith, Blackwater4.0 
 10. Anthony, NLEX R.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Stanley PRINGLE
  Globalport
  (184-PG-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Pringle, Globalport5.0 
 2. Exciminiano, Alaska A.3.0 
 3. McKay, Phoenix2.0 
 4. Belo, Blackwater2.0 
 5. Barroca, Star H.2.0 
 6. Mallari, Mahindra2.0 
 7. Galliguez, Alaska A.2.0 
 8. Melton, Star H.2.0 
 9. Wilson, Phoenix2.0 
 10. Jazul, Phoenix2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Eugene PHELPS
  Phoenix
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Phelps, Phoenix5.0 
 2. McKay, Phoenix4.0 
 3. Stepheson, Meralco .3.0 
 4. White, Mahindra3.0 
 5. Mitchell, Star H.3.0 
 6. Williams, Globalport3.0 
 7. Taggart, Rain o.3.0 
 8. Reavis, Star H.2.0 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.5 
 10. Chism, NLEX R.1.5 


Phelps number one in Philippines for round 1 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Phoenix, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 53 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Blackwater (#9, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 118-116. Phoenix is placed at 4th position in Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Phoenix won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 61.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Phoenix and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Former Long Beach State University star has very solid stats this year. Phelps is league's best scorer averaging so far 53.0ppg. Phelps is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 21.0rpg) and averages impressive 5.0bpg and 61.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Greg Smith (198-F-91) of Blackwater. Smith had a very good evening with a double-double of 37 points and 30 rebounds. Bad luck as Blackwater was edged by Phoenix (1-0) 118-116. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Blackwater and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 37.0ppg (#2). He also registered 30.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces (#3). Jefferson scored 28 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Alaska Aces, leading his team to a 107-79 easy win against Globalport (#10, 0-1). Alaska Aces has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Jefferson also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Jefferson as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James White (203-F-93) of Mahindra - 29 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Wayne Chism (206-PF-87) of NLEX RW - 27 points, 21 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Rain or Shine - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87) of Meralco Bolts - 18 points and 24 rebounds
8. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of Globalport - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Alex Mallari (193-G/F-87) of Mahindra - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Chris Newsome (187-G) of Meralco Bolts - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Ireland, Trefl S.17.9 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Szubarga, Asseco17.0 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Berisha, Polfarme.15.9 
 7. Miles, Polpharma15.5 
 8. Balmazovic, Start L.14.9 
 9. Brown, Siarka14.9 
 10. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Stal Ostrow
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. King, Stal Ostrow11.1 
 2. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 3. Markovic, Trefl S.9.0 
 4. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 5. Harris, AZS K.8.5 
 6. Fraser, Polfarme.8.4 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.7.3 
 9. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
 10. Wojdyla, Siarka6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.6.7 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.8 
 4. Laczynski, Anwil5.7 
 5. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 6. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 7. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.4 
 8. Szubarga, Asseco5.3 
 9. Brazelton, Rosa R.5.1 
 10. Koszarek, Stelm.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G