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  ABA LEAGUE  



Danilo Mijatovic is back with MZT Skopje - by Mario Divanisov

The saga that lasted nearly a month is finally over as defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom gets the permission to put Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83) to their roster.
The experienced Power Forward joined KK Kumanovo 2009 at the start of the season, from KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom, but despite being their best player averaging 18.9ppg and 5.8rpg in Prva Liga and 19.2ppg and 5.0rpg in BIBL the financial problems forced Kumanovo and Mijatovic to part ways.
As said before, for Danilo Mijatovic this will be his comeback at KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom where he spent the previous two seasons and managed to win two titles in the league and one title in the Macedonian Cup.



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  ANGOLA  


Braulio Morais sidelined for six months - by Eurobasket News

The point guard of the senior men's basketball team of 1 de Agosto, Braulio Morais (190-G-90), will stop for six months as a result of the road accident he suffered on Wednesday night in Luanda. According to a press note from 1 de Agosto that Angop on Thursday, the player, who fractured his left ankle, will no longer play this season. Contacted by Angop, 1 de Agosto doctor, Virgilio Fernandez informed that the basketball player has already undergone a surgical intervention and is stable. Aged 26, Braulio Morais began his career at Petro de Luanda, from youth category to professionalism, having moved to Recreativo do Libolo (2013) and then to 1 de Agosto (2016), a club he currently plays for. With 1.90 meters, he has represented the national junior and senior teams, having stood out for the top five in the African Championship (Afrobasket2015) of Tunisia, in which Angola lost in the final against Nigeria.
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.
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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, Instituto20.3 
 3. Solano, Echague19.2 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.19.1 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.9 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Harper, Quimsa17.0 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas16.7 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.16.5 
 10. Horner, Obras B.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.8 
 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
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 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.17.3 
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. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.9 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.6 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.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. Paletta, Hindu1.7 
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. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 10. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 


TNA Round 31: Estudiantes O. keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in TNA. The round was exceptionally exciting as five games ended with a tiny margin. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Estudiantes O. as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Estudiantes O. defeated 5th ranked Rocamora in Olavarria 84-79. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-12. But Rocamora won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Estudiantes O. made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Italian center Emilio Dominguez (202-87) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Juan-Luis Abeiro (196-88) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Rocamora. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Estudiantes O. have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Rocamora lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 19 games lost.
Leading Union SF (23-11) recorded its eleventh loss in San Francisco. Visitors were defeated by second ranked San Isidro (21-14) 66-54. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. It was a great evening for center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 21 rebounds. Martin Muller helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) responded with 15 points. San Isidro maintains second place with 21-14 record having just five point less than leader Union SF. Union SF lost fourth consecutive game. They still keep top position with 11 games lost. San Isidro will play against Obera TC (#5) at home in the next round. Union SF will play against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth-ranked CA Platense (14-16) was very close to win a game against second ranked Parque Sur (19-15) in Concepcion de Urug. on Thursday. Parque Sur managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected easier game. It was an exceptional evening for Guido Mariani who led the winners and scored 21 points. Keith Gayden came up with 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for CA Platense in the defeat. Parque Sur maintains second place with 19-15 record having just two point less than leader Union SF. CA Platense lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 16 games lost.
A very interesting game took place in Rio Negro. It ended with only two-point home defeat of their biggest opponent Alianza Viedma (21-12) to third ranked Huracan (19-12) 87-85 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Alianza Viedma. Jerome Hill fired 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Huracan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-12 record having just one point less than leader Union SF. Alianza Viedma at the other side keeps the second position with 12 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Temperley. Third ranked CA Temperley (16-17) saved a 3-point victory at home edging their biggest opponent Parque Sur (19-15) 87-84 on Monday evening. It was a very good performance for Sebastian Chaine who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. Newly promoted CA Temperley maintains third place with 16-17 record having two points less than leader Union SF. Loser Parque Sur keeps the second position with 15 games lost.

Other games in round 31 were not that significant. Temperley was beaten by Gimnasia LP on the road 76-63. Mitre Tuc. lost to Villa Angela on its own court 79-82. Obera TC was outscored by BHY Tiro Federal in Morteros 67-93. Salta Basket managed to beat Villa San Martin at home 87-86. Barrio Parque was defeated by Comunicaciones on the opponent's court 79-69. Alianza Viedma beat La Union in a home game 79-71. Salta Basket was destroyed by Villa Angela on the road 94-68. Obera TC unfortunately lost to Barrio Parque on its own court 64-81. Rocamora recorded a loss to Ciclista in Juninense 66-81. Huracan defeated Olimpo BB at home 82-68. La Union was beaten by Atenas Carmen on the opponent's court 99-88. Obera TC destroyed SP Las Parejas in a home game 105-75. Independiente BBC was outscored by Villa Angela on the road 99-77. Hindu recorded a loss to Salta Basket on its own court 72-79.

Parque Sur - Platense 80-78

Fourth-ranked CA Platense (14-16) was very close to win a game against second ranked Parque Sur (19-15) in Concepcion de Urug. on Thursday. Parque Sur managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Parque Sur made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 CA Platense turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Guido Mariani (193-94) who led the winners and scored 21 points. Pablo Alderete (196-93) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Parque Sur players scored in double figures. American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) came up with 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Puerto Rican forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, agency: SDJ Sports) added 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for CA Platense in the defeat. Parque Sur maintains second place with 19-15 record having just two point less than leader Union SF. CA Platense lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Platense: K.Gayden 37+7reb, K.Young 17+10reb+2ast, F.Pais 10+1reb+1ast, D.Mansilla 5+4reb+2ast, J.Lugrin 4+1reb, V.Facundo 3+1reb+1ast
Parque Sur: G.Mariani 21+2reb+3ast, A.Jure 14+2reb, P.Alderete 14+7reb+1ast, S.Bernasconi 14+4reb+2ast, A.Richard 8+5reb+4ast, J.Stroud 6+5reb
gschID: 542703


Gimnasia LP - Temperley 76-63

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Gimnasia LP (12-20) beat 3rd placed CA Temperley (16-17) in La Plata 76-63 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-63. Gimnasia LP outrebounded CA Temperley 41-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for point guard Leonardo La-Bella (180-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Gimnasia LP players scored in double figures. Gimnasia LP's coach Cesar Adriani used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Martin Trimboli (196-85) answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Leopoldo Ibanez-Paz (192-89) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for CA Temperley. Gimnasia LP maintains sixth place with 12-20 record. Newly promoted CA Temperley keeps the third position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Temperley: M.Trimboli 15+5reb+4ast, L.Ortiz 12+2reb+1ast, L.Ibanez Paz 12+8reb+1ast, S.Chaine 8+3reb+2ast, A.Eiguren 6+4reb+1ast, S.Egas 6+5reb
Gimnasia LP: M.Segon 18+4reb+1ast, L.La Bella 15+4reb+10ast, R.Rosende 14+10reb, J.Efese 14+9reb+1ast, J.Lancieri 13+3reb+3ast, R.Salvatierra 2+10reb
gschID: 542702


Alianza Viedma - Huracan 85-87

A very interesting game took place in Rio Negro. It ended with only two-point home defeat of their biggest opponent Alianza Viedma (21-12) to third ranked Huracan (19-12) 87-85 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Alianza Viedma. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-20. But Alianza Viedma won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Jerome Hill (198-94, college: Gardner-Webb) fired 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Venezuelan forward Juan Coronado (203-90, college: Liberty) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Huracan players scored in double figures. American swingman OLouis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Alexis Knecht (183-87) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Huracan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-12 record having just one point less than leader Union SF. Alianza Viedma at the other side keeps the second position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: O.McCullough 23+8reb, A.Knecht 15+1reb+2ast, L.Nwogbo 12+5reb, F.Bazani 8+1reb, M.Gaynor 8+5reb+1ast, P.Franco 8+1reb+6ast
Huracan: J.Hill 22+7reb+1ast, J.Coronado 21+7reb+1ast, G.Maranguello 15+9reb+1ast, L.Ruiz Moreno 14+2reb+7ast, M.Melo 8+4reb+1ast, M.Gomez 3+2ast
gschID: 542701


Mitre Tuc. - Villa Angela 79-82

Very expected game when 7th ranked Mitre Tuc. (10-24) was edged by third ranked Villa Angela (23-12) in Tucuman 82-79 on Thursday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Mitre Tuc. won second period 20-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Villa Angela made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Villa Angela especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a very good performance for American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!). Naturalized Italian forward Mariano Garcia (201-86) contributed with 18 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jose Muruaga (188-84) added 23 points in the effort for Mitre Tuc.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Villa Angela have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 23-12 record having just seven point less than leader Union SF. Mitre Tuc. lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 24 games lost. Villa Angela will face Salta Basket (#4) on the road in the next round. Mitre Tuc. will play against Salta Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mitre Tuc.: J.Muruaga 23+1reb+1ast, R.Banegas 14+2reb+1ast, T.Brown 14+9reb+3ast, P.Osores 13+6reb+2ast, F.Toia 7+3reb+1ast, L.Arganaraz 5+2reb+2ast
Villa Angela: N.Carter 33+4reb, M.Garcia 18+4reb, A.Spalla 12+4reb+1ast, C.Avalle 10+3reb+5ast, A.Zago 5+6reb, M.Cequeira 2+3reb+5ast
gschID: 523966


BHY Tiro Federal - Obera TC 93-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked BHY Tiro Federal's (14-20) home victory over 5th ranked Obera TC (12-22) in Morteros 93-67 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by BHY Tiro Federal. Obera TC was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Obera TC 44-31 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. BHY Tiro Federal looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Obera TC's players. It was a very good performance for naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five BHY Tiro Federal players scored in double figures. American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Martin Gandoy (194-91) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Obera TC. Obera TC's coach Lucas Zurita gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. BHY Tiro Federal maintains fourth place with 14-20 record. Loser Obera TC keeps the fifth position with 22 games lost. BHY Tiro Federal will face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round. Obera TC will play on the road against the league's second-placed San Isidro in San Francisco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: A.Joseph 14+6reb, A.Montes Cardozo 13+3reb, M.Gandoy 12+5reb+3ast, J.Montero 8+1reb+1ast, J.Deck 6+5reb, L.Quinteros 4+1reb+1ast
BHY Tiro Federal: P.Lockett 30+8reb, E.Correa 15+8reb+12ast, M.Maximiliano 12+10reb+6ast, L.Strack 11+3reb+2ast, L.Mare 10+6reb, L.Cecchi 7+5reb
gschID: 523965


Salta Basket - Villa San Martin 87-86

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Villa San Martin (11-23) was edged on the road by fourth ranked Salta Basket (18-16) 87-86 on Thursday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Villa San Martin won third quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Villa San Martin 38-21 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Salta Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Nicolas Copello (194-92) contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Agustin Carnovale (195-86) answered with 24 points and 4 assists and center Guillermo Saavedra (200-86) added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Villa San Martin. Five Salta Basket and four Villa San Martin players scored in double figures. Salta Basket moved-up to third place, which they share with Barrio Parque. Newly promoted Villa San Martin keeps the sixth position with 23 games lost. Salta Basket will face Mitre Tuc. (#7) in Tucuman in the next round. Villa San Martin will play against Independiente BBC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Villa San Martin: A.Carnovale 24+4ast, G.Saavedra 19+5reb+3ast, M.Cabrera 15+1reb+7ast, F.Aldama 11+2reb, J.Morales 9+9reb+2ast, A.Toledo 6+3reb+3ast
Salta Basket: N.Copello 22+7reb+5ast, I.Okoye 20+14reb+2ast, M.Fioretti 13+5reb+1ast, L.Prowell 11+3reb+1ast, R.Haag 10+3reb+3ast, A.Zurbriggen 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 523964


Comunicaciones - Barrio Parque 79-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Comunicaciones' (25-9) home victory over 3rd placed Barrio Parque (18-16) in Mercedes 79-69 on Wednesday. Comunicaciones looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Andres Mariani (188-87) answered with 18 points and forward Gaston Marozzi (190-95) added 14 points in the effort for Barrio Parque. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Comunicaciones have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 25-9 record having just 4 victories less than leader Union SF. Loser Barrio Parque keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Comunicaciones will face league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Barrio Parque will play at home against the league's leader Hindu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barrio Parque: A.Mariani 18+2reb+3ast, G.Marozzi 14+4reb+1ast, L.Rivata 9+4reb+3ast, E.Rossi 9+2reb+1ast, L.Guerra 7+4reb+3ast, S.Cabello 6+4reb
COMUNICACIONES: N.Lauria 19+5reb+6ast, G.Essengue 18+6reb, F.Vietta Stechina 14+6reb+1ast, G.Torres 8+2reb+3ast, J.De Felippo 7+5reb+2ast, N.Gimenez 6+4reb
gschID: 523963


Estudiantes O. - Rocamora 84-79

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Estudiantes O. as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Estudiantes O. defeated 5th ranked Rocamora in Olavarria 84-79. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-12. But Rocamora won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Estudiantes O. made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Italian center Emilio Dominguez (202-87) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Estudiantes O. players scored in double figures. Power forward Juan-Luis Abeiro (196-88) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Ignacio Davico (188-92) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Rocamora. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Estudiantes O. have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Rocamora lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rocamora: J.Luis Abeiro 22+7reb+1ast, I.Davico 15+5reb+1ast, M.Novello 13+5reb+2ast, F.Medina 8+3reb+1ast, G.Dellavedova 6+1ast, M.Cuello 6+2reb+1ast
Estudiantes O.: E.Dominguez 18+6reb+3ast, S.Arese 16+4reb+4ast, R.Sanchez 12+11reb+5ast, A.Brocal 11+3reb+1ast, J.Gamazo 7+2reb+1ast, L.Portillo 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 542519


Temperley - Parque Sur 87-84

Important game to mention about took place in Temperley. Third ranked CA Temperley (16-17) saved a 3-point victory at home edging their biggest opponent Parque Sur (19-15) 87-84 on Monday evening. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 53-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. CA Temperley looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for center Sebastian Chaine (201-86) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Martin Trimboli (196-85) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Pablo Alderete (196-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Parque Sur. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted CA Temperley maintains third place with 16-17 record having two points less than leader Union SF. Loser Parque Sur keeps the second position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Parque Sur: P.Alderete 16+10reb+1ast, E.Bolling 15+5reb+2ast, J.Stroud 15+2reb, G.Mariani 13+4reb+2ast, E.Martinez 12+5reb+3ast, S.Bernasconi 8+2reb+2ast
Temperley: S.Chaine 20+9reb+3ast, L.Ibanez Paz 19+3reb+2ast, L.Ortiz 18+1ast, M.Trimboli 14+6reb+7ast, R.Pelorosso 11+4reb+4ast, A.Eiguren 5+5reb+5ast
gschID: 541270


Alianza Viedma - La Union 79-71

There was no surprise when 7th ranked La Union (9-25) lost to second ranked Alianza Viedma (21-12) in Rio Negro 71-79 on Monday. Quite impressive performance for swingman Mateo Gaynor (199-90) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Alianza Viedma players scored in double figures. Power forward David Cabezas (197-88) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for La Union. Alianza Viedma have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-12 record having just three point less than leader Union SF. La Union lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 25 games lost.
Top scorers:
La Union: D.Cabezas 22+8reb+1ast, R.Brown 21+10reb, S.Ravina 13+1reb+3ast, C.Buendia 7+5reb+6ast, F.Mendoza 6+8reb+1ast, M.Solanas 2+1ast
Alianza Viedma: M.Gaynor 22+4reb+2ast, A.Knecht 18+1ast, O.McCullough 12+6reb+3ast, L.Nwogbo 10+12reb+1ast, F.Grun 8+4reb+1ast, P.Franco 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 541269


Villa Angela - Salta Basket 94-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Villa Angela's (23-12) home victory over 4th placed Salta Basket (18-16) 94-68 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Villa Angela. Salta Basket was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Villa Angela shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 73.7 percentage. Quite impressive performance for power forward Ariel Zago (200-85) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five Villa Angela players scored in double figures. American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn) answered with 19 points and swingman Gregorio Eseverri (194-87) added 9 points in the effort for Salta Basket. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Villa Angela have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 23-12 record having just seven point less than leader Union SF which they share with defeated Salta Basket. Loser Salta Basket dropped to the third position with 16 games lost. Villa Angela will face again Salta Basket (#4) on the road in the next round. Salta Basket will play against Mitre Tuc. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: L.Prowell 19+2reb, N.Copello 10+1reb+1ast, A.Zurbriggen 9+1reb+2ast, G.Eseverri 9+3reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 7+2reb, R.Haag 5+1reb+2ast
Villa Angela: N.Carter 18+3reb, A.Zago 16+6reb, C.Avalle 14+1reb+2ast, J.Federico Giarrafa 13+4reb+1ast, A.Spalla 11+4reb+1ast, T.Rossi 6+3reb
gschID: 523962


Obera TC - Barrio Parque 64-81

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Obera TC (12-22) lost at home to third ranked Barrio Parque (18-16) 81-64 on Monday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for Luciano Guerra who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Power forward Sebastian Cabello (202-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jose Montero (194-95, agency: DTMones) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Obera TC. Five Barrio Parque and four Obera TC players scored in double figures. Barrio Parque maintains third place with 18-16 record having just one point less than leader Union SF, which they share with Salta Basket. Loser Obera TC keeps the fifth position with 22 games lost. Barrio Parque will face league's leader Hindu in Chaco in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Obera TC will play on the road against the league's second-placed San Isidro (#2) in San Francisco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: A.Montes Cardozo 14+1ast, J.Montero 14+6reb+1ast, A.Joseph 12+7reb, J.Deck 10+6reb, M.Gandoy 8+8reb+1ast, T.Gomez 4+1reb
Barrio Parque: L.Guerra 18+7reb+3ast, E.Martina 12+8reb+2ast, S.Cabello 12+11reb+2ast, L.Rivata 11+9reb+1ast, E.Rossi 10+4reb+1ast, G.Marozzi 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523961


Ciclista - Rocamora 81-66

Rather predictable result when second ranked Ciclista (19-14) won against 5th ranked Rocamora (12-19) in Juninense 81-66 on Sunday. Quite impressive performance for American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Mauro Araujo (186-94) contributed with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Center Matias Novello (198-85) answered with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Ignacio Davico (188-92) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Rocamora. Rocamora's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ciclista keeps a position of league leader. Rocamora lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rocamora: J.Luis Abeiro 17, I.Davico 14+4reb+4ast, M.Novello 12+8reb+4ast, F.Medina 7+1ast, L.Podesta 6+2reb, M.Cuello 5+4reb
Ciclista: J.Fahnbulleh 28+7reb+2ast, M.Tamburini 15+1reb, P.Martinez 12+5reb+1ast, M.Araujo 9+5reb+6ast, X.Carreras 7+7reb, A.Merlo 5+1reb+8ast
gschID: 541048


San Isidro - Union SF 66-54

Leading Union SF (23-11) recorded its eleventh loss in San Francisco. Visitors were defeated by second ranked San Isidro (21-14) 66-54. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. San Isidro led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. San Isidro outrebounded Union SF 42-28 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for San Isidro especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. It was a great evening for center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 21 rebounds. Guard Martin Muller (191-85) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) responded with 15 points and center Fernando Podesta (205-92) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. San Isidro maintains second place with 21-14 record having just five point less than leader Union SF. Union SF lost fourth consecutive game. They still keep top position with 11 games lost. San Isidro will play against Obera TC (#5) at home in the next round. Union SF will play against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union SF: P.Tabarez 15+4reb+1ast, F.Podesta 14+5reb, B.Barovero 7+1reb+4ast, M.Isola 7+6reb, J.Godoy 4+1reb+1ast, T.Acosta 3+4reb+3ast
San Isidro: M.Muller 14+6reb+3ast, G.Sciutto 13+1reb+4ast, S.Gonzalez 12+21reb, H. Feder 9+1reb, J.Kelly 7+1reb+2ast, F.Andereggen 5+1ast
gschID: 523960


Huracan - Olimpo BB 82-68

There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Olimpo (17-13) lost to third ranked Huracan (19-12) in Trelew 68-82 on Sunday. Quite impressive performance for Venezuelan forward Juan Coronado (203-90, college: Liberty) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Martin Melo (197-82) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds and center Franco Pennacchotti (202-90) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Olimpo. Huracan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-12 record having just one point less than leader Union SF. Loser Olimpo dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Olimpo BB: T.Granado 20+9reb, L.Marin 15, F.Pennacchotti 11+9reb+3ast, D.Smith 9+9reb+1ast, F. Ruesga 9+3reb+4ast, C.Schoppler 2+2reb+2ast
Huracan: M.Melo 16+6reb+1ast, J.Coronado 15+9reb+1ast, M.Gomez 15, F.Cosolito 8+5reb+2ast, J.Hill 7+4reb+1ast, G.Acosta 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541049


Atenas Carmen - La Union 99-88

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Atenas (17-16) defeated 7th ranked La Union (9-25) in Carmen de Patagones 99-88 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. La Union was better in fourth quarter 36-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atenas dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to La Union's 36 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded La Union 39-20 including 29 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for Gonzalo Peralta who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Emiliano Agostino (191-84) contributed with 25 points for the winners. Atenas' coach Guillermo Bogliacino used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Matias Solanas (192-98) answered with 18 points and American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for La Union. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Atenas maintains fifth place with 17-16 record. La Union lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 25 games lost.
Top scorers:
La Union: M.Solanas 18+3reb+3ast, D.Cabezas 16+3reb, C.Buendia 14+1reb+3ast, R.Brown 12+7reb+1ast, P.Bilat 7+2reb, F.Mendoza 6+3reb+1ast
Atenas Carmen: E.Agostino 25+3reb, G.Peralta 15+12reb+1ast, H.Etchepare 14+3ast, S.Cutley 11+7reb+6ast, B.Oprandi 9+6reb+2ast, H.Wilkerson 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 540905


Obera TC - SP Las Parejas 105-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Sportivo's (8-26) road loss to fifth ranked Obera TC (12-22) 75-105 on Saturday. The game without a history. Obera TC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Sportivo's 28. Obera TC forced 21 Sportivo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Sportivo's players. Sportivo was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Joaquin Deck (198-92) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Juan-Ignacio Rodriguez-Suppi (178-91) answered with 26 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Dominique McKoy (203-93, college: Duquesne, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Sportivo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Obera TC maintains fifth place with 12-22 record, which they share with Independiente BBC. Newly promoted Sportivo keeps the sixth position with 26 games lost. Obera TC will face league's second-placed San Isidro in San Francisco in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sportivo will play at home against BHY Tiro Federal (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SP Las Parejas: J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 26+5reb+3ast, A.Rossi 18+4reb+4ast, D.McKoy 13+13reb+1ast, A. Meinero 11+2reb, M.Luchi 4+4reb, M.Tarrago 3
Obera TC: A.Montes Cardozo 18+3reb, J.Deck 18+5reb+1ast, A.Joseph 18+12reb+1ast, J.Montero 15+2reb+7ast, M.Gandoy 9+3reb+3ast, S.Luduena 8+4reb+7ast
gschID: 523957


Villa Angela - Independiente BBC 99-77

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Villa Angela (23-12) crushed at home 5th ranked Independiente BBC (12-22) 99-77 on Saturday. Quite impressive performance for Alejandro Spalla (197-89, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Martin Cequeira (180-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 assists for the winners. Five Villa Angela players scored in double figures. Villa Angela's coach Leandro Ramella felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Matias Martinez (178-94) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Victor-Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) added 7 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Independiente BBC. Villa Angela have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 23-12 record having just seven point less than leader Union SF. Independiente BBC lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 22 games lost. Villa Angela will face Salta Basket (#4) on the road in the next round. Independiente BBC will play against Villa San Martin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Independiente BBC: M.Martinez 22+6reb, M.Vittar 16+1reb+3ast, B.Ingrata 11+7reb+2ast, J.Angel Lopez 8+3reb+2ast, R.Fernandez 7, V.Hugo Cajal 7+10reb+8ast
Villa Angela: A.Spalla 22+6reb+3ast, N.Carter 17+9reb+1ast, A.Zago 16+7reb+2ast, M.Cequeira 15+4reb+11ast, C.Avalle 15+2reb, M.Garcia 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 523959


Hindu - Salta Basket 72-79

There was a minor upset when leader Hindu (27-7) lost to fourth ranked Salta Basket (18-16) in Chaco 72-79 on Saturday. Quite impressive performance for American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Gregorio Eseverri (194-87) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Point guard Nicolas Paletta (180-87) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hindu. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Salta Basket moved-up to third place, which they share with Barrio Parque. Loser Hindu still keeps top position with seven games lost. Salta Basket will face Mitre Tuc. (#7) in Tucuman in the next round. Hindu will play on the road against Barrio Parque (#3) in Cordoba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hindu: P.Moya 16+5reb+1ast, N.Paletta 16+8reb+3ast, K.Jones 13+9reb+2ast, P.Fernandez 12+5reb+4ast, M.Robledo 5+3reb, S.Picton 4+8reb
Salta Basket: L.Prowell 18+7reb+1ast, G.Eseverri 15+5reb+4ast, A.Zurbriggen 14+6reb+2ast, I.Okoye 13+9reb, N.Copello 8+6reb+2ast, M.Sanchez 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 523958





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  AUSTRALIA  


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

23-year old forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Geraldton B. and receives a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 33 points adding five rebounds and seven assists for Geraldton B. in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Kalamunda E.S. (#14, 0-2) with 35-point margin 119-84. Geraldton B. is placed at 2nd position in their group in Australian State League. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Geraldton B. won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Benjamin had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Geraldton B. and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. University of Oregon graduate has very impressive stats this year. Benjamin is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.0ppg. Benjamin is in league's top in assists (5th best: 5.5apg) and averages solid 4.0spg,66.7% FGP and 54.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Jeremy Smith (190-G) of Werribee D.. He is American guard in his first season at Werribee D.. In the last game Smith recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Werribee D. lost that game 83-98 to Ringwood H. (1-0). 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 a newcomer at Werribee D. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward James Padgett (203-F-91) of Lakeside L. (#7). Padgett scored 26 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Padgett's great performance Lakeside L. lost 85-99 to Geraldton B. (#2, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Lakeside L. needs is to lose another game like this one. Padgett has a great season in Australia. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.5ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 12.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyle Bowen (200-F) of Perth Redbacks - 20 points and 15 rebounds
5. Indiana Faithfull (193-G-91) of Sydney Comets - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Tyler Monroe (201-F) of Maitland M. - 27 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tre Nichols (180-G-89) of SW Slammers - 34 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Perth Redbacks - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Charles Polk (200-F/C-84) of Casey C. - 20 points and 11 rebounds
10. Taylor Mullenax (200-F-86) of Mandurah M. - 27 points and 11 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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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Miletic, Vienna18.6 
 3. Vay, Arkadia18.5 
 4. Stazic, Vienna18.2 
 5. Clemmons, Vienna17.8 
 6. Lamesic, Wels17.3 
 7. McNealy, Oberwart17.1 
 8. Rados, Klostern.16.5 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.8 
 10. Murati, Gmunden15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.7 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.7 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.0 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.7 
 6. Traylor, Oberwart7.5 
 7. Ferguson, Vienna7.5 
 8. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.1 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.0 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.3 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 4. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.2 
 5. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 6. Stazic, Vienna4.6 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.5 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.4 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.1 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna1.8 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.7 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Trmal, Arkadia1.5 
 6. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 7. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
 8. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 9. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 10. Koch, Vienna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris FERGUSON
  Vienna
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 2. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 3. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia1.3 
 5. Chan, Wels1.1 
 6. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Koch, Vienna0.9 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 



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  BAHRAIN  


Manama pip Hala to extend series - by Eurobasket News

A RESURGENT Manama last night staved off elimination in a 68-58 victory over Al Hala to extend their Golden Square semi-final series to a decisive third game in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League. Needing to win to force a decisive rubber match on Wednesday, Manama burst out of the gate to take a commanding lead early on and never looked back. Former NBA lottery pick Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) led Manama with 17 points. The seven-foot Georgian professional buried three three-pointers and also grabbed six rebounds on the night. Hussain Mohammed (PG) chipped in with 14 points, while Hassan Nowrooz came off the bench to score 13, nine of which came from beyond the arc. Versatile forward Mohammed Kuwayed also had a good game for the defending league champions. He put in an all-around effort with six points, eight rebounds and five assists. Seven-foot, two-inch American Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona), another former NBA player, paced Al Hala with 19 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks while playing the full 40 minutes. Hasan Gerashi and Hussain Salman added 15 and 10 points, respectively. They were Hala's only other players to finish in double-figures in the loss. Manama were guided in the contest by Bahraini coach Aqeel Milad, who has taken over as head coach following the exit of Serbian Dragan Raca. The change was made following the team's stunning loss in the first game of their Golden Square head-to-head. Manama built a comfortable 20-11 lead at the end of the first quarter before stretching it to a commanding 38-24 advantage at the break. They continued to pile on the pressure in the third period, at the end of which Manama were up by 18, 54-36. Hala managed to cut the deficit to a respectable 10 points in the end during garbage time play. Meanwhile, the other Golden Square semi-final series between Cup champions Muharraq and Al Ahli Club resumes tonight with game two at 7pm at the Khalifa Sports City arena in Isa Town. Muharraq head into the contest hoping to close out the series with a sweep after drawing first blood with a narrow 83-79 win in a physical first game. An Ahli win would send their series to a decisive winner-take-all clash on Thursday.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Danilo Mijatovic is back with MZT Skopje - by Mario Divanisov

The saga that lasted nearly a month is finally over as defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom gets the permission to put Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83) to their roster.
The experienced Power Forward joined KK Kumanovo 2009 at the start of the season, from KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom, but despite being their best player averaging 18.9ppg and 5.8rpg in Prva Liga and 19.2ppg and 5.0rpg in BIBL the financial problems forced Kumanovo and Mijatovic to part ways.
As said before, for Danilo Mijatovic this will be his comeback at KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom where he spent the previous two seasons and managed to win two titles in the league and one title in the Macedonian Cup.



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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

BABA top team - Lumber (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they beat sixth ranked PanAm I.I. (1-4) 71-55. Undefeated Lumber have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. PanAm I.I. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Warriors. Lumber will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. PanAm I.I. will play against Tridents (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.

In the last game of round 9 Hawks were beaten by Pinelands on the road 100-84.

PanAm I.I. - Lumber 55-71

BABA top team - Lumber (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they beat sixth ranked PanAm I.I. (1-4) 71-55. Lumber have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. PanAm I.I. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Warriors. Lumber will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. PanAm I.I. will play against Tridents (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
gschID: 539151


Pinelands - Hawks 100-84

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Pinelands (5-1) beat at home 8th ranked Hawks (1-6) 100-84 on Thursday. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Hawks lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 539152





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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.21.1 
 2. Aladko, Vitebsk19.0 
 3. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 4. Shustov, Impuls B.17.1 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.0 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.17.0 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.16.1 
 8. Stankevich, GOCOR-S.15.0 
 9. Ignatev, Impuls B.15.0 
 10. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.1 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.6 
 3. Liutych, Tsmoki II9.0 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.8.9 
 5. Chumakov, Prine.8.3 
 6. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.2 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.2 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.4 
 9. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk7.3 
 10. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.7 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.7 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.5 
 4. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.8 
 5. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.8 
 6. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-934.7 
 8. Aladko, Vitebsk4.5 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.4 
 10. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vitaliy LEBEDEV
  BSEU-Gr.
  (200-F/C-99)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.4 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 3. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 4. Suvorov, Prine.2.2 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.1 
 6. Sazonau, BSEU-Gr.1.9 
 7. Malkov, COR-Bori.1.9 
 8. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.1.8 
 9. Tatur, COR-Borisfen1.8 
 10. Chumakov, Grodn.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandr KOPACEV
  GO.
  (203-F/C-95)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kopacev, GO.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Konovchuk, Brest0.0 
 4. Moroz, Brest0.0 
 5. Kisel, Brest0.0 
 6. Misevich, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 7. Kirilyuk, Brest0.0 
 8. Miguro, Impuls B.0.0 
 9. Khoruziy, Prine.0.0 
 10. Matveev, Impuls B.0.0 



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.9 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Tofi, Aalstar15.8 
 4. Miller-M., Leuven15.7 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.2 
 6. Simpson, Liege14.8 
 7. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.0 
 8. Ware, Antwerp13.9 
 9. Channels, Kango.13.8 
 10. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.1 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.1 
 3. Fields, Liege6.7 
 4. Ware, Antwerp6.6 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Badji, Kangoeroes6.5 
 7. Ubel, Brussels6.5 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.3 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .6.2 
 10. Dowe, Brussels5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.6 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.6 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.2 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.8 
 5. Marnegrave, Spirou4.5 
 6. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.1 
 7. Anderson, Limburg .4.1 
 8. Clark, Antwerp4.0 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan DAVIS
  Spirou
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Spirou1.8 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven1.8 
 3. Hertay, Liege1.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 6. Billbury, Leuven1.4 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 8. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 9. Simpson, Liege1.3 
 10. Clark, Antwerp1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 3. Fields, Liege1.1 
 4. Gugino, Liege1.0 
 5. Boukichou, Oostende1.0 
 6. Ware, Antwerp0.8 
 7. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 8. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 9. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 



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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Rafael HETTSHEIMER
  Bauru
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 2. Anthony, Macae19.8 
 3. Stallworth, Mogi19.6 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros18.5 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.3 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.1 
 8. Andrade, Bauru17.1 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia17.0 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.10.4 
 2. Maynard, Minas8.0 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.9 
 4. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.8 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.0 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo6.6 
 8. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.6 
 9. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 10. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.6 
 2. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
 3. Pecos, Paulistano5.6 
 4. Anthony, Macae5.5 
 5. Borges, Franca5.4 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.3 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria5.0 
 9. Rodgers, Minas5.0 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.8 
 3. Rodgers, Minas1.7 
 4. Stallworth, Mogi1.7 
 5. Jackson, Vasco D.1.7 
 6. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.7 
 8. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 9. Toledo, B.Cearense1.6 
 10. Bennett, Pinheiros1.5 
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.0.8 
 5. Camilo, Macae0.7 
 6. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 7. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 8. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 10. Andrade, Bauru0.5 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lucas VEZARO
  Joinville
  (188-G-96)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Vezaro, Joinville20.3 
 2. Maistro, Contagem16.8 
 3. Smith, Botafogo.15.3 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.14.5 
 5. Filho, Botafogo.14.0 
 6. De-Oliveira, Blumenau13.0 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau12.5 
 8. Perez, Contagem12.0 
 9. Moreira, Blumenau12.0 
 10. Machado, Santos/M.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Prado, Brusque9.0 
 2. Silva, Blumenau8.5 
 3. Russell, Botafogo.7.8 
 4. Moreira, Botafogo.7.5 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.0 
 6. Alves, Contagem7.0 
 7. Alvim, Contagem6.4 
 8. Froehlich, Joinville6.3 
 9. Perez, Botafogo.6.3 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Smith, Botafogo.5.5 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville4.3 
 3. Romualdo, Contagem4.0 
 4. Semmke, Blumenau4.0 
 5. Perez, Contagem3.8 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.5 
 7. Russell, Botafogo.3.0 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.2.7 
 9. Moreira, Blumenau2.5 
 10. Silva, Blumenau2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Bruno LAZZARIS
  Blumenau
  (202-F-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lazzaris, Blumenau3.3 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem2.3 
 3. Maistro, Contagem2.2 
 4. Moreira, Blumenau2.0 
 5. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.8 
 6. Prado, Brusque1.8 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.8 
 8. Alves, Contagem1.7 
 9. Froehlich, Joinville1.7 
 10. Silva, Blumenau1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Silva, Brusque1.3 
 2. Perez, Botafogo.1.3 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.1.2 
 4. Silva, Blumenau0.8 
 5. De-Oliveira, Blumenau0.8 
 6. Dias, Joinville0.7 
 7. Maistro, Contagem0.6 
 8. Souza, Santos/M.0.5 
 9. Henrique, Brusque0.5 
 10. Thawan, Contagem0.4 


Willians da Silva signs at Brusque - by Paulo Freire

Brusque Basquete/ADB (Liga Ouro) landed 26-year old center Willians da Silva (198-91). He played recently at Ponta Grossa Basquete in the Catarinense State.
da Silva has played previously for seven other teams: Barueri, Paulistano, Sao Caetano, Esperia, Campo Mourao, America and Esperia.

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NBB Round 27: Pinheiros edge Campo Mourao by two points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBB is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 27 in the NBB took place in Campo Mourao. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Campo Mourao (13-13) to seventh ranked Pinheiros (15-10) 83-81 on Wednesday evening. Pinheiros outrebounded Campo Mourao 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Isaac Thornton (190-91, college: Fairmont St.) who recorded 31 points. Campo Mourao's coach Emerson Souza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pinheiros moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Vitoria. Campo Mourao lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Vasco Da G.. Pinheiros is looking forward to face league's second-placed Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Campo Mourao will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Brasilia (17-8) against fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (16-9) on Thursday night. Host Brasilia was defeated by Vivo/Franca in a tough game in Brasilia 88-92. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Brasilia. It was a good game for Pedro Lima (191-87) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Alexey Borges contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds for Brasilia. Vivo/Franca have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 16-9 record. Brasilia at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Mogi. Vivo/Franca will play against Minas (#12) in Belo Horizonte in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brasilia will play at home against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Macae managed to get a sixth victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Universo/Vitoria in Salvador 90-84. It was a great evening for Kendall Anthony who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was Kenny Dawkins with 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Macae (6-19) moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Universo/Vitoria keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Pinheiros. Macae will meet higher ranked SKY/Basquete (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Universo/Vitoria will play against the league's leader Flamengo (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Leader Flamengo delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked SKY/Basquete (10-15) 94-81 in Aldeota. It was a quality performance for Marquinhos Vieira who led the winners and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Flamengo have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-6 record. SKY/Basquete lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Flamengo's next round opponent will be Universo/Vitoria (#7) in Salvador which should be theoretically an easy game. SKY/Basquete will play at home against Macae (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth-ranked Caxias do Sul (6-20) made lots of trouble for ninth ranked Paulistano (13-12) on Wednesday. The visitors from Sao Paolo managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was George Lucas who scored 9 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Paulistano moved-up to eighth place. Loser Caxias do Sul dropped to the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. Paulistano will face Vasco Da G. (#10) in Rio de Janeiro in the next round. Caxias do Sul will play at home against Liga Sorocaba (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 27 Bauru defeated Minas in a road game 89-77. Vasco Da G. smashed L.Sorocaba at home 89-66.

Brasilia - Franca 88-92

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Brasilia (17-8) against fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (16-9) on Thursday night. Host Brasilia was defeated by Vivo/Franca in a tough game in Brasilia 88-92. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Brasilia. Vivo/Franca made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Pedro Lima (191-87) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Point guard Alexey Borges (188-95) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Fulvio de-Assis (188-81) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 17 assists in the effort for Brasilia. Five Vivo/Franca and four Brasilia players scored in double figures. Vivo/Franca have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 16-9 record. Brasilia at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Mogi. Vivo/Franca will play against Minas (#12) in Belo Horizonte in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brasilia will play at home against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Franca: P.Lima 20+3reb+5ast, C.Borges dos Santos 16+5reb+1ast, L.Cipolini 14+4reb+2ast, I.Goncalves 13+2reb, A.Borges 12+5reb+8ast, J.Pedro Demetrio 10+7reb
Brasilia: G.Giovannoni 25+5reb+3ast, L.Mariano 11+3reb, F.de Assis 10+5reb+17ast, D.Castellar 10+6reb+1ast, P.Alves 9+6reb, A.Oliveira 8+1reb
gschID: 495577


Minas - Bauru 77-89

There was no surprise in Belo Horizonte where 12th ranked Minas (8-17) was defeated by fourth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (17-9) 89-77 on Thursday. Paschoalotto/Bauru looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was international guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Five Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Drew Maynard (200-89, college: Rochester, MI) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Danilo Fuzaro (193-94) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. Minas' coach Luiz Fernando Nery Leao tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Paschoalotto/Bauru maintains fourth place with 17-9 record. Minas lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will face higher ranked Brasilia (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Minas will play against Vivo/Franca (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bauru: J.Andrade 21+5reb+2ast, S.Santos 16+3reb, A.Garcia 14+11reb+7ast, J.Carlos Junior 10+7reb+2ast, L.Meindl 10+3reb+4ast, G.Yeye Torres 8+1reb+6ast
Minas: D.Fuzaro 16+6reb+3ast, D.Maynard 11+13reb+1ast, P.Boracini 10+4reb+3ast, A.Mosso 8+3reb+3ast, A.Pinheiro 8+2ast, A.Alves 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 495575


Campo Mourao - Pinheiros 81-83

The most exciting game of round 27 in the NBB took place in Campo Mourao. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Campo Mourao (13-13) to seventh ranked Pinheiros (15-10) 83-81 on Wednesday evening. Pinheiros outrebounded Campo Mourao 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Isaac Thornton (190-91, college: Fairmont St.) who recorded 31 points and guard Greg Brown (188-94, college: St.Francis, PA) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively. Campo Mourao's coach Emerson Souza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pinheiros moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Vitoria. Campo Mourao lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Vasco Da G.. Pinheiros is looking forward to face league's second-placed Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Campo Mourao will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 23+5reb+6ast, C.Bennett 17+9reb+4ast, R.Lenz 16+5reb+1ast, L.Gustavo de Oliveira 10+1reb, G.Barbosa 6+3reb, A.Neto 6+4reb+1ast
Campo Mourao: I.Thornton 31+3reb, G.Brown 16+3reb+6ast, B.Nardi Duarte 9+3ast, C.Freitas 7+5reb+5ast, D.Nunes 7+5reb, V.Oliveira 5+4reb
gschID: 495574


Caxias do Sul - Paulistano 80-82

Thirteenth-ranked Caxias do Sul (6-20) made lots of trouble for ninth ranked Paulistano (13-12) on Wednesday. The visitors from Sao Paolo managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was point guard George Lucas (195-96) who scored 9 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international center Guilherme Hubner (208-87) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Patrick Vieira (186-93) who recorded 22 points and 5 rebounds and center Marcao Vinicius (205-84) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Caxias do Sul players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Paulistano moved-up to eighth place. Loser Caxias do Sul dropped to the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. Paulistano will face Vasco Da G. (#10) in Rio de Janeiro in the next round. Caxias do Sul will play at home against Liga Sorocaba (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: G.Hubner 19+5reb, L.Dias Silva 15+3reb+1ast, A.Pecos 10+3reb+8ast, G.Lucas 9+9reb+7ast, W.Alves 9+1reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 8+3reb
Caxias do Sul: P.Vieira 22+5reb+2ast, M.Vinicius 14+9reb+3ast, G.Vinicius 13+5reb+7ast, R.Stabile 12+3reb+1ast, A.Bernardi 9+5reb+3ast, G.Pereira 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 495573


Vasco Da G. - L.Sorocaba 89-66

No shocking result in a game in Rio de Janeiro where tenth ranked Vasco Da G. (13-13) smashed bottom-ranked Liga Sorocaba (5-20) 89-66 on Wednesday. Vasco Da G. made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Liga Sorocaba turnovers. Liga Sorocaba was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard David Jackson (195-82, college: Penn St.) who scored 22 points and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Welington Dos-Santos (185-81) chipped in 11 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Four Vasco Da G. players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Maique Tavares (210-93) who recorded 15 points and guard Mateus Juzzo (185-98) added 8 points and 4 assists 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. Vasco Da G. moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Campo Mourao. Loser Liga Sorocaba dropped to the bottom position with 20 games lost. Vasco Da G. will face higher ranked Paulistano (#8) in Sao Paolo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liga Sorocaba will play on the road against Caxias do Sul (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vasco Da G.: D.Jackson 22+4reb+3ast, M.Becker 15+4reb, W.Dos Santos 11+2reb+8ast, M.Dornelles 11+3reb+1ast, G.Zilmer 9+1reb, W.Drudi 7+2reb
L.Sorocaba: M.Tavares 15+3reb, L.Moraes 10+3reb, E.Cafferata 8+1reb+4ast, M.Juzzo 8+4reb+4ast, L.Fernandes 7+2reb+2ast, B.Ferreira 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 495571


Vitoria - Macae 84-90

Bottom-ranked Macae managed to get a sixth victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Universo/Vitoria in Salvador 90-84. Macae made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 assists. Guard Guilherme Schneider (193-86) helped adding 17 points. Four Macae players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) with 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Arthur Silva (196-82) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Macae (6-19) moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Universo/Vitoria keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Pinheiros. Macae will meet higher ranked SKY/Basquete (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Universo/Vitoria will play against the league's leader Flamengo (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Macae: K.Anthony 24+2reb+7ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 18+2reb, G.Schneider 17+3reb, B.Simmons 11+4reb+1ast, M.de Mattos 8+3reb+4ast, R.Da Silva 6+2reb
Vitoria: K.Dawkins 34+5reb+5ast, A.Bresolin 13+2ast, A.Silva 11+6reb+5ast, F.Braga 9+3reb, E.de Oliveira 7+4reb+1ast, R.Scholz 6+6reb
gschID: 495570


B.Cearense - Flamengo 81-94

Leader Flamengo delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked SKY/Basquete (10-15) 94-81 in Aldeota. 32 personal fouls committed by SKY/Basquete helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Hakeem Rollins (201-83, college: Washington, agency: DTMones) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. The former international guard Eduardo Machado (193-82) came up with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Marcus-Vinicius Toledo (201-86) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for SKY/Basquete in the defeat. Five Flamengo and four SKY/Basquete players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Flamengo have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-6 record. SKY/Basquete lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Flamengo's next round opponent will be Universo/Vitoria (#7) in Salvador which should be theoretically an easy game. SKY/Basquete will play at home against Macae (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 17+5reb+2ast, M.Machado 16+3reb+3ast, H.Rollins 16+8reb, R.Fischer 13+3reb+3ast, R.Ramon 10+2reb+5ast, J.Paulo Lopez 9+2reb+2ast
B.Cearense: E.Machado 15+6reb+5ast, D.Rossetto 13+2reb+3ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 12+10reb+1ast, L.Felipe Gruber 10+1ast, L.Klassmann 8+2reb+1ast, F.Ribeiro 7+4reb
gschID: 495569





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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, Yambol18.7 
 6. Smith, Akademik PL17.1 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan16.6 
 8. Tsonkov, Cherno M.16.5 
 9. Savic, Spartak .16.4 
 10. Marincheshki, 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.5.0 
 6. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 7. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.3 
 8. Hadjirusev, Levski4.2 
 9. Marinov, Balkan4.1 
 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, Yambol1.1 
 4. Savic, Spartak .1.0 
 5. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.0.9 
 6. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 7. Johnson, Akademik.0.8 
 8. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.7 
 9. Delic, Rilski0.7 
 10. Petkov, Yambol0.7 



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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Zabok
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Puljko, Zabok25.6 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.4 
 3. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 4. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.0 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.2 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.0 
 8. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.8 
 9. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.7 
 10. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.4 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.3 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.3 
 4. Bilan, Cedevita7.1 
 5. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar6.6 
 7. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 8. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.5 
 9. Rajic, H.Analitica6.0 
 10. Zganec, Cedevita5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Reynolds, Cibona7.3 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.4 
 4. Scott, Jolly JBS6.4 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.4 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 8. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 9. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 10. Vrbica, Gorica4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Stemberger, Skrlj.2.0 
 4. Babic, Zabok2.0 
 5. Sirko, KK Split2.0 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar1.9 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 8. Brzoja, Zadar1.7 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.7 
 10. Katic, Cedevita1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.4 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 6. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 
 7. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 8. Zoric, Cibona0.7 
 9. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.7 
 10. McDonald, Gorica0.6 



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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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  CYPRUS  


AEK Larnaca and Keravnos enter the Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

AEK Larnaca and Keravnos enter the Cup Final in Cyprus. They overcame their opponents in the semifinals clashes last night. AEK Larnaca edged Apoel 80-65 mostly dominating the first half. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and La'Shard Anderson (185-G-89, college: Boise St.) followed him with 11. Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90, college: Colgate) answered with 19 points in the losing effort.
Keravnos meanwhile smashed Enosis Neon Paralimni 75-47. Ronald Ross (188-PG-83, college: Texas Tech) stepped up with 16 points, while Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) added 14. Maurice Pearson (206-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: HMS) finished the game with 13 points in a loss.



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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, USK P.23.7 
 4. Svoboda, Nymburk B23.6 
 5. Potocek, Pardubice21.9 
 6. Novak, Olomouc SK21.8 
 7. Streba, USK P.19.2 
 8. Fait, Sokol Pisek18.9 
 9. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.8 
 10. Soska, Novy Jicin18.2 
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, Havirov9.9 
 4. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.9.4 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B9.3 
 6. Voslajer, Zlin8.9 
 7. Bubak, Vysocina8.9 
 8. Streba, USK P.8.7 
 9. Pelikan, Novy Jicin8.6 
 10. Novak, Vysocina8.6 
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. Petric, Pardubice4.7 
 6. Sehnal, USK P.4.7 
 7. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.7 
 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: 3.7
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.7 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice3.3 
 3. Potocek, Pardubice2.4 
 4. Kozina, Zlin2.3 
 5. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.2 
 6. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.1 
 7. Nehoda, Zlin2.1 
 8. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 9. Slechta, Sokol Pisek1.9 
 10. Branda, Opava B1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.3 
 2. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.8 
 3. Skranc, Pardubice1.7 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.3 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 7. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 8. Goga, Prostejov B1.1 
 9. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 10. Hlobil, Prostejov B1.0 



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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.7 
 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. Sandager, Stevn.15.7 
 10. Haas, SISU15.5 
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, Bakken4.4 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC4.3 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 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. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 4. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 5. Moten, Svendborg1.0 
 6. Diouf, Bakken1.0 
 7. Colas, Randers0.9 
 8. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.9 
 9. Carter, Randers0.8 
 10. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 



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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Quinn COOK
  Canton C.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 2. Harris, Texas L.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.23.2 
 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. Benson, Sioux F.10.6 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.5 
 6. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 8. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
 9. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
 10. White, Sioux F.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Magette, Los A.9.4 
 2. Marshall, Reno B.8.9 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 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. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.7 
 3. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 4. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 5. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 6. Tavares, Raptors .2.5 
 7. Obekpa, Santa C.2.3 
 8. Benson, Sioux F.2.3 
 9. Davis, Iowa E.2.3 
 10. Davis, N.Arizona S.2.1 


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



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Davis' 34-point game gives him Liga MB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old point guard Jeremee Davis (191-PG-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Halcones and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 34 points adding eight rebounds and seven assists for Halcones in his team's victory, helping them to crush 11 Lobos (#11, 4-7) with 22-point margin 109-87. Halcones maintains the 4th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Halcones will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. In the team's last game Davis had a remarkable 78.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Halcones, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Georgia College & State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Davis is in league's top in assists (8th best: 5.8apg) and averages solid 51.0% FGP. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Danny Lawhorn (183-PG) of Arcense. He is American guard in his first season at Arcense. In the last game Lawhorn recorded impressive 37 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists. It was enough for Arcense to edge the higher-ranked Sonsonate (#9, 6-6) by 3 points 80-77. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Arcense keeps 14th position. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Arcense managed to get this year. Lawhorn is one of the most experienced players at Arcense and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.1ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 4.9rpg and 7.1apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Anthony Moe (206-F/C) of Cojute (#8). Moe got into 30-points club by scoring 44 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . He was a key player of Cojute, leading his team to a 116-93 easy win against the lower-ranked Santa Ana (#13, 2-10). Cojute needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Moe has a very solid season. In 8 games in El Salvador he scored 25.9ppg. He also has 12.9rpg, 2.4bpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Blake (197-G-88) of Brujos Izalco - 40 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos - 16 points and 21 rebounds
7. Brandon Golden (193-G) of Cojute - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Garland McArthur (197-F-88) of Brujos Izalco - 15 points and 20 rebounds
9. Thomas Alexander (197-SG) of Denver-FAS - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Anthony Brown (193-PG-89) of Denver-FAS - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.8 
 3. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 4. Olmre, TTU17.4 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.17.4 
 6. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu16.6 
 8. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 9. Seskus, Parnu15.3 
 10. Strupovics, Valga15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.9 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.3 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU8.2 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu8.1 
 6. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 7. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.4 
 8. Lips, Tarvas7.4 
 9. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.1 
 10. Dzeletovic, TL.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 2. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.5 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.3 
 5. Jones, TL.4.0 
 6. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.9 
 8. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
 9. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 10. Post, Tarvas3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 5. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 6. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 7. Zvigurs, Valga1.7 
 8. Tamm, TL.1.7 
 9. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 10. Olmre, TTU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.0 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Kok, Rapla0.9 
 5. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 6. Lips, Tarvas0.8 
 7. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.8 
 8. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 9. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 10. Perine, Tarvas0.7 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Langford, Unics22.3 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.2 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.6 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA15.8 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.5 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris13.1 
 8. Rice, FC Barcelona13.1 
 9. Brown, Anadolu .13.1 
 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.7.2 
 5. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.1 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.9 
 7. Dunston, Anadolu .6.3 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Birch, Olympiacos6.2 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.5 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid6.2 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.8 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.8 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 6. Colom, Unics5.7 
 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: 2
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.0 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 4. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 5. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 7. Papanikolaou, Olympiac.1.3 
 8. Paul, Anadolu Efes1.3 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 10. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.3 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 6. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 10. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 


Recap of Round 28 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona - Crvena Zvezda 67-54

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Serbian Crvena Zvezda (15-13) and Spanish FC Barcelona (11-17), which took place in Barcelona. 8th ranked Crvena Zvezda lost to eleventh ranked FC Barcelona in a road game 54-67. It looked good early as Crvena Zvezda took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then FC Barcelona had a 15-11 second period charge getting the lead and Crvena Zvezda was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-67. Greek Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) chipped in 13 points. Forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) produced 7 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. FC Barcelona maintains eleventh position with 11-17 record. Defending Serbian champion Crvena Zvezda keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. FC Barcelona's next round opponent will be Maccabi T-A (#14) in Tel-Aviv.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: L.Mitrovic 8+3reb, C.Jenkins 8+2ast, N.Wolters 8+4reb+2ast, B.Lazic 7+4reb, M.Simonovic 7+8reb+3ast, M.Guduric 5+1reb+1ast
FC Barcelona: S.Perperoglou 17+5reb+3ast, P.Koponen 13+4reb+2ast, A.Vezenkov 8+1reb, B.Oleson 7+1reb+1ast, V.Claver 5+10reb+1ast, T.Rice 5+2ast
gschID: 473895


Unics - CSKA 74-85

No shocking result in a game when second ranked CSKA (21-7) beat on the road bottom-ranked Unics Kazan (7-21) 85-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Unics Kazan was better in fourth quarter 17-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. CSKA looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Unics Kazan was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for French Nando De-Colo (196-87) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists for the winners. Guard Anton Ponkrashov (200-86, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 16 points and 7 assists and Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Unics Kazan. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Russian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Real Madrid. Unics Kazan lost eleventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 21 games lost. CSKA will face Panathinaikos (#5) in Athens in the next round. Unics Kazan will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda (#8) in Beograd and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Unics: K.Langford 17+1reb+4ast, A.Ponkrashov 16+3reb+7ast, A.Parakhouski 14+8reb+2ast, P.Antipov 9+3reb+1ast, D.Andjusic 7+3reb+1ast, M.Banic 4+1reb+1ast
CSKA: N.De Colo 22+5reb+4ast, M.Teodosic 12+2reb+12ast, N.Kurbanov 9+7reb+2ast, A.Vorontsevich 9+3reb+1ast, A.Jackson 7+1reb+2ast, J.Freeland 6+2reb
gschID: 473897


Olympiacos - Real Madrid 73-79

An interesting game for Spanish Real Madrid (21-7) which played road game in Athens against 3rd ranked Greek Olympiacos (19-9). First ranked Real Madrid managed to get a 6-point victory 79-73. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The winners were led by American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) who scored that evening 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Sergio Llull (190-87) supported him with 21 points and 5 assists. Even 18 points by Serbian center Nikola Milutinov (212-94) did not help to save the game for Olympiacos. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Spanish champion maintains first position with 21-7 record, which they share with CSKA. Defending Greek champion Olympiacos keep the third place with nine games lost. Real Madrid will meet at home Fenerbahce (#4) in the next round. Olympiacos will play against Anadolu Efes in Istanbul and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: N.Milutinov 18+4reb, K.Papanikolaou 11+6reb+2ast, D.Agravanis 10+3reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 9+4reb+3ast, E.Green 7+2reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 5+3reb+3ast
Real Madrid: A.Randolph 21+5reb+1ast, S.Llull 21+1reb+5ast, O.Hunter 10+2reb, J.Maciulis 7+4reb+2ast, J.Taylor 5+2reb, L.Doncic 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 473896


Darussafaka - Galatasaray 73-67

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Galatasaray (10-18) lost to ninth ranked Darussafaka (14-14) in Istanbul 67-73 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 24-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Will Clyburn (201-90, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and German center Tibor Pleiss (217-89) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Galatasaray. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Darussafaka maintains ninth position with 14-14 record. Loser Galatasaray dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Darussafaka will face Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg in the next round. Galatasaray will play at home against Baskonia and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: V.Micov 17+5reb+1ast, A.Daye 11+1reb, C.Korkmaz 9, T.Pleiss 8+9reb+1ast, J.Diebler 5+1reb+3ast, S.Guler 5+1reb+5ast
Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 22+6reb+2ast, W.Clyburn 15+9reb+3ast, S.Wilbekin 13+1reb+3ast, J.Anderson 8+7reb+3ast, B.Batuk 6+3reb+1ast, A.Moerman 3
gschID: 473894


Baskonia - Panathinaikos 63-72

Round 28 most important game was a victory of Greek Panathinaikos over 6th ranked Spanish Baskonia 72-63 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Baskonia. Baskonia trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 26-18 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. Panathinaikos dominated on the defensive end, holding Baskonia to just 6 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Baskonia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panathinaikos have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fenerbahce. Baskonia at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Anadolu Efes. Panathinaikos is looking forward to face league's second-placed CSKA in Moscow in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Baskonia will play on the road against Galatasaray (#13) in Istanbul and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: A.Hanga 13+5reb+3ast, J.Voigtmann 12+7reb+3ast, C.Budinger 11+3reb+3ast, S.Larkin 7+3reb+2ast, I.Diop 7+4reb+2ast, T.Shengelia 6+2reb+1ast
Panathinaikos: C.Singleton 18+8reb, M.James 11+1reb+3ast, J.Gist 11+5reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 8+1reb+3ast, N.Calathes 8+6reb+8ast, K.Gabriel 6+3reb
gschID: 473892


EA7 Armani - Brose Bask. 76-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourteenth ranked German Brose Baskets' (10-18) road victory over 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-21) 84-76 on Thursday. Armani Milano trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-84 at the end of the game. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for French Fabien Causeur (195-87) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Brose Baskets' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Armani Milano. Defending German champion moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Maccabi T-A and Galatasaray. Armani Milano lost seventh consecutive game. Defending Italian champion keeps the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Brose Baskets will face higher ranked Darussafaka (#9) in Istanbul in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Armani Milano will play on the road against Zalgiris (#10) in Kaunas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: R.Hickman 20+4reb+4ast, M.Raduljica 19+9reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 9+3reb+3ast, M.Kalnietis 8+3reb+4ast, J.McLean 8+3reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 7+2reb+2ast
Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 17+8reb+2ast, J.McNeal 12+3reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 9+2reb+3ast, N.Melli 9+8reb+1ast, D.Theis 8+1reb, D.Miller 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 473891


Maccabi T-A - Zalgiris 77-93

The game between 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (10-18) and tenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (13-15) in Tel-Aviv on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kaunas beat Maccabi T-A 93-77. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi T-A's 28. Zalgiris looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a very good performance for Paulius Jankunas (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) replied with 16 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Maccabi T-A. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains tenth position with 13-15 record. Loser Maccabi T-A dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Zalgiris will face Armani Milano (#15) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi T-A will play against FC Barcelona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 16+3reb+4ast, S.Landesberg 11, D.Smith 10+1reb+5ast, D.Simpson 10+2reb+2ast, J.Alexander 9+3reb+1ast, G.Pnini 8+3reb+1ast
Zalgiris: E.Ulanovas 20+1reb+1ast, K.Pangos 15+2reb+3ast, A.Kavaliauskas 14+7reb, P.Jankunas 12+7reb+5ast, B.Motum 10+2reb, A.Milaknis 6
gschID: 473893


Anadolu Efes - Fenerbahce 80-77

Important game to mention about took place in Istanbul. Seventh ranked Anadolu Efes (16-12) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th ranked Fenerbahce (17-11) 80-77 on Thursday evening. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-15 Fenerbahce's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-77 at the end of the game. Anadolu Efes dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Fenerbahce's 30. Fenerbahce was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 assists and American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) who added 14 points during the contest. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Anadolu Efes' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American-Turkish point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Anadolu Efes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Baskonia. Defending Turkish champion Fenerbahce keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Panathinaikos. Anadolu Efes will play against higher ranked Olympiacos (#3) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fenerbahce will play on the road against the league's leader Real Madrid and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: B.Dixon 19+8reb+3ast, B.Bogdanovic 16+2reb+4ast, N.Kalinic 12, M.Mahmutoglu 10+2ast, E.Udoh 8+10reb+2ast, J.Vesely 7+4reb
Anadolu Efes: B.Dunston 14+4reb+1ast, J.Granger 13+4reb+5ast, B.Paul 10+1reb+1ast, D.Brown 10+3reb+3ast, T.Honeycutt 9+3reb, D.Balbay 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 473890





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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Jones, Lapua22.4 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket21.8 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.9 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.3 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.8 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.9 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.5 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.3 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.1 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Van, Korihait10.6 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.6 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 5. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.6 
 7. Williams, Lapua8.2 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto7.8 
 9. Williams, Salon V.7.7 
 10. Edwards, Salon Vilpas7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.0 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.9 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.9 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.4 
 7. Edwards, Lapua4.3 
 8. Appleby, Kouvot4.2 
 9. Minard, Pyrinto4.1 
 10. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 4. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 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
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Bristol, Kataja B.1.7 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Van, Korihait1.1 
 7. Bailey, KTP Basket1.0 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 9. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 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. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.6 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.0 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.6 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.1 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.0 
 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. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 8. Moore, ToPo2.3 
 9. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Young, Pyrinto II1.8 
 3. Sandberg, TuNM.1.8 
 4. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 5. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 6. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 7. Harvey, Oulun N.1.3 
 8. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 9. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 
 10. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.1 


PuHu Juniorit claim Division B title - by Eurobasket News

PuHu Juniorit - TuNMKY 82-74

PuHu Juniorit outgunned TuNMKY and clinched Division B title. TuNMKY trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 24-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-82 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Eero Sahlberg (188-90) chipped in 21 points. PuHu Juniorit's coach Kristian Palotie used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) added 20 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
PuHu Juniorit: E.Sahlberg 21+4reb+3ast, P.Rainamaa 14+13reb+5ast, J.Kyllonen 11+2reb+2ast, E.Lehtinen 10+4reb+2ast, J.Aho 8+4reb, O.Markkanen 6+4ast
TuNMKY: E.Innamaa 20+3reb+2ast, M.Sandberg 12+17reb+4ast, M.Laihonen 11+7reb+2ast, T.Jaakkola 10+2reb+4ast, T.Lommi 6+7reb+2ast, P.Luomala 6+1reb
gschID: 540509





Raheem Appleby claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Raheem Appleby (190-G-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kouvot and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 22 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Kouvot in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kauhajoki (#4, 20-14) 96-91. Kouvot is placed at 6th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Kouvot 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 15-19 record. Appleby turned to be Kouvot's top player in his first season with the team. Louisiana Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Appleby is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.3apg) and averages solid 54.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Javier Duren (193-G-93) of BC Nokia. Duren impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as BC Nokia was edged by slightly lower-ranked Pyrinto (#9, 13-21) 82-81. This loss caused BC Nokia to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-19 record. Duren is one of the most experienced players at BC Nokia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Tate Unruh (193-G-90, agency: Inception Sports) of Kauhajoki (#4). Unruh showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Unruh's great performance Kauhajoki lost 91-96 to slightly lower-ranked Kouvot (#6, 15-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Kauhajoki needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 20 victories and 14 lost games. Unruh has a very solid season. In 24 games in Finland he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 4.2rpg, FGP: 63.0% and 3PT: 45.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of Kauhajoki - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Antwan Scott (188-G-92) of KTP Basket - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Monyea Pratt (196-SF-85) of KTP Basket - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Kammeon Holsey (203-F-90) of Kauhajoki - 19 points and 9 rebounds
8. James Sinclair (190-G-93) of Kouvot - 23 points and 4 rebounds
9. Rion Brown (198-SG-91) of Kataja Basket - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Pyrinto - 11 points and 11 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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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Clark, Chalon18.5 
 2. Gibson, Gravelines17.5 
 3. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.3 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Prepelic, Limoges15.9 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.5 
 7. Sommerville, Orleans15.1 
 8. Smith, Chalons-Reims14.9 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel14.7 
 10. Young, Chalons-.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Fall, Chalon9.2 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.6 
 3. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.2 
 4. Solomon, Gravelines7.8 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre7.5 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.1 
 8. Yeguete, Le Mans7.0 
 9. Hassell, Le Portel6.9 
 10. Cain, Chalons-Reims6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.7 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.1 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.0 
 4. Hodge, AS.5.9 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.8 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.1 
 8. Bost, Monaco5.0 
 9. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.4 
 10. Nelson, AS.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. Eito, Orleans2.2 
 3. Holston, Dijon1.9 
 4. Wood, Limoges1.9 
 5. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 8. Henry, Gravelines1.5 
 9. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Fair, Limoges1.0 
 5. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 6. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 7. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 8. Hunt, Nancy0.9 
 9. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.9 
 10. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.7 
 2. Williams, Boulazac17.7 
 3. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.5 
 4. Burton, Roanne17.3 
 5. Jones, Lille17.1 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.6 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.8 
 8. Walker, Evreux15.0 
 9. Broussard, Provence.14.8 
 10. Obasohan, Provence.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.9 
 2. Kone, Charleville9.8 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg9.3 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.1 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.0 
 6. Traore, Lille7.8 
 7. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.8 
 8. Diame, Blois7.5 
 9. Morin, Le Havre7.4 
 10. Paumier, Boulogne7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.8 
 2. Turner, Blois6.4 
 3. Ware, Vichy C.6.1 
 4. King, Le Havre6.1 
 5. Rigaux, Maurienne5.9 
 6. Sim, Bourg5.8 
 7. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.6 
 8. Mitchell, Nantes5.4 
 9. Henry, Evreux5.4 
 10. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Burton, Roanne2.5 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.5 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.3 
 4. Turner, Blois2.2 
 5. Denave, Vichy C.2.1 
 6. Maille, Provence.1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 8. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 9. Zianveni, Boulazac1.7 
 10. Fouse, Charleville1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Morin, Le Havre2.0 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Loum, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.3 
 5. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 6. Diame, Blois1.1 
 7. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 8. Jones, Lille1.1 
 9. MBida, Lille1.1 
 10. Williams, Boulazac1.0 


Roanne tabs Roberto Nelson, ex Toros - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProB) inked 26-year old American guard Roberto Nelson (190-90kg-91, college: Oregon State). He played recently at Toros in Mexican LNBP. In 12 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.5apg this season. Nelson also played earlier that season for another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 5 LNBP games he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements Nelson's team made it to the Italian LNP Cup Final Four in 2015. He received also All-Pac-12 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Nelson has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Alma Trieste and Brescia.
He attended Oregon State until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Danilo Mijatovic is back with MZT Skopje - by Mario Divanisov

The saga that lasted nearly a month is finally over as defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom gets the permission to put Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83) to their roster.
The experienced Power Forward joined KK Kumanovo 2009 at the start of the season, from KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom, but despite being their best player averaging 18.9ppg and 5.8rpg in Prva Liga and 19.2ppg and 5.0rpg in BIBL the financial problems forced Kumanovo and Mijatovic to part ways.
As said before, for Danilo Mijatovic this will be his comeback at KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom where he spent the previous two seasons and managed to win two titles in the league and one title in the Macedonian Cup.



Marques Green selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). Green led Scandone AV to a victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (12-11) 77-65 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He scored 11 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 9 assists. Scandone Avellino (15-8) is placed third in the Serie A. This season Green averages: 6.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 36.7%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 95.2%(20-21). He is a naturalized American. Green played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team seven years ago. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain). McCalebb contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-20) 95-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded 18 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (16-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 56.2%(91-162) and FT: 75.8% in 24 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2015. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France). Travis contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the 16th-ranked Olympique Antibes (7-16) 81-72 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Strasbourg IG (14-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Travis' overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 15.4% and FT: 76.7%. He is a naturalized American. Travis is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #4. Power forward Pero Antic (211-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). Antic could not help Fenerbahce (17-11) to beat Maccabi T-A (10-18). He scored 8 points in only 11 minutes. Fenerbahce was edged 81-79 at home by the much lower-ranked (#14) Maccabi T-A. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Antic's overall stats are: 4.6ppg and 2.5rpg in 25 games. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2015.

Marko Dujkovic
Marko Dujkovic
   #5. International center Marko Dujkovic (226-90, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Metalac's victory against one of league's weakest teams Smederevo (2-19) 89-82 in the Serbian KLS on Friday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Metalac Farmakom Valjevo (11-10) is placed eighth in the KLS. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Dujkovic's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.0bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYR Macedonian. Dujkovic plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Richard Hendrix
Richard Hendrix
   #6. Power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bo McCalebb and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hendrix managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria in a victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-20) 95-76. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. This year Hendrix's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Hendrix is a former international player as he played for the FYR Macedonian senior team two years ago. However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #7. Former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Libertad Sunchales (19-20) in their last game on Friday. Despite Massey's good performance the seventh-placed Libertad Sunchales (19-20) was defeated 81-72 on the road by the second-ranked Estudiantes Concordia in the Norte group. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). This season Massey has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Massey used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team eight years ago. He played also for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in FYR Macedonian league.

Aleksandar Kostoski
Aleksandar Kostoski
   #8. Point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for Pitesti (10-14) in their last game. Despite Kostoski's good performance Pitesti (#6) lost 74-89 in Bucuresti to the second-ranked Steaua CSM in the Places 1-6 group. He scored 12 points and added 7 passes in 30 minutes. It was Pitesti's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. It's Kostoski's first season with the team. Kostoski has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.5apg and 1.3spg in 15 games. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #9. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) helped Sevilla win their game against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) 72-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Stojanovski recorded only 4 points. Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (8-15) is placed 13th in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of seven consecutive loses. Stojanovski averaged so far 11.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. He is also in the roster of the FYR Macedonian national team.

Nenad Dimitrijevic
Nenad Dimitrijevic
   #10. Point guard Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-98, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Joventut (7-17) in their game against FC Barcelona (16-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Dimitrijevic recorded 6 points in only 9 minutes. Joventut was badly defeated 76-56 on their home court in Badalona by the much higher-ranked (#3) FC Barcelona. Dimitrijevic has been at the team for five years. He has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.1apg in 10 games. Dimitrijevic is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

   #11. U18 international power forward Elvis Hot (197-98, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Crnomelj in their game against Ilirija in the Slovenian 2SKL (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Hot recorded only 2 points. His team was crushed by 28 points 95-67. Hot has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 3.3rpg. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in an Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Banvit (15-7) 83-74 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. He recorded 18 points and had 5 steals in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (20-2) is placed second in the BSL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. It's Osman's fourth season with the team. Osman has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg in 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

   #2. Dino Radoncic (202-F-99, currently plays in Spain) could not help Real Madrid II (18-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Real Madrid II (#3) was edged 78-75 on the road by the lower-ranked Nautico KIA Tenerife (#6) in the Group B. Radoncic was the top scorer with 18 points. Radoncic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.3apg. Radoncic is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Montenegrin.

   #3. Experienced Ivan Todorovic (214-C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help L'Hospitalet in their game against Meridiano Alicante (17-9) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. L'Hospitalet lost 66-70 at home to the much higher-ranked (#4) Meridiano Alicante. Todorovic has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 5.8rpg in eight games.

   #4. Armin Musovic (192-PG-96, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB to win against the sixth-ranked BG Karlsruhe (11-11) 85-70 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. He scored 5 points. Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (14-8) is placed third in North group. Musovic has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg. He has both FYR Macedonian and German nationalities.

   #5. Boris Vukicevic (190-F-98, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for Stevnsgade (6-12) in their game against Bakken (24-4) in the Danish Ligaen. Vukicevic cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 12 minutes. Stevnsgade was crushed 117-60 in Aarhus by the leading Bakken. Vukicevic has averaged so far 2.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.4apg in 22 games.

   #6. Ersin Jakupi (94, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Zwickau 96-79 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Jakupi recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes. This year Jakupi averages just 1.8ppg in four games.



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.0 
 2. Knight, Jena18.7 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.8 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg16.0 
 5. Lewis, Bayreuth15.9 
 6. Paulding, EWE B.15.7 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.6 
 8. Babb, Ratiopharm15.6 
 9. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.5 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 3. Eatherton, Goett.7.3 
 4. Pierre, Braunsch.7.2 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.7.1 
 6. McGhee, Walter T.6.8 
 7. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.8 
 8. Marei, Bayreuth6.6 
 9. Searcy, Vechta6.6 
 10. Evans, Giessen .6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.4 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.4 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.9 
 6. Odum, Wuerzburg5.9 
 7. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 8. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.1 
 9. Sanders, Goettingen4.8 
 10. Broadus, Vechta4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.6 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.6 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Stewart, Walter T.1.8 
 5. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 6. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 7. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 8. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.7 
 9. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 10. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.4 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 3. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 4. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 5. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.1 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 8. Southerland, Wuerz.0.9 
 9. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 10. Horton, Telekom .0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Williams, Kirchheim19.2 
 2. Alexander, ETB W.18.0 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg16.8 
 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. King, Koeln R.6.9 
 8. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 9. Kronhardt, Kirch.6.8 
 10. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Love, Kirchheim6.7 
 2. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.6 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.5 
 5. Adams, Uni Baskets5.5 
 6. Vest, Uni Baskets5.4 
 7. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 8. Hatten, MBC5.2 
 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. Kovacevic, Heidelberg1.6 
 10. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
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.1.7 
 4. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 5. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 6. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 7. White, Heidelberg1.2 
 8. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 9. van, Trier1.1 
 10. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 


KK Simmons (Licher Basket Baeren) I'm Extremely Confident That I Can Help Lich Stay In The League - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

K.K. Simmons (191-G-93, college: Pikeville) is a 23 year old 190cm combo guard from Marietta, Georgia that is playing his first professional season with German Pro B team Licher Basket Baeren. He played at three schools with NC-Wilmington (NCAA), Kent St. (NCAA) and Pikeville (NAIA). Last season he finished his college basketball career with Pikeville (NAIA) playing 31 games and averaging 16.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 78.5%. Simmons is an amazing shooter and shot 48% from outside in his junior season at Pikeville, but can also mix it up getting to the hole. In his first season with Pikeville, he played 25 games averaging 20.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 48.9%, FT: 78.4%. He spoke to eurobasket during the 2017 playdowns and before the game against the Giants Nordlingen.

K.K thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. It's playdown time again, a time that your teammate Lamar Mallory is used to. Last season he was a major force and reason why Lich stayed in the league. Do you sense as if the club will experience a special revved up Lamar Mallory in the rest of the games?

Lamar is the heart and soul of this team. His experience from being in the same situation last season is very beneficial to us as a team. He will continue to lead us in the right direction.


With what type of expectations are you going into the playdowns? Do you feel like this is a time that you will have to step up in an extra special way?

My expectations are to win as many games as we can in order to stay in the league. As a team, it's time for all of us to step up and get the job done. If we play basketball the way we know we can and should, then everything will work out for the best.

How vital was it for the Licher Basket Baeren to close out the season with a two game winning streak? Is the self confidence with the team at an all-time high?

Us winning the last two games of the regular season was very important for us going into the Play-Downs. They were very big momentum boosters and helped us gain more confidence going into these couple of games.

Congrats on the big 79-69 win on the road in Rhondorf. What lesson did the team learn from the bitter 77-70 loss in Rhondorf a month ago?

During the last game at Rhondorf, we had a couple of setbacks as a team. I was sick with the flu, along with Lamar being out for two weeks prior to that game. Since we are the leaders of the team, us not being able to play to our best hurt the team in a big way. In this last game, everyone was healthy and ready for revenge.

The game was very even at half-time as no team could really get away. Did you sense that Rhondorf was playing with a chip on their shoulder with the absence of Aaron Nelson.

Rhondorf is a very good organization and had a lot of talent on the team. They play hard every single possession and are very well coached. They didn't let the absence of Nelson deter them in any way.

It didn't seem like Lich had any real advantage despite Aaron Nelson not being around in the paint. What adjustments did Rhondorf make without his services?

The biggest adjustment that I noticed Rhondorf made coming into this game was that they added a bunch of new players from the first league team onto their roster. It was a great battle to be a part of.

Do you feel as if the Dragons Rhondorf are one of the key favorites to move down on account of the absence of Aaron Nelson? It seems like they are lacking consistent depth.

Absolutely not. Rhondorf plays extremely hard, along with the couple of very talented players they have. It's too early to say what will happen to them now, but I think they'll be okay.


Rhondorf had the 59-54 lead going into the fourth quarter, but Lich closed out the game scoring 25 points and buckling down on defense allowing only 10 points. What was key for getting the win?

The key for getting this win was on the DEFENSIVE end. Once we dedicate ourselves as much on the defensive end as we do on the offensive end, we'll be a hard team to beat.


Talk about how key the overall production of the team was in the fourth quarter. You got production from many players which rattled Rhondorf mid way through the fourth in that huge 9-0 run.

Whoever checked into the game in the fourth quarter stepped up for us big time. We have a very talented team and everyone brings something different to the table. Down the stretch, we are all capable of making plays.

The next game is at home against the Giants Nordlingen who you swept this season, but both games were close. They are a lot better than what their record indicates. What really makes this team an annoying opponent?

Nordlingen gave us two very tough games that we wound up pulling away from in the end. Despite their record, they're capable of beating anybody. That goes to show you how strong our league was this year.


Both games were high scoring games. Do you feel like the score could be lower this time simply because both teams are fighting to stay in the league and will give all that they have?

Both teams have players who can really score the ball. I can't say what the score will be, but I can say that it'll be a good game to be a part of.


How vital has the pick up of German Daniel Krause been? What besides his three point accuracy has been vital for the success of the team?

Daniel has been a great pickup for us from day 1 until now. Not only is he a deadly three point shooter, but he plays hard on every possession on both ends of the floor for us.


How confident are you that you can go home for summer vacation having helped Lich stay in the league. What will be key for keeping the team in the Pro B? Lich has a positive 4-2 record against all playdown teams.

I'm extremely confident that I can help Lich stay in the league. The key thing for us is sharing the ball on offense and playing team defense and everything will work out for the best.


You have had a very consistent scoring season going into the playdowns. Do you feel like you have played up to the teams and own expectations?

Yes, I feel like I have had a great rookie season. Throughout my entire basketball career, I've lived up to team and personal expectations. I believe that this year has been no different.


Your 5/22 from outside in your last four games. Do you sense as if you are due for a break out game? You lit up Nordlingen for 36 and 27 points this season.

I'm not really concerned or worried about having another breakout game. Yes, I played really well against Nordlingen the first two times but I'm just concerned with getting a great team win. WE NOT ME.

Have you filled out your bracket? Who do you see in the NCAA Final 4 and who will win it all?

Honestly, my bracket is really messed up, but I have the Arizona Wildcats winning the NCAA championship. My cousin Kobi Simmons is a fab freshman on that team, and I want my family to win it all.


How have you seen the development of Boston Celtic Isaiah Thomas? Where do you rank him at the moment in the top point guards in the NBA?

Isaiah Thomas has been getting better every time he steps on the floor. This year, I put him in the top 5 point guards in the NBA.


What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I watched was Men In Black. It's a classic and one of my favorites. Will Smith is the man.


Thanks KK 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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ABL Midweek action catches fire with impressive games - by Yaw Mintah

Midweek games in the Men's Division I and Women's Division of the Accra Basketball League produced some exciting matchups and equally exciting results. In the Men's Division, home side Tudu Magic lost its way and ultimately lost 52-59 to Fire Service on Wednesday March 22.

For Fire, this was the side's maiden game of the season and they made it count on a winning note by beating a very good Magic side who were underwhelming in the tie. On the other hand, new boys Adenta Leopards won its second game in its debut season in the division as it beat Ghana Navy 53-50.

Unlike its previous game against DC Dynamics which Adenta won easily, Leopards had to sweat for the win despite leading by 17 points at the end of the third quarter as Navy fought back to almost the send the tie to overtime.

On Thursday, the Women's Division came alive with equally good games at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu. Fire Service beat University of Ghana (UG) 36-32 in the opening game with Carlyn Adjei dominating play for Fire. The 2016 Ghana Basketball Awards Female MVP nominee tied the score at 30 with a three point shot before her side completed the comeback by scoring late free throws.

Buoyed by the vociferous fans, Tudu Galaxy's strong start to the season continued courtesy a nail biting 31-30 win over Ghana Navy. Later today at the same venue, action returns to the Men's Division with Navy taking on Fire and reigning champions Braves of Customs up against Magic.



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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos upset Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia - Panathinaikos 63:72

Panathinaikos stayed in the hunt for the playoff home-court advantage as they ran over Baskonia on the road on Thursday. Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) stepped up with 18 points and 8 boards for the winners.
Panathinaikos got to a quick start. The Greek side jumped to a 24:6 lead ten minutes into the game. Baskonia slowed the visitors down in the second term. The hosts got within 16 points at halftime 21:37. But Panathinaikos stayed in charge in the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 17 points 54:37. Baskonia dropped 26 points in the fourth period but could not avert the loss. Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar) and James Gist (206-PF-86) delivered 11 points each for the visitors. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 13 points for Baskonia. Johannes Voigtmann (211-C-92) tossed in 12 points in the loss.

Baskonia: Adam Hanga 13, Johannes Voigtmann 12
Panathinaikos: Chris Singleton 18, Mike James 11, James Gist 11



PAOK Thessaloniki signs Ivan Aska - by Eurobasket News

PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) signed 27-year old Virgin Islander international forward Ivan Aska (201-104kg-90, college: Murray State). He is a dual citizen owning also U.S. Virgin Islands passport. Aska He just played at ET Land in South Korean KBL league. In 25 games he had 14.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg this season. Aska also played earlier that season for Ironi Ramat Gan (Winner League) in Israel where in 11 KBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.5ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.2apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Aska's college team won OVC Tournament in 2010 and 2012. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships 1st Team in 2015.
Aska represented U.S. Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 15.8ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 71.4%.
Aska is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Aska has played previously professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas) and Israel (Maccabi Ashdod and Ironi Nes Ziona).
He attended Murray State until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Thomas van der Mars' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dutch players playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Estonia). van der Mars was the major contributor in Rapla's victory against the closely-ranked Parnu (13-11) 93-91 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only van der Mars' second season in pro basketball. AVIS Rapla (15-9) is placed third in the Alexela KML. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's van der Mars' first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. van der Mars averages: 17.4ppg, 12.9rpg, 2FGP: 65.1%(166-255) and FT: 72.0% in 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Nicolas de Jong
Nicolas de Jong
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nicolas de Jong (210-88, currently plays in France). de Jong led Chalons-Reims to a victory over the closely-ranked Le Portel (11-13) 77-68 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. de Jong scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (9-15) is placed 13th in the ProA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. It's de Jong's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 65.7%(109-166) and FT: 64.8%. de Jong is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Josh Duinker
Josh Duinker
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Hawks (0-2) crushing them 107-84 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. Duinker had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 6 assists in 33 minutes. Wellington Saints (3-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Duinker has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg and FT: 84.2% in three games. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian. Former Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden starter played for the Dutch national team four years ago.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #4. Guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Feni Industries (0-2) crushing them 86-59 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Thursday night. Kloof recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (2-0) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kloof's overall stats this year are: 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Surinamese and Dutch. Kloof is also Dutch national team player.

Worthy de Jong
Worthy de Jong
   #5. International shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France) could not help SO Maritime Boulogne (8-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance SO Maritime Boulogne was crushed 95-70 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) STB Le Havre. de Jong was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 3 assists in a mere 18 minutes. It was SO Maritime Boulogne's third consecutive loss in a row. This year de Jong's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Leon Williams
Leon Williams
   #6. Point guard Leon Williams (189-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help BG Goettingen in their game against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-14) in the German BBL, despite his good performance on Sunday night. Williams scored 11 points in 21 minutes. But the league leader BG Goettingen lost 67-81 in Frankfurt to the much lower-ranked (#10) Deutsche Bank Skyliners. This year Williams' total stats are: 5.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.4apg in 24 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Dutch senior team two years ago.

Jeroen van der List
Jeroen van der List
   #7. Former international power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Shinshu BW (12-35) in their game against Tokyo Excellence (18-27) in the Japanese B League D2. Despite his very good performance in Monday night's game van der List recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season van der List has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5bpg. van der List used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #8. Center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zaragoza (8-16) in their game against Andorra (12-11) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 6 points in 15 minutes. Zaragoza lost 92-100 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#8) Andorra. Norel is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Zaragoza's roster. Norel has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.2apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2015.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #9. International power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Greece) managed to help A.G.O Rethymno Aegean to win against the closely-ranked Promitheas (9-13) 84-80 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Schaftenaar recorded only 4 points. A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (11-11) is placed seventh in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Schaftenaar has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 4.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the Dutch national team.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #10. Center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas van der Mars and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Kok contributed to a 2-point Rapla's victory against the closely-ranked Parnu (13-11) 93-91. He recorded only 2 points in 15 minutes. Kok has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.0rpg in eight games. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Dutch national team.

   #11. Former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Leche Rio Breogan in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He recorded 5 points in 17 minutes. His team lost 101-105. van Wijk has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2apg in 28 games. He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team twelve years ago.

   #12. Former international center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, also represented by Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Navarra in their game against Blancos de Rueda in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Bleeker recorded only 4 points. His team was edged 68-66. Bleeker has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 4.6rpg. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former international center Kenneth van Kempen (207-87, another player represented by Court Side, college: Ohio, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Soba in their game against Royal Brussels in the Belgian Top Division I (second division). He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was edged 52-51. van Kempen has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.5apg. He used to play for the Dutch national team six years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Melsele in their game against Gistel Oostende in the Belgian Top Division I (second division), despite his very good performance last Saturday. Hilliman was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. But his team lost 89-98. Hilliman has very impressive stats this year: 16.4ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.3spg in 23 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help CB Canarias (11-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the first-placed CB Canarias (11-3) was edged 62-62 on the road by the second-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in the group D of Basketball Champions League. Doornekamp recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 26 minutes. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.6apg in 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Baskonia to a 1-point victory against the second-ranked CSKA (21-7) 79-78 in the Euroleague last Friday. Tillie scored 11 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (16-12) is placed seventh in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Tillie averages: 6.5ppg and 3.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #3. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to help Lokomotiv in their game against Unicaja Malaga (3-3) in the Eurocup. Broekhoff cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. The league leader Lokomotiv was defeated 74-63 in Malaga by the second-ranked Unicaja. Broekhoff's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #4. Morgan Stilma (199-F, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an Unicaja B's victory against the second-ranked Plasencia (7-5) 79-69 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Stilma scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Unicaja B Malaga (6-6) is placed sixth in Group D Perman. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Stilma has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg and 4.6rpg.

   #5. Chrid Burger (185-G-89, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for Nidaros Jets (12-15) in their game against Baerum Basket (21-6) in the Norwegian BLNO. Burger scored 7 points and added 4 passes in 16 minutes. Nidaros Jets lost 94-102 in Bekkestua to the second-ranked Baerum Basket. It was Nidaros Jets' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Burger has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 2.7rpg in 21 games.

   #6. Tom Slutsky (193-G-92, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel Afula in their game against Ironi Kiryat Ata in the Israeli National League (second division). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Slutsky scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 83-68. This season Slutsky averages just 3.7ppg. He also holds two passports: Dutch and Israeli.

   #7. Tim Hilhorst (87, currently plays in Norway) managed to help Centrum Tigers Oslo in a victory against the league leader Kongsberg crushing them 86-60 in the Norwegian BLNO in Wednesday night's game. Hilhorst recorded only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. Hilhorst has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 3.8rpg in 25 games.

   #8. Bob Van Zijverden (212-C-95, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Magia Huesca 81-65 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He recorded only 2 points. This season Van Zijverden averages just 1.0ppg.

   #9. Maikel-Bastiaan Post (207-C-85, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Ibbenbueren in their game against Hagen BG in the German Regionalliga (fourth division), despite his good performance on Saturday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. But his team lost 89-94. Post has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 5.0rpg in 23 games.

   #10. Jamal Smith (197-F-92, college: Chattanooga St, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Houthalen in their game against Oxaco in the Belgian Top Division I (second division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Smith scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Smith has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Smith used to play for The Bright Kings Den Helder in Dutch league.



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Will Goloman and his UCLA Bruins reach the Elite 8 ? - by Tamas Deri

Hungarian forward, Gyorgy Goloman (211-F-96) and his team will meet Kentucky in the Sweet 16 in Memphis tonight.
UCLA won 97:80 against Kent State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Goloman helped the Bruins with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 17 minutes on the court. The Bruins met Cincinnati in the 2nd round and left the floor after a 79:67 win last Sunday. The hungarian forward put up 2 points, grabbed 2 rebounds and had 1 block shot in 11 minutes of playing time.
The junior forward has been averaging 3.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.9 block shots and 0.7 steals in 11.9 minutes in 32 games of the 2016/17 NCAA season.



A Division Round 25: PVSK Pannon defeat leader Alba - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Alba (20-5) in Szekesfehervar on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked PVSK Pannon (14-11) 85-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Alba. The game was mostly controlled by PVSK Pannon. Alba managed to win fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PVSK Pannon looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian forward Veljko Budimir (199-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Chris Smith (193-94, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 20 points for the winners. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Alba. PVSK Pannon maintains seventh place with 14-11 record. Alba at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. PVSK Pannon are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Vasas (#14) in Budapest in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alba will play on the road against KTE-Duna (#8) in Kecskemet and is hoping to win this game.
The game between fifth ranked ZTE KK (16-9) and 12th ranked Jaszberenyi (7-18) in Zalaegerszeg ended with biggest points difference. ZTE KK outscored guests from Jaszberenyi 119-75. Forward Szilard Benke (196-95) stepped up and scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Emanuel Ubilla chipped in 26 points and 8 assists. ZTE KK's coach Tamas Bencze felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Serbian Andrija Bojic (207-93, agency: BeoBasket) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. ZTE KK have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Falco KC and Kaposvari. Jaszberenyi lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. ZTE KK will play against Atomeromu (#11) in Paks in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jaszberenyi will play at home against Falco KC and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Szedeak were beaten by Szolnok on the road 70-66. KTE-Duna won against Atomeromu on its own court 80-68. MAFC was outscored by Kaposvari in a road game 97-70. Bottom-ranked Vasas was rolled over Kormend at home 79-109.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 15 points and 11 assists by Marko Boltic of Szedeak.

Szolnok - Szedeak 70-66

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Szolnok (17-8) beat at home 8th ranked Szedeak (12-13) 70-66. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Szedeak was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 20-8 charge of Szolnok, which allowed them to win the game. International swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Montenegrin swingman Milos Borisov (201-85) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side Serbian guard Marko Boltic (193-87, agency: 011 Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 assists and Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Szedeak players scored in double figures. Szolnok have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 17-8 record having just three points less than leader Alba, which they share with Kormend. Szedeak at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with KTE-Duna. Szolnok will play against Kormend (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Szedeak will play against Kaposvari (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: I.Lilov 17+4reb+3ast, M.Boltic 15+4reb+11ast, N.Sulovic 14+8reb+2ast, L.Juhos 10+8reb, M.Filipovics 5+2reb, A.Wirth 3
Szolnok: N.Pavlicevic 16+6reb+2ast, D.Vojvoda 16+5reb+5ast, M.Borisov 13+8reb+3ast, L.Andric 8+5reb+1ast, A.Toth 8+4reb, J.Eilingsfeld 4+5reb
gschID: 542698


ZTE KK - Jaszberenyi 119-75

The game between fifth ranked ZTE KK (16-9) and 12th ranked Jaszberenyi (7-18) in Zalaegerszeg ended with biggest points difference. ZTE KK outscored guests from Jaszberenyi 119-75. The game without a history. ZTE KK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. ZTE KK had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 51.5 percentage. ZTE KK players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Jaszberenyi's players. Forward Szilard Benke (196-95) stepped up and scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) chipped in 26 points and 8 assists. ZTE KK's coach Tamas Bencze felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Serbian Andrija Bojic (207-93, agency: BeoBasket) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Devon Saddler (183-91, college: Delaware) scored 23 points and 5 assists. Five ZTE KK and four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. ZTE KK have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Falco KC and Kaposvari. Jaszberenyi lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. ZTE KK will play against Atomeromu (#11) in Paks in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jaszberenyi will play at home against Falco KC and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: D.Saddler 23+4reb+5ast, A.Bojic 22+14reb, B.Arrington 11+5reb+2ast, B.Williams 10+2reb, J.Czirbus 6+3reb, A.Brbaklic 3+2reb
ZTE KK: S.Benke 26+5reb+7ast, E.Ubilla 26+3reb+8ast, J.Norfleet 20+5reb+1ast, J.Wright 16+2reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 11+12reb+2ast, A.Drungilas 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 498112


Alba - PVSK Pannon 67-85

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Alba (20-5) in Szekesfehervar on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked PVSK Pannon (14-11) 85-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Alba. The game was mostly controlled by PVSK Pannon. Alba managed to win fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PVSK Pannon looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian forward Veljko Budimir (199-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Chris Smith (193-94, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 14 points in the effort for Alba. PVSK Pannon maintains seventh place with 14-11 record. Alba at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. PVSK Pannon are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Vasas (#14) in Budapest in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alba will play on the road against KTE-Duna (#8) in Kecskemet and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Alba: J.Edwards 19+7reb+2ast, A.Mohammed 14+4reb, P.Lorant 10+4reb+3ast, W.Shepard 9+6reb, L.Markovic 6+4reb+2ast, A.Keller 4+5reb+1ast
PVSK Pannon: C.Smith 20+3reb+2ast, V.Budimir 17+6reb+3ast, I.Sejfic 15+8reb+1ast, Z.Supola 13+3reb+2ast, A.Halasz 5+3reb+4ast, C.Antoni 5+1ast
gschID: 498111


KTE-Duna - Atomeromu 80-68

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Atomeromu (9-16) lost to ninth ranked KTE-Duna (12-13) in Kecskemet 68-80. KTE-Duna dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Atomeromu's 28. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Serbian swingman Marko Djerasimovic (198-84, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard Talor Battle (182-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import power forward Ryan Watkins (206-91, college: Boise St., agency: Octagon Europe) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. KTE-Duna have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Szedeak. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. KTE-Duna will play against league's leader Alba in Szekesfehervar in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atomeromu will play at home against ZTE KK (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: T.Battle 17+5reb+2ast, R.Watkins 13+5reb+1ast, L.Samenas 9+1ast, L.Gilbert 8+5reb, A.Kovacs 7+2reb+6ast, M.Tiby 6+7reb
KTE-Duna: M.Djerasimovic 19+6reb+2ast, T.Ivosev 17+5reb+1ast, K.Karahodzic 15+6reb+3ast, M.Djukanovic 9+4reb+4ast, G.Hegedus 6+1reb, M.Pongo 6+2reb
gschID: 498110


Kaposvari - MAFC 97-70

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Kaposvari (16-9) rolled over at home 13th ranked MAFC (4-21) 97-70. The game without a history. Kaposvari led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to MAFC's 38. They outrebounded MAFC 42-26 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kaposvari players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import center Kenneth Simms (205-86, college: Cumberland, agency: Promotex) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. Five Kaposvari players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Andras Lakits (196-91, agency: HMS) responded with 14 points and Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (201-87) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kaposvari moved-up to fourth place, which they share with ZTE KK and Falco KC. MAFC at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. They share it with Vasas. Kaposvari will play against Szedeak (#9) in Szeged in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. MAFC will play on the road against Sopron KC (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
MAFC: A.Lakits 14+3reb+3ast, R.Sihota 9+6reb+2ast, M.Poscic 9, D.Smith 9+2reb+2ast, L.Misek 9+2reb, A.Kovacs 8+7reb+1ast
Kaposvari: W.Frazier 23+12reb+2ast, K.Simms 16+10reb, M.Cooke 15+4reb+2ast, P.Papp 14+1reb, M.Fodor 11+5reb+7ast, P.Grebenar 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 498109


Vasas - Kormend 79-109

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Vasas (4-21) were outscored by third ranked Kormend (17-8) in Budapest 109-79. The game without a history. Kormend led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Vasas' 42. Kormend players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists. Vasas were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) stepped up and scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American point guard Ronnie Taylor (187-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists and the former international swingman Akos Horvath (194-81, agency: HMS) scored 20 points. Four Kormend and five Vasas 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. Kormend moved-up to second place, which they share with Szolnok. Vasas lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 21 lost games. They share the position with MAFC. Kormend will play against league's second-placed Szolnok in Szolnok in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vasas will play on the road against PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vasas: A.Horvath 20+3reb+3ast, A.Pacher 16+6reb+1ast, R.Taylor 13+3reb+10ast, R.Wright 12+10reb+1ast, S.Thompson 11+4reb+1ast, A.Moravcsik 3+2ast
Kormend: L.Kromah 27+6reb+5ast, T.Allen 21+5reb+5ast, C.Dickerson 20+4reb+1ast, L.Smith Jr. 13+4reb+3ast, M.Csorvasi 11+6reb+4ast, P.Petty 8+4reb+11ast
gschID: 498108





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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.27.7 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Covile, Snaefell24.0 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik21.0 
 8. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 9. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 10. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.6 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.7 
 4. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll10.8 
 6. Carberry, Thor T.10.5 
 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.6.7 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 7. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.0 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik4.7 
 9. Stefansson, KR4.6 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew HUNTER
  IR
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hunter, IR3.1 
 2. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 4. Thomas, IR2.5 
 5. Covile, Snaefell2.3 
 6. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 7. Olafsson, Grindavik2.0 
 8. Stevens, Keflavik1.8 
 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. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 7. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 8. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 
 9. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 10. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.2 


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 


D1 Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Breidablik and Fjolnir force deciders - by Eurobasket News

Breidablik - Valur 75-72

Breidablik held off Valur to force the decisive fifth game in the series. It looked good early as Valur took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Breidablik had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Valur was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-75. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and guard Ragnar Ragnarsson (188-97) who added 13 points during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) responded with 21 points and guard Benedikt Blondal (188-93) scored 21 points.
Top scorers:
Breidablik: T.Garland 35+1reb+2ast, R.Ragnarsson 13+4reb+2ast, K.Kjartansson 9+2reb, E.Vignisson 8+4reb, S.Vignisson 6+2reb, B.Gunnarsson 2
Valur: A.Bracey 21+1reb+2ast, B.Blondal 21+1reb, U.King 10+4reb+1ast, I.Audunsson 8+1reb, S.Sturluson 8+1reb+2ast, S.Stefansson 2
gschID: 542507


Hamar - Fjolnir 114-116

Fjolnir upset Hamar on the road to stay alive in the series. Hamar trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 33-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 114-116 at the end of the game. Fjolnir made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fjolnir made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Robert Sigurdsson (187-94) who helped to win the game recording 43 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Collin Pryor (200-90, college: Northern St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Five Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Fjolnir's coach Hjalti Vilhjalmsson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) replied with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!), 26 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) added 32 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hamar.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: R.Sigurdsson 43+5reb+8ast, C.Pryor 25+19reb+2ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 17+1reb+1ast, G.Sveinbjornsson 14+8reb+2ast, E.Egilsson 10+10reb+3ast, B.Rikhardsson 5+4reb+3ast
Hamar: C.Woods 44+26reb+2ast, E.Stefansson 32+5reb+1ast, O.Sigurdarson 12+3reb+1ast, H.Petursson 8+1reb, S.Thorvaldsson 7+6reb+3ast, O.Olafsson 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 542508





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EuroLeague: Zalgiris outgun Maccabi in Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi - Zalgiris 77:93

Zalgiris celebrated the road win over Maccabi in Tel Aviv to improve at 13-15 record in the ladder. The win though did not help Zalgiris as they got eliminated from the playoff race because of the other results in the day. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) scored 20 points to pace the winners.
Zalgiris eked out a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. The visitors poured in 27 points in the second period to take a 44:33 halftime lead. The Kaunas powerhouse maintained the advantage throughout the third term. Zalgiris entered the fourth frame up by 13 points 71:58. They protected the lead throughout the final frame and rallied to the win. Kevin Pangos (188-PG-93, college: Gonzaga) delivered 15 points, while Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points in the victory. Victor Rudd (205-F-91, college: S.Florida) responded with 16 points for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Maccabi Tel Aviv: Victor Rudd 16, Sylven Landesberg 11
Zalgiris: Edgaras Ulanovas 20, Kevin Pangos 15, Antanas Kavaliauskas 14



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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 


National League Round 11: Astana beat Barsy Atyrau - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in D1.

An exciting game was played in Astana. Leader Astana faced second-ranked Barsy Atyrau. Host Astana (16-0) smashed guests from Atyrau (5-9) 94-68. The game was mostly controlled by Astana. Barsy Atyrau managed to win third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Astana dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Barsy Atyrau's 28. They outrebounded Barsy Atyrau 36-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. Astana looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Barsy Atyrau's players. The best player for the winners was Greek Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90) who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-86) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. The former international swingman Pavel Ilin (196-92) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Undefeated Astana have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-0 record. Defending champion Barsy Atyrau keeps the second position with nine games lost. Astana will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barsy Atyrau will play at home against Kaspiy Aktau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Astana. Leader Astana faced second-ranked Barsy Atyrau. Host Astana (16-0) defeated guests from Atyrau (5-9) 79-74. American guard Ian Miller (190-91, college: Florida St., agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Anton Ponomaryov contributed with 6 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) answered with 29 points and 8 rebounds for Barsy Atyrau. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the sixteenth consecutive win for Astana. They maintain first place with 16-0 record. Defending champion Barsy Atyrau keeps the second position with nine games lost. Astana will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barsy Atyrau will play at home against Kaspiy Aktau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Astana - Barsy Atyrau 94-68

An exciting game was played in Astana. Leader Astana faced second-ranked Barsy Atyrau. Host Astana (16-0) smashed guests from Atyrau (5-9) 94-68. The game was mostly controlled by Astana. Barsy Atyrau managed to win third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Astana dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Barsy Atyrau's 28. They outrebounded Barsy Atyrau 36-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. Astana looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Barsy Atyrau's players. The best player for the winners was Greek Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90) who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-86) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Five Astana players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Pavel Ilin (196-92) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Mikhail Yevstigneyev (201-84) added 22 points respectively for the guests. Astana have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-0 record. Defending champion Barsy Atyrau keeps the second position with nine games lost. Astana will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barsy Atyrau will play at home against Kaspiy Aktau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Astana: L.Kaselakis 25+9reb+4ast, I.Miller 19+1reb+7ast, D.Gavrilov 16+8reb+5ast, M.Marchuk 11+5reb+1ast, R.Yargaliev 10+4reb+5ast, R.Murzagaliyev 6+4reb+6ast
Barsy Atyrau: M.Yevstigneyev 22+1reb+2ast, P.Ilin 17+6reb+2ast, T.Parks 8+5reb+4ast, N.Bazhkin 6+3reb, V.Savchenko 5+5reb+2ast, R.Utegen 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 511126


Astana - Barsy Atyrau 79-74

Leader Astana faced second-ranked Barsy Atyrau. Host Astana (16-0) defeated guests from Atyrau (5-9) 79-74. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Barsy Atyrau won third quarter 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Astana won last quarter 28-24. Barsy Atyrau was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Ian Miller (190-91, college: Florida St., agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international power forward Anton Ponomaryov (208-88, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 6 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) answered with 29 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Nikolay Bazhkin (198-90) added 24 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Barsy Atyrau. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the sixteenth consecutive win for Astana. They maintain first place with 16-0 record. Defending champion Barsy Atyrau keeps the second position with nine games lost. Astana will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barsy Atyrau will play at home against Kaspiy Aktau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Astana: I.Miller 34+7reb+6ast, R.Lowery 14+1reb+1ast, A.Ponomaryov 6+9reb+3ast, D.Gavrilov 6+2reb+1ast, M.Marchuk 5+10reb, R.Murzagaliyev 5+6reb+1ast
Barsy Atyrau: T.Parks 29+8reb+3ast, N.Bazhkin 24+12reb+1ast, M.Yevstigneyev 14+9reb+2ast, V.Savchenko 4+3reb+1ast, P.Ilin 3+2reb+2ast, R.Cook 0+1reb+2ast
gschID: 511125





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LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Barrett, Madona26.7 
 2. Miezis, Kekava24.2 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava22.7 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 5. Ginters, RSU22.3 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava17.7 
 8. Skute, Madona17.2 
 9. Osins, Limbazi17.0 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.12.0 
 3. Dubults, ViA11.1 
 4. Cavars, Kekava10.8 
 5. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.6 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 7. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki9.8 
 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. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 5. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 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. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 6. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 7. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 8. Osins, Limbazi2.4 
 9. Klegeris, LU/BS R.2.3 
 10. Brants, Madona2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Juris KALNINS
  Livani
  (200-F/C-93)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kalnins, Livani3.5 
 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 


Best players of Latvian LBL round 26 - by Eurobasket News

American Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Valmiera and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 24 points adding two rebounds and six assists for Valmiera in his team's victory, helping them to crush Barons Riga (#5, 12-12) with 18-point margin 80-62. Valmiera maintains the 2nd position in Latvian LBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Valmiera will need more victories to improve their 18-9 record. In the team's last game Pitts had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Valmiera's top player in his first season with the team. Marshall University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pitts is in league's top in points (2nd best: 15.4ppg) and assists (3rd best: 5.8apg). Worth to mention Pitts played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-C-85) of Jekabpils. Aleksejevs impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Jekabpils to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Liepaja/Triobet (#6, 12-15) 90-65. Jekabpils' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-12 record is not bad at all. Aleksejevs is a newcomer at Jekabpils and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Tyler Larson (190-G-91) of Barons Riga (#5). Larson showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Larson's great performance Barons Riga lost 62-80 to the higher-ranked Valmiera (#2, 18-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Barons Riga needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Larson has a great season in Latvia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.8apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. D'or Fischer (211-C-81) of Valmiera - 12 points and 12 rebounds
5. Lauris Blaus (208-C-90) of Valmiera - 15 points and 6 rebounds
6. Roberts Stumbris (199-SF-93) of Jekabpils - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Arturs Ausejs (192-G-90) of Liepaja/Triobet - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Abdul Gaddy (190-G-92) of VEF Riga - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Denis Krestinin (202-F-94) of Barons Riga - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tauras Jogela (202-PF-93) of Barons Riga - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Jackson, Homen.25.6 
 3. Johnson, Louaize24.8 
 4. Jones, Mayrouba24.8 
 5. Efevberha, Sagesse24.1 
 6. Rembert, Champville23.9 
 7. Kemp, Tadamon23.7 
 8. Khatib, Homenetmen23.5 
 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. Majok, Homenetmen11.4 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Hoo.11.3 
 10. Varda, Sagesse10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.1 
 2. Pigram, Tadamon8.0 
 3. Mezher, Hoops7.9 
 4. Khalil, Tadamon7.5 
 5. Johnson, Louaize6.6 
 6. Rembert, Champville5.9 
 7. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Efevberha, Sagesse5.3 
 9. Brown, Al Riyadi5.2 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Deng DENG
  Tadamon
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Deng, Tadamon4.0 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.6 
 3. Johnson, Louaize2.6 
 4. Galloway, Homen.2.3 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.9 
 7. Curry, Moutahed1.9 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos1.8 
 9. Tucker, 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. Bowles, Moutahed2.5 
 4. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 5. Townes, Champville2.5 
 6. Majok, Homenetmen2.5 
 7. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 8. Godfrey, Sagesse2.0 
 9. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 10. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 



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EuroLeague: Zalgiris outgun Maccabi in Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi - Zalgiris 77:93

Zalgiris celebrated the road win over Maccabi in Tel Aviv to improve at 13-15 record in the ladder. The win though did not help Zalgiris as they got eliminated from the playoff race because of the other results in the day. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) scored 20 points to pace the winners.
Zalgiris eked out a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. The visitors poured in 27 points in the second period to take a 44:33 halftime lead. The Kaunas powerhouse maintained the advantage throughout the third term. Zalgiris entered the fourth frame up by 13 points 71:58. They protected the lead throughout the final frame and rallied to the win. Kevin Pangos (188-PG-93, college: Gonzaga) delivered 15 points, while Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points in the victory. Victor Rudd (205-F-91, college: S.Florida) responded with 16 points for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Maccabi Tel Aviv: Victor Rudd 16, Sylven Landesberg 11
Zalgiris: Edgaras Ulanovas 20, Kevin Pangos 15, Antanas Kavaliauskas 14



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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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He contributed to Monaco's victory against the fifth-ranked Banco di Srd (7-7) 73-62 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Sy recorded 10 points in 19 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (12-2) is placed first in group A. This year Sy averages: 7.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 41.7% and FT: 75.5% in 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team six years ago.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France). Saounera led Vendee Challans to a victory against the closely-ranked ALS Basket (15-14) 102-88 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 20 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 38 minutes. Vendee Challans Basket (15-14) is placed eighth in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Saounera has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 84.7% in 29 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Saounera played for the Mali national team in 2015.

Sagaba Konate
Sagaba Konate
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international forward Sagaba Konate (203-97, currently plays college basketball in the States). Konate managed to help West Virginia University in a victory against the University of Notre Dame (12-7) 83-71 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 last Saturday. He scored only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. The West Virginia University has a solid 12-7 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. This year Konate's overall stats are: 4.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 56.4%(62-110) and FT: 63.6% in 37 games. He played for the Mali U18 national team three years ago.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #4. Power forward Sambou Traore (198-79, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point Chorale de Roanne's victory against the closely-ranked Denain Voltaire (10-13) 70-67 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Traore scored only 2 points. Chorale de Roanne Basket (10-13) is placed 11th in the ProB. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Traore's total stats this season are: 1.9ppg and 1.4rpg. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Traore used to play for the Mali national team back in 2015.

Sourata Cisse
Sourata Cisse
   #5. Former international swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86, currently plays in France) contributed to a Orchesien BC's victory against the 16th-ranked Union Rennes (11-18) 81-67 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. BC Orchies (16-13) is placed seventh in the NM1. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. This year Cisse has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.7apg in 29 games. He also holds two passports: Mali and French. Cisse used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #6. Power forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France) helped SAP Vaucluse win their game against the closely-ranked CFBB (4-18) 70-61 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (13-16) is placed 13th in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Soumaoro's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg and 6.1rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team six years ago.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #7. Former international point guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) helped Caen win their game against the closely-ranked Quimper UJAP (21-9) 76-64 in the French NM1 (third division) on Thursday night. Chelle scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Caen Basket Calvados (23-7) is placed first in the NM1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Chelle's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.1apg in 29 games. Chelle used to play for the Mali national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (204-F-90, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) to beat CB Canarias (11-3). Sy recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The second-placed ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) was edged 62-62 on the road by the leading CB Canarias in the group C of Basketball Champions League. Sy's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 3.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93, currently plays in France) was not able to help Olympique Antibes in their game against Strasbourg IG (14-9) in the French ProA. His contribution was not very remarkable in Friday's game. Diarra scored only 2 points. Olympique Antibes was defeated 81-72 in Strasbourg by the much higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#6). It was Olympique Antibes' third consecutive loss in a row. Diarra's overall stats this season are: 2.7ppg and 3.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.



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European Leagues Assist NBA's World Domination - by Eurobasket

The NBA is experiencing a gilded age. Clubs have never been more valuable, television contracts have never been more lucrative, and investors are chomping at the bit to invest in the league.
One of the reasons The Association has been turned into a license to print money is basketball is played all over the world, especially in Europe. Next to football, there's not a more popular team sport on the globe.
It's interesting that on the world stage, basketball is second to football. Yet, in the United States, it's third behind American football and baseball, but well ahead of MLS (Major League Soccer).
Just how popular is basketball overseas? How common is it for a European to buy Cleveland Cavaliers hoops tickets when they plan on traveling to the U.S. for example? Or how about to the Lakers or the Celtics?
We know there are leagues in countries like Russia, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Yet, there are also leagues in countries like Slovenia, Luxemburg, Malta, and Montenegro.
Those are four of the ten smallest countries in Europe. Slovenia, the largest of the four, is the size of New Jersey.
Below, we take a closer look at three leagues that are currently helping to popularize the sport of basketball, and indirectly, its greatest league, the NBA.

Malta

The top league in Malta, a country about the size of Lubbock, Texas, is the Powerade League Bank of Valletta Division 1.
Their playoffs are scheduled for late March. In one matchup, Cynergi will battle Floriana. In the other, Athleta takes on Bupa.
While we're talking about Bupa, in their last regular season game they blew out Hibernians, 118 to 58. It reminds me of the time in November of 2015 when the Golden State Warriors crushed the Memphis Grizzlies, 119 to 69.
Marko Todorovic is the league's top scorer. He averaged 27 points a game during the regular season.

Russia

You may have seen James Augustine, Kenny Boynton, Jeremy Evans, Cory Higgins, Robbie Hummel, Aaron Jackson, and Jacob Pullen play in college and/or the NBA. Now, you can see them play in Russia.
The world's largest country's first tier of professional club basketball is the VTB United League. The league is sponsored by VTB Bank.
The VTB was founded in 2008. Its goal is to bring the top clubs of Eastern and Northern Europe into one league. Right now, the VTB contains teams from Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, and Latvia.
Nonetheless, if you win the VTB League you're known as basketball champions of Russia.
The VTB's top team is PBC CSKA Moscow. They are nicknamed the 'Red Army.'
CSKA players that have also laced them up in the NBA include Andrei Kirilenko, Darius Songaila, Gordan Giriek, Nenad Krsti, and Dragan Tarla.

Iceland


Even Iceland, Europe's most sparsely populated country, has a professional b-ball league. The Premier League, officially called the Domino's League, after its sponsor Domino's Pizza, is highest level of competitive basketball played in the Nordic island nation.
The league contains teams like Skallagrimur, Snfell, and Njarvik, as well as nine more. Don't worry, there are also teams without tongue-breaking names, like KR, KFI, and IR.
My favorite team is Thor Thorl from orlakshoefn. Their starting shooting guard is American Tobin Carberry. He used to play for the LIU Post Pioneers.
KR and IR are from Reykjavik. They are the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers of the Domino's League. Each team has won 15 league titles-tied for the most all-time. KR has won the last three championships.
Prominent American hoopsters that have balled in Iceland's Premier League include Stew Johnson, J'Nathan Bullock, Justin Shouse, and Nick Bradford. Current American players include Atkinson Jeremy, Cedrick Bowen, Aaron Brown, and Myron Dempsey.
The league was founded in 1951.



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paul MARIGNEY
  Guaymas
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 23
 1. Marigney, Guaymas23.0 
 2. Puckett, Culiacan23.0 
 3. Keller, Durango20.7 
 4. Morrison, Tijuana18.3 
 5. Young, Culiacan17.0 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana16.7 
 7. Grier, Durango14.7 
 8. Shabazz, Durango14.3 
 9. Gardner, Tijuana13.0 
 10. Gibson, Tijuana12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus MORRISON
  Tijuana
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Morrison, Tijuana9.3 
 2. Puckett, Culiacan9.0 
 3. Marigney, Guaymas9.0 
 4. Lathan, Tijuana8.3 
 5. Camacho, Hermosillo8.0 
 6. Young, Culiacan7.0 
 7. Avalos, Durango7.0 
 8. Gibson, Tijuana6.3 
 9. Grier, Durango5.7 
 10. Coleman, Durango5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus MORRISON
  Tijuana
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Morrison, Tijuana6.3 
 2. Gardner, Tijuana5.3 
 3. Ramirez, Tijuana4.0 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo4.0 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana4.0 
 6. Casillas, Mazatlan3.0 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan3.0 
 8. Scott, Tijuana2.7 
 9. Shabazz, Durango2.3 
 10. Gibson, Tijuana2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Benjamin PUCKETT
  Culiacan
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Puckett, Culiacan3.0 
 2. Onofre, Mazatlan3.0 
 3. Grier, Durango2.7 
 4. Shabazz, Durango2.7 
 5. Flores, Culiacan2.0 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo2.0 
 7. Gardner, Tijuana2.0 
 8. Scott, Tijuana1.3 
 9. Young, Culiacan1.0 
 10. Camacho, Hermosillo1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis CERVANTES
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cervantes, Guasave1.0 
 2. Little, Hermosillo1.0 
 3. Gibson, Tijuana1.0 
 4. Puckett, Culiacan1.0 
 5. Carrillo, Obregon1.0 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana0.7 
 7. Scott, Tijuana0.7 
 8. Avalos, Durango0.7 
 9. Coleman, Durango0.3 
 10. Matron, Durango0.3 


Gustavo Ayon selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the 12th-ranked FC Barcelona (10-17) 85-69 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Ayon scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (20-7) is placed first in the Euroleague. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ayon averages: 9.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 71.8%(122-170) and FT: 47.9% in 27 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Israel Gutierrez
Israel Gutierrez
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Israel Gutierrez (206-93, currently plays in Argentina). Gutierrez contributed to Argentino's victory against the eighth-ranked Penarol (16-28) 83-74 in the Argentinian LigaA last Thursday. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Argentino this season. His team is placed sixth in Sur group. Ex-Garzas de Plata Hidalgo player is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team.

Francisco Cruz
Francisco Cruz
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain). Cruz could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) to beat Sevilla (8-15). He recorded 6 points and added 5 assists in 15 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 67-72 on the road to the lower-ranked (#13) Sevilla. This year Cruz's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 55.1%(65-118), 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 76.0% in 23 games. Ex-Fuerza Guinda Nogales player is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez
   #4. Guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-88, college: California, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Trabzonspor in their game against Balikesir (5-17) in the Turkish BSL. He recorded 6 points and added 3 passes. Trabzonspor was defeated 84-76 at home by the one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (#15). It was Trabzonspor's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Gutierrez's first season with the team. Gutierrez's total stats this year are: 9.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.2apg and 1.3spg. He is also Mexican national team player.

Mauricio Cheda
Mauricio Cheda
   #5. Former University international forward Mauricio Cheda (198-90, college: UTEP, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point Cambados' victory against the 14th-ranked Gandia (7-18) 94-91 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Friday. Cheda recorded 6 points in 17 minutes. Xuven Cambados (18-7) is placed second in the LEB Silver. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Cheda's total stats are: 4.1ppg and 1.1rpg in 15 games. He used to play for the Mexican university national team four years ago.

Other top Mexican players, who play abroad:

Paul Stoll (180-PG-85) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian VTB
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-PG-86) plays for Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League
James Anacreon (201-F-90) plays for Albacete in Spanish LEB Silver
Joseph Hutchingson Mejia (196-G/F-87) plays for Georgia Vipers in the UBA
Ivan Alvarez (189-F-82) plays for Independ. Oliva in Argentinian TFB
Braulio De La Cruz plays for Los Prados in Dominican Rep. District National
Diego Willis (192-PG-99) plays for Canarias Basketball Academy in Spanish 1 Div.
John Garcia (G) plays for Laredo Swarm in the ABA
Johnatan Reyes (179-PG) plays for Clark in the



Roanne tabs Roberto Nelson, ex Toros - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProB) inked 26-year old American guard Roberto Nelson (190-90kg-91, college: Oregon State). He played recently at Toros in Mexican LNBP. In 12 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.5apg this season. Nelson also played earlier that season for another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 5 LNBP games he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements Nelson's team made it to the Italian LNP Cup Final Four in 2015. He received also All-Pac-12 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Nelson has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Alma Trieste and Brescia.
He attended Oregon State until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alexander Skutyelnik selected the top Moldovan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alexander Skutyelnik
Alexander Skutyelnik
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Alexander Skutyelnik (192-77, currently plays in Ukraine). Skutyelnik could not help Azovmash (14-2) to beat Hoverla (11-5). He recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. The first-placed Azovmash (14-2) was crushed 85-59 on the road by the second-ranked Hoverla in the Places 1-8 group. It's Skutyelnik's 16th season with the team. This year Skutyelnik averages: 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 24.7% and FT: 79.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Moldovan and Ukrainian. Skutyelnik played for the Moldovan senior national team seven years ago.

Vladislav Solopa
Vladislav Solopa
   #2. Second place goes to former U18 international power forward Vladislav Solopa (202-95, currently plays in Romania). Solopa managed to help SCM CSU Craiova to win against the second-ranked Phoenix Galati (7-14) 86-84 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Monday night's game. He scored only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-10. SCM CSU Craiova (6-15) is placed third. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Solopa's overall stats this season are: 3.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 60.6%(20-33), 3FGP: 26.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Moldovan. Former BK Auto-Red Ribnita starter played for the Moldovan U18 national team in 2013.

Evgeni Scripcaru
Evgeni Scripcaru
   #3. The Moldovan player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83, currently plays in Czech Republic). Scripcaru was not able to help Olomouc Bbal (3-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Olomouc Bbal (#5) lost 67-76 at home to the second-ranked BK Loko Plzen in the Places 7-12 group. Scripcaru was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Scripcaru has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 66.1% in 14 games he played so far. Scripcaru played for the Moldovan national team seven years ago.

Alexei Andrus
Alexei Andrus
   #4. Swingman Alexei Andrus (195-79, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Zwickau (7-16) in their game against Schwabing (11-12) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Despite his good performance on Saturday night He recorded 10 points and added 4 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Andrus is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Zwickau's roster. Andrus has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.2apg. He has both Romanian and Moldovan nationalities. Andrus used to play for the Moldovan national team back in 2012.

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

   #1. Stanislav Zavadsky (213-C-87, currently plays in Ukraine) led Budivelnyk to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Mykolaiv (11-16) crushing them 118-80 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Saturday night's game. He recorded 18 points in a mere 19 minutes. 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 critical. It's Zavadsky's first season with the team. This year Zavadsky averages: 6.9ppg and 3.7rpg in 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Moldovan and Ukrainian. Despite Zavadsky's Moldovan passport, he previously played for the Ukrainian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Moldovan team.

   #2. Andrii Kalnichenko (201-SF-86, currently plays in Ukraine) led Cherkasy to a victory against the closely-ranked Mykolaiv (11-16) 67-61 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Thursday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. SK Cherkasy Monkeys (15-12) is placed fourth in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kalnichenko has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.6apg in 27 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Moldovan and Ukrainian. Despite Kalnichenko's Moldovan nationality, he previously played for the Ukrainian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Moldovan team.

Other top Moldovan players, who play abroad:

Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) plays for BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russian VTB
Oleg Adamov (176-PG-96) plays for Bad Muenstereifel in German 2.Regionalliga



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Bojan Dubljevic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to a 3-point victory over the league leader CB Canarias (18-6) 65-62 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Dubljevic was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (17-6) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team. Dubljevic has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 88.5% in 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA). Vucevic led Orlando Magic to a 3-point victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (25-46) 112-109 in the NBA last Monday. He was the best player in that game. Vucevic recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 13 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). The Orlando Magic has 26-46 record this season. Vucevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Magic's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Vucevic averages: 14.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 28.4% and FT: 66.9%. He is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Ivanovic
Nikola Ivanovic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, currently plays in Italy). Ivanovic led Betaland Cdo to a 3-point victory over the 14th-ranked Juvecaserta (9-14) 74-71 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Ivanovic scored 22 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Betaland Capo d'Orlando (14-9) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Ivanovic has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 60.9%(14-23), 3FGP: 40.8%. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Milovan Savic
Milovan Savic
   #4. Center Milovan Savic (205-87, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Spartak Pleven to a victory over the closely-ranked Beroe (8-6) 89-84 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Savic was the top player that evening. He recorded 27 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. BC Spartak Pleven (10-9) is placed fifth in the NBL. This season Savic has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg. Savic has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

Tyrese Rice
Tyrese Rice
   #5. Former international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Euroleague) could not help FC Barcelona (10-17) in their last game. Despite Rice's good performance FC Barcelona was badly defeated 85-69 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Rice also added 4 assists in 29 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Rice has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 5.1apg and 1.1spg in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Rice used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #6. Power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the league outsider Armani Milano (7-21) 78-71 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Bjelica scored 9 points. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (15-12) is placed eighth in the Euroleague. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Bjelica's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Bjelica is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team three years ago.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #7. Former international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland) helped Stelmet win their game against the 14th-ranked AZS Koszalin (8-17) 79-60 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Stelmet Zielona Gora (19-6) is placed first in the PLK. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Dragicevic averaged so far 11.8ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg in 13 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

   #8. Forward Vladimir Bulatovic (196-92, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Mladost ZE (12-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Bulatovic's very good performance Mladost ZE was defeated 73-64 in Beograd by the lower-ranked Beovuk 72 (#9). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Bulatovic also added 6 rebounds. Bulatovic's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U18 national team back in 2008.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #9. Former international power forward Nemanja Radovic (208-91, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in an UCAM Murcia's victory against the closely-ranked RETAbet BB (10-12) 82-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Radovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (9-15) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa. This year Radovic's overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 4.1rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Nikola Pavlicevic
Nikola Pavlicevic
   #10. Shooting guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88, currently plays in Hungary) helped Szolnok win their game against the ninth-ranked Szedeak (12-13) 70-66 in the Hungarian A Division on Thursday night. Pavlicevic was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (17-8) is placed second in the A Division. 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. Pavlicevic averaged so far 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. Former international swingman Milos Borisov (201-85, currently plays in Hungary) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nikola Pavlicevic and both played together in the last Hungarian A Division game. Borisov helped Szolnok win their game against the ninth-ranked Szedeak 70-66. He recorded 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. This year Borisov's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg in 24 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Spain) helped Movil Estudiantes win their game against the seventh-ranked Unicaja Malaga 78-66 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Cook recorded 8 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Cook has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.7apg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Cook used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2012. He played also for KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica in Montenegrin league.

   #13. Former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to secure a victory for Lokomotiv in their game against Unicaja Malaga in the Eurocup. Rochestie scored 7 points and added 5 passes in 25 minutes. His team lost 63-74. Rochestie averaged so far 11.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.2apg in 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

   #14. Former U21 international center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Bosnia) was the major contributor in Bosna-Royal's victory against the third-ranked Igokea 88-84 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. Sturanovic recorded 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Sturanovic averaged so far 10.9ppg and 5.9rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) helped Bnei Hasharon win their game against the tenth-ranked Galil Gilboa 76-66 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Kanacevic scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. Kanacevic has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.4apg in 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Kanacevic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team six years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Montenegro.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in NBA) led Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Detroit Pistons (33-38) crushing them 117-95 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Mirotic was the top player that evening. He scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 39 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 34-38 record this season. This year Mirotic has relatively solid stats: 9.8ppg and 5.1rpg in 60 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish.

   #2. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) in their last game. Despite Dragovic's good performance the second-placed ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) was edged 62-62 on the road by the leading CB Canarias in the group C of Basketball Champions League. He recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 4 blocks in 32 minutes. Dragovic has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg and 3.9rpg in 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #3. Experienced Brion Rush (186-PG-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Grambling St., currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked JDA Dijon (8-15) 87-70 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Rush scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (6-17) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ProA. Rush averaged so far 14.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Rush used to play for KK Sutjeska Niksic in Montenegrin league.

   #4. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) was not able to help Gradjanski (1-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Gradjanski (1-1) was badly defeated 90-70 in Siroki Brijeg by the leading Siroki Primorka in the Places 7-13 group. Marojevic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. Marojevic averaged so far 12.7ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.3apg in 19 games.

   #5. Milos Komatina (206-F/C-84, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for BC Timisoara (12-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed BC Timisoara (12-12) was defeated 90-85 at home by the higher-ranked CSU Sibiu (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. Komatina scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Komatina averaged so far 12.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg.

   #6. Nemanja Calasan (204-C-85, agency: HMS, college: Purdue, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Boncourt (7-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Boncourt lost 72-82 in Luzern to the higher-ranked (#7) Swiss Central. Calasan had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 20 rebounds in 26 minutes. Calasan averaged so far 13.4ppg, 12.6rpg and 1.9apg in 20 games. He has both Serbian and Montenegrin nationalities.

   #7. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) managed to help Union Olimpija Ljubljana to win against the fourth-ranked Hopsi Polzela 78-60 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Wednesday. Milosevic recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Milosevic has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg.

   #8. Boris Lalovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Romania) faced previously mentioned Milos Komatina in the Romanian Liga Nationala last game. Lalovic contributed to a CSU Sibiu's victory against the fifth-ranked BC Timisoara 90-85. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lalovic averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3apg.

   #9. Filip Popovic (202-PF, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Radnicki 1950 (14-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Radnicki 1950 was defeated 81-77 in Jagodina by the one of league's weakest teams KK Jagodina (#13). Popovic recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Popovic averaged so far 10.5ppg and 5.2rpg.

   #10. Stefan Ljubenkovic (197-F-95, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Spartak in their game against Dynamic BG in the Serbian KLS. He scored 6 points and had 3 steals in only 13 minutes. His team lost 72-80. Ljubenkovic has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg in 21 games. He also holds two passports: Montenegrin and Serbian. Despite Ljubenkovic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Serbian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.



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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.29.5 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.29.1 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.27.8 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.0 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.1 
 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. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.8 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
 10. Gortat, Washingt.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.3 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.7 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.2 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.0 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.8 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.2 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Golden S.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Green, Golden S.2.1 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 3. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.1.8 
 9. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.3 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 


Harden's 38 points lead Rockets over Pelicans 117-107 - by Eurobasket News

After winning just 41 games in last year's disappointing season, the Houston Rockets acknowledged their 50th win on Friday night. However, they weren't celebrating it. "Sixty would be nice," coach Mike D'Antoni said smiling. "We may celebrate that one. But not 50." It's probably unlikely with just 10 regular-season games left, so for now the Rockets are simply focused on improving before the postseason begins. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) scored 38 points, including eight down the stretch, and tied a career high with 17 assists to help the Rockets pull away for a 117-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. "We got stops when we needed to, scored when we needed to and put the game away," Harden said. The Pelicans had scored seven points in a row, capped by a 3-pointer from DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, college: Kentucky), to cut the lead to two with about two minutes left. Harden scored Houston's first points in almost 2 1/2 minutes after that on a driving layup to extend the lead. And after a bucket by Cousins on the other end, Harden made three free throws to leave the Rockets up 110-105 with about 90 seconds left. A 3-pointer by Harden soon after that put it out of reach, and gave the MVP candidate a standing ovation from the home crowd. Harden, who is having the best season of his career in his first year as the team's point guard, was asked if he thinks he's made a case to be named the league's MVP. "I think so, but I try not to think about it too much," he said. "I just try to go do my job at a high level and win games and that's all I can do." Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) had 33 points and 16 rebounds and Cousins added 29 points for the Pelicans, whose three-game winning streak was snapped. "We played well, but you're playing against a great team with a great player, arguably the MVP of the league," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "He made plays down the stretch and we weren't able to make them. And that's what it came down to." The Rockets have won eight of the past 10 games against the Pelicans and five straight at home. Harden got going early, scoring 17 points in the first quarter en route to his fourth straight game with at least 30 points and 10 assists. New Orleans trailed by six in the fourth quarter when Cousins pushed Patrick Beverley (6'1''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) and he fell to the ground before Cousins stepped back and sunk a 3-pointer. No foul was called and Beverley began jawing at the referees, earning a technical foul. But New Orleans missed the foul shot to remain down by three with about nine minutes left. Cousins tied it with a three-point play with about 8 1/2 minutes left when Houston began a 7-0 run, powered by five points from Beverley. Beverley made a 3-pointer before adding a tip-in layup on the next possession after a missed 3-pointer by Ryan Anderson to make it 97-90. The Pelicans got within six, but Eric Gordon hit a 3-pointer after that to extend Houston's lead to 105-96 with 4 1/2 minutes to play. Davis scored 17 points in the third quarter and the Rockets led 80-79 entering the fourth.
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Streaking Bucks beat Hawks 100-97, position for postseason - by Eurobasket News

Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) isn't waiting for the playoffs to play with postseason intensity. The young All-Star threw down a windmill dunk, drew defensive attention to open up lanes for teammates and contorted his athletic, 6-foot-11 frame along the sideline to save a late possession for the Milwaukee Bucks. Antetokounmpo picked up his second straight double-double with 34 points and 13 rebounds, and rookie Malcolm Brogdon (6'5''-G-92, college: Virginia) had 14 points and seven assists in a 100-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. The Bucks, who have won 11 of 13 games, moved into a tie with Atlanta for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, though the Hawks still hold the tiebreaker. Atlanta has lost six straight. ''It was a playoff-type game. Everybody is fighting for pole position,'' Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. Atlanta had one last chance to tie before Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) missed a contested 3 from the right wing with 0.2 seconds left with fans at the Bradley Center screaming ''Fear the Deer!'' Bucks fans are hoping their team can return to the playoffs after missing the postseason last year. ''Understanding the intensity, I thought the guys handled it well. I thought the energy and effort was great from the guys,'' Kidd said. Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) had 28 points for the Hawks, who were desperate to snap an extended losing skid. Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Atlanta went on a 13-2 run over the last 5 minutes of the second quarter to pull to 45-43 at halftime. The teams traded leads 17 times and stayed within a bucket or two of each other most of the rest of the way in a second half that had the tense atmosphere of a playoff game. But the Hawks couldn't make buckets in the closing seconds. ''Bonehead plays to end the game, during the game,'' guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) Jr. said. ''But we'll be fine. As long as we're competing for the full 48, one or two plays here and there, we'll pull some of these wins out.'' Dwight Howard, a 52 percent shooter at the foul line, went 1 of 2 with 10.2 seconds left and his team trailing by two. Milwaukee's Khris Middleton (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas A&M) hit two foul shots at the other end for the three-point lead that set up Atlanta's failed final sequence. Brogdon connected with Greg Monroe on two crucial layups in the final 40 seconds. With another close loss, coach Mike Budenholzer said he thought his team is still making progress. ''Whether it's a defensive rebound or a better decision, those plays add up to winning and we've just got to make a few more of those winning plays,'' he said. Antetokounmpo came up with a loose ball that was headed out of bounds to save a possession with about 53 seconds left and the score tied at 94. Thirteen seconds later, Brogdon found a cutting Monroe for a layup. ''I was thinking 'This is unbelievable.' Then I saw him run to the sideline as it was going out of bounds and I thought 'I had to get open. I've got to make this happen,'' Brogdon said.
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Booker scores 70 in Boston, but Celtics outlast Suns 130-120 - by Eurobasket News

Devin Booker (6'6''-SG-96, college: Kentucky) is only 20 and already has a place alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and just a few others in NBA history. Booker scored 70 points , becoming the sixth different player to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics outlasted the Phoenix Suns 130-120 on Friday night. David Thompson, David Robinson and Elgin Baylor are the NBA's only other 70-point scorers. Baylor also held the previous record against the Celtics with 64 points in Minneapolis for the Lakers on Nov. 8, 1959. "This doesn't happen very often especially against a really good defensive team like the Boston Celtics," Booker said. "It's a zone. It's kind of hard to explain. I've been in those zones before, but never to this extent." Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) scored 34 points for Boston, which won its third straight and avenged its buzzer-beater loss in Phoenix earlier this month. The rematch was dominated early by the Celtics, as they hit eight 3-pointers during a 37-point second quarter to grow their lead as high as 26 points. Booker then scored 51 after halftime , including 28 in the final period as his teammates fed him almost every time down the floor. Coach Earl Watson even used a pair of timeouts in the closing minutes to get him extra touches. As Booker's point total climbed, he even began to get cheers from some Boston fans. The entire display - in particular Phoenix's attempts to prolong the game - tweaked some Celtics players. "It was weird what they were doing," Thomas said. "I've never seen anything like that. It is what it is. ... But I mean it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him the most points possible. Hats off to him. He played a hell of a game." Whatever the perception of others, Watson made no apologies. "I'm not coming into any arena just happy to be there, trying to be liked. I don't care about being liked. I really don't care to be honest with you," he said. "We're trying to build something with this young group. If people don't like us while we build it, so what? Do something about it." Chamberlain had six 70-point games and his 62 points on Jan. 14, 1962, had been the most in Boston. Phoenix has already been eliminated from playoff contention, and had only eight available players because of injuries. Younger than some lineups in the NCAA Tournament, the Suns have lost seven straight and nine of their last 10, and they were out of this one early before Booker's explosive performance made it interesting. His previous career best was 39, which he reached three times before Friday. He had 19 points at halftime, then scored 23 in the third quarter to get the Suns back within range.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Jennie SIMMS
  ODU
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Simms, ODU26.1 
 2. Johnson, Middle T.20.2 
 3. Dinkins, S.Missis.18.6 
 4. Petty, Middle T.18.4 
 5. Taylor, UTEP18.3 
 6. Gore, Marshall17.2 
 7. Hunter, Charlotte17.2 
 8. Noble, W.Kentucky16.6 
 9. Goodwin, UTSA16.6 
 10. Tesha, UTSA16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Destinee YOUNG
  ODU
  (185-F-)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Young, ODU10.5 
 2. Seda, UTEP8.9 
 3. Hunter, Charlotte8.6 
 4. Leblanc, Louisian.8.0 
 5. Brown, W.Kentucky7.9 
 6. Simms, ODU7.9 
 7. Tesha, UTSA7.9 
 8. Farmer, UAB7.1 
 9. Malone, Louisian.7.0 
 10. King, S.Mississippi7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ty PETTY
  Middle T.
  (170-G-94)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Petty, Middle T.5.5 
 2. Noble, W.Kentucky5.2 
 3. Webster, Charlotte5.1 
 4. Hawkins, Rice5.0 
 5. Raventos, Charlotte4.8 
 6. McKinney, UT.4.8 
 7. Goodwin, UTSA4.5 
 8. Simms, ODU4.2 
 9. Hudson, FIU4.2 
 10. Jones, W.Kentucky3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Loryn GOODWIN
  UTSA
  (175-G-94)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Goodwin, UTSA3.3 
 2. Dinkins, S.Missis.3.1 
 3. Noble, W.Kentucky2.3 
 4. Raventos, Charlotte2.2 
 5. Petty, Middle T.2.2 
 6. Webster, Charlotte2.1 
 7. Lyon, Middle T.1.8 
 8. Criner, N.Texas1.8 
 9. Chidomere, UTSA1.8 
 10. Jewett-Giles, S.Missis.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nyilah JAMISON-MYERS
  Charl.
  (190-F/C-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jamison-M., Charl.2.0 
 2. Hamilton, Marshall1.9 
 3. Olley, Charlotte1.8 
 4. Saintigene, Marshall1.6 
 5. Young, ODU1.6 
 6. Seda, UTEP1.6 
 7. Brown, W.Kentucky1.2 
 8. Webster, Charlotte1.1 
 9. Bernard, UTEP1.0 
 10. Johnson, Middle T.1.0 


All-ECAC Division II Awards 2017 - by Greg


Player of the Year: Michael Mallory (6'1''-G) of S.Connecticut
Rookie of the Year: Marshall Lange (6'2''-G) of Newberry
Coach of the Year: Patrick Beilein of Le Moyne

Honorable Mention
Gerrel Irvin (6'8''-F) of Dominican, NY
Hunter Leveau (6'5''-F) of King
Michael Mallory (6'1''-G) of S.Connecticut
Matthew Dogan (6'7''-G) of Gannon



All-ECAC Division I Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-ECAC Division I 1st Team 2017
Angel Delgado
Delgado
Justin Robinson
Robinson
Tim Kempton
Kempton
Trae Bell-Haynes
Bell-Haynes
Jordan Washington
Washington

Player of the Year: Justin Robinson (5'8''-PG-95) of Monmouth
Rookie of the Year: Keith Braxton (6'4''-G) of St.Francis, PA
Coach of the Year: John Becker of Vermont

1st Team
F: Angel Delgado (6'9''-F-94) of Seton Hall
PG: Justin Robinson (5'8''-PG-95) of Monmouth
C/F: Tim Kempton (6'10''-C/F) of Lehigh
G: Trae Bell-Haynes (6'2''-G) of Vermont
F: Jordan Washington (6'8''-F) of Iona

2nd Team
G: Daniel Dixon (6'6''-G) of William & Mary
G: Nisre Zouzoua (6'2''-G-96) of Bryant
F: Phillip Carr (6'8''-F) of Morgan St.
G: Bryce Aiken (6'0''-G) of Harvard
G: Tiwian Kendley (6'5''-G) of Morgan St.
F: Jerome Frink (6'7''-F-93) of LIU Brooklyn
F: Steven Spieth (6'6''-F) of Brown



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



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.
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Berry leads North Carolina past Butler 92-80 - by Eurobasket News

Joel Berry II (6'0''-G-95) II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night. Luke Maye (6'8''-F) recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7). The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digits in the second half. Andrew Chrabascz (6'7''-F) led the fourth-seeded Bulldogs (25-9) with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Kelan Martin (6'6''-PF) finished with 16 points for Butler, which struggled shooting early and did not recover. Carolina, which reached the Elite Eight for the 27th time, will face the winner of Friday's second game between UCLA and Kentucky. The Tar Heels connected on 54.4 percent of their shots, while Butler was at 43.5 percent. The Tar Heels broke out of the gate early, building a double-digit lead and really weren't threatened after halftime, although Butler did get within 10 at one point. North Carolina used early accurate shooting to build a 16-point lead as the Tar Heels connected on 13 of their first 18 shots, including missing only one of seven from outside the arc. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs were suffering through a scoring drought the stretched beyond 4 minutes. That helped Carolina build the advantage to 30-14 when Maye connected on a 3-pointer near the midway point of the first half. While Butler managed to whittle the deficit to single digits on a couple of occasions before halftime, North Carolina would simply answer with another rally, the last one of the half stretching the Tar Heels lead to 52-32 on its eighth 3-pointer of the half. By halftime, Jackson had 17 points, and Maye had already reached his career-high in points with 14, plus grabbing nine of the Tar Heels' 22 boards. That helped Carolina carry a 52-36 lead into the break. Chrabascz led the Bulldogs with 11 points. The Tar Heels lead would stretch the lead back to 20 near the 12-minute mark of the second half, but Butler didn't exactly allow North Carolina to coast home. A 13-4 Bulldog run made a dent in the advantage as Martin had seven in the stretch with Avery Woodson (6'2''-PG) connecting on a 3-pointer. Martin closed out the run with another 3-pointer to pull Butler within 71-60. But while the Bulldogs would cut the Carolina advantage to 10 points 2 minutes later, they would get no closer the rest of the way.
Courtesy of: reviewjournal.com



Kentucky beats UCLA 86-75 in South semifinal - by Eurobasket News

De'Aaron Fox (6'4''-G-97) credits some sticky Kentucky defense for the Wildcats' latest berth in a regional final. Coach John Calipari begs to differ. He points at Fox, the freshman guard who outplayed UCLA phenom Lonzo Ball with one of the best scoring nights in Kentucky's vaunted NCAA Tournament history. Fox scored a career-high 39 points as Kentucky beat UCLA 86-75 Friday night in a showdown between two of college basketball's goliaths for a spot in the South Regional final. "All I did at halftime was say: 'Guys. Are you watching this game?' and they said yeah,'" Calipari said. "I said; 'Ok good. You know we are playing through De'Aaron Fox. The rest of you take a back seat and play off of him.'" Fox not only turned in the best NCAA scoring performance since Tayshaun Prince had 41 against Tulsa in 2002, it was the best by a freshman in tournament history. "I scored like the first 8 points of the game, and after that I was like you know it's going to be a good night for me," Fox said. The only No. 2 seed to advance to the Elite Eight, the Wildcats (32-5) won their 14th straight game. Now the NCAA's winningest program will play another of basketball's titans Sunday in top-seeded North Carolina, a 92-80 winner over Butler earlier Friday, with a trip to yet another Final Four on the line. The third-seeded Bruins (31-5) still have the most national titles. Yet they leave their third Sweet 16 under coach Steve Alford short of the Elite Eight. "We just got beat by a very good team that played very, very well tonight," Alford said. Fans lustily booed Calipari in his first game in Memphis since leaving in April 2009 for the Wildcats . Calipari's latest crop of talented freshmen put Kentucky into a regional final for the sixth time in seven years. Malik Monk (6'4''-G-98) scored 21 points for Kentucky, and Dominique Hawkins (6'0''-PG-94) added 11. This was the fourth time these powerhouses have met in the past three seasons, and UCLA upset then-No. 1 Kentucky in Rupp Arena with a 97-92 win on Dec. 3. Fox didn't play his best in that game, taking 20 shots to get 20 points. That wasn't a problem with Kentucky fans making the FedExForum as comfortable as Lexington. Fox scored the first eight points for Kentucky and was all over the court forcing turnovers or diving to the floor to force a jump ball. He outplayed Ball, who finished with 10 points on 4 of 10 shooting before announcing he had played his final game for UCLA. Ball handed out eight assists but also had four turnovers. Freshman TJ Leaf (6'10''-F-97) and Isaac Hamilton (6'5''-G-94) each had 17 points for UCLA. Kentucky shut down the nation's top scoring team, holding UCLA well below its average of 90.2 points a game and just a point off its season-low. "We really picked it up defensively," Fox said. "That's why we won. Not because of our scoring. That team averages like 90 points a game, and we held them to ... 15 less than their average." Maybe it was nerves or so many freshmen, but Kentucky led 36-33 at halftime after a first half that wasn't close to the fast-paced pace expected. By the second half, the Wildcats at least were running up and down the court. Monk also started scoring. The Southeastern Conference player of the year had only seven points in the first half. He hit four of his first five shots, including a pair of 3s, within the first five minutes of the second. He scored off the fast break, and his second 3 with 15:52 gave Kentucky a 50-44 lead. Thomas Welsh hit a short jumper, then Bryce Alford hit a 3 to pull UCLA within 50-49. That was as close as the Bruins would get as Kentucky pushed its lead to as much as 14 in the final couple minutes.
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Wyking Jones named Cal basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

After sifting through external candidates, Cal opted to stay in house and promote assistant basketball coach Wyking Jones to the permanent role. Jones was an assistant to Cuonzo Martin and served as the Bears' interim coach after Martin left for Missouri. 'We conducted a thorough search, looking near and far and talking to people all around the country,' Cal athletic director Mike Williams said Friday. 'Ultimately, we came back to where we started and found what we wanted right here in Berkeley.' His promotion was met with a mix of surprise and skepticism, in part because Jones has never been a head coach, in part because Old Blues had hoped for a proven winner like Saint Mary's Randy Bennett. Bennett discussed the vacancy with Cal officials but had reservations, according to a source. The Bears were never close to hiring Nevada coach Eric Musselman, despite reports of a deal. Jones is expected to receive a five-year contract, according to ESPN.com. Terms of his deal were not released. 'He has an affinity for Cal and its values, he has developed strong relationships with the student-athletes he coaches, and he has experienced success at the highest levels of the sport,' Williams said. Raised in Southern California, Jones played for Loyola Marymount and was an assistant at LMU, Pepperdine and Louisville (under Rick Pitino) when the Cardinal won the 2013 national championship. He joined the Cal staff two years ago. 'Wyking is a hard worker and recruiter, and he is more than ready to be a head coach,' Pitino told ESPN. CBSSports.com was the first to report Jones' promotion. 'Coach Martin left an unbelievable foundation for the program and we will work hard to continue to elevate Cal basketball,' said Jones, who faces several long-term challenges, including the lack of a dedicated practice facility. More immediately, the 2017-18 roster is littered with hole. The Bears have one proven scorer, guard Charlie Moore, who is from Chicago, was recruited by Martin, and has the option to transfer closer to home. Moore spoke effusively about Jones in a statement released by the university. 'I'm ecstatic about the news,' Moore said. 'Coach Wyking is great with the players, knows his spots and gives us the confidence to go out there without looking over our shoulders.' Even with Moore, the Bears are likely to be pegged for the bottom tier of the Pac-12.
Courtesy of: mercurynews.com




Middle Tennessee gives Kermit Davis new seven-year contract - by Eurobasket News

Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis has agreed to a new contract that runs through the 2023-24 season. School officials said Friday the seven-year deal will gives Davis a $575,000 base salary plus $175,000 each year for television and broadcast responsibilities. Davis has led Middle Tennessee to an NCAA Tournament victory each of the last two seasons . Middle Tennessee stunned Michigan State in last year's tournament and defeated Minnesota this year before falling to Butler in the round of 32. Davis is 307-180 in 15 seasons at Middle Tennessee, including a 154-54 mark over the last six seasons. The Blue Raiders went 31-5 this year. In a school release announcing the new contract, Davis said, 'I've never been more energized and excited about the future of Middle Tennessee basketball.'
Courtesy of: foxsports.com




Oklahoma State hires assistant Mike Boynton Jr. to be its next coach - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma State hired assistant Mike Boynton Jr. as its next men's basketball coach, sources told CBS Sports on Friday. Boynton previously served as an assistant under Brad Underwood at Stephen F. Austin and Oklahoma State. Underwood took the Illinois job on Saturday. Boynton starred in college at South Carolina from 2001-04. This is his first head-coaching job. On Thursday, Oklahoma State interviewed every sitting assistant, in addition to onetime Cowboys guard and CBS Sports radio personality Doug Gottlieb, for the position. A source told CBS Sports that Boynton's vision for the program, and his ability to keep it stable amid the unexpected loss of Underwood, earned him the gig. Oklahoma State (20-13) made the NCAA Tournament, losing in the first round as a 10 seed to Michigan. Boynton will be the third coach in three years; Oklahoma State fired Travis Ford in 2016, then lost Underwood to Illinois.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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  NCAA2  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Randall SHAW
  Anderson, SC
  (190-G-96)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Shaw, Anderson, SC22.6 
 2. Clark, Carson-N.22.0 
 3. Williams, Carson-N.18.6 
 4. Choice, Lincoln .18.2 
 5. Perry, Lincoln .17.8 
 6. Taylor, Catawba17.4 
 7. Patterson, Tuscu.16.4 
 8. Baez, Wingate16.3 
 9. Williams, Brevard16.1 
 10. Morrison, Catawba15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun JONES
  Carson-N.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Jones, Carson-N.9.7 
 2. Chambers, Lenoir-R.8.9 
 3. Terry, Lincoln .8.3 
 4. Perry, Lincoln .8.3 
 5. Cureton, Wingate8.2 
 6. Dotson, Anderson.7.6 
 7. Pinson, Lincoln .7.4 
 8. Clark, Carson-N.7.3 
 9. Baez, Wingate7.2 
 10. Lemke, Coker7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jalen VARISTE
  Lenoir-R.
  (180-PG-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Variste, Lenoir-R.5.0 
 2. Patterson, Tuscu.4.8 
 3. Pinson, Lincoln .4.6 
 4. Agusi, Queens, NC4.6 
 5. Bauer, Mars Hill4.3 
 6. Howard, Anderson.3.8 
 7. Clark, Carson-N.3.7 
 8. Taylor, Catawba3.5 
 9. Evans, Newberry3.4 
 10. Benard, Anderson.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gerald EVANS
  Newberry
  (165-PG-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Evans, Newberry2.0 
 2. Patterson, Tuscu.2.0 
 3. Davis, Queens, NC2.0 
 4. Pinson, Lincoln .1.7 
 5. Barrett, Coker1.7 
 6. Burton, Newberry1.6 
 7. Stepp, Newberry1.5 
 8. Taylor, Catawba1.5 
 9. Spease, Newberry1.5 
 10. Pangallo, Carson-N.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith GRIFFIN
  Wingate
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Griffin, Wingate2.7 
 2. Terry, Lincoln .1.9 
 3. Hendryx, Queens, NC1.7 
 4. Perry, Lincoln .1.2 
 5. Cureton, Wingate1.2 
 6. Mounce, Tusculum1.1 
 7. Williams, Carson-N.1.1 
 8. Lemke, Coker1.1 
 9. Withers, Queen.1.1 
 10. El Diraoui, Brevard1.0 


All-ECAC Division II - by Greg

Player of the Year: Michael Mallory of Southern Connecticut State University
Rookie of the Year: Marshall Lange of Newberry College
Coach of the Year: Patrick Beilein of Le Moyne College

Honorable Mention
Gerrel Irvin of Dominican College
Hunter LeVeau of King University
Michael Mallory of Southern Connecticut State University
Matthew Dogan of Gannon University



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy KENDLE
  Canterbury
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Kendle, Canterbury26.7 
 2. McCarron, SC Ra.25.5 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.25.3 
 4. Tait, SC Rangers24.0 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.24.0 
 6. Jones, Canterbury23.7 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.22.5 
 8. Te-Rangi, Southlan.22.0 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.21.0 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 14
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA14.0 
 2. Egwu, SC Rangers9.5 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.0 
 4. Wesley, Wellington S.8.7 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers8.5 
 6. Jones, Canterbury