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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  



Senegal edges Mali in overtime, both advance to FIBA AfroBasket - by Eurobasket News

Senegal overcame Mali 79-72 in overtime, as both teams advanced to FIBA AfroBasket. Senegal grabbed a 17-16 lead at the end of the first period and added a 19-15 rally in the second frame. Mali scored 17 points in the third as well as the last stanzas to tie the game after four periods. In overtime Senegal needed a 14-7 surge to win the game.
Djibril Thiam (208-G/F-86, college: Wyoming) top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Sambe notched 17. Mali's Boubacar Sidibe (205-C-94) finished with a team-best 24 points.



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  ALBANIA  


Superliga Round 18: Vllaznia Shkodra beat Kamza Basket in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was played in Shkodra. Second ranked Vllaznia Shkodra faced 4th ranked Kamza Basket. Host Vllaznia Shkodra (13-5) smashed guests from Kamza (8-10) 84-61. The game was mostly controlled by Vllaznia Shkodra. Kamza Basket managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kamza Basket to just 7 points in second quarter. Vllaznia Shkodra have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-5 record having just three points less than leader SK Tirana. Kamza Basket at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost.
Leader SK Tirana delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Ardhmeria (5-13) 100-69. SK Tirana maintains first position with 16-2 record. Newly promoted Ardhmeria keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost.
Bottom-ranked Flamurtari (0-18) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 69-41 loss to third ranked Teuta (12-6) in Vlore on Sunday evening. Teuta maintains third position with 12-6 record having four points less than leader SK Tirana. Loser Flamurtari still closes the standings.

Vllaznia - Kamza Basket 84-61

An exciting game was played in Shkodra. Second ranked Vllaznia Shkodra faced 4th ranked Kamza Basket. Host Vllaznia Shkodra (13-5) smashed guests from Kamza (8-10) 84-61. The game was mostly controlled by Vllaznia Shkodra. Kamza Basket managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kamza Basket to just 7 points in second quarter. Vllaznia Shkodra have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-5 record having just three points less than leader SK Tirana. Kamza Basket at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost.
gschID: 542936


SK Tirana - Ardhmeria 100-69

Leader SK Tirana delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Ardhmeria (5-13) 100-69. It looked good early as Ardhmeria took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then SK Tirana had a 30-12 second period charge getting the lead and Ardhmeria was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-100. SK Tirana maintains first position with 16-2 record. Newly promoted Ardhmeria keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost.
gschID: 542937


Flamurtari - Teuta 41-69

Bottom-ranked Flamurtari (0-18) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 69-41 loss to third ranked Teuta (12-6) in Vlore on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Teuta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Flamurtari to just 5 points in third quarter and to 11 points in second half. Teuta maintains third position with 12-6 record having four points less than leader SK Tirana. Loser Flamurtari still closes the standings.
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Franko Bushati selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #1. This week's number one is former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). Bushati could not help Brescia (10-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Brescia was defeated 87-78 at home by the lower-ranked Openjobmetis VA (#13). Bushati scored 11 points. This season Bushati averages: 2.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 53.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. Bushati played for the Albanian senior national team five years ago.

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Recanati (6-19) crushing them 98-63 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. Ndoja recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (18-8) is placed first in East group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ndoja's overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 76.9% in seven games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Ndoja played for the Albanian national team in 2012.

Rashaun Broadus
Rashaun Broadus
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany). He was not able to help SC Rasta Vechta in their game against s Oliver Baskets (7-18) in the German BBL. Broadus scored 9 points and had 3 steals. But SC Rasta Vechta was crushed 86-63 on the road by the higher-ranked s Oliver Baskets (#15). Broadus' total stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 4.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 38.1%, 3FGP: 21.7% and FT: 57.1%. He is a naturalized American. Broadus is also a member of the Albanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Albania.

Elvisi Dusha
Elvisi Dusha
   #4. Guard Elvisi Dusha (188-94, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Plymouth University Raiders in a victory against the closely-ranked Bristol Acadamy Flyers (11-16) crushing them 85-62 in the British BBL last Friday. Dusha scored only 2 points and added 4 assists in 15 minutes. Plymouth University Raiders (13-13) is placed seventh in the BBL. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Dusha's total stats are: 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg in 10 games. He has both Albanian and British nationalities. Dusha is also Albanian national team player.

Vildan Mitku
Vildan Mitku
   #5. Former international forward Vildan Mitku (200-83, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Tuebingen II (8-17) in their game against TV Langen (13-12) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Mitku scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. The 13th-placed Tuebingen II (8-17) lost 67-75 in Langen to the higher-ranked (#7) TV Langen in the South-West group. It was Tuebingen II's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Mitku's sixth season with the team. Mitku has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in 24 games. Mitku used to play for the Albanian national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Helios (0-2) 76-59 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (2-0) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It's Kastrati's fifth season with the team. This year Kastrati averages: 8.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg in 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #2. Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93, currently plays in Germany). He could not help SC Rasta Vechta (2-23) to beat s Oliver Baskets (7-18). Bekteshi did not beat the league record on Friday evening. He scored only 2 points. SC Rasta Vechta was crushed 86-63 on the road by the higher-ranked s Oliver Baskets (#15). Bekteshi has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and German.

   #3. Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Isernia's victory against the tenth-ranked Ortona (9-15) 64-53 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Il Globo Basket Isernia (8-16) is placed 13th in Group D. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Patani has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.2spg. He has both Albanian and Italian nationalities.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Celis Taflaj (201-SF-98) plays for Viola RC in Italian Serie A2
Ergys Rrapi (200-C-83) plays for Ermis Lagkada in Greek B
Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) plays for Francavilla in Italian Serie C Silver
Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88) plays for Halle USV in German 2.Regionalliga
Grigoris Pappas (205-C/F-91) plays for Karditsas in Greek B

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



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ABBA Round 25: Bottom-ranked Yorks Crushers win against HS Outlaws - by Eurobasket News

Bottom-ranked Yorks Crushers managed to get a third victory on Sunday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked HS Outlaws 82-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But HS Outlaws won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Yorks Crushers (3-10) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Freetown T. HS Outlaws lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Yorks Crushers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. HS Outlaws will play against Flyers (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Baldwin Braves (9-1) and 7th ranked Freetown T. (3-10) in ended with biggest points difference. Baldwin Braves outscored guests from 86-57. Baldwin Braves have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Freetown T. lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Yorks Crushers. Baldwin Braves will play against league's leader Stingerz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Freetown T. will have a break next round.

Baldwin Braves - Freetown T. 86-57

The game between fourth ranked Baldwin Braves (9-1) and 7th ranked Freetown T. (3-10) in ended with biggest points difference. Baldwin Braves outscored guests from 86-57. The game was mostly controlled by Baldwin Braves. Freetown T. was better in third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baldwin Braves have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Freetown T. lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Yorks Crushers. Baldwin Braves will play against league's leader Stingerz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Freetown T. will have a break next round.
gschID: 539388


HS Outlaws - Yorks Crushers 77-82

Bottom-ranked Yorks Crushers managed to get a third victory on Sunday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked HS Outlaws 82-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But HS Outlaws won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Yorks Crushers (3-10) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Freetown T. HS Outlaws lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Yorks Crushers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. HS Outlaws will play against Flyers (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.2 
 2. Green, Instituto20.3 
 3. Solano, Echague19.5 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.19.3 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.0 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Harper, Quimsa16.8 
 8. Horner, Obras B.16.6 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.16.6 
 10. Mickeal, Atenas16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.3 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.7 
 5. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 6. Wood, San M.8.8 
 7. Francis, La Union8.5 
 8. Justiz, Estudian.8.4 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.4 
 10. Caracter, Echague8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 2. Stanic, Olimpico.6.0 
 3. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.5 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.6 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 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. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 8. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.1.5 
 10. Tucker, Estudian.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.7 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Calfani, San L.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Basualdo, Quilm.0.9 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.4 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista21.1 
 3. Brown, La Union19.8 
 4. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.7 
 5. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 6. Pais, Platense17.8 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 8. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 9. Montes-C., Obera T.17.3 
 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.8.8 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.6 
 6. Joseph, Obera TC8.5 
 7. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB7.9 
 10. Brown, Mitre Tuc.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.2 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.3 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.4 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.8 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.7 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 10. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.9 
 2. Punet, Salta Basket2.5 
 3. Pais, Platense2.4 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.2.0 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 8. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 9. Harrison, Ciclista1.8 
 10. Paletta, Hindu1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Stibbins, Union SF2.5 
 3. Efese, Gimnasia LP2.4 
 4. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.4 
 7. McKoy, SP Las P.1.1 
 8. Okoye, Salta Basket1.1 
 9. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


TFB Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in TFB. 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 change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

TFB round 22 caused change at the leadership position. Eighth defeat of league's leader Gualeguay (15-8) against sixth ranked Capuchinos (10-12) 83-67 was the most important game of the last round. Capuchinos moved-up to fifth place in Mesopotamia. Newly promoted Gualeguay dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by C.Entrerriano. Gualeguay will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Capuchinos will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Ferrocarril. It will be extra interesting game as Ferrocarril is their local rival from Concordia.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Atletico Tostado as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Centro. Atletico Tostado smashed 6th ranked Central SJ at home 88-69. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Central SJ lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Central SJ will play next round against strong H.San Justo trying to get back on the winning streak. Atletico Tostado will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Olimpico at Ceres.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Perfora (17-6) on the court of second ranked Rivadavia M. on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Rivadavia M. 75-71. It was a key game for the top position in Oeste. Rivadavia M. have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of Oeste leader, which they share with defeated Perfora. Rivadavia M. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Perfora will play against Independ.N. and hope to secure a win.
Eighth-ranked Argentino PRG (7-16) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Chivilcoy Racing (16-7). The visitors from Chivilcoy managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Despite that victory Chivilcoy Racing went down to second position (Bonaerense) due to points difference. Argentino PRG lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Chivilcoy Racing's next round opponent will be Atletico PL (#7) in Buenos Aires where they are favorite. Argentino PRG will play on the road against the league's leader Belgrano SN in San Nicolas and hope to win that game.
Ninth-ranked Penarol (8-14) was very close to win a game against first ranked Gualeguay (15-8) on Friday. Gualeguay managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Despite that victory Gualeguay went down to second position (Mesopotamia) due to points difference. Penarol lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost. Gualeguay will have a break next round. Penarol's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Rosario del Tala to the arena Atletico TL.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant.
In Bonaerense Belgrano SN smashed Argentino PRG on the road 77-56. U.Mar del Plata won against Independ.N. on its own court 57-55. Sarmiento managed to outperform Atletico Pilar in Junin 72-64. Sportivo E. recorded a loss to Belgrano SN at home 88-95.
In Oeste Independ.N. was defeated by Villa Mitre BB on the opponent's court 79-65.
In Centro Independ. Oliva was beaten by Deportivo Norte A. in a home game 76-81. Union Sunch. lost to H.San Javier on the road 60-67.
In Mesopotamia C.Entrerriano managed to outperform Saladas on its own court 76-71. Ferrocarril C. recorded a loss to Regatas U. in Concepcion del Urug. 92-75.
In Metropolitana Villa Mitre CF was defeated by Ramos Mejia at home 60-67. H.San Justo smashed Estudiantes LP on the opponent's court 93-73. Atletico Tostado won against P.Echague in a home game 70-60. River Plate unfortunately lost to Estudiantil on the road 59-69. Union Vecinal managed to beat RC Avellaneda on its own court 81-67.
In Noa Hindu BBC was defeated by Amancay LR in La Rioja 81-65. San Martin LR smashed Olimpia Catam. at home 96-50. Hindu BBC was destroyed by San Martin LR on the opponent's court 105-69. N.Avellaneda Tuc. managed to outperform Union Oran in a home game 83-65.
In Oeste C.Espanol P. managed to beat M.Junin on the road 76-59. Rivadavia M. defeated C.Espanol P. on its own court 60-58. Perfora smashed M.Junin in Plaza Huincul 105-75.

Group Bonaerense
Argentino PRG - Belgrano SN 56-77

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Belgrano SN (16-6) crushed on the road 8th ranked Argentino PRG (7-16) 77-56 on Monday. Belgrano SN have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of Bonaerense leader. Argentino PRG lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Belgrano SN will have a break next round. Argentino PRG will play again on the road against the league's leader Belgrano SN (#1) in San Nicolas and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511400


U.Mar del Plata - Independ.N. 57-55

There was a minor upset when 4th ranked Independ.N. (7-15) was edged on the road by sixth ranked U.Mar del Plata (9-14) 57-55 on Sunday. U.Mar del Plata have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted U.Mar del Plata maintains sixth position in Bonaerense with 9-14 record. Independ.N. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. U.Mar del Plata will face Estudiantes LP (#10) in La Plata in the next round. Independ.N. will play on the road against the league's second-placed Perfora (#2) in Plaza Huincul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511734


Atletico Pilar - Sarmiento 64-72

Rather predictable result when third ranked Sarmiento (12-10) won against 6th ranked Atletico PL (8-14) in Buenos Aires 72-64 on Friday. Sarmiento maintains third position in Bonaerense with 12-10 record having just three points less than leader C.Entrerriano, which they share with Villa Mitre BB. Atletico PL at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 14 games lost. Sarmiento will face Sportivo E. (#5) in the next round. Atletico PL will play against the league's second-placed Chivilcoy Racing and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511733


Sportivo E. - Belgrano SN 88-95

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Sportivo E. (10-11) lost at home to second ranked Belgrano SN (16-6) 95-88 on Friday. Belgrano SN have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of Bonaerense leader. Newly promoted Sportivo E. keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Belgrano SN will face Argentino PRG (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sportivo E. will play against Sarmiento in Junin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511732


Argentino PRG - Chivilcoy Racing 75-78

Eighth-ranked Argentino PRG (7-16) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Chivilcoy Racing (16-7). The visitors from Chivilcoy managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Despite that victory Chivilcoy Racing went down to second position (Bonaerense) due to points difference. Argentino PRG lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Chivilcoy Racing's next round opponent will be Atletico PL (#7) in Buenos Aires where they are favorite. Argentino PRG will play on the road against the league's leader Belgrano SN in San Nicolas and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511731


Villa Mitre BB - Independ.N. 79-65

There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Villa Mitre BB (12-10) defeated at home one of their biggest challengers Independ.N. (7-15) 79-65 on Friday. Villa Mitre BB maintains fourth position in Oeste with 12-10 record which they share with defeated Independ.N. Independ.N. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Villa Mitre BB will face Union Vecinal (#5) in La Plata in the next round. Independ.N. will play on the road against the league's second-placed Perfora in Plaza Huincul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511730


Group Centro
Independ. Oliva - Deportivo Norte A. 76-81

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Independ. Oliva (10-13) lost at home to third ranked Deportivo Norte A. (16-7) 81-76 on Sunday. Newly promoted Deportivo Norte A. maintains third position in Centro with 16-7 record having just one victory less than leader C.Entrerriano. Independ. Oliva at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Deportivo Norte A. will have a break next round. Independ. Oliva will play on the road against the league's second-placed Ameghino (#2) in Villa Maria and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511907


H.San Javier - Union Sunch. 67-60

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked H.San Javier (7-11) beat at home higher ranked Union de Sunchales (14-9) 67-60 on Friday. Newly promoted H.San Javier maintains ninth position in Centro with 7-11 record. Union de Sunchales at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. H.San Javier will have a break next round. Union de Sunchales will play at home against San Justino (#7) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511906


Atletico Tostado - Central SJ 88-69

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Atletico Tostado as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Centro. Atletico Tostado smashed 6th ranked Central SJ at home 88-69. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Central SJ lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Central SJ will play next round against strong H.San Justo trying to get back on the winning streak. Atletico Tostado will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Olimpico at Ceres.
gschID: 511905


Group Mesopotamia
Capuchinos - Gualeguay 83-67

TFB round 22 caused change at the leadership position. Eighth defeat of league's leader Gualeguay (15-8) against sixth ranked Capuchinos (10-12) 83-67 was the most important game of the last round. Capuchinos moved-up to fifth place in Mesopotamia. Newly promoted Gualeguay dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by C.Entrerriano. Gualeguay will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Capuchinos will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Ferrocarril. It will be extra interesting game as Ferrocarril is their local rival from Concordia.
gschID: 511511


C.Entrerriano - Saladas 76-71

Very expected game when 7th ranked Saladas (9-13) lost to second ranked C.Entrerriano (15-7) in Gualeguaychu 71-76 on Friday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. C.Entrerriano keeps a position of Mesopotamia leader. Saladas at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 13 games lost. C.Entrerriano will face Regatas CU (#4) in Concepcion del Urug. in the next round. Saladas will play against Union Goya (#3) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511510


Gualeguay - Penarol 74-71

Ninth-ranked Penarol (8-14) was very close to win a game against first ranked Gualeguay (15-8) on Friday. Gualeguay managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Despite that victory Gualeguay went down to second position (Mesopotamia) due to points difference. Penarol lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost. Gualeguay will have a break next round. Penarol's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Rosario del Tala to the arena Atletico TL.
gschID: 511508


Regatas U. - Ferrocarril C. 92-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Regatas CU's (12-11) home victory over 5th ranked Ferrocarril (10-13) in Concepcion del Urug. 92-75 on Friday. Regatas CU maintains fourth position in Mesopotamia with 12-11 record. Ferrocarril at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. Regatas CU will face league's leader C.Entrerriano in Gualeguaychu in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ferrocarril's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Concordia Capuchinos.
gschID: 511509


Group Metropolitana
Villa Mitre CF - Ramos Mejia 60-67

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Villa Mitre CF (8-15) lost to first ranked Ramos Mejia (17-6) in Buenos Aires 60-67 on Friday. Ramos Mejia have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Ramos Mejia maintains first position in Metropolitana with 17-6 record. Villa Mitre CF lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 15 games lost. Ramos Mejia will face River Plate (#3) in Buenos Aires in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Villa Mitre CF will play against Estudiantil (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511633


Estudiantes LP - H.San Justo 73-93

Everything went according to plan when second ranked H.San Justo (16-10) outplayed 10th ranked Estudiantes LP (3-19) in La Plata 93-73 on Friday. H.San Justo have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Metropolitana with 16-10 record having just five point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Estudiantes LP lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 19 games lost. H.San Justo will face Central SJ (#6) in San Javier in the next round. Estudiantes LP will play against U.Mar del Plata (#6) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511632


Atletico Tostado - P.Echague 70-60

There was no surprise when 4th ranked P.Echague (13-9) lost on the road to second ranked Atletico Tostado (18-8) 70-60 on Friday. Atletico Tostado keeps a position of Metropolitana leader. P.Echague lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Atletico Tostado will face Olimpico (#8) in Ceres in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
gschID: 511631


Estudiantil - River Plate 69-59

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Estudiantil (6-16) beat at home higher ranked River Plate (14-7) 69-59 on Friday. Estudiantil maintains ninth position in Metropolitana with 6-16 record. River Plate at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Estudiantil will face higher ranked Villa Mitre CF (#8) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. River Plate will play against the league's leader Ramos Mejia (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 511629


Union Vecinal - RC Avellaneda 81-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked RC Avellaneda's (10-13) road loss to fifth ranked Union Vecinal (11-10) in La Plata 67-81 on Friday. Union Vecinal maintains fifth position in Metropolitana with 11-10 record. Newly promoted RC Avellaneda keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. Union Vecinal will face higher ranked Villa Mitre BB (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. RC Avellaneda will play against the league's second-placed H.San Justo and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511630


Group Noa
Amancay LR - Hindu BBC 81-65

Rather predictable result when third ranked Amancay LR (14-7) won against 7th ranked Hindu BBC (5-17) in La Rioja 81-65 on Sunday. Newly promoted Amancay LR maintains third position in Noa with 14-7 record behind leader C.Entrerriano. Hindu BBC lost fourth consecutive game. Hindu BBC at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with 17 games lost. Amancay LR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in La Rioja to the arena San Martin LR.
gschID: 511402


San Martin LR - Olimpia Catam. 96-50

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Olimpia Catam. (7-14) was outscored by second ranked San Martin LR (17-5) in La Rioja 96-50 on Sunday. San Martin LR have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Noa with 17-5 record having just two point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Olimpia Catam. lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. San Martin LR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from La Rioja Amancay LR.
gschID: 511403


San Martin LR - Hindu BBC 105-69

Everything went according to plan when second ranked San Martin LR (17-5) outplayed 7th ranked Hindu BBC (5-17) in La Rioja 105-69 on Friday. San Martin LR have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Noa with 17-5 record having just two point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Hindu BBC lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with 17 games lost. San Martin LR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from La Rioja Amancay LR.
gschID: 511401


N.Avellaneda Tuc. - Union Oran 83-65

There was no surprise when 6th ranked UD Nueva Oran (7-15) lost on the road to fourth ranked N.Avellaneda Tuc. (12-9) 83-65 on Friday. N.Avellaneda Tuc. have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted N.Avellaneda Tuc. maintains fourth position in Noa with 12-9 record. UD Nueva Oran at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. N.Avellaneda Tuc. will face league's leader Talleres TV in Tafi Viejo in the next round and it may be the game of the week. UD Nueva Oran will play at home against Rio Grande (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511399


Group Oeste
Rivadavia M. - Perfora 75-71

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Perfora (17-6) on the court of second ranked Rivadavia M. on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Rivadavia M. 75-71. It was a key game for the top position in Oeste. Rivadavia M. have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of Oeste leader, which they share with defeated Perfora. Rivadavia M. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Perfora will play against Independ.N. and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 511807


M.Junin - C.Espanol P. 59-76

No shocking result in a game when third ranked C.Espanol P. (17-7) beat on the road 5th ranked M.Junin (6-16) 76-59 on Sunday. Newly promoted C.Espanol P. maintains third position in Oeste with 17-7 record having just 2 victories less than leader C.Entrerriano. M.Junin at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. C.Espanol P. will have a break next round. M.Junin will play on the road against Anzorena (#6) in Mendoza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511806


Rivadavia M. - C.Espanol P. 60-58

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd ranked C.Espanol P.'s (17-7) road loss to second ranked Rivadavia M. (17-6) 58-60 on Friday. It was a key game for the top position in Oeste. Rivadavia M. have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of Oeste leader, which they share with Perfora. C.Espanol P. lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third place with seven games lost.
gschID: 511805


M.Junin - Perfora 75-105

Rather predictable result when first ranked Perfora (17-6) rolled over on the road 5th ranked M.Junin (6-16) 105-75 on Friday. Perfora maintains first position in Oeste with 17-6 record, which they share with Rivadavia M. Newly promoted M.Junin keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Perfora will face Independ.N. (#4) in Neuquen in the next round. M.Junin will play on the road against Anzorena in Mendoza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511804





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

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

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (16-12) to beat Panathinaikos (17-11). Laprovittola recorded 5 points and added 5 passes. Baskonia was defeated 72-63 at home by the higher-ranked Panathinaikos (#5). It was Baskonia's first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Laprovittola averages: 3.3ppg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 33.3% and FT: 83.3%. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in an UCAM Murcia's victory against the closely-ranked RETAbet BB (10-13) 82-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Campazzo recorded 12 points and had 3 steals. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (10-15) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Campazzo has relatively good stats this season: 14.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.8apg, 1.8spg, 3FGP: 29.9% and FT: 82.5%. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-44) 100-93 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Ginobili scored 11 points and had 3 steals. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 56-16 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ginobili's 15th year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 80.8%. Ginobili has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. He is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #4. Small forward Andres Nocioni (203-79, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the tenth-ranked RETAbet BB (10-13) crushing them 104-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Nocioni scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 8 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (17-7) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. This year Nocioni's overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 2.1rpg in 19 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Nocioni is also Argentinian national team player.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #5. International point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help CB Canarias in their game against Valencia Basket (6-18) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded only 4 points. CB Canarias was edged 65-62 on the road by the much lower-ranked Valencia Basket (#12). Richotti has been at the team for seven years. Richotti's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.0apg. Similarly like Nocioni and Ginobili above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Richotti plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #6. Point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to Svendborg's victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (13-15) 85-80 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. He scored 16 points and added 5 passes. Svendborg Rabbits (13-15) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. Porta has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.5apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team nine years ago.

Nicolas Brussino
Nicolas Brussino
   #7. International swingman Nicolas Brussino (202-93, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Dallas Mavericks (31-41) in their game against the Golden State Warriors (59-14) in the NBA. Brussino cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 5 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks (31-41) were crushed 112-87 in Oakland by the Golden State Warriors. It's Brussino's first season with the team. This year Brussino's total stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg in 42 games. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #8. Center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Delia contributed to an UCAM Murcia's surprising victory against the second-ranked CB Canarias (18-7) 79-68. He scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (10-15) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Delia has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 3.1rpg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #9. Former international guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Leyma Basquet (17-12) crushing them 104-73 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Fernandez scored 6 points in 15 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (19-9) is placed third in the LEB Gold. Fernandez has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg in 28 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team three years ago.

   #10. Guard Tomas Wolkowyski contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team (2-11) 77-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Wolkowyski recorded only 2 points in 1 minutes on the court. Unicaja B Malaga (7-6) is placed fifth in Group D Perman. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Wolkowyski averages just 0.7ppg in three games. He is U16 international player who is currently on the Argentinian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U16 international small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Valmontone's victory against the ninth-ranked Teramo 89-83 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Sunday night. Caceres recorded 18 points in 26 minutes. Caceres' stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg in 20 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U16 national team fifteen years ago.

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

   #1. Tulio Cobos (197-F-86, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Venezuela) led Bucaneros to a victory over the second-ranked Trotamundos (6-6) 87-81 in the Venezuelan LPB in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Cobos scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Conference Eastern. Bucaneros de La Guaira (7-6) is placed first in Eastern Conference. Cobos has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.4apg in 13 games he played so far.

   #2. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia in a 3-point victory against the 14th-ranked Juvecaserta (9-15) 61-58 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Filloy scored 5 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 24 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (16-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Filloy's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.7apg in 21 games. Filloy has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Dolomiti En. TR's victory against the tenth-ranked The Flexx PT (11-13) 99-91 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Forray scored 10 points and had 3 steals in 23 minutes. Dolomiti Energia Trento (14-10) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It's Forray's sixth season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in 24 games. Forray is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #4. Enzo Cafferata (187-PG-88, currently plays in Brazil) was the major contributor in a Liga Sorocaba's victory against the league outsider Caxias do Sul (6-21) 67-59 in the Brazilian NBB on Friday night. He recorded 15 points and added 3 passes in 37 minutes. Liga Sorocabana de Basquete (4-14) is placed tenth in the NBB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Cafferata's first season with the team. Cafferata has reliable stats this year: 12.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.5spg in 26 games.

   #5. Experienced Min-Soo Kim (200-C-82, currently plays in South Korea) could not help SK Knights (23-31) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance SK Knights were badly defeated 81-64 on the road by the leading Anyang KGC. Kim was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Regular Season already ended. Kim is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in SK Knights' roster. Kim's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 4.5rpg. He has both South Korean and Argentinian nationalities.

   #6. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped FCM Ferentino win their game against the 12th-ranked Mens Sana 1871 87-82 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Musso recorded 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. He has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg in 26 games. Musso also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #7. Agustin Fabi (199-F/G-91, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a Viola RC's victory against the sixth-ranked Treviglio 84-76 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Fabi scored 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. He has reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. Fabi has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #8. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) helped Paulistano edge the league outsider Caxias do Sul 82-80 in the Brazilian NBB in Wednesday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 22 minutes. This year Hure's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.2apg in 19 games.

   #9. Brian Savoy (189-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Neuchatel (13-9) in their last game. Despite Savoy's good performance the fifth-placed Neuchatel lost 69-76 at home to the lower-ranked (#6) Starwings in the Places 1-6 group. He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes. Savoy's stats this year are: 13.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 4.1apg in 22 games. He has Argentinian and Swiss nationalities.

   #10. Diego Corral (205-C-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped Omegna win their game against the third-ranked Valsesia 70-66 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Saturday night's game. Corral was MVP of the game. He recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Corral averaged so far 14.3ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4bpg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.



Eloy Vargas claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Dominican Rep. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International) had a very impressive game in the last round for GECR Indalo and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 40.
The 28-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Quimsa (#6, 23-22) 94-80. GECR Indalo maintains the 4th position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. GECR Indalo 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 22-21 record. Vargas turned to be GECR Indalo's top player in his first season with the team. Eloy Vargas averages this season 13.7ppg and 7.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Hispano Am.. Austin impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Hispano Am. to edge slightly lower-ranked Echague (#10, 7-34) by 1 point 88-87. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Norte. Hispano Am. keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-29 record. Austin is a newcomer at Hispano Am. 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 Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of second-ranked Estudiantes C.. Tucker got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Tucker's great performance Estudiantes C. lost 94-95 to the lower-ranked Atenas (#9, 15-25). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Estudiantes C. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Norte. Their record is 29 victories and 15 lost games. Tucker has a great season in Argentina. After 42 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.2ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pete Mickeal (199-SF-78) of Atenas - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Pablo Espinoza (200-F-87) of Regatas C. - 15 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Derrick Caracter (206-C-88) of Echague - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Aaron Harper (203-SF-81) of Quimsa - 30 points and 9 rebounds
8. Luis Cequeira (180-PG-85) of Argentino - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Tracy Robinson (201-SF-86) of Quilmes MP - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Sam Clancy (202-C-80) of Instituto - 22 points and 13 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)



Quimsa lands Reggie Hamilton, ex Al Shamal - by Eurobasket News

Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (LigaA) tabbed 28-year old American point guard Reggie Hamilton (182-80kg-89, college: Oakland, agency: SDJ Sports). He started the season at Al Shamal in Qatari D1 league. In 5 games he had very impressive stats: 25.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.6apg and 1.8spg this season. The last season Hamilton played at Niigata Albirex (BJ League) in Japan where in 6 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.5apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Summit League Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). Hamilton was also voted USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team and NABC Division I All-District 12 1st Team back in 2012.
He has played on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Hamilton has played previously professionally in Italy (VL Pesaro, Chieti, Scafati and FCM Ferentino), Poland (Siarka) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars).
He attended Oakland University until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
Hamilton could be described: A classic combo guard player, who can spend time in 1 and 2 positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Justin Howard claims ASEAN League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Justin Howard (209-C-81) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Singapore S. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 35-year old center had a double-double of 39 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat Saigon H. (#4, 8-12) 86-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Singapore S. maintains the 2nd position in ASEAN League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Singapore S. will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. Howard turned to be Singapore S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Mercer University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Howard is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.5ppg) and averages solid 1.4bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American forward Chris Oliver (201-F-85, agency: Babcock Sports) of Kaohsiung. Oliver impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 35 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Kaohsiung lost that game 108-114 to slightly higher-ranked KL Dragons (#5, 7-13). Kaohsiung are still at the very bottom. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Kaohsiung managed to get this year. Oliver is a newcomer at Kaohsiung and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.5ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 11.4rpg and 3.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Kiwi Gardner (170-PG-93) of KL Dragons (#5). Gardner got into 30-points club by scoring 40 points in the last round. He went also for eight assists. He was a key player of KL Dragons, leading his team to a 114-108 win against slightly lower-ranked Kaohsiung (#6, 5-15). The chances of KL Dragons not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gardner could try to bring KL Dragons' a little bit higher in the standings. Gardner has individually a great season in ASEAN League. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.9ppg (best scorer) and assists with 6.7apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-C-89) of Saigon H. - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Xavier Alexander (198-G-88) of Singapore S. - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Bobby Ray Parks (193-G-93) of Alab Pilipinas - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Lawrence Domingo (196-F-89) of Alab Pilipinas - 23 points and 9 rebounds
8. Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of KL Dragons - 35 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Wesley Hsu (191-G/F-84) of Kaohsiung - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. James Hughes (211-C-83) of Alab Pilipinas - 14 points and 14 rebounds

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



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Ben Madgen selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania). He was the major contributor in Lietkabelis' victory against the closely-ranked Vytautas (15-13) 85-82 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. Madgen recorded 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Panevezys Lietkabelis (20-8) is placed second in the LKL. It's Madgen's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 87.7%. Madgen played for the Australian senior national team three years ago.

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA). He led Detroit Pistons to an easy victory against the Phoenix Suns (22-52) 112-95 in the NBA on Sunday night. Baynes had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 17 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. The Detroit Pistons have 33-39 record this season. This year Baynes averages: 4.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 50.8% and FT: 84.9% in 69 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand. Baynes is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Arizona, currently plays in Japan). He led Dragonflies to a victory over the fifth-ranked Kagawa FA (14-34) 87-77 in the Japanese B League D2 in Saturday night's game. Dillon was MVP of the game. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Hiroshima Dragonflies (38-10) are placed second in West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Dillon has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 53.9% and FT: 70.4%. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Trinidad and Tobago. Former South Dragons starter played for the Australian national team eight years ago.

Jordan Vandenberg
Jordan Vandenberg
   #4. Center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Shinshu BW (12-37) crushing them 94-62 in the Japanese B League D2 last Sunday. Vandenberg had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Vandenberg's third season in pro basketball. Nishinomiya Storks (34-14) are placed first in Central group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Vandenberg has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7bpg in 38 games. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team back in 2008.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #5. International point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (40-33) 97-90 in the NBA on Thursday night. Mills recorded 15 points and added 5 passes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 56-16 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Mills is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Spurs' roster. His stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.5apg. Mills plays currently for the Australian national team.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #6. Power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Lithuania) helped Zalgiris win their game against the eighth-ranked Dzukija (7-21) 79-64 in the Lithuanian LKL in Monday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (25-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Motum's overall stats are: 9.6ppg and 2.3rpg in 27 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Deng Deng
Deng Deng
   #7. Former U22 international forward Deng Deng (203-92, college: Baylor, currently plays in Lebanon) could not help Tadamon (1-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Deng's very good performance Tadamon was defeated 90-77 at home by the lower-ranked Sagesse (#7). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Deng also added 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Regular Season already ended. Deng averaged so far 14.3ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.7bpg and 3.0spg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #8. Swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help AEK Athens in their game against Panathinaikos (22-1) in the Greek A1. Newley scored 6 points in 23 minutes. AEK Athens was badly defeated 106-87 in a derby game by the leading Panathinaikos. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Newley's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 1.4rpg in five games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Mitchell McCarron
Mitchell McCarron
   #9. Former U22 international guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) was the main contributor in Rangers' victory against the closely-ranked Mountain Airs (2-1) 85-81 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. McCarron was the best player in that game. He scored 23 points, grabbed 9 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in 37 minutes; not bad, considering it's only McCarron's second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. James Blond Supercity Rangers (2-0) are placed second in the NBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. McCarron has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 25.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 5.0apg and 2.5spg in two games. McCarron used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

Dan Trist
Dan Trist
   #10. Forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against one of league's weakest teams Randers (10-18) crushing them 112-80 in the Danish Ligaen on Tuesday night. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Horsens IC (23-5) is placed second in the Ligaen. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Trist averaged so far 12.8ppg and 6.5rpg. He is a former U22 international player as two years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. Former international guard Mitch Norton (184-93, currently plays in New Zealand) was not able to secure a victory for Sharks (1-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Norton's very good performance Sharks were edged 88-86 on the road by the leading Saints. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Norton also added 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists. Norton averaged so far 12.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Australian national team five years ago.

   #12. International small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Utah Jazz in their game against the Indiana Pacers in the NBA. Ingles recorded only 4 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 27 minutes. His team lost 100-107 in the NBA. Ingles has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in 73 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. Former U19 international power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mitch Norton and both played together in the last New Zealand NBL game. Kay couldn't help Sharks (1-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Sharks were edged 88-86 in Wellington by the leading Saints. Kay scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Kay averaged so far 12.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.5apg. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team seven years ago.

   #14. Former U22 international guard Daryl Corletto (193-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Plymouth Raiders win their game against the closely-ranked Bristol Acadamy Flyers crushing them 85-62 in the British BBL last Friday. Corletto scored 16 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 36 minutes. Corletto has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg in 26 games. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team back in 2000.

   #15. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) helped Milwaukee Bucks win their game against the Portland Trail Blazers 93-90 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Dellavedova scored 6 points. Dellavedova averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.8apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (21-52) 125-120 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Irving scored 46 points (!!!) and added 3 passes (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) in 38 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 47-25 record this season. It's Irving's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Irving averages: 25.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.8apg and 1.2spg in 64 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Irving has never played in Australia.

   #2. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 3-point PAOK's victory against the eighth-ranked Promitheas (9-14) 78-75 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Sobey scored 8 points. PAOK Thessaloniki (13-10) is placed fourth in the A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Sobey has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.7apg.

   #3. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to Saints' victory against the closely-ranked Rams (2-2) 94-85 in the New Zealand NBL in Thursday night's game. Duinker scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wellington Saints (3-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Duinker has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg in three games. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian.

   #4. Thomas Ammar (199-G/F-87, college: Mars Hill, currently plays in Lebanon). Ammar could not help Mayrouba (3-15) to beat Tadamon (6-12). He scored 9 points, grabbed 7 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 40 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Mayrouba lost 80-85 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Tadamon. It was Mayrouba's tenth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Ammar has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Lebanese.

   #5. Deng Adel (201-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Louisville (12-6) in their last game. Despite Adel's very good performance the Louisville lost 69-73 on the road to the University of Michigan. He scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. Adel's stats this year are: 12.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.1apg in 33 games. He has both South Sudanese and Australian nationalities.

   #6. Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Milwaukee Bucks to win against the Sacramento Kings 116-98 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Maker scored only 4 points. Maker has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 1.7rpg. He also holds two passports: Australian and South Sudanese.

   #7. Timothy Kearney (202-F/G-86, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked KFUM Jamtland crushing them 98-77 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Kearney scored 5 points and added 3 assists. Kearney has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 2.9rpg. He holds both Australian and Swedish passports.

   #8. Experienced John Fitzgerald (193-G-84, college: Lindsey Wilson, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in Trelleborg's victory against the fourth-ranked LF Future 110-99 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Sunday night's game. Fitzgerald recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. This season Fitzgerald has very high stats. He averages: 20.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.6apg and 2.8spg.

   #9. Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for Bristol Acadamy Flyers in their game against Scorchers in the British BBL. Vigor scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team lost 74-85. Vigor has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg in 27 games.

   #10. Joseph Acuil (213-F-94, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Baylor in their game against the University of South Carolina in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 70-50. Acuil has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.5bpg. He holds both Australian and Sudanese passports.



Giants ink Kyle Adnam, ex United - by Hugh McAuliffe

Mike Pero Nelson Giants (NBL) signed 24-year old Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93). He just played at United in Australian NBL league. In 20 games he had 3.6ppg and 1.2apg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Adnam's team won Australian NBL Regular Season in 2016. He was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian SEABL Youth Player of the Year and Australiabasket.com All-Australian SEABL 1st Team in 2015.
Adnam has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Illawarra Hawks and Kilsyth Cobras.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Auxilium TO (12-12) 89-70 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Ortner scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Umana Reyer Venezia (16-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ortner averages: 3.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 52.2% and FT: 54.2% in 23 games he played so far. He played for the Austrian senior national team four years ago.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). Poeltl led Toronto Raptors to an easy victory against the Indiana Pacers (37-36) crushing them 116-91 in the NBA last Sunday. He scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 44-29 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Poeltl's first year with the team. Poeltl's overall stats this season are: 2.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 51.7% and FT: 57.1%. He played for the Austrian national team in 2015.

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Sevilla (8-16) to beat Joventut (8-17). Mahalbasic scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sevilla was defeated 71-57 at home by the lower-ranked Joventut (#14). It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 60.6%(63-104) and FT: 75.6%. Mahalbasic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra in their game against FC Barcelona (17-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 6 points in 21 minutes. Andorra was crushed 102-65 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) FC Barcelona. Schreiner has been at the team for five years. This season Schreiner's overall stats are: 4.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.2apg in 24 games. He is also Austrian national team player.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #5. International point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for Naestved (13-15) in their last game on Monday. Despite Lanegger's very good performance Naestved was defeated 72-67 on their home court in Naestved by the lower-ranked Svendborg (#5). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Lanegger also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Lanegger's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #6. Point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Braunschweig (5-17) in their game against Bayern Muenchen (22-3) in the German BBL. He scored only 4 points. Braunschweig was crushed 80-58 on their home court in Braunschweig by the much higher-ranked Bayern Muenchen (#3). Klepeisz's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Austrian National Team roster.

Jakob Seifert
Jakob Seifert
   #7. Former U18 international center Jakob Seifert (200-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) managed to help Slavoj BK Litomerice to win against the sixth-ranked Olomouc SK (1-8) crushing them 97-65 in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored only 3 points. Slavoj BK Litomerice (7-2) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. This season Seifert averages just 0.5ppg. He used to play for the Austrian U18 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) led Ovarense to a victory over the sixth-ranked Sampaense (4-21) 87-78 in the Portuguese LPB on Sunday night. Douvier was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Douvier's third season in pro basketball. Ovarense Dolce Vita (14-12) is placed first in Places 7-12 group. It's Douvier's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Douvier averages: 15.8ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2apg in 26 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Douvier has never played in Austria.

   #2. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a Lille Metropole's victory against the closely-ranked Provence Basket (16-8) 62-48 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Asceric scored 10 points in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lille Metropole Basket (15-9) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Asceric's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6apg in 21 games.

   #3. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) could not help Herzogenaurach (4-20) in their last game. Despite Kaiser's very good performance the 13th-placed Herzogenaurach (4-20) lost 88-99 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Bad Aibling in the South-East group. He was the top scorer with 24 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 34 minutes. It was Herzogenaurach's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. This season Kaiser has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg in 24 games.



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80-ies qualified to the Final - by Eurobasket News

80-ies qualified to the Final of the Play-offs. In the decisive third game they beat Dervish 84-75 and won the series 2-1. Trailing 0-1 in the series, 80-ies tied it all at 1-1 after a 77-60 victory in Game 2.
In the Final game 80-ies will take on the winner of the Regular Season NTD. The series will begin on the weekend.



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

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

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). Hield could not help the Sacramento Kings (28-45) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Sacramento Kings (28-45) were defeated 114-100 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. Hield was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Hield has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 14.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 44.2% and FT: 83.9%. Hield played for the Bahamas senior national team three years ago.

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Argentina). He contributed to a 2-point Olimpico de La Banda's victory against the fourth-ranked Instituto (25-19) 83-81 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night. Nesbitt recorded 8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (24-19) is placed fifth in Norte group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Nesbitt has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 86.4% in 11 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain). He led Zornotza to a victory against the 12th-ranked L'Hospitalet (9-17) 90-76 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Cadot scored 12 points. Ametx Zornotza (14-12) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Cadot's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 55.1%(49-89), 3FGP: 23.1%. Cadot is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #4. An experienced power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Arenys (11-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Arenys (11-11) lost 59-69 at home to the lower-ranked (#11) JAC Sants in the Group C-A. Turnquest was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Turnquest has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg and 6.3rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team back in 2006.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #5. Former international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams SAP Vaucluse (13-17) in their game against Gries/Oberhoffen (14-16) in the French NM1 (third division). He scored 7 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. SAP Vaucluse was defeated 98-87 on their home court in Sorgues by the higher-ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (#12). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Davis has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for the Bahamas national team three years ago.

Dwight Coleby
Dwight Coleby
   #6. Forward Dwight Coleby (206-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Kansas in a victory against the Michigan State University (10-8) crushing them 90-70 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 on Sunday night. Coleby scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 9 minutes on the court. The University of Kansas have quite an impressive 16-2 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. This year Coleby's overall stats are: 1.7ppg and 1.8rpg in 24 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Bahamas senior team three years ago.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #7. International forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 1-point Hap.Haifa's victory against the closely-ranked Galil Elion (10-14) 86-85 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. Burrows scored 15 points, had 5 boards, dished 8 assists and stole 4 balls. Hapoel Haifa (10-14) is placed tenth in the National League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Burrows has very high stats. He averages: 22.1ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.9spg. Burrows is also Bahamas national team player.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (41-31) 111-95 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Thompson recorded 34 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 59-14 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Thompson averages: 22.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.0apg in 70 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against the 16th-ranked Aix-Maurienne (9-15) 74-63 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Fairell was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fairell's second season in pro basketball. SPO Rouen Basket (11-13) is placed 11th in the ProB. It's Fairell's first year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg. Fairell is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #3. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland). He could not help Wilki Morskie (13-13) to beat Polpharma (14-12). Knowles scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. Wilki Morskie lost 58-67 on the road to the higher-ranked (#9) Polpharma. This year Knowles' overall stats are: 6.4ppg and 5.4rpg in five games.

   #4. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Gandia (7-19) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Forbes' good performance Gandia was badly defeated 89-72 in Leon by the higher-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (#11). He scored 11 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Forbes' stats this season are: 13.4ppg and 2.3rpg.

   #5. Robert Nortmann (205-F, college: Dalhousie, currently plays in NBLCanada) was not able to secure a victory for the Island Storm (11-16) in their game against the Halifax Hurricanes (24-8) in the NBL Canada. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Nortmann recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. The Island Storm (#3) lost 100-105 in Halifax, NS to the leading Halifax Hurricanes. Nortmann averaged so far 13.4ppg and 2.3rpg in 10 games. He has both Bahamas and Canadian nationalities.



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BABA Round 10: Sonics hand first loss to Lumber - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Lumber (6-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Sonics (4-1) 71-69. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Lumber. Sonics have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Lumber at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Pinelands. Sonics are looking forward to face Warriors (#6) in the next round. Lumber will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Bulls (4-2) against fifth ranked Cavaliers (4-2) on Sunday night. Host Bulls were defeated by Cavaliers in 78-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bulls. Cavaliers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Bulls. Cavaliers will play against PanAm I.I. (#7) in the next round. Bulls will have a break next round.
Second ranked Pinelands blasted bottom-ranked Tridents (0-6) in 83-50 on Sunday evening. Tridents is still unable to win any game. Pinelands have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion (6-1) used an opportunity after Lumber lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser Tridents still closes the standings with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 10 Hawks were beaten by Warriors on the road 81-65.

Bulls - Cavaliers 66-78

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Bulls (4-2) against fifth ranked Cavaliers (4-2) on Sunday night. Host Bulls were defeated by Cavaliers in 78-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bulls. Cavaliers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Bulls. Cavaliers will play against PanAm I.I. (#7) in the next round. Bulls will have a break next round.
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Lumber - Sonics 69-71

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Lumber (6-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Sonics (4-1) 71-69. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Lumber. Sonics have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Lumber at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Pinelands. Sonics are looking forward to face Warriors (#6) in the next round. Lumber will have a break next round.
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Pinelands - Tridents 83-50

Second ranked Pinelands blasted bottom-ranked Tridents (0-6) in 83-50 on Sunday evening. Tridents is still unable to win any game. Pinelands have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion (6-1) used an opportunity after Lumber lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser Tridents still closes the standings with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Warriors - Hawks 81-65

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Warriors (2-4) beat at home 8th ranked Hawks (1-7) 81-65 on Sunday. Warriors maintains sixth position with 2-4 record. Hawks lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with seven games lost. Warriors will meet higher ranked Sonics (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hawks will have a break next round.
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  BELARUS  


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

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

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). He could not help Maccabi Rishon (11-13) in their last game. Despite Wayns' very good performance Maccabi Rishon lost 85-94 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Hapoel Eilat. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Wayns also added 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 37 minutes on the court. It was Maccabi Rishon's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Wayns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 73.0% in 15 games he played so far. Wayns is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA U18 national team, Wayns is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Belarus.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in VTB United League). Liutych led his Estonian team Kalev/Cramo to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Tsmoki-Minsk (4-16) 79-70 in the VTB United League last Monday. He was MVP of the game. Liutych recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (5-16) is placed 11th in the VTB United League. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Liutych has relatively good stats this season: 14.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.5%(62-106), 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 79.7%. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Euroleague). He was not able to help Unics Kazan (7-21) in their last game. Despite Parakhouski's good performance the bottom-ranked Unics Kazan lost 74-85 in Moscow to the second-ranked CSKA. He recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 23 minutes. It was Unics Kazan's 11th 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. This year Parakhouski has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 62.7%(128-204) and FT: 78.1% in 27 games. He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #4. Small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Jaszberenyi (7-19) 83-66 in the Hungarian A Division in Sunday night's game. Pustahvar scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Falco KC Szombathely (17-9) is placed fourth in the A Division. The Regular Season already ended. It's Pustahvar's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg. Pustahvar has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #5. An experienced former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Brose Baskets (10-18) in their game against Baskonia (16-12) in the Euroleague. Veremeenko did not have that impressive stats last Tuesday. He scored only one point in 16 minutes. Brose Baskets was crushed 96-71 in Vitoria by the higher-ranked (#7) Baskonia. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Veremeenko's overall stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg in 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko used to play for the Belarusian national team ten years ago.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #6. Guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an Ironi Ramat Gan's victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Migdal Haemek (10-14) 98-84 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. He scored 13 points and added 5 passes. Ironi Ramat Gan (3-21) closes the standings in the National League. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of thirteen consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Gandlin's stats this season are: 12.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.3apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team three years ago.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #7. International power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Polfarmex (4-21) in their game against Rosa (15-10) in the Polish PLK. Salash scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. But Polfarmex lost 65-76 in Radom to the much higher-ranked (#5) Rosa. It was Polfarmex's seventh consecutive loss in a row. This year Salash's total stats are: 4.7ppg and 3.2rpg in 23 games. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Denis Vikentsyeu
Denis Vikentsyeu
   #8. Power forward Denis Vikentsyeu (203-98, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to a Ventspils Augstskola's victory against the fourth-ranked ViA (16-6) 76-67 in the Latvian LBL2 (second division) last Wednesday. Vikentsyeu recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. BK Ventspils Augstskola (14-2) is placed first in Places 13-21 group. This season Vikentsyeu has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 10.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. Vikentsyeu plays currently for the Belarusian U18 national team.

Vlad Mikulskiy
Vlad Mikulskiy
   #9. U18 international guard Vlad Mikulskiy (192-98, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Denis Vikentsyeu and both played together in the last Latvian LBL2 game. Mikulskiy was the major contributor in a Ventspils Augstskola's victory against the fourth-ranked ViA (16-6) 76-67. He recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes. Mikulskiy's stats this year are: 14.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.4apg and 2.7spg in 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Belarusian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania). Solopa could not help Craiova (6-16) to beat Targu Mures (10-12). He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The third-placed Craiova (6-16) was defeated 97-92 at home by the leading Targu Mures in the Places 7-10 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Solopa has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Moldovan.



Anton Vashkevich claims Belarusian Premier League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Anton Vashkevich (203-F/C-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Vitebsk and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 22-year old power forward had a double-double of 12 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed GOCOR-Sozh (#9, 4-28) with 41-point margin 101-60. Vitebsk maintains the 3rd position in Belarusian Premier League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Vitebsk will need more victories to improve their 21-11 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Vashkevich as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Vashkevich has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 57.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old guard Kiril Volodkin (190-G-91) of Impuls BGUIR. Volodkin impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he led Impuls BGUIR to another comfortable win 84-71 over the lower-ranked Brest (#8, 4-28) being unquestionably team leader. Impuls BGUIR's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Volodkin is one of the most experienced players at Impuls BGUIR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 4.6rpg and 4.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was Ruslan Kutskevich (202-F-95) of Prinemanye (#7). Kutskevich scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Kutskevich's great performance Prinemanye lost 72-101 to the higher-ranked Tsmoki II (#4, 20-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Prinemanye can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-22 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kutskevich he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kutskevich has a very solid season. In 28 games in Belarus he scored 6.1ppg. He also has 4.9rpg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kiryl Chumakov (197-F-95) of Grodno-93 - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dmitriy Dmitruk (198-F-81) of Brest - 20 points and 9 rebounds
6. Maksim Liutych (200-F-97) of Tsmoki II - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Maksym Kozlovets (205-C-90) of COR-Borisfen - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Yuriy Ignatev (202-F-91) of Impuls BGUIR - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89) of COR-Borisfen - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Aliaksei Kachan (185-PG-91) of Vitebsk - 22 points

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



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D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Lhoest, Ninane20.0 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.1 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.2 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.7 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 7. Baptista, Gistel O.16.1 
 8. Hilliman, Melsele16.0 
 9. Maesen, Houthalen15.7 
 10. Gorremans, Soba15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.7 
 2. Dierickx, Ieper11.2 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele9.5 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.4 
 5. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 6. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.5 
 7. Celis, Oxaco7.2 
 8. Gorremans, Soba7.0 
 9. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
 10. Fall, Ieper6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.5.2 
 2. Celis, Oxaco4.6 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.5 
 4. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.3 
 5. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.6 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen3.4 
 8. Torreborre, Melse.3.3 
 9. Kanda-K., Giants B3.1 
 10. Benzouien, Royal B.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rochdi BENZOUIEN
  Royal B.
  (184-PG-96)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Benzouien, Royal B.2.2 
 2. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.1 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.0 
 4. Hall, Royal Brussels1.6 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 7. Riahi, RPC A.1.4 
 8. Celis, Oxaco1.4 
 9. Snyers, Houthalen1.4 
 10. Van-d., Ekeren1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony VERMEERSCH
  Gembo B.
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 3. Fall, Ieper0.9 
 4. Samaey, Waregem0.7 
 5. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 7. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 8. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.6 
 9. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.6 
 10. Dierickx, Ieper0.6 


Top Division I Round 25: Gembo BBC defeats leader Gent Hawks - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Top Division I. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gent Hawks (19-5) in Borgerhout on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Gembo BBC (18-6) 80-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gent Hawks. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. Worth to mention a great performance of center Pieter Van-Rillaer (198-81) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Eli Van-Aken (193-85) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Joeri Vermoessen (200-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for Gent Hawks. Gembo BBC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Oxaco. Gent Hawks at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Gembo BBC is looking forward to face Waregem (#4) in Waregem in the next round. Gent Hawks will play at home against Soba and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Oostende. Eleventh ranked Gistel Oostende (9-15) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Ieper (8-17) 88-87 on Sunday evening. Guard Sam Hemeleers (180-95) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners and Justin Kohajda chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). At the losing side center Gilles Dierickx (213-92, college: Seattle Pacific) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gistel Oostende have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Melsele. Ieper lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Gistel Oostende will play against higher ranked Giants B (#8) in Antwerp in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ieper will play at home against RPC Anderlecht (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth-ranked RPC Anderlecht (6-17) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Waregem (17-7) on Saturday. The visitors from Waregem managed to secure only two-point victory 78-76. However their fans expected much easier game. Lars De-Lepeleire nailed 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Geoffrey Hockins came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds for RPC Anderlecht in the defeat. Waregem maintains fourth place with 17-7 record. RPC Anderlecht lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. They share it with Ekeren. Waregem will meet at home higher ranked Gembo BBC (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. RPC Anderlecht will play against Ieper (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Soba (12-12) and Ninane (10-14), which took place in Antwerpen. 6th ranked Soba lost at home to ninth ranked Ninane 74-82. Sebastien Maio fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Ninane maintains ninth place with 10-14 record. Soba lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Ninane's next round opponent will be Melsele (#10) at home.
The game between 9th ranked Ninane (10-14) and eighth ranked Giants B (11-15) in Ninane on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Antwerp beat Ninane 99-82. It was a very good performance for Philippe Peeters who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Giants B's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Giants B maintains eighth place with 11-15 record. Loser Ninane keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Giants B will face Gistel Oostende (#11) at home in the next round. Ninane will play against Melsele and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Royal Brussels beat Ekeren on the road 92-84. Houthalen won against Giants B on its own court 72-62. Oxaco managed to outperform Melsele in Boechout 35-24.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 21 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists by Francois Lhoest of Ninane.

Gembo BBC - Gent Hawks 80-70

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gent Hawks (19-5) in Borgerhout on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Gembo BBC (18-6) 80-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gent Hawks. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. Worth to mention a great performance of center Pieter Van-Rillaer (198-81) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Eli Van-Aken (193-85) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Joeri Vermoessen (200-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and center Jeremy Delobbe (203-91) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Gent Hawks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gembo BBC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Oxaco. Gent Hawks at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Gembo BBC is looking forward to face Waregem (#4) in Waregem in the next round. Gent Hawks will play at home against Soba and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: J.Vermoessen 14+10reb+1ast, L.Lhote 12+2reb+2ast, J.Delobbe 12+10reb, M.Verspeeten 11+3ast, J.Vermoessen 10+8reb+1ast, R.Van den Berghe 7+5reb+4ast
Gembo BBC: T.Beaujean 19+3reb+3ast, P.Van Rillaer 18+7reb, E.Van Aken 15+7reb+3ast, A.Vermeersch 10+11reb+2ast, S.Renier 7+3reb+1ast, B.Iliaens 6+3reb
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Gistel Oostende - Ieper 88-87

Important game to mention about took place in Oostende. Eleventh ranked Gistel Oostende (9-15) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Ieper (8-17) 88-87 on Sunday evening. Guard Sam Hemeleers (180-95) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners and center Justin Kohajda (203-96) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Four Gistel Oostende players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Gilles Dierickx (213-92, college: Seattle Pacific) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and swingman Alexander Schepens (191-93) scored 28 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gistel Oostende have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Melsele. Ieper lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Gistel Oostende will play against higher ranked Giants B (#8) in Antwerp in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ieper will play at home against RPC Anderlecht (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ieper: A.Schepens 28+5reb+2ast, G.Dierickx 25+15reb+1ast, R.Mestdagh 14+4reb+5ast, K.Devacht 5+4reb+1ast, J.Vandermeersch 5+1reb+1ast, R.Luyten 5
Gistel Oostende: S.Hemeleers 20+5reb+12ast, J.Kohajda 19+7reb, L.Kotrulja 18+4reb+2ast, T.Lambrecht 13+13reb, A.Baptista 8+1reb, S.Buysschaert 6+3reb
gschID: 488877


Soba - Ninane 74-82

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Soba (12-12) and Ninane (10-14), which took place in Antwerpen. 6th ranked Soba lost at home to ninth ranked Ninane 74-82. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Guard Sebastien Maio (190-78) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jeremy Dedave (187-93) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Dries Bogaerts (200-86) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Four Soba players scored in double figures. Ninane maintains ninth place with 10-14 record. Soba lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Ninane's next round opponent will be Melsele (#10) at home.
Top scorers:
Soba: D.Bogaerts 15+6reb+2ast, M.Gorremans 15+3reb+2ast, R.Haerbos 11+4reb+2ast, J.Balanga 10+4reb+2ast, Y.Deville 9+3reb, K.van Kempen 7+4reb+3ast
Ninane: S.Maio 19+6reb+1ast, J.Dedave 19+5reb+2ast, G.Henrard 10+1reb, X.Colette 9+4reb+1ast, F.Lhoest 9+9reb+4ast, R.Fassotte 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 488876


RPC Anderlecht - Waregem 76-78

Thirteenth-ranked RPC Anderlecht (6-17) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Waregem (17-7) on Saturday. The visitors from Waregem managed to secure only two-point victory 78-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Lars De-Lepeleire (175-91) nailed 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and forward Stan Naudts (195-86) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-88) came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Leon Nziye (-87) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for RPC Anderlecht in the defeat. Four Waregem and five RPC Anderlecht players scored in double figures. Waregem maintains fourth place with 17-7 record. RPC Anderlecht lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. They share it with Ekeren. Waregem will meet at home higher ranked Gembo BBC (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. RPC Anderlecht will play against Ieper (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
RPC Anderlecht: G.Hockins 18+5reb+2ast, L.Nziye 18+3reb+4ast, C.Tshimuanga 12+9reb, Y.Moray 11+7reb+1ast, S.Chapelle 11+2reb+1ast, J.Vanderkelen 4+2reb+5ast
Waregem: L.De Lepeleire 18+5reb+3ast, B.Guillemyn 14+2reb+3ast, S.Naudts 14+5reb+2ast, T.Foucart 11+4reb+2ast, B.Willy Samaey 9+8reb, R.Naudts 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 488874


Ekeren - Royal Brussels 84-92

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Royal Brussels (11-13) beat on the road 13th ranked Ekeren (6-17) 92-84 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 32-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Royal Brussels forced 21 Ekeren turnovers. Ekeren was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for forward Thomas Creppy (197-90) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 assists. Center Estime Vangu (198-88) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Pieter De-Cock (198-93) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and guard Andreas Rojas-Palma (188-92) added 20 points in the effort for Ekeren. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Royal Brussels moved-up to seventh place. Ekeren at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Royal Brussels will face higher ranked Houthalen (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ekeren will play against the league's second-placed Oxaco (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ekeren: P.De Cock 23+5reb, A.Rojas Palma 20+3reb+2ast, D.Van den Brande 8+6reb+3ast, F.Biot 8+4reb, M.Bessems 8+7reb+2ast, Z.Peeters 8+1ast
Royal Brussels: T.Creppy 23+3reb+5ast, E.Vangu 16+9reb, A.Hall 15+4reb+1ast, R.Benzouien 9+5reb+4ast, O.Tis 9+4reb, N.Botuli 8
gschID: 488875


Houthalen - Giants B 72-62

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Giants B (11-15) lost on the road to fifth ranked Houthalen (15-10) 72-62 on Saturday. Giants B was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 20-7 charge of Houthalen, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Giants B to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Houthalen forced 25 Giants B turnovers. It was a very good performance for forward Bart Maesen (198-89) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Point guard Chiel Koonings (180-90) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Bert Van-Den-Broek (201-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and forward Vincent Peeters (199-99) added 15 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) in the effort for Giants B. Four Giants B players scored in double figures. Houthalen maintains fifth place with 15-10 record. Loser Giants B keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Houthalen will face Royal Brussels (#7) on the road in the next round. Giants B will play against Gistel Oostende and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Giants B: B.Van Den Broek 19+11reb+2ast, V.Peeters 15+4reb+4ast, L.Coppens 12+3reb+2ast, K.Van Den Langenbergh 10+4reb+3ast, V.Gielen 2+6reb, B.De Valck 2+7reb+1ast
Houthalen: B.Maesen 19+6reb+6ast, C.Koonings 15+5reb+1ast, D.Snyers 14+2reb+2ast, J.Smith 8+8reb+1ast, D.Clemente 6+3reb+2ast, Y.De Leeuw 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 488879


Melsele - Oxaco 24-35

Very predictable result when second ranked Oxaco (18-6) won against on the road 9th ranked Melsele (9-15) 35-24 on Saturday. The game without a history. Oxaco led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a very good performance for guard Nick Celis (196-88) who helped to win the game recording 8 points. Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) contributed with 8 points for the winners. Oxaco's coach Tony van den Bosch used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) answered with 8 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized DR Congolese forward Armand Kabeya (198-88, agency: Promotex) added 2 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Melsele. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Oxaco. They maintain second place with 18-6 record behind leader Gent Hawks, which they share with Gembo BBC. Melsele lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Oxaco will face Ekeren (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Melsele will play against Ninane and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Melsele: P.Hilliman 8+6reb, N.Dhooge 3+1reb, I.Perez 3, F.Torreborre 2+1reb+2ast, A.Kabeya 2+5reb, T.Lamot 2+2reb
Oxaco: N.Celis 8+3reb+1ast, S.Van Hoey 8, E.Derby 6+1ast, M.De Meyer 4+1ast, M.Van Gelder 4+1reb, S.Gevers 3+1reb
gschID: 488873


Ninane - Giants B 82-99

The game between 9th ranked Ninane (10-14) and eighth ranked Giants B (11-15) in Ninane on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Antwerp beat Ninane 99-82. The game was mostly controlled by Giants B. Ninane was better in fourth quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Giants B dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Ninane's 40 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for point guard Philippe Peeters (188-95) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Bert Van-Den-Broek (201-92) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Giants B's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Francois Lhoest (196-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists and Romain Fassotte (190-91) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ninane. Four Giants B and five Ninane players scored in double figures. Giants B maintains eighth place with 11-15 record. Loser Ninane keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Giants B will face Gistel Oostende (#11) at home in the next round. Ninane will play against Melsele and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ninane: F.Lhoest 21+16reb+7ast, R.Fassotte 16+5reb+2ast, J.Dedave 13+3reb+3ast, G.Henrard 11+4reb+2ast, X.Colette 10+4reb, S.Maio 9+2reb
Giants B: R.Rogiers 18+3reb, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 12+4reb+1ast, P.Peeters 12+6reb+4ast, B.Van Den Broek 11+9reb+2ast, K.Van Den Langenbergh 10+2reb, L.Coppens 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 542666





Belgian Euromillions League round 26 best performance: John Tofi - by Eurobasket News

Samoan-American John Tofi (203-C/F-84, agency: Pensack Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Aalstar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Leuven (#9, 7-19) 89-86. Aalstar maintains the 5th position in Belgian Euromillions League. Aalstar 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 14-13 record. Tofi has many years of experience at Aalstar, through which he has constantly improved. Former The Univ.of Texas at El Paso star has very solid stats this year. Tofi is in league's top in points (3rd best: 15.8ppg) and averages impressive 65.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American John Fields (205-F/C-88) of Liege. Fields had a very good evening with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Liege was edged by the higher-ranked Brussels (#3, 16-10) 83-80. Liege are still at the very bottom. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Liege managed to get this year. Fields is a newcomer at Liege, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Adam Kemp (208-F-90) of Spirou (#7). Kemp scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Spirou, leading his team to a 87-56 easy win against the higher-ranked Kangoeroes (#4, 14-12). The chances of Spirou ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kemp could help Spirou to bring them higher in the standings. Kemp has a very solid season. In 24 games in Belgium he scored 5.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) of Leuven - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Demitrius Conger (196-F-90) of Antwerp - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86) of Spirou - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91) of Brussels - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83) of Oostende - 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Chris Dowe (193-G/F-91) of Brussels - 18 points and 10 rebounds

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



Sam Van Rossom selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to a victory against the seventh-ranked Unicaja Malaga (15-9) 81-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Van Rossom scored 11 points and added 4 passes. Valencia Basket (18-6) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Van Rossom's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 6.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 85.0%. Van Rossom is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Olympiacos (19-9) to beat Real Madrid (21-7). It was not Lojeski's best game last Friday. He recorded only 3 points in 21 minutes. Olympiacos lost 73-79 at home to the leading Real Madrid. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lojeski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Olympiacos' roster. This season Lojeski's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(51-91), 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 82.7% in 26 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Lojeski is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team. He used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). Tabu was not able to help RETAbet BB in their game against Real Madrid (17-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 9 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. But RETAbet BB was crushed 104-76 on the road by the higher-ranked Real Madrid (#5). It was RETAbet BB's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Tabu's first season with the team. Tabu's total stats this year are: 7.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 39.7%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 81.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. Tabu is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #4. Guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Scandone Avellino in a victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (13-11) 77-65 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He scored only 4 points in 14 minutes. Scandone Avellino (15-9) is placed third in the Serie A. This year Obasohan's total stats are: 6.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg in 22 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan is also Belgian national team player.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #5. International forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Hervelle was not able to secure a victory for RETAbet BB (10-13) in their game against UCAM Murcia (10-15). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But RETAbet BB was defeated 82-71 on their home court in Bilbao by the lower-ranked UCAM Murcia (#11). Hervelle has been at the team for seven years. Hervelle has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #6. Power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an UCAM Murcia's surprising victory against the second-ranked CB Canarias (18-7) 79-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Tumba scored 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (10-15) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Tumba has averaged so far 3.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1bpg in nine games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Quentin Serron
Quentin Serron
   #7. International guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (16-8) crushing them 88-67 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Serron scored 5 points. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (14-10) is placed seventh in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Serron has averaged so far 1.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Elias Lasisi
Elias Lasisi
   #8. Swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (11-13) crushing them 80-59 in the French ProA last Monday. Lasisi scored 6 points in 15 minutes. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (11-13) is placed ninth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lasisi has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 2.2rpg in five games. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Manu Lecomte
Manu Lecomte
   #9. International point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Baylor's shocking victory against the University of Southern California (10-8) 82-78 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 on Sunday night. Lecomte scored 12 points and added 5 assists. The Baylor University has a solid 12-6 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. Lecomte has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.8apg. He is also in the roster of the Belgian national team.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #10. Point guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Sestu (9-17) crushing them 84-58 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. Lauwers scored 7 points and added 3 passes. Bergamo Basket 2014 (20-5) is placed second in Group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lauwers has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.8apg. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Belgian senior national team.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in Anwil's victory against the 15th-ranked Start (7-18) crushing them 112-77 in the Polish PLK in Sunday night's game. He scored 21 points and had 3 steals in 23 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Haws' second season in pro basketball. Anwil Wloclawek (19-7) is placed second in the PLK. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Haws has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1spg in 18 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team. Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.

   #2. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) could not help Souffelweyersheim (19-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kayembe's good performance Souffelweyersheim was defeated 86-80 on the road by the lower-ranked Vendee Challans (#8). He scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kayembe has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #3. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Monthey (15-7) in their last game. Despite Dubas' good performance the third-placed Monthey (15-7) was badly defeated 81-63 on the opponent's court by the leading Fribourg in the Places 1-6 group. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Dubas has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in 22 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #4. Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) was not able to secure a victory for Leiden (16-9) in their game against Den Bosch (13-12) in the Dutch Eredivisie. Enobakhare cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. Leiden lost 64-71 in Den Bosch to the lower-ranked (#4) Den Bosch. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Enobakhare has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.2spg in 10 games. He has both Nigerian and Belgian nationalities.

   #5. Stan Leemans (205-C-92, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Fribourg Olympic to win against the fourth-ranked Geneve Lions (13-9) 72-64 in the Swiss LNA last Sunday. Leemans scored only one point. Fribourg Olympic (19-3) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Leemans has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.2rpg. He also holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #6. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) contributed to an ADA Blois' victory against the 15th-ranked Chorale de Roanne 75-68 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Pontens scored only 3 points in 12 minutes. Pontens has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 1.7apg in 21 games. He has Belgian and French nationalities.



Antwerp signs Kevin Punter, ex Lavrio - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) signed 24-year old American guard Kevin Punter (188-82kg-93, college: Tennessee). He started the season at GS Lavrio in Greek A1 league. In 21 games he had 12.5ppg and 2.4rpg this season.
Punter has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NJCAA D1 Region XVI championship title in 2014. Punter was also voted NABC All-District 21 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Punter graduated from University of Tennessee in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Miralem Halilovic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bosnians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia). He led GKK Sibenik to a 2-point victory over the eighth-ranked KK Zagreb (10-11) 85-83 in the Croatian A1 in Friday night's game. Halilovic was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Halilovic also added 5 assists in 36 minutes on the court. GKK Sibenik (18-4) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Halilovic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.3bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 62.2%(130-209) and FT: 55.1% in 21 games he played so far. Halilovic is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ivan Ramljak
Ivan Ramljak
   #2. Second place goes to former U18 international small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, currently plays in Croatia). He led KK Zadar to a victory over the closely-ranked Cibona (15-6) 90-80 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. Ramljak was the best player in that game. He recorded 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. KK Zadar (9-9) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Ramljak has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 64.3%(18-28), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 75.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Former KK Siroki TT Kabeli starter played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team in 2005.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in ABA League). Kuzmic contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (18-8) 82-67 in the ABA League on Sunday night. He recorded 14 points in a mere 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (25-1) is placed first in the ABA League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Kuzmic averages: 9.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 67.1%(96-143) and FT: 70.7% in 25 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Kuzmic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #4. Center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Miami Heat (35-38) 115-104 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Nurkic also added 3 blocks. The Portland Trail Blazers have 35-37 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Nurkic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 14.0ppg, 9.9rpg, 3.4apg, 1.9bpg and 1.3spg. Nurkic has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #5. International guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France) contributed to Monaco's victory against the 14th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-15) 80-71 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes. AS Monaco Basket (21-3) is placed first in the ProA. This year Wright's overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.9apg in 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Wright plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #6. Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 1-point ALBA Berlin's victory against the closely-ranked BBC Bayreuth (18-7) 77-76 in the German BBL on Friday night. Kikanovic scored 17 points and added 3 assists. ALBA Berlin (17-10) is placed fifth in the BBL. This season Kikanovic has very high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.6apg. Kikanovic is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #7. International shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Jolly (17-5) 82-66 in the Croatian A1 in Monday night's game. He scored 14 points in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cedevita Zagreb (17-5) is placed third in the A1. It was his team's fifth 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. Musa has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.2apg in 17 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #8. Small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Braunschweig (4-21) crushing them 80-58 in the German BBL last Sunday. Djedovic scored 9 points. FC Bayern Muenchen (22-3) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. Djedovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Bayern Muenchen's roster. His total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg. Djedovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Nikola Gajic
Nikola Gajic
   #9. International swingman Nikola Gajic (195-91, college: SF Austin, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a KK Primorska's victory against the fourth-ranked Terme Olimia (5-7) 78-72 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Sunday night. He scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Gajic's third season in pro basketball. Sixt Primorska (11-1) is placed first in Places 7-12 group. This year Gajic's total stats are: 9.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg in 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Jozo Brkic
Jozo Brkic
   #10. Power forward Jozo Brkic (211-86, currently plays in Croatia) helped Jolly win their game against the 11th-ranked Alkar Sinj (6-16) crushing them 101-76 in the Croatian A1 in Saturday night's game. Brkic recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Jolly Jadranska Banka Sibenik (17-5) is placed fourth in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Brkic has averaged so far 10.0ppg and 4.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Brkic is also a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. U20 international swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) helped Dynamic BG win their game against the 11th-ranked OKK Beograd crushing them 90-68 in a derby game in the Serbian KLS last Saturday. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Lazic has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg in 19 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Dejan Jeftic (197-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in a Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against one of league's weakest teams Umea crushing them 82-60 in the Swedish Basketligan last Thursday. Jeftic was the top player that evening. He scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Jeftic averaged so far 12.3ppg and 4.5rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team back in 2007.

   #13. International center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). Stipanovic could not help Demir IBB to beat Besiktas. He scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 27 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 84-67. Stipanovic has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.7apg in 23 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. International forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) helped Milwaukee Bucks win their game against the Sacramento Kings 116-98 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Teletovic scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. He has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 2.3rpg in 61 games. Teletovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. International point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) helped FC Barcelona win their game against the eighth-ranked Andorra crushing them 102-65 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 6 points. Renfroe has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

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

   #1. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in Croatia) led KK Zadar to a victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (15-6) 90-80 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. Barac recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. KK Zadar (9-9) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Barac averaged so far 10.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.2apg.

   #2. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Eilat's victory against the eighth-ranked Maccabi Rishon (11-13) 94-85 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. He scored 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 15 minutes. Hapoel Eilat (14-10) is placed fourth in the Winner League. Rothbart has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 4.0rpg in 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli.

   #3. Marko Dujkovic (226-C-90, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Metalac (11-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dujkovic's very good performance Metalac was defeated 79-74 at home by the higher-ranked Beovuk 72 (#6). He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Dujkovic also added 4 shots. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Dujkovic has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.1bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYR Macedonian.

   #4. Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Rogaska edge the fourth-ranked Un.Olimpija (1-1) 75-74 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Djuranovic scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Rogaska Crystal (2-0) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. Djuranovic's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg in 22 games.

   #5. Vedran Borovcanin (200-G/F-85, currently plays in Denmark) led Horsens IC to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Randers (10-18) crushing them 112-80 in the Danish Ligaen on Tuesday night. He was the top player that evening. Borovcanin recorded 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Horsens IC (23-5) is placed second in the Ligaen. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Borovcanin has been at the team for four years. He averaged so far 11.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg.

   #6. Mirza Begic (216-C-85, currently plays in Croatia) helped Cedevita win their game against the closely-ranked Jolly 82-66 in the Croatian A1 on Monday night. Begic scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 4 minutes. He has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.0rpg in three games. Begic has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #7. Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Belgium) helped Oostende win their game against the seventh-ranked Spirou Charleroi 81-73 in the Belgian Euromillions League in Tuesday night's game. He scored 10 points. Keselj has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 1.9rpg. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #8. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Zlatorog win their game against the fifth-ranked Helios 67-60 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Rizvic scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. His stats this year are: 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.3apg in 25 games.

   #9. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) faced previously mentioned Ramo Rizvic in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last game. Atanackovic was not able to help Helios (0-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Helios lost 60-67 on their home court in Domzale to the higher-ranked (#3) Zlatorog in the Places 1-6 group. Atanackovic was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Atanackovic's stats this year are: 11.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2spg in 24 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #10. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) helped Cibona win their game against the ninth-ranked KK Zabok 84-78 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. Bosnjak scored 8 points and added 4 assists. He has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg.



Division I Round 3 (Second Stage): Sloboda Tuzla hand first defeat to Bosna-Royal - by Eurobasket News

Bosna-Royal (2-1) recorded a loss on the court of Sloboda Tuzla on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Sloboda Tuzla 85-80. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Enes Latifagic (200-92) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92) who recorded 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Bosna-Royal's coach Dusan Gvozdic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sloboda Tuzla are looking forward to face Kakanj (#5) on the road in the next round. Bosna-Royal will play against Spars Sarajevo and is hoping to win this game.
Zrinjski HT delivered the third consecutive victory. This time they beat Spars Sarajevo (0-3) 88-81. It was a good game for American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Ivan Begic contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Maksim Kovacevic (196-87) answered with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Spars Sarajevo. Spars Sarajevo's coach Marko Trbic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Zrinjski HT will play against Igokea (#4) in Aleksandrovac in the next round. Spars Sarajevo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sarajevo to the arena Bosna-Royal.
The game in Kakanj was also quite interesting. Igokea (2-1) played at the court of Kakanj (0-3). Igokea did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-69 on Saturday. It was a great evening for James Robinson who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Aldin Dzelmo with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Igokea will meet at home Zrinjski HT in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kakanj will play against Sloboda Tuzla (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 3 In I winless Leotar was defeated by Gradjanski in Bijeljina 70-61. Winless Bosnjak lost to undefeated Siroki Primorka at home 70-92.
The best stats of 3rd round was 18 points and 11 rebounds by Ivan Karacic of Siroki Primorka.

Liga 6
Spars Sarajevo - Zrinjski HT 81-88

Zrinjski HT delivered the third consecutive victory. This time they beat Spars Sarajevo (0-3) 88-81. Zrinjski HT made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Spars Sarajevo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Ivan Begic (194-92) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Maksim Kovacevic (196-87) answered with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84) added 19 points in the effort for Spars Sarajevo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spars Sarajevo's coach Marko Trbic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Zrinjski HT will play against Igokea (#4) in Aleksandrovac in the next round. Spars Sarajevo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sarajevo to the arena Bosna-Royal.
Top scorers:
Spars Sarajevo: Z.Jovanovic 19+4reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 16+7reb+7ast, S.Djordjevic 15+8reb, A.Stepanovic 14+2ast, I.Durmo 7+5reb+1ast, I.Djukovic 4+1reb+1ast
Zrinjski HT: T.Brummitt 29+9reb, I.Begic 19+5reb+1ast, B.Djurasovic 14+6reb+3ast, L.Samadan 13+3reb+3ast, V.Princ 6+4reb+7ast, M.Petric 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540855


Kakanj - Igokea 69-86

The game in Kakanj was also quite interesting. Igokea (2-1) played at the court of Kakanj (0-3). Igokea did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-69 on Saturday. Igokea made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game, while Kakanj only scored seven points from the stripe. It was a great evening for American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 assists. Slovenian forward Blaz Mahkovic (201-90) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Aldin Dzelmo (196-92) with 13 points and 8 rebounds and center Obrad Tomic (206-93) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Kakanj players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Igokea will meet at home Zrinjski HT in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kakanj will play against Sloboda Tuzla (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: A.Dzelmo 13+8reb+1ast, D.Sakotic 11+1reb+3ast, Z.Palavra 11+3reb+2ast, O.Tomic 11+6reb+1ast, V.Svilar 4+3reb+5ast, E.Merdanovic 4+4reb
Igokea: J.Robinson 19+1reb+5ast, B.Mahkovic 13+5reb+2ast, V.Radivojevic 13+4reb, D.Milosevic 8+3reb+1ast, S.Micovic 8+3reb+1ast, D.Albijanic 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 540853


Sloboda Tuzla - Bosna-Royal 85-80

Bosna-Royal (2-1) recorded a loss on the court of Sloboda Tuzla on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Sloboda Tuzla 85-80. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Enes Latifagic (200-92) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92) who recorded 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and international Haris Delalic (202-94, agency: AproK Sports Group) added 16 points respectively. Four Bosna-Royal players scored in double figures. Bosna-Royal's coach Dusan Gvozdic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sloboda Tuzla are looking forward to face Kakanj (#5) on the road in the next round. Bosna-Royal will play against Spars Sarajevo and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: M.Josilo 17+4reb+1ast, H.Delalic 16+2reb+2ast, A.Sokolovic 11+3reb+2ast, G.Ikonic 10+3reb+1ast, S.Dragicevic 9+7reb+3ast, M.Sturanovic 7+2reb
Sloboda Tuzla: E.Latifagic 25+6reb, D.Brown 19+4reb+4ast, A.Hasandic 16+3reb+3ast, M.Rikalo 9+3reb+1ast, N.Muratovic 5+4reb+1ast, B.Djumic 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 540854


Places 7-13
Gradjanski - Leotar 70-61

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Bijeljina where Leotar (0-2) was defeated by Gradjanski (2-1) 70-61 on Saturday. Gradjanski forced 20 Leotar turnovers. It was a great evening for Serbian swingman Danilo Negovanovic (194-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) helped adding 18 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (204-83) with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Vladimir Aleksic (198-87) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Gradjanski will meet Mladost (#9) in the next round. Leotar will play against Bosnjak and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Leotar: V.Aleksic 13+9reb+3ast, B.Pelkic 13+13reb+4ast, S.Mijovic 10+11reb+3ast, S.Milanovic 9+1reb, S.Radovic 8+1reb, L.Radmilovic 6+6reb+1ast
Gradjanski: D.Negovanovic 23+7reb+2ast, M.Markovic 18+11reb+2ast, A.Vasilic 10+1reb+2ast, N.Milesic 7+1reb, N.Vukovic 6+4reb+2ast, D.Milosevic 4+6reb
gschID: 540856


Bosnjak - Siroki Primorka 70-92

No shocking result in a game in Hadzici where Siroki Primorka (3-0) smashed Bosnjak (0-2) 92-70 on Saturday. Siroki Primorka dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Bosnjak's 30. Siroki Primorka forced 20 Bosnjak turnovers. It was a great evening for Croatian center Ivan Karacic (202-96) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. International Dalibor Persic (196-85, agency: Court Side) helped adding 17 points. Five Siroki Primorka players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Adi Sarajlic (180-93) scored 18 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Siroki Primorka will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bosnjak will play against Leotar (#11) in Trebinje and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Bosnjak: A.Sarajlic 18+2ast, M.Tuljkovic 17+5reb+2ast, E.Mujic 12+7reb, R.Grosic 8+7reb, A.Dovadzija 4+7reb+5ast, D.Petkovic 3+1reb+1ast
Siroki Primorka: I.Karacic 18+11reb+3ast, D.Persic 17+3reb+3ast, D.Dreznjak 16+4reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 14+1reb+7ast, J.Zubac 11+5reb+3ast, M.Dreznjak 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 540857





Dusko Vujosevic takes over Bosnia and Herzegovina NT - by Miljan Veskovic

As the Bosnian Basketball Federation officially announced, Dusko Vujosevic (agency: BeoBasket ) has been unanimously appointed as the new national team head coach.
Vujosevic who is currently coaching Limoges is taking charge from Damir Mulaomerovic. This is a third time for Vujosevic at the bench of a senior national team since he had also coached Montenegro from 2007 to 2010 and Serbia in 2003. The most decorated coach in the history of BC Partizan NiS Beograd is a six-time Yugoslav league champion, six-time Serbian league champion, two-time Yugoslav cup champion, three-time Serbian national cup champion, five-time ABA League champion, Korac cup champion in 1989 all with BC Partizan NiS Beograd which he also led to the Euroleague Final Four in 2010 and former European Championship cup in 1988. Mr Dusko Vujosevic (agency: BeoBasket ) was Euroleague's coach of the year in 2009.



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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lucas VEZARO
  Joinville
  (188-G-96)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Vezaro, Joinville20.3 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.15.4 
 3. Maistro, Contagem14.8 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.14.3 
 5. Alvim, Contagem12.5 
 6. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.9 
 7. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.8 
 8. De-Oliveira, Blumenau11.8 
 9. Lazzaris, Blumenau11.4 
 10. Silva, Brusque11.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Prado, Brusque9.0 
 2. Silva, Blumenau8.2 
 3. Moreira, Botafogo.8.0 
 4. Russell, Botafogo.7.6 
 5. Alves, Contagem7.0 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.7 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau6.6 
 8. Froehlich, Joinville6.3 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.1 
 10. Silva, Brusque6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Smith, Botafogo.5.4 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville4.3 
 3. Semmke, Blumenau4.0 
 4. Romualdo, Contagem4.0 
 5. Prado, Brusque3.5 
 6. Perez, Contagem3.5 
 7. Russell, Botafogo.2.4 
 8. Silva, Blumenau2.4 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
 10. Vezaro, Joinville2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Bruno LAZZARIS
  Blumenau
  (202-F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.8 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem2.3 
 3. Moreira, Blumenau2.0 
 4. Maistro, Contagem1.8 
 5. Prado, Brusque1.8 
 6. Froehlich, Joinville1.7 
 7. Alves, Contagem1.7 
 8. Silva, Blumenau1.6 
 9. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 10. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Silva, Brusque1.3 
 2. Maistro, Contagem1.2 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.1.2 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.1.0 
 5. Dias, Joinville0.7 
 6. Silva, Blumenau0.6 
 7. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 8. De-Oliveira, Blumenau0.6 
 9. Henrique, Brusque0.5 
 10. Souza, Santos/M.0.4 


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

23-year old Lucas Mariano (208-C/F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Brasilia and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Bauru (#5, 17-10) 92-89. Brasilia maintains the 3rd position in Brazilian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Brasilia will need more victories to improve their 18-8 record. In the team's last game Mariano had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Brasilia's top player in his first season with the team. Mariano has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.4ppg) and averages solid 54.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Larry Taylor (185-PG-80) of league's second-best Mogi. He is naturalized American guard in his second season at Mogi. In the last game Taylor recorded impressive 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Mogi cruised to a 90-78 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Pinheiros (#6, 15-11). Mogi's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 18-8 record is not bad at all. Taylor is well-known at Mogi and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ronald Ramon (183-G-86) of league's leader Flamengo. Ramon scored 29 points. He was a key player of Flamengo, leading his team to a 93-87 win against the lower-ranked Vitoria (#7, 15-11). Flamengo confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 6 lost games. Ramon has a very solid season. In 24 games in Brazil he scored 9.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olivinha Rodriguez (203-F-83) of Flamengo - 22 points and 10 rebounds
5. Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros - 27 points and 6 rebounds
6. Jefferson Andrade (207-PF-83) of Bauru - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Tyrone Curnell (203-F-88) of Mogi - 29 points and 8 rebounds
9. Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Macae - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Alexey Borges (188-PG-95) of Franca - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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

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

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). He led Houston Rockets to a victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-31) 137-125 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Hilario recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes on the court. The Houston Rockets have a solid 51-22 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Hilario has relatively good stats this year: 8.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 62.5%(213-341), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 59.4% in 61 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay). Passos was the major contributor in Malvin's victory against the fifth-ranked Bigua (7-7) 66-65 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Monday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 15 rebounds. Malvin Montevideo (7-7) is placed fourth in Promocional 1 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Passos averages: 9.4ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 63.7%(100-157) and FT: 52.9%. Former Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo starter played for the Brazilian national team in 2010.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain). He led UCAM Murcia to a surprising victory over the second-ranked CB Canarias (18-7) 79-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Benite was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points in 20 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (10-15) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Benite has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 79.5% in 25 games. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Freire Luz
Rafael Freire Luz
   #4. Point guard Rafael Freire Luz (188-92, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Brose Baskets (10-18) crushing them 96-71 in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game. Freire Luz scored 7 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. Freire Luz's overall stats this season are: 2.1ppg and 1.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Freire Luz is also Brazilian national team player.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #5. International point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Phoenix Suns (22-52) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Phoenix Suns (22-52) were crushed 126-98 at home by the Brooklyn Nets. Barbosa recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was Suns' eighth consecutive loss in a row. It's Barbosa's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2apg in 67 games. Barbosa plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #6. Center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Zalgiris in their game against Anadolu Efes (16-12) in the Euroleague. He scored only 4 points and had 3 steals. Zalgiris was defeated 76-68 on their home court in Kaunas by the higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#6). There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Lima's total stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 3.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #7. International center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-21) 90-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Hettsheimer scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes. Montakit Fuenlabrada (11-14) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. This year Hettsheimer's total stats are: 5.6ppg and 3.0rpg in eight games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #8. Point guard Raul Neto (185-92, currently plays in NBA) helped Utah Jazz win their game against the New York Knicks (28-46) 108-101 in the NBA last Wednesday. Neto scored 10 points. The Utah Jazz has a solid 45-29 record this season. This year Neto averages only 2.6ppg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #9. Former international small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Mens Sana 1871 (12-14) in their game against Eurobasket Roma (12-14) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division), despite his good performance on Friday night. Tavernari scored 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes. But the 12th-placed Mens Sana 1871 (12-14) lost 68-73 on the road to the higher-ranked (#11) Eurobasket Roma in the West group. It was Mens Sana 1871's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Tavernari has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg and 4.6rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #10. Power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Chicago Bulls (35-39) in their game against the Toronto Raptors (45-29) in the NBA. Felicio scored 5 points. The Chicago Bulls (35-39) were edged 122-120 in Toronto by the Raptors. Felicio has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 4.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Rafael Hettsheimer in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Machado couldn't help La ICL Manresa in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. He scored 5 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes. His team lost 82-90. Machado has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg in 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

   #12. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet in their game against Marin in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Demetrio scored 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His team was defeated 79-73. Demetrio averaged so far 10.5ppg and 5.6rpg. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

   #13. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Granada in their game against Meridiano Alicante in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 5 points. His team was edged 82-81. Cobos has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain). Dos Anjos could not help Oviedo CB (18-11) to beat Melilla Baloncesto (17-12). He scored 7 points in 15 minutes. Oviedo CB lost 62-73 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Melilla_Baloncesto. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1bpg in 29 games he played so far.

   #2. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) contributed to Lorient's victory against one of league's weakest teams Union Rennes (11-19) 94-80 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Faroux scored 9 points and added 7 passes in 31 minutes. CEP Lorient (13-17) is placed 14th in the NM1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Faroux has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg in 27 games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and French. Despite Faroux's Brazilian passport, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #3. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) managed to help Guifoes Sport Clube to win against the second-ranked Fisica (6-4) 85-79 in the Portuguese Proliga (second division) in Saturday night's game. Ribeiro recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 9-16. Guifoes Sport Clube (9-10) is placed . There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. Ribeiro has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 3.8rpg.

   #4. Gabriel de Oliveira (206-PF-97, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Iserlohn in their game against Karlsruhe PS (15-7) in the German ProB (third division). He recorded 6 points in only 11 minutes. Iserlohn (#4) was crushed 88-67 in Karlsruhe by the leading Karlsruhe PS in the North group. de Oliveira has been at the team for four years. de Oliveira has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.1rpg in 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and German.

   #5. Experienced Daniel Aleixo (210-C-0, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Real Betis SVL 2 (2-11) in their game against Unicaja B Malaga (7-6) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Aleixo cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Real Betis SVL 2 (#8) was badly defeated 77-60 at home by the higher-ranked Unicaja B Malaga (#5) in the Group D Perman. Aleixo's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Aleixo has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 4.1rpg.

   #6. Leandro Miranda (205-C-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Vigo VGO 79-62 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 9 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and made 4 blocks in 19 minutes. Miranda has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6bpg in 11 games.



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Smith & Bristol Flyers come up short against Surrey - by David Edole

Leslee Smith (203-F-90, college: Nebraska) and the Bristol Flyers fourth quarter comeback fell short as they failed to beat the visiting Surrey Scorchers, losing to the visitors 74-85, on Friday March 24, 2017.
Despite Hameed Ali coming off the bench for 20 points and 10 assists Flyers couldn't secure the win.

The visitors started the game in dominant fashion going on an 11-0 run and shooting just under 50% for the first period.

Bristol experienced a short stint of success offensively in the second quarter but Scorchers defended viciously, as Michael Ocherepbia recorded a huge block shot to protect their precious lead. On the other end, Flyers switched off defensively and Scorchers' Gabriel McCray drove down the lane for a fierce one-handed dunk.

Bristol were faced with a 16 point deficit at the start of the final quarter and brought the lead down to just six points as the SGS arena exploded on an Ali trademark dunk, but with Bristol poised to steal the game Surrey made a tough contested jump-shot to close the door on Flyers' comeback and effectively end the game.

Smith finished with six points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal.



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Dee Bost selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his French team Monaco to a victory against the fifth-ranked Banco di Srd (7-7) 73-62 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Bost recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 31 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (12-2) is placed first in group A. Bost has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 41.6%, 3FGP: 27.1% and FT: 78.0% in 16 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Bost is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). Vezenkov led FC Barcelona to a victory over the eighth-ranked Andorra (12-12) crushing them 102-65 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Vezenkov scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. FC Barcelona Lassa (17-7) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. This season Vezenkov averages: 9.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 3FGP: 41.1% and FT: 79.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League). Rowland could not help Khimky (16-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance Khimky was crushed 92-70 at home by the leading CSKA. Rowland scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 31 minutes. They ended the series of eight consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Rowland's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 79.4% in 19 games. Rowland is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian national team six years ago. Apparently Rowland has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #4. Shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) was the main contributor in Szedeak's victory against the closely-ranked Kaposvari (16-10) 94-76 in the Hungarian A Division last Sunday. Lilov was the best player in that game. He scored 30 points (!!!) and added 4 passes in 35 minutes. Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged (13-13) is placed eighth in the A Division. The Regular Season already ended. Lilov has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.5spg in 26 games. Lilov is also Bulgarian national team player.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #5. Former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Baltic League) was not able to help Kalev/Cramo (0-0) in their game against Vytautas in the Baltic League. Despite his very good performance on Wednesday night He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Mirkovic also added 4 passes. Mirkovic has reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Bulgarian. Mirkovic used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #6. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Mirkovic. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League which we would like to mention. Simmons was not able to secure a victory for Kalev/Cramo (5-16) in their game against VEF Riga (10-9), despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. But Kalev/Cramo lost 74-82 on their home court in Tallinn to the higher-ranked (#6) VEF Riga. This year Simmons' overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg in 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team five years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #7. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Pitesti (10-15) in their game against UBT Cluj Napoca (22-3) in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Marinov also added 6 assists and 3 steals in 33 minutes. But the sixth-placed Pitesti (10-15) was badly defeated 89-73 on their home court in Pitesti by the leading UBT Cluj Napoca in the Places 1-6 group. It was Pitesti's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Marinov's stats this year are: 13.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 4.0apg in 28 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #8. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Yesilgiresun Bld (9-14) in their game against Anadolu Efes (21-2) in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov scored 9 points. But Yesilgiresun Bld was defeated 84-76 on the road by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. Ivanov's stats this season are: 10.9ppg and 5.0rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

Chavdar Kostov
Chavdar Kostov
   #9. International shooting guard Chavdar Kostov (195-88, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kymis (7-16) in their game against Aris (13-10) in the Greek A1, despite his good performance last Saturday. Kostov scored 10 points in 25 minutes. But Kymis was edged 80-77 on their home court in Kymis by the much higher-ranked (#5) Aris. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Kostov's total stats are: 8.2ppg and 2.9rpg in 15 games. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #10. Power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Tofas (10-13) in their game against Trabzonspor (8-15) in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Tofas was defeated 89-79 on their home court in Bursa by the lower-ranked Trabzonspor (#12). Ivanov averaged so far 11.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.5apg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international small forward Atanas Penev (195-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Hertener Loewen's victory against the sixth-ranked Dorsten 99-90 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Penev recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 7 assists. Penev has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team sixteen years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) managed to help BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. in a victory against the 14th-ranked AZS Koszalin 79-74 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Nikolov scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. Nikolov has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg in 24 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

   #13. International forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gipuzkoa in their game against CB Prat in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Simeonov scored only 4 points. His team was defeated 80-70. Simeonov has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.1rpg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. International center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yokohama BC in their game against Toyama Grouses in the Japanese B League. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Washburn recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 13 minutes. His team were badly defeated by 20 points 80-60. Washburn has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.2apg in 38 games. He is a naturalized American. Washburn plays currently for the Bulgarian national team. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Milen Zahariev (190-92, currently plays in Germany) helped Hagen BG win their game against the fourth-ranked Grevenbroich 90-79 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Friday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Zahariev averaged so far 12.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Fenerbahce (17-11) to beat Maccabi T-A (10-18). Antic scored 8 points. Fenerbahce was edged 81-79 at home by the much lower-ranked Maccabi T-A (#14). There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Antic's overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 2.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to Ventspils' victory against the closely-ranked Valmiera (18-10) 89-84 in the Latvian LBL last Saturday. Deane scored 7 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (24-2) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Deane's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Balkan League) was not able to help Kumanovo in their game against Peja (3-3) in the Balkan League. Karadzovski recorded only 4 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in 35 minutes. Kumanovo lost 79-83 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Peja. Karadzovski has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.3apg in 14 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #4. Musa Gunes (201-C-85, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Istanbulspor (18-12) in their game against Akhisar Bld (12-18) in the Turkish TBL (second division). Gunes scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 8 minutes. Istanbulspor lost 81-87 in Akhisar to the lower-ranked (#11) Akhisar Bld. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gunes has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.2rpg in 21 games. He has both Bulgarian and Turkish nationalities.

   #5. Boris Matrakov (195-G-93, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Glasgow Rocks (16-10) in their game against Leicester Riders (21-3) in the British BBL. Matrakov cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. Glasgow Rocks was defeated 93-84 in Leicester by the leading Riders. It was Glasgow Rocks' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Matrakov has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.1rpg.

   #6. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) couldn't help Cholet Basket in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the French ProA. Evtimov cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only one point. His team was defeated 76-69. Evtimov averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.7apg. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #7. Georgi Krastev (195-SF-94, currently plays in Germany) led Karlsruhe SC to a victory against the 12th-ranked Mainz 83-76 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Krastev scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Krastev has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6apg in 24 games.

   #8. Juliy Arabadzhiyski (204-F-93, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bielefeld (8-10) in their last game. Despite Arabadzhiyski's good performance Bielefeld (#8) was crushed 97-71 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#3) Muenster in the West group. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in only a mere 13 minutes. Arabadzhiyski has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 6.2rpg in 24 games.

   #9. Milen Kostov (185-G-89, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Ibbenbueren's victory against the ninth-ranked Bonn II 78-71 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points, made 5 passes and 4 steals. Kostov has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg.

   #10. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) managed to help BG Aschersleben Tigers in a victory against the fifth-ranked Vechta-2 crushing them 91-68 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He scored 5 points and had 3 steals in 16 minutes. Tenev has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 1.3rpg in 19 games.



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

26-year old point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-PG-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Akademik PL and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He got a double-double of 27 points and 11 assists, while his team edged out Levski (#9, 4-17) 106-105. Akademik PL maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Akademik PL will need more victories to improve their 14-6 record. In the team's last game Bellfield had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Akademik PL's top player in his first season with the team. University of Nevada - Las Vegas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bellfield is league's best passer with 6.6apg. Bellfield

Second best performed player last round was Nikola Djuric (201-C/F-91) of Cherno More. He is Serbian in his first season at Cherno More. In the last game Djuric recorded impressive 27 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Cherno More lost that game 71-94 to slightly higher-ranked Balkan (#6, 10-10). Cherno More managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Cherno More managed to get this year. Djuric is a newcomer at Cherno More and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-F/C-90) of Spartak Pleven (#5). Marincheshki scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Marincheshki's great performance Spartak Pleven lost 86-87 to slightly higher-ranked Rilski (#4, 13-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Spartak Pleven needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Marincheshki has a great season in Bulgaria. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 9.2rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Veselin Veselinov (202-F-83) of Levski - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Mihailo Sekulovic (206-C-91) of Balkan - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Pavel Ivanov (200-F/G-88) of Levski - 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Yordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Rilski - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Jordan Semple (201-F-92) of Akademik PL - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Steve Zack (211-C-92) of Lukoil Acad. - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. D.J. Shelton (208-F-91) of Rilski - 18 points and 10 rebounds

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



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  CHILE  

Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.7 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 3. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas25.5 
 5. Robinson, Osorno22.8 
 6. Cheek, Las Animas21.2 
 7. McCombs, CDE T.21.2 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud20.8 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
 10. Centeno, AB Ancud20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.12.8 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 5. Taylor, Las Animas11.3 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 8. Bowdry, Los Leones10.8 
 9. Louis, CD Valdivia10.6 
 10. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.3 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.7 
 4. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 5. Munoz, Osorno4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.5 
 7. Saez, Tinguiri.4.2 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.8 
 9. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
 10. Marechal, Los L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 3. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 4. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 5. Soto, CDU Catolica1.6 
 6. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.6 
 7. Lopez, Puente Alto1.6 
 8. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 9. Cheek, Las Animas1.6 
 10. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Louis, CD Valdivia1.4 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.3 
 4. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 5. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 6. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 8. Centeno, AB Ancud0.8 
 9. Phillip, CDU C.0.8 
 10. Coleman, Osorno0.8 


Liga Nacional Round 4 of Semi-Finals. CDE Talca and Osorno step closer to Finals - by Eurobasket News

CDE Talca - Los Leones 93-92

CDE Talca nipped Los Leones to take 3-1 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Espanol de Talca looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Guard Pablo Barraza (184-94) chipped in 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American swingman Brandon Bowdry (200-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Evandro Arteaga (178-83) added 21 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Los Leones players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Los Leones: B.Bowdry 22+8reb+2ast, E.Arteaga 21+4reb+5ast, D.Jones 20+3reb+3ast, E.Marechal 15+3reb+5ast, D.Coleman 11+10reb+2ast, T.Alvarez 3
CDE Talca: P.Barraza 26+8reb, D.McCombs 18+17reb+3ast, S.Bravo 12+3reb+5ast, E.Sepulveda 11+1reb+2ast, R.Gomez 8+2reb+3ast, D.Jones 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 540608


AB Ancud - Osorno 65-70

Osorno upset AB Ancud on the road to step closer to LNB Finals. AB Ancud was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of Osorno Basquetbol, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded AB Ancud 42-25 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Juan Fontena (196-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Osorno Basquetbol players scored in double figures. Osorno Basquetbol's coach R Isbej allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Venezuelan swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Pedro Sandoval (175-89) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for AB Ancud.
Top scorers:
AB Ancud: F.Centeno 22+5reb+2ast, P.Sandoval 12+7reb+4ast, R.Larry 10+4reb+3ast, R.Vera 8+4reb, D.Osses 6+2ast, S.Figueroa 3+2reb+3ast
Osorno: B.Robinson 15+4reb+3ast, J.Fontena 14+13reb+2ast, R.Okosa 14+12reb+2ast, R.Munoz 12+6reb+4ast, M.Hernandez 3+1reb+4ast, S.Salamanca 3+2reb
gschID: 540607





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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Zabok
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Puljko, Zabok24.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.4 
 3. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 4. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.0 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.4 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.4 
 8. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.7 
 9. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.7 
 10. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.4 
 2. Bilan, Cedevita7.3 
 3. Halilovic, GKK S.7.3 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.2 
 5. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 6. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.5 
 8. Mazalin, Zadar6.2 
 9. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 10. Bundovic, Cedevita5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Reynolds, Cibona7.0 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.4 
 4. Scott, Jolly JBS6.3 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.4 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 8. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 9. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 10. Vrbica, Gorica4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.2 
 3. Reynolds, Cibona2.0 
 4. Babic, Zabok2.0 
 5. Sirko, KK Split2.0 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar1.9 
 7. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.8 
 8. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.7 
 10. Brzoja, Zadar1.6 
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, Cibona0.6 
 9. Spralja, Jolly JBS0.6 
 10. Bilan, Cedevita0.6 



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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 Clara23.8 
 3. Oliva, Pinar del Rio19.3 
 4. Pons, Guantanamo18.5 
 5. Guzman, Capitalinos17.4 
 6. Molina, Matanzas15.9 
 7. Granda, Ciego d.15.5 
 8. Abreu, Villa Clara15.4 
 9. Rivero, Capitalinos15.2 
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. Tito, Guantanamo6.2 
 5. Alorda, Capitalinos6.1 
 6. Perez, Villa Clara5.9 
 7. Pons, Guantanamo5.7 
 8. Siria, Santiago5.6 
 9. Garcia, Matanzas5.2 
 10. Font, Capitalinos5.2 
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 Rio2.5 
 5. Martinez, Ciego d.2.4 
 6. Molina, Matanzas2.3 
 7. Deschapelles, Matan.2.3 
 8. Soltero, Capitalinos2.2 
 9. Boffil, Villa Clara2.1 
 10. Francis, Camaguey1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.5.0 
 2. Oliva, Pinar del Rio4.8 
 3. Guerra, Guantanamo4.5 
 4. Deschapelles, Matan.4.4 
 5. Perez, Villa Clara4.4 
 6. Boffil, Villa Clara4.2 
 7. Soria, Guantanamo4.1 
 8. Martinez, Ciego d.3.9 
 9. Heredia, Santiago3.8 
 10. Baldo, Camaguey3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara1.9 
 2. Font, Capitalinos1.8 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.4 
 4. Garcia, Matanzas1.1 
 5. Quintana, Pinar d.1.0 
 6. Castellanos, Ciego d.0.9 
 7. Baldo, Pinar del Rio0.8 
 8. Perez, Villa Clara0.7 
 9. Soria, Guantanamo0.6 
 10. Romero, Villa Clara0.6 


LSB Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Matanzas and Pinar del Rio enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Matanzas - Villa Clara 78-74

Matanzas advanced into LSB Finals. They bounced back from the loss in Game 3 and rallied past Villa Clara to win the series 3-1. Humberto Garcia (203-C-85) delivered 18 points to lead the winners. William Granda (189-SG-85, agency: Pro Sports) contributed 17 points.
gschID: 542943


Capitalinos - Pinar del Rio 72-75

Pinar del Rio sealed their title series appearance. They upset Capitalinos to win the series 3-1. Strangely Capitalinos outrebounded Pinar 39-14 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 steals and the former international point guard Yosiel Monterrey (185-88) who added 17 points and 5 steals during the contest. At the losing side international forward Karel Guzman (188-95) responded with 24 points and 4 assists and the former international forward Esteban Martinez (192-87) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. Capitalinos' coach Rainel Panfet tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Capitalinos: K.Guzman 24+4reb+4ast, E.Martinez 23+6reb+2ast, A.Font 7+12reb, N.Coutin 5+2reb+3ast, R.Castillo 5+2reb+2ast, A.Alorda 4+4reb
Pinar del Rio: O.Oliva 27+1ast, Y.Monterrey 17+2reb+3ast, Y.Baldo 12+6reb, D.Martinez 9+1ast, D.Vazquez 3, Y.Suarez 3+2reb
gschID: 542942





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  CYPRUS  


Apoel lands Tonis Konstantinides - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Apoel has agreed terms with Antonis Konstantinides to take over the team for the rest of the season plus for next year. Tonis, as we call him, is taking over Apoel in a difficult point as the team battles against Aek next Friday for the playoffs.

The 38 year-old coach reached the pinnacle of his career in June 2012 when he was appointed as the Men's Basketball National Team head coach. Tonis is distinguished for his hard work, very good pre-season preparation and discipline.

Between the years 2008-2012 he had been Etha's head coach which he led to historical titles. Specifically he has won 2 championships, 1 cup and 1 super cup.

In the year 2013-2014 he has also won the championship as Apoel's coach, while reaching the Cup-final.

Besides this, he led Etha in the Eurochallenge, disqualifying the all-mighty Artland Dragons, leading Etha in the Eurocup. In the Eurocup Etha had amazing appearances against many teams, like the Spartak-Saint Petersburg.

Taking a closer look at his record, coach Antonis Konstantinides is a terrific talent. He has successfully coached quite a few teams so far, including:
1996-1998: Coach of the Academies A.S Sourmena, Greece
1998-2000: Coach of the Academies PAEEK Kyrineias,Cyprus
2000-2003: Head Coach of the 2nd Team of Omonoia Nicosia
2003-2006: Head Coach of Omonoia Nicosia (Senior team)
2006-2008: Head Coach of PHILIPS College (Senior team)
2008-2012: Head Coach of Intercollege ETHA (Senior team)
2012-2014: Head Coach of B.C. APOEL Nicosia (Senior Team)
2014-2015: CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Liga Nationala)
2015-2016: CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Liga Nationala), in Jan.'16 signed at Sigal Prishtina (Kosovo-SuperLeague)
2016-2017: A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (Greece-A1)

National Team:
2008: Ass, Coach of U16 National Team Cyprus
2008-2011: Head Coach of Women National Team Cyprus.
2012-2013: Head Coach of Men's National Team Cyprus.

Besides his success as Etha's head coach, in his career he has great achievements that are worth mentioning. These include:

Among the few Cypriot coaches who have won all 3 titles in the same year (championship, cup, super-cup).
Has won 2 consecutive championships, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.
Has led his team 5 consecutive times at the semi-finals (3 with Etha and 2 with Apoel)
Has reached the final 4 consecutive times (2 with Etha and 2 with Apoel)
Has a record in 'breaking' the home court disadvantage. In Cyprus, at least so far, breaking the home court disadvantage at the playoffs has been a significant achievement.
oFirst, as Etha's head coach in 2010-2011 he won Apoel away at the semi-finals, reached the finals and won the championship.
oIn 2011-2012, again as Etha's head coach, he won Apollon away at the semifinals and then he broke Keravnos's home court advantage at game 1 and won the championship.
oIn 2012-2013 as Apoel's coach, he broke Keravnos's home court advantage twice at the semi-finals and reached the finals.
oIn 2013-2014 as Apoel's coach, he turned a 0-2 disadvantage to a 3-2 advantage, breaking at the same time Keravnos's home court and reached the finals where he won the title.
Has succeeded important Eurochallenge victories against Triumph in Russia and against Olin in Turkey.
Has been awarded as the 'Coach of the year' in 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014.
Coach Assistant: Romanian League All-Star Game -15
Romanian Supercup Finalist -15
EuroChallenge Semifinals -15
Romanian League Semifinals -15
Kosovo Cup Winner -16
Balkan League Champion -16
Kosovo League Regular Season Runner-Up -16
Kosovo League Champion -16
Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Coach of the Year -16
Head Coach: Albanian National Team -16

We wish Tonis all the best.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.3 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha18.2 
 4. Brooks, J.Hradec17.2 
 5. Ware, MMCITE B.17.1 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.5 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.8 
 8. Pecka, Usti n.14.8 
 9. Thompson, Usti n.14.8 
 10. Bakic, BK Kolin14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.6 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.9.1 
 3. Painter, NH Ostrava7.7 
 4. Mickelson, Svitavy7.3 
 5. Ware, MMCITE B.7.2 
 6. Norwa, Prostejov6.9 
 7. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 8. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.7 
 9. Bohacik, USK Praha6.7 
 10. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Svitavy
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Marko, Svitavy7.7 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava5.9 
 4. Simmons, Prostejov5.5 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.4 
 6. Kouril, BK Opava4.9 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Sotnar, Usti n.4.5 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.5 
 2. Sirina, BK Opava2.2 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Canada, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Slezak, Svitavy1.8 
 9. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.6 
 10. Bannister, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.6 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 5. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 6. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 7. Jelinek, Svitavy1.0 
 8. Dyck, Prostejov0.9 
 9. Sevlie, NH Ostrava0.8 
 10. Pecka, Usti n.0.8 


NBL Round 7 (Second Stage): BK Kolin beat BK Pardubice by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 7 in the NBL took place in Pardubice. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of much higher ranked BK Pardubice (21-7) to sixth ranked BK Kolin (12-17) 78-75 on Saturday evening. BK Kolin made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). His fellow American import forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) contributed with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 24 points for BK Pardubice. BK Pardubice's coach Levell Sanders rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Kolin maintains sixth place in Places 1-6 with 12-17 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. BK Kolin are looking forward to face higher ranked USK Praha (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Pardubice will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for CEZ Nymburk (28-1) which hosted in Nymburk 3rd placed BK Decin (17-13). First ranked CEZ Nymburk had an easy win 111-75. It was a great evening for Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 7 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Bryon Allen helped adding 14 points and 7 assists. At the losing side international forward Lukas Palyza (202-89) responded with 18 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in Places 1-6 with 28-1 record. BK Decin at the other side keeps the third position with 13 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Opava (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Decin will play against the league's second-placed BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 7 were not that significant.
In Places 1-6 BK Opava was beaten by USK Praha on the road 79-73.
In Places 7-12 Usti n/Labem destroyed Prostejov on its own court 88-67. J.Hradec was outscored by Svitavy in Svitavy 94-75. MMCITE Brno recorded a loss to NH Ostrava at home 59-69.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 21 points and 8 rebounds by Vojtech Bratcenkov of NH Ostrava.

Places 1-6
CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin 111-75

An interesting game for CEZ Nymburk (28-1) which hosted in Nymburk 3rd placed BK Decin (17-13). First ranked CEZ Nymburk had an easy win 111-75. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to BK Decin's 36 and made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. CEZ Nymburk forced 26 BK Decin turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 24 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists. It was a great evening for Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 7 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) helped adding 14 points and 7 assists. At the losing side international forward Lukas Palyza (202-89) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and the former international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) scored 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). 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. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in Places 1-6 with 28-1 record. BK Decin at the other side keeps the third position with 13 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Opava (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Decin will play against the league's second-placed BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: L.Palyza 18+4reb+4ast, T.Pomikalek 15+4reb+2ast, P.Houska 11+2reb, J.Krakovic 10+5reb, S.Jezek 4+1reb+1ast, L.Bazant 4+3reb+2ast
CEZ Nymburk: V.Hruban 18+3reb+1ast, B.Allen 14+1reb+7ast, J.Welsch 12+1reb+2ast, P.Benda 12+5reb+3ast, M.Kriz 11+2reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 10+3reb+5ast
gschID: 535366


BK Pardubice - BK Kolin 75-78

The most exciting game of round 7 in the NBL took place in Pardubice. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of much higher ranked BK Pardubice (21-7) to sixth ranked BK Kolin (12-17) 78-75 on Saturday evening. BK Kolin made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). His fellow American import forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four BK Kolin players scored in double figures. American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 24 points and international power forward Kamil Svrdlik (205-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BK Pardubice. BK Pardubice's coach Levell Sanders rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Kolin maintains sixth place in Places 1-6 with 12-17 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. BK Kolin are looking forward to face higher ranked USK Praha (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Pardubice will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 24+3reb+2ast, K.Svrdlik 13+8reb+1ast, O.Kohout 11+1reb, D.Skranc 9+4reb, L.Autrey 7+5reb+4ast, D.Pandula 5+2reb+1ast
BK Kolin: L.Skinner 18+10reb+4ast, G.Kerr 15+10reb+1ast, J.Hunt 12+1reb+2ast, M.Vocetka 11+2reb+1ast, C.Dixon 9+5reb, D.Machac 6+2reb
gschID: 535365


USK Praha - BK Opava 79-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked USK Praha's (16-12) home victory over 5th ranked BK Opava (15-14) 79-73. USK Praha made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. USK Praha outrebounded BK Opava 34-20 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. BK Opava was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. Marek Mares (183-96) helped adding 15 points and 6 assists. At the losing side the former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 10 points and 4 assists and center Jakub Blazek (203-80) scored 10 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Opava's coach Petr Czudek tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. USK Praha maintains fourth place in Places 1-6 with 16-12 record. BK Opava at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. USK Praha will play against BK Kolin (#6) on the road in the next round. BK Opava will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BK Opava: M.Kvapil 10+1reb, J.Blazek 10+2reb+1ast, F.Zbranek 10+1ast, J.Sirina 10+3reb+4ast, L.Jurecka 10+2reb, V.Bujnoch 7+3reb+2ast
USK Praha: J.Bohacik 15+8reb+1ast, M.Mares 15+2reb+6ast, M.Primorac 12+8reb+1ast, P.Safarcik 12+1reb+5ast, J.Sterba 8+5reb, L.Festr 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 535364


Places 7-12
Usti n/Labem - Prostejov 88-67

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Prostejov (9-20) was smashed on the road by eighth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (12-17) 88-67. It was a great evening for American point guard Mikey Thompson (190, college: Boise St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) helped adding 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the losing side American guard Rayshawn Simmons (193, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Two Points) responded with 10 points and 6 assists and power forward Marek Soucek (213-90, college: Oklahoma St.) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Usti nad Labem maintains eighth place in Places 7-12 with 12-17 record. Prostejov at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 20 games lost. They share it with J.Hradec. BK Usti nad Labem will play against NH Ostrava (#9) on the road in the next round. Prostejov will play against Basketbal Svitavy and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Prostejov: M.Soucek 12+5reb, B.Fitzpatrick 10+6reb, R.Simmons 10+3reb+6ast, M.Sehnal 10+3reb, P.Dokoupil 8+1reb, A.Dikas 6+3reb
Usti n/Labem: M.Thompson 22+1reb+1ast, L.Pecka 13+10reb+1ast, C.Abercrombie 12+8reb+2ast, K.Smith 11+3reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 8+1reb+9ast, S.Votroubek 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 535368


Svitavy - J.Hradec 94-75

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Basketbal Svitavy (13-16) rolled over at home 11th ranked BK Lions Hradec (9-20) 94-75. Basketbal Svitavy dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to BK Lions Hradec's 36. It was a great evening for Slovakian point guard Roman Marko (194-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists. American forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) helped adding 16 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Malcolm Brooks (196-92, college: CS Fullerton) responded with 23 points and British center Chris Tawiah (208-93, college: Wiley) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basketbal Svitavy maintains seventh place in Places 7-12 with 13-16 record. BK Lions Hradec at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 20 games lost. They share it with Prostejov. Basketbal Svitavy will play against bottom-ranked Prostejov (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BK Lions Hradec will play against MMCITE Brno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
J.Hradec: M.Brooks 23+4reb+2ast, C.Tawiah 11+5reb+1ast, D.Fait 7, R.Canty 6+2reb+1ast, J.Soula 5+6reb+1ast, T.Dlugos 4+2reb+1ast
Svitavy: R.Marko 19+4reb+10ast, H.Mickelson 16+12reb+1ast, J.Jelinek 15+6reb+2ast, B.Roseboro 8+4reb, P.Slezak 8+1ast, J.Spacek 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 535367


MMCITE Brno - NH Ostrava 59-69

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked NH Ostrava and 10th ranked MMCITE Brno had identical 10-18 record. But MMCITE Brno was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Ostrava 69-59. It was a great evening for forward Vojtech Bratcenkov (198-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Petr Bohacik (205-85) helped adding 19 points. At the losing side American guard Kevin Ware (188-93, college: Georgia St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (209-80) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. NH Ostrava maintains ninth place in Places 7-12 with 11-18 record. MMCITE Brno at the other side keeps the tenth position with 19 games lost. NH Ostrava will play against higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MMCITE Brno will play against BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MMCITE Brno: K.Ware 19+10reb+4ast, E.Jazvin 15+6reb, J.Kozina 8+4reb+2ast, M.Hrabovsky 6+2reb, R.Pumprla 5+4reb+1ast, M.Kremen 3+8reb+1ast
NH Ostrava: V.Bratcenkov 21+8reb+2ast, P.Bohacik 19+4reb, S.Smith 9+6reb, S.Popovic 8+8reb+5ast, J.Riewer 6+3reb+2ast, D.Painter 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 535369





1Liga Round 5 (Second Stage): Sokol Hradec Kralove defeats SKB Zlin in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Sokol Hradec Kralove (8-1) which hosted in Hradec Kralove 4th placed SKB Zlin (4-5). First ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove had an easy win 90-70. Sokol Hradec Kralove outrebounded SKB Zlin 48-16 including a 21-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Center Libor Svandrlik (202-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Power forward Tomas Kirsbaum (205-82) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Sokol Hradec Kralove's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Michal Susak (203-77) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for SKB Zlin. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains first place in Places 1-6 with 8-1 record. SKB Zlin at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove are looking forward to face B&W Opava B (#5) on the road in the next round. SKB Zlin will play against the league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for BK Loko Plzen (6-3) which hosted in Plzen 3rd placed Pardubice (4-5). Second ranked BK Loko Plzen managed to get a 12-point victory 85-73. Forward Jaroslav Lejsek (198-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Kamil Riha chipped in 20 points. Center Martin Roub (206-97) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. BK Loko Plzen maintains second place in Places 7-12 with 6-3 record having nineteen points less than leader USK Praha B. Pardubice at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. BK Loko Plzen will play against Sokol Slapanice (#6) in Slapnice in the next round. Pardubice will play at home against Basket Kosice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
1Liga top team - Sokol Prazky (7-2) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat sixth ranked Sokol Slapanice (2-7) in Praha 82-68. Filip Cenek nailed 12 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. Roman Zachrla came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds for Sokol Slapanice in the defeat. Sokol Slapanice's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sokol Prazky maintains first place in Places 7-12 with 7-2 record. Loser Sokol Slapanice keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Sokol Prazky will meet Olomouc Bbal (#5) on the road in the next round. Sokol Slapanice will play against the league's second-placed BK Loko Plzen and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BK Prostejov B (11-12) and GBA Sparta (6-17), which took place in Prostejov. Higher ranked BK Prostejov B lost at home to nineteenth ranked GBA Sparta 58-70. The best player for the winners was Illia Niemtsu who scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. BK Prostejov B's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. GBA Sparta moved-up to eighteenth place in Places 13-20, which they share with Vysocina. Newly promoted BK Prostejov B dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. GBA Sparta's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ostrava (#17) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between 20th ranked Havirov (3-20) and thirteenth ranked USK Praha B (12-10) in Havirov on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Praha outscored Havirov 108-62. Vilem Svoboda orchestrated the victory by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field). USK Praha B have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain thirteenth place in Places 13-20 with 12-10 record. Loser Havirov stay dead last with 20 lost games. USK Praha B will face Novy Jicin (#16) in Novy Jicin in the next round. Havirov will play on the road against Sokol Pisek (#14) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5:
In Places 1-6 Olomouc SK was smashed by Slavoj Litom. on the road 97-65. Nymburk B won against Opava B on its own court 96-80.
In Places 7-12 Olomouc Bbal unfortunately lost to Basket Kosice in a road game 79-90.
In Places 13-20 Novy Jicin recorded a loss to Sokol Pisek at home 73-86. Ostrava was defeated by Vysocina on the opponent's court 87-79.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by Martin Novak of Vysocina.

Places 1-6
Slavoj Litom. - Olomouc SK 97-65

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (7-2) crushed at home 6th ranked Olomouc SK (1-8) 97-65 on Sunday. Slavoj BK Litomerice forced 19 Olomouc SK turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Olomouc SK's players. Adam Zampach (198-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) contributed with 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Slavoj BK Litomerice players scored in double figures. Slavoj BK Litomerice's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Forward Pavel Novak (199-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman David Jilek (189-95) added 17 points in the effort for Olomouc SK. Slavoj BK Litomerice maintains second place in Places 1-6 with 7-2 record having eighteen points less than leader USK Praha B. Newly promoted Olomouc SK keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice will face SKB Zlin (#4) on the road in the next round. Olomouc SK will play against Nymburk B and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Slavoj Litom.: M.Klimes 22+4reb+1ast, A.Zampach 14+11reb+3ast, J.Karlovsky 13+5reb, A.Alic 12+3reb+4ast, M.Slunecko 7+3reb+6ast, J.Zbroj 7+1reb
Olomouc SK: D.Jilek 17+2reb+3ast, P.Novak 10+13reb+7ast, F.Koukol 9+3reb+1ast, M.Vanak 8+6reb+1ast, R.Hein 7+2reb, O. Strubl 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 536524


Nymburk B - Opava B 96-80

Rather expected game when 5th ranked B&W Opava B (2-7) lost on the road to third ranked Nymburk B (5-4) 96-80 on Sunday. Nymburk B looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. International center Martin Peterka (205-95) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) contributed with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Vitezslav Branda (189-87) answered with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Jiri Dihel (198-87) added 10 points and 6 assists in the effort for B&W Opava B. Four B&W Opava B players scored in double figures. B&W Opava B's coach let to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Nymburk B maintains third place in Places 1-6 with 5-4 record having twenty points less than leader USK Praha B. Loser B&W Opava B keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Nymburk B will face Olomouc SK (#6) on the road in the next round. B&W Opava B will play against the league's leader Sokol Hradec Kralove and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: M.Peterka 33+15reb+2ast, M.Svoboda 32+5reb+6ast, M.Kolar 16+1ast, T.Dlugos 8+2reb+9ast, M.Ivan 3+1ast, L.Rovensky 2
Opava B: V.Branda 17+2reb, V.Bujnoch 11+4reb+3ast, M.Kvapil 11+5reb+1ast, J.Dihel 10+3reb+6ast, D.Kopf 10+3reb+1ast, T.Micunek 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 536523


Sokol H.K. - Zlin 90-70

An interesting game for Sokol Hradec Kralove (8-1) which hosted in Hradec Kralove 4th placed SKB Zlin (4-5). First ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove had an easy win 90-70. Sokol Hradec Kralove outrebounded SKB Zlin 48-16 including a 21-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Center Libor Svandrlik (202-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Power forward Tomas Kirsbaum (205-82) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Sokol Hradec Kralove's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Michal Susak (203-77) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Jaroslav Prasil (200-80, agency: Octagon Europe) added 12 points in the effort for SKB Zlin. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains first place in Places 1-6 with 8-1 record. SKB Zlin at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove are looking forward to face B&W Opava B (#5) on the road in the next round. SKB Zlin will play against the league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sokol H.K.: T.Kirsbaum 17+4reb+1ast, L.Maly 15+3reb+2ast, M.Honzak 10+1reb+3ast, L.Svandrlik 10+14reb+2ast, O.Peterka 9+4reb+3ast, S.Faifr 9+5reb+1ast
Zlin: M.Susak 17+7reb, J.Krutilek 13+2reb, J.Prasil 12+3reb+3ast, D.Zumer 4+3reb+1ast, J.Kadlcik 3+1reb+1ast, R.Stencl 0+5ast
gschID: 536522


Places 7-12
Basket Kosice - Olomouc Bbal 90-79

Rather predictable result when third ranked Basket Kosice (5-4) won against at home 5th ranked Olomouc Bbal (3-6) 90-79 on Friday. Basket Kosice dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Olomouc Bbal's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Power forward Dusan Hlavacek (197-77) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Jan Nekolny (192-91) contributed with 19 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Basket Kosice players scored in double figures. Basket Kosice's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Radek Jurka (192-95) answered with 22 points and Moldovan forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Olomouc Bbal. Basket Kosice maintains third place in Places 7-12 with 5-4 record having twenty points less than leader USK Praha B. Loser Olomouc Bbal keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Basket Kosice will face Pardubice (#4) on the road in the next round. Olomouc Bbal will play against the league's leader Sokol Prazky and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Basket Kosice: D.Hlavacek 21+12reb+3ast, J.Nekolny 19+3reb+7ast, M.Burian 14+6reb, J.Zavadil 13+4reb+3ast, M.Bernath 9+4reb, D.Zach 6+1reb+3ast
Olomouc Bbal: R.Jurka 22+4reb+3ast, E.Scripcaru 16+7reb+2ast, M.Schuster 14+4reb, V.Smerda 9+2reb+2ast, J.Sedmik 9+5reb+4ast, A.Choleva 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 536526


Sokol Prazky - Sokol Slapanice 82-68

1Liga top team - Sokol Prazky (7-2) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat sixth ranked Sokol Slapanice (2-7) in Praha 82-68. They outrebounded Sokol Slapanice 48-33 including 34 on the defensive glass. Guard Filip Cenek (182-97) nailed 12 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and power forward Jakub Tomas (200-80) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Sokol Prazky players scored in double figures. Forward Roman Zachrla (200-87, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Karel Trunecek (204) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Sokol Slapanice in the defeat. Sokol Slapanice's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sokol Prazky maintains first place in Places 7-12 with 7-2 record. Loser Sokol Slapanice keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Sokol Prazky will meet Olomouc Bbal (#5) on the road in the next round. Sokol Slapanice will play against the league's second-placed BK Loko Plzen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sokol Prazky: J.Sop 15+4reb+1ast, J.Tomas 13+8reb+1ast, F.Cenek 12+7reb+8ast, J.Stepanek 11+6reb+2ast, T.Bruha 10+7reb+1ast, T.Reimer 9+4reb+2ast
Sokol Slapanice: R.Zachrla 21+5reb, J.Rotrekl 12+2reb+3ast, K.Trunecek 12+5reb+1ast, M.Muller 8+5reb+1ast, I.Pavlicik 7+3reb, M.Vanek 4+6reb+5ast
gschID: 536525


Loko Plzen - Pardubice 85-73

An interesting game for BK Loko Plzen (6-3) which hosted in Plzen 3rd placed Pardubice (4-5). Second ranked BK Loko Plzen managed to get a 12-point victory 85-73. Forward Jaroslav Lejsek (198-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Kamil Riha (180-91) chipped in 20 points. Center Martin Roub (206-97) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Viktor Pulpan (191-96, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Loko Plzen maintains second place in Places 7-12 with 6-3 record having nineteen points less than leader USK Praha B. Pardubice at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. BK Loko Plzen will play against Sokol Slapanice (#6) in Slapnice in the next round. Pardubice will play at home against Basket Kosice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Loko Plzen: K.Riha 20+3reb+3ast, J.Kovanda 16+2reb+1ast, V.Honomichl 14+4reb+4ast, J.Lejsek 12+18reb+4ast, J.Doljak 8+3reb+1ast, S.Partyngl 5+1reb+2ast
Pardubice: M.Roub 21+10reb, V.Pulpan 16+5reb+2ast, J.Potocek 11+1reb, D.Skranc 10+4reb, K.Formanek 7+4reb+1ast, T.Tkadlec 3+2reb
gschID: 536527


Places 13-20
Prostejov B - GBA Sparta 58-70

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BK Prostejov B (11-12) and GBA Sparta (6-17), which took place in Prostejov. Higher ranked BK Prostejov B lost at home to nineteenth ranked GBA Sparta 58-70. GBA Sparta forced 19 BK Prostejov B turnovers. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian Illia Niemtsu (201-98) who scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Ukrainian guard Illya Tyrtyshnyk (190-98) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Frantisek Vana (192-98) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Viktor Vasat (207-97) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. BK Prostejov B's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. GBA Sparta moved-up to eighteenth place in Places 13-20, which they share with Vysocina. Newly promoted BK Prostejov B dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. GBA Sparta's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ostrava (#17) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
GBA Sparta: I.Tyrtyshnyk 15+6reb, M.Kainc 12+1reb+1ast, I.Niemtsu 11+8reb+3ast, M.Zeliznak 9+2reb+1ast, V.Kohs 8+5reb, M.Drgon 8+3reb+2ast
Prostejov B: F.Vana 14+5reb+4ast, V.Vasat 14+7reb, J.Hlobil 6+4reb, M.Szabo 5+3reb, S.Borovka 4+2reb+1ast, M.Nabelek 4+3ast
gschID: 536530


Novy Jicin - Sokol Pisek 73-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 16th ranked Novy Jicin's (8-15) home loss to fifteenth ranked Sokol Pisek (12-12) 73-86 on Sunday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sokol Pisek made 7 blocks. Swingman Petr Slechta (192-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Power forward Pavel Englicky (210-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Sokol Pisek players scored in double figures. Point guard Jan Stehlik (185-86) answered with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Slovakian center Ondrej Soska (208-78) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Novy Jicin. Novy Jicin's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sokol Pisek moved-up to fourteenth place in Places 13-20. Newly promoted Novy Jicin keeps the sixteenth position with 15 games lost. Sokol Pisek will face bottom-ranked Havirov (#20) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Novy Jicin will play against USK Praha B (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sokol Pisek: P.Slechta 37+8reb+2ast, P.Englicky 15+12reb+2ast, V.Novak 14+9reb+2ast, R.Duda 10+2reb, V.Zacek 6+4reb+3ast, D.Hejda 3+2reb+2ast
Novy Jicin: T.Janik 15+6reb, O.Soska 14+5reb+3ast, J.Stehlik 13+9reb+4ast, R.Medek 11+2reb, J.Kelar 9+5reb, D.Panak 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 536529


Havirov - USK Praha B 62-108

The game between 20th ranked Havirov (3-20) and thirteenth ranked USK Praha B (12-10) in Havirov on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Praha outscored Havirov 108-62. USK Praha B shot 61.3 percent from the field. USK Praha B outrebounded Havirov 44-18 including a 29-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Forward Vilem Svoboda (195-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field). Swingman Jan Streba (195-95) contributed with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Daniel Klimek (190-96) answered with 16 points and 4 assists and forward Adam Urbanek (196-93) added 16 points in the effort for Havirov. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. USK Praha B have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain thirteenth place in Places 13-20 with 12-10 record. Loser Havirov stay dead last with 20 lost games. USK Praha B will face Novy Jicin (#16) in Novy Jicin in the next round. Havirov will play on the road against Sokol Pisek (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
USK Praha B: V.Svoboda 37+7reb+1ast, J.Streba 28+10reb+2ast, J.Tuma 11+6reb+1ast, F.Petruzela 10+12reb+2ast, M. Taussig 8+2reb, M.Hajek 8+3reb+2ast
Havirov: J. Hubacek 16+2reb+4ast, U.Adam 16+4reb, L.Jan 13+3reb, K.Jan 10+6reb, H.J 7+3reb+1ast,
gschID: 536528


Vysocina - Ostrava 87-79

There was a small surprise when nineteenth ranked Vysocina (6-17) defeated 17th ranked Ostrava (8-15) in Jihlava 87-79 on Friday. Vysocina shot 61.8 percent from the field. Vysocina outrebounded Ostrava 29-16 including 21 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Ostrava's players. Martin Novak (199-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Jiri Bubak (194-84) contributed with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Point guard Marek Gerych (185-88) answered with 23 points and guard Jan Lycka (186-93) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for Ostrava. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vysocina moved-up to eighteenth place in Places 13-20, which they share with GBA Sparta. Ostrava lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixteenth position with 15 games lost. Vysocina will face higher ranked BK Prostejov B (#15) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Vysocina: M.Novak 21+10reb+5ast, J.Bubak 20+6reb+5ast, O.Manak 19+3reb+4ast, M.Krajcigr 18+3reb+7ast, J.Knetl 4+4reb+6ast, J.Dokulil 3+3reb
Ostrava: M.Gerych 23+3reb+2ast, J.Lycka 19+4reb+5ast, O.Siko 13+4reb, J.Ricka 10+2reb+5ast, P.Hosek 8+1reb, P.Michalicka 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536531





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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.4 
 2. Bello, Randers19.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.9 
 4. Mack, Horsens IC17.7 
 5. Nielsen, Randers17.5 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.1 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Dominique, Horsholm15.9 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 10. Dranginis, SISU15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. McGrew, SI.10.6 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm9.0 
 5. Baru, SISU8.7 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg8.1 
 7. Moten, Svendborg7.0 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.6 
 9. Dominique, Horsholm6.6 
 10. Diouf, Bakken6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.6 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Wilson, SISU4.5 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.4 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC4.3 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 7. Dranginis, SISU4.1 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
 10. Nielsen, Randers3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.2 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 4. Akoon-P., Bakken1.9 
 5. Smith, Horsholm1.8 
 6. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm1.7 
 8. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 9. Bello, Randers1.6 
 10. Ross, Naestved1.6 
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, Svendborg0.9 
 6. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.9 
 7. Diouf, Bakken0.9 
 8. Colas, Randers0.9 
 9. Baru, SISU0.8 
 10. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 



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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.24.6 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Jackson, Texas L.23.8 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.22.8 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.1 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.6 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.1 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Onuaku, Rio G.10.7 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.6 
 6. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.1 
 8. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
 9. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
 10. Sims, Salt L.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Magette, Los A.9.5 
 2. Marshall, Reno B.9.2 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.1 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.7 
 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.2.4 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.1 
 5. Smith, Delaware.2.1 
 6. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 9. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.4 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC2.9 
 3. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 4. Tavares, Raptors .2.7 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 8. Davis, Iowa E.2.4 
 9. Obekpa, Santa C.2.3 
 10. Benson, Sioux F.2.3 


Jarelle Reischel (ex Vechta) is a newcomer at Knicks - by Eurobasket News

Westchester Knicks strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old German forward Jarelle Reischel (199-96kg-92, college: E.Kentucky). He played recently at SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL league, but left the team in Oct.'16. But in only one game he recorded just 1 point, 1 rebound and 1 steal this season.
Last year Reischel was drafted by Salt Lake City Stars (D-League) in second round (27th overall).
He attended Eastern Kentucky University until 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Reischel's team was regular season runner-up in Atlantic 10 in 2015. He was also voted NABC All-District 19 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Reischel represented Germany at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) nine years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 70.5%, 3FGP: 28.6%, FT: 60.9%.
Reischel has played also professionally in Germany for Eintracht Frankfurt.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Skyforce outlast Suns to keep playoff hopes alive - by Eurobasket News

The Sioux Falls Skyforce (27-20) shot 56 percent from the field and 45 percent from three point range on their way to a 129-120 victory over the Northern Arizona Suns (22-26). The game was tied early on, but Sioux Falls finished the first quarter on a 13-1 run, taking a 35-28 lead into the break. Denver Nuggets assignee Malik Beasley (6'5''-G-96, college: Florida St.) scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half to pace the Skyforce to a 72-60 lead. Skyforce had at one time a 20-point lead in the third quarter only to see it get as close as five points, before crucial free throws down the stretch allowed Sioux Falls earn the victory. The Skyforce shot 18 of 24 from the free throw line in the game, making a perfect 7 of 7 in the final period. Six Skyforce players scored in double-digits tonight as Greg Whittington (6'8''-F-93, college: Rutgers) led with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland) recorded his league-leading 30th double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Bubu Palo (6'1''-G-91, college: Iowa St.) (20 points and eight assists), Patrick Miller (6'1''-PG-92, college: Tennessee St.) (22 points, four rebounds and three assists), and Ike Nwamu (16 points and five rebounds) rounded out the majority of the scoring in the win for Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls outscored Northern Arizona by a margin of 60-40 in the paint, and tallied 35 assists as a team led by Larry Drew II (13 assists) who notched nine assists without attempting a field goal in the first half alone. Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB) (24 points), Shaquille Harrison (6'4''-G-93, college: Tulsa) (22 points), and Josh Gray (6'1''-PG-93, college: LSU) (20 points) led the way for the Suns in the loss. Washington Wizards assignee Chris McCullough (6'10''-F-95, college: Syracuse) scored 13 points and collected five rebounds off the bench, and Alex Davis (11 points) and Askia Booker (16 points) rounded out the double-digit scoring for Northern Arizona. The Skyforce were plagued by turnovers throughout the night, allowing 28 points off of 22 turnovers, but were able to overcome their mistakes in the win. Sioux Falls also outrebounded the Suns 47-32, improving to 21-2 in games in which they have outrebounded their opponents. The Skyforce were able to stay within reach of the 2017 playoffs, and need to win their final three games and receive help from the Santa Cruz Warriors (29-19) to sneak their way in. Sioux Falls needs to finish with a better overall record than the Warriors, as they would lose all tie-breaker scenarios. The Skyforce play at home for the final time this season on Tuesday, March 28 against the Iowa Energy at 6:30 PM CT at the Sanford Pentagon, while the Northern Arizona Suns travel back home to face the Austin Spurs on Wednesday, March 29.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Cholet inks M.J. Rhett - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) signed 25-year old American (has also Dominican passport) power forward M.J. Rhett (206-107kg-92, college: Mississippi). He just played at Tadamon in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Rhett managed to play in four leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 6 Pepsi LBL games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0bpg. He also played earlier that season for Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Rhett had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 10 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 14.9ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 14.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg. Rhett also played 6 games in Balkan League where he got remarkable 17.0ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.8apg.
He is quite experienced player. Rhett has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Italy (Bondi Ferrara), Latvia (Barons Riga), Philippines (Blackwater) and Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo).
Rhett attended University of Mississippi until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @patmosintl)

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  EL SALVADOR  


Jonathan King (ex Caballos) signs at Sonsonate - by Eurobasket News

Liga MB newcomer Sonsonate BC landed 27-year old Panamanian swingman Jonathan King (198-109kg-90, college: Abil.Christian). He played recently at Caballos in Panamanian LPB league. In three games he averaged 11.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg this season.
Among other achievements King's team made it to the El Salvador Liga Mayor Clausura Semifinals in 2016. He received also Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Honorable Mention award in 2016.
King represented Panama at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0spg.
King has played previously professionally in Panama (P.Lefevre, Toros and Aguilas) and El Salvador (Cosmos and Isidro Metapan).
He attended Abilene Christian University until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into King's outlook: The best player in his age group in Panama. One of the best young wing players in Central America. Has the ability to do a little bit of everything without excelling at any one thing. Game is similar to Joshua Chambers at his age. Started playing the 3, and worked hard to add a good shot. Now, he is a very good shooter with deep range. He has the ability to shoot the ball both spotting up and also on the move. He is a tough competitor and has a excellent understanding of the game. Ready to play the SG position at top level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga MB Round 21: Santa Tecla edges Isidro Metapan by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 21 in the Liga MB took place in Metapan. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Isidro Metapan (9-3) to first ranked Santa Tecla (13-1) 78-75 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Isidro Metapan. Strangely Isidro Metapan outrebounded Santa Tecla 48-36 including 35 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Center Carlos Arias (200-89) chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Venezuelan-Colombian forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks. Santa Tecla maintains first place with 13-1 record. Isidro Metapan at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. Santa Tecla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Isidro Metapan will play on the road against the league's second-placed Brujos Izalco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Denver-FAS (7-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Sonsonate (7-6). Sonsonate did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-73. It was a good game for Panamanian swingman Jonathan King (198-90, college: Abil.Christian) who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Yoan Haiti contributed with 16 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Olaniyr Adedoyin answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for Denver-FAS. Sonsonate moved-up to sixth place. Denver-FAS at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Sonsonate will play against Santa Ana (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Denver-FAS will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Santa Ana between Santa Ana and San Miguel. Fourteenth ranked Santa Ana (3-10) got a very close home victory over 12th ranked San Miguel (3-10). Santa Ana managed to escape with a 1-point win 83-82 in the game for the twelfth place. The game was dominated by American players. Andre Smith stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Santa Ana's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Jordan Johnson with 34 points (!!!), 7 assists and 5 steals. Santa Ana moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated San Miguel. San Miguel lost sixth consecutive game. Santa Ana will meet higher ranked Sonsonate (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San Miguel will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 21 El Rapido defeated Arcense in La Union 74-65.

Sonsonate - Denver-FAS 91-73

The game in was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Denver-FAS (7-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Sonsonate (7-6). Sonsonate did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-73. Sonsonate outrebounded Denver-FAS 50-36 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Panamanian swingman Jonathan King (198-90, college: Abil.Christian) who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Yoan Haiti contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Four Sonsonate players scored in double figures. Olaniyr Adedoyin answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Denver-FAS. Sonsonate moved-up to sixth place. Denver-FAS at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Sonsonate will play against Santa Ana (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Denver-FAS will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sonsonate: J.King 25+8reb+5ast, M.Gudino 18+8reb+1ast, Y.Haiti 16+19reb+1ast, M.Lahud 14+2reb+4ast, A.Rojas 9+4reb+1ast, J.Loucel 7+8reb+3ast
Denver-FAS: O.Adedoyin 20+11reb, A.Brown 19+6reb+2ast, T.Alexander 18+12reb, E.Aguilar 9+4reb+3ast, J.Flores 5+1ast, R.Iglesias 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 537031


Isidro Metapan - Santa Tecla 75-78

The most exciting game of round 21 in the Liga MB took place in Metapan. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Isidro Metapan (9-3) to first ranked Santa Tecla (13-1) 78-75 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Isidro Metapan. Strangely Isidro Metapan outrebounded Santa Tecla 48-36 including 35 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Center Carlos Arias (200-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Venezuelan-Colombian forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks and Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Santa Tecla maintains first place with 13-1 record. Isidro Metapan at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. Santa Tecla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Isidro Metapan will play on the road against the league's second-placed Brujos Izalco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 20+10reb, L.Valdez 18+5reb+1ast, R.Martinez 14+2reb+3ast, C.Arias 12+12reb, A.Arias Serrano 9+4reb+1ast, O.Rivera 5+2reb+4ast
Isidro Metapan: E.Mijares 20+7reb+3ast, D.James 19+6reb+8ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 15+20reb+1ast, J.Colorado 15+1reb+2ast, H.Navas 6+8reb+1ast, J.Valdez 0
gschID: 537025


Arcense - El Rapido 65-74

There was no surprise in San Salvador where 13th ranked Arcense (3-11) was defeated by tenth ranked El Rapido (6-6) 74-65 on Sunday. El Rapido dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Arcense's 30. They outrebounded Arcense 56-43 including 16 on the offensive glass. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) chipped in 21 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was American point guard Danny Lawhorn (183, college: Midwestern St.) with 25 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. El Rapido moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cojute and Canarios. Loser Arcense dropped to the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. El Rapido will meet Cojute (#10) in the next round. Arcense will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: E.Ishman 26+14reb+4ast, M.Guevara 21+16reb+5ast, M.Lopez 14+4reb+1ast, C.Marquina 5+4reb, S.Esperanza 4, D.King 4+18reb+6ast
Arcense: D.Lawhorn 25+5reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 15+12reb+3ast, M.Moore 11+7reb+6ast, C.Torres 6+3reb+4ast, R.Cardona 4+7reb+1ast, J.Reyes 4+4reb
gschID: 537030


Santa Ana - San Miguel 83-82

A very close game took place in Santa Ana between Santa Ana and San Miguel. Fourteenth ranked Santa Ana (3-10) got a very close home victory over 12th ranked San Miguel (3-10). Santa Ana managed to escape with a 1-point win 83-82 in the game for the twelfth place. Santa Ana dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to San Miguel's 36. Santa Ana forced 23 San Miguel turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Center Andre Smith (208, college: William Jessup) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) chipped in 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Santa Ana players scored in double figures. Santa Ana's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) with 34 points (!!!), 7 assists and 5 steals and forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Santa Ana moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated San Miguel. San Miguel lost sixth consecutive game. Santa Ana will meet higher ranked Sonsonate (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San Miguel will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Santa Ana: A.Smith 24+15reb+1ast, T.Dowdell 18+13reb+6ast, E.Molina 13+3reb+4ast, T.Conyers 11+5reb+6ast, F.Salazar 8+3ast, E.Gonzalez 4+4reb
San Miguel: J.Johnson 34+2reb+7ast, N.Ezeamii 23+12reb+3ast, M.Aguilar 10+5reb+3ast, B.De Leon 8+15reb+3ast, J.Cruz 7+5reb, J.Guillen 0
gschID: 537026





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  EUROLEAGUE  


Nikolajs Mazurs to join Unics' coaching staff - by Eurobasket News

Nikolajs Mazurs is joining Unics Kazan. The Latvian specialist will work in head coach's Evgeny Pashutin team. Nikolajs Mazurs started the season at helm of Avtodor Saratov. He left though shortly. Previously he worked with Dynamo Moscow, Vita Tbilisi, VEF Riga, VEF Riga Kadeti. He also guided Latvian U18 and U20 National Teams.



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  FBA  


St.Pete Tide remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News

St.Pete Tide remained undefeated at Florida Basketball Association 2017 League. They posted two victories in the start of the league including 113-102 against Flight and 130-128 over Space Coast Stars. It was a real thriller in the court as St.Pete Tide grabbed the win at the end of the game. Space Coast Stars meanwhile have 4-1 record. The newcomers Bradenton Gymrats remain winless with a 0-5 record.


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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 33.6
 1. Upchurch, HyPo33.6 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Bratton, Namika Lr27.9 
 4. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.6 
 5. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 6. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.8 
 7. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 8. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.4 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.4 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.0 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.6 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.1 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.10.9 
 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 United5.0 
 6. Kantonen, Korik.4.6 
 7. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.5 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.4 
 9. Ikavalko, Lahti4.2 
 10. Kantonen, JyWe4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darian CARTHARN
  Espoo B.
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 2. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 3. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.5 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 5. Moore, ToPo2.4 
 6. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.4 
 7. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 8. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 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. Sandberg, TuNM.1.8 
 3. Young, Pyrinto II1.8 
 4. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 5. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 6. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 7. Harvey, Oulun N.1.3 
 8. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 9. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.1 
 10. Smith, Lahti1.1 


Korisliiga Round 38: Joensuun Kataja loses to Kauhajoen Karhu - by Eurobasket News

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

The most important game in the last round took place in Joensuu between third ranked Joensuun Kataja (24-10) and fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (21-14) on Friday night. Joensuun Kataja was defeated by Kauhajoen Karhu at home 78-89. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. Joensuun Kataja managed to win third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kauhajoen Karhu made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Kauhajoen Karhu outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 38-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Joensuun Kataja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for Joensuun Kataja. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains fourth position with 21-14 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side dropped to the second place with ten games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu are looking forward to face Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) on the road in the next round. Joensuun Kataja will play against BC Nokia and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Salon Vilpas (27-8) which hosted in Salo second-ranked Helsinki Seagulls (24-11). First ranked Salon Vilpas managed to get a 12-point victory 81-69. American guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Matias Ojala chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Helsinki Seagulls' coach Mikko Larkas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Salon Vilpas have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-8 record. Helsinki Seagulls lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with 11 games lost. Salon Vilpas will play against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola in the next round where they are favorite. Helsinki Seagulls will play on the road against KTP-Basket in Kotka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Tenth-ranked UU-Korihait (5-30) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Kouvot (16-19) in Kouvola on Friday. Kouvot managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. American players dominated the game. Rakeem Buckles notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by Emmanuel Holloway did not help to save the game for UU-Korihait. Kouvot have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lapua. UU-Korihait lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 30 lost games. Kouvot will meet league's leader Salon Vilpas on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UU-Korihait will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (16-19) and 7th ranked BC Nokia (15-20) in Lapua ended with biggest points difference. Lapuan Korikobrat outscored guests from Nokia 110-65. The best player for the winners was Jamal Jones who scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Lapuan Korikobrat's coach Damion Dantzler felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth position with 16-19 record, which they share with Kouvot. BC Nokia lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 20 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki and it may be quite challenging game. BC Nokia will play at home against the league's second-placed Joensuun Kataja and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 38 KTP Basket was smashed by Kataja Basket on the road 97-66.
The most impressive performance of 38th round was 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by Rion Brown of Kataja Basket.

Kataja Basket - KTP Basket 97-66

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Joensuun Kataja (24-10) crushed at home 8th ranked KTP-Basket (13-22) 97-66. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to KTP-Basket's 36. They outrebounded KTP-Basket 47-31 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Joensuun Kataja players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Joensuun Kataja brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) who scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. American guard Daniel Bailey (196-90, college: Queens, NC) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Joensuun Kataja moved-up to second place. KTP-Basket at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 22 games lost. Joensuun Kataja's next round opponent will be BC Nokia (#7) on the road where they are favorite. KTP-Basket will play against Helsinki Seagulls and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: R.Brown 27+8reb+6ast, K.Bristol 14+10reb+1ast, D.Mullings 14+9reb+7ast, D.Bryant 13+5reb+4ast, I.Seppala 9+4reb+3ast, T.Huolila 8+4reb
KTP Basket: D.Bailey 18+7reb+2ast, M.Pratt 12+6reb+4ast, M.Barnes 8+3reb, M.Aalto 7+2reb, A.Scott 7+1reb+1ast, S.Kaukiainen 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 488095


Salon Vilpas - Helsinki Seagulls 81-69

An interesting game for Salon Vilpas (27-8) which hosted in Salo second-ranked Helsinki Seagulls (24-11). First ranked Salon Vilpas managed to get a 12-point victory 81-69. The game was mostly controlled by Salon Vilpas. Helsinki Seagulls was better in second period 16-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Salon Vilpas players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Helsinki Seagulls was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Matias Ojala (199-89) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management) scored 10 points and 8 assists. Helsinki Seagulls' coach Mikko Larkas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Salon Vilpas have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-8 record. Helsinki Seagulls lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with 11 games lost. Salon Vilpas will play against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola in the next round where they are favorite. Helsinki Seagulls will play on the road against KTP-Basket in Kotka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: D.Williams 20+7reb+1ast, M.Ojala 15+7reb, J.Staten 10+7ast, A.Coleman 9+4reb+2ast, M.Koivisto 9+1reb+4ast, M.Pounds 7+2ast
Helsinki Seagulls: R.Cowels III 12+9reb+1ast, A.Nikkarinen 10+2reb+8ast, J.Conley 9+3reb+2ast, D.Upson 9+2reb+1ast, R.Abell 9+4reb, G.Lee 8+3reb
gschID: 488094


Kataja Basket - Kauhajoki 78-89

The most important game in the last round took place in Joensuu between third ranked Joensuun Kataja (24-10) and fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (21-14) on Friday night. Joensuun Kataja was defeated by Kauhajoen Karhu at home 78-89. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. Joensuun Kataja managed to win third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kauhajoen Karhu made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Kauhajoen Karhu outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 38-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Joensuun Kataja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) added 20 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Joensuun Kataja. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains fourth position with 21-14 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side dropped to the second place with ten games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu are looking forward to face Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) on the road in the next round. Joensuun Kataja will play against BC Nokia and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: A.Hollins 21+9reb+6ast, J.Lehtoranta 19+1reb, D.Washington 16+6reb+2ast, K.Holsey 13+8reb+1ast, T.Unruh 7+2reb+1ast, S.Vanttaja 7+9reb+1ast
Kataja Basket: D.Mullings 21+12reb+3ast, R.Brown 20+2reb+3ast, V.Makalainen 11+1reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 8+3reb+7ast, K.Bristol 8+4reb, J.Bradley 4+2reb
gschID: 488093


Kouvot - Korihait 83-81

Tenth-ranked UU-Korihait (5-30) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Kouvot (16-19) in Kouvola on Friday. Kouvot managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. UU-Korihait trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 25-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-83 at the end of the game. American players dominated the game. Forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Raheem Appleby (190-93, college: Louisiana Tech) supported him with 14 points and 4 assists. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by guard Emmanuel Holloway (185-86, college: Illinois St., agency: Blacktop Management) did not help to save the game for UU-Korihait. Forward Gary Johnson (198-91, college: Albany) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Four Kouvot and five UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. Kouvot have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lapua. UU-Korihait lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 30 lost games. Kouvot will meet league's leader Salon Vilpas on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UU-Korihait will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: R.Buckles 20+12reb+1ast, R.Appleby 14+4reb+4ast, O.Heinonen 12+2reb+3ast, J.Sinclair 11+3reb+2ast, A.Saarijarvi 10+3reb+1ast, T.Hirvonen 7+4reb+4ast
Korihait: E.Holloway 21+5reb+3ast, E.McAlister 12+3reb, M.Herbert 11+11reb, G.Johnson 11+8reb+4ast, M.Jalonen 11+2reb+3ast, M.Van 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 488092


Lapua - BC Nokia 110-65

The game between fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (16-19) and 7th ranked BC Nokia (15-20) in Lapua ended with biggest points difference. Lapuan Korikobrat outscored guests from Nokia 110-65. The game without a history. Lapuan Korikobrat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lapuan Korikobrat outrebounded BC Nokia 42-27 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lapuan Korikobrat shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 54.8 percentage. Lapuan Korikobrat players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by BC Nokia's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M) who scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Dom Morris (201-90, college: Boston U.) chipped in 25 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures. Lapuan Korikobrat's coach Damion Dantzler felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Eldar Skamo (198-86) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and center Daniel Dolenc (205-93) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth position with 16-19 record, which they share with Kouvot. BC Nokia lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 20 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki and it may be quite challenging game. BC Nokia will play at home against the league's second-placed Joensuun Kataja and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lapua: J.Jones 26+6reb+4ast, D.Morris 25+9reb+1ast, M.Van Andringa 18+3reb+3ast, D.Williams 10+11reb+7ast, M.Edwards 7+2reb+3ast, A.Conerly 7+1reb+2ast
BC Nokia: D.Dolenc 18+6reb, E.Skamo 18+8reb, S.Barrett 12+4reb, J.Duren 6+3reb+2ast, I.Wilkerson 6+1reb+5ast, A.Akpaso 3+1reb
gschID: 488091





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Clark, Chalon18.2 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.3 
 3. Gibson, Gravelines17.3 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.9 
 5. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.3 
 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
 1. Fall, Chalon9.0 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.6 
 3. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.2 
 4. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre7.5 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 7. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
 8. Hunt, Nancy7.1 
 9. Hassell, Le Portel6.9 
 10. Cain, Chalons-Reims6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.5 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.2 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.0 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.9 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.8 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.1 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.0 
 9. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.5 
 10. Eito, Orleans4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.5 
 2. Eito, Orleans2.2 
 3. Holston, Dijon1.9 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Wood, Limoges1.8 
 6. Henry, Gravelines1.6 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 8. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 9. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.4 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Fair, Limoges1.0 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 6. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 7. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 
 9. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.9 
 10. Joseph, Orleans0.9 


ProA Round 24: Chalon/Saor is defeated by Strasbourg IG - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Strasbourg between third ranked Chalon/Saor (17-7) and sixth ranked Strasbourg IG (15-9) on Sunday night. Chalon/Saor was crushed by Strasbourg IG on the road 84-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 52-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strasbourg IG forced 24 Chalon/Saor turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Chalon/Saor's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Paul Lacombe (195-90, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Polish point guard AJ Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) who added 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) with 12 points and 8 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Strasbourg IG have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Strasbourg IG is looking forward to face Chalons-Reims (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chalon/Saor will play against Olympique Antibes (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
JSF Nanterre (#4) was upset in Nanterre by seventh ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque 88-67. The winners were led by American guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored that evening 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Richard Solomon supported him with 15 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Even 17 points by German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) did not help to save the game for JSF Nanterre. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 14-10 record. JSF Nanterre at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against league's leader Monaco at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JSF Nanterre will play against Sluc Nancy and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Entente Orleans 45 managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against seventeenth-ranked Sluc Nancy 78-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sluc Nancy. The best player for the winners was JP Prince who scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Brion Rush who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds. Entente Orleans 45 (7-17) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Antibes. Loser Sluc Nancy dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will meet higher ranked Le Portel (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sluc Nancy will play against JSF Nanterre (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
ProA top team - Monaco (21-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-15) 80-71. It was a good game for Niklas Caner-Medley who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Monaco maintains first position with 21-3 record. Hyeres-Toulon lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Monaco's next round opponent will be Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Hyeres-Toulon will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) and hope to win that game.
An interesting game took place in Le Mans where 8th ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (12-12) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Le Mans (11-13) 82-74 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Wilfried Yeguete who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds. Le Mans' coach Alexandre Menard used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Le Mans moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Limoges and Le Portel. Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Le Mans will face Cholet Basket (#15) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Paris-Levallois won against Limoges on the opponent's court 84-76. Cholet unfortunately lost to Pau-Lacq-Orthez in a home game 69-76. Antibes recorded a loss to Dijon on the road 52-61. Chalons-Reims defeated Le Portel on its own court 77-68.

Limoges - Paris-Levallois 76-84

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (11-13) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (15-9) 84-76 on Monday. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 27-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Paris-Levallois dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Limoges CSP Elite's 28. They outrebounded Limoges CSP Elite 36-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Limoges CSP Elite was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Vincent Poirier (210-93) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) who added 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) with 15 points and 8 assists and American point guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St., agency: Inception Sports) scored 16 points. Paris-Levallois have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Strasbourg. Loser Limoges CSP Elite keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Paris-Levallois will face league's second-placed Pau-Lacq-Orthez at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against JDA Dijon (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: V.Poirier 18+8reb, L.Labeyrie 16+9reb+1ast, J.Rich 15+1reb+8ast, L.Campbell 12+5reb+3ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 7+2reb, T.Harris 6+5reb+1ast
Limoges: D.Wood 16+2reb+2ast, K.Prepelic 15+2reb+8ast, L.Frejus Zerbo 12+4reb, W.Buford 10+1reb, J.Randle 9+1reb+2ast, O.Camara 6+7reb+6ast
gschID: 486028


Strasbourg - Chalon 84-60

The most important game in the last round took place in Strasbourg between third ranked Chalon/Saor (17-7) and sixth ranked Strasbourg IG (15-9) on Sunday night. Chalon/Saor was crushed by Strasbourg IG on the road 84-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 52-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strasbourg IG forced 24 Chalon/Saor turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Chalon/Saor's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Paul Lacombe (195-90, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Polish point guard AJ Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) who added 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) with 12 points and 8 assists and swingman Axel Bouteille (201-95) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. 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. Strasbourg IG have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Strasbourg IG is looking forward to face Chalons-Reims (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chalon/Saor will play against Olympique Antibes (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: P.Lacombe 17+6reb+6ast, A.Slaughter 15+3reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 11+3ast, R.Travis 10+5reb+4ast, J.Leloup 8+4reb+2ast, E.Murphy 7+3reb+1ast
Chalon: A.Bouteille 13+7reb, C.Clark 12+2reb+1ast, J.Roberson 12+3reb+8ast, L.Harris 10+2reb+2ast, A.Loum 4+7reb, M.Fall 4+4reb
gschID: 486031


Orleans - Nancy 78-68

Bottom-ranked Entente Orleans 45 managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against seventeenth-ranked Sluc Nancy 78-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sluc Nancy. The game was mostly controlled by Entente Orleans 45. Sluc Nancy managed to win third quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Entente Orleans 45 looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman JP Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) who scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The other American import forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Montenegrin point guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) added 18 points respectively. Entente Orleans 45 (7-17) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Antibes. Loser Sluc Nancy dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will meet higher ranked Le Portel (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sluc Nancy will play against JSF Nanterre (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Orleans: J.Prince 15+5reb+8ast, A.Eito 15+4ast, M.Sommerville 14+7reb+6ast, N.Milosevic 13+3reb+1ast, G.Olaseni 10+11reb, K.McAlarney 9+3reb+2ast
Nancy: M.Trasolini 18+4reb+1ast, B.Rush 17+6reb+2ast, D.Mallet 8+1ast, D.Hunt 8+7reb+2ast, E.Brown 6+1reb+2ast, A.Urtasun 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 486030


Nanterre - Gravelines 67-88

JSF Nanterre (#4) was upset in Nanterre by seventh ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque 88-67. The game without a history. Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gravelines-Dunkerque outrebounded JSF Nanterre 37-26 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored that evening 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) supported him with 15 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) did not help to save the game for JSF Nanterre. Mathias Lessort (205-95) added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 14-10 record. JSF Nanterre at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against league's leader Monaco at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JSF Nanterre will play against Sluc Nancy and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: J.Cobbs 19+9reb+7ast, R.Solomon 15+13reb, S.Henry 14+3reb+1ast, K.Gibson 13+4reb+1ast, A.Cel 10+2reb, R.Jomby 6+4reb+2ast
Nanterre: H.Schaffartzik 17+2reb+1ast, C.Warren 13+2ast, M.Lessort 10+8reb+2ast, J.Morency 8+5reb+1ast, T.Zanna 6+2reb, J.Pansa 4
gschID: 486029


Le Mans - ASVEL 82-74

An interesting game took place in Le Mans where 8th ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (12-12) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Le Mans (11-13) 82-74 on Saturday. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 30-24 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 74-82 at the end of the game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Wilfried Yeguete (201-91, college: Florida, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) who added 18 points during the contest. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. Le Mans' coach Alexandre Menard used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse, agency: Inception Sports) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) scored 20 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Le Mans moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Limoges and Le Portel. Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Le Mans will face Cholet Basket (#15) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: R.Pearson 18+4reb+1ast, S.Shorter 14+1reb+2ast, P.Amagou 14+1reb+2ast, W.Yeguete 13+9reb+1ast, O.Hanlan 6+3reb+2ast, M.Yarou 6+6reb+1ast
ASVEL: W.Hodge 20+2reb+4ast, D.Watkins 17+12reb+1ast, C.Ware 12+1reb+4ast, N.Dragovic 9+2reb+1ast, A.Noua 5+4reb, D.Nelson 4+1reb
gschID: 486027


Cholet - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 69-76

Very predictable result when third ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (18-6) defeated on the road 15th ranked Cholet Basket (8-16) 76-69 on Saturday. The game without a history. Pau-Lacq-Orthez led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Congolese Jean-Michel Mipoka (198-85) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) who added 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Jonathan Rousselle (187-90) with 18 points and 8 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and center Jerry Boutsiele (207-92) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to second place. Cholet Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face Paris-Levallois (#5) on the road in the next round. Cholet Basket will play against Le Mans (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: J.Mipoka 23+6reb+1ast, A.Koffi 15+9reb, V.Chikoko 15+7reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 9+6reb+5ast, D.Cooper 6+4reb+7ast, R.Lewis 6+1ast
Cholet: J.Rousselle 18+2reb+8ast, G.Bell 15+2reb+1ast, J.Boutsiele 12+12reb+2ast, A.Rodriguez 8+3reb+3ast, D.Noel 8+4reb+1ast, I.Almeida 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 486026


Hyeres-Toulon - Monaco 71-80

ProA top team - Monaco (21-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-15) 80-71. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-12. But Hyeres-Toulon won third quarter 27-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Monaco made 28-of-31 charity shots (90.3 percent) during the game, while Hyeres-Toulon only scored twelve points from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by Hyeres-Toulon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American-Azerbaijani forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Monaco players scored in double figures. Point guard David Michineau (191-94) replied with 26 points and American forward Paul Carter (205-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Monaco maintains first position with 21-3 record. Hyeres-Toulon lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Monaco's next round opponent will be Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Hyeres-Toulon will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Monaco: N.Caner-Medley 17+7reb, A.Sy 12+6reb, B.Davies 10+2reb+2ast, Z.Wright 10+4reb+4ast, S.Gladyr 10+1reb+1ast, B.Ouattara 7+1reb
Hyeres-Toulon: D.Michineau 26+2reb+2ast, P.Carter 17+8reb+1ast, F.Prenom 9+1reb, T.Simpson 5+1reb, R.Evans 4+2reb, M.Acker 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 486025


Dijon - Antibes 61-52

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Olympique Antibes (7-17) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked JDA Dijon (9-15) 61-52 on Friday. Olympique Antibes was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 18-5 charge of JDA Dijon, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Olympique Antibes to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard David Holston (168-86, college: Chicago St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Brandon Peterson (204-90, college: Arkansas St., agency: Inception Sports) who added 6 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) with 15 points and Isaia Cordinier (194-96) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. JDA Dijon moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Hyeres-Toulon. Olympique Antibes lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. JDA Dijon will face higher ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#11) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olympique Antibes will play against Chalon/Saor (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Dijon: D.Holston 20+5reb+4ast, A.Julien 10+2reb, I.Miles 9+4reb+1ast, M.Judith 6+2reb+1ast, B.Peterson 6+8reb+1ast, R.Brooks 5+8reb+2ast
Antibes: T.Blue 15+4reb+2ast, C.Otule 12+5reb, I.Cordinier 9+5reb+3ast, C.Jones 5+3reb, W.Solomon 3+3reb+1ast, F.Bourdillon 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 486024


Chalons-Reims - Le Portel 77-68

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Chalons-Reims (9-15) beat at home higher ranked Le Portel (11-13) 77-68 on Friday. Le Portel was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 23-10 charge of Chalons-Reims, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds and Dutch center Nicolas de-Jong (210-88) who added 21 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. Le Portel's coach Eric Girard rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalons-Reims moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Dijon and Hyeres-Toulon. Loser Le Portel keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: N.de Jong 21+4reb, S.Smith 16+8reb+2ast, A.Young 16+3reb, M.Souleyman Diabate 7+2reb+4ast, A.Lawrence 7+1reb+3ast, T.Cain 6+8reb+1ast
Le Portel: F.Hassell 16+8reb+1ast, D.Dorsey 16+3reb+5ast, J.Donaldson 15+10reb+4ast, B.Mangin 12+1reb+3ast, E.Lasisi 4+1reb, G.Chathuant 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 486023





Cholet inks M.J. Rhett - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) signed 25-year old American (has also Dominican passport) power forward M.J. Rhett (206-107kg-92, college: Mississippi). He just played at Tadamon in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Rhett managed to play in four leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 6 Pepsi LBL games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0bpg. He also played earlier that season for Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Rhett had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 10 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 14.9ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 14.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg. Rhett also played 6 games in Balkan League where he got remarkable 17.0ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.8apg.
He is quite experienced player. Rhett has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Italy (Bondi Ferrara), Latvia (Barons Riga), Philippines (Blackwater) and Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo).
Rhett attended University of Mississippi until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @patmosintl)

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Prva Liga Round 3 (Second Stage): Ohrid AV loses to Vardar - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Ohrid AV (2-1) recorded a loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Vardar (1-2) 77-65. The game was mostly controlled by Vardar. Ohrid AV managed to win second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American-Nigerian guard Deji Ibitayo (193-93, college: Akron) who scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Vojce Levkoski (-91) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vardar are looking forward to face Strumica (#7) in Strumica in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ohrid AV will play at home against Pelister Bitola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kumanovo. Karpos Sokoli (3-0) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Kumanovo (1-2) 91-88 on Saturday evening. Karpos Sokoli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#2) and Rabotnicki (#3). MZT Skopje (3-0) crushed visiting Rabotnicki (1-2) by 19 points 87-68. It was a great evening for Jure Lalic who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points and 9 rebounds. MZT Skopje's coach Ante Nazor used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Dime Tasovski with 25 points and 5 assists. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Karpos Sokoli.
The game in Gevgelija was also worth to mention about. Feni Industries (0-3) played at the court of Kozuv (1-2). Kozuv managed to secure a 7-point victory 83-76. Kozuv's next round opponent will be Rabotnicki (#3) in Skopje and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Feni Industries will play at home against Kumanovo and hope to get finally their first victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Strumica. Strumica (2-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Pelister Bitola (1-2) 52-49 on Sunday evening. Strumica will face Vardar (#10) in Skopje in the next round. Pelister Bitola will play on the road against Ohrid AV and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 3rd round was 10 points and 10 rebounds by Slobodan Mihajlovski of Ohrid AV.

Places 1-6
Kozuv - Feni Industries 83-76

The game in Gevgelija was also worth to mention about. Feni Industries (0-3) played at the court of Kozuv (1-2). Kozuv managed to secure a 7-point victory 83-76. Kozuv's next round opponent will be Rabotnicki (#3) in Skopje and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Feni Industries will play at home against Kumanovo and hope to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 539648


Kumanovo - Karpos Sokoli 88-91

Important game to mention about took place in Kumanovo. Karpos Sokoli (3-0) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Kumanovo (1-2) 91-88 on Saturday evening. Karpos Sokoli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
gschID: 539649


MZT Skopje - Rabotnicki 87-68

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#2) and Rabotnicki (#3). MZT Skopje (3-0) crushed visiting Rabotnicki (1-2) by 19 points 87-68. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Rabotnicki managed to win second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MZT Skopje dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Rabotnicki's 22. It was a great evening for Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points and 9 rebounds. Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. MZT Skopje's coach Ante Nazor used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) with 25 points and 5 assists and Serbian center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Karpos Sokoli.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: D.Drenovac 17+2reb, X.Thames 13+2reb+4ast, C.Kloof 12+5reb+3ast, J.Lalic 11+9reb+1ast, S.Gjuroski 7+4reb+2ast, D.Mijatovic 7+3reb+2ast
Rabotnicki: D.Tasovski 25+4reb+5ast, D.Mirakovski 17+2reb+2ast, N.Misanovic 14+9reb+1ast, V.Ilievski 7+2reb+8ast, G.Cekovski 3+6reb+1ast, V.Efremovski 2+2reb
gschID: 539650


Places 7-10
Strumica - Pelister Bitola 52-49

Important game to mention about took place in Strumica. Strumica (2-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Pelister Bitola (1-2) 52-49 on Sunday evening. Strumica will face Vardar (#10) in Skopje in the next round. Pelister Bitola will play on the road against Ohrid AV and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 539676


Ohrid AV - Vardar 65-77

Ohrid AV (2-1) recorded a loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Vardar (1-2) 77-65. The game was mostly controlled by Vardar. Ohrid AV managed to win second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American-Nigerian guard Deji Ibitayo (193-93, college: Akron) who scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Vojce Levkoski (-91) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Slobodan Mihajlovski (202-82) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vardar are looking forward to face Strumica (#7) in Strumica in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ohrid AV will play at home against Pelister Bitola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vardar: V.Levkoski 14+4reb+2ast, D.Ibitayo 13+7reb+3ast, D.Kalov 12+4reb+1ast, J.Zekjiri 10+2reb+1ast, M.Shalev 6+5reb, B.Serafimov 6+6reb+5ast
Ohrid AV: D.Brooks 23+8reb+1ast, S.Mihajlovski 10+10reb+1ast, K.Shane 8+9reb, B.Janevski 7+6reb+1ast, L.Milojevic 5+9reb, M.Vasilic 5+5reb
gschID: 539677





AEK Larnaca Cup History - by Torey Thomas

The Final Four cup weekend has just ended. AEK will now raise its first Cup trophy in the history of the Cypriot Basketball League. The Island of Cyprus is rich with basketball history. Teams have competed for many years to win cup titles and March 26, 2017 history was made in Larnaca. The AEK basketball team banded together to win a tough fought championship game on our homecourt. It's worth noting that we had amazing fans to help propel us to victory. Friday night we played against a very good team in Apoel and was victorious 80-65. On Sunday we beat the regular season league leader Keravnos 62-58. I am very happy to win my 3rd cup this year so far. First two supercups one with MZT Skopje and then here with AEK Larnaca. This was special because we made history. Now the playoffs start and we are on our quest to win the Title. We have been working extremely hard all season and now starts a new season.


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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.2 
 2. Knight, Jena18.7 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.8 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg16.0 
 5. Lewis, Bayreuth15.9 
 6. Paulding, EWE B.15.7 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 8. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.6 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen15.5 
 10. Jenkins, Jena15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Eatherton, Goett.7.5 
 3. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 4. Pierre, Braunsch.7.0 
 5. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.8 
 7. McGhee, Walter T.6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.6 
 9. Evans, Giessen .6.6 
 10. Searcy, Vechta6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.2 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.4 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 5. Odum, Wuerzburg5.9 
 6. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.8 
 7. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 8. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.0 
 9. Sanders, Goettingen4.9 
 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. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 6. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 7. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 8. Stewart, Walter T.1.7 
 9. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 10. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.4 
 2. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 3. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 4. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 5. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.1 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 8. Southerland, Wuerz.0.9 
 9. Horton, Telekom .0.9 
 10. Ibekwe, Fraport .0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Williams, Kirchheim19.2 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.6 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.5 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Warren, MBC16.7 
 6. Kerusch, MBC16.6 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg16.6 
 8. Spearman, Trier16.1 
 9. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 10. Canty, Hamburg15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.4 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen9.0 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.1 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz7.0 
 7. Wolf, Hamburg7.0 
 8. King, Koeln R.6.9 
 9. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
 10. Kronhardt, Kirch.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.6 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.9 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.8 
 5. Adams, Uni Baskets5.5 
 6. Vest, Uni Baskets5.4 
 7. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 8. Zazai, MBC5.1 
 9. Hatten, MBC5.1 
 10. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hatten, MBC2.5 
 2. Love, Kirchheim2.4 
 3. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 4. White, Heidelberg2.1 
 5. Carter, Chemnitz2.1 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.0 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.7 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim1.6 
 10. Kovacevic, Heidelberg1.6 
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. White, Heidelberg1.3 
 6. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 7. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 8. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 9. van, Trier1.1 
 10. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 


Jarelle Reischel (ex Vechta) is a newcomer at Knicks - by Eurobasket News

Westchester Knicks strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old German forward Jarelle Reischel (199-96kg-92, college: E.Kentucky). He played recently at SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL league, but left the team in Oct.'16. But in only one game he recorded just 1 point, 1 rebound and 1 steal this season.
Last year Reischel was drafted by Salt Lake City Stars (D-League) in second round (27th overall).
He attended Eastern Kentucky University until 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Reischel's team was regular season runner-up in Atlantic 10 in 2015. He was also voted NABC All-District 19 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Reischel represented Germany at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) nine years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 70.5%, 3FGP: 28.6%, FT: 60.9%.
Reischel has played also professionally in Germany for Eintracht Frankfurt.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BBL Round 27: ALBA Berlin edge BBC Bayreuth by one point - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 27 in the BBL took place in Berlin. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th placed BBC Bayreuth (18-7) to fifth ranked ALBA Berlin (17-10) 77-76 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BBC Bayreuth. ALBA Berlin made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by BBC Bayreuth's players. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 17 points. ALBA Berlin's coach Ahmet Caki used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) who recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds. ALBA Berlin maintains fifth place with 17-10 record. BBC Bayreuth at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. ALBA Berlin are looking forward to face EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg in the next round. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against SC Rasta Vechta and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bamberg. Leader ratiopharm Ulm faced second-best Brose Baskets. Guests from Ulm (26-0) defeated host Brose Baskets (23-3) 84-79. It was a good game for American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Chris Babb contributed with 19 points for the winners. International Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Brose Baskets. Brose Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated ratiopharm Ulm have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-0 record. Defending champion Brose Baskets keep the second position with three games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Brose Baskets will play on the road against BG Goettingen and hope to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Bremerhaven, where higher ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-15) lost to fourteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8-17) in a road game 79-86 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Quincy Diggs who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. The best for the losing side was AJ English with 35 points (!!!). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven maintains fourteenth place with 8-17 record. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will meet higher ranked Walter Tigers (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against Telekom Baskets and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Wuerzburg. Local s Oliver Baskets (7-18) outscored 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta (2-23) 86-63. It was a quality performance for Jake Odum who led the winners and scored 16 points and 9 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. s Oliver Baskets maintains fifteenth place with 7-18 record. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta keeps the seventeenth position with 23 games lost. s Oliver Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SC Rasta Vechta will play against BBC Bayreuth (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
B.Muenchen crushed Braunschweig in a road game 80-58. Telekom Bsk beat Ludwigsburg at home 90-86. Goettingen won against Walter Tigers on the opponent's court 82-73.

Braunschweig - B.Muenchen 58-80

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Braunschweig (4-21) was crushed at home by third ranked Bayern Muenchen (22-3) 80-58. 25 personal fouls committed by Braunschweig helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. The former international center Maik Zirbes (208-90, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 12 points for the winning side. American point guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) came up with 17 points and 6 assists and Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) added 6 points respectively for Braunschweig in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Bayern Muenchen. They maintain third place with 22-3 record having five points less than leader Ratiopharm. Braunschweig lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the sixteenth position with 21 games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be Science City Jena (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Braunschweig will play against Giessen 46ers (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: D.Booker 14+6reb+2ast, M.Zirbes 12+3reb, B.Taylor 9+1reb+1ast, N.Djedovic 9+3reb+1ast, D.Barthel 8+5reb+2ast, V.Lucic 8+4reb+3ast
Braunschweig: C.Medlock 17+1reb+6ast, J.Boykin 8+3reb, A.Hollins 8+3reb, G.Groselle 6+4reb, D.Pierre 6+4reb+1ast, T.Schwartz 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 528766


Brose Bask. - Ratiopharm 79-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bamberg. Leader ratiopharm Ulm faced second-best Brose Baskets. Guests from Ulm (26-0) defeated host Brose Baskets (23-3) 84-79. Brose Baskets were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 19 points for the winners. International Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Darius Miller (202-90, college: Kentucky) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Brose Baskets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ratiopharm Ulm have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-0 record. Defending champion Brose Baskets keep the second position with three games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Brose Baskets will play on the road against BG Goettingen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 24+9reb+2ast, C.Babb 19+2reb+2ast, B.Hobbs 14+3reb+3ast, A.Rubit 12+2reb, D.Butler 8+11reb+3ast, P.Guenther 3+4ast
Brose Bask.: D.Miller 17+1reb+4ast, N.Melli 17+2reb, D.Theis 16+5reb+2ast, N.Zisis 10+6reb+4ast, F.Causeur 8+3reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 528767


Telekom Bsk - Ludwigsburg 90-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Telekom Baskets' (15-10) home victory over 7th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (13-13) 90-86. Telekom Baskets players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by EnBW Ludwigsburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) accounted for 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. American swingman DJ Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists and international Johannes Thiemann (204-94) added 20 points and 12 rebounds respectively for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 15-10 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Telekom Baskets' next round opponent will be Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#10) in Frankfurt. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play at home against s Oliver Baskets and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: K.Horton 24+10reb+4ast, J.Gamble 20+5reb+4ast, R.Thompson 13+3reb+4ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 12+6reb+4ast, J.Mayo 8+2reb+8ast, J.Sanders 4+1reb+1ast
Ludwigsburg: J.Thiemann 20+12reb, K.Martin 19+3reb, D.Kennedy 14+7reb+14ast, R.Trice 10+1ast, C.Hammonds 9+1reb+4ast, D.Crawford 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 528765


Walter Tigers - Goettingen 73-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked Walter Tigers' (9-20) home loss to twelfth ranked BG Goettingen (10-17) 73-82. BG Goettingen dominated down low during the game scoring 36 of its points in the paint compared to Walter Tigers' 16. They outrebounded Walter Tigers 35-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. The game was also dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Jesse Sanders (190-89, college: Liberty) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 8 assists. Swingman Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) accounted for 14 points and 5 assists for the winning side. BG Goettingen's coach Johannes Roijakkers allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Julian Washburn (204-91, college: UTEP) came up with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Jared Jordan (187-84, college: Marist) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Walter Tigers in the defeat. Four BG Goettingen and five Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. BG Goettingen maintains twelfth place with 10-17 record. Walter Tigers lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Brose Baskets in Bamberg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Walter Tigers will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: J.Sanders 15+4reb+8ast, A.Ruoff 14+3reb+5ast, A.Waleskowski 12+2reb, D.Carter 10+5reb+1ast, B.Veikalas 9+4reb+1ast, S.Eatherton 7+13reb+1ast
Walter Tigers: B.Stewart 16+2reb+3ast, J.Washburn 15+5reb+5ast, J.Jordan 13+7reb+4ast, I.Philmore 12+4reb, S.Kidd 10+1reb+3ast, G.McGhee 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 528764


ALBA - Bayreuth 77-76

The most exciting game of round 27 in the BBL took place in Berlin. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th placed BBC Bayreuth (18-7) to fifth ranked ALBA Berlin (17-10) 77-76 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BBC Bayreuth. ALBA Berlin made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by BBC Bayreuth's players. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 17 points. ALBA Berlin's coach Ahmet Caki used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) who recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import point guard Kyan Anderson (180-92, college: TCU, agency: Pensack Sports) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively. ALBA Berlin maintains fifth place with 17-10 record. BBC Bayreuth at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. ALBA Berlin are looking forward to face EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg in the next round. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against SC Rasta Vechta and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Milosavljevic 19+5reb+2ast, E.Kikanovic 17+3reb+3ast, N.Giffey 10+4reb+6ast, M.Miller 8+7reb, E.Atsur 6+4ast, A.Vargas 5+2reb+2ast
Bayreuth: N.Linhart 19+9reb, J.Lewis 16+4reb+1ast, K.Anderson 15+2reb+5ast, S.Wachalski 8+3reb+1ast, A.Seiferth 8+3reb, A.Marei 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 528763


Wuerzburg - Vechta 86-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Wuerzburg. Local s Oliver Baskets (7-18) outscored 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta (2-23) 86-63. s Oliver Baskets players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a quality performance for American point guard Jake Odum (193-91, college: Indiana St.) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 9 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Naturalized Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (209-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) came up with 21 points and the other American import forward Derrick Allen (201-80, college: Mississippi) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for SC Rasta Vechta in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. s Oliver Baskets maintains fifteenth place with 7-18 record. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta keeps the seventeenth position with 23 games lost. s Oliver Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SC Rasta Vechta will play against BBC Bayreuth (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: K.Loncar 22+5reb+2ast, J.Odum 16+4reb+9ast, B.Lane 12+4reb+1ast, V.Sanford 11+2reb+6ast, M.Stuckey 8+2reb, L.Ulmer 5+4reb+2ast
Vechta: F.Gaines 21+1reb+2ast, D.Allen 11+5reb+2ast, R.Broadus 9+1reb, M.Ehambe 5+1reb, D.Searcy 5+5reb, N.Geske 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 528762


Bremerhaven - Fraport SKY 86-79

We should mention about the upset which took place in Bremerhaven, where higher ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-15) lost to fourteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8-17) in a road game 79-86 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. Point guard Jordan Hulls (180-90, college: Indiana) helped adding 16 points and 5 assists. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard AJ English (192-92, college: Iona) with 35 points (!!!) and guard Quantez Robertson (188-84, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven maintains fourteenth place with 8-17 record. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will meet higher ranked Walter Tigers (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against Telekom Baskets and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: Q.Diggs 25+3reb+3ast, J.Hulls 16+3reb+5ast, F.Bleck 13+5reb+1ast, H.Kamp 12+5reb, I.Elliott 7+9reb+5ast, K.Anderson 6+3reb+1ast
Fraport SKY: A.English 35+3reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 15+11reb+4ast, S.Huff 11+3reb+3ast, S.Shields 7+10reb, S.Ilzhoefer 6, K.Vaughn 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 528761





ProA Round 29: Crailsheim Merlins beat Hamburg by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

Eleventh-ranked Hamburg (13-16) was very close to win a game against second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (24-5) on Saturday. Crailsheim Merlins managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hamburg. Crailsheim Merlins looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) saved the victory by scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Tuomas Iisalo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard DeAndre Lansdowne (187-89, college: Fort Lewis) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Hamburg. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place with 24-5 record having just two points less than leader MBC. Hamburg at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Hanau. Crailsheim Merlins are looking forward to face White Wings (#10) in Hanau in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hamburg will play at home against Ehingen/Urspringschule and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (26-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Titans (2-28) in Weissenfels 83-49. Naturalized American forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Tyson Hinz chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Igor Jovovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard RJ Price (180-93, college: Radford) responded with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Mitteldeutscher BC. They maintain first place with 26-3 record. Titans lost their fourteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 28 lost games. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Uni Baskets (#9) in Paderborn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Titans will play at home against Chemnitz (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Allmendingen between Ehingen/Urspringschule and Kirchheim Knights. Fourteenth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (10-20) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Kirchheim Knights (19-10). Ehingen/Urspringschule managed to escape with a 2-point win 93-91 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Devon Moore nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Domenik Reinboth allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Jonathon Williams came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Kirchheim Knights in the defeat. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains fourteenth place with 10-20 record. Loser Kirchheim Knights keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will meet higher ranked Hamburg (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kirchheim Knights will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-14) and Baunach (10-19), which took place in Gotha. Higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost at home to thirteenth ranked Baunach 79-94. The best player for the winners was Malik Mueller who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Baunach maintains thirteenth place with 10-19 record. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. Baunach's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gladiators (#6) in Trier and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Hanau were beaten by Heidelberg on the road 83-74. Chemnitz won against ETB Wohnbau on its own court 88-76. Nuernberg unfortunately lost to Trier in a road game 67-81. Koeln Rh.Stars managed to beat Uni Baskets at home 67-51. Chemnitz defeated Nuernberg on the opponent's court 79-69. Heidelberg smashed Dresden in a home game 84-52.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 11 points and 5 rebounds by Niklas Ney of Heidelberg.

Ehingen - Kirchheim 93-91

A very close game took place in Allmendingen between Ehingen/Urspringschule and Kirchheim Knights. Fourteenth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (10-20) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Kirchheim Knights (19-10). Ehingen/Urspringschule managed to escape with a 2-point win 93-91 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Ehingen/Urspringschule dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Kirchheim Knights' 48. Ehingen/Urspringschule looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard Devon Moore (193-89, college: JMU) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Scottish forward Alasdair Fraser (201-92, college: Maine, agency: Court Side) accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Domenik Reinboth allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds and center Andreas Kronhardt (205-89) added 21 points and 4 steals respectively for Kirchheim Knights in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains fourteenth place with 10-20 record. Loser Kirchheim Knights keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will meet higher ranked Hamburg (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kirchheim Knights will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: D.Moore 21+2reb+12ast, A.Fraser 20+7reb, D.Berger 15+3reb+3ast, C.Wolf 10+4reb, T.Jahn 8+9reb+1ast, K.Taylor 7+4reb+2ast
Kirchheim: A.Kronhardt 21+4reb+3ast, J.Williams 20+8reb+2ast, C.Love 14+5reb+5ast, T.Koch 12+4reb+4ast, S.Hinrichs 9+5reb+6ast, P.Medlin 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 474239


Heidelberg - Hanau 83-74

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (18-11) beat at home 10th ranked White Wings (13-16) 83-74. MLP Academics Heidelberg players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by White Wings helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Vance Hall (193-91, college: Bellarmine) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. Naturalized Russian forward Albert Kuppe (200-88) chipped in 21 points. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach Branislav Ignjatovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Eugene Harris (187-86, college: High Point) added 17 points respectively for the guests. MLP Academics Heidelberg maintains fifth place with 18-11 record. White Wings lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. MLP Academics Heidelberg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. White Wings will play against the league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: A.Kuppe 21+2ast, V.Hall 18+4reb+4ast, D.White 9+4reb+2ast, S.Ely 8+1reb+1ast, P.Heyden 8+3reb+7ast, B.Thompson 6+4reb+3ast
Hanau: K.Pinkins 18+6reb+1ast, E.Harris 17+4reb+3ast, I.Sykes 8+5reb, C.von Fintel 8+3reb, T.Joenke 8+8reb+5ast, R.Spoden 5+3reb
gschID: 474238


Crailsheim - Hamburg 82-81

Eleventh-ranked Hamburg (13-16) was very close to win a game against second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (24-5) on Saturday. Crailsheim Merlins managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hamburg. Crailsheim Merlins looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) saved the victory by scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Tuomas Iisalo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard DeAndre Lansdowne (187-89, college: Fort Lewis) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Rod Camphor (191-92, college: SW Oklahoma St.) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hamburg. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place with 24-5 record having just two points less than leader MBC. Hamburg at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Hanau. Crailsheim Merlins are looking forward to face White Wings (#10) in Hanau in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hamburg will play at home against Ehingen/Urspringschule and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: K.Tiggs 15+6reb+3ast, T.Kotti 14+4reb+1ast, C.Dunn 14+2reb+5ast, N.Hilliard IV 10+2reb+6ast, K.Wysocki 8+7reb+3ast, C.Griffin 7+1reb+2ast
Hamburg: R.Camphor 19+4reb+4ast, D.Lansdowne 18+7reb+4ast, E.Wolf 12+9reb+1ast, L.Kamp 12+2reb+3ast, J.Raffington 8+4reb, M.Blessing 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 474237


MBC - Dresden 83-49

ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (26-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Titans (2-28) in Weissenfels 83-49. They outrebounded Titans 38-19 including 24 on the defensive glass. Mitteldeutscher BC players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Naturalized American forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Canadian forward Tyson Hinz (201-91) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Igor Jovovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard RJ Price (180-93, college: Radford) responded with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American swingman Jeremy Dunbar (195-88, college: Arkansas Tech) scored 10 points. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Mitteldeutscher BC. They maintain first place with 26-3 record. Titans lost their fourteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 28 lost games. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Uni Baskets (#9) in Paderborn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Titans will play at home against Chemnitz (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
MBC: S.Kerusch 17+6reb+1ast, A.Warren 14+2reb+2ast, T.Hinz 11+8reb+3ast, D.Johnson 8+3reb+2ast, J.Niedermanner 7+2reb, M.Hatten 7+2ast
Dresden: S.Heck 10+1reb, J.Dunbar 10+2reb+3ast, H.Baues 10+5reb, R.Price 7+5reb+5ast, W.Simon 7+1reb, D.Sturner 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 474236


Oettinger R. - Baunach 79-94

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-14) and Baunach (10-19), which took place in Gotha. Higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost at home to thirteenth ranked Baunach 79-94. They made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Baunach outrebounded Oettinger Rockets Gotha 39-25 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Oettinger Rockets Gotha helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Malik Mueller (190-94, college: Virginia Tech) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. Slovenian point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95) chipped in 18 points and 7 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American-Ivorian forward Dane Watts (203-86) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and American point guard David Hicks (184-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Five Baunach and four Oettinger Rockets Gotha players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Baunach maintains thirteenth place with 10-19 record. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. Baunach's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gladiators (#6) in Trier and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Baunach: M.Mueller 26+5reb, A.Nikolic 18+4reb+7ast, A.Kulboka 13+4reb+2ast, L.Kratzer 13+11reb+1ast, L.Olinde 12+8reb+6ast, T.Taras 12+1reb+1ast
Oettinger R.: D.Watts 16+9reb+2ast, D.Hicks 15+2reb+2ast, K.Kullamae 13+1reb, J.Schmidkunz 10, R.Oehle 10+4reb+2ast, J.Grof 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 474235


Chemnitz - ETB Wohnbau 88-76

Very expected game when 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (8-21) lost on the road to third ranked Chemnitz (20-9) 88-76. Chemnitz dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to ETB Wohnbau's 34 and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded ETB Wohnbau 33-17 including a 25-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Chemnitz players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Chris Carter (195-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 assists. His fellow American import point guard Virgil Matthews (190-83, college: Montana) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four Chemnitz players scored in double figures. Power forward Robin Lodders (205-94) produced 16 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and American point guard Ashton Moore (183-93, college: Citadel) added 15 points respectively for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for Chemnitz. They maintain third place with 20-9 record having six points less than leader MBC. ETB Wohnbau at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Chemnitz's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Titans (#16) in Dresden which should be an easy win for them. ETB Wohnbau will play at home against Oettinger Rockets Gotha and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: C.Carter 15+4reb+14ast, M.Ziegenhagen 14+5reb+1ast, V.Matthews 13+4reb+4ast, M.Fleischmann 13+6reb, J.Lawson 12+2reb, M.Seiferth 8+3reb
ETB Wohnbau: M.Creek 16+2reb, R.Lodders 16+4reb+2ast, A.Moore 15+1reb+2ast, J.Lodders 8+1reb, M.Gebhardt 6+1reb+2ast, E.Thompson 5+4reb
gschID: 474234


Trier - Nuernberg 81-67

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Gladiators (16-13) won against 12th ranked Nuernberg (11-18) in Trier 81-67. The best player for the winners was American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91, college: Hawaii) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Simon Schmitz (188-90) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Spearman is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Gladiators' coach Marco van den Berg allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Andre Calvin (201-85, college: Drake) produced 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Sebastian Schroeder (192-88) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Gladiators moved-up to sixth place. Nuernberg at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Gladiators' next round opponent will be Baunach (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Trier: B.Spearman 21+6reb+3ast, J.Bucknor 15+1reb+1ast, S.Schmitz 14+4reb+5ast, S.Herrera 9+1reb+1ast, J.Joos 9+3reb, K.Dietz 8+7reb+1ast
Nuernberg: A.Calvin 21+4reb+2ast, D.Oppland 14+7reb, D.Watkins 12, S.Schroeder 9+8reb+5ast, J.Young 6+3reb+4ast, A.Njei 3+1ast
gschID: 474233


Koeln Rh.Stars - Uni Baskets 67-51

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Uni Baskets (14-15) lost on the road to tenth ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (14-15) 67-51. Koeln Rh.Stars forced 20 Uni Baskets turnovers and outrebounded them 46-27 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Koeln Rh.Stars brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) who scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Center Dennis Heinzmann (216-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Matt Dodson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Matt Vest (195-92, college: Wright St.) produced 16 points and the other American import point guard Chase Adams (177-88, college: Pittsburgh) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Koeln Rh.Stars moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Uni Baskets. Koeln Rh.Stars' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Koeln Koeln Rh.Stars.
Top scorers:
Koeln Rh.Stars: H.Robertson 15+4reb+2ast, D.Heinzmann 11+12reb+1ast, R.Williams 11+5reb+8ast, A.Foster 9+5reb, C.Eversley 7+3reb+3ast, R.Christen 5+4reb+1ast
Uni Baskets: M.Vest 16+3reb+2ast, C.Adams 13+2reb+2ast, P.Daubner 5+1reb, N.Tufegdzich 5+1ast, T.Gloger 4+4reb, M.Grim 3+7reb
gschID: 474232


Round 16
Nuernberg - Chemnitz 69-79

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Chemnitz (20-9) defeated 12th ranked Nuernberg (11-18) in Nurnberg 79-69. Chemnitz forced 19 Nuernberg turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Malte Ziegenhagen (198-91, college: Kaiser) chipped in 18 points. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nuernberg's coach Ralph Junge rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Chemnitz. They maintain third place with 20-9 record having six points less than leader MBC. Nuernberg at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Chemnitz's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Titans (#16) in Dresden which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: M.Ziegenhagen 18+4reb+2ast, J.Lawson 16+10reb+3ast, M.Fleischmann 16+1reb, C.Carter 11+3reb+6ast, J.Richter 8+4reb+1ast, V.Matthews 6+2reb+5ast
Nuernberg: D.Watkins 14+1reb+3ast, S.Schroeder 13+2reb, A.Calvin 12+1reb, D.Oppland 11+8reb+2ast, M.Sanders 8+4reb, J.Young 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 529490


Round 27
Heidelberg - Dresden 84-52

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Titans (2-28) were outleveled on the road by fifth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (18-11) 84-52. MLP Academics Heidelberg dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Titans' 24. They outrebounded Titans 40-21 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American point guard Vance Hall (193-91, college: Bellarmine) who scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Center Niklas Ney (208-95, college: Mercer) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four MLP Academics Heidelberg players scored in double figures. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach Branislav Ignjatovic felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Helge Baues (205-94) produced 8 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard RJ Price (180-93, college: Radford) added 9 points respectively for the guests. MLP Academics Heidelberg maintains fifth place with 18-11 record. Titans lost their fourteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 28 lost games. MLP Academics Heidelberg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Titans will play against Chemnitz (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: V.Hall 12+7reb+3ast, H.Kovacevic 12+3reb+1ast, N.Ney 11+5reb+1ast, B.Thompson 11+6reb, P.Heyden 9+3reb+1ast, A.Kuppe 8+1reb+3ast
Dresden: R.Price 9+3reb+2ast, J.Dunbar 9+2reb+3ast, H.Baues 8+7reb, W.Simon 7+3reb+2ast, S.Heck 6+1ast, M.von der Wippel 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 540242





Review of ProB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Elchingen - Wuerzburg 81-66

Elchingen overcame Wuerzburg to take the lead in the quarterfinal series. Elchingen forced 26 Wuerzburg turnovers. Wuerzburg was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Brian Butler (196-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Canadian swingman Taevaunn Prince (191-91, college: Missouri So.) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side center Georg Voigtmann (213-94) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and Maximilian Ugrai (201-95) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Elchingen: T.Prince 20+6reb, B.Butler 16+10reb, A.Didovic 10+2reb+1ast, B.Lockhart 9+2reb+8ast, F.Beck 8+4reb+1ast, M.Petric 7+2reb+2ast
Wuerzburg: M.Ugrai 17+11reb, M.Barksdale 14+9reb+2ast, G.Voigtmann 14+13reb+3ast, M.Heckel 9+6ast, L.Wank 6+3reb, L.Larysz 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 542521


Bernau - Bochum 66-73

Bochum upset Bernau on the road in the opener. AstroStars looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Alexander Angerer (203-96) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American Ryon Howard (198-84, college: Sacred Heart) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four AstroStars players scored in double figures. American guard Pierre Bland (188-92, college: IPFW) answered with 20 points and 6 assists and Tim Schneider (208-97) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for SSV Lok Bernau. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Bochum: R.Howard 18+9reb+1ast, A.Angerer 16+10reb+4ast, D.Roberts 15+4reb, G.Johnson 12+4reb+11ast, F.Engel 4+1reb+11ast, R.Bals 4+1reb
Bernau: P.Bland 20+3reb+6ast, T.Schneider 12+9reb+1ast, J.Boehm 8+1ast, F.Zylka 7+2reb+3ast, T.Parker-Rivera 6+7reb+1ast, R.Gloeckner 4
gschID: 542524


Karlsruhe PS - Iserlohn 88-67

Karlsruhe PS held off Iserlohn for the opening victory in the series. Karlsruhe PS outrebounded Iserlohn 41-25 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Orlando Parker (203-91, college: Wagner) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and guard Dmitrj Kreis (187-88) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Karlsruhe PS players scored in double figures. At the losing side Thomas Reuter (198-92, college: E.Washington) responded with 17 points and American-Ivorian forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Iserlohn's coach Matthias Grothe gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe PS: O.Parker 17+11reb+1ast, D.Jakolis 14+1reb+1ast, D.Kreis 13+8reb+4ast, J.Mampuya 12+4reb+4ast, D.McDuffie 11+5reb+2ast, J.Talbert 11+9reb+4ast
Iserlohn: T.Reuter 17+3reb+1ast, M.Kone 11+6reb, S.Fritze 11+2reb+3ast, T.Harris 9+4reb+1ast, J.Dahmen 7+4reb, G.de Oliveira 6+1reb
gschID: 542523


Weissenhorn - Karlsruhe BG 71-66

Weissenhorn outgunned Karlsruhe BG to gain the lead. Hungarian point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97) stepped up and scored 16 points and 7 assists for the winners and naturalized Austrian point guard David Kramer (191-97) chipped in 22 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Weissenhorn Youngstars' coach Daniel Jansson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side naturalized American forward Shawn Gulley (201-93, college: Temple JC) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds and American center Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: D.Kramer 22+4reb, J.Ferner 18+2reb+1ast, M.Pongo 16+3reb+7ast, M.Omuvwie 4+6reb+1ast, M.Stoll 3, N.Mittmann 2+10reb+3ast
Karlsruhe BG: S.Gulley 23+9reb+2ast, J.Black 16+10reb, A.Schmitz 8+3reb+3ast, K.Duku 6+2reb+1ast, R.Easterling 6+5reb+2ast, A.Kazarnovski 3+7reb+3ast
gschID: 542522





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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Dezmine WELLS
  Doxa L.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Wells, Doxa L.16.8 
 2. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 3. Starks, Koroivos14.4 
 4. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 5. Cummings, Aris13.8 
 6. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 7. Gotcher, Koroivos13.2 
 8. Releford, Kolossos.12.9 
 9. Milutinovic, Koroivos12.8 
 10. Fitzpatrick, AGOR12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.7 
 2. Morgan, Kymis9.0 
 3. Basabe, Doxa L.8.9 
 4. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.6.8 
 6. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 7. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 8. Evans, Lavrio6.3 
 9. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.3 
 10. Elonu, AEK Athens6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.3 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.8 
 5. Young, Lavrio4.8 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.2 
 7. Talton, AGOR4.1 
 8. Blassingame, Promi.3.9 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 3. Releford, Kolossos.1.7 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Hickey, Apollon .1.7 
 6. Young, Lavrio1.7 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.6 
 8. Gotcher, Koroivos1.4 
 9. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Moore, Promitheas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Johnson, Promi.1.4 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.2 
 4. Buckner, Aris1.2 
 5. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 6. Raines, Apollon .1.0 
 7. Reddic, Kolossos HH1.0 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Jackson, Aris1.0 
 10. Orton, Kymis1.0 


A1 Round 23: PAOK edge Promitheas by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A1 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 derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Eighth-ranked Promitheas (9-14) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked PAOK (13-10) in Thessaloniki on Saturday. PAOK managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 29-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Promitheas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Thaddus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 18 points. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-92) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Lucky Jones (198-93, college: Robert Morris) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. PAOK moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Aris. Newly promoted Promitheas keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Lavrio and Trikalla. PAOK is looking forward to face league's leader Olympiacos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Promitheas will play at home against Kymis (#12) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Athens: Panathinaikos (#2) and AEK Athens (#3). AEK Athens was crushed at home by 19 points 87-106 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. KC Rivers contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for AEK Athens. AEK Athens' coach Sotiris Manolopoulos rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Panathinaikos (22-1) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Olympiacos. AEK Athens at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Panathinaikos will play against Aiolos Trikallon (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AEK Athens will play against Doxa Lefkadas (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Rethymno was also quite interesting. Second ranked Olympiacos (22-1) played at the court of 7th ranked AGOR (11-12). Olympiacos managed to secure a 7-point victory 70-63 on Monday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AGOR. It was a great evening for Vassilis Spanoulis who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Walter Lemon-Jr responded with 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Olympiacos. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Panathinaikos. Loser AGOR keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Olympiacos will meet at home PAOK (#4) in the next round. AGOR will play against Koroivos and hope to secure a win.
Twelfth-ranked Kymis (7-16) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Aris (13-10). The visitors from Thessaloniki managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for Vladimir Jankovic who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Aris maintains fourth place with 13-10 record, which they share with PAOK. Newly promoted Kymis dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Aris' next round opponent will be Apollon Patras (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. Kymis will play against Promitheas in Patras and hope to win that game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Patra, where higher ranked Kolossos HH (12-11) lost to thirteenth ranked Apollon Patras (6-17) in a road game 67-83 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Steven Burtt who scored 24 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Apollon Patras maintains thirteenth place with 6-17 record. Loser Kolossos HH keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Apollon Patras will face higher ranked Aris (#5) in Thessaloniki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 23 Koroivos was defeated by Trikalla in Trikallon 72-55. Lavrio smashed Doxa Lefkadas at home 80-60.

AGOR - Olympiacos 63-70

The game in Rethymno was also quite interesting. Second ranked Olympiacos (22-1) played at the court of 7th ranked AGOR (11-12). Olympiacos managed to secure a 7-point victory 70-63 on Monday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AGOR. The game without a history. Olympiacos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to AGOR's 24. They outrebounded AGOR 39-23 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Canadian center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American guard Walter Lemon-Jr (190-92, college: Bradley) responded with 18 points and the other American import forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Olympiacos. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Panathinaikos. Loser AGOR keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Olympiacos will meet at home PAOK (#4) in the next round. AGOR will play against Koroivos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: K.Birch 15+6reb, V.Spanoulis 12+5reb+7ast, G.Printezis 8+3reb+3ast, N.Milutinov 6+5reb, G.Ballis 6+4reb+2ast, D.Waters 6+1reb+1ast
AGOR: W.Lemon Jr. 18+2reb+2ast, H.Giannopoulos 11, R.Arnold 9+5reb+1ast, R.Schaftenaar 6+3reb+2ast, T.Fitzpatrick 6+5reb+2ast, M.Kamperidis 5+2reb
gschID: 493742


AEK Athens - Panathinaikos 87-106

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Athens: Panathinaikos (#2) and AEK Athens (#3). AEK Athens was crushed at home by 19 points 87-106 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Panathinaikos made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Panathinaikos outrebounded AEK Athens 49-32 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. AEK Athens was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. American-Guinea-Bissau guard KC Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for AEK Athens. Five Panathinaikos and four AEK Athens players scored in double figures. AEK Athens' coach Sotiris Manolopoulos rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Panathinaikos (22-1) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Olympiacos. AEK Athens at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Panathinaikos will play against Aiolos Trikallon (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AEK Athens will play against Doxa Lefkadas (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: C.Singleton 22+16reb+3ast, I.Bourousis 18+5reb+1ast, K.Rivers 17+6reb+3ast, N.Calathes 14+8reb+3ast, M.James 11+2reb+4ast, J.Feldeine 10+1reb+2ast
AEK Athens: L.Mavrokefalidis 19+6reb+2ast, D.Mavroeidis 12+2reb, R.Ukic 12+3reb+2ast, C.Elonu 11+11reb, D.Sakota 9+3reb+3ast, D.McGrath 9+3ast
gschID: 493740


PAOK - Promitheas 78-75

Eighth-ranked Promitheas (9-14) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked PAOK (13-10) in Thessaloniki on Saturday. PAOK managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 29-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Promitheas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Thaddus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 18 points. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-92) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Lucky Jones (198-93, college: Robert Morris) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) added 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. PAOK moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Aris. Newly promoted Promitheas keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Lavrio and Trikalla. PAOK is looking forward to face league's leader Olympiacos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Promitheas will play at home against Kymis (#12) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
PAOK: T.McFadden 18+2reb+1ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 13+5reb+1ast, I.Aska 9+4reb+1ast, N.Sobey 8+2reb, A.Koniaris 7+3reb+2ast, Z.Peiners 7+4reb+1ast
Promitheas: L.Jones 13+10reb+2ast, M.Moore 11+5reb+4ast, M.Faye 11+2reb+1ast, P.Geromichalos 9+2reb, N.Gikas 8+3reb+4ast, M.Todic 7
gschID: 493743


Trikalla - Koroivos 72-55

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Koroivos' (7-16) road loss to tenth ranked Aiolos Trikallon (9-14) 55-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Aiolos Trikallon. Koroivos was better in third quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Koroivos to just 7 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was American point guard Mike Caffey (183-93, college: Long Beach St.) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Naturalized French Angelo Tsagarakis (191-84) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Devonta Pollard (203-94, college: Houston) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Serbian swingman Andreja Milutinovic (199-90) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Aiolos Trikallon moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Lavrio and Promitheas. Koroivos lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Aiolos Trikallon will face league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Koroivos will play at home against AGOR (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Trikalla: S.Manolopoulos 18+1reb, M.Caffey 17+6reb+9ast, A.Tsagarakis 11+7reb+4ast, O.Lypovyy 9+2reb+1ast, A.Varytimiadis 4+3reb, D.Haughton 4+4reb+1ast
Koroivos: D.Pollard 16+10reb+2ast, A.Milutinovic 14+6reb, T.Gotcher 9+10reb+1ast, A.Spyridonidis 6+2ast, M.Starks 4+1reb+4ast, Y.Sahpatzidis 3
gschID: 493741


Apollon Patras - Kolossos HH 83-67

We should mention about the upset which took place in Patra, where higher ranked Kolossos HH (12-11) lost to thirteenth ranked Apollon Patras (6-17) in a road game 67-83 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Apollon Patras. Kolossos HH was better in third quarter 30-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Apollon Patras made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (189-84, college: Iona) who scored 24 points. Ioannis Kouzeloglou (204-95) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Four Apollon Patras players scored in double figures. American point guard Langston Hall (193-91, college: Mercer) produced 18 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Juvonte Reddic (206-92, college: VCU) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Apollon Patras maintains thirteenth place with 6-17 record. Loser Kolossos HH keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Apollon Patras will face higher ranked Aris (#5) in Thessaloniki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: S.Burtt 24+1reb+3ast, T.Kalinoski 18+2reb+2ast, A.Hickey 12+3reb+2ast, I.Kouzeloglou 11+14reb+2ast, C.Raines 9+9reb+1ast, G.Diamantakos 6+3reb
Kolossos HH: L.Hall 18+4reb+4ast, J.Reddic 13+5reb, T.Releford 13+2reb+3ast, C.Saloustros 9+5reb+1ast, P.Vasilopoulos 7+9reb+1ast, K.Papadakis 4+1ast
gschID: 493738


Lavrio - Doxa Lefkadas 80-60

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Lavrio (9-14) smashed at home bottom-ranked Doxa Lefkadas (4-19) 80-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Lavrio. Doxa Lefkadas was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Lavrio looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was British forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Court Side) who scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. American Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Montenegrin Ivan Maras (207-86) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Tyshawn Abbott (192-88, college: Arizona St.) added 10 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lavrio moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Promitheas and Trikalla. Newly promoted Doxa Lefkadas stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Lavrio will face higher ranked Kolossos HH (#6) in Rodou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Doxa Lefkadas will play at home against AEK Athens (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: Z.Nixon 15+2reb+2ast, A.Hamilton 12+7reb+1ast, S.Evans 10+8reb+2ast, K.Punter 9+2reb+2ast, C.Stefanidis 9+2reb+4ast, D.Bolds 8+5reb+3ast
Doxa Lefkadas: I.Maras 12+9reb+1ast, T.Abbott 10+4reb+1ast, D.Doblas 8+4reb+1ast, G.Georgakis 7+1reb, S.Scott 4+5reb+2ast, G.Demertzis 4+2ast
gschID: 493737


Kymis - Aris 77-80

Twelfth-ranked Kymis (7-16) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Aris (13-10). The visitors from Thessaloniki managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Aris outrebounded Kymis 48-27 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Kymis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Serbian Slaven Cupkovic (205-88, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 14 points and guard Dimitrios Stamatis (192-96) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Kymis in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Aris maintains fourth place with 13-10 record, which they share with PAOK. Newly promoted Kymis dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Aris' next round opponent will be Apollon Patras (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. Kymis will play against Promitheas in Patras and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aris: W.Cummings 17+5reb+3ast, V.Jankovic 14+10reb+3ast, T.Zaras 13+3reb+2ast, V.Xanthopoulos 12+5reb+5ast, V.Kavvadas 9+10reb, M.Tsairelis 5+3reb+1ast
Kymis: S.Cupkovic 14+4reb+3ast, S.Toutziarakis 13+4reb+1ast, D.Stamatis 12+6reb+3ast, C.Kostov 10+2reb+2ast, D.Orton 8+3reb+1ast, J.Cadee 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 493739





Greek A2 round 23 best performance: Giannis Dimakos - by Eurobasket News

Guard Giannis Dimakos (192-G-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Faros, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Doukas (#3, 18-4) 96-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Faros maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Faros will need more victories to improve their 17-5 record. In the team's last game Dimakos had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Giannis Dimakos averages this season 10.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Polish Andy Mazurczak (188-G, agency: Duran International) of Kavala. Mazurczak had a very good evening with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. It was enough for Kavala to edge slightly lower-ranked Irakleio (#14, 6-16) 69-65. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Kavala managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Mazurczak is a newcomer at Kavala, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Sotiris Gioulekas (203-F-79) of GS Larissas (#15). Gioulekas scored 23 points. Despite Gioulekas' great performance GS Larissas lost 62-79 to the higher-ranked Amyntas Dafnis (#9, 11-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. GS Larissas can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Gioulekas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Gioulekas has individually a great season in Greece. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.4ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) of Doukas - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Gaios Skordilis (207-C-87) of Faros - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Karamo Jawara (203-F-91) of Doxa Pefkon - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andreas Skoufis (191-PG-98) of Pagrati - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Kostas Macheras (205-C-85) of Ethnikos - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (185-G-85) of Holargos - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86) of Arkadikos - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



B Round 24: Leader Kastoria loses to Ermis Lagkada - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Kastoria (22-2) recorded its second loss in Lagadas on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Ermis Lagkada (13-11) 93-82. It ended at the same time the 17-game winning streak of Kastoria. Ermis Lagkada moved-up to fifth place in North, which they share with Agriniou. Kastoria at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Ermis Lagkada is looking forward to face Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in Perikos in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kastoria will play against Anatolia (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Seventh-ranked Anatolia (12-12) made lots of trouble for third ranked Ermis Agias (18-6). The visitors managed to secure only three-point victory 61-58. However their fans expected much easier game. Ermis Agias have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in North, which they share with Karditsas. Anatolia at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Ermis Agias will play against HANTH (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Anatolia will play against the league's leader Kastoria (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Peristeri GS (#1) and Papagou (#4). Peristeri GS (20-4) smashed visiting Papagou (15-9) by 19 points 72-53. Peristeri GS have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position in South with 20-4 record. Loser Papagou keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Ionikos Nikaias and Koropi. Peristeri GS will meet Tritonas S. (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Papagou will play against Panelefsiniakos (#7) and hope to secure a win.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Karditsas (18-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Agriniou (13-11). Karditsas defeated Agriniou 74-60. Karditsas have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Karditsas maintains second position in North with 18-6 record having four points less than leader Kastoria, which they share with Ermis Agias. Agriniou at the other side keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Karditsas' next round opponent will be Charilaos TM (#9) and are hoping to win another game. Agriniou will play against Polygirou (#15) and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Athens. Ninth ranked Nea Kifisia (12-12) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Kronos AD (9-15) 69-68 on Sunday evening. Nea Kifisia moved-up to eighth place in South, which they share with Mandraikos. Loser Kronos AD dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Nea Kifisia will face Zografou (#11) in the next round. Kronos AD will play against KAP and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In North Xanthis defeated Polygirou in a road game 82-73. Evropi beat Stratoni at home 111-96. Filippos Veroias lost to Gefyra on the opponent's court 66-73. HANTH unfortunately lost to Charilaos TM in a home game 59-75. Periko/Arhelaos rolled over Aias Evosmou on the road 70-50.
In South Ergotelis defeated Koropi on its own court 72-69. Tritonas S. was beaten by Marousi in a road game 75-71. Ionikos Nikaias won against Mandraikos at home 71-65. Apollon Sm. unfortunately lost to Panerythraikos on the opponent's court 54-65. KAP recorded a loss to Proteas V. in a home game 66-75. Zografou crushed Panelefsiniakos on the road 88-64.

Group North
Polygirou - Xanthis 73-82

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Polygirou (7-17) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Xanthis (12-12) 82-73 on Sunday. Xanthis moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with 3 other teams. Polygirou lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Xanthis will face higher ranked Evropi (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Polygirou will play against Agriniou (#5) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496806


Evropi - Stratoni 111-96

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Evropi (14-10) defeated at home 8th ranked Stratoni (12-12) 111-96 on Sunday. Newly promoted Evropi maintains fourth position in North with 14-10 record. Loser Stratoni dropped to the seventh place with 12 games lost. Evropi will face Xanthis (#7) in the next round. Stratoni will play against Gefyra and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496805


Gefyra - Filippos Veroias 73-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked Filippos Veroias' (8-16) road loss to eleventh ranked Gefyra (11-13) 66-73 on Sunday. Newly promoted Gefyra maintains eleventh position in North with 11-13 record. Loser Filippos Veroias keeps the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Gefyra will face higher ranked Stratoni (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Filippos Veroias will play against Aias Evosmou and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496804


Agriniou - Karditsas 60-74

The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Karditsas (18-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Agriniou (13-11). Karditsas defeated Agriniou 74-60. Karditsas have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Karditsas maintains second position in North with 18-6 record having four points less than leader Kastoria, which they share with Ermis Agias. Agriniou at the other side keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Karditsas' next round opponent will be Charilaos TM (#9) and are hoping to win another game. Agriniou will play against Polygirou (#15) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496803


HANTH - Charilaos TM 59-75

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Charilaos TM (12-12) beat on the road 13th ranked HANTH (8-16) 75-59 on Sunday. Charilaos TM moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with 3 other teams. HANTH lost third consecutive game. HANTH at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Charilaos TM will face league's second-placed Karditsas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. HANTH will play against Ermis Agias (#3) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496802


Anatolia - Ermis Agias 58-61

Seventh-ranked Anatolia (12-12) made lots of trouble for third ranked Ermis Agias (18-6). The visitors managed to secure only three-point victory 61-58. However their fans expected much easier game. Ermis Agias have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in North, which they share with Karditsas. Anatolia at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Ermis Agias will play against HANTH (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Anatolia will play against the league's leader Kastoria (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 496801


Ermis Lagkada - Kastoria 93-82

Top ranked Kastoria (22-2) recorded its second loss in Lagadas on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Ermis Lagkada (13-11) 93-82. It ended at the same time the 17-game winning streak of Kastoria. Ermis Lagkada moved-up to fifth place in North, which they share with Agriniou. Kastoria at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Ermis Lagkada is looking forward to face Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in Perikos in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kastoria will play against Anatolia (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 496800


Aias Evosmou - Periko/Arhelaos 50-70

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Aias Evosmou (4-20) was outplayed at home by fourteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (8-16) 70-50 on Sunday. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to twelfth place in North, which they share with Filippos Veroias and HANTH. Aias Evosmou lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will face higher ranked Ermis Lagkada (#6) in Lagadas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Aias Evosmou will play on the road against Filippos Veroias (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496799


Group South
Ergotelis - Koropi 72-69

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Ergotelis (8-16) edged at home higher ranked Koropi (15-9) 72-69 on Sunday. Ergotelis maintains fourteenth position in South with 8-16 record. Koropi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. Ergotelis will face higher ranked Ionikos Nikaias (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Koropi will play against Marousi where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 496566


Marousi - Tritonas S. 75-71

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Tritonas S. (11-13) was defeated on the road by third ranked Marousi (17-7) 75-71 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Marousi moved-up to second place in South, which they share with Panerythraikos. Tritonas S. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Marousi will face Koropi (#6) in the next round. Tritonas S. will play against the league's leader Peristeri GS (#1) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496565


Peristeri GS - Papagou 72-53

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Peristeri GS (#1) and Papagou (#4). Peristeri GS (20-4) smashed visiting Papagou (15-9) by 19 points 72-53. Peristeri GS have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position in South with 20-4 record. Loser Papagou keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Ionikos Nikaias and Koropi. Peristeri GS will meet Tritonas S. (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Papagou will play against Panelefsiniakos (#7) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 496564


Ionikos Nikaias - Mandraikos 71-65

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Ionikos Nikaias (15-9) defeated at home 8th ranked Mandraikos (12-12) 71-65 on Sunday. Ionikos Nikaias have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place in South, which they share with Koropi and Papagou. Newly promoted Mandraikos keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Ionikos Nikaias will face Ergotelis (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mandraikos will play against Apollon Sm. (#15) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496563


Panerythraikos - Apollon Sm. 65-54

Very expected game in New Eritrea where 15th ranked Apollon Sm. (4-20) was defeated by second ranked Panerythraikos (17-7) 65-54 on Sunday. Panerythraikos have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position in South with 17-7 record having five points less than leader Kastoria, which they share with Marousi. Apollon Sm. lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with 20 games lost. Panerythraikos will face Proteas V. (#12) in Voulas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Apollon Sm. will play against Mandraikos and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496562


KAP - Proteas V. 66-75

Rather predictable result in Paraskevis where thirteenth ranked Proteas V. (10-14) beat 16th ranked KAP (3-21) 75-66 on Sunday. Proteas V. moved-up to twelfth place in South. KAP at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixteenth position with 21 games lost. Proteas V. will face league's second-placed Panerythraikos in New Eritrea in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KAP will play against Kronos AD (#13) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496561


Nea Kifisia - Kronos AD 69-68

Important game to mention about took place in Athens. Ninth ranked Nea Kifisia (12-12) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Kronos AD (9-15) 69-68 on Sunday evening. Nea Kifisia moved-up to eighth place in South, which they share with Mandraikos. Loser Kronos AD dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Nea Kifisia will face Zografou (#11) in the next round. Kronos AD will play against KAP and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496560


Panelefsiniakos - Zografou 64-88

There was an upset in Eleusina where higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (13-11) was outplayed by eleventh ranked Zografou (11-13) 88-64 on Sunday. Zografou moved-up to tenth place in South, which they share with Tritonas S. Loser Panelefsiniakos keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Zografou will face higher ranked Nea Kifisia (#9) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 496559





Antwerp signs Kevin Punter, ex Lavrio - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) signed 24-year old American guard Kevin Punter (188-82kg-93, college: Tennessee). He started the season at GS Lavrio in Greek A1 league. In 21 games he had 12.5ppg and 2.4rpg this season.
Punter has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NJCAA D1 Region XVI championship title in 2014. Punter was also voted NABC All-District 21 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Punter graduated from University of Tennessee in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marshall number one in Holland for round 25 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Jermaine Marshall (193-G-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Rotterdam, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (42 points, three rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Leeuwarden (#7, 7-18) 87-84. Rotterdam maintains the 5th position in Dutch Eredivisie. Rotterdam is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-13 record. In the team's last game Marshall had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Rotterdam's top player in his first season with the team. Former Arizona State University star has very solid stats this year. Marshall is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.2ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.5rpg) and averages impressive 2.1spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Lance Jeter (191-PG-88) of league's leader Groningen. Jeter had a very good evening with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Groningen to another comfortable win 79-62 over slightly lower-ranked Zwolle (#2, 18-7) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Groningen consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 23-2 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Jeter is a newcomer at Groningen, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Thomas Koenis (210-C-89, agency: Court Side) of Leiden (#3). Koenis showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Koenis' great performance Leiden lost 64-71 to #4 ranked Den Bosch. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Leiden needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 9 lost games. Koenis has a great season in Holland. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.2rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aaron Roye (184-PG-88) of Amsterdam - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Denton Koon (203-F-92) of Leeuwarden - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Charles Mitchell (203-F) of Den Bosch - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Meshack Lufile (203-PF) of Leeuwarden - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Clayton Vette (202-C-88) of Zwolle - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ties Theeuwkens (191-F/G-85) of Rotterdam - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jordan Gregory (188-G-92) of Leeuwarden - 27 points 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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A Division Round 26: Szolnok lose to Kormend in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A Division just ended.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kormend. Third ranked host Kormend (18-8) smashed second-ranked Szolnok (17-9) 103-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Szolnok. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. Szolnok managed to win third quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kormend forced 21 Szolnok turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) scored 28 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 27 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Montenegrin swingman Milos Borisov (201-85) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Kormend moved-up to second place. Defending champion Szolnok dropped to the third position with nine games lost. They share it with ZTE KK and Falco KC.
A Division top team - Alba (21-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked KTE-Duna (12-14) in Kecskemet 88-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KTE-Duna. The former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Akos Keller supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Even 18 points by Serbian swingman Marko Djerasimovic (198-84) did not help to save the game for KTE-Duna. KTE-Duna's coach Goran Miljkovic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Alba maintains first position with 21-5 record. KTE-Duna at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Sopron KC.
An interesting game took place in Szeged where 6th ranked Kaposvari (16-10) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Szedeak (13-13) 94-76 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Ivan Lilov who scored 30 points and 4 assists. Szedeak's coach Nikola Lazic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Winsome Frazier produced 28 points for the guests. Szedeak moved-up to eighth place. Loser Kaposvari keeps the sixth position with ten games lost.
Tenth ranked Sopron KC (12-14) crushed at home 13th ranked MAFC (4-22) by 33 points 90-57, which is the biggest margin this round. Julien Mills orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sopron KC moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KTE-Duna. MAFC at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 22 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: bottom-ranked Vasas lost to PVSK Pannon on the opponent's court 66-79. Jaszberenyi unfortunately lost to Falco KC in a home game 66-83. ZTE KK managed to beat Atomeromu on the road 97-90.

Szedeak - Kaposvari 94-76

An interesting game took place in Szeged where 6th ranked Kaposvari (16-10) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Szedeak (13-13) 94-76 on Sunday. The game without a history. Szedeak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Szedeak looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Kaposvari's players. The best player for the winners was Bulgarian Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points) who scored 30 points and 4 assists. Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Szedeak's coach Nikola Lazic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) produced 28 points and his fellow American import forward Malik Cooke (201-89, college: S.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Szedeak moved-up to eighth place. Loser Kaposvari keeps the sixth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: W.Frazier 28+3reb, M.Cooke 18+9reb+1ast, J.Wisseh 15+2reb+4ast, K.Simms 11+7reb+1ast, M.Fodor 4+3reb+1ast, B.Bodo 0
Szedeak: I.Lilov 30+2reb+4ast, A.Ciric 17+2reb+1ast, N.Sulovic 14+9reb+7ast, L.Juhos 13+4reb+1ast, M.Boltic 7+6reb+15ast, M.Filipovics 7+2reb
gschID: 498119


Sopron KC - MAFC 90-57

Tenth ranked Sopron KC (12-14) crushed at home 13th ranked MAFC (4-22) by 33 points 90-57, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Sopron KC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding MAFC to just 6 points in third quarter. Sopron KC dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to MAFC's 32. They outrebounded MAFC 43-22 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St., agency: HMS) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Anthony Myles (196-92, college: Rider) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Andras Lakits (196-91, agency: HMS) replied with 13 points and 4 steals and Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (201-87) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for MAFC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sopron KC moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KTE-Duna. MAFC at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
MAFC: A.Kovacs 14, A.Lakits 13+4reb+1ast, R.Sihota 11+7reb, M.Molnar 7+1ast, L.Misek 6+2reb, M.Papai 2+3reb
Sopron KC: J.Mills 19+13reb+4ast, A.Myles 12+6reb+2ast, N.Takacs 11+2reb+1ast, M.Spica 10+2reb+5ast, A.Rujak 9+4reb+3ast, G.Toth 8+3reb
gschID: 498118


PVSK Pannon - Vasas 79-66

Very expected game in Pecs where 14th ranked Vasas (4-22) were defeated by seventh ranked PVSK Pannon (15-11) 79-66. The game was mostly controlled by PVSK Pannon. Vasas was better in third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PVSK Pannon forced 22 Vasas turnovers. Croatian forward Veljko Budimir (199-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Zoltan Supola (190-88, agency: HMS) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American forward AJ Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St., agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Vasas. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. PVSK Pannon maintains seventh position with 15-11 record. Vasas lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 22 lost games.
Top scorers:
Vasas: A.Pacher 20+8reb+2ast, R.Wright 16+8reb, R.Taylor 8+1reb+7ast, A.Moravcsik 8+2reb+2ast, P.Farago 7+2reb+3ast, A.Horvath 5+4reb+2ast
PVSK Pannon: V.Budimir 19+9reb, Z.Supola 18+4reb+3ast, I.Sejfic 15+6reb, A.Halasz 8+2reb+5ast, C.Antoni 6+6reb, C.Smith 5+2ast
gschID: 498117


KTE-Duna - Alba 65-88

A Division top team - Alba (21-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked KTE-Duna (12-14) in Kecskemet 88-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KTE-Duna. Alba shot 65.3 percent from the field. They outrebounded KTE-Duna 40-23 including a 31-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. KTE-Duna was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and international power forward Akos Keller (208-89) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Even 18 points by Serbian swingman Marko Djerasimovic (198-84) did not help to save the game for KTE-Duna. Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KTE-Duna's coach Goran Miljkovic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Alba maintains first position with 21-5 record. KTE-Duna at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Sopron KC.
Top scorers:
KTE-Duna: M.Djerasimovic 18+3reb+1ast, M.Pongo 14+4ast, K.Karahodzic 12+7reb+1ast, M.Djukanovic 12+1ast, T.Ivosev 4+3reb, G.Hegedus 3+4reb
Alba: J.Edwards 18+2reb+2ast, B.Taylor 18+3reb+1ast, P.Lorant 14+10reb+1ast, A.Keller 13+7reb+2ast, L.Markovic 9+4reb+1ast, J.Farr 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 498116


Kormend - Szolnok 103-82

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kormend. Third ranked host Kormend (18-8) smashed second-ranked Szolnok (17-9) 103-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Szolnok. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. Szolnok managed to win third quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kormend forced 21 Szolnok turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) scored 28 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 27 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Montenegrin swingman Milos Borisov (201-85) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Five Kormend and four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Kormend moved-up to second place. Defending champion Szolnok dropped to the third position with nine games lost. They share it with ZTE KK and Falco KC.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Borisov 25+6reb, D.Vojvoda 12+3reb+5ast, N.Pavlicevic 12+5ast, T.Barnies 11+6reb+1ast, L.Andric 7+2reb+2ast, A.Toth 6+5reb+1ast
Kormend: L.Kromah 28+1reb+6ast, L.Smith Jr. 27+2reb+4ast, C.Dickerson 12+4reb+2ast, C.Ferencz 10+5reb+2ast, T.Allen 10+8reb+2ast, M.Csorvasi 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 498115


Jaszberenyi - Falco KC 66-83

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Falco KC (17-9) defeated on the road 12th ranked Jaszberenyi (7-19) 83-66. It looked good early as Jaszberenyi took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Falco KC had a 20-13 second period charge getting the lead and Jaszberenyi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-83. They outrebounded Jaszberenyi 37-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Falco KC players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. International guard Benedek Varadi (195-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Falco KC players scored in double figures. Serbian Andrija Bojic (207-93, agency: BeoBasket) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Devon Saddler (183-91, college: Delaware) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Jaszberenyi. Falco KC moved-up to third place, which they share with ZTE KK and Szolnok. Jaszberenyi lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: A.Bojic 23+10reb+2ast, B.Williams 15+2reb+1ast, D.Saddler 12+1reb+5ast, B.Arrington 5+1reb+3ast, S.Stamenkovic 5+6reb+1ast, T.Mandoki 3+1reb+1ast
Falco KC: D.Govens 14+3reb+6ast, B.Varadi 13+7reb+6ast, A.Pustahvar 13+5reb+5ast, N.Toth 12+9reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 12+6reb+1ast, L.Medford 12+2reb+3ast
gschID: 498114


Atomeromu - ZTE KK 90-97

Not a big story in a game in Paks where 11th ranked Atomeromu (9-17) was defeated by fifth ranked ZTE KK (17-9) 97-90. ZTE KK dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Atomeromu's 32. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 9 assists. The former international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Ryan Watkins (206-91, college: Boise St., agency: Octagon Europe) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and his fellow American import point guard Talor Battle (182-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Atomeromu. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. ZTE KK have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Szolnok and Falco KC. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: R.Watkins 27+16reb+1ast, T.Battle 23+7reb+9ast, L.Samenas 11+1reb+2ast, M.Tiby 10+4reb, A.Kovacs 10+1reb+2ast, T.Will 3+1ast
ZTE KK: E.Ubilla 26+4reb+9ast, Z.Szabo 22+8reb+1ast, S.Benke 16+6reb+3ast, A.Drungilas 12+8reb+1ast, J.Norfleet 10+1reb+2ast, M.Mohacsi 6+3reb+2ast
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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, Grindavik21.4 
 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. Hankins-Cole, IR10.5 
 7. Carberry, Thor T.10.4 
 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, Grindavik4.9 
 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. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 9. Stevens, Keflavik1.8 
 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. Saevarsson, Grind.1.2 


Dominos League Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Grindavik complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Grindavik - Thor Thorl 93-82

Grindavik shot down Thor Thorl to enter Dominos League semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Thor Thorl managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grindavik dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Thor Thorl's 36. They outrebounded Thor Thorl 52-30 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Grindavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) chipped in 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) responded with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and forward Olafur Jonsson (192-92) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: L.Clinch 30+9reb+10ast, O.Olafsson 13+13reb+5ast, T.Finnbogason 12+6reb+1ast, T.Olafsson 11+8reb+2ast, I.Thor Gudmundsson 9+2reb, D.Jonsson 8+4ast
Thor Thorl: T.Carberry 28+7reb+8ast, M.Baginski 18+4reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 15+7reb+3ast, E.Einarsson 9+5reb+2ast, R.Bragason 7+4reb+1ast, D.Arnar Agustsson 3
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D1 Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Valur and Hamar reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Valur - Breidablik 87-86

Valur held off Breidablik to advance into D1 Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Breidablik won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valur forced 19 Breidablik turnovers and outrebounded them 60-42 including a 23-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Valur made 12 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Breidablik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds. Guard Sigurdur Sturluson (186-94) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) answered with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Egill Vignisson (198-91) added 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Breidablik. Four Valur and five Breidablik players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Breidablik: T.Garland 29+6reb+5ast, S.Vignisson 15+9reb+1ast, E.Vignisson 13+11reb+5ast, L.Arnason 12+9reb, R.Ragnarsson 11+2reb+1ast, K.Kjartansson 3+3reb+1ast
Valur: U.King 23+19reb+2ast, S.Sturluson 20+7reb+3ast, A.Bracey 14+5reb+3ast, B.Blondal 13+5reb+9ast, I.Audunsson 8+7reb, B.Petursson 5+13reb
gschID: 542710


Fjolnir - Hamar 91-101

Hamar upset Fjolnir on the road to seal their championship series birth. It looked good early as Fjolnir took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hamar had a 25-16 second period charge getting the lead and Fjolnir was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 91-101. Fjolnir was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds for the winners and guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Hamar players scored in double figures. American forward Collin Pryor (200-90, college: Northern St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 18 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Gardar Sveinbjornsson (192-87) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: C.Pryor 36+18reb+4ast, G.Sveinbjornsson 17+6reb+2ast, R.Sigurdsson 14+6reb+4ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 6+1reb+5ast, B.Rikhardsson 6+6reb+1ast, E.Egilsson 5+4reb+1ast
Hamar: C.Woods 26+18reb+3ast, E.Stefansson 18+6reb+3ast, R.Erlingsson 15+2reb+7ast, O.Olafsson 13+3reb+4ast, H.Petursson 12+6reb+1ast, O.Sigurdarson 10+6reb+1ast
gschID: 542709





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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A21.8 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Milbourne, Hapoel E.17.5 
 4. Holloway, Galil G.17.0 
 5. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.7 
 6. Selby, Maccabi K/G16.1 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi .16.1 
 8. Siggers, Galil Gilboa15.9 
 9. Simon, Maccabi .15.8 
 10. Bell, Hapoel Holon15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.1 
 2. Atkins, Hapoel Holon9.3 
 3. Holloway, Galil G.9.3 
 4. Singleton, Maccabi .8.0 
 5. Cohen, Maccabi .8.0 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.8.0 
 7. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.7 
 8. Iverson, Maccabi .7.6 
 9. Williams, Hapoel T.7.5 
 10. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.4 
 2. Blatt, Hapoel T-A6.0 
 3. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.0 
 4. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.7 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.3 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A5.2 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.8 
 8. Perez Kaufma., Maccabi .4.7 
 9. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.6 
 10. Weems, Maccabi T-A4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.1 
 2. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 3. Carter, Maccabi .2.0 
 4. Perez Kaufma., Maccabi .1.9 
 5. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .1.9 
 6. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.8 
 7. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 8. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 9. Ziv, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Ben-Zvi, Galil G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.7 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 3. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 4. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.1.2 
 6. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 7. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 8. NDiaye, Bnei H.1.0 
 9. Williams, Hapoel T.0.9 
 10. Singleton, Maccabi .0.9 



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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Landry, Brescia19.6 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro19.5 
 3. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. MBaye, Enel B.18.8 
 6. Johnson, Openjobm.18.0 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.17.6 
 8. White, Auxilium TO16.9 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .16.2 
 10. Scott, Enel Brindisi16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.3 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro9.8 
 3. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 4. Watt, JuveCaserta8.4 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.1 
 6. Johnson, AV Cantu7.6 
 7. Fesenko, Scandone.7.3 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.3 
 9. Jefferson, Dolomiti.7.2 
 10. Burns, Brescia7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  AV Cantu
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Waters, AV Cantu7.6 
 2. Fitipaldo, Betaland.7.5 
 3. Vitali, Brescia7.3 
 4. Dowdell, AV Cantu6.2 
 5. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 6. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 7. Maynor, Openjobm.5.4 
 8. Moore, The F.5.2 
 9. Ragland, Scandone.5.2 
 10. Green, Scandone AV4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.1.8 
 2. Moss, Brescia1.8 
 3. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.7 
 4. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.7 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.1.6 
 6. Green, Scandone AV1.6 
 7. Archie, Betaland.1.5 
 8. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 9. Forray, Dolomiti.1.4 
 10. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.2 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .2.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.7 
 4. Lawal, Banco d.1.5 
 5. Putney, JuveCaserta1.4 
 6. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.3 
 8. MBaye, Enel B.1.2 
 9. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.2 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 25
 1. Smith, Roseto25.0 
 2. Davis, Jesi23.8 
 3. Golden, Chieti21.2 
 4. Sims, Rieti20.0 
 5. Legion, Viola RC20.0 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.19.9 
 7. Ferguson, Angelico.19.8 
 8. Brown, Roma Virtus19.6 
 9. Lawson, Virtus B.19.4 
 10. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella13.3 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Smith, Ravenna10.0 
 5. Mortellaro, Chieti9.8 
 6. Poletti, Latina B.9.7 
 7. Mosley, Legnano9.6 
 8. Easley, Eurobask.9.4 
 9. Perry, Treviso .9.4 
 10. Sorokas, Treviglio9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.4 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.0 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.8 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.3 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Ferguson, Angelico.4.5 
 8. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 9. Zanelli, Rieti4.4 
 10. Fultz, Roseto4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-F-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Green, Alma T.2.7 
 2. Spissu, Virtus B.2.2 
 3. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 4. Okoye, Udine APU1.9 
 5. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 6. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 7. Bowers, Jesi1.8 
 8. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
 9. Fanti, Eurobask.1.7 
 10. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.9 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.4 
 6. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 7. Bowers, Bondi F.1.3 
 8. Easley, Eurobask.1.1 
 9. Buford, Agrigento1.1 
 10. Maggioli, Imola1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.6 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino20.5 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia20.1 
 4. Centanni, Volpino .19.0 
 5. Zampolli, Matera18.4 
 6. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 7. Ghersetti, Bergamo18.0 
 8. Grilli, Barcellona17.9 
 9. Bisconti, Valmontone17.9 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Cassino
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bagnoli, Cassino11.4 
 2. Toscano, Bottegone10.2 
 3. Chiacig, Taranto10.2 
 4. Bozzetto, Crema10.2 
 5. Zanotti, Monteroni10.2 
 6. Ravazzini, Matera10.1 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.5 
 8. Arrigoni, Omegna9.3 
 9. Papa, Teramo9.0 
 10. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.2 
 2. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 3. Salari, Isernia5.5 
 4. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.5 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.4 
 6. Rivali, Montegrano5.4 
 7. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 8. Magini, Firenze Enic5.0 
 9. Bottioni, Campli5.0 
 10. Centanni, Volpino .5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.7 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.5 
 3. Demartini, Vicenza2.4 
 4. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.3 
 5. Ricci, Giulianova2.0 
 6. Stefanelli, San M.2.0 
 7. Busco, Patti2.0 
 8. Balanzoni, Lecco2.0 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.9 
 10. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Corral, Omegna1.4 
 2. Laguzzi, Sestu1.2 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.2 
 4. Galmarini, Firenze .1.2 
 5. Chiacig, Taranto1.0 
 6. Capitanelli, Pescara1.0 
 7. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 8. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 9. Nasello, Siena Virtus0.9 
 10. Balanzoni, Lecco0.9 


Serie B Round 25 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Serie B is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds. The round was exceptionally exciting as six games ended with a tiny margin. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Let's start with guest Fiorentina's (13-11) road victory over Varese Robur (#8) 75-72 on Saturday evening. Fiorentina made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Power forward Davide Rosignoli (203-88) fired 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Jacopo Lucarelli (190-96, agency: Players Group) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84, agency: Players Group) produced 14 points and 6 assists for lost side. Varese Robur's coach Francesco Vescovi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fiorentina moved-up to sixth place, which they share with USE Basket and Catanzaro. Varese Robur at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Fiorentina is looking forward to face higher ranked Valsesia (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Varese Robur will play against San Miniato (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Crema. Seventh ranked Crema (13-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Bergamo (20-5) 73-71 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bergamo. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Thomas De-Min (203-86) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Davide Liberati contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Alessandro Panni (189-91, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Bergamo. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Crema maintains seventh place with 13-12 record, which they share with Porto S.Elpidio and Piombino. Bergamo at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Bisceglie and Valmontone. Crema will play against San Vendemiano (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bergamo will play against Vicenza (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Senigallia between Senigallia and Porto S.Elpidio. Eighth ranked Senigallia (12-11) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Porto S.Elpidio (13-12). Senigallia managed to escape with a 3-point win 75-72 on Sunday evening. Andrea Maggiotto stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Alberto Cacace responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Senigallia maintains eighth place with 12-11 record. Porto S.Elpidio lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Crema and Piombino. Senigallia will meet Giulianova (#12) on the road in the next round. Porto S.Elpidio will play against Rimini (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Piacenza (18-7) against ninth ranked Milano Urania (11-14) on Saturday night. Host Piacenza was defeated by Milano Urania in Piacenza 80-70. Andrea Ghiacci nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Milano Urania moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Piacenza at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Milano Urania's next round opponent will be higher ranked Faenza (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Piacenza will play against Iseo and hope to win that game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Omegna. Second ranked Omegna faced 3rd placed Valsesia. Host Omegna (17-8) defeated guests from Valsesia (14-10) 70-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Valsesia. Giovanni Gasparin fired 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Omegna maintains second place with 17-8 record having three points less than leader Moncalieri, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Valsesia keeps the third position with ten games lost. Omegna will face Bottegone (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valsesia will play against Fiorentina (#7) in Firenze and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Sangiorgese was crushed by Piombino in a road game 101-57. Cecina beat Domodossola at home 77-72. Montecatini won against Firenze Enic on the opponent's court 68-62. Oleggio managed to outperform Siena Virtus in a home game 71-57. Bottegone managed to beat USE Basket on the road 67-66. Moncalieri defeated San Miniato on its own court 79-75. Lecco was beaten by Reggio Emilia in a road game 60-52. Faenza lost to Cento at home 72-77. Padova unfortunately lost to Orzinuovi GaGa on the opponent's court 54-69. Desio managed to beat Iseo in a home game 83-70. Vicenza was defeated by Volpino AltoSeb. on the road 81-71. Sestu beat San Vendemiano on its own court 63-47. Roma S.Azzurra won against Viterbo SA in a road game 67-54. Patti managed to outperform Cassino at home 74-71. Napoli Cuore managed to beat Catanzaro on the opponent's court 80-67. Maddaloni defeated Cefalu in a home game 89-79. Roma Vis Nova was beaten by Palestrina on the road 79-67. Teramo lost to Valmontone on its own court 83-89. Barcellona outscored Scauri in a road game 77-56. Roma Luiss managed to beat Forli Tigers at home 93-79. Matera were defeated by Venafro on the opponent's court 83-80. Isernia beat Ortona in a home game 64-53. San Severo was destroyed by Bisceglie on the road 73-54. Taranto was outscored by Pescara on its own court 46-70. Valdiceppo recorded a loss to Campli in a road game 81-63. Rimini defeated Monteroni at home 72-70. Giulianova was smashed by Montegrano on the opponent's court 87-63. Roma S.Azzurra lost to Teramo in a home game 72-74.
The best stats of 25th round was 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Todor Radonjic of Roma S.Azzurra.

Group A
Piombino - Sangiorgese 101-57

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Sangiorgese (11-14) was crushed on the road by eighth ranked Piombino (13-12) 101-57 on Sunday. Piombino made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Sangiorgese turnovers and outrebounded them 40-21 including 27 on the defensive glass. Piombino looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Sangiorgese's players. Forward