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  ABA  



ABA Final Eight to start on March 29th - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Finals starts tomorrow night in Baltimore, with the last two qualifying rounds. At this time, the Final Eight have not yet been determined. Jersey Express is playing Baltimore Hawks for one spot, Richmond Elite is playing Orlando Waves for another. This down was the Final ABA Power Ranking, on that will be based the Final Eight Bracket:

1. DMV Warriors
2. Jacksonville Giants
3. Orlando Waves
4. Austin Bats
5. Mobile Bay Tornados
6. Chicago W.City Groove
7. South Florida Gold
8. Chicago Steam



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  ABA LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar17.7 
 3. Boatright, Cedevita17.5 
 4. Lukovic, Krka16.8 
 5. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.6 
 6. Labovic, Karpos S.15.6 
 7. Barac, Zadar15.6 
 8. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.6 
 9. Hatcher, Partizan15.4 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks7.5 
 3. Lukovic, Krka7.4 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 5. Bolden, FMP7.2 
 6. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 7. Bilan, Cedevita7.2 
 8. Scott, MZT Skopje6.9 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.5 
 10. James, Buducnost6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Reynolds, Cibona6.9 
 2. Covic, FMP6.4 
 3. Williams, Buducnost6.1 
 4. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 5. Rebec, Krka5.9 
 6. Rebic, Mega Leks5.8 
 7. Vladovic, Zadar4.8 
 8. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.6 
 9. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
 10. Babic, Cedevita4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Reynolds, Cibona2.0 
 2. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 3. Labovic, Karpos S.1.7 
 4. Vladovic, Zadar1.7 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.1.6 
 6. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.6 
 7. Kaba, Mega Leks1.5 
 8. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.4 
 10. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Lukovic, Partizan1.7 
 2. James, Buducnost1.6 
 3. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 4. Scott, MZT Skopje1.4 
 5. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 6. Austin, FMP1.2 
 7. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 8. Bolden, FMP1.0 
 9. Nikolic, Buducnost1.0 
 10. Trajkovski, Karpos S.1.0 


Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Buducnost and Partizan force deciders - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Crvena Zvezda 63-57

Buducnost overcame Crvena Zvezda in Podgrorica to force the third decisive game in the series. Serbian-Montenegrin forward Boris Savovic (208-87, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Bosnian point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Marko Guduric (196-95, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 17 points and American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 11 points in the effort for Crvena Zvezda. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: B.Savovic 15+11reb+2ast, N.Gordic 12+5reb, J.Reynolds 7+3reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 6+4reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 6+2reb+2ast, O.Klassen 5+7reb+2ast
Crvena Zvezda: M.Guduric 17+2reb+2ast, N.Wolters 11+2reb+1ast, B.Lazic 9+5reb, C.Jenkins 5+2reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 4+4reb, L.Mitrovic 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 540400


Partizan - Cedevita 74-73

Partizan relied on a late jumper from Wiliam Hatcher to tame Cedevita. They therefore drew the series even at 1-1. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But Cedevita won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan forced 20 Cedevita turnovers. Power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists during the contest. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) responded with 25 points and center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Partizan: W.Hatcher 23+1reb+4ast, S.Bircevic 18+11reb, N.Velickovic 8+10reb+2ast, U.Lukovic 6+4reb, V.Marinkovic 5+1reb+1ast, M.Koprivica 4+1reb
Cedevita: R.Boatright 25+3reb+2ast, M.Bilan 16+10reb+2ast, J.Shurna 10+3reb+1ast, R.James 8+2reb, M.Tomas 5+2reb+2ast, F.Kruslin 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540401





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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. Mickeal, Atenas16.6 
 9. Horner, Obras B.16.6 
 10. Vildoza, Quilm.16.6 
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. Johnson, Atenas8.5 
 9. Justiz, Estudian.8.4 
 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. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 3. Solano, Echague2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 8. Tucker, Estudian.1.5 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Vildoza, Quilm.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. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.5 
 10. Montes-C., Obera T.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 BB8.2 
 10. Brown, Mitre Tuc.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.0 
 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 LP2.3 
 4. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.4 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 7. McKoy, SP Las P.1.1 
 8. Okoye, Salta Basket1.1 
 9. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


TNA Round 32: Ciclista lose to Rocamora - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in TNA just ended. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the TNA leadership position after last games. Round 32 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Ciclista (19-15). They were defeated by fifth ranked Rocamora (13-19) 80-69 on Saturday night. Strangely Ciclista outrebounded Rocamora 35-0 including a 27- advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Matias Novello (198-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 assists and Uruguayan guard Facundo Medina (190-94) who added 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Rocamora maintains fifth position with 13-19 record. Ciclista at the other side still keeps top place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Parque Sur. They were replaced at the leadership position by Parque Sur.
Leading Union SF (24-12) recorded its twelfth loss in Santa Fe. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Comunicaciones (27-9) 83-75. The winners were led by forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) who scored that evening 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Gaston Essengue supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even 20 points by swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) did not help to save the game for Union SF. Comunicaciones have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-9 record having just ten point less than leader Parque Sur. Union SF at the other side still keeps top place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Villa Angela.
Quite upsetting was Independiente BBC's home defeat in a game versus Villa San Martin 77-70. The best player for the winners was Agustin Carnovale who scored 17 points and 5 assists. Bruno Ingrata produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Newly promoted Villa San Martin maintains fifth position with 13-23 record, which they share with Obera TC. Independiente BBC lost fifth consecutive game. Independiente BBC at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth place with 24 games lost.
Third-ranked Barrio Parque (19-17) gave a tough game to first ranked Hindu (29-7) in Cordoba. The visitors from Chaco managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected easier game. Kenny Jones orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Hindu's coach Jeronimo Trezza allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Hindu maintains first position with 29-7 record. Barrio Parque at the other side keeps the third place with 17 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Plaza Huincul. Sixth ranked Petr.Argentino (12-19) saved a 1-point victory at home edging top-ranked Estudiantes O. (21-11) 75-74 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Worth to mention a great performance of Mariano Castets who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds. Estudiantes O.'s coach Gustavo Fernandez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Petr.Argentino maintains sixth position with 12-19 record. Loser Estudiantes O. still keeps top place with 11 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 32: Obera TC won against San Isidro on the opponent's court 85-70. SP Las Parejas unfortunately lost to BHY Tiro Federal in a home game 58-74. Obera TC was rolled over Barrio Parque on the road 68-87. Salta Basket crushed Mitre Tuc. on its own court 87-68. Platense beat La Union in Florida 97-93. Independiente BBC lost to Hindu at home 53-64. Huracan unfortunately lost to Atenas Carmen on the opponent's court 73-89. Salta Basket recorded a loss to Villa Angela in a home game 72-77. BHY Tiro Federal was crushed by Union SF on the road 105-69. SP Las Parejas was beaten by Comunicaciones on its own court 67-84. Villa San Martin won against Mitre Tuc. in Resistencia 87-80. Olimpo BB managed to outperform Estudiantes O. at home 84-78.

San Isidro - Obera TC 70-85

There was an upset in San Francisco where second-ranked San Isidro (21-15) was defeated by sixth ranked Obera TC (13-23) 85-70 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Obera TC. San Isidro was better in third quarter 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded San Isidro 45-24 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Martin Gandoy (194-91) who added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Naturalized Italian Juan Kelly (190-88) responded with 20 points and 4 steals and American power forward Jonathan Durley (203-88, college: Wichita St.) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. San Isidro's coach Julian Pagura rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obera TC moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Villa San Martin. Loser San Isidro keeps the second position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: A.Montes Cardozo 19+2reb+4ast, A.Joseph 18+8reb, V.Garello 11+1reb+2ast, L.Quinteros 11+2reb+1ast, M.Gandoy 11+8reb+7ast, I.Luna 6+13reb+1ast
San Isidro: J.Kelly 20+3reb+1ast, M.Muller 15+2reb+2ast, J.Durley 14+5reb+2ast, S.Acevedo 9+2reb+1ast, G.Sciutto 5+3reb+1ast, A.Lozano 3
gschID: 523975


Independiente BBC - Villa San Martin 70-77

Quite upsetting was Independiente BBC's home defeat in a game versus Villa San Martin 77-70. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-70. Villa San Martin dominated on the defensive end, holding Independiente BBC to just 7 points in second quarter. Strangely Independiente BBC outrebounded Villa San Martin 41-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Agustin Carnovale (195-86) who scored 17 points and 5 assists. Forward Julian Morales (195-95) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Bruno Ingrata (201-85) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and center Julian Aprea (209-87) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Villa San Martin maintains fifth position with 13-23 record, which they share with Obera TC. Independiente BBC lost fifth consecutive game. Independiente BBC at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth place with 24 games lost.
Top scorers:
Villa San Martin: A.Carnovale 17+3reb+5ast, A.Toledo 16+4reb+2ast, M.Cabrera 13+2reb+4ast, J.Morales 12+6reb+7ast, G.Saavedra 10+3reb, F.Aldama 9+6reb
Independiente BBC: J.Angel Lopez 18+4reb+2ast, J.Aprea 15+8reb+1ast, B.Ingrata 15+10reb, M.Vittar 10+6reb+2ast, V.Hugo Cajal 7+7reb+7ast, M.Martinez 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523978


Barrio Parque - Hindu 65-68

Third-ranked Barrio Parque (19-17) gave a tough game to first ranked Hindu (29-7) in Cordoba. The visitors from Chaco managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected easier game. Barrio Parque was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of Hindu, which allowed them to win the game. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Forward Pablo Fernandez (198-82) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Hindu's coach Jeronimo Trezza allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Andres Mariani (188-87) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and power forward Sebastian Cabello (202-82) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Barrio Parque. Hindu maintains first position with 29-7 record. Barrio Parque at the other side keeps the third place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hindu: K.Jones 20+4reb+2ast, P.Fernandez 15+3reb+2ast, N.Paletta 14+2reb+3ast, P.Moya 8+4reb, M.Robledo 5+3reb, S.Picton 2+2reb+1ast
Barrio Parque: A.Mariani 20+5reb+3ast, S.Cabello 10+6reb, E.Rossi 7+4reb+1ast, L.Guerra 7+2reb, L.Rivata 7+5reb+2ast, E.Martina 6+3reb
gschID: 523974


Union SF - Comunicaciones 75-83

Leading Union SF (24-12) recorded its twelfth loss in Santa Fe. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Comunicaciones (27-9) 83-75. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Comunicaciones dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Union SF's 24. The winners were led by forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) who scored that evening 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even 20 points by swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) did not help to save the game for Union SF. Forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Comunicaciones have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-9 record having just ten point less than leader Parque Sur. Union SF at the other side still keeps top place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Villa Angela.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: N.Lauria 15+9reb+5ast, G.Essengue 14+6reb+2ast, F.Vietta Stechina 14+5reb+1ast, S.Ferreyra 13+3reb+3ast, C.Romero 12+3reb, G.Torres 6+3reb+2ast
Union SF: B.Barovero 20+3reb+3ast, G.Aliende 13+1reb+3ast, P.Tabarez 11+10reb+3ast, M.Stibbins 11+5reb+1ast, F.Podesta 10+5reb, T.Ligorria 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 523976


SP Las Parejas - BHY Tiro Federal 58-74

Rather predictable result in Las Parejas where fourth ranked BHY Tiro Federal (15-21) defeated 6th ranked Sportivo (8-28) 74-58 on Monday. The game without a history. BHY Tiro Federal led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Leandro Cecchi (201-88) who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Forward Marco Luchi (198-82) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Dominique McKoy (203-93, college: Duquesne, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Sportivo's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. BHY Tiro Federal maintains fourth position with 15-21 record. Sportivo lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 28 games lost.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: L.Cecchi 17+7reb+3ast, P.Lockett 16+11reb+2ast, L.Strack 11+4reb+1ast, M.Maximiliano 9+4reb+5ast, E.Correa 9+5reb+5ast, J.Xynos 7
SP Las Parejas: M.Luchi 15+9reb+1ast, D.McKoy 13+7reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 9+7reb+4ast, A.Pautasso 5+2reb+1ast, A.Rossi 5+3reb+3ast, A. Meinero 4+3reb
gschID: 523973


Barrio Parque - Obera TC 87-68

Not a big story in a game in Cordoba where 6th ranked Obera TC (13-23) was rolled over by third ranked Barrio Parque (19-17) 87-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Barrio Parque. Obera TC was better in fourth quarter 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barrio Parque forced 19 Obera TC turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Sebastian Cabello (202-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Emiliano Martina (200-83) who added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Santiago Luduena (176-93) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Five Barrio Parque and four Obera TC players scored in double figures. Barrio Parque maintains third position with 19-17 record having just two point less than leader Parque Sur, which they share with Salta Basket. Obera TC lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Barrio Parque: A.Mariani 17+3reb+3ast, E.Cantarutti 16+1reb, E.Martina 15+6reb+4ast, S.Cabello 12+11reb+2ast, L.Rivata 11+4reb+3ast, G.Marozzi 10+1reb+1ast
Obera TC: A.Montes Cardozo 18+1reb+1ast, A.Joseph 15+12reb, S.Luduena 12+4reb+4ast, M.Gandoy 10+2reb+3ast, J.Deck 5+2reb, J.Montero 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523968


Salta Basket - Mitre Tuc. 87-68

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Salta Basket (19-17) outscored at home 7th ranked Mitre Tuc. (10-26) 87-68 on Monday. They outrebounded Mitre Tuc. 34-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Salta Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds and Alejandro Zurbriggen (194-95) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Salta Basket players scored in double figures. Salta Basket's coach Ricardo De Cecco used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) responded with 20 points and power forward Luis Arganaraz (199-85) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Salta Basket moved-up to third place, which they share with Barrio Parque. Mitre Tuc. lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: L.Prowell 19+7reb+2ast, A.Zurbriggen 17+5reb+3ast, I.Okoye 15+3reb+2ast, G.Eseverri 11+4reb+5ast, N.Copello 8+5reb+5ast, S.Punet 7+4reb+5ast
Mitre Tuc.: T.Brown 20+3reb+1ast, P.Osores 12+1reb+3ast, L.Arganaraz 10+5reb+1ast, J.Carrizo 8+3reb+2ast, J.Muruaga 6+4reb+3ast, F.Toia 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523977


Petr.Argentino - Estudiantes O. 75-74

Important game to mention about took place in Plaza Huincul. Sixth ranked Petr.Argentino (12-19) saved a 1-point victory at home edging top-ranked Estudiantes O. (21-11) 75-74 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Petr.Argentino made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Italian point guard Mariano Castets (183-83) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and guard Leandro Portillo (185-85) scored 18 points. Estudiantes O.'s coach Gustavo Fernandez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Petr.Argentino maintains sixth position with 12-19 record. Loser Estudiantes O. still keeps top place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Petr.Argentino: M.Castets 25+7reb+1ast, D.Dodson 18+7reb, C.Blossom 10+6reb, F.Gago 9+3reb+5ast, D.Pineda 8+4reb+1ast, M.Lambrisca 3+2reb
Estudiantes O.: L.Portillo 18+2reb, D.Figueredo 15+3reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 12+11reb+3ast, J.Gamazo 8+5reb, S.Arese 8+6reb+5ast, E.Dominguez 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 542872


La Union - Platense 93-97

There was no surprise in Colon where 7th ranked La Union (9-26) was defeated by fourth ranked CA Platense (15-16) 97-93 on Sunday. La Union trailed by 20 points at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 37-20 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 93-97 at the end of the game. CA Platense made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for CA Platense especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Felipe Pais (185-90) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and Puerto Rican forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, agency: SDJ Sports) who added 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Carlos Buendia (178-95) scored 12 points and 6 assists. Five La Union players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CA Platense maintains fourth position with 15-16 record. La Union lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
Platense: K.Gayden 23+4reb+1ast, K.Young 19+9reb+3ast, F.Pais 18+7reb+9ast, D.Mansilla 9+6reb, F.Lopez 8+1ast, I.Romani 8
La Union: R.Brown 25+11reb, P.Bilat 16+2ast, S.Ravina 13+1reb, C.Buendia 12+4reb+6ast, D.Cabezas 10+6reb, F.Mendoza 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 542871


Rocamora - Ciclista 80-69

There was a change at the TNA leadership position after last games. Round 32 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Ciclista (19-15). They were defeated by fifth ranked Rocamora (13-19) 80-69 on Saturday night. Strangely Ciclista outrebounded Rocamora 35-0 including a 27- advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Matias Novello (198-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 assists and Uruguayan guard Facundo Medina (190-94) who added 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Rocamora players scored in double figures. American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Aaron Harrison (198-93, college: Lynn) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Rocamora maintains fifth position with 13-19 record. Ciclista at the other side still keeps top place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Parque Sur. They were replaced at the leadership position by Parque Sur.
Top scorers:
ROCAMORA: F.Medina 21+4reb+2ast, M.Cuello 18+6reb+2ast, M.Novello 18+3reb+6ast, J.Luis Abeiro 12+11reb+1ast, I.Davico 3+1reb+4ast, G.Dellavedova 2+2ast
CICLISTA: J.Fahnbulleh 22+8reb, A.Harrison 15+5reb+1ast, M.Araujo 10+4reb, R.Di Perna 6+3reb, A.Merlo 6+4ast, P.Martinez 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 542801


Independiente BBC - Hindu 53-64

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Hindu (29-7) won against on the road 5th ranked Independiente BBC (12-24) 64-53 on Saturday. They outrebounded Independiente BBC 43-26 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Pablo Moya (203-83) who helped to win the game recording 8 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and point guard Nicolas Paletta (180-87) who added 7 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Point guard Victor-Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) responded with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Matias Martinez (178-94) scored 13 points. Hindu maintains first position with 29-7 record. Independiente BBC lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 24 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hindu: K.Jones 14+3reb+2ast, P.Fernandez 12+4reb+1ast, M.Coronel 8+6reb+4ast, P.Moya 8+14reb+6ast, N.Paletta 7+8reb+5ast, S.Mora 7+2reb
Independiente BBC: M.Martinez 13+3reb, M.Vittar 8, J.Aprea 8+5reb, V.Hugo Cajal 8+6reb+5ast, J.Angel Lopez 8+4reb+1ast, B.Ingrata 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 523971


Atenas Carmen - Huracan 89-73

There was a minor upset in Carmen de Patagones where 3rd ranked Huracan (19-13) was defeated by fifth ranked Atenas (18-16) 89-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Huracan was better in second period 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Emiliano Agostino (191-84) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) who added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Jerome Hill (198-94, college: Gardner-Webb) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Venezuelan forward Juan Coronado (203-90, college: Liberty) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Huracan's coach Cristian Santander tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Atenas maintains fifth position with 18-16 record. Loser Huracan keeps the third place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: E.Agostino 26+6reb+3ast, S.Cutley 20+5reb+4ast, H.Etchepare 17+2reb+5ast, H.Wilkerson 10+5reb+2ast, G.Peralta 8+4reb+1ast, B.Oprandi 4+3reb+1ast
Huracan: J.Hill 20+6reb+5ast, J.Coronado 15+13reb+1ast, L.Ruiz Moreno 15+2reb+2ast, M.Melo 11+6reb, G.Maranguello 4+1reb+2ast, M.Gomez 3+1ast
gschID: 542800


Salta Basket - Villa Angela 72-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Villa Angela's (24-12) road victory over 4th ranked Salta Basket (19-17) 77-72 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Martin Cequeira (180-88) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) who added 19 points during the contest. Nicolas Copello (194-92) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Salta Basket players scored in double figures. Villa Angela have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Union SF. Loser Salta Basket dropped to the third place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Villa Angela: N.Carter 19+3reb+2ast, M.Cequeira 16+7reb+6ast, C.Avalle 15+4reb+3ast, A.Spalla 9+2reb+1ast, A.Zago 6+8reb+3ast, M.Garcia 5+2reb+1ast
Salta Basket: L.Prowell 17+3reb, N.Copello 16+3reb+4ast, M.Fioretti 12+2reb, I.Okoye 11+9reb, A.Zurbriggen 9+6reb+2ast, R.Haag 4+1ast
gschID: 523972


Union SF - BHY Tiro Federal 105-69

Not a big story in a game in Santa Fe where 4th ranked BHY Tiro Federal (15-21) was rolled over by first ranked Union SF (24-12) 105-69 on Saturday. Union SF forced 19 BHY Tiro Federal turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by BHY Tiro Federal's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Union SF made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Makal Stibbins (201-86, college: Millersville, agency: DTMones) who added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Five Union SF players scored in double figures. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Union SF maintains first position with 24-12 record, which they share with Villa Angela. Loser BHY Tiro Federal keeps the fourth place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Union SF: B.Barovero 24+5reb+3ast, M.Stibbins 21+8reb+2ast, F.Podesta 17+6reb+3ast, G.Aliende 11+4reb+4ast, P.Tabarez 10+5reb+3ast, J.Godoy 9+2reb+4ast
BHY Tiro Federal: P.Lockett 21+7reb+1ast, E.Correa 20+5reb+2ast, J.Xynos 11+1ast, M.Maximiliano 5+3reb, L.Mare 5+2reb, L.Cecchi 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 523969


SP Las Parejas - Comunicaciones 67-84

Everything went according to plan in Las Parejas where second ranked Comunicaciones (27-9) beat 6th ranked Sportivo (8-28) 84-67 on Saturday. Comunicaciones forced 21 Sportivo turnovers. Sportivo was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Franco-Vietta Stechina who helped to win the game recording 22 points and Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) who added 17 points and 4 steals during the contest. Four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. Guard Augusto Rossi (192-88) responded with 14 points and American forward Dominique McKoy (203-93, college: Duquesne, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points. Comunicaciones have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-9 record having just ten point less than leader Parque Sur. Sportivo lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 28 games lost.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: F.Vietta Stechina 22+3reb+2ast, G.Essengue 17+4reb+3ast, N.Lauria 13+5reb+4ast, M.Aristu 11+4reb, J.De Felippo 6+7reb+1ast, G.Torres 6+4reb+2ast
SP Las Parejas: D.McKoy 15+4reb, A.Rossi 14+2reb+3ast, A.Pautasso 8+1reb, J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 8+2reb+1ast, A. Meinero 8+3reb+1ast, M.Tarrago 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 523967


Mitre Tuc. - Villa San Martin 80-87

There was no surprise in Tucuman where 7th ranked Mitre Tuc. (10-26) was defeated by fifth ranked Villa San Martin (13-23) 87-80 on Saturday. It was a great shooting night for Villa San Martin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Martin Cabrera (181-96) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 assists and forward Julian Morales (195-95) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Pablo Osores (194-86) scored 21 points. Five Villa San Martin and four Mitre Tuc. players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Villa San Martin maintains fifth position with 13-23 record, which they share with Obera TC. Mitre Tuc. lost sixth consecutive game. Mitre Tuc. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
Villa San Martin: J.Morales 18+6reb+1ast, M.Cabrera 16+1reb+9ast, A.Carnovale 16+2reb+3ast, F.Aldama 14+8reb+1ast, A.Toledo 14+6reb+3ast, G.Saavedra 6+1reb+1ast
Mitre Tuc.: T.Brown 26+6reb+2ast, P.Osores 21+4reb+3ast, J.Muruaga 10+1ast, L.Ortiz 10+2reb, G.Gorostiaga 7+6reb+5ast, R.Banegas 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523970


Olimpo BB - Estudiantes O. 84-78

There was a small surprise in Bahia Blanca where fourth ranked Olimpo (18-13) won against top-ranked Estudiantes O. (21-11) 84-78 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Estudiantes O. won fourth quarter 30-29. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpo made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds and F Ruesga who added 19 points during the contest. Joaquin Gamazo (198-91) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Estudiantes O.'s coach Gustavo Fernandez tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olimpo maintains fourth position with 18-13 record. Loser Estudiantes O. still keeps top place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Olimpo BB: F. Ruesga 19+3reb+1ast, C.Schoppler 19+6reb+3ast, F.Pennacchotti 10+6reb+4ast, D.Smith 9+5reb+2ast, T.Granado 8+4reb+1ast, A.Giarraffa 8+3reb+4ast
Estudiantes O.: J.Gamazo 20+7reb, S.Arese 14+4reb+5ast, E.Dominguez 9+6reb+1ast, A.Brocal 9+1reb, L.Reinaudi 8+3reb+4ast, I.Galardo 5+4reb
gschID: 542747





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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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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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Maesen's 19 points and 6 assists give him Top Division I Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Bart Maesen (198-F-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Houthalen and receives a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 19 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Houthalen in his team's victory, helping them to beat Giants B (#8, 11-15) 72-62. Houthalen maintains the 5th position in Belgian Top Division I. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Houthalen will need more victories to improve their 15-10 record. In the team's last game Maesen had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Houthalen, through which he has constantly improved. Maesen has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.7ppg), assists (7th best: 3.4apg) and averages solid 60.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Francois Lhoest (196-F/C-85) of Ninane. He is former international forward in his 9th season at Ninane. In the last game Lhoest recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Ninane lost that game 82-99 to slightly higher-ranked Giants B (#8, 11-15). Ninane managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Lhoest is one of the most experienced players at Ninane and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 13.7rpg and 3.6apg.

Third place about best performers goes to center Pieter De Cock (198-C-93) of Ekeren (#13). De Cock scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite De Cock's great performance Ekeren lost 84-92 to the higher-ranked Royal Brussels (#7, 11-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Ekeren can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for De Cock he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. De Cock has a very solid season. In 22 games in Belgium he scored 11.7ppg. He also has 5.5rpg and FGP: 54.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexander Schepens (191-G/F-93) of Ieper - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Bert Van Den Broek (201-C-92) of Giants B - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gilles Dierickx (213-C-92) of Ieper - 25 points and 15 rebounds
7. Justin Kohajda (203-C-96) of Gistel Oostende - 19 points and 7 rebounds
8. Estime Vangu (198-C-88) of Royal Brussels - 16 points and 9 rebounds
9. Lars De Lepeleire (175-PG-91) of Waregem - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Sam Hemeleers (180-G-95) of Gistel Oostende - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 12 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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Torrion Brummitt claims Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Torrion Brummitt (201-F) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Zrinjski HT and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The forward had the game-high 29 points adding nine rebounds for Zrinjski HT in his team's victory, helping them to beat Spars Sarajevo (#6, 0-3), Second Stage bottom-ranked team 88-81. It allowed Zrinjski HT to consolidate first place in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Zrinjski HT already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Brummitt had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Torrion Brummitt averages this season 10.6ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Croatian center Ivan Karacic (202-C-96) of Places 7-13 best team Siroki Primorka. Karacic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Siroki Primorka to another comfortable win outscoring Bosnjak (0-2) 92-70. A very good start of the Second Stage for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Karacic is one of the most experienced players at Siroki Primorka and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports) of Gradjanski (#8). Markovic scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Gradjanski, leading his team to a 70-61 win against Leotar (#11, 0-2). Gradjanski needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Markovic has a great season in Bosnia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Robinson (190-PG-94) of Igokea - 19 points and 5 assists
5. Enes Latifagic (200-F-92) of Sloboda Tuzla - 25 points and 6 rebounds
6. Maksim Kovacevic (196-G-87) of Spars Sarajevo - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Devonte Brown (188-G-92) of Sloboda Tuzla - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Danilo Negovanovic (194-F/G-88) of Gradjanski - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ivan Begic (194-G-92) of Zrinjski HT - 19 points and 5 rebounds
10. Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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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Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Smith, Botafogo.17.7 
 2. Gaines, Blumenau17.7 
 3. Vezaro, Joinville16.0 
 4. Maistro, Contagem14.8 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.14.3 
 6. Silva, Brusque13.2 
 7. Alvim, Contagem12.5 
 8. Lazzaris, Blumenau12.3 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.9 
 10. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Abner MOREIRA
  Botafogo.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Moreira, Botafogo.8.5 
 2. Silva, Blumenau8.5 
 3. Prado, Brusque8.0 
 4. Gaines, Blumenau7.0 
 5. Alves, Contagem7.0 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.7 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau6.5 
 8. Silva, Brusque6.4 
 9. Russell, Botafogo.6.3 
 10. Pereira, Joinville6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Smith, Botafogo.5.5 
 2. Semmke, Blumenau4.2 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville4.0 
 4. Romualdo, Contagem4.0 
 5. Perez, Contagem3.5 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.2 
 7. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
 8. Moreira, Blumenau2.3 
 9. Silva, Blumenau2.2 
 10. Maistro, Contagem2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stocks, Blumenau4.3 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.3 
 3. Romualdo, Contagem2.3 
 4. Maistro, Contagem1.8 
 5. Alves, Contagem1.7 
 6. Moreira, Blumenau1.7 
 7. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.7 
 8. Froehlich, Joinville1.5 
 9. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Silva, Brusque1.2 
 2. Maistro, Contagem1.2 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.1.0 
 4. Perez, Botafogo.1.0 
 5. Silva, Blumenau0.7 
 6. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 7. Dias, Joinville0.5 
 8. De-Oliveira, Blumenau0.5 
 9. Souza, Santos/M.0.4 
 10. Henrique, Brusque0.4 


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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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.



Division A Round 8 (Second Stage): Akademik Sofia beats Rilski 2 in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in Division A.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sofia. Top-ranked Akademik Sofia faced 4th ranked Rilski 2. Host Akademik Sofia (8-0) smashed guests from Samokov (3-5) 90-62. The game without a history. Akademik Sofia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Akademik Sofia maintains first position in A with 8-0 record. Rilski 2 at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Akademik Sofia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Levski 2014-2.
The game in Troyan was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski 2014-2 (5-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Chavdar (2-6). Levski 2014-2 managed to secure a 6-point victory 89-83. Levski 2014-2 maintains second position in A with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Cherno More 2. Chavdar at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Levski 2014-2's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Akademik Sofia.
The game in Vidin was also quite interesting. Third ranked UE Varna (5-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Vidabasket (1-7). UE Varna managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78 on Sunday. UE Varna maintains third position in A with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Cherno More 2. Loser Vidabasket keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. UE Varna will meet at home Chavdar (#5) in the next round. Vidabasket will play against Rilski 2 in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Varna: Cherno More 2 (#7) and Akademik Varna (#12). Akademik Varna was smashed at home by 18 points 68-86 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Newly promoted Cherno More 2 maintains seventh position in A with 7-1 record. Akademik Varna at the other side stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Cherno More 2's next round opponent will be Dunav 2016 (#10) in Ruse. Akademik Varna will play against CSKA and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 8 In A Dolphin was defeated by Dunav 2016 in Ruse 103-87.

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Akademik Sofia - Rilski 2 90-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sofia. Top-ranked Akademik Sofia faced 4th ranked Rilski 2. Host Akademik Sofia (8-0) smashed guests from Samokov (3-5) 90-62. The game without a history. Akademik Sofia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Akademik Sofia maintains first position in A with 8-0 record. Rilski 2 at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Akademik Sofia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Levski 2014-2.
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Chavdar - Levski 2014-2 83-89

The game in Troyan was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski 2014-2 (5-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Chavdar (2-6). Levski 2014-2 managed to secure a 6-point victory 89-83. Chavdar was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 24-21 charge of Levski 2014-2, which allowed them to win the game. Levski 2014-2 maintains second position in A with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Cherno More 2. Chavdar at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Levski 2014-2's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Akademik Sofia.
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Vidabasket - UE Varna 78-87

The game in Vidin was also quite interesting. Third ranked UE Varna (5-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Vidabasket (1-7). UE Varna managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78 on Sunday. Vidabasket trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 21-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-87 at the end of the game. UE Varna maintains third position in A with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Cherno More 2. Loser Vidabasket keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. UE Varna will meet at home Chavdar (#5) in the next round. Vidabasket will play against Rilski 2 in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Places 7-12
Dunav 2016 - Dolphin 103-87

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Ruse where 9th ranked Dolphin (4-4) was defeated by tenth ranked Dunav 2016 (4-4) 103-87. Dolphin was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 16-30 charge of Dunav 2016, which allowed them to win the game. Dunav 2016 maintains tenth position in A with 4-4 record. Dunav 2016's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cherno More 2 (#7) in Varna and it may be quite challenging game.
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Akademik Varna - Cherno More 2 68-86

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Varna: Cherno More 2 (#7) and Akademik Varna (#12). Akademik Varna was smashed at home by 18 points 68-86 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Cherno More 2. Akademik Varna was better in fourth quarter 22-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Newly promoted Cherno More 2 maintains seventh position in A with 7-1 record. Akademik Varna at the other side stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Cherno More 2's next round opponent will be Dunav 2016 (#10) in Ruse. Akademik Varna will play against CSKA and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  CAMEROON  


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

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

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey). He led Trabzonspor to a victory over the closely-ranked Tofas (10-13) 89-79 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Kadji was MVP of the game. He scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. Trabzonspor Medical Park Basketbol (8-15) is placed 12th in the BSL. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Kadji has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 59.9%(112-187), 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 73.1% in 22 games he played so far. He played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Nzeulie contributed to Chalon/Saor's victory against the leader Cibona 83-78 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Tuesday night. He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Nzeulie's first season with the team. This year Nzeulie averages: 7.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.5apg and FT: 76.5% in 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark). NaNa was the main contributor in Svendborg's victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (13-15) 97-91 in the Danish Ligaen last Monday. He was the best player in that game. NaNa had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 35 minutes. Svendborg Rabbits (13-15) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. This year NaNa has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 25.8% and FT: 64.3% in 28 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #4. Power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in Comunicaciones' victory against the sixth-ranked Sportivo (8-28) 84-67 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Saturday night. Essengue scored 17 points, grabbed 4 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. Comunicaciones Mercedes (27-9) is placed second in North group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Essengue has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #5. Former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Los Angeles Clippers in a victory against the New York Knicks (28-46) 114-105 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Mbah a Moute recorded only 4 points in 21 minutes. The Los Angeles Clippers have 44-31 record this season. This year Mbah a Moute's overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 2.2rpg in 73 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #6. Guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie. But that was another game of his team in French ProA which we would like to mention. Pitard. He could not help Chalon/Saor (17-7) to beat Strasbourg IG (15-9). Pitard cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Chalon/Saor was crushed 84-60 on the road by the lower-ranked Strasbourg IG (#6). Pitard's total stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 1.1apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #7. Former international center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) contributed to a Lille Metropole's victory against the closely-ranked Provence Basket (16-8) 62-48 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He scored only 4 points and blocked 2 shots. 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. MBida's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) could not help Lukoil Academic Sofia (17-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Gibson's very good performance the league leader Lukoil Academic Sofia was defeated 80-71 on the road by the lower-ranked Yambol (#7). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Gibson also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Gibson has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.0apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #2. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Vanoli Cremona (6-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona was edged 78-77 in Sassari by the much higher-ranked Banco di Srd (#6). Biligha scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. This season Biligha has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #3. Michel Enanga (196-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Co.Carolina to a victory against the University of Wyoming (8-10) 91-81 in the NCAA Quarter-Finals on Monday night. Enanga scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes. The Coastal Carolina College has 10-8 conference record this season. Enanga has been at the team for five years. This year his total stats are: 4.3ppg and 2.9rpg in 12 games he played so far.

   #4. Jean-Dieudonniz Biog (205-C-95, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked CFBB (4-19) crushing them 99-77 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Biog scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Saint Vallier Basket Drome (15-15) is placed 11th in the NM1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Biog's total stats this season are: 3.3ppg and 2.7rpg. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities. Despite Biog's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Cameroonian team.

   #5. Johan Bitjaa (207-C-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) led Zamorano to a victory over the tenth-ranked Alcazar (13-13) 70-65 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. Bitjaa was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds in 29 minutes. Aquimisa Queso Zamorano (7-19) is placed 14th in the LEB Silver. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Bitjaa's total stats are: 7.9ppg and 6.2rpg in 22 games.

   #6. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Quimper UJAP in their game against Caen in the French NM1 (third division). Temgoua scored 9 points in 20 minutes. His team lost 64-76. This year Temgoua's total stats are: 8.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.3apg in 29 games. He also holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #7. Maxime Djo Ebala (208-C-94, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Vitre crushing them 90-69 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Djo Ebala scored 6 points. Djo Ebala's total stats this season are: 3.3ppg and 1.8rpg. He holds both Cameroonian and French passports.



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  CANADA  


Khem Birch selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Greece). He led Olympiacos to a victory over the seventh-ranked AGOR (11-12) 70-63 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Birch was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Birch's third season in pro basketball. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (19-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all nineteen games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Birch averages: 6.7ppg, 5.4rpg and FT: 62.8% in 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Andrew Wiggins (203-95, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA). Wiggins could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-44) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-44) were defeated 130-119 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. Wiggins was the top scorer with 36 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Wiggins has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 23.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 75.8%. Wiggins played for the Canadian national team in 2015.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was not able to help Umana Venezia (9-5) in their last game. Despite Ejim's very good performance the third-placed Umana Venezia (9-5) was edged 74-71 in Karsiyaka by the second-ranked Pinar in the group B of Basketball Champions League. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Ejim's third season in pro basketball. Ejim has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 45.2%(19-42) and FT: 80.8% in 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #4. Forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to secure a victory for CB Canarias (11-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance CB Canarias was edged 62-62 in Villeurbanne by the second-ranked ASVEL Lyon- Basket in the group D of Basketball Champions League. Doornekamp recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). This season Doornekamp has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Dutch. Doornekamp used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #5. Former international point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Euroleague) was the major contributor in Zalgiris' victory against the 14th-ranked Maccabi T-A (10-18) 93-77 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He recorded 15 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (13-15) is placed tenth in the Euroleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Pangos' first season with the team. This year Pangos' overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.2apg in 28 games. He has both Canadian and Slovenian nationalities. Pangos used to play for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

Aaron Best
Aaron Best
   #6. Guard Aaron Best (193-92, college: Ryerson, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help Juventus (15-13) in their game against Neptunas (17-11) in the Lithuanian LKL. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Best also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Best's total stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 2.9rpg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Canadian team two years ago.

Daniel Mullings
Daniel Mullings
   #7. Former international guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Finland) couldn't help Joensuun Kataja (25-10) in their game against Kauhajoen Karhu (21-14) in the Finnish Korisliiga, despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Mullings had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 35 minutes. But Joensuun Kataja lost 78-89 in Kauhajoki to the lower-ranked (#4) Kauhajoen Karhu. Mullings' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Mullings has reliable stats this year: 15.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.6apg and 2.3spg in 27 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph
   #8. Point guard Cory Joseph (190-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (27-47) 131-112 in the NBA last Monday. Joseph recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 13 passes. He also added 6 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 45-29 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Joseph averaged so far 9.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.3apg. He plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Nik Stauskas
Nik Stauskas
   #9. Former international shooting guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Philadelphia 76ers (26-47) in their game against the Orlando Magic (27-47) in the NBA, despite his very good performance on Monday night. Stauskas recorded 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 39 minutes. But the Philadelphia 76ers (26-47) were edged 112-109 in Orlando by the Magic. Stauskas' stats this year are: 9.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.1apg in 71 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett
   #10. Forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, college: UNLV, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (5-18) 79-68 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Bennett scored 7 points. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-4) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Bennett's total stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Myck Kabongo (191-92, college: Texas, currently plays in Mexico) couldn't help Rayos de Hermosillo in their game against Ostioneros de Guaymas in the Mexican CIBACOPA, despite his very good performance last Friday. Kabongo was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 9 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 31 minutes. But his team lost 69-84. Kabongo has very impressive stats this year: 19.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg in two games. He used to play for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Mexico) was the main contributor in a Caballeros de Culiacan's victory against the closely-ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan 91-85 in the Mexican CIBACOPA on Friday night. Glaze was the best player in that game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Glaze has very high stats. He averages: 21.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.0apg. Glaze used to play for the Canadian U18 national team back in 2010.

   #13. International guard Tyler Ennis (188-94, college: Syracuse, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Ennis also added 5 assists and 4 steals in 26 minutes. But his team were badly defeated by 16 points 97-81 in the NBA. This year Ennis' total stats are: 5.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.8apg in 13 games. He is also Canadian national team player.

   #14. Former international center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Hitachi Sunrockers' victory against the second-ranked Sanen Neophoenix 77-70 in the Japanese B League last Saturday. Sacre was the top player that evening. He scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Sacre averaged so far 14.1ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) helped Boston Celtics win their game against the Indiana Pacers 109-100 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Olynyk scored 11 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes. Olynyk averaged so far 9.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.0apg in 67 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87, college: Houghton, currently plays in Sweden) led BC Lulea to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked KFUM Jamtland (15-16) crushing them 98-77 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Anzuluni scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. BC Lulea (23-8) is placed first in the Basketligan. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Anzuluni averaged so far 14.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.6apg and 2.1spg.

   #2. Maurice Walker (208-F/C-91, college: Minnesota, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Worcester Wolves to a victory over the tenth-ranked Cheshire Phoenix (8-18) 103-91 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Walker scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Worcester Wolves (15-12) is placed fifth in the BBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Walker has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.9apg. Walker has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.

   #3. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) managed to help Byblos Sporting Club to win against the eighth-ranked Tadamon (6-12) 99-92 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Sunday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Byblos Sporting Club (13-5) is placed third in the Pepsi LBL. The Regular Season already ended. Kanaan has been at the team for four years. Kanaan has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #4. Chad Posthumus (211-C-91, college: Morehead St., currently plays in Japan) could not help Shinshu BW (12-37) in their last game on Monday. Despite Posthumus' very good performance Shinshu BW (#6) was defeated 88-84 on the road by the higher-ranked Tokyo Excellence (#4) in the Central group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 13 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Posthumus has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg and 11.2rpg.

   #5. Meshack Lufile (203-PF, college: Cape Breton, currently plays in Holland) was not able to help Leeuwarden (7-18) in their last game. Despite Lufile's very good performance Leeuwarden was edged 87-84 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) Rotterdam. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was Leeuwarden's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Lufile averaged so far 12.2ppg and 6.3rpg in 25 games he played so far.

   #6. Experienced Michael Fraser (203-C-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Polfarmex (4-21) in their last game. Despite his good performance Polfarmex lost 65-76 in Radom to the much higher-ranked (#5) Rosa. Fraser scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. Fraser has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 8.3rpg in 23 games.

   #7. Jermel Kennedy (201-F-89, college: Lander, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maurice Walker. But that was another game of his team in British BBL which we would like to mention. Kennedy contributed to a 2-point Worcester Wolves' victory against the league leader Leicester Riders 93-91. He scored 14 points, had 8 boards, passed 8 assists and added 3 steals. Kennedy averaged so far 13.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg. He has both Canadian and British nationalities.

   #8. Jabs Newby (188-G-91, college: Gannon, currently plays in Mexico) couldn't help Pioneros Los Mochis in their game against Halcones de Ciudad Obregon in the Mexican CIBACOPA. Despite his very good performance last Saturday Newby scored 17 points. Newby averaged so far 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0apg.

   #9. Hernst Laroche (185-PG-89, agency: HMS, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France) contributed to Saint-Quentin's victory against the closely-ranked Saint Chamond 77-69 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 11 points and added 5 passes. Laroche has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.6apg and 1.2spg.

   #10. Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Kanaan and both played together in the last Lebanese Pepsi LBL game. El Turk contributed to Byblos' victory against the eighth-ranked Tadamon 99-92. He scored 6 points. This season El Turk averages only 2.8ppg. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.



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  CENTRAL AFRICA  


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

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in EuroCup). He led his Spanish team Valencia Basket to an easy victory against the league leader Hapoel Jerusalem (5-1) 90-75 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Sato scored 12 points in a mere 18 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all six games in the Semi-Finals. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 5.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(27-48), 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 72.7% in 20 games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

James Mays
James Mays
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson, currently plays in South Korea). He could not help LG Sakers (23-31) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mays' very good performance LG Sakers were defeated 95-85 on the road by the second-ranked Goyang Orions. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 14 rebounds. Mays also added 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended. It's Mays' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mays averages: 21.8ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 23.4% and FT: 60.9%. He is a naturalized American. Mays played for the Central African national team in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Central Africa.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in France). Djimrabaye managed to help BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral in a victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (16-8) crushing them 88-67 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored only 3 points in 18 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (14-10) is placed seventh in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Djimrabaye's overall stats are: 2.1ppg, 1.2rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 46.2%(6-13) in 15 games. He played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #4. Small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France) was not able to help Olympique Antibes in their game against JDA Dijon (9-15) in the French ProA. Kouguere's contribution was not very remarkable in Friday's game. He scored only 2 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Olympique Antibes was defeated 61-52 in JDA Dijon by the higher-ranked JDA Dijon (#13). It was Olympique Antibes' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Kouguere's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere used to play for the Central African national team back in 2015.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #5. Former international power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France) contributed to a Boulazac Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Nantes (12-12) 75-66 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (13-11) is placed seventh in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Zianveni's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg in 20 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Zianveni used to play for the Central African national team four years ago.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

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

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



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Senvald: KK "Podravac" - nositelj kosarke u Sjeverozapadnoj Hrvatskoj - by Filip Bajsic

U ovom intervjuu razgovarao sam sa tajnikom KK "Podravac" Virje, gospodinom Dariom Senvaldom.

1. Jeste li zadovoljni trenutnom igrom Vase momadi ili bi neki segment igre ipak trebalo mijenjati?

- Buduci da su nam je tri godine ovo drugi nastup u kvalifikacijama smatram da imamo odredeno iskustvo igranja na ovom nivou. Svaku domacu utakmicu smo favoriti i od toga ne bjezimo, a u gostima u ovoj ligi moras odigrati maximalno da dodjes do pobjede. U igri ne bi nista mijenjali, ali jedino zalim sto ne mozemo spojiti niti jedan trening u kompletnom sastavu jer obveze igraca (skola i posao) nam to ne dozvoljavaju - rekao je Senvald

2. Hoce li pojacanja koja ste doveli za kvalifikacije za Premijer ligu ostati i narednu sezonu u klubu, kada cete igrati A1 ligu?

- Igraci koji su pristupili, Tomislav Matoic i Dejan Krajinovic, donijeli su nam sirinu i dodatnu energiju, posebno Toc. Obojica imaju iskustvo igranja na najvisem nivou i sigurno kad zavrsi ovo natjecanje da cemo sjesti i porazgovarati o sljedecoj sezoni. Matoic je mlad igrac, igrao je A1 ligu i nama je u interesu da ostane clan kluba. Krajinovic je pred zalaskom karijere i sam ce odluciti o nastavku igranja u Podravcu. - nastavlja Senvald

3. Vi ste ekipa koja ima najvise domacih igraca i odredjenih igraca koji zajedno igraju skoro pa vec jedno desetljece, jeste li i dalje zadovoljni njihovom igrom, jer prosjek godina Vase ekipe nije narocito mlad?.

- Okosnica ekipe je vec vise od deset godina na okupu i poznaju se zavezanih ociju. Kad imate takvu klapu lagano je prikljuciti 2 ili 3 nova igraca koji brzo polove nacin rada trenera Hrzenjaka, akcije, ali i sve ostalo oko kluba. Velika su klapa i puno se druze i van terena, sto ima i odraz na terenu. Zna se tko sto radi u ekipi i lako je onda sve to ukomponirati. Imamo dvije pobjede i vise smo nego zadovoljni trenutnim igrama, jer nema pritiska na ekipu, a onda je najlakse igrati. - zadovoljan je tajnik Senvald

4. Ivan Siprak, 40-godisnji igrac, postize i po 30 - 40 koseva po utakmici. To je veoma impresivan podatak za covjeka u tim godinama. Hoce li Ivan Siprak i sljedecu sezonu braniti boje Vaseg kluba?

- Ivan vec vise od 20 godina igra kosarku na visokom nivou. Poceo je relativno kasno, sa 17 godina i to je mozda razlog da traje dugo. Spletom okolnosti nikada nije igrao A1 ligu, a zasto je to tako, mora se zapitati struka. I prije 2 godine bio je MVP kvalifikacija, ove godine MVP A2 lige sjever, a i u ove tri utakmice vodi karavanu po ucinkovitosti. Trener Luka Bujas napisao je da je on najbolji igrac u Hrvatskoj koji nikada nije zaigrao A1 ligu. Evo, sljedece godine ima sansu da mu se ostvari san. Istina da to nije najvisi rang, ali je ipak A1 liga. Ivo je uzor mladima kako se ponasa na treningu, koliko je potrebno uloziti energije da se uspije (ponekad na utakmicama rekli bi "izgori"), ali da bi se uspjelo, bez toga nejde. Igrat ce jos toliko dugo u klubu koliko pozeli i kad osjeti da moze izdrzati, jer on je nas voda i kapetan.

5. Imate 3 pobjede i 2 poraza, jos ste uvijek u igri za moguc prolazak u Premijer ligu. Ako cete to uspijeti, hocete li se upustiti u taj, mogu ga tako nazvati, izazov i igrati Premijer ligu, jer tada bi to bio velik uspjeh za Vas klub i za kosarku na Sjeverozapadu Hrvatske?.

- Idemo utakmicu po utakmicu i u svaku ulazimo sa zeljom da se dobije. Nikome ne priznamo da je bolji, pogotovo ne u nasoj Areni. Realno, za ulazak u visi rang postoji nekoliko prepreka. Financijski i igracki za Premijer ligu. Mora se znati da smo jedini klub tj. Sportsko drustvo u Hrvatskoj da pod jednom kapom djeluju 2 prvoligasa. Djevojke u najvisem rangu, i sada mi u A1 ligi. I sve to u jednom selu od 3.500 tisuce ljudi. Po tome smo poznati u Hrvatskoj, ali i sire. Igracki, bilo bi potrebno dovesti 3-4 igraca za najvisi nivo, a to nije u nasim planovima i dugorocnoj viziji kako ce klub funkcionirati u narednom razdoblju. Ulaskom u A1 ligu otvoreni smo prema svim igracima koji se zele okusati na visem nivou, a da imaju odredene kvalitete. Podravac je bio i bit ce nositelj kosarkaskog sporta u ovom dijelu Hrvatske i kao takvog pokusat cemo ga voditi u narednom razdoblju. - izjavljuje Senvald za kraj



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

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

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Spain). He led Gran Canaria to a victory over the 15th-ranked Zaragoza (8-17) crushing them 102-57 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Planinic was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes on the court. Herbalife Gran Canaria (17-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Planinic's first season with the team. This year Planinic averages: 8.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 60.7%(37-61) and FT: 74.5% in 14 games he played so far. Ex-KK Cibona VIP Zagreb player is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Dario Saric
Dario Saric
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Dario Saric (207-94, currently plays in NBA). He was the main contributor in a Philadelphia 76ers' victory against the Chicago Bulls (35-39) 117-107 in the NBA last Friday. Saric was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers have 26-47 record this season. Saric has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 78.5%. Ex-KK Cibona VIP Zagreb player is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Spain). Popovic contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-21) 90-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Popovic scored 30 points (!!!) in 25 minutes. Montakit Fuenlabrada (11-14) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. Popovic has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 39.6%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 89.8% in 17 games. He played for the Croatian national team six years ago.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #4. Forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help Umana Venezia (9-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Peric's very good performance the third-placed Umana Venezia (9-5) was edged 74-71 on the road by the second-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka in the group B of Basketball Champions League. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Peric also added 4 rebounds. Peric is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Umana Venezia's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg. Peric used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2015.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #5. Former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help FC Barcelona (11-17) in their last game. Despite his good performance FC Barcelona was badly defeated 85-69 in Madrid by the leading Real. Tomic had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tomic has been at the team for five years. This season his overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.8apg in 27 games. Tomic used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #6. Point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to secure a victory for Banco di Srd (7-7) in their game against Monaco (12-2) in the Basketball Champions League. Despite his very good performance on Wednesday night He was the top scorer with 17 points. Stipcevic also added 5 assists. Stipcevic has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #7. International point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, another player represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams AEK Athens (17-6) in their game against Panathinaikos (22-1) in the Greek A1, despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. Ukic was the second best scorer with 12 points in 43 minutes. But AEK Athens was badly defeated 106-87 in a derby game by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Ukic's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.7apg in 23 games. He is also Croatian national team player.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #8. Power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) helped Darussafaka win their game against the 13th-ranked Usak Sportlif (7-16) 78-70 in the Turkish BSL last Monday. Zizic scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (16-7) is placed fifth in the BSL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Zizic's stats this season are: 12.2ppg and 5.0rpg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Justin Hamilton
Justin Hamilton
   #9. International center Justin Hamilton (213-90, college: LSU, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Brooklyn Nets (16-57) in their game against the Washington Wizards (45-28) in the NBA, despite his very good performance on Friday night. Hamilton was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. But the Brooklyn Nets (16-57) were crushed 129-108 in Washington by the Wizards. This year Hamilton's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 4.2rpg in 56 games. He is a naturalized American. Hamilton is also in the roster of the Croatian national team. He used to play for KK Cibona VIP Zagreb in Croatian league.

Ivica Zubac
Ivica Zubac
   #10. Center Ivica Zubac (216-97, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Los Angeles Lakers (21-52) in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (44-31) in the NBA. Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game Zubac scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Zubac averaged so far 7.6ppg and 4.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

   #11. International small forward Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Justin Hamilton in the NBA last game. Bogdanovic helped Washington Wizards win their game against the Brooklyn Nets crushing them 129-108. He scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 26 minutes. Bogdanovic has very impressive stats this year: 14.8ppg and 3.2rpg in 17 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #12. Former U20 international power forward Ivan Buva (208-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help RETAbet BB in their game against Real Madrid in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Buva was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Buva averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.4rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #13. International power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his German team Brose Baskets win their game against one of league's weakest teams Armani Milano 84-76 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Radosevic recorded 9 points and added 3 passes. Radosevic has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 2.5rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

   #14. International point guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Houston, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Unicaja Malaga in their game against Valencia Basket in the Spanish Liga Endesa, despite his good performance on Saturday night. Lafayette was the second best scorer with 11 points in a mere 16 minutes. But his team lost 77-81. Lafayette has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.8apg in 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Lafayette plays currently for the Croatian national team. Strangely he has never played in Croatia.

   #15. International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Ivan Buva in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Draper managed to help Real Madrid to win against the tenth-ranked RETAbet BB crushing them 104-76. He scored only 2 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. Draper has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 1.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Draper is also in the roster of the Croatian national team. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

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

   #1. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Vrsac's victory against the league outsider Smederevo (2-20) crushing them 105-69 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Pavlovic recorded 16 points and added 3 passes (made all of his five free throws) in 24 minutes. KK Vrsac Swisslion (18-4) is placed first in the KLS. 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 critical. Pavlovic has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Serbian.

   #2. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) led PVSK Pannon to a victory over the league outsider Vasas (4-22) 79-66 in the Hungarian A Division last Sunday. Budimir was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (15-11) is placed seventh in the A Division. The Regular Season already ended. Budimir plays fourth season for the team. Budimir averaged so far 14.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg.

   #3. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovakia) was the main contributor in Prievidza's victory against the closely-ranked Inter Bratislava (28-11) 97-82 in the Slovakian SBL in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Maric recorded 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Prievidza (28-11) is placed third in the SBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Maric averaged so far 13.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in 35 games.

   #4. Marijan Cakarun (204-C-90, currently plays in Spain) could not help La ICL Manresa (4-21) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa lost 82-90 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#9) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Cakarun was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Cakarun has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 4.4rpg in 25 games.

   #5. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to Oostende's victory against the closely-ranked Antwerp Giants (17-9) 72-64 in the Belgian Euromillions League in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points in only 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet BC Oostende (22-4) is placed first in the Euromillions League. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Jagodic Kuridza has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in 25 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Croatian.

   #6. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an USK Praha's victory against the fifth-ranked BK Opava 79-73 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. Primorac recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in 27 minutes. Primorac has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg in 20 games.

   #7. Experienced Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Nitra 89-73 in the Slovakian SBL on Wednesday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Jankovic averaged so far 11.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.7apg.

   #8. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket 65-60 in the Swedish Basketligan last Wednesday. He scored 19 points in 30 minutes. Bizaca has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg in 30 games.

   #9. Dino Cinac (201-F-88, currently plays in Sweden) helped KFUM Jamtland win their game against the second-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins 78-74 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. Cinac scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Cinac has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg.

   #10. Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) was not able to help McKinnon Cougars in their game against Devils in the Australian State League (second division). Despite his very good performance last Saturday Platenik was the second best scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds. This season Platenik has very high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg. Platenik has both Croatian and Australian nationalities.



Novacic's 24 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old forward Ivan Novacic (201-F-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) put on an amazing game in the last round for Jolly JBS and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 24 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Jolly JBS in his team's victory, helping them to crush Alkar Sinj (#11, 6-16) with 25-point margin 101-76. Jolly JBS maintains the 4th position in Croatian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jolly JBS will need more victories to improve their 17-5 record. Novacic turned to be Jolly JBS's top player in his first season with the team. Novacic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.4ppg), rebounds (4th best: 7.2rpg) and averages solid 57.9% FGP and 45.8% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92) of Cedevita. He is American guard in his first season at Cedevita. In the last game Boatright recorded impressive 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Cedevita to another comfortable win 103-85 over the lower-ranked Zabok (#9, 7-14) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Cedevita to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 17-5 record is not bad at all. Boatright is a newcomer at Cedevita and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) of league's second-best GKK Sibenik. Halilovic showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of GKK Sibenik, leading his team to a 85-83 win against the lower-ranked KK Zagreb (#8, 10-11). GKK Sibenik is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 18-4 record is not that bad... Halilovic has a great season in Croatia. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 62.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sinisa Stemberger (196-G-79) of Skrljevo - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) of Zadar - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mauro Veljacic (183-PG-93) of Kvarner 2010 - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Martin Junakovic (193-PG-94) of KK Zagreb - 27 points and 8 assists
8. Miro Bilan (213-C-89) of Cedevita - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) of KK Zagreb - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87) of Cibona - 21 points and 5 assists

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



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LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Esteban MARTINEZ
  Santiago
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Martinez, Santiago28.4 
 2. Boffil, Villa Clara23.9 
 3. Oliva, Pinar del Rio19.3 
 4. Pons, Guantanamo18.5 
 5. Guzman, Capitalinos17.4 
 6. Molina, Matanzas15.8 
 7. Granda, Ciego d.15.5 
 8. Abreu, Villa Clara15.2 
 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. Garcia, Matanzas5.8 
 7. Pons, Guantanamo5.7 
 8. Perez, Villa Clara5.6 
 9. Siria, Santiago5.6 
 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. Molina, Matanzas2.4 
 6. Martinez, Ciego d.2.4 
 7. Deschapelles, Matan.2.3 
 8. Soltero, Capitalinos2.2 
 9. Boffil, Villa Clara2.0 
 10. Giron, Santiago1.8 
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. Soria, Guantanamo4.1 
 7. Boffil, Villa Clara4.1 
 8. Martinez, Ciego d.3.9 
 9. Heredia, Santiago3.8 
 10. Giron, Santiago3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Abel FONT
  Capitalinos
  (206-C-97)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Font, Capitalinos1.8 
 2. Cubillas, Villa Clara1.8 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.4 
 4. Garcia, Matanzas1.0 
 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 


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

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

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help Estudiantes Concordia (29-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Justiz's very good performance the second-placed Estudiantes Concordia (29-15) was edged 95-94 on the road by the much lower-ranked Atenas (#9) in the Norte group. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Justiz has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 60.9%. He is currently a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). Garcia was the major contributor in a San Martin Corrientes' victory against the second-ranked Ferrocarril (27-16) 77-65 in the Argentinian LigaA on Thursday night. He recorded 13 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Norte. San Martin Corrientes (30-10) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Garcia's first season with the team. This year Garcia has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 68.6% in 35 games he played so far. He played for the Cuban national team in 2009.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in Germany). Bartolo led Telekom Baskets to a victory against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (13-13) 90-86 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Telekom Baskets Bonn (15-10) is placed sixth in the BBL. This season Bartolo averages: 7.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 68.1%(62-91), 3FGP: 15.8% and FT: 63.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo played for the Cuban national team six years ago.

Yoanki Mensia
Yoanki Mensia
   #4. Forward Yoanki Mensia (196-97, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to a GECR Indalo's victory against the sixth-ranked Quimsa (23-22) 94-80 in the Argentinian LigaA last Monday. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (22-21) is placed fourth in Sur group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Mensia's overall stats are: 1.1ppg and 1.6rpg in nine games. He is also Cuban national team player.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #5. Former international power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France) helped SO Maritime Boulogne win their game against the league leader JL Bourg (17-7) 86-77 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Paumier scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. SO Maritime Boulogne (9-15) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ProB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Paumier has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.3bpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Rangel Ramirez
Rangel Ramirez
   #6. An experienced center Rangel Ramirez (206-75, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help AEC Collblanc (10-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance AEC Collblanc (#8) lost 75-87 at home to the higher-ranked (#7) Cornella in the Group C-A. Ramirez had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in a mere 19 minutes. It was AEC Collblanc's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Ramirez's total stats are: 7.1ppg and 6.2rpg in 21 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team eleven years ago.

Taylor Garcia
Taylor Garcia
   #7. Former international point guard Taylor Garcia (182-87, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Quintanar (11-13) in their game against Lanzarote (9-15) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Garcia recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Garcia's stats this season are: 14.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #8. Power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) helped Nautico KIA Tenerife win their game against the eighth-ranked CBA Gran Canaria B (14-11) 76-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Silvestre recorded 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. Nautico KIA Tenerife (15-8) is placed sixth in Group B. Silvestre's stats this year are: 14.4ppg and 5.9rpg in 23 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2000.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #9. Former international forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Albacete (6-20) in their game against Navarra (14-12) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Elias scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. But the bottom-ranked Albacete was defeated 74-67 on their home court in Albacete by the much higher-ranked Navarra (#8). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Elias has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked BK Decin (17-13) crushing them 111-75 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (28-1) is placed first. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Sant-Roos has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.5apg and 2.2spg in 26 games he played so far.

   #2. Adrian Diaz (213-C-93, college: FIU, currently plays in Romania) could not help BC Timisoara (12-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Diaz's very good performance BC Timisoara (#5) was defeated 90-85 at home by the second-ranked CSU Sibiu in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Diaz also added 9 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Diaz has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg and 5.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely Diaz has never played in Cuba.

   #3. Juan Ferrales (188-G-91, college: Barry, currently plays in Norway) was not able to help Kongsberg (23-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Kongsberg was edged 86-84 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Centrum. Ferrales was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 7 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 5 balls in 45 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ferrales' second season in pro basketball. Ferrales has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.2apg and 1.8spg in 31 games. Ferrales is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and American. Strangely he has never played in Cuba.

   #4. Yankiel Moreno (189-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Bondi Ferrara (11-15) in their game against Piacenza (12-14) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Moreno scored 9 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished 11 assists and stole 6 balls in 43 minutes. But Bondi Ferrara (#12) was edged 84-81 in Casalpusterlengo by the higher-ranked (#10) Piacenza in the East group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Moreno's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.2apg and 1.4spg in 23 games. He has both Cuban and Italian nationalities. Despite Moreno's Cuban passport, he previously played for the Italian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cuban team.

   #5. Sigal Benitez (193-G-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Arenys (11-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Benitez's very good performance Arenys (#6) was defeated 69-59 on their home court in Arenys del Mar by the lower-ranked JAC Sants (#11) in the Group C-A. He was the top scorer with 15 points. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Benitez's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 2.0rpg.



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.
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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
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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. Painter, NH Ostrava14.8 
 9. Bakic, BK Kolin14.7 
 10. Pecka, Usti n.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.6 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.9.2 
 3. Painter, NH Ostrava7.5 
 4. Mickelson, Svitavy7.3 
 5. Ware, MMCITE B.7.2 
 6. Norwa, Prostejov6.9 
 7. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.7 
 8. Smith, NH Ostrava6.7 
 9. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 10. Bohacik, USK Praha6.7 
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.4.4 
 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. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava2.2 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 6. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 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. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 


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

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (5-18) 79-68 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Vesely scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-4) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Vesely has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 71.0%(88-124) and FT: 73.3% in 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Euroleague). Schilb contributed to Galatasaray's victory against the league outsider Unics Kazan (7-21) 75-67 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. He scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (10-18) is placed 13th in the Euroleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Schilb averages: 9.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 59.7%(77-129), 3FGP: 28.1% and FT: 87.0%. He is a naturalized American. Schilb is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Ondrej Balvin (217-92, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). Balvin could not help Movil Estudiantes (19-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Movil Estudiantes lost 70-76 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Baskonia. Balvin was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Balvin's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 51.4% and FT: 75.0% in seven games. He played for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #4. Shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in France) was not able to help JL Bourg in their game against SO Maritime Boulogne (9-15) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game Kyzlink scored 12 points and added 6 passes. It was his first game for JL Bourg this season. Kyzlink is also Czech Republic national team player.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #5. International power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, also represented by Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for La ICL Manresa (4-21) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-14) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 19 minutes. But the bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa lost 82-90 in Madrid to the much higher-ranked (#9) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. It's Auda's first season with the team. This year Auda's total stats are: 9.7ppg and 4.3rpg in 18 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #6. Swingman David Jelinek (195-90, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra (12-12) in their game against FC Barcelona (17-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count it as his best performance. Jelinek scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. Andorra was crushed 102-65 in Barcelona by the higher-ranked (#3) FC Barcelona. This year Jelinek has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg in 24 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #7. International point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Washington Wizards to win against the Cleveland Cavaliers (47-26) 127-115 in the NBA last Saturday. Satoransky scored only 2 points. The Washington Wizards have a solid 45-28 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Satoransky has averaged so far 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #8. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Estela (19-3) in their game against Burgos (9-13) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. The first-placed Estela (19-3) was edged 73-71 on the opponent's court by the much lower-ranked (#10) Burgos in the Group A-A. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Hampl has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg and 6.0rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2012.

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

   #1. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Rendsburg (7-11) 72-54 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Tyrna scored 8 points, grabbed 14 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (14-5) is placed third in North group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Tyrna has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.6apg.

   #2. John Boyer (185-PG-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Vilsbiburg's victory against the 12th-ranked Zwickau (7-17) crushing them 119-91 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and making 16 passes. Boyer also added 6 rebounds and 6 steals in 36 minutes. Baskets Vilsbiburg (17-7) is placed second in South-East group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Boyer has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 7.6apg and 4.9spg in 21 games he played so far. Boyer is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Boyer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for BK Decin in Czech Republic league.

   #3. Lubos Novy (204-C-91, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned John Boyer and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Novy led Vilsbiburg to a victory over the 12th-ranked Zwickau (7-17) crushing them 119-91. He was MVP of the game. Novy recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks. Novy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Vilsbiburg's roster. This season Novy has very high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg.

   #4. Experienced Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81, currently plays in Slovakia). Stria could not help one of league's weakest teams Handlova (17-22) to beat Lucenec (18-21). He recorded 5 points in 23 minutes. Handlova lost 61-65 at home to the higher-ranked (#7) Lucenec. Stria's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Stria has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.3apg in 34 games.

   #5. Jakub Kasa (203-F-92, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to help Nitra in their game against Iskra Svit (21-18) in the Slovakian SBL. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The bottom-ranked Nitra was badly defeated 89-73 on their home court in Nitra by the higher-ranked Iskra Svit (#6). It was Nitra's eighth consecutive loss in a row. Kasa's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Kasa has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #6. Adrian Melski (192-G/F-92, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned John Boyer in the German Regionalliga last game. Melski was not able to secure a victory for Zwickau in their game against Vilsbiburg. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was crushed by 28 points 119-91. Melski has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 3.9rpg.

   #7. Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Valdiceppo in their game against Campli in the Italian Serie B (third division). He recorded 6 points and had 3 steals in 25 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 81-63. Meccoli Matejca has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.9apg in 24 games. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.



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

24-year old forward Lee Skinner (198-F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for BK Kolin and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out BK Pardubice (#2, 21-7) 78-75. BK Kolin maintains the 6th position in Czech Republic league. BK Kolin is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 17th lost game this season out of 29 games. In the team's last game Skinner had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at BK Kolin and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wofford College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Skinner is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.8ppg) and averages solid 59.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Roman Marko (194-PG-86) of Svitavy. He is Slovakian guard in his first season at Svitavy. In the last game Marko recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 10 assists. Of course he led Svitavy to another comfortable win 94-75 over the lower-ranked J.Hradec (#11, 9-20) being unquestionably team leader. Svitavy's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-16 record. Marko is one of the most experienced players at Svitavy and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Dominez Burnett (196-F-92, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of league's second-best BK Pardubice. Burnett scored 24 points. Despite Burnett's great performance BK Pardubice lost 75-78 to the lower-ranked BK Kolin (#6, 12-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing BK Pardubice needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 21 victories and 7 lost games. Burnett has a great season in Czech Republic. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of CEZ Nymburk - 7 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Usti n/Labem - 13 points and 10 rebounds
6. Hunter Mickelson (208-F-92) of Svitavy - 16 points and 12 rebounds
7. Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92) of USK Praha - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Garret Kerr (194-F-92) of BK Kolin - 15 points and 10 rebounds
9. Petr Bohacik (205-F-85) of NH Ostrava - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Vojtech Bratcenkov (198-F-91) of NH Ostrava - 21 points, 8 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)



Peterka's double-double lands him 1Liga (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

21-year old center Martin Peterka (205-C-95) had a very impressive game in the last round for Nymburk B and receives a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 33 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Opava B (#5, 2-7) with 16-point margin 96-80. Nymburk B maintains the 3rd position in Czech Republic 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Nymburk B will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. In the team's last game Peterka had a remarkable 63.2% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Nymburk B and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Peterka has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.5ppg) and averages solid 63.8% FGP and 52.4% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Petr Slechta (192-G/F-95) of Places 13-20 second-ranked Sokol Pisek. He is a swingman in his second season at Sokol Pisek. In the last game Slechta recorded impressive 37 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Sokol Pisek to another comfortable win 86-73 over the lower-ranked Novy Jicin (#16, 8-15) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Sokol Pisek to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 12-12 record is not bad at all. Slechta is well-known at Sokol Pisek and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.7ppg (#1). He also registered 5.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Nymburk B's star - forward Matej Svoboda (200-F-96). Svoboda got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and six assists. He was another key player of Nymburk B, helping his team with a 96-80 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Opava B (#5, 2-7). Nymburk B needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Svoboda has a great season in Czech Republic. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (3rd best). He also has 2.1spg, FGP: 54.5% and 3PT: 45.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vilem Svoboda (195-F-95) of USK Praha B - 37 points and 7 rebounds
5. Martin Novak (199-SF-93) of Vysocina - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jan Streba (195-F/G-95) of USK Praha B - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dusan Hlavacek (197-F/C-77) of Basket Kosice - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jaroslav Lejsek (198-F-90) of Loko Plzen - 12 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jan Nekolny (192-G/F-91) of Basket Kosice - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Jiri Bubak (194-F-84) of Vysocina - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.4 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.3 
 3. Bello, Randers19.0 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.4 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.1 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Dominique, Horsholm15.9 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.15.6 
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. Carter, Randers6.9 
 9. Dominique, Horsholm6.6 
 10. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.6 
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. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 6. Mack, Horsens IC4.3 
 7. Dranginis, SISU4.1 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.1 
 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.1.6 
 9. Ross, Naestved1.6 
 10. Bello, Randers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 3. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 4. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 5. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.9 
 6. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 7. Diouf, Bakken0.9 
 8. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 9. Colas, Randers0.8 
 10. Baru, SISU0.8 


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

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

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden). He could not help Norrkoping Dolphins (23-9) in their last game. Despite Plannthin's good performance Norrkoping Dolphins lost 74-78 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) KFUM Jamtland. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Plannthin also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes on the court. It was Norrkoping Dolphins' first loss after six consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. It's Plannthin's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 41.1% and FT: 82.0% in 32 games he played so far. Plannthin played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Germany). He was not able to help Deutsche Bank Skyliners in their game against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8-17) in the German BBL. Shields scored 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Deutsche Bank Skyliners was defeated 86-79 in Bremerhaven by the lower-ranked Eisbaeren (#14). Shields has relatively good stats this season: 13.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 59.4%(98-165), 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 77.0%. He played for the Danish national team in 2015.

Lasse Elbaek
Lasse Elbaek
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Lasse Elbaek (208-94, currently plays in Sweden). Elbaek was not able to secure a victory for Malbas (1-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Malbas was crushed 85-61 in Lulea by the leading BC Lulea. Elbaek was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 6 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. This season Elbaek has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 74.4%. He is also a member of the Danish senior national team.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #4. An experienced guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Hapoel Eilat in a victory against the tenth-ranked Galil Gilboa (10-14) 76-69 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Colman scored only 4 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. Hapoel Eilat (14-10) is placed fourth in the Winner League. This year Colman's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.5apg in 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Colman used to play for the Danish national team back in 2008.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #5. International guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Viola RC's victory against the sixth-ranked Treviglio (14-12) 84-76 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 19 points. Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabriais placed tenth in West group. Voskuil has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil plays currently for the Danish national team. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #6. Power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Titans (2-28) crushing them 83-49 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Larsen scored only 2 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 19 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (26-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Larsen's total stats are: 3.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg in 10 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Danish senior team two years ago.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #7. International center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Massagno's victory against the leader Swiss Central (9-12) 76-67 in the Swiss LNA last Sunday. Bergstedt scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno (7-14) is placed fourth in Places 7-11 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Bergstedt has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.6apg. Bergstedt is also Danish national team player.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #8. Forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the 15th-ranked Cocinas.com (9-20) 90-84 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Tuesday night. He scored only 2 points in 20 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (20-9) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gilling has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg in 28 games. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Nicolai Andersen
Nicolai Andersen
   #9. International center Nicolai Andersen (203-96, currently plays in Finland) helped Kouvot edge the league outsider UU-Korihait (5-30) 83-81 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Friday night's game. Andersen scored only 2 points. Kouvot Kouvola (13-14) is placed fifth in the Korisliiga. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Andersen has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 1.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the Danish national team.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Balkan League) led his Bulgarian team Beroe to a victory against the tenth-ranked Teodo Tivat (3-3) 78-69 in the Balkan League on Tuesday night. Tenchev recorded 11 points in 22 minutes. BC Beroe (5-1) is placed fifth in the Balkan League. This year Tenchev's overall stats are: 6.4ppg and 2.1rpg in 14 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Danish team.



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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.22.3 
 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. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 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. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 5. Smith, Delaware.2.1 
 6. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.1 
 7. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Payton-II, Rio G.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. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 5. Tavares, Raptors .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 


Warriors clinch playoff birth with win over Stars - by Eurobasket News

The Santa Cruz Warriors (30-19) defeated the Salt Lake City Stars (14-34) 128-123 on Monday night at Lifetime Activities Center. With tonight's victory, the Warriors clinch their fourth playoff birth in the last five seasons. Jabari Brown (6'4''-G/F-92, college: Missouri) who was named "NBA D-League Performer of the Week" earlier today came off the bench to lead all scorers with 29 points for the Warriors. Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt), on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, contributed 20 points and 6 rebounds, while James Southerland notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Alex Hamilton (6'4''-G-93, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) came off the bench to add 15 points and 7 assists for Santa Cruz. The Stars were paced by Quincy Ford who finished with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Brice Johnson came off-the-bench to contribute 18 points, while JJ O'Brien and Henry Sims added 15 points apiece. Jermaine Taylor (6'5''-G-86, college: Cent.Florida) and Tyrone Wallace (6'5''-G-94, college: California) both scored 12 points apiece for Salt Lake City. The Warriors took a quick seven-point advantage to open the game, though Salt Lake City would respond by outscoring the visitors 15-4 to secure a four-point surplus with 5:04 remaining in the period. Back-and-forth scoring ensued through the remainder of the frame, with the Warriors holding a 33-29 lead at the end of the quarter. Santa Cruz opened the second frame on a 10-4 run to reclaim the advantage early, and would lead by as many as 12 points in the quarter. The Warriors would outscore the Stars by 5 points in the period to hold a 68-59 lead at the half. Salt Lake City came out of the break with high-energy play, outscoring the Warriors 20-9 to take back the lead with 5:58 remaining in the period. The Stars would lead by as many as 8 points, shooting 65.2% from the field and 60% from beyond-the-arc, en route to outscoring the Warriors 38-26 in the frame. The hosts' gritty play would earn them a three-point advantage heading into the final period. The fourth quarter consisted 6 lead changes and 2 ties, with neither team leading by more than two possessions. A driving layup from Alex Hamilton with 6:22 left in regulation gave the Warriors a lead that they would not relinquish, despite the Stars coming within one possession with 7.0 seconds remaining.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Houston Rockets' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-31) 137-125 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Ariza recorded 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. The Houston Rockets have a solid 51-23 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Ariza has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 11.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 55.3%(119-215), 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 74.1%. Ariza has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Tofas (10-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Mejia's good performance Tofas was defeated 89-79 at home by the lower-ranked Trabzonspor (#12). He scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists. Mejia has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 62.6%(72-115), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 75.6%. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain). Cabrera was not able to help Mataro (8-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the 13th-placed Mataro (8-14) was badly defeated 81-64 on the road by the much higher-ranked Salt (#3) in the Group C-A. Cabrera recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Cabrera's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 54.2% and FT: 67.7%. He played for the Dominican Republic national team eleven years ago.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. Shooting guard Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) managed to help Union Poitiers Basket 86 to win against the closely-ranked ALM Evreux (12-12) 92-90 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Greer scored only 2 points and added 3 passes. Union Poitiers Basket 86 (12-12) is placed eighth in the ProB. It's Greer's fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 3.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Gregorio Adon
Gregorio Adon
   #5. Former U17 international forward Gregorio Adon (198-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Marin's surprising victory against the tenth-ranked Lleida Basquet (15-14) 79-73 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He scored 6 points in only 9 minutes. Marin Ence PeixeGalego (7-22) is located at the very bottom in the LEB Gold. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of six consecutive loses. This year Adon's overall stats are: 4.2ppg and 3.0rpg in 25 games he played so far. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) led Flamengo to a victory over the seventh-ranked Universo/Vitoria (15-11) 93-87 in the Brazilian NBB in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Ramon recorded 29 points (!!!) and added 3 passes (made all of his eight free throws) in 33 minutes. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (19-6) is placed first in the NBB. 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 will be critical. It's Ramon's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg in 24 games he played so far. Ramon has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) was the main contributor in a 1-point Minnesota Timberwolves' victory against the Indiana Pacers (37-37) 115-114 in the NBA last Tuesday. Towns was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 37 points and getting 12 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!); quite an impressive performance considering it's only Towns' second season in pro basketball. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 29-44 record this season. It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses. Towns has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 24.6ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3bpg. Towns is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Tadamon (0-1) crushing them 113-67 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Tuesday night. Sosa recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (1-0) is placed first in Group B. Sosa has very impressive stats this year: 24.6ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3bpg in 73 games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Sosa used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #4. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked AEK Athens (17-6) 106-87 in a derby game in the Greek A1 last Sunday. He scored 10 points in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Panathinaikos Athens (22-1) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Feldeine's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.9apg in 22 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. Antonio Pena (204-PF-86, college: Villanova, currently plays in Venezuela) could not help Marinos (3-5) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Marinos (3-5) was defeated 91-86 at home by the lower-ranked Guaros (#4) in the Eastern Conference. Pena was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Pena has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Pena used to play for Reales de La Vega in Dominican Republic league.

   #6. Juan Guerrero (201-F-93, currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to help Toros (3-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Toros lost 86-98 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Gaiteros in the Western Conference. Guerrero had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 35 minutes. Guerrero has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.4spg in 10 games.

   #7. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Boston Celtics' victory against the Phoenix Suns 130-120 in the NBA last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Horford also added 6 assists. This season Horford has very high stats. He averages: 14.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 5.1apg and 1.4bpg.

   #8. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, college: Merrimack, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to Echague's victory against the sixth-ranked Obras Basket 88-79 in the Argentinian LigaA on Monday night. Solano was MVP of the game. He scored 29 points (!!!), grabbed 6 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks in 30 minutes. Solano has very impressive stats this year: 19.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.3apg and 2.0spg in 30 games.

   #9. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Echague 97-80 in the Argentinian LigaA in Thursday night's game. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Vargas has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.1apg.

   #10. Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93, currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to secure a victory for Gaiteros (3-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Gaiteros was edged 91-88 on their home court in Maracaibo by the lower-ranked (#5) Toros in the Western Conference. Suero was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes. Suero has very impressive stats this year: 24.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg in eight games.



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  ECBL  


PrimeTime Players Remain Unbeaten, Hold Of Wildcats - by Scott Ludwig

The PrimeTime Players returned to Banks Street Gym in Fort Mill for their lone appearance at their former home as they hosted the expansion Florence Wildcats. Coming off of two hard fought road losses, the Wildcats came into Fort Mill ready to play and also brought a crowd with them to cheer them on in their first matchup with the two-time defending ECBL champions.

The game went back and forth for the first part of the first quarter, but after a Destine Albert (6'0''-PG) assist to Heyvis Jackson (6'6''-F, college: York, NB), then a spectacular dunk by Albert that had the entire gym into a frenzy. Momentum was in the Wildcats favor taking a 16-14 lead at the five minutes mark. The PrimeTime Players responded immediately and were able to close out the quarter on a 15-1 run to take a 29-17 lead after the first quarter. Brian Mobley (6'6''-SF-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) scored eight points in the quarter while Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.) connected on two straight three pointers in the 15-1 run.

The second quarter saw Demerous Robinson (F, college: USC-Salkahatcie JC) and the league's second leading scorer Quincy Washington (6'5''-G, college: Charleston) combine for 17 points as they played a even quarter with the PrimeTime Players for most of the quarter. The host team were able to get into the bonus at the midway point of the quarter and guard Dijuan Harris (5'9''-PG-86, college: Charlotte) took advantage of this by attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line where he was able to convert five-ofs-six helping the PrimeTime Players take a 61-44 halftime advantage.

The second half started out quick for both teams as they combined for 75 total points in the quarter. Quincy Washington scored 13 points for the Wildcats while Chris Moore adding 17 of his team-high 32 in the quarter as the Players went into the fourth quarter leading 99-81.

PrimeTime opened the final frame with a quick 10-0 run to push the lead to 109-81 with 10 minutes remaining after two Vic Street free throws. The next 10 minutes of the game the Wildcats were able to outscore the host PrimeTime Players 41-25 with Michael Ellis (6'5''-G-86, college: Mercer) leading the way scoring all 11 of his points in the final quarter. Teammate Demerous Robinson added nine points in the quarter, but the Wildcats were not able to get close the gap to less than 12 points.



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  EL SALVADOR  


Jonathan King claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Panamanian Jonathan King (198-F/G-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sonsonate and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 26-year old swingman had the game-high 25 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Sonsonate in his team's victory, helping them to crush Denver-FAS (#7, 7-7) with 18-point margin 91-73. Sonsonate is placed at 6th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Sonsonate 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 7-6 record. In the team's last game King had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Sonsonate and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Abilene Christian University graduate has very impressive stats this year. King is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 4.0spg and 66.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana. Dowdell impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Santa Ana to edge San Miguel (3-10) by 1 point 83-82. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Santa Ana managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Santa Ana managed to get this year. Dowdell is one of the most experienced players at Santa Ana and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido (#9). Ishman showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of El Rapido, leading his team to a 74-65 win against the lower-ranked Arcense (#14, 3-11). El Rapido needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Ishman has a very solid season. In 9 games in El Salvador he scored 23.7ppg. He also has 11.4rpg, 2.3spg and FGP: 53.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Johnson (183-PG-92) of San Miguel - 34 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90) of Isidro Metapan - 15 points and 20 rebounds
6. Nduka Ezeamii (203-F) of San Miguel - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Manuel Guevara (186-SG-81) of El Rapido - 21 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Yoan Haiti) of Sonsonate - 16 points and 19 rebounds
9. Manuel Gudino (195-F-95) of Sonsonate - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Olaniyr Adedoyin) of Denver-FAS - 20 points and 11 rebounds

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



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.19.2 
 3. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 4. Olmre, TTU17.4 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.16.6 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu16.4 
 8. Strupovics, Valga15.6 
 9. Seskus, Parnu15.5 
 10. Post, Tarvas15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.5 
 2. Konate, Tartu Ulikool10.8 
 3. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU8.2 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.2 
 6. Bubalo, Parnu8.1 
 7. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.6 
 8. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 9. Lips, Tarvas7.2 
 10. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 2. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.3 
 5. Jones, TL.4.0 
 6. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 8. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
 9. Bratoz, Rapla3.7 
 10. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 5. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 6. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 8. Olmre, TTU1.7 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga1.7 
 10. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.0 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 5. Kok, Rapla0.8 
 6. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 7. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 8. Lips, Tarvas0.8 
 9. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 10. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 



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  EUROCUP  


Valencia hold off Unicaja in Finals opener - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Unicaja 68:62

Valencia drew first blood in the EuroCup title series. They prevailed against Unicaja at home court to open win count in the best-of-three series. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Valencia and Unicaja exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second term. Valencia and Unicaja entered the second half all tied at 35. The hosts managed to eke out a narrow 50:48 lead heading into the fourth term. Valencia kept Unicaja at distance throughout the final frame and marched to the victory. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) provided 13 points, while Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) added 8 points in the win. Jeffrey Brooks (203-F-89, college: Penn St.) responded with 11 points for Unicaja. Kyle Fogg (190-PG-90, college: Arizona) and Alen Omic (216-C-92) tossed in 8 points apiece in the loss.

Valencia: Bojan Dubljevic 14, Joan Sastre Morro 13, Will Thomas 8
Unicaja: Jeffrey Brooks 11, Kyle Fogg 8, Alen Omic 8



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  EUROLEAGUE  


Darussafaka keeps Wilbekin until 2019 - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus announced the signing of a new two-season contract with Scottie Wilbekin (188-G-93, college: Florida), so the player will stay in the Turkish team until the end of the 2018-19 season. Joining the team last season, Wilbekin became one of the team's key players in a short time. He has played 42 Euroleague games in two seasons, with an average of 10.3 points per game. Here is what he commented on the contract extension: 'I am very happy to extend my contract with Darueafaka. I am very happy to be in Dacha and to live in Istanbul. I am already excited for the upcoming seasons. My goals are already clear: to be better as a team every season and win championships. '
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



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  FINLAND  


Brown's 27 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old shooting guard Rion Brown (198-SG-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Kataja Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 38.
He had the game-high 27 points adding eight rebounds and six assists for Kataja Basket in his team's victory, helping them to outclass KTP Basket (#8, 13-22) with 31-point margin 97-66. Kataja Basket maintains the 2nd position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja Basket will need more victories to improve their 25-10 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Kataja Basket's top player in his first season with the team. University of Miami, Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.1ppg) and averages solid 40.4% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Austin Hollins (195-F/G-91) of Kauhajoki. He is American swingman in his first season at Kauhajoki. In the last game Hollins recorded impressive 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Kauhajoki cruised to a 89-78 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Kataja Basket (#2, 25-10). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kauhajoki consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 21-14 record is not bad at all. Hollins is a newcomer at Kauhajoki and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.9ppg (#6). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jamal Jones (203-G-93) of Lapua (#5). Jones showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Lapua, leading his team to a 110-65 easy win against slightly lower-ranked BC Nokia (#7, 15-20). The chances of Lapua ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jones could help Lapua to bring them higher in the standings. Jones has a great season in Finland. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.4ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rakeem Buckles (203-F-90) of Kouvot - 20 points and 12 rebounds
5. Dom Morris (201-F-90) of Lapua - 25 points and 9 rebounds
6. Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) of Kataja Basket - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Desmond Williams (199-G-91) of Salon Vilpas - 20 points and 7 rebounds
8. Matias Ojala (199-PF-89) of Salon Vilpas - 15 points and 7 rebounds
9. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Lapua - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Marius Van Andringa (189-G-94) of Lapua - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  FRANCE  


French ProA round 24 best performance: Justin Cobbs - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Justin Cobbs (191-G-91, agency: Pensack Sports) had a great game in the last round for Gravelines, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Nanterre (#4, 16-8) with 21-point margin 88-67. Gravelines maintains the 7th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Gravelines will need more victories to improve their 14-10 record. In the team's last game Cobbs had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Gravelines' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of California star has very solid stats this year. Cobbs is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.9ppg) and assists (4th best: 5.9apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old American Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: BeoBasket) of league's leader Monaco. Caner-Medley had a very good evening with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Monaco cruised to a 80-71 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#14, 9-15). Of course Monaco still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 21 matches. Caner-Medley is a newcomer at Monaco and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Jakim Donaldson (204-C-83) of Le Portel (#9). Donaldson showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Donaldson's great performance Le Portel lost 68-77 to the lower-ranked Chalons-Reims (#12, 9-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Le Portel ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Donaldson could help Le Portel to bring them higher in the standings. Donaldson has a great season in France. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Louis Labeyrie (209-C/F-92) of Paris-Levallois - 16 points and 9 rebounds
5. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of ASVEL - 17 points and 12 rebounds
6. Richard Solomon (208-F-92) of Gravelines - 15 points and 13 rebounds
7. Jean-Michel Mipoka (198-SF-85) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 23 points and 6 rebounds
8. Jonathan Rousselle (187-PG-90) of Cholet - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Paul Lacombe (195-G-90) of Strasbourg - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. J.P. Prince (203-G/F-87) of Orleans - 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)



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  FYR MACEDONIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Devin BROOKS
  Ohrid AV
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Brooks, Ohrid AV25.6 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv19.4 
 3. Drenovac, MZT S.19.3 
 4. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 5. Trajkovski, Karpos S.18.0 
 6. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.9 
 7. Zekovic, Karpos S.16.7 
 8. Hawkins, Pelister.16.1 
 9. Jokic, Strumica15.5 
 10. Zivcevic, Strumica15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.6 
 2. Brooks, Ohrid AV9.2 
 3. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.1 
 4. Labovic, Karpos S.7.7 
 5. Andrejevic, Pelister.7.6 
 6. Shane, Ohrid AV7.6 
 7. Lalic, MZT Skopje6.7 
 8. Cekovski, Rabotnicki6.6 
 9. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.6 
 10. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Karpos S.
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Perry, Karpos S.7.0 
 2. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.5 
 3. Brooks, Ohrid AV5.4 
 4. Mavra, Karpos S.5.0 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.0 
 6. Bogoev, Strumica4.8 
 7. McNeaill, Kozuv4.7 
 8. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.3 
 9. Kostovski, Kuman.4.2 
 10. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Deji IBITAYO
  Vardar
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ibitayo, Vardar2.9 
 2. Perry, Karpos S.2.3 
 3. Drenovac, MZT S.2.3 
 4. Brooks, Ohrid AV2.2 
 5. Brown, Kumanovo1.6 
 6. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.1.6 
 7. Robev, Vardar1.5 
 8. Jokic, Strumica1.5 
 9. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 10. Mavra, Karpos S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaylen SHANE
  Ohrid AV
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Shane, Ohrid AV2.2 
 2. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 3. Ibitayo, Vardar1.0 
 4. Pantic, Feni I.1.0 
 5. Krstevski, Kozuv0.9 
 6. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.8 
 7. Besovic, Strumica0.8 
 8. Lalic, MZT Skopje0.7 
 9. Mladenovski, MZT S.0.7 
 10. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 



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  GERMANY  


Spencer Butterfield (JSF Nanterre) As I Got Older My Competition Got Taller And I Didn't So I Had To Learn How To Shoot If I Wanted To Continue My Career - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Spencer Butterfield (190-G/F-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) is a 24 year old 190cm guard from Loomis, California playing his third professional season and first with JSF Nanterre (France-ProA). Currently he is averaging 13,0ppg, 4,7rpg and 2,4apg in the France Pro A while shooting 41,7% from outside. In the FIBA Europe cup he is averaging 13,9ppg, 3,4rpg and 1,5apg while shooting a ridiculous 53,7% from the parking lot. He played at Utah St. (NCAA) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 13.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 46.0%, FT: 82.9%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with Melilla Baloncesto (Spain-LEB Gold) playing 25 games averaging 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 87.9%. Last season he played with Juventus-LKSK Utenos (Lithuania-LKL): 40 games: Score-3 (14.5ppg), 6.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 81.3%; FIBA Europe Cup: 14 games: 15.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 78.4%. He spoke to eurobasket before the Fiba Europe Cup game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn.

Spencer thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Your fourth in the France Pro A standings and sitting in the Fiba Europe Cup quarterfinals. How good is your professional basketball life at the moment?

I am pretty happy with it at the moment haha. Our team is in a great position and we have a lot of confidence moving forward.


Nanterre is having a great season in the France Pro A as well as in the Fiba Europe Cup. What has been the main reasons for the club being successful. The club kept only two players and the rest are new guys. How vital has it been having constructed the right team this season for the success?

I think we just have a great group of guys that really enjoys playing together and hanging out. It is very vital to construct a good team and this organization has done a great job of that.


Nanterre did win a few cups since their surprising league title in 2013. What prime example can you give that the expectations are super high to win?

I think everyone expects to win titles this year.


In the first 8 Fiba Europe the team was up and down with a record of 3-5, but in the last eight games are 8-0. How do you explain this huge turn around in the international competition?

I think we just finally figured out what we needed to do to win and everyone has accepted their roles and is happy with them. We all know what to expect out of each other and everyone is confident that they have something great to bring to the table and to the team.

Nanterre has one more hurdle before reaching the Fiba Europe Cup Final 4 as they have a date with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. You have the fourth best ranked offense playing against the second best defense of Bonn. What kind of series can we await and what will be key to getting by them?

I think it will be a very intense series where you will see a lot of great basketball and two teams competing to get to the Finals.


Nanterre has many interesting players, but from a German stand point the most interesting is Heiko Schaffartzik who is a combo guard, but like you can shoot out the lights. How have you profited from his game and advice. Does he have any part in your immense success shooting this season especially in the Fiba Europe Cup?

Heiko is a great captain for our team and has great leadership skills. He is one that leads by example and so it easy to listen and respect what he says. I have a learned a lot from his approach to practices, games, and overall professionalism. He definitely helps take the pressure off me when he is on the floor because they can't help off of him or else he will punish them.


Schaffartzik has hit from just about everywhere except from the moon, but what has been the most amazing shot you have seen him take in a game or practice where you thought, 'hmmmm that's pretty good'?

It is hard to keep track of how many great shots Heiko has hit. It is almost not surprising anymore when he hits difficult shots anymore because it is so normal for him. He has hit a couple end of shot clock deep 3s that are like 'wow only Heiko'


You are an exceptional shooter. What NBA shooters did you always look up too and to what NBA player would you compare your game too?

There are a lot of great shooters in the league right now but I am a huge fan of Klay Thompson and Curry. They shoot the ball with the same confidence no matter how many makes or misses they have before. Their shot looks the same if they missed their previous 10 3s or made their last 5. I would like to be compared to a Klay Thompson. Not the ball handler or fanciness of Steph Curry but can still get hot from 3. Plus I love how hard Klay plays at both ends of the floor and I would like to do the same.


You are currently on a massive hot shooting streak from outside as you have continued to shoot over 40% since your junior year at Utah State. Was shooting always in your blood, or did your sniper qualities develop over time with hard work ethic and proper shot selection?

My shooting ability has definitely been developed over time. When I was younger I was more of a driver and midrange jump shooter. But as I got older my competition got taller and I didn't so I had to learn how to shoot if I wanted to continue my career. I put a lot of work into it and a lot of rebounding from my brother Taylor and working out with my good friends at Utah State.


Especially this season you are shooting an amazing 53% from the parking lot in the Fiba Europe Cup. It seems like everything has come together. Do you sense like you have a special self confidence when your shooting in this competition that you never had had before?

I try to have the same confidence every time I step on the court. And I think this offense and my teammates have made me even more confident so I owe a lot of credit to them.


Recently you dropped 39 points on 11/13 shooting from outside against Usak which was the most points you have ever had since you started at Utah State. Did you know early on that you were going to have a great shooting day?

I knew after my 4th three that I was feeling extra good but I was just trying to live in the moment so I wasn't really paying attention to career highs or anything.


You are a guy that can fill up the stat sheet and one shouldn't call you a one dimensional player. What do you feel is your second best quality as a player and what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't always get noticed right away on the court?

I love rebounding and take pride in that so I think that would be my hidden strength.


Last season you played NBA Summer League with the Utah Jazz putting up respectable numbers of 8,6ppg in 8 games. When you observed all the other talent there and see who made the NBA, how far is a player of your qualities really from the NBA?

I hope I am close but I still have a lot to prove.

You played together with German Tibor Pleiss and got to know him with the Utah Jazz last summer. He made the NBA, but his stay was short. What do you believe was missing in his game to stick in the NBA?

I loved playing with Tibor and I think he is a great player. I am not really sure why he didn't last longer but it is all about opportunity over there.


Last season you played for Juventus-LKSK Utenos (Lithuania-LKL): 40 games: Score-3 (14.5ppg), 6.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 81.3%; FIBA Europe Cup: 14 games: 15.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 78.4%. After having a solid rookie season in Spain, do you feel like your second season was your break out season?

Yes


Was your 34 point, 18 rebound game in the win against Siaulial your best game as a professional or did your 39 point game against Usak top that?

Um I think USAK was more monumental because of shooting from 3. But for overall performance I think the 34 18 game was better because of the all around performance.


As a rookie you played for Melilla Baloncesto (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 25 games: 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 87.9%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Spain where you knew that you were very far away from Loomis, California?

I think I just learned that I needed to work harder in the offseason and come back more hungry.


You started your career at Yuba community college before going to Utah State. Were you always confident then that you had the game to play at the NCAA level.

Yes

You played two seasons at Utah State. How did head coach Stew Morrill groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

He was one of my favorite coaches. Taught me how to be coachable and not be so stubborn. He also taught me how to think more about the game rather than just playing super hard. I have a lot of respect for Stew Morril and the assistant Chris Jones.

You had many memorable games at Utah State, but how big was your 20 rebound game in the win against Texas State? Was that a top 5 college game for you?

Yes that was a lot of fun.


What were your memories of forward Danny Berger? You played two seasons before he moved to BYU-Hawaii and finished strong there and has had a solid career in Germany.

Danny Berger is one of my best friends to this day. He will be a life long friend. We train a lot in the summers together. I went to a few of his preseason games in Germany this year. As well as Preston Medlin who also plays in Germany Pro A and Sean Harris who plays in Finland.


Who won a one on one in practice you or Preston Medlin. In an interview last year when asked about this, he was very neutral. 'Well if you ever ask me who won more I am always going to say that I won no matter if it is true or not. I am sure Spencer will say the same thing so I don't think we will ever be able to prove who one more'.

HAHA Preston is a great player and friend. I am going to reiterate what he said.


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

Top 3 because of his efficiency with and without the ball.


Thanks Spencer for the chat.



Chris Oliver (Kaohsiung Truth )God Is The Way And Reason I'm Able To Do Everything That I Do - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Chris Oliver (201-F-85, college: Radford, agency: Babcock Sports) is a 31 year old 198cm forward is playing his tenth professional season and first in Taiwan with the Kaohsiung Truth. He played at Radford from 2003-2007 and in his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 18.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 48.7%, 3Pts: 25.8%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2007-2008 and played for the Kaiserslautern Braves of the PRO A and then reached the BBL playing two seasons with BG Goetingen winning the Eurochallenge title in 2010 and then played a season with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He then gained further valuable basketball experience playing 4 seasons in France, briefly in Hungry and last season with Niigata Albirex (Japan-BJ League, starting five): 14 games: 15.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 45.1%, 3FGP: 34.1%, FT: 77.3%, left during the season, in Mar.'16 moved to Jean D'Arc Vichy Clermont Metropole (France-ProB): 6 games: 9.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 72.7%. He spoke to eurobasket about his experiences in Taiwan

Chris thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your day been?

I'm currently at my teammates house for his daughters 1st birthday party. His wife made tacos for the team as well.


After eight professional years in Europe, you decided to make the long trek far east to Japan last season and this season to Taiwan and join the Kaohsiung Truth (Taiwan-ASEAN League). Did you feel like this was the right time in your career or could you have thought playing in the far east 5 years ago?

It was a very good opportunity for me coming here to Taiwan and an amazing opportunity to see a lot of Asia that otherwise I probably wouldn't have experienced. If I knew back then what I know now I think I would have came to Asia many years ago lol.

Taiwan has the SBL league and the new league ASEAN where you are playing in. It has 6 teams and are from 6 south east Asian countries (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam). In a way it reminds me of the VTB league in a way as there you also play in many different countries. You have been playing in this league now three months. It's a new league, but skill wise how would you compare it to the leagues in Germany and France where you have played?

I would agree with you it's similar to VTB or Adriatic league or European competition with the travel but the competition level isn't as high as Europe. It's a totally different game here. There are only 2 world imports allowed per team so we all play 36+ mins. The Asian players are talented but mainly shooters but they can SHOOT and run 100 mph lol. Compared to Germany and France this league isn't near as athletic or fast or physical.

The most known players in the league are ex NBA players Josh Boone and Luke Schenscher. How much potential does this league have to grow and is there enough money to attract big name players in the future?

There is def enough money to attract some big name players and the travel is a nice bonus and incentive for whoever they recruit. The league is relatively young with this being its 10th season I believe but it has been getting better and better each year. And as the local talent continues to improve it's going to continue to get better and stronger.


Last season you played not even two months for Niigata Albirex (Japan-BJ League) and left to head back to an old stomping ground France. Did your first tour of duty in Japan prepare for a second go around now in Taiwan where everything is working out for you now?

Japan and Taiwan are night and day for me lol. I personally did not like my experience in Japan basketball wise but the country is really nice. I was happy when I went back to France though. I'm loving being Taiwan on and off the court. The country is great.

Let's talk about the team Kaohsiung Truth. The club is near the bottom of the standings. How much potential does the team have and in what areas on the defensive end can the team improve on?

It's the teams first year. We went thru a lot of growing pains early on in the season but have been playing much better in the second half of the season. We are in a dog fight now with Saigon (Vietnamese team) for the final playoff spot. Our last 4 games of the season are going to be very important. It's almost win or go home. We switched to a 2-3 zone and have been much better defensively.

The ASEAN league showcases a lot of scoring so is defense in general something where there is less focus on in general in practice?

It's a different kind of basketball in Asia. It's very fast paced and up and down with a lot of 3s being shot. So there are more possessions. Which is also why the scoring numbers are high for teams.


You are seventh in scoring and rebounding and sixth in assists. How pleased have you been with your play and at the age of 31, how much potential does a veteran like you still have to get better?

I've actually climbed the lists in each category so it's been a true blessing. I can play better. There is always room for improvement.


It seems everyone is seeing your all around play as you are all over the court doing so much. Do you feel like you are becoming an even better all around player?

Hahaha yes I've definitely been all over the court this season. I've seen minutes at every position this season. Early in the year I played a lot of minutes at pg which is something I never did in my career before. But it has expanded my game having to do so much ball handling for the team. I've been enjoying all the roles I've been asked to play.


This must be the first time in your professional career that your leading your team in assists. Does this speak more for your passing abilities or against the playmaking of the other guards?

Yes lol this is for sure my first time leading my team in assists. It's been a combination of having the ball in my hands so much and my teammates knocking down their shots. Our big man is a great shooter as well so I get a lot of assists to him at the top of the key lol.

You have always been a very good passing forward. Do you feel as though your passing has gotten better this season mainly since you have had to create more

I think my passing is the same but I believe it's my usage rate that has my assist numbers higher this season. God is great.


Your playing 38 minutes a game. Have you had to change your whole lifestyle around, nutrition as well as fitness to be able to play at a high level for 38 minutes? What is the difference in your fitness level now that allows you to go full speed for those last five minutes that you play per game?

It's been a huge adjustment lol. I think my highest minutes in Europe might have been 32 or 33 minutes a game. I haven't changed my nutrition but I've been blessed to always stay in pretty good shape. The final 5 minutes are definitely a push lol.

Do you feel this league will be able to open doors for a guy like teammate Derek Hall who is averaging 20/12 stats and played at a NCAA 3 school Albright. Does he have the game to play at a high level in Europe?

Derek is a very skilled big. He's a 7 footer that is more of a face up 4 man than a center. He's a tough guard for a lot of bigs as their natural tendencies are to run to the basket and Derek is cash money from the top of the key and mid range.

Your biggest accomplishment has to be your 2010 Eurochallenge title with BG Goettingen, but where does your triple double rank this season against Westports Malaysia Dragons where you had 19/16/10 stats? Does this show how your game has developed in the ASEAN league?

I would agree winning the euro challenge or the French championship has to be number 1 in my career. The triple double is a great personal accomplishment but it wouldn't have been possible if my teammates weren't knocking down shots.

Another important aspect as too why you joined the club is the that is a Christian ministry team, You stated in your blog entry for 'My Hoop Journey' that the goal of the group is not only to be the best basketball team in Asia, but we also have a bigger mission to spread the glory of God. The team's mission statement is 'The team aspires to bring glory to God through their talents, faith, and hard work on and off the basketball court.' How has your experience with this club helped benefited your relationship with God?


It's been amazing spreading the Word of God here. A lot of people haven't heard the Gospel before so it's has meant the world to me to be able to bring God to some of the locals here. Everyday regardless of where I am is another opportunity to grow in my relationship with God. He is the way and the reason I'm able to do any and everything that I do.


You have stated the biggest adjustments have been the time zone as it is 13 hours ahead of the States as well as everyone staring at you because you are taller than everyone else. What has been your coolist experience so far in this environment that you will be able to tell your grandchildren later?

Just being able to experience the culture here has been great. Bringing my local teammates to church is definitely one of the best experiences I have had since being here.


Soon it will be 6 years since you last laced up your sneakers for a German team. With what teammates do you still have the best contact from your Goettingen and Tuebingen days?

Time flies!!! I miss my German days. That is where my professional career started and I'll forever be thankful to the cities, fans, and teams I played for. I keep up with a lot of my old teammates thru social media and still talk to Jason Boone, John Little, Ben Jacobson, Yasin Kolo, and Dane Watts probably the most.


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

Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kareem, and then it's a toss up


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

LeBron is number 2 behind Michael Jordan. And has the potential to go number 1 depending how he finishes out his career.


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

I think Garnett is the 2nd greatest power forward of all time behind Tim Duncan.


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

That's an amazing accomplishment. It's one of the greatest performances I've witnessed. It's definitely behind Wilt's 100 and Kobe's 81 point games but it's top 5.


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

Hands down. He's doing something that has been done only once in league history. Leading the league in scoring as well as averaging his triple double. He is having a historic season and stat wise best in the game right now.

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

Because generally for players when they have the ability to score that's always their number one focus. But for Draymond he doesn't have a good ability to score so he's able to focus on all the other aspects of his game which allowed him to have an unheard of triple double.


What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie that I saw was Bleed For This. It was really good.

Thanks Chris for the chat.




Thomas Roijakkers Takes Over The Dragons Rhondorf For Playdowns - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Dragons Rhondorf have appointed experienced Thomas Roijakkers as head coach to save the season. Roijakkers is a 38 year old head coach from Holland that brings basketball experience from Holland, Belgium and Germany. He took over for departed head coach Matthias Sonnenschein. He is known for his knowledge, work ethic and versatility. He is a specialist regarding digital video team and player scouting / analyzing. Also has a lot of experience in individual skill development and guidance of players. "We had to react after the loss to Lich. We were able to get a Pro B experienced coach with Thomas Roijakkers who we feel can keep the team in the league", stressed Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminski. The club added that Sonnenschein will remain with the organization and fulfill his other tasks.

Roijakkers got his coaching license at age 21 and can look back at a long coaching career having coached Bensberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga) woman's team and SV Halle Lions (Germany-2.DBBL) woman's team. He also coached Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (DBL) and Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-Scooore League) as an assistant. In Germany he coached Recklingshausen from 2013-2015 and recently coached Stahnsdorf. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.DBBL North League Champion -07, German DBBL Cup Semifinals -08, Dutch Eredivisie Quarterfinals -09, Dutch Eredivisie Semifinals -12, and Dutch Eredivisie Cup Semifinals -12.

Source:Dragons Rhondorf.




Raymar Morgan claims German BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Ratiopharm and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 28-year old power forward had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Ratiopharm in his team's victory, helping them to beat Brose Bask. (#2, 23-3) 84-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Ratiopharm to consolidate first place in the German BBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Ratiopharm still have not lost a single game, getting all 26 victories. In the team's last game Morgan had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Ratiopharm and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Michigan State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Morgan is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.2ppg. Morgan is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.9rpg) and averages solid 59.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Ken Horton (199-F-89) of Telekom Bsk. Horton impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Telekom Bsk to edge slightly lower-ranked Ludwigsburg (#8, 13-13) by 4 points 90-86. Telekom Bsk's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Horton is a newcomer at Telekom Bsk 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 D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89) of Ludwigsburg (#8). Kennedy showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, seven rebounds and fourteen assists (!!!) in the last round. Despite Kennedy's great performance Ludwigsburg lost 86-90 to slightly higher-ranked Telekom Bsk (#6, 15-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Ludwigsburg needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 13 lost games. Kennedy has a very solid season. In 2 games in Germany he scored 10.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Johannes Thiemann (204-PF-94) of Ludwigsburg - 20 points and 12 rebounds
5. Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89) of Telekom Bsk - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. A.J. English (192-G-92) of Fraport SKY - 35 points and 3 rebounds
7. Jake Odum (193-PG-91) of Wuerzburg - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Quincy Diggs (198-G/F-90) of Bremerhaven - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Quantez Robertson (188-G-84) of Fraport SKY - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G/F-89) of ALBA - 19 points, 5 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)



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

24-year old guard Chris Carter (195-G-92, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for Chemnitz and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 29.
He got a double-double of 15 points and 14 assists, while his team beat ETB Wohnbau (#15, 8-21) 88-76. Chemnitz maintains the 3rd position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chemnitz will need more victories to improve their 20-9 record. Carter turned to be Chemnitz's top player in his first season with the team. Florida Institute of Technology graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carter is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.9apg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 55.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Devon Moore (193-PG-89) of Ehingen. He is American guard in his first season at Ehingen. In the last game Moore recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 12 assists. It was enough for Ehingen to edge the higher-ranked Kirchheim (#4, 19-10) by 2 points 93-91. Ehingen's 14th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-20 record. Moore is a newcomer at Ehingen and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Andreas Kronhardt (205-C-89) of Kirchheim (#4). Kronhardt scored 21 points. Despite Kronhardt's great performance Kirchheim lost 91-93 to the lower-ranked Ehingen (#14, 10-20). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Kirchheim needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 19 victories and 10 lost games. Kronhardt has a very solid season. In 29 games in Germany he scored 13.2ppg. He also has 6.7rpg and FGP: 53.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Spearman (196-G/F-91) of Trier - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Joe Lawson (201-F/C-92) of Chemnitz - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Andre Calvin (201-F-85) of Nuernberg - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Robin Lodders (205-F/C-94) of ETB Wohnbau - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89) of Hamburg - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Vance Hall (193-PG-91) of Heidelberg - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Alasdair Fraser (201-F-92) of Ehingen - 20 points and 7 rebounds

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



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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Chris Singleton claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Chris Singleton (206-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Panathinaikos and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team crushed AEK Athens (#3, 17-6) with 19-point margin 106-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Panathinaikos maintains the 2nd position in Greek A1. Panathinaikos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 22-1. It was one of impressive evenings for Singleton as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Florida State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Singleton is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.8rpg) and averages solid 60.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American forward Devonta Pollard (203-F-94) of Koroivos. Pollard impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Koroivos lost that game 55-72 to slightly higher-ranked Trikalla (#10, 9-14). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Koroivos keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-16 record. Pollard is a newcomer at Koroivos and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Mike Caffey (183-PG-93) of Trikalla (#10). Caffey showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, six rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of Trikalla, leading his team to a 72-55 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Koroivos (#11, 7-16). The chances of Trikalla not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Caffey could try to bring Trikalla's a little bit higher in the standings. Caffey has a very solid season. In 23 games in Greece he scored 8.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) of AEK Athens - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ivan Maras (207-PF-86) of Doxa Lefkadas - 12 points and 9 rebounds
6. Will Cummings (188-G-92) of Aris - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) of Kymis - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) of Panathinaikos - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87) of Kymis - 13 points and 4 rebounds
10. Ioannis Kouzeloglou (204-PF-95) of Apollon Patras - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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American Family Insurance All-USA Boys Awards 2016-17 - by Eurobasket News

1st Team
Michael Porter Jr. (6'10''-SF-98) Jr. of Nathan Hale (Seattle)
Marvin Bagley III (6'6''-F-99) of Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Trevon Duval (6'3''-PG-98) of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
DeAndre Ayton (7'0''-C-98) of Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix)
Zion Williamson (6'9''-PF) of Spartanburg Day (S.C.)

2nd Team
Brian Bowen (6'8''-G/F-98)
Collin Sexton (6'3''-G-99)
P.J. Washington (6'9''-PF-98)
Trae Young (6'3''-G-98)
Wendell Carter Jr. (6'10''-C-99)

3rd Team
Chris Lykes (5'9''-PG-98)
John Petty (6'7''-F-98)
Lindell Wiggington (6'1''-PG-98)
Quade Green (6'2''-PG-98)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (6'6''-PG-98)

Player of the Year: Michael Porter Jr. Jr. of Nathan Hale (Seattle)
Coach of the Year: Jack Doss of Mae Jemison (Huntsville, Ala.).



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  HUNGARY  


Hungarian A Division round 26 best performance: Lenzelle Smith Jr. - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (193-G-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Kormend, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, two rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Szolnok (#3, 17-9) with 21-point margin 103-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kormend is placed at 2nd position in Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kormend will need more victories to improve their 18-8 record. Smith Jr. turned to be Kormend's top player in his first season with the team. Lenzelle Smith Jr. averages this season 14.3ppg and 6.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Ryan Watkins (206-C/F-91, agency: Octagon Europe) of Atomeromu. Watkins had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Atomeromu lost that game 90-97 to the higher-ranked ZTE KK (#5, 17-9). Atomeromu is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-17 record. Watkins is well-known at Atomeromu and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Julien Mills (193-G-85, agency: HMS) of Sopron KC (#9). Mills showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Sopron KC, leading his team to a 90-57 easy win against the lower-ranked MAFC (#13, 4-22). The chances of Sopron KC 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, Mills could help Sopron KC to bring them higher in the standings. Mills has a very solid season. In 25 games in Hungary he scored 11.5ppg. He also has 7.0rpg and FGP: 59.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Emanuel Ubilla (188-PG-86) of ZTE KK - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Talor Battle (182-PG-88) of Atomeromu - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
6. A.J. Pacher (208-F-92) of Vasas - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Milos Borisov (201-G/F-85) of Szolnok - 25 points and 6 rebounds
8. Lasan Kromah (198-G-91) of Kormend - 28 points and 6 assists
9. Andrija Bojic (207-PF-93) of Jaszberenyi - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ivan Lilov (194-SG-88) of Szedeak - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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2017 Federation Cup: ONGC Men secure 5th consecutive title - by Eurobasket News

There are many different types of celebrations, and at the finals of the 31st Federation Cup National Basketball Tournament in Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) on Sunday, the winners felt various degrees of joy. In the men's final, Dehradun's ONGC won their fifth-consecutive title, securing their legacy as one of the greatest units in Indian Basketball history. In the women's game, Chhattisgarh buried two years of disappointments by winning in the final stage and bagging the gold medal. The Federation Cup - organized by the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and the Tamil Nadu Basketball Association (TNBA) - was held from March 22-26 this year at the PSG Indoor Sports Complex courts in Coimbatore. The tournament is a sort of elite club of Indian basketball, featuring only the best eight each of men and women teams from the previous year's Senior National in competition.
ONGC were tested to the brink by their closest competitors in the country, IOB (Chennai) in the men's final, and it took a measured response by two of India's top international players - Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) and Amritpal Singh (212-C/F-91) (17 points each) - to help the Dehradun side slip by to a 55-52 win. Indian Air Force (Services) finished third in the men's division with a 85-79 win over Karnataka's Army Service Corps and Centre.
Final Standings:
1. ONGC
2. IOB
3. Indian Air Force
Courtesy of: hoopistani.blogspot.com



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Superleague Round 19: Al Mina is defeated by Nift Al-Janoub in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Basra: Nift Al-Janoub (#3) and Al Mina (#5). Nift Al-Janoub (14-5) won against visiting Al Mina (10-6) 81-71. Nift Al-Janoub have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Nift Al-Janoub maintains third place with 14-5 record having just one point less than leader Al Shurtah. Al Mina at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Nift Al-Janoub are looking forward to face Al Kahraba (#4) in Baghdad in the next round. Al Mina will play at home against Al-Tadamoun and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Al Karkh was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Al Hilla (10-8) played at the court of seventh ranked Al Karkh (11-7). Al Karkh defeated Al Hilla 109-93. Al Karkh have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Al Hilla dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Al Karkh will play against league's second-placed Al Nift in Baghdad in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Hilla will play at home against the league's leader Al Shurtah (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fourth ranked Al Kahraba (13-5) crushed at home 12th ranked An Nasiriyah (1-17) by 32 points 99-67, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Al Kahraba have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 13-5 record. An Nasiriyah lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 17 lost games. They share the position with Al Suleikh. Al Kahraba will meet at home higher ranked Nift Al-Janoub (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. An Nasiriyah will play against Al Suleikh (#11) in Baghdad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Baghdad: Iraqi Airways (#9) and Al Suleikh (#11). Iraqi Airways (5-14) won against visiting Al Suleikh (1-17) 94-81. Newly promoted Iraqi Airways maintains ninth place with 5-14 record. Al Suleikh lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Iraqi Airways will have a break next round. Al Suleikh will play at home against An Nasiriyah (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 19 Al-Tadamoun was destroyed by Al Nift on the opponent's court 88-68.

Al Nift - Al-Tadamoun 88-68

Very expected game in Baghdad where 8th ranked Al-Tadamoun (7-11) was crushed by second ranked Al Nift (15-2) 88-68. Al Nift have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-2 record behind leader Al Shurtah. Al-Tadamoun at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Al Nift's next round opponent will be Al Karkh (#5) at home. Al-Tadamoun will play against Al Mina in Basra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 536101


Al Kahraba - An Nasiriyah 99-67

Fourth ranked Al Kahraba (13-5) crushed at home 12th ranked An Nasiriyah (1-17) by 32 points 99-67, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Al Kahraba have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 13-5 record. An Nasiriyah lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 17 lost games. They share the position with Al Suleikh. Al Kahraba will meet at home higher ranked Nift Al-Janoub (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. An Nasiriyah will play against Al Suleikh (#11) in Baghdad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Iraqi Airways - Al Suleikh 94-81

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Baghdad: Iraqi Airways (#9) and Al Suleikh (#11). Iraqi Airways (5-14) won against visiting Al Suleikh (1-17) 94-81. Newly promoted Iraqi Airways maintains ninth place with 5-14 record. Al Suleikh lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Iraqi Airways will have a break next round. Al Suleikh will play at home against An Nasiriyah (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 536103


Al Karkh - Al Hilla 109-93

The game in Al Karkh was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Al Hilla (10-8) played at the court of seventh ranked Al Karkh (11-7). Al Karkh defeated Al Hilla 109-93. Al Karkh have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Al Hilla dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Al Karkh will play against league's second-placed Al Nift in Baghdad in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Hilla will play at home against the league's leader Al Shurtah (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 536105


Nift Al-Janoub - Al Mina 81-71

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Basra: Nift Al-Janoub (#3) and Al Mina (#5). Nift Al-Janoub (14-5) won against visiting Al Mina (10-6) 81-71. Nift Al-Janoub have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Nift Al-Janoub maintains third place with 14-5 record having just one point less than leader Al Shurtah. Al Mina at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Nift Al-Janoub are looking forward to face Al Kahraba (#4) in Baghdad in the next round. Al Mina will play at home against Al-Tadamoun and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Warren, Maccabi .24.1 
 2. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa22.0 
 4. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 5. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.7 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.8 
 7. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.3 
 8. Brown, Ironi R.20.2 
 9. Madden, Hap.R/G.20.0 
 10. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE
  Ironi R.
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Lee, Ironi R.13.5 
 2. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 3. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.1 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.9 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .10.9 
 6. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.1 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.1 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.0 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 10. Treadwell, Hapoel A.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.8 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.7.6 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.1 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .6.0 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.5.0 
 7. Salz, Galil Elion4.8 
 8. Fisher, Hapoel B/S4.6 
 9. Hofman, Ironi N.4.6 
 10. Shaashoua, Maccabi .4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H3.0 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.6 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .2.5 
 4. Warren, Maccabi .2.4 
 5. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.4 
 6. Burrows, Hap.Haifa2.0 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A1.9 
 8. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.9 
 9. Eiram, Macc.Reh.1.9 
 10. Hofman, Ironi N.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.4 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 3. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.9 
 4. Lee, Ironi R.1.6 
 5. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 6. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 7. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.4 
 8. Warren, Maccabi .1.4 
 9. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 10. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 


Winner League Round 24: Hapoel Holon defeat leader Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Maccabi T-A (17-7) in Tel-Aviv on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Hapoel Holon (17-7) 80-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Maccabi T-A. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-79. Hapoel Holon made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American swingman James Bell (197-92, college: Villanova) who saved his team from a defeat with 28 points. The other American import forward Darion Atkins (203-92, college: Virginia) contributed with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) replied with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Holon have a solid three-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Maccabi T-A lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Holon is looking forward to face Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi T-A will play against Bnei Hasharon (#3) in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bnei Hasharon (14-10) against eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (9-15) on Monday night. Visiting Bnei Hasharon was defeated by Maccabi Ashdod in Ashdod 84-68. Worth to mention a great performance of international Iftach Ziv (191-95) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Chase Simon who added 22 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Senegalese-Filipino center Hamady NDiaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi Ashdod maintains eleventh position with 9-15 record. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi Ashdod will play against higher ranked Hapoel Eilat (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bnei Hasharon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Nahariya was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Maccabi Haifa (12-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Ironi Nahariya (11-13). Ironi Nahariya managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Haifa. The winners were led by Yancy Gates who scored that evening 23 points and 6 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by William Graves did not help to save the game for Maccabi Haifa. Ironi Nahariya maintains eighth position with 11-13 record, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. Loser Maccabi Haifa keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Hapoel T-A. Ironi Nahariya will meet bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in the next round. Maccabi Haifa will play against Maccabi Rishon (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hapoel Jerusalem (13-11) and Maccabi Rishon (11-13), which took place in Rishon Le-Zion. Higher ranked Hapoel Jerusalem was outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Maccabi Rishon 83-59. The best player for the winners was Elishay Kadir who scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Hapoel Jerusalem's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Jerusalem at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi Haifa (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against Galil Gilboa and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 24 bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G was beaten by Hapoel T-A on the road 99-83. Galil Gilboa lost to Hapoel Eilat on its own court 69-76.

Hapoel T-A - Maccabi K/G 99-83

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (12-12) beat at home bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (4-20) 99-83. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Maccabi K/G was better in second period 30-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Tel-Aviv forced 19 Maccabi K/G turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 29 points. International Tomer Ginat (202-94) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach Rami Hadar allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Curtis Kelly (204-88, college: Kansas St., agency: HMS) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Tel-Aviv moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi K/G lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hapoel Holon on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi K/G will play against Ironi Nahariya (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Lyons 29+3reb+3ast, R.Limonad 18+4ast, T.Ginat 17+8reb+3ast, T.Blatt 14+5reb+7ast, R.Howell 10+7reb+3ast, T.Moshe 5+1reb
Maccabi K/G: J.Selby 19+3reb+5ast, B.Bowman 17+6reb+1ast, C.Kelly 16+8reb+3ast, J.Carter 14+10reb+4ast, A.Rosenberg 12+2reb+1ast, E.Shulman 3+4reb+5ast
gschID: 540715


Galil Gilboa - Hapoel Eilat 69-76

Very expected game when 10th ranked Galil Gilboa (10-14) lost to fourth ranked Hapoel Eilat (14-10) in Rosh Pina 69-76. The guests were ahead by 16 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 23-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was international Rafi Menco (198-94) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Murphy Holloway (201-90, college: Mississippi) who recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Hapoel Eilat moved-up to third place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Hapoel Eilat's next round opponent will be Maccabi Ashdod (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Galil Gilboa will play against Hapoel Jerusalem and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: R.Menco 21+10reb+3ast, L.Milbourne 15+8reb+1ast, A.Nissim 10+1ast, N.Sharon 8+1ast, P.Henry 7+3reb+3ast, W.Daniels 6+11reb
Galil Gilboa: M.Holloway 22+9reb+2ast, E.Griffin 13+10reb+2ast, J.Siggers 11+7reb, E.Skverer 10+5reb+3ast, J.Shuchman 7+5reb+2ast, M.Qualls 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 540714


Maccabi Ashdod - Bnei Hertzeliyya 84-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bnei Hasharon (14-10) against eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (9-15) on Monday night. Visiting Bnei Hasharon was defeated by Maccabi Ashdod in Ashdod 84-68. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Ashdod. Bnei Hasharon was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Ashdod players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international Iftach Ziv (191-95) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) who added 22 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Senegalese-Filipino center Hamady NDiaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American-Georgian point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi Ashdod maintains eleventh position with 9-15 record. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi Ashdod will play against higher ranked Hapoel Eilat (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bnei Hasharon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: C.Simon 22+2reb+2ast, J.Cohen 16+7reb+2ast, I.Ziv 15+7reb+6ast, A.Ariel 9+4reb+3ast, J.Carmichael 8+9reb+3ast, K.Dillard 7+6reb+5ast
Bnei Hertzeliyya: H.N'Diaye 15+8reb, T.Green 14+3reb+5ast, J.Adrien 9+2reb, H.Kanacevic 8+7reb+1ast, S.Dennis 8+6reb+2ast, K.Mashour 6+8reb
gschID: 540712


Maccabi T-A - Hapoel Holon 79-80

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Maccabi T-A (17-7) in Tel-Aviv on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Hapoel Holon (17-7) 80-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Maccabi T-A. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-79. Hapoel Holon made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American swingman James Bell (197-92, college: Villanova) who saved his team from a defeat with 28 points. The other American import forward Darion Atkins (203-92, college: Virginia) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) replied with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points and 6 assists in the effort for Maccabi T-A. Four Hapoel Holon and five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon have a solid three-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Maccabi T-A lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Holon is looking forward to face Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi T-A will play against Bnei Hasharon (#3) in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: J.Bell 28+4reb+3ast, D.Atkins 17+10reb+1ast, S.Harush 13+5reb+4ast, T.Holloway 13+5reb+4ast, A.Chubrevich 3+5reb, J.Mor 3+4reb
Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 23+7reb+4ast, G.Mekel 12+1reb+6ast, D.Smith 12+3reb+1ast, S.Landesberg 12+4reb+2ast, J.Alexander 10+6reb, G.Pnini 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 540717


Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel J-M 83-59

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hapoel Jerusalem (13-11) and Maccabi Rishon (11-13), which took place in Rishon Le-Zion. Higher ranked Hapoel Jerusalem was outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Maccabi Rishon 83-59. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Rishon. Hapoel Jerusalem was better in fourth quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hapoel Jerusalem to just 6 points in second quarter. Maccabi Rishon dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Jerusalem's 30. Maccabi Rishon forced 25 Hapoel Jerusalem turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international Elishay Kadir (202-87) who scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American guard Cameron Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-84, college: S.Carolina) who recorded 15 points and 4 assists and American-Kosovan Shawn Jones (203-92, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Hapoel Jerusalem's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Jerusalem at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi Haifa (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against Galil Gilboa and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: C.Long 18+5reb+2ast, E.Kadir 17+7reb+7ast, C.Thomas 17+4reb, A.Ben-Chimol 12+7ast, O.Brandwein 11+2reb+4ast, N.Hanochi 4+2reb+2ast
Hapoel J-M: T.Kinsey 15+2reb+4ast, C.Jerrells 8+2reb, S.Jones 8+5reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 7+2reb+2ast, B.Timor 6+2reb+3ast, A.Zelkovits 5+2reb
gschID: 540716


Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi Haifa 78-69

The game in Nahariya was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Maccabi Haifa (12-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Ironi Nahariya (11-13). Ironi Nahariya managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Haifa. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Maccabi Haifa won third quarter 20-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Nahariya dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Haifa's 20. The winners were led by American power forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) who scored that evening 23 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by American swingman William Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Haifa. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) added 12 points and 6 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya maintains eighth position with 11-13 record, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. Loser Maccabi Haifa keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Hapoel T-A. Ironi Nahariya will meet bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in the next round. Maccabi Haifa will play against Maccabi Rishon (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: Y.Gates 23+6reb+3ast, S.Hopson 18+5reb+1ast, S.Douglass 12+1reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 7+3reb+2ast, E.Asante Asare 7+3reb+2ast, D.Kitchen 6+7reb+8ast
Maccabi Haifa: W.Graves 20+9reb+1ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 15+1reb+2ast, G.Vargas 12+6reb+3ast, A.Simhon 7+6reb+2ast, O.Blayzer 5+6reb+2ast, J.DiBartolomeo 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 540713





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Serie A2 Round 26: Leader Virtus Bologna lose to Alma Trieste - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Serie A2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Virtus Bologna (18-8) recorded its eighth loss on the court of fourth ranked Alma Trieste on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Alma Trieste 71-65. The best player for the winners was American forward Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) who scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) produced 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Virtus Bologna's coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Alma Trieste maintains fourth position in A2 with 17-9 record. Virtus Bologna at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost. Alma Trieste are looking forward to face Mantova (#8) in Mirandola in the next round. Virtus Bologna will play on the road against Unieuro Forli (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Roseto. Fifth ranked Roseto (16-10) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked F.Kontatto BO (15-11) 71-68 in the game for the fifth place. American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Brandon Sherrod contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 24 points and 5 rebounds for F.Kontatto BO. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Roseto maintains fifth position in A2 with 16-10 record. F.Kontatto BO at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Roseto will play against Jesi (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. F.Kontatto BO will play against Piacenza (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ravenna (17-9) against seventh ranked Verona (14-12) on Sunday night. Visiting Ravenna was defeated by Verona in Verona 72-54. Marco Portannese had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Verona's coach Luca Dalmonte used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Taylor Smith responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks. Verona maintains seventh position in A2 with 14-12 record. Loser Ravenna keeps the third place with nine games lost. Verona will meet Chieti (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ravenna will play against Imola (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Leader Angelico Biella delivered the twentieth victory. This time they beat 13th ranked FCM Ferentino (11-15) 73-62. Mike Hall notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. FCM Ferentino's coach Riccardo Paolini let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Angelico Biella maintains first position in A2 with 20-6 record. FCM Ferentino at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be Scafati (#14) at home which should be an easy win for them. FCM Ferentino will play against Agrigento and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Trapani. Tenth ranked Lighthouse TR (13-13) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Roma Virtus (15-11) 106-105 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Keddric Mays who scored 36 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Roma Virtus' coach Fabio Corbani gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lighthouse TR maintains tenth position in A2 with 13-13 record. Loser Roma Virtus keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Lighthouse TR will face Mens Sana 1871 (#12) in Siena in the next round. Roma Virtus will play at home against Rieti (#9) and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 26 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In A2 Chieti was defeated by Recanati in a road game 94-90. Udine APU beat Mantova at home 80-76. Bondi Ferrara lost to Piacenza on the opponent's court 81-84. Jesi unfortunately lost to Unieuro Forli in a home game 87-89. Treviso Basket managed to beat Imola on the road 77-64. Legnano defeated Latina Basket on its own court 77-66. Viola RC beat Treviglio in Reggio Calabria 84-76. Scafati won against Novipiu Casale at home 76-66. Agropoli was outscored by Rieti on the opponent's court 76-56. Tortona rolled over Agrigento in a home game 82-61. Mens Sana 1871 was defeated by Eurobasket Roma on the road 73-68.
The best stats of 26th round was 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Agustin Fabi of Viola RC.

East
Recanati - Chieti 94-90

There was a minor upset when 13th ranked Chieti (9-17) was defeated on the road by sixteenth ranked Recanati (7-19) 94-90 on Monday. Recanati dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Chieti's 28 and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Recanati forced 19 Chieti turnovers. Strangely Chieti outrebounded Recanati 43-23 including 16 on the offensive glass. Chieti was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St.) who scored 31 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Travis Bader (196-91, college: Oakland) chipped in 27 points. Recanati's coach Giancarlo Sacco allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) produced 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-82, college: Drury) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Recanati maintains sixteenth position in A2 with 7-19 record. Loser Chieti dropped to the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. Recanati will face league's second-placed Treviso Basket on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Recanati: E.Rush 31+6reb+3ast, T.Bader 27+2reb+1ast, F.Infante 12+3reb+3ast, G.Sorrentino 11+1reb+5ast, S.Spizzichini 8+5reb+1ast, L.Marini 4+3reb
Chieti: T.Golden 30+9reb+8ast, C.Davis 18+3reb+1ast, C.Mortellaro 14+11reb, M.Piccoli 10+1reb, M.Fallucca 7+1reb, M.Allegretti 6+4reb
gschID: 485746


Verona - Ravenna 72-54

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ravenna (17-9) against seventh ranked Verona (14-12) on Sunday night. Visiting Ravenna was defeated by Verona in Verona 72-54. Guard Marco Portannese (192-89) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals during the contest. Verona's coach Luca Dalmonte used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks and guard Matteo Tambone (192-94) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Verona maintains seventh position in A2 with 14-12 record. Loser Ravenna keeps the third place with nine games lost. Verona will meet Chieti (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ravenna will play against Imola (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Verona: M.Portannese 22+10reb+2ast, M.Frazier 18+2reb+3ast, D.Robinson 10+2reb+3ast, G.Pini 8+7reb, A.Amato 7+5reb+1ast, D.Diliegro 4+6reb
Ravenna: T.Smith 16+14reb+1ast, M.Tambone 10+6reb, D.Marks 7+2reb+2ast, A.Raschi 6+2reb+2ast, A.Chiumenti 6+2reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 4+1ast
gschID: 485750


Udine APU - Mantova 80-76

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Udine APU (12-14) defeated at home 8th ranked Mantova (14-12) 80-76 on Sunday. Mantova was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Estonian guard Rain Veideman (192-91) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. American forward DeAndre Daniels (206-92, college: Connecticut) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Jacopo Giachetti (190-83) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Four Mantova players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Udine APU maintains ninth position in A2 with 12-14 record. Loser Mantova keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Udine APU will face Bondi Ferrara (#12) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Udine APU: S.Okoye 25+9reb+1ast, R.Veideman 23+3reb+4ast, M.Vanuzzo 7+2reb+2ast, V.Nobile 6, M.Pinton 6, A.Fall 5+3reb+1ast
Mantova: D.Daniels 24+7reb, L.Corbett 11+1reb+3ast, F.Candussi 10+3reb, J.Giachetti 10+3reb+5ast, A.Amici 7+3reb+4ast, L.Gergati 4+1ast
gschID: 485749


Piacenza - Bondi Ferrara 84-81

Everything could happen in Casalpusterlengo at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Piacenza and 12th ranked Bondi Ferrara had identical 11-14 record. This time Piacenza used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Ferrara 84-81 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Matteo Formenti (194-82) who scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Lithuanian Gilvydas Biruta (203-91, college: Rhode Island) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Cuban guard Yankiel Moreno (189-90, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 6 steals respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Piacenza maintains tenth position in A2 with 12-14 record. Loser Bondi Ferrara keeps the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Piacenza will face higher ranked F.Kontatto BO (#6) in Bologna in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bondi Ferrara will play at home against Udine APU (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Piacenza: M.Formenti 24+5reb+4ast, K.Hasbrouck 17+1reb+1ast, T.Raspino 15+4ast, G.Biruta 11+13reb+3ast, F.De Nicolao 7+2reb+3ast, L.Infante 6+7reb+2ast
Bondi Ferrara: L.Bowers 18+13reb+1ast, F.Pellegrino 18+7reb, T.Roderick 13+6reb+5ast, R.Cortese 11+2reb+3ast, M.Mastellari 10+1reb, Y.Moreno 9+6reb+11ast
gschID: 485743


Jesi - Unieuro Forli 87-89

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Unieuro Forli (8-18) edged on the road higher ranked Jesi (11-15) 89-87 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Melvin Johnson (193-93, college: VCU) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. American forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) produced 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Unieuro Forli maintains fifteenth position in A2 with 8-18 record. Loser Jesi keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Unieuro Forli will face league's leader Virtus Bologna at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Unieuro Forli: M.Johnson 21+4ast, R.Amoroso 14+11reb+2ast, R.Castelli 12+6reb+2ast, O.Adegboye 12+4reb+6ast, S.Pierich 10, P.Rotondo 8+7reb+1ast
Jesi: D.Davis 33+6reb+4ast, M.Maganza 18+8reb, A.Benevelli 14+9reb, G.Janelidze 11+7reb, T.Bowers 9+8reb+11ast, F.Alessandri 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 485745


Imola - Treviso Basket 64-77

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Imola (9-17) was defeated at home by second ranked Treviso Basket (18-8) 77-64 on Sunday. Treviso Basket outrebounded Imola 43-29 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Hungarian swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95) chipped in 22 points. Treviso Basket's coach Stefano Pillastrini allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Travis Cohn (188-89, college: Jacksonville, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 16 points and the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) added 10 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Treviso Basket maintains second position in A2 with 18-8 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Imola dropped to the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Treviso Basket will face Recanati (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Imola will play against Ravenna and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: Z.Perl 22+4reb+1ast, J.Perry 14+13reb+1ast, D.Moretti 13+2reb+1ast, M.Fantinelli 11+6reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 5+8reb+2ast, A.La Torre 5+1reb+1ast
Imola: T.Cohn 16+3reb+1ast, A.Ranuzzi 11+4reb, F.Dri 10+3reb+1ast, M.Maggioli 10+4reb+3ast, P.Paci 9+3reb, R.Rogic 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 485744


Alma Trieste - Virtus Bologna 71-65

Top ranked Virtus Bologna (18-8) recorded its eighth loss on the court of fourth ranked Alma Trieste on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Alma Trieste 71-65. The best player for the winners was American forward Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) who scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) produced 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Marco Spissu (182-95) added 14 points and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Four Virtus Bologna players scored in double figures. Virtus Bologna's coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Alma Trieste maintains fourth position in A2 with 17-9 record. Virtus Bologna at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost. Alma Trieste are looking forward to face Mantova (#8) in Mirandola in the next round. Virtus Bologna will play on the road against Unieuro Forli (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Green 13+7reb+2ast, J.Parks 12+4reb+1ast, A.Cittadini 12+5reb+1ast, R.Prandin 9+1ast, M.Da Ros 9+8reb+4ast, S.Bossi 8+6reb+4ast
Virtus Bologna: M.Spissu 14+4reb+1ast, M.Umeh 11+5reb+1ast, K.Lawson 11+7reb, G.Rosselli 10+6reb+4ast, K.Ndoja 8+2reb, D.Bruttini 4+4reb
gschID: 485748


Roseto - F.Kontatto BO 71-68

Important game to mention about took place in Roseto. Fifth ranked Roseto (16-10) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked F.Kontatto BO (15-11) 71-68 in the game for the fifth place. American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). The other American import power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 24 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for F.Kontatto BO. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Roseto maintains fifth position in A2 with 16-10 record. F.Kontatto BO at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Roseto will play against Jesi (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. F.Kontatto BO will play against Piacenza (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Roseto: A.Smith 24+4reb+3ast, N.Mei 12+1reb, R.Fultz 9+2reb+2ast, R.Casagrande 8+1reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 8+4reb+1ast, B.Sherrod 8+9reb
F.Kontatto BO: A.Legion 24+5reb+1ast, J.Knox 10+6reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 7+5reb+3ast, L.Candi 6+2reb, L.Campogrande 5+2reb+1ast, L.Gandini 5+3reb
gschID: 485747


West
Legnano - Latina Basket 77-66

Everything went according to plan in Castellanza where third ranked Legnano (16-10) won against 5th ranked Latina Basket (14-12) 77-66 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American center William Mosley (203-89, college: Northwestern St.) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. The other American import Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international point guard Marco Passera (180-82) produced 16 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American point guard Keron DeShields (190-92, college: Tennessee St.) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Legnano and four Latina Basket players scored in double figures. Legnano maintains third position in A2 with 16-10 record having four points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Latina Basket keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Legnano will face Agropoli (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Latina Basket will play against Viola RC (#15) in Reggio Calabria and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Legnano: M.Martini 20+4reb+1ast, W.Mosley 19+10reb, N.Raivio 12+8reb+8ast, M.Palermo 10+2reb+2ast, F.Ihedioha 10+3reb+1ast, E.Roveda 6+3reb
Latina Basket: M.Passera 16+4reb+4ast, L.Uglietti 14+6reb, K.DeShields 12+9reb+2ast, M.Poletti 10+11reb+1ast, J.Arledge 7+5reb, G.Allodi 4+2reb
gschID: 485985


Treviglio - Viola RC 76-84

There was an upset when higher ranked Treviglio (14-12) was defeated at home by fifteenth ranked Viola RC (8-18) 84-76 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian swingman Agustin Fabi (199-91) who scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Lorenzo Caroti (185-97, agency: Players Group) chipped in 13 points and 8 assists. Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Viola RC maintains fifteenth position in A2 with 8-18 record. Loser Treviglio keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Viola RC will face higher ranked Latina Basket (#5) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Viola RC: A.Fabi 20+7reb+5ast, A.Voskuil 19+1reb+1ast, R.Rossato 16+5reb+2ast, L.Caroti 13+4reb+8ast, M.Gilbert 8+7reb, T.Guariglia 6+2reb+2ast
Treviglio: A.Sollazzo 19+7reb+2ast, E.Rossi 16+10reb, L.Cesana 16+1reb+2ast, P.Sorokas 12+15reb+1ast, T.Marino 5+1reb+10ast, S.Genovese 3+1reb
gschID: 485990


Scafati - Novipiu Casale 76-66

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Scafati (8-18) defeated at home higher ranked Novipiu Casale (13-13) 76-66 on Sunday. They outrebounded Novipiu Casale 40-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Maltese-American Darryl Jackson (190-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) who scored 31 points. The former international power forward Tommaso Fantoni (204-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. The former international power forward Niccolo Martinoni (203-89) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Scafati maintains fourteenth position in A2 with 8-18 record. Loser Novipiu Casale keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Scafati will face league's leader Angelico Biella on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Scafati: D.Jackson 31+2reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 13+8reb+1ast, M.Santiangeli 11+2reb+2ast, N.Crow 8+9reb+1ast, M.Ammannato 8+10reb, C.Barton 3+2reb+7ast
Novipiu Casale: B.Blizzard 14+2reb+4ast, N.Martinoni 12+6reb+2ast, F.Di Bella 11+4reb+4ast, G.Tomassini 9+3ast, L.Severini 7+1reb+2ast, N.Natali 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 485987


Rieti - Agropoli 76-56

Very expected game when 16th ranked Agropoli (7-19) was rolled over on the road by ninth ranked Rieti (13-13) 76-56 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American Dalton Pepper (196-90, college: Temple) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Four Rieti players scored in double figures. Rieti's coach Luciano Nunzi used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian guard Ante Delas (200-88) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Rieti maintains ninth position in A2 with 13-13 record. Loser Agropoli keeps the sixteenth place with 19 games lost. Rieti will face higher ranked Roma Virtus (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Agropoli will play against Legnano (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rieti: D.Sims 21+6reb, D.Pepper 17+6reb+4ast, M.Casini 11+5reb, G.Eliantonio 10+2reb, A.Zanelli 6+3reb+4ast, G.Della Rosa 6+3reb+3ast
Agropoli: K.Langford 18+6reb+1ast, A.Delas 12+5reb+1ast, M.Contento 9+5reb+3ast, G.Romeo 8+2reb+2ast, M.Soloperto 3+1reb, G.Carenza 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 485986


FCM Ferentino - Angelico Biella 62-73

Leader Angelico Biella delivered the twentieth victory. This time they beat 13th ranked FCM Ferentino (11-15) 73-62. American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) supported him with 14 points. Even 17 points and 7 rebounds by the former international point guard Matteo Imbro (192-94) did not help to save the game for FCM Ferentino. The former international power forward Angelo Gigli (209-83) added 6 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. FCM Ferentino's coach Riccardo Paolini let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Angelico Biella maintains first position in A2 with 20-6 record. FCM Ferentino at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be Scafati (#14) at home which should be an easy win for them. FCM Ferentino will play against Agrigento and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Angelico Biella: M.Hall 27+13reb+4ast, J.Ferguson 14+4reb+3ast, M.Udom 11+4reb+1ast, A.Tessitori 8+2reb, L.Pollone 6+1reb+1ast, N.De Vico 5+2reb+1ast
FCM Ferentino: M.Imbro 17+7reb, B.Raymond 12+2reb+2ast, T.Carnovali 12+2ast, L.Benvenuti 6+1reb+2ast, A.Gigli 6+9reb+2ast, B.Musso 5+6reb
gschID: 485984


Lighthouse TR - Roma Virtus 106-105

Important game to mention about took place in Trapani. Tenth ranked Lighthouse TR (13-13) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Roma Virtus (15-11) 106-105 on Sunday evening. Lighthouse TR made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Roma Virtus were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84) who scored 36 points (!!!) and 4 assists. The former international power forward Andrea Renzi (207-89, agency: Players Group) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) produced 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) added 20 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Lighthouse TR and four Roma Virtus players scored in double figures. Roma Virtus' coach Fabio Corbani gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lighthouse TR maintains tenth position in A2 with 13-13 record. Loser Roma Virtus keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Lighthouse TR will face Mens Sana 1871 (#12) in Siena in the next round. Roma Virtus will play at home against Rieti (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lighthouse TR: K.Mays 36+4ast, R.Tavernelli 20+3reb+5ast, A.Renzi 19+12reb+1ast, K.Viglianisi 15+3reb+2ast, J.Crockett 13+6reb, D.Filloy 2+3reb
Roma Virtus: A.Raffa 30+5reb+4ast, J.Brown 20+10reb+3ast, A.Landi 17+4reb, G.Maresca 15+2reb+1ast, T.Baldasso 8+2reb+2ast, J.Vedovato 5+3reb
gschID: 485989


Tortona - Agrigento 82-61

Very predictable result when second ranked Tortona (18-8) outscored at home 7th ranked Agrigento (14-12) 82-61 on Friday. They outrebounded Agrigento 38-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored 23 points and 5 assists. Forward Giampaolo Ricci (201-91) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Tortona's coach Demis Cavina felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Damen Bell-Holter (206-90, college: ORU) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Agrigento players scored in double figures. Tortona maintains second position in A2 with 18-8 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Agrigento keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Tortona will face Novipiu Casale (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Agrigento will play against FCM Ferentino and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 23+3reb+5ast, L.Garri 15+10reb, G.Ricci 14+9reb+3ast, P.Greene IV 9+4reb+1ast, G.Mascherpa 8+2reb, D.Alviti 7+6reb
Agrigento: P.Buford 18+10reb+1ast, D.Bell-Holter 15+5reb, R.Zugno 12+2reb, A.Chiarastella 11+5reb+2ast, A.Piazza 5+3reb+7ast, R.Bucci 0+1ast
gschID: 485988


Eurobasket Roma - Mens Sana 1871 73-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked Mens Sana 1871's (12-14) road loss to eleventh ranked Eurobasket Roma (12-14) 68-73 on Friday. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Alex Righetti (198-77, agency: Interperformances) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American center Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St.) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard KT Harrell (193-92, college: Auburn) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Four Mens Sana 1871 players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Eurobasket Roma maintains eleventh position in A2 with 12-14 record. Eurobasket Roma will face higher ranked Treviglio (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mens Sana 1871 will play against Lighthouse TR (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Eurobasket Roma: T.Easley 20+9reb, A.Righetti 20+7reb+3ast, M.Deloach 10+6reb+6ast, A.Iannilli 9+2reb+1ast, E.Fanti 8+2reb+4ast, N.Stanic 6+1reb+2ast
Mens Sana 1871: M.Myers 19+2reb, K.Harrell 15+6reb+4ast, J.Tavernari 11+7reb+1ast, B.Mascolo 11+4reb+2ast, G.Vildera 9+3reb, D.Masciarelli 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485983





Italian Serie A round 24 best performance: Trevor Lacey - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Trevor Lacey (190-G-91) had a great game in the last round for Banco di Srd, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Vanoli CR (#16, 6-18) 78-77. Banco di Srd maintains the 6th position in Italian Serie A. Banco di Srd 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 13-11 record. In the team's last game Lacey had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Trevor Lacey averages this season 10.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Brescia. Burns had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Brescia lost that game 70-103 to the higher-ranked Grissin Bon RE (#7, 13-11). This loss caused Brescia to drop to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Burns is a newcomer at Brescia, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Ukrainian center Kyrylo Fesenko (216-C-86) of Scandone AV (#3). Fesenko scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Fesenko's great performance Scandone AV lost 74-94 to the lower-ranked Enel Brindisi (#8, 12-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Scandone AV needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 9 lost games. Fesenko has a great season in Italy. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (7th best). He also has 1.0bpg and FGP: 61.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89) of JuveCaserta - 17 points and 11 rebounds
5. Dominique Archie (200-F-87) of Betaland Cdo - 26 points and 8 rebounds
6. Dominique Sutton (198-G/F-86) of Dolomiti En. TR - 23 points and 6 rebounds
7. Jarrod Jones (205-C/F-90) of VL Pesaro - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Giuseppe Poeta (191-PG-85) of Auxilium TO - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) of Dolomiti En. TR - 17 points and 6 rebounds
10. Jalen Reynolds (208-F-92) of Grissin Bon RE - 13 points and 7 rebounds

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



Best players of Italian Serie B round 25 - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Dominican Rep. Yancarlos Jefferson Rodriguez (195-G-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Barcellona and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 22-year old guard had a double-double of 27 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Scauri (#10, 11-13) with 21-point margin 77-56. Barcellona maintains the 4th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barcellona will need more victories to improve their 18-6 record. In the team's last game Rodriguez had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Barcellona's top player in his first season with the team. Yancarlos Jefferson Rodriguez averages this season 14.0ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old power forward Mauro Liburdi (200-F/C-82) of Venafro. Liburdi impressed basketball fans with 33 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for Venafro to edge the higher-ranked Matera (#6, 13-10) by 3 points 83-80. This victory allowed Venafro to move up to 11th position in Group D. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-14 record. Liburdi is one of the most experienced players at Venafro and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Daniele Toscano (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) of Bottegone (#10). Toscano scored 25 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Bottegone, leading his team to a 67-66 win against the higher-ranked USE Basket (#6, 13-11). The chances of Bottegone ranking at the top of Group A, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Toscano could help Bottegone to bring them higher in the standings. Toscano has a great season in Italy. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.2rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniele Merletto (175-PG-93) of Moncalieri - 30 points and 4 assists
5. Giuliano Samoggia (200-PF-83) of Sestu - 21 points and 14 rebounds
6. Andrea Ghiacci (200-G/F-81) of Milano Urania - 18 points and 12 rebounds
7. Francesco Ramenghi (209-F/C-92) of Roma Luiss - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Simone Centanni (185-PG-91) of Volpino AltoSeb. - 26 points and 7 rebounds
9. Mario Gigena (198-F-77) of Cecina - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Antonello Ricci (190-PG-92) of Giulianova - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Japanese B League round 49 best performance: Nick Fazekas - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Toshiba BT, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 49.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Niigata Albirex (#4, 20-27) with 19-point margin 90-71. It allowed Toshiba BT to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League. Toshiba BT have a solid 39-8 record. In the team's last game Fazekas had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Toshiba BT, through which he has constantly improved. Former The University of Nevada star has very solid stats this year. Fazekas is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.6ppg. Fazekas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.3rpg) and averages impressive 57.6% FGP and 44.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old American Josh Childress (203-F/G-83) of league's second-best Sanen. Childress had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Sanen to edge slightly lower-ranked Hitachi SR (#3, 23-24) 72-69. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Central. Sanen consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 26-21 record is not bad at all. Childress is a newcomer at Sanen, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#6). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Daniel Miller (211-C-91) of Hokkaido L. (#4). Miller scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Miller's great performance Hokkaido L. lost 90-101 to #3 ranked Chiba Jets. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Hokkaido L. not to end season at such low position in East, however are less than slim as they have already lost 30 games, recording just seventeen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Miller could try to bring Hokkaido L.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Miller has a very solid season. In 47 games in Japan he scored 14.2ppg. He also has 8.8rpg, 1.8bpg and FGP: 53.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Weaver (207-C-87) of Nagoya DD - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Chiba Jets - 22 points and 4 assists
6. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex - 15 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Julian Mavunga (203-PF-90) of Shiga L-Stars - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Leo Lyons (206-F-87) of Akita NH - 21 points and 9 rebounds
9. Xavier Gibson (210-F/C-88) of Osaka Evessa - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ryumo Ono (197-F/C-88) of Chiba Jets - 22 points, 2 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)



Best players of Japanese B League D2 round 50 - by Eurobasket News

Nigerian Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Toyotsu FE and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 50.
The 28-year old center had a double-double of 33 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Tokyo Z (#3, 20-29) 82-77. Toyotsu FE maintains the 2nd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Toyotsu FE will need more victories to improve their 34-14 record. It's Alabi's second year at Toyotsu FE and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Florida State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Alabi is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.9ppg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 53.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-C-90) of league's best team Nishinomiya S.. Vandenberg impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he led Nishinomiya S. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Shinshu BW (#6, 12-37) 94-62. Of course Nishinomiya S. still keep Central's top spot. His team has currently 34-14 record. Vandenberg is a newcomer at Nishinomiya S. 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 Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts (#5). Barone scored 27 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Barone's great performance Aomori Watts lost 65-70 to the higher-ranked Gunma (#1, 31-17). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Aomori Watts ranking at the top of East, however are very questionable as they have already lost 27 games, recording just twenty one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Barone could help Aomori Watts to bring them higher in the standings. Barone has a great season in Japan. After 43 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 10.4rpg (8th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 51.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nicchaeus Doaks (201-F/C-87) of Iwate Big Bulls - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Donald Lawson (208-C-88) of Iwate Big Bulls - 17 points and 14 rebounds
6. Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) of Cyberdyne IR - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Josh Davis (203-F-91) of Shimane SM - 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Cyberdyne IR - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) of Kagawa FA - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Terrance Woodbury (201-G-87) of Bambitious Nara - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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NJCAA D2 All-Tournament Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

MVP: Brodric Thomas (6'5''-G) of Southwestern
Outstanding Small Player Award: Anthony Lupardus (6'0''-PG) of Johnson County
Coach of the Tournament: Todd Lorensen of Southwestern

All-Tournament Team
Luke Beesley (6'5''-F) of Parkland
Frank Rokins (6'5''-F) of Essex County
Jeffrey Drake-Todd (6'0''-PG) of Grand Rapids
Rasheide Bell (6'2''-G) of South Suburban
Anthony Harris (6'4''-G/F) of South Suburban
Jaquan Wooten (6'9''-C) of Richard Bland
Deion James (6'8''-G/F) of Pima
Brodric Thomas (6'5''-G) of Southwestern
Jordan Johnson (6'0''-PG) of Southwestern
Lavon Hightower (6'5''-F) of Southwestern
Jordan Oakley (6'5''-F) of Louisburg
Troy Locke (6'3''-F) of Louisburg



NJCAA D1 All-Tournament Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

MVP: Shakur Juiston (6'7''-F) of Hutchinson
Outstanding Small Player Award: Ahmed Ali (5'10''-PG) of Eastern Florida State
Sportsmanship Award: Joshua Webster (6'3''-G) of South Plains
Coach of the Tournament: Steve Eck of Hutchinson

All-Tournament Team

Adarius Avery (6'5''-G) of Connors State
Isaiah Hart (6'2''-G) of Motlow State
Jeromy Rodriguez (6'7''-F-96) of Northwest Florida State
Daryl Edwards (6'4''-G-96) of Northwest Florida State
Corey Davis (6'2''-G) of San Jacinto - Central
Jordan Brangers (6'2''-G) of South Plains
Chris Darrington (6'1''-G) of Vincennes
Ahmed Ali (5'10''-PG) of Eastern Florida State
Kareem Brewton (6'3''-G) of Eastern Florida State
Eli Abaev (6'8''-F) of Eastern Florida State
Samajae Haynes-Jones (6'0''-G) of Hutchinson
J.J. Rhymes (6'4''-G) of Hutchinson



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LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Barrett, Madona26.7 
 2. Miezis, Kekava24.2 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava22.3 
 5. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava17.7 
 8. Bets, Ogre/Kum.17.4 
 9. Skute, Madona17.2 
 10. Osins, Limbazi17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.11.5 
 3. Dubults, ViA11.1 
 4. Cavars, Kekava10.8 
 5. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.7 
 6. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.0 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 8. Metnieks, Marupe9.0 
 9. Adins, Turiba8.8 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Buikis, Saldus7.9 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava7.6 
 3. Endzels, Turiba7.0 
 4. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 5. Kohanovs, ViA5.7 
 6. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 7. Osins, Limbazi5.6 
 8. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 9. Panaggio, Gulbenes.5.4 
 10. Dulevskis, Gulbenes.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Kekava
  (189-F-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Miezis, Kekava3.3 
 2. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 5. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 6. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 8. Osins, Limbazi2.4 
 9. Brants, Madona2.3 
 10. Justovics, Jelgava2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Juris KALNINS
  Livani
  (200-F/C-93)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Kalnins, Livani3.4 
 2. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 3. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 4. Skute, Madona1.3 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 6. Engers, ViA1.2 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 8. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 9. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 10. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.0.9 



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Cummings, Champville26.0 
 3. Johnson, Louaize25.0 
 4. Jones, Mayrouba24.9 
 5. Jackson, Homen.24.5 
 6. Rembert, Champville23.9 
 7. Kemp, Tadamon23.9 
 8. Khatib, Homenetmen23.3 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed23.3 
 10. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BOHANNON
  Mayrouba
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bohannon, Mayrouba14.8 
 2. Townes, Champville13.1 
 3. Adeleke, Sagesse12.5 
 4. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 5. O''Brien, Sagesse12.3 
 6. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 7. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 8. Holton, Tadamon11.9 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Hoo.11.3 
 10. Majok, Homenetmen11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.5 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon7.2 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.8 
 5. Rembert, Champville5.9 
 6. Pigram, Tadamon5.8 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed5.1 
 10. Efevberha, Sagesse5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Deng DENG
  Tadamon
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Deng, Tadamon3.0 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.7 
 3. Johnson, Louaize2.6 
 4. Pigram, Tadamon2.3 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon2.1 
 6. Galloway, Homen.2.1 
 7. Curry, Moutahed2.1 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos1.9 
 9. Tucker, Byblos1.8 
 10. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Bowles, Moutahed2.5 
 3. Deng, Tadamon2.5 
 4. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 5. Majok, Homenetmen2.4 
 6. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 7. Townes, Champville2.2 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 9. Godfrey, Sagesse1.6 
 10. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 


Tadamon adds Ilic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Tadamon Zouk (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 33-year old Serbian ex-international center Mile Ilic (215-104kg-84). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Ilic He started the season at Nuwaidrat in Bahrain Premier League. Ilic helped them to make it to the cup final. The last season he played at Lietkabelis in Lithuanian LKL where in 33 games he had 9.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention. Ilic also played 17 games in Baltic League where he recorded 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League 2nd Team. Ilic also spent pre-season at Monaco (ProA) in French league earlier that year.
In 2005 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in second round (43rd overall).
Ilic played in the final of Serbian League in 2012. He was a member of Serbian Senior National Team back in 2012.
Ilic is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Ilic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Georgia (MIA), Iran (Mahram), Italy, Russia (Lokomotiv), Spain (Sevilla and RETAbet Bilbao Basket), NBA (Brooklyn Nets) and Serbia (Metalac, Vojvodina, Crvena Zvezda and FMP II Beograd).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  Rasai
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Vingelis, Rasai18.9 
 2. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.4 
 4. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 5. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.3 
 6. Beliavicius, Vytis15.6 
 7. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 8. Galeckas, Rasai15.1 
 9. Saulys, Suduva-M.14.7 
 10. Pukelis, Silute14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.0 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.1 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 4. Pukelis, Silute7.5 
 5. Jankaitis, Vytis7.4 
 6. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 7. Simonis, Palanga6.9 
 8. Kieza, Suduva-M.6.8 
 9. Raupys, Silute6.8 
 10. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.2 
 2. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 3. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.6.0 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.4 
 5. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 6. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 7. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.4.9 
 8. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 9. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
 10. Wanamaker, Silute4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs PELSS
  KTU
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 2. Razutis, Telsiai2.5 
 3. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Silute2.3 
 5. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 6. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Mikalauskas, Mazei.1.8 
 9. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.1.8 
 10. Matulis, Suduva-M.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.0 
 2. Davis, Palanga1.6 
 3. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 4. Green, Palanga1.1 
 5. Pukelis, Silute1.1 
 6. Udras, Suduva-M.0.9 
 7. Massalski, Perla.0.9 
 8. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.9 
 9. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.8 
 10. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 


LKL Round 28: Lietkabelis beat Vytautas by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-ranked Vytautas (15-13) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Lietkabelis (20-8) in Prienai on Saturday. The visitors from Panevezys managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected easier game. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-17. But Vytautas won second period 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietkabelis forced 19 Vytautas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Lietkabelis' coach Kazys Maksvytis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-89) replied with 22 points for Vytautas. Lietkabelis maintains second position with 20-8 record having five points less than leader Zalgiris, which they share with Lietuvos rytas. Vytautas at the other side keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Juventus. Lietkabelis is looking forward to face Neptunas (#4) in Klaipeda in the next round. Vytautas will play on the road against Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LKL top team - Zalgiris (25-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Dzukija (7-21) in Alytus 79-64. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international Paulius Jankunas (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 9 rebounds and Kevin Pangos who added 12 points during the contest. At the losing side center Karolis Guscikas (205-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zalgiris have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 25-3 record. Dzukija lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 21 games lost. Zalgiris will play against P.Zvaigzdes (#7) in Pasvalys in the next round where they are favorite. Dzukija will play at home against Nevezis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Utena was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Neptunas (17-11) played at the court of 5th ranked Juventus (15-13). Neptunas defeated Juventus 98-83 on Sunday. The winners were led by Mindaugas Girdziunas who scored that evening 14 points and 5 assists. Neptunas' coach Dainius Adomaitis used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 20 points and 4 assists by Gytis Sirutavicius did not help to save the game for Juventus. Neptunas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 17-11 record. Loser Juventus keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Vytautas. Neptunas will meet league's second-placed Lietkabelis in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Juventus will play against Siauliai and hope to secure a win.
The game between third ranked Lietuvos rytas (20-8) and 10th ranked Siauliai (3-25) in Vilnius ended with biggest points difference. Lietuvos rytas outscored guests from Siauliai 87-63. Taylor Brown fired 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Lietkabelis. Siauliai lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Lietuvos rytas' next round opponent will be Vytautas (#5) in Prienai. Siauliai will play on the road against Juventus (#6) in Utena and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 28 P.Zvaigzdes beat Nevezis on the road 94-90.

Dzukija - Zalgiris 64-79

LKL top team - Zalgiris (25-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Dzukija (7-21) in Alytus 79-64. It looked good early as Dzukija took a 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zalgiris had a 32-10 second period charge getting the lead and Dzukija was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-79. Zalgiris forced 22 Dzukija turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international Paulius Jankunas (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 9 rebounds and Canadian-Slovenian point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga) who added 12 points during the contest. At the losing side center Karolis Guscikas (205-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Russian center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zalgiris have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 25-3 record. Dzukija lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 21 games lost. Zalgiris will play against P.Zvaigzdes (#7) in Pasvalys in the next round where they are favorite. Dzukija will play at home against Nevezis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: L.Lekavicius 13+2ast, K.Pangos 12+2reb+2ast, R.Javtokas 9+1reb, P.Jankunas 8+9reb+2ast, B.Motum 8+5reb+1ast, R.Seibutis 6+2reb+1ast
Dzukija: K.Guscikas 15+8reb, P.Morkeliunas 12+1reb+2ast, J.Gavin 9+2ast, J.Kazakauskas 9+6reb+2ast, G.Navickas 8+2reb+2ast, A.Kashirov 7+8reb+3ast
gschID: 491584


Juventus - Neptunas 83-98

The game in Utena was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Neptunas (17-11) played at the court of 5th ranked Juventus (15-13). Neptunas defeated Juventus 98-83 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Juventus managed to win fourth quarter 29-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Juventus 37-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Neptunas looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by the former international guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) who scored that evening 14 points and 5 assists and American Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke) supported him with 13 points and 6 assists. Neptunas' coach Dainius Adomaitis used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 20 points and 4 assists by forward Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) did not help to save the game for Juventus. Canadian guard Aaron Best (193-92, college: Ryerson) added 16 points for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Neptunas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 17-11 record. Loser Juventus keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Vytautas. Neptunas will meet league's second-placed Lietkabelis in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Juventus will play against Siauliai and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Girdziunas 14+4reb+5ast, D.Ewing 13+2reb+6ast, A.Siksnius 12+3reb+3ast, C.Lofton 11+4reb+1ast, M.Kacinas 11+2reb, A.Butkevicius 10+3reb+1ast
Juventus: G.Sirutavicius 20+2reb+4ast, A.Best 16+4reb+3ast, V.Cepukaitis 12+3reb, O.Galdikas 11+4reb+1ast, J.Diggs 11+1reb+4ast, D.Bickauskis 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 491583


Nevezis - P.Zvaigzdes 90-94

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked P.Zvaigzdes (12-16) beat 9th ranked Nevezis (6-22) in Kedainiai 94-90. Nevezis was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 26-17 third quarter run of P.Zvaigzdes. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-93) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Egidijus Dimsa (204-85) chipped in 16 points. P.Zvaigzdes' coach Ramunas Cvirka allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Croatian guard Toni Prostran (182-91) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 assists and center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. P.Zvaigzdes maintains seventh position with 12-16 record. Nevezis lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 22 games lost. P.Zvaigzdes' next round opponent will be league's leader Zalgiris in Kaunas and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Nevezis will play on the road against Dzukija (#8) in Alytus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
P.Zvaigzdes: O.Olisevicius 18+5reb+6ast, E.Dimsa 16+4reb+3ast, E.Zabas 13+2reb+3ast, N.Balashov 11+4reb+1ast, S.Babrauskas 10+5reb+4ast, D.Low 10+4reb+5ast
Nevezis: K.Petrukonis 19+5reb, P.Petrilevicius 16+3reb+2ast, T.Prostran 14+3reb+15ast, I.Vaitkus 12+4reb+2ast, I.Smiljanic 12+9reb+3ast, V.Volkus 11+1reb+2ast
gschID: 491581


Lietuvos rytas - Siauliai 87-63

The game between third ranked Lietuvos rytas (20-8) and 10th ranked Siauliai (3-25) in Vilnius ended with biggest points difference. Lietuvos rytas outscored guests from Siauliai 87-63. Siauliai was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 51-26 second half run of Lietuvos rytas. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Taylor Brown (200-89, college: Bradley, agency: Three Eye Sports) fired 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) chipped in 7 points and 11 rebounds. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Swingman Tomas Lekunas (201-93) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard PJ Hill-Jr (182-87, college: Ohio St., agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Lietkabelis. Siauliai lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Lietuvos rytas' next round opponent will be Vytautas (#5) in Prienai. Siauliai will play on the road against Juventus (#6) in Utena and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: J.Baron 15+2reb, T.Brown 13+9reb, C.Hannah 10+2reb+7ast, M.Normantas 10+3ast, A.Gudaitis 7+11reb+1ast, C.Fisher 7+2reb+2ast
Siauliai: T.Lekunas 20+8reb, P.Hill Jr. 13+5reb+1ast, M.Echodas 9+7reb, A.Cepulis 6+1reb, D.Sabeckis 6+3reb+7ast, V.Korenyuk 4+2reb
gschID: 491582


Vytautas - Lietkabelis 82-85

Fifth-ranked Vytautas (15-13) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Lietkabelis (20-8) in Prienai on Saturday. The visitors from Panevezys managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected easier game. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-17. But Vytautas won second period 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietkabelis forced 19 Vytautas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Lietkabelis' coach Kazys Maksvytis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-89) replied with 22 points and forward Arturas Valeika (207-85, college: Midland CC) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Vytautas. Four Vytautas players scored in double figures. Lietkabelis maintains second position with 20-8 record having five points less than leader Zalgiris, which they share with Lietuvos rytas. Vytautas at the other side keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Juventus. Lietkabelis is looking forward to face Neptunas (#4) in Klaipeda in the next round. Vytautas will play on the road against Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: K.Lavrinovic 36+6reb+1ast, B.Madgen 18+4reb+1ast, P.Troupe 8+1reb+2ast, M.Lukauskis 6+1reb+4ast, Z.Skucas 5+1ast, L.Williams 4+4reb+8ast
Vytautas: V.Lipkevicius 22+4reb+2ast, T.Delininkaitis 20+2ast, A.Valeika 12+9reb+2ast, T.Klimavicius 12+4reb, R.Miniotas 7+3reb, M.Linkevicius 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 491580





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  LUXEMBOURG  

Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Tabb, Arantia29.8 
 2. Bivins, Kordall .29.0 
 3. Morgan, Contern28.2 
 4. Hollis, Bascharage27.6 
 5. Reese, Sparta26.7 
 6. Richardson, Resid.25.9 
 7. Bonsignore, BC Me.25.8 
 8. Gulley, Musel Pikes25.8 
 9. Sims, Arantia25.1 
 10. Johnson, T7124.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike JONES
  Heffingen
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18
 1. Jones, Heffingen18.0 
 2. Tabb, Arantia15.7 
 3. Ogden, Racing13.8 
 4. Anderson, T7112.8 
 5. McNutt, Etzella12.4 
 6. Stephens, T7111.5 
 7. Barden, Etzella11.2 
 8. Coleman, Amicale11.2 
 9. Atkins, Contern11.0 
 10. Johnson, T7110.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bob MELCHER
  Amicale
  (189-G-94)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Melcher, Amicale6.8 
 2. Morton, Racing5.2 
 3. Mondy, Arantia5.1 
 4. Birenbaum, Contern4.9 
 5. Richardson, Resid.4.3 
 6. Schmit, Kordall .4.2 
 7. Schumacher, T714.2 
 8. Zeigler, Bascharage4.1 
 9. Clark, Basket Esch4.0 
 10. Hilger, Racing4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Kordall .
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Bivins, Kordall .4.2 
 2. Mondy, Arantia3.2 
 3. Jones, T712.6 
 4. Tabb, Arantia2.4 
 5. Richardson, Resid.2.3 
 6. Thorpe, Basket Esch2.2 
 7. Atkins, Contern2.1 
 8. Birenbaum, Contern2.1 
 9. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.1 
 10. Morgan, Contern2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Dominique REED
  Bascharage
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Reed, Bascharage2.0 
 2. Robinson, Sparta2.0 
 3. Bonsignore, BC Me.1.8 
 4. McNutt, Etzella1.8 
 5. Dominique, Basch.1.5 
 6. Akbar, BC Mess1.0 
 7. Melcher, Amicale1.0 
 8. Johnson, Sparta1.0 
 9. Barden, Etzella0.9 
 10. Ayodele, BC Mess0.8 


Total League Round 8 (Second Stage): Basket Esch defeats Bascharage in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Fourth-ranked Bascharage (2-22) gave a tough game to first ranked Basket Esch (14-11) in Kaerjeng on Saturday. The visitors from Esch managed to secure only three-point victory 76-73. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Pit Biever (185-91) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Bill Clark (196-88, college: Duquesne) who added 15 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. American guard Phillip Leonard (188-93, college: Mercer) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Basket Esch maintains first position in League with 14-11 record. Bascharage at the other side keeps the fourth place with 22 games lost. Basket Esch are looking forward to face league's second-placed Residence in Bereldange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bascharage will play on the road against Arantia in Larochette and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ettelbruck. Third ranked host Etzella (15-10) defeated second-ranked Musel Pikes (19-7) 96-79. The winners were led by point guard Philippe Gutenkauf (181-95) who scored that evening 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Billy McNutt supported him with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Etzella's coach Jan Enjebo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by American swingman Jarmar Gulley (196-91, college: Missouri St.) did not help to save the game for Musel Pikes. Etzella maintains third position in League with 15-10 record having eight points less than leader Amicale. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Etzella will play against Contern (#5) in Luxembourg in the next round. Musel Pikes will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Mondercange. One of their biggest challengers host BC Mess (12-13) was smashed by third ranked Kordall Steelers (16-9) 80-57. The best player for the winners was Marlin Mason who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. Alexandre Caurla produced 21 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Kordall Steelers maintains third position in League with 16-9 record having seven points less than leader Amicale. BC Mess at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Kordall Steelers will meet league's leader Racing in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Mess will play against the league's second-placed Heffingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bereldange. Second ranked host Residence (12-13) smashed one of their biggest challengers Arantia (6-20) 93-74. Oliver Vujakovic orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. Residence maintains second position in League with 12-13 record having eleven points less than leader Amicale. Arantia at the other side keeps the third place with 20 games lost. Residence's next round opponent will be league's leader Basket Esch at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arantia will play against Bascharage and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Heffingen. Second-ranked host Heffingen (17-8) lost to first ranked Racing (23-2) 77-60. Worth to mention a great performance of Scott Morton who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Newly promoted Racing maintains first position in League with 23-2 record. Heffingen at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second place with eight games lost. Racing will face Kordall Steelers (#3) in Rodange in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Heffingen will play at home against BC Mess and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 8
In League Amicale won against Sparta on the opponent's court 87-71. Contern unfortunately lost to T71 in a home game 91-98.

Places 1-6
Etzella - Musel Pikes 96-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ettelbruck. Third ranked host Etzella (15-10) defeated second-ranked Musel Pikes (19-7) 96-79. The game was mostly controlled by Etzella. Musel Pikes was better in third quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Musel Pikes was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by point guard Philippe Gutenkauf (181-95) who scored that evening 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Canadian power forward Billy McNutt (203-85) supported him with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Five Etzella players scored in double figures. Etzella's coach Jan Enjebo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by American swingman Jarmar Gulley (196-91, college: Missouri St.) did not help to save the game for Musel Pikes. His fellow American import power forward Clancy Rugg (203-91, college: Vermont, agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Etzella maintains third position in League with 15-10 record having eight points less than leader Amicale. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Etzella will play against Contern (#5) in Luxembourg in the next round. Musel Pikes will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: J.Gulley 34+8reb+1ast, C.Rugg 17+10reb, T.Welter 10+7reb+3ast, C.Donnersbach 9+4reb+1ast, J.Kox 7+2reb+5ast, J.Kalmes 2+1reb
Etzella: P.Gutenkauf 29+6reb+4ast, D.Barden 16+9reb+3ast, B.McNutt 16+12reb+2ast, N.Delgado 13+3reb+2ast, J.Delgado 13+1reb+1ast, D.Benseghir 9
gschID: 534533


Sparta - Amicale 71-87

Very expected game in Bertrange where 6th ranked Sparta (11-14) was defeated by first ranked Amicale (23-2) 87-71 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Amicale. Sparta was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Shavon Coleman (196-92, college: LSU, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Bob Melcher (189-94) who added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American forward Brad Reese (200-88, college: Texas Tech) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the former international Dean Gindt (201-91) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Sparta's coach Philippe Giberti rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 23-2 record. Loser Sparta keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. Amicale will face Kordall Steelers (#3) in Rodange in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sparta will play on the road against T71 in Dudelange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sparta: B.Reese 29+5reb+3ast, T.Robinson 17+9reb, D.Gindt 12+13reb+1ast, X.Engel 5+1reb+3ast, M.Andjelkovic 3+4reb+3ast, P.Arendt 3+5reb+1ast
Amicale: S.Coleman 24+9reb+2ast, B.McDaniel 19+9reb+2ast, B.Melcher 19+9reb+6ast, A.Laurent 9+5reb, E.Jeitz 7+3reb, S.Picard 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 534532


Contern - T71 91-98

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Luxembourg where fifth ranked T71 (13-11) defeated one of their biggest challengers Contern (13-12) 98-91 on Saturday. Contern trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 27-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 91-98 at the end of the game. T71 dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Contern's 30. They outrebounded Contern 44-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Contern was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Eric Anderson (204-93, college: New Haven, agency: Duran International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Cory Johnson (202-88, college: Valparaiso) who added 21 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Guard Jesse Morgan (196-91, college: Temple) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Manny Atkins (198-91, college: Georgia St.) scored 26 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. T71 moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Contern dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. T71 will face Sparta (#6) in Bertrange in the next round. Contern will play at home against Etzella and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Contern: J.Morgan 26+9reb+3ast, M.Atkins 26+7reb+2ast, R.Wolzfeld 19+4reb+1ast, R.Birenbaum 11+5reb+8ast, A.Gengler 4, Y.Besch 3+1reb
T71: E.Anderson 28+17reb+4ast, T.Schumacher 27+3reb+3ast, C.Johnson 21+11reb+3ast, G.Ruffato 14+3reb+1ast, T.Schmit 8+6reb+2ast, C.Laures 0+1reb
gschID: 534531


Playdowns
BC Mess - Kordall Steelers 57-80

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mondercange. One of their biggest challengers host BC Mess (12-13) was smashed by third ranked Kordall Steelers (16-9) 80-57. The game without a history. Kordall Steelers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kordall Steelers forced 19 BC Mess turnovers and outrebounded them 46-30 including 19 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Marlin Mason (201-93, college: Cleveland St.) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Sascha Muepu (200-88) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Kordall Steelers players scored in double figures. Swingman Alexandre Caurla (184-93) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and American swingman Elijah Bonsignore (198, college: S.New Hampshire) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Kordall Steelers maintains third position in League with 16-9 record having seven points less than leader Amicale. BC Mess at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Kordall Steelers will meet league's leader Racing in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Mess will play against the league's second-placed Heffingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Mess: A.Caurla 21+6reb, E.Bonsignore 14+9reb+1ast, J.Lanners 6+7reb+1ast, M.Sunnen 6+2reb+3ast, G.Fassotte 5, O.Jack 3
Kordall Steelers: M.Mason 24+7reb, S.Muepu 15+5reb+2ast, A.Bivins 12+6reb+2ast, M.Schmit 11+5reb+2ast, Y.Neves 7+7reb, T.Kaspereit 4+5reb
gschID: 534535


Residence - Arantia 93-74

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bereldange. Second ranked host Residence (12-13) smashed one of their biggest challengers Arantia (6-20) 93-74. The former international forward Oliver Vujakovic (192-96) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Julian Scott (203-90, college: Adams St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Residence players scored in double figures. American swingman Ladarius Tabb (196, college: Alabama A&M) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds and guard Mikael Cortese (180-91) added 14 points in the effort for Arantia. Residence maintains second position in League with 12-13 record having eleven points less than leader Amicale. Arantia at the other side keeps the third place with 20 games lost. Residence's next round opponent will be league's leader Basket Esch at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arantia will play against Bascharage and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arantia: L.Tabb 26+16reb+1ast, M.Cortese 14+4reb+1ast, J.Pedro Nunes 10+4reb+2ast, L.Kirpach 9, S.Ferreira 6+4reb, D.Mondy 6+1reb+1ast
Residence: O.Vujakovic 23+9reb+2ast, E.Richardson 23+4reb+2ast, K.Moura 20+2reb+2ast, J.Scott 17+12reb+3ast, V.Heuschling 5+2reb+3ast, T.Schleimer 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 534537


Heffingen - Racing 60-77

The game between Top Four teams took place in Heffingen. Second-ranked host Heffingen (17-8) lost to first ranked Racing (23-2) 77-60. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Heffingen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Scott Morton (195-87, college: Geneseo St.) who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Mark Ogden (206-94, college: Dixie St.) who added 19 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Mike Jones (203-83, college: N.Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 24 rebounds and Serbian swingman Nikola Pavlovic (195-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Newly promoted Racing maintains first position in League with 23-2 record. Heffingen at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second place with eight games lost. Racing will face Kordall Steelers (#3) in Rodange in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Heffingen will play at home against BC Mess and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Heffingen: N.Pavlovic 18+5reb+3ast, J.Thesen 16+4reb+2ast, M.Jones 16+24reb+1ast, Y.Bellwald 4+2reb, A.Borbon 3+3reb+3ast, T.Schomer 3+3reb
Racing: S.Morton 31+5reb+6ast, M.Ogden 19+15reb+2ast, M.Gillardin 14+3reb+1ast, G.Bernimont 6+4reb+1ast, P.Arbaut 3+2reb, P.Schneider 2
gschID: 534536


Bascharage - Basket Esch 73-76

Fourth-ranked Bascharage (2-22) gave a tough game to first ranked Basket Esch (14-11) in Kaerjeng on Saturday. The visitors from Esch managed to secure only three-point victory 76-73. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Pit Biever (185-91) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Bill Clark (196-88, college: Duquesne) who added 15 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Four Basket Esch players scored in double figures. American guard Phillip Leonard (188-93, college: Mercer) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import power forward Emilio Parks (198-92, college: Johnson C. Smith) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Basket Esch maintains first position in League with 14-11 record. Bascharage at the other side keeps the fourth place with 22 games lost. Basket Esch are looking forward to face league's second-placed Residence in Bereldange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bascharage will play on the road against Arantia in Larochette and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bascharage: P.Leonard 20+6reb+7ast, E.Parks 16+10reb+2ast, M.Feipel 16+6reb+1ast, L.Arendt 8+2reb+1ast, S.Kuhlmann 7+3reb, S.Mersch 6+1reb
Basket Esch: M.Latinovic 21+5reb, P.Biever 18+7reb+5ast, B.Clark 15+8reb+6ast, A.Rodenbourg 11+8reb+1ast, J.Biever 6+6reb+1ast, B.Kovac 5+1ast
gschID: 534534





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  MALTA  


Depiro and Luxol win the first rubber - by Bernard Vassallo

BOV Division 1 Men Semi Final Play-Offs Game 1

BOV National League - Men 1 Div. P/O S/F 1
Gzira Athleta 61 Bupa Luxol 81
(26-18, 9-30, 10-23, 16-10)

Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 11, R. Vella 1, D. Camilleri 12, M. Williams 12, P. Shoults 13, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 10, L. Stefanovic, S. Vincic, M. Gauci Montaldo, J. Whitehead 2
Luxol: CJ Cordina 6, M. Mercieca, M. Sjoberg, D. Meli, J. Maistre, JP Schembri 17, K. Dimech 2, W. Ahlberg 9, P. Cumpstone 30, S. Deguara 17, S. Cappello
Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, I. Simic

BUPA Luxol opened up the series against their arch rivals Gzira Athleta with a hefty 20 point win thus taking the first psychological lead in the five game series.
The game had various facets although Luxol's 21-3 in the central 8 minutes of the third period was a highly influential factor in the game.
Gzira Athleta had a dream start netting seven consecutive shots from downtown with David Camilleri (SG) on fire with four treys, aided with a brace of similar long distance shots from Peter Shoults (168-G-85) and another from Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80).
In these early minutes, Luxol's reply came from Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) who used his height advantage with clsoe range baskets and 3-pointers from Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill) and Jean Paul Schembri.
Late free throws from Naudi and Brit Morakinyo Williams (213-C-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances) who came off the bench to counter Deguara in height, helped Gzira Athleta to end the first quarter 26-18 ahead.
The lead changed hands midway in the second quarter after Schembri had a personal 8-point run, including two treys. Although Athleta reacted momentarily, a similar 8-point run, this time thanks to Cumpstone helped Luxol extend their lead further to a 48-35 half time score.
The third quarter was characterised with Luxol's 21-3 run, started off by William Ahlberg (91), a run that helped them open a 69-40 lead.
The last quarter had Gzira Athleta trying to reduce the margin with Williams finding a better touch at close range but Luxol were in control and took home the first win in the series.


Cynergi Depiro 63 Floriana MCP Car Parks 60
(11-18, 20-10, 9-13, 23-19)

Depiro: N. Grech, D. Bugeja 8, R. Bonnici 17, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina, D.J. Mason (198-F-94, college: Campbell) 25, T. Zammit, M. Mallia, A. Quiros 2, K. Xuereb 9, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 2
Floriana: C. Patus 23, S. Pace 3, S. Borg 8, N. Vasovic 16, C. Calleja, A. Axiaq 10, A. Micallef Trigona, N. Andrejevic
Referees: E. Mangani, I. Simic, I. Marjanovic

A 3-point shot from the left corner of the court by Robert Bonnici, just a second from the final buzzer, determined this first semifinal in favour of Cynergi Depiro who managed to also neutralize a double digit deficit in the last four minutes.
In fact, Floriana seemed to have found the right touch after taking the lead at the end of the third quarter and then opening a 10-point lead, in three instances, up to 54-44 with four minutes to go.
Yet Depiro had other thoughts and five 3-pointers, two from Bonnici on either side of three consecutive treys from D.J. Mason, reopned the game.
The start of the game was in Floriana's favour with hoops from Anton Axiaq (190-C-91), Shawn Pace (175-SG-90) and Nikola Vasovic (180-PG-92) helping the greens open a 16-7 lead and later to a maximum 22-11 advantage.
Depiro's reply were two 10 point runs which helped them change ends with a small 31-28 lead which was extended to 38-28 as Floriana hit a dearth of points in the first six minutes.
The greens however went from one extreme to another as they, led by Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey)' shooting, then had a 15-0 run spread over six minutes between quarters as it was Depiro who hit a six minute barren patch.
D.J. Mason stopped Floriana's run with his first basket on his way to a personal tally of 14 points in the last quarter yet the greens still managed to hold on to 54-44.
The late Mason 3-pointers tied the game in the dying seconds. Floriana fluffed their last possession coming off a time-out and Depiro made good use of this turnover with Bonnici sinking the killer trey with one second to go.




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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Taj GRAY
  Mazatlan
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 29
 1. Gray, Mazatlan29.0 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato29.0 
 3. Franklin, Guasave27.3 
 4. Yeager, Guasave25.3 
 5. Woods, Guaymas21.7 
 6. Glaze, Culiacan21.3 
 7. Glover, Obregon21.3 
 8. Ammons, Navolato21.0 
 9. Kabongo, Hermosillo21.0 
 10. Forte, Los Mochis20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael GLOVER
  Obregon
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Glover, Obregon10.7 
 2. Ammons, Navolato10.0 
 3. Forte, Los Mochis9.3 
 4. Glaze, Culiacan9.0 
 5. Marigney, Guaymas9.0 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana9.0 
 7. Lathan, Tijuana8.8 
 8. Little, Hermosillo8.0 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
 10. Gibson, Tijuana7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus MORRISON
  Tijuana
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Morrison, Tijuana6.8 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato6.7 
 3. Provost, Guaymas5.3 
 4. Yeager, Guasave4.3 
 5. Gardner, Tijuana4.3 
 6. Mensah, Mazatlan4.0 
 7. Lathan, Tijuana3.8 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo3.7 
 9. Tucker, Mazatlan3.7 
 10. Newby, Los Mochis3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jorge Alfredo CASILLAS
  Mazatlan
  (196-G/F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Casillas, Mazatlan3.0 
 2. Shabazz, Durango2.7 
 3. Rice Jr., Obregon2.7 
 4. Grier, Durango2.7 
 5. Mitchell, Navolato2.3 
 6. Gardner, Tijuana2.3 
 7. Morris-W., Culiacan2.0 
 8. Onofre, Mazatlan2.0 
 9. Tucker, Mazatlan2.0 
 10. Gwynne, Guaymas1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mychal AMMONS
  Navolato
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ammons, Navolato2.0 
 2. Heyward, Guaymas1.0 
 3. Gibson, Tijuana0.8 
 4. Puckett, Culiacan0.7 
 5. Salcedo, Guaymas0.7 
 6. Gray, Mazatlan0.7 
 7. Scott, Tijuana0.5 
 8. Cervantes, Guasave0.5 
 9. Avalos, Durango0.5 
 10. Carrillo, Obregon0.5 


LNBP Round 3 of Finals. Fuerza Regia claim second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Soles - Fuerza Regia 84-86

Fuerza Regia nipped Soles de Mexicali on the road to take 2-1 lead in the championship series. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-15. But Soles won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Regia shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was international forward Juan Anderson (198-93, college: Marquette) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international Hector Hernandez (205-85, college: Fresno St., agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 19 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia's coach Paco Olmos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who recorded 23 points and point guard Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-93, agency: Pro Sports) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
Soles: J.Keenan 23+2reb+3ast, A.Perez Kaufmann 18+3reb+5ast, J.Griffin 12, J.Robinson 12+3reb+3ast, L.Martinez 7+4reb+4ast, S.Ibarra Aguirre 6+6reb+2ast
Fuerza Regia: H.Hernandez 19+3reb+3ast, J.Anderson 17+8reb+3ast, C.Cortes 15+3reb+5ast, A.Panko 15+8reb, J.Glynn 9, J.Akindele 7+8reb+4ast
gschID: 540599





Mitchell number one in Mexico for round 3 - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Navolato, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 34-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, three rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Guasave (1-1) 91-82. Navolato is placed at 6th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Navolato 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 1-1 record. In the team's last game Mitchell had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He just recently signed at Navolato and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Former University Louisiana at Lafayette star has very solid stats this year. Mitchell is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.5ppg and is league's best passer with 6.5apg. Mitchell is in league's top in and averages impressive 80.0% FGP and 41.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Cameron Forte (201-F-93) of Los Mochis. Forte had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Los Mochis lost that game 84-95 to Obregon (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Forte is one of the most experienced players at Los Mochis and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Los Mochis' star - American forward Lance Perique (203-F-83). Perique scored 27 points. Despite Perique's great performance Los Mochis lost 84-95 to Obregon (#2, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Los Mochis can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Perique he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Perique has a very solid season. In 2 games in Mexico he scored 20.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tristan Spurlock (203-F-91) of Hermosillo - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Michael Glover (203-F-87) of Obregon - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Joseph Hutchingson (196-G/F-87) of Obregon - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Cliff Tucker (198-F/G-89) of Mazatlan - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ian Young (191-PG-81) of Culiacan - 24 points and 5 assists
10. Travis Franklin (200-F-88) of Guasave - 20 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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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.4
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.4 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.3 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.29.1 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.27.9 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.26.8 
 8. Leonard, San A.26.0 
 9. James, Clevelan.26.0 
 10. Durant, Golden S.25.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.1 
 2. Drummond, Detro.14.0 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.5 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.9 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.8 
 6. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.2 
 7. Towns, Minnesot.12.1 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.10.9 
 10. Gortat, Washingt.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.3 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.8 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.1 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.8 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.2 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.1 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Golden S.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Green, Golden S.2.1 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 7. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 9. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.6 


Curry's 32 lead Warriors over Rockets 113-106 - by Eurobasket News

Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) and the Golden State Warriors didn't get much time to celebrate their 60th win, not with a game at San Antonio coming Wednesday night. Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) had 25 and the Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets to become the sixth NBA team to win at least 60 regular season games in three straight seasons. The Warriors scored 37 points in the first quarter and never trailed on the way to their eighth straight victory. After handling the third-seeded Rockets, the Western Conference-leading Warriors immediately shifted their focus to the Spurs, who are 2 ? games behind them in the standings. "This is an important time of the year, especially with our schedule and teams we have to go up against ... all playoff teams and all atmospheres that, whether it's home or road, that we need to win in," said Curry, who tied a career high with 10 rebounds. Golden State led by eight after a pair of free throws by Curry with just over three minutes left. Patrick Beverley (6'1''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) countered with a tip-in layup for Houston, then was fouled when he was knocked down on a screen by Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) seconds later. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) missed a layup on the next possession before Green added a shot on the other end to put the Warriors up 107-99. Another layup miss by Harden followed, and Curry made a 3-pointer with 1:46 left to send fans streaming to the exits. "We just didn't play well for whatever reason," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. "This is not going to happen very often. This is a good learning experience ... we've got to get better." Harden had 24 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds for his 20th triple-double this season. Houston's four-game winning streak ended on a night when the Rockets made just 5 of 31 3-pointers. "They missed some open ones, but that's obviously a big focus for us when we play these guys," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "We try to keep them off the line, run them off the line and force them to beat us with 2s." Harden has been dealing with a sore left wrist that limited him on Tuesday. "It's pretty tough man, I'm not going to lie," he said. "I don't feel sorry for myself at all (but) the shot is just short and it's frustrating when you can't really follow through." The Warriors scored the last six points of the third quarter to lead 86-75 entering the fourth. Golden State led by 22 in the first half and was up 60-52 at halftime.
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Rubio's Free Throws Push Timberwolves Past Pacers 114-115 - by Eurobasket News

Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) made three free throws with 3.4 seconds left to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-114 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Minnesota snapped a season-high six-game losing streak by taking its only lead of the quarter. Rubio had 21 points and 10 assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns (7'0''-F/C-95, college: Kentucky) had 37 points and 12 rebounds. Rubio was fouled by Jeff Teague, though it appeared Rubio ran into his own teammate on the play. Indiana fans booed the officials as they left the court. Indiana's Monta Ellis (6'3''-G-85) got off a last-second 3-point shot, but he was off the mark. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 37 points to lead the Pacers, whose playoff chances took another hit. Teague had 20 points and 10 assists. Indiana still hasn't won back-to-back games since early February. The Pacers appeared to have control when they took a 104-95 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Instead, the young Timberwolves fought back and finished the game on a 9-2 run. Indiana started the day in a three-way tie for the No. 5 seed in the East, yet looked listless most of the night. Minnesota took a 26-25 lead by closing the first quarter on a 9-1 spurt. The Timberwolves then scored 10 straight points early in the second quarter to make it 36-29, and after the Pacers briefly grabbed a 55-54 lead late in the first half, Gorgui Dieng (6'11''-C-90, college: Louisville)'s 3 with 1.9 seconds left put Minnesota up 59-57 at the half. In the third quarter, the Timberwolves knocked down back-to-back 3s to make it 82-73 and eventually 87-78. That's when the Pacers cranked up the energy, played with some urgency and finally turned the game by scoring 15 consecutive points to lead 92-87 early in the fourth. They continued to extend the lead until Minnesota's final charge. Rubio made all 13 of his free-throw attempts, and Towns was 10 for 10 at the line.
Courtesy of: cbslocal.com




Pistons burn themselves, lose to Heat on tip-in, 97-96 - by Eurobasket News

A complete collapse in the final 30 seconds tonight likely ended the Detroit Pistons' postseason chances. Hassan Whiteside (7'0''-C-89, college: Marshall)'s tip as the game clock expired completed a 5-0 run and gave the Miami Heat a 97-96 victory at the Palace. The Heat (36-38) moved to 2 1/2 games in front of the Pistons for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot. And by completing the unlikely comeback in the closing seconds, the Heat now have the tiebreaker over the Pistons with a better conference record. The Pistons' late-season slide continues, as they have lost eight of nine. It looked like the Pistons would breakthrough. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6'5''-G-93, college: Georgia)'s three-pointer with 45 seconds left gave the Pistons a 94-92 lead and sent the Palace into a frenzy. On the next possession, Ish Smith's short jumper made it 96-92 lead with 30.1 seconds left. That's when the Pistons started to self-destruct. Stanley Johnson, playing because Marcus Morris (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas) had fouled out earlier, committed a violation on the inbounds pass, resulting in a technical foul. Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) made the free-throw and his short jumper cut the deficit to one with at 96-95 with 24 seconds left. The Pistons had two time-outs remaining, but Stan Van Gundy declined to use one. He probably should have. In a disastrous possession, the Heat forced a jump ball against Johnson. The Heat's James Johnson easily won the tip. His short jumper was off and Dragic's wild heave missed badly. But Whiteside was able to tip in the winner over Andre Drummond (6'10''-C-93, college: Connecticut), silencing the Palace. After a brief review, the shot was good and a season that began with promise looks to be over with seven games remaining. Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons with 25 points and Smith added 19 points and six assists. Tobias Harris (6'9''-F-92, college: Tennessee) scored 19 points off the bench. Dragic led the Heat with 28 points and Whiteside finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. Van Gundy went back to Jon Leuer at power forward in the starting lineup, but the Pistons still started slow. They fell behind by seven when Josh Richardson (6'6''-G-93, college: Tennessee) nailed a three-pointer at the 5:17 mark of the first quarter. The Pistons struggled with Dragic from the outset. Guarded by Caldwell-Pope, he scored eight points in the first quarter. But the Pistons showed some fight early and forged four ties in the first quarter - the last coming when Harris' driving lay-up tied the game at 24 going into the second quarter. Dragic kept coming and his 16 points at halftime allowed his team to take a 55-50 lead. Harris finished with 12 points in the first half. Smith had 10.
Courtesy of: wzzm13.com



Leonard scores 25 as Spurs dismantle ailing Cavs, 103-74 - by Eurobasket News

The Cavaliers acknowledged having heavy legs, but there is something far weightier on the minds of the defending NBA champions. Cleveland is in the midst of one of its worst stretches of the season and there is little time to fix it. Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cavs 103-74 on Monday night in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for Cleveland. "The way we've been struggling, (the Spurs are) the last team that you want to play," said LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), who was fine after taking elbow to the neck. "A well-oiled machine like this. They exploit everything that you're not doing well at that point in time of the season and right now we're not playing good basketball." James, who finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 29 minutes, said he will play Thursday at Chicago. Cleveland (47-26) dropped its second in a row, set a season low for points and fell a half-game behind Boston (48-26) for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Cavaliers have nine games remaining, all against teams in the East, including a showdown at Boston on April 5. James said the standings "always matter," but playing more consistently is far more important and he refused to blame injuries or an arduous schedule for the team's troubles. "It matters more that we're playing better basketball than where we're at," he said. "If that results in us having the No. 1 seed, the No. 2 seed, 3 or whatever the hell it is, we need to play better basketball. That's what it comes down to." What Cleveland is seeking, the Spurs have already found. San Antonio (57-16) is two games behind Golden State (59-14) for the league's best record entering a home showdown with the Warriors on Wednesday. The Spurs have won five straight and eight of 10 after sweeping their season series against the Cavaliers. "It was a big game, but in the end, it's just one game, and one win," San Antonio guard Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) said. "We're trying to be consistent. We're trying to play the same way every game. It was definitely surprising. Coming off a loss, I thought they would play with a lot more energy, but it can happen. It's a long season. It's just one game and I'm sure they're going to bounce back and use this game as motivation." LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) and Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added 14 points apiece for the Spurs, who won their fifth straight. San Antonio led by as many as 33 to the delight of the sold-out crowd. "We did a good job coming out early and then keeping our foot on the pedal," Leonard said. The Spurs' bench outscored the Cavaliers' 49-24. Cleveland, which was already without Iman Shumpert, received more bad news Monday morning when it was announced that Kyle Korver will miss at least two more games with a sore left foot. "You lose Korver and Shumpert off your bench and things tend to change," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "With those two guys out, we tried some different things and it didn't work. It was not on the bench. It was on me." Cleveland opted to play its stars rather than sit them for rest, but the trio of James, Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) and Kevin Love sat out the fourth quarter of its second rout in the past two weeks. Lue said he has considered resting his stars over the team's final nine games, which James is not in favor of. "Coach is going to have his logic of things, but we need to play," James said. James exited with 25 seconds remaining in the third after taking an elbow to his neck from David Lee on a rebound. James continually rubbed the area before collapsing after he crossed midcourt. He remained on the floor for about a minute before walking unassisted to the bench. James left for the locker room early in the fourth quarter during a timeout, but said afterward he is fine.
Courtesy of: msn.com



Jazz beat Pelicans 108-100 behind Gobert, hot shooting - by Eurobasket News

Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) had 20 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Utah Jazz over the New Orleans Pelicans 108-100 on Monday night. Rodney Hood (6'8''-F-92, college: Duke) scored 20 points, Joe Ingles (6'8''-SF-87) added 19 and George Hill chipped in with 17 as that Jazz trio combined to make a dozen 3-pointers. Utah (45-29) swept the season series 3-0 after dominating from the perimeter for four quarters. Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) had 36 points and 17 rebounds for New Orleans. Jrue Holiday (6'4''-PG-90, college: UCLA) scored 19, but the Pelicans (31-43) lost for only the third time in nine games. New Orleans got no closer than six in the fourth quarter. The Pelicans cut the deficit to 102-96 on a 3-pointer by Davis, but Utah answered with a jumper from Joe Johnson and a 3 from Hood to seal the win in the final minute.
Courtesy of: foxsports.com



Westbrook, Thunder top Mavs 92-91 with 14-0 finishing run - by Eurobasket News

Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) rescued Oklahoma City with a stunning rally and guaranteed the first losing record for Dallas in 17 full seasons under owner Mark Cuban. Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes for a 92-91 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night. The six-time All-Star and current NBA scoring leader, whom Cuban steadfastly claims isn't a superstar, had his third straight triple-double with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Westbrook scored 12 in a 14-0 run by Oklahoma City to finish it, but said he wasn't trying to convince Cuban, who was in the first row of seats just a few feet from the winning shot. ''Nah, man,'' said Westbrook, who has 37 triple-doubles and needs four in the final nine games to tie Oscar Robertson's NBA record set during the 1961-62 season. ''I play every night the same way. Whatever he says doesn't even matter to me. He's going to do his job, and I'm going to do mine.'' The Thunder gained possession on a replay reversal with 13 seconds to go and Westbrook hit the decisive shot from just beyond the free throw line over Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette). Dallas was out of timeouts, and Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) missed a long 3-pointer before the buzzer. The Mavericks (31-42) last had a losing season in 1999-2000, Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78)'s second year. Cuban bought the team in January that season, when Dallas finished 40-42. ''It just happened so fast,'' said Nerlens Noel, who scored 15 points along with Matthews to lead Dallas. ''They were just playing more aggressive than we were late in the game.'' The Thunder (42-31) won for the seventh time in nine games since a four-game losing streak that matched a season high. They are a game behind the fifth-place Clippers in the Western Conference and 2 1/2 in front of Memphis for the No. 6 seed. Mavericks rookie Yogi Ferrell scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, capped by a 3-pointer for a 91-78 lead with 3:31 remaining. Dallas didn't score again. Westbrook started the stunning run with a breakaway dunk, followed by a 3. After Steven Adams (7'0''-C/F-93, college: Pittsburgh) tipped in Westbrook's missed 3, the star guard hit a floater on a three-point play to get the Thunder to 91-88. The Mavericks had possession with the shot clock off after Westbrook missed a jumper, but Dallas got stuck in the backcourt and called its final timeout. With just three seconds to get the ball past midcourt, an inbounds pass for J.J. Barea was tipped by Westbrook, who immediately signaled Oklahoma City ball even though the initial call went Dallas' way. There were plenty of celebrating Westbrook fans when he pulled up on a backpedaling Matthews. ''That's about as good a shot as you're going to get,'' Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. ''You're trying to take away something at the rim.''
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



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Highlanders edge Hurricanes 100-99 - by Eurobasket News

Chad Frazier (6'4''-G-92, college: UAB) made the first of two free throws with 0.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Cape Breton Highlanders a 100-99 victory over the Halifax Hurricanes at Scotiabank Centre on Sunday afternoon. It was the second time this season that Cape Breton has defeated their provincial rivals on Halifax's home court. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 30-23 advantage following the first quarter. Cape Breton stormed back in the second, to cut the deficit to just 2 points as the teams headed to the locker rooms at halftime 49-47. The Hurricanes outscored the Highlanders 30-28 in the third quarter. Halifax held a 99-96 lead with 39 seconds left in the fourth, but Highlanders' Billy Rush hit a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game at 99. Michael Poole had 26 points and 7 rebounds to pace Halifax's offense. Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) chipped in with 20 points and 4 rebounds and Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Frazier led Cape Breton's attack with 20 points and 6 rebounds while Charles Mann (6'5''-G-94, college: Georgia) Jr. and Hank Thorns had 17 points each. The Hurricanes now have a two-week break before returning to action on Sunday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. for a home game against the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



River Lions waived Tyshawn Patterson - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) waived 26-year old American point guard Tyshawn Patterson (185-79kg-91, college: N.Greenville). In 28 NBL Canada games he recorded 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg this season.
The last season Patterson played at London Lightning where in 45 NBL Canada games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg.
He was voted to All-ConferenceCarolinas 2nd Team in 2013.
Patterson has played also professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro).
He attended North Greenville University until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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River Lions waived Commons - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) waived 33-year old American forward Chris Commons (206-100kg-84, college: USC Aiken). In 25 NBL Canada games he recorded 12.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0bpg this season. Commons also played earlier that season for Riptide.
Among other achievements he won NBL Canada Central Division championship title in 2015. Commons received also PeachBelt Player of the Year award back in 2009 at his college time.
Commons is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Commons has played previously professionally also in Bahrain (Al Ittihad), Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat), Germany (BSV Wulfen), Brunei (Barracudas) and IBA-PBL (Scranton/W-B).
He attended Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
Commons' game is described as: Chris has the ability to play both inside and out and is a 2-time consensus NCAA All-American. At 6-8 he has no problem taking a defender off the dribble and shooting over them or bringing them to the low block and posting up an opponent. An athletic player who can run the floor and can play anywhere on the basketball court, Chris has good shooting range out and can knockdown the 3-point shot. Chris is a good rebounder on both ends of the court and is a shot-blocker. Chris has a great work ethic and the hunger to improve. With his length and ability to create off the dribble and score, Chris will draw the attention of professional teams at all levels.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Rob GRAY
  Houston
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Gray, Houston20.6 
 2. Lawson, Memphis19.2 
 3. Ojeleye, SMU19.0 
 4. Dotson, Houston17.4 
 5. Taylor, Cent.Florida17.4 
 6. Reynolds, Tulane17.0 
 7. Thorpe, S.Florida15.1 
 8. Williams, Cent.Flo.15.1 
 9. Adams, Connecticut14.4 
 10. Alston, Temple13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dedric LAWSON
  Memphis
  (206-G-97)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Lawson, Memphis9.9 
 2. Fall, Cent.Florida9.5 
 3. Lawson, Memphis8.1 
 4. Clark, Cincinnati7.9 
 5. Moore, SMU7.8 
 6. Barkley, E.Carolina7.6 
 7. Facey, Connecticut7.1 
 8. Washington, E.Car.7.1 
 9. Davis, Cent.Florida7.0 
 10. Dotson, Houston6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jalen ADAMS
  Connecticut
  (190-G-95)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Adams, Connecticut6.1 
 2. Robinson, Houston4.8 
 3. Thorpe, S.Florida4.6 
 4. Milton, SMU4.5 
 5. Morgan, Tulane4.4 
 6. Martin, Memphis4.4 
 7. Caupain, Cincinnati4.4 
 8. Alston, Temple4.1 
 9. Taplin, Tulsa3.8 
 10. Dingle, Temple3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Melvin FRAZIER
  Tulane
  (196-G-96)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Frazier, Tulane1.9 
 2. Martin, Memphis1.8 
 3. Alston, Temple1.6 
 4. Thorpe, S.Florida1.6 
 5. Rose, Temple1.5 
 6. Crawford, Memphis1.4 
 7. Brown, SMU1.4 
 8. Evans III, Cinci.1.3 
 9. Milton, SMU1.3 
 10. Lawson, Memphis1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre WASHINGTON
  E.Car.
  (216-C-93)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Washington, E.Car.2.9 
 2. Brimah, Connecti.2.6 
 3. Fall, Cent.Florida2.6 
 4. Lawson, Memphis2.1 
 5. Enechionyia, Temple1.5 
 6. Smith, Tulane1.4 
 7. Nkali, Houston1.2 
 8. Clark, Cincinnati1.2 
 9. Guerrero, S.Florida1.2 
 10. Facey, Connecticut1.2 


Georgia Tech handles Cal State Bakersfield 76-61 - by Eurobasket News

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said he did not envision his Yellow Jackets in a national postseason tournament before the season began. With another win, though, his team will be a champion of one. Josh Okogie (6'4''-G-98) scored a game-high 22 points to lead Georgia Tech to a 76-61 win over Cal State Bakersfield in a NIT semifinal Tuesday night. ''It's been a remarkable year,'' Pastner said. Ben Lammers (6'10''-C-95) finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia Tech, which will take on Texas Christian in the championship game Thursday night. ''It's a great win for us,'' Pastner said, flanked by Okogie and Quinton Stephens (6'9''-F-95), who added 13 points. Tadric Jackson (6'2''-G-94) added 12. ''Playing in the NIT, we were excited,'' Pastner said. ''We wanted to keep playing. This is important for our program.'' The Yellow Jackets used a strong defensive effort and excellent ball management. Georgia Tech forced 15 turnovers while only committing seven. Eighteen of the Yellow Jackets' 76 points came off Cal State Bakersfield turnovers. ''They just played well. We can't take anything from what they have done. They spread us out. They took care of the basketball,'' Cal State Bakersfield coach Rod Barnes . ''They are a good basketball team. ''The pace was their game. The flow was their game. They are a good enough team that we couldn't turn it around.'' Sharp shooting aided the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech connected on 43.3 percent of its shots (26 for 60) while limiting the Roadrunners to 35 percent shooting (21 for 60). At halftime, the Yellow Jackets (21-15) had a 36-26 lead highlighted by Jackson's running 3-pointer at the buzzer. Georgia Tech put away the game midway through the second half. Following Dedrick Basile (5'10''-PG-94)'s 3 which sliced the lead to 40-31, Georgia Tech outscored Cal State Bakersfield 15-6 over a 4:53 span to push the advantage to 55-37. ''We definitely had great preparation prior to this game. We had a couple great practices and a great shoot around on being ball tough,'' Okogie said. ''I think we did a good job of transitioning that into the game. Basile led Cal State Bakersfield (25-10) with 18 points. Jaylin Airington chipped in with 12, and Damiyne Durham (6'4''-G-95) and Shon Briggs (6'6''-G/F) had 10 points apiece. ''We had a sluggish start,'' Airington said. ''Give credit to Georgia Tech. They (made) shots and they (were) just the better team.'' Okogie's soaring two-handed dunk along the baseline with 2:38 left punctuated the rout.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



UConn Men's Basketball Hires Raphael Chillious as Assistant Coach - by Eurobasket News

Multiple sources are reporting that Kevin Ollie will be hiring former University of Washington associate head coach Raphael Chillious for the role vacated by the removal of Glen Miller. Chillious was promoted to the AHC role for Lorenzo Romar at UW last year. He first joined his staff in 2009 and was in his second stint with the program before Romar was fired after this past season. 'Raphael is one of the top assistant coaches in the country, and while he has a great reputation as a recruiter, he is much more than that,' said Romar. 'He's very good on the floor with the student-athletes and during games and I believe he's ready to run his own program. He's a well-rounded coach and we are lucky to have him as part of our program.' Chillious was head coach at Nottingham Academy in Maryland from 2001-2003, where he coached future Husky and NBA first-round pick Josh Boone. He then led the program at South Kent School in Connecticut from 2003-2008. In addition to Washington, he spent a year on Jay Wright's staff at Villanova and also served as a business manager for Nike's Elite Youth Basketball in Eugene, Oregon. A Lafayette College (Easton, Pa.) graduate, Chillious was captain of the basketball team and earned a degree in Psychology. He'll bring a sterling reputation as a recruiter and a depth of experience to the Husky program.
Courtesy of: theuconnblog.com



Akron's Keith Dambrot taking Duquesne coaching job - by Eurobasket News

Duquesne has agreed to a seven-year deal with Akron head coach Keith Dambrot , multiple sources told ESPN. Dambrot, 58, has been the head coach at Akron since 2004 -- and has taken the Zips to the NCAA tournament four times and to the NIT on five occasions. Dambrot's departure was officially announced by Akron, which released a statement Monday night thanking him "for the enormous contributions'' and saying "we wish him well as he moves along.'' Dambrot will replace Jim Ferry, who was 60-97 in five seasons at Duquesne. Dambrot coached LeBron James during his first two seasons at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. After losing to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, the Cavaliers star got the news that his former coach was leaving Akron. "I support everything that Coach D do. He's paid more dues than any other coach in Akron history," James said. "He got a seven-year deal? He probably got a pay raise, too. He's going to have to take me to lunch when I get back." Dambrot spent 13 seasons at Akron, compiling a 305-139 record. He has turned down other coaching jobs in the past to stay at Akron. Akron said it will immediately launch a national search for a new coach.
Courtesy of: espn.com



Coastal Carolina cruises to 91-81 win over Wyoming in Game 1 of CBI Championship - by Eurobasket News

Coastal Carolina is one step closer to a CBI Championship after earning a 91-81 Game 1 win over Wyoming at the HTC Center. The Sun Belt squad has been impressive this postseason, winning the first three games this tournament by an average margin of 12 points per game. The offense was dominant once again to take an early advantage in the best-of-three-game final. Coastal Carolina used some quality balance to light up the scoreboard, finishing with six players in double figures in the win. Jaylen Shaw (6'1''-G) didn't have his best shooting night at 6-of-15 but helped the team by filling up the stat sheet. He ended the game with 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and only one turnover. Jason McManamen (6'5''-G-94) had a game-high 19 points for Wyoming before fouling out. Alan Herndon (6'9''-F-94) also played a big role, especially on the defensive end with five blocks. His work in the post was key in helping the Cowboys stay competitive in the second half. However, 15 turnovers and a 46-34 rebounding deficit helped contribute to the loss. On the plus side, the next two contests will be at Wyoming as the squad tries to bring home a CBI title. Coastal Carolina took full advantage of the home court in the early going, taking a 18-6 lead in the first six minutes and continuing to build distance going into halftime. This late three for Wyoming helped prevent the score from being double digits after the first half. As it was, the Chanticleers were still up 44-35 through 20 minutes of game time. The second half was more of the same with the home team consistently making shots to stay ahead. Although Wyoming was able to cut the lead down to six a few times, a 9-2 run helped the Chanticleers pull away. They weren't flawless down the stretch, but they made enough free throws to hold on for the 10-point victory. The teams will face off again in Game 2 Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET in Wyoming. If necessary, a third game will be played as a tiebreaker Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. In order for there to be a third game, however, the Cowboys will have to play much better defense next time out.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com




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  NCAA2  


Joe Mazzulla Named Head Men's Basketball Coach at Fairmont State - by Eurobasket News

In my Daily Dirt earlier today, I mentioned that Joe Mazzulla was the leader for DII Fairmont State. It's now been made official. Fairmont State University Director of Athletics Tim McNeely announced today that Joe Mazzulla has been named the program's 12th head men's basketball coach. Mazzulla will be introduced to the Fairmont community at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29 during a press conference inside Joe Retton Arena. Following some opening comments from Coach Mazzulla, media members will have the opportunity to do one-on-one interviews. Members of the community are invited to attend. A former West Virginia University standout, Mazzulla spent five years coaching at the NCAA Division II level, including three at Fairmont State, before serving as an assistant coach in the NBA Development league last year. 'It is a privilege to welcome Joe back to Fairmont, and we couldn't be happier to have him as our next head men's basketball coach,' said McNeely. 'Joe is well known around the state of West Virginia from leading the Mountaineers to the Final Four, and he has had success at every stop of his young coaching career. 'Coming off a national runner-up season, we wanted to keep the continuity and team chemistry as strong as possible, and we believe Joe is the correct person to keep FSU basketball rolling in the right direction.' 'I am pleased to welcome Joe back to Fairmont State, and I have complete confidence that we have found a leader that can keep FSU basketball competing at the highest level,' said FSU President Maria Rose. Mazzulla most recently served as an assistant coach for the Maine Red Claws (an affiliate of the Boston Celtics) of the NBA Developmental League for the last year. Maine currently leads the Atlantic Division of the NBADL standings with a 28-19 overall record. Prior to his position with the Red Claws, Mazzulla was an assistant coach for three seasons on Jerrod Calhoun's staff at Fairmont State. During that time, the Falcons compiled a record of 67-26 with three 20-win seasons and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. 'I would like to thank President Rose, Athletic Director Tim McNeely, Coach Jerrod Calhoun, the entire community of Fairmont and the current players at Fairmont State University for giving me the opportunity to take over the FSU basketball program,' said Mazzulla. 'It is very humbling to get this opportunity and I'm excited to come home and lead a program that is loved and supported by a group of passionate community members. Fairmont is a special place. 'I am excited to get back to work with the returning players and find ways that we can all get one percent better each day.' During his three year's on the coaching staff at Fairmont State, Mazzulla was instrumental in developing point guards Caleb Davis and Shammgod Wells into regular contributors and starters for the Falcon. Wells ended his career in 2017 as the school's all-time leader in both assists and steals. Davis started his first two seasons in Fairmont prior to becoming a key reserve for FSU as a junior in 2015-16. Davis started the first five games of the 2016-17 season before suffering a season-ending injury. Mazzulla was also key in the early development of point guard Jason Jolly, who served as the sixth-man for the Falcons in 2015-16 as a freshman. During that season, Jolly was fourth on the team in scoring (9.4) and made 52 three-pointers. Mazzulla started his coaching career by spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Glenville State. In his time with the Pioneers Mazzulla helped develop two All-WVIAC honorees and a pair of all-freshman team honorees. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Mazzulla played four seasons at West Virginia University for head coaches John Beilein and Bob Huggins. His teams made four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a berth in the Final Four in 2010. Mazzulla also won a Big East Tournament Championship and NIT Tournament Championship at WVU and the standout also excelled in the classroom, getting named to Big East Academic All-Star Team three times (2007, 2009 and 2010). The point guard was the sixth-man for the Mountaineers during the 2010 Final Four run. Mazzulla had a season-high 17 points in the regional final against Kentucky to help lead WVU to the Final Four. As a senior, Mazzulla started 16 games and averaged 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds. The standout point guard also had 139 assists during his final season with the Mountaineers. Mazzulla and his wife Camai currently reside in Fairmont and have two children, Michael Harden and Emmanuel Joseph Daniel Mazzulla. Mazzulla is a native of Johnston, R.I.
Courtesy of: hoopdirt.com



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Kendle named Player of the Week - by Hugh McAuliffe

Canterbury Rams point guard Jeremy Kendle (186-G-88, college: Bellarmine) is Round Two player of the week after tallying 24 points (10/15 FG, 4/7 3pt), nine assists, five rebounds and two steals in the 114-80 win over the Mike Pero Nelson Giants. Kendle currently leads the league in scoring (26.0 ppg) and is fourth in assists (5.5 apg).

Marcel Jones backed up his player of the week performance from last week with 25 points and 11 rebounds against the Giants.

The Wellington Saints collected two wins on the road thanks to the play of forward Tai Wesley and guard Corey Webster. Wesley had 23 points and 14 rebounds against the Rams and 18 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks against the Sharks. Webster had 25 points and eight assists in the Rams game and 22 points and six assists versus the Sharks. Forward Leon Henry made a breakaway dunk to secure the two point win over the Sharks and also added 21 points and eight rebounds.

Reuben Te Rangi scored a round high 27 points for the SIT Zerofees Sharks in the loss and in the first two games of the season is averaging 22 points, shooting 58% from the field.

The James Blond Supercity Rangers have started the season 2-0 after winning on the road to the Taranaki Mountainairs. Australian Mitchell McCarron continued his impressive start to the season with 23 points and nine rebounds. McCarron's team mate Nnanna Egwu chipped in with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Taranaki bounced back from their loss to the Rangers with a 76-75 road win over the Taylor Hawks. Daniel Gomis grabbed 13 rebounds in the win and currently leads the league averaging nearly 14 in his first three games.

Courtesy of Basketball New Zealand



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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LBL starts with four games in Round 1 - by Eurobasket News

LBL starts with four games in Round 1 in Peru. Inmaculada overcame Circolo 66-63 as they posted a decisive 23-15 rally in the third period. Rodrigo Cruz (97) and Jose Luis FUENTES top-scored for the winners with 14 points each, while Alexis VELAOCHAGA netted 7. Alonso Manco and Rodrigo CALMET followed them with 6 points apiece in a win.
In another games Regatas Lima posted a 71-44 win over La Family. San Marcos outscored Ejercito 67-52, while Real Club beat EOFAP 67-52.



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eugene PHELPS
  Phoenix
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 53
 1. Phelps, Phoenix53.0 
 2. McKay, Phoenix32.5 
 3. White, Mahindra30.7 
 4. Smith, Blackwater28.3 
 5. Jefferson, Alaska A.28.0 
 6. Taggart, Rain o.26.0 
 7. Chism, NLEX R.24.3 
 8. Mitchell, Star H.23.0 
 9. Pringle, Globalport23.0 
 10. Belo, Blackwater21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Meralco .
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Stepheson, Meralco .24.0 
 2. Smith, Blackwater22.0 
 3. Phelps, Phoenix21.0 
 4. White, Mahindra20.0 
 5. Chism, NLEX R.18.3 
 6. Mitchell, Star H.16.5 
 7. Williams, Globalport16.5 
 8. McKay, Phoenix15.5 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.5 
 10. Amundson, TNT K.13.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.14.0 
 2. Romeo, Globalport8.0 
 3. Enciso, Alaska Aces6.5 
 4. Newsome, Meralco .5.7 
 5. Ganuelas-R., TNT K.5.5 
 6. Jazul, Phoenix5.0 
 7. Belo, Blackwater5.0 
 8. Mallari, Mahindra5.0 
 9. Lee, Star Hotshots4.5 
 10. Reyes, TNT K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher EXCIMINIANO
  Alaska A.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Exciminiano, Alaska A.3.0 
 2. Pringle, Globalport2.5 
 3. Barroca, Star H.2.0 
 4. Melton, Star H.2.0 
 5. Galliguez, Alaska A.2.0 
 6. Wilson, Phoenix1.7 
 7. Jazul, Phoenix1.7 
 8. Mendoza, Alaska A.1.5 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.5 
 10. Canaleta, Globalport1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Eugene PHELPS
  Phoenix
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Phelps, Phoenix5.0 
 2. McKay, Phoenix4.0 
 3. Williams, Globalport3.0 
 4. Mitchell, Star H.2.5 
 5. White, Mahindra2.3 
 6. Chism, NLEX R.2.3 
 7. Amundson, TNT K.2.0 
 8. Castro-W., TNT K.2.0 
 9. Taggart, Rain o.2.0 
 10. Stepheson, Meralco .2.0 



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Ireland, Trefl S.17.8 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Szubarga, Asseco16.8 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Berisha, Polfarme.15.9 
 7. Miles, Polpharma15.5 
 8. Brown, Siarka14.9 
 9. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 10. Balmazovic, Start L.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Stal Ostrow
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. King, Stal Ostrow11.2 
 2. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 3. Markovic, Trefl S.8.9 
 4. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 5. Harris, AZS K.8.5 
 6. Fraser, Polfarme.8.3 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.7.4 
 9. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
 10. Wojdyla, Siarka6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.6.6 
 3. Grzelinski, Siarka5.8 
 4. Robinson, Szczecin5.8 
 5. Laczynski, Anwil5.7 
 6. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 7. Szubarga, Asseco5.2 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Koszarek, Stelm.5.2 
 10. Brazelton, Rosa R.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.2.1 
 3. Lewis, Energa C.2.0 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 5. Laczynski, Anwil1.9 
 6. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 7. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.8 
 8. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
 9. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.6 
 10. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 4. Robbins, Szczecin1.2 
 5. Wyka, Krosno1.2 
 6. Boone, Start Lublin1.2 
 7. Mirkovic, Polpharma1.1 
 8. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.1 
 9. Sajus, Polpharma1.0 
 10. Brown, AZS K.1.0 


Coach Martic leaves Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 52-year old Slovenian coach Zoran Martic left Trefl Sopot (PLK).
Among other achievements Martic won Macedonian League championship title in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Coach of the Year award back in 2014.
Martic was coaching Slovenian U22 National Team between 1997 and 2001 and coached also U21 National Team in 2001.
He is a very experienced player. Martic has coached also professionally in Cyprus, Hungary, Ukraine (Khimik), FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje), Slovenia (LTH Castings and Rogla) and Russia (Kupol-Rodniki).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

27-year old power forward Kareem Maddox (202-F/C-89) had a great game in the last round for Krosno and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds, while his team edged out Trefl Sopot (#11, 13-12) 75-73. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Krosno maintains the 10th position in Polish league. Krosno 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 14-12 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Maddox as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Kareem Maddox averages this season 11.6ppg and 6.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was David Kravish (208-F/C-92) of Energa Czarni. He is American forward in his first season at Energa Czarni. In the last game Kravish recorded impressive double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Energa Czarni to edge the higher-ranked Torun (#4, 17-9) by 2 points 81-79. Energa Czarni's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kravish is a newcomer at Energa Czarni and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Energa Czarni's star - swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93). Lewis showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Energa Czarni, helping his team with a 81-79 win against the higher-ranked Torun (#4, 17-9). Energa Czarni needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 11 lost games. Lewis has a very solid season. In 21 games in Poland he scored 13.7ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and 4.6apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Miles (185-PG-89) of Polpharma - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Aaron Johnson (173-PG-88) of Stal Ostrow - 19 points and 5 assists
6. Devante Wallace (196-G-92) of Krosno - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Shawn King (208-C-82) of Stal Ostrow - 15 points and 14 rebounds
8. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) of Asseco - 19 points and 10 rebounds
9. Tomasz Wojdyla (201-C/F-77) of Siarka - 22 points and 8 rebounds
10. Anthony Goods (191-G-87) of Energa Czarni - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Tomasz Prostak gets MVP of the Week award for Polish 1Liga - by Eurobasket News

Tomasz Prostak (188-SG-88, agency: Octagon Europe) had a great game in the last round for Pogon Prudnik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 28-year old shooting guard had the game-high 29 points adding two rebounds and four assists for Pogon Prudnik in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Sokol Lancut (#2, 21-8) 81-77. Pogon Prudnik maintains the 7th position in Polish 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pogon Prudnik will need more victories to improve their 16-13 record. In the team's last game Prostak had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Pogon Prudnik's top player in his first season with the team. Prostak has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.9ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young point guard Artur Wlodarczyk (180-PG-96) of AZS AGH Krk.. Wlodarczyk impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course AZS AGH Krk. cruised to a 91-83 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Astoria Bydg. (#15, 7-22). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. AZS AGH Krk. keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-19 record. Wlodarczyk is one of the most experienced players at AZS AGH Krk. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Daniel Grujic (201-PF-90) of Kotwica (#9). Grujic scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Kotwica, leading his team to a 82-75 win against the lower-ranked Rosa II Radom (#13, 11-18). The chances of Kotwica ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Grujic could help Kotwica to bring them higher in the standings. Grujic has a very solid season. In 18 games in Poland he scored 10.5ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 55.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marek Piechowicz (201-SF-88) of GKS Tychy - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Tomasz Deja (200-F/C-83) of GKS Tychy - 22 points and 8 rebounds
6. Patryk Nowerski (205-C-91) of Pogon Prudnik - 17 points and 9 rebounds
7. Filip Zegzula (188-SG-94) of Rosa II Radom - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Lukasz Ratajczak (201-F/C-86) of GTK Gliwice - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mateusz Bierwagen (195-SF-88) of Astoria Bydg. - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-F/C-79) of Legia W-wa - 19 points and 8 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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  PORTUGAL  


Gouveia number one in Portuguese Proliga for round 10 - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Pedro Gouveia (192-F/C-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Academico FC, receiving a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (11 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Esgueira (2-8) 70-58. Academico FC is placed at 7th position in Portuguese Proliga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 8 games and recorded just two victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Gouveia as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Pedro Gouveia has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.9rpg) and averages impressive 61.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Kenny Martin (208-F-93) of league's leader Barreirense. Martin had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Barreirense lost that game 53-63 to the lower-ranked Vasco (#5, 4-6). Barreirense managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. It was just his team's 2nd loss in Second Stage, while they won 8 other games. Martin is a newcomer at Barreirense, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#5). He also registered 9.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Paulo Ruge (198-F/C-96) of Guifoes (#7). Ruge scored 20 points and grabbed twenty three rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Guifoes, leading his team to a 85-79 win against the lower-ranked Fisica (#10, 6-4). The chances of Guifoes ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ruge could help Guifoes to bring them higher in the standings. Ruge has a very solid season. In 21 games in Portugal he scored 9.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elias Desport (203-F-92) of Sanjoanense - 22 points and 9 rebounds
5. Miguel Salvador (187-G-81) of Fisica - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Joao Ribeiro (190-F-93) of Academico FC - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Flavio Gomes (194-G/F-88) of Angra - 23 points and 9 rebounds
8. Guilherme Oliveira (193-F-97) of Esgueira - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Denis Neves (197-F-78) of Academia - 23 points and 7 rebounds
10. Ricardo Mendes (181-G-90) of Angra - 12 points, 10 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)



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BSN preseason results - by Luis Modestti


Below are the preseason results this year.

March 16: Cariduros 80-61 Vaqueros. Top scorers for Cariduros were Xavier Zambrana and Alexis Colon with 11 points each.

March 17: Piratas 74-59 Indios. Mike Rosario scored 15 points for Piratas.

March 20: Brujos 78-78 Santeros. Jonathan Rodriguez scored 17 for Santeros and Kyle Vinales (185-G-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) had 18 for Brujos.

March 22: Brujos 84-79 Capitanes. Carlos Strong scored 13 points for Brujos. Denis Clemente led Capitanes with 22 points and Cady Lalanne had 20 with 10 boards.

Cariduros Cup:

March 23:


Vaqueros 89-78 Piratas
Cariduros 92-87 Atleticos

March 24:

Piratas 78-75 Atleticos
Cariduros 81-72 Vaqueros

Capitanes Cup:

March 25:


Santeros 84-77 Leones
Capitanes 83-66 Indios

March 26:

Indios 71-70 Leones
Capitanes 85-76 Santeros

Upcoming preseason games:

Piratas Cup:

March 30:


6:00PM Vaqueros vs. Cariduros
8:00PM Indios vs. Piratas

March 31:

6:00PM Losers for third place
8:00PM Winners for the cup

Saturday, April 1 in Aguada

7:30PM Brujos de Guayama vs. Santeros de Aguada

The 2017 BSN regular season begins on April 6.



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Liga Nationala Round 7 (Second Stage): Steaua CSM lose to CSU Sibiu in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sibiu. Third ranked host CSU Sibiu (16-9) smashed their biggest opponent Steaua CSM (15-10) 76-55. It was a key game for the second position in Nationala. The game was mostly controlled by CSU Sibiu. Steaua CSM managed to win third quarter 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (192-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Lithuanian guard Marius Runkauskas (189-86, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 16 points. Steaua CSM's coach Vasile Fometescu gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. CSU Sibiu moved-up to second place in Nationala. Steaua CSM at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. CSU Sibiu are looking forward to face Pitesti (#6) on the road in the next round. Steaua CSM will play against Oradea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Craiova. 3rd placed host Craiova (6-16) lost to first ranked Targu Mures (10-12) 97-92. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Lamarcus Reed (196-88, college: Texas Arlington) who led the winners and scored 25 points. Goran Martinic accounted for 14 points and 9 assists. American swingman Jamar Abrams (201-89, college: E.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) came up with 30 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for Craiova in the defeat. Craiova's coach Vladimir Vuksanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Targu Mures maintains first place in Nationala with 10-12 record. Craiova at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Galati. Second ranked host Phoenix Galati (8-14) defeated 4th placed CS Dinamo Bucuresti (6-16) 92-85. Phillip Miller fired 30 points for the winners. Slobodan Dundjerski produced 17 points and 9 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Phoenix Galati maintains second place in Nationala with 8-14 record having just two points less than leader Targu Mures. Loser CS Dinamo Bucuresti keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Liga Nationala top team - UBT Cluj Napoca (22-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Pitesti (10-15) 89-73. Worth to mention a great performance of Kyndall Dykes who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. UBT Cluj Napoca maintains first place in Nationala with 22-3 record. Pitesti at the other side keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. UBT Cluj Napoca's next round opponent will be BC Timisoara (#5) at home. Pitesti will play against the league's second-placed CSU Sibiu and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 7
In Nationala BC Timisoara lost to Oradea on the opponent's court 72-82.

Places 1-6
Pitesti - UBT Cluj Napoca 73-89

Liga Nationala top team - UBT Cluj Napoca (22-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Pitesti (10-15) 89-73. The game was mostly controlled by UBT Cluj Napoca. Pitesti was better in second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UBT Cluj Napoca dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Pitesti's 32. UBT Cluj Napoca had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American Kyndall Dykes (192-87, college: New Orleans) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Bulgarian Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points and 6 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and Croatian Tomislav Gabric (204-95) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Pitesti. Five UBT Cluj Napoca and four Pitesti players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. UBT Cluj Napoca maintains first place in Nationala with 22-3 record. Pitesti at the other side keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. UBT Cluj Napoca's next round opponent will be BC Timisoara (#5) at home. Pitesti will play against the league's second-placed CSU Sibiu and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
UBT Cluj Napoca: M.Pustozvonov 19+2reb, K.Dykes 17+7reb+9ast, V.Moldoveanu 16+5reb+4ast, O.Barro 13+11reb+2ast, V.Kariniauskas 12+3reb+2ast, N.Kuti 6+3reb+2ast
Pitesti: P.Marinov 16+3reb+6ast, V.Hunter 15+3reb, T.Gabric 14+6reb+1ast, A.Mladenovic 13+4reb+1ast, A.Kostoski 8+2reb+4ast, B.Stancut 3
gschID: 538407


CSU Sibiu - Steaua CSM 76-55

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sibiu. Third ranked host CSU Sibiu (16-9) smashed their biggest opponent Steaua CSM (15-10) 76-55. It was a key game for the second position in Nationala. The game was mostly controlled by CSU Sibiu. Steaua CSM managed to win third quarter 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (192-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Lithuanian guard Marius Runkauskas (189-86, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 16 points and American power forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Five CSU Sibiu and four Steaua CSM players scored in double figures. Steaua CSM's coach Vasile Fometescu gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. CSU Sibiu moved-up to second place in Nationala. Steaua CSM at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. CSU Sibiu are looking forward to face Pitesti (#6) on the road in the next round. Steaua CSM will play against Oradea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: B.Popescu 16+5reb, B.Lalovic 14+2reb, I.Mijajlovic 13+6reb+5ast, K.Hardy 13+4reb+3ast, C.Cooper 10+4reb, M.Davis 10+1reb+3ast
Steaua CSM: M.Runkauskas 16+3reb, N.Malesevic 13+4reb, R.Falker 12+7reb, D.Dudzinski 10+3reb+3ast, Y.Frasenyuk 2+1reb, L.Szijarto 2+2reb
gschID: 538409


Oradea - BC Timisoara 82-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked BC Timisoara's (12-13) road loss to fourth ranked Oradea (14-11) 72-82. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. BC Timisoara was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Oradea players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a very good performance for Canadian center Sean Denison (210-85, college: Santa Clara, agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. American point guard William Franklin (184-85, college: Bradley, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Oradea's coach Cristian Achim allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international center Ionut Dragusin (221-85) answered with 11 points and 8 rebounds and international point guard Octavian Calota (189-84) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for BC Timisoara. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains fourth place in Nationala with 14-11 record. BC Timisoara at the other side keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Oradea's next round opponent will be higher ranked Steaua CSM (#3) in Bucuresti and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Timisoara will play on the road against the league's leader UBT Cluj Napoca and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oradea: S.Denison 17+4reb+2ast, W.Franklin 15+1reb+6ast, A.Mandache 13+1reb+3ast, U.Lucic 10+7reb, T.Nicoara 9+3reb+3ast, B.Tibirna 7+5reb
BC Timisoara: I.Dragusin 11+8reb+3ast, L.Tohatan 11+2reb+4ast, O.Calota 11+1reb+6ast, N.Otasevic 11+1ast, A.Andries 10+1reb+1ast, M.Komatina 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 538408


Places 7-10
Craiova - Targu Mures 92-97

The game between Top Four teams took place in Craiova. 3rd placed host Craiova (6-16) lost to first ranked Targu Mures (10-12) 97-92. Craiova was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 59-48 second half run of Targu Mures. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Craiova was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Lamarcus Reed (196-88, college: Texas Arlington) who led the winners and scored 25 points. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) accounted for 14 points and 9 assists for the winning side. American swingman Jamar Abrams (201-89, college: E.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) came up with 30 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and the other American import guard Tayloe Taylor (191-86, college: Livingstone) added 20 points and 6 assists respectively for Craiova in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Craiova's coach Vladimir Vuksanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Targu Mures maintains first place in Nationala with 10-12 record. Craiova at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: L.Reed 25+3reb+1ast, E.Kalve 18+3reb+2ast, R.Markovic 18+1reb+1ast, G.Martinic 14+4reb+9ast, D.Djapa 8+3reb, D.Andrei 7
Craiova: J.Abrams 30+5reb, T.Taylor 20+3reb+6ast, C.Burlacu 19+3reb+3ast, T.Bureau 12+5reb+8ast, M.Gavrila 6+2reb+1ast, V.Solopa 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 538410


Phoenix Galati - Dinamo B. 92-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Galati. Second ranked host Phoenix Galati (8-14) defeated 4th placed CS Dinamo Bucuresti (6-16) 92-85. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-24. But CS Dinamo Bucuresti won second period 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Phoenix Galati made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 CS Dinamo Bucuresti turnovers. Phoenix Galati looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Phillip Miller (185-91, college: Wiley, agency: 011 Sports) fired 30 points for the winners (made all of his eight free throws). Serbian swingman Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Serbian guard Slobodan Dundjerski (188-88) produced 17 points and 9 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American Deven Mitchell (196-84, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 5 steals respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Phoenix Galati maintains second place in Nationala with 8-14 record having just two points less than leader Targu Mures. Loser CS Dinamo Bucuresti keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Galati: P.Miller 30+1reb+2ast, M.Bojovic 18+7reb+7ast, T.Gugino 17+10reb+4ast, M.Pavlovic 13+2ast, I.Pirlog 8+3reb+2ast, D.Brandon 6+7reb+5ast
Dinamo B.: D.Mitchell 19+4reb+3ast, S.Dundjerski 17+3reb+9ast, M.Sutalo 16+4reb+3ast, D.Tasic 10+7reb+1ast, R.Kljajevic 7+2reb+1ast, I.Orbeanu 5+4reb
gschID: 538411





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  RUSSIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Univ.Sur.
  (195-S/F-82)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Lepojevic, Univ.Sur.22.7 
 2. Klyuchnikov, Spartak-.22.2 
 3. Reid, Urartu Y.20.0 
 4. Smith, Urartu Y.15.9 
 5. Sheleketo, Sakhalin15.3 
 6. Zaryazhko, Ryazan15.2 
 7. Zakharov, Irkut14.6 
 8. Krivosheev, Spartak-.14.6 
 9. Kuznetsov, MBA M.14.2 
 10. Mateyunas, Spartak-.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Urartu Y.
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. O''Brien, Urartu Y.10.4 
 2. Krivosheev, Spartak-.9.2 
 3. Reid, Urartu Y.9.1 
 4. Karaulov, TE.7.8 
 5. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.7.6 
 6. Kurtsevich, Novosybi.7