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  ABA LEAGUE  



Barac's 26 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old forward Boris Barac (205-F-92) had a great game in the last round for Zadar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Zadar in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Cibona (#6, 11-13) 85-84. Zadar is placed at 12th position in ABA League. Zadar is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-16 record. In the team's last game Barac had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Zadar, through which he has constantly improved. Barac has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.2ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87) of Cibona. He is American guard in his first season at Cibona. In the last game Reynolds recorded impressive 27 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as Cibona was edged by the lower-ranked Zadar (#12, 8-16) 85-84. Cibona managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-13 record. Reynolds is a newcomer at Cibona and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Zadar's star - forward Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93). Marinkovic scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Zadar, helping his team with a 85-84 win against the higher-ranked Cibona (#6, 11-13). The chances of Zadar not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marinkovic could try to bring Zadar's a little bit higher in the standings. Marinkovic has individually a great season in ABA League. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.2ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonah Bolden (208-F-96) of FMP - 21 points and 13 rebounds
5. Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87) of Karpos Sokoli - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marcus Williams (191-G-85) of Buducnost - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Alpha Kaba (209-C/F-96) of Mega Leks - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Djordje Milosevic (199-SG-93) of Igokea - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marko Ljubicic (195-G-87) of FMP - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) of Partizan - 20 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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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The game in supposed to be quite interesting. Third ranked Flyers (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked HS Outlaws (3-5). Flyers smashed HS Outlaws 92-68 on Thursday. The game without a history. Flyers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Flyers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Cutie Ovals Ojays and Stingerz. HS Outlaws lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Ottos.

In the last game of round 17 Freetown T. were smashed by Stingerz on the road 76-57.

Stingerz - Freetown T. 76-57

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Stingerz (6-2) crushed at home 7th ranked Freetown T. (3-6) 76-57 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-57. Stingerz moved-up to second place, which they share with Flyers and Cutie Ovals Ojays. Freetown T. at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost.
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HS Outlaws - Flyers 68-92

The game in supposed to be quite interesting. Third ranked Flyers (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked HS Outlaws (3-5). Flyers smashed HS Outlaws 92-68 on Thursday. The game without a history. Flyers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Flyers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Cutie Ovals Ojays and Stingerz. HS Outlaws lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Ottos.
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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.6 
 2. Green, Instituto20.4 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.18.8 
 4. Solano, Echague18.5 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.4 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Horner, Obras B.16.7 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.4 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.2 
 10. Reed, Penarol16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.3 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.6 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.1 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.9.0 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.8 
 7. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.6 
 8. Horner, Obras B.8.4 
 9. Justiz, Estudian.8.4 
 10. Francis, La Union8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.2 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.5 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.6 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 10. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 9. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 10. Vega, Libertad S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.9 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.6 
 5. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 9. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.0 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.7 
 3. Brown, La Union19.9 
 4. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 5. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.0 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.18.8 
 8. Pais, Platense18.7 
 9. Montes-C., Obera T.18.3 
 10. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.9 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.3 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.9.2 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.8.7 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB7.7 
 10. Coleman, Alianza .7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. La Bella, Gimnasia.7.6 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.5 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.6 
 4. Gandoy, Obera TC5.9 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.5.0 
 6. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.7 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.5 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.5 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sebastian PUNET
  Salta Basket
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Punet, Salta Basket3.1 
 2. Pais, Platense2.5 
 3. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Independ.1.9 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 3. Deck, Obera TC1.4 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.1 
 6. Okoye, Salta Basket1.1 
 7. Tabarez, Union SF1.0 
 8. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 9. Stroud, Parque Sur0.9 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


Olimpico de La Banda inks Kyle Lamonte, ex Aguada - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA) signed 33-year old American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-86kg-84, college: William Carey). He played recently at Atletico Aguada in Uruguayan LUB league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Uruguay LUB All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout. Lamonte also played earlier that season for Olimpia (also in LUB) where in 12 games he had very remarkable stats: 19.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.2apg and 2.0spg this season. It was another spectacular year as he was named to Uruguay LUB All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lamonte's team won Colombian Liga DirecTV-1 Group 1 Regular Season in 2014. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-1 Guard of the Year back in 2014.
Lamonte is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Lamonte has played previously professionally in Brazil (Flamengo and Brasilia), Dominican Rep., Lithuania (P.Zvaigzdes), Turkey, Argentina (Atenas and Penarol), Uruguay (Hebraica and Malvin), Dominican Republic (CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago and Don Bosco) and Colombia (Guerreros).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Lamonte attended William Carey University until 2008 and it is his ninth season as a professional player.
He could be described: An undersized 2 player, who has great shooting accuracy and points production per minute. Gives his best when he attacks the basket inside, in this situation cen be unstoppable. Also, he's a good defensive player, who is very agile but a little limited by his size. The same, he grabs more rebounds than expected.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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

28-year old power forward Phillip Lockett (202-F/C-88, agency: DTMones) put on an amazing game in the last round for BHY Tiro Federal and receives a Latinbasket.com TNA Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Mitre Tuc. (#7, 8-20) 89-86. BHY Tiro Federal maintains the 5th position in their group in Argentinian TNA. BHY Tiro Federal is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-18 record. Lockett turned to be BHY Tiro Federal's top player in his first season with the team. Lockett has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 54.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Emiliano Correa (189-PG-91). He is a guard in his second season at BHY Tiro Federal. In the last game Correa recorded impressive 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for BHY Tiro Federal to edge slightly lower-ranked Mitre Tuc. (#7, 8-20) by 3 points 89-86. BHY Tiro Federal's 5th position in North has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-18 record. Correa is well-known at BHY Tiro Federal and together with Phillip Lockett he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Martin Gandoy (194-G-91) of Obera TC (#6). Gandoy showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, seven rebounds and twelve assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Obera TC, leading his team to a 93-75 easy win against the higher-ranked Villa Angela (#3, 16-12). The chances of Obera TC not to end season at such low position in North, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gandoy could try to bring Obera TC's a little bit higher in the standings. Gandoy has individually a great season in Argentina. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.9apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rakim Brown (198-SF-91) of La Union - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Agustin Carnovale (195-SG-86) of Villa San Martin - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Santiago Gonzalez (203-C-83) of San Isidro - 18 points and 15 rebounds
7. Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi (178-PG-91) of SP Las Parejas - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Pablo Moya (203-C-83) of Hindu - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gaston Essengue (203-F/C-83) of Comunicaciones - 17 points and 14 rebounds
10. Felipe Pais (185-G-90) of Platense - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  AUSTRALIA  


The Cavaliers tab Andrew Bogut - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers inked 33-year old Australian international center Andrew Bogut (213-118kg-84, college: Utah). He started the season at Dallas Mavericks. In 26 NBA games he averaged 3.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.9apg this season. The last season Bogut played at the Warriors where in 92 NBA games he had 5.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6bpg.
In 2005 Milwaukee Bucks selected him as first overall pick in NBA draft. He attended University of Utah and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Bogut received Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 2nd Team award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Bogut has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2004 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Australia at the World Championships U18 in Greece fourteen years ago.
Bogut has played also professionally in Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
His game is described as: A hard worker with a strong commitment to improving his skills. An excellent passer, Andrew will focus on developing his body.
World Championships U18 '03 comments (by Yarone Arbel):
The MVP of the championship. His parents are from Croatia, which is some sort of explanation to how such talent grew up down under. If for some reason something will go wrong on his route to the NBA, the Croatian passport will surely help him find a good spot in one of the top European teams. Next season he will go to Utah University, in the championship itself he was simply unstoppable, posting double-double already after one half in both Semi Finals and Finals game.
He knows how to use his size in the PF. Very tall and athletic, and although there's no doubt he's the best player in the team, on court he fights like a bull, work with his teammates and make them look much much better. There's no doubt that Bogut was the difference between a nice Australian NT and a gold winning team that routed everyone on the way to the top. All teams focused and tried to stop Bogut. All failed and paid even more because of Bogut's unselfishness.
He got a great mobility in the low post, box him out and he can go out to the high post and the Swish will arrive in less than a second. His shot selection is very good, can hit the three pointer when there's a chance, but he doesn't force it. If you try to stop his outside shot, he can penetrate, on both sides, and mostly finish with 2 points. His rebounding skill is bigger than life, on both ends of the floor, and it's not only a matter of good position. His leap and struggle helps him a lot.
Let's try to impress with titles: 3rd best scorer, best rebounder with 3.7 more rebounds than the runner up, drawn more fouls and made free throws more than anyone else, 10th in blocks, 2nd in 2FG% and first, again by a big margin, in the TENDEX ranking. 22 pts, 18 rbs and 5 assists vs. the USA in the Semi Finals qualifying match, 39 pts & 25 (!!!) rbs in the Semi Finals vs. Croatia and 35 pts & 14 rbs in the finals. What do you say about that?
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Matthew Kenyon joins Sunshine Coast Phoenix - by Hugh McAuliffe

Sunshine Coast Phoenix (QBL) added to their roster 19-year old guard Matthew Kenyon (195-98) from Bullets. In 17 games for the Bullets, he averaged 1.9ppg this season. The last summer he played at BA Centre of Excellence (SEABL) where in 16 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.8spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Australiabasket.com All-Oceania Championships U18 Honorable Mention.
Kenyon was a member of Australian U19 National Team last year.
He has played previously for New South Wales Country.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.7 
 2. Vay, Arkadia18.8 
 3. Miletic, Vienna18.5 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna18.2 
 5. McNealy, Oberwart17.3 
 6. Lamesic, Wels17.2 
 7. Murati, Gmunden16.3 
 8. Rados, Klostern.16.1 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.9 
 10. Stazic, Vienna15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.7 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.3 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.2 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.6 
 6. Ferguson, Vienna7.5 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.5 
 8. Traylor, Oberwart7.2 
 9. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.1 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.8 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart5.5 
 4. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.5 
 5. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 6. Stazic, Vienna4.7 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.6 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.0 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna1.8 
 3. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.7 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.6 
 6. Trmal, Arkadia1.5 
 7. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 8. Payton, Wels1.4 
 9. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 10. Koch, Vienna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.6 
 2. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 3. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 4. Chan, Wels1.2 
 5. Draskovic, Arkadia1.1 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.8 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Koch, Vienna0.7 



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  BAHAMAS  

NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators25.1 
 3. Smith, Bahamas .22.7 
 4. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.4 
 5. Farrington, Rockets21.3 
 6. Bain, Giants18.9 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.4 
 8. Ferguson, Pros16.9 
 9. Woodside, Cleaners16.8 
 10. Rolle, Rebels16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Bain, Regulators14.5 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.5 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.2 
 4. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 5. Francis, Pros11.2 
 6. Farrington, Rockets11.0 
 7. Sylvestre, Bahamas .11.0 
 8. Leadon, Pros10.4 
 9. Dean, Shockers9.9 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rashard WILLIAMS
  Rebels
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Rebels6.4 
 2. Dames, Bahamas .5.8 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Mackey, Regulators4.8 
 5. Wright, Pirates4.7 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.2 
 7. Mackey, Rockets4.1 
 8. Miller, Legends4.0 
 9. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 10. Bain, Regulators4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mekel ROLLE
  Rebels
  (--)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Rolle, Rebels3.4 
 2. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.3 
 3. Rolle, Pros2.8 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .2.5 
 5. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 6. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 7. Leadon, Pros1.8 
 8. Dames, Bahamas .1.8 
 9. Cooper, Rebels1.8 
 10. Ferguson, Stingers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Munnings, Cybots2.9 
 2. Farrington, Rockets2.2 
 3. Dean, Shockers2.0 
 4. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.5 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 7. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 8. Francis, Pros1.2 
 9. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 10. Burrows, Pros1.1 



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Round 4 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Balkan League just ended.

The most interesting game of round 4 was only one-point a home defeat of 7th ranked Feni Industries (2-4) to sixth ranked Kozuv (3-3) 70-69 in the game for the sixth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Feni Industries won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) who added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side Serbian power forward Branislav Djekic (209-91) responded with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Kozuv maintains sixth position in Group C with 3-3 record, which they share with Peja and Teodo Tivat. Feni Industries at the other side keep the seventh place with four games lost.
The game in Niksic was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Bulgarian Beroe (5-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Montenegrin Sutjeska (2-4). Beroe managed to secure a 8-point victory 76-68. The winners were led by Croatian power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89) who scored that evening 14 points and Brandis Raley-Ross supported him with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Even 20 points and 4 assists by American swingman Jayon James (198-92, college: La-Monroe) did not help to save the game for Sutjeska. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beroe maintains fifth position in Group C with 5-1 record, which they share with Kumanovo. Sutjeska at the other side keeps the eighth place with four games lost.

In the last game of round 4
In Group D Teodo Tivat lost to Peja on the opponent's court 70-75.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 6 rebounds by Radomir Marojevic of Teodo Tivat.

Group C
Sutjeska - Beroe 68-76

The game in Niksic was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Bulgarian Beroe (5-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Montenegrin Sutjeska (2-4). Beroe managed to secure a 8-point victory 76-68. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Beroe made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Beroe outrebounded Sutjeska 37-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Sutjeska was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Croatian power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89) who scored that evening 14 points and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) supported him with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Even 20 points and 4 assists by American swingman Jayon James (198-92, college: La-Monroe) did not help to save the game for Sutjeska. Serbian center Djoko Salic (213-95) added 15 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beroe maintains fifth position in Group C with 5-1 record, which they share with Kumanovo. Sutjeska at the other side keeps the eighth place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Beroe: S.Tesija 14+4reb+2ast, T.Zhelev 13+3reb+1ast, A.Jones 10+7reb, B.Raley-Ross 9+9reb+2ast, T.Tenchev 7+1reb+2ast, N.Nikolov 7+1ast
Sutjeska: J.James 20+2reb+4ast, D.Salic 15+2reb, D.Thomas 10+2reb+2ast, N.Djokovic 9+3reb+3ast, I.Cvorovic 5+5reb+1ast, M.Vujovic 3+4reb
gschID: 534342


Feni Industries - Kozuv 69-70

The most interesting game of round 4 was only one-point a home defeat of 7th ranked Feni Industries (2-4) to sixth ranked Kozuv (3-3) 70-69 in the game for the sixth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Feni Industries won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) who added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Kozuv players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian power forward Branislav Djekic (209-91) responded with 8 points and 9 rebounds and Croatian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81) scored 16 points. Kozuv maintains sixth position in Group C with 3-3 record, which they share with Peja and Teodo Tivat. Feni Industries at the other side keep the seventh place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: N.Djurasovic 15+7reb, M.Mijovic 14+13reb+2ast, I.Dimcevski 12+6reb+1ast, L.Hall 12+6reb+6ast, K.McNeaill 9+2reb+2ast, A.Shterjov 6+4reb
Feni Industries: M.Ceskovic 16+2ast, J.Petrovski 13+5reb, K.Nikolovski 9+6reb+2ast, G.Sharabidze 9+5reb+1ast, B.Djekic 8+9reb+1ast, P.Pajic 5+1reb
gschID: 534341


Group D
Peja - Teodo Tivat 75-70

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Peje where 10th ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (3-3) was defeated by eleventh ranked Kosovan Peja (3-3) 75-70. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-14. But Teodo Tivat won third quarter 19-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Peja made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The winners were led by American forward Noah Dahlman (201-89, college: Wofford) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Robert Abramovic (185-88) supported him with 18 points. Even 24 points and 6 rebounds by center Radomir Marojevic (207-81, agency: BeoExcell) did not help to save the game for Teodo Tivat. Guard Milos Djurisic (194-88) added 7 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Peja moved-up to tenth place in Group D, which they share with defeated Teodo Tivat.
Top scorers:
Peja: R.Abramovic 18+2reb+1ast, N.Dahlman 11+11reb+2ast, J.Skeen 9+4reb+2ast, L.Mekaj 9+2reb+2ast, A.Qallaku 9+2ast, C.Rundles 8+1reb+4ast
Teodo Tivat: R.Marojevic 24+6reb+3ast, S.Knezevic 14+1reb, M.Popovic 8+3reb+2ast, M.Djurisic 7+10reb+7ast, S.Sajin 5+2reb, N.Vucurovic 5+3reb+2ast
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Recap of Opening Leg of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet - P.Zvaigzdes 80-89

Pieno Zvaigzdes upset Liepaja/Triobet on the road to build a comfortable advantage prior to the return leg of the quarterfinal series. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. P.Zvaigzdes made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. P.Zvaigzdes outrebounded Liepaja/Triobet 41-26 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Power forward Egidijus Dimsa (204-85) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Ukrainian Andriy Agafonov (208-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Four P.Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. P.Zvaigzdes' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Arturs Ausejs (192-90) produced 25 points and 6 assists and American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex) added 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
P.Zvaigzdes: E.Dimsa 28+11reb+2ast, A.Agafonov 17+11reb+3ast, D.Low 13+1reb+6ast, S.Babrauskas 10+7reb+1ast, I.Fiodorovas 5+2ast, O.Olisevicius 5+3reb+1ast
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Ausejs 25+3reb+6ast, A.Butjankovs 23+2reb, M.Griffin 19+6reb+5ast, C.Montgomery 8+6reb, R.Krastins 3+2reb+2ast, K.Pauls Lasmanis 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 537283


Tartu Ulikool - Nevezis 86-88

Nevezis nipped Tartu Ulikool in Estonia in the opener. It looked good early as Tartu Ulikool took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Nevezis had a 21-18 second period charge getting the lead and Tartu Ulikool was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 86-88. Nevezis made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) nailed 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Croatian guard Toni Prostran (182-91) accounted for 8 points and 15 assists. American guard Mandell Thomas (188-93, college: Fordham) came up with 17 points and 5 assists and point guard Tanel Sokk (187-85) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively for Tartu Ulikool in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: K.Petrukonis 17+7reb, P.Petrilevicius 16+2reb+2ast, V.Volkus 15+7reb, I.Smiljanic 14+5reb+3ast, J.Love-Roberts 13+2reb+3ast, T.Prostran 8+15ast
Tartu Ulikool: T.Sokk 19+2reb+4ast, M.Thomas 17+4reb+5ast, D.Milka 15+4reb+1ast, J.Joesaar 13+2reb, M.Adam Konate 8+4reb+1ast, J.Talts 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 537282


Kalev/Cramo - Barons Riga 100-81

Kalev/Cramo rallied past Barons Riga in the opening leg of the series. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-81. Kalev/Cramo made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Barons Riga only scored twelve points from the stripe. Kalev/Cramo had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. 32 personal fouls committed by Barons Riga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-92) stepped up and scored 47 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Rain Veideman (192-91) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Davis Geks (192-95) scored 22 points. Four Barons Riga players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: V.Liutych 47+8reb, B.Mirkovic 13+3reb+3ast, R.Veideman 11+5reb+7ast, C.Simmons 9+11reb+2ast, E.Keedus 7+3reb+1ast, S.Sokk 6+3reb+6ast
Barons Riga: D.Geks 22+1reb+1ast, K.Mediss 16+1reb+2ast, D.Krestinin 15+8reb+1ast, D.Rozitis 11+9reb+1ast, D.Zonne 7+3ast, T.Larson 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 537281


Vytautas - Valmiera 102-71

Vytautas made a big step towards Final Four as they crushed Valmiera in Game 1. The game without a history. Vytautas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 28 and made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Vytautas forced 24 Valmiera turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Saulius Kulvietis (206-91) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Vytautas players scored in double figures. Arturs Berzins (204-88) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Martins Laksa (200-90) added 18 points in the effort for Valmiera. Valmiera's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: V.Lipkevicius 20+7reb+5ast, T.Klimavicius 20+4reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 15+2reb+4ast, S.Kulvietis 15+6reb+5ast, R.Miniotas 13+1reb+2ast, T.Delininkaitis 9+7ast
Valmiera: M.Laksa 18+3reb, A.Berzins 17+6reb, L.Blaus 13+3reb+2ast, J.Kaufmanis 6+2reb, D.Pitts 6+3reb+9ast, E.Jonats 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 537280





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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Sobey agreed in terms with PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis

PAOK Thessaloniki was qualified to the "16" best teams of Basketball Champions League and afterwards won Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias 66-63 in the first leg of the next round of the same tournament.

However they lost with an injury Jordan Sibert in their championship game against AEK. Jordan Sibert (193-G-92, college: Dayton) has a dislocated shoulder and he will stay away from courts for the rest one to 1.5 month. As a result the club of Thessaloniki agreed in terms with Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming). Nathan Sobey is also a good three point shooter like Sibert.

In Adelaide 36ers had 15.5 ppg 5.1 rpg, 4.1 apg in 31 matches.. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming) is the third player from Australia throughout their history,




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Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I round 16 best performance: Mujo Tuljkovic - by Eurobasket News

Former international Forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-F-79, agency: BeoBasket) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bosnjak, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 37-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, five rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Gradjanski (#8, 5-10) 85-82. Bosnjak is placed at 9th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Bosnjak is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-11 record. In the team's last game Tuljkovic had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Bosnjak, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Mujo Tuljkovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.4ppg) and averages impressive 2.4spg and 64.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Serbian Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports) of Gradjanski. Markovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Gradjanski was edged by slightly lower-ranked Bosnjak (#9, 5-11) 85-82. Gradjanski is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Markovic is a newcomer at Gradjanski, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) of Siroki Primorka (#7). Kastropil scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Kastropil's great performance Siroki Primorka lost 75-81 to the higher-ranked Bosna-Royal (#1, 12-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Siroki Primorka not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kastropil could try to bring Siroki Primorka's a little bit higher in the standings. Kastropil has individually a great season in Bosnia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 10.2rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 64.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Haris Delalic (202-SF-94) of Bosna-Royal - 20 points and 9 rebounds
5. Enes Latifagic (200-F-92) of Sloboda Tuzla - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Amir Dovadzija (193-G-84) of Bosnjak - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87) of Zrinjski HT - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Maksim Kovacevic (196-G/F-87) of Spars Sarajevo - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Almir Hasandic (191-SG-90) of Sloboda Tuzla - 25 points and 3 assists
10. Nedzad Muratovic (201-F-95) of Sloboda Tuzla - 18 points, 12 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 - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb23.1 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.1 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.6 
 6. Hopson, Cedevita17.9 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.3 
 8. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.8 
 9. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.8 
 10. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.6 
 2. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.4 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.1 
 4. Halilovic, GKK S.6.8 
 5. Mazalin, Zadar6.6 
 6. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Arapovic, Cedevita6.0 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek5.8 
 10. Rajic, H.Analitica5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Reynolds, Cibona8.5 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.9 
 4. Scott, Jolly JBS6.6 
 5. Stockton, Cedevita6.0 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.7 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.6 
 8. Vrbica, Gorica5.1 
 9. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 10. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Stockton, Cedevita2.8 
 3. Babic, Zabok2.6 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.2 
 5. Stemberger, Skrlj.2.2 
 6. Sirko, KK Split2.0 
 7. Katic, Cedevita1.9 
 8. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.7 
 10. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 3. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. Zrnic, Zabok0.8 
 7. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 
 8. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.7 
 9. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 10. Spralja, Jolly JBS0.6 


Domagoj Samac moves from Hermes Analitica to Perm - by Zeljko Zule

Domagoj Samac (206-F-93, college: Ft.Hays State) has parted ways with Hermes Analitica and in a quick turn of events, has signed with Russian side Parma Basket Perm for the remainder of the season.
Samac started this season with Cibona and in January moved to city rival Hermes Analitica. He averaged 18.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.6 steals over 36 minutes per game in 5 Croatian A1 League appearances.
Samac played college basketball at North Broward Prep, Denver and Ft. Hays State from 2010 to 2016. In his last NCAA's last season, Samac averaged 13.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 31 NCAA2 games. He helped Ft. Hays State to make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-MIAA 3rd Team.
Samac represented Croatia at the 2013 European Championships U20 in Estonia. His stats at that event were 9 games, 11.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg.



Podravac clinch A2 Nothern Division - by Zeljko Zule

Podravac have become the third team after Vern and Sanac Karlovac to clinch a division title in the 2016-17 Croatian A2 League. Belisce and Borovo both get a Playoff spot in Eastern Divison.

Central Division - Round 21: Maksimir-Fortuna 66-55 (Stojanovic 26, Lacic 20 - Markus 18, Bucevic 15), Zaprudje-Mladost 96-82 (Livajic 25, Herendic 21 - Perkovic 31 - Morovic 31), Rudes-Bosco 68-58 (Galic 15, Cvitkovic 12 - Gazic 13, Cutuk 10, Bubalo 10), Dubrava-AKK Vern 91-88 (Majcunic 26, Smolic 23 - Kordic 21, Bakovic 21), Agrodalm-Sesvete 85-80 (Ribaric 17, Zuzul 13, Matic 13 - Popovic 30, Papak 19), Zapad-Samobor 60-84 (Markocic 11, Car 11, Dugandzic 11 - Gril 28, Mandalinic 14).
Standings: Vern 18-3, Rudes 14-7, Agrodalm 12-9, Bosco 12-9, Zaprudje 12-9, Mladost 12-9, Dubrava 10-11, Samobor 10-11, Zapad 10-11, Sesvete 9-12, Maksimir 6-15, Fortuna 1-20.

Eastern Division - Round 17: Belisce-Osjecki sokol 87-78 (Preglej 28, Bicvic 24 - Boras 24, Katavic 18), Pozega-Zupanja 81-77 (Calis 34, Pejnovic 18 - Stjepanovic 22, Mitrovic 21), Vinkovci-Vrijednosnice Osijek II 69-50 (Pezer 22, Kentrzinski 13 - Ilic 12, Maskaljevic 10), Vukovar-Rekord Tim 63-81 (Kajba 16, Kovacevic 13 - Zivkovic 22, Celebija 21), Borovo-Djakovo 82-60 (Bekavac 21, Rajsic 18 - Rados 28, Ceskic 14).
Standings: Belisce 14-3, Borovo 13-3, Osjecki sokol 11-5, Rekord Tim 9-8, Pozega 8-9, Vukovar 8-9, Djakovo 8-9, Zupanja 7-9, Vinkovic 3-14, Vrijednosnice Osijek II 2-14.

Western Division - Round 21: Jadranka-Crikvenica 88-110 (Kremenovic 30, Muzic 20 - Maruna 32, M.Benic 21), Rovinj-Kastav 61-69 (Kljucevic 14, Honovic 13 - Saftic 18, Gusic 14), Sanac-Rudar 82-66 (Josipovic 21, Panjevic 13 - Lonzar 18, Zoric 17), Istrauni-Pula 1981 67-85 (Sertic 21, Sljuka 11 - Bozic 26, Perdija 14, Rakic 14), Zamet-Ghia Staff 73-88 (Cvitkovic 17, Bjelanovic 15 - Krstinic 37, Despot 24), Stoja-Kraljevica postponed.
Standings: Sanac 19-2, Crikvenica 15-6, Istrauni 15-6, Pula 1981 14-7, Rudar 13-8, Kastav 13-8, Ghia Staff 13-8, Stoja 8-12, Jadranka 7-14, Zamet 4-17, Kraljevica 2-18, Rovinj 2-19.

Northern Division - Round 17:
Graficar-Radnik 90-61 (Novak 15, Petrovic 14 - Tomas 28, Svoboda 10), Ivanic-Ivancica 89-68 (Kralj 21, Lukacevic 18 - Bigec 26, Rozman 13), Bjelovar-Petar Zrinski 83-97 (Malenica 22, Vrdoljak 17 - Tomic 25, Matoic 24), Mladost-Koprivnica 92-53 (Beljan 23, Golub 17 - Vedris 16), Podravac-Medjimurje 81-66 (S.Zadravec 31, Siprak 13 - Mar.Novak 21, Bisevac13).
Standings: Podravac 15-2, Graficar 13-3, Medjimurje 13-4, Ivanic 10-7, Petar Zrinski 9-8, Mladost 8-9, Radnik 8-9, Ivancica 4-12, Bjelovar 2-15, Koprivnica 1-15.

Southern Division - Round 17: Cetina-Diplomus 62-110 (Mulic 22, Zaper 14 - Rasetina 20, Marin 18), Solin-Sukosan 67-62 (Jukic 26, Barisic 13, Brzica 13 - Hrabrov 15, Elez 14), OmisCagalj Tours-Jazine Arbanasi 80-84 (Mimica 29, Djapo 18- Ceranja 18, Gulam 15, Mrva 15), Dubrovnik-Adriatic 60-69 (Raguz 17, Lucic 13 - Bastic 23, Macan 21), Sonik Puntamika-Ribola Kastela 83-94 (Marcev 27,
Postponed game of Round 13: Ribola Kastela-Sukosan 96-77 (Glavinic 25, Rezic 25 - Cirjak 29, Grabovac 18).
Standings: Jazine Arbanasi 16-1, Ribola Kastela 16-1, Diplomus 11-6, Omis Cagalj Tours 11-6, Sonik Puntamika 10-7, Adriatic 7-10, Dubrovnik 5-12, Sukosan 4-13, Solin 4-13 Cetina 1-16.



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Cuban LSB round 13 best performance: Esteban Martinez - by Eurobasket News

Former international Forward Esteban Martinez (192-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Santiago, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (44 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Guantanamo (#8, 0-12) with 18-point margin 110-92. Santiago maintains the 6th position in Cuban LSB. Santiago is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-8 record. In the team's last game Martinez had a remarkable 69.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Santiago, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Esteban Martinez has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.8ppg. Martinez is in league's top in assists (9th best: 0.5apg) and averages impressive 2.8spg and 55.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Elvis Pons (194-G/F-83) of Guantanamo. Pons had a very good evening with 39 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Guantanamo lost that game 92-110 to slightly higher-ranked Santiago (#6, 4-8). Guantanamo are still at the very bottom. 12 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Pons is a newcomer at Guantanamo, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#8). He also registered 5.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Osvaldo Perez of league's top team Villa Clara. Perez got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Villa Clara, leading his team to a 81-74 win against Camaguey (#7, 0-12). Villa Clara have amazing season winning all 13 games without a single defeat. Perez turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Perez has a great season in Cuba. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.0rpg (7th best). He also has 5.3spg and FGP: 51.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yuniskel Molina (185-G-93) of Matanzas - 28 points and 6 rebounds
5. William Granda (189-SG-85) of Ciego de Avila - 23 points and 2 rebounds
6. Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) of Villa Clara - 15 points and 13 rebounds
7. Yuset Tito (197-F-92) of Guantanamo - 14 points and 9 rebounds
8. Julio Heredia (183-PG-93) of Santiago - 17 points and 13 assists
9. Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) of Pinar del Rio - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Yoimar Lopez (96) of Camaguey - 17 points and 2 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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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.9 
 2. Bello, Randers18.6 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.6 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.6 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.5 
 6. Haas, SISU16.5 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.5 
 8. McGrew, SI.16.4 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.16.4 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. McGrew, SI.10.9 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.2 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.9 
 5. Baru, SISU8.4 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.7 
 7. Moten, Svendborg7.0 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.8 
 9. Diouf, Bakken6.3 
 10. Trist, Horsens IC6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.6 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.8 
 3. Wilson, SISU5.0 
 4. Dranginis, SISU4.4 
 5. Gesell, Bakken4.2 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.0 
 7. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved3.9 
 9. Mack, Horsens IC3.7 
 10. McGrew, SI.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.5 
 2. Bello, Randers2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers2.0 
 4. Borovcanin, Horse.1.8 
 5. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 6. Akoon-P., Bakken1.7 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm1.7 
 8. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 9. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 10. Nielsen, Randers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jyles SMITH
  Horsholm
  (209-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Smith, Horsholm1.2 
 2. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 3. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 4. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.1 
 5. Colas, Randers1.0 
 6. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 7. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 8. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 9. Moten, Svendborg0.8 
 10. Dranginis, SISU0.8 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Jackson, Texas L.27.2 
 2. Cook, Canton C.26.1 
 3. Harris, Texas L.26.0 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.22.9 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.22.5 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.1 
 9. Nader, Maine RC22.1 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.0 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.7 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.10.8 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.4 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.9 
 8. Webb-III, Delaware.9.2 
 9. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
 10. Tobey, Greensbo.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Magette, Los A.9.2 
 2. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Pressey, Santa C.7.8 
 5. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 6. McCallum, Grand R.7.4 
 7. Jackson, Texas L.7.3 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
 10. Morris, Rio G.6.4 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.3 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 5. Harris, Texas L.2.2 
 6. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.1 
 7. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 8. Fells, Westches.2.0 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Price, Erie Bay H.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian WOOD
  Greensbo.
  (208-F-95)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 2. Tavares, Raptors .2.6 
 3. Benson, Sioux F.2.5 
 4. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.3 
 6. Moreland, Canton C.2.3 
 7. Hammons, Texas L.2.1 
 8. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 9. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Brown, Windy C.1.9 


BayHawks Acquire Stefan Jankovic from Sioux Falls Skyforce - by Eurobasket News

The Erie BayHawks have acquired forward Stefan Jankovic (6'11''-F-93, college: Hawaii) from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, in exchange for Northern Arizona's own 2017 second round pick which Erie acquired via the Alex Davis trade, the team announced today. Trade is subject to Jankovic passing a physical. Jankovic (6-11, 235), has appeared in 22 games (10 starts) for the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season. He's averaging 5.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 17.3 minutes of action. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, Jankovic joined the Miami Heat for the 2016 NBA Summer League. He signed with the Heat on July 13, 2016 and was later waived on October 17. Jankovic signed with the Sioux Falls Skyforce in November of 2016, as an affiliate player of the Miami Heat. Jankovic played college basketball for Missouri (2012-14) and later transferred to Hawaii (2014-16). He held averages of 10.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.0 minutes of play throughout his four years. His best collegiate season came his senior year at Hawaii (2015-16), recording 15.6 points on .543 (172-317) shooting from the floor, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks per game in 24.8 minutes.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Fort Wayne Mad Ants ink Tyler Hansbrough - by Eurobasket News

Fort Wayne Mad Ants agreed terms with 32-year old forward Tyler Hansbrough (206-113kg-85, college: N.Carolina). He played last season at Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. In 46 games he had just 2.3ppg and 1.9rpg.
The previous (14-15) season Hansbrough played at the Raptors where in 78 NBA games he recorded 3.5ppg and 3.5rpg. Hansbrough helped them to win the Atlantic Division title (twice).
In 2009 he was drafted by Indiana Pacers (NBA) in first round (13th overall). The former University of North Carolina staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team and Orlando Pro Summer League 1st Team back in 2009 at his college time.
Hansbrough is a very experienced player.
He could be described: (by Stevan Petrovic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
A hustle player who loves to hit the glass as hard as possible on both ends of the floor ... Has great hands that he uses well around the basket ... Makes great decisions in the post; likes turning to his left shoulder and using a right handed baby-hook -or a mini hook while creating contact with his left ... Hansbrough creates space well in the low post and tries to position himself as close as possible to the basket. Struggles defending taller and more athletic players even at the college level ... Not athletic enough to overcome his size disadvantage to be a standout at the next level ... Needs to develop face-up game
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Delaware 87ers sign Derrick Byars - by Eurobasket News

Delaware 87ers signed 33-year old Ivorian swingman Derrick Byars (201-100kg-84, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Inception Sports). He started the season at Vichy Clermont in French ProB. In 16 games he had 11.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg this season. The last summer Byars played at Santeros in Puerto Rican BSN where in 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.5apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (42nd overall). The former Vanderbilt University staris in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won German Bundesliga Cup in 2013. Byars was also voted Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention back in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Byars has played in ten different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Greece, Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Spain (Sevilla), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), NBA (Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies), Puerto Rico (Caciques), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales), D-League (Northern Arizona Suns) and Russia (Krasny Oktyabr).
Byars could be described: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Complete player with good lateral quickness and athleticism. Defensively Byars does a great job staying in front of his man. Fundamentally there are few guards in the draft that have his array of tools. Plays the game with a good level of moxie and toughness. Excellent ball handler who has played point guard several times during his collegiate career
Shot selection at times can be questionable. Would benefit his game if he utilized the mid-range shot more
.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ChetErvin)

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Santa Ana adds Dowdell to their roster - by Eurobasket News

MC El Brasil Santa Ana (Liga MB) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Tobias Dowdell (201-95kg-90). He just graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College, WV (NCAA2).
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Dowdell's college team won G-MAC Tournament in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga MB Round 6: Canarios lose to Sonsonate - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Liga MB, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

Canarios (3-1) recorded its first loss on the court of seventh ranked Sonsonate on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Sonsonate 115-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Canarios. Sonsonate dominated down low during the game scoring 110 of its points in the paint compared to Canarios' 56. They outrebounded Canarios 50-31 including 19 on the offensive glass. Sonsonate looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Canarios' players. The best player for the winners was Yoan Haiti who had a triple-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Bryyden Denald chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Reginald Brown (202-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Sonsonate have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Canarios. Sonsonate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
Santa Ana can celebrate finally their first win this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Giants (0-4) 117-86. It was a good game for American Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Tobias Dowdell contributed with 37 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. Maurice Williams replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds for Giants. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santa Ana (1-3) left bottom position moving up to eleventh place. It was Giants' fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Cojute and Arcense. Santa Ana will play against higher ranked Canarios (#7) in Ahuachapan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giants will have a break next round.
San Miguel can celebrate finally their first win this season after four consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Cojute (0-4) 79-61 on Wednesday. Jordan Johnson had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Kenny Demouchet with 24 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Miguel (1-4) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place. It was Cojute's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Giants and Arcense. San Miguel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cojute will play against Arcense (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Arcense (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 75-67 loss to tenth ranked Halcones (2-3) in San Salvador. Jeremee Davis notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort. Halcones moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 11 Lobos. Arcense at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Halcones will have a break next round. Arcense will play on the road against Cojute (#14) in Cojutepeque and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Chalchuapa was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Santa Tecla (4-0) played at the court of 8th ranked 11 Lobos (2-3). Santa Tecla defeated 11 Lobos 73-62 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Carlos Arias who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 22 rebounds. Santa Tecla have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Isidro Metapan. Loser 11 Lobos dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Santa Tecla will face Brujos Izalco (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day.

In the last game of round 6 Denver-FAS defeated Halcones in San Salvador 90-85.

Santa Ana - Giants 117-86

Santa Ana can celebrate finally their first win this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Giants (0-4) 117-86. Santa Ana made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Santa Ana outrebounded Giants 44-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Giants' players. It was a good game for American Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) contributed with 37 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Santa Ana players scored in double figures. Maurice Williams replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) added 21 points in the effort for Giants. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santa Ana (1-3) left bottom position moving up to eleventh place. It was Giants' fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Cojute and Arcense. Santa Ana will play against higher ranked Canarios (#7) in Ahuachapan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giants will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Giants: M.Williams 29+11reb, M.Brooks 21+3reb, L.Escoto 13+2reb+3ast, L.Paredes 8+3ast, C.Duran 6+2reb+3ast, C.Flores 3+6reb+2ast
Santa Ana: T.Dowdell 37+6reb+1ast, M.Daniels 31+12reb+4ast, S.Wright 21+12reb+8ast, F.Salazar 13+5reb+5ast, V.Sandoval 7+2reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 536965


San Miguel - Cojute 79-61

San Miguel can celebrate finally their first win this season after four consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Cojute (0-4) 79-61 on Wednesday. San Miguel forced 25 Cojute turnovers. American point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four San Miguel players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American Kenny Demouchet (198-89, college: Jackson St.) with 24 points and center Brayan Garcia (177-95) scored 5 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Miguel (1-4) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place. It was Cojute's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Giants and Arcense. San Miguel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cojute will play against Arcense (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cojute: K.Demouchet 24+4reb, B.Reyes 11+2reb+1ast, A.Calhoun 8+7reb+1ast, H.Acevedo 7+4reb, B.Garcia 5+10reb+1ast, L.Quintanilla 4+1reb+2ast
San Miguel: J.Johnson 37+11reb+7ast, J.Cruz 11+3reb+2ast, N.Ezeamii 10+12reb+1ast, C.Hernandez 10+2reb, B.De Leon 4+5reb+2ast, L.Ruiz 2+1reb
gschID: 536966


Arcense - Halcones 67-75

Bottom-ranked Arcense (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 75-67 loss to tenth ranked Halcones (2-3) in San Salvador. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Arcense's 36. Halcones forced 19 Arcense turnovers. American point guard Jeremee Davis (191-90, college: Georgia Coll.) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) supported him with 26 points. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds by Teodoro Romero did not help to save the game for Arcense. Cuban Yordany Jaca (195-83) added 20 points and 15 rebounds. Halcones moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 11 Lobos. Arcense at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Halcones will have a break next round. Arcense will play on the road against Cojute (#14) in Cojutepeque and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Arcense: M.Fernandez 23+3reb+4ast, Y.Jaca 20+15reb+1ast, T.Romero 19+19reb+2ast, C.Torres 3+2reb, C.Quevedo 2+2reb+1ast, R.Rodriguez 0
Halcones: J.Davis 26+15reb+3ast, J.Moss 26+2reb+1ast, J.Cathey-Macklin 12+15reb+1ast, M.Ramos 2+1reb+2ast, M.Orellana 2+6reb, J.Angulo 2+5reb+3ast
gschID: 536964


Sonsonate - Canarios 115-85

Undefeated Canarios (3-1) recorded its first loss on the court of seventh ranked Sonsonate on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Sonsonate 115-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Canarios. Sonsonate dominated down low during the game scoring 110 of its points in the paint compared to Canarios' 56. They outrebounded Canarios 50-31 including 19 on the offensive glass. Sonsonate looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Canarios' players. The best player for the winners was Yoan Haiti who had a triple-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Bryyden Denald chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Five Sonsonate players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Reginald Brown (202-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) added 29 points respectively. Sonsonate have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Canarios. Sonsonate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 29+2reb+3ast, W.Hepburn 24+5reb+2ast, R.Brown 18+16reb+1ast, I.Sandoval 6+4reb+2ast, C.Vanegas 3+1reb+1ast, A.Ruano 3+1reb
Sonsonate: Y.Haiti 26+14reb+10ast, B.Denald 23+10reb+2ast, A.Rojas 18+11reb+5ast, M.Lahud 14+2ast, J.Loucel 12+3reb+4ast, M.Gudino 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 536954


11 Lobos - Santa Tecla 62-73

The game in Chalchuapa was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Santa Tecla (4-0) played at the court of 8th ranked 11 Lobos (2-3). Santa Tecla defeated 11 Lobos 73-62 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was center Carlos Arias (200-89) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 22 rebounds. Naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) chipped in 24 points. Martinez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Santa Tecla have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Isidro Metapan. Loser 11 Lobos dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Santa Tecla will face Brujos Izalco (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: T.Fauntleroy 19+2reb+3ast, J.Antoine 13+10reb+1ast, M.Montavious 10+15reb+1ast, M.Gonzalez 9+5reb+1ast, A.Ruano 9+3reb+1ast, K.Campos 2+3reb+2ast
Santa Tecla: R.Martinez 24+3reb+3ast, C.Arias 22+22reb, O.Torres 15+5reb, E.Escalante 5+2reb+1ast, L.Valdez 3+4reb+2ast, A.Arias Serrano 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 536955


Halcones - Denver-FAS 85-90

There was no surprise in Sonzacate where 10th ranked Halcones (2-3) were defeated by sixth ranked Denver-FAS (3-1) 90-85 on Tuesday. Denver-FAS forced 21 Halcones turnovers. Halcones were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Olaniyr Adedoyin who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. American point guard Anthony Brown (193-89, college: Imperial Valley JC) chipped in 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Jeremee Davis (191-90, college: Georgia Coll.) added 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Halcones' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Denver-FAS moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Halcones dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Moss 28+10reb+1ast, J.Davis 20+8reb+4ast, J.Angulo 13+4reb+4ast, M.Ramos 7+1reb+1ast, J.Cathey-Macklin 6+5reb+3ast, M.Orellana 5+5reb+3ast
Denver-FAS: A.Brown 26+6reb+4ast, O.Adedoyin 20+17reb+2ast, R.Iglesias 16+8reb+1ast, J.Flores 9+4reb+4ast, E.Aguilar 7+5reb+4ast, J.Maria Rivas 7+2reb
gschID: 536953





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  EUROLEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Langford, Unics22.2 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.1 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.7 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA16.5 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.1 
 7. Rice, FC Barcelona14.1 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .14.1 
 9. James, Panathin.13.8 
 10. Simonovic, Crvena Z.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Darussafaka
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Zizic, Darussafaka7.9 
 2. Voigtmann, Basko.7.7 
 3. Melli, Brose Bask.7.6 
 4. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 5. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.5 
 6. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.5 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.5 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Brown, Anadolu .6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.4 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.2 
 3. Larkin, Baskonia6.1 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.0 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid6.0 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.5.9 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 8. Colom, Unics5.5 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray5.5 
 10. Rice, FC Barcelona5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.0 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.7 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.5 
 4. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 7. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 8. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 9. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 10. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.3 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.4 
 4. Dunston, Anadolu .1.2 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.0 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.0 
 10. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Jones, Lapua22.7 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket21.7 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.9 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.6 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.3 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki18.1 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.3 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.2 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.0 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Van, Korihait10.9 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot10.0 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.9 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.4 
 7. Morris, Lapua8.0 
 8. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto7.7 
 10. Williams, Salon V.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.3 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.1 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket7.0 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.9 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.6 
 6. Edwards, Lapua4.4 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.4 
 8. Williams, Lapua4.4 
 9. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.2 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 5. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 6. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Holloway, Korihait1.4 
 10. Rannikko, Kataja B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Bristol, Kataja B.1.6 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Van, Korihait1.1 
 6. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 8. Edwards, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 9. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 10. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 34
 1. Upchurch, HyPo34.0 
 2. Bratton, Namika Lr29.7 
 3. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 4. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 5. Maxhuni, HBA-M.24.3 
 6. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.1 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.7 
 8. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.6 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.2 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa12.0 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.3 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.2 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.9 
 10. Bratton, Namika Lr10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.9 
 2. Salonen, Porvoon .5.4 
 3. Kantonen, Korik.5.3 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United4.9 
 6. Innamaa, TuNM.4.8 
 7. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.2 
 9. Latvala, Ura Basket4.1 
 10. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darian CARTHARN
  Espoo B.
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 2. Bratton, Namika Lr2.6 
 3. Upchurch, HyPo2.6 
 4. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.6 
 5. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 6. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.3 
 7. Moore, ToPo2.2 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.2 
 9. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.2 
 10. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Young, Pyrinto II1.8 
 3. Reed, FoKoPo1.6 
 4. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.6 
 5. Sandberg, TuNM.1.4 
 6. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 7. Harvey, Oulun N.1.4 
 8. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 9. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 10. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 


Korisliiga Round 33: UU-Korihait try to escape the last position defeating Tampereen Pyrinto - 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.

Bottom-ranked UU-Korihait managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of seventeen consecutive losses on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted UU-Korihait won against ninth-ranked Tampereen Pyrinto 71-67. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Marcus Van (201-87, college: Cent.Michigan) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and guard Emmanuel Holloway (185-86, college: Illinois St., agency: Blacktop Management) chipped in 15 points. The best for the losing side was forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Newly promoted UU-Korihait maintains tenth place with 5-25 record. Tampereen Pyrinto lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. UU-Korihait are looking forward to face higher ranked KTP-Basket (#8) in Kotka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tampereen Pyrinto will have a break next round.
Korisliiga top team - Helsinki Seagulls (22-7) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked BC Nokia (13-17) 86-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Nokia. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) nailed 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Devonte Upson accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Isaiah Wilkerson (191-90, college: NJIT) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for BC Nokia in the defeat. Helsinki Seagulls maintains first place with 22-7 record. BC Nokia at the other side keeps the sixth position with 17 games lost. Helsinki Seagulls will play against Kouvot (#7) in Kouvola in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Nokia will play on the road against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kotka was also quite interesting. Third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (20-11) played at the court of 8th ranked KTP-Basket (11-20). Kauhajoen Karhu defeated KTP-Basket 103-90 on Wednesday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Austin Hollins who scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Antwan Scott who recorded 27 points and 4 assists. KTP-Basket's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains third place with 20-11 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Helsinki Seagulls. Loser KTP-Basket keeps the eighth position with 20 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet at home BC Nokia (#6) in the next round. KTP-Basket will play against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 33 Lapua lost to Salon Vilpas on the opponent's court 82-94. Kataja Basket managed to outperform Kouvot in a home game 96-91.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 7 rebounds by Jamal Jones of Lapua.

Pyrinto - Korihait 67-71

Bottom-ranked UU-Korihait managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of seventeen consecutive losses on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted UU-Korihait won against ninth-ranked Tampereen Pyrinto 71-67. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Marcus Van (201-87, college: Cent.Michigan) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and guard Emmanuel Holloway (185-86, college: Illinois St., agency: Blacktop Management) chipped in 15 points. The best for the losing side was forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Kelvin Lewis (195-88, college: Houston) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted UU-Korihait maintains tenth place with 5-25 record. Tampereen Pyrinto lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. UU-Korihait are looking forward to face higher ranked KTP-Basket (#8) in Kotka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tampereen Pyrinto will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: J.Bullock 12+8reb+2ast, A.Lehto 10+1reb+5ast, K.Lewis 10+6reb+5ast, T.Nelson 10+7reb+1ast, T.Palmi 9+6reb+1ast, J.Caven 8+3reb
Korihait: E.Holloway 15+2reb+3ast, P.Peltokangas 11+3reb+3ast, M.Herbert 11+6reb, M.Van 11+14reb+2ast, A.Alanen 9+3reb+2ast, M.Jalonen 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 488067


Salon Vilpas - Lapua 94-82

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (15-15) was defeated on the road by second ranked Salon Vilpas (22-8) 94-82 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was American forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Okko Jarvi (193-96) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Five Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) who recorded 28 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Salon Vilpas maintains second place with 22-8 record having just one point less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. Loser Lapuan Korikobrat keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Salon Vilpas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against Joensuun Kataja (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lapua: J.Jones 28+7reb, M.Edwards 12+4reb+3ast, D.Williams 11+8reb+3ast, D.Morris 9+6reb+2ast, A.Conerly 8+2reb+1ast, M.Van Andringa 6+5reb
Salon Vilpas: A.Coleman 18+10reb+1ast, O.Jarvi 17+4reb+5ast, M.Koivisto 15+1reb+3ast, B.Edwards 14+9reb, M.Ojala 13+4reb, J.Staten 11+2reb+7ast
gschID: 488070


Kataja Basket - Kouvot 96-91

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Joensuun Kataja (19-8) defeated at home 7th ranked Kouvot (12-17) 96-91 on Wednesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Kouvot's 32 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 24 Kouvot turnovers. Strangely Kouvot outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 41-23 including 30 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) who recorded 32 points and 7 rebounds and forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Kouvot players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains fourth place with 19-8 record. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will meet at home Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) in the next round. Kouvot will play against the league's leader Helsinki Seagulls and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: S.Pledger 32+7reb+1ast, R.Appleby 15+6ast, R.Buckles 14+9reb, M.Cuffee 13+7reb+3ast, A.Saarijarvi 6+4reb+2ast, T.Hirvonen 4+4reb+12ast
Kataja Basket: J.Bradley 25+6reb+1ast, R.Brown 24+6reb+3ast, V.Makalainen 23+4reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 9+6ast, K.Bristol 7+1reb+2ast, I.Seppala 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 488066


Helsinki Seagulls - BC Nokia 86-78

Korisliiga top team - Helsinki Seagulls (22-7) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked BC Nokia (13-17) 86-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Nokia. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-17. But BC Nokia won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Helsinki Seagulls players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) nailed 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and center Devonte Upson (206-93, college: SE Louisiana) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Isaiah Wilkerson (191-90, college: NJIT) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Javier Duren (193-93, college: Yale) added 19 points respectively for BC Nokia in the defeat. Four BC Nokia players scored in double figures. Helsinki Seagulls maintains first place with 22-7 record. BC Nokia at the other side keeps the sixth position with 17 games lost. Helsinki Seagulls will play against Kouvot (#7) in Kouvola in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Nokia will play on the road against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: J.Duren 19+4reb+1ast, I.Wilkerson 17+5reb+4ast, D.Dolenc 16+6reb, S.Barrett 14+4reb, H.Hirvikoski 6, A.Akpaso 6+1reb
Helsinki Seagulls: R.Cowels III 29+9reb+2ast, D.Upson 12+7reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 10+5reb+6ast, C.Lindbom 9+1reb, R.Abell 9+4reb+3ast, T.Heinonen 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 488068


KTP Basket - Kauhajoki 90-103

The game in Kotka was also quite interesting. Third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (20-11) played at the court of 8th ranked KTP-Basket (11-20). Kauhajoen Karhu defeated KTP-Basket 103-90 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Kauhajoen Karhu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to KTP-Basket's 32. They outrebounded KTP-Basket 34-22 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kauhajoen Karhu looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) who scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Five Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Antwan Scott (188-92, college: Colorado St.) who recorded 27 points and 4 assists and guard Daniel Bailey (196-90, college: Queens, NC) added 26 points respectively. KTP-Basket's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains third place with 20-11 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Helsinki Seagulls. Loser KTP-Basket keeps the eighth position with 20 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet at home BC Nokia (#6) in the next round. KTP-Basket will play against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTP Basket: A.Scott 27+4reb+4ast, D.Bailey 26+3reb+2ast, S.Gay 13+4reb+3ast, V.Kopio 10+1reb, M.Barnes 6+1ast, M.Aalto 5+5reb+1ast
Kauhajoki: A.Hollins 27+6reb+5ast, D.Giles 22+10reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 13+5reb+2ast, D.Washington 12+6reb+3ast, J.Lehtoranta 11+3reb+4ast, T.Unruh 10+3reb+6ast
gschID: 488069





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  GEORGIA  

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi19.2 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi18.2 
 3. Lathan, Sokhumi17.6 
 4. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.3 
 5. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.5 
 6. Jintcharadze, Bat.15.7 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.4 
 8. Rogava, Olimpi15.2 
 9. Lezhava, Batumi15.1 
 10. Chlaidze, Cactus T.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.13.3 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Spagnolo, Rustavi9.4 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.3 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi9.0 
 6. Tishchenko, Sokhu.8.5 
 7. Bekauri, Kutaisi8.1 
 8. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.7 
 9. Bridgeman, Cactus T.7.7 
 10. Lewis-Briggs, Rustavi7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.0 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi5.8 
 3. Lee, Rustavi5.6 
 4. Ransom, Mgzavrebi5.2 
 5. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.0 
 6. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.4 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.4.3 
 8. Tsivtsivadze, Mgzav.4.0 
 9. Pashaev, Kutaisi4.0 
 10. Rogava, Olimpi3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.8 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi2.8 
 3. Burnette, Olimpi2.7 
 4. Peters, Mgzavrebi2.3 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi2.2 
 6. Ransom, Mgzavrebi2.2 
 7. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.1 
 8. Baqradze, Olimpi2.0 
 9. Lathan, Sokhumi1.9 
 10. Lee, Rustavi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Kutaisi
  (207-PF-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.8 
 2. Florveus, Cactus T.1.6 
 3. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.6 
 4. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.5 
 5. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.5 
 6. Tubak, Kutaisi1.3 
 7. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 8. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.1 
 9. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 10. Kadaria, Kutaisi0.9 


Williams' double-double lands him A League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old forward Travante Williams (197-F-93, agency: Duran International) had an amazing evening in the last round for Tskaltubo and receives a Eurobasket.com A League Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 50 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out BC Titebi (3-3) 99-96. Tskaltubo is placed at 4th position in Georgian A League. Tskaltubo 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 3-3 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Tskaltubo's top player in his first season with the team. Alaska-Fairbanks graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is league's best scorer averaging so far 33.8ppg. Williams is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 3.3spg,56.5% FGP and 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Christopher Gabriel (210-C-88) of league's second-best Hyundai-TSU. He is South African center in his first season at Hyundai-TSU. In the last game Gabriel recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Hyundai-TSU to another comfortable win outscoring SEU Tbilisi (#6, 0-6) 85-60. Hyundai-TSU's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Gabriel is one of the most experienced players at Hyundai-TSU and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.8ppg (#9). He also registered 10.0 boards per game. Former University of San Diego star Gabriel is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to another Tskaltubo's star - center Dmitry Sviridov (212-C-85). Sviridov scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Tskaltubo, helping his team with a 99-96 win against BC Titebi (3-3). Tskaltubo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Sviridov has a great season in Georgia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Aaron (190-G-91) of BC Titebi - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Oleksandr Rychlyuk (208-F/C-84) of Arena-76 - 8 points, 20 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nate Drayton (203-F-91) of BC Titebi - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86) of BC Titebi - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Laron Griffin (205-C-89) of DELTA - 8 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Armani Flannigan (203-F-92) of BC Titebi - 8 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Zviad Antadze (198-F-88) of DELTA - 18 points and 3 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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EuroLeague: Crvena Zvezda ease past Brose Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Brose Baskets 74:60

Crvena Zvezda earned the 14th victory in EuroLeague regular season. They rolled past Brose Baskets in Belgrade. Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89, college: Hofstra) posted 18 points to pace the Serbian champions.
Crvena Zvezda held their opponents to just 9 points in the first period to take an 8-point lead. The hosts dropped 26 points in the second term to secure a 43:29 halftime advantage. Brose Baskets cut the deficit in the third term. They got within 13 points at the final intermission. But Crvena Zvezda protected the advantage throughout the fourth frame and rallied to the important victory. Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) netted 13 points and grabbed 9 boards, while Marko Guduric (196-SG-95, agency: BeoBasket) had 12 points in the win. Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) responded with 21 points for Brose Baskets. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83, agency: Octagon Europe) and Aleksej Nikolic (191-PG-95) deposited 9 points each in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Charles Jenkins 18, Marko Simonovic 13, Marko Guduric 12
Brose Baskets: Fabien Causeur 21, Nikolaos Zisis 9, Aleksej Nikolic 9



Qarraan Calhoun Is the Forgotten Basketball Soul Experiencing A Rebirth Back In Germany - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

When looking back at the current short 18 year history and success of the Frankfurt Skyliners, the first three things that come to mind, was their first title in their debut season 1999-2000 where head coach Stefan Koch led the team to the cup, the brilliant 2004 league title under current head coach Gordon Herbert where the Bermuda Triangle of Chris Williams, Tyrone Ellis and Pascal Roller led that team and were as feared on the court as first time sailors are of ever reaching Nassau and last seasons Fiba Europe Cup win where it was all about team that led to that title, but then again without Englewood New Jersey native Jordan Theodore, the team probably wouldn't have won their third hardware. However that 2009-2010 title drive that ended in the final in a hard fought 5 game slug fest in Bamberg that will forever haunt Skyliner legend Pascal Roller for his missed free throw is a season that stays mostly forgotten and a side note even if it was a very exciting and successful season, but in the end all that counts are who wins that last game. Players like Aubrey Reese, Pascal Roller, Jimmy Mckinney and Seth Doliboa were players that were instrumental in that seasons success, but one guy that will forever remain a very tiny side note in Skyliner basketball folklore is Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86, college: Houston). The last time, the New Jersey native exhibited a Skyliner jersey, Brose Bamberg still only had two BBL league titles, Dennis Schroeder was somewhere in no mans land between punk and greatness and Johannes Voigtmann was just at the start of his basketball career after discovering the traditional German sport Handball and moving to basketball heeding to the words of wisdom by his grandmother. Calhoun had only survived a little more than 5 months under the guidance of tough head coach Murat Didin before being waived. Seven years later and after bouncing around from team to team, the American is 30 now and back in Germany very far away from the elite and toiling in the third league Pro B with the Itzehoe Eagles. Calhoun is the forgotten basketball soul experiencing a rebirth back into Europe. Before landing back in Germany on the path of basketball rebirth, the American got experience in the states going the college route and then heading to Europe.

Not only has a lot happened in the basketball career of Calhoun since his abrupt departure from the then Deutsche Bank Skyliners in January 2010, but before he came overseas for the first time in 2009 as a rookie, he had to pay his dues in the college ranks so that he could earn a professional contract. The 203cm forward from New Jersey didn't have a settled college career after finishing his last year of high school at Bridgton Academy (Maine) averaging 19.0ppg, 4.0bpg, 3.0apg as he balled at three schools in three years. As a freshman, the American played at the renowned St.John's (NCAA) in New York City. There he played with guys like Eugene Lawrence who would have a stellar career in Europe and play with the Telekom Baskets Bonn as well as future Frankfurt Skyliner Larry Wright, but his position was clogged and he fought hard fighting for minutes playing 31 games averaging 5.9ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 41.4%, 3Pts: 30.6%, FT: 63.1%. All in all that wasn't the right fit and he took a few steps back and went to Barton County CC (JUCO). There he played 31 games averaging 16.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 62.8%. Getting away from home and playing in Kansas did wonders for him as his whole childhood had been anything as easy as he didn't have a dad and his mother was far from being a role model. 'It was hard. I was the man of the house at a very young age. At times, it was a real struggle. We often had no food and my mom was gone at times also, because she was a drug addict. I was home alone often and had to grow up quickly at a young age', stressed Qarraan Calhoun. After showing at Barton that he was a man playing among boys, he made the final step to another well known school Houston (NCAA) that had been the stomping ground of NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon and he came out of his shell there playing 33 games averaging 10.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 46.6%, 3Pts: 35.0%, FT: 59.0%. There he played for head coach Tom Penders and had a stellar point guard in Zamal Nixon who also would play in Germany one day. Calhoun who's toughest opponent on the floor as a senior was Central Florida guard Jermaine Taylor now was ready for the final step to develop his game one more step and put up stats as a senior that could have given him that extra special nudge to attract top leagues, but instead he opted to forgo his last year and turn professional, one that didn't come easy, but that needed to be done. 'It was a very difficult decision and was a big step in my life. I could have stayed and got my degree, but I decided it was more important to support my son. As a pro, I get enough per month to be able to do this. I can still get my degree later. I felt supporting my son this way was the right step', warned Qarraan Calhoun.

So Calhoun took the long unknown trek to Europe and landed with the then named Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt, Germany. A team with a lot of ambition and growing basketball tradition, but a hardnosed head coach in Murat Didin who could have been branded with the nickname my way or the highway something that the American had to experience a few months later. The American came to Frankfurt as a rookie and had some veterans like Derrick Allen and Seth Doliboa who not only had unending experience, but already pretty much had their minutes reserved before Calhoun could even take his first flight to the bucket. Calhoun who prides his game on defense and had NBA player Josh Smith as a role model since he was a sneaky defender when blocking shots had a good training camp and had some good preseason games especially at the Phoenix Cup in Hagen, but he then got injured and that was the beginning of the end for him with the Frankfurt Skyliners even though he would remain a few more months. He wanted to play the way Murat Diidn wanted him to play, but in the end it must not have been the right way, because he played only 10 games averaging : 1.4ppg, 1.3rpg. Calhoun came back to early from his injury and that led to his downfall in Frankfurt. 'Coach never really thought I was ready to come back. This reaction slowed me down a bit. We had a good relationship at first but then suddenly it switched, so it was kind of bipolar. We had our last talk in December. After that we had no real conversations anymore. He was talking to my agent and letting him know that I should look for another team', stressed Qarraan Calhoun. The American knows that basketball is foremost a business and when he looks back at his time in Frankfurt, he has fond memories despite the hardship he went through in his first months as a rookie. ' I think the team we had was good and I think Murat wanted to win games. I had a lot of nice memories. The Tez buzzer beater and the Aubrey Reese 3 pointer were some nice moments', added Qarraan Calhoun.

Sometimes players have misfortune and don't find a team right away and then sit out the second half of the season and continue to keep in shape and focus on signing with a new team that summer for the upcoming season. However the American was lucky after the Frankfurt fiasco in that he found a team quickly and signed with EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam (Holland-Eredivisie). He played 19 games averaging 15.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT-2 (42.9%), FT: 71.6%. He switched between playing the three and four and helped lead the team to the 2010 cup final. He scored in double figures in 15 games registering four double doubles and finished the season strong scoring in double figures in his last six games and had some huge games against Leiden with 33 points and 10 boards and 26 points against Den Bosch. He also established himself as a defensive stopper down low something that he would carry with him throughout his career. The next two seasons, Calhoun would continue to get jobs and perform at a high level. In his second professional season, he played with CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Romania-Div.A) playing EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 2.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0bpg and in the Romanian League played 42 games averaging 12.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 53.6% This team was a tad more successful than the Dutch club winning the regular season and reaching the league final. Calhoun remembers that final series as well as the key player that got the best of his team. 'We had the tools to win but we played a tough team with a great player Kendall Dykes who brought his A game the whole series', added Qarraan Calhoun. He lost the final series 4-2, but played a solid series scoring in double figures four times and netting 20 points in game five. In his third professional season, he laced up his sneakers with WKS Slask Wroclaw (Poland-PLK) playing 24 games averaging12.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 52.9%. In Poland he also had some massive games which showed his natural talent in a 103-78 drubbing of AZS Koszalin where he netted 32 points and ex Skyliner and Ohio State standout George Reese had to bow his head to the winner who led his team with 21 points. Despite having some fabulous games and reaching the cup semi-finals, his fondest memory that season was showing his own version of NBA Showtime during the 2012 Polish slam dunk contest at the allstar game which he won. 'I had a chance to watch everyone else go first it made it more relaxing. My first dunk was a 360 windmill, second dunk was a 180 pump to my legs and last was a 360 off the bounce', stressed Qarraan Calhoun.

After playing three years in Europe, it had become a habit for the American and usually if a player has brought good numbers and had success with teams should continue to get contracts in Europe. However all of a sudden, the American wasn't playing in front of thousands somewhere over the pond, but was actually in South America playing in front of hundreds with Hebraica Macabi (Uruguay-LUB) where he played only 3 games averaging 7.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0apg. He did leave Uruguay with a 3-0 record and had 12 points in 26 minutes in his last game. He just turned 26 wasn't even in his prime yet, but was as far away from Europe as the Atlanta Falcons are of ever living down their embarrassing choke to the New England Patriots. Usually when you see an American who has had a long career in Europe start getting jobs in South America, you know that his professional career is winding down. The last three years, he has had jobs, but none where he could brag home about, but in the end getting paid and being able to feed his family is what mattered most and he was able to do that. In the 2013-2014 season, he was briefly with Kotwica Kolobrzeg (Poland-TBL) in pre-season, but didn't remain and that was that for that season. In the 2014-2015 season he played with As de Sale (Morocco-D1) winning the Morocco Throne Cup. Last season he played with the New Jersey Thunder (APBL) and in the Dominican Republic. 'I didn't play much with the New Jersey Thunder, it was a team my friend was a part of and I only played to stay in some type of shape for coming back overseas', stressed Qarraan Calhoun. Not having an agent the last years obviously had a big effect on him finding the right fit in Europe. Getting signed with the Itzehoe Eagles also was done without an agent.

After being away from Europe for four years, Calhoun is back and has been an instrumental part in the success of the Itzehoe Eagles and his game has also flourished in the Pro B. After being away for so long from Europe, it is only obvious that he is as hungry to be back on the court and doing damage like it is for an American in Europe having been deprived for years not having a Mcdonalds in his city. 'You have to be hungry no matter what team you play for, I learned that after my first time here in Germany', warned Qarraan Calhoun. Itzehoe is a lot like Pro B south team Dragons Rhondorf in that they still haven't totally played to their potential this season. The club currently is in seventh place, but the standings are tight from 5-10 as teams can slip out or slip easily and make the playoffs as only the top 8 do. Since the arrival of the American the team has a 3-5 record, but has played a lot better winning three of their last six. The club could actually be 6-3 had they been able to win in crunch-time against Rostock, FC Schalke and Iserlohn which they lost by three points twice and the latter by one point. 'We lost players, some focus and didn't have confidence. As a team we talked and got the chemistry back. Think were on a good track to be in the playoffs', added Qarraan Calhoun. Currently the American is averaging 11,3ppg, 5,7rpg and 1,1bpg and is picking his spots from outside shooting 40,7% on 11/27 shooting. He isn't really doing anything special, but just heeding to the wishes of head coach Pat Elzie. 'Coach Pat had nothing but confidence in me. I respect him as a person and my coach. I'm just playing my game, no green light but if I'm open Coach wants me to shoot but I'm just trying to do anything to help my team win', stressed Qarraan Calhoun. He hasn't only been a force on the court recently as was averaging 21,0ppg in a three game stretch, but has been kind of a mentor since his arrival for new Pro B American beast Kaimyn Pruitt who was having a solid season before the arrival of Calhoun, but since has turned it up a few more notches and averaging double double stats in points and rebounds. Pruitt came from the German sixth league Oberliga and has had no adjustment needed playing in the third league Pro B. 'He is a hard working player, wants to win every game, has a lot of passion for the game. I know what he can do because I see it all the time and the work he puts in off the court. KP will have a good career with the right opportunity. We definitely compliment off each other, I respect that if I can't get the rebound he's going to be flying out of nowhere to come get the rebound', warned Qarraan Calhoun.

At the age of 30, one could say that Calhoun probably won't be getting any better, but he is still a very good player who can play in higher leagues than the Pro B. It will be interesting to see what happens beyond this season. The EasyCredit BBL may be a long shot, but like any other player, he has dreams. 'I would love to but its up to some team willing to take a chance on me and see I'm a good player', added Qarraan Calhoun. The American knows that he didn't have an easy time with the Frankfurt Skyliners as a rookie, but it content that his game has taken shape since then. 'I just know I need to bring it all the time and believe in myself and my teammates. Just take it one game at a time. Also, Take advantage of your opportunity. My mind is more clear about the game before I think I rushed the game in my mind', warned Qarraan Calhoun. Right now Calhoun is focusing most about helping the Itzehoe Eagles reach the playoffs and keep producing good numbers that will help his team win games. The size difference between Frankfurt and Itzehoe is like night and day as today he is living in a 32,000 town whereas as a rookie he was living in a 687,000 city Frankfurt where he could choose from a few handful of clubs where to relax in. He has adapted to the small town Itzehoe, but if he ever does get the urge to visit a big city, he is only about 45 minutes away from Hamburg. But then again he could take the time and travel the 4 hours to Frankfurt and visit his ex teammate Quantez Robertson who like him was also a rookie in the 2009-2010 season with him. The only difference is that Robertson never left Frankfurt and has legendary status there and will see his #32 hanging from the rafters one day. If Calhoun were to bump into Quantez Robertson again, they definitely wouldn't run out of crazy Murat Didin stories if they chose to spend an off night together reminiscing about the good old days.



Medi Bayreuth Hold Andreas Seiferth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The current BBL regular season isn't even complete yet, but BBL team medi Bayreuth have announced the contract extension of German Andreas Seiferth (209-C-89) who is the fifth German the team has held with Bastian Doreth, Robin Amaize, Moritz Trieb, and Steve Wachalski. Seiferth is a 27 year old 209cm center that is in his second season with medi Bayreuth. This season he has played 21 games averaging 7,7ppg, 4,0rpg and 1,2apg. He has scored in double figures in seven games and registered one double double. The German who also has gained experience with teams like Alba Berlin, TBB Trier, Artland Dragons and FC Bayern Munich hit Braunschwieg and Alba Berlin with 14 points each.


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Bentil becomes first Ghanaian to play in NBA - by Yaw Mintah

Combo Forward Ben Bentil has written his name in the history books by becoming the first Ghana-born player to play in the NBA after coming off the bench in Dallas Mavericks 95-100 loss to Atlanta Hawks in a regular season game.

Bentil played four minutes after checking in for Dorian Finney-Smith in the second quarter with four minutes and 28 seconds left to play. His historic night ended with the former Providence College going scoreless in the game.

He attempted no shots and failed to register any numbers in several departments including rebounds and steals. Hawks All-Star Power Forward Paul Millsap drew a shooting foul on the versatile Ghanaian Forward before going on to miss one of two attempts on the ensuing free throws.

This was Bentil's first taste of game time after signing a 10 day contract with Dallas from Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA's Development League. He was on the bench the entire time the Mavericks beat Miami Heat earlier in the week.

Fellow rookie and 10 day contract signee Quinn Cook played against Dallas and Atlanta registering eight combined points.




Ghana Basketball suffers another iconic loss - by Yaw Mintah

In the space of a fortnight, Ghana's basketball organization has lost two legendary figures following the untimely deaths of Matthias Ocloo and Benjamin Baafi.

Both administrators passed away in the nation's capital, Accra after battling ailments for some months. Ocloo passed away on February 16 while Baafi died on March 1. Ocloo was a founding father of the Accra Basketball League and served in many roles as a referee, coach and manager.

He coached several sides including CYO, St. Mary's High School and University of Ghana. He also managed Ghana's National Female Basketball team and was the Acting Chairman of the country's Basketball Referees Association.

Baafi on the other hand was the Accra League's Administrator and doubled as Sports Director of the Ghana Revenue Authority. As Manager of Braves of Customs in the Men's Division I and Women's Division, he successfully led Braves to multiple championships in both divisions.

Both men have been honored at the Ghana Basketball Awards; Ocloo was presented with the Dedication and Valour Award in 2013 and Baafi won the Award in 2016.



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Sobey agreed in terms with PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis

PAOK Thessaloniki was qualified to the "16" best teams of Basketball Champions League and afterwards won Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias 66-63 in the first leg of the next round of the same tournament.

However they lost with an injury Jordan Sibert in their championship game against AEK. Jordan Sibert (193-G-92, college: Dayton) has a dislocated shoulder and he will stay away from courts for the rest one to 1.5 month. As a result the club of Thessaloniki agreed in terms with Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming). Nathan Sobey is also a good three point shooter like Sibert.

In Adelaide 36ers had 15.5 ppg 5.1 rpg, 4.1 apg in 31 matches.. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming) is the third player from Australia throughout their history,




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Florida State Boys Basketball: Tampa Catholic 92 The Villages 67 - by Frank Simpson

Written by Bob Putnam

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/basketball/preps/state-boys-basketball-tampa-catholic-92-the-villages-67/2315023

LAKELAND - As Kevin Knox stepped onto the Lakeland Center court, he was greeted by chants of "overrated." Knox, a five-star recruit, responded the only way he knew how. He kept shooting, from all over the court and from every angle. By the time Knox stepped off the court with two minutes remaining, he had scored 40 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in a virtuoso performance that helped the Crusaders cruise to a 92-67 win over the Villages in the Class 5A state semifinals.

Tampa Catholic (25-5) faces Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian in Saturday's title game. It is the first time Tampa Catholic will play in a championship game since 1995, the year the Crusaders won the program's only state title.

From the start, Knox, a 6-foot-8 forward, dominated. He threw down emphatic dunks. He stepped back and hit NBA-range 3-pointers. He knocked down free throws.
His 40 points matched his season high. His 20 rebounds tied a career high. Better still, he did it all with North Carolina coach Roy Williams in attendance to watch the prized recruit.
Knox's efficiency? 13-of-17 from the field, 7-of-7 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 in free throws. His teammates were accurate, too, hitting 44 percent of their 3-pointers (15-of-34).
"Kevin Knox was unbelievable," Villages coach Colt McDowell said. "We just played against the best player in the state and we had no answer for him."
That shooting touch from the outside was a significant improvement from last season when the Crusaders were 5-of-32 from 3-point range in a loss to Jacksonville Bolles in the state semifinals.

The experience of playing in a state semifinal before and knowing what it was like to play in an arena as big as the Lakeland Center paid dividends for Tampa Catholic.
"We really shot well," Crusaders coach Don Dziagwa said. "Sometimes you hear things about the troubles of playing in a big arena like this, but they realize the basket still is the same height. The guys felt good about where they were. They knew the situation and the surroundings and how bad they felt after last year's game and didn't want that to happen again."

The Buffalo (30-3), meanwhile, had never won a playoff game before this season and was starting a freshman, three sophomores and a junior.
Another big advantage was height, particularly for Knox, who was at least 3 inches taller than anyone else for the Villages.

Towering above his opponents, Knox was able to snag the few errant shots his teammates had. On offense, Knox could not be stopped. He closed out the first quarter with a dunk and a 3-pointer to give him 15 points. After hitting that buzzer-beating 3-pointer, Knox put his index finger to his lips, a gesture to silence the crowd.
He continued to pile up the points, finishing the first half with 18 as he helped the Crusaders go ahead 45-31. He started the second half with a dunk, then hit another long-range 3-pointer. By then, the rout was on.

"This was probably one of my better games of the year," Knox said. "I was hitting everything. I was fire."
It was not just Knox. Eight players scored, including two others in double figures - Tim Carter (14 points) and Josey Davis (12). Even Knox's younger brother, Kobe, a freshman who moved up from junior varsity, got in late and finished with seven points.
Knox stayed at Tampa Catholic this season rather than play at Montverde or IMG, in part so he could play with his younger brother. But the biggest factor for returning was to win state.

Now, Knox is one game away.






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

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (12-11) in their last game. Despite Hanga's very good performance the eighth-placed Baskonia (12-11) lost 85-96 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Anadolu Efes in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Hanga also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 33 minutes on the court. It was Baskonia's third consecutive loss in a row. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.5%(65-115), 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 70.9% in 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). Jones was the major contributor in a VL Pesaro's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Banco di Srd (11-9) 76-71 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He scored 17 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Consultinvest VL Pesaro (7-13) is placed 14th in the Serie A. It's Jones' first season with the team. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 26.2% and FT: 79.8%. Jones is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). Trotter contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Stabill (3-19) crushing them 111-70 in the Polish PLK in Friday night's game. He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Polski Cukier Torun (16-5) is placed first in the PLK. This season Trotter has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 87.8%. He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team four years ago. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Dontay Thomas
Dontay Thomas
   #4. Point guard Dontay Thomas (187-84, also represented by Octagon Europe, college: La Salle, currently plays in Balkan League) was not able to help Sutjeska (2-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Thomas' good performance Sutjeska was defeated 76-68 at home by the higher-ranked Beroe (#5). He recorded 10 points. The Second Stage already ended in the Balkan League. Thomas has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2014. He played also for Gunaras KC Dombovar in Hungarian league.

Gyorgy Goloman
Gyorgy Goloman
   #5. Former U18 international forward Gyorgy Goloman (211-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the The University of Washington (12-2) crushing them 98-66 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Goloman recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 26 minutes. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a solid 9-3 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Goloman's overall stats are: 3.8ppg and 2.5rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team four years ago.

Balint Mocsan
Balint Mocsan
   #6. Guard Balint Mocsan (190-97, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Idaho St. (3-9) in their game against the Eastern Washington University (8-4) in the NCAA. Mocsan scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Idaho St. was defeated 89-77 on their home court in Pocatello by the Eastern Washington University. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Mocsan's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Hungarian National Team roster.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #7. Former U20 international guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany) led Kaiserslautern to a victory against the sixth-ranked Lich II (13-7) 68-60 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Hosszu recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. 1. FC Kaiserslautern (9-12) is placed eighth in South-West group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Hosszu's stats this year are: 13.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg in 19 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U20 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) led UBT Cluj Napoca to a victory over the fourth-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti 96-79 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Torok recorded 25 points in 22 minutes. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napocais placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. This year Torok's overall stats are: 9.1ppg and 4.7rpg in 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #2. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in a Radnicki 1950's victory against the league outsider Srem (2-16) 106-100 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) last Saturday. Stojanovic was MVP of the game. He recorded 32 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 39 minutes. Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac (13-6) is placed fourth in the 2MLS. Stojanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg in 19 games. Stojanovic is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #3. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Spartak (11-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Spartak was crushed 101-74 on the road by the leading Vrsac. Miscevic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Miscevic's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #4. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to Benfica's victory against the leader CAB Madeira (11-11) 75-66 in the Portuguese LPB in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Hollis recorded 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Sport Lisboa Benfica (17-5) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Hollis has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hollis' Hungarian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. Hollis used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #5. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a Targu Mures' victory against the second-ranked Pitesti 93-77 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. He recorded 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-10. BC Mures Targu-Muresis placed third. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Lazar's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.8bpg. He has both Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.

   #6. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Illiabum crushing them 107-67 in the Portuguese LPB on Saturday night. Dukic recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes. Dukic has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg in 21 games. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #7. Experienced Zoltan Kurinczky (181-G-82, currently plays in Norway) was not able to help Persbraten in their game against Asker Aliens in the Norwegian BLNO. Kurinczky scored 5 points. His team was crushed by 22 points 89-67. Kurinczky averaged so far 14.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. He holds both Hungarian and Swedish passports.

   #8. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Holargos B.C. in a victory against the closely-ranked Aiolos Astakou 67-62 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Popadic recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. Popadic averaged so far 11.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg in nine games. He has Serbian and Hungarian nationalities.

   #9. Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Fellbach crushing them 95-62 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Fekete recorded 9 points. Fekete averaged so far 10.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.7apg. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #10. Tamas Okros (201-F-95, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Post University in their game against the Philadelphia University in the NCAA2. Okros cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 11 minutes. His team lost 63-72 in the NCAA2. This year Okros' total stats are: 7.8ppg and 3.5rpg in 21 games. He holds both Hungarian and British passports.



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Stevens, Keflavik29.4 
 2. Wright, Haukar29.1 
 3. Whitfield, Skallagr.28.6 
 4. Carberry, Thor T.27.1 
 5. Covile, Snaefell24.6 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 7. Samb, Tindastoll22.0 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik21.1 
 9. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 10. Beamon, Thor AK20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.5 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.7 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Carberry, Thor T.11.3 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll11.1 
 7. Samb, Tindastoll9.5 
 8. Hankins-Cole, IR9.3 
 9. Wright, Haukar9.1 
 10. Ermolinskij, KR9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.7 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.4 
 5. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.3 
 6. Barja, Haukar5.3 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik5.0 
 8. Sigurdarson, IR4.9 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan4.9 
 10. Stefansson, KR4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Danero THOMAS
  IR
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Thomas, IR3.2 
 2. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 3. Hunter, IR3.1 
 4. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.9 
 5. Olafsson, Grindavik2.2 
 6. Stevens, Keflavik2.1 
 7. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 8. Wright, Haukar1.7 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.5 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR1.9 
 3. Dempsey, Njardvik1.7 
 4. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 6. Magnusson, Haukar1.4 
 7. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.4 
 8. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 
 9. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 10. Alawoya, KR1.2 


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.0 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.6 
 4. Shouse, IA25.5 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.8 
 6. King, Valur21.9 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir21.2 
 8. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir19.3 
 9. Bracey, Valur19.3 
 10. Chia-Kur, Vestri18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Woods, Hamar14.4 
 2. Moss, Hottur13.1 
 3. Pryor, Fjolnir12.9 
 4. Motley, FSU12.8 
 5. King, Valur12.0 
 6. Shouse, IA9.3 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.0 
 8. Petursson, Valur9.0 
 9. Virijevic, Hottur9.0 
 10. Fridriksson, Arm.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Moss, Hottur9.1 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.3 
 3. Garland, Breidablik5.6 
 4. Shouse, IA5.4 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.1 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.8 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.6 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar4.0 
 9. Jonasson, Armann4.0 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.7 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.4 
 3. Shouse, IA2.9 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. Oliver, Fjolnir2.5 
 6. Motley, FSU2.2 
 7. King, Valur2.2 
 8. Olafsson, Hamar2.1 
 9. Pryor, Fjolnir1.9 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. King, Valur2.4 
 2. Oliver, Fjolnir2.0 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.5 
 4. Fridriksson, Arm.1.2 
 5. Audunsson, Valur1.2 
 6. Motley, FSU1.2 
 7. Johannesson, Breid.1.1 
 8. Virijevic, Hottur1.0 
 9. Karason, Fjolnir1.0 
 10. Kristjansson, IA0.8 


Elvar Fridriksson's 37 points make him top Icelandic player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Elvar Fridriksson
Elvar Fridriksson
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Elvar Fridriksson (183-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in NCAA2). He led Barry University to a victory against the Embry Riddle University (9-8) 113-102 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Fridriksson scored 37 points (!!!), grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 30 minutes on the court. The Barry University has a solid 12-5 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Fridriksson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 7.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 58.2%(78-134), 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 88.8% in 21 games he played so far. Ex-UMFN Njardvik player is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). Palsson contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Denain Voltaire (9-10) 75-57 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and made 2 blocks. SPO Rouen Basket (8-11) is placed 15th in the ProB. Palsson has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 36.5%, 3FGP: 43.5% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). Sigurdarson contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Umea (4-23) crushing them 93-69 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. He scored 14 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals in 27 minutes. Boras Basket (14-13) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. This year Sigurdarson has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 96.3%(78-81) in 26 games. He played for the Icelandic national team two years ago.

Kristofer Acox
Kristofer Acox
   #4. Forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Furman's victory against the Wofford College (2-8) 78-69 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Acox scored 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Furman University has quite an impressive 12-2 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Acox's fourth year with the team. He has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. Acox is also Icelandic national team player.

Jon Gudmundsson
Jon Gudmundsson
   #5. U20 international guard Jon Gudmundsson (193-96, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Davidson (5-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Davidson lost 82-89 on the road to the University of Dayton. Gudmundsson scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Gudmundsson's first season with the team. This year Gudmundsson's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic U20 national team.

Martin Hermannsson
Martin Hermannsson
   #6. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) was not able to help Charleville-Mezieres in their game against Lille Metropole (11-8) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his very good performance on Friday night Hermannsson was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 assists (made all of his six free throws). This season Hermannsson has very high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 5.9apg. Hermannsson is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Aegir Steinarsson
Aegir Steinarsson
   #7. International point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Burgos (16-9) in their game against Leyma Basquet (15-10) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He recorded 5 points and added 8 assists in 23 minutes. Burgos was edged 89-86 at home by the lower-ranked (#7) Leyma Basquet. This year Steinarsson's total stats are: 5.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.8apg in 25 games. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #8. Small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Svendborg Rabbits in a 2-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Randers (9-17) 85-83 in the Danish Ligaen on Saturday night. He scored only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court. Svendborg Rabbits (13-12) is placed fourth in the Ligaen. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Karason has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 3.5rpg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Kristinn Palsson
Kristinn Palsson
   #9. U20 international swingman Kristinn Palsson (198-97, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Marist (3-13) in their game against the Siena College (8-7) in the NCAA. Palsson cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. The Marist was badly defeated 80-64 on their home court in Poughkeepsie by the Siena College. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Palsson has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.4apg. He is also in the roster of the Icelandic U20 national team.

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Ragnar Nathanaelsson
   #10. Center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Albacete (5-17) in their game against Fontedoso Carrefour (15-7) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Nathanaelsson recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Albacete lost 72-81 on their home court in Albacete to the much higher-ranked (#3) Fontedoso Carrefour. It was Albacete's seventh consecutive loss in a row. Nathanaelsson has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 5.3rpg in six games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

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

   #1. Gunnar Hardarson (185-SG-96, currently plays in NCAA2) could not help the Belmont Abbey College (8-10) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Hardarson's good performance the Belmont Abbey College was badly defeated 85-67 on the road by the King University. He scored 12 points. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Hardarson has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 1.5rpg.



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Newton's 41-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Pierre Newton (196-G-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Pune P. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 41 points adding eight rebounds and seven assists for Pune P. in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Hydrabad S. (#3, 3-3) 106-102. It allowed Pune P. to consolidate first place in the Indian league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Pune P. has a very solid 4-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Newton had a remarkable 57.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Pune P., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Minnesota - Duluth graduate has very impressive stats this year. Newton is in league's top in points (7th best: 27.5ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.5rpg), assists (7th best: 6.0apg) and averages solid 54.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tevin Kelly of Hydrabad S.. He is American in his first season at Hydrabad S.. In the last game Kelly recorded impressive double-double of 45 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Hydrabad S. was edged by slightly higher-ranked Pune P. (#1, 4-2) 106-102. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in South. Hydrabad S. still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Kelly is one of the most experienced players at Hydrabad S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 39.5ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 7.5rpg and 7.3apg.

Third place about best performers goes to Palpreet Brar of league's second-best Bengaluru. Brar got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . He was a key player of Bengaluru, leading his team to a 100-86 easy win against #4 ranked Chennai S.. Bengaluru needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in South. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Brar has a great season in India. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (5th best). He also has 2.7bpg and FGP: 68.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Narender Grewal) of Pune P. - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Agu Chukwunanu) of Chennai S. - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
6. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) of Bengaluru - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 16 assists
7. Mak Boskailo (206-F) of Hydrabad S. - 11 points and 14 rebounds
8. Rikin Pethani (203-C-90) of Chennai S. - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mahipal Singh (181-G-97) of Hydrabad S. - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Visu Palani) of Bengaluru - 12 points, 5 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)



UBA League Round 1 of Quarter-Finals. Bengaluru and Punjab punch semifinal tickets - by Eurobasket News

Bengaluru - Hydrabad S. 116-113

Bengaluru held off Hydrabad to seal their semifinal appearance. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hydrabad S. won third quarter 26-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bengaluru dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Hydrabad S.'s 60. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Hydrabad S. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 57 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners and Palpreet Brar chipped in 27 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side American Tevin Kelly responded with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import forward Mak Boskailo (206, college: Harding) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Hydrabad S. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hydrabad S.: T.Kelly 40+9reb+10ast, M.Singh 16+2reb+3ast, M.Boskailo 16+6reb+2ast, A.Sharma 12+1reb, J.Singh 12+3reb, M.Padmanabhan 11+5ast
Bengaluru: V.Bhriguvanshi 57+5reb+11ast, P.Brar 27+13reb, C.Solomon 17+6reb+5ast, K.Zia 8+5reb+1ast, P.Singh 3+4reb+2ast, R.Dhusianth 2+1reb
gschID: 537843


Delhi C. - Punjab S. 92-102

Punjab rolled past Delhi to advance into the semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Punjab S.. Delhi C. was better in second period 29-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Punjab S. won last quarter 31-23. They made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Delhi C. turnovers. American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) nailed 50 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) for the winning side and Rajveer Singh accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. Crockrell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. International forward Amjyot Singh (203-92, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his fifteen free throws !!!) and American guard Ronald March (196-93, college: Philander Smith) added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Delhi C. in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Delhi C.: A.Singh 34+6reb+1ast, R.March 19+9reb+6ast, J.Vinay 14+3reb+4ast, A.Anil 12+6reb, M.Bek 10+10reb+5ast, R.Rachit 3
Punjab S.: D.Crockrell 50+8reb+4ast, R.Singh 13+7reb+3ast, G.Singh Gill 11+7reb+2ast, I.Bryan 10+5reb+3ast, A.Pari 10+3reb+4ast, R.Bharadwaj 5+2reb
gschID: 537842





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Azad inks Rolandas Alijevas, ex Juventus - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Azad University Tehran (Superleague) agreed terms with 32-year old Lithuanian-Swiss guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-87kg-85). He played last season at Juventus in Lithuanian LKL league. In 32 games he had 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 6.0apg and 1.4spg. Alijevas helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Guard of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team. Alijevas also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 7.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.1apg (leader !!!) and 1.1spg (in top 4).
The previous (14-15) season Alijevas played at BC Siauliai (also in LKL). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 38 LKL games he averaged 7.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg. Alijevas contributed to his team making it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. Alijevas also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 7.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.3apg (top 5) and 1.0spg. He also played 8 games in Baltic League where he got 10.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.9apg and 1.3spg. Alijevas contributed to his team winning the Baltic League championship (twice).
He represented Lithuania at the World University Championships in Bangkok ten years ago.
Alijevas is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France, Germany (Phoenix Hagen), Greece, Poland (Polonia W-wa), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), Slovenia and Ukraine (Budivelnyk) and Lithuania (Zalgiris, Nevezis, Vytautas and P.Zvaigzdes).
Alijevas could be described: A great offensive player, with a variety of offensive moves, fakes, and a great ball handling; he can penetrate inside when he wants, uses well both his hands, passes the ball well; needs to improve his outside shooting to become a star.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #1. This week's number one is former international small forward Omri Casspi (206-88, currently plays in NBA). Casspi could not help the New Orleans Pelicans (24-37) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the New Orleans Pelicans (24-37) were crushed 129-99 on the road by the Houston Rockets. Casspi scored 12 points. It was his first game for New Orleans Pelicans this season. Casspi played for the Israeli senior national team two years ago.

Egor Koulechov
Egor Koulechov
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Rice to a 1-point victory against the University of Southern Mississippi (8-5) 72-71 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Koulechov had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds in 42 minutes. The Rice University has 7-5 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Koulechov has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 46.4%(65-140) and FT: 79.3% in 29 games he played so far. Koulechov has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli. Ex-Wingate Academy Netanya player is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Euroleague). Tyus was not able to help Galatasaray in their game against Crvena Zvezda (13-10) in the Euroleague. He did not have that impressive stats last Thursday. Tyus scored only one point in 12 minutes. The 16th-placed Galatasaray (7-16) was badly defeated 77-58 in Beograd by the much higher-ranked (#6) Crvena Zvezda in the group A of Euroleague. This year Tyus' overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 67.3%(99-147) and FT: 55.0% in 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Tyus played for the Israeli national team four years ago. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Anton Kazarnovski
Anton Kazarnovski
   #4. Power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for BG Karlsruhe (11-10) in their game against Fraport Skyliners II (9-12) in the German ProB (third division). Despite his very good performance on Wednesday night Kazarnovski was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Kazarnovski's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Kazarnovski has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 7.4rpg and 2.4apg. Kazarnovski is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Israeli. He used to play for the Israeli university national team back in 2007.

Anton Shoutvin
Anton Shoutvin
   #5. Former U22 international center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to a Iskra Svit's victory against the second-ranked Inter Bratislava (24-9) 80-72 in the Slovakian SBL in Wednesday night's game. Shoutvin scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. BK Iskra Svit (17-16) is placed sixth in the SBL. It's Shoutvin's first season with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4apg in 31 games. Shoutvin used to play for the Israeli U22 national team six years ago.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #6. Point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Scafati (6-17) in their game against Lighthouse TR (12-11) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division), despite his good performance on Sunday night. He scored 12 points and added 7 assists in 36 minutes. But Scafati (#15) lost 69-74 at home to the higher-ranked (#9) Lighthouse TR in the West group. Naimy has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.6apg and 1.2spg in 19 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Israeli senior team two years ago.

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

   #1. TJ Leaf (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led UCLA to a victory against the Arizona State University (7-7) 87-75 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He recorded 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a solid 9-3 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Leaf has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1bpg in 28 games he played so far. Leaf is a naturalized American. Despite his Israeli passport, Leaf previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

   #2. Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Pagrati (2-17) crushing them 93-61 in a derby game in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (18-1) is placed first in the A2. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Matalon's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek. Despite Matalon's Israeli passport, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Israeli team.

   #3. Mor Menashe (188-G-92, currently plays in Canada). He could not help the Lakehead University (8-12) to beat the Blues (11-9). Menashe recorded 8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. The Lakehead University (#3) was crushed 82-61 on the road by the Blues. The Conferences Tournaments already ended. Menashe has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg.

   #4. Alon Hemsani (201-F, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Culver Stockton College in their game against the Benedictine College in the NAIA. Hemsani scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Culver Stockton College was defeated 68-57 in Atchison by the Benedictine College. So far Culver Stockton College lost all twenty games in the Regular Season. The Regular Season already ended in the NAIA. Hemsani's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1bpg.



Israeli National League round 21 best performance: Denzel Livingston - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Denzel Livingston (193-G-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hapoel K/S, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Galil Elion (#11, 9-12) 85-78. Hapoel K/S maintains the 3rd position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hapoel K/S will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. In the team's last game Livingston had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hapoel K/S's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Incarnate Word star has very solid stats this year. Livingston is in league's top in points (6th best: 21.3ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 11.0rpg) and averages impressive 2.1bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Vernon Teel (193-G-87) of Maccabi H/H. Teel had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 13 assists. It was enough for Maccabi H/H to edge the lower-ranked Ramat Hasharon (#13, 4-17) 91-86. Maccabi H/H's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Teel is a newcomer at Maccabi H/H, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 8.2rpg and 6.7apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-F-91) of Hapoel Afula (#9). Treadwell showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hapoel Afula, leading his team to a 86-65 easy win against the higher-ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (#6, 13-8). The chances of Hapoel Afula ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Treadwell could help Hapoel Afula to bring them higher in the standings. Treadwell has a great season in Israel. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.3rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Storm Warren (201-PF-88) of Maccabi H/H - 27 points and 5 rebounds
5. Josh Hairston (203-C-92) of Maccabi Raanana - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-G/F-92) of Ironi K-A - 25 points and 9 rebounds
7. Terrence Watson (200-F-87) of Hapoel K/S - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Rashad Madden (196-G-92) of Hap.R/G Givat. - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Samme Givens (198-F-89) of Maccabi Raanana - 16 points, 8 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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Best players of Italian Serie A2 round 23 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Marco Spissu (182-G-95) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Virtus Bologna and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 21-year old guard had the game-high 28 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Virtus Bologna in his team's victory, helping them to beat Jesi (#9, 11-12) 98-88. It allowed Virtus Bologna to consolidate first place in the Italian Serie A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Virtus Bologna has a very solid 17-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Spissu as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Marco Spissu averages this season 11.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American swingman Perrin Buford (198-G/F-94) of Agrigento. Buford impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Agrigento to edge slightly higher-ranked Treviglio (13-10) by 3 points 87-84. Agrigento's 7th position in West has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Buford is a newcomer at Agrigento 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 Trae Golden (188-G-91) of Chieti (#12). Golden got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . He was a key player of Chieti, leading his team to a 83-71 win against slightly higher-ranked Piacenza (#10, 10-12). The chances of Chieti not to end season at such low position in East, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Golden could try to bring Chieti's a little bit higher in the standings. Golden has individually a great season in Italy. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Frazier (193-G-94) of Verona - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Nikolas Raivio (192-SG-86) of Legnano - 34 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) of Latina Basket - 19 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Terrence Roderick (196-SF-88) of Bondi Ferrara - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Timothy Bowers (188-PG-82) of Jesi - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Cristopher Mortellaro (207-F/C-82) of Chieti - 13 points and 13 rebounds
10. Anthony Raffa (185-PG-89) of Roma Virtus - 22 points, 10 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)



Luigi Datome selected the top Italian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luigi Datome
Luigi Datome
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Luigi Datome (203-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in Fenerbahce's victory against the closely-ranked Olympiacos (16-7) 67-64 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Datome scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (15-8) is placed fourth in group A. This year Datome averages: 9.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.6%, 3FGP: 48.6%(36-74) and FT: 96.8%(30-31) in 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Andrea Bargnani
Andrea Bargnani
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Andrea Bargnani (213-85, currently plays in Spain). He led Baskonia to a victory against the 13th-ranked Zaragoza (7-14) 99-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Bargnani recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 33 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (15-6) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Bargnani's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 47.4%(18-38) and FT: 92.0%(23-25) in 14 games. Bargnani is in the roster of the Italian senior national team.

Nicolo Melli
Nicolo Melli
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Nicolo Melli (205-91, currently plays in Euroleague). Melli could not help Brose Baskets (8-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the 12th-placed Brose Baskets (8-15) was defeated 91-86 on the road by the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#10) in the group A of Euroleague. Melli was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds. This season Melli has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 55.3%(73-132), 3FGP: 46.3%(31-67) and FT: 73.7%. He is also a member of the Italian senior national team.

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #4. Small forward Danilo Gallinari (208-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Denver Nuggets (28-33) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Denver Nuggets (28-33) were defeated 105-98 in Memphis by the Grizzlies. Gallinari was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Gallinari is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Nuggets' roster. Gallinari has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.1apg. Gallinari is also Italian national team player.

Alessandro Gentile
Alessandro Gentile
   #5. International swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-92, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a 1-point Panathinaikos' victory against the 15th-ranked Unics Kazan (7-16) 83-82 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Gentile scored 10 points. Panathinaikos Athens (14-9) is placed fifth in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gentile's overall stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 2.4rpg. He plays currently for the Italian national team.

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #6. Guard Marco Belinelli (196-86, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Charlotte Hornets' victory against the Sacramento Kings (25-36) 99-85 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Belinelli scored 13 points and added 6 passes in 29 minutes. The Charlotte Hornets have 27-33 record this season. Belinelli has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg in 55 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Italian National Team roster.

Giovanni De Nicolao
Giovanni De Nicolao
   #7. U20 international guard Giovanni De Nicolao (190-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the UTSA (6-6) in their last game. Despite De Nicolao's very good performance the UTSA lost 66-73 at home to the Florida Atlantic University. He scored 15 points in 25 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year De Nicolao's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg and 1.7spg in 29 games. He is also Italian U20 national team player.

Scott Ulaneo
Scott Ulaneo
   #8. Forward Scott Ulaneo (208-98, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Seattle (4-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ulaneo's good performance the Seattle was crushed 86-53 on their home court in Seattle by the New Mexico State University. He scored 12 points and added 3 assists. Ulaneo's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Ulaneo's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He plays currently for the Italian U18 national team.

Nicola Akele
Nicola Akele
   #9. Former U20 international forward Nicola Akele (203-95, is currently at the American university) helped Rhode Island win their game against the Saint Joseph's University (10-4) 68-49 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Akele recorded 7 points. The Rhode Island University has a solid 8-4 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Akele's total stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the Italian U20 national team two years ago.

Mattia Da Campo
Mattia Da Campo
   #10. Guard Mattia Da Campo (196-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Scott Ulaneo and both played together in the last NCAA game. Da Campo couldn't help the Seattle (4-5) in their game against the New Mexico State University (10-0). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Da Campo scored only 3 points in 17 minutes. The Seattle was crushed 86-53 on their home court in Seattle by the New Mexico State University. This year Da Campo's total stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.2rpg in 14 games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Italian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Giacomo Zilli (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of North Carolina - Asheville to win against the Liberty University 63-45 in the NCAA last Saturday. Zilli scored only 2 points. Zilli has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg. He used to play for the Italian U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. U20 international guard Federico Mussini (188-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the St.John's in their game against the Creighton University in the NCAA. Mussini scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 82-68. Mussini has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 1.8rpg. He is also in the roster of the Italian U20 national team.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Amar Alibegovic (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Federico Mussini and both played together in the last NCAA game. Alibegovic couldn't help the St.John's in their game against the Creighton University. He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. His team lost 68-82. Alibegovic has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.7rpg in 23 games. He used to play for the Italian U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80, currently plays in Brazil) could not help Brasilia (15-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Giovannoni's very good performance the league leader Brasilia was defeated 86-78 on the road by the lower-ranked Pinheiros (#7). He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Giovannoni also added 4 assists and 3 steals. It's Giovannoni's eighth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 7.9rpg and 3.2apg. Giovannoni has a dual citizenship: Italian and Brazilian.

   #2. Nicolas Mazzarino (184-G-75, currently plays in Uruguay) led Malvin to a 2-point victory over the leader U Universitario (10-4) 91-89 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Mazzarino scored 32 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Malvin Montevideo (7-7) is placed fifth in Promocional 1 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Mazzarino is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Malvin's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mazzarino averages: 15.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 5.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #3. Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81, currently plays in Brazil) is a teammate of previously mentioned Guilherme Giovannoni and both played together in the last Brazilian NBB game. de Assis was not able to help Brasilia (15-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Brasilia lost 78-86 in Sao Paolo to the lower-ranked (#7) Pinheiros. de Assis was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 8 passes in 34 minutes. This year de Assis has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 6.8apg and 1.1spg in 20 games he played so far. He has both Italian and Brazilian nationalities.

   #4. Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: USF, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Demir IBB (6-13) in their last game. Despite Caloiaro's very good performance Demir IBB was crushed 89-65 at home by the much higher-ranked (#4) Banvit. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Caloiaro also added 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes. It was Demir IBB's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Caloiaro has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Caloiaro has never played in Italy.

   #5. Federico Bavosi (186-G-81, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nicolas Mazzarino and both played together in the last Uruguayan LUB game. Bavosi was the major contributor in Malvin's victory against the leader U Universitario (10-4) 91-89 in a derby game. He scored 22 points and added 6 passes in 37 minutes. Bavosi has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.7apg in 24 games. He also holds two passports: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #6. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) couldn't help Defensor (6-8) in their last game. Despite Aguiar's very good performance Defensor (#7) was edged 82-80 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#4) Bigua in the Promocional 1 group. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Aguiar also added 4 passes in 27 minutes. Aguiar has very impressive stats this year: 17.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.5apg in 25 games. He holds both Italian and Uruguayan passports.

   #7. Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86, another player represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) faced previously mentioned Mauricio Aguiar in the Uruguayan LUB last game. Borsellino led Bigua to a 2-point victory against the seventh-ranked Defensor 82-80 in a derby game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Borsellino has reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg. Similarly like Aguiar and Bavosi above he has Italian and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #8. Paulinho Boracini (183-PG-84, currently plays in Brazil) couldn't help Minas in their last game on Friday. Despite Boracini's very good performance Minas was edged 95-92 in Sao Paolo by the lower-ranked Pinheiros (#7). He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Boracini also added 3 assists. Boracini's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.6apg. He holds both Italian and Brazilian passports. Despite Boracini's Italian nationality, he previously played for the Brazilian U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Italian team.

   #9. Jayson Granger (189-G-89, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Anadolu Efes Istanbul in a 2-point victory against the 14th-ranked Usak Sportlif 80-78 in the Turkish BSL on Monday night. He recorded only one point and added 10 assists in 25 minutes. This year Granger's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.2apg and 1.6spg in 16 games. He has Uruguayan and Italian nationalities. Worth to mention Granger played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #10. Marc Trasolini (206-F/C-90, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in France) couldn't help Sluc Nancy (4-16) in their last game on Monday. Despite Trasolini's very good performance the bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy was badly defeated 78-59 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Paris-Levallois (#5). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Trasolini also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Trasolini averaged so far 12.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. He has dual citizenship: Canadian and Italian. Despite Trasolini's Italian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and probably cannot be called to the Italian team.



AV Cantu hire coach Carlo Recalcati - by Eurobasket News

Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) agreed terms with experienced 72-year old coach Carlo Recalcati from Umana Reyer Venezia. He helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals.
Recalcati's team was regular season runner-up in Italian SerieA in 2015.
He was coaching Italian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2009, and coached also U20 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
Recalcati has coached previously three other teams: Reggio C. Vis, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna and Sutor Montegranaro.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Mantova inks Marco Lusvarghi - by Eurobasket News

Stings Mantova (Serie A2) agreed terms with 20-year old power forward Marco Lusvarghi (199-97). He played last season at Basket Castelfranco Emilia in Serie C Gold. However his team was relegated to Serie C Silver.
The previous (14-15) season Lusvarghi was tested by Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A).
He was a member of Italian U17 National Team in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Matera tabs Matteo Annese - by Eurobasket News

Bawer Olimpia Matera (Serie B) inked 22-year old power forward Matteo Annese (95). He started the season at Action Now Monopoli in the Serie C Silver.

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Roma S.Azzurra inks Mirko Gloria - by Eurobasket News

Stella Azzurra Roma (Serie B) agreed terms with center Mirko Gloria (202). He played recently at Lighthouse Conad Trapani in the Serie A2. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

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Delaware 87ers sign Derrick Byars - by Eurobasket News

Delaware 87ers signed 33-year old Ivorian swingman Derrick Byars (201-100kg-84, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Inception Sports). He started the season at Vichy Clermont in French ProB. In 16 games he had 11.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg this season. The last summer Byars played at Santeros in Puerto Rican BSN where in 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.5apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (42nd overall). The former Vanderbilt University staris in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won German Bundesliga Cup in 2013. Byars was also voted Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention back in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Byars has played in ten different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Greece, Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Spain (Sevilla), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), NBA (Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies), Puerto Rico (Caciques), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales), D-League (Northern Arizona Suns) and Russia (Krasny Oktyabr).
Byars could be described: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Complete player with good lateral quickness and athleticism. Defensively Byars does a great job staying in front of his man. Fundamentally there are few guards in the draft that have his array of tools. Plays the game with a good level of moxie and toughness. Excellent ball handler who has played point guard several times during his collegiate career
Shot selection at times can be questionable. Would benefit his game if he utilized the mid-range shot more
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ChetErvin)

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Remi Dibo selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in an ALM Evreux's victory against the closely-ranked Aix-Maurienne (8-11) 82-64 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Dibo recorded 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. ALM Evreux Basket (9-10) is placed 11th in the ProB. Dibo has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 84.2% in 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Dibo played previously for the French U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87, currently plays in France). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-11) 90-71 in the French ProA last Friday. Diabate scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was his first game for Chalons-Reims this season. His team is placed 13th in the ProA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Diabate is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. He played for the Ivorian national team in 2015.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Amagou could not help Le Mans (9-5) to beat Banco di Srd (7-7). He cannot count it as his best performance. Amagou recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes. The first-placed Le Mans (9-5) was badly defeated 79-63 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Banco di Srd in the group B of Basketball Champions League. This year Amagou averages: 5.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 34.4%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 67.6% in 13 games. Similarly like Diabate and Dibo above he has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Amagou played for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Herve Lamizana
Herve Lamizana
   #4. An experienced power forward Herve Lamizana (208-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan) led Yulon Luxgen to a victory against the league leader Dacin Tigers (21-9) 84-71 in the Taiwanese SBL last Friday. He scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Yulon Luxgen (19-11) is placed second in the SBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Lamizana has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2.9bpg and 1.5spg. Similarly like three previous players above, Lamizana also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2013.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #5. Former international swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France) was not able to help Denain Voltaire in their game against SPO Rouen (8-11) in the French ProB (second division). Abouo recorded only 4 points in 18 minutes. Denain Voltaire was badly defeated 75-57 in Rouen by the lower-ranked (#15) SPO Rouen. It was Denain Voltaire's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Abouo's overall stats are: 8.6ppg and 3.5rpg in 19 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Abouo used to play for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #6. Swingman Guy Landry Edi (202-88, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) contributed to an Saint Chamond's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked STB Le Havre (11-5) crushing them 91-66 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 20 minutes. Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier (7-12) is located at the very bottom in the ProB. It was Saint Chamond's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Edi's total stats are: 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg in three games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Bryan Pamba-Juille
Bryan Pamba-Juille
   #7. International point guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (184-92, currently plays in France) managed to help Lille Metropole Basket to win against the closely-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (11-8) 74-71 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Pamba-Juille recorded only 4 points and added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lille Metropole Basket (11-8) is placed fourth in the ProB. Pamba-Juille has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg. He is also Ivorian national team player.

Moussa Kone
Moussa Kone
   #8. Forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Iserlohn (13-8) in their game against SC Rist Wedel (9-12) in the German ProB (third division). Kone scored 9 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. But Iserlohn (#4) was defeated 81-73 in Wedel by the lower-ranked SC Rist (#8) in the North group. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Kone has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 11.9rpg and 1.6apg. Kone holds both American and Ivorian passports. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Experienced Doron Perkins (189-G-83, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Iran) could not help Naft Abadan (1-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Naft Abadan (1-1) lost 61-69 on the road to the leading Arak in the Group 2. Perkins had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes. It was Naft Abadan's first loss after ten consecutive victories. It's Perkins' first season with the team. Perkins has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 3.6apg and 2.8spg in 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and American.

   #2. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) led Pau-Lacq-Orthez to a victory against the eighth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-10) 72-63 in the French ProA last Sunday. Koffi scored 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (15-5) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Koffi's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg and 6.5rpg. Koffi is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #3. Adjehi Baru (206-F-91, college: Charleston, currently plays in Denmark) led SISU to a victory over the league outsider Stevnsgade (1-23) 79-73 in the Danish Ligaen in Thursday night's game. Baru was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 14 rebounds. Baru also added 3 assists; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. SISU Copenhagen (12-14) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Baru has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.

   #4. Dane Watts (203-F-86, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Oettinger Rockets Gotha's victory against the 13th-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (9-17) 85-75 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Watts recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (14-11) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Watts has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities.

   #5. Armand Anebo (194-SF-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Leeds Force's victory against the league outsider Manchester Giants (4-20) 81-71 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Leeds Force (5-16) is placed tenth in the BBL. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. It's Anebo's sixth season with the team. Anebo's total stats this year are: 4.1ppg and 4.8rpg.

   #6. Salim Gloyd (198-F-92, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Hawaii-Hilo, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Tarragona 2017 win their game against the closely-ranked Gandia 92-73 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Friday. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. This year Gloyd has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg and 4.7rpg in 21 games. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #7. Alassane Kah (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped ODU win their game against the Western Kentucky University 67-53 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Kah scored 9 points. His total stats this season are: 1.6ppg and 1.2rpg. Kah holds both American and Ivorian passports.

   #8. Patrick Gnagbo (206-F/C-90, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the West Virginia University Inst. of Techn. in their game against the Indiana University Southeast in the KIAC. Gnagbo cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team lost 81-90 in the KIAC. Gnagbo has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg in 19 games.

   #9. Yoann Louis Folquet (185-G, currently plays in Canada) was not able to secure a victory for the University of Laval in their game against the Stingers in the Canadian university league CIS. He scored 6 points. His team was defeated 75-63. Folquet has averaged so far 3.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg.

   #10. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Orzinuovi GaGa in their game against Cento in the Italian Serie B (third division). He was the second best scorer with 9 points. Toure also added 3 passes in 20 minutes. His team lost 50-56. Toure has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.7apg in 22 games. He holds both Ivorian and Italian passports. Despite Toure's Ivorian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.



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Adrian Uter's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Adrian Uter
Adrian Uter
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, agency: BeoBasket, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) in their last game. Despite Uter's good performance the second-placed ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) was edged 67-67 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Aris in the group C of Basketball Champions League. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Uter also added 3 assists in 21 minutes on the court. This year Uter averages: 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 43.4%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 60.8% in 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Uter played for the Jamaican senior national team four years ago.

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Enel Brindisi (9-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Scott's very good performance Enel Brindisi was edged 90-88 in Torino by the higher-ranked Auxilium TO (#10). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Scott also added 8 rebounds and dished 8 assists. It's Scott's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Scott averages: 15.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 71.9%. He is a naturalized American. Scott played for the Jamaican national team in 2013.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Chile). He led Universidad de Concepcion to a victory over the third-ranked Espanol de Talca (17-13) 81-67 in the Chilean Liga Nacional on Sunday night. Scott was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and had 6 steals (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Conferencia Centro. CD Universidad de Concepcion (20-10) is placed second in Conferencia Centro. This season Scott has very high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.8apg, 3.1spg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 26.0% and FT: 78.3%. Scott is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Scott played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He played for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #4. Center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a Dynamic BG's victory against the seventh-ranked Mladost ZE (10-8) 83-74 in the Serbian KLS in Sunday night's game. Ffriend scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Dynamic BG Beograd (14-4) is placed second in the KLS. Ffriend has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6bpg in seven games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2012.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #5. Former international center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Joventut (6-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jordan's good performance Joventut was defeated 77-72 in Valencia by the higher-ranked Basket (#13). He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Jordan has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg and 5.3rpg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #6. Power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) helped Shimane Magic win their game against the fifth-ranked Bambitious Nara (15-25) 82-75 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night. Reid had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Shimane Susanoo Magic (33-6) is placed first in West group. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. This year Reid's overall stats are: 8.6ppg and 6.0rpg in 40 games. He is a naturalized American. Reid is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team six years ago.

Dylan Ennis
Dylan Ennis
   #7. Former international guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Oregon win their game against the University of California (5-8) 68-65 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 13 points in 35 minutes. The University of Oregon has quite an impressive 11-2 conference record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Ennis has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg in 30 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #8. Power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Kagawa FA (11-29) in their game against Toyotsu FE (30-10) in the Japanese B League D2. Forbes scored 6 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Kagawa FA (#5) were defeated 90-81 in Nagoya by the leading Toyotsu FE in the West group. It was Kagawa FA's third consecutive loss in a row. Forbes' total stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Uruguay) could not help Larre Borges (6-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Larre Borges (#6) lost 88-95 at home to the second-ranked Aguada in the Promocional 1 group. Johnson scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 33 minutes. It was his first game for Larre Borges this season. It was Larre Borges' third consecutive loss in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Johnson is a naturalized American.

   #2. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Liga Americas) was not able to help La Union (1-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance La Union (#3) was crushed 93-72 on the road by the leading Fuerza Regia in the group E of Liga Americas. Francis was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 9 rebounds. The Second Stage already ended in the Liga Americas. Francis has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg and 11.2rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to secure a victory for Spirou Charleroi in their last game. Despite Shepherd's very good performance Spirou Charleroi (#5) lost 78-86 in Nanterre to the second-ranked JSF Nanterre in the group Q of FIBA Europe Cup. He was the second best scorer with 16 points in 27 minutes. Shepherd has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg in two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #4. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Finland) was the major contributor in KTP-Basket's surprising victory against the league leader Helsinki Seagulls (22-7) 88-80 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 21 points. KTP Basket Kotka (11-20) is placed eighth in the Korisliiga. Gay has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9bpg and 1.3spg. Gay is a naturalized American.

   #5. Jermaine Bucknor (201-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Gladiators' victory against the tenth-ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (12-13) 59-54 in the German ProA (second division) on Friday night. Bucknor recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. ROMERSTROM Gladiators Trier (10-5) is placed fourth in the ProA. Bucknor has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #6. Phil Henry (203-PF-91, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: E.New Mexico, currently plays in Slovakia) couldn't help Nova Ves (6-27) in their last game. Despite Henry's very good performance Nova Ves lost 72-77 on their home court in Nova Ves to the higher-ranked (#8) Lucenec. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Henry also added 2 blocks in 31 minutes. Henry has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.1apg in 30 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #7. Tyran De Lattibeaudiere (201-F-91, college: Lamar, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Granada (16-7) in their last game. Despite De Lattibeaudiere's good performance CB Granada lost 63-76 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#4) Cambados. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 27 minutes. De Lattibeaudiere has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg in 23 games.

   #8. Khalid Mutakabbir (193-G-91, agency: Duran International, college: Presbyterian, currently plays in Spain) led Zornotza to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Moron 70-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 11 points. It was his first game for Zornotza this season. Mutakabbir is a naturalized American.

   #9. T.J. Sapp (190-G-92, also represented by Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) contributed to a 2-point Boulazac Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Chorale de Roanne 68-66 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He recorded 6 points in only 13 minutes. This year Sapp's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #10. Clint Robinson (203-F/C, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Ill.-Chicago in their game against the Northern Kentucky University in the NCAA. Robinson scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 90-82. Robinson's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 4.9rpg.



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Eskisehir Basket lands Troy Gillenwater, ex Toyota Alvark - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Eskisehir Basket (TBL) tabbed 29-year old American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-104kg-88, college: New Mexico State). He started the season at Toyota Alvark in Japanese B League. In 26 games he averaged impressive 17.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg this season. Gillenwater ended the last season at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB where in two games he had 5.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at LG Sakers in South Korean KBL. In 51 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 26.2ppg and recorded 9.0rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.7apg.
Among other achievements Gillenwater's team made it to the WAC Tournament Semifinals in 2009 and 2011. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Gillenwater is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Gillenwater has played previously professionally in Cyprus, Israel, Puerto Rico (Piratas), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), South Korea (Goyang Orions) and Turkey (Konyaspor).
He attended New Mexico State until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  JORDAN  


Riyadi retain Jordan Basketball League crown - by Eurobasket News

Riyadi-Aramex have done it. They won the Jordan Basketball League for the second consecutive year after a closely contested season. Riyadi beat Orthodoxi 68-55 on Tuesday evening ending Awdeh's ambitions of attempting to win the title for the first time. Awdeh's beat Kufr Youba 83-82 to settle for second place, leaving Orthdoxi third. Riyadi had scored a vital 67-61 win over Orthodoxi in Leg 1 of the final round and beat Awdeh 78-69. Last year's fourth-placed Awdeh were boosted by the signing of Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) midway through the final stage of the competition and beat Orthodoxi twice in the final round, and managed a 75-74 win over Riyadi to boost their competition chances. With no import players this year and a shortened format with no best-of-five play-offs for the title, Orthodoxi lead the preliminary round of the competition, beating holders Riyadi as the top four were decided while the bottom four battled it out with Jalil, Anjara, Hurrieh and Deir Abi Saied contesting the relegation play-offs.
Courtesy of: jordantimes.com



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  JUCO  


Offensive struggles doom Indians against Southwest - by Eurobasket News

Antonio Cowart (6'3''-G), Jr scored 16 and Rodrick Sikes (6'1''-G) added 15, as Southwest Mississippi Community College used a big second half to pull away for an 82-55 win over Itawamba Community College in the opening round of the MACJC Tournament at Jones County Junior College on Tuesday. The Bears (17-7) pulled ahead for an 18-point lead in the first half before the Indians (11-12) rallied to make it a 36-31 contest at the break. ICC turned the ball over 12 times resulting in 15 points for Southwest in the first half. Southwest's bench outscored the Indians' 20-6 in the second half to help pull away for the victory. Brian Halums (6'5''-G/F) (Hollandale) scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Quenten Taylor (6'0''-G) (Calhoun, GA) added 11 for the Indians.
Courtesy of: letsgoicc.com



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  KOSOVO  


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

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

Scott Bamforth
Scott Bamforth
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Weber St., currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a RETAbet BB's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-18) 86-79 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Bamforth recorded 19 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes on the court. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (10-10) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Bamforth's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 57.6%(49-85), 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 90.9%(80-88) in 21 games he played so far. Bamforth is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Kosovan senior national team. Strangely Bamforth has never played in Kosovo.

Jaren Sina
Jaren Sina
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Jaren Sina (188-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). Sina led G.Washington to a victory against the George Mason University (5-9) 83-74 in the NCAA last Sunday. He recorded 16 points and added 6 passes in 31 minutes. The The George Washington University has 5-7 conference record this season. Sina's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Sina averages: 9.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 28.1%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 84.0% in 30 games. He is a naturalized American. Sina is in the roster of the Kosovan senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Kosovo.

Gezim Morina
Gezim Morina
   #3. The Kosovan player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Gezim Morina (203-92, currently plays in Slovenia). Morina could not help KK Primorska (10-9) to beat Zlatorog (16-4). He recorded 6 points. KK Primorska was defeated 78-64 at home by the leading Zlatorog. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Morina's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 22.5% and FT: 78.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Slovenian. Morina played for the Kosovan national team six years ago.

Dardan Berisha
Dardan Berisha
   #4. Shooting guard Dardan Berisha (191-88, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Juvecaserta in their game against Armani Milano (17-3) in the Italian Serie A. He cannot count it as his best performance. Berisha scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was his first game for Juvecaserta this season. Juvecaserta lost 74-78 on the road to the leading Armani Milano. Berisha is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and Polish. He is also Kosovan national team player.

Arif Mehmetaj
Arif Mehmetaj
   #5. International forward Arif Mehmetaj (201-94, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Daemen College's victory against the Roberts Wesleyan College 80-71 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 21 minutes. The Daemen College has a solid 9-5 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Mehmetaj has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.8apg in 23 games. Mehmetaj is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Kosovan national team. Interesting that Mehmetaj has never played in Kosovo.

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

   #1. Kenan Sipahi (197-PG-95, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Besiktas (12-2) to beat Pinar Karsiyaka (9-5). Sipahi did not impress in that game on Wednesday. He recorded only 3 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. The first-placed Besiktas (12-2) was defeated 75-70 on the road by the second-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka in the group E of Basketball Champions League. This season Sipahi averages: 2.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Turkish.

   #2. Shawn Jones (203-PF-92, college: Middle Tenn.St., currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Gran Canaria (4-2) crushing them 87-67 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Jones recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 12 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Jerusalem (5-1) is placed first in the Eurocup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Jones averages: 5.7ppg and 3.6rpg in 14 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Jones has never played in Kosovo.

   #3. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Portoroz (1-18) crushing them 98-65 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Sunday night's game. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Krka Novo Mesto (16-5) is placed third in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's tenth 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. Kastrati is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Krka's roster. This season Kastrati averages: 9.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #4. Lis Shoshi (211-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the UALR (4-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Shoshi's good performance the UALR was badly defeated 71-54 in Atlanta by the Georgia State University. He scored 12 points. Shoshi's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Shoshi's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5bpg.



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  LATVIA  

LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Barrett, Madona28.7 
 2. Miezis, Kekava23.3 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava22.7 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.21.8 
 5. Ginters, RSU21.7 
 6. Saknitis, Kekava18.0 
 7. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 8. Skute, Madona17.6 
 9. Osins, Limbazi17.2 
 10. Bets, Ogre/Kum.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniels MINAJEVS
  LU/BS R.
  (205-C/F-95)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Minajevs, LU/BS R.12.4 
 2. Barrett, Madona12.1 
 3. Dubults, ViA11.1 
 4. Cavars, Kekava11.0 
 5. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.4 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 7. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki9.7 
 8. Metnieks, Marupe8.9 
 9. Lasmanis, Ogre/Kum.8.7 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Buikis, Saldus8.0 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava7.8 
 3. Endzels, Turiba6.8 
 4. Kohanovs, ViA6.0 
 5. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 6. Osins, Limbazi5.6 
 7. Paze, Marupe5.3 
 8. Ikstens, RSU5.3 
 9. Dulevskis, Gulbenes.5.3 
 10. Kalnins, Valmier.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aivars DAMBIS
  BJBS R.
  (183-G-0)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 2. Miezis, Kekava3.3 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 5. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 6. Osins, Limbazi2.5 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 8. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 9. Klegeris, LU/BS R.2.5 
 10. Salenieks, DSN/.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 3. Skute, Madona1.3 
 4. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 5. Engers, ViA1.2 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 7. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 8. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 9. Railans, Valmier.0.9 
 10. Hudins, VEF skola0.9 


Anzejs Pasecniks selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Gran Canaria's victory against the second-ranked Real Madrid (15-5) 93-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Pasecniks recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. Herbalife Gran Canaria (13-8) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Pasecniks averages: 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 65.3%(62-95), 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 60.5% in 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Peiners led his Greek team PAOK to a victory against the closely-ranked Partizan (8-6) 82-78 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). PAOK Thessaloniki (7-7) is placed fourth in group C. It's Peiners' first season with the team. Peiners' overall stats this year are: 8.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 18.4%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Kristaps Porzingis (221-95, currently plays in NBA). Porzingis led New York Knicks to a victory over the Orlando Magic (22-39) 101-90 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He was MVP of the game. Porzingis scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. The New York Knicks have 25-36 record this season. Porzingis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 78.3% in 51 games. Porzingis is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Timma
Janis Timma
   #4. Small forward Janis Timma (201-92, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Enisey (8-10) 94-78 in the VTB United League in Saturday night's game. He recorded 13 points. Zenit Saint Petersburg (15-3) is placed second in the VTB United League. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Timma has relatively good stats this season: 13.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #5. International shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Bertans could not help Darussafaka (11-12) to beat Real Madrid (18-6). He scored 9 points and added 6 assists in 29 minutes. But the ninth-placed Darussafaka (11-12) was badly defeated 101-83 on the road by the leading Real Madrid in the group A of Euroleague. This year Bertans' overall stats are: 7.3ppg and 1.6apg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Rolands Smits
Rolands Smits
   #6. Power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Smits' good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 85-61 in Tenerife by the leading CB Canarias. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Smits' total stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 3.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #7. International power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to a Telekom Baskets' victory against the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja 88-84 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. Silins scored 9 points and blocked 3 shots in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group M. Telekom Baskets Bonn (5-1) is placed first. This year Silins has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg and 2.7rpg in 12 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #8. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his Turkish team Usak Sportlif win their game against the seventh-ranked Oradea crushing them 108-82 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. Freimanis scored 10 points and blocked 2 shots. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbolis placed third in group Q. Freimanis has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Kaspars Berzins
Kaspars Berzins
   #9. International power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, currently plays in EuroCup) helped his Russian team Lokomotiv win their game against the closely-ranked Zenit (3-3) crushing them 75-52 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Berzins recorded 6 points in only 5 minutes. It was his first game for Lokomotiv this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed first in the Eurocup. Berzins is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #10. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) helped Targu Mures win their game against the fourth-ranked Pitesti (9-9) 93-77 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. BC Mures Targu-Mures (8-10) is placed fourth in Places 7-10 group. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Kalve's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kalve averaged so far 10.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Latvian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international small forward Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95, currently plays in Estonia) was not able to secure a victory for Valga (6-15) in their last game. Despite Zvigurs' good performance Valga was badly defeated 85-69 in Tartu by the leading Ulikool. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Zvigurs also added 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. Zvigurs averaged so far 13.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg in 21 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. An experienced former international guard Edmunds Gabrans (188-79, currently plays in Norway) was the main contributor in a Froya Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Nidaros Jets crushing them 96-74 in the Norwegian BLNO on Saturday night. Gabrans was the best player in that game. He recorded 21 points. Gabrans averaged so far 13.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2002.

   #13. Former international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, also represented by HMS, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) couldn't help Nantes (10-9) in their last game. Despite Kuksiks' very good performance Nantes lost 72-80 in Bourg to the leading JL Bourg. He was the top scorer with 18 points in 24 minutes. Kuksiks averaged so far 12.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg in six games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international point guard Reno Silavs (180-91, currently plays in Norway) is a teammate of previously mentioned Edmunds Gabrans. But that was another game of his team in Norwegian BLNO which we would like to mention. Silavs couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Froya Basket (16-10) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Froya Basket was crushed 93-72 in Bergen by the higher-ranked Gimle BBK (#3). Silavs was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 3 assists. Silavs averaged so far 12.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #15. International guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) helped Sodertalje Kings win their game against the league leader BC Lulea 82-67 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. Lejasmeiers scored 8 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 8 assists and added 3 steals in 32 minutes. Lejasmeiers averaged so far 10.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.4apg in 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

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

   #1. Rihards Sulcs (191-F-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Dragons to a victory over the closely-ranked Riders (13-8) 99-86 in the British NBL D1 (second division) last Sunday. Sulcs was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sulcs also added 5 assists. Bradford Dragons (11-10) is placed seventh in the NBL D1. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Sulcs is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Dragons' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Sulcs averages: 18.9ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.9apg and 2.4spg.

   #2. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland) could not help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams DCU Saints (6-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance DCU Saints lost 86-96 on the road to the higher-ranked (#8) Belfast Star. Provizors had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 24 rebounds in only a mere 7 minutes. It was DCU Saints' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Provizors has very impressive stats this year: 20.2ppg, 16.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4bpg in 17 games he played so far.

   #3. Alvis Eglitis (195-F-85, currently plays in Norway) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Persbraten (2-24) crushing them 89-67 in the Norwegian BLNO last Wednesday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Asker Aliens BC (13-14) is placed sixth in the BLNO. The Regular Season already ended. Eglitis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Asker Aliens' roster. Eglitis' total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.



LBL2 Round 16 (Second Stage): BJBS Riga win their first game - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in LBL2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

BJBS Riga can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they defeated Riga/Ridzene (1-12) 93-85 on Wednesday. Riga/Ridzene was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 30-18 charge of BJBS Riga, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Riga/Ridzene turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Riga/Ridzene helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Aivars Dambis (183-0) fired a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Guard Ingus Lapans (196-98) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Guard Karlis Ozolins (191-98) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Riga/Ridzene's coach Aigars Brigmanis rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. BJBS Riga (1-11) left bottom position moving up to twentieth place. It was Riga/Ridzene's eighth loss in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leader Kekava delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Marupe (9-11) 69-63 in Riga. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Agnis Cavars (196-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Nauris Miezis contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Kekava's coach Edgars Teteris allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Roberts Paze (193-95) replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Marupe. Kekava (18-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted Kekava maintains first position. Marupe lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Kekava will play against Ogre/Kumho Tyre (#5) at home in the next round. Marupe's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga RSU.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Livani, where 8th ranked Limbazi (6-13) lost to eleventh ranked Livani (3-14) in a road game 70-79 on Wednesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Juris Kalnins who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Livani's coach Edgars Cimars used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Vents Veinbergs responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Livani maintains eleventh position with 3-14 record. Limbazi at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Livani will meet at home higher ranked ViA (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Limbazi will have a break next round.
An interesting game took place in Riga, where 14th ranked DSN/SB (10-5) lost at home to seventeenth ranked VEF skola (9-6) 70-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of DSN/SB. The winners were led by Matiss Surkulis who scored that evening 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. VEF skola maintains seventeenth position with 9-6 record. DSN/SB at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with five games lost. VEF skola's next round opponent will be Valmiera/ORDO-2 (#18) on the road.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ogre. Local Ogre/Kumho Tyre (10-8) outscored 10th ranked RTU (4-15) 89-51 on Wednesday night. Sandis Bets fired 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Ogre/Kumho Tyre's coach Peteris Ozolins felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Ogre/Kumho Tyre have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-8 record. RTU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost. Ogre/Kumho Tyre will face league's leader Kekava in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. RTU will play against Saldus (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 16 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Jekabpils II was crushed by Madona in a road game 103-76. Saldus was beaten by ViA at home 77-84. Marupe lost to Jelgava on the opponent's court 70-78. Valmiera/ORDO-2 unfortunately lost to LU/BS Riga in a home game 75-88.
The best stats of 16th round was 19 points and 9 rebounds by Eduards Viksna of Livani.

Livani - Limbazi 79-70

We should mention about the upset which took place in Livani, where 8th ranked Limbazi (6-13) lost to eleventh ranked Livani (3-14) in a road game 70-79 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-70. Livani dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Limbazi's 32. They outrebounded Limbazi 52-29 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Livani looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Juris Kalnins (200-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and guard Matiss Caune (186-93) who added 15 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Four Livani players scored in double figures. Livani's coach Edgars Cimars used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Vents Veinbergs (188-93) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds and center Gatis Licitis (196-88) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Livani maintains eleventh position with 3-14 record. Limbazi at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Livani will meet at home higher ranked ViA (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Limbazi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Limbazi: V.Veinbergs 26+8reb+3ast, G.Licitis 16+6reb, P.Penka 10+3reb+1ast, R.Brencs 9+5reb+4ast, R.Demidovs 5+4reb, K.Veide 4+3reb+5ast
Livani: J.Kalnins 23+13reb+2ast, E.Viksna 19+9reb+2ast, M.Caune 15+13reb+3ast, M.Malnieks 11+3reb+3ast, D.Pabrieza 9+2reb+7ast, J.Zarans 2+6reb+3ast
gschID: 538233


Riga/Ridzene - BJBS Riga 85-93

BJBS Riga can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they defeated Riga/Ridzene (1-12) 93-85 on Wednesday. Riga/Ridzene was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 30-18 charge of BJBS Riga, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Riga/Ridzene turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Riga/Ridzene helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Aivars Dambis (183-0) fired a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Guard Ingus Lapans (196-98) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Guard Karlis Ozolins (191-98) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and point guard Edgars Lacis (191-98) added 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Riga/Ridzene's coach Aigars Brigmanis rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. BJBS Riga (1-11) left bottom position moving up to twentieth place. It was Riga/Ridzene's eighth loss in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Riga/Ridzene: K.Ozolins 21+10reb+6ast, E.Lacis 20+10reb+5ast, K.Bremers 15+1ast, K.Vitolins 10+5reb+2ast, V.Hugo Liepnieks 8+2reb+2ast, E.Blaus 4+2reb
BJBS Riga: A.Dambis 37+12reb+8ast, I.Lapans 21+4reb+4ast, D.Bigestans 18+8reb, T.Bergmanis 10+7reb+1ast, I.Dronka 7+7reb+1ast, R.Blankveins 0
gschID: 530306


Marupe - Kekava 63-69

Leader Kekava delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Marupe (9-11) 69-63 in Riga. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-15. But Marupe won second period 16-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Agnis Cavars (196-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Nauris Miezis (189-91) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cavars is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Kekava's coach Edgars Teteris allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Roberts Paze (193-95) replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Nauris Metnieks (196-86) added 9 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Marupe. Four Marupe players scored in double figures. Kekava (18-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted Kekava maintains first position. Marupe lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Kekava will play against Ogre/Kumho Tyre (#5) at home in the next round. Marupe's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga RSU.
Top scorers:
Marupe: R.Paze 17+5reb+6ast, M.Zemturis 14+5reb+1ast, K.Vecens 11+4reb+3ast, O.Polis 10+2reb, N.Metnieks 9+11reb+3ast, A.Kramins 2+4reb
Kekava: N.Miezis 24+6reb+1ast, A.Cavars 15+14reb+3ast, M.Gundegs 12+7reb+4ast, N.Saknitis 9+6reb, M.Steinbergs 6+4reb+2ast, J.Berzins 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 530309


Madona - Jekabpils II 103-76

There was no surprise when 19th ranked Jekabpils II (3-12) was crushed on the road by seventeenth ranked Madona (9-5) 103-76 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Madona. Jekabpils II was better in second period 31-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Madona forced 20 Jekabpils II turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Jekabpils II's players. Jekabpils II was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Martin Barrett (196, college: Mount Olive) fired 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Emils Petersons (196-99) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Barrett is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Madona players scored in double figures. Forward Reinis Avotins (202-98) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and guard Kristers Tumss (190-0) added 15 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Madona have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixteenth place. Jekabpils II lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the nineteenth position with 12 games lost. Madona will face higher ranked Ventspils Augstskola (#13) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils II: R.Avotins 28+11reb+2ast, K.Tumss 15+2reb, M.Kolesinskis 11+2reb, J.Mezinskis 6+1reb, A.Grustans 4+3reb, A.Matulis 3+1reb+1ast
Madona: M.Barrett 35+8reb+4ast, E.Petersons 19+5reb, R.Brants 15+4reb, D.Tonnis 11+6reb+4ast, N.Skripka 8+3reb+3ast, R.Cakstins 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 530308


Ogre/Kumho Tyre - RTU 89-51

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ogre. Local Ogre/Kumho Tyre (10-8) outscored 10th ranked RTU (4-15) 89-51 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Ogre/Kumho Tyre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to RTU's 36. Ogre/Kumho Tyre forced 19 RTU turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by RTU's players. Guard Sandis Bets (194-92) fired 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Armands Briedis (194-98) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Ogre/Kumho Tyre's coach Peteris Ozolins felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Power forward Karlis Helmanis (199-97) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and point guard Ingus Mastins (185-97) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Ogre/Kumho Tyre have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-8 record. RTU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost. Ogre/Kumho Tyre will face league's leader Kekava in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. RTU will play against Saldus (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
RTU: K.Helmanis 15+16reb+2ast, I.Mastins 13+4reb+3ast, H.Rozensteins 8+4reb+1ast, L.Berzins 8+2reb+4ast, R.Anisimovs 5+6reb, M.Jankovskis 2+2reb
Ogre/Kumho Tyre: R.Pabrieza 15+1reb+1ast, S.Bets 14+5reb+2ast, S.Jekabsons 12+2reb+3ast, D.Atelbauers 10+4reb+4ast, M.Steinbergs 8+2reb+3ast, A.Berkolds 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 530307


DSN/SB - VEF skola 70-83

An interesting game took place in Riga, where 14th ranked DSN/SB (10-5) lost at home to seventeenth ranked VEF skola (9-6) 70-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of DSN/SB. The game was mostly controlled by VEF skola. DSN/SB was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF skola dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to DSN/SB's 30. VEF skola forced 20 DSN/SB turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. The winners were led by guard Matiss Surkulis (195-0) who scored that evening 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and guard Eduards Hazners (192-97) supported him with 20 points. Even 24 points and 9 rebounds by Pauls-Tomass Berzins (199-97) did not help to save the game for DSN/SB. Guard Niks Salenieks (180-0) added 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. VEF skola maintains seventeenth position with 9-6 record. DSN/SB at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with five games lost. VEF skola's next round opponent will be Valmiera/ORDO-2 (#18) on the road.
Top scorers:
DSN/SB: P.Tomass Berzins 24+9reb, N.Salenieks 19+1reb+5ast, K.Salmins 8+8reb+4ast, E.Barbejs 8+4reb+5ast, J.Gertners 4+6reb+1ast, E.Ozolins 3+6reb
VEF skola: M.Surkulis 24+7reb+5ast, E.Hazners 20+3reb+3ast, O.Hlebovickis 13+3reb+1ast, F.Gustavs Lacis 7+7reb+3ast, M.Hudins 6+5reb+1ast, R.Bumeisters 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 530303


Saldus - ViA 77-84

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked ViA (14-5) defeated on the road 9th ranked Saldus (5-15) 84-77 on Tuesday. Saldus trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 27-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-84 at the end of the game. ViA made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Saldus were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Toms Kohanovs (191-96) fired 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Janis Engers (200-95) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Center Janis Licitis (200-84) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and guard Toms-Karlis Broks (188-90) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. ViA maintains fourth position with 14-5 record. Loser Saldus keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. ViA will face Livani (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saldus will play against RTU in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saldus: T.Karlis Broks 18+6reb+1ast, J.Licitis 16+15reb+2ast, R.Smidrins 14+4reb+2ast, E.Buikis 8+2reb+8ast, K.Baumanis 5+5reb+2ast, G.Vasilevskis 5+1reb+1ast
ViA: T.Kohanovs 16+3reb+5ast, E.Ivanovs 12+3reb, J.Engers 12+5reb+3ast, R.Ermansons 11+4reb+2ast, K.Dubults 9+10reb, R.Apsitis 8+3reb
gschID: 530304


Jelgava - Marupe 78-70

Very expected game when 7th ranked Marupe (9-11) was defeated on the road by third ranked Jelgava (17-4) 78-70 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But Marupe won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Andris Justovics (200-89) fired 19 points for the winners. Guard Kalvis Krumins (185-90) chipped in 15 points. Jelgava's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Point guard Arturs Kramins (177-88) produced 23 points and guard Roberts Paze (193-95) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Jelgava have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-4 record having just nine point less than leader Kekava. Marupe lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Jelgava will have a break next round. Marupe's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga RSU.
Top scorers:
Marupe: A.Kramins 23+4reb, R.Paze 17+3reb+2ast, K.Vecens 10+2reb+1ast, N.Metnieks 9+7reb+3ast, O.Polis 7+3reb, M.Zemturis 4+4reb+3ast
Jelgava: A.Justovics 19+1reb+3ast, E.Krumins 16+3reb, K.Krumins 15+4reb+2ast, J.Berzins 8+1reb, G.Justovics 6+5reb+4ast, J.Atelbauers 4+1reb
gschID: 530305


Valmiera/ORDO-2 - LU/BS Riga 75-88

Rather predictable result when fifteenth ranked LU/BS Riga (9-3) beat on the road 18th ranked Valmiera/ORDO-2 (6-7) 88-75 on Tuesday. Valmiera/ORDO-2 was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. LU/BS Riga forced 23 Valmiera/ORDO-2 turnovers and outrebounded them 45-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Guard Davis Klegeris (184-97) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Daniels Minajevs (205-95) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. Four LU/BS Riga players scored in double figures. Point guard Davids Viksne (191-0) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Rainers Kalnins (188-99) added 19 points and 6 steals respectively for lost side. LU/BS Riga have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifteenth position with 9-3 record. Loser Valmiera/ORDO-2 keeps the eighteenth place with seven games lost. LU/BS Riga will have a break next round. Valmiera/ORDO-2 will play at home against VEF skola (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera/ORDO-2: R.Kalnins 19+2reb+1ast, D.Viksne 19+10reb+7ast, O.Berzins 9+2reb+6ast, E.Kaufmanis 8+2reb+1ast, D.Gersons 7+8reb+1ast, M.Jakovels 7+5reb
LU/BS Riga: D.Klegeris 24+10reb+3ast, A.Lemanis 18+3reb+4ast, A.Snipke 15+5reb+5ast, D.Minajevs 11+15reb+3ast, A.Putans 8+3reb+4ast, K.Zunda 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 530302





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  LEBANON  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.5 
 2. Jackson, Homen.26.5 
 3. Efevberha, Sagesse25.7 
 4. Morris, Tadamon24.5 
 5. Johnson, Louaize24.5 
 6. Rembert, Champville24.5 
 7. Jones, Mayrouba24.0 
 8. Spencer, Moutahed23.5 
 9. Kemp, Tadamon23.3 
 10. Khatib, Homenetmen23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BOHANNON
  Mayrouba
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bohannon, Mayrouba14.8 
 2. Townes, Champville13.2 
 3. Vukosavljevi., Hoo.12.6 
 4. Ebi, Byblos12.5 
 5. O''Brien, Sagesse12.3 
 6. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 7. Holton, Tadamon11.9 
 8. Majok, Homenetmen11.2 
 9. Upshaw, Mayrouba11.2 
 10. Varda, Sagesse10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jad KHALIL
  Tadamon
  (186-PG-96)
  Avg: 8
 1. Khalil, Tadamon8.0 
 2. Galloway, Homen.7.7 
 3. Mezher, Hoops7.2 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.2 
 5. Rembert, Champville5.6 
 6. Spencer, Moutahed5.2 
 7. Cage, Mayrouba5.1 
 8. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.1 
 9. Bowles, Moutahed5.0 
 10. Umipig, Mayrouba4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.4 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.4 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.4 
 4. Jones, Mayrouba2.3 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon2.1 
 6. Thomas, Hoops2.1 
 7. Umipig, Mayrouba2.0 
 8. Efevberha, Sagesse2.0 
 9. Tucker, Byblos1.9 
 10. Curry, Moutahed1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.8 
 2. Townes, Champville2.8 
 3. Bowles, Moutahed2.5 
 4. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 5. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 6. Majok, Homenetmen2.2 
 7. Ebi, Byblos2.0 
 8. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 
 9. Fakhreddine, Tadam.1.5 
 10. Byrd, Hoops1.4 


Sagesse tabs Kenny Adeleke - by Eurobasket News

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) inked experienced 34-year old Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-109kg-83, college: Hartford, agency: SDJ Sports). He started the season at Final Genclik in Turkish TBL league. In 19 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 13.8rpg and 1.0apg this season. The last summer Adeleke played at Nacional in Uruguayan Ascenso where in 16 games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 15.3rpg (leader !!!) and 1.9apg.
In 2006 Butte Daredevils selected him as second overall pick in CBA draft.
Adeleke attended University of Hartford and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L 3rd Team award back in 2014.
Adeleke is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to thirteen different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Adeleke has played previously professionally in Argentina (Instituto), Bulgaria, China (Henan), Dominican Rep., Israel, Italy, Philippines (Barako Bull and Phoenix), Puerto Rico (Manati), Spain (Gipuzkoa), Ukraine (Cherkasy), Venezuela (Trotamundos), Uruguay (Goes) and D-League (Springfield A.).
His game is described as: A left handed center with great working attitude, who is fundamentally sound and can help his team at the both sides of the court. Needs to improve his Free Throw accuracy and to become less foul-prone.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  Rasai
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 19
 1. Vingelis, Rasai19.0 
 2. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 3. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 4. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.2 
 5. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.5 
 6. Beliavicius, Vytis16.0 
 7. Saulys, Suduva-M.15.5 
 8. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 9. Galeckas, Rasai15.0 
 10. Pukelis, Silute14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.1 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.3 
 3. Pukelis, Silute7.7 
 4. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 5. Simonis, Palanga7.2 
 6. Jankaitis, Vytis7.0 
 7. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.7.0 
 8. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 9. Kieza, Suduva-M.7.0 
 10. Raupys, Silute6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.2 
 2. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 3. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.5.6 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.3 
 5. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.5.2 
 6. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 7. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 8. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 9. Paliukenas, Mazeikiai4.7 
 10. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs PELSS
  KTU
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 2. Razutis, Telsiai2.4 
 3. Wanamaker, Silute2.4 
 4. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 5. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.3 
 6. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Matulis, Suduva-M.1.9 
 9. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.1.9 
 10. Mikalauskas, Mazei.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.1 
 2. Davis, Palanga1.7 
 3. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 4. Pukelis, Silute1.2 
 5. Green, Palanga1.1 
 6. Udras, Suduva-M.0.9 
 7. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.9 
 8. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 
 9. Massalski, Perla.0.8 
 10. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.8 


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

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

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Banvit (11-3) in their last game. Despite Orelik's very good performance the second-placed Banvit (11-3) was edged 82-82 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) EWE Baskets in the group A of Basketball Champions League. He recorded 23 points in 29 minutes on the court. Orelik has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 62.7%(32-51), 3FGP: 45.2%(38-84) and FT: 79.4% in 14 games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy). Kalnietis led Armani Milano to a victory over the 12th-ranked Juvecaserta (9-11) 78-74 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Kalnietis scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (17-3) is placed first in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Kalnietis' first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.5apg, 3FGP: 46.7%(21-45) and FT: 78.9%. Ex-B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas player is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Grigonis was not able to help CB Canarias (11-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance CB Canarias was edged 66-63 in Thessaloniki by the lower-ranked (#4) PAOK in the group D of Basketball Champions League. Grigonis was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 3 assists in 23 minutes. This year Grigonis' overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(14-25), 3FGP: 26.5% and FT: 81.6% in 11 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #4. Swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Real Madrid (15-5) in their game against Gran Canaria (4-17) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Maciulis recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maciulis' total stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Sarunas Vasiliauskas
Sarunas Vasiliauskas
   #5. Former international point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Usak Sportlif (5-14) in their game against Anadolu Efes (17-2) in the Turkish BSL, despite his very good performance last Monday. Vasiliauskas was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 34 minutes. But Usak Sportlif was edged 80-78 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. It was Usak Sportlif's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Vasiliauskas has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.3apg in nine games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team three years ago.

Rimantas Kaukenas
Rimantas Kaukenas
   #6. An experienced shooting guard Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Grissin Bon RE (11-9) in their game against Dolomiti En. TR (11-9) in the Italian Serie A, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He was the top scorer with 15 points in 28 minutes. But Grissin Bon RE lost 75-87 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Dolomiti En. TR. Kaukenas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Grissin Bon RE's roster. This season Kaukenas' total stats are: 8.2ppg and 1.6apg in five games. He is a former international player as he played for the Lithuanian senior team five years ago.

Eimantas Bendzius
Eimantas Bendzius
   #7. Former University international forward Eimantas Bendzius (204-90, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an overtime Blusens Monbus' surprising victory against the eighth-ranked Andorra (10-10) 86-84 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Bendzius recorded 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (6-14) is placed 15th in the Liga Endesa. Bendzius has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 4.1rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #8. Center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Toronto Raptors' victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (24-34) 112-106 in the NBA on Sunday night. Valanciunas scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have 36-25 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Valanciunas has been at the team for five years. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Valanciunas averages: 12.2ppg and 9.7rpg in 59 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Denis Krestinin
Denis Krestinin
   #9. Former U20 international forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help Barons Riga (10-2) in their game against Kalev/Cramo in the Baltic League. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game Krestinin recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Krestinin has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team three years ago.

Gilvydas Biruta
Gilvydas Biruta
   #10. Power forward Gilvydas Biruta (203-91, college: Rhode Island, currently plays in Greece) helped Aiolos Trikallon win their game against the closely-ranked AGOR (8-11) 76-67 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Biruta had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. Aries Trikalla BC (8-11) is placed ninth in the A1. Biruta's stats this year are: 10.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games. He is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Estonia) was the main contributor in Parnu's victory against the closely-ranked Rapla 64-49 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Tuesday night's game. Seskus was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes. Seskus averaged so far 13.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg in 21 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former University international forward Arnas Labuckas (205-87, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Latvian team VEF Riga win their game against the 11th-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk 72-69 in the VTB United League last Monday. Labuckas recorded 11 points. Labuckas has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former U20 international power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91, currently plays in France) couldn't help Souffelweyersheim in their game against Lorient in the French NM1 (third division), despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Staniulis had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds in 36 minutes. But his team lost 65-71. Staniulis averaged so far 12.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in 23 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former international center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) helped his Italian team Banco di Srd win their game against the leader Le Mans 79-63 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Lydeka recorded 8 points. Lydeka has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 4.2rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2006.

   #15. International forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89, currently plays in NBA) helped New York Knicks win their game against the Orlando Magic 101-90 in the NBA last Wednesday. Kuzminskas scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 15 minutes. Kuzminskas has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 1.9rpg in 51 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

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

   #1. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the ninth-ranked Karpos Sokoli (9-15) 81-77 in the ABA League on Friday night. Shurna scored 8 points, had 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. KK Cedevita Zagreb (18-6) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Shurna's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 2.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Nik Stauskas (198-SG-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Philadelphia 76ers (21-39) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Stauskas' good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (21-39) were edged 110-109 on the road by the New York Knicks. He scored 14 points. Stauskas averaged so far 9.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian.

   #3. Experienced Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) led BG Goettingen to a victory against the 14th-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (6-15) 77-68 in the German BBL last Friday. Veikalas scored 12 points and added 3 assists in 25 minutes. BG Goettingen (16-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Veikalas averaged so far 11.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.4apg in 22 games he played so far.

   #4. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Steaua CSM (12-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Steaua CSM (#5) was edged 81-79 on the opponent's court by the leading Craiova in the Places 1-6 group. Runkauskas was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Runkauskas' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Runkauskas has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.1apg.

   #5. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for Nassjo (13-14) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Griskenas' good performance Nassjo was defeated 93-78 in Jamtland by the higher-ranked KFUM (#5). He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Griskenas has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1apg.

   #6. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help Tartu Ulikool in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Tartu Ulikool was edged 88-86 at home by the second-ranked Nevezis in the group Q of Baltic League. Milka recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Milka has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.3apg.

   #7. Rokas Paulauskas (203-F, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an easy victory against the Drury University 77-62 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night. Paulauskas recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. Paulauskas has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 7.7rpg.

   #8. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Neuchatel in their game against Geneve Lions in the Swiss LNA. He recorded 9 points in 19 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 84-68. Danys averaged so far 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg in 12 games.

   #9. Mantas Virbalas (202-C/F-88, currently plays in France) contributed to Lourdes-Tarbes' victory against the 13th-ranked Vendee Challans 87-80 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Virbalas has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in 11 games.

   #10. Justas Furmanavicius (198-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help The University of Mississippi in a 3-point victory against the University of Missouri 80-77 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Furmanavicius has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1bpg in 30 games.



Azad inks Rolandas Alijevas, ex Juventus - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Azad University Tehran (Superleague) agreed terms with 32-year old Lithuanian-Swiss guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-87kg-85). He played last season at Juventus in Lithuanian LKL league. In 32 games he had 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 6.0apg and 1.4spg. Alijevas helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Guard of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team. Alijevas also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 7.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.1apg (leader !!!) and 1.1spg (in top 4).
The previous (14-15) season Alijevas played at BC Siauliai (also in LKL). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 38 LKL games he averaged 7.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg. Alijevas contributed to his team making it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. Alijevas also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 7.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.3apg (top 5) and 1.0spg. He also played 8 games in Baltic League where he got 10.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.9apg and 1.3spg. Alijevas contributed to his team winning the Baltic League championship (twice).
He represented Lithuania at the World University Championships in Bangkok ten years ago.
Alijevas is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France, Germany (Phoenix Hagen), Greece, Poland (Polonia W-wa), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), Slovenia and Ukraine (Budivelnyk) and Lithuania (Zalgiris, Nevezis, Vytautas and P.Zvaigzdes).
Alijevas could be described: A great offensive player, with a variety of offensive moves, fakes, and a great ball handling; he can penetrate inside when he wants, uses well both his hands, passes the ball well; needs to improve his outside shooting to become a star.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ryan McCoy (ex Correcaminos) replaces Marcus Hall at Bucaneros - by Francisco Vega

Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB) landed 30-year old American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-79kg-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports). He started the season at Correcaminos in Mexican LNBP. In 10 games he averaged 14.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.6apg this season. The last season McCoy played at Apollon in Cypriot Division A where in three games he had 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.0spg.
McCoy will be replacing injured PG Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado), according to the team's official press release.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Dominican Rep. LNB Semifinals in 2014. McCoy received also Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB 1st Team award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. McCoy has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). McCoy has played previously professionally in Uruguay (Olimpia), Venezuela (Gaiteros), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo), NEBA (Houston Xperience) and ABA (Sugar Land L.).
He attended University Louisiana at Lafayette until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
McCoy's game is described as: True point guard with great upside. Excellent ball handler with great court vision. Looks to pass first, but can knock down the deep ball. Plays solid perimeter defense. Excellent speed. Doesn't shy away from crashing the boards. Strong work ethic.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LNBP Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Soles and Fuerza Regia register wins - by Eurobasket News

Fuerza Regia - Toros 96-71

Fuerza Regia bounced back from the loss in the opener to cruise past Toros in Game 2. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Regia. Toros was better in third quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Regia dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Toros' 26. They outrebounded Toros 36-20 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fuerza Regia shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Toros' players. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. International forward Juan Anderson (198-93, college: Marquette) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. American guard Roberto Nelson (190-91, college: Oregon St.) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican swingman Alex Franklin (198-88, college: Siena) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Toros. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: J.Anderson 18+6reb+8ast, J.Akindele 17+15reb+6ast, C.Cortes 15+3reb+7ast, J.Glynn 13+3reb, H.Hernandez 12+4reb+1ast, A.Panko 12+3reb+6ast
Toros: R.Nelson 17+5reb+3ast, A.Franklin 15+2reb+4ast, A.Henning 13+5reb, W.Pagan 7+2reb, R.Rougeau 7+2reb, L.Mata 6+1reb
gschID: 536870


Soles - Garzas 81-80

Soles nipped Garzas to gain 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. Garzas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-93, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 27 points and 7 assists. Naturalized American guard Martin Samarco (190-85, college: Bowling Green) produced 29 points and American forward Tyrone White (201-90, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Garzas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Soles: A.Perez Kaufmann 27+3reb+7ast, J.Keenan 23+15reb+1ast, R.Martinez 14+7reb+2ast, J.Carter 6+5reb+2ast, L.Martinez 5+3reb+2ast, J.Robinson 4+2reb+1ast
Garzas: M.Samarco 29+4reb+3ast, T.White 16+3reb+4ast, B.Manjarres 9+6reb+3ast, W.Orozco 8+2reb, S.Soriano 7+6reb, I.Johnson 7+1reb
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LNBP Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Soles and Toros - by Eurobasket News

Soles - Garzas 87-83

Soles surged ahead in the semifinal series versus Garzas edging those at home court. Soles made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Garzas' players. Garzas were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Alexander Perez-Kaufmann (191-93, agency: Pro Sports) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. The former international forward Stephen Soriano (200-85, college: Colorado Mesa) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Ivan Johnson (203-84, college: CS San Bernar., agency: Haylett Sports) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Garzas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Soles: J.Keenan 25+6reb+2ast, A.Perez Kaufmann 17+5reb+8ast, J.Carter 11+7reb+4ast, L.Martinez 10+3reb+2ast, R.Martinez 9+4reb+3ast, P.Meza 8+2reb+2ast
Garzas: I.Johnson 18+8reb+2ast, S.Soriano 18+9reb+1ast, W.Orozco 13+5reb, T.White 10+1reb+1ast, I.Gutierrez 8+4reb, R.Beck 8+1reb
gschID: 536869


Fuerza Regia - Toros 70-83

Toros upset Fuerza Regia on the road to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. Toros looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international center Lorenzo Mata (205-86, agency: Pro Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76) chipped in 16 points. Four Toros players scored in double figures. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) produced 26 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Andy Panko (203-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Toros: L.Mata 17+10reb+1ast, W.Pagan 16+4reb+2ast, R.Nelson 13+3reb+5ast, M.Ramos 11+9reb+2ast, A.Henning 8+1reb+2ast, R.Rougeau 7+3reb+3ast
Fuerza Regia: J.Akindele 26+9reb+2ast, A.Panko 15+1reb+3ast, H.Hernandez 9+6reb+3ast, C.Cortes 5+1ast, J.Anderson 5+3reb+1ast, A.Parada 4+3reb+2ast
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Erste League Round 21: Home teams show no mercy. Milos Latkovic got a tripple double - by Darko Pekic

In the round 21 all home teams defended their courts and gave no chance to the guests. Actually, only the game between Ulcinj and Primorje was tied in the last quarter but at the end the home team defended its double digit lead and won (64-58). Milan Latkovic (184-G-86) led the winners with 21 points and 7 assists while Igor Jevric (97) added 13 points. Primorje was led by Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) who domianted the paint with 25 points and 11 rebounds but his young teammates did not follow him.

Lovcen had no problem against Danilovgrad (97-58). Danilovgrad had injury problems before the game so the win came even easier to Lovcen than expected. Milos Latkovic (196-G-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) had another amazing performance, actually a tripple double- 18 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. On the other side Bojan Ratkovic (183-PG-92) led his team with 23 points.

Studentski centar demolished Jedinstvo at home (90-66) and got closer to the play offs. Aleksandar Bogojevic (189-G-86) scored 24 points for the home team while Dejan Bjelic (209-C-90) played another good game for Jedinstvo- 24 points and 9 rebounds.

The game between Ibar and Teodo was postponed.



Erste Basketball League Round 20: Big win for Teodo against Sutjeska, Danilovgrad looses by 1 at home and the battle to avoid relegation intensifies - by Darko Pekic

The Round 20 was very interesting and brought to us few important clashes. Teodo hosted Sutjeska in Tivat and did not fail to meet expectations (73-70). In a tied game the home team played better and despite the effort made by Sutjeska in last quarter to tie the score and win the game it did not happen. Teodo secured its position on the top and now will have to defend it until the end of regular season. Milos Djurisic (194-G-88) (20 points) and Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) (18 points, 10 rebounds) led the home team to the big win. On the other side Djoko Salic (213-C-95) dominated the paint with 22 points but it was not enough to get the win as Teodo had more players in shape.

Danilovgrad lost against Ibar at home after an overtime (76-77) and complicated its position in the battle to avoid relegation. Danilovgrad actually had a one point lead and psession few seconds before the end of the game but Armin Kalic (194-G/F-92) cut a careles pass and scored on the other side. Brothers Eldin Kalic (200-PG-97) (20 points) and Armin Kalic (14 points) led the guests to another win. For Danilovgrad Petar Ivanovic (197-F-97) score 27 points while Emir Hadzibegovic (204-PF-96) had a double double (21 points and 11 rebounds).

Primorje lost at home against Lovcen in a low scoring game (50-59). Milos Latkovic (196-G-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) led his team with 13 points while Veselin Kovacevic (202-F-94) scored 15 for the home team.

Jedinstvo won against Ulcinj at home (77-74) in a close game that was decided in the final minutes of last quarter. Arso Lekovic (200-SF-90) (21 points) and Dejan Bjelic (209-C-90) (18 points ( led the home team. For Ulcinj Dragoje Djokovic (190-G-93) scored 21 points.



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NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Miles ROBINSON
  Indiana .
  (180-PG-)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Robinson, Indiana .21.2 
 2. Steigenga, Cornerst.21.2 
 3. Bullock, Aquinas .21.1 
 4. Jackson, NW Ohio19.2 
 5. Taylor, Marygrove18.3 
 6. Rich, Davenport17.7 
 7. Williams, Mich.-De.16.3 
 8. Johnson, Madonna16.3 
 9. Dewildt, Lawrence.16.1 
 10. Cox, Cornerstone15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nate TAYLOR
  Marygrove
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Taylor, Marygrove11.9 
 2. Vander Sluis, Cornerst.10.0 
 3. Steigenga, Cornerst.9.8 
 4. Dierker, Madonna9.6 
 5. Vojak, Lawrence.7.6 
 6. Martin, Siena Heights7.4 
 7. Penn, Mich.-De.7.2 
 8. Rich, Davenport6.7 
 9. Jackson, NW Ohio6.5 
 10. Swanigan, Lourdes6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nick GAMBLE
  Davenport
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Gamble, Davenport5.7 
 2. Myers, Madonna4.5 
 3. Robinson, Indiana .4.4 
 4. McDaniel, Concordi.4.3 
 5. Bello, NW Ohio4.2 
 6. McLaughlin, Cornerst.4.1 
 7. Dixson, Marygrove4.0 
 8. Miller, Marygrove3.9 
 9. Bullock, Aquinas .3.5 
 10. Geoghegan, Lawrence.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Nick RANDLE
  Siena Heights
  (178-PG-)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Randle, Siena Heights1.8 
 2. Pearl, Siena Heights1.7 
 3. McLaughlin, Cornerst.1.7 
 4. Gamble, Davenport1.7 
 5. Miller, Marygrove1.6 
 6. Myers, Madonna1.5 
 7. Jackson, NW Ohio1.4 
 8. Frazier, Lourdes1.4 
 9. Dixson, Marygrove1.4 
 10. Robinson, Indiana .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Lavonte DAVIS
  Indiana Tech
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Davis, Indiana Tech2.1 
 2. Vander Sluis, Cornerst.2.0 
 3. Mackey, NW Ohio1.6 
 4. Penn, Mich.-De.1.6 
 5. Arrington, Aquinas .1.5 
 6. Martin, Siena Heights1.4 
 7. Williams, Mich.-De.1.3 
 8. Swanigan, Lourdes1.1 
 9. Pearl, Siena Heights1.0 
 10. Vojak, Lawrence.0.8 


All-TSC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-TSC 1st Team 2017
Warren Hall
Hall
Charlie Nedd-Araujo
Nedd-Araujo
Jaelyn Johnson-Coston
Johnson-Coston
Raheem Bowman
Bowman
Deion Mcclenton
Mcclenton

All-Tournament MVP: Warren Hall (6'2''-G) of Warner
Player of the Year: Warren Hall (6'2''-G) of Warner
Defensive Player of the Year: Mikon Hewitt (5'7''-PG) of St.Thomas, FL
Freshman of the Year: Jeremy Oppenheimer (6'2''-G) of Southeastern
Newcomer of the Year: Charlie Nedd-Araujo (6'4''-SG) of Florida Memorial
Champions of Character Award: AJ Lamb (7'0''-C) of Warner
Coach of the Year: Artis Maddox of Florida Memorial

1st Team
G: Warren Hall (6'2''-G) of Warner
SG: Charlie Nedd-Araujo (6'4''-SG) of Florida Memorial
SF: Jaelyn Johnson-Coston (6'6''-SF-93) of Florida Memorial
C: Raheem Bowman (6'11''-C) of St.Thomas, FL
F: Deion Mcclenton (6'10''-F) of Kaiser
G: Stanley Whittaker (6'0''-G) of Kaiser
G: Javoris Cooks (6'2''-G) of Thomas Univ.

2nd Team
F: Ricardo Suarez (6'4''-F) of J.and Wales, FL
G: Deonte Dixon (6'2''-G) of Ave Maria
G: Armand Shoon (6'3''-G-94) of St.Thomas, FL
F: Josh Ellis (6'4''-F) of Warner
G: C.J. Reese (6'3''-G-94) of Southeastern
F: Kristers Zeidaks (6'8''-F-90) of St.Thomas, FL
G: Nick Macon (5'11''-G) of Warner

All-Defensive Team
PG: Mikon Hewitt (5'7''-PG) of St.Thomas, FL
C: AJ Lamb (7'0''-C) of Warner
G: Nick Macon (5'11''-G) of Warner
G: Brice Jenkins (6'3''-G) of Kaiser
F: Davon Williams (6'7''-F) of Florida Memorial

All-Tournament Team
G: Warren Hall (6'2''-G) of Warner
F: Josh Ellis (6'4''-F) of Warner
SG: Charlie Nedd-Araujo (6'4''-SG) of Florida Memorial
G: Kody Williams (6'3''-G) of Florida Memorial
G: Stanley Whittaker (6'0''-G) of Kaiser
G: Javoris Cooks (6'2''-G) of Thomas Univ.

All-Academic Team
G: Michael O'Donnell (6'3''-G) of Ave Maria
SF: Evens Jacques (6'7''-SF) of Florida Memorial
G: Andrija Sarenac (6'3''-G) of Kaiser
F: Stefan Zecevic (6'5''-F-93) of Kaiser
G: Matt Mckewin (5'6''-G) of Kaiser
F/C: Forrest Freeland (6'4''-F/C) of Thomas Univ.
G: Hunter Jump (6'0''-G) of Warner
C: AJ Lamb (7'0''-C) of Warner
G: Alberto Coderch-Porras (6'3''-G-94) of Webber Intern.
F: McDonald Jean-Louis (6'3''-F) of Webber Intern.



Warner wins TSC Tournament Championship - by Igor Obradovic

The Warner Royals used a barrage of three-pointers in the second half to pull away from host Florida Memorial in Tuesday night's championship game, 79-63. With the win, the Royals will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NAIA DII National Tournament that begins on March 8 in Point Lookout, Mo.
Tournament MVP Warren Hall (6'2''-G) led the Royals on the night with 35 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Hall scored 27 of his 35 points in the second half. Josh Ellis (6'4''-F) finished with 22 points and six rebounds for Warner while Nick Macon (5'11''-G) added 11 points for the Royals.
Florida Memorial was led by Davon Williams (6'7''-F) with 11 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Aaron Bryant made nine of his 15 points from three for FMU. Kody Williams (6'3''-G) had 12 point and seven rebounds for the Lions.
Warner shot 40.7 percent from the field, including shooting at a 53.3 percent clip in the second half, while Florida Memorial was held to 36.1 percent on the night. Warner also held the edge from outside, making 12 threes compared to eight by FMU.
The first half was a defensive struggle with both teams struggling to put points on the board. The first 20 minutes featured six ties with the largest lead coming from Florida Memorial at six in the opening minutes of the game.
To start the second half, Ellis made back-to-back threes followed by a three by Macon to turn a 27-27 halftime score into a 36-29 Warner lead. That lead extended to double-figures a few minutes later when Hall hit a three to make it 46-36.
Hall continued to find the bottom of the net over the next few minutes and a basket by Ellis with 6:45 to play pushed the Warner lead to 21, 63-42.
The Lions continued to fight until the final whistle but Warner made 19 of their 26 free throw attempts in the second half to help close out the game.

TSC Tournament Final: Warner - Florida Memorial 79-63
TSC Tournament Semifinals:
Florida Memorial - Keiser 76-74
Warner - Thomas 84-83

Courtesy of TheSunConference



All-Cascade Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-Cascade 1st Team 2017
Kenny Blackwell
Blackwell
Ben Desaulnier
Desaulnier
Michael Dupree
Dupree
Jack Hackman
Hackman
Tristen Holmes
Holmes

All-Tournament MVP: Chris Martin (5'10''-PG) of Corban
Player of the Year: Jay Mayernik (6'7''-F-85) of NW Christian
Defensive Player of the Year: Emanuel Morgan (5'6''-PG) of Idaho Coll.
Newcomer of the Year: Mitchell Fink (6'1''-G) of Oregon Tech
Coach of the Year: Luke Jackson of NW Christian

1st Team
PG: Kenny Blackwell (5'9''-PG) of NW Christian
G: Ben Desaulnier (6'3''-G) of S.Oregon
G: Michael Dupree (6'1''-G) of Northwest
F: Jack Hackman (6'5''-F) of NW Christian
PG: Tristen Holmes (6'2''-PG) of S.Oregon
F: Collin Malcolm (6'6''-F) of Warner Pacific
F: Jay Mayernik (6'7''-F-85) of NW Christian
F: Bryan McGriff (6'7''-F) of E.Oregon
PG: Emanuel Morgan (5'6''-PG) of Idaho Coll.
F: Joey Nebeker (6'7''-F) of Idaho Coll.
G: Kentrell Washington (6'4''-G) of E.Oregon
G: Joel Yellow Owl (6'4''-G) of Oregon Tech

Honorable Mention
Taylor Drey (6'3''-G) of Evergreen St.
Mitchell Fink (6'1''-G) of Oregon Tech
Brandon Halter (6'4''-G) of Oregon Tech
Joel Johnson (6'9''-C) of Corban
AJ Monterossi (5'10''-PG) of Corban
Darius Redrick (6'1''-G) of Multnomah
De'Corrius Sampson-Young (5'10''-G) of Warner Pacific
Dak Shagren (6'3''-G) of Northwest
Ben Tucakovic (6'7''-F) of Northwest
Aitor Zubizarreta (6'3''-G-95) of Idaho Coll.



Martin Leads #8 Seeded Warriors to Win in CCC Men's Tournament Championship 109-95 - by Igor Obradovic

Chris Martin (5'10''-PG) scored 30 of his game high 34 points in the second half going 10-12 from long range leading the Corban Warriors to victory as they became the first ever #8 seed to make, and to win the CCC Tournament Championship downing No. 22 and 4th seeded Oregon Tech 109-95. The win for Corban handed Tech their first home loss of the season (17-1) on Danny Miles Court in the Cascade Collegiate Conference Basketball Tournament Championship presented by U.S. Bank.
Oregon Tech (24-9) and Corban (18-15) both entered the game knowing what was on the line, an automatic berth into the NAIA National Tournament. The two teams came out with a slow pace to the game, not eager to give anything away early. The first few baskets were exchanged at either end of the floor, before the Warriors went on a 2-16 run, led by sophomore center Joel Johnson (6'9''-C). With the score sitting at 7-22, the Owls called a timeout to regroup.
Coming off the pause in play, the Hustlin' Owls offense began to click, but they could not slow down the Warriors. As Tech worked to climb back in the game, Warriors guard, Jake Love (6'2''-G) helped his team keep the double-digit lead by hitting 4 of 4 shots from behind the three-point arc and giving Corban their biggest lead at 19-points. With the half winding down, the Owls matched Love's four three-pointers, with Joel Yellow Owl, Brandon Halter (6'4''-G), Seth Erickson (6'3''-G) and Tyler Hieb (6'5''-G) all hitting their three-point attempts. The Warriors entered the halftime break with a 16-point lead, with the score line sitting at 38-54.
The second half of play brought out the best in both teams and saw the Hustlin' Owls committed to closing the point differential. Tech started with a 12-5 run, as a Mitchell Fink (6'1''-G) lay-in closed the lead to 8-points. The Warriors working hard to keep the gap in double-digits saw Chris Martin (5'10''-PG) hit his next two three-point attempts bringing the lead back up. The Owls would again close the game back to 8-points, this time with a Brandon Halter (6'4''-G) 3-pointer from the corner, as a Warriors called a timeout.
Chris Martin (5'10''-PG) came out of the timeout with the hot hand for the Warriors and hit his next four three-point attempts, shooting his team into the lead with a 20-point lead. Tech slowed the play with a timeout as they got refocused. Committed defense stifled the Warriors looks at the hoop, as Tech cut the deficit back to 8-points for the third time in second half with just 3:00 minutes left to play. Corban refused to give in to Tech's push, as Martin's hot shooting kept the Owls at bay. Martin closed the game hitting three more three-point shots and bringing the game to a close with a score of 95-109.
On the night, the Warriors shot 54% from the floor and an amazing 60% from behind the three-point line. Following Martin was Jake Love with 20 points and 7 rebounds, with AJ Monterossi (5'10''-PG) putting in 18 points of his own. Jeremiah Harris (6'0''-G) was also in double-digits with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Oregon Tech saw Joel Yellow Owl put up 25 points on the night, followed by Mitchell Fink (6'1''-G) with 19 points and 8 assists, and Bryan Beard (6'10''-F) with 16 points and 5 rebounds.
Corban become the first winner of the Danny Miles Tournament Trophy and earn the CCC's second automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship.

Cascade Tournament Final:
Corban - Oregon Tech 109-95
Cascade Tournament Semifinals:
Corban - Eastern Oregon 100-90
Oregon Tech - College of Idaho 75-69

Courtesy of CascadeConference



All-GPAC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-GPAC 1st Team 2017
Erich Erdman
Erdman
Chandler Folkerts
Folkerts
Bryan Forbes
Forbes
Ty Hoglund
Hoglund
Bryce Koch
Koch

All-Tournament MVP: Nathan Wedel (6'4''-G) of Northwestern, IA
Player of the Year: Tate Martin (5'11''-PG-93) of Dakota Wesleyan
Defensive Player of the Year: Chandler Folkerts (6'8''-C-95) of Concordia, NE
Freshman of the Year: Ty Hoglund (6'3''-G) of Dakota Wesleyan
Coach of the Year: Nic Nelson of Briar Cliff

1st Team
G: Erich Erdman (5'11''-G) of Briar Cliff
C: Chandler Folkerts (6'8''-C-95) of Concordia, NE
G: Bryan Forbes (6'5''-G) of Briar Cliff
G: Ty Hoglund (6'3''-G) of Dakota Wesleyan
C: Bryce Koch (6'6''-C) of Morningside
G: Colton Kooima (6'3''-G) of Northwestern, IA
PG: Tate Martin (5'11''-PG-93) of Dakota Wesleyan
PG: Damon Overton (6'0''-PG-93) of Midland
F: Alex Starkel (6'7''-F) of Midland
C: Jason Spicer (6'5''-C) of Dakota Wesleyan

2nd Team
G: Brody Egger (6'2''-G) of Morningside
PG: Shane Graves (5'10''-PG) of Briar Cliff
G: Alec Henrickson (6'2''-G) of Dordt
F: Nate Kuhl (6'7''-F) of Doane
G: Diamontae McKinley (6'1''-G) of Midland
PG: Trey Moore (5'11''-PG-93) of Hastings
G: Trae Vandeberg (6'4''-G-95) of Dakota Wesleyan
G: Rich Williams (6'0''-G) of Hastings
G: Nathan Wedel (6'4''-G) of Northwestern, IA
PG: Eli Ziegler (6'0''-PG-95) of Concordia, NE

Honorable Mention
Jay Wolfe (6'4''-G) of Briar Cliff
Seth Curran (6'1''-G-95) of Concordia, NE
Rylee Zimmerman (6'3''-G) of Doane
Mykeil Tzul (6'0''-PG) of Doane
Dalton Franken (6'5''-F) of Dordt
Jake Hansen (6'3''-G) of Hastings
Chase Parsons (5'10''-PG) of Midland
Tyler Borchers (6'7''-F) of Morningside
Alex Borchers (5'11''-PG) of Morningside
Ryan Tegtmeier (6'0''-PG) of Morningside
OJ Thok (6'0''-PG) of Mount Marty
Patrick Ciganovic (6'6''-F) of Mount Marty
Derek Buysse (6'5''-F) of Northwestern, IA
Riley Francis (6'4''-G) of Northwestern, IA
Jordan Baker (6'6''-F) of Northwestern, IA



Northwestern Claims 2016-17 GPAC Tournament Title, 95-89 - by Igor Obradovic

Northwestern College erased an early 17-point deficit to earn a hard-fought 95-89 road win over No.12 Briar Cliff and take home the Great Plains Athletic Conference postseason championship tonight in Sioux City, Iowa.
This is the fifth GPAC postseason title for the Red Raiders and first since the 2011-12 season. They also took home the postseason crown in 2001, 2002, 2008 and 2012.
Northwestern, now 26-6 on the season, won the grudge match against BCU and snapped the Chargers' 12-game win streak. BCU drops to 26-7 on the season. Both teams have punched their ticket to the NAIA D-II Men's Basketball National Championship in Point Lookout, Mo.
Nathan Wedel (6'4''-G) poured in a game-high 23 points and was one of five Red Raiders who scored in double figures. Colton Kooima (6'3''-G) netted 20, 15 coming in the first half, and Derek Buysse (6'5''-F) scored 20 coming off the Red Raider bench. Jordan Baker (6'6''-F) (12) and Parker Mulder (6'2''-G) (10) were the other top scorers as the Red Raiders' bench outscored BCU's bench 42-18.

KEY PLAYS
A Shane Graves (5'10''-PG) three-point play put Briar Cliff up 17 (28-11), the largest lead of the game for either team, at the 11:28 mark of the first half; the Chargers drained five of their first seven treys of the game during the eight-plus minute stretch.
Free throws by Riley Francis (6'4''-G), followed by a Buysse three-pointer and back-to-back jumpers by Kooima put the Red Raiders back to within 10, 30-20, over the next few minutes.
The Red Raiders tightened up their defense during the final nine-plus minutes of the first half, holding the Chargers to a mere three field goals and 16 points as they closed on a 35-16 run. Kooima and Wedel put down back-to-back three's to get within four and two more three's by Kooima gave the Red Raiders their first lead, 41-38, just before the half.
Northwestern led 46-44 at the break.
Briar Cliff surged ahead with a 15-7 run at the onset of the second half, taking a 59-53 lead after another Forbes three-pointer.
Northwestern battled back and after a jumper by Wedel, knotted the game at 60 with under 15 minutes to go.
Nine lead changes and three ties highlighted the next eight minutes as the standing-room only crowd was put on edge; two free throws by Jay Wolfe gave the hosts their last lead (76-75) at the 6:47 mark but consecutive baskets by Baker gave Northwestern the lead for good on its next two possessions.
Still a one possession game (87-85), Parker Mulder (6'2''-G) drained a three-pointer from the corner to put the Red Raiders up five and Briar Cliff would not get any closer than three over the final three-minutes.
Northwestern sealed it from the free throw line, making five of its final six attempts during the minute.

BY THE NUMBERS
Northwestern shot 58% for the game and made 11/20 three-pointers (55%); Briar Cliff shot 49% overall and was held to 32% (9/28) from the three-point arc.
The Red Raiders held a significant edge on the glass, 32-19; Northwestern has out rebounded its opponents in 13 consecutive games.
Northwestern is now 5-1 in GPAC Championship games; BCU is 1-1 in title games.
Kooima's 20 points moves him past Doug Brunsting (1982-86) into 12th place with 1,686 career points; the junior has scored 20+ points in 19 games this season
Wedel matched his season-high and scored 20+ points for the seventh time this season; he moved past both Darrell Kreun (1961-65) and Dave Dunkelberger (1982-84) into 33rd place with 1,194 career points
Wedel pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, followed by Baker with eight and Parker Mulder (6'2''-G) with a career-high seven.
Baker moved past Jeff Kraayenbrink (1975-79) into 20th place all-time with 1,405 career points; the senior also passed Brandon Woudstra (1999-2003) for fifth place all-time with 900 career rebounds
Mulder dished out five assists, Kooima totaled four.
Northwestern's 26 wins matches its highest win total since the 2007-08 season (also in 2011-12)
Briar Cliff was led by Bryan Forbes with 22 points, draining a game-high five three-pointers; Shane Graves scored 18 and Erich Erdman totaled 15.

GPAC Tournament Final: Northwestern - Briar Cliff 95-89
GPAC Tournament Semifinals:
Briar Cliff- Morningside 87-72
Northwestern - Dakota Wesleyan 84-65

Courtesy of GPAC Sports



All-North Star Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-North Star 1st Team 2017
BJ Shelton
Shelton
Marcus White
White
Jake Hagler
Hagler
Jayden Ferguson
Ferguson
Donnell Minton
Minton

Player of the Year: BJ Shelton (6'4''-G) of Bellevue
Defensive Player of the Year: Austin Dunbar (6'5''-F) of Valley City St.
Newcomer of the Year: BJ Shelton (6'4''-G) of Bellevue
Coach of the Year: Shane Paben of Bellevue

1st Team
G: BJ Shelton (6'4''-G) of Bellevue
G/F: Marcus White (6'6''-G/F) of Dickinson St.
G: Jake Hagler (6'0''-G) of Jamestown
F: Jayden Ferguson (6'5''-F) of Valley City St.
G: Donnell Minton (6'0''-G-93) of Presentation

2nd Team
F: Kyle Kilgore (6'7''-F) of Dakota St.
PG: Tanner Heiser (6'0''-PG) of Dakota St.
G: Nick Hilton (6'1''-G) of Bellevue
F: Ethan Haberman (6'5''-F) of Viterbo
G: Jake Bamke (6'2''-G) of Viterbo

Honorable Mention
Reggie Fields (6'6''-G/F) of Dickinson St.
Jerry Shevlin (6'5''-G) of Dickinson St.
Logan Brown (6'0''-G-95) of Jamestown
Jacob Havron (6'6''-F-95) of Jamestown
Elijah Valdez (6'0''-PG-95) of Presentation
Austin Dunbar (6'5''-F) of Valley City St.
Rashad Satahoo (6'2''-G) of Valley City St.
Michael Morgan (6'4''-F) of Waldorf
Kaden Verdin (6'9''-C) of Waldorf



Bellevue wins 2017 NSAA Postseason Tournament Championship Game - by Igor Obradovic

For the second straight year, the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) have three teams sharing the Men's Basketball Regular-Season conference title. Bellevue (Neb.), Dickinson State (N.D.) and Jamestown (N.D.) all shared the regular-season title with an 11-5 conference record.
The Bruins (19-10 overall record) will be the No. 1 seed when the 2017 North Star Men's Basketball Conference Postseason Tournament kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 23. BU owns the tiebreaker with a 3-1 record among versus DiSU and UJ combined. The Blue Hawks (20-10 overall record) will be the No. 2 seed (2-2 combined record versus BU and UJ), while the Jimmies (17-13 overall record) will be the No. 3 seed (1-3 combined record versus BU and DiSU).
Viterbo (Wis.) will be the number four seed in the postseason tournament with an overall record of 18-11 and 10-6 NSAA conference record.
The top four seeds all host the first round games on Thursday.
Dakota State (S.D.) (15-15 overall record) and Valley City State (N.D.) (16-14 overall record) both finished with a tie for fifth with an 8-8 North Star conference record. The Trojans own the tiebreaker over the Vikings, breaking the tie with DaSU earning a victory over BU during the regular-season play (VCSU did not beat BU this season).
Waldorf (Iowa) (11-18 overall record, 7-9 NSAA) will be the No. 7 seed, followed by No. 8 seed Presentation (S.D.) (10-17 overall record, 4-12 NSAA).
Mayville State (N.D.) did not make to the conference tournament as they ended their regular-season with an overall record of 9-18 and 2-14 record in the North Star conference game.
The quarterfinals begin on Thursday with BU hosting PC, VU welcoming DaSU, WU traveling to DiSU and VCSU visiting UJ.
The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, at the highest two remaining seeds with the game times being determined after the first round on Thursday. The NSAA Championship game is set for Monday at the highest remaining seed.
The NSAA Postseason Tournament Champion earns an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National Tournament on March 8-14 at the College of Ozarks (Mo.) Keeter Gymnasium in Point Lookout, Mo.

North Star Tournament Final: Bellevue - Dickinson State 74-57
North Star Tournament Semifinals:
Jamestown - Dickinson State 65-83
Dakota State - Bellevue 62-69, OT

Courtesy of PlayNorthStar



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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. Thomas, Boston C.29.6 
 3. Harden, Houston R.28.8 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.2 
 5. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.8 
 6. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 7. Lillard, Portland.26.3 
 8. Leonard, San A.25.9 
 9. James, Clevelan.25.7 
 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.13.9 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.6 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.8 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.7 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Gortat, Washingt.11.2 
 10. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
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.10.2 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.8 
 5. James, Clevelan.8.9 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.6 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.8.1 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.3 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.2 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.1 
 3. Wall, Washington W.2.1 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.2.0 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.1.8 
 7. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 10. Leonard, San A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.5 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.4 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.1.9 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.8 
 9. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 


Terrence Jones joins the Bucks - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks agreed terms with 25-year old forward Terrence Jones (206-111kg-92, college: Kentucky). He played recently at New Orleans Pelicans, but was released by the team last month. In 51 NBA games he had 11.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Jones played at the Rockets where in 50 NBA games he recorded 8.7ppg and 4.2rpg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Drafted by? Houston Rockets in first round (18th overall). Jones attended University of Kentucky and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the NBA Semifinals in 2015. Jones was also voted NABC Division I All-District 21 2nd Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Jones has played also professionally in D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
On Jones: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Jones is a versatile threat who can score in different ways and has the skill set to play in many types of schemes … He is a big threat as a face-up PF, as he has the handle and athleticism to give many bigger PF off the dribble and put pressure on the D … Looks real fluid athletically, which is impressive for his size … Very good finisher around the rim, and makes good use of his 7'2 wingspan and nice reactive athletic ability
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Lillard scores 33 as Trail Blazers beat Thunder 114-109 - by Eurobasket News

The Trail Blazers huddled in a timeout with just more than 17 seconds left against Oklahoma City, and the overwhelming sentiment was simple: relax. The Thunder had trimmed Portland's lead to 110-109, but the Blazers refused to get rattled and came away with a 114-109 victory Thursday night. "Even though it got scary there at the end, we were still able to calm ourselves down and get the win," said Damian Lillard (6'3''-PG-90, college: Weber St.), who finished with 33 points. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 45 on 12-of-36 shooting for the Thunder, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Oklahoma City newcomer Taj Gibson added 15 points, including a high-arching buzzer-beater from 61 feet away to put the Thunder up 60-57 at halftime. Alex Abrines' 3-pointer gave the Thunder their biggest lead at 97-89 with 7:48 left, but Al-Farouq Aminu (6'9''-F-90, college: Wake Forest) made a layup that tied it at 101 with 3:43 to go. He missed the free throw, but Jusuf Nurkic got the tip-in to give Portland the lead. Lillard's 3-pointer extended it to 106-101 before Westbrook's driving layup and free throw pulled Oklahoma City to 110-106. Abrines' 3-pointer with 17.7 seconds left narrowed it to 110-109. After the timeout, Lillard was fouled twice in the final seconds and made all four free throws before Westbrook and Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92, college: Creighton) missed 3-pointers at the end. Nurkic, acquired by the Blazers just before the All-Star break in a trade with Denver, was a spark with 18 points, 12 rebounds, a career-high six assists and five blocks. "He has a good sense of the game," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "When you have that, I think the integration goes a little bit better." Westbrook hit all 15 of his free throws. He had eight rebounds and four assists, ending a streak of four straight triple-doubles. Enes Kanter (6'11''-C-92, college: Kentucky) added 18 points and 10 rebounds. "Difference tonight was we just couldn't make our shots," Westbrook said. "We missed the same shots that we've been making every game." The Thunder were coming off a 109-106 victory over Utah. Westbrook had 43 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in that game for his 30th triple-double of the season. The Thunder opened the game against the Jazz with 12 straight 3s. The Blazers were coming off a 120-113 overtime loss at Detroit, which capped a 2-7 February. The game marked the Thunder debut of guard Norris Cole (6'2''-PG-88, college: Cleveland St.), signed on Wednesday to help fill the void after the team traded backup point guard Cameron Payne (6'2''-G-94, college: Murray St.) to Chicago. Cole won NBA titles with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, but most recently played with the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association. Gibson and McDermott, acquired in the trade with the Bulls, were playing in their fourth game with the Thunder. Cole hit a 3-pointer early in the second quarter, his first field goal with the team, and the Thunder went up 27-26. But the Blazers reclaimed the lead and went ahead 52-45 on Aminu's 3-pointer. CJ McCollum's 3 gave Portland a 57-48 lead, but Westbrook made consecutive 3-pointers and three straight free throws to tie it before Gibson's stunning shot from beyond halfcourt. The Thunder led 85-81 heading into the final period.
Courtesy of: pilotonline.com



Warriors fall on road to Bulls in first game since Kevin Durant's injury - by Eurobasket News

Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) scored 22 points and the Chicago Bulls beat Golden State 94-87 on Thursday night in the Warriors' first game since Kevin Durant injured his left leg. Golden State was breathing a little easier after learning Durant probably will play again this season. He was hurt two nights earlier in a loss at Washington. The NBA-leading Warriors' league-record regular-season streak without consecutive losses ended at 146 games. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored 23 points, and Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) finished with 13. The star guards combined to hit just 3 of 22 3-pointers, and the Warriors made it back-to-back losses for the first time since April 2015. Bobby Portis (6'10''-PF-95, college: Arkansas) added 17 points and a season-high 13 rebounds for Chicago. The Bulls outscored Golden State 10-2 over the final three minutes to wipe out a one-point deficit and come away with their fifth win in six games. Butler made all 10 free throws and had five rebounds and six assists. And Portis had his best game of the season. Durant is scheduled to be examined again in about a month. If the eight-time All-Star is ready to return at that time, there would be about two weeks left in the regular season. Of course, the Warriors have won big without Durant. They captured the championship two years ago and followed that up with a league-record 73 wins last year. The Warriors, who beat the Bulls by 31 at home last month, were leading 85-84 when Butler hit two free throws with 2:53 left to start the game-ending run. Wade buried a fadeaway jumper and Paul Zipser (6'8''-G/F-94, agency: BeoBasket) nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 91-85 with 1:41 left.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



Phi.76ers sign Justin Harper - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers signed 28-year old forward Justin Harper (208-102kg-89, college: Richmond). He started the season at Los Angeles D-Fenders. In 37 D-League games he had very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.4apg this season. Great year as he was named to D-League All-Star Game.
Part of last season Harper spent at the Pistons where in 5 NBA games he recorded just 2.6ppg. Harper was called during the season by the Brooklyn Nets.
In 2011 he was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers in second round (32nd overall). The former University of Richmond staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Harper played in the final of D-League in 2016. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 4 1st Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Harper is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Strasbourg IG), Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Italy (Scandone Avellino), other NBA team (Orlando Magic) and other D-League team (Salt Lake City Stars).
Harper could be described: Has excellent size for the power forward position. Above average athlete, as well, with decent quickness in the open floor and good explosiveness around the basket. Most effective spotting up around the perimeter, where he finds over a quarter of his possessions. Lightning quick release and a consistent, fluid shooting motion. Solid basketball IQ.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Barnes comes back to the Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 37-year old forward Matt Barnes (201-105kg-80, college: UCLA). It is actually his comeback to the Warriors as he has played here before. Barnes He played recently at Sacramento Kings, but was released by the team last month. In 54 NBA games he recorded 7.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.8apg this season. The last season Barnes played at the Grizzlies where in 80 NBA games he averaged 10.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg.
In 2002 Memphis Grizzlies selected him as 0th overall pick in NBA draft. The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles staris in his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Barnes won NBA Pacific Division championship title for four years in a row (between 2011 and 2014).
He has spent his entire career in NBA playing for six other teams: LA Clippers, LA Lakers, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Phi.76ers.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at the Warriors.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Labeled by lots of people the typical UCLA player (a finesse guy, not too tough), he showed to be instead a tough kid, really good skilled, who can also shoot from the outside, with an interesting pro career ahead;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Cavaliers tab Andrew Bogut - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers inked 33-year old Australian international center Andrew Bogut (213-118kg-84, college: Utah). He started the season at Dallas Mavericks. In 26 NBA games he averaged 3.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.9apg this season. The last season Bogut played at the Warriors where in 92 NBA games he had 5.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6bpg.
In 2005 Milwaukee Bucks selected him as first overall pick in NBA draft. He attended University of Utah and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Bogut received Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 2nd Team award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Bogut has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2004 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Australia at the World Championships U18 in Greece fourteen years ago.
Bogut has played also professionally in Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
His game is described as: A hard worker with a strong commitment to improving his skills. An excellent passer, Andrew will focus on developing his body.
World Championships U18 '03 comments (by Yarone Arbel):
The MVP of the championship. His parents are from Croatia, which is some sort of explanation to how such talent grew up down under. If for some reason something will go wrong on his route to the NBA, the Croatian passport will surely help him find a good spot in one of the top European teams. Next season he will go to Utah University, in the championship itself he was simply unstoppable, posting double-double already after one half in both Semi Finals and Finals game.
He knows how to use his size in the PF. Very tall and athletic, and although there's no doubt he's the best player in the team, on court he fights like a bull, work with his teammates and make them look much much better. There's no doubt that Bogut was the difference between a nice Australian NT and a gold winning team that routed everyone on the way to the top. All teams focused and tried to stop Bogut. All failed and paid even more because of Bogut's unselfishness.
He got a great mobility in the low post, box him out and he can go out to the high post and the Swish will arrive in less than a second. His shot selection is very good, can hit the three pointer when there's a chance, but he doesn't force it. If you try to stop his outside shot, he can penetrate, on both sides, and mostly finish with 2 points. His rebounding skill is bigger than life, on both ends of the floor, and it's not only a matter of good position. His leap and struggle helps him a lot.
Let's try to impress with titles: 3rd best scorer, best rebounder with 3.7 more rebounds than the runner up, drawn more fouls and made free throws more than anyone else, 10th in blocks, 2nd in 2FG% and first, again by a big margin, in the TENDEX ranking. 22 pts, 18 rbs and 5 assists vs. the USA in the Semi Finals qualifying match, 39 pts & 25 (!!!) rbs in the Semi Finals vs. Croatia and 35 pts & 14 rbs in the finals. What do you say about that?
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leonard's 31 points lead Spurs to 100-99 win over Pacers - by Eurobasket News

Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) would prefer to see the Spurs seal their wins with sound defense, rather than last-second shots. When they need a big basket, though, he's up to the task. Leonard had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio returned from an eight-game road trip to beat the Indiana Pacers 100-99 on Wednesday night. Leonard hit a turnaround, fade-away jumper from 16 feet against Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) with 2.4 seconds left to help the Spurs win their first home game since Feb 4. "Just something you think about when you're a kid and you're in your front yard or at your school playing and you just count down 3, 2, 1," Leonard said. "But I would rather us play a better game and close it out without leaving the last shot up to me, but that's what happened tonight and I had to respond for my team." Indiana's Monta Ellis (6'3''-G-85) missed a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining and George missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. "We didn't run it right at all," George said of his final shot. " (C.J.) Miles was supposed to pin down and he didn't pin down. He made me catch the ball way out there and I tried to make something happen." San Antonio extended its winning streak to five games, including four straight to close its annual rodeo road trip in February. Playing without point guard Tony Parker, who missed the game with a bruised quadriceps, the Spurs' starters struggled throughout. Leonard outscored San Antonio's other starters by 12 points. "I don't know what the reason is that first game back from a long road trip, but it always seems it's a grind," Spurs reserve David Lee (6'9''-F-83, college: Florida) said. "Guys aren't always at their best and it wasn't from a lack of effort. I thought we played really, really hard. Indiana is a tough team and they were hitting shots, but those are the kind of games you need to find a way to win." The matchup of All-Star forwards was a stalemate until the final five minutes. Leonard scored San Antonio's final nine points during that stretch, including the game-winning shot, while George was limited to a pair of free throws. "It's fun just being able to guard somebody that is just coming at you aggressively every possession," Leonard said. "And even when I'm coming back with the ball he's into my head wanting me to miss shots. It's just fun playing basketball like that." George finished with 22 points, Miles added 19 and Myles Turner (6'11''-C/F-96, college: Texas) had 16 for the Pacers. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) and Lee had 18 points each off the bench for the Spurs. "Our second unit did a good job at the end of that third coming into the fourth quarter just keeping us within two," Leonard said. "Just keeping us there around that one-possession mark, and the starters came in with the same energy that they provided and we got going."
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Celtics close out the game strong, pull out a 103-99 win over Cavs - by Eurobasket News

For most of this season, the best teams in the East have gotten the better of the Boston Celtics. They have had their share of good but not good enough performances against teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, but have consistently failed to seal the victory. That all changed on Wednesday night as the Celtics pulled out a 103-99 win over the Cavs. Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) led all scorers with 31 points while LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) had a triple-double of 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Cavaliers. Boston (39-22) snapped a three-game losing skid to the Cavs in addition to handing Cleveland (41-18) its first loss to a team from the Atlantic Division this season. A pair of free throws by Thomas put the Celtics ahead 101-99 with 28.1 seconds to play. Newly acquired Cavs guard Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) had a wide open shot from the corner that rimmed in and out before being rebounded by the Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette) with four seconds to play. Crowder, who had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, made both free throws after being fouled to seal the victory in what was a wild finish that was anyone's for the taking. Thomas began the fourth quarter on the bench, but entered play with 10:02 remaining and the score tied at 76. Three-pointers by James and Richard Jefferson (6'7''-F/G-80, college: Arizona) were bookends to a 3-ball from Boston's Jaylen Brown, leaving the score 82-79 in Cleveland's favor with more than eight minutes of action still left in the game. Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas), who remains on a minutes restriction, checked back into the game with 3:28 to play and Boston trailing 92-90. His task was clear: limit Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) who had 24 points at the time on 9-for-15 shooting. Irving finished with 28 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Boston being on the cusp of victory was a far cry from how the game played out through the first three quarters, with the Celtics doing what they've done time and time against teams like the Cavs which is play well but not well enough to get the victory. The Celtics spent most of the first half playing catch-up, an all-too familiar position Cleveland tends to put most of their opponents in. But the Celtics fought their way back into the game, and tied it at 41-all following an Isaiah Thomas 3-pointer. The two went back and forth the rest of the half which ended with Cleveland clinging to a slim 50-49 lead. Boston continued to stay within arm's reach of the Cavs, leading by as many as two points (59-57) following a 3-pointer by Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida). Both teams put on the kind of performance you would expect from the top two teams in the East, with the Celtics going into the fourth clinging to a slim 74-71 lead.
Courtesy of: csnne.com



Warriors sign then quickly waive Jose Calderon - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Jose Manuel Calderon (6'3''-PG-81), the team announced today. Calderon was signed by the Warriors earlier today. Calderon, 35, appeared in 24 games (11 starts) with the Los Angeles Lakers this season, tallying 3.3 points, 2.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game. In 12 NBA seasons with the Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, Calderon owns career averages of 9.7 points, 6.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 28.3 minutes over 772 games (557 starts) while shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from three-point range and 87.5 percent from the free throw line. A native of Villanueva de la Serena, Spain, Calderon played professionally in his home country for six seasons prior to his NBA career and has represented Spain in four Olympic Games (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), capturing silver medals in 2008 and 2012 and a bronze medal in 2016. The Warriors roster now stands at 14 players.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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  NCAA1  

Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Tyler HALL
  Montana St.
  (193-G-97)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Hall, Montana St.23.3 
 2. Onwuasor, S.Utah23.0 
 3. Sanders, Idaho21.6 
 4. Wiley, E.Washington20.9 
 5. Bliznyuk, E.Washin.20.3 
 6. Senglin, Weber St.19.9 
 7. Davis, N.Colorado19.4 
 8. Hooker, N.Dakota18.7 
 9. Rorie, Montana17.2 
 10. Telfair, Idaho St.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob WILEY
  E.Washington
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Wiley, E.Washington9.2 
 2. Martin, N.Arizona8.6 
 3. Hornsby, Sacramen.8.1 
 4. Bernstine, N.Dakota7.1 
 5. Hill, Weber St.7.1 
 6. Krslovic, Montana6.8 
 7. Parsons, Portland.6.8 
 8. Onwuasor, S.Utah6.7 
 9. Blake, Idaho6.7 
 10. Bliznyuk, E.Washin.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan DAVIS
  N.Colorado
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Davis, N.Colorado5.6 
 2. Graves, Sacramen.5.5 
 3. Telfair, Idaho St.5.1 
 4. Robinson, Portland.4.1 
 5. Crandall, N.Dakota4.0 
 6. Bliznyuk, E.Washin.3.9 
 7. Neely, N.Arizona3.6 
 8. Frey, Montana St.3.4 
 9. Hooker, N.Dakota3.4 
 10. Sanders, Idaho3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Calaen ROBINSON
  Portland.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, Portland.2.4 
 2. Telfair, Idaho St.2.1 
 3. Crandall, N.Dakota2.0 
 4. Luzcando, Idaho St.2.0 
 5. Gengler, Portland.1.7 
 6. Hooker, N.Dakota1.7 
 7. Sanders, Idaho1.7 
 8. Boyd, Idaho St.1.5 
 9. Parsons, Portland.1.4 
 10. Onwuasor, S.Utah1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacob WILEY
  E.Washington
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Wiley, E.Washington2.7 
 2. Stuteville, Sacramen.1.6 
 3. Hill, Weber St.1.3 
 4. Topalovic, Idaho S.1.1 
 5. Patton, Sacramen.1.1 
 6. Madunic, S.Utah1.1 
 7. Braxton, Weber St.0.9 
 8. Farris, Portland.0.9 
 9. Sylla, N.Colorado0.9 
 10. Parsons, Portland.0.8 


URI Keeps NCAA hopes Alive With Blowout Win At Saint Joe's - by Carl Berman

Philadelphia, PA - ESPN's resident bracketologist, Joe Lunardi, who has Rhode Island as one of his first four teams out, was in the house as the Rams scored their biggest win over St. Joseph's at Hagan Arena in the Phil Martelli era with a 68-49 shellacking. While a defeat would have almost certainly ended Rhode Island's at-large hopes, the blowout victory over a depleted Saint Joe's squad with leading scorers Lamar Kimble (foot) and Shavar Newkirk (knee) are out for the year was expected.

Rhode Island dominated from the opening whistle, jumping out to a 36-20 lead at half and finishing the game with a +13-rebounding advantage. For such a dominant display, the Rams played a shockingly poor offensive game. Against a lax 2-3 zone, the Rams shot just 4-of-26 from deep and struggled to find good shots. The knock on Rhode Island is its 3-point shooting, and despite the blowout loss, Saint Joe's showed the blueprint for beating the Rams.

What carried Rhode Island was its length and athleticism. Behind the stellar defense of senior forwards Kuran Iverson and Hassan Martin (6'7''-F-95) the Rams held Saint Joe's to 19-of-50 from the field and the Hawks to a season-low 49 points. Iverson and Martin were men among boys Wednesday night, dominating the paint for a combined 23 points and 16 boards. EC Matthews scored a team-high 13 points as nine Rams found the net.

Without Kimble and Newkirk, Saint Joe's has looked to 6-7 freshman guard Charlie Brown and 6-6 junior forward James Demery to fill the gaping 35.8 ppg hole. Brown, who has scored in double figures in his last 14 games, continued the streak last night, while also breaking Saint Joe's freshman three-point record held by Langston Galloway, scoring 13 points. Brown is asked to do a little too much for this Hawks team, but figures to be a serious A-10 first team contender down the line. Demery, who is a bit undersized to play the 4 and not a good enough shooter to play on the perimeter had one of his worst games of the year, scoring just eight points and pulling down just two rebounds.

The Hawks (10-19, 3-14) finish their regular season at fellow A-10 bottom-feeder, Duquesne, on March 4th. Rhode Island (20-9, 12-5), who locked up a coveted double bye in the A-10 Tournament, will looks to add to its resume Saturday against Davidson.

This article was written by Robert Smuckler and edited by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball.



Frazier's 31 Leads Georgia In Comeback Over Auburn - by Carl Berman

Athens, GA - J.J. Frazier (5'10''-PG-95) continued his strong season, scoring 31 points to lead Georgia past Auburn, 79-78. Georgia overcame a 16-point first half deficit, largely on the back of Frazier, who willed his team on Senior Night. He came up with several huge steals and loose balls, and hit numerous big shots on the offensive end.

Frazier scored in every way imaginable, including in transition, pull-ups, drives, and off screens. Frazier showed off his quickness and decision-making skills in transition, often coming up with a steal and leading the break, where he either took it to the basket or pulled up and hit the jumper. He really showed his proficiency using screens, often using them to setup his pull-up three-pointer. He was also very effective with the hesitation dribble, which allowed him to freeze defenders and blow by them on the way to the basket. Consequently, the defenders respected this move, which gave him a little extra space to get his three-point shot off. He shot 9-of-19 overall, but was 5-of-9 from behind the arc. He also made all eight of his free throws and added six rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Mustapha Heron, a freshman and Auburn's leading scorer coming into the game, scored 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting. A highly-regarded recruit, Heron possesses a lean, athletic frame and prototypical size for the 2-guard spot in the NBA. He plays aggressively on both ends, showing the willingness and ability to effectively drive to the basket on the offensive end. He is left-handed and prefers to go left, but is capable of driving right as well. Heron also showed a smooth shooting stroke, and he looks comfortable with the pull-up jumper from the perimeter. He made two 3-pointers early in the 2nd half, getting great elevation and shooting right over the defender's contest. He shot 2-of-6 from behind the arc in this game, and added nine rebounds.

Austin Wiley, another freshman and Auburn's starting center, has great size (6-11, 255) and length. He has a very smooth free throw stroke for someone his size. It looks like he could develop this stroke into a mid-range jumper, but I did not see him attempt one in this game. He showed a nice lefty jump hook along the baseline, but overall he struggled finishing down low (he finished 3-of-9 from the field). Defensively, he got caught being over-aggressive at times going for the block, which often left his man open for the put-back. Wiley finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks.

This article was written by Akash Chaudhry and edited by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball.



Collins, Wake Forest upset No. 8 Louisville 88-81 - by Eurobasket News

Time and time again, Wake Forest had played step for step with ranked opponents only to fail to close out a winnable game. The Demon Deacons waited until their final home game to fix that problem - and earn a win that gives a significant boost to their NCAA Tournament chances. John Collins (6'10''-F-97) had 25 points and 11 rebounds, helping Wake Forest rally from 14 down to upset No. 8 Louisville 88-81 on Wednesday night. "We've been doing this type of stuff all year, going up on teams, playing close with teams," Collins said. "Today we got up and closed it out against a very good team. "It shows progress for us. It shows we're moving in the right direction at a very good time." Keyshawn Woods (6'3''-G-96) added 20 points for the Demon Deacons (17-12, 8-9 Atlantic Coast Conference), who came into the game desperately needing a big win to bolster its chances of making it back to the NCAAs for the first time since 2010. They got it, with Dinos Mitoglou and Mitchell Wilbekin (6'2''-G-94) hitting back-to-back huge 3-pointers in the final 3 minutes to turn a 75-72 lead into a nine-point margin. And it ended with Wake Forest fans sprinting to midcourt to celebrate the program's first win against a ranked opponent in eight tries. Four of those losses had come by six or fewer points, including one here against Duke after Wake Forest blew an 11-point second-half lead. In a perfect bit of symmetry, the Demon Deacons were right there again Wednesday night. After erasing their first-half deficit, Wake Forest led Louisville (23-7, 11-6) by 11 in the second half but held on this time. "We've been growing all year," coach Danny Manning said. "We've been in this situation before. We just haven't been able to finish the way we finished tonight." Deng Adel (6'7''-F-97) scored 22 points for the Cardinals, who got off to a fast start but shot just 39 percent after halftime. They also struggled to slow the Demon Deacons once their offense got rolling, with Wake Forest shooting 46 percent and making 10 of 24 3-pointers. "Give them all the credit: they outplayed us," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "They played a terrific game, probably put themselves in the NCAA by beating us, which is great to see."
Courtesy of: pilotonline.com



Iowa upends No. 22 Wisconsin 59-57 - by Eurobasket News

Iowa freshman Jordan Bohannon spent part of his childhood watching older brothers Jason and Zach Bohannon compete on Wisconsin basketball teams. So for the rookie from Marion, Iowa, to hit a game-winning 3-pointer against the Badgers with his family in attendance at the Kohl Center was a special experience. Jason played at Wisconsin from 2006-10 and Zach was on the Badgers roster from 2012-14. Jordan Bohannon drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing with 9.7 seconds left to help Iowa upset No. 22 Wisconsin 59-57 on Thursday night. "This game meant a lot to me, for us to be able to get this win," Bohannon said. "I was pretty much a Badgers fan my entire life growing up. I was lucky to know that I was finally able to follow my dreams to play at Iowa." Wisconsin's loss gave Purdue the Big Ten regular-season title outright. Bohannon's performance came as no surprise to Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. Bohannon scored 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting from 3-point range on Feb. 25 in the Hawkeyes' 83-69 victory over Maryland. "I started watching the kid when he was in seventh grade and just fell in love with his game," McCaffery said. "He consistently makes the kind of plays that you saw him make tonight because he just never rattles." Sophomore forward Nicholas Baer scored a team-high 14 points for the Hawkeyes (17-13, 9-8 Big Ten), who extended their winning streak to three games. Baer got the defensive rebound and had the assist to Bohannon on the final possession. Bohannon finished with 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field and was 3 of 9 from beyond the arc in the only regular-season game between the teams. Senior guard Bronson Koenig scored a game-high 19 points for the Badgers (22-8, 11-6). Sophomore forward Ethan Happ and senior guard Zak Showalter delivered 11 points each for Wisconsin, which has lost five of its last six games. Iowa threatened with less than two minutes remaining on consecutive buckets from Bohannon and Ahmad Wagner that trimmed Wisconsin's lead to 57-56. That led to Bohannon's winning shot. Wisconsin continued to be plagued by free-throw-shooting woes, most notably in the closing minute as Happ missed a pair of free throws with 29 seconds to go, when the Badgers held a 57-56 edge. Happ finished 1 of 7 from the foul line, and the Badgers shot 35.7 percent from the charity stripe. The Badgers also had turnovers on three straight possessions with less than three minutes remaining in the game. Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said the Badgers locker room was somber following the setback, and he is confident that the team will recover and learn. "When we do snap out of it, it's going to be a pretty callous group because they've been body punched and slapped upside the head quite a bit with all of this stuff -- everything that we've had to work through and grow through," Gard said. Wisconsin had rallied after trailing at halftime with help from its veterans. Senior forward Nigel Hayes and Showalter combined for 16 second-half points to keep the Badgers in contention Hayes' layup evened the score at 43 with 11:36 remaining, and another basket on the next possession gave the Badgers the lead back at 45-43. Iowa freshman forward Cordell Pemsl halted a scoring drought that lasted nearly five minutes with a layup to even the score at 45. But the Badgers bolted away with an 8-0 spurt, capped by a 3-pointer, to open a 54-45 lead with 4:16 to go. In the first half, Baer led Iowa with 12 points, going 4 of 4 from 3-point range. The Hawkeyes shot 63.6 percent from long range in the first half to claim a 32-25 lead at intermission. Baer scored nine points to help Iowa string together a 15-2 first-half run. Senior guard Peter Jok spearheaded the run with his first basket of the game with 5:04 left in the opening half and completed a three-point play to tie the score at 23. Koenig scored 11 first-half points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. McCaffery said the key to finding success against the Badgers is getting them out of rhythm on offense. The Hawkeyes used a 3-2 zone, man-to-man coverage and the press to throw them off. "I thought we were pretty connected defensively, and you have to be to play this team (Wisconsin)," McCaffery said. "They run the swing and they run some things out of it. They get the ball to people where they want it." Wisconsin missed 10 consecutive shots before Koenig's jumper trimmed Iowa's lead to 29-25 with 37 seconds to go before halftime. Jok, the Big Ten's leading scorer at 20.7 points per game, finished with eight points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field.
Courtesy of: reuters.com



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  NCAA2  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Will VORHEES
  Notre D.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Vorhees, Notre D.26.9 
 2. Badmus, Virginia-Wise22.3 
 3. Taylor, Notre D.20.8 
 4. Bingaya, Fairmont.19.6 
 5. Morris, Glenville St.19.0 
 6. Monteroso, W.Libert.18.6 
 7. Miller, Concord18.6 
 8. Cole, Charleston18.3 
 9. Jenkins, W.Virgin.17.3 
 10. Wimbush, Fairmont.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Haywood HIGHSMITH
  Wheeling.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Highsmith, Wheeling.11.4 
 2. Coleman, Charl.10.9 
 3. Vorhees, Notre D.10.5 
 4. Badmus, Virginia-Wise10.0 
 5. Lewis, Notre D.9.6 
 6. Morris, Glenville St.8.6 
 7. Ritz, Wheeling Jesuit7.9 
 8. Grossenbache., W.Libert.7.9 
 9. Carr, Shepherd7.7 
 10. Bingaya, Fairmont.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 David DENNIS
  W.Libert.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Dennis, W.Libert.6.1 
 2. Wells, Fairmont St.5.8 
 3. Seals, Virginia-Wise5.8 
 4. Lewis, Notre D.5.3 
 5. Muhammad, Shepherd4.4 
 6. Berchie, W.Virg.W.4.4 
 7. Nunn, Glenville St.4.0 
 8. Sanchez, Concord3.7 
 9. Jenkins, W.Virgin.3.7 
 10. Vorhees, Notre D.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shammgod WELLS
  Fairmont St.
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Wells, Fairmont St.2.6 
 2. Dennis, W.Libert.2.1 
 3. Bingaya, Fairmont.2.0 
 4. Badmus, Virginia-Wise1.8 
 5. Seals, Virginia-Wise1.7 
 6. Petrovic, W.Virg.W.1.5 
 7. Taylor, Notre D.1.4 
 8. Carr, Shepherd1.3 
 9. Hill, Virginia-Wise1.3 
 10. Sanchez, Concord1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brett MORRIS
  Glenville St.
  (193-G/F-)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Morris, Glenville St.2.7 
 2. Lewis, Notre D.2.1 
 3. Grossenbache., W.Libert.2.0 
 4. Andrews-E., Fairmont.1.9 
 5. Morris, W.Virgin.1.3 
 6. Layhew, W.Virg.W.1.2 
 7. Highsmith, Wheeling.1.2 
 8. Jenkins, W.Virgin.1.1 
 9. Vorhees, Notre D.1.0 
 10. Tham, Wheeling Jesuit1.0 



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  NCAA3  


All-MIAC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-MIAC 1st Team 2017
Kevin Grow
Grow
Trevor Hall
Hall
Collin Olmscheid
Olmscheid
Grant Shaeffer
Shaeffer
David Stokman
Stokman

Player of the Year: Grant Shaeffer (6'0''-PG) of St.Thomas
Sixth Man of the Year: Kent Hanson (6'5''-F) of Carleton
Coach of the Year: Guy Kalland of Carleton

1st Team
F: Kevin Grow (6'8''-F) of Carleton
PG: Trevor Hall (6'0''-PG) of Bethel, MN
F: Collin Olmscheid (6'8''-F) of Augsburg
PG: Grant Shaeffer (6'0''-PG) of St.Thomas
G: David Stokman (6'2''-G-97) of St.John's, MN
F: Tyler Weiss (6'7''-F-96) of St.John's, MN

2nd Team
F: Ryan Boll (6'6''-F) of St.Thomas
F: Freddie Gillespie (6'9''-F) of Carleton
PG: Michael Gutierrez (5'10''-PG) of Macalester
PG: Zach Smith (5'11''-PG) of Hamline
PG: Bridgeport Tusler (5'11''-PG) of Bethel, MN

3rd Team
G: Dylan Alderman (6'2''-G) of Concordia, MN
C: Kareem Ismail (6'5''-C) of Macalester
F: Austin Nelson (6'5''-F) of Concordia, MN
F: Robert Tobroxen (6'6''-F) of St.Olaf
PG: Brycen Wojta (6'0''-PG) of Bethel, MN

Honorable Mention
Michael Hannon (6'2''-G) of St.Thomas
Peter Kruize (6'7''-C) of Gustavus Adolphus
Derek Magnuson (6'7''-C) of Bethel, MN
Austin Majeskie (6'7''-F) of St.Olaf
Riley Sharbono (6'4''-F) of Gustavus Adolphus

All-Defensive Team
F: Jordan Burich (6'6''-F) of St.Thomas
F: Freddie Gillespie (6'9''-F) of Carleton
F: Kevin Grow (6'8''-F) of Carleton
PG: Trevor Hall (6'0''-PG) of Bethel, MN
PG: Bridgeport Tusler (5'11''-PG) of Bethel, MN

All-Rookie Team
F/G: Jubie Alade (6'4''-F/G-98) of St.John's, MN
G: Nate Albers (6'3''-G) of St.Olaf
F: Elijah Hannah (6'3''-F) of St.Thomas
F: Kent Hanson (6'5''-F) of Carleton
G: Granger Kingland (6'3''-G) of Bethel, MN

All-Sportsmanship Team
F: Nick Varner (6'6''-F) of Augsburg
PG: Trevor Hall (6'0''-PG) of Bethel, MN
G: Peter Bakker-Arkema (6'3''-G) of Carleton
G/F: Austin Rund (6'4''-G/F) of Concordia, MN
F: Alec Koster (6'2''-F) of Gustavus Adolphus
PG: Bret Lukes (6'0''-PG) of Hamline
PG: Jordan Black-Matthews (6'0''-PG) of Macalester
F: Will Bauman (6'0''-F) of St.John's, MN
F: Chad Schlosser (6'5''-F) of St.Mary's, MN
PG: Sam Lagus (6'0''-PG) of St.Olaf
F: Ryan Johnson (6'4''-F) of St.Thomas



Bethel beats SJU in final seconds to win MIAC Playoff title - by Igor Obradovic

Capacity crowd. Incredible atmosphere. Tie game. Less than a minute to play. A championship and an NCAA Tournament bid on the line. What could be better?
Nothing, as all 1,500 fans who crammed every available nook of Bethel's Robertson Center learned Saturday night, as No. 2-seeded Bethel pulled out a remarkable 79-75 victory over No. 4-seeded Saint John's to give the Royals their first Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's Basketball Playoff championship - and first trip to the NCAA Tournament - since 1991.
With the score tied at 72-72, Bethel's Bridgeport Tusler was fouled on a drive and made two free throws to give the Royals (21-6) a lead. However, Saint John's (19-9) David Stokman (6'2''-G-97) had an emphatic answer as he drove to the hoop, got fouled and willed in the layup to tie the game, then coolly added the freebie to put SJU up 75-74, with 21 seconds to play.
Trading big shot for big shot, the Royals Trevor Hall (6'0''-PG) worked the left side of the lane and banked in a runner to put Bethel back in front - this time for good - with 10 seconds left. Bethel jumped a passing lane and got a steal on the ensuing possession, and Tusler made three of four free throws in the closing seconds to salt away a historic win for the Royals, and cap off an unforgettable night for the lucky fans in attendance.
Following the game, Bethel - which shared its first-ever regular-season MIAC crown with St. Thomas - received the MIAC Playoff championship plaque as well as the conference's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The NCAA will announce the national tournament field on Feb. 27 at 11:30 a.m. with a live online selection show. This was Bethel's third recent appearance in the title game (2009 and 2015) and first Playoff title since 1991. Saint John's made its 12th appearance in the championship game and came up just short in a quest to win its seventh MIAC Playoff title, and first since 2001.
Things were tight in the early-going until Bethel's Tusler converted a three-point play to give the home team its first breathing room - a five-point edge 11 minutes into the game. Another Tusler layup stretched the Bethel lead to eight, 32-24, with three minutes left in the half, but Saint John's got a spark before the buzzer when Garrett Goetz (6'0''-PG-95) - the buzzer-beating hero of the semifinal win over St. Thomas - drained three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to get his team within four, 34-30, at the half.
The Royals clung to their slim lead in the opening moments of the second half until Goetz connected from deep again to pull SJU within one, and David Stokman (6'2''-G-97) followed with a pair of free throws to give the Johnnies a 40-39 lead. SJU's hot shooting continued, as it pushed the lead to eight midway through the half. But that's when Bethel made its move. The Royals countered with a 10-2 run, keyed by six points by Derek Magnuson (6'7''-C), to tie things up at 63-63 with six minutes to play and set up the thrilling final minute.
Stokman and Tusler shared top billing, as each guard starred for their respective teams. Stokman netted a game-high 33 points, shooting 10-for-20 from the floor and a perfect 10-for-10 from the line with five rebounds and four assists. Tusler was the Royals' driving force all night in their championship win with 26 points on 8-for-11 shooting, plus 9-for-11 from the line, with four rebounds and three steals.
Bethel also got 16 points, four assists and three steals from Brycen Wojta (6'0''-PG), 10 points and five boards from Derek Magnuson (6'7''-C), and Trevor Hall (6'0''-PG), Granger Kingland and Jack Jenson (6'1''-G) each scored nine for the home team. Stokman led a group of four Johnnies in double figures, as Tyler Weiss (6'7''-F-96) had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Goetz scored 11 and Patrick Strom (6'2''-G-95) had 10 in the loss. Saint John's shot 50 percent (26-for-52) from the floor and only missed one free throw (15-for-16), while Bethel was nearly identical going 28-for-59 (.475) from the floor and 17-for-20 (.850) from the line.

MIAC Tournament Final:
Bethel - Saint John's 79-75
MIAC Tournament Semifinals:
Saint John's - St. Thomas 80-78
Bethel - Carleton 57-53

Courtesy of MIAC Athletics



All-PAC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-PAC 1st Team 2017
Antonio Rudolph
Rudolph
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Kromka
Tyreik Burton
Burton
Damion King
King
Jarret Vrabel
Vrabel

Player of the Year: Tyreik Burton (5'8''-PG) of Thiel
Coach of the Year: Drew Cooper of Thomas More

1st Team
G: Antonio Rudolph (6'2''-G) of Bethany, WV
F: Tom Kromka (6'5''-F) of St.Vincent
PG: Tyreik Burton (5'8''-PG) of Thiel
PG: Damion King (5'10''-PG) of Thomas More
F: Jarret Vrabel (6'6''-F) of Westminster, PA

2nd Team
G: Ethan Moose (6'4''-G) of Geneva
C: Cory Huff (6'6''-C) of Grove City
G: Matt D'Amico (6'3''-G) of St.Vincent
F: Austin Ford (6'7''-F) of St.Vincent
F/C: Simon Clifford (6'6''-F/C) of Thomas More

Honorable Mention
Calique Jones (6'0''-PG) of Bethany, WV
Alex Schoppen (6'3''-G/F) of Chatham
Jimmy Leichliter (6'7''-G/F) of Geneva
Jon Knab (6'5''-F/G) of Waynesburg
Deontay Scott (6'4''-G/F) of Westminster, PA



All-AMCC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-AMCC 1st Team 2017
Johnathan Belton
Belton
Jalen Smith
Smith
Javon Wilson
Wilson
Andy Niland
Niland
Evan Greening
Greening

All-Tournament MVP: Mike Hollenbeck (6'7''-F-96) of Medaille
Player of the Year: Johnathan Belton (6'0''-PG-95) of Medaille
Defensive Player of the Year: Johnathan Belton (6'0''-PG-95) of Medaille
Newcomer of the Year: Hunter Martineau (5'11''-PG) of Hilbert
ACoach of the Year: Mike Blaine of Medaille

1st Team
PG: Johnathan Belton (6'0''-PG-95) of Medaille
G: Jalen Smith (6'1''-G) of Hilbert
G/F: Javon Wilson (6'2''-G/F) of Penn St. Altoona
PG: Andy Niland (5'8''-PG) of Penn St. Behrend
F: Evan Greening (6'4''-F-95) of Pitt-Bradford

2nd Team
G: Ray Quan Phifer (6'1''-G) of La Roche
F: Arnes Bajgora (6'7''-F) of La Roche
G/F: Ishimeal Nance (6'5''-G/F) of Penn St. Altoona
F: Mike Hollenbeck (6'7''-F-96) of Medaille
PG: Malquan Pullium (5'11''-PG) of Penn St. Behrend

3rd Team
G: Jeremy Vanduluitgaarden (6'6''-G) of D'Youville
G: Justice Fagan (6'1''-G-95) of Medaille
G: Evan Bonnaure (6'2''-G-95) of La Roche
G: Fateem Brockington (5'11''-G) of Pitt-Bradford
F: Dan Wanker (6'6''-F) of Penn St. Behrend

All-Tournament Team
F: Mike Hollenbeck (6'7''-F-96) of Medaille
PG: Meghale Ford (5'10''-PG-97) of Medaille
G: Ray Quan Phifer (6'1''-G) of La Roche
G: Evan Bonnaure (6'2''-G-95) of La Roche
G: Mike Fischer (6'1''-G) of Penn St. Behrend
G/F: Javon Wilson (6'2''-G/F) of Penn St. Altoona
PG: Hunter Martineau (5'11''-PG) of Hilbert
F: Evan Greening (6'4''-F-95) of Pitt-Bradford



Medaille claim fifth AMCC title - by Igor Obradovic

Medaille College earned their fifth AMCC men's basketball championship today, defeating La Roche College, 74-58, to advance to the NCAA Division III tournament.
The top seeded Mavericks led almost the entire game. They built a 15 point first half lead and were ahead by as many as 21 points in the second half The #3 seeded Redhawks did much better in the last 20 minutes, scoring 35 points to Medaille's 36, but could not overcome an 8-of-30 field goal effort.
Medaille was paced by a 14 point, 12 rebound effort from Mike Hollenbeck (6'7''-F-96) and another 24 points from Meghale Ford. Both were named to the all-tournament team. Also impacting the boxscore were Johnathan Belton (6'0''-PG-95) (10 points, 5 assists, 4 steals) and Justice Fagan (6'1''-G-95) (10 points, 3 assists).
La Roche got a double-double contribution from Andy Abreu (6'5''-F) (12 points, 13 boards), while Zach Gould (5'10''-PG), Ray Quan Phifer (6'1''-G) and Trell Thomas (5'10''-PG) all chipped in 13 points.

AMCC Tournament Final: Medaille - La Roche 74-58
AMCC Tournament Semifinals:
La Roche - Penn St.-Behrend 75-50
Medaille - Penn St. Altoona 91-77

Courtesy of AMCC Sports



All-NEWMAC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-NEWMAC 1st Team 2017
Joey Flannery
Flannery
Jake Ross
Ross
Nick Comenale
Comenale
Isaiah Nelsen
Nelsen
Ian Converse
Converse

All-Tournament MVP: Tim Butala (6'8''-F) of MIT
Player of the Year: Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) of Babson
Defensive Player of the Year: Aj Jurko (6'4''-G) of MIT
Rookie of the Year: Jake Ross (6'4''-G) of Springfield
Coach of the Year: Stephen Brennan of Babson

1st Team
G: Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) of Babson
G: Jake Ross (6'4''-G) of Springfield
F: Nick Comenale (6'3''-F) of Babson
F: Isaiah Nelsen (6'7''-F) of Babson
F: Ian Converse (6'5''-F) of Worcester Poly.
G: Aj Jurko (6'4''-G) of MIT

2nd Team
F: Tim Butala (6'8''-F) of MIT
PG: Geoffrey Gray (6'2''-PG) of Emerson
G: Sean Doncaster (6'2''-G) of Worcester Poly.
F: Bradley Jacks (6'7''-F) of Babson
F: Quinton Dale (6'4''-F-94) of Wheaton, MA

All-Sportsmanship Team
C: Heath Post (6'6''-C) of Springfield
F: Zach Parsons (6'5''-F) of Wheaton, MA
G: Sam Bohmiller (5'10''-G) of Babson
C: Mac Sashin (7'1''-C) of Emerson
PG: Adrian Chuquillangui (5'11''-PG) of Coast Guard
G: Aj Jurko (6'4''-G) of MIT
F: Ian Converse (6'5''-F) of Worcester Poly.
F: Lamar Berk (6'3''-F) of Clark

All-Academic Team
G: Chris Lowry (6'0''-G) of Babson
F: John Geary (6'5''-F) of Emerson
G: Jared Kortsen (6'1''-G) of Emerson
PG: Michael Sheng (5'10''-PG-95) of Emerson
G/F: Corey Fitz (6'5''-G/F) of Emerson
G: Bradley Jomard (6'6''-G-96) of MIT
F: Tim Butala (6'8''-F) of MIT
F: Spencer Rust (6'9''-F) of MIT
G: Dakota Pierce (6'3''-G) of MIT
F: Tim Roberts (6'5''-F) of MIT
F: Brandon Eckles (6'7''-F) of Springfield
G: Ben Diamond (6'4''-G) of Springfield
C: Alex Sugarman (6'7''-C) of Wheaton, MA
G: David Carbonello (6'1''-G) of Wheaton, MA
PG: Ben Christopher (5'10''-PG) of Wheaton, MA
G: Chris Rodgers (6'2''-G) of Worcester Poly.



MIT Defeats Babson to Claim NEWMAC Title - by Igor Obradovic

Sophomore Bradley Jomard (6'6''-G-96) (Paris, France) finished with 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals to help second-seeded MIT edge top-ranked Babson College, 67-62, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship game on Sunday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.
With the victory, MIT (21-5) avenged a pair of regular season losses to Babson and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Beavers (25-2), who have been ranked No. 1 in the D3hoops.com poll since December 19, saw their 25-game NEWMAC and 21-game home winning streaks come to end. Ironically, both streaks started following a regular season loss to the Engineers on January 20, 2016.
Senior Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) (Acton, Mass.) led all scorers with 25 points and also pulled down seven rebounds for Babson, which once again was missing a pair of starters in senior Sam Bohmiller (5'10''-G) (Franklin, Mass.) and junior Bradley Jacks (6'7''-F) (Fort Washington, Md.). Senior Matthew Droney (6'5''-G/F) (Canton, Mass.) finished with nine points and three steals, while junior Chris Lowry (6'0''-G) (Union, Conn.) scored eight points and dished out two assists.
Senior Tim Butala (6'8''-F) (Monroe, Conn.), the NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, scored 14 points and sophomore Spencer Rust (6'9''-F) (Alamo, Calif.) added 12 for the Engineers, who never trailed in the contest.
Sophomore Aj Jurko (6'4''-G) (Weston, Fla.) scored five consecutive points to give MIT a 14-7 lead just over five minutes into the contest, and the Engineers responded to a 7-0 Beavers' run with a 14-2 spurt of their own to build a 30-16 advantage just shy of eight-minute mark of the opening half. Four players scored at least eight points and the visitors went 10-of-10 at the free throw line to build a 44-29 halftime lead.
The Green and White started the second half with a 7-2 run to pull within 46-39 on a three-pointer by Lowry with 16:02 to go. MIT ripped off eight of the next 10 points to push the margin back to 13, and still led 57-47 with 9:13 left before the Beavers made one final push to get as close as one in the final minute.
Back-to-back hoops by senior Charlie Rice (6'5''-F) (Barnstable, Mass.) cut the Babson deficit to 59-51, and senior Isaiah Nelsen (North Andover, Mass.) followed a three-pointer by junior Nick Comenale (6'3''-F) (New York Mills, N.Y.) with a pair of free throws to make it 63-56 with 4:05 remaining. Flannery scored off a steal, Nelsen connected on a jump hook in the lane and Rice converted another layup over the next three possessions as the Green and White closed the gap to 63-62 with 1:25 left.
Flannery rebounded a miss by Rust with 34 seconds to go, but Babson was unable to take the lead despite a pair of shots on the ensuing possession. Flannery was blocked by Butala with 15 seconds to go and his driving layup with nine seconds left came up short. Butala then went 4-of-4 from the free throw line over the final five seconds to seal the win.
The Beavers shot 42.9 percent for the game and scored 22 points off of 15 MIT turnovers.
The Engineers shot 43.4 percent overall and finished with a 34-27 edge on the glass.
Both Babson and MIT will find out who they will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Monday at 12:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES
The Beavers are 54-20 all-time against MIT and had won nine of their last 10 against the Engineers prior to Sunday's loss.
Sunday's loss snapped Babson's 16-game winning streak, which was the second longest in program history behind the 2014-15 squad, which won 17 consecutive games on the way to the Division III Final Four.
The Beavers finished with a season-low nine assists on Sunday.
Babson is now 11-5 over the last two years in games decided by five points or less.

NEWMAC Tournament Final: MIT - Babson 67-62
NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals:
MIT - WPI 63-61
Babson - Springfield 67-62

Courtesy of NEWMACSports



All-Centennial Conf. Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-Centennial Conf. 1st Team 2017
Brandon Federici
Federici
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Wiley
Matt Knowles
Knowles
Kyle Doran
Doran
Cody Kiefer
Kiefer

All-Tournament MVP: Cam Wiley (6'0''-PG) of Swarthmore
Player of the Year: Cam Wiley (6'0''-PG) of Swarthmore
Rookie of the Year: Ignas Slyka (6'5''-G/F) of Franklin & Marshall
Coach of the Year: Landry Kosmalski of Swarthmore

1st Team
G: Brandon Federici (6'4''-G) of Franklin & Marshall
PG: Cam Wiley (6'0''-PG) of Swarthmore
G: Matt Knowles (6'2''-G) of Ursinus
F: Kyle Doran (6'5''-F) of John Hopkins
F: Cody Kiefer (6'5''-F) of Gettysburg

2nd Team
G: Zack Yonda (6'2''-G) of Swarthmore
G/F: Elijah Wright (6'2''-G/F) of Dickinson
G: Michael Gardner (6'2''-G) of John Hopkins
F: Zach Quattro (6'7''-F) of Ursinus
F: Sam Gordon (6'6''-F) of John Hopkins

Honorable Mention
Josh McWilliams (6'0''-PG) of McDaniel
J.C. McGrath (6'5''-G/F) of Franklin & Marshall
Mlynue Reeves (6'8''-C) of Gettysburg
Kevin Yrizarry (6'6''-F/C) of McDaniel
Eric Williams (6'3''-G) of Ursinus
Justus Melton (6'7''-G/F) of Dickinson

All-Sportsmanship Team
G/F: Mike Hinckley (6'1''-G/F) of Dickinson
F/C: Lior Levy (6'8''-F/C) of Franklin & Marshall
C: Mlynue Reeves (6'8''-C) of Gettysburg
PG: Kofi Kwakwa (6'0''-PG) of Haverford
PG: Austin Vasiliadis (5'11''-PG) of John Hopkins
F/C: Kevin Yrizarry (6'6''-F/C) of McDaniel
PG: Nigel Long (5'6''-PG) of Muhlenberg
G: Sam Lebryk (6'3''-G) of Swarthmore
G: Matt Knowles (6'2''-G) of Ursinus
PG: Bryan Shapiro (6'0''-PG) of Washington



Swarthmore Survives Thriller to Claim Title 68-64 - by Igor Obradovic

The Dickinson men's basketball team returned to the Centennial Conference Championship on Saturday night, earning a date with top-seed Swarthmore College with a 70-64 win over Franklin & Marshall on Friday.
The game proved worthy of a championship event as the teams traded leads throughout the night. The Garnet overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half to capture the title, 68-64.
The Red Devils erased an early lead in the first half to pull in front at halftime. They came out strong after the break and built a double-digit lead but Swarthmore would crawl back into it behind the play of Tournament MVP Cam Wiley.
Sam Lorenzo (6'6''-G/F) (Sterling, Va./St. Anne's Belfield) got the Devils going early, knocking down a three-pointer from the top of the arc to put Dickinson up, 7-5. Sam Lebryck answered with a three on the other end to immediately put the hosts back in front.
Jule Brown (6'6''-G/F) (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) made a strong move to basket, completing a three-point play as the score swayed back and forth. The teams played to a 14-14 tie before Wiley and Jim Lammers hit back-to-back three-pointers from the corner.
Junior Justus Melton (6'7''-G/F) (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) put together a pair of scores inside and Brown went to the basket again, pulling the Devils even, with 7:21 remaining in the half.
Wiley scored seven straight points before Lorenzo answered with a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 27-23. Robbie Walsh (6'8''-F) completed a three-point play to stretch the lead back to seven.
Elijah Wright (Orange, N.J./The Pennington School) returned to knock down a three-pointer and Moses Romocki (6'5''-G/F) (Creedmoor, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) drew a charge on Walsh on the other end.
Zack Yoder hit a three-pointer to give Swarthmore its biggest lead of the night, 35-26, before the Red Devils went on a 14-1 run to erase the deficit and lead by four as the teams went into halftime.
First-year Bryce Allen (5'9''-G/F) (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) triggered the run, hitting a three-pointer from just inside half court as the shot clock expired. The Red Devils forced a shot clock violation and Romocki went to work with a three-pointer and a two-hand jam from Allen to pull the Devils within one.
Walsh finally countered with a lone free throw before Wright buried back-to-back triples to put Dickinson up, 40-36, at the break.
The Red Devils shot a remarkable 70 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 7-of-10 three-pointers in the first half.
The teams traded field-goals early in the second half and Yonda hit a three-pointer to pull Swarthmore within in one, 44-43. Sophomore Michael Jurzynski (6'4''-G/F) (Pearl River, N.Y./The Master's School) sandwiched a pair of three-pointers around a Garnet free throw to stretch the lead to 50-44, with just under 15 minutes to play.
The Devils built the lead to double-figures on a floater from Allen, followed by a blocked shot and fast break lay-up from Wright.
Wiley hit a three-pointer before lay-ups from Allen and Mike Hinckley (6'1''-G/F) (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) put Dickinson up by 11. Swarthmore came back, going on a 12-0 run with Wiley putting the Garnet up, 59-58, with 6:15 remaining in regulation.
Melton tied the game with a free throw, breaking up the run with 4:46 left to play. Yonda hit a three on the next possession and Wright countered to cut the lead to one with a pair of free throws.
Brown came up with a big steal but the Devils couldn't convert on the other end and Wiley banged a three-pointer to give Swarthmore a 65-61 edge with 1:52 left to play.
The teams traded possessions and Romocki was fouled on a defensive rebound. He hit one-of-two to close the gap to one possession, 65-62.
A tough call put Lebryck on the line with just 19 seconds to play. He hit both free throws to extend the lead to five. After a timeout, Allen quickly drove to the basket, scoring and cutting the margin to three.
A great trap by the Red Devils led to jump ball as Melton forced the tie-up, giving the Devils the ball with nine seconds on the clock.
The Garnet got a hand on the ball and made a steal, sending Yonda to the line. He hit one-of-two and that would be enough as Swarthmore captured the title, 68-64.
Wiley led the Garnet with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting as Swarthmore improved to 22-5 on the season, earning the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Wright led the Red Devils (16-11) with 19 points, going 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. Brown hit 4-of-6 shots for nine points, adding four rebounds and a pair of assists. Allen tallied nine points, two assists and two steals while Romocki finished with eight points, four rebounds and two assists.
The Red Devils made their seventh consecutive conference playoff appearance, earning their ninth trip to the semifinals, and advancing to the championship game for the sixth time.

Centennial Conf. Tournament Final: Swarthmore - Dickinson 68-64
Centennial Conf. Tournament Semifinals:
Swarthmore - Ursinus 86-66
Dickinson - Franklin & Marshall 70-64

Courtesy of DickinsonAthletics



All-NESCAC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-NESCAC 1st Team 2017
Daniel Aronowitz
Aronowitz
Marcus Delpeche
Delpeche
Johnny McCarthy
McCarthy
Ed Ogundeko
Ogundeko
Matt St.Amour
St.Amour

Player of the Year: Matt St.Amour (6'3''-G) of Middlebury
Defensive Player of the Year: Malcolm Delpeche (6'8''-C) of Bates
Rookie of the Year: Kena Gilmour (6'3''-G/F) of Hamilton
Coach of the Year: Jeff Brown of Middlebury

1st Team
G: Daniel Aronowitz (6'5''-G) of Williams
F: Marcus Delpeche (6'7''-F) of Bates
G/F: Johnny McCarthy (6'5''-G/F) of Amherst
C/F: Ed Ogundeko (6'5''-C/F) of Trinity, CT
G: Matt St.Amour (6'3''-G) of Middlebury

2nd Team
PG: Jake Brown (5'11''-PG) of Middlebury
G: Jayde Dawson (6'2''-G) of Amherst
G/F: Peter Hoffmann (6'5''-G/F) of Hamilton
PG: Harry Rafferty (6'0''-PG) of Wesleyan
PG: Tarik Smith (5'11''-PG) of Tufts



NESCAC Final: No. 2 Middlebury 84, No. 6 Williams 62 - by Igor Obradovic

The second seeded Middlebury men's basketball team used a strong second half and 20 points each from Jake Brown (5'11''-PG) and Matt St. Amour to pick up an 84-62 win over No. 6 Williams to win its second consecutive NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship on Sunday afternoon in Cousens Gym on the campus of Tufts University.
The Panthers, 24-3, receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will find out their next opponent Monday at noon during the NCAA Division III selection show. Williams falls to 19-8 with the loss and will await a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Ephs led for nearly the entire first half. Kyle Scadlock (6'7''-F) made a jumper three and a half minutes into the game, and Daniel Aronowitz (6'5''-G) followed up with a layup, while Scadlock chipped in two more points on a pair of free throws to give the Ephs the 15-5 advantage. The Panthers responded with back-to-back three-pointers from Brown to cut the lead to four with 14:33 remaining in the half.
A three from the Panther's Jack Daly (6'3''-G) tied the game at 20 with 12:09 remaining in the half, but the Ephs answered and took the lead once again. Williams would lead by as many as 10, 34-24, with 7:45 left in the half, but the Panthers slowly chipped away at the lead. A layup from Matt Folger (6'8''-F) tied the game at 35 with 2:49 remaining in the half. The Ephs got a three from James Heskett, and after a free throw from the Panther's Daly, a Scadlock dunk gave the Ephs the four-point advantage, 40-36, going into the break.
Middlebury came out of the intermission on fire, and a layup from Nick Tarantino (6'7''-F) followed by two points from Eric McCord (6'7''-F) tied the game at 40 just a minute and a half into the second half. Middlebury scored 16 unanswered points to open the second half to take a 52-40 lead. The Panthers would hold on to that advantage and extended its lead to as many as 24 in the second half and went on to pick up the 84-62 win.
Scadlock finished with a double-double for the Ephs with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Aronowitz added 14 points and Heskett finished with eight.
For the Panthers, St. Amour and Brown each finished with 20 points. St. Amour added five rebounds and five assists to his day. Daly tallied eight points and a game-high nine assists. McCord totaled 10 points and Matt Folger (6'8''-F) finished with seven points and a team-high eight rebounds and Adisa Majors (6'5''-F) helped with ten points.

NESCAC Tournament Final: Middlebury - Williams 84-62
NESCAC Tournament Semifinals:
Middlebury - Trinity 76-60
Williams - Tufts 81-65

Courtesy of NESCAC



All-MASCAC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-MASCAC 1st Team 2017
Jaleel Bell
Bell
Marcus Faison
Faison
Shaquan Murray
Murray
Paul Brooks
Brooks
Jesus Sanchez
Sanchez

All-Tournament MVP: Marcus Faison (6'5''-F) of Salem St.
Player of the Year: Jaleel Bell (6'2''-G) of Fitchburg St.
Rookie of the Year: Keiland Cross (6'1''-G) of MCLA
Coach of the Year: Titus Manderson of Fitchburg St.

1st Team
G: Jaleel Bell (6'2''-G) of Fitchburg St.
F: Marcus Faison (6'5''-F) of Salem St.
PG: Shaquan Murray (6'0''-PG) of Salem St.
C: Paul Brooks (6'9''-C) of Worcester St.
PG: Jesus Sanchez (6'0''-PG) of Westfield St.

2nd Team
G: Fawaz Mass (6'1''-G) of Bridgewater St.
PG: Rocky Deandrade (5'10''-PG) of Bridgewater St.
F: Josh Bosworth (6'4''-F) of Fitchburg St.
PG: Leonny Burgos (5'11''-PG) of Fitchburg St.
F: Joseph Carty (6'7''-F) of Bridgewater St.



Salem State Earns 17th MASCAC Tournament Championship - by Igor Obradovic

Marcus Faison's (Cambridge, MA) double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds and Shaquan Murray's (Boston, Mass.) career-high 31 points spearheaded Salem State's drive to the Vikings' 17th Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament Championship as Salem State stopped Worcester State 100-82 on Saturday afternoon at Twohig Gymnasium. Faison earned MASCAC Tournament MVP as the senior recorded his 16th double-double of the season to help Salem State earn their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2012.
Despite lacking poise in the opening minutes, the Vikings overcame an early nine-point deficit five minutes into the game. The Lancers suffered a severe setback as center Paul Brooks (6'9''-C) (Arlington, MA) exited the game in the opening minutes with a knee injury and did not return. Salem State's offense became more aggressive attacking the basket as space opened up near the basket. Sean Bryan (6'2''-G) (Lowell, MA) sparked a 10-0 outburst after dropping a dime to Drew Healy (6'9''-F) (Lowell, MA) for an easy baseline dunk. That basket led to a Vikings' 16-13 lead midway through the half.
Murray (Boston, MA) anchored Salem State's offense in the first half as he tallied 18 points on 7-9 shooting. In addition, Murray led the Vikings on their second 10-0 run of the half to push the margin to 40-26 with four minutes remaining in the half. However, that lead was short lived as the Lancers answered that run with their own 11-0 skein that took the game to below the two-minute mark as they cut the Vikings' lead to just three after a Shaun McCarthy (6'4''-F) (Oxford, MA) layup. Worcester State was active on the offensive glass as they grabbed six offensive boards, which led to 13 second chance points.
With time winding down, Murray answered for Salem State with a layup in transition that allowed the home team to regain a 42-37 edge. After a Corey Gatta (5'8''-PG) (Sturbridge, MA) layup brought Worcester State to within three, Howes stole the ball on the next possession to set up Ryan DiBernardo (6'2''-F) (Springfield, MA) for the game-tying triple in transition with just under thirty-seconds left. The Lancers took full advantage of the seven turnovers Salem State committed in the half as they converted them into 16 points. Worcester State could not contain the shifty Murray in the final seconds as he slipped past their press to get to the hoop for an effortless layup just as time expired. Salem State took a slight 44-42 lead heading into halftime.
The Vikings began to gain separation on the scoreboard midway though the second half due to their consistency shooting the ball. Salem State shot 51.4% from the floor in the half while they also shot above 50% from beyond the arc as well. Jacob Lindland (6'1''-G) (Hamilton, MA) raised the Vikings' lead to 64-50 with a deep three-pointer from the corner with 12:09 remaining. In fact Salem State built a lead as large as 81-60 at the 7:22 mark after Lindland knocked down a mid range jumper. Unlike the first half, Salem State didn't take their foot off the gas as they denied Worcester State of any chance at a comeback by playing tough defense and being active on the glass. Defensively, the Vikings' forced 10 Lancer turnovers in the second half alone that they were able to flip into 13 points. Their success at the foul line helped secure the win and the MASCAC title as they shot an impressive 83%, including 14-17 in the second half. Murray tallied another 13 points in the half to total 31 points on the day as he led all scorers. Bryan closed out the game with two free throws to give the Vikings a 100-82 victory.
Santos added 15 points while Lindland finished with 13 points on 5-10 shooting (3-7 from three-point range).
Jeremy Bacon (6'2''-F) (Milford, MA) carried the offense for the Lancers with a hard earned 24 points and 12 rebounds. McCarthy followed Bacon with 16 points while DiBernardo contributed with 15 points including shooting 4-6 from beyond the arc.

MASCAC Tournament Final: Salem St. - Worcester St. 100-82
MASCAC Tournament Semifinals:
Salem St. - Bridgewater St. 69-68
Worcester St. - Fitchburg St. 71-68

Courtesy of MASCAC



All-Landmark Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-Landmark 1st Team 2017
Jay Howard
Howard
Marcus Lee
Lee
Brandon McGuire
McGuire
John Vitkus
Vitkus
Ryan Traub
Traub

All-Tournament MVP: John Vitkus (6'9''-C-95) of Scranton
Player of the Year: Steven Weidlich (6'1''-G) of Susquehanna
Defensive Player of the Year: John Vitkus (6'9''-C-95) of Scranton
Rookie of the Year: Riley Collins (6'0''-PG) of Drew
Coach of the Year: Justin Potts of Moravian

1st Team
F: Jay Howard (6'3''-F) of Catholic
C: Marcus Lee (6'6''-C) of Juniata
F: Brandon McGuire (6'4''-F) of Moravian
C: John Vitkus (6'9''-C-95) of Scranton
C: Ryan Traub (6'7''-C) of Susquehanna
G: Steven Weidlich (6'1''-G) of Susquehanna

2nd Team
G: Louis Khouri (6'1''-G) of Catholic
PG: Riley Collins (6'0''-PG) of Drew
F: Chris Outing (6'7''-F) of Goucher
PG: Jimmy Murray (6'0''-PG) of Moravian
G: Ethan Danzig (6'5''-G) of Scranton
PG: Kevin Doolan (5'11''-PG) of Scranton



Scranton Men's Basketball Claims Seventh Landmark Conference Title - by Igor Obradovic

With lightning and thunder raging outside the Long Center for most of the game, The University of Scranton men's basketball waged a battle for the ages inside the doors of the storied gymnasium. When the weather subsided outside and the dust settled inside, the Royals came out with a 68-63 victory over Moravian for their seventh Landmark Conference championship in 10 years.
The victory gives Scranton (21-6) its 24th conference title overall and secures an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which begins on Friday, March 3. The Royals will be making their fourth straight NCAA appearance and 28th overall.
Senior center John Vitkus (6'9''-C-95) was named championship MVP after finishing with a career-high 27 points on 11-for-14 from the field. He also had five rebounds, two blocks and a steal. He was also 5-for-6 from the line.
Junior guard Ethan Danzig (6'5''-G) added 12 points, six assists and five rebounds, and freshman guard Kyle Deverna (6'1''-G) added nine points and four rebounds off the bench.
The game tipped off with constant lightning and thunder as severe weather that caused tornado warnings and numerous problems throughout the area continued outside. The Royals raced out to an 8-2 lead, but Moravian (19-8) used its full-court to fuel a 15-2 run to take a 17-10 lead midway through the half.
But Scranton settled down and answered with a 6-1 spurt and eventually took a 33-30 halftime lead when Danzig got free for a layup on an inbounds pass just before the half.
The Royals slowly built the lead to 11 with 11:15 to play behind a 7-0 run that included a dunk by freshman forward Matthew Mancuso (6'7''-F), a 3-pointer from Danzig and two free throw by Vitkus.
But Moravian fought back with a 10-2 run to cut Scranton's lead to 53-50 with 8:11 remaining. From there, the game see-sawed between Scranton building a seven-point lead and Moravian creeping back within three or four.
It was still four with under a minute to play when Vitkus got free inside for a dunk and was fouled, and the free throw gave the Royals a 68-61 lead with 29 seconds left. The Greyhounds scored 11 seconds later, but missed their final shot with seven seconds left and the Royals ran out the clock.
Mancuso finished the game with eight points and five rebounds, and junior guard Drew Schankweiler (6'8''-F) had eight points and six assists. The duo combined with Vitkus to help Scranton post a 50-36 advantage in points in the paint.
Scranton finished the game shooting 50.9 percent (28-for-55) from the field, despite making just two of 12 3-point attempts. The Royals hit 10 of 13 free throws and had a 33-25 rebounding edge. They also committed just 10 turnovers. Junior guard Kevin Doolan had another fine performance, handing Moravian's pressure all afternoon long and finishing with four assists and zero turnovers in 37 minutes.
Moravian shot 47.1 percent (24-for-51) from the field, including 3-for-12 from 3-point range. The Greyhounds hit 12 of 17 free throws and also committed 10 turnovers.
This is Scranton ninth conference championship in 16 seasons under head coach Carl Danzig , who earned his 300th career victory earlier this season. The Royals will be making their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance under his guidance.

Landmark Tournament Final: Scranton - Moravian 68-63
Landmark Tournament Semifinals:
Scranton - Catholic 75-68
Moravian - Susquehanna 81-69

Courtesy of Landmark Conference



All-SCIAC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-SCIAC 1st Team 2017
Michael Scarlett
Scarlett
Andrew Johnson
Johnson
Wolfgang Wood
Wood
Hakim Arnold
Arnold
Corbin Koch
Koch

Player of the Year: Michael Scarlett (6'4''-G) of Claremont-Mudd
Newcomer of the Year: Caleb Richey (5'10''-PG-95) of Cal Lutheran
Coach of the Year: Ken Scalmanini of Claremont-Mudd

1st Team
G: Michael Scarlett (6'4''-G) of Claremont-Mudd
F: Andrew Johnson (6'6''-F-95) of Occidental
F: Wolfgang Wood (6'4''-F) of Cal Lutheran
G: Hakim Arnold (6'3''-G) of La Verne
G: Corbin Koch (6'3''-G) of Pomona-Pitzer
F/C: Nasser Al-Rayes (6'10''-F/C) of California Tech
PG: Caleb Richey (5'10''-PG-95) of Cal Lutheran

2nd Team
C: Kendrick Morris (6'9''-C) of Claremont-Mudd
G: Daniel Rosenbaum (6'4''-G) of Pomona-Pitzer
G: Anthony White (6'3''-G) of La Verne
G: Trevor Baker (6'2''-G) of Redlands
F: James Taylor (6'8''-F) of Chapman
G: Jay Miller (6'1''-G) of Occidental



Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Captures SCIAC Men's Basketball Postseason Tournament Title - by Igor Obradovic

Top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defeated second-seeded Cal Lutheran 77-71 on Saturday evening to take the 2016-17 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) men's basketball postseason tournament. This is the fifth overall postseason tournament title for the Stags as they last won in 2014-15
With the win the Stags improve to 22-4 on the season while the Kingsmen fall to 20-7. The Stags will represent the SCIAC with the automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament. Watch the NCAA Selection Show on Monday at 9:30 a.m. to find out where CMS will be sent for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
CMS built a 10-point lead going into halftime at 39-29 with their largest lead being 12 at 18:44 in the second half. Cal Lutheran took the lead with 11:45 left in the game at 49-48 which gave way to a back-and-forth affair for the last ten minutes. At 6:09 Miles President (6'1''-G) went to the line and sunk his two FTs to put CMS up 62-58. Tied at 67-67 with 3:27 Kendrick Morris (6'9''-C) put in two of his seventeen points to give CMS the two-point lead.
With 1:06 remaining Adrian Francis (6'0''-PG) went to the line for CLU and made both to keep it a one-point contest at 70-69. After an offensive foul on CLU with 31.4 remaining gave the Stags the ball back before junior Michael Scarlett (6'4''-G) was fouled making both of his shots to give CMS a 72-69 lead. Caleb Richey (5'10''-PG-95) from CLU made a quick bucket before Riley Hall (6'5''-F) was sent to the line draining both for CMS. CMS caused a turnover on the last CLU possession with 4.1 second left before Morris hit a bucket with 1.1 remaining while being fouled on the play to end the game with a 77-71 victory for CMS.
Scarlett had a game-high 26 points for the Stags and added four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Morris added 17 points for CMS while Hall and President each hit the double-digit mark chipping in 16 and 11 points respectively.
Cal Lutheran was led by Austin Cole (6'5''-G) with 20 points while Blake Miles (6'4''-F) added 13 points and Wolfgang Wood 12. Francis gave the Kingsmen a spark off the bench pouring in 13 points. Junior guard Richey dished out 12 assists.

SCIAC Tournament Final: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps - Cal Lutheran 77-71
SCIAC Tournament Semifinals:
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps - Pomona-Pitzer 70-64
Cal Lutheran - La Verne 92-79

Courtesy of TheSCIAC



All-NCAC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-NCAC 1st Team 2017
Nate Axelrod
Axelrod
Luke Lattner
Lattner
David Meurer
Meurer
Ben Simpson
Simpson
Jett Speelman
Speelman

All-Tournament MVP: Dan Fanelly (6'6''-F/C) of Wooster
Offensive Player of the Year: Nate Axelrod (5'7''-PG) of Ohio Wesleyan
Defensive Player of the Year: Shane Edwards (6'3''-G) of Wittenberg
Newcomer of the Year: Colten Garland (6'0''-PG) of Wabash
Coach of the Year: Mike DeWitt of Ohio Wesleyan

1st Team
PG: Nate Axelrod (5'7''-PG) of Ohio Wesleyan
G: Luke Lattner (6'1''-G) of DePauw
PG: David Meurer (5'10''-PG) of Denison
F: Ben Simpson (6'4''-F) of Ohio Wesleyan
F: Jett Speelman (6'7''-F) of Denison

2nd Team
G: Seth Clark (6'3''-G) of Ohio Wesleyan
F/C: Dan Fanelly (6'6''-F/C) of Wooster
C: Kelvin Jones (6'5''-C) of Hiram
F: Jaelin Williams (6'5''-F) of Wittenberg
G: Spencer Williams (6'2''-G-95) of Wooster

Honorable Mention
Reece Dupler (6'2''-G) of Wooster
Shane Edwards (6'3''-G) of Wittenberg
Colten Garland (6'0''-PG) of Wabash
Bennett Grigull (6'4''-G) of Kenyon
Jack Poyle (6'2''-G) of Oberlin
Evan Zabriski (6'6''-F) of Allegheny

All-Tournament Team
PG: Cody Phillippi (5'11''-PG) of Wittenberg
F: Jett Speelman (6'7''-F) of Denison
PG: Nate Axelrod (5'7''-PG) of Ohio Wesleyan
F: Ben Simpson (6'4''-F) of Ohio Wesleyan
G: Spencer Williams (6'2''-G-95) of Wooster



Wooster Claims 16th NCAC Tourney Title - by Igor Obradovic

For the first time since 2014 and the 16th time overall, The College of Wooster Fighting Scots have captured the NCAC Men's Basketball Tournament title following a 76-72 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at Branch Rickey Arena in Delaware, Ohio.
The win not only gave the Scots their league-leading 16th tournament title, but it also marked the 800th win for head coach Steve Moore , making him just the 18th coach in NCAA history (all divisions) to reach the prestigious milestone.
Following the completion of the title game, Wooster senior post Dan Fanelly (6'6''-F/C) (Uniontown, OH/Green) was named the Al Van Wie award winner as the tournament MVP. Simply put, Fanelly was sensational in the title game as he topped his season-high total with 34 points after shooting 11-of-18 from the field and 10-of-13 from the free throw line. Fanelly, who also had nine rebounds in the title game, was just as dominant in Wooster's 87-77 semifinal win over Denison with 32 points and eight rebounds on 10-of-17 shooting from the field.

NCAC Tournament Final: Wooster - Ohio Wesleyan 76-72
NCAC Tournament Semifinals:
Wooster - Denison 87-77
Ohio Wesleyan - Wittenberg 77-68

Courtesy of NorthCoast



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Police Baton, NAF Rockets complete Atlantic Conference teams - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Ahead of the 2016/2017 season of the Nigeria premier league, the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF has given wild-card to two former premier league sides, Police Baton and NAF Rockets basketball clubs to make up the eight teams in the Atlantic conference.

Both clubs who failed to gain promotion from the 2016 National Division-One championship held in Abuja last November were awarded the wild-card based on past pedigree having lost out to Hoops & Read basketball team in the national division-one championship.

Both sides will now join Nigeria Customs basketball club of Lagos, Rivers Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt, Delta Force of Asaba, Kwara Falcons of Ilorin and Oluyole Warriors basketball club of Ibadan.

The addition of the Baton and Rockets to the elite division now bring to four teams based in Nigeria commercial capital, Lagos.

Civil Defenders basketball club of Abuja also got promoted from the Savannah conference of the Nigeria domestic league due to jump-start later in the month.

Other teams in the Savannah conference are defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club, Kada Stars of Kaduna, Niger Potters of Minna, Bauchi Nets, Gombe Bulls, Mark Mentors of Abuja and Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos.



Sagesse tabs Kenny Adeleke - by Eurobasket News

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) inked experienced 34-year old Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-109kg-83, college: Hartford, agency: SDJ Sports). He started the season at Final Genclik in Turkish TBL league. In 19 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 13.8rpg and 1.0apg this season. The last summer Adeleke played at Nacional in Uruguayan Ascenso where in 16 games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 15.3rpg (leader !!!) and 1.9apg.
In 2006 Butte Daredevils selected him as second overall pick in CBA draft.
Adeleke attended University of Hartford and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L 3rd Team award back in 2014.
Adeleke is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to thirteen different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Adeleke has played previously professionally in Argentina (Instituto), Bulgaria, China (Henan), Dominican Rep., Israel, Italy, Philippines (Barako Bull and Phoenix), Puerto Rico (Manati), Spain (Gipuzkoa), Ukraine (Cherkasy), Venezuela (Trotamundos), Uruguay (Goes) and D-League (Springfield A.).
His game is described as: A left handed center with great working attitude, who is fundamentally sound and can help his team at the both sides of the court. Needs to improve his Free Throw accuracy and to become less foul-prone.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Evan ROQUEMORE
  Nidaros .
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Roquemore, Nidaros .25.6 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.25.3 
 3. Weatherspoon, Baerum B.24.6 
 4. Ferrales, Kongsberg23.6 
 5. Yele, Asker Aliens22.3 
 6. Garth, Asker Aliens21.8 
 7. Stien, Asker Aliens20.3 
 8. Sommerfeldt, Centr.19.2 
 9. Harris, Froya B.18.8 
 10. Lundestad, Kongs.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Earl SIMBA
  Nidaros .
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Simba, Nidaros .15.8 
 2. Yele, Asker Aliens13.0 
 3. Fivelstad, Gimle B.11.7 
 4. Weatherspoon, Baerum B.10.8 
 5. Harris, Froya B.10.7 
 6. Bolinz, Centrum10.7 
 7. Eglitis, Asker Aliens10.6 
 8. Issalhi, Tromso9.7 
 9. Oldham, Kongsberg9.7 
 10. Victor, Gimle BBK9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  Baerum B.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Gilchrese, Baerum B.6.8 
 2. Garth, Asker Aliens6.3 
 3. Ferrales, Kongsberg5.5 
 4. Roquemore, Nidaros .4.8 
 5. Espe, Gimle BBK4.8 
 6. Gabrans, Froya B.4.3 
 7. Mjos, Baerum B.4.3 
 8. Victor, Gimle BBK4.1 
 9. Issalhi, Tromso4.1 
 10. Stien, Centrum4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  Baerum B.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Gilchrese, Baerum B.3.9 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso2.8 
 3. Roquemore, Nidaros .2.5 
 4. Lange, Tromso2.4 
 5. Mjos, Baerum B.2.4 
 6. Gabric, Kongsberg2.2 
 7. Victor, Gimle BBK2.1 
 8. Espe, Gimle BBK2.0 
 9. Simba, Nidaros .1.9 
 10. Yele, Asker Aliens1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Earl SIMBA
  Nidaros .
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Simba, Nidaros .2.6 
 2. Harris, Froya B.2.2 
 3. Yele, Asker Aliens1.7 
 4. Victor, Gimle BBK1.1 
 5. Bolinz, Centrum1.1 
 6. Oldham, Kongsberg1.0 
 7. Weatherspoon, Baerum B.0.9 
 8. Bryn, Ammerud Bskt0.9 
 9. Rolls-Tyson, Kongs.0.8 
 10. Frantzvaag, Baerum B.0.7 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tom GARRICK
  Providen.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 31
 1. Garrick, Providen.31.0 
 2. Phillips, Washingt.27.2 
 3. Ballard, Ohio B.20.8 
 4. McKnight, Ohio B.20.3 
 5. Stroman, Chautauq.18.6 
 6. Ubiles, Chautauq.18.5 
 7. Allmond, Rocheste.17.8 
 8. Symonds, Washingt.17.8 
 9. Edwards, Ohio B.17.8 
 10. Moore, Dubois D.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius FRANCIS
  Dubois D.
  (211-C-)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Francis, Dubois D.15.9 
 2. Feagan, Chautauq.11.0 
 3. Greene, Chautauq.8.2 
 4. Hill, Jamestown J.8.2 
 5. Berry, Chautauq.8.1 
 6. Pilarte, Providen.8.0 
 7. Osei, Washingt.8.0 
 8. Strothers, Providen.8.0 
 9. Waddell, Kentucky.8.