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  ARGENTINA  


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.1 
 2. Green, Instituto20.3 
 3. Solano, Echague19.5 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.19.3 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.0 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Harper, Quimsa16.8 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas16.6 
 9. Horner, Obras B.16.6 
 10. Gadson, Argentino16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.3 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.7 
 5. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 6. Wood, San M.8.8 
 7. Francis, La Union8.5 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.5 
 9. Justiz, Estudian.8.5 
 10. Caracter, Echague8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 2. Stanic, Olimpico.6.0 
 3. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.5 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.6 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 3. Solano, Echague2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 8. Tucker, Estudian.1.5 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.7 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Calfani, San L.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol0.9 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.4 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista21.1 
 3. Brown, La Union19.8 
 4. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.7 
 5. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 6. Pais, Platense17.8 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 8. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 9. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.5 
 10. Montes-C., Obera T.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Gonzalez, San I.13.0 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.3 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.8.8 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.6 
 6. Joseph, Obera TC8.5 
 7. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 10. Brown, Mitre Tuc.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.0 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.3 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.4 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.8 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.7 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 10. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.9 
 2. Punet, Salta Basket2.5 
 3. Pais, Platense2.4 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.2.0 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 8. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 9. Harrison, Ciclista1.8 
 10. Paletta, Hindu1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Stibbins, Union SF2.5 
 3. Efese, Gimnasia LP2.3 
 4. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.4 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 7. McKoy, SP Las P.1.1 
 8. Okoye, Salta Basket1.1 
 9. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


Argentinian TNA round 32 best performance: Makal Stibbins - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Makal Stibbins (201-F/C-86, agency: DTMones) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Union SF, receiving a Latinbasket.com TNA Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass BHY Tiro Federal (#4, 15-21) with 36-point margin 105-69. It allowed Union SF to consolidate first place in the Argentinian TNA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Union SF has a very solid 24-12 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Stibbins just recently signed at Union SF, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Makal Stibbins averages this season 11.5ppg and 5.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Rakim Brown (198-SF-91) of La Union. Brown had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as La Union was edged by the higher-ranked Platense (#4, 17-18) 97-93. La Union managed to keep the same 7th spot in Center South. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories La Union managed to get this year. Brown is a newcomer at La Union, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#3). He also registered 6.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Italian guard Mariano Castets (183-PG-83) of Petr.Argentino (#6). Castets scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Petr.Argentino, leading his team to a 75-74 win against the higher-ranked Estudiantes O. (#2, 22-13). The chances of Petr.Argentino not to end season at such low position in South, however are less than slim as they have already lost 22 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Castets could try to bring Petr.Argentino's a little bit higher in the standings. Castets has a very solid season. In 24 games in Argentina he scored 13.9ppg. Mariano Castets has also Argentinian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Mitre Tuc. - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Felipe Pais (185-G-90) of Platense - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Phillip Lockett (202-F/C-88) of BHY Tiro Federal - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Facundo Medina (190-G-94) of Rocamora - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nate Carter (200-F-83) of Villa Angela - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of Hindu - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Juan Kelly (190-SG-88) of San Isidro - 20 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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  AUSTRALIA  


State Leagues Round-Up - by Eurobasket News

Big V
Waverley F. - Whittlesea City 94-72

Everything could happen in Mount Waverley at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Waverley Falcons and bottom-ranked Whittlesea City had identical 0-1 record. This time Waverley Falcons used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Mill Park 94-72 on Sunday night. Waverley Falcons forced 23 Whittlesea City turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Whittlesea City's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Waverley Falcons made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Desmond Simmons (198-92, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and forward Chris Arkell (198-90) who added 25 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Waverley Falcons' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Jonathan Maybank responded with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals and Aidan Zeverona scored 16 points. Waverley Falcons maintains eighth position in League with 1-1 record. Loser Whittlesea City still closes the standings with two games lost. Waverley Falcons will face Magic (#11) in Hawthorn in the next round. Whittlesea City will play on the road against Diamond Valley Eagles in Greensborough and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Whittlesea City: J.Maybank 22+6reb+8ast, A.Zeverona 16+4reb+1ast, D.Bruno 12+6reb+2ast, A.Kearing 8+7reb+2ast, E.Potts-Broughton 7+8reb+3ast, S.Kalistu 3+1reb
Waverley F.: D.Simmons 29+11reb+1ast, C.Arkell 25+9reb+1ast, B.Kelleher 13+1reb+10ast, T.Liesting 9+4reb+2ast, P.Golong 6+2reb+3ast, D.Neville 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541290


Werribee D. - Diamond V.E. 81-77

Everything could happen in Werribee at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Devils and 9th ranked Diamond Valley Eagles had identical 1-1 record. This time Devils used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Greensborough 81-77 on Sunday night. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Devils outrebounded Diamond Valley Eagles 44-33 including 31 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jeremy Smith (190, college: Nicholls St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Nathan Wilson (201-85, college: N.Greenville) who added 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Raanthony Sanders (190, college: Pensacola JC) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds and guard Sam Reynolds (184) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Devils and four Diamond Valley Eagles players scored in double figures. Diamond Valley Eagles' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Devils maintains fourth position in League with 2-1 record. Loser Diamond Valley Eagles keep the ninth place with two games lost. Devils will face Hume City Broncos (#6) in Tullamarine in the next round. Diamond Valley Eagles will play on the road against the league's second-placed Knox Raiders in Wantirna South and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Diamond V.E.: R.Sanders 22+5reb+1ast, S.Reynolds 14+7reb+1ast, M.Reynolds 12+3reb+2ast, B.Griffiths 10+4reb, B.Conley 9+5reb, G.Page 5+1reb+1ast
Werribee D.: J.Smith 19+14reb+6ast, N.Wilson 18+10reb+2ast, J.Sonda 13+3reb+1ast, W.Arob 11+6reb, F.Hunter 11+5reb+2ast, J.Hughes 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541289


Ringwood H. - Hume City 87-74

Undefeated Hume City Broncos (1-1) recorded its first loss in Heathmont on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by top-ranked Ringwood Hawks (2-0) 87-74. Ringwood Hawks outrebounded Hume City Broncos 50-37 including 38 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Mike McCahey (196, college: St.Anselm) fired 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Matthew Snowball chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized British guard Lee Jeka (193-83) produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ringwood Hawks maintains third position in League with 2-0 record having just one victory less than leader Geelong S. Loser Hume City Broncos keep the sixth place with one game lost. Ringwood Hawks will meet Casey C. (#5) in the next round. Hume City Broncos will play against Devils in Werribee and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hume City: L.Jeka 20+5reb+6ast, M.Rose 14+7reb+1ast, L.Egan 11+5reb, P.Renteria 11, T.Clayton 10+7reb+1ast, M.Berezdecky 5+10reb+1ast
Ringwood H.: M.McCahey 20+9reb+1ast, J.Gibson 18+5reb+3ast, M.Snowball 14+6reb+7ast, M.Fennell 14+8reb+3ast, N.Truman 10+1reb+2ast, S.Clarke 6+15reb+3ast
gschID: 541287


Knox R. - Hawthorn M. 84-65

Not a big story in a game in Wantirna South where bottom-ranked Magic (0-2) was rolled over by top-ranked Knox Raiders (2-0) 84-65 on Saturday. Knox Raiders forced 23 Magic turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized British guard Adam Thoseby (196-91, college: Georgia SW, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Christopher Kaba (203-88, college: N.Colorado) who added 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Alex Bogart-King (200) responded with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Luke Sist produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Knox Raiders maintains second position in League with 2-0 record having just one victory less than leader Geelong S. Loser Magic still closes the standings with two games lost. Knox Raiders will face Diamond Valley Eagles (#9) in Greensborough in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Magic will play at home against Waverley Falcons and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hawthorn M.: A.Bogart-King 16+7reb+4ast, K.Smith 10+3reb, L.Sist 10+11reb+2ast, J.Barry 10+1reb+1ast, J.Morrison 7+7reb+2ast, R.Johnson 6+3reb+1ast
Knox R.: A.Thoseby 25+5reb+4ast, C.Kaba 18+9reb+2ast, M.Hodgson 15+9reb, A.Tomada 11+3reb+5ast, D.Hare 6+5reb+4ast, D.McDonald 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541286


Eltham W. - Corio Bay S. 93-75

Everything went according to plan when top-ranked Eltham Wildcats (2-0) beat at home bottom-ranked Stingrays (0-2) 93-75 on Saturday. The game without a history. Eltham Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Eltham Wildcats outrebounded Stingrays 52-40 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Chris Cameron (210-82, college: La-Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds and guard Justin Aver (190-89) who added 16 points and 8 assists during the contest. Four Eltham Wildcats players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Jason Reardon (189-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and American point guard Cam Baker (185, college: Columbus St.) scored 26 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Eltham Wildcats maintains first position in League with 2-0 record. Loser Stingrays still closes the standings with two games lost. Eltham Wildcats will face Ringwood Hawks (#3) in Heathmont in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Stingrays will play at home against the league's second-placed Knox Raiders (#2) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Corio Bay S.: C.Baker 26+4reb+2ast, J.Reardon 20+12reb+5ast, J.Latham 9+10reb, C.Eichler 6+6reb+1ast, C.Blythe 4+4ast, J.Mcfall 4+4reb
Eltham W.: C.Cameron 24+9reb+3ast, J.Aver 16+2reb+8ast, J.Canovan 15+4reb+3ast, S.Grant 11+10reb+2ast, B.Waldren 9+6reb+2ast, S.Bradbury 8+7reb+5ast
gschID: 541285


Diamond V.E. - Casey C. 83-75

There was an upset in Greensborough where higher ranked Casey C. (1-1) was defeated by ninth ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (1-2) 83-75 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Diamond Valley Eagles looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Raanthony Sanders (190, college: Pensacola JC) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Matt Reynolds (183) who added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Diamond Valley Eagles' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Charles Polk (200-84, college: Butler) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Brent Hobba (205-82, college: Colorado Christian) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Diamond Valley Eagles maintains ninth position in League with 1-2 record. Newly promoted Casey C. keeps the fifth place with one game lost. Diamond Valley Eagles will face league's second-placed Knox Raiders in Wantirna South in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Casey C. will play at home against Ringwood Hawks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Casey C.: C.Polk 17+11reb+1ast, M.Chapman 13+2reb+3ast, B.Hobba 11+9reb+2ast, B.Louis 10+8reb+4ast, E.Golong 10+3reb, M.McInnes 7+2reb+3ast
Diamond V.E.: R.Sanders 24+5reb+4ast, S.Reynolds 15+4reb+5ast, M.Reynolds 12+6reb+8ast, B.Conley 10+10reb+1ast, J.Dirkx 9+2reb+1ast, G.Page 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541284


Werribee D. - McKinnon C. 90-81

No shocking result in a game in Werribee where fourth ranked Devils (2-1) won against 7th ranked McKinnon C. (1-1) 90-81 on Saturday. Devils forced 20 McKinnon C. turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jeremy Smith (190, college: Nicholls St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and the other American import forward Fred Hunter (196-89, college: Nicholls St.) who added 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Platenik (201-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Devils maintains fourth position in League with 2-1 record. Loser McKinnon C. keeps the seventh place with one game lost. Devils will face Hume City Broncos (#6) in Tullamarine in the next round. McKinnon C. will play against Casey C. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
McKinnon C.: D.Stith 25+11reb, I.Platenik 21+5reb+2ast, A.Dench 10+6reb+2ast, N.Mueller 10+3reb+1ast, D.Walker 7+3reb+1ast, J.Maybank 4+5reb+2ast
Werribee D.: J.Smith 25+5reb+5ast, N.Wilson 18+3reb, J.Sonda 15+7reb, F.Hunter 12+9reb+1ast, W.Arob 8+10reb+1ast, B.Allison 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 541288


SBL
Stirling S. - Rockingham F. 79-81

There was a minor upset in Perth where higher ranked Stirling S. (1-1) was edged by eleventh ranked Flames (1-1) 81-79 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 21-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Stirling S. outrebounded Flames 41-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Donovon Jack (206-93, college: Penn St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and guard Ryan Godfrey (187-90, college: W.Georgia) who added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Rhys Vague (204-96) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Ashley Litterick (202) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Stirling S.'s coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Flames left bottom position moving up to eighth place in League. Flames will face higher ranked Wanneroo (#3) in Joondalup in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Stirling S.: R.Vague 24+16reb+7ast, A.Litterick 14+7reb, C.Ellis 11+4reb+2ast, A.Bruton 9+3reb+2ast, C.Wroe 6+5reb+6ast, T.Witts 5+1reb
Rockingham F.: D.Jack 30+10reb+1ast, J.Beard 16+5reb+2ast, R.Godfrey 11+5reb+9ast, B.Samuelson 7+1reb+3ast, V.Zollo 5+3reb+1ast, K.Beard 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 541634


Goldfields G. - Joondalup Wolves 76-89

Very predictable result in Kalgoorlie where top-ranked Wanneroo (2-0) defeated bottom-ranked Giants (0-3) 89-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Wanneroo. Giants was better in fourth quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wanneroo forced 19 Giants turnovers. Giants were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Jordan Wellsteed (194) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Irish center Damian Matacz (204-79, college: N.Michigan) who added 20 points during the contest. Wanneroo's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward JB Pillard (201, college: Cent.Washington) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jerrell Sanders (198, college: Ferris St.) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Wanneroo moved-up to third place in League. Loser Giants still closes the standings with three games lost. Wanneroo will face Flames (#8) in Rockingham in the next round where they are favorite. Giants will play at home against Magic (#10) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Goldfields G.: J.Pillard 16+10reb, L.Pike 15+2reb+3ast, J.Sanders 14+5reb+2ast, A.Atem 10+8reb+3ast, R.Hurst 8+3reb+1ast, M.Exell 7+6reb+2ast
Joondalup Wolves: D.Matacz 20+4reb+1ast, J.Wellsteed 18+11reb+3ast, R.Smyth 12+4reb+5ast, R.Huntington 10+4reb+1ast, S.Salinas 9+1reb+2ast, R.Ross 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 541632


SW Slammers - Perth Redbacks 72-94

Not a big story in a game in Bunbury where bottom-ranked Slammers (0-2) were rolled over by top-ranked Redbacks (3-0) 94-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-72. Redbacks had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (206-83, college: ODU) who added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American power forward Clive Weeden (206-87, college: Dartmouth) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Tre Nichols (180-89, college: Boise St., agency: SDJ Sports) scored 18 points. Five Redbacks and four Slammers players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Redbacks moved-up to second place in League. Loser Slammers still closes the standings with two games lost. Redbacks will face Suns (#14) in Kalamunda in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Slammers will play at home against Eagles and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
SW Slammers: T.Nichols 18+2reb+2ast, C.Weeden 14+11reb, M.Lay 13+4reb+4ast, T.Puot 12+7reb, B.England 7+2reb+1ast, T.Durnin 4+7reb+1ast
Perth Redbacks: S.Redhage 18+14reb+3ast, A.Loughton 16+7reb+4ast, J.Wagner 13+5reb+5ast, K.Bowen 12+9reb, J.Wagner 10+5reb+2ast, G.Murray 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 541633


Geraldton B. - East Perth E. 92-69

There was a change at the State League leadership position after last games. The most important game of round 4 took place in Wonthella between two undefeated teams of League where Buccaneers crushed Eagles (2-1) 92-69 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in League. The game was mostly controlled by Buccaneers. Eagles managed to win fourth quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 30-of-35 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Eagles only scored twelve points from the stripe. Buccaneers forced 20 Eagles turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Eagles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Maurice Barrow (196-92, college: Fairfield) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon) who added 32 points and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side New Zealand power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and American center Kevin Davis (206-91, college: Cent.Washington) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Buccaneers (3-0) keep a position of League leader. Eagles at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Geelong S.. Eagles will play next round against Slammers trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Buccaneers will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Tigers in Willetton.
Top scorers:
East Perth E.: D.Tawhiti 12+9reb+1ast, K.Davis 11+8reb, N.Lual 11+4reb+1ast, K.Anthony 9+2reb, D.Williamson 7+2reb+2ast, N.Manyang 7+2reb+3ast
Geraldton B.: D.Benjamin 32+1reb+3ast, M.Barrow 29+9reb+1ast, A.Ralph 9+6reb, J.Hussey 9+7reb+5ast, M.Wundenberg 7+5reb+1ast, M.Hancock 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 541631


Kalamunda E.S. - Perry Lakes H. 69-103

Everything went according to plan in Kalamunda where tenth ranked Hawks (1-1) outscored bottom-ranked Suns (0-3) 103-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hawks. Suns was better in third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Suns' 30. They outrebounded Suns 55-28 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Brian Carlwell (211-87, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks and the other American import point guard Robert Waters (185-93, college: Wayland Baptist) who added 28 points during the contest. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Brighton Pass (192-95) responded with 23 points and guard Nathan Drown (180-96) scored 11 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hawks left bottom position moving up to ninth place in League. Loser Suns still closes the standings with three games lost. Hawks will face higher ranked Cougars (#5) in Hamilton Hill in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Suns will play at home against the league's second-placed Redbacks (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Kalamunda E.S.: B.Pass 23+4reb+2ast, N.Drown 11+2reb, R.Blanchett 9+2reb, B.Grey 7+5reb, J.Diaz 5+1reb+2ast, J.Correia 5+5reb+2ast
Perry Lakes H.: R.Waters 28+1reb+2ast, B.Carlwell 17+14reb+2ast, B.Purser 12+11reb+6ast, R.Smith 11+10reb+3ast, J.Simkovic 9+2reb+1ast, R.O'Sullivan 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 541635


Lakeside L. - Mandurah M. 86-79

There was no surprise in North Lake where 9th ranked Magic (1-1) was defeated by seventh ranked Lightning (1-2) 86-79 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-18. But Magic won second period 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Magic 46-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import guard Devon Atkinson (185, college: Morehead St.) who added 25 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Taylor Mullenax (200-86, college: St.Edward's) responded with 34 points (!!!) and Damon Ballantyne produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Magic players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Lightning went down to eleventh position (League) due to points difference. Loser Magic dropped to the tenth place with one game lost. Lightning will face Suns (#14) in Kalamunda in the next round.
Top scorers:
Mandurah M.: T.Mullenax 34+4reb, F.Klasztorny 18+3reb+2ast, D.Ballantyne 12+12reb+3ast, R.Kreklow 12+5reb+6ast, A.Bowman 3+6reb+8ast, M.Kearing 0
Lakeside L.: D.Atkinson 25+5reb+9ast, J.Padgett 22+17reb+1ast, D.Morgan 10+3reb, H.Bell 10+4reb+4ast, D.Grida 9+2reb+2ast, C.Shervill 8+7reb
gschID: 541629


Willetton T. - Cockburn C. 81-89

There was a surprise result in Willetton where eleventh ranked Cougars (1-1) won against higher ranked Tigers (1-1) 89-81 on Friday. Cougars looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jalen Billups (198-92, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Haylett Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and swingman Gavin Field (202-89, college: W.Georgia) who added 22 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Jay Bowie (196-92, college: Marist) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds and guard Damien Scott (190-92) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Cougars left bottom position moving up to fifth place in League. Cougars will face Stirling S. (#7) in Perth in the next round. Tigers will play on the road against the league's leader Buccaneers in Wonthella and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Willetton T.: J.Bowie 32+11reb+3ast, D.Scott 25+7reb+1ast, K.Armour 15+1reb+8ast, N.Cody 3+6reb, L.Evans 2+2reb+2ast, D.Casey 2+1reb
Cockburn C.: J.Billups 39+15reb, G.Field 22+7reb+3ast, D.Thomas 6+6reb+8ast, J.Holmes 6+1reb, S.Chan 5+6ast, R.Della Maddalena 4+7reb
gschID: 541630


SEABL
Nunawading S. - BA CoE 87-64

There was an upset in East Burwood where top-ranked BA CoE (0-2) was crushed by top-ranked Spectres (1-0) 87-64 on Sunday. Spectres dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to BA CoE's 32. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Simon Conn (206-83, college: Gardner-Webb) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds and American center Dain Swetalla (206-86, college: Augustana, IL) who added 16 points during the contest. At the losing side Angus Glover (192-98) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and swingman Tom Fullarton (200-99) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spectres left bottom position moving up to second place in League. Loser BA CoE still closes the standings with two games lost. Spectres will face Bandits (#6) in Albury in the next round. BA CoE will play at home against Kilsyth Cobras and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
BA CoE: A.Glover 16+4reb+4ast, T.Fullarton 14+5reb+1ast, S.Froling 12+7reb, M.Colina 8+3reb, C.Dalton 3+5reb, N.Stoddart 3+3reb
Nunawading S.: S.Conn 21+6reb+1ast, D.Swetalla 16+3reb, T.Wright 10+1reb+3ast, M.O'Hea 9+3reb+2ast, D.King-Hawea 8+3reb, J.Cooke 6+1reb
gschID: 541803


Canberra G. - Sandringham S. 78-94

And what about another game where Sabres (#8) beat one of their biggest challengers Canberra Gunners by 16 points 94-78 on the road. It was a key game for the second position in League. Sabres dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Canberra Gunners' 42. It was a great shooting night for Sabres especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was a very good performance for American forward Justin Gordon (198-93, college: Wofford) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Igor Hadziomerovic (193-92, college: Boise St.) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Gordon is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Center Ben Allen (211-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and guard Daniel Joyce (194-87) added 13 points and 6 assists in the effort for Canberra Gunners. Five Sabres and four Canberra Gunners players scored in double figures. Canberra Gunners' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sabres (1-0) left bottom position moving up to second place in League. Canberra Gunners at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Sabres will have a break next round. Canberra Gunners will play against Kilsyth Cobras (#6) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Canberra G.: B.Allen 17+11reb+10ast, B.Doran 16+2reb+2ast, D.Joyce 13+4reb+6ast, B.Kearins 10+4reb+3ast, G.Morison 9+6reb+1ast, N.Brown 8
Sandringham S.: J.Gordon 20+6reb+3ast, I.Hadziomerovic 16+7reb, A.Macdonald 14+1reb+1ast, E.O'Day 13+5reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 12+3reb+8ast, J.Batish 11+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541801


Geelong S. - BA CoE 97-68

The game had a very big importance for fifth-ranked Geelong Supercats as it allowed them to take a leadership position in League. Geelong Supercats smashed top-ranked BA CoE at home 97-68. Geelong Supercats dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to BA CoE's 40. Geelong Supercats forced 19 BA CoE turnovers. The winners were led by American guard Demarcus Gatlin (193, college: Sam Houston St.) who scored that evening 20 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Ma'Alo Hicks (201-89) supported him with 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Geelong Supercats players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 5 rebounds by power forward Samson Froling (207-0) did not help to save the game for BA CoE. Center Mate Colina (208-99) added 9 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. BA CoE's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. As mentioned above they took over a top position. BA CoE at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. BA CoE will play next round against Kilsyth Cobras trying to get back on the winning streak. Geelong Supercats will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Ballarat Miners at Wendouree.
Top scorers:
BA CoE: S.Froling 13+5reb+1ast, C.Dalton 11+3reb, M.Colina 9+7reb+1ast, A.Glover 8+5reb+2ast, K.Zunic 7+2reb+2ast, O. Hulland 7+4reb+1ast
Geelong S.: D.Gatlin 20+8reb+3ast, J.Medved 18+5reb+1ast, M.Hicks 16+10reb+2ast, E.Gaff 13+9reb+3ast, N.Herbert 11+3reb+2ast, A.Cannan 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 541800


Albury W.B. - Mt Gambier 83-87

Mount Gambier Pioneers' road win over top-ranked Bandits 87-83 was very exciting. It was a key game for the top position in League. Strangely Bandits outrebounded Mount Gambier Pioneers 44-30 including a 13-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Luke Jamieson (200-94) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Tom Daly (182-91) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Mount Gambier Pioneers players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Deba George (183-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Antone Robinson (200) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Mount Gambier Pioneers (1-0) keep a position of League leader. Loser Bandits still closes the standings with one game lost. Mount Gambier Pioneers will face Bendigo Braves (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bandits will play against the league's second-placed Spectres and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Albury W.B.: D.George 18+9reb+10ast, M.Newton 16+6reb+2ast, A.Robinson 16+13reb, J.Browning 9+3reb, D.Harding 8+5reb, J.Duck 6+1ast
Mt Gambier: L.Jamieson 24+11reb+1ast, B.Hill 20+2reb+1ast, T.Daly 15+6reb+3ast, E.Burdon 11+1reb+3ast, J.Madgen 7+2reb+1ast, D.Alexander 7+3reb
gschID: 541802


Waratah
Bankstown B. - Manly Warr. 71-66

There was a surprise result in Condell Park where sixth ranked Bankstown Bruins (3-2) defeated much higher ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (3-3) 71-66 on Saturday. Bankstown Bruins outrebounded Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 54-38 including a 43-29 advantage in defensive rebounds. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Nic Pozoglou who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 22 rebounds and the former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85) who added 10 points and 12 assists during the contest. At the losing side naturalized Polish swingman Stefan Blaszczynski (196-84, college: Nicholls St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Abe Bulgin scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bankstown Bruins moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Manly Warringah Sea Eagles dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Manly Warr.: S.Blaszczynski 15+11reb+2ast, A.Bulgin 14+7reb, L.Cooper 12+4reb+5ast, C.Wilks 7+5reb+2ast, K.Painter 7+6reb, A.Fawcett 3+1reb
Bankstown B.: N.Pozoglou 24+22reb+2ast, P.Cvjeticanin 14+8reb, S.Markovic 10+4reb+12ast, G.Anticevich 9+10reb+2ast, R.Morgan 6+2reb+3ast, C.Petrovski 6+4reb
gschID: 539445


Hornsby S. - Sydney Comets 85-72

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Hornsby where their biggest opponent Sydney City Comets (3-1) were defeated by third ranked Spiders (4-1) 85-72 on Sunday. It was a key game for the top position in League. Sydney City Comets were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Kulvir Grewal who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds and Darcy Emery who added 23 points and 4 steals during the contest. Four Spiders players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Tom Dawson (197) responded with 6 points and 18 rebounds and Alex Overs scored 15 points. Sydney City Comets' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spiders keep a position of League leader. Loser Sydney City Comets dropped to the third place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sydney Comets: A.Overs 15+1reb+2ast, S.Hyman 14+2reb, A.Cabrera 11+3reb, J.Jovine 8+1reb+2ast, I.Faithfull 7+3reb+4ast, T.Dawson 6+18reb+1ast
Hornsby S.: D.Emery 23+3reb+1ast, K.Grewal 18+17reb+3ast, D.Moser 16+2reb+2ast, J.Chapman 16+4reb+6ast, N.Cleur 4+3reb+4ast, K.Brefo 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 539451


Newcastle H. - Illawarra H. 64-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Broadmeadow where eleventh ranked Hawks (1-2) beat 10th ranked Newcastle Hunters (1-4) 77-64 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Sean Mullan (198-90, college: Nova SE) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and Jarrod Sorenson who added 9 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Hawks' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American swingman Dane Suttle (198-89, college: Pepperdine) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Jacob Foy scored 9 points and 11 rebounds. Hawks left bottom position moving up to eighth place in League. Loser Newcastle Hunters dropped to the eleventh position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Newcastle H.: D.Suttle 20+5reb, J.Rauch 15+3reb, J.Foy 9+11reb+1ast, J.Rauch 7+5reb+1ast, T.Fraisse 4+4reb+1ast, C.Springall 3+1reb+1ast
Illawarra H.: S.Mullan 20+12reb, K.Ward 11+5reb+3ast, B.O'Brien 11+3reb+3ast, S.Hunter 10+3reb+3ast, J.Sorenson 9+10reb+2ast, P.Lancaster 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 539450


Norths Bears - Hills H. 66-67

There was a minor upset in Crows Nest where 6th ranked Norths Soul Sports Bears (2-2) were edged by eighth ranked Hills Hornets (2-3) 67-66 on Sunday. Hills Hornets outrebounded Norths Soul Sports Bears 54-35 including 19 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized British forward Paul Brotherson (198-89, college: Metro St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Jason Strong (191) who added 18 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Hills Hornets' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Estonian swingman Erik Dorbek (196-82) responded with 19 points and Sean Albert scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Hills Hornets moved-up to seventh place in League. Loser Norths Soul Sports Bears keep the sixth position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Norths Bears: E.Dorbek 19+4reb+2ast, S.Albert 16+5reb+3ast, B.Rymer 12+4reb+3ast, L.Smith-Hyde 9+13reb+1ast, N.Blair 4+4reb+4ast, D.Hazzard 3+2reb
Hills H.: J.Strong 18+11reb+1ast, P.Brotherson 17+13reb+2ast, E.Duselis 14+5reb+3ast, G.Veg 9+10reb+4ast, D.Hayman 5, M.Brown 2+8reb+1ast
gschID: 539449


Sydney Comets - Newcastle H. 94-54

No shocking result in a game in Alexandria where second ranked Sydney City Comets (3-1) outleveled 10th ranked Newcastle Hunters (1-4) 94-54 on Saturday. Sydney City Comets forced 26 Newcastle Hunters turnovers and outrebounded them 46-33 including 19 on the offensive glass. Sydney City Comets looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Adrian Cabrera who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 4 assists and naturalized American guard Indiana Faithfull (193-91, college: W.Liberty St.) who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Dane Suttle (198-89, college: Pepperdine) responded with 15 points and 4 steals and Joel Rauch scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Newcastle Hunters' coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory Sydney City Comets went down to third position (League) due to points difference. Loser Newcastle Hunters dropped to the eleventh place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Newcastle H.: D.Suttle 15+4reb+3ast, J.Rauch 13+5reb, J.Foy 7+4reb+2ast, L.Jackson 5+4reb, B.Hawkesley 4+6reb+4ast, L.York 4
Sydney Comets: A.Cabrera 21+4reb+4ast, I.Faithfull 17+2reb+5ast, A.Overs 12+9reb+2ast, R.Craigie 11+1reb+1ast, T.Dawson 9+10reb+1ast, L.Brandt 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 539448


Maitland M. - Hills H. 87-85

Very expected game when 8th ranked Hills Hornets (2-3) were edged on the road by first ranked Maitland Mustangs (4-1) 87-85 on Saturday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Hills Hornets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tyler Monroe (201, college: Azusa Pacific) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and Jack Edwards who added 16 points during the contest. At the losing side naturalized Croatian power forward Goran Veg (205) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized British forward Paul Brotherson (198-89, college: Metro St.) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Hills Hornets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Despite that victory Maitland Mustangs went down to second position (League) due to points difference. Loser Hills Hornets dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hills H.: G.Veg 22+7reb+2ast, P.Brotherson 15+5reb+1ast, D.Hayman 13+2ast, J.Strong 10+1reb+1ast, M.Claus 8+2reb+1ast, E.Duselis 6+4reb+3ast
Maitland M.: T.Monroe 27+12reb+2ast, J.Edwards 16+4reb+2ast, J.Clifford 16+5reb, T.Turner 9+3reb+1ast, D.Millburn 8+1reb, N.Scott 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 539447


Sutherland S. - Hornsby S. 68-79

Very predictable result when third ranked Spiders (4-1) defeated on the road 8th ranked Sutherland Sharks (1-3) 79-68 on Saturday. They outrebounded Sutherland Sharks 45-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Joshua Chapman who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and Kulvir Grewal who added 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Josh Biber (196-91, college: Brown) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and Robert Simonovski scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Spiders keep a position of League leader. Loser Sutherland Sharks dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sutherland S.: J.Biber 24+7reb+1ast, R.Simonovski 14+7reb, D.Hill 14+2reb+4ast, J.Wallis 8+4reb+2ast, B.Musulin 3+5reb+6ast, P.Williamson 3+3reb+1ast
Hornsby S.: J.Chapman 21+8reb, N.Cleur 19+4reb+3ast, K.Grewal 14+11reb+2ast, K.Brefo 8+5reb+1ast, D.Emery 7+3reb+1ast, D.Moser 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 539446





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  BAHRAIN  


Manama march into league final - by Eurobasket News

Defending champions Manama reached the Bahrain Zain Basketball League final after defeating Al Hala 79-61 in their semi-final Golden Square stage played last night at the Khalifa Sports City Hall in Isa Town. The quarters scores were as follows: 18-17 (Al Hala), 18-12 (Manama), 19-13 (Manama), 25-18 (Manama). Manama's best scorers were Georgian Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) who scored 21 points, Mohammed Kuwayed 13 points and Mohammed Mohammed Qurban (187-F-87) who had 12 points. Al Hala's best scorers were American Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) who finished with 20 points and Hussain Salman who scored 12 points. This was Manama's second win in a row to win the best-of-three series by 2-1, with Al Hala winning the first clash. Manama now will play in the final match against Khalifa bin Salman's Cup champions Muharraq in a best-of-five series, with the first clash set to start on April 5. It was the first game for Manama's new Spanish coach Pepe Claros who took over the team after Serbian coach Dragan was sacked from the team by the management. Manama won the second game under their assistant coach, Aqeel Milad, before Claros took care of the third game and led the team to victory. Claros will face Muharraq, his old team he handled last season.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Kumanovo and Beroe to battle for title - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - Peja 86-80

Kumanovo rallied past Peja to snatch a narrow win on aggregate and advance into Final. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Bulgarian-FYR Macedonian guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Kumanovo players scored in double figures. Forward Alban Veseli (202-90) produced 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Noah Dahlman (201-89, college: Wofford) added 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: M.Janevski 21+6reb+2ast, Y.Brown 20+3ast, D.Karadzovski 11+9reb+5ast, M.Pekovic 10+8reb+1ast, R.Pekovic 9+4reb+3ast, S.Zivanovic 9+6reb+2ast
Peja: S.Miljanic 21+4reb, N.Dahlman 20+3reb+2ast, A.Veseli 18+7reb+5ast, M.Ahmetbasic 9+5reb+5ast, R.Abramovic 9+4reb+4ast, A.Hajdari 2+3reb
gschID: 542660


Beroe - Teodo Tivat 92-56

Beroe cruised past Teodo Tivat to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Beroe 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 Teodo Tivat's 26 and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Beroe forced 20 Teodo Tivat turnovers and outrebounded them 41-24 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Teodo Tivat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. DR Congolese forward Omari Gudul (206-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Milos Popovic (197-98) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and center Radomir Marojevic (207-81) added 9 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Beroe: O.Gudul 23+8reb, A.Jones 22+10reb+2ast, S.Gibson 12+1reb+5ast, B.Raley-Ross 11+4reb+5ast, S.Tesija 9+7reb+1ast, N.Nikolov 6+2ast
Teodo Tivat: M.Popovic 26+10reb+1ast, R.Marojevic 9+3reb, M.Djurisic 6+2ast, N.Vucurovic 5+1ast, V.Kaludjerovic 4+2reb+2ast, M.Stanojevic 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 542659





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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Round 1 of Finals. Pieno Zvaigzdes clinch opening victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Vytautas - P.Zvaigzdes 85-88

Pieno Zvaigzdes upset Vytautas away from home in the championship series opener. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. P.Zvaigzdes looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Vytautas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Egidijus Dimsa (204-85) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and swingman Steponas Babrauskas (197-84) chipped in 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four P.Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. P.Zvaigzdes' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82) responded with 30 points and forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-89) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: T.Delininkaitis 30+4reb+3ast, A.Valeika 10+4reb+2ast, M.Linkevicius 9+5reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 8+2reb+2ast, V.Lipkevicius 8+8reb+1ast, D.Seskus 7+1reb+1ast
P.Zvaigzdes: D.Low 16+4reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 16+5reb+4ast, E.Zabas 13+1reb+1ast, N.Balashov 10+4reb, S.Babrauskas 10+9reb+5ast, O.Olisevicius 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 542696

3-4 Place
Kalev/Cramo - Tartu Ulikool 60-72

Tartu Ulikool grabbed a road win over Kalev/Cramo in the consolation final series. Kalev/Cramo was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 43-28 second half run of Tartu Ulikool. They outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 47-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. Janari Joesaar (198-93, college: UTRGV, agency: Three Eye Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) came up with 17 points and 4 assists and American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Kalev/Cramo in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: B.Mirkovic 17+1reb+4ast, M.Gladness 11+7reb+1ast, M.Tollefsen 9+3reb, C.Simmons 9+7reb+4ast, E.Keedus 4+7reb+1ast, S.Sokk 4+5ast
Tartu Ulikool: D.Milka 15+6reb+1ast, T.Sokk 14+2reb+2ast, J.Joesaar 14+16reb+3ast, J.Talts 11+6reb+3ast, M.Thomas 7+7reb+1ast, M.Adam Konate 4+5reb+1ast



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Iberostar Tenerife, Monaco, Banvit and Umana Venezia enter Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Iberostar Tener. - ASVEL 61-51

Iberostar Tenerife rolled past ASVEL to clinch their Final Four appearance. The game was mostly controlled by CB Canarias. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket managed to win third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Greek center Giorgos Bogris (210-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Tim Abromaitis (203-89, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. CB Canarias' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) replied with 15 points and 5 assists and DR Congolese-French Charles Kahudi (199-86) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: W.Hodge 15+2reb+5ast, N.Lang 11+1reb, C.Kahudi 8+6reb, A.Noua 6+4reb, N.Dragovic 5+5reb+1ast, D.Nelson 4+4reb+1ast
Iberostar Tener.: G.Bogris 12+5reb+2ast, F.Vazquez 9+6reb, M.Grigonis 8+4reb+1ast, R.San Miguel 8+2reb+3ast, A.Doornekamp 7+1reb, T.Abromaitis 7+5reb+4ast
gschID: 539877


Banco di Srd - Monaco 76-79

Monaco dropped Sassari on the road to sweep the series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Banco di Srd won fourth quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Monaco especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Ukrainian swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-88, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 20 points during the contest. American point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 20 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Trevor Lacey (190-91, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Banco di Srd's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Banco di Srd: D.Bell 20+2reb+5ast, T.Lacey 18+1reb+4ast, D.Savanovic 10+6reb+1ast, T.Lydeka 10+6reb+3ast, R.Stipcevic 6+1ast, D.Lighty 4+5reb+1ast
Monaco: Z.Wright 26+8reb+7ast, S.Gladyr 20+2reb+1ast, B.Davies 14+4reb+2ast, D.Bost 11+3reb+5ast, N.Caner-Medley 4+2reb+2ast, B.Fofana 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 539880


Umana VE - Pinar Karsiyaka 74-66

Umana Reyer shifted the gear in the second half and marched past Karsiyaka to claim series victory. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Greek-American swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) supported him with 7 points and 8 rebounds. Umana Venezia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 22 points and 4 assists by American point guard J'Covan Brown (188-90, college: Texas) did not help to save the game for Pinar Karsiyaka. His fellow American import power forward Josh Owens (206-88, college: Stanford) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Pinar Karsiyaka: J.Brown 22+3reb+4ast, J.Owens 16+7reb, M.Baygul 13+3reb+1ast, B.Petway 7+4reb, M.Ponitka 5+4reb, M.Green 2+3reb+3ast
Umana VE: M.Ejim 16+11reb+3ast, M.Haynes 11+2ast, H.Peric 11+2reb+2ast, J.Viggiano 8+1reb+2ast, M.Bramos 7+8reb+2ast, A.Filloy 7+2reb+6ast
gschID: 539878


Ludwigsburg - Banvit BK 53-59

Jordan Theodore sank a buzzer-beater to propel Banvit to a narrow win over Ludwigsburg on aggregate. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But EnBW Ludwigsburg won second period 16-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Lithuanian swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90) chipped in 10 points. American guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and Johannes Thiemann (204-94) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: D.Crawford 14+9reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 11+1reb+1ast, J.Thiemann 11+6reb, J.Cooley 8+4reb, R.Trice 7+4reb+3ast, M.Breunig 2+3reb+1ast
Banvit BK: J.Theodore 13+7reb+5ast, J.Chappell 11+4reb+1ast, G.Orelik 10+4reb+3ast, F.Korkmaz 7+6reb+2ast, G.Vidmar 7+4reb, D.Kulig 6+3reb
gschID: 539879





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Marion leaves Soba - by Eurobasket News

26-year old small forward Amaury Marion (199-91) left Soba Antwerpen (Top Division I). In 22 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg this season. Marion played there also last season where in 14 Top Division I games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.2ppg and recorded 4.4rpg and 1.3apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian Top Division I Honorable Mention.
Marion's team made it to the Belgian Cup final in 2015.
He represented Belgium at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 0.7ppg, 1.7rpg.
Marion has played previously for five other teams: Kangoeroes, CEP Fleurus, Liege Basket, Atomia and CEP Fleurus B.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BC Oostende wins first leg semifinal FIBA Europe Cup - by Patrick Ceulemans

The first game of the semifinals of the FIBA Europe Cup at the Versluys Dome brought a 85-80 victory for BC Oostende vs Elan Chalon. Halftime it was 44-39. Rasko Katic (23 points, 7 rebounds), DJ Newbill (12 points), Khalid Boukichou (12 points), and Corey Walden (13 points) piloted Oostende in the fourth quarter to 71-57. Elan Chalon responded through a strong Cameron Clark (28 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) and John Roberson (18 points, 5 assists) in the final minutes to a defeat with just 5 points. Next week, Wednesday, April 5, is the return at Chalon.
Telenet Oostende-Elan Chalon 85-80
Telenet Oostende: Walden 13, Gillet 9, Salumu 11, Katic 23, Boukichou 12, Djordjevic 2, Kuridza 0, Kesteloot 3, Newbill 12
Elan Chalon: Loum 10, Harris 3, Pitard 2, Bouteille 10, Fall 6, Roberson 18, Faye 0, Clark 28, N'Zeulie 3
Quarters: 23-18, 22-21, 24-18, 17-23



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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.19.8 
 2. Kovacevic, Spars S.18.5 
 3. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak17.9 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.17.6 
 5. Vukovic, Mladost17.4 
 6. Hasandic, Sloboda .16.4 
 7. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.4 
 8. Negovanovic, Gradj.16.4 
 9. Pelkic, Leotar15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.7 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.8 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.7.6 
 4. Durmo, Spars S.7.5 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.5 
 6. Pelkic, Leotar7.5 
 7. Karacic, Siroki P.7.2 
 8. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 9. Zimic, Kakanj6.8 
 10. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.7.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.1 
 3. Djurdjevic, Mlado.4.7 
 4. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.5 
 5. Fekete, Leotar4.3 
 6. Robinson, Igokea4.3 
 7. Zahiragic, Spars S.4.1 
 8. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 9. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.8 
 10. Svilar, Kakanj3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.6 
 2. Brown, Sloboda .2.1 
 3. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak1.8 
 4. Hagins, Bosna-Royal1.8 
 5. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 6. Bocka, Gradjanski1.6 
 7. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 8. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.5 
 9. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.5 
 10. Ikonic, Bosna-Royal1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alin DEMIC
  Zrinjski HT
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Demic, Zrinjski HT1.2 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.2 
 3. Zimic, Kakanj1.1 
 4. Karacic, Siroki P.1.1 
 5. Micovic, Igokea1.0 
 6. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 7. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.0.9 
 8. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.8 
 9. Djugum, Siroki P.0.7 


Division I Round 4 (Second Stage): Igokea hands first loss to Zrinjski HT - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Zrinjski HT (3-1) in Aleksandrovac on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Igokea (3-1) 98-75. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in I. The game was mostly controlled by Igokea. Zrinjski HT managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Igokea dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Zrinjski HT's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Zrinjski HT's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for Zrinjski HT. Defending champion moved-up to second place in I. Igokea are looking forward to face Sloboda Tuzla (#4) on the road in the next round. Zrinjski HT will play against Bosna-Royal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bosnjak's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Trebinje, where they defeated Leotar (0-3) 85-74. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Amir Dovadzija (193-84) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Mujo Tuljkovic who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Stefan Mijovic (196-95) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Bosnjak maintains tenth position in I with 1-2 record. Leotar at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Bosnjak will play against higher ranked Mladost (#8) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Leotar will play on the road against Siroki Primorka in Siroki Brijeg and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Spars Sarajevo is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to third ranked Bosna-Royal (3-1) 101-84 on Wednesday evening. The winners were led by Goran Ikonic who scored that evening 28 points. Even 20 points by Maksim Kovacevic did not help to save the game for Spars Sarajevo. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains third position in I with 3-1 record having just one point less than leader Siroki Primorka. Loser Spars Sarajevo still closes the standings with four games lost. Bosna-Royal will meet league's leader Zrinjski HT in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spars Sarajevo will play against Kakanj (#5) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Kakanj is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to third ranked Sloboda Tuzla (3-1) 75-65. Enes Latifagic fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Despite that victory Sloboda Tuzla went down to fourth position (I) due to points difference. Kakanj at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Sloboda Tuzla's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Igokea in Aleksandrovac and it may be the game of the week. Kakanj will play on the road against Spars Sarajevo and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 4
In I Gradjanski was beaten by Mladost on the road 86-72.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 21 points and 13 rebounds by Bojan Stanojevic of Mladost.

Group Liga 6
Igokea - Zrinjski HT 98-75

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Zrinjski HT (3-1) in Aleksandrovac on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Igokea (3-1) 98-75. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in I. The game was mostly controlled by Igokea. Zrinjski HT managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Igokea dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Zrinjski HT's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Zrinjski HT's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Vedran Princ (191-82) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Zrinjski HT. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to second place in I. Igokea are looking forward to face Sloboda Tuzla (#4) on the road in the next round. Zrinjski HT will play against Bosna-Royal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Igokea: D.Milosevic 19+13reb+3ast, S.Glogovac 15+4reb+1ast, S.Micovic 14+1reb, J.Robinson 14+3reb+6ast, V.Radivojevic 9+1reb+3ast, N.Pesakovic 9+5reb+3ast
Zrinjski HT: B.Djurasovic 21+11reb+1ast, V.Princ 18+5reb+5ast, I.Begic 11+3reb+1ast, T.Brummitt 10+6reb+1ast, L.Samadan 8+1reb+2ast, M.Petric 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 540858


Bosna-Royal - Spars Sarajevo 101-84

Bottom-ranked Spars Sarajevo is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to third ranked Bosna-Royal (3-1) 101-84 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-84. Bosna-Royal dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Spars Sarajevo's 26. The winners were led by the former international Goran Ikonic (196-80) who scored that evening 28 points and Montenegrin center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, agency: 011 Sports) supported him with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Even 20 points by Serbian guard Maksim Kovacevic (196-87) did not help to save the game for Spars Sarajevo. The former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84) added 21 points (made all of his eight free throws) for lost side. Four Spars Sarajevo players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains third position in I with 3-1 record having just one point less than leader Siroki Primorka. Loser Spars Sarajevo still closes the standings with four games lost. Bosna-Royal will meet league's leader Zrinjski HT in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spars Sarajevo will play against Kakanj (#5) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: G.Ikonic 28+4reb+3ast, M.Sturanovic 18+7reb, M.Josilo 12+3reb, E.Residovic 9, A.Sokolovic 8+3reb+1ast, V.Djordjevic 8+3reb+2ast
Spars Sarajevo: Z.Jovanovic 21+3reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 20+4reb+2ast, I.Djukovic 12+4reb+1ast, S.Djordjevic 10+6reb, B.Babovic 6+2reb, I.Durmo 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 540859


Kakanj - Sloboda Tuzla 65-75

Bottom-ranked Kakanj is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to third ranked Sloboda Tuzla (3-1) 75-65. Kakanj was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 44-30 second half run of Sloboda Tuzla. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Forward Enes Latifagic (200-92) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) chipped in 16 points. Five Sloboda Tuzla players scored in double figures. Croatian swingman Zeljko Palavra (194-82) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and center Obrad Tomic (206-93) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Despite that victory Sloboda Tuzla went down to fourth position (I) due to points difference. Kakanj at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Sloboda Tuzla's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Igokea in Aleksandrovac and it may be the game of the week. Kakanj will play on the road against Spars Sarajevo and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: E.Latifagic 16+8reb+1ast, A.Hasandic 16+4reb+2ast, N.Muratovic 13+6reb, D.Brown 11+4reb+5ast, M.Rikalo 10+1reb+2ast, D.Petrov 5+4reb+1ast
Kakanj: Z.Palavra 17+6reb+3ast, V.Svilar 10+3reb+4ast, O.Tomic 9+11reb+2ast, A.Dzelmo 9+6reb+1ast, H.Curevac 7+2reb, E.Merdanovic 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 540860


Group Places 7-13
Leotar - Bosnjak 74-85

Bosnjak's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Trebinje, where they defeated Leotar (0-3) 85-74. It looked good early as Leotar took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bosnjak took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 11 points. They shot 60.9 percent from the field. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Amir Dovadzija (193-84) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Stefan Mijovic (196-95) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Hungarian-Serbian point guard Stefan Fekete (190-86) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bosnjak maintains tenth position in I with 1-2 record. Leotar at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Bosnjak will play against higher ranked Mladost (#8) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Leotar will play on the road against Siroki Primorka in Siroki Brijeg and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Bosnjak: M.Tuljkovic 18+7reb+3ast, A.Dovadzija 17+5reb+7ast, S.Damjanovic 15+1reb+4ast, R.Grosic 10+6reb, A.Sarajlic 9+2reb+2ast, E.Mujic 7+6reb+1ast
Leotar: S.Mijovic 21+5reb+8ast, S.Fekete 15+3reb+10ast, S.Milanovic 13+11reb+2ast, V.Aleksic 11+6reb+2ast, B.Pelkic 9+3reb, S.Radovic 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540861


Mladost - Gradjanski 86-72

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Mladost (2-1) beat 8th ranked Gradjanski (2-2) in Mrkonjic Grad 86-72. Mladost made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Mladost had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Gradjanski helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian point guard Milijan Bocka (185-82) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Mladost players scored in double figures. Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-81) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) added 5 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Mladost moved-up to eighth place in I. Gradjanski at the other side dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Mladost's next round opponent will be Bosnjak (#10) in Hadzici.
Top scorers:
Mladost: B.Stanojevic 21+13reb+2ast, A.Vuckovic 15+5reb+2ast, M.Bocka 14+6reb+5ast, N.Djurdjevic 11+1reb+5ast, F.Patkovic 8+2reb+1ast, A.Ivetic 7+3reb+2ast
Gradjanski: N.Vukovic 15+1reb+1ast, D.Marojevic 14+10reb, M.Damjanac 10+2reb+1ast, S.Svitlica 8+1reb, N.Milesic 8+2reb, A.Vasilic 5+1reb+7ast
gschID: 540862





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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Rafael HETTSHEIMER
  Bauru
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 2. Anthony, Macae19.9 
 3. Stallworth, Mogi19.6 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros18.5 
 6. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 7. Vieira, Flamengo18.4 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.9 
 9. Andrade, Bauru17.4 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.10.3 
 2. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.9 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.4 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.0 
 7. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 8. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.6 
 10. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.7 
 2. Garcia, Bauru5.7 
 3. Anthony, Macae5.6 
 4. Pecos, Paulistano5.6 
 5. Borges, Franca5.5 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.3 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria5.0 
 9. Taylor, Mogi4.8 
 10. Freitas, Campo M.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.8 
 3. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 4. Jackson, Vasco D.1.7 
 5. Stallworth, Mogi1.7 
 6. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.7 
 7. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 8. Toledo, B.Cearense1.6 
 9. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 10. Bennett, Pinheiros1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 2. Lenz, Pinheiros0.9 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 4. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.8 
 5. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 7. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 8. Garcia, Bauru0.6 
 9. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 10. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

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


Liga Ouro Round 3 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Second defeat of league's leader Contagem (4-2) against Santos/Macapa (3-4) 56-54 was the most important game of the last round. Santos/Macapa forced 20 Contagem turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Contagem helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Ricardo de-Azevedo (201-83) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Ulisses Lima (198-85) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Santos/Macapa's coach Abdala Neto used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Fernando Alvim (201-80) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Contagem. Contagem will play next round against strong Joinville trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Santos/Macapa will try to continue on its current victory against Blumenau on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Santos. Contagem (4-2) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Santos/Macapa (3-4) 65-62 on Friday evening. It was a great evening for forward Everton Oliveira (203-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Thiago Perez helped adding 14 points. The best for the losing side was Ulisses Lima (198-85) with 19 points. Contagem will play against Joinville (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Santos/Macapa will play against Blumenau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Botafogo F.R. (5-1) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat Blumenau (2-4) in Rio de Janeiro 89-85. It was a quality performance for Jamaal Smith who led the winners and scored 29 points and 6 assists. Botafogo F.R.'s coach Marcio Andrade allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Tarvin Gaines came up with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Blumenau in the defeat. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Blumenau will play against Santos/Macapa (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Botafogo F.R. (5-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed Blumenau (2-4) in Rio de Janeiro 90-64. The best player for the winners was Wesley Russell who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round. Blumenau will play against Santos/Macapa (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also quite interesting. Joinville (3-1) played at the court of Blumenau (2-4). Joinville managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70 on Tuesday. It was a good game for Jeferson Froehlich who led his team to a victory with 7 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Joinville will face Contagem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blumenau will play against Santos/Macapa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 3 winless Brusque was beaten by Joinville on the road 61-56.
The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 21 points and 8 rebounds by Rodrigo Silva of Brusque.

Joinville - Brusque 61-56

No shocking result in a game when Joinville (3-1) beat at home Brusque (0-5) 61-56 on Tuesday. It was a good game for Maxwell Dias (198-91) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. The former international Andre Pereira (206-79) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Joinville's coach George Salles used entire bench in such tough game. Center Rodrigo Silva (207-87) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Willian da-Silva (200-81) added 8 points in the effort for Brusque. Joinville will face Contagem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brusque will play against Blumenau (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Brusque: R.Silva 21+8reb+2ast, G.Machado 10+3reb+1ast, W.da Silva 8+4reb+3ast, D.Tavares 5+2reb+1ast, D.Prado 4+4reb+2ast, F.Henrique 4+4reb
Joinville: M.Dias 16+3reb, A.Pereira 9+7reb+1ast, J.Froehlich 8+5reb+3ast, M.Silva 7+2reb, J.Victor Jeronimo 6+6reb+1ast, A.Mendes 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 538608


Botafogo F.R. - Blumenau 89-85

Botafogo F.R. (5-1) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat Blumenau (2-4) in Rio de Janeiro 89-85. Botafogo F.R. made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. It was a quality performance for American point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) who led the winners and scored 29 points and 6 assists. Power forward Abner Moreira (206-89, college: Idaho St.) accounted for 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Botafogo F.R.'s coach Marcio Andrade allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American Tarvin Gaines (198-91, college: Jacksonville St.) came up with 26 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Diego Silva (206-90) added 20 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Blumenau in the defeat. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Blumenau will play against Santos/Macapa (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blumenau: T.Gaines 26+8reb, D.Silva 20+10reb+1ast, B.Lazzaris 17+6reb+1ast, D.Stocks 9+3reb+3ast, L.Semmke 9+5reb+5ast, G.De Oliveira 2
Botafogo F.R.: J.Smith 29+3reb+6ast, R.da Silva 13+1reb+5ast, A.Moreira 10+11reb+1ast, W.Russell 10, R.Bahia Bispo 7+4reb+1ast, A.Filho 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 538607


Santos/Macapa - Contagem 56-54

Second defeat of league's leader Contagem (4-2) against Santos/Macapa (3-4) 56-54 was the most important game of the last round. Santos/Macapa forced 20 Contagem turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Contagem helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Ricardo de-Azevedo (201-83) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Ulisses Lima (198-85) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Santos/Macapa's coach Abdala Neto used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Fernando Alvim (201-80) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Rodrigo Maistro (200-87) added 5 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Contagem. Contagem will play next round against strong Joinville trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Santos/Macapa will try to continue on its current victory against Blumenau on the road.
Top scorers:
Contagem: F.Alvim 17+8reb+2ast, J.Dos Santos 12+2reb, T.Perez 6+2reb+2ast, H.Oliveira 6+5reb+1ast, V.De Gusmao 5+2reb, R.Maistro 5+7reb+3ast
Santos/Macapa: R.de Azevedo 18+6reb+1ast, U.Lima 13+4reb, Z.Souza 10+4reb+1ast, L.Fernando Lima 8+3reb+1ast, J.Serejo 3+4reb, J.Barbosa 2+2reb+4ast
gschID: 538605


Botafogo F.R. - Blumenau 90-64

Botafogo F.R. (5-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed Blumenau (2-4) in Rio de Janeiro 90-64. Botafogo F.R. made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Botafogo F.R. had a 33-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was Luiz Semmke (197-92) who recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Diego Silva (206-90) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round. Blumenau will play against Santos/Macapa (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blumenau: L.Semmke 11+6reb+4ast, T.Gaines 10+3reb, A.Portilho 8, G.De Oliveira 7+1reb+1ast, B.Lazzaris 7+5reb+1ast, R.Vieira 6+4reb
Botafogo F.R.: W.Russell 29+7reb, D.Correa 19, J.Smith 16+4reb+5ast, F.Perez 9+5reb, A.Moreira 6+10reb+1ast, D.Brito 5+1ast
gschID: 538606


Santos/Macapa - Contagem 62-65

Important game to mention about took place in Santos. Contagem (4-2) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Santos/Macapa (3-4) 65-62 on Friday evening. Santos/Macapa was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Everton Oliveira (203-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Thiago Perez (191-82) helped adding 14 points. Four Contagem players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Ulisses Lima (198-85) with 19 points and center Adriano Machado (208-83) scored 15 points. Contagem will play against Joinville (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Santos/Macapa will play against Blumenau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santos/Macapa: U.Lima 19+3reb+3ast, A.Machado 15+4reb+1ast, L.Fernando Lima 6+6reb+1ast, R.de Azevedo 6+5reb, Z.Souza 5+2reb, J.Barbosa 5
Contagem: E.Oliveira 17+7reb, T.Perez 14+4reb+2ast, R.Maistro 13+5reb+2ast, J.Dos Santos 12+3reb, F.Alvim 7+3reb+2ast, H.Oliveira 2+1ast
gschID: 538604


Blumenau - Joinville 70-76

The game in was also quite interesting. Joinville (3-1) played at the court of Blumenau (2-4). Joinville managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70 on Tuesday. Joinville forced 19 Blumenau turnovers and had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Blumenau was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) who led his team to a victory with 7 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American Tarvin Gaines (198-91, college: Jacksonville St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Diego Silva (206-90) added 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Blumenau. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Joinville will face Contagem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blumenau will play against Santos/Macapa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blumenau: D.Stocks 18+4reb+1ast, T.Gaines 17+10reb, D.Silva 12+10reb+5ast, B.Lazzaris 8+7reb+1ast, L.Henrique Moreira 6+1reb+4ast, G.De Oliveira 6+2reb
Joinville: M.Dias 16+4reb, L.Vezaro 16+3reb+2ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 10+7reb, R.Figueiredo 8+3reb, A.Pereira 8+6reb+1ast, J.Froehlich 7+10reb+7ast
gschID: 538603





Guilherme De Oliveira signs at S.Jose/Unimed - by Paulo Freire

A.E. Sao Jose/Unimed/Vinac (Paulista) landed 20-year old power forward Guilherme De Oliveira (200-97) from Rio Claro Basquete. This season De Oliveira was tested by Mogi (NBB).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rio Claro inks Guilherme De Oliveira - by Paulo Freire

Rio Claro Basquete (Paulista) signed 20-year old power forward Guilherme De Oliveira (200-97). He played recently at Mogi in the NBB. Paulista will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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

Places 1-6
Akademik Sofia - Rilski 2 90-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sofia. Top-ranked Akademik Sofia faced 4th ranked Rilski 2. Host Akademik Sofia (8-0) smashed guests from Samokov (3-5) 90-62. The game without a history. Akademik Sofia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Akademik Sofia maintains first position in A with 8-0 record. Rilski 2 at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Akademik Sofia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Levski 2014-2.
gschID: 534084


Chavdar - Levski 2014-2 83-89

The game in Troyan was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski 2014-2 (5-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Chavdar (2-6). Levski 2014-2 managed to secure a 6-point victory 89-83. Chavdar was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 24-21 charge of Levski 2014-2, which allowed them to win the game. Levski 2014-2 maintains second position in A with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Cherno More 2. Chavdar at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Levski 2014-2's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Akademik Sofia.
gschID: 534083


Vidabasket - UE Varna 78-87

The game in Vidin was also quite interesting. Third ranked UE Varna (5-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Vidabasket (1-7). UE Varna managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78 on Sunday. Vidabasket trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 21-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-87 at the end of the game. UE Varna maintains third position in A with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Cherno More 2. Loser Vidabasket keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. UE Varna will meet at home Chavdar (#5) in the next round. Vidabasket will play against Rilski 2 in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 534085


Places 7-12
Dunav 2016 - Dolphin 103-87

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Ruse where 9th ranked Dolphin (4-4) was defeated by tenth ranked Dunav 2016 (4-4) 103-87. Dolphin was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 16-30 charge of Dunav 2016, which allowed them to win the game. Dunav 2016 maintains tenth position in A with 4-4 record. Dunav 2016's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cherno More 2 (#7) in Varna and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 534088


Akademik Varna - Cherno More 2 68-86

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Varna: Cherno More 2 (#7) and Akademik Varna (#12). Akademik Varna was smashed at home by 18 points 68-86 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Cherno More 2. Akademik Varna was better in fourth quarter 22-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Newly promoted Cherno More 2 maintains seventh position in A with 7-1 record. Akademik Varna at the other side stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Cherno More 2's next round opponent will be Dunav 2016 (#10) in Ruse. Akademik Varna will play against CSKA and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 534087





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The reigning champions got off to a good start - by Eurobasket News

Fort Wayne overcame Indianapolis Blaze at the McMillen Park Community Center, 101-98. Antonio Cannon (6'0''-PG-92, college: Indiana Tech) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Raymond Austin followed him with 18 points, while Chrishawn Hopkins (6'2''-G-91, college: Wright St.) scored 19 points in a loss.
Mississippi meanwhile overcame Coal Min 96-84. Earlier MidTenn beat Bowling Gree 119-90.



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APOEL agreed financial terms with Head Coach Konstantinides - by Chris Mammides

APOEL and Greek Head Coach Tzimis Koustenis split ways and the new Head Coach is officially the ex Coach of the Greek A1 A.G.O Rethymno Aegean, Antonis Konstantinides . Coach Konstnatinidies was the Head Coach of APOEL for two season three years ago with quite impressive results. APOEL during the days of the Cyprus Head Coach in the post had awesome results and is not a coincidence that since then the Nicosia team was not able to repeat any of these triumphs.

The Cyprus Head consider to be the most successful Head Coach in the last decade as he earn titles with all the teams he was coaching, whereas due to these successes he became the first ever Cyprus origin Head Coach to be able to coach even for a very small period) in one of the best leagues in Europe. APOEL is expected to get some strength with this addition as it is most certain that the experienced Head Coach will definitely proceed to at least one change in the current roster which means that he will be able to change a bit the overall situation of the team especially at this very difficult time of play-offs and semi fianls playing against the cup holder team of AEK Larnakas



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.5 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha18.0 
 4. Brooks, J.Hradec17.3 
 5. Ware, MMCITE B.17.1 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.3 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin15.0 
 8. Painter, NH Ostrava14.8 
 9. Pecka, Usti n.14.7 
 10. Thompson, Usti n.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.6 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.9.2 
 3. Painter, NH Ostrava7.5 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.2 
 5. Mickelson, Svitavy7.2 
 6. Norwa, Prostejov6.9 
 7. Smith, NH Ostrava6.7 
 8. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 9. Skinner, BK Kolin6.5 
 10. Bohacik, USK Praha6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Svitavy
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Marko, Svitavy7.8 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.0 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.6 
 5. Simmons, Prostejov5.5 
 6. Kouril, BK Opava4.9 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Sotnar, Usti n.4.4 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.5 
 2. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava2.1 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 6. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Slezak, Svitavy1.8 
 9. Bannister, Svitavy1.6 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Stan SIMPSON
  MMCITE B.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 2. Canty, J.Hradec1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 4. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 5. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 6. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 7. Jelinek, Svitavy1.0 
 8. Dyck, Prostejov0.9 
 9. Sevlie, NH Ostrava0.8 
 10. Pecka, Usti n.0.7 



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  DENMARK  


Ligaen Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Bakken, Horsens and Svendborg reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Horsens IC - Randers 88-87

Horsens IC nipped visiting Randers to sweep the quarterfinal series. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 28-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for international guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Australian forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette) helped adding 18 points and 8 rebounds. Five Horsens IC players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Belizean point guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international swingman Chris Nielsen (193-85) scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Randers' coach Morten Hansen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Randers: C.Burgess 29+5reb+5ast, C.Nielsen 22+6reb+6ast, B.Colas 12+4reb+1ast, E.Kibi 8+2reb+1ast, S.Carter 6+13reb+2ast, M.Mouboe 4+1reb
Horsens IC: G.Lundberg 22+5reb+6ast, D.Trist 18+8reb+1ast, M.Mack 11+3reb+4ast, V.Borovcanin 11+8reb+2ast, F.Rungby 10+4reb, W.Artino 8+2reb
gschID: 540799


Bakken - Stevnsgade 114-65

Bakken marched past Stevnsgade to complete the sweep of the series. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Stevnsgade's 26. They outrebounded Stevnsgade 56-28 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Bakken looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Stevnsgade's players. The best player for the winners was American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Five Bakken players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Filip Rajovic (190-97) who recorded 15 points and swingman Jesper Sandager (194-96) added 17 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Stevnsgade: J.Sandager 17+2reb, F.Rajovic 15+2reb+2ast, R.Espersen 11+7reb, G.Gericke 6+1reb+3ast, B.Vukicevic 4, N.Christensen 3+5reb+3ast
Bakken: E.Palm 18+2reb+3ast, M.Diouf 15+11reb+1ast, D.Akoon-Purcell 14+7reb+10ast, K.Thomann 13+6reb+3ast, T.Laerke 12+6reb+3ast, K.Kitsing 11+7reb+1ast
gschID: 540797


Horsholm - SISU 74-73

Horsholm rallied past SISU to narrow the deficit in the series. SISU was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Horsholm, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American Jyles Smith (209-92, college: Savannah St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. American-Haitian Marvin Dominique (201-91, college: St.Peter's, agency: Duran International) accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Ivorian forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, college: Charleston) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) added 19 points respectively for SISU in the defeat.
Top scorers:
SISU: K.Dranginis 19+4reb+1ast, D.Wilson 17+3reb+3ast, A.Baru 17+9reb+1ast, T.McGrew 9+8reb+4ast, A.Haas 5+1reb+1ast, A.Touray 4
Horsholm: J.Smith 19+10reb+6ast, M.Dominique 16+11reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 9+4reb, E.Hjorth 8+2reb, F.Nielsen 8+1reb+6ast, D.Harder 4
gschID: 540798


Naestved - Svendborg 91-97

Svendborg grabbed the third straight victory in the series and advanced into the semifinal stage. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Naestved won fourth quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Svendborg dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Naestved's 28. It was a good game for Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Argentinian-Italian point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 assists for the winners. Four Svendborg players scored in double figures. Svendborg's coach Arnar Gudjonsson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Nigerian forward Patrick Onwenu (198-93, college: Alcorn St.) answered with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Naestved.
Top scorers:
Naestved: P.Onwenu 21+5reb+5ast, E.Ross 19+8reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 17+1reb+2ast, P.Hertz 9+2reb+1ast, D.Daly 8+4reb+1ast, M.Adekponya 7+3reb+1ast
Svendborg: H.NaNa 27+12reb+1ast, A.Porta 20+3reb+12ast, D.Moten 19+12reb+2ast, S.Bonneau 16+5reb+2ast, C.Magaard 6+3reb+2ast, A.Bak 5
gschID: 540796





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Quinn COOK
  Canton C.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.0 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Jackson, Texas L.23.8 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.22.8 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.3 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.6 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.1 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Onuaku, Rio G.10.7 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.6 
 6. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.1 
 8. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
 9. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
 10. Sims, Salt L.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Magette, Los A.9.5 
 2. Marshall, Reno B.9.3 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.1 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.7 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.0 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.4 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 4. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.1 
 6. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 7. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.4 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC2.9 
 3. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 4. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 5. Tavares, Raptors .2.7 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 8. Davis, Iowa E.2.4 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.2.3 
 10. Obekpa, Santa C.2.3 


Skyforce top Energy 132-99 in home finale - by Eurobasket News

The Sioux Falls Skyforce (28-20) put on one, final show for their home crowd this season, scoring more than 30 points in every quarter on their way to defeating the Iowa Energy (11-37) at the Sanford Pentagon on Tuesday night. The Energy's largest lead was one point on multiple occasions early in the first quarter, but the Skyforce built a four-point lead heading into the second quarter and never looked back, leading by as many as 35 points down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Sioux Falls didn't look like a team that had just been eliminated from playoff contention a night ago. The team played with energy and enthusiasm from whistle to whistle, and pitched in one of it's best shooting performances of the season. The Skyforce shot 50.5 percent from the field, including a blistering 54.3 percent from beyond the three-point line, making 19 of 35 attempts from long range. Henry Walker (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Kansas St.) came off the bench to lead the offensive attack for Sioux Falls, scoring 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first half alone. Walker also collected a team-high 12 rebounds in a game that saw three different Skyforce players record double-doubles. Malik Beasley (6'5''-G-96, college: Florida St.) (22 points and 10 rebounds) matched Walker's game-high point total while recording his third career double-double while finishing with a +/- stat of plus-32 in the contest. Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland) (14 points and 11 rebounds) continued his dominance over Iowa, managing to tally double-doubles in all four matchups with the Energy this season. Benson now has a league-leading 31 double-doubles on the season. Larry Drew II (6'2''-PG-90, college: UCLA) II (16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds) quietly approached triple-double numbers in just 25 minutes off the bench, while Patrick Miller (6'1''-PG-92, college: Tennessee St.) (16 points), Greg Whittington (14 points) and Jabril Trawick (11 points) rounded out those scoring in double figures in the win for Sioux Falls. All 10 players to enter the game for the Skyforce finished with a +/- stat line of plus-10 or higher in the well-rounded victory. Sioux Falls held the Energy to just 99 points on the night, marking the first time they have held opponents under 100 since defeating the Northern Arizona Suns 96-94 in double-overtime on Christmas Day. Jarell Martin (6'10''-F-94, college: LSU) (19 points) led Iowa in scoring as six players scored in double figures, while Matt Costello (6'9''-F-93, college: Michigan St.) (13 points and 11 rebounds) and Wes Washpun (6'1''-PG-93, college: N.Iowa) (11 points and 10 assists) both tallied double-doubles in the loss. The win tonight marks the first winning season the Skyforce have had against the Iowa Energy since the team came into existence, finishing the season series with a record of 3-1 against their Midwest rivals. In previous years, the best Sioux Falls has done is tie the season series, including last season when the Energy accounted for three of the Skyforce's 10 losses. Now with 28 wins, the Skyforce have won more games than any other non-playoff team in NBA D-League history, as multiple teams have finished with a record of 27-23 and have missed the playoffs. Sioux Falls will now finish their season on the road, traveling to Oklahoma City to take on the Blue on Thursday, March 30 and then traveling to Austin to take on the Spurs in their 2016-17-season finale on Saturday, April 1.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Maine Red Claws land Guerschon Yabusele - by Eurobasket News

Maine Red Claws landed 22-year old French power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95). He started the season at Shanghai Sharks in Chinese CBA league. In 43 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Yabusele played at SPO Rouen in French ProA where in 34 games he had 11.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention.
Last year Yabusele was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in first round (16th overall).
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Yabusele's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 9.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 63.3%.
Yabusele has played also professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @oliviermazet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.19.2 
 3. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU17.4 
 5. Olmre, TTU16.9 
 6. Bubalo, Parnu16.8 
 7. van-der-Mars, Rap.16.6 
 8. Strupovics, Valga15.6 
 9. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 10. Seskus, Parnu15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.5 
 2. Konate, Tartu Ulikool10.8 
 3. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 4. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.2 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU8.2 
 6. Bubalo, Parnu8.1 
 7. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.6 
 8. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 9. Lips, Tarvas7.2 
 10. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.6 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.2 
 5. Jones, TL.4.0 
 6. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 8. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
 9. Bratoz, Rapla3.7 
 10. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 5. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 6. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 8. Zvigurs, Valga1.7 
 9. Olmre, TTU1.7 
 10. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.0 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 5. Lips, Tarvas0.8 
 6. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 7. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 8. Kok, Rapla0.8 
 9. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 10. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 


Kristjan Kangur's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Estonians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). He led Openjobmetis VA to a victory against the fifth-ranked Betaland Cdo (14-10) 74-72 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Kangur had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. Openjobmetis Varese (10-14) is placed 13th in the Serie A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Kangur averages: 5.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 84.6% in 24 games he played so far. He played for the Estonian senior national team two years ago.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #2. Second place goes to former international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in VTB United League). Vene contributed to a BC Nizhny Novgorod's victory against the league outsider Parma (0-19) 84-75 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He scored 12 points and added 3 passes. BC Nizhny Novgorod (7-14) is placed ninth in the VTB United League. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Vene's first season with the team. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(58-102), 3FGP: 30.7% and FT: 76.9%. He played for the Estonian national team in 2015.

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark). Kitsing led Bakken to a victory over the league outsider Stevnsgade (2-26) crushing them 118-72 in the Danish Ligaen on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Kitsing scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. Bakken Bears (24-4) is placed first in the Ligaen. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Kitsing has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 58.5%(79-135), 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 87.5% in 26 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Erik Dorbek
Erik Dorbek
   #4. Swingman Erik Dorbek (196-82, currently plays in Australia) could not help Norths Soul Sports Bears (1-0) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Dorbek's very good performance the third-placed Norths Soul Sports Bears (1-0) were edged 67-66 on the road by the lower-ranked Hills Hornets (#8) in the WARATAH group. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Dorbek also added 4 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Dorbek has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.3spg. Dorbek used to play for the Estonian national team back in 2006.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
   #5. Former University international forward Maik-Kalev Kotsar (208-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped S.Carolina win their game against the University of Florida (14-5) 77-70 in the NCAA Quarter-Finals last Sunday. He scored 12 points in 36 minutes. The University of South Carolina has a solid 13-6 conference record this season. This year Kotsar's overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 4.8rpg in 36 games. He used to play for the Estonian university national team two years ago.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #6. Guard Rain Veideman (192-91, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Udine APU's victory against the eighth-ranked Mantova (14-12) 80-76 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. Veideman scored 23 points and added 4 passes. GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (12-14) is placed ninth in East group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Veideman has very high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 3.3apg. Veideman is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Kristian Kullamae
Kristian Kullamae
   #7. U18 international guard Kristian Kullamae (190-99, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost 79-94 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#13) Baunach. Kullamae scored 13 points in only a mere 12 minutes. It was Oettinger Rockets Gotha's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Kullamae averages only 3.8ppg in 15 games. He is also Estonian U18 national team player.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #8. Swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden) managed to help KFUM Jamtland Basket to win against the second-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (23-9) 78-74 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. Puidet scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. KFUM Jamtland Basket (16-16) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Puidet's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5apg. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #9. International guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden) helped Sodertalje Kings win their game against one of league's weakest teams Umea (5-27) crushing them 126-62 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. Kurbas scored only 4 points in 16 minutes. Sodertalje Kings (23-9) is placed third in the Basketligan. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Kurbas' total stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in 31 games. He is also in the roster of the Estonian national team.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #10. Point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Ethnikos (12-11) in their game against Aiolos Astakou (14-9) in the Greek A2 (second division). Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game Laane scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Laane has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Sodertalje
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Bizaca, Sodertalje19.9 
 2. Allen, Kormend19.7 
 3. Clark, Chalon19.5 
 4. Jeter, Groningen19.4 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines18.9 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.7 
 7. Roberson, Chalon18.3 
 8. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
 9. Denmon, Gaziantep17.1 
 10. Edwards, Alba16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Elegar, Enisey10.2 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.9.9 
 4. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.1 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 6. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk8.2 
 7. Fall, Chalon8.0 
 8. Lipkevicius, Vytautas7.6 
 9. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
 10. Adrien, Bnei H.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Reynolds, Cibona9.3 
 2. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 3. Martinic, Targu M.8.5 
 4. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.8.3 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.8 
 6. Roberson, Chalon6.6 
 7. Jeter, Groningen6.4 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.6.0 
 9. Massamba, Soder.5.6 
 10. Long, Steaua CSM5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Reynolds, Cibona3.5 
 2. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 3. Gajovic, Targu M.2.6 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 5. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 6. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.2 
 7. Petty, Kormend2.2 
 8. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 9. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 10. Eldridge, Demir I.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Kataja B.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bristol, Kataja B.5.0 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.7 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.6 
 4. Fall, Chalon1.6 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre1.5 
 6. Elegar, Enisey1.5 
 7. Lazar, Targu Mures1.4 
 8. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 9. West, Siauliai1.2 
 10. Fieler, Groningen1.2 


Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Oostende and Telekom Baskets earn victories - by Eurobasket News

Oostende - Chalon 85-80

Oostende held off Chalon/Saor in the semifinal series opener. Chalon/Saor trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-85 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Oostende especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. Oostende's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) responded with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) scored 18 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Chalon: C.Clark 28+8reb+4ast, J.Roberson 18+2reb+5ast, A.Loum 10+2reb+1ast, A.Bouteille 10+1reb, M.Fall 6+6reb+3ast, J.Nzeulie 3+1reb+2ast
Oostende: R.Katic 23+7reb+1ast, C.Walden 13+2reb+2ast, D.Newbill 12+1reb+3ast, K.Boukichou 12+1reb+1ast, J.Salumu 11+3ast, P.Gillet 9+8reb+1ast
gschID: 542515


Nanterre - Telekom Bsk 76-77

Telekom Baskets upset Nanterre in France in the opener. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) nailed 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winning side and point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) accounted for 19 points and 5 assists. Point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) came up with 20 points and swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for JSF Nanterre in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: C.Warren 20+2reb+1ast, S.Butterfield 15+6reb+2ast, M.Lessort 12+7reb, H.Invernizzi 9+6reb+3ast, H.Schaffartzik 9+2reb+3ast, M.Riley 5+2reb+3ast
Telekom Bsk: J.Gamble 26+6reb+1ast, J.Mayo 19+3reb+5ast, T.DiLeo 10+2reb+4ast, K.Horton 9+6reb+1ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 7+8reb+2ast, F.Barovic 4
gschID: 542516





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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Jones, Lapua22.2 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.6 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.9 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.4 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.1 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.0 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.5 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.4 
 7. Williams, Lapua8.2 
 8. Nelson, Pyrinto7.8 
 9. Johnson, Kataja B.7.7 
 10. Bullock, Pyrinto7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.8 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.8 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.4 
 7. Edwards, Lapua4.2 
 8. Appleby, Kouvot4.2 
 9. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.1 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.0 
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. Minard, Pyrinto1.9 
 4. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 5. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 6. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 7. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.6 
 8. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.5 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Kataja B.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bristol, Kataja B.1.9 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 3. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Van, Korihait1.1 
 7. Nelson, Pyrinto0.9 
 8. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 10. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 


Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Crvena Zvezda (15-13) 67-54 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Koponen recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. FC Barcelona Lassa (11-17) is placed 11th in the Euroleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Koponen's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 47.3%(52-110) and FT: 90.5%(38-42) in 25 games he played so far. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France). Murphy contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Chalon/Saor (17-7) crushing them 84-60 in the French ProA last Sunday. He scored 7 points. Strasbourg IG (15-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Murphy averages: 8.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 86.4%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany). He could not help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-15) in their last game. Despite Huff's good performance Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost 79-86 on the road to the lower-ranked (#14) Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 30 minutes. This year Huff has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 64.5%(20-31), 3FGP: 44.1% and FT: 64.7% in nine games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #4. Guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria to win against the 15th-ranked Zaragoza (8-17) crushing them 102-57 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Salin scored 5 points. Herbalife Gran Canaria (17-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Salin's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #5. International point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Movil Estudiantes in their game against Baskonia (17-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Wilson scored 9 points in only 12 minutes. But Movil Estudiantes lost 70-76 in Vitoria to the lower-ranked (#4) Baskonia. This year Wilson's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg in 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilson plays currently for the Finnish national team. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #6. Power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) led Crailsheim Merlins to a 1-point victory against the 11th-ranked Hamburg (13-16) 82-81 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. Kotti scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Crailsheim Merlins (24-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Kotti's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #7. International power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an USK Praha's victory against the fifth-ranked BK Opava (15-14) 79-73 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. Madsen recorded 7 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. USK Praha (16-12) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Madsen has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4bpg in 28 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
   #8. Power forward Lauri Markkanen (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Arizona (16-2) in their game against the Xavier University (9-9) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. Markkanen recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. But the Arizona was edged 73-71 in Cincinnati by the Xavier University. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. The National Tournament Round 3 already ended in the NCAA. Markkanen has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg and 7.1rpg. Markkanen plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Antti Kanervo
Antti Kanervo
   #9. International shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chorale de Roanne (10-14) in their game against ADA Blois (14-10) in the French ProB (second division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Kanervo scored only 3 points in 24 minutes. Chorale de Roanne lost 68-75 in Blois to the much higher-ranked (#4) ADA Blois. This year Kanervo's total stats are: 9.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.4apg in 23 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Vesa Heinonen
Vesa Heinonen
   #10. Swingman Vesa Heinonen (194-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Vechta-2 (11-8) crushing them 91-68 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Heinonen scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. BG Aschersleben Tigers (13-6) is placed fourth in North group. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Heinonen has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3spg. He is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Finnish national team.



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Jean-Charles is heading back to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) are bringing back 24-year old naturalized Guyanese power forward Livio Jean-Charles (202-93, agency: BeoBasket). It will actually be his comeback to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket as he has played here before. Jean-Charles He just played at Austin Spurs (D-League) in the U.S. In 43 games he had 9.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3bpg this season. Jean-Charles was called during the season by the San Antonio Spurs.
In 2013 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in first round (28th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jean-Charles was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Newcomer of the Year back in 2013.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: Score-5 (17.3ppg), 6.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP-3 (69.2%), 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 70.6%.
Jean-Charles has played previously for another French team CFBB.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nando De Colo selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the league outsider Unics Kazan (7-21) 85-74 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. De Colo was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in 29 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (21-7) is placed second in the Euroleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 56.7%(106-187), 3FGP: 45.5%(35-77) and FT: 96.4%(108-112) in 21 games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA). He was the main contributor in an Utah Jazz's victory against the New York Knicks (28-46) 108-101 in the NBA last Wednesday. Gobert was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 13 rebounds. Gobert also added 4 blocks. The Utah Jazz has a solid 45-29 record this season. This year Gobert has very high stats. He averages: 13.8ppg, 12.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 66.2%(363-548) and FT: 65.3%. Gobert is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to an Anadolu Efes' victory against the tenth-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (9-14) 84-76 in the Turkish BSL on Sunday night. Heurtel scored 13 points and added 5 assists in 27 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (21-2) is placed second in the BSL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Heurtel has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 7.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 83.3% in 19 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #4. Shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Brose Baskets' victory against one of league's weakest teams Armani Milano (7-21) 84-76 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Causeur was the top player that evening. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Brose Baskets Bamberg (10-18) is placed 12th in the Euroleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Causeur's first season with the team. Causeur's overall stats this year are: 9.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.2apg. He is also French national team player.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #5. Former international power forward Ali Traore (207-85, also represented by BeoBasket, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Lebanon) helped Byblos win their game against the fourth-ranked Tadamon (0-1) 99-92 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Sunday. Traore was the top player that evening. He scored 28 points (!!!), had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Byblos Sporting Club (1-0) is placed second in Group A. Traore has very impressive stats this year: 20.7ppg, 10.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg in three games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #6. An experienced forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) could not help CB Canarias (18-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kirksay's good performance CB Canarias was defeated 79-68 on the road by the much lower-ranked UCAM Murcia (#11). He was the top scorer with 12 points. Kirksay also added 4 rebounds. Kirksay's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 3.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Kirksay is a former international player as he played for the French senior team nine years ago. He used to play for Mulhouse in French league.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #7. International power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in Darussafaka's victory against the 13th-ranked Usak Sportlif (7-16) 78-70 in the Turkish BSL in Monday night's game. Moerman scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (16-7) is placed fifth in the BSL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Moerman has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.9apg in 19 games. He is also French national team player.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #8. Small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) helped Charlotte Hornets win their game against the Phoenix Suns (22-53) 120-106 in the NBA last Sunday. Batum recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and making 10 passes. He also added 6 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets have 34-40 record this season. This year Batum has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 5.9apg and 1.1spg. Batum plays currently for the French national team.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #9. Former international guard Leo Westermann (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Zalgiris in their game against Anadolu Efes (16-12) in the Euroleague. Westermann scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists. Zalgiris was defeated 76-68 at home by the higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#6). There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Westermann's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 5.4apg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson
   #10. Shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Movil Estudiantes (19-5) in their last game. Despite Jackson's very good performance Movil Estudiantes lost 70-76 in Vitoria to the lower-ranked (#4) Baskonia. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Jackson also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Jackson has very impressive stats this year: 22.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg in 25 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (201-95, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) helped Philadelphia 76ers win their game against the Brooklyn Nets 106-101 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 17 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Luwawu-Cabarrot's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 1.9rpg. He used to play for the French U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. International power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) helped Chicago Bulls win their game against the Detroit Pistons crushing them 117-95 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Lauvergne scored 17 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. This year Lauvergne's overall stats are: 3.8ppg and 3.5rpg in 12 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. International guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team Baskonia win their game against the 12th-ranked Brose Baskets crushing them 96-71 in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game. Beaubois scored 9 points. Beaubois has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.4apg. He is also French national team player.

   #14. Former international shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Orlando Magic (27-47) in their last game. Despite Fournier's very good performance the Orlando Magic was badly defeated 131-112 in Toronto by the Raptors. He was the second best scorer with 20 points in 30 minutes. Fournier has very impressive stats this year: 16.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.0apg in 61 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (211-86, currently plays in NBA) helped Washington Wizards win their game against the Brooklyn Nets crushing them 129-108 in the NBA on Friday night. Mahinmi scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Mahinmi's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Brose Baskets (10-18) crushing them 96-71 in the Euroleague on Tuesday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (16-12) is placed seventh in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Tillie's overall stats are: 6.5ppg and 3.6rpg in 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Experienced Roy Samaha (205-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) led Al Riyadi to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Tadamon (0-1) crushing them 113-67 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL in Tuesday night's game. Samaha recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (1-0) is placed first in Group B. This year Samaha's overall stats are: 4.8ppg and 2.8rpg in four games. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Lebanese.

   #3. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Rishon to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-11) crushing them 83-59 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Kadir scored 17 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (11-13) is placed eighth in the Winner League. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Kadir's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.3apg. He has both French and Israeli nationalities.

   #4. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) led Academik Plovdiv to a 1-point victory against the league outsider Levski (4-17) 106-105 in the Bulgarian NBL in Thursday night's game. Semple had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Akademik Bulteks 99 Plovdiv (14-6) is placed second in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Semple has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.9ppg, 12.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.8bpg and 2.0spg in 19 games. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #5. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) could not help London Lions (14-12) in their last game. Despite Niktash's very good performance London Lions was edged 87-86 at home by the lower-ranked (#10) Cheshire Phoenix. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Niktash also added 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. Niktash averaged so far 14.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.3apg in 16 games. He also holds two passports: French and Iranian.

   #6. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) led Angelico Biella to a victory against the 13th-ranked FCM Ferentino 73-62 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Udom scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Udom averaged so far 10.5ppg and 5.0rpg in 22 games. He holds both French and Italian passports.

   #7. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in Monthey's victory against the sixth-ranked Starwings 79-76 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. Maruotto scored 21 points in 26 minutes. Maruotto averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg in 21 games. He has French and Swiss nationalities.

   #8. Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Eilat's victory against the tenth-ranked Galil Gilboa 76-69 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. Nissim scored 10 points. Nissim's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 1.5apg. He has dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #9. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Yulon Luxgen (19-11) in their last game. Despite Lamizana's very good performance Yulon Luxgen lost 61-71 on the road to the leading Dacin Tigers. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 17 rebounds in 39 minutes. Lamizana has very impressive stats this year: 19.8ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.8apg, 2.9bpg and 1.3spg in 40 games. He holds both Ivorian and French passports.

   #10. Natan Jurkovitz (199-F-95, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Fribourg win their game against the third-ranked Monthey 81-63 in the Swiss LNA last Friday. Jurkovitz recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Jurkovitz's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. He holds both French and Swiss passports.



Cholet may add Marcus Williams to their roster, ex Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) is about to sign 32-year old American guard Marcus Williams (191-101kg-85, college: Connecticut) who currently played at KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica in Montenegro. In 7 Erste Liga games he had 12.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 5.1apg this season. He also played 27 games in ABA League where he recorded 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 6.1apg. The last season Williams was tested by Crvena Zvezda in Serbian league. In three Euroleague games he averaged 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.3apg. He also played 3 games in ABA League where he got 3.3ppg and 2.7apg.
In 2006 Williams was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (22nd overall). The former University of Connecticut standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Williams won Serbian League championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention in 2015.
Williams is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Williams has played previously professionally in China (Jiangsu Dragons), Puerto Rico (Manati), Russia (Unics Kazan, Enisey and Lokomotiv), Spain (Unicaja Malaga) and NBA (Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies).
He could be described: (by David Duane for NBADraft.net in 2006)
He's a threat from the outside now which allows him to penetrate and dish or finish more often ... When big men challenge him in the paint, he uses a crafty floater/tear drop type of shot that he has really perfected ... He is practically unstoppable in the open court because his decision making is so quick and precise ...
Though he makes the right decision on the break, oftentimes he turns the ball over after drive in the lane while trying to feed teammates ... Actually needs to be more selfish at times, especially late in games when teammates are struggling ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maine Red Claws land Guerschon Yabusele - by Eurobasket News

Maine Red Claws landed 22-year old French power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95). He started the season at Shanghai Sharks in Chinese CBA league. In 43 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Yabusele played at SPO Rouen in French ProA where in 34 games he had 11.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention.
Last year Yabusele was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in first round (16th overall).
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Yabusele's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 9.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 63.3%.
Yabusele has played also professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @oliviermazet)

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Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Phillip MILLER
  Sokhumi
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Miller, Sokhumi18.2 
 2. Allen, Mgzavrebi17.5 
 3. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.3 
 4. Shemosiuk, Batumi17.2 
 5. Ransom, Mgzavrebi16.4 
 6. Lathan, Sokhumi16.2 
 7. Rogava, Olimpi16.0 
 8. Jintcharadze, Bat.15.5 
 9. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.2 
 10. Florveus, Cactus T.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.7 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Spagnolo, Rustavi9.4 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.4 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi8.8 
 6. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.9 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.9 
 8. Bridgeman, Cactus T.7.9 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.5 
 10. Tubak, Kutaisi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Charlie LEE
  Rustavi
  (175-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Lee, Rustavi6.2 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.0 
 3. Miller, Sokhumi5.8 
 4. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.3 
 5. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi4.0 
 7. Tsivtsivadze, Mgzav.4.0 
 8. Ransom, Mgzavrebi4.0 
 9. Berishvili, Dinamo T.4.0 
 10. Lezhava, Batumi3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.0 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi2.8 
 3. Burnette, Olimpi2.5 
 4. Peters, Mgzavrebi2.3 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi2.1 
 6. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.1 
 7. Ransom, Mgzavrebi1.9 
 8. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi1.9 
 9. Crayton, Mgzavrebi1.8 
 10. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.1.8 
 2. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.6 
 4. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.4 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.3 
 6. Tubak, Kutaisi1.3 
 7. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 8. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.1 
 9. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 10. Maravic, Dinamo T.0.9 


Tornike Shengelia selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91, currently plays in Spain). He led Baskonia to a victory over the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (19-5) 76-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Shengelia was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (17-7) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. Shengelia has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 70.6% in 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Euroleague). Hickman could not help Armani Milano (7-21) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Armani Milano was defeated 84-76 on the road by the higher-ranked Brose Baskets (#12). Hickman was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Hickman's first season with the team. This year Hickman averages: 10.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 42.1%, 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 80.4%. He is a naturalized American. Hickman played for the Georgian national team in 2014. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Haynes was not able to help Umana Venezia (9-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Umana Venezia (9-5) was edged 74-71 in Karsiyaka by the second-ranked Pinar in the group B of Basketball Champions League. Haynes was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 assists in 32 minutes. This year Haynes' overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 84.8% in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Haynes played for the Georgian national team six years ago. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #4. Center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Andorra (12-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Andorra was crushed 102-65 in Barcelona by the higher-ranked (#3) FC Barcelona. Shermadini was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Shermadini has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg and 7.6rpg in 24 games. Shermadini is also Georgian national team player.

Duda Sanadze
Duda Sanadze
   #5. International guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in a KK Primorska's victory against the fifth-ranked LTH Castings (3-9) 91-72 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Wednesday night's game. Sanadze was the best player in that game. He recorded 19 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Sanadze's third season in pro basketball. Sixt Primorska (11-1) is placed first in Places 7-12 group. Sanadze has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in 24 games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #6. Point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Bnei Hasharon (14-10) in their last game on Monday. Despite Green's good performance Bnei Hasharon was badly defeated 84-68 in Ashdod by the one of league's weakest teams Maccabi (#11). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Green also added 5 passes. This season Green has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Green is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team seven years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #7. International power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Burjanadze couldn't help Andorra (12-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Andorra was crushed 102-65 in Barcelona by the higher-ranked (#3) FC Barcelona. Burjanadze was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. Burjanadze has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg in 24 games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #8. Point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Khimky (16-4) in their game against CSKA (19-2) in the VTB United League. Despite his good performance in Monday night's game Pullen scored 10 points. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pullen's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Pullen used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2015. However he has never played in Georgia.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #9. Former international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Siauliai (3-25) crushing them 87-63 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. Fisher recorded 7 points in 18 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (20-8) is placed third in the LKL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Fisher's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.5apg in 28 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #10. An experienced center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Golden State Warriors to win against the Sacramento Kings (29-45) 114-100 in the NBA on Friday night. He scored only 4 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Golden State Warriors have a very good 60-14 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Pachulia has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.9apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. U18 international power forward Goga Bitadze (210-99, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Smederevo in their game against Vrsac in the Serbian KLS, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Bitadze was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. But his team was crushed by 36 points 105-69. Bitadze's stats this year are: 10.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1bpg in 16 games. He plays currently for the Georgian U18 national team.

   #12. International guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams AEK Athens in their game against Panathinaikos in the Greek A1. Dixon scored only 4 points. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 106-87. Dixon averaged so far 12.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

   #13. Former international power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (207-91, currently plays in Russia) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Kupol-Rodniki crushing them 97-52 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) on Thursday night. Dvalishvili had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 16 minutes. Dvalishvili has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 3.2rpg in 25 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Jesi in their game against Unieuro Forli in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Janelidze scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Janelidze has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in Cambados' victory against the 13th-ranked CB Tarragona 2017 98-87 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Gelazonia scored 16 points in 25 minutes. Gelazonia has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 4.7rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (3-3) 68-62 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Thomas recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all six games in the Finals. Thomas' total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 4.7rpg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Argentina) led San Lorenzo to a victory against the fourth-ranked Regatas Corrientes (25-16) 99-86 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night. He recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. San Lorenzo de Almagra (28-13) is placed first in Sur group. This season Diaz has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Puerto Rican.



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Johannes Voigtmann selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (16-12) in their last game. Despite Voigtmann's good performance Baskonia lost 63-72 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Panathinaikos. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Voigtmann also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes on the court. It was Baskonia's first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Voigtmann's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 64.2%(88-137), 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 74.2% in 28 games he played so far. Voigtmann is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Atlanta Hawks (38-36) in their last game on Friday. Despite Schroeder's very good performance the Atlanta Hawks (38-36) were edged 100-97 on the road by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Schroeder also added 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Schroeder is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Hawks' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Schroeder averages: 18.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.4apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 33.5% and FT: 85.0%. He played for the German national team in 2015.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Pleiss was not able to secure a victory for Galatasaray (10-18) in their game against Darussafaka (14-14) in the Euroleague. He recorded 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in 21 minutes. Galatasaray lost 67-73 in a derby game to the higher-ranked (#9) Darussafaka. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Pleiss' overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(80-142) and FT: 75.0% in 26 games. He is also a member of the German senior national team.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #4. Point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in France) couldn't help JSF Nanterre (16-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Schaffartzik's very good performance JSF Nanterre was crushed 88-67 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Schaffartzik's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.7apg. He used to play for the German national team back in 2015.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #5. Former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Dallas Mavericks (31-42) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks (31-42) were crushed 112-87 in Oakland by the Golden State Warriors. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Nowitzki also added 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. Nowitzki has been at the team for nineteen years. He has very impressive stats this season: 14.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.5apg in 47 games. Nowitzki used to play for the German national team two years ago.

Paul Zipser
Paul Zipser
   #6. Swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) led Chicago Bulls to an easy victory against the Detroit Pistons (33-41) crushing them 117-95 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls have 35-39 record this season. Zipser's total stats this year are: 5.1ppg and 2.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Isaiah Hartenstein
Isaiah Hartenstein
   #7. U18 international power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in a victory against the eighth-ranked Dzukija (7-21) 79-64 in the Lithuanian LKL on Monday night. Hartenstein recorded 5 points in 14 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (25-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Hartenstein's total stats are: 4.6ppg and 4.1rpg in 17 games. He is also German U18 national team player.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #8. Forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zaragoza (8-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Benzing's good performance Zaragoza was crushed 102-57 on their home court in Zaragoza by the much higher-ranked Gran Canaria (#6). He was the second best scorer with 10 points. This season Benzing has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the German national team.

Bjoern Schoo
Bjoern Schoo
   #9. Former international center Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., currently plays in Switzerland) led Starwings to a victory against the fifth-ranked Neuchatel (13-9) 76-69 in the Swiss LNA in Friday night's game. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Starwings Basket Regio Basel (10-12) is placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Schoo has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 4.3rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the German national team eleven years ago.

Moritz Wagner
Moritz Wagner
   #10. Forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Michigan (10-8) in their game against the University of Oregon (16-2) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. Wagner recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Michigan was edged 69-68 on their home court in Ann Arbor by the University of Oregon. The National Tournament Round 3 already ended in the NCAA. Wagner has reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg and 4.2rpg. He is a former U18 international player as three years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Kenneth Ogbe (198-94, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Utah Valley in their game against the University of Wyoming in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. Ogbe recorded 5 points in 12 minutes. His team lost 68-74. Ogbe averaged so far 10.6ppg and 2.5rpg in 33 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U16 international power forward Thomas Kaspereit (199-83, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked BC Mess crushing them 80-57 in the Luxembourg Total League on Sunday night. Kaspereit scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kaspereit has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He used to play for the German U16 national team back in 1999.

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

   #1. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay) could not help Defensor (6-8) in their last game. Despite Wachsmann's good performance the seventh-placed Defensor (6-8) lost 68-76 in a derby game to the second-ranked U Universitario in the Promocional 1 group. He recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes. This year Wachsmann's total stats are: 7.4ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5apg in 28 games he played so far.

   #2. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to help Hapoel Jerusalem in their game against Valencia Basket (6-0) in the Eurocup. He scored 9 points. But the league leader Hapoel Jerusalem was defeated 90-75 on the road by the leading Valencia Basket. Timor's total stats this season are: 4.7ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #3. Adam Ariel (192-F/G-94, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Bnei Hasharon (14-10) 84-68 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Ariel scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Ashdod (18-3) is placed second in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ariel has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg in 22 games. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Israeli.

   #4. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) contributed to an Alaska Aces' victory against one of league's weakest teams Blackwater (0-3) 109-95 in the Filipino PBA on Wednesday night. Thoss scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Alaska Aces (2-0) are placed third in the PBA. The Regular Season already ended. Thoss plays fifth season for the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg and 5.0rpg. Thoss has both German and Filipino nationalities.

   #5. Robert Tomaszek (205-C-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) managed to help BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. to win against the 15th-ranked AZS Koszalin (8-18) 79-74 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Tomaszek scored only one point. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (18-8) is placed third in the PLK. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Tomaszek has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 2.0rpg. He also holds two passports: German and Polish.

   #6. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in Iraklis' victory against the league outsider Pagrati crushing them 94-64 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Cheilaris scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. Cheilaris has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 2.8rpg in 23 games. He has German and Greek nationalities. Despite Cheilaris' German passport, he previously played for the Greek U16 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the German team.

   #7. Phillip Holm (175-PG-80, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point CAM E.Soler's victory against the fifth-ranked Yosiquese 58-56 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Holm recorded 5 points and added 4 assists in 30 minutes. Holm has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.3apg in 20 games. He has dual citizenship: Uruguayan and German.

   #8. Andy Eicke (208-C-92, currently plays in Luxembourg) was not able to secure a victory for Contern in their game against T71 in the Luxembourg Total League. Eicke cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 98-91. Eicke has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.1rpg.

   #9. Julian Holz (197-SF-96, currently plays in Latvia) couldn't help RSU in their game against Livani in the Latvian LBL2 (second division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Holz recorded only 3 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 63-69. Holz has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games.



Recap of Regionalliga Round 26 - by Eurobasket News

North
Vechta II - Aschersleben 68-91

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Aschersleben's (13-6) road victory over 5th ranked Vechta-2 (11-8) 91-68 on Saturday. Aschersleben dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Vechta-2's 40. Aschersleben forced 20 Vechta-2 turnovers. Croatian Robert Kujundzic (202-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Slovenian-Serbian power forward Ljubisa Markovic (212-91) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Aschersleben players scored in double figures. Croatian center Neven Zeravica (205-88, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Kazembe Abif (201-92, college: Drexel) added 19 points in the effort for Vechta-2. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aschersleben maintains fourth position in North with 13-6 record. Loser Vechta-2 keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Aschersleben will face Rendsburg (#7) on the road in the next round. Vechta-2 will play against Hannover Korb. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aschersleben: R.Kujundzic 19+5reb+4ast, L.Markovic 16+7reb, S.Harke 12+5reb, L.Dronjak 12+2reb+8ast, S.Hudson 10+5reb+5ast, V.Heinonen 9+4reb+1ast
Vechta II: N.Zeravica 21+11reb+4ast, K.Abif 19+4reb, T.Doeding 10+3reb+4ast, P.Herkenhoff 7+6reb+6ast, T.Insinger 5+1reb, M.Stenzel 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 482514


Wusterhausen - Stade 47-65

Very expected game when 8th ranked Wusterhausen (6-12) lost to second ranked Stade (14-4) in Wildau 47-65 on Saturday. Stade forced 22 Wusterhausen turnovers. American guard Mason Biddle (185-93, college: Western St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Spanish forward Damian Cortes-Rey (194-96) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Thomas Schoeps (188-89, college: Odessa JC) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Greek center Georgios Tyrekidis (208-96) added 4 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Wusterhausen. Stade maintains second position in North with 14-4 record having 7 victories less than leader Schwelm. Loser Wusterhausen keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Stade will face Weser Bsk/BTS (#10) in Neustadt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Wusterhausen will play on the road against Sixers in Sandersdorf and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Stade: M.Biddle 18+10reb+1ast, D.Cortes Rey 12+5reb+3ast, K.Von Der Ohe 9+2reb+1ast, R.Froehlich 7+2reb, M.Kemp 6+1reb+3ast, J.Both 6+3reb
Wusterhausen: T.Schoeps 14+8reb+2ast, D.Hasenkampf 8+3reb, N.Trenz 6+3reb, O.Kilic 5+2reb, A.Giese 4, G.Tyrekidis 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 482516


Weser Bsk/BTS - Westerstede 76-99

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Westerstede's (6-12) road victory over 10th ranked Weser Bsk/BTS (5-14) in Neustadt 99-76 on Saturday. Westerstede made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 27 Weser Bsk/BTS turnovers and outrebounded them 43-22 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Power forward Marcel Kessen (207-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Naturalized Bosnian point guard Robert Drijencic (190-96) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Westerstede players scored in double figures. Swingman Andreas Bruns (197) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and forward Lukas Koehler (196) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Weser Bsk/BTS. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Westerstede moved-up to eighth place in North, which they share with Wusterhausen. Weser Bsk/BTS at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Westerstede will face league's leader RW Cuxhaven at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Weser Bsk/BTS will play against the league's second-placed Stade (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Westerstede: M.Kessen 24+7reb+1ast, R.Drijencic 16+8reb+3ast, N.Pruitt 16+5reb+4ast, F.Borchers 15+2reb+3ast, A.Musovic 8+3reb+2ast, B.Karmand 6+4reb+1ast
Weser Bsk/BTS: A.Bruns 19+1reb+4ast, D.Mohammed Braimoh 15+2reb+2ast, L.Koehler 13+6reb+2ast, M.Hanci 8+2ast, L.Dior Mbengue 7+5reb+1ast, M.Delage 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 482517


Rendsburg - BSW Sixers 54-72

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Rendsburg (7-11) lost at home to third ranked Sixers (14-5) 72-54 on Saturday. Sixers outrebounded Rendsburg 49-28 including a 41-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Czech center Jaroslav Tyrna (207-86, college: New Orleans, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Terrence Williams (198-93, college: Charlotte) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Sixers players scored in double figures. Center Christopher Geist (208-95) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Martell Collins (196-93, college: SW Oklahoma St.) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rendsburg. Sixers maintains third position in North with 14-5 record having thirteen points less than leader Schwelm. Loser Rendsburg keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Sixers will face Wusterhausen (#9) in Wildau in the next round where they are favorite. Rendsburg will play at home against Aschersleben and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: T.Williams 18+3reb+4ast, S.Kordis 12+11reb+1ast, R.Winterstein 11+8reb+1ast, A.Markoc 10+9reb+4ast, J.Tyrna 8+14reb+3ast, A.Touray 6+3reb
Rendsburg: C.Geist 11+7reb, M.Hillner 9+2ast, M.Collins 7+6reb+1ast, S.Gottschalk 7+3reb+1ast, M.Brodersen 7+1reb+1ast, J.Menges 5+1ast
gschID: 482518


South-East
Vilsbiburg - Zwickau 119-91

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Vilsbiburg (17-7) outplayed at home 12th ranked Zwickau (7-17) 119-91 on Sunday. Vilsbiburg forced 25 Zwickau turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. American-Czech point guard John Boyer (185-88, college: Buffalo, agency: Dynamics Global Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds, 16 assists and 6 steals. Czech center Lubos Novy (204-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Boyer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Vilsbiburg players scored in double figures. Coach Holger Prote's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Felix Fraas (184-94) replied with 29 points and 7 rebounds and Romanian-Moldovan swingman Alexei Andrus (195-79) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Zwickau. Vilsbiburg have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in South-East, which they share with Bad Aibling. Zwickau lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Vilsbiburg will face TSV Troester (#5) in Breitenguessbach in the next round. Zwickau will play at home against Ansbach (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vilsbiburg: L.Novy 24+10reb+1ast, J.Guddemi 18+5reb+5ast, J.Boyer 18+6reb+16ast, J.Leierseder 17+2ast, K.Timmons 17+10reb+3ast, M.Theisinger 12+3reb+1ast
Zwickau: F.Fraas 29+7reb+1ast, C.Ulbricht 18+1reb+1ast, A.Andrus 18+5reb+2ast, M.Nagler 8+7reb+1ast, D.Bassl 7+7reb+10ast, K.Velishaev 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 482877


Oberhaching - Bayreuth II 84-60

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Bayreuth 2 (3-21) was outleveled by eighth ranked Oberhaching (12-12) in Deisenhofen 84-60 on Sunday. Oberhaching dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Bayreuth 2's 28. They outrebounded Bayreuth 2 35-22 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Oberhaching looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Omari Knox (188-86, college: Bloomfield) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Forward Frieder Diestelhorst (201-87) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Moritz Trieb (190-98) replied with 22 points and 5 assists and Philipp Johannes (192-94) added 11 points in the effort for Bayreuth 2. Oberhaching moved-up to seventh place in South-East, which they share with Schwabing. Bayreuth 2 lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. Oberhaching will face Rosenheim (#9) at home in the next round. Bayreuth 2 will play against the league's leader Coburg (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Oberhaching: O.Knox 28+9reb+6ast, F.Diestelhorst 19+8reb, M.Huebner 8+4reb+3ast, J.Koegler 7+1reb+3ast, T.Walter 7+3reb+3ast, A.Martin Francois-Friis 6+2reb
Bayreuth II: M.Trieb 22+3reb+5ast, P.Johannes 11+2reb+2ast, M.Adler 8+2reb, J.Seither 7+6reb, F.Kurth 6+2reb+2ast, J.Riesner 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 482876


Bad Aibling - Herzogenaurach 99-88

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Bad Aibling (17-7) beat at home 13th ranked Herzogenaurach (4-20) 99-88 on Saturday. They outrebounded Herzogenaurach 44-20 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian-Croatian forward Miodrag Mirceta (198) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian center Miljan Grujic (206) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Austrian swingman Michael Kaiser (195-82) replied with 24 points and point guard Matthew Meredith (194-0) added 17 points in the effort for Herzogenaurach. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Bad Aibling moved-up to second place in South-East, which they share with Vilsbiburg. Herzogenaurach lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Bad Aibling will face Jena II (#6) on the road in the next round. Herzogenaurach will play against Treuchtlingen (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bad Aibling: M.Mirceta 23+6reb+4ast, M.Grujic 19+6reb+3ast, S.Bradaric 16+8reb+3ast, M.Valerien 13+6reb+4ast, M.Hack-Vazquez 12+9reb+2ast, J.Kaifosch 7+2reb
Herzogenaurach: M.Kaiser 24+3reb+2ast, M.Meredith 17+2reb+1ast, P.Ghotra 14+4reb, V.Nakic 11+1reb+1ast, B.Gahlert 10+5reb+2ast, T.Wagner 10
gschID: 482872


Ansbach - Rosenheim 73-67

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Rosenheim (11-13) lost on the road to tenth ranked Ansbach (10-14) 73-67 on Saturday. Strangely Rosenheim outrebounded Ansbach 53-34 including 18 on the offensive glass. Rosenheim was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Naturalized Croatian point guard Goran Petrovic (184-77) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American point guard Jguwon Hogges (173-86, college: Oregon Tech) replied with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Adrian-Constantin Gheorghiu (200-90) added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Rosenheim. Ansbach maintains tenth position in South-East with 10-14 record, which they share with Leitershofen. Loser Rosenheim keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Ansbach will face Zwickau (#12) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Ansbach: N.Freer 31+4reb+2ast, G.Petrovic 16+10reb+6ast, D.Kurpiela 9+3reb, T.Donhauser 6+3reb+1ast, C.Imberi 5+4reb+2ast, T.Rimann 4+3reb+1ast
Rosenheim: J.Hogges 20+8reb+5ast, A.Braa 13+5reb+1ast, A.Gheorghiu 10+13reb+2ast, O.Gaizauskas 6+4reb, P.Breitfeld 6+5reb+1ast, I.Fontaine 5+7reb
gschID: 482874


Treuchtlingen - Leitershofen 87-95

The most important game in the last round took place in Treutchlingen between third ranked Treuchtlingen (16-8) and eleventh ranked Topstar (10-14) on Saturday night. Treuchtlingen was defeated by Topstar in a tough game at home 87-95. It was a great shooting night for Topstar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. American forward Joshua Hart (198-90, college: Va Intermont) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Raphael Braun (185-94) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tim Eisenberger (197-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Stefan Schmoll (196-89) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Treuchtlingen. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Treuchtlingen's coach Stephen Harlander rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Topstar moved-up to tenth place in South-East, which they share with Ansbach. Treuchtlingen at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Topstar is looking forward to face higher ranked Schwabing (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Treuchtlingen will play against Herzogenaurach and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: J.Hart 17+10reb+1ast, E.Richter 16+1reb, N.Francois Breuer 13+2ast, R.Braun 12+7reb+1ast, N.Hadzovic 12+2reb+1ast, M.Dorsch 10+5reb+3ast
Treuchtlingen: T.Eisenberger 33+12reb+4ast, S.Schmoll 17+8reb+3ast, S.Geiselsoeder 13+8reb+2ast, F.Beierlein 10+2reb+3ast, T.Heinz 7+1reb, A.Stecher 5+1ast
gschID: 482873


Coburg - Jena II 112-66

Regionalliga top team - Coburg (22-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Jena II (13-11) 112-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jena II. Coburg made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Jena II 44-33 including 29 on the defensive glass. Jena II was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jordan Burris (201-92, college: CS San Bernar.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Forward Fabian Franke (198-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Coburg players scored in double figures. American Vincent Garrett (198-91, college: Green Bay) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds and forward Moritz Morschhaeuser (196-90) added 8 points in the effort for Jena II. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Coburg maintains first position in South-East with 22-2 record. Jena II at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Coburg will face Bayreuth 2 (#14) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Jena II will play against Bad Aibling (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Coburg: J.Burris 40+10reb, F.Franke 19+12reb+5ast, S.Walde 18+2reb+6ast, E.Molosciakas 11+2reb+1ast, K.Eichelsdoerfer 8+2reb+1ast, D.Stawowski 6+8reb+2ast
Jena II: V.Garrett 30+18reb, M.Morschhaeuser 8+3reb, K.Glueck 6+2reb, M.Rahn 5+4reb, J.Lange 4, D.Shusel 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 482871


Schwabing - TSV Troester 80-71

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Schwabing (12-12) won against at home 5th ranked TSV Troester (14-10) 80-71 on Saturday. Schwabing forced 19 TSV Troester turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Schwabing made 8 blocks. TSV Troester was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian guard Dimitrije Mrdja (188-98) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. American forward Billy McDonald (198-94, college: Caldwell) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Schwabing players scored in double figures. Schwabing's coach Robert Scheinberg used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Center Erik Land (205-90) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and guard Alexander Engel (191-93) added 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for TSV Troester. Schwabing have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position in South-East with 12-12 record, which they share with Oberhaching. Loser TSV Troester keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Schwabing will face Topstar (#11) in Diedorf in the next round. TSV Troester will play at home against the league's second-placed Vilsbiburg (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Schwabing: D.Mrdja 20+4reb+2ast, B.McDonald 16+7reb+1ast, C.Wurmseher 13+3reb+3ast, O.Da Silva 12+6reb+4ast, A.Okao 7+5reb+3ast, F.Fischer 6+5reb+1ast
TSV Troester: E.Land 25+8reb, A.Engel 11+3reb+5ast, D.Dippold 8+2reb, J.Dippold 7+3reb+2ast, A.Heide 7+3reb, L.Wagner 7+1reb
gschID: 482875


South-West
Fellbach - Limburg 85-62

We should not miss a home victory of eighth ranked Fellbach (11-14) who smashed higher ranked Limburg (15-10) by 23 points 85-62. Fellbach forced 23 Limburg turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Limburg's players. The best player for the winners was American center Scooter Gillette (206-90, college: Fair Dickinson) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Nils-Frederik Menck (203-82) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Fellbach players scored in double figures. Fellbach's coach Andreas Tsiminos felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Tim Weber (203-93, college: S.Oregon) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and Croatian center Dragan Sekelja (213-91, college: Florida Atlantic) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Fellbach have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fellbach maintains eighth position in South-West with 11-14 record. Limburg at the other side dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. Fellbach's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Karlsruhe SC on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Limburg will play against TV Langen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fellbach: S.Gillette 21+11reb, N.Menck 17+8reb+3ast, L.Ljutic 16+4reb+4ast, M.Ljoljic 10+6reb+2ast, J.Arbinger 9+3reb+5ast, D.Watson 6+2reb+4ast
Limburg: T.Weber 20+8reb+2ast, D.Sekelja 16+5reb, J.Zurna 8+4reb+4ast, J.Stallbohm 7+4reb+1ast, K.Yebo 7+10reb+2ast, N.Klima 2
gschID: 482702


Lich II - Saarlouis/Dillingen 72-81

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Lich II (15-9) against fourteenth ranked Saarlouis/Dillingen (8-17) on Saturday night. Host Lich II was defeated by Saarlouis/Dillingen in a tough game in Lich 72-81. British-American guard Adrian Kuyinu (190-91, college: Missouri Baptist) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Dutch swingman Chaed Wellian (203-92, college: Tennessee St.) chipped in 23 points during the contest. Four Saarlouis/Dillingen players scored in double figures. The former international Johannes Lischka (203-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and forward Henning Schaake (201-95) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Lich II's coach Christian Knaus tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Saarlouis/Dillingen moved-up to eleventh place in South-West, which they share with Tuebingen II and Mainz. Lich II at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Saarlouis/Dillingen will play against higher ranked Speyer (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lich II will play against Tuebingen II and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Saarlouis/Dillingen: C.Wellian 23+4reb+2ast, A.Kuyinu 19+10reb+2ast, L.Hughey 17+7reb+3ast, M.Mujkanovic 14+2reb, F.Kirsch 4+3reb+3ast, A.Diederich 2
Lich II: J.Lischka 27+11reb+1ast, H.Schaake 9+5reb+3ast, N.Pompalla 6+2reb+8ast, V.Klassen 6, Y.Ribbecke 6+1reb+1ast, U.Murat Kuelhan 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 482696


Schwenningen - Kaiserslautern 102-79

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Kaiserslautern (10-15) was outscored on the road by first ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (21-4) 102-79 on Saturday. BV Villingen-Schwenningen dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Kaiserslautern's 44. BV Villingen-Schwenningen forced 20 Kaiserslautern turnovers and outrebounded them 45-32 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. BV Villingen-Schwenningen looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Kaiserslautern's players. American forward Tabari Perry (203, college: Slippery Rock) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Bulgarian swingman Sergey Tsvetkov (196-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five BV Villingen-Schwenningen players scored in double figures. Naturalized Turkish swingman Genc Sefaja (196-92) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Hungarian guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86) added 21 points and 4 steals in the effort for Kaiserslautern. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. BV Villingen-Schwenningen maintains first position in South-West with 21-4 record. Loser Kaiserslautern dropped to the ninth place with 15 games lost. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will face Stuttgart (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kaiserslautern will play against Koblenz and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Schwenningen: T.Perry 21+2reb+3ast, S.Tsvetkov 15+7reb+3ast, A.Remus 15+5reb+5ast, D.Barovic 10+10reb+5ast, N.Fekete 10+6reb+1ast, E.Alispahic 9+6reb
Kaiserslautern: G.Hosszu 21+3reb+1ast, G.Sefaja 17+7reb+3ast, J.McNeil 11+5reb+4ast, F.Leis 7+2reb, T.Erb 6+3reb+2ast, K.Luyeye 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 482700


Speyer - Stuttgart 60-79

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Stuttgart (9-16) outplayed on the road higher ranked Speyer (15-10) 79-60 on Saturday. Stuttgart dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Speyer's 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Forward Jonas Leidel (195-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward David Rotim (197-85) contributed with a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Four Stuttgart players scored in double figures. American center Khobi Williamson (201-92, college: Hampden-Sydney) replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Aaron Ellis (205-87, college: Wichita St.) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Speyer. Speyer's coach Carl Mbassa let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Stuttgart moved-up to tenth place in South-West. Loser Speyer keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Stuttgart will face league's leader BV Villingen-Schwenningen at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Speyer will play against Saarlouis/Dillingen (#11) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Stuttgart: M.Schlafke 23+3reb+3ast, J.Leidel 18+12reb+8ast, M.Mandic 14+10reb+1ast, D.Rotim 13+10reb+10ast, C.Gundlach 6+4reb+1ast, M.Bretz 3+2reb
Speyer: K.Williamson 23+9reb, A.Ellis 12+11reb+2ast, J.Creek 11+6reb+1ast, J.Hartinger 5+2reb, J.Salto 5+7reb+9ast, R.Weihmann 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 482699


Langen - Tuebingen II 75-67

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Tuebingen II (8-17) lost on the road to seventh ranked TV Langen (13-12) 75-67 on Saturday. TV Langen outrebounded Tuebingen II 38-27 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Preston Ross (198, college: Winston Salem) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Chris Reinhardt (202-88) contributed with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five TV Langen players scored in double figures. Guard Pirmin Unger (184-87) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Tim Deschner (177-97) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Tuebingen II. Tuebingen II's coach Claus Sieghoertner let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TV Langen have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position in South-West with 13-12 record. Tuebingen II lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 17 games lost. TV Langen will face higher ranked Limburg (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tuebingen II will play against Lich II (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Langen: P.Ross 21+6reb+4ast, M.Schneider 15+3reb+3ast, J.Martiny 12+4reb+2ast, C.Reinhardt 11+9reb+4ast, L.Sielaff 11+4reb+1ast, J.Overdick 2+6reb+2ast
Tuebingen II: T.Deschner 18+2reb+4ast, P.Unger 17+6reb+2ast, F.Sieghoertner 9+1ast, V.Mitku 8+6reb+1ast, A.Skaistlauks 5+1ast, R.Haenig 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 482698


Koblenz - Heidelberg USC 105-82

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Koblenz (16-9) crushed at home 13th ranked Heidelberg USC (7-17) 105-82 on Saturday. Koblenz made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Koblenz looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Lithuanian point guard Paulius Semaska (185-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 assists. Croatian point guard Zeljko Novak (184-89) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Coach Josip Bosnjak's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Center Niklas Ney (208-95, college: Mercer) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Morris Hintz (193-95) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Heidelberg USC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Koblenz moved-up to third place in South-West. Loser Heidelberg USC dropped to the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Koblenz will face Kaiserslautern (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Heidelberg USC will play against Mainz (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Koblenz: Z.Novak 17+5reb, P.Semaska 16+1reb+8ast, D.Tholey 13+2reb, L.Sayers 12+3reb+5ast, A.Anzulovic 12+2reb+2ast, S.Watson 9+5reb+1ast
Heidelberg USC: C.Schmitt 21+7reb, M.Hintz 20+6reb+3ast, N.Ney 18+10reb+3ast, M.Nagele 14+4ast, J.Feist 5+3reb, J.Herbold 2+1ast
gschID: 482697


Mainz - Karlsruhe SC 76-83

Very expected game when 10th ranked Mainz (8-17) lost at home to second ranked Karlsruhe SC (18-7) 83-76 on Saturday. Portuguese point guard Miguel Cardoso (188-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Croatian center Denis Vrsaljko (209-82) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Karlsruhe SC players scored in double figures. Swingman Philipp Schoen (196-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and Johann Fritzen (201-95) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Mainz. Karlsruhe SC have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position in South-West with 18-7 record having just three points less than leader Schwelm. Loser Mainz dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Karlsruhe SC will face Fellbach (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Mainz will play against Heidelberg USC and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe SC: L.Drezga 20+2reb, D.Vrsaljko 18+9reb, G.Krastev 16+5reb+1ast, M.Cardoso 11+5reb+12ast, J.Lozancic 7+2reb, B.Kaufhold 4+1reb+3ast
Mainz: P.Schoen 21+12reb+1ast, J.Fritzen 19+6reb+1ast, C.Zander 13+4reb+1ast, T.Thormann 9+2reb+1ast, T.Datz 6+2reb, J.Gahr 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 482701


West
Frintrop - Salzkotten 75-82

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Salzkotten (12-13) won against 12th ranked Frintrop (5-20) in Essen-Frintrop 82-75 on Saturday. Salzkotten dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Frintrop's 30. Swingman Felix Wenningkamp (195-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Matthias Finke (190-87) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American power forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and forward Kevin Kern (195-90) added 18 points in the effort for Frintrop. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Frintrop's coach Sebastian Rathjen let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Salzkotten moved-up to eighth place in West, which they share with Hertener Loewen and Bonn II. Frintrop lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 20 games lost. Salzkotten will face league's second-placed Hagen BG at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Frintrop will play against Bielefeld (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salzkotten: F.Wenningkamp 20+6reb+4ast, R.Gees 14+1reb+1ast, M.Finke 13+8reb+7ast, T.Stukenberg 12+6reb, A.Boger 11+1reb+2ast, E.Kerfs 9+1reb
Frintrop: K.Kern 18+2reb+2ast, D.Smith 15+13reb+2ast, D.Kopietz 12+2reb+1ast, T.Doll 11+3reb+6ast, C.Bartels 10+2reb+1ast, T.Doll 5+2reb
gschID: 483062


Bonn II - Ibbenbueren 71-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Bonn II's (12-13) home loss to seventh ranked Ibbenbueren (14-11) 71-78 on Saturday. Ibbenbueren forced 23 Bonn II turnovers. Strangely Bonn II outrebounded Ibbenbueren 41-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. Bonn II was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Chris Hortman (190-88, college: Wisc.-Stout) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. British guard Rishi Kakad (188-87, college: Hawaii Pacific) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Valentin Blass (195-95) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds and center Alexander Moeller (208-98) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bonn II. Bonn II's coach Thomas Adelt let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ibbenbueren moved-up to fifth place in West. Loser Bonn II keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Ibbenbueren will face Hertener Loewen (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Bonn II will play against Grevenbroich and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ibbenbueren: C.Hortman 28+11reb+4ast, R.Kakad 19+4reb, M.Post 11+4reb+2ast, D.Nienaber 7+3reb+1ast, M.Kostov 7+3reb+5ast, T.Fischer 6+3reb
Bonn II: V.Blass 15+8reb+3ast, A.Moeller 14+8reb+1ast, P.Gruber 13+3reb+2ast, Y.Kneesch 9+5reb, D.Falkenstein 7+3reb+5ast, L.Otshumbe 6+2reb
gschID: 483061


Muenster - Bielefeld 97-71

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Muenster (19-6) outplayed at home 14th ranked Bielefeld (3-22) 97-71 on Saturday. Muenster made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Guard Marley Jean-Louis (188-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American guard Gerrell Martin (190-93, college: LIU Brooklyn) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 15 assists for the winners. Four Muenster players scored in double figures. Point guard Bastian Landgraf (194-95) replied with 9 points and 7 rebounds and guard Omar Zemhoute (190-91) added 14 points in the effort for Bielefeld. Bielefeld's coach Emre Atsuer gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Muenster have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in West, which they share with Hagen BG. Newly promoted Bielefeld keeps the fourteenth position with 22 games lost. Muenster will face league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bielefeld will play against Frintrop (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Muenster: M.Jean-Louis 33+9reb+3ast, G.Martin 22+6reb+15ast, J.Koenig 15+8reb, L.Padberg 11+4reb+1ast, N.Husmann 7+1reb+1ast, A.Koenig 3+1reb+1ast
Bielefeld: O.Zemhoute 14+4reb+1ast, J.Arabadzhiyski 12+2reb, J.Brinkmann 9+4reb+2ast, B.Landgraf 9+7reb+3ast, C.Lee 9+6reb+3ast, M.Lehmkuehler 6+1ast
gschID: 483066


Duesseldorf - Schwelm 74-78

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Duesseldorf (13-12) lost at home to first ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (21-4) 78-74 on Saturday. Lithuanian swingman Andrius Mikutis (194-88, college: John Brown) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Julian Jasinski (201-96) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Falk Moeller allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Lithuanian swingman Paulius Kleiza (194-88) replied with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American point guard Jeremy Lewis (180-86, college: St.Thomas, TX) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Duesseldorf. SG Schwelmer Baskets have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in West with 21-4 record. Loser Duesseldorf keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Muenster (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Duesseldorf will play against Herford and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: S.Schroter 18+5reb, A.Mikutis 16+9reb+1ast, K.Tota 14+2reb+1ast, J.Jasinski 13+11reb+1ast, H.Boyce 10+8reb+5ast, M.Perl 5+1reb+3ast
Duesseldorf: P.Kleiza 22+5reb+6ast, J.Lewis 18+7reb+5ast, M.Dohmen 11+3reb, S.Kehr 8+14reb+1ast, A.Goolsby 7+2reb+1ast, M.Lovric 4+1reb
gschID: 483064


Hagen-Haspe - Herford 82-90

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Herford (11-13) beat on the road 13th ranked Hagen-Haspe (4-21) 90-82 on Saturday. It was a great shooting night for Herford especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. British guard Jordan Whelan (193-94, college: MidAmerica Naz.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Spanish center Daniel Arcau (206-92, college: Great Falls) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Herford players scored in double figures. American forward Salathiel Ligons (201-84) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and forward Oscar Luchterhandt (195-91) added 20 points in the effort for Hagen-Haspe. Herford maintains eleventh position in West with 11-13 record. Hagen-Haspe lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 21 games lost. Herford will face higher ranked Duesseldorf (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hagen-Haspe will play against Dorsten (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Herford: J.Whelan 18+4reb+2ast, M.Berlic 14, D.Arcau 14+9reb, C.Steffen 13+3reb+5ast, K.Gronau 12+2reb, P.Humke 10+5reb
Hagen-Haspe: S.Ligons 21+6reb+2ast, O.Luchterhandt 20+4reb+1ast, M.Wasielewski 10+4reb+5ast, T.Nsiabandoki 9+4reb+1ast, T.Paulsen 8+6ast, L.Bampoulis 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 483063


Hertener Loewen - Dorsten 99-90

There was an upset when higher ranked Dorsten (13-12) lost on the road to tenth ranked Hertener Loewen (12-13) 99-90 on Saturday. British guard Kofi Josephs (198-91, college: Fort Lewis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 38 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Felix Neumann (201-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. American David Golembiowski (203-89, college: SUNY Poly) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds and center Nino Janoschek (204-87) added 20 points and 17 rebounds in the effort for Dorsten. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hertener Loewen moved-up to eighth place in West, which they share with Salzkotten and Bonn II. Loser Dorsten dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Hertener Loewen will face higher ranked Ibbenbueren (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Hertener Loewen: K.Josephs 38+9reb+4ast, F.Neumann 24+18reb+1ast, K.Sherrill 13+7reb+2ast, A.Penev 13+12reb+7ast, N.Strubich 8+7reb+1ast, C.Ober 3
Dorsten: D.Golembiowski 30+14reb+2ast, N.Janoschek 20+17reb+2ast, F.Galvez-Braatz 13+2reb+2ast, W.Koehler 12+8reb+5ast, L.Paskov 8+2reb+3ast, R.Penders 5+1reb+2ast
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Hagen BG - Grevenbroich 90-79

An interesting game for Hagen BG (19-6) which hosted in Hagen 4th ranked Grevenbroich (16-8). Second ranked Hagen BG managed to get a 11-point victory 90-79. Hagen BG made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Lithuanian forward Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-87) notched 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Bulgarian guard Todor Zahariev (190-92) supported him with 12 points and 6 assists. Hagen BG's coach Kosta Filippou used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds by power forward Lennard Joerdell (207-91) did not help to save the game for Grevenbroich. Guard Farid Sadek (188-83) added 20 points and 8 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hagen BG have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position in West with 19-6 record having just two points less than leader Schwelm, which they share with Muenster. Loser Grevenbroich keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Hagen BG will meet Salzkotten (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Grevenbroich will play against Bonn II (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hagen BG: V.Nedzinskas 21+5reb+4ast, M.Zahariev 14+4reb, D.Crawford 14+7reb+1ast, P.Zahner-Gothen 13+3reb+3ast, T.Zahariev 12+4reb+6ast, M.Krume 9+9reb+1ast
Grevenbroich: L.Joerdell 26+15reb+1ast, F.Sadek 20+4reb+8ast, F.Oladipo 17+5reb+1ast, M.Boksic 11+9reb+2ast, S.Bennett 3+3reb+1ast, B.Becker 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 483060





Tyrone Ellis (Northern Arizona Suns) My First Impression Of Chris Williams On The Court Was He Can Do Everything - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) is a former professional player from Dallas, Texas that currently is head coach of D-League team Northern Arizona Suns. As a player he had a stellar career in Europe showing that a player can make a career coming from a NAIA school from Southern Nazarene playing in countries like Germany, Italy, Turkey and Spain. In 2004 he helped the Opel Skyliners win the BBL league title. He played for three Spanish teams Girona, Cajasol Sevilla and Asefa Estudiantes Madrid playing six seasons in the best league in Europe. He also played for teams like Eldo Basket Napoli and Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul . He retired in 2012 and went into coaching being an assistant for D-League teams Tulsa, Reno, Grand Rapids and Bakersfield. He spoke to eurobasket about the death of former teammate Chris Williams and coaching the Northern Arizona Suns.

Ty thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how is your basketball life treating you at the moment?

No problem Miles, my pleasure. I'm currently on the road trying to finish up the season strong.


Before we talk about your coaching career, we have to talk about your ex teammate and friend Chris Williams who passed away recently. How did you hear about it and what was your first thought?

Our friend, Marlon Garnett, sent me a text after my game around midnight. Marlon played with Chris in Iran. I was confused, hurt, and in disbelief. I am still mourning my friend's death. I don't want to believe he is gone.


Chris Williams was 36 years old and just suddenly past away due to blood clotting. Did you have any more contact to him the last years? When you remember having your last conversation with him?

Yes, Chris and I kept in touch. He was the best man in my wedding. The last conversation I had with Chris was when I got this job. He called to congratulate me and tell me how proud of me he is.


You played two seasons with Chris Williams with the then Opel Skyliners in Frankfurt. What was your first impression of him when you saw him on the court?

My first impression of him on the court was, "He can do everything!" He was very unselfish and always played with poise. He never panicked and was unstoppable at the 4 position.


He belonged to the top players in the BBL and fans will never forget his amazing athleticism and moves that he had in his game. What will you always remember most about his game?

Teams always played off of him because he wasn't a great shooter, but that only gave him space to use his "Killer Crossover." I knew when we needed a basket or a stop, he would come through for us.

You didn't play the same position, but the club was successful with a roster that had great personalites and knew how to play together on the court. Despite not playing the same position how do you feel did you both profit from each other on the court?

We trusted and respected each other! He knew how to get the best out of me and I knew how to get the best out of him. The championship year was the best year of my career! We had a great team and captain, in Pascal Roller, a fantastic Coaching staff, and great leadership in Gunnar.


Shortly after the death of Chris Williams, your ex head coach Gordon Herbert told me this. 'Tyrone Ellis helped Chris become a better professional and taught him how to build his career better' You were only 3 years older, but did you sense to have that older brother responsibility in mentoring him and advising him with things on and off the court?

I did not feel like I was an older brother because he helped me just as much as I helped him. Areas were I needed help, he was there for me and vice versa. True, I have always been a "Thinker" I always have a plan A,B,C and I believe I helped him in that regard.


Everyone always spoke of Chris in the best way. He was a guy that was always friendly and tried to help you. What memory do you remember where he showed just how strong of a character guy he was?

Chris never complained! A lot of American players I have played with or against, do not embrace the culture. They complain about practice, the food, the language, etc. Chris NEVER complained! We always talked about how fortunate and blessed we are to play basketball as a profession. He genuinely cared about all of his teammates and would do anything for us.


What personal one on one memory do you remember most with him on and off the court that you will never forget?

When we first got to Germany, everybody talked about how good Berlin is. The won 8 Championships, Blah, Blah, Blah! We told each other that we will bring a championship to Frankfurt. The moment the horn went off and we won the Championship, we embraced each other and were so proud of each other. We were proud to be the Americans that were able to bring Frankfurt their first Championship.


Congrats on the head coaching job with new D-league team Northern Arizona Suns. After paying your dues for 4 years as a D-league assistant you have finally your first head coaching job. How satisfying has this experience been and what do you enjoy most about the job?

Being a Head Coach is very satisfying, because I'm able to develop these young men on and off the court. I enjoy the being a leader! Being a leader is very challenging because you have to earn the trust and respect of the players, its not just given to you. The rewarding part is when the trust and respect is earned, the players completely commit to the process. I love it!!


You played for many head coaches as a player and for different head coaches like Otis Smith, Chris Jent, Joe Abelson and Darko Rajakovic. You probably got something from each guy, but if you had to choose one of these coaches that was most instrumental in your development who would you choose?

The most instrumental Coaches I have played for or coached with is my college coach, Bobby Martin and Gordon Herbert. Bobby Martin, taught me in college how important it is to have integrity and to respect the game. Gordon held everybody on the team accountable, he trusted me, Chris, and Pascal, and he genuinely cared about the entire team. I went through a divorce my first year in Frankfurt and he helped me in so many ways get through that difficult moment. Once I saw that he cared about me as person and not just a player, I was willing to run through a brick wall for him. Because of these two coaches, I invest in my players, I'm transparent, and genuinely care about them.


You are in your fifth coaching season. How would you define the Tyrone Ellis coaching philosophy and what is the most important thing for you in your relationship with each player?

The foundation of my coaching philosophy is based on Humility, Trust, and Discipline. The X's and O's change depending on your personnel, but if the players have these character traits, we can adapt to any situation. The three most important things in my relationship with each player are Communication, Trust, and Respect.


You have many interesting players that have played in the NBA as well as guys out of college looking to get to the NBA. One very interesting player is 201cm forward Derrick Jones who played one season at UNLV and already played with the Phoenix Suns this season. How have you seen his development as a rookie and how much NBA potential does he have?

Initially DJ was supposed to be with me the majority of the D-League season, but he developed faster than expected and they recalled him. DJ's NBA potential is very high. He is an unbelievable athlete and also an unbelievable person. He embraced the process and got better.


I can imagine your long term goal is to being an NBA coach, but have you ever thought of testing the waters overseas as a head coach?

Absolutely, I will definitely coach overseas! I've learned this season that you never know where basketball will take you.


You last played for the Opel Skyliners in the 2004-2005 season and 12 years have gone by. Do you still have contact to some of the guys or have you lost all contact?

I have kept in contact with Gordie over the years. I spoke with Pascal on linked in last summer. Chris, is the only other person I kept in constant contact with.


One of the last BBL dinosaurs from back in the day your ex teammate Bernd Kruel retired last year at the age of 40. What memories do you have of him and does his underrated passing out of the post still dwell in your mind?

When I think of Bernd I immediately start to smile. I have more memories of his jokes and his dancing, Bernd was freaking hilarious!! Basketball wise, he accepted his role and was great at it.


You played in countries like Spain and Italy, but when will you make a visit back to Europe and come to Frankfurt? Gordon Herbert is still there as head coach and could probably come up with some unforgettable Skyliner stories from 2004.

I would love to come and visit Frankfurt. I have a lot of great memories in Frankfurt, I miss the staff, and I would love to hang out with Gordie. We have a lot of great memories!


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

Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James


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

Lebron is amazing!! I've seen him in person and he is amazing. I would never consider him to be the best. Lebron doesn't play both sides of the ball like Michael Jordan and Kobe did. Just compare the 1st All Defense awards.


What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was Get Out.


Thanks Ty for the chat.




Kofi Josephs claims German Regionalliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

British Kofi Josephs (198-G-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Hertener Loewen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 51 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Hertener Loewen in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Herford (#11, 11-13) with 41-point margin 116-75. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings in West. Hertener Loewen maintains the 10th position in their group in German Regionalliga. Hertener Loewen is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-13 record. In the team's last game Josephs had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Hertener Loewen's top player in his first season with the team. Kofi Josephs averages this season 20.7ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American swingman Domonique Crawford (196-G/F-84) of second-ranked Hagen BG. Crawford impressed basketball fans with 37 points and 9 rebounds. It was enough for Hagen BG to edge the lower-ranked Ibbenbueren (#5, 14-11) by 5 points 94-89. Hagen BG's second position in West has not changed. His team's 19-6 record is not bad at all. Crawford is a newcomer at Hagen BG 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 Kevin Yebo (202-F/C-96) of Limburg (#5). Yebo scored 26 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Limburg, leading his team to a 91-78 easy win against the lower-ranked Mainz (#12, 8-17). Limburg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in South-West. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 10 lost games. Yebo has a great season in Germany. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.9rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Golembiowski (203-PF-89) of Dorsten - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Rouven Haenig (198-F-86) of Tuebingen II - 14 points, 21 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Julius Zurna (188-PG-86) of Limburg - 31 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jguwon Hogges (173-PG-86) of Rosenheim - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Noe Trenz (195-PF-89) of Wusterhausen - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Femi Oladipo (201-F-90) of Grevenbroich - 25 points and 8 rebounds
10. Nigel Pruitt (201-F-94) of Westerstede - 32 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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



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

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

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


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

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


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

I think everyone expects to win titles this year.


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Yes


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

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


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

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


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

Yes

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

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

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

Yes that was a lot of fun.


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

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


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

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


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

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


Thanks Spencer for the chat.



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Giannis Antetokounmpo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He led Milwaukee Bucks to a 3-point victory over the Atlanta Hawks (38-36) 100-97 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Antetokounmpo was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 13 rebounds. Antetokounmpo also added 5 assists and 3 blocks in 36 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 38-36 record this season. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.1ppg, 8.5rpg, 5.3apg, 1.8bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(562-989), 3FGP: 28.1% and FT: 77.8% in 73 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Antetokounmpo is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team FC Barcelona to a victory over the closely-ranked Crvena Zvezda (15-13) 67-54 in the Euroleague last Friday. Perperoglou was the best player in that game. He recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. FC Barcelona Lassa (11-17) is placed 11th in the Euroleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Perperoglou's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 41.6%, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 68.2%. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Bogris was the main contributor in an CB Canarias' victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) 61-51 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. He was the top player that evening. Bogris scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group D. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (11-3) is placed first. It's Bogris' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 54.5% and FT: 53.3% in 18 games. Bogris is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #4. Power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) could not help Boca Juniors (13-31) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the tenth-placed Boca Juniors (13-31) was defeated 87-83 on the road by the much higher-ranked Instituto (#3) in the Sur group. Lampropoulos recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 18 rebounds. This season Lampropoulos has very high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.8apg. Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2003.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #5. Former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Brose Baskets (23-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Brose Baskets lost 79-84 in Ulm to the leading ratiopharm. Zisis scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes. This year Zisis' total stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.5apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Greek national team two years ago.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #6. Swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (9-5) 74-66 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. Bramos scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. Bramos has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Bramos is a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #7. Former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Lokomotiv (13-5) in their game against Zenit (18-3) in the VTB United League, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Vougioukas was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. But Lokomotiv was edged 83-80 at home by the second-ranked Zenit. It was Lokomotiv's third consecutive loss in a row. Vougioukas has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg in 18 games. He used to play for the Greek national team three years ago.

Leonidas Kaselakis
Leonidas Kaselakis
   #8. Small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in Kazakhstan) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Barsy Atyrau (5-9) crushing them 94-68 in the Kazakhstan National League last Thursday. Kaselakis was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Astana (16-0) is placed first in the National League. So far his team won all sixteen games in the Regular Season. The Regular Season already ended. This season Kaselakis has very high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 4.8apg and 1.7spg. Kaselakis used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2010.

Georgios Papagiannis
Georgios Papagiannis
   #9. U20 international center Georgios Papagiannis (217-97, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 1-point Sacramento Kings' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (44-31) 98-97 in the NBA on Sunday night. He recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes. The Sacramento Kings have 29-45 record this season. Papagiannis has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 3.5rpg in 14 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek U20 national team.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #10. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Georgios Papagiannis. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Koufos contributed to a 1-point Sacramento Kings' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (40-34) 91-90. He scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. The Sacramento Kings have 29-45 record this season. Koufos has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 5.7rpg. He is a naturalized American. Koufos is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #11. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Oregon's victory against the University of Kansas 74-60 in the NCAA Quarter-Finals last Saturday. Dorsey scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. Dorsey has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg in 38 games. He is a naturalized American. Dorsey plays currently for the Greek national team. Interesting that he has never played in Greece.

   #12. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra in their game against FC Barcelona in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Antetokounmpo scored only 3 points in 17 minutes. His team was crushed by 37 points 102-65. Antetokounmpo has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 3.2rpg in 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

   #13. Former U20 international swingman Anastasios Traianos (197-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Manchester Giants in their game against London Lions in the British BBL. He scored 6 points in only 6 minutes. His team lost 88-96. Traianos has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 2.9rpg in 24 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team eleven years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international swingman Haris Plioukas (200-89, currently plays in Germany) managed to help BG Hagen in a victory against the fourth-ranked Grevenbroich 90-79 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Friday night. He scored only 4 points in 17 minutes. This year Plioukas has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in 25 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2007.

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

   #1. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Turkey). Auguste could not help Usak Sportlif (7-16) to beat Darussafaka (16-7). He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But Usak Sportlif was defeated 78-70 on the road by the much higher-ranked Darussafaka (#5). This season Auguste has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg and 7.7rpg. He is a naturalized American. However Auguste has never played in Greece.

   #2. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid II to a victory over the ninth-ranked CB Guadalajara (11-12) 63-48 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Sole recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. Real Madrid II (19-6) is placed third in Group B. This year Sole has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Greek.

   #3. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help AV Cantu in their game against Auxilium TO (12-12) in the Italian Serie A. Calathes cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. AV Cantu was defeated 87-76 in Torino by the higher-ranked Auxilium TO (#9). It was AV Cantu's first loss after three consecutive victories. Calathes has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #4. Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92, college: SIU Edwardsville, currently plays in New Zealand) was not able to secure a victory for Hawks (0-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Fiorentinos' good performance the bottom-ranked Hawks were edged 76-75 in New Plymouth by the higher-ranked Mountain Airs (#3). He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Fiorentinos has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg and 7.7rpg. Fiorentinos is another player who holds two passports: British and Greek. Despite his Greek nationality, Fiorentinos previously played for the British U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #5. Emils Duselis (192-G/F, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a 1-point Hills Hornets' victory against the third-ranked Norths Soul Sports Bears (1-0) 67-66 in the Australian State League (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes. Hills Hornets (2-3) are placed seventh in WARATAH group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Duselis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his tenth year in Hills Hornets' roster. This season Duselis has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 5.6apg in five games. He has both Greek and Australian nationalities.

   #6. Dimitris Agathangelidis (182-G-98, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Talje Knights (3-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Agathangelidis' good performance Talje Knights (#8) was defeated 73-60 in Lomma by the higher-ranked Lobas (#4) in the BEHS forts group. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Agathangelidis also added 4 rebounds. He has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. Agathangelidis also holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.

   #7. Experienced Alexandros Sarikas (195-G-81, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to Trelleborg's victory against the fourth-ranked LF Future 110-99 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. Sarikas recorded 7 points. He has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.6rpg. Sarikas holds both Canadian and Greek passports.

   #8. Georgios Tyrekidis (208-C-96, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Wusterhausen in their game against Stade in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Tyrekidis scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 65-47. He has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 2.1rpg. Tyrekidis has dual citizenship: Greek and German.



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  GUATEMALA  


USAC jumps on top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

USAC jumps on top of the standings as they improved to a 5-0 record in Liga Metropolitana ladder. In the latest game they overcame La Villa 86-46 as they controlled the entire game. GMS is with a 5-1 record on the second place. Bantrab and Villa Nueva follow them with 4-2 records each. The latter outscored Club Force 80-62


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Jean-Charles is heading back to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) are bringing back 24-year old naturalized Guyanese power forward Livio Jean-Charles (202-93, agency: BeoBasket). It will actually be his comeback to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket as he has played here before. Jean-Charles He just played at Austin Spurs (D-League) in the U.S. In 43 games he had 9.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3bpg this season. Jean-Charles was called during the season by the San Antonio Spurs.
In 2013 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in first round (28th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jean-Charles was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Newcomer of the Year back in 2013.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: Score-5 (17.3ppg), 6.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP-3 (69.2%), 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 70.6%.
Jean-Charles has played previously for another French team CFBB.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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McDonald's All-American Game Recap - by Eurobasket News

The 40th annual McDonald's All-American game was decided in the final seconds, as the West Team knocked off the East team, behind a strong effort from Michael Porter Jr. (6'10''-SF-98). In a game full of highlight reel dunks, it was a pair of blocks on the final possession by Brandon McCoy (7'1''-C-98) that helped the West Team knock off the East Team 109-107 in the 2017 McDonald's All-American game. Although the West Team doesn't win without McCoy's blocks, it was the play of Missouri pledge Michael Porter Jr. that secured the MVP trophy, as he scored 17 points and reeled in eight rebounds. 'This is a dream come true,' Porter said. 'I just wanted to go out there and have fun. This game was competitive. Most all stars games, people go up and down and dunk, but it was hard and it was a great game.' 'To be MVP of this game it means the world to me,' Porter added. 'This is the top 24 high school basketball players in the country. This is an amazing feeling.' Porter was 6-for-13 from the field and was effective at the basket, finishing a number of plays in transition and off cuts to the rim. Mohamed Bamba (7'0''-C-98), a 6-foot-11 big man out of Westtown (Pa.) School, scored 17 points and reeled in five rebounds for the East Team. 'I think I played well,' Bamba said. 'I did shoot an air ball, there's some spots I can tweak and some stuff I could have done differently to help my team win, but overall I thought I played well.' Scout national analyst Josh Gershon was particularly impressed with his ability to protect the rim. 'I loved the way Mo Bamba used his size and length to impact the game on both ends,' Gershon said. 'You could really see his value as a rim protector. He only grabbed five rebounds, but that's an area where his physical tools will allow him to impact the game at a high level.' Jaylen Hands (6'4''-G-99) chipped in 14 points and three assists for the West Team. Brandon McCoy, Troy Brown, Billy Preston (6'10''-PF-97) and Chuck O'Bannon also reached double figures for the West Team. Kevin Knox II (6'9''-PF-99) scored 15 points for the East Team on 7-for-11 shooting, while Western Kentucky bound Mitchell Robinson added 14. Alabama signee Collin Sexton (6'3''-G-99) and Kentucky Quade Green (6'2''-PG-98) led the game with seven assists each.
Courtesy of: scout.com



Brandon Roy Named Naismith High School Coach Of The Year - by Eurobasket News

Brandon Roy has been named the Naismith Trophy High School Coach of the Year. Roy won the honor in his first season after leading Hale to an undefeated season (29-0) and the state championship after the program won three games last season. Hale is currently ranked No. 1 in the Super 25. Michael Porter Jr. (6'10''-SF-98) Jr. of Hale was also named Naismith Trophy High School Player Of the Year.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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 (16-12) in their last game. Despite Hanga's good performance Baskonia lost 63-72 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Panathinaikos. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Hanga also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes on the court. It was Baskonia's first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 56.3%(80-142), 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 67.1% in 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). Trotter was not able to help Twarde Pierniki (17-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Twarde Pierniki was edged 81-79 on the road by the lower-ranked Energa Czarni (#7). Trotter was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 passes. It's Trotter's first season with the team. This year Trotter has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 31.2% and FT: 84.8%. He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team in 2013. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). Jones was not able to secure a victory for VL Pesaro (7-17) in their last game. Despite his very good performance VL Pesaro lost 91-97 in Trento to the much higher-ranked (#4) Dolomiti En. TR. Jones was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes. It was VL Pesaro's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 53.4%, 3FGP: 29.1% and FT: 80.4% in 24 games. Jones is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Zoltan Perl
Zoltan Perl
   #4. Swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95, currently plays in Italy) led Treviso Basket to a victory over the 13th-ranked Imola (9-17) 77-64 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Perl was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (18-8) is placed second in East group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Perl has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg in three games. He is also Hungarian national team player.

Gyorgy Goloman
Gyorgy Goloman
   #5. Former U18 international forward Gyorgy Goloman (211-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the UCLA (15-3) in their game against the University of Kentucky (16-2) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. Goloman recorded only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. The UCLA lost 75-86 on their home court in Los Angeles to the University of Kentucky. The National Tournament Round 3 already ended in the NCAA. This year Goloman's overall stats are: 3.9ppg and 2.5rpg in 33 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team four years ago.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #6. Guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Kaiserslautern (10-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Hosszu's very good performance the ninth-placed Kaiserslautern (10-15) was crushed 102-79 in Schwenningen by the leading BV Villingen- in the South-West group. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Hosszu also added 4 steals. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Hosszu's stats this season are: 14.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Hungarian team eleven years ago.

Adam Somogyi
Adam Somogyi
   #7. U16 international point guard Adam Somogyi (183-0, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Real Betis SVL 2 (2-11) in their game against Unicaja B Malaga (7-6) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Somogyi recorded only 4 points and added 3 assists in 29 minutes. Real Betis SVL 2 (#8) was badly defeated 77-60 on their home court in Sevilla by the higher-ranked (#5) Unicaja B Malaga in the Group D Perman. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Somogyi's total stats are: 3.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.2apg in nine games. He is also Hungarian U16 national team player.

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

   #1. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia). He could not help Spartak (14-9) to beat Konstantin (2-21). Miscevic recorded 9 points. But Spartak was defeated 88-80 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Konstantin (#13). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Miscevic's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 2.1rpg.

   #2. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in a Radnicki 1950's victory against the ninth-ranked Mladost SP (10-13) 96-77 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) last Saturday. He scored 19 points in 29 minutes. Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac (15-8) is placed fifth in the 2MLS. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Stojanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg in 23 games he played so far. Stojanovic has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #3. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) led UBT Cluj Napoca to a victory against the fourth-ranked Oradea (14-12) 89-75 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Wednesday night. He scored 12 points. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (23-3) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Torok's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 4.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #4. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) managed to help BC Mures Targu-Mures to win against the third-ranked Craiova (6-16) 97-92 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Monday. Lazar recorded 5 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-10. BC Mures Targu-Mures (10-12) is placed first. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Lazar's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.7bpg. He has both Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.

   #5. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 1-point Holargos' victory against the 13th-ranked Arkadikos (7-16) 79-78 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Popadic scored 5 points. Holargos B.C. (12-11) is placed eighth in the A2. Popadic has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2apg. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #6. Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Kaiserslautern crushing them 102-79 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Fekete scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Fekete has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6apg in 24 games. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #7. Experienced Ivan Stefanovic (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Serbia) faced previously mentioned Srdjan Stojanovic in the Serbian 2MLS last game. Stefanovic was not able to help Mladost SP in their game against Radnicki 1950. He scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 96-77. Stefanovic has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.1apg. Similarly like Fekete and Popadic above he holds both Hungarian and Serbian passports.



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

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



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Stats Leaders - National League

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


Mario Little (ex LG Sakers) signs at Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) landed 30-year old American swingman Mario Little (198-99kg-87, college: Kansas). He played recently at LG Sakers in South Korean KBL league. In 37 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg this season. Little also played earlier that season for SK Knights (also in KBL) where in 7 games he had very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.3apg and 2.1spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Little's team made it to the Korean KBL Semifinals in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Little has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Little has played previously professionally in Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Spain (La ICL Manresa), Ukraine (DniproAzot) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
He attended University of Kansas until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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National League Round 25: Leader Maccabi Raanana loses to Hapoel B/S - by Eurobasket News

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

Top ranked Maccabi Raanana (17-8) recorded its eighth loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Hapoel B/S (16-9) 86-82. The game was dominated by American players. Power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) chipped in 12 points and 9 assists. Center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Hapoel B/S moved-up to third place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. Maccabi Raanana at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Hapoel K/S. Hapoel B/S is looking forward to face Hapoel Migd.H. (#11) in Tarshicha in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Raanana will play on the road against Hasharon (#13) in Ramat Hasharon and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Rehovot was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (14-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Maccabi Rehovot (15-10). Maccabi Rehovot defeated Ironi Kiryat Ata 79-68. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Marquis Addison contributed with 19 points and 4 steals for the winners. Maccabi Rehovot's coach Avner Yeor allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) answered with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Ironi Kiryat Ata. Maccabi Rehovot moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Maccabi H/H and Ironi Nes-Ziona. Ironi Kiryat Ata at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Maccabi Rehovot will play against Galil Elion (#12) in Kazrin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play at home against Hap.R/G Givat. (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Afula between Hapoel Afula and Galil Elion. Ninth ranked Hapoel Afula (12-13) got a very close home victory over 12th ranked Galil Elion (10-15). Hapoel Afula managed to escape with a 3-point win 96-93 in the fight for the ninth place. Demetrius Treadwell stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Cinmeon Bowers responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Galil Elion's coach Avishay Gordon rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Afula maintains ninth place with 12-13 record. Galil Elion lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Hapoel Migd.H. and Hap.Haifa. Hapoel Afula will meet higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galil Elion will play against Maccabi Rehovot (#7) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Hod Hasharon. Local Hasharon (15-10) outscored 14th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (3-22) 116-97. Vernon Teel nailed a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 19 assists for the winning side. Hasharon's coach Hanan Hershkovich used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hasharon have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot and Ironi Nes-Ziona. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side stay dead last with 22 lost games. Hasharon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hapoel Kfar Saba on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hap.Haifa (#10) and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 25 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ironi Nes-Ziona defeated Hap.Haifa in Nes Ziyona 88-74. Hap.R/G Givat. beat Ramat Hasharon at home 82-72. Hapoel K/S won against Hapoel Migd.H. on the opponent's court 96-87.

Macc.Rehovot - Ironi K-A 79-68

The game in Rehovot was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (14-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Maccabi Rehovot (15-10). Maccabi Rehovot defeated Ironi Kiryat Ata 79-68. Maccabi Rehovot players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Marquis Addison (195-91, college: Missouri So., agency: XL Basketball Agency) contributed with 19 points and 4 steals for the winners. Yates is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Maccabi Rehovot's coach Avner Yeor allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) answered with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Noam Matalon (197-87) added 19 points in the effort for Ironi Kiryat Ata. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Rehovot moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Maccabi H/H and Ironi Nes-Ziona. Ironi Kiryat Ata at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Maccabi Rehovot will play against Galil Elion (#12) in Kazrin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play at home against Hap.R/G Givat. (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: N.Matalon 19+1reb+1ast, S.Pointer 11+5reb+1ast, S.David 11+3reb+4ast, G.Halamish 10+5reb+2ast, D.Joyner 9+10reb+4ast, R.Yehia 6+2reb+3ast
Macc.Rehovot: M.Addison 19+2reb+3ast, D.Drapic 15+5reb+1ast, I.Eiram 12+2reb+2ast, E.Yates 12+10reb+3ast, G.Porat 9+5reb+5ast, Y.Levi 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 498535


Maccabi Raanana - Hapoel B/S 82-86

Top ranked Maccabi Raanana (17-8) recorded its eighth loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Hapoel B/S (16-9) 86-82. The game was dominated by American players. Power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) chipped in 12 points and 9 assists. Center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel B/S moved-up to third place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. Maccabi Raanana at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Hapoel K/S. Hapoel B/S is looking forward to face Hapoel Migd.H. (#11) in Tarshicha in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Raanana will play on the road against Hasharon (#13) in Ramat Hasharon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Raanana: J.Hairston 22+13reb+3ast, S.Givens 21+6reb+6ast, Y.Zoosman 16+1reb, L.Moran 10+2reb, I.Paz 5+2ast, G.Karni 4+5reb
Hapoel B/S: J.Allen 29+10reb, A.Fisher 20+1reb+3ast, J.Williams 12+4reb+9ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 11+1reb+4ast, B.Eisenhardt 8+3reb+1ast, D.Shamriz 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 498532


Hap.Haifa - Ironi Nes-Ziona 74-88

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Hap.Haifa (10-15) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (15-10) 88-74. Ironi Nes-Ziona outrebounded Hap.Haifa 45-30 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Hap.Haifa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) accounted for 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Jahmar Young (196-87, college: N.Mexico St.) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for Hap.Haifa in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona maintains fifth place with 15-10 record, which they share with Macc.Rehovot and Maccabi H/H. Newly promoted Hap.Haifa keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona's next round opponent will be Hapoel Afula (#9) at home. Hap.Haifa will play against Ironi Ramat Gan and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hap.Haifa: J.Burrows 20+9reb+1ast, J.Young 13+2reb+4ast, M.Niv 10+5reb+2ast, O.Zinderman 9+3reb+2ast, T.Parselani 9+5reb+1ast, I.Nanikashvili 7+2reb+10ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: L.Roberts 28+14reb, J.Beal 14+4reb+6ast, E.Hofman 13+7reb+5ast, I.Stolero 11+3reb+4ast, A.Ben David 7+1ast, G.Gutt 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 498529


Hap.R/G Givat. - Ramat Hasharon 82-72

No shocking result in a game in Givataim where third ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (16-9) defeated 13th ranked Hasharon (5-20) 82-72. Hap.R/G Givat. made 30-of-37 charity shots (81.1 percent) during the game, while Hasharon only scored nine points from the stripe. Hap.R/G Givat. forced 21 Hasharon turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Hasharon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) nailed 24 points for the winning side and Yaniv Solomon (201-94) accounted for 23 points. American forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Rom Cornelius (197-93) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for Hasharon in the defeat. Four Hasharon players scored in double figures. Hasharon's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hap.R/G Givat. maintains third place with 16-9 record behind leader Maccabi Raanana, which they share with Hapoel B/S. Hasharon at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Hap.R/G Givat.'s next round opponent will be Ironi Kiryat Ata (#8) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Hasharon will play against the league's leader Maccabi Raanana (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ramat Hasharon: R.Cornelius 18+2reb+4ast, M.Esho 17+6reb+1ast, J.Shtarkman 12+2reb+2ast, L.Gordon 10+5reb+7ast, A.Navon 7+5reb+1ast, M.Moscovitz 4+1reb+1ast
Hap.R/G Givat.: R.Madden 24+3reb+2ast, Y.Solomon 23+4reb, U.Kokia 10+11reb+3ast, J.Olasewere 9+4reb+2ast, L.Lifshitz 8+2reb+3ast, L.Shem-Tov 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 498530


Hapoel Afula - Galil Elion 96-93

A very close game took place in Afula between Hapoel Afula and Galil Elion. Ninth ranked Hapoel Afula (12-13) got a very close home victory over 12th ranked Galil Elion (10-15). Hapoel Afula managed to escape with a 3-point win 96-93 in the fight for the ninth place. Hapoel Afula looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Orel Lev (195-93) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American forward Cinmeon Bowers (201-93, college: Auburn) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Hapoel Afula and four Galil Elion players scored in double figures. Galil Elion's coach Avishay Gordon rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Afula maintains ninth place with 12-13 record. Galil Elion lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Hapoel Migd.H. and Hap.Haifa. Hapoel Afula will meet higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galil Elion will play against Maccabi Rehovot (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Galil Elion: C.Bowers 21+9reb+3ast, M.Kikus 19+3reb+1ast, G.Jordan 16+9reb+5ast, R.Geffen 15+1reb+8ast, E.Zalinbaba 7+1reb, S.Salz 7+4reb+3ast
Hapoel Afula: A.Gershon 20+1reb, D.Treadwell 18+12reb+3ast, O.Lev 16+6reb+5ast, R.Sabag 15+3reb+6ast, J.Cannon 14+9reb+2ast, O.Tal 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 498531


Maccabi H/H - Ironi Ramat Gan 116-97

The game with biggest result difference took place in Hod Hasharon. Local Hasharon (15-10) outscored 14th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (3-22) 116-97. Hasharon forced 19 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 21 long-distance shots on high 55.3 percentage. Hasharon players were unselfish on offense dishing 39 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Ironi Ramat Gan's players. American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) nailed a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 19 assists for the winning side and point guard Oded Shaashoua (186-82) accounted for 31 points and 6 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Hasharon's coach Hanan Hershkovich used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Anthony Lee (206-91, college: Ohio St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 20 rebounds and Belarusian guard Valery Gandlin (192-86) added 22 points respectively for Ironi Ramat Gan in the defeat. Four Hasharon and five Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Hasharon have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot and Ironi Nes-Ziona. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side stay dead last with 22 lost games. Hasharon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hapoel Kfar Saba on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hap.Haifa (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: V.Gandlin 22+2reb+1ast, E.Co 19+3ast, A.Lee 17+20reb+2ast, A.Harari 15+4reb+3ast, O.El-Al 13+3reb+3ast, T.Zalmanson 8+4reb+1ast
Maccabi H/H: O.Shaashoua 31+1reb+6ast, S.Warren 18+2reb, V.Teel 13+12reb+19ast, C.Bouchman 13+12reb+1ast, I.Simin 9+2reb+4ast, B.Matan 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 498533


Hapoel Migd.H. - Hapoel K/S 87-96

Very expected game in Tarshicha where 11th ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (10-15) was defeated by second ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (17-8) 96-87. Hapoel Kfar Saba forced 20 Hapoel Migd.H. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 35 assists comparing to just 20 passes made by Hapoel Migd.H.'s players. Hapoel Kfar Saba brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 blocks (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) accounted for 21 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach Barak Dmzian used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized American guard Clarke Rosenberg (193-93, college: Chicago St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and Eliav Ohanon (199-94) added 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Hapoel Migd.H. in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hapoel Kfar Saba. They used an opportunity after Maccabi Raanana lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Hapoel Migd.H. lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba's next round opponent will be Hasharon (#6) in Hod Hasharon which should be theoretically an easy game. Hapoel Migd.H. will play on the road against Hapoel B/S (#4) in Beer Sheva and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Migd.H.: C.Rosenberg 27+10reb+3ast, Y.Holodov 20+4reb+4ast, E.Ohanon 16+13reb+5ast, A.Levin 12+5reb+4ast, T.Aviram 6+3reb+1ast, N.Ear 4+3reb+1ast
Hapoel K/S: T.Watson 27+10reb+6ast, D.Livingston 21+14reb+2ast, E.Rotemberg 11+7reb+2ast, M.Ruina 11+4reb+5ast, I.Davidi 9+2ast, A.Cohen 8+4reb+10ast
gschID: 498534





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

22-year old Rafi Menco (198-SF-94) had a great game in the last round for Hapoel Eilat and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Galil Gilboa (#10, 10-14) 76-69. Hapoel Eilat maintains the 4th position in Israeli league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hapoel Eilat will need more victories to improve their 14-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Menco as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Rafi Menco averages this season 9.6ppg and 6.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Yancy Gates (206-C/F-89) of Ironi Nahariya. He is American in his first season at Ironi Nahariya. In the last game Gates recorded impressive 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Ironi Nahariya cruised to a 78-69 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#6, 12-12). Despite this victory Ironi Nahariya slide down in the standings to 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-13 record. Gates is a newcomer at Ironi Nahariya and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman James Bell (197-F/G-92) of league's second-best Hapoel Holon. Bell scored 28 points. He was a key player of Hapoel Holon, leading his team to a 80-79 win against #1 ranked Maccabi T-A in a game of the week. Hapoel Holon needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 7 lost games. Bell has a very solid season. In 24 games in Israel he scored 15.7ppg. He also has 4.8rpg and FGP: 58.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87) of Maccabi Rishon - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) of Galil Gilboa - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tomer Ginat (202-PF-94) of Hapoel T-A - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Hamady N'Diaye (213-C-87) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Victor Rudd (205-F-91) of Maccabi T-A - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Curtis Kelly (204-F/C-88) of Maccabi K/G - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mark Lyons (185-PG-89) of Hapoel T-A - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  ITALY  

stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.6 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino20.6 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia20.1 
 4. Centanni, Volpino .19.2 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.2 
 6. Zampolli, Matera18.2 
 7. Ghersetti, Bergamo18.1 
 8. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.8 
 9. Bisconti, Valmontone17.8 
 10. Grilli, Barcellona17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Cassino
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bagnoli, Cassino11.3 
 2. Ravazzini, Matera10.4 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni10.3 
 4. Bozzetto, Crema10.2 
 5. Chiacig, Taranto10.0 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.0 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.3 
 8. Arrigoni, Omegna9.1 
 9. Papa, Teramo9.0 
 10. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.4 
 2. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 3. Salari, Isernia5.5 
 4. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.5 
 5. Rivali, Montegrano5.4 
 6. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.3 
 7. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 8. Magini, Firenze Enic5.1 
 9. Bottioni, Campli5.0 
 10. Centanni, Volpino .4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.7 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.5 
 3. Demartini, Vicenza2.3 
 4. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.3 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Busco, Patti2.0 
 7. Ricci, Giulianova2.0 
 8. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 9. Balanzoni, Lecco1.9 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Corral, Omegna1.3 
 2. Galmarini, Firenze .1.2 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.2 
 4. Laguzzi, Sestu1.1 
 5. Capitanelli, Pescara1.0 
 6. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 7. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 8. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 9. Toso, Sangiorgese0.8 
 10. Varrone, Sestu0.8 


Legnano keep Nikolas Raivio and William Mosley - by Eurobasket News

Legnano have agreed on terms of contract extension with Nikolas Raivio (192-SG-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) and William Mosley (203-C-89, college: Northwestern St.).
Nikolas Raivio tallies 18.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in A2 League this season. Raivio joined the team back in 2015. Previously he played in Hungary, Greece, Sweden, D-League and Belgium.
William Mosley joined Legnano at the start of the season. The centre notches 10.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per appearance in A2 this season.



Best players of Italian Serie A2 round 26 - by Eurobasket News

Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-SF-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Recanati and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 28-year old had the game-high 31 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Recanati in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Chieti (#14, 9-17) 94-90. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings in East. Recanati maintains the 16th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Recanati have already lost 19 games and recorded just seven victories. In the team's last game Rush had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Recanati's top player in his first season with the team. Erik Rush averages this season 16.9ppg, 9.8rpg and 4.6apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Trae Golden (188-G-91) of Chieti. Golden impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Chieti was edged by slightly lower-ranked Recanati (#16, 7-19) 94-90. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in East. Chieti dropped in the standings to 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-17 record. Golden is a newcomer at Chieti and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.2ppg (#3). He also recorded 4.2 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American William Mosley (203-C-89) of Legnano (#3). Mosley scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Legnano, leading his team to a 77-66 win against slightly lower-ranked Latina Basket (#5, 14-12). Legnano needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in West. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 10 lost games. Mosley has a great season in Italy. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (7th best). He also has 2.1bpg and FGP: 61.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike Hall (203-F-84) of Angelico Biella - 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dwayne Davis (196-F-89) of Jesi - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Taylor Smith (199-F/C-91) of Ravenna - 16 points and 14 rebounds
7. Andrea Renzi (207-F/C-89) of Lighthouse TR - 19 points and 12 rebounds
8. Agustin Fabi (199-F/G-91) of Viola RC - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. John Brown (203-F-92) of Roma Virtus - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tony Easley (206-C-87) of Eurobasket Roma - 20 points and 9 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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  KOSOVO  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BLACK
  Bashkimi
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Black, Bashkimi24.4 
 2. Olivier, Ylli23.5 
 3. Canada, Ylli22.8 
 4. Johnson, Bashkimi22.3 
 5. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 6. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi20.0 
 7. Anderson, Ylli19.0 
 8. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 9. Brown, Ylli18.3 
 10. Hasani, Rahoveci16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Farmer-B., Rahov.14.2 
 3. Olivier, Ylli14.0 
 4. Rhett, Sigal P.9.6 
 5. Skeen, Peja9.3 
 6. Black, Bashkimi9.0 
 7. Anderson, Ylli8.8 
 8. Turpin, Trepca7.9 
 9. Dahlman, Peja7.7 
 10. Nuhanovic, Peja7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Bashkimi
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Johnson, Bashkimi8.8 
 2. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 3. Anderson, Ylli6.4 
 4. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 5. Hasani, Rahoveci5.9 
 6. Brown, Ylli5.5 
 7. Rundles, Peja5.1 
 8. Lawrence, Sigal P.5.0 
 9. Wise, Trepca4.7 
 10. Canada, Ylli4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm CANADA
  Ylli
  (191-PG-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Canada, Ylli2.8 
 2. Johnson, Bashkimi2.7 
 3. Morina, Rahoveci2.3 
 4. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.8 
 5. Deihl, Rahoveci1.8 
 6. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.8 
 7. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
 8. Matthews, Ylli1.7 
 9. Black, Bashkimi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dardan KAPITI
  Kerasan
  (204-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kapiti, Kerasan2.1 
 2. Turpin, Trepca1.6 
 3. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 4. Olivier, Ylli1.3 
 5. Nuhanovic, Peja1.3 
 6. Shima, Sigal P.1.0 
 7. Dickerson, Bashkimi1.0 
 8. Jakob, Ylli1.0 
 9. Rhett, Sigal P.0.9 
 10. Zeka, Vellaznimi0.9 



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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Larson, Barons Riga17.3 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera15.0 
 3. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.15.0 
 4. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.9 
 5. Jogela, Barons Riga14.3 
 6. Blums, VEF Riga14.3 
 7. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.9 
 8. Ausejs, Liepaja/.13.6 
 9. Sirsnins, Jekabpils13.5 
 10. Laksa, Valmiera13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 9
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga9.0 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.8.3 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala7.9 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.6 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.5 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.3 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.2 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera7.0 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.6.9 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.3 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.9 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.5 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.7 
 8. Birkans, LU4.6 
 9. Saage, Valka/Valga4.6 
 10. Larson, Barons Riga4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.4 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Pitts, Valmiera1.8 
 4. Richard, VEF Riga1.7 
 5. Krestinin, Barons R.1.6 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 7. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga1.5 
 9. Jakovics, Ventspils1.4 
 10. Mitchell, Valmiera1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Valmiera
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fischer, Valmiera2.0 
 2. Pollard, Liepaja/.1.4 
 3. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.1 
 4. Grazulis, Ventspils1.1 
 5. Mbodj, Ventspils1.1 
 6. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.1 
 7. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 8. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.9 
 9. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 


LBL2 Round 2 of 1/8 Finals. Quarterfinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Jelgava - LU/BS Riga 104-88

It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Jelgava's pressure prevailed and they won that period 32-21 extending their advantage to 16 points. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) who scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Kalvis Krumins (185-90) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Jelgava's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Davis Klegeris (184-97) produced 20 points and Adrians Snipke (192-0) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: E.Krumins 24+5reb+4ast, K.Krumins 22+6reb+3ast, A.Justovics 14+6reb+2ast, R.Elksnis 13+9reb+3ast, J.Berzins 12+2reb+1ast, G.Justovics 7+7reb+2ast
LU/BS Riga: D.Klegeris 20+2reb+2ast, A.Snipke 17+5ast, A.Putans 11+3reb, A.Dambenieks 11+6reb+1ast, D.Ozolins 10+3reb, D.Minajevs 9+8reb+1ast
gschID: 541040


Ogre/Kumho Tyre - Gulbenes Buki 85-84

The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 18-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Ogre/Kumho Tyre made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Gulbenes Buki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Sandis Bets (194-92) saved the victory by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 4 steals. Davids Atelbauers (182-99) contributed with 16 points and 7 assists for the winners. Center Roberts Mednis (205-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Michael Panaggio (183, college: Lander) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Gulbenes Buki. Four Ogre/Kumho Tyre and five Gulbenes Buki players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Ogre/Kumho Tyre: S.Bets 37+4reb+3ast, D.Atelbauers 16+3reb+7ast, S.Jekabsons 12+9reb+3ast, J.Lasmanis 10+9reb+3ast, M.Kokins 5+3reb+2ast, R.Pabrieza 3+2reb+4ast
Gulbenes Buki: R.Mednis 15+12reb+3ast, M.Panaggio 14+6reb+4ast, M.Caupjonoks 14+3reb, N.Lisiks 13+5reb+1ast, N.Rikveilis 13+4reb+3ast, M.Petersons 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 541042


Limbazi - RTU 85-86

It looked good early as Limbazi took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then RTU had a 24-18 second period charge getting the lead and Limbazi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-86. RTU players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Guard Eduards Grabovskis (188-94) scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Lauris Berzins (192-97) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Forward Rolands Brencs (198-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Armands Osins (190-91) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Limbazi's coach Andis Cirulis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
RTU: L.Berzins 20+7reb+2ast, E.Grabovskis 19+8reb+4ast, M.Berzins 12+7reb+4ast, N.Bikovs 11+6reb+7ast, I.Mastins 11+2reb+1ast, M.Jankovskis 6+3reb+2ast
Limbazi: R.Brencs 25+10reb+3ast, A.Osins 18+10reb+7ast, V.Veinbergs 12+3reb+6ast, K.Veide 12+4reb+2ast, I.Immers 10+4reb+5ast, E.Ozols 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541045


ViA - VeA 92-81

The game was mostly controlled by ViA. Ventspils Augstskola was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ViA dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Ventspils Augstskola's 22. They outrebounded Ventspils Augstskola 44-33 including a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. ViA players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Ventspils Augstskola helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Oto Grinbergs (195-90) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Janis Engers (200-95) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Kristaps Purplevics (181-98) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Belarusian power forward Denis Vikentsyeu (203-98) added 14 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Five ViA and four Ventspils Augstskola players scored in double figures. Ventspils Augstskola's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
ViA: O.Grinbergs 22+14reb+2ast, J.Engers 16+7reb+6ast, E.Ivanovs 14+2reb+1ast, V.Veveris 13+4reb+1ast, K.Dubults 11+9reb+5ast, T.Kohanovs 10+4reb+7ast
VeA: K.Purplevics 23+7reb+6ast, O.Gorbants 18+2ast, K.Berzins 14+5reb+3ast, D.Vikentsyeu 14+14reb+6ast, R.Krumins 9+3reb+1ast, R.Prusis 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541041


RSU - Livani 73-75

RSU was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-18 charge of Livani, which allowed them to win the game. Power forward Juris Kalnins (200-93) notched 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and guard Matiss Caune (186-93) supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Livani players scored in double figures. Livani's coach Edgars Cimars used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) by Rihards Ginters (192-93) did not help to save the game for RSU. Center Kristaps Jurjans (202-88) added 17 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Livani: J.Kalnins 17+6reb+5ast, M.Caune 15+5reb+4ast, D.Pabrieza 12+4ast, E.Viksna 12+2reb+2ast, A.Strelis 9+6reb+2ast, R.Klims 7+8reb+1ast
RSU: R.Ginters 20+6reb+6ast, K.Jurjans 17+4reb, I.Ikstens 14+4reb+2ast, J.Sapovalovs 6+5reb+4ast, T.Vegners 6+1reb, A.Valts Putnins 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541043


Turiba - DSN/SB 94-58

The game without a history. Turiba led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Turiba forced 19 DSN/SB turnovers and outrebounded them 45-33 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by DSN/SB's players. The best player for the winners was Emils Caune (198-96) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Roberts Ikaunieks (195-97) chipped in 18 points. Turiba's coach Ziedonis Jansons felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Edgars Barbejs (182-97) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and power forward Reinis Ozolins (198-98, college: Belhaven) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Turiba: R.Ikaunieks 18+2reb+2ast, E.Caune 18+6reb+2ast, R.Stacevics 12+3reb+6ast, D.Muiznieks 12+1reb+2ast, A.Blumbergs 11+1reb+1ast, J.Dumburs 7+3reb
DSN/SB: E.Barbejs 18+11reb+8ast, R.Ozolins 16+6reb, E.Vitols 8+3reb+3ast, V.Mikelsons 7+8reb, P.Tomass Berzins 4+3reb+2ast, A.Fridrihsons 3
gschID: 541039


Marupe - Saldus 87-72

The game was mostly controlled by Marupe. Saldus was better in fourth quarter 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Marupe forced 20 Saldus turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Nauris Metnieks (196-86) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Roberts Paze (193-95) chipped in 10 points and 9 assists. Four Marupe players scored in double figures. Guard Janis Baca (195-90) produced 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Ralfs-Ricards Demiters (186-98) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Marupe: N.Metnieks 19+10reb+2ast, A.Kramins 17+4reb+1ast, A.Senkans 14+2reb+1ast, R.Paze 10+4reb+9ast, R.Kabineckis 8+2reb+1ast, K.Vecens 6+4reb+6ast
Saldus: R.Ricards Demiters 16+1reb, T.Celmins 12+1reb+2ast, J.Baca 9+5reb+4ast, R.Smidrins 7+1reb+1ast, J.Jurenovskis 7+1reb+2ast, K.Baumanis 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 541044


Kekava - Madona 104-75

The game without a history. Kekava led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 28 Madona turnovers. Kekava players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Madona's players. The best player for the winners was forward Nauris Miezis (189-91) who scored 39 points (!!!) and 6 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Guard Martins Steinbergs (191-90) chipped in 12 points. Four Kekava players scored in double figures. American swingman Martin Barrett (196, college: Mount Olive) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds and forward Raitis Cakstins (192-98) added 14 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Kekava: N.Miezis 39+4reb+6ast, N.Saknitis 12+4reb+1ast, M.Steinbergs 12+3reb+3ast, J.Berzins 10+1reb+2ast, E.Jasuks 9+6reb+3ast, R.Scerbinskis 6+3reb+2ast
Madona: M.Barrett 17+19reb+2ast, R.Cakstins 14+2ast, M.Kalnins 10+2reb+1ast, L.Lazdins 9+2reb+1ast, R.Brants 8+2reb+2ast, E.Petersons 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 541038





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  LEBANON  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Cummings, Champville26.0 
 3. Jones, Mayrouba24.9 
 4. Johnson, Louaize24.9 
 5. Jackson, Homen.24.5 
 6. Kemp, Tadamon23.9 
 7. Rembert, Champville23.9 
 8. Spencer, Moutahed23.3 
 9. Khatib, Homenetmen23.3 
 10. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BOHANNON
  Mayrouba
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bohannon, Mayrouba14.8 
 2. Townes, Champville13.1 
 3. Adeleke, Sagesse12.5 
 4. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 5. O''Brien, Sagesse12.3 
 6. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 7. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 8. Holton, Tadamon11.9 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Hoo.11.3 
 10. Majok, Homenetmen11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.5 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon7.2 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.8 
 5. Rembert, Champville5.9 
 6. Pigram, Tadamon5.8 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed5.1 
 10. Efevberha, Sagesse5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Deng DENG
  Tadamon
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Deng, Tadamon3.0 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.7 
 3. Johnson, Louaize2.6 
 4. Pigram, Tadamon2.3 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon2.1 
 6. Galloway, Homen.2.1 
 7. Curry, Moutahed2.1 
 8. Tucker, Byblos1.9 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos1.8 
 10. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Bowles, Moutahed2.5 
 3. Deng, Tadamon2.5 
 4. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 5. Majok, Homenetmen2.4 
 6. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 7. Townes, Champville2.2 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 9. Godfrey, Sagesse1.6 
 10. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 



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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.9 
 3. Baron, Neptunas13.6 
 4. Low, P.Zvaigzdes13.5 
 5. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.2 
 6. Korenyuk, Siauliai13.1 
 7. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.13.0 
 8. Sulskis, Juventus12.8 
 9. Diggs, Juventus12.7 
 10. Kulvietis, Vytautas11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  Lietuvos.
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Gordon, Lietuvos.8.5 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.6 
 3. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.3 
 4. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.5 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.3 
 6. Smiljanic, Nevezis6.2 
 7. Echodas, Siauliai6.1 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.8 
 9. Korenyuk, Siauliai5.7 
 10. Babrauskas, P.Zvaigz.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.5 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.9 
 3. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 4. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 5. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.9 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.3 
 8. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
 9. Lekavicius, Zalgiris3.7 
 10. Janavicius, Lietkabe.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  Lietkabe.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.7 
 2. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.6 
 3. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.5 
 4. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.4 
 5. Diggs, Juventus1.4 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus1.4 
 8. Babrauskas, P.Zvaigz.1.3 
 9. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.3 
 10. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andriy AGAFONOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (208-PF-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.4 
 2. Engstrom, Nevezis1.3 
 3. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.3 
 4. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 
 6. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.9 
 7. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.0.9 
 8. Jucikas, Siauliai0.9 
 9. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 10. Lima, Zalgiris0.8 


Lavrinovic's 36-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

37-year old center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Lietkabelis and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 36 points adding six rebounds for Lietkabelis in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Vytautas (#5, 15-13) 85-82. Lietkabelis maintains the 2nd position in Lithuanian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lietkabelis will need more victories to improve their 20-8 record. In the team's last game Lavrinovic had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Lietkabelis' top player in his first season with the team. Lavrinovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 13.5ppg) and averages solid 59.9% FGP and 44.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-F-89) of Vytautas. He is a forward in his first season at Vytautas. In the last game Lipkevicius recorded impressive 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Vytautas was edged by the higher-ranked Lietkabelis (#2, 20-8) 85-82. Vytautas managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lipkevicius is a newcomer at Vytautas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gytis Sirutavicius (195-F-83) of Juventus (#6). Sirutavicius scored 20 points and passed four assists. Despite Sirutavicius' great performance Juventus lost 83-98 to slightly higher-ranked Neptunas (#4, 17-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Juventus needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 13 lost games. Sirutavicius has a very solid season. In 24 games in Lithuania he scored 11.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) of P.Zvaigzdes - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Toni Prostran (182-G-91) of Nevezis - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 15 assists
6. Karolis Petrukonis (212-C-87) of Nevezis - 19 points and 5 rebounds
7. Karolis Guscikas (205-C-92) of Dzukija - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Egidijus Dimsa (204-F/C-85) of P.Zvaigzdes - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Paulius Petrilevicius (200-F-91) of Nevezis - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-G-89) of Neptunas - 14 points, 4 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)



NKL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Suduva-Mantinga and Nafta-Uni - by Eurobasket News

Rasai - Suduva-Mantinga 61-64

Suduva-Mantinga beat Rasai to gain 2-0 lead in the series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rasai won fourth quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Suduva-Mantinga dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Rasai's 18. They outrebounded Rasai 47-26 including a 36-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international Aurimas Kieza (199-82, college: Hofstra) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Evaldas Saulys (190-93) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Forward Andrius Aleksandrovas (197-86) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Tomas Galeckas (183-94) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Rasai's coach Giedrius Kurtinaitis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Rasai: A.Aleksandrovas 20+5reb+3ast, T.Galeckas 15+3reb+5ast, S.Vingelis 10+4reb+2ast, K.Okmanas 8+1ast, S.Beniusis 4+6reb+1ast, D.Gricius 3+1ast
Suduva-Mantinga: A.Kieza 19+8reb+2ast, A.Udras 12+6reb, E.Saulys 10+7reb+2ast, D.Griskenas 8+3reb+1ast, K.Rochford 7+5reb, G.Matulis 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 542532


Vytis - Nafta-Uni. 67-80

Nafta-Uni cruised past Vytis to step closer to the Finals. Vytis was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 25-8 charge of Nafta-Uni., which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Vytis' 26. Forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) notched 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Erikas Kubilius (194-95) supported him with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Augustinas Jankaitis (205-94) did not help to save the game for Vytis. Guard Paulius Beliavicius (194-88) added 12 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Four Vytis players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vytis: S.Jackson 15+2ast, M.Uzupis 13+4reb+1ast, P.Beliavicius 12+3reb+5ast, A.Jankaitis 10+10reb+4ast, G.Radzevicius 9+4reb+3ast, E.Jezukevicius 8+5reb+2ast
Nafta-Uni.: V.Chodosovskis 25+7reb, E.Kubilius 19+9reb+1ast, M.Stasys 16+2ast, D.Anuzis 8+5ast, D.Slavinskas 6+2reb+2ast, B.Bagdonavicius 2+8reb+1ast
gschID: 542531





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  LUXEMBOURG  


Luxembourg Total League round 8 (Second Stage) best performance: Eric Anderson - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Eric Anderson (204-F/C-93, agency: Duran International) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for T71, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Contern (#5, 13-12) 98-91. T71 is placed at 4th position in their group in Luxembourg Total League. T71 is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 24 games. Anderson just recently signed at T71, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former New Haven University star has very solid stats this year. Anderson is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 12.8rpg) and averages impressive 59.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Philippe Gutenkauf (181-PG-95) of Etzella. Gutenkauf had a very good evening with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Etzella to another comfortable win 96-79 over slightly higher-ranked Musel Pikes (#2, 19-7) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Places 1-6. Etzella consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 15-10 record is not bad at all. Gutenkauf is one of the most experienced players at Etzella and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Mark Ogden (206-F-94) of Playdowns 2 top team Racing. Ogden scored 19 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Racing, leading his team to a 77-60 easy win against #2 ranked Heffingen. Many experts and fans count Racing as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 23 victories and only two lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings in Playdowns. Ogden has a great season in Luxembourg. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.8rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Scott Morton (195-G/F-87) of Racing - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Oliver Vujakovic (192-F-96) of Residence - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ladarius Tabb (196-G/F) of Arantia - 26 points and 16 rebounds
7. Jarmar Gulley (196-F/G-91) of Musel Pikes - 34 points and 8 rebounds
8. Shavon Coleman (196-F-92) of Amicale - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Manny Atkins (198-F/G-91) of Contern - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Cory Johnson (202-F/C-88) of T71 - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Franklin, Guasave29.3 
 2. Gray, Mazatlan27.3 
 3. Mitchell, Navolato25.3 
 4. Ammons, Navolato24.0 
 5. Zamarco, Durango24.0 
 6. Yeager, Guasave23.8 
 7. Keller, Durango22.2 
 8. Glover, Obregon22.0 
 9. Forte, Los Mochis21.8 
 10. Woods, Guaymas19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael GLOVER
  Obregon
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Glover, Obregon13.3 
 2. Ammons, Navolato9.8 
 3. Glaze, Culiacan9.5 
 4. Forte, Los Mochis8.5 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana8.4 
 6. Little, Hermosillo7.8 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan7.8 
 8. Morrison, Tijuana7.8 
 9. Gibson, Tijuana7.6 
 10. Marigney, Guaymas7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.0 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana5.4 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.3 
 4. Provost, Guaymas4.8 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.0 
 6. Mensah, Mazatlan4.0 
 7. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 8. Gardner, Tijuana3.8 
 9. Lathan, Tijuana3.6 
 10. Mondragon, Guasave3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Durango
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Grier, Durango2.7 
 2. Shabazz, Durango2.7 
 3. Mitchell, Navolato2.3 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.0 
 5. Gardner, Tijuana1.8 
 6. Morris-W., Culiacan1.5 
 7. Ammons, Navolato1.5 
 8. Zamarco, Durango1.5 
 9. Tucker, Mazatlan1.5 
 10. Casillas, Mazatlan1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mychal AMMONS
  Navolato
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ammons, Navolato2.0 
 2. Heyward, Guaymas1.8 
 3. Puckett, Culiacan0.8 
 4. Scott, Tijuana0.6 
 5. Avalos, Durango0.6 
 6. Gibson, Tijuana0.6 
 7. Gray, Mazatlan0.5 
 8. Zamarco, Durango0.5 
 9. Jackson, Navolato0.5 
 10. Salcedo, Guaymas0.5 


LNBP Round 4 of Finals. Fuerza Regia clinch third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Soles - Fuerza Regia 68-73

Fuerza Regia upset Soles de Mexicali to take 3-1 lead in the championship series. Soles trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-73 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Soles 43-29 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Soles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Andy Panko (203-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: BeoBasket) fired 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international Hector Hernandez (205-85, college: Fresno St., agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) produced 28 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-93, agency: Pro Sports) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Soles: J.Keenan 28+6reb, A.Perez Kaufmann 14+5reb+6ast, O.Richards 13+5reb+1ast, L.Martinez 7+6reb+2ast, J.David Estrada 4+1reb+1ast, J.Griffin 2
Fuerza Regia: A.Panko 27+7reb+3ast, J.Anderson 17+5reb+1ast, H.Hernandez 8+11reb+4ast, J.Glynn 7+2reb, F.Rivera 4+1ast, C.Cortes 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 540600





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

Soles - Fuerza Regia 84-86

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





Durango tabs Ronald Dorsey, ex Rosa Radom - by Eurobasket News

Aguilas Doradas de Durango (CIBACOPA) inked experienced 34-year old American small forward Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese State). He played most recently at Rosa Radom in Polish PLK league.
Among other achievements Dorsey won New Zealand NBL championship title in 2012. He received also Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
Dorsey is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Dorsey has played previously professionally in Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), France (Etendard de Brest and SPO Rouen), Lithuania (Neptunas), Australia (United and Cairns Taipans) and New Zealand (Pirates).
He attended McNeese State until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Dorsey's game is described as: (Explosive dunker) Exceptional athlete who can get to the basket and has excellent shooting range. He is a fantastic penetrator and finisher. Holds his ground on the defensieve end of the court and knows how to win.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Los Mochis welcome back Ball, ex Caballos - by Eurobasket News

Pioneros de Los Mochis (CIBACOPA) tabbed 27-year old American forward Gordon Ball (203-109kg-90, college: Texas State at San Marcos). It is actually his comeback to Pioneros Los Mochis as he has played here before. Ball played in the summer at Caballos in Panamanian LPB league, but left the team in October. In two games he averaged 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0spg. Ball also played that season for Pioneros Los Mochis where in 30 CIBACOPA games he had 11.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg.
Ball graduated from Texas State at San Marcos in 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CIBACOPA Round 4: Rayos de Hermosillo hands first defeat to Halcones de Ciudad Obregon - by Eurobasket News

Round 4 means everything may happen in CIBACOPA as the season just started. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Undefeated Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (2-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (2-1) 107-98. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Rayos de Hermosillo shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Halcones de Ciudad Obregon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. DR Congolese-Canadian guard Myck Kabongo (191-92, college: Texas) fired 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Tristan Spurlock (203-91, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Puerto Rican point guard Nick Leon (181-88, college: St.Peter's) produced 27 points (made all of his eight free throws) for lost side. Rayos de Hermosillo moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play again at home against the league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was between sixth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato and 7th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan where Garra Canera de Navolato (2-1) beat Caballeros de Culiacan (1-2) on the road 84-76. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Mychal Ammons contributed with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Canadian forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for Caballeros de Culiacan. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side keeps the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with Guaymas. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caballeros de Culiacan will play again at home against Garra Canera de Navolato (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Guaymas. Top-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys faced 3rd ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas. Guests from Tijuana (4-0) defeated host Ostioneros de Guaymas (1-2) 90-83. Worth to mention a great performance of Marcus Morrison who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. At the losing side Brandon Provost responded with 17 points and 8 assists. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Tijuana Zonkeys have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Loser Ostioneros de Guaymas dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with Culiacan. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play again against the league's leader Tijuana Zonkeys (#1) and hope to win that game.
Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (0-3) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 106-86 loss to fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (2-1) in Guasave. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The winners were led by Sammy Yeager who scored that evening 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Frayles de Guasave's next round opponent will be again Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-84 loss to fourth ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (2-1) in Durango on Tuesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Taj Gray fired 34 points (!!!) for the winners. Lobos UAD Mazatlan's coach Eric Weissling used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango still closes the standings with four games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will have a break next round. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play again at home against Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Obregon - Hermosillo 98-107

Undefeated Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (2-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (2-1) 107-98. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Rayos de Hermosillo shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Halcones de Ciudad Obregon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. DR Congolese-Canadian guard Myck Kabongo (191-92, college: Texas) fired 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Tristan Spurlock (203-91, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Puerto Rican point guard Nick Leon (181-88, college: St.Peter's) produced 27 points (made all of his eight free throws) and American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Halcones de Ciudad Obregon players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play again at home against the league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obregon: N.Leon 27+2reb+3ast, M.Glover 22+7reb+1ast, L.Atterberry 19+7reb+2ast, G.Rice Jr. 17+5reb+1ast, O.Quintero 6+3ast, M.Valenzuela 3+2reb
Hermosillo: M.Kabongo 24+5reb+5ast, T.Spurlock 23+7reb+3ast, E.Little 20+8reb+3ast, J.Camacho 14+2reb+1ast, A.Bell 13+3reb, S.Monreal 10+4reb+4ast
gschID: 536295


Guaymas - Tijuana 83-90

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Guaymas. Top-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys faced 3rd ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas. Guests from Tijuana (4-0) defeated host Ostioneros de Guaymas (1-2) 90-83. Tijuana Zonkeys dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Ostioneros de Guaymas' 32. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and the other American import center Leon Gibson (206-91, college: Houston) who added 20 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) responded with 17 points and 8 assists and American-Bahrain swingman Rashad Woods (197-86, college: Kent St.) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Tijuana Zonkeys have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Loser Ostioneros de Guaymas dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with Culiacan. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play again against the league's leader Tijuana Zonkeys (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: R.Woods 21+7reb, B.Provost 17+3reb+8ast, J.Salcedo 14+5reb+1ast, P.Marigney 13+3reb+3ast, M.Gwynne 8+8reb+1ast, D.Giron 4+4reb+1ast
Tijuana: S.Gardner 23+3reb+1ast, L.Gibson 20+10reb+1ast, T.Lathan 18+10reb+3ast, M.Morrison 16+8reb+8ast, L.Ramirez 9+2ast, D.Ibarra 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 536296


Guasave - Los Mochis 106-86

Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (0-3) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 106-86 loss to fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (2-1) in Guasave. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. They shot 62.7 percent from the field. Frayles de Guasave outrebounded Pioneros Los Mochis 35-21 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) supported him with 32 points (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field). Even 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by American forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) did not help to save the game for Pioneros Los Mochis. Canadian guard Jabs Newby (188-91, college: Gannon) added 13 points and 7 assists for lost side. 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. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Frayles de Guasave's next round opponent will be again Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: C.Forte 26+5reb+5ast, G.Ball 14+7reb+1ast, L.Perique 14+1reb+3ast, M.Hernandez 13+5reb+2ast, J.Newby 13+2reb+7ast, J.Armenta 4
Guasave: S.Yeager 33+6reb+6ast, T.Franklin 32+4reb+2ast, T.Rosemond 13+7reb+2ast, G.Mondragon 13+1reb+4ast, E.Pittman 13+13reb+1ast, R.Soto 2
gschID: 536294


Durango - Mazatlan 84-86

Bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-84 loss to fourth ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (2-1) in Durango on Tuesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. American power forward Taj Gray (204-84, college: Oklahoma) fired 34 points (!!!) for the winners. The other American import swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland) chipped in 16 points and 4 steals. Four Lobos UAD Mazatlan players scored in double figures. Lobos UAD Mazatlan's coach Eric Weissling used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Martin Zamarco produced 24 points and American power forward Dominique Keller (205-88, college: Illinois) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango still closes the standings with four games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will have a break next round. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play again at home against Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Durango: M.Zamarco 24+1reb+1ast, D.Keller 18+3reb+1ast, I.Avalos 14+3reb+1ast, M.Allen 9+2reb+2ast, G.Moron 7, S.Coleman 5+1reb
Mazatlan: T.Gray 34+4reb, C.Tucker 16+3reb+2ast, M.Liabo 14+2reb, M.Lizarraga 11+3reb+1ast, K.Mensah 4+1reb+2ast, D.Onofre 3+1ast
gschID: 536297


Culiacan - Navolato 76-84

Another exciting game was between sixth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato and 7th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan where Garra Canera de Navolato (2-1) beat Caballeros de Culiacan (1-2) on the road 84-76. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. The other American import forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Canadian forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and American swingman Langston Morris-Walker (196-94, college: Oregon St., agency: SDJ Sports) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Caballeros de Culiacan. Four Caballeros de Culiacan players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side keeps the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with Guaymas. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caballeros de Culiacan will play again at home against Garra Canera de Navolato (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: G.Glaze 22+14reb+1ast, L.Morris-Walker 16+6reb+1ast, I.Young 14+4reb+3ast, B.Puckett 11+6reb+3ast, W.Flores 6+1ast, J.Villalobos 5
Navolato: D.Mitchell 28+6reb+7ast, M.Ammons 24+14reb+1ast, J.McIntosh 13+5reb+2ast, T.Jackson 9+3reb+1ast, B.Heredia 6+1reb, R.Pruneda-Garza 4+3reb
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Cholet may add Marcus Williams to their roster, ex Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) is about to sign 32-year old American guard Marcus Williams (191-101kg-85, college: Connecticut) who currently played at KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica in Montenegro. In 7 Erste Liga games he had 12.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 5.1apg this season. He also played 27 games in ABA League where he recorded 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 6.1apg. The last season Williams was tested by Crvena Zvezda in Serbian league. In three Euroleague games he averaged 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.3apg. He also played 3 games in ABA League where he got 3.3ppg and 2.7apg.
In 2006 Williams was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (22nd overall). The former University of Connecticut standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Williams won Serbian League championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention in 2015.
Williams is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Williams has played previously professionally in China (Jiangsu Dragons), Puerto Rico (Manati), Russia (Unics Kazan, Enisey and Lokomotiv), Spain (Unicaja Malaga) and NBA (Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies).
He could be described: (by David Duane for NBADraft.net in 2006)
He's a threat from the outside now which allows him to penetrate and dish or finish more often ... When big men challenge him in the paint, he uses a crafty floater/tear drop type of shot that he has really perfected ... He is practically unstoppable in the open court because his decision making is so quick and precise ...
Though he makes the right decision on the break, oftentimes he turns the ball over after drive in the lane while trying to feed teammates ... Actually needs to be more selfish at times, especially late in games when teammates are struggling ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.8 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.3 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.29.2 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.26.8 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.0 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.9 
 10. Durant, Golden S.25.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.1 
 2. Drummond, Detro.14.0 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.6 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.9 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.9 
 6. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.2 
 7. Towns, Minnesot.12.1 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.10.9 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.3 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.7 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.2 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.8 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.2 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.0 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Golden S.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Green, Golden S.2.1 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 3. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 8. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.6 


Belinelli helps Hornets beat Raptors 110-106 - by Eurobasket News

Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) scored 21 points, Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) had 19 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 110-106 on Wednesday night. Walker hit two big three-pointers in the final two minutes, including one that gave the Hornets a 104-101 lead with 37.5 seconds left. He also had four rebounds and two assists, helping Charlotte (34-41) stop Toronto's six-game win streak. The Hornets went 8-for-10 from three-point range in the fourth quarter. They finished the night 16-for-32 from beyond the arc. DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 28 points for Toronto (45-30), and Jonas Valanciunas (7'0''-C-92) had 14 points and 15 rebounds. The loss prevented the Raptors from clinching home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Toronto held Charlotte to 23 percent shooting in the third and carried a 74-66 lead into the final period. Valanciunas had eight points in the third. Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) finished with 18 points for the Hornets, and Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) had 15. Frank Kaminsky (7'0''-F-93, college: Wisconsin) scored 12 of his 13 points in the first half, helping Charlotte to a 50-47 lead at the break. Cory Joseph scored 18 points for Toronto, which shot 11 for 31 from 3-point range. Serge Ibaka had 15 points.
Courtesy of: abs-cbn.com




Dragic, Heat roll to 105-88 victory over Knicks - by Eurobasket News

Many NBA teams dread back-to-backs, especially when the first game was as tough as the one Miami had a night earlier. "We don't function like that," guard Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) said. "We try to win every game that we can." Dragic had 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and the Heat breezed to an easy victory a night after going down to the wire, beating the New York Knicks 105-88 on Wednesday night. Reserve James Johnson (6'9''-F-87, college: Wake Forest) added 18 points for the Heat, who tied Indiana for seventh place in the Eastern Conference as they continue a second-half surge that could carry them to the postseason. Josh Richardson finished with 17 points as Miami (37-38) improved to 26-8 since an 11-30 start. The Heat pulled out a 97-96 victory in Detroit on Tuesday on Hassan Whiteside (7'0''-C-89, college: Marshall)'s tip-in at the buzzer, and coach Erik Spoelstra joked before the game he was glad they were right back at it so that victory wouldn't be celebrated too long. "Our guys understand what's at hand and I want our guys to embrace this challenge and enjoy it," Spoelstra said. "This was a tough back-to-back and we were able to get it done." Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who were eliminated from postseason contention for the fourth straight season since winning the Atlantic Division in 2012-13. "I thought we would be somewhere in the playoff race. Six, seven, eight seed. Right there," Porzingis said. "But things didn't go as we wanted." Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) was scoreless in the first half and finished with nine points on 4-of-12 shooting. The Heat led 77-68 after three, then opened the fourth with an 11-2 run, featuring uncontested dunks by Whiteside, James Johnson and Tyler Johnson to open an 88-70 cushion. The lead grew to 23 later in Miami's sixth straight victory at Madison Square Garden. The teams meet again Friday in South Florida to complete the home-and-home series. Derrick Rose sat out with a sore left knee as the Knicks fell for the ninth time in 11 games.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



Curry scores 29, leads Warriors' rally over Spurs 110-98 - by Eurobasket News

Golden State was emotionally prepared to shrug off a 22-point deficit during the first quarter in a key showdown with San Antonio. After all, the Warriors have battled the scrutiny of failing to win an NBA championship last year after a record-setting regular season and have fought through a knee injury to Kevin Durant this season. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 23 and the Warriors rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-98 on Wednesday night for their ninth straight win. "You don't let go of the rope," Curry said. "Whether it ends up in a win or a loss, you can't ever feel like you're out of it. Understanding based on the experiences we've had the last three years, we have what it takes to win all sorts of way." Golden State extended its lead over San Antonio to 3 1/2 games for the league's best record, beating the Spurs for the first time in three meetings this season. The Warriors rallied to beat the Spurs a day after defeating the Rockets 113-106 in Houston, giving Golden State consecutive wins over the West's best. "This was a big win for us, a confidence booster," said Warriors veteran David West (6'9''-F-80, college: Xavier), who scored 14 points. "Because, obviously, they are two tough teams, two playoffs teams, two teams we could see possibly late in the year. I thought the guys showed great resolve and focus." The Spurs had a five-game winning streak halted in inglorious fashion. San Antonio got off to its best start of the season two days after dismantling Cleveland in a 29-point victory. The Spurs raced to a 33-17 lead in the opening quarter, matching their largest lead of the season after the first quarter. "We had a great start, as everybody saw," Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) said. "We kind of caught them by storm at the beginning." Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona)'s 20-foot fadeaway jumper off one leg in the final seconds kept the Warriors from matching a season-low for points in the opening period. Iguodala finished with 14 points. Golden State rallied from that horrendous start, overcoming a 22-point deficit in the first quarter to take its first lead at 59-57 on Thompson's 3-pointer 1:20 into the second half. Unlike last season when they captured a record-setting 73 wins in the regular season, the Warriors are not focused on their record. "Last year, things kind of got pushed under the rug and painted over a little bit because we were winning games," Curry said. "It wasn't really a great way to go into the playoffs. It was obviously a good emotion, but we had some habits that needed to be fixed. I think now we understand how important our defense is for us winning, especially in the playoffs." The Warriors demonstrated that by outscoring the Spurs 93-65 after the first quarter. San Antonio had 14 turnovers in the final three quarters. "Our offense kind of got stagnant a little bit," Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard said. "Some miscommunication on the switches. We knew they were going to make shots." Leonard had 19 points and five assists for San Antonio. Leonard shot 7 for 20 from the field while being guarded by a rotation of defenders. "We've got a lot of good defenders on this team," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "It's a luxury to be able to put Andre, Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA), Sean Livingston, Klay to mix it up and throw different bodies. It's helpful for us." Golden State finished 13 for 26 on 3-pointers after shooting 2 of 5 on 3-pointers in the first quarter. Ginobili had 18 points for San Antonio, and LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) added 17.
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



The Pacers let Stuckey go - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Pacers cut 31-year old point guard Rodney Stuckey (196-93kg-86, college: E.Washington). Stuckey has played there for the last three years. In 39 NBA games he averaged 7.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.2apg this season. He played there last season where in 65 NBA games he had 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.4apg.
In 2007 Stuckey was drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round (15th overall). He attended Eastern Washington University and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Stuckey won NBA Central Division championship title in 2008. He was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Sophmore Team back in 2009.
Stuckey is a very experienced player.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Tremendous scorer with excellent body strength. Has the ability to play both guard positions, with solid ball handling and passing ability. Very good at driving to the basket and creating scores. Has a solid mid range game with a good pull up shot off the dribble. Showed the ability to create offense for himself even with opposing defenses keying on him with 2-3 defenders.
Needs to show better focus on the defensive end of the floor at all times, as he is extremely effective when he gives full effort. He is a tremendous 1-1 talent, but prove he has the ability to involve teammates
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pelicans To Re-Sign Quinn Cook - by Eurobasket News

Quinn Cook (6'2''-PG-93, college: Duke)'s first 10-day contract with the Pelicans expired overnight, but the rookie guard will receive a second 10-day deal from the team, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com. Assuming the new contract is finalized before tonight's game against Dallas, it will expire at the end of day on April 7. Cook, who turned 26 last Thursday, made his NBA debut last month with the Mavericks, but wasn't retained by Dallas and eventually made his way back to the Pelicans. The former Duke Blue Devil spent training camp and the preseason with New Orleans last fall, though he didn't initially make the cut for the team's regular season roster. In his latest stint with the Pelicans, Cook's playing time has been limited - he has averaged 1.0 PPG and 0.7 APG in three games (2.7 MPG) for New Orleans. Cook's numbers in five games with Dallas were a little better (5.4 PPG, 2.4 APG), and he excelled in D-League play earlier this season, averaging 26.0 PPG and 6.7 APG in 39 contests for the Canton Charge. Once Cook's second 10-day deal with New Orleans expires, the club will have to decide whether to retain him for the rest of the season. The Pelicans also continue to carry an open spot on their 15-man roster, so they have the flexibility to add another new player at some point down the stretch.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Pacers bringing back Lance Stephenson - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Pacers have signed Lance Stephenson (6'5''-G/F-90, college: Cincinnati) to replace Rodney Stuckey, according to multiple media reports. Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com was the first to report the deal. ESPN's Chris Haynes is reporting it's a three-year deal for $12 million, the third year a team option. Stephenson was a key contributor to the Pacers' back-to-back Eastern Conference finalists in 2013 and '14, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 2013-14. He turned down a five-year, $44-million contract from the Pacers following that season in favor of a three-year, $27-million deal with Charlotte. Stephenson averaged just 8.2 points on 37.6 percent shooting in Charlotte and was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, then traded again to Memphis. Memphis declined his extension and Stephenson played six games each with New Orleans and Minnesota this season, averaging 6.6 points, while battling injuries. Stephenson was one of Bird's best draft finds, selected 40th overall in 2010, but he was a polarizing figure during his time with the Pacers. Love him or hate him, he brought high energy - and plenty of antics. 'I wanted to stay there, but they gave me a deadline where I had to choose,' Stephenson said of Bird in October 2014. 'So there wasn't no time for me to make a decision. They gave me a deadline (before) how long it (was) going to take for them to go somewhere else. I had to make a quick decision and me and my agent decided we would see what other teams (were) talking about.' The Pacers announced they have waived guard Rodney Stuckey, which would open a roster spot for Stephenson. The Pacers had until April 10 to release Stuckey before he can take advantage of a $7 million player option for next season. Stuckey, 30, suffered a left patellar tendon strain Sunday and is expected to miss four to six weeks, according to the team, likely ending his season. 'We want to thank Rodney for his commitment to our franchise in his three years with the Pacers,' said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird said in a news release. 'He was a positive influence not only to our team but also in the community. We wish him nothing but the best in the future.' The Pacers' bench is depleted with center Al Jefferson (sprained left ankle) out at least two weeks and forward Glenn Robinson III (left calf strain) will be reevaluated next week. Indiana used all five starters at least 32 minutes in a 115-114 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night. The Pacers signed Stuckey to a one-year contract for 2014-15 and he was an effective player with Paul George sidelined, averaging 12.6 points on a career-high 39.0 percent 3-point shooting. Indiana re-signed Stuckey and he has been far less effective, averaging 8.9 points and shooting 24.1 percent on 3s in 2015-16 and 7.2 points and 31.7 percent on 3s this season. He missed 24 games in 2015-16 and had only played in 39 this season due to a hamstring injury early in the season.
Courtesy of: indystar.com



Mavs sign Jarrod Uthoff to multi-year deal - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed rookie forward Jarrod Uthoff (6'8''-F-93, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) to a multi-year contract. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed. Uthoff (6-9, 220) originally signed a 10-day contract with the Mavericks on March 9 and then a second 10-day deal with the team on March 19. The 6-9 forward has seen action in two games for the Mavericks this year and has logged a total of 5 minutes. He has also appeared in two games (both starts) for the Mavericks' D-League affiliate Texas Legends in 2016-17, averaging 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32.6 minutes. Uthoff went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft and signed as a rookie free agent with the Toronto Raptors. He appeared in one preseason game for the Raptors before being waived on Oct. 22. He was acquired by the Raptors 905 of the NBA Development League on Oct. 30 and was traded the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Jan. 27. In a combined 37 D-League games (nine starts) with the 905, Mad Ants and Legends this season, Uthoff averaged 11.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.4 minutes. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native played collegiately at the University of Iowa. As a senior, he earned First Team All-Big Ten and Second Team All-America honors while averaging 18.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 2.6 blocks.
Courtesy of: mavs.com



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

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



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

Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) made three free throws with 3.4 seconds left to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-114 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Minnesota snapped a season-high six-game losing streak by taking its only lead of the quarter. Rubio had 21 points and 10 assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns (7'0''-F/C-95, college: Kentucky) had 37 points and 12 rebounds. Rubio was fouled by Jeff Teague, though it appeared Rubio ran into his own teammate on the play. Indiana fans booed the officials as they left the court. Indiana's Monta Ellis (6'3''-G-85) got off a last-second 3-point shot, but he was off the mark. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 37 points to lead the Pacers, whose playoff chances took another hit. Teague had 20 points and 10 assists. Indiana still hasn't won back-to-back games since early February. The Pacers appeared to have control when they took a 104-95 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Instead, the young Timberwolves fought back and finished the game on a 9-2 run. Indiana started the day in a three-way tie for the No. 5 seed in the East, yet looked listless most of the night. Minnesota took a 26-25 lead by closing the first quarter on a 9-1 spurt. The Timberwolves then scored 10 straight points early in the second quarter to make it 36-29, and after the Pacers briefly grabbed a 55-54 lead late in the first half, Gorgui Dieng (6'11''-C-90, college: Louisville)'s 3 with 1.9 seconds left put Minnesota up 59-57 at the half. In the third quarter, the Timberwolves knocked down back-to-back 3s to make it 82-73 and eventually 87-78. That's when the Pacers cranked up the energy, played with some urgency and finally turned the game by scoring 15 consecutive points to lead 92-87 early in the fourth. They continued to extend the lead until Minnesota's final charge. Rubio made all 13 of his free-throw attempts, and Towns was 10 for 10 at the line.
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Pistons burn themselves, lose to Heat on tip-in, 97-96 - by Eurobasket News

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



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  NCAA1  

Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Justin ROBINSON
  Monmouth
  (173-PG-95)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Robinson, Monmouth19.7 
 2. Nelson, Fairfield19.4 
 3. Hart, Marist18.1 
 4. Washington, Iona18.0 
 5. Scott, Niagara17.3 
 6. Wright, Siena16.8 
 7. Dixon, Quinnipiac16.5 
 8. Robertson, Canisius16.1 
 9. Crumpton, Canisius15.9 
 10. Dukes, Niagara15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brett BISPING
  Siena
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Bisping, Siena9.7 
 2. Sidibe, Fairfield9.1 
 3. Thomas, Rider8.8 
 4. Welton, St.Peter''s8.2 
 5. Washington, Iona7.6 
 6. Scott, Niagara7.0 
 7. Waterman, Manha.7.0 
 8. Carey, Rider6.9 
 9. Brady, Monmouth6.5 
 10. Long, Siena6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Stevie JORDAN
  Rider
  (178-PG-)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Jordan, Rider5.6 
 2. McGill, Iona5.1 
 3. Wright, Siena5.0 
 4. Robinson, Monmouth4.8 
 5. Johnson, Canisius4.4 
 6. Dukes, Niagara4.2 
 7. Segura, Fairfield4.1 
 8. Wyche, St.Peter''s3.8 
 9. Nelson, Fairfield3.7 
 10. Turner, Manhattan3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey MCGILL
  Iona
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. McGill, Iona1.8 
 2. Patterson, St.Pe.1.6 
 3. Wyche, St.Peter''s1.5 
 4. Hornbeak, Monmouth1.5 
 5. Reese, Canisius1.4 
 6. Robinson, Monmouth1.4 
 7. Scott, Niagara1.4 
 8. Much, Iona1.4 
 9. Jordan, Rider1.3 
 10. Bisping, Siena1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Dominic ROBB
  Niagara
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Robb, Niagara2.3 
 2. Ogunyemi, Siena1.9 
 3. Brady, Monmouth1.7 
 4. Daniels, Quinnipiac1.7 
 5. Kasibabu, Fairfield1.5 
 6. Smith, Quinnipiac1.4 
 7. Bessick, Iona1.3 
 8. Prochet, Niagara1.2 
 9. Sjoberg, Marist1.1 
 10. Ismail, Manhattan1.0 


Seattle Hires Jim Hayford as New Head Basketball Coach - by Eurobasket News

Jim Hayford was hired Wednesday as the basketball coach at Seattle, leaving Eastern Washington after six successful seasons for a chance to boost the Redhawks program. He replaces Cameron Dollar , who was fired earlier this month after eight seasons at Seattle during which he led the Redhawks through their transition to full Division I status. Dollar was unable to turn Seattle into a contender in the Western Athletic Conference. Hayford was 106-91 in his six seasons with the Eagles, including a pair of 20-win seasons. Hayford took Eastern Washington to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 for the second time in school history. "I humbly move into this position with a desire to lead a championship program that graduates outstanding leaders," Hayford said in a statement. "The history of the basketball program here is rich and unique. We will work tirelessly to build a program that will return Seattle University to the NCAA Tournament." Prior to going to Eastern Washington in 2011, Hayford spent 10 seasons as the head coach at Division III Whitworth, turning the Pirates into a powerhouse at the lower level. "Coach Hayford has a history of success in developing programs that compete on the national level," Seattle athletic director Shaney Fink said. "He is a proven winner, a committed educator, and a passionate leader, and we are excited for him to bring that blueprint of success here to Seattle U." Eastern Washington moved quickly to replace Hayford, promoting assistant Shantay Legans to the head coach position full-time. Legans has been an assistant at Eastern Washington for the past eight seasons.
Courtesy of: usnews.com



Wyoming tops Coastal Carolina 81-57, CBI finals to go 3 - by Eurobasket News

Justin James (6'7''-G) scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Alexander Gorski (6'5''-G-94) added 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from deep to lead Wyoming to an 81-57 victory over Coastal Carolina on Wednesday night, forcing a third and deciding game in the finals of the CBI. Coastal Carolina won the opener of the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational championship round, 91-81, on Monday in Conway, S.C. The final game is Friday in Laramie. The Chanticleers opened the second half with six straight empty possessions - the first two a result of consecutive blocks by the Cowboys' Alan Herndon (6'9''-F-94), who finished with eight points and 10 rebounds - as Wyoming took a 39-27 advantage. Wyoming (22-15) stretched the margin to 55-38, fueled by the inside-outside play of James, who scored 10 in the first eight minutes of the second half. Coastal Carolina got no closer than 14 the rest of the way. Elijah Wilson (6'4''-G) and Artur Labinowicz (6'4''-G) led the Chanticleers (20-18) with 10 apiece.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



UMass tabs Matt McCall as new basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

UMass finally has its men's basketball coach. The school announced today that Matt McCall , who has spent the last two seasons at Chattanooga, has been hired as its next coach. An introductory press conference is scheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m. in Amherst. "It is my pleasure to welcome Matt McCall and his family to the University of Massachusetts," UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford said in a statement. "Matt is a rising star in college basketball coaching who has been a key piece of three successful programs in his career. He has earned a reputation as a relentless worker, a great teammate and colleague and a confident leader of young men. Matt has worked with some of the most respected coaches and administrators in the country, who loudly sing his praises. Coach McCall's appointment begins an exciting new chapter for our tradition-rich men's basketball program at UMass." McCall, 35, will be the successor to Derek Kellogg, who was fired after nine seasons on March 9 when the Minutemen were eliminated from the Atlantic 10 tournament. And it will seemingly put an end to a nearly three-week search for a coach that took a bizarre turn last week after Winthrop's Pat Kelsey took the job, only to back out minutes before his scheduled introductory press conference. According to Bamford, McCall's contract is for five years. It will pay an average of $750K per season if he stays all five years and hits retention bonuses. McCall spent two seasons at Chattanooga - his first stint as a head coach - and posted a 48-18 record in that time, which included a 29-win season and NCAA tournament appearance in 2015-16. He was named the Southern Conference's coach of the year in 2016. "My family and I always said it would take something extremely special to move us away from Chattanooga and that's what we have here at UMass," McCall said. "The tradition and resources that are in place not only make this one of the best basketball jobs in the Atlantic 10 Conference, but one of the best jobs in the country. We couldn't be more excited about becoming part of the UMass family and look forward to building upon the rich tradition that has been established here in the past." McCall, a native of Ocala, Fla., attended the University of Florida, where he was a student manager and then head manager. He was the Gators' director of operations from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, he was hired to become an assistant coach on Mike Jarvis' staff at Florida Atlantic, where he spent three seasons. In 2011, he returned to Gainesville to be an assistant under Billy Donovan, where he spent another four seasons before leaving for Chattanooga.
Courtesy of: bostonherald.com



Miami to hire Owens as basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

Miami University will name Jack Owens its next men's basketball coach, according to a report from Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel. Owens has spent the last nine seasons as an assistant at Purdue, the last six of which have been as associate head coach. An Indianapolis native and Eastern Illinois graduate, Owens previously coached at Southern Illinois. Owens has helped guide the Salukis and Boilermakers into the postseason in 10 of the last 11 seasons. He will replace John Cooper , who went 59-100 in five seasons at Miami.
Courtesy of: daytondailynews.com



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

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



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

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



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Kendle named Player of the Week - by Hugh McAuliffe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Basketball New Zealand



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Los Mochis welcome back Ball, ex Caballos - by Eurobasket News

Pioneros de Los Mochis (CIBACOPA) tabbed 27-year old American forward Gordon Ball (203-109kg-90, college: Texas State at San Marcos). It is actually his comeback to Pioneros Los Mochis as he has played here before. Ball played in the summer at Caballos in Panamanian LPB league, but left the team in October. In two games he averaged 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0spg. Ball also played that season for Pioneros Los Mochis where in 30 CIBACOPA games he had 11.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg.
Ball graduated from Texas State at San Marcos in 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PERU  


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

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



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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

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


Durango tabs Ronald Dorsey, ex Rosa Radom - by Eurobasket News

Aguilas Doradas de Durango (CIBACOPA) inked experienced 34-year old American small forward Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese State). He played most recently at Rosa Radom in Polish PLK league.
Among other achievements Dorsey won New Zealand NBL championship title in 2012. He received also Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
Dorsey is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Dorsey has played previously professionally in Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), France (Etendard de Brest and SPO Rouen), Lithuania (Neptunas), Australia (United and Cairns Taipans) and New Zealand (Pirates).
He attended McNeese State until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Dorsey's game is described as: (Explosive dunker) Exceptional athlete who can get to the basket and has excellent shooting range. He is a fantastic penetrator and finisher. Holds his ground on the defensieve end of the court and knows how to win.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ROMANIA  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Phillip MILLER
  Phoenix .
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Miller, Phoenix .19.7 
 2. Jeremic, BC Timis.19.4 
 3. Bojovic, Phoenix .19.4 
 4. Hargrove, Craiova18.6 
 5. Martinic, Targu M.17.8 
 6. Dykes, UBT C.17.1 
 7. Abrams, Craiova16.9 
 8. Moldoveanu, UBT C.16.8 
 9. Mohammed, Targu M.16.2 
 10. Runkauskas, Steaua C.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Steaua CSM
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Falker, Steaua CSM8.1 
 2. Cooper, CSU Sibiu7.6 
 3. Lee, Craiova7.5 
 4. Barro, UBT C.7.4 
 5. Tasic, Dinamo B.7.3 
 6. Hardy, CSU Sibiu6.6 
 7. Flowers, BC Timis.6.3 
 8. Dudzinski, Steaua C.6.2 
 9. Macura, Olimpic6.1 
 10. Barham, Targu M.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Goran MARTINIC
  Targu M.
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Martinic, Targu M.7.4 
 2. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.7.3 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.6.4 
 4. Franklin, Oradea5.5 
 5. Long, Steaua CSM5.4 
 6. Kostoski, Pitesti5.4 
 7. Kabongo, Pitesti5.1 
 8. Marinovic, Craiova4.8 
 9. Taylor, Craiova4.7 
 10. Mirkovic, Oradea4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HARDY
  CSU Sibiu
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hardy, CSU Sibiu2.9 
 2. Adamovic, UBT C.2.2 
 3. Bojovic, Phoenix .2.2 
 4. Gugino, Phoenix .2.2 
 5. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.2.1 
 6. Martinic, Targu M.2.0 
 7. Otasevic, BC Timis.2.0 
 8. Long, Steaua CSM1.9 
 9. Waters, Phoenix .1.9 
 10. Graham, Dinamo B.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo LAZAR
  Targu Mures
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Lazar, Targu Mures1.7 
 2. Falker, Steaua CSM1.1 
 3. Hunter, Pitesti1.1 
 4. Tasic, Dinamo B.1.0 
 5. Gregory, Craiova1.0 
 6. Pavlovic, Olimpic0.9 
 7. Dragusin, BC Timis.0.9 
 8. Cooper, CSU Sibiu0.9 
 9. Barro, UBT C.0.9 
 10.