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  3X3  



FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2017 calendar unveiled - by Eurobasket News

FIBA on Thursday announced the full schedule for the sixth edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour, which will start in Saskatoon, Canada on 15-16 July and culminate with the World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final in the Chinese capital on 21-22 October. Launched in 2012, the yearly World Tour is the flagship competition of 3x3 basketball. It sees teams representing cities from around the world qualify for seven Masters and a Final through a worldwide network of qualifying tournaments. Though the overall number of events remains the same in 2017, prize money will be nearly doubled to reach a total amount of half a million USD. The best 3x3 players in the world return to the streets of Utsunomiya, Prague, Lausanne, Debrecen, Mexico City and Beijing in iconic downtown locations, which include Buddhist shrines, shopping malls and UNESCO World Heritage sites. The competition makes its inaugural appearance in Chengdu, China and in Canada after Saskatoon announced its support for the team that represented the city at the World Tour since 2013 by hosting a Masters. The top 12 teams in the World Tour standings after the last Masters - including the winners of each stage - qualify for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final, which will be staged in China for the first-time ever.
FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2017 calendar:
15-16 July - Saskatoon, Canada
29-30 July - Utsunomiya, Japan
5-6 August - Prague, Czech Republic
25-26 August - Lausanne, Switzerland
31 August - 1 September - Debrecen, Hungary
23-24 September - Chengdu, China
30 September - 1 October - Mexico City, Mexico
21-22 October - Beijing, China - World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final
Ljubljana (SLO) won the last edition of the World Tour in Abu Dhabi on 27-28 October 2016. A Dunk Contest and a Shoot-out Contest will take place at each FIBA 3x3 World Tour event.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  ABA  


Jacksoville and DMV Warriors advance to Final FOur - by Gianni Pascucci

In the first game played this evening, the ABA reigning champion team Jacksonville Giants prevailed, 139-137, over the Baltimore Hawks. Player of the game has been Maurice Mickens (6'0''-G-86, college: Le Moyne-Owen) with 35 points. In the other game of tonight, the DMV Warriors defeated the Chicago Steam, 114-110.
The games scheduled for tomorrow, March 31st are:
6 pm Orlando Waves vs Windy City Groove
8:30 pm Austin Bats vs Mobile Bay Tornados
Semifinals games are Saturday, April 1st, time and pairings to be announced



ABA Final Eight Bracket - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA has just released the definitive pairings towards the Championship Game. Here they are:

#1 DMV Warriors vs #7 Chicago Steam
#2 Jacksonville Giants vs #8 Baltimore Hawks
#3 Orlando Waves vs #6 Windy City Groove
#4 Austin Bats vs #5 Mobile Bay Tornados


Winner of Jax/Balt will play winner of Aus/Mob
Winner of DMV/Chi will play winner of Orl/Windy
the two winners will play for championship. Single elimination at any game.



Last ABA games results - by Gianni Pascucci

Yesterday night the Orlando Waves defeated the Richmond Elite, 126-116, advancing to meet the #4 Austin Bats (probably) in the bracket, while Final Eight host team Baltimore Hawks prevailed over the Jersey Express, 112-108 at the end of a battled and close game.


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Angola sealed FIBA AfroBasket 2017 appearance - by Eurobasket News

Angola sealed FIBA AfroBasket 2017 appearance beating South Africa 91-57. Angola posted a 20-17 lead in the first period and added a massive 25-6 surge in the second frame. Moreover Angola dominated the second half as well and won the third and the last quarters.
Eduardo Mingas (200-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Milton Barros (184-PG-84) netted 12. Leonel Paulo (197-F-89) notched 11, whilst Jerson Goncalves and Olimpio Cipriano had 10 each. Kagiso Ngoetjana (198-PF-89) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.



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Angola sealed FIBA AfroBasket 2017 appearance - by Eurobasket News

Angola sealed FIBA AfroBasket 2017 appearance beating South Africa 91-57. Angola posted a 20-17 lead in the first period and added a massive 25-6 surge in the second frame. Moreover Angola dominated the second half as well and won the third and the last quarters.
Eduardo Mingas (200-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Milton Barros (184-PG-84) netted 12. Leonel Paulo (197-F-89) notched 11, whilst Jerson Goncalves and Olimpio Cipriano had 10 each. Kagiso Ngoetjana (198-PF-89) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.



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Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.1 
 2. Green, Instituto20.2 
 3. Solano, Echague19.5 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.19.0 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.1 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Harper, Quimsa16.9 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas16.8 
 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.9.8 
 5. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 6. Wood, San M.8.8 
 7. Johnson, Atenas8.8 
 8. Francis, La Union8.6 
 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. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.5 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.3 
 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
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 3. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 8. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.1.5 
 10. Tucker, Estudian.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.7 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Calfani, San L.1.3 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 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, Ciclista20.9 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.7 
 4. Brown, La Union19.5 
 5. Pais, Platense17.9 
 6. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 8. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 9. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.4 
 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, Temperley9.2 
 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. Nwogbo, Alianza .8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.9 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.3 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.2 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.4 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.8 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.7 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.4.1 
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 LP2.1 
 4. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.4 
 7. Okoye, Salta Basket1.1 
 8. McKoy, SP Las P.1.1 
 9. Young, Platense1.0 
 10. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 


LigaA Round 41: Hispano Am. defeats leader San Lorenzo - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked San Lorenzo (29-13) in Rio Gallegos on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Hispano Am. (15-29) 81-68. Hispano Am. shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. American Larry OBannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for San Lorenzo. Hispano Am. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains ninth place with 15-29 record. Defending champion San Lorenzo still keeps top position with 13 games lost. Hispano Am. are looking forward to face higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San Lorenzo will play against Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero and is hoping to win this game.
Eighth-ranked Penarol (16-30) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Quimsa (23-23) in Santiado Estero. Quimsa managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected easier game. American center Chris Daniels (205-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and Aaron Harper chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Alejandro Diez (201-87) responded with 20 points. Quimsa maintains sixth place with 23-23 record. Penarol lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 30 games lost. Quimsa will play against league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Bahia Blanca between Regatas Corrientes and Weber Bahia. Fourth ranked Regatas Corrientes (26-16) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Weber Bahia (23-16). Regatas Corrientes managed to escape with a 2-point win 82-80 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Weber Bahia. Donald Sims nailed 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Anthony-Laveal Johnson came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds for Weber Bahia in the defeat. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to third place which they share with defeated Weber Bahia. Weber Bahia at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will meet Penarol (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Weber Bahia will play against Argentino (#5) in Junin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Instituto (26-20) against seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (21-21) on Thursday night. Host Instituto was defeated by Libertad Sunchales in Cordoba 94-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Instituto. The best player for the winners was Juan Brussino who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Libertad Sunchales maintains seventh place with 21-21 record. Instituto at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 20 games lost. Libertad Sunchales' next round opponent will be higher ranked GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Instituto will play at home against La Union and hope to win that game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (27-16) against eighth ranked La Union (20-25) on Monday night. Visiting Ferrocarril was defeated by La Union in Formosa 85-70. Facundo Pinero orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. La Union maintains eighth place with 20-25 record. Loser Ferrocarril keeps the second position with 16 games lost. La Union will face higher ranked Instituto (#4) in Cordoba in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ferrocarril will play at home against Atenas and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 41: Quimsa was beaten by San Lorenzo on the road 90-84. Atenas won against La Union on its own court 75-68. GECR Indalo unfortunately lost to Estudiantes C. in Concordia 69-81. Quilmes MP recorded a loss to San Martin C. at home 70-79. Libertad S. was defeated by Atenas on the opponent's court 86-71. Olimpico LB beat Penarol in a home game 86-72. Obras Basket lost to Echague on the road 79-88. Weber Bahia outscored Argentino on its own court 108-65. Boca Jrs recorded a loss to Instituto in Cordoba 83-87.

Instituto - Libertad S. 84-94

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Instituto (26-20) against seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (21-21) on Thursday night. Host Instituto was defeated by Libertad Sunchales in Cordoba 94-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Instituto. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Libertad Sunchales shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was international point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. International point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. American John DeGroat (201-85, college: Pittsburgh) produced 23 points and the other American import swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Instituto players scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales maintains seventh place with 21-21 record. Instituto at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 20 games lost. Libertad Sunchales' next round opponent will be higher ranked GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Instituto will play at home against La Union and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Brussino 24+6reb+5ast, J.Vildoza 20+6reb+9ast, J.Massey 20+4reb, S.Vega 7+3reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 7+2reb+2ast, P.Barrios 6
Instituto: J.DeGroat 23+4reb+1ast, R.Green 14+5reb+1ast, P.Bertone 11+1reb+3ast, D.Phillip 10+3reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 7+1reb+2ast, S.Clancy 6+11reb+2ast
gschID: 523649


San Lorenzo - Quimsa 90-84

No shocking result in a game when first ranked San Lorenzo (29-13) beat 6th ranked Quimsa (23-23) in Almagra 90-84 on Thursday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when San Lorenzo made 7 blocks. Georgian-Puerto Rican guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 assists. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center Chris Daniels (205-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and the other American import Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) added 19 points in the effort for Quimsa. Five San Lorenzo and four Quimsa players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 29-13 record. Loser Quimsa keeps the sixth position with 23 games lost. San Lorenzo will face again Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Quimsa will play on the road against Hispano Am. in Rio Gallegos and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: G.Diaz 18+4reb+5ast, J.Meyinsse 16+5reb, B.McShepard 12+6reb, M.Calfani 12+3reb+1ast, G.Deck 12+4reb+1ast, M.Mata 11+4reb+4ast
Quimsa: C.Daniels 24+7reb+1ast, A.Harper 19+2reb+1ast, T.Gallizzi 13+6reb, N.Romano 10+7reb+2ast, C.Elliott 9+3reb+9ast, P.Hopson 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 523651


Weber Bahia - Regatas C. 80-82

A very close game took place in Bahia Blanca between Regatas Corrientes and Weber Bahia. Fourth ranked Regatas Corrientes (26-16) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Weber Bahia (23-16). Regatas Corrientes managed to escape with a 2-point win 82-80 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Weber Bahia. Weber Bahia was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Fabian Ramirez (193-90) accounted for 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) added 27 points respectively for Weber Bahia in the defeat. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to third place which they share with defeated Weber Bahia. Weber Bahia at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will meet Penarol (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Weber Bahia will play against Argentino (#5) in Junin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: D.Sims 26+7reb+2ast, K.Johnson 15+5reb, F.Ramirez 14+9reb+4ast, P.Espinoza 10+8reb+2ast, P.Quinteros 9+2reb+3ast, J.Saiz 8+7reb
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 27+3reb, A.Laveal Johnson 25+14reb, M.Fjellerup 7+4reb+3ast, J.Pablo Vaulet 7+7reb+1ast, J.Levy 6+8reb+4ast, H.Jasen 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 543283


Atenas - La Union 75-68

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked La Union (20-25) lost to ninth ranked Atenas (17-25) in Cordoba 68-75 on Thursday. American power forward Roquez Johnson (201-92, college: Mississippi St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 19 rebounds. His fellow American import Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Forward Facundo Pinero (200-88) answered with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for La Union. Atenas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 17-25 record. Loser La Union keeps the eighth position with 25 games lost. Atenas will face league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Atenas: P.Mickeal 24+3reb+1ast, L.Rasio 18+6reb+2ast, D.Gerbaudo 11+2reb+5ast, R.Johnson 10+19reb, B.Labaque 8+2reb+1ast, M.Chiarini 3+1reb+2ast
La Union: A.Elsener 18+5reb+2ast, F.Pinero 14+7reb+4ast, T.Francis 12+11reb, E.Gamboa 6+2reb+2ast, D.Garcia 5+1reb+4ast, A.Konsztadt 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 543282


Estudiantes C. - GECR Indalo 81-69

Rather predictable result when second ranked Estudiantes C. (30-15) won against 4th placed GECR Indalo (22-22) in Concordia 81-69 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-69. Estudiantes C. dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to GECR Indalo's 26. They outrebounded GECR Indalo 47-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Estudiantes C. made 7 blocks. Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Italian swingman Anibal Marin (199-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Nicolas De-los-Santos (180-88) added 14 points in the effort for GECR Indalo. 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. Estudiantes C. maintains second place with 30-15 record behind leader San Lorenzo. Loser GECR Indalo keeps the fourth position with 22 games lost. Estudiantes C. will have a break next round. GECR Indalo will play on the road against Libertad Sunchales (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: J.Justiz 23+15reb, D.Tucker 17+7reb, A.Marin 12+10reb+4ast, F.Giorgi 12+4reb+1ast, S.Orresta 8+4reb+2ast, H.Toure 5+4reb
GECR Indalo: N.De los Santos 14+4reb+3ast, C.Schattmann 13+2reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 11+1reb+2ast, E.Vargas 11+10reb+3ast, M.Shaw 8+4reb+1ast, J.Machuca 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 523648


Quilmes MP - San Martin C. 70-79

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Quilmes MP (18-23) lost to first ranked San Martin Corrientes (31-10) in Mar del Plata 70-79 on Wednesday. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. International Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. American forward Ivory Clark (196-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Eric Flor (186-93) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Quilmes MP. San Martin Corrientes have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 31-10 record. Quilmes MP lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 23 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face Boca Juniors (#10) in Buenos Aires in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quilmes MP will play at home against Regatas Corrientes and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: L.Mainoldi 20+5reb+1ast, J.Wood 15+11reb, L.Faggiano 13+4reb+1ast, J.Pablo Cantero 10+2reb+9ast, M.Lescano 8+4reb+3ast, R.Garcia 6+3reb+1ast
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 16+4reb+4ast, I.Clark 15+11reb+2ast, E.Ruiz 12+4reb, A.Eslava 6+1reb+1ast, I.Basualdo 6+8reb, T.Robinson 5+3reb
gschID: 523650


Atenas - Libertad S. 86-71

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Atenas (17-25) defeated 7th ranked Libertad Sunchales (21-21) in Cordoba 86-71 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Atenas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Diego Gerbaudo (178-89) contributed with 14 points and 9 assists for the winners. Five Atenas players scored in double figures. International point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96) answered with 24 points and 4 assists and American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Libertad Sunchales. Atenas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 17-25 record. Loser Libertad Sunchales keeps the seventh position with 21 games lost. Atenas will face league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Atenas: P.Mickeal 22+9reb+1ast, D.Lo Grippo 15+4reb, D.Gerbaudo 14+2reb+9ast, L.Rasio 12+5reb+4ast, R.Johnson 10+12reb+1ast, M.Chiarini 10+3reb+3ast
Libertad S.: J.Vildoza 24+1reb+4ast, J.Massey 12+5reb, L.Goldenberg 9+4reb+1ast, P.Barrios 9+2reb+1ast, M.Ruiz 5+10reb+1ast, S.Vega 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 523646


Olimpico LB - Penarol 86-72

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Penarol (16-30) lost on the road to fifth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (25-19) 86-72 on Tuesday. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The former international Federico Van-Lacke (191-80) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international forward Franco Giorgetti (201-92) answered with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and international center Roberto Acuna (208-90) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Penarol. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olimpico de La Banda have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 25-19 record. Penarol lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 30 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face Hispano Am. (#9) in Rio Gallegos in the next round. Penarol will play at home against Regatas Corrientes and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: F.Van Lacke 17+4reb+5ast, J.Williams 16+11reb, D.Nesbitt 13+7reb, D.Guaita 8+3reb+3ast, M.Stanic 8+6reb+6ast, M.Cosolito 8+3reb+3ast
Penarol: R.Acuna 16+7reb+1ast, L.Dabney 13, F.Giorgetti 13+7reb+5ast, J.Valinotti 9+2reb+1ast, T. Monacchi 5+1ast, J.Manuel Torres 4+3reb
gschID: 523647


La Union - Ferrocarril 85-70

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (27-16) against eighth ranked La Union (20-25) on Monday night. Visiting Ferrocarril was defeated by La Union in Formosa 85-70. The game was mostly controlled by La Union. Ferrocarril was better in second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ferrocarril 39-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. La Union shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Facundo Pinero (200-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international Diego Garcia (190-79) contributed with 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four La Union players scored in double figures. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) answered with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Arn Lucas (197-89) added 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Ferrocarril. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. La Union maintains eighth place with 20-25 record. Loser Ferrocarril keeps the second position with 16 games lost. La Union will face higher ranked Instituto (#4) in Cordoba in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ferrocarril will play at home against Atenas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
La Union: F.Pinero 25+3reb+1ast, D.Garcia 22+2reb, A.Elsener 15+2reb+1ast, T.Francis 10+12reb+1ast, A.Konsztadt 6+5reb+9ast, E.Gamboa 5+5reb+7ast
Ferrocarril: A.Lucas 15+4reb, F.Balbi 11+8reb+6ast, J.Maldonado 10+3reb+2ast, M.Cuello 8+1ast, R.Clemente 8+5reb, J.Ignacio Alessio 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523645


Echague - Obras Basket 88-79

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Echague (8-34) beat higher ranked Obras Basket (21-23) in Parana 88-79 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-79. Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 6 rebounds. American forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Millsap is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) answered with 25 points and the former international forward Walter Herrmann (206-79) added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Obras Basket. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Echague maintains tenth place with 8-34 record. Loser Obras Basket keeps the sixth position with 23 games lost. Echague will face higher ranked GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Echague: G.Solano 29+6reb+3ast, J.Millsap 15+4reb+1ast, S.Uranga 12+5reb+2ast, J.Baeza 8+3reb+4ast, B.Davis 8+1reb+2ast, E.Stucky 7+6reb
Obras Basket: D.Horner 25+4reb+3ast, T.Zanzottera 22+2reb+1ast, W.Herrmann 17+10reb+1ast, P.Barral 8+5reb+3ast, M.Leiva 5+9reb+1ast, J.Richard 2+3reb
gschID: 523642


Weber Bahia - Argentino 108-65

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Argentino (22-22) was smashed by third ranked Weber Bahia (23-16) in Bahia Blanca 108-65 on Monday. Weber Bahia dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Argentino's 30. Weber Bahia forced 20 Argentino turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Argentino's players. International guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 assists. American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Five Weber Bahia players scored in double figures. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) answered with 16 points and the other American import power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Argentino. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Weber Bahia maintains third place with 23-16 record having ten points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Argentino dropped to the fourth position with 22 games lost. Weber Bahia will face again Argentino (#5) in Junin in the next round.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: A.Laveal Johnson 21+4reb+2ast, L.Redivo 16+3reb+9ast, J.Levy 14+5reb+3ast, A.Ramos 12+4reb, M.Fjellerup 12+3reb+5ast, J.Pablo Vaulet 9+2reb+1ast
Argentino: N.Gadson 16+2reb+1ast, F.Zarate 14+2reb+2ast, L.Cequeira 12+4reb, C.Crawford 9+7reb+2ast, M.Bolivar 4+4reb+1ast, E.Basabe 3+7reb+3ast
gschID: 523641


Instituto - Boca Jrs 87-83

Very predictable result when third ranked Instituto (26-20) won against 10th ranked Boca Juniors (13-31) in Cordoba 87-83 on Monday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Instituto shot 25 for 39 from the free-throw line, while Boca Juniors only scored nine points from the stripe. Boca Juniors was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. British-American Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield, agency: DTMones) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Instituto players scored in double figures. Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds and the former international point guard Nicolas Gianella (186-78) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Boca Juniors. Boca Juniors' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Despite that victory Instituto went down to fourth position due to points difference. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 31 games lost. Instituto will face La Union (#8) in Formosa in the next round. Boca Juniors will play at home against the league's leader San Martin Corrientes and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Instituto: R.Green 23+5reb, P.Bertone 15+1reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 12+7reb, G.Whelan 12+2reb+5ast, D.Phillip 10+11reb+1ast, M.Gerlero 9+4reb+6ast
Boca Jrs: F.Lampropoulos 28+18reb+2ast, N.Gianella 13+1reb+4ast, F.Funes 12+1reb+3ast, L.Gargallo 9+3reb+5ast, E.Vassirani 8+6reb+1ast, L.Perez 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 523643


Quimsa - Penarol 65-64

Eighth-ranked Penarol (16-30) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Quimsa (23-23) in Santiado Estero. Quimsa managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected easier game. Penarol was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 19-14 charge of Quimsa, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Penarol 42-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. American center Chris Daniels (205-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and his fellow American import Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Alejandro Diez (201-87) responded with 20 points and American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) scored 15 points. Quimsa maintains sixth place with 23-23 record. Penarol lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 30 games lost. Quimsa will play against league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: C.Daniels 23+13reb+1ast, A.Harper 12+5reb, L.Gonzalez 11+2reb+2ast, N.Romano 8+6reb+2ast, C.Elliott 8+4reb+5ast, T.Gallizzi 3+7reb
Penarol: A.Diez 20+4reb+1ast, S.Pettigrew 15+2reb+3ast, F.Giorgetti 7+9reb, L.Dabney 6+1reb+2ast, J.Figueroa 5+4reb+2ast, J.Manuel Torres 4+2reb
gschID: 523640


Hispano Am. - San Lorenzo 81-68

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked San Lorenzo (29-13) in Rio Gallegos on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Hispano Am. (15-29) 81-68. Hispano Am. shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. American Larry OBannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Hispano Am. players scored in double figures. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and international forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) added 21 points in the effort for San Lorenzo. Hispano Am. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains ninth place with 15-29 record. Defending champion San Lorenzo still keeps top position with 13 games lost. Hispano Am. are looking forward to face higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San Lorenzo will play against Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 19+1reb+2ast, J.Treise 18+2ast, M.Fierro 13+4reb, M.Byro 12+4reb+2ast, K.Austin 9+12reb+5ast, A.Zilli 4+2reb+2ast
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 21+3reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 20+7reb+1ast, M.Mata 6+2reb+3ast, L.Lopez 5+2reb+1ast, S.Scala 5+2reb+2ast, G.Diaz 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 523639





TNA Round 33 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

The biggest surprise took place in Trelew where host Huracan (20-16) beat league's leader Alianza Viedma (23-13) 81-76 on Thursday evening. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The best player for the winners was guard Lisandro Ruiz-Moreno (183-89) who scored 21 points and 9 assists. American forward Jerome Hill (198-94, college: Gardner-Webb) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Huracan moved-up to second place, which they share with Ciclista and Olimpo BB. Alianza Viedma at the other side still keeps top position with 13 games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Parque Sur who have the same record.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Estudiantes O. as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Alianza Viedma) loss. Estudiantes O. defeated 6th ranked Gimnasia LP in Olavarria 92-87. It was a good game for guard Leandro Portillo (185-85) who led his team to a victory with 28 points. Rodrigo Sanchez contributed with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Forward Maximiliano Segon (200-91) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds for Gimnasia LP. Gimnasia LP's coach Cesar Adriani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Alianza Viedma. Gimnasia LP at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 23 games lost. They share the position with Obera TC and Villa San Martin.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Olimpo (20-16) against sixth ranked Petr.Argentino (14-22) on Thursday night. Visiting Olimpo was defeated by Petr.Argentino in a tough game in Plaza Huincul 82-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Olimpo. Darnell Dodson stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Thomas Granado with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Petr.Argentino have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 14-22 record. Loser Olimpo dropped to the second position with 16 games lost. They share it with Ciclista and Huracan.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Temperley. Third ranked CA Temperley faced second-best Ciclista. Host CA Temperley (19-17) defeated guests from Juninense (20-16) 79-69. Martin Trimboli nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Newly promoted CA Temperley maintains third place with 19-17 record having four points less than leader Parque Sur, which they share with Barrio Parque and Salta Basket. Ciclista at the other side keeps the second position with 16 games lost.
Leader Parque Sur delivered the twenty first victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 7th ranked La Union (9-27) 89-76 in Colon. The best player for the winners was Pablo Alderete who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Parque Sur have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-15 record, which they share with San Isidro. La Union lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 27 games lost.

In the last two games of round 33 Rocamora defeated Platense in a road game 74-68. Olimpo BB beat Gimnasia LP at home 86-75.

Petr.Argentino - Olimpo BB 89-82

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Olimpo (20-16) against sixth ranked Petr.Argentino (14-22) on Thursday night. Visiting Olimpo was defeated by Petr.Argentino in a tough game in Plaza Huincul 82-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Olimpo. Petr.Argentino made 31-of-34 free shots (91.2 percent) during the game, while Olimpo only scored seven points from the stripe. American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Cedric Blossom (198, college: Morgan St., agency: DTMones) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Petr.Argentino have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 14-22 record. Loser Olimpo dropped to the second position with 16 games lost. They share it with Ciclista and Huracan.
Top scorers:
Petr.Argentino: D.Dodson 24+7reb+1ast, M.Castets 21+2reb+3ast, C.Blossom 21+5reb+2ast, M.Lambrisca 14+4reb, D.Pineda 6+6reb+2ast, F.Gago 3
Olimpo BB: T.Granado 25+10reb+1ast, D.Summers 18+4reb+1ast, A.Giarraffa 17+2reb+4ast, C.Schoppler 16+7reb+11ast, F.Pennacchotti 4+4reb+2ast, A.Sanchez 2+1reb
gschID: 542967


La Union - Parque Sur 76-89

Leader Parque Sur delivered the twenty first victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 7th ranked La Union (9-27) 89-76 in Colon. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Parque Sur outrebounded La Union 36-23 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Pablo Alderete (196-93) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Agustin Jure (183-91) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Parque Sur players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Facundo Mendoza (200-84) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Parque Sur have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-15 record, which they share with San Isidro. La Union lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 27 games lost.
Top scorers:
Parque Sur: A.Jure 18+3reb+1ast, G.Mariani 14+5reb+3ast, E.Bolling 12+4reb+1ast, P.Alderete 11+11reb+4ast, S.Bernasconi 10+5reb+1ast, A.Richard 8+3reb+6ast
La Union: F.Mendoza 13+8reb+2ast, S.Ravina 11+1reb+2ast, A.Heritier 9, R.Brown 9+7reb, P.Bilat 8+2ast, D.Cabezas 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 542962


Huracan - Alianza Viedma 81-76

Round 33 in TNA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Trelew where host Huracan (20-16) beat league's leader Alianza Viedma (23-13) 81-76 on Thursday evening. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The best player for the winners was guard Lisandro Ruiz-Moreno (183-89) who scored 21 points and 9 assists. American forward Jerome Hill (198-94, college: Gardner-Webb) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and American swingman OLouis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Huracan moved-up to second place, which they share with Ciclista and Olimpo BB. Alianza Viedma at the other side still keeps top position with 13 games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Parque Sur who have the same record.
Top scorers:
Huracan: L.Ruiz Moreno 21+3reb+9ast, J.Hill 12+7reb+1ast, M.Melo 11+1reb+1ast, G.Maranguello 9+2reb+1ast, G.Acosta 8+6reb, F.Cosolito 8+2reb
Alianza Viedma: L.Nwogbo 27+10reb+1ast, O.McCullough 14+5reb+1ast, A.Knecht 10+3reb+1ast, F.Grun 8+5reb, M.Gaynor 8+3reb, P.Franco 6+1ast
gschID: 542966


Temperley - Ciclista 79-69

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Temperley. Third ranked CA Temperley faced second-best Ciclista. Host CA Temperley (19-17) defeated guests from Juninense (20-16) 79-69. Power forward Martin Trimboli (196-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Leopoldo Ibanez-Paz (192-89) accounted for 20 points. Guard Mauro Araujo (186-94) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Ciclista in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted CA Temperley maintains third place with 19-17 record having four points less than leader Parque Sur, which they share with Barrio Parque and Salta Basket. Ciclista at the other side keeps the second position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Temperley: L.Ibanez Paz 20+3reb+2ast, S.Chaine 16+7reb+1ast, M.Trimboli 14+14reb+4ast, L.Ortiz 13+2reb+7ast, A.Eiguren 9+1reb+4ast, D.Graham 7+6reb
Ciclista: M.Araujo 22+7reb+2ast, A.Harrison 18+4reb, J.Fahnbulleh 14+9reb, P.Martinez 11+5reb, A.Merlo 4+5reb+2ast, R.Di Perna 0
gschID: 542965


Platense - Rocamora 68-74

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Florida where 4th placed CA Platense (17-19) was defeated by fifth ranked Rocamora (17-19) 74-68 on Thursday. Rocamora made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Juan-Luis Abeiro (196-88) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Center Matias Novello (198-85) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Rocamora players scored in double figures. Rocamora's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Felipe Pais (185-90) who recorded 20 points and 4 assists and American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Rocamora moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Platense.
Top scorers:
Rocamora: J.Luis Abeiro 17+6reb, F.Medina 15+4reb, M.Novello 15+5reb, M.Cuello 13+6reb+1ast, F.Benitez 7+4reb, I.Davico 6+6reb+2ast
Platense: F.Pais 20+3reb+4ast, K.Gayden 18+5reb, D.Mansilla 8+5reb, K.Young 7+6reb+1ast, A.Pappalardi 5+5reb, I.Romani 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 542964


Estudiantes O. - Gimnasia LP 92-87

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Estudiantes O. as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Alianza Viedma) loss. Estudiantes O. defeated 6th ranked Gimnasia LP in Olavarria 92-87. Gimnasia LP was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Leandro Portillo (185-85) who led his team to a victory with 28 points. Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Forward Maximiliano Segon (200-91) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Leonardo La-Bella (180-86) added 17 points in the effort for Gimnasia LP. Four Estudiantes O. and five Gimnasia LP players scored in double figures. Gimnasia LP's coach Cesar Adriani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Alianza Viedma. Gimnasia LP at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 23 games lost. They share the position with Obera TC and Villa San Martin.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: L.Portillo 28+3reb+2ast, S.Arese 22+2reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 17+10reb+5ast, E.Dominguez 11+6reb+1ast, L.Reinaudi 8+5reb+2ast, D.Figueredo 2+5ast
Gimnasia LP: M.Segon 23+6reb+1ast, L.La Bella 17+3ast, J.Efese 11+8reb, R.Salvatierra 11+7reb+1ast, E.Rusconi 11+2reb+4ast, J.Lancieri 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 542963


Olimpo BB - Gimnasia LP 86-75

No shocking result in a game in Bahia Blanca where third ranked Olimpo (20-16) defeated 6th ranked Gimnasia LP (13-23) 86-75 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpo. Gimnasia LP was better in third quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpo dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Gimnasia LP's 38 and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Gimnasia LP 47-34 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Olimpo players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds and forward Maximiliano Segon (200-91) added 15 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. Gimnasia LP's coach Cesar Adriani tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olimpo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ciclista and Huracan. Loser Gimnasia LP dropped to the fifth position with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Olimpo BB: C.Schoppler 24+7reb+5ast, T.Granado 17+17reb+2ast, D.Summers 14+6reb+1ast, F.Pennacchotti 13+11reb+1ast, A.Giarraffa 7+1reb+2ast, A.Sanchez 5
Gimnasia LP: J.Efese 19+9reb, L.La Bella 18+4ast, M.Segon 15+6reb+2ast, R.Salvatierra 8+8reb, E.Skliar 6+1reb, R.Rosende 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 542961





TFB Round 23 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in TFB just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Eighth defeat of league's leader C.Entrerriano (15-8) against fourth ranked Regatas CU (13-11) 77-72 was the most important game of the last round. Regatas CU moved-up to third place in Mesopotamia. C.Entrerriano at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Gualeguay. They were replaced at the leadership position by Belgrano SN.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Perfora as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Oeste. Perfora defeated 4th placed Independ.N. in Plaza Huincul 68-59. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Independ.N. lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost.
Leading Atletico Tostado (19-9) recorded its ninth loss in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked P.Echague (14-9) 78-73. P.Echague maintains fourth place in Metropolitana with 14-9 record. Loser Atletico Tostado still keeps top position with nine games lost.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Concordia: Ferrocarril (#6) and Capuchinos (#5). Ferrocarril (11-13) won against visiting Capuchinos (10-13) 84-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capuchinos. Ferrocarril moved-up to fifth place in Mesopotamia. Capuchinos at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Catamarca: Hindu BBC (#7) and Olimpia Catam. (#5). Olimpia Catam. was crushed at home by 20 points 55-75 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Newly promoted Hindu BBC maintains seventh place in Noa with 6-17 record. Olimpia Catam. lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 15 games lost.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23:
In Bonaerense Sportivo E. was beaten by Sarmiento on the road 85-67. Chivilcoy Racing destroyed Atletico Pilar on its own court 84-42. Argentino PRG was outscored by Belgrano SN in San Nicolas 79-58.
In Centro Atletico Tostado rolled over Olimpico Ceres at home 89-67. H.San Justo was defeated by Central SJ on the opponent's court 85-77. Union Sunch. smashed San Justino in a home game 99-70. Independ. Oliva lost to Ameghino on the road 70-81.
In Mesopotamia Atletico Tala managed to outperform Penarol on its own court 91-77. Saladas rolled over Union Goya in a road game 87-67.
In Metropolitana Villa Mitre BB crushed Union Vecinal at home 108-73. Estudiantes LP was beaten by U.Mar del Plata on the opponent's court 63-53. Villa Mitre CF won against Estudiantil in a home game 66-61. H.San Justo outscored RC Avellaneda on the road 86-66. River Plate recorded a loss to Ramos Mejia on its own court 64-68.
In Noa Amancay LR was defeated by San Martin LR in La Rioja 81-66. Talleres TV beat N.Avellaneda Tuc. at home 76-69.
In Oeste M.Junin lost to Anzorena on the opponent's court 82-92.

Group Bonaerense
Sarmiento - Sportivo E. 85-67

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Sarmiento (13-10) beat 5th ranked Sportivo E. (10-12) in Junin 85-67 on Wednesday. Sarmiento maintains third place in Bonaerense with 13-10 record having four points less than leader Belgrano SN, which they share with Villa Mitre BB. Newly promoted Sportivo E. keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost.
gschID: 511736


Chivilcoy Racing - Atletico Pilar 84-42

Very expected game when 7th ranked Atletico PL (8-15) was smashed on the road by second ranked Chivilcoy Racing (17-7) 84-42 on Wednesday. Newly promoted Chivilcoy Racing maintains second place in Bonaerense with 17-7 record having just one point less than leader Belgrano SN. Loser Atletico PL keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost.
gschID: 511737


Belgrano SN - Argentino PRG 79-58

Very predictable result when first ranked Belgrano SN (17-6) rolled over 8th ranked Argentino PRG (7-17) in San Nicolas 79-58 on Wednesday. Belgrano SN have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Bonaerense with 17-6 record. Argentino PRG lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 17 games lost.
gschID: 511735


Group Centro
Atletico Tostado - Olimpico Ceres 89-67

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Olimpico (8-16) was outscored on the road by first ranked Atletico Tostado (19-9) 89-67 on Wednesday. Atletico Tostado maintains first place in Centro with 19-9 record. Loser Olimpico dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost.
gschID: 511911


Central SJ - H.San Justo 85-77

There was a surprise result when sixth ranked Central SJ (9-14) defeated second-ranked H.San Justo (17-11) in San Javier 85-77 on Wednesday. Central SJ maintains sixth place in Centro with 9-14 record. Loser H.San Justo keeps the second position with 11 games lost.
gschID: 511908


Union Sunch. - San Justino 99-70

There was no surprise when 7th ranked San Justino (8-16) was outleveled on the road by fourth ranked Union de Sunchales (15-9) 99-70 on Wednesday. Union de Sunchales maintains fourth place in Centro with 15-9 record. Loser San Justino keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost.
gschID: 511909


Ameghino - Independ. Oliva 81-70

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Ameghino (18-5) beat 5th ranked Independ. Oliva (10-14) in Villa Maria 81-70 on Wednesday. Ameghino have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place in Centro with 18-5 record having just one point less than leader Belgrano SN. Independ. Oliva lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost.
gschID: 511910


Group Mesopotamia
Ferrocarril C. - Capuchinos 84-75

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Concordia: Ferrocarril (#6) and Capuchinos (#5). Ferrocarril (11-13) won against visiting Capuchinos (10-13) 84-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capuchinos. Ferrocarril moved-up to fifth place in Mesopotamia. Capuchinos at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost.
gschID: 511514


Regatas U. - C.Entrerriano 77-72

TFB round 23 caused change at the leadership position. Eighth defeat of league's leader C.Entrerriano (15-8) against fourth ranked Regatas CU (13-11) 77-72 was the most important game of the last round. Regatas CU moved-up to third place in Mesopotamia. C.Entrerriano at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Gualeguay. They were replaced at the leadership position by Belgrano SN.
gschID: 511515


Atletico Tala - Penarol 91-77

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Penarol (8-15) lost to seventh ranked Atletico TL (10-12) in Rosario del Tala 77-91 on Wednesday. Atletico TL moved-up to sixth place in Mesopotamia. Penarol lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 15 games lost.
gschID: 511512


Union Goya - Saladas 67-87

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Saladas (10-13) rolled over on the road 3rd placed Union Goya (12-11) 87-67 on Wednesday. Saladas moved-up to seventh place in Mesopotamia, which they share with Capuchinos. Loser Union Goya dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost.
gschID: 511513


Group Metropolitana
Villa Mitre BB - Union Vecinal 108-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Union Vecinal's (11-11) road loss to fourth ranked Villa Mitre BB (13-10) 73-108 on Wednesday. Villa Mitre BB maintains fourth place in Metropolitana with 13-10 record. Loser Union Vecinal keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost.
gschID: 511638


U.Mar del Plata - Estudiantes LP 63-53

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked U.Mar del Plata (10-14) defeated at home 10th ranked Estudiantes LP (3-20) 63-53 on Wednesday. Newly promoted U.Mar del Plata maintains sixth place in Metropolitana with 10-14 record, which they share with RC Avellaneda. Estudiantes LP lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 20 games lost.
gschID: 511639


Villa Mitre CF - Estudiantil 66-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Estudiantil's (6-17) road loss to eighth ranked Villa Mitre CF (9-15) in Buenos Aires 61-66 on Wednesday. Villa Mitre CF maintains eighth place in Metropolitana with 9-15 record. Loser Estudiantil keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost.
gschID: 511637


P.Echague - Atletico Tostado 78-73

Leading Atletico Tostado (19-9) recorded its ninth loss in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked P.Echague (14-9) 78-73. P.Echague maintains fourth place in Metropolitana with 14-9 record. Loser Atletico Tostado still keeps top position with nine games lost.
gschID: 511636


RC Avellaneda - H.San Justo 66-86

No shocking result in a game when second ranked H.San Justo (17-11) crushed on the road 6th ranked RC Avellaneda (10-14) 86-66 on Wednesday. H.San Justo have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place in Metropolitana with 17-11 record having just five point less than leader Belgrano SN. Newly promoted RC Avellaneda keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost.
gschID: 511635


River Plate - Ramos Mejia 64-68

Rather expected game when 3rd placed River Plate (14-8) lost to first ranked Ramos Mejia (18-6) in Buenos Aires 64-68 on Wednesday. Ramos Mejia have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Newly promoted Ramos Mejia maintains first place in Metropolitana with 18-6 record. Loser River Plate keeps the third position with eight games lost.
gschID: 511634


Group Noa
Olimpia Catam. - Hindu BBC 55-75

Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Catamarca: Hindu BBC (#7) and Olimpia Catam. (#5). Olimpia Catam. was crushed at home by 20 points 55-75 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Newly promoted Hindu BBC maintains seventh place in Noa with 6-17 record. Olimpia Catam. lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 15 games lost.
gschID: 511407


San Martin LR - Amancay LR 81-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked San Martin LR's (18-5) home victory over 3rd placed Amancay LR (14-8) in La Rioja 81-66 on Wednesday. San Martin LR have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place in Noa with 18-5 record having just one point less than leader Belgrano SN. Newly promoted Amancay LR keeps the third position with eight games lost.
gschID: 511406


Talleres TV - N.Avellaneda Tuc. 76-69

Not a big story in a game when 4th placed N.Avellaneda Tuc. (12-10) lost to first ranked Talleres TV (21-1) in Tafi Viejo 69-76 on Wednesday. Talleres TV have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Noa with 21-1 record. Newly promoted N.Avellaneda Tuc. keeps the fourth position with ten games lost.
gschID: 511404


Group Oeste
Perfora - Independ.N. 68-59

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Perfora as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Oeste. Perfora defeated 4th placed Independ.N. in Plaza Huincul 68-59. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Independ.N. lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost.
gschID: 511809


Anzorena - M.Junin 92-82

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Anzorena (3-20) defeated 5th ranked M.Junin (6-17) in Mendoza 92-82 on Wednesday. Anzorena maintains sixth place in Oeste with 3-20 record. M.Junin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost.
gschID: 511808





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  AUSTRALIA  


Australian State League round 4 best performance: Jalen Billups - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Jalen Billups (198-F-92, agency: Haylett Sports) had a great game in the last round for Cockburn C., receiving a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 39 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Willetton T. (1-1) 89-81. Cockburn C. is placed at 5th position in their group in Australian State League. Cockburn C. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. In the team's last game Billups had a remarkable 68.2% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cockburn C. and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Former Northern Kentucky University star has very solid stats this year. Billups is league's best scorer averaging so far 32.5ppg and leads league in rebounds with 14.0rpg. Billups is in league's top in and averages impressive 63.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Nic Pozoglou of Bankstown B.. Pozoglou had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 22 rebounds. It was enough for Bankstown B. to edge slightly lower-ranked Manly Warr. (#5, 3-3) 71-66. This victory allowed Bankstown B. to move up to 4th position in Waratah. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Pozoglou is a newcomer at Bankstown B., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Maurice Barrow (196-F-92) of league's top team Geraldton B.. Barrow scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Geraldton B., leading his team to a 92-69 easy win against #4 ranked East Perth E. in a game of the week. Geraldton B. started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game in SBL. Barrow turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. The season just started for Barrow as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwayne Benjamin (201-F-93) of Geraldton B. - 32 points and 3 assists
5. Brian Carlwell (211-C-87) of Perry Lakes H. - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Taylor Mullenax (200-F-86) of Mandurah M. - 34 points and 4 rebounds
7. Jay Bowie (196-G/F-92) of Willetton T. - 32 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Rhys Vague (204-F-96) of Stirling S. - 24 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Chris Cameron (210-F/C-82) of Eltham W. - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. James Padgett (203-F-91) of Lakeside L. - 22 points and 17 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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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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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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  BOSNIA  

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





Leo Svete receives good news no surgery needed! Plans to continue his career! - by Chris Mathieu

Leo Svete receives good news no surgery needed! Plans to continue his career!

Leo Svete was having a very successful season with KK Radnicki Gorazde until an injury in practice forced him to come home and consult a specialist. Leo, fearing the worst and not wanting to endure another surgery and rehab announced his retirement and plans to seek a coaching career. After consulting the specialist Leo received good news and it wasn't as serious as first expected and he avoided surgery and plans on continuing his career next season. He is open to a return to Bosnia as he enjoyed the experience very much this season.



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

23-year old shooting guard Djordje Milosevic (199-SG-93) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Igokea and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Zrinjski HT (3-1) with 23-point margin 98-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Igokea is placed at 2nd position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this stage. Igokea will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Milosevic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Igokea, through which he has constantly improved. Djordje Milosevic averages this season 12.0ppg and 8.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Goran Ikonic (196-SF-80) of Bosna-Royal. He is naturalized Serbian in his first season at Bosna-Royal. In the last game Ikonic recorded impressive 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Bosna-Royal to another comfortable win 101-84 over Spars Sarajevo (#6, 0-4) being unquestionably team leader. Bosna-Royal's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Ikonic is a newcomer at Bosna-Royal and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Stefan Mijovic (196-G-95) of Leotar (#11). Mijovic showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the last round. Despite Mijovic's great performance Leotar lost 74-85 to slightly higher-ranked Bosnjak (#10, 1-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Leotar can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful Second Stage losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Mijovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mijovic has a very solid season. In 20 games in Bosnia he scored 7.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bojan Stanojevic (203-C-88) of Mladost - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Amir Dovadzija (193-G-84) of Bosnjak - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. James Robinson (190-PG-94) of Igokea - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87) of Zrinjski HT - 21 points and 11 rebounds
8. Maksim Sturanovic (209-C-88) of Bosna-Royal - 18 points and 7 rebounds
9. Milijan Bocka (185-PG-82) of Mladost - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Stefan Fekete (190-PG-86) of Leotar - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists

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



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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Rafael HETTSHEIMER
  Bauru
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi19.9 
 3. Anthony, Macae19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo18.4 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros18.4 
 7. Andrade, Bauru18.0 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.9 
 9. Garcia, Bauru17.8 
 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, Pinheiros6.9 
 7. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 8. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.6 
 9. Lopez, Flamengo6.5 
 10. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.7 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.6 
 3. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
 4. Pecos, Paulistano5.5 
 5. Borges, Franca5.4 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.2 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria5.0 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Freitas, Campo M.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria2.0 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.7 
 4. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.7 
 5. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 6. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 8. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 9. Borges, Franca1.5 
 10. Bennett, Pinheiros1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 2. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 3. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.8 
 4. Lenz, Pinheiros0.8 
 5. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 7. Garcia, Bauru0.6 
 8. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 9. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 10. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 


Smith's 29 points and 6 assists give him Liga Ouro Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old point guard Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Botafogo F.R. and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga Ouro Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 29 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Botafogo F.R. in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Blumenau (#5, 2-4) 89-85. It allowed Botafogo F.R. to consolidate first place in the Brazilian Liga Ouro. Botafogo F.R. have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Botafogo F.R., being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of New Mexico graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 17.7ppg and is league's best passer with 5.5apg. Smith is in league's top in and averages solid 63.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Wesley Russell (193-G-93). He is American guard in his first season at Botafogo F.R.. In the last game Russell recorded impressive 29 points and 7 rebounds. Of course together with Smith he helped Botafogo F.R. with another comfortable win outscoring Blumenau (2-4) 90-64. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Russell is a newcomer at Botafogo F.R. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. Former Ohio Christian University star Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to Diego Silva (206-C/F-90) of Blumenau (#5). Silva scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Silva's great performance Blumenau lost 85-89 to Botafogo F.R. (#1, 5-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Blumenau not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Silva could try to bring Blumenau's a little bit higher in the standings. Silva has individually a great season in Brazil. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 10.8ppg (6th best), rebounds with 8.5rpg (2nd best) and assists with 2.2apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tarvin Gaines (198-SF-91) of Blumenau - 26 points and 8 rebounds
5. Everton Oliveira (203-F-93) of Contagem - 17 points and 7 rebounds
6. Rodrigo Silva (207-C-87) of Brusque - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lucas Vezaro (188-G-96) of Joinville - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jeferson Froehlich (193-PG-91) of Joinville - 7 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Bruno Lazzaris (202-F-90) of Blumenau - 17 points and 6 rebounds
10. Rafinha da Silva (183-PG-88) of Botafogo F.R. - 13 points and 5 assists

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



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  CHINA  


Jordan Crawford shines back in the NBA - by Alex Yam

Jordan Crawford, the high scoring guard has returned to the NBA, with the New Orleans Pelicans, and is averaging a blistering 13.7ppg and shooting over 46% from deep, under 23 minutes a game.

Crawford, who has been out of the league for the past three seasons, has been honing his craft overseas, specifically in China, he returned stateside with the Grand Rapids Drive, he led the team in virtually every offensive statistical category, then was called up by the Pelicans in early March after Jarrett Jack was lost for the season. Crawford was rewarded with a two year contract recently.

NBA agent Darrell Comer of ASM Sports credits Crawford's hard work and drive to get back in the NBA. Comer worked tirelessly to secure Crawford this opportunity, and Crawford has shone that he belongs in the league.



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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Zabok
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Puljko, Zabok24.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.4 
 3. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 4. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.0 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.4 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.4 
 8. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.7 
 9. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.7 
 10. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.4 
 2. Bilan, Cedevita7.3 
 3. Halilovic, GKK S.7.3 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.2 
 5. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 6. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.5 
 8. Mazalin, Zadar6.2 
 9. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 10. Vucic, Alkar Sinj5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.4 
 3. Reynolds, Cibona6.3 
 4. Scott, Jolly JBS6.3 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.4 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 8. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 9. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 10. Vrbica, Gorica4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.2 
 3. Babic, Zabok2.0 
 4. Sirko, KK Split2.0 
 5. Reynolds, Cibona1.9 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar1.9 
 7. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.8 
 8. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.7 
 10. Rozic, Cibona1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.4 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 6. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 7. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 
 8. Zrnic, Zabok0.6 
 9. Stemberger, Skrlj.0.6 
 10. Zoric, Cibona0.6 


Franke leaves Zadar because of non payment - by Greg

20-year old Dutch guard Yannick Franke (194-96) decided to leave KK Zadar. Franke signed with the Croatian club in January and in both ABA league and A1 Croatia league he played well the second half of the season. The team seems to be behind with payments which was the main reason for Franke to leave Zadar.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cibona hit six 3-pointers in fourth quarter to beat Zagreb - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona made six 3-pointers in tne fourth quarter and went on a 15-2 run betwen the 4:00 and the 1:02 marks to beat Zagreb 91-87 in the postponed game of Croatian A1 League Round 19. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) finished with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, Marin Rozic (201-F-83) came off the bench for 19 points on shooting 9-of-10 of the field, Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-81) added 13 points, Luka Zoric (211-C-84) and Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) both posted 11 points,
Zagreb opened the game with an 11-2 run. Cibona took their first lead of the night at 20-19 early in the second quarter. After trailing 40-45, Zagreb went on a 14-2 run and later extend their lead to 67-56 going into the fourth quarter, their largest advantage of the night. Cibona sank four 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 75-77. Ivan Batur (201-G-91) made a 3-pointer that gave Zagreb a 80-75 lead with four minutes remaining. Domagoj Bosnjak asnwered with a 3-pointer to inspire Cibona for a decisive 15-2 run to turn a five-point deficit into a 90-82 lead going into the final minute. Zagreb cut the deficit to 87-90 with 29 seconds left. Cibona's Zeljko Sakic was fouled and he made just one of his two free throws. Zagreb had a possession, but Domagoj Bosnjak stole the ball to secure the win for Cibona.
Zagreb was led by Martin Junakovic (193-PG-94) with 21 points and 11 assists, Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) scored 19 points, Ivan Batur 16, Ivan Majcunic (193-SG-96) posted 12 points on shooting 4-of-4 behind the 3-point line and Toni Vitali (203-F-91) netted 10 points.



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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, Prostejov6.7 
 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 


NBL Round 8 (Second Stage): BK Decin lose to BK Pardubice - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between Top Four teams took place in Decin. One of their biggest challengers host BK Decin (17-14) lost to second ranked BK Pardubice (22-7) 72-68. BK Pardubice forced 20 BK Decin turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by BK Decin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) who added 8 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The former international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) responded with 16 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BK Pardubice maintains second position in Places 1-6 with 22-7 record having eight points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Decin lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 14 games lost. BK Pardubice are looking forward to face league's leader CEZ Nymburk at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Decin will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (29-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked BK Opava (15-15) 103-82. The winners were led by American point guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists and Howard Sant-Roos supported him with 14 points and 11 rebounds. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) did not help to save the game for BK Opava. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Places 1-6 with 29-1 record. BK Opava at the other side keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against league's second-placed BK Pardubice on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Opava will play against BK Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kolin was also quite interesting. 4th ranked USK Praha (16-13) played at the court of sixth ranked BK Kolin (13-17). BK Kolin managed to secure a 5-point victory 87-82 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USK Praha. The best player for the winners was Garret Kerr who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Lukas Festr produced 27 points for the guests. USK Praha's coach Mirsad Alilovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Kolin maintains sixth position in Places 1-6 with 13-17 record. Loser USK Praha keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. BK Kolin will meet at home higher ranked BK Opava (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. USK Praha will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8:
In Places 7-12 Svitavy won against Prostejov on the opponent's court 79-70. J.Hradec managed to outperform MMCITE Brno in a home game 79-68. Usti n/Labem was rolled over NH Ostrava on the road 94-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists by Roman Marko of Svitavy.

Places 1-6
BK Kolin - USK Praha 87-82

The game in Kolin was also quite interesting. 4th ranked USK Praha (16-13) played at the court of sixth ranked BK Kolin (13-17). BK Kolin managed to secure a 5-point victory 87-82 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USK Praha. BK Kolin made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) chipped in 22 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Five BK Kolin players scored in double figures. Point guard Lukas Festr (185-94) produced 27 points and Marek Mares (183-96) added 15 points respectively for the guests. USK Praha's coach Mirsad Alilovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Kolin maintains sixth position in Places 1-6 with 13-17 record. Loser USK Praha keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. BK Kolin will meet at home higher ranked BK Opava (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. USK Praha will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Kolin: L.Skinner 22+3reb, G.Kerr 20+7reb+2ast, L.Horak 13+4reb+2ast, J.Hunt 13+1reb+3ast, M.Vocetka 10+4reb+5ast, B.Bakic 5
USK Praha: L.Festr 27+4reb+1ast, M.Mares 15+1reb+3ast, J.Bohacik 12+3reb+1ast, P.Safarcik 9+2reb+1ast, A.Madsen 8+4reb+2ast, M.Primorac 6+7reb+3ast
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BK Decin - BK Pardubice 68-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Decin. One of their biggest challengers host BK Decin (17-14) lost to second ranked BK Pardubice (22-7) 72-68. BK Pardubice forced 20 BK Decin turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by BK Decin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) who added 8 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The former international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) responded with 16 points and the former international Jakub Houska (207-82) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BK Pardubice maintains second position in Places 1-6 with 22-7 record having eight points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Decin lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 14 games lost. BK Pardubice are looking forward to face league's leader CEZ Nymburk at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Decin will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 25+5reb, K.Svrdlik 10, J.Wall 8+10reb+2ast, D.Pandula 7+3reb+1ast, V.Pulpan 7+4reb+3ast, R.Necas 5+4reb
BK Decin: T.Pomikalek 16+4reb, T.Vyoral 12+2ast, L.Palyza 11+1reb+1ast, J.Houska 9+7reb, R.Landa 5+8reb, P.Houska 5+7reb+2ast
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BK Opava - CEZ Nymburk 82-103

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (29-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked BK Opava (15-15) 103-82. CEZ Nymburk shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. The winners were led by American point guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists and Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) supported him with 14 points and 11 rebounds. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) did not help to save the game for BK Opava. Guard Rostislav Dragoun (190-96) added 12 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Five CEZ Nymburk and four BK Opava players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Places 1-6 with 29-1 record. BK Opava at the other side keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against league's second-placed BK Pardubice on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Opava will play against BK Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: T.Meier 20+1reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 16+4reb+10ast, H.Sant-Roos 14+11reb+2ast, S.Holt 14+2reb+1ast, V.Hruban 14+3reb, P.Benda 8+6reb
BK Opava: R.Kouril 12+6reb+5ast, R.Dragoun 12+6reb+1ast, L.Jurecka 11+2reb+1ast, V.Bujnoch 11+5reb+1ast, M.Gniadek 10+4reb+1ast, J.Sirina 9+2reb+7ast
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Places 7-12
Prostejov - Svitavy 70-79

Very expected game when 12th ranked Prostejov (9-21) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Basketbal Svitavy (14-16) 79-70 on Wednesday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Basketbal Svitavy made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was Slovakian point guard Roman Marko (194-86) who scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. American power forward Brett Roseboro (208-91, college: UMBC, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. Swingman Marek Sehnal (196-96) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Rayshawn Simmons (193, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Two Points) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Basketbal Svitavy have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position in Places 7-12 with 14-16 record. Loser Prostejov stay at the bottom place with 21 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy will meet at home NH Ostrava (#8) in the next round. Prostejov will play against BK Lions Hradec (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: H.Mickelson 14+6reb+1ast, B.Roseboro 14+10reb+2ast, J.Vucica 13+6reb+1ast, R.Marko 11+8reb+8ast, P.Slezak 9+4reb+2ast, J.Jelinek 9+8reb+2ast
Prostejov: P.Dokoupil 14+3reb+3ast, R.Simmons 13+3reb+5ast, M.Sehnal 11+12reb+1ast, E.Jacobs 9+2reb+1ast, M.Norwa 9+3reb+1ast, M.Novak 4+1reb
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J.Hradec - MMCITE Brno 79-68

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in J.Hradec where eleventh ranked BK Lions Hradec (10-20) defeated 10th ranked MMCITE Brno (10-20) 79-68 on Wednesday. BK Lions Hradec dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to MMCITE Brno's 22. BK Lions Hradec had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Malcolm Brooks (196-92, college: CS Fullerton) who scored 19 points. The other American import point guard Terrell Lipkins (180-91, college: Montevallo) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Four BK Lions Hradec players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Michal Kremen (200-81) produced 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (209-80) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. BK Lions Hradec moved-up to tenth place in Places 7-12, which they share with defeated MMCITE Brno. MMCITE Brno lost third consecutive game. BK Lions Hradec will meet bottom-ranked Prostejov (#12) on the road in the next round. MMCITE Brno will play against BK Usti nad Labem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
J.Hradec: M.Brooks 19+4reb+2ast, J.Soula 16+2reb+3ast, R.Canty 12+8reb, C.Tawiah 10+10reb, T.Lipkins 9+5reb+8ast, D.Fait 7+2reb
MMCITE Brno: E.Jazvin 14+9reb, M.Kremen 13+7reb+4ast, C.Turman 8+4reb, Z.Nehyba 6, M.Hrabovsky 2+2reb+1ast, R.Pumprla 1+1reb+2ast
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NH Ostrava - Usti n/Labem 94-72

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (12-18) was rolled over on the road by ninth ranked NH Ostrava (12-18) 94-72 on Tuesday. NH Ostrava looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by BK Usti nad Labem's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Kevin Mays (193-92, college: CSU Bakersfield) who scored 20 points. The other American import center Deshawn Painter (205-90, college: ODU) chipped in 22 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and American Cory Abercrombie (201-85, college: Independence CC) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five NH Ostrava and four BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. NH Ostrava moved-up to eighth place in Places 7-12, which they share with Usti n/Labem. NH Ostrava will meet higher ranked Basketbal Svitavy (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against MMCITE Brno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: D.Painter 22+2reb, K.Mays 20+4reb+3ast, V.Bratcenkov 13+2reb+2ast, J.Riewer 11+6reb+2ast, S.Smith 10+9reb+3ast, P.Bohacik 9+2reb+2ast
Usti n/Labem: C.Abercrombie 15+5reb+2ast, L.Pecka 13+11reb, M.Sotnar 13+1reb+3ast, M.Thompson 10+2ast, D.Steffel 8+2reb+1ast, K.Smith 7+7reb
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Czech Republic NBL round 8 (Second Stage) best performance: Howard Sant-Roos - by Eurobasket News

Cuban Forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked CEZ Nymburk, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed BK Opava (#5, 15-15) with 21-point margin 103-82. It allowed CEZ Nymburk to consolidate first place in the Czech Republic NBL. CEZ Nymburk has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 29-1. In the team's last game Sant-Roos had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at CEZ Nymburk and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Howard Sant-Roos averages this season 13.4ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Garret Kerr (194-F-92) of BK Kolin. Kerr had a very good evening with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for BK Kolin to edge slightly higher-ranked USK Praha (#4, 16-13) 87-82. BK Kolin's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-17 record. Kerr is a newcomer at BK Kolin, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another BK Kolin's star - American forward Lee Skinner (198-F-92). Skinner scored 22 points. He was another key player of BK Kolin, helping his team with a 87-82 win against slightly higher-ranked USK Praha (#4, 16-13). The chances of BK Kolin ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Skinner could help BK Kolin to bring them higher in the standings. Skinner has a great season in Czech Republic. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.0ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 6.5rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eugene Lawrence (184-PG-86) of CEZ Nymburk - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92) of BK Pardubice - 25 points and 5 rebounds
6. Kevin Mays (193-F-92) of NH Ostrava - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) of USK Praha - 27 points and 4 rebounds
8. Deshawn Painter (205-C-90) of NH Ostrava - 22 points and 2 rebounds
9. Brett Roseboro (208-F/C-91) of Svitavy - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Roman Marko (194-PG-86) of Svitavy - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.4 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.3 
 3. Bello, Randers19.0 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.4 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.2 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 9. Dominique, Horsholm15.6 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. McGrew, SI.10.8 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Baru, SISU9.1 
 5. Smith, Horsholm8.9 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg8.1 
 7. Moten, Svendborg7.0 
 8. Carter, Randers6.9 
 9. Dominique, Horsholm6.8 
 10. Diouf, Bakken6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.4 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Wilson, SISU4.6 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.4 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC4.3 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 7. Dranginis, SISU4.2 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.1 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 4. Akoon-P., Bakken1.9 
 5. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 6. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 7. Bello, Randers1.6 
 8. Ross, Naestved1.6 
 9. Wilson, SISU1.6 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 4. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 5. Diouf, Bakken0.9 
 6. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 7. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.9 
 8. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 9. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 
 10. Colas, Randers0.8 


Ligaen Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Horsholm force decider against SISU - by Eurobasket News

SISU - Horsholm 82-84

Horsholm nipped SISU on the road to force the series into the decisive fifth game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Mikael Nielsen (180-90) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 8 rebounds and American-Haitian Marvin Dominique (201-91, college: St.Peter's, agency: Duran International) who added 9 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import point guard Derrick Wilson (185-92, college: Marquette) scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Five SISU players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
SISU: T.McGrew 19+17reb+6ast, D.Wilson 18+7reb+6ast, A.Touray 17+2reb, K.Dranginis 14+6reb+7ast, A.Baru 12+15reb, A.Haas 2+2reb
Horsholm: M.Nielsen 28+8reb+1ast, F.Nielsen 14+5reb+3ast, E.Hjorth 9+1reb+1ast, A.Midtgaard 9+5reb+1ast, M.Dominique 9+13reb+3ast, A.Meilby 7+2reb
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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. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.23.1 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.23.0 
 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.10.5 
 6. Costello, Iowa E.9.5 
 7. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 8. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 9. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
 10. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
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. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.1 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.7 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.6 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.6.9 
 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. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 7. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 9. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC2.9 
 3. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 4. Tavares, Raptors .2.7 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 8. Davis, Iowa E.2.4 
 9. Obekpa, Santa C.2.3 
 10. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 



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Thunder Stun Hawks In ECBL Debut - by Scott Ludwig

The Carolina Thunder didn't have to wait long to get into the win column. They travelled to High Point, NC on March 26 and picked up their first win of the season. With the majority of the teams in the league having played at least three games, the Thunder couldn't wait to get started. High Point Hawks came in the game as the heavy favorite, but this unknown team out of Dillon, SC came and shocked the ECBL.

The Thunder had their hands full from the start, getting down 17 points. They could have easily packed up and quit, but after trimming the 17 point lead to five points at the half, it was enough for the Thunder to stick around and try to win. Dashawn Bethea came off the bench to give the Thunder the spark they needed in the first half, scoring 9 points. It was Bethea who answered the call early with the Thunder leading scorer of the preseason Andrew Crawford (6'4''-G, college: Benedict) in a funk.

Deonte Johnson (6'4''-F-87, college: Benedict) filling in for Trey James was very special on this evening. The former Marion High/Benedict star led the way with 27 points, 17 rebounds. When the Thunder signed Radio late in the preseason, this was the bonus Coach Page knew he would have, adding a guy of that caliber. The point guard Jarvis Williams (5'11''-PG) was a huge part of the win with controlling the game and knowing when to score. The lefty closed the Hawks out with big buckets and free throws in the fourth.

With the Thunder being new to the ECBL, they needed someone who played in the league before. The basketball Gods blessed them with this young man in Anthony Keane (6'3''-G, college: Hartwick). Keane played the last few years with the two-time runner-up Crossover. With this team no longer in the league, Keane reached out to Thunder Nation. While in Conway, SC, it took Coach Page one play to see if Keane was a fit for the roster. The former Crossover guard came off the bench for his new team and put up a quiet double double with 13 points, 12 rebounds. Andrew Crawford did manage 24 points, but the shooting percentage from the 3-point land is a level of worry. On this day, it was enough to give the Thunder the 118-111 victory.



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Liga MB Round 22: Isidro Metapan beats Brujos Izalco by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Liga MB took place in Izalco. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of their biggest opponent Brujos Izalco (12-2) to third ranked Isidro Metapan (10-3) 85-82 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Brujos Izalco. Worth to mention a great performance of Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) contributed with 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for Brujos Izalco. Isidro Metapan maintains third position with 10-3 record having four points less than leader Santa Tecla. Brujos Izalco at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Isidro Metapan are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Giants (#15) in San Salvador in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Brujos Izalco will play on the road against 11 Lobos (#11) in Chalchuapa and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for Canarios (7-6) which hosted in Ahuachapan against 5th ranked Quezaltepeque (8-6). Eighth ranked Canarios crushed visitors 106-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quezaltepeque. American players dominated the game. Guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Reginald Brown chipped in 21 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Canarios' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) responded with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Canarios moved-up to seventh place, which they share with El Rapido. Quezaltepeque at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Sonsonate. Canarios will play against Santa Ana (#13) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Quezaltepeque will play against Sonsonate (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Giants' fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 12 consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat 11 Lobos (5-8) 80-77 on Wednesday. American players dominated also this game. Macari Brooks notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 13 points, 27 rebounds and 6 blocks by Marc Montavious did not help to save the game for 11 Lobos. Giants maintains fifteenth position with 1-12 record. Loser 11 Lobos keep the eleventh place with eight games lost. Giants will meet at home higher ranked Isidro Metapan (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. 11 Lobos will play against the league's second-placed Brujos Izalco (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game between sixth ranked Sonsonate (8-6) and 12th ranked Santa Ana (3-11) in ended with biggest points difference. Sonsonate outscored guests from Santa Ana 97-65. Yoan Haiti fired a double-double by scoring 26 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Sonsonate's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sonsonate moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Quezaltepeque. Santa Ana at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Sonsonate's next round opponent will be Quezaltepeque (#5) at home. Santa Ana will play against Canarios (#7) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 22 El Rapido beat Cojute on the road 70-58.

Brujos Izalco - Isidro Metapan 82-85

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Liga MB took place in Izalco. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of their biggest opponent Brujos Izalco (12-2) to third ranked Isidro Metapan (10-3) 85-82 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Brujos Izalco. Worth to mention a great performance of Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) contributed with 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. James is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists and his fellow American import forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) added 22 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Brujos Izalco. Four Brujos Izalco players scored in double figures. Isidro Metapan maintains third position with 10-3 record having four points less than leader Santa Tecla. Brujos Izalco at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Isidro Metapan are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Giants (#15) in San Salvador in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Brujos Izalco will play on the road against 11 Lobos (#11) in Chalchuapa and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: E.Mijares 26+2reb+4ast, D.James 23+13reb+2ast, J.Colorado 22+4reb+3ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 9+11reb+2ast, H.Navas 4+6reb, A.Regalado 1+1reb+1ast
Brujos Izalco: G.McArthur 22+9reb+2ast, C.Blake 22+6reb+11ast, R.Mendez 17+5reb, T.Elliott 16+9reb+1ast, A.Navarrete 5+3reb, M.Flores 0
gschID: 537036


Cojute - El Rapido 58-70

Everything could happen in Cojutepeque at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked El Rapido and 9th ranked Cojute had identical 6-6 record. But Cojute was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from La Union 70-58. El Rapido forced 22 Cojute turnovers. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 21 rebounds. Center Brayan Garcia (177-95) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Scott Sill (206-92, college: Delaware St.) added 9 points and 23 rebounds respectively for lost side. Cojute's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. El Rapido have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Canarios. Cojute at the other side dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: E.Ishman 28+12reb+4ast, D.King 18+21reb+2ast, M.Guevara 13+7reb+5ast, S.Esperanza 4, M.Lopez 3+1reb+7ast, C.Marquina 2+10reb
Cojute: B.Garcia 18+13reb+4ast, B.Golden 16+6reb+2ast, R.Melendez 11+9reb+6ast, S.Sill 9+23reb+2ast, D.Moreno 2+1ast, J.Quintanilla 2+1reb+5ast
gschID: 537033


Giants - 11 Lobos 80-77

Giants' fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 12 consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat 11 Lobos (5-8) 80-77 on Wednesday. Strangely 11 Lobos outrebounded Giants 63-49 including 25 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Giants made 7 blocks. American players dominated also this game. Guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and James Kirksey supported him with 27 points. Even a double-double of 13 points, 27 rebounds and 6 blocks by center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) did not help to save the game for 11 Lobos. Point guard Shawn Hampton (187) added 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Four 11 Lobos players scored in double figures. Giants maintains fifteenth position with 1-12 record. Loser 11 Lobos keep the eleventh place with eight games lost. Giants will meet at home higher ranked Isidro Metapan (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. 11 Lobos will play against the league's second-placed Brujos Izalco (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Giants: J.Kirksey 27+4reb+2ast, L.Escoto 21+4reb+4ast, M.Brooks 18+13reb+4ast, J.Milton 9+13reb+1ast, C.Flores 5+5reb+1ast, J.Miguel Torres 0
11 Lobos: S.Hampton 26+9reb+6ast, J.Antoine 18+15reb+3ast, M.Montavious 13+27reb+1ast, K.Campos 10+4reb+2ast, R.Aguiar 6+5reb+4ast, M.Gonzalez 2+2reb
gschID: 537035


Sonsonate - Santa Ana 97-65

The game between sixth ranked Sonsonate (8-6) and 12th ranked Santa Ana (3-11) in ended with biggest points difference. Sonsonate outscored guests from Santa Ana 97-65. Sonsonate dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Santa Ana's 42. They outrebounded Santa Ana 52-32 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sonsonate players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Yoan Haiti fired a double-double by scoring 26 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Panamanian swingman Jonathan King (198-90, college: Abil.Christian) chipped in 26 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Four Sonsonate players scored in double figures. Sonsonate's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Travis Conyers (182, college: Ramapo) added 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals respectively for lost side. Sonsonate moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Quezaltepeque. Santa Ana at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Sonsonate's next round opponent will be Quezaltepeque (#5) at home. Santa Ana will play against Canarios (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sonsonate: Y.Haiti 26+18reb+5ast, J.King 26+7reb+7ast, A.Rojas 16+11reb+3ast, M.Gudino 10+8reb, M.Lahud 8+2reb+4ast, J.Loucel 8+4reb+2ast
Santa Ana: T.Dowdell 23+6reb+2ast, A.Smith 14+8reb+1ast, T.Conyers 14+6reb+6ast, V.Sandoval 6, E.Guevara 5+6reb+2ast, F.Salazar 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 537034


Canarios - Quezaltepeque 106-86

Another interesting game for Canarios (7-6) which hosted in Ahuachapan against 5th ranked Quezaltepeque (8-6). Eighth ranked Canarios crushed visitors 106-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quezaltepeque. Canarios made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Quezaltepeque 52-35 including a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Reginald Brown (202-91) chipped in 21 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Canarios' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) responded with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Nate Drayton (203-91, college: W.Texas A&M) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Canarios moved-up to seventh place, which they share with El Rapido. Quezaltepeque at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Sonsonate. Canarios will play against Santa Ana (#13) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Quezaltepeque will play against Sonsonate (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canarios: W.Hepburn 36+16reb+6ast, D.Lawson 35+3reb+3ast, R.Brown 21+17reb+4ast, A. Gross Ruano 6+4reb+2ast, J.Lima 4+5reb, R.Aguilar 2
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 31+6reb+4ast, N.Drayton 23+8reb, D.Bairez 10+4reb, L.Portal 8+7reb, R.Miranda 5+3reb, S.Brackett 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 537032





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  EUROLEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Langford, Unics22.3 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.2 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.6 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.0 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA15.8 
 7. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.3 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.2 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris13.1 
 10. Sanders, EA7 A.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.6 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.6 
 3. Voigtmann, Basko.7.4 
 4. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.3 
 5. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.2 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.7 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.2 
 9. Birch, Olympiacos6.1 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.5 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid6.2 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.0 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.8 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.5.7 
 7. Colom, Unics5.7 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 9. Larkin, Baskonia5.6 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.0 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.6 
 4. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 7. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 8. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 10. Hanga, Baskonia1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.3 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi .1.2 
 6. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 9. Theis, Brose Bask.1.0 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 


Darussafaka Dogus outlast Brose - by Greg

Brose Bamberg 97 - Darueafaka Dou 99 OT (22-14; 18-15; 18-26; 26-29; 13-15)

Darussafaka Dogus beat Brose Bamberg in OT in a hard-fought game in Germany. Thanks to that win they will play next week against Crvena Zvezda for the last playoff spot in the Euroleague.
Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) had career-best of 30 points and 34 PIR as he had led Dacka comeback in the second half. Brose had a 11 points lead at the end of first half (40-29). They even led as many as 14 points early in the second half. But Darussafaka Dogus fought back as Clyburn and Moerman helped Wanamkaer to cut the gap bit by bit, Dacka surged ahead by 3: 55-58. Brose regained the momentum and led 5 points 50 seconds remaining in the game. Dacka tied the game at 84-84 and sealed the win at OT by 97-99.
Clyburn scored 26pts and grabbed 7rebs for Dacka, Moeman did double-double (19ts&12rebs). Causeur was the leading scorer for Brose (15pts), Zisis had a double-double (11pts&11ass), Theis added 13pts&7rebs.



Short handed Fenerbahce - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

There will be a big clash between Real Madrid and Fenerbahce Istanbul on Friday. Fenerbahce Istanbul needs to win for the chance of finishing the regular season at four spot that they will also take the home advantage at play-offs. However they have crutial injuries before this important game. The Maestro Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90), The Italian Artist Luigi Datome (203-F-87) and Anthony Bennett (203-F-93, college: UNLV) will not attend the game bacause of their ongoing treatments. Also Serbian scorer Bogdan Bogdanovic is not %100 health, he just returned from a serious injury and Fenerbahce Istanbul have limited guns especially against Real Madrid's hot guard rotation. Bobby Dixon, James Nunnally, Melih Mahmutoglu and Nikola Kalinic need to play extra at Madrid.


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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 


Korisliiga Round 39: Joensuun Kataja is defeated by BC Nokia - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Korisliiga just ended.

The game between second ranked Joensuun Kataja (25-11) and seventh ranked BC Nokia (16-20) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Joensuun Kataja was crushed by BC Nokia in Nokia 84-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Joensuun Kataja. The game was mostly controlled by BC Nokia. Joensuun Kataja managed to win fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Isaiah Wilkerson (191-90, college: NJIT) helped adding 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Ilari Seppala (188-93) with 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Nokia moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Kouvot. Joensuun Kataja at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Helsinki Seagulls.
Korisliiga top team - Salon Vilpas (28-8) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Kouvot (16-20) 89-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kouvot. It was a quality performance for guard Michael Pounds (189-88) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Brandon Edwards accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds for Kouvot in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Salon Vilpas have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 28-8 record. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the sixth position with 20 games lost. They share it with BC Nokia.
The game in Kotka was also quite interesting. Third ranked Helsinki Seagulls (25-11) played at the court of 8th ranked KTP-Basket (13-23). Helsinki Seagulls defeated KTP-Basket 100-90 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Antto Nikkarinen who scored 14 points and 8 assists. Helsinki Seagulls' coach Mikko Larkas used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Antwan Scott who recorded 40 points (!!!) (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Helsinki Seagulls moved-up to second place, which they share with Kataja Basket. Loser KTP-Basket dropped to the ninth position with 23 games lost.
The game in Lapua supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th placed Kauhajoen Karhu (21-15) played at the court of fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (17-19). Lapuan Korikobrat smashed Kauhajoen Karhu 104-67. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for Damon Williams who led his team to a victory with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth place with 17-19 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost.

In the last game of round 39 Pyrinto won against Korihait on the opponent's court 85-71.

Korihait - Pyrinto 71-85

Rather expected game in Uusikaupunki where 10th ranked UU-Korihait (5-31) was defeated by eighth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (14-22) 85-71. UU-Korihait was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Tampereen Pyrinto made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. The former international point guard Antero Lehto (185-84) contributed with 24 points for the winners. American forward Gary Johnson (198-91, college: Albany) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Eric McAlister (204-90, college: Stony Brook) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for UU-Korihait. UU-Korihait's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Tampereen Pyrinto maintains eighth place with 14-22 record. UU-Korihait lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 31 lost games.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 24+4reb+1ast, T.Nelson 21+12reb+2ast, J.Bullock 13+6reb+4ast, T.Palmi 9+1reb+1ast, R.Minard 8+4reb+2ast, K.Lewis 7+4reb+4ast
Korihait: G.Johnson 20+11reb+2ast, E.McAlister 15+6reb, M.Van 9+5reb+2ast, M.Jalonen 8+2reb+3ast, A.Alanen 7+1reb+1ast, P.Peltokangas 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 488097


BC Nokia - Kataja Basket 84-65

The game between second ranked Joensuun Kataja (25-11) and seventh ranked BC Nokia (16-20) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Joensuun Kataja was crushed by BC Nokia in Nokia 84-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Joensuun Kataja. The game was mostly controlled by BC Nokia. Joensuun Kataja managed to win fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Isaiah Wilkerson (191-90, college: NJIT) helped adding 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four BC Nokia players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Ilari Seppala (188-93) with 18 points and American swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Nokia moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Kouvot. Joensuun Kataja at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Helsinki Seagulls.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: P.Dia 21+8reb+1ast, I.Wilkerson 14+6reb+5ast, S.Barrett 13+9reb+3ast, J.Harjula 12+1reb, J.Duren 9+6reb+1ast, E.Skamo 6+4reb+2ast
Kataja Basket: I.Seppala 18+3reb+3ast, J.Bradley 15+4reb, V.Makalainen 7+9reb, R.Brown 6+6reb+1ast, A.Perttu 6+3reb, T.Huolila 5+7reb
gschID: 488099


KTP Basket - Helsinki Seagulls 90-100

The game in Kotka was also quite interesting. Third ranked Helsinki Seagulls (25-11) played at the court of 8th ranked KTP-Basket (13-23). Helsinki Seagulls defeated KTP-Basket 100-90 on Wednesday. KTP-Basket was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 37-26 charge of Helsinki Seagulls, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to KTP-Basket's 38. Helsinki Seagulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by KTP-Basket's players. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management) who scored 14 points and 8 assists. The former international Carl Lindbom (206-91) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Helsinki Seagulls' coach Mikko Larkas used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Antwan Scott (188-92, college: Colorado St.) who recorded 40 points (!!!) (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and the other American import Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) added 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Helsinki Seagulls moved-up to second place, which they share with Kataja Basket. Loser KTP-Basket dropped to the ninth position with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: J.Conley 18+2reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 14+3reb+8ast, R.Cowels III 14+4reb+3ast, C.Lindbom 12+9reb+3ast, G.Lee 11+2reb+2ast, R.Abell 10+1reb
KTP Basket: A.Scott 40+4reb, V.Kopio 17+1reb+1ast, S.Gay 13+4reb, M.Pratt 13+13reb+5ast, D.Bailey 4+4reb+2ast, M.Barnes 3
gschID: 488100


Salon Vilpas - Kouvot 89-72

Korisliiga top team - Salon Vilpas (28-8) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Kouvot (16-20) 89-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kouvot. It looked good early as Kouvot took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Salon Vilpas had a 19-11 second period charge getting the lead and Kouvot was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-89. Salon Vilpas dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kouvot's 36. It was a quality performance for guard Michael Pounds (189-88) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Brandon Edwards (198-91, college: Texas Arlington) accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Five Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. American guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Kouvot in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Salon Vilpas have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 28-8 record. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the sixth position with 20 games lost. They share it with BC Nokia.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: M.Ojala 14+1reb, A.Kivimaki 13+1reb+6ast, M.Pounds 13+5reb+3ast, R.Laine 11+5reb, D.Williams 10+6reb+1ast, B.Edwards 10+10reb+1ast
Kouvot: S.Pledger 14+5reb+1ast, T.Knihtinen 13+1reb+1ast, R.Buckles 12+7reb, M.Cuffee 7+5reb+1ast, I.Toikkanen 6+2reb, J.Sinclair 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 488096


Lapua - Kauhajoki 104-67

The game in Lapua supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th placed Kauhajoen Karhu (21-15) played at the court of fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (17-19). Lapuan Korikobrat smashed Kauhajoen Karhu 104-67. The game without a history. Lapuan Korikobrat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lapuan Korikobrat players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Lawrence Kinnard (203-86, college: UAB) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures. Forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds and forward Kammeon Holsey (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth place with 17-19 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Lapua: J.Turja 17+1reb+1ast, J.Jones 14+3reb+2ast, D.Morris 12+6reb+2ast, M.Edwards 12+1reb+4ast, D.Williams 12+7reb+6ast, L.Kinnard 11+7reb+2ast
Kauhajoki: D.Washington 13+5reb+1ast, D.Giles 12+5reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 10+5ast, K.Holsey 9+9reb+1ast, S.Vanttaja 7+2reb+3ast, J.Lehtoranta 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 488098





Lauri Markkanen Leaves Arizona For NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Lauri Markkanen (7'0''-PF-97) has announced he will leave Arizona for the NBA Draft. Markkanen is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft. Markkanen averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Wildcats while shooting 42.3 percent on three-pointers.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Finnish Korisliiga round 39 best performance: Tyrone Nelson - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for Pyrinto, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 39.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Korihait (#10, 5-31) 85-71. Pyrinto maintains the 8th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Pyrinto is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-22 record. Nelson just recently signed at Pyrinto, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former New Mexico State University star has very solid stats this year. Nelson is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.8rpg) and averages impressive 62.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Antwan Scott (188-G-92) of KTP Basket. Scott had a very good evening with 40 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as KTP Basket lost that game 90-100 to the higher-ranked Helsinki Seagulls (#3, 25-11). This loss caused KTP Basket to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-23 record. Scott is one of the most experienced players at KTP Basket and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#2). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Gary Johnson (198-F-91) of Korihait (#10). Johnson scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Johnson's great performance Korihait lost 71-85 to slightly higher-ranked Pyrinto (#8, 14-22). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Korihait can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-31 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Johnson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Johnson has individually a great season in Finland. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 4.8rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Lapua - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Carl Lindbom (206-SF-91) of Helsinki Seagulls - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Papa Dia (208-F-87) of BC Nokia - 21 points and 8 rebounds
7. Jason Conley (196-G-81) of Helsinki Seagulls - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Monyea Pratt (196-SF-85) of KTP Basket - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83) of BC Nokia - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Antero Lehto (185-PG-84) of Pyrinto - 24 points and 4 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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Antibes add Blassingame to their roster, ex Promitheas - by Eurobasket News

Sharks Antibes (ProA) added to their roster experienced 36-year old American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV). He just played at Promitheas in Greek A1 league. In 8 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg this season. Blassingame also played earlier that season for Energa Czarni in Polish TBL where in 12 A1 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 7.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2011, 2015 and 2016. Blassingame was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention in 2011 and 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Blassingame has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Cyprus (Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios and Keravnos), Finland (Namika Lr), Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Sweden (08 Stockholm and Solna Vikings), Ukraine (BC Odessa) and Poland (Asseco).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Antibes.
Blassingame attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ParlonsBasket)

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Cholet signs Marcus Williams, ex Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) signed 32-year old American guard Marcus Williams (191-101kg-85, college: Connecticut). He started the season at Buducnost in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 7 games he had 12.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 5.1apg this season. Williams also played 27 games in ABA League where he recorded 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 6.1apg. The last season he was tested by Crvena Zvezda in Serbian league. In three Euroleague games he averaged 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.3apg. Williams also played 3 games in ABA League where he got 3.3ppg and 2.7apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (22nd overall). Williams attended University of Connecticut and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Serbian League championship title in 2015. Williams was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Williams has played in five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He 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).
Williams 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 (via @pedjamateric)

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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Devin BROOKS
  Ohrid AV
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Brooks, Ohrid AV25.6 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv19.4 
 3. Drenovac, MZT S.19.3 
 4. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 5. Trajkovski, Karpos S.18.0 
 6. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.9 
 7. Zekovic, Karpos S.16.7 
 8. Jokic, Strumica16.1 
 9. Hawkins, Pelister.15.7 
 10. Zivcevic, Strumica15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.6 
 2. Brooks, Ohrid AV9.2 
 3. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.1 
 4. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 5. Labovic, Karpos S.7.7 
 6. Shane, Ohrid AV7.6 
 7. Lalic, MZT Skopje6.7 
 8. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.6 
 9. Cekovski, Rabotnicki6.6 
 10. Ibitayo, Vardar6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Karpos S.
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Perry, Karpos S.7.0 
 2. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.5 
 3. Brooks, Ohrid AV5.4 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.0 
 5. Mavra, Karpos S.5.0 
 6. Bogoev, Strumica4.8 
 7. McNeaill, Kozuv4.7 
 8. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.3 
 9. Kostovski, Kuman.4.2 
 10. Hawkins, Pelister.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deji IBITAYO
  Vardar
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ibitayo, Vardar2.9 
 2. Perry, Karpos S.2.3 
 3. Drenovac, MZT S.2.3 
 4. Brooks, Ohrid AV2.2 
 5. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.1.6 
 6. Brown, Kumanovo1.6 
 7. Jokic, Strumica1.5 
 8. Robev, Vardar1.5 
 9. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 10. Mavra, Karpos S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaylen SHANE
  Ohrid AV
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Shane, Ohrid AV2.2 
 2. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 3. Ibitayo, Vardar1.0 
 4. Pantic, Feni I.1.0 
 5. Krstevski, Kozuv0.9 
 6. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.8 
 7. Besovic, Strumica0.8 
 8. Lalic, MZT Skopje0.7 
 9. Mladenovski, MZT S.0.7 
 10. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 


Best players of FYR Macedonian Prva Liga round 3 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

American Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Karpos Sokoli and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 24-year old playmaker had the game-high 16 points adding eight rebounds and seven assists for Karpos Sokoli in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Kumanovo (#5, 1-2) 91-88. It allowed Karpos Sokoli to jump to the first place in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Karpos Sokoli already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Perry turned to be Karpos Sokoli's top player in his first season with the team. Youngstown State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Perry is league's best passer with 7.0apg. Perry is in league's top in and averages solid 2.3spg and 55.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Serbian forward Petar Jokic (201-F-91) of Strumica. Jokic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Strumica to edge Pelister Bitola (1-2) by 3 points 52-49. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Jokic is a newcomer at Strumica 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 15.5ppg (#9). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-F-80) of Rabotnicki (#3). Tasovski scored 25 points and passed five assists. Despite Tasovski's great performance Rabotnicki lost 68-87 to #2 ranked MZT Skopje. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Rabotnicki not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tasovski could try to bring Rabotnicki's a little bit higher in the standings. Tasovski has individually a great season in FYR Macedonia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.9ppg (6th best). He also has FGP: 73.9% and 3PT: 56.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominik Mavra (195-G-94) of Karpos Sokoli - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Kenyon McNeaill (185-PG-91) of Kozuv - 16 points and 9 assists
6. Jane Petrovski (181-PG-87) of Feni Industries - 21 points and 5 assists
7. Milos Andrejevic (198-F-89) of Pelister Bitola - 16 points and 13 rebounds
8. Yonel Brown (175-PG-94) of Kumanovo - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82) of Feni Industries - 18 points and 3 rebounds
10. Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) of Rabotnicki - 14 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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A League Round 10: Tskaltubo lose to Hyundai-TSU in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Very significant was Hyundai-TSU's (#2, 7-3) victory against 3rd ranked Tskaltubo (5-5) 95-66. The game without a history. Hyundai-TSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Tskaltubo's 30. Hyundai-TSU forced 23 Tskaltubo turnovers and outrebounded them 49-34 including 17 on the offensive glass. Point guard Sandro Sanadze (188-95) scored 28 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-88, college: San Diego) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 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. Hyundai-TSU maintains second position with 7-3 record behind leader DELTA. Tskaltubo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Hyundai-TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi SEU Tbilisi.
Very significant was DELTA's (#1, 8-2) victory against their biggest opponent Hyundai-TSU (7-3) 65-59. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Forward Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-92) notched 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Kelvin Downs supported him with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Even 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals by American point guard Christopher Anderson (170-92, college: San Diego) did not help to save the game for Hyundai-TSU. DELTA have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first position with 8-2 record. Hyundai-TSU at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. DELTA will play against Arena-76 (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hyundai-TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi SEU Tbilisi.
A League top team - DELTA (8-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed sixth ranked SEU Tbilisi (0-10) 86-47. Deondre Ray fired 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. DELTA's coach Legso Lapanashvili felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Davit Maisuradze produced 10 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. DELTA have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first position with 8-2 record. Loser SEU Tbilisi still closes the standings with ten games lost. DELTA will meet at home Arena-76 (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SEU Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Hyundai-TSU.

In the last game of round 10 BC Titebi lost to Arena-76 on the opponent's court 88-93.

Arena-76 - BC Titebi 93-88

Rather expected game when 5th ranked BC Titebi (4-6) was defeated on the road by third ranked Arena-76 (6-4) 93-88 on Wednesday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Arena-76 made 7 blocks. American guard Rodnerius Lewis (193-93, college: Stillman) fired 31 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Malkhazi Abaishvili (183-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Giorgi Dvali (182-95) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86) added 7 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists respectively for lost side. BC Titebi's coach Amrosi Ormotsadze rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Arena-76 maintains third position with 6-4 record having just two points less than leader DELTA. BC Titebi lost third consecutive game. BC Titebi at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Arena-76 will meet league's leader DELTA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Titebi will play against Tskaltubo (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arena-76: R.Lewis 31+9reb+3ast, M.Abaishvili 21+10reb+7ast, P.Alexis 20+13reb+3ast, T.Chachibaia 8+4reb, O.Rychlyuk 8+17reb+2ast, Z.Maisuradze 3+2reb
BC Titebi: G.Dvali 23+7reb+1ast, A.Puluzashvili 17+7reb, R.Aaron 17+9reb+1ast, A.Flannigan 8+12reb+3ast, R.Didia 8+6reb+2ast, G.Gamqrelidze 7+10reb+11ast
gschID: 534763


DELTA - SEU Tbilisi 86-47

A League top team - DELTA (8-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed sixth ranked SEU Tbilisi (0-10) 86-47. The game without a history. DELTA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding SEU Tbilisi to just 6 points in fourth quarter. DELTA dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to SEU Tbilisi's 22. They outrebounded SEU Tbilisi 40-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. DELTA looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American Deondre Ray (196, college: Cameron) fired 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Kelvin Downs (206, college: Arkansas St.) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four DELTA players scored in double figures. DELTA's coach Legso Lapanashvili felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90) produced 10 points and 5 rebounds and forward Kakha Giorgadze (197-94) added 11 points respectively for lost side. DELTA have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first position with 8-2 record. Loser SEU Tbilisi still closes the standings with ten games lost. DELTA will meet at home Arena-76 (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SEU Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Hyundai-TSU.
Top scorers:
DELTA: L.Eliadze 17+4reb, D.Ray 15+5reb+2ast, K.Downs 13+6reb+3ast, S.Lobjanidze 12+2reb+2ast, Z.Antadze 8+3reb+5ast, I.Gognadze 7+7reb+1ast
SEU Tbilisi: K.Giorgadze 11+1reb, D.Maisuradze 10+5reb+1ast, R.Tukvadze 8+2reb, G.Tskhovrebovi 5+1reb+2ast, B.Aliev 5+1reb, B.Akhalaia 4+4reb
gschID: 534762


Tskaltubo - Hyundai-TSU 66-95

Very significant was Hyundai-TSU's (#2, 7-3) victory against 3rd ranked Tskaltubo (5-5) 95-66. The game without a history. Hyundai-TSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Tskaltubo's 30. Hyundai-TSU forced 23 Tskaltubo turnovers and outrebounded them 49-34 including 17 on the offensive glass. Point guard Sandro Sanadze (188-95) scored 28 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-88, college: San Diego) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Gabriel is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and American point guard Brian Blackmon (188-89, college: Martin Methodist) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hyundai-TSU maintains second position with 7-3 record behind leader DELTA. Tskaltubo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Hyundai-TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi SEU Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Hyundai-TSU: S.Sanadze 28+2reb+4ast, C.Gabriel 14+12reb+1ast, G.Feriashvili 11+5reb+2ast, R.Nutsubidze 11+5reb+2ast, G.Korsantia 8+13reb+3ast, L.Giorgadze 5+3reb+2ast
Tskaltubo: G.Kutchava 16, D.Dvalishvili 12+1reb+2ast, B.Blackmon 12+5reb+8ast, D.Sviridov 12+14reb+3ast, G.Arutinov 8+6reb+1ast, G.Kandelaki 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 534761


Round 7
DELTA - Hyundai-TSU 65-59

Very significant was DELTA's (#1, 8-2) victory against their biggest opponent Hyundai-TSU (7-3) 65-59. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-11. But Hyundai-TSU won third quarter 16-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. DELTA forced 19 Hyundai-TSU turnovers. Forward Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-92) notched 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Kelvin Downs (206, college: Arkansas St.) supported him with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Even 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals by American point guard Christopher Anderson (170-92, college: San Diego) did not help to save the game for Hyundai-TSU. Point guard Sandro Sanadze (188-95) added 21 points for lost side. DELTA have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first position with 8-2 record. Hyundai-TSU at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. DELTA will play against Arena-76 (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hyundai-TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi SEU Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
DELTA: I.Alkhanaidze 18+7reb+2ast, K.Downs 9+8reb+2ast, S.Lobjanidze 7+6reb+1ast, L.Eliadze 7+2reb, D.Ray 7+5reb+2ast, Z.Antadze 6+3reb
Hyundai-TSU: S.Sanadze 21+1reb, C.Anderson 16+8reb+5ast, C.Gabriel 9+11reb+1ast, A.Pevadze 5+9reb, G.Korsantia 5+6reb+1ast, D.Aphkhazava 3+5reb+2ast
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Georgian A League round 10 best performance: Peter Alexis - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Peter Alexis (213-F/C-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Arena-76, receiving a Eurobasket.com A League Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat BC Titebi (#5, 4-6) 93-88. Arena-76 maintains the 3rd position in Georgian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Arena-76 will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. Alexis just recently signed at Arena-76, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Philadelphia University star has very solid stats this year. Alexis is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.2ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 57.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Arena-76's star - 23-year old American Rodnerius Lewis (193-G-93). Lewis had a very good evening with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Arena-76 to edge slightly lower-ranked BC Titebi (#5, 4-6) 93-88. Arena-76's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 6-4 record is not bad at all. Lewis is a newcomer at Arena-76, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.1ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 6.1rpg and 4.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Sandro Sanadze (188-PG-95) of league's second-best Hyundai-TSU. Sanadze scored 28 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Hyundai-TSU, leading his team to a 95-66 easy win against #4 ranked Tskaltubo in a game of the week. Hyundai-TSU needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 3 lost games. Sanadze has a great season in Georgia. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Malkhazi Abaishvili (183-PG-91) of Arena-76 - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Christopher Anderson (170-PG-92) of Hyundai-TSU - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Kelvin Downs (206-F) of DELTA - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-F-92) of DELTA - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Christopher Gabriel (210-C-88) of Hyundai-TSU - 14 points and 12 rebounds
9. Archili Puluzashvili (204-C-95) of BC Titebi - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Deondre Ray (196-SF) of DELTA - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Darussafaka Dogus outlast Brose - by Greg

Brose Bamberg 97 - Darueafaka Dou 99 OT (22-14; 18-15; 18-26; 26-29; 13-15)

Darussafaka Dogus beat Brose Bamberg in OT in a hard-fought game in Germany. Thanks to that win they will play next week against Crvena Zvezda for the last playoff spot in the Euroleague.
Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) had career-best of 30 points and 34 PIR as he had led Dacka comeback in the second half. Brose had a 11 points lead at the end of first half (40-29). They even led as many as 14 points early in the second half. But Darussafaka Dogus fought back as Clyburn and Moerman helped Wanamkaer to cut the gap bit by bit, Dacka surged ahead by 3: 55-58. Brose regained the momentum and led 5 points 50 seconds remaining in the game. Dacka tied the game at 84-84 and sealed the win at OT by 97-99.
Clyburn scored 26pts and grabbed 7rebs for Dacka, Moeman did double-double (19ts&12rebs). Causeur was the leading scorer for Brose (15pts), Zisis had a double-double (11pts&11ass), Theis added 13pts&7rebs.



Pierre Bland (Lok Bernau) I Love To See My Teammates Doing Well So I Tend To Pass Up A Lot Of Opportunities For Myself - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pierre Bland (188-G-92, college: IPFW) is a 24 year old 188cm point guard from Jacksonville, Florida playing his third professional season and third with SSV Lokomotive Bernau (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career with Florida State College at Jacksonville (JUCO) in 2010 where he played two seasons playing a total of 58 games. In 20102 he moved to IPFW (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playing a total of 69 NCAA games and as a senior played 36 games averaging 9.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 71.7%. In 2014 he turned professional with SSV Lokomotive Bernau (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 23 games averaging 15.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 5.0apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 61.8%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 71.9%. Last season with SSV Lokomotive Bernau (Germany-Regionalliga) he played 26 games averaging15.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.8apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 68.0%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 75.0%. He spoke to eurobasket following helping dismiss the Fraport Skyliners Juniors from the playoffs.

Thanks Pierre for talking to eurobasket.com. Congrats on the huge 88-59 victory against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. How near was this performance to perfect Lok Bernau basketball?

It was a solid game on both ends of the floor! I wouldn't say close to perfect because it was things we could have executed better in but the defense pushed us the whole time.


Did Lok Bernau have that extra motivation coming into the do or die game after losing in Frankfurt?

Yes of course! Nobody wanted to be knocked out of the playoffs.


Did the fact that the Fraport Skyliners Juniors only came with 8 players and were missing some stars heighten the team self confidence knowing that you had the huge depth advantage?

No I didn't matter who they had, that doesn't heighten or diminish our teams confidence! We knew what we had to do.


Lok Bernau started quickly going on a 9-0 run setting the tone and never looked back again. Did you sense as if the fraport Skyliners Juniors weren't the most confident team not having the home court advantage and having such a slim rotation?

I'm not sure how they felt. We just went out there and controlled what we could on our end.


Lok Bernau had a solid offensive night, but defensively also had a solid night holding Frankfurt to only 17% shooting from downtown. Which category do you feel was more important to the win the offensive of defensive aspect?

Defensive aspect for sure because we played the whole game with the right intensity.


What do you feel was key for winning this series besides having the home court advantage?

Our defensive intensity set us apart in this series.


How proud have you been all season about the production of the young Germans? In game three you were without both German veterans Robert Kulawick and Nico Adamczak, but as usual guys like Ferdinand Zylka and Tim Schneider stepped up, but guys like Jonas Bohm, Robert Glockner and the Hundt brothers gave their part?

The young Germans have been doing their part all season! Everybody has their roles on the team and in order for us to be here, we needed everyone at different points in time to step up!


You faced Isaac Bonga three times. He is a projected 2018 NBA first round pick. At age 17, he will obviously still develop a lot more, but what was your impression of him? To what NBA player would you compare him to and does he have NBA game?

I liked his ability to stay in control and his handle on the ball. I guess I could compare him to Giannis Antetokounmpo because of his length and skill set!


How exciting has it been in general for you playing your first Pro B playoffs after toiling two seasons in the Regionaliga. How much leadership do you offer considering the team is full of Germans and have guys like Kulawick and Adamczak that have massive experience?

I have always been a leader on teams I've played on. I feel as though I know the game well so my leadership skills will always be of value along with who else is on the team!


How cool is it facing new teams in the Pro B in the playoffs. It kind of reminds me of back in the day with MLB baseball where the national league and American league only met the World series.

It's just a different look for us. Just makes it more competitive and a need for us to lock in and focus more because it is the playoffs so every game counts.

The next opponent is Bochum a team you know from this season who swept you. With what kind of feelings do you go into this series. How does one turn off the fact that one was swept by them?

The feelings of us losing to them regular has been gone because it doesn't matter now. I feel confident in my teammates and myself to go out and accomplish our goal! Just continue going a game at a time.

The first loss was a shoot out where Bochum totally took your defense a part and the second loss was more of a defensive affair where they defended better than you. Plus they have experienced American Ryon Howard back. What will be key to winning this series?

Defense will be key and our ability to execute for 40 minutes.


Lok Bernau has many talented Germans with Ferdinand Zylka, Tim Schneider, Robert Glockner and the Hundt brothers with four of the five having played in the BBL. If you had to pick one who has the best game to become a solid BBL player who would you pick?

I wouldn't be able to just pick just one out of them because they all bring different things to the table and are all skilled! I believe all of them if given the chance will succeed in the BBL.


How have you seen the development of American Timajh Parker-Rivera? He told me last summer his goals as a rookie were to be as effective as possible and be able to play as many positions as possible. Has he met his goals?

For this team he is at the 5 spot mostly! His energy game in and out allows him to play well even if he is having an off night offensively.


After two solid Regionalliga seasons with Lok Bernau, you came into the Pro B and had even stronger stats despite having more talent around you. What do you credit to your very strong first Pro B season?

Just my focus and having the confidence in myself knowing it's just another step in the right direction.


How difficult were those first two Regionalliga seasons for you? How often was your mind telling you that you deserved to be playing at a lot higher level?

I have always been telling myself that. At the same time I still am in the position that I am in and I can control putting myself in better positions by winning. So I played every season like I always do. The hard work will pay off.


What kind of relationship do you have with head coach Rene Schilling? How has the trust between you grown and developed since 2014?

We have a good relationship. He knows what my strengths are and puts me in great positions to best help the team.


You are a very good rebounding guard for your 188cm and have averaged 5,5rpg with Lok Bernau in the last three years. Is having had the ability to rebound the ball well something that has always been in your blood?

Yea I like to think so. I'm strong, can jump and read the shots pretty well so that is what enables me to rebound so well as a guard.


You are a guy that can really fill up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength that isn't always noticed in your game on the floor?

My unselfishness I believe. Love to see my teammates doing well so I tend to pass up a lot of opportunities for myself just to get them going.


You started your college career at Florida State College at Jacksonville (JUCO). You didn't have the huge stats, but were you always certain you could play in the NCAA?

Yes for sure. I was always confident in my skills it just took for the right people to see me.


You then transferred to IPFW. What kind of experience off the court was it going to school on a campus that had kids from Indiana and Purdue? How do you feel was this experience different than if you had gone the normal route being at a school like Indiana or Purdue on it's own campus?

The students there were students of IPFW but you could get degrees from either Indiana or Purdue. So nobody was from those other schools taking classes on our campus.


You didn't play much as a junior at IPFW, but as a senior you had more of a role playing 36 games averaging 9.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 71.7%. How do you feel did your game grow overall in school?

Junior year I was dealing with an injury and my senior year I was at full health and became the leader that I knew I could be! My game grew skill wise because of the work I put in with the coaches and seeing the game from different aspects.


How did head coach Tony Jasick help groom and prepare you for a professional basketball career best?

The confidence and trust him along with the coaching staff put in me helped me best! Helped my leadership skills for sure.


You played a season with Frank Gaines who is currently playing at Vechta in Germany and had a great senior season and has had a solid professional season tearing up the D-league and played NBA Summer League and now has settled for a career overseas. What stood out in his game and what could you gain from his game in your first NCAA season?

Frank is just a natural scorer and has explosiveness that's he doesn't show all the time. What I've learned not only from him but a lot of good players is the amount of confidence in yourself is very important.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Frank Gaines?

We never played one on one but I would choose myself of course, me being so competitive.


Who was the toughest player that you battled one on one in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

I can't remember anyone specific because I've played against a lot of them through AAU not necessarily in college.


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

MJ, Wilt, Bird, Magic


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?

He is creeping up there. Needs a couple more rings and it'll really be a debate but he is a great nonetheless.


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

I would say top 3


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

Definitely a great performance and shows you don't need to dominate the ball just to score! Probably something you won't see again from someone.


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

Just going off stats, sure you can say that because it's only one other person to do that in history.


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

He is more so of an all purpose guy and focuses on defense. He plays more the set up guy on the offensive end.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Last movie I saw was Why Him.


Thanks Pierre for the chat.



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

24-year old forward Jordan Burris (201-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Coburg and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 40 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Jena II (#6, 13-11) with 46-point margin 112-66. It allowed Coburg to consolidate first place in the German league. Coburg has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 22-2. In the team's last game Burris had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 13 attempts. He turned to be Coburg's top player in his first season with the team. Cal State - San Bernardino graduate has very impressive stats this year. Burris is in league's top in points (8th best: 21.5ppg) and averages solid 2.4spg,60.4% FGP and 42.8% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Omari Knox (188-G-86) of Oberhaching. He is American guard in his first season at Oberhaching. In the last game Knox recorded impressive 28 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Oberhaching to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Bayreuth II (#14, 3-21) 84-60. Oberhaching's 8th position in South-East has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Knox is a newcomer at Oberhaching and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.8ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 7.6rpg and 4.6apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Marley Jean-Louis (188-G-94) of Muenster (#3). Jean-Louis got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Muenster, leading his team to a 97-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Bielefeld (#14, 3-22). Muenster needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in West. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 6 lost games. Jean-Louis has a very solid season. In 25 games in Germany he scored 10.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Boyer (185-PG-88) of Vilsbiburg - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 16 assists
5. Gerrell Martin (190-G-93) of Muenster - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 15 assists
6. Tim Eisenberger (197-G-91) of Treuchtlingen - 33 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kofi Josephs (198-G-91) of Hertener Loewen - 38 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jonas Leidel (195-F-87) of Stuttgart - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Lennard Joerdell (207-C/F-91) of Grevenbroich - 26 points and 15 rebounds
10. David Golembiowski (203-PF-89) of Dorsten - 30 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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.




Gerald Robinson (ex Petrochimi) signs at ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) landed 28-year old American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-82kg-89, college: Georgia). He started the season at Petrochimi in Iranian Superleague. In 17 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.3apg (top 3) and 1.8spg this season. The last season Robinson played at JSF Nanterre in French ProA where in 21 games he had 13.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.1apg and 1.4spg. He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg.
Robinson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears), Israel (Galil Gilboa) and Latvia (VEF Riga).
Robinson attended University of Georgia until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tema Youth demolishes Adenta Leopards to extend winning streak - by Yaw Mintah

Tema Youth's winning run in the 2017 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division I title stands at three following a 64-39 win over Adenta Leopards in a midweek game played at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu, Accra.

The Tema side is still unbeaten in the division alongside Fire Service. However, the former has played a game more than the latter.

Tema produced a dominant second half to end debutant Adenta Leopards unbeaten run in the process. The side held a 23-16 lead in the first half stepped up the pressure on defense in the second to completely put away the reigning Division II Champions.

Tema Point Guard Marco Mensah was instrumental in the win with several big steals and three point shots. The Togolese player paired well with Aninagyei Osei to power Tema's charge despite the absence of key players including Enoch Borsah.

Kwame Boamah Djan came off the bench to block Leopards Edwin Appiah and trigger a fast break that ended with a Mensah layup for the game's highlight play.

Later today at the same venue, games between Fire Service and Ghana Navy and University of Ghana and defending champions Braves of Customs will be played in the Women's Division.



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Aris ink Jermaine Taylor - by Eurobasket News

Aris Thessaloniki (A1) agreed terms with 31-year old American guard Jermaine Taylor (196-93kg-86, college: Cent.Florida). He started the season at Salt Lake City Stars (D-League) in the U.S. In 45 games he had 14.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.3apg this season.
In 2009 Taylor was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (32nd overall). He attended University of Central Florida and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Taylor was voted Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Honorable Mention in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Taylor has played in seven different countries on four different continents (Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in China (Brave Dragons), Israel, Spain, NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers), New Zealand (Rams), Dominican Republic (Don Bosco) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
Taylor could be described: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
An athletic wing player who is able to stretch the defense with his outside shot He has good range, elevates well, shoots a high release and his stance is well balanced Coming off screens is his forte, he reads the action well and consistently gets open He is comfortable shooting pullups going both ways, (he utilizes the shotfake to create space) and thanks to his ability to get off the ground, his shot is very difficult to contest.
He plays like a SF, and even though he has nice explosiveness, at 6'4 he is very undersized His first step is marginal and what compounds that even more is that fact that he is not much of a threat off the dribble
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes knock down Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 77:69

Anadolu Efes claimed the eighth win in the last nine EuroLeague games to stay in the hunt for the better playoff pole position. They held off Olympiacos in Istanbul to improve at 17-12 record. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 18 points to lead the winners.
Anadolu Efes used a 16:0 run early in the game to spur ahead. The hosts secured a 43:36 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes maintained the lead throughout the third term. The hosts entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points 58:50. Anadolu Efes protected the lead throughout the final term and rallied to the victory. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90, college: UCLA), Brandon Paul (193-G-91, college: Illinois, agency: Pensack Sports) and Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) had 11 points each for the winners. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Olympiacos. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) had 11 points and 10 assists in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Thomas Heurtel 18, Tyler Honeycutt 11, Brandon Paul 11, Bryant Dunston 11
Olympiacos: Georgios Printezis 16, Vassilis Spanoulis 11+10 assists



Antibes add Blassingame to their roster, ex Promitheas - by Eurobasket News

Sharks Antibes (ProA) added to their roster experienced 36-year old American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV). He just played at Promitheas in Greek A1 league. In 8 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg this season. Blassingame also played earlier that season for Energa Czarni in Polish TBL where in 12 A1 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 7.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2011, 2015 and 2016. Blassingame was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention in 2011 and 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Blassingame has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Cyprus (Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios and Keravnos), Finland (Namika Lr), Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Sweden (08 Stockholm and Solna Vikings), Ukraine (BC Odessa) and Poland (Asseco).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Antibes.
Blassingame attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ParlonsBasket)

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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



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Franke leaves Zadar because of non payment - by Greg

20-year old Dutch guard Yannick Franke (194-96) decided to leave KK Zadar. Franke signed with the Croatian club in January and in both ABA league and A1 Croatia league he played well the second half of the season. The team seems to be behind with payments which was the main reason for Franke to leave Zadar.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi20.6 
 2. Lilov, Szedeak20.2 
 3. Govens, Falco KC20.1 
 4. Pacher, Vasas18.2 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.1 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari17.3 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.1 
 8. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.0 
 9. Sejfic, PVSK P.16.8 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.0 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.8 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Bojic, Jaszberenyi8.1 
 5. Pacher, Vasas7.9 
 6. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 7. Watkins, Atomeromu7.7 
 8. Sihota, MAFC7.7 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.4 
 10. Wright, Vasas7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.2 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.0 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 4. Battle, Atomeromu7.3 
 5. Nelson, PVSK P.6.3 
 6. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 7. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 8. Johnson, Sopron KC6.1 
 9. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
 10. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.5 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.2 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 4. Smith, MAFC2.1 
 5. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.0 
 6. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 7. Frazier, Kaposvari1.9 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.9 
 9. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.8 
 10. Edwards, Alba1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 3. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 4. Benke, ZTE K.0.8 
 5. Keller, Alba0.8 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 7. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 8. Turner, Falco KC0.7 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 10. Wright, Vasas0.7 


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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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik28.5 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.7 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Covile, Snaefell24.0 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik21.4 
 8. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 9. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 10. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.9 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.7 
 4. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll10.8 
 6. Hankins-Cole, IR10.5 
 7. Carberry, Thor T.10.4 
 8. Covile, Snaefell10.1 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR9.8 
 10. Olafsson, Grindavik8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Pavel ERMOLINSKIJ
  KR
  (202-G-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Ermolinskij, KR6.9 
 2. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.6 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 7. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.0 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik4.9 
 9. Stefansson, KR4.6 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew HUNTER
  IR
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hunter, IR3.1 
 2. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 4. Thomas, IR2.5 
 5. Covile, Snaefell2.3 
 6. Olafsson, Grindavik2.0 
 7. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 8. Stevens, Keflavik1.9 
 9. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 10. Alawoya, KR1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR2.0 
 3. Dempsey, Njardvik1.7 
 4. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 6. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 7. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 8. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 
 9. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 10. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.2 


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.3 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.8 
 4. Shouse, IA25.4 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.5 
 6. King, Valur21.6 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir21.2 
 8. Stefansson, Hamar19.6 
 9. Bracey, Valur19.5 
 10. Oliver, Fjolnir19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Woods, Hamar14.6 
 2. Motley, FSU12.6 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.3 
 4. Pryor, Fjolnir12.0 
 5. King, Valur11.6 
 6. Shouse, IA9.5 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.1 
 8. Petursson, Valur9.0 
 9. Oliver, Fjolnir9.0 
 10. Virijevic, Hottur8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Moss, Hottur8.9 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.5 
 3. Shouse, IA5.5 
 4. Garland, Breidablik5.4 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.2 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.6 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.5 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar3.9 
 9. Hreinsson, FSU3.6 
 10. Jonsson, FSU3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.4 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA3.0 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. Motley, FSU2.2 
 6. Oliver, Fjolnir2.0 
 7. King, Valur1.9 
 8. Olafsson, Hamar1.9 
 9. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
 10. Pryor, Fjolnir1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marques OLIVER
  Fjolnir
  (201-PF-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Oliver, Fjolnir2.6 
 2. King, Valur2.4 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.5 
 4. Motley, FSU1.1 
 5. Audunsson, Valur1.1 
 6. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 7. Sigurdarson, Breid.1.0 
 8. Petursson, Valur0.9 
 9. Karason, Fjolnir0.9 
 10. Johannesson, Breid.0.9 


D1 Round 1 of Finals. Valur record opening win - by Eurobasket News

Valur - Hamar 101-73

Valur cruised past Hamar in the Finals opener. The game without a history. Valur led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Valur outrebounded Hamar 49-34 including 35 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Hamar's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Valur made 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. Naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) contributed with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Valur players scored in double figures. American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) added 15 points (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Hamar. 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:
Valur: A.Bracey 23+6reb+6ast, U.King 21+13reb+3ast, B.Petursson 11+12reb+3ast, B.Blondal 10+2reb+7ast, S.Sturluson 10+7reb+3ast, T.Blondal 9+2ast
Hamar: C.Woods 24+11reb+2ast, E.Stefansson 15+4reb+1ast, S.Thorvaldsson 13+3reb+1ast, O.Sigurdarson 9+4reb+2ast, H.Petursson 7+6reb+2ast, R.Erlingsson 3+2reb+1ast
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Jakob Sigurdarson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He was the major contributor in a Boras Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (18-14) 87-71 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Sigurdarson scored 20 points in 28 minutes on the court. Boras Basket (17-15) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sigurdarson has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 36.3% and FT: 94.8%(91-96) in 31 games he played so far. He played for the Icelandic senior national team two years ago.

Kristofer Acox
Kristofer Acox
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). Acox led Furman to an easy victory against the Campbell University (13-5) 79-64 in the NCAA Quarter-Finals last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Acox also added 2 blocks and 3 steals. The Furman University has a very good 14-4 conference record this season. It's Acox's fourth year with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 62.8%(199-317) and FT: 55.9%. Acox is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He contributed to a SPO Rouen's victory against the 16th-ranked Aix-Maurienne (9-15) 74-63 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Palsson scored 6 points, had 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 32 minutes. SPO Rouen Basket (11-13) is placed 11th in the ProB. It's Palsson's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 75.0% in 21 games. Palsson is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Martin Hermannsson
Martin Hermannsson
   #4. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) could not help one of league's weakest teams Charleville-Mezieres (13-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Charleville-Mezieres was crushed 88-63 on the road by the higher-ranked STB Le Havre (#5). Hermannsson was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Hermannsson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 5.6apg. Hermannsson is also Icelandic national team player.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #5. International small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark) helped Svendborg win their game against the closely-ranked Naestved (13-15) 85-80 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. Svendborg Rabbits (13-15) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. This year Karason's overall stats are: 3.7ppg and 3.8rpg in 29 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Aegir Steinarsson
Aegir Steinarsson
   #6. Point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) helped Burgos win their game against the 16th-ranked Barca II (9-20) 85-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Steinarsson scored 9 points. San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (20-9) is placed third in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Steinarsson's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Ragnar Nathanaelsson
   #7. International center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Albacete in their game against Navarra (14-12) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Nathanaelsson scored 6 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 18 minutes. The bottom-ranked Albacete lost 67-74 at home to the much higher-ranked (#8) Navarra. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Nathanaelsson's total stats are: 5.3ppg and 6.2rpg in 10 games. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Jovan Zdravevski (198-F-80) plays for IK Eos in Swedish Basketettan
Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) plays for AE Larissas in Greek A2



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Gerald Robinson (ex Petrochimi) signs at ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) landed 28-year old American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-82kg-89, college: Georgia). He started the season at Petrochimi in Iranian Superleague. In 17 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.3apg (top 3) and 1.8spg this season. The last season Robinson played at JSF Nanterre in French ProA where in 21 games he had 13.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.1apg and 1.4spg. He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg.
Robinson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears), Israel (Galil Gilboa) and Latvia (VEF Riga).
Robinson attended University of Georgia until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chemidor adds Upshaw to their roster, ex Mayrouba - by Eurobasket News

Chemidor Tehran (Superleague) added to their roster 23-year old American center Robert Upshaw (213-116kg-94, college: Washington). He just played at Mayrouba in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Upshaw managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 18 Pepsi LBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.7ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.3apg and 3.6bpg. He also played earlier that season for Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML where in two Pepsi LBL games he averaged 5.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.0bpg. Upshaw also played 3 games in VTB United League where he had 5.0ppg and 2.7rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Upshaw's team made it to the Baltic League Final Four.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Upshaw tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in NBA (LA Lakers), Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco) and D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).
Upshaw attended University of Washington until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Superleague Round 20: Nift Al-Janoub loses to Al Kahraba - by Eurobasket News

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

The most important game in the last round took place in Baghdad between third ranked Nift Al-Janoub (14-6) and fourth ranked Al Kahraba (14-5) on Sunday night. Nift Al-Janoub was defeated by Al Kahraba on the road 68-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nift Al-Janoub. Al Kahraba have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Nift Al-Janoub dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Al Kahraba are looking forward to face Al Mina (#5) in Basra in the next round. Nift Al-Janoub will play at home against Al Suleikh and is hoping to win this game.
Superleague top team - Al Shurtah (17-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Al Hilla (10-9) 68-63. Al Shurtah maintains first position with 17-2 record. Newly promoted Al Hilla keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Al Shurtah's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Baghdad Al Nift.
The game between sixth ranked Al Mina (11-6) and 8th ranked Al-Tadamoun (7-12) in Basra on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Al Mina outscored guests from Najef 102-65. Al Mina moved-up to fifth place. Al-Tadamoun lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Al Mina will meet at home higher ranked Al Kahraba (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Al-Tadamoun will play against Al Karkh (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 20 Al Karkh was smashed by Al Nift on the road 93-74. Al Suleikh won against An Nasiriyah on its own court 67-55.

Al Kahraba - Nift Al-Janoub 78-68

The most important game in the last round took place in Baghdad between third ranked Nift Al-Janoub (14-6) and fourth ranked Al Kahraba (14-5) on Sunday night. Nift Al-Janoub was defeated by Al Kahraba on the road 68-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nift Al-Janoub. Al Kahraba have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Nift Al-Janoub dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Al Kahraba are looking forward to face Al Mina (#5) in Basra in the next round. Nift Al-Janoub will play at home against Al Suleikh and is hoping to win this game.
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Al Nift - Al Karkh 93-74

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Al Nift (16-2) crushed 5th ranked Al Karkh (11-8) in Baghdad 93-74 on Sunday. Al Nift have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-2 record behind leader Al Shurtah. Defending champion Al Karkh dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. Al Nift's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Baghdad to the arena Al Shurtah.
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Al Suleikh - An Nasiriyah 67-55

Everything could happen in Baghdad at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Al Suleikh and 12th ranked An Nasiriyah had identical 1-17 record. This time Al Suleikh used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Nasiriyah 67-55 on Sunday night. Al Suleikh (2-17) moved-up to tenth place. An Nasiriyah lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 18 lost games. Al Suleikh will meet higher ranked Nift Al-Janoub (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. An Nasiriyah will have a break next round.
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Al Mina - Al-Tadamoun 102-65

The game between sixth ranked Al Mina (11-6) and 8th ranked Al-Tadamoun (7-12) in Basra on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Al Mina outscored guests from Najef 102-65. Al Mina moved-up to fifth place. Al-Tadamoun lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Al Mina will meet at home higher ranked Al Kahraba (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Al-Tadamoun will play against Al Karkh (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Al Hilla - Al Shurtah 63-68

Superleague top team - Al Shurtah (17-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Al Hilla (10-9) 68-63. Al Shurtah maintains first position with 17-2 record. Newly promoted Al Hilla keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Al Shurtah's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Baghdad Al Nift.
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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 


Best players of Israeli National League round 25 - by Eurobasket News

American Terrence Watson (200-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Hapoel K/S and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Hapoel Migd.H. (#11, 10-15) 96-87. Hapoel K/S maintains the 2nd position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hapoel K/S will need more victories to improve their 17-8 record. Watson turned to be Hapoel K/S's top player in his first season with the team. Ball State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Watson is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 11.1rpg) and averages solid 1.9bpg and 59.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Hapoel K/S's star - 23-year old American guard Denzel Livingston (193-G-93). Livingston impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Hapoel K/S cruised to a 96-87 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (#11, 10-15). Hapoel K/S's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 17-8 record is not bad at all. Livingston is a newcomer at Hapoel K/S 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 21.7ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 10.9rpg and 3.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Jeff Allen (201-C/F-87) of Hapoel B/S (#4). Allen scored 29 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Hapoel B/S, leading his team to a 86-82 win against #1 ranked Maccabi Raanana in a game of the week. Hapoel B/S needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 9 lost games. Allen has a very solid season. In 23 games in Israel he scored 16.1ppg. He also has 9.6rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 60.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 28 points and 14 rebounds
5. Josh Hairston (203-C-92) of Maccabi Raanana - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Vernon Teel (193-G-87) of Maccabi H/H - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 19 assists
7. Anthony Lee (206-F/C-91) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 17 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Oded Shaashoua (186-PG-82) of Maccabi H/H - 31 points and 6 assists
9. Clarke Rosenberg (193-G-93) of Hapoel Migd.H. - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Cinmeon Bowers (201-F-93) of Galil Elion - 21 points, 9 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)



D'or Fischer selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

D'or Fischer
D'or Fischer
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in Latvia). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Valmiera (19-10) in their last game. Despite Fischer's very good performance Valmiera lost 84-89 on the road to the leading Ventspils. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Fischer also added 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 24 minutes on the court. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Fischer has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 75.0%(12-16) and FT: 75.0% in three games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Fischer played for the Israeli senior national team two years ago. He used to play for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in Israeli league.

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Euroleague). Tyus contributed to Galatasaray's victory against the league outsider Unics Kazan (7-21) 75-67 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. He scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (10-18) is placed 13th in the Euroleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Tyus averages: 10.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 68.8%(121-176) and FT: 53.6%. He is a naturalized American. Tyus played for the Israeli national team in 2013. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Anton Shoutvin
Anton Shoutvin
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U22 international center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Slovakia). Shoutvin led Iskra Svit to a victory against the closely-ranked Lucenec (18-22) 93-88 in the Slovakian SBL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). BK Iskra Svit (22-18) is placed sixth in the SBL. The Regular Season already ended. It's Shoutvin's first season with the team. Shoutvin has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 63.0%(204-324), 3FGP: 30.9% and FT: 80.1%. Shoutvin played for the Israeli U22 national team six years ago.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #4. Small forward Omri Casspi (206-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (21-53) in the NBA. He scored only 4 points in 14 minutes. The Minnesota Timberwolves (29-44) lost 119-130 in Los Angeles to the Lakers. It was Timberwolves' sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Casspi averages just 2.8ppg in four games. He used to play for the Israeli national team back in 2015.

Anton Kazarnovski
Anton Kazarnovski
   #5. Former University international power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for BG Karlsruhe (11-11) in their game against Weissenhorn Youngstars (15-7) in the German ProB (third division). Kazarnovski cannot count it as his best performance. He recorded only 3 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes. The sixth-placed BG Karlsruhe (11-11) lost 66-71 in Weissenhorn to the second-ranked Youngstars in the South group. It was BG Karlsruhe's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Kazarnovski has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.5apg in 24 games. He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli. Kazarnovski used to play for the Israeli university national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. TJ Leaf (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the UCLA (15-3) in their last game. Despite Leaf's very good performance the UCLA lost 75-86 at home to the University of Kentucky. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. The National Tournament Round 3 already ended in the NCAA. It's Leaf's first season with the team. Leaf has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1bpg in 33 games he played so far. Leaf is a naturalized American. Despite his Israeli passport, Leaf previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

   #2. Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Panionios ON Telecoms Athens to win against the 11th-ranked Doxa Pefkon (8-15) 64-56 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Matalon scored 5 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (21-2) is placed first in the A2. Matalon's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek.

   #3. Benji Tamir (192-G/F-91, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help McKinnon Cougars in their game against Devils (2-1) in the Australian State League (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Tamir recorded only 2 points. McKinnon Cougars (#7) were defeated 90-81 on the road by the higher-ranked Devils (#4) in the Big V group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Tamir's overall stats this year are: 8.0ppg and 2.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Australian.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Guy Aud (186-G-89) plays for USC Leipzig in German ProB
Mor Menashe (188-G-92) plays for Lakehead University in Canadian university league CIS
Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) plays for Scafati in Italian Serie A2
Aner Levron (192-G-84) plays for Aschersleben in German Regionalliga
Juan Carlos Bergel (188-SG-89) plays for C.Entrerriano in Argentinian TFB
Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88) plays for KL Dragons in Malaysian ASEAN League



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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. Zampolli, Matera18.2 
 6. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.2 
 7. Ghersetti, Bergamo18.1 
 8. Bisconti, Valmontone17.8 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.8 
 10. Grilli, Barcellona17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Cassino
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bagnoli, Cassino11.3 
 2. Bozzetto, Crema10.5 
 3. Ravazzini, Matera10.4 
 4. Zanotti, Monteroni10.3 
 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. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.5 
 4. Salari, Isernia5.5 
 5. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 6. Rivali, Montegrano5.3 
 7. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.3 
 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, Domodossola2.4 
 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. Balanzoni, Lecco1.9 
 9. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 10. Crescini, Iseo1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Corral, Omegna1.3 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni1.2 
 3. Galmarini, Firenze .1.2 
 4. Laguzzi, Sestu1.1 
 5. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 6. Capitanelli, Pescara1.0 
 7. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 8. Mastroianni, Napoli C.0.9 
 9. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 10. Nobile, Padova0.8 


Serie B Round 26: Ortona defeats group leader Montegrano - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets. The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Montegrano (22-2) on the court of tenth ranked Ortona on Thursday night. Visitors were edged by Ortona 71-68. Power forward Gianluca Di-Carmine (200-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Victorio-Gustavo Musso (185-84) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Montegrano. Ortona maintains tenth position in B with 10-15 record. Montegrano at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Ortona are looking forward to face higher ranked Senigallia (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Montegrano will play against Porto S.Elpidio (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Fourth-ranked Campli (17-6) was very close to win a game against second ranked Bisceglie (21-5). Bisceglie managed to secure only one-point victory 59-58. However their fans expected easier game. Swingman Alessandro Poti (193-91) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and Andrea Chiriatti chipped in 14 points during the contest. point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) responded with 15 points. Campli's coach Piero Millina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bisceglie maintains second position in B with 21-5 record behind leader Montegrano, which they share with Bergamo. Campli at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Bisceglie will play against Rimini (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Campli will play against San Severo (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Valsesia (14-11) against seventh ranked Fiorentina (14-11) on Wednesday night. Visiting Valsesia was defeated by Fiorentina in a tough game in Firenze 78-86. Davide Poltroneri notched 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even 24 points by Marcello Cozzoli did not help to save the game for Valsesia. Fiorentina moved-up to fifth place in B. Fiorentina will meet Oleggio (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valsesia will play against Sangiorgese (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Omegna (17-9) against tenth ranked Bottegone (13-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Omegna was defeated by Bottegone in Bottegone 84-68. The best player for the winners was Daniele Toscano who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Bottegone moved-up to ninth place in B. Omegna at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Bottegone's next round opponent will be higher ranked Montecatiniterme (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Omegna will play against Piombino and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the Serie A2 just one year after relegation.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Palestrina (20-7) against fifth ranked Cassino (18-8) on Wednesday night. Visiting Palestrina was defeated by Cassino in Cassino 92-78. Simone Bagnoli orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cassino maintains fifth position in B with 18-8 record. Loser Palestrina keeps the third place with seven games lost. Cassino will face league's leader Napoli Cuore on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Palestrina will play against Basket Barcellona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26:
In B Moncalieri beat Domodossola on the road 74-69. Montecatini won against Oleggio on its own court 70-66. Cecina unfortunately lost to Siena Virtus in a road game 66-69. Piombino recorded a loss to Firenze Enic at home 85-89. USE Basket was crushed by Sangiorgese on the opponent's court 82-63. San Miniato beat Varese Robur in a home game 69-63. Faenza lost to Milano Urania on the road 59-73. San Vendemiano unfortunately lost to Crema on its own court 78-81. Volpino AltoSeb. recorded a loss to Cento in a road game 65-71. Iseo was defeated by Piacenza at home 78-92. Desio was smashed by Lecco on the opponent's court 83-55. Bergamo destroyed Vicenza in a home game 82-59. Reggio Emilia managed to outperform Padova on the road 65-64. Sestu recorded a loss to Orzinuovi GaGa on its own court 62-78. Scauri was defeated by Cefalu in a road game 68-61. Barcellona beat Patti at home 71-69. Teramo lost to Napoli Cuore on the opponent's court 64-76. Roma Vis Nova managed to outperform Viterbo SA in a home game 72-60. Roma Luiss recorded a loss to Valmontone on the road 80-70. Forli Tigers defeated Catanzaro on its own court 80-64. Maddaloni was smashed by Roma S.Azzurra in a road game 70-45. Giulianova won against Senigallia at home 74-70. Taranto was outscored by Monteroni on the opponent's court 66-43. Porto S.Elpidio recorded a loss to Rimini in a home game 56-65. Venafro was crushed by San Severo on the road 91-66. Valdiceppo beat Isernia on its own court 47-42. Matera won against Pescara in a road game 76-69.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 16 points and 13 rebounds by Alberto Cacace of Porto S.Elpidio.

Group A
Domodossola - Moncalieri 69-74

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Moncalieri (18-7) beat on the road 16th ranked Domodossola (7-18) 74-69 on Wednesday. Moncalieri made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Swingman Leone Gioria (194-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Riccardo Coviello (197-88) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Moncalieri players scored in double figures. Guard Antonio Serroni (192-87) replied with 24 points and power forward Francesco Tuci (204-92) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Domodossola. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Moncalieri maintains first position in B with 18-7 record. Newly promoted Domodossola keeps the sixteenth place with 18 games lost. Moncalieri will face Siena Virtus (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Domodossola will play against Varese Robur (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Domodossola: A.Serroni 24+3reb+1ast, F.Tuci 19+8reb, P.Hidalgo 10+2reb+3ast, F.Foti 4+2reb+1ast, P.Avanzini 4+2reb, S.Orsini 3+1reb
Moncalieri: L.Gioria 16+8reb, G.Di Bonaventura 14, R.Coviello 12+5reb, D.Merletto 10+1ast, F.Conti 10+3reb+1ast, A.Fabrizio Smorto 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 531431


Montecatini - Oleggio 70-66

Very expected game when 14th ranked Oleggio (9-17) lost on the road to fourth ranked Montecatiniterme (15-10) 70-66 on Thursday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Oleggio was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Guido Meini (188-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 assists. Power forward Alessandro Tabbi (205-94) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Montecatiniterme players scored in double figures. Dominican guard Shaquille Hidalgo (188-94) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Alessandro Spatti (204-95, agency: Octagon Europe) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Oleggio. Montecatiniterme moved-up to third place in B. Loser Oleggio dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Montecatiniterme will face Bottegone (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Oleggio will play against Fiorentina and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oleggio: A.Spatti 18+6reb+1ast, S.Hidalgo 18+9reb+3ast, F.Testa 13+4reb+2ast, L.Petrosino 7+8reb+2ast, E.Gallazzi 6+2reb+1ast, M.Lo Biondo 2+2reb
Montecatini: G.Meini 15+4reb+5ast, A.Tabbi 11+9reb, V.Circosta 11+2reb, M.Petrucci 10+7reb, M.Caroli 9+5reb+1ast, G.Artioli 7+3reb
gschID: 531438


Siena Virtus - Cecina 69-66

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked Siena Virtus (12-14) edged at home 11th ranked Cecina (11-14) 69-66 on Wednesday. Siena Virtus forced 19 Cecina turnovers. Cecina was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Simone Lenardon (189-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 4 assists. Guard Gianmarco Olleia (195-93, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Mario Gigena (198-77) replied with 29 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Saverio Mazzantini (194-95, agency: Players Group) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Cecina. Siena Virtus moved-up to eighth place in B, which they share with Milano Urania. Loser Cecina dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Siena Virtus will face league's leader Moncalieri on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cecina will play against USE Basket (#7) in Empoli and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cecina: M.Gigena 29+9reb+3ast, S.Mazzantini 13+8reb+1ast, A.Spera 10+4reb+1ast, O.Nwokeoye 7+9reb, L.Salvadori 3+4reb, S.Lasagni 2+1reb+1ast
Siena Virtus: S.Lenardon 17+1reb+4ast, F.Bianchi 11+2reb, F.Nasello 11+4reb+2ast, G.Olleia 9+6reb+3ast, A.Nepi 6+4reb+2ast, L.Bruno 4+5reb
gschID: 531435


Fiorentina - Valsesia 86-78

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Valsesia (14-11) against seventh ranked Fiorentina (14-11) on Wednesday night. Visiting Valsesia was defeated by Fiorentina in a tough game in Firenze 78-86. Fiorentina made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Swingman Davide Poltroneri (195-85) notched 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and naturalized Bulgarian guard Georgi Sirakov (187-92, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 21 points. Even 24 points by guard Marcello Cozzoli (188-90) did not help to save the game for Valsesia. Guard Nicolo Gatti (190-91) added 15 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Fiorentina moved-up to fifth place in B. Fiorentina will meet Oleggio (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valsesia will play against Sangiorgese (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Valsesia: M.Cozzoli 24+1reb+1ast, N.Gatti 15+5reb+2ast, N.Savoldelli 12+2reb+3ast, E.Caversazio 9+7reb+1ast, J.Mercante 9+3reb+5ast, G.Lenti 4+4reb+1ast
Fiorentina: G.Sirakov 21+2reb+1ast, D.Poltroneri 21+7reb+5ast, J.Lucarelli 12+3reb+1ast, D.Rosignoli 9+3reb+2ast, A.Mazzucchelli 9+4reb+4ast, M.De Leone 7+7reb
gschID: 531434


Piombino - Firenze Enic 85-89

There was an upset when higher ranked Piombino (13-13) lost at home to fifteenth ranked Firenze Enic (9-17) 89-85 on Wednesday. Firenze Enic dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Piombino's 22. Swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Center Lorenzo Galmarini (200-95) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Edoardo Pedroni (183-98, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88, agency: Octagon Europe) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for Piombino. Five Firenze Enic and four Piombino players scored in double figures. Firenze Enic moved-up to twelfth place in B, which they share with Volpino AltoSeb. Loser Piombino keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Firenze Enic will face higher ranked San Miniato (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Piombino: E.Pedroni 22+4reb+1ast, S.Bonfiglio 18+3reb+5ast, R.Romano 13+3reb+1ast, A.Iardella 12+2reb+3ast, M.Franceschini 6+10reb, M.Jovancic 6+1reb
Firenze Enic: G.Rugolo 17+5reb+4ast, L.Passoni 14+1ast, L.Galmarini 12+11reb, M.Magini 12+4reb+7ast, A.Filippi 10+7reb+2ast, D.Terenzi 10+2reb+4ast
gschID: 531433


Sangiorgese - USE Basket 82-63

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Sangiorgese (12-14) outplayed higher ranked USE Basket (13-12) in San Giorgio 82-63 on Wednesday. Sangiorgese dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to USE Basket's 22. Sangiorgese forced 24 USE Basket turnovers. USE Basket was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Daniele-Mario Benzoni (196-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Simone Tomasini (196-93) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Michele Bei (200-90) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and guard Filippo Giannini (180-91) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for USE Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sangiorgese moved-up to eighth place in B, which they share with Milano Urania. Loser USE Basket dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Sangiorgese will face higher ranked Valsesia (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
USE Basket: M.Bei 20+7reb+2ast, F.Giannini 13+6reb+1ast, D.Mariotti 9+4reb+4ast, F.Mascagni 5+3reb+1ast, D.Sesoldi 5+2reb, A.Ghizzani 3+1reb+1ast
Sangiorgese: D.Mario Benzoni 23+5reb+2ast, S.Tomasini 16+7reb+3ast, A.Priuli 10+3reb+2ast, F.Gorreri 9+3reb, A.Tommei 7+2ast, F.Rossi 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 531432


Bottegone - Omegna 84-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Omegna (17-9) against tenth ranked Bottegone (13-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Omegna was defeated by Bottegone in Bottegone 84-68. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Bottegone forced 20 Omegna turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Daniele Toscano (196-93, agency: Players Group) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Guard Lorenzo Maspero (-98) chipped in 24 points. Four Bottegone players scored in double figures. Guard Giovanni Gasparin (187-91, agency: Interperformances) produced 20 points and 4 assists and naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Bottegone moved-up to ninth place in B. Omegna at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Bottegone's next round opponent will be higher ranked Montecatiniterme (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Omegna will play against Piombino and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the Serie A2 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Omegna: G.Gasparin 20+1reb+4ast, G.Gurini 11+2reb, D.Corral 9+6reb+2ast, D.Perez 8+6reb+2ast, A.Dagnello 8+3reb+1ast, M.Arrigoni 7+6reb+1ast
Bottegone: L.Maspero 24+1reb+2ast, D.Toscano 20+5reb+4ast, E.Fontana 14+3reb+2ast, M.Divac 11+5reb+1ast, F.Galli 5+2reb+4ast, R.Marconato 4+7reb+6ast
gschID: 531437


San Miniato - Varese Robur 69-63

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Varese Robur (12-13) lost on the road to fifth ranked San Miniato (15-11) 69-63 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Guard Francesco Stefanelli (190-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Gabriele Giarelli (197-93, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84, agency: Players Group) replied with 17 points and guard Matteo Maruca (187-97) added 14 points in the effort for Varese Robur. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Miniato moved-up to fourth place in B. Loser Varese Robur dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. San Miniato will face Firenze Enic (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Varese Robur will play against Domodossola (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Varese Robur: F.Bolzonella 17+3reb+2ast, M.Maruca 14+3reb, F.Rovera 10+4reb, G.Pagani 9+5reb, A.Sabbadini 4+4reb, L.Matteucci 3+2reb+1ast
San Miniato: F.Stefanelli 19+7reb+2ast, G.Giarelli 11+6reb+3ast, R.Bertolini 9+5reb+1ast, O.Giacomelli 9+4reb, S.Perin 8+1reb, J.Grassi 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 531436


Group B
Milano Urania - Faenza 73-59

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Milano Urania (12-14) beat at home higher ranked Faenza (16-10) 73-59 on Thursday. Faenza was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Andrea Paleari (202-81) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Luigi Boero (185-85) replied with 16 points and point guard Marco Perin (183-93) added 13 points in the effort for Faenza. Faenza's coach Marco Regazzi tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Milano Urania moved-up to eighth place in B. Loser Faenza keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Milano Urania will face Vicenza (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Faenza will play against the league's second-placed Bergamo (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Faenza: L.Boero 16+2reb+2ast, M.Perin 13+3reb+3ast, R.Iattoni 9+7reb, J.Silimbani 7+6reb+1ast, E.Pini 5+7reb+1ast, D.Casadei 4+5reb+3ast
Milano Urania: A.Paleari 21+12reb+5ast, S.Ferrarese 18+4reb+4ast, M.Motta 11+3reb+3ast, L.Bartoli 8+3reb, A.Ghiacci 6+5reb+4ast, L.Restelli 4+1reb
gschID: 531558


San Vendemiano - Crema 78-81

Very expected game when 15th ranked San Vendemiano (6-20) was edged at home by seventh ranked Crema (14-12) 81-78 on Thursday. San Vendemiano was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Davide Bozzetto (207-89, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds. Point guard Davide Liberati (190-91, agency: Players Group) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Point guard Michele Antelli (183-98, agency: Players Group) replied with 15 points and 9 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and power forward Andrea Carlesso (202-82) added 13 points in the effort for San Vendemiano. Five Crema and four San Vendemiano players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Crema maintains seventh position in B with 14-12 record. San Vendemiano lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with 20 games lost. Crema will face league's leader Orzinuovi GaGa on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. San Vendemiano will play against Desio (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Vendemiano: M.Antelli 15+4reb+9ast, A.Carlesso 13+4reb+3ast, E.Rossetto 12+5reb+2ast, F.Pin Dal Pos 11+1reb+4ast, D.Buscaino 6+3reb+1ast, A.Muner 6+3reb+3ast
Crema: D.Liberati 17+2reb+3ast, T.De Min 16+5reb+1ast, P.Del Sorbo 13+3reb+2ast, D.Manuelli 12+1reb+1ast, D.Bozzetto 10+17reb+1ast, M.Pasqualin 7+1ast
gschID: 531557


Cento - Volpino AltoSeb. 71-65

Very predictable result when third ranked Cento (19-7) won against at home 12th ranked Volpino AltoSeb. (9-17) 71-65 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Cento outrebounded Volpino AltoSeb. 36-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Volpino AltoSeb. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Mattia Caroldi (186-82) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Cento's coach Giovanni Benedetto used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Simone Centanni (185-91, agency: Interperformances) replied with 24 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Michele Squeo (206-89) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Volpino AltoSeb.Cento maintains third position in B with 19-7 record having just one point less than leader Montegrano, which they share with Piacenza. Loser Volpino AltoSeb. keeps the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Cento will face Piacenza (#4) on the road in the next round. Volpino AltoSeb. will play against Padova (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Volpino AltoSeb.: S.Centanni 24+6reb+1ast, M.Squeo 12+6reb+1ast, F.Belloni 10+4reb+3ast, A.Bergamin 6+2reb+2ast, A.Esposito 6+1reb+1ast, A.Pilotti 5+3reb
Cento: M.Benfatto 18+5reb+2ast, M.Caroldi 13+5reb+4ast, A.Chiera 12+2reb+3ast, L.Pignatti 9+7reb+5ast, D.Andreaus 8+3reb, L.Bedetti 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 531553


Iseo - Piacenza 78-92

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Iseo (5-21) lost at home to fourth ranked Piacenza (19-7) 92-78 on Wednesday. Swingman Mattia Magrini (190-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Forward Matteo Samoggia (196-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Piacenza players scored in double figures. Gianluigi Prestini (200-89, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Diego Crescini (189-87) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Iseo. Piacenza moved-up to third place in B, which they share with Cento. Iseo lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth position with 21 games lost. Piacenza will face Cento (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Iseo will play against Reggio Emilia (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iseo: G.Prestini 18+8reb+3ast, D.Crescini 16+2reb+3ast, G.Veronesi 12+1reb+1ast, G.Giorgi 7+5reb, A.Acquaviva 7+1ast, M.Azzola 6+3reb+4ast
Piacenza: M.Magrini 21+2reb+3ast, G.Sanguinetti 17+2reb+5ast, M.Rezzano 15+9reb, E.Leonzio 13+4reb+1ast, M.Samoggia 11+11reb+4ast, D.Banti 8+4reb
gschID: 531555


Lecco - Desio 83-55

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Lecco (16-10) outplayed at home 10th ranked Desio (11-15) 83-55 on Wednesday. Lecco made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Desio turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Lecco especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Desio was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Daniele Quartieri (195-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward Jacopo Balanzoni (203-93, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Lecco players scored in double figures. Eric Ruiu (202-97, agency: Players Group) replied with 16 points and center Filippo Politi (205-80) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Desio. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lecco moved-up to fifth place in B, which they share with Faenza. Loser Desio keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Lecco will face Sestu (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Desio will play against San Vendemiano and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Desio: E.Ruiu 16+4reb+2ast, L.Valentini 10+4reb+1ast, F.Politi 9+5reb+2ast, A.Negri 8+3reb+1ast, M.Torgano 3+2reb+2ast, G.Poggi 3+7reb
Lecco: L.De Paoli 17+4reb, J.Balanzoni 15+9reb+1ast, D.Quartieri 13+6reb+6ast, M.Peroni 10+3reb+3ast, G.Siberna 10+4reb+1ast, C.Fumagalli 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 531556


Bergamo - Vicenza 82-59

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Vicenza (7-19) was outleveled on the road by second ranked Bergamo (21-5) 82-59 on Wednesday. Bergamo outrebounded Vicenza 45-24 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized Argentinian Mario-Jose Ghersetti (201-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Alessandro Panni (189-91, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Bergamo players scored in double figures. Bergamo's coach Cesare Ciocca felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Umberto Campiello (198-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Daniele Demartini (187-84, agency: Players Group) added 14 points in the effort for Vicenza. Bergamo maintains second position in B with 21-5 record behind leader Montegrano. Vicenza lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 19 games lost. Bergamo will face Faenza (#5) on the road in the next round. Vicenza will play against Milano Urania (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vicenza: U.Campiello 15+10reb+1ast, D.Demartini 14+1reb+1ast, F.Rizzetto 9+1reb, N.Boaro 9+3reb+2ast, A.Campiello 8+4reb+1ast, P.Montanari 2+3reb+2ast
Bergamo: M.Jose Ghersetti 21+6reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 14+3reb+1ast, A.Panni 12+7reb+5ast, N.Cazzolato 12+4reb+1ast, R.Pullazi 9+4reb, T.Milani 8+5reb+8ast
gschID: 531554


Padova - Reggio Emilia 64-65

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Reggio Emilia (12-15) edged on the road 8th ranked Padova (11-15) 65-64 on Wednesday. Guard Luca Bertolini (175-85) saved the victory by scoring 21 points. Swingman Gioacchino Chiappelli (195-91, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Marco Lazzaro (198-92) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and naturalized Serbian point guard Stevan Stojkov (182-89, agency: Octagon Europe) added 16 points in the effort for Padova. Four Padova players scored in double figures. Reggio Emilia have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place in B. Padova lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Reggio Emilia will face Iseo (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Padova will play against Volpino AltoSeb. (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Padova: M.Lazzaro 17+9reb, S.Stojkov 16+2reb+2ast, J.Carlos Canelo 13+3reb+2ast, F.Schiavon 11+5reb, E.Crosato 7+5reb+2ast, M.Cusinato 0
Reggio Emilia: L.Bertolini 21+4reb+1ast, M.Farioli 13+4reb+3ast, L.Malagutti 12+2reb+4ast, G.Chiappelli 9+8reb+4ast, E.Germani 7+7reb, G.Astolfi 3+1reb
gschID: 531552


Sestu - Orzinuovi GaGa 62-78

Very expected game when 13th ranked Sestu (9-18) lost at home to first ranked Orzinuovi GaGa (22-4) 78-62 on Wednesday. Guard Andrea Scanzi (196-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. The former international Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Orzinuovi GaGa players scored in double figures. Giuliano Samoggia (200-83) replied with 9 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Romeo Trionfo (197-85, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points in the effort for Sestu. Sestu's coach Marco Sassaro tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Orzinuovi GaGa have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in B with 22-4 record. Newly promoted Sestu keeps the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. Orzinuovi GaGa will face Crema (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Sestu will play against Lecco (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sestu: R.Trionfo 11+3reb+1ast, G.Samoggia 9+9reb+3ast, M.Pilo 9, G.Laguzzi 9+4reb+1ast, F.Villani 7+1ast, N.Elia 6+3reb+3ast
Orzinuovi GaGa: A.Scanzi 18+5reb+3ast, C.Cantone 15+1reb, R.Valenti 14+7reb+2ast, A.Ruggiero 12+2reb+2ast, M.Toure 6+1reb+1ast, G.Piunti 5+2reb
gschID: 531551


Group C
Cefalu - Scauri 68-61

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Cefalu and 10th ranked Scauri had identical 11-13 record. This time Cefalu used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Scauri 68-61 on Wednesday night. Scauri was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Marco Mollura (196-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Emiliano Paparella (180-83, agency: Players Group) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Santiago Boffelli (197-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Luca Antonietti (198-94, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Scauri. Five Scauri players scored in double figures. Cefalu (12-13) moved-up to ninth place in B. Loser Scauri dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Cefalu will face Viterbo SA (#15) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Scauri will play against Roma S.Azzurra (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Scauri: S.Boffelli 15+10reb, D.Richotti 11+4reb+3ast, L.Antonietti 11+6reb+2ast, E.Merella 10+5reb, J.Giammo' 10+2ast, V.Osmatescu 4+6reb
Cefalu: E.Paparella 15+4reb+4ast, M.Mollura 12+12reb, G.Sodero 12+2reb+3ast, R.Malagoli 8+8reb+1ast, G.Terrasi 7+3reb, D.Tinto 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 531671


Barcellona - Patti 71-69

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Patti (8-18) was edged on the road by fourth ranked Basket Barcellona (19-6) 71-69 on Wednesday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Basket Barcellona made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Patti turnovers. Patti was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Fabio Stefanini (196-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized Dominican guard Yancarlos-Jefferson Rodriguez (195-94) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Luca Bolletta (198-91) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Giuseppe Costantino (196-78) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Patti. Four Patti players scored in double figures. Basket Barcellona maintains fourth position in B with 19-6 record. Newly promoted Patti dropped to the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. Basket Barcellona will face higher ranked Palestrina (#3) in Roma in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Patti will play at home against Forli Tigers (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Patti: L.Bolletta 18+9reb, G.Costantino 18+6reb, G.Busco 17+2reb+2ast, P.Cicive 10+2reb, E.Waldner 4, A.Sidoti 2+2ast
Barcellona: Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 22+3reb+4ast, F.Stefanini 20+12reb+1ast, D.Grilli 13+4reb+5ast, M.Teghini 5+5reb+1ast, B.Milojevic 4+2reb+1ast, L.Brunetti 4+3reb
gschID: 531677


Napoli Cuore - Teramo 76-64

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Napoli Cuore (23-4) defeated at home 10th ranked Teramo (11-13) 76-64 on Thursday. Napoli Cuore looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Bosnian-Serbian forward Njegos Visnjic (199-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Andrea Barsanti (189-86) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Francesco Papa (196-95) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and center Daniele Tomasello (205-93) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Teramo. Five Napoli Cuore and four Teramo players scored in double figures. Teramo's coach Piero Bianchi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Napoli Cuore maintains first position in B with 23-4 record. Teramo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. Napoli Cuore will face Cassino (#5) at home in the next round. Teramo will play against Maddaloni (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Teramo: F.Papa 13+10reb+1ast, A.LaGioia 12+5reb+3ast, E.Gaeta 10+5reb+2ast, D.Tomasello 10+10reb, S.Salamina 6+3reb+4ast, P.Rubbera 6+1reb
Napoli Cuore: N.Visnjic 15+6reb+4ast, A.Murolo 14+4reb+3ast, S.Nikolic 12+5reb+1ast, A.Barsanti 12+5reb+7ast, M.Mastroianni 11+7reb+2ast, B.Rappoccio 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 531678


Cassino - Palestrina 92-78

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Palestrina (20-7) against fifth ranked Cassino (18-8) on Wednesday night. Visiting Palestrina was defeated by Cassino in Cassino 92-78. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Palestrina's players. Palestrina was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Maurizio Del-Testa (188-89) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Cassino players scored in double figures. Forward Mathias Drigo (202-89, agency: Interperformances) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds and forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89, agency: Players Group) added 19 points in the effort for Palestrina. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cassino maintains fifth position in B with 18-8 record. Loser Palestrina keeps the third place with seven games lost. Cassino will face league's leader Napoli Cuore on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Palestrina will play against Basket Barcellona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Palestrina: M.Drigo 22+5reb, R.Pederzini 19+1reb+1ast, S.Rischia 13+4ast, D.Serino 7+4reb+2ast, L.Montanari 5+3reb+2ast, F.Gagliardo 4+3reb+1ast
Cassino: S.Bagnoli 23+9reb+6ast, M.Del Testa 23+1reb+2ast, B.Sergio 11+5reb+1ast, D.Birindelli 10+4reb+5ast, N.Petrucci 9+2reb+2ast, V.Marsili 5+8reb
gschID: 531676


Roma Vis Nova - Viterbo SA 72-60

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Viterbo SA (4-22) lost on the road to thirteenth ranked Roma Vis Nova (8-16) 72-60 on Wednesday. Roma Vis Nova outrebounded Viterbo SA 35-24 including 21 on the defensive glass. Power forward Giacomo Barraco (205-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Tommaso Rossetti (185-88) contributed with 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Roma Vis Nova players scored in double figures. Swingman Riccardo Rovere (196-94) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Luca Fowler (192-96) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Viterbo SA. Roma Vis Nova moved-up to twelfth place in B. Loser Viterbo SA keeps the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Roma Vis Nova's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Roma to the arena Roma Luiss.
Top scorers:
Viterbo SA: R.Rovere 20+7reb, L.Fowler 17+6reb+3ast, S.Listwon 8+1reb, L.Casanova 4+1reb, E.Di Coste 4+3reb, C.Cattaneo 4+1reb
Roma Vis Nova: G.Barraco 20+11reb+2ast, T.Rossetti 14+3reb+2ast, G.Casale 13+2reb+3ast, G.Coronini 10+3reb, F.Argenti 9+4reb, M.Legnini 3+4reb
gschID: 531673


Valmontone - Roma Luiss 80-70

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Valmontone (21-5) beat at home 6th ranked Roma Luiss (14-12) 80-70 on Wednesday. Valmontone looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Roma Luiss' players. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. Guard Antonio De-Fabritiis (189-90) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Center Eugenio Beretta (206-96) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Marco Bonaccorso (-97) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Roma Luiss. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Valmontone maintains second position in B with 21-5 record behind leader Montegrano, which they share with Bergamo. Loser Roma Luiss keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Valmontone will face Catanzaro (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Roma Luiss' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Roma Roma Vis Nova.
Top scorers:
Roma Luiss: E.Beretta 17+7reb, M.Bonaccorso 16+5reb+2ast, L.Marcon 13+4reb, P.De Dominicis 7+3reb+2ast, C.Di Fonzo 6, A.Scuderi 6+3reb+2ast
Valmontone: A.De Fabritiis 24+4reb, L.Bisconti 17+5reb+1ast, I.Ochoa 11+4reb+1ast, M.Carrizo 8+9reb+11ast, J.Manuel Caceres 7+2reb+3ast, M.Reali 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 531672


Forli Tigers - Catanzaro 80-64

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked Catanzaro (13-12) lost on the road to eighth ranked Forli Tigers (14-14) 80-64 on Wednesday. Forli Tigers made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Power forward Giacomo Cicognani (205-92, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Christian Villani (200-82, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Forli Tigers players scored in double figures. Forli Tigers' coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Nicolas Morici (193-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Tomas Di-Dio (189-88) added 17 points in the effort for Catanzaro. Forli Tigers moved-up to seventh place in B. Loser Catanzaro dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Forli Tigers will face Patti (#13) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Catanzaro will play against the league's second-placed Valmontone (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Catanzaro: T.Di Dio 17+3reb, N.Morici 16+10reb+1ast, D.Medizza 10+5reb+2ast, D.Guadagnola 7+1reb, L.Monacelli 5+3reb, G.Carpanzano 4+4reb+1ast
Forli Tigers: G.Cicognani 17+7reb, C.Villani 16+5reb+2ast, R.Rombaldoni 14+6reb+2ast, M.Carraretto 13+5reb+1ast, F.Forti 6+4reb+2ast, J.Myers 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 531674


Roma S.Azzurra - Maddaloni 70-45

Rather predictable result when fourteenth ranked Roma S.Azzurra (6-20) rolled over at home 16th ranked Maddaloni (4-22) 70-45 on Wednesday. Roma S.Azzurra forced 24 Maddaloni turnovers and outrebounded them 43-23 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Montenegrin forward Todor Radonjic (200-97, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Emanuele Trapani (181-99) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Swingman Alessandro Guagliardi (194-94) replied with 16 points and forward Giuseppe Luongo (196-91) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Maddaloni. Maddaloni's coach Giovanni Monda gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Roma S.Azzurra maintains fourteenth position in B with 6-20 record, which they share with San Vendemiano. Loser Maddaloni keeps the sixteenth place with 22 games lost. Roma S.Azzurra will face higher ranked Scauri (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maddaloni will play against Teramo (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maddaloni: A.Guagliardi 16+3reb, G.Luongo 11+7reb+1ast, A.Locci 9+6reb+1ast, G.De Vincenzo 7+2reb+1ast, S.Saletti 2+2reb, A.Sabatino 0
Roma S.Azzurra: T.Radonjic 19+10reb+2ast, E.Trapani 16+8reb+5ast, L.Nikolic 15+6reb+1ast, D.Pazin 6+2reb, V.Provenzani 5+2reb, M.Palumbo 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 531675


Group D
Giulianova - Senigallia 74-70

There was an upset when higher ranked Senigallia (12-12) lost on the road to twelfth ranked Giulianova (9-16) 74-70 on Thursday. Giulianova made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Senigallia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Simone Colonnelli (185-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Center Riccardo Rosa (-96) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Yande Fall (200-90, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and guard Andrea Maggiotto (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) added 20 points in the effort for Senigallia. Four Senigallia players scored in double figures. Giulianova moved-up to eleventh place in B. Loser Senigallia dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Giulianova will face Venafro (#12) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Senigallia: A.Maggiotto 20+1reb+2ast, Y.Fall 13+13reb+3ast, M.Gnaccarini 10+1reb+2ast, M.Caverni 10+2reb+2ast, F.Giampieri 9+1reb, M.Pierantoni 8+10reb
Giulianova: S.Colonnelli 21+3reb+3ast, R.Rosa 11+6reb, A.Ricci 10+4ast, D.Gallerini 9+2reb+1ast, S.De Angelis 9+5reb+1ast, G.Sacripante 8+2reb
gschID: 531797


Monteroni - Taranto 66-43

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixteenth ranked Monteroni (4-22) outplayed at home 15th ranked Taranto (5-19) 66-43 on Wednesday. Monteroni held Taranto to an opponent 24.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 35.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Power forward Simone Zanotti (208-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Federico Ingrosso (187-94) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74, agency: SPORTlab Agency) replied with 10 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Matteo Fioravanti (194-97, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Taranto. Monteroni maintains sixteenth position in B with 4-22 record. Loser Taranto keeps the fifteenth place with 19 games lost. Monteroni will face higher ranked Isernia (#14) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Taranto: R.Chiacig 10+7reb+3ast, G.Laquintana 9+1reb, M.Fioravanti 7+7reb+1ast, T.Sacchetti 6+3reb, A.Procacci 5+6reb+1ast, A.Azzaro 4+10reb
Monteroni: S.Zanotti 20+12reb+3ast, A.Balic 11+7reb+3ast, F.Ingrosso 11+8reb+7ast, L.Calasso 7+1reb+1ast, E.Mavric 6+9reb+1ast, A.Paiano 6+2reb
gschID: 531791


Porto S.Elpidio - Rimini 56-65

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Porto S.Elpidio (13-13) lost at home to ninth ranked Rimini (12-12) 65-56 on Thursday. The former international center Francesco Foiera (207-75, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Point guard Davide Meluzzi (180-98, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 7 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Alberto Cacace (197-96) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and guard Stefano Cernivani (190-91) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Porto S.Elpidio. Rimini moved-up to eighth place in B. Loser Porto S.Elpidio keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Rimini will face league's second-placed Bisceglie at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Porto S.Elpidio: A.Cacace 16+13reb+1ast, S.Cernivani 15+2reb+4ast, S.Fiorito 8+4reb, A.Brighi 6+3reb+3ast, F.Piccone 4+1reb+1ast, A.Catakovic 4+1reb
Rimini: F.Foiera 21+2reb+2ast, S.Poti 10+3reb+3ast, J.Aglio 7+5reb+1ast, D.Meluzzi 7+11reb+2ast, L.Battistini 6+5reb+1ast, P.Busetto 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 531798


Ortona - Montegrano 71-68

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Montegrano (22-2) on the court of tenth ranked Ortona on Thursday night. Visitors were edged by Ortona 71-68. Power forward Gianluca Di-Carmine (200-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Victorio-Gustavo Musso (185-84) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Ortona players scored in double figures. Swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Montegrano. Ortona maintains tenth position in B with 10-15 record. Montegrano at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Ortona are looking forward to face higher ranked Senigallia (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Montegrano will play against Porto S.Elpidio (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Montegrano: N.Rizzitiello 18+6reb+2ast, E.Rivali 12+5reb+3ast, M.Diomede 12+3reb+1ast, A.Paesano 9+5reb, O.Gueye 6+3reb+1ast, G.Broglia 5+9reb+3ast
Ortona: L.Castelluccia 19+2reb+2ast, G.Di Carmine 12+9reb+6ast, V.Gustavo Musso 12+7reb+6ast, R.Martone 10+10reb+1ast, A.Martelli 8+6reb, A.Di Carmine 5+4reb
gschID: 531795


Bisceglie - Campli 59-58

Fourth-ranked Campli (17-6) was very close to win a game against second ranked Bisceglie (21-5). Bisceglie managed to secure only one-point victory 59-58. However their fans expected easier game. Swingman Alessandro Poti (193-91) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Andrea Chiriatti (198-93) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) responded with 15 points and forward Simone Gatti (202-82) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Campli's coach Piero Millina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bisceglie maintains second position in B with 21-5 record behind leader Montegrano, which they share with Bergamo. Campli at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Bisceglie will play against Rimini (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Campli will play against San Severo (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Campli: R.Bottioni 15+4reb+3ast, S.Gatti 13+7reb+1ast, O.Petrazzuoli 9+1reb+1ast, R.Ponziani 8+5reb+1ast, B.Duranti 3+7reb+1ast, L.Salafia 2+4reb
Bisceglie: A.Poti 19+3reb+2ast, A.Chiriatti 14+4reb+2ast, E.Di Emidio 9+7reb+2ast, S.Bruno 5+2reb+4ast, M.Cucco 5+1reb, G.Leggio 4+5reb
gschID: 531796


San Severo - Venafro 91-66

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked San Severo (18-8) crushed at home 11th ranked Venafro (8-15) 91-66 on Wednesday. San Severo looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Venafro's players. Guard Leonardo Ciribeni (190-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Point guard Jordan Losi (182-80) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Mauro Liburdi (200-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Marco Rossi (183-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 17 points and 5 assists in the effort for Venafro. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. San Severo moved-up to third place in B. Loser Venafro dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. San Severo will face Campli (#4) on the road in the next round. Venafro will play against Giulianova (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Venafro: M.Rossi 17+5ast, R.Minchella 12+3reb+1ast, M.Liburdi 11+12reb+4ast, A.Chiari 10+3reb, F.Migliori 10+4reb, O.Kuschev 4+6reb
San Severo: L.Ciribeni 21+4reb+8ast, I.Ikangi 16+7reb, J.Losi 16+2reb+5ast, A.Cecchetti 12+4reb+1ast, I.Morgillo 10+9reb, A.Quarisa 8+7reb
gschID: 531793


Valdiceppo - Isernia 47-42

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 13th ranked Isernia (8-17) lost to fourteenth ranked Valdiceppo (8-17) in Perugia 42-47 on Wednesday. Valdiceppo held Isernia to an opponent 24.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 25.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Isernia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Umberto Meschini (190-94) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Czech guard Filippo Meccoli-Matejca (194-92) contributed with 13 points and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Mattia Melchiorri (193-97, agency: Players Group) replied with 6 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Albanian power forward Klaudio Patani (197-96) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Isernia. Valdiceppo moved-up to thirteenth place in B. Valdiceppo will face higher ranked Pescara (#5) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Isernia will play against Monteroni (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Isernia: M.Norcino 10+2reb+2ast, K.Patani 7+9reb, L.Gazineo 7+7reb, M.Melchiorri 6+10reb+1ast, G.Maria Triggiani 5+5reb, L.Lenti Ceo 4+1reb
Valdiceppo: F.Meccoli Matejca 13+2reb+2ast, U.Meschini 12+11reb+5ast, A.Panzieri 9+7reb+1ast, F.Burini 7+4reb+4ast, L.Negrotti 6+1reb+2ast, J.Anastasi 0
gschID: 531794


Pescara - Matera 69-76

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Matera (14-10) won against on the road 5th ranked Pescara (17-9) 76-69 on Wednesday. They outrebounded Pescara 51-39 including a 39-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Nicolo Ravazzani (200-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Gianni Cantagalli (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Guard Simone Pepe (184-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency) replied with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Emidio Di-Donato (199-92) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Pescara. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pescara's coach Giorgio Salvemini tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Matera maintains sixth position in B with 14-10 record. Loser Pescara keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Matera will face Taranto (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pescara will play against Valdiceppo (#13) in Perugia and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pescara: S.Pepe 21+5reb+6ast, E.Di Donato 14+7reb+3ast, A.Capitanelli 13+6reb+1ast, M.Bini 11+5reb+1ast, P.Pelliccione 5+6reb+2ast, A.Grosso 3+2reb+1ast
Matera: S.Laudoni 20+6reb+2ast, G.Cantagalli 18+10reb, N.Ravazzani 14+17reb+4ast, G.Zampolli 13+5reb+5ast, A.Ba 6+9reb, A.Grande 5+2ast
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Ray left GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine - by Eurobasket News

33-year old American guard Allan Ray (188-90kg-84, college: Villanova) left GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (Serie A2). In 20 games in Italy he had very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.3apg this season.
The last season Ray was tested by Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A) where in four games he recorded 6.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in third round (31st overall).
The former Villanova University standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Adriatic League in 2014. Ray was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Imports Team in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Ray has played also professionally in Croatia (Cedevita), France (Pau Lacq Orthez), Germany (ratiopharm Ulm), Slovenia (Krka), NBA (Boston Celtics), Italy (Roma Virtus, Bondi Ferrara and Sutor Montegranaro) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
On Ray: An explosive scoring guard ... Tremendous leaper ... Finds the open man ... Beats foes off the dribble or with a jumper ... Range beyond the 3-point arc ... Conscientious defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IVORY COAST  


Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). Amagou led Le Mans to a victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (12-12) 82-74 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 14 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Le Mans Sarthe Basket (11-13) is placed tenth in the ProA. This season Amagou averages: 7.0ppg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 38.4%, 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 72.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Louri Frejus Zerbo
Louri Frejus Zerbo
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Louri Frejus Zerbo (209-89, currently plays in France). Zerbo could not help Limoges CSP Elite (11-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Limoges CSP Elite lost 76-84 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Paris-Levallois. Zerbo scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. It's Zerbo's sixth season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 2.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 38.1% and FT: 53.3% in 24 games he played so far. Zerbo is another player who holds two passports: Burkinabe and Ivorian. He played for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Herve Lamizana
Herve Lamizana
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Herve Lamizana (208-81, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan). Lamizana was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Yulon Luxgen in their game against Dacin Tigers (21-9) in the Taiwanese SBL. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 17 rebounds. Lamizana has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.8ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.8apg, 2.9bpg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 29.8% and FT: 70.2%. Lamizana has both Ivorian and French nationalities. He played for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #4. Swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider JA Vichy (8-16) 70-55 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Abouo scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Denain ASC Voltaire (11-13) is placed 12th in the ProB. It's Abouo's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg in 24 games. Abouo also holds two passports: Ivorian and American. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2013.

Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
   #5. Former international point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87, currently plays in France) contributed to Chalons-Reims' victory against the closely-ranked Le Portel (11-13) 77-68 in the French ProA on Friday night. Diabate scored 7 points and added 4 passes in 21 minutes. Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (9-15) is placed 12th in the ProA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Diabate has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg in five games. He has Ivorian and French nationalities. Diabate used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #6. Forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for ALM Evreux (12-12) in their game against Poitiers (12-12) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 9 points. But ALM Evreux was edged 92-90 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Poitiers (#8). Dibo has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. Despite he played previously for the French U16 national team, Dibo is also an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #7. International center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in France) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Charleville-Mezieres (13-11) in their game against STB Le Havre (13-11) in the French ProB (second division), despite his very good performance last Friday. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kone also added 2 blocks in 35 minutes. But Charleville-Mezieres was crushed 88-63 in Le Havre by the higher-ranked (#5) STB Le Havre. This year Kone has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in 23 games. He is also Ivorian national team player.

Bryan Pamba-Juille
Bryan Pamba-Juille
   #8. Point guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (184-92, currently plays in France) managed to help Lille Metropole Basket to win against the closely-ranked Provence Basket (16-8) 62-48 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Pamba-Juille scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lille Metropole Basket (15-9) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Pamba-Juille has averaged so far 5.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #9. International swingman Guy Landry Edi (202-88, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond (10-14) in their game against Saint-Quentin (11-13) in the French ProB (second division). Edi cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 4 passes in 20 minutes. Saint Chamond lost 69-77 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#13) Saint-Quentin. Edi has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.9apg in eight games. He is also in the roster of the Ivorian national team.

Cedric Bah
Cedric Bah
   #10. Center Cedric Bah (198-94, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Charles Abouo in the French ProB last game. Bah couldn't help JA Vichy (8-16) in their game against Denain Voltaire (11-13). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Bah scored only 3 points. The bottom-ranked JA Vichy was defeated 70-55 in Denain by the higher-ranked Voltaire (#12). It was JA Vichy's ninth consecutive loss in a row. Bah has averaged so far 0.6ppg and 1.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Iserlohn in their game against Karlsruhe PS in the German ProB (third division), despite his good performance last Saturday. Kone was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. But his team was crushed by 21 points 88-67. Kone has reliable stats this year: 14.7ppg, 10.7rpg and 1.3apg in 26 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Kone used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) led Pau-Lacq-Orthez to a victory against the 15th-ranked Cholet Basket (8-16) 76-69 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (18-6) is placed second in the ProA. It's Koffi's first season with the team. Koffi has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg and 6.5rpg in 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Herve Toure (205-PF-82, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Estudiantes Concordia to win against the fourth-ranked GECR Indalo (22-22) 81-69 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night. Toure scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Estudiantes Concordia (30-15) is placed second in Norte group. Toure has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #3. Adjehi Baru (206-F-91, college: Charleston, currently plays in Denmark) could not help SISU (6-12) in their last game. Despite Baru's very good performance SISU was edged 74-73 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Horsholm. He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Baru's second season in pro basketball. Baru has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.2apg in 18 games.

   #4. Dane Watts (203-F-86, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Oettinger Rockets Gotha was defeated 94-79 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Baunach (#13). Watts was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Watts' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Watts has relatively good stats this season: 14.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities.

   #5. Salim Gloyd (198-F-92, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Hawaii-Hilo, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for CB Tarragona 2017 (8-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Gloyd's very good performance CB Tarragona 2017 was defeated 98-87 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Cambados. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Gloyd has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg and 4.5rpg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #6. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Orzinuovi GaGa's victory against the tenth-ranked Padova 69-54 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. Toure recorded 12 points and added 5 assists in 33 minutes. Toure has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.0apg in 26 games. He has dual citizenship: Ivorian and Italian. Despite Toure's Ivorian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.



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  JAMAICA  


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

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

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy). He led Enel Brindisi to a victory over the third-ranked Scandone AV (15-9) crushing them 94-74 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Scott was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Enel Basket Brindisi (12-12) is placed eighth in the Serie A. It's Scott's first season with the team. Scott has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 71.5%. Scott is a naturalized American. He played for the Jamaican senior national team four years ago.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Durand Scott and both played together in the last Italian Serie A game. Samuels was the major contributor in a Enel Brindisi's victory against the third-ranked Scandone AV (15-9) crushing them 94-74. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. It was his first game for Enel Brindisi this season. Samuels played for the Jamaican national team in 2014.

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia). He contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked OKK Beograd (9-14) crushing them 90-68 in a derby game in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Ffriend recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Dynamic BG Beograd (18-5) is placed second in the KLS. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Ffriend has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 54.7% and FT: 68.4%. Ffriend played for the Jamaican national team five years ago.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #4. Center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Joventut's victory against the closely-ranked Sevilla (8-16) 71-57 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (8-17) is placed 14th in the Liga Endesa. This year Jordan's overall stats are: 9.6ppg and 5.4rpg in 19 games he played so far. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2014.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #5. Former international power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) managed to help Shimane Susanoo Magic in a victory against the fourth-ranked Orange Vikings (24-24) 77-59 in the Japanese B League D2 last Saturday. Reid recorded only 4 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 18 minutes. Shimane Susanoo Magic (40-7) is placed first in West group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Reid's total stats are: 8.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg in 48 games. He is a naturalized American. Reid used to play for the Jamaican national team six years ago.

Dylan Ennis
Dylan Ennis
   #6. Guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Oregon's victory against the University of Kansas (16-2) 74-60 in the NCAA Quarter-Finals last Saturday. Ennis scored 12 points. The University of Oregon has a very good 16-2 conference record this season. Ennis has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team three years ago.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #7. Former international power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan). He could not help Kagawa FA (14-34) to beat Dragonflies (38-10). Forbes scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. But the fifth-placed Kagawa FA (14-34) were crushed 86-64 at home by the second-ranked Dragonflies in the West group. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Forbes has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.3bpg in 48 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Uruguay) could not help Larre Borges (6-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Larre Borges (6-8) was edged 81-79 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Aguada in the Promocional 1 group. Johnson had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks and 3 steals in 40 minutes. It was Larre Borges' third consecutive loss in a row. Johnson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.4ppg, 10.6rpg, 2.0bpg and 2.0spg in five games he played so far. Johnson is a naturalized American.

   #2. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in France) led Gravelines-Dunkerque to an easy victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (16-8) crushing them 88-67 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 14 points and had 3 steals in 26 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (14-10) is placed seventh in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Henry has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in 17 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) led Spirou Charleroi to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kangoeroes (14-12) crushing them 87-56 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Friday night. Shepherd scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Proximus Spirou Charleroi (12-14) is placed seventh in the Euromillions League. It was Spirou Charleroi's first victory after six consecutive loses. Shepherd has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #4. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help La Union (9-26) in their last game. Despite Francis' good performance the seventh-placed La Union (9-26) was crushed 99-63 in Bahia Blanca by the higher-ranked (#3) Weber Bahia in the Norte group. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was La Union's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Francis has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg and 8.5rpg in 44 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #5. Phil Henry (203-PF-91, college: E.New Mexico, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to secure a victory for Nova Ves (9-31) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Henry's very good performance Nova Ves was crushed 108-79 in Komarno by the higher-ranked Rieker KN (#5). He recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. This season Henry has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.1apg. Henry is a naturalized American.

   #6. Jermaine Bucknor (201-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Gladiators' victory against the 12th-ranked Nuernberg 81-67 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Bucknor scored 15 points. Bucknor's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #7. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help KTP-Basket (13-23) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance KTP-Basket was defeated 100-90 in Helsinki by the higher-ranked Seagulls (#3). Gay scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and made 4 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). This season Gay has very high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9bpg and 1.4spg. Gay is a naturalized American.

   #8. Ryan Martin (206-F-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France) managed to help STB Le Havre in a victory against the closely-ranked Charleville-Mezieres crushing them 88-63 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes. Martin has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 4.4rpg in eight games. He has both Jamaican and British nationalities.

   #9. Dwayne Smith (198-F-89, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to Olimpo's victory against the second-ranked Estudiantes Olavarria 84-78 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Friday night. Smith scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year Smith has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.5spg in 29 games. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #10. Khalid Mutakabbir (193-G-91, agency: Duran International, college: Presbyterian, currently plays in Spain) led Zornotza to a victory against the 12th-ranked L'Hospitalet 90-76 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Mutakabbir scored 11 points and added 3 passes. This season Mutakabbir has very high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg. Mutakabbir is a naturalized American.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sean HILL
  Kaspiy Aktau
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau26.7 
 2. Parks, Barsy Atyrau21.0 
 3. Miller, Astana20.1 
 4. Kaselakis, Astana19.0 
 5. Lowery, Astana17.9 
 6. Odom, Astana15.5 
 7. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.15.3 
 8. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.14.4 
 9. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau13.1 
 10. Yargaliev, Astana11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leonidas KASELAKIS
  Astana
  (202-SF-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Kaselakis, Astana8.2 
 2. Krubally, Astana7.5 
 3. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.6.5 
 4. Micheev, Barsy A.5.8 
 5. Ponomaryov, Astana5.6 
 6. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau5.3 
 7. Lowery, Astana5.1 
 8. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.5.1 
 9. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.5.0 
 10. Gavrilov, Astana5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitrios KATSIVELIS
  Astana
  (196-G-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Katsivelis, Astana6.8 
 2. Miller, Astana6.0 
 3. Lowery, Astana5.4 
 4. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.5.2 
 5. Kaselakis, Astana4.8 
 6. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau3.7 
 7. Parks, Barsy Atyrau3.7 
 8. Yargaliev, Astana3.2 
 9. Savchenko, Barsy A.2.9 
 10. Murzagaliyev, Ast.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Sean HILL
  Kaspiy Aktau
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau4.3 
 2. Degtyarev, Kaspiy A.3.5 
 3. Lowery, Astana3.4 
 4. Parks, Barsy Atyrau3.0 
 5. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.2.9 
 6. Katsivelis, Astana2.8 
 7. Miller, Astana2.7 
 8. Cook, Barsy Atyrau2.0 
 9. Krubally, Astana2.0 
 10. Savchenko, Barsy A.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Roderick ODOM
  Astana
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Odom, Astana0.5 
 2. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.0.4 
 3. Bazhkin, Barsy A.0.4 
 4. Lowery, Astana0.3 
 5. Gavrilov, Astana0.3 
 6. Maidekin, Barsy A.0.3 
 7. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.0.3 
 8. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau0.3 
 9. Matyukevych, Barsy A.0.3 
 10. Kaselakis, Astana0.3 



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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 


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

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

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Kristaps Porzingis (221-95, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a New York Knicks' victory against the Detroit Pistons (33-41) 109-95 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Porzingis scored 25 points, grabbed 8 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots in 37 minutes on the court. The New York Knicks have 28-47 record this season. Porzingis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 79.0% in 64 games he played so far. Porzingis is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Timma
Janis Timma
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Janis Timma (201-92, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Zenit to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (13-5) 83-80 in the VTB United League last Saturday. Timma scored 15 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Zenit Saint Petersburg (18-3) is placed second in the VTB United League. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Timma has relatively good stats this season: 14.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 62.7%(52-83), 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 85.4%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain). Pasecniks contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Zaragoza (8-17) crushing them 102-57 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored 8 points in 25 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (17-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Pasecniks' overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 64.9%(72-111) and FT: 60.9% in 25 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Rolands Smits
Rolands Smits
   #4. Power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-21) 90-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Smits scored 7 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 2 shots. Montakit Fuenlabrada (11-14) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. Smits' total stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 3.7rpg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Arturs Strautins
Arturs Strautins
   #5. U18 international small forward Arturs Strautins (198-98, currently plays in Italy) helped Grissin Bon RE win their game against the 12th-ranked Brescia (10-14) crushing them 103-70 in the Italian Serie A last Monday. Strautins scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (13-11) is placed seventh in the Serie A. This year Strautins' total stats are: 3.0ppg and 2.2rpg in 13 games. He plays currently for the Latvian U18 national team.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #6. Swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Greece) helped PAOK win their game against the eighth-ranked Promitheas (9-14) 78-75 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Peiners scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. PAOK Thessaloniki (13-10) is placed fourth in the A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Peiners has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #7. International shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in a victory against the 13th-ranked Usak Sportlif (7-16) 78-70 in the Turkish BSL in Monday night's game. Bertans scored 5 points in 17 minutes. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (16-7) is placed fifth in the BSL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bertans has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg in 16 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
   #8. Small forward Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95, currently plays in Estonia) could not help Valga (8-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Zvigurs' very good performance Valga was edged 80-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Rapla (#3). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Zvigurs also added 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Zvigurs has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2015.

Davis Lejasmeiers
Davis Lejasmeiers
   #9. International guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) led Sodertalje Kings to a victory over the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (18-14) 65-60 in the Swedish Basketligan on Wednesday night. Lejasmeiers was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (23-9) is placed third in the Basketligan. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Lejasmeiers' stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg in 31 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #10. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Dairis Bertans in the Turkish BSL last game. Freimanis was not able to help Usak Sportlif in their game against Darussafaka (16-7). He scored 9 points. But Usak Sportlif was defeated 78-70 in Istanbul by the much higher-ranked Darussafaka (#5). Freimanis averaged so far 12.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) helped Targu Mures win their game against the third-ranked Craiova 97-92 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Monday. Kalve recorded 18 points in 34 minutes. Kalve averaged so far 10.5ppg and 4.6rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former U16 international small forward Rodions Kurucs (206-98, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team FC Barcelona win their game against the closely-ranked Crvena Zvezda 67-54 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Kurucs recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for FC Barcelona this season. Kurucs used to play for the Latvian U16 national team back in 2014.

   #13. International power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his German team Telekom Baskets edge the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre 77-76 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. Silins has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1apg in 15 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. International forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers crushing them 103-74 in the NBA last Monday. Bertans scored only 3 points. Bertans has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 1.4rpg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Kristaps Kanbergs (189-88, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivars Rihards Zvigurs and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Kanbergs was not able to secure a victory for Valga in their game against Rapla. He scored only 4 points in 31 minutes. His team was edged 80-78. Kanbergs has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 21 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team nine years ago.

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

   #1. Aksels Skaistlauks (195-SG-97, currently plays in Germany). Skaistlauks could not help Tuebingen II (8-17) to beat TV Langen (13-12). He scored 5 points in 14 minutes. The 13th-placed Tuebingen II (8-17) lost 67-75 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) TV Langen in the South-West group. It was Tuebingen II's third consecutive loss in a row. Skaistlauks' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Skaistlauks has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg in 24 games he played so far.



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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. Jones, Mayrouba24.9 
 3. Johnson, Louaize24.9 
 4. Jackson, Homen.24.5 
 5. Rembert, Champville23.9 
 6. Kemp, Tadamon23.9 
 7. Khatib, Homenetmen23.3 
 8. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 9. Cummings, Champville22.8 
 10. Daniels, Moutahed22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BOHANNON
  Mayrouba
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bohannon, Mayrouba14.8 
 2. Townes, Champville13.3 
 3. Adeleke, Sagesse12.5 
 4. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 5. O''Brien, Sagesse12.3 
 6. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 7. Holton, Tadamon11.9 
 8. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 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, Tadamon6.8 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.8 
 5. Rembert, Champville5.9 
 6. Pigram, Tadamon5.8 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed5.2 
 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. Kemp, Tadamon2.2 
 5. Galloway, Homen.2.1 
 6. Curry, Moutahed2.1 
 7. Pigram, Tadamon2.0 
 8. Tucker, Byblos1.9 
 9. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 10. Youngblood, Byblos1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Deng, Tadamon2.5 
 3. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 4. Majok, Homenetmen2.4 
 5. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 6. Townes, Champville2.2 
 7. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 8. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.7 
 9. Godfrey, Sagesse1.6 
 10. Byrd, Hoops1.4 


Best players of Lebanese Pepsi LBL round 1 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

American Cleveland Melvin (203-F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Moutahed and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Champville (#3, 8-12) 92-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Moutahed maintains the 2nd position in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Moutahed is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 9th lost game this season out of 20 games. In the team's last game Melvin had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Moutahed, being already a very valuable addition to the team.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Champville. Thomas impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Champville lost that game 85-92 to Moutahed (11-9). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Thomas is a newcomer at Champville and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of top-ranked Homenetmen. Galloway showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, ten rebounds and fourteen assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Homenetmen, leading his team to a 86-65 easy win against #4 ranked Sagesse in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Homenetmen as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 18 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Galloway has a great season in Lebanon. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 8.5apg (best passer). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Clay Tucker (196-G-80) of Byblos - 25 points and 5 rebounds
5. Geron Johnson (190-G-92) of Louaize - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Mohamad Haidar (201-F-90) of Al Riyadi - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88) of Al Riyadi - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Ater Majok (208-C-87) of Homenetmen - 14 points and 9 rebounds
9. Markeith Cummings (198-SF-88) of Champville - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ali Traore (207-C/F-85) of Byblos - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Pepsi LBL Round 1 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Pepsi LBL just started. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The biggest surprise of round 1 in Pepsi LBL took place in Beirut where host Homenetmen (18-1) crushed Sagesse (6-13) 86-65 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Homenetmen. Sagesse managed to win fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Homenetmen forced 23 Sagesse turnovers. Strangely Sagesse outrebounded Homenetmen 50-36 including 20 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American-Iraqi point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) fired a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists for the winners. American forward Dewayne Jackson (203-90, college: Morgan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. Homenetmen's coach Joe Nebhan felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Sagesse will play next round against strong Byblos trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Homenetmen will try to continue on its current victory against Louaize in Zouk.
Al Riyadi smashed Tadamon in Beirut 113-67. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Amir Saoud (186-91) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Edgar Sosa contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) answered with 20 points for Tadamon. Tadamon's coach Paul Coughter gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Tadamon will play next round against strong Al Moutahed trying to get back on the winning streak. Al Riyadi will try to continue on its current victory against Champville at Dik El Mehdi.
An exciting game was played in Byblos. Byblos faced Louaize. Host Byblos (14-5) defeated guests from Zouk (10-9) 88-73. Clay Tucker stepped up and scored 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Geron Johnson responded with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Byblos will meet Sagesse (#4) in the next round. Louaize will play against Homenetmen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Tripoli. Al Moutahed faced Champville. Host Al Moutahed (11-8) defeated guests from Dik El Mehdi (8-11) 92-85. The game was dominated by American players. Cleveland Melvin nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Champville's coach Ghassan Sarkis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Al Moutahed's next round opponent will be Tadamon (#4) in Zouk. Champville will play at home against Al Riyadi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group A
Byblos - Louaize 88-73

An exciting game was played in Byblos. Byblos faced Louaize. Host Byblos (14-5) defeated guests from Zouk (10-9) 88-73. Byblos had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) stepped up and scored 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and French power forward Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Byblos players scored in double figures. At the losing side international guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) responded with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American Travis McKie (201-92, college: Wake Forest, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Byblos will meet Sagesse (#4) in the next round. Louaize will play against Homenetmen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Byblos: C.Tucker 25+5reb+1ast, A.Traore 19+8reb+3ast, A.Kanaan 12+6reb, J.Youngblood 11+4reb+2ast, T.Ammoury 9+3reb+2ast, R.Akl 8+6reb+9ast
Louaize: G.Johnson 23+5reb+7ast, T.McKie 17+5reb+2ast, W.Lewis 15+5reb, E.Stephan 8+2reb+1ast, M.Martinez 6+6reb+5ast, R.Bechara 2+3reb
gschID: 543072


Homenetmen - Sagesse 86-65

The biggest surprise of round 1 in Pepsi LBL took place in Beirut where host Homenetmen (18-1) crushed Sagesse (6-13) 86-65 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Homenetmen. Sagesse managed to win fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Homenetmen forced 23 Sagesse turnovers. Strangely Sagesse outrebounded Homenetmen 50-36 including 20 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American-Iraqi point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) fired a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists for the winners. American forward Dewayne Jackson (203-90, college: Morgan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. Four Homenetmen players scored in double figures. Homenetmen's coach Joe Nebhan felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and the former international forward Patrick Bou-Abboud (199-87) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Sagesse will play next round against strong Byblos trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Homenetmen will try to continue on its current victory against Louaize in Zouk.
Top scorers:
Homenetmen: D.Jackson 22+5ast, H.Gyokchyan 17+6reb, A.Majok 14+9reb+1ast, K.Galloway 13+10reb+14ast, K.Mechref 9+4reb, N.Souaid 5+1reb
Sagesse: C.Godfrey 19+14reb+2ast, P.Bou Abboud 14+6reb+4ast, M.Efevberha 12+5reb+2ast, K.Adeleke 6+13reb+4ast, M.Ibrahim 6+4reb+4ast, G.Yves-Daaboul 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543071


Group B
Al Riyadi - Tadamon 113-67

Al Riyadi smashed Tadamon in Beirut 113-67. The game without a history. Al Riyadi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Al Riyadi had a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 58.6 percentage. Al Riyadi players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Tadamon's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Amir Saoud (186-91) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Dominican-American point guard Edgar Sosa (190-88, college: Louisville) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) answered with 20 points and forward Gerard Hadidian (201-95, college: Lake Land CC) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tadamon. Tadamon's coach Paul Coughter gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Tadamon will play next round against strong Al Moutahed trying to get back on the winning streak. Al Riyadi will try to continue on its current victory against Champville at Dik El Mehdi.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: M.Haidar 21+4reb+2ast, B.Cvetkovic 19+4reb+2ast, K.Zeinoun 18+1reb, A.Saoud 17+6reb+6ast, E.Sosa 16+5reb+7ast, R.Samaha 11+6reb+2ast
Tadamon: M.Kemp 20+4reb+1ast, G.Hadidian 13+9reb, D.Deng 12+6reb, C.Pigram 7+5ast, A.Abdel Massih 4+1reb, A.Fakhreddine 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 543073


Moutahed - Champville 92-85

An exciting game was played in Tripoli. Al Moutahed faced Champville. Host Al Moutahed (11-8) defeated guests from Dik El Mehdi (8-11) 92-85. The hosts were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 34-23 last quarter charge of Champville cut the lead to 92-85 at the end of the game. Al Moutahed players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and guard Dewarick Spencer (192-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) accounted for 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Markeith Cummings (198-88, college: Kennesaw St.) added 26 points respectively for Champville in the defeat. Four Champville players scored in double figures. Champville's coach Ghassan Sarkis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Al Moutahed's next round opponent will be Tadamon (#4) in Zouk. Champville will play at home against Al Riyadi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: C.Melvin 25+10reb+2ast, D.Spencer 22+5reb+6ast, R.Curry 19+3reb+6ast, E.Rustom 9+2reb+2ast, C.Tabet 8+6reb+3ast, M.Ziadeh 6+5reb+3ast
Champville: M.Cummings 26+3reb+2ast, B.Thomas 21+6reb+4ast, Y.Ghantous 12+7reb+3ast, D.Townes 10+3reb+3ast, B.Bawji 8+12reb+4ast, J.Assi 6+2reb
gschID: 543074





Chemidor adds Upshaw to their roster, ex Mayrouba - by Eurobasket News

Chemidor Tehran (Superleague) added to their roster 23-year old American center Robert Upshaw (213-116kg-94, college: Washington). He just played at Mayrouba in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Upshaw managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 18 Pepsi LBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.7ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.3apg and 3.6bpg. He also played earlier that season for Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML where in two Pepsi LBL games he averaged 5.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.0bpg. Upshaw also played 3 games in VTB United League where he had 5.0ppg and 2.7rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Upshaw's team made it to the Baltic League Final Four.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Upshaw tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in NBA (LA Lakers), Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco) and D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).
Upshaw attended University of Washington until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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 


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Jonathan HUDSON
  Palanga
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 2. Vingelis, Rasai18.6 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.4 
 4. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 5. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.3 
 6. Beliavicius, Vytis15.5 
 7. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 8. Galeckas, Rasai15.1 
 9. Saulys, Suduva-M.14.7 
 10. Pukelis, Silute14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.0 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.1 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 4. Pukelis, Silute7.5 
 5. Jankaitis, Vytis7.3 
 6. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 7. Simonis, Palanga6.9 
 8. Raupys, Silute6.8 
 9. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.6.7 
 10. Kieza, Suduva-M.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.1 
 2. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 3. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.6.0 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.4 
 5. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 6. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.4.9 
 7. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 8. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 9. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
 10. Wanamaker, Silute4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Telsiai
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Razutis, Telsiai2.5 
 2. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 3. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Silute2.3 
 5. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 6. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.1.8 
 9. Galeckas, Rasai1.8 
 10. Jonuska, Mazeikiai1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.0 
 2. Davis, Palanga1.6 
 3. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 4. Green, Palanga1.1 
 5. Pukelis, Silute1.1 
 6. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.9 
 7. Massalski, Perla.0.9 
 8. Udras, Suduva-M.0.9 
 9. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.8 
 10. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 


NKL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Suduva-Mantinga and Nafta-Uni reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga - Rasai 96-72

Suduva-Mantinta cruised past Rasai to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Suduva-Mantinga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Suduva-Mantinga outrebounded Rasai 49-34 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for forward Antanas Udras (203-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Dominykas Domarkas (190-92) helped adding 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Suduva-Mantinga players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Tomas Galeckas (183-94) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and forward Andrius Aleksandrovas (197-86) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: A.Udras 20+8reb+2ast, G.Matulis 16+5reb+4ast, K.Rochford 16+8reb, D.Griskenas 16+5reb+1ast, D.Domarkas 13+10reb+6ast, E.Ezerskis 10+8reb+5ast
Rasai: T.Galeckas 16+5reb+3ast, A.Aleksandrovas 12+4reb+2ast, S.Beniusis 10+3reb, D.Gricius 9+3reb+1ast, S.Vingelis 9+3reb+2ast, K.Okmanas 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 542533


Nafta-Uni. - Vytis 91-70

Nafta-Uni beat Vytis to complete the sweep of the series. The game was mostly controlled by Nafta-Uni.. Vytis managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nafta-Uni. forced 21 Vytis turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Vytis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Dziugas Slavinskas (203-98) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Nafta-Uni. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Edvinas Jezukevicius (207-90) with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Paulius Beliavicius (194-88) scored 12 points and 4 assists. 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.
Top scorers:
Nafta-Uni.: V.Chodosovskis 23+7reb+1ast, D.Slavinskas 16+6reb+2ast, E.Kubilius 13+2reb+4ast, E.Alunderis 12+8reb, M.Stasys 12+1reb+7ast, D.Anuzis 8+2reb+2ast
Vytis: E.Jezukevicius 13+9reb+1ast, P.Beliavicius 12+2reb+4ast, T.Sebeziovas 11+4reb+1ast, G.Radzevicius 9+5reb+1ast, A.Jankaitis 7+2reb+2ast, R.Trakimas 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 542534





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

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

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Banvit's victory against the eighth-ranked Gaziantep (11-12) 83-77 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Orelik scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (16-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. Orelik has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 60.8%(45-74), 3FGP: 42.7% and FT: 81.4% in 23 games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Edvinas Seskus
Edvinas Seskus
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Estonia). Seskus led Parnu to a victory over one of league's weakest teams BC Rakvere (7-19) 87-72 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Seskus recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. Parnu Sadam (4-0) is placed first in the Alexela KML. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Seskus has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 62.8%(135-215), 3FGP: 26.9%. Seskus played for the Lithuanian U20 national team in 2015.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the closely-ranked Olympiacos (19-10) 79-73 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Maciulis recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Real Madrid (21-7) is placed first in the Euroleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Maciulis' overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 51.7%(31-60) and FT: 72.2% in 24 games. Ex-KK Baltai Kaunas player is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #4. Center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Toronto Raptors (45-30) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Toronto Raptors (45-30) were defeated 110-106 on the road by the Charlotte Hornets. Valanciunas recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. It's Valanciunas' fifth season with the team. This year Valanciunas has very high stats. He averages: 11.9ppg and 9.6rpg. Valanciunas is also Lithuanian national team player.

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #5. International forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) helped his Spanish team CB Canarias win their game against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) 61-51 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 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 Grigonis' first season with the team. This year Grigonis' total stats are: 9.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg in 14 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #6. Point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Armani Milano in their game against The Flexx PT (11-13) in the Italian Serie A. Kalnietis scored 8 points and added 6 passes. The league leader Armani Milano was defeated 85-74 in Pistoia by the much lower-ranked The Flexx PT (#10). They ended the series of six consecutive victories. Kalnietis has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Edgaras Zelionis
Edgaras Zelionis
   #7. Former U20 international forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89, currently plays in Latvia) helped Ventspils win their game against the closely-ranked Valmiera (19-10) 89-84 in the Latvian LBL in Saturday night's game. Zelionis scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (24-3) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Zelionis has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team eight years ago.

Tautvydas Lydeka
Tautvydas Lydeka
   #8. An experienced center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to secure a victory for Banco di Srd (7-7) in their game against Monaco (12-2) in the Basketball Champions League. Despite his good performance last Wednesday Lydeka scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Lydeka has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 4.5rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2006.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas
Mindaugas Kuzminskas
   #9. International forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the New York Knicks (28-47) in their game against the San Antonio Spurs (57-17) in the NBA. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He scored 19 points. Kuzminskas has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 1.9rpg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #10. Power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, currently plays in NBA) helped New Orleans Pelicans win their game against the Denver Nuggets (35-39) crushing them 115-90 in the NBA on Sunday night. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans have 32-43 record this season. Motiejunas has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help VL Pesaro in their game against Dolomiti En. TR in the Italian Serie A, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Jasaitis scored 20 points in 27 minutes. But his team lost 91-97. Jasaitis has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 3.1rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U22 international power forward Tauras Jogela (202-93, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Latvia) helped Barons Riga win their game against one of league's weakest teams Latvijas Universitate crushing them 81-51 in a derby game in the Latvian LBL last Wednesday. Jogela recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Jogela has reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U22 national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former international point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Usak Sportlif in their game against Darussafaka in the Turkish BSL. Despite his very good performance in Monday night's game Vasiliauskas scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Vasiliauskas' stats this season are: 12.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.5apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international shooting guard Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Italy) helped Grissin Bon RE win their game against the 12th-ranked Brescia crushing them 103-70 in the Italian Serie A last Monday. Kaukenas scored 12 points in a mere 15 minutes. Kaukenas has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 1.9apg in nine games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2012.

   #15. U20 international center Martynas Sajus (208-96, currently plays in Poland) helped Polpharma win their game against the closely-ranked Wilki Morskie 67-58 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Sajus scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Sajus averaged so far 10.7ppg and 6.8rpg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian U20 national team.

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

   #1. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in ABA League) could not help Cedevita (20-6) in their last game. Despite Shurna's good performance Cedevita was edged 74-73 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) Partizan. He scored 10 points in 26 minutes. Shurna has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 2.7rpg in 19 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) was the major contributor in COR-Borisfen's victory against the closely-ranked Grodno-93 (27-5) 68-58 in the Belarusian Premier League last Saturday. Kamarunas scored 15 points, made 7 passes and 5 steals in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. COR-Borisfen Mogilev (28-2) is placed first in the Premier League. It was his team's eighth 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. Kamarunas has reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.7apg and 2.0spg in 24 games.

   #3. Nik Stauskas (198-SG-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Philadelphia 76ers in their game against the Atlanta Hawks (39-36) in the NBA. Stauskas recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. But the Philadelphia 76ers (27-48) lost 92-99 in Atlanta to the Hawks. Stauskas' stats this year are: 9.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.2apg in 73 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian.

   #4. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Romania) led Steaua CSM to a victory over the fourth-ranked Oradea (14-12) 85-70 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Wednesday. Runkauskas was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 32 minutes. Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (16-10) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Runkauskas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.3apg in 26 games.

   #5. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for Neuchatel (13-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Danys' very good performance the fifth-placed Neuchatel (13-9) was defeated 76-69 at home by the lower-ranked Starwings (#6) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Danys also added 6 rebounds and 4 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Danys averaged so far 10.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg.

   #6. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked TLU/Kalev crushing them 97-67 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds in 24 minutes. Milka's stats this year are: 12.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3apg in 23 games.

   #7. Experienced Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) contributed to a BG Goettingen's victory against the 13th-ranked Walter Tigers 82-73 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Veikalas' stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.3apg in 24 games.

   #8. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Sweden) helped Nassjo win their game against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket crushing them 86-62 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. Griskenas has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 3.5rpg in 31 games.

   #9. Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown, currently plays in Germany) helped SG Schwelmer Baskets win their game against the seventh-ranked Duesseldorf 78-74 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. Mikutis has very impressive stats this year: 18.3ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg in 24 games.

   #10. Mantas Kazonas (202-F-89, currently plays in France) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Lourdes-Tarbes (17-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Lourdes-Tarbes was defeated 77-70 in Orchies by the higher-ranked Orchesien BC (#6). Kazonas was the second best scorer with 17 points. Kazonas averaged so far 10.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg.



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Division Champs and 2 Expansion teams in action - by Charles Hickman

The Minnesota Rangers is back and has some unfinished business as they take on the Lincoln Lions in there season opener. The Rangers lost in the championship to the Cedarvalley CourtKings in the 1st MBL season. The Lions were a late addition and came up a game short from making the playoffs. The Rangers will be lead by last year's MVP runner up Rochester Rogers (6'3''-G/F-87, college: Missouri Valley), Dominique Dawson (6'8''-C/F-91, college: Ky Wesleyan), and Damien Lolar (6'5''-F-84, college: W.Texas A&M) a former NBA d league player.

The Kentucky Flash travel to take on the Fort Wayne Vision for there 2nd game of the season. Fort Wayne looks to dominate behind all MBL and all star Reggie Lytle (6'2''-G-91, college: MCC-Penn Valley) who was 2nd in the league in scoring last year. The Flash will be lead by Devaughn Taylor and Jeremy Williams. Devaughn Taylor lead the Flash with 41 pts. in last week's victory against the Indiana Fury.



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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 


CIBACOPA Round 5: Ostioneros de Guaymas hand first loss to Tijuana Zonkeys - by Eurobasket News

There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of CIBACOPA and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most surprising game was the first loss of Tijuana Zonkeys (4-1) on the court of eighth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Ostioneros de Guaymas 85-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. American center Shane Heyward (200-92, college: Columbus St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Tijuana Zonkeys. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas (2-2) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Mazatlan and Obregon. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Rayos de Hermosillo (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Rayos de Hermosillo (3-1) which played on the court of Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (2-2). Second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo had an easy win 105-91. American players dominated the game. Forward Tristan Spurlock (203-91, college: Cent.Florida) stepped up and scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Anthlon Bell chipped in 20 points. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 21 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 3-1 record behind leader Tijuana, which they share with Guasave and Navolato. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Mazatlan and Guaymas. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against league's leader Tijuana Zonkeys at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play against Garra Canera de Navolato (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Aguilas Doradas de Durango's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (2-2) 98-87 on Wednesday. Dominique Keller nailed 31 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Michael Lizarraga came up with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Lobos UAD Mazatlan in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aguilas Doradas de Durango (1-4) left bottom position moving up to ninth place. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Obregon and Guaymas. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will meet at home higher ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play against the league's second-placed Frayles de Guasave and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to third ranked Frayles de Guasave (3-1) 96-90. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Travis Franklin who scored 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to second place, which they share with Hermosillo and Navolato. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Frayles de Guasave's next round opponent will be Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#6) on the road. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#5) and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game in Culiacan was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (3-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (1-3). Garra Canera de Navolato managed to secure a 9-point victory 89-80 on Wednesday. Americans were the main players on the court. Mychal Ammons orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Garra Canera de Navolato have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Guasave and Hermosillo. Caballeros de Culiacan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will face Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Aguilas Doradas de Durango and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Obregon - Hermosillo 91-105

Another interesting game for Rayos de Hermosillo (3-1) which played on the court of Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (2-2). Second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo had an easy win 105-91. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Forward Tristan Spurlock (203-91, college: Cent.Florida) stepped up and scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Anthlon Bell (190-93, college: Arkansas) chipped in 20 points. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 21 rebounds and swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Halcones de Ciudad Obregon players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 3-1 record behind leader Tijuana, which they share with Guasave and Navolato. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Mazatlan and Guaymas. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against league's leader Tijuana Zonkeys at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play against Garra Canera de Navolato (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obregon: M.Glover 24+21reb+2ast, N.Leon 22+2reb+2ast, G.Rice Jr. 14+9reb+5ast, O.Quintero 13+1reb+1ast, L.Atterberry 9+4reb+1ast, J.Hutchingson 6+2reb+1ast
Hermosillo: T.Spurlock 22+6reb+4ast, A.Bell 20+2reb+3ast, J.Camacho 15+5reb+2ast, S.Monreal 13+5reb+5ast, M.Kabongo 10+2reb+1ast, E.Little 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 536301


Guasave - Los Mochis 96-90

Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to third ranked Frayles de Guasave (3-1) 96-90. Frayles de Guasave shot 61.8 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Frayles de Guasave players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) who scored 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 19 points and 8 assists. Forward A'Darius Pegues (208-89, college: Campbellsville) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) added 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to second place, which they share with Hermosillo and Navolato. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Frayles de Guasave's next round opponent will be Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#6) on the road. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#5) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: C.Forte 26+6reb+1ast, A.Pegues 25+10reb+1ast, M.Hernandez 15+1reb+4ast, J.Newby 13+5reb+4ast, D.Lacy 7+2reb+3ast, D.Leal 2
Guasave: T.Franklin 35+6reb+8ast, S.Yeager 19+4reb+8ast, G.Mondragon 18+4reb+4ast, E.Pittman 16+9reb+3ast, A.Cervantes 5+5reb, J.Roman 3
gschID: 536302


Culiacan - Navolato 80-89

The game in Culiacan was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (3-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (1-3). Garra Canera de Navolato managed to secure a 9-point victory 89-80 on Wednesday. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Guard Tamir Jackson (190-90, college: Rice) contributed with 28 points and 6 assists for the winners. Center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Langston Morris-Walker (196-94, college: Oregon St., agency: SDJ Sports) added 16 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Caballeros de Culiacan. Four Caballeros de Culiacan players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Garra Canera de Navolato have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Guasave and Hermosillo. Caballeros de Culiacan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will face Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Aguilas Doradas de Durango and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: B.Puckett 28+10reb+4ast, L.Morris-Walker 16+11reb+3ast, I.Young 15+3reb+3ast, G.Glaze 12+11reb, M.Ayala 6+1reb+1ast, W.Flores 3+1reb
Navolato: M.Ammons 33+9reb+2ast, T.Jackson 28+1reb+6ast, D.Mitchell 14+6reb+4ast, J.McIntosh 5+3reb, R.Pruneda-Garza 4+5reb, B.Heredia 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 536298


Durango - Mazatlan 98-87

Aguilas Doradas de Durango's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (2-2) 98-87 on Wednesday. Aguilas Doradas de Durango made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American power forward Dominique Keller (205-88, college: Illinois) nailed 31 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Martin Zamarco accounted for 24 points and 4 assists. Keller is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international forward Michael Lizarraga (200-89, college: CS Northridge) came up with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Taj Gray (204-84, college: Oklahoma) added 22 points respectively for Lobos UAD Mazatlan in the defeat. Four Lobos UAD Mazatlan players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aguilas Doradas de Durango (1-4) left bottom position moving up to ninth place. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Obregon and Guaymas. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will meet at home higher ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play against the league's second-placed Frayles de Guasave and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Mazatlan: T.Gray 22+2reb+1ast, M.Liabo 17+4reb+3ast, M.Lizarraga 14+7reb+5ast, C.Tucker 12+4reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 8+1ast, M.Reza 6+3reb
Durango: D.Keller 31+5reb+2ast, M.Zamarco 24+3reb+4ast, I.Avalos 22+5reb, L.Pulido 9+2ast, A.Matron 7+2ast, G.Moron 2+4reb
gschID: 536299


Guaymas - Tijuana 85-74

The most surprising game was the first loss of Tijuana Zonkeys (4-1) on the court of eighth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Ostioneros de Guaymas 85-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. American center Shane Heyward (200-92, college: Columbus St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Luis Ramirez (180-82) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Tijuana Zonkeys. 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. Ostioneros de Guaymas (2-2) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Mazatlan and Obregon. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Rayos de Hermosillo (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: T.Lathan 16+7reb+3ast, L.Ramirez 12+4reb+4ast, J.Zesati 11+2reb+2ast, S.Gardner 10+2reb+2ast, L.Gibson 9+9reb+1ast, K.Scott 7+1reb+3ast
Guaymas: P.Marigney 17+7reb+3ast, B.Provost 15+8reb+3ast, S.Heyward 15+10reb+2ast, R.Woods 14+4reb+2ast, J.Salcedo 8+3reb+1ast, M.Gwynne 6+3reb+3ast
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Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 4 - by Eurobasket News

American Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) had a great game in the last round for Navolato and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Culiacan (#8, 1-3) 84-76. Navolato is placed at 4th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Navolato will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Ammons had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Navolato, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of South Alabama graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ammons is in league's top in points (4th best: 24.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.8rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg,74.5% FGP and 54.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Sammy Yeager (193-F-89) of second-ranked Guasave. Yeager impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Guasave to another comfortable win outscoring Los Mochis (#10, 0-4) 106-86. This victory allowed Guasave to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Yeager is one of the most experienced players at Guasave and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.8ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.5rpg and 5.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was another Guasave's star - American Travis Franklin (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances). Franklin got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He was another key player of Guasave, helping his team with a 106-86 easy win against Los Mochis (#10, 0-4). Guasave needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Franklin has a great season in Mexico. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.3ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cameron Forte (201-F-93) of Los Mochis - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Taj Gray (204-F/C-84) of Mazatlan - 34 points and 4 rebounds
6. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Grandy Glaze (204-F) of Culiacan - 22 points and 14 rebounds
8. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Trayvon Lathan (201-G-84) of Tijuana - 18 points, 10 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)



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





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Cholet signs Marcus Williams, ex Buducnost