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ABBA Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

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

Stingerz - Freetown T. 76-57

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Stingerz (6-2) crushed at home 7th ranked Freetown T. (3-6) 76-57 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-57. Stingerz moved-up to second place, which they share with Flyers and Cutie Ovals Ojays. Freetown T. at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost.
gschID: 535679


HS Outlaws - Flyers 68-92

The game in supposed to be quite interesting. Third ranked Flyers (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked HS Outlaws (3-5). Flyers smashed HS Outlaws 92-68 on Thursday. The game without a history. Flyers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Flyers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Cutie Ovals Ojays and Stingerz. HS Outlaws lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Ottos.
gschID: 535678





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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.6 
 2. Green, Instituto20.4 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.18.8 
 4. Solano, Echague18.5 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.4 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Horner, Obras B.16.7 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.3 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.2 
 10. Gadson, Argentino15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.3 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.7 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.1 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.9.0 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.8 
 7. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.6 
 8. Justiz, Estudian.8.4 
 9. Horner, Obras B.8.4 
 10. Francis, La Union8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pedro BARRAL
  Obras B.
  (186-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Barral, Obras B.6.2 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.6 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.6 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.6 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 10. De-l., GECR I.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 8. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.1.5 
 10. Lescano, San M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.9 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.6 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 9. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.0 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.6 
 3. Brown, La Union19.9 
 4. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 5. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.0 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.18.8 
 8. Pais, Platense18.7 
 9. Montes-C., Obera T.18.3 
 10. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.9 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.3 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.9.2 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.8.7 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB7.8 
 10. Coleman, Alianza .7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. La Bella, Gimnasia.7.6 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.5 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.5 
 4. Gandoy, Obera TC5.9 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.5.0 
 6. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.7 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.5 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.5 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Sebastian PUNET
  Salta Basket
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Punet, Salta Basket2.8 
 2. Pais, Platense2.5 
 3. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 4. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Lopez, Independ.1.9 
 8. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 3. Deck, Obera TC1.4 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Okoye, Salta Basket1.3 
 6. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.1 
 7. Tabarez, Union SF1.0 
 8. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 9. Stroud, Parque Sur0.9 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


Carlos Delfino agreed terms with Boca Jrs - by Eurobasket News

Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old Argentinian international small forward Carlos Delfino (198-104kg-82). He played most recently at LA Clippers in the NBA. Delfino also spent pre-season at the Bucks in NBA that year.
In 2003 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in first round (25th overall).
Among other achievements Delfino played in the final of Russian A Superleague in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games Honorable Mention award back in 2012.
Delfino has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Argentinian senior team since 2003 and previously for U21 National Team between 2000 and 2001.
Delfino also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 15.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 65.2%.
Delfino is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Delfino has played previously professionally in Italy (Reggio C. Vis and Fortituto Kontatto Bologna), Spain, NBA (Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors), Argentina (Olimpia Venado Tuerto Santa Fe and La Union) and Russia (Khimky).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Boca Jrs.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Has shooting range of more than 8 metres, some which could allow him to play even the 2 position in future, but now he plays forward 3 or 4, because is yet enough strong to battle under tthe boards, but above all he has the typical mental skills of S.American players, never surrenders. Mostly a scorer and able to play both wing spots, but not a great shooter with range, yet. He is still very young and has a big upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LigaA Round 36 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked San Martin Corrientes (26-10) in Concordia on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Estudiantes C. (26-13) 83-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of San Martin Corrientes. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of Italian swingman Anibal Marin (199-82) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) who added 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Estudiantes C. maintains second position with 26-13 record having just three point less than leader San Lorenzo. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. Estudiantes C. are looking forward to face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against GECR Indalo (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Cordoba. Fifth ranked Obras Basket (18-20) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked Instituto (23-15) 97-95 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Instituto. The winners were led by the former international forward Walter Herrmann (206-79) who scored that evening 30 points and Tomas Zanzottera supported him with 24 points and 4 assists. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists by American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for Instituto. Obras Basket maintains fifth position with 18-20 record. Instituto at the other side keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Obras Basket will play against league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Instituto will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (23-12) against fourth ranked GECR Indalo (19-18) on Tuesday night. Visiting Ferrocarril was defeated by GECR Indalo in Comodoro R. 94-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ferrocarril. The best player for the winners was Carlos Schattmann who scored 24 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Ramon Clemente who recorded 8 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. GECR Indalo have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 19-18 record. Loser Ferrocarril keeps the second place with 12 games lost. GECR Indalo will meet Regatas Corrientes (#4) on the road in the next round. Ferrocarril's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Boca Juniors.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Estudiantes C. (26-13) against sixth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (20-18) on Monday night. Visiting Estudiantes C. was crushed by Olimpico de La Banda in La Banda 82-49. It was a good game for Federico Van-Lacke who led his team to a victory with 24 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olimpico de La Banda have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 20-18 record. Estudiantes C. at the other side keeps the second place with 13 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda's next round opponent will be Libertad Sunchales (#7) at home. Estudiantes C. will play against Atenas (#9) and hope to win that game.
LigaA top team - San Martin Corrientes (26-10) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Echague (6-31) in Parana 79-74. Worth to mention a quality performance of Leonardo Mainoldi who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. San Martin Corrientes have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-10 record. Echague lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 31 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Echague will play at home against Atenas (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 36: Regatas C. was destroyed by Hispano Am. on the opponent's court 92-67. Olimpico LB managed to outperform Libertad S. in a home game 67-61. Boca Jrs recorded a loss to Quilmes MP on the road 102-100. Penarol defeated Boca Jrs on its own court 89-71. Obras Basket was smashed by Atenas in Cordoba 90-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists by Bruno Labaque of Atenas.

Hispano Am. - Regatas C. 92-67

There was an upset in Rio Gallegos where higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (20-13) was crushed by tenth ranked Hispano Am. (12-27) 92-67 on Thursday. The game without a history. Hispano Am. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hispano Am. outrebounded Regatas Corrientes 44-22 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Hispano Am. looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Mariano Byro (194-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Mariano Fierro (200-86) who added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Hispano Am. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) scored 14 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hispano Am. moved-up to ninth place. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Hispano Am. will face higher ranked Argentino (#6) in Junin in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Regatas Corrientes will play at home against GECR Indalo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hispano Am.: J.Treise 16+3reb+3ast, M.Byro 15+5reb+10ast, G.Torres 12+6reb, M.Fierro 11+8reb+4ast, M.Bernardini 8+6reb+1ast, L.O'Bannon 8+3reb+4ast
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 17+5reb+3ast, D.Sims 14+2ast, C.Troutman 12+3reb, F.Martina 8+2reb, J.Saiz 6+3reb+3ast, F.Ramirez 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523575


Estudiantes C. - San Martin C. 83-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked San Martin Corrientes (26-10) in Concordia on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Estudiantes C. (26-13) 83-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of San Martin Corrientes. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of Italian swingman Anibal Marin (199-82) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) who added 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Lucas Faggiano (189-89, college: LIU Brooklyn) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Estudiantes C. maintains second position with 26-13 record having just three point less than leader San Lorenzo. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. Estudiantes C. are looking forward to face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against GECR Indalo (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: A.Marin 26+2reb+3ast, D.Tucker 19+7reb+3ast, F.Giorgi 13+9reb+2ast, J.Justiz 11+13reb+1ast, L.Vildoza 6+1ast, S.Orresta 6+3reb+2ast
San Martin C.: J.Wood 23+8reb+5ast, L.Faggiano 16+6reb, D.Tintorelli 14+3reb, R.Garcia 7+3reb+1ast, L.Mainoldi 6+4reb, F.Aguerre 4+3reb
gschID: 523577


Instituto - Obras Basket 95-97

Important game to mention about took place in Cordoba. Fifth ranked Obras Basket (18-20) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked Instituto (23-15) 97-95 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Instituto. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-19. But Instituto won third quarter 28-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Obras Basket players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The winners were led by the former international forward Walter Herrmann (206-79) who scored that evening 30 points and Tomas Zanzottera (192-93) supported him with 24 points and 4 assists. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists by American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for Instituto. Italian Pablo Bertone (193-90, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 19 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Obras Basket maintains fifth position with 18-20 record. Instituto at the other side keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Obras Basket will play against league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Instituto will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: W.Herrmann 30+4reb+2ast, T.Zanzottera 24+2reb+4ast, D.Horner 14+7reb+3ast, M.Leiva 11+6reb+1ast, M.Bortolin 6, F.Mariani 6+1reb+2ast
Instituto: R.Green 33+5reb+6ast, P.Bertone 19+4reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 16+3reb+1ast, S.Clancy 12+9reb+2ast, D.Ciorciari 8+4reb+3ast, A.Zilli 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523576


Olimpico LB - Libertad S. 67-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Olimpico de La Banda's (20-18) home victory over 7th ranked Libertad Sunchales (18-18) 67-61 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Libertad Sunchales won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Bahamas forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Federico Van-Lacke (191-80) who added 19 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Venezuelan forward Miguel Ruiz (197-90, agency: Pro Sports) with 10 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Sebastian Vega (200-88) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 20-18 record. Loser Libertad Sunchales keeps the seventh place with 18 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face again Libertad Sunchales (#7) at home in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play against Quimsa in Santiado Estero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: D.Nesbitt 23+6reb, F.Van Lacke 19+4reb+5ast, J.Williams 12+12reb, A.Boccia 4+7reb+1ast, M.Stanic 3+6reb+5ast, D.Guaita 3+2reb
Libertad S.: M.Ruiz 10+8reb, P.Barrios 9+2reb, J.Massey 8+7reb, J.Brussino 8+2reb+3ast, S.Vega 7+7reb+3ast, M.Saglietti 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523572


Quilmes MP - Boca Jrs 102-100

Not a big story in a game in Mar del Plata where 9th ranked Boca Juniors (11-27) was edged by seventh ranked Quilmes MP (16-19) 102-100 on Wednesday. Strangely Boca Juniors outrebounded Quilmes MP 50-36 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Boca Juniors was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and international power forward Ivan Basualdo (202-90) who added 14 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. Quilmes MP's coach Javier Bianchelli used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and Panamanian-American swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Quilmes MP and four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Quilmes MP have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with La Union and Argentino. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 27 games lost. Quilmes MP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Mar del Plata Penarol.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 23+5reb+5ast, E.Ruiz 21+1ast, I.Basualdo 14+15reb+3ast, I.Clark 12+5reb, T.Robinson 11+4reb+1ast, E.Flor 7+3reb+5ast
Boca Jrs: F.Lampropoulos 24+10reb+2ast, F.Funes 24+2reb+2ast, G.Forbes 18+5reb+6ast, L.Gargallo 15+6reb+3ast, E.Vassirani 8+13reb, M.James 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 523573


GECR Indalo - Ferrocarril 94-80

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (23-12) against fourth ranked GECR Indalo (19-18) on Tuesday night. Visiting Ferrocarril was defeated by GECR Indalo in Comodoro R. 94-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ferrocarril. The game was mostly controlled by GECR Indalo. Ferrocarril managed to win fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. GECR Indalo shot 61.3 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. GECR Indalo looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) who scored 24 points and 5 assists. Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) chipped in 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) who recorded 8 points and 10 rebounds and Spanish Alvaro Calvo (202-83, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 13 points respectively. Five GECR Indalo and four Ferrocarril players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. GECR Indalo have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 19-18 record. Loser Ferrocarril keeps the second place with 12 games lost. GECR Indalo will meet Regatas Corrientes (#4) on the road in the next round. Ferrocarril's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Boca Juniors.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: C.Schattmann 24+2reb+5ast, E.Vargas 16+3reb+2ast, D.Romero 14+4reb, M.Shaw 14+4reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 11+4reb+4ast, N.De los Santos 8+2reb+5ast
Ferrocarril: J.Ignacio Alessio 14+3reb, A.Calvo 13+2reb+2ast, M.Cuello 10+4reb+2ast, F.Balbi 10+1reb+6ast, A.Feeley 9+2reb, R.Clemente 8+10reb+3ast
gschID: 523571


Echague - San Martin C. 74-79

LigaA top team - San Martin Corrientes (26-10) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Echague (6-31) in Parana 79-74. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 21-5 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. San Martin Corrientes dominated on the defensive end, holding Echague to just 5 points in third quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of international Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) who added 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Derrick Caracter (206-88, college: UTEP) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. San Martin Corrientes have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-10 record. Echague lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 31 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Echague will play at home against Atenas (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: L.Mainoldi 16+10reb+1ast, L.Faggiano 15+1reb+2ast, J.Wood 14+6reb+3ast, R.Garcia 11+4reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 9+3reb, F.Aguerre 6+4reb
Echague: G.Solano 17+9reb+2ast, J.Millsap 15+2reb+3ast, D.Caracter 14+11reb+4ast, B.Davis 9+3reb, J.Baeza 9, S.Uranga 5+8reb+3ast
gschID: 523568


Penarol - Boca Jrs 89-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Penarol's (15-23) home victory over 9th ranked Boca Juniors (11-27) 89-71 on Monday. Penarol forced 21 Boca Juniors turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Alejandro Diez (201-87) who added 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Fernando Funes (193-83) scored 18 points. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Penarol maintains eighth position with 15-23 record. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 27 games lost. Penarol will face higher ranked Quilmes MP (#7) in Mar del Plata in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Boca Juniors' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Ferrocarril.
Top scorers:
Penarol: S.Pettigrew 34+6reb+4ast, R.Reed 19+2reb+1ast, A.Diez 16+8reb, L.Gutierrez 7+4reb+1ast, F.Giorgetti 6+2reb, J.Baron 3+4reb
Boca Jrs: F.Funes 18+1reb+3ast, F.Lampropoulos 13+11reb+1ast, G.Forbes 11+3reb+3ast, C.Amicucci 10+4reb, E.Vassirani 8+3reb, L.Gargallo 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523566


Atenas - Obras Basket 90-71

There was an upset in Cordoba where higher ranked Obras Basket (18-20) was outplayed by ninth ranked Atenas (12-22) 90-71 on Monday. Atenas made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Bruno Labaque (178-77, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international point guard Diego Gerbaudo (178-89) who added 21 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Walter Herrmann (206-79) with 20 points and Tomas Zanzottera (192-93) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Atenas maintains ninth position with 12-22 record. Loser Obras Basket keeps the fifth place with 20 games lost. Atenas will face league's second-placed Estudiantes C. in Concordia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Obras Basket will play at home against the league's leader San Lorenzo where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Atenas: D.Lo Grippo 23+6reb, D.Gerbaudo 21+4reb+6ast, B.Labaque 18+6reb+8ast, G.Mikulas 9+5reb+3ast, R.Johnson 8+8reb+1ast, L.Rasio 6+8reb+5ast
Obras Basket: W.Herrmann 20+4reb+1ast, T.Zanzottera 15+3reb+4ast, D.Horner 10+6reb+1ast, M.Bortolin 8+1reb, A.Barrett 6+3reb+4ast, M.Leiva 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 537780


Olimpico LB - Estudiantes C. 82-49

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Estudiantes C. (26-13) against sixth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (20-18) on Monday night. Visiting Estudiantes C. was crushed by Olimpico de La Banda in La Banda 82-49. It was a good game for the former international Federico Van-Lacke (191-80) who led his team to a victory with 24 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Mauro Cosolito (195-88) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Italian swingman Anibal Marin (199-82) replied with 14 points and point guard Sebastian Orresta (188-93) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Estudiantes C.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olimpico de La Banda have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 20-18 record. Estudiantes C. at the other side keeps the second place with 13 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda's next round opponent will be Libertad Sunchales (#7) at home. Estudiantes C. will play against Atenas (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: F.Van Lacke 24+3reb+1ast, M.Cosolito 16+8reb+2ast, D.Nesbitt 11+6reb+1ast, D.Guaita 8+5reb+1ast, A.Boccia 6+5reb+2ast, N.Ferreyra 5+4ast
Estudiantes C.: A.Marin 14+2reb+1ast, S.Orresta 9+6reb+1ast, F.Malara 6+5reb, J.Slider 5+4reb, F.Giorgi 5+3reb, P.Calderon 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 523567





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  AUSTRALIA  


Stingrays tab Cam Baker - by Eurobasket News

Corio Bay Stingrays (Big V) inked American point guard Cam Baker (185-77kg). He just graduated from Columbus State University (NCAA2). In 26 games he averaged impressive 19.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.2apg and 1.3spg last season. Baker helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-PeachBelt 1st Team and PeachBelt All-Tournament Team. He also played that season for another team Cougars in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA2 where in 29 games he had very remarkable stats: 20.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-PeachBelt 1st Team and PeachBelt All-Tournament Team.
Baker played in the final of NJCAA D1 Region XVII in 2014.
So his pro career will start in Australia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

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



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  BAHAMAS  

NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators25.1 
 3. Smith, Bahamas .22.7 
 4. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.4 
 5. Farrington, Rockets21.3 
 6. Bain, Giants18.6 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.4 
 8. Ferguson, Pros16.9 
 9. Woodside, Cleaners16.8 
 10. Munnings, Cybots15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Bain, Regulators14.5 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.5 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.2 
 4. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 5. Francis, Pros11.2 
 6. Sylvestre, Bahamas .11.0 
 7. Farrington, Rockets11.0 
 8. Leadon, Pros10.4 
 9. Dean, Shockers9.9 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rashard WILLIAMS
  Rebels
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Rebels6.4 
 2. Dames, Bahamas .5.8 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Mackey, Regulators4.8 
 5. Wright, Pirates4.7 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.2 
 7. Mackey, Rockets4.1 
 8. Bain, Regulators4.0 
 9. Miller, Legends4.0 
 10. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kemsy SYLVESTRE
  Bahamas .
  (--)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.3 
 2. Rolle, Rebels3.0 
 3. Rolle, Pros2.8 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .2.5 
 5. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 6. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 7. Leadon, Pros1.8 
 8. Dames, Bahamas .1.8 
 9. Cooper, Rebels1.7 
 10. Ferguson, Stingers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Munnings, Cybots2.9 
 2. Farrington, Rockets2.2 
 3. Dean, Shockers2.0 
 4. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.5 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 7. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 8. Francis, Pros1.2 
 9. Burrows, Pros1.1 
 10. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Balkan League round 4 (Second Stage) best performance: Milivoje Mijovic - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Power forward Milivoje Mijovic (200-PF-91) had a great game in the last round for Kozuv, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Feni Industries (#7, 2-4) 70-69. Kozuv maintains the 6th position in Balkan League . Kozuv is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 6 games. Mijovic turned to be Kozuv's top player in his first season with the team. Milivoje Mijovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.5ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.6rpg) and averages impressive 62.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) of Teodo Tivat. Marojevic had a very good evening with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Teodo Tivat lost that game 70-75 to Peja (3-3). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Teodo Tivat keeps 10th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Marojevic is a newcomer at Teodo Tivat, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Teodo Tivat's star - guard Milos Djurisic (194-G-88). Djurisic showcased his all-around game by recording 7 points, ten rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Djurisic's great performance Teodo Tivat lost 70-75 to Peja (3-3). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Teodo Tivat needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Djurisic has a very solid season. In 13 games in Balkan League he scored 11.5ppg. He also has 4.2rpg, 3.8apg and FGP: 63.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jayon James (198-F/G-92) of Sutjeska - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Noah Dahlman (201-F-89) of Peja - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Sreten Knezevic (205-F/C-94) of Teodo Tivat - 14 points
7. Robert Abramovic (185-PG-88) of Peja - 18 points and 2 rebounds
8. Nikola Djurasovic (197-F-83) of Kozuv - 15 points and 7 rebounds
9. Brandis Raley-Ross (191-G-87) of Beroe - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Branislav Djekic (209-F/C-91) of Feni Industries - 8 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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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Sobey agreed in terms with PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis

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

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

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




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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.22.1 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.19.4 
 3. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.18.8 
 4. Aladko, Vitebsk18.5 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.6 
 6. Shustov, Impuls B.17.4 
 7. Suvorov, Prine.17.1 
 8. Navoichyk, Prine.16.0 
 9. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.15.8 
 10. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.1 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.4 
 3. Liutych, Tsmoki II9.3 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.8.7 
 5. Kopacev, GO.8.6 
 6. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.5 
 7. Chumakov, Prine.7.9 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.5 
 9. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 10. Chumakov, Grodn.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.6.1 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.5 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.3 
 4. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.8 
 5. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.7 
 6. Korzh, Grodno-934.5 
 7. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.4 
 8. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.4 
 9. Aladko, Vitebsk4.4 
 10. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.5 
 2. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.4 
 3. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 4. Suvorov, Prine.2.3 
 5. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.2.1 
 6. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.1 
 7. Malkov, COR-Bori.2.0 
 8. Stankevich, GOCOR-S.1.9 
 9. Chumakov, Grodn.1.9 
 10. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Evgeniy KOPYLOV
  COR-Bori.
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kopylov, COR-Bori.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kopacev, GO.0.0 
 4. Navoichyk, Prine.0.0 
 5. Konovchuk, Brest0.0 
 6. Morozov, Brest0.0 
 7. Kisel, Brest0.0 
 8. Mishukov, Grodn.0.0 
 9. Kirilyuk, Brest0.0 
 10. Milashevskiy, BSEU-Gr.0.0 



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Clark, Antwerp18.7 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Tofi, Aalstar16.1 
 4. Simpson, Liege15.6 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.3 
 6. Miller-M., Leuven14.9 
 7. Ware, Antwerp14.8 
 8. Samhan, Leuven14.5 
 9. Simmons, Brussels14.3 
 10. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Anderson, Antwerp7.4 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.1 
 3. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 4. Ware, Antwerp6.6 
 5. Simmons, Brussels6.6 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .6.5 
 7. Fields, Liege6.3 
 8. Ubel, Brussels6.2 
 9. Badji, Kangoeroes6.0 
 10. Tofi, Aalstar5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.6 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven5.3 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.1 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.9 
 5. Clark, Antwerp4.3 
 6. Marnegrave, Spirou4.2 
 7. Anderson, Limburg .4.1 
 8. Tuttle, Limburg .4.1 
 9. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.0 
 10. Simpson, Liege3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.8 
 2. Davis, Spirou1.8 
 3. Billbury, Leuven1.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Hertay, Liege1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Simpson, Liege1.4 
 8. Gugino, Liege1.3 
 9. Djordjevic, Ooste.1.3 
 10. Channels, Kango.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 3. Fields, Liege1.1 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende1.1 
 5. Gugino, Liege1.0 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.9 
 7. Fusek, Spirou0.9 
 8. Radenovic, Spirou0.7 
 9. Ware, Antwerp0.7 
 10. Ubel, Brussels0.7 



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  BOSNIA  


Jusuf Nurkic is blossoming in Portland! - by Chris Mathieu

Jusuf Nurkic is blossoming in Portland!

Jusuf Nurkic (7'0''-C-94)is blossoming in Portland!

Jusuf Nurkic has taken to his new surroundings in Portland quite well. When travelling with the Nuggets he visited the local Bosnian community while in Portland and found friends amongst the ex-pat community. Having some familiarity and knowledge helped ease his transition in his first trade in the NBA. Nurkic wasn't unfamiliar with moving around, coming from Bosnia as a youth, going first to Slovenia and then Croatia all as a young man.

Nurkic was embraced in Denver but the circumstances changed during his time with the Nuggets and the development of the triple double machine Nikola Jokic in the post made Nurkic's future with the franchise untenable. This trade looks like a steal for Portland as they got the young talented Bosnian center in the trade and a first round pick. No one doubted his talent, it just wasn't possible to play the two players together and the emotional Nurkic wasn't happy coming off the bench for a few minutes a night at this point in his career.

Given the opportunity to play big minutes with Portland he has made the most of it in his first five games. For the first time in his career he is getting consistent minutes, not looking over his shoulder if he was getting pulled and playing through rough moments you would expect from a 22 year old center that only started playing basketball at the age of 14.He is averaging 30mpg 14ppg 8.6rbpg 3.8aspg 1.8stls and 1.8blks while shooting 58.3% from two and 73.7% from the FT line for his new team.. In his last game against the Thunder Nurkic played a major role in the 114-109 win for the Trailblazers. Nurkic played 38min with 18pts 12rbs 6ass 2stls 5blks while shooting 7-10 from the field and 4-5 from the FT line.

Nurkic showed his class on his way out of town for Denver when Nurkic posted on his Instagram and Twitter accounts: "Thanks to the opportunities you have given me in the Denver Nuggets. Former teammates, fans and the club I wish all the best. Now it's time for new challenges!"

Given the opportunity to play and health he is likely to give Portland more of these exciting moments. No doubt great things will continue for this young Bosnian big man and all of his fans for them, this is just the beginning of something special.



Getting to Know Kenan Krupic! - by Chris Mathieu

Getting to Know Kenan Krupic!

In a sleepy little Canadian town lives two talented young Bosnian Canadian basketball talents Kenan and Emir Krupic. Kenan is wrapping up his high school career where he has blossomed into and excellent guard who has improved every year in high school. He had the chance to work with Samir Sehic who currently plays college basketball in the US and has improved markedly since those days. As a 195cm guard who can both play on and off the ball he should continue to improve as he moves onto the next level of his career after just ending his school basketball career. His younger brother Emir is just beginning his high school career and has just finished his freshman year in with the Burnaby South junior's team.

An interview and introduction to Kenan…

My name is Kenan Krupic, I was born on November 10 1999 in Burnaby BC, Canada. I come from a Bosnian background and I learned how to speak (Bosnian) it before I learned English, even though I was born in Canada. I have 3 brothers 1 younger and 2 older. Both of my older brothers have had a positive influence on me growing up because I have spent so much time with them as a kid and they have taught me everything I need to know not just for basketball but for life in general. I wanted to become a soccer player since my father was a pro player back in Bosnia before the war, but I had changed my mind after seeing my older brothers play basketball at the local community centers and schools and then from that point on my love for basketball outgrew my passion for soccer and luckily this was at an early stage of my life where I was still a kid so I had time to play basketball and develop more knowledge, skill and experience for it. I have always been the youngest in my grade so playing against older competition made me a much better player. I was never the best or the most confident player but I always had determination to get better and continue to work on my game physically and especially mentally.

Q) How old were you when you became interested in basketball?
I was about 7 years old when I first became interested it all started when my oldest brother started bringing me to watch his men's league games and from there on I fell in love with the sport.

Q) When did you become serious with the sport and realize it could be more than just a hobby?
When I was 10 years old I started playing organized basketball for a small community club team called Champlain basketball. I was never the best player but I had a lot of determination to become the best and from that point on I realized I wanted to make something out of basketball.

Q) What do you consider your strengths to be on the court?
My strengths on the court would be my height advantage, strength and athleticism for my size and position, my basketball IQ, shooting and penetrating to the hoop, and controlling the pace of the game.

Q) What do you feel you need to do to take your game to the next level?
I feel in order for me to take my game to the next level I need to continue to practice my shooting since shooting can take you a long way even if you aren't a physically gifted athlete. There is always room for improvement no matter how good I think I am.

Q) What has been your most memorable moment on the court?
At 15 years old I already had my most memorable moment on the court by leading my team to win the junior boys BC provincial championship in 2015.

Q) What is your next step in basketball?
I recently have just played my last game of high school basketball it was a disappointing season and as good as I player I am it just goes to prove that you can't do everything by yourself it requires a team effort to win championships so as the next step for me would be to continue to play in front of coaches and try my hardest to show off my skill and high potential.

Q) Who was your favorite player growing up and why?
My favorite player growing up was always LeBron James because of the pure power he plays with and being able to take control of the game at any given moment which is something I strive for. There is nobody like him and there won't be for a while.

Q) Your Background is Bosnian, who is your favorite player from BiH and from the former YU and why?
My favorite player from former YU has always been Drazen Petrovic simply because of how hard he competed against NBA greats like Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller. He never backed down from any trash talk, he proved doubters wrong, and he simply just competed harder than many players putting him at the top of my list for favorite players from the former YU.

Q) Is there anyone in the NBA that you try to model your game after?
Currently I try modelling my game after Russell Westbrook. Obviously I'm not as athletic as him but doing things similar to him such as pushing the pace, going coast to coast, playing with power and controlling the tempo of the game is what strive to be like, John wall would also be another example of who I try to model my game after with the addition of an accurate spot up shot.

Q) Do you follow the Bosnian National team?
Not the official men's team but I have watched some u16 and u17 Bosnian national team games and highlights so I know a little about that.

Q) Who is your favorite NBA team?
If Vancouver still had a team it would be them but since they don't I would say the Toronto Raptors would be my favorite since they are still in Canada.

Q) What is the most important lesson you have learned through basketball?
The most important lesson I have learned through basketball is too stay in control of your emotions no matter the result or the type of game you are playing. Staying in control of your emotions will help you move forward and improve not just on the next play down, but also in life.

Q) If there is something you could tell young kids who want to play basketball seriously, what advice would you give them?
One thing for sure I would tell the kids that want to take basketball seriously is that dreaming and doing are two different things, if you really want to take basketball seriously and want to make something out of it you must work hard and continue to practice and get better it won't hurt to take at least an hour of your day every day to do something to benefit yourself and somehow improve your game. It can be anything from eating healthier to working out, studying game film or even putting up some extra shots because I can promise you will see nothing but results the same way I have been seeing results by putting in hard work because nothing comes easy, family and friends can only push you so far because at the end of the day it is all up to you and how good you want to become. Another thing is if you decide to take basketball seriously, one thing you should know is that having a bad attitude will do nothing but drag you and your teammates down, mostly yourself and I know personally because I used to have that problem. You must always stay in control of your emotions and stay engaged in the game and make sure you never get down on yourself after missing a shot or making a bad play, if something bad happens just make it up on the next play down either on offense or defense. There will always be mental obstacles in basketball you just need to find a way to overcome them because there always will be a way to overcome any obstacle.

Thanks to Kenan for giving me his time and good luck to him, his brother and the entire Krupic family!



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  BRAZIL  


Lucas de Souza is a newcomer at Paulistano - by Paulo Freire

Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (NBB) added to their roster 21-year old power forward Lucas de Souza (211-96, college: San Bernardino CC). He just played at S.Jose/Unimed in the Paulista.
Despite young age de Souza had impressive career. He was voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian Carioca League Center of the Year back in 2014 at his college time.
He represented Brazil at the South American Championships U17 in Salto (Uruguay) four years ago. de Souza's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-3 (2.3bpg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 73.3%.
de Souza has played previously professionally in Spain (Godella).
He attended San Bernardino Valley CC until 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Carey & Rider University reach Conference Quarterfinals - by David Edole

Norville Carey (201-F-93) and the sixth-seeded Rider University men's basketball team edged 11th-seeded Manhattan, 69-68, in the MAAC Championship First Round on Thursday March 2, 2017 at the Times Union Center.
Senior guard Jimmie Taylor (Branford, FL/Suwannee) knocked down the game-winning three with four seconds left and Manhattan's Zavier Turner went the length of the court but his buzzer-beating attempt was late.

With the win, the Broncs (18-14) advanced to face third-seeded Iona on Saturday at 7:00 PM. Manhattan ends the season at 10-22.

Taylor led the Broncs with 16 points, while Tyere Marshall (Philadelphia, PA/Martin Luther King/Putnam Science) scored a career-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line in 12 minutes before fouling out.

Carey (Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian [Southern Miss]) and Kahlil Thomas (Parkway, FL/Blanche Ely) added 12 points apiece for the Broncs.

Aaron Walker, Jr, led Manhattan with 18 points off the bench, while Zane Waterman added 15 points. Turner (11) and Tyler Wilson (10) also finished in double figures for the Jaspers.



Professional Erwin S. Telemaque aka Coach Redz - by David Edole

An Information Technology specialist from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and sportsman and father for life, he is a shining beam in the lives of uncountable persons as he lives both his career and life's passion in sport. He is our Young Professional For This Week, Erwin S. Telemaque aka Coach Redz.
Coach Redz as he prefers to be called is a Network Administrator with the Department of Information Technology, Government of the Virgin Islands. He has been working at the IT Department in Virgin Gorda from as far back as 2002.

Passion & Experience

Coach Redz said he followed the Information Technology career after realising that he had a passion in the field since a young boy. Having gone through the ranks of Primary School and High School, he went on to acquire an associate Degree in Computer Science at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), "But basically everything else is experience and learning on the job," said our Young Professional.

"If you love something you will put your best foot at it and you will succeed because of your love and commitment, so my years of experience in the field have given me my PhD."

Sportsman for life

Computer Technician is what he is by trade but an ardent sportsman Coach Redz is for life. "Sports is my life. I have been playing all sports in the BVI from the time I was a boy. I used to run. From the time I was in school I had a passion for all sports. I was a baseball player, a basketball player and a track athlete."

However, when one of his life-time favourite coaches, Mr Harper, departed Coach Redz bowed out of track and field and picked up on baseball and some other sports. "But when you reach a certain age is like you are almost forgotten, but I stayed focused on basketball. It took me a little while to realise that I no longer really wanted to play sports anymore because I was better at teaching."

Coach

Coach Redz said he followed his heart and turned playing sports into the passion of coaching youngsters in various sports and giving them the opportunity he never got. "That's how I really got into coaching."

For some years now, he has been leading a basketball camp and is arguably one of the most decorated basketball coaches in the Virgin Islands since his charges have been dominating the game for a while now.

"Virgin Gorda has a lot of talent and I live Virgin Gorda. VG is my home and the talent in Virgin Gorda I just know that I can make a difference by nurturing the youth, so my passion helps to drive that."

Coach Redz promises to keep pushing youth in sports especially through his Raw Skillz Track Club based in Virgin Gorda. His biggest desire is to see his trainees do well at the international level, especially at the Olympic Games as he also hopes to one day be an Olympic coach.

Advice to youth

His advice to youth is, "In this day and age you have to understand that the first thing you need is a positive mindset for whatever you want to do and know that nothing comes before its time."

He urges youth to keep working towards their dreams and goals without allowing anyone deterring them. "If you want it as much as you need the air you breathe, you will get it."



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  BULGARIA  


Parker is back at Geneve Lions, ex Rilski - by Luca Maffioli

Lions de Geneve (LNA) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old American point guard Kelvin Parker (184-85kg-82, college: Northwest Missouri State). It is actually his comeback to Geneve as he has played here before. Parker He started the season at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL league. He managed to play in three leagues this year. In 16 NBL games he had 12.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.8apg and 1.9spg. Parker helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.5apg and 2.0spg. And finally Parker contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 7.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. The last season Parker played at VOO Verviers Pepinster (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 12 games he got 14.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg.
Parker is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Parker tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Austria (Redwell Gunners Oberwart), Germany (Bayern Muenchen and Dragons Rhoendorf), Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani), Qatar (El Jaysh), Slovakia (Inter Bratislava), Norway (Asker Aliens), Switzerland (Monthey and of courseGeneve Lions) and PBL (Vermont FH).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Geneve Lions.
Parker attended Northwest Missouri State until 2004 and it is his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Parker: Physical & Mental: Very quick with good reflexes.
Ball Skills: Strong with the ball... Penetrates aggressively... Runs the floor well.
Offense: Good offensive player... Good shooter from range... Moves well without the ball... Sees the floor well.
Defense: Very good anticipation... Quick hands and feet... Reads the defensive floor well.
Game Knowledge: Will earn a coach's trust with his court vision on both ends of the floor.
Strengths: Effective when he blends in with a team set, as well as when he is asked to create on his own.
Opportunities for Improvement: Needs to continue to work on finishing off penetration.
Overall Comments: Needs to develop more of his game
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kadre GRAY
  Laurentian
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Gray, Laurentian24.2 
 2. Cooper, Calgary22.5 
 3. Morgan, UBC22.1 
 4. Scott, UPEI21.5 
 5. Johnson, Toronto20.1 
 6. Curcic, Memorial20.0 
 7. Jean-Louis, Cape B.19.9 
 8. Bercy, St.Franc.19.8 
 9. Kokko, Laurier19.6 
 10. Masters, UNB19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dut DUT
  UPEI
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Dut, UPEI11.9 
 2. Bercy, St.Franc.11.3 
 3. Pereira, Waterloo11.2 
 4. Osayande, Saskatch.11.1 
 5. Ross, Mount Royal9.8 
 6. Elgadi, Brock9.8 
 7. Nissen, Acadia9.7 
 8. Dinkins, Lakehead9.6 
 9. Iegorov, TRU9.6 
 10. Omoerah, Manitoba9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ritchie KANZA MATA
  Dalhousie
  (184-G-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Mata, Dalhousie5.9 
 2. Masters, UNB5.8 
 3. Keane, Carleton5.4 
 4. Bonhomme, Manitoba5.0 
 5. Miller, Acadia4.7 
 6. Dulay, UFV4.7 
 7. Rocca, Windsor4.5 
 8. Farkic, Western4.3 
 9. Burdeaux, Lethb.4.3 
 10. Agyeman, UNBC4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.3 
 2. Jenkins, Western3.0 
 3. Agada, Ottawa2.7 
 4. Kapinga, Calgary2.6 
 5. Small, Ryerson2.5 
 6. Mata, Dalhousie2.4 
 7. Dulay, UFV2.3 
 8. Masters, UNB2.2 
 9. Ogundokun, McGill2.2 
 10. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.5 
 2. Graham, Queen''s2.3 
 3. Nissen, Acadia2.1 
 4. Oirbans, Winnipeg1.8 
 5. Paul, Brandon1.7 
 6. Layton, Mount R.1.7 
 7. Debache, UQAM1.6 
 8. Yengue, Laurentian1.5 
 9. Pierre-C., Ottawa1.5 
 10. Morgan, UBC1.5 



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  CHINA  


Brown is back at Drive, ex Zhejiang GB - by Eurobasket News

Grand Rapids Drive agreed terms with 27-year old guard Lorenzo Brown (196-86kg-90, college: North Carolina State). It is actually his comeback to Drive as he has played here before. Brown He started the season at Zhejiang Golden Bulls in Chinese CBA league. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 24.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 5.5apg and 2.7spg this season. Brown ended the last season at the Pistons. But the most of that year he spent at another team Drive where in 25 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 18.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.8apg and 2.1spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to D-League All-Star Game.
In 2013 Brown was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (52nd overall). The former North Carolina State staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Brown's team made it to the D-League Showcase Cup final in 2015. He was also voted USBWA All-District III 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Brown has played also professionally in Italy (Umana Venezia), other NBA teams (Phoenix Suns and Phi.76ers) and D-League (Springfield A. and Delaware 87ers).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

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


Monthey inks Pankracije Barac, ex Jazine - by Luca Maffioli

BBC Monthey (LNA) agreed terms with experienced 36-year old Croatian guard Pankracije Barac (196-81, agency: Court Side). He started the season at Jazine in Croatian A2 league. The last season Barac played at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala where in 27 games he had 10.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.6apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Barac also played 3 games in Eurocup where he recorded 5.7ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg.
He was selected to Romanian League All-Star Game back in 2014.
Barac is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Romania (Pitesti).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CUBA  

LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Esteban MARTINEZ
  Santiago
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Martinez, Santiago29.5 
 2. Boffil, Villa Clara28.1 
 3. Oliva, Pinar del Rio21.0 
 4. Guzman, Capitalinos20.1 
 5. Rodriguez, Ciego d.19.0 
 6. Granda, Ciego d.18.3 
 7. Monterrey, Pinar d.17.8 
 8. Molina, Matanzas16.9 
 9. Pons, Guantanamo16.6 
 10. Perez, Villa Clara15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara8.3 
 2. Alorda, Capitalinos7.3 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago6.7 
 4. Siria, Santiago6.6 
 5. Reyes, Ciego de Avila6.4 
 6. Tito, Guantanamo6.4 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara5.9 
 8. Pons, Guantanamo5.5 
 9. Moralez, Matanzas5.2 
 10. Garcia, Matanzas5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Julio HEREDIA
  Santiago
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Heredia, Santiago4.1 
 2. Monterrey, Pinar d.4.0 
 3. Abreu, Villa Clara3.6 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio3.1 
 5. Roque, Capitalinos2.5 
 6. Soltero, Capitalinos2.5 
 7. Deschapelles, Matan.2.4 
 8. Boffil, Villa Clara2.1 
 9. Giron, Santiago2.1 
 10. Sanchez, Capitalinos2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Osmel OLIVA
  Pinar del Rio
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Oliva, Pinar del Rio6.5 
 2. Monterrey, Pinar d.6.5 
 3. Guerra, Guantanamo5.7 
 4. Deschapelles, Matan.5.5 
 5. Boffil, Villa Clara5.5 
 6. Perez, Villa Clara5.2 
 7. Rodriguez, Ciego d.5.0 
 8. Abreu, Villa Clara4.7 
 9. Baldo, Camaguey4.5 
 10. Cubillas, Villa Clara4.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara2.4 
 2. Font, Capitalinos2.3 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.7 
 4. Quintana, Pinar d.1.2 
 5. Castellanos, Ciego d.1.1 
 6. Garcia, Matanzas1.1 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara0.9 
 8. Rivero, Capitalinos0.8 
 9. Maria, Capitalinos0.7 
 10. Vazquez, Pinar d.0.7 


LSB Round 14: Guerreros hand first defeat to Villa Clara - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LSB just ended.

Villa Clara (13-1) recorded its first loss in Santa Clara on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by fourth ranked Guerreros (8-5) 88-62. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Villa Clara. Guerreros dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Villa Clara's 40. They outrebounded Villa Clara 41-19 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) who scored 24 points. Lazro Sanchez chipped in 21 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Guerreros' coach Jemmott Allen felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Guerreros moved-up to third place, which they share with Capitalinos. Villa Clara at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost.
Another exciting game where seventh ranked Tigres (1-12) edged by one point bottom-ranked Guantanamo (0-13) 62-61. Guantanamo was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Forward Yoanis Baldo (191-89) saved the victory by scoring 8 points and 12 rebounds. Vladimir Francis contributed with 13 points for the winners. Tigres' coach Juan Morales allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Raudelis Guerra (191-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 steals for Guantanamo. Tigres maintains seventh position with 1-12 record. It was Guantanamo's thirteenth loss in a row. They still close the standings with 13 games lost.
The game in Avila was also quite interesting. Third ranked Capitalinos (8-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Ciego (4-9). Capitalinos managed to secure a 8-point victory 72-64 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ciego. Legismel Borlot scored 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Capitalinos' coach Rainel Panfet used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. William Granda responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 steals. Capitalinos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-5 record having six points less than leader Villa Clara, which they share with Matanzas. Defending champion Ciego keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Santiago.

In the last game of round 14 Santiago was defeated by Pinar del Rio in a road game 83-65.

Villa Clara - Matanzas 62-88

Villa Clara (13-1) recorded its first loss in Santa Clara on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by fourth ranked Guerreros (8-5) 88-62. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Villa Clara. Guerreros dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Villa Clara's 40. They outrebounded Villa Clara 41-19 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) who scored 24 points. Lazro Sanchez chipped in 21 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Guerreros' coach Jemmott Allen felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and Osvaldo Perez added 14 points and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Guerreros moved-up to third place, which they share with Capitalinos. Villa Clara at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost.
Top scorers:
Matanzas: Y.Molina 24+4reb+2ast, L.Sanchez 21+2reb, L.Curtiz 18+3reb, D.Torrientes 9+2reb, Y.Moralez 7+11reb+1ast, A.Lantris 4+2reb+1ast
Villa Clara: Y.Cubillas 15+8reb, O.Perez 14+4reb, N.Abreu 7+3reb+5ast, M.Mons 6+3reb+1ast, N.Guzman 3, M.Troyano 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 536669


Guantanamo - Camaguey 61-62

Another exciting game where seventh ranked Tigres (1-12) edged by one point bottom-ranked Guantanamo (0-13) 62-61. Guantanamo was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. They outrebounded Guantanamo 38-19 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Yoanis Baldo (191-89) saved the victory by scoring 8 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Vladimir Francis (185-83) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Tigres' coach Juan Morales allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Raudelis Guerra (191-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 steals and forward Yuset Tito (197-92) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Guantanamo. Four Guantanamo players scored in double figures. Tigres maintains seventh position with 1-12 record. It was Guantanamo's thirteenth loss in a row. They still close the standings with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Camaguey: V.Francis 13+4reb+1ast, C.Villegas 9+5reb, J.Sanchez 8+9reb, Y.Baldo 8+12reb+2ast, A.Ibanez 6+3reb+1ast, Y.Lopez 6+2reb
Guantanamo: R.Guerra 22+1reb+2ast, Y.Soria 13+4reb+1ast, Y.Tito 13+8reb, E.Pons 11+4reb+1ast, L.Odelin 2+1ast, Y.Mena 0
gschID: 536671


Ciego de Avila - Capitalinos 64-72

The game in Avila was also quite interesting. Third ranked Capitalinos (8-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Ciego (4-9). Capitalinos managed to secure a 8-point victory 72-64 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ciego. Forward Legismel Borlot (195-87) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Yoel Sanchez (180-90) chipped in 7 points and 4 assists during the contest. Capitalinos' coach Rainel Panfet used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international William Granda (189-85, agency: Pro Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 steals and guard Dainier Martinez (184-96) scored 13 points and 8 steals. Four Ciego players scored in double figures. Capitalinos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-5 record having six points less than leader Villa Clara, which they share with Matanzas. Defending champion Ciego keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Santiago.
Top scorers:
Capitalinos: R.Castillo 14, L.Borlot 11+5reb, A.Font 8+5reb, D.Soltero 8+1reb+2ast, D.Vaillant 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Sanchez 7+3reb+4ast
Ciego de Avila: W.Granda 24+3reb, D.Martinez 13+2reb, D.Granados 10+3reb+1ast, A.Hernandez 10+2reb+1ast, V.Reyes 5+6reb, G.Clark 2+3reb
gschID: 536672


Pinar del Rio - Santiago 83-65

There was no surprise in Rio where 6th ranked Santiago (4-9) was defeated by second ranked Pinar (11-3) 83-65 on Sunday. Strangely Santiago outrebounded Pinar 32-10 including a 20-4 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Diagmani Vazquez (192-87) chipped in 16 points and 5 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Pinar players scored in double figures. The former international forward Esteban Martinez (192-87) responded with 25 points and guard Roigelis Ochoa (190-93) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Pinar maintains second position with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Villa Clara. Loser Santiago dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Ciego de Avila.
Top scorers:
Pinar del Rio: D.Vazquez 16+1reb+2ast, O.Oliva 15+3reb+3ast, J.Martinez 13, A.L. Rojas 10+3reb, T.Blanco 10+1ast, E.Quintana 10+2reb+1ast
Santiago: E.Martinez 25+2reb, R.Ochoa 13+12reb, E.Siria 12+9reb, G.Terres 8+2reb, E.Hechevarria 4+2reb, R.Giron 3+2reb
gschID: 536670





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1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.4 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.1 
 3. Peterka, Nymburk B22.8 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice22.5 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.8 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek20.0 
 7. Sebela, Sokol S.19.1 
 8. Streba, USK P.18.8 
 9. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.6 
 10. Nehoda, Zlin18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.3 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.6 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov10.1 
 4. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.9.8 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.3 
 6. Voslajer, Zlin9.3 
 7. Kvapil, Opava B9.3 
 8. Bujnoch, Opava B8.9 
 9. Sebela, Sokol S.8.7 
 10. Streba, USK P.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.1 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice6.0 
 3. Petric, Pardubice5.1 
 4. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 5. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 6. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.6 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.4 
 8. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 9. Sehnal, USK P.4.1 
 10. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.7 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice3.4 
 3. Kozina, Zlin2.8 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice2.5 
 5. Nehoda, Zlin2.3 
 6. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.3 
 7. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 8. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.1 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B1.9 
 10. Nalevanko, Pardu.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.2 
 2. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.8 
 3. Skranc, Pardubice1.6 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.1 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 8. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 9. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 10. Hlobil, Prostejov B0.9 



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Ligaen Round 27: Horsens IC keeps a leadership position - 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 game had a very big importance for second-ranked Horsens IC as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Horsens IC smashed 7th ranked Randers at home 111-91. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Randers managed to win fourth quarter 31-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Randers lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. Randers will play next round against SISU trying to get back on the winning streak. Horsens IC will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Horsholm at home.
An interesting game for Horsholm (14-11) which played road game in Svendborg against 4th placed Svendborg (13-13). Third ranked Horsholm managed to get a 9-point victory 67-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Svendborg. It was a great evening for American Jyles Smith (209-92, college: Savannah St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Marvin Dominique helped adding 20 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Svendborg's coach Arnar Gudjonsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Horsholm have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 14-11 record having eight points less than leader Horsens IC. Svendborg at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Horsholm will play against league's leader Horsens IC in Horsens in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svendborg will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bakken in Aarhus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Naestved was also quite interesting. Second ranked Bakken (20-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Naestved (11-14). Bakken managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65 on Tuesday. It was an exceptional evening for Devaughn Akoon-Purcell who led the winners and scored 23 points and 4 steals. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Phillip Nolan came up with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for Naestved in the defeat. Bakken maintains second place with 20-4 record behind leader Horsens IC. Naestved lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Bakken will meet at home Svendborg (#4) in the next round. Naestved will play against Stevnsgade and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 27 bottom-ranked Stevnsgade was beaten by SISU on the road 79-73.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 23 points and 14 rebounds by Adjehi Baru of SISU.

Svendborg - Horsholm 58-67

An interesting game for Horsholm (14-11) which played road game in Svendborg against 4th placed Svendborg (13-13). Third ranked Horsholm managed to get a 9-point victory 67-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Svendborg. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Svendborg won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Horsholm won last quarter 17-9. It was a great evening for American Jyles Smith (209-92, college: Savannah St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American-Haitian Marvin Dominique (201-91, college: St.Peter's, agency: Duran International) helped adding 20 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Stefan Bonneau (177-87, college: LIU Post) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Svendborg's coach Arnar Gudjonsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Horsholm have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 14-11 record having eight points less than leader Horsens IC. Svendborg at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Horsholm will play against league's leader Horsens IC in Horsens in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svendborg will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bakken in Aarhus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: H.NaNa 16+10reb+1ast, S.Bonneau 13+4reb+4ast, D.Moten 10+5reb+2ast, A.Porta 5+3reb+2ast, M.Seilund 5+1reb+1ast, A.Bak 4+1reb+2ast
Horsholm: M.Dominique 20+7reb, J.Smith 17+14reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 11+2reb+3ast, A.Midtgaard 7+6reb+1ast, A.Meilby 4+2reb+1ast, F.Nielsen 4+2reb+6ast
gschID: 489105


SISU - Stevnsgade 79-73

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked SISU (12-14) beat bottom-ranked Stevnsgade (1-23) in Copenhagen 79-73 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-73. SISU outrebounded Stevnsgade 50-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Ivorian forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, college: Charleston) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. American point guard Derrick Wilson (185-92, college: Marquette) accounted for 21 points and 7 assists for the winning side. American power forward Davie Champagnie (206-90, college: Martin Methodist, agency: SPORTlab Agency) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Jesper Sandager (194-96) added 17 points respectively for Stevnsgade in the defeat. Stevnsgade's coach Ricky Kristensen tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. SISU moved-up to fifth place. Loser Stevnsgade stay dead last with 23 lost games. SISU will meet Randers (#7) on the road in the next round. Stevnsgade will play against Naestved and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stevnsgade: D.Champagnie 23+13reb+5ast, J.Sandager 17+4reb+2ast, H.Nielsen 12+3reb+6ast, F.Rajovic 7+1reb+1ast, J.Young 7+2reb+1ast, J.Visaq 3+4reb+1ast
SISU: A.Baru 23+14reb+3ast, D.Wilson 21+4reb+7ast, T.McGrew 10+12reb+3ast, A.Hjorth 9+5reb, K.Dranginis 7+9reb+7ast, A.Haas 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 489106


Horsens IC - Randers 111-91

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Horsens IC as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Horsens IC smashed 7th ranked Randers at home 111-91. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Randers managed to win fourth quarter 31-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Randers lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. Randers will play next round against SISU trying to get back on the winning streak. Horsens IC will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Horsholm at home.
gschID: 489103


Naestved - Bakken 65-73

The game in Naestved was also quite interesting. Second ranked Bakken (20-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Naestved (11-14). Bakken managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 38-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bakken forced 19 Naestved turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 4 steals. Estonian forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Phillip Nolan (210-93, college: Connecticut, agency: Two Points) came up with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Naestved in the defeat. Bakken maintains second place with 20-4 record behind leader Horsens IC. Naestved lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Bakken will meet at home Svendborg (#4) in the next round. Naestved will play against Stevnsgade and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Naestved: P.Nolan 20+5reb, E.Ross 14+9reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 11+6reb+4ast, P.Hertz 7+7reb+1ast, D.Daly 6+3reb+1ast, P.Onwenu 5+2reb+2ast
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 23+3reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 15+2reb, E.Palm 8+1ast, M.Sahlertz 7+6reb, C.Christoffersen 6+7reb+1ast, N.Iversen 4+4reb
gschID: 489104





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Jackson, Texas L.26.5 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.3 
 3. Cook, Canton C.26.1 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.22.9 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.22.5 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.1 
 9. Jones, Maine RC21.9 
 10. Nader, Maine RC21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.3 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.7 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.3 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.10.8 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.4 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.8 
 8. Webb-III, Delaware.9.1 
 9. Tobey, Greensbo.8.9 
 10. Jones, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Magette, Los A.9.2 
 2. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Pressey, Santa C.7.8 
 5. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 6. McCallum, Grand R.7.4 
 7. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.7.2 
 9. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
 10. Bynum, Windy C.6.6 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.3 
 4. Harris, Texas L.2.2 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 6. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.1 
 7. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Fells, Westches.1.9 
 10. Collinsworth, Texas L.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian WOOD
  Greensbo.
  (208-F-95)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 2. Tavares, Raptors .2.6 
 3. Benson, Sioux F.2.5 
 4. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.4 
 6. Moreland, Canton C.2.3 
 7. Hammons, Texas L.2.1 
 8. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Jones, Santa C.1.9 
 10. Foster, Los A.1.9 


Grand Rapids Complete Trade with Westchester - by Eurobasket News

The Grand Rapids Drive, the NBA Development League Affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, announced today that the team has completed a trade with the Westchester Knicks. The terms of the trade are that the Grand Rapids Drive will send Nikola Jovanovic (6'11''-C/F-94, college: USC) to the Westchester Knicks in exchange for their 2nd round pick in the 2017 NBA Development League Draft. In 24 games played (14 starts) with the Drive, Jovanovic averaged 9.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game. The Drive are on the road for their next two contests. The team will take on the Windy City Bulls on Friday, March 3 with a quick turn-around to take on the Greensboro Swarm on Saturday, March 4.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



D-Fenders Acquire First Round Draft Pick, Rights to Elliot Williams - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired a 2017 first round draft pick and the returning player rights to Elliot Williams (6'5''-SG-89, college: Memphis) from the Santa Cruz Warriors in a three-team trade, it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. As a part of the transaction, Santa Cruz received the returning player rights to Jabari Brown from the D-Fenders, in addition to a 2017 fourth round draft pick from Northern Arizona. The Suns received Santa Cruz's returning player rights to Kevin Jones (6'9''-F-89, college: W.Virginia) in the deal. Williams (6-5, 178) has appeared in 109 NBA games throughout his seven-year professional career, averaging 4.9 points and 1.5 rebounds while shooting 42.1 percent from the field with Portland, Philadelphia, Utah, New Orleans and Memphis. A two-time NBA D-League All-Star and winner of the league's inaugural Finals MVP award in 2015, Williams owns averages of 24.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 51 games in the NBA's minor league. He most recently played for Panathinaikos in Greece.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Mad Ants finalize trade for Marquis Teague - by Eurobasket News

The Mad Ants announced the completion of a trade with Oklahoma City to acquire the returning player rights to point guard Marquis Teague (6'2''-PG-93, college: Kentucky), an Indiana native, as well as the Blue's third-round pick in this year's D-League draft. Fort Wayne in exchange sent Oklahoma City a first-round draft selection for this year, which the Mad Ants had previously obtained in a trade with Maine. Teague, who played one season at Kentucky before being selected by Chicago in the 2012 NBA draft, is the brother of Pacers point guard Jeff Teague.
Courtesy of: journalgazette.net



Bighorns Acquire Montero and 2017 Draft Selection - by Eurobasket News

The Reno Bighorns acquired forward Luis David Montero (6'8''-SG-93, college: South Plains JC) and a 2017 first-round draft selection from the Sioux Falls Skyforce in exchange for forward Kadeem Jack (6'9''-F-92, college: Rutgers) and the returning player rights to forward Vince Hunter. Trade is pending successful completion of physicals. A 6-7 forward, Montero joins the Bighorns after spending the this season with the Skyforce where he accrued averages of 8.8 points (.392 FG%, .300 3pt%, .814 FT%), 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.4 minutes per game in 36 contests (started 15). He was assigned to the Santa Cruz Warriors four times during the 2015-16 season averaging 16.6 points (.412 FG%, .385 3pt%, .783 FT%), 6.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 28.3 minutes in four starts. In his rookie NBA campaign (2015-16), Montero averaged 1.2 points (.263 FG%, .750 FT%) in 3.5 minutes per contest in 12 games for the Portland Trailblazers. Jack departs the Bighorns averaging 8.8 points (.463 FG%, .130 3pt%, .649 FT%), 3.3 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 14.1 minutes per contest in 30 games including a season-high 24 points posted in mid-January against the Salt lake City Stars. The Bighorns will host the Raptors 905 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. on Friday, Mar. 3 at 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Brown is back at Drive, ex Zhejiang GB - by Eurobasket News

Grand Rapids Drive agreed terms with 27-year old guard Lorenzo Brown (196-86kg-90, college: North Carolina State). It is actually his comeback to Drive as he has played here before. Brown He started the season at Zhejiang Golden Bulls in Chinese CBA league. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 24.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 5.5apg and 2.7spg this season. Brown ended the last season at the Pistons. But the most of that year he spent at another team Drive where in 25 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 18.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.8apg and 2.1spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to D-League All-Star Game.
In 2013 Brown was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (52nd overall). The former North Carolina State staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Brown's team made it to the D-League Showcase Cup final in 2015. He was also voted USBWA All-District III 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Brown has played also professionally in Italy (Umana Venezia), other NBA teams (Phoenix Suns and Phi.76ers) and D-League (Springfield A. and Delaware 87ers).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jordan Johnson claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jordan Johnson (183-PG-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for San Miguel and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 24-year old playmaker had a double-double of 37 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Cojute (1-4) with 18-point margin 79-61. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. San Miguel is placed at 12th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 4 games and had just one victory. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable nine three-pointers out of 17 attempts. He just recently signed at San Miguel, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Tennessee Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 32.0ppg) and averages solid 3.4spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was Yoan Haiti of Sonsonate. Haiti impressed basketball fans with a triple-double of 26 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Of course he led Sonsonate to another comfortable win outscoring Canarios (3-1) 115-85. This victory allowed Sonsonate to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Haiti is one of the most experienced players at Sonsonate and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana (#11). Dowdell got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . He was a key player of Santa Ana, leading his team to a 117-86 easy win against Giants (#14, 0-4). Santa Ana can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Dowdell he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Dowdell as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carlos Arias (200-C-89) of Santa Tecla - 22 points and 22 rebounds
5. Maliek Daniels (193-SG-88) of Santa Ana - 31 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Maurice Williams) of Giants - 29 points and 11 rebounds
7. Jeffery Moss (193-PF-93) of Halcones - 28 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jeremee Davis (191-PG-90) of Halcones - 26 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Yordany Jaca (195-PF-83) of Arcense - 20 points and 15 rebounds
10. Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Canarios - 18 points and 16 rebounds

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



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Djordje DZELETOVIC
  TL.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Dzeletovic, TL.19.6 
 2. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 3. van-der-Mars, Rap.18.2 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU18.1 
 5. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 6. Olmre, TTU17.6 
 7. Strupovics, Valga16.7 
 8. Bubalo, Parnu16.6 
 9. Post, Tarvas14.5 
 10. Seskus, Parnu13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.13.4 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU8.7 
 4. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.4 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu8.3 
 6. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.8.1 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.9 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.8 
 9. Lips, Tarvas7.0 
 10. Dzeletovic, TL.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 2. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.5 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.1 
 5. Bratoz, Rapla4.1 
 6. Jones, TL.4.0 
 7. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 8. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 9. Post, Tarvas3.8 
 10. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.3 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.9 
 5. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 6. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.8 
 7. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 8. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 9. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 10. Post, Tarvas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.0 
 3. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 5. Raadik, TTU0.9 
 6. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 8. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.8 
 9. Perine, Tarvas0.7 
 10. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.7 



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Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Hapoel Jerusalem and Lokomotiv Kuban advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria - Hapoel J-M 79-85

Hapoel Jerusalem upset Gran Canaria in Spain to sweep the quarterfinal series. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-15 Gran Canaria's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 85-79 at the end of the game. Hapoel Jerusalem made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Gran Canaria was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) notched 23 points to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Amare Stoudemire (208-82) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Even 8 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists by American Royce O'Neale (198-93, college: Baylor) did not help to save the game for Gran Canaria. Point guard Albert Oliver (187-78) added 16 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the hosts. Gran Canaria's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 23+2reb+2ast, J.Dyson 16+4reb+2ast, A.Stoudemire 15+8reb+1ast, T.Kinsey 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Halperin 9+2reb+3ast, T.Peterson 7+5reb+2ast
Gran Canaria: S.Salin 17, A.Oliver 16+3reb+3ast, B.McCalebb 14+2reb+3ast, K.Kuric 8+1reb+1ast, R.O'Neale 8+10reb+6ast, R.Hollins 7+4reb
gschID: 535867


Unicaja - B.Muenchen 82-67

Unicaja topped Bayern to force the decider. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-67. Unicaja Malaga made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Bayern Muenchen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Dejan Musli (213-91, agency: BeoBasket) scored 15 points to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) chipped in 10 points during the contest. Four Unicaja Malaga players scored in double figures. Bosnian-German Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Nick Johnson (191-92, college: Arizona, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: D.Musli 15+4reb+2ast, J.Smith 13+1reb+1ast, J.Brooks 11+3reb+1ast, A.Waczynski 11+1reb+1ast, K.Fogg 10+4reb+2ast, A.Diaz 8+2reb+2ast
B.Muenchen: A.Gavel 10+2reb+1ast, N.Johnson 10+5reb+1ast, N.Djedovic 9+6reb+6ast, B.Taylor 8+3reb, D.Booker 8+2reb+1ast, R.Redding 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 535866


Zenit - Lokomotiv 77-88

Lokomotiv upset Zenit in Saint Petersburg to complete the sweep of the series. The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. Zenit managed to win third quarter 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Zenit 38-18 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: W.Virginia) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (196-88) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 assists and Sergey Karasev (201-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 20 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: K.Jones 17+9reb+1ast, A.Zubkov 14+4reb+1ast, M.Janning 13+2reb+2ast, T.Rochestie 12+1reb+6ast, M.Collins 9+6reb+4ast, I.Vougioukas 8+5reb
Zenit: S.Markovic 21+12ast, S.Karasev 20+1reb+3ast, A.White 11+3reb, J.Timma 9+5reb+1ast, A.Pushkov 6+3reb, E.Valiev 6+5reb
gschID: 535865


Khimky - Valencia 98-74

Khimky thrashed Valencia at home court to move the series back to Spain for Game 3. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Khimky's pressure prevailed and they won that period 29-12 extending their advantage to 24 points. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Khimky had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. American-Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five Khimky players scored in double figures. Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American-Georgian Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Valencia Basket. 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:
Khimky: J.Pullen 18+4reb+2ast, A.Shved 17+8reb+11ast, D.Sokolov 16+4reb, R.Hummel 14+3reb, E.Rowland 10+3reb+4ast, M.Brown 7+4reb+2ast
Valencia: J.Sastre Morro 18+2reb, B.Dubljevic 17+6reb, W.Thomas 10+7reb+3ast, P.Oriola 8+3reb, F.San Emeterio 6+2reb+6ast, G.Vives 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 535868





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Langford, Unics22.3 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.1 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.7 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA16.1 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.5 
 7. Rice, FC Barcelona13.9 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.8 
 9. James, Panathin.13.5 
 10. Brown, Anadolu .13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johannes VOIGTMANN
  Basko.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Voigtmann, Basko.7.7 
 2. Zizic, Darussafaka7.6 
 3. Melli, Brose Bask.7.6 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.5 
 5. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 6. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.5 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.5 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Dunston, Anadolu .6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.2 
 3. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.1 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia6.1 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid6.0 
 6. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 7. Calathes, Panathin.5.8 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray5.5 
 9. Colom, Unics5.5 
 10. Rice, FC Barcelona5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.0 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.5 
 4. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 6. Paul, Anadolu Efes1.4 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 8. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 10. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.3 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.3 
 4. Dunston, Anadolu .1.2 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 7. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.0 
 8. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 9. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 10. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 


Recap of Round 24 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona - CSKA 61-85

The game with biggest result difference took place in Barcelona. Local FC Barcelona (9-15) was outscored by third ranked Russian CSKA (18-6) 85-61 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. FC Barcelona managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding FC Barcelona to just 4 points in first quarter. CSKA dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to FC Barcelona's 22. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of French Nando De-Colo (196-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and American guard Cory Higgins (195-89, college: Colorado) who added 11 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Cypriot-Bulgarian Alexander Vezenkov (206-95) with 14 points and Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) scored 9 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. CSKA have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Russian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Real Madrid. Loser FC Barcelona keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. CSKA will meet at home Galatasaray (#13) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. FC Barcelona will play against Unics Kazan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: A.Vezenkov 14+4reb+2ast, T.Rice 10+2ast, P.Koponen 9+1reb+3ast, M.Diagne 7+5reb, A.Renfroe 5+3reb+2ast, V.Claver 5+1reb
CSKA: N.De Colo 21+3reb+3ast, N.Kurbanov 12+2reb+1ast, C.Higgins 11+6reb+1ast, M.Teodosic 9+1reb+5ast, A.Vorontsevich 9+1reb+2ast, V.Khryapa 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 473864


Darussafaka - Panathinaikos 77-72

We should mention about the upset which took place in Istanbul, where higher ranked Greek Panathinaikos (14-10) lost to ninth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (12-12) in a road game 72-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Panathinaikos. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Darussafaka dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Panathinaikos' 22. It was a good game for American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import James Anderson (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Darussafaka players scored in double figures. Darussafaka's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds and center Ioannis Bourousis (214-83) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Panathinaikos. Darussafaka maintains ninth position with 12-12 record. Panathinaikos at the other side dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Crvena Zvezda. Darussafaka will play against higher ranked Olympiacos (#4) in Athens in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Panathinaikos will play on the road against Zalgiris in Kaunas and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: C.Singleton 23+6reb+1ast, K.Rivers 12+1reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 10+8reb+2ast, M.James 9+7ast, N.Pappas 7+4reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 6+2reb+1ast
Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 24+6reb+3ast, J.Anderson 16+7reb+2ast, W.Clyburn 12+3reb+3ast, D.Bertans 12, A.Zizic 9+5reb, L.Harangody 2+5reb
gschID: 473863


Unics - Anadolu Efes 92-99

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-101) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (97-11) 99-92 on Friday. Anadolu Efes made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds and Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) who added 17 points and 6 assists during the contest. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American Latavius Williams (203-91, agency: BeoBasket) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anadolu Efes have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Unics Kazan lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Anadolu Efes will meet at home Brose Baskets (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Unics Kazan will play against FC Barcelona (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Unics: K.Langford 23+1reb+1ast, L.Williams 16+10reb+3ast, J.Colom 16+7reb+5ast, A.Parakhouski 10+2reb, D.Andjusic 9+2reb+2ast, C.Clarke 7+5reb+2ast
Anadolu Efes: D.Brown 24+5reb+2ast, J.Granger 17+4reb+6ast, B.Dunston 16+7reb+2ast, C.Osman 9+1reb, D.Thomas 8, A.Kirk 6+1reb
gschID: 473865


Baskonia - EA7 Armani 87-74

No shocking result in a game in Vitoria where eighth ranked Spanish Baskonia (13-11) defeated 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-17) 87-74 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Armani Milano managed to win second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Baskonia forced 19 Armani Milano turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 assists and Dutch-French Kim Tillie (210-88, college: Utah) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) with 11 points and 8 assists and Serbian Milan Macvan (206-89) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Five Baskonia and four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baskonia maintains eighth position with 13-11 record. Armani Milano lost third consecutive game. Defending Italian champion keeps the fifteenth place with 17 games lost. Baskonia will meet higher ranked Fenerbahce (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Armani Milano will play against Maccabi T-A (#14) in Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: R.Hickman 11+2reb+8ast, A.Cinciarini 11+2reb+3ast, D.Pascolo 11+2reb, M.Macvan 10+6reb+1ast, J.McLean 8+3reb+1ast, R.Sanders 7+3reb
Baskonia: K.Tillie 19+5reb+3ast, A.Hanga 18+6reb+2ast, S.Larkin 13+3reb+11ast, C.Budinger 13+6reb+7ast, T.Shengelia 11+2reb+1ast, I.Diop 6
gschID: 473859


Maccabi T-A - Olympiacos 71-82

Very expected game in Tel-Aviv where 12th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (8-16) was defeated by third ranked Greek Olympiacos (17-7) 82-71 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Maccabi T-A managed to win fourth quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Maccabi T-A 36-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Georgios Printezis (204-85, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) who added 16 points during the contest. Olympiacos' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) with 17 points and point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) scored 12 points. Five Olympiacos and four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Olympiacos went down to fourth position due to points difference. Loser Maccabi T-A keeps the twelfth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Brose Bask. and Galatasaray. Olympiacos will meet at home Darussafaka (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi T-A will play against Armani Milano and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: S.Landesberg 17+2reb, G.Mekel 12+3reb+3ast, Y.Ohayon 11+3reb+3ast, V.Rudd 11+6reb, D.Seeley 9+3reb+4ast, C.Iverson 8+3reb+2ast
Olympiacos: E.Green 16+3reb+2ast, M.Lojeski 15+2reb+4ast, G.Printezis 15+5reb+2ast, D.Waters 14+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 11+4reb+2ast, K.Birch 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 473860


Crvena Zvezda - Brose Bask. 74-60

Very predictable result in Beograd where sixth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (14-10) beat 12th ranked German Brose Baskets (8-16) 74-60 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Brose Baskets managed to win third quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Serbian Charles Jenkins (191-89, college: Hofstra) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists and forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) who added 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was French Fabien Causeur (195-87) with 21 points and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Serbian champion maintains sixth position with 14-10 record, which they share with Panathinaikos. Brose Baskets lost third consecutive game. Defending German champion keep the twelfth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Maccabi T-A and Galatasaray. Crvena Zvezda will meet league's second-placed Real Madrid on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Brose Baskets will play against the league's leader Anadolu Efes (#1) in Istanbul and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 21+3reb+3ast, A.Nikolic 9+2reb+1ast, N.Zisis 9+4reb+1ast, P.Heckmann 7+1reb+1ast, N.Melli 7+6reb+3ast, D.Miller 3+2reb+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: C.Jenkins 18+2reb+4ast, M.Simonovic 13+9reb, M.Guduric 12+3reb+4ast, L.Mitrovic 8+3reb+1ast, D.Thompson 7+2reb, N.Wolters 5+3reb
gschID: 473862


Zalgiris - Fenerbahce 67-76

Not a big story in a game in Kaunas where 10th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (10-14) were defeated by fourth ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (16-8) 76-67 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fenerbahce looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and American-Turkish point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) who added 12 points and 9 assists during the contest. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Paulius Jankunas (205-84) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian-Slovenian point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Fenerbahce went down to fifth position due to points difference. Defending Lithuanian champion Zalgiris keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. Fenerbahce will meet at home Baskonia (#8) in the next round. Zalgiris will play against Panathinaikos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: P.Jankunas 15+7reb+1ast, K.Pangos 11+2reb+4ast, B.Motum 10+4reb, A.Lima 8+6reb+2ast, L.Westermann 8+2reb+6ast, L.Lekavicius 7+2ast
Fenerbahce: E.Udoh 16+7reb+5ast, M.Mahmutoglu 14, B.Bogdanovic 14+4reb+2ast, B.Dixon 12+2reb+9ast, L.Datome 6+2reb+2ast, N.Kalinic 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 473861


Galatasaray - Real Madrid 87-84

Round 24 in Euroleague means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Istanbul where host Turkish Galatasaray (8-16) edged league's leader Spanish Real Madrid (18-6) 87-84 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Real Madrid. Real Madrid trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 24-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-87 at the end of the game. Galatasaray looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 20 points and 4 assists. German center Tibor Pleiss (217-89) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic (201-99) who recorded 13 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) added 16 points respectively. Four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Real Madrid's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Galatasaray moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Brose Bask. and Maccabi T-A. Defending Spanish champion Real Madrid dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with CSKA. They were replaced at the leadership position by Anadolu Efes. Real Madrid will play next round against Crvena Zvezda trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Galatasaray will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked CSKA in Moscow.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: A.Randolph 16+2reb, L.Doncic 13+8reb+8ast, J.Carroll 11+1ast, G.Ayon 10+3reb+1ast, S.Llull 10+3reb+4ast, O.Hunter 8+3reb+1ast
Galatasaray: A.Daye 20+3reb+4ast, J.Diebler 17+1reb+2ast, V.Micov 12+2reb+4ast, G.Koksal 10+1reb, A.Tyus 10+2reb, T.Pleiss 8+12reb+2ast
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Pascual's 'Jeffery Taylor experiment with Gentile - by Dimitris Katsionis

At a time where the player is in danger of losing his faith along his 'locked' jump shot, Xavi Pascual is trying to invent ways to upgrade Alessandro Gentile rendering the Italian into a productive member of the green rotation's hard core. At the same time, the coach has to manage the traffic caused by Gentile's addition in the Wing positions, thus his attempt to find and hand out roles that will lead him to the proper connection of his players

Pablo Laso, the great opponent, had a problem of similar nature last year with Real's roster. He had many scorers in his hands and indeed many… people especially in the middle positions to keep everyone 'alive' and with a role in the rotation. The defense of his team was disappointing and that had a direct impact on the overall picture in Euroleague (5-5 during the regular season, 7-7 in TOP-16, 3-0 from Fener in the playoffs). In the summer, Laso brought on his own responsibility two scorers, such as Jeffery Taylor and Trey Thompkins, in Madrid who had tremendous difficulty adjusting to an environment that overflowed with scorers but desperate for defensive stoppers. Taylor had not come to Europe to play defense. After three good seasons -especially the first two- with Bobcats (before his injury at the end of 2013 he had 8.1 points in 24.5′) and a participation in the European Championship in Slovenia where he scored 21.2 points with the Swedish colors, Taylor arrived in Madrid confident that he will be one of Euroleague's top guns; however, reality was very different. His continued persistence of trying to get into the game through the offense caused problems both to himself and to the team with the Madrid management interfering by bringing KC Rivers back to Madrid as soon as possible. In the end, Laso found the solution during the ACB playoffs. By investing in the good, forgotten defensive background of Taylor from Vanderpilt, he gave him the role of Defensive Stopper in Real's backcourt and put him on the head of the defense (even in 3-2 defense zones) against the PG opponents where the 'Queen' could take advantage of his size, his good footwork against shorter and faster guards as well as his ability to change after a screen and defend in the post. Laso worked hard to instill this new role and defensive mentality to Taylor, convincing him that this was his lifejacket in Real's rotation ocean. The 'Queen' was significantly improved during the playoffs and the key was the hustling of Taylor-Thompkins; for the first time in the season they showed the rocket-like character that Laso had envisioned, making Barcelona look slow and old and greatly difficult to follow them. Laso won two new players, fresh legs, better chemistry and a more functional roster and Taylor-Thompkins got new contracts in Madrid, getting out of a situation that seemed lost not long ago.

In my opinion, Pascual is trying to do something similar with Gentile. Otherwise it would be inexplicable for a coach of Pascual's perception to assign him important roles in defense or to make everyone want to pinch themselves by calling him from the bench when the team needs a last defense in the period. In reality, by putting him against players like Langford, the Spanish coach is 'blackmailing' the Italian to exceed his defensive abilities and to maximize his effort knowing that if he achieves it at a certain degree, the player's belief regarding his usefulness on the court may also change. This is the attempt (as well as an obligation) of the coach to win a bet that seems lost..

Of course, the specific difference between these two cases consists of the fact that Taylor was a player that had such background and defensive knowledge. In Vanderbilt of the great Kevin Stallings (now coach of Pittsburgh) with the up tempo basketball and the traditional High Efficient offense, Taylor served, among others, the defensive plan of the Commodores with his ability to defend in 4 positions. It was this two-way nature of his game that brought him to the beginning of the second round (31) in the 2012draft. Gentile has no such background. He is still in the first stage of fundamental parts of defensive learning. Xavi Pascual is trying to inspire defense ego in him. It is his last attempt to win him and have Panathinaikos win too…

By Dimitris Katsionis

http://www.hoopfellas.gr/en/




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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Jones, Lapua22.7 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket21.0 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket20.1 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.7 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.3 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki18.1 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.3 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.2 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.0 
 10. Dia, BC Nokia15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Van, Korihait10.9 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.9 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.8 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.4 
 7. Morris, Lapua8.0 
 8. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 9. Williams, Salon V.7.7 
 10. Johnson, Kataja B.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.3 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.0 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.9 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.9 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.5 
 6. Edwards, Lapua4.4 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.4 
 8. Williams, Lapua4.4 
 9. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.3 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 5. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 6. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 9. Ware, Kauhajoki1.4 
 10. Bailey, KTP Basket1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Bristol, Kataja B.1.6 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Van, Korihait1.1 
 7. Bailey, KTP Basket1.0 
 8. Edwards, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 10. Barrett, BC Nokia0.8 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 34
 1. Upchurch, HyPo34.0 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Bratton, Namika Lr27.9 
 4. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 5. Maxhuni, HBA-M.24.3 
 6. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.1 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.7 
 8. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.6 
 5. Towa, Jarvenpaa12.0 
 6. Harris, Ura Basket11.9 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.3 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.2 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.9 
 10. Bratton, Namika Lr10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.9 
 2. Salonen, Porvoon .5.3 
 3. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 4. Kantonen, Korik.5.3 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United4.9 
 6. Innamaa, TuNM.4.8 
 7. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.2 
 9. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.1 
 10. Latvala, Ura Basket4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joshua GOUCH
  Espoo Basket
  (196-G-91)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.8 
 2. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 3. Upchurch, HyPo2.6 
 4. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.5 
 5. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 6. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 7. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.2 
 8. Moore, ToPo2.2 
 9. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Young, Pyrinto II1.8 
 3. Reed, FoKoPo1.6 
 4. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.6 
 5. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 6. Sandberg, TuNM.1.4 
 7. Harvey, Oulun N.1.4 
 8. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 9. Harris, Ura Basket1.3 
 10. Fields, Lahti1.3 


Finnish Korisliiga round 33 best performance: Raymond Cowels III - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Raymond Cowels III (193-F/G-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Helsinki Seagulls, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat BC Nokia (#6, 13-17) 86-78. It allowed Helsinki Seagulls to consolidate first place in the Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Helsinki Seagulls has a very solid 22-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Cowels III had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Helsinki Seagulls' top player in his first season with the team. Raymond Cowels III averages this season 15.8ppg and 5.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Steven Pledger (193-G-90) of Kouvot. Pledger had a very good evening with 32 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Kouvot lost that game 91-96 to the higher-ranked Kataja Basket (#4, 19-8). Kouvot managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-17 record. Pledger is a newcomer at Kouvot, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#4). He also registered 5.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of Kauhajoki (#3). Giles scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Kauhajoki, leading his team to a 103-90 easy win against the lower-ranked KTP Basket (#8, 11-20). Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 11 lost games. Giles has a very solid season. In 8 games in Finland he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and FGP: 58.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarekious Bradley (196-G/F-90) of Kataja Basket - 25 points and 6 rebounds
5. Austin Hollins (195-F/G-91) of Kauhajoki - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jamal Jones (203-G-93) of Lapua - 28 points and 7 rebounds
7. Vesa Makalainen (200-SF-86) of Kataja Basket - 23 points and 4 rebounds
8. Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-F-89) of Salon Vilpas - 18 points and 10 rebounds
9. Antwan Scott (188-G-92) of KTP Basket - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Daniel Bailey (196-G-90) of KTP Basket - 26 points, 3 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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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Kyle GIBSON
  Gravelines
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Gibson, Gravelines18.8 
 2. Clark, Chalon18.7 
 3. Rich, Paris-Levallois16.8 
 4. Prepelic, Limoges16.1 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines15.8 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.4 
 7. Sommerville, Orleans15.3 
 8. Smith, Chalons-Reims15.3 
 9. Young, Chalons-.14.6 
 10. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Fall, Chalon8.9 
 2. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.7 
 3. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.5 
 4. Hunt, Nancy7.7 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre7.4 
 6. Yeguete, Le Mans7.3 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.2 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel7.1 
 9. Solomon, Gravelines6.9 
 10. Blue, Antibes6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.0 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.6 
 3. Hodge, AS.6.2 
 4. Holston, Dijon6.0 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.7 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.4 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.1 
 9. Curry, Antibes4.3 
 10. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.5 
 2. Wood, Limoges2.2 
 3. Eito, Orleans2.0 
 4. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 5. Payne, Chalons-.1.7 
 6. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 8. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 9. Jones, Hyeres-T.1.4 
 10. Henry, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fall, Chalon2.6 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.4 
 3. Uter, AS.1.2 
 4. Hassell, Le Portel1.0 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.1.0 
 6. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 7. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 8. Fair, Limoges1.0 
 9. Jaiteh, Strasbourg1.0 
 10. Otule, Antibes0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jarvis WILLIAMS
  Boulazac
  (198-C/F-93)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Williams, Boulazac18.4 
 2. Peacock, Bourg17.8 
 3. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.7 
 4. Jones, Lille17.4 
 5. Burton, Roanne17.2 
 6. Ware, Vichy C.16.2 
 7. Rozenfeld, Roanne15.9 
 8. Henry, Evreux15.5 
 9. Denave, Vichy C.15.5 
 10. Sim, Bourg15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mohamed KONE
  Charleville
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kone, Charleville10.0 
 2. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.6 
 3. Burton, Roanne9.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg8.9 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.1 
 6. Paumier, Boulogne7.6 
 7. Williams, Boulazac7.5 
 8. Diame, Blois7.5 
 9. Traore, Lille7.4 
 10. Fairell, Rouen7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.4 
 2. Ware, Vichy C.6.4 
 3. Turner, Blois6.4 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne6.1 
 5. King, Le Havre6.0 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.8 
 7. Sim, Bourg5.6 
 8. Duren, Boulogne5.4 
 9. Henry, Evreux5.3 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Burton, Roanne2.4 
 2. Threatt, Poitiers2.4 
 3. Henry, Evreux2.3 
 4. Denave, Vichy C.2.1 
 5. Maille, Provence.2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Nantes2.0 
 7. Turner, Blois1.9 
 8. Rigaux, Maurienne1.9 
 9. Fouse, Charleville1.7 
 10. Williams, Boulazac1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.8 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.6 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.5 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.3 
 5. Loum, Boulogne1.3 
 6. Jones, Lille1.2 
 7. Rinna, St Chamond1.2 
 8. Diame, Blois1.2 
 9. Williams, Boulazac1.1 
 10. Traore, Lille1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.4 
 2. Brooks, ALS Basket18.0 
 3. Craion, Lorient17.1 
 4. Smith, Orchies16.8 
 5. Newson, Lorient16.6 
 6. Vaty, Lourdes16.4 
 7. Geiger, SAP V.16.4 
 8. Mitchell, Chartres16.0 
 9. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.15.9 
 10. Thondique, Gries/Ob.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.10.1 
 2. Staniulis, Souffel9.0 
 3. Kovanusic, ALS B.8.8 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.8.1 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket8.0 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.5 
 7. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 8. Cox, Challans7.4 
 9. Anderson, RAC B.7.4 
 10. Quincy-Jones, Vitre7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.3 
 2. Romain, Chartres6.8 
 3. Rathieuville, Rennes5.5 
 4. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.4 
 5. Delhomme, St Vallier5.4 
 6. Bichard, RAC Basket5.0 
 7. Suhard, Angers BC4.8 
 8. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
 9. Smith, Orchies4.5 
 10. Neri, ALS Basket4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Craion, Lorient3.1 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.4 
 3. Neri, ALS Basket2.2 
 4. Cornely, Caen2.1 
 5. Newson, Lorient2.0 
 6. Gibson, Challans2.0 
 7. Demuynck, Lourdes1.9 
 8. Monceau, Challans1.8 
 9. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.8 
 10. Damachoua, Lorient1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rolandas JAKSTAS
  Gries/Ob.
  (202-F-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.3 
 2. Watt, Angers BC1.3 
 3. Negrobar, Rennes1.1 
 4. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 5. Monteiro, Caen1.0 
 6. Bobrov, Quimper1.0 
 7. Kayembe, Souffel0.9 
 8. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 9. Davis, Rennes0.8 
 10. Kovanusic, ALS B.0.8 


Orleans ink Gabriel Olaseni - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) agreed terms with 26-year old British international center Gabriel Olaseni (211-104kg-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports). He played recently at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A, but left the team earlier this month. In 13 games he had 6.1ppg and 3.8rpg this season. Olaseni also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 6.0ppg and 3.9rpg.
The most of last season he spent at Giessen 46ers in German BBL. In 24 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. The other team Olaseni played that season for was Brose Baskets (BBL) in Germany. In 9 games he got 4.3ppg and 3.1rpg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. Olaseni also played 5 games in Euroleague where he got just 2.4ppg and 2.8rpg.
Olaseni has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of NIT in 2013. Olaseni was also voted All-Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year in 2015 at his college time.
Olaseni has been also a member of British international program for some years. He has regularly played for British senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010.
Olaseni represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 12.3ppg, 7.3rpg, FGP: 78.0%, FT: 76.9%.
Olaseni graduated from University of Iowa in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Bo McCalebb selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in EuroCup). McCalebb could not help one of league's weakest teams Gran Canaria (4-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Gran Canaria was badly defeated 87-67 on the road by the leading Hapoel Jerusalem. McCalebb was the top scorer with 12 points. McCalebb has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.0%(65-114), 3FGP: 19.0% and FT: 74.1%. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Pero Antic (211-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). Antic managed to help Fenerbahce Istanbul in a victory against the tenth-ranked Zalgiris (10-14) 76-67 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (16-8) is placed fourth in group A. This year Antic averages: 4.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 36.0%, 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 79.2% in 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2015.

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France). He contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the closely-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-9) 72-64 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Travis scored only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Strasbourg IG (11-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. It's Travis' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 46.5%. Travis is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Apparently Travis has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #4. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Sevilla in their game against UCAM Murcia (7-14) in the Spanish Liga Endesa, despite his very good performance last Sunday. He was the second best scorer with 14 points in 28 minutes. But Sevilla lost 80-92 in Murcia to the higher-ranked (#12) UCAM. It was Sevilla's sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Stojanovski has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg in 21 games. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Richard Hendrix
Richard Hendrix
   #5. Former international power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama, currently plays in EuroCup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bo McCalebb and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Hendrix was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Gran Canaria (4-2) in their game against Hapoel Jerusalem (5-1). He did not beat the league record on Tuesday evening. Hendrix recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Gran Canaria was badly defeated 87-67 in Jerusalem by the leading Hapoel. Hendrix's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Hendrix used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marko Dujkovic
Marko Dujkovic
   #6. Center Marko Dujkovic (226-90, currently plays in Serbia) led Metalac to an easy victory against the closely-ranked OKK Beograd (7-11) crushing them 84-63 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Dujkovic had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 25 minutes. Metalac Farmakom Valjevo (8-10) is placed tenth in the KLS. This year Dujkovic's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8bpg in 18 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #7. Former international point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Scandone AV (13-7) in their game against Brescia (10-10) in the Italian Serie A. Green cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 3 passes. Scandone AV was defeated 91-87 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Brescia (#8). Green's total stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.4apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team seven years ago. However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Aleksandar Kostoski
Aleksandar Kostoski
   #8. Point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Pitesti (9-9) in their game against Targu Mures (8-10) in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Kostoski was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 31 minutes. But the fourth-placed Pitesti (9-9) was badly defeated 93-77 in Mures by the lower-ranked (#4) Targu in the Places 1-6 group. Kostoski has reliable stats this year: 12.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.1apg and 1.1spg in 10 games. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #9. Former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Libertad Sunchales (18-18) in their game against Olimpico de La Banda (20-18) in the Argentinian LigaA. Massey scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Libertad Sunchales (#7) was defeated 67-61 in La Banda by the higher-ranked Olimpico de (#6) in the Norte group. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Massey averaged so far 12.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Massey used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team eight years ago. He played also for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in FYR Macedonian league.

Nenad Dimitrijevic
Nenad Dimitrijevic
   #10. Point guard Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-98, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Joventut (6-15) in their game against Valencia Basket (5-15) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded only 4 points. Joventut was defeated 77-72 in Valencia by the higher-ranked Basket (#13). Dimitrijevic has been at the team for five years. Dimitrijevic's total stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 1.4apg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Oliver Dvojakovski (204-97, currently plays in Spain) helped Betanzos win their game against the second-ranked Leon 80-76 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Sunday night. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. This year Dvojakovski's total stats are: 5.1ppg and 4.2rpg in 18 games. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in a 2-point Anadolu Efes' victory against the 14th-ranked Usak Sportlif (5-14) 80-78 in the Turkish BSL in Monday night's game. He recorded 14 points and added 3 assists in a mere 19 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (17-2) is placed second in the BSL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Osman's fourth season with the team. Osman has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg in 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

   #2. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to a Mornar Bar's victory against the league outsider Krka (7-17) 72-63 in the ABA League last Saturday. Pavic scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. KK Mornar Basket Bar (8-16) is placed second from the bottom (#13) in the ABA League. It was Mornar Bar's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Pavic's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg in 14 games.

   #3. Dino Radoncic (202-F-99, currently plays in Spain) helped Real Madrid II win their game against the 16th-ranked Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (2-18) crushing them 72-39 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Radoncic scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Real Madrid II (16-5) is placed third in Group B. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Radoncic averaged so far 15.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.4apg in 20 games. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Montenegrin.

   #4. Boris Vukicevic (190-F-98, currently plays in Denmark). Vukicevic could not help Stevnsgade (7-10) to beat Horsholm (14-11). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Vukicevic scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Stevnsgade was defeated 62-56 at home by the higher-ranked Horsholm (#3). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Vukicevic's total stats this season are: 2.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg.

   #5. Experienced Ivan Todorovic (214-C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams L'Hospitalet in their game against Agustinos-Leclerc (10-12) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Todorovic cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. L'Hospitalet was badly defeated 77-61 on the road by the higher-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (#11). Todorovic has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2apg.



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Superleague Round 19: Cactus Tbilisi are defeated by Dinamo Tbilisi in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#1) and Cactus Tbilisi (#4). Cactus Tbilisi was crushed at home by 25 points 67-92 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cactus Tbilisi. The game was mostly controlled by Dinamo Tbilisi. Cactus Tbilisi managed to win third quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dinamo Tbilisi dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Cactus Tbilisi's 38. Dinamo Tbilisi forced 19 Cactus Tbilisi turnovers. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Nodar Gogodze (191-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American center John Florveus (211-90, college: Georgia) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 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. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains first place with 18-1 record. Cactus Tbilisi at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Sokhumi. Dinamo Tbilisi are looking forward to face Energy Invest (#3) in Rustavi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Olimpi.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#5) and Olimpi (#7). Sokhumi (8-11) won against visiting Olimpi (5-13) 90-76. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Oleksandr Tishchenko accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Sokhumi's coach Nugzar Cheishvili allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for Olimpi in the defeat. Sokhumi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cactus Tbilisi. Olimpi at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Sokhumi will play against Batumi (#6) at home in the next round. Olimpi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Cactus Tbilisi.
The game in Batumi supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Kutaisi (14-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Batumi (7-12). Kutaisi smashed Batumi 96-70 on Tuesday. Beka Bekauri fired 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Kutaisi's coach Kote Tugushi felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Besik Lezhava produced 15 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-4 record having five points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Loser Batumi keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Kutaisi will meet bottom-ranked Mgzavrebi (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Batumi will play against Sokhumi in Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 19 bottom-ranked Mgzavrebi lost to Rustavi on the opponent's court 69-86.

Cactus Tbilisi - Dinamo Tbilisi 67-92

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#1) and Cactus Tbilisi (#4). Cactus Tbilisi was crushed at home by 25 points 67-92 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cactus Tbilisi. The game was mostly controlled by Dinamo Tbilisi. Cactus Tbilisi managed to win third quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dinamo Tbilisi dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Cactus Tbilisi's 38. Dinamo Tbilisi forced 19 Cactus Tbilisi turnovers. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Nodar Gogodze (191-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American center John Florveus (211-90, college: Georgia) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Terik Bridgeman (198, college: William Pater.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had five 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. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains first place with 18-1 record. Cactus Tbilisi at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Sokhumi. Dinamo Tbilisi are looking forward to face Energy Invest (#3) in Rustavi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Olimpi.
Top scorers:
Cactus Tbilisi: I.Chlaidze 16+4reb+2ast, J.Florveus 14+12reb+1ast, T.White 13+2reb+4ast, T.Bridgeman 12+10reb+2ast, V.Baakashvili 11+3reb+1ast, N.Lomidze 1
Dinamo Tbilisi: N.Gogodze 21+5reb+3ast, D.Vaughn 14+2reb+3ast, I.Londaridze 14+5reb+3ast, M.Tchotchua 12+4reb+1ast, M.Berishvili 12+3reb+2ast, N.Maravic 10+4reb
gschID: 532313


Rustavi - Mgzavrebi 86-69

Very expected game in Rustavi where 8th ranked Mgzavrebi (4-15) was defeated by third ranked Energy Invest (11-8) 86-69 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Energy Invest. Mgzavrebi managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Energy Invest had a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Energy Invest players scored in double figures. Energy Invest's coach Ramaz Gogoberishvili used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Corey Allen (185-92, college: S.Florida) produced 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import center Reggie Murphy (208-91, college: Henderson St.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Energy Invest maintains third place with 11-8 record having seven points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Loser Mgzavrebi stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Energy Invest will meet league's leader Dinamo Tbilisi on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mgzavrebi will play against the league's second-placed Kutaisi (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mgzavrebi: C.Allen 19+6reb+5ast, R.Murphy 14+9reb, K.Ransom 9+5reb+6ast, O.Pkhakadze 9+5reb+8ast, A.Lominashvili 7+4reb, G.Turdzeladze 6+2reb
Rustavi: S.Atuashvili 20+8reb+2ast, R.Chachanidze 18+7reb+3ast, T.Spagnolo 13+8reb+3ast, C.Kasperbauer 13+1reb, M.Lewis-Briggs 11+7reb+3ast, C.Lee 8+4reb+8ast
gschID: 532312


Sokhumi - Olimpi 90-76

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#5) and Olimpi (#7). Sokhumi (8-11) won against visiting Olimpi (5-13) 90-76. The game without a history. Sokhumi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Sokhumi players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-89) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Sokhumi's coach Nugzar Cheishvili allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) added 18 points respectively for Olimpi in the defeat. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. Sokhumi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cactus Tbilisi. Olimpi at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Sokhumi will play against Batumi (#6) at home in the next round. Olimpi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Cactus Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: R.Rogava 18+4reb+1ast, T.Burnette 17+10reb+3ast, I.Mikeladze 14+2reb+2ast, G.Baqradze 11+3ast, N.Schlitzer 10+3reb, L.Maskhulia 3+2reb
Sokhumi: D.Lathan 26+10reb+6ast, O.Tishchenko 16+6reb+1ast, G.Jgerenaia 14+5reb+3ast, O.Buliava 7+6reb+1ast, D.Barbakadze 7+2reb+1ast, K.Tomaradze 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 532311


Batumi - Kutaisi 70-96

The game in Batumi supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Kutaisi (14-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Batumi (7-12). Kutaisi smashed Batumi 96-70 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Kutaisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kutaisi outrebounded Batumi 41-26 including a 36-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Batumi's players. The former international Beka Bekauri (207-91) fired 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Kutaisi's coach Kote Tugushi felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International Besik Lezhava (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and Ukrainian forward Igor Krivtsov (201-86) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Five Kutaisi and four Batumi players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-4 record having five points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Loser Batumi keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Kutaisi will meet bottom-ranked Mgzavrebi (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Batumi will play against Sokhumi in Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Batumi: B.Lezhava 15+5reb+3ast, I.Krivtsov 14+4reb, L.Revazashvili 12+2reb, K.Jintcharadze 10+5reb, M.Revazashvili 6+5reb, N.Ramishvili 5+1reb+1ast
Kutaisi: L.Tsekvava 19+3reb+1ast, A.Lomouri 16+5reb+1ast, B.Bekauri 14+9reb+5ast, Z.Pashaev 13+6reb+3ast, G.Tsintsadze 10+7reb+7ast, D.Tubak 7+7reb
gschID: 532310





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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.8 
 2. Knight, Jena18.7 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.5 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg16.1 
 5. Thompson, Telekom .16.0 
 6. Jenkins, Jena15.8 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.8 
 8. Ruoff, Goettingen15.7 
 9. Babb, Ratiopharm15.4 
 10. Paulding, EWE B.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Pierre, Braunsch.7.4 
 3. Cooley, Ludwigsb.7.3 
 4. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 5. Eatherton, Goett.7.2 
 6. McGhee, Walter T.7.1 
 7. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.8 
 8. Knight, Jena6.6 
 9. Marei, Bayreuth6.6 
 10. Standharding., Vec.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.5 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.6 
 4. Hobbs, Ratiopharm6.1 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 6. Odum, Wuerzburg5.8 
 7. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 8. Ruoff, Goettingen5.0 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.0 
 10. Mayo, Telekom Bsk4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.6 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.5 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 6. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 7. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 8. Anderson, Bayreuth1.7 
 9. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.7 
 10. Bowlin, Giessen 46ers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.5 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 3. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.1 
 5. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 6. Horton, Telekom .1.0 
 7. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 8. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 10. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.9 


Brandon Spearman (Romerstrom Gladiators Trier) Russell Westbrook Is A Beast And Honestly I Try To Copy A Lot From Him - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brandon Spearman is a 24 year old 190cm guard that is playing his third professional season and second with the Romerstrom Gladiators Trier. He started his basketball career in 2010 for Dayton (NCAA) where he played 36 NCAA games. He then moved to Indian Hills CC (JUCO) and finished his last two seasons at Hawaii (NCAA) and as a senior played 26 games averaging 11.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 52.8%. Last season with the Gladiators Trier (Germany-ProA) he played 37 games: 12.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 61.7%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 59-54 win against the RheinStars.


Brandon thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 is here and in full swing. Are you the kind of guy that will have new years resolutions or are you more a guy that doesn't believe in that?

I believe in resolutions. Always good to set goals for yourself.

Congrats on the huge 59-54 victory against the RheinStars. Could one say this was a classic grind out game where two teams came to play defense?

The Koln game was very important for us. We better our selves for a better seeding in the playoffs if it came down to us or them. But overall we approached the game like it was a playoff game and everyone chiped in for a big victory.

Was this game already a good example of what kind of style can we awaited in the Pro A playoffs on a nightly basis?

We have our own unique style of going hard and I think people will see more and more of it as the season continue.

The RheinStars led by 6 at te break, but Trier buckled down in the second half giving up only 20 points. What wasn't head coach Marco Van Den Berg peased about on the defensive end in the first half?

Well we missed a lot of shots that first half and those shoots led to a lot of fast break points for Koln. So we had to lock down in transition and also on second chance points. Coming in to the second half we knew once we start hitting shots we were going to be fine.

What adjustments did Trier make on defense to help grind out the win?

Wasn't really a big adjustment. We just had to turn up the notch a bit and we did that.

How key was Thomas Grun in the win? On a night where little worked on offense, his 10 points had to have been valuable?

Thomas was really big for us in this game. he has been playing very well lately. On defense and the offense end Thomas been putting in a lot of work in practice and it's paying off.

Trier is playing very good basketball at the moment having won four of their last five games. What has been key in the last month that has allowed you to be a playoff team and not fall out?

Just staying Invictus and being consistent. Keep playing our style I'm sure we going to be fine.

Every game is huge now in the fight for the top 8 playoff places. How confident are you that the Romerstrom Gladiators will be one of the top 8 teams at the end of the regular season?

I'm pretty confident like I said if we keep our playing our style we going to be fine.

The next game is against Ehingen whom you beat 80-73 earlier in the season. Ehingen is a lot better and dangerous than their record shows. What will be key to getting the win?

Defense is key, we locked down defensively we going to be fine.

How valuable has been the pick up of Canadian Jermaine Bucknor. What have you learned to appreciate most about his play and character?

Man Buck is a great guy on and off the court. He has so much knowledge about the game and it feels good to have a veteran with so much experience like him on our team. It's been really big have him apart of the team.

Does Bucknor take some pressure of you on the court knowing that not all falls on your shoulder?

For sure Buck is a smart player and he makes the right decisions. We trust each other on the court and chemsitryy keeps growing ever yday.

In the last interview from October 2016, you said that ' I Love Leading And This Is A Long Season And Being Consistent Is Key'. You sure have been consistent and are having your best season in the Pro A. To what can you credit your success to?


Thank you, well just everyday putting in the work practice going hard trying make myself better. Our practices our very competitive and it helps me really make game days easy because of the training.

You have improved in scoring, rebounding, assists and three point percentage. Your shooting near 40% from outside. Has your better three point accuracy have to do more with shot selection or having put in extra hours in the gym to perfect your stroke?


Extra work, smarter with shot selection, reading what the defense gives me really. I feel that I'm such a smarter player. Just have to keep working and become even smarter. I still have work to do.

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

Top 10 for sure in my book. I love watching Klay play.

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?

Russell Westbrook is a beast, I love his game and honestly I try to copy a lot of things from him.

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?

It took so long because Draymond is a player special and he does everything that other players don't want to do and that is going and taken that extra step in competing. Special

What was the last movie that you saw?

Thats my boy.

Thanks Brandon fort he chat.



Pressley comes back to Lucenec, ex Dresden - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted MBK Lucenec (SBL) added to their roster 22-year old American power forward Jervon Pressley (203-113kg-95, college: Hampton). It is actually his comeback to Lucenec as he has played here before. Pressley played recently at Dresden Titans in German ProA, but left. In 11 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1apg and 2.3bpg this season. Pressley also played earlier that season for MBK Lucenec where in 7 ProA games he averaged 9.7ppg and 7.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pressley's college team won MEAC Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
He graduated from Hampton University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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UCC wins UPAC 2017 Zone C with winning run - by Yaw Mintah

University of Cape-Coast (UCC) has gained qualification to the quarter finals of the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship after topping Zone C in this year's edition.

UCC hosted and won the zonal tournament on the back off a three game winning run that had the side beat strong rival Takoradi Technical University (TTU), University of Education-Winneba (UEW) and Cape-Coast Technical University (CCTU). The standout result was a 36-22 blitzing of TTU which represented a complete turnaround from 2016's 46-49 loss to the same side in the final game.

Beating TTU capped off a successful tournament for the host team and can now switch concentration on the quarters which takes place on April 6 and 7. For TTU, this was a disappointing campaign after winning the zone and placing fourth at the national championships. The side won just a game beating CCTU 50-32.

UEW placed second after beating CCTU and TTU but losing 22-27 to UCC derailed the side's chances of making it to the next stage. CCTU lost all three games.




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Pascual's 'Jeffery Taylor experiment with Gentile - by Dimitris Katsionis

At a time where the player is in danger of losing his faith along his 'locked' jump shot, Xavi Pascual is trying to invent ways to upgrade Alessandro Gentile rendering the Italian into a productive member of the green rotation's hard core. At the same time, the coach has to manage the traffic caused by Gentile's addition in the Wing positions, thus his attempt to find and hand out roles that will lead him to the proper connection of his players

Pablo Laso, the great opponent, had a problem of similar nature last year with Real's roster. He had many scorers in his hands and indeed many… people especially in the middle positions to keep everyone 'alive' and with a role in the rotation. The defense of his team was disappointing and that had a direct impact on the overall picture in Euroleague (5-5 during the regular season, 7-7 in TOP-16, 3-0 from Fener in the playoffs). In the summer, Laso brought on his own responsibility two scorers, such as Jeffery Taylor and Trey Thompkins, in Madrid who had tremendous difficulty adjusting to an environment that overflowed with scorers but desperate for defensive stoppers. Taylor had not come to Europe to play defense. After three good seasons -especially the first two- with Bobcats (before his injury at the end of 2013 he had 8.1 points in 24.5′) and a participation in the European Championship in Slovenia where he scored 21.2 points with the Swedish colors, Taylor arrived in Madrid confident that he will be one of Euroleague's top guns; however, reality was very different. His continued persistence of trying to get into the game through the offense caused problems both to himself and to the team with the Madrid management interfering by bringing KC Rivers back to Madrid as soon as possible. In the end, Laso found the solution during the ACB playoffs. By investing in the good, forgotten defensive background of Taylor from Vanderpilt, he gave him the role of Defensive Stopper in Real's backcourt and put him on the head of the defense (even in 3-2 defense zones) against the PG opponents where the 'Queen' could take advantage of his size, his good footwork against shorter and faster guards as well as his ability to change after a screen and defend in the post. Laso worked hard to instill this new role and defensive mentality to Taylor, convincing him that this was his lifejacket in Real's rotation ocean. The 'Queen' was significantly improved during the playoffs and the key was the hustling of Taylor-Thompkins; for the first time in the season they showed the rocket-like character that Laso had envisioned, making Barcelona look slow and old and greatly difficult to follow them. Laso won two new players, fresh legs, better chemistry and a more functional roster and Taylor-Thompkins got new contracts in Madrid, getting out of a situation that seemed lost not long ago.

In my opinion, Pascual is trying to do something similar with Gentile. Otherwise it would be inexplicable for a coach of Pascual's perception to assign him important roles in defense or to make everyone want to pinch themselves by calling him from the bench when the team needs a last defense in the period. In reality, by putting him against players like Langford, the Spanish coach is 'blackmailing' the Italian to exceed his defensive abilities and to maximize his effort knowing that if he achieves it at a certain degree, the player's belief regarding his usefulness on the court may also change. This is the attempt (as well as an obligation) of the coach to win a bet that seems lost..

Of course, the specific difference between these two cases consists of the fact that Taylor was a player that had such background and defensive knowledge. In Vanderbilt of the great Kevin Stallings (now coach of Pittsburgh) with the up tempo basketball and the traditional High Efficient offense, Taylor served, among others, the defensive plan of the Commodores with his ability to defend in 4 positions. It was this two-way nature of his game that brought him to the beginning of the second round (31) in the 2012draft. Gentile has no such background. He is still in the first stage of fundamental parts of defensive learning. Xavi Pascual is trying to inspire defense ego in him. It is his last attempt to win him and have Panathinaikos win too…

By Dimitris Katsionis

http://www.hoopfellas.gr/en/




Sobey agreed in terms with PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis

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

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

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




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Thomas van der Mars' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dutch players playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Estonia). van der Mars could not help Rapla (12-8) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Rapla was defeated 64-49 on the road by the lower-ranked Parnu (#4). van der Mars recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds. It's van der Mars' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. van der Mars averages: 18.2ppg, 13.4rpg, 2FGP: 63.8%(134-210) and FT: 70.6%. He is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain). Norel was not able to help Zaragoza (7-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Zaragoza lost 88-99 at home to the much higher-ranked (#4) Baskonia. Norel was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. Norel is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Zaragoza's roster. Norel has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 59.2%(77-130) and FT: 77.8% in 18 games he played so far. He played for the Dutch national team in 2015.

Shane Hammink
Shane Hammink
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Shane Hammink (201-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). Hammink led Valparaiso to a victory against the Wright State University (12-2) 84-74 in the NCAA on Friday night. He scored 25 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Valparaiso University has a very good 10-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This season Hammink has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 60.6%(123-203), 3FGP: 34.5% and FT: 81.0%. Hammink played for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Yannick Franke
Yannick Franke
   #4. Guard Yannick Franke (194-96, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a KK Zadar's victory against the closely-ranked Jolly (15-3) 84-72 in the Croatian A1 in Monday night's game. He scored 7 points in 22 minutes. KK Zadar (9-7) is placed fifth in the A1. This year Franke's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5apg in four games. He is also Dutch national team player.

Jeroen van der List
Jeroen van der List
   #5. Former international power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, currently plays in Japan) led Shinshu BW to a victory over the second-ranked Fukushima (24-16) 94-78 in the Japanese B League D2 last Saturday. van der List was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. van der List also added 2 blocks. Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (12-29) is placed sixth in Central group. This season van der List has very high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5bpg. van der List used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Worthy de Jong
Worthy de Jong
   #6. Shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France) helped SO Maritime Boulogne win their game against the second-ranked Provence Basket (15-5) crushing them 90-69 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points and had 3 steals in 29 minutes. SO Maritime Boulogne (7-12) is located at the very bottom in the ProB. This year de Jong has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg in 19 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

Menno Dijkstra
Menno Dijkstra
   #7. Former U20 international center Menno Dijkstra (213-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Cal-Riverside (5-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dijkstra's very good performance the Cal-Riverside was defeated 84-77 in San Luis Obispo by the Cal Poly -. He scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Dijkstra's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Dijkstra's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team two years ago.

Leon Williams
Leon Williams
   #8. Point guard Leon Williams (189-91, currently plays in Germany) managed to help BG Goettingen to win against the 14th-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (6-15) 77-68 in the German BBL on Friday night. He scored only 4 points and added 3 assists. BG Goettingen (16-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Williams' total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2015.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #9. Former U20 international center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas van der Mars and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Kok couldn't help Rapla (12-8) in their game against Parnu (12-9). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Kok scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. Rapla lost 49-64 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#4) Parnu. This year Kok's total stats are: 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg in three games. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team three years ago.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #10. Guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in ABA League) couldn't help MZT Skopje (8-16) in their game against Igokea (12-12) in the ABA League. Kloof scored 6 points. MZT Skopje was defeated 71-67 on their home court in Skopje by the higher-ranked Igokea (#5). There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kloof has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Luuk Van Bree (203-96, is currently at the American university) helped Bradley win their game against the Drake University 67-58 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Van Bree scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. Van Bree has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 3.4rpg in 32 games. He used to play for the Dutch U18 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Niels Bunschoten (206, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Indiana St. in their game against the University of Evansville in the NCAA. He scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots in 21 minutes. His team lost 72-83. Bunschoten has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 1.4rpg in 31 games. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former international forward Julius van Sauers (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped LIU Brooklyn win their game against the Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD 62-58 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. van Sauers has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 3.0rpg in 32 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Boy Van Vliet (193-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Dallas Baptist University win their game against the Newman University 82-67 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. Van Vliet scored only 2 points. Van Vliet has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.3apg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2013.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Ruud Lutterman (201-97, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Caldwell College win their game against the Wilmington University 81-74 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Lutterman has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 5.1rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U18 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help CB Canarias (11-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed CB Canarias (11-3) was edged 66-63 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) PAOK in the group D of Basketball Champions League. Doornekamp had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.9apg in 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Baskonia to a victory over the 15th-ranked Armani Milano (7-17) 87-74 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Tillie was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points, had 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (13-11) is placed eighth in group A. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This season Tillie averages: 6.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #3. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Lokomotiv (13-4) in their last game. Despite Broekhoff's good performance Lokomotiv lost 84-89 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Khimky. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Broekhoff averages: 7.4ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg in 17 games. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #4. Kai Edwards (206-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point N.Colorado's victory against the Portland State University (4-8) 87-84 in the NCAA last Thursday. Edwards scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. The University of Northern Colorado has rather weak 4-9 conference record this season. It was N.Colorado's third consecutive victory in a row. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Edwards' total stats are: 4.6ppg and 5.2rpg in 28 games.

   #5. Tim Hilhorst (87, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for Centrum (15-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Hilhorst's good performance Centrum was crushed 99-72 on their home court in Oslo by the second-ranked Baerum Basket. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Hilhorst's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Hilhorst has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 4.1rpg.

   #6. Daniel Pieper (198-F-96, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Rouge et Or 62-45 in the Canadian university league CIS on Thursday night. Pieper scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Pieper has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #7. Derrik Smits (218-C-95, currently studies in the States) contributed to Valparaiso's victory against the Wright State University 84-74 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Smits scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Smits has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 2.1rpg in 30 games.

   #8. Christal Malalu (203-F-93, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Slippery Rock University in their game against the Mercyhurst College in the NCAA2. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 88-73 in the NCAA2. Malalu has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 7.3rpg.

   #9. Hidde Vos (193-G, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Simon Fraser University in a victory against the Falcons 93-82 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. Vos scored only 2 points in 22 minutes. Vos has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.1apg in 24 games.

   #10. Jamal Smith (197-F-92, college: Chattanooga St, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Ieper crushing them 99-76 in the Belgian Top Division I (second division) in Saturday night's game. Smith scored 5 points in 14 minutes. Smith has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg in 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Smith used to play for The Bright Kings Den Helder in Dutch league.



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  ICELAND  

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Stevens, Keflavik29.4 
 2. Wright, Haukar28.9 
 3. Whitfield, Skallagr.28.6 
 4. Carberry, Thor T.27.1 
 5. Covile, Snaefell25.3 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 7. Samb, Tindastoll22.0 
 8. Beamon, Thor AK21.5 
 9. Clinch, Grindavik21.1 
 10. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.5 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.7 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Carberry, Thor T.11.3 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll11.1 
 7. Covile, Snaefell9.8 
 8. Samb, Tindastoll9.5 
 9. Hankins-Cole, IR9.3 
 10. Ermolinskij, KR9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.7 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.4 
 6. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.3 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik5.0 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan4.9 
 9. Sigurdarson, IR4.9 
 10. Stefansson, KR4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Danero THOMAS
  IR
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Thomas, IR3.2 
 2. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 3. Hunter, IR3.1 
 4. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.9 
 5. Olafsson, Grindavik2.2 
 6. Stevens, Keflavik2.1 
 7. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 8. Barja, Haukar1.9 
 9. Wright, Haukar1.7 
 10. Stefansson, KR1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.6 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR1.9 
 3. Dempsey, Njardvik1.6 
 4. Magnusson, Haukar1.5 
 5. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 6. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 7. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.4 
 8. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 
 9. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 10. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.0 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.6 
 4. Shouse, IA25.5 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.4 
 6. King, Valur21.9 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir21.2 
 8. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir19.3 
 9. Bracey, Valur19.3 
 10. Stefansson, Hamar18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Woods, Hamar14.4 
 2. Pryor, Fjolnir12.9 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.9 
 4. Motley, FSU12.8 
 5. King, Valur12.0 
 6. Shouse, IA9.3 
 7. Petursson, Valur9.0 
 8. Kristjansson, IA9.0 
 9. Virijevic, Hottur8.9 
 10. Fridriksson, Arm.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 9
 1. Moss, Hottur9.0 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.3 
 3. Garland, Breidablik5.6 
 4. Shouse, IA5.4 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.1 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.8 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.6 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar4.0 
 9. Jonasson, Armann4.0 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.7 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA2.9 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. Oliver, Fjolnir2.5 
 6. Motley, FSU2.2 
 7. King, Valur2.2 
 8. Olafsson, Hamar2.1 
 9. Pryor, Fjolnir1.9 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. King, Valur2.4 
 2. Oliver, Fjolnir2.0 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.5 
 4. Audunsson, Valur1.2 
 5. Motley, FSU1.2 
 6. Johannesson, Breid.1.1 
 7. Virijevic, Hottur1.0 
 8. Karason, Fjolnir1.0 
 9. Fridriksson, Arm.1.0 
 10. Kristjansson, IA0.8 



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  INDONESIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Barfield, NSH G.26.2 
 2. Jacobs, NSH G.25.7 
 3. White, Pelita Jaya23.6 
 4. Crump, Satya W.23.4 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .23.4 
 6. Smith, Hang Tuah22.9 
 7. Corbin, Bima P.22.4 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .22.0 
 9. Smith, Hang Tuah19.6 
 10. Brantley, Garuda16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Hang Tuah
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Smith, Hang Tuah16.1 
 2. Brand, JNE B.14.8 
 3. White, Pelita Jaya14.2 
 4. Barfield, NSH G.14.0 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .13.9 
 6. Maxey, Satya W.12.5 
 7. Gunawan, Garuda12.2 
 8. Henderson-N., Aspac10.7 
 9. McKinney, CLS K.10.1 
 10. Seagers, Pacific .8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mario WUYSANG
  CLS K.
  (176-PG-79)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Wuysang, CLS K.5.9 
 2. Smith, Hang Tuah5.6 
 3. Seagers, Pacific .5.1 
 4. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.6 
 5. Jacobs, NSH G.4.5 
 6. Hardianus, Satria M.4.2 
 7. Purwanto, Hang T.4.1 
 8. Loiselle, Pacific .4.0 
 9. Grays, Pelita Jaya4.0 
 10. Jewell, Satria Muda3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Corbin, Bima P.2.9 
 2. Jewell, Satria Muda2.5 
 3. Smith, Hang Tuah2.2 
 4. Barfield, NSH G.2.1 
 5. Saputra, Pacific .2.1 
 6. Seagers, Pacific .2.1 
 7. Grays, Pelita Jaya2.0 
 8. Jacobs, NSH G.2.0 
 9. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.0 
 10. White, Pelita Jaya1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Maxey, Satya W.4.4 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.5 
 3. Ware, Garuda1.6 
 4. White, Pelita Jaya1.5 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .1.4 
 6. Smith, Satria Muda1.0 
 7. Sitepu, Satria M.1.0 
 8. Thoyib, CLS Knights0.9 
 9. Nugroho, CLS K.0.9 
 10. Johnson, CLS K.0.8 


IBL Round 13: Aspac defeat Garuda in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 13 in the IBL took place in Jakarta. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Garuda (5-5) to third ranked Aspac (7-3) 61-58 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Garuda outrebounded Aspac 54-25 including a 24-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international Pringgo Regowo (190-87) stepped up and scored 4 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Andakara-Prastawa Dhyaksa (173-92) chipped in 11 points. At the losing side the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Garuda's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aspac maintains third place with 7-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Garuda lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Hang Tuah. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Pelita Jaya.
Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana (0-10) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to seventh ranked Hang Tuah (5-5) 90-75. American guard JaJuan Smith (188-85, college: Tennessee) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and Falando Jones accounted for 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. American center Nate Maxey (211-92, college: N.C.Central) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks for Satya Wacana in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hang Tuah moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Garuda. Satya Wacana at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Hang Tuah will play against NSH GMC (#8) in Jakarta in the next round. Satya Wacana will play on the road against the league's second-placed CLS Knights in Surabaya and hopes to get finally their first victory.
10th ranked Bima Perkasa (1-8) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Pelita Jaya (6-4) with the biggest margin this round 80-50 on Friday night. Kore White fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Tyrell Corbin produced 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pelita Jaya have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Bima Perkasa lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Pelita Jaya will meet at home higher ranked Aspac (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bima Perkasa will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 13 CLS Knights destroyed JNE BSC on the opponent's court 88-63.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 5 points and 17 rebounds by Galank Gunawan of Garuda.

Bima Perkasa - Pelita Jaya 50-80

10th ranked Bima Perkasa (1-8) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Pelita Jaya (6-4) with the biggest margin this round 80-50 on Friday night. The game without a history. Pelita Jaya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bima Perkasa to just 6 points in first quarter. Pelita Jaya dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Bima Perkasa's 20. They outrebounded Bima Perkasa 52-31 including a 41-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-Jamaican forward Kore White (205-89, college: S.Florida) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American point guard Martavious Irving (185-90, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 26 points and 6 rebounds. Four Pelita Jaya players scored in double figures. American point guard Tyrell Corbin (184-92, college: CSU Bakersfield) produced 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Yanuar Dwi-Priasmoro (178-89) added 6 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pelita Jaya have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Bima Perkasa lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Pelita Jaya will meet at home higher ranked Aspac (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bima Perkasa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bima Perkasa: T.Corbin 29+8reb+4ast, M.Saroni 6+5reb, O.Halim 6+3reb+1ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 6+3reb+2ast, G.Bain 3+6reb, M.Utu 0+1reb
Pelita Jaya: M.Irving 26+6reb, K.White 16+20reb+6ast, D.Wenas 13+5reb+2ast, P.Indrawan 10+9reb, D.Haryoko 6+1reb, R.Pamungkas 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 533901


Aspac - Garuda 61-58

The most exciting game of round 13 in the IBL took place in Jakarta. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Garuda (5-5) to third ranked Aspac (7-3) 61-58 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Garuda outrebounded Aspac 54-25 including a 24-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international Pringgo Regowo (190-87) stepped up and scored 4 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Andakara-Prastawa Dhyaksa (173-92) chipped in 11 points. At the losing side the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Galank Gunawan (194-87) scored 5 points and 17 rebounds. Garuda's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aspac maintains third place with 7-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Garuda lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Hang Tuah. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Pelita Jaya.
Top scorers:
Garuda: W.Wijaya 17+7reb+3ast, S.Surliyadin 10+3reb, D.Pratama 8+5reb+4ast, C.Ware 7+14reb, S.Brantley 6+5reb, G.Gunawan 5+17reb
Aspac: A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 11+2reb+3ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 11+1reb+1ast, R.Shariputra 5+4reb+2ast, P.Regowo 4+10reb+2ast, P.Henderson-Niles 4+5reb+1ast, V.Wuwungan 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 533903


JNE BSC - CLS Knights 63-88

Very expected game in Bandung where 9th ranked JNE BSC (3-7) was crushed by second ranked CLS Knights (8-1) 88-63 on Friday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when CLS Knights's pressure prevailed and they won that period 31-10 extending their advantage to 25 points. CLS Knights forced 19 JNE BSC turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international point guard Mario Wuysang (176-79) fired 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. American forward Dechriston McKinney (203-92, college: Arkansas Tech) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four CLS Knights players scored in double figures. American forward Chris Brand (208-90, college: Lincoln, PA) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 9 blocks and the other American import point guard Raheem Singleton (182-89, college: Maine) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CLS Knights have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-1 record having just one point less than leader Satria Muda. Loser JNE BSC keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. CLS Knights will meet at home bottom-ranked Satya Wacana (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JNE BSC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
JNE BSC: C.Brand 23+14reb+2ast, R.Singleton 16+7reb+7ast, G.Gumilar 6+4reb, T.Wijoyo Wilopo 5+2ast, R.Raharjo 3+2reb, T.Apriyana 3+1reb
CLS Knights: D.McKinney 15+7reb, K.Ramot Ramot Gemilang 12+6reb+1ast, M.Wuysang 12+2reb+9ast, F.Nugroho 12+4reb, A.Hidayat 9+2reb+3ast, S.Febiansyakh 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 533900


Satya Wacana - Hang Tuah 75-90

Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana (0-10) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to seventh ranked Hang Tuah (5-5) 90-75. The game was mostly controlled by Hang Tuah. Satya Wacana was better in second period 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Satya Wacana 38-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. Hang Tuah players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard JaJuan Smith (188-85, college: Tennessee) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Falando Jones (193-90, college: Miss.Valley St.) accounted for 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. American center Nate Maxey (211-92, college: N.C.Central) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks and point guard Budi Sucipto (169-88) added 18 points respectively for Satya Wacana in the defeat. Four Satya Wacana players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hang Tuah moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Garuda. Satya Wacana at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Hang Tuah will play against NSH GMC (#8) in Jakarta in the next round. Satya Wacana will play on the road against the league's second-placed CLS Knights in Surabaya and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: B.Sucipto 18+2reb+2ast, J.Crump 14+1reb+4ast, N.Maxey 12+11reb+4ast, A.Adriano 12+2reb, V.Sanjaya 8+1reb+3ast, D.Nuban 4+3reb
Hang Tuah: F.Jones 36+6reb+3ast, J.Smith 26+14reb+8ast, M.Joni 7+3reb, K.Purwanto 6+4reb+4ast, T.Sugiharto 4+5reb, A.Ekayana 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 533902





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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Cook, Chemidor25.7 
 2. Koljevic, Kashan22.6 
 3. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.4 
 5. Hosley, Arak19.6 
 6. Prince, Azad19.2 
 7. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 8. Gacesa, Tabriz17.1 
 9. Marshall, Gorgan16.2 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kazemi, Army11.3 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.9.4 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Kardoust, Arak8.8 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Jones, Azad7.2 
 9. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.1 
 10. Cukinas, Chemidor7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan KOLJEVIC
  Kashan
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Koljevic, Kashan5.3 
 2. Aslani, Army4.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi4.5 
 4. Davarpanah, Naft A.4.1 
 5. Perkins, Naft A.3.6 
 6. Prince, Azad3.6 
 7. Hosley, Arak3.5 
 8. Marshall, Gorgan3.3 
 9. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.1 
 10. Jamshidi, Petrochimi2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hosley, Arak3.2 
 2. Kazemi, Army2.8 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 4. Perkins, Naft A.2.7 
 5. Prince, Azad2.5 
 6. Beigi, Army2.3 
 7. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.2 
 8. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.1 
 9. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 10. Amini, Chemidor1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.1 
 5. Mijovic, Kashan1.0 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 7. Torabi, Army0.8 
 8. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.0.8 
 9. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.8 
 10. Riaie, Chemidor0.7 


Superleague Round 3 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Round 3 most important game was a defeat of Azad (2-1). They were edged by Kashan (1-1) 66-64 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 34-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for international swingman Mohammad Shahrian (193) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 4 assists. The former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international Mozafari Rasoul (188-94) with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Azad's coach Farzad Kouhian rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Azad will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest. Kashan will try to continue on its current victory against Azad in Tehran.
Petrochimi smashed Shahrdari Gorgan in Bandar Imam 98-68. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) who led the winners and scored 33 points (!!!) (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). James White accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds. The former international power forward Sasoon Abramian (208-87) came up with 16 points for Shahrdari Gorgan in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Shahrdari Gorgan will play next round against strong Naft Abadan trying to get back on the winning streak. Petrochimi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Arak (2-1) recorded a loss in Tehran on Friday night. Visitors were edged by Army (1-1) 60-57. The best player for the winners was Arsalan Kazemi who scored 6 points and 10 rebounds. Army's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Asghar Kardoust who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Abadan. host Naft Abadan (2-1) smashed Shiraz a.s Pipe (0-1) 100-80. It was a good game for Ryan Richards who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Naft Abadan's coach Hemad Sameri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naft Abadan's next round opponent will be Shahrdari Gorgan (#5) on the road.

Group 1
Kashan - Azad 66-64

Round 3 most important game was a defeat of Azad (2-1). They were edged by Kashan (1-1) 66-64 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 34-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for international swingman Mohammad Shahrian (193) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 4 assists. The former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international Mozafari Rasoul (188-94) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Swiss-Lithuanian guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) scored 5 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Azad's coach Farzad Kouhian rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Azad will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest. Kashan will try to continue on its current victory against Azad in Tehran.
Top scorers:
Kashan: M.Shahrian 16+2reb+4ast, M.Soleimani 15+7reb, H.Rahmati 11+3reb+2ast, A.Najafi 9+7reb+2ast, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 7+2reb, M.Khaleghifar 4+5reb+1ast
Azad: M.Rasoul 18+5reb+3ast, A.Baheran 9+1reb+2ast, F.Sabouri 6+1reb, S.Hadizadeh 6+6reb, M.Yousofvand 5+6reb, A.Doraghi 5+1ast
gschID: 537370


Petrochimi - Gorgan 98-68

Petrochimi smashed Shahrdari Gorgan in Bandar Imam 98-68. The game without a history. Petrochimi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Petrochimi forced 19 Shahrdari Gorgan turnovers and outrebounded them 39-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) who led the winners and scored 33 points (!!!) (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. The former international power forward Sasoon Abramian (208-87) came up with 16 points and swingman Mohammad Hoseinpour (186) added 13 points respectively for Shahrdari Gorgan in the defeat. Four Shahrdari Gorgan players 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. Shahrdari Gorgan will play next round against strong Naft Abadan trying to get back on the winning streak. Petrochimi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: G.Robinson 33+4reb+3ast, R.Arghavan 12+5reb, J.White 11+8reb+1ast, B.Yakhchali 9+3reb+2ast, O.Sahakian 9+7reb+1ast, M.Atashi 5+1reb
Gorgan: S.Abramian 16+4reb+1ast, M.Hoseinpour 13+1reb+2ast, K.Ahmadian 11+4reb, M.Shahsavand 10+4reb, M.Moradinasab 8+4reb+4ast, M.Boroun 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 537369


Group 2
Army - Arak 60-57

Arak (2-1) recorded a loss in Tehran on Friday night. Visitors were edged by Army (1-1) 60-57. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 16-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Army forced 21 Arak turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international Arsalan Kazemi (200-90, college: Oregon) who scored 6 points and 10 rebounds. The former international Vahid Dalirzahan (199-95) chipped in 14 points. Army's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was international center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and American guard Daniel Williams (195-87, college: Lewis-Clark St.) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Army: N.Farahani 16, V.Dalirzahan 14+2reb+2ast, F.Aslani 7+5reb+2ast, A.Kazemi 6+10reb+3ast, S.Foroutannik 6+7reb, M.Torabi 5+8reb+2ast
Arak: D.Williams 19+3reb+4ast, A.Kardoust 16+15reb, H.Afagh 7+17reb, A.Davoudi 6+2reb, M.Zarei 4+1reb+1ast, M.Moradian 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 537372


Naft Abadan - Shiraz a.s Pipe 100-80

The game between Top Four teams took place in Abadan. host Naft Abadan (2-1) smashed Shiraz a.s Pipe (0-1) 100-80. The game was mostly controlled by Naft Abadan. Shiraz a.s Pipe was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naft Abadan dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Shiraz a.s Pipe's 44. They outrebounded Shiraz a.s Pipe 53-38 including 16 on the offensive glass. Naft Abadan players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. American-Ivorian guard Doron Perkins (189-83, college: Santa Clara) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Naft Abadan players scored in double figures. Naft Abadan's coach Hemad Sameri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international Reza Ranjbar answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and Amir Allahverdi added 23 points in the effort for Shiraz a.s Pipe. Naft Abadan's next round opponent will be Shahrdari Gorgan (#5) on the road.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: R.Richards 26+14reb+2ast, D.Perkins 20+5reb+4ast, S.Davarpanah 15+3reb+5ast, M.Hassanzadeh 10+8reb+1ast, M.Mirzaei 10+6reb+1ast, E.Salmani 9+7reb
Shiraz a.s Pipe: R.Ranjbar 25+10reb+1ast, A.Allahverdi 23+1reb+3ast, H.Aghajari 11+1reb+3ast, S.Taherpour 9+6reb, M.Ali Ghodrati 5+9reb+2ast, S.Dehghani 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 537371





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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Griffith Swords Thunder and Tralee Warriors go Head to Head - by Patrick Maher

PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games

Tralee thriller in store as Swords make the trip to the Kingdom while Glanmire could win regular season title

COUNTY KERRY is the place to be this weekend as one of the most-anticipated games of the week gets underway in Tralee Sports Complex at 8pm on Saturday evening. Garvey's Tralee Warriors are expecting a full house early on as they welcome Griffith Swords Thunder to their stomping ground in what is set to be an absolute thriller.
The last time these two sides met down in Tralee in the Cup, Warriors won out by six in the end (61-55), while Swords returned the favour twice up in Dublin - winning out in the return leg of the Cup and the first round of the League.
'This is a huge game for both teams,' admitted Swords Head Coach Dave Baker. 'Tralee have been great this season, and everybody wants to play down there with the great atmosphere they create, but few get the result there. We've had some injuries recently, but now we're looking forward to this game to return back and play well.'
Tralee meanwhile, are in great form following on from their memorable win against UCD Marian last weekend.
'I've been thinking about this game - I've been thinking about all of our games,' said Tralee Head Coach Mark Bernsen. 'Last weekend, our guys chipped away at UCD's lead and it paid off. They showed grit, a lot of toughness and I was very proud of them. Now, we have to get to work again for this weekend - we'll sort it out and we'll have a good plan in place come Saturday. There's going to be a great crowd in Tralee too, our fans have been brilliant all year.'
Elsewhere, a big north Dublin derby pits DCU Saints against KUBS in St Vincent's on Saturday evening. KUBS come into the game off the back of a win against Pyrobel Killester, while DCU Saints will need to regroup following a thrilling clash with Belfast Star last weekend that saw Star win out in overtime. Pyrobel Killester meanwhile will welcome UCC Demons in what is set to be a must-watch game, SSE Airtricity Moycullen face off to Templeogue, Radisson Blu UL Eagles go head-to-head with UCD Marian while Commercial.ie Eanna take on Belfast Star on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, Ambassador UCC Glanmire's Head Coach Mark Scannell is enjoying his time at the top of the Women's Super League this week, after they overcame DCU Mercy in a close and competitive affair in Dublin last weekend. All eyes will be on Cork this weekend though as, if Scannell's charges win out over NUIG Mystics, they will be crowned Regular Season champions 2016/17.
'I'm delighted we won against DCU,' said Scannell. 'We prepared well for it and the girls were focused all week. We needed a win, we've been a bit…since the Cup - so that win was important. That was a big statement today and now we have to win against NUIG at home this week and if we do, we will win the Regular Season and we will look on to the play offs then.'
Maxol WIT Wildcats meanwhile will be hoping that they can turn their dreams of a top four place into a reality when they welcome second place Courtyard Liffey Celtics to Waterford. Wildcats sit in fifth place behind DCU Mercy and Pyrobel Killester with just points difference separating the sides, but they will need a big performance to overcome a very in-form Liffey Celtics. Pyrobel Killester welcome DCU Mercy in what will undoubtedly be a nail-biter, while Portlaoise Panthers will be hoping to bounce back from their loss on the road last week to Liffey Celtics when they welcome Singleton SuperValu Brunell to St Mary's.

Basketball Ireland National League Fixtures: March 3-5th

Friday 3rd March 2017
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League:
Commercial.ie Eanna v Belfast Star, Colaiste Eanna, 20:15;

Saturday 4th March 2017
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League:
Pyrobel Killester v UCC Demons, IWA-Clontarf, 19:00;
SSE Airtricity Moycullen v Templeogue, NUIG, 19:00;
DCU Saints v KUBS BC, St Vincent's, 19:30;
Radisson Blu UL Eagles v UCD Marian, PESS Building-UL, 19:30;
Garvey's Tralee Warriors v Griffith Swords Thunder, Tralee, 20:00;

Basketball Ireland Women's Super League:
Ambassador UCC Glanmire v NUIG Mystics, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 17:00;
Pyrobel Killester v DCU Mercy, IWA-Clontarf, 18:00;
Maxol WIT Wildcats v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Mercy SS, 19:00;
Portlaoise Panthers v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, St Mary's, 19:00;

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One:
LYIT Donegal v Keane's Supervalu Killorglin, LYIT, 15:30;
EJ Sligo All-Stars v BFG Neptune, Mercy College, 17:00;
Titans v Kestrels, Colaiste Iognaid, 18:00;
Maree v Fr Mathews, Calsanctius College, 19:45;

Basketball Ireland Women's Division One
Oblate Dynamos v Marble City Hawks, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 19:30;

Sunday 5th March 2017
Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1:
Ulster University Elks v Team Kilkenny, UUJ, 12:45;
Dublin Lions v ITC Basketball, Colaiste Bride, 14:00;

Basketball Ireland Women's Division One
Ulster University Elks v UL Huskies, UUJ, 15:00

Bernard O'Byrne signs new four-year contract with BI

Secretary General and CEO of Basketball Ireland, Bernard O'Byrne, has signed a new four-year contract with Basketball Ireland, which will run until the end of 2020.
Mr. O'Byrne is delighted to be continuing in a role that he has held since 2011.
'I am really looking forward to the coming months and years. There are a lot of exciting events ahead for Basketball Ireland, most notably this August when we host the FIBA Under 18 Women's European Championships Division B here in Dublin. We are also looking forward to working closely with our new Irish senior men's head coach, Pete Strickland, and his team in the coming months and years.
'The end of 2017 will also be notable for the organization as we aim to be completely debt free for the first time in a number of years. This is thanks in no small part to a strategy that we put in place a few years ago, and we have achieved our target ahead of schedule which we are really happy about, so there's a lot to look forward to and I can't wait to be part of it.'

VACANCY: Commercial Manager for Basketball Ireland

VACANCY: Commercial Manager for Basketball Ireland
Mar 03,2017
Posted: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Basketball Ireland is inviting applications for the role of Commercial Manager within the organization.


The summary of the role includes:
Reporting to C.E.O
Pro-actively sourcing potential partners
Management and delivery of all incumbent partners contractual rights
Ensuring all sponsors are integrated and achieve their business objectives
Developing and presenting creative and bespoke partnership proposals
Establishing and enhancing a Basketball Ireland presence in the market place
Achieve annual business objectives and revenue targets
Integrate commercial activity with the rest of the management team including Media and Communications operations.
Experience:
Demonstrable experience in a similar role
Impressive track record
Skills:
Strong interpersonal skills and relationship management
Ability to work on own initiative
Be an effective part of a team
Excellent IT skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential
Salary: Competitive
Location: National Basketball Arena, Tymon Park, Dublin 24
Contract: Full Time permanent, subject to a 3 month probationary period

Applications:
Applications should be made directly, by email, to the Chief Executive at bobyrne@basketballireland.ie including a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae

Closing Date:
Before 5pm on Thursday 16 March 2017

From : www.basketballireland.ie Isaac Westbrooks (189-PG-85)



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EuroLeague: Baskonia rally past Emporio Armani - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia - Emporio Armani 87:74

Baskonia registered the 13th win in EuroLeague regular season. They held off visiting Emporio Armani to consolidate their position in Top 8. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah) produced 19 points to pace the winners.
Baskonia eked out a 23:20 lead after the opening quarter. The Italian powerhouse narrowed the gap in the second frame. Emporio Armani pulled within a single point at halftime 37:38. But Baskonia shifted the gear in the third quarter. The hosts ignited a strong 28:16 rally to secure a 66:53 advantage heading into the fourth period. They poured in 21 points in the final term to secure the winning outcome. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 18 points, while Shane Larkin (180-PG-92, college: Miami, FL) and Chase Budinger (201-SF-88, college: Arizona) added 13 points each for the winners. Richard Hickman (189-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro), Davide Pascolo (201-F/C-90) and Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) tossed in 11 points each in the loss.

Baskonia: Kim Tillie 19, Adam Hanga 18, Shane Larkin 13, Chase Budinger 13
Emporio Armani: Richard Hickman 11, Davide Pascolo 11, Andrea Andrea Cinciarini 11



Olaseni leaves Banco di Srd - by Eurobasket News

26-year old British international center Gabriel Olaseni (211-104kg-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) left Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A). In 13 games he averaged 6.1ppg and 3.8rpg this season. He also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 6.0ppg and 3.9rpg.
The most of last season Olaseni spent at Giessen 46ers in German BBL. In 24 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. The other team Olaseni played that season for was Brose Baskets (BBL) in Germany. In 9 games he got 4.3ppg and 3.1rpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. Olaseni also played 5 games in Euroleague where he got just 2.4ppg and 2.8rpg.
Olaseni has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements he played in the final of NIT in 2013. Olaseni received also All-Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year award in 2015 at his college time.
Olaseni has been also a member of British international program for some years. He has regularly played for British senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010.
Olaseni represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 12.3ppg, 7.3rpg, FGP: 78.0%, FT: 76.9%.
Olaseni graduated from University of Iowa in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Turkish Airline Cup A2/ B: Results quarter finals - by Alessandro Salvini

Results A2 Turkish Airline Cup quarter finals
Angelico Biella-Dinamica Generale Mantova 86 - 78 (Ferguson 29, Giacchetti 25)
De' Longhi Treviso-Unicusano V. Roma 73 - 72 (Moretti 25, Brown 26)
TWS Legnano-Alma Trieste 55 - 84 (Martini 16, Green 23)
Segafredo Virtus Bologna-Moncada Agrigento 95 - 63 (Spissu 25, Buford 22)

Results Turkish Airlines Cup B quarter finals (Ozzano)
Paffoni Omegna-Cuore Napoli Basket 73 - 76 (Bianchi, Gasparin, Simoncelli 14, Visnjic 17)
Air Fire Virtus Valmontone-Allmag PMS Moncalieri 73 - 64 (Carrizo 23, Merletto 14)
Agribertocchi Orzinuovi-Lions Basket Bisceglie 59 - 47 (Ruggiero 9, Cucchi 11)
XL Extralight Montegranaro-CO.MARK Bergamo 86 - 59 (Rizzietiello 9, Pullazi 19)

Today's semifinals Unipol Arena Casalecchio di Reno (Bo):

Turkish Airlines Cup A2
06:30 Angelico Biella-De' Longhi Treviso
08:45 Alma Trieste-Segafredo Virtus Bologna

Turkish Airlines Cup B - Semifinali
01:15 Cuore Napoli Basket-Air Fire Virtus Valmontone
03:30 Agribertocchi Orzinuovi-XL Extralight Montegranaro

Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-PG-89, college: IU Southeast)



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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.9 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.6 
 3. White, Sendai20.0 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.7 
 5. Chapman, Niigata .19.1 
 6. Burrell, Nagoya DD18.1 
 7. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.9 
 8. Childress, Sanen17.8 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.17.7 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.4 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.2 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.9 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.5 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.9.8 
 6. White, Sendai9.5 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota A.9.4 
 8. Childress, Sanen9.2 
 9. Spangler, Toshi.9.1 
 10. Kotzur, Kyoto H.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 JR SAKURAGI
  SeaHorses
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.1 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.0 
 3. Uto, Toyama G.4.0 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Suzuki, Sanen4.0 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.8 
 8. Igarashi, Niigata .3.7 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.5 
 10. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.1 
 2. Vendrame, Hitac.1.8 
 3. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.7 
 4. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.7 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.7 
 6. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 7. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.6 
 9. Brown, Hitachi SR1.5 
 10. Garrett, Toyota A.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan BACHYNSKI
  Hokkaido.
  (218-C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bachynski, Hokkaido.2.2 
 2. Chapman, Niigata .2.0 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.2.0 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 5. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 6. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 8. Nephawe, Sendai1.1 
 9. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Xavier FORD
  Tokyo Z
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Ford, Tokyo Z19.3 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.18.8 
 3. Tapscott, Kagawa F.18.3 
 4. Jones, Tokyo Z18.2 
 5. Barone, Aomori W.17.5 
 6. Alabi, Toyotsu FE17.3 
 7. Stephan, Tokyo E.16.8 
 8. Wiggins, Aomori Watts16.6 
 9. Carney, Toyotsu FE15.8 
 10. Evans, Tokyo Excel.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rick RICKERT
  Cyberdyn.
  (211-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Rickert, Cyberdyn.12.7 
 2. Alabi, Toyotsu FE12.6 
 3. Andrews, Tokyo Z11.8 
 4. Davis, Shimane SM11.8 
 5. Creekmore, Tokyo Z11.5 
 6. Barone, Aomori W.10.8 
 7. Stephan, Tokyo E.10.8 
 8. Posthumus, Kagos.10.7 
 9. Sanders-F., Yamag.10.7 
 10. Jones, Tokyo Z10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.4.8 
 2. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE4.7 
 3. Sameshima, Kagos.4.3 
 4. Nishiyama, Tokyo E.3.6 
 5. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.4 
 6. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.3.2 
 7. Sawaguchi, Iwate B.3.1 
 8. Tapscott, Kagawa F.3.0 
 9. Watanabe, Tokyo Z3.0 
 10. Hirao, Bambitio.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.2.1 
 2. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE1.9 
 3. Tapscott, Kagawa F.1.7 
 4. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.7 
 5. Andrews, Tokyo Z1.7 
 6. Obuchi, Gunma1.6 
 7. Kanbara, Kumamoto.1.6 
 8. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.6 
 9. Kasahara, Ehime OV1.6 
 10. Spikes, Fukushima1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Kagos.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Maduabum, Kagos.2.4 
 2. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.8 
 3. Creekmore, Tokyo Z1.7 
 4. Kuso, Gunma1.7 
 5. Spikes, Fukushima1.7 
 6. Vandenberg, Nishinom.1.6 
 7. van-der-List, Shinshu .1.5 
 8. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 9. Marshall, Shima.1.5 
 10. Barone, Aomori W.1.3 



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  JORDAN  


Riyadi retain Jordan Basketball League crown - by Eurobasket News

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



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  LATVIA  

LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Barrett, Madona28.9 
 2. Miezis, Kekava23.3 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava22.7 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.21.8 
 5. Ginters, RSU21.7 
 6. Saknitis, Kekava18.0 
 7. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 8. Skute, Madona17.7 
 9. Osins, Limbazi17.2 
 10. Bets, Ogre/Kum.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniels MINAJEVS
  LU/BS R.
  (205-C/F-95)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Minajevs, LU/BS R.12.4 
 2. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 3. Cavars, Kekava11.1 
 4. Dubults, ViA10.8 
 5. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.5 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 7. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki9.7 
 8. Metnieks, Marupe8.9 
 9. Lasmanis, Ogre/Kum.8.7 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Buikis, Saldus8.2 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava7.8 
 3. Endzels, Turiba6.8 
 4. Kohanovs, ViA5.8 
 5. Bikovs, RTU5.7 
 6. Osins, Limbazi5.6 
 7. Ikstens, RSU5.3 
 8. Dulevskis, Gulbenes.5.3 
 9. Paze, Marupe5.3 
 10. Kalnins, Valmier.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aivars DAMBIS
  BJBS R.
  (183-G-0)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 2. Miezis, Kekava3.3 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Barrett, Madona2.7 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 6. Bikovs, RTU2.6 
 7. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 8. Klegeris, LU/BS R.2.5 
 9. Osins, Limbazi2.5 
 10. Brants, Madona2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 3. Skute, Madona1.3 
 4. Engers, ViA1.2 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 7. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 8. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 9. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 10. Hudins, VEF skola0.9 


Best players of Latvian LBL2 round 16 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Aivars Dambis (183-G) had an amazing evening in the last round for BJBS Riga (they play in Places 13-21) and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LBL2 Player of the Week award for round 16 (Second Stage).
The guard had a double-double of 37 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Riga/Ridzene (#21, 1-12) 93-85. BJBS Riga is placed at 8th position in Latvian LBL2. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. BJBS Riga have already lost 11 games and recorded just one victory. Dambis turned to be BJBS Riga's top player in his first season with the team. Aivars Dambis averages this season 15.3ppg and 7.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American swingman Martin Barrett (196-F/G) of Madona/BJSS. Barrett impressed basketball fans with 35 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Madona to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Jekabpils II (#19, 3-12) 103-76. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Madona keeps 17th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Barrett is a newcomer at Madona 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 28.7ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 12.1rpg and 3.5apg. Mount Olive College alumni Barrett played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was Reinis Avotins (202-F-98) of Jekabpils-2 (#7). Avotins scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Avotins' great performance Jekabpils II lost 76-103 to the lower-ranked Madona (#17, 9-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jekabpils II can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Avotins he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Avotins has a very solid season. In 20 games in Latvia he scored 12.8ppg. He also has 7.0rpg and 1.6bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matiss Surkulis (195-G) of VEF skola - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Toms Kohanovs (191-G-96) of ViA - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Nauris Miezis (189-F-91) of Kekava - 24 points and 6 rebounds
7. Eduards Viksna (198-F-93) of Livani - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Edgars Lacis (191-PG-98) of Riga/Ridzene - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Aivis Lemanis (196-C-97) of LU/BS Riga - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Juris Kalnins (200-F/C-93) of Livani - 23 points, 13 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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  LEBANON  

Stats Leaders - Men

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


Calvin Godfrey (ex Budivelnyk) agreed terms with Sagesse - by Eurobasket News

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) inked 27-year old American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-109kg-90, college: Memphis). He started the season at Budivelnyk in Ukrainian Superleague. In 8 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.6bpg this season.
Among other achievements Godfrey won ASEAN League championship title in 2016. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 1st Team award in 2016.
Godfrey has played previously professionally in Malaysia (KL Dragons) and Uruguay.
He attended University of Memphis until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LIGA AMERICAS  


Liga-Americas Round: 4 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Group F
Ponce - Weber Bahia 95-82
Ponce topped Weber Bahia for the first win in Group F. Victor Liz stepped up with 21 points to lead the effort. Ponce grabbed a 47:39 halftime advantage. They poured in 48 points in the second half to ease to the victory. Hakim Warrick and Devon Collier delivered 16 points each in the win. Lucio Redivo responded with game-high 28 points for Weber Bahia.

San Lorenzo - Hebraica 100-84
San Lorenzo secured the winning start of their Group F campaign. They held off Hebraica for the opening victory. Gabriel Deck led the effort with 26 points for the Argentinean team. San Lorenzo secured a 49:45 halftime lead. They followed with a 51:39 rally in the second half to ice the victory. Nicolas Aguirre produced 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Jaime Lloreda responded with 24 points and 12 rebounds for Hebraica.



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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - NKL

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


Recap of NKL Round 1 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Silute - Mazeikiai 97-69

Silute cruised past Mazeikiai in the eighth-finals opener. The game was mostly controlled by Silute. Mazeikiai managed to win fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Silute forced 25 Mazeikiai turnovers and outrebounded them 33-22 including 20 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Center Aurelijus Pukelis (205-94) stepped up and scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Brian Wanamaker (185-89, college: Texas Wesleyan) chipped in 13 points and 4 steals. Wanamaker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Silute players scored in double figures. At the losing side Mantas Serksnas (200-96) responded with 15 points and Aidas Einikis (195-96) scored 13 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:
Silute: D.Kibildis 14+1ast, B.Wanamaker 13+4reb+3ast, U.Thomas 11+1reb+5ast, A.Pukelis 10+7reb+4ast, T.Zdanavicius 10+3reb+2ast, S.Raupys 9+5reb
Mazeikiai: M.Serksnas 15+1reb+2ast, A.Einikis 13+2reb, A.Mikalauskas 8+4reb, K.Jonuska 6+4reb+2ast, E.Bruzas 6+2reb+3ast, T.Miskinis 6+6reb
gschID: 537579


Perlas-MRU - KTU 75-62

Perlas-MRU topped KTU to surge ahead in the series. The game without a history. Perlas-MRU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Perlas-MRU forced 20 KTU turnovers and outrebounded them 34-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. Forward Arnas Berucka (195-97) stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners and forward Deividas Sirvydis (200-0) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Matas Sapiega (178-90) responded with 9 points and 9 assists and Deividas Poguzinskas (203-95, college: High School) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: A.Berucka 28+2ast, D.Sirvydis 13+6reb+2ast, Y.Massalski 10+10reb, T.Pipiras 9+7reb+4ast, M.Maskolaitis 7+3reb+2ast, K.Giedraitis 6+4reb+3ast
KTU: D.Poguzinskas 12+3reb, P.Knyza 11+2reb, M.Sapiega 9+2reb+9ast, M.Balaban 8+1reb, J.Davniukas 6+1reb, J.Kigas 6+3reb
gschID: 537577


Vytis - Delikatesas 85-74

Vytis held off Delikatesas to gain the lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Vytis. Delikatesas managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vytis had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Paulius Beliavicius (194-88) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and forward Augustinas Jankaitis (205-94) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side center Nerijus Barauskas (207-92) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Vytis and five Delikatesas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vytis: P.Beliavicius 19+4reb+2ast, S.Jackson 17+4reb+1ast, A.Jankaitis 12+9reb+2ast, E.Jezukevicius 11+7reb, T.Sebeziovas 8+3reb+2ast, G.Radzevicius 8+4reb+3ast
Delikatesas: T.Pazera 18+1reb+2ast, N.Barauskas 16+9reb+1ast, Z.Petraitis 15+6reb+3ast, G.Zalalis 12+5reb+3ast, D.Simaitis 12+2reb+1ast, M.Margis 1+1reb+1ast
gschID: 537578


Zalgiris II - Palanga 86-80

Zalgiris II stepped closer to the quarterfinal stage as they toppled Palanga in the opener. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Palanga won third quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Zalgiris II won last quarter 18-14. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Zalgiris II looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Power forward Gytis Masiulis (206-98) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Kristupas Zemaitis (192-96) chipped in 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Zalgiris II players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Antanas Bertasius (205-94) responded with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Zygimantas Simonis (192-95) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris II: G.Masiulis 20+12reb+3ast, K.Zemaitis 20+1reb+5ast, M.Arlauskas 17+1reb+5ast, L.Birutis 16+5reb+3ast, L.Uleckas 8+2ast, G.Vasiliauskas 3+2reb+3ast
Palanga: Z.Simonis 19+7reb+5ast, A.Bertasius 18+9reb+5ast, A.Montrimavicius 17+4reb+2ast, A.Urbonas 9+7reb+12ast, R.Kelly 6+2reb+2ast, M.Staselis 5
gschID: 537580





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He contributed to Monaco's victory against the 11th-ranked Le Mans (9-11) 88-77 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Sy scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 21 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (18-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Sy averages: 7.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(56-98), 3FGP: 15.8% and FT: 72.3% in 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team six years ago.

Boubacar Sidibe
Boubacar Sidibe
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94, currently plays in Spain). Sidibe managed to help Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid in a victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (15-8) 79-69 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (12-10) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. It's Sidibe's first season with the team. This year Sidibe's overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 38.1% in 18 games. He played for the Mali national team in 2015.

Sourata Cisse
Sourata Cisse
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86, currently plays in France). Cisse could not help Orchesien BC (15-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Orchesien BC was defeated 72-57 on the road by the leading Caen. Cisse was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 3 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Cisse has relatively good stats this season: 13.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 76.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Cisse played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Mali national team in 2015.

Mohamed Bah
Mohamed Bah
   #4. Forward Mohamed Bah (206, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Drexel in their game against the College of Charleston (5-8) in the NCAA, despite his good performance last Saturday. Bah scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. But the Drexel lost 67-80 at home to the College of. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Bah has been at the team for four years. This season his total stats are: 4.3ppg and 3.7rpg in 23 games. Bah used to play for the Mali national team back in 2015.

Drissa Ballo
Drissa Ballo
   #5. Former international center Drissa Ballo (208-95, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Aix-Maurienne (8-11) in their game against ALM Evreux (9-10) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only 13 minutes. Aix-Maurienne was badly defeated 82-64 in Evreux by the higher-ranked (#11) ALM Evreux. Ballo has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 4.3rpg in 19 games. He used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #6. Power forward Sambou Traore (198-79, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chorale de Roanne (9-10) in their game against Boulazac Basket (9-10) in the French ProB (second division). Traore cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 12 minutes. Chorale de Roanne was edged 68-66 in Boulazac by the lower-ranked (#9) Basket. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Traore has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 1.3rpg in three games. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team two years ago.

Sagaba Konate
Sagaba Konate
   #7. Former U18 international forward Sagaba Konate (203-97, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 1-point W.Virginia's victory against the Texas Christian University (4-9) 61-60 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Konate scored only 4 points. The West Virginia University has a solid 8-5 conference record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Konate has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.4bpg. He used to play for the Mali U18 national team three years ago.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #8. Power forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France) couldn't help SAP Vaucluse (10-15) in their game against Saint Vallier (12-13) in the French NM1 (third division). He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. SAP Vaucluse was crushed 88-61 in Saint Vallier by the higher-ranked Saint Vallier (#10). Soumaoro has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 6.3rpg. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2011.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #9. Former international point guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Sourata Cisse in the French NM1 last game. Chelle was the major contributor in Caen's victory against the sixth-ranked Orchesien BC (15-10) 72-57. He recorded 14 points in 25 minutes. Chelle has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg in 24 games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Chelle is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #10. Point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) couldn't help Vendee Challans (11-14) in their game against Lourdes-Tarbes (14-11) in the French NM1 (third division). He recorded 5 points and added 4 assists. Vendee Challans was defeated 87-80 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (#7). This season Saounera has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Mali senior national team.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (204-F-90, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) to beat Aris (8-6). Sy recorded 9 points. But the second-placed ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) was edged 67-67 on the road by the lower-ranked Aris (#4) in the group C of Basketball Champions League. Sy's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg and 3.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Cheickna Dembele (211-F-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the UNLV in their game against the The University of Nevada (3-9) in the NCAA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The UNLV were crushed 94-58 in Reno by the The University of Nevada. Dembele's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Dembele has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2bpg.

   #3. Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93, currently plays in France) managed to help Sharks Antibes to win against one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (6-14) 87-78 in the French ProA last Saturday. Diarra scored only 3 points. Sharks Antibes (7-13) is placed 15th in the ProA. Diarra has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 3.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #4. Bakary Konate (211-C-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Nebraska (1-12) 88-73 in the NCAA last Thursday. Konate scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. The University of Minnesota has 6-6 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Konate has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 3.0rpg in 29 games he played so far.

   #5. Kassoum Yakwe (201-F, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the St.John's (6-7) in their game against the Creighton University (8-4) in the NCAA. Yakwe scored 7 points and blocked 3 shots in 22 minutes. The St.John's lost 68-82 at home to the Creighton University. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Yakwe has averaged so far 4.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.1bpg in 30 games.



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

Fuerza Regia - Toros 96-71

Fuerza Regia bounced back from the loss in the opener to cruise past Toros in Game 2. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Regia. Toros was better in third quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Regia dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Toros' 26. They outrebounded Toros 36-20 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fuerza Regia shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Toros' players. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. International forward Juan Anderson (198-93, college: Marquette) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. American guard Roberto Nelson (190-91, college: Oregon St.) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican swingman Alex Franklin (198-88, college: Siena) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Toros. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: J.Anderson 18+6reb+8ast, J.Akindele 17+15reb+6ast, C.Cortes 15+3reb+7ast, J.Glynn 13+3reb, H.Hernandez 12+4reb+1ast, A.Panko 12+3reb+6ast
Toros: R.Nelson 17+5reb+3ast, A.Franklin 15+2reb+4ast, A.Henning 13+5reb, W.Pagan 7+2reb, R.Rougeau 7+2reb, L.Mata 6+1reb
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Soles - Garzas 81-80

Soles nipped Garzas to gain 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. Garzas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-93, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 27 points and 7 assists. Naturalized American guard Martin Samarco (190-85, college: Bowling Green) produced 29 points and American forward Tyrone White (201-90, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Garzas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Soles: A.Perez Kaufmann 27+3reb+7ast, J.Keenan 23+15reb+1ast, R.Martinez 14+7reb+2ast, J.Carter 6+5reb+2ast, L.Martinez 5+3reb+2ast, J.Robinson 4+2reb+1ast
Garzas: M.Samarco 29+4reb+3ast, T.White 16+3reb+4ast, B.Manjarres 9+6reb+3ast, W.Orozco 8+2reb, S.Soriano 7+6reb, I.Johnson 7+1reb
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Erste League Round 21: Home teams show no mercy. Milos Latkovic got a tripple double - by Darko Pekic

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

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

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

The game between Ibar and Teodo was postponed.



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

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

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

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

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



Bojan Dubljevic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in EuroCup). He could not help Valencia Basket (6-0) in their last game. Despite Dubljevic's very good performance the league leader Valencia Basket was crushed 98-74 on the road by the second-ranked Khimky. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Dubljevic also added 6 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 86.0% in 13 games he played so far. Dubljevic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Orlando Magic (22-39) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Vucevic's very good performance the Orlando Magic (22-39) was defeated 112-103 in Portland by the Trail Blazers. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Vucevic also added 9 rebounds. Vucevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Magic's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Vucevic averages: 14.2ppg, 10.1rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 64.8%. He is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Vladimir Mihailovic
Vladimir Mihailovic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90, currently plays in Germany). Mihailovic was not able to secure a victory for EWE Baskets (13-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance EWE Baskets lost 88-96 at home to the leading ratiopharm Ulm. Mihailovic scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 28 minutes. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. This year Mihailovic's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 75.0% in eight games. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #4. Power forward Nemanja Radovic (208-91, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) led UCAM Murcia to a victory over the closely-ranked Sevilla (7-14) 92-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Radovic was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (7-14) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa. This year Radovic's total stats are: 8.8ppg and 4.0rpg in 19 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014.

Ivan Jelenic
Ivan Jelenic
   #5. Former international shooting guard Ivan Jelenic (192-85, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Spartak (11-7) in their game against Vrsac (14-4) in the Serbian KLS. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Jelenic was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 3 passes. This season Jelenic has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team five years ago.

Tyrese Rice
Tyrese Rice
   #6. Point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a FC Barcelona's victory against the 15th-ranked Armani Milano (7-17) 83-78 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Rice scored 10 points and added 6 assists in 26 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (9-14) is placed 11th in group A. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Rice has reliable stats this year: 14.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 5.4apg and 1.2spg in 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Rice is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #7. Former international power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Serbian team Crvena Zvezda win their game against the eighth-ranked Un.Olimpija (10-14) crushing them 88-67 in the ABA League last Monday. Bjelica scored 11 points. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (23-1) is placed first in the ABA League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Bjelica's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg. Bjelica used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Milorad Sutulovic
Milorad Sutulovic
   #8. Guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-90, currently plays in Bulgaria) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Academik Plovdiv (11-6) in their game against Lukoil Academic Sofia (14-3) in the Bulgarian NBL, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Sutulovic also added 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was his first game for Academik Plovdiv this season. But Academik Plovdiv was edged 82-80 in Sofia by the leading Lukoil Academic. Sutulovic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2010.

Taylor Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie
   #9. Former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Lokomotiv (13-4) in their game against Khimky (14-3) in the VTB United League. Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game He recorded 14 points. Rochestie's stats this season are: 10.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #10. Forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League) faced previously mentioned Taylor Rochestie in the VTB United League last game. Todorovic helped his Russian team Khimky win their game against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (13-4) 89-84. He recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes. Todorovic's stats this year are: 10.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg in 16 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international swingman Milos Savovic (200-89, currently plays in Serbia) faced previously mentioned Ivan Jelenic in the Serbian KLS last game. Savovic helped Vrsac win their game against the closely-ranked Spartak crushing them 101-74. He scored 12 points and added 6 passes. Savovic has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international guard Amin Hott (192-92, currently plays in Bulgaria) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Balkan in their game against Rilski in the Bulgarian NBL, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Hott was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 9 assists and 3 steals in 33 minutes. But his team lost 73-80. Hott averaged so far 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.8apg and 1.8spg in 17 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U18 national team back in 2010.

   #13. International point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, currently plays in Italy) helped Betaland Cdo win their game against the 13th-ranked AV Cantu 79-73 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Ivanovic scored 8 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. Ivanovic averaged so far 14.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.2apg and 1.8spg in five games. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

   #14. Former U21 international center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Bosna-Royal win their game against the seventh-ranked Siroki Primorka 81-75 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sturanovic also added 2 blocks in 35 minutes. Sturanovic averaged so far 10.6ppg and 5.9rpg in 14 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former international point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Spain) helped Movil Estudiantes edge in an overtime the closely-ranked FC Barcelona 83-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Cook recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Cook has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.5apg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Cook used to play for the Montenegrin national team five years ago. He played also for KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica in Montenegrin league.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in NBA) led Chicago Bulls to a victory against the Phoenix Suns (19-42) 128-121 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Mirotic recorded 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls have 31-30 record this season. This year Mirotic has relatively solid stats: 9.2ppg and 5.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish.

   #2. Nikola Vukovic (202-F/C-90, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Konstantin (1-17) crushing them 95-75 in the Serbian KLS last Saturday. Vukovic recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. KK Dunav Stari Banovci (11-7) is placed fifth in the KLS. Vukovic has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 5.4rpg.

   #3. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in ABA League) could not help Un.Olimpija (10-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Un.Olimpija was crushed 88-67 on the road by the leading Crvena Zvezda. Milosevic was the second best scorer with 14 points in 26 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Milosevic has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg in 24 games he played so far.

   #4. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in their game against Aris (8-6) in the Basketball Champions League. Despite his good performance in Wednesday night's game He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds. Dragovic averaged so far 10.6ppg and 3.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #5. Filip Popovic (202-PF, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a Radnicki 1950's victory against the league outsider Srem (2-16) 106-100 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) on Saturday night. Popovic recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 steals. Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac (13-6) is placed fourth in the 2MLS. Popovic has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 5.1rpg.

   #6. Experienced Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83, currently plays in Bosnia) was not able to secure a victory for Leotar in their game against Sloboda Tuzla in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Pelkic was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. But his team was crushed by 27 points 99-72. Pelkic averaged so far 14.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg in 15 games.

   #7. Stefan Ljubenkovic (197-F-95, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Spartak in their game against Vrsac in the Serbian KLS. He scored only 4 points and had 3 steals. His team was crushed by 27 points 101-74. Ljubenkovic has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. He has both Montenegrin and Serbian nationalities.

   #8. Rajko Kljajevic (204-F-85, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help CS Dinamo Bucuresti in their game against UBT Cluj Napoca in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Kljajevic recorded 14 points and added 3 passes in 21 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 17 points 96-79. Kljajevic has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg in 20 games.

   #9. Brion Rush (186-PG-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Grambling St., currently plays in France) couldn't help Sluc Nancy in their game against Paris-Levallois in the French ProA. He scored 7 points. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 78-59. Rush averaged so far 13.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Rush used to play for KK Sutjeska Niksic in Montenegrin league.

   #10. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Terme Olimia in their game against Un.Olimpija in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. He recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. His team was defeated 85-80. Julevic averaged so far 10.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. He also holds two passports: Montenegrin and Slovenian.



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  MOROCCO  


National Cup Championship - by Brent Schuck


Two of the top three teams in Morocco square off this evening, at 19:30, in Rabats Complex Moulay Abdellah for the National Cup Championship.

Both teams deserve the opportunity after tough matches in the semi-final round. For AS Sale, they held off a tough FAR Rabat team, who had a home game as the match was in Rabat.
Hoceima trailed the entire game against a Fez team behind Jimmy Williams' barrage of 30 points. Hoceima claimed the lead, and the win in the final minutes.

Sale and Hociema will be an exciting match that I myself won't miss!



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  NAIA  

NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ron LEE
  Cent.Met.
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Lee, Cent.Met.21.8 
 2. Haywood, William Penn20.8 
 3. Jones, William Penn20.4 
 4. Brackeen, Peru St.20.2 
 5. Yates, Benedict.18.7 
 6. Bales, Avila18.2 
 7. Hexom, Peru St.18.0 
 8. Iturria, Culver S.17.7 
 9. Gronewold, Missouri.16.9 
 10. Mullen, Grand View15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torren JONES
  William Penn
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Jones, William Penn12.1 
 2. Eboigbodin, Peru S.9.0 
 3. Hexom, Peru St.8.5 
 4. Hadnot, Grand View7.8 
 5. Randall, MidAmeri.7.8 
 6. Adair, Cent.Met.7.3 
 7. Deemer, Graceland7.3 
 8. Jamison, MidAmeri.6.9 
 9. Jordan, MidAmeri.6.5 
 10. Spencer, Avila6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Payne ANDRUS
  MidAmeri.
  (180-PG-)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Andrus, MidAmeri.5.8 
 2. Ellison-III, William.4.9 
 3. Mullen, Grand View4.7 
 4. Price, Missouri.4.2 
 5. Boone, Avila3.4 
 6. Gronewold, Missouri.3.4 
 7. Martin, Graceland3.3 
 8. Burkhart, Cent.Met.3.2 
 9. Iturria, Culver S.3.1 
 10. Lee, Cent.Met.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Lionel ELLISON III
  William.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ellison-III, William.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Missouri.1.9 
 3. Price, Missouri.1.7 
 4. Goss, Benedict.1.7 
 5. Martin, Graceland1.6 
 6. Acord, Evangel1.6 
 7. Washington, Missouri.1.5 
 8. Lee, Cent.Met.1.4 
 9. Iturria, Culver S.1.4 
 10. Eboigbodin, Peru S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin RANDALL
  MidAmeri.
  (201-F-95)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Randall, MidAmeri.2.7 
 2. Hexom, Peru St.2.5 
 3. Welsch, Grand View2.1 
 4. Jamison, MidAmeri.1.4 
 5. Smith, Missouri.1.3 
 6. Vasa, Peru St.1.1 
 7. Hemsani, Culver S.1.1 
 8. Page, MidAmeri.1.0 
 9. Young, Baker0.8 
 10. Williams, Grand View0.8 


Washington Adventist takes A.I.I. title - by Greg

Washington Adventist picked up their first A.I.I. title in program history with a 78-63 upset of #4 Rochester College on Sunday.
The 2017 A.I.I. Championship closed out on Sunday afternoon with the title game taking place at Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. The championship game featured #4 Rochester College and #21 Washington Adventist University.
The top seeded Warriors held the early advantage in the game with seven point advantage just over six minutes into the game. The WAU Shock took it in stride though and continued to apply pressure on Rochester. WAU cut the lead down to three points with Tyrus Fleetwood (6'2''-PG-95) tying the game at 17 with a three point bucket at the 7:05 mark. The Shock got their first lead since their opening bucket on their next trip down the court and tried to make a run.The Warriors wouldn't have it though and battled back to go up by three with just over a minute and a half left in the opening period. WAU scored the final four points of the half to take a 34-33 lead into the break.
In the second half, the back and forth continued with neither side building much of a lead. Each time one side would make a small run the other would counter with one of their own and tie the game. A 12-2 run by Washington Adventist over a nearly two and a half minute span allowed them to hold the 66-56 advantage with 5:11 to play. The Shock maintained their momentum in the closing minutes and handed Rochester College just their second loss of the season with their 78-63 title win.
Fleetwood led Washington Adventist with 23 points and Brian Bridgeforth (6'10''-F) finished with a game high 13 rebounds. Justin Nafso put up 18 points for Rochester College and both Jaylen Larry (6'8''-C) and Angelo Griffis (6'5''-G) had seven rebounds each.

Courtesy of AII Sports

AII Div.II Tournament Final: Washington Adventist - Rochester 78-63
AII Div.II Tournament Semifinals:
Washington Adventist - Central Christian 70-68
Rochester - Indiana Northwest 98-91



All-KIAC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-KIAC 1st Team 2017
Ryan Atkins
Atkins
Marquis Jackson
Jackson
Demetrius Stanton
Stanton
Trenton Thompson
Thompson
Elisha Boone
Boone

Player of the Year: Ryan Atkins (6'2''-G) of W.Virginia Tech
Newcomer of the Year: Elisha Boone (6'4''-G-95) of W.Virginia Tech
Coach of the Year: Bob Williams of W.Virginia Tech

1st Team
G: Ryan Atkins (6'2''-G) of W.Virginia Tech
SG: Marquis Jackson (6'5''-SG) of Ohio Christian
PG: Demetrius Stanton (5'9''-PG) of IU Southeast
F: Trenton Thompson (6'7''-F) of Asbury
G: Elisha Boone (6'4''-G-95) of W.Virginia Tech
G: Jacoby Claypool (6'2''-G) of IU East
F: Blake Walsman (6'7''-F) of Cincin.Christian
G: Trent Elliott (6'5''-G) of IU Kokomo
PG: Will Hill (5'10''-PG) of Rio Grande
G/F: Dillon Geralds (6'4''-G/F) of Brescia, KY

2nd Team
PG: Jamie Johnson (6'0''-PG) of IU Southeast
F: Gary Hoover (6'5''-F) of Ohio Christian
G: Nick Seibert (6'6''-G) of Cincin.Christian
F: Robert Sawyer (6'7''-F) of IU Southeast
PG: Khari Burton (5'9''-PG) of Cincin.Christian
G: Jordan Furlow (6'2''-G) of IU East
G: Gavin Rajahpillay (6'1''-G) of Point Park
F: Jake Allen (6'8''-F) of Alice Lloyd
G: Kyle Pipenger (6'2''-G) of IU East
F: Charlie Scharbo (6'3''-F) of Carlow

Champions of Character Team
F: Mason Pack (6'9''-F) of Alice Lloyd
G: Tyler Smith (6'2''-G) of Asbury
G: Adam Wilkinson (6'3''-G) of Brescia, KY
PG: Zach Bryan (5'10''-PG) of Carlow
PG: Khari Burton (5'9''-PG) of Cincin.Christian
F: Brad Hunt (6'9''-F) of IU East
F: Stephen Calhoun (6'5''-F) of IU Kokomo
F: Joe Jackson (6'7''-F) of IU Southeast
G: Gerry Milligan (6'1''-G) of Midway
SG: Claude Bogan (6'2''-SG) of Ohio Christian
F: Fousseini Konate (6'5''-F-93) of Point Park
F: Corey Cruse (6'6''-F) of Rio Grande
PG: Ra'Shaud Kincaid (5'8''-PG) of W.Virginia Tech



#9 IU East tops #18 IU Southeast for RSC Championship - by Igor Obradovic

The Indiana University East men's basketball team picked the perfect time for the program's first NAIA win at Indiana University Southeast.
IU East won the River States Conference Men's Basketball Tournament with a 78-69 victory at IU Southeast in the event's championship game on Tuesday night (Feb. 28).
The NAIA Division II No. 9 Red Wolves (26-7) had not won on the Grenadiers' home floor since joining the NAIA. IU Southeast (24-6) had not lost at home against an NAIA Division II opponent all season.
Both teams will move on to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship as automatic qualifiers, IU East as the RSC Tournament champ and IU Southeast as the RSC regular-season champ.

KEY MOMENTS
IU Southeast led by as much as eight in the first half, but IU East had the lead down to three points by halftime.
There were two ties and five lead changes in the second half alone. Jordan Furlow (6'2''-G) 3-pointer with 7:15 remaining put IU East ahead - to stay, as it turned out - at 60-58.
IU East finished the game on a 13-7 surge. Jordan Furlow made two clutch field goals and assisted on a third in the final minutes, and the Red Wolves made seven of nine free throws down the stretch to put away the win.

SIGNIFICANT STATS
The Red Wolves won the conference tournament for the second time. IU East also won the event in 2015.
Field goal percentage was the decisive stat. IU East posted a .516 field goal percentage and limited IU Southeast to a .373 mark.
Jordan Furlow scored 18 points to lead four IU East players in double figures. Furlow scored all 18 of his points in the second half, when he made 8 of 12 shots, blocked two shots, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists.
Jaylen McKay (6'0''-PG) added 17 points for IU East. Aaron Thomas (6'7''-F) had 14 along with nine rebounds. Charles Peterson (6'0''-PG) came off of the bench to add 10 points.
Jamie Johnson led IU Southeast with 21 points.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE
"Defense wins ballgames! We buckled down when we needed to and came up with huge stops. We knew it would be tough coming into their gym and pulling off the win, but we stuck together and played our game." - IU East's Jaylen McKay (6'0''-PG)
"It was a fun one to play, and it always feels good to beat Southeast. We stayed poised throughout the game and continued to make big plays when we needed them." - IU East's Aaron Thomas (6'7''-F)

UP NEXT
IU East and IU Southeast will play their first-round games at the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship will be March 8 or 9 in Point Lookout, Mo.
Pairings for the national tournament will be announced Wednesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. ET with a live selection show at NAIA.org.

KIAC Tournament Final: IU East - IU Southeast 78-69
KIAC Tournament Semifinals:
IU East - Ohio Christian 102-87
IU Southeast - WVU Tech 90-81

Courtesy of RiverStatesConference



All-AII Div.II Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-AII Div.II 1st Team 2017
Brian Bridgeforth
Bridgeforth
Michael Gholston
Gholston
Angelo Griffis
Griffis
Patrick Mitchell
Mitchell
Cameron Paschke
Paschke

Player of the Year: Angelo Griffis (6'5''-G) of Rochester, MI
Defensive Player of the Year: Brian Bridgeforth (6'10''-F) of Wash.Adventist
Newcomer of the Year: Jubril Osagie (6'8''-F) of Cent.Christian
Coach of the Year: Klint Pleasant of Rochester, MI

1st Team
F: Brian Bridgeforth (6'10''-F) of Wash.Adventist
G: Michael Gholston (6'5''-G) of Cent.Christian
G: Angelo Griffis (6'5''-G) of Rochester, MI
G: Patrick Mitchell (6'2''-G) of Wilberforce
G: Cameron Paschke (6'0''-G) of Coll.of the Ozarks

2nd Team
F: Andrew Bonner (6'5''-F) of J.and Wales, CO
PG: Tyrus Fleetwood (6'2''-PG-95) of Wash.Adventist
G: Kyle Holmes (6'1''-G) of Fisher
C: Jaylen Larry (6'8''-C) of Rochester, MI
G/F: Zach Thompson (6'4''-G/F) of Lincoln Christian

Honorable Mention
Sam Clayborne (6'4''-G) of Cent.Christian
Darrius Davis (6'2''-G) of IU Northwest
JJ Pennington (6'4''-G/F) of IU Northwest
TsaLiDi Sequoyah (6'10''-F) of Haskell
Hasan Tucker (6'3''-G/F) of Northern NM



All-KCAC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-KCAC 1st Team 2017
Lance Carter
Carter
Grant Greenberg
Greenberg
Cameron Hunt
Hunt
Cameron Coleman
Coleman
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Winton

Player of the Year: Lance Carter (6'4''-F) of Tabor
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Robinson (6'3''-G/F) of Bethel, KS
Freshman of the Year: Barrington Hunter (6'3''-G) of Southwestern, KS
Newcomer of the Year: Julian Winton (6'0''-PG) of Tabor
Coach of the Year: Micah Ratzlaff of Tabor

1st Team
F: Lance Carter (6'4''-F) of Tabor
G: Grant Greenberg (6'3''-G) of St.Mary's, KS
G: Cameron Hunt (6'3''-G) of Southwestern, KS
SF: Cameron Coleman (6'6''-SF) of York, NB
PG: Julian Winton (6'0''-PG) of Tabor

2nd Team
G/F: Jordan Murdock (6'4''-G/F) of Friends
F: Keith Mack (6'5''-F) of York, NB
G: Toby Baxter (6'2''-G) of Friends
G: Breiman Alexander (5'10''-G) of Okla.Wesleyan
F: Logan Bullinger (6'6''-F-95) of Ottawa

3rd Team
F: Dj Wallace (6'4''-F) of Southwestern, KS
G: Khalid Washington (6'5''-G-95) of Bethany, KS
G: Deven Goodwin (6'3''-G) of Bethel, KS
F: Josiah Ray (6'6''-F) of Sterling
G/F: Titus Rice (6'4''-G/F) of Ottawa

Honorable Mention
Ryan Hill (6'1''-G) of Ks Wesleyan
Davaghndre Jones (6'4''-G/F) of Tabor
Johnny Cooksey (5'11''-G) of York, NB
Kyler Steadman (6'3''-G/F) of Friends
Deandre Henson (6'4''-G) of McPherson
AJ Jackson (6'5''-F) of Nebraska-Kearney
Tullio Parry (6'6''-F) of Tabor
Keiron Sauer (6'4''-F) of St.Mary's, KS
Cody Harris (6'5''-G) of Bethany, KS
Hollis Mitchell (5'8''-PG) of Ottawa

All-Defensive Team
G/F: Chris Robinson (6'3''-G/F) of Bethel, KS
F: Josiah Ray (6'6''-F) of Sterling
PG: Hollis Mitchell (5'8''-PG) of Ottawa
PG: Alan Urrutia (6'0''-PG) of Tabor
PG: Tyler Larkin (6'0''-PG) of Bethany, KS

All-Freshman Team
G: Barrington Hunter (6'3''-G) of Southwestern, KS
PG: Kameron Malbrough (5'9''-PG) of York, NB
F: Isaac Ostrosky (6'3''-F) of Sterling
G: Reid Titus (6'1''-G) of St.Mary's, KS
F: Grant Munsen (6'5''-F) of McPherson



York College wins 2016-17 KCAC championship - by Igor Obradovic

The York College men's basketball team defeated Southwestern College, 109-104 in overtime on Monday night inside Hartman Arena to win its first ever KCAC Men's Basketball Championship.
Early in the first half, a three-pointer by Chris Smith (6'0''-G) gave York a 6-4 lead. A layup by Cameron Coleman (6'6''-SF) on the next offensive possession forced Southwestern to take a timeout with the Panthers leading 8-4 at the 17:07 mark. Another bucket by Cameron Coleman (6'6''-SF) capped a 6-0 Panther run, as the stretched their lead to 10-4. A Myron Fisher (6'1''-G) three cut the York lead to 10-7 at the first media timeout.
A three-pointer out of the media timeout by the Builders tied the game at 10. Later, an old-fashioned three-point play by Tre Howe (5'10''-G) put the score at 16-14 Panthers, as the two-seed started another run.
York's Johnny Cooksey (5'11''-G) connected on a three midway through the first half to give his team a 25-16 advantage. One minute later, with just under 10 minutes to go in the half, Keith Mack (6'5''-F) completed another three-point play for the Panthers to stretch their lead to 30-18. The Builders started to slowly chip away at their deficit and two free throws by Cameron Hunt (6'3''-G) put the York lead at 33-23.
Southwestern's Hunt eventually cut the Panther lead to single digits, 35-26, with a three-point play of his own with 6:40 remaining in the half. Later, Hunt connected on a shot from behind the arc to bring the Builders within five, 40-35.
The Panther would not go away easily, scoring five consecutive points to put their advantage back to ten, 45-35 with four minutes to-go in the half. Still down 10 with a little less than a minute remaining in the first half, Southwestern scored five-straight points, including a three by Jacob Horsch (5'10''-PG), to cut the York lead to 51-46 at the break.
Coleman led the York offense in the first half with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Hunt and Dj Wallace (6'4''-F) scored 17 and 12 points, respectively for Southwestern. As a team, the Builders shot 16-for-27 (.593) including 4-for-9 (.444) from three-point land while York shot 21-for-45 (.467) from the field and 6-for-19 (.316) from three.
The Panthers hit back-to-back threes to open the half and scored the first eight points of the half to put their lead at 59-46 with 17:25 remaining in the game. A Southwestern three by Jacob Horsch (5'10''-PG) at the 15:57 mark halted the York run.
Later, a Kameron Malbrough (5'9''-PG) for the Panthers put York's lead at 10 again, 66-56. Hunt would not let Southwestern die, as his old-fashioned three-point play cut the York lead to 72-64 at the 9:24 mark. Hunt's three two minutes later pulled the Builders within four, 76-72.
With 4:40 remaining in regulation, Jacob Horsch (5'10''-PG) hit a three to cut the York lead to five yet again, 82-77. A Panther three made it 85-77, but the Builders answered with free-throws to pull within four, 85-81, at the 3:21 mark. Seconds later, Barrington Hunter nailed a three from behind the arc to pull Southwestern with two, 86-84. With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, two free throws by Cameron Hunt (6'3''-G) tied the game at 86, and the Builders took the lead on a layup by Wallace. Hunt's runner in the paint with 33 seconds to-go in the second half gave the Builders its biggest lead of the game, 90-86.
In the final seconds of regulation, two free throws by Cooksey and a three-pointer by Michael Johnson (6'6''-G/F) after Wallace hit 1-of-2 free throws for the Builders tied the game at the end of regulation and sent the Championship game to overtime.
Wallace opened overtime with a reverse layup for Southwestern to put them ahead, 93-91. Cooksey answered with a three to give Panthers the lead, and the teams traded baskets for much of the overtime period. Later, Cooksey hit yet another three for the Panthers to break a 100-all tie. York never surrendered the lead and won the game 109-104.
Southwestern's Hunt led all scorers with 36 on 11-of-17 shooting from the field, 2-of-5 from three-point range,and 12-of-16 from the free throw line. Wallace added 31 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in the game, while Horsch added 18 points for Southwestern. The Builders shot 51.7 percent (31-of-60) from the field, 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from beyond the arc, and 77.5 percent (31-of-40) from the free throw line.
Cooksey led the Panthers with 23 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the field, including 3-of-8 from three and 6-of-8 from the line. Coleman led the team with 10 rebounds to go along with 20 points, while Mack added 15 points for the Panthers. As a team, York shot 45.5 percent (40-of-88) from the field, 37.1 percent (13-of-35) from three-point range, and 72.7 percent (16-of-22) at the line.

KCAC Tournament Final: York - Southwestern 109-104
KCAC Tournament Semifinals:
Ottawa - York 78-99
Southwestern - Tabor 93-88

Courtesy of KCAC Sports



All-Crossroads League Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-Crossroads League 1st Team 2017
Caleb Oetjen
Oetjen
Lane Mahurin
Mahurin
Bob Peters
Peters
Michael Bush
Bush
Bryce Lienhoop
Lienhoop

Co-Player of the Year: Caleb Oetjen (6'0''-PG-94) of Bethel, IN
Co-Player of the Year: Lane Mahurin (6'7''-F) of Ind.Wesleyan
Defensive Player of the Year: Bob Peters (6'3''-G) of Ind.Wesleyan
Freshman of the Year: Mason Degenkolb (6'0''-PG) of Taylor
Coach of the Year: Ryne Lightfoot of Bethel, IN

1st Team
PG: Caleb Oetjen (6'0''-PG-94) of Bethel, IN
F: Lane Mahurin (6'7''-F) of Ind.Wesleyan
G: Bob Peters (6'3''-G) of Ind.Wesleyan
PG: Michael Bush (5'7''-PG) of Huntington
F: Bryce Lienhoop (6'6''-F-95) of St.Francis, IN

2nd Team
F/C: Kyle Sovine (6'9''-F/C-94) of St.Francis, IN
PG: Mason Degenkolb (6'0''-PG) of Taylor
G: Clay Yeo (6'5''-G-94) of Bethel, IN
G: Josh Ashwill (6'3''-G) of Mt.Vernon Naz.
PG: Wesley Stowers (5'10''-PG-97) of Marian, IN

3rd Team
F: Gage Ott (6'7''-F) of Bethel, IN
G/F: Brett Vipperman (6'4''-G/F) of Mt.Vernon Naz.
F: Zach Medendorp (6'8''-F) of Spring Arbor
PG: Paul Marandet (6'0''-PG) of Spring Arbor
F: Erik Bowen (6'6''-F) of Grace Coll.

Honorable Mention
Jacob Johnson (6'6''-F) of Ind.Wesleyan
Chandler White (6'3''-G-96) of St.Francis, IN
Keaton Hendricks (6'5''-F) of Taylor
Daniel Woll (6'7''-F) of Huntington
Xavier Newson (6'4''-G/F) of Goshen
Kegan Comer (6'3''-G-94) of St.Francis, IN

All-Defensive Team
G: Bob Peters (6'3''-G) of Ind.Wesleyan
G: Trey McBride (6'2''-G) of Mt.Vernon Naz.
PG: Caleb Oetjen (6'0''-PG-94) of Bethel, IN
G: Josh Ashwill (6'3''-G) of Mt.Vernon Naz.
PG: Tim Fleming (6'0''-PG) of Taylor

All-Freshman Team
PG: Mason Degenkolb (6'0''-PG) of Taylor
PG: Paul Marandet (6'0''-PG) of Spring Arbor
G: Trey McBride (6'2''-G) of Mt.Vernon Naz.
G: Konner Platt (6'2''-G) of Huntington
G: Braxton Linville (6'2''-G) of Grace Coll.



Pilots win Crossroads League Tournament title - by Igor Obradovic

In what would be Head Coach Mike Lightfoot's last game in the Wiekamp Athletic Facility the No. 3 ranked Bethel College Pilots defeated the No. 5 ranked Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats to capture the 2017 Crossroads League Tournament Championship 83-75 Tuesday night. This is the first tournament championship for the Pilots since 2014.
The Wildcats started things early trying to control the tempo and jumping out to a 5-2 lead within the first few minutes of the game. In the next three minutes of the game, the Pilots responded by going on a 15-5 run to take a 17-10 lead with 13:44 left to play in the first half. The Pilots continued to extend the lead during the first half gaining as much as a 12-point advantage, but the Wildcats refused to go away quietly. Indiana Wesleyan finished the first half on a 15-6 run to cut the Pilots lead just three at the half (42-39).
The Pilots headed into the locker room shooting 45.9 percent from the field (17-of-37) and 40.0 percent from behind the arc (4-of-10). Senior Jordyn Coon (6'2''-G) led all scorers at the break with 10 points, going a perfect 3-of-3 from the field, which included a pair of triples. Caleb Oetjen (6'0''-PG-94) and Paul Forman (6'8''-F) both added eight points apiece, while Trey'Von Covington (6'1''-G) went 2-of-2 from behind the arc to add six points for the Pilots.
The Wildcats headed into halftime shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from behind the three-point line.
Oetjen led the way for the Pilots early in the second half with a steal and two made lay-ups to give BC a seven-point lead with 18:30 left to play. Once again, the Wildcats responded with an 11-4 run to tie things up at 50 with 16:40 left in the game. Over the next few minutes, both teams continued to fight back and forth, with the Pilots unwilling to give up the lead but the Wildcats clawing at their heels. With 2:40 remaining to play in the game, the Pilots found themselves up by only one point, but a foul on the Wildcats sent Ott to the line, who converted on both attempts to giv