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  ABA  



DMV Warriors top final ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced the Final Power Rankings for the regular season which ended Sunday, March 5th and the DMV Warriors held onto the number one position closely followed by the ABA defending Champion Jacksonville Giants. "This was quite a season," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman "The top 10 teams in the ABA are all very strong and it should make for the best playoffs we've ever had."
The ABA Final Eight begins March 29th in Baltimore, Maryland; the playin rounds begin Saturday, March 11th.

1. DMV Warrioros 18-0
2. Jacksonville Giantos 20-2
3. Orlando Waves 17-2
4. Austin Bats 15-1
5. Mobile Bay Tornados 14-1
6. Windy City Groove 14-1
7. South Florida Gold 19-4
8. Chicago Steam 12-2
9. Salina Saints 13-0
10. Chicago Fury 13-4
11. Richmond Elite 11-3
12. West Michigan Lake Hawks 13-5
13. Grand Rapids Danger 13-5
14. Springfield Sting 11-3
15. Carolina Cougars 10-4
16. Kentucky Enforcers 15-7
17. Universal City Seraphim 14-7
18. Fredericksburg Grizzlies 10-6
19. Steel City Yellow Jackets 13-7
20. Jersey Express 12-7
21. Baltimore Hawks 12-7
22. Laredo Swarm 9-5
23. Columbus Blackhawks 12-7
24. PG Valor 9-6
25. Alabama Pro Elite Flyers 9-5

For more information, visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar18.2 
 3. Boatright, Cedevita17.3 
 4. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.5 
 5. Lukovic, Krka16.5 
 6. Labovic, Karpos S.15.7 
 7. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.4 
 8. Barac, Zadar15.2 
 9. Hatcher, Partizan15.0 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks7.6 
 3. Lukovic, Krka7.5 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.3 
 5. Bolden, FMP7.3 
 6. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 7. Scott, MZT Skopje7.0 
 8. Bilan, Cedevita7.0 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.4 
 10. James, Buducnost6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Reynolds, Cibona6.9 
 2. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 3. Covic, FMP6.4 
 4. Williams, Buducnost6.3 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.2 
 6. Rebec, Krka5.9 
 7. Rebic, Mega Leks5.7 
 8. Vladovic, Zadar4.9 
 9. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.8 
 10. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Reynolds, Cibona1.8 
 2. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 3. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.7 
 4. Vladovic, Zadar1.7 
 5. Labovic, Karpos S.1.7 
 6. Perry, Karpos S.1.6 
 7. Ramljak, Zadar1.6 
 8. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 9. Kaba, Mega Leks1.5 
 10. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Lukovic, Partizan1.7 
 2. James, Buducnost1.6 
 3. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 4. Scott, MZT Skopje1.4 
 5. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 6. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 7. Davidovac, FMP1.1 
 8. Austin, FMP1.1 
 9. Nikolic, Buducnost1.0 
 10. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.0 



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  ALBANIA  


Elvisi Dusha selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Elvisi Dusha
Elvisi Dusha
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Elvisi Dusha (188-94, currently plays in United Kingdom). Dusha could not help Plymouth Raiders (12-11) to beat Sheffield Sharks (14-9). He scored 6 points. Plymouth Raiders was defeated 87-81 on the road by the higher-ranked Sheffield Sharks (#4). This season Dusha averages: 2.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 16.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and British. Despite Dusha played previously for the British U20 national team, he is currently a member of the Albanian senior national team.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). Bushati managed to help Germani Basket Brescia in a victory against the third-ranked Scandone AV (13-8) 91-87 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. Germani Basket Brescia (10-11) is placed eighth in the Serie A. This year Bushati averages just 2.4ppg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 24.1% and FT: 53.3% in 21 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Bushati played for the Albanian national team in 2012.

Rashaun Broadus
Rashaun Broadus
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany). He was not able to help SC Rasta Vechta in their game against ratiopharm Ulm (23-0) in the German BBL. Broadus' contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. He scored only 2 points. SC Rasta Vechta was defeated 75-70 in Ulm by the leading ratiopharm. It was SC Rasta Vechta's 17th consecutive loss in a row. Broadus' overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3FGP: 15.8%. He is a naturalized American. Broadus is also a member of the Albanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Albania.

Vildan Mitku
Vildan Mitku
   #4. Forward Vildan Mitku (200-83, currently plays in Germany) led Tuebingen II to a surprising victory over the fourth-ranked Koblenz (14-8) 81-70 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Mitku scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team (8-14) is placed tenth in South-West group. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Mitku's sixth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mitku averages: 16.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Albanian national team back in 2011.

Frenki Lilaj
Frenki Lilaj
   #5. U18 international center Frenki Lilaj (201-98, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for GBA Sparta (5-15) in their game against BK Prostejov B (10-10) in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division). Lilaj recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. The sixth-placed GBA Sparta (5-15) lost 83-89 at home to the leading BK Prostejov B in the Places 13-20 group. It was GBA Sparta's eighth consecutive loss in a row. This year Lilaj's overall stats are: 2.3ppg and 2.0rpg in seven games. He plays currently for the Albanian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Portoroz (1-19) crushing them 98-65 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Sunday night's game. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (16-5) is placed third in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kastrati's fifth season with the team. This year Kastrati averages: 9.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg in 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #2. Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91, currently plays in Germany) managed to help VfL Kirchheim Knights in a victory against the ninth-ranked White Wings (13-13) 88-72 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Bekteshi scored only 2 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 20 minutes. VfL Kirchheim Knights (18-8) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Bekteshi's seventh season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.3spg in four games. Bekteshi is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and German.

   #3. Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96, currently plays in Italy). Patani could not help Isernia (7-14) to beat Giulianova (8-13). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Isernia (#12) was badly defeated 76-57 on the road by the higher-ranked Giulianova (#10) in the Group D. Patani's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 7.6rpg. He has both Albanian and Italian nationalities.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Klaudio Ndoja (201-F/G-85) plays for Virtus Bologna in Italian Serie A2
Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93) plays for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL
Celis Taflaj (201-SF-98) plays for Viola RC in Italian Serie A2
Ergys Rrapi (200-C-83) plays for Ermis Lagkada in Greek B
Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) plays for Francavilla in Italian Serie C Silver
Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88) plays for Halle USV in German 2.Regionalliga
Endri Roshi (200-F-94) plays for Humber College in CCAA
Saha Milanovic (198-F-99) plays for Porto SG Virtus in Italian Serie C Silver

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



Superliga Round 15: Vllaznia Shkodra beat Teuta in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was played in Shkodra. Third ranked Vllaznia Shkodra faced second-best Teuta. Host Vllaznia Shkodra (10-5) smashed guests from Durres (10-5) 77-53. Vllaznia Shkodra have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Teuta.
Leader SK Tirana delivered the fourteenth win. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Flamurtari (0-15) 100-48 in Vlore. SK Tirana (14-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Flamurtari at the other side still closes the standings with 15 games lost.

In the last game of round 15 Ardhmeria defeated Kamza Basket in a road game 72-60.

Vllaznia - Teuta 77-53

An exciting game was played in Shkodra. Third ranked Vllaznia Shkodra faced second-best Teuta. Host Vllaznia Shkodra (10-5) smashed guests from Durres (10-5) 77-53. Vllaznia Shkodra have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Teuta.
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Flamurtari - SK Tirana 48-100

Leader SK Tirana delivered the fourteenth win. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Flamurtari (0-15) 100-48 in Vlore. The game without a history. SK Tirana led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. SK Tirana (14-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Flamurtari at the other side still closes the standings with 15 games lost.
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Kamza Basket - Ardhmeria 60-72

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Kamza Basket (7-8) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Ardhmeria (4-11) 72-60. Newly promoted Ardhmeria maintains fifth place with 4-11 record. Kamza Basket at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost.
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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


Helios join Rieker Komarno in Final - by Eurobasket News

Helios - Rogaska 67:62

Helios advanced into Alpe Adria Cup Final. They edged Rogaska in return leg of the semifinal series to seal their title game appearance. Jure Mocnik (183-PG-85) posted 19 points to pace the winners.
Helios jumped to a 23:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Rogaska denied the deficit in the second frame. The visitors pulled ahead for a 41:37 halftime lead. Rogaska stayed hopeful throughout the third term. They secured a 5-point lead at the final intermission. But Helios went on an 18:8 rally in the fourth frame and sealed the victory. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) tossed in 13 points, while Juraj Segaric (185-PG-93) produced 11 points in the win. Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) responded with 18 points for Rogaska. Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier, agency: Three Eye Sports) netted 13 points in the loss.

Helios: Jure Mocnik 19, Tomas Kyzlink 13, Juraj Segaric 11
Rogaska: Tadej Ferme 18, Dee Davis 13



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  APBL  


Nate Young Powers Pride With 53 Points - by Eurobasket News

The Pride won a hard fought come from behind victory vs the surging NYC Blackeagles, 121-113. Nate Young (6'7''-F-86) was stellar on a Saturday afternoon, one day past his birthday. He presented an epic performance. Also contributing were guards Winston Shaw and William Modeste (6'1''-G-81, college: Polytechnic). Shaw scored 20 points and Modeste scored 17 points including 4 threes in the 4th quarter. Other key contributors were Corey Riley (6'4''-F), who scored 8 points, George Turner scoring 6 points.
Courtesy of: Manhattan Pride facebook



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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.19.3 
 4. Solano, Echague18.8 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.3 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Horner, Obras B.16.7 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas16.4 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.16.3 
 10. Gadson, Argentino15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.2 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.7 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.1 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.8.9 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.7 
 7. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.6 
 8. Horner, Obras B.8.4 
 9. Justiz, Estudian.8.4 
 10. Francis, La Union8.3 
Assists Per Game
 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. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.1.5 
 10. Vega, Libertad S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.8 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.6 
 5. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 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: 23.8
 1. Barovero, Union SF23.8 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.8 
 3. Brown, La Union20.0 
 4. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 5. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.0 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.18.6 
 8. Pais, Platense18.5 
 9. Montes-C., Obera T.18.0 
 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, Ciclista8.2 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB7.8 
 10. Coleman, Alianza .7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.7 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.4 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.4 
 4. Gandoy, Obera TC5.5 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.5.2 
 6. Paletta, Hindu5.0 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 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: 3
 1. Punet, Salta Basket3.0 
 2. Pais, Platense2.5 
 3. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 4. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.1 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.2.1 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Independ.1.8 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 10. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 3. Okoye, Salta Basket1.4 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.3 
 6. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.1 
 7. Tabarez, Union SF1.0 
 8. Stroud, Parque Sur0.9 
 9. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


Facundo Campazzo selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). He could not help UCAM Murcia (7-15) in their last game. Despite Campazzo's very good performance UCAM Murcia was edged 73-70 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) FC Barcelona. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Campazzo also added 4 assists in 26 minutes on the court. Campazzo has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.9apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 29.8% and FT: 81.6% in 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to Baskonia's victory against the 13th-ranked Valencia Basket (5-16) 71-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Laprovittola scored 6 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (16-6) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Laprovittola averages: 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 4.6apg, 2FGP: 25.0%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 90.9%. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86, currently plays in Spain). Richotti managed to help Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias in a victory against the tenth-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-12) crushing them 85-61 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded only 4 points and added 4 passes in 11 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (17-5) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It's Richotti's seventh season with the team. This year Richotti's overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg in five games. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Richotti is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #4. Forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) led Arkadia Lions to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz (6-18) crushing them 108-51 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Sunday night's game. Vay scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (12-12) are placed fifth in the A Bundesliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vay is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Arkadia Lions' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Vay averages: 18.6ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Vay used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2009.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #5. International guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 1-point San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Indiana Pacers (32-30) 100-99 in the NBA last Wednesday. He scored 9 points in 23 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 48-13 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Ginobili has been at the team for fifteen years. This season Ginobili has relatively solid stats: 7.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in 53 games. Similarly like Vay and Richotti above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Ginobili plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #6. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) led Leche Rio Breogan to a victory over the 12th-ranked Castello (11-15) 96-88 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Fernandez scored 21 points and added 5 passes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (17-8) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Fernandez's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg. Fernandez is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team three years ago.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #7. International center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Delia contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the closely-ranked Sevilla (7-14) 92-80. He recorded 8 points in 18 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (7-15) is placed 15th in the Liga Endesa. This year Delia's total stats are: 6.2ppg and 3.2rpg in 22 games. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Luciano Tognon
Luciano Tognon
   #8. Center Luciano Tognon (205-94, currently plays in Chile) was not able to help Universidad de Concepcion in their game against Espanol de Talca (17-13) in the Chilean Liga Nacional. Tognon recorded 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 19 minutes. The second-placed Universidad de Concepcion (20-10) lost 74-86 in Talca to the lower-ranked (#3) Espanol de in the Conferencia Centro. Tognon has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 2.2rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U18 national team back in 2012.

Nicolas Brussino
Nicolas Brussino
   #9. International swingman Nicolas Brussino (202-93, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Dallas Mavericks (26-36) in their game against the Atlanta Hawks (34-28) in the NBA. Brussino cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. The Dallas Mavericks (26-36) were defeated 100-95 in Atlanta by the Hawks. Brussino has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #10. Point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Svendborg (13-13) in their game against Horsholm (13-5) in the Danish Ligaen. Porta scored 5 points and had 3 steals. Svendborg was defeated 67-58 at home by the second-ranked Horsholm. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Porta has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. He is a former international player as nine years ago he still played for the Argentinian senior national team.

   #11. Former U16 international small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Valmontone in their game against Basket Barcellona in the Italian Serie B (third division). Caceres recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was defeated 97-90. Caceres' stats this season are: 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Argentinian U16 national team fifteen years ago.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (7-14) crushing them 85-61 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Filloy scored 9 points and added 3 assists. Umana Reyer Venezia (13-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. This season Filloy averages: 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) led Dolomiti En. TR to a victory against the 12th-ranked Juvecaserta (9-12) 76-66 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Forray scored 12 points and had 4 steals in 21 minutes. Dolomiti Energia Trento (12-9) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Forray's sixth season with the team. This year he averages: 5.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in 21 games he played so far. Forray is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Experienced Omar Canton (206-C-82, currently plays in Liga Americas) contributed to Hebraica's victory against the third-ranked Leones (2-91) 80-67 in the Liga Americas on Saturday night. He scored 10 points. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (91-2) is placed first in group F. The Second Stage already ended in the Liga Americas. Canton's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 4.2rpg. Similarly like Forray and Filloy above he has both Italian and Argentinian nationalities.

   #4. Tulio Cobos (197-F-86, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Venezuela) was the major contributor in Bucaneros' victory against the fifth-ranked Panteras (0-2) 69-64 in the Venezuelan LPB in Saturday night's game. Cobos scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Bucaneros de La Guaira (2-2) is placed first in Eastern Conference. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Cobos has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 5.3rpg in four games.

   #5. Brian Savoy (189-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland) led Neuchatel to a victory over the closely-ranked Monthey (13-5) 90-84 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Savoy scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Union Neuchatel Basket (11-7) is placed fifth in the LNA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Savoy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Neuchatel's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.6apg and 1.1spg. Savoy also holds two passports: Argentinian and Swiss.

   #6. Dante Richotti (180-PG-85, currently plays in Italy) could not help Scauri (10-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the ninth-placed Scauri was edged 77-74 on the road by the lower-ranked (#13) Patti in the Group C. Richotti had a double-double by scoring 25 points and making 10 passes. He also added 7 rebounds and 7 steals in 40 minutes. This year Richotti's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.6apg and 1.8spg in 21 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #7. Min-Soo Kim (200-C-82, currently plays in South Korea) contributed to an overtime SK Knights' victory against the league outsider Sonic Boom KT 82-75 in the South Korean KBL last Friday. Kim recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Kim has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 4.7rpg. He holds both South Korean and Argentinian passports.

   #8. Erik Thomas (196-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an New Orleans' victory against the Nicholls State University 74-64 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Thomas had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 35 minutes. Thomas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg in 27 games. Thomas is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Argentina.

   #9. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Lighthouse TR's victory against the 15th-ranked Scafati 74-69 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Filloy recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Filloy has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.0apg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #10. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help FCM Ferentino (9-14) in their last game. Despite Musso's good performance the 13th-placed FCM Ferentino lost 70-79 in Latina to the much higher-ranked (#4) Basket in the West group. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Musso also added 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes. Musso has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg in 23 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.



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Niksa Bavcevic takes over Armenian National Team - by Eurobasket News

Niksa Bavcevic has been appointed the head coach of the Armenian National Team. The Croatian specialist has spent two last seasons in Switzerland. He has been working with BBC Monthey. Niksa Bavcevic led the team to Swiss League Cup titles in 2016 and 2017. He used to work in Romania, Croatia, Belgium before. Niksa Bavcevic guided the Croatian U20 National Team back in 2012.


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Josh Boone claims ASEAN League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Hong Kong ELL and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 32-year old power forward had a double-double of 20 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Kaohsiung (#5, 5-11) 89-75. It allowed Hong Kong ELL to consolidate first place in the ASEAN League. Hong Kong ELL have a solid 13-2 record. Boone just recently signed at Hong Kong ELL, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. Boone is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.8ppg), rebounds (4th best: 13.0rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 63.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American guard Xavier Alexander (198-G-88) of second-ranked Singapore S.. Alexander impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Singapore S. was edged by slightly lower-ranked Saigon H. (#4, 6-8) 75-73. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Singapore S. still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 11-6 record is not bad at all. Alexander is well-known by Singapore S. fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 11.1rpg and 5.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87) of Saigon H. (#4). Daniel scored 22 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). Despite Daniel's great performance Saigon H. lost 70-74 to #3 ranked Alab Pilipinas. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Saigon H. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Daniel could help Saigon H. to bring them higher in the standings. Daniel has a great season in ASEAN League. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.1ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 12.9rpg (7th best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 51.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Skylar Spencer (208-F/C-94) of KL Dragons - 17 points, 23 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Derek Hall (211-C/F-90) of Kaohsiung - 22 points and 16 rebounds
6. Bobby Ray Parks (193-G-93) of Alab Pilipinas - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Tyler Lamb (196-G-91) of Hong Kong ELL - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Hong Kong ELL - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Kiwi Gardner (170-PG-93) of KL Dragons - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Justin Howard (209-C-81) of Singapore S. - 22 points, 23 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Brad Newley selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Promitheas (8-12) 86-67 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Newley scored 10 points. AEK Athens (16-4) is placed third in the A1. This season Newley averages: 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 3FGP: 66.7%. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Euroleague). Motum could not help Zalgiris (10-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance the tenth-placed Zalgiris (10-14) lost 67-76 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Fenerbahce in the group A of Euroleague. Motum scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Motum has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 59.7%(77-129), 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 73.2% in 24 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA). Dellavedova led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (37-25) 112-101 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He scored 15 points and added 8 passes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 28-33 record this season. It's Dellavedova's first year with the team. This year Dellavedova has relatively solid stats: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.2apg, 2FGP: 42.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 81.6%. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #4. Swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to help Lietkabelis in their game against Dzukija (7-18) in the Lithuanian LKL, despite his good performance last Sunday. Madgen was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. But Lietkabelis lost 80-89 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Dzukija. Madgen has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.1apg in 25 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2014.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #5. International point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 3-point San Antonio Spurs' victory against the New Orleans Pelicans (25-38) 101-98 in the NBA on Friday night. Mills scored 15 points. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 48-13 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Mills is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Spurs' roster. His stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.3apg. Mills plays currently for the Australian national team.

Dante Exum
Dante Exum
   #6. Point guard Dante Exum (198-95, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Utah Jazz (39-24) in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (25-37) in the NBA, despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Exum also added 3 passes in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. But the Utah Jazz (39-24) was crushed 107-80 in Minnesota by the Timberwolves. This year Exum's overall stats are: 6.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg in 48 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Daryl Corletto
Daryl Corletto
   #7. Former U22 international guard Daryl Corletto (193-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Plymouth Raiders (12-11) in their game against Sheffield Sharks (14-9) in the British BBL. Despite his very good performance last Sunday Corletto was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 3 passes. It's Corletto's first season with the team. Corletto has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg. Corletto used to play for the Australian U22 national team seventeen years ago.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #8. Small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dante Exum. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Ingles contributed to an easy victory against the Brooklyn Nets (10-51) 112-97. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 36 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 39-24 record this season. This year Ingles' total stats are: 6.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in 63 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Jonah Bolden
Jonah Bolden
   #9. Former U19 international forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA, currently plays in ABA League) couldn't help FMP (10-15) in their game against Crvena Zvezda (24-1) in the ABA League. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Bolden was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Bolden's team will play only one more game in the ABA League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Bolden averaged so far 12.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team four years ago.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #10. Guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Dragonflies (33-9) in their game against Aomori Watts (17-25) in the Japanese B League D2, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Dillon was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 6 assists in a mere 15 minutes. But Dragonflies (#2) were edged 74-71 in Aomori by the lower-ranked (#4) Watts in the West group. Dillon's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.4apg in 41 games. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Australian senior national team.

   #11. International center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Detroit Pistons' victory against the Portland Trail Blazers 120-113 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Baynes scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Baynes has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #12. Former U19 international forward Lewis Thomas (203-92, college: W.Oregon, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Glasgow Rocks in their game against Scorchers in the British BBL. Despite his good performance last Sunday He scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Thomas has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U18 international center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) led Nishinomiya Storks to a victory over the sixth-ranked Kagoshima crushing them 92-71 in the Japanese B League D2 on Friday night. Vandenberg was MVP of the game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. Vandenberg averaged so far 10.4ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6bpg in 32 games. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team nine years ago.

   #14. International forward Ryan Broekhoff (200-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban to win against the closely-ranked Zenit crushing them 75-52 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Broekhoff recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Broekhoff has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #15. Former U22 international forward Nick Duncan (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Boise St. win their game against the U.S. Air Force Academy crushing them 98-70 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Duncan recorded 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Duncan has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the Atlanta Hawks (34-28) 135-130 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Irving scored 43 points (!!!), made 9 passes and 4 steals (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in 36 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 42-19 record this season. It's Irving's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Irving averages: 25.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.9apg and 1.3spg in 54 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Irving has never played in Australia.

   #2. Xavier Cooks (203-G/F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point Winthrop's victory against the Gardner-Webb University (11-7) 80-77 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Cooks had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 6 blocks (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in 34 minutes. The Winthrop University has quite an impressive 15-3 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Cooks has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8bpg in 31 games.

   #3. Thomas Ammar (199-G/F-87, college: Mars Hill, currently plays in Lebanon) could not help Mayrouba (3-11) in their last game. Despite Ammar's good performance the bottom-ranked Mayrouba was badly defeated 96-77 on the road by the leading Homenetmen. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. Ammar also added 3 assists in 32 minutes. It was Mayrouba's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ammar has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 13 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Lebanese.

   #4. Deng Adel (201-F-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Louisville (9-4) in their last game. Despite Adel's very good performance the Louisville lost 81-88 at home to the Wake Forest University. He recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 40 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Adel averaged so far 11.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.1apg in 29 games. He is another player who holds two passports: South Sudanese and Australian.

   #5. Matt Donlan (201-F, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Cleveland State University (7-7) 84-69 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Donlan scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The Youngstown State University has 6-10 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Donlan has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.7apg.

   #6. Jock Landale (211-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Portland crushing them 81-58 in the NCAA last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds in 31 minutes. Landale has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2bpg in 29 games.

   #7. Timothy Kearney (202-F/G-86, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a BC Lulea's victory against the sixth-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins 81-70 in the Swedish Basketligan on Monday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kearney has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 2.8rpg. He has both Australian and Swedish nationalities.

   #8. Duop Reath (208-F-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the LSU (1-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Reath's good performance the LSU was defeated 88-76 on their home court in Baton Rouge by the Mississippi State University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Reath also added 2 blocks. Reath averaged so far 12.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.4bpg. He also holds two passports: Australian and South Sudanese.

   #9. Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Milwaukee Bucks in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. Maker recorded 6 points in only 9 minutes. His team lost 95-102 in the NBA. Maker has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 1.7rpg in 35 games. He has Australian and South Sudanese nationalities.

   #10. Liam Thomas (213-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Nicholls St. (6-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Thomas' good performance the Nicholls St. was defeated 87-75 on their home court in Thibodaux by the Lamar University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Thomas also added 6 assists and 9 blocks. Thomas has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.1apg and 4.2bpg.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.7 
 2. Vay, Arkadia18.6 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna18.4 
 4. Miletic, Vienna18.3 
 5. Lamesic, Wels18.1 
 6. McNealy, Oberwart17.4 
 7. Murati, Gmunden16.5 
 8. Rados, Klostern.16.2 
 9. Stazic, Vienna16.1 
 10. Jackson, Oberwart15.8 
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, Arkadia8.5 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.2 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.8 
 6. Ferguson, Vienna7.5 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.3 
 8. Traylor, Oberwart7.3 
 9. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.1 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.2 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart5.5 
 4. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.4 
 5. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 6. Stazic, Vienna4.6 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.5 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.3 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna1.8 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.7 
 4. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.7 
 5. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 6. Trmal, Arkadia1.5 
 7. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 9. Detrick, Arkadia1.4 
 10. Payton, Wels1.4 
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, Arkadia1.2 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Koch, Vienna0.8 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 


Rasid Mahalbasic selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). Mahalbasic could not help Sevilla (7-14) to beat UCAM Murcia (7-15). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. But Sevilla was defeated 92-80 on the road by the lower-ranked UCAM Murcia (#15). It was Sevilla's sixth consecutive loss in a row. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. Mahalbasic has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 65.4%(53-81) and FT: 78.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Ortner managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia in a victory against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (10-4) 53-49 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. He recorded only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. This year Ortner averages: 4.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.4% and FT: 61.5% in 17 games he played so far. He played for the Austrian national team in 2013.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain). Schreiner contributed to Andorra's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-19) 85-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored only 4 points. MoraBanc Andorra (11-10) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Schreiner has been at the team for five years. Schreiner's overall stats this season are: 4.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 19.0%, 3FGP: 42.9%. He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #4. Point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help Naestved (12-14) in their last game. Despite Lanegger's good performance Naestved lost 65-73 at home to the second-ranked Bakken. He scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks in 38 minutes. It was Naestved's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Lanegger's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Lanegger's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg in 18 games. He is also Austrian national team player.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #5. International forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Navarra's victory against the 14th-ranked Gandia (7-16) 66-64 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Hopfgartner scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Basket Navarra de Pamplona (12-11) is placed tenth in the LEB Silver. This season Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #6. Forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Toronto Raptors (37-26) in their game against the Washington Wizards (37-24) in the NBA. Poeltl cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. The Toronto Raptors (37-26) lost 96-105 in Washington to the Wizards. This year Poeltl's total stats are: 2.1ppg and 2.6rpg in 36 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Austrian senior team two years ago.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #7. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Braunschweig (3-17) in their game against Brose Baskets (21-1) in the German BBL. Klepeisz scored 5 points. Braunschweig was badly defeated 95-75 in Bamberg by the second-ranked Brose Baskets. It was Braunschweig's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Klepeisz has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Austrian national team player.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) led Ovarense to a victory over the third-ranked Lusitania (6-17) crushing them 102-77 in the Portuguese LPB in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Douvier had a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Douvier's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-12. Ovarense Dolce Vita (12-11) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Douvier has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 10.3rpg and 1.3apg in 23 games he played so far. Douvier is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Austria.

   #2. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) could not help Herzogenaurach (4-18) in their last game. Despite Kaiser's good performance the 13th-placed Herzogenaurach (4-18) lost 73-85 at home to the lower-ranked (#14) Bayreuth 2 in the South-East group. He scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 32 minutes. It was Herzogenaurach's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. Kaiser has reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in 22 games.

   #3. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France) was not able to help Lille Metropole in their game against Boulazac Basket (10-10) in the French ProB (second division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Asceric scored only 2 points and added 3 passes. Lille Metropole was defeated 84-70 on the road by the lower-ranked Boulazac Basket (#8). Asceric has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg.



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NTD and Dervish win Semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

NTD and Dervish win the Semifinal openers in the country. They proved their ambitions to reach the Final overcoming the opponents on the weekend. NTD did not leave any chance for Veterans in a 103-72 victory. Dervish meanwhile grabbed a valuable 51-46 win against 80-ies. Second games are planned for the next Saturday, March 11.


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NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators25.1 
 3. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.5 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .22.1 
 5. Farrington, Rockets21.3 
 6. Bain, Giants18.6 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.4 
 8. Ferguson, Pros17.4 
 9. Woodside, Cleaners16.8 
 10. Rolle, Rebels15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Bain, Regulators14.5 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.5 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.1 
 4. Francis, Pros11.4 
 5. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 6. Farrington, Rockets11.0 
 7. Sylvestre, Bahamas .10.9 
 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 .6.1 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Wright, Pirates4.9 
 5. Mackey, Regulators4.8 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.2 
 7. Mackey, Rockets4.1 
 8. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 9. Bain, Regulators4.0 
 10. Miller, Legends4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kemsy SYLVESTRE
  Bahamas .
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.5 
 2. Rolle, Rebels3.0 
 3. Rolle, Pros2.8 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .2.6 
 5. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 6. Dames, Bahamas .2.1 
 7. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 8. Leadon, Pros1.8 
 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. Francis, Pros1.4 
 7. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 8. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 9. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 10. Polidor, Legends1.0 


David Nesbitt selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Argentina). He led Olimpico de La Banda to a victory over the seventh-ranked Libertad Sunchales (18-19) 67-61 in the Argentinian LigaA in Wednesday night's game. Nesbitt was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (21-18) is placed sixth in Norte group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Nesbitt has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 84.2% in seven games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). Hield could not help the Sacramento Kings (25-37) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Sacramento Kings (25-37) lost 100-109 on the road to the Brooklyn Nets. Hield was the top scorer with 16 points in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Kings' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Hield has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 60.9%(14-23), 3FGP: 43.5% and FT: 87.5% in five games. Hield played for the Bahamas national team in 2014.

Michael Carey Jr.
Michael Carey Jr.
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Michael Carey Jr. (196-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). He contributed to a 2-point Wagner's victory against the Fairleigh Dickinson University (5-9) 72-70 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Carey Jr. recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists (made all of his seven free throws). The Wagner College has 9-7 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Carey Jr. has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 77.1%. He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #4. An experienced power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in Arenys' victory against the third-ranked Menorca (12-7) 82-81 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. Arenys Basquet Joventut (10-9) is placed seventh in Group C-A. It's Turnquest's first season with the team. Turnquest has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg and 6.2rpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team back in 2006.

Travis Munnings
Travis Munnings
   #5. International forward Travis Munnings (198-94, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the La-Monroe (1-12) in their last game. Despite Munnings' very good performance the La-Monroe lost 65-70 in San Marcos to the Texas State University at. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 36 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Munnings' stats this year are: 12.9ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.1apg in 30 games. He plays currently for the Bahamas national team.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #6. Swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Zornotza (12-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Cadot's good performance Zornotza was badly defeated 78-62 at home by the higher-ranked Meridiano Alicante (#4). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Cadot also added 4 rebounds. Cadot's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bahamas National Team roster.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #7. Former international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) couldn't help SAP Vaucluse (10-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance SAP Vaucluse lost 74-87 on their home court in Sorgues to the higher-ranked (#13) Union_Rennes. Davis was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 31 minutes. It was SAP Vaucluse's third consecutive loss in a row. Davis averaged so far 11.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 10 games. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for the Bahamas national team three years ago.

Tavario Miller
Tavario Miller
   #8. Forward Tavario Miller (203-94, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Texas A&M (5-7) in their game against the Texas A&M University (11-15) in the NCAA. Miller scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Texas A&M was badly defeated 60-43 in a derby game by the Texas A&M. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Miller has been at the team for four years. His overall stats this season are: 3.2ppg and 2.8rpg. Miller used to play for the Bahamas national team back in 2015.

Lourawls Nairn
Lourawls Nairn
   #9. Former U17 international point guard Lourawls Nairn (179-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Michigan State University in a victory against the University of Wisconsin (10-2) 84-74 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 4 points in 23 minutes. The Michigan State University has a solid 8-5 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Nairn's overall stats are: 3.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.7apg in 30 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Nairn used to play for the Bahamas U17 national team six years ago.

Dwight Coleby
Dwight Coleby
   #10. Forward Dwight Coleby (206-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Kansas' victory against the The University of Oklahoma (11-4) 73-63 in the NCAA on Monday night. He scored only one point. The University of Kansas have a very good 10-2 conference record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Coleby's total stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 1.9rpg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Bahamas senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Gjio Bain (211-85, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Indonesia) couldn't help Bima Perkasa in their game against Satria Muda in the Indonesian IBL. Bain scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. His team was crushed by 39 points 83-44. This year Bain's total stats are: 3.5ppg and 6.0rpg in two games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team six years ago.

   #12. International forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hap.Haifa in their game against Maccabi Raanana in the Israeli National League (second division), despite his very good performance on Tuesday night. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Burrows also added 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. But his team was crushed by 42 points 97-55. Burrows has very impressive stats this year: 22.4ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.9spg in 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Bahamas national team.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Golden State Warriors' victory against the New York Knicks (25-38) 112-105 in the NBA last Sunday. Thompson recorded 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 51-11 record this season. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Thompson averages: 21.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) led SPO Rouen to a victory against the third-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (11-9) 85-84 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Fairell scored 14 points and had 3 steals in a mere 18 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. SPO Rouen Basket (9-11) is placed 12th in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Fairell's first year with the team. Fairell has reliable stats this season: 14.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in 20 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #3. Shaquille Cleare (203-C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Texas (4-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Cleare's good performance the Texas were defeated 75-64 on the road by the Baylor University. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Cleare's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg and 4.7rpg.

   #4. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland) managed to help King Szczecin to win against the 13th-ranked Asseco (9-13) 94-83 in the Polish PLK last Friday. Knowles scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Wilki Morskie this season. His team is placed ninth in the PLK.

   #5. Prince Cooper (193-G-93, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the La-Monroe in their game against the Texas State University at San Marcos (7-3) in the NCAA. He recorded 7 points. The La-Monroe was defeated 70-65 in San Marcos by the Texas State University at. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Cooper's total stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 1.6rpg.

   #6. Brad Nairn (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Henderson State University in their game against the East Central University in the NCAA2. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team was crushed by 23 points 96-73 in the NCAA2. This year Nairn's total stats are: 5.9ppg and 4.5rpg in 25 games.

   #7. Trevon Grant (185-G, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the Acadia University in their game against the Tigers in the Canadian university league CIS. He scored 8 points. His team was edged 78-75. Grant averaged so far 10.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg.

   #8. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gandia in their game against Navarra in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 8 points in 19 minutes. His team was edged 66-64. Forbes averaged so far 14.3ppg and 2.6rpg in seven games.

   #9. Shavanno Cooper (198-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Palm Beach Atlantic University in their game against the Rollins College in the NCAA2. Cooper scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was edged 71-70 in the NCAA2. Cooper has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg.



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Vitali Liutych's 47 points make him top Belarusian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Baltic League). He led his Estonian team Kalev/Cramo to a victory over the leader Barons Riga (10-2) 100-81 in the Baltic League in Wednesday night's game. Liutych was MVP of the game. He recorded 47 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group Q. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinnis placed second. Liutych has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 35.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5bpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 82.4%(14-17), 3FGP: 62.5% and FT: 87.1% in two games he played so far. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford, currently plays in VTB United League). Parakhouski could not help Unics Kazan (11-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Unics Kazan was defeated 92-88 on the road by the leading CSKA. Parakhouski was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Parakhouski has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 66.9%(81-121) and FT: 63.3%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). Wayns was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Rishon (10-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Maccabi Rishon lost 79-83 at home to the higher-ranked (#7) Maccabi Haifa. Wayns was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 40 minutes. Wayns' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Wayns has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 73.0% in 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Wayns played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely Wayns has never played in Belarus.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #4. Small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary) was the main contributor in a Falco KC's victory against the eighth-ranked Sopron KC (10-11) 79-75 in the Hungarian A Division in Wednesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Pustahvar scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Falco KC Szombathely (14-7) is placed third in the A Division. It's Pustahvar's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg. Pustahvar has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #5. International power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for AZS Polfarmex (4-18) in their game against Anwil (15-7) in the Polish PLK. Salash scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 34 minutes. AZS Polfarmex lost 88-95 in Wloclawek to the much higher-ranked (#3) Anwil. It was AZS Polfarmex's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Salash's overall stats are: 4.2ppg and 3.1rpg in 20 games. He plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #6. Guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Ironi Ramat Gan (2-19) in their last game. Despite Gandlin's good performance the bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan was crushed 91-67 on their home court in Ramat Gan by the much higher-ranked (#7) Ironi Nes-Ziona. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Gandlin also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Ironi Ramat Gan's 11th consecutive loss in a row. Gandlin's stats this year are: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.7apg in six games. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team three years ago.

Yauhen Massalski
Yauhen Massalski
   #7. U18 international forward Yauhen Massalski (204-99, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Perlas-MRU's victory against the fifth-ranked KTU (13-25) 69-64 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) last Saturday. Massalski was the top player that evening. He scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Perlas-MRU Vilnius (21-17) is placed fifth in Places 1-7 group. Massalski's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 4.5rpg. He is also Belarusian U18 national team player.

Denis Vikentsyeu
Denis Vikentsyeu
   #8. Power forward Denis Vikentsyeu (203-98, currently plays in Latvia) couldn't help Ventspils Augstskola (14-2) in their last game. Despite Vikentsyeu's very good performance the first-placed Ventspils Augstskola (14-2) lost 80-89 to the lower-ranked (#3) Madona in the Places 13-21 group. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. Vikentsyeu also added 2 blocks in 28 minutes. The Second Stage already ended. Vikentsyeu has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 10.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg in 24 games. He plays currently for the Belarusian U18 national team.

Vlad Mikulskiy
Vlad Mikulskiy
   #9. U18 international guard Vlad Mikulskiy (192-98, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Denis Vikentsyeu and both played together in the last Latvian LBL2 game. Mikulskiy couldn't help Ventspils Augstskola (14-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Ventspils Augstskola was defeated 89-80 by the lower-ranked Madona (#3) in the Places 13-21 group. Mikulskiy scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Mikulskiy averaged so far 13.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.4apg and 2.7spg. He is also in the roster of the Belarusian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Russia). Iurchik could not help Ryazan (5-16) to beat Universitet-Yugra (14-5). He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. But Ryazan was badly defeated 89-72 at home by the much higher-ranked Universitet-Yugra (#3). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Iurchik's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.

   #2. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Craiova in their game against Targu Mures (9-10) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Solopa recorded only 4 points. Craiova (#4) was defeated 85-77 on the road by the leading Targu Mures in the Places 7-10 group. Solopa's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 2.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Moldovan.

   #3. Mikita Balaban (201-C/F-96, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to secure a victory for KTU (13-25) in their game against Perlas-MRU (21-17) in the Lithuanian NKL (second division). Balaban recorded 8 points in only 10 minutes. KTU (#5) lost 62-75 in Vilnius to the lower-ranked (#5) Perlas-MRU in the Places 8-14 group. It was KTU's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Balaban's total stats are: 2.9ppg and 1.6rpg in 16 games he played so far. He has both Belarusian and Lithuanian nationalities.

   #4. Aleksandr Bogatyrev (178-PG-91, currently plays in Kazakhstan) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Kaspiy-2 (0-15) crushing them 96-56 in the Kazakhstan Higher League (second division) in Sunday night's game. Bogatyrev scored 9 points in only 14 minutes. MBK Irtysh Pavlodar (3-7) is placed second in Places 5-10 group. The Second Stage already ended. This year Bogatyrev's total stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.1rpg in 13 games.



Belarusian Premier League round 31 best performance: Andrei Aheyenka - by Eurobasket News

Shooting guard Andrei Aheyenka (193-SG-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked COR-Borisfen, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat GOCOR-Sozh (#9, 3-23) 94-80. COR-Borisfen maintains the 2nd position in Belarusian Premier League. COR-Borisfen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 24-2. In the team's last game Aheyenka had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at COR-Borisfen, through which he has constantly improved. Andrei Aheyenka averages this season 7.1ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Andrey Stavrovskiy (185-PG-97) of Tsmoki II. Stavrovskiy had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists. Of course he led Tsmoki II to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Grodno-93 (#1, 25-3) 103-83. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Tsmoki II consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 18-8 record is not bad at all. Stavrovskiy is one of the most experienced players at Tsmoki II and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Aliaksei Navoichyk (190-PG-01) of Prinemanye (#7). Navoichyk scored 28 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Prinemanye, leading his team to a 81-49 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Brest (#8, 4-24). Prinemanye can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-19 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Navoichyk he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Navoichyk has individually a great season in Belarus. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) of Grodno-93 - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Tsimafei Viaroukin (186-PG-93) of GOCOR-Sozh - 36 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Evgeni Ivanov (202-G/F-84) of COR-Borisfen - 29 points and 7 rebounds
7. Andrei Navoichyk (200-F-91) of Grodno-93 - 25 points and 3 rebounds
8. Aleksandr Kopacev (203-F/C-95) of GOCOR-Sozh - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sergey Tatur (194-G-91) of COR-Borisfen - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Pavel Suvorov (185-G-95) of Prinemanye - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - 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., Leuven14.8 
 7. Ware, Antwerp14.8 
 8. Samhan, Leuven14.5 
 9. Channels, Kango.14.4 
 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, Leuven6.7 
 4. Ware, Antwerp6.6 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .6.5 
 6. Simmons, Brussels6.5 
 7. Ubel, Brussels6.3 
 8. Fields, Liege6.3 
 9. Badji, Kangoeroes6.1 
 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, Brussels4.8 
 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, Leuven1.7 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 6. Hertay, Liege1.5 
 7. Simpson, Liege1.4 
 8. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 10. Djordjevic, Ooste.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. Fusek, Spirou0.9 
 7. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 8. Radenovic, Spirou0.7 
 9. Blair, Aalstar0.7 
 10. Ubel, Brussels0.7 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Lhoest, Ninane20.4 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.8 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.5 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco17.0 
 6. Baptista, Gistel O.16.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 8. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 9. Gorremans, Soba16.3 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.8 
 2. Dierickx, Ieper11.0 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele9.8 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.3 
 5. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.3 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.3 
 8. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.3 
 9. Fall, Ieper7.3 
 10. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.4.7 
 2. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.5 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.4 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.3 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.6 
 6. Kanda-K., Giants B3.3 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen3.3 
 8. Lhoest, Ninane3.2 
 9. Beaujean, Gembo B.2.9 
 10. Snyers, Houthalen2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.1 
 2. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.1 
 3. Benzouien, Royal B.2.1 
 4. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 5. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 6. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.5 
 7. Van-d., Ekeren1.5 
 8. Riahi, RPC A.1.4 
 9. Hall, Royal Brussels1.4 
 10. Lamot, Melsele1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Malick FALL
  Ieper
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1
 1. Fall, Ieper1.0 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele1.0 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 4. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 5. Argeerts, Ekeren0.7 
 6. Samaey, Waregem0.7 
 7. Dierickx, Ieper0.6 
 8. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.6 
 9. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 10. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.6 


Euromillions League Round 22: Basic-Fit Brussels beat Belfius Mons-Hainaut by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Eighth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-14) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (12-10) on Sunday. Basic-Fit Brussels managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected easier game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard TJ Bray (197-92, college: Princeton) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) replied with 22 points for Belfius Mons-Hainaut. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Basic-Fit Brussels moved-up to third place, which they share with Kangoeroes. Belfius Mons-Hainaut lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Basic-Fit Brussels is looking forward to face Kangoeroes (#3) in Willebroek in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play at home against Leuven Bears (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Spirou Charleroi (11-11) against seventh ranked Okapi Aalstar (12-11) on Friday night. Host Spirou Charleroi was defeated by Okapi Aalstar in a tough game in Charleroi 78-85. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) to lead the charge for the winners and Quincy Taylor chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side Serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to fifth place. Spirou Charleroi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Limburg United. Okapi Aalstar will play against Limburg United (#7) at home in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play against the league's second-placed Antwerp Giants and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Euromillions League top team - Oostende (18-4) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Limburg United (11-11) 78-57. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Limburg United. DJ Newbill notched 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Even 12 points by Benjamin Simons did not help to save the game for Limburg United. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Oostende have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-4 record. Limburg United at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Spirou. Oostende will meet at home bottom-ranked Liege Basket (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Limburg United will play against Okapi Aalstar (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 22 Kangoeroes beat Leuven on the road 90-76. Bottom-ranked Liege lost to Antwerp on its own court 87-91.

Brussels - Mons-Hainaut 83-81

Eighth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-14) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (12-10) on Sunday. Basic-Fit Brussels managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected easier game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard TJ Bray (197-92, college: Princeton) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) replied with 22 points and swingman Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Belfius Mons-Hainaut. Five Basic-Fit Brussels and four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Basic-Fit Brussels moved-up to third place, which they share with Kangoeroes. Belfius Mons-Hainaut lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Basic-Fit Brussels is looking forward to face Kangoeroes (#3) in Willebroek in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play at home against Leuven Bears (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 22+3reb+1ast, G.Green 18+5reb, I.Lasisi 14+3reb+4ast, J.Mann 12+7reb, L.Bosco 5+4reb+4ast, J.Cage 4+1reb+1ast
Brussels: T.Bray 22+2reb+3ast, C.Dowe 14+4reb+1ast, A.Lichodzijewski 12+3reb+3ast, J.Simmons 11+5reb, B.Ubel 10+8reb+4ast, D.Loubry 6+3ast
gschID: 478800


Leuven - Kangoeroes 76-90

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Kangoeroes (12-10) beat on the road 9th ranked Leuven Bears (6-16) 90-76 on Saturday. Kangoeroes forced 21 Leuven Bears turnovers and outrebounded them 43-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) notched 25 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the other American import forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) supported him with 17 points. Even a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds by Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) did not help to save the game for Leuven Bears. American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) added 14 points and 5 assists for lost side. Five Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kangoeroes have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Brussels. Leuven Bears lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost. Kangoeroes will meet at home Basic-Fit Brussels (#4) in the next round. Leuven Bears will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) in Jemappes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: O.Samhan 15+10reb+1ast, C.Miller-McIntyre 14+2reb+5ast, J.Delalieux 12+3reb+1ast, K.Billbury 11+3reb+4ast, T.Setty 10+4reb+2ast, C.Steindl 7+3reb+1ast
Kangoeroes: W.Channels 25+9reb+5ast, T.Henry 17+3reb+3ast, A.Chada 10+7reb+5ast, R.Oveneke 9+1ast, I.Williams 8+6reb+4ast, P.Badji 8+9reb
gschID: 478799


Liege - Antwerp 87-91

Very expected game when 10th ranked Liege Basket (6-17) lost at home to second ranked Antwerp Giants (15-7) 91-87 on Friday. Antwerp Giants made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) notched 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) supported him with 21 points. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by power forward Stephane Moris (208-86, agency: Promotex) did not help to save the game for Liege Basket. American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) added 17 points for lost side. Five Antwerp Giants and four Liege Basket players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-7 record having just three points less than leader Oostende. Liege Basket lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet at home Spirou Charleroi (#6) in the next round. Liege Basket will play against the league's leader Oostende (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Liege: D.Sweetney 17+3reb+2ast, J.Fields 16+4reb, S.Moris 14+6reb+3ast, V.Simpson 14+3reb+4ast, L.Giancaterino 9+1ast, L.Hazard 8+4reb
Antwerp: M.Smith 24+5reb+3ast, G.Ware 21+4reb+1ast, J.Clark 14+4reb+6ast, R.Anderson 13+7reb+5ast, C.Hawkins 11+6reb+4ast, D.Conger 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 478798


Limburg United - Oostende 57-78

Euromillions League top team - Oostende (18-4) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Limburg United (11-11) 78-57. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Limburg United. Oostende forced 21 Limburg United turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard DJ Newbill (193-92, college: Penn St.) notched 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Oostende players scored in double figures. Even 12 points by American forward Benjamin Simons (203-91, college: Drake) did not help to save the game for Limburg United. His fellow American import forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) added 9 points 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. Oostende have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-4 record. Limburg United at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Spirou. Oostende will meet at home bottom-ranked Liege Basket (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Limburg United will play against Okapi Aalstar (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: B.Simons 12+4reb, H.Vanwijn 9+5reb, S.Tuttle 9+2reb+4ast, Y.Desiron 8+2reb, D.Jansen 7+5reb, J.Anderson 4+3reb+5ast
Oostende: R.Katic 19+5reb+2ast, V.Kesteloot 16+2reb+2ast, D.Newbill 15+7reb+6ast, P.Gillet 15+8reb+3ast, K.Boukichou 6+2reb, D.Djordjevic 3+2reb+8ast
gschID: 478797


Spirou - Aalstar 78-85

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Spirou Charleroi (11-11) against seventh ranked Okapi Aalstar (12-11) on Friday night. Host Spirou Charleroi was defeated by Okapi Aalstar in a tough game in Charleroi 78-85. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Quincy Taylor (194-82, college: UAB, agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side Serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Ioann Iarochevitch (207-89) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Okapi Aalstar and five Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to fifth place. Spirou Charleroi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Limburg United. Okapi Aalstar will play against Limburg United (#7) at home in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play against the league's second-placed Antwerp Giants and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Spirou: I.Radenovic 14+7reb+3ast, I.Iarochevitch 13+6reb+3ast, A.Libert 12+3reb+4ast, A.Kemp 11+3reb, D.Richardson 11+2reb+2ast, J.Shepherd 8+2reb+1ast
Aalstar: Q.Taylor 16+3reb+2ast, J.Tofi 15+9reb+2ast, O.Troisfontaines 15+2reb+1ast, T.De Thaey 11+5reb+1ast, Y.Barrueta 11+1reb+1ast, S.Geukens 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 478796





Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Greek team Olympiacos to a victory against the 14th-ranked Maccabi T-A (8-16) 82-71 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Lojeski scored 15 points and added 4 passes in 24 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (17-7) is placed fourth in group A. It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 56.1%(46-82), 3FGP: 42.7% and FT: 81.3% in 23 games he played so far. Lojeski is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. Lojeski used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Valencia Basket (15-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Van Rossom's good performance Valencia Basket was defeated 71-63 on the road by the second-ranked Baskonia. He scored 10 points and added 5 assists. Van Rossom has been at the team for four years. This season Van Rossom averages: 5.1ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 81.3%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain). Hervelle contributed to a RETAbet BB's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-19) 86-79 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (10-11) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Hervelle plays seventh season for the team. This year Hervelle's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 26.0% and FT: 76.2% in 22 games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #4. Point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Axel Hervelle and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Tabu managed to help RETAbet Bilbao Basket to win against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-19) 86-79. He recorded only 3 points and added 6 passes. It's Tabu's first season with the team. Tabu's total stats this year are: 7.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. Tabu is also Belgian national team player.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #5. International power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help UCAM Murcia in their game against FC Barcelona (15-6) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count it as his best performance. Tumba scored only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. UCAM Murcia was edged 73-70 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked (#4) FC Barcelona. This year Tumba's total stats are: 2.8ppg and 4.3rpg in six games. He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian. Tumba plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Elias Lasisi
Elias Lasisi
   #6. Swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92, currently plays in France) helped Le Portel win their game against the 15th-ranked JDA Dijon (7-14) 80-70 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 9 points. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (9-12) is placed 11th in the ProA. This season Lasisi has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) could not help Monthey (13-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dubas' very good performance Monthey was defeated 90-84 on the road by the lower-ranked Neuchatel (#5). He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 16 rebounds. Dubas also added 3 assists and 3 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dubas' total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.

   #2. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) led Souffelweyersheim to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked CFBB (4-16) crushing them 98-52 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Kayembe scored 16 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. BC Souffelweyersheim (18-8) is placed third in the NM1. It's Kayembe's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg in 26 games he played so far. Kayembe is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #3. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help Cibona in their game against KK Zadar (8-16) in the ABA League. Coric cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Cibona was edged 85-84 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#12) KK_Zadar. It was Cibona's eighth consecutive loss in a row. Coric's team will play only one more game in the ABA League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Coric has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg in 15 games. He has both Belgian and Croatian nationalities.

   #4. Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) was not able to secure a victory for Leiden (14-8) in their game against Groningen (21-1) in the Dutch Eredivisie. Enobakhare cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only one point and grabbed 8 rebounds. Leiden was badly defeated 74-57 at home by the leading Groningen. Enobakhare has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1bpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and Belgian.

   #5. Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) couldn't help T71 (13-10) in their last game. Despite Jones' good performance the fifth-placed T71 (13-10) lost 81-92 on their home court in Dudelange to the leading Amicale in the Places 1-6 group. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.9apg and 2.6spg in seven games. Jones holds both Belgian and Luxembourg passports.

   #6. Stan Leemans (205-C-92, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Fribourg Olympic to win against the league outsider Winterthur crushing them 103-53 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. He scored only 2 points. Leemans has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.1rpg. He has Belgian and Swiss nationalities.

   #7. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) contributed to an ADA Blois' victory against the 11th-ranked Poitiers 73-62 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Pontens scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. Pontens has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.7apg in 17 games. He has dual citizenship: Belgian and French.



Top Division I Round 23: Gent Hawks edge Waregem by one point - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Top Division I is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Top Division I took place in Gent. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Waregem (15-7) to first ranked Gent Hawks (18-4) 62-61 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 15-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gent Hawks outrebounded Waregem 42-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Joeri Vermoessen (200-93) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Joren Vermoessen (201-93) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Center Bart-Willy Samaey (199-87) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Gent Hawks maintains first place with 18-4 record. Waregem lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Gent Hawks are looking forward to face Ieper (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Waregem will play against Ekeren (#13) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Antwerpen. Second ranked Oxaco (16-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Soba (12-10) 88-87 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Soba. Guard Nick Celis (196-88) saved the victory by scoring 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Sam Van-Hoey contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds for Soba. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Oxaco maintains second place with 16-6 record having just two points less than leader Gent Hawks, which they share with Gembo BBC. Soba at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Oxaco will play against Houthalen (#5) at home in the next round. Soba will play against Royal Brussels and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Eighth-ranked Melsele (9-13) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Houthalen (14-9) on Sunday. Houthalen managed to secure only one-point victory 58-57. However their fans expected easier game. It was a great evening for Bart Maesen who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Patrick Hilliman responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Houthalen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-9 record. Loser Melsele keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Royal Brussels. Houthalen will meet league's second-placed Oxaco in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Melsele will play against Gistel Oostende (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Ekeren managed to get a sixth victory. This time newly promoted Ekeren edged seventh-ranked Giants B 73-71. It was an exceptional evening for Dave Van-den-Brande who led the winners and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Ekeren (6-15) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with RPC Anderlecht. Giants B at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Ekeren's next round opponent will be higher ranked Waregem (#4) in Waregem and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Leader Gent Hawks delivered the eighteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 12th ranked RPC Anderlecht (6-15) 97-66. The best player for the winners was Joeri Vermoessen who scored 23 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. Gent Hawks maintains first place with 18-4 record. Newly promoted RPC Anderlecht dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Gent Hawks will face Ieper (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. RPC Anderlecht will play against Ninane and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ieper was defeated by Gembo BBC in Borgerhout 84-67. Gistel Oostende beat Ninane at home 87-73. Giants B won against Royal Brussels on the opponent's court 72-70. Houthalen outscored Ieper in a home game 99-76.
The best stats of 23th round was 21 points by Darnell Snyers of Houthalen.

Houthalen - Melsele 58-57

Eighth-ranked Melsele (9-13) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Houthalen (14-9) on Sunday. Houthalen managed to secure only one-point victory 58-57. However their fans expected easier game. Houthalen held Melsele to an opponent 21.3 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.7 percent accuracy of the winners. Houthalen had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Bart Maesen (198-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Chiel Koonings (180-90) helped adding 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized DR Congolese forward Armand Kabeya (198-88, agency: Promotex) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Houthalen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-9 record. Loser Melsele keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Royal Brussels. Houthalen will meet league's second-placed Oxaco in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Melsele will play against Gistel Oostende (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Houthalen: B.Maesen 14+13reb+4ast, C.Koonings 11+9reb+4ast, D.Snyers 11+3reb+1ast, Y.De Leeuw 7+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 5+4reb, D.Clemente 3+3reb+2ast
Melsele: P.Hilliman 16+12reb, A.Kabeya 13+5reb+1ast, I.Perez 7+4reb+1ast, T.Lamot 6+3reb+1ast, Z.Schoovaerts 0, Y.Eillyas 0
gschID: 488865


Gembo BBC - Ieper 84-67

There was no surprise in Borgerhout where 11th ranked Ieper (8-15) was defeated by third ranked Gembo BBC (16-6) 84-67 on Sunday. Gembo BBC dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Ieper's 36. Gembo BBC forced 21 Ieper turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Ieper's players. The best player for the winners was Jens Bouckaert (-91) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Eli Van-Aken (193-85) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Gembo BBC players scored in double figures. Center Gilles Dierickx (213-92, college: Seattle Pacific) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Robin Mestdagh (195-88, college: E.Kentucky) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Gembo BBC moved-up to second place, which they share with Oxaco. Ieper lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Gembo BBC will face Giants B (#7) in Antwerp in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ieper will play at home against the league's leader Gent Hawks (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gembo BBC: B.Iliaens 20+3reb+1ast, E.Van Aken 18+5reb+2ast, J.Bouckaert 17+10reb+6ast, A.Vermeersch 15+8reb+1ast, P.Van Rillaer 9+6reb+1ast, T.Beaujean 3+1reb+5ast
Ieper: G.Dierickx 16+12reb, R.Mestdagh 16+2reb+2ast, O.Maes 12+2reb+3ast, R.Luyten 8+2reb+1ast, A.Schepens 8+3reb+2ast, J.Vandermeersch 4+1reb
gschID: 488864


Gistel Oostende - Ninane 87-73

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Gistel Oostende (7-15) defeated at home 10th ranked Ninane (8-13) 87-73 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was power forward Tim Lambrecht (206-98, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Sam Hemeleers (180-95) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists. Five Gistel Oostende players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Francois Lhoest (196-85) produced a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and guard Sebastien Maio (190-78) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Gistel Oostende have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Ninane keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Gistel Oostende will face higher ranked Melsele (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Gistel Oostende: L.Kotrulja 17+4reb+1ast, T.Lambrecht 16+10reb+2ast, A.Baptista 15+3reb+2ast, S.Hemeleers 13+3reb+7ast, N.Fogang Tchenjou 12+6reb+1ast, S.Buysschaert 7+2reb
Ninane: F.Lhoest 36+11reb+2ast, S.Maio 17+2reb+3ast, J.Dedave 10+4reb, G.Henrard 4+3reb, X.Colette 2+4reb+3ast, R.Fassotte 2+5reb+3ast
gschID: 488863


Ekeren - Giants B 73-71

Bottom-ranked Ekeren managed to get a sixth victory. This time newly promoted Ekeren edged seventh-ranked Giants B 73-71. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Giants B won fourth quarter 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ekeren made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Dave Van-den-Brande (189-82) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Center Pieter De-Cock (198-93) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Point guard Philippe Peeters (188-95) came up with 24 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (186-96) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Giants B in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Ekeren (6-15) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with RPC Anderlecht. Giants B at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Ekeren's next round opponent will be higher ranked Waregem (#4) in Waregem and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Ekeren: D.Van den Brande 17+7reb+1ast, Z.Peeters 12, P.De Cock 11+6reb+1ast, A.Rojas Palma 9+1reb+2ast, M.Rademakers 9+4reb, M. Argeerts 5+3reb+1ast
Giants B: P.Peeters 24+5reb+1ast, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 16+5reb+2ast, R.Rogiers 7+5reb, T.Vervoort 6+2reb+1ast, V.Gielen 6+3reb, B.De Valck 6+5reb
gschID: 488861


Gent Hawks - Waregem 62-61

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Top Division I took place in Gent. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Waregem (15-7) to first ranked Gent Hawks (18-4) 62-61 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 15-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gent Hawks outrebounded Waregem 42-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Joeri Vermoessen (200-93) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Joren Vermoessen (201-93) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Center Bart-Willy Samaey (199-87) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Gent Hawks maintains first place with 18-4 record. Waregem lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Gent Hawks are looking forward to face Ieper (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Waregem will play against Ekeren (#13) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: J.Vermoessen 16+10reb+1ast, J.Vermoessen 10+7reb+2ast, R.Van den Berghe 9+4reb+1ast, M.Verspeeten 8+1reb+1ast, R.Spaens 7+4reb+3ast, J.Delobbe 4+11reb+3ast
Waregem: L.De Lepeleire 16+2reb+1ast, B.Willy Samaey 14+8reb+1ast, B.Guillemyn 11+7reb+2ast, S.De Clerck 8+1ast, T.Foucart 7+1reb+2ast, S.Naudts 3+2reb
gschID: 488859


Soba - Oxaco 87-88

Important game to mention about took place in Antwerpen. Second ranked Oxaco (16-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Soba (12-10) 88-87 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Soba. Soba was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Nick Celis (196-88) saved the victory by scoring 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and forward Dries Bogaerts (200-86) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Soba. Five Soba players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Oxaco maintains second place with 16-6 record having just two points less than leader Gent Hawks, which they share with Gembo BBC. Soba at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Oxaco will play against Houthalen (#5) at home in the next round. Soba will play against Royal Brussels and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: N.Celis 28+6reb+6ast, S.Van Hoey 23+5reb+1ast, M.De Meyer 17+2reb, S.Gevers 6+1reb, G.Nau 5, C.Pegg 5+1reb+2ast
Soba: M.Gorremans 23+5reb+2ast, Y.Deville 17+3reb+2ast, D.Bogaerts 16+8reb+2ast, K.van Kempen 10+5reb+3ast, R.Haerbos 10+1reb+3ast, A.Ibens 5
gschID: 488862


Round 14
RPC Anderlecht - Gent Hawks 66-97

Leader Gent Hawks delivered the eighteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 12th ranked RPC Anderlecht (6-15) 97-66. Gent Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Joeri Vermoessen (200-93) who scored 23 points. Forward Maxime Verspeeten (194-94) chipped in 17 points. Four Gent Hawks players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-88) produced 12 points and Yannick Moray (199-91) added 9 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gent Hawks maintains first place with 18-4 record. Newly promoted RPC Anderlecht dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Gent Hawks will face Ieper (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. RPC Anderlecht will play against Ninane and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: J.Vermoessen 23+3reb+1ast, M.Verspeeten 17+2reb+3ast, R.Spaens 14+3reb, L.Lhote 11+7ast, J.Vermoessen 9+2reb+1ast, G.De Pooter 9+5reb+1ast
RPC Anderlecht: G.Hockins 12+3reb+1ast, Y.Moray 9+4reb+2ast, C.Tshimuanga 7+6reb+1ast, S.Chapelle 7+1reb+2ast, C.Jouniaux 6+2reb+3ast, A.Vandervelden 6+1ast
gschID: 524453


Round 3
Royal Brussels - Giants B 70-72

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Royal Brussels (9-13) were edged at home by seventh ranked Giants B (10-13) 72-70 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was point guard Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (186-96) who scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Roby Rogiers (202-97, agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Thomas Creppy (197-90) produced 19 points and American swingman Adam Hall (198-80, college: Virginia) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Giants B maintains seventh place with 10-13 record. Royal Brussels lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Giants B will face higher ranked Gembo BBC (#3) in Borgerhout in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Royal Brussels will play at home against Soba (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Giants B: O.Kanda-Kanyinda 23+6reb+6ast, R.Rogiers 14+7reb, L.Coppens 12+2reb+1ast, B.Van Den Broek 6+7reb+1ast, T.Vervoort 6+2reb, M.Mwendanga 4+2reb+2ast
Royal Brussels: T.Creppy 19+4reb+2ast, A.Hall 18+2reb+3ast, R.Benzouien 12+1reb+8ast, E.Vangu 7+9reb+2ast, C.De Medina 7+2reb, L.Loris 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 495604


Houthalen - Ieper 99-76

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Houthalen (14-9) outscored at home 11th ranked Ieper (8-15) 99-76 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-76. Houthalen dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Ieper's 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Ieper's players. The best player for the winners was point guard Chiel Koonings (180-90) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. Guard Darnell Snyers (181-98) chipped in 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Houthalen players scored in double figures. Houthalen's coach Ronnie McCollum felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Alexander Schepens (191-93) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and center Gilles Dierickx (213-92, college: Seattle Pacific) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Houthalen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-9 record. Ieper lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Houthalen will face league's second-placed Oxaco in Boechout in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ieper will play at home against the league's leader Gent Hawks (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Houthalen: D.Snyers 21+4reb+2ast, T.Ceyssens 20+4reb+1ast, C.Koonings 18+3reb+6ast, B.Maesen 12+4reb+7ast, V.Jatulevicius 11+7reb+1ast, J.Smith 5+3reb
Ieper: A.Schepens 22+7reb+1ast, G.Dierickx 16+7reb+1ast, R.Mestdagh 13+5reb+1ast, M.Diop 9+6reb+1ast, R.Luyten 6, K.Devacht 5+2reb+2ast
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NEBL Round 7: Orange Walk RR beat Smart Belize H. by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 7 in the NEBL took place in Belize City. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Smart Belize H. (2-4) to fourth ranked Orange Walk RR (3-2) 86-84 on Sunday evening. Smart Belize H. trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 34-19 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 84-86 at the end of the game. Orange Walk RR moved-up to second place, which they share with Dangriga W. Defending champion Smart Belize H. dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. They share it with Belmopan B. and Belize City NL. Orange Walk RR is looking forward to face league's second-placed Dangriga W. at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Smart Belize H. will play against Cayo Western B. (#4) in San Ignacio and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Cayo Western B. (3-3) against seventh ranked Belize City NL (2-4) on Friday night. Visiting Cayo Western B. was defeated by Belize City NL in a tough game in Belize City 72-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cayo Western B.. Belize City NL moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Belmopan B. and Smart Belize H. Cayo Western B. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Belize City NL will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cayo Western B. will play at home against Smart Belize H. (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Belmopan was also quite interesting. Third ranked Dangriga W. (3-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Belmopan B. (2-4). Dangriga W. managed to secure a 9-point victory 90-81 on Thursday. Dangriga W. moved-up to second place, which they share with Orange Walk RR. Belmopan B. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Belize City NL and Smart Belize H.. Dangriga W. will meet Orange Walk RR (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belmopan B. will play against the league's leader San Pedro T. and hope to secure a win.

Smart Belize H. - Orange Walk RR 84-86

The most exciting game of round 7 in the NEBL took place in Belize City. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Smart Belize H. (2-4) to fourth ranked Orange Walk RR (3-2) 86-84 on Sunday evening. Smart Belize H. trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 34-19 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 84-86 at the end of the game. Orange Walk RR moved-up to second place, which they share with Dangriga W. Defending champion Smart Belize H. dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. They share it with Belmopan B. and Belize City NL. Orange Walk RR is looking forward to face league's second-placed Dangriga W. at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Smart Belize H. will play against Cayo Western B. (#4) in San Ignacio and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 535904


Belize City NL - Cayo Western B. 79-72

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Cayo Western B. (3-3) against seventh ranked Belize City NL (2-4) on Friday night. Visiting Cayo Western B. was defeated by Belize City NL in a tough game in Belize City 72-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cayo Western B.. Belize City NL moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Belmopan B. and Smart Belize H. Cayo Western B. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Belize City NL will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cayo Western B. will play at home against Smart Belize H. (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 535903


Belmopan B. - Dangriga W. 81-90

The game in Belmopan was also quite interesting. Third ranked Dangriga W. (3-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Belmopan B. (2-4). Dangriga W. managed to secure a 9-point victory 90-81 on Thursday. Belmopan B. was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 31-16 charge of Dangriga W., which allowed them to win the game. Dangriga W. moved-up to second place, which they share with Orange Walk RR. Belmopan B. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Belize City NL and Smart Belize H.. Dangriga W. will meet Orange Walk RR (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belmopan B. will play against the league's leader San Pedro T. and hope to secure a win.
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  BOSNIA  


Zack Wright selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Monaco (12-2) in their last game. Despite Wright's good performance the first-placed Monaco (12-2) was edged 69-68 on the road by the second-ranked AEK Athens in the group A of Basketball Champions League. He was the top scorer with 11 points. Wright also added 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in 26 minutes on the court. Wright has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.6apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 40.2%, 3FGP: 29.6% in 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Wright is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). Djedovic was the major contributor in a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the 14th-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (6-16) crushing them 108-73 in the German BBL last Sunday. He scored 17 points and had 4 steals. FC Bayern Muenchen (19-3) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. It's Djedovic's fourth season with the team. This year Djedovic averages: 9.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 59.0%(49-83), 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 82.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German. Djedovic is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Croatia). He led Cedevita to a victory over the league outsider Kvarner (2-17) crushing them 75-43 in the Croatian A1 on Thursday night. Musa was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Musa also added 3 assists in 26 minutes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (13-5) is placed fifth in the A1. This year Musa has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 77.6% in 13 games. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #4. Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help ALBA Berlin (15-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kikanovic's very good performance ALBA Berlin was defeated 81-76 in Goettingen by the much lower-ranked BG Goettingen (#12). He was the top scorer with 24 points. Kikanovic also added 3 passes. Kikanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg. Kikanovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Adin Vrabac
Adin Vrabac
   #5. International shooting guard Adin Vrabac (204-94, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Partizan's victory against the league outsider Krka (7-18) 94-80 in the ABA League on Sunday night. Vrabac recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. BC Partizan NiS Beograd (19-6) is placed third in the ABA League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the ABA League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Vrabac's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.7apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Vrabac plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #6. Center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (35-28) 114-109 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. Nurkic also added 6 assists and 5 blocks in 38 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers have 26-34 record this season. Nurkic has very impressive stats this year: 14.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.5bpg and 1.7spg in six games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #7. International forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) helped GKK Sibenik edge the seventh-ranked KK Vrijednosnice Osijek (10-9) 81-80 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. GKK Sibenik (15-4) is placed third in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Halilovic's first season with the team. Halilovic has reliable stats this year: 14.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4bpg and 1.3spg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Aleksandar Lazic
Aleksandar Lazic
   #8. Swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in a Dynamic BG's victory against the closely-ranked Mladost ZE (11-8) 83-74 in the Serbian KLS in Sunday night's game. Lazic was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Dynamic BG Beograd (15-4) is placed second in the KLS. Lazic's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #9. International power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to secure a victory for Cibona (11-14) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Sulejmanovic's good performance Cibona was edged 85-84 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked KK_Zadar (#12). He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Sulejmanovic's team will play only one more game in the ABA League Regular Season. Sulejmanovic's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 4.0rpg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Jozo Brkic
Jozo Brkic
   #10. Power forward Jozo Brkic (211-86, currently plays in Croatia) couldn't help Jolly (15-4) in their last game. Despite Brkic's good performance Jolly lost 72-84 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#6) KK_Zadar. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds in 20 minutes. This year Brkic's overall stats are: 9.6ppg and 4.5rpg in 17 games. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Brkic is also a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. International center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Demir IBB (6-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Demir IBB was defeated 78-67 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Gaziantep (#7). Stipanovic scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Stipanovic's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International swingman Nikola Gajic (195-91, college: SF Austin, currently plays in Slovenia) helped KK Primorska win their game against the closely-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj 85-76 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Friday night's game. He scored 13 points, grabbed 7 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 34 minutes. This year Gajic's total stats are: 9.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg in 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. Former U18 international small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, currently plays in Croatia) helped KK Zadar win their game against one of league's weakest teams H.Analitica crushing them 96-73 in the Croatian A1 last Saturday. Ramljak recorded 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Ramljak has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team twelve years ago.

   #14. International point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help FC Barcelona in their game against CSKA in the Euroleague. Renfroe scored 5 points. His team was crushed by 24 points 85-61. Renfroe has averaged so far 4.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

   #15. Former international power forward Miroslav Todic (205-85, agency: Diamond Sports, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Promitheas in their game against AEK Athens in the Greek A1, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Todic was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 19 points 86-67. Todic's stats this year are: 11.2ppg and 5.4rpg in 11 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in ABA League) led his Croatian team KK Zadar to a surprising victory over the sixth-ranked Cibona (11-14) 85-84 in the ABA League last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Barac scored 26 points (!!!), had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 40 minutes. KK Zadar (8-16) is placed 12th in the ABA League. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Barac has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.9apg in 23 games he played so far.

   #2. Marko Dujkovic (226-C-90, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Metalac's victory against the closely-ranked KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (10-9) 100-97 in the Serbian KLS on Sunday night. Dujkovic had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 9 blocks in 40 minutes. Metalac Farmakom Valjevo (9-10) is placed tenth in the KLS. This year Dujkovic's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.2bpg in 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYR Macedonian.

   #3. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) led Borac to a victory against the closely-ranked Dunav SB (11-8) 81-69 in the Serbian KLS last Sunday. Todorovic had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 15 rebounds in 36 minutes. KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (14-5) is placed third in the KLS. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. Todorovic's stats this year are: 13.4ppg and 6.5rpg in 19 games.

   #4. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Zlatorog's victory against the fifth-ranked Rogaska (12-8) 61-55 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Saturday night. He scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Zlatorog Lasko (17-4) is placed first in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Rizvic averaged so far 13.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.4apg.

   #5. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) led Helios to a victory over the closely-ranked Krka (16-5) 84-78 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Wednesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Atanackovic scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. Helios Suns Domzale (12-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Nova KBM. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Atanackovic's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2spg in 20 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #6. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) could not help Movil Estudiantes (16-5) in their last game. Despite Suton's very good performance Movil Estudiantes lost 71-77 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#14) Joventut. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Suton also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Suton's total stats are: 7.9ppg and 5.7rpg in 22 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #7. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help Cibona (11-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bosnjak's good performance Cibona was defeated 100-88 at home by the lower-ranked Mega Leks (#9). He recorded 10 points and added 3 assists. Bosnjak's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg.

   #8. Experienced Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in a Hopsi Polzela's victory against the league outsider Portoroz 70-66 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Friday night. Cup was the top player that evening. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. Cup's stats this year are: 14.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in 19 games. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #9. Fahro Alihodzic (208-C-89, college: UAB, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Irakleio crushing them 101-49 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Alihodzic was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Alihodzic averaged so far 13.4ppg and 6.2rpg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and British passports.

   #10. Stefan Matic (196-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Spartak's victory against the closely-ranked Tamis 74-60 in the Serbian KLS in Sunday night's game. Matic recorded 13 points. Matic has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.2apg.



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Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Luiz NEPOMUCENO
  Santos/M.
  (193-G-95)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.16.5 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.13.0 
 3. Filho, Botafogo.13.0 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.11.0 
 5. Bispo, Botafogo.11.0 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.10.5 
 7. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.10.0 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.9.0 
 9. Perez, Botafogo.8.5 
 10. Machado, Santos/M.8.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wesley RUSSELL
  Botafogo.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 9
 1. Russell, Botafogo.9.0 
 2. Bispo, Botafogo.6.0 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.5.0 
 4. Moreira, Botafogo.4.5 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.4.0 
 6. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.4.0 
 7. Correa, Botafogo.3.5 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.3.5 
 9. Serejo, Santos/M.3.5 
 10. Machado, Santos/M.3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.0 
 2. Russell, Botafogo.3.0 
 3. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.0 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.1.5 
 5. Serejo, Santos/M.1.5 
 6. Machado, Santos/M.1.0 
 7. Moreira, Botafogo.1.0 
 8. Perez, Botafogo.1.0 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.0.5 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.0.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ricardo DE AZEVEDO
  Santos/M.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.1.5 
 2. Russell, Botafogo.1.5 
 3. Machado, Santos/M.1.0 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.0 
 5. Moreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.0.5 
 7. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.0.5 
 8. Correa, Botafogo.0.5 
 9. de Brito, Santos/M.0.0 
 10. Pinheiro, Santos/M.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Luis Fernando LIMA
  Santos/M.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lima, Santos/M.1.5 
 2. Perez, Botafogo.0.5 
 3. Machado, Santos/M.0.5 
 4. Barbosa, Santos/M.0.5 
 5. Filho, Botafogo.0.0 
 6. de Brito, Santos/M.0.0 
 7. Ruiz, Botafogo F.R.0.0 
 8. da-Silva, Botafogo.0.0 
 9. Pinheiro, Santos/M.0.0 
 10. Correa, Botafogo.0.0 


Vitor Faverani selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Vitor Faverani (212-88, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a 3-point victory over the 15th-ranked UCAM Murcia (7-15) 73-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Faverani was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. FC Barcelona Lassa (15-6) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. Faverani has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 59.3%(16-27), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 69.6% in five games he played so far. He played for the Brazilian senior national team four years ago.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). Hilario led Houston Rockets to an easy victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (38-25) 122-103 in the NBA last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Houston Rockets have a solid 44-20 record this season. It's Hilario's first year with the team. This year Hilario has relatively solid stats: 8.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 62.6%(176-281), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 59.3%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA). Barbosa led Phoenix Suns to an easy victory against the Charlotte Hornets (29-34) 120-103 in the NBA on Thursday night. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. The Phoenix Suns have not so impressive 21-42 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Barbosa's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 87.5% in 59 games. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #4. Center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Euroleague). Lima could not help Zalgiris (10-14) to beat Fenerbahce (16-8). He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The tenth-placed Zalgiris (10-14) was defeated 76-67 at home by the higher-ranked Fenerbahce (#5) in the group A of Euroleague. It's Lima's first season with the team. Lima's total stats this year are: 4.9ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #5. Former international point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help La ICL Manresa (3-19) in their last game. Despite Machado's very good performance the bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa lost 77-85 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#8) Andorra. He was the top scorer with 20 points in 29 minutes. It was La ICL Manresa's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Machado's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg in 11 games. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

Lucas Siewert
Lucas Siewert
   #6. Center Lucas Siewert (202-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Colorado to an easy victory against the Stanford University (15-2) 91-72 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Siewert scored 15 points. The University of Colorado has 5-8 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Siewert has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Brazilian team three years ago.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #7. International power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Chicago Bulls (31-32) in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (38-25) in the NBA. Felicio scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. The Chicago Bulls (31-32) lost 91-101 in Los Angeles to the Clippers. Felicio has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 4.9rpg in 54 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Tulio Da Silva
Tulio Da Silva
   #8. Forward Tulio Da Silva (201-96, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the S.Florida (1-12) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Da Silva's good performance the S.Florida was edged 59-56 in Orlando by the University of Central Florida. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Da Silva has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg and 6.9rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team back in 2014.

Lucas Tischer
Lucas Tischer
   #9. Former international center Lucas Tischer (208-83, currently plays in Chile) couldn't help CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (20-2) in their last game. Despite Tischer's very good performance CD Tinguiririca San Fernando lost 83-89 in Quilpue to the leading Los Leones in the Conferencia Centro. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Tischer also added 7 rebounds in 40 minutes. Tischer has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 8.3rpg and 3.0apg in nine games. Tischer used to play for the Brazilian national team eleven years ago.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #10. Shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Vitor Faverani in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Benite couldn't help UCAM Murcia (7-15) in their game against FC Barcelona (15-6). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Benite scored only 3 points. UCAM Murcia was edged 73-70 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked FC Barcelona (#4). Benite's stats this season are: 12.2ppg and 1.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Raul Neto (185-92, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Utah Jazz in a victory against the New Orleans Pelicans 88-83 in the NBA last Monday. Neto scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. This year Neto averages just 2.1ppg in 32 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #12. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet in their game against Gipuzkoa in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. His team lost 65-71. Demetrio averaged so far 10.9ppg and 5.8rpg in 26 games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

   #13. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc crushing them 92-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Cobos scored only 2 points in 26 minutes. Cobos has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 23 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international forward Guilherme Verardo (198-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Slippery Rock University in their game against the Mercyhurst College in the NCAA2. Verardo cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 88-73 in the NCAA2. Verardo has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian U19 national team back in 2013.

   #15. Former U19 international forward Dimitris Sousa (198-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the The University of Virginia Coll. Wise in their game against the Glenville State College in the NCAA2. Sousa scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 84-66 in the NCAA2. Sousa has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg and 4.2rpg in 23 games. He used to play for the Brazilian U19 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked CB Prat (10-16) 97-79 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. Dos Anjos scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (17-9) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2bpg.

   #2. Rafael Barbosa (191-F-91, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Barbera Team Values to win against the second-ranked Sant Adria (16-5) 94-86 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Sunday. Barbosa recorded only one point and grabbed 4 rebounds. Barbera Team Values (12-7) is placed fourth in Group C-B. Barbosa has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 4.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #3. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France). Faroux could not help Lorient (10-16) to beat Caen (20-6). He scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 29 minutes. Lorient lost 92-97 on the road to the leading Caen. Faroux has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in 23 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and French. Despite Faroux's Brazilian nationality, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #4. Experienced Daniel Aleixo (210-C-0, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Real Betis SVL 2 in their game against Novaschool (6-4) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Aleixo recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Real Betis SVL 2 (#8) was defeated 88-79 in Malaga by the higher-ranked Novaschool (#3) in the Group D Perman. It was Real Betis SVL 2's fifth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Aleixo has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 3.9rpg.

   #5. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to secure a victory for Guifoes (9-10) in their game against Belenenses CF (4-3) in the Portuguese Proliga (second division). He recorded only 4 points in 20 minutes. his team was edged 54-51 at home by the lower-ranked (#4) Belenenses CF in the Places 9-16 group. Ribeiro has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.8rpg in 19 games.

   #6. Gabriel de Oliveira (206-PF-97, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Iserlohn in their game against RSV Eintracht in the German ProB (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. de Oliveira recorded only 2 points. His team was crushed by 22 points 92-70. de Oliveira has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.1rpg. He has both Brazilian and German nationalities.

   #7. Felipe Rocha (203-F-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Union University, TN in their game against the University of Alabama in Huntsville in the NCAA2. Rocha cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 85-73 in the NCAA2. Rocha has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg.

   #8. Leandro Miranda (205-C-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Ponferrada CDP (11-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Ponferrada CDP (#7) was crushed 101-74 in Santiago de Camp. by the lower-ranked Rosalia (#9) in the Group A-B. Miranda recorded 10 points. Miranda has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3bpg.



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Carey & Bronc's fall to Iona - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islander Norville Carey (201-F-93) and the Rider University Men's Basketball team ended their MAAC Conference Campaign with a defeat, 88-70, to number 3 seed Iona on Saturday March 4, 2017.
All five Rider University men's basketball starters scored in double figures, but the sixth-seeded saw their hopes of a Championship disappear at the Times Union Center and with the loss, the Broncs fall to 18-15.

The Gaels (20-12) move on to face second-seeded Saint Peter's in the semifinals tomorrow night, March 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Freshman Stevie Jordan (Bensalem, PA/Conwell-Egan/API) scored a team-high 19 points and added a career-high 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. Kahlil Thomas (Parkway, FL/Blanche Ely) compiled his MAAC-leading 12th double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Xavier Lundy (Paulsboro, NJ/Paulsboro) added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Norville S. Carey (Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian) chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds, while Jimmie Taylor (Branford, FL/Suwannee) rounded out the double-figures scorers with 11 points.

Rickey McGill led Iona with 25 points, six assists and four steals. Schadrac Casimir contributed 22 points, while Jordan Washington finished with 16 points. Deyshonee Much also chipped in with 10 points.

'We just didn't play well today,' said Rider Head Coach Kevin Baggett. 'We didn't start off the game the right way. Too many turnovers early on. Those guys were the aggressors. They made shots today.'



Smith nets 14 as Bristol Flyers beat Sheffield Sharks - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Behind a 14-point performance by Virgin Islander Leslee Smith (203-F-90, college: Nebraska), the Bristol Flyers beat Sheffield, 82-69 on Saturday March 4, 2017 and strengthened their hold on a play-off berth.
The Sheffield Sharks started the game with Rashawn Rembert scoring a three-point field goal to open the scoring, followed by a quick dump inside for the easy lay-up. Looking to build a lead, Sheffield worked the ball in the paint but were stripped by Brandon Boggs who went coast-to-coast for the fastbreak bucket.

Flyers then shut out the Sheffield offence forcing them into a 24-second shot clock violation and a Leslee Smith block. Bristol were playing good defence but struggled to rebound as Sharks had a 13-4 advantage on the boards.

This allowed the visitors to slowly build a lead over the course of the first period. Flyers tried to be more physical on defence but this only resulted in putting Sheffield to the free throw line for extra points. After one Sharks led 10-20.

Flyers closed the gap at the beginning of the second with Smith converting two made free-throws and Mike Vigor sinking a three-pointer. Bristol worked hard on defence but Sharks countered by calmly working the ball around and finding Jordan Davis for a three as the shot clock expired.

Sensing Flyers' offensive surge Sharks deployed full court pressure, but Hameed Ali broke through the Sharks for a baseline drive cutting the deficit to five points. Aaron Cosby followed suit by slashing through the Sheffield defence for an And-1 finger-roll.

Suddenly, it was the visitors committing needless fouls and were in the penalty for the final three minutes of the half. Flyers took advantage by attacking the basket and going to the line for free-throws. As the second quarter came to a close Bristol trailed 33-38.

Sheffield scored on their opening possession of the third with a text book pick and roll. Sharks' Mike Tuck then worked inside for the fade-away bank shot to add to the visitors' advantage. The offensive onslaught continued with Rembert beating the shot clock for a corner three.

Flyers tried to counter by attacking the rim but could not find a basket. Though the momentum rested with Sharks the game remained tight, with only five points separating the teams.

The comeback

The contest seemed destined to be decided in the fourth quarter, as beautiful spin move lay-up by Vigor kept Flyers in striking distance and forced a time out call by Sharks' coach Atiba Lyons.

Ali drove hard under the basket to score a wrap around lay-up and Flyers trailed 53-56.

Flyers tied the game on their first possession of the fourth quarter, with Cosby hitting a shot from behind the arc, but Sharks came returned with a three of their own.

Finally, Flyers took the lead with Boggs finding an opening in Sharks' defence for the lay-up. Ali then found Daniel Edozie inside for the two. Sheffield stormed back up court but failed to score, Ali grabbed the rebound out of the air and swung the ball to Cosby for the corner three.

Smith added 7 rebounds and 1 assist to his night's work.



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NBL Round 20: Lukoil Acad. beat Balkan by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-ranked Balkan (9-9) was very close to win a game against first ranked Lukoil Acad. (15-3) in Sofia on Saturday. Lukoil Acad. managed to secure only three-point victory 62-59. However their fans expected much easier game. Ukrainian power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. The former international guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Montenegrin guard Amin Hott (192-92) replied with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Balkan. Balkan's coach Nebojsa Vidic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-3 record. Balkan lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Spartak Pleven. Lukoil Acad. are looking forward to face Cherno More (#7) in Varna in the next round where they are favorite. Balkan will play on the road against Academik Plovdiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh-ranked Cherno More (5-13) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Rilski (11-7) in Samokov. Rilski managed to secure only three-point victory 97-94. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds and Yordan Bozov who added 23 points and 4 assists during the contest. Guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) responded with 40 points (!!!) and 4 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rilski have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 11-7 record. Cherno More lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. Rilski will play against bottom-ranked Levski (#9) in Sofia in the next round where they are favorite. Cherno More will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Acad. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between 9th ranked Levski (4-14) and third ranked Beroe (12-6) in Sofia on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Stara Zagora beat Levski 91-74. The winners were led by Omari Gudul who scored that evening 21 points and 7 rebounds. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Veselin Veselinov did not help to save the game for Levski. Beroe have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Levski at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Beroe will meet Yambol (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Levski will play against Rilski and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 20 Yambol was beaten by Spartak Pleven on the road 95-88.
The most impressive performance of 20th round was 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by Brandis Raley-Ross of Beroe.

Levski - Beroe 74-91

The game between 9th ranked Levski (4-14) and third ranked Beroe (12-6) in Sofia on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Stara Zagora beat Levski 91-74. They outrebounded Levski 37-22 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Beroe looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Levski's players. The winners were led by DR Congolese forward Omari Gudul (208-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) who scored that evening 21 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by the former international forward Veselin Veselinov (202-83, college: W.Virginia St.) did not help to save the game for Levski. International guard Evgeni Hadjirusev (193-95) added 14 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Five Beroe and four Levski players scored in double figures. Beroe have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Levski at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Beroe will meet Yambol (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Levski will play against Rilski and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beroe: O.Gudul 21+7reb, B.Raley-Ross 15+5reb+6ast, S.Gibson 14+2reb+3ast, S.Tesija 11+5reb+1ast, A.Jones 10+6reb+3ast, N.Nikolov 10+6reb
Levski: P.Ivanov 18+1reb, V.Veselinov 16+6reb+4ast, E.Hadjirusev 14+1reb+5ast, K.Doychinov 12+5reb, S.Slaveykov 7+2reb, L.Dimitrov 4+2reb+2ast
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Lukoil Acad. - Balkan 62-59

Fifth-ranked Balkan (9-9) was very close to win a game against first ranked Lukoil Acad. (15-3) in Sofia on Saturday. Lukoil Acad. managed to secure only three-point victory 62-59. However their fans expected much easier game. Ukrainian power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. The former international guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Montenegrin guard Amin Hott (192-92) replied with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Stanimir Marinov (192-91, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Balkan. Balkan's coach Nebojsa Vidic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-3 record. Balkan lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Spartak Pleven. Lukoil Acad. are looking forward to face Cherno More (#7) in Varna in the next round where they are favorite. Balkan will play on the road against Academik Plovdiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: B.Avramov 14+3reb+2ast, M.Korniyenko 14+15reb+1ast, S.Zack 9+8reb+1ast, A.Velikov 8+2reb, D.Gibson 7+5ast, D.Agre 4+3reb+1ast
Balkan: A.Hott 15+6reb+5ast, S.Marinov 11+5reb+6ast, M.Sekulovic 9+8reb+3ast, T.Daniels 8+6reb, R.Kochev 6+4reb, M.Durchev 5+2reb
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Spartak Pleven - Yambol 95-88

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Spartak Pleven (9-9) beat at home 8th ranked Yambol (4-13) 95-88 on Saturday. Spartak Pleven made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by Martin Marinov (191-85, agency: 011 Sports) who scored that evening 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) supported him with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Even 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Yambol. Forward Stoyan Petkov (198-85) added 18 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spartak Pleven moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Balkan. Loser Yambol keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Spartak Pleven will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yambol will play against the league's second-placed Beroe (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: M.Marinov 24+6reb+4ast, M.Savic 17+12reb+1ast, K.Koev 15+1reb+3ast, M.Dudev 12+2reb+8ast, M.Tanev 12+1reb, D.Marincheshki 9+8reb+2ast
Yambol: V.Petkov 21+7reb+6ast, T.Ostrev 20+4reb+2ast, S.Petkov 18+9reb+3ast, S.Govedarov 11+3reb+3ast, S.Cholakov 8+3reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 6+5reb+2ast
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Rilski - Cherno More 97-94

Seventh-ranked Cherno More (5-13) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Rilski (11-7) in Samokov. Rilski managed to secure only three-point victory 97-94. However their fans expected easier game. Rilski made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Rilski outrebounded Cherno More 48-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Cherno More was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds and the former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) who added 23 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Rilski players scored in double figures. Guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) responded with 40 points (!!!) and 4 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and Serbian power forward Nikola Djuric (201-91) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rilski have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 11-7 record. Cherno More lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. Rilski will play against bottom-ranked Levski (#9) in Sofia in the next round where they are favorite. Cherno More will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Acad. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rilski: E.Bruinsma 30+16reb+1ast, Y.Bozov 23+1reb+4ast, D.Shelton 13+9reb+1ast, D.Ivanov 11+4reb+6ast, N.Stoyanov 8+3reb+7ast, T.Woods 6+8reb
Cherno More: S.Tsonkov 40+2reb+4ast, N.Djuric 16+13reb+2ast, A.Natskin 15+1reb+6ast, V.Hristov 6+5reb, V.Georgiev 6+1reb+2ast, M.Markovic 6+5reb+1ast
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Darius Adams selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Adams
Darius Adams
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Darius Adams (188-89, agency: Stealth Sport, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in China). He was the major contributor in a Xinjiang Flying Tige's victory against the eighth-ranked Golden Stars (22-16) 108-102 in the Chinese CBA in Friday night's game. Adams recorded 21 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals (made all of his six free throws) in 31 minutes on the court. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (32-6) are placed first in the CBA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Adams' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Adams averages: 30.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 5.9apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 55.1%(276-501), 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 87.2% in 41 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Adams is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Euroleague). Vezenkov could not help FC Barcelona (9-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the 11th-placed FC Barcelona (9-15) was crushed 85-61 at home by the much higher-ranked CSKA (#3) in the group A of Euroleague. Vezenkov was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Vezenkov's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 68.3%(41-60), 3FGP: 50.9%(27-53) and FT: 85.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). Bost contributed to Monaco's victory against the closely-ranked Chalon/Saor (15-6) 82-72 in the French ProA on Sunday night. He scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AS Monaco Basket (19-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Bost has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 43.6%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 79.4% in 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Bost is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #4. An experienced point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Khimky in their game against Valencia Basket (6-0) in the Eurocup. Despite his good performance in Tuesday night's game Rowland recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. This season Rowland has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Rowland used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #5. Former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia) led Kalev/Cramo to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Rapla (12-8) 80-77 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Friday night's game. Mirkovic scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was his first game for Kalev/Cramo this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed second in the Alexela KML. It was Kalev/Cramo's 15th consecutive victory in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Mirkovic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Bulgarian. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #6. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Baltic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Mirkovic. But that was another game of his team in Baltic League which we would like to mention. Simmons contributed to an easy victory against the leader Barons Riga (10-2) 100-81. He recorded 9 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group Q. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinnis placed second. Simmons' overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.7apg and 2.0bpg. He is a naturalized American. Simmons is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team five years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #7. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Tofas (9-11) in their game against Anadolu Efes (18-2) in the Turkish BSL, despite his very good performance on Monday night. Ivanov was the top scorer with 14 points in 20 minutes. But Tofas was crushed 81-58 on the road by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. Ivanov has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.6apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev
Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev
   #8. Forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a KK Zadar's victory against the second-ranked Jolly (15-4) 84-72 in the Croatian A1 in Monday night's game. Yanev Georgiev scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KK Zadar (9-7) is placed sixth in the A1. Yanev Georgiev's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 2.7rpg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #9. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Yesilgiresun Bld (8-12) in their game against TED Kolejliler (2-18) in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Yesilgiresun Bld lost 78-90 in Ankara to the league outsider (#16) TED Kolejliler. It was Yesilgiresun Bld's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Ivanov's overall stats are: 9.3ppg and 5.3rpg in eight games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #10. Small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) led Pitesti to a victory against the third-ranked Steaua CSM (12-7) 72-67 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Marinov recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BCM U Pitesti (10-9) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. Marinov averaged so far 13.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 4.1apg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) managed to help BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. in a victory against the closely-ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza 78-61 in the Polish PLK in Sunday night's game. Nikolov scored only 4 points in 12 minutes. This year Nikolov's total stats are: 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

   #12. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Szedeak in their game against Sopron KC in the Hungarian A Division, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Lilov was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 39 minutes. But his team lost 54-62. Lilov has very impressive stats this year: 21.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg in 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. Former international small forward Atanas Penev (195-85, currently plays in Germany) helped Hertener Loewen win their game against the 14th-ranked Bielefeld crushing them 87-62 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Penev scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Penev has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team sixteen years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Istanbul BBSK in their game against Usak Sportlif in the Turkish BSL. Calloway cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals in 34 minutes. His team lost 68-80. Calloway's stats this year are: 11.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.8spg in 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010.

   #15. International forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) helped Gipuzkoa win their game against the ninth-ranked Lleida Basquet 71-65 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Simeonov scored 5 points. Simeonov has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 3.0rpg. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) led Ventspils to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked VEF Riga (11-3) 80-77 in the Latvian LBL last Saturday. Deane was MVP of the game. He scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (21-2) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Deane's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg in 22 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Fenerbahce Istanbul to win against the tenth-ranked Zalgiris (10-14) 76-67 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Fenerbahce Istanbul (16-8) is placed fifth in group A. Antic's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 2.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #3. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Strumica (5-8) 79-62 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Saturday. Karadzovski scored 7 points and added 4 passes. KK Kumanovo 2009 (10-3) is placed third in the Prva Liga. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Karadzovski has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 4.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #4. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Olympique Antibes (7-14) 73-57 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Evtimov scored 6 points in 27 minutes. Cholet Basket (8-13) is placed 14th in the ProA. Evtimov averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.9apg in 21 games. He has both Bulgarian and French nationalities.

   #5. Boris Matrakov (195-G-93, currently plays in United Kingdom). Matrakov could not help Glasgow Rocks (16-7) to beat Scorchers (10-15). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Matrakov scored only one point and grabbed 4 rebounds. Glasgow Rocks was defeated 89-75 at home by the lower-ranked Scorchers (#9). Matrakov has averaged so far 1.1ppg and 1.1rpg.

   #6. Musa Gunes (201-C-85, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Istanbulspor in their game against Afyon Bld in the Turkish TBL (second division). He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 11 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 88-71. Gunes has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.0rpg in 18 games. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and Turkish.

   #7. Kristoffer Gafor (195-G-92, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for Trelleborg (4-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Gafor's good performance Trelleborg (#4) was crushed 102-76 on their home court in Trelleborg by the second-ranked AIK in the Superettan group. He recorded 11 points. Gafor has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg. He has Bulgarian and Swedish nationalities.

   #8. Juliy Arabadzhiyski (204-F-93, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bielefeld in their game against Hertener Loewen in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Arabadzhiyski scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was crushed by 25 points 87-62. Arabadzhiyski has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 6.4rpg.

   #9. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Stade 78-63 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points. Tenev has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 1.2rpg.

   #10. Georgi Krastev (195-SF-94, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Kaiserslautern 104-87 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored only 3 points. Krastev has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.8apg.



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

24-year old forward Evan Bruinsma (202-F-92, agency: Inception Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Rilski and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Cherno More (#7, 5-13) 97-94. Rilski maintains the 4th position in Bulgarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rilski will need more victories to improve their 11-7 record. Bruinsma turned to be Rilski's top player in his first season with the team. University of Detroit Mercy graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bruinsma is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.7rpg) and averages solid 59.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) of Cherno More. He is a guard in his 7th season at Cherno More. In the last game Tsonkov recorded impressive 40 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Cherno More was edged by the higher-ranked Rilski (#4, 11-7) 97-94. Cherno More is still second from the bottom in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Cherno More managed to get this year. Tsonkov is one of the most experienced players at Cherno More and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.8ppg (#7). He also registered 4.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Milovan Savic (205-C-87) of Spartak Pleven (#5). Savic scored 17 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Spartak Pleven, leading his team to a 95-88 win against the lower-ranked Yambol (#8, 4-13). Spartak Pleven needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Savic has a great season in Bulgaria. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.9rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikola Djuric (201-C/F-91) of Cherno More - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Maxym Korniyenko (205-F/C-87) of Lukoil Acad. - 14 points and 15 rebounds
6. Ventsislav Petkov (188-G-91) of Yambol - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Martin Marinov (191-SG-85) of Spartak Pleven - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Omari Gudul (208-F-94) of Beroe - 21 points and 7 rebounds
9. Tsvetoslav Ostrev (175-PG-86) of Yambol - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Brandis Raley-Ross (191-G-87) of Beroe - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kadre GRAY
  Laurentian
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Gray, Laurentian24.2 
 2. Cooper, Calgary22.9 
 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. Masters, UNB19.7 
 10. Kokko, Laurier19.6 
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.11.0 
 5. Ross, Mount Royal9.8 
 6. Nissen, Acadia9.6 
 7. Iegorov, TRU9.6 
 8. Dinkins, Lakehead9.6 
 9. Omoerah, Manitoba9.4 
 10. Elgadi, Brock9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ritchie KANZA MATA
  Dalhousie
  (184-G-)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Mata, Dalhousie5.8 
 2. Masters, UNB5.7 
 3. Keane, Carleton5.6 
 4. Bonhomme, Manitoba5.0 
 5. Dulay, UFV4.7 
 6. Miller, Acadia4.7 
 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. Mata, Dalhousie2.5 
 5. Small, Ryerson2.5 
 6. Kapinga, Calgary2.5 
 7. Dulay, UFV2.3 
 8. Masters, UNB2.3 
 9. Moore, Saskatch.2.2 
 10. Ogundokun, McGill2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.4 
 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. Pierre-C., Ottawa1.6 
 9. James, MacEwan1.5 
 10. Morgan, UBC1.5 


Tigers win third-consecutive AUS championship title - by Eurobasket News

The Dalhousie Tigers and the Saint Mary's Huskies faced off in the men's championship game ofthe Subway AUS Basketball Championships Sundayat the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, N.S. The Tigers earned a 63-60 win to earn the 2017 AUS conference title. Sven Stammberger (198-F) (Halifax, N.S.) led the Tigers in points with 21, adding one assist, two steals, one block, and going 5-9 from the three-point line. The Tigers struggled to get on the board early in the opening quarter, with the Huskies taking off to an early 8-0 lead just two minutes into the first. Saint Mary'sheld their lead after 10 minutes of play, to enter the second frame with a 19-14 edge. AUS first team all-star Marquis Clayton (175-PG) (Halifax, N.S.) led the Huskies in the first with seven points, while Stammberger shot 2-2 at the three-point line to rack up eight points for the Tigers. The Huskies extended their lead throughout the second quarter, as a buzzer beater three-pointer from Clayton allowed the Huskies to take a 39-29 lead at the halfway mark. The Tigers began to mount their comeback in the thirdquarter. A steal from Ritchie Kanza Mata (184-G) (Toronto, Ont.) at the halfway point of the third quarter allowedhim to go to the basket for a layup, tying the game at 39-39. Twenty seconds later, a Stammberger three-pointer and layup from Ryall Stroud (Toronto, Ont.) gave the Tigers a 47-42 edge, their first lead of the game. Dalhousie outscored Saint Mary's 20-6 in the third to hold a 49-45 edge heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation. The fourth quarter saw back-and-forth action, with the Huskies looking to regain their lead. A massive dunk followed by a layup from Theon Reefer (198-G) (Toronto, Ont.) cut the Tigers lead to 62-60 with just 38 seconds remaining in the frame. But it wouldn't be enough. A made free throw by Jordan Aquino-Serjue (183-PG) (Montreal, Que.) made the score 63-60 as the Tigers held on for the championship win. The Subway Player of the Game was awarded to Dalhousie's Stammberger, while Brian Rouse (193-G) (Mississauga, Ont.) earned the honourfor Saint Mary's. Rouse recorded18 points, adding four rebounds, one assist and one steal. AUS Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-star Kanza Mata earned the Wilson's Security Defensive Player of the Game award for the Tigers, while Clayton earned the honour for the Huskies. Kanza Mata posted 19 points for Dalhousie, adding five rebounds, five assists, and five steals. Clayton recorded 16 points for Saint Mary's, along withone rebound, two assists, three steals, and one block. Kanza Mata was named the championship MVP. The tournament all-star team was made up of Tigers Stammberger, Kanza Mata and AUS first-team all-star Kashrell Lawrence (Brampton, Ont.), along with Saint Mary's Clayton and Rouse. Both the Huskies and the Tigers now advance to the ArcelormittalDofasco U Sports Final 8 national championship being held March 9-12-also at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, N.S.
Courtesy of: dalhousie.prestosports.com



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  CHILE  

Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 30
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.30.0 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 3. Taylor, Las Animas26.1 
 4. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.6 
 5. Robinson, Osorno22.7 
 6. Cheek, Las Animas21.4 
 7. McCombs, CDE T.21.2 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud21.1 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
 10. Centeno, AB Ancud20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.12.7 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 5. Taylor, Las Animas11.5 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 8. Bowdry, Los Leones10.8 
 9. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.6 
 10. Austin, Puente Alto10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.3 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.1 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.7 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.1 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.3 
 7. Saez, Tinguiri.4.2 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.7 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.6 
 10. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 3. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 4. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
 6. Cheek, Las Animas1.6 
 7. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.6 
 8. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 9. Soto, CDU Catolica1.6 
 10. Lopez, Puente Alto1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.3 
 4. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 5. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 6. Louis, CD Valdivia1.0 
 7. Centeno, AB Ancud0.9 
 8. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 9. Okosa, Osorno0.8 
 10. Coleman, Osorno0.8 


Liga Nacional Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Los Leones advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

CDE Talca - CDU Concepcion 86-74

CDE Talca outgunned CDU Concepcion to take 3-1 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Espanol de Talca. Universidad de Concepcion managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Universidad de Concepcion helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The other American import swingman Decorey Jones (201-90, college: Faulkner) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five Espanol de Talca players scored in double figures. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) produced 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Jamaican-American guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point) added 24 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 25+11reb, D.Jones 17+7reb+2ast, S.Bravo 13+5reb+4ast, F.Bravo 12+3reb+5ast, E.Sepulveda 12+3reb+7ast, R.Gomez 7+5reb+1ast
CDU Concepcion: A.Scott 24+5reb+1ast, A.Danridge 23+9reb+5ast, M.Villagran 9+3reb+1ast, L.Tognon 7+11reb+1ast, P.Briones 7+5reb+1ast, S.Saez 2+6reb+6ast
gschID: 537359


Tinguiririca S.F. - Los Leones 83-89

Los Leones upset Tinguiririca to sweep the quarterfinal series. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 27-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Los Leones made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of American swingman Brandon Bowdry (200-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import DeAndre Coleman (201-86, college: S.Alabama, agency: DTMones) who added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side Brazilian center Lucas Tischer (208-83) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds and Argentinian power forward Juan-Luis Abeiro (196-88) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Los Leones: B.Bowdry 32+11reb+4ast, E.Marechal 15+3reb+1ast, D.Coleman 15+10reb+6ast, D.Jones 11+2reb+3ast, I.Carrion 7+1ast, E.Arteaga 6+4reb+1ast
Tinguiririca S.F.: L.Tischer 25+7reb+2ast, J.Luis Abeiro 21+5reb+5ast, M.Ernst 18+6reb+2ast, F.Pavez 13+4reb+8ast, P.Saez 4+9reb+1ast, F.Gonzalez 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 537358


AB Ancud - CD Valdivia 84-74

AB Ancud held off CD Valdivia to secure 3-1 lead. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 48-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. AB Ancud outrebounded Deportivo Valdivia 41-19 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Venezuelan swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Reginald Larry (198-86, college: Boise St., agency: Pro Sports) who added 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) responded with 24 points and the former international guard Erik Carrasco (181-83) scored 16 points and 5 assists. Four Deportivo Valdivia players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
AB Ancud: F.Centeno 25+9reb+3ast, R.Larry 24+8reb+4ast, P.Sandoval 10+3reb+3ast, S.Figueroa 9+7reb+5ast, D.Osses 7+3reb, R.Vera 6+8reb+2ast
CD Valdivia: D.Summers 24+4reb+1ast, E.Carrasco 16+5ast, A.Louis 12+7reb+1ast, F.Schuler 11+8reb+1ast, C.Altaner 5, D.Gonzalez 3
gschID: 537361


Las Animas - Osorno 94-87

Las Animas toppled Osorno to even the series at 2-2. Osorno Basquetbol was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Las Animas made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game, while Osorno Basquetbol only scored six points from the stripe. Osorno Basquetbol was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Franco Morales (179-92) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. American guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova) contributed with 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Las Animas players scored in double figures. International forward Juan Fontena (196-87) replied with 24 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) added 23 points and 4 steals in the effort for Osorno Basquetbol. Osorno Basquetbol's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Las Animas: D.Cheek 26+7reb+1ast, F.Morales 23+5reb+9ast, T.Taylor 18+6reb+5ast, M.Sepulveda 13+1reb, J.Del Solar 11+10reb+3ast, D.Low 3+2reb
Osorno: J.Fontena 24+7reb+2ast, B.Robinson 23+4reb+2ast, R.Munoz 17+3reb+4ast, F.Ibarra 8+2reb+2ast, R.Okosa 5+8reb+2ast, S.Salamanca 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 537360





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  CROATIA  


Croatian A1 round 19 best performance: Henrik Sirko - by Eurobasket News

Forward Henrik Sirko (201-F-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked KK Split, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Vrij.Osijek (#7, 10-9) 84-80. It allowed KK Split to consolidate first place in the Croatian A1. KK Split have a solid 16-3 record. In the team's last game Sirko had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at KK Split and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Henrik Sirko averages this season 13.6ppg and 5.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Mansfield and Associates) of Zabok. Puljko had a very good evening with 24 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Zabok to another comfortable win 98-85 over the higher-ranked Jolly JBS (#2, 15-4) being unquestionably team leader. Zabok's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Puljko is one of the most experienced players at Zabok and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Brian Williams (187-G-92) of Skrljevo (#10). Williams scored 23 points and passed seven assists. Despite Williams' great performance Skrljevo lost 73-75 to slightly lower-ranked Alkar Sinj (#11, 5-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Skrljevo not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Williams could try to bring Skrljevo's a little bit higher in the standings. Williams has a very solid season. In 18 games in Croatia he scored 11.3ppg. He also has 3.4apg and FGP: 54.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Javan Felix (180-PG-94) of Gorica - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99) of Cedevita - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) of Jolly JBS - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ante Masic (200-F-85) of Gorica - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Hrvoje Vucic (212-C-91) of Alkar Sinj - 23 points and 8 rebounds
9. Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) of GKK Sibenik - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Marin Zrnic (201-F-88) of Zabok - 19 points and 4 rebounds

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



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  CYPRUS  


Cypriot Division A round 18 best performance: Baden Jaxen - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Etha, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (36 points, nine rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Apollon (#6, 3-15) 96-83. Etha is placed at 5th position in Cypriot Division A. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 14 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Jaxen had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Etha's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of North Carolina star has very solid stats this year. Jaxen is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.4ppg. Jaxen is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.0apg) and averages impressive 54.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Eric Washington (178-PG-93) of Enosis. Washington had a very good evening with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Enosis lost that game 62-76 to the higher-ranked Keravnos (#1, 16-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Enosis still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Washington is a newcomer at Enosis, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Greek guard Aristides Koronides (188-PG-82) of Apollon (#6). Koronides scored 29 points and passed ten assists (!!!). Despite Koronides' great performance Apollon lost 83-96 to slightly higher-ranked Etha (#5, 4-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Apollon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-15 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Koronides he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Koronides has individually a great season in Cyprus. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.0apg (6th best). Aristides Koronides has also Cypriot passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenny Barker (191-G-86) of Keravnos - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Christos Panayiotou (196-C/F-91) of Etha - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Leron Barnes (196-G-93) of Etha - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jake O'Brien (206-F-89) of Keravnos - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Gerry Blakes (193-G) of Enosis - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos - 15 points, 4 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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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

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. Dedek, Olomouc .17.7 
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. Kvapil, Opava B9.3 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin9.1 
 8. Bubak, Vysocina9.0 
 9. Bujnoch, Opava B8.9 
 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. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.2 
 10. Sehnal, USK P.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.7 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice3.4 
 3. Potocek, Pardubice2.5 
 4. Kozina, Zlin2.4 
 5. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.3 
 6. Nehoda, Zlin2.2 
 7. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.1 
 8. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 9. Nalevanko, Pardu.1.9 
 10. Novak, Olomouc SK1.9 
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. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 4. Skranc, Pardubice1.6 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.2 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 7. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 8. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 9. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 10. Hlobil, Prostejov B0.9 


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

20-year old swingman Marek Sehnal (196-F/G-96) put on an amazing game in the last round for Prostejov B (they play in Places 13-20) and receives a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Vysocina (#19, 4-16) 81-75. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to top of the standings. Prostejov B is placed at 13th position in Czech Republic 1Liga. Prostejov B is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 20 games. In the team's last game Sehnal had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Prostejov B, through which he has constantly improved.

Second best performed player last round was Vilem Svoboda (195-F-95) of USK Praha B. He is a forward in his second season at USK Praha B. In the last game Svoboda recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led USK Praha B to another comfortable win 86-71 over Novy Jicin (6-14) being unquestionably team leader. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Svoboda is well-known at USK Praha B and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.4ppg (#2). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83) of Sokol Pisek (#3). Englicky scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Sokol Pisek, leading his team to a 90-66 easy win against Havirov (#20, 2-18). The chances of Sokol Pisek ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Englicky could help Sokol Pisek to bring them higher in the standings. Englicky has a very solid season. In 9 games in Czech Republic he scored 13.0ppg. He also has 8.0rpg, 2.2bpg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomas Bruha (213-C-88) of Sokol Prazky - 15 points and 10 rebounds
5. Jan Kratochvil (199-F-82) of Basket Kosice - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Martin Roub (206-C-97) of Pardubice - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Martin Novak (199-SF-93) of Vysocina - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Miroslav Kvapil (202-C-93) of Opava B - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Viktor Pulpan (191-PG-96) of Pardubice - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Jiri Dihel (198-F/C-87) of Opava B - 26 points and 4 assists

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



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

24-year old swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92, agency: Octagon Europe) had a great game in the last round for USK Praha and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat BK Decin (#3, 16-11) 69-61. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. USK Praha is placed at 4th position in Czech Republic league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. USK Praha will need more victories to improve their 14-11 record. It's Bohacik's second year at USK Praha and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Bohacik has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.4ppg), rebounds (8th best: 6.8rpg) and averages solid 55.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kevin Ware (188-G-93, agency: Mansfield and Associates) of MMCITE Brno. He is American guard in his first season at MMCITE Brno. In the last game Ware recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Of course MMCITE Brno cruised to a 90-82 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Usti n/Labem (#8, 10-16). This victory allowed MMCITE Brno to move up to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-17 record. Ware is a newcomer at MMCITE Brno and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 7.3rpg and 4.4apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of league's leader CEZ Nymburk. Sant-Roos showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of CEZ Nymburk, leading his team to a 100-94 win against #2 ranked BK Pardubice in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count CEZ Nymburk as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 25 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Sant-Roos has a very solid season. In 23 games in Czech Republic he scored 13.3ppg. He also has 5.5rpg, 3.3apg, 2.2spg and FGP: 61.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92) of BK Pardubice - 26 points and 3 assists
5. Lamb Autrey (191-G-89) of BK Pardubice - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Hunter Mickelson (208-F-92) of Svitavy - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Terrell Lipkins (180-PG-91) of J.Hradec - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Martin Gniadek (203-C-90) of BK Opava - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Usti n/Labem - 16 points and 12 rebounds
10. Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84) of BK Decin - 18 points, 4 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)



1Liga Round 2 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in 1Liga.

Round 2 most important game was a victory of Sokol Hradec Kralove over SKB Zlin 77-72 on Sunday night. Strangely SKB Zlin outrebounded Sokol Hradec Kralove 104-81 including a 67-52 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Center Libor Svandrlik (202-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. David Sirek (195-91) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Marian Hrabovsky (198-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for SKB Zlin. Sokol Hradec Kralove are looking forward to face B&W Opava B (#4) at home in the next round. SKB Zlin will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Olomouc. Olomouc Bbal (3-3) saved a 1-point victory at home edging Basket Kosice (3-3) 76-75 on Friday evening. Jiri Dedek (190-95) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Vit Smerda chipped in 18 points during the contest. Forward Jan Kratochvil (199-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Basket Kosice's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olomouc Bbal will play against Sokol Prazky in Praha in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Basket Kosice will play at home against Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of BK Loko Plzen (3-3) against Pardubice (3-3) on Friday night. Visiting BK Loko Plzen was crushed by Pardubice in Pardubice 110-75. Martin Roub notched 22 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Pardubice's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists by Vaclav Honomichl did not help to save the game for BK Loko Plzen. Pardubice will meet Basket Kosice (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BK Loko Plzen will play against Sokol Slapanice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Olomouc was also worth to mention about. Slavoj BK Litomerice (4-2) played at the court of Olomouc SK (1-5). Slavoj BK Litomerice managed to secure a 6-point victory 60-54. The best player for the winners was Martin Klimes who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Olomouc SK's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Slavoj BK Litomerice's next round opponent will be SKB Zlin (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Olomouc SK will play against Nymburk B and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Opava was also quite interesting. Nymburk B (2-4) played at the court of B&W Opava B (2-4). B&W Opava B managed to secure a 6-point victory 90-84 on Friday. Miroslav Kvapil orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 5 rebounds. B&W Opava B's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. B&W Opava B will face Sokol Hradec Kralove on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Nymburk B will play against Olomouc SK (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 2:
In Places 7-12 Sokol Prazky smashed Sokol Slapanice on the road 86-62.
In Places 13-20 Prostejov B won against Vysocina on its own court 81-75. GBA Sparta unfortunately lost to Ostrava in a road game 63-77. USK Praha B managed to beat Novy Jicin at home 86-71. Sokol Pisek crushed Havirov on the opponent's court 90-66.
The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 21 points and 9 rebounds by Matej Drgon of GBA Sparta.

Places 1-6
Zlin - Sokol H.K. 72-77

Round 2 most important game was a victory of Sokol Hradec Kralove over SKB Zlin 77-72 on Sunday night. Strangely SKB Zlin outrebounded Sokol Hradec Kralove 104-81 including a 67-52 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Center Libor Svandrlik (202-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. David Sirek (195-91) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Sokol Hradec Kralove players scored in double figures. Swingman Marian Hrabovsky (198-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jan Krutilek (189-95) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for SKB Zlin. Sokol Hradec Kralove are looking forward to face B&W Opava B (#4) at home in the next round. SKB Zlin will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zlin: M.Hrabovsky 19+11reb+4ast, J.Prasil 14+2reb+2ast, J.Krutilek 9+6reb+3ast, Z.Nehyba 8+1reb+1ast, M.Susak 6+6reb+1ast, J.Kozina 6+5reb+3ast
Sokol H.K.: L.Svandrlik 15+5reb+2ast, T.Kirsbaum 12+1reb+1ast, D.Sirek 12+8reb+2ast, O.Peterka 12+7reb+2ast, S.Faifr 11+3reb+1ast, P.Andres 6
gschID: 536487


Olomouc SK - Slavoj Litom. 54-60

The game in Olomouc was also worth to mention about. Slavoj BK Litomerice (4-2) played at the court of Olomouc SK (1-5). Slavoj BK Litomerice managed to secure a 6-point victory 60-54. 25 personal fouls committed by Olomouc SK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Adam Zampach (198-90) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Slavoj BK Litomerice players scored in double figures. Forward Martin Vanak (198-87) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and forward Roman Cernosek (187-78) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Olomouc SK's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Slavoj BK Litomerice's next round opponent will be SKB Zlin (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Olomouc SK will play against Nymburk B and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olomouc SK: M.Vanak 17+13reb+1ast, R.Cernosek 12+3reb+1ast, J.Zlamal 6+6reb+1ast, R.Polasek 5+4reb, P.Novak 5+2reb, D.Jilek 3+6reb
Slavoj Litom.: M.Klimes 18+12reb, A.Zampach 12+8reb+1ast, M.Basta 10+1reb+1ast, M.Slunecko 10+5reb, M.Bambas 5+4reb, J.Sotnar 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 536489


Opava B - Nymburk B 90-84

The game in Opava was also quite interesting. Nymburk B (2-4) played at the court of B&W Opava B (2-4). B&W Opava B managed to secure a 6-point victory 90-84 on Friday. B&W Opava B dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Nymburk B's 30 and made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Center Miroslav Kvapil (202-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Jiri Dihel (198-87) contributed with 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. B&W Opava B's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) replied with 16 points and 7 assists and swingman Eduard Kotasek (187-98) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for Nymburk B. B&W Opava B will face Sokol Hradec Kralove on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Nymburk B will play against Olomouc SK (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: M.Svoboda 16+4reb+7ast, M.Ivan 13+5reb, E.Kotasek 11+4reb+5ast, L.Rovensky 7+3reb+5ast, M.Kolar 6+1reb+1ast, R.Horejs 6+6reb+1ast
Opava B: M.Kvapil 29+5reb+2ast, J.Dihel 26+1reb+4ast, V.Bujnoch 12+10reb+1ast, R.Dragoun 8+9reb+9ast, T.Micunek 6, V.Branda 6+3reb
gschID: 536488


Places 7-12
Sokol Slapanice - Sokol Prazky 62-86

No shocking result in a game when Sokol Prazky (4-2) crushed Sokol Slapanice (2-4) in Slapnice 86-62 on Sunday. Sokol Prazky made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Sokol Prazky outrebounded Sokol Slapanice 44-25 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Tomas Bruha (213-88, college: Tulane) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Yannick Habily (182-94) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Sokol Prazky players scored in double figures. Forward Zdenek Sebela (192-87) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Roman Zachrla (200-87, agency: Octagon Europe) added 8 points in the effort for Sokol Slapanice. Sokol Slapanice's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sokol Prazky will face Olomouc Bbal (#4) at home in the next round. Sokol Slapanice will play against BK Loko Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sokol Slapanice: Z.Sebela 19+5reb+1ast, I.Pavlicik 9+1ast, K.Trunecek 8+1reb+1ast, R.Zachrla 8+4reb+3ast, M.Muller 8+3reb+1ast, M.Vyroubal 5+2reb+1ast
Sokol Prazky: J.Stepanek 16+1reb, T.Bruha 15+10reb+1ast, J.Sop 13+5reb, Y.Habily 11+9reb+3ast, M.Kohout 11+6reb+2ast, M.Hartig 10+4reb
gschID: 536490


Olomouc Bbal - Basket Kosice 76-75

Important game to mention about took place in Olomouc. Olomouc Bbal (3-3) saved a 1-point victory at home edging Basket Kosice (3-3) 76-75 on Friday evening. Jiri Dedek (190-95) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Vit Smerda (198-97) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Forward Jan Kratochvil (199-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and guard Dominik Adasek (190-92) scored 19 points. Four Basket Kosice players scored in double figures. Basket Kosice's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olomouc Bbal will play against Sokol Prazky in Praha in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Basket Kosice will play at home against Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Basket Kosice: J.Kratochvil 22+12reb+2ast, D.Adasek 19+3reb+2ast, D.Hlavacek 10+7reb+3ast, J.Bohm 10+5reb+2ast, J.Zavadil 8+4reb+3ast, D.Zach 4+1reb+1ast
Olomouc Bbal: J.Dedek 26+5reb+1ast, V.Smerda 18+4reb+1ast, J.Sedmik 8+4reb+5ast, J.Kozak 8+3reb, F.Pekarek 6+7reb+2ast, M.Schuster 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536491


Pardubice - Loko Plzen 110-75

Very important is a road loss of BK Loko Plzen (3-3) against Pardubice (3-3) on Friday night. Visiting BK Loko Plzen was crushed by Pardubice in Pardubice 110-75. Pardubice dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to BK Loko Plzen's 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Center Martin Roub (206-97) notched 22 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Viktor Pulpan (191-96) supported him with 13 points and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Five Pardubice players scored in double figures. Pardubice's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists by point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) did not help to save the game for BK Loko Plzen. Naturalized Uruguayan forward Martin Volf (198-80) added 19 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Pardubice will meet Basket Kosice (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BK Loko Plzen will play against Sokol Slapanice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Loko Plzen: M.Volf 19+5reb, V.Honomichl 14+5reb+7ast, O.Fleischhans 10+2reb+1ast, J.Suchy 8+5reb+1ast, M.David 7+2reb+4ast, K.Riha 7+1reb+1ast
Pardubice: M.Roub 22+5reb+3ast, D.Skranc 18, F.Nimec 14+4reb+2ast, V.Pulpan 13+4reb+6ast, J.Lahucky 12+1ast, K.Formanek 10+4reb+2ast
gschID: 536492


Places 13-20
Prostejov B - Vysocina 81-75

Very expected game when Vysocina (4-16) lost on the road to BK Prostejov B (10-10) 81-75 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. BK Prostejov B forced 23 Vysocina turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BK Prostejov B made 7 blocks. Swingman Marek Sehnal (196-96) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds. Slovakian Milan Szabo (204-98) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. BK Prostejov B's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Martin Novak (199-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jiri Bubak (194-84) added 12 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Vysocina. BK Prostejov B will face USK Praha B (#14) at home in the next round. Vysocina will play against Havirov (#20) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vysocina: M.Novak 19+11reb+4ast, M.Straznicky 16+6reb+5ast, J.Bubak 12+15reb+4ast, O.Manak 9+4reb, T.Siroky 6, M.Krajcigr 6+1reb
Prostejov B: M.Sehnal 32+13reb+3ast, F.Vana 17+8reb, M.Szabo 14+11reb+2ast, M.Nabelek 6+7reb+6ast, V.Ruzek 5, J.Hlobil 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 536495


Ostrava - GBA Sparta 77-63

Rather predictable result when Ostrava (8-12) won against at home GBA Sparta (5-15) 77-63 on Sunday. Ostrava dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to GBA Sparta's 28. Guard Lukas Bukovjan (185-98) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Jan Lycka (186-93) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Ostrava's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Slovakian Matej Drgon (207-98) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds and Ukrainian Illia Niemtsu (201-98) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for GBA Sparta. Ostrava will face Sokol Pisek (#15) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. GBA Sparta will play against Novy Jicin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GBA Sparta: M.Drgon 21+9reb+1ast, V.Kohs 11+4reb+2ast, Y. Sidibe 8+3reb+2ast, I.Niemtsu 8+10reb+2ast, I.Tyrtyshnyk 7+1reb+1ast, M.Zeliznak 6+3reb+3ast
Ostrava: L.Bukovjan 17+8reb+6ast, J.Slavik 13+1reb, J.Lycka 12+2reb+5ast, O.Siko 8+10reb, M.Horkel 8+3reb+1ast, P.Hosek 6+1reb
gschID: 536496


USK Praha B - Novy Jicin 86-71

Not a big story in a game when Novy Jicin (6-14) lost on the road to USK Praha B (10-10) 86-71 on Friday. USK Praha B outrebounded Novy Jicin 41-29 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Novy Jicin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Vilem Svoboda (195-95) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Ondrej Sehnal (183-97) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Four USK Praha B players scored in double figures. Point guard Jan Stehlik (185-86) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and center Tadeas Janik (201-94) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Novy Jicin. Novy Jicin's coach let to play ten players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha B will face BK Prostejov B (#13) on the road in the next round. Novy Jicin will play against GBA Sparta (#18) in Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: A.Buzek 15+2reb, J.Stehlik 14+8reb+3ast, T.Janik 12+6reb+1ast, D.Panak 9+2reb+3ast, M. Kridlo 9+3reb, J.Kelar 6+4reb
USK Praha B: V.Svoboda 25+12reb+1ast, J.Streba 18+8reb+1ast, O.Sehnal 14+6reb+10ast, K.Chaloupka 13+8reb+1ast, M. Taussig 8+1reb, M.Hajek 6+4reb
gschID: 536493


Havirov - Sokol Pisek 66-90

Everything went according to plan when Sokol Pisek (9-11) outplayed on the road Havirov (2-18) 90-66 on Friday. They outrebounded Havirov 34-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. Swingman Petr Slechta (192-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Pavel Englicky (210-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. Daniel Klimek (190-96) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Jan Leczo (198-96) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Havirov. Sokol Pisek will face Ostrava (#16) at home in the next round. Havirov will play against Vysocina (#19) in Jihlava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Havirov: D.Klimek 20+7reb+1ast, J.Leczo 15+5reb, A.Urbanek 13+1reb, D.Sotlik 8+1ast, J.Kolonicny 4+6reb, V.Jancik 3+2reb+1ast
Sokol Pisek: P.Slechta 28+7reb, P.Englicky 23+11reb+1ast, M.Voldan 12+2reb, V.Novak 9+3reb+1ast, O.Musil 6+4reb, M.Spicak 6+4reb
gschID: 536494





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Jackson, Texas L.26.2 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.2 
 3. Cook, Canton C.26.1 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.22.7 
 8. Holland, Canton C.21.9 
 9. Jones, Maine RC21.8 
 10. Nader, Maine RC21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.6 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.10.6 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.3 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.5 
 8. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 9. Tobey, Greensbo.8.9 
 10. Zimmerman, Erie B.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Magette, Los A.9.3 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. Pressey, Santa C.8.0 
 5. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 7. Jackson, Texas L.7.2 
 8. McCallum, Grand R.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.2.2 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 5. Harris, Texas L.2.1 
 6. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Pressey, Santa C.2.0 
 9. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.0 
 10. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.4 
 2. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.6 
 4. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.5 
 5. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.5 
 6. Benson, Sioux F.2.5 
 7. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 8. Moreland, Canton C.2.2 
 9. Brown, Windy C.2.1 
 10. Acy, Texas L.2.0 


Charge Surge over Knicks - by Eurobasket News

The Canton Charge (23-17), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, topped the Westchester Knicks (16-23), 120-112, at the Memorial Civic Center on Sunday afternoon. The Charge tied a franchise record with 35 assists on 47 field goals, a mark they set on January 7th of this season in a win over Salt Lake City. Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland) led Canton with 26 points and 10 assists in 33 minutes on assignment from the Cavaliers for his first professional double-double. Eric Moreland posted his 20th double-double of the season with 12 points, 10 boards, six assists and two steals in 32 minutes. John Holland (6'5''-F/G-88, college: Boston U.) added 24 points in 44 minutes. John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91, college: Vanderbilt) led Westchester with 31 points on 13-of-22 shooting and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes. Travis Trice III had 18 points with five rebounds in 37 minutes. Keith Wright scored 12 points with eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in 33 minutes for the Knicks. Courtney Fells (6'5''-F/G-86, college: N.Carolina St.) had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes. Seven players scored in double figures for each team this afternoon. Mike Williams came off the bench for Canton to tie a season-high in scoring 14 points with six assists in 22 minutes. Gerald Beverly (6'7''-F/C-93, college: Daemen) scored 11 points with five rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench. The Charge finishes their homestand 4-1.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Red Claws fall behind early, lose to Windy City - by Eurobasket News

Aaron Thomas (6'5''-G-91, college: Florida St.) scored nine of his 20 points during the opening quarter Monday night while leading the Windy City Bulls (18-21) to a 15-point lead over the Maine Red Claws (24-17). The Bulls stretched the lead to 27 by the half and coasted to a 103-89 NBA D-League victory in Chicago. Jarell Eddie (6'7''-G-91, college: Virginia Tech) added 15 points for Windy City, Alec Brown (7'1''-F-92, college: Green Bay) 13, Wesley Saunders (6'5''-G/F-93, college: Harvard) 12 and Will Bynum (6'0''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) 10. Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame) and Marcus Georges-Hunt (6'5''-F-94, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pensack Sports) led the Red Claws with 17 and 16 points, and Jalen Jones and Cameron Ayers scored 11 each.
Courtesy of: pressherald.com



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Chris Moore Scores 45 In PrimeTime Players Opening Victory - by Scott Ludwig

Coming off of four straight minor league Player of the Year awards, Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.) didn't disappoint the crowd in PrimeTime Players first regular season game at York Preparatory Academy in Rock Hill SC. Moore led all players with a game high 45 points, while adding 12 rebounds and eight assists helping his team to a 141-96 win over SC Upstate Redhawks. Terell Smith (6'3''-G-85, college: Limestone) added 31 points hitting nine three pointers to go along with a game high 10 steals. Playing in his first ECBL game Dijuan Harris (5'9''-PG-86, college: Charlotte) contributed 19 points and 12 assists, while keeping the Upstate guards in check with strong full court defense.

The first quarter started slow with neither team able to hit shots from the perimeter, combining to go 13-for-52 from the field. The difference in the quarter came from the free throw line where PrimeTime was able to convert 14-of-15 while the Redhawks made 1-of-2 which led to a 30-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The cold shooting continued for SC Upstate in the second half as they connected on just 3-of-25 from the field and a combined 10-for-51 in the half, with 11 of their 19 points coming at the free throw line. Moore hit four-straight three point attempts helping push the PrimeTime lead to 63-36 at halftime.

The second half SC Upstate continued to play hard, but were never able to get closer than 24 as PrimeTime was able to pull away in the final quarter.

Top Performers SC Upstate : Charles Clark (6'8''-C/F, college: Johnson C. Smith) 22 points, 14 rebounds; Xavier Kelly (G) 13 points; James Lowe (5'10''-PG, college: S.Wesleyan) 12 points, 5 assists; Melvin Garrett (6'6''-F-82, college: Salem Intern.) 9 points, 8 rebounds; Dante Burgess (G/F) 4 points, 8 rebounds
Top Performers PrimeTime : Chris Moore 45 points, 12 rebounds; Terell Smith 31 points, 10 steals; Dijuan Harris 19 points, 12 assists; Victor Street (5'11''-PG-88, college: Erskine) 10 points, 5 rebounds; Matt Salley (6'8''-F-86, college: Bradley) 10 rebounds



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Liga MB Round 9: Winless Giants lose another game - by Eurobasket News

The round 9 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Bottom-ranked Giants (0-6) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to twelfth ranked Cojute (2-4) 99-86 on Sunday evening. Cojute looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Scott Sill (206-92, college: Delaware St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Jeffrey Quintanilla (-99) chipped in 10 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) with 36 points (!!!), 7 assists and 5 steals. Cojute moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Giants at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Arcense. Cojute will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Giants will play at home against Brujos Izalco (#5) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Arcense (0-6) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Santa Ana (2-4) 95-94. American point guard SerDana Wright (191) nailed 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Maliek Daniels accounted for 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Danny Lawhorn (183, college: Midwestern St.) came up with 41 points (!!!) and 7 assists for Arcense in the defeat. Arcense's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Santa Ana moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Arcense at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Giants. Santa Ana will play against higher ranked Denver-FAS (#7) in San Salvador in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Arcense will play at home against 11 Lobos (#9) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 9: El Rapido lost to Halcones on the opponent's court 87-98. Sonsonate managed to outperform San Miguel in a home game 78-71. Denver-FAS recorded a loss to Quezaltepeque on the road 102-93.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 9 rebounds by Nduka Ezeamii of San Miguel.

Halcones - El Rapido 98-87

Everything could happen in Sonzacate at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Halcones and 8th ranked El Rapido had identical 2-3 record. This time Halcones used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from La Union 98-87. Halcones forced 23 El Rapido turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. El Rapido was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Jeremee Davis (191-90, college: Georgia Coll.) nailed a double-double by scoring 32 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) accounted for 25 points and 14 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds and Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) added 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for El Rapido in the defeat. Halcones (3-3) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Denver-FAS. El Rapido lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Halcones will play against league's second-placed Quezaltepeque at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. El Rapido will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Davis 32+11reb+4ast, J.Moss 25+14reb+3ast, R.Miller 12+17reb, M.Ramos 6+2reb, A.Merino 3+3reb+1ast, J.Cornejo 2
El Rapido: E.Ishman 30+17reb+1ast, M.Guevara 26+7reb+7ast, D.King 15+21reb, C.Marquina 6+2reb, F.Martinez 4+1reb, M.Lopez 4+3reb
gschID: 536970


Giants - Cojute 86-99

Bottom-ranked Giants (0-6) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to twelfth ranked Cojute (2-4) 99-86 on Sunday evening. Cojute looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Scott Sill (206-92, college: Delaware St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Jeffrey Quintanilla (-99) chipped in 10 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) with 36 points (!!!), 7 assists and 5 steals and Maurice Williams produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Cojute moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Giants at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Arcense. Cojute will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Giants will play at home against Brujos Izalco (#5) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cojute: S.Sill 28+12reb+4ast, J.Quintanilla 10+4reb+11ast, R.Melendez 9+7reb+3ast, L.Quintanilla 7+3reb+2ast, B.Reyes 4+3reb+3ast, V.Campos 0
Giants: M.Brooks 36+3reb+7ast, L.Escoto 21+4reb+3ast, M.Williams 19+10reb+1ast, C.Duran 6+3reb+4ast, C.Flores 2+5reb, G.Sosa 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 536974


Santa Ana - Arcense 95-94

Bottom-ranked Arcense (0-6) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Santa Ana (2-4) 95-94. Santa Ana brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American point guard SerDana Wright (191) nailed 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) accounted for 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Danny Lawhorn (183, college: Midwestern St.) came up with 41 points (!!!) and 7 assists and Cuban Yordany Jaca (195-83) added 21 points and 15 rebounds respectively for Arcense in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Arcense's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Santa Ana moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Arcense at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Giants. Santa Ana will play against higher ranked Denver-FAS (#7) in San Salvador in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Arcense will play at home against 11 Lobos (#9) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Santa Ana: S.Wright 36+6reb+2ast, M.Daniels 20+14reb+4ast, T.Dowdell 18+13reb+3ast, D.Pena 13+10reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 6+7ast, E.Gonzalez 2
Arcense: D.Lawhorn 41+3reb+7ast, Y.Jaca 21+15reb+1ast, T.Romero 16+16reb+1ast, C.Torres 11+3reb+3ast, R.Cardona 3+4reb+1ast, R.Rodriguez 2+1ast
gschID: 536971


Sonsonate - San Miguel 78-71

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Sonsonate (5-1) defeated at home 11th ranked San Miguel (2-5) 78-71. They outrebounded San Miguel 57-41 including a 26-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Panamanian forward Manuel Gudino (195-95) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) accounted for 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sonsonate's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) came up with 26 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for San Miguel in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sonsonate have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Quezaltepeque and Isidro Metapan. San Miguel at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sonsonate: M.Gudino 17+15reb+2ast, A.Rojas 15+11reb+2ast, B.Denald 14+11reb+1ast, J.Loucel 12+6reb, Y.Haiti 8+8reb+2ast, M.Lahud 6+3reb+2ast
San Miguel: N.Ezeamii 26+9reb+1ast, J.Johnson 19+8reb+2ast, J.Cruz 12+6reb+1ast, M.Aguilar 11+9reb+1ast, J.Guillen 2+2reb, B.De Leon 1+7reb
gschID: 536980


Quezaltepeque - Denver-FAS 102-93

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Denver-FAS (3-3) was defeated on the road by third ranked Quezaltepeque (5-1) 102-93. Quezaltepeque outrebounded Denver-FAS 49-36 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) nailed 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Douglas Bairez (180-88) accounted for 22 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. American point guard Anthony Brown (193-89, college: Imperial Valley JC) came up with 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Puerto Rican forward Luis-Damian Morales (191-88) added 27 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Denver-FAS in the defeat. Quezaltepeque have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Isidro Metapan and Sonsonate. Denver-FAS at the other side keeps the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Halcones. Quezaltepeque will play against Halcones (#8) in Sonzacate in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Denver-FAS will play on the road against Santa Ana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 26+8reb+4ast, S.Brackett 26+4reb+5ast, D.Bairez 22+8reb+7ast, L.Portal 16+9reb+3ast, T.Hampton 6+18reb+2ast, A.Martinez 6+2reb
Denver-FAS: A.Brown 35+7reb+3ast, L.Damian Morales 27+6reb+3ast, O.Adedoyin 16+15reb+5ast, E.Aguilar 8+3reb+1ast, J.Flores 4+3reb+3ast, R.Iglesias 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536979





Salvadorean Liga MB round 9 best performance: Douglas Bairez - by Eurobasket News

Douglas Bairez (180-SF-88) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Quezaltepeque, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Denver-FAS (#7, 3-3) 102-93. Quezaltepeque is placed at 2nd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They are still close to the very top. Quezaltepeque would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Bairez had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Quezaltepeque's top player in his first season with the team. Douglas Bairez averages this season 15.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Danny Lawhorn (183-PG) of Arcense. Lawhorn had a very good evening with 41 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Arcense was edged by slightly higher-ranked Santa Ana (#12, 2-4) 95-94. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Arcense keeps 14th position. 6 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Lawhorn is one of the most experienced players at Arcense and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Macari Brooks (190-G-92) of Giants (#15). Brooks got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for seven assists. Despite Brooks' great performance Giants lost 86-99 to the higher-ranked Cojute (#11, 2-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Giants can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 6 games. Too bad for Brooks he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Brooks has a very solid season. In 6 games in El Salvador he scored 24.7ppg. He also has 5.0rpg and 3.2apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido - 30 points and 17 rebounds
5. Jeremee Davis (191-PG-90) of Halcones - 32 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Yordany Jaca (195-PF-83) of Arcense - 21 points and 15 rebounds
7. Scott Sill (206-F-92) of Cojute - 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
8. SerDana Wright (191-PG) of Santa Ana - 36 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nduka Ezeamii (203-F) of San Miguel - 26 points and 9 rebounds
10. Daniel Pena (190-PF-96) of Santa Ana - 13 points, 10 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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Alessandro Gentile reportedly leaving Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

25-year old Italian international swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) reportedly parted ways with Panathinaikos Athens (A1). In 8 games he recorded 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Gentile also played 9 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.2ppg and 2.2rpg.
Gentile managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). The other team he played was Armani Milano in Italian Serie A. In 6 A1 games he had 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg. Gentile contributed to his team winning the Supercup. Gentile also played 9 games in Euroleague where he got 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (53rd overall).
Among other achievements Gentile won Italian SerieA championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team award in 2015 and 2016.
Gentile has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Gentile also represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (16.8ppg), 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 82.9%.
Gentile has played previously for another Italian team Benetton Treviso.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A player with great versatility, whose future is probably at the SG position. Knows yet how to score and has great personality, needs to improve his defensive skills.



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Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 33.6
 1. Upchurch, HyPo33.6 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Bratton, Namika Lr27.9 
 4. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.6 
 5. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 6. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.9 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.6 
 8. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.6 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket11.9 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.7 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.3 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.7 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Salonen, Porvoon .5.3 
 3. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 4. Kantonen, Korik.5.1 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United5.0 
 6. Innamaa, TuNM.4.7 
 7. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.4 
 8. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 9. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.2 
 10. Kantonen, JyWe4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darian CARTHARN
  Espoo B.
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 2. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 3. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.5 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 5. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 6. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 7. Moore, ToPo2.3 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.2 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Kuusisto, ToPo2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.7 
 3. Reed, FoKoPo1.6 
 4. Young, Pyrinto II1.6 
 5. Sandberg, TuNM.1.5 
 6. Harvey, Oulun N.1.4 
 7. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 8. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 9. Harris, Ura Basket1.2 
 10. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.2 


Rion Brown claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Rion Brown (198-SG-91) had a great game in the last round for Kataja Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 25-year old shooting guard had the game-high 29 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Kataja Basket in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lapua (#5, 15-16) 79-69. Kataja Basket is placed at 3rd position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja Basket will need more victories to improve their 20-8 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Kataja Basket's top player in his first season with the team. University of Miami, Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.9ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old American forward Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of Kauhajoki. Giles impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Kauhajoki lost that game 73-91 to slightly lower-ranked BC Nokia (#6, 14-17). This loss caused Kauhajoki to drop to 4th position in the standings. His team's 20-12 record is not bad at all. Giles is one of the most experienced players at Kauhajoki and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Jamaican Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82) of KTP Basket (#8). Gay scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of KTP Basket, leading his team to a 92-73 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Korihait (#10, 5-26). The chances of KTP Basket not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gay could try to bring KTP Basket's a little bit higher in the standings. Gay has individually a great season in Finland. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (3rd best). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 62.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devonte Upson (206-C-93) of Helsinki Seagulls - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Lapua - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Darryl Bryant (185-PG-90) of Kataja Basket - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Javier Duren (193-G-93) of BC Nokia - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83) of BC Nokia - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Steven Pledger (193-G-90) of Kouvot - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Eldar Skamo (198-F-86) of BC Nokia - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Korisliiga Round 34: Leader Helsinki Seagulls lose to Kouvot - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Korisliiga is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

Top ranked Helsinki Seagulls (22-8) recorded its eighth loss in Kouvola on Friday night. Visitors were edged by seventh ranked Kouvot (13-17) 69-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Helsinki Seagulls. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 39-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Tuomas Hirvonen (181-96) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. The former international Carl Lindbom (206-91) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Defending champion maintains seventh position with 13-17 record. Helsinki Seagulls at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost. They share the position with Salon Vilpas. Kouvot are looking forward to face higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Helsinki Seagulls will play against Lapuan Korikobrat and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (20-12) against sixth ranked BC Nokia (14-17) on Saturday night. Host Kauhajoen Karhu was defeated by BC Nokia in Kauhajoki 91-73. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Blacktop Management) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. Javier Duren contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Kauhajoen Karhu. BC Nokia maintains sixth position with 14-17 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. BC Nokia will play against bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round. Kauhajoen Karhu will play at home against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Uusikaupunki. Local UU-Korihait (5-26) was outscored by eighth ranked KTP-Basket (12-20) 92-73 on Friday night. Sherman Gay scored 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. KTP-Basket's coach Ray Ailus used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Gary Johnson responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. KTP-Basket maintains eighth position with 12-20 record. Newly promoted UU-Korihait stay dead last with 26 lost games. KTP-Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UU-Korihait will play against BC Nokia (#6) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 34 Lapua was defeated by Kataja Basket in Joensuu 79-69.
The best stats of 34th round was 29 points and 6 rebounds by Rion Brown of Kataja Basket.

Kataja Basket - Lapua 79-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat's (15-16) road loss to fourth ranked Joensuun Kataja (20-8) 69-79 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Lapuan Korikobrat managed to win third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Lapuan Korikobrat's players. The game was dominated by American players. Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) scored 29 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Darryl Bryant (185-90, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Joensuun Kataja and five Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive six-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja moved-up to third place. Lapuan Korikobrat lost third consecutive game. Loser Lapuan Korikobrat keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will meet Kouvot (#7) in the next round. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against the league's leader Helsinki Seagulls and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lapua: J.Jones 17+11reb+1ast, D.Williams 14+11reb+3ast, M.Van Andringa 11, A.Conerly 10+1reb, L.Kinnard 10+4reb+1ast, M.Edwards 4+1reb+2ast
Kataja Basket: R.Brown 29+6reb+3ast, D.Bryant 15+5reb+4ast, K.Bristol 10+3reb+1ast, I.Seppala 10+3reb+5ast, J.Bradley 6+4reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 6+4reb+5ast
gschID: 488074


Kauhajoki - BC Nokia 73-91

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (20-12) against sixth ranked BC Nokia (14-17) on Saturday night. Host Kauhajoen Karhu was defeated by BC Nokia in Kauhajoki 91-73. The game was mostly controlled by BC Nokia. Kauhajoen Karhu was better in fourth quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Nokia made 16-of-16 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Blacktop Management) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Javier Duren (193-93, college: Yale) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Five BC Nokia players scored in double figures. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. BC Nokia maintains sixth position with 14-17 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. BC Nokia will play against bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round. Kauhajoen Karhu will play at home against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: D.Giles 24+12reb+1ast, D.Washington 12+5reb, A.Hollins 12+3reb+4ast, T.Unruh 9+3reb+3ast, J.Lehtoranta 8+3reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 5+4reb+2ast
BC Nokia: S.Barrett 20+6reb+1ast, J.Duren 16+5reb+3ast, E.Skamo 15+4reb+3ast, N.Mattila 10+3reb+4ast, D.Dolenc 10+3reb+1ast, I.Wilkerson 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 488073


Kouvot - Helsinki Seagulls 69-66

Top ranked Helsinki Seagulls (22-8) recorded its eighth loss in Kouvola on Friday night. Visitors were edged by seventh ranked Kouvot (13-17) 69-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Helsinki Seagulls. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 39-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Tuomas Hirvonen (181-96) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. The former international Carl Lindbom (206-91) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and American center Devonte Upson (206-93, college: SE Louisiana) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Defending champion maintains seventh position with 13-17 record. Helsinki Seagulls at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost. They share the position with Salon Vilpas. Kouvot are looking forward to face higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Helsinki Seagulls will play against Lapuan Korikobrat and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: C.Lindbom 17+7reb, D.Upson 12+7reb+5ast, J.Conley 9+6reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 9+4reb+4ast, A.Vaenerberg 7+2reb+1ast, R.Abell 7+2reb
Kouvot: S.Pledger 20+5reb+1ast, M.Cuffee 15+5reb, T.Hirvonen 12+4reb+6ast, A.Saarijarvi 8+4reb+2ast, R.Buckles 6+8reb, R.Appleby 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 488072


Korihait - KTP Basket 73-92

The game with biggest result difference took place in Uusikaupunki. Local UU-Korihait (5-26) was outscored by eighth ranked KTP-Basket (12-20) 92-73 on Friday night. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Antwan Scott (188-92, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. KTP-Basket's coach Ray Ailus used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Gary Johnson (198-91, college: Albany) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Marcus Van (201-87, college: Cent.Michigan) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KTP-Basket maintains eighth position with 12-20 record. Newly promoted UU-Korihait stay dead last with 26 lost games. KTP-Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UU-Korihait will play against BC Nokia (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Korihait: G.Johnson 13+5reb+4ast, P.Peltokangas 11+3reb+2ast, E.McAlister 11+4reb+2ast, E.Holloway 10+3reb+3ast, M.Van 8+10reb, A.Alanen 8+1reb
KTP Basket: S.Gay 25+7reb+1ast, A.Scott 15+5reb+8ast, V.Kopio 14+1ast, D.Bailey 12+8reb+2ast, M.Pratt 8+6reb+2ast, M.Aalto 7
gschID: 488071





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Kyle GIBSON
  Gravelines
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Gibson, Gravelines18.5 
 2. Clark, Chalon18.1 
 3. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.0 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.4 
 5. Roberson, Chalon15.7 
 6. Prepelic, Limoges15.6 
 7. Smith, Chalons-Reims15.3 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans15.0 
 9. Young, Chalons-.14.6 
 10. Buford, Limoges14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Fall, Chalon9.2 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.6 
 3. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.5 
 4. Lessort, Nanterre7.4 
 5. Hunt, Nancy7.4 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 7. Solomon, Gravelines7.2 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel7.1 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
 10. Blue, Antibes6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.7 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.5 
 3. Hodge, AS.6.2 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines6.0 
 5. Holston, Dijon6.0 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.2 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.4.9 
 9. Nelson, AS.4.4 
 10. Curry, Antibes4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.5 
 2. Eito, Orleans2.0 
 3. Wood, Limoges2.0 
 4. Holston, Dijon1.9 
 5. Payne, Chalons-.1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 8. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 9. Henry, Gravelines1.4 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fall, Chalon2.5 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Hassell, Le Portel1.0 
 5. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 6. Fair, Limoges1.0 
 7. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 8. Jaiteh, Strasbourg0.9 
 9. Otule, Antibes0.9 
 10. Joseph, Orleans0.9 


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

29-year old center Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Bourg and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Roanne (#10, 9-11) 76-70. It allowed Bourg to take over top position in the French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bourg has a very solid 15-5 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Peacock's second year at Bourg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Peacock is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.8ppg) and averages solid 66.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Corin Henry (178-PG-88, agency: Octagon Europe) of Evreux. He is American guard in his first season at Evreux. In the last game Henry recorded impressive 31 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Evreux to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked St Quentin (#17, 8-12) 99-66. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Evreux managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Henry is a newcomer at Evreux and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.5ppg (#8). He also recorded 5.3 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne (#10). Burton showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Burton's great performance Roanne lost 70-76 to the higher-ranked Bourg (#1, 15-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Roanne ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Burton could help Roanne to bring them higher in the standings. Burton has a great season in France. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (3rd best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 60.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Woodard (191-G-94) of Rouen - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jordan Fouse (201-G-94) of Charleville - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Josh Greene (183-PG-92) of Le Havre - 22 points and 2 rebounds
7. Gaylor Curier (197-F/G-92) of Rouen - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jarvis Williams (198-C/F-93) of Boulazac - 21 points and 8 rebounds
9. Remi Dibo (201-F-91) of Evreux - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) of Bourg - 17 points and 13 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)



Edwards leaves Pau-Lacq-Orthez - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 35-year old American ex-international power forward J.K. Edwards (202-113kg-82, college: UNLV) left Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA). In 18 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg this season. He also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 4.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg. Edwards played there also last season. In 36 ProA games he recorded 6.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.2apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the French La Semaine des AS Cup final in 2012 and 2015. Edwards was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2014. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2001.
Edwards has played previously professionally also in Ukraine (BC Donetsk) and France (Limoges CSP Elite, Cholet Basket, Gravelines Dunkerque, STB Le Havre and Quimper UJAP).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2004 and it is his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GEORGIA  

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi18.7 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi18.2 
 3. Lathan, Sokhumi17.3 
 4. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.1 
 5. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.4 
 6. Jintcharadze, Bat.15.7 
 7. Rogava, Olimpi15.3 
 8. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.1 
 9. Lezhava, Batumi14.6 
 10. Vaughn, Dinamo T.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.13.1 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Spagnolo, Rustavi9.2 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.2 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi8.9 
 6. Tishchenko, Sokhu.8.0 
 7. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.9 
 8. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.9 
 9. Bridgeman, Cactus T.7.7 
 10. Tubak, Kutaisi6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.0 
 2. Lee, Rustavi5.9 
 3. Miller, Sokhumi5.8 
 4. Ransom, Mgzavrebi5.3 
 5. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.1 
 6. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.4 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.4.3 
 8. Tsivtsivadze, Mgzav.4.0 
 9. Pashaev, Kutaisi4.0 
 10. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.7 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi2.8 
 3. Burnette, Olimpi2.6 
 4. Peters, Mgzavrebi2.3 
 5. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.2 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi2.1 
 7. Ransom, Mgzavrebi2.0 
 8. Baqradze, Olimpi1.9 
 9. Lathan, Sokhumi1.9 
 10. Lee, Rustavi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Terik BRIDGEMAN
  Cactus T.
  (198-G-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.7 
 2. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 3. Florveus, Cactus T.1.6 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.6 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.5 
 6. Tubak, Kutaisi1.3 
 7. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 8. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.1 
 9. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 10. Maravic, Dinamo T.0.9 


Nikola Maravic claims Georgian Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Nikola Maravic (212-C-89, agency: BeoBasket) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Dinamo Tbilisi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 27-year old center had the game-high 19 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Dinamo Tbilisi in his team's victory, helping them to crush Rustavi (#3, 11-9) with 25-point margin 87-62. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Dinamo Tbilisi to consolidate first place in the Georgian Superleague. Dinamo Tbilisi has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 19-1. It was one of impressive evenings for Maravic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Nikola Maravic averages this season 10.6ppg and 6.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American guard Tre Burnette (196-G) of Olimpi. Burnette impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Olimpi to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Cactus Tbilisi (#5, 8-12) 90-46. Olimpi's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-13 record. Burnette is a newcomer at Olimpi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Dinamo Tbilisi's star - American Deonta Vaughn (185-G-86, agency: Interperformances). Vaughn showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Dinamo Tbilisi, helping his team with a 87-62 easy win against #3 ranked Rustavi in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Dinamo Tbilisi as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 19 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Vaughn has a great season in Georgia. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.1apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Igor Krivtsov (201-F-86) of Batumi - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Reggie Murphy (208-C-91) of Mgzavrebi - 13 points and 11 rebounds
6. Levan Patsatsia (198-SF-88) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kaheem Ransom (185-PG) of Mgzavrebi - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Corey Allen (185-PG-92) of Mgzavrebi - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Otar Pkhakadze (188-PG-93) of Mgzavrebi - 19 points and 3 assists
10. Avtandili Lominashvili (204-PF-92) of Mgzavrebi - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Superleague Round 20: Olimpi beat Cactus Tbilisi in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Superleague. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#7) and Cactus Tbilisi (#4). Olimpi (6-13) smashed visiting Cactus Tbilisi (8-12) by 44 points 90-46. The game without a history. Olimpi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cactus Tbilisi to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Olimpi held Cactus Tbilisi to an opponent 21.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.4 percent accuracy of the winners. Olimpi forced 19 Cactus Tbilisi turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Terik Bridgeman (198, college: William Pater.) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Cactus Tbilisi's coach Archil Jgenti gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Olimpi maintains seventh position with 6-13 record. Cactus Tbilisi at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. Olimpi are looking forward to face higher ranked Batumi (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cactus Tbilisi will play against Energy Invest and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kutaisi (14-5) against eighth ranked Mgzavrebi (5-15) on Sunday night. Visiting Kutaisi was defeated by Mgzavrebi in Tbilisi 88-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kutaisi. American point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Reggie Murphy contributed with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) replied with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Kutaisi. Mgzavrebi maintains eighth position with 5-15 record. Defending champion Kutaisi keeps the second place with five games lost. Mgzavrebi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tbilisi. First ranked Dinamo Tbilisi faced 3rd ranked Energy Invest. Host Dinamo Tbilisi (19-1) smashed guests from Rustavi (11-9) 87-62. Worth to mention a great performance of Deonta Vaughn who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Charlie Lee responded with 7 points and 10 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains first position with 19-1 record. Loser Energy Invest keeps the third place with nine games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will meet league's second-placed Kutaisi on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Energy Invest will play against Cactus Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 20 Batumi was defeated by Sokhumi in Tbilisi 75-64.

Olimpi - Cactus Tbilisi 90-46

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#7) and Cactus Tbilisi (#4). Olimpi (6-13) smashed visiting Cactus Tbilisi (8-12) by 44 points 90-46. The game without a history. Olimpi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cactus Tbilisi to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Olimpi held Cactus Tbilisi to an opponent 21.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.4 percent accuracy of the winners. Olimpi forced 19 Cactus Tbilisi turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. American guard Terik Bridgeman (198, college: William Pater.) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and the former international swingman Beqa Chikviladze (196-91) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Cactus Tbilisi's coach Archil Jgenti gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Olimpi maintains seventh position with 6-13 record. Cactus Tbilisi at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. Olimpi are looking forward to face higher ranked Batumi (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cactus Tbilisi will play against Energy Invest and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: T.Burnette 21+7reb+4ast, R.Rogava 16+8reb+3ast, I.Mikeladze 12+4reb+3ast, G.Bakradze 10+3reb+1ast, W.Pitchford 10+13reb+3ast, A.Bolkvadze 8+5reb+3ast
Cactus Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 13+3reb+1ast, T.Bridgeman 12+7reb+1ast, T.White 6+3reb+4ast, V.Baakashvili 5+8reb+1ast, J.Florveus 4+10reb, I.Chlaidze 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 532317


Mgzavrebi - Kutaisi 88-75

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kutaisi (14-5) against eighth ranked Mgzavrebi (5-15) on Sunday night. Visiting Kutaisi was defeated by Mgzavrebi in Tbilisi 88-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kutaisi. It looked good early as Kutaisi took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mgzavrebi took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 13 points. Mgzavrebi made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game, while Kutaisi only scored five points from the stripe. Mgzavrebi forced 19 Kutaisi turnovers. Kutaisi was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import center Reggie Murphy (208-91, college: Henderson St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) replied with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and center Vakhtang Kadaria (205-89, college: Mineral Area CC) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Kutaisi. Five Mgzavrebi and four Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Mgzavrebi maintains eighth position with 5-15 record. Defending champion Kutaisi keeps the second place with five games lost. Mgzavrebi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
Mgzavrebi: O.Pkhakadze 19+1reb+3ast, K.Ransom 18+6reb+6ast, C.Allen 16+2reb+3ast, A.Lominashvili 14+3reb+4ast, R.Murphy 13+11reb, D.Taylor 8+5reb+3ast
Kutaisi: G.Tsintsadze 14+6reb+6ast, A.Boisa 12+1ast, L.Tsekvava 11+2ast, T.Babunashvili 10+4reb, V.Kadaria 8+10reb+2ast, B.Bekauri 7+5reb
gschID: 532316


Dinamo Tbilisi - Rustavi 87-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tbilisi. First ranked Dinamo Tbilisi faced 3rd ranked Energy Invest. Host Dinamo Tbilisi (19-1) smashed guests from Rustavi (11-9) 87-62. The game without a history. Dinamo Tbilisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Invest's 34. Dinamo Tbilisi looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Serbian center Nikola Maravic (212-89, agency: BeoBasket) who added 19 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. American point guard Charlie Lee (175-92, college: Cleveland St.) responded with 7 points and 10 assists and center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85) scored 10 points and 7 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 position with 19-1 record. Loser Energy Invest keeps the third place with nine games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will meet league's second-placed Kutaisi on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Energy Invest will play against Cactus Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: N.Maravic 19+8reb+2ast, D.Vaughn 18+6reb+6ast, L.Patsatsia 13+5reb+4ast, I.Londaridze 10+5reb+2ast, M.Berishvili 9+6reb+3ast, N.Gogodze 6+4reb
Rustavi: S.Atuashvili 10+7reb+1ast, R.Chachanidze 10+2reb+1ast, T.Spagnolo 9+5reb+1ast, C.Lee 7+3reb+10ast, M.Lewis-Briggs 7+2reb+1ast, C.Kasperbauer 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 532315


Sokhumi - Batumi 75-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Batumi's (7-13) road loss to fifth ranked Sokhumi (9-11) 64-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-64. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) who helped to win the game recording 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-89) who added 19 points during the contest. Sokhumi's coach Nugzar Cheishvili used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ukrainian forward Igor Krivtsov (201-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Ukrainian point guard Illya Shemosiuk (188-85) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Sokhumi moved-up to fourth place. Loser Batumi keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Mgzavrebi.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: O.Tishchenko 19+3reb, D.Barbakadze 12+4reb+1ast, D.Lathan 10+9reb+6ast, M.Bokolishvili 9+4reb+2ast, K.Tomaradze 6+3reb+1ast, G.Kvetenadze 5+7reb
Batumi: I.Krivtsov 16+10reb+2ast, I.Shemosiuk 16+7reb+1ast, K.Jintcharadze 15+5reb+1ast, B.Lezhava 7+4reb+3ast, I.Maisuradze 5+2reb+1ast, N.Ramishvili 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 532314





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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.0 
 2. Knight, Jena18.3 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.9 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen16.1 
 5. Odum, Wuerzburg16.1 
 6. Jenkins, Jena15.9 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.8 
 8. Thompson, Telekom .15.7 
 9. Babb, Ratiopharm15.6 
 10. Lewis, Bayreuth15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Pierre, Braunsch.7.4 
 3. Eatherton, Goett.7.3 
 4. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.7.2 
 6. McGhee, Walter T.7.1 
 7. Marei, Bayreuth6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.6 
 9. Searcy, Vechta6.6 
 10. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.3 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.6 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.9 
 6. Odum, Wuerzburg5.8 
 7. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 8. Ruoff, Goettingen4.9 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.9 
 10. Sanders, Goettingen4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.7 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.5 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 6. Redding, B.Mue.1.8 
 7. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 8. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 9. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.7 
 10. Anderson, Bayreuth1.6 
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. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 8. Horton, Telekom .0.9 
 9. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 10. Ibekwe, Fraport .0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Williams, Kirchheim19.8 
 2. Alexander, ETB W.18.2 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau18.0 
 4. Watkins, Nuernberg17.6 
 5. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 6. Kerusch, MBC16.7 
 7. Spearman, Trier16.3 
 8. Warren, MBC16.2 
 9. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 10. Canty, Hamburg15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.6 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.8 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.3 
 6. Sturner, Dresden7.1 
 7. Lawson, Chemnitz7.0 
 8. Wolf, Hamburg7.0 
 9. Williams, Kirchheim6.9 
 10. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.8 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.6 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.6 
 4. Vest, Uni Baskets5.5 
 5. Moore, Ehingen5.4 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.4 
 7. Williams, Koeln R.5.1 
 8. Zazai, MBC5.1 
 9. Hatten, MBC5.0 
 10. Schmitz, Trier4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hatten, MBC2.5 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.5 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.4 
 4. White, Heidelberg2.3 
 5. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.1 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.0 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.8 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim1.7 
 10. Kovacevic, Heidelberg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.3 
 3. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 4. King, Koeln R.1.4 
 5. Keppeler, Baunach1.3 
 6. Grim, Uni Baskets1.3 
 7. White, Heidelberg1.3 
 8. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 9. van, Trier1.1 
 10. Pantelic, MBC1.0 


Isaac Bonga Unleashes First Professional Triple Double Leading The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Into The Pro B Playoffs Past Nordlingen 83-59 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It was shortly before High Noon in the German Pro B league as the top 8 teams in the two brackets south and north were looking forward to battle it out in the Playoffs and wanted to end the regular season in fine fashion while the bottom four teams in both brackets were looking to glide into the playdowns with some force hoping for their poor season showing to be rewarded with better play in the very important last weekends of the season determining who would stay in the Pro B or who would step down into the fourth league the regionaliga. The Giants Nordlingen came to Frankfurt with a lot less pressure as they knew their fate of having to play in the Playdowns while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors not only had a do or die game, but also had to hope for some help from team BG Karlsruhe who were playing against TG Wurzburg and or Weissenhorn who were battling the Dragons in Rhondorf. The only goal that the Frapoort Skyliners Juniors was to win and reach the playoffs would be a reality if at least one team Weissenhorn or Rhondorf lost. In the first meeting in Nordlingen, Frankfurt gutted out a nerve wracking 64-63 victory where German youngster Cosmo Gurehn once again showed his big man passing qualities finding other German Stefan Ilzhoefer for the winning bucket in the last minute. Back then, Frankfurt hadn't hadn't had their complete roster and hadn't returned Alaska native Travis Thompson either, but still won. Thompson returned in December and has been anything short of brilliant, but his hot shooting has carried the team in his 13 games as he has scored in double figures in every game and had some huge games against the Dragons Rhondorf with 32 points on eight trey's and scorched Leipzig last weekend for 33 points on almost perfect shooting going 8/9 from the parking lot. However the Giants Nordlingen had their own secret weapon in American rookie Terrence Smith who quietly is having a great season as well as he has scored in double figures in each game including explosions against Lich with 28 points and hit FC Bayern Munich for 24 points. In the first meeting against Frankfurt, the Russellville, Alabama native smith was close to a double double having had 16 points and nine assists in the bitter loss. Both Thompson and Smith were extra focused and motivated to carry their teams to victory, but Thompson had an off night as the stellar play and milestone belonged to Garai Zeeb who hit Nordlingen with 22 points while Isaac Bonga (203-F/G-99) recorded his first triple double as a professional notching 10 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists leading the Fraport Skyliners Juniors to a massive 83-59 rout of the Giants Nordlingen securing a playoff meeting with top Pro B North team Lok Bernau while the 26 points of Terence Smith remained a side note. After the win one of the first things Garai Zeeb does is go visit his family and friends in the stands and when he had gotten his last hug, had a big smile on his face about reaching his second playoff in a row with Frankfurt. 'We came into the game knowing their strengthes and did a good job on one on one defense and when a man got beat our help was there. On offense we had too much running around in the first half, but had better structure in the second half and played calmer helping us get the win', stressed ex Bremerhaven guard Garai Zeeb. The Giants Nordlingen wanted to get into the playdowns with some force and momentum, but couldn't handle the unending offensive weapons of Frankfurt and just caved in in the second half. 'Frankfurt made shots and spread it out on defense. We lacked communication and rotations were missing on defense. Frankfurt rebounded very well. When Frankfurt missed, they got the rebound', stressed Alabama native Terence Smith. 15 hours after Bonga's triple double, and the Fraport Skyliners bitter 70-68 loss in Ludwigsburg, players like Niklas Kiel and Stefan Ilzhoefer were already in the gym digesting the loss as well as German Mahir Agva who reflected on Bonga's triple double. 'I am very happy for Isaac. He is a very good player. He works very hard and one sees that hard work pays off. He was sick all week and had only one practice. To come out and achieve a triple double is very impressive', added Mahir Agva.

Even if Gara Zeeb was Frankfurt top scorer and instrumental in the turnaround of their offense in the second half as his playmaking and organization coupled with his precision three point shooting, the story of the game was 17 year old 205cm wunderkind Isaac Bonga who registered his first ever professional triple double. He focused on his playmaking and superior passes to his teammates as well as being a monster on the boards not letting any Nordlingen big men get near the bucket as he was key for them having only three offensive rebounds instead of going out on an ego trip and scoring 30 points, but that has never been his style even if he wanted to. After the victory, the projected 2018 NBA draft pick was humble as always and even seemed a bit embarrassed talking about that first real milestone in his professional career. 'It is a very good feeling getting this triple double. I am happy that I was able to find my teammates and that they found me tonight', smiled Isaac Bonga. Even though Zeeb was a menace scoring, it was him that set up Bonga with the triple double finding him in the corner as he connected from downtown seeing this memorable game by Bonga not as his breakthrough, but something even stronger. 'I don't think he knew he was near a triple double. He was sick, but that didn't stop him, but made him stronger. I think that the style of play of Nordlingen fits Bonga game. This wasn't his breakout game, but it was a statement showing that he can really play. We shot extra before the game. Bonga really can shoot the ball, but just needs to be more consistent', warned Garai Zeeb. Bonga didn't know that he was near a triple double until he started hearing chants from the bench. 'I know that I have to improve my shot, but when I let that last one go, it looked good and then I was relieved when it was in', added Isaac Bonga. Even if Nordlingen guard Terence Smith hit a few jumpers in Bonga's face, the overall offensive game of Bonga just took apart Nordlingen. 'He hurt us on the boards and on the pick and roll with his court vision and looking over our defense. For me he is a young version of a Jordan Clarkson of the Los Angeles Lakers', stressed Terence Smith. Rilhan Bakare's eyes lit up when he was told that Frankfurt would play game one against Lok Bernau in the giant 15,000 plus Mercedes Benz arena in Berlin, but when he was asked about the performance of his teammate Bonga, his face displayed such joy and admiration for a kid who is nine years younger than him. 'I had no idea he got a triple double. He definitely made a statement tonight. He progresses every game. He has so much confidence on the court. He is a great listener and learns so quickly. The Frankfurt coaches have been taking good care of him. He is a great teammate and has a bright future. I will be looking forward to seeing what his next step is: He is a 6,9 PG which is once in a lifetime', stated Rilwan Bakare.

Frankfurt were without BBL license players Max Merz, Niklas Kiel, Mahir Agva and Stefan Ilzhoefer who were in Ludwigsburg playing BBL, but showed they didn't need them on this night. Both teams came out roaring displaying their three point accuracy as Garai Zeeb nailed home two trey's and ex BG Karlsruhe center Adrian Lind also connected. But Nordlingen held on to the momentum as Lind scored again inside and Smith scored his first bucket and was on his way to his 23rd game in a row in a Nordlingen jersey where he scored in double figures as the guests led 8-6. The game became a back and forth affair as each team went on little runs to trade back leads. 20 year old German role player Jamine Knothe who had worked himself into a starting rotation hit a trey which was followed by a bomb from outside from Alaska Native Travis Thompson and Frankfurt led 12-8. Then Nordlingen found some daylight again on offense reeling off a 9-0 run to retake the lead 17-12 as young German Robin Seeberger nailed a trey,Terence Smith broke the defense and scored inside and made free throws. And 20 year old German Eddy Edigin who played the last three years with FC Bayern Munich 2 scored in the zone. Frankfurt closed out the first quarter in fine fashion demonstrating a 5-0 run as Thompson connected for his second three and German Tim Oldenburg scored inside retrieving the no look pass from Isaac Bonga as the game was tied 17-17 after one quarter. 'Both teams shot very well, but Frankfurt had too many turnovers and just were making bad decisions', stated Fraport Skyliner U-16 coach Igor Starcevic. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 40% from the field and 56% from outside while the Giants Nordlingen were shooting 46% from the field and 33% from outside. Frankfurt had the 11-6 rebound edge, but seven turnovers while Nordlingen had five turnovers.

In the second quarter the Fraport Skyliners Juniors broke free a bit and also got solid production from their bench from guys like birthday boy Cosmo Gruehn, Lenny Okeke, and Rilwan Bakare. The heart and soul of the Nordlingen Giants German Fabian Bruetting opened up the second quarter with a deep trey for the 20-17 lead, but then it was all Frankfurt as they escaped out on a brutal 12-2 run to grab back the lead 29-22. In the run, Frankfurt was fortified by three's by Gruehn and Okeke as well as lay ins from Bonga and back to back ones from Chicago native Rilwan Bakare. In this phase, Nordlingen had some careless turnovers which led Frankfurt to some easy baskets. Nordlingen didn't have much offense and only got support from Smith who kept his team in the game with a tough turnaround shot and a trey to cut the Frankfurt lead to 31-27. However Fraport Skyliners Juniors head coach Eric Detlev continued to use his bench wisely and continued to get great support as German Konstantin Schubert scored in traffic and then Thompson nailed a three pointer for the 35-29 advantage. Ex Nebraska (NCAA) forward Adrien Coleman was a pest as he stayed aggressive in the paint and scored twice cutting the Frankfurt lead to 37-32. The last bucket of the first half featured the hook up between Isaac Bonga that whistled a fierce back door bounce pass that couldn't have been placed more perfect right to the money which Thompson collected easily and finished for the Frankfurt 39-32 lead at the break. 'Frankfurt spread out the scoring nicely and did a better job on Smith. Frankfurt continued to defend very good boxing out very well. Frankfurt could have led by as much as 10 points, but two costly turnovers led to direct points for Nordlingen. Bonga was playing great. He wasn't scoring, but he showed with his overall play why he is a real team player', added Igor Starcevic. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 50% from the field and 47% from the three point line while the Giants Nordlingen were shooting 39% from the field and 27% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the overwhelming 25-11 rebound edge, but had 12 turnovers while Nordlingen had only seven turnovers.

In the third quarter the Fraport Skyliners Juniors slowly broke away and would never look back coasting home to victory. Zeeb started off the third quarter connecting on his first trey of four that he would direct into the hoop as Frankfurt led 42-32. Nordlingen would show flashes of good offense, but their consistency was lacking, but a 5-0 run with baskets from Lind and Smith cut the Frankfurt lead down to 42-36. However Frankfurt's offense is a well oiled offensive machine and struck Nordlingen for a 9-2 run to extend their lofty lead to 51-38. In the key Frankfurt run, the club was led by four different players as Bakare continued to be active inside scoring, Zeeb continued his splash shooting, then fed Bonga on the break for an easy basket and Gruehn hit a left handed hook shot. Smith did all he could nailing a trey to keep his team from totally getting left in the dust, but Zeeb was simply unstoppable as he hit his third three of the quarter giving Frankfurt the 54-41 advantage. The Frankfurt offense was fluid, there was good ball movement and the stellar guard play of Zeeb and Bonga was the difference. Then Smith and Zeeb traded three's again and the Frankfurt German was having another great game and has done a good job this season mentally staying sharp and not getting lost in the numbers game and wilting under pressure needing to score every night. 'I am one of the newest guys of the BBL license players. I still have to get better. My role here with the Pro B team is not needing to score every night, but leading the offense and getting my teammates in good position to score and make all happy. But tonight was a different situation. Thompson wasn't totally physically fit and Bonga had been sick, so tonight my role was too step up. On this night I was required to score. I feel like I can have these games every night, but it depends what my role is on that give night. This performance didn't surprise me, but I expect myself to be able to have these nights when I am called to do so', warned Garai Zeeb. Frankfurt continued to pour on the offense closing out the third quarter with a Schubert hook shot and Oldenburg 20 footer as Frankfurt led 61-44. 'We knew they would throw a zone at us. So we stayed patient and had better structure than in the first half and executed well on offense', stated Garai Zeeb. 'When a guy is hot, then we tend to keep giving him the ball. Zeeb was hot so we gave him the ball', added Isaac Bonga. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 53% from the field and 52% from the three point line while the Giants Nordlingen were shooting 38% from the field and 37% from the three point line. Frankfurt dominated the boards 36-16, but had 15 turnovers while Nordlingen had 10 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors continued to execute their offense well and held off the Giants Nordlingen without problems as they got fatigued. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors got on the board first as they performed the pick and pop to perfection as Thompson found Oldenburg open for the 20 footer as Frankfurt led 63-44. Nordlingen then found some precision execution going on a 6-0 run as Lind made free throws, Edigin scored inside again and Smith who finished with a season high 9 steals went coast to coast for the basket cutting the Frankfurt lead to 63-50. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors then closed the door with one cool swipe breaking out on a 14-0 run to lead 77-50. In the run, they kept displaying fine inside out basketball as Bonga and Okeke nailed three's while Bakare and Armin Trtovac scored in the paint. With two minutes, all eyes were focused on Isaac Bonga and if he would get his triple double. He had seven points and needed a trey which isn't his speciality, but when it counted he came through getting free and getting the perfect kick out pass from Zeeb giving Frankfurt the 77-54 lead. Okeke and Lind ended the contest trading three's. 'We ended the game well. It helps if you can keep that killer instinct until the end. We kept up our aggressiveness and intensity until the end', added Isaac Bonga. 'We ran out of gas in the second half. We were shorthanded with injuries and sicknesses this week. If Frankfurt shoots the way they did tonight in the playoffs then they could go far in the playoffs. It's all about matchups', warned Terence Smith. 'Nordlingen gave up mentally in the fourth quarter. I told the guys when we were up by 13 that we have to beat them by 20-30 points, We wanted them to let us play our game until the end', stressed Garai Zeeb. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Garai Zeeb with 22 points. Travis Thompson, Rilwan Bakare and Isaac Bonga chipped in with 10 points apiece. The Giants Nordlingen were led by Terence Smith with 22 points while Adrian Lind added 14 points. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 53% from the field and 54% from outside while the Giants Nordlingen shot 36% from the field and 26% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebounding duel 46-24, but coughed up the ball 20 times while Nordlingen had 14 turnovers.



ProB Round 22: Leader Karlsruhe PS loses to FC Bayern II - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProB just ended. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Karlsruhe PS (15-7) recorded its seventh loss in Muenchen on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by fifth ranked FC Bayern II (13-9) 76-49. FC Bayern II dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Karlsruhe PS's 24 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. FC Bayern II forced 23 Karlsruhe PS turnovers and had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Karim Jallow (199-97) fired 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Austrian forward Marvin Ogunsipe (204-96) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. FC Bayern II's coach Oliver Kostic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jordan Talbert (198-91, college: Missouri So.) produced 9 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. FC Bayern II moved-up to fourth place in South, which they share with Bayer Giants. Karlsruhe PS at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with Elchingen and Weissenhorn.
Important game to mention about took place in Karlsruhe. Eighth ranked Wuerzburg (10-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked BG Karlsruhe (11-11) 72-71 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Maximilian Ugrai (201-95) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. Marcellus Barksdale contributed with 9 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Russian-Israeli power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85) replied with 21 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for BG Karlsruhe. Wuerzburg moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Fraport SKY II. BG Karlsruhe lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost.
A very close game took place in Elchingen between Elchingen and Bayer Giants. Third ranked Elchingen (15-7) got a very close home victory over 4th ranked Bayer Giants (13-9). Elchingen managed to escape with a 2-point win 76-74 on Saturday evening. Marin Petric scored 14 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Kerry Carter responded with 25 points and 6 assists. Bayer Giants' coach Achim Kuczmann tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Elchingen have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of South leader, which they share with Weissenhorn and Karlsruhe PS. Loser Bayer Giants keep the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with FC Bayern II.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Oldenburg (14-8) against fifth ranked AstroStars (12-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Oldenburg was defeated by AstroStars in Bochum 84-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Oldenburg. Michael Haucke notched 16 points to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. AstroStars maintains fifth position in North with 12-10 record. Oldenburg at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost.
Leader SSV Lok Bernau delivered the seventeenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (9-13) 94-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. Ferdinand Zylka fired 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. SSV Lok Bernau (17-5) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted SSV Lok Bernau maintains first position in North. Loser Herzoege Wolfenbuettel keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In North Rist Wedel defeated Itzehoe in a road game 84-80. Recklinghausen was beaten by Rostock at home 76-92. Iserlohn was destroyed by Stahnsdorf on the opponent's court 92-70. Art.Dragons outscored Schalke in a home game 84-65.
In South Weissenhorn managed to beat Dragons on the road 80-71. Fraport SKY II crushed Noerdlingen on its own court 83-59. Licher Baeren beat Leipzig in a road game 98-95.

North
Itzehoe - Rist Wedel 80-84

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked Itzehoe (10-12) was defeated at home by eighth ranked SC Rist Wedel (10-12) 84-80 on Saturday. SC Rist Wedel made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Itzehoe was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Steffen Kiese (190-87) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Rene Kindzeka (185-95, college: Hamburg BC) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Four SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. Forward Frederik Henningsen (198-88) produced 27 points (made all of his eight free throws) and American forward Kaimyn Pruitt (203-90, college: Adams St.) added 8 points and 18 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. SC Rist Wedel moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with Rostock and Itzehoe.
Top scorers:
Itzehoe: F.Henningsen 27+2reb+1ast, K.Karamatskos 13+4reb+6ast, D.Adekunle 8+5reb, Q.Calhoun 8+3reb+1ast, K.Pruitt 8+18reb+1ast, F.Stueckemann 7+3reb+3ast
Rist Wedel: S.Kiese 24+12reb+7ast, R.Kindzeka 19+6reb+3ast, L.Bahner 11+10reb, L.Kamp 10+3reb+3ast, J.Hirschberg 7+3reb, D.Cortes Rey 6+2reb
gschID: 528628


Recklinghausen - Rostock 76-92

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Rostock (10-12) defeated on the road 12th ranked Recklinghausen (4-18) 92-76 on Saturday. Rostock made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Recklinghausen only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Recklinghausen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Spanish center Daniel Lopez (206-86) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Jarvis Davis (183-91, college: Gardner-Webb) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Four Rostock players scored in double figures. American forward Darnell Martin (198-91, college: CS Dominguez H.) produced 22 points and his fellow American import power forward Tre Hale-Edmerson (206-92, college: CS Northridge) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Rostock moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with Rist Wedel and Itzehoe. Loser Recklinghausen keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Recklinghausen: D.Martin 22+4reb+2ast, T.Hale-Edmerson 15+7reb+3ast, C.Iles 9+4reb+3ast, T.von Guionneau 8+3reb, C.Bruns 8+5reb+2ast, K.Okundaye 6+1reb+2ast
Rostock: D.Lopez 20+10reb+4ast, J.Davis 19+10reb+2ast, J.Shuler 13+5reb+3ast, D.Markert 10+3ast, T.Vogt 9+2reb+1ast, I.Slavchev 8+4reb
gschID: 528627


Stahnsdorf - Iserlohn 92-70

There was an upset in Stahnsdorf where higher ranked Iserlohn (13-9) was rolled over by eleventh ranked RSV Eintracht (7-15) 92-70 on Saturday. RSV Eintracht outrebounded Iserlohn 39-19 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Josh Adeyeye (196-93, college: Jacksonville) fired 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The other American import guard Antoine Myers (191-90, college: Troy) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Terrell Harris (191-93, college: Georgia Coll.) produced 16 points and Thomas Reuter (198-92, college: E.Washington) added 17 points respectively for lost side. RSV Eintracht maintains eleventh position in North with 7-15 record. Loser Iserlohn keeps the fourth place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Iserlohn: T.Reuter 17+1reb+1ast, T.Harris 16+4reb, J.Dahmen 11+6reb, R.Dahmen 9+1reb+1ast, M.Kone 5+3reb+1ast, K.Schwarz 4+3ast
Stahnsdorf: J.Adeyeye 22+8reb+1ast, C.Craven 19, A.Myers 17+6reb+4ast, N.Schumann 9+4reb+6ast, D.Teucher 8+6reb, J.Ney 6+10reb+5ast
gschID: 528626


Bernau - Wolfenbuettel 94-77

Leader SSV Lok Bernau delivered the seventeenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (9-13) 94-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. SSV Lok Bernau dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Herzoege Wolfenbuettel's 32. They outrebounded Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 44-27 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. SSV Lok Bernau looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Ferdinand Zylka (190-98, agency: BeoBasket) fired 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Pierre Bland (188-92, college: IPFW) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American center Khalil Kelley (203-91, college: Pacific) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Demetrius Ward (188-90, college: W.Michigan) added 23 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. SSV Lok Bernau (17-5) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted SSV Lok Bernau maintains first position in North. Loser Herzoege Wolfenbuettel keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: D.Ward 23+8reb+1ast, K.Kelley 21+10reb+2ast, M.Poeschel 9+1reb+3ast, L.Figge 9+2ast, L.Lagerpusch 5+4reb, C.Ebert 4+2reb+1ast
Bernau: F.Zylka 21+4reb+4ast, P.Bland 13+8reb+5ast, J.Boehm 12+8reb+1ast, J.Hundt 9+2reb, T.Parker-Rivera 9+7reb+1ast, T.Schneider 9+7reb+4ast
gschID: 528625


Bochum - Oldenburg 84-69

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Oldenburg (14-8) against fifth ranked AstroStars (12-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Oldenburg was defeated by AstroStars in Bochum 84-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Oldenburg. AstroStars dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Oldenburg's 28. AstroStars had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 20 passes made by Oldenburg's players. Center Michael Haucke (210-85) notched 16 points to lead the effort and forward Alexander Angerer (203-96) supported him with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by naturalized Bosnian point guard Robert Drijencic (190-96) did not help to save the game for Oldenburg. Swingman Lucien Schmikale (194-97) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. AstroStars maintains fifth position in North with 12-10 record. Oldenburg at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Oldenburg: R.Drijencic 13+5reb+6ast, L.Schmikale 13+7reb+1ast, P.Zwiener 13+2reb+1ast, M.Kessen 8+1reb+4ast, J.Albrecht 6+3reb+1ast, M.Bacak 5+6reb
Bochum: M.Haucke 16+4reb+2ast, D.Roberts 14+1reb+4ast, R.Bals 10+3reb, A.Angerer 10+7reb+4ast, A.Shelukha 8+4reb, N.Meesmann 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 528624


Art.Dragons - Schalke 84-65

Rather predictable result in Quakenbrueck where third ranked Artland Dragons (15-7) outscored 6th ranked Schalke (11-11) 84-65 on Saturday. Artland Dragons made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. American-Nigerian forward Mark Nwakamma (198-93, college: Hartford) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Gregory Graves (201-93, college: Mt.St.Mary's) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) produced 18 points and 7 assists and American-Irish guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Artland Dragons moved-up to second place in North. Newly promoted Schalke keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Schalke: C.Belger 18+2reb+7ast, P.Carney 16+2reb, T.Weaver 10+5reb, T.Szewczyk 8+3ast, J.Peters 4+1reb, N.Khartchenkov 3+1reb
Art.Dragons: G.Graves 19+8reb+1ast, M.Nwakamma 18+11reb+1ast, B.Fumey 11+3reb+1ast, P.Lieser 9+3reb+4ast, C.Frazier 9+1reb+1ast, M.Reid 9+4reb+7ast
gschID: 528623


South
FC Bayern II - Karlsruhe PS 76-49

Top ranked Karlsruhe PS (15-7) recorded its seventh loss in Muenchen on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by fifth ranked FC Bayern II (13-9) 76-49. FC Bayern II dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Karlsruhe PS's 24 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. FC Bayern II forced 23 Karlsruhe PS turnovers and had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Karim Jallow (199-97) fired 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Austrian forward Marvin Ogunsipe (204-96) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. FC Bayern II's coach Oliver Kostic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jordan Talbert (198-91, college: Missouri So.) produced 9 points and 8 rebounds and Bill Borekambi (198-92, college: Sequoias CC) added 8 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. FC Bayern II moved-up to fourth place in South, which they share with Bayer Giants. Karlsruhe PS at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with Elchingen and Weissenhorn.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe PS: J.Mampuya 10+2reb+1ast, J.Talbert 9+8reb+1ast, B.Borekambi 8+4reb+2ast, O.Parker 7+3reb, D.Bullard 4+1reb+2ast, D.Jakolis 4+2reb
FC Bayern II: K.Jallow 14+6reb+3ast, M.Ogunsipe 12+9reb+1ast, N.Markovic 10+6reb+1ast, N.Weidemann 9+2reb+5ast, I.Garic 7+1reb+1ast, T.Korndoerfer 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 528688


Dragons - Weissenhorn 71-80

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (9-13) was defeated at home by second ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars (15-7) 80-71 on Saturday. Weissenhorn Youngstars outrebounded Dragons Rhoendorf 50-29 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hungarian point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Nils Mittmann (201-79) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Weissenhorn Youngstars players scored in double figures. American forward Aaron Nelson (203-91, college: S.Indiana) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Viktor Frankl-Maus (186-93) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Weissenhorn Youngstars keep a position of South leader, which they share with Elchingen and Karlsruhe PS. Loser Dragons Rhoendorf dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Dragons: A.Nelson 24+11reb, V.Frankl-Maus 17+1reb+7ast, W.Trawick 8+1reb, P.Reusch 7+1reb+5ast, T.Michel 5+2reb+2ast, F.Wendeler 4+2reb
Weissenhorn: M.Pongo 25+10reb+2ast, N.Mittmann 16+8reb+7ast, T.Pape 12+8reb, M.Omuvwie 12+9reb+2ast, M.Stoll 5+1reb+1ast, L.Rosenbohm 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 528683


Fraport SKY II - Noerdlingen 83-59

Everything went according to plan in Frankfurt where ninth ranked Fraport Skyliners II (10-12) outleveled 12th ranked Giants (5-17) 83-59 on Saturday. They outrebounded Giants 42-22 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fraport Skyliners II shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Giants' players. Swingman Isaac Bonga (203-99) fired a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Point guard Garai Zeeb (187-97, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. Four Fraport Skyliners II players scored in double figures. American guard Terence Smith (193-91, college: Mississippi) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and center Adrian Lind (206-94) added 14 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. Fraport Skyliners II have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Wuerzburg. Loser Giants keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: T.Smith 26+6reb+2ast, A.Lind 14+4reb, A.Coleman 9+2reb+3ast, E.Edigin 4+4reb+1ast, F.Brutting 3+1reb+2ast, R.Seeberger 3+1ast
Fraport SKY II: G.Zeeb 22+2reb+4ast, R.Bakare 10+4reb, T.Thompson 10+2reb+4ast, I.Bonga 10+15reb+10ast, L.Okeke 9+2ast, T.Oldenburg 6+3reb
gschID: 528687


Leipzig - Licher Baeren 95-98

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked USC Leipzig's (7-15) home loss to tenth ranked Licher Basket (9-13) 95-98 on Saturday. Licher Basket forced 22 USC Leipzig turnovers. Guard Daniel Krause (194-88) fired 25 points for the winners. American guard KK Simmons (191-93, college: Pikeville) chipped in 25 points. American guard Cardell McFarland (182-87, college: Ky Wesleyan) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists and his fellow American import forward Jordan Faison (201-94, college: Cal Poly Pomona) added 28 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. Licher Basket moved-up to ninth place in South, which they share with Dragons. Loser USC Leipzig keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: J.Faison 28+11reb, C.McFarland 27+6reb+13ast, D.Cardenas 17+11reb+2ast, J.Niedermanner 15+1ast, R.Rietschel 4+4reb+1ast, T.Billups 2+3reb
Licher Baeren: D.Krause 25+3reb+2ast, K.Simmons 25+3reb+1ast, B.Kraushaar 13+2reb+5ast, P.Horstmann 9+9reb+1ast, L.Mallory 9+6reb+3ast, S.Kutzschmar 8+2reb
gschID: 528686


Karlsruhe BG - Wuerzburg 71-72

Important game to mention about took place in Karlsruhe. Eighth ranked Wuerzburg (10-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked BG Karlsruhe (11-11) 72-71 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Maximilian Ugrai (201-95) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. American guard Marcellus Barksdale (196-93, college: IUPUI) contributed with 9 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Russian-Israeli power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85) replied with 21 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and American center Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BG Karlsruhe. Four BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. Wuerzburg moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Fraport SKY II. BG Karlsruhe lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe BG: A.Kazarnovski 21+2reb+5ast, R.Easterling 10+3reb+1ast, S.Gulley 10+3reb, K.Fluellen 10, J.Black 9+5reb, A.Schmitz 5+3reb+2ast
Wuerzburg: M.Ugrai 25+3reb, G.Voigtmann 11+3reb, L.Wank 11+4reb, M.Barksdale 9+5reb+2ast, M.Heckel 6+1reb, C.Hackenesch 4
gschID: 528685


Elchingen - Bayer Giants 76-74

A very close game took place in Elchingen between Elchingen and Bayer Giants. Third ranked Elchingen (15-7) got a very close home victory over 4th ranked Bayer Giants (13-9). Elchingen managed to escape with a 2-point win 76-74 on Saturday evening. Elchingen outrebounded Bayer Giants 49-35 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 14 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian swingman Taevaunn Prince (191-91, college: Missouri So.) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Elchingen players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Kerry Carter (188-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 25 points and 6 assists and guard Alexander Blessig (188-93, college: Rollins) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bayer Giants' coach Achim Kuczmann tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Elchingen have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of South leader, which they share with Weissenhorn and Karlsruhe PS. Loser Bayer Giants keep the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with FC Bayern II.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: K.Carter 25+3reb+6ast, B.Nazione 17+3reb, A.Blessig 10+6reb+5ast, T.Schonborn 8+3reb+1ast, M.Kuczmann 5+3reb+1ast, D.Smith 4+3reb+2ast
Elchingen: T.Prince 17+6reb+1ast, F.Beck 17+5reb+1ast, M.Petric 14+2reb+8ast, A.Didovic 11+7reb+3ast, B.Butler 8+12reb+1ast, K.Kuhn 6+3reb
gschID: 528684





ProA Round 26: Chemnitz lose to Uni Baskets - 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 most important game in the last round took place in Paderborn between third ranked Chemnitz (17-8) and ninth ranked Uni Baskets (13-13) on Saturday night. Chemnitz was defeated by Uni Baskets in a tough game on the road 69-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chemnitz. Uni Baskets made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Chemnitz turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American point guard Chase Adams (177-88, college: Pittsburgh) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 assists. Forward Till Gloger (204-93, college: Maine) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Chris Carter (195-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances) replied with 16 points and 6 assists for Chemnitz. Uni Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hanau. Chemnitz at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Uni Baskets is looking forward to face league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Chemnitz will play against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC and will have a slim chance for a victory.
ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (23-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Nuernberg (9-16) in Nurnberg 77-68. Naturalized American forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Andrew Warren chipped in 20 points during the contest. American point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) responded with 15 points. Nuernberg's coach Ralph Junge rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first position with 23-3 record. Nuernberg at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Chemnitz (#4) at home in the next round. Nuernberg will play against Baunach (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between MLP Academics Heidelberg (16-10) and Hamburg (11-15), which took place in Hamburg. Higher ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg lost to eleventh ranked Hamburg in a road game 72-81 on Saturday. DeAndre Lansdowne notched 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 19 points by Vance Hall did not help to save the game for MLP Academics Heidelberg. Hamburg maintains eleventh position with 11-15 record. Loser MLP Academics Heidelberg keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Hamburg will meet higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against Titans and hope to secure a win.
The game between 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (6-20) and second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (21-5) in Essen ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Crailsheim outscored ETB Wohnbau 93-72. The best player for the winners was Christopher Dunn who scored 21 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. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-5 record having just two points less than leader MBC. ETB Wohnbau at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 20 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins' next round opponent will be Uni Baskets (#8) in Paderborn where they are favorite. ETB Wohnbau will play on the road against White Wings (#9) in Hanau and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Trier beat Ehingen on the road 82-75. Bottom-ranked Dresden lost to Baunach on its own court 73-85. Oettinger R. managed to outperform Koeln Rh.Stars in Gotha 78-69. Kirchheim managed to beat Hanau at home 88-72.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 20 points by Brandon Spearman of Trier.

Ehingen - Trier 75-82

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Gladiators (15-11) beat 13th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (9-18) in Allmendingen 82-75. Gladiators players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91, college: Hawaii) who scored 20 points. Power forward Johannes Joos (206-95) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Spearman is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Gladiators players scored in double figures. Tobias Jahn (204-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Daniel Berger (203-90, college: BYU-Hawaii, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gladiators have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Oettinger R. Ehingen/Urspringschule lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Gladiators' next round opponent will be higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against Koeln Rh.Stars (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: D.Berger 15+4reb+6ast, T.Jahn 15+11reb, K.Taylor 12+4reb+3ast, C.Wolf 9+7reb+1ast, J.Aminu 8+3reb+1ast, D.Moore 6+2reb+1ast
Trier: B.Spearman 20+2reb+3ast, J.Joos 13+6reb+1ast, S.Schmitz 13+1reb+5ast, T.Gruen 11+1reb+6ast, K.Dietz 8+9reb+1ast, J.Bucknor 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 474215


Dresden - Baunach 73-85

Rather expected game when 16th ranked Titans (2-25) lost to fourteenth ranked Baunach (8-18) in Dresden 73-85. The best player for the winners was center Leon Kratzer (210-97) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Lithuanian Arnoldas Kulboka (205-98) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Helge Baues (205-94) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard RJ Price (180-93, college: Radford) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baunach maintains fourteenth position with 8-18 record. Titans lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 25 lost games. Baunach's next round opponent will be higher ranked Nuernberg (#12) in Nurnberg and it may be quite challenging game. Titans will play on the road against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dresden: R.Price 16+2reb+4ast, H.Baues 15+8reb, W.Simon 13+3reb+3ast, J.Dunbar 11+2reb+1ast, J.Bertrand 9+6reb+3ast, D.Sturner 5+5reb
Baunach: L.Kratzer 23+7reb+3ast, A.Kulboka 17+5reb+4ast, T.Taras 15+1reb+2ast, L.Olinde 12+12reb+1ast, M.Mueller 10+3reb+1ast, A.Nikolic 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 474214


Koeln Rh.Stars - Oettinger R. 69-78

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-11) won against on the road 10th ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (12-14) 78-69. The best player for the winners was American point guard David Hicks (184-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) who scored 18 points. American-Ivorian forward Dane Watts (203-86) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Jelani Hewitt (191-91, college: Georgia South) produced 20 points and 4 assists and forward Robin Christen (203-91) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oettinger Rockets Gotha have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 15-11 record, which they share with Trier. Koeln Rh.Stars at the other side keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's next round opponent will be Hamburg (#11) at home where they are favorite. Koeln Rh.Stars will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Koeln Rh.Stars: J.Hewitt 20+3reb+4ast, R.Christen 12+7reb, D.Heinzmann 8+9reb+1ast, A.Foster 7+6reb+1ast, R.Williams 6+4reb+7ast, A.King 6+6reb
Oettinger R.: D.Hicks 18+2reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 15+1reb+2ast, D.Watts 12+7reb+2ast, J.Parker 9+5reb+1ast, G.Gibbs 7+3reb+3ast, R.Oehle 6+8reb
gschID: 474208


Hamburg - Heidelberg 81-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between MLP Academics Heidelberg (16-10) and Hamburg (11-15), which took place in Hamburg. Higher ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg lost to eleventh ranked Hamburg in a road game 72-81 on Saturday. Hamburg made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game, while MLP Academics Heidelberg only scored eight points from the stripe. American guard DeAndre Lansdowne (187-89, college: Fort Lewis) notched 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and point guard Anthony Canty (183-91, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four Hamburg players scored in double figures. Even 19 points by American point guard Vance Hall (193-91, college: Bellarmine) did not help to save the game for MLP Academics Heidelberg. His fellow American import guard Bernard Thompson (191-93, college: FGCU) added 18 points for the guests. Hamburg maintains eleventh position with 11-15 record. Loser MLP Academics Heidelberg keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Hamburg will meet higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against Titans and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: V.Hall 19+1reb+3ast, B.Thompson 18+4reb+1ast, P.Heyden 12+7reb+3ast, H.Kovacevic 6+2reb+2ast, N.Wuerzner 5+1ast, A.Kuppe 5+4reb+2ast
Hamburg: D.Lansdowne 26+6reb+4ast, A.Canty 16+5reb+3ast, R.Camphor 12+2reb+3ast, E.Wolf 10+10reb+1ast, M.Liyanage 8+2reb+1ast, J.Raffington 7+3reb
gschID: 474212


Uni Baskets - Chemnitz 77-69

The most important game in the last round took place in Paderborn between third ranked Chemnitz (17-8) and ninth ranked Uni Baskets (13-13) on Saturday night. Chemnitz was defeated by Uni Baskets in a tough game on the road 69-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chemnitz. Uni Baskets made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Chemnitz turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American point guard Chase Adams (177-88, college: Pittsburgh) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 assists. Forward Till Gloger (204-93, college: Maine) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Chris Carter (195-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances) replied with 16 points and 6 assists and forward Michael Fleischmann (205-86) added 17 points in the effort for Chemnitz. Uni Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hanau. Chemnitz at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Uni Baskets is looking forward to face league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Chemnitz will play against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: M.Fleischmann 17+3reb, C.Carter 16+4reb+6ast, M.Ziegenhagen 12+3reb+1ast, J.Lawson 5+4reb, C.Bradshaw 5+6reb+4ast, J.Richter 5+6reb
Uni Baskets: C.Adams 20+4reb+8ast, T.Gloger 15+7reb, M.Vest 13+2reb+7ast, M.Grim 7+5reb+3ast, P.Daubner 7+3reb, M.Kuhle 6+2ast
gschID: 474213


Kirchheim - Hanau 88-72

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked White Wings (13-13) lost on the road to fourth ranked Kirchheim Knights (18-8) 88-72. Kirchheim Knights made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 assists. Center Andreas Kronhardt (205-89) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Five Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (193-92) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to third place. White Wings at the other side keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Kirchheim Knights' next round opponent will be Gladiators (#7) in Trier. White Wings will play at home against ETB Wohnbau and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hanau: B.Sullivan 20+3reb+2ast, K.Pinkins 17+11reb+5ast, T.Joenke 14+6reb+7ast, J.Eichler 8+1reb, I.Sykes 8+5reb+4ast, E.Harris 5+1reb+3ast
Kirchheim: A.Kronhardt 19+7reb+1ast, C.Love 17+3reb+14ast, J.Maier 15+2reb+1ast, B.Wenzel 13+3reb+2ast, T.Koch 12+3reb+4ast, S.Hinrichs 6+6reb+5ast
gschID: 474211


Nuernberg - MBC 68-77

ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (23-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Nuernberg (9-16) in Nurnberg 77-68. Mitteldeutscher BC made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Naturalized American forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. American point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) responded with 15 points and his fellow American import guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake) scored 12 points. Nuernberg's coach Ralph Junge rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first position with 23-3 record. Nuernberg at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Chemnitz (#4) at home in the next round. Nuernberg will play against Baunach (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nuernberg: D.Watkins 15+3reb+3ast, J.Young 12+3reb+2ast, S.Schroeder 9+1reb+1ast, D.Oppland 7+7reb+1ast, M.Sanders 7+3reb+1ast, A.Calvin 6+3reb+2ast
MBC: A.Warren 20+3reb+3ast, S.Kerusch 16+8reb+5ast, T.Hinz 10+5reb, D.Pantelic 10+9reb+1ast, D.Johnson 7+5reb+3ast, M.Hatten 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 474210


ETB Wohnbau - Crailsheim 72-93

The game between 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (6-20) and second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (21-5) in Essen ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Crailsheim outscored ETB Wohnbau 93-72. Crailsheim Merlins made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) who scored 21 points. The former international forward Konrad Wysocki (202-82, college: Princeton) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Robin Lodders (205-94) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Ashton Moore (183-93, college: Citadel) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Crailsheim Merlins and four ETB Wohnbau 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. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-5 record having just two points less than leader MBC. ETB Wohnbau at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 20 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins' next round opponent will be Uni Baskets (#8) in Paderborn where they are favorite. ETB Wohnbau will play on the road against White Wings (#9) in Hanau and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: R.Lodders 21+6reb+1ast, C.Alexander 15+3reb+3ast, A.Moore 12+6reb+4ast, J.Lodders 10+5reb+4ast, A.Carraway 8+2reb+1ast, M.Creek 6
Crailsheim: C.Dunn 21+4reb+2ast, C.Griffin 14+1reb+2ast, N.Hilliard IV 13+5ast, K.Tiggs 12+4reb+2ast, K.Wysocki 12+5reb+3ast, M.Bogdanov 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 474209





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

22-year old guard Carrington Love (186-G-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kirchheim and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 26.
He got a double-double of 17 points and 14 assists, while his team crushed Hanau (#9, 13-13) with 16-point margin 88-72. Kirchheim is placed at 3rd position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kirchheim will need more victories to improve their 18-8 record. Love turned to be Kirchheim's top player in his first season with the team. University of Wisconsin - Green Bay graduate has very impressive stats this year. Love is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.6apg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 51.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89) of Hamburg. He is American guard in his first season at Hamburg. In the last game Lansdowne recorded impressive 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Hamburg cruised to a 81-72 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Heidelberg (#5, 16-10). Hamburg's 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-15 record. Lansdowne is a newcomer at Hamburg and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Leon Kratzer (210-C-97) of Baunach (#14). Kratzer scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Baunach, leading his team to a 85-73 win against slightly lower-ranked Dresden (#16, 2-25). The chances of Baunach not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kratzer could try to bring Baunach's a little bit higher in the standings. Kratzer has individually a great season in Germany. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.6rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 61.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Carter (195-G-92) of Chemnitz - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Andreas Kronhardt (205-C-89) of Kirchheim - 19 points and 7 rebounds
6. Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89) of MBC - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Kruize Pinkins (203-F-93) of Hanau - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Robin Lodders (205-F/C-94) of ETB Wohnbau - 21 points and 6 rebounds
9. Chase Adams (177-PG-88) of Uni Baskets - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Phillipp Heyden (206-C-88) of Heidelberg - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Steffen Kiese claims German ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Steffen Kiese (190-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Rist Wedel and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 29-year old guard had a double-double of 24 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Itzehoe (10-12) 84-80. Rist Wedel is placed at 7th position in their group in German ProB. Rist Wedel is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-12 record. In the team's last game Kiese had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Rist Wedel's top player in his first season with the team. Steffen Kiese averages this season 12.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American forward Jordan Faison (201-F-94) of Leipzig. Faison impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Leipzig was edged by slightly higher-ranked Licher Baeren (#9, 9-13) 98-95. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in South. Leipzig keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Faison is a newcomer at Leipzig 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 20.8ppg (#3). He also registered 9.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Terence Smith (193-G-91) of Noerdlingen (#12). Smith scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Smith's great performance Noerdlingen lost 59-83 to the higher-ranked Fraport SKY II (#8, 10-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Noerdlingen can only dream about fighting for top spots in South. They have rather bad season and 5-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Smith he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Smith has individually a great season in Germany. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.2rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cardell McFarland (182-G-87) of Leipzig - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Daniel Lopez (206-C-86) of Rostock - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Marcell Pongo (194-PG-97) of Weissenhorn - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nils Mittmann (201-F/C-79) of Weissenhorn - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Anton Kazarnovski (206-F/C-85) of Karlsruhe BG - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Maximilian Ugrai (201-SF-95) of Wuerzburg - 25 points and 3 rebounds
10. Aaron Nelson (203-F-91) of Dragons - 24 points and 11 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas18.5 
 2. Kokkalis, Ethnikos18.2 
 3. Karaboulas, Faros18.2 
 4. Milosevic, Holargos16.7 
 5. Redikas, Arkadikos16.4 
 6. Gagaloudis, Iraklis15.7 
 7. Gioulekas, GS Laris.15.3 
 8. Tsougarakis, Arkad.14.3 
 9. Macheras, Ethnikos14.3 
 10. Liakopoulos, Faros14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.0 
 2. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.9 
 3. Rubio, Doukas8.3 
 4. Lolas, Irakleio8.2 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.5 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.0 
 7. Charismidis, Aiolos A.6.7 
 8. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.6 
 9. Koutroulias, Holargos6.5 
 10. Prodromou, Arkad.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Nikou, Psychiko7.9 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.9 
 3. Milosevic, Holargos5.4 
 4. Liakopoulos, Faros5.3 
 5. Koutras, GS Laris.5.3 
 6. Koukas, Doukas4.9 
 7. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.8 
 8. Vasilopoulos, Faros4.7 
 9. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.7 
 10. Karydas, Panionios4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Sakis KARYDAS
  Panionios
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Karydas, Panionios2.0 
 2. Nikou, Psychiko2.0 
 3. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.8 
 4. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.7 
 5. Prodromou, Arkad.1.6 
 6. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.6 
 7. Laane, Ethnikos1.5 
 8. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 9. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.5 
 10. Milosevic, Holargos1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sigurdur THORSTEINSSON
  AE Laris.
  (204-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.5 
 2. Sklivas, Kavala1.3 
 3. Karras, Doukas1.0 
 4. Gilchrist, Holargos1.0 
 5. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 6. Papadionysio., Aiolos A.0.8 
 7. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 8. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.7 
 9. Antonakis, Ethnikos0.7 
 10. Jawara, Doxa P.0.7 


Greek A2 round 20 best performance: Alexandros Raptis - by Eurobasket News

Forward Alexandros Raptis (200-F-81) had a very impressive game in the last round for Doukas, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 35-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, four rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat AE Larissas (#9, 10-10) 82-67. Doukas maintains the 3rd position in Greek A2. They are still close to the very top. Doukas would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Raptis as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Alexandros Raptis averages this season 4.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old Leonidas Zoupas (182-PG-82) of Amyntas Dafnis. Zoupas had a very good evening with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. It was enough for Amyntas Dafnis to edge the lower-ranked Kavala (#13, 5-14) 61-59. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Amyntas Dafnis managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-12 record. Zoupas is one of the most experienced players at Amyntas Dafnis and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina center Fahro Alihodzic (208-C-89) of league's top team Panionios. Alihodzic scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Panionios, leading his team to a 101-49 easy win against the lower-ranked Irakleio (#15, 4-15). Many experts and fans count Panionios as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 19 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Alihodzic has a very solid season. In 19 games in Greece he scored 13.4ppg. He also has 6.2rpg and FGP: 59.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92) of Pagrati - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Holargos - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vassilis Kitsoulis (204-F-83) of Aiolos Astakou - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Vasileios Mouratos (193-F-97) of Psychiko - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-PF-83) of Faros - 22 points and 6 rebounds
9. Petros Noeas (204-F-87) of Panionios - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86) of Arkadikos - 13 points and 10 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)



B Round 21: Marousi defeat Kronos AD in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Eleventh-ranked Kronos AD (8-13) gave a tough game to second ranked Marousi (15-6) on Sunday. The visitors from Marousi managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kronos AD. Marousi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Marousi maintains second place in South with 15-6 record having five points less than leader Kastoria, which they share with Koropi. Kronos AD at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Proteas V.. Marousi is looking forward to face Zografou (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kronos AD will play against the league's leader Peristeri GS in Athens and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Athens. Sixth ranked Ionikos Nikaias (12-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Papagou (14-7) 65-64 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Papagou. Ionikos Nikaias maintains sixth place in South with 12-9 record, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Papagou at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Panerythraikos. Ionikos Nikaias will play against Tritonas S. (#10) in the next round. Papagou will play against Ergotelis (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kastoria. First ranked host Kastoria (20-1) smashed 4th placed Evropi (12-9) 91-59. Kastoria have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place in North with 20-1 record. Evropi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with Agriniou. Kastoria will meet Gefyra (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Evropi will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#14) and hope to secure a win.
B League top team - Peristeri GS (17-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked Proteas V. (8-13) in Voulas 73-67. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Peristeri GS. They maintain first place in South with 17-4 record. Newly promoted Proteas V. keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Peristeri GS's next round opponent will be Kronos AD (#12) which should be an easy win for them. Proteas V. will play against Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina and hope to win that game.
An interesting game took place in Stratoni where higher ranked Stratoni (11-10) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Xanthis (10-11) 71-56 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stratoni. The victory was the third consecutive win for Xanthis. They moved-up to ninth place in North, which they share with Charilaos TM and Gefyra. Loser Stratoni dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Xanthis will face league's second-placed Karditsas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21:
In North Agriniou won against Filippos Veroias on the opponent's court 80-70. HANTH managed to outperform Ermis Lagkada in a home game 71-53. Anatolia was rolled over Karditsas on the road 73-49. Charilaos TM defeated Aias Evosmou on its own court 58-44. Gefyra was beaten by Ermis Agias in a road game 83-69. Periko/Arhelaos won against Polygirou at home 78-74.
In South Koropi managed to outperform Tritonas S. on the opponent's court 86-80. Mandraikos managed to beat KAP in a home game 66-54. Nea Kifisia was defeated by Panerythraikos on the road 80-71. Apollon Sm. was beaten by Panelefsiniakos on its own court 58-65. Ergotelis lost to Zografou in a road game 58-75.

North
Stratoni - Xanthis 56-71

An interesting game took place in Stratoni where higher ranked Stratoni (11-10) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Xanthis (10-11) 71-56 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stratoni. The victory was the third consecutive win for Xanthis. They moved-up to ninth place in North, which they share with Charilaos TM and Gefyra. Loser Stratoni dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Xanthis will face league's second-placed Karditsas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 496782


Filippos Veroias - Agriniou 70-80

Very expected game when 14th ranked Filippos Veroias (6-15) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Agriniou (12-9) 80-70 on Sunday. Agriniou moved-up to fourth place in North, which they share with Evropi. Filippos Veroias lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Agriniou will face Stratoni (#8) at home in the next round. Filippos Veroias will play against Polygirou (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496781


HANTH - Ermis Lagkada 71-53

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked HANTH (8-13) defeated at home higher ranked Ermis Lagkada (11-10) 71-53 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for HANTH. Newly promoted HANTH maintains twelfth place in North with 8-13 record. Loser Ermis Lagkada keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. HANTH will face higher ranked Anatolia (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 496779


Karditsas - Anatolia 73-49

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Anatolia (11-10) was rolled over on the road by second ranked Karditsas (15-6) 73-49 on Sunday. Newly promoted Karditsas maintains second place in North with 15-6 record having five points less than leader Kastoria, which they share with Ermis Agias. Anatolia lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Karditsas will face Xanthis (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Anatolia will play against HANTH and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496780


Charilaos TM - Aias Evosmou 58-44

Everything went according to plan when eleventh ranked Charilaos TM (10-11) beat at home 16th ranked Aias Evosmou (4-17) 58-44 on Sunday. Charilaos TM moved-up to ninth place in North, which they share with Gefyra and Xanthis. Aias Evosmou at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. Charilaos TM will face higher ranked Ermis Lagkada (#6) in Lagadas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aias Evosmou will play against Ermis Agias (#3) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496778


Ermis Agias - Gefyra 83-69

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Gefyra (10-11) was defeated on the road by third ranked Ermis Agias (15-6) 83-69 on Sunday. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Ermis Agias. They moved-up to second place in North, which they share with Karditsas. Gefyra at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Ermis Agias will face Aias Evosmou (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gefyra will play against the league's leader Kastoria (#1) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496777


Kastoria - Evropi 91-59

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kastoria. First ranked host Kastoria (20-1) smashed 4th placed Evropi (12-9) 91-59. Kastoria have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place in North with 20-1 record. Evropi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with Agriniou. Kastoria will meet Gefyra (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Evropi will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#14) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 496776


Periko/Arhelaos - Polygirou 78-74

There was a small surprise in Perikos where fifteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (6-15) won against 13th ranked Polygirou (7-14) 78-74 on Sunday. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to fourteenth place in North, which they share with Filippos Veroias. Polygirou lost their third game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will face higher ranked Evropi (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 496775


South
Tritonas S. - Koropi 80-86

Very expected game when 9th ranked Tritonas S. (10-11) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Koropi (15-6) 86-80 on Sunday. Koropi moved-up to second place in South, which they share with Marousi. Newly promoted Tritonas S. keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Koropi will face Mandraikos (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tritonas S. will play against Ionikos Nikaias and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496542


Mandraikos - KAP 66-54

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Mandraikos (11-10) defeated at home 16th ranked KAP (2-19) 66-54 on Sunday. Newly promoted Mandraikos maintains eighth place in South with 11-10 record. KAP lost their ninth game in a row. KAP at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Mandraikos will face higher ranked Koropi (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KAP will play against Panerythraikos (#5) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496540


Papagou - Ionikos Nikaias 64-65

Important game to mention about took place in Athens. Sixth ranked Ionikos Nikaias (12-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Papagou (14-7) 65-64 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Papagou. Ionikos Nikaias maintains sixth place in South with 12-9 record, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Papagou at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Panerythraikos. Ionikos Nikaias will play against Tritonas S. (#10) in the next round. Papagou will play against Ergotelis (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 496541


Panerythraikos - Nea Kifisia 80-71

Not a big story in a game in New Eritrea where 10th ranked Nea Kifisia (10-11) was defeated by fifth ranked Panerythraikos (14-7) 80-71 on Sunday. Panerythraikos moved-up to fourth place in South, which they share with Papagou. Loser Nea Kifisia dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Panerythraikos will face KAP (#16) in Paraskevis in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Nea Kifisia will play at home against Apollon Sm. (#15) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the A2 just one year after relegation.
gschID: 496539


Proteas V. - Peristeri GS 67-73

B League top team - Peristeri GS (17-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked Proteas V. (8-13) in Voulas 73-67. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Peristeri GS. They maintain first place in South with 17-4 record. Newly promoted Proteas V. keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Peristeri GS's next round opponent will be Kronos AD (#12) which should be an easy win for them. Proteas V. will play against Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496537


Apollon Sm. - Panelefsiniakos 58-65

Everything went according to plan in Smyrnis where seventh ranked Panelefsiniakos (12-9) beat 15th ranked Apollon Sm. (4-17) 65-58 on Sunday. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Panelefsiniakos. They moved-up to sixth place in South, which they share with Ionikos Nikaias. Apollon Sm. lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Panelefsiniakos will face Proteas V. (#13) in Voulas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Apollon Sm. will play on the road against Nea Kifisia in Athens and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496538


Kronos AD - Marousi 65-67

Eleventh-ranked Kronos AD (8-13) gave a tough game to second ranked Marousi (15-6) on Sunday. The visitors from Marousi managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kronos AD. Marousi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Marousi maintains second place in South with 15-6 record having five points less than leader Kastoria, which they share with Koropi. Kronos AD at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Proteas V.. Marousi is looking forward to face Zografou (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kronos AD will play against the league's leader Peristeri GS in Athens and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 496536


Zografou - Ergotelis 75-58

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Ergotelis' (7-14) road loss to thirteenth ranked Zografou (9-12) 58-75 on Sunday. Zografou moved-up to eleventh place in South. Ergotelis lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Zografou will face league's second-placed Marousi on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ergotelis will play against Papagou (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 496535





Alessandro Gentile reportedly leaving Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

25-year old Italian international swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) reportedly parted ways with Panathinaikos Athens (A1). In 8 games he recorded 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Gentile also played 9 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.2ppg and 2.2rpg.
Gentile managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). The other team he played was Armani Milano in Italian Serie A. In 6 A1 games he had 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg. Gentile contributed to his team winning the Supercup. Gentile also played 9 games in Euroleague where he got 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (53rd overall).
Among other achievements Gentile won Italian SerieA championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team award in 2015 and 2016.
Gentile has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Gentile also represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (16.8ppg), 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 82.9%.
Gentile has played previously for another Italian team Benetton Treviso.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A player with great versatility, whose future is probably at the SG position. Knows yet how to score and has great personality, needs to improve his defensive skills.



Trevor Releford claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Trevor Releford (183-PG-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kolossos HH and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old playmaker had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Kolossos HH in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Doxa Lefkadas (#14, 3-17) 62-61. Kolossos HH maintains the 6th position in Greek A1. Kolossos HH is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-9 record. In the team's last game Releford had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Kolossos HH and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Trevor Releford averages this season 12.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American Keith Clanton (205-C/F-90) of PAOK. Clanton impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course PAOK cruised to a 97-86 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Trikalla (#9, 8-12). PAOK's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Clanton is a newcomer at PAOK and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Toddrick Gotcher (193-SG-93) of Koroivos (#10). Gotcher scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Koroivos, leading his team to a 71-67 win against the lower-ranked Apollon Patras (#13, 5-15). The chances of Koroivos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gotcher could try to bring Koroivos' a little bit higher in the standings. Gotcher has individually a great season in Greece. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.2ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kelsey Barlow (196-G-91) of Trikalla - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) of AEK Athens - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gilvydas Biruta (203-PF-91) of Trikalla - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Steven Burtt (189-G-84) of Apollon Patras - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84) of AEK Athens - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87) of Kymis - 19 points and 6 rebounds
10. Zanis Peiners (203-F/G-90) of PAOK - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Anderson number one in Holland for round 22 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard La'Shard Anderson (185-G-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Rotterdam, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 27-year old player got a double-double of 32 points and 12 assists, while his team beat Den Bosch (#4, 11-11) 99-85. Rotterdam maintains the 5th position in Dutch Eredivisie. Rotterdam is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-13 record. In the team's last game Anderson had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Rotterdam's top player in his first season with the team. Former Boise State University star has very solid stats this year. Anderson is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.7ppg. Anderson is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.3apg) and averages impressive 2.6spg and 40.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Chase Fieler (203-F-92) of league's leader Groningen. Fieler had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Groningen to another comfortable win 74-57 over slightly lower-ranked Leiden (#3, 14-8) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Groningen consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 21-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Fieler is well-known at Groningen and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Rotterdam's star - center Lucas Steijn (211-C-86). Steijn scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Rotterdam, helping his team with a 99-85 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Den Bosch (#4, 11-11). The chances of Rotterdam ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Steijn could help Rotterdam to bring them higher in the standings. Steijn has a very solid season. In 21 games in Holland he scored 6.1ppg. He also has 5.7rpg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Clayton Vette (202-C-88) of Zwolle - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Dyon Halman (204-C/F-94) of Weert - 18 points and 13 rebounds
6. Justin Watts (196-G/F-90) of Den Bosch - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Denton Koon (203-F-92) of Leeuwarden - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dimeo Van Der Horst (197-G/F-91) of Amsterdam - 22 points and 3 rebounds
9. Aleek Pauline (185-PG-87) of Weert - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Arvin Slagter (191-G-85) of Groningen - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Hungarian A Division round 20 best performance: Talor Battle - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Talor Battle (182-PG-88, agency: Two Points) had a very impressive game in the last round for Atomeromu, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 28-year old player got a double-double of 17 points and 12 assists, while his team beat Vasas (#13, 4-16) 89-82. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Atomeromu maintains the 12th position in Hungarian A Division. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 14 games and recorded just six victories. Battle just recently signed at Atomeromu, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former The Pennsylvania State University star has very solid stats this year. Battle is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 8.0apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Brandon Johnson (183-G-86, agency: BeoBasket) of Sopron KC. Johnson had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Sopron KC was edged by the higher-ranked Falco KC (#3, 14-7) 79-75. Despite lost game Sopron KC moved up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Johnson is one of the most experienced players at Sopron KC and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.2rpg and 5.9apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian swingman Marko Djerasimovic (198-F/G-84, agency: BeoExcell) of KTE-Duna (#10). Djerasimovic scored 28 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Djerasimovic's great performance KTE-Duna lost 80-85 to the higher-ranked ZTE KK (#6, 12-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of KTE-Duna ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Djerasimovic could help KTE-Duna to bring them higher in the standings. Djerasimovic has a great season in Hungary. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. A.J. Pacher (208-F-92) of Vasas - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Julien Mills (193-G-85) of Sopron KC - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88) of Kormend - 23 points and 12 rebounds
8. Uros Duvnjak (190-SG-86) of MAFC - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Falco KC - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Tomislav Ivosev (204-F-90) of KTE-Duna - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  ICELAND  

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Stevens, Keflavik29.5 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.28.4 
 3. Wright, Haukar28.3 
 4. Carberry, Thor T.27.6 
 5. Covile, Snaefell25.4 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll23.8 
 7. Samb, Tindastoll22.0 
 8. Beamon, Thor AK21.3 
 9. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 10. Clinch, Grindavik21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.1 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.7 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.6 
 4. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 5. Carberry, Thor T.11.1 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll10.9 
 7. Covile, Snaefell10.7 
 8. Hankins-Cole, IR9.6 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR9.2 
 10. Wright, Haukar8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.9 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.8 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.4 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.2 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik5.0 
 8. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.0 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan4.9 
 10. Stefansson, KR4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew HUNTER
  IR
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hunter, IR3.1 
 2. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 3. Thomas, IR3.0 
 4. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.8 
 5. Olafsson, Grindavik2.2 
 6. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 7. Stevens, Keflavik2.0 
 8. Barja, Haukar1.9 
 9. Covile, Snaefell1.9 
 10. Alawoya, KR1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 2. Dempsey, Njardvik1.8 
 3. Hankins-Cole, IR1.8 
 4. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 6. Magnusson, Haukar1.4 
 7. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 8. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 9. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.3 
 10. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.2 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.3 
 4. Shouse, IA25.5 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.3 
 6. King, Valur21.9 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir21.1 
 8. Oliver, Fjolnir20.0 
 9. Bracey, Valur19.5 
 10. Stefansson, Hamar19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Woods, Hamar14.4 
 2. Motley, FSU12.8 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.6 
 4. Pryor, Fjolnir12.5 
 5. King, Valur12.2 
 6. Shouse, IA9.3 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.1 
 8. Petursson, Valur8.8 
 9. Fridriksson, Arm.8.6 
 10. Virijevic, Hottur8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Moss, Hottur8.9 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.3 
 3. Garland, Breidablik5.7 
 4. Shouse, IA5.5 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.0 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.9 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.7 
 8. Jonasson, Armann4.0 
 9. Erlingsson, Hamar3.9 
 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, IA3.0 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. King, Valur2.3 
 6. Oliver, Fjolnir2.2 
 7. Motley, FSU2.2 
 8. Olafsson, Hamar2.1 
 9. Pryor, Fjolnir1.9 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marques OLIVER
  Fjolnir
  (201-PF-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Oliver, Fjolnir2.6 
 2. King, Valur2.4 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.4 
 4. Audunsson, Valur1.2 
 5. Motley, FSU1.2 
 6. Johannesson, Breid.1.0 
 7. Virijevic, Hottur1.0 
 8. Karason, Fjolnir1.0 
 9. Kristjansson, IA0.9 
 10. Fridriksson, Arm.0.9 



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  INDONESIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Barfield, NSH G.26.9 
 2. Jacobs, NSH G.25.7 
 3. White, Pelita Jaya23.5 
 4. Smith, Hang Tuah23.5 
 5. Crump, Satya W.23.4 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .23.1 
 7. Corbin, Bima P.22.4 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .21.5 
 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. Barfield, NSH G.15.1 
 3. Brand, JNE B.14.8 
 4. White, Pelita Jaya13.9 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .13.8 
 6. Maxey, Satya W.13.8 
 7. Gunawan, Garuda12.2 
 8. Henderson-N., Aspac10.7 
 9. McKinney, CLS K.10.1 
 10. Seagers, Pacific .9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mario WUYSANG
  CLS K.
  (176-PG-79)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Wuysang, CLS K.5.9 
 2. Smith, Hang Tuah5.4 
 3. Jacobs, NSH G.5.3 
 4. Seagers, Pacific .4.8 
 5. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.5 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .4.3 
 7. Hardianus, Satria M.4.2 
 8. Purwanto, Hang T.4.1 
 9. Grays, Pelita Jaya4.0 
 10. Crump, Satya W.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Corbin, Bima P.2.9 
 2. Seagers, Pacific .2.5 
 3. Smith, Hang Tuah2.4 
 4. Jewell, Satria Muda2.2 
 5. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.2 
 6. Barfield, NSH G.2.1 
 7. Saputra, Pacific .2.0 
 8. Grays, Pelita Jaya2.0 
 9. White, Pelita Jaya1.8 
 10. Joni, Hang Tuah1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Maxey, Satya W.4.6 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.5 
 3. Ware, Garuda1.6 
 4. White, Pelita Jaya1.5 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .1.4 
 6. Smith, Satria Muda1.1 
 7. Nugroho, CLS K.0.9 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .0.9 
 9. Sitepu, Satria M.0.9 
 10. Thoyib, CLS Knights0.8 



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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Cook, Chemidor26.3 
 2. Koljevic, Kashan22.6 
 3. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 5. Hosley, Arak19.6 
 6. Prince, Azad19.2 
 7. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 8. Gacesa, Tabriz17.6 
 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.9.2 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Kardoust, Arak8.8 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 9. Jones, Azad7.2 
 10. Taherpour, Shiraz a.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan KOLJEVIC
  Kashan
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Koljevic, Kashan5.3 
 2. Aslani, Army4.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 4. Davarpanah, Naft A.4.0 
 5. Perkins, Naft A.3.8 
 6. Prince, Azad3.6 
 7. Hosley, Arak3.5 
 8. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.4 
 9. Marshall, Gorgan3.3 
 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.2.1 
 8. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.0 
 9. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 10. Jones, Azad1.7 
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. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.8 
 9. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.0.7 
 10. Riaie, Chemidor0.7 


Superleague Round 4 (Second Stage): Naft Abadan edge Tabriz by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Superleague took place in Tabriz. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th ranked Tabriz (0-2) to first ranked Naft Abadan (3-1) 110-108 on Monday evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Tabriz helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Ivorian guard Doron Perkins (189-83, college: Santa Clara) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international swingman Saeed Davarpanah (190-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 35 points (!!!). A Taherkhani produced 28 points and 4 steals for lost side. Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Naft Abadan maintains first position in Group 1 with 3-1 record, which they share with Petrochimi. Tabriz at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Naft Abadan is looking forward to face Arak (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tabriz will play against Shiraz a.s Pipe and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Tehran. First ranked Petrochimi (3-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked Chemidor (1-2) 89-86 on Monday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds. James White contributed with 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Petrochimi's coach Mehran Shahintab allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) replied with 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for Chemidor. Defending champion maintains first position in Group 2 with 3-1 record, which they share with Naft Abadan. Chemidor at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. Petrochimi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chemidor will play again on the road against the league's leader Petrochimi (#1) in Bandar Imam to get more than just one victory in their record.
Bottom-ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (0-3) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 55-51 loss to third ranked Kashan (2-1) in Gorgan on Monday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Kashan moved-up to second place in Group 1, which they share with Arak. Loser Shahrdari Gorgan still closes the standings with three games lost. Kashan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shahrdari Gorgan will play again against the league's second-placed Kashan (#2) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Group 1
Tabriz - Naft Abadan 108-110

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Superleague took place in Tabriz. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th ranked Tabriz (0-2) to first ranked Naft Abadan (3-1) 110-108 on Monday evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Tabriz helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Ivorian guard Doron Perkins (189-83, college: Santa Clara) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international swingman Saeed Davarpanah (190-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 35 points (!!!). A Taherkhani produced 28 points and 4 steals and Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-87, college: TCU) added 26 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Tabriz players scored in double figures. Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Naft Abadan maintains first position in Group 1 with 3-1 record, which they share with Petrochimi. Tabriz at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Naft Abadan is looking forward to face Arak (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tabriz will play against Shiraz a.s Pipe and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tabriz: A. Taherkhani 28+4reb+3ast, N.Gacesa 26+6reb+2ast, M.Falahat 16+4reb+2ast, S.Pazrofteh 13+7reb+4ast, E.Nasajpour 11+3reb+8ast, R.Khabazan 9
Naft Abadan: S.Davarpanah 35+4reb+2ast, D.Perkins 30+10reb+6ast, R.Richards 26+7reb+3ast, M.Hassanzadeh 8+6reb+1ast, F.Aslani 5+1reb+2ast, E.Salmani 4
gschID: 537374


Group 2
Chemidor - Petrochimi 86-89

Important game to mention about took place in Tehran. First ranked Petrochimi (3-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked Chemidor (1-2) 89-86 on Monday evening. Chemidor was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 54-46 second half run of Petrochimi. Chemidor was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Petrochimi's coach Mehran Shahintab allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) replied with 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and Lithuanian power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-83) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Chemidor. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position in Group 2 with 3-1 record, which they share with Naft Abadan. Chemidor at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. Petrochimi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chemidor will play again on the road against the league's leader Petrochimi (#1) in Bandar Imam to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Chemidor: D.Cook 34+9reb+2ast, D.Derghokasian 16+4reb, P.Cukinas 14+10reb+2ast, A.Sedighi 10+2reb+1ast, J.Davari 6+2reb+1ast, K. Riaie 4+6reb+1ast
Petrochimi: G.Robinson 30+7reb+1ast, J.White 24+8reb+1ast, B.Yakhchali 12+2reb+2ast, O.Sahakian 11+6reb, R.Arghavan 5+6reb, M.Nabipour 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 539044


Gorgan - Kashan 51-55

Bottom-ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (0-3) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 55-51 loss to third ranked Kashan (2-1) in Gorgan on Monday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Kashan moved-up to second place in Group 1, which they share with Arak. Loser Shahrdari Gorgan still closes the standings with three games lost. Kashan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shahrdari Gorgan will play again against the league's second-placed Kashan (#2) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 539045





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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.4 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles24.0 
 3. Pemberton, Tralee22.4 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.21.1 
 5. Turner, Killester20.7 
 6. Lawrence, Moycu.20.6 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.5 
 8. Murphy, Templeogue17.9 
 9. Killeen, Templeogue17.3 
 10. Garrow, UCD Marian16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Provizors, DCU S.16.8 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian15.4 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.14.0 
 4. Turner, Killester12.8 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen11.9 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee11.6 
 7. Killeen, Templeogue11.4 
 8. Lawson, UCC Demons10.9 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee10.8 
 10. Gil, Swords T.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.6 
 2. Westbrooks, Swords T.8.7 
 3. Drumm, UCD Marian8.2 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.5 
 5. Downey, UCC Demons6.4 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.6.2 
 7. Roe, Killester5.0 
 8. Hosford, UCC D.4.8 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee