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  ABA  



Aliens tame the Lions - by Gianni Pascucci

Atlanta Aliens finished the regular season strong by defeating Lions Basketball 139-100. The Aliens used tough defensive pressure to establish an early lead and never looked back. At the end of the 1st quarter, the Aliens led 41-21. They extended the lead by halftime 84-47 and cruised to victory the remainder of the game.
All of the Aliens scored and seven players were in double figures. ABA All-Star nominee Michael Zeigler (6'5''-F-89, college: Morehouse) led all scorers with his fifth triple double of the season 34pts, 10rebs and 10ast. Demarcus Robinson (5'10''-PG-93, college: Alabama St.) followed with 27pts, 8ast, 6rebs, Will Bailey (6'4''-SG) 24pts, Javan Wells 15pts, Jonathan Tassin (6'6''-F, college: Morehouse) 14pts, Nicholas Mitchell 11pts, and Emerson Roberson 10pts. Marquis Agnew led the Lions with 23pts.
Atlanta Aliens are clicking on all cylinders and ready to compete in the ABA Playoffs.




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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, Zadar18.0 
 3. Boatright, Cedevita17.3 
 4. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.5 
 5. Lukovic, Krka16.5 
 6. Labovic, Karpos S.15.7 
 7. Barac, Zadar15.5 
 8. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.4 
 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. Klassen, 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. Vladovic, Zadar1.7 
 4. Labovic, Karpos S.1.7 
 5. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.7 
 6. Perry, Karpos S.1.6 
 7. Kaba, Mega Leks1.5 
 8. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 9. Ramljak, Zadar1.5 
 10. Rozic, Cibona1.4 
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 


Round 25: Cedevita defeat Un.Olimpija in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in ABA League. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

Eighth-ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (10-15) gave a tough game to third ranked Croatian Cedevita (19-6) in Ljubljana on Sunday. The visitors from Zagreb managed to secure only two-point victory 94-92. However their fans expected much easier game. Cedevita looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Un.Olimpija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Luka Babic (201-91, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American guard Ra'shad James (188-90, college: Kaiser) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Cedevita's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Cedevita have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Partizan. Un.Olimpija at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cedevita is looking forward to face FMP (#7) in Beograd in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Un.Olimpija will play on the road against KK Zadar and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
One of the most interesting games of round 25 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia - FMP and Crvena Zvezda. The game took place in Beograd where first ranked Crvena Zvezda won against host FMP (10-15) 84-76. American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 15 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Luka Mitrovic accounted for 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Crvena Zvezda's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for FMP in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Crvena Zvezda. Defending Serbian champion maintains first place with 24-1 record. FMP at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Crvena Zvezda will play against Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica in the next round. FMP will play on the road against the league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Zagreb where higher ranked Croatian Cibona (11-14) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Serbian Mega Leks (10-15) 100-88 on Saturday. Nikola Rebic fired 17 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Zeljko Sakic produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mega Leks moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Cibona lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Mega Leks will meet at home Karpos Sokoli (#8) in the next round. Cibona will play against Krka in Novo Mesto and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Bar where higher ranked Bosnian Igokea (12-13) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (9-16) 83-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Igokea. Worth to mention a great performance of Antabia Waller who helped to win the game recording 15 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mornar Bar moved-up to eleventh place. Defending Bosnian champion Igokea keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Mornar Bar's next round opponent will be MZT Skopje (#12) on the road. Igokea will play against Partizan (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (18-7) crushed at home 12th ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (8-17) by 31 points 92-61, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. Boris Savovic stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains fourth place with 18-7 record. MZT Skopje lost their third game in a row. Defending FYR Macedonian champion keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Buducnost will face league's leader Crvena Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MZT Skopje will play at home against Mornar Bar (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 25 Zadar lost to Karpos Sokoli on the opponent's court 79-85. Partizan managed to outperform Krka in a home game 94-80.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 14 points and 4 assists by Lamont Jones of Mornar Bar.

Karpos Sokoli - Zadar 85-79

Rather expected game in Skopje where 12th ranked Croatian KK Zadar (8-17) was defeated by tenth ranked FYR Macedonian Karpos Sokoli (10-15) 85-79 on Monday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strangely KK Zadar outrebounded Karpos Sokoli 37-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 assists for the winners and Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Bosnian forward Boris Barac (205-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and guard Mislav Brzoja (198-94, college: Evansville, agency: Octagon Europe) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Karpos Sokoli moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser KK Zadar keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Karpos Sokoli will face Mega Leks (#10) in Sremska Mitrovica in the next round. KK Zadar will play at home against Un.Olimpija and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Karpos Sokoli: K.Perry 26+4reb+6ast, D.Zekovic 17+1reb, D.Labovic 16+7reb+2ast, B.Trajkovski 12+5reb+1ast, D.Sokolov 7+1reb+4ast, D.Mavra 4+3reb+3ast
Zadar: B.Barac 22+10reb+2ast, I.Marinkovic 14+7reb+3ast, M.Brzoja 14+12reb+4ast, I.Ramljak 12+4reb+1ast, Y.Franke 5+2reb, M.Kovacevic 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 476304


Buducnost - MZT Skopje 92-61

Fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (18-7) crushed at home 12th ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (8-17) by 31 points 92-61, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. Buducnost dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to MZT Skopje's 26. They outrebounded MZT Skopje 43-26 including 32 on the defensive glass. Serbian-Montenegrin forward Boris Savovic (208-87, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) chipped in 10 points and 10 assists. Five Buducnost players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Xavier Thames (191-91, college: San Diego St.) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) scored 13 points and 5 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. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains fourth place with 18-7 record. MZT Skopje lost their third game in a row. Defending FYR Macedonian champion keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Buducnost will face league's leader Crvena Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MZT Skopje will play at home against Mornar Bar (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: P.Popovic 17+2reb, B.Savovic 14+17reb+2ast, J.Reynolds 13, O.Klassen 11+4reb+1ast, A.Ilic 10+4reb+1ast, M.Williams 10+3reb+10ast
MZT Skopje: X.Thames 20+5reb+4ast, D.Drenovac 13+5reb, J.Lalic 10+4reb, C.Kloof 8+4reb+2ast, S.Gjuroski 4+2reb, J.Scott 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 476301


FMP - Crvena Zvezda 76-84

One of the most interesting games of round 25 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia - FMP and Crvena Zvezda. The game took place in Beograd where first ranked Crvena Zvezda won against host FMP (10-15) 84-76. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-22 FMP's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-76 at the end of the game. Crvena Zvezda forced 22 FMP turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 15 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Luka Mitrovic (204-93) accounted for 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Crvena Zvezda's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for FMP in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Crvena Zvezda. Defending Serbian champion maintains first place with 24-1 record. FMP at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Crvena Zvezda will play against Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica in the next round. FMP will play on the road against the league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: M.Bjelica 17+4reb+1ast, B.Lazic 16+2reb, N.Wolters 15+4reb+6ast, C.Jenkins 10+3reb+6ast, L.Mitrovic 9+8reb+6ast, O.Kuzmic 6+2reb
FMP: D.Davidovac 16+6reb+3ast, J.Bolden 15+7reb+2ast, S.Lazarevic 13+3reb+2ast, I.Austin 11+6reb+1ast, D.Apic 10+2reb, M.Ljubicic 9+6reb+6ast
gschID: 476302


Un.Olimpija - Cedevita 92-94

Eighth-ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (10-15) gave a tough game to third ranked Croatian Cedevita (19-6) in Ljubljana on Sunday. The visitors from Zagreb managed to secure only two-point victory 94-92. However their fans expected much easier game. Cedevita looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Un.Olimpija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Luka Babic (201-91, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American guard Ra'shad James (188-90, college: Kaiser) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Cedevita's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Gregor Hrovat (196-94) scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Cedevita and five Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. Cedevita have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Partizan. Un.Olimpija at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cedevita is looking forward to face FMP (#7) in Beograd in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Un.Olimpija will play on the road against KK Zadar and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: L.Babic 18+7reb+3ast, M.Bilan 15+1reb+3ast, F.Kruslin 13+2reb+5ast, R.James 12+8reb+2ast, J.Shurna 10+3reb+1ast, M.Tomas 8+1reb+2ast
Un.Olimpija: N.Jankovic 20+10reb+4ast, B.Jefferson 18+4reb+4ast, G.Hrovat 17+6reb+4ast, D.Oliver 16+4reb+6ast, J.Pelko 12+4reb+2ast, S.Milosevic 4+2reb
gschID: 476303


Partizan - Krka 94-80

Very predictable result in Beograd where third ranked Serbian Partizan (19-6) defeated bottom-ranked Slovenian Krka (7-18) 94-80 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-80. Partizan made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Bosnian-Serbian Adin Vrabac (204-94) stepped up and scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and guard Stefan Pot (196-94) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. At the losing side center Ziga Dimec (211-93) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Serbian Marko Lukovic (207-92, agency: BeoBasket) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Partizan. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Cedevita. Krka lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Partizan will face Igokea (#5) in Aleksandrovac in the next round. Krka will play at home against Cibona (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Partizan: S.Pot 16+3reb+6ast, A.Vrabac 14+6reb+8ast, B.Ratkovica 12+1reb+2ast, M.Andric 11+4reb+2ast, M.Koprivica 9+2reb, S.Bircevic 9+7reb
Krka: Z.Dimec 19+11reb+1ast, M.Lukovic 17+6reb+1ast, D.Elliott 13+5reb+1ast, R.Curry 11+2reb+1ast, M.Rebec 11+1reb+6ast, S.Cebular 6+2reb+7ast
gschID: 476306


Cibona - Mega Leks 88-100

An interesting game took place in Zagreb where higher ranked Croatian Cibona (11-14) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Serbian Mega Leks (10-15) 100-88 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-88. Mega Leks made 20-of-20 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Mega Leks outrebounded Cibona 37-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. Point guard Nikola Rebic (188-95, agency: BeoBasket) fired 17 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Swingman Rade Zagorac (205-95, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Five Mega Leks players scored in double figures. Forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: BeoBasket) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Marin Rozic (201-83, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mega Leks moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Cibona lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Mega Leks will meet at home Karpos Sokoli (#8) in the next round. Cibona will play against Krka in Novo Mesto and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mega Leks: R.Zagorac 22+6reb, N.Rebic 17+6reb+7ast, K.Mushidi 15+5reb+1ast, O.Jaramaz 15+6reb+3ast, R.Spasojevic 14+3reb+2ast, A.Kaba 10+6reb+1ast
Cibona: Z.Sakic 18+6reb+4ast, M.Rozic 13+6reb+2ast, A.Gospic 12+2reb, N.Slavica 11+4reb+1ast, D.Bosnjak 10+1reb+3ast, S.Reynolds 8+2reb+7ast
gschID: 476305


Mornar Bar - Igokea 83-76

An interesting game took place in Bar where higher ranked Bosnian Igokea (12-13) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (9-16) 83-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Igokea. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-15 Igokea's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 83-76 at the end of the game. Mornar Bar shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Antabia Waller (191-88, college: Auburn) who helped to win the game recording 15 points. His fellow American import point guard Lamont Jones (183-90, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Serbian forward Danilo Sibalic (202-88, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian-Bosnian center Robert Rikic (219-90) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Igokea. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mornar Bar moved-up to eleventh place. Defending Bosnian champion Igokea keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Mornar Bar's next round opponent will be MZT Skopje (#12) on the road. Igokea will play against Partizan (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: A.Waller 15+2reb+3ast, L.Jones 14+1reb+4ast, O.Ellis 13+2reb+2ast, M.Mijovic 10+2reb+2ast, M.Mugosa 10+2reb, R.Vujosevic 7+5reb+1ast
Igokea: D.Sibalic 18+5reb+2ast, S.Micovic 15, D.Albijanic 10+6reb+1ast, R.Rikic 10+7reb+2ast, M.Pasajlic 7+2reb+2ast, J.Robinson 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 476307





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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.7 
 2. Green, Instituto20.4 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.19.1 
 4. Solano, Echague18.8 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.4 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Horner, Obras B.16.7 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.6 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.4 
 10. Gadson, Argentino16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.6 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.1 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.5 
 8. Horner, Obras B.8.4 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 10. Francis, La Union8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.2 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.8 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.6 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Hopson, Quimsa4.6 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.6 
 9. Perez, Boca Jrs4.5 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ivan BASUALDO
  Quilm.
  (202-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 9. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 10. Zurbriggen, Obras B.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.1.7 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 9. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 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.19.4 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.18.6 
 8. Pais, Platense18.5 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.8 
 10. Cutley, Atenas C.17.7 
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. Joseph, Obera TC8.6 
 7. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 9. Brown, Mitre Tuc.8.0 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.8 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.4 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.4 
 4. Gandoy, Obera TC5.3 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.5.2 
 6. Paletta, Hindu5.0 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.5 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 10. Kelly, San Isidro4.1 
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. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.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. Tabarez, Union SF1.0 
 7. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.0 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 9. Stroud, Parque Sur0.9 
 10. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 


Penarol tabs rookie Louis Dabney in his first year in pro basketball - by Ivan Milenkovic

Penarol Mar del Plata (LigaA) inked 24-year old American guard Louis Dabney (190-95kg-93). Dabney just graduated from Tulane (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 33 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg last season. Dabney helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He received NABC All-District 25 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
So his pro career will start in Argentina.

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TNA Round 28: #1 Estudiantes O. are defeated by Gimnasia LP - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Estudiantes O. (18-9) in La Plata on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Gimnasia LP (9-19) 73-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Estudiantes O.. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Leonardo La-Bella (180-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists and American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who added 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) responded with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Gimnasia LP maintains sixth position with 9-19 record. Estudiantes O. at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Santa Fe. Fourth ranked Salta Basket (13-15) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging top-ranked Union SF (23-7) 96-95 on Wednesday evening. The winners were led by Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and LaQuan Prowell supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Even 38 points (!!!) by swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) did not help to save the game for Union SF. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Salta Basket maintains fourth position with 13-15 record. Union SF at the other side still keeps top place with seven games lost. Salta Basket will play against BHY Tiro Federal (#4) in Morteros in the next round. Union SF will play at home against the league's leader Hindu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Plaza Huincul between Petr.Argentino and CA Platense. Sixth ranked Petr.Argentino (9-18) got a very close home victory over 3rd ranked CA Platense (14-14). Petr.Argentino managed to escape with a 2-point win 73-71 on Sunday evening. Darnell Dodson fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Petr.Argentino's coach Daniel Jaule used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Kevin Young produced 14 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Petr.Argentino maintains sixth position with 9-18 record, which they share with Obera TC. Loser CA Platense keeps the third place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Temperley. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked Ciclista (18-13) against fourth ranked Huracan (17-12) on Sunday night. Visiting Ciclista was defeated by Huracan in Trelew 81-71. It was a very good performance for Jerome Hill who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Huracan moved-up to third place. Ciclista at the other side still keeps top position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked CA Platense (14-14) against fourth ranked Huracan (17-12) on Friday night. Visiting CA Platense was defeated by Huracan in a tough game in Trelew 85-91. Worth to mention a great performance of Jerome Hill who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 9 rebounds. Huracan moved-up to third place which they share with defeated CA Platense. Loser CA Platense keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 28: Villa Angela won against Comunicaciones on the opponent's court 76-61. Hindu managed to outperform Barrio Parque in a home game 85-75. Union SF managed to beat SP Las Parejas on the road 87-81. Independiente BBC defeated Obera TC on its own court 79-72. Rocamora was beaten by Atenas Carmen in Carmen de Patagones 87-75. BHY Tiro Federal won against Salta Basket at home 73-67. Temperley unfortunately lost to La Union on the opponent's court 69-86. Villa San Martin recorded a loss to Villa Angela in a home game 65-69. Rocamora was defeated by Olimpo BB on the road 82-77. Atenas Carmen was beaten by Ciclista on its own court 73-77. Salta Basket lost to San Isidro in San Francisco 65-78. Parque Sur unfortunately lost to Temperley at home 66-74. Barrio Parque recorded a loss to BHY Tiro Federal on the opponent's court 66-75. Alianza Viedma defeated Ciclista in a home game 92-80. Hindu beat Villa Angela on the road 74-63.

Comunicaciones - Villa Angela 61-76

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Mercedes where their biggest opponent Comunicaciones (22-9) was defeated by third ranked Villa Angela (18-12) 76-61 on Monday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Villa Angela made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Villa Angela outrebounded Comunicaciones 41-26 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Martin Cequeira (180-88) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Alejandro Spalla (197-89, agency: DTMones) who added 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) responded with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Ariel Pau (184-84) scored 12 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Villa Angela maintains third position with 18-12 record having just three point less than leader Union SF. Loser Comunicaciones keeps the second place with nine games lost. Villa Angela will face Mitre Tuc. (#7) in Tucuman in the next round. Comunicaciones will play at home against the league's second-placed San Isidro (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: C.Romero 14+3reb, A.Pau 12+2reb+3ast, N.Lauria 11+8reb+5ast, G.Essengue 10+4reb+1ast, S.Ferreyra 6+2reb+1ast, M.Aristu 5+1reb
Villa Angela: M.Cequeira 18+9reb+8ast, A.Zago 17+7reb, N.Carter 15+8reb, A.Spalla 13+9reb+2ast, J.Roumec 7+2reb, J.Federico Giarrafa 4+1reb
gschID: 523936


Hindu - Barrio Parque 85-75

Rather predictable result in Chaco where first ranked Hindu (24-5) defeated 3rd ranked Barrio Parque (15-14) 85-75 on Monday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hindu dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Barrio Parque's 30 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and forward Pablo Fernandez (198-82) who added 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Hindu's coach Jeronimo Trezza allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side center Emiliano Rossi (200-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Luciano Guerra scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Hindu have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-5 record. Barrio Parque lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 14 games lost. Hindu will face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round where they are favorite. Barrio Parque will play on the road against Villa Angela in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barrio Parque: E.Rossi 18+10reb+3ast, L.Guerra 17+5reb+1ast, E.Martina 13+3reb+1ast, E.Cantarutti 8+1reb+3ast, A.Mariani 6+2reb+7ast, S.Cabello 6+5reb
Hindu: P.Fernandez 18+8reb+3ast, K.Jones 18+12reb+2ast, S.Picton 15+6reb+1ast, P.Moya 8+1reb+1ast, N.Paletta 7+3reb+6ast, S.Mora 7+3reb
gschID: 523937


SP Las Parejas - Union SF 81-87

Not a big story in a game in Las Parejas where 6th ranked Sportivo (7-24) was defeated by first ranked Union SF (23-7) 87-81 on Monday. Sportivo was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-22 charge of Union SF, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Guillermo Aliende (178-97, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Augusto Rossi (192-88) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Dominique McKoy (203-93, college: Duquesne, agency: Interperformances) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Union SF maintains first position with 23-7 record. Newly promoted Sportivo keeps the sixth place with 24 games lost. Union SF will face league's leader Hindu in Chaco in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sportivo will play at home against the league's leader Hindu (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SP Las Parejas: D.McKoy 22+6reb, A.Rossi 22+7reb+4ast, A.Pautasso 13+2reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 13+5reb+5ast, U.Pasqualetto 4+3reb+1ast, M.Luchi 4+5reb
Union SF: G.Aliende 20+3reb+8ast, B.Barovero 19+3ast, F.Podesta 13+9reb, P.Tabarez 12+4reb, M.Isola 9+7reb+2ast, T.Drye 6+4reb
gschID: 523935


Gimnasia LP - Estudiantes O. 73-64

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Estudiantes O. (18-9) in La Plata on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Gimnasia LP (9-19) 73-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Estudiantes O.. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Leonardo La-Bella (180-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists and American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who added 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Four Gimnasia LP players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) responded with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Gimnasia LP maintains sixth position with 9-19 record. Estudiantes O. at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: J.Gamazo 13+1reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 13+7reb+1ast, E.Dominguez 11+7reb, S.Arese 9+8reb+4ast, L.Portillo 7+1reb+3ast, D.Figueredo 4+3reb+5ast
Gimnasia LP: L.La Bella 19+4reb+10ast, L.Villa 19+4reb, J.Efese 14+13reb, M.Segon 11+5reb, J.Lancieri 8+4reb+7ast, R.Rosende 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 538857


Independiente BBC - Obera TC 79-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Independiente BBC's (12-19) home victory over 6th ranked Obera TC (9-18) 79-72 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Independiente BBC made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Julian Aprea (209-87) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and point guard Victor-Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) who added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) during the contest. At the losing side American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Alejo Montes-Cardozo (188-91) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Obera TC players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Independiente BBC maintains fifth position with 12-19 record. Loser Obera TC keeps the sixth place with 18 games lost. Independiente BBC will have a break next round. Obera TC will play at home against the league's second-placed San Isidro (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: A.Joseph 15+9reb, M.Gandoy 13+5reb+2ast, J.Deck 12+4reb+1ast, A.Montes Cardozo 11+6reb+4ast, S.Luduena 9+1reb+7ast, J.Montero 6
Independiente BBC: J.Aprea 27+5reb+1ast, V.Hugo Cajal 19+9reb+4ast, J.Angel Lopez 13+6reb+4ast, B.Ingrata 8+6reb+5ast, M.Vittar 5+1reb, R.Fernandez 4+3reb
gschID: 538859


Petr.Argentino - Platense 73-71

A very close game took place in Plaza Huincul between Petr.Argentino and CA Platense. Sixth ranked Petr.Argentino (9-18) got a very close home victory over 3rd ranked CA Platense (14-14). Petr.Argentino managed to escape with a 2-point win 73-71 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 44-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Cedric Blossom (198, college: Morgan St., agency: DTMones) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Petr.Argentino's coach Daniel Jaule used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Puerto Rican forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, agency: SDJ Sports) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and center Alejandro Pappalardi (198-80) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Petr.Argentino maintains sixth position with 9-18 record, which they share with Obera TC. Loser CA Platense keeps the third place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Temperley. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Platense: K.Young 14+9reb, F.Pais 13+6reb+2ast, A.Pappalardi 13+10reb, V.Facundo 12+1reb+2ast, F.Lopez 7+4reb+1ast, D.Mansilla 6+2reb+1ast
Petr.Argentino: D.Dodson 23+14reb, M.Castets 16+3reb+3ast, D.Pineda 13+2reb+2ast, C.Blossom 12+10reb+3ast, F.Gago 6+1reb+1ast, L.Diaz 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 538860


Huracan - Ciclista 81-71

Very important is a road loss of first ranked Ciclista (18-13) against fourth ranked Huracan (17-12) on Sunday night. Visiting Ciclista was defeated by Huracan in Trelew 81-71. Ciclista was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a very good performance for American forward Jerome Hill (198-94, college: Gardner-Webb) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Venezuelan forward Juan Coronado (203-90, college: Liberty) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Huracan players scored in double figures. American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) replied with 27 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Alvaro Merlo (182-95) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Ciclista. Huracan moved-up to third place. Ciclista at the other side still keeps top position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ciclista: J.Fahnbulleh 27+7reb, A.Merlo 22+2reb+4ast, P.Martinez 10+3reb, X.Carreras 5+2reb, M.Araujo 4+3reb+2ast, M.Tamburini 3+2reb
Huracan: J.Hill 17+10reb+1ast, J.Coronado 16+7reb, M.Melo 16+2reb+1ast, G.Maranguello 11+4reb+3ast, L.Ruiz Moreno 8+3reb+7ast, J.Ignacio Laterza 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 538858


Atenas Carmen - Rocamora 87-75

There was a minor upset in Carmen de Patagones where 5th ranked Rocamora (12-16) was defeated by fifth ranked Atenas (15-15) 87-75 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Rocamora was better in second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atenas dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rocamora's 30. They outrebounded Rocamora 42-16 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Emiliano Agostino (191-84) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Atenas players scored in double figures. At the losing side Uruguayan guard Facundo Medina (190-94) responded with 21 points and swingman Matias Cuello (190-91) scored 18 points. Atenas maintains fifth position with 15-15 record which they share with defeated Rocamora. Loser Rocamora keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rocamora: F.Medina 21+1reb+1ast, M.Cuello 18+3reb, I.Davico 11+4reb+6ast, G.Impini 9+1reb, M.Novello 8+2reb+1ast, L.Podesta 3+2reb+1ast
Atenas Carmen: H.Wilkerson 19+8reb+4ast, E.Agostino 18+7reb+2ast, H.Etchepare 16+4reb+4ast, G.Peralta 12+12reb+1ast, B.Oprandi 10+4reb+5ast, C.Lavoratornuovo 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 538856


BHY Tiro Federal - Salta Basket 73-67

There was a small surprise in Morteros where fourth ranked BHY Tiro Federal (12-18) won against one of their biggest challengers Salta Basket (13-15) 73-67 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-67. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Rodrigo Haag (193-95) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BHY Tiro Federal maintains fourth position with 12-18 record which they share with defeated Salta Basket. Loser Salta Basket keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. BHY Tiro Federal will face again Salta Basket (#4) on the road in the next round. Salta Basket will play against Obera TC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: L.Prowell 12+2reb+1ast, N.Copello 11+3reb+1ast, I.Okoye 11+8reb, R.Haag 10+5reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 9+4reb+1ast, G.Eseverri 7+7reb+1ast
BHY Tiro Federal: E.Correa 19+4reb+2ast, P.Lockett 18+10reb, M.Ceruti 13+2reb+4ast, M.Maximiliano 12+2reb+2ast, D.Brezzo 6+3reb, J.Xynos 3+1reb
gschID: 523933


La Union - Temperley 86-69

There was a minor upset in Colon where 4th ranked CA Temperley (14-14) was defeated by seventh ranked La Union (8-21) 86-69 on Saturday. La Union made 21-of-21 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and center Facundo Mendoza (200-84) who added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Four La Union players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Martin Trimboli (196-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and guard Lucas Ortiz (190-87) scored 20 points. CA Temperley's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. La Union maintains seventh position with 8-21 record. Newly promoted CA Temperley dropped to the third place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Temperley: L.Ortiz 20+2reb+2ast, M.Trimboli 13+11reb, A.Eiguren 8+3reb+2ast, L.Aseff 8+2reb, L.Ibanez Paz 7+6reb+2ast, R.Pelorosso 7+1reb+5ast
La Union: R.Brown 25+9reb+1ast, S.Ravina 17+2reb+3ast, F.Mendoza 15+7reb+1ast, D.Cabezas 10+2reb+1ast, P.Bilat 9+3reb+3ast, P.Bogado 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523934


Villa San Martin - Villa Angela 65-69

Rather predictable result in Resistencia where third ranked Villa Angela (18-12) defeated 5th ranked Villa San Martin (10-20) 69-65 on Saturday. Villa Angela forced 20 Villa San Martin turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Martin Cequeira (180-88) who added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. At the losing side center Guillermo Saavedra (200-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Chilean swingman Alejo Toledo (194-80) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Villa San Martin players scored in double figures. Villa Angela maintains third position with 18-12 record having just three point less than leader Union SF. Villa San Martin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 20 games lost. Villa Angela will face Mitre Tuc. (#7) in Tucuman in the next round. Villa San Martin will play at home against Barrio Parque and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
VILLA SAN MARTIN: G.Mascaro 19+1reb+2ast, M.Cabrera 14+2reb+5ast, A.Toledo 14+7reb+2ast, G.Saavedra 12+10reb+2ast, F.Aldama 4+3reb, J. Corvalan 2+4reb
Villa Angela: N.Carter 16+8reb, M.Cequeira 11+5reb+8ast, J.Federico Giarrafa 10+5reb+2ast, M.Garcia 8+6reb+1ast, A.Spalla 8+3reb+2ast, J.Roumec 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 523932


Olimpo BB - Rocamora 82-77

Not a big story in a game in Bahia Blanca where 5th ranked Rocamora (12-16) was defeated by third ranked Olimpo (16-10) 82-77 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Olimpo dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Rocamora's 26. They outrebounded Rocamora 41-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 assists and American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine, agency: Interperformances) who added 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Olimpo's coach Franco Maceratesi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side center Matias Novello (198-85) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Ignacio Davico (188-92) scored 16 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Olimpo went down to fourth position due to points difference. Loser Rocamora keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rocamora: M.Novello 18+8reb+1ast, I.Davico 16+2reb+7ast, M.Cuello 12+8reb, F.Medina 11+1reb+4ast, A.Space 8+3reb+2ast, L.Podesta 5+3reb
Olimpo BB: C.Schoppler 22+4reb+7ast, T.Granado 18+10reb, D.Smith 16+5reb+2ast, J.Fabio 14+8reb, F.Pennacchotti 8+7reb+3ast, V.Bettiga 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 538449


Huracan - Platense 91-85

Very important is a road loss of third ranked CA Platense (14-14) against fourth ranked Huracan (17-12) on Friday night. Visiting CA Platense was defeated by Huracan in a tough game in Trelew 85-91. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 28-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jerome Hill (198-94, college: Gardner-Webb) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 9 rebounds and guard Lisandro Ruiz-Moreno (183-89) who added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. At the losing side Puerto Rican forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, agency: SDJ Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Felipe Pais (185-90) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Four CA Platense players scored in double figures. Huracan moved-up to third place which they share with defeated CA Platense. Loser CA Platense keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Platense: K.Young 22+13reb+4ast, F.Pais 20+8reb+2ast, A.Pappalardi 16+8reb+1ast, D.Mansilla 15+4reb, F.Lopez 7+1reb+2ast, V.Facundo 3+5reb
Huracan: J.Hill 31+9reb+1ast, L.Ruiz Moreno 19+5reb+8ast, M.Melo 16+5reb, J.Coronado 8+11reb, G.Maranguello 5+4reb+3ast, G.Acosta 4+3reb
gschID: 538448


Atenas Carmen - Ciclista 73-77

Everything went according to plan in Carmen de Patagones where first ranked Ciclista (18-13) beat 5th ranked Atenas (15-15) 77-73 on Friday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 52-45 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Mauro Araujo (186-94) who added 21 points during the contest. Four Ciclista players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Emiliano Agostino (191-84) scored 18 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Ciclista maintains first position with 18-13 record. Loser Atenas keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: E.Agostino 18+4reb+3ast, S.Cutley 17+9reb+1ast, H.Wilkerson 12+5reb+3ast, H.Etchepare 9+2ast, C.Lavoratornuovo 8+4reb+1ast, B.Oprandi 5+6reb+1ast
Ciclista: M.Araujo 21+2reb+3ast, J.Fahnbulleh 19+9reb+1ast, A.Merlo 14+3reb+5ast, X.Carreras 11+9reb, R.Di Perna 5+1reb, N.Paciotti 3+6reb+3ast
gschID: 538447


San Isidro - Salta Basket 78-65

There was no surprise in San Francisco where 4th ranked Salta Basket (13-15) was defeated by second ranked San Isidro (20-12) 78-65 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by San Isidro. Salta Basket was better in third quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Isidro shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Italian Juan Kelly (190-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who added 10 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Four San Isidro players scored in double figures. San Isidro's coach Julian Pagura allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Gregorio Eseverri (194-87) scored 15 points. San Isidro maintains second position with 20-12 record having just seven point less than leader Union SF. Loser Salta Basket keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. San Isidro will face Obera TC (#6) on the road in the next round. Salta Basket will play against BHY Tiro Federal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: I.Okoye 19+11reb, G.Eseverri 15+4reb+2ast, N.Copello 9+3reb+4ast, A.Zurbriggen 7+1reb, L.Prowell 7+1reb+2ast, M.Fioretti 3+5reb+3ast
San Isidro: S.Acevedo 17+2reb+2ast, J.Kelly 15+7reb+10ast, G.Sciutto 11+2reb+1ast, S.Gonzalez 10+13reb, A.Landoni 7+2reb+1ast, M.Muller 6+8reb+5ast
gschID: 523931


Parque Sur - Temperley 66-74

There was a small surprise in Concepcion de Urug. where fourth ranked CA Temperley (14-14) won against top-ranked Parque Sur (17-13) 74-66 on Thursday. Parque Sur was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-17 charge of CA Temperley, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Martin Trimboli (196-85) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and forward Leopoldo Ibanez-Paz (192-89) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Pablo Alderete (196-93) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Guido Mariani (193-94) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. CA Temperley moved-up to third place, which they share with Platense. Loser Parque Sur dropped to the second position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Parque Sur: P.Alderete 15+9reb, S.Bernasconi 13+5reb, G.Mariani 10+6reb+3ast, E.Bolling 8+4reb+4ast, A.Richard 7+3reb+1ast, J.Stroud 7+2reb+1ast
Temperley: M.Trimboli 26+4reb+2ast, L.Ibanez Paz 17+5reb+3ast, A.Eiguren 12+6reb+4ast, R.Pelorosso 7+2reb+3ast, S.Chaine 7+8reb+2ast, S.Egas 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 538282


BHY Tiro Federal - Barrio Parque 75-66

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Morteros where one of their biggest challengers Barrio Parque (15-14) was defeated by fourth ranked BHY Tiro Federal (12-18) 75-66 on Thursday. Barrio Parque was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. BHY Tiro Federal had a 33-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Spanish swingman Martin Maximiliano (189-90) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) who added 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four BHY Tiro Federal players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Esteban Cantarutti (185-88) responded with 10 points and center Emiliano Rossi (200-88) scored 4 points and 10 rebounds. BHY Tiro Federal maintains fourth position with 12-18 record. Barrio Parque lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 14 games lost. BHY Tiro Federal will face Salta Basket (#4) on the road in the next round. Barrio Parque will play against Villa Angela in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barrio Parque: L.Guerra 11, E.Martina 11+2reb, E.Cantarutti 10+4reb+2ast, A.Mariani 10+5reb, L.Rivata 8+4reb+1ast, S.Cabello 7+2reb+1ast
BHY Tiro Federal: M.Maximiliano 18+6reb+5ast, L.Strack 14+4reb, E.Correa 12+10reb+4ast, D.Brezzo 10+4reb, P.Lockett 10+5reb+3ast, L.Cecchi 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 523930


Alianza Viedma - Ciclista 92-80

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Rio Negro where second ranked Alianza Viedma (18-11) defeated top-ranked Ciclista (18-13) 92-80 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 32-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ciclista was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Alexis Knecht (183-87) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) who added 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Alianza Viedma players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) responded with 26 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import swingman Aaron Harrison (198-93, college: Lynn) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Alianza Viedma have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-11 record having just two point less than leader Union SF. Loser Ciclista still keeps top place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ciclista: J.Fahnbulleh 26+4reb+1ast, A.Harrison 13+8reb+3ast, A.Merlo 11+2reb+7ast, X.Carreras 9+6reb+2ast, M.Araujo 6+2reb, P.Martinez 6+5reb+3ast
Alianza Viedma: A.Knecht 20+2reb+3ast, O.McCullough 18+5reb+1ast, M.Gaynor 16+5reb+1ast, P.Franco 14+3reb+5ast, M.Eidintas 9+1reb, F.Grun 6+1reb
gschID: 538232


Union SF - Salta Basket 95-96

Important game to mention about took place in Santa Fe. Fourth ranked Salta Basket (13-15) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging top-ranked Union SF (23-7) 96-95 on Wednesday evening. Salta Basket made 29-of-37 charity shots (78.4 percent) during the game. Union SF was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn) supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Salta Basket players scored in double figures. Even 38 points (!!!) by swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) did not help to save the game for Union SF. Forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) added 19 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Salta Basket maintains fourth position with 13-15 record. Union SF at the other side still keeps top place with seven games lost. Salta Basket will play against BHY Tiro Federal (#4) in Morteros in the next round. Union SF will play at home against the league's leader Hindu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union SF: B.Barovero 38+1reb+3ast, P.Tabarez 19+9reb+2ast, T.Drye 15+6reb, T.Ligorria 8+4reb+3ast, F.Podesta 6+2reb, M.Isola 4+4reb+1ast
Salta Basket: N.Copello 16+2reb+3ast, L.Prowell 15+5reb+2ast, R.Haag 14+2reb+4ast, G.Eseverri 13+2reb+1ast, I.Okoye 12+10reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 10+8reb+4ast
gschID: 523928


Villa Angela - Hindu 63-74

Not a big story in a game when 3rd ranked Villa Angela (18-12) was defeated at home by first ranked Hindu (24-5) 74-63 on Wednesday. Worth to mention a great performance of American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Mauro Coronel (185-83) who added 17 points during the contest. Four Hindu players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and power forward Ariel Zago (200-85) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Villa Angela's coach Leandro Ramella tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hindu have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-5 record. Loser Villa Angela keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Hindu will face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round where they are favorite. Villa Angela will play at home against Mitre Tuc. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Villa Angela: N.Carter 24+11reb+1ast, A.Zago 13+5reb+1ast, J.Roumec 9+2reb, A.Spalla 7+4reb+2ast, M.Cequeira 5+4reb+4ast, C.Avalle 4+1reb+1ast
Hindu: M.Coronel 17+4reb+2ast, K.Jones 15+10reb+2ast, P.Fernandez 11+3reb+2ast, P.Moya 10+9reb+1ast, S.Mora 9, N.Paletta 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 523929





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Australiabasket.com All-Australian NB Awards 2017 - by Hugh McAuliffe

Australiabasket.com All-Australian NB 1st Team 2017
Jerome Randle
Randle
Casper Ware
Ware
Casey Prather
Prather
Daniel Johnson
Johnson
Andrew James Ogilvy
Ogilvy

Finals MVP: Bryce Cotton (185-G-92) of Wildcats
Player of the Year: Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of Adelaide 36ers
Guard of the Year: Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of Adelaide 36ers
Forward of the Year: Casey Prather (198-F/G-91) of Wildcats
Center of the Year: Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Hawks
Six Player of the Year: Rotnei Clarke (183-PG-89) of Hawks
Most Improved Player of the Year: Nathan Sobey (190-G-90) of Adelaide 36ers
Domestic Player of the Year: Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of Adelaide 36ers
Import Player of the Year: Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of Adelaide 36ers
Rookie of the Year: Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92) of Adelaide 36ers
Defensive Player of the Year: Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) of Wildcats
Coach of the Year: Joey Wright of Adelaide 36ers

1st Team
PG: Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of Adelaide 36ers
PG: Casper Ware (178-PG-90) of United
F/G: Casey Prather (198-F/G-91) of Wildcats
C/F: Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of Adelaide 36ers
C: Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Hawks

2nd Team
C: Kevin Lisch (188-C-86) of Kings
G: Nathan Sobey (190-G-90) of Adelaide 36ers
F/G: Brad Newley (199-F/G-85) of Kings
F: Torrey Craig (198-F-90) of Bullets
C/F: Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) of Bullets

Honorable Mention
Rotnei Clarke (183-PG-89) of Hawks
Kirk Penney (196-G/F-80) of Breakers
Chris Goulding (192-G-88) of United
Travis Trice (6'0''-PG-93) of Taipans
Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) of Bullets
Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92) of 36ers

All-Domestic Players Team
C: Kevin Lisch (188-C-86) of Kings
G: Nathan Sobey (190-G-90) of Adelaide 36ers
F/G: Brad Newley (199-F/G-85) of Kings
C/F: Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of Adelaide 36ers
C: Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Hawks

All-Imports Team
PG: Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of Adelaide 36ers
PG: Casper Ware (178-PG-90) of United
F/G: Casey Prather (198-F/G-91) of Wildcats
F: Torrey Craig (198-F-90) of Bullets
F: Greg Whittington (6'8''-F-93) of Kings



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  AUSTRIA  


A Bundesliga Round 26: Raiffeisen Wels are upset by Vienna - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Wels between third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (13-10) and sixth ranked Vienna (12-13) on Saturday night. Raiffeisen Wels were defeated by Vienna in a tough game at home 70-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Raiffeisen Wels. Raiffeisen Wels were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 27-19 charge of Vienna, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-94, college: Iowa) who scored 22 points. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) chipped in 22 points. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Vienna maintains sixth position with 12-13 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the third place with ten games lost. Vienna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Raiffeisen Wels will play on the road against Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Oberwart. First ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart faced 3rd ranked Kapfenberg Bulls. Host Redwell Gunners Oberwart (20-4) defeated guests from Kapfenberg (13-11) 73-62. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Chris McNealy contributed with 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) replied with 18 points for Kapfenberg Bulls. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-4 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 11 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Dukes and hope to get back on the winning track.
Leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart delivered the twentieth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Vienna (12-13) 77-65 in Wien. Derek Jackson had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Anthony Clemmons responded with 22 points and 6 assists. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-4 record. Loser Vienna keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will meet Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Vienna will have a break next round.
The game in Graz supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Arkadia Lions (12-12) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (6-18). Arkadia Lions smashed UBSC Graz 108-51. Milovan Draskovic notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Arkadia Lions have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth position with 18 games lost. Arkadia Lions' next round opponent will be higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game. UBSC Graz will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 26 Gmunden defeated Klosterneuburg in Gmunden 70-53.

Oberwart - Kapfenberg 73-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Oberwart. First ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart faced 3rd ranked Kapfenberg Bulls. Host Redwell Gunners Oberwart (20-4) defeated guests from Kapfenberg (13-11) 73-62. Kapfenberg Bulls were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 47-31 second half run of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) replied with 18 points and guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-4 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 11 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Dukes and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: C.Baptiste 18+4reb, K.Jamar 12+6reb+3ast, A.Woschank 9+2reb+2ast, B.Vujosevic 7+5reb+3ast, M.Stegnjaic 5+3reb+3ast, M.Coffin 4+2reb
Oberwart: A.Cumberbatch 22+8reb+4ast, C.McNealy 20+4reb+1ast, J.Traylor 14+9reb+1ast, D.Jackson 13+2reb+5ast, S.Kaeferle 4+1reb+1ast, B.Blazevic 0+1reb
gschID: 495052


UBSC Graz - Arkadia 51-108

The game in Graz supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Arkadia Lions (12-12) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (6-18). Arkadia Lions smashed UBSC Graz 108-51. The game without a history. Arkadia Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 28. Arkadia Lions forced 20 UBSC Graz turnovers and outrebounded them 40-23 including a 29-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Arkadia Lions shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 72.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 35 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by UBSC Graz's players. Montenegrin center Milovan Draskovic (211-95, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) supported him with 13 points and 16 assists. Five Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. Even 13 points by center Armin Domitner (201-94) did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. International Anton Maresch (191-91) added 10 points and 4 assists 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. Arkadia Lions have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth position with 18 games lost. Arkadia Lions' next round opponent will be higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game. UBSC Graz will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: A.Domitner 13+4reb, A.Maresch 10+1reb+4ast, M.Krivokapic 7+2reb+1ast, M.Sliskovic 7+4reb+1ast, S.Leitgeb 6+4reb+1ast, G.Florian 4+3reb+2ast
Arkadia: M.Draskovic 20+13reb+2ast, J.Detrick 19+2reb+1ast, F.Trmal 15+5reb+4ast, F.Vay 15+8reb+6ast, M.Trmal 13+5reb+3ast, B.Danek 13+2reb+16ast
gschID: 495054


Klosterneuburg - Gmunden 53-70

There was no surprise in Klosterneuburg where 9th ranked Dukes (4-20) were defeated by second ranked Gmunden Swans (17-7) 70-53. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. Dukes was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans forced 22 Dukes turnovers. International forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and American forward Austin Steed (203-88, college: E.Carolina) supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds by international center Jozo Rados (208-93) did not help to save the game for Dukes. Forward Jurica Blazevic (199-94, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points for the hosts. Dukes' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Gmunden Swans maintains second position with 17-7 record having just three points less than leader Oberwart. Dukes lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Gmunden Swans' next round opponent will be UBSC Graz (#8) at home where they are favorite. Dukes will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Klosterneuburg: J.Rados 19+12reb+2ast, J.Blazevic 15+1reb, C.Greimeister 9+3reb, C.Leydolf 5+2reb+2ast, H.Purkovic 2+1reb, L.Burgemeister 2+1reb
Gmunden: E.Murati 20+4reb+5ast, A.Steed 17+7reb+2ast, T.Klette 8+7reb+3ast, L.Schartmueller 7+2reb, M.Linortner 6+2reb+1ast, T.Blazan 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 495053


Wels - Vienna 70-77

The most important game in the last round took place in Wels between third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (13-10) and sixth ranked Vienna (12-13) on Saturday night. Raiffeisen Wels were defeated by Vienna in a tough game at home 70-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Raiffeisen Wels. Raiffeisen Wels were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 27-19 charge of Vienna, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-94, college: Iowa) who scored 22 points. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) chipped in 22 points. Four Vienna players scored in double figures. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and American guard DeJuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Vienna maintains sixth position with 12-13 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the third place with ten games lost. Vienna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Raiffeisen Wels will play on the road against Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wels: D.Lamesic 34+12reb+2ast, D.Wright 14+6reb+2ast, T.Csebits 7+4reb+3ast, E.Zulic 6+4reb+1ast, D.Cigoja 4+5reb+1ast, B.Mair 3
Vienna: A.Clemmons 22+4reb+3ast, S.Stazic 22+4reb+3ast, P.Miletic 14+5reb+2ast, S.Koch 11+6reb+2ast, S.Ray 8+9reb+1ast, S.N'Diaye 0
gschID: 495055


Vienna - Oberwart 65-77

Leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart delivered the twentieth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Vienna (12-13) 77-65 in Wien. The game was mostly controlled by Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Vienna managed to win third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Redwell Gunners Oberwart especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. American point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-94, college: Iowa) responded with 22 points and 6 assists and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-4 record. Loser Vienna keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will meet Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Vienna will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Vienna: A.Clemmons 22+2reb+6ast, S.Stazic 21+5reb+4ast, S.Ray 12+4reb+1ast, P.Miletic 10+2reb+3ast, S.N'Diaye 0+2reb, A.Andjelkovic 0+2reb
Oberwart: A.Cumberbatch 21+9reb+2ast, D.Jackson 17+5reb+11ast, C.McNealy 17+3reb+1ast, J.Traylor 12+8reb+1ast, G.Wolf 5, B.Blazevic 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 538283





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  BAHAMAS  

NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators25.1 
 3. 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 



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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 2: Bulls keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in BABA.

Bulls defeated Warriors at home 75-69. Warriors will play next round against strong Pinelands trying to get back on the winning streak. Bulls will try to continue on its current victory against Tridents at home.
Tridents (0-1) recorded a loss at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by Cavaliers (1-1) 93-51. Cavaliers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tridents will play against Bulls (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a home loss of Sonics (1-1) against Pinelands (1-0) on Sunday night. Host Sonics were defeated by Pinelands in a tough game at home 66-70. Pinelands will meet Warriors (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sonics will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 2 winless Hawks lost to undefeated PanAm I.I. in a road game 65-72.

Tridents - Cavaliers 51-93

Tridents (0-1) recorded a loss at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by Cavaliers (1-1) 93-51. Cavaliers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tridents will play against Bulls (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
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PanAm I.I. - Hawks 72-65

There was no surprise when Hawks (0-2) were defeated on the road by PanAm I.I. (1-0) 72-65 on Sunday. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Bulls - Warriors 75-69

Bulls defeated Warriors at home 75-69. Warriors will play next round against strong Pinelands trying to get back on the winning streak. Bulls will try to continue on its current victory against Tridents at home.
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Sonics - Pinelands 66-70

Very important is a home loss of Sonics (1-1) against Pinelands (1-0) on Sunday night. Host Sonics were defeated by Pinelands in a tough game at home 66-70. Pinelands will meet Warriors (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sonics will have a break next round.
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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.21.1 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.20.3 
 3. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.18.8 
 4. Aladko, Vitebsk18.5 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.3 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.17.3 
 7. Shustov, Impuls B.17.1 
 8. Navoichyk, Prine.16.5 
 9. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.15.6 
 10. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.7 
 3. Liutych, Tsmoki II9.0 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.8.9 
 5. Kopacev, GO.8.8 
 6. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.5 
 7. Chumakov, Prine.8.3 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.4 
 9. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 10. Chumakov, Grodn.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.6.0 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.5 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 4. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.8 
 5. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 6. Aladko, Vitebsk4.6 
 7. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.6 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-934.6 
 9. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.5 
 10. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.6 
 2. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.4 
 3. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 4. Suvorov, Prine.2.3 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.0 
 6. Malkov, COR-Bori.2.0 
 7. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.2.0 
 8. Stankevich, GOCOR-S.1.9 
 9. Chumakov, Grodn.1.9 
 10. Svakel, Prinemanye1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Evgeniy KOPYLOV
  COR-Bori.
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kopylov, COR-Bori.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kopacev, GO.0.0 
 4. Navoichyk, Prine.0.0 
 5. Konovchuk, Brest0.0 
 6. Morozov, Brest0.0 
 7. Kisel, Brest0.0 
 8. Mishukov, Grodn.0.0 
 9. Kirilyuk, Brest0.0 
 10. Milashevskiy, BSEU-Gr.0.0 



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  BELGIUM  


Channels' 25 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Wesley Channels (190-PG-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kangoeroes and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Kangoeroes in his team's victory, helping them to beat Leuven (#9, 6-16) 90-76. Kangoeroes is placed at 3rd position in Belgian league. Kangoeroes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-10 record. In the team's last game Channels had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kangoeroes' top player in his first season with the team. Austin Peay State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Channels is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.4ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.1apg) and averages solid 56.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: BeoBasket) of top-ranked Oostende. He is Serbian center in his second season at Oostende. In the last game Katic recorded impressive 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Oostende to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Limburg United (#7, 11-11) 78-57. Of course Oostende still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 18 matches. Katic is well-known at Oostende and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard TJ Bray (197-G-92) of Brussels (#4). Bray scored 22 points. He was a key player of Brussels, leading his team to a 83-81 win against the lower-ranked Mons-Hainaut (#8, 8-14). Brussels needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 10 lost games. Bray has a very solid season. In 8 games in Belgium he scored 9.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike Smith (198-G-87) of Antwerp - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gavin Ware (206-C/F-93) of Antwerp - 21 points and 4 rebounds
7. D.J. Newbill (193-G-92) of Oostende - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. John Fields (205-F/C-88) of Liege - 16 points and 4 rebounds
10. Stephane Moris (208-F/C-86) of Liege - 14 points, 6 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)



Nick Celis claims Belgian Top Division I weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Nick Celis (196-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Oxaco and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 28 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Oxaco in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Soba (#6, 12-10) 88-87. Oxaco maintains the 2nd position in Belgian Top Division I. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Oxaco will need more victories to improve their 16-6 record. In the team's last game Celis had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Oxaco and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Celis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.8ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.3rpg) and assists (3rd best: 4.4apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old former international power forward Francois Lhoest (196-F/C-85) of Ninane. Lhoest impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 36 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Ninane lost that game 73-87 to slightly lower-ranked Gistel Oostende (#12, 7-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Ninane keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-13 record. Lhoest is one of the most experienced players at Ninane and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 13.8rpg and 3.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was Darnell Snyers (181-G-98) of Houthalen (#5). Snyers scored 21 points. He was a key player of Houthalen, leading his team to a 99-76 easy win against the lower-ranked Ieper (#11, 8-15). Houthalen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 9 lost games. Snyers has a very solid season. In 22 games in Belgium he scored 12.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sam Van Hoey (190-SG-91) of Oxaco - 23 points and 5 rebounds
5. Mitchel Gorremans (191-F/G-85) of Soba - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gilles Dierickx (213-C-92) of Ieper - 16 points and 7 rebounds
7. Philippe Peeters (188-PG-95) of Giants B - 24 points and 5 rebounds
8. Bart Maesen (198-F-89) of Houthalen - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jens Bouckaert (PF-91) of Gembo BBC - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Dries Bogaerts (200-F-86) of Soba - 16 points, 8 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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  BERMUDAS  


Bermuda Island Basketball Regular Season Awards - by Eurobasket News

With the 2016/17 Bermuda Island Basketball regular League Season now over, awards are started to be handed out. Kobie Reid from the Thundercats picked up two awards. Reid was awarded the Tim Trott Young Player of the Year Award. He was also the recipient of the League's Most Improved Player. Reid was part of the Digicel Jumpstart Experience, a Digicel and the National Basketball Association (NBA) collaboration that saw other players from Bermuda including Caelin Peters, Jorel Smith and Ishan-Nae Smith selected by former NBA head coach Lionel Hollins, NBA Legend Robert Horry and WNBA player Skylar Diggins following their participation in the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp in September.
Courtesy of: islandstats.com



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  BOSNIA  


Ratko Varda announces retirement - by Eurobasket News

Ratko Varda (212-C-79, agency: BeoBasket) has ended his pro career. The Bosnian centre most recently played in Lebanon. He started the season with Sagesse. Ratko Varda notched 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds per game there. Ratko Varda can boast of a rich career. He used to play in Serbia, NBA, Lithuania, Spain, Slovenia, FYR Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine and Poland. Varda was named All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year in 2011. He was also trumped All-Turkish League Centre of the Year in 2005. Ratko Varda was the member of the Bosnian National Team in 2009-2011.


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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Mogi
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Stallworth, Mogi20.2 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 3. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.8 
 4. Anthony, Macae18.8 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros18.7 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.6 
 7. Garcia, Bauru17.9 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.6 
 9. Machado, Flamengo17.2 
 10. Andrade, Bauru16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.0 
 2. Giovannoni, Brasilia8.0 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.9 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.9 
 5. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.3 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo6.9 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.7 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.7 
 10. Curnell, Mogi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia6.7 
 2. Garcia, Bauru5.7 
 3. Anthony, Macae5.5 
 4. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.5 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.3 
 6. Rodgers, Minas5.2 
 7. Dawkins, Vitoria5.2 
 8. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 9. Borges, Franca5.0 
 10. Cafferata, L.Sor.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Scott RODGERS
  Minas
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rodgers, Minas1.8 
 2. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 3. Dawkins, Vitoria1.8 
 4. Stallworth, Mogi1.7 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 6. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.6 
 7. Jackson, Vasco D.1.6 
 8. Toledo, B.Cearense1.6 
 9. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 10. Taylor, Mogi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 2. Lenz, Pinheiros1.0 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.0 
 4. Rollins, Flamengo0.7 
 5. Freitas, Campo M.0.7 
 6. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 7. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 8. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 9. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 10. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Thiago PEREZ
  Contagem
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 18
 1. Perez, Contagem18.0 
 2. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.16.5 
 3. Smith, Botafogo.13.0 
 4. Filho, Botafogo.13.0 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau12.0 
 6. Weihermann, Joinville12.0 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau12.0 
 8. Bispo, Botafogo.11.0 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.11.0 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.10.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wesley RUSSELL
  Botafogo.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 9
 1. Russell, Botafogo.9.0 
 2. Prado, Brusque6.0 
 3. Bispo, Botafogo.6.0 
 4. Thawan, Contagem5.0 
 5. da-Silva, Brusque5.0 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.5.0 
 7. Moreira, Botafogo.4.5 
 8. Burger, Joinville4.0 
 9. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.4.0 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luiz SEMMKE
  Blumenau
  (197-SF-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Semmke, Blumenau6.0 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.4.0 
 3. Prado, Brusque4.0 
 4. Alves, Contagem3.0 
 5. da-Silva, Brusque3.0 
 6. Russell, Botafogo.3.0 
 7. Perez, Contagem2.0 
 8. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.0 
 9. Serejo, Santos/M.1.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.1.5 
Steals Per Game
 Matheus SILVA
  Joinville
  (199-F-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Silva, Joinville3.0 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau3.0 
 3. Semmke, Blumenau3.0 
 4. Perez, Contagem2.0 
 5. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.1.5 
 6. Russell, Botafogo.1.5 
 7. De-Gusmao, Conta.1.0 
 8. Machado, Santos/M.1.0 
 9. Weihermann, Joinville1.0 
 10. Alvim, Contagem1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Luis Fernando LIMA
  Santos/M.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lima, Santos/M.1.5 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.0 
 3. Thawan, Contagem1.0 
 4. Perez, Botafogo.0.5 
 5. Machado, Santos/M.0.5 
 6. Barbosa, Santos/M.0.5 
 7. Ferreira, Santos/M.0.0 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.0.0 
 9. Serejo, Santos/M.0.0 
 10. de Brito, Santos/M.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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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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Luc Mbah a Moute selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He led Los Angeles Clippers to a victory against the Chicago Bulls (31-32) 101-91 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Mbah a Moute scored 12 points in 30 minutes on the court. The Los Angeles Clippers have a solid 38-25 record this season. This year Mbah a Moute averages: 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 71.6% in 61 games he played so far. He played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Landry Nnoko
Landry Nnoko
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Landry Nnoko (208-94, college: Clemson, currently plays in Italy). Nnoko could not help VL Pesaro (7-14) to beat Umana Venezia (13-8). He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But VL Pesaro was crushed 85-61 on the road by the second-ranked Umana Venezia. Nnoko's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 44.4%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France). Nzeulie was not able to help Chalon/Saor in their game against Monaco (19-2) in the French ProA. He scored 6 points. Chalon/Saor was defeated 82-72 on the opponent's court by the leading Monaco. Nzeulie's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 26.9% and FT: 74.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #4. An experienced forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for Svendborg (13-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Svendborg lost 58-67 at home to the second-ranked Horsholm. NaNa had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. NaNa has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.1apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #5. Former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Trabzonspor (7-13) in their game against Galatasaray (12-8) in the Turkish BSL. Kadji scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Trabzonspor was defeated 80-73 on their home court in Trabzon by the higher-ranked Galatasaray (#6). It's Kadji's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6bpg. Kadji used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Arnaud-William Adala Moto
Arnaud-William Adala Moto
   #6. Forward Arnaud-William Adala Moto (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Towson (11-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Towson lost 59-67 on their home court in Towson to the College of Charleston. Adala Moto scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Adala Moto has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg in 33 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #7. Former international power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Comunicaciones (22-9) in their last game. Despite Essengue's good performance the second-placed Comunicaciones (22-9) lost 61-76 on their home court in Mercedes to the lower-ranked (#3) Villa Angela in the North group. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Essengue's stats this year are: 13.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in 31 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #8. Forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help Jarvenpaa (8-16) in their game against Pyrinto II (7-16) in the Finnish 1st Division (second division). He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. But Jarvenpaa (#8) was crushed 97-55 in Tampere by the lower-ranked (#10) Pyrinto II in the Division A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Towa averaged so far 13.3ppg, 11.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in 24 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #9. Former international center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lille Metropole (11-9) 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. MBida scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Lille Metropole lost 70-84 in Boulazac to the lower-ranked (#8) Basket. This year MBida's overall stats are: 6.4ppg and 5.9rpg in seven games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy). Biligha could not help Vanoli Cremona (6-15) to beat Enel Brindisi (10-11). He scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. The bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona lost 82-94 on the road to the higher-ranked (#10) Enel Brindisi. Biligha has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2bpg in 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #2. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to a 3-point Lukoil Academic Sofia's victory against the sixth-ranked Balkan (9-9) 62-59 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Gibson scored 7 points and added 5 passes. Lukoil Academic Sofia (15-3) is placed first in the NBL. Gibson averaged so far 13.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and American.

   #3. Bertrand Nkali (206-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Houston to win against the East Carolina University (1-12) crushing them 73-51 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Nkali scored only 4 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks. The University of Houston has a solid 9-4 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Nkali's overall stats this year are: 1.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.3bpg.

   #4. Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Eskilstuna (11-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Eskilstuna (#2) was edged 112-109 in Lund by the lower-ranked (#7) IK Eos in the BEHS forts group. Kouagnia had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 31 minutes. It was Eskilstuna's first loss after five consecutive victories. Kouagnia has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.1ppg, 13.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg in 18 games. Kouagnia has both British and Cameroonian nationalities.

   #5. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) led Quimper UJAP to a victory against the 14th-ranked Vitre (11-15) 73-63 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and added 3 passes. Quimper UJAP (19-7) is placed second in the NM1. Temgoua's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.4apg. He also holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #6. Roland Nyama (198-G/F-93, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Stony Brook in their game against the University at Albany in the NCAA. Nyama scored 6 points and added 3 passes in 32 minutes. His team lost 56-63. Nyama averaged so far 10.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg in 30 games. He has dual citizenship: German and Cameroonian. Despite Nyama's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the German U16 national team and probably cannot be called to the Cameroonian team.

   #7. Roger Moute a Bidias (199-F-95, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the California in their game against the University of Utah in the NCAA. Moute a Bidias cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was crushed by 30 points 74-44. Moute a Bidias' overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 2.0rpg.

   #8. Michel Enanga (196-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Co.Carolina in their game against the Appalachian State University in the NCAA. Enanga recorded only 4 points. His team was defeated 77-73. Enanga's overall stats this season are: 3.2ppg and 2.0rpg.

   #9. Johan Bitjaa (207-C-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zamorano in their game against L'Hospitalet in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Bitjaa scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was edged 91-90. Bitjaa's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 6.1rpg.

   #10. Mike Owona (206-C/F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a N.Carolina A&T's victory against the N.Carolina Central 68-63 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. This year Owona's total stats are: 1.3ppg and 1.9rpg in 14 games.



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Aaron Doornekamp's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help CB Canarias (11-3) in their last game. Despite Doornekamp's very good performance the first-placed CB Canarias (11-3) was edged 66-63 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) PAOK in the group D of Basketball Champions League. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 46.1%(35-76) and FT: 87.0% in 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. Former Carleton University starter played for the Canadian senior national team two years ago.

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Greece). Birch led Olympiacos to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Apollon Patras (5-15) 87-70 in the Greek A1 last Monday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (17-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all seventeen games in the Regular Season. This season Birch averages: 6.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 69.4%(50-72) and FT: 65.0%. He is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Andrew Wiggins (203-95, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA). Wiggins was the major contributor in a Minnesota Timberwolves' victory against the Sacramento Kings (25-38) 102-88 in the NBA on Monday night. He recorded 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Wiggins' third season in pro basketball. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 25-37 record this season. Wiggins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 75.9% in 62 games. Wiggins played for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Nik Stauskas
Nik Stauskas
   #4. Shooting guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Philadelphia 76ers (22-41) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (22-41) were crushed 136-106 in Detroit by the Pistons. Stauskas was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 5 rebounds. This season Stauskas has relatively solid stats: 9.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lithuanian. Stauskas used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #5. International forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) led Umana Venezia 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. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (13-8) is placed second in the Serie A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Ejim has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in 21 games. He has both Canadian and Nigerian nationalities. Ejim plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #6. Point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Lithuania) led Zalgiris to an easy victory against the league outsider Siauliai (3-22) crushing them 101-50 in the Lithuanian LKL on Monday night. He scored 12 points and added 3 passes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (22-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Pangos' first season with the team. Pangos' overall stats this year are: 9.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.6apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team eight years ago.

Olivier Hanlan
Olivier Hanlan
   #7. Former international guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to secure a victory for Le Mans (9-5) in their last game. Despite Hanlan's very good performance Le Mans was badly defeated 79-63 in Sassari by the lower-ranked (#5) Banco di Srd in the group B of Basketball Champions League. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Hanlan also added 5 rebounds in 30 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Hanlan averaged so far 11.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.6apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #8. Guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Turkey) led Gaziantep to a victory against the 14th-ranked Demir IBB (6-14) 78-67 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Rautins scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Gaziantep Basketbol (10-10) is placed seventh in the BSL. Rautins' stats this season are: 11.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.2apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Rautins used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2013.

Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph
   #9. International point guard Cory Joseph (190-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Toronto Raptors (37-26) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Toronto Raptors (37-26) lost 94-101 in Milwaukee to the Bucks. Joseph was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 37 minutes. Joseph averaged so far 8.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.9apg in 61 games. He is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray
   #10. Swingman Jamal Murray (198-97, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Denver Nuggets (29-34) in their game against the Charlotte Hornets (29-34) in the NBA. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Murray scored 14 points and added 3 assists. Murray averaged so far 8.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. International forward Tristan Thompson (206-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Cleveland Cavaliers in their game against the Boston Celtics in the NBA. He scored 9 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. His team were defeated 103-99 in the NBA. Thompson averaged so far 8.1ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.2bpg. He plays currently for the Canadian national team.

   #12. Former U19 international power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in France) couldn't help Sluc Nancy in their game against Paris-Levallois in the French ProA, despite his very good performance in Monday night's game. Trasolini was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 19 points 78-59. Trasolini averaged so far 12.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg in 21 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2009.

   #13. International forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, college: UNLV, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Fenerbahce Istanbul to win against the tenth-ranked Zalgiris 76-67 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Bennett scored only 3 points. This season Bennett averages just 0.8ppg. He is also Canadian national team player.

   #14. Former international forward Dillon Brooks (198-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Oregon State University crushing them 80-59 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 25 points. This season Brooks has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg. Brooks used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Tristan Thompson in the NBA last game. Olynyk contributed to a Boston Celtics' victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-99. He scored 10 points in 19 minutes. Olynyk averaged so far 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.9apg in 57 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Michael Fraser (203-C-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Poland) could not help AZS Polfarmex (4-18) in their last game. Despite Fraser's very good performance AZS Polfarmex lost 88-95 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Anwil. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was AZS Polfarmex's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Fraser's overall stats are: 8.6ppg and 8.2rpg in 20 games he played so far.

   #2. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87, college: Houghton, currently plays in Sweden) led BC Lulea to a victory against the sixth-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (11-14) 81-70 in the Swedish Basketligan on Monday night. Anzuluni scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. BC Lulea (21-6) is placed first in the Basketligan. Anzuluni averaged so far 14.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.7apg and 2.1spg in 26 games.

   #3. Tyrell Green (201-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to UNLV's surprising victory against the Utah State University (7-7) 66-59 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Green had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds in 35 minutes. The University of Nevada - Las Vegas have not so impressive 3-10 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Green averaged so far 12.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg in 29 games.

   #4. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Blacktop Management, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) led BC Nokia to a victory over the closely-ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (20-12) 91-73 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Barrett recorded 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Nokia (11-5) is placed fourth in the Korisliiga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Barrett averaged so far 12.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.

   #5. Joseph Chartouny (190-G-94, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Fordham (4-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Fordham was edged 67-66 in Washington by the The George University. Chartouny recorded 20 points, 5 assists and 6 steals in 39 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Chartouny averaged so far 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.0apg and 3.4spg in 28 games.

   #6. Haboubacar Mutombo (196-G, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams W.Carolina (4-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the W.Carolina was defeated 78-72 in Charleston by the The Citadel. Mutombo scored 25 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mutombo averaged so far 11.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Canadian.

   #7. Isiaha Mike (203-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Duquesne (2-10) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Mike's very good performance the Duquesne was edged 63-62 at home by the George Mason University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Mike averaged so far 11.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg.

   #8. Elijah Long (183-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Mt.St.Mary's' victory against the Robert Morris University 75-66 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 38 minutes. Long has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.5apg and 1.6spg in 33 games.

   #9. Dwayne Smith (198-F-89, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to Olimpo's victory against the fifth-ranked Rocamora 82-77 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) in Friday night's game. Smith recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Smith averaged so far 13.6ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #10. Billy McNutt (203-C/F-85, currently plays in Luxembourg) was the main contributor in Etzella's victory against the leader Sparta 93-88 in the Luxembourg Total League on Sunday night. McNutt was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 18 rebounds. McNutt also added 2 blocks and 3 steals. This season McNutt has very high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 12.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.7bpg and 1.4spg.



All-OUA Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-OUA 1st Team 2017
Connor Wood
Wood
Kaza Keane
Keane
Adika Peter-McNeilly
Peter-McNeilly
Ammanuel Diressa
Diressa
Caleb Agada
Agada

Player of the Year: Connor Wood (6'4''-G) of Carleton
Defensive Player of the Year: Caleb Agada (6'4''-G-94) of Ottawa
Rookie of the Year: Kadre Gray (6'1''-G) of Laurentian
Ken Shields Award: Ryan Bennett (6'4''-G) of Brock
Coach of the Year: Dave Smart of Carleton

1st Team
G: Connor Wood (6'4''-G) of Carleton
PG: Kaza Keane (6'1''-PG-94) of Carleton
G: Adika Peter-McNeilly (6'3''-G-93) of Ryerson
G: Ammanuel Diressa (6'5''-G-93) of Ryerson
G: Caleb Agada (6'4''-G-94) of Ottawa
F: Jean-Emmanuel Pierre-Charles (6'8''-F) of Ottawa
F: Dani Elgadi (6'7''-F) of Brock
F: Devin Johnson (6'5''-F) of Toronto
G: Kadre Gray (6'1''-G) of Laurentian
F: Connor Gilmore (6'7''-F) of McMaster

2nd Team
F: Justin Shaver (6'6''-F-92) of Nipissing
SF: Marcus Lewis (6'4''-SF) of Nipissing
G: Mike Rocca (5'10''-G-94) of Windsor
F: Bacarius Dinkins (6'7''-F) of Lakehead
G: Sukhpreet Singh (6'2''-G) of Queen's
G: Johneil Simpson (6'5''-G) of Brock
PG: Tevaun Kokko (5'11''-PG) of Laurier
G: Rohan Boney (6'4''-G) of McMaster
F: Ryan Ejim (6'7''-F) of Carleton
F: Nedim Hodzic (6'5''-F) of Waterloo

All-Rookie Team
F: Nedim Hodzic (6'5''-F) of Waterloo
PG: Simon Petrov (6'3''-PG) of Waterloo
G: Justin Hardy (6'4''-G) of Waterloo
G: Kadre Gray (6'1''-G) of Laurentian
F: Eddie Ekiyor (6'9''-F-97) of Carleton
PG: Tevaun Kokko (5'11''-PG) of Laurier
F: Keevon Small (6'6''-F) of Ryerson
F/G: Daniel Cayer (6'4''-F/G) of Brock
G: Omar Shiddo (6'3''-G) of Western
G: Jaaden Lewis (6'2''-G) of Nipissing



All-Canada West Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-Canada West 1st Team 2017
Brody Clarke
Clarke
Conor Morgan
Morgan
Thomas Cooper
Cooper
Shane Osayande
Osayande
Volodymyr Iegorov
Iegorov

Player of the Year: Conor Morgan (6'8''-G/F-94) of UBC
Defensive Player of the Year: Jordan Jensen-Whyte (6'5''-G-94) of UBC
Rookie of the Year: Scott Kellum (6'1''-G) of Victoria
Ken Shields Award: Philip Jalalpoor (6'2''-PG-93) of UBC
Coach of the Year: Kevin Hanson of UBC

1st Team
PF: Brody Clarke (6'9''-PF-96) of Alberta
G/F: Conor Morgan (6'8''-G/F-94) of UBC
G: Thomas Cooper (6'5''-G) of Calgary
F: Shane Osayande (6'6''-F) of Saskatchewan
F: Volodymyr Iegorov (6'7''-F) of TRU

2nd Team
PG: Austin Waddoups (6'2''-PG) of Alberta
G: Jordan Jensen-Whyte (6'5''-G-94) of UBC
G: Manny Dulay (6'3''-G) of UFV
PG: Dejon Burdeaux (6'0''-PG) of Lethbridge
G: Justus Alleyne (6'2''-G) of Manitoba

3rd Team
G: Tyvon Cooper (6'1''-G) of Brandon
F: Brett Layton (6'8''-F) of Mount Royal
F: Matthew Forbes (6'6''-F) of Saskatchewan
G/F: Grant Sitton (6'9''-G/F) of Victoria
G: Denzel Lynch-Blair (6'4''-G) of Winnipeg

All-Rookie Team
G: Andre Kelly (6'2''-G) of Alberta
F: James Wagner (6'7''-F-98) of Manitoba
G: Johneil Johnson (6'1''-G) of Regina
G: Scott Kellum (6'1''-G) of Victoria
G: Narcisse Ambanza (6'2''-G) of Winnipeg



All-RSEQ Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-RSEQ 1st Team 2017
Dele Ogundokun
Ogundokun
Ken Beaulieu
Beaulieu
Greishe Clerjuste
Clerjuste
Jenning Leung
Leung
Frantson Demosthene
Demosthene

Player of the Year: Dele Ogundokun (6'2''-G) of McGill
Defensive Player of the Year: Dele Ogundokun (6'2''-G) of McGill
Rookie of the Year: Kendrick Jolin (6'2''-PG) of McGill
Coach of the Year: David DeAveiro of McGill

1st Team
G: Dele Ogundokun (6'2''-G) of McGill
G/F: Ken Beaulieu (6'4''-G/F) of Concordia
G: Greishe Clerjuste (6'2''-G-93) of UQAM
G: Jenning Leung (6'1''-G) of McGill
F: Frantson Demosthene (6'4''-F) of Laval

2nd Team
PG: Jonathan Bermillo (6'0''-PG) of Bishop's
F/C: Michael Fosu (6'6''-F/C) of Concordia
F: Francois Bourque (6'6''-F) of McGill
: Ibrahima Sylla of UQAM
F: Alexandre Leclerc (6'6''-F) of Laval

All-Rookie Team
PG: Kendrick Jolin (6'2''-PG) of McGill
G: Joany Castor-Thadal (6'1''-G) of Bishop's
G: Nicholas Noble (6'2''-G) of Concordia
F/G: Alain Bernard (6'4''-F/G) of Laval
PG: Henderson Charles (6'0''-PG) of Concordia



Tigers three-peat as AUS men's basketball champions with 63-60 come-from-behind victory over Huskies - by Greg

The Dalhousie Tigers and the Saint Mary's Huskies faced off in the men's championship game of the Subway AUS Basketball Championships Sunday at 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's held 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 third quarter. A steal from Ritchie Kanza Mata (184-G) (Toronto, Ont.) at the halfway point of the third quarter allowed him 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 (201-C) (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 honour for Saint Mary's. Rouse recorded 18 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 with one 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 (188-F) (Brampton, Ont.), along with Saint Mary's Clayton and Rouse.

Courtesy of AtlanticUniversitySport

AUS Tournament Final: Dalhousie - Saint Mary's 63-60
AUS Tournament Semifinals:
Dalhousie - Acadia 78-75
Saint Mary's - UNB 81-68



All-AUS Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-AUS 1st Team 2017
Kevin Bercy
Bercy
Javon Masters
Masters
Ritchie Kanza Mata
Kanza Mata
Marquis Clayton
Clayton
Kashrell Lawrence
Lawrence

All-Tournament MVP: Ritchie Kanza Mata (6'1''-G) of Dalhousie
Player of the Year: Kevin Bercy (6'7''-F) of St.Francis X.
Defensive Player of the Year: Ritchie Kanza Mata (6'1''-G) of Dalhousie
Rookie of the Year: Jamaal Potopsingh (6'4''-F) of UNB
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Kashrell Lawrence (6'2''-F) of Dalhousie
Coach of the Year: Richard Plato of Dalhousie

1st Team
F: Kevin Bercy (6'7''-F) of St.Francis X.
G: Javon Masters (6'0''-G) of UNB
G: Ritchie Kanza Mata (6'1''-G) of Dalhousie
PG: Marquis Clayton (5'9''-PG) of St.Mary's
F: Kashrell Lawrence (6'2''-F) of Dalhousie

2nd Team
F: Erik Nissen (6'10''-F) of Acadia
F: Vasilije Curcic (6'9''-F) of Memorial
G: Tyler Scott (6'3''-G) of UPEI
G: Ben Miller (6'2''-G) of Acadia
G: Brian Rouse (6'4''-G) of St.Mary's

All-Rookie Team
F: Jamaal Potopsingh (6'4''-F) of UNB
PG: Justin Andrew (6'0''-PG) of St.Francis X.
G: Chris Spurrell (6'4''-G) of UNB
G: Nathan Barker (6'4''-G) of Memorial
G: Kordeiro James (G) of St.Mary's

All-Tournament Team
G: Ritchie Kanza Mata (6'1''-G) of Dalhousie
F: Sven Stammberger (6'6''-F) of Dalhousie
F: Kashrell Lawrence (6'2''-F) of Dalhousie
PG: Marquis Clayton (5'9''-PG) of St.Mary's
G: Brian Rouse (6'4''-G) of St.Mary's



All-RSEQ Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-RSEQ 1st Team 2017
Alix Lochard
Lochard
Nathan Cayo
Cayo
Cheikh-Ibrahima Ngom
Ngom
Anthony Sanogo
Sanogo
Kevin Civil
Civil

Player of the Year: Alix Lochard of Montmorency
Defensive Player of the Year: Nudy Georges (6'3''-G) of Dawson
Rookie of the Year: Blondeau Tchoukuiegno (6'0''-PG) of Montmorency
Coach of the Year: Marc-Olivier Beauchamp of Montmorency

1st Team
: Alix Lochard of Montmorency
G/F: Nathan Cayo (6'7''-G/F) of Jean-de-Brebeuf
: Cheikh-Ibrahima Ngom of Vanier
: Anthony Sanogo of Edouard-Montpetit
: Kevin Civil of Montmorency

2nd Team
G: Nudy Georges (6'3''-G) of Dawson
F/G: Emmanuel Bandoumel (6'5''-F/G) of Jean-de-Brebeuf
: Guillaume Pepin of Jean-de-Brebeuf
: Daric Labadie of Sainte-Foy
PG: Bahaide Haidara (6'5''-PG) of Dawson



All-PacWest Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-PacWest 1st Team 2017
Greet Gill
Gill
Grant Campbell
Campbell
Ravi Basra
Basra
Dallas Searles
Searles
Usama Zaid
Zaid

All-Tournament MVP: Usama Zaid (6'4''-G/F) of VIU
Player of the Year: Usama Zaid (6'4''-G/F) of VIU
Rookie of the Year: Wayne Untalan (6'1''-G) of Capilano
Coach of the Year: Paul Eberhardt of Langara

1st Team
F: Greet Gill (6'4''-F) of Capilano
PG: Grant Campbell (6'0''-PG) of Douglas
PG: Ravi Basra (5'11''-PG) of Langara
G: Dallas Searles (6'3''-G) of Quest
G/F: Usama Zaid (6'4''-G/F) of VIU

2nd Team
G/F: Drake Downer (6'5''-G/F) of Langara
F: Malcolm Mensah (6'4''-F) of Douglas
F: Noah Derappard-Yuswack (6'4''-F) of Quest
F/C: Jalen Schlegelfd (6'8''-F/C) of VIU
G: Bryson Cox (6'3''-G) of VIU

All-Rookie Team
G: Wayne Untalan (6'1''-G) of Capilano
F/G: Jesse Stewart (6'4''-F/G) of CBC
PG: Lambert Pajayon (5'11''-PG) of Douglas
PG: Royce Sargeant (5'9''-PG) of Langara
G: Jonavan Grant (6'3''-G) of Quest

All-Tournament Team
: Reese Morris of Capilano
PG: Grant Campbell (6'0''-PG) of Douglas
G: Hassan Phills (6'3''-G) of Capilano
F: Greet Gill (6'4''-F) of Capilano
F/C: Jalen Schlegelfd (6'8''-F/C) of VIU
G/F: Usama Zaid (6'4''-G/F) of VIU



A Mariners Three-Peat - by Igor Obradovic

For the third straight season and fourth time in nine years the VIU Mariners are the PACWEST men's gold medalists after a 94-77 win over the Capilano Blues on Saturday night.
The Mariners used 49% shooting from the field in the victory led by tournament MVP Usama Zaid (193-G/F) who collected a game high 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Bryson Cox (190-G) was equally impressive scoring 19 points, had nine rebounds and seven assists and was named the player of the game. Jalen Schlegel chipped in with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Defensively the Mariners created 21 turnovers and held the Blues to 18% shooting from behind the arch.
'This one's special,' said head coach Matt Kuzminski . 'The togetherness of this team made it special and different from the last couple of years.'
The game was tied at halftime before the Mariners exploded for 32 points in the third quarter and held the Blues to just 16 to separate themselves and never looked back.
The silver medalists Blues shot 41% from the field led by Greet Gill (190-G) who finished with 22 points and Hassan Phills (193-G) who collected 21 points.
The Mariners will now board a plane in two weeks and represent the PACWEST at the CCAA national championship held at Holland University in Prince Edward Island.

PacWest Tournament Final: VIU - Capilano 94-77
PacWest Tournament Semifinals:
VIU - Douglas 86-71
Capilano - Langara 68-63

Courtesy of PacWestBC



Holland College Men's Basketball Finish on Top - by Igor Obradovic

For the fifth year in a row, the Holland College Hurricanes are ACAA Men's Basketball Champions. The defending champion Hurricanes held off the surging Mount Allison Mounties 81-70 in an exciting ACAA championship game played before more than 800 fans at Mount Allison's McCormack Gymnaisum. After a quick start by the Mounties, Holland grabbed a slight advantage, taking a 20-17 lead into the 1st quarter break. The teams stayed even through the 2nd quarter and by halftime the Holland lead stood at 1 point, 37-36. Holland built a cushion in the 3rd quarter and headed into the 4th quarter with a 65-49 lead. The Mounties would energize the home crowd in the 4th quarter as they pushed to within 7 points but it wasn't enough as Holland completed the 81-70 victory.
Abel Joseph (200-G-90) led all Holland scorers with 17 points while All-Canadian Trenity Burdine (198-F-91, college: Georgetown, KY) chipped in with 15 points for the Hurricanes. ACAA All-Star Roosevelt Whyley (198-F) had 11 points while Travis Adams (190-F) finished the game with 10 points.
The Mounties were once again led by ACAA Rookie of the Year Thomas LeGallais who had 21 points for the Mounties on 7 of 14 shooting from the field. Senior Alex Chisholm (193-F), playing in his last game at the McCormack gymnasium, added 16 for the Mounties while senior and ACAA 2nd team All-star Bradley Fuller (198-F) added 13 in his final home game.
Both teams advance to the 2017 CCAA Men's National Basketball Championships to be played at Holland College from March 15th-18th.

ACAA-AASC Tournament Final:
Holland - Mount Allison 81-70
ACAA-AASC Tournament Semifinals:
Holland - MSVU 76-65
Mount Allison - Crandall 83-59

Courtesy of Holland College



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  CENTRAL AFRICA  


Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in EuroCup). He contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Khimky (4-2) 88-82 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Sato recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 9 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all six games in the Quarter-Finals. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 6.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.5%(23-40), 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 64.7% in 16 games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

James Mays
James Mays
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson, currently plays in South Korea). He could not help LG Sakers (21-26) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Mays' very good performance LG Sakers were defeated 81-73 at home by the higher-ranked Goyang Orions (#3). He recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds. Mays also added 2 blocks. Mays has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 22.1ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 23.6% and FT: 61.6%. Mays is a naturalized American. He played for the Central African national team in 2013. Strangely Mays has never played in Central Africa.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in France). He was not able to help Gravelines-Dunkerque in their game against Limoges CSP Elite (10-11) in the French ProA. It was not Djimrabaye's best game last Monday. He scored only 3 points in 15 minutes. Gravelines-Dunkerque lost 77-88 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) Limoges CSP Elite. This year Djimrabaye's overall stats are: 2.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 2FGP: 54.5% in 12 games. He played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Patrick O'Bryant
Patrick O'Bryant
   #4. Center Patrick O'Bryant (213-86, college: Bradley, currently plays in Taiwan) was not able to secure a victory for Fubon Braves (17-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite O'Bryant's good performance Fubon Braves were defeated 79-66 by the lower-ranked Pauian (#5). He scored 13 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). O'Bryant has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 11.7rpg, 2.4apg, 2.5bpg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. O'Bryant used to play for the Central African national team back in 2013. Apparently he has never played in Central Africa.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #5. Former international small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France) couldn't help Olympique Antibes (7-14) in their game against Cholet Basket (8-13) in the French ProA. Kouguere did not have that impressive stats last Friday. He scored only 2 points in 25 minutes. Olympique Antibes was badly defeated 73-57 in Cholet by the higher-ranked (#14) Basket. This year Kouguere's total stats are: 6.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg in 15 games. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere used to play for the Central African national team two years ago.

Destin Damachoua
Destin Damachoua
   #6. Guard Destin Damachoua (184-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lorient (10-16) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Lorient was defeated 97-92 on the opponent's court by the leading Caen. Damachoua scored 14 points. This season Damachoua has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.7spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Central African senior team two years ago.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Maxime Zianveni (198-F/C-79) plays for Boulazac Basket in French ProB
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Joseph Kalambani (192-G-81) plays for Besancon in French NM2
Martial Gotagni (190-G/F-79) plays for Chateauroux in French NM2

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



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  COLOMBIA  


Juan Palacios selected the top Colombian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Juan Palacios
Juan Palacios
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Juan Palacios (206-85, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Tofas (9-11) to beat Anadolu Efes (18-2). Palacios did not have that impressive stats last Monday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. Tofas was crushed 81-58 on the road by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. This year Palacios averages: 3.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 23.1% in two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Spanish. Ex-Guerreros de Bogota player is currently a member of the Colombian senior national team.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Hanner Mosquera-Perea
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (206-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. Mosquera-Perea was not able to help the E.Tenn.St. (14-4) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the E.Tenn.St. was defeated 72-66 at home by the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Mosquera-Perea scored 18 points. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Mosquera-Perea's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 59.9%(103-172) and FT: 56.1%. He is in the roster of the Colombian senior national team.

Braian Angola-Rodas
Braian Angola-Rodas
   #3. The Colombian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Braian Angola-Rodas (198, currently studies in the States). Angola-Rodas was not able to secure a victory for the Florida St. (9-4) in their game against the Duke University (13-3) in the NCAA. He scored 8 points in only 12 minutes. The Florida St. lost 70-75 on their home court in Tallahassee to the Duke University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Angola-Rodas' first season with the team. This year Angola-Rodas' overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 76.7% in 30 games. He is also a member of the Colombian senior national team.

Thomas Diaz
Thomas Diaz
   #4. Swingman Thomas Diaz (193-93, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Texas A&M University - Kingsville (10-8) in their game against the Angelo State University (7-12) in the NCAA2. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Diaz scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. The Texas A&M University - Kingsville lost 60-74 in San Angelo to the Angelo State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Diaz has been at the team for five years. This season his total stats are: 2.8ppg and 2.1rpg in 22 games. Diaz is also Colombian national team player.

Hansel Atencia
Hansel Atencia
   #5. International guard Hansel Atencia (180-97, currently plays in NAIA) managed to help The Master's College, CA to win against the Biola University 83-68 in the NAIA in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points. The The Master's College, CA has a solid 12-4 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NAIA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Atencia has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Spanish and Colombian. Atencia plays currently for the Colombian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Cesar Cortes (200-F/C-81, currently plays in Mexico) led Fuerza Regia to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Toros (22-14) crushing them 96-71 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Thursday night's game. He scored 15 points and added 7 passes in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (32-4) is placed first in the LNBP. It's Cortes' first season with the team. This year Cortes averages: 6.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.2apg in 26 games he played so far.

   #2. Cesar Silva (190-G/F-81, currently plays in Venezuela) could not help Guaiqueries (0-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Guaiqueries (0-2) was badly defeated 80-63 on the road by the second-ranked Trotamundos in the Eastern Conference. Silva recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Silva's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Silva averages: 18.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 4.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan.

   #3. Luis Julio (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to help Panteras (0-2) in their last game. Despite Julio's very good performance the fifth-placed Panteras (0-2) was edged 77-75 at home by the leading Bucaneros in the Eastern Conference. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Julio also added 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Julio's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. Julio is another player who holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan.

   #4. Jackson Zapata (198-F-85, currently plays in Venezuela) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cesar Silva and both played together in the last Venezuelan LPB game. Zapata was not able to secure a victory for Guaiqueries (0-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Guaiqueries (0-2) was badly defeated 80-63 in Valencia by the second-ranked Trotamundos in the Eastern Conference. Zapata scored 11 points. It's Zapata's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.5ppg and 3.5rpg. Similarly like Julio and Silva above Zapata has both Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities. Despite his Colombian passport, Zapata previously played for the Venezuelan U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Colombian team.

   #5. Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86, currently plays in Venezuela) couldn't help Gaiteros (0-2) in their game against Cocodrilos (4-0) in the Venezuelan LPB. Chiquito scored only 4 points. It was his first game for Gaiteros this season. The fifth-placed Gaiteros (0-2) was defeated 69-62 on their home court in Maracaibo by the leading Cocodrilos in the Western Conference. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Similarly like three previous players above, Chiquito also holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan.



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  CROATIA  


A2 League regular season ends - by Zeljko Zule

Vern, Borovo, Sanac and Podravac Jazine Arbanasi all won 2016-17 Croatian A2 League division titles. Second placed Rudes, Belisce,Graficar and Ribola Kastela also promoted to the Championship League.
Crikvenica canceled their participation in the second stage and was replaced by Pula 1981.

Central Division - Round 22: Bosco-Zapad 75-65 (Tusek 19, Baricevic 14 - Zganec 20, Mohac 16), Mladost-Dubrava 88-87 (Buljevic 30, Perkovic 23 - Smolic 23, Majcunic 18), AKK Vern-Maksimir 88-54 (Kljajic17, Penic 13, Kordic 13 - Skrinjaric 14, Lacic 11), Fortuna-Agrodalm 53-100 (Bucevic 11, Cosic 21, Ceraj 17), Sesvete-Rudes 83-72 (Raguz 24, Papak 20 - Ljubicic 14, Dmitrovic 13),Samobor-Zaprudje 84-89 (Gionechetti-Prahin 21, Milatic 17, Mandalinic17 - Stanic 20, Gasparac 16).
Final standings: Vern 19-3, Rudes 14-8, Zaprudje 13-9, Agrodalm 13-9, Mladost 13-9, Bosco 13-9, Dubrava 10-12, Samobor 10-12, Zapad 10-12, Sesvete 10-12, Maksimir 6-16, Fortuna 1-21.

Eastern Division - Round 18: Zupanja-Vrijednosnice Darda II 101-87 (Bilic 23, Benkovic 19 - Ilic 28, Basic 18), Rekord Tim-Belisce 89-84 (Celebija 25, Radosavljevic 24 - Bicvic 21, Cerjak 19), Vinkovci-Borovo 67-76 (Kentrzinski 21, Ostovic 19 - Bekavac 22, Rajsic 19), Osjecki sokol-Pozega 96-79 (Kovac 29, Boras 22 - Calis 21, Pejnovic 20), Djakovo-Vukovar 90-67 (Ceskic 21, Car 20 - Kajba 18, Matijevic 16).
Standings: Borovo 14-3, Belisce 14-4, Osjecki sokol 13-5, Rekord Tim 10-8, Djakovo 9-9, Pozega 8-10, Vukovar 8-10, Zupanja 8-9, Vinkovic 3-15, Vrijednosnice Osijek II 2-16.

Western Division - Round 22: Kraljevica-Jadranka 68-81 (Konjevic 27, Protega 20 - Muzic 20, Kremenovic 19), Crikvenica-Rovinj 99-75 (Maruna 24, Bilalovic 22 - Honovic 18, Sturman 15, Djerman 15), Ghia Staff-Stoja 92-94 (Krstinic 39, Ravnic 19 - Bulesic 27, Tumpic 23), Kastav-Istrauni 65-74 (Miletic 14, Maljevac 12 - Sljuka 22, Sertic 16), Rudar-Zamet 99-59 (Breulj 34, Lonzar 17 - Perinic 11, Klasan 11), Pula 1981-Sanac 74-58 (Bozic 19, Djugum 18 - Spehar 21, Panjevic 10).
Standings: Sanac 19-3, Crikvenica 16-6, Istrauni 16-6, Pula 1981 15-7, Rudar 14-8, Kastav 13-9, Ghia Staff 13-9, Stoja 9-12, Jadranka 8-14, Zamet 4-18, Kraljevica 2-19, Rovinj 2-20.

Northern Division - Round 18: Radnik-Podravac 78-74 (Tomas 24, Jukic 16 - S.Zadravec 19, Sestak 18), Medjimurje-Mladost 104-81 (Mar.Novak 25, Bisevac 15 - Beljan 19, Bukovic 18), Koprivnica-Bjelovar 66-110 (Vedris 32 - Vrdoljak 23, Baranovic 17), Petar Zrinski-Ivanic 92-79 (Cusek 25, Tomic 20 - Havlicek 34, Lukacevic 24), Ivancica-Graficar 64-92 (Bigec 13, Smontara 11, Putar 11 - Prpovic 17, Petrovic 16).
Standings: Podravac 15-3, Graficar 15-3, Medjimurje 14-4, Petar Zrinski 10-8, Ivanic 10-8, Radnik 9-9, Mladost 8-10, Ivancica 4-13, Bjelovar 3-15, Koprivnica 1-16.

Southern Division - Round 18: Diplomus-Sonik Puntamika 76:66 (Marin 17, Omrcen 15, Vrgoc 15 - Baricevic 15, Knezevic 15, Marcev 15), Ribola Kastela-Dubrovnik 99-83 (Maras 30, Rezic 19, Roso 19 - Markovic 20, Vucinovic 20), Adriatic-Omis Cagalj Tours 69-75 (Elez 15, Batistic 13 - Mimica 36, Dzapo 14), Jazine Arbanasi-Solin 116-63 (Bucaj 24, Ceranja 20 - Vukovic 20, Popovic 11, Jukic 11), Sukosan-Cetina 84-41 (Pavic 25, Hrabrov 14 - D.Sipic 12, P.Zaper 11).
Final standings: Jazine Arbanasi 17-1, Ribola Kastela 17-1, Diplomus 12-6, Omis Cagalj Tours 12-6, Sonik Puntamika 10-8, Adriatic 7-11, Dubrovnik 5-13, Sukosan 5-13, Solin 4-14 Cetina 1-17.



Hrvoje Peric selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Umana Venezia to a victory over one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (7-14) crushing them 85-61 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Peric was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. Umana Reyer Venezia (13-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. It's Peric's fourth season with the team. Peric has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 13.2% and FT: 74.2% in 20 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). Zizic could not help Darussafaka (13-7) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Darussafaka was edged 79-76 in a derby game by the leading Fenerbahce. Zizic scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It's Zizic's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 71.4%(35-49) and FT: 75.0%. Ex-KK Ribola Kastela player is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). Radosevic contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Braunschweig (3-17) crushing them 95-75 in the German BBL on Monday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (22-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Radosevic's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 69.6%(39-56) and FT: 65.2% in 12 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #4. An experienced point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Promitheas (8-12) 86-67 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Ukic scored 11 points and added 6 passes. AEK Athens (16-4) is placed third in the A1. Ukic has reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.8apg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
   #5. International small forward Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a 1-point Washington Wizards' victory against the Orlando Magic (23-41) 115-114 in the NBA on Sunday night. He recorded 27 points (!!!). The Washington Wizards have a solid 37-24 record this season. Bogdanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg and 2.0rpg. Bogdanovic plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Dario Saric
Dario Saric
   #6. Power forward Dario Saric (207-94, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Philadelphia 76ers in their game against the Golden State Warriors (52-11) in the NBA, despite his very good performance in Monday night's game. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Saric also added 7 rebounds and 7 assists in 35 minutes. But the Philadelphia 76ers (22-41) lost 108-119 on the road to the Golden State Warriors. Saric has very impressive stats this year: 11.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.1apg in 63 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Josip Sobin
Josip Sobin
   #7. International center Josip Sobin (203-89, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Anwil's victory against one of league's weakest teams AZS Polfarmex (4-18) 95-88 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Sobin scored 17 points, had 6 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals. Anwil Wloclawek (15-7) is placed third in the PLK. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Sobin's stats this season are: 11.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #8. Point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to a 2-point Banco di Srd's victory against the leader Le Mans (9-5) 68-66 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. Stipcevic scored 14 points and added 5 passes in 31 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (7-7) is placed fifth in group E. Stipcevic's stats this year are: 12.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.0apg in 18 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #9. Former international point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, another player represented by Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the closely-ranked Zaragoza (7-15) 93-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Popovic scored 17 points and added 4 assists. Montakit Fuenlabrada (10-12) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. Popovic averaged so far 11.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team six years ago.

Toni Prostran
Toni Prostran
   #10. Guard Toni Prostran (182-91, currently plays in Lithuania) was the main contributor in Nevezis' victory against the league outsider Siauliai (3-22) crushing them 86-56 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. Prostran was the best player in that game. He recorded 24 points and added 5 assists in 30 minutes. Nevezis Kedainiai (6-19) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the LKL. They ended the series of nine consecutive loses. Prostran averaged so far 11.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 7.2apg in 24 games. He is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Italy) helped Betaland Cdo win their game against the closely-ranked Brescia 71-67 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Delas was the top player that evening. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Delas averaged so far 10.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international power forward Ivan Buva (208-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for RETAbet BB in their game against Unicaja Malaga in the Spanish Liga Endesa, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Buva was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. But his team lost 63-74. Buva averaged so far 11.4ppg and 5.5rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U18 international power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, currently plays in Balkan League) helped his Bulgarian team Beroe win their game against the closely-ranked Sutjeska 76-68 in the Balkan League last Tuesday. Tesija was the top player that evening. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). Tesija averaged so far 10.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team ten years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, currently plays in Estonia) helped Parnu win their game against the closely-ranked Rapla 64-49 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Tuesday night. Bubalo had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 34 minutes. Bubalo has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.7apg in 11 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #15. International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Real Madrid in their game against Galatasaray in the Euroleague. Draper scored 6 points. His team was edged 87-84. Draper's total stats this season are: 2.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Draper is also in the roster of the Croatian national team. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

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

   #1. Experienced Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, currently plays in Balkan League) led his FYR Macedonian team Feni Industries to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Teodo Tivat (3-3) 100-97 in the Balkan League last Tuesday. Ceskovic was the best player in that game. He recorded 39 points (!!!), 5 assists and 3 steals in 39 minutes. KK Feni Industries (2-4) is placed seventh in the Balkan League. Ceskovic's stats this year are: 13.7ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.1apg in 15 games he played so far.

   #2. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovakia) led Prievidza to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Nova Ves (6-28) crushing them 101-74 in the Slovakian SBL in Wednesday night's game. Maric was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. BC Prievidza (23-11) is placed third in the SBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Maric averaged so far 13.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg in 30 games.

   #3. Marin Mornar (205-F-93, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Randers (9-17) crushing them 111-91 in the Danish Ligaen on Tuesday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. Horsens IC (21-5) is placed first in the Ligaen. Mornar's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Mornar's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.0rpg in 26 games.

   #4. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the seventh-ranked Nassjo (13-15) crushing them 93-72 in the Swedish Basketligan on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Bizaca recorded 23 points. Sodertalje Kings (19-7) is placed second in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Bizaca is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Sodertalje Kings' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Bizaca averages: 18.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.7apg.

   #5. Matija Poscic (206-C-85, college: De Paul, currently plays in Hungary) could not help MAFC (6-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Poscic's very good performance MAFC was defeated 85-80 at home by the second-ranked Kormend. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Poscic averaged so far 12.9ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.4apg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #6. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Monthey (13-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Monthey lost 84-90 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Neuchatel. Barac scored 15 points and added 6 passes in 42 minutes. It was his first game for Monthey this season.

   #7. Sandro Kordis (195-G/F-92, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Westerstede 92-75 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Kordis was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Kordis has very high stats. He averages: 19.8ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.4apg.

   #8. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to secure a victory for PVSK Pannon (11-9) in their last game. Despite Budimir's good performance PVSK Pannon lost 73-85 in Szombathely to the higher-ranked (#3) Falco KC. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 36 minutes. Budimir averaged so far 13.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg in 20 games.

   #9. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, currently plays in Belgium) managed to help Telenet BC Oostende to win against the seventh-ranked Limburg United crushing them 78-57 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Friday night. He recorded only one point, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Jagodic Kuridza's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Croatian.

   #10. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia) was the major contributor in a Iskra Svit's victory against the second-ranked Inter Bratislava 80-72 in the Slovakian SBL last Wednesday. Jankovic scored 12 points in 27 minutes. Jankovic averaged so far 11.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in 34 games.



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  CUBA  


Javier Justiz's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Cubans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He led Estudiantes Concordia to a victory against the leader San Martin Corrientes (27-10) 83-78 in the Argentinian LigaA last Thursday. Justiz recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Norte. Estudiantes Concordia (26-13) is placed second. Justiz has relatively good stats this season: 13.1ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 60.8%. He is currently a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). Garcia contributed to a San Martin Corrientes' victory against the fourth-ranked GECR Indalo (19-20) 81-67 in the Argentinian LigaA on Sunday night. He recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 26 minutes. San Martin Corrientes (27-10) is placed first in Norte group. This year Garcia has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 70.4% in 32 games he played so far. He played for the Cuban national team in 2009.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France). Paumier could not help SO Maritime Boulogne (8-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance SO Maritime Boulogne was defeated 86-80 on the road by the much higher-ranked ADA Blois (#4). Paumier was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Paumier has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 62.1%(105-169) and FT: 49.2%. He played for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #4. An experienced forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Albacete (5-18) in their last game. Despite Elias' good performance Albacete was crushed 91-62 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#9) Alcazar. He scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Albacete's eighth consecutive loss in a row. Elias' stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1bpg and 1.6spg in 23 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2009.

Rangel Ramirez
Rangel Ramirez
   #5. Former international center Rangel Ramirez (206-75, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for AEC Collblanc (10-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ramirez's good performance the fifth-placed AEC Collblanc (10-8) was crushed 89-59 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Martorell in the Group C-A. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Ramirez also added 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. It's Ramirez's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.9ppg and 6.0rpg. Ramirez used to play for the Cuban national team eleven years ago.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #6. Power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) helped Nautico KIA Tenerife win their game against the 16th-ranked Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (2-19) crushing them 81-58 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He recorded 13 points in 21 minutes. Nautico KIA Tenerife (13-7) is placed sixth in Group B. Silvestre averaged so far 14.2ppg and 5.5rpg in 20 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team seventeen years ago.

Taylor Garcia
Taylor Garcia
   #7. Former international point guard Taylor Garcia (182-87, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Quintanar (10-11) in their game against CBA Gran Canaria B (13-9) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 40 minutes. Quintanar (#10) was badly defeated 84-66 at home by the higher-ranked (#7) CBA Gran Canaria B in the Group B. It was Quintanar's third consecutive loss in a row. Garcia averaged so far 13.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg in 21 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) led CEZ Nymburk to a victory over the second-ranked BK Pardubice (20-5) 100-94 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Sant-Roos had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 4 steals in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (25-1) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Sant-Roos has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.3apg and 2.2spg in 23 games he played so far.

   #2. Juan Ferrales (188-G-91, college: Barry, currently plays in Norway) was the main contributor in Kongsberg's victory against the closely-ranked Baerum Basket (21-6) 78-68 in the Norwegian BLNO last Thursday. Ferrales was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 40 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ferrales' second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Kongsberg Miners (23-4) is placed first in the BLNO. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ferrales has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.5apg and 1.7spg in 27 games. Ferrales has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely he has never played in Cuba.

   #3. Adrian Diaz (213-C-93, college: FIU, currently plays in Romania) could not help BC Timisoara (10-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Diaz's good performance the fifth-placed BC Timisoara (10-9) was badly defeated 92-73 at home by the lower-ranked Oradea (#6) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Diaz also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It's Diaz's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.8ppg and 4.8rpg. Diaz is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and American. Strangely he has never played in Cuba.

   #4. Sigal Benitez (193-G-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 1-point Arenys' victory against the third-ranked Menorca (12-7) 82-81 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Benitez recorded 6 points. Arenys Basquet Joventut (10-9) is placed seventh in Group C-A. This season Benitez averages: 5.6ppg and 2.2rpg.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Jan Vesely selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to a 3-point Fenerbahce's victory against the fifth-ranked Darussafaka (13-7) 79-76 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Monday night's game. Vesely scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (15-4) is placed first in the BSL. Vesely has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 68.9%(73-106) and FT: 73.0% in 16 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman David Jelinek (195-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). Jelinek contributed to Andorra's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-19) 85-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 9 points and added 3 assists. MoraBanc Andorra (11-10) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This season Jelinek has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 81.4%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Ondrej Balvin (217-92, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). Balvin could not help Movil Estudiantes (16-5) to beat Joventut (7-15). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. Movil Estudiantes lost 71-77 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#14) Joventut. This year Balvin averages: 6.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 52.4% in four games. He played for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #4. Power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, another player represented by Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned David Jelinek in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Auda was not able to help La ICL Manresa in their game against Andorra (11-10). He scored 9 points. But the bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa was defeated 85-77 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Andorra (#8). It was La ICL Manresa's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Auda's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg and 4.3rpg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #5. International point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Washington Wizards in a 1-point victory against the Orlando Magic (23-41) 115-114 in the NBA last Sunday. Satoransky recorded 5 points in 7 minutes. The Washington Wizards have a solid 37-24 record this season. It's Satoransky's first year with the team. This year his overall stats are: 2.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg in 44 games. Satoransky plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Petr Herman
Petr Herman
   #6. Forward Petr Herman (208-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Loyola Mary (4-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Loyola Mary lost 81-89 at home to the Brigham Young University. Herman recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Herman's total stats are: 4.3ppg and 3.0rpg in 24 games. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Czech Republic team five years ago.

Adam Pechacek
Adam Pechacek
   #7. International center Adam Pechacek (207-95, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus (6-15) in their game against Gran Canaria (4-18) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Pechacek scored 6 points. Blusens Monbus was crushed 91-57 in Las Palmas by the higher-ranked Gran Canaria (#14). Pechacek has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.0rpg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #8. Shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Helios' victory against the closely-ranked Krka (16-5) 84-78 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Wednesday night. Kyzlink scored only 3 points in 29 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 critical. It's Kyzlink's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.3apg in 20 games. Kyzlink plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Filip Halada
Filip Halada
   #9. Former U20 international forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia) couldn't help Rieker KN (19-14) in their game against Prievidza (23-11) in the Slovakian SBL. He recorded 6 points. Rieker KN was badly defeated 90-74 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Prievidza (#3). It was Rieker KN's first loss after five consecutive victories. Halada averaged so far 11.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team five years ago.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #10. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) led Estela to a victory over the 13th-ranked Zarautz Ulacia (5-14) crushing them 74-48 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Hampl was MVP of the game. He recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 23 minutes. Igualatorio Cantabria Estela Santander (18-1) is placed first in Group A-A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Hampl's stats this year are: 14.4ppg and 6.0rpg in 19 games. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Czech Republic senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Jan Svandrlik (201-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Rider University 88-70 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 3 minutes on the court. Svandrlik has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 2.1rpg in 29 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) led Sixers to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Westerstede (5-10) 92-75 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Sunday night. He scored 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 2 blocks. BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (12-4) is placed third in North group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Tyrna has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 7.2rpg and 2.7apg.

   #2. Experienced Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81, currently plays in Slovakia). Stria could not help Handlova (16-18) to beat Kosice (28-5). He scored 5 points. Handlova was edged 90-88 at home by the leading Kosice. Stria has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg.

   #3. John Boyer (185-PG-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Vilsbiburg's victory against the ninth-ranked Schwabing (9-12) 82-67 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Boyer had a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 13 passes. He also added 7 rebounds and 4 steals in 40 minutes. Baskets Vilsbiburg (14-7) is placed fourth in South-East group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Boyer has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 7.4apg and 4.9spg in 18 games he played so far. Boyer is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for BK Decin in Czech Republic league.

   #4. Jakub Kasa (203-F-92, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to help Nitra in their game against Levice (22-12) in the Slovakian SBL. Kasa recorded 7 points. The bottom-ranked Nitra was crushed 100-68 on the road by the much higher-ranked Levice (#4). Kasa has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #5. Lubos Novy (204-C-91, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned John Boyer and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Novy led Vilsbiburg to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Schwabing (9-12) 82-67. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Novy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Vilsbiburg's roster. This season Novy has very high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg.

   #6. Adrian Melski (192-G/F-92, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Zwickau in their game against Bad Aibling in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Melski scored 5 points in 20 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 97-79. He has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.0rpg in six games.

   #7. Dan Milota (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Texas A&M International University in their game against the Saint Mary's (TX) University in the NCAA2. Milota scored 7 points. His team was edged 63-60 in the NCAA2. He has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 2.2rpg.



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)



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.9 
 2. Bello, Randers19.2 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.6 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.9 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.7 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.6 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.5 
 8. Dominique, Horsholm16.4 
 9. Haas, SISU16.0 
 10. Sandager, Stevn.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. McGrew, SI.11.0 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.0 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm9.0 
 5. Baru, SISU8.4 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.7 
 7. Moten, Svendborg7.0 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.8 
 9. Carter, Randers6.7 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.6 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.8 
 3. Wilson, SISU5.0 
 4. Dranginis, SISU4.4 
 5. Gesell, Bakken4.2 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.1 
 7. Mack, Horsens IC4.0 
 8. Nielsen, Randers4.0 
 9. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 10. Borovcanin, Horse.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.3 
 2. Burgess, Randers2.0 
 3. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 4. Bello, Randers1.9 
 5. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 7. Akoon-P., Bakken1.7 
 8. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 9. Nielsen, Horsholm1.7 
 10. Nielsen, Randers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.2 
 3. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 4. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.1 
 5. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 6. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 7. Colas, Randers0.9 
 8. Carter, Randers0.8 
 9. Baru, SISU0.8 
 10. Moten, Svendborg0.8 


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

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Germany). Shields could not help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (9-14) to beat EnBW Ludwigsburg (11-12). He scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Deutsche Bank Skyliners was edged 70-68 on the road by the higher-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8). It's Shields' first season with the team. Shields has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 58.5%(86-147), 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 77.6%. He played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Daniel Mortensen
Daniel Mortensen
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Daniel Mortensen (203-94, currently plays in NCAA2). Mortensen led Barry University to a 3-point victory against the Florida Institute of Technology (7-11) 87-84 in the NCAA2 on Wednesday night. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Barry University has a solid 13-5 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Mortensen has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 65.2%(45-69), 3FGP: 41.5% and FT: 78.3% in 23 games he played so far. He played for the Danish national team in 2015.

Lasse Elbaek
Lasse Elbaek
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Lasse Elbaek (208-94, currently plays in Sweden). Elbaek was the major contributor in Malbas' victory against one of league's weakest teams Umea (4-25) 93-84 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Malbas Oresund Malmo (1-10) is placed second from the bottom (#8) in the Basketligan. It was Malbas' third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Elbaek has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 71.4%. He is also a member of the Danish senior national team.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #4. Guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against the sixth-ranked Boras Basket (15-14) 75-70 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Plannthin recorded 10 points in 19 minutes. Norrkoping Dolphins (19-8) is placed second in the Basketligan. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Plannthin's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg in 27 games. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #5. International center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Massagno to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Starwings (9-9) crushing them 87-59 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. Bergstedt recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno (6-12) is placed ninth in the LNA. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Bergstedt has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.6apg. Bergstedt plays currently for the Danish national team.

Christian Benzon
Christian Benzon
   #6. Guard Christian Benzon (193-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Evansville (6-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Evansville lost 69-80 at home to the Illinois State University. Benzon had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Benzon has been at the team for four years. This season his total stats are: 6.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.4apg in 33 games. Benzon is a former international player as he played for the Danish senior team four years ago.

Sebastian Petersen
Sebastian Petersen
   #7. Former U20 international guard Sebastian Petersen (188-95, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lasse Elbaek. But that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which we would like to mention. Petersen was not able to secure a victory for Malbas (1-10) in their game against KFUM Jamtland (15-13). Despite his very good performance last Friday He recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Petersen's stats this season are: 10.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.3apg. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team two years ago.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #8. Forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the 12th-ranked Castello (11-15) 96-88 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Gilling scored 9 points in 17 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (17-8) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Gilling's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.4apg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

August Haas
August Haas
   #9. Former U18 international guard August Haas (185-97, currently studies in the States) helped Wisc.-Milwaukee win their game against the University of Illinois-Chicago (2-15) 74-68 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Haas scored 7 points and added 4 passes. The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee has 7-9 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Haas has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.7apg. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team two years ago.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #10. Power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels in a victory against the 12th-ranked Nuernberg (9-16) 77-68 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Larsen scored only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (23-3) is placed first in the ProA. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Larsen has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 3.3rpg in seven games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Danish senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Johannes Nielsen (208-96, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Kennesaw St. in their game against the Florida Gulf Coast University in the NCAA. Nielsen scored 7 points. His team was defeated 74-62. Nielsen has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international center Jacob Enevold Jensen (213-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Drake in their game against the Bradley University in the NCAA. Enevold Jensen cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team lost 58-67. Enevold Jensen has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 2.0rpg in 27 games. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U18 international guard Sikander Nielsen (188-97, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Newberry College in their game against the Carson-Newman College in the NCAA2. Nielsen scored 7 points. His team was crushed by 22 points 96-74 in the NCAA2. Nielsen has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 1.9rpg. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international center Sami Eleraky (213-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Pacific in their game against the Gonzaga University in the NCAA. Eleraky cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 20 minutes. His team was crushed by 32 points 82-50. Eleraky has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 2.2rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international guard Peter Moller (190-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Metropolitan State College of Denver in their game against the Colorado School of Mines in the NCAA2. He recorded 5 points in 21 minutes. His team lost 61-70 in the NCAA2. Moller averaged so far 11.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Balkan League) contributed to Beroe's victory against the closely-ranked Sutjeska (2-4) 76-68 in the Balkan League in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 7 points in 18 minutes. BC Beroe (5-1) is placed fifth in the Balkan League. The Second Stage already ended in the Balkan League. This year Tenchev averages: 6.6ppg and 2.3rpg in 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Danish team.

   #2. Fred Brondsted (198-G/F, currently plays in NCAA2). Brondsted could not help the West Virginia Wesleyan College (10-12) to beat the Wheeling Jesuit University (16-6). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Brondsted recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The West Virginia Wesleyan College was crushed 90-63 on the road by the Jesuit University. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. Brondsted has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg.

   #3. Daniel Fernandez-Munkholm (191-G-91, college: Union, KY, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CB Novaschool Malaga to win against the eighth-ranked Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team (1-8) 88-79 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Sunday night. Fernandez-Munkholm recorded 5 points and added 3 passes. CB Novaschool Malaga (6-4) is placed third in Group D Perman. The Regular Season already ended. Fernandez-Munkholm has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.9apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Spanish and Danish.

   #4. Marcos Sanz (202-F-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Almassera in their game against Benidorm (6-4) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Sanz cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only one point, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. The fifth-placed Almassera (2-8) was defeated 78-68 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Benidorm in the Group E Descen. It was Almassera's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Sanz's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Sanz plays fourth season for the team. He has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 2.1rpg.



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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. Cook, Canton C.26.1 
 3. Harris, Texas L.26.0 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.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. McCallum, Grand R.7.2 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.7.2 
 9. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
 10. Bynum, Windy C.6.6 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 5. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 6. Harris, Texas L.2.1 
 7. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.0 
 8. Pressey, Santa C.2.0 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Cousins, Reno B.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.5 
 2. Tavares, Raptors .2.6 
 3. Wood, Greensbo.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. Hammons, Texas L.2.0 


Fort Wayne Mad Ants sign Marquis Teague, ex Avtodor - by Dhruv

Fort Wayne Mad Ants signed 24-year old Russian point guard Marquis Teague (188-79kg-93, college: Kentucky) after he was tested there shortly. He just played at Avtodor in Russian VTB league. Teague managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In 9 VTB games he had 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.4apg. He also played earlier that season for Ironi Nahariya (Winner League) in Israel where in three VTB games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 7.3apg. Teague also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.8apg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) in first round (29th overall). The former University of Kentucky standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 Honorable Mention back in 2010 at his college time.
Teague represented Russia at the World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) seven years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.0ppg, 1.9rpg, Assists-2 (6.0apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 43.5%, FT: 66.7%.
Teague has played previously professionally in NBA (Brooklyn Nets and Phi.76ers) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue and Iowa Energy).
He could be described: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Physically he's extremely athletic with a quick first step, good size and stays low to the ground. Looks more natural as a playmaker in the drive and dish game, keeping his head up while showing a willingness to kick it out to shooters ... Really has a solid understanding of how to manipulate a defense, draw off-ball defenders away from their man and then hit his target with accuracy and timeliness ... Runs the pick and roll/pick and pop effectively for a young point guard
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marquis Teague (ex Avtodor) is a newcomer at Fort Wayne Mad Ants - by Eurobasket News

Fort Wayne Mad Ants strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old point guard Marquis Teague (188-79kg-93, college: Kentucky). He played recently at Avtodor in Russian VTB league. Teague managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 9 VTB games he recorded 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.4apg. He also played earlier that season for Ironi Nahariya (Winner League) in Israel where in three VTB games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 7.3apg. Teague also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.8apg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Drafted by? Chicago Bulls (NBA) in first round (29th overall). The former University of Kentucky star is in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 Honorable Mention award back in 2010 at his college time.
Teague represented USA at the World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) seven years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.0ppg, 1.9rpg, Assists-2(6.0apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 43.5%, FT: 66.7%.
Teague has played previously professionally in NBA (Brooklyn Nets and Phi.76ers) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue and Iowa Energy).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Physically he's extremely athletic with a quick first step, good size and stays low to the ground. Looks more natural as a playmaker in the drive and dish game, keeping his head up while showing a willingness to kick it out to shooters ... Really has a solid understanding of how to manipulate a defense, draw off-ball defenders away from their man and then hit his target with accuracy and timeliness ... Runs the pick and roll/pick and pop effectively for a young point guard
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Ariza could not help the Houston Rockets (44-20) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Houston Rockets (44-20) were edged 112-110 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs. Ariza was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. Ariza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 73.3% in 64 games he played so far. Ariza has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). He was not able to help Tofas in their game against Anadolu Efes (18-2) in the Turkish BSL. Despite his good performance last Monday Mejia scored 11 points and added 3 passes. Mejia has relatively good stats this season: 14.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 60.8%(59-97), 3FGP: 44.0% and FT: 73.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain). Cabrera was the major contributor in Mataro's victory against the 11th-ranked JAC Sants (7-12) 83-72 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Sunday. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. Feimat Mataro (7-12) is placed 12th in Group C-A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Cabrera's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 2FGP: 52.0% and FT: 71.4% in eight games. He played for the Dominican Republic national team eleven years ago.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. Shooting guard Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point Poitiers' victory against the closely-ranked Nantes (10-11) 78-75 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. Greer scored 6 points. Union Poitiers Basket 86 (10-11) is placed ninth in the ProB. It's Greer's fourth season with the team. His total stats this year are: 2.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.5apg. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

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

   #1. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) could not help GECR Indalo (19-21) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed GECR Indalo (19-21) lost 73-85 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) La Union in the Sur group. Vargas had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 30 minutes. It was GECR Indalo's third consecutive loss in a row. Vargas has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg and 6.8rpg in 17 games he played so far.

   #2. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves (25-37) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves (25-37) were defeated 97-90 in San Antonio by the Spurs. Towns recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 14 rebounds. Towns has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 24.0ppg, 12.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4bpg. Towns has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Experienced Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Gran Canaria (4-2) in their game against Hapoel Jerusalem (5-1) in the Eurocup. Baez recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. Gran Canaria was badly defeated 87-67 in Jerusalem by the leading Hapoel. It's Baez's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 7.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg in 15 games.

   #4. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Boston Celtics' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (19-44) crushing them 115-95 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Horford scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Boston Celtics have a solid 40-24 record this season. It's Horford's first year with the team. This year he has very high stats. Horford averages: 14.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.9apg and 1.4bpg.

   #5. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Merrimack, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Echague (6-32) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the tenth-placed Echague (6-32) lost 74-78 at home to the higher-ranked (#9) Atenas in the Norte group. Solano was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 6 assists in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Solano's third season in pro basketball. It was Echague's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Solano has very impressive stats this year: 18.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg in 26 games.

   #6. Juan Miguel Suero (196-SG-93, currently plays in Venezuela) couldn't help Gaiteros (0-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Gaiteros was defeated 69-62 on their home court in Maracaibo by the leading Cocodrilos in the Western Conference. Suero was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added made 4 passes and 5 steals. This season Suero has very high stats. He averages: 21.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg and 2.3spg.

   #7. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Panathinaikos in their game against Darussafaka in the Euroleague. Feldeine scored 6 points in 19 minutes. His team lost 72-77. This year Feldeine averages: 7.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg in 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #8. Victor Liz (188-SG-86, also represented by Basket Management Solutions, currently plays in Liga Americas) couldn't help Leones (2-91) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Leones was defeated 80-67 in Montevideo by the leading Hebraica in the group F of Liga Americas. Liz was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 6 rebounds. This season Liz has very high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.8spg.

   #9. O'Darien Bassett (189-G-86, college: Troy, currently plays in South Korea) led Goyang Orions to a victory against the seventh-ranked LG Sakers 81-73 in the South Korean KBL in Thursday night's game. He scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Bassett has relatively good stats this season: 14.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.2apg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Bassett used to play for Huracanes del Atlantico in Dominican Republic league.

   #10. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92, college: Mississippi, currently plays in Lebanon) couldn't help Tadamon (1-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Tadamon lost 102-108 in Beirut to the second-ranked Al Riyadi. Rhett was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 40 minutes. Rhett has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 9.6rpg and 3.2apg in five games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Rhett used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.



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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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.8 
 3. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 4. Olmre, TTU18.1 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.17.5 
 6. Jarvelainen, TTU17.2 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu16.2 
 8. Strupovics, Valga15.3 
 9. Seskus, Parnu14.8 
 10. Bratoz, Rapla14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.13.2 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU8.5 
 4. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.4 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu8.3 
 6. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.8 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.8 
 8. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.6 
 9. Lips, Tarvas7.0 
 10. Dzeletovic, TL.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 2. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.5 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.1 
 5. Jones, TL.4.0 
 6. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.9 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.8 
 9. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 10. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.9 
 5. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 6. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.8 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 8. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 9. Post, Tarvas1.6 
 10. Tamm, TL.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.1 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.8 
 6. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 7. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 8. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.7 
 9. Saks, TL.0.7 
 10. Perine, Tarvas0.7 



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Sodertalje
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Bizaca, Sodertalje19.9 
 2. Allen, Kormend19.7 
 3. Jeter, Groningen19.4 
 4. Clark, Chalon19.3 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines18.9 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.7 
 7. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep17.1 
 9. Edwards, Alba16.9 
 10. Roberson, Chalon16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Jefferson, Gazia.9.9 
 3. Elegar, Enisey9.7 
 4. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.1 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 6. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk8.2 
 7. Fall, Chalon8.0 
 8. Lipkevicius, Vytautas7.6 
 9. Adrien, Bnei H.7.4 
 10. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.8.5 
 3. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.8.3 
 4. Roberson, Chalon6.8 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.8 
 6. Jeter, Groningen6.4 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.6.0 
 8. Massamba, Soder.5.6 
 9. Long, Steaua CSM5.5 
 10. Parker, Rilski5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  AEK
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 2. Gajovic, Targu M.2.6 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 4. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.4 
 5. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 6. Petty, Kormend2.2 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 8. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.2 
 9. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 10. Parker, Rilski2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Kataja B.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bristol, Kataja B.5.0 
 2. Lessort, Nanterre1.7 
 3. Mobley, Apoel1.7 
 4. Fall, Chalon1.6 
 5. Elegar, Enisey1.6 
 6. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.6 
 7. Lazar, Targu Mures1.4 
 8. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 9. Fieler, Groningen1.2 
 10. West, Siauliai1.2 



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  FINLAND  


1st Division Round 21: ToPo defeat group leader Lahti - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in 1st Division. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Lahti (19-5) in Helsinki on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked ToPo (16-8) 91-83. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. ToPo forced 19 Lahti turnovers. It was a good game for guard Emil Djeen (183-94, college: High School) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Ville Karvonen (198-96) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Lahti. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted ToPo maintains third place in Division with 16-8 record having four points less than leader PuHu Juniorit. Lahti at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. ToPo are looking forward to face Jyvaskyla BA (#4) at home in the next round. Lahti will play against HBA-Marsky and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for PuHu Juniorit (20-4) which hosted in Vantaa 3rd placed Ura Basket (18-6). First ranked PuHu Juniorit managed to get a 7-point victory 76-69. Guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Eero Lehtinen chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Sean Harris (201, college: Utah St.) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Ura Basket's coach Jukka Valpola tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. PuHu Juniorit maintains first place in Division with 20-4 record. Ura Basket at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
1st Division top team - PuHu Juniorit (20-4) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Namika Lr (5-19) in Lappeenranta 106-90. Pyry Rainamaa nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. Anttoni Tapio came up with 21 points for Namika Lr in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. PuHu Juniorit maintains first place in Division with 20-4 record. Loser Namika Lr keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Helsinki was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Oulun NMKY (12-11) played at the court of seventh ranked HBA-Marsky (8-15). HBA-Marsky managed to secure a 7-point victory 94-87. The best player for the winners was Edon Maxhuni who scored 27 points and 8 assists. HBA-Marsky's coach Antti Koskelainen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. HBA-Marsky maintains seventh place in Division with 8-15 record. Oulun NMKY at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. HBA-Marsky's next round opponent will be league's leader Lahti on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oulun NMKY will play against Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere and hope to win that game.
The game in Tampere supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Korikouvot (16-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (12-12). Korikouvot smashed Raholan Pyrkiva 106-85 on Sunday. It was a good game for Valtteri Leino who led his team to a victory with 27 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. Korikouvot maintains fourth place in Division with 16-8 record. Loser Raholan Pyrkiva keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21:
In Division Jarvenpaa was smashed by Pyrinto II on the road 97-55. Espoo United destroyed HBA-Marsky on its own court 99-76. Porvoon Tarmo unfortunately lost to Jyvaskyla BA in a road game 59-73. Espoo Basket recorded a loss to Karkkila at home 78-82. Munkkiniemen was defeated by TuNMKY on the opponent's court 91-76. PeU-Basket was smashed by JyWe in a home game 71-90. HyPo destroyed Namika Lr on the road 95-74. Raholan Pyrkiva unfortunately lost to HNMKY U23 on its own court 92-101. PeU-Basket recorded a loss to Munkkiniemen in Helsinki 86-88. Ura Basket defeated Espoo Basket at home 97-79. Korikouvot was beaten by HyPo on the opponent's court 92-74. JyWe won against Karkkila in a home game 83-74.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists by De'Andre Upchurch of HyPo.

Division A
Pyrinto II - Jarvenpaa 97-55

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Pyrinto II (7-16) crushed 8th ranked Jarvenpaa (8-16) in Tampere 97-55 on Monday. The game without a history. Pyrinto II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Jarvenpaa's 24. They outrebounded Jarvenpaa 43-26 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pyrinto II looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Jarvenpaa's players. It was a good game for guard Justus Kilpinen (193-93) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). American forward Terrell Vinson (201-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: HMS) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Pyrinto II players scored in double figures. Point guard Leo Tarjanne (189-95) answered with 13 points and American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) added 13 points in the effort for Jarvenpaa. Pyrinto II maintains tenth place in Division with 7-16 record. Loser Jarvenpaa keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. Pyrinto II will face higher ranked Porvoon Tarmo (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: J.Kilpinen 27+8reb+3ast, T.Vinson 22+3reb+4ast, J.Young 16+10reb+2ast, T.Savino 11+4reb+1ast, K.Rasinaho 8+3reb+1ast, R.Bellagnaoui 5+2reb
Jarvenpaa: L.Tarjanne 13+2reb+2ast, H.Coleman 13+3reb+1ast, A.Towa 9+5reb+2ast, J.Jousisto 8+5reb+2ast, J.Pehkonen 7+8reb, J.Mantyla 3+1reb
gschID: 487719


Espoo United - HBA-Marsky 99-76

Very expected game when 7th ranked HBA-Marsky (8-15) was smashed on the road by second ranked Espoo United (17-6) 99-76 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-76. Espoo United outrebounded HBA-Marsky 45-22 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. It was a good game for American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Elias Valtonen (197-99) answered with 16 points and point guard Lassi Nikkarinen (184-97) added 13 points and 5 assists in the effort for HBA-Marsky. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second place in Division with 17-6 record having four points less than leader PuHu Juniorit. Loser HBA-Marsky keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. Espoo United will face Jarvenpaa (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. HBA-Marsky will play against the league's leader Lahti and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 29+8reb+2ast, J.Ivey 22+5reb+7ast, L.Gummerus 15+4reb, L.Toivonen 7+6reb, J.Jarvinen 7+1reb+1ast, T.Laitinen 5+3reb
HBA-Marsky: E.Valtonen 16+4reb+3ast, L.Nikkarinen 13+4reb+5ast, E.Maxhuni 11+3ast, H.Polla 8+9reb+1ast, M.Suvanto 7+1reb, E.Villa 6+1reb
gschID: 487718


ToPo - Lahti 91-83

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Lahti (19-5) in Helsinki on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked ToPo (16-8) 91-83. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. ToPo forced 19 Lahti turnovers. It was a good game for guard Emil Djeen (183-94, college: High School) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Ville Karvonen (198-96) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lahti. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted ToPo maintains third place in Division with 16-8 record having four points less than leader PuHu Juniorit. Lahti at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. ToPo are looking forward to face Jyvaskyla BA (#4) at home in the next round. Lahti will play against HBA-Marsky and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
ToPo: E.Djeen 26+3reb+1ast, C.Latimer 16+4reb+2ast, P.Jallow 16+4reb, N.Moore 14+8reb+5ast, I.Pehkonen 9+3reb+2ast, J.Kauppinen 7+2reb+2ast
Lahti: R.Smith 19+6reb+1ast, V.Karvonen 19+7reb+2ast, A.Alanen 14+4reb, J.Fields 13+6reb+2ast, O.Aalto 6+3reb+1ast, M.Jamsa 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 487717


HBA-Marsky - Oulun NMKY 94-87

The game in Helsinki was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Oulun NMKY (12-11) played at the court of seventh ranked HBA-Marsky (8-15). HBA-Marsky managed to secure a 7-point victory 94-87. Oulun NMKY was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 36-18 third quarter run of HBA-Marsky. They also forced 19 Oulun NMKY turnovers. It was a great shooting night for HBA-Marsky especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Edon Maxhuni (186-98) who scored 27 points and 8 assists. Center Hannes Polla (212-98) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. HBA-Marsky's coach Antti Koskelainen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Zach Stahl (196, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. HBA-Marsky maintains seventh place in Division with 8-15 record. Oulun NMKY at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. HBA-Marsky's next round opponent will be league's leader Lahti on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oulun NMKY will play against Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
HBA-Marsky: E.Maxhuni 27+3reb+8ast, H.Polla 24+10reb, L.Nikkarinen 16+6reb+6ast, M.Suvanto 13+7reb+3ast, E.Valtonen 8+5reb+3ast, J.Lammi 2+1reb+1ast
Oulun NMKY: D.Harvey 24+12reb+2ast, Z.Stahl 20+9reb+6ast, I.Kallio 16+3reb+3ast, O.Virolainen 13+1reb+1ast, D.Holmes Jr 6+1ast, T.Yrjanheikki 5+2reb
gschID: 487716


Jyvaskyla BA - Porvoon Tarmo 73-59

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Jyvaskyla BA's (13-11) home victory over 6th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (10-14) 73-59 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Jyvaskyla BA. Porvoon Tarmo was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Porvoon Tarmo to just 5 points in first quarter. It was a good game for point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Samuli Oja (194-93) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Jyvaskyla BA's coach Mikko Tupamaki used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Cameron Clark (190-93, college: Southwestern, KS) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Levi Giese (206-90, college: Lafayette) added 12 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Porvoon Tarmo. Jyvaskyla BA moved-up to fourth place in Division. Loser Porvoon Tarmo keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Jyvaskyla BA will face higher ranked ToPo (#3) in Helsinki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Porvoon Tarmo will play at home against Pyrinto II and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla BA: R.Juvonen 19+5reb+3ast, S.Oja 13+4reb+2ast, T.Puittinen 11+4reb, C.Chukwuma 8+2reb, V.Leppanen 7+6reb+5ast, J.Luoma 7+8reb+1ast
Porvoon Tarmo: C.Clark 23+8reb, B.Cardarelli 15+4reb+2ast, L.Giese 12+13reb+1ast, E.Salonen 7+5reb+3ast, A.Haikonen 2+4reb, K.Straih 0+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487715


Division B
PuHu Juniorit - Ura Basket 76-69

An interesting game for PuHu Juniorit (20-4) which hosted in Vantaa 3rd placed Ura Basket (18-6). First ranked PuHu Juniorit managed to get a 7-point victory 76-69. It looked good early as Ura Basket took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then PuHu Juniorit had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Ura Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-76. Guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Eero Lehtinen (194-85) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Sean Harris (201, college: Utah St.) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Joona Airenne (197-98) scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Ura Basket players scored in double figures. Ura Basket's coach Jukka Valpola tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. PuHu Juniorit maintains first place in Division with 20-4 record. Ura Basket at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
PuHu Juniorit: E.Lehtinen 21+5reb+3ast, P.Rainamaa 16+15reb+4ast, J.Kyllonen 13+3reb+3ast, J.Aho 8+1ast, O.Markkanen 6+3reb, S.Laakso 5+1ast
Ura Basket: J.Airenne 18+3reb, S.Harris 14+12reb+4ast, V.Hanninen 11+1reb+2ast, J.Forsstrom 11+8reb, J.Watson 8+5reb+3ast, T.Ritanotko 3+1reb
gschID: 487890


Espoo Basket - Karkkila 78-82

There was an upset when higher ranked Espoo Basket (14-10) lost at home to eleventh ranked Karkkila (7-17) 82-78 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Michael King (201-74, college: Ill.-Chicago) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Janne Kinnunen (185-87) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists and Gambian center Baboucarr Ceesay (197-94) added 19 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Espoo Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Karkkila moved-up to ninth place in Division. Loser Espoo Basket dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Karkkila: M.King 28+11reb, J.Kinnunen 21+6reb+2ast, S.Makela 12+3reb+4ast, A.Lecklin 10+6reb+3ast, S.Ryynanen 6+5reb+1ast, M.Nyman 3
Espoo Basket: B.Ceesay 19+14reb+1ast, J.Gouch 19+4reb+3ast, J.Graham 15+15reb+8ast, I.Kerminen 13+2reb, R.Ahman 6, C.Carapinha 4+8reb+7ast
gschID: 487887


TuNMKY - Munkkiniemen 91-76

Everything went according to plan when second ranked TuNMKY (20-4) defeated 10th ranked Munkkiniemen (6-18) in Turun 91-76 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by TuNMKY. Munkkiniemen was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Munkkiniemen 51-35 including a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. TuNMKY looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Munkkiniemen's players. It was a good game for center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Tomi Lommi (193-96) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. TuNMKY's coach Juha Ruohonen used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Miika Heinonen (193-99) answered with 34 points (!!!) and point guard Tuomo Antikainen (185-99) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Munkkiniemen. TuNMKY maintains second place in Division with 20-4 record despite having the same number of points like the leader PuHu Juniorit. Newly promoted Munkkiniemen dropped to the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: M.Sandberg 22+14reb+7ast, T.Lommi 18+5reb+3ast, E.Innamaa 11+7reb+2ast, T.Jaakkola 9+5reb+4ast, A.Talvitie 8+3reb+4ast, J.Salatera 7+3reb+2ast
Munkkiniemen: M.Heinonen 34+4reb+2ast, M.Rautasalo 13+3reb, O.Ailio 12+5reb, T.Antikainen 7+9reb+3ast, E.Lahdetniemi 4+4reb, O.Koskela 3+1reb
gschID: 487891


Raholan Pyrkiva - Korikouvot 85-106

The game in Tampere supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Korikouvot (16-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (12-12). Korikouvot smashed Raholan Pyrkiva 106-85 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Korikouvot. Raholan Pyrkiva was better in second period 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Raholan Pyrkiva 38-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Korikouvot looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for guard Valtteri Leino (181-95) who led his team to a victory with 27 points. Guard Henri Kantonen (197-97) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Korikouvot players scored in double figures. Guard Lauri Tiainen (193-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and Russian guard Artem Shchepkin (194-86) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Raholan Pyrkiva. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Korikouvot maintains fourth place in Division with 16-8 record. Loser Raholan Pyrkiva keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Korikouvot: V.Leino 27+2reb+2ast, J.Maenpaa 18+6reb+1ast, H.Kantonen 17+11reb+3ast, N.Andersen 16+8reb+1ast, T.Knihtinen 15+7reb+8ast, E.Mombilo 5+1ast
Raholan Pyrkiva: L.Tiainen 28+10reb+2ast, A.Shchepkin 19+6reb+6ast, I.Keski-Saari 13+2ast, T.Protchenko 8+2reb, S.Sukanen 7+3reb+4ast, M.Jylhasalo 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487889


PeU-Basket - JyWe 71-90

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked PeU-Basket (7-17) was outleveled by twelfth ranked JyWe (6-18) in Pernio 90-71 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. JyWe dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to PeU-Basket's 22. They outrebounded PeU-Basket 47-34 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for Russian power forward Alexei Ekimov (210-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds. Guard Aleksi Kantonen (188-95) contributed with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. JyWe's coach Ville Karjalainen used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Jesse Virtanen (188-95) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Miro Patrakka (182-97) added 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for PeU-Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted JyWe maintains twelfth place in Division with 6-18 record. Loser PeU-Basket dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
JyWe: A.Kantonen 24+9reb+5ast, S.Chudinovskich 20+4reb+2ast, A.Ekimov 17+19reb+3ast, L.Salovaara 15+5reb+2ast, V.Pyykkonen 6+1reb, T.Lemmetyinen 5+3reb+2ast
PeU-Basket: J.Virtanen 19+8reb+3ast, M.Patrakka 14+10reb+4ast, J.Savolainen 12+4reb, M.Saari 10+5reb+1ast, J.Rakkolainen 6+4reb+2ast, J.Arell 5+1ast
gschID: 487888


Namika Lr - HyPo 74-95

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked HyPo (15-9) crushed 13th ranked Namika Lr (5-19) in Lappeenranta 95-74 on Sunday. The game without a history. HyPo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. HyPo outrebounded Namika Lr 51-35 including a 39-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for American guard De'Andre Upchurch (188-91, college: Tarleton St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Ilkka Blomqvist (196-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four HyPo players scored in double figures. HyPo's coach Besim Maxhuni felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Anttoni Tapio (193-92) answered with 26 points and 5 rebounds and forward Santeri Mantynen (192-95) added 22 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Namika Lr. HyPo moved-up to fifth place in Division. Loser Namika Lr keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
HyPo: D.Upchurch 23+10reb+6ast, J.Granlund 21+1reb, I.Blomqvist 17+11reb+3ast, R.Lempio 10+5reb+4ast, A.Rikka 8+3reb+1ast, P.Puustinen 6+10reb+1ast
Namika Lr: A.Tapio 26+5reb+3ast, S.Mantynen 22+9reb+1ast, K.Engelvuori 10+10reb+3ast, L.Aavamaki 6+7reb+1ast, A.Nieminen 4+1reb, T.Turunen 3+1reb+8ast
gschID: 487892


Raholan Pyrkiva - HNMKY U23 92-101

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (12-12) lost to eighth ranked HNMKY U23 (10-14) in Tampere 92-101 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-92. HNMKY U23 outrebounded Raholan Pyrkiva 40-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. Raholan Pyrkiva was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for center Otso Laakkonen (198-93) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Tuure Takala (185-93) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Five HNMKY U23 players scored in double figures. Guard Lauri Tiainen (193-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Russian guard Artem Shchepkin (194-86) added 16 points and 8 assists in the effort for Raholan Pyrkiva. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. HNMKY U23 maintains eighth place in Division with 10-14 record. Loser Raholan Pyrkiva keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
HNMKY U23: O.Laakkonen 27+9reb+1ast, T.Takala 12+3reb+7ast, K.Kallela 12+7reb+2ast, J.Eboreime 11+6reb+2ast, M.Meldo 10+6reb+4ast, P.Ruutiainen 10+3reb+1ast
Raholan Pyrkiva: T.Rasi 24+1ast, L.Tiainen 17+11reb+2ast, A.Shchepkin 16+3reb+8ast, I.Keski-Saari 9+5reb, A.Mavrodiev 9+2reb+3ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 487885


Munkkiniemen - PeU-Basket 88-86

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked Munkkiniemen (6-18) edged 9th ranked PeU-Basket (7-17) in Helsinki 88-86 on Friday. PeU-Basket cut a 20-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Munkkiniemen looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for guard Miika Heinonen (193-99) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Joonas Timonen (188-0) contributed with 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Munkkiniemen players scored in double figures. Munkkiniemen's coach Tomi Kaminen used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Riku Laine (197-97) answered with 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and point guard Aatu Kivimaki (186-97) added 19 points in the effort for PeU-Basket. Despite that victory Munkkiniemen went down to eleventh position (Division) due to points difference. Loser PeU-Basket dropped to the tenth place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Munkkiniemen: J.Timonen 24+3reb, M.Heinonen 24+6reb+4ast, P.Pursiainen 11+5reb+4ast, P.Marttinen 10+1reb+3ast, T.Antikainen 7+6reb+2ast, O.Ailio 5+1reb+2ast
PeU-Basket: R.Laine 33+9reb+2ast, A.Kivimaki 19+2reb+3ast, J.Savolainen 15+2reb+2ast, J.Rasanen 8+4reb+3ast, J.Rakkolainen 7+2reb+3ast, J.Virtanen 4+3reb
gschID: 487886


Ura Basket - Espoo Basket 97-79

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Espoo Basket (14-10) lost to third ranked Ura Basket (18-6) in Kaarina 79-97 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Ura Basket. Espoo Basket was better in fourth quarter 27-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ura Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a good game for American guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Ville Hanninen (193-95) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 assists for the winners. Worth to mention Watson played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Four Ura Basket players scored in double figures. American guard Joshua Gouch (196-91, college: CS San Bernar.) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals and the other American import swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Espoo Basket. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ura Basket maintains third place in Division with 18-6 record having just two points less than leader PuHu Juniorit. Loser Espoo Basket dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: J.Watson 22+4reb+3ast, J.Forsstrom 15+5reb+1ast, S.Harris 14+5reb+2ast, V.Hanninen 13+2reb+11ast, E.Aaltonen 11+3reb, M.Suomi 7+1ast
Espoo Basket: J.Gouch 18+11reb+5ast, J.Graham 17+6reb+1ast, E.Safi 10+1reb, C.Carapinha 10+3reb+3ast, I.Kerminen 9+3reb+1ast, B.Ceesay 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 487884


Namika Lr - PuHu Juniorit 90-106

1st Division top team - PuHu Juniorit (20-4) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Namika Lr (5-19) in Lappeenranta 106-90. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 16 points. PuHu Juniorit shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and guard Eero Sahlberg (188-90) accounted for 25 points. Swingman Anttoni Tapio (193-92) came up with 21 points and American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne, agency: Blacktop Management) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Namika Lr in the defeat. Five PuHu Juniorit and four Namika Lr players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. PuHu Juniorit maintains first place in Division with 20-4 record. Loser Namika Lr keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
PuHu Juniorit: E.Sahlberg 25+2ast, P.Rainamaa 18+12reb+8ast, S.Laakso 13+2reb+1ast, O.Markkanen 13+1reb+1ast, E.Lahdensuu 10+6reb, S.Salminen 9+3reb
Namika Lr: A.Tapio 21+2reb+2ast, K.Puittinen 17+2reb+1ast, T.Turunen 13+6reb+2ast, R.Bratton 12+6reb+3ast, S.Laine 7+3reb+4ast, S.Mantynen 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 487883


HyPo - Korikouvot 92-74

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked HyPo (15-9) defeated 4th placed Korikouvot (16-8) in Hyvinkaa 92-74 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 53-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. HyPo dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Korikouvot's 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American guard De'Andre Upchurch (188-91, college: Tarleton St.) who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Ilkka Blomqvist (196-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Henri Kantonen (197-97) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) added 4 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Korikouvot. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. HyPo moved-up to fifth place in Division. Loser Korikouvot keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
HyPo: D.Upchurch 25+8reb+9ast, I.Blomqvist 14+12reb, P.Puustinen 12+5reb+2ast, S.Saari 11+3reb+1ast, J.Granlund 10+2ast, A.Rikka 7+6reb+2ast
Korikouvot: H.Kantonen 20+14reb+5ast, V.Leino 12+3reb, S.Lehtonen 11+1reb+3ast, E.Johansson 11+1reb+1ast, I.Toikkanen 6+1reb+1ast, J.Maenpaa 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487882


JyWe - Karkkila 83-74

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 11th ranked Karkkila (7-17) lost to twelfth ranked JyWe (6-18) in Jyvaskyla 74-83 on Thursday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-20. But Karkkila won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when JyWe won last quarter 29-21. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game, while Karkkila only scored two points from the stripe. It was a good game for Russian power forward Alexei Ekimov (210-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Lauri Salovaara (190-94) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four JyWe players scored in double figures. JyWe's coach Ville Karjalainen used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Janne Kinnunen (185-87) answered with 21 points and American forward Michael King (201-74, college: Ill.-Chicago) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Karkkila. Newly promoted JyWe maintains twelfth place in Division with 6-18 record. Loser Karkkila dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
JyWe: L.Salovaara 16+6reb+2ast, D.Krukov 15+7reb, A.Ekimov 14+10reb+2ast, A.Kantonen 13+4reb+4ast, S.Chudinovskich 7+3reb, J.Lehto 6+1ast
Karkkila: J.Kinnunen 21+1reb+3ast, M.King 14+10reb, A.Nieminen 10+13reb+1ast, S.Makela 9+3reb+6ast, E.Kivimaki 8+8reb, H.Koskinen 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487881





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)



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jarvis WILLIAMS
  Boulazac
  (198-C/F-93)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Williams, Boulazac17.9 
 2. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.7 
 3. Peacock, Bourg17.3 
 4. Burton, Roanne17.1 
 5. Jones, Lille17.1 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.4 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.7 
 8. Denave, Vichy C.15.5 
 9. Rozenfeld, Roanne15.3 
 10. Bigote, Nantes15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mohamed KONE
  Charleville
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Kone, Charleville9.9 
 2. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.7 
 3. Burton, Roanne9.2 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.0 
 6. Diame, Blois7.8 
 7. Traore, Lille7.6 
 8. Paumier, Boulogne7.4 
 9. Williams, Boulazac7.3 
 10. Morin, Le Havre7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.5 
 2. Turner, Blois6.3 
 3. Rigaux, Maurienne6.2 
 4. Ware, Vichy C.6.1 
 5. King, Le Havre6.0 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.8 
 7. Sim, Bourg5.6 
 8. Rozenfeld, Roanne5.3 
 9. Mitchell, Nantes5.2 
 10. Maille, Provence.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Threatt, Poitiers2.5 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.5 
 3. Burton, Roanne2.4 
 4. Denave, Vichy C.2.1 
 5. Maille, Provence.2.1 
 6. Turner, Blois2.0 
 7. Mitchell, Nantes2.0 
 8. Rigaux, Maurienne1.9 
 9. Zianveni, Boulazac1.7 
 10. Williams, Boulazac1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Loum, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 5. Ndoye, Bourg1.2 
 6. Jones, Lille1.1 
 7. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 8. Diame, Blois1.1 
 9. Traore, Lille1.0 
 10. Ho You Fat, Rouen1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.0 
 2. Brooks, ALS Basket18.0 
 3. Craion, Lorient17.2 
 4. Newson, Lorient16.9 
 5. Vaty, Lourdes16.7 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.4 
 7. Smith, Orchies16.0 
 8. Mitchell, Chartres16.0 
 9. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.16.0 
 10. Strong, St Vallier15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.10.0 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.0 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.7 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.8.2 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket7.9 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.6 
 7. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 8. Cox, Challans7.4 
 9. Vaty, Lourdes7.3 
 10. Anderson, RAC B.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Vitre
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Korac, Vitre7.8 
 2. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.2 
 3. Romain, Chartres7.0 
 4. Rathieuville, Rennes5.4 
 5. Delhomme, St Vallier5.3 
 6. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.3 
 7. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 8. Suhard, Angers BC4.7 
 9. Smith, Orchies4.7 
 10. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Craion, Lorient3.0 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.3 
 3. Cornely, Caen2.1 
 4. Neri, ALS Basket2.1 
 5. Newson, Lorient1.9 
 6. Demuynck, Lourdes1.9 
 7. Liorel, SAP V.1.8 
 8. Monceau, Challans1.8 
 9. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.7 
 10. Gourari, RAC Basket1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Angers BC
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Watt, Angers BC1.3 
 2. Negrobar, Rennes1.2 
 3. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.2 
 4. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 5. Monteiro, Caen1.0 
 6. Bobrov, Quimper1.0 
 7. Kayembe, Souffel0.9 
 8. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 9. Kovanusic, ALS B.0.8 
 10. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.8 


ProA Round 21: Chalon/Saor lose to Monaco in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Chalon. 3rd placed host Chalon/Saor (15-6) lost to first ranked Monaco (19-2) 82-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The game was mostly controlled by Monaco. Chalon/Saor managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Monaco looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) stepped up and scored 11 points and 9 assists for the winners and American Jamal Shuler (191-86) chipped in 12 points. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was center Moustapha Fall (218-92) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Monaco have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-2 record. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Nanterre. Monaco are looking forward to face JSF Nanterre (#4) on the road in the next round. Chalon/Saor will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Paris-Levallois (#5) was upset in Levallois by eighth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket 86-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Paris-Levallois. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) nailed 20 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Adrian Uter accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach J.D. Jackson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) came up with 21 points and 5 assists for Paris-Levallois in the defeat. Defending champion (11-10) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Gravelines. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Strasbourg. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paris-Levallois will play against Le Mans and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Gravelines where 7th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-10) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (10-11) 88-77 on Monday. The best player for the winners was William Buford who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Justin Cobbs who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Le Mans. Loser Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with ASVEL. Limoges CSP Elite will meet at home Olympique Antibes (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#17) and hope to secure a win.
13th ranked Chalons-Reims (8-13) was outscored at home by fourth ranked JSF Nanterre (15-6) with the biggest margin this round 93-73. It was a good game for Brian Conklin who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for JSF Nanterre. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalon. Chalons-Reims at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. JSF Nanterre's next round opponent will be league's leader Monaco at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chalons-Reims will play against JDA Dijon (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21: Hyeres-Toulon lost to Pau-Lacq-Orthez on the opponent's court 70-85. Bottom-ranked Nancy unfortunately lost to Strasbourg in a home game 71-80. Orleans recorded a loss to Le Mans on the road 64-71. Le Portel defeated Dijon on its own court 80-70. Cholet beat Antibes in a road game 73-57.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points and 5 assists by Taquan Dean of Pau-Lacq-Orthez.

Gravelines - Limoges 77-88

An interesting game took place in Gravelines where 7th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-10) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (10-11) 88-77 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges CSP Elite. Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to win second period 31-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Limoges CSP Elite made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard William Buford (196-90, college: Ohio St., agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center Ousmane Camara (202-89) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists and the other American import forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) added 17 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Le Mans. Loser Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with ASVEL. Limoges CSP Elite will meet at home Olympique Antibes (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#17) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: J.Cobbs 30+6reb+12ast, R.Solomon 17+12reb+1ast, K.Gibson 12+5reb+1ast, A.Cel 7+2reb+3ast, J.Djimrabaye 3+3reb, S.Henry 3+1reb+1ast
Limoges: W.Buford 19+10reb+4ast, O.Camara 18+7reb+2ast, D.Wood 15+5reb+2ast, C.Fair 10+1reb, J.Jones 10+4reb+1ast, J.Randle 7+1reb+11ast
gschID: 485521


Chalon - Monaco 72-82

The game between Top Four teams took place in Chalon. 3rd placed host Chalon/Saor (15-6) lost to first ranked Monaco (19-2) 82-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The game was mostly controlled by Monaco. Chalon/Saor managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Monaco looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) stepped up and scored 11 points and 9 assists for the winners and American Jamal Shuler (191-86) chipped in 12 points. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was center Moustapha Fall (218-92) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds and American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) scored 21 points and 4 assists (went 16 for 16 at the free throw line !!!). Monaco have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-2 record. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Nanterre. Monaco are looking forward to face JSF Nanterre (#4) on the road in the next round. Chalon/Saor will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Chalon: J.Roberson 21+2reb+4ast, M.Fall 13+16reb+2ast, A.Bouteille 11+6reb+2ast, A.Loum 8+5reb+1ast, C.Clark 7+3reb+1ast, J.Nzeulie 6+2reb+1ast
Monaco: J.Shuler 12+3reb+3ast, S.Gladyr 12+3reb, Z.Wright 11+4reb+9ast, J.Aboudou 9+1reb, D.Bost 9+4reb+3ast, B.Davies 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 485520


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Hyeres-Toulon 85-70

Very expected game when 10th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-12) was defeated on the road by third ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (16-5) 85-70. It looked good early as Hyeres-Toulon took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Pau-Lacq-Orthez had a 22-12 second period charge getting the lead and Hyeres-Toulon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-85. Pau-Lacq-Orthez players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Hyeres-Toulon's players. It was a good game for the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points) contributed with 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Paul Carter (205-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 12 points and 5 rebounds and point guard David Michineau (191-94) added 11 points in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez and five Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Kyle Milling tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. They moved-up to second place. Hyeres-Toulon lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's next round opponent will be Strasbourg IG (#6) on the road. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Le Portel (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: P.Carter 12+5reb+2ast, D.Michineau 11+4reb+3ast, M.Acker 11+2reb+1ast, A.Chassang 10+6reb+1ast, F.Prenom 10+5reb, T.Simpson 7+1reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Dean 21+5ast, A.Koffi 19+7reb+3ast, J.Mipoka 12+5reb+4ast, V.Chikoko 12+6reb, R.Lewis 10+3reb+5ast, D.Cooper 9+5reb+4ast
gschID: 485524


Nancy - Strasbourg 71-80

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Strasbourg IG (12-9) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (4-17) 80-71. The guests were already 17 points ahead at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 21-10 last quarter charge of Sluc Nancy cut the lead to 80-71 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Sluc Nancy 41-30 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Strasbourg IG players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for international center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (208-94, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Paul Lacombe (195-90, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Montenegrin point guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 22 points and Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sluc Nancy. Strasbourg IG moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Sluc Nancy lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Strasbourg IG's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Pau-Lacq-Orthez at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sluc Nancy will play against Cholet Basket (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nancy: B.Rush 22+2reb+2ast, M.Trasolini 16+5reb+2ast, E.Brown 10+7reb+3ast, A.M'Baye 7+2reb+2ast, A.Urtasun 6+2reb+1ast, D.Hunt 4+3reb
Strasbourg: P.Lacombe 15+5reb+4ast, F.Ntilikina 15+5reb+1ast, E.Murphy 12+3reb+3ast, R.Travis 10+5reb+1ast, M.Jaiteh 10+13reb+2ast, J.Leloup 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 485523


Le Mans - Orleans 71-64

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (6-15) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Le Mans (10-11) 71-64. Entente Orleans 45 was ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 24-7 charge of Le Mans, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Entente Orleans 45 to just 7 points in fourth quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Entente Orleans 45 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Beninese power forward Mouphtaou Yarou (204-90, college: Villanova) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Lahaou Konate (196-91) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) answered with 10 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Entente Orleans 45. Le Mans moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Limoges. Entente Orleans 45 lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 15 games lost. Le Mans' next round opponent will be higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Orleans: M.Sommerville 10+8reb+1ast, A.Eito 9+1reb+6ast, A.Nivins 9+3reb, V.Jones III 9+4reb+4ast, A.Mendy 9+8reb+1ast, G.Joseph 7+4reb
Le Mans: L.Konate 15+3reb+3ast, M.Yarou 12+12reb, O.Hanlan 12+3reb, R.Pearson 10+4reb, M.Gelabale 8+7reb+2ast, W.Yeguete 7+4reb
gschID: 485522


Paris-Levallois - ASVEL 70-86

Paris-Levallois (#5) was upset in Levallois by eighth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket 86-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Paris-Levallois. The game was mostly controlled by ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Paris-Levallois was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) nailed 20 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach J.D. Jackson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) came up with 21 points and 5 assists and the former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Paris-Levallois in the defeat. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Defending champion (11-10) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Gravelines. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Strasbourg. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paris-Levallois will play against Le Mans and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: J.Rich 21+1reb+5ast, L.Labeyrie 15+10reb, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 11+7reb+2ast, L.Campbell 11+2reb+2ast, V.Poirier 7+5reb, R.Lesca 5
ASVEL: W.Hodge 20+2reb+6ast, A.Uter 17+7reb+1ast, D.Watkins 11+4reb, D.Nelson 9+2reb+8ast, N.Dragovic 9+6reb, B.Sy 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485519


Le Portel - Dijon 80-70

Everything went according to plan when twelfth ranked Le Portel (9-12) beat at home 15th ranked JDA Dijon (7-14) 80-70. It looked good early as JDA Dijon took a 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Le Portel had a 24-8 second period charge getting the lead and JDA Dijon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-80. Le Portel made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Le Portel especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-87, college: Dakota Wesleyan) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Point guard David Holston (168-86, college: Chicago St.) answered with 23 points and 6 assists and power forward Brandon Peterson (204-90, college: Arkansas St., agency: Inception Sports) added 15 points in the effort for JDA Dijon. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. Le Portel moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Hyeres-Toulon. JDA Dijon at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. Le Portel's next round opponent will be Hyeres-Toulon (#12) on the road. JDA Dijon will play against Chalons-Reims and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dijon: D.Holston 23+6ast, B.Peterson 15+3reb+1ast, J.Alingue 14+4reb, A.Julien 14+2reb+3ast, I.Miles 3+6reb, M.Judith 1+1reb
Le Portel: D.Dorsey 19+5ast, J.Begarin 15+2reb+4ast, J.Donaldson 12+10reb+1ast, L.Goulbourne 10+3reb+1ast, E.Lasisi 9+1ast, F.Hassell 8+9reb+3ast
gschID: 485518


Chalons-Reims - Nanterre 73-93

13th ranked Chalons-Reims (8-13) was outscored at home by fourth ranked JSF Nanterre (15-6) with the biggest margin this round 93-73. The game without a history. JSF Nanterre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. JSF Nanterre outrebounded Chalons-Reims 41-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. It was a good game for American forward Brian Conklin (198-89, college: St.Louis) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Mathias Lessort (205-95) contributed with 9 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) added 20 points in the effort for Chalons-Reims. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for JSF Nanterre. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalon. Chalons-Reims at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. JSF Nanterre's next round opponent will be league's leader Monaco at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chalons-Reims will play against JDA Dijon (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: A.Young 20+4reb+1ast, T.Cain 20+10reb+3ast, M.Vasl 8+2reb, S.Smith 6+3reb+3ast, A.Lawrence 6+1reb+4ast, M.Souleyman Diabate 5+1reb+1ast
Nanterre: B.Conklin 26+6reb, S.Butterfield 12+4reb+3ast, C.Warren 12+3reb+4ast, H.Invernizzi 9+2reb, M.Riley 9+4reb+2ast, M.Lessort 9+17reb+2ast
gschID: 485517


Antibes - Cholet 57-73

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Cholet Basket and 15th ranked Olympique Antibes had identical 7-13 record. But Olympique Antibes was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Cholet 73-57. The game without a history. Cholet Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for the former international point guard Jonathan Rousselle (187-90) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 assists. American guard Gary Bell (192-92, college: Gonzaga, agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American point guard Willie Solomon (187-78, college: Clemson, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points and 5 assists and American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Olympique Antibes. Cholet Basket (8-13) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. Cholet Basket's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (#18) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Olympique Antibes will play against Limoges CSP Elite and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: W.Solomon 14+4reb+5ast, C.Otule 12+6reb, C.Galliou 8+2reb, I.Cordinier 5+3reb+3ast, F.Bourdillon 5+1reb+1ast, T.Blue 5+5reb+3ast
Cholet: J.Rousselle 21+4reb+6ast, G.Bell 13+3reb+1ast, B.Dewar 11+1reb, I.Evtimov 6+3reb, J.Boutsiele 6+7reb+2ast, I.Almeida 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 485516





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.

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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)



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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 


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)



BBL Round 24: Leader ratiopharm Ulm gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Undefeated leader ratiopharm Ulm delivered the twenty third consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they beat 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta (1-22) 75-70. ratiopharm Ulm forced 19 SC Rasta Vechta turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) who scored 21 points. Forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds. SC Rasta Vechta's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated ratiopharm Ulm (23-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 23 victories in a row. SC Rasta Vechta lost seventeenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth place with 22 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face Telekom Baskets (#6) in Bonn in the next round where they are favorite. SC Rasta Vechta will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Ludwigsburg. Eighth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (11-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (9-14) 70-68 on Saturday evening. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a good game for point guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 4 assists. Kelvin Martin contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach John Patrick allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard AJ English (192-92, college: Iona) replied with 22 points for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains eighth position with 11-12 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against Science City Jena (#10) on the road in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against Braunschweig and hope to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Goettingen, where higher ranked ALBA Berlin (15-9) lost to thirteenth ranked BG Goettingen (9-15) in a road game 76-81 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Alex Ruoff who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was Elmedin Kikanovic with 24 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BG Goettingen moved-up to twelfth place. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. BG Goettingen will meet at home higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ALBA Berlin will play against s Oliver Baskets and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Wuerzburg, where higher ranked EWE Baskets (13-10) were outleveled in a road game by fifteenth ranked s Oliver Baskets (6-17) 98-73. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by Jake Odum who scored that evening 18 points and 8 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. s Oliver Baskets maintains fifteenth position with 6-17 record. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the seventh place with ten games lost. s Oliver Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bremerhaven. Local Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (6-16) was outscored by third ranked Bayern Muenchen (19-3) 108-73 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Maximilian Kleber who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-3 record having five points less than leader Ratiopharm. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will face Walter Tigers (#13) in Tuebingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play on the road against Giessen 46ers and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Giessen 46ers was defeated by Brose Bask. in Bamberg 82-68. Walter Tigers lost to defending champion Telekom Bsk at home 67-79. Jena lost to Bayreuth on the opponent's court 84-92.
The best stats of 24th round was 20 points and 7 rebounds by Justin Sears of Giessen 46ers.

Brose Bask. - Giessen 46ers 82-68

There was no surprise in Bamberg where 9th ranked Giessen 46ers (10-13) were defeated by second ranked Brose Baskets (22-1) 82-68 on Monday. Brose Baskets shot 60.4 percent from the field. They also forced 19 Giessen 46ers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was international guard Maodo Lo (191-92, college: Columbia) who scored 16 points. The former international guard Patrick Heckmann (197-92, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Justin Sears (203-94, college: Yale) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Dwayne Evans (201-92, college: St.Louis) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Giessen 46ers players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brose Baskets have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 22-1 record behind leader Ratiopharm. Giessen 46ers lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 13 games lost. Brose Baskets will face EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg in the next round where they are favorite. Giessen 46ers will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: M.Lo 16+4reb, P.Heckmann 11+3reb+5ast, V.Veremeenko 9+2reb, D.Theis 9+4reb+2ast, N.Melli 9+3reb+5ast, F.Causeur 7+1reb+5ast
Giessen 46ers: J.Sears 20+7reb+1ast, C.Wells 10+2reb+4ast, J.Manigat 10+2ast, A.Obst 10+1reb+1ast, D.Evans 10+7reb+2ast, S.Bowlin 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 528744


Goettingen - ALBA 81-76

We should mention about the upset which took place in Goettingen, where higher ranked ALBA Berlin (15-9) lost to thirteenth ranked BG Goettingen (9-15) in a road game 76-81 on Sunday. BG Goettingen looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the other American import power forward Scott Eatherton (203-91, college: Northeastern, agency: BeoBasket) who added 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) with 24 points and Serbian swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BG Goettingen moved-up to twelfth place. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. BG Goettingen will meet at home higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ALBA Berlin will play against s Oliver Baskets and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: A.Ruoff 23+6reb+3ast, A.Waleskowski 14+4reb+2ast, D.Carter 14+5reb+1ast, B.Veikalas 10+1reb+2ast, S.Eatherton 8+10reb+5ast, J.Sanders 7+4reb+8ast
ALBA: E.Kikanovic 24+3reb+3ast, D.Milosavljevic 16+5reb+3ast, N.Giffey 11+1reb+2ast, E.Atsur 9+3reb+2ast, I.Akpinar 8+4reb+2ast, B.Radosavljevic 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 528743


Bremerhaven - B.Muenchen 73-108

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bremerhaven. Local Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (6-16) was outscored by third ranked Bayern Muenchen (19-3) 108-73 on Sunday night. Bayern Muenchen made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Eisbaeren Bremerhaven turnovers. Bayern Muenchen shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's players. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was international Maximilian Kleber (207-92) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Naturalized Bosnian Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who recorded 12 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Jordan Hulls (180-90, college: Indiana) added 15 points respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-3 record having five points less than leader Ratiopharm. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will face Walter Tigers (#13) in Tuebingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play on the road against Giessen 46ers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: M.Kleber 21+8reb, N.Djedovic 17+3reb+2ast, N.Johnson 11+2reb+4ast, V.Lucic 11+2reb+1ast, R.Redding 10+2reb+3ast, D.Booker 8+4reb+6ast
Bremerhaven: I.Elliott 15+1reb, J.Hulls 15+1reb+2ast, Q.Diggs 12+8reb+3ast, W.Austin 9+5reb+1ast, F.Bleck 8+3reb+3ast, N.Aleksandrov 5+3reb
gschID: 528742


Walter Tigers - Telekom Bsk 67-79

No shocking result in a game in Tuebingen where sixth ranked Telekom Baskets (14-8) defeated 12th ranked Walter Tigers (9-17) 79-67 on Saturday. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Gary McGhee (209-88, college: Pittsburgh) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Barry Stewart (193-88, college: Mississippi St.) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Walter Tigers' coach Tyron McCoy let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Telekom Baskets have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 14-8 record. Loser Walter Tigers dropped to the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Telekom Baskets will face league's leader ratiopharm Ulm at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Walter Tigers will play against Bayern Muenchen (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: J.Mayo 20+5ast, J.Gamble 16+7reb+1ast, J.Sanders 10+2reb+1ast, R.Thompson 10+3reb+2ast, J.Richter 9+5reb+1ast, K.Horton 8+11reb+3ast
Walter Tigers: B.Stewart 14+1reb+5ast, G.McGhee 14+8reb+1ast, S.Kidd 13+3reb+3ast, I.Philmore 12+4reb+1ast, D.Berry 6+1reb+2ast, J.Jordan 4+7reb+5ast
gschID: 528741


Ludwigsburg - Fraport SKY 70-68

Important game to mention about took place in Ludwigsburg. Eighth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (11-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (9-14) 70-68 on Saturday evening. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a good game for point guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 4 assists. Swingman Kelvin Martin (195-89, college: Charleston So.) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach John Patrick allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard AJ English (192-92, college: Iona) replied with 22 points and guard Quantez Robertson (188-84, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains eighth position with 11-12 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against Science City Jena (#10) on the road in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against Braunschweig and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: C.Hammonds 15+4reb+4ast, K.Martin 10+7reb, D.Crawford 9+2reb+1ast, D.McCray 9+1reb+1ast, T.Cotton 8+5reb+4ast, B.Loesing 7+1reb+2ast
Fraport SKY: A.English 22+3reb+3ast, K.Vaughn 15+2reb, Q.Robertson 9+8reb+1ast, N.Kiel 8+7reb+2ast, S.Huff 7, S.Shields 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 528740


Ratiopharm - Vechta 75-70

Undefeated leader ratiopharm Ulm delivered the twenty third consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they beat 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta (1-22) 75-70. ratiopharm Ulm forced 19 SC Rasta Vechta turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) who scored 21 points. Forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton) added 12 points and 13 rebounds respectively. SC Rasta Vechta's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ratiopharm Ulm (23-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 23 victories in a row. SC Rasta Vechta lost seventeenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth place with 22 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face Telekom Baskets (#6) in Bonn in the next round where they are favorite. SC Rasta Vechta will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: C.Babb 21+3reb+1ast, A.Rubit 15+9reb+1ast, D.Butler 15+3reb+2ast, P.Guenther 8+4ast, B.Hobbs 6+1reb+2ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 3+5reb
Vechta: L.Gordon 19+7reb+3ast, F.Gaines 19+5ast, D.Searcy 12+13reb+3ast, C.Standhardinger 7+4reb+2ast, N.Geske 5+3reb+6ast, D.Allen 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 528739


Bayreuth - Jena 92-84

Very expected game when 10th ranked Science City Jena (10-13) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked BBC Bayreuth (16-6) 92-84 on Saturday. BBC Bayreuth made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game, while Science City Jena only scored six points from the stripe. Science City Jena was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) who scored 31 points (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!). Egyptian forward Assem Marei (206-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Five BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shaquille Goodwin (206-94, college: Memphis) who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Marcos Knight (188-89, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: BeoBasket) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Science City Jena's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BBC Bayreuth maintains fourth position with 16-6 record. Newly promoted Science City Jena dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. BBC Bayreuth will face BG Goettingen (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: J.Lewis 31+1reb+2ast, D.Brooks 20+1reb, A.Marei 12+10reb+1ast, S.Wachalski 11, K.Anderson 10+3reb+7ast, D.Gonzalvez 4+1reb+2ast
Jena: S.Goodwin 21+5reb+3ast, J.Jenkins 17+2ast, W.Bernard 9+2ast, M.Knight 9+6reb+5ast, O.Mackeldanz 5+1reb, S.Haukohl 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 528738


Wuerzburg - EWE Baskets 98-73

An interesting game took place in Wuerzburg, where higher ranked EWE Baskets (13-10) were outleveled in a road game by fifteenth ranked s Oliver Baskets (6-17) 98-73. s Oliver Baskets players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by EWE Baskets' players. 25 personal fouls committed by EWE Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by point guard Jake Odum (193-91, college: Indiana St.) who scored that evening 18 points and 8 assists and center Brendan Lane (206-90, college: Pepperdine) supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Even 14 points by swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) did not help to save the game for EWE Baskets. Center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) added 12 points. Five s Oliver Baskets and four EWE Baskets 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. s Oliver Baskets maintains fifteenth position with 6-17 record. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the seventh place with ten games lost. s Oliver Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: M.Stuckey 22+2reb+2ast, B.Lane 19+3reb+4ast, J.Odum 18+4reb+8ast, V.Sanford 14+5reb+2ast, K.Loncar 10+3reb+4ast, L.Ulmer 4+3ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 14+1reb+2ast, B.Qvale 12+4reb, F.Massenat 11+3reb+1ast, P.Schwethelm 10+4reb+2ast, C.Kramer 9+2reb+5ast, D.Madrich 7+1reb
gschID: 528737





Regionalliga Round 23 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

Regionalliga round 23 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Stade (12-3) against fourth ranked Aschersleben (11-5) 78-63 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stade. American Sharif Hudson (188-92, college: Ark.-Monticello) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Croatian Robert Kujundzic (202-94) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Aschersleben's coach Christian Schafer used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spanish power forward Oscar Andres (200-87) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Stade. Aschersleben maintains fourth place in North with 11-5 record. Stade at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Schwelm. Stade will play next round against strong Sixers trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Aschersleben will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked ALBA Berlin II on the road.
Another exciting game for Jena II (11-10) which played on the court of Rosenheim (10-11). Seventh ranked Jena II won 76-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Rosenheim. It was a great evening for American Vincent Garrett (198-91, college: Green Bay) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. Konrad Glueck helped adding 13 points. American point guard Jguwon Hogges (173-86, college: Oregon Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jena II moved-up to sixth place in South-East. Rosenheim at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Oberhaching. Jena II will play against Bayreuth 2 (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rosenheim will play against Vilsbiburg (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Speyer between Lich II and Speyer. Sixth ranked Lich II (14-7) got a very close victory on the road over 4th placed Speyer (14-8). Lich II managed to escape with a 1-point win 66-65 in the game for the third place. It was an exceptional evening for Johannes Lischka who led the winners and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Lich II's coach Christian Knaus allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Jordi Salto came up with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for Speyer in the defeat. Lich II moved-up to third place in South-West. Loser Speyer keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Limburg and Koblenz. Lich II will meet at home league's leader BV Villingen-Schwenningen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Speyer will play against Kaiserslautern and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Treuchtlingen (14-6) against tenth ranked Ansbach (9-12) on Saturday night. Visiting Treuchtlingen was crushed by Ansbach in Ansbach 86-58. The best player for the winners was Nick Freer who scored 29 points and 4 assists. Treuchtlingen's coach Stephen Harlander gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ansbach moved-up to ninth place in South-East, which they share with Schwabing. Treuchtlingen lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with six games lost. Ansbach's next round opponent will be Schwabing (#9) on the road. Treuchtlingen will play against Zwickau (#12) and hope to win that game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Koblenz (14-8) against tenth ranked Tuebingen II (8-14) on Saturday night. Visiting Koblenz was defeated by Tuebingen II in Tuebingen 81-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Koblenz. Rouven Haenig orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tuebingen II moved-up to ninth place in South-West, which they share with Stuttgart and Fellbach. Loser Koblenz dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Tuebingen II will face Mainz (#13) on the road in the next round. Koblenz will play against Limburg (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23:
In North BSW Sixers beat Westerstede on the road 92-75. Vechta II destroyed Weser Bsk/BTS on its own court 110-71. RW Cuxhaven managed to outperform ALBA Berlin II in a road game 80-63. Hannover Korb. recorded a loss to Wusterhausen at home 79-87.
In South-East Oberhaching was defeated by Leitershofen on the opponent's court 78-74. Vilsbiburg beat Schwabing in a home game 82-67. Bayreuth II won against Herzogenaurach on the road 85-73. Zwickau unfortunately lost to Bad Aibling on its own court 79-97. Coburg rolled over TSV Troester in a road game 88-68.
In South-West Limburg was defeated by Heidelberg USC at home 56-63. Fellbach was beaten by Stuttgart on the opponent's court 75-69. Karlsruhe SC won against Kaiserslautern in a home game 104-87. Mainz unfortunately lost to Saarlouis/Dillingen on the road 85-101. Schwenningen rolled over Langen on its own court 96-60.
In West Hagen-Haspe defeated Frintrop in a road game 89-79. Muenster beat Duesseldorf at home 86-69. Salzkotten lost to Ibbenbueren on the opponent's court 82-84. Bielefeld was outscored by Hertener Loewen in a home game 62-87. Grevenbroich managed to beat Dorsten on the road 83-73. Herford defeated Hagen BG on its own court 92-75. Bonn II was beaten by Schwelm in a road game 72-65.
The most impressive performance of 23th round was 22 points and 10 rebounds by Guillermo De-La-Puente of Herford.

North
Westerstede - BSW Sixers 75-92

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Sixers (12-4) beat on the road 8th ranked Westerstede (5-10) 92-75 on Sunday. Sixers dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Westerstede's 40. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Terrence Williams (198-93, college: Charlotte) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Croatian swingman Sandro Kordis (195-92) contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Sixers players scored in double figures. Power forward Marcel Kessen (207-97) answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Nigel Pruitt (201-94, college: Kennesaw St.) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Westerstede. Westerstede's coach Milos Stankovic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sixers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place in North with 12-4 record having 6 victories less than leader Schwelm. Westerstede lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Sixers will face league's second-placed Stade at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Westerstede will play against Rendsburg (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: S.Kordis 25+6reb+2ast, T.Williams 23+10reb+5ast, J.Tyrna 15+6reb+5ast, R.Winterstein 11+1reb+1ast, A.Touray 8+3reb, A.Markoc 6+4reb+8ast
Westerstede: M.Kessen 25+8reb, N.Pruitt 20+5reb+3ast, F.Borchers 9+3reb+3ast, L.Schmikale 7+3reb+5ast, J.Albrecht 7+2reb+1ast, L.Higgen 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 482503


Vechta II - Weser Bsk/BTS 110-71

Very expected game when 10th ranked Weser Bsk/BTS (4-13) was smashed on the road by fifth ranked Vechta-2 (10-6) 110-71 on Saturday. Vechta-2 dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Weser Bsk/BTS's 32. Vechta-2 forced 19 Weser Bsk/BTS turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Kazembe Abif (201-92, college: Drexel) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Philipp Herkenhoff (207-99) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Abif is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Vechta-2 players scored in double figures. American center Edward Seward (206-78, college: Norfolk St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and forward Jonas Liermann (197-87) added 19 points in the effort for Weser Bsk/BTS. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vechta-2 maintains fifth place in North with 10-6 record. Weser Bsk/BTS lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Vechta-2 will face league's leader RW Cuxhaven on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Weser Bsk/BTS will play against Hannover Korb. (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vechta II: K.Abif 28+5reb, M.Stenzel 21+4reb+2ast, P.Herkenhoff 15+10reb+7ast, T.Doeding 14+2reb+3ast, N.Zeravica 12+2reb+4ast, R.Caisin 6+6reb+2ast
Weser Bsk/BTS: J.Liermann 19, E.Seward 16+17reb, H.Gottwich 12+4reb+2ast, L.Braimoh 8+1reb, L.Koehler 7+1reb+1ast, L.Kaniok 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 482500


ALBA Berlin II - RW Cuxhaven 63-80

Rather predictable result when second ranked RW Cuxhaven (13-3) won against on the road 6th ranked ALBA Berlin II (6-10) 80-63 on Saturday. RW Cuxhaven forced 21 ALBA Berlin II turnovers. ALBA Berlin II was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Dylan Travis (190-93, college: Florida Southern) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 assists. Serbian-Croatian Sinisa Cvetanovic (205-94) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four RW Cuxhaven players scored in double figures. Bosnian Rijad Avdic (201-98) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Bennet Hundt (180-98, college: High School) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for ALBA Berlin II. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. RW Cuxhaven keeps a position of North leader. Loser ALBA Berlin II dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. RW Cuxhaven will face Vechta-2 (#5) at home in the next round. ALBA Berlin II will play against Aschersleben and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
RW Cuxhaven: D.Travis 19+3reb+5ast, S.Cvetanovic 16+9reb, M.Milekic 16+8reb, L.Petkovic 11+2reb+6ast, B.Spanja 5+1reb, A.Pujadas 5+1reb
ALBA Berlin II: R.Avdic 14+5reb+1ast, B.Hundt 11+1reb+5ast, F.Stanic 8+7reb+1ast, J.Knauf 7+4reb, D.Kirchner 7+2reb+3ast, L.Herwig 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 482499


Hannover Korb. - Wusterhausen 79-87

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Hannover Korb. (3-13) lost at home to ninth ranked Wusterhausen (5-11) 87-79 on Saturday. Forward Christoph Tetzner (201-81) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Thomas Schoeps (188-89, college: Odessa JC) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Wusterhausen's coach Hadi Zalzadeh used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American guard Dylan Travis (190-93, college: Florida Southern) answered with 21 points and forward Bart Zents (198-92) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hannover Korb.Four Wusterhausen and five Hannover Korb. players scored in double figures. Wusterhausen maintains ninth place in North with 5-11 record. Hannover Korb. lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Wusterhausen will have a break next round. Hannover Korb. will play on the road against Weser Bsk/BTS (#10) in Neustadt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wusterhausen: C.Tetzner 19+10reb+2ast, O.Kilic 17+3ast, T.Schoeps 17+5reb+2ast, N.Draegert 14+5reb+3ast, A.Giese 7+4reb+6ast, N.Trenz 6+3reb+1ast
Hannover Korb.: A.Dallas 21+3reb+3ast, A.Zaletskiy 17+1reb+3ast, B.Zents 16+9reb, G.Izevbigie 13+9reb, J.Walters 10+8reb+1ast, E.Dimitrov 2+3reb
gschID: 482501


Aschersleben - Stade 78-63

Regionalliga round 23 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Stade (12-3) against fourth ranked Aschersleben (11-5) 78-63 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stade. American Sharif Hudson (188-92, college: Ark.-Monticello) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Croatian Robert Kujundzic (202-94) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Aschersleben's coach Christian Schafer used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spanish power forward Oscar Andres (200-87) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Mason Biddle (185-93, college: Western St.) added 14 points in the effort for Stade. Four Stade players scored in double figures. Aschersleben maintains fourth place in North with 11-5 record. Stade at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Schwelm. Stade will play next round against strong Sixers trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Aschersleben will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked ALBA Berlin II on the road.
Top scorers:
Aschersleben: R.Kujundzic 17+5reb+1ast, S.Hudson 17+6reb+6ast, L.Markovic 15+6reb+2ast, A.Sakalauskas 9+1reb, S.Harke 7+2reb+3ast, V.Heinonen 5+2reb+1ast
Stade: M.Biddle 14+2reb+1ast, T.Lipke 13+1reb+3ast, O.Andres 12+9reb, P.Sausmikat 12+3reb, R.Froehlich 5+1reb, F.Bunde 4+1reb
gschID: 482502


South-East
Leitershofen - Oberhaching 78-74

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Topstar (8-13) defeated higher ranked Oberhaching (10-11) in Diedorf 78-74 on Saturday. American forward Joshua Hart (198-90, college: Va Intermont) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Raphael Braun (185-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American guard Omari Knox (188-86, college: Bloomfield) answered with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Markus Huebner (204-87) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Oberhaching. Topstar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place in South-East. Loser Oberhaching dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Topstar will face league's leader Coburg on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: J.Hart 20+9reb+2ast, R.Braun 15+12reb+2ast, M.Dorsch 12+4reb+2ast, N.Francois Breuer 9+2reb+1ast, N.Hadzovic 9+7reb+2ast, E.Richter 5+1reb+2ast
Oberhaching: O.Knox 31+9reb+7ast, M.Huebner 16+8reb, J.Koegler 15+8reb+1ast, T.Walter 6+6reb+2ast, B.Kitatu 4+8reb, Q.Hajdaraj 2+2reb
gschID: 482854


Vilsbiburg - Schwabing 82-67

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Schwabing (9-12) lost on the road to fourth ranked Vilsbiburg (14-7) 82-67 on Saturday. Vilsbiburg forced 29 Schwabing turnovers. American-Czech point guard John Boyer (185-88, college: Buffalo, agency: Dynamics Global Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds, 13 assists and 4 steals. American swingman Kendall Timmons (195-90, college: Tulane) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Boyer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Vilsbiburg players scored in double figures. Oscar Da-Silva (207-98) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks and power forward Fynn Fischer (204-99) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Schwabing. Schwabing's coach Robert Scheinberg rotated ten players saving starting five for next games. Vilsbiburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place in South-East with 14-7 record. Schwabing lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. Vilsbiburg will face Rosenheim (#8) at home in the next round. Schwabing will play against Ansbach and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vilsbiburg: K.Timmons 19+6reb+3ast, J.Guddemi 16+4reb+1ast, J.Boyer 16+7reb+13ast, L.Novy 15+5reb, M.Mayr 7+1reb, J.Leierseder 5+2reb+1ast
Schwabing: O.Da Silva 23+10reb+3ast, F.Fischer 10+8reb+1ast, C.Wurmseher 7+2reb+2ast, H.Ballhausen 6+5reb+1ast, S.McDonald 6+1reb, S.Manzur 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 482856


Rosenheim - Jena II 70-76

Another exciting game for Jena II (11-10) which played on the court of Rosenheim (10-11). Seventh ranked Jena II won 76-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Rosenheim. Jena II forced 20 Rosenheim turnovers. Strangely Rosenheim outrebounded Jena II 45-31 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American Vincent Garrett (198-91, college: Green Bay) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. Point guard Konrad Glueck (187-95) helped adding 13 points. American point guard Jguwon Hogges (173-86, college: Oregon Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and Croatian power forward Dino Erceg (203-85) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jena II moved-up to sixth place in South-East. Rosenheim at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Oberhaching. Jena II will play against Bayreuth 2 (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rosenheim will play against Vilsbiburg (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jena II: V.Garrett 33+11reb+4ast, K.Glueck 13+3reb+1ast, G.Glueck 10+1ast, M.Morschhaeuser 7+6reb+2ast, M.Rahn 6+4reb, J.Memic 3
Rosenheim: J.Hogges 21+12reb+6ast, D.Erceg 16+10reb+1ast, O.Gaizauskas 9+5reb+2ast, A.Gheorghiu 7+5reb+2ast, S.Ebertz 4+2reb, A.Braa 4
gschID: 482852


Herzogenaurach - Bayreuth II 73-85

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourteenth ranked Bayreuth 2 (3-18) beat on the road 13th ranked Herzogenaurach (4-18) 85-73 on Saturday. Bayreuth 2 made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Moritz Trieb (190-98) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Julius Seither (203-94) contributed with 22 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Tobias Uebbing (200-97) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Austrian swingman Michael Kaiser (195-82) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Herzogenaurach. Four Bayreuth 2 and five Herzogenaurach players scored in double figures. Bayreuth 2 maintains fourteenth place in South-East with 3-18 record. Herzogenaurach lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Bayreuth 2 will face higher ranked Jena II (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth II: J.Seither 22+2reb+1ast, J.Riesner 19+3reb+2ast, M.Trieb 15+8reb+5ast, P.Johannes 10+5reb+1ast, C.Kral 6+5reb, S.Fritsch 6+1reb+1ast
Herzogenaurach: T.Uebbing 16+8reb+2ast, M.Kaiser 14+5reb+6ast, V.Nakic 14+5reb, B.Gahlert 14+4reb, T.Handt 10+3reb, M.Feuerpfeil 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 482855


Zwickau - Bad Aibling 79-97

Very expected game when 11th ranked Zwickau (7-14) lost at home to third ranked Bad Aibling (15-6) 97-79 on Saturday. Bad Aibling outrebounded Zwickau 47-20 including a 13-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian center Miljan Grujic (206) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds. Swingman Malo Valerien (195-92) contributed with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Point guard Felix Fraas (184-94) answered with 18 points and 4 assists and guard Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-90) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Zwickau. Five Bad Aibling and four Zwickau players scored in double figures. Bad Aibling moved-up to second place in South-East. Loser Zwickau dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Bad Aibling will face TSV Troester (#5) in Breitenguessbach in the next round. Zwickau will play on the road against Treuchtlingen (#3) in Treutchlingen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bad Aibling: M.Valerien 22+8reb+7ast, M.Grujic 21+18reb+2ast, C.Weiss 16+3reb+2ast, M.Mirceta 14+9reb+2ast, N.Kekic 13+7reb+2ast, S.Bradaric 11+2reb+5ast
Zwickau: F.Fraas 18+2reb+4ast, A.Andrus 16+1reb+1ast, H.Bellscheidt 14+5reb+3ast, A.Endig 14+1reb, K.Velishaev 7+1reb+4ast, A.Melski 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 482851


TSV Troester - Coburg 68-88

Rather predictable result when first ranked Coburg (20-1) rolled over 5th ranked TSV Troester (13-8) in Breitenguessbach 88-68 on Saturday. Coburg dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to TSV Troester's 34. Strangely TSV Troester outrebounded Coburg 38-23 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Jordan Burris (201-92, college: CS San Bernar.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Fabian Franke (198-88) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Coburg players scored in double figures. Forward Dimitry McDuffie (198-89) answered with 8 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Alexander Engel (191-93) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for TSV Troester. TSV Troester's coach Johannes Laub rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Coburg have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. Newly promoted Coburg maintains first place in South-East with 20-1 record. Loser TSV Troester keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Coburg will face Topstar (#11) in Diedorf in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TSV Troester will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bad Aibling (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Coburg: J.Burris 25+7reb+2ast, F.Franke 18+3reb+1ast, S.Walde 15+3reb+2ast, E.Molosciakas 10+1reb+2ast, D.Stawowski 9+3reb+1ast, K.Eichelsdoerfer 4+3reb
TSV Troester: A.Engel 15+3reb+5ast, E.Land 15+4reb, J.Dippold 11+5reb, S.Lorber 10+4reb+3ast, D.McDuffie 8+13reb+5ast, A.Heide 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 482853


Ansbach - Treuchtlingen 86-58

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Treuchtlingen (14-6) against tenth ranked Ansbach (9-12) on Saturday night. Visiting Treuchtlingen was crushed by Ansbach in Ansbach 86-58. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Treuchtlingen's 26. Ansbach forced 19 Treuchtlingen turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) who scored 29 points and 4 assists. Forward Paul Nzeocha (192) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Four Ansbach players scored in double figures. Guard Tim Eisenberger (197-91) produced 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Stefan Schmoll (196-89) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Treuchtlingen's coach Stephen Harlander gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ansbach moved-up to ninth place in South-East, which they share with Schwabing. Treuchtlingen lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with six games lost. Ansbach's next round opponent will be Schwabing (#9) on the road. Treuchtlingen will play against Zwickau (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ansbach: N.Freer 29+1reb+4ast, P.Nzeocha 20+12reb+2ast, M.Hertlein 12+7reb+2ast, G.Petrovic 12+3reb+6ast, C.Roll 6+3reb+4ast, D.Kurpiela 4+6reb+2ast
Treuchtlingen: T.Eisenberger 23+9reb+4ast, S.Schmoll 10+5reb, F.Beierlein 8+3reb, C.Huhn 6, S.Geiselsoeder 6+4reb, J.Juergen Schwarz 4+3reb
gschID: 482857


South-West
Limburg - Heidelberg USC 56-63

There was an upset when higher ranked Limburg (14-8) lost at home to fourteenth ranked Heidelberg USC (6-15) 63-56 on Saturday. Heidelberg USC forced 20 Limburg turnovers. Guard Moritz Nagele (173) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Julius Haag (195-90) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Croatian center Dragan Sekelja (213-91, college: Florida Atlantic) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Kevin Yebo (202-96) added 5 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Limburg. Heidelberg USC maintains fourteenth place in South-West with 6-15 record. Limburg lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Heidelberg USC will face league's second-placed Karlsruhe SC at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Limburg will play against Koblenz and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg USC: M.Nagele 22+5reb+3ast, J.Haag 16+5reb, C.Schmitt 8+9reb+1ast, L.Sattler 4+1reb, J.Feist 2+5reb+1ast, J.Herbold 2+1reb+1ast
Limburg: D.Sekelja 21+12reb+3ast, J.Zurna 18+2reb+1ast, K.Yebo 5+15reb+2ast, W.Gomer 5+4reb, K.Kus 3, R.Pflueger 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 482680


Speyer - Lich II 65-66

A very close game took place in Speyer between Lich II and Speyer. Sixth ranked Lich II (14-7) got a very close victory on the road over 4th placed Speyer (14-8). Lich II managed to escape with a 1-point win 66-65 in the game for the third place. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Johannes Lischka (203-87) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Henning Schaake (201-95) accounted for 11 points for the winning side. Lich II's coach Christian Knaus allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Spanish point guard Jordi Salto (190-90) came up with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and American power forward Aaron Ellis (205-87, college: Wichita St.) added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Speyer in the defeat. Four Speyer players scored in double figures. Lich II moved-up to third place in South-West. Loser Speyer keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Limburg and Koblenz. Lich II will meet at home league's leader BV Villingen-Schwenningen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Speyer will play against Kaiserslautern and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Lich II: J.Lischka 20+8reb+3ast, H.Schaake 11+4reb+2ast, V.Klassen 9+2reb, N.Pompalla 8+3reb+3ast, U.Murat Kuelhan 8+1reb+5ast, J.Schlaefer 5+6reb+2ast
Speyer: A.Ellis 18+10reb+1ast, J.Salto 17+6reb+7ast, J.Hartinger 11+2reb, J.Creek 11+2reb+5ast, K.Williamson 8+11reb+1ast, R.Weihmann 0
gschID: 482677


Stuttgart - Fellbach 75-69

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Stuttgart (8-14) defeated at home 9th ranked Fellbach (8-14) 75-69 on Saturday. It was a great shooting night for Stuttgart especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Forward David Rotim (197-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Jonas Leidel (195-87) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. James Arbinger (191-87) answered with 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Croatian Luka Ljutic (202-89) added 10 points in the effort for Fellbach. Fellbach's coach Andreas Tsiminos rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Stuttgart moved-up to ninth place in South-West, which they share with Tuebingen II and Fellbach. Fellbach lost eighth consecutive game. Stuttgart will face higher ranked TV Langen (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Stuttgart: D.Rotim 23+7reb+6ast, J.Leidel 18+5reb+2ast, M.Schlafke 17+4reb+4ast, R.Leidel 6+1reb, M.Bretz 5+5reb+1ast, C.Gundlach 4+5reb+4ast
Fellbach: J.Arbinger 16+4reb+3ast, L.Ljutic 10+3reb, M.Ljoljic 10+1reb+1ast, G.Hagner 9+4reb, D.Watson 8+4reb, N.Menck 6+6reb
gschID: 482678


Karlsruhe SC - Kaiserslautern 104-87

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Kaiserslautern (9-13) lost on the road to third ranked Karlsruhe SC (15-7) 104-87 on Saturday. Karlsruhe SC dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kaiserslautern's 36. They outrebounded Kaiserslautern 48-15 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Karlsruhe SC looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Kaiserslautern's players. Portuguese point guard Miguel Cardoso (188-93) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists. Bosnian power forward Elnis Prasovic (203-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Karlsruhe SC's coach Jaivon Harris used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Forward Waldemar Nap (202-93) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Japhet McNeil (183-85, college: Bridgeport) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Kaiserslautern. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Karlsruhe SC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in South-West. Loser Kaiserslautern keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Karlsruhe SC will face Heidelberg USC (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kaiserslautern will play against Speyer (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe SC: M.Cardoso 23+13reb+13ast, E.Prasovic 22+14reb, L.Drezga 22+1reb+4ast, D.Vrsaljko 12+9reb+3ast, B.Kaufhold 11+3reb+2ast, A.Rueck 5+4reb+3ast
Kaiserslautern: W.Nap 21+6reb, G.Hosszu 19+2ast, J.McNeil 16+2reb+4ast, K.Croom 12+2reb+2ast, K.Luyeye 11+2reb+1ast, M.Wallney 5
gschID: 482676


Tuebingen II - Koblenz 81-70

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Koblenz (14-8) against tenth ranked Tuebingen II (8-14) on Saturday night. Visiting Koblenz was defeated by Tuebingen II in Tuebingen 81-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Koblenz. Tuebingen II shot 67.5 percent from the field and made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Forward Rouven Haenig (198-86, college: Missouri Valley) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Albanian forward Vildan Mitku (200-83) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Croatian point guard Zeljko Novak (184-89) answered with 16 points and Lithuanian point guard Paulius Semaska (185-93) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Koblenz. Five Tuebingen II and four Koblenz players scored in double figures. Tuebingen II moved-up to ninth place in South-West, which they share with Stuttgart and Fellbach. Loser Koblenz dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Tuebingen II will face Mainz (#13) on the road in the next round. Koblenz will play against Limburg (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tuebingen II: V.Mitku 18+5reb+1ast, P.Unger 15+2ast, R.Haenig 13+10reb+3ast, T.Deschner 13+4reb+4ast, J.Georg 11+1reb+1ast, S.Saddedine 5+1reb
Koblenz: Z.Novak 16+1reb+2ast, L.Sayers 14+3reb, P.Semaska 13+1reb+4ast, M.Abele 12+3reb, A.Anzulovic 6, S.Watson 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 482675


Saarlouis/Dillingen - Mainz 101-85

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Saarlouis/Dillingen (7-15) beat at home 11th ranked Mainz (7-15) 101-85 on Saturday. Saarlouis/Dillingen forced 25 Mainz turnovers. Dutch swingman Chaed Wellian (203-92, college: Tennessee St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) contributed with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Hughey attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. Swingman Philipp Schoen (196-87) answered with 24 points and Indian-American point guard Anish Sharda (188-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Mainz. Five Saarlouis/Dillingen and four Mainz players scored in double figures. Mainz's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saarlouis/Dillingen moved-up to twelfth place in South-West, which they share with defeated Mainz. Mainz lost fifth consecutive game. Saarlouis/Dillingen will face higher ranked Fellbach (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Saarlouis/Dillingen: C.Wellian 31+9reb, L.Hughey 21+6reb+6ast, M.Mujkanovic 14+9reb+2ast, A.Kuyinu 13+2reb+3ast, A.Bedirhanoglu 13+8reb+2ast, F.Kirsch 6+2reb+5ast
Mainz: P.Schoen 24+3reb+2ast, A.Sharda 20+5reb+3ast, C.Zander 10+1reb+1ast, M.Befort 10+8reb, J.Fritzen 6+6reb, J.Gahr 5+5ast
gschID: 482679


Schwenningen - Langen 96-60

Very expected game when 7th ranked TV Langen (10-12) was smashed on the road by first ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (19-3) 96-60 on Saturday. BV Villingen-Schwenningen dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to TV Langen's 38 and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. BV Villingen-Schwenningen forced 19 TV Langen turnovers and outrebounded them 40-23 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. BV Villingen-Schwenningen looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by TV Langen's players. American forward Tabari Perry (203, college: Slippery Rock) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian-Slovenian power forward Edin Alispahic (208-88) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four BV Villingen-Schwenningen players scored in double figures. BV Villingen-Schwenningen's coach Alen Velcic felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. American forward Preston Ross (198, college: Winston Salem) answered with 18 points and forward Julian Boelke (203-87) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for TV Langen. BV Villingen-Schwenningen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in South-West with 19-3 record. Loser TV Langen keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will face Lich II (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. TV Langen will play against Stuttgart (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Schwenningen: T.Perry 24+6reb+3ast, E.Alispahic 15+5reb+2ast, S.Tsvetkov 12+2reb, A.Remus 10+8reb+3ast, D.Barovic 10+4reb, D.Pakamanis 9+4reb+1ast
Langen: P.Ross 18+4reb, J.Boelke 13+5reb+1ast, M.Schneider 13+3reb+2ast, L.Beuschlein 9+3reb+3ast, M.Hoffmann 4+2reb, L.Sielaff 2+4reb
gschID: 482681


West
Frintrop - Hagen-Haspe 79-89

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when thirteenth ranked Hagen-Haspe (4-18) won against 12th ranked Frintrop (5-17) in Essen-Frintrop 89-79 on Saturday. Strangely Frintrop outrebounded Hagen-Haspe 32-15 including 24 on the defensive glass. Forward Oscar Luchterhandt (195-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Guard Michael Wasielewski (187-82) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Tom Doll (182-83) added 20 points in the effort for Frintrop. Five Hagen-Haspe and four Frintrop players scored in double figures. Hagen-Haspe maintains thirteenth place in West with 4-18 record. Frintrop lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Hagen-Haspe will face Bielefeld (#14) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Hagen-Haspe: O.Luchterhandt 19+2reb+1ast, S.Ligons 16+2reb+1ast, F.Tomann 13+1reb+1ast, M.Wasielewski 12+4reb+4ast, T.Paulsen 11+5ast, K.Stockey 6+1reb+1ast
Frintrop: T.Doll 20+3reb, D.Smith 14+14reb, A.Schroder 14+2reb+1ast, S.Rathjen 10+4reb+7ast, C.Bartels 7+3reb+1ast, D.Kopietz 6+5reb
gschID: 483039


Muenster - Duesseldorf 86-69

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Duesseldorf (11-11) lost on the road to third ranked Muenster (16-6) 86-69 on Saturday. Muenster shot 61.2 percent from the field and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Gerrell Martin (190-93, college: LIU Brooklyn) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Anselm Hartmann (191-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Muenster players scored in double figures. Muenster's coach Phillip Kappenstein used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American point guard Jeremy Lewis (180-86, college: St.Thomas, TX) answered with 27 points and 5 assists and Lithuanian swingman Paulius Kleiza (194-88) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Duesseldorf. Muenster have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in West, which they share with Hagen BG. Loser Duesseldorf dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Muenster will face Salzkotten (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Duesseldorf will play against Frintrop and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Muenster: G.Martin 23+5reb+3ast, A.Hartmann 15+5reb+11ast, L.Padberg 13+7reb+2ast, A.Koenig 12+3ast, M.Jean-Louis 8+1reb+2ast, J.Koenig 7+7reb+4ast
Duesseldorf: J.Lewis 27+5ast, P.Kleiza 13+7reb+4ast, D.Zvinklys 10+3reb, S.Kehr 8+4reb, M.Kolovrat 5+2reb+1ast, M.Lovric 3
gschID: 483043


Ibbenbueren - Salzkotten 84-82

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Ibbenbueren and 7th ranked Salzkotten had identical 11-10 record. This time Ibbenbueren used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Salzkotten 84-82 on Saturday night. American guard Chris Hortman (190-88, college: Wisc.-Stout) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. British guard Rishi Kakad (188-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific) contributed with 29 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Bryce Leavitt (193-94, college: Seattle Pacific) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Matthias Finke (190-87) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Salzkotten. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Ibbenbueren (12-10) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place in West, which they share with Dorsten. Salzkotten lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Ibbenbueren will face higher ranked Grevenbroich (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Salzkotten will play against Muenster and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ibbenbueren: R.Kakad 29+4reb+4ast, C.Hortman 16+15reb+7ast, M.Post 14+6reb+2ast, D.Nienaber 11+6reb+1ast, F.Avermann 5+2reb+2ast, M.Kostov 4+3reb+3ast
Salzkotten: B.Leavitt 22+6reb+1ast, F.Wenningkamp 20+1ast, A.Boger 12+1reb, M.Finke 12+5reb+9ast, R.Gees 6+4reb+2ast, T.Stukenberg 4+8reb
gschID: 483040


Bielefeld - Hertener Loewen 62-87

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Bielefeld (2-20) was outleveled at home by eleventh ranked Hertener Loewen (10-12) 87-62 on Saturday. Hertener Loewen dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Bielefeld's 32. Hertener Loewen had a 45-33 advantage in offensive rebounds. British guard Kofi Josephs (198-91, college: Fort Lewis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. Croatian guard Franjo Bubalo (194-88) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. Guard Omar Zemhoute (190-91) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Robin Richter (190-89) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bielefeld. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hertener Loewen maintains eleventh place in West with 10-12 record. Bielefeld lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. Hertener Loewen will face league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bielefeld will play against Hagen-Haspe (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hertener Loewen: K.Josephs 23+6reb+1ast, F.Bubalo 14+9reb+3ast, A.Penev 14+9reb+2ast, K.Sherrill 10+8reb, C.Ober 9+1reb+2ast, F.Neumann 7+4reb+1ast
Bielefeld: R.Richter 13+5reb, O.Zemhoute 12+6reb+3ast, P.Marcic 9+1reb+2ast, J.Arabadzhiyski 8+4reb+1ast, B.Landgraf 7+7reb+1ast, M.Kutkuhn 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 483041


Dorsten - Grevenbroich 73-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Grevenbroich's (15-6) road victory over 5th ranked Dorsten (12-10) 83-73 on Saturday. Forward Femi Oladipo (201-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Croatian-Bosnian power forward Marko Boksic (201-93) contributed with 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Grevenbroich players scored in double figures. Center Nino Janoschek (204-87) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and center Wilhelm Koehler (206-88) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Dorsten. Grevenbroich maintains fourth place in West with 15-6 record. Loser Dorsten keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Grevenbroich will face Ibbenbueren (#6) at home in the next round. Dorsten will play against the league's second-placed Hagen BG and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Grevenbroich: M.Boksic 27+7reb+2ast, F.Oladipo 25+10reb+2ast, F.Sadek 12+9reb+2ast, L.Kazlauskas 11+4reb+1ast, L.Joerdell 6+8reb+1ast, B.Becker 2+1ast
Dorsten: N.Janoschek 21+8reb+2ast, W.Koehler 13+8reb+3ast, R.Penders 12+3reb, D.Golembiowski 9+2reb, L.Paskov 8+7reb+5ast, F.Jetullahi 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 483042


Herford - Hagen BG 92-75

There was an upset when second-ranked Hagen BG (16-6) lost on the road to tenth ranked Herford (10-11) 92-75 on Saturday. Herford dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Hagen BG's 32. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Hagen BG's players. Spanish power forward Guillermo De-La-Puente (198-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. British guard Jordan Whelan (193-94, college: MidAmerica Naz.) contributed with 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Herford players scored in double figures. American swingman Domonique Crawford (196-84, college: Youngstown St.) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-87) added 13 points in the effort for Hagen BG. Hagen BG's coach Kosta Filippou rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Herford maintains tenth place in West with 10-11 record. Loser Hagen BG keeps the second position with six games lost. Herford will face higher ranked Bonn II (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hagen BG will play against Dorsten (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Herford: G.De La Puente 22+10reb+3ast, J.Whelan 21+2reb+5ast, K.Gronau 12+5ast, C.Steffen 12+1reb+9ast, W.Williams 10+2reb+1ast, P.Humke 6+5reb
Hagen BG: D.Crawford 17+5reb+1ast, V.Nedzinskas 13+3reb, M.Zahariev 11+4reb+1ast, T.Ioannidis 9+3reb, H.Plioukas 7+1reb+4ast, T.Zahariev 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 483045


Schwelm - Bonn II 72-65

Very predictable result when first ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (18-4) won against at home 8th ranked Bonn II (11-11) 72-65 on Saturday. They outrebounded Bonn II 55-35 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lithuanian swingman Andrius Mikutis (194-88, college: John Brown) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Canadian-Polish forward Konrad Tota (196-80, college: Dickinson St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Falk Moeller used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Valentin Blass (195-95) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Philipp Gruber (193-96) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bonn II. Four SG Schwelmer Baskets and five Bonn II players scored in double figures. SG Schwelmer Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in West with 18-4 record. Loser Bonn II dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Hertener Loewen (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bonn II will play against Herford (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: H.Boyce 15+6reb+3ast, A.Mikutis 13+16reb+1ast, S.Schroter 11+5reb, K.Tota 11+10reb+4ast, V.Pinchuk 7+6reb+1ast, M.Perl 7+4reb+2ast
Bonn II: V.Blass 16+9reb+3ast, P.Hoerschler 13+3reb, L.Mertz 11+2reb+2ast, P.Gruber 11+5reb+1ast, D.Falkenstein 10+1reb+3ast, A.Turner 4+3reb
gschID: 483044





Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners Overpower the Young Tigers Tuebingen With Their Allstar Ensemble 75-52 in NBBL Play - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It seems like it was only yesterday when Donald Trump was putting on the last final touches of his 2016 Presidential campaign and the NBBL season was just getting into swing, but after a few months the regular season is winding down and the playoffs are looming quickly. For one team, the playoffs were already booked while the other team was fighting for that last spot. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had a 10-3 record and sitting in position two despite having lost two of the last three games, but won their last game in Langen 92-68 where Cosmo Gruehn poured in 28 points. In their two previous games, they had lost to ratiopharm Ulm and Urspirng where they were missing their four top players and were led by players like Leon Pullen and Oliver Babitsch who usually get lesser minutes. On the other side of the court the Young Tigers Tuebingne arrived into the game with a 6-7 record and in fifth place battling Urspring for that last playoff spot who also had a record of 6-7, the Young Tigers Tuebingen had to win their last game in Frankfurt to reach the playoffs since they had won both regular season games against Urspring. However Eintracht Frankfurt had their allstar ensemble on board and wanted to cruise into the NBBL playoffs with full force and easily took apart the Young Tigers Tuebingen 75-52 on a wet Sunday afternoon. Only 16 hours earlier 17 year old German wunderkind Isaac Bonga had experienced his first big milestone as a professional registering his first triple double of the season with 10 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists in a win against Nordlingen propelling the Pro B team Fraport Skyliners Juniors into the playoffs. Bonga wasn't as good against Tuebingen as he only had six points and six turnovers, but was solid on the boards with seven rebounds and had seven assists, but it didn't really matter since his team had strong support from their three starters Konstantin Schubert (197-SF-98), Cosmo Gruehn and Niklas Pons who combined for 44 points and young 16 year old German Alvin Onyia gave good energy from the bench netting 13 points. After the game Konstantin Schubert who is the clean cut guy who never looks like he broke a sweat, but looks more like a young banker in training understood that the club wasn't totally consistent, but important that everyone was on board. 'We had our ups and downs, but was a good preparation for the playoffs. We wanted to go into the playoffs with force and it was important that everyone could play together. We did a good job rebounding and had the height advantage and really took advantage of it', stressed Konstantin Schubert. The Young Tigers Tuebingen big highlight of the season was sweeping top German youth team Urspring, but lost both games to TV Langen probably costing them the playoffs, but head coach Manuel Pasios was still content with the performance of his team against a very strong Frankfurt squad. 'It was a very scrappy game. Our three point shooting kept us in the game. We were at a big disadvantage under the boards as we couldn't compensate their height. Frankfurt gave their all and wanted to go into the playoffs strong. We were able to annoy them only a little with our press, but that was it', stressed Young Tigers head coach Manuel Pasios.

Both teams came out smoking nailing four trey's as 19 year old German Cosmo Gruehn tested his 42% three point percentage scoring twice and Tuebingen got buckets from17 year old Said Bristina and 18 year old Mattis Mann. Both teams then traded buckets as 18 year Germam Timo Liebelt who averages 9 rebounds per game in the NBBL hit a jumper and Bonga a step back. Eintracht Frankfurt then went on their first big run of 11-2 and would never look back. The Eintracht Frankfurt offense was fluid and everyone was getting involved and the execution rate was high. In the run Eintracht Frankfurt got valuable support from Schubert who made two field goals, Onyia snuck inside for an offensive rebound and put back, 17 year old Oliver Babitsch hit a trey and 17 year old Beat Weichsler got active in the paint for a lay in as Eintracht Frankfurt led 19-10. Their offensive onslaught continued as they closed out the first quarter with a 8-3 run to lead 27-13 after 10 minutes. They did relinquish a three from Mann, but compensated for that mishap on defense by staying consistent getting a trey by Onyia, a 15 footer from the wing form Schubert and a step back from Bonga. 'We were defending well, hit our three's well and had more rhythm and playing better together than Tuebingen. Bonga surely could of sat out this game after playing last night and was sick, but the best way to keep that rhythm and improving is playing as much as possible', stressed Fraport Skyliner Garai Zeeb. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 59% from the field and 75% from outside while the Young Tigers Tuebingen were shooting 31% from the field and 18% from outside. Eintracht Frankfurt had the 11-7 rebound edge and three turnovers while Tuebingen had five turnovers.

In the second quarter, Eintracht Frankfurt continued to dominate the game and despite a few minutes of losing focus on offense, they continued to defend well to keep their overwhelming lead. Frankfurt stopped Tuebingen's first two possession and made them pay as on offense they went on a 5-0 run as Bonga found Schubert for two inside on the lob pass and then finally hit his first trey after missing his first four as Eintracht Frankfurt led 31-13. Then came a bad phase of Eintracht Frankfurt as they were unable to figure out the press of Tuebingen coughing up the ball in three of four possessions while Tuebingen got buckets from 17 year Tim Konrad who got the perfect touch pass from Nemanja Nadjfeji who was taught from the master his dad who belonged to the top passing power forwards in the BBL and Liebelt scored cutting the Frankfurt advantage to 33-18. Eintracht Frankfurt had totally lost their rhythm and took a timeout. Eintracht Frankfurt calmed down going on a 9-1 run to extend their lead to 40-19. In the run, Eintracht Frankfurt was led by Gruehn who continued to dominate inside getting an offensive rebound and finishing with a put back and then hit a jumper while ex TV Langen guard Niklas Pons tested his 40,4% three point accuracy nailing a trey and Onyia scored inside as 18 year old German Oliver Rohs made a keen extra shovel pass. Eintracht Frankfurt then had a little lapse again in the last minutes allowing the Young Tigers Tuebingen to go into halftime with a 9-5 run and trailing only 45-28. They relied on their outside shooting as Bristina, Papadopoulos and Nadjfeji hit three's. Eintracht Frankfurt got another trey from Onyia and a lay in by role player Leon Pullen at the buzzer. 'We had some problems with their zone as we didn't really know what the perfect shot should be. However we figured it out got stops and easy baskets on transition and had our rhythm back. We also did a good job getting the big men involved inside', added ex Bremerhaven guard Garai Zeeb. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 53% from the field and 67% from the three point line while the Young Tigers Tuebingen were shooting 33% from the field and 21% from the three point line. Eintracht Frankfurt dominated the boards 25-14, but had 10 turnovers while the Young Tigers Tuebingen had nine turnovers.

Eintracht Frankfurt kept their big lead,in the third quarter, but the Young Tigers Tuebingen never wanted to really fold completely as they continued to claw their way back even if they were unable to get the Eintracht Frankfurt lead under 10 points. Just like to begin of the second quarter, Eintracht Frankfurt halted the first two Tuebingen offensive possessions and Pons took advantage hitting a trey and Schubert continued to cause havoc inside getting an offensive rebound and making a put back as Eintracht Frankfurt led 50-28. This run didn't phase the Young Tigers Tuebingen as they continued to rely on their precision outside shooting going on a 8-0 run to cut the Eintracht Frankfurt lead to 50-36 as Nadjfeji hit back to back trey's and Mann connected on a step back jumper. However Pons put a dent in that run dropping another trey and Schubert scored inside again as Eintracht Frankfurt led 55-38. The Eintracht Frankfurt ball movement continued to be spot on often leaving a player totally open which Babitsch took to his advantage and connected as the Young Tigers Tuebingen trailed 58-40. With the absence of top player Jefferson Hiller, it was expected that German Marco Bjelosevic would step up, but he was having a rotten shooting day and was scoreless until the last minute of the third, but then showed his immense energy as he scored twice within 20 seconds as his tough defense led to easy transition buckets as Eintracht Frankfurt led only 58-44 after 30 minutes. 'They took our rhythm away with their aggressive press defense and we took too many quick shots, but after a while we got a handle of it', stressed Konstantin Schubert. 'We tried to press as well as we could. We forced some turnovers and got easy baskets. Bjelosevic gave us good energy at the end', stressed Manuel Pasios. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 46% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while the Young Tigers Tuebingen were shooting 38% from the field and 30% from the parking lot. Eintracht Frankfurt continued to have the big domination under the boards 37-20, but had 18 turnovers while the Young Tigers Tuebingen had 13 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, Eintracht Frankfurt closed out the game in fine fashion stepping up their defense one notch more allowing only 8 points while supplying 17 points on offense. Eintracht Frankfurt started off strong again going on a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 63-44 as Schubert scored on an easy basket as Bonga had gone up for a fade away jumper, but at the last second in best Larry Bird manner made the quick pass and Pons nailed home a trey. After a Bristina three pointer, Eintracht Frankfurt slammed the door for good on the Young Tigers Tuebingen showing once more what type of dangerous offensive arsenal they have going on a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 73-47. In this run, they displayed everything from fine transition basketball where Bonga made the perfect mini touchdown pass right in the money to Schubert for an easy lay in and also showed their inside dominance once more as Schubert scored and their outside presence as Pons and Onyia connected from downtown. The Young Tiigers Tuebingen did end the game with a 5-2 run as Mann hit another trey and Liebelt scored with two seconds remaining catching Eintracht Frankfurt napping on the inbounds pass. Leon Pullen scored the last Eintracht Frankfurt basket. 'We wore them down especially with our inside game', stressed Konstantin Schubert. 'Eintracht Frankfurt totally dominated. When they are complete, they are the hidden favorite to win the NBBL title', warned Manuel Pasios. Eintracht Frankfurt was led by Konstantin Schubert who had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Niklas Pons added 15 points while Alvin Onyia chipped in with 13 points and Cosmo Gruehn had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The Young Tigers Tuebingen were led by Mattis Mann with 13 points and Nemanja Nadjfeji had 11 points. Eintracht Frankfurt shot 47% from the field and 44% from outside while the Young Tigers Tuebingen shot 33% from the field and 42% from outside. Eintracht Frankfurt totally dominated the baords51-26, but coughed up the ball 25 times while the Young Tigers Tuebingen had 18 turnovers.




Tyrone Nash (Ironi Nahariya) My Close Games Against Bonn Remind Me Of My Battles Against Louisville In College - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Tyrone Nash (203-PF-88, college: Notre Dame) is a 28 year old 203cm forward from Queens, New York playing his sixth professional season and first with Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Winner League). He started his basketball career with Notre Dame (NCAA) in 2007 and played 118 NCAA games until 2011 and as a senior played 34 games averaging 9.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 68.9%. He started his professional career in 2011 with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen where he played for three seasons playing 99 BBL games and in his last season there played 33 games: 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 68.4%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for SPO Rouen Basket (France-ProA): 11 games: 8.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.1%, FT: 50.0%. Last season he returned back to Germany to play for the Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (Germany-BBL) playing 34 games averaging 10.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 66.7%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the Fiba Europe Cup game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn

Tyrone, thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You have reached the Fiba Europe Cup quarterfinals and now play against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. How excited are you for the chance to reach the final 4?

Yes, we are very excited to compete for a berth in the Final Four.


Before we talk about the quarterfinals let's talk about the last round against Turkish team Royal Gazientep. You almost wouldn't have been in the quarterfinals had Ironi Nahariya not played in Turkey on account of massive terrorist threats. How serious were these threats?

Apparently the threats were real. We had a bunch of CIA agents with us throughout the whole trip which was different from any other trip we had during the year thus far. But they kept us all safe and away from harm.

The club then did play the game. How did you go into the game concerning the possible danger that was looming? Did you fear for your life or was a lot of the talk a bit overblown?

It was definitely a strange game to play with all the security and news coverage surrounding us. I feel we all definitely were more alert and cautious during the trip. But despite the circumstances, we managed to put that all behind us and take care of business.

How fortunate was Ironi Nahariya for advancing? Ex NBA player Andrew rautins ahd a great series and poured in 26 points in Turkey and American Marcus Denmon had 25 points. What overall was key for getting by them?

Yeah, both of them put on incredible performances. We knew they had a lot of offensive firepower with their guards. However, we knew if we could just weather the storm we would be good. We did that, and moved on to the next round.

Would Ironi Nahariya advanced without the stellar play of American Derwin Kitchen who almost supplied a triple double? Was he the difference in that second game?

Yes, Derwin played extremely well for us in those two games. His ability to rebound so well from the guard position is a real advantage for us on both the offensive and defensive ends. Along with his playmaking abilities, Derwin serves as a vital part of our success as a team.

Ironi Nahariya now face the Telekom Baskets Bonn who have played a near flawless Fiba Europe Cup season and are also peaking in the BBL. What do you believe will be your biggest challenge as a team?

I know from experience how tough it is to play in the Telekom Dome. The atmosphere will be tough, especially with how well they are playing currently. Composure will be key for us as a team. But if we play how we are capable of playing the game should be very interesting.

If I were to ask you what comes to mind first when I say Telekom Baskets Bonn and your 7 games against them what would you say?

Pink jerseys and tough battles!

You have a positive 5-2 record against Bonn with Tuebingen and Braunschweig and funny enough your first three games in your first two seasons with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen were all won by two points. Then last season you won another two point game against Bonn with Braunschweig. Can you remember having so many close games against one opponent in your career?

It sort of reminds me of my battles against Louisville in college where most of our games would go wire to wire. Close games are definitely nerve wrecking lol. Trust me, I rather win by 10+ points.


You scored in double figures in six of your seven meetings with them. If you had to choose one game that stands out most which would it be?

I think it was my second year in Tuebingen and we were in Bonn playing. We erased a 10pt lead with less than 2 minutes to go in the game to come back and win. That game will forever be memorable for me.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn average 85 points in the Fiba Europe Cup and have the second best defense with allowing 72 points in the competition. They are a very athletic, quick and disciplined defensive team. How confident are you that your offense will be successful against them?

Despite their stingy defense, we know if we play smart, move the ball well and keep their defense spread we can attack where they are vulnerable . Hopefully, we can knock down some shots to make our lives a bit easier.

What will be key in reaching the Fiba Europe Cup Final 4 and getting by the tough Telekom Baskets Bonn?

Staying disciplined and composed during these two games will be very important for us.


Teammate Yancy Gates won't be a help either despite playing there last season the whole team is new, coach is new and the only player he might remember is Florian Koch. Do you see Gates being a bit more motivated than usual since he will be playing his old team?

Yes, Gates has really been in a groove during our last few games. He has been playing well on both the defensive and offensive ends. We hope he can continue this good stretch during these next two games against Bonn. I always feel as a player you tend to get a bit more motivated playing against a former team.


You might remember Ryan Thompson from a few years ago when he played with Bamberg. Does his athleticism and shooting abiity stick in your mind when you remember his game with Bamberg?

I remember the name but not his game very well. But as we prepare for Bonn in these next coming days we will definitely see what his strengths are and try to limit them.


You had a very strong series against Royal Gazientep where you averaged 31 minutes whereas in the Israeli Winner league your minutes are up and down. How confident are you that you will get your minutes and be able to contribute the way you know how?

I hope my play in the last round against Gazientep also provides me an opportunity to showcase my skills against a talented Bonn team. If I get that chance, I plan on producing and doing whatever it takes to help my team move on to the next round.

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

I am kind of shocked it took this long. I would have put money on it that a guy like Jason Kidd would have achieved something like that already. Impressive nonetheless!


What was the last movie that you saw?

Imperial Dreams.


Thanks Tyrone for the chat.



Champions League: Banvit beat EWE Baskets to reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Banvit - EWE Baskets 70:61

Banvit became the first Basketball Champions League quarterfinalists. They overcame EWE Baskets to seal their next round appearance. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) scored 22 points, issued 9 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
EWE Baskets jumped to an early lead. The German side secured a 20:14 lead after ten minutes. Banvit however struck right back in the second term. The Turkish team went on a strong 22:6 rally in the period to take a 36:26 halftime lead. Banvit maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The Turkish side secured a 12-point lead at the final intermission. EWE Baskets could not erase the deficit and got eliminated. Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) chipped in 20 points, while Gasper Vidmar (211-C-87) added 16 points for the winners. Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana) responded with 13 points for Oldenburg. Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89) tossed in 12 points in the loss.

Banvit: Jordan Theodore 22, Furkan Korkmaz 20, Gasper Vidmar 16
EWE Baskets: Brian Qvale 13, Philipp Schwethelm 12



Science City Jena Hold Julius Jenkins - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Science City Jena decided not to wait long and extend the contract of Julius Jenkins for another season. Jenkins is a 36 year old 187cm guard from Deerfield, Florida that just continues to want to play and still can produce at the highest level in Germany. He has belonged to the top players in Germany since a century having laced up his sneakers with Nurnberg, Alba Berlin, Bamberg and Oldenburg and helped bring a new basketball atmosphere to Jena this season. Curently he is averaging 15,9ppg, 1,9rpg and 3,2apg. "I am very happy about keeping him. Getting him like Immanuel Mcelroy before him was an unusual moment. He is a player that leads the team on and off the court and has entered the hearts of many fans. Identity is very important for us and he has proved that he can still play well and getting the extension with his contract now was an important step with hopefully more coming", stressed head coach Bjoern Harmsen. Even at age 36, one could say that consistency is his middle name as he has scored in double figures in 19 of 21 games. "I am very thankful that I can play another season for Science City Jena. I want to thank the coach and mangement for this chance and that they believe in my abilitiesI hope we finish the season well and can build on this season", stressed Julius Jenkins.

Source:Science City Jena





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GMS continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

GMS continue their winning streak and improved to a 5-0 record on top of Liga Metropolitana Apertura 2017. Hector Renato Chur Coronado is the top-scorer with 18.2 points per game. David Goddard (185-G-89) from Amatitlan follows him with 15.0 points per game.
USAC and Club Force share the second place with 3-0 records each. USAC beat Villa Nueva 60-45, while Club Force edged Bantrab 63-57.



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Szedeak
  (194-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Lilov, Szedeak21.1 
 2. Govens, Falco KC19.6 
 3. Bojic, Jaszberenyi19.1 
 4. Johnson, Sopron KC18.8 
 5. Pacher, Vasas18.8 
 6. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.3 
 7. Tiby, Atomeromu17.5 
 8. Sejfic, PVSK P.17.3 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.2 
 10. Ubilla, ZTE K.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.7 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari9.0 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.0 
 5. Gilbert, Atomeromu7.9 
 6. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.8 
 7. Sihota, MAFC7.8 
 8. Wright, Vasas7.6 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.4 
 10. Poscic, MAFC7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.3 
 2. Battle, Atomeromu8.0 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak7.6 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.2 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.3 
 6. Govens, Falco KC6.2 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.2 
 8. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 9. Saddler, Jaszbere.6.2 
 10. Nelson, PVSK P.6.1 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC3.1 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.8 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.2 
 4. Smith, MAFC2.1 
 5. Frazier, Kaposvari2.1 
 6. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 7. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.8 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Nelson, PVSK P.1.7 
 10. Boltic, Szedeak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Andric, Szolnok0.9 
 3. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.9 
 4. Keller, Alba0.9 
 5. Wright, Vasas0.9 
 6. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 7. Benke, ZTE K.0.8 
 8. Simms, Kaposvari0.8 
 9. Turner, Falco KC0.7 
 10. Farr, Alba0.7 



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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 


D1 Round 26: #1 Hottur are defeated by Valur - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in D1. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Hottur (20-3) in Reykjavik on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by third ranked Valur (17-5) 118-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hottur. The game without a history. Valur led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Hottur 49-23 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Valur looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Hottur's players. American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. American guard Aaron Moss (185, college: Cabrini, agency: Duran International) responded with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 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. Valur maintains third position with 17-5 record having four points less than leader Hottur. Hottur at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Valur are looking forward to face Vestri (#6) in the next round. Hottur will play against Breidablik (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Armann has finally registered their first victory this season after 23 consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Vestri (8-14) 80-77. Guard Magnus Hjalmarsson (184) notched 17 points to lead the effort and Thorsteinn Hjorleifsson supported him with 10 points. Even 27 points and 7 rebounds by Serbian swingman Nebojsa Knezevic (196-87) did not help to save the game for Vestri. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Armann maintains ninth position with 1-23 record. Newly promoted Vestri keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. Armann will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vestri will play at home against Valur (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 26 Hamar lost to Fjolnir on the opponent's court 91-104. Breidablik managed to outperform IA in a home game 82-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks by Marques Oliver of Fjolnir.

Fjolnir - Hamar 104-91

Rather expected game in Reykjavik where 5th ranked Hamar (10-13) was defeated by third ranked Fjolnir (18-5) 104-91. Hamar was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 52-38 second half run of Fjolnir. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American Marques Oliver (201-91, college: Delaware St.) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the effort and guard Robert Sigurdsson (187-94) supported him with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Fjolnir's coach Hjalti Vilhjalmsson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 31 points and 14 rebounds by American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) did not help to save the game for Hamar. Guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) added 25 points for the guests. Fjolnir moved-up to second place. Hamar at the other side keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Fjolnir will play against IA (#8) in Akranes in the next round where they are favorite. Hamar will play at home against FSU and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: M.Oliver 25+13reb+3ast, R.Sigurdsson 21+7reb+7ast, C.Pryor 19+4reb+1ast, G.Sveinbjornsson 19+6reb+2ast, E.Sigurdsson 12, E.Egilsson 8+9reb+5ast
Hamar: C.Woods 31+14reb, E.Stefansson 25+1reb+1ast, S.Hrafnsson 9+2reb+1ast, O.Sigurdarson 8+7reb+3ast, H.Petursson 7+4reb+3ast, R.Erlingsson 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 492103


Armann - Vestri 80-77

Armann has finally registered their first victory this season after 23 consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Vestri (8-14) 80-77. It looked good early as Vestri took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Armann had a 25-21 second period charge getting the lead and Vestri was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-80. Armann dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Vestri's 28. Guard Magnus Hjalmarsson (184) notched 17 points to lead the effort and Thorsteinn Hjorleifsson (-95) supported him with 10 points. Even 27 points and 7 rebounds by Serbian swingman Nebojsa Knezevic (196-87) did not help to save the game for Vestri. American forward Yima Chia-Kur (196-86, college: Arkansas St.) added 17 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Armann maintains ninth position with 1-23 record. Newly promoted Vestri keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. Armann will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vestri will play at home against Valur (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Armann: M.Hjalmarsson 17+2reb+2ast, T.Baldvinsson 11+1reb, G.Sigurthorsson 10+1reb+1ast, T.Hjorleifsson 10+3reb+3ast, G.Thorvaldsson 7+2reb+1ast, D.Fridriksson 7+4reb+2ast
Vestri: N.Knezevic 27+7reb, Y.Chia-Kur 17+8reb+1ast, H.Gudbjartsson 13+4reb+1ast, G.Gunnlaugsson 7+2reb, A.Olafsson 6+6reb, P.Ilievski 5+1reb
gschID: 492102


Breidablik - IA 82-74

Rather predictable result in Kopavogur where fourth ranked Breidablik (16-7) defeated 8th ranked IA (6-17) 82-74. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 16-13 IA's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-74 at the end of the game. Breidablik forced 21 IA turnovers. American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) notched 20 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and guard Ragnar Ragnarsson (188-97) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Breidablik's coach Larus Jonsson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 25 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals by American guard Derek Shouse (188-93, college: Mo.-St.Louis) did not help to save the game for IA. Swingman Bjorn Brynjolfsson (192-82) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Breidablik have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 16-7 record. IA at the other side keeps the eighth place with 17 games lost. Breidablik will play against league's leader Hottur in Egilsstadir in the next round and it may be the game of the week. IA will play at home against the league's second-placed Fjolnir (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Breidablik: T.Garland 20+4reb+6ast, R.Ragnarsson 17+6reb+2ast, B.Vidisson 14+4reb+1ast, K.Kjartansson 9+3reb+3ast, E.Vignisson 7+6reb+1ast, A.Gunnarsson 6+6reb+1ast
IA: D.Shouse 25+11reb+9ast, J.Kristjansson 11+10reb+2ast, B.Brynjolfsson 10+7reb+6ast, A.Jonsson 8+5reb+1ast, A.Jokulsson 8+3reb, S.Ingason 7
gschID: 492101


Valur - Hottur 118-84

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Hottur (20-3) in Reykjavik on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by third ranked Valur (17-5) 118-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hottur. The game without a history. Valur led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Hottur 49-23 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Valur looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Hottur's players. American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Five Valur players scored in double figures. American guard Aaron Moss (185, college: Cabrini, agency: Duran International) responded with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Ragnar Albertsson (190-93) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Valur maintains third position with 17-5 record having four points less than leader Hottur. Hottur at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Valur are looking forward to face Vestri (#6) in the next round. Hottur will play against Breidablik (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Valur: A.Bracey 22+5reb+8ast, U.King 22+15reb+3ast, O.Petursson 17+3reb+3ast, B.Petursson 14+5reb+2ast, I.Audunsson 12+10reb+6ast, S.Sturluson 10+3reb+5ast
Hottur: R.Albertsson 22+8reb+2ast, A.Moss 21+6reb+8ast, M.Virijevic 12+1reb+3ast, H.Birgisson 7+2ast, G.Hallsson 6+2reb, N.Karsson 6
gschID: 492100





Dominos League Round 21: Grindavik edge Tindastoll by three points - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 21 in the Dominos League took place in Sauoarkrokur. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best Tindastoll (15-6) to fourth ranked Grindavik (12-9) 101-98 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tindastoll. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 31-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Guard Dagur Jonsson (185-95, college: St.Francis, NY) chipped in 31 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Antonio Hester (198-90, college: Mobile, AL) who recorded 29 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Grindavik maintains fourth place with 12-9 record. Tindastoll at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Stjarnan. Grindavik are looking forward to face Skallagrimur (#11) in Borgarnes in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tindastoll will play on the road against Haukar (#10) in Hafnarfjordur and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Stjarnan (15-6) against tenth ranked Haukar (8-13) on Sunday night. Host Stjarnan was defeated by Haukar in a tough game in Stjarnan 78-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stjarnan. It was a good game for American guard Sherrod Wright (193-91, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Haukur Oskarsson contributed with 19 points for the winners. Swingman Tomas Tomasson (192-91, college: Newberry) answered with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for Stjarnan. Haukar maintains tenth place with 8-13 record. Stjarnan at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Tindastoll. Haukar will play against league's second-placed Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stjarnan will play on the road against the league's leader KR where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Leader KR delivered the seventeenth victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Snaefell (0-21) 87-67 in Stykkisholmur. Pavel Ermolinskij stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. The best for the losing side was Christian Covile with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KR have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-4 record. Loser Snaefell still closes the standings. KR will meet at home Stjarnan (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Snaefell will play against Thor AK (#8) in Akureyri and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Keflavik. Local Keflavik (11-10) outscored 8th ranked Thor AK (10-11) 97-77. Amin Stevens nailed 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Newly promoted Thor AK dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be IR (#7) in Reykjavik. Thor AK will play at home against Snaefell and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 21 IR was defeated by Njardvik in Njardvik 79-72. Skallagrimur was beaten by Thor Thorl at home 86-95.

Njardvik - IR 79-72

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked IR (10-11) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Njardvik (10-11) 79-72. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Njardvik made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American guard Myron Dempsey (203-91, college: Paul Quinn, agency: Mansfield and Associates) nailed 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and the former international Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) accounted for 26 points and 5 assists. American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Matthias Sigurdarson (180-94, college: Columbus St.) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for IR in the defeat. Njardvik moved-up to seventh place, which they share with IR and Thor AK. Njardvik's next round opponent will be higher ranked Thor Thorl (#5) in Thorlakshofn and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
IR: Q.Hankins-Cole 32+13reb+2ast, M.Sigurdarson 21+6reb+9ast, D.Thomas 10+10reb+3ast, S.Claessen 7+3reb, H.Hjalmarsson 2+2reb, S.Johannesson 0
Njardvik: L.Gunnarsson 26+3reb+5ast, M.Dempsey 22+9reb+5ast, J.Atkinson 9+2reb+1ast, J.Olafsson 8+7reb+3ast, S.Stefansson 4+3reb+2ast, B.Kristjansson 4+6reb+4ast
gschID: 491991


Keflavik - Thor AK 97-77

The game with biggest result difference took place in Keflavik. Local Keflavik (11-10) outscored 8th ranked Thor AK (10-11) 97-77. The game was mostly controlled by Keflavik. Thor AK was better in fourth quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keflavik players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) nailed 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and the former international guard Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-88) accounted for 26 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and international center Tryggvi Hlinason (215-97) added 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for Thor AK in the defeat. Four Thor AK players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Newly promoted Thor AK dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be IR (#7) in Reykjavik. Thor AK will play at home against Snaefell and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Thor AK: G.Beamon 18+5reb+1ast, T.Hlinason 15+12reb+2ast, D.Lewis 14+12reb+3ast, R.Fridriksson 10+4ast, S.Davidsson 9+2reb, I.Rafn Ingvarsson 8+3reb+5ast
Keflavik: A.Stevens 33+8reb+5ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 26+7reb+9ast, M.Traustason 15+3reb+2ast, A.Orrason 8+1reb+2ast, G.Jonsson 7+9reb+4ast, A.Ingvason 5+1ast
gschID: 491990


Skallagrimur - Thor Thorl 86-95

No shocking result in a game in Borgarnes where sixth ranked Thor Thorl (11-10) defeated 11th ranked Skallagrimur (7-14) 95-86. Skallagrimur was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 30-17 charge of Thor Thorl, which allowed them to win the game. They made 30-of-32 charity shots (93.8 percent) during the game, while Skallagrimur only scored nine points from the stripe. Thor Thorl players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Skallagrimur helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) nailed 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists (went 18 for 18 at the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and Emil Einarsson (196-94) accounted for 11 points and 10 rebounds. Carberry is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. American forward Flenard Whitfield (200-90, college: W.Michigan) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Sigtryggur Bjornsson (180-93) added 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Skallagrimur in the defeat. Skallagrimur's coach Finnur Jonsson rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Thor Thorl moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Keflavik. Skallagrimur lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Thor Thorl's next round opponent will be Njardvik (#9) in Njardvik. Skallagrimur will play on the road against Grindavik and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Skallagrimur: F.Whitfield 25+15reb+3ast, S.Bjornsson 22+10reb+6ast, M.Gunnarsson 12+1reb+3ast, D.Flake 8+4reb+1ast, D.Asgeirsson 7+1reb+3ast, K.Omarsson 6+2reb+1ast
Thor Thorl: T.Carberry 38+7reb+5ast, H.Hermannsson 14+2reb+6ast, E.Einarsson 11+10reb+2ast, G.Erlendsson 10+5reb+2ast, M.Baginski 10+2reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 491992


Tindastoll - Grindavik 98-101

The most exciting game of round 21 in the Dominos League took place in Sauoarkrokur. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best Tindastoll (15-6) to fourth ranked Grindavik (12-9) 101-98 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tindastoll. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 31-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Guard Dagur Jonsson (185-95, college: St.Francis, NY) chipped in 31 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Antonio Hester (198-90, college: Mobile, AL) who recorded 29 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Bjorgvin Rikhardsson (175-93) added 22 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Grindavik maintains fourth place with 12-9 record. Tindastoll at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Stjarnan. Grindavik are looking forward to face Skallagrimur (#11) in Borgarnes in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tindastoll will play on the road against Haukar (#10) in Hafnarfjordur and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: A.Hester 29+9reb+1ast, B.Rikhardsson 22+10reb+2ast, H.Viggosson 12+5reb+4ast, P.Birgisson 10+4reb+6ast, V.Agustsson 7, H.Margeirsson 6+1reb+1ast
Grindavik: O.Olafsson 33+8reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 31+2reb+3ast, L.Clinch 18+2reb+5ast, O.Saevarsson 8+4reb, T.Finnbogason 7+8reb, T.Olafsson 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 491993


Snaefell - KR 67-87

Leader KR delivered the seventeenth victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Snaefell (0-21) 87-67 in Stykkisholmur. The game without a history. KR 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 Snaefell's 32. KR forced 19 Snaefell turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Nigerian-American forward PJ Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St.,