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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 


ABA League round 25 best performance: Kendrick Perry - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Karpos Sokoli, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, four rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Zadar (#13, 8-17) 85-79. Karpos Sokoli is placed at 8th position in ABA League. Karpos Sokoli is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-15 record. In the team's last game Perry had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Kendrick Perry averages this season 11.0ppg and 4.5apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Ziga Dimec (211-C-93) of Krka. Dimec had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Krka lost that game 80-94 to the higher-ranked Partizan (#3, 19-6). Krka are still at the very bottom. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Krka managed to get this year. Dimec is well-known at Krka and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian forward Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) of Un.Olimpija (#9). Jankovic showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Jankovic's great performance Un.Olimpija lost 92-94 to the higher-ranked Cedevita (#2, 19-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Un.Olimpija ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jankovic could help Un.Olimpija to bring them higher in the standings. Jankovic has a great season in ABA League. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 7.2rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boris Savovic (208-F-87) of Buducnost - 14 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mislav Brzoja (198-G-94) of Zadar - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Boris Barac (205-F-92) of Zadar - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) of Mega Leks - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Cibona - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) of Un.Olimpija - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) of FMP - 16 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)



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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.5.2 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.6 
 8. Perez, Boca Jrs4.5 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 3. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 9. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.8 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.7 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 9. Meyinsse, 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 Union19.9 
 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. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 10. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.9 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.3 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.9.1 
 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. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Independ.1.8 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 10. Merlo, Ciclista1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 3. Okoye, Salta Basket1.4 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.3 
 6. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.0 
 7. Tabarez, Union SF1.0 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 9. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 10. Stroud, Parque Sur0.9 


Argentinian TNA round 28 best performance: Jerome Hill - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Jerome Hill (198-F-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Huracan, receiving a Latinbasket.com TNA Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Platense (#3, 14-14) 91-85. Huracan is placed at 3rd position in their group in Argentinian TNA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Huracan will need more victories to improve their 17-12 record. In the team's last game Hill had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Huracan's top player in his first season with the team. Jerome Hill averages this season 14.4ppg and 7.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Nigerian Ike Okoye (206-F/C-86, agency: Aspire Sports) of Salta Basket. Okoye had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Salta Basket lost that game 65-78 to slightly higher-ranked San Isidro (#2, 20-12). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in North. Salta Basket still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-15 record. Okoye is one of the most experienced players at Salta Basket and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Bruno Barovero (194-G/F-90) of league's top team Union SF. Barovero got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. Despite Barovero's great performance Union SF lost 95-96 to #4 ranked Salta Basket. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Union SF needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in North. Their record is 23 victories and 7 lost games. Barovero has a great season in Argentina. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.8ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martin Cequeira (180-PG-88) of Villa Angela - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Darnell Dodson (201-F-89) of Petr.Argentino - 23 points and 14 rebounds
6. Victor Hugo Cajal (179-PG-80) of Independiente BBC - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kevin Young (203-F-90) of Platense - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Emiliano Rossi (200-C-88) of Barrio Parque - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of Hindu - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nate Carter (200-F-83) of Villa Angela - 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)



Comunicaciones add Vieta to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Comunicaciones Mercedes (TNA) added to their roster 25-year old guard Franco Vieta (190-92). He started the season at Libertad Sunchales in the LigaA. Vieta has played there for the last six years. In 24 games he recorded 4.6ppg and 1.4rpg this season. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Vieta's team was regular season runner-up in Argentinian LigaA in 2012.
He represented Argentina at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) seven years ago.
Vieta has played previously for Union de Sunchales.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LigaA Round 37: Ferrocarril edge Boca Juniors by one point - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

Tenth-ranked Boca Juniors (11-28) made lots of trouble for second ranked Ferrocarril (24-13) in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. Ferrocarril managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Boca Juniors won third quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Martin Cuello (193-93) fired 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 17 points. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Ferrocarril maintains second place with 24-13 record having just three points less than leader San Lorenzo. Boca Juniors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 28 games lost. Ferrocarril are looking forward to face Argentino (#5) in Junin in the next round. Boca Juniors will play at home against La Union (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Santiado Estero. Fifth ranked Quimsa (21-16) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging 7th ranked Libertad Sunchales (18-19) 83-82 in the game for the fifth place. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Aaron Harper contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Quimsa's coach Nestor Garcia allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96) answered with 26 points for Libertad Sunchales. Quimsa maintains fifth place with 21-16 record which they share with defeated Libertad Sunchales. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 19 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Quimsa will play against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (24-13) against sixth ranked Argentino (18-19) on Friday night. Visiting Ferrocarril was crushed by Argentino in Junin 68-43. Novar Gadson stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners. At the losing side Jose-Ignacio Alessio responded with 11 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. Argentino moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Ferrocarril keeps the second position with 13 games lost. Argentino will again meet league's second-placed Ferrocarril in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ferrocarril will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Corrientes. Fourth ranked Regatas Corrientes faced 4th placed GECR Indalo. Host Regatas Corrientes (22-13) defeated guests from Comodoro R. (19-21) 88-76. Donald Sims nailed 22 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Regatas Corrientes maintains fourth place with 22-13 record which they share with defeated GECR Indalo. GECR Indalo lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 21 games lost. Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be Penarol (#8) in Mar del Plata. GECR Indalo will play at home against La Union (#8) and hope to win that game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Corrientes. First ranked San Martin Corrientes faced 4th placed GECR Indalo. Host San Martin Corrientes (27-10) defeated guests from Comodoro R. (19-21) 81-67. Reynaldo Garcia fired 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. San Martin Corrientes' coach Sebastian Gonzalez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 27-10 record. GECR Indalo lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 21 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face Quimsa (#5) in Santiado Estero in the next round. GECR Indalo will play at home against La Union and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 37 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Olimpico LB was defeated by Quilmes MP in Mar del Plata 84-80. Estudiantes C. beat Atenas at home 77-71. Hispano Am. lost to Argentino on the opponent's court 70-87. La Union managed to outperform Quimsa in a home game 89-77. Olimpico LB managed to beat Penarol on the road 88-84. Echague was defeated by Atenas on its own court 74-78. Regatas C. beat Obras Basket in Corrientes 79-74. Quilmes MP won against Penarol at home 78-61. GECR Indalo unfortunately lost to La Union on the opponent's court 73-85.
The best stats of 37th round was 15 points and 4 assists by Federico Van-Lacke of Olimpico LB.

Ferrocarril - Boca Jrs 71-70

Tenth-ranked Boca Juniors (11-28) made lots of trouble for second ranked Ferrocarril (24-13) in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. Ferrocarril managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Boca Juniors won third quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Martin Cuello (193-93) fired 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 17 points. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Lucas Perez (185-87) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Ferrocarril maintains second place with 24-13 record having just three points less than leader San Lorenzo. Boca Juniors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 28 games lost. Ferrocarril are looking forward to face Argentino (#5) in Junin in the next round. Boca Juniors will play at home against La Union (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: M.Cuello 20+8reb+4ast, R.Clemente 17+3reb+1ast, A.Feeley 10+1reb+2ast, A.Lucas 8+5reb, F.Balbi 5+1reb+11ast, A.Calvo 5+2reb
Boca Jrs: L.Perez 17+4reb+1ast, F.Lampropoulos 17+13reb+3ast, L.Gargallo 13+2reb+5ast, E.Vassirani 12+5reb+1ast, F.Funes 6+3reb+4ast, G.Forbes 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 523588


Quilmes MP - Olimpico LB 84-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Mar del Plata where 6th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (21-19) was defeated by seventh ranked Quilmes MP (18-19) 84-80 on Tuesday. Olimpico de La Banda trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 35-18 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 80-84 at the end of the game. Quilmes MP forced 22 Olimpico de La Banda turnovers. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) fired 26 points for the winners. American Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) chipped in 16 points. The former international Federico Van-Lacke (191-80) produced 15 points and 4 assists and Mauro Cosolito (195-88) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Quilmes MP and five Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. Quilmes MP have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Olimpico de La Banda keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost. Quilmes MP will face again Olimpico de La Banda (#6) at home in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play against Weber Bahia in Bahia Blanca and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 26+1reb, T.Robinson 16+3reb+1ast, E.Flor 14+5reb+1ast, E.Ruiz 10+5reb+1ast, I.Basualdo 8+6reb+3ast, B.Sansimoni 7+1reb+2ast
Olimpico LB: F.Van Lacke 15+4reb+4ast, K.Lamonte 14+3reb+2ast, M.Cosolito 13+6reb+3ast, A.Boccia 13+2reb+2ast, J.Williams 12+4reb+1ast, M.Stanic 8+3reb
gschID: 539123


Estudiantes C. - Atenas 77-71

No shocking result in a game in Concordia where second ranked Estudiantes C. (27-13) defeated 9th ranked Atenas (13-23) 77-71 on Tuesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Estudiantes C. outrebounded Atenas 43-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. Atenas was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Ivorian-French Herve Toure (205-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Lisandro Rasio (198-90, agency: Pro Sports) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Estudiantes C. maintains second place with 27-13 record having just three point less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Atenas keeps the ninth position with 23 games lost. Estudiantes C. will face Instituto (#3) in Cordoba in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Atenas will play on the road against Quimsa (#5) in Santiado Estero and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 23+6reb+3ast, H.Toure 13+10reb+2ast, J.Justiz 11+9reb, S.Orresta 9+2reb+3ast, F.Giorgi 7+7reb+2ast, J.Slider 7+2reb+1ast
Atenas: P.Mickeal 17+6reb+3ast, L.Rasio 15+5reb+3ast, G.Mikulas 8+6reb+1ast, B.Labaque 6+5reb+1ast, D.Lo Grippo 6, M.El-Amin 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 539122


Regatas C. - GECR Indalo 88-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Corrientes. Fourth ranked Regatas Corrientes faced 4th placed GECR Indalo. Host Regatas Corrientes (22-13) defeated guests from Comodoro R. (19-21) 88-76. Regatas Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to GECR Indalo's 32. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 22 points and 6 assists for the winning side and the former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists. The former international point guard Nicolas De-los-Santos (180-88) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists and Juan-Manuel Rivero (191-85) added 22 points respectively for GECR Indalo in the defeat. Four Regatas Corrientes and five GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes maintains fourth place with 22-13 record which they share with defeated GECR Indalo. GECR Indalo lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 21 games lost. Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be Penarol (#8) in Mar del Plata. GECR Indalo will play at home against La Union (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: D.Sims 22+1reb+6ast, P.Quinteros 14+3reb+4ast, C.Troutman 13+6reb, J.Saiz 11+2ast, F.Martina 8+5reb, S.Vidal 8+4reb+3ast
GECR Indalo: J.Manuel Rivero 22+2reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 14+5reb+12ast, M.Shaw 13+3reb+1ast, D.Romero 11+7reb+3ast, E.Vargas 10+9reb, J.Machuca 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 523591


Argentino - Hispano Am. 87-70

Rather expected game in Junin where 9th ranked Hispano Am. (12-28) was defeated by sixth ranked Argentino (18-19) 87-70 on Tuesday. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) fired 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Emiliano Basabe (193-92) chipped in 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Argentino players scored in double figures. American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Mariano Byro (194-82) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Argentino moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Hispano Am. keeps the ninth position with 28 games lost. Argentino will face league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hispano Am. will play on the road against the league's leader San Lorenzo (#1) in Almagra and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Argentino: N.Gadson 25+5reb+2ast, E.Basabe 15+4reb+1ast, M.Bolivar 13+3reb+4ast, C.Crawford 10+6reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 9+2reb+4ast, J.Cangelosi 8+6reb
Hispano Am.: M.Byro 18+2ast, R.Freeman 15+8reb+1ast, M.Bernardini 10+2ast, M.Fierro 8+4reb, J.Treise 8+5reb+2ast, K.Austin 4+10reb+2ast
gschID: 523589


La Union - Quimsa 89-77

There was a small surprise in Formosa where eighth ranked La Union (18-19) beat 5th ranked Quimsa (21-16) 89-77 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 29-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Eduardo Gamboa (188-84) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Elsener is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) produced 25 points and the other American import Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) added 17 points respectively for lost side. La Union moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Quimsa keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. La Union will face higher ranked GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quimsa will play at home against Atenas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
La Union: A.Elsener 23+6reb+2ast, T.Francis 18+4reb, E.Gamboa 16+5reb+2ast, D.Garcia 8+3reb+2ast, F.Pinero 7+2reb+3ast, P.Orlietti 6+4reb
Quimsa: C.Elliott 25+2reb, A.Harper 17+2reb+3ast, N.Romano 11+3reb+2ast, P.Hopson 8+4reb+4ast, L.Gonzalez 8+4reb, R.Battle 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 523587


Penarol - Olimpico LB 84-88

Not a big story in a game in Mar del Plata where 8th ranked Penarol (15-25) was defeated by sixth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (21-19) 88-84 on Sunday. Olimpico de La Banda made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game, while Penarol only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Olimpico de La Banda looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Penarol was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) fired 18 points for the winners. The former international Federico Van-Lacke (191-80) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) produced 19 points and the other American import guard Rob Reed (185-90, college: Concord) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Five Olimpico de La Banda and four Penarol players scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Marcelo Richotti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olimpico de La Banda have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 21-19 record. Loser Penarol keeps the eighth position with 25 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face higher ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play on the road against Regatas Corrientes (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: A.Boccia 18+4reb+3ast, F.Van Lacke 14+4reb+5ast, D.Guaita 11+2reb, M.Stanic 11+2reb+7ast, K.Lamonte 11+2reb+4ast, J.Williams 10+9reb+1ast
Penarol: S.Pettigrew 19+2reb+1ast, R.Reed 16+2reb+3ast, F.Giorgetti 14+4reb+1ast, J.Manuel Torres 12+4reb+1ast, R.Acuna 9+4reb, J.Figueroa 8+4reb+6ast
gschID: 523585


San Martin C. - GECR Indalo 81-67

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Corrientes. First ranked San Martin Corrientes faced 4th placed GECR Indalo. Host San Martin Corrientes (27-10) defeated guests from Comodoro R. (19-21) 81-67. Cuban guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones) fired 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international Federico Aguerre (203-88) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. San Martin Corrientes' coach Sebastian Gonzalez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Shaquille Thomas (201-92, college: Cincinnati) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 27-10 record. GECR Indalo lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 21 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face Quimsa (#5) in Santiado Estero in the next round. GECR Indalo will play at home against La Union and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: D.Tintorelli 12+5reb, M.Lescano 11+2reb, J.Pablo Cantero 10+4ast, F.Aguerre 10+5reb+3ast, L.Faggiano 10+1reb+5ast, R.Garcia 10+5reb+4ast
GECR Indalo: S.Thomas 17+6reb+1ast, C.Schattmann 16+1reb+4ast, M.Shaw 11+2reb+1ast, E.Vargas 8+10reb, D.Romero 7+3reb, N.De los Santos 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 523583


Echague - Atenas 74-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Atenas' (13-23) road victory over 10th ranked Echague (6-32) 78-74 on Sunday. Echague was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) fired 22 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international point guard Bruno Labaque (178-77, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 4 steals. Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 28 points and 6 assists and American forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Atenas maintains ninth place with 13-23 record. Echague lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 32 games lost. Atenas will face higher ranked Quimsa (#5) in Santiado Estero in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Echague will play at home against Instituto (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Atenas: P.Mickeal 22+4reb, B.Labaque 14+2ast, G.Mikulas 11+4reb+1ast, R.Johnson 8+5reb, D.Gerbaudo 8+3reb+3ast, D.Lo Grippo 7+3reb+4ast
Echague: G.Solano 28+3reb+6ast, E.Stucky 9+4reb, C.Buemo 9+1reb+1ast, D.Caracter 9+7reb, J.Millsap 8+11reb, J.Baeza 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 523584


Obras Basket - Regatas C. 74-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Obras Basket's (18-21) home loss to fourth ranked Regatas Corrientes (22-13) 74-79 on Saturday. The former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) fired 33 points (!!!) and 6 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Walter Herrmann (206-79) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Obras Basket players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes maintains fourth place with 22-13 record. Loser Obras Basket dropped to the seventh position with 21 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Penarol (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Obras Basket will play at home against Argentino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 33+3reb+6ast, D.Sims 15+5reb+1ast, F.Martina 8+8reb, F.Ramirez 8+2reb+1ast, J.Saiz 6+3reb, S.Vidal 4+2reb+3ast
Obras Basket: W.Herrmann 19+8reb, T.Zanzottera 17+5reb+4ast, D.Horner 15+8reb+4ast, P.Barral 11+3reb+7ast, M.Leiva 5+4reb, M.Bortolin 4
gschID: 523586


Quilmes MP - Penarol 78-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Quilmes MP's (18-19) home victory over 8th ranked Penarol (15-25) 78-61 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Quilmes MP. Penarol was better in second period 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Guard Eric Flor (186-93) fired 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Rob Reed (185-90, college: Concord) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Penarol's coach Marcelo Richotti rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Quilmes MP have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Penarol keeps the eighth position with 25 games lost. Quilmes MP will face Olimpico de La Banda (#6) at home in the next round. Penarol will play against Regatas Corrientes and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 23+5reb+1ast, L.Vildoza 13+5reb+5ast, A.Eslava 11+7reb, T.Robinson 10+4reb+1ast, I.Basualdo 10+6reb, B.Sansimoni 6+2ast
Penarol: S.Pettigrew 15+8reb+1ast, F.Giorgetti 14+2reb+1ast, R.Reed 12+6reb+1ast, J.Figueroa 5+2reb+2ast, J.Manuel Torres 4, A.Diez 4+9reb
gschID: 523579


Argentino - Ferrocarril 68-43

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (24-13) against sixth ranked Argentino (18-19) on Friday night. Visiting Ferrocarril was crushed by Argentino in Junin 68-43. The game was mostly controlled by Argentino. Ferrocarril managed to win second period 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ferrocarril 44-26 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) chipped in 6 points and 14 rebounds. At the losing side center Jose-Ignacio Alessio (203-87) responded with 11 points and Martin Cuello (193-93) scored 3 points and 10 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. Argentino moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Ferrocarril keeps the second position with 13 games lost. Argentino will again meet league's second-placed Ferrocarril in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ferrocarril will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Argentino: N.Gadson 18+4reb+3ast, F.Zarate 13+4reb+1ast, J.Cangelosi 10+3reb+2ast, E.Basabe 9+5reb+3ast, L.Cequeira 7+3reb, C.Crawford 6+14reb
Ferrocarril: J.Ignacio Alessio 11+2reb+2ast, K.Hernandez 8+1reb+2ast, P.Ivan Gramajo 6+2reb, R.Clemente 5+2reb, A.Lucas 4+1reb, F.Balbi 4
gschID: 523578


Quimsa - Libertad S. 83-82

Important game to mention about took place in Santiado Estero. Fifth ranked Quimsa (21-16) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging 7th ranked Libertad Sunchales (18-19) 83-82 in the game for the fifth place. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Quimsa's coach Nestor Garcia allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96) answered with 26 points and the former international power forward Alejandro Alloatti (203-84) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Libertad Sunchales. Quimsa maintains fifth place with 21-16 record which they share with defeated Libertad Sunchales. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 19 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Quimsa will play against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: C.Elliott 23+4reb+4ast, A.Harper 17+6reb+1ast, J.Cowan 16+8reb, R.Battle 8+8reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 7+2reb+2ast, P.Hopson 7+9reb+7ast
Libertad S.: J.Vildoza 26+3reb+2ast, A.Alloatti 10+7reb+2ast, J.Brussino 10+3reb+3ast, M.Saglietti 9+1reb, J.Massey 8+7reb+1ast, P.Barrios 6+1reb
gschID: 523581


La Union - GECR Indalo 85-73

There was an upset in Formosa where 4th placed GECR Indalo (19-21) was defeated by eighth ranked La Union (18-19) 85-73 on Friday. American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) fired 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Elsener is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and point guard Jonatan Machuca (182-89) added 8 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. La Union moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. GECR Indalo lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 21 games lost. La Union will face again higher ranked GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
La Union: T.Francis 26+7reb+2ast, A.Elsener 16+8reb+2ast, E.Gamboa 11+1reb+3ast, D.Garcia 8+1ast, P.Orlietti 6+5reb+1ast, J.Sandrini 6+1reb+2ast
GECR Indalo: E.Vargas 23+12reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 9+3reb+1ast, C.Schattmann 9+1reb+3ast, E.Simondi 8+3reb+1ast, J.Machuca 8+2reb+8ast, S.Thomas 7+4reb
gschID: 523580





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.7 
 2. Vay, Arkadia18.6 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna18.4 
 4. Miletic, Vienna18.3 
 5. Lamesic, Wels18.1 
 6. McNealy, Oberwart17.4 
 7. Murati, Gmunden16.5 
 8. Rados, Klostern.16.2 
 9. Stazic, Vienna16.1 
 10. Jackson, Oberwart15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.7 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.5 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.2 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.8 
 6. Ferguson, Vienna7.5 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.3 
 8. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.1 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.1 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.2 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart5.5 
 4. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.3 
 5. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 6. Stazic, Vienna4.6 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.5 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.3 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna1.8 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.7 
 4. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.7 
 5. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 6. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 7. Trmal, Arkadia1.5 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 9. Koch, Vienna1.4 
 10. Detrick, Arkadia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.6 
 2. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 3. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 4. Chan, Wels1.2 
 5. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Koch, Vienna0.8 


Davor Lamesic claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Former international Power forward Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Wels and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 33-year old power forward had a double-double of 34 points and twelve rebounds, while his team lost the game against Vienna (#6, 12-13) 70-77. Wels maintains the 3rd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Wels will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 13-10 record. Lamesic has many years of experience at Wels, through which he has constantly improved. Lamesic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.1ppg), rebounds (5th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 52.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Montenegrin center Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) of Arkadia. Draskovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Arkadia to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 6-18) 108-51. This victory allowed Arkadia to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Draskovic is well-known by Arkadia fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Arkadia's star - former international guard Benedikt Danek (176-PG-86). Danek scored 13 points and passed sixteen assists (!!!). He was another key player of Arkadia, helping his team with a 108-51 easy win against the lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 6-18). Arkadia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Danek has a great season in Austria. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.2apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andell Cumberbatch (196-G-93) of Oberwart - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80) of Arkadia - 19 points and 2 rebounds
6. Enis Murati (194-F-88) of Gmunden - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Anthony Clemmons (186-PG-94) of Vienna - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Chris McNealy (194-G-92) of Oberwart - 20 points and 4 rebounds
9. Jamari Traylor (203-F-92) of Oberwart - 14 points and 9 rebounds
10. Carl Baptiste (208-F/C-90) of Kapfenberg - 18 points and 4 rebounds

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



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Premier League Round 5 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Premier League round 5 most important game was a victory of Al Muharraq over second-ranked Al Ahli 93-78 on Tuesday night. It was a key game for the second position in League. The game was mostly controlled by Al Muharraq. Al Ahli managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Al Muharraq (4-1) moved-up to second place in League. Al Ahli at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Al Manama (5-0) which hosted in Manama 4th placed Nuwaidrat (1-4). Leader Al Manama had an easy win 96-64. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 5-0 record. Nuwaidrat at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Al Najma is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to fifth ranked Al Hala (2-3) 94-73 on Wednesday evening. Al Hala moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Al Najma still closes the standings with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Issa Town is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to ninth ranked Al Ittihad (2-1) 71-62. Newly promoted Al Ittihad maintains ninth place in League with 2-1 record. Issa Town at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with two games lost. Al Ittihad will have a break next round. Issa Town will play on the road against Samaheej (#11) in Manama and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Leader Al Bahrain blasted bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-3) in Manama 122-74 on Monday evening keeping the perfect record after 5 rounds. Samaheej is still unable to win any game. Al Bahrain maintains eighth place in League with 2-0 record. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings with three games lost. Al Bahrain will face higher ranked Sitra (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Samaheej will play against Issa Town (#10) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Places 1-6
Al Manama - Nuwaidrat 96-64

An interesting game for Al Manama (5-0) which hosted in Manama 4th placed Nuwaidrat (1-4). Leader Al Manama had an easy win 96-64. The game without a history. Al Manama led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 5-0 record. Nuwaidrat at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 535063


Al Najma - Al Hala 73-94

Bottom-ranked Al Najma is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to fifth ranked Al Hala (2-3) 94-73 on Wednesday evening. Al Hala moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Al Najma still closes the standings with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 535062


Al Ahli - Al Muharraq 78-93

Premier League round 5 most important game was a victory of Al Muharraq over second-ranked Al Ahli 93-78 on Tuesday night. It was a key game for the second position in League. The game was mostly controlled by Al Muharraq. Al Ahli managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Al Muharraq (4-1) moved-up to second place in League. Al Ahli at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 535061


Places 7-11
Al Ittihad - Issa Town 71-62

Bottom-ranked Issa Town is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to ninth ranked Al Ittihad (2-1) 71-62. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 24-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Newly promoted Al Ittihad maintains ninth place in League with 2-1 record. Issa Town at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with two games lost. Al Ittihad will have a break next round. Issa Town will play on the road against Samaheej (#11) in Manama and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 539321


Samaheej - Al Bahrain 74-122

Leader Al Bahrain blasted bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-3) in Manama 122-74 on Monday evening keeping the perfect record after 5 rounds. Samaheej is still unable to win any game. The game without a history. Al Bahrain led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Al Bahrain maintains eighth place in League with 2-0 record. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings with three games lost. Al Bahrain will face higher ranked Sitra (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Samaheej will play against Issa Town (#10) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 539320





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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Round 1 of Quarter-Finals. Peja and Feni Industries register victories - by Eurobasket News

Peja - Kozuv 83-66

Peja fired past Kozuv in the opener. The game without a history. Peja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 24 Kozuv turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Cameron Rundles (188-88, college: Wofford) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Slovenian point guard Robert Abramovic (185-88) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Peja players scored in double figures. American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) answered with 27 points and 5 assists and Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kozuv.
Top scorers:
Peja: R.Abramovic 20+3reb+3ast, C.Rundles 19+6reb+7ast, A.Veseli 17+4reb+3ast, N.Dahlman 12+4reb+3ast, M.Ahmetbasic 7+1reb+2ast, S.Miljanic 5+4reb
Kozuv: K.McNeaill 27+4reb+5ast, M.Mijovic 12+8reb+1ast, L.Hall 11+3reb+3ast, B.Krstevski 9+6reb, K.Anikenko 5, A.Shterjov 2+4reb
gschID: 538145


Feni Industries - Teodo Tivat 100-97

Feni Industries nipped Teodo Tivat for a narrow lead after the opening leg of the quarterfinal series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Teodo Tivat won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Feni Industries shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 51.4 percentage. Croatian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81) fired 39 points (!!!) and 5 assists for the winners. Serbian power forward Branislav Djekic (209-91) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (183-86, college: E.Washington, agency: Mansfield and Associates) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 assists and Milos Popovic (197-98) added 25 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Teodo Tivat players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Feni Industries: M.Ceskovic 39+1reb+5ast, B.Djekic 18+5reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 17+1reb+5ast, G.Sharabidze 8+7reb, K.Nikolovski 7+6reb+1ast, G.Markovski 6+3reb+2ast
Teodo Tivat: M.Popovic 25+8reb+1ast, M.Stanojevic 23+1reb+11ast, N.Vucurovic 12+1reb+3ast, R.Marojevic 12+5reb+1ast, S.Sajin 12+2reb+2ast, M.Djurisic 6+5reb+9ast
gschID: 538144





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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.
gschID: 539134


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.
gschID: 539132


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.
gschID: 539133


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.
gschID: 539131





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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Review of Return Leg of Round of 16 - by Eurobasket News

Monaco - AEK Athens 95-87

Monaco outgunned AEK Athens to reach quarterfinals. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-20 AEK Athens' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 95-87 at the end of the game. Monaco made 28-of-34 charity shots (82.4 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by AEK Athens helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American Jamal Shuler (191-86) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Monaco: J.Shuler 20+6reb+2ast, D.Bost 18+5reb+3ast, A.Sy 12+4reb+4ast, S.Gladyr 11+2reb, N.Caner-Medley 10+8reb+2ast, Z.Wright 9+1reb+6ast
AEK Athens: L.Mavrokefalidis 18+12reb+2ast, K.Vasiliadis 15+4reb+1ast, M.Dixon 14+2reb+3ast, D.Mavroeidis 10+3reb, C.Elonu 10+5reb, D.Sakota 9+5reb
gschID: 537252


Scandone AV - Umana VE 68-72

Umana Reyer upset Scandone Avellino to enter quarterfinals. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Scandone AV won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds. Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Umana Venezia's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Ukrainian center Kyrylo Fesenko (216-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) added 15 points in the effort for Scandone AV. Four Scandone AV players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: M.Haynes 16+5reb+3ast, T.McGee 10+1reb+2ast, M.Ejim 10+7reb, H.Peric 9+2reb+1ast, A.Filloy 8+3reb+3ast, T.Ress 6+2reb
Scandone AV: D.Logan 15+1reb+3ast, L.Randolph 14+3reb, A.Thomas 12+2reb, K.Fesenko 12+16reb, J.Ragland 9+2reb+6ast, A.Zerini 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 537258


Iberostar Tener. - PAOK 80-54

Iberostar Tenerife eased past PAOK and into the next round of playoffs. The game without a history. CB Canarias led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding PAOK to just 6 points in second quarter. CB Canarias made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. PAOK was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Lithuanian forward Marius Grigonis (198-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 assists. American forward Tim Abromaitis (203-89, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and Latvian swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for PAOK. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Iberostar Tener.: M.Grigonis 20+3reb+5ast, R.San Miguel 13+1reb+2ast, G.Bogris 10+6reb+1ast, D.White 9+1reb+3ast, T.Abromaitis 8+8reb+1ast, A.Doornekamp 7+3reb
PAOK: Z.Peiners 14+5reb+2ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 11+14reb+3ast, A.Glyniadakis 9+4reb, K.Clanton 8+7reb, A.Tsochlas 5+2ast, A.Koniaris 3+4reb
gschID: 537253


Neptunas - Ludwigsburg 58-52

Ludwigsburg ensured the quarterfinal birth despite losing in Klaipeda. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 35-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by EnBW Ludwigsburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Mindaugas Kacinas (201-93, college: S.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tekele Cotton (189-93, college: Wichita St.) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) added 6 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Kacinas 12+7reb, A.Butkevicius 9+4reb+3ast, J.Grant 8+10reb+1ast, C.Lofton 8+7reb, M.Mazeika 8+5reb+1ast, A.Siksnius 5+4reb+1ast
Ludwigsburg: T.Cotton 12+7reb+3ast, J.Thiemann 8+3reb, C.Hammonds 7+5reb, C.Toppert 6, J.Cooley 6+11reb+1ast, D.Crawford 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 537255


Besiktas - Pinar Karsiyaka 83-90

Pinar Karsiyaka rolled past Besiktas to sweep the series. Besiktas were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 21-11 charge of Pinar Karsiyaka, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Besiktas were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and American-Tunisian Michael Roll (197-87, college: UCLA) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Besiktas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Green 22+5reb+6ast, M.Ponitka 18+6reb+2ast, D.Summers 15+6reb, J.Brown 12+6reb+7ast, J.Owens 12+10reb+3ast, B.Petway 8+4reb+1ast
Besiktas: D.Strawberry 16+4reb+3ast, V.Stimac 16+12reb+1ast, M.Roll 14+5reb+7ast, M.Thompson 13+3reb+4ast, K.Weems 10+2reb+1ast, E.Clark 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 537254


ASVEL - Aris 81-67

ASVEL dropped visiting Aris and punched their quarterfinal tickets. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-67. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 assists. Serbian-Montenegrin forward Nikola Dragovic (206-87, college: UCLA, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Five ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket players scored in double figures. American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) replied with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and guard Thodoris Zaras (197-88) added 19 points in the effort for Aris. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: W.Hodge 19+3reb+6ast, N.Dragovic 16+3reb, A.Uter 11+6reb+2ast, T.Meacham 10+3ast, D.Nelson 10+3reb+4ast, A.Noua 7+2reb+1ast
Aris: T.Zaras 19+1reb, W.Cummings 14+5reb+4ast, V.Jankovic 11+5reb+2ast, J.Jackson 7+5reb, M.Jenkins 6+1reb+1ast, V.Xanthopoulos 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 537257


Le Mans - Banco di Srd 66-68

Sassari snatched a narrow road loss over Le Mans to complete the sweep. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 21-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: BeoBasket) notched 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport) supported him with 14 points and 5 assists. Even 16 points by American point guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Le Mans. His fellow American import forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) added 12 points for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Banco di Srd: D.Savanovic 15+9reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 14+2reb+5ast, D.Lighty 10+4reb+4ast, G.Lawal 8+2reb, T.Lacey 6+5reb+3ast, D.Bell 5
Le Mans: G.Watson 16+1reb+1ast, R.Pearson 12+4reb+2ast, O.Hanlan 11+5reb+1ast, M.Yarou 8+4reb+1ast, W.Yeguete 5+1reb+1ast, L.Konate 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 537256


Banvit BK - EWE Baskets 70-61

Banvit defeated EWE Baskets and entered the quarterfinal stage. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-61. Banvit dominated on the defensive end, holding EWE Baskets to just 6 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to EWE Baskets' 22. They outrebounded EWE Baskets 43-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Guard Furkan Korkmaz (198-97) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points in the effort for EWE Baskets. EWE Baskets' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: J.Theodore 22+7reb+9ast, F.Korkmaz 20+5reb+3ast, G.Vidmar 16+10reb, D.Kulig 5+8reb, G.Orelik 3+2reb+1ast, T.Gecim 2+1reb
EWE Baskets: B.Qvale 13+7reb+1ast, P.Schwethelm 12+3reb, R.Paulding 11+1reb+1ast, V.Mihailovic 11+3reb+1ast, F.Massenat 7+2reb+5ast, C.Kramer 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 537251





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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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Coach Tom Poppe explains why historic club CEP Fleurus struggles to avoid relegation in regional division and hopes to win AWBB Cup Final - by Bert Larsimont

On behalf of eurobasket.com, I have recently tried to get in touch with Giovanni Mureddu and Tom Poppe to know why the men's team of the historic Belgian club CEP Fleurus is currently struggling to avoid relegation in regional division. CEP Fleurus played in FIBA Korac Cup in the 1980s and was a major club in Belgium's first national division in the 1970s and 80s. More recently, the team won the 2008 Division II title. Four years later, the CEPmen (already coached by Tom Poppe ) reached the 2012 Division II play-off semi-finals. Today, the team is ranked 12th in Top Division Men 2A and keeps fighting not to be relegated again. Despite already being in jeopardy in Top Division Men 2A, CEP Fleurus also defeated Top Division Men 1 team Royal IV Brussels 74-56 in the AWBB Cup semi-final a few weeks ago. The AWBB Cup is the cup competition organized by the Wallonia-Brussels Basketball Association. In the next stage, the CEPmen will play Top Division Men 2A team Belfius Mons Hainaut B in the AWBB Cup Final scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 12th, 2017 in Libramont, Belgium (next weekend!).

We have received no feedback from CEP President Giovanni Mureddu who wants time for himself (for private reasons). On the other hand, we have had the chance to get an interview with Tom Poppe. Tom Poppe, the current Head Coach of CEP Fleurus in Top Division Men 2A, is preparing the AWBB Cup Final and is currently putting much energy to save the team from relegation.

Tom Poppe has gained experience in coaching several excellent Belgian men's teams for a few seasons: BBC De Pinte (in 2004-05), BBC Zwevezele (from 2005 to 2010), Pitzemburg Mechelen (in 2010-11), Kangoeroes Willebroek (from 2012 to 2013), Condors Sint-Niklaas (in 2014-15), Royal IV Brussels (in 2015-16) and CEP Fleurus (in 2011-12, in 2014 and in 2016-17). He managed to bring his team BBC Zwevezele from Division IV to Division II and even won the Division II title with BBC Zwevezele in 2009-10. He also won the Top Division Men 2 title with Royal IV Brussels last season. To be mentioned: he was at the head of Kangoeroes Willebroek when the club reached Belgium's Pro League in 2012-13.

Here is what Coach Tom Poppe has to say:

Eurobasket.com - Bert Larsimont (EB): Can you tell us how the passion for basketball started and what are you first memories about the game?
Tom Poppe (TP): When I was a young boy (age 6), I often went with my dad (Coach Paul Poppe) to watch games... It was in the first national division with, among others, Ijsboerke Kortrijk, etc. He also competed in a quarter-final of the European Cup and was even named Coach of the Year in 1976 and 1978! As you can see, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. After my active career as a player, I wanted to coach during one year just to see how I could manage... And now I've been busy with it for 12 years!

EB: What is missing in the current CEP Fleurus men's team to enhance competitiveness in Top Division Men 2A?
TP: We have not enough core players (that's to say players who have played at this level or at a higher one). Today, we have only Moussa Ouattara (202-C/F-88), Alex Tuluka (193-G/F-89, college: Missouri Western) and Thomas Mertens (190-F-93)! Then we have good prospects like Max Mureddu (175-PG-95), Jeremy Steinier (G-95), Modou Pape Mbaye (201-F-94) and Nicolas Bertouille (192-PF-93). And then, there are even younger players like Guillaume Piret (F), Mathieu Bofaya (F), Luca Eeklaer, etc. Following the departures of Senna Hounhanou ("Secret Story", a TV reality show) and Ricardo Cardoso (injury), the team has not enough depth and experienced players must play too much and too long without resting. You cannot ask all other players (young and even younger) to cope with the pressure of the competition, they are and remain additional players!

EB: How do you see the end of the season? How did you feel after the sharp drop in the rankings during the second part of the season (from a personal point of view and among the team)?
TP: After we knew that the team lacked forces, I had already presumed that it would be very difficult... Mentally speaking, it is very difficult for the group, and the best is that we are not out of the race so far! Quite the contrary... We always lose because of a lack of rotations... We have forced a miracle all by ourselves in qualifying for the AWBB Cup Final. This is indeed a chance to end in a nice way!

EB: Do you have any remarks, complaints or encouragement to give to the CEP staff or to some of the players? If yes, which one (s)?
TP: I've absolutely no comment to give on the situation... That's the way it is and it's far from being fun but I had previously experienced two wonderful moments with a team and a President and staff who were 100% behind the club! Now it's different for various reasons. The President whom I consider as a friend is in a tight corner for private reasons and therefore can/wants to have more time for himself. That's his right to do so but it's nevertheless a pity that CEP Fleurus (the men's team) should end this way. Giovanni Mureddu and the staff have done very much in a successful way for the club and now it must be extremely hard for everyone to end this way.

EB: What slogan or speech will you give to boost your guys in the locker rooms before the last games of the season?
TP: Just like before each competition game as well as before the [next] AWBB Cup Final, I've kept saying that I cannot blame the players for anything as far as input is concerned and we still go again 100% for the win but with TOO few good players, you cannot compete to get good results...It would therefore be fantastic to win the AWBB Cup Final!

EB: We have recently learned that you will coach a Belgian Top Division Women's team (Upkot Sparta Laarne) in 2017-18. How do you see the end of the season with CEP Fleurus and what lessons have you learned this season that could help you in the future?
TP: It is undoubtedly my most difficult season. Every week you know that it is going to be like a David and Goliath type of game... I remember the first two experiences with CEP Fleurus (one when reaching the play-off semi-finals in Division II and another one with a beautiful AWBB Cup victory). But it is clear that this season leaves a bitter taste. CEP Fleurus has already been in a downward spiral for the last two years and it is a pity that it is not getting out of it!



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  BOSNIA  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.20.1 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak19.4 
 3. Jovanovic, Spars S.18.7 
 4. Kovacevic, Spars S.18.4 
 5. Negovanovic, Gradj.17.9 
 6. Vukovic, Mladost17.4 
 7. Hasandic, Sloboda .17.2 
 8. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.9 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.15.5 
 10. Pelkic, Leotar15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.10.3 
 2. Tomic, Kakanj10.1 
 3. Zimic, Kakanj8.3 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.5 
 5. Durmo, Spars S.7.5 
 6. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.4 
 7. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.3 
 8. Markovic, Gradj.7.1 
 9. Marojevic, Gradj.6.9 
 10. Karacic, Siroki P.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Josip NALETILIC
  Siroki P.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naletilic, Siroki P.7.5 
 2. Mocnik, Siroki P.7.1 
 3. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.3 
 4. Djurdjevic, Mlado.5.0 
 5. Kovacevic, Spars S.4.2 
 6. Zahiragic, Spars S.4.1 
 7. Svilar, Kakanj3.9 
 8. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 9. Luzajic, Leotar3.8 
 10. Vukovic, Mladost3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Bosnjak
  (202-F-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.8 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.5 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .2.0 
 4. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.9 
 5. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.9 
 6. Hagins, Bosna-Royal1.8 
 7. Bocka, Gradjanski1.6 
 8. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.5 
 9. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.5 
 10. Reljic, Spars S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Emir ZIMIC
  Kakanj
  (218-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zimic, Kakanj1.3 
 2. Demic, Zrinjski HT1.2 
 3. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 4. Bajramovic, Spars S.1.0 
 5. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 6. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 7. Karacic, Siroki P.0.9 
 8. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.0.8 
 9. Pelkic, Leotar0.7 
 10. Djugum, Siroki P.0.7 


Division I Round 17: Bosna-Royal edge Zrinjski HT by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 17 in the Division I took place in Sarajevo. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Zrinjski HT (10-6) to first ranked Bosna-Royal (13-3) 74-71 on Saturday evening. Bosna-Royal forced 20 Zrinjski HT turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-79, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Vladimir Djordjevic (201) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Zrinjski HT's coach Hrvoje Vlasic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bosna-Royal have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains first place with 13-3 record. Zrinjski HT at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Bosna-Royal are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Mladost (#10) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zrinjski HT will play at home against Gradjanski (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game in Bijeljina was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Siroki Primorka (6-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Gradjanski (6-10). Gradjanski managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71. Serbian swingman Danilo Negovanovic (194-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Dragomir Marojevic contributed with 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian point guard Jan Mocnik (178-87) answered with 17 points and 4 steals for Siroki Primorka. Gradjanski moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Leotar. Siroki Primorka lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Bosnjak. Gradjanski will play against higher ranked Zrinjski HT (#4) in Mostar in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Siroki Primorka will play at home against Leotar (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tenth-ranked Mladost (5-12) made lots of trouble for third ranked Spars Sarajevo (11-6) on Saturday. Spars Sarajevo managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Maksim Kovacevic stepped up and scored 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Spars Sarajevo's coach Marko Trbic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Arsenije Vuckovic responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Spars Sarajevo have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sloboda Tuzla. Mladost lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Spars Sarajevo will meet Kakanj (#5) on the road in the next round. Mladost will play against the league's leader Bosna-Royal (#1) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Trebinje, where 6th ranked Leotar (6-10) lost at home to ninth ranked Bosnjak (6-11) 70-81. Adi Sarajlic nailed 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Bosnjak moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Siroki Primorka. Leotar at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Bosnjak's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tuzla. Local Sloboda Tuzla (11-6) outscored 5th ranked Kakanj (9-8) 82-62 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Almir Hasandic who scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sloboda Tuzla. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Spars Sarajevo. Loser Kakanj keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will face Bosnjak (#9) in Hadzici in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kakanj will play at home against the league's second-placed Spars Sarajevo (#2) and hope to win that game.

Leotar - Bosnjak 70-81

We should mention about the upset which took place in Trebinje, where 6th ranked Leotar (6-10) lost at home to ninth ranked Bosnjak (6-11) 70-81. Point guard Adi Sarajlic (180-93) nailed 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 19 points and 5 steals. Five Bosnjak players scored in double figures. Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (204-83) came up with 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and Milan Luzajic added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for Leotar in the defeat. Bosnjak moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Siroki Primorka. Leotar at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Bosnjak's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bosnjak: M.Tuljkovic 19+2reb+2ast, A.Sarajlic 18+6reb+2ast, B.Lulic 14+3reb+2ast, R.Grosic 13+5reb, A.Dovadzija 11+4reb+5ast, S.Damjanovic 2+2reb+1ast
Leotar: B.Pelkic 22+9reb+2ast, M.Luzajic 17+4ast, D.Ninkovic 9+4reb+2ast, S.Mijovic 6+6reb+5ast, V.Aleksic 6+5reb+3ast, L.Radmilovic 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 520929


Bosna-Royal - Zrinjski HT 74-71

The most exciting game of round 17 in the Division I took place in Sarajevo. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Zrinjski HT (10-6) to first ranked Bosna-Royal (13-3) 74-71 on Saturday evening. Bosna-Royal forced 20 Zrinjski HT turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-79, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Vladimir Djordjevic (201) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-93) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zrinjski HT's coach Hrvoje Vlasic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bosna-Royal have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains first place with 13-3 record. Zrinjski HT at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Bosna-Royal are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Mladost (#10) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zrinjski HT will play at home against Gradjanski (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: S.Vasiljevic 18+5reb+6ast, V.Djordjevic 14+6reb+2ast, M.Sturanovic 13+4reb, S.Dragicevic 10+3reb, G.Ikonic 9+4reb+1ast, H.Delalic 7+3reb+1ast
Zrinjski HT: T.Brummitt 17+10reb, D.Knezevic 14+5reb+5ast, B.Djurasovic 14+8reb+2ast, V.Princ 10+4reb, M.Petric 5+2reb, I.Begic 5+1reb
gschID: 520930


Gradjanski - Siroki Primorka 76-71

The game in Bijeljina was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Siroki Primorka (6-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Gradjanski (6-10). Gradjanski managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71. Serbian swingman Danilo Negovanovic (194-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian point guard Jan Mocnik (178-87) answered with 17 points and 4 steals and Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-84) added 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Siroki Primorka. Four Siroki Primorka players scored in double figures. Gradjanski moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Leotar. Siroki Primorka lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Bosnjak. Gradjanski will play against higher ranked Zrinjski HT (#4) in Mostar in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Siroki Primorka will play at home against Leotar (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gradjanski: D.Negovanovic 26+7reb+6ast, D.Marojevic 12+15reb+1ast, N.Vukovic 12+3reb+1ast, M.Markovic 9+7reb+2ast, D.Milosevic 6+7reb, A.Vasilic 4+1reb+1ast
Siroki Primorka: J.Mocnik 17+3reb+3ast, D.Persic 15+4reb+1ast, M.Colak 11+4reb+3ast, I.Karacic 11+8reb+1ast, F.Kastropil 8+11reb+4ast, D.Dreznjak 6+4reb
gschID: 520932


Sloboda Tuzla - Kakanj 82-62

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tuzla. Local Sloboda Tuzla (11-6) outscored 5th ranked Kakanj (9-8) 82-62 on Saturday night. Strangely Kakanj outrebounded Sloboda Tuzla 36-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. Kakanj was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) who scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Enes Latifagic (200-92, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 13 points. Croatian swingman Zeljko Palavra (194-82) produced 16 points and swingman Dejan Sakotic (195-93) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sloboda Tuzla. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Spars Sarajevo. Loser Kakanj keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will face Bosnjak (#9) in Hadzici in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kakanj will play at home against the league's second-placed Spars Sarajevo (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: A.Hasandic 27+5reb+4ast, E.Latifagic 13+2reb, B.Djumic 12+1reb+1ast, E.Ahmedovic 6, D.Brown 6+5ast, M.Rikalo 6+1reb+1ast
Kakanj: Z.Palavra 16+4reb+2ast, D.Sakotic 13+5reb+1ast, T.Vranjes 8+1reb, E.Merdanovic 8+3reb+1ast, V.Svilar 5+3reb+3ast, E.Zimic 4+6reb
gschID: 520928


Spars Sarajevo - Mladost 76-74

Tenth-ranked Mladost (5-12) made lots of trouble for third ranked Spars Sarajevo (11-6) on Saturday. Spars Sarajevo managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (196-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency) stepped up and scored 17 points and 4 assists for the winners and center Refik Basic (213-95) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Spars Sarajevo players scored in double figures. Spars Sarajevo's coach Marko Trbic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Arsenije Vuckovic (204-98) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) scored 19 points. Spars Sarajevo have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sloboda Tuzla. Mladost lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Spars Sarajevo will meet Kakanj (#5) on the road in the next round. Mladost will play against the league's leader Bosna-Royal (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Spars Sarajevo: M.Kovacevic 17+4reb+4ast, R.Basic 16+8reb, Z.Jovanovic 11+1reb+2ast, F.Manjgafic 10+8reb+5ast, B.Babovic 9+3reb+1ast, I.Durmo 6+5reb
Mladost: A.Vuckovic 19+10reb+1ast, B.Stanojevic 19+3reb+1ast, F.Patkovic 16+4reb, O.Nisavic 9+7reb+1ast, L.Markovic 3+1reb, N.Djurdjevic 3+2reb+7ast
gschID: 520931





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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. Vieira, Flamengo18.6 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros18.2 
 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. de-Souza, L.Sor.8.1 
 3. Giovannoni, Brasilia8.0 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.9 
 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. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.5 
 4. Anthony, Macae5.5 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.3 
 6. Rodgers, Minas5.2 
 7. Dawkins, Vitoria5.2 
 8. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 9. Borges, Franca5.0 
 10. Freitas, Campo M.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.8 
 2. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 3. Rodgers, Minas1.8 
 4. Stallworth, Mogi1.7 
 5. Toledo, B.Cearense1.6 
 6. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 7. Taylor, Mogi1.6 
 8. Jackson, Vasco D.1.6 
 9. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.6 
 10. Curnell, 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
 Gabriel DE OLIVEIRA
  Blumenau
  (202-G-93)
  Avg: 21
 1. De Oliveira, Blumenau21.0 
 2. Maistro, Contagem21.0 
 3. Machado, Brusque19.0 
 4. Perez, Contagem18.0 
 5. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.16.5 
 6. Mendes, Joinville16.0 
 7. Silva, Brusque14.0 
 8. Moreira, Blumenau14.0 
 9. Filho, Botafogo.13.0 
 10. Smith, Botafogo.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wesley RUSSELL
  Botafogo.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 9
 1. Russell, Botafogo.9.0 
 2. Pereira, Joinville7.0 
 3. Maistro, Contagem7.0 
 4. Romualdo, Contagem6.0 
 5. Prado, Brusque6.0 
 6. Froehlich, Joinville6.0 
 7. Bispo, Botafogo.6.0 
 8. Silva, Blumenau6.0 
 9. da-Silva, Brusque5.0 
 10. Moreira, Blumenau5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luiz SEMMKE
  Blumenau
  (197-SF-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Semmke, Blumenau6.0 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville5.0 
 3. Silva, Brusque4.0 
 4. Prado, Brusque4.0 
 5. Romualdo, Contagem4.0 
 6. Smith, Botafogo.4.0 
 7. da-Silva, Brusque3.0 
 8. Moreira, Blumenau3.0 
 9. Alves, Contagem3.0 
 10. Russell, Botafogo.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matheus SILVA
  Joinville
  (199-F-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Silva, Joinville3.0 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau3.0 
 3. Semmke, Blumenau3.0 
 4. De Oliveira, Blumenau2.0 
 5. Maistro, Contagem2.0 
 6. Perez, Contagem2.0 
 7. Moreira, Blumenau2.0 
 8. Mendes, Joinville2.0 
 9. Russell, Botafogo.1.5 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Silva, Brusque2.0 
 2. Silva, Blumenau2.0 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.1.5 
 4. De Oliveira, Blumenau1.0 
 5. Thawan, Contagem1.0 
 6. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.0 
 7. Maistro, Contagem1.0 
 8. Machado, Santos/M.0.5 
 9. Perez, Botafogo.0.5 
 10. Barbosa, Santos/M.0.5 


Shamell Stallworth named Latinbasket Player of the Month: February 2017 - by Greg

Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) of Mogi (Brazil) was selected as the MVP of February by latinbasket.com. American guard, who also holds Brazilian passport, led his team to 5-1 record in the league while averaging 23.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 3.8apg. His best game was on Feb.14 agains Flamengo - 29 points (5x3), 3 rebounds, 3 assists.

Second best performer of February was Calvin Warner (201-F-80, college: Jacksonville) of Goes (Uruguay). American averaged double-double of 19.4ppg and 12.6rpg while shooting impressive 66.1% from the field and 92.0% from free-throw line.

Third best performer of the month was Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80) of Brasilia (Brazil). In 4 games he averaged 14.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 78.3%.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR February 2017
1. Shamell Stallworth of Mogi (BRA): 51, 6 games: 23.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 78.4%
2. Calvin Warner of Goes (URU): 45.6, 5 games: 19.4 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.8 bpg, 2FGP: 66.1%, FT: 92.0%
3. Guilherme Giovannoni of Brasilia (BRA): 43.7, 4 games: 14.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 78.3%
4. Jeremis Smith of Aguada (URU): 43.3, 6 games: 16.3 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 5.5 apg, 0.5 bpg, 2FGP: 60.0%, FT: 58.8%
5. Olivinha Rodriguez of Flamengo (BRA): 42.3, 5 games: 14.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2FGP: 72.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 94.4%
6. Dar Tucker of Estudiantes C. (ARG): 40.8, 9 games: 20.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 23.7%, FT: 81.5%
7. Larry Taylor of Mogi (BRA): 40, 6 games: 13.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 46.9%, FT: 60.0%
8. Kenny Dawkins of Vitoria (BRA): 39.8, 6 games: 16.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 89.7%
9. Anthony-Laveal Johnson of Weber Bahia (ARG): 39.5, 6 games: 15.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.5 bpg, 2FGP: 50.7%, FT: 62.1%
10. Justin Williams of Olimpico LB (ARG): 39.1, 8 games: 11.6 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 0.3 apg, 3.1 bpg, 2FGP: 61.3%, FT: 38.6%



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  CANADA  


The SAIT Trojans are ACAC Champions - by Igor Obradovic

The SAIT Trojans men's basketball team are the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) champions.
The Trojans dominated the final three quarters of Saturday's championship final in Medicine Hat, Alta., as they came away with an 85-65 victory over the Lethbridge College Kodiaks to earn the school's first ACAC banner in 16 years.
"Fantastic. Just fantastic. It's unbelievable," said Trojans head coach Marty Birky , left speechless by the victory.
SAIT's gold medal performance is the first for the men's program since the 1999/00 season.
"This is such a difficult league," Birky said after leaving the interview to join in on some team photos. "We started August 1, and we worked and worked and worked - both as a coaching staff and as a team. . . This is what we dreamed about all year. I'm so excited."
By making it to the Saturday's championship final, Birky's team had already punched their ticket to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship set for Charlottetown, PEI in mid-March.
Just qualifying wasn't enough for the Trojans. They wanted to put the rest of Canada on notice that they will be a team to be reckoned with come tournament time.
"We get a higher seed out of this win, and have all the momentum in the world on our side going into it," Birky added. "Three more games. Three more wins."
Without a doubt the biggest factor in the game was the one they call 'Almighty'.
John Smith Jr. (188-G) Jr. (2nd year, Lacey, Wash., Business Administration) scored an unbelievable 40 points in the win and was named the tournament's MVP.
"I really wanted to come out and be aggressive the whole game," said Smith, who averaged 32.3 points per game in the tournament. "We kind of had a bit of a different game plan, but I figured if I just stayed aggressive, we were going to be alright down the stretch."
In the game, it was Lethbridge who got out to an early lead before SAIT rallied back to tie it midway through the first quarter. The teams went back and forth before Lethbridge took a narrow 17-16 lead into the second.
From then on, SAIT seemed to be in the driver's seat. They outscored their opponents 69-48 in the final 30 minutes of action to secure the win. Any run by the Kodiaks was met by a three by Smith or a drive to the basket by Dathon Spencer (183-PG) (5th year, Santa Ana, Calif, Business Administration).
Spencer scored 15 points in the victory and added eight rebounds.
The final dagger seemed to come early in the fourth quarter when guard Justin Makasiar (178-PG) (5th year, Calgary, Business Administration) came off the bench and promptly hit a three from the corner to put SAIT up 14 with 8:24 left in the game.
After some lean years with the Trojans, Makasiar took time to take in the moment that was about to happen, hugging his teammates on the bench with just over a minute left.
"This might go down as the happiest moment of my life right now, I'm not going to lie," said Makasiar, who posed for seemingly hundreds of photos with his family after the game. "After five years, and how hard training camp was with the coaches pushing us to get to this moment, it's all been worth it. All the practices, all the hard work, it's been worth it."
Christopher Maughan (206-F) led the Kodiaks with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

ACAC Tournament Final: SAIT - Lethbridge 85-65
ACAC Tournament Semifinals:
SAIT - Red Deer 94-83
Lethbridge - Medicine Hath 78-66

Courtesy of SAIT Trojans



All-ACAC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-ACAC 1st Team 2017
Artavis Holiday
Holiday
Jackson Jacob
Jacob
Brett Jakubec
Jakubec
Kenny Johnson
Johnson
Cameron Vilcsak
Vilcsak

All-Tournament MVP: John Smith Jr. (6'2''-G) of SAIT
Player of the Year: Ian Tevis of Red Deer
Rookie of the Year: Terence Crisostomo of Keyano
North Coach of the Year: Reagan Wood of Concordia
South Coach of the Year: Marty Birky of SAIT

North Division 1st Team
: Artavis Holiday of Lakeland
G: Jackson Jacob (6'1''-G) of NAIT
: Brett Jakubec of Concordia
C: Kenny Johnson (6'3''-C) of Grande Prairie
PG: Cameron Vilcsak (PG) of UofA-Augustana

North Division 2nd Team
PF: Mitch Burnett (6'3''-PF-93) of King's Coll.
G: Sebastian Cava (6'2''-G) of NAIT
PG: Rami Ghanem (6'0''-PG-93) of Keyano
: Ryan McLaren of Concordia
: Jonatas Michel of Olds

South Division 1st Team
F: Guilherme Fuck (6'5''-F-89) of Medicine Hat
F: Chris Maughan (6'9''-F) of Lethbridge
G: Cory Richardson (186-G-93) of Perry Lakes H.
G: John Smith Jr. (6'2''-G) of SAIT
: Ian Tevis of Red Deer

South Division 2nd Team

G: Salissou Abdoulkader (6'4''-G) of Medicine Hat
F: Matt Matear (6'5''-F) of Red Deer
C: Pietro de Andrade (6'8''-C-90) of Medicine Hat
PG: Kyler Shula (5'10''-PG) of Ambrose
F: Shayne Stumpf (6'9''-F) of Red Deer



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



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



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



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  CHINA  


Maciej Lampe named Asian Player of the Month: February 2017 - by Greg

For the first time Maciej Lampe (211-C/F-85) has been chosen by asia-basket.com as the Asian MVP for February. Polish international big man had a great month as his team won 7 out of 9 games and advanced to playoffs. Lampe averaged impressive 26.6ppg, 14.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0bpg while shooting 2FGP: 62.1%. On Feb.5 he scored 40 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, dished out 8 assists in a win over Tianjin.

Second best performer of February was Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) of Xinjiang FT. The University of Indianapolis standout had another great month and finished it with the averages of double-double (21.2ppg, 10.4rpg, 4.0apg and 2FGP: 65.9%). His team won 8 out of 9 games.

Third best performer of the month was Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry) of Al Gharafa (Qatar). He led his team to perfect 5-0 record and averaged 27.6ppg, 10.4rpg, 4.4apg while shooting 2FGP: 65.7%.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR February 2017
1. Maciej Lampe of Shenzhen L. (CHN): 46.6, 9 games: 26.6 ppg, 14.4 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 bpg, 2FGP: 62.1%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 82.0%
2. Andray Blatche of Xinjiang FT (CHN): 53, 9 games: 21.2 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.2 bpg, 2FGP: 65.9%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 71.9%
3. Sammy Monroe of Al Gharafa (QAT): 52.5, 5 games: 27.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 4.4 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 65.7%, 3PT: 26.1%, FT: 77.8%
4. Marcus Bell of Al Rayyan (QAT): 49.8, 5 games: 18.8 ppg, 17.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 bpg, 2FGP: 66.1%, FT: 66.7%
5. Ndudi Ebi of Byblos (LEB): 48.7, 3 games: 28.7 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 bpg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 26.1%, FT: 80.0%
6. Courtney Fortson of Guangsha L. (CHN): 46.9, 9 games: 31.6 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 9.7 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 81.5%
7. Nick Fazekas of Toshiba BT (JPN): 46.3, 5 games: 27.0 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.1%
8. MarShon Brooks of Jiangsu D. (CHN): 45.5, 7 games: 37.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 5.3 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 77.4%
9. Darian Townes of Champville (LEB): 45.2, 3 games: 24.0 ppg, 13.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 3.7 bpg, 2FGP: 56.9%, FT: 82.4%
10. Ricardo Ratliffe of Samsung Th. (KOR): 44.8, 11 games: 23.9 ppg, 14.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 bpg, 2FGP: 62.4%, FT: 77.0%



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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb23.1 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.1 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.8 
 6. Hopson, Cedevita17.9 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.3 
 8. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.9 
 9. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.5 
 10. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan NOVACIC
  Jolly JBS
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.4 
 2. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.4 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.1 
 4. Halilovic, GKK S.6.9 
 5. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar6.6 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica5.7 
 9. Arapovic, Cedevita5.7 
 10. Bundovic, Cedevita5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Reynolds, Cibona8.5 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.9 
 4. Scott, Jolly JBS6.6 
 5. Filipovic, KK Split5.7 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.6 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok5.1 
 8. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 9. Vrbica, Gorica4.8 
 10. Raic, H.Analitica4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Babic, Zabok2.3 
 3. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.2 
 4. Sirko, KK Split2.1 
 5. Katic, Cedevita1.9 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 7. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.8 
 8. Brzoja, Zadar1.7 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.6 
 10. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.1.4 
 2. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. McDonald, Gorica0.7 
 7. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 
 8. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 9. Zrnic, Zabok0.7 
 10. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.7 


After a slow start, Cedevita pulls away from Gorica - by Zeljko Zule

Despite a slow start, Cedevita defetaed Gorica 92-70 in the postponed game of Croatian A1 League Round 17. After trailing 24-28 in the second quarter, Cedevita scored dozen straight points to go up 36-28 and took their double-digit lead of the game at 42-32. Miro Bilan (213-C-89) scored 15 points, Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) 14, Marko Tomas (201-G-85) 12 and Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99) 10. Cedevita's bench players outscored the opponent's reserves 40-8. Gorica was led by Ante Masic (200-F-85) with game-high 22 points, Trey McDonald (203-C-93, college: Ohio St.) scored 15 points, Ljubo Prgomet (194-G/F-84) 12 and Masan Vrbica (190-PG-94) 10.


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  CYPRUS  


La'Shard Anderson (ex Rotterdam) signs at Petrolina AEK Larnaca - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) landed 28-year old American guard La'Shard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise State). He started the season at Rotterdam Challengers in Dutch Eredivisie. In 18 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 5.3apg and 2.6spg this season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Anderson's team made it to the Austrian Bundesliga A Semifinals in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team award in 2016.
Anderson has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Anderson has played previously professionally in Belgium (Gent Hawks), Tunisia (Club Africain) and Austria (Kapfenberg Bulls).
He attended Boise State until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Bohacik, USK Praha18.4 
 3. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.2 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.17.2 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.7 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec16.2 
 7. Bakic, BK Kolin15.3 
 8. Pecka, Usti n.15.0 
 9. Painter, NH Ostrava14.9 
 10. Allen, CEZ Nymburk14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deshawn PAINTER
  MMCITE B.
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Painter, MMCITE B.11.2 
 2. Kerr, BK Kolin9.6 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.9.2 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 6. Mickelson, Svitavy7.1 
 7. Bohacik, USK Praha6.8 
 8. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 9. Smith, NH Ostrava6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Svitavy
  (194-SG-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Marko, Svitavy7.8 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.0 
 4. Simmons, Prostejov5.4 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.2 
 6. Kouril, BK Opava5.0 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Sotnar, Usti n.4.4 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.5 
 2. Sirina, BK Opava2.3 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 6. Canada, NH Ostrava2.0 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Burnett, BK Pardu.1.7 
 9. Bannister, Svitavy1.6 
 10. Allen, CEZ Nymburk1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.6 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Madsen, USK Praha1.5 
 4. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 5. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 6. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 7. Dyck, Prostejov1.0 
 8. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.0.8 
 10. Sevlie, NH Ostrava0.8 



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  DENMARK  

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.



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

25-year old forward Adjehi Baru (206-F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for SISU and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Stevnsgade (#8, 1-25) 79-73. SISU maintains the 6th position in Danish league. SISU 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 12-15 record. In the team's last game Baru had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be SISU's top player in his first season with the team. College of Charleston graduate has very impressive stats this year. Baru is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.4rpg) and averages solid 54.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jyles Smith (209-PF-92) of Horsholm 79ers. He is American forward in his first season at Horsholm. In the last game Smith recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Horsholm cruised to a 67-58 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Svendborg (#4, 13-13). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Horsholm consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 14-12 record is not bad at all. Smith is a newcomer at Horsholm and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Davie Champagnie (206-F/C-90, agency: SPORTlab Agency) of Stevnsgade (#8). Champagnie showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Champagnie's great performance Stevnsgade lost 73-79 to slightly higher-ranked SISU (#6, 12-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Stevnsgade can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-25 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Champagnie he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Champagnie has individually a great season in Denmark. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dan Trist (206-F-92) of Horsens IC - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Derrick Wilson (185-PG-92) of SISU - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of Bakken - 23 points and 3 rebounds
7. Phillip Nolan (210-C/F-93) of Naestved - 20 points and 5 rebounds
8. Tanner McGrew (203-F-93) of SISU - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Gabriel Lundberg (193-G-94) of Horsens IC - 21 points and 6 assists
10. Harding NaNa (203-F-81) of Svendborg - 16 points and 10 rebounds

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



Ligaen Round 28: Horsholm lose to Horsens IC in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between Top Four teams took place in Horsens. First ranked host Horsens IC (22-5) defeated 3rd ranked Horsholm (14-12) 96-78. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Horsholm. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Horsholm managed to win second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Horsens IC shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Horsholm's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) who added 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American Jyles Smith (209-92, college: Savannah St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-5 record. Horsholm at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Horsens IC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Horsholm will play at home against Stevnsgade and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Randers was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked SISU (12-15) played at the court of seventh ranked Randers (10-17). Randers defeated SISU 89-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SISU. The winners were led by the former international swingman Chris Nielsen (193-85) who scored that evening 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and Deuce Bello supported him with 19 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Randers' coach Morten Hansen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) did not help to save the game for SISU. Randers maintains seventh position with 10-17 record. SISU at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Stevnsgade was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Naestved (12-14) played at the court of 8th ranked Stevnsgade (1-25). Naestved did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-71 on Saturday. Earnest Ross fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Filip Rajovic produced 18 points and 7 assists for lost side. Stevnsgade's coach Ricky Kristensen rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Naestved moved-up to fifth place. Stevnsgade lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Naestved will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Stevnsgade will play against Svendborg (#4) and hope to win that game.
Second ranked Bakken (21-4) crushed at home 8th ranked Stevnsgade (1-25) by 37 points 118-81, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a very good performance for Keane Thomann who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bakken have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-4 record behind leader Horsens IC. Stevnsgade lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Bakken will have a break next round. Stevnsgade will play on the road against Svendborg (#4) and hope to win that game.

Bakken - Stevnsgade 118-81

Second ranked Bakken (21-4) crushed at home 8th ranked Stevnsgade (1-25) by 37 points 118-81, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Stevnsgade's 40. They outrebounded Stevnsgade 55-31 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bakken players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. It was a very good performance for American center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Filip Rajovic (190-97) replied with 29 points and Spanish guard Jonel Visaq (195-88) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Stevnsgade. Four Bakken and five Stevnsgade players scored in double figures. Bakken have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-4 record behind leader Horsens IC. Stevnsgade lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Bakken will have a break next round. Stevnsgade will play on the road against Svendborg (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 22+4reb+2ast, E.Palm 16+1reb+6ast, K.Thomann 16+16reb+1ast, D.Kristensen 14+2reb, A.Darboe 13+4reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 13+3reb
Stevnsgade: F.Rajovic 29+2reb+2ast, D.Champagnie 16+6reb, J.Sandager 12+6reb+1ast, J.Young 11+2reb+2ast, J.Visaq 11+7reb+7ast, R.Espersen 2+7reb+1ast
gschID: 489109


Horsens IC - Horsholm 96-78

The game between Top Four teams took place in Horsens. First ranked host Horsens IC (22-5) defeated 3rd ranked Horsholm (14-12) 96-78. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Horsholm. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Horsholm managed to win second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Horsens IC shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Horsholm's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) who added 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Five Horsens IC players scored in double figures. At the losing side American Jyles Smith (209-92, college: Savannah St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and American-Haitian Marvin Dominique (201-91, college: St.Peter's, agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-5 record. Horsholm at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Horsens IC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Horsholm will play at home against Stevnsgade and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: M.Mack 22+1reb+9ast, D.Trist 19+2reb+1ast, W.Artino 17+11reb+3ast, L.Alexander 13+5reb+2ast, G.Lundberg 12+5reb+4ast, O.Jorgensen 5+2ast
Horsholm: J.Smith 22+10reb, M.Dominique 18+11reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 13+1reb+2ast, A.Meilby 7+2reb+2ast, F.Nielsen 7+3reb+6ast, E.Hjorth 6+2reb
gschID: 489108


Randers - SISU 89-79

The game in Randers was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked SISU (12-15) played at the court of seventh ranked Randers (10-17). Randers defeated SISU 89-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SISU. SISU was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 48-36 second half run of Randers. They made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 SISU turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The winners were led by the former international swingman Chris Nielsen (193-85) who scored that evening 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and Nigerian-American guard Deuce Bello (193-92, college: E.Tenn.St.) supported him with 19 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Randers' coach Morten Hansen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) did not help to save the game for SISU. His fellow American import Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Five SISU players scored in double figures. Randers maintains seventh position with 10-17 record. SISU at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Randers: C.Nielsen 24+7reb+7ast, D.Bello 19+5reb+3ast, E.Kibi 16+6reb+1ast, B.Colas 8+5reb, C.Jorgensen 8+3reb+3ast, S.Carter 8+9reb+2ast
SISU: T.McGrew 22+13reb+3ast, K.Dranginis 17+7reb+4ast, D.Wilson 14+5reb+5ast, A.Touray 11+2reb+3ast, A.Baru 10+8reb, A.Hjorth 3+1reb
gschID: 489110


Stevnsgade - Naestved 71-89

The game in Stevnsgade was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Naestved (12-14) played at the court of 8th ranked Stevnsgade (1-25). Naestved did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Naestved. Stevnsgade managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naestved dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Stevnsgade's 40 and made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri) fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Austrian point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90) chipped in 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Naestved players scored in double figures. Forward Filip Rajovic (190-97) produced 18 points and 7 assists and American power forward Davie Champagnie (206-90, college: Martin Methodist, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Stevnsgade's coach Ricky Kristensen rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Naestved moved-up to fifth place. Stevnsgade lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Naestved will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Stevnsgade will play against Svendborg (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Naestved: E.Ross 19+8reb+3ast, P.Onwenu 18+4reb+1ast, P.Hertz 18+3reb+1ast, P.Nolan 12+9reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 10+9reb+5ast, D.Daly 8+2reb+1ast
Stevnsgade: F.Rajovic 18+3reb+7ast, D.Champagnie 17+10reb, J.Visaq 10+10reb+3ast, R.Espersen 9+1reb, J.Sandager 7+1reb+2ast, H.Nielsen 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 489107





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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.21.8 
 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.11.8 
 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.9.4 
 8. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 9. Zimmerman, Erie B.8.9 
 10. Tobey, Greensbo.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.8.1 
 5. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 7. Jackson, Texas L.7.2 
 8. McCallum, Grand R.7.2 
 9. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
 10. Bynum, Windy C.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 3. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 4. Payton-II, Rio G.2.2 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 6. Harris, Texas L.2.1 
 7. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 8. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.0 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Fells, Westches.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. Benson, Sioux F.2.5 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.5 
 6. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.5 
 7. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 8. Moreland, Canton C.2.3 
 9. Brown, Windy C.2.1 
 10. Acy, Texas L.2.0 


Jabari Brown (ex Jilin NE T.) signs at Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Santa Cruz Warriors landed 25-year old swingman Jabari Brown (193-97kg-92, college: Missouri). He started the season at Jilin Northeast Tigers in Chinese CBA league. In 30 games he averaged impressive 33.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg this season.
The previous (14-15) season Brown played at another team D Fenders where in 39 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 24.4ppg and recorded 4.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 3rd Team, All-Star Game and All-Rookie 2nd Team.
Brown played in the final of D-League in 2016.
He has played previously professionally also in NBA (LA Lakers).
Brown attended University of Missouri until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Charge win fifth straight - by Eurobasket News

The Canton Charge (24-17), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, won their fifth consecutive game in a 113-99 victory over the Windy City Bulls (18-22) at the Sears Centre Arena on Wednesday afternoon. Reigning NBA Development League Performer of the Week Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland) poured in a game-high 35 points on 14-of-25 shooting with five assists in 35 minutes on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91, college: Oregon St.) filled the stat sheet with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, 17 rebounds, four assists, four steals and six blocks in 38 minutes. Jonathan Holmes (6'9''-F-92, college: Texas) added a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds with three steals in 36 minutes. John Holland scored 17 points with six rebounds in 32 minutes. Mike Williams came off the bench to score 11 points in 21 minutes. The five-game win streak for the Charge is their second-longest of the season, behind a six-game clip that went from December 23rd to January 7th. After Canton was outrebounded 27-19 in the first half, the visitors returned the favor with a 27-17 advantage on the glass in the second. Seven Bulls players scored in double figures, led by Will Bynum (6'0''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech)'s 17 points, eight assists and two steals in 31 minutes. Jarell Eddie (6'7''-G-91, college: Virginia Tech) netted 15 points with five boards and four assists in 35 minutes. Leading Windy City's 48 bench points was Wesley Saunders in scoring 15 points with eight rebounds in 29 minutes.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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
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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
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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EABA Championship 2017 groups set - by Eurobasket News

The six teams participating in the East Asia Basketball Association (EABA) Championship 2017 were determined on Monday and then found out what groups they would play in as a result of a draw. This year's edition of the biennial event will take place in Nagano, Japan, from June 2-7. In the Group Phase, the six teams will be divided into two groups.
Group A: South Korea, Japan, Macau
Group B: China, Taiwan, Hong Kong.

In the first round, each team will play the other two teams in their group once. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Semi-Finals. The 3rd place team in each group will play for 5th place in the tournament. The two Semi-Finals winners will advance to the Final, and the two Semi-Finals losers will dispute 3rd place overall. The EABA Championship 2017 serves as a qualifier for the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 that will be held in Beirut, Lebanon from August 10 to 20. The top five teams from this competition will earn tickets to the continental tournament. The last EABA Championship was held four years ago in 2013 in Incheon, Korea, where the hosts prevailed in the Final against China, 79-68. Japan took 3rd place home over Hong Kong, 87-71.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.8 
 3. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 4. Olmre, TTU18.1 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.17.5 
 6. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu16.2 
 8. Strupovics, Valga15.3 
 9. Post, Tarvas15.3 
 10. Seskus, Parnu14.8 
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. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.8 
 7. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.8 
 8. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.6 
 9. Lips, Tarvas7.3 
 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. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
 9. Post, Tarvas3.8 
 10. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
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. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 5. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 6. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.8 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 8. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 9. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 10. Post, Tarvas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.1 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Raadik, TTU0.9 
 5. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.8 
 7. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 8. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.7 
 9. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 10. Lips, Tarvas0.7 


Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is former international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help BC Nizhny Novgorod (6-13) in their last game. Despite Vene's good performance BC Nizhny Novgorod was crushed 101-65 on the road by the leading CSKA. He scored 10 points and added 4 assists in 37 minutes on the court. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(52-91), 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 77.8% in 19 games he played so far. He played for the Estonian senior national team two years ago.

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark). Kitsing was the major contributor in Bakken's victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (12-14) 73-65 in the Danish Ligaen last Tuesday. He scored 15 points. Bakken Bears (21-4) is placed second in the Ligaen. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Kitsing has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 59.2%(58-98), 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 88.5%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden). Kurbas led Sodertalje Kings to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Nassjo (13-16) crushing them 93-72 in the Swedish Basketligan on Saturday night. He recorded 12 points and added 4 assists in 32 minutes. Sodertalje Kings (19-8) is placed third 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. This year Kurbas averages: 9.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 78.4% in 26 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #4. Swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams KFUM Jamtland in their game against Uppsala Basket (17-10) in the Swedish Basketligan. Puidet scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. KFUM Jamtland was defeated 84-76 in Uppsala by the higher-ranked Basket (#4). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Puidet's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
   #5. Former University international forward Maik-Kalev Kotsar (208-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the S.Carolina (10-2) in their game against the The University of Mississippi (6-10) in the NCAA. Kotsar recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. The S.Carolina lost 70-75 at home to the The of Mississippi. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Kotsar's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 5.1rpg in 32 games. Kotsar used to play for the Estonian university national team two years ago.

Kregor Hermet
Kregor Hermet
   #6. Power forward Kregor Hermet (204-97, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet (14-12) in their game against Gipuzkoa (18-8) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 7 points. Lleida Basquet was defeated 71-65 in San Sebastian by the leading Gipuzkoa. Hermet's total stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 1.2rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Estonian National Team roster.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #7. International point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Ethnikos (10-10) in their last game. Despite Laane's good performance Ethnikos was edged 70-69 on their home court in Piraeus by the second-ranked Iraklis. He scored 11 points, made 6 passes and 4 steals in 38 minutes. This year Laane's total stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.5spg in 19 games. He is also Estonian national team player.

Rauno Nurger
Rauno Nurger
   #8. Center Rauno Nurger (208-93, currently studies in the States) managed to help Wichita State University to win against the Bradley University (7-11) crushing them 82-56 in the NCAA last Friday. Nurger scored 5 points. The Wichita State University has quite an impressive 17-1 conference record this season. It was Wichita St.'s third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Nurger has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the Estonian national team back in 2015.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Sander Raieste (200-F/G-99) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) plays for Openjobmetis VA in Italian Serie A
Karl Karpin (205-C-0) plays for Joventut in Spanish Liga Endesa
Robert Valge (192-SF-97) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) plays for Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA
Henri Drell (198-SF-0) plays for Baunach in German ProA
Rain Veideman (192-G-91) plays for Udine APU in Italian Serie A2
Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) plays for Moncalieri in Italian Serie B
Artur Arhangelski (185-G-97) plays for Combine Prep Academy in the

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



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  EUROCUP  


Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Valencia and Unicaja secure semifinal appearance - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Khimky 92-76

Valencia rolled past Khimky in the decider and sealed their semifinal appearance. It looked good early as Khimky took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Valencia Basket had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and Khimky was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-92. Valencia Basket had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Khimky's players. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Belgian point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. Guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) came up with 21 points and 4 assists and American-Bulgarian point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for Khimky in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Valencia: S.Van Rossom 17+3reb+3ast, B.Dubljevic 16+11reb+2ast, P.Oriola 13+3reb+1ast, L.Sikma 12+6reb+5ast, R.Martinez 11+4reb+1ast, W.Thomas 10+4reb
Khimky: A.Shved 21+3reb+4ast, E.Rowland 14+4reb+4ast, S.Monya 12+3reb+1ast, V.Zaytsev 8+3reb+1ast, J.Pullen 7+1reb, R.Hummel 7+5reb
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B.Muenchen - Unicaja 69-74

Unicaja outgunned Bayern in Munich and punched the semifinal ticket. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bayern Muenchen won fourth quarter 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 4 assists. Serbian center Dejan Musli (213-91, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 16 points. The best for the losing side was Serbian Vladimir Lucic (201-89, agency: BeoBasket) with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Maximilian Kleber (207-92) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: N.Nedovic 21+1reb+4ast, D.Musli 16+4reb+1ast, K.Fogg 12+1reb, A.Waczynski 9+9reb+1ast, J.Smith 5+4reb+3ast, A.Diaz 4+3reb
B.Muenchen: R.Redding 15+2ast, V.Lucic 13+6reb+1ast, B.Taylor 11+3reb, A.Gavel 10+1reb+4ast, M.Kleber 9+10reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 538446





Alexey Shved named Europe Player of the Month: February 2017 - by Greg

Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of Khimki Moscow was selected as the MVP of February by eurobasket.com. Russian superstar proves that he belongs to europeans top guards despite not playing in Euroleague. Shved averaged impressive 27.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 6.3apg while shooting 41.9% from behind the arc. His team still have a chance to qualify to Eurocup Semis.

Second best performer of February was Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of Anadolu Efes. Huertel was a leader of Efes' perfect record this month and huge move in the standings. French point guard registered two double-doubles in Euroleague (12/15 vs Crvena Zvezda and 21/11 vs Baskonia). His stats total for the whole month were: 14.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 8.7 apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 89.5%

Third best performer of the month was Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA Moscow who averaged 21.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2FGP: 65.3%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 100.0% in 7 games.



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  EUROLEAGUE  


Alexey Shved named Europe Player of the Month: February 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of Khimki Moscow was selected as the MVP of February by eurobasket.com. Russian superstar proves that he belongs to europeans top guards despite not playing in Euroleague. Shved averaged impressive 27.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 6.3apg while shooting 41.9% from behind the arc. His team still have a chance to qualify to Eurocup Semis.

Second best performer of February was Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of Anadolu Efes. Huertel was a leader of Efes' perfect record this month and huge move in the standings. French point guard registered two double-doubles in Euroleague (12/15 vs Crvena Zvezda and 21/11 vs Baskonia). His stats total for the whole month were: 14.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 8.7 apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 89.5%

Third best performer of the month was Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA Moscow who averaged 21.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2FGP: 65.3%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 100.0% in 7 games.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR February 2017
1. Alexey Shved of Khimky (RUS): 47.8, 6 games: 27.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 6.3 apg, 2FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 80.0%
2. Thomas Heurtel of Anadolu Efes (TUR): 46.9, 6 games: 14.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 8.7 apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 89.5%
3. Nando De-Colo of CSKA (RUS): 51.9, 6 games: 21.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2FGP: 65.3%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 100.0%
4. Derrick Brown of Anadolu Efes (TUR): 44.7, 5 games: 11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 76.9%
5. Sergio Llull of Real Madrid (ESP): 44.6, 6 games: 16.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 6.0 apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 90.0%
6. Bogdan Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce (TUR): 44, 5 games: 18.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.2 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 89.3%
7. Anthony Randolph of Real Madrid (ESP): 43.9, 6 games: 13.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.3 bpg, 2FGP: 75.0%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 76.5%
8. Brad Wanamaker of Darussafaka (TUR): 43.7, 6 games: 18.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6.7 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 89.7%
9. Adam Hanga of Baskonia (ESP): 43.5, 6 games: 14.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 67.6%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 77.8%
10. Chris Kramer of EWE Baskets (GER): 43.2, 6 games: 15.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 7.7 apg, 0.5 bpg, 2FGP: 73.3%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 81.0%



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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. Cobbs, Gravelines18.9 
 5. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.7 
 6. Clark, Chalon18.5 
 7. Roberson, Chalon18.4 
 8. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
 9. Denmon, Gaziantep17.1 
 10. Jefferson, Gazia.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Jefferson, Gazia.9.9 
 3. Elegar, Enisey9.8 
 4. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.1 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 6. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk8.2 
 7. Fall, Chalon8.0 
 8. Lipkevicius, Vytautas7.6 
 9. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
 10. Adrien, Bnei H.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 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. Petty, Kormend6.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon6.7 
 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. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 7. Petty, Kormend2.2 
 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. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.6 
 5. Elegar, Enisey1.6 
 6. Fall, Chalon1.6 
 7. Lazar, Targu Mures1.4 
 8. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 9. West, Siauliai1.2 
 10. Fieler, Groningen1.2 


Recap of Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Bsk - Ironi Nahariya 89-68

Telekom Baskets outgunned Ironi Nahariya in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Telekom Baskets. Ironi Nahariya managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ironi Nahariya to just 5 points in first quarter. Telekom Baskets shot 61.4 percent from the field. They also forced 20 Ironi Nahariya turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 17 points. Five Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) produced 19 points and power forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: J.Gamble 25+14reb+2ast, J.Mayo 17+2reb+3ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 15+2reb+2ast, K.Horton 13+8reb+1ast, R.Thompson 13+1reb+5ast, T.DiLeo 4
Ironi Nahariya: S.Hopson 19+3reb+2ast, N.Faust 17, Y.Gates 14+4reb+4ast, J.Skjoldebrand 7+3reb+1ast, D.Kitchen 6+3ast, N.Berkowitz 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 537238


Cibona - Chalon 87-85

Cibona outlasted Chalon in the opening leg of the quarterfinal series. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Cibona dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Chalon/Saor's 30. Cibona forced 19 Chalon/Saor turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 assists and 5 steals for the winning side and forward Marin Rozic (201-83, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 17 points and 4 assists. Five Cibona players scored in double figures. Cibona's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) came up with 39 points (!!!) and 5 assists and center Moustapha Fall (218-92) added 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for Chalon/Saor in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Cibona: S.Reynolds 20+3reb+15ast, M.Rozic 17+3reb+4ast, A.Gospic 12+1reb, Z.Sakic 12+6reb+2ast, N.Slavica 11+1reb+1ast, L.Zoric 10+5reb+1ast
Chalon: J.Roberson 39+5ast, M.Fall 15+8reb+2ast, L.Harris 10+3reb+1ast, C.Clark 8+7reb, A.Loum 5+4reb, A.Bouteille 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 537235


Enisey - Oostende 84-72

Enisey knocked down visiting Oostende for the first win in the quarterfinals. The game was mostly controlled by Enisey. Oostende was better in second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Enisey won last quarter 24-13. They made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while Oostende only scored ten points from the stripe. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Islands-Guyanese center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Enisey players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 9 points and 4 assists and Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Oostende. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Enisey: A.Hilliard 20+3reb+1ast, F.Elegar 15+10reb+1ast, T.Taylor 15+4ast, V.Trushkin 10+4reb, V.Zavoruev 8+4reb+7ast, A.Vzdykhalkin 5+1reb
Oostende: V.Kesteloot 13+1reb, K.Boukichou 10+4reb, C.Walden 9+3reb+2ast, D.Djordjevic 9+4reb+4ast, D.Newbill 8+2reb+4ast, R.Katic 8+8reb
gschID: 537236


Usak - Nanterre 85-82

Usak topped Nanterre for a narrow lead after the opening leg of the quarterfinal series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-13. But JSF Nanterre won second period 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Usak Sportlif made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by JSF Nanterre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American Shaquielle McKissic (196-90, college: Arizona St.) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Latvian Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) responded with 20 points and American swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Usak: S.McKissic 19+8reb+2ast, Z.Auguste 18+1reb, R.Freimanis 15+6reb+1ast, S.Vasiliauskas 13+3reb+6ast, D.Harrison 9+2reb+1ast, E.Ibekwe 5+2reb+1ast
Nanterre: H.Schaffartzik 20+3reb+2ast, S.Butterfield 17+3reb+4ast, M.Lessort 14+6reb, C.Warren 13+3reb+3ast, B.Conklin 6+4reb, J.Morency 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 537237





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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Jones, Lapua22.6 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket21.0 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket20.1 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.7 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.5 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.9 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.2 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.2 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.0 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Van, Korihait10.9 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.9 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.8 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.4 
 7. Williams, Lapua8.1 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto7.8 
 9. Morris, Lapua7.8 
 10. Williams, Salon V.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.3 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.2 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.9 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.9 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.5 
 6. Edwards, Lapua4.5 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.4 
 8. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.3 
 9. Williams, Lapua4.3 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 5. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 9. Ware, Kauhajoki1.4 
 10. Bailey, KTP Basket1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.8 
 3. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Van, Korihait1.1 
 7. Edwards, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 9. Bailey, KTP Basket1.0 
 10. Barrett, BC Nokia0.8 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 33.6
 1. Upchurch, HyPo33.6 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Bratton, Namika Lr27.9 
 4. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.6 
 5. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 6. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.9 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.6 
 8. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.6 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket11.9 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.7 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.3 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.6 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 3. Salonen, Porvoon .5.3 
 4. Ivey, Espoo United5.2 
 5. Kantonen, Korik.4.9 
 6. Innamaa, TuNM.4.7 
 7. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.4 
 9. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.2 
 10. Kantonen, JyWe4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darian CARTHARN
  Espoo B.
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 2. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 3. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 4. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.5 
 5. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 6. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 7. Moore, ToPo2.3 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.2 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.8 
 3. Young, Pyrinto II1.6 
 4. Sandberg, TuNM.1.5 
 5. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 6. Harvey, Oulun N.1.4 
 7. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 8. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 9. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.2 
 10. Harris, Ura Basket1.2 


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

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

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in EuroCup). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Gran Canaria (4-2) in their last game. Despite Salin's very good performance Gran Canaria lost 79-85 at home to the leading Hapoel Jerusalem. He was the top scorer with 17 points in a mere 18 minutes on the court. This year Salin averages: 9.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 47.4%(36-76) and FT: 95.5%(21-22) in 16 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France). Murphy led Strasbourg IG to a victory against the league outsider Sluc Nancy (4-17) 80-71 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 12 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. Strasbourg IG (12-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. Murphy's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 86.4%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a 3-point FC Barcelona's victory against the 15th-ranked UCAM Murcia (7-15) 73-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Koponen scored 8 points and added 8 assists in 26 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (15-6) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. This year Koponen's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 96.9%(31-32) in 17 games. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #4. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help Cibona (11-14) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Cibona was edged 85-84 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams KK_Zadar (#13). Sulejmanovic scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the ABA League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Sulejmanovic's first season with the team. Sulejmanovic's total stats this year are: 7.2ppg and 4.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish. Sulejmanovic used to play for the Finnish national team back in 2013.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #5. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 1-point Kolossos HH's victory against the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (3-17) 62-61 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Kolossos H Hotels (11-9) is placed sixth in the A1. This year Ahonen's total stats are: 7.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg in 20 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #6. Power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in an USK Praha's victory against the third-ranked BK Decin (16-11) 69-61 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. Madsen recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. USK Praha (22-0) is placed first. So far his team won all twenty two games in the Second Stage. Madsen has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5bpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Antti Kanervo
Antti Kanervo
   #7. International shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Chorale de Roanne (9-12) in their game against JL Bourg (15-6) in the French ProB (second division), despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Kanervo scored 13 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 27 minutes. But Chorale de Roanne lost 70-76 in Bourg to the leading JL Bourg. It was Chorale de Roanne's third consecutive loss in a row. Kanervo has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg in 20 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #8. An experienced small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (9-14) in their game against EnBW Ludwigsburg (11-12) in the German BBL. Huff scored 7 points. Deutsche Bank Skyliners was edged 70-68 in Ludwigsburg by the higher-ranked EnBW (#8). Huff has averaged so far 10.0ppg and 2.8rpg. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
   #9. International power forward Lauri Markkanen (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Arizona's victory against the Arizona State University (9-9) 73-60 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Markkanen recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in 23 minutes. The University of Arizona has a very solid 11-1 conference record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Markkanen has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg and 7.4rpg in 30 games. Markkanen is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Julius Rajala
Julius Rajala
   #10. Forward Julius Rajala (206-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the University of Southern Indiana (15-3) in their game against the Truman State University (12-3) in the NCAA2. Despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Rajala's team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Rajala has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 4.1rpg. He is a former university international player as two years ago he still played for the Finnish national team.

   #11. International point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Movil Estudiantes in their game against Joventut in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Wilson cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 13 minutes. His team lost 71-77. Wilson has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.5apg in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilson plays currently for the Finnish national team. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

   #12. International power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Crailsheim Merlins to win against one of league's weakest teams ETB Wohnbau crushing them 93-72 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. Kotti scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Kotti has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8apg. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

   #13. International forward Alex Murphy (206-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Northeastern in their game against the Towson University in the NCAA. Murphy recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team was crushed by 28 points 82-54. This year Murphy has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.8apg in 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Murphy is also Finnish national team player. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

   #14. Former international point guard Harold Fiifi Aidoo (187-96, is currently at the American university) contributed to a Grand Canyon's surprising victory against the Cal State - Bakersfield 58-52 in the NCAA last Saturday. Aidoo recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Aidoo has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 2.1rpg. He used to play for the Finnish national team back in 2015.

   #15. International forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antti Kanervo. But that was another game of his team in French ProB which we would like to mention. Nuutinen couldn't help Chorale de Roanne in their game against Charleville-Mezieres. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Nuutinen scored only 2 points in 23 minutes. His team was crushed by 26 points 96-70. Nuutinen has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 2.6rpg in 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

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

   #1. Remu Raitenan (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the USF (7-7) to beat the Santa Clara University (6-8). Raitenan recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The USF was defeated 76-69 at home by the University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Raitenan has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.6rpg.



Sandberg's double-double lands him 1st Division Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old center Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked TuNMKY and receives a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Munkkiniemen (#11, 6-18) 91-76. TuNMKY maintains the 2nd position in their group in Finnish 1st Division. They are still close to the very top. TuNMKY would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 20-4 record. In the team's last game Sandberg had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be TuNMKY's top player in his first season with the team. Mikael Sandberg averages this season 20.5ppg and 9.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Alexei Ekimov (210-F/C-81) of JyWe. He is Russian forward in his first season at JyWe. In the last game Ekimov recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 19 rebounds. Of course he led JyWe to another comfortable win 90-71 over slightly higher-ranked PeU-Basket (#10, 7-17) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Division B. JyWe keeps 12th position. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories JyWe managed to get this year. Ekimov is a newcomer at JyWe and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Riku Laine (197-F-97) of PeU-Basket (#10). Laine got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Laine's great performance PeU-Basket lost 86-88 to slightly lower-ranked Munkkiniemen (#11, 6-18). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. PeU-Basket can only dream about fighting for top spots in Division B. They have rather bad season and 7-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Laine he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Laine has a very solid season. In 14 games in Finland he scored 22.9ppg. He also has 8.6rpg and FGP: 53.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joshua Gouch (196-G-91) of Espoo Basket - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Pyry Rainamaa (194-G-90) of PuHu Juniorit - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Lauri Tiainen (193-G-90) of Raholan Pyrkiva - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Henri Kantonen (197-G-97) of Korikouvot - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Omar Calhoun (198-G-93) of Espoo United - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Demondre Harvey (201-F-93) of Oulun NMKY - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Aleksi Kantonen (188-G-95) of JyWe - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  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 


French ProA round 21 best performance: Justin Cobbs - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Justin Cobbs (191-G-91, agency: Pensack Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Gravelines, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 25-year old player got a double-double of 30 points and 12 assists, while his team Gravelines moved-up to the 8th position in French ProA. Gravelines 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 21 games. Cobbs turned to be Gravelines' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of California star has very solid stats this year. Cobbs is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.4ppg) and assists (4th best: 6.0apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Brian Conklin (198-F-89) of Nanterre. Conklin had a very good evening with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Of course he led Nanterre to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Chalons-Reims (#13, 8-13) 93-73. Nanterre's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-6 record is not bad at all. Conklin is a newcomer at Nanterre and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tyler Cain (203-F/C-88) of Chalons-Reims (#13). Cain scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Cain's great performance Chalons-Reims lost 73-93 to the higher-ranked Nanterre (#4, 15-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Chalons-Reims not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cain could try to bring Chalons-Reims' a little bit higher in the standings. Cain has a very solid season. In 21 games in France he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 6.6rpg, 1.0bpg and FGP: 54.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) of Chalon - 13 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. William Buford (196-G-90) of Limoges - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Richard Solomon (208-F-92) of Gravelines - 17 points and 12 rebounds
7. John Roberson (180-PG-88) of Chalon - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Paul Lacombe (195-G-90) of Strasbourg - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. David Holston (168-PG-86) of Dijon - 23 points and 6 assists
10. Alain Koffi (207-C-83) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 19 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)



ProB Round 21: #1 JL Bourg are defeated by Lille Metropole - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked JL Bourg (15-6) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Lille Metropole (12-9) 68-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JL Bourg. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American point guard Deonte Burton (183-91, college: Nevada) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and naturalized Burkinabe Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) chipped in 5 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. JL Bourg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lille Metropole moved-up to third place, which they share with Blois and Charleville. JL Bourg at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They share it with Provence Basket. Lille Metropole is looking forward to face Denain Voltaire (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JL Bourg will play against SPO Rouen (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Provence Basket (15-6) against thirteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (10-11) on Tuesday night. Visiting Provence Basket was defeated by Denain Voltaire in a tough game in Denain 73-80. American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) nailed 22 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Charles Abouo accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds. American-Nigerian Derrick Obasohan (198-81, college: Texas Arlington, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds for Provence Basket in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Denain Voltaire moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Provence Basket at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They share it with Bourg. Denain Voltaire will play against higher ranked Lille Metropole (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Provence Basket will play against STB Le Havre (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Nantes between Poitiers and Nantes. Eleventh ranked Poitiers (10-11) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Nantes (10-11). Poitiers managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 in the game for the eighth place. The best player for the winners was Sekou-Omar Doumbouya who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Valentin Bigote who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds. Poitiers moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Nantes. Nantes lost fourth consecutive game. Poitiers will meet at home Aix-Maurienne (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nantes will play against Chorale de Roanne (#14) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Saint Chamond where higher ranked Boulazac Basket (10-11) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Saint Chamond (9-12) 85-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Boulazac Basket. It was a good game for Jonathan Hoyaux who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Saint Chamond have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Roanne and Maurienne. Boulazac Basket at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Saint Chamond's next round opponent will be higher ranked ALM Evreux (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Third ranked Charleville-Mezieres (12-9) crushed at home 10th ranked Chorale de Roanne (9-12) by 26 points 96-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Martin Hermannsson stepped up and scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists 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. Charleville-Mezieres maintains third place with 12-9 record having just three points less than leader Bourg, which they share with Blois and Lille. Chorale de Roanne lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Charleville-Mezieres will face ADA Blois (#4) at home in the next round. Chorale de Roanne will play against Nantes (#10) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21: Boulogne lost to Blois on the opponent's court 80-86. Bottom-ranked Vichy Clermont unfortunately lost to Rouen in a home game 66-76. Maurienne managed to beat St Quentin on the road 69-61. Le Havre was defeated by Evreux on its own court 78-83.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks by Jonathan Fairell of Rouen.

Bourg - Lille 59-68

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked JL Bourg (15-6) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Lille Metropole (12-9) 68-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JL Bourg. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American point guard Deonte Burton (183-91, college: Nevada) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and naturalized Burkinabe Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) chipped in 5 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. JL Bourg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lille Metropole moved-up to third place, which they share with Blois and Charleville. JL Bourg at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They share it with Provence Basket. Lille Metropole is looking forward to face Denain Voltaire (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JL Bourg will play against SPO Rouen (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lille: D.Burton 23+4reb, D.Jones 12+3reb+1ast, B.Pamba-Juille 7+1reb+3ast, J.MBida 6+6reb+1ast, J.Traore 5+12reb, L.Asceric 5+5reb+1ast
Bourg: Z.Peacock 10+9reb+1ast, M.Houmounou 10+4reb+2ast, Y.Ndoye 10+12reb, P.Braud 9+1reb, G.Sim 8+2reb+5ast, A.Ponjavic 7+2reb
gschID: 484454


Blois - Boulogne 86-80

Very expected game when 15th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (8-13) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked ADA Blois (12-9) 86-80 on Tuesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners and British-Ghanian center Eric Boateng (208-85, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. ADA Blois' coach Mickael Hay allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Teddy Gipson (191-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) with 21 points and 4 assists and Cuban power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for ADA Blois. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Charleville and Lille. Loser SO Maritime Boulogne dropped to the sixteenth position with 13 games lost. ADA Blois will face Charleville-Mezieres (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against Saint-Quentin (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blois: F.Turner 15+3reb+5ast, A.Ndoye 14+2reb+1ast, L.Wilson 12+5reb+1ast, E.Boateng 11+7reb+2ast, B.Monclar 10+1reb+5ast, M.Diame 8+11reb
Boulogne: T.Gipson 21+3reb+4ast, G.Paumier 15+6reb+1ast, T.Duren 12+3reb+6ast, W.de Jong 11+4reb+2ast, X.Corosine 8+2reb+2ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 6+3reb
gschID: 484451


St Chamond - Boulazac 85-70

An interesting game took place in Saint Chamond where higher ranked Boulazac Basket (10-11) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Saint Chamond (9-12) 85-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Boulazac Basket. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Saint Chamond's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-13 extending their advantage to 15 points. It was a great shooting night for Saint Chamond especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for Jonathan Hoyaux (195-88) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Lithuanian point guard Eigirdas Zukauskas (203-92) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Marc-Antoine Pellin (171-87) answered with 12 points and Nigerian Chamberlain Oguchi (196-86, college: Illinois St.) added 13 points in the effort for Boulazac Basket. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Saint Chamond have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Roanne and Maurienne. Boulazac Basket at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Saint Chamond's next round opponent will be higher ranked ALM Evreux (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: J.Hoyaux 18+4reb+3ast, B.Walker 17+4reb+3ast, E.Zukauskas 16+5reb+4ast, M.Guichard 8+2reb+10ast, G.Landry Edi 7+5reb, K.Larson 6+3reb
Boulazac: C.Oguchi 13+1reb+2ast, M.Pellin 12+2reb+3ast, J.Williams 9+4reb, M.Zianveni 8+3reb, T.Gipson 6+3reb+1ast, T.Sapp 5+2ast
gschID: 484458


Vichy Clermont - Rouen 66-76

Very predictable result when twelfth ranked SPO Rouen (10-11) defeated on the road bottom-ranked JA Vichy (8-13) 76-66 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by SPO Rouen. JA Vichy was better in third quarter 19-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded JA Vichy 40-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. JA Vichy was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Bahamas forward Jonathan Fairell (201-93, college: Murray St., agency: Duran International) stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and Icelandic Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland) chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds. Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) with 17 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Gregory Lessort (197-85) scored 12 points. JA Vichy's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for SPO Rouen. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. JA Vichy lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. SPO Rouen will face league's leader JL Bourg at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JA Vichy will play against Boulazac Basket (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Fairell 17+6reb+3ast, C.Ponsar 17+2reb+1ast, G.Curier 12+8reb+2ast, H.Palsson 11+12reb+3ast, S.Bangura 10+2reb, D.Colter 6
Vichy Clermont: C.Bronchard 17+8reb+1ast, G.Lessort 12+3reb+1ast, R.El Amrani 12+2reb, E.Ory 7, D.Ware 5+2ast, R.Morency 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 484459


St Quentin - Maurienne 61-69

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Aix-Maurienne and 17th ranked Saint-Quentin had identical 8-12 record. But Saint-Quentin was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Aix-les-Bains 69-61 on Tuesday night. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-10. But Saint-Quentin won second period 18-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lithuanian guard Paulius Dambrauskas (192-85, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 13 points for the winners and Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: HMS) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American center Ryan Rhoomes (203-92, college: Fordham) with 24 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Malela Mutuale (188-91) scored 5 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Aix-Maurienne (9-12) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Roanne and St Chamond. Saint-Quentin lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 13 games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face higher ranked Poitiers (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saint-Quentin will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#16) in Boulogne-sur-Mer and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: P.Dambrauskas 13+4reb+2ast, R.Rice 11+1reb, M.Sonko 10+7reb+1ast, G.Noel 8+1reb+1ast, R.Dardaine 7+7reb, K.Atamna 7+4reb+1ast
St Quentin: R.Rhoomes 24+7reb+1ast, E.Polynice 9+5reb, H.Laroche 9+2ast, R.Nyakundi 7+4reb+2ast, M.Mutuale 5+8reb+6ast, P.Drouault 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 484457


Nantes - Poitiers 75-78

A very close game took place in Nantes between Poitiers and Nantes. Eleventh ranked Poitiers (10-11) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Nantes (10-11). Poitiers managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 in the game for the eighth place. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Poitiers dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Nantes' 20. The best player for the winners was naturalized Guinean swingman Sekou-Omar Doumbouya (202-0) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Mickael Var (205-90) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Valentin Bigote (196-92) who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds and American-British power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Poitiers moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Nantes. Nantes lost fourth consecutive game. Poitiers will meet at home Aix-Maurienne (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nantes will play against Chorale de Roanne (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: C.Leonard 14+2reb+1ast, S.Omar Doumbouya 14+5reb+1ast, M.Var 9+9reb+1ast, D.Reed 9+2reb+1ast, J.Threatt 9+1reb+7ast, M.Joseph 7+2reb+2ast
Nantes: V.Bigote 19+5reb, R.Kuksiks 12+2reb+1ast, A.Desespringalle 12+1reb+2ast, C.McKnight 10+3reb+1ast, L.Ekperigin 8+7reb+2ast, H.Kahudi 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 484456


Le Havre - Evreux 78-83

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked ALM Evreux (11-10) beat on the road 4th placed STB Le Havre (11-10) 83-78 on Tuesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-20. But STB Le Havre won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALM Evreux forced 19 STB Le Havre turnovers. Strangely STB Le Havre outrebounded ALM Evreux 47-31 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Corin Henry (178-88, college: Tarleton St., agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 35 points (!!!), 5 assists and 7 steals for the winners and his fellow American import guard Caleb Walker (194-89, college: Nebraska) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Yannis Morin (208-93) with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks and Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. STB Le Havre's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for ALM Evreux. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Le Havre. ALM Evreux will face Saint Chamond (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Evreux: C.Henry 35+4reb+5ast, C.Walker 13+5reb, R.Dibo 8+5reb+2ast, L.Kante 7+5reb, S.Mekdad 5+1reb+3ast, P.Beye 5+5reb
Le Havre: J.Greene 18+3ast, D.Odiakosa 16+12reb, Y.Morin 12+14reb+5ast, M.Lebrun 7+9reb+3ast, B.King 7+2reb+8ast, F.Paschal 6+3reb
gschID: 484455


Denain - Provence Basket 80-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Provence Basket (15-6) against thirteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (10-11) on Tuesday night. Visiting Provence Basket was defeated by Denain Voltaire in a tough game in Denain 73-80. Provence Basket was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 44-34 second half run of Denain Voltaire. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) nailed 22 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Ivorian-American swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian Derrick Obasohan (198-81, college: Texas Arlington, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) added 15 points respectively for Provence Basket in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Denain Voltaire moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Provence Basket at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They share it with Bourg. Denain Voltaire will play against higher ranked Lille Metropole (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Provence Basket will play against STB Le Havre (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Denain: K.Spain 22+4reb+4ast, C.Abouo 19+5reb+3ast, D.Harris 10+2ast, T.Tarpey 10+7reb+2ast, Y.Smock 6+5reb+3ast, K.Harley 5+2reb+2ast
Provence Basket: D.Obasohan 19+5reb, A.Broussard 15+2reb+3ast, B.Waldow 14+4reb, R.Desroses 9+3ast, M.Dia 7+2reb+2ast, L.Vebobe 5+4reb
gschID: 484453


Charleville - Roanne 96-70

Third ranked Charleville-Mezieres (12-9) crushed at home 10th ranked Chorale de Roanne (9-12) by 26 points 96-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Charleville-Mezieres. Chorale de Roanne was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Charleville-Mezieres made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game, while Chorale de Roanne only scored five points from the stripe. Charleville-Mezieres forced 20 Chorale de Roanne turnovers. Icelandic guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) stepped up and scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Joe Burton (201-90, college: Oregon St.) with 15 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Andre Hollins (186-92, college: Minnesota, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 12 points and 5 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. Charleville-Mezieres maintains third place with 12-9 record having just three points less than leader Bourg, which they share with Blois and Lille. Chorale de Roanne lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Charleville-Mezieres will face ADA Blois (#4) at home in the next round. Chorale de Roanne will play against Nantes (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Charleville: W.Brown 19+6reb, M.Hermannsson 19+6reb+7ast, L.Dussoulier 13+2reb, J.Fouse 12+2reb+1ast, M.Kone 9+7reb+4ast, S.Buterlevicius 8+2reb+2ast
Roanne: J.Burton 15+8reb+1ast, A.Gavrilovic 13+3reb, A.Hollins 12+2reb+5ast, T.Ville 7+8reb+1ast, A.Kanervo 7+3ast, C.Cavallo 5+1reb
gschID: 484452





NM1 Round 27: Souffelweyersheim are defeated by Gries/Oberhoffen - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Souffelweyersheim (18-9) and twelfth ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (13-14) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Souffelweyersheim was edged by Gries/Oberhoffen in a tough game in Bischwiller 72-74. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 17-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Lithuanian point guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Ahmed Doumbia (195-89) helped adding 19 points. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Gries/Oberhoffen moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Gries/Oberhoffen is looking forward to face league's leader Caen on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Souffelweyersheim will play against GET Vosges and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NM1 top team - Caen (21-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighteenth ranked CFBB (0-27) in Paris 92-67. It was a quality performance for American power forward Richie Gordon (203-89, college: W.Carolina) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 6 assists. Justas Sinica accounted for 17 points. Forward Ivan Fevrier (203-99) came up with 14 points for CFBB in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Caen have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-6 record. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Caen will play against Gries/Oberhoffen (#12) in Bischwiller in the next round which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play on the road against UB Chartres (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game took place in Lorient where higher ranked UB Chartres (13-14) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Lorient (11-16) 97-80 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UB Chartres. The best player for the winners was Michael Craion who scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Jonathan Mitchell who recorded 22 points. Lorient moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser UB Chartres keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Lorient will meet SAP Vaucluse (#14) in the next round. UB Chartres will play against CFBB (#18) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Orchies where higher ranked Orchesien BC (15-12) was upset on its own court by seventeenth ranked SAP Vaucluse (11-16) 66-62. It was a good game for Bennet Davis who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. SAP Vaucluse's coach Sylvain Lautie allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. SAP Vaucluse moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Orchesien BC lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. SAP Vaucluse's next round opponent will be Lorient (#15) at home.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27: Angers BC lost to Quimper on the opponent's court 78-91. RAC Basket managed to outperform Lourdes in a home game 93-85. St Vallier managed to beat Rennes on the road 83-77. GET Vosges defeated ALS Basket on its own court 80-72. Vitre was beaten by Challans in a road game 85-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points and 14 rebounds by Marquise Simmons of Orchies.

CFBB - Caen 67-92

NM1 top team - Caen (21-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighteenth ranked CFBB (0-27) in Paris 92-67. The game was mostly controlled by Caen. CFBB was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caen forced 27 CFBB turnovers. CFBB was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for American power forward Richie Gordon (203-89, college: W.Carolina) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 6 assists. Lithuanian forward Justas Sinica (203-85) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. Four Caen players scored in double figures. Forward Ivan Fevrier (203-99) came up with 14 points and point guard Yanik Blanc (184-99) added 18 points respectively for CFBB in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Caen have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-6 record. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Caen will play against Gries/Oberhoffen (#12) in Bischwiller in the next round which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play on the road against UB Chartres (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Caen: J.Sinica 17+2reb+2ast, M.Diarra 15+6reb, R.Gordon 14+4reb+6ast, T.Cornely 12+1reb+1ast, B.Pope 11+3reb+1ast, B.Monteiro 9+8reb+3ast
CFBB: Y.Blanc 18+1reb+1ast, I.Fevrier 14+3reb+3ast, S.Briki 14+4reb+1ast, T.Bazille 9+3reb, M.Dossou Yovo 5+4reb, Y.Choupas 3+1reb
gschID: 484990


Lorient - Chartres 97-80

An interesting game took place in Lorient where higher ranked UB Chartres (13-14) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Lorient (11-16) 97-80 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UB Chartres. The game without a history. Lorient led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 65.4 percent from the field. Lorient shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) who scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Mathieu Bigote (190-84) chipped in 25 points and 5 assists. Four Lorient players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jonathan Mitchell (201-87, college: Rutgers, agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 22 points and Lithuanian swingman Mantas Ruikis (194-85) added 16 points respectively. Lorient moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser UB Chartres keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Lorient will meet SAP Vaucluse (#14) in the next round. UB Chartres will play against CFBB (#18) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lorient: M.Bigote 25+2reb+5ast, J.Newson 24+3reb+1ast, M.Craion 18+9reb+7ast, C.Faroux 10+5ast, M.Oluic 8+5reb+3ast, R.Giaimo 6+3reb+1ast
Chartres: J.Mitchell 22+4reb+2ast, M.Ruikis 16+3reb+2ast, H.Disy 13+1reb+1ast, O.Romain 9+1reb+10ast, P.Clerence 5+1reb, J.Ricard 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 484995


Quimper - Angers BC 91-78

Very expected game when 15th ranked Angers BC (11-16) was defeated on the road by second ranked Quimper UJAP (20-7) 91-78. Angers BC was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 48-34 second half run of Quimper UJAP. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. It was a good game for American forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Ukrainian forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-92) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Burke is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Auston Calhoun (201-90, college: Bowling Green, agency: HMS) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and center Jeremie Douillet (205-91) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Angers BC. Five Quimper UJAP and four Angers BC players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Quimper UJAP. They maintain second place with 20-7 record behind leader Caen. Angers BC at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Quimper UJAP's next round opponent will be ALS Basket (#8) in Andrezieux which should be theoretically an easy game. Angers BC will play at home against Vendee Challans (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Quimper: D.Burke 20+11reb+1ast, V.Bobrov 15+7reb+6ast, J.Bluntt 15+1reb+2ast, K.Mondesir 13+2reb+1ast, F.Herard 11+5reb+6ast, R.Temgoua 6+3reb+1ast
Angers BC: A.Calhoun 19+6reb+3ast, J.Douillet 16+8reb, H.Suhard 13+3ast, R.Uzas 12+4reb+5ast, W.Carter 6+10reb+3ast, M.Djo Ebala 6+3reb
gschID: 484992


RAC Basket - Lourdes 93-85

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Rueil (17-10) defeated at home 6th ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (15-12) 93-85. Lourdes-Tarbes was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 26-16 charge of Rueil, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was a good game for point guard Jeremy Bichard (186-90) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 assists. American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and forward Fabien Bondron (198-93) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Lourdes-Tarbes. Rueil maintains fourth place with 17-10 record. Lourdes-Tarbes at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Rueil's next round opponent will be Vitre (#16) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Lourdes-Tarbes will play against Union Rennes (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
RAC Basket: J.Bichard 24+3reb+8ast, R.Anderson 21+3reb, W.Felder 16+9reb+3ast, D.Sencanski 9+3reb+2ast, L.Sambe 9+3reb+7ast, K.Gourari 9+5reb+7ast
Lourdes: L.Vaty 23+8reb+2ast, F.Bondron 19+8reb+2ast, X.d'Almeida 16+3reb+4ast, F.Lesca 8+5ast, M.Virbalas 6+5reb, A.Imhoff 5+2ast
gschID: 484997


Rennes - St Vallier 77-83

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Union Rennes (11-16) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Saint Vallier (13-14) 83-77. It looked good early as Union Rennes took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Saint Vallier had a 29-15 second period charge getting the lead and Union Rennes was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-83. Strangely Union Rennes outrebounded Saint Vallier 40-23 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Union Rennes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Omar Strong (175-90, college: Texas Southern) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Guard Jesse Delhomme (189-85) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) answered with 29 points and 7 assists and center Ludovic Negrobar (207-91) added 13 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Union Rennes. Union Rennes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saint Vallier moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Saint Vallier's next round opponent will be higher ranked Orchesien BC (#6) in Orchies and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Union Rennes will play on the road against Lourdes-Tarbes (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: O.Strong 20+3reb+3ast, J.Delhomme 15+4reb+2ast, R.Gregoire 12+3reb+5ast, W.Gradit 11+3reb+2ast, J.Biog 8+4reb, S.Bradford 7+1reb
Rennes: D.Davis 29+3reb+7ast, P.Gautier 17+2reb+1ast, L.Negrobar 13+15reb, S.Ben Driss 6+6reb+1ast, E.Kabir Pene 5+1ast, O.Sall 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 484996


GET Vosges - ALS Basket 80-72

Everything went according to plan in Golbey where fifth ranked GET Vosges (16-11) beat 8th ranked ALS Basket (14-13) 80-72. It looked good early as ALS Basket took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then GET Vosges had a 23-16 second period charge getting the lead and ALS Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-80. It was a good game for forward Masse Doumbe (203-87, college: Kaiser) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Canadian Guillaume Boucard (197-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four GET Vosges players scored in double figures. American forward Perris Blackwell (205-91, college: Washington) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and Bosnian power forward Nemanja Kovanusic (204-93) added 11 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for ALS Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. GET Vosges maintains fifth place with 16-11 record. Newly promoted ALS Basket keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. GET Vosges' next round opponent will be higher ranked Souffelweyersheim (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALS Basket will play against the league's second-placed Quimper UJAP (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
GET Vosges: M.Doumbe 25+6reb+1ast, G.Boucard 14+10reb+3ast, S.Ocokoljic 12+3reb+1ast, L.Gigant 10+5reb+1ast, M.Gountas 9+3reb+1ast, S.Ricard 5+1reb
ALS Basket: P.Blackwell 23+9reb+1ast, J.Brooks 18+3reb+2ast, N.Kovanusic 11+14reb+2ast, Y.Bassine 8+1reb, R.Aubry 4+5reb+3ast, B.Tardy 4+1reb
gschID: 484991


Orchies - SAP Vaucluse 62-66

An interesting game took place in Orchies where higher ranked Orchesien BC (15-12) was upset on its own court by seventeenth ranked SAP Vaucluse (11-16) 66-62. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 18-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: Inception Sports) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Deremy Geiger (180-90, college: Idaho, agency: Blacktop Management) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. SAP Vaucluse's coach Sylvain Lautie allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American Marquise Simmons (203-89, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Orchesien BC. SAP Vaucluse moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Orchesien BC lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. SAP Vaucluse's next round opponent will be Lorient (#15) at home.
Top scorers:
SAP Vaucluse: D.Geiger 19+2reb+2ast, B.Davis 16+6reb+2ast, A.Liorel 6+5reb+3ast, R.Lopez 6+5reb+2ast, D.Kaba 5+1reb, T.Foucault 5
Orchies: M.Simmons 17+14reb+1ast, Z.Rakocevic 15+9reb+1ast, A.Racine 12+1reb+1ast, S.Cisse 6+6reb, J.Verbeke 6+5reb+3ast, H.Dumortier 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 484998


Gries/Oberhoffen - Souffel 74-72

The game between third ranked Souffelweyersheim (18-9) and twelfth ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (13-14) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Souffelweyersheim was edged by Gries/Oberhoffen in a tough game in Bischwiller 72-74. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 17-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Lithuanian point guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Ahmed Doumbia (195-89) helped adding 19 points. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Fabyon Harris (180-91, college: Texas A&M) scored 15 points. Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Gries/Oberhoffen moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Gries/Oberhoffen is looking forward to face league's leader Caen on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Souffelweyersheim will play against GET Vosges and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gries/Oberhoffen: O.Varanauskas 22+5reb+3ast, A.Doumbia 19+4reb+1ast, G.Thondique 10+8reb+2ast, R.Jakstas 7+8reb+4ast, R.Delar 6+4reb+3ast, T.Ghezala 6+1ast
Souffel: F.Harris 15+3reb+2ast, G.Staniulis 14+6reb+2ast, J.Delmas 13+4reb, V.Correia 10+4reb+3ast, A.El Gazhi 9+1ast, R.Kayembe 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 484994


Challans - Vitre 85-74

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Vitre (11-16) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Vendee Challans (13-14) 85-74. It looked good early as Vitre took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vendee Challans had a 35-17 second period charge getting the lead and Vitre was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-85. Vendee Challans made 23-of-25 charity shots (92.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Demarco Cox (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Naturalized Mali point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Montenegrin center Aleksandar Radulovic (207-83) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Nikola Korac (185-86) added 9 points and 9 assists in the effort for Vitre. Vendee Challans moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Vitre lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Vendee Challans' next round opponent will be Angers BC (#17) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Vitre will play against Rueil (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Challans: D.Cox 15+8reb+1ast, I.Saounera 15+5reb+4ast, J.Jones 14+4reb+2ast, D.Gentil 13+2reb+3ast, E.Monceau 12+9reb+1ast, B.Thomas 10+2ast
Vitre: M.Perovic 18+1reb, A.Radulovic 17+5reb+3ast, N.Korac 9+4reb+9ast, D.Quincy-Jones 8+4reb+1ast, G.Merie 5+5reb+2ast, A.Belkessa 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 484993





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

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the 11th-ranked FC Barcelona (9-15) crushing them 85-61 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. De Colo was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (18-6) is placed second in the Euroleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 57.7%(86-149), 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 95.7%(89-93) in 17 games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). Heurtel was the major contributor in an Anadolu Efes' victory against the ninth-ranked Tofas (9-11) crushing them 81-58 in the Turkish BSL on Monday night. He scored 12 points and added 9 passes in 22 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (18-2) is placed second in the BSL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Heurtel has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 7.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 85.3% in 16 games. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Euroleague). Causeur could not help Brose Baskets (8-16) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Brose Baskets was defeated 74-60 on the road by the higher-ranked Crvena Zvezda (#6). Causeur was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added made 3 passes and 3 steals. It's Causeur's first season with the team. Causeur's overall stats this year are: 9.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 62.6%(62-99), 3FGP: 31.5% and FT: 82.9%. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #4. Guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in Baskonia's victory against the 13th-ranked Valencia Basket (5-16) 71-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Beaubois was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points in 26 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (16-6) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.8apg in 16 games. He is also French national team player.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #5. International center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 1-point Utah Jazz's victory against the Sacramento Kings (25-38) 110-109 in the NBA on Sunday night. Gobert recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 24 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 blocks. The Utah Jazz has a solid 40-24 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Gobert has very high stats. He averages: 13.0ppg, 12.8rpg, 1.1apg and 2.5bpg. Gobert plays currently for the French national team.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
   #6. Shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Orlando Magic (23-41) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Orlando Magic (23-41) lost 105-113 in New York to the Knicks. Fournier was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. Fournier has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.3apg in 51 games. He is a former international player as he played for the French senior team two years ago.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #7. International small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Charlotte Hornets' victory against the Indiana Pacers (32-31) 100-88 in the NBA last Monday. Batum scored 21 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals. The Charlotte Hornets have 29-34 record this season. This year Batum has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 5.9apg and 1.1spg. Batum is also French national team player.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #8. Power forward Ian Mahinmi (211-86, currently plays in NBA) helped Washington Wizards win their game against the Phoenix Suns (21-43) 131-127 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Washington Wizards have a solid 38-24 record this season. This year Mahinmi's overall stats are: 4.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4spg in 12 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #9. An experienced international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) helped San Antonio Spurs edge the Houston Rockets (44-20) 112-110 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Parker scored 19 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 49-13 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Parker is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 16th year in Spurs' roster. He has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.8apg. Parker is also in the roster of the French national team.

Amath M'Baye
Amath M'Baye
   #10. Forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) helped Enel Brindisi win their game against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona (6-15) 94-82 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Enel Basket Brindisi (10-11) is placed tenth in the Serie A. This season M'Baye has very high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1bpg. M'Baye is a former U20 international player as eight years ago he still played for the French national team.

   #11. Former international shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Movil Estudiantes (16-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Movil Estudiantes lost 71-77 in Badalona to the much lower-ranked (#14) Joventut. Jackson was the top scorer with 22 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 31 minutes. Jackson has very impressive stats this year: 23.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg in 22 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Leo Westermann (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Zalgiris in their game against Fenerbahce in the Euroleague. Westermann scored 8 points and added 6 passes. His team was defeated 76-67. Westermann's total stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 5.2apg. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U20 international power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95, currently plays in China) couldn't help Sharks in their game against Leopards in the Chinese CBA. Yabusele scored 7 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. His team lost in an overtime 95-102. Yabusele has very impressive stats this year: 20.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in 43 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international point guard Andrew Albicy (177-90, currently plays in Spain) helped Andorra win their game against the league outsider La ICL Manresa 85-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Albicy scored 9 points, made 4 passes and 4 steals. Albicy's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 7.2apg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the French national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former U20 international swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (201-95, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) helped Philadelphia 76ers win their game against the New York Knicks 105-102 in the NBA last Friday. Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Luwawu-Cabarrot's total stats are: 4.2ppg and 1.6rpg in 50 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Baskonia to a victory over the league outsider Armani Milano (7-17) 87-74 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He was the best player in that game. Tillie scored 19 points, had 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (13-11) is placed eighth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Tillie's overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Experienced Herve Toure (205-PF-82, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in a Estudiantes Concordia's victory against the ninth-ranked Atenas (13-23) 77-71 in the Argentinian LigaA last Tuesday. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. It was his first game for Estudiantes Concordia this season. His team is placed second in Norte group. Toure is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #3. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to Kangoeroes' victory against one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (6-16) 90-76 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Saturday night. Chada recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes. Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (12-10) is placed third in the Euromillions League. It was Kangoeroes' fourth consecutive victory in a row. Chada averaged so far 10.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.7apg in 22 games he played so far. He has both French and Belgian nationalities. Despite Chada's French passport, he previously played for the Belgian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the French team.

   #4. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Israel). Kadir could not help one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Rishon (10-11) to beat Maccabi Haifa (10-11). He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. But Maccabi Rishon was defeated 83-79 at home by the higher-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#7). Kadir's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kadir has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.1apg. He also holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #5. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Monthey (13-5) in their last game. Despite Maruotto's very good performance Monthey lost 84-90 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Neuchatel. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Maruotto also added 3 steals in 43 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Maruotto averaged so far 12.3ppg and 3.2rpg in 17 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #6. Natan Jurkovitz (199-F-95, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Winterthur crushing them 103-53 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Jurkovitz scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Jurkovitz has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. He holds both French and Swiss passports.

   #7. Aleek Pauline (185-PG-87, college: Norfolk St., currently plays in Holland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Leeuwarden crushing them 99-79 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game. Pauline recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Pauline has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.0apg and 2.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Pauline used to play for Union Bourbourg Grande Synthe in French league.

   #8. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for London Lions (12-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance London Lions lost 81-92 on their home court in London to the lower-ranked (#10) Leeds Force. Niktash scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Niktash averaged so far 13.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg in 13 games. He holds both French and Iranian passports.

   #9. Roy Samaha (205-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) managed to help Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut to win against the league outsider Hoops Club 91-75 in a derby game in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Wednesday night. Samaha scored only 2 points. Samaha has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.7rpg. He has French and Lebanese nationalities.

   #10. Marc Gosselin (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams W.Carolina in their game against the The Citadel in the NCAA, despite his good performance on Friday night. Gosselin had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 37 minutes. But his team lost 72-78. Gosselin has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 6.7rpg in 32 games.



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

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

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Italy). He led Armani Milano to a victory over the 11th-ranked Auxilium TO (10-11) 81-74 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Hickman was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, had 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 30 minutes on the court. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (18-3) is placed first in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Hickman averages: 9.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.2%(32-58), 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 66.7% in 16 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Hickman played for the Georgian senior national team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Haynes was the main contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (10-4) 72-68 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Haynes scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. It's Haynes' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 8.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3FGP: 24.0% and FT: 84.6%. Haynes is a naturalized American. He played for the Georgian national team in 2011. Apparently Haynes has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to Andorra's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-19) 85-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Shermadini was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. MoraBanc Andorra (11-10) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Shermadini has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 2FGP: 63.5%(108-170) and FT: 80.5% in 21 games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #4. Guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help AEK Athens (9-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Dixon's good performance the second-placed AEK Athens (9-5) was defeated 95-87 on the road by the leading Monaco in the group E of Basketball Champions League. He scored 14 points and added 3 passes. This season Dixon has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is also Georgian national team player. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #5. Former international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to a 2-point Lietuvos rytas' victory against the closely-ranked Juventus (14-11) 87-85 in the Lithuanian LKL on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Fisher recorded 19 points and added 3 assists. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (17-8) is placed third in the LKL. Fisher's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster. However Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #6. Point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Valencia Basket (6-0) crushing them 98-74 in the Eurocup in Friday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Pullen scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Khimky Moscow Region (4-2) is placed second in the Eurocup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Pullen has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Pullen is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team two years ago.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #7. International forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Baskonia's victory against the league outsider Armani Milano (7-17) 87-74 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Shengelia scored 11 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (13-11) is placed eighth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Shengelia averaged so far 11.6ppg and 3.7rpg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Duda Sanadze
Duda Sanadze
   #8. Guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a KK Primorska's victory against the closely-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (6-14) 85-76 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Friday night. Sanadze was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points and had 3 steals in a mere 18 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Sanadze's third season in pro basketball. Sixt Primorska (11-9) is placed seventh 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. Sanadze has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in 19 games. Sanadze plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #9. Former international point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) helped Bnei Hasharon win their game against the closely-ranked Hapoel Holon (14-7) 59-55 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Green scored 15 points and added 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bnei Hertzeliyya (13-8) is placed third in the Winner League. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Green averaged so far 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.2apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team seven years ago.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #10. An experienced center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Golden State Warriors (52-11) in their last game. Despite Pachulia's good performance the Golden State Warriors (52-11) lost 108-112 in Washington to the Wizards. He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. This year Pachulia's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.9apg in 51 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Burjanadze managed to help MoraBanc Andorra in a victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa 85-77. He scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Burjanadze averaged so far 10.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

   #12. U18 international power forward Goga Bitadze (210-99, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Smederevo (2-17) in their last game on Friday. Despite Bitadze's good performance Smederevo was crushed 91-69 at home by the much higher-ranked Mladost ZE (#5). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Bitadze also added 6 rebounds. Bitadze averaged so far 10.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1bpg. He is also in the roster of the Georgian U18 national team.

   #13. International center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Balkan League) helped his FYR Macedonian team Feni Industries win their game against the closely-ranked Teodo Tivat 100-97 in the Balkan League on Tuesday night. Sharabidze recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. Sharabidze averaged so far 11.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3apg in 13 games. He is also Georgian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) helped Cambados win their game against the closely-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour 78-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Friday night's game. Gelazonia scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Gelazonia's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 5.0rpg. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #15. Former international power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (207-91, currently plays in Russia) couldn't help Novosybirsk in their game against TEMP-SUMZ Revda in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division). Dvalishvili cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. His team lost 69-82. This year Dvalishvili's total stats are: 6.1ppg and 3.1rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in EuroCup) could not help Valencia Basket (6-0) in their last game. Despite Thomas' good performance the league leader Valencia Basket was crushed 98-74 on the road by the second-ranked Khimky. He scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. This year Thomas' overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 4.9rpg in 17 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Liga Americas) contributed to an easy victory against the leader Hebraica (1-2) 100-84 in the Liga Americas on Friday night. Diaz recorded 9 points and added 6 passes. San Lorenzo de Almagra (1-2) is placed fourth in group F. The Second Stage already ended in the Liga Americas. Diaz's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Puerto Rican.



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Dirk Nowitzki's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Germans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). He led Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (19-45) 122-111 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Nowitzki was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 27-36 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Nowitzki's 19th year with the team. Nowitzki has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 13.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 88.6% in 37 games he played so far. Nowitzki played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Galatasaray's victory against the 11th-ranked Trabzonspor (7-13) 80-73 in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. Pleiss recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (14-5) is placed fourth in the BSL. It's Pleiss' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 64.5%(69-107) and FT: 84.1%. Pleiss is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Atlanta Hawks (34-29) in their last game. Despite Schroeder's very good performance the Atlanta Hawks (34-29) lost 111-119 on the road to the Golden State Warriors. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Schroeder also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. It was Hawks' third consecutive loss in a row. Schroeder is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Hawks' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 17.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.3apg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 83.7% in 62 games. Schroeder played for the German national team two years ago.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #4. Point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to help JSF Nanterre (4-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed JSF Nanterre (4-2) was edged 85-82 in Usak by the lower-ranked Sportlif (#3) in the group N of FIBA Europe Cup. Schaffartzik was the top scorer with 20 points. This season Schaffartzik has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.6apg. He used to play for the German national team back in 2015.

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #5. International center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz in a victory against the 13th-ranked Valencia Basket (5-16) 71-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Voigtmann scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (16-6) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Voigtmann's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg in 22 games. He plays currently for the German national team.

Kostja Mushidi
Kostja Mushidi
   #6. Swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to a Mega Leks' victory against the sixth-ranked Cibona (11-14) 100-88 in the ABA League on Saturday night. Mushidi recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BC Mega Leks (10-15) is placed tenth in the ABA League. His team will play only one more game in the ABA League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Mushidi's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.

Paul Zipser
Paul Zipser
   #7. International swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) helped Chicago Bulls win their game against the Golden State Warriors (52-11) 94-87 in the NBA last Thursday. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls have 31-32 record this season. Zipser's total stats this year are: 4.5ppg and 2.4rpg. He is also German national team player.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #8. Forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Zaragoza (7-15) in their last game. Despite Benzing's good performance Zaragoza lost 80-93 in Madrid to the higher-ranked (#10) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. He scored 12 points in 31 minutes. It was Zaragoza's third consecutive loss in a row. Benzing has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg in 22 games. He plays currently for the German national team.

Michael Kessens
Michael Kessens
   #9. Former U20 international forward Michael Kessens (206-91, agency: Court Side, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped FIU win their game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham (4-8) 68-56 in the NCAA last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kessens also added 2 blocks and 3 steals in 37 minutes. The Florida International University has rather weak 2-10 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Kessens averaged so far 12.9ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.1apg in 30 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team six years ago.

Isaiah Hartenstein
Isaiah Hartenstein
   #10. Power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help Zalgiris (22-3) in their game against Neptunas (14-11) in the Lithuanian LKL. Hartenstein cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only one point. The league leader Zalgiris was defeated 78-69 at home by the lower-ranked Neptunas (#4). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Hartenstein's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 4.4rpg. He is U18 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.

   #11. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) helped Gmunden Swans win their game against the league outsider Dukes 70-53 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Sunday night's game. Klette scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Klette averaged so far 12.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.6apg in 24 games. He used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Lukas Meisner (203-95, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Columbia (4-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Meisner's good performance the Columbia was defeated 75-71 on their home court in New York by the Yale University. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Meisner's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 6.1rpg. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, is currently at the American university) helped Michigan win their game against the University of Nebraska crushing them 93-57 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Wagner scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He averaged so far 12.4ppg and 4.4rpg. Wagner used to play for the German U18 national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Christian Sengfelder (201-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Fordham (4-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Fordham was edged 67-66 in Washington by the The George University. Sengfelder recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. He averaged so far 12.1ppg and 5.1rpg in 31 games. Sengfelder used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Cameron Neubauer (202-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the San Diego in their game against the University of Portland in the NCAA. Despite his good performance on Friday night He scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Neubauer averaged so far 11.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay) managed to help Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo in a victory against the second-ranked Atletico Welcome (12-3) crushing them 86-56 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Tuesday night's game. Wachsmann recorded 5 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo (6-8) is placed seventh in Promocional 1 group. This year Wachsmann's total stats are: 7.1ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.4apg in 26 games he played so far.

   #2. Frederik Joerg (214-C-92, currently plays in NCAA2) led St.Martin's University to a victory against the Concordia University, OR (10-10) 78-73 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. Joerg recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. The St.Martin's University has 10-10 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Joerg's total stats this year are: 9.2ppg and 5.6rpg.

   #3. Sven Stammberger (198-F, currently plays in Canada) led Dalhousie University to a 3-point victory over the Huskies (13-7) 63-60 in a derby game in the Canadian university league CIS on Sunday night. Stammberger was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points in 40 minutes. The Dalhousie University has quite an impressive 16-4 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Conferences Tournaments. And that game will be critical. Stammberger has been at the team for five years. Stammberger averaged so far 14.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in 21 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and German.

   #4. Mateo Zovko (192-SG-98, currently plays in Bosnia). Zovko could not help Zrinjski HT (10-6) to beat Bosna-Royal (13-3). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Zovko scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Zrinjski HT was edged 74-71 on the road by the leading Bosna-Royal. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Zovko's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 4.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #5. Javon Baumann (203-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the St.Joseph's in their game against the Rhode Island University (2-14) in the NCAA. Baumann recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The St.Joseph's was badly defeated 68-49 in Kingston by the Rhode Island University. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Baumann has been at the team for five years. Baumann's total stats this season are: 2.7ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #6. Max Eisele (193-G-96, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an University of Calgary's victory against the Huskies 111-106 in the Canadian CIS in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points in 21 minutes. This year Eisele's total stats are: 3.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in 24 games.

   #7. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 1-point Iraklis' victory against the eighth-ranked Ethnikos 70-69 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Cheilaris' total stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 2.7rpg. He has both German and Greek nationalities. Despite Cheilaris' German passport, he previously played for the Greek U16 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the German team.

   #8. Julian Holz (197-SF-96, currently plays in Latvia) was not able to secure a victory for RSU in their game against Saldus in the Latvian LBL2 (second division). Holz scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. His team was defeated 74-68. Holz's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6apg.

   #9. Philipp Hartwich (216-C-95, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Portland in their game against the Saint Mary's College of California in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Hartwich recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. His team was crushed by 23 points 81-58. This year his total stats are: 1.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6bpg in 30 games.

   #10. Sheldon Eberhardt (196-G-95, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Elon in their game against the College of William & Mary in the NCAA. Eberhardt cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 11 minutes. His team lost 66-71. This year Eberhardt's total stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg in 17 games.



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.



Kyle Fogg (Unicaja Malaga) The Do Or Die Eurocup Game Against FC Bayern Munich Is One Of The Biggest Of My Career - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kyle Fogg (190-PG-90, college: Arizona) is a 27 year old 190cm guard playing his fifth professional season and first with Unicaja Malaga (Spain-Liga Endesa). Last season he led the German BBL in scoring with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-BBL, starting five): 33 games: Score-1 (18.5ppg), 3.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 89.7%. He started his basketball career with Arizona (NCAA) in 2008 and played 138 games in his 4 year career and as a senior played 34 games averaging 13.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 79.5%. He started his professional career in 2012 with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) playing 43 games averaging 5.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 80.2%. In the 2013-2014 season he started with the Delaware 87ers (D-League), in Dec.'13 signed at Lapuan Korikobrat (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 29 games: Score-1 (27.0ppg), 6.4rpg, Assists-4 (4.6apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 84.2%. In the 2014-2015 season he played with Port of Antwerp Giants (Belgium-Scooore League): 32 games: 15.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 81.9%; EuroChallenge: 12 games: 16.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 75.5%. He spoke to eurobasket before the do or die Eurocup game against FC Bayern Munich.

Kyle thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Do or die in Munich for the rights to advance to the Eurocup semi-Finals. How excited are you for this game? Where do you rank this game in importance in your career in Europe?


Very excited this is definitely one of the biggest games of my career in Europe.


Do you have any friendly wagers going with your ex Arizona teammate Nick Johnson?

Haha nah we don't have any wagers on the game but bragging rights are on the line


You probably keep tabs on your ex teammates, but seriously is there that extra special competitive flair between you and Nick Johnson now on the court. You guys came off the bench in the first game and both started in the second game and in both games the stats were almost similar

I follow all of my ex teammates from Arizona, but Nick and I have been close friends since we played together in college. We battled every day in practice, and I expect the same on Wednesday


FC Bayern Munich have rebounded very well in both games, but key was the Malaga defense in game two in Spain. What adjustments did the team make in game two and what will be key in getting the win in Munich?

For us it was a do or die game. I think we played with a lot more energy and a sense of urgency. We have to bring that same intensity on Wednesday especially playing in their gym. Trying our best to keep them off the glass will be a key factor in the game


After leading the BBL in scoring last season you deservedly made the jump to the best league in Europe Endesa and play for Unicaja Malaga. Have you once felt having the need to coast in your new situation or isn't it difficult to keep up that hunger to possibly make the next step with a Euroleague team down the road?

Making it to this level and being able to play in Eurocup as well, has made me even hungrier. Seeing the competition just shows me I have a lot of work to do.


Currently the club is in sixth place in the Endesa league and holding it's own. Does the club have the talent to be able to annoy a big team in the playoffs?

Definitely, we have beaten all the euroleague teams in our league. We still have to get a lot better but when playoff time comes I think we will be a scary team to play


You're the fourth most efficient player on the club and have seemed to need no transition period. What are the biggest obstacles on the court now than what you experienced last season in the BBL?

Thanks! Playing in Eurocup and having two games a week has been a tough adjustment, as well as the style of play in Spain. I'm just trying to be as efficient as I can and help our team get wins.


You are averaging 9,4ppg in only 15 minutes. Has it been a tough adjustment not being used to see you at the top of the scoring leaders like last season?

I expected to have a different role coming in this year, so the adjustment wasn't too tough. Last year I was blessed with great teammates and the opportunity to show that I could score. This year all I wanted was to be on a team that would compete for a title.

How valuable do you believe has the Endesa league been for your playmaking abilities? How much do you feel has your decision making flourished in this league?

It's been huge, there isn't a night off in this league playing at the point. I'm learning every day in practice from our best PG Oliver Lafayette and have been working hard. I've come a long way since the beginning of the year

You scored 29 points in 29 minutes in a huge 95-80 win against FC Barcelona. You went to the free throw line an amazing 23 times. Was this your biggest win in your professional career in Europe and what will you always remember from this game?

Yep, being able to get that win in front of our home crowd was great. My teammates trusted me in key moments of the game and I was able to make a of couple plays. Making 3 free throws at the end of regulation to force overtime is something I will always remember.

Last season you played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-BBL, starting five): 33 games: Score-1 (18.5ppg), 3.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 89.7%. Could you say this was your break out year as a professional. You showed that after a great season in Finland and solid season in the weaker Belgium league that you could tear up the BBL?

Yes this was my breakout year. It was the best league I had played in and I was blessed to have a good year statistically. I had some great assistant coaches in Chris and Jason who really helped me improve. As well as great guards on our team who pushed me everyday, Jerry Smith, Braydon Curry and Larry Gordon to name a few


After a strong first season in Finland, you played your second season in Europe with Port of Antwerp Giants (Belgium-Scooore League): 32 games: 15.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 81.9%; EuroChallenge: 12 games: 16.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 75.5%. Did you have a small chip on your shoulder after having to play in Finland first and proving to all GM's in Europe that you had game before making the next step?

Yea, a lot of teams passed on me that year and said I wasn't good enough to play in leagues such as Belgium and Germany. Once I got the opportunity I just wanted to show that I deserved to be there.

In your first season in Europe you played for Lapuan Korikobrat (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 29 games: Score-1 (27.0ppg), 6.4rpg, Assists-4 (4.6apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 84.2%. What was your wakeup call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home in Brea?

The second I got there haha it was freezing cold, and we were walking to practice. That was a great year for me and I learned a ton from the older guys I was playing with


After a strong showing at the Portsmouth Invitational tournament you played as a rookie for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 43 games: 5.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 80.2%. Were your expectations of your rookie season diminished with your lesser of a role for the Vipers?

That was probably the toughest year of my career, I didn't play much and had an injury that set me back. At the same time it was the best year, because after it was over I was hungrier than ever.


What was the best example that you noticed in the D-league where you knew that the whole D-League/NBA route is really just a business and talent doesn't always factor in to a club's decision?

There were a lot of great players who just weren't getting the opportunity to play. The D league is great for some players, but personally I wanted to help my Mom out financially and get the chance to show people I could play at a high level. I got the chance to do so my first year in Finland

What are your memories of German Tim Ohlbrecht with whom you won the D-league title in 2013? He went on to play three NBA games. Last season German big man Tibor Pleiss played in the NBA with the Utah Jazz, but his run ended also. Did you sense from your D-league experience that toughness coupled with a healthy self-confidence plays a big role with guys reaching and staying in the NBA?

Tim is a great guy, one of the nicest guys we had on our team and can really play. He was with the Rockets at the time but would come down to play with us on assignment. We definitely wouldn't have had the success we did without him. I'm sure if his goal is to get back to the NBA, he will make his return soon. Confidence and perseverance goes a long way. You can't get complacent in the NBA it's too competitive


You played at Arizona (NCAA) from 2008-2012. How important was a guy like Nic Wise your freshman year? What was the most important thing you got from him on and off the court?

Nic Wise was one of the guys I looked up to as a big brother in college. He had tremendous work ethic and was a wizard with the ball. He showed me by example of always working and playing with a lot of heart.

You reached the Elite 8 in 2011. What do you believe was missing that season to reach the NCAA Final 4?

One shot haha, we were inches away from making the final four I don't think we were missing anything as a team. We ran into a great Uconn squad who was on a crazy streak and a couple plays didn't go our way.

Who was the toughest point guard that you faced in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

There were a lot but Kyrie Irving & Isaiah Thomas were probably the toughest

Who won a one on one then you or Nick Johnson and who would win today?

Haha we never played back in the day, but if we played now it'd be a good game. I think I have a few old man tricks the little bro doesn't know about


How did head coach Sean Miller groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Arizona?

He helped me realize that you have to earn everything and if I worked hard I could reach the highest level. Coach has supported me and still does, I'm able to go back to Arizona and workout whenever I want. Definitely a blessing to have a coach who didn't recruit you but still supports you in everything you do.


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

Tough question, I'd say Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Tim Duncan, but Lebron is still going so I'm sure he will end up on the NBA Rushmore


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

It's amazing what he did for the city bringing a championship to Cleveland. I think he's definitely in the conversation for one of the greatest of all time. I think he will get more championships but don't think he will pass Mike


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

I'd say he's in the top 5

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

Yea that was unbelievable, definitely one of the craziest performances I've ever seen

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

Yes, Westbrook is a monster. I think it's between him or Harden for MVP this year

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?

Because it's really hard to do haha, he's one of the most important players on that team, if not the most important


What was the last movie that you saw?

Dr. Strange.


Thanks Kyle for the chat.



Maximilian Kleber claims German BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

International Power forward Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92) had a great game in the last round for B.Muenchen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 24-year old power forward had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds for B.Muenchen in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Bremerhaven (#14, 6-16) with 35-point margin 108-73. B.Muenchen maintains the 3rd position in German BBL. They are still close to the very top. B.Muenchen would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 19-3 record. It's Kleber's second year at B.Muenchen and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Maximilian Kleber averages this season 10.3ppg and 5.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Joseph Lewis (188-G-92) of Bayreuth. Lewis impressed basketball fans with 31 points and 2 assists. Of course Bayreuth cruised to a 92-84 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Jena (#10, 10-13). Bayreuth's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 16-6 record is not bad at all. Lewis is a newcomer at Bayreuth and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Shaquille Goodwin (206-F-94) of Jena (#10). Goodwin scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Goodwin's great performance Jena lost 84-92 to the higher-ranked Bayreuth (#4, 16-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Jena ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Goodwin could help Jena to bring them higher in the standings. Goodwin has a very solid season. In 13 games in Germany he scored 9.2ppg. He also has 5.0rpg and FGP: 60.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88) of ALBA - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Alex Ruoff (198-F/G-86) of Goettingen - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Justin Sears (203-F-94) of Giessen 46ers - 20 points and 7 rebounds
7. Jake Odum (193-PG-91) of Wuerzburg - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Augustine Rubit (201-F-89) of Ratiopharm - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. A.J. English (192-G-92) of Fraport SKY - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Devin Searcy (208-C/F-89) of Vechta - 12 points, 13 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)



Miguel Cardoso's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old point guard Miguel Cardoso (188-PG-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Karlsruhe SC and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He recorded a triple-double of 23 points adding also 13 rebounds and 13 assists, while his team crushed Kaiserslautern (#8, 9-13) with 17-point margin 104-87. Karlsruhe SC is placed at 2nd position in their group in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Karlsruhe SC will need more victories to improve their 15-7 record. Cardoso turned to be Karlsruhe SC's top player in his first season with the team. Cardoso has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 9.0apg. Cardoso is in league's top in and averages solid 58.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Vincent Garrett (198-SF-91) of Jena II. He is American in his first season at Jena II. In the last game Garrett recorded impressive double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Jena II to edge slightly lower-ranked Rosenheim (#8, 10-11) by 6 points 76-70. This victory allowed Jena II to move up to 6th position in South-East. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Garrett is a newcomer at Jena II and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.4ppg (#9). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Miljan Grujic (206-C) of league's second-best Bad Aibling. Grujic scored 21 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Bad Aibling, leading his team to a 97-79 easy win against the lower-ranked Zwickau (#12, 7-14). Bad Aibling needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in South-East. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 6 lost games. Grujic has a very solid season. In 20 games in Germany he scored 13.5ppg. He also has 7.7rpg and FGP: 60.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrence Williams (198-F-93) of BSW Sixers - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Kazembe Abif (201-F-92) of Vechta II - 28 points and 5 rebounds
6. Anselm Hartmann (191-G-93) of Muenster - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Elnis Prasovic (203-F/C-84) of Karlsruhe SC - 22 points and 14 rebounds
8. Femi Oladipo (201-F-90) of Grevenbroich - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dragan Sekelja (213-C-91) of Limburg - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Chaed Wellian (203-G/F-92) of Saarlouis/Dillingen - 31 points and 9 rebounds

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



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 (187-PG-81, college: Georgia South) 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 decade 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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2017 ABL season to commence on March 9 - by Yaw Mintah

This year's Accra Basketball League (ABL) is set to tip off on March 9 at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu, Accra at 17:00 GMT with defending champions Braves of Customs taking on home team Tudu Galaxy.

The opening game precedes a tie involving Ghana Navy and University of Ghana (UG). Five teams have registered to compete this season with Braves leading the field.

The Men's Division takes off 48 hours later however, with games between DC Dynamics and Tudu Magic and Ghana Navy and debutant Adenta Leopards set to take place. Leopards gained promotion from the lower division after an unbeaten run in Division II.

The roster in the division is down to seven from last year's ten following the failure of some teams including Teshie Rangers and Reformers of Prisons to meet the registration deadline; Rangers did complete the process but has demoted to Division II for failing to do so in time.

League representatives have announced the league's first and second rounds will be played in honor of fallen heroes Matthias Ocloo and Benjamin Baafi who both died recently. Ocloo is a lead figure in the league's formation and Baafi served as the league's administrator prior to his death.



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Jamon Lukas Gordon leaves Aris - by Eurobasket News

33-year old American guard Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-84, college: Virginia Tech) left Aris Thessaloniki (A1). In three games he recorded 4.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.7apg this season. His team made it to the cup final. Gordon also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg and 2.0spg.
The last season he played at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL. In 31 games he had 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg. Gordon helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Gordon also played 24 games in Euroleague where he got 8.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg (in top 3).
He was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game in 2015.
Gordon is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (KK Split), Germany (Artland Dragons and Koeln 99ers), Greece (Olympiacos, Marousi and Trikalla), Turkey (Anadolu Efes, Galatasaray and Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye) and NBA (Washington Wizards).
Gordon attended Virginia Tech until 2007 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A lefthanded guard who is a good shooter and penetrates well. Has great timing for the rebounds, and great athletic skills to play a pesky defense on the perimeter. Has team mentality, is yet improving.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Giorgos Bogris selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain). He led CB Canarias to a victory against the closely-ranked Real Madrid (15-6) 75-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Bogris scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (17-5) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. This year Bogris averages: 7.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 55.5%(76-137) and FT: 55.6% in 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (22-41) 112-98 in the NBA last Monday. He was MVP of the game. Antetokounmpo scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 3 blocks. The Milwaukee Bucks have 29-33 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 57.6%(469-814), 3FGP: 27.9% and FT: 78.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Antetokounmpo is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in EuroCup). He was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Zenit (3-3) crushing them 75-52 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Vougioukas recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-1) is placed first in the Eurocup. This year Vougioukas' overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 57.3%(55-96) and FT: 71.4% in 16 games. Former Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus starter played for the Greek national team three years ago.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. An experienced guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Brose Baskets (8-16) to beat Crvena Zvezda (14-10). Zisis was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 4 rebounds. But Brose Baskets was defeated 74-60 on the road by the higher-ranked Crvena Zvezda (#6). It was Brose Baskets' third consecutive loss in a row. Zisis' total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.4apg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2015.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #5. International center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Sacramento Kings (25-38) in their last game. Despite Koufos' good performance the Sacramento Kings (25-38) lost 96-108 in Denver to the Nuggets. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was Kings' fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Koufos' total stats are: 6.3ppg and 5.7rpg in 63 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos plays currently for the Greek national team. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #6. Power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Boca Juniors (11-28) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Lampropoulos' very good performance the tenth-placed Boca Juniors (11-28) was edged 102-100 in Mar del Plata by the higher-ranked Quilmes MP (#6) in the Sur group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. It's Lampropoulos' first season with the team. This year Lampropoulos has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.9apg. Lampropoulos is a former U18 international player as he played for the Greek team fourteen years ago.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #7. Former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (7-14) crushing them 85-61 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points in 25 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (13-8) is placed second in the Serie A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Bramos has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.4apg in 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Bramos used to play for the Greek national team four years ago. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #8. Small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point FC Barcelona's victory against the 15th-ranked UCAM Murcia (7-15) 73-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Perperoglou scored 6 points in 19 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (15-6) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. Perperoglou has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 3.1rpg in 15 games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #9. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Andorra's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-19) 85-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Antetokounmpo scored 9 points. MoraBanc Andorra (11-10) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Antetokounmpo has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 3.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

Dimitrios Katsivelis
Dimitrios Katsivelis
   #10. Guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Parma (0-16) 88-73 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Katsivelis scored 9 points, made 11 passes and 4 steals in 32 minutes. BK Astana (9-10) is placed sixth in the VTB United League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Katsivelis has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.3apg and 1.4spg in 16 games. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dimitrios Katsivelis and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Kaselakis contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Parma 88-73. He scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Kaselakis has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Cal-Irvine's victory against the University of California, Riverside 68-56 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Dimakopoulos recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Dimakopoulos has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg in 31 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2012.

   #13. Former U19 international forward Konstantinos Mitoglou (208-96, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Wake Forest's surprising victory against the University of Louisville 88-81 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Mitoglou recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Mitoglou has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the Greek U19 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international guard Antonis Pefanis (198-97, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Florida Institute of Technology (7-11) in their last game. Despite Pefanis' good performance the Florida Institute of Technology was edged 87-84 in Miami Shores by the Barry University. He scored 14 points in a mere 19 minutes. This year Pefanis averages only 4.6ppg in 20 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2015.

   #15. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, is currently at the American university) managed to help University of Oregon in a victory against the Oregon State University crushing them 80-59 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded only one point in 20 minutes. This year Dorsey has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.8apg in 31 games. He is a naturalized American. Dorsey is also in the roster of the Greek national team. Interesting that he has never played in Greece.

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

   #1. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was the major contributor in a 3-point Usak Sportlif's victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (4-2) 85-82 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Tuesday. Auguste recorded 18 points; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbolis placed third in group Q. Auguste has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg and 8.0rpg. Auguste is a naturalized American. Interesting that he has never played in Greece.

   #2. Nazareth Mitrou-Long (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Iowa St. (7-5) in their last game. Despite Mitrou-Long's very good performance the Iowa St. lost 76-87 at home to the West Virginia University. He scored 22 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Mitrou-Long is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Iowa St.'s roster. Mitrou-Long has very impressive stats this season: 16.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in 30 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Canadian. Despite Mitrou-Long's Greek passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #3. Experienced Aristides Koronides (188-PG-82, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to help Apollon (7-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Koronides' very good performance Apollon was defeated 96-83 on their home court in Limassol by the one of league's weakest teams Etha (#5). He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and making 10 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Koronides has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.0apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.

   #4. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Acqua Vitasnella Cantu in a victory against the seventh-ranked Grissin Bon RE (11-10) 98-83 in the Italian Serie A last Monday. Calathes scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (8-13) is placed 13th in the Serie A. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Calathes has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg and 7.0rpg in seven games. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #5. Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States) led St.Francis, PA to an easy victory against the Bryant University (9-6) crushing them 100-78 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He recorded 13 points. The St.Francis University (PA) has a solid 10-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Angelou is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in St.Francis, PA's roster. Angelou has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.0apg.

   #6. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid II to a victory over the fifth-ranked Azuqueca 64-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Sole recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.7spg in 22 games. Sole has both Uruguayan and Greek nationalities.

   #7. Dimitris Agathangelidis (182-G-98, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for Talje Knights (3-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Talje Knights (#7) was edged 66-63 on the road by the higher-ranked RIG Mark (#6) in the BEHS forts group. Agathangelidis was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Agathangelidis has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.

   #8. Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Apoel in their game against AEK in the Cypriot Division A. Kounas scored only 4 points and added 5 passes. His team was defeated 73-69. He has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.5apg. Kounas has dual citizenship: Greek and Cypriot.

   #9. Kosta Karamatskos (194-G-86, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Itzehoe (10-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Karamatskos' good performance Itzehoe (#8) was defeated 84-80 on their home court in Itzehoe by the higher-ranked SC Rist Wedel (#7) in the North group. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Karamatskos also added 4 rebounds and 6 assists. He has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.8apg. Karamatskos has Greek and German nationalities. Despite his Greek passport, Karamatskos previously played for the German U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #10. Theodor Aliferis (183-G-88, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Persbraten (2-25) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Persbraten was badly defeated 98-79 in Bekkestua by the second-ranked Baerum Basket. Aliferis scored 10 points in 22 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.2apg in 25 games. Aliferis has dual citizenship: Greek and Norwegian. Despite his Greek passport, Aliferis previously played for the Norwegian U20 national team.



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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. Pacher, Vasas18.8 
 5. Johnson, Sopron KC18.8 
 6. Vojvoda, Szolnok17.5 
 7. Tiby, Atomeromu17.5 
 8. Sejfic, PVSK P.17.3 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.2 
 10. Ubilla, ZTE K.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.5 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.9 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.6 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.0 
 5. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.8 
 6. Sihota, MAFC7.8 
 7. Wright, Vasas7.6 
 8. Gilbert, Atomeromu7.5 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.5 
 10. Poscic, MAFC7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.2 
 2. Battle, Atomeromu7.8 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak7.6 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.2 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.3 
 6. Saddler, Jaszbere.6.2 
 7. Govens, Falco KC6.2 
 8. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 9. Smith, MAFC6.2 
 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. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari2.0 
 7. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.8 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Nelson, PVSK P.1.7 
 10. Kinney, Szolnok1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.9 
 3. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 4. Keller, Alba0.9 
 5. Wright, Vasas0.9 
 6. Simms, Kaposvari0.8 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 8. Andric, Szolnok0.8 
 9. Farr, Alba0.7 
 10. Czinger, ZTE K.0.7 


A Division Round 21: Leader Alba gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A Division is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds. The round 21 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Leader Alba delivered the eighteenth win on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 13th ranked Vasas (4-17) 106-59 in Budapest. The game without a history. Alba led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Vasas' 34. Alba forced 23 Vasas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Vasas' players. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 15 points and 9 assists. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward AJ Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 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. Alba (18-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Vasas lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Alba are looking forward to face Szolnok (#6) in Szolnok in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Vasas will play at home against Kaposvari (#4) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Paks, where higher ranked Szolnok (13-8) lost to twelfth ranked Atomeromu (7-14) in a road game 73-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Szolnok. It was a good game for American point guard Talor Battle (182-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Akos Kovacs contributed with 22 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) answered with 20 points and 5 assists for Szolnok. Szolnok's coach Zoran Kmezics rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Atomeromu moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jaszberenyi. Defending champion Szolnok dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with ZTE KK and Kaposvari. Atomeromu will play against higher ranked Szedeak (#8) in Szeged in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Szolnok will play at home against the league's leader Alba (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Szedeak defeated Jaszberenyi in Szeged 79-74. PVSK Pannon beat MAFC at home 84-69. Falco KC won against KTE-Duna on the opponent's court 87-73. Kormend outscored Sopron KC in a home game 96-73. ZTE KK managed to beat Kaposvari on the road 84-75.
The best stats of 21th round was 17 points, 7 assists and 6 steals by Marko Boltic of Szedeak.

Jaszberenyi - Szedeak 74-79

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Jaszberenyi (7-14) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Szedeak (10-11) 79-74. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-21 Jaszberenyi's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-74 at the end of the game. It was a good game for Serbian guard Marko Boltic (193-87, agency: 011 Sports) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (198-80) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five Szedeak players scored in double figures. American guard Devon Saddler (183-91, college: Delaware) answered with 20 points and 6 assists and Serbian Andrija Bojic (207-93, agency: BeoBasket) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Jaszberenyi. Szedeak moved-up to eighth place. Jaszberenyi at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Atomeromu. Szedeak will play against Atomeromu (#12) in Paks in the next round. Jaszberenyi will play on the road against the league's second-placed Kormend where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: A.Ciric 18+4reb+2ast, M.Boltic 17+2reb+7ast, N.Sulovic 16+5reb+3ast, I.Lilov 11+4reb+4ast, L.Juhos 11+11reb+2ast, T.Ban 4+2reb
Jaszberenyi: A.Bojic 20+5reb, D.Saddler 20+6ast, B.Williams 11+5reb, A.Brbaklic 7+2reb, B.Arrington 6+8reb+4ast, S.Stamenkovic 5+7reb+3ast
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PVSK Pannon - MAFC 84-69

No shocking result in a game in Pecs where seventh ranked PVSK Pannon (12-9) defeated bottom-ranked MAFC (3-18) 84-69. The game was mostly controlled by PVSK Pannon. MAFC was better in third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Croatian forward Veljko Budimir (199-85) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Croatian center Matija Poscic (206-85, college: De Paul) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 20 points in the effort for MAFC. Four MAFC players scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon maintains seventh place with 12-9 record. MAFC lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. PVSK Pannon will play against Sopron KC (#9) on the road in the next round. MAFC will play against KTE-Duna (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: V.Budimir 27+5reb+2ast, I.Sejfic 21+12reb, Z.Supola 12+4reb+3ast, A.Nelson 8+5reb+6ast, C.Smith 6+4reb+3ast, O.Biro 5+4reb
MAFC: U.Duvnjak 20+4reb+3ast, M.Poscic 15+11reb+1ast, A.Lakits 10+5reb+1ast, L.Polyak 10+2reb+2ast, D.Smith 9+3reb+3ast, A.Kovacs 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 498085


KTE-Duna - Falco KC 73-87

Very expected game in Kecskemet where 10th ranked KTE-Duna (8-13) was defeated by third ranked Falco KC (15-7) 87-73. KTE-Duna was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Falco KC made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Falco KC outrebounded KTE-Duna 38-18 including a 19-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. His fellow American import guard Drew Barham (198-89, college: Gonzaga) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Falco KC players scored in double figures. Naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for KTE-Duna. The victory was the third consecutive win for Falco KC. They maintain third place with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Alba. KTE-Duna lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Falco KC will play against ZTE KK (#5) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round. KTE-Duna will play on the road against MAFC (#14) in Budapest and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 24+3reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 14+4reb, B.Varadi 13+4reb+1ast, D.Barham 12+10reb+1ast, K.Bognar 9+6reb+1ast, A.Pustahvar 6+5reb
KTE-Duna: M.Djerasimovic 18+2reb, T.Ivosev 17+6reb+1ast, K.Karahodzic 14+6reb+2ast, M.Pongo 9+1reb, M.Meszaros 5+1reb+1ast, M.Djukanovic 5+1ast
gschID: 498084


Kormend - Sopron KC 96-73

Very predictable result when second ranked Kormend (15-6) outscored at home 8th ranked Sopron KC (10-12) 96-73. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. Sopron KC was better in fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Kormend. They maintain second place with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Alba. Sopron KC at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Kormend will play against Jaszberenyi (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sopron KC will play against PVSK Pannon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 498083


Kaposvari - ZTE KK 75-84

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Kaposvari (13-8) was defeated at home by sixth ranked ZTE KK (13-8) 84-75. Kaposvari was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 31-17 third quarter run of ZTE KK. Kaposvari was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Lithuanian center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. The former international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American forward Malik Cooke (201-89, college: S.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and the former international power forward Roland Hendlein (206-86) added 24 points and 7 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Kaposvari. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ZTE KK moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Szolnok and Kaposvari. ZTE KK will play against higher ranked Falco KC (#3) in Szombathely in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kaposvari will play on the road against Vasas in Budapest and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: A.Drungilas 22+13reb, S.Benke 16+7reb+4ast, E.Ubilla 13+4reb+6ast, Z.Szabo 12+15reb+1ast, J.Wright 10+2reb+1ast, J.Norfleet 6+5reb+3ast
Kaposvari: R.Hendlein 24+7reb+1ast, M.Cooke 19+12reb+3ast, K.Simms 11+6reb+1ast, J.Wisseh 10+4reb+5ast, W.Frazier 6+5reb+1ast, M.Fodor 3+1reb
gschID: 498082


Atomeromu - Szolnok 82-73

We should mention about the upset which took place in Paks, where higher ranked Szolnok (13-8) lost to twelfth ranked Atomeromu (7-14) in a road game 73-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Szolnok. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-18. But Szolnok won second period 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atomeromu forced 19 Szolnok turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Szolnok was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Talor Battle (182-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Akos Kovacs (183-88, agency: HMS) contributed with 22 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) answered with 20 points and 5 assists and international power forward Janos Eilingsfeld (198-91) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Szolnok. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach Zoran Kmezics rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Atomeromu moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jaszberenyi. Defending champion Szolnok dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with ZTE KK and Kaposvari. Atomeromu will play against higher ranked Szedeak (#8) in Szeged in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Szolnok will play at home against the league's leader Alba (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: A.Kovacs 22+7ast, M.Tiby 19+5reb+1ast, T.Battle 15+8reb+7ast, R.Watkins 10+7reb, L.Samenas 9+1reb+2ast, L.Gilbert 5+2reb+2ast
Szolnok: N.Pavlicevic 20+5ast, M.Borisov 11+9reb, J.Eilingsfeld 11+7reb+3ast, T.Barnies 10+3reb+1ast, L.Andric 7+5reb+2ast, K.Wittmann 5+1reb
gschID: 498081


Vasas - Alba 59-106

Leader Alba delivered the eighteenth win on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 13th ranked Vasas (4-17) 106-59 in Budapest. The game without a history. Alba led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Vasas' 34. Alba forced 23 Vasas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Vasas' players. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 15 points and 9 assists. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Alba players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward AJ Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Sam Thompson (201-92, college: Ohio St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Alba (18-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Vasas lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Alba are looking forward to face Szolnok (#6) in Szolnok in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Vasas will play at home against Kaposvari (#4) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Alba: L.Markovic 17+4reb+3ast, P.Lorant 15+3reb+9ast, B.Taylor 14+7ast, J.Edwards 13+8reb+5ast, W.Shepard 12+2reb+1ast, A.Keller 11+2reb
Vasas: A.Pacher 15+11reb+2ast, R.Katona 11+1ast, S.Thompson 10+5reb, A.Garamvolgyi 6+3reb+2ast, B.Peringer 4+3reb+1ast, R.Wright 4+5reb
gschID: 498080





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

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in Baskonia's victory against the league outsider Armani Milano (7-17) 87-74 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Hanga scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (13-11) is placed eighth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(70-122), 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 72.1% in 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). Jones could not help VL Pesaro (7-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance VL Pesaro was crushed 85-61 on the road by the second-ranked Umana Venezia. Jones recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. Jones has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 26.5% and FT: 80.4%. Jones is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). He was not able to help Twarde Pierniki in their game against AZS Koszalin (8-15) in the Polish PLK. Trotter recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes. But Twarde Pierniki was edged 82-80 in Koszalin by the much lower-ranked (#14) AZS Koszalin. It's Trotter's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 30.1% and FT: 87.8% in 23 games. Trotter is a naturalized American. He played for the Hungarian national team four years ago. Trotter used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Dontay Thomas
Dontay Thomas
   #4. Point guard Dontay Thomas (187-84, also represented by Octagon Europe, college: La Salle, currently plays in Montenegro) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Sutjeska (12-7) in their game against Ibar Rozaje (14-5) in the Montenegrin Erste Liga. He recorded 9 points and added 7 passes. But Sutjeska was defeated 104-97 at home by the second-ranked Ibar Rozaje. Thomas' overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2014. He played also for Gunaras KC Dombovar in Hungarian league.

Gyorgy Goloman
Gyorgy Goloman
   #5. Former U18 international forward Gyorgy Goloman (211-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the The University of Washington (15-3) crushing them 98-66 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a solid 9-3 conference record this season. Goloman's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Goloman's overall stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team four years ago.

Balint Mocsan
Balint Mocsan
   #6. Guard Balint Mocsan (190-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Idaho St. (3-10) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Mocsan's very good performance the Idaho St. was defeated 79-68 in Bozeman by the Montana State University. He scored 15 points. Mocsan's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Mocsan's overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 1.7rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Hungarian National Team roster.

Adam Somogyi
Adam Somogyi
   #7. U16 international point guard Adam Somogyi (183-0, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Real Betis SVL 2 (1-8) in their game against Novaschool (6-4) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Somogyi recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. The eighth-placed Real Betis SVL 2 (1-8) lost 79-88 in Malaga to the higher-ranked (#3) Novaschool 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 now that game is quite important. This year Somogyi's overall stats are: 2.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg in five games. He is also Hungarian U16 national team player.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #8. Guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Kaiserslautern (9-13) in their last game. Despite Hosszu's very good performance Kaiserslautern (#8) was badly defeated 104-87 in Karlsruhe by the second-ranked Karlsruhe SC in the South-West group. He was the second best scorer with 19 points in 32 minutes. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Hosszu has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg in 20 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U20 national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Radnicki 1950 (13-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Radnicki 1950 was defeated 78-64 on the road by the second-ranked Zlatibor. Stojanovic was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Stojanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg. Stojanovic has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #2. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) led Benfica to a 2-point victory over the fifth-ranked Galitos-Barreiro (14-9) 76-74 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Hollis recorded 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals in 32 minutes. Sport Lisboa Benfica (18-5) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Hollis has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.6apg in 21 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hollis' Hungarian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. Hollis used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #3. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Spartak's victory against the closely-ranked Tamis (10-9) 74-60 in the Serbian KLS in Sunday night's game. Miscevic recorded 6 points and had 3 steals in 17 minutes. KK Spartak Subotica (12-7) is placed fourth in the KLS. This year Miscevic's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.2rpg in 19 games.

   #4. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an UBT Cluj Napoca's victory against the fifth-ranked Pitesti (10-10) 94-84 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Wednesday night. Torok scored 6 points in 16 minutes. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (18-2) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Torok's overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 4.5rpg in 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #5. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a Targu Mures' victory against the fourth-ranked Craiova (4-15) 85-77 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Lazar recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. BC Mures Targu-Mures (9-10) is placed first in Places 7-10 group. This year Lazar's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.8bpg in 19 games. He has both Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.

   #6. Stefan Fekete (190-PG-86, currently plays in Bosnia) was not able to help Leotar in their game against Bosnjak in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Fekete cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 81-70. Fekete's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.6apg. He also holds two passports: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #7. Experienced Zoltan Kurinczky (181-G-82, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for Persbraten in their game against Baerum Basket in the Norwegian BLNO. Kurinczky scored 6 points and added 6 passes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 98-79. Kurinczky has reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg. He holds both Hungarian and Swedish passports.

   #8. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Holargos in their game against Faros in the Greek A2 (second division). Popadic cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 87-78. Popadic averaged so far 10.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #9. Ivan Stefanovic (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Serbia) led Mladost SP to an easy victory against the closely-ranked The Ere crushing them 106-85 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) last Saturday. Stefanovic scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. This year Stefanovic's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.1apg in 19 games. He holds both Hungarian and Serbian passports.



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Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31.1
 1. Motley, FSU31.1 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.2 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.3 
 4. Shouse, IA25.5 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.3 
 6. King, Valur21.9 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir20.6 
 8. Oliver, Fjolnir20.0 
 9. Stefansson, Hamar19.5 
 10. Bracey, Valur19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Woods, Hamar14.4 
 2. Motley, FSU12.7 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.6 
 4. Pryor, Fjolnir12.2 
 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, Fjolnir7.5 
 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. Olafsson, Hamar2.1 
 7. Motley, FSU2.1 
 8. Oliver, Fjolnir2.0 
 9. Pryor, Fjolnir1.9 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marques OLIVER
  Fjolnir
  (201-PF-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Oliver, Fjolnir2.7 
 2. King, Valur2.4 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.4 
 4. Audunsson, Valur1.2 
 5. Motley, FSU1.1 
 6. Johannesson, Breid.1.0 
 7. Virijevic, Hottur1.0 
 8. Karason, Fjolnir1.0 
 9. Kristjansson, IA0.9 
 10. Fridriksson, Arm.0.9 


Best players of Icelandic Dominos League round 21 - by Eurobasket News

American Tobin Carberry (193-G-91, agency: HMS) had an amazing evening in the last round for Thor Thorl and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 38 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Thor Thorl in his team's victory, helping them to beat Skallagrimur (#11, 7-14) 95-86. Thor Thorl is placed at 5th position in Icelandic Dominos League. Thor Thorl is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-10 record. In the team's last game Carberry had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Thor Thorl's top player in his first season with the team. LIU - C.W.Post graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carberry is in league's top in points (4th best: 27.6ppg), rebounds (5th best: 11.1rpg) and averages solid 55.1% FGP. Worth to mention Carberry played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Amin Stevens (203-F-90) of Keflavik. Stevens impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he led Keflavik to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Thor AK (#8, 10-11) 97-77. Keflavik's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Stevens is a newcomer at Keflavik 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 29.5ppg (#1). He also registered 15.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Flenard Whitfield (200-F-90) of Skallagrimur (#11). Whitfield scored 25 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Whitfield's great performance Skallagrimur lost 86-95 to the higher-ranked Thor Thorl (#5, 11-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Skallagrimur not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Whitfield could try to bring Skallagrimur's a little bit higher in the standings. Whitfield has individually a great season in Iceland. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.4ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 14.7rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 54.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olafur Olafsson (194-G-90) of Grindavik - 33 points and 8 rebounds
5. Christian Covile (193-G-93) of Snaefell - 26 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G-87) of KR - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-F-90) of IR - 32 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Antonio Hester (198-F-90) of Tindastoll - 29 points and 9 rebounds
9. Myron Dempsey (203-G-91) of Njardvik - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-G-88) of Keflavik - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 9 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)



Icelandic D1 round 26 best performance: Marques Oliver - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Marques Oliver (201-PF-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Fjolnir, receiving a Eurobasket.com D1 Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Hamar (#5, 10-13) 104-91. Fjolnir is placed at 2nd position in Icelandic D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fjolnir will need more victories to improve their 18-5 record. In the team's last game Oliver had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Fjolnir, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Delaware State University star has very solid stats this year. Oliver is in league's top in points (8th best: 20.0ppg) and averages impressive 2.6bpg,2.2spg and 74.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Urald King (198-F-90) of Valur. King had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he led Valur to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Hottur (#1, 20-3) 118-84. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Valur consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 17-5 record is not bad at all. King is a newcomer at Valur, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.9ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 12.2rpg and 3.4apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Chris Woods (195-F-89) of Hamar (#5). Woods got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for fourteen rebounds . Despite Woods' great performance Hamar lost 91-104 to the higher-ranked Fjolnir (#2, 18-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hamar ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Woods could help Hamar to bring them higher in the standings. Woods has a great season in Iceland. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.2ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 14.4rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 56.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derek Shouse (188-G-93) of IA - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Austin Bracey (190-G-90) of Valur - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Aaron Moss (185-G) of Hottur - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Nebojsa Knezevic (196-F/G-87) of Vestri - 27 points and 7 rebounds
8. Gardar Sveinbjornsson (192-F/G-87) of Fjolnir - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Collin Pryor (200-F-90) of Fjolnir - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Jon Kristjansson (197-C-83) of IA - 11 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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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.4 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles24.0 
 3. Pemberton, Tralee22.4 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.21.1 
 5. Turner, Killester20.5 
 6. Lawrence, Moycu.20.3 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.4 
 8. Killeen, Templeogue17.8 
 9. Murphy, Templeogue17.2 
 10. Garrow, UCD Marian16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Provizors, DCU S.16.8 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian15.4 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.14.0 
 4. Turner, Killester12.7 
 5. Killeen, Templeogue11.7 
 6. Freeman, Moycullen11.7 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee11.6 
 8. Lawson, UCC Demons10.9 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee10.8 
 10. Gil, Swords T.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.6 
 2. Westbrooks, Swords T.8.7 
 3. Drumm, UCD Marian8.2 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.5 
 5. Downey, UCC Demons6.3 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.6.2 
 7. Roe, Killester5.4 
 8. Hosford, UCC D.4.7 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee4.5 
 10. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian5.8 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian5.1 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.4 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee2.7 
 5. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.6 
 6. James, Templeogue2.5 
 7. Murphy, Templeogue2.4 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 9. Calvo, Swords T.2.2 
 10. Howlin, UL Eagles2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacob LAWSON
  UCC Demons
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lawson, UCC Demons3.0 
 2. Jackson, KUBS2.8 
 3. Killeen, Templeogue2.8 
 4. Gil, Swords T.2.5 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen2.1 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee2.0 
 7. Garrow, UCD Marian1.9 
 8. Goldsborough, Swords T.1.9 
 9. Turner, Killester1.7 
 10. Moreira, UCD M.1.6 



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  ISRAEL  

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Warren, Maccabi .24.7 
 2. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa22.3 
 4. Pointer, Ironi K-A22.0 
 5. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.5 
 7. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.6 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.20.6 
 9. Brown, Ironi R.20.2 
 10. Jordan, Galil Elion19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Germain JORDAN
  Galil Elion
  (198-C/F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Jordan, Galil Elion11.7 
 2. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.5 
 3. Warren, Maccabi .11.1 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.11.1 
 5. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.6 
 6. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.5 
 7. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.2 
 8. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 9. Treadwell, Hapoel A.9.8 
 10. Cannon, Hapoel A.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Hap.H.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.8.0 
 2. Teel, Maccabi H/H6.9 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .5.9 
 4. Cohen, Hapoel K/S5.9 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Hofman, Ironi N.4.7 
 7. Salz, Galil Elion4.7 
 8. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.7 
 9. Dunne, Ironi N.4.6 
 10. Honig, Ramat H.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.9 
 2. Lavie, Maccabi .2.6 
 3. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.5 
 4. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.5 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.4 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.1 
 7. Olasewere, Hap.R/G.2.0 
 8. Eiram, Macc.Reh.1.9 
 9. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 10. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.4 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 3. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.8 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.6 
 5. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 6. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.4 
 7. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.4 
 8. Warren, Maccabi .1.3 
 9. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.2 
 10. Roberts, Ironi N.1.1 


National League Round 22: Maccabi Raanana top Hapoel Afula by two points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in National League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

Ninth-ranked Hapoel Afula (10-12) made lots of trouble for first ranked Maccabi Raanana (16-6) on Tuesday. Maccabi Raanana managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Maccabi Raanana outrebounded Hapoel Afula 36-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Swingman Yovel Zoosman (199-98) fired 20 points for the winners. American center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Omer Tal (188-92) produced 18 points and 7 assists for lost side. Maccabi Raanana have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-6 record. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Migd.H. and Galil Elion. Maccabi Raanana are looking forward to face Maccabi Rehovot (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel Afula will play against Hasharon and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Fourteenth-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-20) made lots of trouble for second ranked Hapoel B/S (15-7) in Beer Sheva. Hapoel B/S managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Fisher contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. American power forward Anthony Lee (206-91, college: Ohio St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds for Ironi Ramat Gan. Hapoel B/S maintains second position with 15-7 record behind leader Maccabi Raanana. Ironi Ramat Gan lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Hapoel B/S will play against Hap.R/G Givat. (#4) in Givataim in the next round. Ironi Ramat Gan will play on the road against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Kiryat Ata between Hasharon and Ironi Kiryat Ata. Eighth ranked Hasharon (12-10) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (13-9). Hasharon managed to escape with a 1-point win 70-69 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Ironi Kiryat Ata. The game was dominated by American players. Vernon Teel had a triple-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Sir'Dominic Pointer responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Hasharon maintains eighth position with 12-10 record. Loser Ironi Kiryat Ata keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Macc.Rehovot and Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hasharon will meet at home Galil Elion (#10) in the next round. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hap.Haifa (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (14-8) against seventh ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (13-9) on Tuesday night. Visiting Hapoel Kfar Saba was defeated by Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona 77-60. Elad Hofman notched 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot and Ironi K-A. Hapoel Kfar Saba at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona's next round opponent will be Hapoel Migd.H. (#11) in Tarshicha where they are favorite. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play at home against Ironi Ramat Gan (#14) and hope to win that game.
The game in Givataim was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Maccabi Rehovot (13-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (14-8). Hap.R/G Givat. defeated Maccabi Rehovot 66-50 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Maccabi Rehovot. Jamal Olasewere fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Hap.R/G Givat. moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel K/S. Newly promoted Maccabi Rehovot dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Hap.R/G Givat. will face league's second-placed Hapoel B/S in Beer Sheva in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi Rehovot will play at home against the league's leader Maccabi Raanana and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 22 Hap.Haifa defeated Ramat Hasharon in a road game 87-78. Galil Elion beat Hapoel Migd.H. at home 85-75.

Ramat Hasharon - Hap.Haifa 78-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked Hasharon's (4-18) home loss to twelfth ranked Hap.Haifa (8-14) 78-87 on Tuesday. American guard Jahmar Young (196-87, college: N.Mexico St.) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American point guard Adam Honig (185-92, college: Dickinson, agency: Duran International) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Hasharon players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Hap.Haifa maintains twelfth position with 8-14 record. Hasharon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. Hap.Haifa will face higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hasharon will play against Hapoel Afula (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hap.Haifa: M.Niv 26+1reb+1ast, J.Young 25+9reb+10ast, J.Burrows 19+10reb+3ast, O.Zinderman 6+3reb, O.Avital 6, T.Parselani 3+4reb+2ast
Ramat Hasharon: L.Gordon 25+10reb+4ast, M.Moscovitz 14+3reb+2ast, A.Honig 11+8reb+4ast, J.Shtarkman 11+1reb+1ast, M.Esho 7+2reb+1ast, B.Sharoni 5+5reb+9ast
gschID: 498512


Ironi K-A - Maccabi H/H 69-70

A very close game took place in Kiryat Ata between Hasharon and Ironi Kiryat Ata. Eighth ranked Hasharon (12-10) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (13-9). Hasharon managed to escape with a 1-point win 70-69 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Ironi Kiryat Ata. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) had a triple-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 21 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-92, college: St.John's) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Hasharon maintains eighth position with 12-10 record. Loser Ironi Kiryat Ata keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Macc.Rehovot and Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hasharon will meet at home Galil Elion (#10) in the next round. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hap.Haifa (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi H/H: S.Warren 21+15reb+1ast, V.Teel 20+15reb+10ast, C.Bouchman 13+10reb+2ast, I.Simin 9+1reb+2ast, O.Shaashoua 5+2reb+2ast, E.Steinitz 2
Ironi K-A: S.Pointer 26+12reb+2ast, Y.Ainhorn 10+2reb+5ast, D.Joyner 10+11reb+1ast, S.David 9+1reb, R.Yehia 9+2reb+2ast, N.Matalon 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 498509


Hap.R/G Givat. - Macc.Rehovot 66-50

The game in Givataim was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Maccabi Rehovot (13-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (14-8). Hap.R/G Givat. defeated Maccabi Rehovot 66-50 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Maccabi Rehovot. Hap.R/G Givat. made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Maccabi Rehovot turnovers. American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Yaniv Solomon (201-94) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Hap.R/G Givat. players scored in double figures. American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) produced 7 points and 10 rebounds and guard Dolev Drapic (191-92) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Hap.R/G Givat. moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel K/S. Newly promoted Maccabi Rehovot dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Hap.R/G Givat. will face league's second-placed Hapoel B/S in Beer Sheva in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi Rehovot will play at home against the league's leader Maccabi Raanana and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hap.R/G Givat.: Y.Solomon 20+6reb+3ast, J.Olasewere 19+11reb+4ast, R.Madden 17+4reb+3ast, U.Kokia 10+6reb, S.Leshem 0, I.Lerer 0
Macc.Rehovot: D.Drapic 13+1reb+4ast, M.Addison 9+2reb+2ast, E.Yates 7+10reb+2ast, G.Eitan 6+2reb+1ast, G.Porat 6+8reb+3ast, Y.Levi 5+2reb
gschID: 498508


Hapoel B/S - Ironi Ramat Gan 86-84

Fourteenth-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-20) made lots of trouble for second ranked Hapoel B/S (15-7) in Beer Sheva. Hapoel B/S managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. Hapoel B/S players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Anthony Fisher (191-86) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. American power forward Anthony Lee (206-91, college: Ohio St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Omer El-Al (182-94) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Ironi Ramat Gan. Four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Hapoel B/S maintains second position with 15-7 record behind leader Maccabi Raanana. Ironi Ramat Gan lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Hapoel B/S will play against Hap.R/G Givat. (#4) in Givataim in the next round. Ironi Ramat Gan will play on the road against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel B/S: J.Allen 30+10reb+1ast, A.Fisher 19+1reb+5ast, D.Shamriz 10+2reb+4ast, B.Eisenhardt 9+4reb+1ast, T.Ariely 7+4reb+4ast, J.Williams 6+5reb+4ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Lee 29+11reb, A.Harari 14+2reb+2ast, O.El-Al 14+6reb+7ast, V.Gandlin 13+2reb+2ast, S.Labanowski 7+2reb+5ast, M.Ralby 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 498514


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel K/S 77-60

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (14-8) against seventh ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (13-9) on Tuesday night. Visiting Hapoel Kfar Saba was defeated by Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona 77-60. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) notched 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) supported him with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds by American guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Kfar Saba. His fellow American import forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) added 12 points and 15 rebounds for lost side. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot and Ironi K-A. Hapoel Kfar Saba at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona's next round opponent will be Hapoel Migd.H. (#11) in Tarshicha where they are favorite. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play at home against Ironi Ramat Gan (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: L.Roberts 17+12reb+1ast, E.Hofman 17+6reb+7ast, J.Beal 16+4reb+3ast, T.Michael Dunne 10+12reb+5ast, G.Amitay 7+2reb, A.Ben David 6+1reb+1ast
Hapoel K/S: D.Livingston 25+14reb+1ast, T.Watson 12+15reb+1ast, I.Davidi 6+4reb+1ast, A.Cohen 6+2reb+3ast, G.Gilinski 5+4reb+2ast, E.Rotemberg 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 498513


Maccabi Raanana - Hapoel Afula 77-75

Ninth-ranked Hapoel Afula (10-12) made lots of trouble for first ranked Maccabi Raanana (16-6) on Tuesday. Maccabi Raanana managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Maccabi Raanana outrebounded Hapoel Afula 36-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Swingman Yovel Zoosman (199-98) fired 20 points for the winners. American center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Omer Tal (188-92) produced 18 points and 7 assists and American forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Maccabi Raanana have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-6 record. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Migd.H. and Galil Elion. Maccabi Raanana are looking forward to face Maccabi Rehovot (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel Afula will play against Hasharon and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Raanana: Y.Zoosman 20+4reb+1ast, G.Lavie 12+4reb+6ast, J.Hairston 12+11reb+1ast, I.Paz 9+1reb, G.Karni 8+3reb+3ast, S.Givens 8+7reb+3ast
Hapoel Afula: J.Cannon 18+4reb+1ast, O.Tal 18+3reb+7ast, D.Treadwell 15+6reb+3ast, R.Sabag 9+3ast, O.Lev 9+5reb+4ast, A.Gershon 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 498511


Galil Elion - Hapoel Migd.H. 85-75

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Kazrin where eleventh ranked Galil Elion (10-12) defeated 10th ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (10-12) 85-75 on Tuesday. Galil Elion looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Hapoel Migd.H. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Cinmeon Bowers (201-93, college: Auburn) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Maxim Kikus (188-94) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Four Galil Elion players scored in double figures. American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-88, college: Colorado) produced 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Eliav Ohanon (199-94) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Galil Elion moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Hapoel Migd.H. and Hapoel Afula. Galil Elion will face higher ranked Hasharon (#8) in Hod Hasharon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Galil Elion: C.Bowers 26+14reb+3ast, M.Kikus 17+3reb+7ast, R.Geffen 15+6reb+2ast, G.Farber 10+6reb+1ast, Y.Strauss 7+3reb+1ast, S.Salz 7+7reb+9ast
Hapoel Migd.H.: M.Relphorde 22+8reb+4ast, C.Gaston 18+4reb, C.Rosenberg 13+4reb, E.Ohanon 9+12reb+3ast, Y.Holodov 8+3reb+3ast, E.Conti 3
gschID: 498510





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

26-year old forward Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Galil Gilboa and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Maccabi T-A (#1, 15-6) 80-77. Galil Gilboa maintains the 10th position in Israeli league. Galil Gilboa is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-12 record. Holloway turned to be Galil Gilboa's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Holloway is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.2rpg) and averages solid 58.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jake Cohen (208-PF-90) of Maccabi Ashdod. He is naturalized American forward in his first season at Maccabi Ashdod. In the last game Cohen recorded impressive 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Maccabi Ashdod to another comfortable win 97-81 over the higher-ranked Hapoel T-A (#6, 10-11) being unquestionably team leader. Maccabi Ashdod'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 7-14 record. Cohen is a newcomer at Maccabi Ashdod and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Karam Mashour (198-F-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Bnei Hertzeliyya (#3). Mashour scored 9 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Bnei Hertzeliyya, leading his team to a 59-55 win against #2 ranked Hapoel Holon in a game of the week. Bnei Hertzeliyya needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Mashour has a great season in Israel. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.4rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Selby (188-PG-91) of Maccabi K/G - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Scotty Hopson (200-F/G-89) of Ironi Nahariya - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Yancy Gates (206-C/F-89) of Ironi Nahariya - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Oz Blayzer (199-PF-92) of Maccabi Haifa - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Curtis Kelly (204-F/C-88) of Maccabi K/G - 18 points and 4 rebounds
9. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) of Maccabi Haifa - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Colton Iverson (212-C-89) of Maccabi T-A - 13 points and 11 rebounds

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



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Italian Serie A round 21 best performance: JaJuan Johnson - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward JaJuan Johnson (208-F/C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for AV Cantu, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Grissin Bon RE (#7, 11-10) 98-83. AV Cantu maintains the 13th position in Italian Serie A. AV Cantu is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-13 record. It's Johnson's second year at AV Cantu and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Purdue University star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.7ppg), rebounds (6th best: 8.0rpg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg and 55.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Mitchell Watt (208-F-89) of JuveCaserta. Watt had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as JuveCaserta lost that game 66-76 to the higher-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (#4, 12-9). JuveCaserta is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-12 record. Watt is a newcomer at JuveCaserta, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jamel McLean (203-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) of league's top team EA7 Armani. McLean scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of EA7 Armani, leading his team to a 81-74 win against the lower-ranked Auxilium TO (#11, 10-11). EA7 Armani confirms their top position in the standings. McLean has a very solid season. In 21 games in Italy he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 5.1rpg and FGP: 62.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarrod Jones (205-C/F-90) of VL Pesaro - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84) of The Flexx PT - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Amath M'Baye (206-F-89) of Enel Brindisi - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Darius Johnson-Odom (187-PG-89) of Vanoli CR - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91) of Openjobmetis V. - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Trevor Lacey (190-G-91) of Banco di Srd - 20 points and 6 rebounds
10. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) of Umana VE - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



VL Pesaro tabs Rotnei Clarke, ex Hawks - by Eurobasket News

Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Serie A) inked 28-year old American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler). He started the season at Hawks in Australian NBL league. In 34 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg this season. A very good year in his career as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-Australian NB Six Player of the Year and selected to Honorable Mention. The last season Clarke played at Telekom Baskets in German BBL where in 33 games he had 11.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.9apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.3apg.
Clarke has played also professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar).
He attended Butler University until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Japanese B League round 43 best performance: Nick Fazekas - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Toshiba BT, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 43.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, nine rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Sendai 89ers (#6, 11-30) 91-86. It allowed Toshiba BT to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League. Toshiba BT have a solid 35-6 record. In the team's last game Fazekas had a remarkable 55.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Toshiba BT, through which he has constantly improved. Former The University of Nevada star has very solid stats this year. Fazekas is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.9ppg. Fazekas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.2rpg) and averages impressive 57.5% FGP and 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old former international guard Kenta Hirose (193-G-85) of Hitachi SR. Hirose had a very good evening with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he led Hitachi SR to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked SeaHorses (#1, 31-10) 87-66. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Central. Hitachi SR consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 20-21 record. Hirose is one of the most experienced players at Hitachi SR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-F-80) of league's top team Tochigi Brex. Gibbs scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Gibbs' great performance Tochigi Brex lost 73-89 to #2 ranked Toyota Alvark. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Tochigi Brex needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in East. Their record is 32 victories and 9 lost games. Gibbs has a very solid season. In 41 games in Japan he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 7.8rpg and FGP: 54.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Diante Garrett (196-PG-88) of Toyota Alvark - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-C-89) of Sendai 89ers - 20 points and 8 rebounds
7. Wendell White (198-G-84) of Sendai 89ers - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80) of Tochigi Brex - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Hitachi SR - 15 points and 10 rebounds
10. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) of SeaHorses - 14 points and 7 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)



Best players of Japanese B League D2 round 44 - by Eurobasket News

Nigerian Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Toyotsu FE and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 44.
The 28-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team crushed Fukushima (#2, 25-17) with 16-point margin 93-77. It allowed Toyotsu FE to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League D2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Toyotsu FE has a very solid 31-11 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Alabi's second year at Toyotsu FE and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Florida State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Alabi is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.8ppg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 54.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Cyberdyne IR. Randall impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he led Cyberdyne IR to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Bambitious Nara (#5, 15-27) 102-76. Cyberdyne IR's 5th position in Central has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 17-25 record. Randall is one of the most experienced players at Cyberdyne IR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) of Kagawa FA (#5). Tapscott got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Kagawa FA, leading his team to a 68-66 win against slightly higher-ranked Yamagata (#3, 23-19). Kagawa FA can only dream about fighting for top spots in West. They have rather bad season and 12-30 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Tapscott he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Tapscott has individually a great season in Japan. After 42 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (2nd best) and assists with 2.9apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donald Lawson (208-C-88) of Iwate Big Bulls - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Terrance Shannon (203-F-90) of Fukushima - 23 points and 9 rebounds
6. Shohei Kozu (191-F-87) of Toyotsu FE - 24 points and 4 rebounds
7. Hirotaka Kondo (187-PG-82) of Gunma - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ryota Nakanishi (199-F/C-88) of Kumamoto V. - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Aziz N'Diaye (213-C-88) of Hiroshima D. - 17 points and 5 rebounds
10. Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Kumamoto V. - 20 points and 9 rebounds

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



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Buccaneers storm back to beat Port Arthur in first round of Region XIV tournament, 75-65 - by Eurobasket News

No. 9 seed Blinn College men's basketball was able to shake off a sluggish start to storm back and outscore No. 8 seed Lamar State College - Port Arthur by 29 points in the second half to win 75-65 in the opening round of the Region XIV tournament at John Alexander Gymnasium. The Buccaneers keep their season alive with the victory and improve to 18-13 overall on the season. Blinn will next face top-seeded San Jacinto College-Central on Thursday, March 9 at 1 p.m. in Jacksonville. "I thought that our players kept executing the game plan even when it wasn't working early on," said Scott Schumacher , Blinn head coach. "We played a really good second half of basketball and I thought the team did a good job of getting the ball into James Harrison (6'7''-F)." Harrison put on a show in the second half and finished with 20 points to lead the way. Juwan Green (6'0''-PG) added 19 points while Lakendric Hyson (6'2''-G) chipped in 15 in the victory. Blinn struggled to begin the game as Port Arthur jumped out to a 20-12 lead and then stretched that lead to 32-20 late in the first half. The Buccaneers fought back to get the game within 10 points and only trailed 35-26 at the break. Blinn started to show more life in the second half and started to chip away at the Port Arthur lead with Harrison leading the way. The Buccaneers cut the lead down to five in the first five minutes and then cut the lead down to 42-41 with 13:31 left. Blinn took its first lead of the second half with 7:17 left and then stretched that lead out to 63-59 with 1:40 left. Port Arthur tried to foul but Blinn was able to hit its free throws. The Buccaneers made 26-of-28 free throws for a 93 percent clip for the game to help close out the 10-point victory.
Courtesy of: buccaneersports.com



Sea Devils Beat Brunswick CC and Advance to the Region 10 Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Cape Fear men's basketball defeated Brunswick Community College, 108-66, in the play-in round of the Region 10 tournament. Jacque Brown (5'8''-PG) led the Sea Devils with 24 points, while Trae Bryant (6'1''-PG) had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. For Brunswick, Bobby Stenborg (6'4''-G/F) led his team with 20 points and five rebounds. The Dolphins made it tough for the early minutes of the game, but Cape Fear used a couple of runs to put the game away. The Sea Devils knocked down a 3-pointer on their first possession, but Brunswick responded with four straight. Then, following a 6-6 tie, Cape Fear scored 9 straight to take a 15-6 lead. The run helped give them a solid lead into the heart of the first half. Jacque Brown and Trevor Willis were the game's early leaders, combining for 14 of the team's first 18 points, and knocking two 3-pointers a piece. After a bit of chippy play from both teams disrupted the flow of the game for a few minutes, Cape Fear was able to push their lead to double-digits with under seven minutes remaining. Shortly after, Brown's third 3-pointer of the night gave them a 14 point lead. Brunswick began pressing to get back in the game, but Cape Fear handled it well, and pushed their lead to 20 with three and half minutes remaining, capped off by a thunderous one-handed slam by Alston Davis (6'6''-G). That held for the remainder of the half, and they headed into halftime leading 46-25. The Sea Devils dominated the boards in the first half, 25-13. They also limited the Dolphins to 25 percent shooting. The Dolphins offered little resistance to start the second half, and Cape Fear took advantage, going up by as much as 27 in the first three minutes. Their 3-point shooting picked up, as Jerick Haynes (6'1''-G) knocked down two in row, while Davis and Trae Bryant each knocked down their first. As a team, they shot 43.3 percent for the game. The rest of the half went comfortably for the Sea Devils, who led by as much as 30 at multiple points. Scoring was spread out, with six players scoring in double figures. As a team, they shot 56.3 percent from the floor, and outscored the Dolphins 50-28 in the paint. It also marked the fourth game in a row the Sea Devils have scored 100 points or more. Head coach Ryan Mantlo was happy with his team's play, and believed the strong effort in the game was a result of the work they put in the day before. "[I'm] very, very proud. We had a great day of practice yesterday. The boy's were focused with the scout, and it paid off." While the team was dialed in on offense, they put in a big effort on the defensive end as well, limiting the Dolphins to 32.8 percent shooting for the game. Mantlo felt it was one of the best defensive efforts of the season. "I thought they played as a unit for the first time, it wasn't everybody on an island; they really bought into each other. If we can continue to buy in defensively, March will be a good month." The win means Cape Fear advances to the Region 10 tournament in Pinehurst, NC, which begins Friday. Their opponent, and the time of game, are to be determined.
Courtesy of: goseadevils.com



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Best players of Kazakhstan Higher League round 6 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Vladimir Ivanov (205-C-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Okzetpes (they play in Places 5-10) and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Higher League Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 22-year old center had the game-high 23 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Okzetpes in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Kaspiy-2 (#10, 0-15) with 59-point margin 103-44. Okzetpes maintains the 3rd position in Kazakhstan Higher League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Okzetpes will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. Ivanov turned to be Okzetpes' top player in his first season with the team. Ivanov has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.1ppg. Ivanov is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.7rpg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 58.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Ivan Eremenko (193-F-97) of Irtysh. Eremenko impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Irtysh to another comfortable win outscoring Kaspiy-2 (#10, 0-15) 96-56. Irtysh's 5th position in the standings has not changed. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Irtysh managed to get this Second Stage. Eremenko is a newcomer at Irtysh and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was international center Askar Maidekin (205-C-97) of second-ranked Barsy-2. Maidekin showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Maidekin's great performance Barsy-2 lost 72-76 to the lower-ranked Tigers Ast. (#8, 8-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Barsy-2 needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Maidekin has a great season in Kazakhstan. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.9rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bogdan Ivanchikin (175-PG) of Kaspiy-2 - 27 points and 5 assists
5. Egor Biryulin (185-PG-86) of Tigers Ast. - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Evgeniy Ermakov (188-G-89) of Tigers Ast. - 24 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Sergey Buzun (192-G/F-97) of Tigers Ast. - 16 points and 19 rebounds
8. Erzhan Nurbaev (182-G-90) of Tigers Ast. - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Vladislav Strikhan (196-F-99) of Okzetpes - 17 points and 6 rebounds
10. Maxim Nalagov (198-F/C-94) of Bars - 20 points and 14 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Larson, Barons Riga17.3 
 2. Griffin, Liepaja/.16.3 
 3. Jogela, Barons Riga15.3 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera14.9 
 5. Blums, VEF Riga14.7 
 6. Laksa, Valmiera14.4 
 7. Geks, Barons Riga14.4 
 8. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.3 
 9. Kaufmanis, Valmiera14.1 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga10.2 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.8.4 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.0 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.8 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.7 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.4 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 8. Strelnieks, Jurmala7.0 
 9. Jonats, Valmiera