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  ABA  



Jacksonville and Windy City advance to ABA Final remake - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Semifinals ended as follows:
Chicago Windy City Groove - DMV Warriors 124-121 in OT
Jacksonville Giants - Mobile Bay Tornados 109-107

This all means that the Jacksonville Giants will meet Chicago Windy City Groove in the remake of 2016 Championship Game this evening in Baltimore. Last year Finals were played in Laredo, Tx, and Jacksonville won 93-90 the title game



ABA semifinals to be played today - by Gianni Pascucci

The last two Quarterfinal games played yesterday ended as follows:
Windy City 103 vs Orlando 97
Mobile 122 vs Austin 102
In consequence, the Semifinal pairings are:
#1 DMV Warriors vs #6 Windy City Groove
#2 Jacksonville Giants vs #5 Mobile Bay Tornados

Game 1 will be played at 4:00pm and Game 2 at 6:45pm
The two winners will meet themselves tomorrow evening in ABA Championship Game



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  ARGENTINA  


Rodrigo Sanchez claims Argentinian TNA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Rodrigo Sanchez (200-PF-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Estudiantes O. and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com TNA Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 17 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Gimnasia LP (#6, 13-23) 92-87. It allowed Estudiantes O. to jump to the first place in the Argentinian TNA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Estudiantes O. has a very solid 23-13 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Sanchez has many years of experience at Estudiantes O., through which he has constantly improved. Rodrigo Sanchez averages this season 13.9ppg and 6.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Nigerian power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-F/C-93) of second-ranked Alianza Viedma. Nwogbo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Alianza Viedma lost that game 76-81 to slightly lower-ranked Huracan (#4, 20-16). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in South. Alianza Viedma still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 23-13 record is not bad at all. Nwogbo is a newcomer at Alianza Viedma 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 Mauro Araujo (186-G-94) of second-ranked Ciclista. Araujo scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Araujo's great performance Ciclista lost 69-79 to #3 ranked Temperley. 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 Ciclista needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Center South. Their record is 20 victories and 16 lost games. Araujo has a very solid season. In 34 games in Argentina he scored 10.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Thomas Granado (208-C-88) of Olimpo BB - 25 points and 10 rebounds
5. Christian Schoppler (185-G-86) of Olimpo BB - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Cedric Blossom (198-F) of Petr.Argentino - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Darnell Dodson (201-F-89) of Petr.Argentino - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. Leandro Portillo (185-G-85) of Estudiantes O. - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lisandro Ruiz Moreno (183-G-89) of Huracan - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Martin Trimboli (196-F/C-85) of Temperley - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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

32-year old center Chris Daniels (205-C-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Quimsa and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 41.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Penarol (#8, 17-30) 65-64. Quimsa maintains the 6th position in their group in Argentinian league. Quimsa 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 23-23 record. In the team's last game Daniels had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Quimsa, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Chris Daniels averages just after three games 18.0ppg and 8.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Fotios Lampropoulos (206-PF-83) of Boca Jrs. He is Greek forward in his first season at Boca Jrs. In the last game Lampropoulos recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Boca Jrs was edged by the higher-ranked Instituto (#4, 26-20) 87-83. Boca Jrs managed to keep the same 10th spot in Sur. 32 lost games are too many comparing to just thirteen victories Boca Jrs managed to get this year. Lampropoulos is a newcomer at Boca Jrs and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88) of Weber Bahia (#3). Johnson scored 25 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Johnson's great performance Weber Bahia lost 80-82 to #3 ranked Regatas C.. 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 Weber Bahia needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Norte. Their record is 23 victories and 16 lost games. Johnson has a great season in Argentina. After 38 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94) of Echague - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Juan Brussino (185-PG-91) of Libertad S. - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Javier Justiz (205-C-92) of Estudiantes C. - 23 points and 15 rebounds
7. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Olimpico LB - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Jerome Meyinsse (207-C-88) of San Lorenzo - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Dennis Horner (205-F-88) of Obras Basket - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) of Weber Bahia - 16 points, 3 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)



Exequiel Cassinelli joins Ramos Mejia - by Eurobasket News

Ramos Mejia LTC (TFB) agreed terms with 25-year old swingman Exequiel Cassinelli (196-92). He started the season at Platense in the TNA. In 21 games he had 11.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Cassinelli played at MH Basket (also in TNA) where in 35 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg.
He has played previously for six other teams: Echague, GECR Indalo, San Martin Marcos Juarez, San Isidro, San Lorenzo and SL Chivilcoy.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  AZERBAIJAN  


NTD celebrate win in Finals opener - by Eurobasket News

NTD celebrated win in the Finals opener against 80-ies. In Game 1 the winner of the regular season posted a 66-57 win. NTD dominated the majority of the game and rightfully sealed the victory. Game 2 will be played next weekend.
In the series for the third place Dervish outscored Marshals 98-73.



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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 11: Sonics are defeated by Warriors - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Sonics (4-2) and sixth ranked Warriors (3-4) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Sonics were defeated by Warriors at home 74-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sonics. Warriors maintains sixth place with 3-4 record. Sonics at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Bulls. Warriors are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Tridents (#9) in the next round. Sonics will play against Cavaliers (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Cavaliers (5-2) crushed at home 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (1-5) by 25 points 87-62, which is the biggest margin this round. Cavaliers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. PanAm I.I. lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. Cavaliers will play against Sonics (#5) in the next round. PanAm I.I. will play against Bulls to get more than just one victory in their record.

Cavaliers - PanAm I.I. 87-62

Fourth ranked Cavaliers (5-2) crushed at home 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (1-5) by 25 points 87-62, which is the biggest margin this round. Cavaliers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. PanAm I.I. lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. Cavaliers will play against Sonics (#5) in the next round. PanAm I.I. will play against Bulls to get more than just one victory in their record.
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Sonics - Warriors 63-74

The game between third ranked Sonics (4-2) and sixth ranked Warriors (3-4) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Sonics were defeated by Warriors at home 74-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sonics. Warriors maintains sixth place with 3-4 record. Sonics at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Bulls. Warriors are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Tridents (#9) in the next round. Sonics will play against Cavaliers (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  BOSNIA  


Jusuf Nurkic Out At Least Two Weeks With Fibular Fracture - by Eurobasket News

Jusuf Nurkic (7'0''-C-94) has been diagnosed with a nondisplaced fibular fracture in his right leg. Nurkic will be out two weeks and then reevaluated. In 20 games since joining Portland, Nurkic is averaging 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.25 assists in 29.2 minutes. The Blazers are currently considered the favorites for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  BULGARIA  


NBL Round 24: Rilski loses to Beroe in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 3 rounds.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Stara Zagora. Third ranked host Beroe (14-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers Rilski (13-9) 79-74. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Beroe made 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) who added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Beroe maintains third position with 14-7 record having five points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Rilski at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Beroe are looking forward to face league's leader Lukoil Acad. in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rilski will have a break next round.
NBL top team - Lukoil Acad. (18-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Spartak Pleven (10-11) 82-76. The winners were led by American guard Anthony Beane (188-94, college: S.Illinois) who scored that evening 16 points and 4 assists and Danny Gibson supported him with 15 points and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) did not help to save the game for Spartak Pleven. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-4 record. Spartak Pleven at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Lukoil Acad. will play against Beroe (#3) in Stara Zagora in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against the league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Yambol was also quite interesting. Second ranked Academik Plovdiv (15-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Yambol (6-15). Academik Plovdiv defeated Yambol 89-78 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yambol. The best player for the winners was Oscar Bellfield who scored 22 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Nikolay Varbanov who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Academik Plovdiv have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-6 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Loser Yambol keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Academik Plovdiv will meet at home Spartak Pleven (#6) in the next round. Yambol will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth ranked Balkan (11-10) crushed at home 9th ranked Levski (4-18) by 26 points 96-70, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Stanimir Marinov who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 4 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. Balkan moved-up to fifth place. Levski lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Balkan's next round opponent will be Yambol (#7) at home. Levski will play against Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Balkan - Levski 96-70

Sixth ranked Balkan (11-10) crushed at home 9th ranked Levski (4-18) by 26 points 96-70, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Balkan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Levski's 42. They outrebounded Levski 37-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international guard Stanimir Marinov (192-91, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 4 assists. Montenegrin guard Amin Hott (192-92) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Balkan players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Pavel Ivanov (200-88, agency: Interperformances) replied with 24 points and Angel Peychinov (201-95) added 15 points in the effort for Levski. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Balkan moved-up to fifth place. Levski lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Balkan's next round opponent will be Yambol (#7) at home. Levski will play against Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: S.Marinov 25+2reb+4ast, A.Hott 22+5reb+3ast, M.Sekulovic 15+8reb+5ast, D.Cvetkovic 10+7reb+2ast, M.Durchev 7+2reb+3ast, N.Marinov 5+1ast
Levski: P.Ivanov 24+1reb+1ast, A.Peychinov 15+3reb+3ast, E.Hadjirusev 9+3reb+7ast, I.Alipiev 8+3reb+1ast, V.Veselinov 6+4reb+1ast, S.Slaveykov 4+4reb
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Spartak Pleven - Lukoil Acad. 76-82

NBL top team - Lukoil Acad. (18-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Spartak Pleven (10-11) 82-76. Spartak Pleven was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 37-28 second half run of Lukoil Acad.. The winners were led by American guard Anthony Beane (188-94, college: S.Illinois) who scored that evening 16 points and 4 assists and American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) supported him with 15 points and 6 assists. Five Lukoil Acad. players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) did not help to save the game for Spartak Pleven. Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) added 18 points. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-4 record. Spartak Pleven at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Lukoil Acad. will play against Beroe (#3) in Stara Zagora in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against the league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: A.Beane 16+4reb+4ast, D.Gibson 15+3reb+6ast, S.Zack 14+6reb+2ast, D.Dimitrov 12+6reb+2ast, M.Korniyenko 11+5reb, B.Avramov 7+2ast
Spartak Pleven: D.Marincheshki 19+12reb+4ast, M.Savic 18+4reb+2ast, M.Marinov 10+2reb+1ast, M.Dudev 9+5reb+8ast, K.Koev 6+1reb+2ast, G.Nikolov 5+1ast
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Yambol - Akademik PL 78-89

The game in Yambol was also quite interesting. Second ranked Academik Plovdiv (15-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Yambol (6-15). Academik Plovdiv defeated Yambol 89-78 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yambol. Academik Plovdiv shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) who scored 22 points and 5 assists. French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St., agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and forward Stoyan Petkov (198-85) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Academik Plovdiv and four Yambol players scored in double figures. Academik Plovdiv have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-6 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Loser Yambol keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Academik Plovdiv will meet at home Spartak Pleven (#6) in the next round. Yambol will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: S.Smith 27+1reb, O.Bellfield 22+4reb+5ast, J.Semple 10+16reb+2ast, V.Aleksandrov 10+3reb+1ast, M.Sutulovic 10+3reb+2ast, V.Bachev 5+2reb+2ast
Yambol: S.Petkov 18+7reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 17+11reb+2ast, V.Petkov 17+4reb+4ast, E.Ivanov 13+4reb+1ast, T.Ostrev 7+1reb+2ast, S.Govedarov 6+3reb+1ast
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Beroe - Rilski 79-74

The game between Top Four teams took place in Stara Zagora. Third ranked host Beroe (14-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers Rilski (13-9) 79-74. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Beroe made 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) who added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and forward DJ Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Beroe maintains third position with 14-7 record having five points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Rilski at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Beroe are looking forward to face league's leader Lukoil Acad. in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rilski will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Beroe: S.Gibson 18+6reb+6ast, B.Raley-Ross 16+7reb+4ast, A.Jones 16+6reb+1ast, O.Gudul 11+9reb+2ast, S.Tesija 7+6reb, T.Tenchev 6+1reb
Rilski: E.Bruinsma 25+11reb+3ast, D.Shelton 14+11reb, Z.Georgiev 12+3reb+3ast, Y.Bozov 9+5reb+7ast, S.Francis 9+1ast, D.Vutev 5
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  CANADA  


Highlander edge Hurricanes 100-99 - by John Gary

Courtesy oursportscentral.com Chad Frazier made the first of two free throws with .8 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Cape Breton H ighlanders a 100-99 victory over the Halifax Hurricanes at Scotiabak Center. It was the second time this season that Cape Breton has defeated their principle rivals on Halifax home court. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 30-23 advantage following the quarter. Cape Breton stormed back in the second to cut the deficiency too just 2 points as the teams headed to the locker rooms at halftime 49-47. The Hurricanes outscored the ighlanders 30-28 in the third quarter. Halifax held a 99-96 lead with 39 seconds left in the fourth but the H ighlanders Billy Rush hit a clutch three pointer to tie the game at 99. Michael Poole had 26 points and 7 rebounds to pace Halifax after Antoine Mason chipped in with 20 points and 4 rebounds .Frazier led Cape Breton with 20 points and 6 rebounds while Charles Mann Jr. and Hank Thomas had 17 points each.


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In a battle between the two expansion CBA teams, Illinois edges out Baltimore, 98-97, in final minute - by Eurobasket News

In a contest between the two expansion teams in the league, the fans certainly got their money's worth in Danville, as Illinois and Baltimore went back and forth in a thrilling contest featuring 14 lead changes and ties. The visitors from Maryland, who were making their season debut, got off to a quick start, leading by as many as nine points in the opening period. But Illinois jumped out in the second quarter scoring seven consecutive points to start the frame, ultimately going on a 40-24 run, appearing to have seized control of the game towards the end of the third quarter. Baltimore; however, came firing back with a 30-18 run of their own, regaining their first lead since the first quarter, 81-78, with eight minutes left in the final period. A couple minutes later, though, Illinois, went on a mini run of their own, to take the lead 90-85 with under four minutes to play. And just when the momentum seemed to be with the hosts, Baltimore made one final push, going on a 12-5 run to regain the lead back, 97-95, with just over a minute remaining. But that was it for the Shuckers, as the Coal Miners tied the game on the ensuing possession, and then subsequently hit the game-winning free throw with thirty seconds remaining, to squeak out a 98-97 victory at home. Illinois (1-1), who earned their first ever league win, was led by Kashif Watson (6'4''-G-87, college: Idaho) with 21 points, and Ayron Worthington (6'7''-F-91, college: Wayne St., NE) with 18 points, while Baltimore (0-1) was led by Damarius Cruz (6'0''-PG, college: St.Cloud St.) with a game-high 33 points, of which 27 points came from beyond the arc, and Jermaine Bolden (5'10''-PG-86, college: Morgan St.) with 16 points. Illinois travels 90 minutes eastward tomorrow night for their first road game of the season as they face off against Indianapolis, while Baltimore finishes the second leg of their road trip with a contest versus the defending champions, Fort Wayne, tomorrow night as well.
Courtesy of: playcba.com



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Ankle sprain sidelines Los Angeles Lakers' Ivica Zubac for rest of season - by Eurobasket News

Rookie center Ivica Zubac (7'1''-C-97, agency: BeoBasket) will miss the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers' season because of a high ankle sprain. Zubac was hurt in the first quarter of a loss to Minnesota on Thursday night. X-rays were negative Friday, but an MRI exam confirmed the sprain of his right ankle. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks, but the last-place Lakers (21-54) have only seven games left. They're in the worst four-year stretch in franchise history. The 7-foot-1 Zubac has completed a promising debut season with the Lakers, averaging 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks. He played in 38 games with 11 starts, getting extensive time in recent weeks after Los Angeles shut down veteran Timofey Mozgov. The 20-year-old Zubac was a second-round pick out of Croatia.
Courtesy of: nba.com



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Red Claws clinch 3rd straight Atlantic Division title - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, have clinched a playoff spot and their third consecutive Atlantic Division title tonight, thanks to Delaware's loss. The Red Claws lost to Greensboro tonight, 122-105. Guerschon Yabusele (6'7''-PF-95), the first round NBA Draft pick of the Boston Celtics, made his Red Claws debut tonight, scoring 17 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU, agency: Babcock Sports), on assignment from the Celtics, led the Red Claws with 24 points tonight. Despite the Red Claws' loss, Delaware lost to Raptors 905 tonight, 123-103, clinching the division for Maine. The Red Claws' magic number was one going into the evening. This marks a 3rd straight playoff appearance for head coach Scott Morrison , who has three division titles in three years at the helm of the Red Claws. The Red Claws will be the #2 seed in the NBA D-League Playoffs, and will face either Canton or Fort Wayne in the opening best-of-three series. Game 1 will be on the road, with Game 2 and (if necessary) Game 3 at home. Playoff dates and times are yet to be announced.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Hepburn's double-double lands him Liga MB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old guard Wali Hepburn (193-G-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Canarios and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 36 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed Quezaltepeque (#5, 8-6) with 20-point margin 106-86. Canarios is placed at 7th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Canarios 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 7-6 record. In the team's last game Hepburn had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Canarios, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Lock Haven University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hepburn is in league's top in points (4th best: 28.3ppg) and averages solid 2.4bpg and 2.1spg.

Second best performed player last round was Yoan Haiti of Sonsonate. He is a in his first season at Sonsonate. In the last game Haiti recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he led Sonsonate to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Santa Ana (#13, 3-11) 97-65. Sonsonate's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Haiti is one of the most experienced players at Sonsonate and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos (#11). Montavious scored 13 points and grabbed twenty seven rebounds (!!!). Despite Montavious' great performance 11 Lobos lost 77-80 to the lower-ranked Giants (#15, 1-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of 11 Lobos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Montavious could try to bring 11 Lobos' a little bit higher in the standings. Montavious has individually a great season in El Salvador. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 21.7rpg (#1 in league). He also has 4.4bpg and FGP: 51.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido - 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Canarios - 21 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jonathan King (198-F/G-90) of Sonsonate - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios - 35 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Daniel King (203-PF-87) of El Rapido - 18 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Duane James (196-F-83) of Isidro Metapan - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Euroleague round 29 best performance: Brad Wanamaker - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) had a great game in the last round for Darussafaka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, six rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Brose Bask. (#12, 10-19) 99-97. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Darussafaka maintains the 9th position in Euroleague . Darussafaka 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 15-14 record. In the team's last game Wanamaker had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Darussafaka's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Pittsburgh star has very solid stats this year. Wanamaker is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.0ppg) and averages impressive 40.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was another Darussafaka's star - 26-year old American Will Clyburn (201-F-90). Clyburn had a very good evening with 26 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for Darussafaka to edge the lower-ranked Brose Bask. (#12, 10-19) 99-97. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Darussafaka keeps 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Clyburn is a newcomer at Darussafaka, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.3ppg (#7). He also registered 5.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of FC Barcelona (#11). Tomic showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of FC Barcelona, leading his team to a 76-71 win against the lower-ranked Maccabi T-A (#14, 10-19). The chances of FC Barcelona ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tomic could help FC Barcelona to bring them higher in the standings. Tomic has a very solid season. In 28 games in Euroleague he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 52.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adrien Moerman (202-PF-88) of Darussafaka - 19 points and 12 rebounds
5. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85) of Olympiacos - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89) of Anadolu Efes - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Alex Tyus (203-C-88) of Galatasaray - 14 points and 8 rebounds
8. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) of Baskonia - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90) of Anadolu Efes - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88) of Baskonia - 20 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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ProB Round 25: Lille Metropole is upset by JA Vichy - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Lille Metropole (15-10) and eighteenth ranked JA Vichy (9-16) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Lille Metropole was edged by JA Vichy in a tough game in Vichy 67-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lille Metropole. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 38-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Carl Ona-Embo (185-89, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 23 points for the winners. Power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. JA Vichy's coach Stephane Dao used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Thomas Ceci-Diop (199-92) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. JA Vichy moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with Boulogne. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. JA Vichy is looking forward to face SO Maritime Boulogne (#17) in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the next round. Lille Metropole will play at home against Saint Chamond (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader JL Bourg delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Boulazac Basket (13-12) 78-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Boulazac Basket. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Youssou Ndoye contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) answered with 11 points for Boulazac Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JL Bourg maintains first place with 18-7 record. Boulazac Basket at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Evreux and Poitiers. JL Bourg will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#5) on the road in the next round. Boulazac Basket will play against STB Le Havre and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Blois between ALM Evreux and ADA Blois. Tenth ranked ALM Evreux (13-12) got a very close victory on the road over 4th placed ADA Blois (14-11). ALM Evreux managed to escape with a 2-point win 76-74 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ADA Blois. Caleb Walker stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Frank Turner responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds. ALM Evreux moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Poitiers and Boulazac. Loser ADA Blois keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Le Havre and Charleville. ALM Evreux will meet at home Nantes (#10) in the next round. ADA Blois will play against the league's second-placed Provence Basket (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Rouen was defeated by Le Havre in a road game 79-69. St Chamond was beaten by Denain at home 69-75. St Quentin lost to Provence Basket on the opponent's court 76-89. Poitiers managed to outperform Roanne in a home game 85-68. Charleville managed to beat Nantes on the road 79-68. Maurienne defeated Boulogne on its own court 90-76.

Le Havre - Rouen 79-69

There was no surprise when 12th ranked SPO Rouen (11-14) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked STB Le Havre (14-11) 79-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by STB Le Havre. SPO Rouen managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. STB Le Havre outrebounded SPO Rouen 40-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Josh Greene (183-92, college: CS Northridge) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. STB Le Havre's coach Jean Manuel Sousa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American-Bahamas forward Jonathan Fairell (201-93, college: Murray St., agency: Duran International) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard James Woodard (191-94, college: Tulsa) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. STB Le Havre have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Blois and Charleville. Loser SPO Rouen keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. They share it with St Quentin. STB Le Havre will meet at home Boulazac Basket (#7) in the next round. SPO Rouen will play against Chorale de Roanne (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Fairell 21+7reb+1ast, S.Ho You Fat 16+2reb, J.Woodard 11+4reb+4ast, G.Curier 10+6reb+2ast, S.Bangura 3+1reb, H.Palsson 2+4reb+4ast
Le Havre: B.King 17+4reb+6ast, D.Odiakosa 15+7reb, J.Greene 15+3reb+6ast, F.Paschal 10+4reb, N.Pope 8+8reb+6ast, R.Martin 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 484490


Vichy Clermont - Lille 68-67

The game between third ranked Lille Metropole (15-10) and eighteenth ranked JA Vichy (9-16) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Lille Metropole was edged by JA Vichy in a tough game in Vichy 67-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lille Metropole. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 38-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Carl Ona-Embo (185-89, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 23 points for the winners. Power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Ona-Embo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. JA Vichy's coach Stephane Dao used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Thomas Ceci-Diop (199-92) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Burkinabe Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. JA Vichy moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with Boulogne. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. JA Vichy is looking forward to face SO Maritime Boulogne (#17) in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the next round. Lille Metropole will play at home against Saint Chamond (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lille: T.Ceci-Diop 19+9reb+1ast, J.Traore 14+9reb+2ast, D.Burton 11+3ast, J.MBida 8+3reb+1ast, M.Queta 6+2reb, P.Duwiquet 5+3reb+2ast
Vichy Clermont: C.Ona-Embo 23+2reb+1ast, C.Bronchard 13+7reb+4ast, D.Denave 10+3reb+1ast, S.Doucoure 7+4reb+1ast, J.Cole 6+2reb, R.El Amrani 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 484495


St Chamond - Denain 69-75

No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked Denain Voltaire (12-13) defeated on the road 14th ranked Saint Chamond (10-15) 75-69 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-69. Power forward Jerome Cazenobe (203-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Pierric Poupet (192-84) chipped in 13 points and 9 assists. Denain Voltaire's coach Jean-Christophe Prat allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side power forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) responded with 9 points and 7 rebounds and American guard BA Walker (184-84, college: VCU, agency: Inception Sports) scored 7 points and 7 assists. Denain Voltaire moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Nantes. Loser Saint Chamond keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Roanne and Maurienne. Denain Voltaire will meet at home Aix-Maurienne (#16) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Saint Chamond will play against Lille Metropole and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: J.Rinna 9+7reb+2ast, M.Guichard 9+3reb+1ast, P.Turpin 9+3reb+1ast, J.Hoyaux 8+4reb+3ast, S.Gombauld 8+4reb, B.Walker 7+2reb+7ast
Denain: J.Cazenobe 17+12reb+1ast, C.Abouo 15+4reb+3ast, P.Poupet 13+4reb+9ast, B.Gillet 9+1ast, T.Tarpey 6+8reb+1ast, K.Harley 6+2reb
gschID: 484494


Provence Basket - St Quentin 89-76

Very expected game in Fos-sur-Mer where 13th ranked Saint-Quentin (11-14) was defeated by second ranked Provence Basket (17-8) 89-76 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 46-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Provence Basket made 19-of-19 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American-Nigerian Derrick Obasohan (198-81, college: Texas Arlington, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American swingman Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Provence Basket's coach Remi Giutta allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (196-90) responded with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and American center Ryan Rhoomes (203-92, college: Fordham) scored 20 points. Four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Provence Basket maintains second place with 17-8 record behind leader Bourg. Loser Saint-Quentin dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Rouen. Provence Basket will meet at home ADA Blois (#6) in the next round. Saint-Quentin will play against Poitiers (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: R.Rhoomes 20+4reb, R.Nyakundi 13+3reb, P.Drouault 12+8reb+6ast, A.Charles 12+3reb+2ast, J.Robinson 7+3reb+4ast, E.Maraux 6
Provence Basket: A.Broussard 19+1reb+4ast, D.Obasohan 15+5reb+5ast, R.Desroses 14+2reb+2ast, L.Akono 9+1reb+6ast, J.Maille 8+4reb, B.Waldow 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 484493


Poitiers - Roanne 85-68

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Poitiers (13-12) beat at home 15th ranked Chorale de Roanne (10-15) 85-68 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-68. Poitiers forced 21 Chorale de Roanne turnovers and outrebounded them 32-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Chorale de Roanne's players. American swingman Drake Reed (194-87, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Inception Sports) stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St.) chipped in 6 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side point guard Arthur Rozenfeld (178-95) responded with 24 points and American forward Joe Burton (201-90, college: Oregon St.) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Poitiers moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Evreux and Boulazac. Loser Chorale de Roanne dropped to the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Maurienne and St Chamond. Poitiers will meet Saint-Quentin (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Chorale de Roanne will play against SPO Rouen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roanne: A.Rozenfeld 24+1reb+2ast, J.Burton 18+5reb+2ast, A.Gavrilovic 9+5reb+2ast, A.Kanervo 5+2reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 3+2reb, R.Nelson 3+1reb
Poitiers: D.Reed 15+7reb+2ast, S.Omar Doumbouya 11+5reb+1ast, M.Joseph 10+1reb, C.Leonard 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Fall 8+5reb+1ast, J.Greer 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 484492


Nantes - Charleville 68-79

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Nantes (12-13) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Charleville-Mezieres (14-11) 79-68 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Charleville-Mezieres. Nantes managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nantes to just 7 points in third quarter. American guard Jordan Fouse (201-94, college: Green Bay, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Ivorian center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Charleville-Mezieres' coach Cedric Heitz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American-British power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne) scored 17 points. Charleville-Mezieres moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Le Havre and Blois. Loser Nantes dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Denain. Charleville-Mezieres will meet at home league's leader JL Bourg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nantes will play against ALM Evreux (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nantes: L.Ekperigin 17+4reb+1ast, C.McKnight 17+11reb+1ast, V.Fofana 9+2reb+3ast, V.Bigote 9+2reb+1ast, K.Mitchell 8+2reb+5ast, A.Desespringalle 4+2reb+1ast
Charleville: J.Fouse 19+7reb+3ast, W.Brown 17+5reb, M.Kone 16+9reb+2ast, M.Hermannsson 9+7reb+6ast, V.Mukuna 8+4reb, S.Buterlevicius 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 484491


Bourg - Boulazac 78-60

Leader JL Bourg delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Boulazac Basket (13-12) 78-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Boulazac Basket. It looked good early as Boulazac Basket took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then JL Bourg had a 16-14 second period charge getting the lead and Boulazac Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-78. JL Bourg made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) answered with 11 points and Jerome Sanchez (197-90) added 14 points in the effort for Boulazac Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JL Bourg maintains first place with 18-7 record. Boulazac Basket at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Evreux and Poitiers. JL Bourg will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#5) on the road in the next round. Boulazac Basket will play against STB Le Havre and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: J.Sanchez 14+1reb, J.Williams 11+3reb+2ast, A.Salmon 8+4reb+1ast, G.Clerc 8+1reb, M.Zianveni 5+5reb+1ast, A.Tanghe 4+1reb+4ast
Bourg: Z.Peacock 22+4reb, Y.Ndoye 18+7reb, M.Courby 12+1reb, G.Sim 10+1ast, M.Houmounou 9+6reb+5ast, P.Pelos 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 484489


Maurienne - Boulogne 90-76

Everything could happen in Aix-les-Bains at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Aix-Maurienne and 17th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne had identical 9-15 record. This time Aix-Maurienne used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Boulogne-sur-Mer 90-76 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 34-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Aix-Maurienne looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Rayvonte Rice (193-92, college: Illinois, agency: Two Points) stepped up and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Guyanese forward Gide Noel (198-93) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side American guard Teddy Gipson (191-80, college: Arkansas) responded with 16 points and Kadri Moendadze (191-94) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne (10-15) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Roanne and St Chamond. Loser SO Maritime Boulogne keeps the seventeenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Vichy Clermont. Aix-Maurienne will meet higher ranked Denain Voltaire (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against JA Vichy (#18) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: T.Gipson 16+4reb+3ast, K.Moendadze 16+7reb, X.Corosine 15+1ast, G.Jordan 11+5reb+1ast, G.Paumier 7+9reb, W.de Jong 5+2reb
Maurienne: G.Noel 17+1reb+3ast, R.Rice 17+5reb+2ast, P.Dambrauskas 15+3reb+2ast, R.Dardaine 14+6reb, K.Atamna 11+2reb+1ast, A.Williamson 6+4reb
gschID: 484488


Blois - Evreux 74-76

A very close game took place in Blois between ALM Evreux and ADA Blois. Tenth ranked ALM Evreux (13-12) got a very close victory on the road over 4th placed ADA Blois (14-11). ALM Evreux managed to escape with a 2-point win 76-74 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ADA Blois. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard Caleb Walker (194-89, college: Nebraska) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Ivorian forward Remi Dibo (201-91, college: W.Virginia, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Florian Thibedore (195-90) scored 14 points and 4 assists. ALM Evreux moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Poitiers and Boulazac. Loser ADA Blois keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Le Havre and Charleville. ALM Evreux will meet at home Nantes (#10) in the next round. ADA Blois will play against the league's second-placed Provence Basket (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Blois: F.Turner 14+5reb+3ast, F.Thibedore 14+3reb+4ast, E.Boateng 12+7reb, B.Monclar 11+2ast, F.Tortosa 8+4reb+3ast, L.Wilson 8+5reb+3ast
Evreux: C.Walker 18+6reb+3ast, R.Dibo 16+4reb+3ast, C.Henry 10+4reb+7ast, L.Kante 9+3reb+2ast, S.Mekdad 9+7reb+1ast, A.Anagonye 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 484487





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Prva Liga Round 4 (Second Stage): MZT Skopje defeats group leader Karpos Sokoli - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Karpos Sokoli (3-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by MZT Skopje (4-0) 87-85. It was a key game for the top position in Liga. MZT Skopje looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Karpos Sokoli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) contributed with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Karpos Sokoli. Defending champion keeps a position of Liga leader. Karpos Sokoli at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. MZT Skopje are looking forward to face Kumanovo (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Karpos Sokoli will play against Kozuv (#5) in Gevgelija and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Skopje. Third ranked Rabotnicki (2-2) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Kozuv (1-3) 68-67 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 6 rebounds and Vlado Ilievski who added 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) responded with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Rabotnicki maintains third position in Liga with 2-2 record having just two points less than leader MZT Skopje. Kozuv at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Rabotnicki will play against Feni Industries (#4) in Kavadarci in the next round. Kozuv will play at home against the league's second-placed Karpos Sokoli to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Kavadarci between Feni Industries and Kumanovo. Sixth ranked Feni Industries (1-3) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Kumanovo (1-3). Feni Industries managed to escape with a 1-point win 99-98 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Mladen Pantic who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Even 27 points by Dimitar Karadzovski did not help to save the game for Kumanovo. Feni Industries left bottom position moving up to fourth place in Liga. Feni Industries will meet higher ranked Rabotnicki (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kumanovo will play against the league's leader MZT Skopje and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Ohrid. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Pelister Bitola (1-3) to eighth ranked Ohrid AV (3-1) 53-51 in the fight for the eighth place. Devin Brooks fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Ohrid AV's coach Petar Chochoroski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Ohrid AV maintains eighth position in Liga with 3-1 record. Pelister Bitola at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 4
In Liga Strumica beat Vardar on the road 55-50.

Places 1-6
Karpos Sokoli - MZT Skopje 85-87

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Karpos Sokoli (3-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by MZT Skopje (4-0) 87-85. It was a key game for the top position in Liga. MZT Skopje looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Karpos Sokoli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (208-88) added 25 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Karpos Sokoli. Defending champion keeps a position of Liga leader. Karpos Sokoli at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. MZT Skopje are looking forward to face Kumanovo (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Karpos Sokoli will play against Kozuv (#5) in Gevgelija and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: M.Simonovski 16+4reb, C.Kloof 16+9reb+10ast, S.Gjuroski 15+5reb+2ast, J.Lalic 13+4reb+1ast, D.Mijatovic 11+10reb+3ast, D.Drenovac 9+1reb+1ast
Karpos Sokoli: B.Trajkovski 25+6reb+1ast, K.Perry 23+5reb+5ast, D.Labovic 20+8reb+2ast, D.Zekovic 6+3reb, Z.Comagic 6+6reb+4ast, D.Sokolov 3+3reb+4ast
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Rabotnicki - Kozuv 68-67

Important game to mention about took place in Skopje. Third ranked Rabotnicki (2-2) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Kozuv (1-3) 68-67 on Saturday evening. Kozuv was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Rabotnicki made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Vlado Ilievski (188-80, agency: BeoBasket) who added 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) responded with 9 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 13 points and 7 assists. Rabotnicki maintains third position in Liga with 2-2 record having just two points less than leader MZT Skopje. Kozuv at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Rabotnicki will play against Feni Industries (#4) in Kavadarci in the next round. Kozuv will play at home against the league's second-placed Karpos Sokoli to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: V.Ilievski 13+1reb+4ast, G.Cekovski 12+6reb+2ast, P.Nikolic 11+4reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 11+7reb, N.Misanovic 10+7reb, D.Mirakovski 9+2reb+3ast
Kozuv: K.McNeaill 13+2reb+7ast, A.Shterjov 12+3reb+1ast, N.Djurasovic 11+1reb, M.Mijovic 9+12reb+3ast, K.Anikenko 8+5reb, I.Dimcevski 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 539652


Feni Industries - Kumanovo 99-98

A very close game took place in Kavadarci between Feni Industries and Kumanovo. Sixth ranked Feni Industries (1-3) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Kumanovo (1-3). Feni Industries managed to escape with a 1-point win 99-98 on Saturday evening. Feni Industries looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: 011 Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and the former international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) supported him with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Even 27 points by the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) did not help to save the game for Kumanovo. American point guard Yonel Brown (175-94, college: Kennesaw St.) added 23 points and 5 assists for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Feni Industries left bottom position moving up to fourth place in Liga. Feni Industries will meet higher ranked Rabotnicki (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kumanovo will play against the league's leader MZT Skopje and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Feni Industries: M.Pantic 27+11reb+3ast, K.Nikolovski 20+10reb+1ast, B.Stajic 14+1reb+7ast, B.Djekic 12+4reb, P.Pajic 11+5reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 8+4reb+2ast
Kumanovo: D.Karadzovski 27+4reb+2ast, Y.Brown 23+2reb+5ast, M.Pekovic 12+7reb+2ast, N.Karakolev 12+2reb, M.Janevski 10+9reb+1ast, S.Zivanovic 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 539651


Places 7-10
Vardar - Strumica 50-55

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Strumica (3-1) beat bottom-ranked Vardar (1-3) in Skopje 55-50. The guests were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 17-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Strumica dominated on the defensive end, holding Vardar to just 6 points in first quarter. They also forced 23 Vardar turnovers. The former international forward Vladimir Brckov (200-89, agency: BeoBasket) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Serbian forward Petar Jokic (201-91) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. American-Nigerian guard Deji Ibitayo (193-93, college: Akron) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Daniel Kalov (204-89) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Vardar's coach Gjorgi Kocov tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Strumica maintains seventh position in Liga with 3-1 record. Newly promoted Vardar stay at the bottom place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Strumica: P.Jokic 20+6reb+1ast, V.Brckov 17+13reb+1ast, E.Bogoev 9+2reb+5ast, A.Stefanovski 6+9reb+1ast, D.Makenadziev 2+2reb+1ast, D.Delipetrov 1+3reb
Vardar: D.Ibitayo 15+7reb+2ast, D.Kalov 9+8reb, B.Serafimov 7+3reb, B.Mitkov 6+10reb, M.Mitev 4+1reb+1ast, V.Levkoski 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 539678


Ohrid AV - Pelister Bitola 53-51

A very interesting game took place in Ohrid. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Pelister Bitola (1-3) to eighth ranked Ohrid AV (3-1) 53-51 in the fight for the eighth place. It looked good early as Pelister Bitola took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ohrid AV had a 13-10 second period charge getting the lead and Pelister Bitola was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 51-53. American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Slobodan Mihajlovski (202-82) chipped in 7 points and 8 rebounds. Ohrid AV's coach Petar Chochoroski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard Phil Hawkins (186-90, college: Texas St.) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian forward Milos Andrejevic (198-89) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Newly promoted Ohrid AV maintains eighth position in Liga with 3-1 record. Pelister Bitola at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ohrid AV: D.Brooks 22+12reb+3ast, L.Milojevic 10+4reb, S.Mihajlovski 7+8reb, S.Gligorijevic 5+4reb, B.Janevski 3+7reb+1ast, S.Janeski 2+1reb
Pelister Bitola: P.Hawkins 21+9reb+3ast, M.Andrejevic 9+8reb, B.Davkov 5+2reb, M.Golubovic 5+8reb, G.Anakievski 4+3reb+1ast, N.Talevski 3+2reb+1ast
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Superleague Round 24: Derby game ends with Dinamo Tbilisi's defeat of Sokhumi - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#1) and Sokhumi (#5). Dinamo Tbilisi (23-1) smashed visiting Sokhumi (9-15) by 43 points 95-52. The game without a history. Dinamo Tbilisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 32. Dinamo Tbilisi forced 19 Sokhumi turnovers and outrebounded them 42-30 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for the former international Mikheil Berishvili (204-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for Sokhumi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dinamo Tbilisi have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. Sokhumi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Mgzavrebi.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Mgzavrebi (#8) and Olimpi (#6). Olimpi was defeated at home 70-77 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and Otar Pkhakadze who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Mgzavrebi maintains eighth position with 7-17 record. Olimpi at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Mgzavrebi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
An interesting game for Kutaisi (17-6) which hosted in Kutaisi one of their biggest challengers Energy Invest (13-11). Second ranked Kutaisi managed to get a 10-point victory 87-77. The winners were led by Giorgi Tsintsadze who scored that evening 28 points and 6 assists. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by Thomas Spagnolo did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kutaisi have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-6 record having seven points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Loser Energy Invest keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Kutaisi will meet Olimpi (#6) in the next round. Energy Invest will play against Batumi and hope to secure a win.
The game in Batumi was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (10-14) played at the court of 7th ranked Batumi (8-16). Cactus Tbilisi managed to secure a 7-point victory 92-85. The best player for the winners was Terik Bridgeman who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Cactus Tbilisi maintains fourth position with 10-14 record. Batumi at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.

Kutaisi - Rustavi 87-77

An interesting game for Kutaisi (17-6) which hosted in Kutaisi one of their biggest challengers Energy Invest (13-11). Second ranked Kutaisi managed to get a 10-point victory 87-77. The game was mostly controlled by Kutaisi. Energy Invest managed to win third quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kutaisi won last quarter 24-16. They made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Kutaisi had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by international point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) who scored that evening 28 points and 6 assists and forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by American forward Thomas Spagnolo (201-91, college: Appalachian St.) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. His fellow American import forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock) added 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kutaisi have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-6 record having seven points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Loser Energy Invest keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Kutaisi will meet Olimpi (#6) in the next round. Energy Invest will play against Batumi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: M.Lewis-Briggs 16+7reb+2ast, T.Spagnolo 14+8reb+3ast, S.Atuashvili 12+6reb+2ast, C.Kasperbauer 11+2reb+3ast, C.Lee 9+3reb+6ast, T.Qitoshvili 6+1reb+2ast
Kutaisi: G.Tsintsadze 28+3reb+6ast, G.Barbakadze 17+4reb+4ast, B.Bekauri 16+5reb+2ast, L.Tsekvava 10+4reb+2ast, A.Lomouri 5+4reb+1ast, T.Babunashvili 4+2reb
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Batumi - Cactus Tbilisi 85-92

The game in Batumi was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (10-14) played at the court of 7th ranked Batumi (8-16). Cactus Tbilisi managed to secure a 7-point victory 92-85. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Batumi won third quarter 28-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Terik Bridgeman (198, college: William Pater.) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Beqa Chikviladze (196-91) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Ukrainian forward Igor Krivtsov (201-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and international Besik Lezhava (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cactus Tbilisi maintains fourth position with 10-14 record. Batumi at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
Batumi: I.Krivtsov 26+11reb+1ast, B.Lezhava 22+6reb+7ast, K.Jintcharadze 13+7reb, I.Shemosiuk 10+4reb+1ast, N.Tenieshvili 7+3reb+1ast, I.Maisuradze 7+1reb+2ast
Cactus Tbilisi: T.Bridgeman 24+13reb+2ast, B.Chikviladze 23+6reb+9ast, J.Florveus 17+15reb, D.Lomidze 11+1reb+1ast, I.Chlaidze 7+2reb+2ast, T.White 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 540348


Dinamo Tbilisi - Sokhumi 95-52

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#1) and Sokhumi (#5). Dinamo Tbilisi (23-1) smashed visiting Sokhumi (9-15) by 43 points 95-52. The game without a history. Dinamo Tbilisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 32. Dinamo Tbilisi forced 19 Sokhumi turnovers and outrebounded them 42-30 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for the former international Mikheil Berishvili (204-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) added 9 points and 5 assists in the effort for Sokhumi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dinamo Tbilisi have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. Sokhumi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Mgzavrebi.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: O.Tishchenko 13+10reb+1ast, O.Buliava 12+3reb, D.Lathan 9+1reb+5ast, D.Barbakadze 5+1reb+1ast, K.Tomaradze 5+1reb+1ast, V.Beruashvili 4
Dinamo Tbilisi: M.Berishvili 23+10reb+4ast, I.Londaridze 22+7reb+2ast, N.Gogodze 13+6reb+1ast, D.Vaughn 9+3reb+3ast, L.Patsatsia 8+5reb+2ast, M.Tchotchua 6+2reb+7ast
gschID: 540347


Olimpi - Mgzavrebi 70-77

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Mgzavrebi (#8) and Olimpi (#6). Olimpi was defeated at home 70-77 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Olimpi was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Otar Pkhakadze (188-93, college: Simpson, CA) who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Mgzavrebi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Nick Schlitzer (198-92, college: Philadelphia) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Mgzavrebi maintains eighth position with 7-17 record. Olimpi at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Mgzavrebi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: N.Schlitzer 17+11reb, T.Burnette 17+10reb+1ast, R.Rogava 11+4reb+6ast, W.Pitchford 5+5reb, I.Mikeladze 5+1reb+5ast, G.Baqradze 5+3ast
Mgzavrebi: K.Ransom 18+8reb+1ast, O.Pkhakadze 17+3reb+5ast, C.Allen 13+6reb+6ast, D.Taylor 11+9reb+4ast, R.Murphy 6+3reb+1ast, G.Turdzeladze 5+3reb
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The Canadian Sensation Mike Lucier Leads Rhondorf to 80-78 Play Down Grind Out Win Over Nordlingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



If one had been away from the Dragon Dome the last few weeks concentrating more on the fabulous and always exciting March Madness in the States where a team like South Carolina stole the hearts of possibly even some loyal North Carolina Tar Heel fans or been outside enjoying the early spring weather and returned back to basketball in Rhondorf this last weekend, two major things would have caught the observer. The first most drastic item that one would not have seen cleaning up and dominating the paint area on both ends of the court would have been the big Dawg from Bloom Township, Illinois Aaron Nelson. He had abruptly departed from the club and returned back to the States listing homesickness as the reason. For many this may have been a true fact, but for others there seemed to be more behind the surface that just wasn't communicated and for the club a very bitter event since now the club was missing 23 points and 12 rebounds a game and had to get more input from every other player under the boards. The other major development was not seeing a tall man in black, for some possibly a younger version of a Dirk Bauermann in attire as the GQ like figure of head coach Matthias Sonnenschein was missing as he had been dismissed by management and replaced by experienced Dutch man Thomas Roijakkers who's name is familiar as his brother Johan coaches 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen. Thomas Roijakkers last coached Pro B north team Stahnsdorf and gained further experience with Pro B team Recklingshausen from 2013-2015. He is known for his knowledge, work ethic and versatility. He is a specialist regarding digital video team and player scouting / analyzing. He also has a lot of experience in individual skill development and guidance of players. The Dragons Rhondorf had started off poorly in the play downs with a 0-2 record having lost to Lich and Leipzig and now were meeting the Giants Nordlingen who had a 1-1 record having beat Leipzig and lost to Lich. The only good news for Dragon fans was that they had their pro B basketball destiny in their own hands as they had two wins more than Leipzig and would fight for that last Pro B spot for next season as Lich is on it's way to staying in the Pro B having two wins more than Rhondorf. After 40 minutes Aaron Nelson still wasn't there, but new head coach Thomas Roijakkers still was and was very happy having been able to win his first game as Dragon head coach 80-78 over the Giants Nordlingen who's come back attempt fell short in the last seconds. After the victory game top scorer Mike Lucier who dropped 25 points and had 11 rebounds was thrilled about the win as well as relieved as the last weeks have been difficult with so much drama within the organization. 'It has been tough as we didn't want to be in this position now when the season started. We all have jobs to do and know that we have to win. I just try to stay focused and help the team win. I have a bigger role now. We started strong in the first and third quarters, but not in the second and fourth quarters where we were slowed down. We had too many break downs, but at the end of the day we needed a win and I am happy that we got it', stressed Dragons Rhondorf forward Mike Lucier (201-F-92, college: Lambton) The Giants Nordlingen had to fight back the whole game and could have won it at the end, but came up short. With all their bad luck this season, it seemed only normal that they wouldn't grind out the win. 'It was a tough battle and we fought until the end, but we just couldn't get the win. We really wanted to stay in the league, but couldn't make shots. I felt that we moved the ball well, hit open shots and adjusted well to their zone. We didn't start well at all and at times played selfish which resulted in fast break baskets for them. They had too many runs that we couldn't rebound from', added Giants Nordlingen forward Adrein Coleman.

The Dragons Rhondorf were 0-2 in the playdowns and needed a win badly and came out focused and controlled the game right away jumping all over the Giants Nordlingen quickly leading 11-3 after only three minutes. In the run, the Dragons were led by Mike Lucier who was aggressive scoring five points with his versatile inside out game and was also aided by German Thomas Michel who dropped a trey and American Will Trawick who like Lucier was active in the paint drawing two fouls and accumulating three points. Rhondorf had their defense set early stifling Nordlingen in their first four possessions until 22 year old 204cm forward Adrian Lind tested his 41,7% three point shooting making the first points. Nordlingen then got some timely energy from 20 year old German Eddy Edigin who scored twice in the paint cutting the Rhondorf advantage to 11-7. This sudden burst of energy from Nordlingen didn't cut into Rhondorf's game plan as they closed out the first quarter strong going on a 10-3 run to lead 21-10 after one quarter.In the run, the Dragons Rhondorf displayed superb team basketball spreading the ball around and getting buckets inside from their big men Florian Wendeler and Bastian Winterhalter as well as a trey from Mike Lucier and ex Bayer Uerdingen guard Patrick Reusch who used his immense speed made a lay in. 'We started out strong and really did everything right, getting defensive rebounds and not allowing second chances. Our two imports Lucier and Trawick took responsibility and did a good job. Lucier hit shots while Trawick was aggressive with his penetration. Our defense held Smith in check as he had done a good job steering his team the last weeks', added Dragons Rhondorf manager Boris Kaminski. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 44% from the field and 75% from outside while the Giants Nordlingen were shooting 22% from the field and outside. Rhondorf had the 15-9 rebound edge and four turnovers while Nordlingen had three turnovers.

In the second quarter, the Dragons Rhondorf lost concentration and control of the game as the Giants Nordlingen came back taking their first lead of the game as there were four lead changes, but Rhondorf still led at the break. It took the Giants Nordlingen some time to come back, but they were chipping away at the Rhondorf lead. Rhondorf got on the board first as versatile German Anton Geretzki who is having an outstanding NBBL season having registered a triple double against Cologne and 30 points against Hamburg dropped a trey for the 24-12 lead. However Nordlingen started to fight back going on a 6-2 run to cut the Rhondorf lead to 26-18. The run was led by American Terence Smith who made a lay in, free throws and set up Edigin with the most spectacular pass of the evening as he made a no look over the shoulder pass between two Dragons. Rhondorf was otherwise doing a good job limiting the scoring of Smith, but could contain 21 year old ex Crailsheiom Merlin German Leon Friederici who led Nordlingen on a destructive 15-5 run dead locking the game at 33-33. In the run, Friederci added seven points, while Lind dropped another trey and Smith hit a pull up jumper. After Lucier scored in the paint, it was German veteran Fabian Brueting who played 31 Pro A games with Bayreuth connecting on a trey giving Nordlingen it's first lead 36-35. Reusch and Edigin traded buckets and leads, but Wendeler got the lead back for good at 40-39 with a free throw. 'We recently had this problem in Leipzig where after one or two bad plays, we get a mental block and that happened again in the second quarter. We didn't see that team basketball of the first quarter. We were finishing at 80% instead of 100%. We held Smith in check, but Friederici hurt us', added Boris Kaminski. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 45% from the field and 75% from the three point line while the Giants Nordlingen were shooting 38% from the field and 32% from the three point line. Rhondorf had the 22-20 rebound edge, but nine turnovers while Nordlingen had seven turnovers.

In the third quarter, the Dragons Rhondorf found their magic of the first quarter going on a 12-4 run to extend their lead to 52-43. Lucier was the spark plug again scoring six points and twice perfected the pick and pop with Trawick and Frankl-Maus. 'I was feeling good the whole game. I worked on putting myself in better positions to score. I also stayed aggressive and just kept making shots', added Mike Lucier Michel also converted on a trey and Geretzki made a key offensive rebound and put back. Whereas it was Edigin bringing some much needed energy in the first half, it was now Georgia native Adrien Coleman who hit back to back baskets with a jumper and fast break lay up cutting the Rhondorf advantage to only 52-48. However Rhondorf closed out the third quarter in strong fashion going on a 8-3 run to lead 61-51 after 30 minutes. Key in the run where three fast break buckets in a row as Reusch, Trawick and Lucier all connected. Nordlingen got a key three pointer from ex BG Karlsruhe center Adrian Lind to somewhat tame the lead. 'We wanted to play faster in the second half and those three transition baskets were key in the third', stated Mike Lucier 'They made a good start and whenever they made a run, we came back only to see them make another run. In the end we just didn't have any energy left', stressed Adrien Coleman. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 43% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while the Giants Nordlingen were shooting 34% from the field and 26% from the three point line. Rhondorf had the 37-32 rebound advantage and both teams had 12 turnovers apiece.

In the fourth quarter, the Dragons Rhondorf continued to supply the pressure and witnessed Nordlingen come back twice, but to no avail. The Giants Nordlingen didn't waste anytime on their come back trail as they went on a quick 7-2 run to trail Rhondorf only 63-58. In the run they got a key trey from Bruetting and two buckets in the paint by Edigin. Rhondorf responded with a 4-0 run as Frankl-Maus supplied free throws and Telekom Baskets Bonn license player Valentin Blass who has played 14 BBL games made an offensive rebound and put back for the 67-58 Rhondorf lead. Whenever Rhondorf tried to sneak away, Nordlingen came up big on offense as 23 year old German Jonas Zink connected from the corner from downtown as did Bruetting cutting the Rhondorf lead to only 69-65. Nordlingen was threatening, but Rhondorf got instant power from Trawick who scored inside and then got an extra pass from Lucier dropping the trey for the 74-65 Rhondorf lead. Smith and Edigin got to the free throw line, but it was Lucier hitting a 20 footer and diminutive 186cm guard Frankl-Maus snuck inside for the tip in giving Rhondorf the seeminly game ending 80-71 cushion lead with a few minutes to go, but Nordlingen had one last gasp left. Nordlingen went on a 7-0 run as Smith and Lind nailed three's to cut the Rhondorf lead to 80-78 and one could feel the pain in the Dragon Dome as fan's hearts sank fast. Wendeler then coughed up the ball and Nordlingen could have won the game with a last second trey from Lind who was all alone, but he missed and Reusch sealed the win with a free throw. 'It was an ugly end. It was a game of runs and we didn't do a good job sticking to defensive assignments. I was a little scared with Lind's last shot as he had a good look, but happy it didn't fall', stressed Mike Lucier 'On the last play, Rhondorf played off me and Smith and left Lind wide open, but the shot didn't want to fall', added Adrien Coleman. The Dragons Rhondorf were led by Mike Lucier with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Will Trawick added 12 points and Patrick Reusch ahd 10 points. The Giants Nordlingen were led by Fabian Bruetting with 18 points. Eddy Edigin added 14 points and Terence Smith had 13 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Leon Friederici had 12 points and Adrian Lind had 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Dragons Rhondorf shot 44% from the field and 39% from outside while the Giants Nordlingen shot 37% from the field and 33% from outside. Rhondorf won the rebound duel 50-39, but they had 19 turnovers while Nordlingen coughed up the ball 17 times.



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Braves rekindle dominance in Accra League - by Yaw Mintah

After a jerky start to the 2017 Accra Basketball League (ABL) season, Braves of Customs is back on track in the wake of impressive wins in recent outings. Braves Male side obliterated Adenta Leopards in the Men's Division I while its Female side recorded a 45-28 win over University of Ghana (UG) in the Women's Division.

Braves completed dominated play from start to finish over Leopards who have been handed a rude awakening in the division after an impressive start. Following a 64-39 beatdown by Tema Youth earlier in an outstanding game, Leopards completely lost it to the veteran side.

A 70-31 lead after the third quarter courtesy a Jeffrey Djimatey buzzer beating three point shot, quickly turned into a comfortable showing for Braves in the final quarter as several players were rested for Suleman Abubakar to slam dunk the emphatic win.

In the following game, Ghana Navy lost its fourth straight game of the season off a 38-50 loss to Tudu Magic. Matters remained close in the early minutes of the game as Magic took a 19-14 lead as it trio of Guards Nii Lamptey, Elvis Pobi-Siaw and Eric Quaye got hot from the three point line.

Navy got quality production from big Center Eric Adorku down the stretch but the damage had already been done.

Navy's Female side fared better in the Women's Division with a 46-37 win over Fire Service; the win was Navy's second of the season.Braves on the other hand got past UG 45-28 as it recovers from the disappointing season opening loss to Tudu Galaxy.




UPAC knockout phase to take place on April 7 and 8 - by Yaw Mintah

The 2017 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship knock out stages will take place on April 7 and April 8 per reports gathered from competition organizers Rite Sports Limited.

The knockout games will be staged at the home of reigning champions University of Ghana (UG) with seven other teams challenging for the chance to unseat the host team. A special draw for the quarter final pairings will be done during a live transmission of basketball television show, 'Courtside'.

The program airs on Ghana channel Kwese Free Sport between 14:00 and 16:00 GMT respectively. Some team representatives are expected in the studio for the live balloting as the eight qualified teams will be put in two groups with each group containing four teams each.

The top two teams from each group qualify to the semifinals of the competition.

UG headlines a top class which has Marshalls University College, All Nations University College, Accra Technical University College and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

University of Cape-Coast and University of Development Studies (UDS-Tamale) and University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) complete the list.



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Dominos League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Grindavik and KR post wins - by Eurobasket News

Stjarnan - Grindavik 78-96

Grindavik cruised past Stjarnan in the semifinal series opener. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-78. Grindavik made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up and scored 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and guard Dagur Jonsson (185-95, college: St.Francis, NY) chipped in 26 points. At the losing side the former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian-American guard Anthony Odunsi (193-92, college: Houston Baptist, agency: SDJ Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: L.Clinch 29+6reb+6ast, D.Jonsson 26+2reb+3ast, T.Olafsson 16+4reb+2ast, O.Olafsson 11+11reb+3ast, O.Saevarsson 7+9reb, T.Finnbogason 5+3reb
Stjarnan: A.Odunsi 14+10reb, T.Tomasson 13+3reb+4ast, J.Shouse 13+3reb+5ast, T.Hilmarsson 11+3reb, H.Baeringsson 10+14reb+4ast, E.Aevarsson 9+6reb+4ast
gschID: 542916


KR - Keflavik 90-71

KR marched past Keflavik for 1-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. KR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Swingman Darri Hilmarsson (190-87) nailed 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winning side and forward Thorir Thorbjarnarsson (196-98) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four KR players scored in double figures. American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and naturalized American guard Reggie Dupree (183-87, college: Faulkner) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Keflavik in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
KR: D.Hilmarsson 18+8reb+2ast, B.Bjornsson 15+4reb+3ast, T.Thorbjarnarsson 14+9reb, P.Alawoya 11+4reb+1ast, S.Thorvaldsson 11+3reb+4ast, J.Stefansson 10+3reb+5ast
Keflavik: A.Stevens 25+24reb+4ast, R.Dupree 14+5reb+4ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 8+3reb+5ast, M.Traustason 8+2reb, G.Jonsson 8+1reb+1ast, A.Orrason 6
gschID: 542915





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The Andheri YMCA Story of Basketball - by Anil Kumar

Joota kya dekh raha hai, game dekh,' giggles Amar Gaikwad. (What are you looking at my shoes for, check out my game instead!)

The line, Gaikwad says, is his favourite memory playing basketball at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) sports complex in Andheri, Mumbai. 'I was never a person who spoke trash, but if someone looked down at my torn shoes, I had to let them know, 'Who's the boss!'' Gaikwad, now one of the most successful school coaches in Mumbai, says he owes it all to the game he learnt on the outdoor court at Andheri YMCA.

The Co-ordinates

Andheri YMCA opened in 1964 with an intention of providing top notch coaching in multiple sports. Located in DN Nagar, near the Versova Police Station in Andheri West, the YMCA is one of the largest among the nine branches of the Bombay YMCA. Flanked by a Boys Home on three sides and a tennis court on the fourth, the YMCA's basketball court was constructed in 1995.

More Than Just Basketball

The very first court had an asphalt base, and the children living in the Boys Home took to the sport like fish to water! Allowed three hours of daily play time by the Home, the kids looked to make the most of it. However, playing on the hard surface under the blazing sun proved challenging. 'We either played with torn shoes or barefoot, and as the court was hot we would get blisters. To save our feet, we would squeeze our chappals inside our shoes,' says Gaikwad, recalling his Boys Home experiences. It was a jugaad (improvisation) move that he believes, showcased their street smarts.

Soon, at the behest of the YMCA members and with the availability of funds, the surface was re-laid to concrete and floodlights were installed. But the Boys Home kids had to continue sweating it out in the middle of the day. There was one incentive to improve though: the best among them would be selected to play in the evenings against the regular members of the YMCA. 'Evening sessions were great for us. The members would often support us by providing us with shoes to play. It was always competitive,' says Ganesh Chawan, another alumnus of the Boys Home who too is now a professional coach.

While initially, basketball had been introduced by the YMCA purely as an activity for its members, the realisation dawned that it was a perfect tool to develop youngsters' all-round personalities. 'While practising our basics, we were often taught things like communication, teamwork and selflessness. Things that holds relevance for us even today,' says Chawan.

Despite having a strong team from the get-go - comprising majority of players from the Boys Home along with a few kids from the neighbourhood - the Andheri YMCA club side opened on a losing streak. All this changed when Peter Norrel, a basketball coach from Switzerland, arrived. 'We learnt the right way to play basketball under coach Peter. He taught us everything we know and teach the children today,' says Chawan. Soon after, the young boys of Andheri YMCA began making a name for themselves, winning local tournaments and with many of its squad members getting selected to the district and state teams.

After Norrel, former India internationals and legends like Rajesh Srivastava and Abdul Hamid have taken it upon themselves to regularly play and guide the others at Andheri YMCA. 'Just like we had Peter sir, these guys are blessed to have Rajesh sir and Babu sir [as Abdul Hamid is popularly known] and just like us, they have the best seats in the house to watch them in action,' says Gaikwad.

Replicating The YMCA Andheri Model

The example set by YMCA Andheri is one that is inspiring many others throughout the city of Mumbai. All branches of the Bombay YMCA now run free basketball coaching sessions for underprivileged children. They are using the sport not just as a vehicle for physical development but also as a means to inculcate moral values for holistic growth. The YMCA-Boys Home model has also been replicated by its former graduates Chawan and Gaikwad who have launched their own NGO called '360 Life Changer Charitable Trust'. 'While my income from coaching may not rival incomes of those working in big companies, I finish each day with a smile, knowing that I made a difference by sharing my knowledge of basketball with the children,' says Gaikwad.

Over the last 22 years, the basketball court at Andheri YMCA has seen over 5000 kids from the Boys Home and from the local neighbourhood train there. In doing so, the court has worn multiple hats, from being a classroom that teaches life lessons, to transforming into a daily battleground for evening pickup games, to becoming a competitive venue that hosts Mumbai's budding athletes. But above all, YMCA Andheri has had the unique legacy of being a career-defining lifeline to over a dozen kids from the Boys Home, who have gone onto become full-time basketball coaches. These grassroots trainers are 'paying it forward' by bringing other marginalised children from India's 'maximum city' under their care, away from the mean streets and towards a more secure future.

Courtesy - Ekalayas Jason Dsouza



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Templeogue and Tralee reach Champions Trophy Final - by Eurobasket News

Templeogue and Tralee Warriors advanced into the Champions Trophy Final. They earned victories in the respective semifinals on Saturday.
Tralee Warriors nipped Swords Thunder 66:64. Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) provided 24 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. The Warriors jumped to a 36:27 halftime lead. Swords Thunder went on a determined comeback rally in the final period but came up short at the end. Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) and Ricardo Leonard (201-C-70, college: ODU) netted 13 points each in the win. Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) responded with 13 points for the Thunder.
Templeogue knocked down UCD Marian 71:64 behind 21 points and 14 rebounds from Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta). The teams went neck and neck throughout first three periods. However Templeogue used a 22:14 rally in the fourth frame to ice the win. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) produced 17 points and 7 boards in the victory. Conor Meany (185-PG-86) responded with 17 points for UCD Marian. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) chipped in 16 points in the loss.



Al Rayyan lands Jacob Lawson, ex UCC Demons - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Al Rayyan Doha (D1) tabbed 25-year old American forward Jacob Lawson (203-104kg-92, college: Appalachian State). He started the season at UCC Demons in Irish Super League. In 22 games he averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.7apg and 3.2bpg this season.
Lawson graduated from Appalachian State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Treviglio extend Adriano Vertemati through 2020 - by Eurobasket News

Treviglio and head coach Adriano Vertemati (agency: SPORTlab Agency ) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The specialist will stay with the team through 2020. Adriano Vertemati (agency: SPORTlab Agency ) has worked with Treviglio since 2011. He previously guided Benetton Treviso and Monza. Vertemati steered Benetton Treviso junior team to U19 title in 2011.



Paleari's double-double lands him Serie B Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

35-year old power forward Andrea Paleari (202-F/C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Milano Urania and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Faenza (#5, 16-10) 73-59. Milano Urania is placed at 8th position in their group in Italian Serie B. Milano Urania 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 12-14 record. Paleari has many years of experience at Milano Urania, through which he has constantly improved. Andrea Paleari averages this season 16.0ppg and 7.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Simone Bagnoli (205-F/C-81) of Cassino. He is former international forward in his first season at Cassino. In the last game Bagnoli recorded impressive 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Cassino to another comfortable win 92-78 over slightly higher-ranked Palestrina (#3, 20-7) being unquestionably team leader. Cassino's 5th position in Group C has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bagnoli is a newcomer at Cassino and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#2). He also registered 11.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mario Gigena (198-F-77) of Cecina (#13). Gigena scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Gigena's great performance Cecina lost 66-69 to slightly higher-ranked Siena Virtus (#11, 12-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Cecina ranking at the top of Group A, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gigena could help Cecina to bring them higher in the standings. Gigena has a very solid season. In 6 games in Italy he scored 21.8ppg. He also has 4.8rpg and and 3PT: 50.0%. Mario Gigena has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leonardo Ciribeni (190-G-92) of San Severo - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Nicolo Ravazzani (200-C-85) of Matera - 14 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Emanuele Trapani (181-PG-99) of Roma S.Azzurra - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Simone Zanotti (208-C/F-92) of Monteroni - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michele Antelli (183-PG-98) of San Vendemiano - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Todor Radonjic (200-F-97) of Roma S.Azzurra - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fabio Stefanini (196-F/G-93) of Barcellona - 20 points and 12 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
 Trevin PARKS
  Barsy Atyrau
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Parks, Barsy Atyrau21.4 
 2. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.15.2 
 3. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.13.6 
 4. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau12.9 
 5. Yargaliev, Astana11.9 
 6. Micheev, Barsy A.10.2 
 7. Ponomaryov, Astana9.9 
 8. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.9.6 
 9. Gavrilov, Astana9.4 
 10. Kuanov, Kaspiy A.7.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mikhail YEVSTIGNEYEV
  Barsy A.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.6.6 
 2. Micheev, Barsy A.5.6 
 3. Ponomaryov, Astana5.6 
 4. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.5.4 
 5. Gavrilov, Astana5.0 
 6. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.4.8 
 7. Bazhkin, Barsy A.4.6 
 8. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.4.6 
 9. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau4.2 
 10. Parks, Barsy Atyrau4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Azim YAGODKIN
  Kaspiy A.
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.5.0 
 2. Parks, Barsy Atyrau4.0 
 3. Yargaliev, Astana3.2 
 4. Murzagaliyev, Ast.2.9 
 5. Savchenko, Barsy A.2.7 
 6. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.2.6 
 7. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau2.3 
 8. Kuanov, Kaspiy A.2.1 
 9. Marchuk, Kaspiy A.1.8 
 10. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.1.6 
Steals Per Game
 Azim YAGODKIN
  Kaspiy A.
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.2.9 
 2. Parks, Barsy Atyrau2.9 
 3. Gavrilov, Astana1.8 
 4. Savchenko, Barsy A.1.8 
 5. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.1.7 
 6. Yargaliev, Astana1.7 
 7. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau1.7 
 8. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau1.5 
 9. Bazhkin, Barsy A.1.5 
 10. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikhail YEVSTIGNEYEV
  Barsy A.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.0.4 
 2. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.0.4 
 3. Bazhkin, Barsy A.0.4 
 4. Marchuk, Astana0.3 
 5. Gavrilov, Astana0.3 
 6. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau0.3 
 7. Matyukevych, Barsy A.0.3 
 8. Formazonov, Kaspiy A.0.2 
 9. Ponomaryov, Astana0.2 
 10. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau0.2 


National League Round 12: Barsy Atyrau and Kaspiy Aktau trade victories - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Barsy Atyrau (6-10) which hosted in Atyrau one of their biggest challengers Kaspiy Aktau (2-14). Second ranked Barsy Atyrau had an easy win 95-67. Barsy Atyrau looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 8 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Ryan Cook (191-90, college: UMBC, agency: HMS) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Denis Degtyarev (200-90) replied with 18 points for Kaspiy Aktau. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Mikhail Karpenko gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains second position with 6-10 record having ten points less than leader Astana. Kaspiy Aktau at the other side stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost.
An interesting game for Kaspiy Aktau (2-14) which played road game in Atyrau against second-best Barsy Atyrau (6-10). Third ranked Kaspiy Aktau managed to get a 10-point victory 90-80. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Sean Hill (188-92, college: Chicago St.) who helped to win the game recording 40 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Azim Yagodkin who added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Mikhail Karpenko allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international forward Pavel Micheev (201-83) with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Kaspiy Aktau maintains third position with 2-14 record having fourteen points less than leader Astana. Barsy Atyrau lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the second place with ten games lost.

Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy Aktau 95-67

An interesting game for Barsy Atyrau (6-10) which hosted in Atyrau one of their biggest challengers Kaspiy Aktau (2-14). Second ranked Barsy Atyrau had an easy win 95-67. Barsy Atyrau looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 8 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Ryan Cook (191-90, college: UMBC, agency: HMS) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cook is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Barsy Atyrau players scored in double figures. Forward Denis Degtyarev (200-90) replied with 18 points and the former international forward Vitaliy Lapchenko (207-92) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Kaspiy Aktau. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Mikhail Karpenko gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains second position with 6-10 record having ten points less than leader Astana. Kaspiy Aktau at the other side stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kaspiy Aktau: D.Degtyarev 18+2reb+3ast, A.Satkeyev 11+1ast, S.Kuanov 9+2reb+4ast, V.Formazonov 9+4reb, V.Lapchenko 7+9reb+2ast, S.Kazantcev 6+1reb+2ast
Barsy Atyrau: T.Parks 27+3reb+8ast, R.Cook 18+6reb+2ast, M.Yevstigneyev 13+8reb+3ast, N.Bazhkin 13+8reb+3ast, P.Ilin 10+3reb+6ast, P.Micheev 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 511128


Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy Aktau 80-90

An interesting game for Kaspiy Aktau (2-14) which played road game in Atyrau against second-best Barsy Atyrau (6-10). Third ranked Kaspiy Aktau managed to get a 10-point victory 90-80. Kaspiy Aktau had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Kaspiy Aktau especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Sean Hill (188-92, college: Chicago St.) who helped to win the game recording 40 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and point guard Azim Yagodkin (185-92) who added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Mikhail Karpenko allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international forward Pavel Micheev (201-83) with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Mikhail Yevstigneyev (201-84) scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Barsy Atyrau players scored in double figures. Kaspiy Aktau maintains third position with 2-14 record having fourteen points less than leader Astana. Barsy Atyrau lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the second place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Barsy Atyrau: P.Micheev 19+5reb+3ast, T.Parks 15+4ast, M.Yevstigneyev 12+7reb+4ast, P.Ilin 11+6reb+4ast, V.Savchenko 11+3reb+4ast, N.Bazhkin 7+5reb+1ast
Kaspiy Aktau: S.Hill 40+6reb+4ast, V.Lapchenko 11+7reb+3ast, A.Yagodkin 10+5reb+7ast, R.Marchuk 7+3reb+4ast, S.Kazantcev 7+5reb+4ast, S.Kuanov 7+1ast
gschID: 511127





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Recap of LBL2 Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Turiba - Marupe 98-92

Turiba outgunned Marupe in the opener. It looked good early as Marupe took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Turiba had a 29-21 second period charge getting the lead and Marupe was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 92-98. They outrebounded Marupe 39-22 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Turiba players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Marupe was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Rihards Adins (200-94) stepped up and scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and swingman Davids Muiznieks (196-94) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side forward Armands Senkans (200-90) responded with 25 points and guard Karlis Vecens (185-95) scored 18 points and 6 assists. Four Turiba and five Marupe players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Turiba: D.Muiznieks 23+6reb+3ast, R.Adins 23+9reb+6ast, A.Blumbergs 21+2reb+2ast, A.Ate 13+6reb+6ast, E.Miculis 9+10reb, M.Liberts 7+2reb+2ast
Marupe: A.Senkans 25+1reb+1ast, K.Vecens 18+2reb+6ast, N.Metnieks 17+7reb, A.Kramins 12+3reb+1ast, M.Zemturis 10+2reb+2ast, R.Paze 10+5reb+6ast
gschID: 543126


Jelgava - Livani 69-61

Jelgava held off Livani to spur ahead in the series. It looked good early as Livani took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jelgava had a 20-11 second period charge getting the lead and Livani was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-69. Forward Andris Justovics (200-89) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and center Ronalds Elksnis (203-92, college: John Brown) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Juris Kalnins (200-93) responded with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Eduards Viksna (198-93) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: A.Justovics 19+4reb+3ast, R.Elksnis 16+9reb, G.Justovics 11+6reb+6ast, E.Krumins 6+4reb+5ast, K.Krumins 6+2reb+1ast, M.Husko 4
Livani: J.Kalnins 15+9reb+4ast, E.Viksna 12+6reb+2ast, M.Caune 11+5reb+3ast, D.Pabrieza 7+4ast, R.Klims 6+3reb, A.Strelis 3+6reb
gschID: 543127


ViA - Ogre/Kumho Tyre 77-74

ViA narrowly edged Ogre/Kumho in the quarterfinals opener. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. ViA had a 33-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ViA made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Klavs Dubults (198-96) who helped to win the game recording 6 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Ervins Ivanovs (185-96) contributed with 18 points for the winners. ViA's coach Roberts Zeile used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Raimonds Pabrieza (189-88) answered with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Janis Lasmanis (199-87) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ogre/Kumho Tyre. Four Ogre/Kumho Tyre players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
ViA: E.Ivanovs 18+1reb+2ast, J.Engers 13+6reb+1ast, O.Grinbergs 12+5reb+2ast, R.Eglitis 9+6reb+4ast, T.Kohanovs 7+3reb, V.Veveris 6+1reb+2ast
Ogre/Kumho Tyre: R.Pabrieza 23+5reb+4ast, S.Jekabsons 15+4reb+3ast, J.Lasmanis 13+7reb+2ast, S.Bets 12+6reb+2ast, D.Atelbauers 6+3reb+4ast, M.Kokins 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543128


Kekava - Limbazi 92-64

Kekava cruised past Limbazi for the opening win. The game without a history. Kekava led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kekava outrebounded Limbazi 50-28 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Forward Nauris Miezis (189-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and forward Agnis Cavars (196-86) chipped in 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Cavars is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Kekava players scored in double figures. Kekava's coach Edgars Teteris felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Vents Veinbergs (188-93) responded with 15 points and 5 assists and forward Rolands Brencs (198-86) scored 14 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Kekava: N.Saknitis 17+6reb+2ast, N.Miezis 17+12reb+6ast, A.Cavars 15+14reb+5ast, K.Steinbergs 12+3reb+2ast, M.Steinbergs 12+6reb+5ast, M.Gundegs 6+3reb+4ast
Limbazi: V.Veinbergs 15+3reb+5ast, R.Brencs 14+4reb+4ast, A.Osins 11+6reb+1ast, G.Licitis 8+2reb+1ast, E.Ozols 6+2reb, P.Penka 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 543129





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Pepsi LBL Round 2 (Second Stage): Al Moutahed loses to Tadamon - by Eurobasket News

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

The most important game in the last round took place in Zouk between Al Moutahed (11-9) and Tadamon (7-13) on Thursday night. Al Moutahed was defeated by Tadamon in a tough game on the road 71-75. American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) replied with 19 points and 6 assists for Al Moutahed. Tadamon are looking forward to face Champville (#3) in Dik El Mehdi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Al Moutahed will play on the road against Al Riyadi in Beirut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Homenetmen (19-1) which played road game in Zouk against Louaize (10-10). Homenetmen had an easy win 96-62. The former international swingman Fadi El-Khatib (198-79) scored 29 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ater Majok chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. International guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 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. Homenetmen will play against Byblos at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Louaize will play against Sagesse and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Byblos (15-5) which played road game in Beirut against Sagesse (6-14). Byblos managed to get a 10-point victory 86-76. Tarek Ammoury notched 24 points to lead the effort. Even 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists by Michael Efevberha did not help to save the game for Sagesse. Byblos will meet Homenetmen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sagesse will play against Louaize in Zouk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Al Riyadi (16-4) which played road game in Dik El Mehdi against Champville (8-12). Al Riyadi managed to get a 11-point victory 79-68. The best player for the winners was Mohamad Haidar who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. Al Riyadi's next round opponent will be Al Moutahed in Tripoli and it will be for sure the game of the week. Champville will play at home against Tadamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group A
Louaize - Homenetmen 62-96

An interesting game for Homenetmen (19-1) which played road game in Zouk against Louaize (10-10). Homenetmen had an easy win 96-62. Homenetmen players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international swingman Fadi El-Khatib (198-79) scored 29 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Five Homenetmen players scored in double figures. International guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American Travis McKie (201-92, college: Wake Forest, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 10 points and 6 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. Homenetmen will play against Byblos at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Louaize will play against Sagesse and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Louaize: G.Johnson 21+9reb+4ast, T.McKie 10+6reb, W.Lewis 8+2reb+1ast, R.Dib 6+1ast, R.Bechara 4+2reb, J.Bitar 4+6reb+1ast
Homenetmen: F.El Khatib 29+5reb+2ast, A.Majok 12+11reb+3ast, D.Jackson 11+4reb+1ast, K.Galloway 11+6reb+6ast, N.Souaid 10+4reb+3ast, E.Chamoun 7+2ast
gschID: 543077


Sagesse - Byblos 76-86

An interesting game for Byblos (15-5) which played road game in Beirut against Sagesse (6-14). Byblos managed to get a 10-point victory 86-76. The game was mostly controlled by Byblos. Sagesse managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized American swingman Tarek Ammoury (196-90, college: Marymount) notched 24 points to lead the effort and French power forward Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 21 points. Even 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists by Nigerian-American guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, college: CS Northridge) did not help to save the game for Sagesse. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) added 21 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Byblos will meet Homenetmen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sagesse will play against Louaize in Zouk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sagesse: C.Godfrey 21+8reb, M.Efevberha 18+6reb+9ast, P.Bou Abboud 12+2reb+4ast, K.Adeleke 10+9reb, M.Ibrahim 8+2reb+4ast, B.Ammoury 7+3reb
Byblos: T.Ammoury 24+4reb+1ast, A.Traore 21+4reb+2ast, C.Tucker 12+1reb+3ast, S.Roundtree 11+13reb+2ast, O.El Turk 9+2reb+1ast, R.Akl 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 543078


Group B
Tadamon - Moutahed 75-71

The most important game in the last round took place in Zouk between Al Moutahed (11-9) and Tadamon (7-13) on Thursday night. Al Moutahed was defeated by Tadamon in a tough game on the road 71-75. American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) replied with 19 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Al Moutahed. Tadamon are looking forward to face Champville (#3) in Dik El Mehdi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Al Moutahed will play on the road against Al Riyadi in Beirut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: R.Curry 19+3reb+6ast, C.Melvin 14+9reb+2ast, C.Tabet 12+7reb+3ast, E.Rustom 9+6reb+2ast, D.Spencer 9+2reb+6ast, T.Makluf 5+1reb
Tadamon: M.Kemp 24+5reb+2ast, M.Ilic 18+7reb+3ast, B.Tabbara 12+8reb, G.Hadidian 9+5reb, C.Pigram 4+3reb+6ast, J.Khalil 4+1ast
gschID: 543075


Champville - Al Riyadi 68-79

An interesting game for Al Riyadi (16-4) which played road game in Dik El Mehdi against Champville (8-12). Al Riyadi managed to get a 11-point victory 79-68. Al Riyadi dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Champville's 38. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Mohamad Haidar (201-90, college: Michigan Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. Dominican-American point guard Edgar Sosa (190-88, college: Louisville) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. American point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) produced 25 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Darian Townes (208-84) added 10 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Al Riyadi's next round opponent will be Al Moutahed in Tripoli and it will be for sure the game of the week. Champville will play at home against Tadamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Champville: P.Rembert 25+3reb+5ast, B.Bawji 11+3reb+2ast, M.Cummings 10+6reb+1ast, D.Townes 10+16reb+4ast, J.Assi 7+1reb+1ast, R.Dagher 3+1reb+2ast
Al Riyadi: M.Haidar 29+11reb, E.Sosa 17+2reb+5ast, B.Cvetkovic 13+4reb+6ast, J.Abdel Nour 10+6reb+2ast, A.Aminu 4+2reb+2ast, A.Ismail 4+6reb+4ast
gschID: 543076





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LNBP Round 5 of Finals. Soles de Mexicali narrow the deficit - by Eurobasket News

Soles - Fuerza Regia 90-70

Soles de Mexicali fired past Fuerza Regia to stay alive in the title series. The game was mostly controlled by Soles. Fuerza Regia managed to win third quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Soles dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Fuerza Regia's 28 and made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Fuerza Regia 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who scored 31 points and 5 rebounds. American-Panamanian center Javier Carter (203-91, college: S.Alabama) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. The former international Hector Hernandez (205-85, college: Fresno St., agency: BeoBasket) produced 19 points and Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia's coach Paco Olmos rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Soles: J.Keenan 31+5reb+2ast, J.Carter 14+7reb+2ast, O.Richards 11+5reb, A.Perez Kaufmann 11+4reb+8ast, J.David Estrada 9+5reb+1ast, L.Martinez 6+4reb+3ast
Fuerza Regia: H.Hernandez 19+1reb+3ast, J.Akindele 13+7reb, A.Panko 11+5reb+3ast, J.Anderson 11+5reb+3ast, C.Cortes 9+3ast, P.John Hernandez 5+3reb
gschID: 543178





Franklin's 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old forward Travis Franklin (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Guasave and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 35 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Guasave in his team's victory, helping them to beat Los Mochis (#10, 1-4) 96-90. It allowed Guasave to take over top position in the Mexican league. Guasave have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Franklin had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guasave, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Colorado State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Franklin is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.4ppg. Franklin is in league's top in and averages solid 68.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Navolato. He is American forward in his first season at Navolato. In the last game Ammons recorded impressive 33 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Navolato cruised to a 89-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Culiacan (#9, 1-4). Despite this victory Navolato slide down in the standings to 5th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ammons is one of the most experienced players at Navolato and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.8ppg (#6). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Michael Glover (203-F-87) of Obregon (#4). Glover scored 24 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). Despite Glover's great performance Obregon lost 91-105 to #2 ranked Hermosillo. 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 Obregon needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Glover has a great season in Mexico. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 12.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benjamin Puckett (205-C-83) of Culiacan - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dominique Keller (205-F/C-88) of Durango - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cameron Forte (201-F-93) of Los Mochis - 26 points and 6 rebounds
7. A'Darius Pegues (208-F-89) of Los Mochis - 25 points and 10 rebounds
8. Sammy Yeager (193-F-89) of Guasave - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Tamir Jackson (190-G-90) of Navolato - 28 points and 6 assists
10. Shane Heyward (200-C-92) of Guaymas - 15 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)



CIBACOPA Round 6: Tijuana Zonkeys lose to Rayos de Hermosillo - by Eurobasket News

After 6 rounds played we can already see who rules in the CIBACOPA and who belongs to weaker ones.

Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Tijuana Zonkeys (4-2). They were defeated by third ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (4-1) 91-81 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Rayos de Hermosillo looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. DR Congolese-Canadian guard Myck Kabongo (191-92, college: Texas) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Rayos de Hermosillo will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys at home.
Pioneros Los Mochis has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. The win is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (2-3) 69-68. American forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Jabs Newby supported him with 22 points and 4 assists. Even 21 points and 6 assists by American guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) did not help to save the game for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Pioneros Los Mochis (1-4) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Culiacan. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Mazatlan. Pioneros Los Mochis will again play against higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
The game in Mazatlan supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Frayles de Guasave (4-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (2-3). Frayles de Guasave smashed Lobos UAD Mazatlan 120-99 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Sammy Yeager who scored 25 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Mike Liabo who recorded 28 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. Frayles de Guasave have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hermosillo. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan keeps the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Guaymas. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play again against the league's leader Frayles de Guasave (#1) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Durango. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (1-4) to ninth ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (2-4) 78-77 in the fight for the eighth place. It was a good game for Dominique Keller who saved his team from a defeat with 18 points. Aguilas Doradas de Durango moved-up to eighth place. Caballeros de Culiacan lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Aguilas Doradas de Durango's next round opponent will be again Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) at home.

In the last game of round 6 Obregon won against Navolato on the opponent's court 94-86.

Navolato - Obregon 86-94

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Garra Canera de Navolato (3-2) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (3-2) 94-86. 25 personal fouls committed by Garra Canera de Navolato helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) replied with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) added 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Navolato. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play again at home against Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obregon: M.Glover 32+7reb, L.Atterberry 20+2reb, J.Hutchingson 17+3reb+2ast, O.Quintero 7+4reb, N.Leon 6+4reb+3ast, I.Leon 4+1reb
Navolato: D.Mitchell 25+5reb+6ast, M.Ammons 23+11reb+1ast, J.McIntosh 21+7reb+2ast, T.Jackson 6+3reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 5, C.Uribe 4+2reb+1ast
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Durango - Culiacan 78-77

A very interesting game took place in Durango. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (1-4) to ninth ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (2-4) 78-77 in the fight for the eighth place. It was a good game for American power forward Dominique Keller (205-88, college: Illinois) who saved his team from a defeat with 18 points. Martin Zamarco contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Worth to mention Keller played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. American center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Langston Morris-Walker (196-94, college: Oregon St., agency: SDJ Sports) added 23 points in the effort for Caballeros de Culiacan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aguilas Doradas de Durango moved-up to eighth place. Caballeros de Culiacan lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Aguilas Doradas de Durango's next round opponent will be again Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) at home.
Top scorers:
Durango: D.Keller 18+4reb+2ast, M.Zamarco 16+2reb+5ast, V.Grier 15+3reb+2ast, R.Dorsey 13+1ast, I.Avalos 8+7reb+1ast, S.Coleman 4+2reb+2ast
Culiacan: L.Morris-Walker 23+4reb, B.Puckett 22+15reb+3ast, G.Glaze 10+12reb, M.Ayala 10+3reb+5ast, I.Young 6+5ast, R.Valle 6+1ast
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Mazatlan - Guasave 99-120

The game in Mazatlan supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Frayles de Guasave (4-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (2-3). Frayles de Guasave smashed Lobos UAD Mazatlan 120-99 on Friday. Frayles de Guasave made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game, while Lobos UAD Mazatlan only scored seven points from the stripe. Frayles de Guasave shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 58.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) who scored 25 points and 5 assists. The other American import forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 30 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Mike Liabo (198-91, college: Tenn-Martin) who recorded 28 points and the former international swingman Jorge-Alfredo Casillas (196-90) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively. Four Frayles de Guasave and five Lobos UAD Mazatlan players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Frayles de Guasave have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hermosillo. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan keeps the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Guaymas. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play again against the league's leader Frayles de Guasave (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guasave: T.Franklin 30+2reb+1ast, S.Yeager 25+4reb+5ast, G.Mondragon 23+3reb+2ast, E.Pittman 17+4reb, T.Rosemond 9+5reb, A.Cervantes 8+3reb
Mazatlan: M.Liabo 28+2reb+3ast, T.Gray 17, J.Alfredo Casillas 15+3reb+6ast, D.Onofre 10+2reb, C.Tucker 10+4reb+1ast, J.Valdez 8+3reb+1ast
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Los Mochis - Guaymas 69-68

Pioneros Los Mochis has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. The win is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (2-3) 69-68. American forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Canadian guard Jabs Newby (188-91, college: Gannon) supported him with 22 points and 4 assists. Even 21 points and 6 assists by American guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) did not help to save the game for Ostioneros de Guaymas. His fellow American import forward Matt Gwynne (208-87, college: Campbell) added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pioneros Los Mochis (1-4) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Culiacan. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Mazatlan. Pioneros Los Mochis will again play against higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: J.Newby 22+4reb+4ast, C.Forte 18+13reb+3ast, A.Pegues 14+4reb+1ast, M.Hernandez 11+1reb+2ast, G.Ball 4+8reb+2ast, L.Olvera 0
Guaymas: B.Provost 21+2reb+6ast, M.Gwynne 13+7reb, P.Marigney 12+6reb+2ast, R.Woods 10+5reb, S.Heyward 7+7reb+1ast, D.Giron 5+6reb+1ast
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Hermosillo - Tijuana 91-81

Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Tijuana Zonkeys (4-2). They were defeated by third ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (4-1) 91-81 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Rayos de Hermosillo looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. DR Congolese-Canadian guard Myck Kabongo (191-92, college: Texas) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import center Leon Gibson (206-91, college: Houston) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Rayos de Hermosillo will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys at home.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: M.Kabongo 24+5reb+7ast, T.Spurlock 17+6reb+3ast, S.Monreal 12+5reb+2ast, J.Camacho 12+4reb+4ast, E.Little 11+13reb+3ast, A.Bell 6+3reb
Tijuana: T.Lathan 25+13reb+6ast, S.Gardner 18+2reb, K.Scott 15+2reb+2ast, L.Gibson 11+12reb+2ast, L.Ramirez 6+2reb+2ast, J.Zesati 5+3reb+3ast
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Prva B Round 20: Berane Bobcats finish on top of standings - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Prva B just ended.

An interesting game for Berane Bobcats (12-4) which hosted in Berane one of their biggest challengers Zeta (8-8). First ranked Berane Bobcats managed to get a 10-point victory 81-71. Newly promoted Berane Bobcats maintains first position with 12-4 record. Zeta lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second place with eight games lost. They share the position with Centar BP.
Bottom-ranked Strsljen managed to get the fourth consecutive victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked Rudar in Pljevlja 73-66. Strsljen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Rudar.

Rudar - Strsljen 66-73

Bottom-ranked Strsljen managed to get the fourth consecutive victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked Rudar in Pljevlja 73-66. Strsljen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Rudar.
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Berane Bobcats - Zeta 81-71

An interesting game for Berane Bobcats (12-4) which hosted in Berane one of their biggest challengers Zeta (8-8). First ranked Berane Bobcats managed to get a 10-point victory 81-71. Newly promoted Berane Bobcats maintains first position with 12-4 record. Zeta lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second place with eight games lost. They share the position with Centar BP.
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Alex Poythress agreed terms with Phi.76ers - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers inked 24-year old forward Alex Poythress (203-108kg-93, college: Kentucky). He played recently at Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In 46 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4bpg this season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to D-League All-Star Game. Poythress was called during the season by the Indiana Pacers.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Poythress' college team won SEC Tournament in 2016. He received also CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 2 1st Team award in 2016.
Poythress graduated from University of Kentucky in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Alex is prolific scorer with a multi-dimensional game. He''''s big enough that he can take smaller players down low and create problems, but he''''s too quick and too athletic for your typical forward to play him straight up.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HoopsHype)

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Leonard scores 27, Spurs rally to top Thunder 100-95 - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs are quick learners. Two days after they blew a 22-point lead in a loss to Golden State, the Spurs overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-95 on Friday night. Oklahoma City led 69-48 with 5:56 left in the third quarter. ''It's a great win,'' Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) said. ''We needed one like this. We didn't play good for 30 minutes of the game, but we bounced back. We were aggressive, we stayed together and we bounced back.'' Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 27 points for the Spurs, who didn't lead until the final minute. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas)'s dunk with 20.7 seconds left put the Spurs up 96-95. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) drove to the hoop, but Aldridge blocked his shot. Leonard then drove the length of the floor, scored and was fouled. His free throw with 5.8 seconds left put the game out of reach. ''I was real impressed with the grit of the whole group,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''That's late to be down 21, and they just kept motoring along and trying to be disciplined, and it worked out.'' Westbrook had 32 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists for his 39th triple-double of the season. He needs two more to tie Oscar Robertson's single-season record of 41 set during the 1961-62 season. He was disappointed in the result, but said his young teammates will learn from it. ''It happens like that sometimes,'' Westbrook said. ''Sometimes you don't win a game. Stick with it. We'll be all right.'' Westbrook was coming off a 57-point performance in an overtime win over Orlando during which he set an NBA record for most points scored in a triple-double. He had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the first half to help the Thunder take a 54-41 lead. Leonard and Aldridge shot a combined 5 for 18 before the break. Westbrook got his 10th rebound early in the third quarter, but after that, the Spurs started rolling and cut their deficit to 76-71 at the end of the period. Leonard, who had been bottled up in the first half, got loose for 13 points in the third quarter. The Thunder led 80-75 when Westbrook re-entered the game in the fourth quarter after a short rest. He clinched the triple-double on a floater by Steven Adams (7'0''-C/F-93, college: Pittsburgh) with 6:15 remaining, but San Antonio continued to inch closer after that. Westbrook made just three of 12 shots in the second half and shot 2 of 7 in the fourth quarter. ''We just tried to slow Russell down a little bit and make him give up the ball,'' Leonard said. ''He was going to the line and getting his teammates wide-open shots very easily in the first half. That's basically it. We've got to try to do what we can to slow him down. He played a great game.'' Westbrook felt the pressure. ''They was bringing the whole team,'' he said. ''That's what they do. I've just got to try to make the right play.''
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Warriors use big fourth quarter to hold off Rockets 107-98 - by Eurobasket News

Just this week, Golden State has handled West powers Memphis and San Antonio and taken down Houston twice. The next step is wrapping up the No. 1 seed and take some momentum into what they plan to make a special postseason run. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored 24 points, Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) had 20 and Golden State got key plays down the stretch from just about everybody, using a big fourth quarter to hold off the Rockets 107-98 on Friday night. "I kind of feel like these last four games have all had playoff intensity and we've come out on top of all of them just winning all sorts of different ways," Curry said. Andre Iguodala's left-handed drive and layup tied it with 7:07 remaining and he finished with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists. Ian Clark hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:58 to play before Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) delivered a clutch basket. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had another tough shooting night for Houston, held to 17 points while going 4 for 18 from the floor and 2 of 9 from beyond the arc. He also had 12 rebounds and eight assists. JaVale McGee contributed 13 points and a season-best five blocked shots off the bench in a 10th straight win for the Warriors. "We have six games left," coach Steve Kerr said. "We don't have the 1 seed locked up yet, so we've got to keep going and we'll see how it all plays out." Houston took an 85-83 lead into the fourth after officials reviewed Samuel Dekker (6'9''-F-94, college: Wisconsin)'s earlier jumper at the 2:59 mark of the third that was initially called a shot clock violation. Then Curry and Golden State went to work wrapping up a sixth straight victory at home in raucous Oracle Arena, where an electric crowd booed Harden at every chance as these teams met for the second time in four nights. The Warriors won 113-106 Tuesday at Houston. Iguodala continued his brilliant stretch - Kerr is calling him the top Sixth Man of the Year candidate - and hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer and pull the Warriors within 61-56 at the break as they ended the half with a 10-2 spurt. This is Golden State's second-longest winning streak this season behind a 12-game unbeaten run. The Rockets are just 38 of 147 from deep in four matchups with Golden State. Harden is shooting 29.4 percent (20 for 68) his last three games and 7 for 39 from 3-point range in the past four. "Three days ago at home, we spotted them 17 points and then we got back in the game, and it didn't work our way," Harden said. "Tonight, the same way, we controlled most of the game, we couldn't score the last seven minutes or whatnot." Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) became the first Warriors player ever with 150 steals and 100 blocks in a season, and the first in the NBA to do so since Dwyane Wade in 2008-09. Green said Harden pinched him near his right hip at one point, "so I punched his wrist. ... He does it often, actually, which is kind of adolescent." Harden called it "a closed-fist hit."
Courtesy of: nwitimes.com



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Cape Breton Highlanders down Miracles in NBL Canada action - by Eurobasket News

The Cape Breton Highlanders got back in the win column on Friday, defeating the Moncton Miracles 119-110 in National Basketball League of Canada action at Centre 200 on Friday. The win comes after the Highlanders dropped a 133-105 decision to the Saint John Riptide on Tuesday at Centre 200. In Friday's game, Cape Breton held a 31-17 lead after the first quarter, before taking a 59-44 lead into half time. Despite a pushback by the Miracles in the third, the Highlanders continued to lead 88-75 after the third quarter, before securing the win, dropping 31 points in the fourth quarter. Booker Woodfox (6'1''-G-86, college: Creighton, agency: Interperformances) led the offence for the Highlanders with a game-high 28 points in the win. Chad Frazier (6'4''-G-92, college: UAB) scored 25 points, and Charles Mann (6'6''-G-94, college: Georgia) Jr. netted 17 points. Russell Byrd (6'7''-G-92, college: Michigan St.) scored a team-high 25 points in the loss for the Miracles. Tim Mitchell added 21 points and Melvin Johnson III chipped in with 20 points. The Highlanders (9-18) will be back in action on Sunday when they host the Orangeville A's (11-19). Tip off is set for 3 p.m. at Centre 200. Following Sunday's game, Cape Breton will hit the road for four games, starting on Wednesday in London, Ont., against the first-place Lightning. The team will continue their Ontario road trip with games against the Niagara River Lions on April 7 and A's on April 8, before wrapping up the road trip April 15 in Charlottetown against the Island Storm. Cape Breton will return to home court on April 16, hosting the Niagara River Lions.
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Neal is out as UNM basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

The Noodles era is over for Lobo basketball. Four years after he was hired amid great fanfare to be the head coach of the University of New Mexico men, Craig Neal and the school late Friday night parted ways to end a tumultuous relationship. The University confirmed just before midnight Friday that Neal will not return. 'The University of New Mexico is grateful for the service and dedication that Coach Neal gave to Lobo basketball,' UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs wrote in an email a half hour after the news broke. 'He led us to a Mountain West Tournament championship as head coach and his guidance and leadership of student-athletes off the court should be highlighted. Lobo Basketball set records for GPA, graduating players, and Coach Neal ran a program that the community can be proud of. He's a good man and a winning coach, but the time has come to move Lobo Basketball in a new direction. We will begin a search for a new coach immediately and look forward to building on the winning tradition of Lobo Basketball.' A message seeking comment left by the Journal with Neal early Saturday morning shortly after the news was confirmed was not returned. Neal's contract, which was to run through the 2019-20 season, included a $1 million buyout and a requirement to pay him the rest of that contract year's base salary of $300,000 if the school fired him. The contract year starts on April 1, which is why talks about his future, and angst among an increasingly frustrated fan base, grew so intense this week. His total salary and compensation was $950,000 per year, making him the highest paid public employee in the state. Neal replaced Steve Alford in April 2013. Alford left for UCLA after six seasons at UNM with Neal as his associate head coach. The two had the same positions at Iowa prior to coming to Albuquerque in 2007. UNM athletic director Paul Krebs, who is in Glendale this week for the Final Four as a member of the NCAA Selection Committee, will begin immediately a national search for Neal's replacement. On March 10, the day after UNM's 2016-17 season came to an end with loss to Fresno State in the Mountain West Tournament quarterfinals, Krebs sent out a statement announcing Neal would return next season as head coach. 'In order to end speculation, I'm announcing that Craig Neal will return and coach the men's basketball team next season,' Krebs wrote in a prepared statement. Three weeks later, and after four Lobo players with eligibility remaining announced they were transferring and with two more thinking about doing the same, it became apparent the fan base was desperate to force the hand of the administration and make it revisit the situation. 'With the challenges facing UNM, every decision we make must reflect the best interests of the UNM community, and in this particular case, the men's basketball program, as well as student-athletes and Lobo fans,' said acting UNM President Chaouki Abdallah. 'The decision made late (Friday night) comes after lengthy consideration in light of recent developments that cannot be ignored. We understand the frustration being voiced by Lobo fans and hope they will see us through this time of transition and continue to support UNM athletics.' In his four seasons, Neal posted 76-52 record, 42-30 in Mountain West play. Despite losing a first-round NBA Draft pick (Tony Snell) only weeks after accepting the job, Neal set records for success as a rookie head coach season with 27 wins, 15 conference victories, a Mountain West tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth. The 7th-seeded Lobos lost to No. 10 Stanford in their only game. Neal also received a contract extension after that season for two years through the 2019-20 season and a $200,000 raise. In addition to the initial success on the court, the Lobos also set program records for ticket revenue on Neal's watch for the 2014-15 season, bringing in $4.8 million. The Lobos have also set program records for success in the classroom under Neal. But, since his rookie campaign, Neal's team was just 49-45 (27-27 MWC) and didn't play in a postseason tournament each of the past three years. Fans seemed to grow tired of Neal's penchant to be very critical publicly of his players while also being defensive when questioned about his coaching decisions or his team's struggles. Season tickets dropped below 9,000 this past season and the average home attendance in the Pit of 11,769 for the 2016-17 season ranked No. 28 in the nation, the first time in the 51 seasons of the arena's existence UNM did not rank in the Top 25 in the nation in average home attendance. His son, Eldorado High School graduate Cullen Neal, was on the team for three seasons, playing in two and receiving a medical redshirt in the 2014-15 season with a high ankle sprain. Cullen Neal's presence on the team, and how Craig Neal handled the father/son relationship, was harshly criticized by fans. During the 2015-16 season, Craig Neal announced the vitriol against his son grew so intense there were 'death threats' on social media made against him. Those allegations were not substantiated by UNM police, but after the season Cullen Neal decided it was best to transfer away from UNM. He recently completed his junior season of eligibility at Ole Miss. This past season, with preseason all-conference selections Tim Williams and Elijah Brown, the Lobos were expected to compete for a league title. But they finished 17-14, 10-8 in the league and as the No. 5 seed in the postseason tournament lost their opener to Fresno State. Williams was injured for seven games in February, but even when healthy the team never seemed to reach its potential.
Courtesy of: abqjournal.com



NCAA study with Eurobasket shows extent of international opportunities for top men's basketball players - by Igor Obradovic

When we survey NCAA student-athletes about their expectations of moving on to professional athletics careers, the results indicate surprising confidence in that possibility. The reality is that very few go pro.

Estimated probability of competing in men's college basketball

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Sources: High school figures from the 2015-16 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations; data from club teams not included. College numbers from the NCAA 2015-16 Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report.

Estimated probability of competing in men's professional basketball

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-NBA draft data from 2016. There were 60 draft slots in that year, but only 44 went to NCAA players (others chosen were international players not attending U.S. colleges). Percentage NCAA to Major Pro calculated using the 44 NCAA selections. Since 2006, 12 international players have been drafted on average each year.

-On 2016-17 opening day NBA rosters, former NCAA players filled 80% of roster spots (all were from Division I schools). (Source: Jim Sukup, College Basketball News).

-Data on other professional opportunities in men's basketball were collected by NCAA staff with the assistance of Marek Wojtera from eurobasket.com. Tracking 2016-17 international opportunities for the 2016 draft cohort, it was determined that an additional 751 former NCAA student-athletes played internationally, in the NBA D-League, or in the NBA as undrafted players (535 from Division I, 181 from Division II and 35 from Division III) after leaving college; this includes international players who attended NCAA institutions (previous versions of this document did not include these players). These numbers were combined with the NBA draftees to calculate an approximate NCAA to Total Professional opportunities figure (calculated as [44 + 751] / 4,152 = 19%).

-We estimate that 3.6% of draft-eligible Division I players were chosen in the 2016 NBA draft (44 / 1,216). However, in total, 48% of draft-eligible Division I players competed professionally (NBA, D-League, or internationally) in their first year after leaving college (calculated as [44 + 535] / 1,216). Approximately 14% of draft-eligible players from the five Division I conferences with autonomous governance (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) were drafted by the NBA in 2016 (32 / 225), while 74% played professionally somewhere in their first year post-college (calculated as [32 + 134] / 225).

*Percent NCAA to Major Pro figures are based on the number of available draft slots in the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, NHL and MLS drafts only. See methods notes for important details on the definition of NHL draftee in men's ice hockey. Column percentages were calculated as (#NCAA Drafted) / (Approximate # Draft Eligible).

^Percent NCAA to Total Pro takes the number of pro opportunities from the '% NCAA to Major Pro' calculation and adds in some additional professional opportunities that we were able to quantify. So, for football, this calculation includes NFL, Canadian Football League and Arena League slots available to first-year professionals. For men's basketball we accounted for NBA, NBA D-League and international opportunities. For women's basketball, we assessed WNBA and international roster slots. See methods notes for details on these calculations. Data on full-time international professional opportunities available in baseball, men's ice hockey and men's soccer were not analyzed here.

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Jamaal Levy selected the top Panamanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jamaal Levy
Jamaal Levy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Argentina). He led Weber Bahia to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Argentino (22-22) crushing them 108-65 in the Argentinian LigaA in Monday night's game. Levy scored 14 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in a mere 19 minutes on the court. Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (23-16) is placed third in Sur group. This year Levy averages: 7.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 61.1%(88-144), 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 57.1% in 38 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Ernesto Oglivie
Ernesto Oglivie
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Ernesto Oglivie (203-89, currently plays in Uruguay). Oglivie could not help Trouville (2-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Trouville (2-12) was badly defeated 89-73 in a derby game by the leading Hebraica in the Promocional 1 group. Oglivie was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Oglivie has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 62.8%(49-78) and FT: 71.4%. Ex-Correcaminos de Colon player is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Michael Hicks (196-76, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Uruguay). Hicks led Hebraica to a victory over the eighth-ranked Trouville (2-12) 68-57 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Hicks scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (10-4) is placed first in Promocional 1 group. It's Hicks' first season with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 44.6% and FT: 75.2% in 23 games. Ex-Toros del Chiriqui David player is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jaime Lloreda
Jaime Lloreda
   #4. Center Jaime Lloreda (204-80, college: LSU, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Hicks and both played together in the last Uruguayan LUB game. Lloreda contributed to Hebraica's victory against the eighth-ranked Trouville (2-12) 68-57 in a derby game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 19 rebounds. Lloreda has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg and 10.6rpg. He is also Panamanian national team player.

Gary Forbes
Gary Forbes
   #5. Former international swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Boca Juniors (13-32) in their last game. Despite Forbes' very good performance Boca Juniors (#10) was edged 76-75 on the road by the higher-ranked (#9) Atenas in the Sur group. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Forbes also added 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes. It was Boca Juniors' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Forbes has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 3.2apg in 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Forbes used to play for the Panamanian national team six years ago. Strangely he has never played in Panama.

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

   #1. Javier Carter (203-C-91, college: S.Alabama, currently plays in Mexico). Carter could not help one of league's weakest teams Soles (23-13) to beat Fuerza Regia (32-4). He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. Carter scored only 3 points. Soles was badly defeated 66-49 on the road by the leading Fuerza Regia. It was Soles' first loss after six consecutive victories. Carter's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Carter used to play for Caballos de Cocle Aguadulce in Panamanian league.

   #2. Tymell Murphy (196-F-90, college: FIU, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Kagoshima (6-42) in their last game. Despite his good performance Kagoshima (#6) was crushed 91-67 in Kumamoto by the higher-ranked (#3) Vorters in the West group. Murphy recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. It was Kagoshima's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Murphy has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in 45 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Murphy has never played in Panama.

   #3. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-C-89, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in ASEAN League) was not able to secure a victory for Saigon Heat (8-12) in their game against Singapore Slingers (13-7) in the ASEAN League. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 13 rebounds. Henriquez-Roberts also added 4 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the ASEAN League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Henriquez-Roberts has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 15.8rpg, 1.9apg and 2.7bpg. Henriquez-Roberts is a naturalized American. He used to play for Correcaminos de Colon in Panamanian league.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) plays for Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP
Levour Warren (196-SF-81) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) plays for Echague in Argentinian LigaA
Andres Bravo (203-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Gil Atencio (201-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Nate Butler Lind (198-SG-89) plays for Indios in Puerto Rican BSN
Antonio Bumpus (190-SG-89) plays for Pioneros in Mexican Regional
Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84) plays for Barva in Costa Rican LBS

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



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LBL Round 2: Inmaculada lose to Real Club - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Inmaculada (1-1) in Lima on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Real Club (2-0) 49-38. Real Club is looking forward to face Circolo (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Inmaculada's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Ejercito.
Very significant was EOFap's (#7) 73-62 road victory against Ejercito. EOFap's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena La Family.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: San Marcos (#4) and La Family (#8). La Family was smashed at home by 24 points 40-64 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. San Marcos' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.

In the last game of round 2 winless Circolo lost to undefeated Regatas on the opponent's court 56-68.

Inmaculada - Real Club 38-49

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Inmaculada (1-1) in Lima on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Real Club (2-0) 49-38. Real Club is looking forward to face Circolo (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Inmaculada's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Ejercito.
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La Family - San Marcos 40-64

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: San Marcos (#4) and La Family (#8). La Family was smashed at home by 24 points 40-64 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. San Marcos' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.
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Regatas - Circolo 68-56

Rather expected game in Lima where Circolo (0-2) was defeated by Regatas (2-0) 68-56 on Friday. Regatas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima San Marcos.
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Ejercito - EOFap 62-73

Very significant was EOFap's (#7) 73-62 road victory against Ejercito. EOFap's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena La Family.
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  POLAND  


David Logan selected the top Polish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Logan
David Logan
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Scandone AV (15-9) in their last game. Despite Logan's very good performance Scandone AV was badly defeated 94-74 on the road by the lower-ranked (#8) Enel Brindisi. He was the second best scorer with 23 points in 33 minutes on the court. Logan has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 72.7%(16-22), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 76.9% in five games he played so far. Logan is a naturalized American. He played for the Polish senior national team eight years ago. Logan used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

A.J. Slaughter
A.J. Slaughter
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in a Strasbourg IG's victory against the closely-ranked Chalon/Saor (18-7) crushing them 84-60 in the French ProA last Sunday. Slaughter scored 15 points. Strasbourg IG (16-9) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Slaughter's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 40.5% and FT: 78.8%. Slaughter is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Polish senior national team. Strangely Slaughter has never played in Poland.

Mateusz Ponitka
Mateusz Ponitka
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93, currently plays in Turkey). He led Pinar Karsiyaka to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Istanbul BBSK (9-14) crushing them 92-65 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. Ponitka scored 11 points and had 5 steals in 32 minutes. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (12-11) is placed seventh in the BSL. This year Ponitka has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 61.2%(85-139), 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 69.1% in 22 games. He is also a member of the Polish senior national team.

Damian Kulig
Damian Kulig
   #4. Power forward Damian Kulig (205-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Banvit's victory against the eighth-ranked Gaziantep (11-12) 83-77 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Kulig scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (16-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. Kulig's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the Polish national team back in 2015.

Adam Waczynski
Adam Waczynski
   #5. International swingman Adam Waczynski (199-89, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the league leader Valencia Basket (6-0) 79-71 in the Eurocup last Friday. Waczynski scored 6 points in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Unicaja Malaga (3-3) is placed second in the Eurocup. This year Waczynski's overall stats are: 7.8ppg and 2.6rpg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
   #6. Center Marcin Gortat (214-84, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Washington Wizards' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (21-54) 119-108 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. The Washington Wizards have a solid 46-30 record this season. Gortat is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wizards' roster. Gortat has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 10.6rpg and 1.5apg in 76 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Polish senior team two years ago.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #7. International power forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in France) helped Gravelines-Dunkerque win their game against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (16-8) crushing them 88-67 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Cel scored 10 points in 22 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (14-10) is placed seventh in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Cel's total stats are: 7.9ppg and 4.1rpg in 15 games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Cel is currently in the Polish national team roster.

Jakub Wojciechowski
Jakub Wojciechowski
   #8. Power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Vanoli Cremona (6-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona was edged 78-77 in Sassari by the much higher-ranked Banco di Srd (#6). Wojciechowski scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Wojciechowski has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Polish national team back in 2013.

Adam Lapeta
Adam Lapeta
   #9. International center Adam Lapeta (217-87, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in a victory against the league outsider Siauliai (4-25) crushing them 87-63 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. Lapeta recorded only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (20-8) is placed second in the LKL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Lapeta has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 3.2rpg in 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Polish national team.

Mathieu Wojciechowski
Mathieu Wojciechowski
   #10. Forward Mathieu Wojciechowski (203-92, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Limoges CSP Elite (11-14) in their game against Paris-Levallois (15-9) in the French ProA. Wojciechowski scored only 4 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite lost 76-84 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#6) Paris-Levallois. It was Limoges CSP Elite's third consecutive loss in a row. Wojciechowski has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 3.1rpg in 25 games. He is a former U20 international player as five years ago he still played for the Polish national team.

   #11. Former international forward Konrad Tota (196-80, college: Dickinson St., currently plays in Germany) led SG Schwelmer Baskets to a victory against the seventh-ranked Duesseldorf 78-74 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 14 points. Tota has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.8apg. Despite he played previously for the Canadian university national team, Tota is currently in the Polish national team roster.

   #12. International forward Tomasz Gielo (205-93, college: Mississippi, currently plays in Spain) helped Joventut win their game against the closely-ranked Sevilla 71-57 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored only 2 points in 15 minutes. Gielo has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 1.8rpg in 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Polish national team.

   #13. Former international center Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Gonzaga win their game against the Xavier University crushing them 83-59 in the NCAA Quarter-Finals in Saturday night's game. Karnowski scored 5 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. Karnowski's stats this year are: 12.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.9apg in 37 games. He used to play for the Polish national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international swingman Robert Banach (197-97, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Valdiceppo in their game against Campli in the Italian Serie B (third division). Banach recorded only 4 points. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 81-63. Banach has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the Polish U18 national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Andy Mazurczak (188-G, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Parkside, currently plays in Greece) led Kavala to a victory over the closely-ranked Irakleio (6-16) 69-65 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Mazurczak was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 8 assists and added 3 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Mazurczak's third season in pro basketball. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (7-15) is placed 12th in the A2. Mazurczak has reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.5apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Mazurczak has never played in Poland.

   #2. Oded Brandwein (179-PG-88, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-11) crushing them 83-59 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Brandwein scored 11 points and added 4 passes. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (11-13) is placed eighth in the Winner League. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Brandwein's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 2.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Israeli. Despite Brandwein's Polish passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Polish team.

   #3. Maciej Baginski (195-SF-95, currently plays in Iceland) could not help Thor Thorl (12-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Baginski's very good performance Thor Thorl was defeated 93-82 on the road by the lower-ranked Grindavik (#8). He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Baginski also added 4 rebounds. Baginski averaged so far 14.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Polish and Icelandic. Despite Baginski's Polish nationality, he previously played for the Icelandic U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Polish team.

   #4. Experienced Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, college: Princeton, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 1-point Crailsheim Merlins' victory against the 11th-ranked Hamburg (13-16) 82-81 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Wysocki scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Crailsheim Merlins (24-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Wysocki has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0apg. He has both Polish and German nationalities.

   #5. Stefan Blaszczynski (196-G/F-84, college: Nicholls St., currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (3-3) in their last game. Despite Blaszczynski's very good performance the fifth-placed Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (3-3) lost 66-71 in Condell Park to the lower-ranked (#5) Bankstown Bruins in the WARATAH group. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 28 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Blaszczynski has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in six games he played so far. Blaszczynski also holds two passports: Polish and Australian. Despite his Polish nationality, Blaszczynski previously played for the Australian university national team.

   #6. Nimrod Tishman (197-PG-91, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Ashdod to win against the closely-ranked Bnei Hasharon 84-68 in the Israeli Winner League on Monday night. Tishman scored only 3 points. Tishman has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.6apg. He has Polish and Israeli nationalities.

   #7. Gal Gilinski (195-G-95, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Kfar Saba's victory against the 11th-ranked Hapoel Migdal Haemek 96-87 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. Gilinski recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Gilinski has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. He holds both Israeli and Polish passports.

   #8. Sandro Listwon (204-C/F-93, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Viterbo SA in their game against Roma Vis Nova in the Italian Serie B (third division). Listwon scored 8 points in 23 minutes. His team lost 60-72. Listwon averaged so far 10.3ppg and 4.9rpg in 26 games. He has Polish and Italian nationalities. Despite Listwon's Polish passport, he previously played for the Italian U16 national team.



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Joao Gomes selected the top Portuguese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Joao Gomes
Joao Gomes
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Joao Gomes (201-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Dolomiti En. TR to a victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (7-17) 97-91 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Gomes scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. Dolomiti Energia Trento (14-10) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It's Gomes' first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 74.4% in 24 games he played so far. Gomes has a dual citizenship: Cape Verdean and Portuguese. Ex-Barreirense player is currently a member of the Portuguese senior national team.

Miguel Cardoso
Miguel Cardoso
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international point guard Miguel Cardoso (188-93, currently plays in Germany). Cardoso contributed to a Karlsruhe SC's victory against the 12th-ranked Mainz (8-17) 83-76 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and making 12 passes. Cardoso also added 5 rebounds. KIT SC Karlsruhe (18-7) is placed second in South-West group. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Cardoso has relatively good stats this season: 15.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 9.1apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 87.5%. He played for the Portuguese U20 national team in 2013.

Jose Miranda
Jose Miranda
   #3. The Portuguese player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international small forward Jose Miranda (189-94, currently plays in Spain). Miranda could not help Santfeliuenc (7-15) to beat Sant Nicolau (10-12). He recorded 5 points in 8 minutes. The 14th-placed Santfeliuenc (7-15) was badly defeated 82-66 on the road by the higher-ranked (#10) Sant Nicolau in the Group C-A. It was Santfeliuenc's eighth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Miranda's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 44.4% in four games. He played for the Portuguese U18 national team five years ago.

Henrique Onofre
Henrique Onofre
   #4. Small forward Henrique Onofre (189-94, currently plays in Spain) led Martorell to a victory over the 14th-ranked Castellbisbal (8-14) crushing them 100-76 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Onofre was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points and had 3 steals in 23 minutes. B.C. Martorell Solvay (16-6) is placed second in Group C-A. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Onofre's total stats are: 9.7ppg and 3.5rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Portuguese U20 national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Ivan Almeida (198-SF-89, college: Stonehill, currently plays in France). He could not help Cholet Basket (8-16) to beat Pau-Lacq-Orthez (18-6). Almeida scored 7 points and added 5 passes. Cholet Basket was defeated 76-69 on the road by the second-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez. It was Cholet Basket's third consecutive loss in a row. Almeida's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cape Verdean and Portuguese.

   #2. Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-C/F-89, currently plays in France) managed to help BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral in a victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (16-8) crushing them 88-67 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Raposo Laurencio scored only one point in 11 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (14-10) is placed seventh in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Raposo Laurencio's overall stats are: 3.2ppg and 3.9rpg in 15 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Portuguese and French.

   #3. Experienced Robert Fultz (191-PG-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 3-point Roseto's victory against the sixth-ranked F.Kontatto BO (15-11) 71-68 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Fultz scored 9 points. Mec-Energy Roseto (16-10) is placed fifth in East group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Fultz's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.4apg. He has both Portuguese and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Kevin Monteiro (196-F-94, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Winterthur in their game against Boncourt (8-13) in the Swiss LNA. Monteiro scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. The fifth-placed Winterthur (0-3) lost 70-84 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Boncourt in the Places 7-11 group. So far Winterthur lost all three games in the Second Stage. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This year Monteiro's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in nine games. He also holds two passports: Portuguese and Swiss.

   #5. Joao Pedro Nunes (182-PG-88, currently plays in Luxembourg) was not able to secure a victory for Arantia (6-20) in their last game. Despite Nunes' good performance the third-placed Arantia (6-20) was badly defeated 93-74 in Bereldange by the lower-ranked (#6) Residence in the Playdowns 1 group. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was Arantia's third consecutive loss in a row. Nunes has been at the team for eleven years. This season Nunes' overall stats are: 4.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in 24 games.

   #6. Joel Almeida (195-F-85, college: Brockport St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Granada in their game against Meridiano Alicante in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 6 points. His team was edged 82-81. Almeida's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 3.8rpg. He holds both Cape Verdean and Portuguese passports.

   #7. Arnaldinho Filho (187-G-78, currently plays in Brazil) led Botafogo F.R. to a victory over the league outsider Brusque crushing them 91-53 in the Brazilian Liga Ouro (second division) in Friday night's game. Filho was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points. This season Filho has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.9apg. He has dual citizenship: Portuguese and Brazilian.



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Guillermo Diaz selected the top Puerto Rican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Guillermo Diaz
Guillermo Diaz
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Argentina). Diaz led San Lorenzo to a victory over the sixth-ranked Quimsa (23-23) 90-84 in the Argentinian LigaA last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Diaz scored 18 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. San Lorenzo de Almagra (29-13) is placed first in Sur group. Diaz has relatively good stats this season: 10.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 61.2%(82-134), 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 90.7%(49-54). He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Puerto Rican. Ex-Capitanes de Arecibo player is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Javier Mojica
Javier Mojica
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international shooting guard Javier Mojica (190-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St., currently plays in Uruguay). Mojica contributed to Defensor's victory against the second-ranked U Universitario (10-4) 89-79 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Thursday night. He scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo (6-8) is placed seventh in Promocional 1 group. This year Mojica has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 78.1% in 11 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Mojica played for the Puerto Rican national team in 2015. He used to play for Fajardo in Puerto Rican league.

Maurice Harkless
Maurice Harkless
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Maurice Harkless (203-93, college: St.John's, currently plays in NBA). Harkless contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Houston Rockets (51-25) 117-107 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks. The Portland Trail Blazers have 37-37 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Harkless has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.2%(223-397), 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 63.4%. He has both American and Puerto Rican nationalities. Harkless is also a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Puerto Rico.

Filiberto Rivera
Filiberto Rivera
   #4. Point guard Filiberto Rivera (189-82, college: UTEP, currently plays in Mexico) was the main contributor in a Fuerza Regia's victory against the closely-ranked Soles (23-13) 66-49 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Saturday night. Rivera was the best player in that game. He scored 12 points and added 7 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (32-4) is placed first in the LNBP. This season Rivera averages: 5.2ppg and 2.8apg. He used to play for the Puerto Rican national team back in 2014.

Jose Juan Barea
Jose Juan Barea
   #5. International point guard Jose Juan Barea (183-84, college: Northeastern, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Dallas Mavericks (31-44) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the Dallas Mavericks (31-44) were defeated 99-90 on the road by the Memphis Grizzlies. Barea scored 13 points and added 5 passes. Barea's stats this season are: 10.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 5.4apg. He plays currently for the Puerto Rican national team.

Ramon Clemente
Ramon Clemente
   #6. Power forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Argentina) helped Ferrocarril win their game against the third-ranked Regatas Corrientes (26-16) 95-92 in the Argentinian LigaA on Saturday night. Clemente recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Sur. Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (27-16) is placed second. It's Clemente's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 12.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.4apg in 42 games. Clemente also holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Puerto Rican National Team roster. Clemente used to play for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican league.

Richard Chaney
Richard Chaney
   #7. International guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to help Bigua in their game against Malvin (7-7) in the Uruguayan LUB, despite his very good performance last Monday. He was the top scorer with 14 points in 31 minutes. But the fifth-placed Bigua (7-7) was edged 66-65 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#4) Malvin in the Promocional 1 group. Chaney averaged so far 12.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg in 22 games. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Chaney is also Puerto Rican national team player. He used to play for Cangrejeros de Santurce in Puerto Rican league.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #8. Forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in a CA Platense's victory against the seventh-ranked La Union (9-27) 97-93 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Sunday night. Young scored 19 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Club Atletico Platense Florida (17-19) is placed fifth in Center South group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Young averaged so far 15.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Puerto Rican national team back in 2015.

Jorge Pacheco
Jorge Pacheco
   #9. U18 international guard Jorge Pacheco (185-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Liberty (14-4) in their game against the University of Maryland -Baltimore County (9-7) in the NCAA Quarter-Finals, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Pacheco scored 23 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 36 minutes. But the Liberty lost 68-80 at home to the University of Maryland - County. This year Pacheco's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.6apg in 35 games. He is also in the roster of the Puerto Rican U18 national team.

Javier Gonzalez
Javier Gonzalez
   #10. Point guard Javier Gonzalez (185-89, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Slovakia) helped Iskra Svit win their game against the closely-ranked Lucenec (18-22) 93-88 in the Slovakian SBL last Wednesday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 8 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 4 balls. BK Iskra Svit (22-18) is placed sixth in the SBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Gonzalez averaged so far 12.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.1apg and 1.8spg. Worth to mention Gonzalez played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Puerto Rican National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Shabazz Napier (185-91, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maurice Harkless. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Napier helped Portland Trail Blazers win their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-100. He scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. This year Napier's total stats are: 3.5ppg and 1.3apg in 45 games. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Napier plays currently for the Puerto Rican national team. Apparently he has never played in Puerto Rico.

   #12. Former U18 international point guard Angel Rodriguez (180-92, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in France) couldn't help Cholet Basket in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the French ProA. Rodriguez scored 8 points and added 3 passes in only 14 minutes. His team lost 69-76. Rodriguez has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in 24 games. He used to play for the Puerto Rican U18 national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U16 international power forward Emanuel Pellot (206-93, college: Florida A&M, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Club Atletico Villa San Martin in a victory against the seventh-ranked Asociacion Mitre Tucuman 87-80 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 12 minutes. Pellot has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 3.9rpg in seven games. He used to play for the Puerto Rican U16 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida, currently plays in France) could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (12-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 74-82 on the road to the lower-ranked (#10) Le Mans. Hodge was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 passes in 28 minutes. It's Hodge's first season with the team. Hodge has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.8apg in 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Emanuel Ubilla (188-PG-86, agency: Court Side, college: Fair Dickinson, currently plays in Hungary) led ZTE KK to a victory over the leader Atomeromu 97-90 in the Hungarian A Division last Sunday. Ubilla was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 45 minutes. Zalakeramia-ZTE KKis placed fifth in Places 1-5 group. It's Ubilla's first season with the team. Ubilla has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 8.2apg and 1.3spg in 26 games. Ubilla is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. He used to play for Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican league.

   #3. Ivan Aska (201-F-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 3-point PAOK's victory against the eighth-ranked Promitheas (9-14) 78-75 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Aska scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 10 minutes. It was his first game for PAOK this season. His team is placed fourth in the A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Aska has both U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican nationalities.

   #4. Nick Leon (181-PG-88, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Mexico) was not able to help Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (3-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Halcones de Ciudad Obregon was defeated 107-98 in Hermosillo by the second-ranked Rayos de. Leon was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 3 passes (made all of his eight free throws). But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Leon averaged so far 14.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.4apg.

   #5. Experienced Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to secure a victory for Marinos (4-6) in their game against Bucaneros (9-7) in the Venezuelan LPB. Perez scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Marinos (#4) was defeated 91-87 at home by the leading Bucaneros in the Eastern Conference. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Perez has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg. He also holds two passports: Puerto Rican and Venezuelan.

   #6. Kevin Maura (173-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to UMBC's victory against the Liberty University 80-68 in the NCAA Quarter-Finals on Sunday night. Maura scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Maura has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.2apg and 1.8spg.

   #7. TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Duzce Belediye (10-20) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Hughes' very good performance Duzce Belediye was edged 66-64 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Samsun (#11). He was the top scorer with 16 points. Hughes also added 8 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 4 balls. This season Hughes has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.5apg and 2.2spg. Hughes holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Interesting that he has never played in Puerto Rico.



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Al Rayyan lands Jacob Lawson, ex UCC Demons - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Al Rayyan Doha (D1) tabbed 25-year old American forward Jacob Lawson (203-104kg-92, college: Appalachian State). He started the season at UCC Demons in Irish Super League. In 22 games he averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.7apg and 3.2bpg this season.
Lawson graduated from Appalachian State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Malcolm Armstead selected the top Romanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Malcolm Armstead
Malcolm Armstead
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Malcolm Armstead (187-89, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Yesilgiresun Bld (9-14) in their last game. Despite Armstead's good performance Yesilgiresun Bld lost 76-84 on the road to the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. He scored 10 points and added 3 assists in 34 minutes on the court. Armstead has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.3apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 73.8% in 23 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Armstead is currently a member of the Romanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Romania.

Alexandru Olah
Alexandru Olah
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Alexandru Olah (213-93, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Belgium). Olah was not able to help Belfius Mons-Hainaut in their game against Limburg United (13-13) in the Belgian Euromillions League. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Belfius Mons-Hainaut was defeated 72-59 in Limburg by the higher-ranked United (#6). It's Olah's first season with the team. This year Olah has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 82.9%. He is in the roster of the Romanian senior national team.

Emanuel Cate
Emanuel Cate
   #3. The Romanian player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international center Emanuel Cate (206-97, currently plays in Spain). Cate was not able to secure a victory for Sevilla (8-16) in their game against Joventut (8-17) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. It was not his best game last Sunday. Cate scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. Sevilla lost 57-71 at home to the lower-ranked (#14) Joventut. This year Cate's overall stats are: 1.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 47.6% and FT: 71.4% in 13 games. He is also a member of the Romanian U20 national team.

Rares Uta
Rares Uta
   #4. Power forward Rares Uta (211-97, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Granada (18-9) in their game against Meridiano Alicante (18-9) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Uta scored 6 points. CB Granada was edged 82-81 in Alicante by the lower-ranked Meridiano (#4). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Uta averages: 6.3ppg and 4.6rpg. He used to play for the Romanian U18 national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Victor Osmatescu (201-C-96, currently plays in Italy). Osmatescu could not help Scauri (11-14) to beat Cefalu (12-13). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The 11th-placed Scauri (11-14) was defeated 68-61 on the road by the higher-ranked Cefalu (#9) in the Group C. It was Scauri's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Osmatescu averages: 6.3ppg and 4.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Romanian and Italian.

   #2. Experienced Alexei Andrus (195-G/F-79, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Zwickau (7-17) in their last game. Despite Andrus' very good performance the 12th-placed Zwickau (7-17) was crushed 119-91 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Vilsbiburg in the South-East group. He scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was Zwickau's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Andrus is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Zwickau's roster. Andrus has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.2apg in 24 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Romanian and Moldovan.

   #3. Jonhatan Nir (204-F-86, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Hasharon (5-20) 82-72 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Nir recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim (16-9) is placed third in the National League. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Nir has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.4apg in 21 games. He has both Romanian and Israeli nationalities.

   #4. Yaniv Solomon (201-SF-94, currently plays in Israel) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonhatan Nir and both played together in the last Israeli National League game. Solomon was the major contributor in a Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim's victory against one of league's weakest teams Hasharon (5-20) 82-72. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Solomon has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. Solomon also holds two passports: Israeli and Romanian. Despite his Romanian nationality, Solomon previously played for the Israeli U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Romanian team.

Other top Romanian players, who play abroad:

Robert-gratian Neculaes (203-F/C) plays for Lliria in Spanish EBA
Alexandru Darii plays for BBC Nitia in Luxembourg N2
Ionut Berceanu (206-F-98) plays for International Sports Academy in the
Sebastian Slabu (F/C-86) plays for Litzendorf in German 2.Regionalliga
Robert Bobroczkyi (226-C-0) plays for SPIRE Institute in the
Srdjan Solkotovic (191-F-93) plays for Djerdar in Serbian 2MRL
Dimitri Georgiadis (202-F-99) plays for Benedictine in the

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



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Superleague 1 Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Spartak-Primorie, Univ.Surgut and Novosybirsk advance - by Eurobasket News

Spartak-Prim. - Samara-SGEU 81-77

Spartak-Primorie overcame Samara-SGEU to seal their semifinal appearance. Samara-SGEU was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Maxim Krivosheev (207-88) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-90) who added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side power forward Evgeny Fidiy (207-91) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-86, agency: Alti Sport) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Samara-SGEU players scored in double figures. Samara-SGEU's coach Sergei Zozulin tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Samara-SGEU: E.Fidiy 17+9reb+3ast, S.Toropov 16+6reb+1ast, A.Zhukanenko 16+10reb, D.Golovin 10+1reb+1ast, A.Zozulin 6+4reb+5ast, A.Korchagin 6+2reb
Spartak-Prim.: M.Krivosheev 24+8reb+5ast, A.Mateyunas 16+2reb+2ast, F.Klyuchnikov 11+5reb+6ast, A.Gankevich 9+3reb+1ast, J.Martin 8+6reb, V.Babaylov 6+1reb
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Sakhalin - Irkut 77-79

Irkut upset Sakhalin on the road to force the decider. Strangely Sakhalin outrebounded Irkut Irkutsk 43-27 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Sakhalin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Aleksandr Zakharov (203-93) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Alexandr Varnakov (185-92) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Point guard Aleksey Golyahov (190-84, agency: AproK Sports Group) replied with 20 points and Alexey Nesterov (204-88) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Sakhalin. Four Sakhalin players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Sakhalin: A.Golyahov 20+4reb+3ast, A.Nesterov 13+12reb+1ast, M.Sheleketo 13+10reb+1ast, A.Yakovenko 10+9reb+2ast, D.Zibirov 8+2reb+5ast, D.Solovev 5
Irkut: A.Zakharov 24+9reb+2ast, A.Varnakov 17+2reb+3ast, D.Zlobin 13+1ast, G.Gerasimenko 6+1reb+2ast, K.Novikov 6+6reb+1ast, D.Ezhov 5+3reb
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TEMP-SUMZ - Univ.Surgut 73-81

Univ.Surgut beat TEMP-SUMZ to win the series 3-1. Serbian Nikola Lepojevic (195-82) fired 32 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Maksim Polyakov (205-84, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Anton Glazunov (182-86) added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
TEMP-SUMZ: A.Glazunov 18+6reb+5ast, M.Polyakov 16+13reb, V.Zaryazhko 12+5reb+4ast, I.Pavlov 9+4reb+1ast, D.Arteshin 9+2reb, D.Kachanko 3+3reb
Univ.Surgut: N.Lepojevic 32+3reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 16+9reb+4ast, A.Savenkov 15+11reb+1ast, A.Pushkin 6+1reb, I.Aleksandrov 5+3reb+1ast, A.Ivanov 3+4reb+1ast
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Kupol-Rodniki - Novosybirsk 54-74

Novosybirsk cruised past Kupol-Rodniki to advance into the next round of playoffs. Novosybirsk held Kupol-Rodniki to an opponent 24.3 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Novosybirsk had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by point guard Kirill Pisklov (195-96) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Dmitry Korshakov (201-91) supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Novosybirsk players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds by center Vladimir Lidyaev (203-87) did not help to save the game for Kupol-Rodniki. Center Aleksey Karpeko (204-89) added 7 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Kupol-Rodniki's coach let to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Kupol-Rodniki: V.Lidyaev 11+12reb, A.Petukhov 7+3reb, A.Karpeko 7+13reb, R.Khamitov 6+2reb, M.Zakharov 5+3reb+1ast, I.Samsonov 4
Novosybirsk: D.Korshakov 12+8reb+2ast, A.Lavnikov 12+7reb+3ast, G.Goldyrev 11+8reb, K.Pisklov 10+10reb+4ast, S.Tokarev 8+1ast, K.Pomogalov 6+3reb
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SBL Round 20: Al Fateh beats Al Ittihad in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Al Hasa. First ranked Al Fateh faced one of their biggest challengers Al Ittihad. Host Al Fateh (17-3) smashed guests from Jeddah (16-4) 91-53. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Al Ittihad. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Al Fateh maintains first position with 17-3 record, which they share with Al Nasr. Defending champion Al Ittihad keeps the third place with four games lost. Al Fateh is looking forward to face Al Nahda (#11) in Al Khobar in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al Ittihad's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jeddah Al Ahli Jeddah.
The game in Jeddah was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Uhud (14-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Al Ahli Jeddah (13-7). Al Ahli Jeddah managed to secure a 8-point victory 75-67. Al Ahli Jeddah moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Al Ansar. Uhud lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. Al Ahli Jeddah's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jeddah to the arena Al Ittihad.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Al Wehda crushed Al Salam in Mecca 76-56. Al Nasr smashed Al Nahda at home 93-66. Al Arabi was destroyed by Al Hilal on the opponent's court 97-68. Bottom-ranked Al Noor was outscored by Al Ansar in a home game 65-84.

Al Salam - Al Wehda 56-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Al Salam's (5-15) home loss to eighth ranked Al Wehda (8-12) 56-76. Al Wehda maintains eighth position with 8-12 record. Al Salam at the other side keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost. Al Wehda will play against higher ranked Al Hilal (#7) in Riyadh in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Al Salam will play on the road against Al Ansar in Medina and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Al Nasr - Al Nahda 93-66

No shocking result in a game in Riyadh where second ranked Al Nasr (17-3) smashed 11th ranked Al Nahda (2-18) 93-66. Al Nasr keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Al Fateh. Al Nahda lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost. Al Nasr will play against Al Arabi (#10) in Al-Qassim in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al Nahda will play at home against the league's leader Al Fateh and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Al Hilal - Al Arabi 97-68

Rather expected game in Riyadh where 10th ranked Al Arabi (4-16) was rolled over by seventh ranked Al Hilal (10-10) 97-68. Al Hilal maintains seventh position with 10-10 record. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. Al Hilal will play against Al Wehda (#8) in Mecca in the next round. Al Arabi will play at home against the league's second-placed Al Nasr and will have a slim chance for a victory.
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Al Fateh - Al Ittihad 91-53

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Al Hasa. First ranked Al Fateh faced one of their biggest challengers Al Ittihad. Host Al Fateh (17-3) smashed guests from Jeddah (16-4) 91-53. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Al Ittihad. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Al Fateh maintains first position with 17-3 record, which they share with Al Nasr. Defending champion Al Ittihad keeps the third place with four games lost. Al Fateh is looking forward to face Al Nahda (#11) in Al Khobar in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al Ittihad's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jeddah Al Ahli Jeddah.
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Al Ahli Jeddah - Uhud 75-67

The game in Jeddah was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Uhud (14-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Al Ahli Jeddah (13-7). Al Ahli Jeddah managed to secure a 8-point victory 75-67. Al Ahli Jeddah moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Al Ansar. Uhud lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. Al Ahli Jeddah's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jeddah to the arena Al Ittihad.
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Al Noor - Al Ansar 65-84

Very predictable result in Mecca where fifth ranked Al Ansar (13-7) outscored bottom-ranked Al Noor (1-19) 84-65. Al Ansar have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 13-7 record, which they share with Al Ahli Jeddah. Al Noor lost seventeenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 19 lost games. Al Ansar will play against Al Salam (#9) in Al-Awamiyah in the next round. Al Noor will play on the road against Uhud in Medina to get more than just one victory in their record.
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Kieron Achara's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Scots playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kieron Achara
Kieron Achara
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Kieron Achara (208-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in United Kingdom). He led Glasgow Rocks to a victory over the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks (17-11) crushing them 84-55 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Achara was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Achara also added 6 assists in 30 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Glasgow Rocks (17-10) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Achara has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 85.5% in 27 games he played so far. Achara has a dual citizenship: Scottish and Nigerian. He played for the Scottish senior national team four years ago.

Lee Reilly
Lee Reilly
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Lee Reilly (182-92, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kieron Achara and both played together in the last British BBL game. Reilly contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks (17-11) crushing them 84-55. He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. It's Reilly's first season with the team. Reilly's overall stats this year are: 2.7ppg, 1.2rpg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 38.1%. He played for the Scottish national team in 2014.

Alasdair Fraser
Alasdair Fraser
   #3. The Scottish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Alasdair Fraser (201-92, agency: Court Side, college: Maine, currently plays in Germany). Fraser was the major contributor in Ehingen/Urspringschule's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Kirchheim Knights (19-10) 93-91 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 29 minutes. Team Ehingen Urspring (10-20) is placed 14th in the ProA. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Fraser's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Fraser has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 82.5% in 29 games. Former Sony Centre Fury starter played for the Scottish national team four years ago.

Jonathan Bunyan
Jonathan Bunyan
   #4. Point guard Jonathan Bunyan (182-92, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kieron Achara. He played also in the last British BBL game facing Lee Reilly (above) in the other team. Bunyan contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks (17-11) crushing them 84-55. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Bunyan has been at the team for four years. Bunyan's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Scottish national team back in 2014.

Other top Scottish players, who play abroad:

Gareth Murray (201-F-84) plays for Glasgow Rocks in British BBL
Benjamin Warrington (193-G-92) plays for Templeogue in Irish Super League
Craig Malcolm (191-SF-94) plays for Manchester Magic in British NBL D1
Yannick Onifade (201-C/F) plays for Manchester Magic in British NBL D1
Findlay Wood (178-PG-97) plays for Greenhouse Pioneers in British NBL D2
Kyle Jimenez (187-G-98) plays for Charnwood in British EABL
Ewan Lancaster (198-SF-98) plays for The Hun School in the
Konrad Kantorski (181-PG-98) plays for Spinners in British NBL D1



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Gorgui Dieng selected the top Senegalese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gorgui Dieng
Gorgui Dieng
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Gorgui Dieng (211-90, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA). He led Minnesota Timberwolves to a 1-point victory against the Indiana Pacers (37-39) 115-114 in the NBA last Tuesday. Dieng scored 19 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 30-44 record this season. It's Dieng's fourth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 79.3%. Dieng is currently a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Moussa Diagne
Moussa Diagne
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Moussa Diagne (211-94, currently plays in Spain). Diagne managed to help FC Barcelona Lassa in a victory against the closely-ranked Andorra (12-12) crushing them 102-65 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 17 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (17-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. This year Diagne averages: 3.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 41.2% and FT: 75.0% in six games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Spanish. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Diagne is in the roster of the Senegalese senior national team.

Clevin Hannah
Clevin Hannah
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Clevin Hannah (179-87, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Lithuania). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Siauliai (4-25) crushing them 87-63 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Hannah recorded 10 points and added 7 passes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (20-8) is placed third in the LKL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Hannah's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 62.5%(20-32), 3FGP: 29.2%. Hannah is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and American. He is also a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Hamady N'Diaye
Hamady N'Diaye
   #4. Center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Israel) could not help Bnei Hasharon (14-10) in their last game. Despite N'Diaye's very good performance Bnei Hasharon was badly defeated 84-68 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Maccabi Ashdod. He was the top scorer with 15 points. N'Diaye also added 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year N'Diaye's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 4.0rpg in eight games. He has both Senegalese and Filipino nationalities. N'Diaye is also Senegalese national team player.

Youssou Ndoye
Youssou Ndoye
   #5. International center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a JL Bourg's victory against the seventh-ranked Boulazac Basket (13-12) 78-60 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws); quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ndoye's second season in pro basketball. JL Bourg Basket (18-7) is placed first in the ProB. This season Ndoye has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the Senegalese national team.

Aziz N'Diaye
Aziz N'Diaye
   #6. Center Aziz N'Diaye (213-88, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Washington, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Dragonflies (38-11) in their last game. Despite N'Diaye's very good performance the second-placed Dragonflies (38-11) were crushed 72-50 in Shimane by the leading Magic in the West group. He was the top scorer with 17 points. N'Diaye also added 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year N'Diaye's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.3bpg in 32 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Senegalese senior team ten years ago.

Ousmane Barro
Ousmane Barro
   #7. An experienced former U18 international power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette, currently plays in Romania) led UBT Cluj Napoca to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Pitesti (11-15) 89-73 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 21 minutes. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (23-3) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Barro has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.6apg in 26 games. He used to play for the Senegalese U18 national team fifteen years ago.

Mamadou Diouf
Mamadou Diouf
   #8. Swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Yokohama BC (15-33) 85-68 in the Japanese B League on Saturday night. Diouf scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Toshiba Brave Thunders Kanagawa (40-8) is placed first in Central group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Diouf has been at the team for five years. He has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.6apg. Diouf used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2007.

Papa Dia
Papa Dia
   #9. Former international forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU, currently plays in Finland) led BC Nokia to a victory over the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja (25-11) 84-65 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Dia scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Nokia (11-5) is placed fourth in the Korisliiga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Dia averaged so far 14.2ppg and 6.8rpg in 30 games. He used to play for the Senegalese national team six years ago.

Jules Aw
Jules Aw
   #10. Power forward Jules Aw (202-86, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to a Lugano Tigers' victory against the fourth-ranked Geneve Lions (13-9) 85-76 in the Swiss LNA last Friday. Aw recorded 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Lugano Tigers (15-7) are placed second in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Aw's stats this season are: 11.7ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former international player as ten years ago he still played for the Senegalese senior national team.

   #11. International center Cheikh Mbodj (208-87, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Cincinnati, currently plays in Poland) helped Twarde Pierniki win their game against one of league's weakest teams Polfarmex crushing them 98-77 in the Polish PLK on Friday night. Mbodj recorded 7 points (made all of his five free throws) in only 7 minutes. It was his first game for Twarde Pierniki this season. Mbodj plays currently for the Senegalese national team.

   #12. Former international forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Promitheas (10-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Promitheas was edged 78-75 in Thessaloniki by the higher-ranked PAOK (#5). Faye was the second best scorer with 11 points. Faye averaged so far 11.7ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U18 international center Papa Mbaye (209-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet in their game against Marin in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his very good performance on Friday night He was the top scorer with 18 points. Mbaye also added 5 rebounds. Mbaye has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Senegalese U18 national team nine years ago.

   #14. International forward Maurice Ndour (206-92, college: Ohio, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the New York Knicks in their game against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Ndour scored only 3 points. His team were defeated 106-98 in the NBA. Ndour has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 1.5rpg. He plays currently for the Senegalese national team.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Daniel Gomis (208-91, college: Oregon St., currently plays in New Zealand) helped Mountain Airs edge the league outsider Hawks 76-75 in the New Zealand NBL on Sunday night. Gomis had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 33 minutes. Gomis has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 12.5rpg, 2.3apg, 2.0bpg and 1.5spg in four games. He used to play for the Senegalese U20 national team nine years ago.

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

   #1. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95, currently plays in Euroleague) was the major contributor in Baskonia's victory against the 13th-ranked Galatasaray (10-19) crushing them 103-80 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. He scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (17-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. Diop's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Diop's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 3.9ppg and 2.6rpg in 29 games he played so far. Diop has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Spanish.

   #2. Mamadou Niang (209-C-94, currently plays in Spain). He could not help CB Canarias (18-7) to beat UCAM Murcia (10-15). Niang scored 5 points. CB Canarias was defeated 79-68 on the road by the much lower-ranked UCAM Murcia (#11). Niang's total stats this season are: 2.7ppg and 2.1rpg.

   #3. Amath M'Baye (206-F-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Scandone AV (15-9) crushing them 94-74 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He scored 9 points, had 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots in 33 minutes. Enel Basket Brindisi (12-12) is placed eighth in the Serie A. M'Baye has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2bpg in 24 games. M'Baye is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and French. Despite his Senegalese nationality, M'Baye previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Senegalese team.

   #4. Michel Diouf (208-C-89, currently plays in Denmark) led Bakken to an easy victory against the league outsider Stevnsgade (2-26) crushing them 114-65 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game. Diouf recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Bakken Bears (24-4) is placed first in the Ligaen. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Diouf has reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg.

   #5. Elson Mendy (200-F-85, currently plays in France) was not able to help Souffelweyersheim (20-11) in their last game. Despite Mendy's good performance Souffelweyersheim lost 80-86 in Challans to the lower-ranked (#8) Vendee. He was the second best scorer with 13 points in a mere 16 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Mendy has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg in 30 games.

   #6. Mouhamed Barro (205-F-95, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Oviedo CB (18-11) in their last game. Despite Barro's good performance Oviedo CB lost 62-73 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#6) Melilla_Baloncesto. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 15 rebounds in 23 minutes. Barro has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 3.7rpg in 28 games.

   #7. Experienced Mamadou Dia (201-C/F-78, currently plays in France) contributed to a Provence Basket's victory against the 12th-ranked Saint-Quentin 89-76 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Dia recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Dia has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 2.5rpg. He has both Senegalese and French nationalities.

   #8. Papa Beye (202-F/C-89, currently plays in France) couldn't help ALM Evreux in their game against Poitiers in the French ProB (second division). Beye scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. His team was edged 92-90. Beye has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 4.2rpg in 24 games.

   #9. Tacko Fall (229-C-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Cent.Florida in their game against the Texas Christian University in the NCAA Quarter-Finals. He scored 7 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 6 blocks. His team was defeated 68-53. Fall averaged so far 10.9ppg, 9.5rpg and 2.6bpg.

   #10. Mamadou Samb (210-C/F-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Palencia Baloncesto in their game against Palma in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. His team was edged 79-78. Samb averaged so far 10.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2bpg in 20 games. He also holds two passports: Senegalese and Spanish. Despite Samb's Senegalese nationality, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Senegalese team.



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Nikola Milutinov selected the top Serbian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikola Milutinov
Nikola Milutinov
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nikola Milutinov (212-94, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Olympiacos (19-10) in their last game. Despite Milutinov's very good performance Olympiacos lost 73-79 at home to the leading Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Milutinov also added 4 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Milutinov averages: 4.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(45-80) and FT: 69.8% in 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Milos Teodosic
Milos Teodosic
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87, currently plays in Euroleague). Teodosic was the major contributor in CSKA's victory against the league outsider Unics Kazan (7-22) 85-74 in the Euroleague last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and making the same number of passes. CSKA Moscow (21-8) is placed second in the Euroleague. Teodosic's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Teodosic's sixth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Teodosic averages: 15.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 7.3apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(52-91), 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 91.3%(73-80). He is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Nikola Jokic (209-95, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA). Jokic led Denver Nuggets to a victory over the Indiana Pacers (37-39) 125-117 in the NBA on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Jokic had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 34 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have 35-40 record this season. Jokic has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 9.6rpg, 4.8apg, 2FGP: 62.6%(399-637), 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 82.2% in 66 games. Ex-BC Mega Leks player is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdan Bogdanovic
   #4. Swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Fenerbahce (17-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Fenerbahce was defeated 61-56 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. Bogdanovic was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Bogdanovic's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.9apg. He is also Serbian national team player.

Vladimir Stimac
Vladimir Stimac
   #5. International center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Demir IBB (6-17) 84-67 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Stimac had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (18-5) is placed third in the BSL. This year Stimac has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg and 9.8rpg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Stefan Markovic
Stefan Markovic
   #6. Guard Stefan Markovic (199-88, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a 3-point Zenit's victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (13-5) 83-80 in the VTB United League on Saturday night. Markovic scored 17 points and added 7 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Zenit Saint Petersburg (18-3) is placed second in the VTB United League. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Markovic's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 7.9apg and 1.6spg. Markovic is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

Rasko Katic
Rasko Katic
   #7. An experienced former international center Rasko Katic (208-80, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was the main contributor in Oostende's victory against the leader Chalon/Saor (5-1) 85-80 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Katic recorded 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. Telenet BC Oostendeis placed sixth in group Q. Katic has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2apg in five games. He used to play for the Serbian national team three years ago.

Branko Cvetkovic
Branko Cvetkovic
   #8. Swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: AproK Sports Group, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Tadamon (7-13) crushing them 113-67 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Tuesday. Cvetkovic recorded 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first in Group B. So far his team won all six games in the Second Stage. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. This season Cvetkovic has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. Cvetkovic used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2008.

Nikola Jankovic
Nikola Jankovic
   #9. Former U20 international power forward Nikola Jankovic (207-94, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to secure a victory for Un.Olimpija (2-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jankovic's very good performance the fourth-placed Un.Olimpija (2-1) was edged 75-74 in Rogaska Slatina by the leading Rogaska in the Places 1-6 group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds. Jankovic has reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Serbian U20 national team three years ago.

Nikola Kalinic
Nikola Kalinic
   #10. Forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91, currently plays in Turkey) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bogdan Bogdanovic. But that was another game of his team in Turkish BSL which we would like to mention. Kalinic contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (5-18) 79-68. He scored 10 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-4) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Kalinic's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.7apg in 19 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

   #11. International swingman Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 1-point ALBA Berlin's victory against the closely-ranked BBC Bayreuth 77-76 in the German BBL on Friday night. Milosavljevic was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Milosavljevic's stats this season are: 12.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.9apg. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Galatasaray (10-19) in their last game. Despite Micov's very good performance Galatasaray lost 67-73 in a derby game to the higher-ranked (#9) Darussafaka. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Micov also added 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. Micov averaged so far 11.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.4apg in 28 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2014.

   #13. International point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Unicaja Malaga (15-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Nedovic's very good performance Unicaja Malaga was defeated 81-77 in Valencia by the lower-ranked Basket (#12). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Nedovic also added 3 passes. Nedovic averaged so far 14.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.7apg. He is also Serbian national team player.

   #14. International power forward Milan Macvan (206-89, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Armani Milano (20-4) in their last game. Despite Macvan's good performance the league leader Armani Milano lost 74-85 in Pistoia to the much lower-ranked (#10) The Flexx PT. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Macvan averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg in 18 games. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

   #15. International small forward Vladimir Lucic (201-89, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Braunschweig crushing them 80-58 in the German BBL last Sunday. Lucic scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. This year Lucic's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg in 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Serbian national team.

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

   #1. Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in Aris' victory against the 12th-ranked Kymis (7-17) 80-77 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Jankovic also added 3 assists in 31 minutes. Aris Thessaloniki (14-10) is placed fourth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Jankovic's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.6apg in 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Greek.

   #2. Dusan Sakota (210-SF-86, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an AEK Athens' victory against the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (4-20) 68-64 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Sakota scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. AEK Athens (18-6) is placed third in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sakota averaged so far 11.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Greek. Despite Sakota's Serbian nationality, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Serbian team.

   #3. Experienced Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, currently plays in Slovenia) could not help KK Primorska (11-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Capin's very good performance KK Primorska was edged 82-81 on the road by the second-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj in the Places 7-12 group. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Capin also added 5 assists. Capin has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.9apg. He has both Serbian and Slovenian nationalities.

   #4. Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to Oostende's victory against the closely-ranked Antwerp Giants (17-9) 72-64 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Saturday night. Djordjevic scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet BC Oostende (22-4) is placed first in the Euromillions League. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Djordjevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Oostende's roster. He has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.6apg and 1.2spg in 26 games.

   #5. Boris Savovic (208-F-87, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) led his Montenegrin team Buducnost to a victory over the league leader Crvena Zvezda (25-1) 63-57 in the ABA League in Tuesday night's game. Savovic was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (18-8) is placed fourth in the ABA League. Savovic averaged so far 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Savovic's Serbian nationality, he previously played for the Montenegrin U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Serbian team.

   #6. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Baltic League) was not able to help Kalev/Cramo in their last game. Despite Mirkovic's very good performance Kalev/Cramo (#2) lost 60-72 at home to the leading Tartu Ulikool in the group Q of Baltic League. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Mirkovic also added 4 assists in 25 minutes. Mirkovic averaged so far 14.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg in five games. He holds both Serbian and Bulgarian passports.

   #7. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) was the main contributor in a 1-point Feni Industries' victory against the sixth-ranked Kumanovo 99-98 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Saturday. Pantic was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 11 rebounds. Pantic also added 3 assists. Pantic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.5apg.

   #8. Nikola Lepojevic (195-S/F-82, currently plays in Russia) contributed to Universitet-Yugra's victory against the seventh-ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda 89-85 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) on Saturday night. Lepojevic was the top player that evening. He recorded 31 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. Lepojevic has very impressive stats this year: 22.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.9apg in 25 games.

   #9. Milos Miljkovic (205-C/F-84, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Zlatorog's victory against the fifth-ranked Helios 67-60 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Miljkovic has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.3spg.

   #10. Nikola Djuric (201-C/F-91, currently plays in Bulgaria) was not able to secure a victory for Cherno More (5-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Cherno More was crushed 94-71 in Botevgrad by the higher-ranked (#5) Balkan. Djuric was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. Djuric averaged so far 11.3ppg and 5.6rpg in 21 games.



Stevanovic's 32-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

21-year old guard Andreja Stevanovic (189-G-95) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Dynamic BG and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had the game-high 32 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Dynamic BG in his team's victory, helping them to beat Napredak K. (#10, 11-12) 85-73. Dynamic BG is placed at 2nd position in Serbian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dynamic BG will need more victories to improve their 18-5 record. In the team's last game Stevanovic had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Dynamic BG's top player in his first season with the team. Andreja Stevanovic averages this season 15.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Stefan Fundic (199-F-94) of Beovuk 72. He is a forward in his 4th season at Beovuk 72. In the last game Fundic recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Beovuk 72 was edged by the higher-ranked Vrsac (#1, 19-4) 91-87. Beovuk 72 managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fundic is one of the most experienced players at Beovuk 72 and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#4). He also registered 11.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Nikola Jeftic (205-C/F-87) of league's leader Vrsac. Jeftic showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, ten rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Vrsac, leading his team to a 91-87 win against the lower-ranked Beovuk 72 (#8, 12-11). Vrsac confirms their top position in the standings. Jeftic has a great season in Serbia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.4ppg (8th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 61.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Igor Kesar (210-C-92) of Tamis - 24 points and 7 rebounds
5. Novak Music (188-PG-98) of Smederevo - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nikola Hristov (190-G-92) of Spartak - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Vojkan Milincic (195-SG-87) of Napredak K. - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Mirko Djeric (191-G-95) of Vrsac - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Milos Stojanovic (207-C-94) of Konstantin - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Nikola Vukovic (202-F/C-90) of Dunav SB - 14 points and 8 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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Pressley's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

21-year old power forward Jervon Pressley (203-F/C-95) had a great game in the last round for Lucenec and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 44.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Iskra Svit (#6, 22-18) 88-93. Lucenec maintains the 7th position in Slovakian league. Lucenec is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 22th lost game this season out of 40 games. In the team's last game Pressley had a remarkable 81.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Lucenec, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Hampton University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pressley is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.9rpg) and averages solid 60.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Wayne Langston (201-F-93) of Rieker KN. He is American forward in his first season at Rieker KN. In the last game Langston recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Rieker KN to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Nitra (#11, 3-37) 107-64. Rieker KN's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 24-16 record is not bad and everything may still change. Langston is a newcomer at Rieker KN and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Peter Sedmak (207-F/C-85, agency: 011 Sports) of Handlova (#8). Sedmak scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Sedmak's great performance Handlova lost 80-93 to the higher-ranked Levice (#4, 26-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Handlova ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 23 games, recording just seventeen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sedmak could help Handlova to bring them higher in the standings. Sedmak has a great season in Slovakia. After 40 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Jones (191-G-90) of Prievidza - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Radoslav Rancik (205-F/C-79) of Inter Bratislava - 26 points and 3 rebounds
6. Josh Nofflet (194-G/F-88) of Levice - 18 points and 6 rebounds
7. Aaron Rountree III (203-F-93) of Lucenec - 10 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Stefan Matovic (203-G-91) of Kosice - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jarvis Summers (190-G-93) of Levice - 16 points and 4 rebounds
10. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84) of Iskra Svit - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Jusuf Nurkic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Slovenians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #1. This week's number one is former U16 international center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Denver Nuggets (35-40) 122-113 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Nurkic had a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 33 minutes on the court. The Portland Trail Blazers have 37-37 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Nurkic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.1% and FT: 66.0% in 20 games he played so far. Nurkic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. He played for the Slovenian U16 national team seven years ago.

Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Goran Dragic (190-86, currently plays in NBA). Dragic led Miami Heat to a 1-point victory over the Detroit Pistons (34-42) 97-96 in the NBA last Tuesday. He was MVP of the game. Dragic scored 28 points (!!!), had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Miami Heat has 37-39 record this season. This year Dragic has very high stats. He averages: 20.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 5.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 78.9%. Dragic is in the roster of the Slovenian senior national team.

Gasper Vidmar
Gasper Vidmar
   #3. The Slovenian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Gasper Vidmar (211-87, currently plays in Turkey). He led Banvit to a victory against the eighth-ranked Gaziantep (11-12) 83-77 in the Turkish BSL on Sunday night. Vidmar scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 24 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (16-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. Vidmar has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 66.7%(92-138) and FT: 38.7% in 23 games. He is also a member of the Slovenian senior national team.

Alen Omic
Alen Omic
   #4. Center Alen Omic (216-92, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the league leader Valencia Basket (6-0) 79-71 in the Eurocup last Friday. Omic had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Unicaja Malaga (3-3) is placed second in the Eurocup. This year Omic's overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 5.7rpg in 10 games. He is also Slovenian national team player.

Nebojsa Joksimovic
Nebojsa Joksimovic
   #5. An experienced former international small forward Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to Cibona's victory against the closely-ranked KK Zagreb (10-12) 91-87 in a derby game in the Croatian A1 on Thursday night. Joksimovic scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (16-6) is placed fifth in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Joksimovic's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

Edo Muric
Edo Muric
   #6. Forward Edo Muric (202-91, currently plays in Turkey) is a teammate of previously mentioned Gasper Vidmar and both played together in the last Turkish BSL game. Muric contributed to Banvit's victory against the eighth-ranked Gaziantep (11-12) 83-77. He scored 9 points in only 14 minutes. This year Muric's total stats are: 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg in 23 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Slovenian National Team roster.

Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic
   #7. International point guard Luka Doncic (201-99, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce (17-12) 61-56 in the Euroleague last Friday. Doncic scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Real Madrid (22-7) is placed first in the Euroleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Doncic has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 4.4rpg and 4.1apg. He is also Slovenian national team player.

Beno Udrih
Beno Udrih
   #8. Point guard Beno Udrih (190-82, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Detroit Pistons (34-42) in their last game. Despite Udrih's very good performance the Detroit Pistons (34-42) were edged 108-105 on the road by the Milwaukee Bucks. He scored 16 points and added 8 passes in 21 minutes. It's Udrih's first season with the team. Udrih has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.5apg in 33 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2010.

Maj Kovacevic
Maj Kovacevic
   #9. Former U20 international guard Maj Kovacevic (196-90, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a KK Zadar's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (16-6) 90-80 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. Kovacevic recorded 17 points. KK Zadar (9-9) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Kovacevic has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Slovenian U20 national team seven years ago.

Bostjan Nachbar
Bostjan Nachbar
   #10. Power forward Bostjan Nachbar (205-80, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Sevilla (8-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Nachbar's very good performance Sevilla was defeated 71-57 at home by the lower-ranked Joventut (#14). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Nachbar also added 5 rebounds. Nachbar has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg and 4.0rpg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Slovenian senior national team.

   #11. International guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Limoges CSP Elite (7-17) in their last game. Despite Prepelic's very good performance Limoges CSP Elite lost 76-84 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#6) Paris-Levallois. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Prepelic also added 8 passes in 33 minutes. Prepelic has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.5apg in 24 games. He plays currently for the Slovenian national team.

   #12. Former international shooting guard Sasha Vujacic (201-84, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) helped New York Knicks win their game against the Miami Heat 98-94 in the NBA last Friday. Vujacic scored 9 points and added 7 passes. Vujacic has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.1rpg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2009.

   #13. International forward Blaz Mahkovic (201-90, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Igokea win their game against the fifth-ranked Kakanj 86-69 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I on Saturday night. Mahkovic scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Mahkovic has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 3.8rpg in four games. He is also Slovenian national team player.

   #14. International guard Jaka Blazic (196-90, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team Baskonia win their game against the 13th-ranked Galatasaray crushing them 103-80 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Blazic scored only 3 points. Blazic has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.2rpg. He plays currently for the Slovenian national team.

   #15. Former international forward Jure Balazic (204-80, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Gasper Vidmar in the Turkish BSL last game. Balazic couldn't help Gaziantep in their game against Banvit. He scored 9 points in 15 minutes. His team lost 77-83. Balazic has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Kevin Pangos (188-PG-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Zalgiris (13-16) in their last game on Friday. Despite Pangos' very good performance Zalgiris was defeated 88-84 at home by the one of league's weakest teams Armani Milano (#15). He was the top scorer with 16 points. Pangos also added 3 assists. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Pangos' overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Slovenian.

   #2. Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93, currently plays in Croatia) led KK Zadar to a victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (16-6) 90-80 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. Marinkovic recorded 15 points in 23 minutes. KK Zadar (9-9) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Marinkovic has reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg in 21 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Slovenian. Despite Marinkovic's Slovenian nationality, he previously played for the Serbian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Slovenian team.

   #3. Rasid Mahalbasic (210-C-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Sevilla in their game against Joventut (8-17) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Mahalbasic scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Sevilla lost 57-71 on their home court in Sevilla to the lower-ranked (#14) Joventut. Mahalbasic's stats this year are: 11.4ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg in 14 games. He has both Austrian and Slovenian nationalities.

   #4. Radoslav Pekovic (215-C-94, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) was not able to secure a victory for Kumanovo (1-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Pekovic's good performance the sixth-placed Kumanovo (1-3) was edged 91-88 on their home court in Kumanovo by the second-ranked Karpos Sokoli in the Places 1-6 group. He scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Pekovic has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #5. Experienced Vlado Ilievski (188-PG-80, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) led Rabotnicki to a 1-point victory over the fifth-ranked Kozuv (1-3) 68-67 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Ilievski recorded 13 points and added 4 passes in 38 minutes. KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje (2-2) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. Ilievski has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 6.3apg and 1.3spg in 16 games. He also holds two passports: Slovenian and FYR Macedonian.

   #6. Emanuel Richter (192-G-86, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Topstar's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Treuchtlingen 95-87 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Richter scored 16 points in 30 minutes. Richter's stats this year are: 11.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg in 21 games.

   #7. Robert Abramovic (185-PG-88, currently plays in Kosovo) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Trepca crushing them 109-86 in the Kosovan SuperLeague in Saturday night's game. He scored 15 points. Abramovic averaged so far 13.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.3apg.

   #8. Andraz Kavas (208-F-92, agency: Two Points, college: Harding, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 1-point Caceres Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Araberri 83-82 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. He scored 9 points in 15 minutes. Kavas has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 1.7rpg in nine games.

   #9. Ljubisa Markovic (212-C/F-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Vechta-2 crushing them 91-68 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Markovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in 19 games. Markovic has Slovenian and Serbian nationalities.

   #10. Leon Dronjak (191-G-91, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ljubisa Markovic and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Dronjak contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Vechta-2 crushing them 91-68. He scored 12 points and added 8 passes in 27 minutes. Dronjak's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg in 19 games.



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Review of LNB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Pully - Acad.Fribourg 70-55

Pully outgunned Acad.Fribourg to take 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Pully. Academie Fribourg managed to win third quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
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Vevey - Lug.Tigers U23 89-48

Vevey coasted past Lugano Tigers in the series opener. Lug.Tigers U23 managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lug.Tigers U23 to just 7 points in fourth quarter.
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Meyrin Basket - Villars 77-94

Villars stormed past Meyrin Basket on the road to surge ahead in the quarterfinal series. Meyrin Basket was better in fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
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BBC Nyon - GC Zurich 76-74

BBC Nyon nipped Grasshoppers to take 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But GC Zurich won third quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
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Malvin and Aguada took a 2-0 lead - by Hector Lopez

Lorrenzo Wade (201-F-85, college: San Diego St., agency: DTMones) scored 25 points leading Malvin to beat Bigua 88-64 to take a 2-0 lead for the Uruguayan League quarter final games. Marcel Souberbielle (200-F-91, college: Indiana, PA) added 16 points and Allen Durham (198-F/C-88, college: Grace Bible) other 15 points. For Bigua Ricardo Glenn (202-C-90, college: USC Upstate, agency: HMS) finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Richard Chaney (196-G-84, college: Troy) netted 7 points. Aguada also take a 2-0 lead over Larre Borges, after winning 80-68, For the winner, Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) netted 11 poins and added 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Demian Alvarez (192-G-84, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 11 points and 6 rebounds, while Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) scored 9 poins and 5 rebounds. For Larre Borges, Anthony Young (200-F-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) netted 22 points and addded 4 rebounds and six assists. Andres Dotti (185-G-93) finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra) netted 11 poinds and grabbed 7 rebounds.


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LPB Round 8: Leader Cocodrilos lose to Guaros - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Cocodrilos (14-2) recorded its second loss in Caracas on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Guaros (4-6) 92-85. They made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game, while Cocodrilos only scored eight points from the stripe. Guaros looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Cocodrilos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American Lazar Hayward (225-86, college: Marquette) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. The former international swingman Jose Vargas (195-82, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) produced 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the hosts. Cocodrilos' coach Nestor Salazar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains third position with 4-6 record having sixteen points less than leader Bucaneros, which they share with Marinos. Defending champion Cocodrilos still keep top place with two games lost. Guaros is looking forward to face Panteras (#5) in Caracas in the next round. Cocodrilos will play on the road against Marinos (#4) in Puerto La Cruz and are hoping to win this game.
Fifth-ranked Panteras (3-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Trotamundos (8-6) in Caracas. The visitors from Valencia managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected easier game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) saved the victory by scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Josh Powell contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for Panteras. Trotamundos maintains second position with 8-6 record having eight points less than leader Bucaneros, which they share with Guaiqueries. Panteras lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Trotamundos will play against Toros (#5) in Maracay in the next round. Panteras will play on the road against Guaros in Barquisimeto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth-ranked Panteras (3-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Trotamundos (8-6) in Caracas on Thursday. The visitors from Valencia managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected easier game. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Josh Powell who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 rebounds. Trey Gilder responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Trotamundos maintains second position with 8-6 record having eight points less than leader Bucaneros, which they share with Guaiqueries. Panteras lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Trotamundos will meet at home Toros (#5) in the next round. Panteras will play against Guaros in Barquisimeto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth-ranked Toros (3-9) made lots of trouble for third ranked Guaiqueries (8-6) in Maracay. The visitors from Porlamar managed to secure only one-point victory 86-85. However their fans expected easier game. The winners were led by Devan Downey who scored that evening 24 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Toros' coach Ivan Garcia tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Guaiqueries have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Trotamundos. Toros at the other side keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Guaiqueries' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Gigantes in Puerto Ordaz and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toros will play on the road against the league's second-placed Trotamundos in Valencia and hope to win that game.
Fifth-ranked Toros (3-9) made lots of trouble for third ranked Guaiqueries (8-6) in Maracay on Friday. The visitors from Porlamar managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Michael Flores who scored 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Guaiqueries have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Trotamundos. Loser Toros keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Guaiqueries will face league's second-placed Gigantes in Puerto Ordaz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toros will play on the road against the league's second-placed Trotamundos in Valencia and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Guaros were defeated by Cocodrilos in Caracas 89-81. Marinos were beaten by Bucaneros at home 87-91. Gigantes won against Gaiteros on the opponent's court 89-80. Marinos managed to outperform Bucaneros in a home game 90-84. Gigantes rolled over Gaiteros on the road 88-69.
The best stats of 8th round was 20 points and 4 assists by Miguel Paul of Cocodrilos.

Cocodrilos - Guaros 89-81

There was no surprise in Caracas where 3rd ranked Guaros (4-6) were defeated by first ranked Cocodrilos (14-2) 89-81 on Friday. Cocodrilos made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Miguel Paul (185-90, college: E.Carolina) who scored 20 points and 4 assists. Jose Rodriguez (197-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. International Nestor Colmenares (203-87, college: Campbellsville, agency: Pro Sports) produced 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American Lazar Hayward (225-86, college: Marquette) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Cocodrilos and four Guaros players scored in double figures. Guaros' coach Jorge Arrieta let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-2 record. Defending champion Guaros keep the third place with six games lost. Cocodrilos will face Marinos (#4) in Puerto La Cruz in the next round. Guaros will play at home against Panteras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guaros: N.Colmenares 20+4reb+2ast, L.Hayward 13+9reb+1ast, L.Bethelmy 11+4reb+1ast, H.Guillent 11+2reb+6ast, J.Vargas 8+3reb+2ast, J.Martinez 5+2reb
Cocodrilos: M.Paul 20+1reb+4ast, C.Garcia 20+2reb, J.Flowers 14+7reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 13+10reb, L.Lopez 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Palacios 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 538031


Panteras - Trotamundos 81-82

Fifth-ranked Panteras (3-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Trotamundos (8-6) in Caracas. The visitors from Valencia managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Panteras won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trotamundos made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) saved the victory by scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Josh Powell (206-83, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St.) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Panteras. Trotamundos maintains second position with 8-6 record having eight points less than leader Bucaneros, which they share with Guaiqueries. Panteras lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Trotamundos will play against Toros (#5) in Maracay in the next round. Panteras will play on the road against Guaros in Barquisimeto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panteras: T.Gilder 23+5reb+2ast, A.Kent 18+6reb+1ast, K.Canty 12+1reb+6ast, J.Manaure 8+2reb+1ast, J.Romero 7+4reb, M.Sierralta 6
Trotamundos: R.Powell 28+8reb+1ast, J.Powell 15+7reb, D.Cubillan 13+4reb+3ast, D.Lewis 9+1reb+1ast, A.Perez 8+1reb, A.Morillo 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 538028


Marinos - Bucaneros 87-91

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Bucaneros' (9-7) road victory over 4th ranked Marinos (4-6) 91-87 on Friday. Marinos trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 31-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 87-91 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, college: Oregon, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points. American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) produced 16 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Juan Herrera (197-81) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Four Marinos players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Bucaneros keep a position of league leader. Loser Marinos dropped to the third place with six games lost. Bucaneros will face Gaiteros (#4) in Maracaibo in the next round. Marinos will play at home against the league's leader Cocodrilos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Marinos: J.Herrera 17+1reb+2ast, I.Swann 16+1reb+6ast, J.Centeno 13+6reb+1ast, O.Torres 12+5reb+2ast, D.Garrett 8+4reb+2ast, H.Romero 7+3reb+2ast
Bucaneros: J.Hamilton 20+11reb+4ast, D.Joseph 17+4reb+1ast, T.Cobos 14+3reb+1ast, J.Cox 9+1reb, J.Juan Bravo 7+3reb+3ast, E.Torres 6+1reb
gschID: 538029


Toros - Guaiqueries 81-84

Fifth-ranked Toros (3-9) made lots of trouble for third ranked Guaiqueries (8-6) in Maracay on Friday. The visitors from Porlamar managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Michael Flores (192-85) who scored 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. American forward Marcus Melvin (206-82, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 17 points. Dominican forward Juan Guerrero (201-93) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and Dominican guard Kelvin Pena (193-80, college: Southeastern CC) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Guaiqueries and four Toros players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Guaiqueries have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Trotamundos. Loser Toros keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Guaiqueries will face league's second-placed Gigantes in Puerto Ordaz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toros will play on the road against the league's second-placed Trotamundos in Valencia and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toros: K.Pena 18+5reb+3ast, J.Guerrero 17+14reb, J.Rondon 13+4reb, A.Barrios 11+4reb+1ast, E.Gimenez 8+2reb, K.Fuller 5+1reb+3ast
Guaiqueries: M.Melvin 17+4reb+1ast, M.Flores 14+6reb+4ast, C.Silva 12+4reb+5ast, E.Garibay 10+6reb+1ast, D.Downey 10+6reb+1ast, D.Ramirez 9+3reb
gschID: 538030


Gaiteros - Gigantes 80-89

Rather expected game in Maracaibo where 4th ranked Gaiteros (3-7) were defeated by second ranked Gigantes (8-4) 89-80 on Friday. Gigantes made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Gaiteros were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was international point guard Harold Cazorla (175-91) who scored 14 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. American Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Gigantes players scored in double figures. American forward Al Thornton (203-83, college: Florida St.) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and Dominican Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) added 20 points, 12 assists and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Gaiteros' coach Gustavo Garcia let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Gigantes maintains second position with 8-4 record having ten points less than leader Bucaneros. Gaiteros lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Gigantes will face Guaiqueries (#3) in Porlamar in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gaiteros will play on the road against the league's leader Bucaneros in La Guaira and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gaiteros: A.Thornton 22+13reb+1ast, J.Miguel Suero 20+12ast, D.Chiquito 9+1reb+1ast, D.Ananguren 7+7reb, D.Matos 7+1reb+1ast, K.Urdaneta 7+1reb+1ast
Gigantes: Q.Brown 17+5reb+3ast, F.Lucena 15+5reb, R.Tarrant 14+3ast, H.Cazorla 14+5reb+9ast, A.Sucre 13+11reb, A.Arias 11+8reb+1ast
gschID: 538027


Marinos - Bucaneros 90-84

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Puerto La Cruz where fourth ranked Marinos (4-6) beat 3rd ranked Bucaneros (9-7) 90-84 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Hector Romero (202-80, college: New Orleans) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Marinos' coach Ronald Guillen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Tulio Cobos (197-86, college: Northeastern St.) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and international center Windi Graterol (204-86, agency: Pro Sports) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Marinos and four Bucaneros players scored in double figures. Marinos moved-up to third place, which they share with Guaros. Loser Bucaneros still keep top position with seven games lost. Marinos will face league's leader Cocodrilos in Caracas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bucaneros will play at home against Gaiteros and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bucaneros: T.Cobos 20+7reb+2ast, D.Joseph 15+2reb, E.Hernandez 11+1reb, C.Cedeno 11+3reb+1ast, W.Graterol 9+9reb+2ast, E.Torres 6+3reb
Marinos: I.Swann 16+1reb+4ast, J.Centeno 14+4reb, A.Pena 13+2reb, H.Romero 11+7reb, D.Garrett 11+7reb, O.Torres 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 538023


Panteras - Trotamundos 84-85

Fifth-ranked Panteras (3-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Trotamundos (8-6) in Caracas on Thursday. The visitors from Valencia managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected easier game. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Josh Powell (206-83, college: N.Carolina St.) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 rebounds and forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) who added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St.) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Panteras players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Trotamundos maintains second position with 8-6 record having eight points less than leader Bucaneros, which they share with Guaiqueries. Panteras lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Trotamundos will meet at home Toros (#5) in the next round. Panteras will play against Guaros in Barquisimeto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panteras: L.Julio 15+4reb, T.Gilder 15+7reb+3ast, K.Canty 13+1reb+3ast, A.Kent 12+8reb, M.Sierralta 11+3reb+5ast, J.Romero 10+5reb
Trotamundos: J.Powell 29+9reb+1ast, R.Powell 15+10reb+5ast, D.Lewis 9+1reb, P.Chourio 9+1reb, D.Cubillan 8+1reb+10ast, A.Perez 7+5reb
gschID: 538022


Toros - Guaiqueries 85-86

Fifth-ranked Toros (3-9) made lots of trouble for third ranked Guaiqueries (8-6) in Maracay. The visitors from Porlamar managed to secure only one-point victory 86-85. However their fans expected easier game. The winners were led by American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored that evening 24 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and the other American import forward Marcus Melvin (206-82, college: N.Carolina St.) supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Even 30 points and 5 assists by Dominican guard Kelvin Pena (193-80, college: Southeastern CC) did not help to save the game for Toros. Dominican forward Juan Guerrero (201-93) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Toros' coach Ivan Garcia tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Guaiqueries have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Trotamundos. Toros at the other side keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Guaiqueries' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Gigantes in Puerto Ordaz and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toros will play on the road against the league's second-placed Trotamundos in Valencia and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toros: K.Pena 30+4reb+5ast, K.Fuller 18+2reb+1ast, J.Guerrero 11+9reb+2ast, P.Brito 7+4reb+2ast, J.Rondon 7+8reb+2ast, E.Gimenez 6+1reb
Guaiqueries: D.Downey 24+3reb+5ast, M.Flores 16+3reb+2ast, M.Melvin 13+6reb+2ast, J.Urbina 9+5reb+1ast, C.Silva 8+2reb+3ast, J.Zapata 7+2reb
gschID: 538024


Cocodrilos - Guaros 85-92

Top ranked Cocodrilos (14-2) recorded its second loss in Caracas on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Guaros (4-6) 92-85. They made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game, while Cocodrilos only scored eight points from the stripe. Guaros looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Cocodrilos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American Lazar Hayward (225-86, college: Marquette) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. The former international swingman Jose Vargas (195-82, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Guaros players scored in double figures. American center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) produced 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and international swingman Cesar Garcia (193-90, agency: Pro Sports) added 15 points, 9 assists and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Cocodrilos' coach Nestor Salazar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains third position with 4-6 record having sixteen points less than leader Bucaneros, which they share with Marinos. Defending champion Cocodrilos still keep top place with two games lost. Guaros is looking forward to face Panteras (#5) in Caracas in the next round. Cocodrilos will play on the road against Marinos (#4) in Puerto La Cruz and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: M.Sutton 19+9reb+2ast, C.Garcia 15+1reb+9ast, M.Paul 14+2reb+1ast, K.Caraballo 8+4reb, Y.Palacios 7+2reb+7ast, L.Lopez 7+2reb+1ast
Guaros: L.Hayward 23+11reb, G.Echenique 19+5reb, J.Vargas 17+5reb+7ast, N.Colmenares 12+8reb+5ast, L.Bethelmy 10+5reb+5ast, E.Baez 8+3ast
gschID: 538025


Gaiteros - Gigantes 69-88

Not a big story in a game in Maracaibo where 4th ranked Gaiteros (3-7) were outplayed by second ranked Gigantes (8-4) 88-69 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds. American guard Ricky Tarrant (188-93, college: Memphis) chipped in 23 points. Four Gigantes players scored in double figures. Dominican Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Hernan Salcedo (198-80) added 6 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gigantes maintains second position with 8-4 record having ten points less than leader Bucaneros. Gaiteros lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Gigantes will face Guaiqueries (#3) in Porlamar in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gaiteros will play on the road against the league's leader Bucaneros in La Guaira and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gaiteros: J.Miguel Suero 24+8reb+5ast, A.Thornton 13+3reb+1ast, K.Urdaneta 11+1reb+3ast, D.Matos 8+2reb, H.Salcedo 6+14reb+3ast, D.Ananguren 5+8reb+2ast
Gigantes: R.Tarrant 23+4reb+2ast, Q.Brown 16+3reb+3ast, A.Sucre 15+17reb+2ast, F.Lucena 11+1reb+2ast, Y.Umbria 8+2reb, H.Cazorla 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 538026






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Women News


Cole's 50-point game gives her State League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old guard Rebecca Cole (178-G-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Eltham W. and receives a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 2.
She had the game-high 50 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Eltham W. in her team's victory, helping them to beat McKinnon C. (#10, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 86-76. Eltham W. is placed at 2nd position in their group in Australian league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Eltham W. won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Cole had a remarkable 65.4% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. She just recently signed at Eltham W. and it was her first game, where she immediately became new team's leader. Cole has impressive league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 50.0ppg. Cole is in league's top in and averages solid 6.0spg,65.4% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Kersten Mitchell (185-F-90) of Cockburn C.. She is American forward in her first season at Cockburn C.. In the last game Mitchell recorded impressive double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Cockburn C. lost that game 87-96 to Willetton T. (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Mitchell is one of the most experienced players at Cockburn C. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Amber Land (188-C) of Stirling S. (#6). Land showcased her all-around game by recording 20 points, twenty one rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. She was a key player of Stirling S., leading her team to a 95-77 easy win against Rockingham CF (1-1). Stirling S. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in SBL. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Land has a great season in Australia. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.5rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stacey Barr (173-G-92) of Willetton T. - 37 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Brittany Hodges (185-F-93) of SW Slammers - 27 points and 20 rebounds
6. Amanda Meinking (192-C-96) of Warrandyte V. - 19 points and 22 rebounds
7. Orla Reilly) of Sunbury - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Victoria Jarosz) of Ringwood H. - 20 points and 15 rebounds
9. Casey Mihovilovich (173-G-82) of Mandurah M. - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Emilee Harmon (188-F) of Perth R. - 21 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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Alex Bentley to play for Belarus National Team - by Eurobasket News

Alex Bentley (170-PG-90, college: Tarbes) will play for the Belarus National Team and will get the passport from the country. The 27-year old point guard currently plays Adana ASKI Mersin in Turkey. In 22 KBSL games she had very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg this season. Bentley also played earlier that season for KEB Hanabank in South Korean WKBL where in only one KBSL game she recorded 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Bentley has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). She has played previously professionally also in Brazil (Recife) and WNBA (Connecticut Sun).



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Round 1 of Semi-Finals. TTT Riga and Good Angels enter Final - by Eurobasket News

TTT Riga - Basket Gdynia 75-68

TTT Riga beat Basket Gdynia to advance into Final. Basket Gdynia was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. TTT Riga looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian power forward Giedre Paugaite (193-90) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Aishah Sutherland (187-90, college: Kansas, agency: Two Points) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin guard Jelena Skerovic (176-80, agency: ProDep Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists and Lithuanian Monika Grigalauskyte (190-92) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Basket Gdynia. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Basket Gdynia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
TTT Riga: A.Sutherland 18+8reb+1ast, G.Paugaite 18+8reb+5ast, I.Krastina 17+5reb+3ast, S.Carter 12+3reb+4ast, G.Basko-Melnbarde 5+11reb+7ast, A.Eibele 3+3ast
Basket Gdynia: C.Swords 18+4reb+2ast, M.Grigalauskyte 15+11reb+1ast, J.Skerovic 13+6reb+11ast, K.Puss 11+6reb, K.Podgorna 5+2reb+1ast, A.Kotnis 4+4reb
gschID: 543350


Good Angels - Dynamo M. 79-58

Good Angels rallied past Dynamo Moscow en route to the title game. The game was mostly controlled by Good Angels. Dynamo Moscow was better in fourth quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Good Angels made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Dynamo Moscow turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Point guard Zuzana Zirkova (175-80) stepped up and scored 13 points and 6 assists for the winners and Slovenian point guard Teja Oblak (172-90) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. At the losing side British-Australian center Alexandra Bunton (198-93) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds (made all of her eight free throws) and Kazakhstan-Russian power forward Ksenia Tikhonenko (192-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Good Angels: Z.Zirkova 13+2reb+6ast, T.Oblak 13+2reb+5ast, B.Balintova 9+4reb+3ast, D.Baburova 8+1reb+1ast, B.Janoscikova 8+2reb, A.Jurcenkova 8+5reb
Dynamo M.: B.Alexandra 12+8reb+2ast, K.Tikhonenko 8+5reb+1ast, E.Ryabova 8+2reb+2ast, K.Nacickaite 6+2reb+3ast, V.Solovyeva 5+3reb, N.Potemina 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 543349





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Alex Bentley to play for Belarus National Team - by Eurobasket News

Alex Bentley (170-PG-90, college: Tarbes) will play for the Belarus National Team and will get the passport from the country. The 27-year old point guard currently plays Adana ASKI Mersin in Turkey. In 22 KBSL games she had very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg this season. Bentley also played earlier that season for KEB Hanabank in South Korean WKBL where in only one KBSL game she recorded 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Bentley has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). She has played previously professionally also in Brazil (Recife) and WNBA (Connecticut Sun).



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Results and Stats from LFB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Villeneuve - Mondeville 82-76

Villeneuve rallied past Mondeville in the opener. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-76. Villeneuve D'Ascq looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized Senegalese forward Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-85) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International forward Valerianne Ayayi (184-94) chipped in 12 points and 9 assists. The former international point guard Kristen Sharp (175-81, college: Cincinnati) produced 19 points and 6 assists and power forward Marieme Badiane (190-94) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Villeneuve: M.Sy-Diop 20+8reb+2ast, J.Gomis-Halilovic 14+2reb+1ast, V.Ayayi 12+4reb+9ast, A.Iagupova 11+4reb+3ast, M.Amant 9+3reb, A.Gaye 8+5reb
Mondeville: L.Berkani 20+4reb+2ast, K.Sharp 19+4reb+6ast, M.Badiane 17+9reb+2ast, K.Gaucher-Smith 12+6reb+1ast, M.Plouffe 4+2reb+2ast, L.Millavet 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543148


Flammes - Nantes 89-68

Flammes cruised past Nantes to take 1-0 lead. The game without a history. Flammes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian power forward Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (188-91, college: Simon Fraser) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Amel Bouderra (160-89) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Flammes players scored in double figures. Canadian forward Katherine Plouffe (190-92, college: Marquette) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American-Armenian swingman Quianna Chaney (180-86, college: LSU, agency: Two Points) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Nantes Reze.
Top scorers:
Flammes: K.Mosqueda-Lewis 15+1reb+1ast, N.Raincock-Ekunwe 14+9reb+1ast, K.Mestdagh 12+3reb+2ast, V.Berezhynska 12+4reb+5ast, L.Turcinovic 10+1reb+1ast, A.Bouderra 10+6reb+6ast
Nantes: K.Plouffe 21+7reb+2ast, K.Clanet 15+5reb+1ast, Q.Chaney 14+3reb+5ast, C.Lenglet 8+3reb, I.Arrondo 6+5reb+2ast, S.Thorburn 2+6reb+3ast
gschID: 543147


Bourges - Landes 78-65

Bourges held off Lnades to secure the lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-65. Bourges forced 19 Basket Landes turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. International point guard Marine Johannes (174-95) stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Brazilian center Clarissa Dos-Santos (184-88, agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 13 points and 6 steals. Bourges' coach Valerie Garnier used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side international Celine Dumerc (169-82) responded with 18 points and Serbian Nevena Jovanovic (182-90) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Basket Landes players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bourges: M.Johannes 16+5reb+2ast, C.Dos Santos 13+3reb+2ast, J.Leedham 12+2reb+2ast, K.Alexander 9+8reb, M.Bojovic 9+1reb+7ast, D.Tchatchouang 8+3reb+1ast
Landes: C.Dumerc 18+3reb+2ast, M.Ayim 12+2reb+1ast, C.Bravard 12+4reb+1ast, N.Jovanovic 12+6reb+1ast, M.Milapie 9+4reb+1ast, A.Plagnard 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 543149


Lattes Montp. - Hainaut 76-75

Lattes Montpellier topped Hainaut to draw first blood in the playoffs. Lattes Montpellier forced 23 Hainaut turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. The former international center Elodie Godin (191-85) nailed 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and the former international Sarah Michel (180-89) accounted for 13 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Point guard Joyce Cousseins-Smith (165-88) came up with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Czech swingman Romana Hejdova (184-88) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Hainaut in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lattes Montp.: E.Godin 25+9reb+1ast, G.Skrela 14+1reb+5ast, S.Michel 13+8reb+9ast, G.Robert 10+5reb+1ast, K.Mann 7+3reb+4ast, A.Lardy 5+3reb+5ast
Hainaut: J.Cousseins-Smith 15+5reb+4ast, R.Hejdova 12+5reb+4ast, P.Akonga Nsimbo 11+7reb+1ast, L.Garcia 10+3reb+2ast, M.Micaletto 7+2reb+1ast, C.Stievenard 7+5reb+3ast
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LF2 Round 24: Roche keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LF2.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Roche as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Roche defeated 6th ranked COB Calais in La Roche 81-66. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-66. Roche made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 COB Calais turnovers. It was a good game for guard Johana Tayeau (173-89) who led her team to a victory with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. DR Congolese center Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-82) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Roche's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ornella Bankole (181-97) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds for COB Calais. Roche (21-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. COB Calais at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Just two games before the end of Regular Season and it may be the most important game of the season next round when COB Calais faces Roannais trying to get back on the winning streak. Roche will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Toulouse on the road.
Leading Avenir (20-4) recorded its fourth loss in Chartres. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Bretagne Basket (17-7) 55-46. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Avenir. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Sabrina Palie (177-81) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and Marie Butard who added 7 points and 4 assists during the contest. Bretagne Basket's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Tiffany Clarke (183-91, college: Vanderbilt) with 6 points and 9 rebounds. Bretagne Basket maintains third position with 17-7 record having four points less than leader Roche. Avenir at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. Bretagne Basket will play against SIG (#9) in llkirch-Graff. in the next round where they are favorite. Avenir will play on the road against Reims (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Montbrison was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Reims (14-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Montbrison (12-12). Montbrison defeated Reims 62-51 on Saturday. The winners were led by Amina Njonkou who scored that evening 23 points and 5 rebounds. Even 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Fleur Devillers did not help to save the game for Reims. Montbrison have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 12-12 record, which they share with Toulouse. Loser Reims keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Montbrison will meet Dunkerque (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Reims will play against the league's second-placed Avenir (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Arras (15-9) and Limoges (7-17), which took place in Limoges. Higher ranked Arras lost to eleventh ranked Limoges in a road game 58-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Arras. The best player for the winners was Natalie Day who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds. Limoges maintains eleventh position with 7-17 record. Arras at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Limoges' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked CFBB (#14) in Paris. Arras will play at home against Aulnoye (#10) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the LFB just one year after relegation.
The game between ninth ranked SIG (11-13) and 14th ranked CFBB (4-20) in llkirch-Graff. on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. SIG beat guests from Paris 70-53. It was a good game for Celine Schmitt-Sender who led her team to a victory with 22 points and 4 assists. SIG's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. SIG maintains ninth position with 11-13 record. CFBB lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. SIG will face higher ranked Bretagne Basket (#3) in Pleyber-Christ in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. CFBB will play at home against Limoges (#11) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 24 Dunkerque was beaten by Aulnoye on the road 78-74. Roannais lost to Toulouse on its own court 49-60.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 11 points and 5 rebounds by Onayssa S'Bahi of Toulouse.

Aulnoye - Dunkerque 78-74

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Aulnoye (10-14) beat at home 12th ranked Dunkerque (6-18) 78-74 on Saturday. Dunkerque was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Aulnoye, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Aulnoye especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for guard Caroline Plust (170-93) who led her team to a victory with 23 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Viviane Adjutor (185-93) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Latvian center Aija Brumermane (192-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 20 rebounds and point guard Aline Dumont (169-95) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Dunkerque. Five Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Aulnoye maintains tenth position with 10-14 record. Dunkerque lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Aulnoye will face higher ranked Arras (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dunkerque will play against Montbrison (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aulnoye: C.Plust 23+4reb+2ast, V.Adjutor 16+3reb+3ast, C.Duval 9+4reb+6ast, C.Morateur 8+3reb+4ast, M.Medenou 7+7reb+2ast, L.Laroche 7+1reb+1ast
Dunkerque: A.Dumont 18+5reb+4ast, A.Brumermane 18+20reb+3ast, A.Favre 12+3reb+5ast, D.Pierre-Joseph 11+5reb+1ast, E.Prugnieres 10+6reb+2ast, L.Six 3+1ast
gschID: 485234


Roannais - Toulouse 49-60

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Roannais (6-18) lost at home to eighth ranked Toulouse (12-12) 60-49 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Toulouse. Roannais was better in fourth quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Roannais 38-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Senegalese power forward Oumou Toure (190-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Croatian center Emilija Podrug (190-79) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Argentinian power forward Agostina Burani (184-91) replied with 8 points and 7 rebounds and Laetitia Guapo (180-95) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Roannais. Roannais' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toulouse moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Montbrison. Roannais lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Toulouse will face league's leader Roche in La Roche in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Roannais will play on the road against COB Calais (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toulouse: O.Toure 15+10reb+1ast, E.Podrug 14+6reb+4ast, O.S'Bahi 11+5reb+3ast, A.Nayo 7+3reb+1ast, A.Traore 6+4reb+1ast, L.Metcalf 5+5reb+4ast
Roannais: L.Dimithe 13+1reb, A.Toi 8+1ast, A.Burani 8+7reb+2ast, J.Clemencon 6+2reb, L.Guapo 6+7reb+3ast, L.Duchez 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 485236


SIG - CFBB 70-53

The game between ninth ranked SIG (11-13) and 14th ranked CFBB (4-20) in llkirch-Graff. on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. SIG beat guests from Paris 70-53. The game without a history. SIG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 22 CFBB turnovers. Strangely CFBB outrebounded SIG 42-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for center Celine Schmitt-Sender (185-80) who led her team to a victory with 22 points and 4 assists. Forward Rejane Verin (185-93, college: Cal-Riverside) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. SIG's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Kadiatou Sissoko (180-99) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Tima Pouye (176-99) added 17 points in the effort for CFBB. SIG maintains ninth position with 11-13 record. CFBB lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. SIG will face higher ranked Bretagne Basket (#3) in Pleyber-Christ in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. CFBB will play at home against Limoges (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SIG: C.Schmitt-Sender 22+3reb+4ast, R.Verin 17+8reb+1ast, K.Bourdin 15+2reb+6ast, C.Nadia Mauler 4+2ast, M.Bienvenu 4+7reb, L.Dambach 3+1reb+3ast
CFBB: T.Pouye 17+3reb+2ast, K.Sissoko 13+9reb+2ast, D.Gnago 10+6reb+1ast, M.Fauthoux 6+3reb+3ast, N.Mbandu 5+7reb, S.Macquet 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 485231


Montbrison - Reims 62-51

The game in Montbrison was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Reims (14-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Montbrison (12-12). Montbrison defeated Reims 62-51 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-51. Montbrison looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by Cameroonian Amina Njonkou (185-88, college: Arizona) who scored that evening 23 points and 5 rebounds and Ukrainian power forward Olga Maznichenko (187-91, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by guard Fleur Devillers (181-95) did not help to save the game for Reims. Sarah Ousfar (183-93) added 9 points and 6 rebounds. Montbrison have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 12-12 record, which they share with Toulouse. Loser Reims keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Montbrison will meet Dunkerque (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Reims will play against the league's second-placed Avenir (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Montbrison: A.Njonkou 23+5reb+1ast, E.Duvivier 14+2reb+4ast, A.Bouillon 12+5reb+7ast, O.Maznichenko 9+12reb+4ast, C.Venditti 2+3reb+6ast, N.Larraud 2
Reims: F.Devillers 11+5reb+4ast, L.Gonzalez 10+1reb+5ast, S.Ousfar 9+6reb+3ast, B.Pavicevic 7+2reb, M.Ba 6+6reb+2ast, N.Popovic 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 485233


Limoges - Arras 63-58

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Arras (15-9) and Limoges (7-17), which took place in Limoges. Higher ranked Arras lost to eleventh ranked Limoges in a road game 58-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Arras. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Limoges made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was U.S. Virgin Islands-American swingman Natalie Day (182-90, college: Portland) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds. Ukrainian center Anna Kiriienko (190-93) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard D'lesha Lloyd (179-86, college: Clemson) who recorded 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Sabrina Reghaissia (188-83) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Limoges maintains eleventh position with 7-17 record. Arras at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Limoges' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked CFBB (#14) in Paris. Arras will play at home against Aulnoye (#10) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the LFB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Limoges: N.Day 21+18reb+1ast, A.Kiriienko 11+8reb, R.Ducret 10+1ast, E.Gorjeu 7+3reb+1ast, E.Cammas 5+4reb+2ast, C.Mantelin 5
Arras: D.Lloyd 23+6reb+1ast, S.Reghaissia 13+6reb+1ast, A.Kone 8+5reb+1ast, A.Pagnier 6+4reb+3ast, A.Konate 3+5reb+6ast, B.Dinga-Mbomi 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 485235


Avenir - Bretagne Basket 46-55

Leading Avenir (20-4) recorded its fourth loss in Chartres. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Bretagne Basket (17-7) 55-46. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Avenir. Avenir was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 28-13 second half run of Bretagne Basket. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Avenir to just 5 points in third quarter and to 13 points in second half. Bretagne Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Avenir's 20. Bretagne Basket forced 24 Avenir turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Sabrina Palie (177-81) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and guard Marie Butard (174-86) who added 7 points and 4 assists during the contest. Bretagne Basket's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Tiffany Clarke (183-91, college: Vanderbilt) with 6 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Elise Marie (164-95) scored 8 points and 4 assists. Bretagne Basket maintains third position with 17-7 record having four points less than leader Roche. Avenir at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. Bretagne Basket will play against SIG (#9) in llkirch-Graff. in the next round where they are favorite. Avenir will play on the road against Reims (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bretagne Basket: S.Palie 13+3reb+1ast, K.Elenga 10+3reb, M.Butard 7+3reb+4ast, P.Lithard 7+1reb+1ast, L.Koop 6+6reb, A.Dowe 6+7reb+1ast
Avenir: M.Devaux 11, E.Marie 8+3reb+4ast, M.Combes 7+1reb+3ast, T.Clarke 6+9reb, C.Cirgue 6+4reb+1ast, J.Belleka 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485232


Roche - COB Calais 81-66

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Roche as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Roche defeated 6th ranked COB Calais in La Roche 81-66. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-66. Roche made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 COB Calais turnovers. It was a good game for guard Johana Tayeau (173-89) who led her team to a victory with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. DR Congolese center Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-82) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Roche's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ornella Bankole (181-97) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Shawnta Dyer (185-91, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for COB Calais. Roche (21-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. COB Calais at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Just two games before the end of Regular Season and it may be the most important game of the season next round when COB Calais faces Roannais trying to get back on the winning streak. Roche will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Toulouse on the road.
Top scorers:
Roche: J.Tayeau 27+7reb+5ast, B.Ngoyisa 21+8reb+1ast, E.Naigre 11+6reb, M.Dia 8+2reb+2ast, M.Sinico 6+3reb+4ast, L.Sergent 5
COB Calais: O.Bankole 15+8reb+2ast, M.Okou-Zouzouo 14+2reb+1ast, S.Dyer 12+8reb+2ast, A.Radovic 6+3reb+1ast, S.Planchenault 6+3reb+1ast, E.Prodhomme 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 485230





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Prva Liga Round 13: Pelister AD loses to Badel in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Prva Liga.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Skopje. Leader host Badel (14-0) smashed 4th placed Pelister AD (6-7) 68-34. Undefeated Badel have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-0 record. Newly promoted Pelister AD keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Badel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pelister AD will play at home against Kozuvchanka (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Trokal (0-13) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to second ranked Vardar (11-1) 82-21. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Vardar. Newly promoted Vardar maintains second place with 11-1 record having five points less than leader Badel. Trokal lost their thirteenth game in a row. Trokal at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Vardar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trokal will play on the road against Klubski (#7) in Delchevo and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Badel - Pelister AD 68-34

The game between Top Four teams took place in Skopje. Leader host Badel (14-0) smashed 4th placed Pelister AD (6-7) 68-34. Badel have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-0 record. Newly promoted Pelister AD keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Badel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pelister AD will play at home against Kozuvchanka (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 529980


Trokal - Vardar 21-82

Bottom-ranked Trokal (0-13) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to second ranked Vardar (11-1) 82-21. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Vardar. Newly promoted Vardar maintains second place with 11-1 record having five points less than leader Badel. Trokal lost their thirteenth game in a row. Trokal at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Vardar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trokal will play on the road against Klubski (#7) in Delchevo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 529978





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Naomi Halman selected the top Dutch players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Naomi Halman
Naomi Halman
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Naomi Halman (191-86, college: Cal-Irvine, currently plays in France). She led Lattes Montpellier to a victory against the leader Angers (1-5) 82-71 in the French LFB in Tuesday night's game. Halman recorded 12 points and added 7 passes in 25 minutes on the court. Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (18-4) is placed fifth in Play-Off group. It was Lattes Montpellier's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Halman averages: 5.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 45.6% and FT: 65.0% in 11 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Francisca Petronelia Donders
Francisca Petronelia Donders
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Francisca Petronelia Donders (175-89, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Latvia). Petronelia Donders led Rapla KK to a victory over the fourth-ranked RSU-Merks (0-12) crushing them 74-53 in the Latvian NBL last Friday. She was MVP of the game. Petronelia Donders scored 18 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. FCR Media-Rapla KK (18-3) is placed first in Places 5-11 group. It was her team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. It's Petronelia Donders' first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.6apg, 3.5spg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 33.3%. Petronelia Donders played for the Dutch national team in 2013.

Janis Ndiba
Janis Ndiba
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Janis Ndiba (183-97, currently plays in Sweden). She was the major contributor in a Lulea Basket's victory against the seventh-ranked Alvik Basket (3-9) 89-79 in the Swedish Damligan on Thursday night. Ndiba recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Lulea Basket (22-5) is placed second in the Damligan. It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ndiba has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 27.7% and FT: 73.3% in 30 games. She is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Chatilla Van Grinsven
Chatilla Van Grinsven
   #4. Forward Chatilla Van Grinsven (190-89, also represented by LBM Management, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Turkey). Van Grinsven could not help Osmaniye (4-18) to beat Hatay (12-9). She scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The bottom-ranked Osmaniye was defeated 65-57 on the road by the much higher-ranked Hatay (#6). It was Osmaniye's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Van Grinsven's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.6apg. She is also Dutch national team player.

Kourtney Treffers
Kourtney Treffers
   #5. International power forward Kourtney Treffers (187-94, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Poland) managed to help 1KS Sleza Wroclaw in a victory against the eighth-ranked Basket Gdynia (9-13) 67-63 in the Polish TBLK last Sunday. Treffers recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. 1KS Sleza Wroclaw (18-4) is placed first in the TBLK. This year Treffers' overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 4.3rpg in 10 games. She plays currently for the Dutch national team.

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

   #1. Melissa De Reus, who plays in the Norwegian Kvinneligaen could not help NTNUI Shakers to beat Ulriken (15-5). De Reus recorded only 4 points. The seventh-placed NTNUI Shakers was badly defeated 73-53 on the road by the second-ranked Ulriken in the Joined Playoff group. De Reus' total stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 2.5rpg.

Other top Dutch players, who play abroad:

Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92) plays for TSV 1880 Wasserburg in German DBBL
Natalie Van Den Adel (185-G-90) plays for Mann Filter in Spanish LFB
Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) plays for TV Saarlouis Royals in German DBBL
Jay-Eliza Burgos (173-G-94) plays for KB D-Glas in Belgian Top Division Women



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  IRELAND  


Liffey Celtics claim Superleague title - by Eurobasket News

Liffey Celtics - Glanmire 64:54

Liffey Celtics have conquered the Superleague playoff title. They edged Glanmire in the Final tonight. Sorcha Tiernan (177-F/G-99) scored 20 points to pace the winners.
The Celtics dropped 24 points in the starting quarter to gain a 4-point lead. Liffey stayed in front throughout the second term. They established a 44:33 halftime lead. Glanmire slowed their opponents down in the third term. They pulled within 8 points at the final break. But Liffey limited Glanmire to 13 points in the fourth term and raced to the victory. Jazmen Boone (173-G, college: William & Mary) netted 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while Anna Pupin contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Grainne Dwyer (180-F-84) responded with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Glanmire. Casey Grace (182-F-92, college: Fairfield) tossed in 12 points in the loss.

Liffey Celtics: Sorcha Tiernan 20, Jazmen Boone 17+16 boards, Anna Pupin 12+12 boards
Glanmire: Grainne Dwyer 17+11 boards, Casey Grace 12



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  MALI  


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

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

Meiya Tirera
Meiya Tirera
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Meiya Tirera (186-86, agency: ProDep Management, currently plays in Spain). She could not help Cadi La Seu (13-12) in their last game. Despite Tirera's very good performance Cadi La Seu was crushed 72-51 on the road by the second-ranked Argon Uni Girona. She was the top scorer with 22 points. Tirera also added 7 rebounds in 38 minutes on the court. It was Cadi La Seu's first loss after five consecutive victories. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Tirera has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 13.3% and FT: 77.1% in 25 games she played so far. She played for the Mali senior national team two years ago.

Naignouma Coulibaly
Naignouma Coulibaly
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Naignouma Coulibaly (191-89, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Meiya Tirera in the Spanish LFB last game. Coulibaly contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Cadi La Seu (13-12) crushing them 72-51. She recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Coulibaly's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Coulibaly averages: 7.9ppg, 8.2rpg, 2FGP: 66.0%(33-50) and FT: 52.0%. She has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Coulibaly played for the Mali national team in 2015.

Mariam Coulibaly
Mariam Coulibaly
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international center Mariam Coulibaly (183-97, currently plays in Spain). She led Gran Canaria to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Araski (13-12) crushing them 91-53 in the Spanish LFB on Saturday night. Coulibaly had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 22 minutes. Gran Canaria 2014 Canarias (17-8) is placed sixth in the LFB. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Coulibaly has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 10.2rpg, 2FGP: 51.1% and FT: 69.8% in 25 games. She played for the Mali U19 national team two years ago.

Djene Diawara
Djene Diawara
   #4. Center Djene Diawara (192-85, currently plays in France) was not able to help Lyon (3-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Diawara's good performance the second-placed Lyon (3-3) was badly defeated 81-61 at home by the lower-ranked Basket Landes (#4) in the Play-Out group. She was the top scorer with 13 points. Diawara also added 7 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Diawara's first season with the team. She has reliable stats this year: 12.3ppg, 9.9rpg and 1.4apg. Diawara used to play for the Mali national team back in 2013.

Minata Keita
Minata Keita
   #5. Former U21 international center Minata Keita (190-89, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Arxil Pontevedra's victory against the 11th-ranked Azkoitia (9-15) 68-62 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) last Saturday. She scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. C.B. Arxil Pontevedra (13-11) is placed sixth in Group A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Keita has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 19.3ppg, 12.5rpg and 1.7spg in 23 games. Keita used to play for the Mali U21 national team ten years ago.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Astan Dabo (203-C-92) plays for Tarbes in French LFB



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

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

Ana Dabovic
Ana Dabovic
   #1. This week's number one is former U18 international shooting guard Ana Dabovic (183-89, currently plays in EEWBL). She led her Russian team Dynamo Moscow to a victory over the closely-ranked AZS UMCS (6-2) 73-69 in the EEWBL in Friday night's game. Dabovic was MVP of the game. She recorded 21 points and added 5 assists in 26 minutes on the court. Dynamo Moscow (7-1) is placed fourth in the EEWBL. Dabovic has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.4apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 72.5%(29-40), 3FGP: 41.2% and FT: 81.5% in seven games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Dabovic played for the Montenegrin U18 national team ten years ago.

Jelena Dubljevic
Jelena Dubljevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Jelena Dubljevic (191-87, agency: ProDep Management, currently plays in EuroCup). She was the major contributor in an Abdullah Gul's victory against the fourth-ranked Hatay 64-58 in the Eurocup last Friday. Dubljevic scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Abdullah Gul University Kayseri (6-0) is placed first in group B. So far her team won all six games in the Semi-Finals. It's Dubljevic's first season with the team. This year she has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 91.9%(34-37). Dubljevic is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Ana Turcinovic-Pocek
Ana Turcinovic-Pocek
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Ana Turcinovic-Pocek (190-93, currently plays in Spain). She contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Al-Qazeres (10-15) 88-71 in the Spanish LFB on Saturday night. Turcinovic-Pocek had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds in 30 minutes. Quesos el Pastor Zamarat (8-17) is placed 12th in the LFB. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Turcinovic-Pocek has reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 37.0%, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 61.9% in 11 games. She played for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

Milica Jovanovic
Milica Jovanovic
   #4. Power forward Milica Jovanovic (189-89, currently plays in Turkey) could not help Mersin MBK (5-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jovanovic's very good performance Mersin MBK was crushed 92-64 on the road by the leading Fenerbahce. She was the top scorer with 20 points. Jovanovic also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Jovanovic averages: 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg. She is also Montenegrin national team player.

Jelena Skerovic
Jelena Skerovic
   #5. An experienced international guard Jelena Skerovic (176-80, also represented by ProDep Management, currently plays in EEWBL) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Basket Gdynia (7-1) in their last game. Despite Skerovic's good performance Basket Gdynia lost 68-75 in Riga to the leading TTT Riga. She had a double-double by scoring 13 points and making 11 passes. Skerovic also added 6 rebounds in 38 minutes. This year Skerovic's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 7.5apg and 1.8spg in 10 games. She plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Jovana Pasic
Jovana Pasic
   #6. Forward Jovana Pasic (180-92, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for ICIM Arad (13-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Pasic's good performance the first-placed ICIM Arad (13-11) was defeated 68-56 in Cluj Napoca by the second-ranked Cluj Napoca in the Places 7-10 group. She recorded 11 points and had 3 steals. Pasic's stats this season are: 11.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Iva Perovanovic
Iva Perovanovic
   #7. International power forward Iva Perovanovic (188-83, another player represented by ProDep Management, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Botas (10-13) 75-60 in the Turkish KBSL in Saturday night's game. Perovanovic scored 6 points in 33 minutes. Besiktas CT Istanbul (18-5) is placed third in the KBSL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Perovanovic's stats this year are: 14.4ppg, 7.4rpg and 2.6apg in 23 games. She is also Montenegrin national team player.

Milica Milosev
Milica Milosev
   #8. Forward Milica Milosev (186-93, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a Osnabruck SC's victory against the second-ranked Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel (18-4) 78-61 in the German 2.Bundesliga (second division) last Sunday. Milosev was the best player in that game. She recorded 23 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group North. GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck SC (17-5) is placed third. It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Milosev averaged so far 11.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.9spg. She plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Ana Baletic
Ana Baletic
   #9. Former international swingman Ana Baletic (185-85, currently plays in Slovakia) managed to help Piestanske Cajky in a victory against the third-ranked MBK Ruzomberok (5-7) 62-56 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Wednesday night. Baletic scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-4. Piestanske Cajky (8-4) is placed second. This year Baletic's total stats are: 1.9ppg and 1.8rpg in eight games. She used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Natasa Popovic
Natasa Popovic
   #10. Center Natasa Popovic (192-82, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Aulnoye (9-14) 65-46 in the French LF2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Popovic scored only 2 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Reims Basket Feminin (14-9) is placed fifth in the LF2. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Popovic has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2.0bpg and 1.3spg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.



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Connecticut's 111-Game Winning Streak Ends With Loss to Mississippi State - by Eurobasket News

Sixty. That was the number posted on a window of the weight room at Mississippi State. It was a reminder of the point margin in an embarrassing defeat to Connecticut in the 2016 N.C.A.A. women's basketball tournament. An admonition of how quickly a game can get away. An insistence that it never happen again. 'It didn't leave our heads at all,' guard Victoria Vivians (6'1''-G-94) said. The rematch came Friday night in the national semifinals. A championship that seemed inevitable for UConn ended instead with the stunningly improbable - a 66-64 defeat on a last-second shot in overtime and the startling extinguishing of a 111-game winning streak and a run of four consecutive national championships. Mississippi State (34-4), making its first appearance in the Final Four, advanced to Sunday's championship game against South Carolina, a fellow Southeastern Conference opponent. The Gamecocks defeated Stanford, 62-53, in Friday's other semifinal. The winning shot for Mississippi State was a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer by the smallest player on the court, the 5-foot-5-inch point guard Morgan William (5'5''-G-96). With 26.6 seconds left in overtime, UConn had tied the game at 64-64 on a pair of free throws by Katie Lou Samuelson after a flagrant foul for elbowing was called on Mississippi State's Dominique Dillingham (5'9''-G-95). UConn kept possession but fumbled a chance to win when Saniya Chong (5'8''-G-94) became rushed and put up an awkward shot with 12.3 seconds remaining, trying to draw a foul. Instead, she turned the ball over. Mississippi State called a timeout, and in its huddle Coach Vic Schaefer looked at William and said, 'Mo, you're about to win the game.' William averages only about 11 points per game, but she had awakened her scoring in the N.C.A.A. tournament. She scored 41 points in a regional final over Baylor. And she delivered again in the fevered, pressured finale of overtime on Friday. Dillingham brought the ball up the court, then passed to William as the clock ticked down. Minutes earlier, at the end of regulation, William had driven to the basket, where her shot was blocked by UConn's Gabby Williams (5'11''-G). This time, William took three dribbles from near midcourt to the right of the lane, found some space and feathered a jumper over Williams as the buzzer sounded. She opened her mouth in stunned jubilation and was mobbed on the sideline by her teammates. 'I was in shock; I'm still in shock,' William said at a postgame news conference after finishing with 13 points and 6 assists. 'I'm over here like, dang, I just won the game.' Vivians, who led the Bulldogs with 19 points but fouled out in overtime, said the victory was redemptive after a 98-38 loss to UConn in 2016. 'It was personal,' she said. 'We got beat by 60 last year. We had to prove that we're a way better team than we were last year.' The Huskies (36-1) entered the taut, thrilling game - one full of runs and lead changes and gripping suspense - with a perfect record but were not a perfect team. The top three stars from last season - Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck - were gone, chosen as the first three players in the W.N.B.A. draft. The current UConn team was young, with Chong the only senior starter. Before this season, none of the players had been called upon to make decisive plays at pivotal moments. UConn's depth was thin, with only two reserve players in the rotation. It lacked height inside. On Friday, the Huskies appeared disjointed and impatient, fell into some early foul trouble and trailed by 29-13 in the second quarter, their largest deficit of the season. UConn's vulnerabilities were exposed as it lost for the first time in nearly two and a half years, since an 88-86 defeat in overtime at Stanford on Nov. 17, 2014. UConn rallied and persisted on Friday, as champions do, but Mississippi State's defense pushed outward on the Huskies in a manner that was ravenous, relentless. A reliable team grew impatient and lost its composure for unusually frustrating periods. A wondrous passing team all season, the Huskies turned the ball over 17 times, collected only 11 assists and took 21 fewer shots than did the Bulldogs. 'They beat us,' Coach Geno Auriemma said. 'They took us away from the things that we like to do. We didn't have the kind of maturity that you need to win at this level at this time of the year.' Williams, the swooping post player, kept UConn in the game with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals, but the Huskies' offense was insufficient on a rare night of poor shooting. Napheesa Collier, the country's second-most reliable shooter, missed 7 of her 11 attempts. Kia Nurse, so dependable from the perimeter through the tournament, was 2 for 8 from the field. 'They were really aggressive,' Collier said. 'We weren't ready for it, and it put us on our heels.' Before taking over at Mississippi State, Schaefer, as an assistant at Texas A&M, devised the suffocating pressure that helped the Aggies win the 2011 women's N.C.A.A. title. This season, he invigorated Mississippi State's offense by inverting his lineup, starting some reserves and putting some starters on the bench. William became a more vocal leader. And the Bulldogs have barged their way into the national championship game. 'What an unbelievable, gutsy performance that no one in the country probably thought could happen,' Schaefer said. He added, 'We beat the greatest team, with the greatest streak, in the history of sports.' The disruption of UConn's string of national titles may be brief. Another long winning streak could begin in November. Four starters return, and next year's roster will include 6-foot-6 forward Azura Stevens (6'6''-F/G-96), a transfer from Duke who was an all-Atlantic Coast Conference player. Also joining is Megan Walker, a 6-foot-1 guard from Virginia, who was recently named the national high school player of the year. But on Friday the possibility of future renewal was no balm for present disappointment. For one rare night, UConn was only second best. 'When you get to this point in the season and you lose,' Auriemma said, 'it's the worst feeling imaginable.'
Courtesy of: nytimes.com



South Carolina Women Beat Stanford 62-53 In Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Allisha Gray (6'0''-G-95) scored 18 points, A'Ja Wilson (6'5''-F-96) had a double-double and South Carolina is going to its first national championship game after beating Stanford 62-53 Friday night in the women's national semifinals. Wilson had 13 points and 19 rebounds for the Gamecocks (32-4), who lost in the semifinal of their only other Final Four appearance two years ago. They went ahead to stay with 13 straight points in the third quarter. Stanford (32-6) took a big hit when senior star guard Karlie Samuelson (6'0''-G), the sister of UConn's Katie Samuelson (6'3''-G/F-97), sprained her right ankle with about 4 1/2 minutes before halftime after the Cardinal had taken an eight-point lead with a 13-1 run. South Carolina's Dawn Staley, who played for Tara VanDerveer on the U.S. women's team that won the 1996 Olympic gold medal, won as a coach against the Stanford coach for the first time in six tries. Staley also made three consecutive Final Four appearances as a player for Virginia from 1990-92. Two of those included semifinal losses to VanDerveer and the Cardinal, who were on their way to their only national titles (1990, 1992). Samuelson was hurt when she was making a move toward the basket, and stepped on the foot of South Carolina guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore (5'6''-G). Samuelson's right foot then slid onto the floor before twisting awkwardly. She grabbed near her ankle with both hands after falling down. Two teammates came off the bench to carry Samuelson off the floor. Samuelson, who finished scoreless while playing 25 minutes and taking only two shots, returned to start the second half. But she was back on the bench after only 73 seconds, standing behind the bench briefly while stretching her ankle and grimacing in pain. She entered the game several more times after that, but clearly was far from being 100 percent. The senior guard's younger sister, Katie Lou, played for UConn in the second semifinal game Friday night against Mississippi State. UConn had yet to face Mississippi State but has already beaten South Carolina, 66-55, in the regular season. Erica McCall (6'3''-F-95) had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Cardinal, but made only 7 of 19 shots. Alanna Smith (6'3''-F-96) had 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Gamecocks went ahead 35-33 when Wilson, with defenders surrounding her as they did much of the game, found Cuevas-Moore open for a 3-pointer that she hit from right in front her teammates on the bench. Stanford missed three shots on its next possession, and South Carolina quickly extended the lead on freshman Tyasha Harris (5'10''-G-98)' one-handed bullet pass to Doniyah Cline, who was open under the basket for a layup. That was the only assist for Harris, who finished with 10 points.
Courtesy of: courant.com



Michigan wins WNIT title with triple-overtime victory over Georgia Tech - by Eurobasket News

For the first time in the history of the program, a Michigan women's basketball banner will hang from the rafters of the Crisler Center. It took a 55-minute fight in Detroit to get it done, but the Wolverines closed the 2016-17 season with the program's first postseason championship of any kind by way of an 89-79 triple-overtime win over Georgia Tech in the WNIT title game at Calihan Hall. After playing five straight home games to get here, Michigan was displaced about 40 miles east Saturday afternoon due to a scheduling conflict at Crisler. There will be no scheduling conflict next fall, though, when Kim Barnes Arico's program raises a WNIT banner to celebrate something that's never happened before. Junior Katelynn Flaherty (5'7''-G-96) finished with a team-high 27 points for the Wolverines on Saturday. Flaherty also topped 2,000 points for her career during the game, becoming the second player (joining all-time leading scorer Diane Dietz) in program history to do so. Michigan erased a six-point deficit in the final 1:20 of regulation thanks to a pair of deep triples from Flaherty to tie things up with just 10 seconds to go. Georgia Tech had a chance to win the game in regulation with two free throw attempts and just six-tenths of a second on the clock -- but Elo Edema Edeferioka (6'2''-F-93) missed the both, sending the game into overtime. After both teams managed very little in terms of offense in the first two overtimes (just six combined points in the first and 12 combined points in the second), Michigan eventually won a war of offensive attrition by outscoring Georgia Tech 13-3 in the third overtime to clinch the championship -- the first-ever multi-overtime title game in the history of the WNIT. After Georgia Tech pulled within two once again with 2:41 to go, Michigan finally put things to bed with back-to-back buckets from Hallie Thome (6'5''-C-96) and Nicole Munger (5'11''-G-97) to push ahead by six with 1:01 to go. Georgia Tech did not score again. Four Michigan players played at least 51 minutes and senior point guard Siera Thompson (5'7''-G-95) played the entire game -- the full 55 -- as the Wolverines outlasted the Yellow Jackets down the stretch. Thome put up 25 points for Michigan, while Munger finished 14. Michigan finished 29 of 79 from the floor, Georgia Tech finished 31 of 79. The Wolverines finished 23 of 28 from the charity stripe, though, a huge difference in the game.
Courtesy of: mlive.com



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Jillian Harmon selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jillian Harmon
Jillian Harmon
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Jillian Harmon (185-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency, college: Stanford, currently plays in Italy). She could not help Lucca (18-4) in their last game. Despite Harmon's very good performance Lucca lost 65-70 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) San Martino. She was the top scorer with 18 points. Harmon also added 4 rebounds in 38 minutes on the court. The Regular Season already ended. Harmon has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 48.7% and FT: 80.4% in 22 games she played so far. Harmon is a naturalized American. She is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team. Harmon used to play for Oceana Gold Rush Otago in New Zealand league.

Erin Rooney
Erin Rooney
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Erin Rooney (173-90, agency: LBM Management, college: Fordham, currently plays in Poland). She contributed to a 1-point Artego Bydgoszcz's victory against the closely-ranked Energa Torun (16-6) 61-60 in the Polish TBLK last Saturday. Rooney scored 7 points. Artego Bydgoszcz (13-9) is placed sixth in the TBLK. Rooney's overall stats this season are: 3.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 15.8% and FT: 75.0%. She has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and British. Rooney is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Antonia Edmondson
Antonia Edmondson
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Antonia Edmondson (181-87, currently plays in Australia). She led Hawks to a victory over the 11th-ranked Cougars (1-2) 66-61 in the Australian State League (second division) on Friday night. Edmondson was MVP of the game. She scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. Perry Lakes Hawks (15-3) are placed in SBL group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Edmondson has very impressive stats this year: 16.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.7bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 66.7% in three games. She is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

   #4. Guard Sam Moodie (96, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Boomers in their game against Falcons (2-1) in the Australian State League (second division). Moodie's contribution was not very remarkable in Sunday's game. She scored only 2 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The ninth-placed Boomers (0-3) were crushed 88-54 in Mount Waverley by the higher-ranked Falcons (#5) in the Big V group. So far Boomers lost all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Moodie's first year with the team. Moodie's overall stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 6.5rpg. She used to play for the New Zealand U20 national team back in 2014.

Aleesha Coulter
Aleesha Coulter
   #5. Former U18 international guard Aleesha Coulter (173-93, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Bruins (3-2) in their game against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (2-1) in the Australian State League (second division). Coulter did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. She scored only 3 points. Bruins (#4) were defeated 50-46 in Narrabeen by the second-ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the WARATAH group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Coulter's first season with the team. Coulter's overall stats this year are: 4.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg. She used to play for the New Zealand U18 national team eight years ago.

   #6. Guard Shannon Perrett (175-93, currently plays in Australia) was the main contributor in Sabres' victory against the seventh-ranked Nationals (0-1) 66-60 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Perrett was the best player in that game. She scored 19 points and added 3 passes in 34 minutes. It was her first game for Sabres this season. Her team are placed second in SEABL-South group. Perrett is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Sabres' roster. Perrett is a former U18 international player as she played for the New Zealand team eight years ago.

Jessica Bygate
Jessica Bygate
   #7. International forward Jessica Bygate (186-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Shannon Perrett and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Bygate was the major contributor in Sabres' victory against the seventh-ranked Nationals (0-1) 66-60. She scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was her first game for Sabres this season. Bygate is also New Zealand national team player.

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

   #1. Experienced Alicia Poto (166-PG-78, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Comets (1-1) crushing them 68-48 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Poto scored 10 points, made 5 passes and 4 steals in 25 minutes. Hornsby Spiders (2-0) are placed first in WARATAH group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Poto's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 8.0apg and 2.0spg in two games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and Australian.

Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Micaela Cocks (174-G-86) plays for Townsville Fire in Australian WNBL
Chevannah Paalvast (180-G/F-91) plays for Townsville Fire in Australian WNBL
Jordan Hunter (172-G-90) plays for Adelaide Lightning in Australian WNBL
Shanice Swain (165-G-93) plays for Wanneroo in Australian State League
Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) plays for Redbacks in Australian State League
Shea Crotty (165-G-92) plays for Sunbury in Australian State League
Rebecca Van Kuyk (183-F-90) plays for Sunbury in Australian State League

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



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Ifunanya Ibekwe selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ifunanya Ibekwe
Ifunanya Ibekwe
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ifunanya Ibekwe (187-89, college: Arizona, currently plays in Spain). She contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Cadi La Seu (13-12) crushing them 72-51 in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game. Ibekwe recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 24 minutes on the court. Spar Citylift Girona (21-4) is placed second in the LFB. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Ibekwe has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 16.2ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.0apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 76.4% in 22 games she played so far. Ibekwe has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. She is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Uju Ugoka
Uju Ugoka
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Uju Ugoka (185-93, agency: Two Points, college: Virginia Tech, currently plays in Poland). Ugoka could not help AZS UMCS (13-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her very good performance AZS UMCS was defeated 64-58 at home by the second-ranked Wisla Can-Pack. Ugoka recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. It's Ugoka's first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 41.2% and FT: 64.0%. Ex-First Bank BC player is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Ezinne Kalu
Ezinne Kalu
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Ezinne Kalu (173-92, college: Savannah St., currently plays in Portugal). Kalu led Olivais to a victory over the closely-ranked Uniao Sportiva (13-7) 75-64 in the Portuguese Liga Feminina on Sunday night. She was MVP of the game. Kalu scored 28 points (!!!), had 5 boards, passed 5 assists and added 6 steals in 40 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only her second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olivais/UrgiCentro-SAN Coimbrais placed in the Liga Feminina. Kalu has very impressive stats this year: 21.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.4apg, 4.2spg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 29.1% and FT: 80.5% in 19 games. She is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Kalu is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Sarah Imovbioh
Sarah Imovbioh
   #4. Forward Sarah Imovbioh (188-92, agency: ProDep Management, college: S.Carolina, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a CREF Hola's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Universitario de Ferrol (14-11) 77-63 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday. Imovbioh had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes; not bad, considering it's only her third season in pro basketball. C.R.E.F. Hola Madrid (7-18) is placed second from the bottom (#13) in the LFB. Imovbioh's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Imovbioh's overall stats are: 9.6ppg and 9.5rpg in 25 games. She is also Nigerian national team player.

Aisha Mohammed
Aisha Mohammed
   #5. Former international center Aisha Mohammed (191-85, college: Virginia, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Ormanspor's victory against the sixth-ranked Mersin Uni (24-10) 81-67 in the Turkish TKBL (second division) on Saturday night. Mohammed recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. She also added and 3 steals. Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (28-6) is placed second in the TKBL. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Mohammed has very high stats. She averages: 16.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg. Mohammed has both American and Nigerian nationalities. She used to play for the Nigerian national team six years ago.

Atonye Nyingifa
Atonye Nyingifa
   #6. Power forward Atonye Nyingifa (180-90, college: UCLA, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Elitzur Holon (10-11) in their last game. Despite Nyingifa's very good performance the fourth-placed Elitzur Holon (10-11) lost 65-75 on the road to the leading Maccabi Ramat Gan in the Places 1-6 group. She was the second best scorer with 16 points. Nyingifa also added 9 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 40 minutes. Nyingifa has very impressive stats this year: 18.3ppg, 10.3rpg, 2.4apg and 2.7spg in 23 games. She also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Nyingifa is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

Sarah Ogoke
Sarah Ogoke
   #7. International guard Sarah Ogoke (178-90, college: So.Poly State, currently plays in Portugal) faced previously mentioned Ezinne Kalu in the Portuguese Liga Feminina last game. Ogoke was not able to secure a victory for Uniao Sportiva (13-7) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Uniao Sportiva lost 64-75 in Coimbra to the leading Olivais. Ogoke was the top scorer with 16 points. She also added 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. Ogoke's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Ogoke has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.4apg in nine games. She holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ogoke is also Nigerian national team player. She used to play for First Bank BC in Nigerian league.

Edema Edeferioka
Edema Edeferioka
   #8. Forward Edema Edeferioka (188-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Georgia Tech's victory against the The University of Alabama (10-8) 76-66 in the NCAA Quarter-Finals on Sunday night. Edeferioka recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Georgia Tech has 8-10 conference record this season. Edeferioka's total stats this year are: 6.4ppg and 5.4rpg. She used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2015.

Promise Amukamara
Promise Amukamara
   #9. International guard Promise Amukamara (173-93, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Germany) helped Osnabruck SC win their game against the second-ranked Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel (18-4) 78-61 in the German 2.Bundesliga (second division) in Sunday night's game. Amukamara recorded 13 points and added 5 assists in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group North. GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck SC (17-5) is placed third. It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Amukamara has reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.0apg and 2.5spg in 11 games. She is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

Ndidi Madu
Ndidi Madu
   #10. Power forward Ndidi Madu (188-89, also represented by ProDep Management, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Pallacanestro Femminile Broni in a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Umbertide (10-12) 56-54 in the Italian Serie A1 on Saturday night. Madu scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (6-16) is placed tenth in the Serie A1. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Madu's total stats are: 9.9ppg and 7.9rpg in 18 games. She holds both American and Nigerian passports. Madu is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster. She used to play for First Bank BC in Nigerian league.

   #11. Former U19 international forward Ijeoma Uchendu (185-92, college: Butler, currently plays in Spain) helped Zamarat win their game against the closely-ranked Al-Qazeres 88-71 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday. She recorded only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. Uchendu has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 3.8rpg in 11 games. She used to play for the Nigerian U19 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford, currently plays in Russia) managed to help Dynamo Kursk to win against the eighth-ranked Spartak Vidnoye (7-13) crushing them 86-60 in the Russian PBL in Monday night's game. She scored only 4 points. Dynamo Kursk (19-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was her team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. This season Ogwumike has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8spg. She has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #2. Ayesha Barkley (188-C/F-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Stetson, currently plays in Turkey) could not help TED Ankara (19-16) in their last game on Friday. Despite Barkley's very good performance TED Ankara was defeated 73-67 at home by the higher-ranked Bodrum (#5). She recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Barkley has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. She is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Worth to mention she played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped her get the job in pro basketball.

   #3. Adaeze Alaeze-Dinma (178-G, college: VCU, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Real Celta Vigo (10-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Alaeze-Dinma's very good performance Real Celta Vigo (#8) was defeated 73-68 on the road by the higher-ranked GDKO Bizkaia (#5) in the Group A. She was the top scorer with 21 points. Alaeze-Dinma also added 5 rebounds. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Alaeze-Dinma has reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.

   #4. Cecilia Okoye (185-F-91, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Adaeze Alaeze-Dinma and both played together in the last Spanish LF2 game. Okoye was not able to secure a victory for Real Celta Vigo (10-14) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Real Celta Vigo (#8) lost 68-73 in Galdakao to the higher-ranked (#5) GDKO Bizkaia in the Group A. Okoye was the second best scorer with 19 points. She also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Okoye has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1bpg and 1.4spg in 24 games she played so far. She has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #5. Jessica Ogunnorin (185-F-92, college: VCU, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leganes (17-7) in their game against C.Adelantados (19-5) in the Spanish LF2 (second division). Ogunnorin scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Leganes (#4) was defeated 74-61 in San Cristobal by the leading C.Adelantados in the Group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Ogunnorin's total stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 5.3rpg. She also holds two passports: Greek and Nigerian.

   #6. Chinwe Okorie (196-C-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Mississippi St.'s victory against the Baylor University 94-85 in the NCAA Quarter-Finals in Sunday night's game. Okorie recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Okorie has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg.

   #7. Ejay Ofomata (180-G/F-86, college: Central State, currently plays in Italy) led Udine Delser to a victory over the ninth-ranked Viterbo 57-43 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Ofomata was the best player in that game. She scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Ofomata's stats this season are: 13.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg and 2.4spg. She has Nigerian and British nationalities.



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Review of Kvinneligaen Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ullern - Tromso 92-35

Ullern marched past Tromso to seal their semifinal appearance. The game without a history. Ullern led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tromso to just 7 points in second quarter. Ullern dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Tromso's 24. Ullern forced 32 Tromso turnovers and outrebounded them 41-15 including a 23-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 2 passes made by Tromso's players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Cecilia Gnaly (182-92) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Mia Henriksen (180-84) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Sofia Burkow (172-0) answered with 17 points and Embla Fuhr added 7 points in the effort for Tromso. 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:
Ullern: M.Henriksen 14+2reb+4ast, J.Allen 13, T.Nesse 13+4reb+2ast, E.Hergot 11+4reb+1ast, C.Gnaly 11+9reb+1ast, T.Hager 9+9reb
Tromso: S.Burkow 17+4reb, E.Fuhr 7+3reb+1ast, S.Adekoya 4+1reb, A.Voldnes 3+1reb, N.Robertsen 2+1reb, A.Pedersen 2+4reb+1ast
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Ulriken - NTNUI Shakers 73-53

Ulriken knocked down NTNUI Shakers to advance. The game was mostly controlled by Ulriken. NTNUI Shakers was better in fourth quarter 17-5. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ulriken forced 28 NTNUI Shakers turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international forward Maren-Hoff Austgulen (182-91, college: Idaho) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Vilde Tveito (182-95) chipped in 13 points. Four Ulriken players scored in double figures. Ulriken's coach DuRell Sandford used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Bjorg Husbyn responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Siri Granheim (178-94) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Ulriken: M.Hoff Austgulen 19+13reb+5ast, T.Messel 13+2reb+1ast, V.Tveito 13+3reb+3ast, I.Gjerdevik 12+5reb+1ast, S.Karlstad 5+3reb+7ast, A.Abrahamsen 5+1ast
NTNUI Shakers: B.Husbyn 14+11reb+4ast, S.Granheim 13+8reb+2ast, E.Budzko 8+2reb+1ast, H.Bilsbakk 5+1reb+1ast, M.De Reus 4+2reb, F.Hylen 4+2reb
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Asker - Bergen 82-65

Asker beat Bergen and punched their semifinal ticket. The game was mostly controlled by Asker. Bergen was better in second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Asker forced 24 Bergen turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including 24 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Forward Ingrid Selvik (178-92) stepped up and scored 9 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and guard Bodil Brokhaug (175-75) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Asker's coach Bodil Brokhaug allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side guard Kaia Brendesaeter (169-99) responded with 21 points and point guard Sigrid Hardie (163-94) scored 13 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Asker: B.Brokhaug 15+5reb+3ast, J.Wilborn 13+7reb, K.Oysted 12+3reb+3ast, S.Uggen 11+1reb+2ast, I.Selvik 9+13reb+2ast, N.Nyegaarden 8+2reb+6ast
Bergen: K.Brendesaeter 21+1reb+1ast, S.Hardie 13+3reb+4ast, T.Andersen 9+5reb+3ast, I.Hannestad 8+3reb+5ast, S.Paulsen 5+5reb+4ast, S.Paulsen 4+5reb
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Gimle Pride - Hoybraten 49-44

Gimle will play in the semifinal stage after edging Hoybraten by just 5 points. Hoybraten was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 16-4 third quarter run of Gimle Pride. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hoybraten to just 4 points in third quarter. Gimle Pride forced 28 Hoybraten turnovers. Strangely Hoybraten outrebounded Gimle Pride 42-29 including a 36-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Spanish guard Angela Alvarez (168-91) stepped up and scored 10 points and 5 steals for the winners and swingman Josefin Winther (180-86) chipped in 4 points and 8 rebounds. Gimle Pride's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side forward Emma Hauglin (180-98) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and forward Sigrid Davidsen (185-95) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Gimle Pride: A.Alvarez 10+4reb+3ast, K.Falch-Monsen 9+1reb+1ast, I.Gjengsto 7+3reb+2ast, B.Hegrenaes 6+4reb+2ast, J.Winther 5+1reb+2ast, J.Winther 4+8reb+1ast
Hoybraten: S.Davidsen 17+10reb, E.Hauglin 11+15reb+2ast, S.Haji Ahmedi 6+3reb, J.Holmqvist 4+5reb, F.Kelmendi 4+5reb+3ast, A.Astorp Eriksen 2+4reb
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  SCOTLAND  


Fury edge out Muskies to claim Playoff Silverware - by Eurobasket News

The final game, and main event of Day 1 of the SBC Playoff Finals, was the Senior Women's Playoff Final which was fought between Sony Centre Fury and Tayside Musketeers. We looked forward to a close game, knowing that this was the only Playoff Final across the weekend in which neither of the teams had won any silverware this season. The game opened at a slow pace, clearly a conscious effort from Fury to contain the young, quick Muskies side. This definitely worked to Fury's advantage as they slowly built up a lead 12-5. The scoring built up in a similar trend as the quarter went on, finishing on a tough buzzer beating shot by Fury's Jenna Beattie (180-F-93). After 1, the score was 18-11. The second quarter was a very low scoring affair, both teams struggling to find any opportunities under the basket. In the final 2 minutes however, we saw Muskies begin to get some scores, bringing themselves within 1 of the Falkirk side. As the half time buzzer sounded, the score was 24-21. Both teams brought the intensity to another level in the 3rd quarter as the game got physical, Tayside having the slight edge with their defence. It was still neck a neck between these sides heading into the final period, now Tayside with the slight advantage, 34-33 with 10 minutes remaining. The game was tight through the final period, neither team building any real advantage on the scoreboard. With just 1:30 to play the game was tied at 42. Something had to give for one of these teams to grab the victory. It was Fury's Jenna Beattie who would prove the difference, hitting a huge 3 to create some separation between the sides. After an exchange of free-throws, Muskies found themselves down 3 with 12 seconds to play. A miss for Muskies and the game was over. Fury taking the victory 49-46. Muskies unfortunate to lose out in another Cup Final this season. Fury the first 5th seed to win the Playoff Trophy in a long time. Rebecca Lonsdale was our MVP of the game. Rebecca finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 6 steals.
Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk



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Triglav win by 64 points, Ilirija prevail Konjice - by Zeljko Zule

Triglav outscored Janina 48-10 in the second and third quarters to roll to the huge 96-32 victory over Janina and Ilirija defeated Konjice 77-48 in Slovenian League Championship Stage Round 7.

Triglav-Janina 96-32: Triglav took control of the game behind a 16-2 run spanning the first and second quarters for a 30-13 lead. The home team outscored Janina 21-5 in the second quarter and 27-5 in the third quarter. Triglav had all five starters in double figures. Aida Kalusic (189-C-87) scored 16 points, Sara Meden (171-PG-94) 15, Ziva Zdolsek (178-F/G-89) had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, Rebeka Abramovic (172-PG-93) collected 10 points and 7 assists and Marusa Senicar (183-SF-97) grabbed 11 rebounds. Janina's lone player in double digits was Tjasa Muhovic (188-C-91) with 10 points.

Ilirija-Konjice 77-48: Ilirija opened the game with eight straight points and the extended their lead to 14-3 and 22-6 midway through the first quarter to take full control of the game. Anja Klavzar (179-F-90) scored 24 points on shooting 12-of-14 from the field and Ziva Macura (190-F-95) had 10 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds. Konjice had more offensive rebounds (18) than defensive (16) and shot just 19-of-78 from the field including 3-of-26 behind the 3-point line. Katja Klancnik (177-F-90) finished with 14 points and Tea Ramsak (173-G-97) added 13.

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  WNBA  


Chicago Sky sign Amber Harris to training camp contract - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Sky signed Amber Harris (6'5''-C/F-88, college: Xavier) to a training camp contract. Harris, a 6'5 forward, graduated from Xavier University, and was selected 4th overall in the first round of the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. Harris played in 84 games for the Lynx and has most recently played in South Korea for the Blue Minx. Per team policy, contract terms were not disclosed.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com