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  ALBANIA  



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

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

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Virtus Bologna to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Chieti (9-19) crushing them 91-71 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Ndoja recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (20-8) is placed first in East group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Ndoja's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 76.9%. Ndoja has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. He played for the Albanian senior national team five years ago.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). Bushati managed to help Germani Basket Brescia in a 2-point victory against the 14th-ranked Juvecaserta (10-16) 64-62 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He recorded 5 points and added 4 assists in 30 minutes. Germani Basket Brescia (12-14) is placed tenth in the Serie A. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Bushati's overall stats are: 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 25.5% and FT: 52.4% in 26 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Bushati played for the Albanian national team in 2012.

Rashaun Broadus
Rashaun Broadus
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany). He could not help SC Rasta Vechta (2-25) to beat Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-16). Broadus scored 9 points and added 4 assists. But SC Rasta Vechta was edged 65-63 on the road by the much higher-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#10). It was SC Rasta Vechta's third consecutive loss in a row. Broadus' total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.4%, 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 62.5%. He is a naturalized American. Broadus is also a member of the Albanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Albania.

Celis Taflaj
Celis Taflaj
   #4. Small forward Celis Taflaj (201-98, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Viola RC (0-0) in their game against Lighthouse TR (14-14) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Taflaj did not have that impressive stats last Sunday. He recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. The tenth-placed Viola RC was badly defeated 89-73 in Trapani by the higher-ranked (#8) Lighthouse TR in the West group. This year Taflaj's total stats are: 1.2ppg and 1.3rpg in 19 games. He is also Albanian national team player.

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

   #1. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in Slovenia) led Krka to a 3-point victory over the fourth-ranked Un.Olimpija (2-3) 71-68 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Kastrati scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (4-1) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Kastrati's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 8.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg in 25 games he played so far. Kastrati has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #2. Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96, currently plays in Italy) could not help Isernia (8-19) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Patani's very good performance Isernia (#14) was defeated 68-55 at home by the lower-ranked Monteroni (#16) in the Group D. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Patani has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93) plays for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL
Elvisi Dusha (188-G-94) plays for Plymouth Raiders in British BBL
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Ergys Rrapi (200-C-83) plays for Ermis Lagkada in Greek B
Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) plays for Francavilla in Italian Serie C Silver
Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Vildan Mitku (200-F-83) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88) plays for Halle USV in German 2.Regionalliga
Ferdi Bedini (184-SG-99) plays for Bergamo in Italian Serie B

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



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  ANGOLA  


Division I Round 6 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Division I round 6 most important game was a victory of Petroleos over one of their biggest challengers 1 De Agosto 89-81 on Friday night. Petroleos maintains second position with 17-5 record having just sixteen point less than leader Libolo. Defending champion 1 De Agosto keeps the third place with six games lost. Petroleos are looking forward to face Progresso (#5) in the next round. 1 De Agosto will play against Marinha and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Division I top team - Libolo (22-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Marinha (7-14) 110-71. Undefeated Libolo have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-0 record. Marinha lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 14 games lost. Libolo will play against Interclube (#4) in Luanda in the next round. Marinha will play on the road against 1 De Agosto in Luanda and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Interclube (9-13) played at the court of sixth ranked Progresso (8-13). Progresso did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-71 on Friday. Progresso moved-up to fifth place. Interclube at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Progresso will meet league's second-placed Petroleos in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Interclube will play against the league's leader Libolo and hope to secure a win.

Places 1-6
1 De Agosto - Petroleos 81-89

Division I round 6 most important game was a victory of Petroleos over one of their biggest challengers 1 De Agosto 89-81 on Friday night. Petroleos maintains second position with 17-5 record having just sixteen point less than leader Libolo. Defending champion 1 De Agosto keeps the third place with six games lost. Petroleos are looking forward to face Progresso (#5) in the next round. 1 De Agosto will play against Marinha and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 539223


Progresso - Interclube 91-71

The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Interclube (9-13) played at the court of sixth ranked Progresso (8-13). Progresso did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-71 on Friday. Progresso moved-up to fifth place. Interclube at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Progresso will meet league's second-placed Petroleos in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Interclube will play against the league's leader Libolo and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 539222


Libolo - Marinha 110-71

Division I top team - Libolo (22-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Marinha (7-14) 110-71. Libolo have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-0 record. Marinha lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 14 games lost. Libolo will play against Interclube (#4) in Luanda in the next round. Marinha will play on the road against 1 De Agosto in Luanda and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 539221





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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 30: Last-ranked Freetown T. beats HL Rockersville - by Eurobasket News

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

Bottom-ranked Freetown T. managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged seventh-ranked HL Rockersville 63-62. HL Rockersville was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 16-14 charge of Freetown T., which allowed them to win the game. Freetown T. (4-12) moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted HL Rockersville dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with HS Outlaws. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Baldwin Braves (12-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Yorks Crushers (4-11). Baldwin Braves managed to secure a 5-point victory 74-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yorks Crushers. Baldwin Braves have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Yorks Crushers at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Baldwin Braves will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yorks Crushers will play against Stingerz (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Yorks Crushers - Baldwin Braves 69-74

The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Baldwin Braves (12-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Yorks Crushers (4-11). Baldwin Braves managed to secure a 5-point victory 74-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yorks Crushers. Yorks Crushers were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Baldwin Braves have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Yorks Crushers at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Baldwin Braves will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yorks Crushers will play against Stingerz (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 539398


Freetown T. - HL Rockersville 63-62

Bottom-ranked Freetown T. managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged seventh-ranked HL Rockersville 63-62. HL Rockersville was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 16-14 charge of Freetown T., which allowed them to win the game. Freetown T. (4-12) moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted HL Rockersville dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with HS Outlaws. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 539397





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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.3 
 2. Green, Instituto19.9 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.7 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.8 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.4 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.7 
 9. Horner, Obras B.16.6 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.3 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.4 
 5. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.8 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.7 
 7. Johnson, Atenas8.7 
 8. Wood, San M.8.6 
 9. Francis, La Union8.6 
 10. Caracter, Echague8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 2. Stanic, Olimpico.6.0 
 3. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.4 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 7. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Calfani, San L.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol0.9 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.4 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.8 
 3. Brown, La Union19.5 
 4. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 5. Cutley, Atenas C.18.1 
 6. Pais, Platense17.9 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 8. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.6 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 10. Montes-C., Obera T.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.9 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.0 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.5 
 5. Joseph, Obera TC8.5 
 6. Cutley, Atenas C.8.4 
 7. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 8. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.0 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.0 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.3 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.5 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.4 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.7 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.7 
 2. Pais, Platense2.4 
 3. Punet, Salta Basket2.4 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.2.0 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 8. Paletta, Hindu1.8 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 10. Lauria, Comunica.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 3. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 4. Deck, Obera TC1.3 
 5. Okoye, Salta Basket1.1 
 6. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 
 7. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 
 10. Salvatierra, Gimnasia.0.8 



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  AUSTRALIA  


Azad inks Andrew James Ogilvy, ex Hawks - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Azad University Tehran (Superleague) signed 29-year old Australian ex-international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-113kg-88, college: Vanderbilt). He is a dual citizen owning also Irish passport. Ogilvy He started the season at Hawks in Australian NBL league. In 34 games he had 11.1ppg, 7.6rpg (#2 in the league), 2.6apg, 1.0spg and 1.5bpg this season. Ogilvy helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team. The last summer he played at Manati in Puerto Rican BSN where in 22 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention.
Ogilvy won German Bundesliga championship title in 2013.
He was also a member of Australian international program for some years. Ogilvy played for Australian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2013 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2007.
He also represented Australia at the Oceania Championships eight years ago. Ogilvy's team won Gold but his stats at that event were not that remarkable as he did not score anything.
Ogilvy is quite experienced player. He has played on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Ogilvy has played previously professionally also in Spain (Valencia Basket and La ICL Manresa), Turkey and Germany (Brose Baskets).
He attended Vanderbilt University until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Miletic, Vienna18.9 
 3. Vay, Arkadia18.5 
 4. Lamesic, Wels17.6 
 5. Clemmons, Vienna17.6 
 6. Stazic, Vienna17.4 
 7. Rados, Klostern.16.7 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart16.7 
 9. Murati, Gmunden15.7 
 10. Jackson, Oberwart15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.9 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.5 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.3 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.5 
 6. Traylor, Oberwart7.4 
 7. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.2 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.0 
 9. Gaidys, Gmunden6.1 
 10. Cumberbatch, Oberw.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.0 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 4. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.2 
 5. Stazic, Vienna4.9 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.6 
 7. Clemmons, Vienna4.4 
 8. Friedrich, Gmunden4.4 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.4 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.8 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna1.8 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Trmal, Arkadia1.5 
 6. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
 7. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 9. Payton, Wels1.4 
 10. Koch, Vienna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.3 
 4. Chan, Wels1.1 
 5. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 6. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 7. Koch, Vienna0.9 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Sarlija, Furstenfeld0.6 



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  AZERBAIJAN  


NTD wins 2016/2017 Play-offs! - by Eurobasket News

NTD became the winner of the Play-offs in Azerbaijan. They swept the Final series against 80-ies 2-0. Last night NTD posted a 90-82 win.
Roman Matushenko was named the Best Defender, while Fuad Niftaliyev (184-PG-80) received Best Forward award. MVP of the season was awarded to Poland Gasanov and Akperov received the Rookie of the season award.
In the series for the third place Dervish won 2-0 over Veterans after 91-59 in game 2.



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  BAHAMAS  

NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Bain, Regulators25.2 
 2. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.6 
 3. Smith, Bahamas .21.2 
 4. Dean, Shockers19.5 
 5. Bain, Giants19.4 
 6. Ferguson, Pros17.4 
 7. Munnings, Cybots16.7 
 8. Fernander, Pirates16.1 
 9. Saunders, Cybots14.9 
 10. Williams, Rebels14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Bain, Regulators14.5 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.7 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.1 
 4. Francis, Pros11.4 
 5. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 6. Sylvestre, Bahamas .10.8 
 7. Dean, Shockers10.4 
 8. Dalmon, Shockers8.7 
 9. Whylly, Stingers8.3 
 10. Rigby, Shockers7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rashard WILLIAMS
  Rebels
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Rebels6.4 
 2. Dames, Bahamas .6.3 
 3. Mackey, Regulators5.5 
 4. Armaly, Shockers5.0 
 5. Wright, Pirates4.8 
 6. Saunders, Cybots4.4 
 7. Bain, Regulators4.0 
 8. Bain, Giants3.9 
 9. Mackey, Rockets3.8 
 10. Smith, Bahamas .3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kemsy SYLVESTRE
  Bahamas .
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.5 
 2. Smith, Bahamas .2.8 
 3. Saunders, Cybots2.6 
 4. Dames, Bahamas .2.4 
 5. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 6. Munnings, Cybots1.8 
 7. Bain, Regulators1.7 
 8. Ferguson, Stingers1.6 
 9. Mackey, Regulators1.6 
 10. Jennings, Bahamas .1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Munnings, Cybots3.1 
 2. Dean, Shockers2.2 
 3. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 4. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.5 
 5. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 6. Francis, Pros1.4 
 7. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 8. Burrows, Pros1.0 
 9. Bain, Giants0.9 
 10. Goodman, Bahamas .0.8 


NPBA Round 4 of Finals. Regulators even title series - by Eurobasket News

Cybots - Regulators 74-96

Regulators fired past Cybots to even the championship series at 2-2. Regulators dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Cybots' 36 and made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Regulators forced 28 Cybots turnovers and outrebounded them 42-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Gameliel Rose fired a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. International power forward Eugene Bain (195-88, college: Bellevue) chipped in a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds. Lerecus Arbrister produced 19 points and 6 steals and guard Ernest Saunders (188, college: Cleveland St. CC) added 13 points, 6 assists and 8 steals respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Cybots: L.Arbrister 19+2reb+3ast, E.Saunders 13+4reb+6ast, D.Duncombe 12+1reb, C.Pinder 10+9reb, L.Munnings 8+4reb+3ast, D.Seymour 6+1reb
Regulators: G.Rose 29+10reb+9ast, E.Bain 25+19reb, S.Cruz 10+4reb+1ast, B.Bain 10+2reb+6ast, M.Mackey 8+5reb+6ast, R.Missick 6
gschID: 543784





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  BAHRAIN  


Malcolm White (ex Al Ahli) signs at Globalport - by Eurobasket News

Globalport Batang Pier (PBA) landed 29-year old Bahraini international power forward Malcolm White (205-102kg-88, college: LSU). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. White He played recently at Al Ahli in Bahrain Premier League. White also played earlier that season for Goes in Uruguayan LUB where in 6 Premier League games he averaged 12.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0bpg this season. White received Asia-basket.com All-Arab Nations Cup 1st Team award in 2017. He was called to Bahrain Senior National Team this year.
White is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). White has played previously professionally in Canada (Halifax_Rainmen), Japan (Toyama Grouses), Qatar (Qatar Sports Club and Al Shamal) and Uruguay (Aguada and Trouville).
He attended Louisiana State University until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 14: Leader Lumber gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

BABA is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 14 rounds left.

Leader Lumber delivered the eighth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Bulls (5-4) 83-56. Lumber maintains first position with 8-1 record. Bulls at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. Lumber are looking forward to face Warriors (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Bulls will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 14 Hawks were crushed by Cavaliers in a road game 98-73.

Bulls - Lumber 56-83

Leader Lumber delivered the eighth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Bulls (5-4) 83-56. Lumber maintains first position with 8-1 record. Bulls at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. Lumber are looking forward to face Warriors (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Bulls will have a break next round.
gschID: 543701


Cavaliers - Hawks 98-73

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Hawks (1-8) were crushed on the road by third ranked Cavaliers (7-2) 98-73 on Saturday. Cavaliers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Hawks lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Cavaliers are looking forward to face Pinelands (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hawks will play against Tridents (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 543700





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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.20.9 
 2. Aladko, Vitebsk18.6 
 3. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.4 
 5. Shustov, Impuls B.17.0 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.16.8 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.16.2 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.15.6 
 9. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.14.3 
 10. Ignatev, Impuls B.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.3 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.9.1 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.8 
 5. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.5 
 6. Chumakov, Prine.8.2 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.0 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.5 
 9. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.7 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.7 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.5 
 4. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.7 
 5. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 6. Korzh, Grodno-934.6 
 7. Aladko, Vitebsk4.5 
 8. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.5 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.3 
 10. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 2. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 3. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.2 
 4. Suvorov, Prine.2.2 
 5. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.1 
 6. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.2.0 
 7. Chumakov, Prine.1.8 
 8. Malkov, COR-Bori.1.8 
 9. Zahar, Impuls B.1.8 
 10. Tatur, COR-Borisfen1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikita KUCHKOU
  BSEU-Gr.
  (182-G/F-99)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuchkou, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kruk, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Radishevskiy, Impuls B.0.0 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.0.0 
 6. Pogrebickiy, Tsmoki I.0.0 
 7. Kozhdan, Impuls B.0.0 
 8. Pishcheyko, Vitebsk0.0 
 9. Kovalev, GO.0.0 
 10. Palanevich, Tsmoki I.0.0 


Premier League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Grodno-93 and COR-Borisfen seal semifinal appearance - by Eurobasket News

Vitebsk - Tsmoki II 63-64

Tsmoki II snatched a narrow win over Vitebsk to force the decisive third game in the quarterfinal series. Vitebsk was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 20-14 charge of Tsmoki II, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Vitebsk turnovers. Strangely Vitebsk outrebounded Tsmoki II 51-31 including a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Vitebsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Andrey Stavrovskiy (185-97) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Andrei Rogozenko (183-97) chipped in 11 points during the contest. Tsmoki II's coach Heorhi Kandrusevich used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Anton Vashkevich (203-94) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and point guard Ivan Aladko (193-95) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki II: A.Stavrovskiy 21+3reb+1ast, A.Rogozenko 11+2reb+3ast, A.Zaretski 9+4reb, T.Porolev 8+4reb+1ast, M.Liutych 7+4reb, G.Pogrebickiy 6+8reb
Vitebsk: I.Aladko 19+5reb+2ast, A.Vashkevich 18+16reb+1ast, P.Kadol 7+6reb+1ast, A.Kachan 7, M.Ovsepyan 6+7reb+2ast, V.Ovsepyan 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 543553


Grodno-93 - Impuls BGUIR 86-77

Grodno-93 topped Impuls BGUIR to advance into the semifinal stage. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-19 Impuls BGUIR's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 86-77 at the end of the game. Grodno-93 shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Impuls BGUIR's players. The former international guard Dmitry Kuzmin (196-75) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the former international guard Kiryl Sitnik (190-89) supported him with 17 points and 7 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots). Four Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. Grodno-93's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by Genadziy Zahar (200-92) did not help to save the game for Impuls BGUIR. Guard Kiril Volodkin (190-91) added 30 points and 4 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: A.Navoichyk 21+1reb, K.Sitnik 17+4reb+7ast, Y.Mishukov 16+8reb+2ast, D.Kuzmin 11+9reb+10ast, P.Karasevich 8+1reb+1ast, I.Kaliayev 7+9reb+3ast
Impuls BGUIR: K.Volodkin 30+2reb+4ast, G.Zahar 25+11reb+5ast, Y.Ignatev 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Kurapau 5+2reb, A.Radishevskiy 4+3reb, A.Matveev 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 543552


COR-Borisfen - BSEU-GrandPrint 66-61

COR-Borisfen swept the quarterfinal series versus BSEU-GrandPrint. BSEU-GrandPrint was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of COR-Borisfen, which allowed them to win the game. Ukrainian center Maksym Kozlovets (205-90) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Evgeni Ivanov (202-84) supported him with 13 points. Even 26 points and 8 rebounds by guard Sergej Vabischevich (191-88) did not help to save the game for BSEU-GrandPrint. Guard Valentin Nazarov (185-97) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
COR-Borisfen: M.Kozlovets 20+14reb+3ast, E.Ivanov 13+3reb+3ast, A.Aheyenka 10+3reb+1ast, A.Kharkevich 8+4reb+2ast, P.Bliznets 6+12reb, A.Malkov 5+3reb
BSEU-GrandPrint: S.Vabischevich 26+8reb+1ast, I.Salsanov 11+3reb, V.Nazarov 11+5reb+4ast, V.Krysevich 9+8reb, M.Sazonau 4+5reb+1ast, M.Zhukavets 0
gschID: 543551





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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.5 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Miller-M., Leuven16.6 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.8 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .14.8 
 6. Simpson, Liege14.4 
 7. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.0 
 8. Channels, Kango.13.8 
 9. Ubel, Brussels13.7 
 10. Ware, Antwerp13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.3 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.1 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes6.7 
 4. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 5. Ubel, Brussels6.6 
 6. Ware, Antwerp6.4 
 7. Simmons, Brussels6.4 
 8. Fields, Liege6.3 
 9. Dowe, Brussels6.0 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.7 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.3 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.1 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.9 
 5. Anderson, Limburg .4.5 
 6. Marnegrave, Spirou4.4 
 7. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.1 
 8. Clark, Antwerp3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.7 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven2.0 
 2. Simpson, Liege1.7 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 5. Billbury, Leuven1.5 
 6. Hertay, Liege1.4 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 8. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 9. Clark, Antwerp1.3 
 10. Troisfontain., Aalst.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.4 
 2. Fields, Liege1.0 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende0.9 
 4. Henry, Kangoeroes0.8 
 5. Ware, Antwerp0.8 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 7. Blair, Aalstar0.7 
 8. Fusek, Spirou0.7 
 9. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lhoest, Ninane19.9 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.6 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.5 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 7. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 8. Baptista, Gistel O.16.2 
 9. Maesen, Houthalen16.0 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.3 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.5 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 5. Celis, Oxaco7.5 
 6. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.5 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.2 
 8. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
 9. Fall, Ieper6.8 
 10. Bogaerts, Soba6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.5.4 
 2. Celis, Oxaco4.5 
 3. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.3 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.3 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.7 
 6. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 7. Kanda-K., Giants B3.3 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen3.2 
 9. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.0 
 10. Beaujean, Gembo B.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.2 
 2. Benzouien, Royal B.2.0 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.9 
 4. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 5. Riahi, RPC A.1.5 
 6. Van-d., Ekeren1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Hall, Royal Brussels1.5 
 9. Hemeleers, Gistel O.1.4 
 10. Celis, Oxaco1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony VERMEERSCH
  Gembo B.
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Vermeersch, Gembo B.1.0 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 3. Fall, Ieper0.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.7 
 5. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.7 
 6. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 8. Samaey, Waregem0.6 
 9. Rogiers, Giants B0.5 
 10. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.5 


Amere May (ex Mons-Hainaut) agreed terms with Durango - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango (CIBACOPA) inked 25-year old American guard Amere May (190-84kg-92, college: Delaware State). He played most recently at Mons-Hainaut in Belgian Euromillions League. In 5 games he recorded 6.0ppg last season. May also played that season for Ferrocarril in Argentinian LigaA where in 14 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg. He also spent pre-season at Basket Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (Serie A2) in Italian league that year.
Last year (a year after he left the college) May was drafted by Canton Charge (D-League) in third round (62nd overall).
The former Delaware State staris in his second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of MEAC Tournament in 2015. May received also NABC All-District 15 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELIZE  


NEBL Round 11: Dangriga W. defeats leader San Pedro T. - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked San Pedro T. (8-3) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Dangriga W. (6-5) 79-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of San Pedro T.. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 23-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Dangriga W. dominated on the defensive end, holding San Pedro T. to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Dangriga W. moved-up to third place, which they share with Cayo Western B. San Pedro T. at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Dangriga W. is looking forward to face Orange Walk RR (#6) in the next round. San Pedro T. will play against Belize City NL (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Belize City: Smart Belize H. (#6) and Belize City NL (#7). Smart Belize H. (4-6) crushed visiting Belize City NL (2-8) by 17 points 88-71. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Belize City NL at the other side stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Smart Belize H. will play against league's second-placed Belmopan B. at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belize City NL will play against the league's leader San Pedro T. (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 11 Orange Walk RR was beaten by Cayo Western B. on the road 73-65.

San Pedro T. - Dangriga W. 73-79

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked San Pedro T. (8-3) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Dangriga W. (6-5) 79-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of San Pedro T.. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 23-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Dangriga W. dominated on the defensive end, holding San Pedro T. to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Dangriga W. moved-up to third place, which they share with Cayo Western B. San Pedro T. at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Dangriga W. is looking forward to face Orange Walk RR (#6) in the next round. San Pedro T. will play against Belize City NL (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 535921


Smart Belize H. - Belize City NL 88-71

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Belize City: Smart Belize H. (#6) and Belize City NL (#7). Smart Belize H. (4-6) crushed visiting Belize City NL (2-8) by 17 points 88-71. Belize City NL was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 55-36 second half run of Smart Belize H.. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Belize City NL at the other side stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Smart Belize H. will play against league's second-placed Belmopan B. at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belize City NL will play against the league's leader San Pedro T. (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 535919


Cayo Western B. - Orange Walk RR 73-65

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Cayo Western B. (6-5) beat 5th ranked Orange Walk RR (3-6) in San Ignacio 73-65. Orange Walk RR was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Cayo Western B., which allowed them to win the game. Cayo Western B. maintains third place with 6-5 record having just two points less than leader San Pedro T., which they share with Dangriga W. Orange Walk RR at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Cayo Western B. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Orange Walk RR will play on the road against Dangriga W. (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 535920





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  BOSNIA  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.19.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Spars S.17.7 
 4. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.5 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.1 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.16.1 
 7. Hasandic, Sloboda .16.0 
 8. Pelkic, Leotar15.0 
 9. Markovic, Gradj.14.5 
 10. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.9 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.9.0 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.7.8 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.5 
 5. Marojevic, Gradj.7.5 
 6. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.5 
 7. Durmo, Spars S.7.1 
 8. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.0 
 9. Karacic, Siroki P.6.9 
 10. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.8 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.6 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.5 
 5. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 6. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.9 
 7. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.8 
 8. Luzajic, Leotar3.7 
 9. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.7 
 10. Svilar, Kakanj3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.2 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .2.0 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.6 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.5 
 7. Dovadzija, Bosnjak1.4 
 8. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.4 
 9. Kovacevic, Spars S.1.4 
 10. Sarajlic, Bosnjak1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.2 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.7 
 6. Marojevic, Gradj.0.7 
 7. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 
 8. Patkovic, Mladost0.6 
 9. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.6 
 10. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 



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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Anthony, Macae20.3 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 3. Stallworth, Mogi19.8 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Andrade, Bauru18.5 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.3 
 7. Garcia, Bauru17.9 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.9 
 9. Holloway, Pinheiros17.5 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.10.1 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.6 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.3 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo6.6 
 8. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.6 
 10. Andrade, Bauru6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.7 
 2. Garcia, Bauru5.7 
 3. Anthony, Macae5.6 
 4. Pecos, Paulistano5.5 
 5. Borges, Franca5.5 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.2 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.0 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria4.7 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Dawkins, Vitoria1.8 
 3. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 4. Bresolin, Vitoria1.7 
 5. Jackson, Vasco D.1.7 
 6. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 7. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 8. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 9. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.5 
 10. Toledo, B.Cearense1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.0.9 
 3. Lenz, Pinheiros0.8 
 4. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 6. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 
 7. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 8. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 10. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Smith, Botafogo.15.8 
 2. Maistro, Contagem15.1 
 3. Vezaro, Joinville14.6 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.12.9 
 5. Filho, Botafogo.12.9 
 6. Dias, Joinville12.1 
 7. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 8. Silva, Brusque12.0 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.8 
 10. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Prado, Brusque10.4 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.8.4 
 3. Silva, Blumenau8.3 
 4. Russell, Botafogo.7.8 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau6.9 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 7. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.0 
 8. Silva, Brusque5.9 
 9. Perez, Botafogo.5.6 
 10. Machado, Santos/M.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Smith, Botafogo.5.0 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville4.3 
 3. Semmke, Blumenau4.1 
 4. Perez, Contagem4.1 
 5. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.2.6 
 7. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
 8. Silva, Blumenau2.4 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
 10. Maistro, Contagem2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Bruno LAZZARIS
  Blumenau
  (202-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.1 
 2. Maistro, Contagem2.0 
 3. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.9 
 4. Moreira, Blumenau1.7 
 5. Perez, Contagem1.4 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
 7. Froehlich, Joinville1.4 
 8. Prado, Brusque1.4 
 9. Silva, Blumenau1.3 
 10. Machado, Brusque1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 2. Perez, Botafogo.0.9 
 3. Maistro, Contagem0.9 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.0.9 
 5. Silva, Blumenau0.7 
 6. Henrique, Brusque0.5 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville0.4 
 8. Machado, Santos/M.0.4 
 9. Oliveira, Contagem0.4 
 10. De-Oliveira, Blumenau0.4 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  Rilski
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Shelton, Rilski23.2 
 2. Semple, Akademik.20.3 
 3. Ivanov, Levski19.3 
 4. Smith, Akademik PL18.1 
 5. Petkov, Yambol18.0 
 6. Marincheshki, Spartak .17.1 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan16.7 
 8. Savic, Spartak .16.3 
 9. Tsonkov, Cherno M.16.3 
 10. Bozov, Rilski16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.1 
 2. Shelton, Rilski11.0 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.5 
 4. Sekulovic, Balkan8.9 
 5. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.7 
 6. Savic, Spartak .8.6 
 7. Varbanov, Yambol8.4 
 8. Bruinsma, Rilski7.8 
 9. Delic, Rilski7.6 
 10. Jones, Beroe7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.6.8 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.0 
 3. Hott, Balkan5.5 
 4. Gruev, Spartak .5.4 
 5. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.1 
 6. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 7. Dudev, Spartak .4.5 
 8. Hadjirusev, Levski4.5 
 9. Marinov, Balkan4.3 
 10. Bozov, Rilski4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Deyan KARAMFILOV
  Cherno M.
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.2 
 2. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 3. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 4. Bellfield, Akademik.1.9 
 5. Jones, Beroe1.8 
 6. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 7. Gibson, Beroe1.7 
 8. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.6 
 9. Hott, Balkan1.6 
 10. Smith, Akademik PL1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Semple, Akademik.1.8 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.5 
 3. Varbanov, Yambol1.0 
 4. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.0.9 
 5. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.8 
 6. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 7. Savic, Spartak .0.8 
 8. Delic, Rilski0.7 
 9. Marincheshki, Spartak .0.7 
 10. Petkov, Yambol0.6 


NBL Round 25: Academik Plovdiv edges Spartak Pleven by one point - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in NBL. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Sixth-ranked Spartak Pleven (10-12) made lots of trouble for second ranked Academik Plovdiv (16-6) on Saturday. Academik Plovdiv managed to secure only one-point victory 97-96. However their fans expected much easier game. Strangely Spartak Pleven outrebounded Academik Plovdiv 46-20 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Shakir Smith (185-92, college: Adams St.) fired 30 points and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) chipped in 17 points and 12 assists. Academik Plovdiv's coach Asen Nikolov used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Academik Plovdiv have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-6 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Spartak Pleven lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Academik Plovdiv are looking forward to face 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 Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sofia. First ranked Lukoil Acad. faced 3rd placed Beroe. Host Lukoil Acad. (19-4) defeated guests from Stara Zagora (14-8) 94-79. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dimitar Dimitrov contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) answered with 16 points and 4 assists for Beroe. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-4 record. Beroe at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Lukoil Acad. will play against Rilski (#4) in Samokov in the next round. Beroe will play on the road against the league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 25 Yambol was defeated by Balkan in Botevgrad 78-69. Cherno More beat Levski at home 84-80.

Akademik PL - Spartak Pleven 97-96

Sixth-ranked Spartak Pleven (10-12) made lots of trouble for second ranked Academik Plovdiv (16-6) on Saturday. Academik Plovdiv managed to secure only one-point victory 97-96. However their fans expected much easier game. Strangely Spartak Pleven outrebounded Academik Plovdiv 46-20 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Shakir Smith (185-92, college: Adams St.) fired 30 points and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 assists. Academik Plovdiv's coach Asen Nikolov used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) added 18 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four Academik Plovdiv and five Spartak Pleven players scored in double figures. Academik Plovdiv have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-6 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Spartak Pleven lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Academik Plovdiv are looking forward to face 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 Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: S.Smith 30+1reb+4ast, J.Semple 20+9reb+1ast, O.Bellfield 17+4reb+12ast, V.Bachev 15+1reb+2ast, S.Davis 9, V.Aleksandrov 2+1reb
Spartak Pleven: D.Marincheshki 24+14reb+3ast, V.Galabov 18+8reb+1ast, M.Savic 18+14reb+6ast, M.Dudev 14+3reb+5ast, K.Koev 13+7reb+3ast, G.Nikolov 9+1ast
gschID: 536270


Balkan - Yambol 78-69

There was no surprise in Botevgrad where 7th ranked Yambol (6-16) was defeated by fifth ranked Balkan (12-10) 78-69. Balkan players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. The former international guard Stanimir Marinov (192-91, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Balkan players scored in double figures. Forward Stoyan Petkov (198-85) answered with 21 points and the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points in the effort for Yambol. The victory was the third consecutive win for Balkan. They maintain fifth place with 12-10 record. Yambol at the other side keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with Cherno More. Balkan will play against Spartak Pleven (#6) at home in the next round. Yambol will play against Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: M.Sekulovic 22+15reb+2ast, S.Marinov 20+3reb+8ast, T.Daniels 14+3reb, A.Hott 10+3reb+4ast, D.Cvetkovic 8+2reb+1ast, N.Marinov 2+1ast
Yambol: S.Petkov 21+3reb+1ast, N.Varbanov 16+4reb, T.Ostrev 8+4reb+4ast, E.Ivanov 7+3reb+2ast, V.Petkov 6+3reb+3ast, A.Ivanov 6+6reb
gschID: 536269


Cherno More - Levski 84-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Cherno More's (6-16) home victory over bottom-ranked Levski (4-19) 84-80. Cherno More forced 21 Levski turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Cypriot guard Angel Natskin (184-93) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists. Serbian power forward Nikola Djuric (201-91) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Cherno More players scored in double figures. International guard Evgeni Hadjirusev (193-95) answered with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international forward Stanislav Slaveykov (198-86) added 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Levski. Levski's coach Manuel Markov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cherno More moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Yambol. Levski lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Cherno More will play against Yambol (#8) at home in the next round. Levski will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: A.Natskin 20+3reb+4ast, N.Djuric 19+7reb, A.Dikov 14+3reb, S.Tsonkov 12+4reb+3ast, D.Karamfilov 10+3reb+7ast, V.Hristov 4+2reb+1ast
Levski: S.Slaveykov 24+3reb+2ast, V.Veselinov 21+3reb+2ast, E.Hadjirusev 16+6reb+7ast, P.Ivanov 9+4reb+4ast, K.Doychinov 6+10reb, A.Peychinov 3+1reb
gschID: 536268


Lukoil Acad. - Beroe 94-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sofia. First ranked Lukoil Acad. faced 3rd placed Beroe. Host Lukoil Acad. (19-4) defeated guests from Stara Zagora (14-8) 94-79. Lukoil Acad. had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. International Dimitar Dimitrov (203-93, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Lukoil Acad. players scored in double figures. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) answered with 16 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) added 17 points and 5 assists in the effort for Beroe. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-4 record. Beroe at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Lukoil Acad. will play against Rilski (#4) in Samokov in the next round. Beroe will play on the road against the league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: D.Gibson 16+8reb+6ast, D.Dimitrov 14+6reb+2ast, A.Beane 14+3reb+2ast, S.Zack 12+8reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 12+2ast, B.Avramov 10+1reb+5ast
Beroe: S.Gibson 17+1reb+5ast, B.Raley-Ross 16+4reb+4ast, S.Tesija 11+7reb, T.Todorov 8+3reb, P.Aleksiev 7+2reb, A.Jones 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 536271





Milovan Savic claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Montenegrin-Serbian Milovan Savic (205-C-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Spartak Pleven and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 29-year old center had a double-double of 18 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team was edged out by Akademik PL (#2, 16-6) 97-96. Spartak Pleven maintains the 6th position in Bulgarian NBL. Spartak Pleven is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 12th lost game this season out of 22 games. It's Savic's second year at Spartak Pleven and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Savic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.3ppg), rebounds (6th best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 73.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-C-91) of Balkan. Sekulovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Balkan cruised to a 78-69 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Yambol (#8, 6-16). Balkan's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sekulovic is a newcomer at Balkan and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#7). He also registered 8.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Spartak Pleven's star - Dimitar Marincheshki (200-F/C-90). Marincheshki scored 24 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Marincheshki's great performance Spartak Pleven lost 96-97 to the higher-ranked Akademik PL (#2, 16-6). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Spartak Pleven ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marincheshki could help Spartak Pleven to bring them higher in the standings. Marincheshki has a great season in Bulgaria. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shakir Smith (185-G-92) of Akademik PL - 30 points and 4 assists
5. Oscar Bellfield (187-PG-90) of Akademik PL - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
6. Nikola Djuric (201-C/F-91) of Cherno More - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Jordan Semple (201-F-92) of Akademik PL - 20 points and 9 rebounds
8. Evgeni Hadjirusev (193-G-95) of Levski - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Stanimir Marinov (192-G-91) of Balkan - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Danny Gibson (177-PG-84) of Lukoil Acad. - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Indianapolis outlasts Baltimore in offensive shootout; Bowling Green stuns Mississippi on the road - by Eurobasket News

INDIANAPOLIS 125, BALTIMORE 114: (Indianapolis, Ind.) - With a chance to maintain their positioning as one of the top-3 teams in the league, Indianapolis did not want to waste that opportunity against winless Baltimore this evening, in the first ever matchup between the two clubs. After a closely contested first quarter, Indianapolis used an 11-0 run early in the second quarter to gain separation from the visitors. Although Baltimore, who was on their second road trip to Indiana in as many weeks, cut the deficit to just two points in the third quarter, Indianapolis executed a devastating combination of a 9-2 run and a a 10-1 run in the fourth quarter to cruise to a comfortable double-digit victory. Indianapolis (3-1) was led by Brandon Evans (6'3''-G) (27 points), Anthony White, Jr. (24 points), and Chrishawn Hopkins (6'2''-G-91, college: Wright St.) (21 points), while Baltimore (0-3) was led by Torey Fassett (6'6''-F) (25 points), Kendall Allison (6'3''-G, college: Ohio Valley) (22 points), and Benny Iko (20 points). Indianapolis travels to Illinois next Friday night, while Baltimore squares off against Bowling Green in Kentucky tomorrow afternoon.
BOWLING GREEN 103, MISSISSIPPI 99: (Memphis, Tenn.) - With first place Mississippi looking to hold their grip as one of the top-3 teams in the league, similar to Indianapolis earlier in the evening, against winless Bowling Green, things did not go as well for them at home. Bowling Green dominated play for the beginning, leading the game after each period. Although Bowling Green nearly squandered a double-digit lead late in the game, they earned their first victory of the season, and improved to 4-0 all-time against Mississippi, including 3-0 on the road. Bowling Green (1-0) was led by Damarius Smith and Christopher Kopooshian (5'10''-G-93, college: Glendale CC, CA) with 20 points each and Jared Stephens (5'10''-G, college: Carson-Newman) and Monte Burney with 18 points each; while Mississippi (3-2) was led by Anthony Jones (24 points), Marico Stinson (21 points) and Jerry Hampton (6'9''-C, college: Le Moyne-Owen) (20 points). Bowling Green hosts Baltimore tomorrow afternoon for their home opener, while Mississippi will fly to Maryland next weekend for the Baltimore home opener.
Courtesy of: playcba.com



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Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.7 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 3. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas25.5 
 5. Robinson, Osorno23.1 
 6. McCombs, CDE T.21.3 
 7. Cheek, Las Animas21.2 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud20.8 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
 10. Centeno, AB Ancud20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.12.9 
 3. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas11.3 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 6. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 7. Bowdry, Los Leones10.8 
 8. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.6 
 9. Lee, CD Castro10.0 
 10. Diaz, Puente Alto10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.3 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.7 
 4. Munoz, Osorno4.9 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.5 
 7. Saez, Tinguiri.4.2 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.8 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.5 
 10. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 3. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 4. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 5. Soto, CDU Catolica1.6 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
 7. Dickson, CDU C.1.6 
 8. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 9. Lopez, Puente Alto1.6 
 10. Del-Solar, Las A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike PHILLIPS
  Puerto M.
  (201-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.1.2 
 3. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 4. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 5. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 6. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 7. Centeno, AB Ancud0.8 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 
 9. Dickson, CDU C.0.7 
 10. Bravo, Tinguiri.0.7 


Liga Nacional Round 6 of Semi-Finals. CDE Talca claim Finals appearance - by Eurobasket News

CDE Talca - Los Leones 89-83

CDE Talca rallied past Los Leones in Game 6 and sealed their LNB Finals appearance. 24 personal fouls committed by Los Leones helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: DTMones) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. The former international forward Samuel Bravo (194-82) chipped in 11 points and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American DeAndre Coleman (201-86, college: S.Alabama, agency: DTMones) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Eduardo Marechal (186-85) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 28+16reb+1ast, P.Barraza 16+5reb+2ast, F.Bravo 12+4reb+4ast, S.Bravo 11+4reb+8ast, D.Jones 10+6reb+2ast, E.Sepulveda 10+5reb+1ast
Los Leones: D.Coleman 19+13reb+2ast, E.Marechal 16+6reb+5ast, E.Arteaga 13+4ast, D.Jones 12+4reb+3ast, B.Bowdry 10+8reb+2ast, T.Alvarez 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 543554





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  CHINA  


Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Awards 2017 - by Greg

Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team 2017
Darius Adams
Adams
Jimmer Fredette
Fredette
Yanyuhang Ding
Ding
Jianlian Yi
Yi
Andray Blatche
Blatche

Finals MVP: Darius Adams (188-PG-89) of Xinjiang FT
Player of the Year: Jimmer Fredette (188-PG-89) of Shanghai S.
Guard of the Year: Jimmer Fredette (188-PG-89) of Shanghai S.
Forward of the Year: Yanyuhang Ding (200-F-93) of Shandong GS
Center of the Year: Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) of Xinjiang FT
Defensive Player of the Year: Qi Zhou (217-C-96) of Xinjiang FT
Import Player of the Year: Jimmer Fredette (188-PG-89) of Shanghai S.
Domestic Player of the Year: Yanyuhang Ding (200-F-93) of Shandong GS
Coach of the Year: Qiuping Liu of Xinjiang FT

1st Team
PG: Darius Adams (188-PG-89) of Xinjiang FT
PG: Jimmer Fredette (188-PG-89) of Shanghai S.
F: Yanyuhang Ding (200-F-93) of Shandong GS
PF: Jianlian Yi (212-PF-87) of Guangdong ST
F/C: Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) of Xinjiang FT

2nd Team
F: Gen Li (196-F-88) of Xinjiang FT
SF: Ailun Guo (192-SF-93) of Liaoning FL
F: Peng Zhou (210-F-89) of Guangdong ST
C/F: Maciej Lampe (211-C/F-85) of Shenzhen L.
C: Qi Zhou (217-C-96) of Xinjiang FT

3rd Team
PG: Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86) of Shenzhen L.
SG: Jamaal Franklin (196-SG-91) of Shanxi BD
G/F: MarShon Brooks (196-G/F-89) of Jiangsu D.
F: Yuchen Zou (203-F-96) of Bayi R.
C: Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Sichuan BW

Honorable Mention
Donald Sloan (190-G-88) of Guangdong ST
Guerschon Yabusele (6'7''-PF-95) of Shanghai S.
Jinqiu Hu (208-C-97) of Guangsha L.
Lester Hudson (190-SG-84) of Liaoning FL
Wei Liu (190-PG-80) of Sichuan BW
Xiaochuan Zhai (205-F-93) of Beijing D.
Eugene Jeter (180-PG-83) of Tianjin GL
Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) of Tianjin GL
Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Qingdao E.
Malcolm Thomas (206-F-88) of Jilin NE T.
Zhelin Wang (215-PF-94) of Fujian S.
Errick McCollum (185-PG-88) of Beikong FD
Yuchen Zou (203-F-96) of Bayi R.



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  COSTA RICA  


Round 1 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

Liga de Baloncesto Superior started last night in Costa Rica. Universidad Latina overcame Abogados 71-58 as Milton Jimenez (G-95) led the way with 16 points, whilst Ronny Espinoza produced 24 in a loss. Perez Zeledon outscored Liberia 66-61 as Lekeem Duncan top-scored for the winners with 24 points.
In another games Coopeservidores- Escazu beat Universidad de CR 83-66 when Juan Vargas led the way with 15 points. Brenes- Barva posted an 80-57 win over Grecia as Amir Alvarado stepped up with 21 points.



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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.0 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.0 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.18.7 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.9 
 7. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.4 
 8. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.3 
 9. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.2 
 10. Sakic, Cibona16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.7.4 
 2. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.2 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.1 
 4. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.9 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.5 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar6.2 
 7. Rajic, H.Analitica6.2 
 8. Sakic, Cibona6.1 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj5.8 
 10. Bundovic, Cedevita5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.3 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS6.1 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 5. Filipovic, KK Split5.4 
 6. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 7. Vrbica, Gorica5.0 
 8. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 9. Raic, H.Analitica4.7 
 10. Sarac, Vrij.Osijek4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Sirko, KK Split2.0 
 4. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 6. Scott, Jolly JBS1.6 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.6 
 8. Brzoja, Zadar1.5 
 9. Vladovic, Zadar1.5 
 10. Rozic, Cibona1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 5. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.8 
 6. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 7. Loncar, Cedevita0.6 
 8. Spralja, Jolly JBS0.6 
 9. Papac, Jolly JBS0.6 
 10. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.6 


Jolly crush league leading Split by 36 points - by Zeljko Zule

Jolly JBS remained one of two unbeaten teams in Croatian A1 League this season by beating league-leading Split 98-62 in Round 24. Zagreb scored 61 points in the second half to beat Hermes Analitica 10-69.

Jolly JBS-Split 98-62: Jolly made three 3-pointers in the opening three minutes for an 11-4 lead and went on an 14-2 run in the second quarter to extend their advantage to 42-19. The home team shot 71-percent (22-of-31) from the field including 7-of-12 behind the arc in the first halftime and outreboubded Split 20-6. Jolly led 56-29 at the break and had their largest lead of the night at 92-53 midway through the fourth quarter. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) scored 29 points including four 3-pointers, Nikola Dosen (190-G-91) came off the bench for 15 points, Brandon Penn (203-F-90, college: Rider) added 14 points on shooting 4-of-5 from 3-point line, Bruno Markulin (195-SF-92) added 12 points and Mike Scott (183-PG-93, college: Idaho) 11. Split hit just two of its 28 3-point attempts and was outrebounded 19-37. Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) and Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) both scored 15 points.

Zagreb-Hermes Analitica 100-69: Zagreb never trailed and outscored city rival 61-38 in the second half. Zagreb allowed just two ties. Hermes went on an 10-2 run spanning early in the second quarter to tie the score at 23, After tying the game at 25, Zagreb's Ivan Majcunic (193-SG-96) sank a 3-pointer to ignite a decisive 11-0 run. Zagreb opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run and later made an 8-0 run for a 65-42 lead. Ivan Batur (201-G-91) came off the bench for 21 points on shooting 9-of-12 from the field, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89) scored 16 points, Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) added 12 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double Ivan Majcunic and Antonio Vlaic (205-C-91) both posted 12 points. Hermes was led by Julian Rajic (206-F-85) with 20 points and 9 rebounds and Ivan Svoboda (190-G-87) netted 10 points.



GKK Sibenik on fire in first half against Zabok - by Zeljko Zule

GKK Sibenik shot 67-percent from the field including 7-of-11 behind the arc in the first halftime as outscored Zabok 93-69 on road in the game of Croatian A1 League Round 24. Skrljevo defeated Gorica 85-69.

Zabok-GKK Sibenik 69-93: Sibenik opened the game with an 11-0 run and extended their lead to 22-4. The visitors led by as many as 32 point before the halftime break and shot an amzing 67-percent (20-of-30) from the field including 7-of-11 behind the 3-point in the first half. Sibenik had all 12 players in the scoring column and shot 13-of-26 behind the arc. Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) finished with 19 points on shooting 4-of-5 behind the 3-point line, Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) collected 18 points and 10 rebounds and Ive Ivanov (200-C-85) scored 14 point. Zabok was led by Antonio Crnjevic (201-F-94) with 21 points on shooting 9-of-12 from the field and Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) added 18 points.

Skrljevo-Gorica 85-69: After trailing 13-22 going into the second quarter, Skrljevo went on a 16-4 for a 29-26 lead and never looked back from there. The home extended their lead to 42-33 early in the third quarter and later made a 9-1 run to go up 56-42. Davor Konjevic (197-G/F-90) led all scorers with 24 points including five 3-pointers, Matej Radunic (207-C-96) and Brian Williams (187-G-92, college: Jacksonville St.) both added 14 points, Sinisa Stemberger (196-G-79) had 12 points and 9 assists and Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80) scored 12 points. Gorica was led by Ante Masic (200-F-85) with 19 points, Marko Petrovic (192-G-91, college: USF) 17, Javan Felix (180-PG-94, college: Texas) 16 and Masan Vrbica (190-PG-94) grabbed 11 rebounds.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek25.3 
 2. Peterka, Nymburk B24.1 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B23.6 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice21.6 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.6 
 6. Streba, USK P.19.2 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.9 
 8. Fait, Sokol Pisek18.9 
 9. Nehoda, Zlin18.3 
 10. Sebela, Sokol S.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.1 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.2 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov9.9 
 4. Kvapil, Opava B9.1 
 5. Bubak, Vysocina9.0 
 6. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.8.8 
 7. Streba, USK P.8.7 
 8. Englicky, Sokol Pisek8.6 
 9. Voslajer, Zlin8.5 
 10. Novak, Vysocina8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.3 
 2. Petric, Pardubice4.8 
 3. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.5 
 4. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.3 
 5. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.0 
 7. Novak, Vysocina3.8 
 8. Dlugos, Nymburk B3.7 
 9. Bukovjan, Ostrava3.6 
 10. Jancik, Havirov3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.8 
 2. Potocek, Pardubice2.2 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.1 
 4. Novak, Olomouc SK2.1 
 5. Novak, Vysocina2.1 
 6. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 7. Nehoda, Zlin2.0 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen2.0 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B1.9 
 10. Slechta, Sokol Pisek1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.4 
 2. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 3. Szabo, Prostejov B1.2 
 4. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 6. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 7. Hlobil, Prostejov B0.9 
 8. Vasat, Prostejov B0.9 
 9. Kozak, GBA Sparta0.9 
 10. Schinko, Basket K.0.8 



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  DENMARK  


Dolomiti Energia Trento signs Shavon Shields - by Eurobasket News

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) signed 23-year old Danish ex-international guard Shavon Shields (201-97kg-94, college: Nebraska). He started the season at Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt in German BBL league. In 26 games he had 14.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg this season. Shields also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 13.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.
His team made it to the InterContinental final.
The previous (12-13) season he played at another team Cornhuskers in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1. In 28 games he averaged 8.6ppg and 5.1rpg.
Shields has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Shields was voted CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-America 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
Shields was a member of Danish international program for some years. He was called to Danish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team in 2013.
Shields graduated from University of Nebraska in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Quinn COOK
  Canton C.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 2. Harris, Texas L.25.6 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.8 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 6. Murphy, Grand R.23.0 
 7. Holland, Canton C.22.5 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.22.5 
 9. Taylor, Rio G.21.6 
 10. Nader, Maine RC21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.1 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Onuaku, Rio G.10.7 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.5 
 6. Costello, Iowa E.10.2 
 7. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 8. Sims, Salt L.9.2 
 9. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 10. Jones, Maine RC9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Magette, Los A.9.4 
 2. Marshall, Reno B.9.1 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.0 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.7 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.6 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.0 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 3. Tokoto, Rio G.2.2 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.2.0 
 6. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 7. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Harris, Texas L.1.9 
 10. Jackson, Texas L.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC3.0 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.8 
 4. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 8. Obekpa, Santa C.2.5 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 10. Jones, Santa C.2.2 



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  EL SALVADOR  


Golden's 34-point game gives him Liga MB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Guard Brandon Golden (193-G) had a very impressive game in the last round for Cojute and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 34 points adding eight rebounds and eight assists for Cojute in his team's victory, helping them to crush Giants (#15, 2-14) with 25-point margin 104-79. Thanks to this victory Cojute moved-up to the 8th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Cojute 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 8-8 record. In the team's last game Golden had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cojute, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Midwestern State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Golden is league's best passer with 8.7apg. Golden is in league's top in and averages solid 3.3spg.

Second best performed player last round was Jordan Johnson (183-PG-92) of San Miguel. He is American guard in his first season at San Miguel. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive 32 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as San Miguel was edged by the higher-ranked Canarios (#5, 10-6) 79-77. San Miguel is still in a red zone at 14th spot in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories San Miguel managed to get this year. Johnson is one of the most experienced players at San Miguel and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.6ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 8.5rpg and 4.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to James Milton (203-C/F) of Giants (#15). Milton scored 25 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Milton's great performance Giants lost 79-104 to the higher-ranked Cojute (#8, 8-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Giants can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Milton he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Milton has a very solid season. In 7 games in El Salvador he scored 16.1ppg. He also has 13.0rpg and FGP: 53.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Duane James (196-F-83) of Isidro Metapan - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido - 37 points and 5 rebounds
6. Anthony Moe (206-F/C) of Cojute - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios - 32 points and 7 assists
8. Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Malcolm Tatum (188-G) of Santa Ana - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Yoan Haiti) of Sonsonate - 20 points, 15 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)



Liga MB Round 25 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Thirteenth-ranked San Miguel (3-12) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Canarios (10-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Ahuachapan managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Canarios looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) contributed with 32 points and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) answered with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for San Miguel. Canarios have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 10-6 record. San Miguel lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Canarios will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. San Miguel will play on the road against 11 Lobos (#11) in Chalchuapa and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Santa Ana. Fourteenth ranked Santa Ana (4-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Sonsonate (9-8) 82-79 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. American guard Malcolm Tatum (188, college: Alders.-Broad.) stepped up and scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Tobias Dowdell chipped in 23 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side Yoan Haiti responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Santa Ana moved-up to thirteenth place. Newly promoted Sonsonate keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between tenth ranked Cojute (8-7) and 15th ranked Giants (2-13) in Cojutepeque on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Cojute outscored guests from San Salvador 104-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Giants. American players dominated also this game. Brandon Golden nailed 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. James Milton came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for Giants in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cojute moved-up to seventh place. Giants at the other side stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Cojute will meet at home league's leader Santa Tecla in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Giants will play against Halcones (#4) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 25 Isidro Metapan beat El Rapido on the road 94-82.

Cojute - Giants 104-79

The game between tenth ranked Cojute (8-7) and 15th ranked Giants (2-13) in Cojutepeque on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Cojute outscored guests from San Salvador 104-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Giants. Cojute had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Giants' players. American players dominated also this game. Guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) nailed 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) accounted for 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Giants in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cojute moved-up to seventh place. Giants at the other side stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Cojute will meet at home league's leader Santa Tecla in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Giants will play against Halcones (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Giants: J.Milton 25+13reb, L.Escoto 16+3reb+3ast, M.Brooks 13+11reb+2ast, G.Hernandez 7+1reb, C.Duran 6+1ast, D.Urias 4+5reb
Cojute: B.Golden 34+8reb+8ast, A.Moe 25+11reb+2ast, S.Sill 14+14reb+8ast, B.Garcia 7+3reb+3ast, R.Melendez 6+7reb+3ast, B.Reyes 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 537052


Santa Ana - Sonsonate 82-79

Important game to mention about took place in Santa Ana. Fourteenth ranked Santa Ana (4-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Sonsonate (9-8) 82-79 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. American guard Malcolm Tatum (188, college: Alders.-Broad.) stepped up and scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) chipped in 23 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side Yoan Haiti responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and Panamanian forward Manuel Gudino (195-95) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Five Sonsonate players scored in double figures. Santa Ana moved-up to thirteenth place. Newly promoted Sonsonate keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sonsonate: Y.Haiti 20+15reb+4ast, L.Hernandez 16+3reb+4ast, M.Lahud 15+6reb+2ast, M.Gudino 13+10reb+3ast, A.Rojas 10+7reb+2ast, C.Valle 3+1ast
Santa Ana: M.Tatum 30+5reb+6ast, T.Dowdell 23+13reb+2ast, F.Salazar 13+1reb+1ast, T.Butler 9+9reb+2ast, D.Pena 7+9reb+3ast, E.Molina 0
gschID: 537051


San Miguel - Canarios 77-79

Thirteenth-ranked San Miguel (3-12) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Canarios (10-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Ahuachapan managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Canarios looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) contributed with 32 points and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) answered with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) added 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for San Miguel. Canarios have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 10-6 record. San Miguel lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Canarios will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. San Miguel will play on the road against 11 Lobos (#11) in Chalchuapa and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
San Miguel: J.Johnson 32+8reb+8ast, N.Ezeamii 10+14reb+4ast, M.Aguilar 9+1reb+5ast, E.Guzman 8+7reb+2ast, B.De Leon 7+11reb+2ast, J.Cruz 6+1reb+1ast
Canarios: D.Lawson 32+1reb+7ast, W.Hepburn 23+8reb+10ast, I.Sandoval 13+4reb+2ast, R.Brown 8+14reb+3ast, W.Quijano 3+3reb+1ast, R.Aguilar 0
gschID: 537050


El Rapido - Isidro Metapan 82-94

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Isidro Metapan (12-4) beat 9th ranked El Rapido (7-7) in La Union 94-82 on Saturday. Isidro Metapan made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while El Rapido only scored seven points from the stripe. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) accounted for 31 points and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). James is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Isidro Metapan players scored in double figures. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) came up with 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) added 13 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for El Rapido in the defeat. Isidro Metapan maintains third place with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Santa Tecla. Loser El Rapido dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Isidro Metapan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. El Rapido will play against Quezaltepeque (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: E.Ishman 37+5reb+1ast, M.Guevara 20+7reb+4ast, D.King 13+14reb+5ast, F.Martinez 8+1ast, M.Lopez 2+1reb+2ast, O.Coreas 2+7reb+3ast
Isidro Metapan: E.Mijares 31+3reb+4ast, D.James 27+11reb+4ast, J.Colorado 20+3reb+3ast, K.Palmer 12+9reb+1ast, A.Regalado 4+1reb+1ast, L.Barrios 0
gschID: 537049





David Lawson claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American David Lawson (185-PG-89) had a great game in the last round for Canarios and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 51 points adding three assists for Canarios in his team's victory, helping them to beat Brujos Izalco (#2, 13-3) 99-94. Canarios maintains the 5th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Canarios will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Lawson had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Canarios, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Reinhardt College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lawson is league's best scorer averaging so far 34.4ppg. Lawson is in league's top in and averages solid 2.3spg and 63.0% FGP. Worth to mention Lawson played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Garland McArthur (197-F-88) of second-ranked Brujos Izalco. McArthur impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 29 rebounds. Bad luck as Brujos Izalco lost that game 94-99 to the lower-ranked Canarios (#5, 10-6). Brujos Izalco managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. It was just his team's 3rd loss this season, while they won 13 other games. McArthur is one of the most experienced players at Brujos Izalco and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Scott Sill (206-F-92) of Cojute (#7). Sill got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for fourteen rebounds and six assists. He was a key player of Cojute, leading his team to a 110-74 easy win against the lower-ranked San Miguel (#14, 3-12). Cojute needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Sill has a great season in El Salvador. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.2rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nate Drayton (203-F-91) of Quezaltepeque - 25 points and 21 rebounds
5. Danny Lawhorn (183-PG) of Arcense - 39 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Louis Birdsong (198-F-88) of Arcense - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Duane James (196-F-83) of Isidro Metapan - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Anthony Moe (206-F/C) of Cojute - 27 points and 19 rebounds
9. Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Brandon Golden (193-G) of Cojute - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 11 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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Batum announced that he will not play in the Eurobasket - by Eurobasket News

Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) confirmed that for the first time in his career he will not play for the French national team which will compete in the upcoming Eurobasket. 'I'm going to dedicate myself to this (Hornets) franchise,' Nicolas Batum said. 'I am going to get back on the court and work on myself. I need to take the summer to focus on myself for once. My team needs that, and I need that too to get back to what I'm supposed to be for this team. It's one of the most difficult decisions of my life'. Nicolas Batum had already said to French TV station 'BeinSport' that he was thinking about resting during this summer, however when he gave the interview was not final.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Antwan SCOTT
  KTP Basket
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 2. Jones, Lapua21.5 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.2 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.8 
 7. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.1 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
 10. Buckles, Kouvot14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.5 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.3 
 6. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 7. Williams, Salon V.7.7 
 8. Edwards, Salon Vilpas7.6 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 10. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.3 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.6 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 8. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 9. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.1 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 7. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
 9. Gay, KTP Basket1.4 
 10. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.8 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 4. Van, Korihait1.1 
 5. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 7. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Edwards, Salon Vilpas0.8 


Espoo United clinch Division A title - by Eurobasket News

Espoo United - Lahti 88-85

Espoo United held off Lahti to win Division A title. Lahti was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Espoo United made 29-of-33 free shots (87.9 percent) during the game, while Lahti only scored seven points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Lahti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) fired 32 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) chipped in 27 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 17 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 32+6reb+3ast, J.Ivey 27+4reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 11+11reb+3ast, L.Toivonen 9+4reb+3ast, L.Gummerus 7+3reb, I.Sirola 2
Lahti: R.Smith 18+11reb+2ast, J.Fields 17+3reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 15+1reb+4ast, A.Ahola 9+2reb+2ast, M.Jamsa 9+1reb+2ast, O.Aalto 5+3reb
gschID: 543867





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Clark, Chalon18.5 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.5 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines17.0 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon15.6 
 6. Prepelic, Limoges15.6 
 7. Sommerville, Orleans14.6 
 8. Dorsey, Le Portel14.6 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.3 
 10. Young, Chalons-.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis LABEYRIE
  Paris-Le.
  (209-C/F-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.9 
 2. Fall, Chalon8.7 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 4. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.0 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre7.5 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 8. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
 9. Hassell, Le Portel6.9 
 10. Cain, Chalons-Reims6.6 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.2 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.2 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.8 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.8 
 6. Bost, Monaco5.2 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.0 
 8. Payne, Chalons-.4.5 
 9. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.4 
 10. Nelson, AS.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 2. Eito, Orleans1.9 
 3. Holston, Dijon1.9 
 4. Wood, Limoges1.8 
 5. Payne, Chalons-.1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Cobbs, Gravelines1.5 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 9. Henry, Gravelines1.4 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 6. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 7. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.9 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 
 9. Joseph, Orleans0.9 
 10. Fair, Limoges0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 18
 1. Peacock, Bourg18.0 
 2. Burton, Roanne17.5 
 3. Williams, Boulazac17.5 
 4. Jones, Lille17.1 
 5. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.0 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.7 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.16.0 
 8. Fairell, Rouen15.0 
 9. Walker, Evreux15.0 
 10. Bigote, Nantes14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.7 
 2. Kone, Charleville9.6 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg9.3 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.0 
 6. Traore, Lille7.7 
 7. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.7 
 8. Morin, Le Havre7.7 
 9. Diame, Blois7.3 
 10. Fall, Poitiers7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.9 
 2. Turner, Blois6.2 
 3. King, Le Havre6.1 
 4. Ware, Vichy C.6.0 
 5. Rigaux, Maurienne5.9 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.6 
 7. Sim, Bourg5.5 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 9. Mitchell, Nantes5.2 
 10. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Burton, Roanne2.7 
 2. Threatt, Poitiers2.5 
 3. Henry, Evreux2.4 
 4. Turner, Blois2.1 
 5. Denave, Vichy C.2.0 
 6. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 7. Maille, Provence.1.9 
 8. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 9. Moendadze, Boulo.1.7 
 10. Fouse, Charleville1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg1.3 
 4. Paumier, Boulogne1.2 
 5. Jones, Lille1.1 
 6. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 7. MBida, Lille1.1 
 8. Diame, Blois1.1 
 9. Boateng, Blois1.0 
 10. Kone, Charleville1.0 


Jones left Antibes - by Eurobasket News

26-year old American point guard Chris Jones (178-79kg-91, college: Louisville) left Sharks Antibes (ProA) In two games in France he recorded 3.5ppg and 2.5rpg this season. Jones also played earlier that season for Apollon Patras in Greek A1 where in 6 ProA games he averaged just 2.2ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won AAC Tournament in 2014. Jones was also voted NJCAA D1 All-America 1st Team back in 2012 and 2013.
He has played also professionally in Germany (BG Goettingen) and Turkey (Yesilgiresun Bld).
Jones attended University of Louisville until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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

25-year old swingman Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Chalon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 32 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Chalon in his team's victory, helping them to crush Chalons-Reims (#13, 9-17) with 18-point margin 104-86. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 19-7 record. In the team's last game Clark had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Chalon's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Oklahoma graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clark is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.5ppg. Clark is in league's top in and averages solid 56.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, agency: Inception Sports) of Limoges. He is American guard in his first season at Limoges. In the last game Wood recorded impressive 24 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he led Limoges to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Nancy (#18, 6-20) 95-74. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Limoges keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-14 record. Wood is a newcomer at Limoges and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Justin Cobbs (191-G-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Gravelines (#7). Cobbs scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Gravelines, leading his team to a 75-72 win against the lower-ranked Le Mans (#11, 11-15). Gravelines needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 11 lost games. Cobbs has a great season in France. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (3rd best) and assists with 5.8apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83) of Monaco - 28 points and 3 rebounds
5. Jerry Boutsiele (207-C-92) of Cholet - 20 points and 9 rebounds
6. Axel Bouteille (201-G/F-95) of Chalon - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Zack Wright (191-G-85) of Monaco - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Vitalis Chikoko (207-F/C-91) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 18 points and 9 rebounds
9. Ryan Evans (203-G/F-90) of Hyeres-Toulon - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87) of Strasbourg - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Batum announced that he will not play in the Eurobasket - by Eurobasket News

Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) confirmed that for the first time in his career he will not play for the French national team which will compete in the upcoming Eurobasket. 'I'm going to dedicate myself to this (Hornets) franchise,' Nicolas Batum said. 'I am going to get back on the court and work on myself. I need to take the summer to focus on myself for once. My team needs that, and I need that too to get back to what I'm supposed to be for this team. It's one of the most difficult decisions of my life'. Nicolas Batum had already said to French TV station 'BeinSport' that he was thinking about resting during this summer, however when he gave the interview was not final.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



Craion's 22 points and 9 rebounds give him NM1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Michael Craion (195-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lorient and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had the game-high 22 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Lorient in his team's victory, helping them to crush Lourdes (#9, 17-15) with 20-point margin 101-81. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Lorient is placed at 14th position in French NM1. Lorient 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 14-18 record. Craion turned to be Lorient's top player in his first season with the team. Oral Roberts University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Craion is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.9ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.7rpg) and averages solid 2.9spg and 57.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Olivier Romain (180-PG-88) of Chartres. He is a guard in his first season at Chartres. In the last game Romain recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 16 assists. Bad luck as Chartres was edged by the higher-ranked Challans (#7, 17-15) 84-80. Chartres managed to keep the same 10th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-16 record is not bad and everything may still change. Romain is a newcomer at Chartres and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sade Aded Hussein (208-F/C-93) of St Vallier (#11). Aded Hussein scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Aded Hussein's great performance St Vallier lost 71-73 to the higher-ranked GET Vosges (#4, 19-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing St Vallier needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 16 lost games. Aded Hussein has a very solid season. In 31 games in France he scored 9.7ppg. He also has 5.5rpg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jared Newson (196-F-84) of Lorient - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-PG-91) of Gries/Oberhoffen - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Dominique Gentil (197-G/F-88) of Challans - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dwight Burke (202-F-86) of Quimper - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anthony Racine (190-SG-94) of Orchies - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nemanja Kovanusic (204-F/C-93) of ALS Basket - 13 points, 21 rebounds and 3 assists
10. B.J. Monteiro (196-F/G-90) of Caen - 22 points, 7 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)



ProA Round 26: Pau-Lacq-Orthez loses to Le Portel - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Pau between third ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (18-8) and ninth ranked Le Portel (13-13) on Friday night. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was defeated by Le Portel in a tough game at home 67-75. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-10. But Pau-Lacq-Orthez won third quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Le Portel looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-87, college: Dakota Wesleyan, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 assists. The other American import power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Zimbabwean power forward Vitalis Chikoko (207-91) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Eric Bartecheky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Portel moved-up to eighth place, which they share with ASVEL. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Nanterre. Le Portel is looking forward to face ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) at home in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Olympique Antibes (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
ProA top team - Monaco (23-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-13) 92-88. American-Azerbaijani forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: BeoBasket) scored 28 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and Zack Wright chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) responded with 22 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Monaco have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-3 record. Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Le Portel. Monaco will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Le Portel (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Strasbourg was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Paris-Levallois (16-10) played at the court of sixth ranked Strasbourg IG (17-9). Strasbourg IG defeated Paris-Levallois 82-67 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Paris-Levallois. Jeremy Leloup notched 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds by Louis Labeyrie did not help to save the game for Paris-Levallois. Strasbourg IG have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Paris-Levallois dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Strasbourg IG will meet JDA Dijon (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paris-Levallois will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eleventh-ranked Le Mans (11-15) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-11). Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Justin Cobbs who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains seventh position with 15-11 record. Le Mans at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque's next round opponent will be higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Le Mans will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#14) and hope to win that game.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hyeres-Toulon (9-17) and Olympique Antibes (8-18), which took place in Toulon. 14th ranked Hyeres-Toulon lost at home to seventeenth ranked Olympique Antibes 61-75 on Friday. Max Kouguere orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Olympique Antibes moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Orleans. Hyeres-Toulon lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Olympique Antibes will face higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Dijon was beaten by Nanterre on the road 71-55. Limoges destroyed Nancy on its own court 95-74. Chalons-Reims unfortunately lost to Chalon in a road game 86-104. Orleans managed to beat Cholet at home 90-84.

Monaco - ASVEL 92-88

ProA top team - Monaco (23-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-13) 92-88. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-20 ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 92-88 at the end of the game. Monaco made 31-of-38 charity shots (81.6 percent) during the game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Azerbaijani forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: BeoBasket) scored 28 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) responded with 22 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and naturalized Guyanese Livio Jean-Charles (202-93, agency: BeoBasket) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Monaco have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-3 record. Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Le Portel. Monaco will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Le Portel (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monaco: N.Caner-Medley 28+3reb+1ast, Z.Wright 20+6reb+4ast, D.Bost 17+2reb+3ast, P.Rigot 10+6reb+1ast, B.Davies 9+4reb+3ast, A.Sy 4+8reb+1ast
ASVEL: C.Ware 22+1reb+6ast, L.Jean-Charles 15+7reb+1ast, B.Sy 14+4reb+1ast, D.Andersen 11+6reb+1ast, D.Nelson 9+3reb+6ast, D.Watkins 7+3reb
gschID: 486042


Strasbourg - Paris-Levallois 82-67

The game in Strasbourg was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Paris-Levallois (16-10) played at the court of sixth ranked Strasbourg IG (17-9). Strasbourg IG defeated Paris-Levallois 82-67 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Paris-Levallois. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Paris-Levallois managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strasbourg IG made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The former international forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) notched 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) supported him with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds by the former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) did not help to save the game for Paris-Levallois. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) added 19 points for the guests. Strasbourg IG have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Paris-Levallois dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Strasbourg IG will meet JDA Dijon (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paris-Levallois will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: J.Leloup 22+5reb+3ast, R.Travis 12+6reb+2ast, E.Walker 12+1reb+3ast, P.Lacombe 10+1reb+1ast, M.Howard 8+2reb+2ast, E.Murphy 8+4reb
Paris-Levallois: J.Rich 19+2reb, L.Labeyrie 10+15reb+1ast, L.Sane 8+1reb, L.Campbell 7+4reb+5ast, M.N'Doye 5+1reb+1ast, T.Harris 5+4reb
gschID: 486049


Nanterre - Dijon 71-55

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked JSF Nanterre (18-8) beat at home 12th ranked JDA Dijon (10-16) 71-55 on Saturday. The game without a history. JSF Nanterre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 4 assists. German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre's coach Pascal Donadieu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Isaiah Miles (201-94, college: St.Joseph's) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) added 9 points in the effort for JDA Dijon. JSF Nanterre moved-up to third place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Loser JDA Dijon keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face Cholet Basket (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. JDA Dijon will play against Strasbourg IG and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: C.Warren 17+2reb+4ast, S.Butterfield 12+2reb+2ast, H.Schaffartzik 12+2reb+3ast, B.Conklin 10+4reb+2ast, H.Invernizzi 9+1reb, T.Zanna 5+6reb+1ast
Dijon: I.Miles 21+9reb, R.Brooks 9+1reb+1ast, J.Alingue 9+4reb+3ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 4+2reb, B.Peterson 4+6reb, M.Judith 3+1reb
gschID: 486046


Limoges - Nancy 95-74

Very expected game when 18th ranked Sluc Nancy (6-20) was smashed on the road by tenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (12-14) 95-74 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Limoges CSP Elite dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Sluc Nancy's 26. They outrebounded Sluc Nancy 44-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. Limoges CSP Elite looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American point guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St., agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. The other American import guard William Buford (196-90, college: Ohio St., agency: Two Points) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Dusko Vujosevic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Montenegrin point guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 18 points and 5 assists and Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Sluc Nancy. Five Limoges CSP Elite and four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite maintains tenth position with 12-14 record. Sluc Nancy lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face Chalons-Reims (#13) on the road in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Limoges: D.Wood 24+6reb+9ast, O.Camara 13+9reb+2ast, W.Buford 12+10reb+4ast, K.Prepelic 10+2reb+7ast, J.Randle 10+3reb+2ast, M.Wojciechowski 10+3reb+1ast
Nancy: B.Rush 18+4reb+5ast, A.Urtasun 16+1reb+2ast, M.Trasolini 10+10reb+1ast, B.Sene 10+2reb+3ast, D.Mallet 9+1reb+6ast, J.Jeanne 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 486045


Chalon - Chalons-Reims 104-86

Very predictable result when second ranked Chalon/Saor (19-7) won against at home 13th ranked Chalons-Reims (9-17) 104-86 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 64-45 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 18 points and 8 assists for the winners. American swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) replied with 20 points and Dutch center Nicolas de-Jong (210-88) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Chalons-Reims. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chalon/Saor maintains second position with 19-7 record having four points less than leader Monaco. Loser Chalons-Reims keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Chalon/Saor will face bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chalons-Reims will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chalon: C.Clark 32+7reb+5ast, A.Bouteille 19+7reb+2ast, J.Roberson 18+2reb+8ast, A.Loum 13+4reb+3ast, M.Fall 11+8reb+3ast, J.Nzeulie 11+4ast
Chalons-Reims: A.Young 20+4reb+3ast, N.de Jong 17+5reb+1ast, M.Payne 13+2reb+4ast, M.Souleyman Diabate 12+4reb+5ast, T.Cain 11+6reb+5ast, S.Smith 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 486043


Gravelines - Le Mans 75-72

Eleventh-ranked Le Mans (11-15) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-11). Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Le Mans won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Canadian guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll.) produced 16 points and 5 assists and American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains seventh position with 15-11 record. Le Mans at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque's next round opponent will be higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Le Mans will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: J.Cobbs 22+6reb+3ast, R.Solomon 16+9reb, K.Gibson 9+4reb+6ast, J.Djimrabaye 5+2reb, Q.Serron 5+3reb+4ast, S.Henry 5+1reb+2ast
Le Mans: S.Shorter 17+5reb, O.Hanlan 16+3reb+5ast, R.Pearson 8+3reb+3ast, M.Gelabale 8+4reb+2ast, W.Yeguete 7+7reb, M.Yarou 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 486044


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Le Portel 67-75

The most important game in the last round took place in Pau between third ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (18-8) and ninth ranked Le Portel (13-13) on Friday night. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was defeated by Le Portel in a tough game at home 67-75. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-10. But Pau-Lacq-Orthez won third quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Le Portel looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-87, college: Dakota Wesleyan, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 assists. The other American import power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Zimbabwean power forward Vitalis Chikoko (207-91) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Eric Bartecheky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Portel moved-up to eighth place, which they share with ASVEL. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Nanterre. Le Portel is looking forward to face ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) at home in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Olympique Antibes (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: E.Lasisi 15+2reb+2ast, D.Dorsey 13+3reb+9ast, F.Hassell 10+8reb+5ast, J.Donaldson 10+7reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 9+4reb+1ast, L.Goulbourne 8+5reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: V.Chikoko 18+9reb, D.Cooper 13+4reb+4ast, T.Dean 10+2reb+2ast, A.Koffi 10+5reb+2ast, L.Cavaliere 5+5reb, J.Mipoka 4+3reb
gschID: 486048


Hyeres-Toulon - Antibes 61-75

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hyeres-Toulon (9-17) and Olympique Antibes (8-18), which took place in Toulon. 14th ranked Hyeres-Toulon lost at home to seventeenth ranked Olympique Antibes 61-75 on Friday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Congolese-Central African Max Kouguere (198-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman Ryan Evans (203-90, college: Wisconsin) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and William Howard (201-93) added 11 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Olympique Antibes moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Orleans. Hyeres-Toulon lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Olympique Antibes will face higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: M.Kouguere 19+8reb+2ast, J.Blassingame 18+3reb+4ast, T.Blue 10+4reb+3ast, F.Bourdillon 8+2reb+1ast, I.Cordinier 7+4reb+3ast, C.Otule 5+2reb
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Evans 17+9reb+2ast, W.Howard 11+12reb+1ast, P.Carter 11+1reb, A.Williams 7+1reb, F.Prenom 4+3reb, I.Joseph Udanoh 4+1reb
gschID: 486041


Orleans - Cholet 90-84

There was a minor upset when 15th ranked Cholet Basket (9-17) lost on the road to seventeenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (8-18) 90-84 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Entente Orleans 45 made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import swingman JP Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) contributed with 13 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. Center Jerry Boutsiele (207-92) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for Cholet Basket. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Antibes. Loser Cholet Basket dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face league's leader Monaco on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Orleans: M.Sommerville 19+5reb+1ast, M.Downs 17+2reb+1ast, J.Prince 13+2reb+9ast, K.McAlarney 13+1reb+3ast, N.Milosevic 12+5reb, A.Eito 6+2reb+4ast
Cholet: J.Boutsiele 20+9reb+1ast, M.Williams 19+2reb+5ast, J.Rousselle 11+3ast, B.Dewar 9+2reb+2ast, M.Rhett 9+6reb, G.Bell 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 486047





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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Danilo MIJATOVIC
  Kuman.
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv18.8 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.4 
 4. Jokic, Strumica16.2 
 5. Hawkins, Pelister.16.2 
 6. Mijovic, Kozuv15.5 
 7. Ibitayo, Vardar14.2 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.13.8 
 9. Misanovic, Rabotnicki13.4 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.8 
 2. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.1 
 3. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 4. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.4 
 5. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.3 
 6. Golubovic, Pelister.6.2 
 7. Cekovski, Rabotnicki6.1 
 8. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.6.0 
 9. Janevski, Kumanovo6.0 
 10. Ibitayo, Vardar6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.3 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Bogoev, Strumica5.1 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.8 
 5. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.5 
 6. Hawkins, Pelister.4.1 
 7. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.4.0 
 8. Magdevski, Feni I.3.7 
 9. Stajic, Feni I.3.6 
 10. Hall, Kozuv3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Deji IBITAYO
  Vardar
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ibitayo, Vardar2.6 
 2. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.1.6 
 3. Jokic, Strumica1.5 
 4. Robev, Vardar1.4 
 5. Brown, Kumanovo1.4 
 6. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 7. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.3 
 8. Mijatovic, Kuman.1.2 
 9. Magdevski, Feni I.1.1 
 10. Nikolic, Rabotnicki1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 2. Ibitayo, Vardar0.9 
 3. Krstevski, Kozuv0.8 
 4. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.7 
 5. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.7 
 6. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 7. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 8. Talevski, Pelister.0.5 
 9. Djekic, Feni I.0.5 
 10. Vasilic, Ohrid AV0.5 


Best players of FYR Macedonian Prva Liga round 6 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-PF-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kozuv and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old power forward had a double-double of 23 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Kumanovo (#6, 1-5) 86-78. Kozuv is placed at 4th position in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Kozuv is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Mijovic had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kozuv's top player in his first season with the team. Mijovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.5ppg) and averages solid 59.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American point guard Phil Hawkins (186-PG-90) of Pelister Bitola. Hawkins impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Pelister Bitola cruised to a 77-70 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Vardar (#10, 1-4). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Pelister Bitola keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Hawkins is a newcomer at Pelister Bitola and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.2ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.1rpg and 4.1apg.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Vladimir Brckov (200-F-89, agency: BeoBasket) of Strumica (#7). Brckov showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Strumica, leading his team to a 79-71 win against slightly lower-ranked Ohrid AV (#8, 3-2). Strumica is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 4-1 record is not that bad... Brckov has a very solid season. In 17 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 8.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gjorgi Cekovski (203-PF-79) of Rabotnicki - 22 points and 4 rebounds
5. Luka Milojevic (193-G-91) of Ohrid AV - 25 points and 5 rebounds
6. Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) of Feni Industries - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vlado Ilievski (188-PG-80) of Rabotnicki - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Radoslav Pekovic (215-C-94) of Kumanovo - 16 points and 2 rebounds
9. Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83) of MZT Skopje - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Deji Ibitayo (193-G-93) of Vardar - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Prva Liga Round 6 (Second Stage): Rabotnicki beats Karpos Sokoli in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Rabotnicki (#3) and Karpos Sokoli (#2). Rabotnicki (4-2) won against visiting Karpos Sokoli (4-2) 79-74. It was a key game for the second position in Liga. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 42-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Rabotnicki looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Vlado Ilievski (188-80, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 16 points and 8 assists. The former international Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79) chipped in 22 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds. Rabotnicki moved-up to second place in Liga. Rabotnicki are looking forward to face Kumanovo (#6) on the road in the next round. Karpos Sokoli will play against Feni Industries and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader MZT Skopje delivered the sixth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Feni Industries (1-5) 77-61 in Kavadarci. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Djordje Drenovac contributed with 19 points for the winners. The former international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for Feni Industries. Feni Industries' coach Ljupcho Malinkov rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position in Liga with 6-0 record. Feni Industries at the other side keep the fifth place with five games lost. MZT Skopje will play against Kozuv (#4) in Gevgelija in the next round. Feni Industries will play on the road against Karpos Sokoli in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 6 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Liga Kumanovo was defeated by Kozuv in Gevgelija 86-78. Strumica beat Ohrid AV at home 79-71. Bottom-ranked Vardar lost to Pelister Bitola on the opponent's court 70-77.
The best stats of 6th round was 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists by Phil Hawkins of Pelister Bitola.

Places 1-6
Rabotnicki - Karpos Sokoli 79-74

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Rabotnicki (#3) and Karpos Sokoli (#2). Rabotnicki (4-2) won against visiting Karpos Sokoli (4-2) 79-74. It was a key game for the second position in Liga. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 42-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Rabotnicki looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Vlado Ilievski (188-80, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 16 points and 8 assists. The former international Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79) chipped in 22 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian power forward Dragan Zekovic (209-87, agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Rabotnicki moved-up to second place in Liga. Rabotnicki are looking forward to face Kumanovo (#6) on the road in the next round. Karpos Sokoli will play against Feni Industries and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: G.Cekovski 22+4reb, D.Mirakovski 18+3reb+4ast, V.Ilievski 16+2reb+8ast, D.Tasovski 9+9reb+7ast, N.Misanovic 9+3reb, V.Efremovski 3+1reb
Karpos Sokoli: D.Labovic 24+7reb+1ast, D.Zekovic 18+8reb+1ast, K.Perry 8+4reb+3ast, D.Mavra 8+5reb+5ast, I.Penov 8+3reb, D.Sokolov 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 539658


Feni Industries - MZT Skopje 61-77

Undefeated leader MZT Skopje delivered the sixth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Feni Industries (1-5) 77-61 in Kavadarci. Feni Industries were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 43-26 second half run of MZT Skopje. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: 011 Sports) added 15 points in the effort for Feni Industries. Feni Industries' coach Ljupcho Malinkov rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position in Liga with 6-0 record. Feni Industries at the other side keep the fifth place with five games lost. MZT Skopje will play against Kozuv (#4) in Gevgelija in the next round. Feni Industries will play on the road against Karpos Sokoli in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: D.Drenovac 19+3reb, D.Mijatovic 17+6reb+2ast, C.Kloof 13+4reb+3ast, S.Gjuroski 12+4reb+1ast, J.Lalic 9+6reb+4ast, X.Thames 5+1reb+5ast
Feni Industries: M.Pantic 15+3reb+1ast, B.Stajic 12+3reb+2ast, K.Nikolovski 12+10reb+2ast, J.Petrovski 8+4reb+5ast, M.Ceskovic 7+3reb+4ast, G.Markovski 3+2reb
gschID: 539657


Kozuv - Kumanovo 86-78

Everything could happen in Gevgelija at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Kozuv and 6th ranked Kumanovo had identical 1-4 record. This time Kozuv used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Kumanovo 86-78. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-18 Kumanovo's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 86-78 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Kumanovo 37-25 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Kozuv players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) contributed with 16 points and 7 assists for the winners. Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) replied with 11 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 12 points and 8 assists in the effort for Kumanovo. Five Kumanovo players scored in double figures. Kozuv (2-4) moved-up to fourth place in Liga. Kumanovo at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Kozuv will play against league's leader MZT Skopje on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kumanovo will play against the league's second-placed Rabotnicki (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: M.Mijovic 23+15reb+4ast, I.Dimcevski 16+4reb, K.McNeaill 16+7ast, L.Hall 9+2reb+5ast, A.Shterjov 9+3reb+2ast, N.Djurasovic 7+9reb+3ast
Kumanovo: R.Pekovic 16+2reb+1ast, N.Karakolev 15+3reb, M.Janevski 13+5reb+2ast, D.Karadzovski 12+1reb+8ast, M.Pekovic 11+9reb+3ast, S.Zivanovic 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 539659


Places 7-10
Strumica - Ohrid AV 79-71

Both seventh ranked Strumica and 8th ranked Ohrid AV had identical 3-1 record. This time Strumica used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Ohrid 79-71. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ohrid AV won third quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strumica players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Ohrid AV's players. It was a good game for the former international forward Vladimir Brckov (200-89, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian forward Petar Jokic (201-91) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Strumica players scored in double figures. American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and Serbian guard Luka Milojevic (193-91) added 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) in the effort for Ohrid AV. Strumica maintains seventh position in Liga with 4-1 record. Newly promoted Ohrid AV keeps the eighth place with two games lost. Strumica will play against Pelister Bitola (#9) on the road in the next round. Ohrid AV will play against Vardar in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Strumica: V.Brckov 26+10reb+4ast, P.Jokic 15+8reb+4ast, A.Stefanovski 13+5reb+1ast, E.Bogoev 11+4reb+9ast, D.Makenadziev 10+2reb+4ast, D.Delipetrov 4+3reb+1ast
Ohrid AV: L.Milojevic 25+5reb+1ast, D.Brooks 21+12reb+1ast, K.Shane 14+7reb, B.Janevski 6+8reb+2ast, A.Doneski 3+1reb+4ast, P.Vilarov 2
gschID: 539680


Pelister Bitola - Vardar 77-70

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Pelister Bitola and 10th ranked Vardar had identical 1-3 record. This time Pelister Bitola used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Skopje 77-70. Vardar was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 22-11 third quarter run of Pelister Bitola. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Vardar's 24. It was a good game for American point guard Phil Hawkins (186-90, college: Texas St.) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian forward Milos Andrejevic (198-89) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Pelister Bitola players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian guard Deji Ibitayo (193-93, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) replied with 20 points and 5 assists and Jetmir Zekjiri (200-96) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Vardar. Vardar's coach Gjorgi Kocov tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Pelister Bitola maintains ninth position in Liga with 2-3 record. Vardar at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom place with four games lost. Pelister Bitola will play against higher ranked Strumica (#7) in Strumica in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vardar will play at home against Ohrid AV and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pelister Bitola: P.Hawkins 19+9reb+6ast, G.Anakievski 18+3reb+2ast, M.Golubovic 14+5reb, M.Andrejevic 13+8reb+3ast, B.Davkov 8, N.Talevski 3+1reb
Vardar: D.Ibitayo 20+3reb+5ast, J.Zekjiri 18+6reb+1ast, I.Ivanovic 12+1reb+1ast, D.Kalov 7+5reb+3ast, D.Srbinovski 6+1reb+3ast, D.Lazarevski 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 539681





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  GEORGIA  


Georgian Superleague round 25 best performance: Terik Bridgeman - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Terik Bridgeman (198-G) had a very impressive game in the last round for Cactus Tbilisi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The player had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Sokhumi (#6, 9-16) with 22-point margin 88-66. Cactus Tbilisi maintains the 4th position in Georgian Superleague. Cactus Tbilisi is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-14 record. Bridgeman turned to be Cactus Tbilisi's top player in his first season with the team. Former William Paterson University star has very solid stats this year. Bridgeman is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.4rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 58.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Cactus Tbilisi's star - 26-year old American John Florveus (211-C-90). Florveus had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds. Of course together with Bridgeman he helped Cactus Tbilisi with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Sokhumi (#6, 9-16) 88-66. Cactus Tbilisi's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Florveus is a newcomer at Cactus Tbilisi, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.6ppg (#8). He also registered 12.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Ukrainian forward Igor Krivtsov (201-F-86) of Batumi (#7). Krivtsov scored 14 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Batumi, leading his team to a 88-71 easy win against the higher-ranked Rustavi (#3, 13-12). The chances of Batumi not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Krivtsov could try to bring Batumi's a little bit higher in the standings. Krivtsov has a very solid season. In 23 games in Georgia he scored 12.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reggie Murphy (208-C-91) of Mgzavrebi - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Darnell Taylor (193-G-91) of Mgzavrebi - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Zaur Pashaev (188-G-83) of Kutaisi - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tre Burnette (196-G) of Olimpi - 17 points and 7 rebounds
8. Gegi Baqradze (203-G-94) of Olimpi - 18 points and 5 assists
9. Charlie Lee (175-PG-92) of Rustavi - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Corey Allen (185-PG-92) of Mgzavrebi - 14 points, 7 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)



Aaron's double-double lands him A League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Ryan Aaron (190-G-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for BC Titebi and receives a Eurobasket.com A League Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat SEU Tbilisi (#6, 0-12), the league's bottom-ranked team 76-65. BC Titebi maintains the 4th position in Georgian A League. BC Titebi 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 6-6 record. In the team's last game Aaron had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be BC Titebi's top player in his first season with the team. Southern Nazarene University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Aaron is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.2ppg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 61.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dmitry Sviridov (212-C-85) of Tskaltubo. He is Uzbekistani center in his first season at Tskaltubo. In the last game Sviridov recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Tskaltubo lost that game 87-98 to slightly higher-ranked Arena-76 (#3, 7-5). Tskaltubo managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Sviridov is a newcomer at Tskaltubo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Rodnerius Lewis (193-G-93) of Arena-76 (#3). Lewis scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Arena-76, leading his team to a 98-87 win against slightly lower-ranked Tskaltubo (#5, 5-7). Arena-76 needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Lewis has a great season in Georgia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.2ppg (3rd best) and assists with 3.9apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Armani Flannigan (203-F-92) of BC Titebi - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Peter Alexis (213-F/C-92) of Arena-76 - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Sandro Sanadze (188-PG-95) of Hyundai-TSU - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Konstantine Bitsadze (195-F-97) of Arena-76 - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dimitri Dvalishvili (198-F-93) of Tskaltubo - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Davit Maisuradze (205-C/F-90) of SEU Tbilisi - 14 points and 12 rebounds
10. Viktor Koguashvili (203-C-85) of SEU Tbilisi - 4 points, 14 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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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.9 
 2. Knight, Jena18.3 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.7 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.1 
 5. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.7 
 6. Odum, Wuerzburg15.5 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.5 
 8. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.3 
 9. Lewis, Bayreuth15.1 
 10. Gaines, Vechta15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Scott EATHERTON
  Goett.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Eatherton, Goett.7.3 
 2. Pierre, Braunsch.7.1 
 3. Evans, Giessen .6.9 
 4. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 5. Marei, Bayreuth6.7 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.7 
 7. McGhee, Walter T.6.6 
 8. Searcy, Vechta6.5 
 9. Knight, Jena6.5 
 10. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.8.1 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.4 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.8 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.0 
 8. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.0 
 9. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.5 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Ruoff, Goettingen1.7 
 6. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 7. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 8. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.7 
 9. Anderson, Bayreuth1.6 
 10. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.3 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 3. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. Marei, Bayreuth0.8 
 8. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.8 
 9. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 
 10. Horton, Telekom .0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Williams, Kirchheim18.8 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 6. Warren, MBC17.0 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.2 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Canty, Hamburg15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.9 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. King, Koeln R.7.1 
 7. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz6.8 
 9. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
 10. Sturner, Dresden6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.7 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.8 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 5. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Williams, Koeln R.5.2 
 8. Hatten, MBC5.2 
 9. Zazai, MBC5.0 
 10. Dunn, Crailsheim4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hatten, MBC2.5 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.2 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.1 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 7. Tiggs, Crailsheim1.8 
 8. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
 9. Kovacevic, Heidelberg1.6 
 10. Robertson, Koeln R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Koeln R.
  (206-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. King, Koeln R.1.6 
 2. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 3. White, Heidelberg1.3 
 4. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 5. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 6. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 7. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 8. van, Trier1.1 
 9. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 
 10. Wolf, Hamburg1.0 


Shavon Shields Tries The Bryant Route And Finish Season In Italy With Dolomiti Energia Trento - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Moving from a non playoff team near the end of the season to a playoff team in a different country is nothing bizarre, but something that happens on occassion in Europe as 11 years ago Travon Bryant who would move to the Frankfurt Skyliners for the 2006-2007 season would do, as the season before moved from AO Kolossos Rodou (Greece-A1) where he averaged 14.5ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 66.0%, to Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA) and played 16 games averging 4.6ppg, 2.6rpg helping them win the Serie A. This same type of scenario occured again as this time a Frankfurt Skyliner with Shavon Shields (201-G-94, college: Nebraska) will head to Italy to Dolomiti Energia Trento and aid them in their playoff run. The Fraport Skyliners recieved cash in the loan as well as securing the option on Shields contract for the 2017-2018 season.

Shields is a 22 year old 201cm forward from Olathe, Kansas that played four years at Nebraska in the NCAA and came to Europe and had a superb rookie season with the Fraport Skyliners where he played 26 BBL games averaging 14,0ppg, 5,3rpg, 1,7apg an 1,0spg. He scored in double figures in 18 games. Some of his best scoring games were 26 points in wins against Ludwigsburg and BG Goettingen as well as 24 point games in wins against Tuebingen and Wurzburg. In the Basketball Champions League he averaged 13,6ppg, 5,1rpg, 2,1apg and 1,spg. He scored in double figures in 12 games including a 24 point game against Monaco and 23 points against Bakken. "The agent of Shavon asked us if we could see making a loan to Italy as possible. If we still had been in the playoff race then we wouldn't have done this. I think that doing this is a good situation for all sides. Shavon can make experience playing for a strong playoff team and it gives us the option for next season and helps us financially. Shavon is a great person and presented himself from day one as a great role model for the young players. It was a pleasure for me to work with him", stressed Gordon Herbert.

Source:Fraport Skyliners




Matt Reid (Artland Dragons) I Would Like To Play 2 More Years And Then Go Into Coaching - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Matthew Reid (185-PG-84, college: Cameron, agency: Octagon Europe) is a 33 year old 185cm guard that hast he German/American citizenship that completed his tenth professional season and first with the Artland Dragons. He started his career with Cerritos JC (NJCAA) and then played two seasons with Cameron (NCAA2) and as a senior played 26 games averaging 20.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.3apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3TP: 36.0%, FT: 81.0%. He turned professional in 2007 and played for the Schwelmer Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga).He then played two seasons with Saarlouis before moving to SC Rasta Vechta where he played from 2010-2012. He then gained further experience with RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (Germany-ProB) and Herten (Pro B). He returned back to SC Rasta Vechta in 2014 where he played two more seasons before moving to Artland this season. He spoke to eurobasket after being ousted from the playoffs by Wurzburg.

Matt thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. The season has come to an end for you and the Artland Dragons. After finishing second in the Pro B north division behind Lok Bernau, how disappointing is it bowing out in the first round to Wurzburg?

It's always disappointing for the season to end without winning the championship for any team but I am proud how my teammates worked hard all season and battled through injuries and adversity and was able to achieve 2nd place in the north this season.


After winning game one, the Artland Dragons lost game 2 and game 3 ending their season. You said a few months ago in an interview to me that confidence is always good, but too much can be deadly. Do you feel like you had too much confidence as a team heading into game 2?

Too much Confidence was not the problem why we lost game 2, we had a hard working week in practice and was totally focused on winning game 2 in Wurzburg.


You scored only seven points and had 9 assists and shot 1/5 from outside in the first two games. Do you feel like you let the team down a bit in game 2 not being aggressive enough?

I think me being in early foul trouble let my team down in Game 2 but me not being aggressive enough offensively was not a deciding factor for the lost, I was in foul trouble the whole game and 4 fouls in the 18th minute of me being on the court and recieved my 5th foul with 8 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. I thought I did well with not forcing plays and reading the defense well in the series. It was a 5 point game game with 7 minutes to go in the 4th but we had a 3 minute stretch where we struggled to execute in our offense and got outrebounded by 20 as a team and that in my opinion I think was the deciding factor to the game 2 lost.


The Artland Dragons were pretty much 50/50 with close games this season, but when it counted most couldn't grind out a do or die game three at home. What do you feel was key for not winning that game at home?

Wurzburg did a great job as for adjusting in game 2 and 3 and really focused on taking advantage of us missing our 6'10 starting center who was a big factor to our defense around the basket and helping us tremendously on the glass with rebounding. The keys to our game 3 lost came down to rebounding and us not being able to make shots. We had a great night with playing team basketball and ended up with 22 assists and forced 20 Wurzburg turnovers but we was outrebounded by 17 and shot a low percentage from the field as a team. When you are getting beat on the glass for an average of 17 and struggle to make shots its hard for any team to win a playoff series.


American Marcellus Barksdale was a one man wrecking crew. Why was it so difficult keeping him in check for the series as he scored 43 points in game one and 23 points in game three?

He did great job as for taking what the defense was giving to him and converting on the offensive end when his team needed him to. We played zone defense in game 1 the whole game and he was able to catch fire beyond the arc and in game 3 he took advantage of us pressuring him to score off the dribble and us relying on our help defense too much.


You said back in February that the Artland Dragons hadn't peaked yet. Do you feel as if the team ever reached it's full potential this season?

I believe we peaked 8 games before regular season schedule was over, our 6'10 starting center left the team after the deadline and we was forced to play without him for the remainder of the season. And even after we knew it would not be easy to win the championship without our main rebounder and defensive presence under the basket, but instead of quitting we all stuck together and did not give up and fought hard to finish the season out strong and get the number 2 seed going into playoffs. We could have given up but we had the character and heart to still go for our team goal we had before the season started and at that moment i knew we had peaked and reached our full potential.

Was your 19 point five assist game a tiny consolation for losing game three that you ended the season solid with your game, or will this game three loss eat at you for a while?

If I would have had 0 points and 10 assist with the win would be more satisfying on my side and yes losing first round in playoffs never is a great memory that will sit with me well but I am sure this is not the end for the Artland Dragons and I know the city of Quakenbruck will one day make its way back to the easycredit BBL.


How would you wrap up the Artland Dragons season. Could one say that they underachieved?


Compared to the 2015-2016 Artland Dragons season we had a great season in my opinion as for we ended with 2nd place in the north and when going from 6th place to 2nd place in one season is definetly a great step in the right direction of where managment and the city of Quakenbruck want to be in the future.


The Artland Dragons had many very solid performers, but if you had to pick one player who in your eyes improved the most form August to April, who would you pick?

Greg Graves in my eyes improved a lot, he came directly from college and had to adjust from college basketball to professional basketball in Germany and still be very efficient on the court at the same time.

What was your favorite team memory of the 2016-2017 Artland Dragons season?

I would say our win in Rostock was the best memory, being down by 26 points at halftime and then fighting back to win the game with a buzzer -beater in the end.


In our last interview in February you stated to me that you wanted to 'make sure I lessen my turnovers and make sure I keep up the energy on the defensive end of the floor. As a point guard on such a great individually talented team It's my job to organize the game to get our bigs involved early and the ball to our shooters as well and if needed I'm able to create and score'. Were you content how you closed out the last two months of the season?

Yes the last 2 months of the season was not easy for us as a team but I think I had a solid last two months with help leading our team to getting that number 2 seed for playoffs.


You finished the season averaging 11,2ppg, 5,6apg, 3,2rpg and 1,4apg. How content were you with your season and what grade would you give yourself?

I am not happy with the way season ended up for us as a team but I feel my numbers was solid but can and will be a lot better next season. My role was to be a point guard that got everyone involved and play with a lot of energy on defense and feel like I held my own in that category but at the end of the day we lost as a team we still did not win a championship so giving myself a grade is worthless right now.

You are 33 years old now. What is the next step for Matthew Reid? How many more years of professional ball do you have left at this level?

I would like to play 2 more years and then go into coaching afterwards. The Artland Dragons have a plan and goal to one day be back in the easycredit BBL and I would love to be a part of that plan in helping them reaching that goal. I live in the area of Quakenbruck and going anyplace else just would not make sense for me and my family.


How important is your defensive game at your age? Is playing good defense a sign for you that you may be getting older in numbers, but not in movement on the court?

I think defense is very important in anyone's game and I have been fortunate to learn from great coaches in my last 5 years in my career on the right way a point guard should play defense on a high level. My body feels great in this stage of my career and I am fortunate to still be able to give lots of energy on the defensive end of the floor.


What summer plans do you have? What place would you like to visit with your extended summer vacation that you have never been to before?

My family will come from USA in a week from now and will spend 8 weeks in Germany at my house and we will just be enjoying the great sights of Germany and then after taking a trip to Egypt with my Fiance for a week. In 4 weeks I will be doing my pre-season workouts to start preparing myself for next season as well, It should be a busy summer for me this year.


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


I think its the team being so stacked on the roster makes it very possible for him achieving that triple-double. The Warriors have so many top athletes and individual talented players that can score and that makes it possible for him to just be effective in that role without scoring.


Devin Booker lit up the Boston Celtics and was only the sixth player to ever have done that in the NBA. Did it surprise you that it was him and not someone else as there are other guys that come to mind that could probably have done it before the talented 20 year old?

That is definitely something you cannot look past, that was a great accomplishment on his part and him doing that just lets you know how far grown the NBA has come and at his age also great to achieve something like this. I was never surprised he did it because I saw him live in Vegas and I knew then he would do damage in the NBA.


Who will reach the NCAA Final 4 and win it all?

Being that all my picks did not make to the final four I am not really sure now, but after watching UNC play they have the best chance to advance and win it all.


UCLA has some very talented freshman with one being Lonzo Ball. That guy has put up amazing stats as a freshman. Is he the real deal? How much potential does he have in your eyes?

He is definitely the real deal and he is always Calm Cool and collective on the floor and does it all to rebounding passing and scoring in all diffrent ways on the floor. Hope the Lakers can make some moves to get him in a Lakers jersey this summer...lol.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Fences.


Thanks Matt for the chat.



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Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas18.5 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.7 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos17.2 
 4. Redikas, Arkadikos16.5 
 5. Milosevic, Holargos16.1 
 6. Gioulekas, GS Laris.15.5 
 7. Gagaloudis, Iraklis15.4 
 8. Liakopoulos, Faros15.1 
 9. Macheras, Ethnikos14.7 
 10. Tsougarakis, Arkad.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.1 
 2. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.4 
 3. Lolas, Irakleio8.1 
 4. Rubio, Doukas7.9 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.5 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.0 
 7. Charismidis, Aiolos A.6.7 
 8. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.6 
 9. Koutroulias, Holargos6.6 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Nikou, Psychiko7.8 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.8 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.6 
 4. Milosevic, Holargos5.3 
 5. Liakopoulos, Faros5.3 
 6. Koutras, GS Laris.5.3 
 7. Koukas, Doukas5.0 
 8. Vasilopoulos, Faros4.8 
 9. Karydas, Panionios4.7 
 10. Mazurczak, Kavala4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Sakis KARYDAS
  Panionios
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Karydas, Panionios1.9 
 2. Nikou, Psychiko1.8 
 3. Prodromou, Arkad.1.8 
 4. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.7 
 5. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.6 
 6. Laane, Ethnikos1.5 
 7. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 8. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.5 
 9. Mazurczak, Kavala1.5 
 10. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Antonis SKLIVAS
  Kavala
  (203-F-95)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Sklivas, Kavala1.3 
 2. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.2 
 3. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 4. Skordilis, Faros0.8 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.8 
 7. Jawara, Doxa P.0.7 
 8. Papadionysio., Aiolos A.0.7 
 9. Kasabalis, Aiolos A.0.6 
 10. Antonakis, Ethnikos0.6 


Daniel Orton (ex Kymis) joins Champville - by Eurobasket News

Champville (Pepsi LBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Daniel Orton (208-116kg-90, college: Kentucky). He just played at GS Kymis in Greek A1 league. In 12 games he had 9.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0bpg this season. Orton also spent pre-season at Mayrouba earlier that year.
In 2010 he was drafted by Orkando Magic (NBA) in first round (29th overall). Orton attended University of Kentucky and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2013. Orton was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention back in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Orton's career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Orton tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Hunan), Mexico (Fuerza Regia), Philippines (Star Hotshots), Puerto Rico (Leones), NBA (Phi.76ers, Washington Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors, Maine Red Claws and Grand Rapids Drive).
On Orton: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2010)
An intriguing big with a next level body and an extremely long wingspan He has a wide and developed frame and has the potential to add further mass A deceptive athlete, he gets off the ground well and sneaks up on people thanks to his length Physically, he has all the tools to be an inside force in the future. Very careless with the ball, he makes poor decisions and throws it away very frequently He tries to make passes that have no chance of finding the target
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A2 Round 25: Faros defeat leader Panionios - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Panionios (22-3) in Keratsiniou on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Faros (18-6) 84-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Panionios. Faros made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Strangely Panionios outrebounded Faros 39-24 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (188-83) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 4 assists. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Bosnian-British center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB) answered with 8 points and 8 rebounds for Panionios. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Faros maintains fourth place with 18-6 record. Newly promoted Panionios still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Iraklis. Faros are looking forward to face Psychiko (#7) in Athens in the next round. Panionios' supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Amyntas Dafnis.
Thirteenth-ranked Kavala (7-17) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Iraklis (22-3). The visitors from Thessaloniki managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected much easier game. Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) stepped up and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Ronaldas Rutkauskas chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the losing side naturalized Nigerian guard Etinosa Erevbenagie (186-95) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Iraklis have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Panionios lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Kavala at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Iraklis will play against AE Larissas (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kavala will play against GS Larissas (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth-ranked Holargos (13-12) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Doukas (20-4) on Saturday. The visitors from Athens managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Holargos. Giorgos Koukas nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 assists for the winning side. Apostolos Koutroulias came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds for Holargos in the defeat. Doukas maintains third place with 20-4 record having just three points less than leader Panionios. Loser Holargos dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Ethnikos and Psychiko. Doukas will meet at home Arkadikos (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Holargos will play against Ethnikos (#6) in Piraeus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ethnikos (13-12) and Amyntas Dafnis (12-13), which took place in Athens. Higher ranked Ethnikos lost to tenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis in a road game 77-92. Ioannis Angelopoulos fired 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Amyntas Dafnis' coach Alexis Zavos used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to ninth place, which they share with AE Larissas. Ethnikos at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panionios.
The game between twelfth ranked Doxa Pefkon (9-16) and 16th ranked Pagrati (2-23) in Pefkon on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Doxa Pefkon outscored guests from Athens 98-48. It was a very good performance for Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Doxa Pefkon moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Arkadikos. Pagrati lost their twelfth game in a row. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Doxa Pefkon will face Irakleio (#14) on the road in the next round. Pagrati will play against Aiolos Astakou and hope to win that game.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Psychiko was beaten by Aiolos Astakou on the road 80-74. Arkadikos won against GS Larissas on its own court 81-71. Irakleio unfortunately lost to AE Larissas in a road game 73-81.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Giannis Prodromou of Arkadikos.

Aiolos Astakou - Psychiko 80-74

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Aiolos Astakou (15-10) beat at home 7th ranked Psychiko (13-12) 80-74 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Psychiko won fourth quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aiolos Astakou made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Psychiko was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international point guard Fanis Koumpouras (185-83) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Giorgos Brozos (198-86, college: Furman) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Croatian guard Sven Smajlagic (195-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and forward Vasileios Mouratos (193-97) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Psychiko. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Aiolos Astakou maintains fifth place with 15-10 record. Loser Psychiko dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Aiolos Astakou will face bottom-ranked Pagrati (#16) in Athens in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Psychiko will play at home against Faros (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aiolos Astakou: F.Koumpouras 13+6reb+4ast, N.Kaklamanos 11+1reb+2ast, G.Brozos 11+3reb+3ast, N.Katsares 10+4ast, A.Gizogiannis 9+2reb+2ast, V.Kitsoulis 9+3reb+3ast
Psychiko: S.Smajlagic 21+10reb+1ast, V.Mouratos 10+1reb+5ast, T.Tsiotras 10+3reb, T.Nikou 9+3reb+3ast, J.Sinis 7+1reb+1ast, D.Achis 5
gschID: 493957


Kavala - Iraklis 65-67

Thirteenth-ranked Kavala (7-17) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Iraklis (22-3). The visitors from Thessaloniki managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected much easier game. Iraklis dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Kavala's 20. Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) stepped up and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Lithuanian Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the losing side naturalized Nigerian guard Etinosa Erevbenagie (186-95) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Sokratis Gkelios (200-95) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Iraklis have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Panionios lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Kavala at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Iraklis will play against AE Larissas (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kavala will play against GS Larissas (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: R.Rutkauskas 25+7reb, Y.Gagaloudis 16+8reb+8ast, K.Totsios 10+3reb+2ast, D.Cheilaris 5+1reb, V.Angelakopoulos 4+10reb+1ast, S.Chrysopoulos 4+2reb+1ast
Kavala: E.Erevbenagie 18+6reb+6ast, S.Gkelios 14+7reb+3ast, A.Mazurczak 11+7reb+4ast, A.Sklivas 9+3reb, G.Moukas 5+7reb, C.Kelaidis 4+1ast
gschID: 493960


Doxa Pefkon - Pagrati 98-48

The game between twelfth ranked Doxa Pefkon (9-16) and 16th ranked Pagrati (2-23) in Pefkon on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Doxa Pefkon outscored guests from Athens 98-48. Doxa Pefkon dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Pagrati's 32. Doxa Pefkon forced 23 Pagrati turnovers and outrebounded them 43-13 including a 17-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Doxa Pefkon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Pagrati's players. It was a very good performance for point guard Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis (192-98) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Dionysios Tataris (204-98) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Doxa Pefkon players scored in double figures. Coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Iaonnis Lekakis (196-90, college: Rochester, MI) answered with 15 points and point guard Andreas Skoufis (191-98) added 14 points in the effort for Pagrati. Doxa Pefkon moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Arkadikos. Pagrati lost their twelfth game in a row. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Doxa Pefkon will face Irakleio (#14) on the road in the next round. Pagrati will play against Aiolos Astakou and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Doxa Pefkon: D.Chatzikyriakidis 16+5reb+5ast, D.Tataris 14+10reb+1ast, N.Diplaros 14+2reb+5ast, D.Geromichalos 12+6ast, D.Stolis 12+4reb+1ast, A.Naoumis 10+3reb+3ast
Pagrati: I.Lekakis 15+4reb+1ast, A.Skoufis 14+4reb+2ast, G.Ralatos 9+4reb+2ast, S.Lympereas 4+1reb+2ast, G.Kontogiorgas 2, K.Ezomo 2
gschID: 493958


Arkadikos - GS Larissas 81-71

Very expected game when 15th ranked GS Larissas (5-20) lost to eleventh ranked Arkadikos (9-16) in Arkadia 71-81 on Saturday. Arkadikos made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Arkadikos outrebounded GS Larissas 36-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for forward Giannis Prodromou (196-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Lithuanian guard Dovydas Redikas (192-92) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Prodromou is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Anastasios Spyropoulos (204-95, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Sotiris Gioulekas (203-79) added 14 points in the effort for GS Larissas. Arkadikos maintains eleventh place with 9-16 record, which they share with Doxa Pefkon. GS Larissas lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Arkadikos will face higher ranked Doukas (#3) in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. GS Larissas will play at home against Kavala (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: D.Redikas 23+5reb+1ast, G.Prodromou 21+6reb+4ast, S.Tsougarakis 17+5reb+2ast, K.Garbis 7+1reb+1ast, E.Tsakaleris 5+13reb+4ast, I.Karamalegkos 4+4reb+4ast
GS Larissas: A.Spyropoulos 21+5reb+2ast, S.Gioulekas 14+4reb+3ast, S.Tsoumas 12+3reb, E.Bebis 9+2reb+3ast, C.Koutras 9+2reb+3ast, I.Tozios 5+4reb
gschID: 493964


Holargos - Doukas 70-71

Eighth-ranked Holargos (13-12) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Doukas (20-4) on Saturday. The visitors from Athens managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Holargos. Doukas forced 19 Holargos turnovers. Point guard Giorgos Koukas (180-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 assists for the winning side and the former international guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80) accounted for 16 points. Four Doukas players scored in double figures. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Serbian guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 9 points and 7 assists respectively for Holargos in the defeat. Doukas maintains third place with 20-4 record having just three points less than leader Panionios. Loser Holargos dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Ethnikos and Psychiko. Doukas will meet at home Arkadikos (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Holargos will play against Ethnikos (#6) in Piraeus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Doukas: E.Papamakarios 16+4reb+1ast, G.Koukas 13+2reb+12ast, G.Rubio 11+6reb, A.Kiritsis 11+3reb, D.Kompodietas 7+3reb+2ast, A.Kanonidis 5+2reb
Holargos: A.Koutroulias 17+5reb+1ast, G.Apostolidis 13+3reb+4ast, T.Tzakopoulos 11+2reb+2ast, I.Milosevic 9+4reb+7ast, A.Kallinikidis 7+10reb+1ast, N.Angelopoulos 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 493963


Amyntas Dafnis - Ethnikos 92-77

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ethnikos (13-12) and Amyntas Dafnis (12-13), which took place in Athens. Higher ranked Ethnikos lost to tenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis in a road game 77-92. Amyntas Dafnis players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Ethnikos' players. Guard Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-91) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists. Amyntas Dafnis' coach Alexis Zavos used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Kostas Macheras (205-85) produced 18 points and Konstantinos Oikonomopoulos (192-96, agency: Octagon Europe) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Ethnikos players scored in double figures. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to ninth place, which they share with AE Larissas. Ethnikos at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panionios.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: I.Angelopoulos 24+5reb+2ast, S.Diamantopoulos 15+7reb+2ast, L.Zoupas 12+4reb+12ast, P.Dorkofikis 9+2reb+1ast, P.Koukounias 8+4reb+1ast, C.Vogiatzis 7+1reb+1ast
Ethnikos: K.Macheras 18+1reb+1ast, A.Antonakis 12+4reb, K.Oikonomopoulos 12+5reb+1ast, R.Laane 10+2reb+5ast, S.Halaris 9+8reb, N.Kokkalis 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 493962


Faros - Panionios 84-65

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Panionios (22-3) in Keratsiniou on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Faros (18-6) 84-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Panionios. Faros made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Strangely Panionios outrebounded Faros 39-24 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (188-83) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 4 assists. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Faros players scored in double figures. Bosnian-British center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB) answered with 8 points and 8 rebounds and center Tasos Dimitriadis (204-82) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Panionios. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Faros maintains fourth place with 18-6 record. Newly promoted Panionios still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Iraklis. Faros are looking forward to face Psychiko (#7) in Athens in the next round. Panionios' supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Amyntas Dafnis.
Top scorers:
Faros: N.Liakopoulos 15+1reb+4ast, V.Karaboulas 14+1reb, G.Dimakos 11+3reb+1ast, K.Kakaroudis 11+5reb+4ast, G.Skordilis 10+4reb, C.Petrodimopoulos 7+5reb
Panionios: N.Barlos 11+4reb, T.Dimitriadis 9+5reb+2ast, F.Alihodzic 8+8reb, V.Sakellariou 8+4reb, M.Matalon 6+3reb, N.Michalos 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 493961


AE Larissas - Irakleio 81-73

Very predictable result when ninth ranked AE Larissas (12-13) won against at home 14th ranked Irakleio (6-18) 81-73 on Saturday. Quite impressive performance for point guard Michalis Politis (190-88) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Giannis Papachristos (190-80) contributed with 7 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Dimitris Lolas (203-86) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds and forward Alexandros Petrakis (200-87) added 16 points in the effort for Irakleio. Four AE Larissas and five Irakleio players scored in double figures. Newly promoted AE Larissas maintains ninth place with 12-13 record, which they share with Amyntas Dafnis. Irakleio lost their third game in a row. Irakleio at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. AE Larissas will face league's second-placed Iraklis in Thessaloniki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Irakleio will play at home against Doxa Pefkon (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AE Larissas: M.Politis 18+5reb, A.Deligiorgis 12+1ast, N.Tsoutsos 11+1reb+1ast, K.Saribalidis 10+1reb+3ast, T.Tsiloulis 8+1reb+3ast, G.Papachristos 7+7reb+3ast
Irakleio: A.Petrakis 16+4reb+2ast, D.Lolas 14+9reb+1ast, D.Latovic 12+5reb, I.Lianos 11+4reb+1ast, T.Koupidis 10+6ast, M.Papadakis 5+1reb+1ast
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Rutkauskas' 25 points and 7 rebounds give him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old power forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-PF-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Iraklis and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 25 points adding seven rebounds for Iraklis in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Kavala (#13, 7-17) 67-65. Iraklis maintains the 2nd position in Greek A2. They are still close to the very top. Iraklis would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 22-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Rutkauskas as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Rutkauskas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 6.6rpg) and averages solid 61.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Giannis Prodromou (196-F-87) of Arkadikos. He is a forward in his first season at Arkadikos. In the last game Prodromou recorded impressive 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Arkadikos cruised to a 81-71 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked GS Larissas (#15, 5-20). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Arkadikos keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-16 record. Prodromou is a newcomer at Arkadikos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. Former star Prodromou is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-G-91) of Amyntas Dafnis (#10). Angelopoulos scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Amyntas Dafnis, leading his team to a 92-77 easy win against the higher-ranked Ethnikos (#6, 13-12). The chances of Amyntas Dafnis ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Angelopoulos could help Amyntas Dafnis to bring them higher in the standings. Angelopoulos has a very solid season. In 24 games in Greece he scored 12.1ppg. He also has 3.7apg and FGP: 53.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dovydas Redikas (192-G-92) of Arkadikos - 23 points and 5 rebounds
5. Leonidas Zoupas (182-PG-82) of Amyntas Dafnis - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
6. Dimitris Lolas (203-F-86) of Irakleio - 14 points and 9 rebounds
7. Dionysios Tataris (204-C-98) of Doxa Pefkon - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Spyros Diamantopoulos (197-F-83) of Amyntas Dafnis - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis (192-PG-98) of Doxa Pefkon - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Sven Smajlagic (195-G-90) of Psychiko - 21 points and 10 rebounds

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



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Prom.Divisie Round 22: De Groene is upset by Lokomotief - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Prom.Divisie just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Rijswijk between third ranked De Groene (14-8) and fourth ranked Lokomotief (15-7) on Sunday night. De Groene was defeated by Lokomotief on the road 87-69. Lokomotief have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. De Groene lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost.
Leader Grasshoppers delivered the twentieth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Leiden 2 (11-11) 63-57 in Katwijk. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Leiden 2. Grasshoppers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-2 record. Leiden 2 at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Red Giants.
Bottom-ranked De Hoppers (0-22) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-65 loss to fifth ranked Groningen (13-9) in Hoom on Sunday evening. Groningen have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Groningen maintains fifth position with 13-9 record. Loser De Hoppers still closes the standings.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Rosmalen. Local Black Eagles (8-14) outscored 11th ranked Punch (4-18) 84-58. Black Eagles maintains ninth position with 8-14 record. Punch lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 18 games lost.

In the last two games of round 22 New Stars was defeated by Red Giants in Meppel 87-76. Lions smashed CobraNova at home 78-52.

Lokomotief - De Groene 87-69

The most important game in the last round took place in Rijswijk between third ranked De Groene (14-8) and fourth ranked Lokomotief (15-7) on Sunday night. De Groene was defeated by Lokomotief on the road 87-69. Lokomotief have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. De Groene lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost.
gschID: 477895


Red Giants - New Stars 87-76

There was no surprise in Meppel where 10th ranked New Stars (6-16) were defeated by seventh ranked Red Giants (11-11) 87-76. Red Giants moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Leiden 2. Newly promoted New Stars keep the tenth position with 16 games lost.
gschID: 477893


De Hoppers - Groningen 65-82

Bottom-ranked De Hoppers (0-22) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-65 loss to fifth ranked Groningen (13-9) in Hoom on Sunday evening. Groningen have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Groningen maintains fifth position with 13-9 record. Loser De Hoppers still closes the standings.
gschID: 477892


Grasshoppers - Leiden 2 63-57

Leader Grasshoppers delivered the twentieth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Leiden 2 (11-11) 63-57 in Katwijk. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Leiden 2. Grasshoppers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-2 record. Leiden 2 at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Red Giants.
gschID: 477891


Black Eagles - Punch 84-58

The game with biggest result difference took place in Rosmalen. Local Black Eagles (8-14) outscored 11th ranked Punch (4-18) 84-58. Black Eagles maintains ninth position with 8-14 record. Punch lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 18 games lost.
gschID: 477894


Lions - CobraNova 78-52

No shocking result in a game in Landsmeer where second ranked Lions (18-4) smashed 7th ranked CobraNova (10-12) 78-52. Lions have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-4 record having just two points less than leader Grasshoppers. CobraNova at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 12 games lost.
gschID: 477890





Vette number one in Holland for round 28 - by Eurobasket News

American Center Clayton Vette (202-C-88, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Zwolle, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds, while his team The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Zwolle maintains the 2nd position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zwolle will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 20-8 record. In the team's last game Vette had a remarkable 72.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Zwolle's top player in his first season with the team. Former Winona State University star has very solid stats this year. Vette is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.3ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.4rpg) and averages impressive 57.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Chase Fieler (203-F-92) of league's leader Groningen. Fieler had a very good evening with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Groningen to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#5, 12-16) 102-66. Of course Groningen still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 26-2 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Fieler is well-known at Groningen and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#8). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Aleek Pauline (185-PG-87) of Weert (#8). Pauline scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Weert, leading his team to a 93-80 easy win against the higher-ranked Den Bosch (#4, 14-14). Weert can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-24 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Pauline he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Pauline has a very solid season. In 12 games in Holland he scored 7.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Thomas Koenis (210-C-89) of Leiden - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dexter Hope (185-PG-93) of Leeuwarden - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Meshack Lufile (203-PF) of Leeuwarden - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. J.T. Yoho (198-F-93) of Zwolle - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dimeo Van Der Horst (197-G/F-91) of Amsterdam - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Daviyon Draper (201-F-94) of Leiden - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ralf Pagter Ralf (200-F-89) of Den Bosch - 13 points, 7 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)



Eredivisie Round 28: Zwolle loses to Leiden in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Eredivisie just ended.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Zwolle. Their biggest opponent host Zwolle (20-8) lost to third ranked Leiden (19-9) 80-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zwolle. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Leiden looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Thomas Koenis (210-89, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Daviyon Draper (201-94, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. Leiden have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-9 record having seven points less than leader Groningen. Zwolle at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost.
Den Bosch (#4) was upset in Den Bosch by eighth ranked Weert 93-80. The winners were led by American-French point guard Aleek Pauline (185-87, college: Norfolk St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and Jeroen van-Vugt supported him with 15 points and 6 assists. Weert's coach Radenko Varagic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Charles Mitchell (203, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) did not help to save the game for Den Bosch. Weert maintains eighth position with 4-24 record. Den Bosch at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost.
Eredivisie top team - Groningen (26-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Rotterdam (12-16) 102-66. Chase Fieler fired 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Michael Kok produced 14 points and 4 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Groningen have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 26-2 record. Rotterdam lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 16 games lost.

In the last game of round 28 Leeuwarden won against Amsterdam on the opponent's court 80-70.

Groningen - Rotterdam 102-66

Eredivisie top team - Groningen (26-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Rotterdam (12-16) 102-66. The game without a history. Groningen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Rotterdam's 38. Groningen forced 23 Rotterdam turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Rotterdam's players. American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84, agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Groningen players scored in double figures. Forward Michael Kok (190-91) produced 14 points and 4 assists and American guard Jermaine Marshall (193-90, college: Arizona St.) added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Groningen have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 26-2 record. Rotterdam lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: M.Kok 14+3reb+4ast, G.Mays 13+2reb, L.Steijn 10+2reb, J.Marshall 9+3reb+4ast, T.Theeuwkens 6+7reb+2ast, R.Krabbendam 5+5reb+2ast
Groningen: C.Fieler 25+9reb+2ast, D.Pasalic 12+6reb+4ast, J.Dourisseau 12+1reb+3ast, A.Slagter 12+2reb+5ast, L.Jeter 10+2reb+3ast, A.Smith 10+5reb+2ast
gschID: 477763


Amsterdam - Leeuwarden 70-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Amsterdam (9-19) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Leeuwarden (8-20) 80-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 33-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international point guard Dexter Hope (185-93) fired 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Jordan Gregory (188-92, college: Montana) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists. Four Leeuwarden players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Dimeo Van-Der-Horst (197-91) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Moroccan forward Hicham Kherrazi (195-88) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Amsterdam's coach Patrick Faydherbe rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leeuwarden maintains seventh position with 8-20 record. Loser Amsterdam keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: D.Van Der Horst 18+5reb+2ast, S.de Randamie 11+2reb, H.Kherrazi 10+10reb+1ast, S.Mulder 9+1reb+1ast, A.Roye 8+1reb+5ast, J.Markusse 7+6reb+5ast
Leeuwarden: M.Lufile 18+5reb+2ast, J.Gregory 17+2reb+8ast, D.Hope 16+8reb+5ast, L.Peterson 14+2reb+3ast, T.Tonjann 6+3reb+1ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 5+13reb
gschID: 477762


Den Bosch - Weert 80-93

Den Bosch (#4) was upset in Den Bosch by eighth ranked Weert 93-80. The game was mostly controlled by Weert. Den Bosch was better in second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Den Bosch was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American-French point guard Aleek Pauline (185-87, college: Norfolk St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and guard Jeroen van-Vugt (192-91) supported him with 15 points and 6 assists. Weert's coach Radenko Varagic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Charles Mitchell (203, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) did not help to save the game for Den Bosch. The former international Kees Akerboom (200-83, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for lost side. Five Weert and four Den Bosch players scored in double figures. Weert maintains eighth position with 4-24 record. Den Bosch at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: C.Mitchell 17+10reb+2ast, K.Akerboom 15+6reb+2ast, R.Pagter Ralf 13+7reb+2ast, J.Watts 12+3reb+2ast, S.McWhorter 8+3reb+2ast, M.Bouwknecht 6+2reb+3ast
Weert: D.Rosenmuller 19+5reb+1ast, A.Pauline 19+14reb+3ast, J.van Vugt 15+4reb+6ast, R.Aarts 14+5reb, R.Van Ravensteijn 12+2reb+1ast, D.Halman 11+4reb+1ast
gschID: 477761


Zwolle - Leiden 73-80

The game between Top Four teams took place in Zwolle. Their biggest opponent host Zwolle (20-8) lost to third ranked Leiden (19-9) 80-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zwolle. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Leiden looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Thomas Koenis (210-89, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Daviyon Draper (201-94, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward JT Yoho (198-93, college: Wright St., agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 21 points. Leiden have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-9 record having seven points less than leader Groningen. Zwolle at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: C.Vette 32+11reb, J.Yoho 21+2reb+2ast, J.Tiller 8+2reb+4ast, K.Hyland 6+4reb+1ast, O.Schaftenaar 6+6reb+1ast, F.Vos 0+1ast
Leiden: D.Draper 17+5reb+3ast, T.Koenis 16+12reb+3ast, J.Lee 14+1reb+4ast, M.Kherrazi 10+5reb+2ast, F.Versteegh 9+5reb+1ast, R.Jansen 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 477760





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  HONG KONG  


Long Lions Stamp Class on Heat Anew, Enter ABL Finals - by Eurobasket News

With hopes of extending their semifinal series against the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions to a decider, the Saigon Heat gave it everything they could in Game 2 on Saturday, April 8, even after they had their life sucked out of them after a deflating Game 1 loss. But in the end, the Long Lions' talent outclassed the resilient Heat in Game 2, 86-79 at the CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh City to sweep the series and march to the championship round of the 2016-17 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season. After trailing by as much as eight points, the Long Lions flipped the switch in the second half, riding on the efforts of Tyler Lamb (196-G-91, college: Long Beach St.) and Josh Boone (208-F/C-84, college: Connecticut). Lamb poured nine of his 26 points (50 FG%) as the Long Lions took control. Boone tallied 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks, helping his team dominate the interior. Marcus Elliott, despite shooting only 5-of-19 from the field, still finished with 18 points, 7 boards, and 6 dimes. 'It's a super tough game. We flew in this morning. It was tough. Everything came from our defense. They outscored us at the halftime, but we came back with the right attitude and effort. Luckily, some shots fell and we took a lead that was enough,' Long Lions head coach Eduard Torres said. Saigon wisely let Hong Kong play to the Heat's pace early, being deliberate and playing solid defense to not let the visitors gain rhythm. Moses Morgan (198-SF-92, college: CS Fullerton) carried the fight from the start, being more locked in on offense as he drained long range shot after long range shot. The Heat then took advantage of the time Lamb and Elliott were seated on the bench in the second quarter, building as high as an eight-point lead at 36-28 after David Arnold (188-SG, college: Mont.St.-Billings) racked up back to back triples. The Long Lions were able to respond immediately; after sending the starters back on the floor, Hong Kong tied the game at 41 apiece. Later, they opened the third frame with an 8-0 run to take the lead. The top-seeded side tightened up defensively too, holding the Heat down to just a single field goal for a span of seven minutes. Not long after, the game began to slip away, with the Heat's indecisiveness and turnovers leading to more breaks for Hong Kong. 'We just locked in, gave ourselves a little pep talk and that's what all it took,' Elliott said. The Long Lions maintained a double-digit cushion in the final quarter until the Heat tried to pull off one last try to save their season. Down by nine, 81-72 with only 2:20 remaining, Arnold hit a three while Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-C-89, college: Kansas St., agency: Babcock Sports) scored inside to cut the gap down to just 81-78. The Heat had a golden opportunity to score as Henriquez deflected a pass in the next possession, but Arnold's pass to Lenny Daniel in the ensuing play went too high. Elliott made Saigon pay on the other end after that miscue, converting on a driving lay-up which pushed Hong Kong to safety. 'We just had to weather the storm. Every team is going to have spurts to take the momentum but you can't take on that mentally, just have to weather it,' Elliott said. Daniel wrapped up his season top-scoring for the Heat with 22 points (9-of-13 FG). He added 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Arnold himself played the game of his life in spite of a loss, contributing 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting and 50% shooting from deep. Morgan had 17 points of his own including five triples. For the third straight year, the Heat exit the playoffs unable to book a win. 'They showed the difference between a winning team and a team that's trying to win. They made all the right plays at the right time and we are still too young. There were times we could have pulled closer but we let it slip away from us,' Daniel said. The Long Lions will host the first two games of the best-of-five ABL Finals against the Singapore Slingers beginning on Saturday, April 15.
Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com



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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.4 
 3. Lilov, Szedeak19.7 
 4. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.5 
 5. Pacher, Vasas18.1 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari17.9 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.4 
 8. Saddler, Jaszbere.17.3 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.9 
 10. Sejfic, PVSK P.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.0 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.7 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 5. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 6. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 7. Pacher, Vasas7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.6 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.4 
 10. Wright, Vasas7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.3 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.8 
 4. Nelson, PVSK P.6.3 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.3 
 6. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 7. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
 8. Johnson, Sopron KC5.9 
 9. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.8 
 10. Hill Jr., Atomeromu5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.5 
 2. Petty, Kormend2.1 
 3. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.1 
 4. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 5. Smith, MAFC2.1 
 6. Pongo, KTE-Duna2.0 
 7. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.0 
 8. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.8 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.8 
 10. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Keller, Alba0.9 
 3. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.9 
 4. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 5. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 6. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 8. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 9. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Andric, Szolnok0.6 


Hungarian A Division round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Marko Boltic - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Guard Marko Boltic (193-G-87, agency: 011 Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Szedeak, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old player got a double-double of 13 points and 13 assists, while his team outclassed PVSK Pannon (#1, 16-12) with 26-point margin 99-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Szedeak maintains the 3rd position in Hungarian A Division. Szedeak is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 14th lost game this season out of 29 games. Boltic turned to be Szedeak's top player in his first season with the team. Marko Boltic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 8.1apg) and averages impressive 2.1spg and 55.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Devon Saddler (183-G-91) of Jaszberenyi. Saddler had a very good evening with 35 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Jaszberenyi to another comfortable win 90-74 over MAFC (4-24) being unquestionably team leader. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Saddler is one of the most experienced players at Jaszberenyi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#8). He also recorded 4.8 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Szedeak's star - Bulgarian guard Ivan Lilov (194-SG-88, agency: Two Points). Lilov scored 22 points and passed five assists. He was another key player of Szedeak, helping his team with a 99-73 easy win against #1 ranked PVSK Pannon in a game of the week. Szedeak needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 14 lost games. Lilov has a great season in Hungary. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91) of Szolnok - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Levente Misek (193-G-93) of MAFC - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) of ZTE KK - 16 points and 8 rebounds
8. Perry Petty (185-PG-88) of Kormend - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Malik Cooke (201-F-89) of Kaposvari - 21 points and 6 rebounds
10. Tomislav Ivosev (204-F-90) of KTE-Duna - 19 points and 9 rebounds

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



A Division Round 3 (Second Stage): #1 Alba is defeated by ZTE KK - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Alba (21-7) in Szekesfehervar on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by ZTE KK (19-10) 90-89. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-89. ZTE KK looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Lithuanian center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) with 20 points and 7 rebounds. ZTE KK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alba will play at home against Szolnok and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of Kaposvari (16-12) against KTE-Duna (14-15) on Saturday night. Host Kaposvari was defeated by KTE-Duna in a tough game in Kaposvar 66-73. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian swingman Marko Djerasimovic (198-84, agency: BeoExcell) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Tomislav Ivosev accounted for 19 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Malik Cooke (201-89, college: S.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Kaposvari in the defeat. KTE-Duna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kaposvari will play at home against Szedeak and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Szolnok. host Szolnok (19-10) defeated Kormend (19-9) 78-71. The best player for the winners was Janos Eilingsfeld who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Perry Petty who recorded 14 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Szolnok will meet Alba in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kormend will play against Falco KC and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Szeged. host Szedeak (15-14) smashed PVSK Pannon (16-12) 99-73. It was a good game for Marko Boltic who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 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. Szedeak's next round opponent will be Kaposvari on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. PVSK Pannon will play against Sopron KC and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 3 bottom-ranked MAFC lost to Jaszberenyi on the opponent's court 74-90.

Alba - ZTE KK 89-90

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Alba (21-7) in Szekesfehervar on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by ZTE KK (19-10) 90-89. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-89. ZTE KK looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Lithuanian center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four ZTE KK players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) scored 16 points. ZTE KK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alba will play at home against Szolnok and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: E.Ubilla 18+5reb+12ast, A.Drungilas 16+8reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 12+3reb+3ast, M.Mohacsi 12+4reb+1ast, S.Benke 10+1reb+1ast, J.Norfleet 9+2reb+7ast
Alba: P.Lorant 20+7reb+2ast, J.Edwards 17+2reb+1ast, W.Shepard 16+2reb+3ast, J.Farr 12+4reb+1ast, L.Markovic 10+4reb+1ast, A.Keller 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 543034


Szolnok - Kormend 78-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Szolnok. host Szolnok (19-10) defeated Kormend (19-9) 78-71. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-71. The best player for the winners was international power forward Janos Eilingsfeld (198-91) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. International swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Guinea-Bissau point guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTRGV) who recorded 14 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals and American forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Szolnok and five Kormend players scored in double figures. Szolnok will meet Alba in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kormend will play against Falco KC and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 17+3reb+5ast, N.Pavlicevic 17+1reb+3ast, J.Eilingsfeld 13+11reb+2ast, L.Andric 10+9reb+1ast, K.Wittmann 8+2ast, T.Barnies 7+6reb
Kormend: T.Allen 15+5reb+2ast, P.Petty 14+9reb+8ast, L.Smith Jr. 12+5reb+1ast, C.Dickerson 12+8reb+1ast, M.Csorvasi 11+3reb, L.Kromah 6+1reb+7ast
gschID: 543033


Szedeak - PVSK Pannon 99-73

The game between Top Four teams took place in Szeged. host Szedeak (15-14) smashed PVSK Pannon (16-12) 99-73. The game was mostly controlled by Szedeak. PVSK Pannon was better in third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Szedeak dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 42. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by PVSK Pannon's players. It was a good game for Serbian guard Marko Boltic (193-87, agency: 011 Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 assists. Bulgarian Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points) contributed with 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Szedeak players scored in double figures. The former international guard Zoltan Supola (190-88, agency: HMS) answered with 20 points and Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for PVSK Pannon. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Szedeak's next round opponent will be Kaposvari on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. PVSK Pannon will play against Sopron KC and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: I.Lilov 22+3reb+5ast, A.Revesz 16+2reb, N.Sulovic 15+3reb+4ast, M.Boltic 13+4reb+13ast, A.Ciric 11+8reb+3ast, D.Csanyi 8+1reb
PVSK Pannon: Z.Supola 20+3reb+1ast, I.Sejfic 14+7reb, O.Biro 13+3reb+1ast, A.Nelson 8+3reb+6ast, A.Demeter 7+1reb, C.Smith 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 543032


Jaszberenyi - MAFC 90-74

Rather expected game when MAFC (4-24) was defeated on the road by Jaszberenyi (8-20) 90-74. The game without a history. Jaszberenyi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jaszberenyi had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Devon Saddler (183-91, college: Delaware) who led his team to a victory with 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Power forward Georgy Cseh (208-87) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (201-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and guard Levente Misek (193-93) added 25 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in the effort for MAFC. Jaszberenyi will have a break next round. MAFC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Budapest Vasas.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: D.Saddler 35+6reb+3ast, S.Stamenkovic 15+6reb+2ast, G.Cseh 12+9reb+3ast, J.Czirbus 10+6reb+1ast, B.Arrington 8+6reb+5ast, B.Bazso 7+2reb
MAFC: L.Misek 25+4reb+2ast, R.Sihota 20+12reb+3ast, D.Smith 13+2reb+4ast, L.Polyak 5+1reb, A.Lakits 4+3reb, M.Papai 3+3reb
gschID: 543031


Kaposvari - KTE-Duna 66-73

Very important is a home loss of Kaposvari (16-12) against KTE-Duna (14-15) on Saturday night. Host Kaposvari was defeated by KTE-Duna in a tough game in Kaposvar 66-73. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kaposvari won fourth quarter 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KTE-Duna made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian swingman Marko Djerasimovic (198-84, agency: BeoExcell) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) accounted for 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Four KTE-Duna players scored in double figures. American forward Malik Cooke (201-89, college: S.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Kaposvari in the defeat. KTE-Duna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kaposvari will play at home against Szedeak and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTE-Duna: M.Djerasimovic 21+8reb, T.Ivosev 19+9reb+1ast, M.Pongo 11+8reb+5ast, K.Karahodzic 11+5reb+5ast, M.Pongo 8+1reb+1ast, M.Meszaros 2+1reb
Kaposvari: M.Cooke 21+6reb+1ast, W.Frazier 18+7reb+2ast, K.Simms 10+8reb, M.Fodor 8+1reb+3ast, J.Wisseh 5+1reb+2ast, R.Hendlein 4+7reb
gschID: 543030





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  ICELAND  

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik28.2 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.7 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik21.6 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 8. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
 9. Sigurdarson, IR19.9 
 10. Caird, Tindastoll18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.9 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Hester, Tindastoll10.8 
 5. Hankins-Cole, IR10.5 
 6. Carberry, Thor T.10.4 
 7. Ermolinskij, KR9.4 
 8. Olafsson, Grindavik8.7 
 9. Wright, Haukar8.5 
 10. Saevarsson, Grind.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.7 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik5.0 
 8. Baeringsson, Stjar.4.8 
 9. Stefansson, KR4.7 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Petur BIRGISSON
  Tindastoll
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 2. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 3. Olafsson, Grindavik2.0 
 4. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 5. Stevens, Keflavik1.8 
 6. Alawoya, KR1.7 
 7. Thomas, Thor AK1.6 
 8. Bjornsson, Skallagr.1.5 
 9. Wright, Haukar1.5 
 10. Dupree, Keflavik1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR2.0 
 3. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 4. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 5. Saevarsson, Grind.1.2 
 6. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.2 
 7. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 
 8. Stevens, Keflavik1.1 
 9. Stefansson, Haukar1.0 
 10. Jonsson, Thor Thorl0.9 


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.4 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.8 
 4. Shouse, IA25.4 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.5 
 6. King, Valur22.5 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir21.2 
 8. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir19.1 
 9. Bracey, Valur19.0 
 10. Knezevic, Vestri18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Woods, Hamar14.7 
 2. Motley, FSU12.6 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.3 
 4. King, Valur12.3 
 5. Pryor, Fjolnir12.0 
 6. Shouse, IA9.5 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.1 
 8. Petursson, Valur8.8 
 9. Virijevic, Hottur8.8 
 10. Knezevic, Vestri7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Moss, Hottur8.9 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.5 
 3. Shouse, IA5.5 
 4. Garland, Breidablik5.4 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.0 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.6 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.3 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar4.1 
 9. Pryor, Fjolnir3.2 
 10. Hakonarson, Hottur3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.4 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA3.0 
 4. Motley, FSU2.2 
 5. King, Valur1.9 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar1.8 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir1.7 
 8. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir1.5 
 9. Birgisson, Hottur1.5 
 10. Woods, Hamar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. King, Valur2.4 
 2. Woods, Hamar1.6 
 3. Motley, FSU1.1 
 4. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 5. Audunsson, Valur1.0 
 6. Karason, Fjolnir0.9 
 7. Johannesson, Breid.0.9 
 8. Petursson, Valur0.9 
 9. Kristjansson, IA0.8 
 10. Moss, Hottur0.7 


Dominos League Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Grindavik advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Stjarnan - Grindavik 69-104

Grindavik cruised past Stjarnan on the road to complete the sweep of the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Stjarnan was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grindavik forced 21 Stjarnan turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 54.8 percentage. Grindavik players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) who led the winners and scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Thorsteinn Finnbogason (194-89) accounted for 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. The former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) came up with 5 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Justin Shouse (181-81, college: Mercyhurst) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Stjarnan in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: E.Aevarsson 13+5reb+1ast, T.Hilmarsson 11+4reb, A.Odunsi 11+2reb+1ast, J.Shouse 10+9reb+3ast, A.Gudmundsson 6+1reb+2ast, H.Baeringsson 5+13reb+4ast
Grindavik: D.Jonsson 23+2reb+5ast, T.Finnbogason 22+8reb+2ast, L.Clinch 21+6reb+7ast, O.Olafsson 12+9reb+1ast, I.Thor Gudmundsson 9+2reb+2ast, O.Saevarsson 7+12reb
gschID: 542920


KR - Keflavik 91-88

KR topped Keflavik to gain the lead. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KR outrebounded Keflavik 49-34 including 35 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) helped adding 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-88) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 assists and American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: H.Vilhjalmsson 26+4reb+10ast, M.Traustason 17+4reb+2ast, A.Stevens 16+16reb+2ast, G.Jonsson 11+4reb+1ast, A.Orrason 9+3reb, R.Dupree 9+1reb+3ast
KR: J.Stefansson 31+7reb+5ast, S.Thorvaldsson 17+5reb, P.Alawoya 11+7reb+2ast, P.Ermolinskij 10+7reb+7ast, B.Bjornsson 8+7reb+4ast, K.Acox 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 542919





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  IRAN  


Azad inks Andrew James Ogilvy, ex Hawks - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Azad University Tehran (Superleague) signed 29-year old Australian ex-international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-113kg-88, college: Vanderbilt). He is a dual citizen owning also Irish passport. Ogilvy He started the season at Hawks in Australian NBL league. In 34 games he had 11.1ppg, 7.6rpg (#2 in the league), 2.6apg, 1.0spg and 1.5bpg this season. Ogilvy helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team. The last summer he played at Manati in Puerto Rican BSN where in 22 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention.
Ogilvy won German Bundesliga championship title in 2013.
He was also a member of Australian international program for some years. Ogilvy played for Australian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2013 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2007.
He also represented Australia at the Oceania Championships eight years ago. Ogilvy's team won Gold but his stats at that event were not that remarkable as he did not score anything.
Ogilvy is quite experienced player. He has played on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Ogilvy has played previously professionally also in Spain (Valencia Basket and La ICL Manresa), Turkey and Germany (Brose Baskets).
He attended Vanderbilt University until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. Warren, Maccabi .24.0 
 2. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.3 
 5. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.5 
 6. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.4 
 7. Brown, Ironi R.20.2 
 8. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
 9. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
 10. Relphorde, Hapoel M.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Germain JORDAN
  Galil Elion
  (198-C/F-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 2. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.2 
 3. Livingston, Hapoel K.11.1 
 4. Warren, Maccabi .11.0 
 5. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.2 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.1 
 7. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa9.8 
 9. Treadwell, Hapoel A.9.7 
 10. Allen, Hapoel B/S9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.7 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.7.4 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.0 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.8 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.5.0 
 7. Fisher, Hapoel B/S4.6 
 8. Hofman, Ironi N.4.6 
 9. Salz, Galil Elion4.5 
 10. Shaashoua, Maccabi .4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.9 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.6 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .2.4 
 4. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.4 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.3 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.0 
 7. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 8. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.9 
 9. Hofman, Ironi N.1.8 
 10. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.3 
 2. Watson, Hapoel K/S2.0 
 3. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.9 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .1.4 
 6. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 7. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 8. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.2 
 9. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.2 
 10. Roberts, Ironi N.1.0 


Winner League Round 26: Hapoel Holon keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Hapoel Holon as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Hapoel Holon defeated 3rd ranked Bnei Hasharon at home 79-75. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Hapoel Holon forced 20 Bnei Hasharon turnovers. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jordan Taylor (188-89, college: Wisconsin, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 17 points and 8 assists. Guard Shlomi Harush (185-87) chipped in 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Bnei Hasharon at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 11 games lost. Bnei Hasharon will play next round against Hapoel Tel-Aviv trying to get back on the winning streak. Hapoel Holon will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Hapoel Eilat on the road.
Top ranked Maccabi T-A (17-9) recorded its ninth loss in Tel-Aviv. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Hapoel Eilat (16-10) 76-73. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 7 rebounds. Will Daniels contributed with 15 points for the winners. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Maccabi T-A. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Eilat have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Maccabi T-A lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second position with nine games lost. Hapoel Eilat will play against league's leader Hapoel Holon at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi T-A will play against Hapoel Jerusalem and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Rosh Pina between Maccabi Haifa and Galil Gilboa. Seventh ranked Maccabi Haifa (14-12) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Galil Gilboa (11-15). Maccabi Haifa managed to escape with a 2-point win 84-82 on Sunday evening. Gregory Vargas had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners. Jason Siggers responded with 30 points. Galil Gilboa's coach Ariel Beit-Halamy rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Maccabi Haifa will meet at home Maccabi Ashdod (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Ashdod, where higher ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-13) lost to eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (10-16) in a road game 74-92. Chase Simon notched 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Meir Tapiro allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi Ashdod maintains eleventh position with 10-16 record. Hapoel Jerusalem lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi Haifa (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tel-Aviv. Local Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-13) was outscored by eighth ranked Ironi Nahariya (13-13) 105-80 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Tel-Aviv. The best player for the winners was Tyrone Nash who scored 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ironi Nahariya have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hapoel T-A and Hapoel J-M. Ironi Nahariya will face Maccabi Rishon (#9) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round.

In the last game of round 26 bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G was defeated by Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion 94-87.
The best stats of 26th round was 18 points and 5 rebounds by Guy Pnini of Maccabi T-A.

Maccabi T-A - Hapoel Eilat 73-76

Top ranked Maccabi T-A (17-9) recorded its ninth loss in Tel-Aviv. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Hapoel Eilat (16-10) 76-73. It looked good early as Maccabi T-A took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Eilat had a 28-16 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi T-A was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-76. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Will Daniels (202-86, college: Rhode Island) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Guy Pnini (200-83) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi T-A. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Eilat have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Maccabi T-A lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second position with nine games lost. Hapoel Eilat will play against league's leader Hapoel Holon at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi T-A will play against Hapoel Jerusalem and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Smith 18+6reb+2ast, G.Pnini 18+5reb+2ast, G.Mekel 15+2reb+6ast, J.Alexander 11+8reb, C.Iverson 6+3reb+1ast, V.Rudd 2+1ast
Hapoel Eilat: W.Daniels 15+2reb, L.Milbourne 12+7reb+1ast, A.Nissim 10+3ast, N.Sharon 9+2reb+5ast, P.Henry 9+5ast, C.Colman 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 540729


Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi K/G 94-87

There was no surprise in Rishon Le-Zion where 12th ranked Maccabi K/G (4-22) was defeated by ninth ranked Maccabi Rishon (12-14) 94-87 on Sunday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Cameron Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) who scored 28 points. Power forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Josh Selby (188-91, college: Kansas, agency: HMS) produced 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) added 27 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Defending champion maintains ninth position with 12-14 record. Maccabi K/G lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Maccabi Rishon will face higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi K/G will play against Galil Gilboa (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: B.Bowman 27+6reb+1ast, J.Selby 24+5reb+7ast, J.Carter 19+7reb+2ast, O.Solomon 7+4reb, E.Shulman 5+2ast, N.Laish 3+1ast
Maccabi Rishon: C.Long 28+3reb+2ast, S.Dawson 14+5reb+2ast, C.Thomas 13+8reb+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 9+4reb+5ast, O.Brandwein 9+2reb+1ast, I.Zalmanson 8+1reb
gschID: 540728


Hapoel Holon - Bnei Hertzeliyya 79-75

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Hapoel Holon as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Hapoel Holon defeated 3rd ranked Bnei Hasharon at home 79-75. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Hapoel Holon forced 20 Bnei Hasharon turnovers. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jordan Taylor (188-89, college: Wisconsin, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 17 points and 8 assists. Guard Shlomi Harush (185-87) chipped in 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and international forward Karam Mashour (198-91, college: Morehead St., agency: Three Eye Sports) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Bnei Hasharon at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 11 games lost. Bnei Hasharon will play next round against Hapoel Tel-Aviv trying to get back on the winning streak. Hapoel Holon will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Hapoel Eilat on the road.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: K.Mashour 19+8reb+2ast, J.Adrien 17+12reb+1ast, H.Kanacevic 11+5reb+3ast, S.Dennis 11+3reb+4ast, O.Leumi 6+3reb+2ast, T.Maayan 5+2reb+4ast
Hapoel Holon: J.Taylor 17+4reb+8ast, S.Harush 15+3reb+5ast, J.Bell 12+7reb+2ast, A.Chubrevich 12+6reb, J.Mor 8+3reb, G.Israeli 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540727


Hapoel T-A - Ironi Nahariya 80-105

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tel-Aviv. Local Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-13) was outscored by eighth ranked Ironi Nahariya (13-13) 105-80 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Tel-Aviv. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-80. Ironi Nahariya dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Tel-Aviv's 28. Ironi Nahariya shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. The best player for the winners was American Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) who scored 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Naturalized Swedish power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83) chipped in 23 points. Naturalized American power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and the former international Raviv Limonad (191-84) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Ironi Nahariya and four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ironi Nahariya have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hapoel T-A and Hapoel J-M. Ironi Nahariya will face Maccabi Rishon (#9) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Lyons 18+1reb+3ast, R.Limonad 15+4reb+5ast, T.Ginat 13+6reb+1ast, R.Howell 10+12reb+3ast, A.Banks 8+2ast, T.Blatt 6+1reb+4ast
Ironi Nahariya: T.Nash 28+7reb+4ast, J.Skjoldebrand 23+4reb+3ast, D.Kitchen 11+4reb+7ast, E.Asante Asare 11+1reb+6ast, S.Douglass 10+2reb+3ast, N.Berkowitz 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 540726


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Haifa 82-84

A very close game took place in Rosh Pina between Maccabi Haifa and Galil Gilboa. Seventh ranked Maccabi Haifa (14-12) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Galil Gilboa (11-15). Maccabi Haifa managed to escape with a 2-point win 84-82 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 25-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman Amit Simhon (198-89) chipped in 19 points during the contest. American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) responded with 30 points and his fellow American import forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa's coach Ariel Beit-Halamy rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Maccabi Haifa will meet at home Maccabi Ashdod (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: J.Siggers 30+3reb, Z.Ben-Zvi 15+2reb+2ast, E.Griffin 15+11reb+1ast, M.Qualls 14+2reb, J.Shuchman 4+1ast, M.Holloway 2+15reb+3ast
Maccabi Haifa: A.Simhon 19+2reb+2ast, G.Vargas 16+3reb+11ast, J.DiBartolomeo 12+4reb+3ast, K.Pinkney 12+8reb+1ast, O.Blayzer 8+4reb+1ast, W.Graves 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 540725


Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel J-M 92-74

We should mention about the upset which took place in Ashdod, where higher ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-13) lost to eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (10-16) in a road game 74-92. The game without a history. Maccabi Ashdod led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Maccabi Ashdod especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) notched 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton) supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Meir Tapiro allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 14 points and 5 assists by American point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Jerusalem. The former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Four Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod maintains eleventh position with 10-16 record. Hapoel Jerusalem lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi Haifa (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 14+3reb+5ast, Y.Halperin 11+1reb+2ast, T.Peterson 10+8reb+1ast, J.Dyson 10+1reb+2ast, A.Stoudemire 10+6reb, B.Timor 8+1reb+1ast
Maccabi Ashdod: C.Simon 27+8reb+4ast, K.Dillard 19+1reb+4ast, J.Carmichael 12+6reb+1ast, M.Little 10+1reb+1ast, J.Cohen 9+11reb+4ast, I.Ziv 6+5reb+6ast
gschID: 540724





Brandon Triche signs at Bnei Hertzeliyya - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) landed 26-year old American guard Brandon Triche (193-95kg-91, college: Syracuse). He played recently at Salt Lake City Stars (D-League) in the U.S. In 13 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.2apg this season. Triche also played earlier that season for another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 35 games he had 6.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements Triche won Italian LNP Gold championship title in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Gold 2nd Team award back in 2014.
Triche has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Roma Virtus and Dolomiti Energia Trento.
He attended Syracuse University until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Landry, Brescia19.7 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.3 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu18.9 
 5. MBaye, Enel B.18.6 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.18.3 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.4 
 8. White, Auxilium TO16.2 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .15.7 
 10. Scott, Enel Brindisi15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.0 
 3. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 4. Watt, JuveCaserta8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.3 
 6. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.3 
 7. Fesenko, Scandone.7.3 
 8. Johnson, AV Cantu7.3 
 9. Nnoko, VL Pesaro6.9 
 10. Lawal, Banco d.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.4 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.7 
 4. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 5. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 6. Moore, The F.5.2 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.0 
 8. Green, Scandone AV4.7 
 9. Kalnietis, EA7 A.4.6 
 10. Moore, Enel Brindisi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.0 
 2. Moss, Brescia1.8 
 3. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.6 
 4. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.6 
 5. Green, Scandone AV1.6 
 6. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.1.5 
 8. Burns, Brescia1.4 
 9. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.4 
 10. Forray, Dolomiti.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.2 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .2.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.7 
 4. Putney, JuveCaserta1.4 
 5. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.1.3 
 7. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.2 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.2 
 9. MBaye, Enel B.1.1 
 10. Fesenko, Scandone.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 25
 1. Smith, Roseto25.0 
 2. Davis, Jesi24.0 
 3. Golden, Chieti21.4 
 4. Bowers, Bondi F.20.2 
 5. Legion, Viola RC20.0 
 6. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 7. Sims, Rieti19.8 
 8. Ferguson, Angelico.19.6 
 9. Lawson, Virtus B.19.3 
 10. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella13.3 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Smith, Ravenna9.8 
 5. Perry, Treviso .9.4 
 6. Poletti, Latina B.9.4 
 7. Mortellaro, Chieti9.3 
 8. Mosley, Legnano9.3 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.9.3 
 10. Sorokas, Treviglio9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.5 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.1 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.9 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.3 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.1 
 7. Ferguson, Angelico.4.6 
 8. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 9. Zanelli, Rieti4.5 
 10. Rosselli, Virtus B.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-F-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Green, Alma T.2.8 
 2. Spissu, Virtus B.2.2 
 3. Brown, Roma Virtus2.0 
 4. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 5. Okoye, Udine APU1.9 
 6. Bowers, Jesi1.8 
 7. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 8. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 9. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
 10. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.9 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.0 
 3. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 4. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.7 
 5. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.4 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.1.3 
 7. Parks, Alma T.1.2 
 8. Buford, Agrigento1.1 
 9. Arledge, Latina B.1.0 
 10. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.6 
 2. Maggiotto, Senigallia20.2 
 3. Bagnoli, Cassino19.9 
 4. Centanni, Volpino .19.2 
 5. Boffelli, Scauri18.6 
 6. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.5 
 7. Grilli, Barcellona17.9 
 8. Bisconti, Valmontone17.9 
 9. Ghersetti, Bergamo17.8 
 10. Zampolli, Matera17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Cassino
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bagnoli, Cassino10.8 
 2. Bozzetto, Crema10.7 
 3. Ravazzini, Matera10.3 
 4. Toscano, Bottegone10.3 
 5. Chiacig, Taranto10.1 
 6. Zanotti, Monteroni10.0 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.2 
 8. Arrigoni, Omegna9.1 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 10. Papa, Teramo8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.4 
 2. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 3. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.5 
 4. Salari, Isernia5.5 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.3 
 6. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 7. Magini, Firenze Enic5.0 
 8. Rivali, Montegrano5.0 
 9. Bottioni, Campli5.0 
 10. Meini, Montecatini4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Demartini, Vicenza2.3 
 3. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.3 
 4. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 7. Ricci, Giulianova1.9 
 8. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.9 
 9. Busco, Patti1.9 
 10. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Corral, Omegna1.3 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 3. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 4. Laguzzi, Sestu1.0 
 5. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 6. Capitanelli, Pescara1.0 
 7. Mastroianni, Napoli C.0.9 
 8. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 9. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 10. Nobile, Padova0.8 


Ragland's 33-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old point guard Joe Ragland (182-PG-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Scandone AV and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 33 points adding three rebounds and three assists for Scandone AV in his team's victory, helping them to beat AV Cantu (#13, 10-16) 92-86. Scandone AV maintains the 3rd position in Italian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Scandone AV will need more victories to improve their 16-10 record. In the team's last game Ragland had a remarkable nine three-pointers out of 11 attempts. It's his second year at Scandone AV and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wichita State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ragland is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.3ppg), assists (7th best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 56.3% FGP and 40.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Rotnei Clarke (183-PG-89) of VL Pesaro. He is American guard in his first season at VL Pesaro. In the last game Clarke recorded impressive 33 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for VL Pesaro to edge the higher-ranked Enel Brindisi (#9, 12-14) by 1 point 94-93. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But VL Pesaro left the very bottom place moving slightly to 15th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-18 record. Clarke is one of the most experienced players at VL Pesaro and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) of Brescia (#10). Vitali showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, six rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of Brescia, leading his team to a 86-80 win against the lower-ranked Vanoli CR (#16, 7-19). The chances of Brescia ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vitali could help Brescia to bring them higher in the standings. Vitali has a great season in Italy. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.4apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amath M'Baye (206-F-89) of Enel Brindisi - 29 points and 3 rebounds
5. Zabian Dowdell (191-PG-84) of AV Cantu - 24 points and 4 rebounds
6. Tyler Harvey (193-G-93) of Auxilium TO - 27 points and 6 rebounds
7. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) of EA7 Armani - 20 points and 6 rebounds
8. Dominique Sutton (198-G/F-86) of Dolomiti En. TR - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Riccardo Cervi (214-C-91) of Grissin Bon RE - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89) of JuveCaserta - 11 points and 13 rebounds

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



Dolomiti Energia Trento signs Shavon Shields - by Eurobasket News

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) signed 23-year old Danish ex-international guard Shavon Shields (201-97kg-94, college: Nebraska). He started the season at Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt in German BBL league. In 26 games he had 14.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg this season. Shields also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 13.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.
His team made it to the InterContinental final.
The previous (12-13) season he played at another team Cornhuskers in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1. In 28 games he averaged 8.6ppg and 5.1rpg.
Shields has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Shields was voted CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-America 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
Shields was a member of Danish international program for some years. He was called to Danish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team in 2013.
Shields graduated from University of Nebraska in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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A2: results and rankings 28th round East/ West - by Alessandro Salvini

SERIE A2 CITRON EAST 28^ ROUND
Assigeco Piacenza-Andrea Costa Imola 66-75
Unieuro Forl-Dinamica Generale Mantova 62-72 (PLAYED IN FERRARA)
US Basket Recanati-Kontatto Fortitudo Bologna 71-79
G.S.A. Udine-Termoforgia Jesi 80-65
Tezenis Verona-De' Longhi Treviso 48-57
Visitroseto.it Roseto-OraS Ravenna 71-81
Alma Trieste-Bondi Ferrara 82-66
Segafredo Virtus Bologna-Proger Chieti 91-71

RANKING:
Segafredo Virtus Bologna 40, De' Longhi Treviso 40, OraS Ravenna 38, Alma Trieste 38, Kontatto Fortitudo Bologna 34, Visitroseto.it Roseto 32, Tezenis Verona 30, Dinamica Generale Mantova 30, G.S.A. Udine 28, Termoforgia Jesi 24, Assigeco Piacenza 24, Bondi Ferrara 22, Andrea Costa Imola 20, Proger Chieti 18, Unieuro Forl 16, US Basket Recanati 14

NEXT ROUND (29^):
14/04/2017 08,30pm Kontatto Fortitudo Bologna-Segafredo Virtus Bologna
15/04/2017 08,30pm Proger Chieti-OraS Ravenna
15/04/2017 08,30pm Termoforgia Jesi-Alma Trieste
15/04/2017 08,30pm Visitroseto.it Roseto-Assigeco Piacenza
15/04/2017 208,30pm De Longhi Treviso-G.S.A. Udine
15/04/2017 08,30pm Andrea Costa Imola-Unieuro Forl
15/04/2017 08,30pm0 Dinamica Generale Mantova-US Basket Recanati
15/04/2017 08,30pm Bondi Ferrara-Tezenis Verona

SERIE A2 CITRON WEST 28^ ROUND
Orsi Tortona-Mens Sana Basket 1871 Siena 76-66 FMC Ferentino-Basket Agropoli 86-56 NPC Rieti-Angelico Biella 68-75 TWS Legnano-Remer Treviglio 72-67 Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina-Novipiu Casale Monferrato 80-82 Givova Scafati-Unicusano V. Roma 109-98 Lighthouse Trapani-Viola Reggio Calabria 89-73 Roma Gas & Power E. Roma-Moncada Agrigento 64-79

RANKING:
Angelico Biella 44, Orsi Tortona 40, TWS Legnano 36, Moncada Agrigento 32, Unicusano Virtus Roma 32, Remer Treviglio 28, Lighthouse Trapani 28, Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina 28, Novipiu Casale Monferrato 28, NPC Rieti 26, Roma Gas & Power Eurobasket Roma 26, Mens Sana Basket 1871 Siena 26, FMC Ferentino 24, Givova Scafati 18, Viola Reggio Calabria 18, Basket Agropoli 14

NEXT ROUND (29^ g):
14/04/2017 08,30pm Novipiu Casale Monferrato-TWS Legnano
15/04/2017 05PM Unicusano V. Roma-FMC Ferentino
15/04/2017 08,30pm Moncada Agrigento-Lighthouse Trapani
15/04/2017 08,30pm NPC Rieti-Orsi Tortona
15/04/2017 08,30pm Remer Treviglio-Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina
15/04/2017 08,30pm Viola Reggio Calabria-Givova Scafati
15/04/2017 08,30pm Angelico Biella-Mens Sana Basket 1871 Siena 1
5/04/2017 08,30pm Basket Agropoli-Roma Gas & Power E. Roma Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87, college: Xavier)



Serie A Round 26: Armani Milano defeats Umana Venezia in the game between Top 4 teams - 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.

An interesting game for Armani Milano (21-5) which hosted in Milano second-ranked Umana Venezia (17-9). First ranked Armani Milano managed to get a 8-point victory 88-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 48-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Armani Milano made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Umana Venezia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian Milan Macvan (206-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) contributed with 12 points and 6 assists for the winners. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds for Umana Venezia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-5 record. Umana Venezia at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost. Armani Milano are looking forward to face Enel Brindisi (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Umana Venezia will play against Brescia (#10) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked VL Pesaro managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they edged ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi 94-93. American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) scored 33 points (!!!) (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Jarrod Jones chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. American forward Robert Carter (206-94, college: Maryland) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. VL Pesaro (8-18) moved-up to fifteenth place. Enel Brindisi at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Brescia and Auxilium TO. VL Pesaro will play against higher ranked Juvecaserta (#14) in Caserta in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Enel Brindisi will play at home against the league's leader Armani Milano (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Pistoia was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Betaland Cdo (14-12) played at the court of eighth ranked The Flexx PT (13-13). The Flexx PT defeated Betaland Cdo 75-59 on Sunday. American players dominated the game. Michael Jenkins notched 14 points to lead the effort. The Flexx PT's coach Vincenzo Esposito used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by Dominique Archie did not help to save the game for Betaland Cdo. The Flexx PT have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 13-13 record. Betaland Cdo lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. The Flexx PT will meet AV Cantu (#13) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Betaland Cdo will play against Banco di Srd (#4) in Sassari and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Auxilium TO (12-14) and Juvecaserta (10-16), which took place in Caserta. Higher ranked Auxilium TO lost to fourteenth ranked Juvecaserta in a road game 76-83. The best player for the winners was Mitchell Watt who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Auxilium TO's coach Francesco Vitucci rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Juvecaserta moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with AV Cantu. Auxilium TO at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Juvecaserta's next round opponent will be VL Pesaro (#15) on the road.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Banco di Srd beat Dolomiti En. TR on the road 66-57. Grissin Bon RE won against Openjobmetis V. on its own court 73-68. AV Cantu unfortunately lost to Scandone AV in Avellino 86-92. Vanoli CR recorded a loss to Brescia at home 80-86.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists by Luca Vitali of Brescia.

The Flexx PT - Betaland Cdo 75-59

The game in Pistoia was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Betaland Cdo (14-12) played at the court of eighth ranked The Flexx PT (13-13). The Flexx PT defeated Betaland Cdo 75-59 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-59. American players dominated the game. Michael Jenkins (193-86, college: Winthrop) notched 14 points to lead the effort and forward Terran Petteway (198-92, college: Nebraska) supported him with 16 points. The Flexx PT's coach Vincenzo Esposito used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) did not help to save the game for Betaland Cdo. Guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. The Flexx PT have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 13-13 record. Betaland Cdo lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. The Flexx PT will meet AV Cantu (#13) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Betaland Cdo will play against Banco di Srd (#4) in Sassari and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Betaland Cdo: D.Archie 15+7reb, D.Diener 11+6reb+2ast, M.Delas 11+4reb+1ast, V.Stojanovic 7+5reb+3ast, N.Ivanovic 7+5reb+2ast, M.Tepic 6+4reb+3ast
The Flexx PT: T.Petteway 16+2reb+1ast, M.Jenkins 14+4reb+2ast, E.Lombardi 10+7reb+1ast, N.Boothe 9+6reb+2ast, R.Moore 9+5reb+4ast, A.Crosariol 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 482055


Dolomiti En. TR - Banco di Srd 57-66

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Banco di Srd (15-11) beat one of their biggest challengers Dolomiti En. TR (15-11) in Trento 66-57. Dolomiti En. TR was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 36-24 second half run of Banco di Srd. The best player for the winners was the former international Brian Sacchetti (200-86, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who scored 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 20 points. Banco di Srd's coach Federico Pasquini allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Dominique Sutton (198-86, college: N.C.Central) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Cape Verdean-Portuguese Joao Gomes (201-85) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Banco di Srd have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Grissin Bon RE and Dolomiti En. TR. Banco di Srd's next round opponent will be Betaland Cdo (#7) in Capo d'Orlando. Dolomiti En. TR will play on the road against Openjobmetis VA in Varese and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dolomiti En. TR: D.Sutton 16+10reb+1ast, D.Flaccadori 9+2reb+2ast, J.Gomes 8+11reb, D.Hogue 7+7reb+2ast, R.Moraschini 7+1reb, A.Craft 7+5reb+3ast
Banco di Srd: D.Bell 20+2ast, R.Stipcevic 11+2reb+2ast, B.Sacchetti 9+10reb+4ast, D.Lighty 7+6reb+1ast, J.Carter 6+5reb+1ast, T.Lydeka 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 482051


EA7 Armani - Umana VE 88-80

An interesting game for Armani Milano (21-5) which hosted in Milano second-ranked Umana Venezia (17-9). First ranked Armani Milano managed to get a 8-point victory 88-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 48-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Armani Milano made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Umana Venezia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian Milan Macvan (206-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) contributed with 12 points and 6 assists for the winners. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Umana Venezia. 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. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-5 record. Umana Venezia at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost. Armani Milano are looking forward to face Enel Brindisi (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Umana Venezia will play against Brescia (#10) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: H.Peric 17+5reb+1ast, M.Haynes 12+1reb+4ast, E.Batista 12+4reb+1ast, A.Filloy 11+1reb+1ast, S.Tonut 10+1reb, M.Bramos 8+5reb+2ast
EA7 Armani: M.Macvan 20+6reb+1ast, R.Sanders 12+3reb+6ast, R.Hickman 11+2ast, K.Tarczewski 11+5reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 9+5reb+1ast, A.Abass 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 482050


Grissin Bon RE - Openjobmetis V. 73-68

Very expected game when 11th ranked Openjobmetis VA (11-15) lost to fifth ranked Grissin Bon RE (15-11) in Reggio Emilia 68-73. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-15 Openjobmetis VA's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 73-68 at the end of the game. Grissin Bon RE dominated on the defensive end, holding Openjobmetis VA to just 7 points in first quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Openjobmetis VA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international center Riccardo Cervi (214-91) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Jalen Reynolds (208-92, college: Xavier) chipped in 6 points and 10 rebounds. Four Grissin Bon RE players scored in double figures. Grissin Bon RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. DR Congolese Christian Eyenga (201-89) produced 16 points and 4 assists and American Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Grissin Bon RE have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Banco di Srd and Dolomiti En. TR. Openjobmetis VA at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Grissin Bon RE's next round opponent will be Auxilium TO (#11) in Torino and are hoping to win another game. Openjobmetis VA will play at home against Dolomiti En. TR and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Openjobmetis V.: D.Johnson 17+3reb, C.Eyenga 16+2reb+4ast, A.Avramovic 9+1reb, N.Pelle 8+3reb, O.Anosike 6+5reb, M.Bulleri 5+1reb+2ast
Grissin Bon RE: R.Cervi 18+8reb, A.Della Valle 11+2reb+1ast, D.Needham 11+3ast, P.Aradori 10+3reb+1ast, A.Polonara 8+2reb, J.Reynolds 6+10reb
gschID: 482052


Scandone AV - AV Cantu 92-86

Very predictable result when third ranked Scandone AV (16-10) won against 13th ranked AV Cantu (10-16) in Avellino 92-86. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. After very bad start, AV Cantu stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 3 points 41-38. But it was not enough and Scandone AV took back the control in second half. They shot the lights out from three nailing 18 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Scandone AV players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by AV Cantu's players. The best player for the winners was American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) who scored 33 points (!!!). American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. Four Scandone AV players scored in double figures. American point guard Zabian Dowdell (191-84, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 24 points and his fellow American import power forward JaJuan Johnson (208-89, college: Purdue) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Scandone AV maintains third position with 16-10 record having five points less than leader EA7 Armani. AV Cantu lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Scandone AV's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. AV Cantu will play against The Flexx PT and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
AV Cantu: Z.Dowdell 24+4reb+1ast, J.Johnson 17+3reb+1ast, D.Cournooh 11+5reb+4ast, A.Acker 7+5reb+2ast, S.Parrillo 6+3reb+2ast, T.Darden 6+4reb+1ast
Scandone AV: J.Ragland 33+3reb+3ast, D.Logan 22+2reb+4ast, A.Thomas 13+6reb+3ast, M.Leunen 10+4reb+8ast, M.Cusin 6+5reb+1ast, A.Zerini 6+3reb
gschID: 482053


Enel Brindisi - VL Pesaro 93-94

Bottom-ranked VL Pesaro managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they edged ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi 94-93. VL Pesaro made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. VL Pesaro had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Enel Brindisi was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) scored 33 points (!!!) (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and American-Hungarian power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St.) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. American forward Robert Carter (206-94, college: Maryland) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and Senegalese-French forward Amath MBaye (206-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 29 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. VL Pesaro (8-18) moved-up to fifteenth place. Enel Brindisi at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Brescia and Auxilium TO. VL Pesaro will play against higher ranked Juvecaserta (#14) in Caserta in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Enel Brindisi will play at home against the league's leader Armani Milano (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: A.M'Baye 29+3reb, R.Carter 17+14reb+2ast, K.Joseph 15+3reb+2ast, N.Moore 14+3reb+6ast, S.Samuels 7+5reb, P.Goss 6+2reb+7ast
VL Pesaro: R.Clarke 33+3reb+3ast, M.Thornton 17+4reb+1ast, J.Jones 16+12reb+2ast, L.Nnoko 10+7reb+2ast, D.Zavackas 7+5reb, S.Jasaitis 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 482054


JuveCaserta - Auxilium TO 83-76

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Auxilium TO (12-14) and Juvecaserta (10-16), which took place in Caserta. Higher ranked Auxilium TO lost to fourteenth ranked Juvecaserta in a road game 76-83. The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 9-point deficit before their 29-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Juvecaserta had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Kosovan-Polish Dardan Berisha (191-88) chipped in 14 points. Four Juvecaserta players scored in double figures. American guard Tyler Harvey (193-93, college: E.Washington) produced 27 points and 6 rebounds and international point guard Giuseppe Poeta (191-85) added 12 points, 6 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Auxilium TO's coach Francesco Vitucci rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Juvecaserta moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with AV Cantu. Auxilium TO at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Juvecaserta's next round opponent will be VL Pesaro (#15) on the road.
Top scorers:
Auxilium TO: T.Harvey 27+6reb, G.Poeta 12+1reb+6ast, D.White 10+8reb, D.Parente 9+1ast, J.Wilson 6+6reb+2ast, V.Mazzola 5+3reb
JuveCaserta: D.Cinciarini 16+2reb, Y.Diawara 15+3reb, D.Berisha 14+4reb, M.Watt 11+13reb+1ast, M.Giuri 10+4reb+1ast, R.Putney 9+6reb
gschID: 482056


Vanoli CR - Brescia 80-86

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Vanoli Cremona (7-19) lost at home to twelfth ranked Brescia (12-14) 86-80. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vanoli Cremona won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Brescia won last quarter 29-24. The best player for the winners was international point guard Luca Vitali (201-86) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. American forward Marcus Landry (201-85, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Darius Johnson-Odom (187-89, college: Marquette, agency: BeoBasket) produced 18 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Tashawn Thomas (203-93, college: Oklahoma, agency: Pensack Sports) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Vanoli Cremona players scored in double figures. Brescia moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Enel Brindisi and Auxilium TO. Vanoli Cremona at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 19 games lost. Brescia's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Umana Venezia at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vanoli Cremona will play against Scandone AV (#3) in Avellino and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: D.Johnson-Odom 18+1reb+4ast, R.Gaspardo 14+3reb, T.Thomas 14+8reb+1ast, P.Biligha 11+6reb+4ast, M.Carlino 7+3reb+1ast, P.Harris 7+5reb
Brescia: M.Landry 19+8reb+1ast, L.Vitali 19+6reb+9ast, L.Moore 17+5reb+3ast, D.Moss 9+5reb+4ast, M.Lagana 7+2reb+1ast, J.Berggren 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 482057





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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.8 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .22.0 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.4 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.3 
 5. Childress, Sanen19.2 
 6. White, Sendai18.9 
 7. Stone, Chiba Jets17.8 
 8. Garrett, Toyota A.17.7 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.3 
 10. Gillenwater, Toyota A.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.4 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Butts, SeaHorses11.8 
 4. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.5 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.7 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.3 
 7. Spangler, Toshi.9.1 
 8. Sacre, Hitachi SR9.0 
 9. Miller, Hokkaido L.8.9 
 10. White, Sendai8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.3 
 2. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 3. Namizato, Shiga L.4.1 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.1 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.8 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.5 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.4 
 10. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.9 
 2. Vendrame, Hitac.1.8 
 3. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.8 
 4. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.7 
 5. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.6 
 6. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 7. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.6 
 8. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 9. Brown, Hitachi SR1.4 
 10. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.8 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .1.8 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 6. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 7. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 8. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 
 9. Bachynski, Nagoya D.1.1 
 10. Nephawe, Sendai1.1 


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Scootie RANDALL
  Cyberdyn.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Randall, Cyberdyn.19.8 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.19.7 
 3. Rickert, Cyberdyn.18.4 
 4. Alabi, Toyotsu FE18.1 
 5. Barone, Aomori W.17.7 
 6. Stephan, Tokyo E.17.6 
 7. Woodbury, Bambitio.17.4 
 8. Jones, Tokyo Z17.4 
 9. Wiggins, Aomori Watts15.8 
 10. Carney, Toyotsu FE15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Solomon ALABI
  Toyotsu FE
  (216-C-88)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Alabi, Toyotsu FE13.1 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.12.5 
 3. Andrews, Tokyo Z11.8 
 4. Davis, Shimane SM11.0 
 5. Creekmore, Tokyo Z10.9 
 6. Stephan, Tokyo E.10.8 
 7. Posthumus, Shins.10.7 
 8. Barone, Aomori W.10.5 
 9. Sanders-F., Yamag.10.4 
 10. Doaks, Iwate B.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.4.8 
 2. Sameshima, Kagos.4.4 
 3. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE4.4 
 4. Nishiyama, Tokyo E.3.9 
 5. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.3.3 
 6. Tapscott, Kagawa F.3.2 
 7. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.1 
 8. Watanabe, Tokyo Z3.1 
 9. Randall, Cyberdyn.3.0 
 10. Sawaguchi, Iwate B.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.2.1 
 2. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE1.7 
 3. Tapscott, Kagawa F.1.7 
 4. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.6 
 5. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.6 
 6. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.5 
 7. Kanbara, Kumamoto.1.5 
 8. Kasahara, Ehime OV1.5 
 9. Obuchi, Gunma1.4 
 10. Kondo, Gunma1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Kagos.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Maduabum, Kagos.2.4 
 2. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.9 
 3. Vandenberg, Nishinom.1.7 
 4. Kuso, Gunma1.7 
 5. Marshall, Shima.1.6 
 6. Spikes, Fukushima1.6 
 7. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 8. van-der-List, Shinshu .1.5 
 9. Alabi, Toyotsu FE1.4 
 10. Davis, Shimane SM1.3 


JBL2 stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.18.5 
 2. Peppers, Fukuoka .17.3 
 3. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.17.1 
 4. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .16.8 
 5. Jennings, Saitama .16.6 
 6. Harper, Tokyo HT15.1 
 7. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.14.8 
 8. Wade, Saitama .14.7 
 9. Raymond, Otsuka A.14.1 
 10. Pomare, Kanazawa.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.10.8 
 2. Kendrick, Toyoda G.10.2 
 3. McElroy, Tokyo C.10.0 
 4. Pomare, Kanazawa.9.9 
 5. Anderson, Tokyo C.9.9 
 6. Butch, Fukuoka .9.7 
 7. Slawson, Tokyo C.9.2 
 8. Harper, Tokyo HT8.9 
 9. Tate, Saitama .8.1 
 10. Jones, Tokyo HT7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kyouhei KUMAZAWA
  Aisin AW
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kumazawa, Aisin AW4.0 
 2. Hasegawa, Otsuka A.3.5 
 3. Sumihiro, Toyoda G.3.4 
 4. Yonamine, Kanazawa.3.2 
 5. Tsukino, Kanazawa.2.9 
 6. Yamashita, Fukuoka .2.8 
 7. Kato, Aisin AW2.8 
 8. Narumi, Tokyo HT2.7 
 9. Oogane, Tokyo HT2.6 
 10. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brennan MCELROY
  Tokyo C.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McElroy, Tokyo C.3.1 
 2. Ikeda, Tokyo HT1.9 
 3. Yamashita, Fukuoka .1.8 
 4. Ito, Tokyo Big Blue1.7 
 5. Oogane, Tokyo HT1.5 
 6. Jennings, Saitama .1.5 
 7. Peppers, Fukuoka .1.4 
 8. Murray, Tokyo C.1.4 
 9. Kano, Fukuoka .1.4 
 10. Slawson, Tokyo C.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew KENDRICK
  Toyoda G.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kendrick, Toyoda G.1.7 
 2. Anderson, Tokyo C.1.5 
 3. Harper, Tokyo HT1.4 
 4. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .1.3 
 5. Pomare, Kanazawa.1.1 
 6. Tate, Saitama .0.9 
 7. Slawson, Tokyo C.0.8 
 8. Jones, Tokyo HT0.8 
 9. Heath, Tokyo C.0.8 
 10. McElroy, Tokyo C.0.7 


Japanese B League round 52 best performance: Nick Fazekas - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Toshiba BT, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 52.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 35 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Sanen (#2, 27-24) 89-76. It allowed Toshiba BT to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League. Toshiba BT have a solid 43-8 record. In the team's last game Fazekas had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Toshiba BT, through which he has constantly improved. Former The University of Nevada star has very solid stats this year. Fazekas is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.8ppg. Fazekas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.6rpg) and averages impressive 57.2% FGP and 43.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old American Josh Childress (203-F/G-83) of league's second-best Sanen. Childress had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Sanen lost that game 76-89 to slightly higher-ranked Toshiba BT (#1, 43-8). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Central. Sanen still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 27-24 record is not bad at all. Childress is a newcomer at Sanen, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.2ppg (#5). He also registered 9.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tyler Stone (203-PF-91, agency: Diamond Sports) of Chiba Jets (#3). Stone scored 29 points. He was a key player of Chiba Jets, leading his team to a 92-80 win against #1 ranked Tochigi Brex. Chiba Jets needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in East. Their record at this point is 35 victories and 16 lost games. Stone has a great season in Japan. After 45 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex - 24 points and 15 rebounds
5. Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85) of Yokohama BC - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Diante Garrett (196-PG-88) of Toyota Alvark - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-C-89) of Sendai 89ers - 18 points and 18 rebounds
8. Xavier Gibson (210-F/C-88) of Osaka Evessa - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) of SeaHorses - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Hilton Armstrong (210-C-84) of Chiba Jets - 14 points and 10 rebounds

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



Best players of Japanese B League D2 round 53 - by Eurobasket News

American Will Creekmore (205-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Tokyo Z and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 53.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 25 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Shinshu BW (#6, 12-41) 77-71. Tokyo Z maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. Tokyo Z 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 23-30 record. Creekmore turned to be Tokyo Z's top player in his first season with the team. Missouri State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Creekmore is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 11.2rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American center Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Tokyo Excel.. Stephan impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Tokyo Excel. was edged by the higher-ranked Nishinomiya S. (#1, 37-15) 80-77. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Central. Tokyo Excel. still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 20-31 record. Stephan is a newcomer at Tokyo Excel. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#6). He also registered 10.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of second-ranked Toyotsu FE. Alabi scored 27 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Toyotsu FE, leading his team to a 96-86 win against the lower-ranked Bambitious Nara (#5, 20-32). Toyotsu FE needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in Central. Their record at this point is 37 victories and 15 lost games. Alabi has a great season in Japan. After 49 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 13.1rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 53.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Cyberdyne IR - 27 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Daniel Dillon (193-G-86) of Hiroshima D. - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83) of Fukushima - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Terrance Woodbury (201-G-87) of Bambitious Nara - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) of Kagawa FA - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86) of Ehime OV - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) of Gunma - 16 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)



B League Round 52: #1 Tochigi Brex is defeated by Chiba Jets - 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 10 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Tochigi Brex (40-10) on the court of third ranked Chiba Jets on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Chiba Jets 92-80. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Tochigi Brex. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) who added 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chiba Jets maintains third position with 35-15 record having nine points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Tochigi Brex at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. They share the position with SeaHorses. Chiba Jets are again looking forward to face league's leader Tochigi Brex at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tochigi Brex will have a break next round.
Sixth-ranked Shiga L-Stars (12-38) gave a tough game to second ranked Ryukyu GK (25-25). The visitors from Okinawa managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) who scored that evening 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Syota Tsuyama supported him with 14 points. Even 14 points and 7 assists by guard Narito Namizato (172-89) did not help to save the game for Shiga L-Stars. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Ryukyu GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 25-25 record having nineteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex, which they share with Hitachi SR. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the sixth place with 38 games lost. Ryukyu GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against the league's second-placed Ryukyu GK (#2) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kanagawa. First ranked host Toshiba Thunders (43-8) defeated their biggest opponent Sanen Neophoenix (27-24) 89-76. Nick Fazekas fired a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds for the winners. Josh Childress produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 43-8 record. Loser Sanen Neophoenix keeps the second place with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kanagawa. First ranked host Toshiba Thunders (43-8) defeated their biggest opponent Sanen Neophoenix (27-24) 72-63. It was a very good performance for Nick Fazekas who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (made all of his seven free throws). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 43-8 record. Sanen Neophoenix at the other side keeps the second place with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kariya. First ranked host Aishin Sea Horses (40-10) defeated 3rd ranked Diamond Dolphins (23-27) 86-70. Worth to mention a great performance of Makoto Hiejima who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 40-10 record. Diamond Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 27 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face again Diamond Dolphins (#3) in Nagoya in the next round, which may be the game of the day.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 52: Kyoto Hannar. won against Osaka Evessa on the opponent's court 84-72. Toyota Alvark managed to outperform Sendai 89ers in a home game 58-51. Yokohama BC recorded a loss to Hitachi SR on the road 78-62. Toyama Grouses was defeated by Niigata Albirex on its own court 75-85.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points by Diante Garrett of Toyota Alvark.

Toshiba BT - Sanen 89-76

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kanagawa. First ranked host Toshiba Thunders (43-8) defeated their biggest opponent Sanen Neophoenix (27-24) 89-76. Toshiba Thunders looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) fired a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) chipped in 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. American swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 43-8 record. Loser Sanen Neophoenix keeps the second place with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 35+16reb+2ast, N.Tsuji 16+2reb+7ast, R.Shinoyama 9+1reb+5ast, M.Diouf 7+5reb+1ast, T.Hasegawa 6+6ast, K.Nomoto 6+3reb
Sanen: J.Childress 27+13reb+1ast, S.Tawatari 13+1reb, R.Dozier 9+7reb+2ast, S.Okada 8+4reb+1ast, O.Ashaolu 7+3reb+1ast, S.Ohishi 5
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Chiba Jets - Tochigi Brex 92-80

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Tochigi Brex (40-10) on the court of third ranked Chiba Jets on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Chiba Jets 92-80. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Tochigi Brex. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) who added 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) 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. Chiba Jets maintains third position with 35-15 record having nine points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Tochigi Brex at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. They share the position with SeaHorses. Chiba Jets are again looking forward to face league's leader Tochigi Brex at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tochigi Brex will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: T.Stone 29+3reb+2ast, R.Ono 18+1reb+1ast, H.Armstrong 14+10reb+1ast, Y.Togashi 11+2reb+5ast, S.Hara 7+2reb, M.Parker 6+7reb+2ast
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 14+10reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 13+2reb+2ast, J.Gibbs 12+11reb+3ast, Y.Suda 10+2reb+1ast, N.Kumagae 9, Y.Tabuse 6+2ast
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Toshiba BT - Sanen 72-63

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kanagawa. First ranked host Toshiba Thunders (43-8) defeated their biggest opponent Sanen Neophoenix (27-24) 72-63. It was a very good performance for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (made all of his seven free throws). International point guard Yuma Fujii (178-91) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sanen Neophoenix. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 43-8 record. Sanen Neophoenix at the other side keeps the second place with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 29+16reb+4ast, N.Tsuji 11+1ast, Y.Fujii 9+7reb+3ast, M.Diouf 6+9reb, Y.Nagayoshi 5+2reb, T.Hasegawa 5+1reb+2ast
Sanen: J.Childress 13+14reb+1ast, O.Ashaolu 10+4reb, R.Dozier 9+8reb, T.Suzuki 9+3reb+2ast, S.Okada 7+5reb+3ast, S.Tawatari 6+2reb+2ast
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Osaka Evessa - Kyoto Hannar. 72-84

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers Osaka Evessa (23-27) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (23-27) 84-72 on Saturday. It was a great shooting night for Kyoto Hannar. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Hayato Kawashima (186-90) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and American forward Mo Charlo (203-83, college: Nevada, agency: Aspire Sports) who added 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and the former international point guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to third place, which they share with Nagoya DD and Osaka Evessa. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Kyoto Hannar. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: H.Kawashima 20+3reb+3ast, H.Kusaka 16+4reb, M.Charlo 15+9reb, K.Yamabuchi 8+3reb+2ast, S.Murakami 7+2reb+3ast, Y.Okada 6+1ast
Osaka Evessa: X.Gibson 22+8reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 14+5reb+5ast, S.Negoro 12+2reb+1ast, J.Harrellson 10+5reb+2ast, S.Konno 6+2reb, T.Soma 3+4reb+1ast
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Toyota Alvark - Sendai 89ers 58-51

Rather predictable result in Tokyo where second ranked Toyota Alvark (37-13) defeated 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (13-37) 58-51 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and the other American import forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) who added 5 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. Toyota Alvark's coach Takuma Ito used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds and American Greg Mang