EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/11/2017 4:04:03 AM

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  ABA LEAGUE  


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar17.7 
 3. Lukovic, Krka16.8 
 4. Boatright, Cedevita16.6 
 5. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.6 
 6. Barac, Zadar15.6 
 7. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.6 
 8. Labovic, Karpos S.15.6 
 9. Hatcher, Partizan15.4 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks7.5 
 3. Lukovic, Krka7.4 
 4. Bolden, FMP7.2 
 5. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 6. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 7. Bilan, Cedevita7.1 
 8. Scott, MZT Skopje6.9 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.5 
 10. James, Buducnost6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Reynolds, Cibona6.9 
 2. Covic, FMP6.4 
 3. Williams, Buducnost6.1 
 4. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 5. Rebec, Krka5.9 
 6. Vladovic, Zadar4.8 
 7. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.6 
 8. Babic, Cedevita4.6 
 9. Perry, Karpos S.4.5 
 10. Novak, Mega Leks4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Reynolds, Cibona2.0 
 2. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar1.7 
 4. Labovic, Karpos S.1.7 
 5. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.6 
 6. Perry, Karpos S.1.6 
 7. Kaba, Mega Leks1.5 
 8. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 9. Rozic, Cibona1.4 
 10. Jenkins, Crvena Z.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Buducnost
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. James, Buducnost1.6 
 2. Lukovic, Partizan1.6 
 3. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 4. Scott, MZT Skopje1.4 
 5. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 6. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 7. Bolden, FMP1.0 
 8. Nikolic, Buducnost1.0 
 9. Davidovac, FMP1.0 
 10. Trajkovski, Karpos S.1.0 


Crvena Zvezda claim win in Game 1 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Cedevita 81:66

Crvena Zvezda took Game 1 of the Adriatic League Finals. They overcame a slow start to beat Cedevita in Belgrade. Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89, college: Hofstra) scored 20 points to pace the winners.
Cedevita raced off to a strong start. The Croatian team poured in 27 points in the first period to gain an 11-point lead. Crvena Zvezda bounced back in the second term. The hosts picked up the tempo and dropped 29 points to take a one-point halftime lead 45:44. Crvena Zvezda followed with a 21:10 rally in the third term to open a double-digit lead. The Serbian team limited Cedevita to just 12 points in the fourth period and secured the victory. Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) and Nate Wolters (193-PG-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) provided 14 points each for the winners. Marko Tomas (201-G-85) responded with 14 points for Cedevita. Ra'shad James (188-G-90, college: Kaiser) and Miro Bilan (213-C-89, agency: BeoBasket) banked in 12 points apiece in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Charles Jenkins 20, Ognjen Kuzmic 14, Nate Wolters 14
Cedevita: Marko Tomas 14, Ra'shad James 12, Miro Bilan 12



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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
Saha Milanovic (198-F-99) plays for Porto SG Virtus in Italian Serie C Silver
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.



Tirana clinch Super Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Tirana - Vllaznia 85-59

Tirana clinch Super Cup title in Albania as they beat Vllaznia 85-59. Tirana started strong and reached 19-12 lead at the end of the first period. Vllaznia meanwhile pushed back and after 19-16 run managed to reduce at 35-31 at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game as Tirana needed a 28-12 surge to seal the victory. Moreover they added a final 22-16 run in the last stanza for the success.



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 7 (Second Stage): 1 De Agosto loses to Marinha - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in Division I.

The game between third ranked 1 De Agosto (16-7) and sixth ranked Marinha (8-14) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. 1 De Agosto was defeated by Marinha in a tough game in Luanda 76-81. Marinha moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Progresso. Defending champion 1 De Agosto keeps the third position with seven games lost. Marinha is looking forward to face Progresso (#6) in the next round. 1 De Agosto will play against the league's leader Libolo in Libolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Libolo (23-0) which played road game in Luanda against 4th placed Interclube (9-14). Leader Libolo managed to get a 4-point victory 69-65. Undefeated Libolo have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-0 record. Interclube lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. Libolo will play against 1 De Agosto (#3) in Luanda in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Interclube's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Luanda to the arena Petroleos.
The game between second ranked Petroleos (18-5) and 5th ranked Progresso (8-14) in Luanda on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Petroleos outscored guests from 95-76. The victory was the third consecutive win for Petroleos. They maintain second place with 18-5 record having just eighteen point less than leader Libolo. Progresso at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Marinha. Petroleos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Luanda Interclube.

Places 1-6
Petroleos - Progresso 95-76

The game between second ranked Petroleos (18-5) and 5th ranked Progresso (8-14) in Luanda on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Petroleos outscored guests from 95-76. The victory was the third consecutive win for Petroleos. They maintain second place with 18-5 record having just eighteen point less than leader Libolo. Progresso at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Marinha. Petroleos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Luanda Interclube.
gschID: 539227


1 De Agosto - Marinha 76-81

The game between third ranked 1 De Agosto (16-7) and sixth ranked Marinha (8-14) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. 1 De Agosto was defeated by Marinha in a tough game in Luanda 76-81. Marinha moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Progresso. Defending champion 1 De Agosto keeps the third position with seven games lost. Marinha is looking forward to face Progresso (#6) in the next round. 1 De Agosto will play against the league's leader Libolo in Libolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 539226


Interclube - Libolo 65-69

An interesting game for Libolo (23-0) which played road game in Luanda against 4th placed Interclube (9-14). Leader Libolo managed to get a 4-point victory 69-65. Libolo have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-0 record. Interclube lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. Libolo will play against 1 De Agosto (#3) in Luanda in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Interclube's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Luanda to the arena Petroleos.
gschID: 539225





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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 31: Stingerz defeats Yorks Crushers in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

Sixth-ranked Yorks Crushers (4-12) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Stingerz (11-4) on Sunday. Stingerz managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 18-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Stingerz maintains fourth place with 11-4 record. Yorks Crushers at the other side keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Freetown T.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in St.John's. Their biggest opponent host Cutie Ovals Ojays (12-3) lost to third ranked Flyers (12-3) 78-69. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Cutie Ovals Ojays. Flyers moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Cutie Ovals Ojays. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Cutie Ovals Ojays - Flyers 69-78

The game between Top Four teams took place in St.John's. Their biggest opponent host Cutie Ovals Ojays (12-3) lost to third ranked Flyers (12-3) 78-69. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Cutie Ovals Ojays. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-11. But Cutie Ovals Ojays won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Flyers moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Cutie Ovals Ojays. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 539400


Stingerz - Yorks Crushers 68-65

Sixth-ranked Yorks Crushers (4-12) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Stingerz (11-4) on Sunday. Stingerz managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 18-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Stingerz maintains fourth place with 11-4 record. Yorks Crushers at the other side keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Freetown T.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 539399





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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.9.5 
 5. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.8 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.7 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.7 
 9. Wood, San M.8.6 
 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. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
 10. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 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 


Franco Balbi claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

International Point guard Franco Balbi (185-PG-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Ferrocarril and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 43.
The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 25 points adding five rebounds and seven assists for Ferrocarril in his team's victory, helping them to beat Instituto (#5, 27-21) 97-91. Ferrocarril maintains the 2nd position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ferrocarril will need more victories to improve their 30-16 record. In the team's last game Balbi had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Balbi has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 6.3apg. Balbi

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old American center Torin Francis (210-C-83) of La Union. Francis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Of course La Union cruised to a 78-69 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Olimpico LB (#4, 27-21). La Union's 8th position in Norte has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 21-28 record. Francis is well-known by La Union fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Lisandro Rasio (198-F-90, agency: Pro Sports) of Atenas (#9). Rasio scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Rasio's great performance Atenas lost 76-83 to the higher-ranked Ferrocarril (#2, 30-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Atenas ranking at the top of Norte, however are very questionable as they have already lost 26 games, recording just eighteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rasio could help Atenas to bring them higher in the standings. Rasio has a very solid season. In 35 games in Argentina he scored 7.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reynaldo Garcia (187-G-90) of San Martin C. - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Pete Mickeal (199-SF-78) of Atenas - 27 points and 5 rebounds
6. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88) of GECR Indalo - 21 points and 11 rebounds
7. Pablo Espinoza (200-F-87) of Regatas C. - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Larry O'Bannon (192-SG-83) of Hispano Am. - 26 points and 3 rebounds
9. Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) of Weber Bahia - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Libertad S. - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



LigaA Round 43: Leader San Lorenzo loses to Atenas - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LigaA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 7 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked San Lorenzo (30-15) recorded its fifteenth loss in Almagra on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by ninth ranked Atenas (18-26) 100-99. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Atenas shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. American Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) fired 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Mateo Chiarini (186-98) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Atenas' coach Osvaldo Arduh used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for lost side. Atenas maintains ninth place with 18-26 record. Defending champion San Lorenzo still keeps top position with 15 games lost. Atenas are looking forward to face league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San Lorenzo will play at home against Argentino and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Comodoro R.. Fourth ranked Weber Bahia (24-18) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed GECR Indalo (24-23) 77-76 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of GECR Indalo. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. Anthony-Laveal Johnson contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for GECR Indalo. Weber Bahia moved-up to third place. GECR Indalo at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 23 games lost. Weber Bahia will play against Echague (#10) in Parana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. GECR Indalo will play at home against Boca Juniors (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Regatas Corrientes (28-18) against seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (22-23) on Saturday night. Host Regatas Corrientes was defeated by Libertad Sunchales in Corrientes 92-79. It was a great evening for Jeremiah Massey who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side Paolo Quinteros responded with 26 points. Libertad Sunchales maintains seventh place with 22-23 record. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the third position with 18 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will meet La Union (#8) in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Estudiantes C. (31-16) against sixth ranked Obras Basket (23-23) on Friday night. Host Estudiantes C. was defeated by Obras Basket in a tough game in Concordia 60-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Estudiantes C.. It was an exceptional evening for Dennis Horner who led the winners and scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Obras Basket maintains sixth place with 23-23 record. Estudiantes C. at the other side keeps the second position with 16 games lost. Obras Basket will have a break next round. Estudiantes C. will play on the road against Hispano Am. in Rio Gallegos and hope to win that game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cordoba. Second ranked Ferrocarril faced 4th placed Instituto. Guests from Buenos Aires (30-16) defeated host Instituto (27-21) 97-91. Franco Balbi fired 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Ferrocarril have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 30-16 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Instituto keeps the fourth position with 21 games lost. Ferrocarril will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

Other games of round 43 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Quilmes MP was defeated by San Martin C. in Corrientes 86-76. La Union beat Olimpico LB at home 78-69. Hispano Am. lost to Quimsa on the opponent's court 74-89. San Martin C. managed to outperform Libertad S. in a home game 77-65. Atenas recorded a loss to Ferrocarril on the road 83-76. Regatas C. defeated Quilmes MP on its own court 81-75.

Regatas C. - Libertad S. 79-92

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Regatas Corrientes (28-18) against seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (22-23) on Saturday night. Host Regatas Corrientes was defeated by Libertad Sunchales in Corrientes 92-79. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 56-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Libertad Sunchales dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Regatas Corrientes' 32. It was a great evening for American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. The former international Sebastian Vega (200-88) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) responded with 26 points and the former international forward Fabian Ramirez (193-90) scored 16 points. Libertad Sunchales maintains seventh place with 22-23 record. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the third position with 18 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will meet La Union (#8) in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Massey 22+10reb+2ast, S.Vega 16+5reb+3ast, J.Brussino 16+1reb+4ast, J.Vildoza 13+2reb+3ast, M.Saglietti 12+1reb+1ast, A.Alloatti 6+10reb+1ast
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 26+3reb+3ast, F.Ramirez 16+4reb+3ast, D.Sims 11+1reb+7ast, C.Troutman 8+10reb, F.Martina 6, P.Espinoza 6+14reb+3ast
gschID: 523678


Instituto - Ferrocarril 91-97

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cordoba. Second ranked Ferrocarril faced 4th placed Instituto. Guests from Buenos Aires (30-16) defeated host Instituto (27-21) 97-91. Instituto was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Ferrocarril looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) fired 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Five Ferrocarril players scored in double figures. American John DeGroat (201-85, college: Pittsburgh) produced 34 points (!!!) and the other American import swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ferrocarril have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 30-16 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Instituto keeps the fourth position with 21 games lost. Ferrocarril will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: F.Balbi 25+5reb+7ast, R.Clemente 17+9reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 16+2reb+2ast, J.Maldonado 16+3reb+1ast, A.Lucas 12+4reb+1ast, M.Cuello 5+1ast
Instituto: J.DeGroat 34+1reb, R.Green 14+6reb+2ast, P.Bertone 12+2reb+3ast, D.Ciorciari 8+1reb+6ast, D.Phillip 8+3reb, S.Clancy 7+11reb+4ast
gschID: 544034


San Lorenzo - Atenas 99-100

Top ranked San Lorenzo (30-15) recorded its fifteenth loss in Almagra on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by ninth ranked Atenas (18-26) 100-99. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Atenas shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. American Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) fired 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Mateo Chiarini (186-98) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Atenas' coach Osvaldo Arduh used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and international forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Atenas maintains ninth place with 18-26 record. Defending champion San Lorenzo still keeps top position with 15 games lost. Atenas are looking forward to face league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San Lorenzo will play at home against Argentino and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Atenas: P.Mickeal 27+5reb, M.Chiarini 21+3reb+4ast, R.Johnson 15+8reb, F.Baralle 12+2reb+1ast, B.Labaque 8+1reb+2ast, G.Mikulas 6+4reb+2ast
San Lorenzo: J.Meyinsse 20+5reb, G.Deck 20+2reb+3ast, M.Mata 19+4reb+2ast, M.Calfani 15+6reb+2ast, S.Scala 10+2reb+3ast, B.McShepard 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 523670


San Martin C. - Quilmes MP 86-76

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Quilmes MP (19-26) was defeated on the road by first ranked San Martin Corrientes (33-12) 86-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by San Martin Corrientes. Quilmes MP was better in third quarter 25-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Martin Corrientes made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Quilmes MP was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Cuban guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Point guard Lucas Faggiano (189-89, college: LIU Brooklyn) chipped in 18 points. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) produced 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: DTMones) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 33-12 record. Loser Quilmes MP keeps the seventh position with 26 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face Olimpico de La Banda (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: R.Garcia 23+6reb+3ast, L.Faggiano 18+3reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 12+2reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 11+2reb+1ast, L.Mainoldi 6+13reb+3ast, F.Aguerre 6+2reb
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 23+6reb+6ast, E.Ruiz 15+3reb, T.Robinson 14+2reb, E.Flor 10+2reb+2ast, I.Basualdo 5+4reb, I.Clark 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523673


La Union - Olimpico LB 78-69

There was a small surprise in Formosa where eighth ranked La Union (21-27) defeated 5th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (26-21) 78-69 on Saturday. La Union had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Eduardo Gamboa (188-84) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Mauro Cosolito (195-88) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. La Union maintains eighth place with 21-27 record. Loser Olimpico de La Banda keeps the fifth position with 21 games lost. La Union will face higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpico de La Banda will play against Regatas Corrientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
La Union: T.Francis 20+14reb, E.Gamboa 18+4reb+4ast, F.Pinero 13+8reb+2ast, A.Elsener 9+3reb+2ast, D.Garcia 9+1reb+2ast, P.Orlietti 6+2reb+1ast
Olimpico LB: M.Cosolito 19+6reb+2ast, K.Lamonte 16+5reb+1ast, D.Nesbitt 10+9reb+1ast, F.Van Lacke 9+2reb+1ast, M.Stanic 7+2reb+1ast, J.Williams 4+9reb
gschID: 523674


Quimsa - Hispano Am. 89-74

Rather expected game in Santiado Estero where 9th ranked Hispano Am. (17-30) was defeated by sixth ranked Quimsa (24-25) 89-74 on Friday. Quimsa looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) fired 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. American Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Quimsa players scored in double figures. American Larry OBannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) produced 26 points and American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Quimsa maintains sixth place with 24-25 record. Newly promoted Hispano Am. keeps the ninth position with 30 games lost. Quimsa will have a break next round. Hispano Am. will play at home against the league's second-placed Estudiantes C. (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: N.Romano 18+3reb+4ast, A.Harper 17+5reb+2ast, R.Hamilton 13+2reb+2ast, C.Elliott 12+7reb+3ast, L.Gonzalez 11+1reb+1ast, P.Hopson 10+5reb+6ast
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 26+3reb+1ast, N.Ferreyra 15+1reb, K.Austin 11+8reb+1ast, J.Treise 6+4reb+3ast, A.Zilli 6+4reb+4ast, M.Fierro 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 523672


Estudiantes C. - Obras Basket 60-64

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Estudiantes C. (31-16) against sixth ranked Obras Basket (23-23) on Friday night. Host Estudiantes C. was defeated by Obras Basket in a tough game in Concordia 60-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Estudiantes C.. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) who led the winners and scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Martin Leiva (211-80) accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) added 14 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Estudiantes C. in the defeat. Obras Basket maintains sixth place with 23-23 record. Estudiantes C. at the other side keeps the second position with 16 games lost. Obras Basket will have a break next round. Estudiantes C. will play on the road against Hispano Am. in Rio Gallegos and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: W.Herrmann 13+5reb, D.Horner 11+7reb+2ast, M.Leiva 10+8reb+1ast, M.Bortolin 9+2reb+2ast, P.Barral 8+1reb+2ast, J.Richard 7+9reb
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 21+10reb+2ast, J.Justiz 14+13reb+1ast, A.Marin 11+3reb+4ast, F.Giorgi 5+4reb, P.Calderon 3+2reb, S.Orresta 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 523668


San Martin C. - Libertad S. 77-65

Very predictable result when first ranked San Martin Corrientes (33-12) beat at home 7th ranked Libertad Sunchales (22-23) 77-65 on Thursday. Cuban guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. The former international Sebastian Vega (200-88) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and international point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 33-12 record. Loser Libertad Sunchales keeps the seventh position with 23 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face Olimpico de La Banda (#5) at home in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play against La Union in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: R.Garcia 22+5reb+3ast, J.Pablo Cantero 13+1reb+4ast, L.Mainoldi 11+7reb+3ast, D.Tintorelli 9+5reb+3ast, M.Lescano 7+2reb, F.Aguerre 7+4reb
Libertad S.: S.Vega 15+9reb+3ast, J.Brussino 13+7reb+5ast, J.Massey 10+8reb+1ast, A.Alloatti 8+4reb+1ast, L.Goldenberg 7+2reb, J.Vildoza 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 523671


Ferrocarril - Atenas 83-76

Not a big story in a game in Buenos Aires where 9th ranked Atenas (18-26) was defeated by second ranked Ferrocarril (30-16) 83-76 on Thursday. Ferrocarril looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) fired 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) chipped in 4 points and 13 assists. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) produced 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Lisandro Rasio (198-90, agency: Pro Sports) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ferrocarril have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 30-16 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Atenas keeps the ninth position with 26 games lost. Ferrocarril will face again Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: R.Clemente 22+8reb, A.Lucas 16+1reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 13+4reb+1ast, M.Cuello 10+1reb, J.Maldonado 7+4reb+6ast, A.Feeley 6+4reb
Atenas: P.Mickeal 27+7reb+4ast, L.Rasio 23+5reb+1ast, R.Johnson 12+8reb+1ast, D.Gerbaudo 9+3reb+6ast, M.Chiarini 5+4reb+4ast, J.Basualdo 0
gschID: 543796


GECR Indalo - Weber Bahia 76-77

Important game to mention about took place in Comodoro R.. Fourth ranked Weber Bahia (24-18) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed GECR Indalo (24-23) 77-76 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of GECR Indalo. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Weber Bahia players scored in double figures. Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Nicolas De-los-Santos (180-88) added 21 points and 4 assists in the effort for GECR Indalo. Weber Bahia moved-up to third place. GECR Indalo at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 23 games lost. Weber Bahia will play against Echague (#10) in Parana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. GECR Indalo will play at home against Boca Juniors (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 24+7reb+2ast, A.Laveal Johnson 18+5reb, H.Jasen 14+2reb+2ast, M.Fjellerup 10+6reb+3ast, J.Levy 6+2reb, M.Fernandez 3+2ast
GECR Indalo: N.De los Santos 21+2reb+4ast, E.Vargas 21+11reb, C.Schattmann 16+3reb+4ast, D.Romero 9+10reb, J.Manuel Rivero 6+3reb+1ast, M.Shaw 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 543794


Regatas C. - Quilmes MP 81-75

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Regatas Corrientes (28-18) won against at home 7th ranked Quilmes MP (19-26) 81-75 on Thursday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Regatas Corrientes outrebounded Quilmes MP 43-32 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Uruguayan point guard Santiago Vidal (180-89, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Eric Flor (186-93) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes maintains third place with 28-18 record having four points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Quilmes MP keeps the seventh position with 26 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Olimpico de La Banda (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Espinoza 20+11reb+2ast, S.Vidal 18+6reb+3ast, C.Troutman 16+9reb+1ast, F.Ramirez 8+8reb+4ast, D.Sims 8+1reb+3ast, P.Quinteros 6+6ast
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 19+5reb, L.Vildoza 19+1reb+2ast, I.Basualdo 11+8reb+2ast, I.Clark 11+5reb+1ast, B.Sansimoni 6+4reb+4ast, T.Robinson 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 543795





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

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

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Spain). He led Baskonia to a victory against the 15th-ranked Sevilla (8-18) 79-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Laprovittola scored 11 points in only a mere 10 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (18-8) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. This year Laprovittola averages: 5.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 27.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 88.2% in nine games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Brussino
Nicolas Brussino
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Nicolas Brussino (202-93, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (32-48) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Brussino's good performance the Dallas Mavericks (32-48) were defeated 98-87 on the road by the Sacramento Kings. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Brussino also added 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Brussino's overall stats this season are: 2.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 28.9% and FT: 73.7%. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). Campazzo was not able to help one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (10-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance UCAM Murcia was crushed 109-84 in Madrid by the higher-ranked (#11) Movil Estudiantes. Campazzo recorded 10 points and added 8 passes in 28 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Campazzo has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 81.4% in 25 games. He is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #4. An experienced small forward Andres Nocioni (203-79, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the sixth-ranked Anadolu Efes (17-13) 97-80 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Nocioni scored 5 points. Real Madrid (23-7) is placed first in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Nocioni averages only 2.5ppg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Nocioni is also Argentinian national team player.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #5. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for Arkadia Lions (14-14) in their game against Vienna (16-13) in the Austrian A Bundesliga, despite his very good performance in Monday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 16 rebounds. Vay also added 3 assists in 40 minutes. But Arkadia Lions lost 59-66 in Wien to the higher-ranked (#4) Vienna. It's Vay's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Vay averages: 18.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg in 26 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Vay used to play for the Argentinian national team eight years ago.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #6. Point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Svendborg (13-15) in their game against Bakken (24-4) in the Danish Ligaen, despite his very good performance last Thursday. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Porta also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his five free throws) in 31 minutes. But Svendborg was badly defeated 95-79 in Aarhus by the leading Bakken. It was Svendborg's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Porta has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.8apg in 29 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team nine years ago.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #7. International guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs (61-19) in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (49-31) in the NBA. Ginobili cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs (61-19) were defeated 98-87 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 15th year in Spurs' roster. Ginobili has reliable stats this season: 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #8. Center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Delia couldn't help one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (10-16) in their game against Movil Estudiantes (11-16). He recorded only 4 points. UCAM Murcia was crushed 109-84 in Madrid by the higher-ranked Movil Estudiantes (#11). It's Delia's first season with the team. Delia's overall stats this year are: 5.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #9. Former international guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Palma (17-14) crushing them 88-62 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. Fernandez recorded 10 points and added 3 assists. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (22-9) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Fernandez's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team three years ago.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #10. Small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Valmontone (21-7) in their game against Napoli Cuore (25-4) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Despite his good performance last Sunday Caceres recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Caceres' overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former U16 international player as fifteen years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) could not help one of league's weakest teams Umana Venezia (17-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Filloy's good performance Umana Venezia was defeated 88-80 on the road by the leading Armani Milano. He scored 11 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Filloy's first season with the team. Filloy's overall stats this year are: 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to help Paulistano (11-7) in their last game. Despite Hure's good performance Paulistano was edged 87-84 in Aldeota by the much lower-ranked (#11) SKY/Basquete. He recorded 12 points in 21 minutes. This year Hure's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg in 23 games he played so far.

   #3. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Armani Milano (21-5) crushing them 98-76 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He recorded 8 points. Dolomiti Energia Trento (15-11) is placed fifth in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Forray has been at the team for six years. Forray's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #4. Experienced Santiago Boffelli (197-G/F-83, currently plays in Italy) led Scauri to a 2-point victory over the 14th-ranked Roma S.Azzurra (6-22) 68-66 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Sunday night. Boffelli was MVP of the game. He scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 37 minutes. Basket Scauri (13-14) is placed tenth in Group C. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Boffelli has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in 26 games. Boffelli has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #5. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led FCM Ferentino to a victory over the 16th-ranked Agropoli (7-21) crushing them 86-56 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Musso recorded 21 points and added 4 passes. FMC Ferentino (12-16) is placed 13th in West group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Musso's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg. Similarly like Boffelli and Forray above Musso also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #6. Tulio Cobos (197-F-86, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to secure a victory for Bucaneros in their game against Gaiteros in the Venezuelan LPB. Cobos scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 82-64. Cobos has reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2apg.

   #7. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Lighthouse TR (14-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Lighthouse TR lost 71-85 in Siena to the lower-ranked (#12) Mens Sana 1871 in the West group. Filloy was the second best scorer with 18 points in 27 minutes. This year Filloy's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.8apg in 27 games. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #8. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to a CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro's victory against the closely-ranked Pinheiros 85-80 in the Brazilian NBB on Friday night. Palacios scored 6 points in 20 minutes. This year his overall stats are: 3.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.8apg in 31 games.

   #9. Agustin Fabi (199-F/G-91, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Viola RC in their last game. Despite Fabi's very good performance the tenth-placed Viola RC was badly defeated 89-73 in Trapani by the higher-ranked (#8) Lighthouse TR in the West group. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. Fabi averaged so far 12.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg in 27 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #10. Juan Sutina (192-G-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Lleida Basquet (16-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Sutina's very good performance Lleida Basquet was defeated 92-82 in S'Arenal by the higher-ranked Palma (#9). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Sutina also added 4 rebounds. His overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 1.7rpg.



Recap of TNA Round 2 of 1/16 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Atenas Carmen - Rocamora 101-81

Atenas Carmen overcame Rocamora to level the series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Rocamora was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atenas dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Rocamora's 36. The best player for the winners was American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) who scored 32 points and 4 assists. The other American import forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Swingman Matias Cuello (190-91) produced 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Uruguayan guard Facundo Medina (190-94) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Rocamora's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: S.Cutley 32+4reb+4ast, H.Wilkerson 20+7reb, G.Peralta 19+6reb, M.Percaz 9+2reb+2ast, H.Etchepare 9+2reb+4ast, B.Oprandi 6+6reb+7ast
Rocamora: M.Cuello 23+5reb+5ast, F.Medina 16+6reb+2ast, J.Luis Abeiro 15+7reb, I.Davico 8+2reb+6ast, L.Podesta 8+5reb+1ast, F.Benitez 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 543319


Temperley - Platense 69-78

Platense nipped Temperley on the road to even things up at 1-1. Guard Felipe Pais (185-90) scored 13 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Martin Trimboli (196-85) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and guard Alejandro Eiguren (185-86) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Platense: K.Gayden 15+5reb+1ast, A.Pappalardi 15+1reb+2ast, F.Pais 13+4reb+5ast, I.Romani 10+6reb, K.Young 8+10reb+1ast, D.Mansilla 7+3reb+1ast
TEMPERLEY: L.Ortiz 17+3reb+1ast, M.Trimboli 17+4reb+4ast, A.Eiguren 14+5reb+4ast, L.Ibanez Paz 12+7reb+2ast, R.Pelorosso 5+1reb+3ast, S.Chaine 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 543318


Olimpo BB - Gimnasia LP 83-65

Olimpo BB outscored Gimnasia LP to open win count in the series. Olimpo dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Gimnasia LP's 22 and had 23 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Gimnasia LP only scored seven points from the stripe. Olimpo forced 20 Gimnasia LP turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Agustin Sanchez (196-92) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Olimpo players scored in double figures. American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Lorenzo Capponi-Febo (191-94) added 16 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Olimpo BB: D.Summers 20+12reb+2ast, A.Sanchez 15+6reb+1ast, A.Giarraffa 12+2reb+6ast, C.Schoppler 12+1reb+5ast, F.Pennacchotti 9+8reb+1ast, T.Granado 8+7reb+2ast
Gimnasia LP: J.Efese 18+6reb, L.Capponi Febo 16+2reb+1ast, M.Segon 12+4reb, E.Rusconi 6+3reb+7ast, J.Lancieri 5+2reb+7ast, R.Rosende 3+9reb+2ast
gschID: 543316


Ciclista - Petr.Argentino 88-84

Ciclista held off Petr.Argentino as the teams traded victories in the first two games. Ciclista outrebounded Petr.Argentino 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Petr.Argentino helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American swingman Aaron Harrison (198-93, college: Lynn) who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Mauro Araujo (186-94) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Italian point guard Mariano Castets (183-83) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ciclista: A.Harrison 27+8reb+2ast, M.Araujo 20+5reb+3ast, J.Fahnbulleh 14+11reb+2ast, A.Merlo 11+2reb+10ast, P.Martinez 11+10reb, M.Tamburini 3+3reb+1ast
Petr.Argentino: D.Dodson 27+15reb+4ast, M.Castets 17+2reb+2ast, L.Diaz 13+3reb, F.Gago 13+3reb+1ast, D.Pineda 10, L.Rodriguez 4+3reb
gschID: 543317


Salta Basket - Independiente BBC 77-82

Independiente BBC upset Salta Basket to level the series at 1-1. Salta Basket was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Independiente BBC players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Juan-Angel Lopez (190-84, agency: DTMones) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Matias Martinez (178-94) chipped in 22 points. Swingman Gregorio Eseverri (194-87) produced 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Salta Basket players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Independiente BBC: J.Angel Lopez 23+5reb+5ast, M.Martinez 22+3reb+2ast, J.Aprea 15+8reb+1ast, V.Hugo Cajal 9+4reb+9ast, M.Vittar 7+4reb+2ast, B.Ingrata 4+7reb+2ast
Salta Basket: G.Eseverri 18+9reb+4ast, L.Prowell 16+5reb, I.Okoye 13+9reb, N.Copello 13+4reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 7+2reb, R.Haag 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 543313


BHY Tiro Federal - Obera TC 66-67

Obera TC narrowly edged BHY Tiro Federal on the road to secure the first win in the playoffs. Obera TC outrebounded BHY Tiro Federal 41-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. Forward Joaquin Deck (198-92) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Martin Gandoy (194-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Mariano Ceruti (194-79) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for BHY Tiro Federal. Five Obera TC and four BHY Tiro Federal players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: J.Deck 18+13reb, J.Montero 14+1reb, A.Montes Cardozo 11+4reb, M.Gandoy 10+11reb+3ast, A.Joseph 10+9reb, S.Luduena 4+3reb+1ast
BHY Tiro Federal: E.Correa 21+8reb+2ast, P.Lockett 12+6reb+1ast, M.Ceruti 11+6reb+6ast, M.Maximiliano 10+5reb+1ast, L.Cecchi 7+3reb, D.Brezzo 3
gschID: 543315


Barrio Parque - Villa San Martin 70-78

Villa San Martin upset Barrio Parque to take the first victory in the series. Agustin Carnovale (195-86) notched 25 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and forward Julian Morales (195-95) supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds by power forward Emiliano Martina (200-83) did not help to save the game for Barrio Parque. Power forward Sebastian Cabello (202-82) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Four Barrio Parque players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
VILLA SAN MARTIN: A.Carnovale 25+1reb+5ast, J.Morales 17+10reb, G.Saavedra 13+8reb, M.Cabrera 9+4reb+6ast, A.Toledo 5+4reb+1ast, E.Pellot 4
Barrio Parque: E.Martina 12+10reb+3ast, G.Marozzi 11+5reb+1ast, S.Cabello 10+6reb+5ast, E.Cantarutti 10+2reb+1ast, E.Rossi 8+1reb+2ast, L.Guerra 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543314


San Isidro - Mitre Tuc. 69-63

San Isidro grabbed 2-0 lead over Mitre following a tough home win. San Isidro dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Mitre Tuc.'s 30. The best player for the winners was naturalized Italian Juan Kelly (190-88) who scored 27 points. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) chipped in 8 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Gonzalo Gorostiaga (180-91) produced 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jose Muruaga (188-84) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Mitre Tuc. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
San Isidro: J.Kelly 27+2reb+3ast, J.Durley 11+6reb+1ast, H. Feder 8+2ast, S.Gonzalez 8+13reb, M.Muller 6+4reb+1ast, M.Corzo 4+3reb
Mitre Tuc.: F.Toia 14+4reb+1ast, R.Banegas 12+6reb, G.Gorostiaga 11+7reb+4ast, J.Muruaga 10+6reb+3ast, L.Arganaraz 8+5reb+1ast, T.Brown 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 543312





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

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

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Euroleague). Motum led his Lithuanian team Zalgiris to a victory against the closely-ranked Baskonia (17-13) 84-79 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (14-16) is placed tenth in the Euroleague. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. Motum has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 58.2%(89-153), 3FGP: 46.2%(36-78) and FT: 70.9%. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center David Andersen (213-80, currently plays in France). Andersen could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 88-92 on the road to the leading Monaco. Andersen scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 23 minutes. This year Andersen averages: 9.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 54.5% in two games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Arizona, currently plays in Japan). He led Dragonflies to a victory over the sixth-ranked Kagoshima (7-45) crushing them 112-81 in the Japanese B League D2 last Saturday. Dillon was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Dillon also added 5 assists in 25 minutes. Hiroshima Dragonflies (41-11) are placed second in West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Dillon has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 69.7% in 52 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Trinidad and Tobago. Former South Dragons starter played for the Australian national team eight years ago.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #4. Small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Utah Jazz's victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-49) 120-113 in the NBA on Friday night. Ingles scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists. The Utah Jazz has a solid 49-31 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ingles' overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. He is also Australian national team player.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #5. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Milwaukee Bucks in their game against the Dallas Mavericks (32-48) in the NBA, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Dellavedova was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 passes in 34 minutes. But the Milwaukee Bucks (41-39) lost 105-109 in Dallas to the Mavericks. It was Bucks' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Dellavedova's first season with the team. Dellavedova has reliable stats this year: 7.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.7apg in 75 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
   #6. Center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Detroit Pistons (36-43) in their game against the Toronto Raptors (50-31) in the NBA, despite his good performance on Wednesday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. But the Detroit Pistons (36-43) were edged 105-102 in Toronto by the Raptors. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. This year Baynes' overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 4.5rpg in 74 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #7. International forward Ryan Broekhoff (200-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Avtodor (7-14) 79-61 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Broekhoff scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Lokomotiv Kuban (15-5) is placed fourth in the VTB United League. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. Broekhoff's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Australian national team player.

Nick Kay
Nick Kay
   #8. Power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) was the main contributor in Sharks' victory against the closely-ranked Rangers (3-2) crushing them 100-73 in the New Zealand NBL last Saturday. Kay was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 15 rebounds. Kay also added 4 assists in 35 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks (3-2) are placed second in the NBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kay's stats this year are: 15.0ppg, 10.0rpg and 3.4apg in five games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2010.

Jason Cadee
Jason Cadee
   #9. Former international guard Jason Cadee (186-91, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in Kymis' victory against one of league's weakest teams Apollon Patras (6-19) 76-70 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Cadee recorded 17 points and added 4 assists. GS Kymis (8-17) is placed 11th in the A1. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Cadee averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Australian national team eight years ago.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #10. Point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (43-38) 95-89 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Mills scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 61-19 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. Mills is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Spurs' roster. He averaged so far 9.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.5apg in 78 games. Mills is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U22 international guard Daryl Corletto (193-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Plymouth Raiders in their game against Worcester Wolves in the British BBL. Despite his very good performance last Sunday He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Corletto also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Corletto averages: 17.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team seventeen years ago.

   #12. International point guard Dante Exum (198-95, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joe Ingles. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Exum helped Utah Jazz win their game against the Portland Trail Blazers 106-87. He scored 10 points in 25 minutes. This year Exum's total stats are: 6.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg in 64 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. Former U22 international guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) helped Rangers win their game against the closely-ranked Mountain Airs 65-62 in the New Zealand NBL in Sunday night's game. McCarron was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. McCarron also added 4 assists. This season he has very high stats. McCarron averages: 23.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 5.0apg and 2.4spg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) helped Nishinomiya Storks win their game against the fourth-ranked Tokyo Excellence 80-77 in the Japanese B League D2 last Saturday. Vandenberg scored 12 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 22 minutes. He averaged so far 10.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7bpg in 42 games. Vandenberg used to play for the Australian U18 national team back in 2008.

   #15. Former U19 international forward Lewis Thomas (203-92, college: W.Oregon, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Glasgow Rocks in their game against Worcester Wolves in the British BBL. Despite his good performance on Sunday night He recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and made 2 blocks. Thomas has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-29) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-29) were edged 126-125 on the road by the Atlanta Hawks. Irving was the top scorer with 45 points. He also added 9 passes in 45 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Irving's sixth season with the team. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 25.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.8apg and 1.2spg in 72 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) led PAOK to a victory over the 12th-ranked Koroivos (7-18) 75-66 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Sobey was MVP of the game. He recorded 15 points; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Sobey's third season in pro basketball. PAOK Thessaloniki (14-11) is placed fourth in the A1. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Sobey has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.

   #3. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand) was the major contributor in Saints' victory against the fifth-ranked Mountain Airs (3-3) 100-87 in the New Zealand NBL last Thursday. Duinker recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Wellington Saints (6-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Duinker has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.3apg. Duinker has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian.

   #4. Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Milwaukee Bucks (41-39) in their last game. Despite Maker's good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (41-39) lost 105-109 in Dallas to the Mavericks. He scored 11 points in 20 minutes. It was Bucks' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. Maker has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.9rpg in 54 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and South Sudanese.

   #5. Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Bristol Acadamy Flyers' victory against the tenth-ranked Cheshire Phoenix (9-21) 89-83 in the British BBL last Sunday. Vigor scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Bristol Academy Flyers (12-8) is placed sixth in the BBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Vigor has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.4apg.

   #6. Timothy Kearney (202-F/G-86, currently plays in Sweden) managed to help BC Lulea to win against one of league's weakest teams Umea 94-77 in the Swedish Basketligan in Monday night's game. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Kearney has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 3.1rpg. He has both Australian and Swedish nationalities.

   #7. Kyle Adnam (186-G-93, currently plays in New Zealand) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Giants (0-5) in their last game. Despite Adnam's good performance the bottom-ranked Giants were badly defeated 81-63 in Tamatea by the one of league's weakest teams (#6) Hawks. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Adnam also added 5 passes in 29 minutes. Adnam averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg in two games.

   #8. Experienced Mick Pennisi (206-C-75, college: E.Michigan, currently plays in Philippines) couldn't help Globalport in their game against Blackwater in the Filipino PBA. He recorded 5 points. His team was defeated 118-113. Pennisi has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 1.3rpg. He also holds two passports: Australian and Filipino.

   #9. Tony Tolovae (196-G-92, currently plays in New Zealand) faced previously mentioned Kyle Adnam in the New Zealand NBL last game. Tolovae helped Hawks win their game against the league outsider Giants 81-63. He recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Tolovae averaged so far 12.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.8apg. He has dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #10. David Humphries (193-G-91, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Plymouth Raiders in their game against Worcester Wolves in the British BBL. Humphries cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. His team lost 87-93. Humphries has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg in seven games.



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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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. McNealy, Oberwart16.7 
 8. Rados, Klostern.16.7 
 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. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.5 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.5 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.4 
 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. O''Neal, Wels4.4 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.4 
 9. Friedrich, Gmunden4.4 
 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. Payton, Wels1.4 
 9. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 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. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.7 


Recap of 2.Bundesliga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Dragons - Kosovo 75-54

Dragons outgunned KOS to secure the lead in the series. The game without a history. UBC St. Polten led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter.
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Rocks - Timberwolves 73-67

Rocks held off Timberwolves in the opener. Timberwolves were ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 21-7 charge of Rocks, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Timberwolves to just 7 points in fourth quarter.
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Mustangs - BBU S. 83-70

Mustangs got to the winning start in their playoff campaign. They defeated BBU in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Mustangs. BBU S. was better in second period 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
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Raiders - Lions 81-72

Raiders rallied past Lions en route to the opening victory. Raiders dominated in the second half to march to a well-deserved win in Game 1.
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A Bundesliga Round 31: Gmunden Swans are defeated by Vienna - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The game between second ranked Gmunden Swans (20-9) and fourth ranked Vienna (16-13) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Gmunden Swans were crushed by Vienna in Wien 89-69. The game was mostly controlled by Vienna. Gmunden Swans managed to win third quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-94, college: Iowa) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) helped adding 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 24 points and 4 assists. Vienna have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 16-13 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side keep the second position with nine games lost. Vienna are looking forward to face higher ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will have a break next round.
A Bundesliga top team - Redwell Gunners Oberwart (24-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked UBSC Graz (6-22) 96-58. It was a quality performance for power forward Benjamin Blazevic (204-95) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Andell Cumberbatch accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach Chris Chougaz felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin point guard Milos Krivokapic (185-96) came up with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for UBSC Graz in the defeat. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-4 record. UBSC Graz lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 22 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against Arkadia Lions (#6) in Traiskirchen in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. UBSC Graz will play at home against Dukes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Furstenfeld was also quite interesting. Third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (18-11) played at the court of 7th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (12-17). Kapfenberg Bulls did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-68 on Monday. Bogic Vujosevic fired 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Marino Sarlija produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds for lost side. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Kapfenberg Bulls. They maintain third place with 18-11 record having five points less than leader Oberwart. Furstenfeld Panthers lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will meet at home Vienna (#4) in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked Dukes (4-24) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (14-14). Raiffeisen Wels managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Davor Lamesic who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arkadia. Dukes lost their sixteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Raiffeisen Wels' next round opponent will be Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) on the road. Dukes will play against UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Furstenfeld - Kapfenberg 68-86

The game in Furstenfeld was also quite interesting. Third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (18-11) played at the court of 7th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (12-17). Kapfenberg Bulls did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-68 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Kapfenberg Bulls. Furstenfeld Panthers managed to win third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kapfenberg Bulls made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Naturalized Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and Bulgarian forward Sim Iliev (204-89, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Kapfenberg Bulls and four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Kapfenberg Bulls. They maintain third place with 18-11 record having five points less than leader Oberwart. Furstenfeld Panthers lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will meet at home Vienna (#4) in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: M.Stegnjaic 17+6reb+1ast, B.Vujosevic 17+7ast, A.Woschank 17+5reb+1ast, M.Coffin 12+5reb+2ast, N.Krstic 12+3reb+1ast, K.Jamar 7+2reb+6ast
Furstenfeld: M.Sarlija 21+15reb+1ast, H.Ochsenhofer 13+2reb+3ast, S.Iliev 11+7reb+3ast, D.Jandl 10+4reb+5ast, P.Radakovics 6+1reb+4ast, L.Gaspar 3+1reb
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Vienna - Gmunden 89-69

The game between second ranked Gmunden Swans (20-9) and fourth ranked Vienna (16-13) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Gmunden Swans were crushed by Vienna in Wien 89-69. The game was mostly controlled by Vienna. Gmunden Swans managed to win third quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-94, college: Iowa) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) helped adding 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Vienna players scored in double figures. At the losing side international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 24 points and 4 assists and forward Toni Blazan (195-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Vienna have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 16-13 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side keep the second position with nine games lost. Vienna are looking forward to face higher ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Vienna: A.Clemmons 23+4reb+8ast, P.Miletic 23+7reb+1ast, S.Stazic 19+8reb+7ast, S.Koch 15+7reb+3ast, S.Ray 9+5reb+1ast, A.Andjelkovic 0
Gmunden: E.Murati 24+1reb+4ast, T.Klette 16+3reb+1ast, T.Blazan 10+6reb+5ast, P.Gaidys 6+5reb+2ast, D.Friedrich 6+3reb+1ast, A.Wesby 4+7reb+2ast
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Wels - Klosterneuburg 72-69

Ninth-ranked Dukes (4-24) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (14-14). Raiffeisen Wels managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected easier game. It looked good early as Dukes took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Raiffeisen Wels had a 20-7 second period charge getting the lead and Dukes were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-72. Raiffeisen Wels dominated on the defensive end, holding Dukes to just 7 points in second quarter. They also forced 21 Dukes turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Lorenzo O'Neal (188-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 assists for the winners. International center Jozo Rados (208-93) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Christoph Greimeister (208-90) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Dukes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arkadia. Dukes lost their sixteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Raiffeisen Wels' next round opponent will be Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) on the road. Dukes will play against UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wels: D.Lamesic 15+8reb+1ast, D.Cigoja 15+6reb+1ast, T.Csebits 14+4reb+2ast, L.O'Neal 10+1reb+12ast, A.Chan 9+1reb+1ast, E.Zulic 4+1reb
Klosterneuburg: J.Rados 24+9reb+3ast, C.Greimeister 16+10reb, L.Burgemeister 14+3reb+2ast, C.Leydolf 10+3reb+1ast, N.Zdravkovic 3+2reb+2ast, P.Pettinger 2+3reb+2ast
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Oberwart - UBSC Graz 96-58

A Bundesliga top team - Redwell Gunners Oberwart (24-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked UBSC Graz (6-22) 96-58. The game without a history. Redwell Gunners Oberwart led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UBSC Graz to just 7 points in second quarter. Redwell Gunners Oberwart dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 36 and made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart forced 22 UBSC Graz turnovers and outrebounded them 47-21 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for power forward Benjamin Blazevic (204-95) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winning side. Five Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach Chris Chougaz felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin point guard Milos Krivokapic (185-96) came up with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and international Anton Maresch (191-91) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for UBSC Graz in the defeat. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-4 record. UBSC Graz lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 22 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against Arkadia Lions (#6) in Traiskirchen in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. UBSC Graz will play at home against Dukes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: A.Cumberbatch 21+5reb+2ast, J.Traylor 18+4reb+2ast, B.Blazevic 17+13reb+2ast, C.McNealy 13+4reb+1ast, S.Kaeferle 12+5reb+2ast, D.Jackson 6+3reb+3ast
UBSC Graz: M.Krivokapic 17+4reb+3ast, A.Maresch 14+2reb+6ast, A.Domitner 9+1reb, D.Hasenburger 8+4reb+1ast, D.Brcina 4+4reb+2ast, M.Sliskovic 4+3reb
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Rasid Mahalbasic selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Sevilla (8-18) in their last game. Despite Mahalbasic's very good performance Sevilla lost 75-79 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) Baskonia. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Mahalbasic also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes on the court. It was Sevilla's third consecutive loss in a row. Mahalbasic has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 58.7%(71-121) and FT: 71.4% in 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). Ortner managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (16-10) 78-75 in the Italian Serie A last Monday. He recorded only 4 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Umana Reyer Venezia (17-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Ortner averages: 3.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 50.7% and FT: 53.6%. He played for the Austrian national team in 2013.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). Poeltl led Toronto Raptors to a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (27-53) 113-105 in the NBA on Sunday night. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 50-31 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Poeltl's first year with the team. This season Poeltl's overall stats are: 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(64-112) and FT: 54.5% in 53 games. He played for the Austrian national team two years ago.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Andorra's victory against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (11-16) 87-83 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored only 3 points in 17 minutes. MoraBanc Andorra (14-12) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. Schreiner has been at the team for five years. This season Schreiner's total stats are: 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.2apg in 26 games. He is also Austrian national team player.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #5. International forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Navarra's victory against the closely-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (13-15) 76-68 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He recorded only 2 points. Basket Navarra de Pamplona (15-13) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Hopfgartner's first season with the team. This year Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Jakob Seifert
Jakob Seifert
   #6. Center Jakob Seifert (200-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to help Slavoj BK Litomerice in their game against SKB Zlin (5-5) in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division). Seifert cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. The second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice (7-3) lost 80-92 in Zlin to the lower-ranked (#4) SKB Zlin in the Places 1-6 group. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. The Second Stage already ended. This year Seifert averages just 0.7ppg in 12 games. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Austrian team four years ago.

   #7. Former U16 international guard Philipp Svinger (186-99, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Herzogenaurach (4-22) crushing them 85-61 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Svinger recorded only 3 points. MTSV Friendsfactory Schwabing (14-12) is placed seventh in South-East group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This season Svinger averages just 2.0ppg. He used to play for the Austrian U16 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France) led Lille Metropole to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond (10-17) crushing them 87-56 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Asceric was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Lille Metropole Basket (16-11) is placed third in the ProB. Asceric's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg.

   #2. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) managed to help Ovarense Dolce Vita to win against the fourth-ranked Lusitania (7-20) 82-79 in the Portuguese LPB on Wednesday night. Douvier scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Ovarense Dolce Vita (15-13) is placed second in Places 7-12 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Douvier's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Douvier averages: 15.3ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Douvier has never played in Austria.

   #3. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) could not help Herzogenaurach (4-22) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the 13th-placed Herzogenaurach (4-22) was crushed 85-61 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) Schwabing in the South-East group. Kaiser was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. It was Herzogenaurach's eighth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. This season Kaiser has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in 26 games he played so far.



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NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Bain, Regulators24.7 
 2. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.6 
 3. Smith, Bahamas .21.2 
 4. Dean, Shockers19.5 
 5. Bain, Giants19.4 
 6. Ferguson, Pros17.4 
 7. Munnings, Cybots16.6 
 8. Fernander, Pirates16.1 
 9. Saunders, Cybots15.6 
 10. Williams, Rebels14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Bain, Regulators14.6 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.6 
 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, Regulators5.6 
 4. Armaly, Shockers5.0 
 5. Wright, Pirates4.8 
 6. Saunders, Cybots4.6 
 7. Bain, Giants3.9 
 8. Bain, Regulators3.8 
 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, Cybots2.0 
 7. Bain, Regulators1.8 
 8. Mackey, Regulators1.7 
 9. Ferguson, Stingers1.6 
 10. Jennings, Bahamas .1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Munnings, Cybots3.0 
 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 5 of Finals. Regulators grab 3-2 lead - by Eurobasket News

Regulators - Cybots 101-88

Regulators knocked down Cybots to jump ahead in the championship series 3-2. Regulators shot 28 for 42 from the free-throw line, while Cybots only scored twelve points from the stripe. Regulators forced 23 Cybots turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 31 personal fouls committed by Cybots helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Gameliel Rose who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. International power forward Eugene Bain (195-88, college: Bellevue) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Ernest Saunders (188, college: Cleveland St. CC) produced 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and Lerecus Arbrister added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for the guests. Four Regulators and five Cybots players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Regulators: B.Bain 22+1reb+1ast, G.Rose 22+10reb+5ast, M.Mackey 19+2reb+7ast, E.Bain 13+16reb+3ast, D.McPhee 9+6reb+3ast, S.Cruz 5+1reb
Cybots: E.Saunders 25+8reb+7ast, L.Arbrister 18+7reb+9ast, L.Munnings 14+12reb+1ast, D.Duncombe 12+3reb+1ast, D.Beadle 10+7reb, D.Seymour 3+2reb
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David Nesbitt selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Argentina). Nesbitt could not help Olimpico de La Banda (26-21) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Olimpico de La Banda (26-21) was defeated 78-69 on the road by the lower-ranked La Union (#8) in the Norte group. Nesbitt recorded 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. This season Nesbitt averages: 9.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 26.8% and FT: 81.5%. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). Hield was the major contributor in a Sacramento Kings' victory against the Dallas Mavericks (32-48) 98-87 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He scored 16 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hield's third season in pro basketball. The Sacramento Kings have 31-49 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hield has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 84.6% in 23 games he played so far. Hield played for the Bahamas national team in 2014.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain). Cadot led Zornotza to a victory against the closely-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (17-11) 77-65 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 27 minutes. Ametx Zornotza (15-13) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Cadot's first season with the team. This year Cadot's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 55.3%(57-103), 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 46.7% in 16 games. He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #4. An experienced forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) contributed to a SAP Vaucluse's surprising victory against the second-ranked Quimper UJAP (22-10) 83-78 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Davis scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (14-18) is placed 13th in the NM1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Davis has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in 15 games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for the Bahamas national team back in 2014.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #5. Former international power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Arenys Basquet Joventut to win against the 12th-ranked Sant Nicolau (10-14) 82-71 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Turnquest scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Arenys Basquet Joventut (13-11) is placed fifth in Group C-A. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Turnquest has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg and 6.3rpg. He used to play for the Bahamas national team eleven years ago.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #6. Forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hap.Haifa in their game against Ironi Ramat Gan (4-22) in the Israeli National League (second division). Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game Burrows was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds. This season Burrows has very high stats. He averages: 21.7ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg. Burrows is an international player who is currently on the senior Bahamas National Team roster.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-49) 121-107 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Thompson scored 41 points (!!!) and added 3 assists in 33 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have quite an impressive 66-14 record this season. It was his team's 14th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Thompson averages: 22.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.1apg in 77 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against the eighth-ranked Poitiers (14-13) 90-81 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Fairell scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. SPO Rouen Basket (12-14) is placed 12th in the ProB. Fairell has relatively good stats this season: 15.0ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #3. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland). Knowles could not help Wilki Morskie (14-14) to beat MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (16-12). He did not beat the league record on Wednesday evening. Knowles scored only 2 points. Wilki Morskie was defeated 90-79 on the road by the higher-ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#6). It was Wilki Morskie's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Knowles' total stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 4.4rpg.

   #4. Robert Nortmann (205-F, college: Dalhousie, currently plays in NBLCanada) managed to help Island Storm in a victory against the London Lightning (28-5) 105-101 in the NBL Canada on Saturday night. Nortmann recorded only 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 14 minutes. The Island Storm has 13-18 record this season. Nortmann has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg and 6.3rpg in 23 games. He has both Bahamas and Canadian nationalities.



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BABA Round 15: Leader Lumber loses to Warriors - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

Top ranked Lumber (8-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Warriors (5-4) 75-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lumber. Warriors have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Bulls. Lumber at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Cavaliers. Warriors is looking forward to face higher ranked Pinelands (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lumber will play against the league's second-placed Cavaliers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bridgetown. Second ranked Cavaliers faced 3rd placed Pinelands. Guests from (8-2) defeated host Pinelands (6-3) 92-83. Cavaliers have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Lumber lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Defending champion Pinelands keep the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Sonics. Cavaliers will play against league's leader Lumber in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pinelands will play against Warriors and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Tridents (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 88-80 loss to eighth ranked Hawks (2-8) in on Sunday evening. Hawks maintains eighth place with 2-8 record. Tridents lost their ninth game in a row. They still close the standings with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Sonics (6-3) played at the court of 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (2-7). Sonics did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-68. Sonics moved-up to third place, which they share with Pinelands. PanAm I.I. at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Pinelands - Cavaliers 83-92

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bridgetown. Second ranked Cavaliers faced 3rd placed Pinelands. Guests from (8-2) defeated host Pinelands (6-3) 92-83. Cavaliers have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Lumber lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Defending champion Pinelands keep the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Sonics. Cavaliers will play against league's leader Lumber in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pinelands will play against Warriors and hope to get back on the winning track.
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Tridents - Hawks 80-88

Bottom-ranked Tridents (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 88-80 loss to eighth ranked Hawks (2-8) in on Sunday evening. Hawks maintains eighth place with 2-8 record. Tridents lost their ninth game in a row. They still close the standings with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Lumber - Warriors 70-75

Top ranked Lumber (8-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Warriors (5-4) 75-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lumber. Warriors have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Bulls. Lumber at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Cavaliers. Warriors is looking forward to face higher ranked Pinelands (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lumber will play against the league's second-placed Cavaliers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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PanAm I.I. - Sonics 68-88

The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Sonics (6-3) played at the court of 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (2-7). Sonics did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-68. Sonics moved-up to third place, which they share with Pinelands. PanAm I.I. at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Artsiom Parakhouski selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Unics Kazan to a victory over the closely-ranked VEF Riga (10-11) 86-82 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Parakhouski was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Unics Kazan (14-9) is placed fifth in the VTB United League. Parakhouski's team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Parakhouski has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 72.7%(117-161) and FT: 61.8% in 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Estonia). Liutych was the main contributor in Kalev/Cramo's victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Rakvere (9-23) crushing them 102-74 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Monday. He was the best player in that game. Liutych recorded 21 points. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (29-3) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Liutych has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 63.6%(56-88), 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 77.1%. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). He could not help Maccabi Rishon (12-14) in their last game. Despite Wayns' good performance Maccabi Rishon was badly defeated 88-71 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Maccabi Haifa. He recorded 11 points in 25 minutes. Wayns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 73.7% in 16 games. Wayns is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA U18 national team, Wayns is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Belarus.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #4. An experienced forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Brose Baskets in their game against Galatasaray (11-19) in the Euroleague. Veremeenko scored only 4 points. Brose Baskets was defeated 84-79 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked Galatasaray (#12). The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. It's Veremeenko's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 2.2ppg and 1.4rpg. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2007.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #5. Former international guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Hap.Haifa (10-16) crushing them 102-71 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. Gandlin scored 16 points in 25 minutes. Ironi Ramat Gan (4-22) is placed sixth in Play-Downs group. Gandlin has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.2apg in 11 games. He used to play for the Belarusian national team three years ago.

Anton Astapkovich
Anton Astapkovich
   #6. Forward Anton Astapkovich (202-94, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Avtodor (7-14) in their game against Lokomotiv (15-5) in the VTB United League. Astapkovich did not beat the league record on Monday evening. He scored only 2 points. Avtodor was badly defeated 79-61 in Kuban by the higher-ranked Lokomotiv (#4). There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Astapkovich's overall stats this season are: 1.4ppg and 1.8rpg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Belarusian team six years ago.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #7. International power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Polfarmex (5-23) in their game against Trefl (15-13) in the Polish PLK. Salash cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and had 3 steals. Polfarmex was badly defeated 75-59 in Sopot by the much higher-ranked Trefl (#9). It was Polfarmex's ninth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Salash's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 3.2rpg. He is also Belarusian national team player.

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

   #1. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania). Solopa could not help Craiova (8-16) to beat UBT Cluj Napoca (24-4). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. But the second-placed Craiova (8-16) was crushed 100-74 on the road by the leading UBT Cluj Napoca in the Places 7-10 group. This year Solopa's overall stats are: 3.7ppg and 2.6rpg in 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Moldovan. Despite Solopa's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Moldovan U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Roman Rubinshteyn (195-G-96) plays for Zlatorog in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) plays for Falco KC in Hungarian A Division
Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87) plays for Ryazan in Russian Superleague 1
Kiryl Dziatchuk (202-F-98) plays for KK Warszawa in Polish 2Liga
Mikita Balaban (201-C/F-96) plays for KTU in Lithuanian NKL
Yauhen Massalski (204-F-99) plays for Perlas-MRU in Lithuanian NKL
Yevgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88) plays for Maccabi K/M in Israeli Artzit

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



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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 


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

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

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a RETAbet BB's victory against the 15th-ranked Sevilla (8-18) 85-73 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Tabu recorded 15 points in 25 minutes on the court. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (11-13) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. It's Tabu's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 78.3% in 21 games he played so far. Tabu has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). De Zeeuw contributed to a EWE Baskets' victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (18-11) 93-81 in the German BBL last Sunday. He recorded 9 points. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (15-12) is placed seventh in the BBL. De Zeeuw's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 55.1%(43-78), 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 84.3%. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hervelle helped RETAbet BB win their game against the 15th-ranked Sevilla (8-18) 85-73. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. Hervelle has been at the team for seven years. This season Hervelle's overall stats are: 6.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 27.7% and FT: 76.9% in 25 games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Elias Lasisi
Elias Lasisi
   #4. Swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92, currently plays in France) led Le Portel to a victory over the fourth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (18-8) 75-67 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Lasisi was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (13-13) is placed ninth in the ProA. Lasisi's total stats this season are: 8.6ppg and 2.4rpg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Quentin Serron
Quentin Serron
   #5. International guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in France) managed to help BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral to win against the 11th-ranked Le Mans (11-15) 75-72 in the French ProA last Saturday. Serron scored 5 points and added 4 passes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (15-11) is placed seventh in the ProA. Serron's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.7apg. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #6. Guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy). Obasohan could not help one of league's weakest teams Scandone AV (16-10) to beat Umana Venezia (17-9). He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Obasohan recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Scandone AV was edged 78-75 on the road by the second-ranked Umana Venezia. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Obasohan's total stats are: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg in 24 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #7. Former international point guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) helped Bergamo win their game against the 15th-ranked San Vendemiano (6-22) crushing them 79-59 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Sunday night. Lauwers recorded 8 points. Bergamo Basket 2014 (23-5) is placed second in Group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Lauwers has averaged so far 3.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the Belgian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a 2-point Cibona's victory against the closely-ranked Cedevita (17-6) 71-69 in a derby game in the Croatian A1 last Tuesday. Coric scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (18-6) is placed fourth in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Coric's total stats are: 5.6ppg and 2.6rpg in 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Croatian. Despite Coric's Belgian passport, he previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #2. Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Anwil's victory against the closely-ranked Stelmet (22-7) 81-68 in the Polish PLK on Wednesday night. Haws scored 7 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Anwil Wloclawek (22-7) is placed first in the PLK. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Haws' total stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 2.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and probably cannot be called to the Belgian team. Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) contributed to a 2-point Souffelweyersheim's victory against the 16th-ranked Vitre (13-19) 80-78 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. BC Souffelweyersheim (21-11) is placed third in the NM1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Kayembe has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg in 31 games. He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #4. Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) managed to help Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden to win against the closely-ranked Amsterdam (9-19) 73-68 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Thursday night's game. Enobakhare scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (19-9) is placed third in the Eredivisie. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Enobakhare has averaged so far 3.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2bpg. He has both Nigerian and Belgian nationalities.

   #5. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) could not help ADA Blois (14-12) in their last game. Despite Pontens' good performance ADA Blois lost 72-83 on the road to the second-ranked Provence Basket. He scored 10 points in 16 minutes. Pontens has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 1.6apg in 23 games. He also holds two passports: Belgian and French. Despite Pontens' Belgian nationality, he previously played for the French U20 national team.



Overview of Top Division I Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Waregem - Houthalen 105-64

Waregem coasted past Houthalen to take the lead. The game without a history. Waregem led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.3 percent from the field. Waregem forced 23 Houthalen turnovers and outrebounded them 35-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Point guard Arne Steinbach (180-92, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and forward Robbe Naudts (198-90) chipped in 18 points. Five Waregem players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Bart Maesen (198-89) responded with 17 points and point guard Chiel Koonings (180-90) scored 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Waregem: A.Steinbach 22+4reb+3ast, R.Naudts 18+3reb, S.Naudts 15+3reb+2ast, B.Guillemyn 13+5reb+1ast, B.Willy Samaey 11+4reb, L.De Lepeleire 7+3reb+1ast
Houthalen: B.Maesen 17+3reb, C.Koonings 15+2reb, V.Jatulevicius 8+2reb, J.Smith 7+4reb+1ast, D.Clemente 6+2reb, E.Montanari 5+3reb
gschID: 543663


Gembo BBC - Soba 68-70

Soba upset Gembo BBC on the road in the opener. Gembo BBC was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 19-14 charge of Soba, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Gembo BBC 52-39 including 38 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Dries Bogaerts (200-86) who helped to win the game recording 7 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center Pieter Van-Rillaer (198-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and forward Sam Renier (187-92) added 14 points in the effort for Gembo BBC.
Top scorers:
Soba: R.Haerbos 13+6reb+2ast, J.Balanga 12+1reb, M.Gorremans 10+10reb+2ast, B.Lenaerts 9+5reb, V.Vanden Berghe 8+4reb, D.Bogaerts 7+19reb+4ast
Gembo BBC: P.Van Rillaer 18+13reb, S.Renier 14+3reb+1ast, A.Vermeersch 10+7reb, E.Van Aken 9+3reb+2ast, B.Iliaens 6+4reb, T.Goethaert 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 543662


Gent Hawks - Royal Brussels 83-60

Gent Hawks held off Royal Brussels to surge ahead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Gent Hawks. Royal Brussels managed to win third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gent Hawks dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Royal Brussels' 24. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Royal Brussels' players. Forward Joeri Vermoessen (200-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Laurent Lhote (182-84) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists. Five Gent Hawks players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Rochdi Benzouien (184-96, agency: Promotex) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman Adam Hall (198-80, college: Virginia) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: R.Spaens 18+3ast, J.Vermoessen 17+10reb+2ast, L.Lhote 13+3reb+7ast, J.Vermoessen 12+9reb+1ast, R.Van den Berghe 10+6reb+3ast, M.Verspeeten 10+4reb+3ast
Royal Brussels: A.Hall 18+5reb+1ast, R.Benzouien 16+10reb+1ast, T.Creppy 16+5reb+1ast, C.De Medina 5+1ast, I.Bonsenge 2+4reb, O.Tis 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543660


Oxaco - Giants B 90-77

Oxaco toppled Giants B to surge ahead in the series. Giants B was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 28-14 charge of Oxaco, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Giants B helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Nick Celis (196-88) fired 28 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Oxaco's coach Tony van den Bosch used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Bert Van-Den-Broek (201-92) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Philippe Peeters (188-95) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Five Oxaco and four Giants B players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: N.Celis 28+9reb+3ast, C.Pegg 16+3ast, S.Van Hoey 14+10reb+4ast, M.De Meyer 13+6reb+1ast, M.Van Gelder 10+6reb, E.Derby 8+4reb+2ast
Giants B: B.Van Den Broek 25+9reb+1ast, V.Peeters 13+3reb+2ast, P.Peeters 11+4reb+3ast, B.De Valck 11+5reb, V.Gielen 7+2reb, L.Kuijt 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 543661





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  BOSNIA  


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

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

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in Monaco's victory against the eighth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-13) 92-88 in the French ProA in Sunday night's game. Wright scored 20 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 29 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (23-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Wright's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.6%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 75.4% in 25 games he played so far. Wright is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely Wright has never played in Bosnia.

Andrija Stipanovic
Andrija Stipanovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). He led Demir IBB to a victory over the league outsider TED Kolejliler (2-23) crushing them 96-73 in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. Stipanovic was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 17 rebounds. Stipanovic also added 7 assists. Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (8-17) is placed 12th in the BSL. Stipanovic's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 56.2%(104-185) and FT: 63.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stipanovic is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Science City Jena (10-17) crushing them 98-68 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Djedovic recorded 15 points and had 3 steals in a mere 16 minutes. FC Bayern Muenchen (24-3) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's 14th consecutive victory in a row. Djedovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Bayern Muenchen's roster. This season his overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 58.9%(56-95), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 82.7% in 27 games. Djedovic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #4. Center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (18-8) crushing them 82-59 in the ABA League in Tuesday night's game. Kuzmic recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (25-1) is placed first in the ABA League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Kuzmic's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg and 5.5rpg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities. Kuzmic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2012.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #5. International forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked KK Zabok (8-15) crushing them 93-69 in the Croatian A1 on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. Halilovic also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. GKK Sibenik (20-4) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Halilovic has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.6apg, 1.3bpg and 1.3spg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #6. Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) could not help ALBA Berlin (18-11) in their last game. Despite Kikanovic's very good performance ALBA Berlin lost 81-93 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) EWE Baskets. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Kikanovic also added 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kikanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.5apg in 28 games. Kikanovic is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #7. International shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) was the main contributor in Cedevita's victory against the closely-ranked Partizan (19-7) 87-78 in the ABA League last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Musa scored 16 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cedevita Zagreb (20-6) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Musa's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 1.7rpg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Nikola Gajic
Nikola Gajic
   #8. Swingman Nikola Gajic (195-91, college: SF Austin, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help KK Primorska (12-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed KK Primorska (12-3) was crushed 87-64 in Sentjur by the lower-ranked (#3) Tajfun in the Places 7-12 group. Gajic was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Gajic's third season in pro basketball. This year Gajic has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #9. International power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Alkar Sinj (6-18) crushing them 89-60 in the Croatian A1 last Thursday. Sulejmanovic scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only a mere 13 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (18-6) is placed fourth in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Sulejmanovic's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 4.2rpg in 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #10. Forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Milwaukee Bucks (41-39) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Teletovic's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (41-39) were defeated 104-89 in Indianapolis by the Indiana Pacers. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. Teletovic has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 2.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help UBT Cluj Napoca (24-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Adamovic's very good performance UBT Cluj Napoca was defeated 75-67 in Sibiu by the second-ranked CSU Sibiu in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Adamovic has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 6.1apg and 2.1spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team three years ago.

   #12. International point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) managed to help FC Barcelona Lassa to win against one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza 91-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Renfroe recorded 5 points. Renfroe has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

   #13. Former international forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Croatia) couldn't help Gorica (4-19) in their last game. Despite Masic's very good performance Gorica was badly defeated 85-69 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#9) KK_Skrljevo. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Masic also added 6 rebounds in 38 minutes. Masic's stats this year are: 14.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.1apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

   #14. International point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88, currently plays in ABA League) faced previously mentioned Ognjen Kuzmic in the ABA League last game. Gordic couldn't help Buducnost in their game against Crvena Zvezda. He scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. His team was crushed by 23 points 82-59. Gordic has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. Former international power forward Jozo Brkic (211-86, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked KK Split crushing them 98-62 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. Brkic scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Brkic has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 4.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Brkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

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

   #1. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) was the major contributor in Cibona's victory against the 11th-ranked Alkar Sinj (6-18) crushing them 89-60 in the Croatian A1 last Thursday. He scored 19 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (18-6) is placed fourth in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Bosnjak's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg in 24 games he played so far.

   #2. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in Croatia) led KK Zadar to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Gorica (4-19) 99-81 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. Barac scored 16 points and added 6 assists in 22 minutes. KK Zadar (9-10) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Barac has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.4apg in 21 games.

   #3. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) led Borac to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (12-13) crushing them 91-71 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. He recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (19-6) is placed second in the KLS. Todorovic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Todorovic has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.2apg.

   #4. Experienced Mile Ilic (215-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) led Tadamon to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Champville (9-14) 92-76 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Sunday night. Ilic recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Tadamon Zouk (9-14) is placed third in Group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Ilic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.8ppg, 12.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5bpg. Ilic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #5. Dino Pita (195-G-88, currently plays in Poland) could not help Krosno (15-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Krosno lost 74-85 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Polpharma. Pita scored 17 points and added 4 passes in 24 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Pita's total stats are: 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg in 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Swedish.

   #6. Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) led Hopsi Polzela to a 3-point victory over the third-ranked Zlatorog 76-73 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Cup was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Cup has reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg. He has both Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities.

   #7. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help the league outsider Helios (0-5) in their last game. Despite Atanackovic's very good performance Helios (#6) lost 72-79 on the road to the second-ranked Rogaska in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Atanackovic also added 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. Atanackovic has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1spg in 27 games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #8. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Eilat to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Ashdod crushing them 90-69 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. Rothbart recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Rothbart's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 4.2rpg. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli.

   #9. Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88, currently plays in Slovenia) faced previously mentioned Simo Atanackovic in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last game. Djuranovic led Rogaska to a victory against the sixth-ranked Helios 79-72. He scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. Djuranovic has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1bpg and 1.2spg in 25 games.

   #10. Dragan Bender (213-PF-97, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Phoenix Suns' victory against the Dallas Mavericks 124-111 in the NBA last Sunday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Bender has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports.



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Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 3. Stallworth, Mogi19.8 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Andrade, Bauru18.6 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.3 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.0 
 8. Holloway, Pinheiros17.9 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia17.9 
 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, Pinheiros7.1 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo6.6 
 8. Andrade, Bauru6.6 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.6 
 10. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.7 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
 4. Borges, Franca5.5 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.5 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.2 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.9 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria4.7 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Fischer, Flamengo4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Dawkins, Vitoria1.8 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.7 
 4. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 5. Bresolin, Vitoria1.7 
 6. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 8. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 9. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 10. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.5 
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. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 8. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 9. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 
 10. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 


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

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

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Houston Rockets' victory against the Denver Nuggets (38-42) 110-104 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Hilario recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. The Houston Rockets have a solid 54-27 record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Hilario's first year with the team. Hilario has relatively good stats this season: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 62.5%(238-381), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 59.0% in 66 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain). Benite could not help one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (10-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance UCAM Murcia was crushed 109-84 on the road by the higher-ranked Movil Estudiantes (#11). Benite was the second best scorer with 15 points. This season Benite has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 41.5% and FT: 78.3%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Lithuania). Lima contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Nevezis (6-24) crushing them 82-54 in the Lithuanian LKL on Sunday night. He scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in only 11 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (27-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Lima's first season with the team. This year Lima averages: 6.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 67.7%(67-99) and FT: 48.5% in 27 games. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #4. Point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help La ICL Manresa (4-22) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Machado's good performance the bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa was crushed 94-73 in Valencia by the leading Basket. He recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Machado's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #5. Former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to secure a victory for Malvin (7-7) in their game against Bigua (7-7) in the Uruguayan LUB. Passos scored only 4 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 31 minutes. The fourth-placed Malvin (7-7) was edged 86-85 in a derby game by the lower-ranked (#5) Bigua in the Promocional 1 group. This year Passos' overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 10.5rpg and 1.1apg in 30 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #6. Power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Chicago Bulls (40-41) in their game against the Brooklyn Nets (20-61) in the NBA. Felicio recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls (40-41) were edged 107-106 in Brooklyn by the Nets. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Felicio's total stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 4.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Leonardo Demetrio
Leonardo Demetrio
   #7. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) led Lleida Basquet to a victory over the closely-ranked Araberri (13-18) 88-80 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Demetrio was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Actel Forca Lleida (16-15) is placed tenth in the LEB Gold. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Demetrio has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg and 5.7rpg in 31 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #8. Power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Philadelphia 76ers (27-54) in their game against the Brooklyn Nets (20-61) in the NBA. Splitter scored 6 points. The Philadelphia 76ers (27-54) were crushed 141-118 in Brooklyn by the Nets. It was 76ers' seventh consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Splitter's total stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2014.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #9. Former international small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mens Sana 1871 (13-15) in their game against Tortona (20-8) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Tavernari recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Mens Sana 1871 (#12) was defeated 76-66 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Tortona in the West group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Tavernari averaged so far 10.4ppg and 4.6rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Paulinho Boracini
Paulinho Boracini
   #10. Point guard Paulinho Boracini (183-84, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Recanati (7-21) in their game against F.Kontatto BO (17-11) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Boracini cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Recanati this season. Recanati (#16) lost 71-79 at home to the much higher-ranked (#5) F.Kontatto BO in the East group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Boracini is a former U21 international player as thirteen years ago he still played for the Brazilian national team.

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

   #1. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay). Soarez could not help U Universitario (10-4) to beat Defensor (6-8). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 14 minutes. U Universitario (#2) was crushed 105-80 in a derby game by the lower-ranked (#7) Defensor in the Promocional 1 group. This year Soarez's total stats are: 3.9ppg and 3.6rpg in 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #2. Thiago Makluf (210-C-87, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a 1-point Al Moutahed's victory against the third-ranked Tadamon (9-14) 102-101 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Thursday. Makluf scored 7 points in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Al Moutahed Tripoli (13-10) is placed second. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. This year Makluf's total stats are: 1.7ppg and 1.7rpg in 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Lebanese.

   #3. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) managed to help Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa to win against the sixth-ranked Shiga L-Stars (13-38) 75-73 in the Japanese B League on Saturday night. Hatano recorded only 2 points. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (25-26) is placed second in West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Hatano's total stats this season are: 2.7ppg and 2.6rpg. He has both Brazilian and Japanese nationalities.

   #4. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (17-15) crushing them 101-81 in the French NM1 (third division) last Friday. He scored 7 points and added 7 passes. CEP Lorient (14-18) is placed 14th in the NM1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Faroux's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg. He also holds two passports: Brazilian and French. Despite Faroux's Brazilian nationality, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #5. Leandro Miranda (205-C-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Ponferrada CDP's victory against the seventh-ranked Naron (13-11) 84-77 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Miranda scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 15 minutes. Residencia Las Encinas CDP Ponferrada (15-9) is placed sixth in Group A-B. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Miranda's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7bpg in 13 games.



Rafa Oliveira is back at Contagem - by Paulo Freire

Contagem Towers (Liga Ouro) agreed terms with 24-year old small forward Rafa Oliveira (200-91kg-93). It is actually his comeback to Contagem as he has played here before. Oliveira He just played at Minas (NBB)Contagem. In 27 games he had only 2.6ppg and 2.4rpg this season. Liga Ouro will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last summer Oliveira played at Contagem (Mineira).
He has played previously for Ginastico.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



Alexander Vezenkov selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a 3-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (8-19) 91-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Vezenkov was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes on the court. FC Barcelona Lassa (18-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. This year Vezenkov averages: 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 69.2%(54-78), 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 80.5% in 26 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). Bost led Monaco to a victory against the eighth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-13) 92-88 in the French ProA last Sunday. He scored 17 points and added 3 passes. AS Monaco Basket (23-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Bost's first season with the team. Bost has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 41.9%, 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 81.5%. He is a naturalized American. Bost is in the roster of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia). He contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Rakvere (9-23) crushing them 102-74 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Monday night's game. Mirkovic recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (29-3) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Mirkovic has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 47.4%(9-19) and FT: 83.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Bulgarian. Former Rilski Sportlist Samokov starter played for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #4. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) could not help Istanbul BBSK (9-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Calloway's very good performance Istanbul BBSK was defeated 74-67 in a derby game by the much higher-ranked Galatasaray (#4). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Calloway also added 5 rebounds. Calloway has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #5. Former international point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help Khimki (17-5) in their last game. Despite Rowland's good performance the third-placed Khimki (17-5) lost 66-74 at home to the second-ranked Zenit in the group A of VTB United League. He recorded 10 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Rowland's stats this year are: 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.2apg in 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland used to play for the Bulgarian national team six years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #6. Shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) led Szedeak to a victory over the leader PVSK Pannon (16-12) crushing them 99-73 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. Lilov was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points, made 5 passes and 4 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 6-10. Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged (15-14) is placed third in Places 6-10 group. Lilov has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.6spg. Lilov is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #7. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for Pitesti (11-17) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pitesti (#6) lost 90-97 on their home court in Pitesti to the higher-ranked (#5) BC Timisoara in the Places 1-6 group. Marinov was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 6 passes in 33 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Marinov averaged so far 14.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 4.0apg in 31 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Chavdar Kostov
Chavdar Kostov
   #8. Shooting guard Chavdar Kostov (195-88, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Kymis' victory against one of league's weakest teams Apollon Patras (6-19) 76-70 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Kostov recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. GS Kymis (8-17) is placed 11th in the A1. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Kostov's overall stats are: 8.4ppg and 2.9rpg in 17 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #9. Former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Mirkovic and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Simmons contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Rakvere (9-23) crushing them 102-74. He recorded 12 points. Simmons' total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #10. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Yesilgiresun Bld (9-16) in their game against Darussafaka (18-7) in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Yesilgiresun Bld lost 77-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Darussafaka. It was Yesilgiresun Bld's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Ivanov averaged so far 10.2ppg and 5.5rpg in 13 games. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. International forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Gipuzkoa's victory against the 16th-ranked Magia Huesca 75-62 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. Simeonov recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Simeonov's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 3.4rpg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #12. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help BM Slam Stal in their game against Anwil in the Polish PLK. Nikolov scored 7 points in 25 minutes. His team lost 71-75. This year Nikolov's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1apg in 27 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Tofas in their game against Besiktas in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov recorded 8 points and had 3 steals. His team was edged 95-94. Ivanov averaged so far 11.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

   #14. U18 international forward Yordan Minchev (202-98, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help KK Vrsac Swisslion in a victory against the ninth-ranked Metalac 94-87 in the Serbian KLS last Monday. Minchev scored only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. Minchev has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 2.0rpg in seven games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian U18 national team.

   #15. International center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yokohama BC (15-36) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Washburn's good performance Yokohama BC (#5) were edged 69-66 in Tokyo by the higher-ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in the Central group. He was the top scorer with 14 points. This season Washburn has very high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg. Washburn is a naturalized American. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) was the major contributor in Ventspils' victory against the seventh-ranked Jurmala (12-19) 88-71 in the Latvian LBL on Wednesday night. Deane scored 15 points and added 5 assists in 24 minutes. BK Ventspils (27-3) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Deane's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg in 29 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) could not help Kumanovo (1-5) in their last game. Despite Karadzovski's very good performance the sixth-placed Kumanovo (1-5) lost 76-81 on the road to the leading MZT Skopje in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Karadzovski also added 6 assists in 38 minutes. It was Kumanovo's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Karadzovski has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 4.5apg in 18 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #3. Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Fenerbahce Istanbul to win against the 11th-ranked FC Barcelona (12-18) 68-65 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Antic scored only 3 points. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. Antic's overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 2.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.



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Miralem Halilovic claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) had a great game in the last round for league's leader GKK Sibenik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Zabok (#10, 8-15) with 24-point margin 93-69. It allowed GKK Sibenik to jump to the first place in the Croatian A1. GKK Sibenik have a solid 20-4 record. Halilovic turned to be GKK Sibenik's top player in his first season with the team. Halilovic has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 7.4rpg. Halilovic is in league's top in and averages solid 1.3bpg and 62.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old international forward Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) of Cibona. Sakic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Cibona to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Alkar Sinj (#11, 6-18) 89-60. This victory allowed Cibona to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 18-6 record is not bad at all. Sakic is a newcomer at Cibona and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Ivan Batur (201-G-91) of KK Zagreb (#8). Batur showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of KK Zagreb, leading his team to a 100-69 easy win against the lower-ranked H.Analitica (#12, 5-19). The chances of KK Zagreb ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Batur could help KK Zagreb to bring them higher in the standings. Batur has a very solid season. In 23 games in Croatia he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 5.3rpg, FGP: 51.8% and 3PT: 41.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antonio Crnjevic (201-F-94) of Zabok - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) of Jolly JBS - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Brian Williams (187-G-92) of Skrljevo - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Julian Rajic (206-F-85) of H.Analitica - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Brandon Penn (203-F-90) of Jolly JBS - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ive Ivanov (200-C-85) of GKK Sibenik - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) of KK Zagreb - 12 points, 9 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)



Coach Zan Tabak left Sevilla - by Eurobasket News

47-year old Croatian coach Zan Tabak left Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Liga Endesa).
Part of last season Tabak worked at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Head Coach: Israeli League All-Star Game. Tabak also coached for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada that season.
He was coaching Croatian Senior National Team in 2014.
Tabak has coached also professionally in Italy, Poland (Trefl), Turkey and Spain (Real Madrid and Baskonia).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @yugobasket)

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Four teams for two spots (A2 Champ. Stage) - by Zeljko Zule

AKK Vern, Jazine Arbanasi, Ribola Kastela and Podravac continued their battle for promotion in Croatian A1 League. All four teams recorded victories in Round 7 Croatian A2 League Championship Stage.

Jazine Arbanasi-Graficar 108-80: Jazine took control behind a 18-4 run for a 26-11 lead in the opening quarter. The home team lead 67-31 at the halftime break and had their largest lead of the night at 102-51 early in the fourth quarter. Jazine had all five starters in double scoring figures. Jurica Drazovic (201-F-86) collected 30 points and 11 rebounds, Mate Mrva (198-F/C-83) added 22 points, Goran Fodor (195-G-90) netted 17 points without a miss, Josip Gulam (188-PG-95) had 15 points and 7 assists and Dino Palcic (185-G-90) poured in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Jazine shot 58-percent (14-of-24) behind the 3-point line, while Graficar sank only three 3-pointers. Kristijan Samarija (202-C-83) finished with 22 points and Manuel Novak (90) added 17.

Ribola Kastela-Rudes 81-62: Kastela scored seven straight points to go up 11-7 and later went on a 26-6 run for a 41-18 lead late in the second quarter. Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) scored 16 points, Frano Marasovic (214-C-92) 12 and Dino Sipic (201-F-88) 10, Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) grabbed 12 rebounds. Rudes was led by Marko Juric (187-G-99) with 13 points and Tomislav Cvitkovic (206-SG-98) added 12.

Sanac-Podravac 62-83: An injury-plagued Sanac opened the game with a 12-3 run, but the visitors responded with a 14-2 run to go up 17-14. Sanac re-take the lead at 35-32. At that point, Podravac went on an 8-0 run to close out the first half time with a 40-35 advantage and never looked back from there. Sanac was still down by five early in the fourt quarter, before Podravac made a 23-7 run in the final eight minutes. Stefan Zadravec (186-PG-92) scored 33 points on shooting 15-of-21 from the field, Ivan Siprak (200-F-77) had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Alen Kendjelic (194-G-88) posted 10 points. Podravac commited just 9 turnovers to Sanac's 17. Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) led the home team with 20 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double and Dario Gazic (200-G/F-78) had 13 points and 9 rebounds.

AKK Vern-Borovo 124-76:
After trailing 27-30 early in the second quarter, Vern scored eleven straight points to ignite a 16-2 run for a 43-32 lead. The home team outscored Borovo 62-25 in the second half. Vern used 11 players and all of them scored. Marko Bakovic (202-PF-93) finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds, Luka Zivko (202-C/F-96) scored 22 points, Filip Kordic (196-SG-92) added 15, Matej Kljajic had 14 points and 9 assists, Ivan Penic (202-F-89) netted 13 points and Leon Abramovic 10. Vern shot 62-percent (46-of-74) from the field. Toni Kovac (97) led the visitors with 24 points, Mihael Bekavac (193-F-85) added 19, Srdjan Brocic (99) 14 and Mario Rajsic (94) 12.

Pula 1981-Borovo 96-75: Pula trailed by 11 in the second quarter and was behind 52-53 midway through the third quarter. At that point, Pula made a 13-5 run to go up 65-58 and early in the fourth quarter went on a 15-4 run to extend their lead to 89-71. Ante Bozic (208-F/C-90, college: SW Oklahoma St.) scored 28 points, Dino Rakic (200-F-94) 21, Nino Dasko had 14 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds and Marin Djugum added 14 points. Borovo was led by Antonio Bicvic (196-F-82) with 17 points, Marko Soldo (198-G-89) and Kristijan Preglej (206-C/F-79) both added 16 points and Juraj Boras (191-G-91) had 13 points and 11 assists.



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LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Esteban MARTINEZ
  Santiago
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Martinez, Santiago28.4 
 2. Boffil, Villa Clara23.9 
 3. Pons, Guantanamo18.5 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio18.3 
 5. Guzman, Capitalinos17.4 
 6. Molina, Matanzas16.1 
 7. Granda, Ciego d.15.5 
 8. Rivero, Capitalinos15.2 
 9. Abreu, Villa Clara15.2 
 10. Guerra, Guantanamo14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 9
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara9.0 
 2. Reyes, Ciego de Avila9.0 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago7.1 
 4. Tito, Guantanamo6.2 
 5. Alorda, Capitalinos6.1 
 6. Garcia, Matanzas5.9 
 7. Pons, Guantanamo5.7 
 8. Siria, Santiago5.6 
 9. Perez, Villa Clara5.6 
 10. Font, Capitalinos5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.3.8 
 2. Heredia, Santiago3.6 
 3. Abreu, Villa Clara3.6 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio2.6 
 5. Martinez, Ciego d.2.4 
 6. Deschapelles, Matan.2.3 
 7. Molina, Matanzas2.3 
 8. Soltero, Capitalinos2.2 
 9. Boffil, Villa Clara2.0 
 10. Giron, Santiago1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Osmel OLIVA
  Pinar del Rio
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Oliva, Pinar del Rio4.7 
 2. Monterrey, Pinar d.4.7 
 3. Guerra, Guantanamo4.5 
 4. Deschapelles, Matan.4.4 
 5. Perez, Villa Clara4.4 
 6. Boffil, Villa Clara4.1 
 7. Soria, Guantanamo4.1 
 8. Martinez, Ciego d.3.9 
 9. Heredia, Santiago3.8 
 10. Baldo, Camaguey3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Abel FONT
  Capitalinos
  (206-C-97)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Font, Capitalinos1.8 
 2. Cubillas, Villa Clara1.8 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.4 
 4. Quintana, Pinar d.1.0 
 5. Garcia, Matanzas0.9 
 6. Castellanos, Ciego d.0.9 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara0.7 
 8. Soria, Guantanamo0.6 
 9. Romero, Villa Clara0.6 
 10. Coutin, Capitalinos0.6 


LSB Round 4 of Finals. Pinar del Rio earn third straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Matanzas - Pinar del Rio 55-66

Pinar del Rio clinched the third consecutive victory in the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Pinar. Guerreros managed to win third quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Pinar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!). The former international point guard Yosiel Monterrey (185-88) contributed with 13 points, 7 assists and 9 steals for the winners. The former international guard Danys Torrientes (190-85) replied with 17 points and 4 steals and the former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) added 15 points and 5 steals in the effort for Guerreros. Guerreros' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Matanzas: D.Torrientes 17+2reb+1ast, Y.Molina 15+1reb+2ast, H.Garcia 7+9reb+1ast, L.Sanchez 6+2reb+1ast, Y.Morales 6+7reb+1ast, J.Daudinot 2+1reb
Pinar del Rio: O.Oliva 21+1reb+2ast, Y.Monterrey 13+1reb+7ast, Y.Suarez 7+6reb+1ast, A.L. Rojas 7+7reb+1ast, D.Martinez 6+1ast, D.Vazquez 4+2reb
gschID: 543846





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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 


1Liga Round 2 of 1/8 Finals. Olomouc Bbal and Sokol Slapanice reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Basket Kosice - Sokol Prazky 82-78

Basket Kosice topped Sokol Prazky to even the series at 1-1. 26 personal fouls committed by Sokol Prazky helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Jan Nekolny (192-91) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Dominik Adasek (190-92) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists. Four Basket Kosice players scored in double figures. Basket Kosice's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Center Jan Stepanek (190-83) produced 19 points and power forward Jakub Tomas (200-80) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Basket Kosice: J.Nekolny 23+5reb+1ast, J.Kratochvil 15+4reb+1ast, D.Adasek 13+2reb+6ast, J.Bohm 11+8reb+1ast, D.Zach 9+2reb, M.Burian 7+7reb+1ast
Sokol Prazky: J.Stepanek 19+4reb+2ast, J.Tomas 14+5reb+1ast, J.Sop 13+4reb, S.Brix 8+3reb+1ast, M.Kohout 7+1reb+1ast, T.Bruha 5+4reb
gschID: 543635


Pardubice - Loko Plzen 75-64

Pardubice prevailed against visiting Loko Plzen to celebrate the first win in the series. Pardubice looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Center Martin Roub (206-97) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Josef Potocek (196-96) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Pardubice's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Jaroslav Lejsek (198-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Uruguayan forward Martin Volf (198-80) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Pardubice: J.Potocek 16+2reb+4ast, M.Roub 14+9reb+1ast, L.Kanturek 13+1reb+4ast, K.Formanek 9+7reb+1ast, V.Nalevanko 7+4reb+4ast, S.Picka 7+2reb
Loko Plzen: J.Lejsek 19+13reb+3ast, M.Volf 18+6reb, J.Suchy 10+3reb+1ast, O.Fleischhans 8+2reb+1ast, J.Doljak 3+1reb+2ast, R.Jirak 2+2reb
gschID: 543636


Olomouc Bbal - Olomouc SK 90-77

Olomouc Bbal outgunned Olomouc SK to sweep the series. Olomouc Bbal forced 24 Olomouc SK turnovers. Jiri Dedek (190-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals. Moldovan forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Olomouc Bbal players scored in double figures. Olomouc Bbal's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Pavel Novak (199-83) replied with 18 points and 8 steals and forward Martin Vanak (198-87) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Olomouc SK.
Top scorers:
Olomouc Bbal: E.Scripcaru 22+6reb+2ast, J.Dedek 21+6reb+6ast, A.Choleva 15+7reb+5ast, V.Smerda 14+4reb+2ast, J.Sedmik 7+2reb+1ast, M.Schuster 7+2reb
Olomouc SK: P.Novak 18+4reb+1ast, M.Vanak 15+7reb+1ast, D.Jilek 10, M.Strniste 10+2reb+1ast, K.Sin 9+3reb+1ast, R.Cernosek 7+3reb
gschID: 543634


Sokol Slapanice - Opava B 101-80

Sokol Slapanice rallied past Opava B to advance into the quarterfinal stage. Sokol Slapanice players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Forward Roman Zachrla (200-87, agency: Octagon Europe) notched a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Martin Muller (194-94) supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Sokol Slapanice's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists by center Tomas Micunek (200-89) did not help to save the game for B&W Opava B. Guard Vitezslav Branda (189-87) added 18 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Four Sokol Slapanice and five B&W Opava B players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Sokol Slapanice: R.Zachrla 41+11reb+2ast, M.Muller 15+5reb+5ast, M.Vyroubal 14+2reb+2ast, M.Licenik 13+6reb+2ast, K.Trunecek 6+3reb+3ast, I.Pavlicik 5+1reb+1ast
Opava B: T.Micunek 19+16reb+4ast, V.Branda 18+7reb+2ast, P.Martikan 12+2reb+1ast, J.Dihel 10+5reb+6ast, S.Kurecka 10+2reb, D.Zidek 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543633





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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.3 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.3 
 3. Bello, Randers19.0 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.5 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.4 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 9. Dominique, Horsholm15.6 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. McGrew, SI.10.6 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Baru, SISU9.1 
 5. Smith, Horsholm8.8 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.9 
 7. Moten, Svendborg7.2 
 8. Diouf, Bakken7.1 
 9. Carter, Randers6.9 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Wilson, SISU4.6 
 4. Mack, Horsens IC4.4 
 5. Gesell, Bakken4.3 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 7. Dranginis, SISU4.2 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.2 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.1 
 3. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 4. Wilson, SISU1.8 
 5. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 6. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 7. Akoon-P., Bakken1.7 
 8. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 9. Nielsen, Horsholm1.6 
 10. Bello, Randers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 4. Diouf, Bakken0.9 
 5. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.9 
 6. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 7. Colas, Randers0.8 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 
 9. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 10. Baru, SISU0.8 



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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 RC21.4 
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 RC2.9 
 3. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 4. Tavares, Raptors .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. Jones, Santa C.2.2 
 10. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 



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  ECBL  


PrimeTime Players Stay Perfect In ECBL - by Scott Ludwig

The PrimeTime Players returned to York Prep Academy in Rock Hill for their second of seven home games at their new home venue against the Savannah Storm. The Storm coming in having won two of their first three games were looking to make an early statement to the league by trying to knock off the top team in the ECBL Southern Conference.

The backcourt duo of Grayson David and Calvin Hamilton got off to a good first quarter start combining for 16 first quarter for the visitors, but were matched by Brian Mobley (6'6''-SF-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) from PrimeTime who poured in 17 of his 21 points in the opening period to help PrimeTime to a 40-26 lead at the end of the quarter. The second quarter First Team All League performer Terell Smith (6'3''-G-85, college: Limestone) scored 21 points in the quarter and Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.) finished the half with 20 point, while Dijuan Harris (5'9''-PG-86, college: Charlotte) finding someone wide open seemingly on every possession. Grayson David did his part to try and keep the visitors in the game with 20 total points in the first half, but the Storm went into the half down 85-55.

The second half started where the first one ended with PrimeTime pushing the lead up to as many as 44 with Terell Smith leading the way by hitting eight second half three pointers. Dijuan Harris added 19 points in the half and finished with a ECBL single-game record 18 assists. The inside play of Thomas Pfaff (6'8''-C-87, college: Lipscomb), Jonathan Hart (6'7''-F-86, college: UNC Pembroke), and Brian Mobley limited the Savannah chances at second chance points as they all finished in with double figure rebounds and kept the home team running for the full 48 minutes in scoring a season-high point total in the 165-124 win.

Top performers PrimeTime Players : Terell Smith 48 pts, 7 rbs; Dijuan Harris 27 pts, 18 assists, 8 rbs; Chris Moore 28 pts, 12 rbs, 8 assists; Brian Mobley 21 pts, 9rbs; Thomas Pfaff 18 pts, 14 rbs; Jonathan Hart 7 pts, 10 rbs; Victor Street (5'11''-PG-88, college: Erskine) 10 pts, 5 rbs; Pierre Stines (6'9''-PF) 6 pts, 2 blks

Top performers Savannah Storm : Grayson David 40 pts, 6 rbs; Willie Grant (6'3''-F, college: Thomas) 21 pts, 9 rbs; Delon Sills 20 pts, 13 rbs; Calvin Hamilton 18 pts, 9 rbs, 8 assists; James Murphy 13 pts, 10 rbs; David Francis 2 pts, 11 rbs



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  EL SALVADOR  


Salvadorean Liga MB round 26 best performance: Marc Montavious - by Eurobasket News

American Center Marc Montavious (206-C-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for 11 Lobos, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 22 rebounds, while his team outclassed San Miguel (#14, 3-13) with 44-point margin 94-50. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. 11 Lobos maintains the 11th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. 11 Lobos is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-9 record. In the team's last game Montavious had a remarkable 76.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at 11 Lobos, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Georgetown College star has very solid stats this year. Montavious leads league in rebounds with 21.1rpg. Montavious is in league's top in and averages impressive 4.3bpg and 54.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old A Brewer of Halcones. Brewer had a very good evening with 34 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Halcones to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Giants (#15, 2-14) 105-80. Halcones' 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-5 record is not bad at all. Brewer is one of the most experienced players at Halcones and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another 11 Lobos' star - Haitian forward Joseph Antoine (203-PF-84). Antoine showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of 11 Lobos, helping his team with a 94-50 easy win against the lower-ranked San Miguel (#14, 3-13). The chances of 11 Lobos ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Antoine could help 11 Lobos to bring them higher in the standings. Antoine has a very solid season. In 13 games in El Salvador he scored 17.3ppg. He also has 11.2rpg and 2.1spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Moe (206-F/C) of Cojute - 27 points, 21 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Lisvan Valdez (200-PF-88) of Santa Tecla - 41 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Macari Brooks (190-G-92) of Giants - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) of Halcones - 12 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Shawn Hampton (187-PG) of 11 Lobos - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Shahmel Brackett (183-PG-91) of Quezaltepeque - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jose Araujo (186-G-86) of Halcones - 22 points, 7 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)



Liga MB Round 26: Santa Tecla defeats Cojute in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked Cojute (8-8) gave a tough game to first ranked Santa Tecla (15-2) in Cojutepeque on Sunday. The visitors from Santa Tecla managed to secure only three-point victory 95-92. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cojute. Santa Tecla looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Cojute's players. Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) scored 41 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 21 rebounds and 6 assists. Santa Tecla maintains first position with 15-2 record. Cojute at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Denver-FAS. Santa Tecla are looking forward to face 11 Lobos (#11) in Chalchuapa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cojute will play on the road against Canarios in Ahuachapan and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Eleventh ranked 11 Lobos (6-9) crushed at home 14th ranked San Miguel (3-13) by 44 points 94-50, which is the biggest margin this round. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) notched a double-double by scoring 30 points and 22 rebounds to lead the effort and Shawn Hampton supported him with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) did not help to save the game for San Miguel. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. 11 Lobos maintains eleventh position with 6-9 record. San Miguel lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. 11 Lobos will play against league's leader Santa Tecla on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. San Miguel will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 26 Halcones destroyed Giants on the opponent's court 105-80. Quezaltepeque managed to outperform El Rapido in a home game 85-81.

Cojute - Santa Tecla 92-95

Seventh-ranked Cojute (8-8) gave a tough game to first ranked Santa Tecla (15-2) in Cojutepeque on Sunday. The visitors from Santa Tecla managed to secure only three-point victory 95-92. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cojute. Santa Tecla looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Cojute's players. Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) scored 41 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 21 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Five Cojute players scored in double figures. Santa Tecla maintains first position with 15-2 record. Cojute at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Denver-FAS. Santa Tecla are looking forward to face 11 Lobos (#11) in Chalchuapa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cojute will play on the road against Canarios in Ahuachapan and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: L.Valdez 41+7reb+5ast, O.Torres 20+7reb+3ast, C.Arias 9+14reb+3ast, E.Escalante 6+6reb+2ast, O.Rivera 6+5reb+2ast, R.Martinez 5+4reb+7ast
Cojute: A.Moe 27+21reb+6ast, B.Golden 22+5reb+7ast, S.Sill 17+13reb+3ast, R.Melendez 11+2reb, L.Quintanilla 11+4reb+1ast, B.Garcia 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 537056


Giants - Halcones 80-105

Very expected game in San Salvador where 15th ranked Giants (2-14) were crushed by fourth ranked Halcones (11-5) 105-80. Halcones players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Giants' players. A Brewer notched 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and naturalized Canadian guard Jose Araujo (186-86, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Halcones players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds by American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) did not help to save the game for Giants. His fellow American import power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Halcones have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 11-5 record. Giants at the other side stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Halcones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Giants will play on the road against Quezaltepeque (#6) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Halcones: A. Brewer 34+8reb+6ast, J.Araujo 22+7reb+6ast, J.Moss 16+6reb+6ast, R.Miller 12+19reb+4ast, I.Andaluz 9+1reb+3ast, J.Angulo 7+2reb+5ast
Giants: M.Brooks 25+13reb+3ast, J.Milton 15+13reb+1ast, L.Escoto 14+1reb+2ast, C.Duran 9+1ast, J.Lopez 7+1reb, G.Hernandez 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 537055


Quezaltepeque - El Rapido 85-81

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Quezaltepeque (9-8) defeated at home 10th ranked El Rapido (7-8) 85-81. Quezaltepeque forced 23 El Rapido turnovers. Strangely El Rapido outrebounded Quezaltepeque 45-33 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. El Rapido was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) supported him with 26 points and 5 assists. Five Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. Even 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) did not help to save the game for El Rapido. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Quezaltepeque moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sonsonate. El Rapido at the other side keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Quezaltepeque will play against bottom-ranked Giants (#15) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. El Rapido will play at home against Denver-FAS (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: S.Brackett 26+3reb+5ast, Q.Scates 22+10reb+2ast, D.Bairez 14+3reb+6ast, N.Drayton 10+12reb+1ast, L.Portal 10+4reb+3ast, G.Hernandez 3
El Rapido: M.Guevara 28+5reb+4ast, E.Ishman 21+11reb, F.Martinez 12+1reb+1ast, D.King 7+15reb+2ast, M.Lopez 7+1reb+1ast, O.Coreas 4+5reb
gschID: 537054


11 Lobos - San Miguel 94-50

Eleventh ranked 11 Lobos (6-9) crushed at home 14th ranked San Miguel (3-13) by 44 points 94-50, which is the biggest margin this round. 11 Lobos dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to San Miguel's 38. 11 Lobos forced 19 San Miguel turnovers and outrebounded them 53-36 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) notched a double-double by scoring 30 points and 22 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Shawn Hampton (187) supported him with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) did not help to save the game for San Miguel. Puerto Rican forward Brian De-Leon (206-89, college: Warner) added 8 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. 11 Lobos maintains eleventh position with 6-9 record. San Miguel lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. 11 Lobos will play against league's leader Santa Tecla on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. San Miguel will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: M.Montavious 30+22reb+3ast, J.Antoine 25+13reb+5ast, S.Hampton 23+12reb+9ast, M.Gonzalez 8+2reb, A.Ruano 4+1ast, R.Aguiar 2+2reb
San Miguel: N.Ezeamii 21+5reb+1ast, B.De Leon 8+14reb+3ast, J.Cruz 7+4reb, J.Johnson 6+4reb+3ast, E.Guzman 3+4reb, M.Arevalo 2
gschID: 537053





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)



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.19.2 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.7 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.8 
 5. Olmre, TTU16.4 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.16.4 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.4 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.4 
 9. Strupovics, Valga15.2 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.4 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.1 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU8.1 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.0 
 6. Lips, Tarvas7.8 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.5 
 9. Raadik, Valga6.5 
 10. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.8 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.1 
 5. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 6. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.8 
 8. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.4 
 9. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 10. Saage, TL.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.2 
 2. Sutt, Parnu1.9 
 3. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 5. Paiste, Tarvas1.7 
 6. Tamm, TL.1.7 
 7. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.6 
 8. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 9. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 2. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 3. Lips, Tarvas0.8 
 4. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 7. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 8. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga0.6 
 10. Saks, TL.0.6 



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  FINLAND  


Overview of Korisliiga Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Kouvot - Helsinki Seagulls 88-94

Helsinki Seagulls upset Kouvot on the road and iced their semifinal appearance. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kouvot won third quarter 26-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kouvot 61-49 including 19 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Kouvot helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management) fired 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American center Devonte Upson (206-93, college: SE Louisiana) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Michael Cuffee (195-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) added 9 points and 17 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Helsinki Seagulls and four Kouvot players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: M.Cuffee 25+14reb, J.Sinclair 16+4reb+2ast, R.Appleby 15+4ast, T.Hirvonen 10+4reb+1ast, R.Buckles 9+17reb, A.Saarijarvi 7+3reb+3ast
Helsinki Seagulls: A.Nikkarinen 23+6reb+5ast, D.Upson 13+13reb+2ast, J.Conley 12+13reb+1ast, R.Cowels III 12+6reb+1ast, R.Abell 11+5reb+1ast, G.Lee 10+4reb
gschID: 543982


Lapua - Kauhajoki 73-87

Kauhajoki topped Lapua to win the series 3-1. It looked good early as Lapuan Korikobrat took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kauhajoen Karhu had a 21-8 second period charge getting the lead and Lapuan Korikobrat was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-87. Kauhajoen Karhu made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Kauhajoen Karhu outrebounded Lapuan Korikobrat 38-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Lapuan Korikobrat was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 5 rebounds. Forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Mansfield and Associates) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Guard Mario Edwards (191-88, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Mansfield and Associates) replied with 12 points and 5 assists and guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M) added 11 points in the effort for Lapuan Korikobrat.
Top scorers:
Lapua: M.Edwards 12+1reb+5ast, J.Jones 11+4reb+1ast, L.Kinnard 9+1reb+1ast, D.Morris 8+7reb+1ast, A.Conerly 8+3reb+2ast, T.Viertola 8+2reb
Kauhajoki: A.Hollins 28+5reb+3ast, D.Washington 17+14reb, T.Unruh 10+5reb, D.Giles 8+3reb+2ast, J.Lehtoranta 8+3reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543983


BC Nokia - Kataja Basket 69-74

Kataja Basket outgunned BC Nokia on the road and advanced into the semifinal stage. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BC Nokia won third quarter 20-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and the former international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) who added 13 points during the contest. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Eldar Skamo (198-86) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Isaiah Wilkerson (191-90, college: NJIT) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: E.Skamo 19+9reb+2ast, I.Wilkerson 14+7reb+1ast, P.Dia 12+6reb+3ast, J.Duren 6+3reb+5ast, N.Mattila 6+1reb+1ast, A.Akpaso 5+6reb
Kataja Basket: R.Brown 15+15reb+3ast, D.Bryant 13+2reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 13+3reb+1ast, K.Bristol 12+4reb, V.Makalainen 9+2reb+1ast, I.Seppala 8+3ast
gschID: 543981





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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. Dorsey, Le Portel14.6 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans14.6 
 9. Young, Chalons-.14.3 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.3 
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: 10.1
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.1 
 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. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 5. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 6. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 7. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.9 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 
 9. Fair, Limoges0.9 
 10. Joseph, Orleans0.9 


French ProB round 27 best performance: Youssou Ndoye - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese Center Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Bourg, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat St Chamond (#17, 10-17) 77-66. It allowed Bourg to consolidate first place in the French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bourg has a very solid 19-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Ndoye turned to be Bourg's top player in his first season with the team. Former St.Bonaventure University star has very solid stats this year. Ndoye is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.3rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 58.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Senegalese Youssoupha Fall (221-C-95) of Poitiers. Fall had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Poitiers lost that game 81-90 to the lower-ranked Rouen (#12, 12-14). Poitiers managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fall is a newcomer at Poitiers, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International) of Rouen (#12). Fairell scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Rouen, leading his team to a 90-81 win against the higher-ranked Poitiers (#8, 14-13). The chances of Rouen 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, Fairell could help Rouen to bring them higher in the standings. Fairell has a great season in France. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.0ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Laurence Ekperigin (200-F/C-88) of Nantes - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Dustin Ware (183-PG-90) of Vichy Clermont - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jerome Cazenobe (203-C/F-89) of Denain - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Terry Tarpey (196-G-94) of Denain - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Corin Henry (178-PG-88) of Evreux - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92) of Rouen - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists

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



ProB Round 27: Lille Metropole is defeated by Nantes - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between third ranked Lille Metropole (16-11) and eleventh ranked Nantes (13-14) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Lille Metropole was defeated by Nantes in a tough game in Nantes 66-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-12. But Lille Metropole won second period 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nantes looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American-British power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Valentin Bigote (196-92) helped adding 24 points. The best for the losing side was Austrian Luka Asceric (202-97) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Nantes moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Denain. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Nantes is looking forward to face Denain Voltaire (#11) on the road in the next round. Lille Metropole will play against ADA Blois (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Provence Basket (18-9) against fifteenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-16) on Friday night. Visiting Provence Basket was defeated by Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains 79-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Provence Basket. It was an exceptional evening for Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: HMS) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Andre Williamson accounted for 16 points. American center Brad Waldow (208-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds for Provence Basket in the defeat. Provence Basket's coach Remi Giutta rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aix-Maurienne maintains fifteenth place with 11-16 record. Provence Basket at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Aix-Maurienne will play against higher ranked Boulazac Basket (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Provence Basket will play against ALM Evreux (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get a tenth victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled fourth-ranked Charleville-Mezieres 83-61. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 22-point difference suggests that JA Vichy is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Charleville-Mezieres. The best player for the winners was Dustin Ware who scored 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was Mohamed Kone who recorded 9 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JA Vichy (10-17) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Boulogne and St Chamond. Loser Charleville-Mezieres keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Evreux. JA Vichy will meet league's leader JL Bourg on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Saint-Quentin and hope to secure a win.
ProB top team - JL Bourg (19-8) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventeenth ranked Saint Chamond (10-17) 77-66. It was a good game for Youssou Ndoye who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). JL Bourg's coach Savo Vucevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. JL Bourg maintains first place with 19-8 record. Saint Chamond lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. JL Bourg's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked JA Vichy (#18) at home which should be an easy win for them. Saint Chamond will play against SPO Rouen and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Saint-Quentin. Fourteenth ranked Saint-Quentin (12-15) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Denain Voltaire (13-14) 70-69 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Denain Voltaire. It was a great evening for Ryan Rhoomes who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Saint-Quentin moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Denain Voltaire keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Saint-Quentin will face higher ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27: Rouen won against Poitiers on the opponent's court 90-81. Roanne managed to outperform Le Havre in a home game 69-62. Boulogne recorded a loss to Evreux on the road 86-76.

St Quentin - Denain 70-69

Important game to mention about took place in Saint-Quentin. Fourteenth ranked Saint-Quentin (12-15) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Denain Voltaire (13-14) 70-69 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Denain Voltaire. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. They outrebounded Denain Voltaire 39-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American center Ryan Rhoomes (203-92, college: Fordham) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Canadian point guard Hernst Laroche (185-89, college: N.Mexico St., agency: HMS) helped adding 21 points. The best for the losing side was power forward Jerome Cazenobe (203-89) with 17 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized American guard Terry Tarpey (196-94, college: William & Mary) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Saint-Quentin moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Denain Voltaire keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Saint-Quentin will face higher ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: H.Laroche 21+3reb+2ast, P.Drouault 19+3reb+2ast, R.Rhoomes 12+12reb+2ast, A.Charles 5+1reb, M.Mutuale 4+5reb+2ast, D.Williams 3+2ast
Denain: J.Cazenobe 17+9reb+1ast, T.Tarpey 16+8reb+2ast, B.Gillet 15+1ast, D.Harris 9+2reb, C.Abouo 7+1reb, Y.Smock 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 484511


Vichy Clermont - Charleville 83-61

Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get a tenth victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled fourth-ranked Charleville-Mezieres 83-61. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 22-point difference suggests that JA Vichy is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Charleville-Mezieres. The best player for the winners was American point guard Dustin Ware (183-90, college: Georgia) who scored 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four JA Vichy players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Ivorian center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) who recorded 9 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Jordan Fouse (201-94, college: Green Bay, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JA Vichy (10-17) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Boulogne and St Chamond. Loser Charleville-Mezieres keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Evreux. JA Vichy will meet league's leader JL Bourg on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Saint-Quentin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vichy Clermont: D.Ware 20+3reb+5ast, C.Bronchard 14+7reb+5ast, R.Morency 12+3reb+1ast, C.Ona-Embo 11+2reb+1ast, D.Denave 9+8reb+6ast, J.Cole 8+5reb
Charleville: M.Hermannsson 10+1reb+3ast, M.Kone 9+11reb+1ast, V.Mukuna 8+2reb, W.Mensah 8+1reb+1ast, S.Saumont 7+1reb+1ast, W.Brown 7+7reb
gschID: 484513


Poitiers - Rouen 81-90

There was an upset when higher ranked Poitiers (14-13) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked SPO Rouen (12-14) 90-81 on Saturday. Poitiers was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of SPO Rouen, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. SPO Rouen forced 19 Poitiers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a great evening for American-Bahamas forward Jonathan Fairell (201-93, college: Murray St., agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Icelandic Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland) helped adding 21 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was Senegalese center Youssoupha Fall (221-95) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American point guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St.) scored 16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. SPO Rouen maintains twelfth place with 12-14 record. Loser Poitiers keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. SPO Rouen will face Saint Chamond (#17) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Fairell 26+6reb+1ast, H.Palsson 21+3reb+8ast, J.Woodard 13+7reb+5ast, G.Curier 9+5reb, S.Ho You Fat 6+4reb+4ast, D.Colter 5+4reb+4ast
Poitiers: Y.Fall 23+12reb+1ast, J.Threatt 16+2reb+6ast, M.Var 10+6reb, D.Reed 9+5reb+2ast, M.Joseph 6+2reb, J.Greer 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 484509


St Chamond - Bourg 66-77

ProB top team - JL Bourg (19-8) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventeenth ranked Saint Chamond (10-17) 77-66. Saint Chamond was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 42-28 second half run of JL Bourg. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. It was a good game for Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American point guard Garrett Sim (188-90, college: Oregon) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. JL Bourg's coach Savo Vucevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard BA Walker (184-84, college: VCU, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 12 points and 6 assists and naturalized Ivorian swingman Guy-Landry Edi (202-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Promotex) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Saint Chamond. JL Bourg maintains first place with 19-8 record. Saint Chamond lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. JL Bourg's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked JA Vichy (#18) at home which should be an easy win for them. Saint Chamond will play against SPO Rouen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bourg: Z.Peacock 16+3reb+5ast, Y.Ndoye 16+14reb+3ast, G.Sim 16+5reb+3ast, T.Kyzlink 13+6reb+4ast, P.Pelos 7+1reb+1ast, M.Courby 7+2reb+3ast
St Chamond: S.Gombauld 12+3reb, B.Walker 12+1reb+6ast, J.Hoyaux 10+2ast, G.Landry Edi 8+7reb+3ast, J.Rinna 7+6reb+2ast, M.Guichard 6+4reb+6ast
gschID: 484512


Roanne - Le Havre 69-62

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Chorale de Roanne (11-15) defeated at home higher ranked STB Le Havre (14-13) 69-62 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Chorale de Roanne forced 21 STB Le Havre turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Joe Burton (201-90, college: Oregon St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Arthur Rozenfeld (178-95) helped adding 11 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: Inception Sports) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American Nicholas Pope (196-84, college: Oklah.Baptist) scored 12 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chorale de Roanne maintains fourteenth place with 11-15 record. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Chorale de Roanne will face SO Maritime Boulogne (#16) in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the next round.
Top scorers:
Roanne: J.Burton 20+9reb+3ast, A.Rozenfeld 11+7reb+3ast, C.Cavallo 10+5reb+3ast, A.Kanervo 7+2reb+2ast, M.Nuutinen 6+4reb, R.Nelson 6+1reb+2ast
Le Havre: D.Odiakosa 14+10reb, N.Pope 12+2reb+2ast, F.Paschal 11+2reb, B.King 9+2reb+4ast, Y.Morin 5+8reb+1ast, J.Greene 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 484510


Nantes - Lille 75-66

The game between third ranked Lille Metropole (16-11) and eleventh ranked Nantes (13-14) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Lille Metropole was defeated by Nantes in a tough game in Nantes 66-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-12. But Lille Metropole won second period 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nantes looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American-British power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Valentin Bigote (196-92) helped adding 24 points. The best for the losing side was Austrian Luka Asceric (202-97) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Cameroonian center Junior MBida (204-90) scored 10 points. Nantes moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Denain. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Nantes is looking forward to face Denain Voltaire (#11) on the road in the next round. Lille Metropole will play against ADA Blois (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nantes: V.Bigote 24+3reb+2ast, L.Ekperigin 15+12reb+3ast, C.McKnight 11+8reb+2ast, K.Mitchell 8+3reb+7ast, R.Kuksiks 7+6reb, V.Fofana 7+6reb+4ast
Lille: L.Asceric 14+5reb+6ast, M.Queta 11+4reb, J.MBida 10+3reb+2ast, J.Traore 8+6reb+1ast, P.Duwiquet 8+1reb+3ast, B.Pamba-Juille 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 484508


Evreux - Boulogne 86-76

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (10-17) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked ALM Evreux (15-12) 86-76 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-76. ALM Evreux outrebounded SO Maritime Boulogne 40-25 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American point guard Corin Henry (178-88, college: Tarleton St., agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Lamine Kante (200-87) helped adding 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Teddy Gipson (191-80, college: Arkansas) with 23 points and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Five ALM Evreux and four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. ALM Evreux have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Charleville. Loser SO Maritime Boulogne keeps the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. ALM Evreux will face league's second-placed Provence Basket in Fos-sur-Mer in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SO Maritime Boulogne will play at home against Chorale de Roanne (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Evreux: C.Henry 17+7reb+6ast, C.Walker 16+3reb+2ast, R.Dibo 13+5reb, B.Pinault 13+2reb+3ast, L.Kante 13+7reb+4ast, P.Beye 8+7reb
Boulogne: T.Gipson 23+2reb+5ast, W.de Jong 15+2reb+2ast, G.Jordan 13+8reb+6ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 10+4reb+4ast, K.Moendadze 9+3reb, X.Corosine 6
gschID: 484507


Maurienne - Provence Basket 79-67

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Provence Basket (18-9) against fifteenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-16) on Friday night. Visiting Provence Basket was defeated by Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains 79-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Provence Basket. The game was mostly controlled by Aix-Maurienne. Provence Basket was better in fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Provence Basket was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: HMS) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Andre Williamson (202-89, college: Appalachian St.) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. American center Brad Waldow (208-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Raphael Desroses (199-80) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Provence Basket in the defeat. Provence Basket's coach Remi Giutta rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aix-Maurienne maintains fifteenth place with 11-16 record. Provence Basket at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Aix-Maurienne will play against higher ranked Boulazac Basket (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Provence Basket will play against ALM Evreux (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: M.Sonko 16+6reb+1ast, A.Williamson 16+4reb+2ast, K.Atamna 13+4reb+3ast, P.Dambrauskas 13+3reb+3ast, R.Rice 8+3reb+3ast, R.Dardaine 5+4reb+1ast
Provence Basket: B.Waldow 18+5reb, R.Desroses 10+5reb+1ast, L.Vebobe 8+3reb, D.Obasohan 7+4reb+2ast, S.Hernandez 6+3reb, A.Broussard 6+4reb+3ast
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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)



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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)



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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 


Courtney Belger (FC Schalke)I Went Through Rough Patches But The Guys Always Stayed By My Side - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Courtney Belger (187-G-89, college: Quincy) is a 27 year old 187cm guard from St Louis that completed his fourth professional season and first with FC Schalke 04 (Germany-ProB). Last season he played with the Itzehoe Eagles (Germany-ProB): 24 games: 12.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 65.6% and Kalamunda Eastern Suns (Australia-SBL) playing 14 games: 21.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.1apg, Steals-4 (3.1spg), FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 22.4%, FT: 80.8%. He played his first two professional seasons with TV Ibbenbuehren (Germany-Regionalliga). He started his basketball career at Quincy (NCAA2) in 2008 where he played until 2012 playing a total of 113 NCAA 2 games. As a senior he played 27 games averaging 11.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 10.5%, FT: 72.0%. He improved his scoring and rebounding average each season. He spoke to eurobasket after the playoff loss to the ScanPlus Baskets ending his season.

Courtney thanks for talking to eurobasket. FC Schalke lost a tough 3 game series to the ScanPlus Baskets. Are you still in Germany or are you already back in the States and how did you spend your last days in Germany?

I'm actually back in Australia with my lady and playing for the eastern suns. My family came to visit me my last week so we just hung out and went to eat etc. My team had a nice end of the year team gathering before we all took off. We had a good time.

How long did it take you to digest the end of the season? What was toughest for you losing game three by 30 points?

It probably took about three days and then will come back later. I'll just use it for motivation like always. I'm very disappointed to have let the team down with that sad game three disappearing act I displayed.

FC Schalke held opponents to 78 points in the Pro B this season, but the ScanPlus Baskets averaged 83 points in the series. What was most difficult about keeping their offensive arsenal in check?

Not much. We just couldn't score and execute on our end. When you turn the ball over so much and can't score it's easier for the opposition to get out on the fast break.

Did the exciting grind out 76-74 win in game two kind of use up most of the team's gas that it just wasn't able to play a solid game for 40 minutes in game three?

At their place in game three they were comfortable and Petric opened the game up for them by hitting some threes. Once he had confidence it ignited their team and we had to change our strategy which helped to bring us success in game 2.

It would be unfair to put any blame on you for your eight point game in game three as basketball is a team sport, but as a competitor which you are how difficult was it for you not to put a lot of blame on yourself for the loss?

I put all the blame on myself. I'm not the type to only want the credit for a win. The same way my 32 points helped us win game 2 is the same way my 8 points caused us to lose game 3.

You stated in the last interview that your leadership could be better. Do you feel like your leadership let yourself and the team down in game three?

I personally don't believe that. I think my play let everyone down in game 3. Even playing like trash and sitting on the bench, I was still engaged and communicating with my team.

How would you summarize the 2016-2017 FC Schalke season. Did the club reach it's goals?

We had a very fun roller coaster ride. We achieved every goal except for winning a playoff series. After everybody wrote us off when we were at the bottom of the table at the beginning, it was great time fighting our way back up to six. Our team came together down the stretch and won games despite many different challenges.

I hate asking you this again, but I had asked you this before, but was the team missing that consistent third scorer that would have been able to score in double figures on a regular basis?

We definitely missed a third scorer, but it is what it is. People had games where they stepped up into that role for us multiple times. Maybe it could have been more often depending on how we read the game.

How did you see the development of American rookie Trent Weaver? Do you see him making the next step already next season or does he need another year in the pro B for further basketball seasoning?

Trent is a very versatile big that has a huge upside. He is also very motivated. I'm not sure if he will get the chance to play in Pro A or not, but I do know that he will be ready to attack his next season.

Which player in your mind developed the best this season from day one until game three against the ScanPlus Baskets?

I would say it was our young big man Lutz. I enjoyed talking to him during the season and passing on different things I have learned from all my years of playing.

You had an excellent season averaging 16,5ppg, 5,4rpg and 5,2qpg and improved your stats from the season before with Pro B team Itzehoe. How pleased were you with your development as a player with FC Schalke and season in general?

I was very pleased with the year that we had. My team and coach made me feel comfortable and allowed me to make mistakes which really built confidence. I went through rough patches throughout the year and no matter what happened, the guys always stayed by my side. It made it easy.

You stated in our last interview that in the first half of the season you would have liked to have done these things better with playing better off the ball with cuts and spot ups and improving on seeing the whole court and getting us the best shot possible each possession. Do you feel as if you did that better in the second half of the season?

I think so. We played better and beat quality teams. My veteran Nikita says so as well haha. Other than a couple rough games I think I did a much better job with all of that.

You can attribute your improved play from Itzehoe to knowing the Pro B better as well as having head coach Raphael Wilder on you making you play your best as well as being locked in mentally better this season. What do you feel played the biggest role in your play this season improving?

It's three things. If I was playing okay, bad, what I thought was good; Raffi was pushing me. I played a lot of minutes this season, so that brings confidence and stats. The third thing is I was able to train extra and feel ready, since the medical staff really improved my body's health. I feel as fresh as I have felt since college. It's not one thing. It's truly a combination of all three things.

The summer will be very exciting as you will surely get many interesting offers. Do you feel now after two seasons in the Pro B that you can make the next step and be a force in the German Pro A the way Nurnberg's Diante Watkins is who also came from the Pro B?

I'm very confident in my abilities as a player and what I can do. I also feel that I work very hard in the summer to improve, so yes I do feel like I can be a force in the right situation. I don't worry about that though. I just play. Didn't even make a highlight tape throughout the year. Wanted my focus to be on playing. This year I was able to really work on my game. I'm not opposed to staying with Raffi. Just have to sit back and let my agent Michael Canty do what he does.

Will you be making any new adventures down under like last season with Kalamunda Eastern Suns (Australia-SBL) or will you be going home early this summer and focus on your game in the gym?

Like I mentioned earlier, I will be here in Australia with the Suns. It worked out for me last year and I felt ready once the season started. My lady and I have also linked up with Atlas performance and will have a stint with Dig Deep basketball training this summer. I think this will be another one of those Summer's that helps get me ready for next season.

On what things will you focus on this summer in your game so that you will be able to make the next step wherever you play at?

I will focus on shooting more of course out of the pick and roll, as well as spot up threes. Toward the end of the season I started to shoot the ball a little better and want to carry on in that direction. Another area I think will improve just from my first week here, is my athleticism and quick read making during penetration.

Who was the toughest point guard that you battled in the pro B this season?

Probably Chris Iles because of his speed or Antione Myers because we are bigger guards with similar games.

How exciting was the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Was South Carolina reaching the NCAA Final 4 the biggest story of the March Madness for you?

I actually haven't seen one game. I was watching nothing but film and YouTube stuff in Germany. Here in Australia I have been preparing for my game Friday. Hopefully I will get to see something soon.

Where do you personally rate Boston Celtic point guard Isaiah Thomas among the top NBA point guards? Is he near the top 5 or in it behind the Westbrooks, Harden's, Wall's and Paul's?

I have been rocking with Isaiah Thomas since he was with the Kings. He's definitely top 5 in my book. What he is doing with the Celtics right now is legendary.

I recently read an interesting article where it was stated that Russell Westbrook's rebounds that help him garner so many triple doubles is a result of stat padding. The stats don't lie, but seriously is this an insult to his abilities or should this be an issue that can be debated? As a guy that rebounds very well, you must have an opinion on this matter with Russ.

It's sad to think someone says his rebounding is stat padding. Rebounds are a hustle stat. Takes a lot of effort. It also is a transition defense killer for great transition players like Westbrook. He doesn't have to wait on an outlet pass or anything, just rebound and attack. Like I said in a previous article, it's simple math. The pg normally gets back in safety. This makes it easy for a pg to crash the boards if he chooses to.

Lonzo Ball of UCLA has put up huge stats as a freshman. Is he the real deal. Will he be able to continue to develop or be derailed a bit by his dads antics on social media?

I think he is the real deal. Quick, athletic, good passer, deep range, etc. The type of game he has normally translates well in the NBA. I think his father won't mess up anything he does. Every parent thinks like that about their kid, but normally their kid isn't good enough for us to even pay attention to what that parent is saying.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Logan

Thanks Courtney for the chat.




Regionalliga Round 28: RW Cuxhaven beats Stade in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

North
ALBA Berlin II - Westerstede 90-71

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Westerstede (4-14) was crushed on the road by seventh ranked ALBA Berlin II (8-10) 90-71 on Sunday. ALBA Berlin II forced 27 Westerstede turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Jacob Knauf (210-97) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Wohlrath (197-95) who added 16 points during the contest. ALBA Berlin II's coach Patrick Femerling let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side power forward Marcel Kessen (207-97) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Bosnian point guard Robert Drijencic (190-96) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin II moved-up to sixth place in North. Newly promoted Westerstede keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
ALBA Berlin II: K.Wohlrath 16+1reb+3ast, J.Knauf 14+11reb, L.Herwig 13+2reb+1ast, D.Kirchner 12+2reb+5ast, J.Mattisseck 11+3reb+1ast, F.Stanic 8+9reb+2ast
Westerstede: M.Kessen 21+10reb+1ast, R.Drijencic 16+6reb+4ast, N.Pruitt 16+3reb+1ast, A.Musovic 10+1reb+3ast, L.Higgen 5+7reb, J.Albrecht 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 482525


Wusterhausen - Rendsburg 79-73

The game in Wildau was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Rendsburg (6-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Wusterhausen (7-11). Wusterhausen managed to secure a 6-point victory 79-73 on Saturday. Wusterhausen forced 19 Rendsburg turnovers and outrebounded them 40-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Thomas Schoeps (188-89, college: Odessa JC) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Nico Draegert (208-90) who added 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Christopher Geist (208-95) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Mubarak Salami (197-96) scored 16 points. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Wusterhausen moved-up to seventh place in North. Rendsburg lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Wusterhausen: T.Schoeps 16+5reb+4ast, N.Draegert 11+7reb, C.Tetzner 10+4reb+4ast, N.Trenz 9+8reb+1ast, P.Giese 8+2reb+1ast, A.Giese 8+3reb+2ast
Rendsburg: M.Salami 16+3reb, C.Geist 15+8reb+1ast, M.Brodersen 13+4reb, S.Gottschalk 8+2reb+2ast, M.Hillner 8+1reb+2ast, M.Collins 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 482526


RW Cuxhaven - Stade 73-56

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cuxhaven. First ranked RW Cuxhaven faced their biggest opponent Stade. Host RW Cuxhaven (15-3) defeated guests from Stade (13-5) 73-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stade. RW Cuxhaven had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Croatian point guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Serbian power forward Milan Dondur (204-91) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four RW Cuxhaven players scored in double figures. Spanish forward Damian Cortes-Rey (194-96) produced 16 points and Tom Lipke (193-86, agency: Court Side) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. RW Cuxhaven have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position in North with 15-3 record. Stade at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
RW Cuxhaven: L.Petkovic 20+3reb+4ast, S.Cvetanovic 12+2reb+1ast, M.Dondur 10+7reb, A.Pujadas 10+3reb+2ast, M.Milekic 7+5reb+2ast, A.Triginer 5+2reb+1ast
Stade: D.Cortes Rey 16+4reb, T.Lipke 11+3reb+2ast, M.Biddle 8+2ast, F.Bunde 7+5reb, M.Kemp 6+1reb, O.Andres 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 482524


South-East
Rosenheim - Zwickau 87-76

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Rosenheim (12-14) defeated at home 12th ranked Zwickau (8-18) 87-76 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jguwon Hogges (173-86, college: Oregon Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and power forward Steffen Lautner (201-88) who added 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Rosenheim's coach Mario Knezevic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side guard Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-90) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and center Mario Nagler (203-87) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Zwickau players scored in double figures. Rosenheim maintains ninth position in South-East with 12-14 record. Loser Zwickau keeps the twelfth place with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rosenheim: J.Hogges 29+12reb+6ast, S.Lautner 14+11reb+1ast, O.Gaizauskas 10+1reb+2ast, A.Gheorghiu 8+5reb, A.Braa 6, M.Lachmann 5+1reb+2ast
Zwickau: H.Bellscheidt 20+9reb+5ast, F.Fraas 14+4reb+2ast, M.Nagler 14+7reb+1ast, A.Endig 13+2reb, A.Andrus 9+1reb+1ast, D.Bassl 4+2reb
gschID: 482891


Ansbach - TSV Troester 75-80

Very expected game when 10th ranked Ansbach (10-16) was defeated at home by fifth ranked TSV Troester (16-10) 80-75 on Saturday. TSV Troester made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Alexander Heide (206-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Joerg Dippold (195-92) who added 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) responded with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Christian Imberi (193-82, college: Jamestown) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. TSV Troester maintains fifth position in South-East with 16-10 record. Loser Ansbach keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Leitershofen.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: J.Dippold 21+5reb+1ast, A.Heide 19+17reb+1ast, L.Wagner 12+7reb, A.Engel 9+7reb+5ast, S.Lorber 7+3ast, D.Dippold 7+1reb
Ansbach: N.Freer 27+6reb+5ast, C.Roll 12+1ast, C.Imberi 12+7reb+2ast, T.Donhauser 6+3reb+1ast, G.Petrovic 5+2reb+5ast, J.Patton 5+1reb
gschID: 482890


Vilsbiburg - Leitershofen 86-64

Very predictable result when second ranked Vilsbiburg (18-8) outscored at home 11th ranked Topstar (10-16) 86-64 on Saturday. Vilsbiburg forced 34 Topstar turnovers and had a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Czech center Lubos Novy (204-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and American-Czech point guard John Boyer (185-88, college: Buffalo, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who added 17 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Boyer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Slovenian guard Emanuel Richter (192-86) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Joshua Hart (198-90, college: Va Intermont) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Topstar's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vilsbiburg maintains second position in South-East with 18-8 record having just three points less than leader Schwelm, which they share with Treuchtlingen and Bad Aibling. Loser Topstar dropped to the tenth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Ansbach.
Top scorers:
Vilsbiburg: L.Novy 25+12reb+1ast, J.Boyer 17+8reb+10ast, J.Leierseder 13+2reb, K.Timmons 9+13reb+6ast, J.Guddemi 9+7reb+3ast, M.Mayr 9+1reb
Leitershofen: E.Richter 18+7reb+3ast, J.Hart 15+6reb+2ast, M.Uhlich 10+2reb+1ast, N.Hadzovic 8+3reb, D.Veney 4+5reb, N.Francois Breuer 3+2reb
gschID: 482889


Schwabing - Herzogenaurach 85-61

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Herzogenaurach (4-22) was outplayed on the road by seventh ranked Schwabing (14-12) 85-61 on Saturday. Schwabing dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Herzogenaurach's 24. Schwabing forced 19 Herzogenaurach turnovers and outrebounded them 57-35 including a 39-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Schwabing looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Herzogenaurach's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Schwabing made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Chris Wurmseher (192-97) who helped to win the game recording 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Fynn Fischer (204-99) who added 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Coach Robert Scheinberg's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side Croatian point guard Vedran Nakic (184-89) responded with 22 points and Austrian swingman Michael Kaiser (195-82) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Schwabing have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place in South-East, which they share with Jena II. Herzogenaurach lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Schwabing: F.Fischer 14+6reb+2ast, W.Bessoir 10+3reb+5ast, B.McDonald 10+2reb+2ast, C.Wurmseher 9+9reb+4ast, J.Obiesie 9+9reb, H.Ballhausen 8+2reb+4ast
Herzogenaurach: V.Nakic 22+4reb+2ast, M.Kaiser 15+7reb+3ast, P.Ghotra 9+5reb+2ast, B.Gahlert 6+8reb, T.Uebbing 5+3reb+1ast, M.Feuerpfeil 2+2reb
gschID: 482888


Treuchtlingen - Jena II 84-59

Everything went according to plan in Treutchlingen where third ranked Treuchtlingen (18-8) outleveled 6th ranked Jena II (14-12) 84-59 on Saturday. Treuchtlingen had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tim Eisenberger (197-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and forward Stefan Schmoll (196-89) who added 23 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Coach Stephen Harlander's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side American Vincent Garrett (198-91, college: Green Bay) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and forward Moritz Morschhaeuser (196-90) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Treuchtlingen moved-up to second place in South-East, which they share with Vilsbiburg and Bad Aibling. Newly promoted Jena II keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Schwabing.
Top scorers:
Treuchtlingen: T.Eisenberger 24+17reb+7ast, S.Schmoll 23+8reb+2ast, F.Beierlein 15+1reb+4ast, S.Geiselsoeder 9+2reb+2ast, C.Huhn 8+2reb+1ast, N.Jahnel 2+1reb+3ast
Jena II: V.Garrett 27+10reb+1ast, M.Rahn 11+6reb, M.Morschhaeuser 10+6reb+2ast, J.Heber 7+1reb+1ast, G.Glueck 4+3reb, J.Kadasi 0+2reb
gschID: 482887


Bad Aibling - Bayreuth II 70-63

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Bayreuth 2 (3-23) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Bad Aibling (18-8) 70-63 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian-Croatian forward Miodrag Mirceta (198) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and swingman Malo Valerien (195-92) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Bad Aibling's coach Luca Burci used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side Moritz Trieb (190-98) responded with 21 points and Robin Amaize (188-94, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Bad Aibling moved-up to second place in South-East, which they share with Treuchtlingen and Vilsbiburg. Bayreuth 2 lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bad Aibling: M.Mirceta 26+3reb+1ast, M.Valerien 16+6reb+3ast, M.Grujic 10+7reb, S.Bradaric 6+7reb+3ast, V.Engel 6+6reb, J.Kaifosch 4+1reb
Bayreuth II: M.Trieb 21+4reb+1ast, R.Amaize 16+9reb+1ast, J.Riesner 9+3reb+2ast, P.Johannes 8+4reb+1ast, N.Genz 4+7reb+2ast, J.Perschnick 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 482886


Coburg - Oberhaching 94-67

Leader Coburg delivered the twenty fourth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Oberhaching (13-13) 94-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Oberhaching. They outrebounded Oberhaching 45-34 including a 39-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Coburg players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Oberhaching's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jordan Burris (201-92, college: CS San Bernar.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Steffen Walde (190-92) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Coburg players scored in double figures. Coburg's coach Simon Bertram felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Omari Knox (188-86, college: Bloomfield) replied with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Torsten Walter (188) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Oberhaching. Coburg have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Coburg maintains first position in South-East with 24-2 record. Oberhaching at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Coburg: J.Burris 21+10reb, S.Walde 18+4reb+5ast, K.Eichelsdoerfer 14+1ast, Y.Turan 12+4ast, F.Franke 11+8reb+3ast, D.Stawowski 7+9reb+3ast
Oberhaching: O.Knox 35+12reb+5ast, F.Diestelhorst 12+1reb, J.Koegler 8+3reb, T.Walter 6+9reb, A.Martin Francois-Friis 6+4reb, J.Sperber 0+5reb+3ast
gschID: 482885





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




BBL Round 29: ratiopharm Ulm lose their first game against Bayern Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of ratiopharm Ulm (26-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Bayern Muenchen (24-3) 83-68. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of ratiopharm Ulm. Bayern Muenchen made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American Bryce Taylor (194-86, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 21 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and Serbian Vladimir Lucic (201-89, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Bayern Muenchen's coach Aleksandar Djordjevic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) responded with 23 points. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain third place with 24-3 record having just two points less than leader Ratiopharm. ratiopharm Ulm at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face Telekom Baskets (#6) in Bonn in the next round. ratiopharm Ulm will play on the road against s Oliver Baskets (#15) in Wuerzburg and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bamberg. Second ranked host Brose Baskets (25-3) defeated 4th placed BBC Bayreuth (19-8) 83-65. Latvian point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) nailed 17 points for the winning side and Nicolo Melli accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. American Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) came up with 17 points for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains second place with 25-3 record behind leader Ratiopharm. BBC Bayreuth at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Brose Baskets will play against Walter Tigers (#14) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Seventeenth-ranked SC Rasta Vechta (2-25) gave a tough game to tenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-16) on Saturday. The visitors from Frankfurt managed to secure only two-point victory 65-63. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was AJ English who scored 13 points and 9 assists. Frank Gaines produced 16 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. SC Rasta Vechta's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains tenth place with 12-16 record. SC Rasta Vechta lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 25 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SC Rasta Vechta will play against Braunschweig (#16) in Braunschweig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifteenth-ranked s Oliver Baskets (7-20) gave a tough game to ninth ranked Giessen 46ers (14-13). Giessen 46ers managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Dwayne Evans orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Giessen 46ers' coach Ingo Freyer allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Giessen 46ers. They moved-up to eighth place. s Oliver Baskets at the other side keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Giessen 46ers' next round opponent will be higher ranked EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. s Oliver Baskets will play at home against the league's leader ratiopharm Ulm (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Jena lost to Telekom Bsk on the opponent's court 61-72. EWE Baskets managed to outperform Ludwigsburg in a home game 75-63. Braunschweig recorded a loss to Bremerhaven on the road 89-80. ALBA defeated Walter Tigers on its own court 89-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 12 points and 4 assists by Maodo Lo of Brose Bask..

Brose Bask. - Bayreuth 83-65

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bamberg. Second ranked host Brose Baskets (25-3) defeated 4th placed BBC Bayreuth (19-8) 83-65. Brose Baskets made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Latvian point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) nailed 17 points for the winning side and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. American Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) came up with 17 points and forward Steve Wachalski (202-83) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains second place with 25-3 record behind leader Ratiopharm. BBC Bayreuth at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Brose Baskets will play against Walter Tigers (#14) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: J.Strelnieks 17+3reb+3ast, N.Melli 13+7reb+1ast, M.Lo 12+2reb+4ast, N.Zisis 12+2reb+3ast, L.Kratzer 7+4reb, D.Theis 7+6reb+1ast
Bayreuth: N.Linhart 17+1reb+1ast, A.Marei 12+4reb, R.Amaize 10+1reb+3ast, S.Wachalski 10+7reb+1ast, D.Brooks 9+3reb+1ast, K.Anderson 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 528784


Telekom Bsk - Jena 72-61

Very expected game in Bonn where 11th ranked Science City Jena (10-17) was defeated by sixth ranked Telekom Baskets (17-10) 72-61. Telekom Baskets forced 19 Science City Jena turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Kenny Frease (213-89, college: Xavier) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Immanuel McElroy (194-80, college: Cincinnati) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Science City Jena. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Telekom Baskets. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 17-10 record. Science City Jena lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Telekom Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: J.Mayo 20+3reb+8ast, J.Gamble 12+8reb+1ast, T.DiLeo 10+1reb, K.Horton 9+11reb+2ast, F.Koch 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 6+1reb+2ast
Jena: K.Frease 21+8reb, J.Jenkins 9+2reb+3ast, I.McElroy 8+6reb+2ast, J.Wolf 7+5reb+3ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 7+1ast, S.Goodwin 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 528783


Vechta - Fraport SKY 63-65

Seventeenth-ranked SC Rasta Vechta (2-25) gave a tough game to tenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-16) on Saturday. The visitors from Frankfurt managed to secure only two-point victory 65-63. However their fans expected much easier game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Strangely SC Rasta Vechta outrebounded Deutsche Bank Skyliners 35-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard AJ English (192-92, college: Iona) who scored 13 points and 9 assists. Niklas Kiel (207-97, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 19 points. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Derrick Allen (201-80, college: Mississippi) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. SC Rasta Vechta's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains tenth place with 12-16 record. SC Rasta Vechta lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 25 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SC Rasta Vechta will play against Braunschweig (#16) in Braunschweig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: N.Kiel 19+3reb+1ast, M.Morrison 15+4reb, A.English 13+2reb+9ast, Q.Robertson 10+6reb+2ast, S.Ilzhoefer 7+1reb+1ast, M.Merz 1+5reb+1ast
Vechta: F.Gaines 16+5reb+3ast, M.Ehambe 10+1reb, R.Broadus 9+3reb+4ast, T.Warech 8+4reb, D.Allen 8+8reb+2ast, D.Searcy 8+6reb
gschID: 528782


EWE Baskets - Ludwigsburg 75-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked EWE Baskets' (15-12) home victory over 8th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (14-14) 75-63. EWE Baskets had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. EWE Baskets' coach Mladen Drijencic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and international Johannes Thiemann (204-94) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Five EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. EWE Baskets maintains seventh place with 15-12 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be Giessen 46ers (#8) on the road. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: C.Kramer 20+9reb+3ast, R.Paulding 15+3reb+4ast, V.Duggins 11+4reb+1ast, B.Qvale 7+4reb, D.Madrich 6+1reb+2ast, P.Schwethelm 4+4reb+1ast
Ludwigsburg: D.Crawford 12+6reb, J.Thiemann 11+6reb, J.Cooley 10+2reb, R.Trice 10+4reb+3ast, D.Kennedy 10+4reb+1ast, B.Loesing 5+3ast
gschID: 528781


Ratiopharm - B.Muenchen 68-83

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of ratiopharm Ulm (26-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Bayern Muenchen (24-3) 83-68. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of ratiopharm Ulm. Bayern Muenchen made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American Bryce Taylor (194-86, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 21 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and Serbian Vladimir Lucic (201-89, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen's coach Aleksandar Djordjevic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) responded with 23 points and the other American import power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain third place with 24-3 record having just two points less than leader Ratiopharm. ratiopharm Ulm at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face Telekom Baskets (#6) in Bonn in the next round. ratiopharm Ulm will play on the road against s Oliver Baskets (#15) in Wuerzburg and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: B.Taylor 21+1reb, D.Booker 13+5reb+1ast, V.Lucic 13+4reb+4ast, R.Redding 11+3reb+6ast, D.Joyce 6+1ast, M.Zirbes 5+2reb
Ratiopharm: A.Rubit 23+2reb+1ast, R.Morgan 11+8reb, C.Babb 9+1reb+4ast, B.Hobbs 8+2reb+6ast, K.Tadda 8+2reb+1ast, T.Braun 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 528780


Bremerhaven - Braunschweig 89-80

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Braunschweig (4-23) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (10-17) 89-80. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import point guard Jordan Hulls (180-90, college: Indiana) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach Sebastian Machowski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American point guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) added 18 points in the effort for Braunschweig. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jena. Braunschweig lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the sixteenth position with 23 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (#9) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Braunschweig will play against SC Rasta Vechta (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: Q.Diggs 16+3reb+5ast, J.Hulls 16+3reb+3ast, K.Anderson 12+4reb, I.Elliott 11+4reb+1ast, W.Austin 10+7reb+4ast, L.Wendt 8+1reb+1ast
Braunschweig: D.Pierre 25+11reb+8ast, C.Medlock 18+2reb+3ast, T.Schwartz 14+3reb+2ast, J.Boykin 11+1reb+1ast, G.Groselle 10+5reb, S.Theis 2+1reb
gschID: 528779


ALBA - Walter Tigers 89-72

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked ALBA Berlin (18-11) beat at home 14th ranked Walter Tigers (9-22) 89-72. ALBA Berlin shot 61.1 percent from the field. ALBA Berlin outrebounded Walter Tigers 29-18 including a 21-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Malcolm Miller (200-93, college: Holy Cross) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin's coach Ahmet Caki allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Gary McGhee (209-88, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds and forward Stanton Kidd (202-92, college: Colorado St.) added 14 points in the effort for Walter Tigers. ALBA Berlin maintains fifth place with 18-11 record. Walter Tigers lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 22 games lost. ALBA Berlin will have a break next round. Walter Tigers will play at home against the league's second-placed Brose Baskets (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ALBA: M.Miller 21+6reb+3ast, G.Robinson 16+1reb+4ast, D.Milosavljevic 16+2reb+3ast, E.Kikanovic 12+7reb, N.Giffey 9+7reb, C.English 5
Walter Tigers: S.Kidd 14+4reb+2ast, G.McGhee 13+7reb, J.Washburn 12+1reb+2ast, M.Marin 8+1reb, A.Munoz 7+2ast, J.Jordan 7+2reb+8ast
gschID: 528778


Giessen 46ers - Wuerzburg 77-74

Fifteenth-ranked s Oliver Baskets (7-20) gave a tough game to ninth ranked Giessen 46ers (14-13). Giessen 46ers managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Giessen 46ers made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by s Oliver Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Dwayne Evans (201-92, college: St.Louis) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Skyler Bowlin (191-89, college: Missouri So.) contributed with 25 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Giessen 46ers players scored in double figures. Giessen 46ers' coach Ingo Freyer allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Naturalized Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (209-83, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American point guard Jake Odum (193-91, college: Indiana St.) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for s Oliver Baskets. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Giessen 46ers. They moved-up to eighth place. s Oliver Baskets at the other side keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Giessen 46ers' next round opponent will be higher ranked EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. s Oliver Baskets will play at home against the league's leader ratiopharm Ulm (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Giessen 46ers: S.Bowlin 25+2reb, J.Sears 13+2reb+3ast, C.Wells 11+6reb+5ast, D.Evans 11+14reb+3ast, J.Saibou 8+3reb+1ast, A.Obst 5+1reb+2ast
Wuerzburg: K.Loncar 27+5reb, J.Odum 14+1reb+4ast, L.Ulmer 7+7reb+1ast, M.Ugrai 7+4reb, V.Sanford 6+6reb+3ast, B.Lane 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 528777





Recap of ProA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Koeln Rh.Stars - MBC 68-81

MBC outscored Koeln on the road to secure 2-0 lead in the series. American point guard Marcus Hatten (185-80, college: St.John's) scored 26 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists during the contest. American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American forward Alex Foster (202-92, college: Emory) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Matt Dodson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
MBC: M.Hatten 26+8reb+8ast, A.Warren 19+3reb+5ast, S.Kerusch 13+6reb+1ast, D.Pantelic 9+7reb+2ast, T.Hinz 8+4reb, S.Fuelle 3+1reb
Koeln Rh.Stars: R.Williams 19+7reb+5ast, H.Robertson 16+4reb+2ast, A.Foster 14+7reb+1ast, J.Hewitt 7+1reb+1ast, A.King 5+7reb+3ast, L.Steffen 5+3reb
gschID: 543523


Oettinger R. - Crailsheim 80-78

Oettinger topped Crailsheim to gain the second straight win in the series. Oettinger Rockets Gotha shot 27 for 45 from the free-throw line, while Crailsheim Merlins only scored eight points from the stripe. 37 personal fouls committed by Crailsheim Merlins helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Robert Oehle (209-88, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Konrad Wysocki (202-82, college: Princeton) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Nimrod Hilliard-IV (183-93, college: N.C.Central) added 13 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oettinger R.: D.Hicks 17+4reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 16+5reb+4ast, D.Watts 13+5reb+2ast, G.Gibbs 11+5reb+3ast, R.Oehle 9+12reb+1ast, M.DiLeo 8+3reb+1ast
Crailsheim: M.Jost 14+1reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 13+10reb+2ast, C.Griffin 13+3reb+1ast, N.Hilliard IV 13+1reb+8ast, C.Dunn 9+6reb+1ast, M.Bogdanov 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 543522


Heidelberg - Kirchheim 96-71

Heidelberg fired past Kirchheim to level the series at 1-1. MLP Academics Heidelberg outrebounded Kirchheim Knights 41-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. American guard Bernard Thompson (191-93, college: FGCU) notched 25 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and center Phillipp Heyden (206-88) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Coach Branislav Ignjatovic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) did not help to save the game for Kirchheim Knights. His fellow American import forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) added 21 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: B.Thompson 25+3reb+1ast, P.Heyden 16+6reb+1ast, H.Kovacevic 9+4reb+3ast, S.Ely 9+1reb, N.Ney 7+10reb+5ast, D.White 7+4reb
Kirchheim: J.Williams 21+2reb+2ast, C.Love 16+6reb+6ast, A.Kronhardt 15+5reb+2ast, T.Koch 5+4reb+2ast, B.Wenzel 4+4reb+3ast, J.Hedley 4
gschID: 543521


Trier - Chemnitz 64-48

Trier coasted past Chemnitz at home court to open win count in the playoffs. Gladiators made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91, college: Hawaii) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (201-83, college: Richmond) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Spearman is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Gladiators' coach Marco van den Berg used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Jonas Richter (205-97) added 12 points in the effort for Chemnitz.
Top scorers:
Trier: B.Spearman 19+1reb+1ast, J.Bucknor 11+5reb+3ast, J.Van Zegeren 8+9reb, T.Gruen 7+5reb+2ast, S.Schmitz 5+3reb+4ast, J.Joos 4+3reb
Chemnitz: J.Lawson 12+5reb, J.Richter 12+4reb, C.Carter 6+4reb+2ast, C.Bradshaw 6+4reb+1ast, M.Ziegenhagen 3+2reb+1ast, M.Fleischmann 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543520





ProB Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Weissenhorn and Elchingen join semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Weissenhorn - Karlsruhe BG 76-59

Wissenhorn topped Karlsruhe BG and advanced into the semifinal series. Weissenhorn Youngstars looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by BG Karlsruhe's players. It was a good game for forward Joschka Ferner (201-96, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Nils Mittmann (201-79) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American center Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Ricky Easterling (189-83, college: Bridgewater) added 18 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in the effort for BG Karlsruhe. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: J.Ferner 18+7reb+2ast, N.Mittmann 11+7reb+2ast, D.Kramer 9+6reb+3ast, T.Pape 9+3reb+1ast, M.Pongo 9+2reb+8ast, M.Omuvwie 8+5reb+2ast
Karlsruhe BG: R.Easterling 18+5reb+1ast, J.Black 16+9reb, S.Gulley 12+10reb+1ast, A.Schmitz 5+3reb+1ast, K.Fluellen 4+1ast, A.Kazarnovski 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 543567


Elchingen - Wuerzburg 83-66

Elchingen held off Wuerzburg to win the series. Elchingen outrebounded Wuerzburg 44-24 including a 35-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Elchingen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. It was a good game for forward Brian Butler (196-91) who led his team to a victory with 6 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 8 points and 7 assists for the winners. Maximilian Ugrai (201-95) answered with 22 points and American guard Marcellus Barksdale (196-93, college: IUPUI) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Wuerzburg. Four Wuerzburg players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Elchingen: F.Beck 18+1reb, B.Lockhart 10+3reb+2ast, K.Kuhn 10+5reb+3ast, A.Didovic 10+7reb, T.Prince 9+5reb+1ast, M.Petric 8+4reb+7ast
Wuerzburg: M.Ugrai 22+4reb, L.Wank 12+3reb+2ast, M.Barksdale 10+6reb+3ast, C.Hackenesch 10+2reb, C.Hoffmann 4+1reb, L.Larysz 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 543566





Kerry Carter (Bayer Giants Leverkusen) I'm On The Verge Of Making A Real Impact And I'm Not Satisfied Yet - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Kerry Carter (188-G-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) is a 26 year old 188cm guard from West Covina, California that completed his second professional season and first with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB). Last season as a rookie he played for Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Spain-Liga Endesa) playing 5 games: 3.2ppg. He started his basketball career with Citrus College and then moved to St.Mary's, CA (NCAA) where he played 63 NCAA games and as senior played 31 games averaging 12.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg. He currently is tearing up the German Pro B league averaging 29,0ppg and spoke to eurobasket after being ousted by the Astrostars Bochum ending his season.

Kerry thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You and the Bayer Giants Leverkusen were dismissed in the first round of the playoffs by Bochum. Are you back in the States or still in Germany? What did you do in your last days in Germany?

I'm still in Germany at the moment. I am not sure what's next but I'm just training and staying sharp. The season ended too early for my liking, I'm not ready to go into offseason yet.


The Bayer Giants Leverkusen lost 2-1 against Bochum. How disappointing was this for you personally not being able to make a longer run in the Pro B playoffs?

Leverkusen had made it clear that the goal was to win the league and get promoted to Pro A, so losing was obviously a huge disappointment. No discredit to Bochum though, they brought more energy and they were the tougher team. A few plays could have changed the outcome of the series but that's how it goes.


You scored 91 points in the three game series and averaged 27 point per game. From a neutral stand point, you did all that you could, but from a competitor stand point what do you feel could you still have done better and contributed more to moving on?

I knew going into the series what my responsibility was and at the end of the day I didn't do enough to win. I competed the right way but there are a few plays I wish I could have back. We were in control that first game, if I could do it over there's no way I'd let us lose that momentum.


A big problem all season long had been defense. In the three game series you averaged giving up 85 points and during the season as a team it was 80 points. Why do you feel that the club couldn't buckle down in the playoffs and play better defense?

I think defensively it comes down to desire. You look at any good defender and it's always somebody that takes it personally and has the passion to defend with grit. It's not something you can coach really, but we didn't have that unfortunately and at times our opponents could sense it and they capitalized.


What do you feel was key in the playoff series for Bochum moving on?

Just peaking at the right time. Sometimes it's not the best team that wins the championship but the team that is playing their best basketball at the right time. We peaked too early and our fire got extinguished at the end.

How key was depth? It seemed like Bochum had so many different parts that helped in their success as in game one it was German Felix Engel, in game two Gary Johnson and game three it was Davon Roberts.

They definitely had more depth than us but that's no excuse. We had Blessig out in game 2, a significant contributor, and still won. Adversity is always going to arise it's just about finding a way to win anyway.


When you look back at the season goals before the season how would you summarize the Bayer Giants Leverkusen season? Did they meet their goals?

We definitely fell short of the goal. Overall though, it was a good season and there are some great people in this organization.


How did you see the development of American Brian Nazione? He had a strong rookie season. Do you see him making the next step already next season?

Brandon was big for us. He was the only other player who helped with a bulk of the scoring on a consistent basis. I'm not sure what the next step for B is but he'll be a great asset to a team wherever he ends up.

If you had to choose the German player that you feel made the most strides in his development this season with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen who would you pick?

Daniel Merkens. He didn't get a lot of in game minutes to prove himself but he was relentless in his efforts and he made a lot of progress this season.


You finished the season strong averaging 24,8ppg, 4,0rpg, 5,2apg and 2,9spg. For the level you played at and your abilities do you feel like the stats were solid for the minutes that you got with 32?

I would have liked to get more rebounds and more assists.


You stated in the last interview concerning your turnover rate of 4,0 that 'I've connected with my teammates in a variety of ways this season and I think I've learned where guys prefer the ball and when so that helps. I've also gotten more comfortable in the offense through the course of the season'. What is the next step now? How do you see yourself working on your turnovers? Besides the usual ball work and game situations, could you see yourself looking at different measures of improving your turnover rate with means you haven't ever explored before?

My handle work is solid, I don't lose the ball on the bounce. Most of my turnovers were on the pass trying to create. At the next level guys are more athletic and usually have softer hands, so that helps a lot. We didn't have a dominant post presence so I always had to create penetration to get the defense to collapse and I tend to zip the ball sometimes which causes some turnovers as well, but as I move on I don't think it will be much concern.

You averaged 2,9spg, but real defense isn't always measured by the amount of steals you get. How do you feel did you grow as a defender in your second professional season and first in the Pro B?

I think I proved myself as a solid defender in college but sometimes I'd get a little too aggressive and end up in foul trouble. This season I logged a lot of minutes and I had to be more disciplined while still applying pressure.

You were challenged all season long often having 5-6 matchups a game, but stayed consistent putting up overwhelming stats. You were obviously too good for the Pro B and will make the next step next season. How did putting up great stats help you as a player. Did your self confidence grow as a player and will that continue to remain with you once to move to a better level next season?

Coming from the ACB, I wasn't thrilled about going to Pro B originally. It was very humbling and these circumstances helped me develop an insatiable appetite to hoop, no matter the level. I've always had the confidence but this year reaffirmed that I'm built for this. Whether on the big stage in front of thousands or in small gyms, I do this.


The summer will be very exciting and interesting. I am sure you won't only have many offers from German Pro A teams, but also BBL teams as well as teams from other countries. After seeing the basketball in Germany, could you imagine staying here? A former Leverkusen player Josh Parker made the jump from Pro B to the BBL 4 years ago.

Germany is a great place. I could definitely imagine staying here if I found the right fit. I know several Americans that played in the BBL and I think it would be a good fit for me. Even beyond basketball, Germany has a great quality of life and it was easy for me to adapt out here without feeling too homesick.


What summer plans do you have? Will you be visiting some places at the start or be back in the gym soon working on your game?

I'm in the gym this summer. I need to make another big jump in my development as a player. I'm on the verge of making a real impact out here and I'm not satisfied yet.. I'll spend some time with the fam and enjoy that California weather. Anything else that happens this summer is a bonus.


How exciting was the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Was South Carolina reaching the NCAA Final 4 the biggest story of the March Madness for you?

South Carolina was very unexpected. But as a former WCC player, I've had my eye on Gonzaga. They've got a good group this year.


Where do you personally rate Boston Celtic point guard Isaiah Thomas among the top NBA point guards? Is he near the top 5 or in it behind the Westbrooks, Harden's, Wall's and Paul's?

It is right outside of that top 5 mark. He's got so many intangible aspects of his game that can't be recreated. It's unreal what he's doing at his height.


I recently read an interesting article where it was stated that Russell Westbrook's rebounds that help him garner so many triple doubles is a result of stat padding. The stats don't lie, but seriously is this an insult to his abilities or should this be an issue that can be debated?

I don't think you can take away anything from what Russ is doing this year. He's willed his team to that position on the west and he's one of the most difficult players to guard in the league.


Lonzo Ball of UCLA has put up huge stats as a freshman. Is he the real deal. Will he be able to continue to develop or be derailed a bit by his dads antics on social media?

I watched Lonzo play in high school and I wasn't really convinced, but after seeing the year he had at UCLA I think he can make some noise. His dad just says what he has to to get attention and people give it to him so more power to them. Whatever works


What was the last movie that you saw?

Life.... unfortunately

Thanks Kerry for the chat.



German BBL round 29 best performance: Dyshawn Pierre - by Eurobasket News

Canadian Forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) had a great game in the last round for Braunschweig, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Braunschweig maintains the 16th position in German BBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 23 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Pierre had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Braunschweig's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Dayton star has very solid stats this year. Pierre is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 7.1rpg) and averages impressive 55.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Josh Mayo (181-PG-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) of Telekom Bsk. Mayo had a very good evening with 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course Telekom Bsk cruised to a 72-61 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Jena (#12, 10-17). Telekom Bsk's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mayo is a newcomer at Telekom Bsk, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#5). He also recorded 5.0 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Malcolm Miller (200-F-93) of ALBA (#5). Miller scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of ALBA, leading his team to a 89-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Walter Tigers (#14, 9-22). ALBA needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 11 lost games. Miller has a very solid season. In 21 games in Germany he scored 7.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kresimir Loncar (209-F-83) of Wuerzburg - 27 points and 5 rebounds
5. Augustine Rubit (201-F-89) of Ratiopharm - 23 points and 2 rebounds
6. Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Skyler Bowlin (191-G-89) of Giessen 46ers - 25 points and 2 rebounds
8. Kenny Frease (213-C-89) of Jena - 21 points and 8 rebounds
9. Bryce Taylor (194-SG-86) of B.Muenchen - 21 points
10. Ken Horton (199-F-89) of Telekom Bsk - 9 points, 11 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)



Tim Eisenberger claims German Regionalliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Tim Eisenberger (197-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Treuchtlingen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 24 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team crushed Jena II (#6, 14-12) with 25-point margin 84-59. Treuchtlingen maintains the 3rd position in their group in German Regionalliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Treuchtlingen will need more victories to improve their 18-8 record. In the team's last game Eisenberger had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Treuchtlingen, through which he has constantly improved. Eisenberger has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 21.8ppg), assists (3rd best: 7.5apg) and averages solid 2.7spg and 66.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American point guard Jguwon Hogges (173-PG-86) of Rosenheim. Hogges impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Rosenheim cruised to a 87-76 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Zwickau (#12, 8-18). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in South-East. Rosenheim keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-14 record. Hogges is one of the most experienced players at Rosenheim and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Omari Knox (188-G-86) of Oberhaching (#8). Knox got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds and five assists. Despite Knox's great performance Oberhaching lost 67-94 to the higher-ranked Coburg (#1, 24-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Oberhaching needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in South-East. Their record is 13 victories and 13 lost games. Knox has a great season in Germany. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.8ppg (3rd best). He also has 3.0spg and FGP: 51.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexander Heide (206-C-91) of TSV Troester - 19 points and 17 rebounds
5. Vincent Garrett (198-SF-91) of Jena II - 27 points and 10 rebounds
6. Stefan Schmoll (196-F-89) of Treuchtlingen - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nick Freer (198-F/C-85) of Ansbach - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Kendall Timmons (195-G/F-90) of Vilsbiburg - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-G-90) of Zwickau - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
10. John Boyer (185-PG-88) of Vilsbiburg - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.3 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.5 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos13.1 
 7. Fitzpatrick, AGOR12.8 
 8. Releford, Kolossos.12.7 
 9. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 10. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.4 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 4. Evans, Lavrio6.7 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.4 
 7. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 8. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.0 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Kolossos.5.8 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.5 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.1 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.0 
 7. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 8. Hall, Kolossos HH3.8 
 9. Ukic, AEK Athens3.6 
 10. Releford, Kolossos.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.8 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos1.5 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.5 
 8. Barlow, Trikalla1.4 
 9. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Cummings, Aris1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Clanton, PAOK1.2 
 3. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 4. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 5. Reddic, Kolossos HH1.0 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 8. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 
 9. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 10. Evans, Lavrio0.8 


A1 Round 25: AEK Athens defeat Kolossos HH in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in A1.

Seventh-ranked Kolossos HH (12-13) gave a tough game to third ranked AEK Athens (19-6) on Saturday. AEK Athens managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 26-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. AEK Athens made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Kolossos HH helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) stepped up and scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and naturalized Serbian Dusan Sakota (210-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 21 points. At the losing side American point guard Langston Hall (193-91, college: Mercer) responded with 18 points and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. AEK Athens maintains third place with 19-6 record having five points less than leader Olympiacos. Kolossos HH lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with AGOR. AEK Athens are looking forward to face Aris (#5) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Kolossos HH will play at home against Aiolos Trikallon and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
A1 top team - Olympiacos (24-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Promitheas (10-15) in Patras 72-53. Forward Thomas Zevgaras (201-1) nailed 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Vassilis Spanoulis accounted for 10 points and 4 assists. Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) came up with 9 points and 8 rebounds for Promitheas in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiacos have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-1 record, which they share with Panathinaikos. Newly promoted Promitheas keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Trikalla. Olympiacos will play against Kymis (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Promitheas will play against Koroivos and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Rethymno supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Panathinaikos (24-1) played at the court of 6th ranked AGOR (12-13). Panathinaikos smashed AGOR 101-74 on Monday. Mike James fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Toarlyn Fitzpatrick produced 14 points and 5 rebounds 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. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Olympiacos. AGOR at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Kolossos HH. Panathinaikos will meet at home PAOK (#4) in the next round. AGOR will play against Doxa Lefkadas and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Lavrio where 4th placed Aris (14-11) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Lavrio (11-14) 75-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aris. Worth to mention a great performance of Demarius Bolds who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Aris' coach Dimitris Priftis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lavrio. They moved-up to eighth place. Aris at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Lavrio's next round opponent will be Apollon Patras (#13) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Aris will play against AEK Athens (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 25: Koroivos lost to PAOK on the opponent's court 66-75. Trikalla managed to outperform Doxa Lefkadas in a home game 74-68. Apollon Patras recorded a loss to Kymis on the road 76-70.

AGOR - Panathinaikos 74-101

The game in Rethymno supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Panathinaikos (24-1) played at the court of 6th ranked AGOR (12-13). Panathinaikos smashed AGOR 101-74 on Monday. The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Panathinaikos looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. International point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 assists. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. American forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: S.Florida) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Haralampos Giannopoulos (200-89) added 9 points and 6 rebounds 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. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Olympiacos. AGOR at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Kolossos HH. Panathinaikos will meet at home PAOK (#4) in the next round. AGOR will play against Doxa Lefkadas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: M.James 19+1reb+4ast, I.Bourousis 19+1reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 14+2reb+2ast, K.Gabriel 11+4reb, N.Calathes 10+2reb+11ast, C.Singleton 9+3reb+1ast
AGOR: T.Fitzpatrick 14+5reb+1ast, R.Arnold 11+2reb+2ast, W.Lemon Jr. 11+2reb+2ast, H.Giannopoulos 9+6reb+3ast, T.Kottas 8, A.Christodoulou 5+6reb+1ast
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Promitheas - Olympiacos 53-72

A1 top team - Olympiacos (24-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Promitheas (10-15) in Patras 72-53. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Promitheas was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Thomas Zevgaras (201-1) nailed 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 10 points and 4 assists. Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) came up with 9 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Lucky Jones (198-93, college: Robert Morris) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Promitheas in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiacos have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-1 record, which they share with Panathinaikos. Newly promoted Promitheas keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Trikalla. Olympiacos will play against Kymis (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Promitheas will play against Koroivos and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: T.Zevgaras 14+6reb, V.Spanoulis 10+1reb+4ast, E.Green 8+3reb+1ast, I.Papapetrou 7+1reb+1ast, P.Young 7+5reb+1ast, G.Printezis 6+6reb+2ast
Promitheas: L.Jones 13+5reb, M.Faye 9+8reb+2ast, N.Papantoniou 9+1reb, M.Todic 7+8reb, M.Moore 4+3reb+1ast, N.Gikas 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 493757


Lavrio - Aris 75-70

An interesting game took place in Lavrio where 4th placed Aris (14-11) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Lavrio (11-14) 75-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aris. It looked good early as Aris took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lavrio had a 17-15 second period charge getting the lead and Aris was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-75. Lavrio forced 21 Aris turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Aris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Demarius Bolds (193-84, college: Missouri Western) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Bolds is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) answered with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Aris. Aris' coach Dimitris Priftis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lavrio. They moved-up to eighth place. Aris at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Lavrio's next round opponent will be Apollon Patras (#13) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Aris will play against AEK Athens (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: D.Bolds 22+6reb+1ast, M.Perakis 12+1reb, A.Hamilton 11+3reb+1ast, S.Gray 9+1reb+6ast, S.Evans 8+9reb+1ast, D.Kaklamanakis 6+4reb
Aris: W.Cummings 25+9reb+5ast, T.Dragicevic 11+6reb+4ast, V.Kavvadas 8+3reb, T.Zaras 8+1reb, V.Xanthopoulos 7+4reb+3ast, S.Mourtos 6+4reb
gschID: 493751


PAOK - Koroivos 75-66

Very expected game in Thessaloniki where 11th ranked Koroivos (7-18) was defeated by fifth ranked PAOK (14-11) 75-66. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-7. But Koroivos won third quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PAOK dominated on the defensive end, holding Koroivos to just 7 points in first quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Koroivos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for Latvian swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Vangelis Margaritis (203-82) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. PAOK's coach Soulis Markopoulos allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Eric McClellan (193-93, college: Gonzaga) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Devonta Pollard (203-94, college: Houston) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Koroivos. PAOK moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Aris. Koroivos lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. PAOK's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Koroivos will play at home against Promitheas (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
PAOK: N.Sobey 15+1ast, Z.Peiners 14+9reb+3ast, V.Margaritis 12+6reb+3ast, I.Aska 10+3reb, A.Tsochlas 8+1reb+1ast, A.Koniaris 7+5reb+4ast
Koroivos: E.McClellan 19+6reb+1ast, D.Pollard 11+9reb+1ast, A.Spyridonidis 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Sahpatzidis 9+7reb, T.Gotcher 8+1reb+3ast, M.Starks 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 493756


Trikalla - Doxa Lefkadas 74-68

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Aiolos Trikallon (10-15) defeated at home bottom-ranked Doxa Lefkadas (4-21) 74-68. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-20 Doxa Lefkadas' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 74-68 at the end of the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Kelsey Barlow (196-91, college: Ill.-Chicago) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized French Angelo Tsagarakis (191-84) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Montenegrin Ivan Maras (207-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Georgios Georgakis (204-91) added 13 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) in the effort for Doxa Lefkadas. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Aiolos Trikallon moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Promitheas. Doxa Lefkadas lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 21 lost games. Aiolos Trikallon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kolossos HH (#7) in Rodou and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Doxa Lefkadas will play at home against AGOR (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Trikalla: A.Tsagarakis 15+2reb+2ast, K.Barlow 14+7reb+5ast, S.Manolopoulos 12+1reb+1ast, O.Lypovyy 9+2reb+5ast, S.Poulianitis 8+2reb, D.Haughton 7+8reb
Doxa Lefkadas: I.Maras 25+11reb+3ast, G.Georgakis 13+4reb, D.Tsaldaris 11+2reb+3ast, D.Doblas 6+3reb+1ast, R.Dowell 5+1reb+4ast, A.Harris 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 493754


AEK Athens - Kolossos HH 82-81

Seventh-ranked Kolossos HH (12-13) gave a tough game to third ranked AEK Athens (19-6) on Saturday. AEK Athens managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 26-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. AEK Athens made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Kolossos HH helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) stepped up and scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and naturalized Serbian Dusan Sakota (210-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 21 points. At the losing side American point guard Langston Hall (193-91, college: Mercer) responded with 18 points and 8 assists and the other American import point guard Trevor Releford (183-91, college: Alabama) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Kolossos HH players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. AEK Athens maintains third place with 19-6 record having five points less than leader Olympiacos. Kolossos HH lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with AGOR. AEK Athens are looking forward to face Aris (#5) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Kolossos HH will play at home against Aiolos Trikallon and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
AEK Athens: D.Sakota 21+1reb+2ast, M.Dixon 18+6reb+4ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 14+6reb+3ast, D.Mavroeidis 8+4reb+1ast, G.Larentzakis 6+1reb, C.Elonu 6+2reb
Kolossos HH: L.Hall 18+3reb+8ast, T.Releford 15+7reb+1ast, P.Vasilopoulos 11+2reb+4ast, R.Ahonen 10+1reb+3ast, C.Saloustros 8+6reb+1ast, J.Reddic 7+3reb
gschID: 493753


Kymis - Apollon Patras 76-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked Apollon Patras' (6-19) road loss to twelfth ranked Kymis (8-17) 70-76. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-21. But Apollon Patras won second period 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kymis made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Apollon Patras helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American forward Daniel Orton (208-90, college: Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds. Australian guard Jason Cadee (186-91) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Anthony Hickey (180-92, college: Oklahoma St., agency: Alti Sport) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (189-84, college: Iona) added 17 points and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Apollon Patras. Apollon Patras' coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kymis moved-up to eleventh place. Apollon Patras at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Kymis' next round opponent will be league's leader Olympiacos in Athens and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Apollon Patras will play at home against Lavrio (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kymis: D.Orton 18+5reb+3ast, J.Cadee 17+2reb+4ast, C.Kostov 13+4reb+2ast, S.Cupkovic 9+1reb+2ast, D.Stamatis 7+2reb, S.Toutziarakis 6+1reb
Apollon Patras: A.Hickey 23+6reb+3ast, S.Burtt 17+3reb+5ast, G.Diamantakos 8+7reb, T.Kalinoski 8+3reb, C.Raines 6, I.Kouzeloglou 4+11reb+1ast
gschID: 493752





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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  HIGH SCHOOLS  


MaxPreps High School All-American Awards 2017 - by Greg

MaxPreps High School All-American 1st Team 2017
Marvin Bagley III
Bagley III
Michael Porter Jr.
Porter Jr.
Ethan Thompson
Thompson
Zion Williamson
Williamson
Trae Young
Young

National Player of the Year: Michael Porter Jr. (6'10''-SF-98) of Nathan Hale

1st Team
F: Marvin Bagley III (6'6''-F-99) of Sierra Canyon
SF: Michael Porter Jr. (6'10''-SF-98) of Nathan Hale
SG: Ethan Thompson (6'6''-SG-99) of Bishop Montgom.
PF: Zion Williamson (6'9''-PF-00) of Spartanburg Day
G: Trae Young (6'3''-G-98) of Norman North

2nd Team
G/F: Brian Bowen (6'8''-G/F-98) of La Lumiere
C: Jordan Brown (6'11''-C-99) of Woodcreek
PG: Trevon Duval (6'3''-PG-98) of IMG Academy
PF: Kevin Knox II (6'9''-PF-99) of Tampa Catholic
SG: Gary Trent Jr. (6'5''-SG-99) of Prolific Prep

3rd Team
C: DeAndre Ayton (7'0''-C-98) of Hillcrest Prep
C: Wendell Carter Jr. (6'10''-C-99) of Pace Academy
F: Chuma Okeke (6'9''-F-98) of Westlake (GA)
C: Nicholas Richards (7'0''-C-97) of Patrick School
PF: P.J. Washington (6'9''-PF-98) of Findlay Prep

4th Team
SF: Rowan Barrett Jr. (6'7''-SF-00) of Montverde Acad.
PG: Darius Garland (5'10''-PG-00) of Brentwood Academy
PF: Jaren Jackson Jr. (7'0''-PF-99) of La Lumiere
SG: Romeo Langford (6'5''-SG) of New Albany (IN)
G: Foster Loyer (6'0''-G) of Clarkston (MI)

5th Team
G: Tre Jones (6'2''-G-00) of Apple Valley (MN)
PG: Alex Lomax (5'11''-PG) of Memphis East
PG: Chris Lykes (5'9''-PG-98) of Gonzaga College
F: John Petty (6'7''-F-98) of Jemison AL Hunt
: Courtney Ramey of Webster Groves

Honorable Mention
LiAngelo Ball (6'7''-G) of Chino Hills
Mohamed Bamba (7'0''-C-98) of Westtown
Alex Barcello (6'2''-G-98) of Corona del Sol
Troy Brown Jr. (6'7''-F/G-99) of Centennial (NV)
Trent Frazier (6'3''-PG) of Wellington (FL)
Marcus Garrett (6'6''-G) of Skyline (TX)
Collin Gillespie (6'3''-G) of Archbishop Wood
Quade Green (6'2''-PG-98) of Neumann Goretti
Jaylen Hands (6'4''-G-99) of Foothills Christian
Kobe King (6'3''-SF-98) of La Crosse Central
Charles O'Bannon Jr. (6'7''-SF-99) of Bishop Gorman (NV)
Kezie Okpala (6'9''-F/C-99) of Esperanza
Mitchell Robinson (7'1''-C-98) of Chalmette
Daron Russell (5'11''-PG) of Imhotep Charter
Collin Sexton (6'3''-G-99) of Pebblebrook
Javonte Smart (6'4''-G-99) of Scotlandville
Mark Smith (6'5''-G) of Edwardsville
Lonnie Walker (6'5''-G/F-98) of Reading
M.J. Walker (6'6''-SG-98) of Jonesboro (GA)
Trendon Watford (6'9''-F) of Mountain Brook
Kaleb Wesson (6'9''-C-99) of Westerville South
Lindell Wigginton (6'2''-G-98) of Oak Hill Acad. (VA)
Kristafer Wilkes (6'8''-SF-98) of North Central
McKinley Wright (6'0''-PG) of Champlin Park
Kyle Young (6'7''-SF-98) of Jackson (OH)



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  HOLLAND  


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)



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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)



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D1 Round 4 of Finals. Valur draw things level - by Eurobasket News

Hamar - Valur 84-89

Valur rallied past Hamar on the road to force the decisive fifth game in the title series. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 23-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Valur had a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. Guard Oddur Petursson (190-93) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 20 rebounds and guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) added 19 points in the effort for Hamar. Four Hamar players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hamar: E.Stefansson 19+3reb+3ast, C.Woods 19+20reb+2ast, O.Sigurdarson 18+5reb, H.Petursson 12, O.Olafsson 9+5reb+3ast, R.Erlingsson 4+1reb+3ast
Valur: U.King 36+19reb+2ast, O.Petursson 17+6reb+1ast, S.Sturluson 9+6reb+2ast, A.Bracey 9+5reb+2ast, B.Blondal 8+2reb+2ast, B.Petursson 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 543850





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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Cook, Chemidor24.8 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Hosley, Arak19.6 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 8. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
 9. Jones, Azad15.2 
 10. Williams, Arak15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Kazemi, Army11.6 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak9.0 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.7 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 9. Jones, Azad7.2 
 10. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Davarpanah, Naft A.4.0 
 3. Prince, Azad3.6 
 4. Perkins, Naft A.3.6 
 5. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.6 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.5 
 7. Davoudi, Arak2.9 
 8. Jamshidi, Petrochimi2.8 
 9. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
 10. Williams, Arak2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hosley, Arak3.2 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.0 
 3. Kazemi, Army2.9 
 4. Perkins, Naft A.2.5 
 5. Prince, Azad2.5 
 6. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.2 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.0 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Jones, Azad1.7 
 10. Davoudi, Arak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 6. Torabi, Army0.8 
 7. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.8 
 8. Riaie, Chemidor0.8 
 9. Moradkhani, Azad0.7 
 10. Moradinasab, Gor.0.7 


Superleague Round 6 (Second Stage): Derby game ends with Azad's defeat of Chemidor - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tehran: Azad (#2) and Chemidor (#3). Azad (3-2) won against visiting Chemidor (2-3) 80-73. It was a good game for American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 assists. Irish-Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) contributed with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Azad's coach Farzad Kouhian used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Chemidor. Azad maintains second position in Group 2 with 3-2 record behind leader Petrochimi. Chemidor at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Azad are looking forward to face league's leader Petrochimi in Bandar Imam in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chemidor will play on the road against Shahrdari Gorgan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Arak (2-2) against fourth ranked Tabriz (2-2) on Monday night. Host Arak was defeated by Tabriz in a tough game in Arak 58-67. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Erfan Nasajpour chipped in 8 points, 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Tabriz moved-up to second place in Group 1, which they share with defeated Arak. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Petrochimi (4-1) which played road game in Kashan against 3rd ranked Kashan (2-3). First ranked Petrochimi had an easy win 92-68. Daniel Johnson notched 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 15 points by Mohammadreza Rezaei did not help to save the game for Kashan. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Petrochimi have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Group 1 with 4-1 record. Newly promoted Kashan dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Petrochimi will meet league's second-placed Azad in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kashan will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Naft Abadan (4-1) which played road game in Tehran against 4th ranked Army (1-3). First ranked Naft Abadan managed to get a 7-point victory 64-57. The best player for the winners was Sajjad Mashayekhi who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Army's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Naft Abadan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group 2 with 4-1 record. Army at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Group 1
Kashan - Petrochimi 68-92

An interesting game for Petrochimi (4-1) which played road game in Kashan against 3rd ranked Kashan (2-3). First ranked Petrochimi had an easy win 92-68. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-68. Petrochimi outrebounded Kashan 37-24 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Petrochimi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Australian power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine) notched 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Petrochimi players scored in double figures. Even 15 points by forward Mohammadreza Rezaei (199-96) did not help to save the game for Kashan. The former international power forward Hossein Rahmati (203-93) added 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Petrochimi have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Group 1 with 4-1 record. Newly promoted Kashan dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Petrochimi will meet league's second-placed Azad in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kashan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kashan: H.Rahmati 15+2reb+1ast, M.Rezaei 15+3reb+1ast, A.Najafi 12+2reb+3ast, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 9+4reb, M.Shahrian 8+3reb+3ast, M.Soleimani 6+7reb
Petrochimi: D.Johnson 21+7reb+1ast, J.White 18+5reb+3ast, O.Sahakian 15+3reb, B.Yakhchali 10+3reb+4ast, M.Jamshidi 6+4reb+1ast, M.Atashi 6+2reb
gschID: 537381


Azad - Chemidor 80-73

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tehran: Azad (#2) and Chemidor (#3). Azad (3-2) won against visiting Chemidor (2-3) 80-73. It was a good game for American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 assists. Irish-Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Azad's coach Farzad Kouhian used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and K Riaie added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Chemidor. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Azad maintains second position in Group 2 with 3-2 record behind leader Petrochimi. Chemidor at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Azad are looking forward to face league's leader Petrochimi in Bandar Imam in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chemidor will play on the road against Shahrdari Gorgan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chemidor: D.Cook 17+5reb+4ast, A.Sedighi 16+5reb+2ast, I.Zandi 13+2reb+1ast, K. Riaie 10+13reb+2ast, D.Derghokasian 9+2reb+2ast, J.Davari 6+4reb+2ast
Azad: D.Jones 20+3reb+6ast, M.Yousofvand 17+6reb, A.James Ogilvy 14+11reb+2ast, A.Armen Allahverdi 13+4reb+1ast, A.Doraghi 8+4reb+1ast, S.Hadizadeh 4+3reb
gschID: 537382


Group 2
Army - Naft Abadan 57-64

An interesting game for Naft Abadan (4-1) which played road game in Tehran against 4th ranked Army (1-3). First ranked Naft Abadan managed to get a 7-point victory 64-57. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-7. But Army won second period 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naft Abadan dominated on the defensive end, holding Army to just 7 points in first quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Army helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-94) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. The former international center Meisam Mirzaei (210-92) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Arsalan Kazemi (200-90, college: Oregon) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds and the former international Vahid Dalirzahan (199-95) added 12 points respectively. Army's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Naft Abadan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group 2 with 4-1 record. Army at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Army: A.Kazemi 12+17reb+2ast, V.Dalirzahan 12+4reb+1ast, A.Khalilnejad 10+5reb+2ast, M.Torabi 6+5reb, M.Sheikhi 5+3reb+2ast, R.Khaleghi 5+4reb
Naft Abadan: S.Davarpanah 17+2reb+2ast, S.Mashayekhi 13+8reb+1ast, M.Mirzaei 9+12reb+1ast, R.Richards 8+9reb, M.Reza Akbari 7+4reb+1ast, D.Perkins 5+4reb
gschID: 537383


Arak - Tabriz 58-67

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Arak (2-2) against fourth ranked Tabriz (2-2) on Monday night. Host Arak was defeated by Tabriz in a tough game in Arak 58-67. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Arak won third quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tabriz won last quarter 18-11. Tabriz had a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Erfan Nasajpour (177-84) chipped in 8 points, 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and the former international Hamed Sohrabnejad (205-83) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Tabriz moved-up to second place in Group 1, which they share with defeated Arak. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Arak: H.Sohrabnejad 15+7reb, H.Afagh 11+4reb+3ast, A.Kardoust 11+11reb+1ast, A.Davoudi 9+6reb+4ast, M.Heydari 6+2ast, M.Zarei 4+2reb
Tabriz: N.Ebi 23+17reb+1ast, S.Pazrofteh 14+3reb+1ast, R.Khabazan 9+2reb+2ast, E.Nasajpour 8+4reb+6ast, V.Hajian 5+1ast, M.Ghamari 5+2reb
gschID: 537384





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

32-year old forward Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Tabriz and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Arak (2-2) 67-58. Tabriz is placed at 3rd position in their group in Iranian league. Tabriz is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 4 games. In the team's last game Ebi had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Tabriz and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

Second best performed player last round was Arsalan Kazemi (200-SF-90) of Army. He is former international in his first season at Army. In the last game Kazemi recorded impressive double-double of 12 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Army lost that game 57-64 to the higher-ranked Naft Abadan (#1, 4-1). Army managed to keep the same 4th spot in Group 2. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Army managed to get this Second Stage. Kazemi is a newcomer at Army and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman James White (201-F/G-82, agency: Three Eye Sports) of league's leader Petrochimi. White scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Petrochimi, leading his team to a 92-68 easy win against #4 ranked Kashan in a game of the week. Petrochimi confirms their top position in Group 1. White has a very solid season. In 22 games in Iran he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 6.7rpg and FGP: 54.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of Petrochimi - 21 points and 7 rebounds
5. Hamed Sohrabnejad (205-PF-83) of Arak - 15 points and 7 rebounds
6. K Riaie) of Chemidor - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Azad - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) of Naft Abadan - 13 points and 8 rebounds
9. Meisam Mirzaei (210-C-92) of Naft Abadan - 9 points and 12 rebounds
10. Mohammad Yousofvand (207-C-96) of Azad - 17 points and 6 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)



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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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A21.1 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.2 
 4. Milbourne, Hapoel E.17.0 
 5. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.7 
 6. Bowman, Maccabi .16.7 
 7. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.5 
 8. Holloway, Galil G.16.4 
 9. Simon, Maccabi .16.3 
 10. Bell, Hapoel Holon15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.0 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.9.5 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.8 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.8.1 
 5. Cohen, Maccabi .7.9 
 6. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.9 
 7. Iverson, Maccabi .7.3 
 8. Williams, Hapoel T.7.0 
 9. Griffin, Galil Gilboa6.9 
 10. Carmichael, Maccabi .6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .7.0 
 2. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.9 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.9 
 4. Henry, Hapoel Eilat5.9 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.2 
 6. Taylor, Hapoel Holon5.1 
 7. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.8 
 8. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.7 
 9. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 10. Green, Bnei H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.0 
 2. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.9 
 3. Vargas, Maccabi .1.9 
 4. Carter, Maccabi .1.9 
 5. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.9 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .1.8 
 7. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 8. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 10. Ziv, Maccabi .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.6 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.1.2 
 6. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 7. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 8. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 9. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 10. Holloway, Galil G.0.9 


Best players of Israeli Winner League round 26 - by Eurobasket News

American Tyrone Nash (203-PF-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ironi Nahariya and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 28-year old power forward had the game-high 28 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Ironi Nahariya in his team's victory, helping them to crush Hapoel T-A (13-13) with 25-point margin 105-80. Ironi Nahariya maintains the 8th position in Israeli Winner League. Ironi Nahariya 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 13-13 record. In the team's last game Nash had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Tyrone Nash averages this season 6.7ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American Chase Simon (201-SF-89, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Maccabi Ashdod. Simon impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Maccabi Ashdod to another comfortable win 92-74 over the higher-ranked Hapoel J-M (#6, 13-13) being unquestionably team leader. Maccabi Ashdod's 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-16 record. Simon is a newcomer at Maccabi Ashdod 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 16.3ppg (#9). He also registered 4.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Cameron Long (193-G-88, agency: Inception Sports) of Maccabi Rishon (#9). Long scored 28 points. He was a key player of Maccabi Rishon, leading his team to a 94-87 win against the lower-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12, 4-22). The chances of Maccabi Rishon 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, Long could help Maccabi Rishon to bring them higher in the standings. Long has a very solid season. In 5 games in Israel he scored 14.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Siggers (194-SF-85) of Galil Gilboa - 30 points and 3 rebounds
5. Josh Selby (188-PG-91) of Maccabi K/G - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Justin Carter (193-G/F-87) of Maccabi K/G - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Eric Griffin (203-F-90) of Galil Gilboa - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) of Maccabi Haifa - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Brandon Bowman (206-F-84) of Maccabi K/G - 27 points and 6 rebounds
10. Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-F/C-83) of Ironi Nahariya - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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





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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. Poletti, Latina B.9.4 
 6. Easley, Eurobask.9.3 
 7. Mortellaro, Chieti9.3 
 8. Mosley, Legnano9.3 
 9. Perry, Treviso .9.2 
 10. Sorokas, Treviglio9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.5 
 2. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 3. Moreno, Bondi F.6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.7 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.3 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.1 
 7. Ferguson, Angelico.4.6 
 8. Zanelli, Rieti4.5 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 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. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 4. Brown, Roma Virtus2.0 
 5. Okoye, Udine APU1.9 
 6. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 7. Bowers, Jesi1.8 
 8. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 9. Fantinelli, Treviso .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 


Serie A2 Round 28: No surprise as #1 Virtus Bologna defeats Chieti - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Serie A2. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Serie A2 top team - Virtus Bologna (20-8) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Chieti (9-19) 91-71. They outrebounded Chieti 34-18 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: