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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. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.6 
 5. Boatright, Cedevita16.2 
 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. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 5. Bolden, FMP7.2 
 6. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 7. Bilan, Cedevita7.0 
 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. Rebec, Krka5.9 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 6. Vladovic, Zadar4.8 
 7. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.6 
 8. Perry, Karpos S.4.5 
 9. Babic, Cedevita4.5 
 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. Ramljak, Zadar1.4 
 10. Lazic, 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 step closer to title - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Cedevita 84:73

Crvena Zvezda captured the second consecutive victory in the Adriatic League championship series. They overcame Cedevita in Belgrade for 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89, college: Hofstra) scored 16 points to pace the winners.
Crvena Zvezda poured in 29 points in the opening frame to take an 11-point lead. The hosts poured in 28 points in the second term to secure a 23-point halftime lead. Cedevita slowed the hosts down in the second half. The Croatian team went on a 23:12 rally in the fourth period but could avoid the defeat. Nate Wolters (193-PG-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) had 14 points, while Nemanja Dangubic (204-G/F-93, agency: BeoBasket) had 12 points for the winners. Miro Bilan (213-C-89, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 12 points for Cedevita. Ra'shad James (188-G-90, college: Kaiser) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Charles Jenkins 16, Nate Wolters 14, Nemanja Dangubic 12
Cedevita: Miro Bilan 12, Ra'shad James 11



FMP and Maksimovic parted ways - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

FMP have informed the fans that Branko Maksimovic since Tuesday isn't the head coach of the senior team.

In the announcement, there are also words of gratitude for the now former head coach for devoted work, effort. Special thanks go to achieved results in the ABA League.

Branko Maksimovic has replaced Slobodan Klipa on 20 November. He has led his team towards victories in 7 of 16 ABA League games under his command. In the end this was enough for avoiding the last place and relegation from regional competition.

FMP will announce the name of the new head coach in the forthcoming days.



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  ALBANIA  


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.



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D1 Round 9: CRB Dar El-B. beats Staoueli by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 9 in the D1 took place in Staoueli. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed Staoueli (2-4) to leader CRB Dar El-B. (6-0) 78-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Staoueli. Undefeated CRB Dar El-B. have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Staoueli at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Ouargla and El Eulma.
Important game to mention about took place in Ouargla. Eighth ranked Ouargla (2-4) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-best Olympic Batna (3-2) 63-60 on Saturday evening. Ouargla moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Staoueli and El Eulma. Olympic Batna at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with NAH Dey and US Setif.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Alger: GS Petroliers (#2) and NAH Dey (#3). NAH Dey was crushed at home by 42 points 62-104 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for GS Petroliers. Defending champion (4-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Arreridj. Loser NAH Dey dropped to the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Olympic Batna and US Setif.

In the last game of round 9 Olympi Miliana was smashed by WA Boufarik on the road 88-69.

Ouargla - Olympic Batna 63-60

Important game to mention about took place in Ouargla. Eighth ranked Ouargla (2-4) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-best Olympic Batna (3-2) 63-60 on Saturday evening. Ouargla moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Staoueli and El Eulma. Olympic Batna at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with NAH Dey and US Setif.
gschID: 543335


Staoueli - CRB Dar El-B. 76-78

The most exciting game of round 9 in the D1 took place in Staoueli. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed Staoueli (2-4) to leader CRB Dar El-B. (6-0) 78-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Staoueli. CRB Dar El-B. have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Staoueli at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Ouargla and El Eulma.
gschID: 543336


NAH Dey - GS Petroliers 62-104

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Alger: GS Petroliers (#2) and NAH Dey (#3). NAH Dey was crushed at home by 42 points 62-104 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for GS Petroliers. Defending champion (4-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Arreridj. Loser NAH Dey dropped to the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Olympic Batna and US Setif.
gschID: 543334


WA Boufarik - Olympi Miliana 88-69

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked WA Boufarik (4-1) crushed at home 6th ranked Olympi Miliana (1-3) 88-69 on Saturday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for WA Boufarik. They moved-up to third place. Loser Olympi Miliana keeps the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with USM Blida.
gschID: 543333





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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 32: HS Outlaws try to escape the last position defeating Ottos - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in ABBA. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

Bottom-ranked HS Outlaws managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Ottos 84-67. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference proves that HS Outlaws was well-prepared to that game. The game was mostly controlled by HS Outlaws. Ottos managed to win second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. HS Outlaws (4-10) moved-up to fifth place. Ottos lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. HS Outlaws are looking forward to face Freetown T. (#7) in the next round. Ottos will play against HL Rockersville and are hoping to win this game.
ABBA top team - Baldwin Braves (13-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked HL Rockersville (3-11) 78-64. Baldwin Braves have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Newly promoted HL Rockersville dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Baldwin Braves will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. HL Rockersville will play against Ottos (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Ottos - HS Outlaws 67-84

Bottom-ranked HS Outlaws managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Ottos 84-67. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference proves that HS Outlaws was well-prepared to that game. The game was mostly controlled by HS Outlaws. Ottos managed to win second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. HS Outlaws (4-10) moved-up to fifth place. Ottos lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. HS Outlaws are looking forward to face Freetown T. (#7) in the next round. Ottos will play against HL Rockersville and are hoping to win this game.
gschID: 539402


HL Rockersville - Baldwin Braves 64-78

ABBA top team - Baldwin Braves (13-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked HL Rockersville (3-11) 78-64. HL Rockersville was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Baldwin Braves have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Newly promoted HL Rockersville dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Baldwin Braves will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. HL Rockersville will play against Ottos (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 539401





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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.1 
 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, Atenas17.2 
 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. Johnson, Atenas8.9 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 7. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.8 
 8. Francis, La Union8.7 
 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: 13.1
 1. Gonzalez, San I.13.1 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.0 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.5 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.8.4 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC8.3 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.0 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.0 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.4 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.5 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.4 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.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 Basket2.3 
 4. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 5. Correa, BHY T.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. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 
 6. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 7. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 
 10. Nwogbo, Alianza .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)



Yamene Coleman (ex U Universitario) joins Estudiantes Concordia - by Ivan Milenkovic

Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA) added to their roster 31-year old American center Yamene Coleman (208-104kg-86, college: Troy, agency: Interperformances). He just played at U Universitario in Uruguayan LUB league. In three games he had 14.3ppg, 14.3rpg and 1.3bpg this season. Coleman also played earlier that season for Osorno Basquetbol in Chilean Liga Nacional where in 26 LUB games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.2ppg and 13.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Chilean Liga Nacional Regular Season in 2016. Coleman was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Coleman's career allowed him to visit five different continents, while he played in ten different countries. Coleman tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Holland (Weert), Iraq (Al Karkh), Saudi Arabia (Al Ahli Jeddah), Tunisia (CA Bizerte), Chile (Universidad de Concepcion), Argentina (Regatas Corrientes), Romania (Miercurea Ciuc), SEBL (Black Monop.) and United Arab Emirates (Al Jazeera).
Coleman attended Troy University until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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
gschID: 495074


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
gschID: 495075


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
gschID: 495072


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
gschID: 495073





Austrian A Bundesliga round 31 best performance: Andell Cumberbatch - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-G-93, agency: Octagon Europe) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Oberwart, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, five rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass UBSC Graz (#8, 6-22) with 38-point margin 96-58. It allowed Oberwart to consolidate first place in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Oberwart have a solid 24-4 record. Cumberbatch turned to be Oberwart's top player in his first season with the team. Andell Cumberbatch averages this season 15.3ppg and 6.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Croatian Marino Sarlija (207-C-89) of Raiffeisen Fuerstenfeld Panthers. Sarlija had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Furstenfeld lost that game 68-86 to the higher-ranked Kapfenberg (#3, 18-11). Furstenfeld is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-17 record. Sarlija is a newcomer at Furstenfeld, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was international center Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg (#9). Rados scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Rados' great performance Klosterneuburg lost 69-72 to the higher-ranked Wels (#5, 14-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Klosterneuburg 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 Rados he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Rados has individually a great season in Austria. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 11.9rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 51.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Clemmons (186-PG-94) of Vienna - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Benjamin Blazevic (204-F/C-95) of Oberwart - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Predrag Miletic (193-SG-84) of Vienna - 23 points and 7 rebounds
7. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Gmunden - 16 points and 3 rebounds
8. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of Vienna - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jamari Traylor (203-F-92) of Oberwart - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Christoph Greimeister (208-C-90) of Klosterneuburg - 16 points and 10 rebounds

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



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  BAHAMAS  

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
gschID: 543946





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  BAHRAIN  


Manama close in on basketball league crown - by Eurobasket News

MANAMA outlasted a battling Muharraq 63-61 last night to take a commanding two-game lead in their best-of-five finals series in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League. Seven-foot Georgian professional Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) made the go-ahead basket with 14 seconds to go, but then a horrific turnover on an inbounds play by Muharraq cost them their chance of staying in the game. Manama's Hassan Nowrooz was then fouled with just two seconds left. He missed both free-throws, the second intentionally, with Muharraq having no remaining time-outs. Veteran forward Mohammed Hassan was left with no choice but to try and heave the ball full court as the buzzer sounded. Tskitishvili top scored for his team with 19 points. He also took down 15 rebounds and blocked three shots. Team captain Hussain Mohammed (PG) contributed 15 and was eight-of-nine from the charity stripe as the only other Manama player in double figures. Mohammed Kuwayed added seven in the win, while Nowrooz and back-up big man Mohammed Ameer contributed five points apiece. Muharraq point guard Ahmed Hassan finished with a game-high 22 points, including an impressive four-of-nine from beyond the arc, to pace his side in the losing effort. Bahamas import Kadeem Coleby (206-C/F-89, college: Wichita St.) finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks but it wasn't enough to help get their team over the hump. Ali Abbas chipped in with 11 off the bench while Bader Abdulla Malabes had a valiant eight markers. Following yesterday's result and their 83-74 victory in game one, Manama moved one win away from sweeping the finals and claiming the league crown for the fifth successive year. Game three is scheduled for April 18 next week. Last night's encounter was a heated and physical affair. Both teams got off to a rocky start and could barely buy a basket early on, finishing the first quarter tied at 8-apiece. Manama picked it up in the second when they took a 15-12 lead midway through before extending it to a comfortable 33-23 advantage at the half. But just as quickly as they fell behind, Muharaq turned things around and rallied in the start of the third period. They eventually took a slim one-point advantage, 47-46, heading in the nail-biting final canto. Both teams exchanged blows over the exciting closing minutes of the game. A Malabes lay-up gave Muharraq a 51-50 lead, but Hussain answered on the very next possession with a three-pointer to put Manama ahead 53-51. After tying things at 53, Manama went on a 5-0 spurt but Hassan answered with a triple to get things back to within a basket. Later, with under a minute to play, Abbas gave Muharraq a 61-60 edge with a stunning three-pointer in transition and just 49 seconds on the game clock. A pair of Hussain free-throws then tied it for Manama at 61-all, paving the way for Tskitishvili's late-game heroics, which was the eventual winning basket. The game had 12 lead changes and was tied nine times. Manama finished with a huge advantage on fast break points, scoring 21 while holding Muharraq to just three.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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Gostivar finishes as first placed team, Radovis and Karpos Sokoli chasing the second place in Second League - by Dragan Ristov

Two more rounds are left in the Second Macedonian league. It is known from before that Gostivar will finish as first and grabbed the promotion for next season. The second place and the second promotion may be decided next round. Karpos Sokoli is hosting the ambitious team of Radovis. Radovis has 9 matches winning streak, and if they win next one they will secure the second spot before the final round. Feniks and Angeli will be relegated to the Third league next season. Both teams has no chances in moving forward at the table.


Beroe breeze past Kumanovo in Finals opener - by Eurobasket News

Beroe - Kumanovo 84:55

Beroe made a huge leap towards Balkan League title. They stunned visiting Kumanovo in the championship series opener. Shane Gibson (188-G-90, college: Sacred Heart) delivered 25 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Bulgarian team.
Beroe raced off to a 20:12 lead ten minutes into the game. The Bulgarian team maintained the pressure throughout the second term. The hosts accumulated a massive 46:25 halftime advantage. Beroe kept Kumanovo at bay throughout the second half. The hosts coasted throughout the second half to ease to a comfortable victory at the end. Omari Gudul (206-F-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) provided 16 points, while Aaron Jones (206-F-93, college: Mississippi) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 14 points for Kumanovo. Stefan Zivanovic (196-SG-89) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Beroe: Shane Gibson 25, Omari Gudul 16, Aaron Jones 12+12 boards
Kumanovo: Dimitar Karadzovski 14, Stefan Zivanovic 13



Shane Gibson is MVP of the season at BIBL - by Dren Shporta

American shooting guard of Beroe, Shane Gibson, is dhe MVP of the Balkan League for 2016-2017 season.

With average of 17.2 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per age and 3.2 assists per game, Gibson took the award before the final match of the Balkan League.

He was one of the main players of Beroes great season in Balkan League, while he had recorded 33 points in his best scoring match of this season.

Beroe has made a big step towards Balkan League title last night, while they beat Kumanovo with nearly 30 points difference, 84-55.



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.5 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Miller-M., Leuven16.6 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.8 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .14.8 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.0 
 7. Simpson, Liege13.9 
 8. Channels, Kango.13.8 
 9. Ware, Antwerp13.7 
 10. Ubel, Brussels13.7 
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. Ubel, Brussels6.6 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Ware, Antwerp6.4 
 7. Simmons, Brussels6.4 
 8. Fields, Liege6.4 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .6.0 
 10. Dowe, Brussels6.0 
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, Spirou4.3 
 7. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.1 
 8. Clark, Antwerp3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.7 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
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. Billbury, Leuven1.5 
 5. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Hertay, Liege1.4 
 8. Clark, Antwerp1.3 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 10. Troisfontain., Aalst.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.4 
 2. Fields, Liege0.9 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende0.9 
 4. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 5. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 6. Henry, Kangoeroes0.8 
 7. Ware, Antwerp0.8 
 8. Blair, Aalstar0.7 
 9. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


Euromillions League Round 29: Antwerp Giants are defeated by Kangoeroes - 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 Antwerp Giants (18-10) and fourth ranked Kangoeroes (16-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Antwerp Giants were defeated by Kangoeroes in a tough game in Willebroek 78-83. 34 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and American forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kangoeroes maintains fourth place with 16-13 record. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the second position with ten games lost. They share it with Brussels. Kangoeroes are looking forward to face Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) in Jemappes in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play at home against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Euromillions League top team - Oostende (23-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (11-17) in Jemappes 86-56. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Jean Salumu accounted for 16 points. American swingman Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU) came up with 12 points for Belfius Mons-Hainaut in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-5 record. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Oostende will play against league's second-placed Basic-Fit Brussels on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Antwerp Giants (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Leuven between Leuven Bears and Limburg United. Ninth ranked Leuven Bears (9-19) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Limburg United (14-15). Leuven Bears managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Codi Miller-McIntyre who scored 21 points and 7 assists. Yannick Desiron produced 17 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Leuven Bears maintains ninth place with 9-19 record. Loser Limburg United keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Leuven Bears will meet at home higher ranked Antwerp Giants (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Limburg United will play against Spirou Charleroi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 29 Spirou won against Liege on the opponent's court 80-76. Brussels managed to outperform Aalstar in a home game 104-90.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Yunio Barrueta of Aalstar.

Liege - Spirou 76-80

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Liege Basket (6-24) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Spirou Charleroi (13-15) 80-76 on Tuesday. Spirou Charleroi made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Liege Basket turnovers. The best player for the winners was Maxime Gaudoux (200-90, agency: Promotex) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Spirou Charleroi's coach used entire bench in such tough game. American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-90, agency: Promotex) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Spirou Charleroi maintains seventh place with 13-15 record. Liege Basket lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Spirou Charleroi will meet higher ranked Limburg United (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liege Basket will play against Okapi Aalstar (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Spirou: M.Gaudoux 21+5reb+2ast, A.Libert 19+1reb+1ast, K.Grant 16+5reb+5ast, I.Radenovic 9+4reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 5+1reb+1ast, A.Kemp 4+5reb
Liege: L.Giancaterino 18+2reb+4ast, D.Sweetney 18+8reb+1ast, Y.Hertay 12+4reb+5ast, S.Moris 8+8reb, L.Hazard 6+1reb+1ast, V.Simpson 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 478831


Mons-Hainaut - Oostende 56-86

Euromillions League top team - Oostende (23-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (11-17) in Jemappes 86-56. Oostende made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Oostende outrebounded Belfius Mons-Hainaut 38-27 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Belfius Mons-Hainaut was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and international forward Jean Salumu (193-90) accounted for 16 points. Four Oostende players scored in double figures. American swingman Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU) came up with 12 points and the other American import guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) added 8 points respectively for Belfius Mons-Hainaut in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-5 record. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Oostende will play against league's second-placed Basic-Fit Brussels on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Antwerp Giants (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oostende: R.Katic 20+7reb+1ast, J.Salumu 16+2reb+1ast, D.Newbill 14+4reb, C.Walden 11+2reb+1ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 9+4reb, D.Djordjevic 7+4reb+1ast
Mons-Hainaut: G.Green 12+4reb, T.Demps 8+1reb+3ast, L.Bosco 6+2reb, J.Mann 5+3reb, S.Van Caeneghem 5+1reb, J.Cage 5+2reb
gschID: 478834


Brussels - Aalstar 104-90

Rather predictable result when third ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (18-10) defeated at home 5th ranked Okapi Aalstar (15-15) 104-90 on Sunday. They outrebounded Okapi Aalstar 40-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Basic-Fit Brussels looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) who scored 20 points and 9 assists. American power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Basic-Fit Brussels' coach Serge Crevecoeur used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Yunio Barrueta (198-93, college: Barry) produced 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Five Basic-Fit Brussels and four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Basic-Fit Brussels have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Antwerp. Loser Okapi Aalstar keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Basic-Fit Brussels will meet at home league's leader Oostende in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Okapi Aalstar will play against Liege Basket (#10) in Liege and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brussels: D.Loubry 20+1reb+9ast, B.Ubel 19+7reb+2ast, C.Dowe 16+9reb+1ast, A.Lichodzijewski 14+5reb+1ast, J.Simmons 13+6reb+2ast, A.Peciukevicius 11+3reb+4ast
Aalstar: Y.Barrueta 22+5reb+4ast, S.Geukens 14+1reb+1ast, J.Tofi 14+3reb+2ast, O.Troisfontaines 10+2reb+3ast, N.El Khounchar 9+2reb+3ast, Q.Taylor 8+1ast
gschID: 478835


Leuven - Limburg United 80-77

A very close game took place in Leuven between Leuven Bears and Limburg United. Ninth ranked Leuven Bears (9-19) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Limburg United (14-15). Leuven Bears managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 on Saturday evening. Leuven Bears made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) who scored 21 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import guard Korey Billbury (193-93, college: VCU, agency: Mansfield and Associates) chipped in 22 points and 4 steals. The former international power forward Yannick Desiron (208-92) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Leuven Bears maintains ninth place with 9-19 record. Loser Limburg United keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Leuven Bears will meet at home higher ranked Antwerp Giants (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Limburg United will play against Spirou Charleroi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: K.Billbury 22+4reb, C.Miller-McIntyre 21+3reb+7ast, J.Delalieux 15+5reb+1ast, I.Bako 5+3reb, R.Bogaerts 4+2reb, A.Goetgeluck 3+1ast
Limburg United: Y.Desiron 17+9reb+1ast, B.Simons 16+1reb+2ast, S.Tuttle 15+5reb+2ast, A.Lodwick 8+5reb+2ast, H.Vanwijn 7+5reb+2ast, D.Jansen 5+1reb
gschID: 478832


Kangoeroes - Antwerp 83-78

The game between second ranked Antwerp Giants (18-10) and fourth ranked Kangoeroes (16-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Antwerp Giants were defeated by Kangoeroes in a tough game in Willebroek 78-83. 34 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and American forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kangoeroes maintains fourth place with 16-13 record. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the second position with ten games lost. They share it with Brussels. Kangoeroes are looking forward to face Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) in Jemappes in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play at home against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: P.Badji 24+11reb, T.Henry 19+9reb+1ast, D.Donkor 14+4reb+1ast, W.Channels 12+6reb+5ast, R.Oveneke 7+1reb, T.Deroover 4+2ast
Antwerp: G.Ware 23+5reb+1ast, K.Punter 11+2reb+1ast, J.Clark 11+4reb+3ast, M.Smith 10+10reb, D.Conger 8+2reb+1ast, R.Anderson 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 478833





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  BOSNIA  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.19.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.8 
 3. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.8 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.17.2 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.1 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.16.1 
 7. Hasandic, Sloboda .16.0 
 8. Pelkic, Leotar15.5 
 9. Markovic, Gradj.14.5 
 10. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.9 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.9.0 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.7.8 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.6 
 5. Marojevic, Gradj.7.5 
 6. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.5 
 7. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.0 
 8. Karacic, Siroki P.6.9 
 9. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 10. Durmo, Spars S.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.8 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.6 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.4 
 5. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 6. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.8 
 7. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.8 
 8. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.7 
 9. Luzajic, Leotar3.6 
 10. Svilar, Kakanj3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.2 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .2.0 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.6 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.5 
 7. Dovadzija, Bosnjak1.4 
 8. Kovacevic, Spars S.1.4 
 9. Persic, Siroki P.1.3 
 10. Ikonic, Bosna-Royal1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.2 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 5. Marojevic, Gradj.0.7 
 6. Pelkic, Leotar0.7 
 7. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.6 
 8. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 
 9. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 
 10. Radmilovic, Leotar0.5 


Division I Round 7 (Second Stage): Gradjanski hands first loss to Siroki Primorka - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Siroki Primorka (5-1) in Bijeljina on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Gradjanski (3-3) 82-68. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-68. Gradjanski forced 23 Siroki Primorka turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Siroki Primorka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-81) contributed with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian point guard Jan Mocnik (178-87) answered with 20 points and 9 assists for Siroki Primorka. Siroki Primorka's coach Romeo Bilinovac rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gradjanski moved-up to eighth place in I. Siroki Primorka at the other side keeps the seventh position with one game lost. Gradjanski are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Leotar (#11) in Trebinje in the next round. Siroki Primorka will play at home against Bosna-Royal (#3) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Kakanj. Fourth ranked Bosna-Royal (4-3) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging bottom-ranked Kakanj (0-7) 76-73 on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for the former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Vladimir Djordjevic helped adding 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side Croatian swingman Zeljko Palavra (194-82) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Bosna-Royal moved-up to third place in I. Kakanj at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Bosna-Royal will play against Siroki Primorka (#7) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round. Kakanj will play on the road against the league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game for Sloboda Tuzla (4-3) which hosted in Tuzla their biggest opponent Zrinjski HT (5-2). Third ranked Sloboda Tuzla managed to get a 11-point victory 90-79. It was an exceptional evening for Almir Hasandic who led the winners and scored 19 points and 4 assists. Sloboda Tuzla's coach Velimir Gasic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Torrion Brummitt came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Zrinjski HT in the defeat. Despite that victory Sloboda Tuzla went down to fourth position (I) due to points difference. Loser Zrinjski HT keeps the second place with two games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will meet higher ranked Bosna-Royal (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zrinjski HT will play against Spars Sarajevo and hope to secure a win.
Leotar's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Mrkonjic Grad, where they defeated Mladost (3-3) 86-80. Bojan Pelkic fired 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Mladost's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leotar maintains eleventh place in I with 1-4 record. Mladost at the other side dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Leotar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gradjanski (#8) in Bijeljina and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Division I top team - Igokea (6-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Spars Sarajevo (2-5) 90-77. It was a very good performance for Vuk Radivojevic who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place in I with 6-1 record. Loser Spars Sarajevo keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Igokea will face Kakanj (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Spars Sarajevo will play against the league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar and hope to win that game.

Liga 6
Spars Sarajevo - Igokea 77-90

Division I top team - Igokea (6-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Spars Sarajevo (2-5) 90-77. Igokea dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Spars Sarajevo's 38. They outrebounded Spars Sarajevo 33-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Igokea players scored in double figures. Serbian center Stefan Djordjevic (206-89) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian guard Maksim Kovacevic (196-87) added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Spars Sarajevo. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place in I with 6-1 record. Loser Spars Sarajevo keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Igokea will face Kakanj (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Spars Sarajevo will play against the league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Spars Sarajevo: S.Djordjevic 24+7reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 22+5reb+4ast, Z.Jovanovic 10+1reb+3ast, A.Zahiragic 9+3reb+2ast, I.Djukovic 4+2reb, B.Babovic 3
Igokea: D.Milosevic 14+5reb+3ast, V.Radivojevic 13+14reb+5ast, M.Pasajlic 12+4ast, D.Sibalic 11+1reb+1ast, D.Albijanic 10+3reb, S.Glogovac 9+3reb
gschID: 540873


Kakanj - Bosna-Royal 73-76

Important game to mention about took place in Kakanj. Fourth ranked Bosna-Royal (4-3) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging bottom-ranked Kakanj (0-7) 76-73 on Saturday evening. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-11. But Kakanj won third quarter 20-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kakanj was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Vladimir Djordjevic (201) helped adding 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side Croatian swingman Zeljko Palavra (194-82) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and center Obrad Tomic (206-93) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bosna-Royal moved-up to third place in I. Kakanj at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Bosna-Royal will play against Siroki Primorka (#7) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round. Kakanj will play on the road against the league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: Z.Palavra 21+5reb+3ast, D.Sakotic 17+4reb+5ast, O.Tomic 11+16reb+1ast, H.Curevac 10+2reb, A.Muflizovic 5+1reb+1ast, A.Dzelmo 5+4reb+1ast
Bosna-Royal: M.Josilo 16+10reb+4ast, V.Djordjevic 15+8reb+7ast, S.Vasiljevic 12+1reb+1ast, H.Delalic 10+2reb, M.Sturanovic 6+10reb+1ast, A.Sokolovic 5+3reb
gschID: 540875


Sloboda Tuzla - Zrinjski HT 90-79

An interesting game for Sloboda Tuzla (4-3) which hosted in Tuzla their biggest opponent Zrinjski HT (5-2). Third ranked Sloboda Tuzla managed to get a 11-point victory 90-79. The game was mostly controlled by Sloboda Tuzla. Zrinjski HT managed to win fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 4 assists. Forward Enes Latifagic (200-92, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Sloboda Tuzla's coach Velimir Gasic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Zrinjski HT in the defeat. Five Zrinjski HT players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Sloboda Tuzla went down to fourth position (I) due to points difference. Loser Zrinjski HT keeps the second place with two games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will meet higher ranked Bosna-Royal (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zrinjski HT will play against Spars Sarajevo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: T.Brummitt 20+7reb, B.Djurasovic 18+6reb+1ast, M.Petric 16+4reb+2ast, D.Knezevic 11+1reb+1ast, L.Samadan 10+8reb+1ast, F.Bundovic 2+4reb
Sloboda Tuzla: A.Hasandic 19+3reb+4ast, M.Rikalo 16+3reb+2ast, E.Latifagic 14+7reb+3ast, N.Muratovic 9+5reb+1ast, M.Pilavdzic 9+1reb, B.Djumic 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 540874


Places 7-13
Mladost - Leotar 80-86

Leotar's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Mrkonjic Grad, where they defeated Mladost (3-3) 86-80. Leotar made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Mladost helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (204-83) fired 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Stefan Mijovic (196-95) chipped in 23 points (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!). Montenegrin Filip Patkovic (200-90) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian point guard Milijan Bocka (185-82) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Mladost's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leotar maintains eleventh place in I with 1-4 record. Mladost at the other side dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Leotar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gradjanski (#8) in Bijeljina and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Mladost: F.Patkovic 26+7reb+1ast, O.Nisavic 14+1reb+1ast, M.Bocka 12+8reb+5ast, M.Ljuboja 9+6reb+3ast, B.Stanojevic 8+7reb+5ast, A.Ivetic 6
Leotar: B.Pelkic 26+9reb+3ast, S.Mijovic 23+2reb+2ast, V.Aleksic 17+5reb, M.Luzajic 8+3reb+3ast, L.Radmilovic 6+5reb+5ast, S.Milanovic 6+1reb
gschID: 540877


Gradjanski - Siroki Primorka 82-68

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Siroki Primorka (5-1) in Bijeljina on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Gradjanski (3-3) 82-68. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-68. Gradjanski forced 23 Siroki Primorka turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Siroki Primorka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Gradjanski players scored in double figures. Slovenian point guard Jan Mocnik (178-87) answered with 20 points and 9 assists and Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-84) added 13 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Siroki Primorka. Siroki Primorka's coach Romeo Bilinovac rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gradjanski moved-up to eighth place in I. Siroki Primorka at the other side keeps the seventh position with one game lost. Gradjanski are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Leotar (#11) in Trebinje in the next round. Siroki Primorka will play at home against Bosna-Royal (#3) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Siroki Primorka: J.Mocnik 20+3reb+9ast, J.Zubac 16+10reb, F.Kastropil 13+15reb+1ast, D.Persic 7+5reb+1ast, M.Dreznjak 5+3reb+1ast, L.Susak 5
Gradjanski: M.Markovic 22+13reb+1ast, D.Negovanovic 19+5reb+3ast, D.Marojevic 17+10reb+2ast, N.Milesic 11+3ast, A.Vasilic 8+1reb+1ast, N.Vukovic 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 540876





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  BRAZIL  

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. Mariano, Brasilia17.9 
 9. Holloway, Pinheiros17.9 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria17.1 
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. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.7 
 8. Lopez, Flamengo6.6 
 9. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 10. Andrade, Bauru6.6 
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.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.9 
 8. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 9. Dawkins, Vitoria4.7 
 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. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 8. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 9. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 
 10. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tarvin GAINES
  Blumenau
  (198-SF-91)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Gaines, Blumenau17.8 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.15.8 
 3. Vezaro, Joinville15.4 
 4. Maistro, Contagem14.4 
 5. Filho, Botafogo.12.9 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.12.9 
 7. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 8. Silva, Blumenau11.9 
 9. Stocks, Blumenau11.8 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Prado, Brusque9.6 
 2. Silva, Blumenau8.5 
 3. Moreira, Botafogo.8.4 
 4. Russell, Botafogo.7.8 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.0 
 6. Gaines, Blumenau7.0 
 7. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville6.7 
 9. Silva, Brusque6.4 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Smith, Botafogo.5.0 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville4.3 
 3. Perez, Contagem4.0 
 4. Semmke, Blumenau3.8 
 5. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 6. Stocks, Blumenau3.0 
 7. Lima, Santos/M.2.6 
 8. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
 10. Maistro, Contagem2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Stocks, Blumenau4.4 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.4 
 3. Maistro, Contagem2.1 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.9 
 5. Moreira, Blumenau1.6 
 6. Froehlich, Joinville1.4 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.4 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
 9. Gaines, Blumenau1.4 
 10. Vezaro, Joinville1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.0 
 2. Perez, Botafogo.0.9 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.0.9 
 4. Silva, Blumenau0.8 
 5. Maistro, Contagem0.8 
 6. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 7. Oliveira, Contagem0.5 
 8. Tiago, Brusque0.5 
 9. Stocks, Blumenau0.4 
 10. Henrique, Brusque0.4 


Liga Ouro Round 5: Joinville beats Santos/Macapa in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was played in Joinville. Third ranked Joinville faced 3rd placed Santos/Macapa. Host Joinville (5-3) smashed guests from (4-6) 95-76. The best player for the winners was Maxwell Dias (198-91) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) chipped in 20 points. Guard Luiz Nepomuceno (193-95) produced 12 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Joinville maintains third place with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Botafogo F.R. Santos/Macapa at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Joinville are looking forward to face league's leader Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Santos/Macapa will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Brusque (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 68-53 loss to third ranked Joinville (5-3) in Joinville. Naturalized Spanish center Jose-Victor Jeronimo (208-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Lucas Vezaro contributed with 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Forward Alan Tiago (202-91) answered with 11 points and 6 rebounds for Brusque. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Joinville maintains third place with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Botafogo F.R. Brusque at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Joinville will play against league's leader Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brusque will play against Blumenau (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Brusque (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 68-59 loss to third ranked Santos/Macapa (4-6) in on Thursday evening. Luis-Fernando Lima stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Santos/Macapa's coach Abdala Neto used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Durval Prado responded with 7 points, 24 rebounds and 6 assists. Despite that victory Santos/Macapa went down to fourth position due to points difference. Loser Brusque still closes the standings with nine games lost. Santos/Macapa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Brusque will play against Blumenau (#5) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Contagem (7-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Blumenau (3-5). Contagem managed to secure a 7-point victory 72-65. Wesley Sena nailed 32 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Contagem have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-2 record having just one point less than leader Botafogo F.R. Blumenau at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Contagem will have a break next round. Blumenau will play against Brusque (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Joinville - Brusque 68-53

Bottom-ranked Brusque (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 68-53 loss to third ranked Joinville (5-3) in Joinville. Naturalized Spanish center Jose-Victor Jeronimo (208-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) contributed with 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Forward Alan Tiago (202-91) answered with 11 points and 6 rebounds and center Rodrigo Silva (207-87) added 5 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Brusque. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Joinville maintains third place with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Botafogo F.R. Brusque at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Joinville will play against league's leader Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brusque will play against Blumenau (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Brusque: A.Tiago 11+6reb+2ast, K.Santos 10+5reb, D.Prado 7+3reb+3ast, W.da Silva 6+4reb, W.da Silva 6+2reb, R.Silva 5+11reb
Joinville: L.Vezaro 21+2ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 12+15reb+1ast, J.Froehlich 12+7reb+4ast, A.Pereira 8+3reb+1ast, D.Santos 7, M.Dias 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 538616


Blumenau - Contagem 65-72

The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Contagem (7-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Blumenau (3-5). Contagem managed to secure a 7-point victory 72-65. Contagem made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Blumenau turnovers. Power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) nailed 32 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Rodrigo Maistro (200-87) accounted for 9 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Diego Silva (206-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and American Tarvin Gaines (198-91, college: Jacksonville St.) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Blumenau in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Contagem have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-2 record having just one point less than leader Botafogo F.R. Blumenau at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Contagem will have a break next round. Blumenau will play against Brusque (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blumenau: D.Silva 17+10reb, T.Gaines 13+8reb+2ast, G.De Oliveira 10+1reb, D.Stocks 9+5reb+7ast, L.Semmke 8+3reb+1ast, B.Lazzaris 5+8reb+2ast
Contagem: W.Sena 32+6reb, T.Perez 11+6reb+3ast, R.Maistro 9+9reb+3ast, J.Dos Santos 8+5reb+3ast, E.Romualdo 6+2reb+1ast, E.Oliveira 4+4reb
gschID: 538617


Joinville - Santos/Macapa 95-76

An exciting game was played in Joinville. Third ranked Joinville faced 3rd placed Santos/Macapa. Host Joinville (5-3) smashed guests from (4-6) 95-76. The best player for the winners was Maxwell Dias (198-91) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) chipped in 20 points. Guard Luiz Nepomuceno (193-95) produced 12 points and center Zulu Souza (210-91) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Santos/Macapa players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Joinville maintains third place with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Botafogo F.R. Santos/Macapa at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Joinville are looking forward to face league's leader Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Santos/Macapa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Santos/Macapa: L.Nepomuceno 12+3reb+3ast, U.Lima 11+2reb+2ast, A.Pinheiro 10+3reb+1ast, R.de Azevedo 10+5reb, Z.Souza 9+7reb, A.Machado 7+3reb
Joinville: L.Vezaro 20+2reb+3ast, M.Dias 20+10reb+3ast, A.Pereira 12+3reb, A.Mendes 9+1reb+2ast, J.Froehlich 8+4reb+6ast, D.Santos 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 538615


Brusque - Santos/Macapa 59-68

Bottom-ranked Brusque (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 68-59 loss to third ranked Santos/Macapa (4-6) in on Thursday evening. Guard Luis-Fernando Lima (193-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Luiz Nepomuceno (193-95) chipped in 21 points. Santos/Macapa's coach Abdala Neto used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Swingman Durval Prado (200-92) responded with 7 points, 24 rebounds and 6 assists and center Rodrigo Silva (207-87) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Despite that victory Santos/Macapa went down to fourth position due to points difference. Loser Brusque still closes the standings with nine games lost. Santos/Macapa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Brusque will play against Blumenau (#5) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Brusque: R.Silva 18+5reb, K.Santos 9+2ast, F.Henrique 9+7reb+5ast, D.Prado 7+24reb+6ast, W.da Silva 7+8reb+1ast, E.Soares 3
Santos/Macapa: L.Nepomuceno 21+4reb, L.Fernando Lima 18+10reb+4ast, F.Lacerda 9+2reb+2ast, R.de Azevedo 9+6reb+1ast, A.Machado 7+9reb+1ast, Z.Souza 4+6reb
gschID: 538614





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.



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Beroe is one step closer to the Balkan League title - by Vladislava Lazarova

BC Beroe managed to take a very good lead after the first Final game of SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League. The Greens defeated KK Kumanovo 2009 84-55 at home and are going to Macedonia with a big advantage. The home side played a very good first half in which it built this big lead and after the controlled the difference. The return game is next Tuesday, April 18th, in Kumanovo when the trophy will be awarded.

Both teams had a tough start before Beroe took over with a 9-2 run. It gave the hosts a 6-point edge which they kept until the end of the first quarter. In the second they continued to have the lead which was hanging around 10 points. However after a great 11-1 finish to the first half Beroe took a great 21-point advantage after only 20 minutes.

In the third quarter the visitors tried to close the gap and went down to 17 but the hosts responded. After that the Greens again controlled the difference which was around 20 points. An 8-0 run in the fourth period increased the advantage to 25 and then with 5 points in the last 12 seconds it reached 29.

The MVP of BIBL season Shane Gibson (188-G-90, college: Sacred Heart) was the top performer for the win with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Omari Gudul (206-F-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) had 16 points as . Aaron Jones (206-F-93, college: Mississippi) had a double-double with 12 and 12 rebounds.

Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) was the top scorer in the visiting team with 14 points as Stefan Zivanovic (196-SG-89) added 13. Kumanovo however missed 10 of 18 free throws which also contributed for the big difference



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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  CAMEROON  


Luc Mbah a Moute selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He led Los Angeles Clippers to an easy victory against the Houston Rockets (54-27) crushing them 125-96 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Mbah a Moute scored 15 points and added 3 assists in 24 minutes on the court. The Los Angeles Clippers have a solid 50-31 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Mbah a Moute averages: 5.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 38.3% and FT: 70.2% in 79 games he played so far. He played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France). Nzeulie led Chalon/Saor to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Chalons-Reims (9-17) 104-86 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and added 4 passes in 36 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (19-7) is placed second in the ProA. It's Nzeulie's first season with the team. This year Nzeulie's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 27.4% and FT: 75.4% in 26 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Landry Nnoko
Landry Nnoko
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Landry Nnoko (208-94, college: Clemson, currently plays in Italy). Nnoko contributed to a VL Pesaro's surprising victory against the ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi (12-14) 94-93 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 38 minutes. Consultinvest VL Pesaro (8-18) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the Serie A. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Nnoko's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 2FGP: 51.6% in 26 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #4. An experienced forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark) could not help Svendborg (13-15) in their last game on Monday. Despite NaNa's very good performance Svendborg was defeated 85-70 at home by the leading Bakken. He was the top scorer with 23 points. NaNa also added 4 passes. NaNa has relatively good stats this season: 13.9ppg, 7.9rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #5. Former international guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie. But that was another game of his team in FIBA Europe Cup which we would like to mention. Pitard managed to help ES Chalon-Sur-Saone in a victory against the sixth-ranked Oostende 83-65. He scored 5 points in 6 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (5-1) is placed first in group K. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Pitard has averaged so far 2.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg in 18 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Pitard used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #6. Center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) was not able to help Lille Metropole (16-11) in their last game. Despite MBida's good performance Lille Metropole lost 66-75 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) Nantes. He scored 10 points in 23 minutes. MBida has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1bpg in 14 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Lukoil Academic Sofia to a victory over the closely-ranked Beroe (14-8) 94-79 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday. Gibson was MVP of the game. He recorded 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lukoil Academic Sofia (19-4) is placed first in the NBL. Gibson's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Gibson has relatively good stats this season: 14.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.1apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #2. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) could not help Vanoli Cremona (7-19) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona was defeated 86-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Brescia (#10). Biligha scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Biligha has relatively good stats this season: 11.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #3. Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Eskilstuna in their game against Helsingborg (12-7) in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). Despite his very good performance last Saturday He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 20 rebounds. Kouagnia also added 2 blocks. The Second Stage already ended. Kouagnia has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.7ppg, 13.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #4. Brylle Kamen (201-F-88, agency: Promotex, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Belgium) was not able to secure a victory for Liege Basket (12-10) in their game against Limburg United (14-15) in the Belgian Euromillions League. Kamen cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. Liege Basket was defeated 88-81 in Limburg by the lower-ranked United (#6). Kamen has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 3.1rpg. He has both French and Cameroonian nationalities.

   #5. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) couldn't help Quimper UJAP (22-10) in their game against SAP Vaucluse (14-18) in the French NM1 (third division). Temgoua scored 7 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in only 14 minutes. Quimper UJAP lost 78-83 in Sorgues to the much lower-ranked (#13) SAP Vaucluse. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Temgoua has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.2apg in 31 games he played so far. He also holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #6. Johan Bitjaa (207-C-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Zamorano's victory against the closely-ranked CB Tarragona 2017 84-79 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Bitjaa recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Bitjaa has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 6.2rpg.



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  CANADA  


Andrew Wiggins' 41 points make him top Canadian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Andrew Wiggins (203-95, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-49) in their last game. Despite Wiggins' very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-49) were edged 110-109 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the top scorer with 41 points in 38 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Wiggins' third season in pro basketball. It was Timberwolves' fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Wiggins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 76.4% in 80 games he played so far. Wiggins played for the Canadian senior national team two years ago.

Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Jamal Murray (198-97, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA). He led Denver Nuggets to a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans (33-47) 122-106 in the NBA last Friday. Murray was MVP of the game. He scored 30 points (!!!), had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line); not bad, considering it's only Murray's third season in pro basketball. The Denver Nuggets have 38-42 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Murray's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 9.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 33.0% and FT: 88.0%. Murray played for the Canadian national team in 2015.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the main contributor in Zalgiris' victory against the closely-ranked Baskonia (17-13) 84-79 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Pangos was the best player in that game. He scored 15 points, had 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (14-16) is placed tenth in the Euroleague. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. It's Pangos' first season with the team. This year Pangos' overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 28.4%, 3FGP: 45.7%(59-129) and FT: 86.2% in 30 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Slovenian. Pangos played for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #4. Forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 3-point Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (16-10) 78-75 in the Italian Serie A in Monday night's game. He recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 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 important. This season Ejim has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim is also Canadian national team player.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #5. Former international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help CB Canarias (19-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance CB Canarias was edged 85-82 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#8) Andorra. Doornekamp recorded 11 points in 27 minutes. Doornekamp has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games. He has both Canadian and Dutch nationalities. Doornekamp used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Robert Sacre
Robert Sacre
   #6. Center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a 3-point Hitachi Sunrockers' victory against the fifth-ranked Yokohama BC (15-36) 69-66 in the Japanese B League on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Sacre recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 5 blocks. Hitachi SunRockers Tokyo-Shibuya (26-25) is placed third in Central group. Sacre's stats this season are: 14.2ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team two years ago.

Dwight Powell
Dwight Powell
   #7. Former international forward Dwight Powell (211-91, college: Stanford, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Dallas Mavericks (32-48) in their game against the Phoenix Suns (24-57) in the NBA, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Powell was the second best scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. But the Dallas Mavericks (32-48) lost 111-124 in Phoenix to the Suns. It was Mavericks' fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Powell's total stats are: 6.7ppg and 4.1rpg in 74 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #8. Guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Trabzonspor (8-17) crushing them 96-75 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Rautins recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Gaziantep Basketbol (13-12) is placed eighth in the BSL. Rautins averaged so far 11.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Rautins used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2013.

Greg Surmacz
Greg Surmacz
   #9. Former University international forward Greg Surmacz (203-86, agency: Promotex, currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in a Energa Czarni's victory against the league outsider Siarka (4-25) 92-86 in the Polish PLK on Wednesday night. He scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. Energa Czarni Slupsk (16-12) is placed seventh in the PLK. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Surmacz has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.8apg in 25 games. He used to play for the Canadian university national team eight years ago.

Tyler Ennis
Tyler Ennis
   #10. Guard Tyler Ennis (188-94, college: Syracuse, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Andrew Wiggins in the NBA last game. Ennis contributed to a 1-point Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-49) 110-109. He was the top player that evening. Ennis scored 20 points and added 5 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. Ennis averaged so far 7.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in France) couldn't help Le Mans in their game against Gravelines-Dunkerque in the French ProA, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Hanlan was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 passes in 29 minutes. But his team was edged 75-72. Hanlan's stats this year are: 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg in 26 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U19 international forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Braunschweig in their game against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in the German BBL. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Pierre recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 8 assists. Pierre averaged so far 13.3ppg, 7.1rpg and 2.8apg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to a Caballeros de Culiacan's victory against the closely-ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan 89-83 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Wednesday night's game. Glaze was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. Glaze also added 3 assists and 3 steals in only a mere 1 minutes. Glaze averaged so far 14.9ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg in 10 games. He used to play for the Canadian U18 national team seven years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) helped Boston Celtics win their game against the Charlotte Hornets 121-114 in the NBA last Saturday. Olynyk recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. Olynyk averaged so far 9.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #15. International point guard Cory Joseph (190-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) helped Toronto Raptors edge the Miami Heat 96-94 in the NBA on Friday night. Joseph scored 14 points, had 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 26 minutes. Joseph averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.4apg in 79 games. He is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

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

   #1. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87, college: Houghton, currently plays in Sweden) led BC Lulea to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Umea (5-27) crushing them 92-57 in the Swedish Basketligan in Wednesday night's game. Anzuluni was the top player that evening. He scored 23 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. BC Lulea (24-8) is placed first in the Basketligan. Anzuluni averaged so far 14.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.6apg and 2.1spg.

   #2. Hernst Laroche (185-PG-89, agency: HMS, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France) was the main contributor in Saint-Quentin's victory against the closely-ranked Denain Voltaire (13-14) 70-69 in the French ProB (second division) last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Laroche scored 21 points. Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (12-15) is placed 13th in the ProB. Laroche has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.3spg.

   #3. Experienced Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to Byblos' victory against the third-ranked Louaize (11-12) 90-84 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Wednesday night. He recorded 12 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Byblos Sporting Club (16-7) is placed second. El Turk's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. This season El Turk averages only 4.4ppg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #4. Michael Fraser (203-C-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Polfarmex's victory against the league outsider Siarka (4-25) 72-67 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Fraser was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds. AZS Polfarmex Kutno (5-23) is placed second from the bottom (#16) in the PLK. It was his team's first victory after nine consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Fraser has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 8.7rpg.

   #5. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk and both played together in the last Lebanese Pepsi LBL game. Kanaan managed to help Byblos Sporting Club to win against the third-ranked Louaize (11-12) 90-84. He recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Kanaan has been at the team for four years. Kanaan has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #6. Jabs Newby (188-G-91, college: Gannon, currently plays in Mexico) could not help Pioneros Los Mochis (1-10) in their last game. Despite Newby's good performance the bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis was badly defeated 89-73 on the road by the leading Rayos de Hermosillo. He scored 14 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 5 assists and added 5 steals in only a mere 1 minutes. Newby averaged so far 13.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg in 11 games he played so far.

   #7. Robbie Sihota (201-F-87, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to help MAFC (4-24) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed MAFC was badly defeated 90-74 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Jaszberenyi in the Places 11-14 group. Sihota had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 40 minutes. Sihota averaged so far 14.9ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.4apg in 28 games. He has both Indian and Canadian nationalities.

   #8. Ali Mahmoud (184-PG-83, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk. But that was another game of his team in Lebanese Pepsi LBL which we would like to mention. Mahmoud was not able to secure a victory for Byblos in their game against Sagesse. He scored 8 points in 20 minutes. His team lost 63-72. Mahmoud has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg in 10 games. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #9. Bikramjit Gill (201-F-92, college: Ball St., currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Kagoshima (7-45) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Gill's very good performance the sixth-placed Kagoshima was badly defeated 93-74 in Hiroshima by the second-ranked Dragonflies in the West group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds. Gill averaged so far 11.0ppg and 5.9rpg.

   #10. Meshack Lufile (203-PF, college: Cape Breton, currently plays in Holland) contributed to Leeuwarden's victory against the closely-ranked Amsterdam 80-70 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Lufile recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 29 minutes. He averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.1rpg in 28 games.



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  CAPE VERDE  


The Cavaliers tab Edy Tavares - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers inked 25-year old Spaniard-Cape Verdean center Edy Tavares (220-118kg-92). He started the season at Raptors 905 Missisauga. In 50 D-League games he averaged 10.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.5apg and 2.8bpg this season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to D-League All-Star Game. Tavares ended the last season at the Hawks where in 11 NBA games he had just 2.3ppg and 1.9rpg. But the most of that year he spent at another team Austin Toros. In 31 games he recorded 9.1ppg, 8.0rpg and 3.1bpg. Tavares helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in D-League Soutwest Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Three years ago he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks in second round (43rd overall).
Among other achievements Tavares received Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Center of the Year award in 2015.
He represented Spain at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.1ppg, 6.0rpg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP-1 (73.5%), FT: 53.8%.
Tavares has played previously professionally in Spain (Gran Canaria, La Palma and Gran Canaria) and other D-League teams (Northern Arizona Suns and Canton Charge).
His game is described as: Standing 7-3, with an astonishing wingspan of 7-9 he has tremendous size, combined with excellent mobility for a big man with his dimensions ... He's always active on the floor, showing great progresses from a conditioning standpoint, compared to when he arrived on the Canary Islands ... Offensively he's really effective in pick and roll situations, showing the ability to finish above the rim after the cut with aggressiveness, furthermore his mobility and coordination make him an effective contributor in creating space for his teammates with solid screens, playing a key role in Gran Canarias offense .. Most of his offensive repertoire is based on dunks and put backs after an offensive rebound, but he has shown significant improvements on his hook shot using his right hand ... He has a soft touch and he's a solid free throw shooter ... Defensively he's a great pick and roll defender, being able to recover in the painted area after helping on the screen ... Plus with his great size and wingspan he's definitely a great rim protector. According to those with knowledge of him, he's a nice, humble guy with a great work ethic.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-22) crushing them 94-73 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Sato recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (19-6) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 5.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 81.5% in 23 games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #2. Second place goes to former international small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France). He led Olympique Antibes to a victory over the closely-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-17) 75-61 in the French ProA last Friday. Kouguere was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sharks Antibes (8-19) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ProA. It's Kouguere's first season with the team. Kouguere's overall stats this year are: 7.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 42.4%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 82.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere played for the Central African national team in 2015.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in France). He managed to help BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral in a 3-point victory against the 11th-ranked Le Mans (11-15) 75-72 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Djimrabaye scored 5 points in 15 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (15-11) is placed seventh in the ProA. This year Djimrabaye's overall stats are: 2.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 44.4% in 17 games. He played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #4. Power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France) contributed to a 1-point Boulazac Basket's victory against the closely-ranked STB Le Havre (14-13) 65-64 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Zianveni scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (14-12) is placed seventh in the ProB. Zianveni's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Zianveni used to play for the Central African national team back in 2013.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

James Mays (206-F/C-86) plays for LG Sakers in South Korean KBL
Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) plays for Fubon Braves in Taiwanese SBL
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (184-G-86) plays for Lorient in French NM1
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Martial Gotagni (190-G/F-79) plays for Chateauroux in French NM2
Jonathan Alalengbi (192-F-92) plays for Toulouse in French NM2

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



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

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

Dontaye Draper
Dontaye Draper
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the sixth-ranked Anadolu Efes (17-13) 97-80 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Draper scored 16 points in 20 minutes on the court. 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 that game will be critical. It's Draper's first season with the team. This year he averages: 3.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 60.9%(14-23), 3FGP: 25.7% and FT: 82.4% in 23 games he played so far. Draper is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team. Draper used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Umana Venezia (17-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Peric's very good performance Umana Venezia was defeated 88-80 on the road by the leading Armani Milano. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Peric also added 5 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Peric is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Umana Venezia's roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 19.6% and FT: 72.9%. Peric played for the Croatian national team in 2015.

Jure Skific
Jure Skific
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international forward Jure Skific (202-88, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Poland). He led Twarde Pierniki to a 1-point victory over the 13th-ranked Asseco (9-20) 109-108 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Skific was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 13 rebounds in 37 minutes. Polski Cukier Torun (19-9) is placed fourth in the PLK. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Skific has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 56.3%(103-183), 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 79.0% in 28 games. He played for the Croatian U18 national team eleven years ago.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #4. Power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Turkish team Darussafaka to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Crvena Zvezda (16-14) 78-62 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Zizic scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (16-14) is placed eighth in the Euroleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Zizic's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 6.8rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #5. Former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (8-19) 91-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Tomic recorded 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (18-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. Tomic has been at the team for five years. He has reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 7.8rpg and 2.3apg in 26 games. Tomic used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Josip Sobin
Josip Sobin
   #6. Center Josip Sobin (203-89, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) led Anwil to a victory over the closely-ranked Stelmet (22-7) 81-68 in the Polish PLK on Wednesday night. He was the best player in that game. Sobin recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. 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. Sobin averaged so far 11.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Dario Saric
Dario Saric
   #7. International power forward Dario Saric (207-94, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Philadelphia 76ers (27-54) in their last game. Despite Saric's good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (27-54) lost 82-90 in Milwaukee to the Bucks. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Saric also added 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 24 minutes. It was 76ers' seventh consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. Saric has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.2apg in 81 games. Saric is also Croatian national team player.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #8. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Armani Milano (8-22) in their game against Unics Kazan (8-22) in the Euroleague. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Armani Milano was crushed 91-68 in Kazan by the league outsider Unics (#16). The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. Simon averaged so far 11.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.9apg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #9. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Banco di Srd's victory against the closely-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (15-11) 66-57 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Stipcevic scored 11 points in 28 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (15-11) is placed fourth 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. Stipcevic's stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.7apg in 26 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #10. Forward Kresimir Loncar (209-83, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help s Oliver Baskets (13-7) in their last game. Despite Loncar's very good performance s Oliver Baskets was edged 77-74 in Giessen by the lower-ranked (#8) 46ers. He was the top scorer with 27 points. Loncar also added 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Loncar averaged so far 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5apg in 26 games. He is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (211-86, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) helped MZT Skopje win their game against the sixth-ranked Kumanovo 81-76 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Wednesday night. Lalic scored 20 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Lalic averaged so far 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team eleven years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international power forward Ivan Buva (208-91, currently plays in Spain) helped RETAbet BB win their game against the 15th-ranked Sevilla 85-73 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Buva averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.4rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #13. International power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Brose Baskets in their game against Galatasaray in the Euroleague. Radosevic scored 7 points in 22 minutes. His team lost 79-84. This year Radosevic's overall stats are: 6.1ppg and 2.6rpg in 28 games. He is also Croatian national team player.

   #14. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Betaland Cdo (14-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Delas' good performance Betaland Cdo was badly defeated 75-59 in Pistoia by the lower-ranked The Flexx PT (#8). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Delas also added 4 rebounds. Delas' total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U18 international power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, currently plays in Bulgaria) couldn't help Beroe (9-7) in their last game. Despite Tesija's good performance Beroe lost 79-94 in Sofia to the leading Lukoil Academic. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Tesija's total stats are: 9.2ppg and 5.6rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Vrsac's victory against the eighth-ranked Mladost ZE (13-13) 72-65 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Pavlovic recorded 14 points. KK Vrsac Swisslion (21-4) is placed first in the KLS. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Pavlovic's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Serbian.

   #2. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, college: Boise St., currently plays in Australia) led Noarlunga City Southern Tigers to a victory over the ninth-ranked South Adelaide Panthers (1-1) crushing them 96-76 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Drmic was the top player that evening. He scored 32 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was his first game for Noarlunga City Southern Tigers this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Drmic's third season in pro basketball. His team are placed second in Premier League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Drmic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #3. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (11-17) crushing them 86-56 in the Belgian Euromillions League in Saturday night's game. Jagodic Kuridza scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Telenet BC Oostende (23-5) is placed first in the Euromillions League. Jagodic Kuridza has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg. He has both Serbian and Croatian nationalities.

   #4. Experienced Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked KFUM Jamtland (16-16) 83-74 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. Bizaca was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Sodertalje Kings (23-9) is placed third in the Basketligan. Bizaca plays fifth season for the team. Bizaca has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.6apg.

   #5. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Iskra Svit (22-18) crushing them 102-76 in the Slovakian SBL last Saturday. Maric scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. BC Prievidza (28-12) is placed third in the SBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Maric averaged so far 13.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg.

   #6. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers 86-68 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Monday night's game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Stegnjaic averaged so far 10.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3apg. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Austrian.

   #7. Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) contributed to a McKinnon Cougars' victory against the tenth-ranked Diamond Valley Eagles 80-76 in the Australian State League (second division) on Friday night. Platenik was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. Platenik also added 3 assists. This season Platenik has very high stats. He averages: 19.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg. Platenik has Croatian and Australian nationalities.

   #8. Dino Cinac (201-F-88, currently plays in Sweden) faced previously mentioned Toni Bizaca in the Swedish Basketligan last game. Cinac could not help KFUM Jamtland (16-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance KFUM Jamtland was defeated 83-74 on the road by the higher-ranked Sodertalje Kings (#3). Cinac scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Cinac has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg and 6.0rpg.

   #9. Aleksandar Marcius (208-C-90, college: De Paul, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Caceres Basket in their game against Ourense in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his very good performance last Friday Marcius was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Marcius averaged so far 13.8ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.1spg.

   #10. Goran Veg (205-C/F, currently plays in Australia) helped Hills Hornets win their game against the tenth-ranked Crusaders crushing them 96-75 in the Australian State League (second division) in Sunday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Veg scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Veg averaged so far 14.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.6apg, 2.1bpg and 1.1spg. He has dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.



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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. Oliva, Pinar del Rio18.8 
 4. Pons, Guantanamo18.5 
 5. Guzman, Capitalinos17.4 
 6. Molina, Matanzas16.2 
 7. Granda, Ciego d.15.5 
 8. Abreu, Villa Clara15.2 
 9. Rivero, Capitalinos15.2 
 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. Garcia, Matanzas6.1 
 6. Alorda, Capitalinos6.1 
 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: 3.7
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.3.7 
 2. Heredia, Santiago3.6 
 3. Abreu, Villa Clara3.6 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio2.7 
 5. Martinez, Ciego d.2.4 
 6. Deschapelles, Matan.2.3 
 7. Molina, Matanzas2.2 
 8. Soltero, Capitalinos2.2 
 9. Boffil, Villa Clara2.0 
 10. Francis, Camaguey1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Osmel OLIVA
  Pinar del Rio
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Oliva, Pinar del Rio4.6 
 2. Monterrey, Pinar d.4.6 
 3. Guerra, Guantanamo4.5 
 4. Perez, Villa Clara4.4 
 5. Deschapelles, Matan.4.3 
 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. Castellanos, Ciego d.0.9 
 6. Garcia, Matanzas0.8 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara0.7 
 8. Soria, Guantanamo0.6 
 9. Romero, Villa Clara0.6 
 10. Coutin, Capitalinos0.6 


LSB Round 5 of Finals. Matanzas cut the deficit - by Eurobasket News

Pinar del Rio - Matanzas 63-68

Matanzas rolled past Pinar del Rio to cut the deficit in the title series. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 21-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Guerreros outrebounded Pinar 27-13 including 19 on the defensive glass. The former international center Humberto Garcia (203-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Yosniel Morales (196-87) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) answered with 31 points and 5 assists and the former international point guard Yosiel Monterrey (185-88) added 11 points in the effort for Pinar. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Pinar del Rio: O.Oliva 31+4reb+5ast, Y.Monterrey 11+3reb+3ast, E.Quintana 10, Y.Suarez 5+4reb+1ast, D.Martinez 4, D.Vazquez 2
Matanzas: Y.Molina 20+3reb, Y.Morales 18+7reb+2ast, H.Garcia 12+11reb+5ast, D.Torrientes 7+2ast, Y.Guia 4+3reb, L.Curtiz 2+1reb+3ast
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Reynaldo Garcia selected the top Cuban playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). He led San Martin Corrientes to a victory over the seventh-ranked Quilmes MP (19-26) 86-76 in the Argentinian LigaA last Saturday. Garcia was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his seven free throws). San Martin Corrientes (33-13) is placed first in Norte group. Garcia has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 27.9% and FT: 70.1%. He played for the Cuban senior national team eight years ago.

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). Justiz contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Echague (8-37) crushing them 106-81 in the Argentinian LigaA on Monday night. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Justiz also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes. Estudiantes Concordia (31-16) is placed second in Norte group. This year Justiz has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 60.4% in 45 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Cuban senior national team.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France). He contributed to a SO Maritime Boulogne's victory against the league outsider JA Vichy (10-17) 80-71 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. Paumier scored 8 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 6 passes and blocked 2 shots in 29 minutes. SO Maritime Boulogne (10-17) is placed 16th in the ProB. It's Paumier's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 59.0%(118-200) in 27 games. Paumier played for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #4. Swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in Germany) helped Telekom Baskets win their game against the 12th-ranked Science City Jena (10-17) 72-61 in the German BBL on Sunday night. He scored 6 points. Telekom Baskets Bonn (17-10) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Bartolo averages: 7.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2011.

Enrique Ramos
Enrique Ramos
   #5. Former international center Enrique Ramos (202-89, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico). He could not help Brujos (0-3) to beat Leones (1-1). Ramos recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The bottom-ranked Brujos was badly defeated 99-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Leones (#5). So far Brujos lost all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Ramos' overall stats this year are: 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team five years ago.

Taylor Garcia
Taylor Garcia
   #6. Point guard Taylor Garcia (182-87, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Quintanar (12-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Garcia's very good performance the tenth-placed Quintanar (12-14) was defeated 74-67 in La Roda by the higher-ranked La Roda (#4) in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 15 points. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Garcia's stats this season are: 14.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team eight years ago.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #7. An experienced former international forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) helped Albacete win their game against the second-ranked Cambados (20-8) 80-71 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Elias recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 36 minutes. Arcos Albacete Basket (8-20) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the LEB Silver. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Elias' overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg in 28 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #8. Power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a Nautico KIA Tenerife's victory against the third-ranked Real Canoe (20-7) 64-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Silvestre was the best player in that game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Nautico KIA Tenerife (16-9) is placed sixth in Group B. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Silvestre averaged so far 14.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2000.

Rangel Ramirez
Rangel Ramirez
   #9. Former international center Rangel Ramirez (206-75, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Aracena - AEC Collblanc La Torrassa to win against the 14th-ranked Santfeliuenc (7-17) 86-83 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points. Aracena - AEC Collblanc La Torrassa (12-11) is placed seventh in Group C-A. Ramirez's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Ramirez's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 5.8rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in a CEZ Nymburk's victory against the fourth-ranked USK Praha (16-15) crushing them 84-56 in the Czech Republic NBL in Tuesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds. Sant-Roos also added 4 assists in 20 minutes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (31-1) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Sant-Roos has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.6apg and 2.2spg in 29 games he played so far.

   #2. Ismael Romero (203-C-91, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help Atleticos in their last game on Thursday. Despite Romero's very good performance Atleticos was defeated 87-77 on the road by the second-ranked Capitanes. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Romero also added 8 rebounds. Romero has reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3spg.

   #3. Experienced Yudniel Perez (189-G-84, also represented by Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ismael Romero. But that was another game of his team in Puerto Rican BSN which we would like to mention. Perez led Atleticos to a victory against the closely-ranked Indios (1-2) 92-83. He scored 17 points in only a mere 14 minutes. Atleticos de San Germanis placed fourth in the BSN. Perez's stats this year are: 11.0ppg and 2.7rpg in three games.

   #4. Adrian Diaz (213-C-93, college: FIU, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a BC Timisoara's victory against the sixth-ranked Pitesti (11-17) 97-90 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Wednesday. He recorded 15 points; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Diaz's third season in pro basketball. BC Timisoara (13-15) is placed fifth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Diaz's stats this season are: 11.2ppg and 5.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely Diaz has never played in Cuba.

   #5. Juan Pineiro (193-G-90, another player represented by Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was not able to help Brujos in their game against Indios (1-2) in the Puerto Rican BSN. He scored 8 points and had 3 steals in 18 minutes. The bottom-ranked Brujos lost 90-94 in Mayaguez to the higher-ranked (#7) Indios. So far Brujos lost all three games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Pineiro's overall stats are: 4.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.3apg in three games.

   #6. Yankiel Moreno (189-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Bondi Ferrara (11-17) in their last game. Despite Moreno's good performance the 12th-placed Bondi Ferrara was badly defeated 82-66 in Trieste by the much higher-ranked (#4) Alma in the East group. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Moreno also added 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes. This year Moreno's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 6.1apg and 1.4spg in 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and Italian. Despite Moreno's Cuban nationality, he previously played for the Italian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cuban team.

   #7. Sigal Benitez (193-G-94, currently plays in Spain) helped Arenys win their game against the 12th-ranked Sant Nicolau 82-71 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Benitez scored 9 points in 20 minutes. This year Benitez's total stats are: 6.4ppg and 2.2rpg in 24 games.



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Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Baden JAXEN
  Etha
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Jaxen, Etha21.9 
 2. Brezec, AEK16.9 
 3. Abukar, Keravnos16.3 
 4. Ray, Enosis14.9 
 5. Bussey, Apoel14.7 
 6. Blakes, Enosis14.3 
 7. Pittakas, Apollon13.8 
 8. Dasic, AEK13.6 
 9. Walker, Etha13.6 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Thomas, Enosis8.3 
 2. Parks, Keravnos7.7 
 3. Dasic, AEK7.6 
 4. Mobley, Apoel7.2 
 5. Brezec, AEK6.5 
 6. Blakes, Enosis6.2 
 7. Wright, Apoel6.1 
 8. Barnes, Etha6.1 
 9. OBrien, Keravnos5.9 
 10. Thomas, AEK5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Barker, Keravnos6.0 
 2. Thomas, AEK5.1 
 3. Washington, Enosis4.7 
 4. Ross, Keravnos4.2 
 5. Bussey, Apoel4.1 
 6. Jaxen, Etha4.1 
 7. Koronides, Apollon3.8 
 8. Brown, Apoel3.2 
 9. Blakes, Enosis3.1 
 10. Walker, Etha3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.2 
 2. Thomas, AEK2.0 
 3. Dasic, AEK1.9 
 4. Washington, Enosis1.9 
 5. Pittakas, Apollon1.7 
 6. Barker, Keravnos1.6 
 7. Blakes, Enosis1.5 
 8. Parks, Keravnos1.4 
 9. Burnatowski, Apoel1.3 
 10. Jaxen, Etha1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.1 
 2. Mobley, Apoel0.9 
 3. Suleiman, Apollon0.9 
 4. OBrien, Keravnos0.6 
 5. Burnatowski, Apoel0.6 
 6. Parks, Keravnos0.6 
 7. Ortiz, Etha0.6 
 8. Trisokkas, AEK0.5 
 9. Brezec, AEK0.4 
 10. Dasic, AEK0.4 


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

We bring you last week's top performances from Cypriots 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 former U16 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. Vezenkov played for the Cypriot U16 national team seven years ago.

Andreas Christodoulou
Andreas Christodoulou
   #2. Second place goes to former U16 international small forward Andreas Christodoulou (197-95, currently plays in Greece). He could not help AGOR (12-13) to beat Panathinaikos (24-1). Christodoulou recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. AGOR was crushed 101-74 at home by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Christodoulou's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 66.7% in 25 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Greek. Christodoulou played for the Cypriot U16 national team in 2011.

Christopher Razis
Christopher Razis
   #3. The Cypriot player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Christopher Razis (194-89, currently plays in Greece) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andreas Christodoulou and both played together in the last Greek A1 game. Razis. He was not able to help AGOR in their game against Panathinaikos (24-1). Razis recorded 5 points. AGOR was crushed 101-74 on their home court in Rethymno by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. This season Razis averages only 1.5ppg, 2FGP: 34.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0%. He has both Cypriot and German nationalities. Ex-Keravnos Strovolou player is also a member of the Cypriot senior national team.

Anthony King
Anthony King
   #4. Power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Koeln Rh.Stars (15-15) in their game against Mitteldeutscher BC (27-3) in the German ProA (second division). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. But Koeln Rh.Stars was badly defeated 84-66 on the road by the leading Mitteldeutscher BC. King's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg. He is a naturalized American. King is also Cypriot national team player. He used to play for InterCollege Etha Engomis in Cypriot league.

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

   #1. Angel Natskin (184-G-93, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Cherno More to a victory over the league outsider Levski (4-19) 84-80 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday. He was the best player in that game. Natskin recorded 20 points and added 4 assists. Cherno More Ticha (6-16) is placed seventh in the NBL. It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Natskin's fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.2apg. Natskin has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite his Cypriot passport, Natskin previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cypriot team.

   #2. Matthew Andronicos (208-C/F-91, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Sabres (1-2) 78-63 in the Australian State League (second division) last Friday. Andronicos scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Bendigo Braves (1-1) are placed second in SEABL-South group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Andronicos' first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 10.0ppg and 10.0rpg in two games he played so far. Andronicos is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Australian.

Other top Cypriot players, who play abroad:

Antreas Tretiakov (195-F/G-0) plays for Aris in Greek A1
Rafail Papaioannou (194-C-0) plays for PAOK in Greek A1
Giannis Giannaras (187-G-99) plays for PAOK in Greek A1
Nasos Kyriakou (182-PG-89) plays for Kavala in Greek A2
Elias Daniel (182-G-84) plays for New England Anchors in the ABA
Constantinos Pilakoutas (192-G/F-91) plays for Makedonikos in Greek C
Andreas Angelis (203-C-76) plays for Niki Amarousiou in Greek C
Giorgos Ventouris (188-G-84) plays for Aris Petropoulis in Greek C
Grekas (196-G-95) plays for Agriniou in Greek B

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



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.5 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha17.4 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Thompson, Usti n.15.0 
 8. Skinner, BK Kolin14.6 
 9. Pecka, Usti n.14.5 
 10. Allen, CEZ Nymburk14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.4 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.9.1 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy7.4 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 8. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 9. Bohacik, USK Praha6.5 
 10. Skinner, BK Kolin6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava5.9 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.4 
 5. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Kouril, BK Opava4.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 9. Sotnar, Usti n.4.1 
 10. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.4 
 2. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.3 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava2.1 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 6. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Slezak, Svitavy1.7 
 9. Bannister, Svitavy1.6 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 8. Pecka, Usti n.0.7 
 9. Kvapil, BK Opava0.6 
 10. Jacobs, Prostejov0.6 


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

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

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in Galatasaray's victory against the closely-ranked Brose Baskets (10-20) 84-79 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Schilb scored 16 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes on the court. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (11-19) is placed 12th in the Euroleague. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. This year Schilb averages: 9.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 59.4%(82-138), 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 87.0% in 27 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Schilb is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Turkey). Vesely led Fenerbahce to a victory against the fifth-ranked Banvit (17-8) 86-75 in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. He recorded 11 points. Fenerbahce Istanbul (20-5) is placed first in the BSL. Vesely has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 72.6%(98-135) and FT: 73.6%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in France). Kyzlink could not help JL Bourg (19-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader JL Bourg lost 69-79 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Charleville-Mezieres. Kyzlink was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. This year Kyzlink has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 64.3%, 3FGP: 36.8% in four games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #4. Point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Washington Wizards' victory against the Detroit Pistons (36-44) 105-101 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Satoransky scored 11 points and added 3 assists. The Washington Wizards have a solid 49-32 record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Satoransky's overall stats this season are: 2.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #5. International power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, also represented by Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help La ICL Manresa (4-22) in their last game. Despite Auda's good performance the bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa was crushed 94-73 in Valencia by the leading Basket. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Auda also added 3 steals in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was La ICL Manresa's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Auda's first year with the team. This season Auda's overall stats are: 9.9ppg and 4.3rpg in 19 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Filip Halada
Filip Halada
   #6. Forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia) led Rieker KN to a victory over the closely-ranked Levice (1-11) crushing them 103-74 in the Slovakian SBL on Wednesday night. Halada was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points. MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno (24-16) is placed fifth in the SBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Halada has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Czech Republic team five years ago.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #7. International swingman David Jelinek (195-90, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain) managed to help MoraBanc Andorra in a 3-point victory against the third-ranked CB Canarias (19-8) 85-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Jelinek recorded only 4 points and added 3 passes in 19 minutes. MoraBanc Andorra (14-12) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. It's Jelinek's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.7apg in 26 games. Jelinek is also Czech Republic national team player.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #8. Center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria) helped Raiffeisen Wels win their game against the league outsider Dukes (4-24) 72-69 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points in 23 minutes. WBC Raiffeisen Wels (14-14) are placed fifth in the A Bundesliga. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Chan averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg in 25 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2014.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #9. Former international center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in Estela's victory against the fourth-ranked Easo (17-7) 77-70 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Hampl was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. Igualatorio Cantabria Estela Santander (21-3) is placed first in Group A-A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Hampl averaged so far 13.5ppg and 5.8rpg in 24 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81, currently plays in Slovakia) could not help Handlova (17-23) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Handlova was defeated 80-71 on the road by the leading Kosice. Stria scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Stria's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg.

   #2. Lubos Novy (204-C-91, currently plays in Germany) led Vilsbiburg to a victory over the 11th-ranked Topstar (10-16) crushing them 86-64 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Novy was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. Baskets Vilsbiburg (18-8) is placed second in South-East group. The Regular Season already ended. Novy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Vilsbiburg's roster. Novy has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3apg.

   #3. John Boyer (185-PG-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lubos Novy and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Boyer was the major contributor in Vilsbiburg's victory against the 11th-ranked Topstar (10-16) crushing them 86-64. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 10 passes. Boyer also added 8 rebounds and 6 steals. This season Boyer has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 7.5apg and 5.0spg. Boyer is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Boyer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for BK Decin in Czech Republic league.

   #4. Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Valdiceppo in their game against San Severo (19-9) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Meccoli Matejca cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. The 13th-placed Valdiceppo (8-19) was crushed 82-56 in San Severo by the much higher-ranked (#3) San Severo in the Group D. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Meccoli Matejca's total stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg in 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.



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

BK Pardubice - Svitavy 92-74

BK Pardubice rallied past Svitavy to open the lead in the series. BK Pardubice made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. BK Pardubice outrebounded Basketbal Svitavy 38-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) stepped up and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). BK Pardubice's coach Levell Sanders used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: J.Wall 23+8reb+4ast, D.Burnett 17+3reb+3ast, L.Autrey 15+4reb+3ast, D.Pandula 11+3reb+1ast, K.Svrdlik 7+8reb, R.Necas 7+6reb+3ast
Svitavy: H.Mickelson 18+7reb+2ast, B.Smithson 15+4reb+2ast, J.Jelinek 14+7reb+2ast, B.Roseboro 10+1reb, R.Marko 9+2reb+8ast, J.Vucica 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 543752


BK Decin - BK Kolin 74-60

BK Decin outgunned BK Kolin in the opener. The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and international forward Lukas Palyza (202-89) chipped in 12 points. At the losing side American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Ladislav Horak (205-86) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 14+6reb, L.Palyza 12+4reb+2ast, T.Pomikalek 10+4reb+4ast, J.Krakovic 9+5reb+2ast, J.Houska 9+4reb, L.Bazant 8+7reb+1ast
BK Kolin: A.Ciz 12+2ast, G.Kerr 11+9reb+2ast, L.Horak 11+4reb, D.Machac 7, L.Skinner 6+2reb+1ast, B.Bakic 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 543753


USK Praha - BK Opava 53-82

BK Opava stunned USK Praha in the capital to surge ahead in the series. BK Opava forced 19 USK Praha turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 60.9 percentage. Center Martin Gniadek (203-90) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Five BK Opava players scored in double figures. At the losing side Finnish power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95) responded with 12 points and Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-90) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
BK Opava: M.Gniadek 20+5reb+1ast, R.Kouril 16+3ast, J.Sirina 13+2reb+5ast, F.Zbranek 13+4reb, R.Klecka 11+3reb+2ast, L.Jurecka 5+4reb
USK Praha: A.Madsen 12+4reb+1ast, J.Bohacik 8+5reb+2ast, M.Primorac 8+7reb+1ast, M.Mares 7+1reb+3ast, P.Grunt 6+4reb, P.Safarcik 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 543754


CEZ Nymburk - Usti n/Labem 114-78

CEZ Nymburk toppled Usti n/Labem for 1-0 lead. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to BK Usti nad Labem's 32 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. CEZ Nymburk forced 21 BK Usti nad Labem turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by BK Usti nad Labem's players. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Stephen Holt (193-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and power forward Kenny Hall (206-90, college: Tennessee) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Mikey Thompson (190, college: Boise St.) responded with 23 points and Cory Abercrombie (201-85, college: Independence CC) scored 19 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:
CEZ Nymburk: S.Holt 18+1reb+1ast, T.Meier 15+1reb+1ast, V.Hruban 13+1reb+2ast, P.Benda 13+3reb+1ast, B.Allen 12+4ast, K.Hall 11+6reb+3ast
Usti n/Labem: M.Thompson 23+3reb+3ast, C.Abercrombie 19+4reb, K.Smith 11+7reb+4ast, D.Steffel 8+1reb+1ast, J.Carlton 5+2reb+1ast, L.Pecka 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 543751





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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 IC17.0 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.5 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 9. Dominique, Horsholm15.6 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. McGrew, SI.10.7 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Baru, SISU9.0 
 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, SISU4.5 
 4. Mack, Horsens IC4.4 
 5. Dranginis, SISU4.3 
 6. Gesell, Bakken4.3 
 7. Lundberg, Horse.4.2 
 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.2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 4. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 5. Wilson, SISU1.7 
 6. Akoon-P., Bakken1.7 
 7. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 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. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 5. Diouf, Bakken0.9 
 6. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.9 
 7. Colas, Randers0.8 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 
 9. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 10. Carter, Randers0.7 


Ligaen Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Bakken and Horsens IC earn victories - by Eurobasket News

SISU - Horsens IC 63-66

Horsens IC upset SISU in Copenhagen to even the series at 1-1. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SISU won fourth quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bosnian swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Australian forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and Ivorian forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, college: Charleston) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
SISU: T.McGrew 19+13reb+1ast, A.Baru 18+7reb+1ast, A.Haas 10+4reb+1ast, K.Dranginis 7+5reb+8ast, D.Wilson 5+2reb+4ast, A.Hjorth 4+2reb+2ast
Horsens IC: D.Trist 19+6reb+1ast, V.Borovcanin 15+11reb+4ast, G.Lundberg 9+3reb+2ast, M.Mack 7+5reb+3ast, L.Alexander 7+6reb+2ast, M.Mornar 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543685


Svendborg - Bakken 70-85

Bakken rallied pat Svendborg to open 2-0 lead. Svendborg was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 49-33 second half run of Bakken. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American John Williamson (200-86, college: Cincinnati, agency: Inception Sports) notched 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) supported him with 19 points. Even 23 points and 4 assists by Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) did not help to save the game for Svendborg. Argentinian-Italian point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: H.NaNa 23+3reb+4ast, A.Porta 14+5reb+6ast, D.Moten 10+11reb+2ast, A.Bak 9+3reb+4ast, A.Karason 8+8reb, A.Aboubakar Zaki 4+3reb+1ast
Bakken: J.Williamson 20+5reb+2ast, D.Akoon-Purcell 19+4reb+3ast, N.Iversen 11+4reb+3ast, M.Gesell 8+3reb, T.Laerke 7+7reb+6ast, M.Diouf 5+10reb+2ast
gschID: 543684





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

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

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel). He contributed to a 3-point Hapoel Eilat's victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (17-9) 76-73 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Colman scored 8 points and had 4 steals in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Eilat (16-10) is placed third in the Winner League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Colman's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 35.3% in 22 games he played so far. Colman has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish senior national team nine years ago.

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Darko Jukic (199-90, currently plays in Slovenia). He contributed to a 3-point Krka's victory against the fourth-ranked Un.Olimpija (2-3) 71-68 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Jukic scored 10 points. 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. Jukic's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 62.5%(25-40), 3FGP: 46.4%(13-28). He is in the roster of the Danish senior national team.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden). Plannthin contributed to a Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against the seventh-ranked Nassjo (15-17) 77-73 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. He scored 9 points in 23 minutes. Norrkoping Dolphins (23-9) is placed second in the Basketligan. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Plannthin's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 43.6%, 3FGP: 42.0% in 35 games. He played for the Danish national team two years ago.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #4. Center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Switzerland) could not help Massagno (7-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Massagno (7-15) lost 81-95 on the road to the second-ranked Lausanne in the Places 7-11 group. Bergstedt recorded 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 30 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Bergstedt has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.6apg in 22 games. Bergstedt is also Danish national team player.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #5. International forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the ninth-ranked Palma (17-14) crushing them 88-62 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. 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. So now every game will be important. Gilling's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #6. Guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, 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), despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. Voskuil recorded 11 points in 38 minutes. But Viola RC (#10) was badly defeated 89-73 in Trapani by the higher-ranked (#8) Lighthouse TR in the West group. Voskuil has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg in 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil is an international player who is currently on the senior Danish National Team roster. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #7. Former international power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels in a victory against the eighth-ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (15-15) 84-66 in the German ProA (second division) on Friday night. Larsen recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (27-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Larsen's total stats are: 2.7ppg and 3.2rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Mads Rasmussen (198-G-88, currently plays in Sweden) led Helsingborg to a victory over the fifth-ranked Huddinge (8-9) 92-82 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Sunday night's game. Rasmussen was MVP of the game. He scored 32 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds. Helsingborg BBK (12-7) is placed third in BEHS forts group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Rasmussen has relatively good stats this season: 14.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg.

   #2. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Bulgaria). Tenchev could not help Beroe (9-7) to beat Lukoil Academic Sofia (19-4). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Tenchev recorded only one point. Beroe was defeated 94-79 on the road by the leading Lukoil Academic Sofia. It was Beroe's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tenchev's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 1.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian.

   #3. Marcos Sanz (202-F-86, currently plays in Spain) managed to help C.B. Jovens Almassera Valencia to win against the fourth-ranked Benidorm (7-7) crushing them 72-51 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Sanz scored only 2 points. C.B. Jovens Almassera Valencia (3-13) is placed fifth in Group E Descen. It was his team's first victory after nine consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sanz has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 1.9rpg.



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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.24.9 
 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: 9.5
 1. Magette, Los A.9.5 
 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. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 10. Jones, Santa C.2.1 


Mad Ants come back to force Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, had a 15 point second half lead, but fell to Fort Wayne Monday night, 111-110 in Game 2 of the NBA D-League Playoffs. The series is now tied, 1-1, with the decisive Game 3 slated for Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Portland Expo. Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU, agency: Babcock Sports), on assignment from the Boston Celtics, led Maine with 27 points (11-16 FG) and 13 rebounds. Mickey is shooting 23 for 35 in the series. Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) added 19 points for Maine, while Celtics 1st Round Draft pick Guerschon Yabusele (6'7''-PF-95) led the bench with 18 points (7-14 FG), 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Jalen Jones added 18 points, and Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame), also on assignment from the Celtics, scored 15 points and added 10 assists. Tyler Hansbrough led Fort Wayne with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Mickey opened the scoring up for Maine connecting on a running floater and then making a pair of free throws after being fouled by Tyler Hansbrough. Georges Niang (6'8''-F-93, college: Iowa St.), who was on assignment from the Indiana Pacers, made a turnaround shot in the paint that gave the Mad Ants their first lead of the night, 6-4. Halfway through the quarter Maine trailed Fort Wayne 11-10. Yabusele, making his home debut for the Red Claws, gave the lead back to Maine late in the quarter with a layup and the free throw, Maine led 19-17. Maine closed the quarter with a 9-7 run, leading Fort Wayne 28-24 going to the 2nd quarter. Mickey and Yabusele led the Claws with 8 points each. In the 2nd quarter, Arthur Edwards (6'6''-G, college: Alabama) nailed a three pointer at the top of the key to give a 7 point lead back to Maine, 31-24. Jones hammered home a dunk over Hansbrough that gave Maine an 8-point lead with just over three played in the quarter, the score was 37-29. Yabusele continued to produce off the bench, scoring a layup on a nice assist from Jones, giving Maine a 45-37 lead with just under 6:00 to play in the half. Mickey made a three on a dish from Demetrius Jackson, also on assignment from Boston, which gave Maine a 10-point lead with under 3:00 to play in the half, 57-47. The score was 59-51 at the half. Mickey led Maine with 19 points, while Jones and Yabusele both added 10 points. In the 3rd quarter, Nader kicked Maine's scoring off with a three pointer at the shot clock buzzer, giving the Red Claws aa 62-52 lead. Nader scored again on a tough fade away layup, on which he was also fouled, connecting on the free throw, making the score 67-58 Maine. Yabusele converted on a layup for his first basket of the 2nd half, Maine led 74-64. Mickey hit a turnaround hook shot over Hansbrough to push Maine's lead to 13, 80-67. Jackson cut down under the basket and Yabusele found him all alone for an easy lay in, giving Maine a 13-point lead, 88-75. Maine led Fort Wayne 88-77 heading to the fourth and final quarter. In the final quarter, Mickey made another turn around hook shot, giving him his 25th point, and Maine another 13-point lead, 90-77. Edwards nailed a corner three on a dish from Jones that would give Maine yet another 13-point lead, 93-80. Hansbrough stole the ball and made a layup which would cut the Maine lead to 7, 93-86 with just under 9:00 to play. After a layup from Niang, the Maine lead was 6-points, 96-90. Halfway through the quarter, Maine's lead dropped down to 1 point, 98-97 after a three pointer from Travis Leslie. Jones drained a deep three for Maine on the kick out from Jackson, giving Maine a 103-99 lead. After a goaltending call against Maine, Fort Wayne was back to being down by 1, 108-107. With 47 seconds to play, Trey McKinney-Jones made two free throws, bringing the Maine lead back to 1, 110-109. McKinney-Jones went to the line again for the Mad Ants, this time giving them their first lead since the 1st quarter, 111-110. Maine led throughout most of the game, but fell behind in the closing seconds and could not comeback, falling to Fort Wayne 111-110. Maine finished the night 42/84 (50%) from the floor, shooting 11/31 (35.5%) from downtown, and going 15/20 from the free throw line. Fort Wayne was 39/88 (44.3%) from the floor, 4/16 (25%) from deep, and 29/32 from the line.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Vipers advance to Conference Finals - by Eurobasket News

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, NBA D-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets, eliminated Los Angeles D-Fenders from playoffs with a 140-127 win in game 3 of the series. On assignment from the Washington Wizards, Sheldon McClellan (6'5''-G-92, college: Miami, FL) finished the night with 33 points. Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) added another 28 points while Chris Walker collected 12 rebounds. Josh Magette scored 30 points for Los Angeles. Although the Vipers held a 10-point lead at one point during the opening quarter, the first quarter ended with the Vipers trailing by one point. David Nwaba (6'4''-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) reached double-digit scoring in the nine minutes that he played in the first quarter to give the D-Fenders a 34-35 lead. The RGV Vipers found their rhythm in the second quarter. Sheldon put on a show and scored 16 points from a five of six shooting. The Vipers ran away with the lead and finished the first half up 79-61. Behind Josh Magette's 12 points, Los Angeles started cutting into the deficit and finished the third quarter down 105-94. With a minute and three seconds left to play in the game, the D-Fenders were able to cut down the Vipers' lead to just five points. Jarvis Threatt scored on a layup in the next play that was matched by a Josh Magette layup. The D-Fenders kept sending Kyle Wiltjer, Morris, and McClellan to the free-throw line and the Vipers showed no mercy to seal the win. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers will play next against Oklahoma City Blue in the second round of playoffs.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Veterans Fast Cash Prowlers Secure President's Cup Trophy - by Eurobasket News

The gloomy sky and sprinkles threatened to put a damper on the final of the President's Cup this weekend, but the show went on as planned. After having the first game between the St Mary's Academy and 767 Sports Under-17 teams called off with minutes left in the fourth due to rain (SMA was declared the winner 52 to 27), nobody was sure if the final would take place. But, to the delight of all the fans gathered, the veteran Fast Cash Prowlers, led by Julien Isles and Bernard Mills, tipped off against the youthful exuberance of the PSC Falcons at Massacre. The Falcons seemed to have the upper hand to start the game, but the Prowlers worked hard to put to rest any claims that the youthfulness of their opponents could out play or out last their experience. With less than a minute left in the fourth quarter, coming out of a time out, the Prowlers continued to play smart, composed basketball, pulling out the win 82 to 74. Julien Isles scored 29 points, Ronald Bruno 14 and Bernard Mills 13. In a losing, but impressive effort for Falcons, Kijuan Thomas had 26, and Peter Ricketts 17. Week one of the regular season will tip off on Wednesday at 7pm as the D-Tread Blazers and Thunderers go head to head in both Division 1 and Premier games. On Thursday, it will be the PSC Falcons playing 767 Sports at 7pm followed by Digicel Cloud against Lindo Park X-Men. All games will be played at Massacre.
Courtesy of: dominicabasketball.com



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

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). Mejia could not help Tofas (10-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Tofas was edged 95-94 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) Besiktas. Mejia was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds and 7 assists in 41 minutes on the court. It was Tofas' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Mejia has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 62.1%(82-132), 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 73.6% in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Ariza led Houston Rockets to a victory against the Denver Nuggets (39-42) 110-104 in the NBA last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Houston Rockets have a solid 54-27 record this season. Ariza's team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. Ariza has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 11.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 55.7%(132-237), 3FGP: 34.5% and FT: 74.2%. Ariza is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Mataro (9-15) in their last game. Despite Cabrera's very good performance the 13th-placed Mataro (9-15) was crushed 92-71 on the road by the leading Martorell in the Group C-A. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 14 rebounds in 34 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Cabrera's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(52-91) and FT: 62.2% in 13 games. He played for the Dominican Republic national team eleven years ago.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. Shooting guard Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Poitiers (14-13) in their game against SPO Rouen (12-14) in the French ProB (second division). Greer scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Poitiers was defeated 90-81 on their home court in Poitiers by the lower-ranked SPO Rouen (#12). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. It's Greer's fourth season with the team. His total stats this year are: 3.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Gregorio Adon
Gregorio Adon
   #5. Former U17 international forward Gregorio Adon (198-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Marin (7-24) in their game against Oviedo CB (20-11) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Adon recorded only one point. The bottom-ranked Marin was crushed 89-55 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Oviedo_CB (#4). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Adon's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-50) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-50) were edged 110-109 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. Towns had a double-double by scoring 40 points and getting 21 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 41 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Towns' second season in pro basketball. It was Timberwolves' fifth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Towns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 25.1ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3bpg in 81 games he played so far. Towns has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help GECR Indalo (24-23) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Vargas' very good performance the fourth-placed GECR Indalo (24-23) was edged 77-76 at home by the higher-ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in the Sur group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Vargas also added 4 blocks. Vargas has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg and 7.8rpg.

   #3. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville, currently plays in Lebanon) was the major contributor in a Al Riyadi's victory against the fourth-ranked Champville (9-14) 93-76 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Thursday night. He scored 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first in Group B. So far his team won all six games in the Second Stage. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Sosa has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.2apg and 1.4spg in five games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Sosa used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #4. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Greece) led Panathinaikos to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked AGOR (12-13) crushing them 101-74 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. He recorded 14 points. Panathinaikos Athens (24-1) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Feldeine averages: 8.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.9apg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Strangely Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led Boston Celtics to a victory against the Brooklyn Nets (20-61) 114-105 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 19 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes. The Boston Celtics have a solid 52-29 record this season. Horford's team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Horford has very impressive stats this year: 14.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3bpg in 67 games.

   #6. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92, currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Santeros to a 3-point victory over the ninth-ranked Indios 73-70 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Mendoza recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks (made all of his six free throws). This season Mendoza has very high stats. He averages: 21.7ppg, 9.7rpg and 2.0apg.

   #7. Sadiel Rojas (197-G/F-89, college: Okla.Wesleyan, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia (10-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance UCAM Murcia was crushed 109-84 in Madrid by the second-ranked Movil Estudiantes. Rojas recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year Rojas' overall stats are: 5.1ppg and 5.6rpg in 26 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Rojas used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #8. Antonio Pena (204-PF-86, college: Villanova, currently plays in Venezuela) couldn't help Marinos in their game against Cocodrilos in the Venezuelan LPB. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Pena has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Pena used to play for Reales de La Vega in Dominican Republic league.

   #9. Victor Liz (188-SG-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions, currently plays in Puerto Rico) couldn't help Leones in their game against Santeros in the Puerto Rican BSN, despite his very good performance last Saturday. He scored 16 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls in 34 minutes. But his team was edged 75-74. Liz has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg in three games.

   #10. Emmanuel Andujar (198-F-93, college: Manhattan, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rigoberto Mendoza. He played also in the last Puerto Rican BSN game facing Victor Liz (above) in the other team. Andujar contributed to a 1-point Santeros' victory against the eighth-ranked Leones 75-74. He scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Andujar's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.7apg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Interesting that Andujar has never played in Dominican Republic.



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Denver-FAS San Salvador lands Donald Lawes, ex Khovd AA - by Eurobasket News

Denver-FAS San Salvador (Liga MB) tabbed 28-year old American center Donald Lawes (201-98kg-89, college: Farmingdale State). He played recently at Khovd Altain Argali in Mongolian Superleague. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Mongolian Superleague All-Star Game. Lawes also spent pre-season at BC Mess (N2) in Luxembourg league that year. He was also tried-out by Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga where in two Superleague games he averaged 6.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0apg this season.
Lawes received All-Skyline Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2014 at his college time.
Lawes is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Lawes has played previously professionally in Germany (Westfalen Mustangs), Kosovo (Kastrioti), Mexico (Vaqueros) and Bolivia (Pichincha).
He attended Farmingdale State until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Brandon Thompson (ex Al Wehda) agreed terms with Arcense - by Eurobasket News

Arcense Biomedical BC (Liga MB) inked American guard Brandon Thompson (193, college: Huston-Tillotson). He played recently at Al Wehda in Saudi Arabian SBL league.
Thompson received All-RRAC 2nd Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Thompson graduated from Huston-Tillotson University in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in 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)



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.19.2 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.7 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.8 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.16.4 
 6. Olmre, TTU16.4 
 7. Seskus, Parnu15.4 
 8. Post, Tarvas15.4 
 9. Strupovics, Valga14.8 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.6 
 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. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.6.4 
 10. Raadik, Valga6.4 
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. Bratoz, Rapla3.9 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 8. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.4 
 9. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 10. Saage, TL.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.1 
 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. Kaldre, Noorteliiga1.5 
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. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 5. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 6. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 7. Kok, Rapla0.7 
 8. Saks, TL.0.6 
 9. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 10. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.6 



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Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division B Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division B 1st Team 2017
Pyry Rainamaa
Rainamaa
Eero Innamaa
Innamaa
De'Andre Upchurch
Upchurch
Sean Harris
Harris
Mikael Sandberg
Sandberg

Finals MVP: Pyry Rainamaa (194-G-90) of PuHu Juniorit
Player of the Year: De'Andre Upchurch (188-G-91) of HyPo
Guard of the Year: De'Andre Upchurch (188-G-91) of HyPo
Forward of the Year: Sean Harris (201-F) of Ura Basket
Center of the Year: Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) of TuNMKY
Import Player of the Year: De'Andre Upchurch (188-G-91) of HyPo
Domestic Player of the Year: Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) of TuNMKY
Defensive Player of the Year: Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) of TuNMKY
Coach of the Year: Kristian Palotie of PuHu Juniorit

1st Team
G: Pyry Rainamaa (194-G-90) of PuHu Juniorit
G: Eero Innamaa (186-G-98) of TuNMKY
G: De'Andre Upchurch (188-G-91) of HyPo
F: Sean Harris (201-F) of Ura Basket
C: Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) of TuNMKY

2nd Team
PG: Janne Kinnunen (185-PG-87) of Karkkila
G: Eero Lehtinen (194-G-85) of PuHu Juniorit
G: Eero Sahlberg (188-G-90) of PuHu Juniorit
G/F: Teemu Knihtinen (195-G/F-98) of Kouvot
F: Ilkka Blomqvist (196-F-84) of HyPo

Honorable Mention
Tomi Lommi (193-F-96) of TuNMKY
Ville Hanninen (193-G-95) of Ura Basket
Joshua Gouch (196-G-91) of Espoo Basket
Baboucarr Ceesay (197-C-94) of Espoo Basket
Antti Keski-Koukkari (192-F/G-90) of Raholan Pyrkiva
Tommi Rasi (184-G-98) of Raholan Pyrkiva
Otso Laakkonen (198-C-93) of HNMKY U23
Tiel Daniels (200-F-92) of Salon Vilpas
Alexei Ekimov (210-F/C-81) of JyWe
Aleksi Kantonen (188-G-95) of JyWe
Miika Heinonen (193-G-99) of Munkkiniemen
Hannes Koskinen (198-F/G-98) of Karkkila
Henri Kantonen (197-G-97) of Kouvot
Karl Engelvuori (191-F-95) of Namika Lr

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Janne Kinnunen (185-PG-87) of Karkkila
G: Pyry Rainamaa (194-G-90) of PuHu Juniorit
G: Eero Innamaa (186-G-98) of TuNMKY
F: Ilkka Blomqvist (196-F-84) of HyPo
C: Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) of TuNMKY

All-Imports Team
G: De'Andre Upchurch (188-G-91) of HyPo
G: Joshua Gouch (196-G-91) of Espoo Basket
F/G: Justice Graham (198-F/G-79) of Espoo Basket
F: Sean Harris (201-F) of Ura Basket
F: Tiel Daniels (200-F-92) of Salon Vilpas



Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division A Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A 1st Team 2017
Rashad Smith
Smith
Omar Calhoun
Calhoun
Cedric Latimer
Latimer
Demondre Harvey
Harvey
Jerald Fields
Fields

Finals MVP: Omar Calhoun (198-G-93) of Espoo United
Player of the Year: Omar Calhoun (198-G-93) of Espoo United
Guard of the Year: Omar Calhoun (198-G-93) of Espoo United
Forward of the Year: Demondre Harvey (201-F-93) of Oulun NMKY
Center of the Year: Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82) of Lahti
Import Player of the Year: Omar Calhoun (198-G-93) of Espoo United
Domestic Player of the Year: Cedric Latimer (198-F-87) of ToPo
Defensive Player of the Year: Robert Juvonen (185-PG-91) of Jyvaskyla BA
Coach of the Year: Ville Neva of Espoo United

1st Team
G: Rashad Smith (201-G-93) of Lahti
G: Omar Calhoun (198-G-93) of Espoo United
F: Cedric Latimer (198-F-87) of ToPo
F: Demondre Harvey (201-F-93) of Oulun NMKY
F/C: Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82) of Lahti

2nd Team
PG: Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) of HBA-Marsky
G: Emil Djeen (183-G-94) of ToPo
G: Zach Stahl (196-G) of Oulun NMKY
F: Levi Giese (206-F-90) of Porvoon Tarmo
C: Hannes Polla (212-C-98) of HBA-Marsky

Honorable Mention
Robert Juvonen (185-PG-91) of Jyvaskyla BA
Cameron Clark (190-G-93) of Porvoon Tarmo
Jeb Ivey (190-PG-80) of Espoo United
Lassi Nikkarinen (184-PG-97) of HBA-Marsky
Teemu Sulonen (188-G/F-94) of FoKoPo
Roderick Flemings (203-F/G-87) of FoKoPo
Bruce Reed (202-F-90) of FoKoPo
Sami Ikavalko (187-G-89) of Lahti
Arsene Towa (191-F-81) of Jarvenpaa

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) of HBA-Marsky
G: Emil Djeen (183-G-94) of ToPo
PG: Robert Juvonen (185-PG-91) of Jyvaskyla BA
F: Cedric Latimer (198-F-87) of ToPo
C: Hannes Polla (212-C-98) of HBA-Marsky

All-Imports Team
G: Rashad Smith (201-G-93) of Lahti
G: Omar Calhoun (198-G-93) of Espoo United
G: Zach Stahl (196-G) of Oulun NMKY
F: Demondre Harvey (201-F-93) of Oulun NMKY
F/C: Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82) of Lahti



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Clark, Chalon18.8 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.8 
 3. Gibson, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.6 
 5. Prepelic, Limoges15.7 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.7 
 7. Dorsey, Le Portel14.5 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans14.4 
 9. Young, Chalons-.14.2 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Fall, Chalon8.9 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.8 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.1 
 4. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.0 
 5. Donaldson, Le Po.7.5 
 6. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel7.1 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
 10. Watkins, AS.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.1 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.4 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.0 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.8 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.7 
 6. Bost, Monaco5.1 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.1 
 8. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
 9. Eito, Orleans4.4 
 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. Holston, Dijon1.9 
 3. Wood, Limoges1.9 
 4. Eito, Orleans1.8 
 5. Payne, Chalons-.1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Henry, Gravelines1.5 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel1.4 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
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. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 5. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 6. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 
 8. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.9 
 9. Fair, Limoges0.9 
 10. Hassell, Le Portel0.9 


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)



ProA Round 27: No surprise as #1 Monaco defeats Entente Orleans 45 - by Eurobasket News

ProA top team - Monaco (24-3) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat sixteenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (8-19) 78-74. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-74. Monaco outrebounded Entente Orleans 45 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Azerbaijani forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was British center Gabriel Olaseni (211-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Monaco have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-3 record. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Antibes. Monaco are looking forward to face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Entente Orleans 45 will play against JSF Nanterre (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Sixteenth-ranked Olympique Antibes (8-19) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (19-8). The visitors from Pau managed to secure only one-point victory 93-92. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. DJ Cooper accounted for 20 points and 8 assists. American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists for Olympique Antibes in the defeat. Olympique Antibes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to third place. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Orleans. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against league's leader Monaco at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olympique Antibes will play against Chalons-Reims (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Reims between Limoges CSP Elite and Chalons-Reims. Tenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (13-14) got a very close victory on the road over 13th ranked Chalons-Reims (9-18). Limoges CSP Elite managed to escape with a 2-point win 84-82 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Klemen Prepelic who scored 18 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Nicolas de-Jong who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to ninth place, which they share with ASVEL. Chalons-Reims lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will meet at home Le Mans (#11) in the next round. Chalons-Reims will play against Olympique Antibes (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Le Mans where 11th ranked Le Mans (11-16) was upset on its own court by fourteenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-17) 80-64. It was a good game for Trevis Simpson who led his team to a victory with 22 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hyeres-Toulon moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Cholet and Dijon. Le Mans lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Cholet where 4th placed JSF Nanterre (18-9) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Cholet Basket (10-17) 85-54 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. It was a great evening for M.J. Rhett who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cholet Basket moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Dijon and Hyeres-Toulon. Loser JSF Nanterre keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Cholet Basket will face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JSF Nanterre will play against Entente Orleans 45 and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27: Gravelines was destroyed by Paris-Levallois on the opponent's court 98-79. Bottom-ranked Nancy was outscored by Chalon in a home game 74-106. ASVEL was rolled over Le Portel on the road 82-58. Dijon was defeated by Strasbourg on its own court 67-81.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 7 rebounds by Jason Rich of Paris-Levallois.

Paris-Levallois - Gravelines 98-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque's (15-12) road loss to sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (17-10) 79-98 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Paris-Levallois. Gravelines-Dunkerque was better in second period 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paris-Levallois dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Gravelines-Dunkerque's 34. It was a great evening for American guard Jason Rich (191-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international center Vincent Poirier (210-93) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Kyle Gibson (196-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: BeoBasket) scored 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Paris-Levallois maintains sixth place with 17-10 record. Loser Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Paris-Levallois will face Hyeres-Toulon (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Sluc Nancy (#18) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: J.Rich 27+7reb+3ast, V.Poirier 14+6reb, L.Labeyrie 14+5reb+1ast, T.Harris 13+6reb, L.Sane 11+2reb+2ast, L.Campbell 9+7ast
Gravelines: K.Gibson 18+1reb+2ast, R.Solomon 16+11reb+2ast, J.Djimrabaye 7+1reb, R.Jomby 7+1reb, J.Cobbs 7+2reb+7ast, S.Henry 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 486058


Nancy - Chalon 74-106

Very predictable result when second ranked Chalon/Saor (20-7) smashed on the road bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (6-21) 106-74 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Chalon/Saor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sluc Nancy's 32. They outrebounded Sluc Nancy 41-24 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a great evening for American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) helped adding 20 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. The best for the losing side was American-Montenegrin point guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) with 15 points and 8 assists and Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Five Chalon/Saor and four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Chalon/Saor. They maintain second place with 20-7 record having four points less than leader Monaco. Sluc Nancy lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost. Chalon/Saor will face Le Portel (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Sluc Nancy will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chalon: C.Clark 27+8reb+7ast, J.Roberson 20+7reb+10ast, M.Fall 17+12reb+3ast, J.Nzeulie 14+3reb+4ast, L.Harris 12+2reb+2ast, A.Bouteille 7+5reb
Nancy: B.Rush 15+1reb+8ast, M.Trasolini 13+5reb+1ast, A.M'Baye 11+1reb+1ast, E.Ere 10+4reb+1ast, D.Mallet 8, E.Brown 4+3reb+7ast
gschID: 486057


Le Portel - ASVEL 82-58

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Le Portel and 8th ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket had identical 13-13 record. This time Le Portel used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Villeurbanne 82-58 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-58. Le Portel dominated on the defensive end, holding ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. Le Portel looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) helped adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse, agency: Inception Sports) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and American-Serbian guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) scored 10 points and 4 assists. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Le Portel. They moved-up to eighth place. Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Le Portel will face league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against JDA Dijon (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: G.Chathuant 16+3reb+1ast, J.Donaldson 15+10reb+2ast, F.Hassell 13+13reb+2ast, D.Dorsey 13+1reb+8ast, J.Begarin 8+5reb+3ast, B.Mangin 7+1reb+5ast
ASVEL: D.Watkins 13+11reb+1ast, D.Nelson 10+3reb+4ast, L.Jean-Charles 8+4reb+1ast, D.Andersen 7+1reb, C.Ware 7+1reb+7ast, W.Hodge 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 486056


Le Mans - Hyeres-Toulon 64-80

An interesting game took place in Le Mans where 11th ranked Le Mans (11-16) was upset on its own court by fourteenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-17) 80-64. Le Mans was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 53-32 second half run of Hyeres-Toulon. It was a good game for American swingman Trevis Simpson (193-91, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with 22 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international center Ferdinand Prenom (203-91) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. The former international Mickael Gelabale (202-83, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 12 points and the former international Wilfried Yeguete (201-91, college: Florida, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Le Mans. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hyeres-Toulon moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Cholet and Dijon. Le Mans lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: T.Simpson 22+4reb+1ast, F.Prenom 13+7reb+1ast, M.Acker 9+6ast, W.Howard 8+6reb+1ast, D.Michineau 8+1reb+4ast, P.Carter 7+6reb+2ast
Le Mans: M.Gelabale 12+4reb+1ast, S.Shorter 12+3reb, R.Pearson 8+4reb+3ast, W.Yeguete 8+7reb+1ast, L.Konate 6+3reb+1ast, G.Watson 5+1ast
gschID: 486055


Dijon - Strasbourg 67-81

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Strasbourg IG (18-9) beat on the road 12th ranked JDA Dijon (10-17) 81-67 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Strasbourg IG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for the former international guard Paul Lacombe (195-90, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Point guard Frank Ntilikina (196-98) helped adding 10 points and 6 assists. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) with 11 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard David Holston (168-86, college: Chicago St.) scored 16 points. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Strasbourg IG. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nanterre. Loser JDA Dijon keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Strasbourg IG will face Cholet Basket (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JDA Dijon will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: A.Slaughter 17+1reb+1ast, P.Lacombe 17+2reb+4ast, F.Ntilikina 10+4reb+6ast, M.Jaiteh 9+5reb, M.Howard 9+7reb+2ast, R.Travis 6+3reb+4ast
Dijon: D.Holston 16+2ast, J.Alingue 11+7reb+1ast, B.Peterson 10+5reb+2ast, I.Miles 8+1reb, R.Brooks 8+3reb+2ast, M.Judith 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 486054


Cholet - Nanterre 85-54

An interesting game took place in Cholet where 4th placed JSF Nanterre (18-9) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Cholet Basket (10-17) 85-54 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. The game without a history. Cholet Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Cholet Basket outrebounded JSF Nanterre 42-21 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. JSF Nanterre was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Dominican M.J. Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Center Jerry Boutsiele (207-92) helped adding 9 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) with 9 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Brian Conklin (198-89, college: St.Louis) scored 13 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. Cholet Basket moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Dijon and Hyeres-Toulon. Loser JSF Nanterre keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Cholet Basket will face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JSF Nanterre will play against Entente Orleans 45 and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cholet: G.Bell 15+3reb, J.Rousselle 14+6ast, M.Rhett 11+10reb+1ast, J.Boutsiele 9+10reb+2ast, I.Almeida 8+7reb+3ast, D.Noel 7+1reb
Nanterre: B.Conklin 13+2reb, C.Warren 9+1reb+5ast, M.Riley 8+2reb+1ast, S.Butterfield 7+3reb, H.Invernizzi 5+4reb+1ast, T.Zanna 4+2reb
gschID: 486053


Chalons-Reims - Limoges 82-84

A very close game took place in Reims between Limoges CSP Elite and Chalons-Reims. Tenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (13-14) got a very close victory on the road over 13th ranked Chalons-Reims (9-18). Limoges CSP Elite managed to escape with a 2-point win 84-82 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-82. The best player for the winners was Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. American forward CJ Fair (203-91, college: Syracuse) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Dutch center Nicolas de-Jong (210-88) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to ninth place, which they share with ASVEL. Chalons-Reims lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will meet at home Le Mans (#11) in the next round. Chalons-Reims will play against Olympique Antibes (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.Prepelic 18+3reb+4ast, C.Fair 17+6reb+1ast, J.Randle 13+1reb+1ast, D.Wood 12+3reb+6ast, O.Camara 9+6reb, W.Buford 9+3reb
Chalons-Reims: T.Cain 14+7reb+2ast, N.de Jong 14+10reb+2ast, S.Smith 13+2reb+2ast, A.Young 11+5reb+1ast, M.Payne 9+3reb+3ast, M.Souleyman Diabate 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 486052


Monaco - Orleans 78-74

ProA top team - Monaco (24-3) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat sixteenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (8-19) 78-74. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-74. Monaco outrebounded Entente Orleans 45 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Azerbaijani forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was British center Gabriel Olaseni (211-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) with 13 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Monaco have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-3 record. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Antibes. Monaco are looking forward to face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Entente Orleans 45 will play against JSF Nanterre (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Monaco: D.Bost 17+6reb+4ast, J.Aboudou 14+5reb, P.Rigot 14+3reb, N.Caner-Medley 14+5reb+2ast, A.Sy 7+4reb+3ast, B.Fofana 6+8reb+2ast
Orleans: K.McAlarney 16+1reb+1ast, M.Downs 13+2reb+2ast, G.Olaseni 13+7reb, J.Prince 11+1reb+4ast, M.Sommerville 9+4reb+1ast, G.Joseph 5+4reb+1ast
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Antibes - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 92-93

Sixteenth-ranked Olympique Antibes (8-19) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (19-8). The visitors from Pau managed to secure only one-point victory 93-92. However their fans expected much easier game. Olympique Antibes was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) accounted for 20 points and 8 assists for the winning side. American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists and American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) added 17 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Olympique Antibes in the defeat. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez and five Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. Olympique Antibes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to third place. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Orleans. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against league's leader Monaco at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olympique Antibes will play against Chalons-Reims (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: V.Chikoko 21+6reb+1ast, D.Cooper 20+4reb+8ast, T.Dean 18+11reb+5ast, A.Koffi 16+10reb, J.Mipoka 6+4reb+2ast, C.Carne 6+2reb+2ast
Antibes: J.Blassingame 17+5reb+13ast, T.Blue 17+7reb+1ast, C.Otule 17+12reb, M.Kouguere 11+7reb+1ast, I.Cordinier 10+2reb+1ast, W.Solomon 6+3reb+3ast
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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah to undergo shoulder surgery - by Eurobasket News

Knicks center Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida)'s lost season got even worse on Tuesday with reports that he will require surgery for a torn left rotator cuff. The Vertical first reported the news, which comes after Noah was already sidelined following knee surgery in January, and eight games into a 20-game suspension levied by the NBA for using a banned supplement. Noah will reportedly need up to six months of rehabilitation. Noah has had issues with the shoulder before, one of the reasons he's played more than 67 games just three times in 10 seasons. The long-time Bull averaged 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds after signing a four year, $72-million contract with the Knicks.
Courtesy of: nba.com



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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Gostivar finishes as first place, Radovis and Karpos Sokoli chasing the second place in Second League - by Dragan Ristov

Two more rounds are left in the Second Macedonian league. It is known from before that Gostivar will finish as first and grabbed the promotion for next season. The second place and the second promotion may be decided next round. Karpos Sokoli is hosting the ambitious team of Radovis. Radovis has 9 matches winning streak, and if they win next one they will secure the second spot before the final round. Feniks and Angeli will be relegated to the Third league next season. Both teams has no chances in moving forward at the table.


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Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi18.2 
 2. Allen, Mgzavrebi17.2 
 3. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.5 
 4. Rogava, Olimpi16.3 
 5. Lathan, Sokhumi16.3 
 6. Jintcharadze, Bat.16.1 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.0 
 8. Florveus, Cactus T.14.6 
 9. Chikviladze, Cactus T.14.2 
 10. Lezhava, Batumi14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.9 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.2 
 4. Spagnolo, Rustavi9.1 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi8.7 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.4 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.8 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.6 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.6 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Charlie LEE
  Rustavi
  (175-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Lee, Rustavi6.3 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.0 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.2 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 5. Lezhava, Batumi4.1 
 6. Berishvili, Dinamo T.4.0 
 7. Rogava, Olimpi4.0 
 8. Chikviladze, Cactus T.3.9 
 9. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.8 
 10. Pashaev, Kutaisi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.3 
 2. Burnette, Olimpi2.6 
 3. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.1 
 4. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi2.0 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi2.0 
 6. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
 7. Baqradze, Olimpi1.7 
 8. Tsekvava, Kutaisi1.5 
 9. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.5 
 10. Lee, Rustavi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Kutaisi
  (207-PF-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 2. Florveus, Cactus T.1.7 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.6 
 4. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.5 
 5. Tubak, Kutaisi1.3 
 6. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 7. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.2 
 8. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.0 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi0.9 



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  GERMANY  


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.



Garrett Jefferson (Cottbus) My Drive To Move Up The Ranks Is Tremendous - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Garrett Jefferson (190-G-91, college: Cal.Baptist) is a 25 year old 190cm guard from Lakewoon, California playing for German team Cottbus in the Regionalliga 2. He started his basketball career at Citrus and then played 61 NCAA games with Hawaii (NCAA). For his senior year he moved to Cal.Baptist (NCAA2) playing 28 games averaging 7.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.4%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 69.8%. As a professional player he has played with the Pontiac 66ers (MPBA) and Ejercito (Peru-LBL). He spoke to eurobasket about his basketball career.

Garrett thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how is your basketball life treating you at the moment?

Thanks for having me, I am currently in Cottbus Germany playing in the 2.Regionalliga for the 'White Devils' of Cottbus. My basketball life is treating me well. I am out here trying to prove myself and make the most of my opportunity.


You finished school in 2014 and have had a hard time finding jobs as a professional. Last year you played briefly in Peru and since December are in Germany playing the game you love for the BBC White Devils Cottbus (Germany-2.Regionalliga). What is the greatest thing for you about having a job as a professional basketball player in Germany?

I think the greatest thing about have a job as a professional basketball player in Germany is just simply having the opportunity to play. I know many people are waiting on opportunities and working hard, and I think it's a blessing to play at any level with the chance of advancement.


Your playing in the fifth league in Germany for the BBC White Devils Cottbus (Germany-2.Regionalliga). How big is your drive to be that next great Cinderella story about a player continuing to move up the ranks with his game?

I would say my drive is tremendous. I just want to keep improving my game and prove to people that I am a good player who cannot only play in the higher leagues, but become one of the top guys in the top leagues. At this point I believe any team that takes a chance on me will be getting a hidden gem and the opportunity to prove that would be amazing.


When you see your friends that are professional players playing around the world in higher leagues and compare them to your play, what do you feel is still missing in your game that will get you there in the future?

I am a big believer in taking advantage of your opportunities, and I know as long as I keep God first and keep improving my game the opportunities to play in those higher leagues will come.


The start of BBC White Devils Cottbus (Germany-2.Regionalliga) was horrible as you went 0-8, but since them have regrouped and have a 8-10 record. What was key to turning the season around?

When I arrived we were 0-8 and I think I was able to provide energy, confidence, and some added leadership to help turn things around, and give us momentum going in the right direction.


The club is mostly filled with Germans and there are only two imports with you and Yuriy Vasylyev who is from the Ukraine. What kind of experience has it been for you playing with German players?

I have really enjoyed my experience playing with Yuriy and all the German players. Its been great I been able to learn some of the differences between the European game and the American game of basketball.

Do you sense they really look up to you as a role model mainly because you are American and have played at a high level at the NCAA?

The young guys might look up to me, but I'm not sure and if so I don't think its because of where I played but the type of teammate I am to them.


You are averaging 27,7ppg, 13,2rpg,6,1apg and 3,8spg. Does it feel like you are a man among boys this season?

It's a blessing for me to have this opportunity to play and I am just trying to do whatever the team needs me to do so that we can win games. Sometimes it may be scoring, while other times it could be passing, rebounding, or guarding the other teams target player. The stats are good, but to me the win is the most important thing.


You are a 190cm guard that is averaging center like stats. What has been the difference in your play in the paint that has allowed a 190cm guard to dominate so much an area that usually isn't the home of a guard?

I think its just extra effort and playing as hard as I possibly can and I think it is resulting in a lot of extra opportunities for the team and me.


You can fill up the stat sheet like no other, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away?

I think my leadership and the ability to be a great teammate may get overlooked right away. The reason being is if your not at practice those things are tough to see, but I believe that those two things are extremely important on a team.


What has been the biggest wake up call for you in your first season in Germany where you know that you are far away from home?

I would say the biggest wake up call for me in my first season in Germany where I knew I wasn't home was the weather. I am from Southern California and use to warm weather so living in the cold and buying a coat was quite an adjustment for me.

What is the next step for you as a professional? The only way is up? Do you feel like you would like to stay in Germany since you have made a name for yourself or would you like to explore another country and it's basketball?

Well at this point in my career I just want to keep improving my game and moving up to higher leagues. So far I have enjoyed my time in Germany and if the opportunity presents its self for me to stay and move up I would love that, but if another opportunity presents itself in a different country I would enjoy that as well. That's the great thing about having a career like this the ability to see the world.


You played briefly with Ejercito (Peru-LBL) last year. What overall experience was this for you and what crazy stories were there from Peru on and off the court?

Playing in Peru was a great experience for me definitely was eye opening and a lot different than Europe but overall I enjoyed my time there. One of the craziest stories in Peru was we had an important game against the team that was in first place. Our driver was late to pick me up me another import. We showed up at halftime and were already down by 30 points. Needless to say we lost the game.

You started your career at Citrus College and moved on to Hawaii (NCAA). Do you feel like you have the same drive then wanting to reach the NCAA as you do now wanting to keep moving up or is it bigger?

I believe that my drive to get better and move up is bigger than it was when I was in college. I was younger then and didn't fully grasp the concept of not taking an opportunity for granted. I think now with my experiences and being away from basketball for and extended period of time, I know the importance of not taking things for granted and that drives me to be better everyday.


You played 61 NCAA games for Hawaii (NCAA) from 2011-2013. What overall kind of experience was that for you and what was the most important thing that you took from it despite the very limited playing time that you got?

Life in Hawaii was great basketball could have been better, but I learned a lot about myself as a player and the type of player I want to be in the future. I now use those same ideas that I learned in Hawaii as I continue to improve my game and try and move up to higher leagues.


You played together with German Christian Standhardinger who had a stellar career with Hawaii (NCAA) and is now playing in the highest German league BBL. An ex teammate at Nebraska (NCAA) where he began his college career can remember him telling his 60 point game from Germany and always worrying about his hair. Is that how you remember him or was he telling different stories at Hawaii?

No Christian never told me about his 60 point game, but he was very particular about his hair and his style of clothing.


Is Brandon Spearman a type of role model for you? You played a season with him at Hawaii (NCAA) and he continues to play very well in Germany in the Pro A league for Trier. Were you able to pick up things form him for your game?

Brandon Spearman Is a good friend of mine, I try and talk with him when I can and have even watched a few of his games this season. I think he is a real aggressive player always attacking and constantly has the defense on their heels and that is something I have tried to do since moving on from Hawaii.


As a senior you moved to Cal.Baptist (NCAA2) playing 28 games averaging 7.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.4%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 69.8%. How did head coach Roy Croy help groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Croy always talked about improving your game and that is what I have focused on since graduating from college constantly improving. Its interesting to look back and see how much my game has changed and how many improvements I have made in just two years since graduating from college.


Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

I would have to say Alan Williams who plays for the Phoenix Suns now I remember lots of film sessions as a team trying to figure out how we were going to defend him.


Who won a one on one in practice you or Brandon Spearman?


I don't think me and Brandon ever played one on one, but if we did it would be a competitive game.


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

Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Shaquille O'Neal


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

I think it will always be a debate between him and Michael Jordan I think its to hard to judge with both being extremely different types of players.


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

I think he is in the top 5 of power forwards to ever play the game he brought so much passion to the game.


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

That performance was one of the craziest things I have ever seen he can get hot really fast.


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

I don't know if he is the best in the world right now but his ability to do everything on the floor is pretty amazing and he is a joy to watch.


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

Wow that's pretty impressive to accomplish I think he does so many little things and on that night it all just added up for him.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Dr. Stranger.


Thanks Garrett for the chat.



The Fraport Skyliners Keep Garai Zeeb Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

2016 Fiba Europe Cup winner Fraport Skyliners continue to look to the future and have continued to build on their young German talent and after keeping Niklas Kiel have announced the contract extension of Garai Zeeb (187-PG-97, agency: Octagon Europe) until 2019. Zeeb is a 20 year old 187cm point guard that started his career in 2012 with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven U16 team. He is in his second season with the Fraport Skyliners. The German came to Frankfurt in 2015 after gaining his first BBL experience with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 6 games in the 2014-2015 season. Last season he played 2 BBL games averaging 3.0ppg, played FIBA Europe Cup: 1 game: 0pts, and played mostly with the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II (ProB) playing 29 games averaging 7.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 22.8%, FT: 76.5%. Last season in the NBBL he averaged 17,9ppg, 4,0rpg and 3,8apg.

This season the German once again played mostly with the Pro B team Fraport Skyliners Juniors playing 20 games averaging 9,8ppg, 1,8rpg and 3,9apg while shooting 34,8% from outside. He scored in double figures in 10 games including a 22 point game against Nordlingen and poured in 20 points against Lich. He also played 4 BBL games and 1 Basketball Champions League game. "I have made a lot and good experiences in Frankfurt the last two years. I played alot especially in the NBBl and Pro B. I also could practice a lot and work on my game. I hope I can earn more BBL minutes in the next two years. We have a very good coaching staff that can help us well. I am sure I will get better as a player. I need to work on things like defending, shooting, dribbling and too work on my athleticism. I understand better how we play in Frankfurt. I understand the vision and now need to work on it so it carrys over. I understand myself with all and feel like home here. The conditions are very good and if I work harder then results will follow with time", stressed Garai Zeeb. "Garai has developed very well as a player and person since last summer. It is important now that he makes the next step. We will help him, but in the end he will need to make that step as BBL player himself", warned Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert.

Source:Fraport Skyliners




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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University of Ghana wins back to back UPAC titles - by Yaw Mintah

The University of Ghana (UG) has won a second straight Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship after beating Marshalls University College 41-23 in the final game. Ghana's premier University followed up last year's triumph with another dominant performance to win the West African nation's most prestigious tertiary basketball tournament.

In a final game that failed to lived up to the hype, UG capitalized on slack play from Marshalls University as the side coughed up six turnovers in the first two minutes leading to quick fast break layups from the host. Marshalls clearly showed signs of fatigue after grueling games in the knockout phase coupled an intense PUSAG title winning campaign just a day earlier prior to the UPAC Games.

Experienced backup Guard Joshua Akai came off the bench and produced a Finals MVP performance with defense splitting passes and tremendous work on defense for UG. UG led 23-13 at the start of the final quarter but all Marshalls could muster in the closing quarter was a three point shot from Center David Asingar and a couple of baskets from Evans Anfom.

Two time winners Accra Technical University clinched the bronze medal following a 42-20 win over University of Energy and Natural Resources. UG starting Point Guard Joel Tham was named Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.



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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
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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
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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





Greek A1 round 25 best performance: Kelsey Barlow - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Kelsey Barlow (196-G-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Trikalla, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (14 points, seven rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Doxa Lefkadas (#14, 4-21) 74-68. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Trikalla maintains the 10th position in Greek A1. Trikalla is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-15 record. Barlow turned to be Trikalla's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Illinois-Chicago star has very solid stats this year. Barlow is in league's top in points (3rd best: 14.0ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Montenegrin Ivan Maras (207-PF-86) of Doxa Lefkadas. Maras had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Doxa Lefkadas lost that game 68-74 to the higher-ranked Trikalla (#10, 10-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Doxa Lefkadas is still at the dead bottom 14th position. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Doxa Lefkadas managed to get this year. Maras is one of the most experienced players at Doxa Lefkadas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Will Cummings (188-G-92) of Aris (#5). Cummings showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Cummings' great performance Aris lost 70-75 to the lower-ranked Lavrio (#8, 11-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Aris needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 11 lost games. Cummings has a great season in Greece. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.3ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Dixon (186-G-90) of AEK Athens - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Anthony Hickey (180-PG-92) of Apollon Patras - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Demarius Bolds (193-G-84) of Lavrio - 22 points and 6 rebounds
7. Langston Hall (193-PG-91) of Kolossos HH - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Zanis Peiners (203-F/G-90) of PAOK - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) of Panathinaikos - 19 points
10. Daniel Orton (208-F-90) of Kymis - 18 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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  HOLLAND  


Thomas van der Mars (ex Rapla) joins Sagesse - by Eurobasket News

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) agreed terms with 27-year old Dutch international center Thomas van der Mars (208-107kg-90, college: Portland). He started the season at AVIS Rapla in Estonian Alexela KML. In 28 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.4ppg and averaged 12.6rpg (leader !!!) and 1.0apg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Estonian All-Star Game. van der Mars also played 14 games in Baltic League where he had very remarkable stats: 17.6ppg and 11.4rpg. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League European Player of the Year and named to 1st Team. The last season van der Mars played at Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas in Greek A2. In 14 games he recorded 3.4ppg and 3.9rpg.
van der Mars' team made it to the Estonian League Semifinals in 2016.
He has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. van der Mars has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010.
He represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 4.0rpg.
van der Mars has played also professionally in Spain (Canarias Basketball Academy).
He attended University of Portland until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ICELAND  

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik28.6 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.7 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik21.6 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 8. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
 9. Sigurdarson, IR19.9 
 10. Caird, Tindastoll18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 16
 1. Stevens, Keflavik16.0 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Hester, Tindastoll10.8 
 5. Hankins-Cole, IR10.5 
 6. Carberry, Thor T.10.4 
 7. Ermolinskij, KR9.3 
 8. Olafsson, Grindavik8.7 
 9. Wright, Haukar8.5 
 10. Saevarsson, Grind.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.6 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik5.0 
 8. Baeringsson, Stjar.4.8 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan4.6 
 10. Stefansson, KR4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Petur BIRGISSON
  Tindastoll
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 2. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 3. Olafsson, Grindavik2.0 
 4. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 5. Stevens, Keflavik1.8 
 6. Thomas, Thor AK1.6 
 7. Alawoya, KR1.6 
 8. Bjornsson, Skallagr.1.5 
 9. Wright, Haukar1.5 
 10. Jonsson, Keflavik1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR2.0 
 3. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 4. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 5. Saevarsson, Grind.1.2 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 
 7. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.2 
 8. Alawoya, KR1.1 
 9. Stevens, Keflavik1.1 
 10. Stefansson, Haukar1.0 


Dominos League Round 4 of Semi-Finals. KR secure Finals birth - by Eurobasket News

Keflavik - KR 84-86

KR nipped Keflavik on the road to seal the Dominos League Finals appearance. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-20. But Keflavik won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KR made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds and Nigerian-American forward PJ Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) who added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four KR players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 19 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-88) scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: A.Stevens 39+19reb+5ast, G.Jonsson 22+3reb+1ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 17+6reb+6ast, R.Dupree 6+3reb+2ast, E.Gudjonsson 0, K.Runarsson 0
KR: J.Stefansson 16+8reb+3ast, P.Alawoya 14+7reb+1ast, S.Thorvaldsson 14+4reb+3ast, D.Hilmarsson 13+5reb+2ast, K.Acox 10+5reb, P.Ermolinskij 9+5reb+4ast
gschID: 543984





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  IRAN  


Petrochimi welcomes back Haddadi - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Superleague) tabbed 32-year old Iranian international center Hamed Haddadi (218-115kg-85). It is actually his comeback to Bandar Imam as he has played here before. Haddadi He started the season at Sichuan Blue Whales in Chinese CBA league. In 40 games he averaged impressive 25.2ppg, 16.0rpg (#2 in the league), 4.8apg, 1.2spg and 2.0bpg this season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 3rd Team. The last season Haddadi played at Petrochimi where in four Superleague games he had very remarkable stats: 18.3ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg and 2.5bpg.
Among other achievements Haddadi won Chinese CBA championship title in 2016. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Haddadi has been also a member of Iranian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Iranian senior team since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team in 2004.
Haddadi represented Iran at the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran (Iran) last year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (18.0ppg), Reb-1 (13.8rpg), 2.6apg, Blocks-1 (2.5bpg), FGP: 49.0%, FT: 69.6%.
Haddadi is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in NBA (Phoenix Suns), D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors) and Iran (Paykan, Saba, Mahram, M.H.Ahvaz and Foolad Mahan) and China (Eagles).
Let's have closer look into Haddadi's outlook: An inside player with great instinct for the rebound and two very strong hands. He's very coordinated, knows ho to do with the ball and loves to work in practice. Can score from inside and can hit a shot from mid-range, needs to improve his defense and his toughnees, at present he seems a little too soft fro the NBA battles in the paint. Also, he is smaller than the 7-2 he is listed at..

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



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  ISRAEL  


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)



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  ITALY  


Italian Serie A2 round 28 best performance: Darryl Jackson - by Eurobasket News

Maltese-American Shooting guard Darryl Jackson (190-SG-85, agency: Diamond Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Scafati, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, three rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Roma Virtus (#5, 16-12) 109-98. Scafati is placed at 14th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. Scafati is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-19 record. In the team's last game Jackson had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at Scafati, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Darryl Jackson averages this season 20.2ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Jeffrey Crockett (201-F-91) of Lighthouse TR. Crockett had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Lighthouse TR to another comfortable win 89-73 over the lower-ranked Viola RC (#15, 9-19) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Lighthouse TR to move up to 8th position in West. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Crockett is one of the most experienced players at Lighthouse TR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Scafati's star - former international forward Tommaso Fantoni (204-F/C-85, agency: Players Group). Fantoni scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Scafati, helping his team with a 109-98 win against the higher-ranked Roma Virtus (#5, 16-12). The chances of Scafati not to end season at such low position in West, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Fantoni could try to bring Scafati's a little bit higher in the standings. Fantoni has a very solid season. In 28 games in Italy he scored 11.6ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrea Renzi (207-F/C-89) of Lighthouse TR - 25 points and 8 rebounds
5. Trae Golden (188-G-91) of Chieti - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. John Brown (203-F-92) of Roma Virtus - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nikolas Raivio (192-SG-86) of Legnano - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Stan Okoye (198-G/F-91) of Udine APU - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
9. K.T. Harrell (193-G-92) of Mens Sana 1871 - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87) of FCM Ferentino - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Roberts leaves the Flexx Pistoia - by Eurobasket News

29-year old American guard Chris Roberts (193-93kg-88, college: Bradley) left The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A). In 15 games in Italy he averaged 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg this season. He also played for Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (previous name F.Kontatto BO) earlier that season where in three Serie A games he had 14.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0bpg.
In 2010 Idaho Stampede selected him as first overall pick in D-League draft.
The former Bradley University staris in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Roberts has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Roberts experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Roberts has played previously professionally in France (JL Bourg), Mexico (Fuerza Regia), Italy (Juvecaserta and Mens Sana 1871 Siena) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars, Austin Spurs and Texas Legends).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  JAPAN  

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.8 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .22.0 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.4 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.3 
 5. Childress, Sanen19.2 
 6. White, Sendai18.9 
 7. Stone, Chiba Jets17.8 
 8. Garrett, Toyota A.17.7 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.3 
 10. Gillenwater, Toyota A.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.4 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Butts, SeaHorses11.8 
 4. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.5 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.7 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.3 
 7. Spangler, Toshi.9.1 
 8. Sacre, Hitachi SR9.0 
 9. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
 10. White, Sendai8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.3 
 2. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 3. Namizato, Shiga L.4.1 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.1 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.8 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.5 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.5 
 10. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.9 
 2. Vendrame, Hitac.1.8 
 3. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.8 
 4. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.7 
 5. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.6 
 6. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 7. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.6 
 8. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Brown, Hitachi SR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Chapman, Niigata .1.8 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 4. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 6. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 8. Nephawe, Sendai1.1 
 9. Pittman, Toyama G.1.1 
 10. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 


Jones' 31-point game gives him B League D2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Deon Jones (198-G-93) had a great game in the last round for Tokyo Z and receives a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 54.
He had the game-high 31 points adding eight rebounds for Tokyo Z in his team's victory, helping them to beat Shinshu BW (#6, 12-41) 93-80. Tokyo Z maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. Tokyo Z is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 23-30 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Tokyo Z's top player in his first season with the team. Monmouth University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.4ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Toshino Tatsuhiko (185-G-88) of Ehime OV. He is a guard in his second season at Ehime OV. In the last game Tatsuhiko recorded impressive 32 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Ehime OV lost that game 79-87 to slightly lower-ranked Kagawa FA (#5, 16-36). Ehime OV managed to keep the same 4th spot in West. His team's 26-26 record is not bad at all. Tatsuhiko is well-known at Ehime OV and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Cyberdyne IR (#4). Randall scored 26 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Cyberdyne IR, leading his team to a 85-63 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Aomori Watts (#5, 23-29). The chances of Cyberdyne IR ranking at the top of East, however are very questionable as they have already lost 27 games, recording just twenty five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Randall could help Cyberdyne IR to bring them higher in the standings. Randall has a great season in Japan. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (best scorer) and assists with 3.0apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aziz N'Diaye (213-C-88) of Hiroshima D. - 22 points and 9 rebounds
5. Bikramjit Gill (201-F-92) of Kagoshima - 26 points and 11 rebounds
6. Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) of Cyberdyne IR - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Yuichi Ishikawa (173-PG-87) of Yamagata - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Seth Tarver (196-G/F-88) of Yamagata - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of Toyotsu FE - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Tokyo Z - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Japanese B League D3 round 19 best performance: Matthew Bryan-Amaning - by Eurobasket News

Ghanian-British Forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Fukuoka Rizing, receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Tokyo Cinq R. (#6, 13-21) with 19-point margin 89-70. Fukuoka Rizing maintains the 2nd position in Japanese B League D3. They are still close to the very top. Fukuoka Rizing would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 30-4 record. In the team's last game Bryan-Amaning had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Fukuoka Rizing's top player in his first season with the team. Matthew Bryan-Amaning averages this season 16.8ppg and 7.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Brian Harper (208-F-85) of Tokyo HT. Harper had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Tokyo HT to another comfortable win 75-58 over slightly lower-ranked Otsuka A. (#4, 20-14) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Tokyo HT consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 23-11 record is not bad at all. Harper is a newcomer at Tokyo HT, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#6). He also registered 8.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Andrew Fitzgerald (202-C/F-90) of league's top team Kanazawa Sam.. Fitzgerald scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kanazawa Sam., leading his team to a 91-57 easy win against the lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#7, 12-22). Many experts and fans count Kanazawa Sam. as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 31 victories and only three lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Fitzgerald has a great season in Japan. After 42 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mitsuhiro Kamezaki (189-G/F-86) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 26 points and 6 rebounds
5. Ide Yuji (181-G-88) of Kanazawa Sam. - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Brian Butch (211-C-84) of Fukuoka Rizing - 12 points and 15 rebounds
7. Gyno Pomare (203-F-86) of Kanazawa Sam. - 12 points and 13 rebounds
8. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Edward Morris (204-C/F-84) of Tokyo HT - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Alex Jones (206-F/C-87) of Tokyo HT - 17 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)



B League Round 53: Shiga L-Stars edge Ryukyu GK by one point - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in B League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 9 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 53 in the B League took place in Shiga. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Ryukyu GK (25-26) to sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (13-38) 89-88 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ryukyu GK. The best player for the winners was American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Ryuichi Kishimoto (176-90) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shiga L-Stars maintains sixth place with 13-38 record, which they share with Sendai 89ers. Ryukyu GK at the other side keeps the second position with 26 games lost. Shiga L-Stars is looking forward to face higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ryukyu GK will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (15-36) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (20-31) in Saporro. Hokkaido L. managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected easier game. American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) saved the victory by scoring 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Asahi Tajima contributed with 14 points for the winners. Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for Akita Happinets. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hokkaido L. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 20-31 record. Akita Happinets lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 36 games lost. They share it with Yokohama BC. Hokkaido L. will play against league's leader Tochigi Brex on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Akita Happinets will play against Sendai 89ers (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth-ranked Yokohama BC (15-36) made lots of trouble for third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (26-25) in Tokyo on Sunday. Hitachi Sunrockers managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected easier game. Robert Sacre stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Pape Faye responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Yokohama BC's coach Taketo Aoki tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third place with 26-25 record having seventeen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Yokohama BC lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 36 games lost. They share it with Akita NH. Hitachi Sunrockers will meet Niigata Albirex (#4) on the road in the next round. Yokohama BC will play against the league's second-placed Sanen Neophoenix in Hamamatsu and hope to secure a win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kariya. First ranked Aishin Sea Horses faced 3rd placed Diamond Dolphins. Host Aishin Sea Horses (41-10) defeated guests from Nagoya (23-28) 72-58. Isaac Butts nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 41-10 record, which they share with Tochigi Brex. Diamond Dolphins lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 28 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ryukyu GK in Okinawa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Diamond Dolphins will play at home against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Chiba. First ranked Tochigi Brex faced 3rd placed Chiba Jets. Guests from Tochigi (41-10) defeated host Chiba Jets (35-16) 72-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. The best player for the winners was Jeffrey Gibbs who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Tochigi Brex maintains first place with 41-10 record, which they share with SeaHorses. Loser Chiba Jets keep the third position with 16 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro in the next round.

Other games of round 53 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Akita NH were defeated by Hokkaido L. in Saporro 73-69. Toyama Grouses was beaten by Niigata Albirex at home 71-81. Kyoto Hannar. lost to Osaka Evessa on the opponent's court 74-82. Toyota Alvark outscored Sendai 89ers in a home game 84-63.

Hokkaido L. - Akita NH 66-65

Fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (15-36) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (20-31) in Saporro. Hokkaido L. managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected easier game. Strangely Akita Happinets outrebounded Hokkaido L. 38-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) saved the victory by scoring 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Asahi Tajima (173-88) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Akita Happinets. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hokkaido L. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 20-31 record. Akita Happinets lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 36 games lost. They share it with Yokohama BC. Hokkaido L. will play against league's leader Tochigi Brex on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Akita Happinets will play against Sendai 89ers (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Morrison 17+13reb+2ast, L.Lyons 14+7reb+3ast, S.Taguchi 13+4reb+2ast, S.Ando 10+3reb+2ast, T.Nakayama 6+3reb+2ast, R.Shirahama 3
Hokkaido L.: A.Tajima 14+2ast, D.Noguchi 9+1reb+1ast, J.Thorpe 9+7reb+4ast, T.Nishikawa 9+2reb+3ast, T.Orimo 6, D.Miller 6+5reb
gschID: 475221


Hokkaido L. - Akita NH 73-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Akita Happinets' (15-36) road loss to fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (20-31) 69-73 on Monday. The best player for the winners was American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) chipped in 13 points. Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and guard Seiya Ando (184-92) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hokkaido L.. They maintain fourth place with 20-31 record. Akita Happinets lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 36 games lost. Hokkaido L. will face league's leader Tochigi Brex on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Akita Happinets will play against Sendai 89ers (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Morrison 20+13reb, S.Ando 14+6reb, L.Lyons 11+3reb+1ast, D.Taniguchi 10+3reb+1ast, T.Nakayama 5+1reb+5ast, T.Fujie 3
Hokkaido L.: D.Miller 16+9reb+1ast, T.Orimo 13+4reb+3ast, J.Bachynski 12+4reb, T.Nishikawa 10+1reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 9+1reb+5ast, J.Thorpe 4+5reb
gschID: 475220


Toyama Grouses - Niigata Albirex 71-81

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (23-28) defeated on the road 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (14-37) 81-71 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and forward Naoki Uto (188-91) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth place with 23-28 record, which they share with Nagoya DD and Kyoto Hannar. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the sixth position with 37 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Tokyo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toyama Grouses will play on the road against the league's leader Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: S.Willard 22+10reb+2ast, N.Uto 16+7reb+3ast, R.Yamazaki 12+4reb, D.Pittman 11+11reb, T.Mito 7+1reb+3ast, T.Obara 3+4reb+1ast
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 24+6reb+3ast, K.Igarashi 19+2reb+4ast, C.Chapman 18+7reb, K.Sato 6+7reb, S.Van Treese 4+6reb, Y.Ikeda 3
gschID: 475217


Hitachi SR - Yokohama BC 69-66

Fifth-ranked Yokohama BC (15-36) made lots of trouble for third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (26-25) in Tokyo on Sunday. Hitachi Sunrockers managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected easier game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hitachi Sunrockers made 7 blocks. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) chipped in 14 points. International center Pape Faye (200-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Taketo Aoki tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third place with 26-25 record having seventeen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Yokohama BC lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 36 games lost. They share it with Akita NH. Hitachi Sunrockers will meet Niigata Albirex (#4) on the road in the next round. Yokohama BC will play against the league's second-placed Sanen Neophoenix in Hamamatsu and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Washburn 14+2reb, P.Faye 11+10reb+1ast, J.Parmer 11+9reb+2ast, M.Hosoya 10+2reb+2ast, A.Minatoya 9+1ast, T.Kawamura 5+2reb+4ast
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 28+10reb+4ast, K.Hirose 14+3reb+3ast, R.Guinn 7+6reb, A.Chambers 7+5reb, Y.Mitsuhara 6+4reb, L.Vendrame 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 475216


Shiga L-Stars - Ryukyu GK 89-88

The most exciting game of round 53 in the B League took place in Shiga. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Ryukyu GK (25-26) to sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (13-38) 89-88 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ryukyu GK. The best player for the winners was American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Ryuichi Kishimoto (176-90) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shiga L-Stars maintains sixth place with 13-38 record, which they share with Sendai 89ers. Ryukyu GK at the other side keeps the second position with 26 games lost. Shiga L-Stars is looking forward to face higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ryukyu GK will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: S.Tsuyama 21+2reb+1ast, L.Hamilton 19+5reb+4ast, R.Kishimoto 18+6reb+4ast, R.Terry 14+5reb+2ast, S.Kinjo 7+2reb+2ast, R.Watanabe 5+3reb+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: C.Brackins 24+9reb+2ast, J.Mavunga 16+5reb+3ast, N.Namizato 14+3reb+5ast, S.Faye 11+7reb+3ast, T.Hasegawa 8+2reb+3ast, Y.Karino 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 475218


Osaka Evessa - Kyoto Hannar. 82-74

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Osaka Evessa and 4th placed Kyoto Hannar. had identical 23-27 record. This time Osaka Evessa used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Kyoto 82-74 on Sunday night. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Osaka Evessa made 9 blocks. Kyoto Hannar. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. The former international point guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Mo Charlo (203-83, college: Nevada) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Osaka Evessa (24-27) moved-up to third place. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fourth position with 28 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face Diamond Dolphins (#5) in Nagoya in the next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play at home against Shiga L-Stars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Dove 21+7reb+2ast, M.Charlo 16+9reb, Y.Okada 9+3reb+1ast, S.Murakami 8+1reb, K.Kotzur 6+5reb+2ast, S.Utsumi 4+2reb
Osaka Evessa: X.Gibson 22+10reb, H.Kinoshita 12+6reb+5ast, S.Negoro 12+4reb, R.Goda 12+5reb+3ast, S.Konno 8+3reb+1ast, R.Roby 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 475219


Toyota Alvark - Sendai 89ers 84-63

Rather predictable result in Tokyo where second ranked Toyota Alvark (38-13) outscored 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (13-38) 84-63 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds and American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) added 6 points and 12 rebounds respectively 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. Toyota Alvark maintains second place with 38-13 record having five points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Sendai 89ers lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 38 games lost. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round. Sendai 89ers will play at home against Akita Happinets (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Nephawe 23+15reb+3ast, T.Shimura 11+2reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 7+3ast, G.Mangano 6+12reb+3ast, M.Tate 4+1reb, T.Kumagai 4+2reb
Toyota Alvark: D.Tanaka 16+2reb+4ast, K.Matsui 13+2reb, J.Ayres 12+11reb+2ast, D.Garrett 12+6reb+5ast, K.Ninomiya 11+2reb, Z.Baranski 9+2ast
gschID: 544014


SeaHorses - Nagoya DD 72-58

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kariya. First ranked Aishin Sea Horses faced 3rd placed Diamond Dolphins. Host Aishin Sea Horses (41-10) defeated guests from Nagoya (23-28) 72-58. American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) accounted for 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. International power forward Tenketsu Harimoto (198-92) came up with 15 points and American forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Diamond Dolphins in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 41-10 record, which they share with Tochigi Brex. Diamond Dolphins lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 28 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ryukyu GK in Okinawa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Diamond Dolphins will play at home against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: T.Harimoto 15+4reb, J.Burrell 8+8reb+1ast, T.Sasayama 7+4reb+2ast, J.Tillman 6+3reb+1ast, T.Nakahigashi 5+2reb+2ast, D.Weaver 4+8reb
SeaHorses: T.Hasegawa 18+3reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 12+8reb+4ast, I.Butts 12+13reb+1ast, M.Hiejima 9+2reb+5ast, G.Edwards 9+5reb+1ast, K.Kanamaru 6+1reb
gschID: 544015


Chiba Jets - Tochigi Brex 64-72

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Chiba. First ranked Tochigi Brex faced 3rd placed Chiba Jets. Guests from Tochigi (41-10) defeated host Chiba Jets (35-16) 72-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. Tochigi Brex made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Chiba Jets 42-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) produced 13 points and 6 assists and American Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex maintains first place with 41-10 record, which they share with SeaHorses. Loser Chiba Jets keep the third position with 16 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro in the next round.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: R.Ono 14+2reb+2ast, S.Hara 13+1reb+1ast, Y.Togashi 13+4reb+6ast, T.Stone 10+7reb+3ast, H.Armstrong 9+3reb, M.Parker 3+7reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: J.Gibbs 23+12reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 13+1reb, R.Rossiter 12+10reb+3ast, Y.Endo 8+4reb+1ast, Y.Tabuse 6+3reb+4ast, N.Kumagae 4+2reb
gschID: 475215





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Peja beat Bashkimi in a 'forgotten' derby - by Dren Shporta

KB Peja has managed to beat KB Bashkimi Prizren in a 'forgotten' derby of Superleague, of the 14th round.

The match originally was to be played in December 2016, but because of international games of the teams, it was delayed.

On the Sunday night, KB Peja beat KB Bashkimi Prizren in a narrow game with 62-60.

Noah Dahlman (201-F-89, college: Wofford), Alban Veseli (202-F-90) and Leonard Mekaj (182-PG-95) finished the match with double-doubles to make their team come second in the classification.

Noah Dahlman scored 22 points and 12 reb's while Alban Veseli finished the match with 14 points and 11 rebounds. On the other hand, Leonard Mekaj scored 12 points and 10 assist in a victory.

At KB Bashkimi Prizren, Gazmend Sinani (206-C-91) was highest scorer. He finished the match with 20 points + 17 rebounds. While Kayel Locke (196-F-94, college: NC-Greensboro) added 17 points. They were the only ones to score double ciphered points at visitors.

After this match played, KB Peja and KB Bashkimi Prizren have same record in classification 19-5, but KB Peja stays up because of better head to head record. Bashkimi won vs Peja on the 7th rounds match, 78-77.



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Best players of Latvian LBL round 29 - by Eurobasket News

American Tyler Larson (190-G-91) had a great game in the last round for Barons Riga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 29 points adding five rebounds and seven assists for Barons Riga in his team's victory, helping them to edge out BK Ogre (#8, 12-19) 91-89. Barons Riga is placed at 4th position in Latvian LBL. Barons Riga is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-14 record. In the team's last game Larson had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Barons Riga's top player in his first season with the team. University of South Dakota graduate has very impressive stats this year. Larson is league's best scorer averaging so far 16.9ppg. Larson is in league's top in assists (9th best: 4.3apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Barons Riga's star - 26-year old center Davis Rozitis (215-C-90). Rozitis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Barons Riga to edge the lower-ranked BK Ogre (#8, 12-19) by 2 points 91-89. This victory allowed Barons Riga to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 15-14 record is not bad at all. Rozitis is one of the most experienced players at Barons Riga and similarly like Tyler Larson has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. University of Hawaii alumni Rozitis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was Viktors Iljins (212-C-91) of Jurmala (#7). Iljins scored 18 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). Despite Iljins' great performance Jurmala lost 72-94 to the higher-ranked Barons Riga (#4, 15-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Jurmala not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Iljins could try to bring Jurmala's a little bit higher in the standings. Iljins has individually a great season in Latvia. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roberts Stumbris (199-SF-93) of Jekabpils - 28 points and 3 rebounds
5. Janis Poznaks (203-F-83) of BK Ogre - 28 points and 11 rebounds
6. Carl Montgomery (203-F) of Liepaja/Triobet - 17 points and 8 rebounds
7. Martins Meiers (208-C-91) of VEF Riga - 21 points and 2 rebounds
8. Karlis Apsitis (200-F-92) of BK Ogre - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Folarin Campbell (189-G/F-86) of Ventspils - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Davis Geks (192-SG-95) of Barons Riga - 24 points and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen 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 - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Johnson, Louaize24.5 
 3. Khatib, Homenetmen24.2 
 4. Rembert, Champville24.1 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon24.0 
 6. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 7. Jackson, Homen.23.4 
 8. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed22.6 
 10. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Majok, Homenetmen11.7 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse9.9 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed9.9 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.7 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Johnson, Louaize8.5 
 10. Kemp, Tadamon8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.3 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.9 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.6 
 5. Rembert, Champville5.9 
 6. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Spencer, Moutahed5.0 
 9. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
 10. Curry, Moutahed4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.7 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.6 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.1 
 4. Kemp, Tadamon2.0 
 5. Curry, Moutahed1.9 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos1.7 
 8. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 9. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 10. Tucker, Byblos1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.7 
 3. Townes, Champville2.2 
 4. Godfrey, Sagesse2.1 
 5. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed1.6 
 7. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.2 
 9. Fakhreddine, Tadam.1.1 
 10. Johnson, Louaize1.1 


Thomas van der Mars (ex Rapla) joins Sagesse - by Eurobasket News

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) agreed terms with 27-year old Dutch international center Thomas van der Mars (208-107kg-90, college: Portland). He started the season at AVIS Rapla in Estonian Alexela KML. In 28 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.4ppg and averaged 12.6rpg (leader !!!) and 1.0apg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Estonian All-Star Game. van der Mars also played 14 games in Baltic League where he had very remarkable stats: 17.6ppg and 11.4rpg. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League European Player of the Year and named to 1st Team. The last season van der Mars played at Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas in Greek A2. In 14 games he recorded 3.4ppg and 3.9rpg.
van der Mars' team made it to the Estonian League Semifinals in 2016.
He has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. van der Mars has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010.
He represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 4.0rpg.
van der Mars has played also professionally in Spain (Canarias Basketball Academy).
He attended University of Portland until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.9 
 3. Baron, Neptunas13.6 
 4. Low, P.Zvaigzdes13.1 
 5. Sulskis, Juventus13.0 
 6. Delininkaiti., Vytau.12.9 
 7. Diggs, Juventus12.6 
 8. Korenyuk, Siauliai12.6 
 9. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.3 
 10. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  Lietuvos.
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Gordon, Lietuvos.8.1 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.8 
 3. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.6 
 4. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.3 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.3 
 6. Echodas, Siauliai6.0 
 7. Smiljanic, Nevezis6.0 
 8. Korenyuk, Siauliai5.6 
 9. Grant, Neptunas5.6 
 10. Babrauskas, P.Zvaigz.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.1 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.7 
 3. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 4. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.3 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.8 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.3 
 8. Lekavicius, Zalgiris3.8 
 9. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
 10. Fisher, Lietuvos.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  Lietkabe.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.7 
 2. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.6 
 3. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 4. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 5. Zabas, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 6. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 7. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.4 
 8. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 9. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.1.3 
 10. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andriy AGAFONOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (208-PF-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.4 
 2. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 3. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 
 5. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.9 
 6. Lima, Zalgiris0.9 
 7. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.0.9 
 8. Hartenstein, Zalgiris0.8 
 9. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 
 10. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  Rasai
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Vingelis, Rasai18.8 
 2. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.4 
 4. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 5. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.3 
 6. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 7. Galeckas, Rasai15.1 
 8. Beliavicius, Vytis15.0 
 9. Saulys, Suduva-M.14.8 
 10. Pukelis, Silute14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.0 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.1 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 4. Pukelis, Silute7.5 
 5. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 6. Jankaitis, Vytis7.0 
 7. Simonis, Palanga6.9 
 8. Raupys, Silute6.8 
 9. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.6.7 
 10. Kieza, Suduva-M.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.1 
 2. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.6.0 
 3. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.4 
 5. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 6. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 7. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.4.8 
 8. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 9. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
 10. Wanamaker, Silute4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs PELSS
  KTU
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 2. Razutis, Telsiai2.5 
 3. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Silute2.3 
 5. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 6. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Mikalauskas, Mazei.1.8 
 9. Jonuska, Mazeikiai1.8 
 10. Narusis, Ezerunas.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.0 
 2. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 3. Pukelis, Silute1.1 
 4. Udras, Suduva-M.0.9 
 5. Massalski, Perla.0.9 
 6. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.9 
 7. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 
 8. Kieza, Suduva-M.0.8 
 9. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.8 
 10. Ramasauskas, Nafta.0.7 


LKL Round 30: Lietuvos rytas beat Neptunas in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LKL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Vilnius. Second ranked Lietuvos rytas faced 4th ranked Neptunas. Host Lietuvos rytas (22-8) smashed guests from Klaipeda (17-13) 82-62. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. Neptunas managed to win second period 29-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) who scored 19 points. International power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Chris Lofton (188-86, college: Tennessee) who recorded 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lietuvos rytas have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-8 record having five points less than leader Zalgiris. Neptunas at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Lietuvos rytas are looking forward to face Dzukija (#8) in Alytus in the next round where they are favorite. Neptunas will play at home against Nevezis (#9) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Leader Zalgiris delivered the twenty seventh victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Nevezis (6-24) 82-54 in Kedainiai. It was a good game for international point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) who led his team to a victory with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Edgaras Ulanovas contributed with 14 points for the winners. American guard Jermaine Love-Roberts (188-89, college: Ill.-Springfield) replied with 9 points and 6 rebounds for Nevezis. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris (27-3) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Nevezis lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 24 games lost. Zalgiris will play against Vytautas (#5) in Prienai in the next round. Nevezis will play on the road against Neptunas (#4) in Klaipeda and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Prienai was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Juventus (16-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Vytautas (16-14). Vytautas managed to secure a 8-point victory 95-87 on Saturday. Regimantas Miniotas scored 25 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Vaidas Cepukaitis with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Juventus. Vytautas will meet league's leader Zalgiris in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Juventus will play against Lietkabelis (#3) in Panevezys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Pasvalys. Local P.Zvaigzdes (13-17) outscored 8th ranked Dzukija (8-22) 82-53. Derrick Low notched 13 points to lead the effort. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. P.Zvaigzdes maintains seventh position with 13-17 record. Dzukija at the other side keeps the eighth place with 22 games lost. P.Zvaigzdes' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Siauliai (#10) on the road. Dzukija will play against the league's second-placed Lietuvos rytas where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

Nevezis - Zalgiris 54-82

Leader Zalgiris delivered the twenty seventh victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Nevezis (6-24) 82-54 in Kedainiai. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Nevezis was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Nevezis' 32. They outrebounded Nevezis 47-28 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for international point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) who led his team to a victory with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American guard Jermaine Love-Roberts (188-89, college: Ill.-Springfield) replied with 9 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Daiquan Walker (188-94, college: Cent.Florida) added 13 points in the effort for Nevezis. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris (27-3) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Nevezis lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 24 games lost. Zalgiris will play against Vytautas (#5) in Prienai in the next round. Nevezis will play on the road against Neptunas (#4) in Klaipeda and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: E.Ulanovas 14+4reb+1ast, K.Pangos 11+4reb+3ast, G.Masiulis 8+4reb, A.Kavaliauskas 8+4reb, L.Lekavicius 8+8reb+5ast, R.Seibutis 8+2reb+1ast
Nevezis: D.Walker 13+1reb+2ast, J.Love-Roberts 9+6reb+3ast, K.Petrukonis 7+3reb, A.Bertasius 6+5reb+1ast, V.Volkus 6+1reb, T.Prostran 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 491593


Vytautas - Juventus 95-87

The game in Prienai was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Juventus (16-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Vytautas (16-14). Vytautas managed to secure a 8-point victory 95-87 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Juventus won fourth quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Regimantas Miniotas (206-96) scored 25 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Vytenis Cizauskas (187-92) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Vytautas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) with 22 points and 8 rebounds and guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St., agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Juventus. Vytautas will meet league's leader Zalgiris in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Juventus will play against Lietkabelis (#3) in Panevezys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: R.Miniotas 25+3reb, V.Cizauskas 18+6reb+3ast, T.Delininkaitis 16+4reb+4ast, M.Linkevicius 14+4reb, D.Gvezdauskas 12+2ast, A.Valeika 6+8reb+4ast
Juventus: V.Cepukaitis 22+8reb+3ast, V.Sulskis 16+3reb+4ast, D.Salenga 11+2reb, O.Galdikas 9+4reb, J.Diggs 8+3reb+6ast, V.Vasylius 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 491590


Lietuvos rytas - Neptunas 82-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Vilnius. Second ranked Lietuvos rytas faced 4th ranked Neptunas. Host Lietuvos rytas (22-8) smashed guests from Klaipeda (17-13) 82-62. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. Neptunas managed to win second period 29-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) who scored 19 points. International power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Chris Lofton (188-86, college: Tennessee) who recorded 11 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) added 14 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lietuvos rytas have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-8 record having five points less than leader Zalgiris. Neptunas at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Lietuvos rytas are looking forward to face Dzukija (#8) in Alytus in the next round where they are favorite. Neptunas will play at home against Nevezis (#9) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: R.Giedraitis 19+1reb, A.Gudaitis 11+7reb+1ast, C.Fisher 10+4reb+3ast, J.Baron 9+2reb+3ast, D.Gordon 7+5reb+3ast, A.Jomantas 7+3reb+1ast
Neptunas: J.Grant 14+2reb+1ast, C.Lofton 11+5reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 9+1reb+2ast, A.Siksnius 6+3reb+2ast, D.Ewing 5+2reb+5ast, A.Butkevicius 4+7reb+3ast
gschID: 491592


P.Zvaigzdes - Dzukija 82-53

The game with biggest result difference took place in Pasvalys. Local P.Zvaigzdes (13-17) outscored 8th ranked Dzukija (8-22) 82-53. The game without a history. P.Zvaigzdes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. P.Zvaigzdes forced 22 Dzukija turnovers. Strangely Dzukija outrebounded P.Zvaigzdes 43-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. American point guard Derrick Low (191-86, college: Washington St., agency: Octagon Europe) notched 13 points to lead the effort and Russian forward Nikita Balashov (207-91, agency: Alti Sport) supported him with 15 points. Four P.Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Even 8 points and 14 rebounds by center Karolis Guscikas (205-92, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for Dzukija. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) added 4 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. P.Zvaigzdes maintains seventh position with 13-17 record. Dzukija at the other side keeps the eighth place with 22 games lost. P.Zvaigzdes' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Siauliai (#10) on the road. Dzukija will play against the league's second-placed Lietuvos rytas where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
P.Zvaigzdes: N.Balashov 15+4reb, E.Zabas 14+2reb+1ast, D.Low 13+3reb+3ast, I.Fiodorovas 11+2reb+1ast, S.Babrauskas 9+6reb, K.Babkauskas 6+1reb+7ast
Dzukija: A.Kashirov 16+3reb, K.Guscikas 8+14reb, G.Navickas 8+2reb+3ast, O.Macernis 7+4reb+1ast, A.Hernandez 6+2reb+3ast, J.Kazakauskas 4+14reb+4ast
gschID: 491591





NKL Round 2 of Finals. Nafta-Uni record second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Nafta-Uni. - Suduva-Mantinga 89-78

Nafta-Uni held off Suduva-Mantinga to jump to a 2-0 lead in the Finals. Suduva-Mantinga was trailing by 12 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 34-22 charge of Nafta-Uni., which allowed them to win the game. Nafta-Uni. had a 30-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. Nafta-Uni. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Point guard Mindaugas Stasys (179-86) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Deividas Anuzis (182-92) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Nafta-Uni. players scored in double figures. The former international Aurimas Kieza (199-82, college: Hofstra) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and French Rytis Juknevicius (187-93, agency: Players Group) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: A.Kieza 19+4reb+5ast, R.Juknevicius 16+1reb+3ast, A.Udras 14+5reb, E.Saulys 7+5reb+2ast, D.Domarkas 6, K.Rochford 6+4reb
Nafta-Uni.: M.Stasys 26+3reb+10ast, D.Anuzis 17+8reb+6ast, E.Lengvinas 16+2reb+3ast, V.Chodosovskis 13+4reb, E.Alunderis 6+9reb+1ast, D.Slavinskas 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 543277

3-4 Place
Vytis - Rasai 72-83

Rasai upset Vytis on the road to gain 2-0 lead in the consolation finals. The game was mostly controlled by Rasai. Vytis was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (191-89) notched 25 points to lead the effort and point guard Tomas Galeckas (183-94) supported him with 14 points and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Even 15 points and 6 rebounds by center Edvinas Jezukevicius (207-90) did not help to save the game for Vytis. Point guard Tadas Sebeziovas (185-85) added 14 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Vytis: E.Jezukevicius 15+6reb, T.Sebeziovas 14+3reb+3ast, G.Radzevicius 12+5reb, A.Jankaitis 9+2reb+1ast, G.Maceina 8+3reb+2ast, R.Stankevicius 5+3reb
Rasai: S.Vingelis 25+2reb, T.Galeckas 14+4reb+7ast, A.Aleksandrovas 13+5reb+1ast, R.Grinius 8+5reb+1ast, K.Okmanas 7+2reb+7ast, G.Stankevicius 6+3reb+1ast



Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 30 - by Eurobasket News

Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C/F-89, agency: Interperformances) had a very impressive game in the last round for Juventus and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 27-year old had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Juventus as his team lost the game against Vytautas (16-14) 87-95. Juventus moved-up to the 6th position in Lithuanian LKL. Juventus 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 30 games. Cepukaitis turned to be Juventus' top player in his first season with the team. Cepukaitis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.3rpg) and averages solid 60.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Regimantas Miniotas (206-C/F-96) of Vytautas. Miniotas impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 3 rebounds. Of course Vytautas cruised to a 95-87 relatively comfortable win over Juventus (16-14). This victory allowed Vytautas to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Miniotas is a newcomer at Vytautas and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was another Vytautas' star - Vytenis Cizauskas (187-SG-92). Cizauskas scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Vytautas, helping his team with a 95-87 win against Juventus (16-14). Vytautas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 14 lost games. Cizauskas has a very solid season. In 26 games in Lithuania he scored 8.6ppg. He also has 3.2apg and FGP: 51.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) of P.Zvaigzdes - 15 points and 4 rebounds
5. Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) of Lietuvos rytas - 19 points
6. Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89) of Neptunas - 14 points and 2 rebounds
7. Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88) of Juventus - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tomas Delininkaitis (190-G-82) of Vytautas - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) of Dzukija - 4 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) of Zalgiris - 8 points, 8 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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Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Tabb, Arantia28.9 
 2. Morgan, Contern27.6 
 3. Reese, Sparta26.5 
 4. Richardson, Resid.25.8 
 5. Gulley, Musel Pikes25.7 
 6. Sims, Arantia25.1 
 7. Leonard, Bascharage23.7 
 8. Johnson, T7123.7 
 9. Atkins, Contern23.5 
 10. Mondy, Arantia23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Tabb, Arantia15.6 
 2. McNutt, Etzella12.5 
 3. Stephens, T7111.5 
 4. Coleman, Amicale11.3 
 5. Barden, Etzella11.1 
 6. Johnson, T7111.1 
 7. Atkins, Contern10.7 
 8. Robinson, Sparta10.4 
 9. Rugg, Musel Pikes10.4 
 10. McDaniel, Amicale9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bob MELCHER
  Amicale
  (189-G-94)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Melcher, Amicale6.8 
 2. Birenbaum, Contern5.0 
 3. Mondy, Arantia4.8 
 4. Richardson, Resid.4.6 
 5. Schumacher, T714.3 
 6. Leonard, Bascharage3.7 
 7. Ruffato, T713.2 
 8. Biever, Basket Esch3.2 
 9. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.9 
 10. Delgado, Etzella2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Duke MONDY
  Arantia
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mondy, Arantia3.0 
 2. Tabb, Arantia2.4 
 3. Richardson, Resid.2.3 
 4. Atkins, Contern2.1 
 5. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.1 
 6. Birenbaum, Contern2.1 
 7. Morgan, Contern2.0 
 8. Barden, Etzella1.9 
 9. Reese, Sparta1.6 
 10. Mersch, Bascharage1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Titus ROBINSON
  Sparta
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Robinson, Sparta2.1 
 2. McNutt, Etzella1.7 
 3. Melcher, Amicale1.0 
 4. Barden, Etzella0.8 
 5. Coleman, Amicale0.8 
 6. Reese, Sparta0.7 
 7. McDaniel, Amicale0.7 
 8. Atkins, Contern0.7 
 9. Rugg, Musel Pikes0.6 
 10. Feipel, Bascharage0.6 


Total League Round 10 (Second Stage): Etzella defeats group leader Amicale - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Amicale (24-3) in Ettelbruck on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by third ranked Etzella (17-10) 100-74. The game without a history. Etzella led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Amicale's 36. They outrebounded Amicale 49-23 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Etzella looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Amicale's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian power forward Billy McNutt (203-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Derrick Barden (196-92, college: N.Colorado) contributed with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Shavon Coleman (196-92, college: LSU, agency: Court Side) replied with 28 points and 8 rebounds for Amicale. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Etzella maintains third position in League with 17-10 record having seven points less than leader Amicale. Defending champion Amicale still keeps top place with three games lost. Etzella are looking forward to face Sparta (#6) in Bertrange in the next round. Amicale will play at home against T71 (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Musel Pikes (19-9) against fourth ranked T71 (15-11) on Saturday night. Host Musel Pikes was defeated by T71 in Stadrbredimus 81-69. International point guard Tom Schumacher (190-87) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Cory Johnson chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Jarmar Gulley (196-91, college: Missouri St.) responded with 25 points. T71 maintains fourth position in League with 15-11 record. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost. T71 will play against league's leader Amicale in Steinsel in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Musel Pikes will play on the road against Contern in Luxembourg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Heffingen (18-9) against fourth ranked Bascharage (3-23) on Saturday night. Visiting Heffingen was defeated by Bascharage in a tough game in Kaerjeng 90-95. Phillip Leonard notched 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 40 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds by Mike Jones did not help to save the game for Heffingen. Bascharage maintains fourth position in League with 3-23 record. Newly promoted Heffingen keeps the second place with nine games lost. Bascharage will meet league's leader Racing in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Heffingen will play against the league's leader Basket Esch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Basket Esch (16-11) which hosted in Esch 3rd ranked Arantia (7-21). First ranked Basket Esch had an easy win 95-75. Bill Clark fired 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Basket Esch maintains first position in League with 16-11 record. Arantia at the other side keeps the third place with 21 games lost. Basket Esch's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Heffingen on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arantia will play against Kordall Steelers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Residence (13-14) which played road game in Rodange against one of their biggest challengers Kordall Steelers (16-11). Second ranked Residence managed to get a 6-point victory 91-85. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for Everage Richardson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Residence maintains second position in League with 13-14 record having eleven points less than leader Amicale. Newly promoted Kordall Steelers keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Residence will face BC Mess (#4) in Mondercange in the next round. Kordall Steelers will play on the road against Arantia in Larochette and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 10
In League Contern was beaten by Sparta on the road 100-87. BC Mess was destroyed by Racing on its own court 45-71.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists by Antonio Bivins of Kordall Steelers.

Places 1-6
Etzella - Amicale 100-74

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Amicale (24-3) in Ettelbruck on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by third ranked Etzella (17-10) 100-74. The game without a history. Etzella led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Amicale's 36. They outrebounded Amicale 49-23 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Etzella looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Amicale's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian power forward Billy McNutt (203-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Derrick Barden (196-92, college: N.Colorado) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Etzella players scored in double figures. American forward Shavon Coleman (196-92, college: LSU, agency: Court Side) replied with 28 points and 8 rebounds and the former international power forward Billy McDaniel (199-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Amicale. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Etzella maintains third position in League with 17-10 record having seven points less than leader Amicale. Defending champion Amicale still keeps top place with three games lost. Etzella are looking forward to face Sparta (#6) in Bertrange in the next round. Amicale will play at home against T71 (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Amicale: S.Coleman 28+8reb+1ast, B.McDaniel 15+5reb+1ast, S.Picard 9+1reb, J.Hoeser 8+1ast, P.Koster 5+1reb+3ast, B.Melcher 5+3reb+2ast
Etzella: D.Barden 22+11reb+3ast, B.McNutt 21+19reb+4ast, P.Gutenkauf 13+2reb+2ast, J.Delgado 11+4reb+9ast, F.Gutenkauf 11+5reb+6ast, C.Ittenbach 8+1reb
gschID: 534545


Musel Pikes - T71 69-81

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Musel Pikes (19-9) against fourth ranked T71 (15-11) on Saturday night. Host Musel Pikes was defeated by T71 in Stadrbredimus 81-69. The game without a history. T71 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. International point guard Tom Schumacher (190-87) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Cory Johnson (202-88, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four T71 players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Jarmar Gulley (196-91, college: Missouri St.) responded with 25 points and his fellow American import power forward Clancy Rugg (203-91, college: Vermont, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. T71 maintains fourth position in League with 15-11 record. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost. T71 will play against league's leader Amicale in Steinsel in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Musel Pikes will play on the road against Contern in Luxembourg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: J.Gulley 25+4reb+3ast, C.Rugg 12+13reb+2ast, L.Schwartz 10+2ast, C.Donnersbach 9+2reb, J.Kox 5+3ast, T.Welter 4+5reb+1ast
T71: G.Ruffato 23+3reb+4ast, T.Schumacher 21+6reb+5ast, C.Johnson 16+12reb+2ast, E.Anderson 11+11reb, M.Berens 5+1reb, M.M'Putu 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 534547


Sparta - Contern 100-87

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Sparta (12-15) beat 5th ranked Contern (13-14) in Bertrange 100-87 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sparta. Contern was better in fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sparta looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Contern was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward Brad Reese (200-88, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import forward Titus Robinson (201-90, college: Buffalo) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Reese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Sparta's coach Philippe Giberti used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jesse Morgan (196-91, college: Temple) replied with 27 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and international point guard Raul Birenbaum (182-89) added 21 points, 7 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Contern. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sparta maintains sixth position in League with 12-15 record. Loser Contern keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. Sparta will face higher ranked Etzella (#3) in Ettelbruck in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Contern will play at home against the league's second-placed Musel Pikes and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Contern: J.Morgan 27+3reb+2ast, R.Birenbaum 21+3reb+7ast, M.Atkins 14+2reb+1ast, R.Wolzfeld 10+9reb, A.Gengler 7+10reb, A.Eicke 4+4reb+1ast
Sparta: B.Reese 29+9reb+3ast, T.Robinson 25+11reb+5ast, D.Gindt 16+6reb+1ast, X.Engel 11+5reb+5ast, T.Cames 5+1reb, Y.Verbeelen 5+2reb
gschID: 534546


Playdowns
Basket Esch - Arantia 95-75

An interesting game for Basket Esch (16-11) which hosted in Esch 3rd ranked Arantia (7-21). First ranked Basket Esch had an easy win 95-75. Arantia was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 51-29 second half run of Basket Esch. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Arantia's players. American forward Bill Clark (196-88, college: Duquesne) fired 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Alexandre Rodenbourg (202-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Basket Esch players scored in double figures. American swingman Ladarius Tabb (196, college: Alabama A&M) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 19 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Duke Mondy (193-90, college: Oakland) added 28 points respectively for lost side. Basket Esch maintains first position in League with 16-11 record. Arantia at the other side keeps the third place with 21 games lost. Basket Esch's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Heffingen on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arantia will play against Kordall Steelers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arantia: D.Mondy 28, L.Tabb 20+19reb+3ast, L.Kirpach 9+1reb, J.Pedro Nunes 7+5reb+3ast, M.Cortese 4+2reb+2ast, S.Ferreira 4+2reb
Basket Esch: M.Latinovic 20+6reb, B.Clark 20+9reb+7ast, A.Rodenbourg 17+14reb+4ast, P.Biever 13+1ast, P.Arbaut 11+1reb+4ast, J.Biever 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 534548


Kordall Steelers - Residence 85-91

An interesting game for Residence (13-14) which played road game in Rodange against one of their biggest challengers Kordall Steelers (16-11). Second ranked Residence managed to get a 6-point victory 91-85. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-15. But Kordall Steelers won second period 30-28. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Residence won last quarter 23-19. They shot 64.8 percent from the field. They also forced 22 Kordall Steelers turnovers. Residence looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for guard Everage Richardson (191-85, college: Co.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Power forward Julian Scott (203-90, college: Adams St.) contributed with 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Antonio Bivins (198-92, college: Mass.-Lowell) replied with 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists and forward Marlin Mason (201-93, college: Cleveland St.) added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Kordall Steelers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Residence maintains second position in League with 13-14 record having eleven points less than leader Amicale. Newly promoted Kordall Steelers keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Residence will face BC Mess (#4) in Mondercange in the next round. Kordall Steelers will play on the road against Arantia in Larochette and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kordall Steelers: A.Bivins 34+4reb+4ast, M.Mason 19+10reb+3ast, T.Kaspereit 11+4reb+2ast, S.Muepu 10+1reb+2ast, Y.Neves 5+1reb+2ast, C.Weiler 3+1reb+1ast
Residence: J.Scott 24+8reb+3ast, E.Richardson 21+5reb+12ast, K.Moura 18+2reb+2ast, O.Vujakovic 14+8reb+3ast, V.Heuschling 6+1ast, O.Braun 5+1reb
gschID: 534551


BC Mess - Racing 45-71

Rather expected game when 4th ranked BC Mess (12-15) was smashed by first ranked Racing (25-2) in Mondercange 71-45 on Saturday. The game without a history. Racing led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Mess to just 5 points in third quarter. Racing dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BC Mess' 20. They outrebounded BC Mess 34-17 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for American forward Mark Ogden (206-94, college: Dixie St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import swingman Scott Morton (195-87, college: Geneseo St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Elijah Bonsignore (198, college: S.New Hampshire) replied with 15 points and Uruguayan forward Facundo Alonso (195) added 10 points in the effort for BC Mess. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Racing maintains first position in League with 25-2 record. BC Mess at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Racing will face Bascharage (#4) in Kaerjeng in the next round. BC Mess will play on the road against the league's second-placed Residence in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Mess: E.Bonsignore 15+2reb+2ast, F.Alonso 10+2ast, M.Sunnen 5+1reb+2ast, Y.Fux 3+3reb, Y.Melchior 3+2reb, A.Mendes 3+1reb
Racing: M.Ogden 26+10reb+2ast, S.Morton 22+10reb+3ast, L.Soragna 6+1reb, M.Hilger 4+4reb, S.Ney 4+1ast, M.Gillardin 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 534550


Bascharage - Heffingen 95-90

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Heffingen (18-9) against fourth ranked Bascharage (3-23) on Saturday night. Visiting Heffingen was defeated by Bascharage in a tough game in Kaerjeng 90-95. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-20. But Heffingen won second period 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Phillip Leonard (188-93, college: Mercer) notched 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Emilio Parks (198-92, college: Johnson C. Smith) supported him with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Bascharage players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 40 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds by American power forward Mike Jones (203-83, college: N.Texas) did not help to save the game for Heffingen. Serbian swingman Nikola Pavlovic (195-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 18 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Bascharage maintains fourth position in League with 3-23 record. Newly promoted Heffingen keeps the second place with nine games lost. Bascharage will meet league's leader Racing in the next round and it