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  ABA LEAGUE  



Alimpijevic at the bench of FMP - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

The Presidency of FMP Beograd has made a decision to name Dusan Alimpijevic the new head coach of the team of Belgrade.

The decision was made unanimously. It was reached at the session of the Presidency. Alimpijevic has already done the first practice in the new club and got familiar with the players, that will play in the Serbian Superleague.

Dusan Alimpijevic is a former Vojvodina Nis Novi Sad player. He has also begun his coaching career as the assistant coach at the club of Novi Sad, but he has drawn extraordinary attention with excellent results with KK Spartak Subotica, where he has been coaching this season. He is considered to be one of the most talented young coaches in Serbia.




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  ALGERIA  


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.18.4 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.0 
 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: 11.9
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.9 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.3 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.5 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.9 
 7. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 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.6.2 
 3. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.4 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 9. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
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. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 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, Ciclista20.6 
 3. Brown, La Union19.5 
 4. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 5. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 6. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 7. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 8. Pais, Platense17.4 
 9. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.3 
 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, Temperley8.9 
 4. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 6. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.4 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.8.3 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC8.3 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.1 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.1 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.4 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.4 
 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. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.9 
 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. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 6. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 8. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 
 9. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 10. Johnson, Estudian.0.8 



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  AUSTRIA  


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  


Regulators take NBPA crown - by Eurobasket News

Cybots - Regulators 81-100

The Mr Ship It Freight Regulators are NPBA Champions. They overcame Cybots on the road in Game 6 to claim 4-2 victory in the title series. Regulators dominated from start to finish in this one earning a well-deserved trophy. Regulators dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Cybots' 48. Regulators forced 20 Cybots turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Brian Bain (190-81, college: Armstr.Atlantic) who scored 27 points and 7 rebounds. Gameliel Rose chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Livingston Munnings who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds and guard Ernest Saunders (188, college: Cleveland St. CC) added 17 points, 6 assists and 5 steals respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cybots: L.Munnings 23+18reb+2ast, L.Arbrister 18+3reb+2ast, E.Saunders 17+2reb+6ast, D.Duncombe 10+8reb+2ast, J.Hutchinson 7+4reb+2ast, J.Atkins 4+3reb
Regulators: B.Bain 27+7reb+3ast, G.Rose 23+8reb+3ast, E.Bain 19+8reb+1ast, M.Mackey 13+8reb+6ast, P.Brice 6+1ast, S.Cruz 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 543947





High Flyers Win Division II Title - by Eurobasket News

With the stakes at their highest, Daltino Thurston stepped to the line and hit his most clutch free throw of the season to lift the Breezes High Flyers to the New Providence Basketball Association Division II title. Thurston made the first of two free throws with 12 seconds left to give the High Flyers a 75-74 win over the Johnson's Truckers in game five of the series at the AF Adderley Gymnasium last night. Thurston scored just five points, but his free throws with the game on the line made the Truckers the first team in the series to win consecutive games and claim the Reggie Forbes floating trophy. Jeremy Neely was virtually unstoppable once again, leading the High Flyers with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Shanton Pratt scored 15 and Devontee Gibson scored 12 points with nine rebounds. Christorr Stuart led the Truckers with 25 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Horris McKenzie scored 19 and grabbed eight rebounds and Frantz Smith Jr scored 10. Breezes took a 54-50 lead into the fourth quarter and maintained the lead briefly until the Truckers tied it at 60 on a McKenzie three-pointer with 7:35 left to play. The game was tied again at 63, 65, 67, 69 and 71 headed into the final minute of play. Pratt converted a three-point play to give Breezes a 74-71 lead before Michael Davis brought Johnson's back within one. After Pratt missed a jumper the following trip up court, Stuart was fouled with 32 seconds left to play with an opportunity to put his team ahead. Stuart would split the pair and made the second to tie the game at 74, setting the stage for Thurston's late-game heroics. Both teams opened with one of their worst quarters of the series and struggled to score early on, combining for just 18 points. Neely's three-pointers tied the game at six midway through the period before the teams traded leads over the next few baskets. Stuart made one of two free throws before Travis Stuart gave the High Flyers the lead right back with a three-pointer. They took an 11-9 lead at the end of a slowly paced period where neither team was able to score over the last 2:32. Neely started to heat up in the second quarter and got the scoring rolling for the High Flyers. He opened with a layup on their second possession, added a free throw and made a three-pointer to give his team a 17-9 lead one minute into the quarter. After the Truckers responded, Neely's second three of the quarter gave his team a 22-15 lead. McKenzie scored on the next possession and sparked a run which saw them take the lead. He added a pair of free throws, Stuart made a three-pointer and McKenzie tied the game at 22 on a layup with just over four minutes left to play. Michael Davis gave the Truckers a lead with a pair of free throws and the run continued with another layup from Stuart for a 26-22 lead. They would take a 31-29 lead into the half. The High Flyers had their highest scoring period in the third when they outscored the Truckers 25-19 to take a 54-50 lead into the fourth quarter. Neither team shot the ball well, but Breezes held the slight edge in field-goal percentage (37-34), made two more free throws and one more shot from long distance. The High Flyers took game one of the series with a 98-84 win. Game two saw the Truckers even the series - they withstood a late fourth-quarter rally to escape with a 104-100 win. The Truckers regained control of the series in game three with a 74-68 win before the High Flyers tied the series with a 78-69 win.
Courtesy of: tribune242.com



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


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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  BARBADOS  


Latinbasket.com All-Barbados League Awards 2016 - by Greg

MVP: Jeremy Gill of Pinelands

1st Team
Jeremy Gill of Pinelands
Darren Hunte of Cavaliers
Jamar Headley of Warriors
Kregg Jones of Lakers
Akeem Marsh of Sonics

2nd Team
Junior Moore of Pinelands
Rahim Gibbons of Bulls
Keefe Birkett of Lakers
Jehu Lefeuillee of Tridents
Charles Vanderpool of Pinelands



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.6 
 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: 8.4
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.4 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.1 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes6.7 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.6 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Simmons, Brussels6.4 
 7. Ware, Antwerp6.4 
 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. Hertay, Liege3.7 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven2.0 
 2. Simpson, Liege1.7 
 3. Billbury, Leuven1.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Hertay, Liege1.4 
 8. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 9. Troisfontain., Aalst.1.2 
 10. Clark, Antwerp1.2 
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. Henry, Kangoeroes0.8 
 5. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 7. Blair, Aalstar0.7 
 8. Ware, Antwerp0.7 
 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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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





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

33-year old guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Igokea and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Spars Sarajevo (#5, 2-5) 90-77. It allowed Igokea to consolidate first place in the Bosnia and Herzegovina league. Igokea have a solid 6-1 record. It's Radivojevic's second year at Igokea and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Vuk Radivojevic averages this season 10.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar. He is Montenegrin forward in his 3rd season at Leotar. In the last game Pelkic recorded impressive 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Leotar to edge the bottom-ranked Mladost (#9, 3-3) by 6 points 86-80. Despite this victory they still are the lowest ranked team. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Leotar managed to get this Second Stage. Pelkic is one of the most experienced players at Leotar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.5ppg (#8). He also registered 7.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Filip Patkovic (200-PF-90) of Mladost (#9). Patkovic scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Patkovic's great performance Mladost lost 80-86 to slightly lower-ranked Leotar (#11, 1-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Mladost needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Patkovic has a very solid season. In 21 games in Bosnia he scored 13.2ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and FGP: 66.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84) of Gradjanski - 22 points and 13 rebounds
5. Marko Josilo (200-G-92) of Bosna-Royal - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Stefan Djordjevic (206-C-89) of Spars Sarajevo - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81) of Gradjanski - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Stefan Mijovic (196-G-95) of Leotar - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marko Rikalo (187-PG-94) of Sloboda Tuzla - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Danilo Negovanovic (194-F/G-88) of Gradjanski - 19 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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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





Overview of NBB Round 2 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Vitoria - Campo Mourao 82-80

Vitoria nipped Campo Mourao to take 2-0 lead in the series. Universo/Vitoria made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Campo Mourao helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Keyron Sheard (188-86, college: Chattanooga, agency: Haylett Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Renato Scholz (197-88) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Caue Freitas (192-88) replied with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Greg Brown (188-94, college: St.Francis, PA) added 19 points in the effort for Campo Mourao. Five Universo/Vitoria and four Campo Mourao players scored in double figures. Campo Mourao's coach Emerson Souza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Vitoria: K.Sheard 18+5reb+5ast, K.Dawkins 13+3reb+5ast, D.Kurtz 12+1reb, R.Scholz 12+9reb, A.Silva 10+5reb+1ast, A.Bresolin 10+2reb+4ast
Campo Mourao: G.Brown 19+3reb+1ast, V.Oliveira 13+4reb, C.Freitas 13+6reb+5ast, D.Nunes 10+9reb+1ast, I.Thornton 8+1reb, W.Henrique 7+1reb
gschID: 543897


Paulistano - B.Cearense 83-75

Paulistano outgunned Basket Cearense to even the series at 1-1. Paulistano made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Lucas Dias-Silva (209-95) notched 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international center Guilherme Hubner (208-87) supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Even 29 points by the former international guard Eduardo Machado (193-82) did not help to save the game for SKY/Basquete. The former international point guard David Rossetto (180-93) added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: L.Dias Silva 23+6reb+2ast, G.Hubner 14+12reb, R.Carbonari 11+6reb+2ast, G.Lucas 8+1reb+3ast, Y.Dos Santos 7+1reb+1ast, V.Camilo 6+1ast
B.Cearense: E.Machado 29+3reb+1ast, R.McLemore 10, F.Ribeiro 8+4reb, D.Rossetto 7+7reb+7ast, L.Klassmann 6+9reb+2ast, T.Lima 5+1reb
gschID: 543896


Bauru - Macae 91-79

Bauru coasted past Macae en route to 2-0 lead. The former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and international guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 20 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Five Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 23 points and 11 assists by American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) did not help to save the game for Macae. Guard Guilherme Schneider (193-86) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Bauru: J.Andrade 23+11reb+1ast, A.Garcia 20+4reb+5ast, V.Silva 13+2reb+2ast, L.Meindl 10+3reb+3ast, S.Santos 10+4reb+1ast, G.Pereira 9
Macae: K.Anthony 23+2reb+11ast, G.Schneider 16+7reb+1ast, E.Camilo 10+5reb+2ast, B.Simmons 9, L.Paulo Dos Santos 6+6reb+2ast, W.Borges 6+4reb
gschID: 543895


Pinheiros - Vasco Da G. 80-85

Vasco Da Gama bounced back from the starting loss and upset Pinheiros on the road. Vasco Da G. made 31-of-33 charity shots (93.9 percent) during the game. Pinheiros was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Murilo Becker (211-83) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard David Jackson (195-82, college: Penn St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. American guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. Pinheiros' coach Cesar Guidetti tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Vasco Da G.: M.Becker 26+14reb+2ast, D.Jackson 16+5reb+2ast, W.Dos Santos 13+4ast, H.Vitor Lima 8+2reb+3ast, G.Zilmer 8+1reb, D.Palacios 6+2ast
Pinheiros: C.Bennett 16+3reb+4ast, D.Holloway 16+2reb+4ast, A.Neto 13+2reb+3ast, R.Ansaloni 10+7reb+1ast, G.Barbosa 9+4reb+3ast, L.Gustavo de Oliveira 7
gschID: 543894





Wesley Sena claims Brazilian Liga Ouro weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Wesley Sena (210-C/F-96) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Contagem and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga Ouro Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 20-year old had the game-high 32 points adding six rebounds for Contagem in his team's victory, helping them to beat Blumenau (#5, 3-5) 72-65. Contagem maintains the 2nd position in Brazilian Liga Ouro. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Contagem will need more victories to improve their 7-2 record. In the team's last game Sena had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Contagem and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Wesley Sena averages just after two games 22.5ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old swingman Durval Prado (200-G/F-92) of Brusque. Prado impressed basketball fans with 7 points, 24 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Brusque lost that game 59-68 to slightly higher-ranked Santos/Macapa (#4, 4-6). Brusque are still at the very bottom. 9 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Prado is well-known by Brusque fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Spanish Jose Victor Jeronimo (208-C-91) of Joinville (#3). Jeronimo scored 12 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Joinville, leading his team to a 68-53 easy win against Brusque (#6, 0-9). Joinville needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Jeronimo has a great season in Brazil. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.7rpg (8th best). Jose Victor Jeronimo has also Brazilian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maxwell Dias (198-SF-91) of Joinville - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Luis Fernando Lima (193-G-93) of Santos/Macapa - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Diego Silva (206-C/F-90) of Blumenau - 17 points and 10 rebounds
7. Rodrigo Silva (207-C-87) of Brusque - 18 points and 5 rebounds
8. Tarvin Gaines (198-SF-91) of Blumenau - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lucas Vezaro (188-G-96) of Joinville - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jeferson Froehlich (193-PG-91) of Joinville - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Division A Round 10 (Second Stage): Akademik Sofia clinch top position despite loss - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Division A just ended. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Akademik Sofia (8-2) recorded its second loss in Troyan on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Chavdar (3-7) 97-86. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-86. Chavdar maintains fifth position in A with 3-7 record. Akademik Sofia at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Shumen. Eighth ranked Shumen (7-3) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Cherno More 2 (8-2) 83-82 on Wednesday evening. Shumen maintains eighth position in A with 7-3 record. Newly promoted Cherno More 2 keeps the seventh place with two games lost.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Varna. Third ranked UE Varna faced one of their biggest challengers Rilski 2. Host UE Varna (7-3) defeated guests from Samokov (4-6) 103-94. UE Varna maintains third position in A with 7-3 record behind leader Cherno More 2. Loser Rilski 2 keeps the fourth place with six games lost.
The game in Vidin was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski 2014-2 (7-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Vidabasket (1-9). Levski 2014-2 managed to secure a 4-point victory 92-88. Levski 2014-2 maintains second position in A with 7-3 record behind leader Cherno More 2. Vidabasket at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Varna. Tenth ranked Dunav 2016 (5-5) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Akademik Varna (1-9) 85-83 on Sunday evening. Dunav 2016 maintains tenth position in A with 5-5 record. Loser Akademik Varna stay at the bottom place with nine games lost.

In the last game of round 10 In A Dolphin was crushed by CSKA in a road game 89-53.

Places 1-6
UE Varna - Rilski 2 103-94

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Varna. Third ranked UE Varna faced one of their biggest challengers Rilski 2. Host UE Varna (7-3) defeated guests from Samokov (4-6) 103-94. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 30-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. UE Varna maintains third position in A with 7-3 record behind leader Cherno More 2. Loser Rilski 2 keeps the fourth place with six games lost.
gschID: 534097


Vidabasket - Levski 2014-2 88-92

The game in Vidin was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski 2014-2 (7-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Vidabasket (1-9). Levski 2014-2 managed to secure a 4-point victory 92-88. Vidabasket was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 47-33 second half run of Levski 2014-2. Levski 2014-2 maintains second position in A with 7-3 record behind leader Cherno More 2. Vidabasket at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost.
gschID: 534095


Chavdar - Akademik Sofia 97-86

Top ranked Akademik Sofia (8-2) recorded its second loss in Troyan on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Chavdar (3-7) 97-86. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-86. Chavdar maintains fifth position in A with 3-7 record. Akademik Sofia at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost.
gschID: 534096


Places 7-12
Shumen - Cherno More 2 83-82

Important game to mention about took place in Shumen. Eighth ranked Shumen (7-3) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Cherno More 2 (8-2) 83-82 on Wednesday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But Cherno More 2 won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shumen maintains eighth position in A with 7-3 record. Newly promoted Cherno More 2 keeps the seventh place with two games lost.
gschID: 534099


Akademik Varna - Dunav 2016 83-85

Important game to mention about took place in Varna. Tenth ranked Dunav 2016 (5-5) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Akademik Varna (1-9) 85-83 on Sunday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Akademik Varna won fourth quarter 18-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dunav 2016 maintains tenth position in A with 5-5 record. Loser Akademik Varna stay at the bottom place with nine games lost.
gschID: 534098


CSKA - Dolphin 89-53

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Dolphin (5-5) was crushed on the road by eleventh ranked CSKA (4-6) 89-53 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-53. Newly promoted CSKA maintains eleventh position in A with 4-6 record. Loser Dolphin keeps the ninth place with five games lost.
gschID: 534100





UE Varna wins Cup of BFB - by Eurobasket News

UE Varna won Cup of BFB in Bulgaria. In the Final gam they beat Academic Sofia 95-92 in overtime. Both teams notched 20 points each in the first period and then UE Varna grabbed a 44-41 halftime advantage after a 24-21 rally in the second period. Moreover they posted a 24-20 rally in the third quarter, while Academic Sofia tied it all at 83-83 after four frames. Only due to 12-9 run in overtime UE Varna triumphed in the Cup.
Sasa Topcov to-scored for the winners with 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Hakan Serbezov (199-F-91) added 25. Krasimir Dimitrov and Milen Dudev (178-PG-94) had 19 points in a loss, whilst Mario Mirchev (190-G-99) poured in 18.



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



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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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  CAYMAN ISLANDS  


Sol Blazers remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News

The defending champions are continuing the dominance throughout the National Men's League 2017 Season. Although they aren't doing it in the emphatic fashion as in past seasons, the Blazers are still a force to be reckoned with. Off season trades saw the exit of started Deandre Simpson (196-F-90, college: Webber Intern.) (who went to the Warriors) and Davie Cotterell (who went to the Silver Bullets) but the Veteran Kevin Maxwell (80) and Triple Double Monster Shaad O'Garro (199-F/G-90, college: Le Moyne-Owen) are holding the fort with their team. They Look forward to the return of Samuel O'Garro (195-G-88, college: Eckerd) when he returns from his professional season in Germany. On April 9th the Blazers took on Fix-It Celltronics in a fast paced, physical game. Although Celltronics were keeping within striking distance, the Blazers never trailed during the game and didn't seem to be bothered by the fact that their opponents lingered near.
Courtesy of: caymanbasketball.com



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  CUBA  


Pinar del Rio crowned champions - by Eurobasket News

Pinar del Rio crowned champions in Cuba beating Matanzas 4-2 in the Final series. In Game 6 Pinar del Rio posted a 63-53 win to seal the trophy. Trailing 15-16 at the end of the first period, Pinar del Rio replied with a 16-11 run in the second frame and took a 31-27 halftime advantage. Moreover they produced a 13-10 rally in the third period and closed the game with a 19-16 run.
Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Humberto Garcia (203-C-85) nailed 18 points in a loss and William Granda (189-SG-85, agency: Pro Sports) had 12.



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  CYPRUS  

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, Keravnos16.1 
 4. Ray, Enosis15.1 
 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. Barnes, Etha6.1 
 8. Wright, Apoel6.1 
 9. OBrien, Keravnos6.0 
 10. Thomas, AEK5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Barker, Keravnos5.9 
 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, Keravnos1.5 
 9. Jaxen, Etha1.3 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.1 
 2. Suleiman, Apollon0.9 
 3. Mobley, Apoel0.9 
 4. Ortiz, Etha0.6 
 5. Parks, Keravnos0.6 
 6. Burnatowski, Apoel0.6 
 7. Trisokkas, AEK0.5 
 8. OBrien, Keravnos0.5 
 9. Dasic, AEK0.4 
 10. Brezec, AEK0.4 


Division A Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Keravnos advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Keravnos - Enosis 107-47

Keravnos rallied past Enosis to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Keravnos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Enosis' 28 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Keravnos forced 19 Enosis turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Enosis' players. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Jake OBrien (206-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) helped adding 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Keravnos players scored in double figures. Keravnos' coach Christoforos Livadiotis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jarvis Ray (198-90, college: TCU) scored 19 points.
Top scorers:
Keravnos: J.O'Brien 15+8reb+3ast, T.Parks 15+9reb+1ast, N.Stylianou 14+5reb+5ast, K.Barker 14+5reb+3ast, M.Abukar 13+6reb+3ast, G.Theocharides 10+4reb+1ast
Enosis: J.Ray 19+3reb, M.Pearson 15+11reb+1ast, P.Stratis 5+3reb+1ast, Z.Panagiotis 5+1ast, Z.Hanoun 2+2reb, N.Thoma 1+1reb+3ast
gschID: 543882


AEK - Apoel 87-79

AEK held off Apoel to secure 2-1 lead in the series. AEK players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (207-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) accounted for 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Brandon Mobley (206-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: HMS) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Apoel in the defeat. Four AEK and five Apoel players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
AEK: P.Brezec 24+7reb+4ast, T.Thomas 19+5reb+4ast, V.Dasic 17+13reb+5ast, T.Petrovic 15+6reb+4ast, L.Anderson 7+3reb+2ast, I.Panteli 3+1ast
Apoel: B.Mobley 19+7reb+2ast, V.Kounas 14+2reb+5ast, R.Brown 13+2reb+3ast, T.Bussey 13+6reb+3ast, M.Burnatowski 10+7reb+3ast, M.Best 8+5reb
gschID: 543881





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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.18.3 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha17.6 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Thompson, Usti n.14.8 
 8. Skinner, BK Kolin14.7 
 9. Pecka, Usti n.14.3 
 10. Bakic, BK Kolin14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.2 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.9.1 
 3. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 4. Mickelson, Svitavy7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Bohacik, USK Praha6.6 
 8. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 9. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 10. Kremen, MMCITE B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava5.8 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.5 
 5. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Kouril, BK Opava4.7 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 9. 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.2.2 
 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. Bannister, Svitavy1.6 
 9. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.6 
 10. Necas, BK Pardubice1.6 
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, Svitavy1.4 
 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. Svrdlik, BK Pardu.0.6 


1Liga Stats Leaders

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


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  


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
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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
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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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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 RC21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.1 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Onuaku, Rio G.10.7 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.5 
 6. Costello, Iowa E.10.2 
 7. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 8. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 9. Sims, Salt L.9.2 
 10. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
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. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 3. Tokoto, Rio G.2.2 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.2.0 
 6. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 7. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 9. Jackson, Texas L.1.9 
 10. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC3.0 
 3. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 4. Tavares, Raptors .2.8 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 7. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 8. Obekpa, Santa C.2.5 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 10. Jones, Santa C.2.1 


Red Claws take down Mad Ants to advance - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, won their first ever playoff series in dramatic fashion, 124-119, eliminating the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in a decisive Game 3 at the Portland Expo. Maine advances to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time, and will play #1 seed Raptors 905, starting with Game 1 this Sunday at the Portland Expo. Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93, college: Texas A&M) led Maine with 30 points on 11-15 shooting. Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) added 26 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, including a crucial dunk down the stretch. Boston Celtics First Round Draft Pick Geurschon Yabusele added 26 points on 10-14 shooting off the bench to go with 9 rebounds. Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU, agency: Babcock Sports), on assignment from the Celtics, added 22 points and 14 boards to go with 4 bocks. Coron Williams (6'1''-PG-89, college: Wake Forest) added 11 points down the stretch in the win. Fort Wayne was led by Trey McKinney-Jones (6'6''-G-90, college: Miami, FL), who finished with 30 points. Jordan Mickey started the scoring with a running hook shot. Immediately, the Mad Ants went to Hansbrough inside for an alley-oop. Jones' three-point play gave Maine an 11-10 lead, and Mickey's put-back extended it to three. Jones scored 10 of Maine's first 16 points in the 1st quarter. The teams went back and forth, with Hansbrough scoring at will inside for Fort Wayne, and the Red Claws doing the same on their end. Nader's three point play, and subsequent three by Arthur Edwards extended the lead to five. Jones hit a three to beat the shot clock to cap a 13 point quarter, and the Red Claws had a 35-29 lead after one. Mickey's second and third efforts early in the 2nd resulted in a hoop and the foul, and the Red Claws took a 43-33 lead. Yabusele showed off his athleticism with a huge block on one end, then received a monster alley-oop slam on the other end - Maine took a 55-43 lead with 6:31 left in the half. Fort Wayne mounted a comeback - Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia, agency: Three Eye Sports)'s bucket cut it to 57-52 - and Georges Niang's jumper got it to three - in the blink of an eye, Fort Wayne got it to one point at 57-56 before Yabusele's three righted the ship. Maine took a 67-62 lead into the break - shooting 57.8% from the floor and 6-12 from downtown. Jones and Yabusele led the Red Claws with 15 points each at the half. Niang opened the 3rd quarter with back to back buckets to cut it to one, when Jackson's first bucket of the game stopped the run. Yabusele's monster jam brought the crowd to its feet and the Red Claws held a 78-76 lead halfway through the period. Jordan Loyd's tough floater tied it at 79, and a fast break bucket by Hicks gave Fort Wayne a 81-79 lead. Hansbrough got to the line and extended Fort Wayne's lead to 87-81, the largest of the game. Yabusele's fast break bucket make it 91-90 Fort Wayne heading into the final quarter. In the 4th, Fort Wayne went on a run, with Trey McKinney-Jones' three-point play making it 100-92 Mad Ants with 9:00 to go. Coron Williams and Jones hit back to back three's - and the game was tied at 103 just like that. Jones' three-point play gave Maine a 108-105 lead. Yabusele's offensive rebound led to another three by Jones to make it 112-106 Red Claws. The Red Claws went on a 22-8 run to take the lead - Yabusele's bucket made it 116-110 with 1:14 to go. McKinney-Jones dropped in a three with :45 to go to cut it to 116-115. Nader's monster slam gave Maine a 118-115 lead. Yabusele's huge rebound led to free throws for Mickey with :19 to go. Travis Leslie drained a huge three to cut it to 120-118 with :15 left, but Nader put the game away at the line. The Red Claws shot 56.3% (45-80) from the floor, 42.3% (11-26) from downtown and 23-30 from the free throw line. Fort Wayne shot 51.1% (47-92) from the field, 25% (6-24) from beyond the arc, and 19-23 from the charity stripe. The Red Claws will face #1 seed Raptors 905 in the Eastern Conference Finals, starting Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Portland Expo. Games 2 and (if necessary) 3 are Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20 on the road.
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



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



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


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

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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Djordje DZELETOVIC
  TL.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Dzeletovic, TL.19.6 
 2. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.5 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.9 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.16.4 
 6. Olmre, TTU16.1 
 7. Seskus, Parnu15.5 
 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, Parnu8.2 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU8.0 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool7.9 
 6. Lips, Tarvas7.8 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.4 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.5 
 10. Dzeletovic, TL.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.9 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 6. Bratoz, Rapla3.9 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.3 
 10. Saage, TL.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.1 
 2. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 3. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.7 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 6. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 8. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.6 
 9. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga1.5 
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. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 6. Kok, Rapla0.7 
 7. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 8. Zvigurs, Valga0.6 
 9. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.6 
 10. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 


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

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is former international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team BC Nizhny Novgorod to a victory against the closely-ranked Astana (9-13) 76-72 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Vene recorded 11 points in 25 minutes on the court. BC Nizhny Novgorod (8-15) is placed ninth in group A. His team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Vene's first season with the team. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 34.5% and FT: 75.6% in 23 games he played so far. He played for the Estonian senior national team two years ago.

Erik Dorbek
Erik Dorbek
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Erik Dorbek (196-82, currently plays in Australia). Dorbek could not help Norths Soul Sports Bears (2-0) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Norths Soul Sports Bears (2-0) were defeated 99-88 on the road by the lower-ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (#5) in the WARATAH group. Dorbek was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 7 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Dorbek has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 59.2%(45-76), 3FGP: 12.5% and FT: 65.5%. Dorbek played for the Estonian national team in 2006.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help Openjobmetis VA in their game against Grissin Bon RE (15-11) in the Italian Serie A. Kangur scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. Openjobmetis VA lost 68-73 in Reggio Emilia to the higher-ranked (#6) Grissin Bon RE. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Kangur's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 25.5% and FT: 85.2% in 26 games. He played for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #4. Swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a 1-point KFUM Jamtland's victory against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings (23-9) 82-81 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Puidet scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. KFUM Jamtland Basket (16-16) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Puidet's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.6apg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #5. International guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden) faced previously mentioned Jaan Puidet in the Swedish Basketligan last game. Kurbas was not able to secure a victory for Sodertalje Kings (23-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Sodertalje Kings was edged 82-81 in Jamtland by the lower-ranked (#6) KFUM. Kurbas was the second best scorer with 17 points in 33 minutes. This year Kurbas' total stats are: 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4apg in 36 games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #6. Forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Bakken Bears to win against the fifth-ranked Svendborg (13-15) 95-79 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. Kitsing recorded 5 points. Bakken Bears (24-4) is placed first in the Ligaen. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This season Kitsing has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg and 3.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #7. International guard Rain Veideman (192-91, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Jesi (12-16) 80-65 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Veideman recorded 13 points in 30 minutes. GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (14-14) is placed ninth in East group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Veideman has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 3.4apg in five games. He is also Estonian national team player.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #8. Point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Ethnikos (13-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Laane's good performance Ethnikos was defeated 92-77 in Athens by the lower-ranked Amyntas Dafnis (#10). He recorded 10 points and added 5 assists. Laane has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.5spg. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Sander Raieste (200-F/G-99) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Karl Karpin (205-C-0) plays for Joventut in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kregor Hermet (204-PF-97) plays for Lleida Basquet in Spanish LEB Gold
Robert Valge (192-SF-97) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) plays for Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA
Henri Drell (198-SF-0) plays for Baunach in German ProA
Artur Arhangelski (185-G-97) plays for Combine Prep Academy in the

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



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  FINLAND  


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

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a 3-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (8-19) 91-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Koponen recorded 11 points in 25 minutes on the court. FC Barcelona Lassa (18-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It's Koponen's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 92.5%(37-40) in 22 games he played so far. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Croatia). Sulejmanovic led Cibona to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Alkar Sinj (6-18) crushing them 89-60 in the Croatian A1 last Thursday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (18-6) is placed fourth in the A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sulejmanovic's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 12.5% and FT: 57.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish. Sulejmanovic played for the Finnish national team in 2013.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (17-10) 82-67 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Murphy scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Strasbourg IG (18-9) is placed fourth in the ProA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Murphy's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 78.6% in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #4. Guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Gran Canaria (18-9) to beat Joventut (9-18). Salin recorded 7 points. Gran Canaria was defeated 86-72 on the road by the much lower-ranked Joventut (#13). They ended the series of eight consecutive victories. Salin's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 2.1rpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #5. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Kolossos HH (12-13) in their last game. Despite Ahonen's good performance Kolossos HH was edged 82-81 in Athens by the higher-ranked (#3) AEK Athens. He recorded 10 points and added 3 assists in 15 minutes. It was Kolossos HH's third consecutive loss in a row. Ahonen's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Ahonen's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.1apg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #6. Power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for USK Praha (16-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Madsen's good performance the fourth-placed USK Praha (16-15) was crushed 82-53 at home by the lower-ranked BK Opava (#5) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Madsen also added 4 rebounds. Madsen has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4bpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #7. An experienced international point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked UCAM Murcia (10-16) crushing them 109-84 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Wilson recorded 8 points in 19 minutes. Movistar Estudiantesis placed second in the Liga Endesa. Wilson has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.5apg in 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilson is also Finnish national team player. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Antti Kanervo
Antti Kanervo
   #8. Shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) contributed to a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the ninth-ranked STB Le Havre (14-13) 69-62 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Kanervo scored 7 points. Chorale de Roanne Basket (11-15) is placed 14th in the ProB. Kanervo has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Anton Odabasi
Anton Odabasi
   #9. International forward Anton Odabasi (206-95, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Trabzonspor (8-17) in their game against Gaziantep (13-12) in the Turkish BSL. Odabasi recorded 5 points in 24 minutes. Trabzonspor was crushed 96-75 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#8) Gaziantep. Odabasi has averaged so far 0.5ppg and 1.1rpg in 13 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Matti Nuutinen
Matti Nuutinen
   #10. Forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antti Kanervo and both played together in the last French ProB game. Nuutinen helped Chorale de Roanne win their game against the ninth-ranked STB Le Havre (14-13) 69-62. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Nuutinen has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Crailsheim Merlins in their game against Oettinger Rockets Gotha in the German ProA (second division). Kotti scored only 4 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 19 minutes. His team was edged 80-78. Kotti has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.7apg in 26 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.



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

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in CSKA's victory against the closely-ranked Olympiacos (19-11) 90-86 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. De Colo scored 23 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 30 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSKA Moscow (22-8) is placed second in the Euroleague. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(116-204), 3FGP: 45.3%(39-86) and FT: 95.8%(114-119) in 23 games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Baskonia (18-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Beaubois' very good performance Baskonia was defeated 86-82 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 19 points. It's Beaubois' first season with the team. Beaubois has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 62.9%(66-105), 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 81.0%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA). Batum was not able to help the Charlotte Hornets (37-45) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Charlotte Hornets (37-45) were defeated 121-114 in Boston by the Celtics. Batum was the top scorer with 31 points. He also added 8 rebounds and 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This season Batum has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 5.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 85.6%. Batum is also a member of the French senior national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #4. Guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Anadolu Efes (17-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Anadolu Efes was badly defeated 97-80 in Madrid by the leading Real. Heurtel scored 13 points and added 6 passes in 27 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Heurtel has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 5.8apg in 30 games. He is also French national team player.

Antoine Diot
Antoine Diot
   #5. International point guard Antoine Diot (193-89, currently plays in Spain) led Valencia Basket to an easy victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-22) crushing them 94-73 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Diot recorded 11 points and added 6 passes. Valencia Basket (19-7) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Diot's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #6. Guard Leo Westermann (197-92, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Lithuanian team Zalgiris to a victory against the closely-ranked Baskonia (17-13) 84-79 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Westermann scored 13 points and added 9 passes in 32 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (14-16) is placed tenth in the Euroleague. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. This year Westermann's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 5.5apg in 30 games. He is a former international player as he played for the French senior team two years ago.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #7. International center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (41-39) 106-87 in the NBA last Tuesday. Gobert recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 blocks. The Utah Jazz has a solid 50-31 record this season. Gobert's team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Gobert has very high stats. He averages: 14.1ppg, 12.8rpg, 1.2apg and 2.7bpg. Gobert is also French national team player.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
   #8. Swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (201-95, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Philadelphia 76ers (27-54) in their game against the Indiana Pacers (41-40) in the NBA, despite his very good performance on Monday night. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Luwawu-Cabarrot also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. But the Philadelphia 76ers (27-54) lost 111-120 in Indianapolis to the Indiana Pacers. It was 76ers' seventh consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. This year Luwawu-Cabarrot's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 2.2rpg in 68 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2015.

Amath M'Baye
Amath M'Baye
   #9. Former U20 international forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Enel Brindisi (12-14) in their game against VL Pesaro (8-18) in the Italian Serie A. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game M'Baye was the top scorer with 29 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season M'Baye has very high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1bpg. M'Baye used to play for the French U20 national team eight years ago.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #10. Power forward Ali Traore (207-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to Byblos' victory against the third-ranked Louaize (11-13) 90-84 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Wednesday. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. Traore also added 3 assists in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Byblos Sporting Club (16-8) is placed second. The Second Stage already ended. Traore has very impressive stats this year: 18.5ppg, 9.5rpg and 2.4apg in eight games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. Former international shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Orlando Magic in their game against the Indiana Pacers in the NBA. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Fournier was the second best scorer with 23 points. This season Fournier has very high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.0apg. Fournier used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) led Movil Estudiantes to a victory over the 12th-ranked UCAM Murcia crushing them 109-84 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Jackson recorded 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 27 minutes. Jackson has very impressive stats this year: 22.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg in 27 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former international center Kevin Seraphin (208-89, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot in the NBA last game. Seraphin contributed to an Indiana Pacers' victory against the Philadelphia 76ers 120-111. He scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Seraphin has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 2.9rpg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #14. International center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the New Orleans Pelicans in their game against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Ajinca recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. But his team were crushed by 22 points 123-101 in the NBA. Ajinca has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 4.4rpg in 38 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. International power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul to win against the closely-ranked Crvena Zvezda 78-62 in the Euroleague last Friday. Moerman scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 5.3rpg. Moerman is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Baskonia (17-13) in their last game. Despite Tillie's good performance Baskonia lost 79-84 at home to the lower-ranked (#10) Zalgiris. He scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Tillie's overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg in 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in a 1-point Academik Plovdiv's victory against the sixth-ranked Spartak Pleven (10-12) 97-96 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Semple recorded 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Akademik Bulteks 99 Plovdiv (16-6) is placed second in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Semple has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.3ppg, 12.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.8bpg and 2.0spg. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #3. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) led Angelico Biella to a victory against the tenth-ranked Rieti (13-15) 75-68 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. Udom recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Angelico Biella (22-6) is placed first in West group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Udom has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg and 5.0rpg in 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Italian.

   #4. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) led London Lions to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Leeds Force (8-23) 100-83 in the British BBL on Sunday night. Niktash was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds. London Lions (16-13) is placed sixth in the BBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Niktash has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2apg. He has both French and Iranian nationalities.

   #5. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) was the main contributor in a 3-point Hapoel Eilat's victory against the league leader Hapoel Holon (18-9) 84-81 in the Israeli Winner League in Wednesday night's game. Nissim was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Eilat (17-10) is placed third in the Winner League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Nissim is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Hapoel's roster. Nissim has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 1.6apg in 24 games. He also holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #6. Roy Samaha (205-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to help Al Riyadi in their game against Tadamon in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. His team was edged 89-87. Samaha has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 3.0rpg in five games. He holds both French and Lebanese passports.

   #7. Aleek Pauline (185-PG-87, college: Norfolk St., currently plays in Holland) contributed to Weert's victory against the fourth-ranked Den Bosch 93-80 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game. Pauline had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 35 minutes. Pauline has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg in 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Pauline used to play for Union Bourbourg Grande Synthe in French league.

   #8. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion to win against the league outsider Maccabi K/G 94-87 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kadir has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.2apg. He holds both French and Israeli passports.

   #9. Rytis Juknevicius (187-SG-93, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to secure a victory for Suduva-Mantinga (30-8) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Juknevicius' very good performance the first-placed Suduva-Mantinga was defeated 89-78 on the road by the second-ranked Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda in the Places 1-7 group. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Juknevicius also added 3 passes. He has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.8apg and 1.8spg.

   #10. Sango Niang (183-PG-93, college: Simon Fraser, 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) last Saturday. Niang was the best player in that game. He recorded 21 points, 7 assists and 3 steals in 30 minutes. Niang has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg in 26 games.



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
gschID: 486051


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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  GEORGIA  

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi18.2 
 2. Allen, Mgzavrebi17.5 
 3. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.5 
 4. Lathan, Sokhumi16.3 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi16.2 
 6. Jintcharadze, Bat.16.1 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.0 
 8. Florveus, Cactus T.14.5 
 9. Burnette, Olimpi14.2 
 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, Rustavi8.9 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi8.7 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.4 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.8 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.6 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.5 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Charlie LEE
  Rustavi
  (175-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Lee, Rustavi6.2 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.0 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.2 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 5. Lezhava, Batumi4.1 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi4.0 
 7. Chikviladze, Cactus T.3.9 
 8. Berishvili, Dinamo 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.2.2 
 4. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi2.0 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi2.0 
 6. Baqradze, Olimpi1.8 
 7. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
 8. Shemosiuk, Batumi1.5 
 9. Tsekvava, Kutaisi1.5 
 10. Lomidze, Cactus T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.1.7 
 2. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.6 
 4. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.4 
 5. Tubak, Kutaisi1.3 
 6. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 7. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.2 
 8. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.0 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi0.9 


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

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

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Greece). He was the major contributor in a 1-point AEK Athens' victory against the seventh-ranked Kolossos HH (12-13) 82-81 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Dixon recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) in 23 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. AEK Athens (19-6) is placed third in the A1. Dixon's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Dixon has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 58.4%(66-113), 3FGP: 30.5% and FT: 75.9% in 24 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Italy). Haynes could not help one of league's weakest teams Umana Venezia (17-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Umana Venezia was defeated 88-80 on the road by the leading Armani Milano. Haynes was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 passes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Haynes' first season with the team. This year Haynes has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 40.4%, 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 83.9%. He is a naturalized American. Haynes played for the Georgian national team in 2011. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Marquez Haynes in the Italian Serie A last game. Hickman led Armani Milano to a victory against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (17-9) 88-80. He scored 11 points in 31 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Hickman has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.3%(45-80), 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 70.3% in 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Hickman played for the Georgian national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #4. Center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point Andorra's victory against the third-ranked CB Canarias (19-8) 85-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Shermadini recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. MoraBanc Andorra (14-12) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. Shermadini has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg and 7.4rpg. Shermadini is also Georgian national team player.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #5. Former international point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) led Bnei Hasharon to a victory over the eighth-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-14) 75-60 in the Israeli Winner League last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Green scored 16 points and added 4 assists in 36 minutes. Bnei Hertzeliyya (16-11) is placed fourth in the Winner League. Green's stats this year are: 13.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team seven years ago. However he has never played in Georgia.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #6. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Neptunas (17-13) crushing them 82-62 in the Lithuanian LKL on Saturday night. Fisher scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (23-8) is placed second in the LKL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Fisher's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team five years ago.

Duda Sanadze
Duda Sanadze
   #7. International guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help KK Primorska in their game against Tajfun (10-5) in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He was the second best scorer with 15 points. This season Sanadze has very high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. Sanadze is also Georgian national team player.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #8. Power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Burjanadze contributed to a 3-point Andorra's victory against the third-ranked CB Canarias (19-8) 85-82. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Burjanadze averaged so far 10.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg in 26 games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #9. An experienced international center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Golden State Warriors (66-15) in their game against the Utah Jazz (50-31) in the NBA. Pachulia scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Golden State Warriors (66-15) were defeated 105-99 in Salt Lake City by the Utah Jazz. They ended the series of fourteen consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Pachulia's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.9apg. He is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #10. Point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Khimki (17-5) in their game against Zenit (19-3) in the VTB United League. Pullen recorded 7 points in only 13 minutes. The third-placed Khimki (17-5) lost 66-74 at home to the second-ranked Zenit in the group A of VTB United League. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. This year Pullen's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.7apg in 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Pullen is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Georgian senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (207-91, currently plays in Russia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Irkut Irkutsk crushing them 84-64 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) in Monday night's game. Dvalishvili scored 7 points in only 10 minutes. This year Dvalishvili's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 3.0rpg in 28 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team three years ago.

   #12. U18 international power forward Goga Bitadze (210-99, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Smederevo in their game against Dynamic BG in the Serbian KLS. Bitadze recorded 6 points. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 98-78. Bitadze averaged so far 10.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2bpg. He is also in the roster of the Georgian U18 national team.

   #13. International center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) couldn't help Feni Industries in their game against MZT Skopje in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Sharabidze cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 13 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 77-61. Sharabidze has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 5.1rpg in 15 games. He is also Georgian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cambados in their game against Albacete in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Gelazonia recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 80-71. Gelazonia has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 4.6rpg. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #15. Former U20 international center Merabi Mirziashvili (207-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Innova Chef in their game against Chantada in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Mirziashvili scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 78-70. Mirziashvili has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Valencia Basket (19-7) to beat RETAbet BB (12-13). Thomas scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Valencia Basket lost 75-88 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#9) RETAbet BB. It was Valencia Basket's first loss after four consecutive victories. This year Thomas' overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 4.9rpg in 26 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to a San Lorenzo's victory against Quimsa 75-63 in the Argentinian LigaA on Tuesday night. Diaz scored 6 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Sur. San Lorenzo de Almagra (31-15) is placed first. Diaz averaged so far 10.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Puerto Rican.

   #3. Grigol Shvangiradze (196-F-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Quintanar in their game against La Roda (19-8) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Shvangiradze scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. Quintanar (#10) lost 67-74 in La Roda to the higher-ranked (#4) La Roda in the Group B. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Shvangiradze has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 2.9rpg in 26 games.



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.9 
 2. Knight, Jena18.3 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.7 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.1 
 5. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.7 
 6. Babb, Ratiopharm15.5 
 7. Odum, Wuerzburg15.5 
 8. Gaines, Vechta15.3 
 9. Lewis, Bayreuth15.1 
 10. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.4 
 2. Eatherton, Goett.7.3 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.0 
 4. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.7 
 6. Marei, Bayreuth6.7 
 7. McGhee, Walter T.6.6 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. Searcy, Vechta6.4 
 10. Gamble, Telekom .6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.8.1 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.4 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.8 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.0 
 8. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.0 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.4 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 6. Ruoff, Goettingen1.7 
 7. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.7 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 9. Bowlin, Giessen 46ers1.6 
 10. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.3 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 3. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 
 8. Gaffney, ALBA0.8 
 9. Miller, ALBA0.8 
 10. Marei, Bayreuth0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Williams, Kirchheim18.8 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 6. Warren, MBC17.1 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.2 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.9 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. King, Koeln R.7.2 
 7. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz6.8 
 9. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
 10. Kronhardt, Kirch.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Love, Kirchheim6.8 
 2. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.9 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 5. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 6. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 8. Hatten, MBC5.2 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
 10. Zazai, MBC4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chase ADAMS
  Uni Baskets
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 2. Hatten, MBC2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.3 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 7. Tiggs, Crailsheim1.8 
 8. Dunn, Crailsheim1.6 
 9. Kovacevic, Heidelberg1.6 
 10. Robertson, Koeln R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Koeln R.
  (206-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. King, Koeln R.1.6 
 2. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.3 
 4. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 5. White, Heidelberg1.2 
 6. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 7. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 8. van, Trier1.1 
 9. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 
 10. Wolf, Hamburg1.0 


De'mon Brooks (medi Bayreuth) I Try To Focus On Things That Don't Show In The Stat Sheet - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


De'Mon Brooks (201-F-92, college: Davidson) is a 24 year old 202cm forward from Charlotte, North Carolina that is playing his third professional season and first in Germany with medi Bayreuth. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Davidson (NCAA) where he played until 2014playing a total of 123 NCAA games. As a senior he played 24 games averaging 17.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 56.4%, FT: 75.3%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with Givova Napoli Basket (Italy-A2 Gold): 17 games: 17.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 2FGP: 58.9%, 3FGP: 32.4%, FT: 77.6%, in Feb.'15 moved to Galil Gilboa (Israel-Winner League): 14 games: 9.3ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 69.6%. Last season he played with Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona (Italy-Serie A2, starting five): 39 games: 15.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 82.3%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the Fraport Skyliners in Bayreuth.

Demon thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. A tough 83-65 loss against Brose Bamberg. How much did the big 28-18 first quarter kind of set the path for the visitors to victory?

Bamberg is a great team. They did a good job controlling the speed of the game and making us work hard for every shot on offense. We knew coming in that we needed to start strong. We just a trouble getting into a rhythm.

How disappointing was this loss? Medi Bayreuth played Bamberg tough in the first game losing only by 4 points and had chances to win. Bamberg won the rebounding battle, but you had 5 extra possessions with only 8 turnovers against a very tough defense. Where do you feel was this game lost?

It is always tough to lose no matter who the opponent is. Bamberg did a good job moving the ball getting great shots. Their efficiency on offense is what stood out this game.


If everything goes to plan then you should finish 4-1 or at least 3-2. Will that be enough to secure home court advantage in the playoffs?

Our goal right now is to take one game at a time and finish the season as strong as possible to obtain home court advantage. We have some tough opponents coming up, and in the BBL nothing is certain.

It has been a real fairytale season for medi Bayreuth as the team has gone beyond expectations. In our first interview at the start of the season you said this: 'I think that we have a great team from top to bottom. We are very young and deep. We have a number of guys that can start on many other clubs. At the beginning stages we have many things we need to work on, however, I like our progress and where we are so far'. Out of your own opinion has the team played better than you could have imagined?

Compared to the beginning of the season we have come a long way as a team. I am not surprised about our results so far because everyone puts in the work and does their job really well from players to the coaching staff. But with that being said, we still have a ways to go to be ready for the playoffs and I think we have not reached our ceiling yet.


It really doesn't matter who I talk to you, but the name Raoul Korner always comes up as being most responsible for the success. You said in our first interview 'What I like about Coach Korner is that he really cares for everyone in his program and his attention to detail. There is no stone left unturned, but at the same time he knows how to communicate with his players to get the best out of us. To me he is a players coach and those are the type to create a winning environment'. What has been his formula that has made this team be so successful this season?

Coach Korner has done a great job developing everyones game this season. He gives us a lot of freedom on the court, however with that freedom comes responsibility as he holds everyone accountable. I think that balance has made a huge impact on our team's chemistry and has led to our results that we have now.


Usually it is beneficial that players can do many things well on the court. However head coach Raoul Korner focused on getting players that did one thing very well. How much of a difference has this been for the success?

It makes a huge difference because as a team we are all confident in one another and our abilities. Having that confidence is key as team because you know, no matter what, we all have each other backs no matter the situation.

Having a very healthy team chemistry is always something that is very important for the success of any team in any sport. What has been extra special about this seasons medi Bayreuth team chemistry that has really stood out?

One thing special about this team that we are all good guys that really get along with one another. But in practice you would think we hate one another because everyone hates to lose. That competitiveness in practice has been a major key to our success as a team because by the time the games come around we know what to expect of one another.


In the last interview we discussed Kyan Anderson and Nate Linhart and this time I want to ask you about Josepth Lewis and Assem Marei. Lewis is a rookie and has played like a veteran, He leads the team in scoring and is the club's best three point shooter. What do you feel has been most vital about his play that has brought the team to new heights this season?

Trey is a great player especially for a rookie. I have seen him do things that just make you shake your head sometimes. What makes Trey stand out is that he has good practice habits. Every times he steps on the court he goes 100 percent and takes no days off. He is constantly working on his game and perfecting his craft. The sky the limit for him.


Assem Marei also has played at a very high level. How do you feel has he developed further as a player and will he be able to raise his game even more in the playoffs?

Assem has been great for us all year long. His ability to rebound has always been on a high level, but now he has the ability to pass the ball. He is a monster down in the post so most teams have to double him. Being able to find the open man has made the team better and makes it easier for all of us on the offensive side of the ball. We still working on that 3 point range LOL.


You resigned very early and will play next season with medi Bayreuth. Besides the normal bla bla like liking the city, coach, teammates and being able to play internationally next season, what else was very important for remaining in Bayreuth?


Me and my family feel really comfortable here in Bayreuth. Being a professional basketball player overseas, the opportunity to have that stability and security is rare. You never know where you will be at next year. Going into the summer your mind is all over the place because you have no idea where you will be going next. Having that security for me and my family in place that we love and loves us back was the main reason I decided to stay in Bayreuth another year.


How pleased are you to be playing with 34 year old German Steev Wachalski again next season. Have you ever seen a better guy in basketball shape for his age?

Age is nothing but a number when it comes to Steve. He is a machine and one of the best shooters I have played with. Its so tough playing against him in practice because he makes the toughest shots and makes it looks so easy. Its great to have him as a teammates because he motivates me to get better and improve my game. Also with his experience it is great to be able to pick his brain about certain things.

In our interview at the start of the season you said, 'Every time I step on the court I set expectations for myself to play at a high level on both ends. We have a team full of great individual talent'. You are averaging 12,4ppg and 3,5rpg. Have you been content with your season?

I never been too concerned about stats, but I am excited about our season so far. We still have a ways to go, but it is great to be on a team with so much excitement. No one expected this kind of season from us. I'm just glad to be a part of it all.


You aren't the first or second scoring option on the team and don't have the high scoring stats you had in Italy the last two seasons. In what other ways has your game been beneficial to the success of medi Bayreuth?

The BBL is a more competitive league compared to second division Italy so I knew coming in it would be different. In Italy I was the first option and had to put up huge numbers in order to be successful as a team. Here in Bayreuth I don't have to do that because everyone here can score the ball. I try to focus on things that don't show in the stat sheet like improving defensively, setting screens, and improving my spacing. These are the things that will help me in the long run to become a better player throughout my career.


The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners who you beat early in the season 72-56 on the road. They will be without key players Kwame Vaughn, Shavon Shields and Shawn Huff. Is there any danger that you will take the team too lightly without even really knowing it?

In this league there are no easy games. You have to bring your best every night or you will lose. Teams here are too talented to go through the motions. We will be focus for this game just like any other, especially after just losing to Bamberg.

The Fraport Skyliners are a lot better team then their record shows. They are out of the playoffs, but will defend hard until the end of the season. What will be key for getting the win?

Fraport is a good team and they are very tough defensively. Plus they have Robertson, Morrison, and English which are very good players. We will need to come out and control the tempo of the game from the beginning. The key of the game will be on defense and controlling the boards.


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?

Yeah stat wise it is him and James Harden being a close second. I am not a stat guy but Lebon James is still the best in the NBA in my opinion.


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?


No one has the mentality that Draymond has. So many players today put so much emphasis on scoring points. Green will do whatever it takes for his team to win no matter if its grabbing rebounds, getting others open, or kicking people in the mid section LOL. His value to the Warriors is not seen in the scoring column.


How special was the run of South Carolina at the 2017 NCAA tournament? Do you feel like this was the story of March Madness 2017'?

I think that what the NCAA Tournament is all about. You cannot predict the outcome of the tournament. Any team can win or lose on any given night, and people love to see underdogs come on top. It was great to see Both SC and UNC in the final 4 and represent the Carolinas on such huge platform.


Is Lonzo Ball the real thing? Do you feel like he will be able to develop further despite the antics of his father on social media?

To be honest I have not seen him play. From what I have heard he is really good and has the potential to be great, but only time will tell. I hope he becomes one of the great point guards in the league and he seems like a level headed kid. On the other hand his father is hilarious with the stuff he been saying. I just hope everything goes will with his career because with social media and everything going on today people can get out of hand.


There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?


I love Westbrook's game. I have not seen that kind of dog in someone since Allen Iverson was with the 76ers back in the day. The will he has to put the team on his back and do whatever it takes to win a game, especially after KD leaving the way he did is great to watch. I said it before the season he will average a trouble double. Its just crazy to actually see him get 42 of them.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Sleepless with Jamie Foxx


Thanks De'mon for the chat.



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

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

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Baskonia (18-8) in their last game. Despite Voigtmann's good performance Baskonia lost 82-86 on the road to the leading Real Madrid. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Voigtmann also added 3 assists in 27 minutes on the court. It's Voigtmann's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 58.9%(63-107), 3FGP: 33.9% and FT: 72.2% in 26 games he played so far. Voigtmann is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (32-49) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks (32-49) were badly defeated 109-91 in Denver by the Nuggets. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Nowitzki also added 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Nowitzki is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 19th year in Mavericks' roster. Nowitzki has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 14.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 87.5%. Nowitzki played for the German national team in 2015.

Isaiah Hartenstein
Isaiah Hartenstein
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was U18 international power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Lithuania). He contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Vytautas (16-14) crushing them 84-59 in the Lithuanian LKL on Wednesday night. Hartenstein recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (27-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Hartenstein's overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 30.4% in 18 games. He is also a member of the German U18 national team.

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #4. Point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory against the Boston Celtics (52-29) 123-116 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Schroeder scored 18 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The Atlanta Hawks have 43-38 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Schroeder has been at the team for four years. This season he has very high stats. Schroeder averages: 17.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 6.4apg. He used to play for the German national team back in 2015.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #5. International center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Galatasaray's victory against the 11th-ranked Istanbul BBSK (9-16) 74-67 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. Pleiss recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (18-6) is placed fourth in the BSL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Pleiss' total stats are: 9.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3bpg in 22 games. He plays currently for the German national team.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #6. Point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a JSF Nanterre's victory against the 12th-ranked JDA Dijon (10-17) 71-55 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Schaffartzik scored 12 points and added 3 passes. JSF Nanterre (18-9) is placed fifth in the ProA. Schaffartzik has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.9apg. He is a former international player as he played for the German senior team two years ago.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #7. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Zaragoza (8-19) in their last game. Despite Benzing's very good performance Zaragoza was edged 91-88 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked (#4) FC Barcelona. He recorded 17 points and added 3 passes in 30 minutes. It was Zaragoza's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Benzing has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg in 27 games. He is also German national team player.

Paul Zipser
Paul Zipser
   #8. Swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (28-53) crushing them 122-75 in the NBA on Monday night. He scored 7 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 40-41 record this season. Zipser's team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Zipser has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 2.8rpg in 43 games. He plays currently for the German national team.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #9. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Gmunden Swans (20-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Klette's very good performance Gmunden Swans was badly defeated 89-69 in Wien by the lower-ranked Vienna (#4). He was the second best scorer with 16 points (made all of his five free throws). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Klette has reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.5apg. He used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

Thomas Kaspereit
Thomas Kaspereit
   #10. Power forward Thomas Kaspereit (199-83, currently plays in Luxembourg) couldn't help Kordall Steelers (16-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kaspereit's good performance the third-placed Kordall Steelers (16-11) was defeated 91-85 at home by the second-ranked Residence in the Playdowns 2 group. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kaspereit has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 3.7rpg. He is a former U16 international player as eighteen years ago he still played for the German national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay) led Defensor to a victory against the second-ranked U Universitario (10-4) 86-75 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Thursday. Wachsmann recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo (6-8) is placed seventh in Promocional 1 group. Wachsmann has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.4apg.

   #2. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, currently plays in Israel). Timor could not help Hapoel Jerusalem (13-13) to beat Maccabi Ashdod (10-16). He scored 8 points. Hapoel Jerusalem was badly defeated 92-74 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Ashdod (#11). It was Hapoel Jerusalem's third consecutive loss in a row. Timor has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #3. Robert Tomaszek (205-C-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help BM Slam Stal in their game against Anwil (22-7) in the Polish PLK. Tomaszek scored 6 points in only 9 minutes. BM Slam Stal lost 71-75 in Wloclawek to the leading Anwil. It was BM Slam Stal's first loss after twelve consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tomaszek has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 1.9rpg in 23 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish.

   #4. Christopher Razis (194-PG-89, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for AGOR (12-13) in their game against Panathinaikos (24-1) in the Greek A1. Razis recorded 5 points in 9 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. This year Razis averages only 1.5ppg in 20 games. He has both Cypriot and German nationalities.

   #5. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Alaska Aces (4-1) in their game against Meralco Bolts (5-1) in the Filipino PBA. Thoss recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Alaska Aces lost 91-99 in Manila to the leading Meralco Bolts. Thoss plays fifth season for the team. His stats this year are: 10.6ppg and 4.4rpg in five games. Thoss also holds two passports: German and Filipino.

   #6. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) managed to help GS Iraklis Thessaloniki to win against the 13th-ranked Kavala 67-65 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 5 points. Cheilaris has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 2.8rpg. He has dual citizenship: German and Greek.

   #7. Andy Eicke (208-C-92, currently plays in Luxembourg) couldn't help Contern in their game against Sparta in the Luxembourg Total League. Eicke recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team lost 87-100. He has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.3rpg in 24 games.



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




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Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas19.0 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.6 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos17.0 
 4. Redikas, Arkadikos16.2 
 5. Milosevic, Holargos15.4 
 6. Gagaloudis, Iraklis15.3 
 7. Gioulekas, GS Laris.15.2 
 8. Liakopoulos, Faros14.8 
 9. Macheras, Ethnikos14.7 
 10. Tsougarakis, Arkad.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.2 
 2. Lolas, Irakleio8.4 
 3. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.2 
 4. Rubio, Doukas8.1 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.5 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.2 
 7. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.8 
 8. Charismidis, Aiolos A.6.7 
 9. Koutroulias, Holargos6.5 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Nikou, Psychiko7.5 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.9 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.5 
 4. Koutras, GS Laris.5.3 
 5. Liakopoulos, Faros5.1 
 6. Milosevic, Holargos5.1 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Faros4.9 
 8. Koukas, Doukas4.9 
 9. Karydas, Panionios4.8 
 10. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Sakis KARYDAS
  Panionios
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Karydas, Panionios2.0 
 2. Prodromou, Arkad.1.9 
 3. Nikou, Psychiko1.8 
 4. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.7 
 5. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.7 
 6. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 7. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.5 
 8. Laane, Ethnikos1.5 
 9. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.4 
 10. Mazurczak, Kavala1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Antonis SKLIVAS
  Kavala
  (203-F-95)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Sklivas, Kavala1.4 
 2. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.2 
 3. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 4. Skordilis, Faros0.8 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.8 
 7. Papadionysio., Aiolos A.0.7 
 8. Jawara, Doxa P.0.7 
 9. Antonakis, Ethnikos0.6 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios0.6 


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

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

Konstantinos Sloukas
Konstantinos Sloukas
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a 3-point Fenerbahce's victory against the 11th-ranked FC Barcelona (12-18) 68-65 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Sloukas scored 10 points, had 4 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls in 37 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sloukas has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 47.4%(27-57) and FT: 87.5% in 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (42-39) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (42-39) lost 89-104 on the road to the Indiana Pacers. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Antetokounmpo also added 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 35 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team. Antetokounmpo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.9ppg, 8.8rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.4%(607-1077), 3FGP: 27.2% and FT: 77.0% in 80 games. Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League). Vougioukas led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory over the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (14-9) 83-77 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Vougioukas recorded 21 points and added 4 passes. Lokomotiv Kuban (15-5) is placed fourth in group A. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Vougioukas' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 59.1%(68-115) and FT: 77.9%. Former Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus starter played for the Greek national team three years ago.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #4. An experienced small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, 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. Perperoglou recorded 17 points in 21 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (18-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. This year Perperoglou's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 2.7rpg in 20 games. He is also Greek national team player.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #5. Former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Brose Baskets (10-20) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Zisis' good performance Brose Baskets was defeated 84-79 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked Galatasaray (#12). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Zisis also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. Zisis' total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.5apg. He used to play for the Greek national team two years ago.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #6. Swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Umana Venezia (17-9) in their game against Armani Milano (21-5) in the Italian Serie A. Bramos scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Umana Venezia lost 80-88 in Milano to the leading Armani. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Bramos' total stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5apg in 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Bramos is a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #7. International center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Canarias (19-8) in their game against Andorra (14-12) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Bogris recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. CB Canarias was edged 85-82 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Andorra (#8). Bogris has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also Greek national team player.

Georgios Papagiannis
Georgios Papagiannis
   #8. Center Georgios Papagiannis (217-97, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Phoenix Suns (24-58) crushing them 129-104 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Papagiannis recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Sacramento Kings have 32-49 record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. Papagiannis has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 4.1rpg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Greek U20 national team.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #9. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Giorgos Bogris in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Antetokounmpo managed to help MoraBanc Andorra to win against the third-ranked CB Canarias (19-8) 85-82. He recorded only 3 points. Antetokounmpo has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 3.2rpg. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

Leonidas Kaselakis
Leonidas Kaselakis
   #10. Small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Astana (9-13) in their game against BC Nizhny Novgorod (8-15) in the VTB United League. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The eighth-placed Astana (9-13) was defeated 76-72 in Nizhny Novgorod by the lower-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (#9) in the group A of VTB United League. It was Astana's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. Kaselakis has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg. He is a former U20 international player as seven years ago he still played for the Greek national team.

   #11. Former international guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leonidas Kaselakis and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Katsivelis couldn't help Astana in their game against BC Nizhny Novgorod. He recorded 6 points in 25 minutes. His team lost 72-76. Katsivelis has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.8apg and 1.4spg in 19 games. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international swingman Anastasios Traianos (197-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Manchester Giants in their game against Sheffield Sharks in the British BBL. Traianos cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. His team was crushed by 34 points 92-58. Traianos has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 2.7rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Turkey) could not help Usak Sportlif (7-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Auguste's very good performance Usak Sportlif was badly defeated 103-87 on the road by the higher-ranked Demir IBB (#12). He recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 10 rebounds. This season Auguste has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg and 7.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Auguste has never played in Greece.

   #2. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M, currently plays in Cyprus) led Keravnos to a victory over the closely-ranked Enosis (8-12) crushing them 96-65 in the Cypriot Division A in Wednesday night's game. Stylianou was the best player in that game. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Keravnos Strovolou (14-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This season Stylianou has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Cypriot.

   #3. Trian Iliadis (190-G-89, college: ODU, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Wanneroo (3-1) in their last game. Despite Iliadis' very good performance the fourth-placed Wanneroo (3-1) lost 86-94 in Morley to the higher-ranked (#3) Eagles in the SBL group. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Iliadis also added 6 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls in 32 minutes. It was Wanneroo's first loss after three consecutive victories. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Iliadis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wanneroo's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Iliadis averages: 18.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.0apg and 2.3spg in three games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Australian. Despite Iliadis' Greek nationality, he previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #4. Experienced Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Apoel (11-9) in their last game. Despite Kounas' good performance Apoel lost 79-87 in Larnaca to the second-ranked AEK. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Kounas also added 5 assists in 36 minutes. Kounas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Apoel's roster. He has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.7apg in 18 games. Kounas has both Greek and Cypriot nationalities.

   #5. Dimitris Agathangelidis (182-G-98, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Talje Knights (3-15) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Agathangelidis' very good performance Talje Knights (#8) was defeated 78-69 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Huddinge (#5) in the BEHS forts group. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Agathangelidis also added 4 rebounds. The Second Stage already ended. Agathangelidis has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.

   #6. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid II's victory against the 14th-ranked Rivas crushing them 88-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Sole scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Sole has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg in 27 games. He holds both Uruguayan and Greek passports.

   #7. Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92, college: SIU Edwardsville, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Giants 81-63 in the New Zealand NBL on Sunday night. Fiorentinos recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season Fiorentinos has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg and 7.0rpg. He has British and Greek nationalities. Despite Fiorentinos' Greek passport, he previously played for the British U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #8. Emils Duselis (192-G/F, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Crusaders crushing them 96-75 in the Australian State League (second division) in Sunday night's game. Duselis scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. This year Duselis has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 5.0rpg and 5.4apg in seven games. He has dual citizenship: Greek and Australian.

   #9. Max Calligeros (197-F/C-92, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Sturt Sabres in their game against Forestville Eagles in the Australian State League (second division). Calligeros cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team were crushed by 42 points 99-57. Calligeros has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 3.0rpg. He holds both Greek and Australian passports.

   #10. Georgios Tyrekidis (208-C-96, currently plays in Germany) managed to help WSG Koenigs Wusterhausen to win against the eighth-ranked Rendsburg 79-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Tyrekidis recorded only 4 points. Tyrekidis has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 2.0rpg. He has dual citizenship: Greek and German.



The Storm waived Demitri Harris - by Eurobasket News

Island Storm (NBL Canada) waived 27-year old naturalized Greek forward Demitri Harris (198-90). But in 12 NBL Canada games he recorded just 0.3ppg this season.
The last season Harris played at Balloholics in U.S. semi-pro league ABA.
His team made it to the AUS Semifinals in 2010.
Harris has played previously professionally in Canada (Huskies) and ABA (Seattle M. and Vancouver B.).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (By Chris Mammides):
Demetri, another Greek blooded basketball player who's an athletic and agile forward who plays hard on both ends of the floor. He runs the floor well and has an assortment of nimble post moves. Demitri started as a guard in his HS as 4-5 years before he was only 6'2'', 6'3'' and he had great size and quickness at the guard position so at this stage the guard position is also in his menu. Due to the fact that he is very athletic he uses his length to create mismatches for himself on the court. He's a smart player with a good understanding of the game. He has nice offensive skills with the ability to drive or pull up for a mid-range jumper. He's a good defender with quick hands and nice anticipation in the passing lanes'. Very efficient on the baseline (nice up and under moves) and explosive off the ground. He is a hard working player and very coachable, is a player that all coaches love to work with as he follows every single tip it gets with great accuracy. He is definitely of a very good basketball material and he has all the qualities of becoming a Pro
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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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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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.4 
 3. Lilov, Szedeak19.3 
 4. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.5 
 5. Frazier, Kaposvari17.9 
 6. Pacher, Vasas17.9 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.4 
 8. Saddler, Jaszbere.17.3 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.9 
 10. Sejfic, PVSK P.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.7 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Sihota, MAFC8.2 
 5. Pacher, Vasas8.0 
 6. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 7. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.8 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.4 
 10. Sulovic, Szedeak7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.3 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.0 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.9 
 4. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.3 
 6. Nelson, PVSK P.6.3 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 8. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.9 
 10. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.2 
 3. Petty, Kormend2.1 
 4. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 5. Smith, MAFC2.0 
 6. Pongo, KTE-Duna2.0 
 7. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.9 
 8. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.8 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.8 
 10. Pavlicevic, Szolnok1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Keller, Alba0.9 
 3. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 4. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.9 
 5. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 7. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 8. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 9. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Cseh, Jaszberenyi0.6 


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

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Baskonia (18-8) in their last game. Despite Hanga's good performance Baskonia lost 82-86 on the road to the leading Real Madrid. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.4%(67-121), 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 75.0% in 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). Trotter led Twarde Pierniki to a 1-point victory against the 13th-ranked Asseco (9-20) 109-108 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. He scored 16 points, made 7 passes and 3 steals. Polski Cukier Torun (19-10) is placed fourth in the PLK. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Trotter has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 86.3%. He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team in 2013. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). Jones led VL Pesaro to a victory against the ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi (12-14) 94-93 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds in 23 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. It's Jones' first season with the team. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 30.1% and FT: 81.4% in 26 games. Jones is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Zoltan Perl
Zoltan Perl
   #4. Swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Treviso Basket's victory against the seventh-ranked Verona (15-13) 57-48 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. Perl recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (20-8) is placed second in East group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Perl's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg in five games. He is also Hungarian national team player.

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

   #1. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) led Radnicki 1950 to a victory over the closely-ranked Vojvodina NS (21-4) 97-87 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Stojanovic recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac (17-8) is placed fourth in the 2MLS. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Stojanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. Stojanovic has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #2. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia). He could not help Spartak (16-10) to beat OKK Beograd (11-15). Miscevic recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. Spartak lost 69-76 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#11) OKK Beograd. The Regular Season already ended. This year Miscevic's overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 2.3rpg in 26 games he played so far.

   #3. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Craiova (8-16) crushing them 100-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Monday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (24-4) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. Torok's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 4.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #4. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Illiabum (13-15) crushing them 86-65 in the Portuguese LPB in Wednesday night's game. Dukic scored 8 points in 23 minutes. Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. (21-7) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Dukic has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg in 26 games. He has both Serbian and Hungarian nationalities.

   #5. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (6-18) crushing them 74-49 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Wednesday. Lazar recorded 6 points and blocked 3 shots. BC Mures Targu-Mures (12-12) is placed first in Places 7-10 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Lazar's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.8bpg. He also holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #6. Experienced Ivan Stefanovic (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a Mladost SP's victory against the league outsider Srem 88-78 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) in Saturday night's game. Stefanovic recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Stefanovic's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.0apg. He has dual citizenship: Hungarian and Serbian.



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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 


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.1 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.8 
 4. Shouse, IA25.4 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.5 
 6. King, Valur22.6 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir21.2 
 8. Bracey, Valur19.4 
 9. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir19.1 
 10. Knezevic, Vestri18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Woods, Hamar14.6 
 2. Motley, FSU12.6 
 3. King, Valur12.4 
 4. Moss, Hottur12.3 
 5. Pryor, Fjolnir12.0 
 6. Shouse, IA9.5 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.1 
 8. Virijevic, Hottur8.8 
 9. Petursson, Valur8.7 
 10. Knezevic, Vestri7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Moss, Hottur8.9 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.5 
 3. Shouse, IA5.5 
 4. Garland, Breidablik5.4 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.1 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.5 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.2 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar4.0 
 9. Pryor, Fjolnir3.2 
 10. Hakonarson, Hottur3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.4 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA3.0 
 4. Motley, FSU2.2 
 5. Olafsson, Hamar1.8 
 6. King, Valur1.8 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir1.7 
 8. Birgisson, Hottur1.5 
 9. Gylfason, FSU1.5 
 10. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. King, Valur2.5 
 2. Woods, Hamar1.6 
 3. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 4. Motley, FSU1.1 
 5. Audunsson, Valur1.0 
 6. Karason, Fjolnir0.9 
 7. Johannesson, Breid.0.9 
 8. Petursson, Valur0.9 
 9. Kristjansson, IA0.8 
 10. Moss, Hottur0.7 


Bondi Ferrara tabs Hordur Vilhjalmsson, ex Keflavik - by Eurobasket News

Bondi Ferrara (Serie A2) inked 29-year old Icelandic international guard Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-88). He played recently at Keflavik in Icelandic Dominos League. Vilhjalmsson managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 24 Dominos League games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 6.8apg. He also played earlier that season for Limburg United in Belgian Euromillions League where in 5 Dominos League games he had 4.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg. Vilhjalmsson also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 4.7ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.7apg.
Among other achievements he won German 2.Bundesliga Pro A championship title in 2012. Vilhjalmsson received also Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention award back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. Vilhjalmsson has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2009 and previously for U18 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He also represented Iceland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.0apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 83.3%.
Vilhjalmsson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Aiolos Trikallon), Spain (Blancos de Rueda, Gran Canaria, RETAbet Bilbao Basket, Melilla_Baloncesto), Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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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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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.4 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.2 
 4. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.9 
 5. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.7 
 6. Bowman, Maccabi .16.7 
 7. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.5 
 8. Holloway, Galil G.16.4 
 9. Simon, Maccabi .16.3 
 10. Bell, Hapoel Holon15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.0 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.9.5 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.7 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.8.1 
 5. Cohen, Maccabi .7.9 
 6. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 7. Iverson, Maccabi .7.3 
 8. Williams, Hapoel T.6.9 
 9. Griffin, Galil Gilboa6.9 
 10. Carmichael, Maccabi .6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .7.0 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat5.9 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.9 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.8 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.2 
 6. Taylor, Hapoel Holon5.0 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.7 
 8. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.7 
 9. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 10. Green, Bnei H.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.0 
 2. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.9 
 3. Carter, Maccabi .1.9 
 4. Vargas, Maccabi .1.9 
 5. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.9 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .1.8 
 7. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 8. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 9. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 10. Ziv, Maccabi .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.6 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 
 7. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 8. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 
 9. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 10. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat0.9 


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.6 
 2. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 4. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.9 
 5. Livingston, Hapoel K.20.9 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.3 
 7. Brown, Ironi R.20.2 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.19.9 
 9. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
 10. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Germain JORDAN
  Galil Elion
  (198-C/F-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 2. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.2 
 3. Livingston, Hapoel K.11.0 
 4. Warren, Maccabi .11.0 
 5. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.2 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.1 
 7. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa9.8 
 9. Treadwell, Hapoel A.9.7 
 10. Allen, Hapoel B/S9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.5 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.7.2 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.0 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.6 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.5.1 
 7. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.7 
 8. Fisher, Hapoel B/S4.6 
 9. Shaashoua, Maccabi .4.5 
 10. Salz, Galil Elion4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.8 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.6 
 3. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.5 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .2.3 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.3 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.0 
 7. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.9 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 9. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.8 
 10. Cohen, Hapoel K/S1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.3 
 2. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.9 
 3. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.9 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 5. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 6. Warren, Maccabi .1.3 
 7. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.2 
 8. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.2 
 9. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.1 
 10. Allen, Hapoel B/S1.0 



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  ITALY  


Bondi Ferrara tabs Hordur Vilhjalmsson, ex Keflavik - by Eurobasket News

Bondi Ferrara (Serie A2) inked 29-year old Icelandic international guard Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-88). He played recently at Keflavik in Icelandic Dominos League. Vilhjalmsson managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 24 Dominos League games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 6.8apg. He also played earlier that season for Limburg United in Belgian Euromillions League where in 5 Dominos League games he had 4.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg. Vilhjalmsson also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 4.7ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.7apg.
Among other achievements he won German 2.Bundesliga Pro A championship title in 2012. Vilhjalmsson received also Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention award back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. Vilhjalmsson has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2009 and previously for U18 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He also represented Iceland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.0apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 83.3%.
Vilhjalmsson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Aiolos Trikallon), Spain (Blancos de Rueda, Gran Canaria, RETAbet Bilbao Basket, Melilla_Baloncesto), Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).

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  JAPAN  


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

Canadian Robert Sacre (213-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hitachi SR and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 53.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 28 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out Yokohama BC (#5, 15-36) 69-66. Hitachi SR maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League. Hitachi SR 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 26-25 record. Sacre just recently signed at Hitachi SR, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Gonzaga University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sacre is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 9.0rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old American forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-F-80) of league's best team Tochigi Brex. Gibbs impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Tochigi Brex cruised to a 72-64 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Chiba Jets (#3, 35-16). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in East. Tochigi Brex consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just ten games this season, while they won 41 matches. Gibbs is a newcomer at Tochigi Brex and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was South African Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-C-89) of Sendai 89ers (#6). Nephawe scored 23 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Nephawe's great performance Sendai 89ers lost 63-84 to the higher-ranked Toyota Alvark (#2, 38-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sendai 89ers can only dream about fighting for top spots in East. They have rather bad season and 13-38 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Nephawe he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Nephawe has a very solid season. In 51 games in Japan he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 8.6rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 51.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Scott Morrison (213-C-86) of Akita NH - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Toyama Grouses - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Xavier Gibson (210-F/C-88) of Osaka Evessa - 22 points and 10 rebounds
8. Craig Brackins (208-PF-87) of Shiga L-Stars - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marcus Dove (206-PF-85) of Kyoto Hannar. - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Ryukyu GK - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.9 
 2. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.15.0 
 3. Blums, VEF Riga14.9 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera14.6 
 5. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.6 
 6. Ausejs, Liepaja/.13.8 
 7. Jogela, Barons Riga13.7 
 8. Laksa, Valmiera13.6 
 9. Sirsnins, Jekabpils13.4 
 10. Geks, Barons Riga13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga8.8 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala8.5 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.8.0 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.6 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.2 
 6. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.2 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.1 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera6.9 
 9. Zakis, Ventspils6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.6.9 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.2 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.0 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera5.7 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Birkans, LU4.4 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga4.3 
 10. Richard, VEF Riga4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.3 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Pitts, Valmiera1.7 
 4. Richard, VEF Riga1.6 
 5. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 6. Krestinin, Barons R.1.6 
 7. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.5 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 9. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.4 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.1 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.1.0 
 4. Grazulis, Ventspils1.0 
 5. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 6. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.8 
 7. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera0.7 
 9. Rozitis, Jurmala0.7 



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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.8 
 3. Baron, Neptunas13.6 
 4. Low, P.Zvaigzdes13.1 
 5. Sulskis, Juventus13.1 
 6. Delininkaiti., Vytau.12.8 
 7. Zabas, P.Zvaigzdes12.8 
 8. Diggs, Juventus12.8 
 9. Korenyuk, Siauliai12.5 
 10. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.2 
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. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.6 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.3 
 6. Echodas, Siauliai6.1 
 7. Smiljanic, Nevezis6.0 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.6 
 9. Kacinas, Neptunas5.4 
 10. Korenyuk, Siauliai5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.0 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.6 
 3. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 4. Diggs, Juventus5.3 
 5. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.3 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.7 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.3 
 8. Lekavicius, Zalgiris4.0 
 9. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
 10. Pangos, Zalgiris3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  Lietkabe.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.7 
 2. Diggs, Juventus1.6 
 3. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 4. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.5 
 5. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 7. Zabas, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 8. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 9. Sulskis, Juventus1.3 
 10. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andriy AGAFONOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (208-PF-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.5 
 2. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 3. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 
 6. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.9 
 7. Lima, Zalgiris0.9 
 8. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 9. Hartenstein, Zalgiris0.8 
 10. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Jonathan HUDSON
  Palanga
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 2. Vingelis, Rasai18.6 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.4 
 4. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 5. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.3 
 6. Galeckas, Rasai15.6 
 7. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 8. Beliavicius, Vytis15.1 
 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. Pukelis, Silute7.5 
 4. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 5. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 6. Simonis, Palanga6.9 
 7. Jankaitis, Vytis6.9 
 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. Galeckas, Rasai7.0 
 2. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 3. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.6.0 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.4 
 5. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 6. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 7. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 8. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.4.8 
 9. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
 10. Wanamaker, Silute4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Telsiai
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Razutis, Telsiai2.5 
 2. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 3. Wanamaker, Silute2.3 
 4. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 5. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 6. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Jonuska, Mazeikiai1.8 
 9. Narusis, Ezerunas.1.8 
 10. Mikalauskas, Mazei.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 


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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  LUXEMBOURG  


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

26-year old forward Titus Robinson (201-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Sparta and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Contern (#5, 13-14) 100-87. Sparta maintains the 6th position in their group in Luxembourg league. Sparta is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 15th lost game this season out of 27 games. In the team's last game Robinson had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sparta's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Buffalo graduate has very impressive stats this year. Robinson is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 2.1bpg and 52.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Phillip Leonard (188-G-93) of Bascharage. He is American guard in his first season at Bascharage. In the last game Leonard recorded impressive 33 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Bascharage to edge slightly higher-ranked Heffingen (#2, 18-9) by 5 points 95-90. Bascharage's 4th position in Playdowns has not changed. 23 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Bascharage managed to get this Second Stage. Leonard is one of the most experienced players at Bascharage and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.7ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 5.9rpg and 3.7apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mike Jones (203-F/C-83) of league's second-best Heffingen. Jones got into 30-points club by scoring 40 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds . Despite Jones' great performance Heffingen lost 90-95 to #4 ranked Bascharage. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Heffingen needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Playdowns. Their record is 18 victories and 9 lost games. Jones has a very solid season. In 7 games in Luxembourg he scored 25.4ppg. He also has 17.4rpg and FGP: 57.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antonio Bivins (198-F-92) of Kordall Steelers - 34 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Billy McNutt (203-C/F-85) of Etzella - 21 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Scott Morton (195-G/F-87) of Racing - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Shavon Coleman (196-F-92) of Amicale - 28 points and 8 rebounds
8. Mark Ogden (206-F-94) of Racing - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brad Reese (200-F-88) of Sparta - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Julian Scott (203-F/C-90) of Residence - 24 points, 8 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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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Franklin, Guasave28.3 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis26.7 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.6 
 4. Ammons, Navolato24.5 
 5. Mitchell, Navolato23.8 
 6. Zamarco, Durango21.9 
 7. Glover, Obregon21.5 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Tucker, Mazatlan20.0 
 10. Rice-Jr, Obregon19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis14.2 
 2. Ammons, Navolato13.0 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.0 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.8 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan9.4 
 6. Glaze, Culiacan9.4 
 7. Little, Hermosillo9.0 
 8. Morrison, Tijuana8.2 
 9. Lathan, Tijuana8.0 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Steve MONREAL
  Hermosillo
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Monreal, Hermosillo5.9 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana5.8 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.3 
 4. Mitchell, Navolato4.9 
 5. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.2 
 6. Kabongo, Hermosillo4.2 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan4.1 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 9. Casillas, Mazatlan3.8 
 10. Provost, Guaymas3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Durango
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Grier, Durango2.1 
 2. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.8 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana1.6 
 4. Lathan, Tijuana1.5 
 5. Hutchingson, Obreg.1.5 
 6. Tucker, Mazatlan1.4 
 7. Glaze, Culiacan1.3 
 8. Mitchell, Navolato1.3 
 9. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 10. Giron, Guaymas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.5 
 2. Ammons, Navolato1.9 
 3. Gibson, Tijuana1.3 
 4. Puckett, Culiacan1.2 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana0.8 
 6. Keller, Durango0.7 
 7. Pittman, Guasave0.7 
 8. Pegues, Los Mochis0.7 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 
 10. Hutchingson, Obreg.0.6 


Bayamon lands Alex Oriakhi, ex Garzas - by Eurobasket News

Vaqueros de Bayamon (BSN) landed 27-year old American power forward Alex Oriakhi (208-119kg-90, college: Connecticut). He played recently at Garzas in Mexican LNBP. In 19 games he averaged 7.1ppg and 3.6rpg this season. Oriakhi also played that season for Socar Petkim in Turkish TBL where in 10 LNBP games he had 10.6ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (57th overall). The former University of Connecticut standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Venezuelan LPB in 2016. Oriakhi received also Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team award in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Oriakhi experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Oriakhi has played previously professionally in France, Israel (Hapoel Holon), Italy (Betaland Cdo), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Erie Bay Hawks), Lithuania (P.Zvaigzdes) and Venezuela (Bucaneros).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @miskoraznatovic)

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  MONGOLIA  


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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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.6
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.6 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.1 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.28.9 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.3 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.4 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.5 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers13.8 
 3. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.7 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.2 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.6 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.2 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.7 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.8 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Lowry, Toronto R.7.0 
 10. Green, Golden S.7.0 
Steals Per Game
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-PG-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 4. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 5. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 6. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 9. McConnell, Phi.76ers1.7 
 10. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 5. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


Pacers push way into playoffs with 104-86 win over Hawks - by Eurobasket News

Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest) added 19 points and the Indiana Pacers clinched a playoff spot Wednesday with a 104-86 victory over Atlanta. The Pacers completed the regular season on a five-game winning streak to earn the Eastern Conference's No. 7 seed. They will face Cleveland in the opening round. Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) scored 15 points and Jose Manuel Calderon (6'3''-PG-81) had 12 on a night the Hawks rested five of their top six players. Thabo Sefolosha played 23 minutes but didn't score as Atlanta saw its four-game winning streak end. The Hawks will face Washington in the opening round. Indiana took advantage of the backups by pulling out to a 22-15 lead after one quarter and starting the third quarter on a 9-2 run to turn a seven-point into a 59-45 cushion. The Hawks never seriously challenged again. The Pacers enter the playoffs as the hottest team in the East. Indiana was so far ahead at the end of the third quarter, 84-68, coach Nate McMillan could have given his best players some extra rest. Instead, he played it safe, stuck to the rotation and kept the pressure on Atlanta, which got as close as 95-84 with 5:15 to play. But the Pacers finally closed it out with a 7-2 spurt -- on a night they wound up needing to win. Chicago and Miami both started the final day of the regular season one game behind Indiana, though both teams had tiebreakers over the Pacers. When the Bulls and Heat both won, Indiana had to win to make it in, too.
Courtesy of: abs-cbn.com



Celtics Clinch No. 1 Seed in East, Beat Bucks 112-94 - by Eurobasket News

Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) scored 18 points, 10 of them in a 25-2 fourth-quarter run, and the Boston Celtics beat the resting Milwaukee Bucks 112-94 in the regular-season finale on Wednesday night to claim the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Celtics were assured of home-court advantage through the conference finals when Cleveland lost to Toronto minutes before the game ended. Despite playing without star Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) and two other starters, the Bucks led by as many as 13 points before Boston ran off 14 of the last 16 points in the first half. Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington), who was scoreless until then, had 10 of them, including eight straight. Thomas finished with 13 points and eight assists, but he went to the bench with late in the third quarter and sat out the fourth as the Celtics backups pulled away. The Bucks were already locked into the sixth seed and a first-round matchup with Toronto, allowing them to rest Antetokounmpo, Tony Snell and Matthew Dellavedova. Spencer Hawes (7'1''-C-88, college: Washington) had 15 points in 17 minutes, and Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) also scored for Milwaukee. The Bucks led 88-87 with eight minutes left before Green and Avery Bradley had back-to-back dunks, then Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-PF-91, college: Gonzaga) made a 3-pointer. After a basket by Gary Payton II (6'3''-G-92, college: Oregon St.) II, the Celtics ran off the next 18 points. The Celtics, who haven't won a playoff series since 2012, finished the season with a three-game winning streak while Cleveland lost its last four. The defending NBA champions opted not to push for the top seed, resting LeBron James for the last two games. Thomas finished third in the league in total points this season and with the highest per game scoring average in franchise history behind Larry Bird' 29.9 in 1987-88. Antetokounmpo is the first player in NBA history to finish in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in a single season, according to STATS.
Courtesy of: nbcboston.com



Nuggets To Pursue Extension With Gary Harris - by Eurobasket News

Gary Harris (6'4''-G-94, college: Michigan St.) will be eligible for a rookie contract extension this summer and the Nuggets don't want to waste any time locking him up long-term, Christopher Dempsey of Altitude Sports relays. 'Gary's going to be here for a long, long time,' GM Tim Connelly said. 'He's a guy that kind of embodies everything that we're trying to be, both as a player and as a person,' Connelly said. 'Whether it's this summer or whether it's the following summer, he's going to be here for a very long time.' Harris, who was selected with the No.19 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, is averaging career highs in points, assists, and rebounds per game as well as 3-point percentage and overall field goal percentage this season. He's become a core member of the Nuggets, someone who can contribute to the team's goal of making the playoffs and competing for the title down the road. Connelly always envisioned Harris taking the necessary steps to elevate his game. 'Sometimes you have to go with your gut - 6-4, long arm, fast-twitch athlete with a nose for the ball defensively who can make shots and cares,' Connelly said. 'I think you can get too lost at times in analytics and too lost at times not seeing the forest for the trees. Now, he's taken a monstrous step.'
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Hayward Scores 14, Jazz Beat Spurs 101-97 - by Eurobasket News

Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler) can already feel the difference. The seventh-year Jazz forward will play in his first playoff game since 2012 after scoring 14 in a 101-97 regular-season finale win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. This postseason will be completely different for the first-time All-Star from the four-game, first-round sweep against the Spurs during his second season in the league. "It's been so long and I was in a completely different role, so it's almost like it's new to me, too," Hayward said. "This time last year we all would have been booking our flights to wherever we were going on vacation. Shipping cars. People would be out of here. "There's definitely a different vibe around the locker room. A different feel." Utah will face the Los Angeles Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs. Los Angeles earned the No. 4 seed by holding the tiebreaker between the teams. "It's the real season now, it starts now," Jazz guard George Hill (6'3''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) said. "It's a game of possessions and every possession matters in the playoffs. You've got to control the game. " (Homecourt) doesn't matter. ... If you want to win championships, you've got to go on the road and win." The win was a season-best ninth straight at home, the longest streak for the Jazz since 2012. Hayward was an efficient 7 for 9 from the field while Rudy Gobert, George Hill and Shelvin Mack all finished with 13 for the Jazz. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) paced the Spurs with 18 points and Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) added 14. San Antonio faces Memphis in the playoffs on Saturday. "The way that we've approached this is, 'What do we need to do to help us be ready?'" Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "We needed to play and play well and compete. And we needed to come out of the game healthy." Both the Jazz and Spurs played all their players for most of the game, but turned it over to the reserves down the stretch. The Jazz led most of the night before a Kyle Anderson (6'9''-G/F-93, college: UCLA) jumper tied the game at 88-88 with just under five minutes remaining. A Shelvin Mack 3-pointer put the Jazz up 96-94 as the two teams went back and forth down the stretch. San Antonio, however, never led again as a Dante Exum steal with 28 seconds remaining forced the Spurs into a foul situation and the Jazz iced the game from the free-throw line. "Quin and I basically did the same thing," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Got some good minutes for the main players so they get a good workout tonight. And then, at the very end, the young kids came in played "It was a good experience for them and good workouts for everybody else."
Courtesy of: usnews.com



The Cavaliers waive Larry Sanders - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers released 29-year old forward Larry Sanders (211-107kg-88, college: VCU). But in 5 NBA games he had just 0.8ppg this season. Sanders also played for another team Canton Charge where in four NBA games he recorded 6.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.5bpg.
In 2010 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in first round (15th overall). Sanders attended Virginia Commonwealth University and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the CAA Tournament Semifinals in 2008 and 2010. Sanders was also voted All-CAA Defensive Player of the Year back in 2010 at his college time.
Sanders has played also professionally in D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
On Sanders: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
He crashes the boards and goes for rebounds at the highest point possible thanks to impressive leaping abilities ... Offensively, he is a very reliable finisher around the rim ... His athleticism and quickness allow him to run the floor like a guard and finish like a forward, which will be key for him at the next level when playing with teams who like to push the tempo. He lacks an array of basketball moves in the post, and against bigger and stronger forwards and centers at the next level, he will have difficulty earning position down low
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @russyjayslay)

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Pelicans drop game in LA to Lakers 108-96 - by Eurobasket News

Metta World Peace (6'7''-F-79, college: St.John's) scored a team-leading 18 points during what might have been his final home game for the Lakers, and Los Angeles extended its late-season winning streak to five games with a 108-96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. World Peace made his 840th career NBA start and hit four 3-pointers while scoring all of his points in the second half, thrilling his younger teammates and setting off chants of his name from the Staples Center crowd. Although he hasn't announced his retirement, the 37-year-old veteran of 17 NBA seasons got several standing ovations down the stretch. Cheick Diallo (6'9''-C/F-96, college: Kansas) scored 19 points for the Pelicans, who lost their fifth straight while playing without big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Davis sat for a second straight game with a sore left knee, and Cousins missed his third straight game with heel tendinitis. Brandon Ingram (6'9''-SF-97, college: Duke) and Jordan Clarkson (6'5''-G-92, college: Missouri) had 15 points apiece for the Lakers (26-55), whose late-season surge has pushed them past Phoenix in the overall NBA standings and left them assured of finishing with the league's third-worst record. If the pingpong balls don't give Los Angeles one of the top three picks in the draft lottery on May 16, the Lakers will lose their first-round selection to Philadelphia under the terms of their trade for Steve Nash five years ago. If they lose this pick, they'll also lose their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando.
Courtesy of: foxsports.com



Without Westbrook, Thunder Beat Timberwolves 100-98 - by Eurobasket News

With Russell Westbrook sitting out for the first time this season, Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said he just wanted to see his young role players play well without the center of the Thunder universe on the floor. Victor Oladipo (6'4''-G-92, college: Indiana), Domantas Sabonis (6'10''-F/C-96, college: Gonzaga) and the rest of the Russ-less Thunder did him one better. Oladipo scored 20 points and hit a jumper with 6.3 seconds to play to lift the Thunder to a 100-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. 'Because he was out tonight I was just trying to take a little bit of that role, that leadership role and lead by example and lead with my mouth as well,' Oladipo said. 'It was good. It was a good experience for everybody, including myself.' Oladipo also had nine rebounds and six assists, and the Thunder outrebounded Minnesota 54-35. Starters Taj Gibson and Andre Roberson (6'7''-F-91, college: Colorado) also sat out as the Thunder prepare for a first-round series against Houston. Sabonis added 19 points and nine rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns (7'0''-F/C-95, college: Kentucky) had 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-G-95, college: Kansas) overcame a 1-for-11 start to finish with 18 points for the Minnesota. But the Timberwolves again struggled to get stops down the stretch and Wiggins missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as they lost their fifth straight game. 'Whatever your circumstances are, you've got to be ready to go,' Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. 'That's the way it is. So we had a long road trip, we come home and we've got to be ready.' After consulting with Donovan and the team's medical staff, Westbrook made the decision to rest for the first time this season. He was one of just six players in the league to have started every game. But after a break-neck year in which he broke Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season and helped the Thunder turn the page after Kevin Durant left for Golden State, the most relentless player in the league finally took a night off. Fellow starters Gibson and Roberson also took the night off, but the rest of the team took it to the Wolves in the first half. A 19-2 run in the first quarter helped OKC build a 22-point lead. After unveiling a new logo at halftime, Minnesota outscored Oklahoma City 29-15 in the third quarter to jump back in front. 'We had the lead,' Thibodeau said. 'All we had to do was get stops.' Oladipo's 3-pointer with 2:40 to go gave the Thunder a 97-93 lead, but Minnesota responded with five straight points, including Gorgui Dieng (6'11''-C-90, college: Louisville)'s corner jumper to go up 98-97 with 44 seconds to play. But Oladipo responded with his 21-footer, and Westbrook was the first one off the bench to greet him as the Thunder celebrated a confidence-building win. 'Never mind the outcome, but can we do the things that we know what we're going to need to do once the playoffs do start?' Donovan said. 'Because if we can't do them now, we can't expect them to do it in the playoffs.'
Courtesy of: cbslocal.com



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



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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Zach Collins Leaves Gonzaga For Draft - by Eurobasket News

Zach Collins will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft, forgoing his final three years of eligibility. "I just want to thank everyone at Gonzaga, especially the coaching staff and my teammates," Collins said. "This season was special and something I will never forget. It was the most fun year of my life. I want to thank all of the Zag fans for all of their support and passion. I'll always be proud to be a Zag." Collins is expected to be a lottery pick, or just outside of it in June's draft. Collins averaged 10 points and 5.9 rebounds for Gonzaga.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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Bolden comes back to London Lightning - by Eurobasket News

London Lightning (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American swingman Maurice Bolden (208-93kg-89, college: S.Mississippi). It is actually his comeback to London Lightning as he has played here before. Bolden He started the season at Austin Spurs (D-League) in the U.S. In 25 games he recorded 3.4ppg and 2.3rpg this season. The last season Bolden played at Windsor Express where in 46 NBL Canada games he averaged 10.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Central Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention.
Last year (four years after he left the college) Bolden was drafted by Austin Spurs (D-League) in first round (18th overall).
He attended University of Southern Mississippi until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Bolden won UBA championship title in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios), Poland (Kotwica) and UBA (GIE Maile Matrix).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Strengths: talented offensive player.
Very tall, but not that athletic. Not reliable shot
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Storm waived Demitri Harris - by Eurobasket News

Island Storm (NBL Canada) waived 27-year old naturalized Greek forward Demitri Harris (198-90). But in 12 NBL Canada games he recorded just 0.3ppg this season.
The last season Harris played at Balloholics in U.S. semi-pro league ABA.
His team made it to the AUS Semifinals in 2010.
Harris has played previously professionally in Canada (Huskies) and ABA (Seattle M. and Vancouver B.).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (By Chris Mammides):
Demetri, another Greek blooded basketball player who's an athletic and agile forward who plays hard on both ends of the floor. He runs the floor well and has an assortment of nimble post moves. Demitri started as a guard in his HS as 4-5 years before he was only 6'2'', 6'3'' and he had great size and quickness at the guard position so at this stage the guard position is also in his menu. Due to the fact that he is very athletic he uses his length to create mismatches for himself on the court. He's a smart player with a good understanding of the game. He has nice offensive skills with the ability to drive or pull up for a mid-range jumper. He's a good defender with quick hands and nice anticipation in the passing lanes'. Very efficient on the baseline (nice up and under moves) and explosive off the ground. He is a hard working player and very coachable, is a player that all coaches love to work with as he follows every single tip it gets with great accuracy. He is definitely of a very good basketball material and he has all the qualities of becoming a Pro
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wichita State's Greg Heiar headed to LSU - by Eurobasket News

Assistant coach Greg Heiar will leave Wichita State for a similar job at LSU, according to Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com. Heiar is the senior assistant on coach Gregg Marshall 's staff. He is regarded as an excellent recruiter and takes a lead role in working on skills with players. Heiar came to WSU in 2011 after spending two seasons as an assistant at Southern Mississippi. He also spent five seasons as head coach at Chipola (Fla.) College. Wichita State's roster is set for the 2017-18 season, but this summer will be critical for the future in the American Athletic Conference. WSU must replace seven seniors after next season. Heiar will work for Will Wade, recently hired from VCU to replace Johnny Jones. The Shockers and Tigers are both in the 2017 Maui Invitational.
Courtesy of: kansas.com



Xavier adds talented big Kerem Kanter, but only if he withdraws from NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Green Bay graduate transfer forward Kerem Kanter (6'9''-F-95), the younger brother of Oklahoma City Thunder big man Enes Kanter, has committed to play for Xavier, according to a report from ESPN. The 6-foot-10 forward enjoyed a breakout junior campaign for the Phoenix last season. He averaged 19.1 minutes, 6.3 rebounds and 11.3 points last season -- all career-highs for the native of Istanbul, Turkey. Following the conclusion of the season, Kanter declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. Despite his commitment to Xavier, he still intends to keep his name in the draft, but doesn't plan on hiring an agent, leaving the door open for his return. Kanter can withdraw his name at any time during the draft process up to 10 days after the draft combine. Should he opt to play a final season for the Musketeers at the college level, he would be eligible immediately. Xavier figures to be a preseason Top 25 team without Kanter in the fold, so if the Musketeers do end up with the once highly sought graduate transfer, expectations for the Xavier program will be sky-high following a 2016-17 campaign that ended in a Cinderella-like run to the Elite Eight.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cordaryl BALLARD
  Ohio B.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ballard, Ohio B.22.3 
 2. McKnight, Ohio B.21.1 
 3. Edwards, Ohio B.20.2 
 4. Allmond, Rocheste.19.4 
 5. Ubiles, Chautauq.18.6 
 6. Oblitey, Washingt.18.2 
 7. Stroman, Chautauq.17.7 
 8. Moore, Dubois D.16.9 
 9. Waddell, Kentucky.16.5 
 10. Osei, Washingt.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius FRANCIS
  Dubois D.
  (211-C-)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Francis, Dubois D.14.3 
 2. Waddell, Kentucky.8.7 
 3. Osei, Washingt.7.9 
 4. Greene, Chautauq.7.6 
 5. Berry, Chautauq.7.5 
 6. Baker, Jamestow.6.9 
 7. Hill, Jamestown J.6.9 
 8. Railey, Rocheste.6.6 
 9. DeVaughn, Kentucky.6.3 
 10. Butler, Kentucky.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus FILLYAW
  Kentucky M.
  (185-PG-94)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Fillyaw, Kentucky M.5.1 
 2. Davenport, Jamestow.4.8 
 3. Crouch, Rocheste.4.2 
 4. Ubiles, Chautauq.4.2 
 5. Davis, Jamestow.4.0 
 6. Jackson, Kentucky.4.0 
 7. Ballard, Ohio B.3.9 
 8. Oblitey, Washingt.3.1 
 9. Alexander, Chautauq.3.0 
 10. Council, Rocheste.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Deverell BIGGS
  Rochester R.
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biggs, Rochester R.2.3 
 2. Jackson, Kentucky.1.9 
 3. Miller-III, Ohio B.1.8 
 4. Clarkson, Ohio B.1.6 
 5. Ballard, Ohio B.1.5 
 6. Fillyaw, Kentucky M.1.5 
 7. Oblitey, Washingt.1.5 
 8. Davenport, Jamestow.1.4 
 9. McKnight, Ohio B.1.3 
 10. Christen, Kentucky.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan RAILEY
  Rocheste.
  (213-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Railey, Rocheste.2.6 
 2. Baker, Jamestow.1.2 
 3. Coker, Rochester R.1.1 
 4. Christian, Jamestow.1.1 
 5. Chichester, Rocheste.1.0 
 6. DeVaughn, Kentucky.0.9 
 7. Berry, Chautauq.0.8 
 8. Hines, Jamestow.0.7 
 9. Davenport, Jamestow.0.6 
 10. Hill, Jamestown J.0.6 


RazorSharks win PBL Championship - by Eurobasket News

The Premier Basketball League tonight crowned the Rochester Razorsharks the 2017 Champions after holding off their rival Kentucky Mavericks 95-94 to win their fourth consecutive title. Based on their performances in the PBL Finals, Corey Allmond (6'2''-G-88, college: Sam Houston St.) and Jerice Crouch (6'0''-PG-84, college: Chattanooga) were named Co-MVP's of the PBL Finals. The final contest of the season started quickly for the Mavericks as Josh Johnson was able to get Kentucky out to an early lead. Nicholas Waddell (6'7''-C-89, college: Grand Valley St.) continued his excellent series play with some defensive stops and a few put backs to help the Mavericks post a 6 point lead after the first quarter, 28-22. As the second period started, Rochester slowly chipped away at the Mavericks lead behind their bench play of Deverell Biggs and Sidney Holmes. John Ivy played outstanding defense to help keep the Razorsharks in the ball game and at the half, the game was tied at 47 all. With 24 minutes left in the PBL season, both Kentucky and Rochester stepped up their effort and made this a half for the record books. The Razorsharks won the quarter 28-24 to give them a 75-71 lead. Jerice Crouch continued to attack the basket and veteran Melvin Council made some clutch long range jumpers to keep the Razorsharks in the lead. Not to be outdone, Nicholas Waddell and Stan Simpson (6'10''-C-90, college: Memphis) started to dominate in the paint for the Mavericks. Several times the game was tied in the closing minutes before Kentucky was finally able to take a 94-93 lead after a Nicholas Waddell bucket in the post. With 20 seconds left in the game, Rochester called timeout to draw up the most important play of their season. The Razorsharks came out of the timeout looking to get the ball in the post and were successful. Jerice Crouch was able to get the ball to Jordan Railey and he was able to score on a hook shot that bounced around the rim multiple times before falling in. Now it was Kentucky's turn to try to win the ball game. Nicholas Waddell had the first chance as the Mavericks hoped that lightning strikes twice with another post-up. Nicholas Waddell drove to the middle but Jordan Railey stepped up, this time on the defensive end, as he blocked the Nicholas Waddell shot out of bounds with 2.3 seconds left. The Mavericks ran an excellent play for sharpshooter Ben Vozzola in the left corner for a long three attempt, but the shot was long and the Razorsharks won their fourth championship 95-94. Melvin Council had 22 points to lead all scorers. Jerice Crouch had 18 points and Corey Allmond had 12 points in the win. Stan Simpson had 21 points for Kentucky in the loss. Nicholas Waddell had 18 points with Robert Crawford chipping in with 15 points. In the PBL Finals series, both Kentucky and Rochester each scored 295 points, with each winning 6 quarters and tying one quarter. Both teams were evenly matched, with the winning margin of victory being three, two, and one respectively. This was truly a series for the ages. 'This series could arguably go down as the best ever in PBL history,' stated PBL Commissioner Dennis Truax. 'Kentucky and Rochester put on a great series for the fans. Each game was an instant classic and both teams had multiple chances to capture the PBL title. What a great way to end our season with such great games. Congratulations to both franchises for such a hard fought series and to Rochester for winning their fourth straight title.'
2017 PBL All-PLAYOFF TEAM
CO-MVP - Jerice Crouch - Rochester Razorsharks
CO-MVP - Corey Allmond - Rochester Razorsharks
Stan Simpson - Kentucky Mavericks
Nicholas Waddell - Kentucky Mavericks
Christian Davis (6'3''-F, college: Howard Payne) - Jamestown Jackals
Bernard Edwards (6'6''-F-90, college: Defiance) - Ohio Bootleggers.
Courtesy of: thepbl.com



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.31.8 
 2. Smith, Blackwater31.3 
 3. White, Mahindra30.5 
 4. Chism, NLEX R.28.3 
 5. Taggart, Rain o.27.5 
 6. McKay, Phoenix25.6 
 7. Greene, TNT K.24.0 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.23.7 
 9. Mitchell, Star H.22.0 
 10. Pringle, Globalport20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Meralco .
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Stepheson, Meralco .23.2 
 2. Smith, Blackwater21.3 
 3. McKay, Phoenix18.6 
 4. White, Mahindra18.5 
 5. Chism, NLEX R.18.2 
 6. Williams, Globalport15.0 
 7. Greene, TNT K.14.3 
 8. Mitchell, Star H.14.2 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.13.2 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.12.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.8.8 
 2. Romeo, Globalport6.0 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.7 
 4. Thompson, B.Gin.5.7 
 5. Jazul, Phoenix4.7 
 6. Amer, Meralco .4.7 
 7. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.6 
 8. Lee, Star Hotshots4.4 
 9. Newsome, Meralco .4.2 
 10. Wright, Phoenix4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mark BARROCA
  Star H.
  (178-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Barroca, Star H.3.4 
 2. Brownlee, B.Gin.3.0 
 3. Jalalon, Star H.2.4 
 4. Pringle, Globalport1.8 
 5. McKay, Phoenix1.8 
 6. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.8 
 7. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.8 
 8. Jazul, Phoenix1.7 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.1.5 
 10. Wright, Phoenix1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  B.Ginebra
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Aguilar, B.Ginebra3.0 
 2. Mitchell, Star H.3.0 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.7 
 4. White, Mahindra2.5 
 5. McKay, Phoenix2.4 
 6. Williams, Globalport2.3 
 7. Greene, TNT K.2.0 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.1.8 
 9. Stepheson, Meralco .1.7 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.1.5 



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco17.7 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.5 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.8 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Balmazovic, Start L.14.1 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.0 
 10. Michalak, PGE T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Stal Ostrow
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. King, Stal Ostrow11.6 
 2. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 3. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 4. Fraser, Polfarme.8.7 
 5. Markovic, Trefl S.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.7.4 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.0 
 10. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.6.7 
 3. Laczynski, Anwil