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  ABA  



Utah Stars return to the ABA - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association today announced that the Utah Stars will be returning to the league starting next season. "We're really pleased about this," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "The Stars were an important part of the ABA several years ago. We just didn't have enough teams in the area to develop a good schedule with easy travel, and thus, they had to discontinue operations. Now, with two teams in Colorado, two in Arizona, three in Nevada, and a couple of others working, that is no longer the case - and we welcome Kenny Wamsley and his great organization back."
Newman continued, "Kenny knows both basketball and business as he has been in sales and marketing for over 15 years. We expect great things from him." "I am very hard working, passionate and determined," added Wamsley. "I am very excited to be back in the ABA. We will be holding a tryout camp later in April also."
For more information, email kennywamsley@yahoo.com, call 801 674 2986 or visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar17.7 
 3. Lukovic, Krka16.8 
 4. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.6 
 5. Boatright, Cedevita16.2 
 6. Barac, Zadar15.6 
 7. Labovic, Karpos S.15.6 
 8. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.6 
 9. Hatcher, Partizan15.4 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks7.5 
 3. Lukovic, Krka7.4 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 5. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 6. Bolden, FMP7.2 
 7. Scott, MZT Skopje6.9 
 8. Bilan, Cedevita6.9 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.5 
 10. James, Buducnost6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Reynolds, Cibona6.9 
 2. Covic, FMP6.4 
 3. Williams, Buducnost6.1 
 4. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 5. Rebec, Krka5.9 
 6. Vladovic, Zadar4.8 
 7. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.6 
 8. Perry, Karpos S.4.5 
 9. Novak, Mega Leks4.3 
 10. Babic, Cedevita4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Reynolds, Cibona2.0 
 2. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar1.7 
 4. Labovic, Karpos S.1.7 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.1.6 
 6. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.6 
 7. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 8. Kaba, Mega Leks1.5 
 9. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija1.4 
 10. Ramljak, Zadar1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Buducnost
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. James, Buducnost1.6 
 2. Lukovic, Partizan1.6 
 3. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 4. Scott, MZT Skopje1.4 
 5. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 6. Begic, Cedevita1.1 
 7. Bolden, FMP1.0 
 8. Nikolic, Buducnost1.0 
 9. Davidovac, FMP1.0 
 10. Trajkovski, Karpos S.1.0 


Crvena Zvezda earn third consecutive title - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - Crvena Zvezda 61:77

Crvena Zvezda celebrated the ABA Liga title. They beat Cedevita on the road tonight to sweep the championship series. The victory marked the third straight League triumph for the Belgrade powerhouse. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) provided 14 points to pace the champions.
Crvena Zvezda grabbed a 22:18 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the advantage throughout the second term. Crvena Zvezda secured a 46:39 halftime advantage. The visitors silenced the home crowd in the third term. Crvena Zvezda used a 19:9 run to open a double-digit lead. Cedevita could not recover in the final period as Crvena Zvezda raced to the victory. Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) provided 13 points, while Nate Wolters (193-PG-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) had 11 points in the win. Toni Katic (188-PG-92, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 12 points for Cedevita. Ra'shad James (188-G-90, college: Kaiser) tossed in 9 points in the losing case.

Cedevita: Toni Katic 12, Ra'shad James 9
Crvena Zvezda: Deon Thompson 14, Marko Simonovic 13, Nate Wolters 11



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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  ALBANIA  


Superliga Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Vllaznia and SK Tirana capture wins - by Eurobasket News

Vllaznia - Teuta 93-56

Vllaznia celebrated the opening victory in the semifinal series. They stormed past Teuta in the opener. Vllaznia unleashed 52 points in the second half to ease to a comfortable victory.
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SK Tirana - Kamza Basket 127-90

SK Tirana claimed the first win in the semifinal series versus Kamza Basket. The game without a history. SK Tirana dominated from start to finish. They accumulated a 55:41 halftime lead. Tirana stayed in front throughout the second half scoring 62 points and marching to a well-deserved victory.
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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


Rieker Komarno thump Helios in Finals opener - by Eurobasket News

Rieker Komarno - Helios 97:72

Rieker Komarno made a huge step towards Alpe Adria Cup title. They knocked down Helios at home court in the opening leg. Sinisa Bilic (201-F-89, agency: 011 Sports) and Vuk Djordjevic (193-G-91) posted 16 points each for the winners.
The teams got to an energetic start. They teamed up for 54 points in the opening frame as Rieker Komarno eked out a 28:26 lead. The Slovakian side extended the lead in the second frame. Rieker Komarno ensured a 48:41 halftime lead. The home side went off the dressing room firing on all cylinders. They used a 27:8 rally to clear off for good. Wayne Langston (201-F-93, college: Murray St.) and Andrej Kuffa (203-F-90) provided 13 points apiece for the hosts. Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) responded with 25 points and 11 rebounds for Helios. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90) had 16 points and 8 boards in the loss.

Rieker Komarno: Sinisa Bilic 16, Vuk Djordjevic 16, Wayne Langston 13, Andrej Kuffa 13
Helios: Tomaz Bolcina 25+11 boards, Simo Atanackovic 16



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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 34: Baldwin Braves beat Cutie Ovals Ojays in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ABBA just ended.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in St/John's. First ranked Baldwin Braves faced their biggest opponent Cutie Ovals Ojays. Guests from (15-1) defeated host Cutie Ovals Ojays (12-4) 76-71. Baldwin Braves have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record. Defending champion Cutie Ovals Ojays dropped to the third place with four games lost.
Third ranked Flyers faced 4th ranked Stingerz. Host Flyers (13-3) defeated guests from (11-5) 74-67. Flyers moved-up to second place. Stingerz at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost.

Cutie Ovals Ojays - Baldwin Braves 71-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in St.John's. First ranked Baldwin Braves faced their biggest opponent Cutie Ovals Ojays. Guests from (15-1) defeated host Cutie Ovals Ojays (12-4) 76-71. Baldwin Braves have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record. Defending champion Cutie Ovals Ojays dropped to the third place with four games lost.
gschID: 539406


Flyers - Stingerz 74-67

Third ranked Flyers faced 4th ranked Stingerz. Host Flyers (13-3) defeated guests from (11-5) 74-67. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 28-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Flyers moved-up to second place. Stingerz at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost.
gschID: 539405





ABBA Round 33 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The game in supposed to be quite interesting. Fifth ranked HS Outlaws (5-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Freetown T. (4-13). HS Outlaws smashed Freetown T. 77-55 on Wednesday. The game without a history. HS Outlaws led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. HS Outlaws maintains fifth place with 5-10 record. Freetown T. at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost.

In the last game of round 33 bottom-ranked HL Rockersville lost to Ottos on the opponent's court 61-73.

Ottos - HL Rockersville 73-61

Rather expected game when 9th ranked HL Rockersville (3-12) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Ottos (5-11) 73-61 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ottos. HL Rockersville managed to win fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Newly promoted Ottos maintains sixth place with 5-11 record. HL Rockersville lost third consecutive game. HL Rockersville at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost.
gschID: 539403


Freetown T. - HS Outlaws 55-77

The game in supposed to be quite interesting. Fifth ranked HS Outlaws (5-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Freetown T. (4-13). HS Outlaws smashed Freetown T. 77-55 on Wednesday. The game without a history. HS Outlaws led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. HS Outlaws maintains fifth place with 5-10 record. Freetown T. at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost.
gschID: 539404





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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.16.5 
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. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.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 Basket7.8 
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.4.5 
 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. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 4. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 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. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 
 10. Space, Rocamora0.8 


Marinos ink Christophe Massie, ex Sionista - by Francisco Vega

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) agreed terms with experienced 40-year old American power forward Christophe Massie (206-115kg-77, college: Memphis). He played last season at Sionista in Argentinian TFB league. In 13 LigaA games he had 13.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.4apg. Massie also played that season for Atletico Aguada in Uruguayan LUB where in 26 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 12.9rpg (leader !!!), 2.1apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Korean KBL Regular Season in 2014. Massie was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Import Player of the Year back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Massie has played in nine different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Greece (Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas and Trikalla), Israel (Ironi Ashkelon), Italy (Fabriano), Puerto Rico (Atleticos), Spain (Gran Canaria), France (Limoges CSP Elite and JSF Nanterre), South Korea (LG Sakers) and Venezuela (Panteras).
Massie attended University of Memphis until 2003 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: Very physical player who has great size. He's terrific around the basket but has the skills where he can move out to the perimeter. My question is where his free throw shooting will fall because that will tell the tale of how dominating he can be.

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

24-year old center Javier Justiz (205-C-92, agency: Pro Sports) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Estudiantes C. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 44.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Hispano Am. (#9, 17-31) 75-67. Estudiantes C. maintains the 2nd position in their group in Argentinian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Estudiantes C. will need more victories to improve their 32-16 record. It's Justiz's second year at Estudiantes C. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Justiz has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 2.1bpg and 52.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Roquez Johnson (201-F/C-92) of Atenas. He is American forward in his first season at Atenas. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Atenas lost that game 66-77 to the higher-ranked Ferrocarril (#2, 31-16). Atenas managed to keep the same 9th spot in Sur. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 18-27 record. Johnson is a newcomer at Atenas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88) of Weber Bahia (#3). Johnson scored 17 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Weber Bahia, leading his team to a 88-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Echague (#10, 8-38). Weber Bahia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Norte. Their record at this point is 25 victories and 18 lost games. Johnson has a great season in Argentina. After 42 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donald Sims (185-G-87) of Regatas C. - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jonathan Maldonado (188-G-90) of Ferrocarril - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Carlos Delfino (198-SF-82) of Boca Jrs - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) of Echague - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Libertad S. - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Alejandro Diez (201-PF-87) of Penarol - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Olimpico LB - 15 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)



LigaA Round 44: Olimpico de La Banda defeats leader San Martin Corrientes - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked San Martin Corrientes (33-13) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (27-22) 89-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Martin Corrientes. Olimpico de La Banda shot 61.8 percent from the field. Olimpico de La Banda had a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Olimpico de La Banda especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The former international Federico Van-Lacke (191-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) contributed with 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international Federico Aguerre (203-88) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds for San Martin Corrientes. Despite that victory Olimpico de La Banda went down to fifth position due to points difference. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with 13 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda are looking forward to face Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play on the road against Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Formosa. Seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (23-23) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked La Union (21-28) 89-88 on Monday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and Marcos Saglietti who added 18 points during the contest. The former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Obras Basket. La Union at the other side keeps the eighth position with 28 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will play against higher ranked Argentino (#5) in Junin in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. La Union will play on the road against Obras Basket in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Regatas Corrientes (29-18) which hosted in Corrientes 4th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (27-22). Third ranked Regatas Corrientes had an easy win 94-79. The winners were led by Donald Sims who scored that evening 26 points (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Even a double-double of 13 points and 12 assists by Maximiliano Stanic did not help to save the game for Olimpico de La Banda. Regatas Corrientes maintains third position with 29-18 record having three points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Olimpico de La Banda dropped to the fifth place with 22 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Olimpico de La Banda will play against Quimsa (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LigaA top team - San Lorenzo (31-15) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Argentino (24-23) in Almagra 95-67. The best player for the winners was Marcos Mata who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. San Lorenzo's coach Julio Cesar Lamas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 31-15 record. Argentino at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 23 games lost. San Lorenzo's next round opponent will be Echague (#10) in Parana and are hoping to win another game. Argentino will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#7) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 44: Argentino beat Boca Jrs on the road 78-74. Penarol won against Echague on its own court 86-68. Estudiantes C. managed to outperform Hispano Am. in Concordia 75-67. Atenas recorded a loss to Ferrocarril at home 66-77. Echague was crushed by Weber Bahia on the opponent's court 88-63.
The most impressive performance of 44th round was 21 points and 14 rebounds by Roquez Johnson of Atenas.

Boca Jrs - Argentino 74-78

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Argentino (24-23) beat 10th ranked Boca Juniors (14-33) in Buenos Aires 78-74. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-9. But Boca Juniors won second period 27-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was swingman Emiliano Basabe (193-92) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Four Argentino players scored in double figures. The former international Carlos Delfino (198-82) produced 27 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Cristian Amicucci (200-85) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Argentino moved-up to fourth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Boca Juniors at the other side keeps the tenth position with 33 games lost. Argentino's next round opponent will be Libertad Sunchales (#7) at home. Boca Juniors will play against Penarol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Argentino: N.Gadson 21+1reb, E.Basabe 18+6reb+2ast, L.Cequeira 16+5reb+3ast, C.Crawford 11+12reb+2ast, J.Cangelosi 4+7reb, I.Gutierrez 4+3reb
Boca Jrs: C.Delfino 27+5reb+3ast, C.Amicucci 15+6reb, F.Lampropoulos 11+5reb, L.Gargallo 6, G.Forbes 6+2reb, F.Funes 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 523686


Penarol - Echague 86-68

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Echague (8-38) lost to eighth ranked Penarol (19-30) in Mar del Plata 68-86. Penarol dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Echague's 38. The best player for the winners was Alejandro Diez (201-87) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Penarol players scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Marcelo Richotti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Joaquin Baeza (182-86) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Penarol have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 19-30 record. Echague lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 38 games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Echague will play on the road against the league's leader San Lorenzo (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Penarol: A.Diez 18+8reb+3ast, R.Acuna 16+4reb, L.Dabney 14+2reb+2ast, S.Pettigrew 14+8reb+2ast, F.Giorgetti 13+7reb+3ast, J.Manuel Torres 11+5reb
Echague: J.Ayarza 18+8reb+1ast, J.Baeza 13+6reb+4ast, D.Caracter 11+8reb+3ast, S.Uranga 7+3reb, F.Barroso 6+4reb, E.Stucky 6+7reb
gschID: 523687


Regatas C. - Olimpico LB 94-79

An interesting game for Regatas Corrientes (29-18) which hosted in Corrientes 4th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (27-22). Third ranked Regatas Corrientes had an easy win 94-79. Regatas Corrientes looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) who scored that evening 26 points (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and the former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) supported him with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 13 points and 12 assists by the former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Olimpico de La Banda. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes maintains third position with 29-18 record having three points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Olimpico de La Banda dropped to the fifth place with 22 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Olimpico de La Banda will play against Quimsa (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: D.Sims 26+2reb+3ast, J.Saiz 14+3reb+2ast, P.Espinoza 13+7reb+4ast, F.Martina 12+5reb+2ast, F.Ramirez 11+1reb+1ast, C.Troutman 6+5reb
Olimpico LB: J.Williams 14+9reb+1ast, M.Stanic 13+2reb+12ast, K.Lamonte 12+5reb+4ast, M.Cosolito 11+8reb+2ast, D.Nesbitt 9+2reb, D.Guaita 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523688


Hispano Am. - Estudiantes C. 67-75

Very predictable result when second ranked Estudiantes C. (32-16) won against 9th ranked Hispano Am. (17-31) in Rio Gallegos 75-67. It looked good early as Hispano Am. took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Estudiantes C. had a 19-12 second period charge getting the lead and Hispano Am. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-75. Estudiantes C. made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Estudiantes C. outrebounded Hispano Am. 44-31 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds. Italian swingman Anibal Marin (199-82) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures. Point guard Jonatan Treise (185-85) produced 18 points and American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Estudiantes C. maintains second position with 32-16 record behind leader San Lorenzo. Newly promoted Hispano Am. keeps the ninth place with 31 games lost. Estudiantes C.'s next round opponent will be Echague (#10) in Parana and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: J.Justiz 22+20reb+1ast, A.Marin 17+6reb+3ast, D.Tucker 10+3reb+2ast, F.Giorgi 10+2reb+2ast, J.Glynn 7+3reb+1ast, S.Orresta 6+7reb+3ast
Hispano Am.: J.Treise 18+4reb+3ast, L.O'Bannon 17+3reb+2ast, N.Ferreyra 15, K.Austin 8+12reb+2ast, M.Fierro 3+4reb, A.Zilli 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523682


Atenas - Ferrocarril 66-77

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Atenas (18-27) lost to second ranked Ferrocarril (31-16) in Cordoba 66-77. The game was mostly controlled by Ferrocarril. Atenas was better in third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized Spanish guard Jonathan Maldonado (188-90) who scored 29 points. Center Jose-Ignacio Alessio (203-87) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Roquez Johnson (201-92, college: Mississippi St.) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and his fellow American import Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Atenas' coach Osvaldo Arduh rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ferrocarril have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 31-16 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. Atenas at the other side keeps the ninth place with 27 games lost. Ferrocarril's next round opponent will be Penarol (#8) in Mar del Plata where they are favorite. Atenas will play at home against Quilmes MP and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: J.Maldonado 29+2reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 18+6reb, F.Balbi 10+8reb+4ast, A.Feeley 7+9reb+2ast, A.Lucas 5+1reb, L.Tantos 4+1reb+4ast
Atenas: R.Johnson 21+14reb, P.Mickeal 11+7reb+6ast, L.Rasio 10+6reb+6ast, M.Chiarini 9+3reb+4ast, L.Lema 4+1reb+1ast, G.Mikulas 4
gschID: 544142


La Union - Libertad S. 88-89

Important game to mention about took place in Formosa. Seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (23-23) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked La Union (21-28) 89-88 on Monday evening. La Union was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 32-25 charge of Libertad Sunchales, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and Marcos Saglietti (190-86) who added 18 points during the contest. The former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Libertad Sunchales and five La Union players scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Obras Basket. La Union at the other side keeps the eighth position with 28 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will play against higher ranked Argentino (#5) in Junin in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. La Union will play on the road against Obras Basket in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Massey 24+4reb+2ast, M.Saglietti 18+2reb+1ast, S.Vega 13+4reb+4ast, J.Brussino 13+1reb+4ast, J.Vildoza 12+3reb, M.Ruiz 7+8reb
La Union: A.Elsener 15+7reb+1ast, F.Pinero 14+2reb+3ast, E.Gamboa 14+5reb+2ast, D.Garcia 13+2reb+3ast, T.Francis 13+9reb, P.Orlietti 8+1reb
gschID: 523684


San Lorenzo - Argentino 95-67

LigaA top team - San Lorenzo (31-15) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Argentino (24-23) in Almagra 95-67. The game without a history. San Lorenzo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Argentino's 36. They outrebounded Argentino 44-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. San Lorenzo players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Argentino's players. The best player for the winners was the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. International Selem Safar (190-87) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists. Five San Lorenzo players scored in double figures. San Lorenzo's coach Julio Cesar Lamas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) produced 18 points and 4 assists and American power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Defending champion maintains first position with 31-15 record. Argentino at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 23 games lost. San Lorenzo's next round opponent will be Echague (#10) in Parana and are hoping to win another game. Argentino will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: S.Safar 22+1reb+6ast, G.Deck 21+3reb+3ast, J.Meyinsse 15+10reb, M.Mata 13+11reb+6ast, M.Calfani 11+7reb+4ast, B.McShepard 8+6reb
Argentino: L.Cequeira 18+4reb+4ast, N.Gadson 14+4reb+1ast, C.Crawford 11+9reb, I.Gutierrez 9+3reb+1ast, M.Bolivar 6+2reb+3ast, F.Zarate 4+2reb
gschID: 523683


Weber Bahia - Echague 88-63

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Weber Bahia (25-18) outplayed 10th ranked Echague (8-38) in Bahia Blanca 88-63. The game was mostly controlled by Weber Bahia. Echague was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Weber Bahia dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Echague's 38. Weber Bahia forced 19 Echague turnovers. The best player for the winners was American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. International guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) chipped in 16 points. Four Weber Bahia players scored in double figures. American center Derrick Caracter (206-88, college: UTEP) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) added 13 points and 6 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. Weber Bahia maintains third position with 25-18 record having eleven points less than leader San Lorenzo. Echague lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 38 games lost. Weber Bahia's next round opponent will be league's leader San Martin Corrientes at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Echague will play against the league's leader San Lorenzo (#1) in Almagra and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: A.Laveal Johnson 17+13reb+3ast, L.Redivo 16+3reb+3ast, M.Fjellerup 15+3reb+2ast, F.Corvalan 12+2reb+2ast, J.Blocker 6+2reb, A.Ramos 5+2ast
Echague: D.Caracter 18+9reb+1ast, J.Ayarza 13+6reb, B.Davis 10+3reb+1ast, F.Barroso 9+8reb, J.Baeza 5+4reb+2ast, S.Uranga 4+5reb
gschID: 523685


San Martin C. - Olimpico LB 79-89

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked San Martin Corrientes (33-13) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (27-22) 89-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Martin Corrientes. Olimpico de La Banda shot 61.8 percent from the field. Olimpico de La Banda had a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Olimpico de La Banda especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The former international Federico Van-Lacke (191-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international Federico Aguerre (203-88) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and center Damian Tintorelli (204-81) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for San Martin Corrientes. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Olimpico de La Banda went down to fifth position due to points difference. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with 13 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda are looking forward to face Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play on the road against Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: K.Lamonte 19+2reb+4ast, F.Van Lacke 19+5reb+2ast, J.Williams 15+10reb+1ast, M.Stanic 15+3reb+8ast, D.Guaita 11+8reb+1ast, D.Nesbitt 10+5reb
San Martin C.: F.Aguerre 18+7reb, R.Garcia 13+1reb, J.Pablo Cantero 12+2reb+4ast, D.Tintorelli 12+5reb+1ast, L.Faggiano 11+2reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 8+3reb
gschID: 523681





Review of TNA Round 3 of 1/16 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Platense - Temperley 86-75

Platense beat Temperley for 2-1 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by CA Platense. CA Temperley was better in fourth quarter 33-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CA Temperley to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded CA Temperley 39-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. CA Temperley was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Puerto Rican forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, agency: SDJ Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) helped adding 18 points. Five CA Platense players scored in double figures. CA Platense's coach Alejandro Vazquez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Delwan Graham (203-88, college: Jacksonville) with 14 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Raul Pelorosso (175-94) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Platense: K.Gayden 18+2reb, I.Romani 12+1reb+3ast, K.Young 12+11reb+1ast, V.Facundo 11+7reb, J.Lugrin 10+6reb+1ast, F.Lopez 8+1reb+1ast
Temperley: L.Ortiz 16+1reb+1ast, D.Graham 14+6reb, R.Pelorosso 12+5reb+2ast, S.Chaine 9+4reb+1ast, A.Eiguren 9+3reb+1ast, S.Egas 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543326


Gimnasia LP - Olimpo BB 84-76

Gimnasia LP overcame visiting Olimpo BB to secure the second victory in the series. Gimnasia LP made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Leonardo La-Bella (180-86) accounted for 21 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winning side. American Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) came up with 28 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the other American import center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Olimpo in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia LP: J.Efese 23+13reb+1ast, L.La Bella 21+5reb+11ast, R.Rosende 13+5reb+1ast, E.Rusconi 10+1reb+3ast, M.Segon 8+8reb+1ast, J.Lancieri 8+2reb+5ast
Olimpo BB: D.Summers 28+6reb, L.Marin 12+1reb+3ast, A.Giarraffa 10+2reb+5ast, C.Schoppler 9+1reb+1ast, T.Granado 8+9reb+1ast, F.Pennacchotti 4+6reb
gschID: 543324


Petr.Argentino - Ciclista 85-74

Petr.Argentino knocked down Ciclista for 2-1 lead. Petr.Argentino shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Lucas Diaz (198-92) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Aaron Harrison (198-93, college: Lynn) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Alvaro Merlo (182-95) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Petr.Argentino: D.Dodson 24+7reb+3ast, L.Diaz 19+6reb+2ast, M.Castets 15+2ast, F.Gago 10+5reb+1ast, D.Pineda 6+3reb+2ast, S.Gandolfo 5+3reb
Ciclista: A.Harrison 22+7reb+1ast, P.Martinez 14+5reb+1ast, J.Fahnbulleh 12+7reb+1ast, A.Merlo 11+7reb+4ast, M.Araujo 7+2reb+4ast, M.Tamburini 5+1reb
gschID: 543325


Rocamora - Atenas Carmen 94-69

Rocamora earned the second victory against Atenas Carmen. Rocamora shot 62.7 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. It was a good game for point guard Ignacio Davico (188-92) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 6 assists. Power forward Juan-Luis Abeiro (196-88) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Rocamora players scored in double figures. American forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) answered with 24 points and the other American import forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Atenas.
Top scorers:
Rocamora: I.Davico 24+3reb+6ast, J.Luis Abeiro 22+7reb+1ast, M.Cuello 13+1reb+5ast, M.Novello 13+4reb+2ast, F.Medina 9+2reb+1ast, L.Podesta 6
Atenas Carmen: H.Wilkerson 24+3reb+1ast, C.Lavoratornuovo 12+1reb+4ast, S.Cutley 8+6reb+3ast, G.Peralta 8+2reb+1ast, M.Percaz 8, H.Etchepare 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543327


Obera TC - BHY Tiro Federal 80-65

Obera TC held off BHY Tiro Federal for the second straight win in the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-65. It was a good game for point guard Santiago Luduena (176-93) who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Alejo Montes-Cardozo (188-91) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) added 11 points in the effort for BHY Tiro Federal. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: A.Montes Cardozo 17+4reb+2ast, A.Joseph 14+1reb, S.Luduena 11+8reb+6ast, J.Deck 11+10reb+1ast, J.Montero 10+2reb+1ast, M.Gandoy 7+5reb+6ast
BHY Tiro Federal: P.Lockett 17+7reb, E.Correa 11+4reb+2ast, D.Brezzo 10+4reb, L.Strack 10+4reb, M.Ceruti 6+6reb+2ast, L.Mare 3
gschID: 543323


Independiente BBC - Salta Basket 71-60

Independiente BBC outgunned Salta Basket to take 2-1 advantage. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 11 points. Independiente BBC dominated on the defensive end, holding Salta Basket to just 7 points in second quarter. It was a good game for center Julian Aprea (209-87) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Juan-Angel Lopez (190-84, agency: DTMones) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Independiente BBC players scored in double figures. Guard Rodrigo Haag (193-95) answered with 17 points and swingman Gregorio Eseverri (194-87) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Salta Basket.
Top scorers:
Independiente BBC: J.Aprea 20+9reb, J.Angel Lopez 19+5reb+3ast, B.Ingrata 13+7reb+1ast, M.Vittar 12+2reb+3ast, V.Hugo Cajal 5+5reb+8ast, M.Martinez 2+2reb
Salta Basket: R.Haag 17+3reb+3ast, I.Okoye 12+5reb, G.Eseverri 9+7reb+2ast, N.Copello 8+1reb+8ast, L.Prowell 5+5reb+2ast, M.Fioretti 4+5reb
gschID: 543321


Mitre Tuc. - San Isidro 81-77

Mitre Tucuman snapped two-game losing skid and edged San Isidro at home court. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Mitre Tuc. made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Strangely San Isidro outrebounded Mitre Tuc. 38-22 including a 13-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. San Isidro was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Pablo Osores (194-86) who led his team to a victory with 31 points. American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds and power forward Sebastian Acevedo (198-90, agency: DTMones) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for San Isidro. Four San Isidro players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Mitre Tuc.: P.Osores 31+4reb+1ast, T.Brown 20+3reb+5ast, J.Muruaga 17+5reb+3ast, R.Banegas 5+3reb, F.Toia 4+5reb+2ast, L.Arganaraz 3+1reb
San Isidro: S.Gonzalez 19+18reb+3ast, J.Kelly 14+2reb+2ast, S.Acevedo 13+8reb+1ast, J.Durley 10+2reb+1ast, A.Lozano 9+1reb+4ast, G.Sciutto 6+2reb
gschID: 543320


Villa San Martin - Barrio Parque 81-78

Villa San Martin posted the second consecutive victory as they rallied pats Barrio Parque. It was a good game for Agustin Carnovale (195-86) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 assists. Power forward Federico Aldama (198-92) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Four Villa San Martin players scored in double figures. Andres Mariani (188-87) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and forward Gaston Marozzi (190-95) added 14 points in the effort for Barrio Parque.
Top scorers:
Villa San Martin: A.Carnovale 19+3reb+5ast, F.Aldama 15+8reb, M.Cabrera 15+1reb+2ast, J.Morales 10+9reb, E.Pellot 8+4reb, G.Saavedra 6+5reb+2ast
Barrio Parque: A.Mariani 19+4reb+4ast, E.Cantarutti 14+4reb, G.Marozzi 14+4reb+1ast, S.Cabello 8+6reb+3ast, L.Rivata 6+5reb, E.Martina 6+6reb
gschID: 543322





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  BAHAMAS  

NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Bain, Regulators24.4 
 2. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.6 
 3. Smith, Bahamas .21.2 
 4. Dean, Shockers19.5 
 5. Bain, Giants19.4 
 6. Ferguson, Pros17.4 
 7. Munnings, Cybots16.9 
 8. Fernander, Pirates16.1 
 9. Saunders, Cybots15.6 
 10. Williams, Rebels14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Bain, Regulators14.3 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.9 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.1 
 4. Francis, Pros11.4 
 5. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 6. Sylvestre, Bahamas .10.8 
 7. Dean, Shockers10.4 
 8. Dalmon, Shockers8.7 
 9. Whylly, Stingers8.3 
 10. Rigby, Shockers7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rashard WILLIAMS
  Rebels
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Rebels6.4 
 2. Dames, Bahamas .6.3 
 3. Mackey, Regulators5.6 
 4. Armaly, Shockers5.0 
 5. Wright, Pirates4.8 
 6. Saunders, Cybots4.6 
 7. Bain, Giants3.9 
 8. Mackey, Rockets3.8 
 9. Bain, Regulators3.8 
 10. Smith, Bahamas .3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kemsy SYLVESTRE
  Bahamas .
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.5 
 2. Saunders, Cybots2.8 
 3. Smith, Bahamas .2.8 
 4. Dames, Bahamas .2.4 
 5. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 6. Munnings, Cybots2.0 
 7. Mackey, Regulators1.8 
 8. Bain, Regulators1.8 
 9. Ferguson, Stingers1.6 
 10. Wright, Pirates1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Munnings, Cybots3.0 
 2. Dean, Shockers2.2 
 3. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 4. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.5 
 5. Francis, Pros1.4 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 7. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 8. Burrows, Pros1.0 
 9. Bain, Giants0.9 
 10. Rose, Regulators0.9 


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
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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



Jaraun Burrows (ex Hap.Haifa) agreed terms with Provence Basket - by Eurobasket

FOS Provence Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Bahamas international forward Jaraun Burrows (203-100kg-85, college: IPFW). He started the season at Hap.Haifa in Israeli National League. In 26 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.7ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg this season. The last season Burrows played at BC Lulea in Swedish Basketligan where in 39 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 20.1ppg and had 8.3rpg (#5 in the league), 3.1apg, 1.3spg and 1.2bpg. Burrows helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
He also represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) six years ago. Burrows' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 11.8ppg, Reb-5 (8.2rpg), 1.7apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.3bpg), FGP: 60.8%, FT: 50.0%.
Burrows is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland (Tapiolan Honka), Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno), Switzerland (Starwings), Sweden (Sodertalje Kings) and ABA (Music City Stars).
Burrows attended Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne until 2008 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Excellent athlete and shot blocker. Very long and active around the basket. Aggressive finisher who looks to dunk on every opportunity inside, but also has a very good touch around the basket along with excellent footwork and a variety of post-moves down low. A major match up problem for any team as he can take you outside or put ball on floor and take you to the whole with his quickness. Runs the floor the floor like a track star. Showed vast improvement in college and has the potential and desire to continue improving as a professional-very high ceiling on his potential as a player!.

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Belgian Euromillions League round 29 best performance: Pape Badji - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese Power forward Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) had a great game in the last round for Kangoeroes, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Antwerp (#3, 18-11) 83-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kangoeroes maintains the 4th position in Belgian Euromillions League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kangoeroes will need more victories to improve their 16-13 record. Badji turned to be Kangoeroes' top player in his first season with the team. Pape Badji has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 6.7rpg) and averages impressive 61.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Maxime Gaudoux (200-SF-90, agency: Promotex) of Spirou. Gaudoux had a very good evening with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Spirou to edge the lower-ranked Liege (#10, 6-24) 80-76. Spirou's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-15 record. Gaudoux is well-known at Spirou and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Yunio Barrueta (198-F/G-93) of Aalstar (#5). Barrueta showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Barrueta's great performance Aalstar lost 90-104 to the higher-ranked Brussels (#2, 18-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Aalstar needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 15 lost games. Barrueta has a very solid season. In 20 games in Belgium he scored 12.0ppg. He also has FGP: 56.5% and 3PT: 40.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) of Leuven - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Gavin Ware (206-C/F-93) of Antwerp - 23 points and 5 rebounds
6. Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91) of Brussels - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Terrance Henry (206-F-89) of Kangoeroes - 19 points and 9 rebounds
8. Yannick Desiron (208-F/C-92) of Limburg United - 17 points and 9 rebounds
9. Rasko Katic (208-C-80) of Oostende - 20 points and 7 rebounds
10. Chris Dowe (193-G/F-91) of Brussels - 16 points and 9 rebounds

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



Spirou Charleroi and Neufchateau win Division 2 Groups - by Eurobasket News

Spirou Charleroi and Neufchateau win Top Division 2 Groups in Belgium. Both teams celebrated titles and advanced to Top Division 1 for the next season.
Spirou Charleroi finished Group A with a 25-1 record. In the last game they beat Loyers 86-55.
Neufchateau finished Group B with an 18-8 record defeating Sainte Walburge 57-56 in the last game.



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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.19.2 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak17.9 
 3. Jovanovic, Spars S.17.8 
 4. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.8 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.6 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.15.7 
 7. Hasandic, Sloboda .15.6 
 8. Pelkic, Leotar15.5 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
 10. Markovic, Gradj.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.7 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.7 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.7.9 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.7 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.5 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.4 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.7.4 
 8. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 9. Durmo, Spars S.6.7 
 10. Karacic, Siroki P.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.9 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.8 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.5 
 5. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 6. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.9 
 7. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.8 
 8. Luzajic, Leotar3.8 
 9. Svilar, Kakanj3.6 
 10. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.1 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .1.9 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.5 
 7. Dreznjak, Siroki P.1.4 
 8. Kovacevic, Spars S.1.4 
 9. Ikonic, Bosna-Royal1.3 
 10. Negovanovic, Gradj.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.7 
 6. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 
 8. Radmilovic, Leotar0.6 
 9. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.6 
 10. Patkovic, Mladost0.5 


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)



Division I Round 8 (Second Stage): Spars Sarajevo defeats Zrinjski HT in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 8 in the Division I took place in Mostar. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-ranked Zrinjski HT (5-3) to fifth ranked Spars Sarajevo (3-5) 91-90 on Wednesday evening. Spars Sarajevo made 18-of-18 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and Serbian guard Maksim Kovacevic (196-87) who added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Spars Sarajevo maintains fifth position in I with 3-5 record. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Spars Sarajevo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sarajevo Bosna-Royal.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sarajevo. Third ranked host Bosna-Royal (5-3) smashed one of their biggest challengers Sloboda Tuzla (4-4) 89-59. The winners were led by Montenegrin center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, agency: 011 Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and Strahinja Dragicevic supported him with 19 points. Even 12 points and 5 assists by American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) did not help to save the game for Sloboda Tuzla. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains third position in I with 5-3 record behind leader Siroki Primorka. Sloboda Tuzla at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Bosna-Royal will play against Spars Sarajevo (#5) on the road in the next round. Sloboda Tuzla will play against Kakanj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Division I top team - Igokea (7-1) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Kakanj (0-8) in Aleksandrovac 96-62. The best player for the winners was Miroslav Pasajlic who scored 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Vojin Svilar produced 13 points for the guests. Kakanj's coach Josip Pandza gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position in I with 7-1 record. Loser Kakanj still closes the standings with eight games lost. Igokea will meet league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kakanj will play against Sloboda Tuzla (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game took place in Trebinje where 8th ranked Gradjanski (3-4) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Leotar (2-4) 91-79. Stefan Mijovic orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Leotar maintains eleventh position in I with 2-4 record. Gradjanski at the other side dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. Leotar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Bosnjak (#10) in Hadzici and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last game of round 8
In I Bosnjak lost to Siroki Primorka on the opponent's court 70-88.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points and 6 rebounds by Mateo Colak of Siroki Primorka.

Liga 6
Bosna-Royal - Sloboda Tuzla 89-59

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sarajevo. Third ranked host Bosna-Royal (5-3) smashed one of their biggest challengers Sloboda Tuzla (4-4) 89-59. Bosna-Royal dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sloboda Tuzla's 28. They outrebounded Sloboda Tuzla 41-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. Bosna-Royal players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The winners were led by Montenegrin center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, agency: 011 Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian Strahinja Dragicevic (203-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) supported him with 19 points. Four Bosna-Royal players scored in double figures. Even 12 points and 5 assists by American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) did not help to save the game for Sloboda Tuzla. Forward Enes Latifagic (200-92, agency: BeoExcell) added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains third position in I with 5-3 record behind leader Siroki Primorka. Sloboda Tuzla at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Bosna-Royal will play against Spars Sarajevo (#5) on the road in the next round. Sloboda Tuzla will play against Kakanj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: S.Dragicevic 19+4reb, S.Vasiljevic 15+2reb+4ast, L.Campara 14+2reb+1ast, M.Sturanovic 10+11reb+2ast, H.Delalic 9+7reb+2ast, V.Djordjevic 9+4reb+1ast
Sloboda Tuzla: D.Brown 12+3reb+5ast, E.Latifagic 11+7reb, B.Djumic 8+4reb, N.Muratovic 8+2reb, M.Rikalo 7+4reb+3ast, A.Hasandic 6+4reb+3ast
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Igokea - Kakanj 96-62

Division I top team - Igokea (7-1) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Kakanj (0-8) in Aleksandrovac 96-62. Igokea shot 61.5 percent from the field and made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game, while Kakanj only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Kakanj 34-16 including a 25-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Igokea especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Miroslav Pasajlic (190-95) who scored 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Igokea players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Vojin Svilar (187-86, college: W.Georgia, agency: BeoExcell) produced 13 points and Haris Curevac (195-96) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Kakanj's coach Josip Pandza gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position in I with 7-1 record. Loser Kakanj still closes the standings with eight games lost. Igokea will meet league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kakanj will play against Sloboda Tuzla (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Igokea: M.Pasajlic 18+2reb+3ast, N.Pesakovic 16+3reb+3ast, S.Micovic 13+8reb+1ast, D.Milosevic 12+3reb+3ast, R.Rikic 10+5reb+2ast, D.Albijanic 9+2reb+3ast
Kakanj: H.Curevac 15+1reb, V.Svilar 13+1reb+3ast, E.Merdanovic 10+3reb+1ast, O.Tomic 9+5reb, E.Dedic 9+1reb+4ast, R.Smajlovic 4+1reb
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Zrinjski HT - Spars Sarajevo 90-91

The most exciting game of round 8 in the Division I took place in Mostar. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-ranked Zrinjski HT (5-3) to fifth ranked Spars Sarajevo (3-5) 91-90 on Wednesday evening. Spars Sarajevo made 18-of-18 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and Serbian guard Maksim Kovacevic (196-87) who added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spars Sarajevo maintains fifth position in I with 3-5 record. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Spars Sarajevo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sarajevo Bosna-Royal.
Top scorers:
Spars Sarajevo: Z.Jovanovic 27+2reb+5ast, S.Djordjevic 20+3reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 17+5reb+4ast, I.Djukovic 13+1reb+2ast, A.Zahiragic 6+6reb+5ast, B.Babovic 3
Zrinjski HT: B.Djurasovic 23+13reb+2ast, T.Brummitt 23+7reb, D.Knezevic 15+3reb+9ast, L.Samadan 14+5reb, V.Princ 9+3reb+8ast, I.Begic 6+1ast
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Places 7-13
Siroki Primorka - Bosnjak 88-70

Rather expected game in Siroki Brijeg where 10th ranked Bosnjak (2-4) was defeated by seventh ranked Siroki Primorka (6-1) 88-70. Siroki Primorka players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Croatian Mateo Dreznjak (197-99) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Mateo Colak (206-98) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Siroki Primorka players scored in double figures. Forward Rusmir Grosic (203-91) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Srdan Damjanovic (186-94) added 6 points and 6 assists in the effort for Bosnjak. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siroki Primorka maintains seventh position in I with 6-1 record. Bosnjak at the other side keeps the tenth place with four games lost. Siroki Primorka will have a break next round. Bosnjak will play at home against Leotar (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siroki Primorka: M.Dreznjak 17+2reb+7ast, M.Colak 17+6reb+2ast, I.Karacic 12+2reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 11+1reb+8ast, D.Dreznjak 10+1reb+1ast, L.Susak 6+6reb
Bosnjak: A.Dovadzija 15, M.Ferhatbegovic 12+2reb, R.Grosic 11+7reb+2ast, M.Tuljkovic 6+4reb+2ast, S.Damjanovic 6+4reb+6ast, J.Brankovic 6+4reb
gschID: 540882


Leotar - Gradjanski 91-79

An interesting game took place in Trebinje where 8th ranked Gradjanski (3-4) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Leotar (2-4) 91-79. Leotar outrebounded Gradjanski 51-29 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Gradjanski's players. Guard Stefan Mijovic (196-95) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Vladimir Aleksic (198-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Leotar players scored in double figures. Serbian Nikola Milesic replied with 27 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin point guard Nenad Vukovic (192-94) added 16 points in the effort for Gradjanski. Leotar maintains eleventh position in I with 2-4 record. Gradjanski at the other side dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. Leotar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Bosnjak (#10) in Hadzici and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Leotar: S.Mijovic 27+11reb+7ast, V.Aleksic 20+10reb+2ast, B.Pelkic 16+10reb+3ast, S.Milanovic 15+9reb+3ast, M.Luzajic 6+4reb+8ast, L.Radmilovic 4+5reb+3ast
Gradjanski: N.Milesic 27+6reb, N.Vukovic 16+3reb+1ast, M.Damjanac 13+4reb+1ast, A.Vasilic 6+6ast, M.Markovic 6+10reb+4ast, D.Marojevic 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 540881





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NBB Round 3 of 1/8 Finals. Bauru reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Vitoria - Campo Mourao 72-81

Campo Mourao stayed alive in the playoff series versus Vitoria. They snatched a tough victory in Game 3 to cut the deficit at 1-2. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Universo/Vitoria won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Isaac Thornton (190-G-91, college: Fairmont St.) stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners. Douglas Nunes (208-PF-87) added 20 points for Campo Mourao. Kenny Dawkins (175-PG-87, college: Lamar) answered with game-high 26 points for Vitoria.
gschID: 544078


Paulistano - B.Cearense 81-85

B.Cearense overcame Paulistano to gain 2-1 lead in the series. It was an exceptional evening for the former international point guard David Rossetto (180-93) who led the winners and scored 22 points. The former international center Leonardo Klassmann (208-89) accounted for 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Five SKY/Basquete players scored in double figures. Forward Lucas Dias-Silva (209-95) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Guilherme Hubner (208-87) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Paulistano in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
B.Cearense: D.Rossetto 22+3reb+3ast, A.Parisotto 14+4reb, R.McLemore 13+4reb+4ast, L.Klassmann 12+9reb+3ast, L.Felipe Gruber 10+4reb, F.Ribeiro 7+1reb
Paulistano: L.Dias Silva 19+5reb+1ast, G.Hubner 12+7reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 12+6reb, D.Hure 10+1ast, Y.Dos Santos 9+1reb+5ast, A.Pecos 6+4reb+7ast
gschID: 544077


Bauru - Macae 93-83

Bauru held off Macae to sweep the series. Paschoalotto/Bauru made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Paschoalotto/Bauru outrebounded Macae 41-18 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Macae helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) who recorded 31 points and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and guard Guilherme Schneider (193-86) added 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals respectively.
Top scorers:
Bauru: A.Garcia 22+5reb+4ast, J.Andrade 21+9reb+2ast, L.Meindl 14+4reb+5ast, S.Santos 13+14reb+1ast, V.Silva 9+8reb+3ast, G.Pereira 6+3ast
Macae: K.Anthony 31+2reb+7ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 15+3reb+1ast, G.Schneider 15+5reb+5ast, E.Camilo 8+2reb+1ast, B.Simmons 6+2reb, I.Avelino 5+1reb
gschID: 544076


Pinheiros - Vasco Da G. 81-78

Pinheiros nipped Vasco Da Gama to regain the advantage. Pinheiros made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Vasco Da G. turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Vasco Da G. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 6 rebounds. Germerson Barbosa (202-93) contributed with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard David Jackson (195-82, college: Penn St.) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Welington Dos-Santos (185-81) added 20 points and 4 steals in the effort for Vasco Da G.Four Vasco Da G. players scored in double figures. Vasco Da G.'s coach Dede Barbosa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 31+6reb+2ast, C.Bennett 11+1reb+2ast, L.Gustavo de Oliveira 9+2reb+2ast, G.Barbosa 8+7reb+4ast, R.Lenz 8+2reb, G.Teichmann 6+8reb
Vasco Da G.: D.Jackson 22+5reb+1ast, W.Dos Santos 20+1reb+2ast, M.Dornelles 15+4reb+2ast, M.Becker 11+5reb+1ast, G.Zilmer 6+1ast, H.Vitor Lima 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 543898





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)



Emilio Otte is a newcomer at Brusque - by Paulo Freire

Brusque Basquete/ADB (Liga Ouro) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old small forward Emilio Otte (197-97). He played recently at Flamengo in the NBB. Liga Ouro will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Otte has played previously for Winner/Limeira.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Romario Veber is back at Brusque - by Paulo Freire

Brusque Basquete/ADB (Liga Ouro) agreed terms with 26-year old point guard Romario Veber (180-91). It is actually his comeback to Brusque as he has played here before. Veber played last summer at Indep/Sao Jose in the Catarinense.
He helped his team to make it to the National League Semifinals in 2009.
Veber has played previously for two other teams: Joinville and ADIEE / Avai / FME.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leslee J. Smith named in BBL All-Star Five - by David Edole

Leslee Smith (203-F-90, college: Nebraska) has been named in the British Basketball League (BBL) All-Star five following a pair of big performances in the double winning weekend over Cheshire Phoenix.
It was a brilliant weekend for Bristol and the Flyers' forward was instrumental in the south-west franchise completing a win-double.

Smith racked up an excellent double-double at Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday April 9, 2017 after he landed 15 points and also garnered the same number of rebounds. He shot 66% from the field and was a factor on defence too, as he swatted two shots.

In January Smith was also named in the BBL Team of the Week.




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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





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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 


1Liga Round 3 of 1/8 Finals. Basket Kosice and Loko Plzen advance - by Eurobasket News

Sokol Prazky - Basket Kosice 63-66

Basket Kosice topped Sokol Prazky to advance into the quarterfinal stage. Basket Kosice made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Sokol Prazky helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Dominik Adasek (190-92) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Marek Burian (196-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center Jan Stepanek (190-83) who recorded 20 points and guard Tomas Reimer (195-93) added 13 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Basket Kosice: D.Adasek 25+5reb+2ast, M.Burian 16+10reb+4ast, J.Kratochvil 10+6reb, J.Nekolny 8+3reb, J.Bohm 5+10reb+2ast, M.Bernath 1+2reb+1ast
Sokol Prazky: J.Stepanek 20+2reb+1ast, T.Reimer 13+4reb+2ast, T.Bruha 8+8reb+2ast, M.Kohout 8+5reb, J.Bruha 4+6reb+1ast, F.Cenek 3+3reb+4ast
gschID: 544074


Loko Plzen - Pardubice 72-70

Loko Plzen nipped Pardubice at home court to seal their next round appearance. It was a good game for point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 5 assists. Point guard Kamil Riha (180-91) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Center Karel Formanek (202-97) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and guard Frantisek Nimec (189) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Pardubice. Pardubice's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Loko Plzen: K.Riha 19+2ast, V.Honomichl 13+4reb+5ast, J.Lejsek 9+3reb+2ast, O.Fleischhans 7+2reb+1ast, M.Volf 7+3reb+2ast, J.Suchy 6+6reb+1ast
Pardubice: K.Formanek 18+11reb+2ast, F.Nimec 16+5reb, V.Nalevanko 15+2reb+3ast, L.Brozek 7+1reb+1ast, L.Kanturek 7+6reb+4ast, L.Vratko 3
gschID: 544075





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

USK Praha - BK Opava 74-49

USK Praha coasted past BK Opava for 2-0 lead in the series. USK Praha outrebounded BK Opava 32-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. International swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-90) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 20 points and center Miroslav Kvapil (202-93) scored 4 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: J.Bohacik 21+10reb+4ast, M.Primorac 11+8reb+1ast, M.Mares 10+1reb+4ast, J.Sterba 10+3reb+1ast, L.Festr 8+2reb+2ast, P.Safarcik 4+2ast
BK Opava: J.Sirina 20+1reb, R.Kouril 6+1reb+2ast, V.Cvek 5+1reb, R.Klecka 5+2reb, J.Blazek 5+1reb, M.Kvapil 4+5reb
gschID: 543758


BK Decin - BK Kolin 80-71

BK Decin topped BK Kolin for the second straight win. Point guard Ondrej Siska (190-93) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin Bojan Bakic (195-83, agency: Interperformances) responded with 22 points (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and American forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: L.Bazant 12+3reb, T.Vyoral 12+6reb+2ast, P.Houska 12+5reb+2ast, O.Siska 10+5reb+5ast, T.Pomikalek 9+3reb+4ast, J.Houska 9+3reb
BK Kolin: B.Bakic 22+4reb+3ast, L.Skinner 16+7reb+2ast, D.Machac 8+5reb+1ast, L.Horak 8+5reb+1ast, G.Kerr 6+1reb+1ast, M.Vocetka 5+3reb
gschID: 543757


BK Pardubice - Svitavy 82-68

BK Pardubice extended their lead following a comfortable home win over Svitavy. American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Radek Necas (206-80) chipped in 9 points, 8 assists and 6 steals during the contest. American forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: D.Pandula 16+3reb+2ast, D.Burnett 13+6reb+3ast, L.Autrey 11+3reb+5ast, J.Wall 10+2reb, R.Necas 9+4reb+8ast, V.Pulpan 7+4reb
Svitavy: H.Mickelson 16+5reb+2ast, J.Jelinek 14+7reb+2ast, B.Smithson 13+3reb+3ast, B.Roseboro 8+4reb, R.Marko 7+5reb+3ast, P.Slezak 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 543756


CEZ Nymburk - Usti n/Labem 86-59

CEZ Nymburk beat Usti n/Labem to even the series at 1-1. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to BK Usti nad Labem's 26. They outrebounded BK Usti nad Labem 48-31 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by BK Usti nad Labem helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Point guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) scored 17 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Kenny Hall (206-90, college: Tennessee) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Cory Abercrombie (201-85, college: Independence CC) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Khristian Smith (198-91, college: Indiana St.) scored 7 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:
CEZ Nymburk: E.Lawrence 17+4reb+6ast, K.Hall 15+9reb, P.Benda 10+1reb, V.Hruban 9+3reb+2ast, B.Allen 9+6reb+3ast, H.Sant-Roos 7+8reb+1ast
Usti n/Labem: C.Abercrombie 13+6reb, M.Thompson 10+2reb+1ast, L.Pecka 9+8reb, K.Smith 7+7reb+3ast, M.Sotnar 7+1reb+2ast, D.Steffel 5+3reb
gschID: 543755





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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.2 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.3 
 3. Bello, Randers19.0 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC16.8 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.3 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 9. Bonneau, Svendborg15.7 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. McGrew, SI.10.6 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Baru, SISU8.9 
 5. Smith, Horsholm8.8 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.8 
 7. Diouf, Bakken7.5 
 8. Moten, Svendborg7.0 
 9. Carter, Randers6.9 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Mack, Horsens IC4.6 
 4. Wilson, SISU4.4 
 5. Dranginis, SISU4.3 
 6. Gesell, Bakken4.3 
 7. Lundberg, Horse.4.2 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.2 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 4. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 5. Akoon-P., Bakken1.8 
 6. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm1.6 
 8. Wilson, SISU1.6 
 9. Ross, Naestved1.6 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 4. Diouf, Bakken0.9 
 5. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 6. Colas, Randers0.8 
 7. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.8 
 8. Baru, SISU0.8 
 9. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 
 10. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 



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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Quinn COOK
  Canton C.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 2. Harris, Texas L.25.6 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 6. Murphy, Grand R.23.0 
 7. Jackson, Texas L.22.5 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.5 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.5 
 10. Taylor, Rio G.21.3 
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.10.8 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.5 
 6. Costello, Iowa E.10.2 
 7. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 8. Sims, Salt L.9.2 
 9. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 10. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
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. Tokoto, Rio G.2.2 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.1 
 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 


Vipers drop first game of series - by Eurobasket News

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, NBA D-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets, could not pull of the win at home and lost 108-112 to the Oklahoma City Blue in the first game of the Western Conference Finals. Kyle Wiltjer (6'10''-F-92, college: Gonzaga) scored 27 points in the game. Three Rio Grande Valley players collected double-doubles. Chris Johnson (6'6''-SF-90, college: Dayton) had 12 rebounds and 20 points. Isaiah Taylor finished the night with 12 assists and 13 points while Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) had 10 assists and 24 points. Dakari Johnson (7'0''-C/F-95, college: Kentucky) led the Blue in scoring with 27 points. Rio Grande Valley started the game with a three-point streak. Three-pointers from Kyle Wiltjer and Darius Morris gave the Vipers an initial nine-point lead over Oklahoma City. Reggie Williams (6'6''-G/F-86, college: VMI)' 12 points were enough to lead the Blue back into the game and finish the opening quarter with a 29-35 lead. Rio Grande Valley Vipers tried to close the gap between both teams, but Dakari Johnson's 10 points in the second quarter helped extend Oklahoma City's lead to nine points as the first half came to an end. Isaiah Taylor, who had been held scoreless in the first two quarters, lit up in the third and scored 11 points. The Vipers defense contained Oklahoma City to just 20 points in the third quarter and sent both teams tied to the final quarter with a 80-80 score. Kyle Wiltjer's fade-away shot put the Vipers ahead 96-95 with 4:09 left in the game. After Dakari Johnson's layup with 3:45 left, the Vipers were not able to steal the lead back and dropped the first game 108-112. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers will play game two of the best of three series on Sunday, April 16 at Oklahoma City. The game will tip-off at 6:30p.m.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Mike Gansey named D-League Executive of Year - by Eurobasket News

Canton Charge General Manager Mike Gansey has been named the NBA Development League's Basketball Executive of the Year, as selected by his fellow NBA D-League basketball executives. Gansey presided over a Charge team that amassed a 29-21 regular season record, securing Canton's sixth-consecutive trip to the NBA D-League postseason as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. During the regular season, the Charge ranked in the top 10 in the league in points (110.1 ppg; 8th) and assists (21.5 apg; 10th) while holding opponents to 106.8 points, good for seventh in the NBA D-League. Under Gansey's leadership, the Charge helped to develop Cavaliers rookie Kay Felder, the 54th pick in NBA Draft 2016 presented by State Farm. The 5-8 guard averaged 29.9 points in 11 games on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Additionally, Charge guard Quinn Cook, the 2015-16 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year, earned Call-Ups to the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans this season. Gansey managed a Charge roster that featured 19 different players and 18 different starting lineups during the season. Prior to the 2016-17 campaign, Gansey promoted longtime assistant coach Nate Reinking to head coach and hired NBA veteran Melvin Ely and Sam Jones, who enjoyed a successful playing career overseas, as assistant coaches. Hired as the team's general manager prior to the 2015-16 season, Gansey has held a leadership role in the Charge's front office since 2012. In addition to his role with the Charge, Gansey also serves as a scout for the Cavaliers.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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



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  EL SALVADOR  


Garland McArthur claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Garland McArthur (197-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Brujos Izalco and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team crushed San Miguel (#15, 3-14) with 20-point margin 114-94. Brujos Izalco maintains the 2nd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They are still close to the very top. Brujos Izalco would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 14-3 record. In the team's last game McArthur had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Brujos Izalco, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Garland McArthur averages this season 21.3ppg and 13.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Brujos Izalco's star - 28-year old American guard Christopher Blake (197-G-88). Blake impressed basketball fans with 37 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course together with McArthur he helped Brujos Izalco with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked San Miguel (#15, 3-14) 114-94. Brujos Izalco's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 14 matches. Blake is a newcomer at Brujos Izalco and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.5ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 6.2rpg and 5.9apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Keion Palmer (208-F) of Isidro Metapan (#3). Palmer scored 28 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Isidro Metapan, leading his team to a 89-77 win against the lower-ranked Arcense (#13, 4-14). Isidro Metapan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 4 lost games. Palmer has a very solid season. In 3 games in El Salvador he scored 19.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Johnson (183-PG-92) of San Miguel - 34 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
5. James Milton (203-C/F) of Giants - 23 points and 18 rebounds
6. Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos - 13 points, 24 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Daniel King (203-PF-87) of El Rapido - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Macari Brooks (190-G-92) of Giants - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nduka Ezeamii (203-F) of San Miguel - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Duane James (196-F-83) of Isidro Metapan - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists

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



Liga MB Round 27: Last-ranked Giants beat Quezaltepeque - by Eurobasket News

Bottom-ranked Giants managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses on Tuesday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Quezaltepeque 96-92. The best player for the winners was American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) chipped in 23 points and 18 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) who recorded 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Giants (3-14) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with San Miguel. Quezaltepeque at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Giants is looking forward to face higher ranked Santa Ana (#12) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quezaltepeque will have a break next round.
Leader Santa Tecla delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked 11 Lobos (6-10) 96-76. It was a good game for Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. Lisvan Valdez contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 24 rebounds for 11 Lobos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santa Tecla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-2 record. 11 Lobos at the other side keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. Santa Tecla will play against El Rapido (#8) in La Union in the next round and are hoping to win another game. 11 Lobos will play at home against Canarios and hope to get back on the winning track.

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Denver-FAS was defeated by El Rapido in La Union 75-63. Isidro Metapan beat Arcense at home 89-77. San Miguel was destroyed by Brujos Izalco on the opponent's court 114-94.

Santa Tecla - 11 Lobos 96-76

Leader Santa Tecla delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked 11 Lobos (6-10) 96-76. Santa Tecla players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 24 rebounds and point guard Alexander Ruano (170-85) added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for 11 Lobos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santa Tecla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-2 record. 11 Lobos at the other side keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. Santa Tecla will play against El Rapido (#8) in La Union in the next round and are hoping to win another game. 11 Lobos will play at home against Canarios and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 24+3reb+1ast, R.Martinez 18+4reb+3ast, L.Valdez 17+4reb+6ast, R.Palma 11+5reb+2ast, C.Arias 9+11reb+1ast, E.Escalante 6+3reb+3ast
11 Lobos: A.Ruano 22+5reb+4ast, S.Hampton 16+6reb+3ast, M.Montavious 13+24reb+2ast, J.Antoine 12+7reb+3ast, M.Gonzalez 8+3reb+1ast, K.Campos 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 537061


El Rapido - Denver-FAS 75-63

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in La Union where 9th ranked Denver-FAS (8-9) was defeated by tenth ranked El Rapido (8-8) 75-63. El Rapido forced 19 Denver-FAS turnovers. It was a good game for Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) answered with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Denver-FAS. El Rapido moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cojute. Denver-FAS at the other side dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. El Rapido will play against league's leader Santa Tecla on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Denver-FAS will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: E.Ishman 28+7reb, M.Guevara 20+11reb+4ast, D.King 18+15reb+5ast, O.Coreas 5+6reb+2ast, M.Lopez 2+2reb+1ast, F.Martinez 2+4reb
Denver-FAS: T.Alexander 19+9reb+5ast, J.Flores 11+1reb, A.Olaniyr 10+12reb, D.Lawes 6+6reb+1ast, N.Avalos 6+2reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 537060


Isidro Metapan - Arcense 89-77

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Isidro Metapan (13-4) defeated at home 12th ranked Arcense (4-13) 89-77. Isidro Metapan made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Arcense's players. It was a good game for American forward Keion Palmer (208, college: Jacksonville) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. James is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Isidro Metapan players scored in double figures. American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Brandon Thompson (193, college: Huston-Tillotson) added 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds in the effort for Arcense. Arcense's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Isidro Metapan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-4 record having four points less than leader Santa Tecla. Arcense at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Santa Ana. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: K.Palmer 28+18reb+1ast, D.James 23+11reb+9ast, E.Mijares 22+4reb+9ast, J.Colorado 11+3reb+2ast, C.Gonzalez 3+3reb+5ast, H.Navas 2+2reb+2ast
Arcense: B.Thompson 33+6reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 29+12reb+5ast, C.Torres 6+2reb+1ast, S. Willis 4+8reb+3ast, C.Quevedo 2+7reb, H.Mendez 2+3reb
gschID: 537059


Brujos Izalco - San Miguel 114-94

Very expected game when 14th ranked San Miguel (3-14) was rolled over on the road by second ranked Brujos Izalco (14-3) 114-94. Brujos Izalco dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to San Miguel's 32. They outrebounded San Miguel 53-37 including 17 on the offensive glass. Brujos Izalco players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) contributed with 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Brujos Izalco's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) added 22 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks in the effort for San Miguel. Five Brujos Izalco and four San Miguel players scored in double figures. Brujos Izalco maintains second place with 14-3 record having just three points less than leader Santa Tecla. San Miguel lost tenth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. They share it with Giants. Brujos Izalco will again play against bottom-ranked San Miguel (#15) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. San Miguel will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 37+5reb+8ast, G.McArthur 31+17reb+4ast, R.Mendez 13+1ast, T.Elliott 12+15reb+6ast, M.Flores 11+2reb+6ast, D.Thompson 6+4reb
San Miguel: J.Johnson 34+10reb+7ast, N.Ezeamii 22+9reb+8ast, J.Cruz 15+4reb+5ast, B.De Leon 13+10reb+6ast, H.Jaimes 8+1ast, C.Hernandez 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 537057


Quezaltepeque - Giants 92-96

Bottom-ranked Giants managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses on Tuesday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Quezaltepeque 96-92. The best player for the winners was American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) who recorded 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and Douglas Bairez (180-88) added 19 points and 8 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Giants (3-14) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with San Miguel. Quezaltepeque at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Giants is looking forward to face higher ranked Santa Ana (#12) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quezaltepeque will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Giants: M.Brooks 29+12reb+4ast, J.Milton 23+18reb+1ast, L.Escoto 23+5reb+5ast, C.Flores 10+4reb+3ast, G.Sosa 4+2reb+1ast, C.Duran 4+2reb+2ast
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 34+5reb+2ast, D.Bairez 19+3reb+8ast, N.Drayton 13+8reb, S.Brackett 10+11reb+4ast, L.Portal 9+7reb+1ast, R.Miranda 5+1ast
gschID: 537058





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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.16.1 
 6. Olmre, TTU16.1 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.7 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.5 
 9. Strupovics, Valga14.5 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.5 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.2 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU8.0 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool7.9 
 6. Lips, Tarvas7.6 
 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, Rapla3.8 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Saage, TL.3.3 
 10. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.3 
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. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 5. Paiste, Tarvas1.7 
 6. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 7. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 8. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 10. Post, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mickell GLADNESS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 2. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 3. Lips, Tarvas0.8 
 4. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 7. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 8. Kok, Rapla0.6 
 9. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga0.6 


Recap of Alexela KML Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Parnu - TTU 82-74

Parnu overcame TTU to open win count in the series. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Parnu dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to TTU's 30. 25 personal fouls committed by TTU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Lithuanian swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side the former international Toomas Raadik (202-90, agency: Promotex) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Parnu and four TTU players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Parnu: D.Bubalo 19+10reb+1ast, E.Seskus 18+9reb+6ast, M.Kirves 11+7reb+6ast, K.Kask 11+2reb, S.Sutt 10+5reb+1ast, R.Raap 8+3reb+2ast
TTU: T.Raadik 19+5reb+1ast, J.Jarvelainen 13+6reb+4ast, N.Vujovic 11+3reb, S.Viilup 11+6reb+2ast, S.Olmre 9+6reb+3ast, K.Akenparg 6+2reb
gschID: 543829


Tartu Ulikool - TLU/Kalev 76-72

Tartu Ulikool rolled past TLU/Kalev in the opener. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-72. Tartu Ulikool dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to TLU/Kalev's 20. Ukrainian Maks-Adam Konate (202-91, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international point guard Tanel Sokk (187-85) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists. At the losing side Serbian center Djordje Dzeletovic (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international point guard Kristo Saage (186-85) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. TLU/Kalev's coach Kalle Klandorf rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: M.Adam Konate 20+11reb, T.Sokk 13+4reb+6ast, M.Thomas 11+3reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 11+3reb+2ast, D.Milka 9+5reb+2ast, J.Talts 8+6reb+4ast
TLU/Kalev: D.Dzeletovic 24+10reb+5ast, K.Saage 20+5reb+4ast, K.Saks 8, R.Tamm 6+2reb+3ast, J.Vahter 6+4reb+1ast, M.Jurtom 6+3reb
gschID: 543828


Rapla - Valga 92-71

Rapla prevailed against visiting Valga to ensure 1-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla. Valga managed to win second period 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Valga 44-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Valga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Dutch center Thomas van-der-Mars (208-90, college: Portland) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Indrek Kajupank (200-88) chipped in 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Five Rapla players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Deandre Mathieu (175, college: Minnesota, agency: Two Points) responded with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and Latvian guard Kristaps Kanbergs (189-88) scored 9 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:
Rapla: I.Kajupank 24+4reb, R.Suarez 15+5reb+2ast, M.Paasoja 14+2reb+3ast, T.van der Mars 14+16reb+3ast, D.Bratoz 14+6reb+6ast, O.Metsalu 4+3reb
Valga: D.Mathieu 27+8reb+4ast, K.Kanbergs 9+4reb+2ast, R.Strupovics 9+3reb+1ast, R.Raadik 8+4reb, I.Rihards Zvigurs 8+5reb, V.Kriisa 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 543827


Kalev/Cramo - Tarvas 102-74

Kalev/Cramo fired past Tarvas in the opener. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kalev/Cramo shot 18 for 24 from the free-throw line, while BC Rakvere only scored two points from the stripe. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by BC Rakvere helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 assists for the winners and the former international guard Martin Dorbek (194-91) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side forward Karl-Johan Lips (198-96) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and forward Tonis Peil (196-93) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four BC Rakvere 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.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: V.Liutych 21+3reb, M.Dorbek 18+6reb+2ast, B.Mirkovic 16+4reb+8ast, C.Simmons 12+1ast, M.Tollefsen 9+3reb+3ast, E.Keedus 9+8reb+2ast
Tarvas: T.Peil 18+5reb, K.Lips 16+12reb+3ast, S.Post 14+1reb+5ast, S.Saaremael 12+4reb+1ast, A.Talu 6+1reb+1ast, E.Kaasik 2+1ast
gschID: 543826





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Sinclair comes back to Monthey, ex Kouvot - by Luca Maffioli

BBC Monthey (LNA) added to their roster 24-year old American guard James Sinclair (190-82kg-93, college: W.Carolina). It is actually his comeback to Monthey as he has played here before. Sinclair He just played at Kouvot in Finnish Korisliiga. In 9 games he recorded 13.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg this season. Sinclair also played earlier that season for BBC Monthey where in 8 Korisliiga games he averaged 9.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg.
Sinclair was voted NABC All-District 22 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Sinclair has played also professionally in Finland for Helsinki Seagulls.
He attended Western Carolina University until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jaraun Burrows (ex Hap.Haifa) agreed terms with Provence Basket - by Eurobasket

FOS Provence Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Bahamas international forward Jaraun Burrows (203-100kg-85, college: IPFW). He started the season at Hap.Haifa in Israeli National League. In 26 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.7ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg this season. The last season Burrows played at BC Lulea in Swedish Basketligan where in 39 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 20.1ppg and had 8.3rpg (#5 in the league), 3.1apg, 1.3spg and 1.2bpg. Burrows helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
He also represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) six years ago. Burrows' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 11.8ppg, Reb-5 (8.2rpg), 1.7apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.3bpg), FGP: 60.8%, FT: 50.0%.
Burrows is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland (Tapiolan Honka), Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno), Switzerland (Starwings), Sweden (Sodertalje Kings) and ABA (Music City Stars).
Burrows attended Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne until 2008 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Excellent athlete and shot blocker. Very long and active around the basket. Aggressive finisher who looks to dunk on every opportunity inside, but also has a very good touch around the basket along with excellent footwork and a variety of post-moves down low. A major match up problem for any team as he can take you outside or put ball on floor and take you to the whole with his quickness. Runs the floor the floor like a track star. Showed vast improvement in college and has the potential and desire to continue improving as a professional-very high ceiling on his potential as a player!.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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French ProA round 27 best performance: Moustapha Fall - by Eurobasket News

Center Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Chalon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Nancy (#18, 6-21) with 32-point margin 106-74. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 20-7 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Fall as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Moustapha Fall has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 8.9rpg. Fall is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.4bpg and 68.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Jason Rich (191-G-86) of Paris-Levallois. Rich had a very good evening with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Paris-Levallois to another comfortable win 98-79 over slightly lower-ranked Gravelines (#7, 15-12) being unquestionably team leader. Paris-Levallois' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Rich is well-known at Paris-Levallois and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#2). He also recorded 4.3 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Chalon's star - American swingman Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91). Clark showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was another key player of Chalon, helping his team with a 106-74 easy win against the lower-ranked Nancy (#18, 6-21). Chalon needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 7 lost games. Clark has a great season in France. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81) of Antibes - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of ASVEL - 13 points and 11 rebounds
6. Richard Solomon (208-F-92) of Gravelines - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Trevis Simpson (193-G/F-91) of Hyeres-Toulon - 22 points and 4 rebounds
8. Vitalis Chikoko (207-F/C-91) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 21 points and 6 rebounds
9. John Roberson (180-PG-88) of Chalon - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) of Limoges - 18 points, 3 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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Superleague Round 26: Leader Dinamo Tbilisi loses to Cactus Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

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

Top ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (23-3) recorded its third loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (12-14) 74-68. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-68. Strangely Dinamo Tbilisi outrebounded Cactus Tbilisi 51-37 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Terik Bridgeman (198, college: William Pater.) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import center John Florveus (211-90, college: Georgia) chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds. The former international Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Cactus Tbilisi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-14 record. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Olimpi.
Seventh-ranked Batumi (9-17) made lots of trouble for second ranked Kutaisi (18-7). Kutaisi managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. International point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Levan Tsekvava contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. International Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-93) replied with 29 points and 5 rebounds for Batumi. Defending champion maintains second position with 18-7 record having six points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Batumi at the other side keeps the seventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Mgzavrebi. Kutaisi will play against bottom-ranked Mgzavrebi (#8) in Tbilisi in the next round where they are favorite. Batumi will play at home against Sokhumi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#6) and Olimpi (#5). Olimpi was defeated at home 58-68 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Otari Buliava scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Sokhumi's coach Nugzar Cheishvili used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Revaz Rogava responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Sokhumi (10-16) moved-up to fifth place. Loser Olimpi dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. Sokhumi will meet Batumi (#7) on the road in the next round. Olimpi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Cactus Tbilisi.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Energy Invest (13-13) against eighth ranked Mgzavrebi (9-17) on Wednesday night. Visiting Energy Invest was crushed by Mgzavrebi in Tbilisi 91-59. Otar Pkhakadze notched 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Energy Invest's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Mgzavrebi have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Batumi. Energy Invest lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 13 games lost. Mgzavrebi's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kutaisi on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Energy Invest will play against the league's leader Dinamo Tbilisi and will have a slim chance for a victory.

The best stats of 26th round was 12 points and 9 rebounds by Oleksandr Tishchenko of Sokhumi.

Olimpi - Sokhumi 58-68

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#6) and Olimpi (#5). Olimpi was defeated at home 58-68 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 36-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sokhumi outrebounded Olimpi 46-34 including 35 on the defensive glass. Otari Buliava (202-94) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Giorgi Jgerenaia (206-90, college: N.Georgia) chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Five Sokhumi players scored in double figures. Sokhumi's coach Nugzar Cheishvili used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Sokhumi (10-16) moved-up to fifth place. Loser Olimpi dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. Sokhumi will meet Batumi (#7) on the road in the next round. Olimpi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Cactus Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: O.Buliava 17+7reb+2ast, D.Barbakadze 13+6reb+1ast, O.Tishchenko 12+9reb, M.Bokolishvili 11+3ast, G.Jgerenaia 11+12reb+1ast, R.Woodson 2+5reb+1ast
Olimpi: R.Rogava 14+5reb+6ast, T.Burnette 14+8reb+2ast, G.Bakradze 9+9reb+1ast, W.Pitchford 8+3reb, G.Baqradze 7+4reb+4ast, N.Schlitzer 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540357


Mgzavrebi - Rustavi 91-59

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Energy Invest (13-13) against eighth ranked Mgzavrebi (9-17) on Wednesday night. Visiting Energy Invest was crushed by Mgzavrebi in Tbilisi 91-59. The game without a history. Mgzavrebi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Energy Invest to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Mgzavrebi dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Invest's 34. Mgzavrebi forced 21 Energy Invest turnovers. The former international point guard Otar Pkhakadze (188-93, college: Simpson, CA) notched 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and American point guard Corey Allen (185-92, college: S.Florida) supported him with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Even 11 points and 9 rebounds by center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Point guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) added 16 points for the guests. Five Mgzavrebi and four Energy Invest players scored in double figures. Energy Invest's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Mgzavrebi have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Batumi. Energy Invest lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 13 games lost. Mgzavrebi's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kutaisi on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Energy Invest will play against the league's leader Dinamo Tbilisi and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Mgzavrebi: O.Pkhakadze 25+8reb+6ast, C.Allen 22+8reb+3ast, D.Taylor 16+10reb+1ast, G.Qavtaradze 12+1ast, A.Lominashvili 11+6reb, R.Murphy 5+6reb+2ast
Rustavi: R.Chachanidze 16+4reb+1ast, T.Spagnolo 11+5reb+2ast, S.Atuashvili 11+9reb+3ast, C.Kasperbauer 10+5reb+1ast, C.Lee 8+3reb+5ast, E.Lortqifanidze 3
gschID: 540356


Dinamo Tbilisi - Cactus Tbilisi 68-74

Top ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (23-3) recorded its third loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (12-14) 74-68. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-68. Strangely Dinamo Tbilisi outrebounded Cactus Tbilisi 51-37 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Terik Bridgeman (198, college: William Pater.) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import center John Florveus (211-90, college: Georgia) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. The former international Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) added 10 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Cactus Tbilisi and four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Cactus Tbilisi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-14 record. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Olimpi.
Top scorers:
Cactus Tbilisi: I.Chlaidze 20+1reb+2ast, T.Bridgeman 17+9reb+1ast, T.White 14+2reb+2ast, J.Florveus 12+12reb+2ast, B.Chikviladze 11+8reb+3ast, N.Lomidze 0
Dinamo Tbilisi: L.Patsatsia 19+10reb+6ast, M.Berishvili 14+4reb+2ast, M.Tchotchua 11+5reb+4ast, I.Londaridze 10+14reb+2ast, G.Revazishvili 6+1reb, N.Gurtskaia 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540355


Kutaisi - Batumi 81-79

Seventh-ranked Batumi (9-17) made lots of trouble for second ranked Kutaisi (18-7). Kutaisi managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-18. But Batumi won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. International Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-93) replied with 29 points and 5 rebounds and international Besik Lezhava (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Batumi. Four Batumi players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second position with 18-7 record having six points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Batumi at the other side keeps the seventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Mgzavrebi. Kutaisi will play against bottom-ranked Mgzavrebi (#8) in Tbilisi in the next round where they are favorite. Batumi will play at home against Sokhumi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: G.Tsintsadze 29+7reb+4ast, L.Tsekvava 11+2reb+4ast, G.Barbakadze 7+4reb+2ast, B.Bekauri 7+5reb+1ast, Z.Pashaev 6+2reb+3ast, D.Tubak 6+8reb+1ast
Batumi: K.Jintcharadze 29+5reb+2ast, I.Shemosiuk 12+5reb+1ast, I.Krivtsov 11+9reb, B.Lezhava 11+7reb+2ast, L.Revazashvili 5+3reb, N.Tenieshvili 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 540354





A League Round 13: DELTA keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked DELTA as it allowed them to take a leadership position. DELTA smashed 5th ranked Tskaltubo at home 75-49. The game without a history. DELTA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tskaltubo to just 5 points in fourth quarter. American Deondre Ray (196, college: Cameron) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and point guard Ioseb Lezhava (185-91) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists. DELTA's coach Legso Lapanashvili felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Tskaltubo lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Tskaltubo will play next round against SEU Tbilisi trying to get back on the winning streak. DELTA will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked BC Titebi on the road.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hyundai-TSU (9-4) against fourth ranked BC Titebi (7-6) on Wednesday night. Visiting Hyundai-TSU was defeated by BC Titebi in 81-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hyundai-TSU. American forward Armani Flannigan (203-92, college: N.Texas) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Ryan Aaron accounted for 23 points and 9 rebounds. South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-88, college: San Diego) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for Hyundai-TSU in the defeat. BC Titebi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted BC Titebi maintains fourth place with 7-6 record. Hyundai-TSU at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. BC Titebi will play against league's leader DELTA in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hyundai-TSU will play against Arena-76 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked SEU Tbilisi (0-13) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 13th consecutive match to third ranked Arena-76 (8-5) 124-77 on Wednesday evening. Peter Alexis fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds (on 15-of-18 shooting from the field) for the winners. Coach Marco Minichi's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Davit Maisuradze produced a double-double by scoring 30 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Newly promoted Arena-76 maintains third place with 8-5 record having just two points less than leader DELTA. Loser SEU Tbilisi still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Arena-76 will meet league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SEU Tbilisi will play against Tskaltubo (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

BC Titebi - Hyundai-TSU 81-65

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hyundai-TSU (9-4) against fourth ranked BC Titebi (7-6) on Wednesday night. Visiting Hyundai-TSU was defeated by BC Titebi in 81-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hyundai-TSU. The game was mostly controlled by BC Titebi. Hyundai-TSU was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Titebi players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Armani Flannigan (203-92, college: N.Texas) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Ryan Aaron (190-91, college: S.Nazarene) accounted for 23 points and 9 rebounds. South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-88, college: San Diego) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Sandro Sanadze (188-95) added 20 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for Hyundai-TSU in the defeat. BC Titebi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted BC Titebi maintains fourth place with 7-6 record. Hyundai-TSU at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. BC Titebi will play against league's leader DELTA in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hyundai-TSU will play against Arena-76 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Titebi: R.Aaron 23+9reb+1ast, A.Flannigan 22+10reb+3ast, G.Dvali 12+6reb+2ast, G.Gamqrelidze 9+5reb+11ast, G.Vakhania 9, R.Didia 4+5reb+5ast
Hyundai-TSU: S.Sanadze 20+3reb+3ast, C.Gabriel 18+14reb, C.Anderson 14+6reb+6ast, A.Pevadze 9+3reb, L.Giorgadze 2+5reb+2ast, G.Korsantia 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 534772


Arena-76 - SEU Tbilisi 124-77

Bottom-ranked SEU Tbilisi (0-13) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 13th consecutive match to third ranked Arena-76 (8-5) 124-77 on Wednesday evening. The game without a history. Arena-76 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 86 of its points in the paint compared to SEU Tbilisi's 46. They outrebounded SEU Tbilisi 70-41 including a 26-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Arena-76 looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American power forward Peter Alexis (213-92, college: Philadelphia) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds (on 15-of-18 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Tato Chachibaia (201-90) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. Coach Marco Minichi's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Bega Akhalaia (195-91) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Arena-76 maintains third place with 8-5 record having just two points less than leader DELTA. Loser SEU Tbilisi still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Arena-76 will meet league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SEU Tbilisi will play against Tskaltubo (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Arena-76: P.Alexis 30+16reb+1ast, T.Chachibaia 20+9reb+3ast, M.Abaishvili 15+3reb+3ast, G.Kopaliani 15+4reb+6ast, R.Lewis 11+13reb+8ast, O.Rychlyuk 10+10reb
SEU Tbilisi: D.Maisuradze 30+17reb+5ast, B.Akhalaia 15+8reb+3ast, K.Giorgadze 12+7reb+1ast, G.Tskhovrebovi 10+4reb+10ast, B.Aliev 10+5reb, V.Koguashvili 0
gschID: 534773


DELTA - Tskaltubo 75-49

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked DELTA as it allowed them to take a leadership position. DELTA smashed 5th ranked Tskaltubo at home 75-49. The game without a history. DELTA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tskaltubo to just 5 points in fourth quarter. American Deondre Ray (196, college: Cameron) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and point guard Ioseb Lezhava (185-91) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists. Four DELTA players scored in double figures. DELTA's coach Legso Lapanashvili felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and guard Giorgi Kiladze (185-90) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Tskaltubo lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Tskaltubo will play next round against SEU Tbilisi trying to get back on the winning streak. DELTA will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked BC Titebi on the road.
Top scorers:
DELTA: D.Ray 22+7reb+2ast, I.Lezhava 20+3reb+6ast, S.Lobjanidze 11+6reb+1ast, I.Gognadze 10+8reb+1ast, I.Alkhanaidze 6+5reb+2ast, B.Kartsivadze 4+3reb
Tskaltubo: G.Kiladze 15+5reb, D.Sviridov 11+14reb+2ast, G.Kandelaki 9+9reb, G.Kutchava 8+2reb+3ast, D.Pachuashvili 6+1reb+1ast, T.Apkhadze 0+3reb
gschID: 534771





Giorgi Tsintsadze claims Georgian Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced International Point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Kutaisi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 30-year old playmaker had the game-high 29 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Kutaisi in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Batumi (#7, 9-17) 81-79. Kutaisi maintains the 2nd position in Georgian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kutaisi will need more victories to improve their 18-7 record. In the team's last game Tsintsadze had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Kutaisi's top player in his first season with the team. Tsintsadze has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.2ppg. Tsintsadze is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.0apg) and averages solid 51.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old international shooting guard Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-SG-93) of Batumi. Jintcharadze impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Batumi was edged by the higher-ranked Kutaisi (#2, 18-7) 81-79. Batumi managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-17 record. Jintcharadze is a newcomer at Batumi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#6). He also registered 6.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Corey Allen (185-PG-92) of Mgzavrebi (#8). Allen scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Mgzavrebi, leading his team to a 91-59 easy win against the higher-ranked Rustavi (#3, 13-13). The chances of Mgzavrebi not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Allen could try to bring Mgzavrebi's a little bit higher in the standings. Allen has individually a great season in Georgia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (2nd best). He also has 3.3spg and FGP: 57.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Otar Pkhakadze (188-PG-93) of Mgzavrebi - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Darnell Taylor (193-G-91) of Mgzavrebi - 16 points and 10 rebounds
6. Levan Patsatsia (198-SF-88) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. John Florveus (211-C-90) of Cactus Tbilisi - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-F/C-89) of Sokhumi - 12 points and 9 rebounds
9. Terik Bridgeman (198-G) of Cactus Tbilisi - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Otari Buliava (202-PF-94) of Sokhumi - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Georgian A League round 13 best performance: Peter Alexis - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Peter Alexis (213-F/C-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Arena-76, receiving a Eurobasket.com A League Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 16 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team SEU Tbilisi (#6, 0-13) with 47-point margin 124-77. Arena-76 maintains the 3rd position in Georgian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Arena-76 will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. Alexis just recently signed at Arena-76, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Philadelphia University star has very solid stats this year. Alexis is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.7ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.6rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 62.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Davit Maisuradze (205-C/F-90) of SEU Tbilisi. Maisuradze had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as SEU Tbilisi lost that game 77-124 to the higher-ranked Arena-76 (#3, 8-5). SEU Tbilisi are still at the very bottom. 13 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Maisuradze is a newcomer at SEU Tbilisi, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Armani Flannigan (203-F-92) of BC Titebi (#4). Flannigan scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of BC Titebi, leading his team to a 81-65 easy win against #2 ranked Hyundai-TSU in a game of the week. BC Titebi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Flannigan has a great season in Georgia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.9rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Deondre Ray (196-SF) of DELTA - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dmitry Sviridov (212-C-85) of Tskaltubo - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tato Chachibaia (201-F-90) of Arena-76 - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Rodnerius Lewis (193-G-93) of Arena-76 - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Ryan Aaron (190-G-91) of BC Titebi - 23 points and 9 rebounds
9. Christopher Gabriel (210-C-88) of Hyundai-TSU - 18 points and 14 rebounds
10. Oleksandr Rychlyuk (208-F/C-84) of Arena-76 - 10 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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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.8 
 2. Knight, Jena18.3 
 3. English, Fraport .17.3 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA16.7 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.16.1 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.7 
 7. Lewis, Bayreuth15.6 
 8. Babb, Ratiopharm15.5 
 9. Odum, Wuerzburg15.4 
 10. Gaines, Vechta15.3 
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. Marei, Bayreuth6.8 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.6 
 7. Knight, Jena6.5 
 8. Searcy, Vechta6.4 
 9. McGhee, Walter T.6.4 
 10. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.8.0 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.4 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.9 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.0 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.9 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.6 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.4 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 6. Ruoff, Goettingen1.7 
 7. Anderson, Bayreuth1.7 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 9. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 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. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 3. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 4. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.1 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. Marei, Bayreuth0.9 
 8. Miller, ALBA0.8 
 9. Horton, Telekom .0.8 
 10. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 


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.



Jarvis Davis (Rostock Seawolves) I Wasn't Dominating Every Single Night like Westbrook So I Have Work To Do - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jarvis Davis (183-PG-91, college: Gardner-Webb) is a 25 year old 183cm guard from Columbia, South Carolina that completed his second professional season in Germany and first with the Rostock Seawolves averaging 20,4ppg, 4,4rpg and 3,8apg. As a rookie he played for AngraBasket/Vaquinha (Portugal-Proliga) averaging 25,2ppg, 7,5rpg and 2,9apg. He started his basketball career with Cent.Florida (NCAA) in 2010 an dthen moved to Gardner-Webb (NCAA) and as a senior played 35 games averaging 8.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 87.1%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball and his season with the RostockWolves

Jarvis thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 has come and we are already into 2017. Did you set any new years resolutions and if you did have to stayed faithful to them in the first two months?

I mean I wouldn't call it a resolution. But I had a goal to work my hardest to get better every day individually to make myself better. I feel as if I did so. I did what I could control.


The Rostock SeaWolves closed out the regular season with a satisfying win against Recklingshausen 92-76. How important was it getting this win and going into the playoffs with confidence?

Super important. If we lost, we don't make the playoffs. We win, we were in. So it was simple, WIN or GO HOME!


The club had their best span during the Christmas holidays having a 4 game winning streak, but since then were up and down having a 3-4 record. What do you believe were the positives and negatives in these 7 games?

We could've played better defense. I COULD'VE PLAYED BETTER DEFENSE. We could've played better offense, I could've been more efficient. But sometimes it not positives and negatives. Sometimes as a team, you just don't have it. Sometimes you work hard that week, but that team is just better. Basketball isn't rocket science. You win some, you lose some.


The club got a new coach with German Ralf Rehberger. How do you feel did the team adapt to his philosophy and what do you believe was his biggest strength that carried the team to the playoffs?

We adapted best we could, but he came mid season. So he didn't bring a lot of "his guys" in. So we did the best we could. Today is April 13 & the playoffs are over for us, but I believe he preached team work and togetherness. He and the staff in my eyes prepared us well for the Karlsruhe but at the end of the day, "Coach AIN'T on the floor, PLAYERS are." So he can have the best philosophy he wants, you still have to execute at the end of the day. And we didn't execute. And that's why I'm at home, in my house right now in SC, answering these questions with King Kong playing in the background.

The team had been inconsistent on the defensive end giving up 80 points or more 10 times, but also had good phases were it defended very well. What do you feel could the team have done better on the defensive end?

Like I said playoffs are over. It's easy to say, "Oh we going tweak this and do this, and switch this and trap this. Then zone here. But at the end of the day, Defense is about effort. If you give great effort, somehow stuff happens. I don't know why, but it does. Just to add, I could've been way better on the defense end, EFFORT WISE.


Your played your first season in Germany and the Pro B and have belonged to the top point guards averaging 20,0ppg, 4,4rpg and 3,5apg. How would you rate your season?

I mean it was okay. I could played a lot better defensively. Could've been more impactful on both ends. But stats aren't everything. Just because my numbers look good doesn't mean I'm a top guard in the league. But it doesn't mean I'm not either. But to rate my season though, it was Good. Just good, I feel like I should've averaged 30, 7 and 6. Dominating EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, like Westbrook or something. But I didn't, so I have work to do. But I'm going to get there, you'll see when we have our next interview.

You have definitely been a scoring point guard, but the club lacked suitable playmaking as it averaged only 13,0apg. Did you feel pressure at times in the playmaking department simply because you had to do so much more for your team to be successful besides scoring the ball?

I'm going say it again. Stats aren't everything. What ISN'T an ASSIST, is AN ASSIST sometimes. What about when you pass the ball and draw a defender, and your teammate gets a wide open simple two dribble pull-up? That's a great, simple basketball play. Assist in my world, but in Europe it's not. Or when you get a steal on the break and your teammate runs out and takes one dribble and makes a layup? The scenarios can go on and on. But to answer you're question, no I don't feel pressure because film doesn't lie, great plays are made all the time. I'm just going say it like this, " how many assists, passes or great plays have you seen in the sports world that ended with a missed wide open 3, dropped pass in the end zone, etc, etc? DON'T WORRY I'll WAIT!


You have had some very good shooting games and then some that weren't as good, but that is normal for any player. What have been your personal biggest concern in your game, your shot selection or taking care of the ball?

Both. I look up to Chris Paul. And he might not shoot well every game, but he damn sure takes care of the ball. I want to be better than him one day. And to get there I have to do both better. That comes from film study. A lot of it. Along with playing the game the right way and trusting your teammates. Oh! & my 2 college coaches Chris Holtmann & Tim Craft, along with my HS coach, John Combs would love this one, "Making the easy play". The easy play is so overrated, everybody wants to get on Hoopmixtape or BallisLife. Or make a fire highlight tape, but can't make the easy play. It's a shame.


Rostock was swept by PS Karlsruhe. What is your summary to bowing out of the playoffs to them?

The season is over but Karlsruhe was decent. No disrespect to them but we should've won that series. They were better than I thought but I feel as if I gave them too much credit. Not to toot my own horn but I could've made that 35pts, 10rebs and 7 assists into 50, 15 and 10 if I would have played with more poise and been more solid. But I learned from it. Oh yea, shout out to that guy who threw that beer on me after the game too. I haven't forgot.

You stated in our interview last summer Basketball is 99% confidence and if you don't have any, you're in trouble. With what kind of confidence did Rostock go into this series knowing that PS Karlsruhe lost focus in the last month losing three of it's last four games?

My confidence was high, but it wasn't on 100 even though my series stats tell a different story. They'll probably end up winning the league. They had their toughest test in the first round with us. As one of them in an interview after the season. That's not a biased opinion on my part at all. That's just a fact .


You won't see a more athletic front court with Americans Jordan Talbert and Orlando Parker and German Bill Borekambi. They are a very agreesive team that love to crash the boards. What would have been key to have gotten by them?

Athletic?!?! Why do you think they're so athletic? I'll just leave that there BUT the keys to the series were being solid over 40 minutes & making them make plays all games. Sometimes that's all it takes. A lot of guys really can't make plays if you play solid. They didn't really have guys who would kill you, but we CREATED a lot of offense for them. Reaching on defense, not holding box outs, ball watching. Simple stuff that's just effort plays. And WE DIDN'T do that. Which is why I'm sitting at home right now, in the dark, doing this interview because King King just went off 5 minutes ago. It was kind of good too.

Which Pro B player was the toughest to guard this season?

No comment

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

I didn't watch the game so I doesn't rank anywhere with me. Honestly, I really don't care about his 60 point game, their kids out here starving. People getting shot by cops for no reason. I want to help keep kids off the street so I really don't care about his 60 point game but I respect it, and I hope he keeps ballin' because he's a great player and I respect him. Congrats Klay. Good luck guarding Dame and CJ this series because them boys got that work.

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?

Once again, Stats aren't everything. But I will say, he is without a doubt, he is the hardest playing player in the world, which makes him one of the best players in the world. Honestly I feel like one of the best player in the world might be a guy serving 15 years for the armed robbery of a gas station in Texas or some state like that. Lol but yea stat wise, yes he is the best player. Russ is a dog and everybody knows it. Playing hard is his greatest skill.

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

I mean, I don't, maybe God was like "ayy man nobody ever did this before and told Draymond to go for it during his dream while taking his pregame nap. Or maybe the stat guys at Oracle blessed him, idk.

What was the last movie that you saw?

If you read this entire interview, you know the answer to this question. Have a great day.


Thanks Jarvis for the chat.



BBL Round 30: ratiopharm Ulm edges s Oliver Baskets by three points - by Eurobasket News

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

Fifteenth-ranked s Oliver Baskets (7-21) made lots of trouble for first ranked ratiopharm Ulm (27-1) in Wuerzburg on Thursday. The visitors from Ulm managed to secure only three-point victory 73-70. However their fans expected much easier game. ratiopharm Ulm made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Jake Odum (193-91, college: Indiana St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. ratiopharm Ulm maintains first position with 27-1 record. s Oliver Baskets lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 21 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face Giessen 46ers (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. s Oliver Baskets will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Giessen was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked EWE Baskets (15-13) played at the court of eighth ranked Giessen 46ers (15-13). Giessen 46ers did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 78-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of EWE Baskets. It was a good game for American forward Dwayne Evans (201-92, college: St.Louis) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Justin Sears contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) replied with 17 points for EWE Baskets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Giessen 46ers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated EWE Baskets. Giessen 46ers will play against league's leader ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. EWE Baskets will play against BBC Bayreuth (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Tenth-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-17) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked BBC Bayreuth (20-8) on Thursday. BBC Bayreuth managed to secure only one-point victory 99-98. However their fans expected much easier game. The game was also dominated by American players. Joseph Lewis scored 30 points to lead the charge for the winners. BBC Bayreuth's coach Raoul Korner used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Quantez Robertson with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). BBC Bayreuth maintains fourth position with 20-8 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the tenth place with 17 games lost. BBC Bayreuth will meet EWE Baskets (#8) in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against Science City Jena and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eleventh-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (10-18) made lots of trouble for ninth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (15-14). EnBW Ludwigsburg managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Johannes Thiemann notched 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains ninth position with 15-14 record. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be BG Goettingen (#12) on the road. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Brose Bask. defeated Walter Tigers in Bamberg 87-75. B.Muenchen beat Telekom Bsk at home 84-72. Vechta lost to Braunschweig on the opponent's court 73-87.
The best stats of 30th round was 16 points and 4 assists by Fabien Causeur of Brose Bask..

Wuerzburg - Ratiopharm 70-73

Fifteenth-ranked s Oliver Baskets (7-21) made lots of trouble for first ranked ratiopharm Ulm (27-1) in Wuerzburg on Thursday. The visitors from Ulm managed to secure only three-point victory 73-70. However their fans expected much easier game. ratiopharm Ulm made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Jake Odum (193-91, college: Indiana St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and center Brendan Lane (206-90, college: Pepperdine) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. ratiopharm Ulm maintains first position with 27-1 record. s Oliver Baskets lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 21 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face Giessen 46ers (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. s Oliver Baskets will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 17+7reb+3ast, A.Rubit 16+12reb+1ast, C.Babb 16+1reb+4ast, B.Hobbs 7+3reb+5ast, K.Tadda 6+4reb+1ast, T.Braun 5+1reb
Wuerzburg: L.Ulmer 14+4reb+2ast, J.Odum 12+5reb+10ast, V.Sanford 10+4reb+3ast, M.Cobbins 9+3reb, B.Lane 8+9reb+4ast, S.Betz 6+1reb
gschID: 528790


Walter Tigers - Brose Bask. 75-87

There was no surprise in Tuebingen where 14th ranked Walter Tigers (9-23) were defeated by second ranked Brose Baskets (26-3) 87-75. Brose Baskets shot 62.8 percent from the field and made 24-of-27 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Brose Baskets outrebounded Walter Tigers 33-19 including a 30-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Brose Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Walter Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Latvian point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) supported him with 15 points and 5 assists. Even 13 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Stanton Kidd (202-92, college: Colorado St.) did not help to save the game for Walter Tigers. His fellow American import Julian Washburn (204-91, college: UTEP) added 15 points and 4 steals. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brose Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 26-3 record behind leader Ratiopharm. Walter Tigers lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 23 games lost. Brose Baskets' next round opponent will be ALBA Berlin (#5) at home.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 16+1reb+4ast, J.Strelnieks 15+1reb+5ast, D.Theis 14+7reb, P.Heckmann 9+1reb, N.Melli 9+6reb+4ast, A.Nikolic 8+4reb+2ast
Walter Tigers: J.Washburn 15+3reb+1ast, B.Stewart 13+1reb+1ast, S.Kidd 13+5reb+3ast, J.Jordan 10+2reb+4ast, D.Berry 6+3ast, A.Munoz 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 528791


Ludwigsburg - Bremerhaven 81-78

Eleventh-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (10-18) made lots of trouble for ninth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (15-14). EnBW Ludwigsburg managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. EnBW Ludwigsburg made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Eisbaeren Bremerhaven helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International Johannes Thiemann (204-94) notched 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American swingman DJ Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) supported him with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. Even 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Karvel Anderson (188-91, college: Robert Morris) did not help to save the game for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. His fellow American import swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains ninth position with 15-14 record. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be BG Goettingen (#12) on the road. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: J.Thiemann 12+7reb+1ast, J.Cooley 11+4reb+1ast, B.Loesing 11+1ast, R.Trice 11+4reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 10+1reb+3ast, D.Kennedy 9+9reb
Bremerhaven: K.Anderson 20+7reb+4ast, Q.Diggs 16+5reb+4ast, N.Aleksandrov 15+3reb+2ast, J.Hulls 9+2reb+2ast, H.Kamp 7+1reb+2ast, W.Austin 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 528789


Bayreuth - Fraport SKY 99-98

Tenth-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-17) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked BBC Bayreuth (20-8) on Thursday. BBC Bayreuth managed to secure only one-point victory 99-98. However their fans expected much easier game. BBC Bayreuth made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Deutsche Bank Skyliners turnovers. BBC Bayreuth shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) scored 30 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Kyan Anderson (180-92, college: TCU, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 24 points, 8 assists and 5 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. BBC Bayreuth's coach Raoul Korner used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Quantez Robertson (188-84, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Mike Morrison (206-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BBC Bayreuth maintains fourth position with 20-8 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the tenth place with 17 games lost. BBC Bayreuth will meet EWE Baskets (#8) in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against Science City Jena and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: J.Lewis 30+4reb+2ast, K.Anderson 24+1reb+8ast, A.Marei 14+9reb+1ast, S.Wachalski 12+1reb, D.Brooks 7+1reb, B.Doreth 5+1reb+2ast
Fraport SKY: M.Morrison 25+5reb, Q.Robertson 22+8reb+5ast, A.English 22+3reb+4ast, M.Merz 14+3reb+8ast, S.Ilzhoefer 6+3reb+2ast, M.Agva 4+2reb
gschID: 528788


B.Muenchen - Telekom Bsk 84-72

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Bayern Muenchen (25-3) defeated at home 6th ranked Telekom Baskets (17-11) 84-72. They outrebounded Telekom Baskets 41-22 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bayern Muenchen players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Serbian Vladimir Lucic (201-89, agency: BeoBasket) notched 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the former international center Maik Zirbes (208-90, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 20 points. Even 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by American power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) did not help to save the game for Telekom Baskets. His fellow American import forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 25-3 record having just two points less than leader Ratiopharm. Defending champion Telekom Baskets keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be SC Rasta Vechta (#17) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Telekom Baskets will play against Braunschweig (#16) in Braunschweig and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: M.Zirbes 20+4reb, V.Lucic 17+9reb, N.Djedovic 10+2reb+4ast, D.Booker 9+3reb+1ast, B.Taylor 7+1ast, M.Kleber 7+7reb+2ast
Telekom Bsk: J.Gamble 22+5reb+1ast, K.Horton 18+5reb+3ast, F.Barovic 11+3reb+1ast, J.Sanders 6+4reb+1ast, O.Silins 5+2ast, T.DiLeo 4+1reb+6ast
gschID: 528787


Giessen 46ers - EWE Baskets 78-61

The game in Giessen was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked EWE Baskets (15-13) played at the court of eighth ranked Giessen 46ers (15-13). Giessen 46ers did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 78-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of EWE Baskets. Giessen 46ers made 23-of-24 charity shots (95.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 EWE Baskets turnovers and had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Giessen 46ers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a good game for American forward Dwayne Evans (201-92, college: St.Louis) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). The other American import forward Justin Sears (203-94, college: Yale) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Giessen 46ers players scored in double figures. American swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) replied with 17 points and Belgian Maxime De-Zeeuw (206-87) added 10 points in the effort for EWE Baskets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Giessen 46ers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated EWE Baskets. Giessen 46ers will play against league's leader ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. EWE Baskets will play against BBC Bayreuth (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Giessen 46ers: A.Obst 14+2reb+3ast, C.Wells 12+2reb+5ast, D.Evans 12+9reb+2ast, J.Sears 12+6reb+3ast, J.Saibou 12+1reb+1ast, S.Bowlin 8+2reb+3ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 17+2reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 10+2reb+1ast, B.Qvale 8+2reb, J.Freese 7+6reb, F.Massenat 7+2reb+3ast, P.Schwethelm 5+2reb
gschID: 528786


Braunschweig - Vechta 87-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta's (2-26) road loss to sixteenth ranked Braunschweig (5-23) 73-87. They made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Braunschweig had a 28-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Austrian point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91) supported him with 23 points and 7 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Four Braunschweig players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) did not help to save the game for SC Rasta Vechta. American-Albanian point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) added 14 points and 4 steals. SC Rasta Vechta's coach tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Braunschweig maintains sixteenth position with 5-23 record. SC Rasta Vechta lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth place with 26 games lost. Braunschweig's next round opponent will be higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#6) in Bonn and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. SC Rasta Vechta will play at home against Bayern Muenchen (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Braunschweig: T.Klepeisz 23+1reb+7ast, D.Pierre 19+13reb+1ast, C.Medlock 14+3reb+3ast, T.Schwartz 11+3reb+1ast, J.Boykin 8+2reb+1ast, G.Groselle 7+12reb
Vechta: F.Gaines 22+5reb+3ast, R.Broadus 14+2reb+2ast, D.Searcy 10+4reb+2ast, D.Allen 9+7reb+2ast, T.Warech 8+2reb, P.Neumann 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 528785





Giants add Grim to their roster, ex Uni Baskets - by Hugh McAuliffe

Mike Pero Nelson Giants (NBL) added to their roster 29-year old American forward Morgan Grim (203-98kg-88, college: Utah State). He just played at Uni Baskets in German ProA. Grim has played there for the last four years. In 29 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1bpg this season.
His college team won WAC Tournament in 2011.
Grim has played previously professionally in Estonia (Valga) and Iceland (Fjolnir).
He attended Utah State until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

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ProA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. MBC is the first semifinalist - by Eurobasket News

Kirchheim - Heidelberg 86-90

Heidelberg upset Kirchheim on the road to take 2-1 lead in the series. MLP Academics Heidelberg players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for American swingman Shy Ely (193-87, college: Evansville) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Phillipp Heyden (206-88) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Andreas Kronhardt (205-89) answered with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and American Seth Hinrichs (201-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kirchheim Knights. Five MLP Academics Heidelberg and four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: P.Heyden 21+8reb+1ast, S.Ely 20+8reb+7ast, N.Wuerzner 15+1reb+4ast, B.Thompson 11+5reb+1ast, V.Hall 11+1reb+4ast, D.White 7+6reb+1ast
Kirchheim: A.Kronhardt 26+9reb+7ast, J.Williams 18+7reb+1ast, S.Hinrichs 18+8reb+3ast, C.Love 12+1reb+11ast, T.Koch 6+3ast, B.Wenzel 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 543527


Chemnitz - Trier 80-78

Chemnitz nipped visiting Trier to step closer to the semis. Chemnitz made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) who scored 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Chris Carter (195-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 9 assists. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Chilean Sebastian Herrera (193-97) who recorded 21 points and Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (201-83, college: Richmond) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Gladiators' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: J.Lawson 36+6reb+1ast, C.Carter 15+3reb+9ast, M.Ziegenhagen 13+1reb, V.Matthews 7+3reb+9ast, M.Seiferth 4+2reb+1ast, C.Bradshaw 3+3reb+2ast
Trier: S.Herrera 21+4reb+3ast, B.Spearman 15+2reb, J.Bucknor 9+9reb+1ast, K.Smit 9+2ast, S.Schmitz 6+3reb+4ast, K.Dietz 6+4reb
gschID: 543526


Crailsheim - Oettinger R. 100-89

Crailsheim overcame Oettinger and cut the deficit in the series. Crailsheim Merlins made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for American swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Chase Griffin (190-83, college: Pepperdine) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American-Ivorian forward Dane Watts (203-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points and 6 assists in the effort for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: K.Tiggs 20+6reb+3ast, T.Kotti 17+5reb+1ast, N.Hilliard IV 16+2ast, K.Wysocki 15+3reb+2ast, C.Griffin 15+8reb+5ast, P.Flomo 8+3reb
Oettinger R.: D.Hicks 15+2reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 15+3reb+6ast, R.Oehle 14+2reb+2ast, D.Watts 14+15reb+2ast, G.Gibbs 10+1reb+4ast, G.Gomila 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 543525


MBC - Koeln Rh.Stars 97-68

MBC rallied past Koeln at home court to secure their semifinal birth. Mitteldeutscher BC dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Koeln Rh.Stars' 22. They outrebounded Koeln Rh.Stars 42-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. Mitteldeutscher BC players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Koeln Rh.Stars. 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:
MBC: A.Warren 21+3reb+2ast, S.Kerusch 19+11reb+1ast, T.Hinz 16+3reb+3ast, D.Johnson 15+5reb+4ast, A.Zazai 11+4ast, K.Larsen 9+5reb
Koeln Rh.Stars: R.Christen 16+3reb+1ast, A.King 13+9reb+2ast, R.Williams 8+6reb+7ast, D.Heinzmann 7+5reb, L.Baeck 7, A.Foster 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543524





Fordham grad transfer Christian Sengfelder commits to Boise State - by Eurobasket News

Ex-Forham forward and grad transfer Christian Sengfelder (6'7''-F-95) has verbally committed to the Boise State Broncos, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported Thursday. Sengfelder, who spent his first three seasons with Fordham (his only D-1 scholarship offer), has averaged 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 93 career games. The 6-7, 238-pounder is a native of Germany, and should be an immediate impact in the Boise State frontcourt, specifically at the power forward position. The news of Sengfelder's commitment comes just six days after the Broncos lost a commitment from 4* wing Roberto Gittens, who reclassified to 2018 and will reopen his recruitment process. Leon Rice has one scholarship remaining to fill for the 2017-18 season. With no current offers to 2017 players, look for the Broncos to add a JUCO or grad transfer this spring.
Courtesy of: mwcconnection.com



Dirk Nowitzki Confirms He'll Return For 17-18 - by Eurobasket News

Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) has confirmed he will return next season for his 20th with the Dallas Mavericks. Nowitzki said in early March that he planned to continue his career. Nowitzki averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season as his minutes dropped to 26.4 per game. Nowitzki had a PER of 17.0, which is still above league average but was his lowest since his second NBA season.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.7 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR12.6 
 9. James, Panathin.12.5 
 10. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.2 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.8 
 4. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 5. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.3 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Kolossos.5.9 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.4 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 6. Talton, AGOR4.0 
 7. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 8. Hall, Kolossos HH3.8 
 9. Nixon, Lavrio3.8 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.1.6 
 6. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 7. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 8. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Cummings, Aris1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 5. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 9. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 
 10. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 


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 


A2 Round 26: No surprise as #1 Panionios defeat Amyntas Dafnis - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

A2 top team - Panionios (23-3) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (12-14) in Athens 83-66. Panionios made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. The former international Michalis Pelekanos (198-81) scored 23 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) to lead the charge for the winners and center Tasos Dimitriadis (204-82) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Guard Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-91) responded with 12 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Panionios maintains first position with 23-3 record, which they share with Iraklis. Amyntas Dafnis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with AE Larissas. Panionios is looking forward to face Holargos (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Amyntas Dafnis' supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Psychiko.
The game in Athens supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Faros (19-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Psychiko (13-13). Faros did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-66. Center Gaios Skordilis (207-87, agency: Diamond Sports) notched 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Fotis Vasilopoulos supported him with 17 points and 7 assists. Even a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds by forward Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-85) did not help to save the game for Psychiko. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Faros maintains fourth position with 19-6 record. Psychiko at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Holargos. Faros will play against bottom-ranked Pagrati (#16) in Athens in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Psychiko's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Amyntas Dafnis.
16th ranked Pagrati (2-24) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Aiolos Astakou (16-10) with the biggest margin this round 95-75 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Nikos Kaklamanos who scored 24 points. Aiolos Astakou's coach Michael Koutalianos used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Andreas Skoufis produced 27 points for the hosts. Newly promoted Aiolos Astakou maintains fifth position with 16-10 record. Pagrati lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Aiolos Astakou will meet at home Irakleio (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati will play against Faros in Keratsiniou and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Doxa Pefkon lost to Irakleio on the opponent's court 62-72. GS Larissas was outscored by Kavala in a home game 65-85. Arkadikos recorded a loss to Doukas on the road 83-67. Iraklis defeated AE Larissas on its own court 71-65. Holargos was beaten by Ethnikos in Piraeus 66-62.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Guillem Rubio of Doukas.

Pagrati - Aiolos Astakou 75-95

16th ranked Pagrati (2-24) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Aiolos Astakou (16-10) with the biggest margin this round 95-75 on Wednesday night. Aiolos Astakou forced 21 Pagrati turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Pagrati's players. The best player for the winners was guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81) who scored 24 points. Forward Vassilis Kitsoulis (204-83) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Aiolos Astakou's coach Michael Koutalianos used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Point guard Andreas Skoufis (191-98) produced 27 points and swingman Iaonnis Lekakis (196-90, college: Rochester, MI) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Pagrati players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Aiolos Astakou maintains fifth position with 16-10 record. Pagrati lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Aiolos Astakou will meet at home Irakleio (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati will play against Faros in Keratsiniou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aiolos Astakou: N.Kaklamanos 24+2reb+2ast, V.Kitsoulis 18+4reb+4ast, A.Gizogiannis 11+3reb+2ast, T.Charismidis 9+7reb, G.Brozos 7+4reb+1ast, T.Kasabalis 6+4reb+1ast
Pagrati: A.Skoufis 27+2reb+3ast, I.Lekakis 21+6reb+2ast, K.Ezomo 11+7reb+5ast, D.Torres 10+3reb+3ast, S.Lympereas 6+9reb, D.Kanellopoulos 0
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Irakleio - Doxa Pefkon 72-62

There was a minor upset when 12th ranked Doxa Pefkon (9-17) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Irakleio (7-18) 72-62 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was guard Themis Koupidis (198-84) who scored 24 points. Forward Dimitris Lolas (203-86) chipped in 6 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Nikolaos Diplaros (190-97) produced 20 points and Dimitris Stolis (198-95) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Irakleio maintains fourteenth position with 7-18 record. Loser Doxa Pefkon dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Arkadikos. Irakleio will meet higher ranked Aiolos Astakou (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Doxa Pefkon will play against the league's second-placed Iraklis (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Irakleio: T.Koupidis 24+1reb+1ast, M.Papadakis 12+2reb+3ast, I.Lianos 9+5reb+3ast, A.Petrakis 7+1ast, D.Lolas 6+16reb+1ast, P.Tserkitsoglou 5
Doxa Pefkon: N.Diplaros 20+3reb+1ast, D.Stolis 11+7reb, D.Geromichalos 8+5reb+2ast, A.Naoumis 7, D.Kalampakas 6+2reb+1ast, P.Velissariou 3+1reb
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GS Larissas - Kavala 65-85

Rather predictable result when thirteenth ranked Kavala (8-17) smashed on the road 15th ranked GS Larissas (5-21) 85-65 on Wednesday. They outrebounded GS Larissas 36-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Kavala shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. The best player for the winners was forward Antonis Sklivas (203-95) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Nigerian guard Etinosa Erevbenagie (186-95) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Kavala players scored in double figures. Kavala's coach Ilias Modaidis let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Anastasios Spyropoulos (204-95, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Evangelos Bebis (197-95, college: Iona) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Kavala maintains thirteenth position with 8-17 record. GS Larissas lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with 21 games lost. Kavala will meet at home higher ranked AE Larissas (#9) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. GS Larissas will play against Doukas (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Kavala: C.Kelaidis 18+1reb+3ast, E.Erevbenagie 14+5reb+7ast, A.Sklivas 14+11reb+2ast, A.Mazurczak 12+2reb+4ast, S.Gkelios 12+7reb+1ast, S.Koumlelis 5+5reb
GS Larissas: A.Spyropoulos 29+5reb+4ast, E.Bebis 14+6ast, S.Gioulekas 8+4reb+1ast, R.Tsourakis 8+6reb+2ast, L.Heretidis 3+2reb+2ast, S.Tsoumas 3+3reb+1ast
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Doukas - Arkadikos 83-67

Not a big story in a game in Athens where 11th ranked Arkadikos (9-17) was defeated by third ranked Doukas (21-4) 83-67 on Wednesday. Doukas forced 21 Arkadikos turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) who scored 30 points. Spanish center Guillem Rubio (202-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Efthimios Tsakaleris (207-89) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and forward Giannis Prodromou (196-87) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Four Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Doukas have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-4 record having just three points less than leader Panionios. Loser Arkadikos keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Doxa Pefkon. Doukas will meet GS Larissas (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Arkadikos will play against Ethnikos (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Doukas: A.Kiritsis 30+4reb+3ast, G.Rubio 17+13reb+4ast, A.Kanonidis 13+3reb, D.Kompodietas 8+1reb+1ast, P.Kafkis 8+4reb+3ast, G.Molfetas 4+3reb
Arkadikos: G.Prodromou 16+3reb, E.Tsakaleris 12+12reb+2ast, D.Redikas 11+1reb+5ast, K.Garbis 10+2reb+4ast, I.Karamalegkos 8+1reb, S.Tsougarakis 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 493972


Iraklis - AE Larissas 71-65

Everything went according to plan in Thessaloniki where second ranked Iraklis (23-3) beat 9th ranked AE Larissas (12-14) 71-65 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The best player for the winners was forward Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-79) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Iraklis' coach Vangelis Alexandris used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Icelandic center Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-88) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Theodoros Tsiloulis (190-93) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Iraklis have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Panionios. Newly promoted AE Larissas keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Amyntas Dafnis. Iraklis will meet Doxa Pefkon (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. AE Larissas will play against Kavala and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: V.Angelakopoulos 20+6reb, Y.Gagaloudis 12+5reb+7ast, D.Cheilaris 9+5reb, K.Totsios 6+1reb+1ast, R.Rutkauskas 6+10reb+1ast, S.Chrysopoulos 4+1reb+1ast
AE Larissas: T.Tsiloulis 14+4reb+2ast, S.Thorsteinsson 14+6reb+1ast, N.Tsoutsos 11+3reb, M.Politis 9+2reb, A.Deligiorgis 9+5reb+2ast, G.Papachristos 4+8reb+3ast
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Ethnikos - Holargos 66-62

Everything could happen in Piraeus at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Ethnikos and 8th ranked Holargos had identical 13-12 record. This time Ethnikos used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Holargos 66-62 on Wednesday night. Ethnikos had a 38-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Kostas Macheras (205-85) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Estonian point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Four Ethnikos players scored in double figures. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Akis Kallinikidis (197-77) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Holargos' coach Stergios Koufos tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ethnikos maintains sixth position with 14-12 record. Loser Holargos dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Psychiko. Ethnikos will meet Arkadikos (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. Holargos will play against the league's leader Panionios (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ethnikos: K.Macheras 14+10reb+2ast, R.Laane 14+4reb+5ast, N.Kokkalis 12+10reb, A.Antonakis 10+5reb+2ast, K.Oikonomopoulos 9+6reb+1ast, P.Martzos 7+5reb+1ast
Holargos: A.Koutroulias 14+5reb+1ast, S.Gizogiannis 11+4reb, A.Kallinikidis 10+7reb+1ast, N.Angelopoulos 7+3reb+1ast, S.Motsenigos 7+2reb+2ast, T.Tzakopoulos 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 493971


Panionios - Amyntas Dafnis 83-66

A2 top team - Panionios (23-3) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (12-14) in Athens 83-66. Panionios made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. The former international Michalis Pelekanos (198-81) scored 23 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) to lead the charge for the winners and center Tasos Dimitriadis (204-82) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Four Panionios players scored in double figures. Guard Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-91) responded with 12 points and 4 assists and point guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) scored 10 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Panionios maintains first position with 23-3 record, which they share with Iraklis. Amyntas Dafnis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with AE Larissas. Panionios is looking forward to face Holargos (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Amyntas Dafnis' supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Psychiko.
Top scorers:
Panionios: M.Pelekanos 23+2reb+2ast, T.Dimitriadis 19+6reb, M.Matalon 10+2ast, F.Alihodzic 10+6reb, S.Karydas 9+5reb+7ast, N.Barlos 5+4reb+1ast
Amyntas Dafnis: I.Angelopoulos 12+3reb+4ast, L.Zoupas 10+2reb+4ast, T.Vardianos 8+2reb+1ast, C.Vogiatzis 8+1reb, S.Diamantopoulos 7+4reb+4ast, A.Topalis 6+4reb+1ast
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Psychiko - Faros 66-86

The game in Athens supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Faros (19-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Psychiko (13-13). Faros did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-66. Center Gaios Skordilis (207-87, agency: Diamond Sports) notched 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) supported him with 17 points and 7 assists. Even a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds by forward Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-85) did not help to save the game for Psychiko. Point guard Thomas Nikou (185-80) added 14 points for the hosts. Five Faros and four Psychiko players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Faros maintains fourth position with 19-6 record. Psychiko at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Holargos. Faros will play against bottom-ranked Pagrati (#16) in Athens in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Psychiko's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Amyntas Dafnis.
Top scorers:
Faros: G.Skordilis 20+9reb+1ast, F.Vasilopoulos 17+3reb+7ast, V.Karaboulas 16+2reb+1ast, M.Batis 11+10reb, G.Dimakos 11+4reb+1ast, N.Liakopoulos 9+2ast
Psychiko: V.Mouratos 14+1reb+2ast, T.Nikou 14+3reb+1ast, N.Papanikolaou 11+12reb, L.Vlachos 10+2reb, S.Smajlagic 7+6reb, D.Achis 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 493969





Greek A2 round 26 best performance: Guillem Rubio - by Eurobasket News

Spanish Center Guillem Rubio (202-C-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Doukas, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 34-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Arkadikos (#11, 9-17) with 16-point margin 83-67. Doukas maintains the 3rd position in Greek A2. They are still close to the very top. Doukas would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 21-4 record. Rubio turned to be Doukas' top player in his first season with the team. Guillem Rubio has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.1rpg) and averages impressive 64.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Anastasios Spyropoulos (204-F-95, agency: Octagon Europe) of GS Larissas. Spyropoulos had a very good evening with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as GS Larissas lost that game 65-85 to slightly higher-ranked Kavala (#13, 8-17). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. GS Larissas keeps 15th position. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories GS Larissas managed to get this year. Spyropoulos is a newcomer at GS Larissas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Doukas' star - guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82). Kiritsis got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was another key player of Doukas, helping his team with a 83-67 easy win against the lower-ranked Arkadikos (#11, 9-17). Doukas is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 21-4 record is not that bad... Kiritsis has a great season in Greece. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gaios Skordilis (207-C-87) of Faros - 20 points and 9 rebounds
5. Michalis Pelekanos (198-SF-81) of Panionios - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-F-79) of Iraklis - 20 points and 6 rebounds
7. Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) of Aiolos Astakou - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tasos Dimitriadis (204-C-82) of Panionios - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Iaonnis Lekakis (196-F/G-90) of Pagrati - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Etinosa Erevbenagie (186-G-95) of Kavala - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 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)



A1 Round 26: AEK Athens are upset by Aris - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A1 just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Thessaloniki between third ranked AEK Athens (19-7) and fifth ranked Aris (15-11) on Thursday night. AEK Athens was defeated by Aris in a tough game on the road 77-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AEK Athens. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by AEK Athens helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) who scored 24 points. The former international point guard Vasilis Xanthopoulos (188-84, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Irish-American guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, agency: Diamond Sports) produced 17 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Aris moved-up to fourth place. AEK Athens at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Athens. Second ranked Panathinaikos faced 4th ranked PAOK. Host Panathinaikos (25-1) smashed guests from Thessaloniki (14-12) 102-58. American point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Chris Singleton contributed with 17 points for the winners. point guard Antonios Koniaris (196-97) replied with 12 points for PAOK. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panathinaikos have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Olympiacos. PAOK at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost.
Leader Olympiacos delivered the twenty fifth victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked Kymis (8-18) 93-45 in Athens. Patric Young scored 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Stavros Toutziarakis responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiacos (25-1) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position, which they share with Panathinaikos. Newly promoted Kymis keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Koroivos.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Patra, where higher ranked Lavrio (11-15) lost to thirteenth ranked Apollon Patras (7-19) in a road game 61-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lavrio. Steven Burtt notched 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Apollon Patras maintains thirteenth position with 7-19 record. Lavrio at the other side keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost.
An interesting game took place in Koroivos, where 9th ranked Promitheas (10-16) lost to twelfth ranked Koroivos (8-18) in a road game 62-66 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was Markel Starks who scored 14 points and 4 assists. Promitheas' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Koroivos moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Kymis. Newly promoted Promitheas keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost.

In the last two games of round 26 AGOR defeated Doxa Lefkadas in Rethymno 80-67. Kolossos HH smashed Trikalla at home 73-53.
The best stats of 26th round was 8 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Toddrick Gotcher of Koroivos.

Panathinaikos - PAOK 102-58

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Athens. Second ranked Panathinaikos faced 4th ranked PAOK. Host Panathinaikos (25-1) smashed guests from Thessaloniki (14-12) 102-58. The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.3 percent from the field and made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game, while PAOK only scored six points from the stripe. Panathinaikos had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. PAOK was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. The other American import forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Point guard Antonios Koniaris (196-97) replied with 12 points and American power forward Keith Clanton (205-90, college: Cent.Florida) added 8 points in the effort for PAOK. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panathinaikos have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Olympiacos. PAOK at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: M.James 20+2reb+2ast, C.Singleton 17+4reb+1ast, K.Rivers 14+4reb, I.Bourousis 11+6reb+2ast, J.Feldeine 11+1reb, A.Fotsis 9+4reb
PAOK: A.Koniaris 12+3reb+3ast, Z.Peiners 9+3reb+1ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 8+6reb, K.Clanton 8+4reb+3ast, I.Aska 6+4reb+1ast, N.Sobey 6+5reb
gschID: 493763


Apollon Patras - Lavrio 72-61

We should mention about the upset which took place in Patra, where higher ranked Lavrio (11-15) lost to thirteenth ranked Apollon Patras (7-19) in a road game 61-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lavrio. The game was mostly controlled by Apollon Patras. Lavrio was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 30 personal fouls committed by Lavrio helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (189-84, college: Iona) notched 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Ioannis Kouzeloglou (204-95) supported him with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Even 12 points and 6 rebounds by British forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Lavrio. American Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) added 8 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Apollon Patras maintains thirteenth position with 7-19 record. Lavrio at the other side keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: S.Burtt 27+8reb+6ast, C.Raines 11+4reb+1ast, I.Kouzeloglou 10+12reb, G.Diamantakos 8+3reb+1ast, A.Hickey 8+1reb+3ast, D.Slaftsakis 3+4reb
Lavrio: A.Hamilton 12+6reb+3ast, S.Gray 10+2reb+1ast, D.Bolds 10+1reb+1ast, D.Kaklamanakis 8+4reb+1ast, S.Evans 8+9reb, G.Athanasoulas 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 493758


Koroivos - Promitheas 66-62

An interesting game took place in Koroivos, where 9th ranked Promitheas (10-16) lost to twelfth ranked Koroivos (8-18) in a road game 62-66 on Thursday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Promitheas won third quarter 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Markel Starks (188-91, college: Georgetown) who scored 14 points and 4 assists. The other American import Toddrick Gotcher (193-93, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 8 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Point guard Nikos Gikas (186-91, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Lucky Jones (198-93, college: Robert Morris) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Promitheas' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Koroivos moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Kymis. Newly promoted Promitheas keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: M.Starks 14+3reb+4ast, A.Spyridonidis 13, E.McClellan 11+7reb+3ast, D.Pollard 8+8reb+1ast, T.Gotcher 8+9reb+4ast, Y.Sahpatzidis 6+2reb+1ast
Promitheas: L.Jones 16+5reb, M.Moore 12+5reb, N.Gikas 10+7reb+4ast, M.Faye 9+6reb+1ast, Z.Sarikopoulos 7+3reb+1ast, B.Jaxen 5+3reb
gschID: 493764


Doxa Lefkadas - AGOR 67-80

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Doxa Lefkadas (4-22) was defeated at home by sixth ranked AGOR (13-13) 80-67 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by AGOR. Doxa Lefkadas was better in third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American point guard Gary Talton (185-90, college: Ill.-Chicago) who scored 19 points. Forward Haralampos Giannopoulos (200-89) chipped in 17 points. Montenegrin Ivan Maras (207-86) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Shannon Scott (186-92, college: Ohio St.) added 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. AGOR maintains sixth position with 13-13 record, which they share with Kolossos HH. Doxa Lefkadas lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 22 lost games.
Top scorers:
AGOR: G.Talton 19+3reb+3ast, H.Giannopoulos 17+3reb+3ast, R.Arnold 15+2reb, T.Fitzpatrick 8+6reb+2ast, A.Christodoulou 6+3reb+2ast, R.Schaftenaar 5+8reb+4ast
Doxa Lefkadas: I.Maras 16+7reb+2ast, T.Abbott 11+6reb+2ast, S.Scott 8+10reb+5ast, A.Harris 8+6reb+3ast, D.Doblas 7+4reb, D.Tsaldaris 5+3reb
gschID: 493762


Kolossos HH - Trikalla 73-53

No shocking result in a game in Rodou where seventh ranked Kolossos HH (13-13) smashed 10th ranked Aiolos Trikallon (10-16) 73-53 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Kolossos HH. Aiolos Trikallon was better in fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aiolos Trikallon to just 7 points in second quarter. Kolossos HH forced 21 Aiolos Trikallon turnovers and outrebounded them 37-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was Christos Saloustros (201-90) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Juvonte Reddic (206-92, college: VCU) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Naturalized French Angelo Tsagarakis (191-84) produced 11 points and American guard Kelsey Barlow (196-91, college: Ill.-Chicago) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kolossos HH moved-up to sixth place, which they share with AGOR. Loser Aiolos Trikallon dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kolossos HH: C.Saloustros 15+5reb+2ast, J.Reddic 13+5reb+1ast, R.Ahonen 10+3reb+2ast, L.Hall 8+4reb+5ast, E.Watson 7+4reb, J.Chuku 6+3reb+1ast
Trikalla: K.Barlow 13+1reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 11+3reb+3ast, S.Poulianitis 9+3reb, A.Varytimiadis 7+2reb, O.Lypovyy 5+2reb+1ast, S.Manolopoulos 2+3reb
gschID: 493761


Aris - AEK Athens 81-77

The most important game in the last round took place in Thessaloniki between third ranked AEK Athens (19-7) and fifth ranked Aris (15-11) on Thursday night. AEK Athens was defeated by Aris in a tough game on the road 77-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AEK Athens. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by AEK Athens helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) who scored 24 points. The former international point guard Vasilis Xanthopoulos (188-84, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Aris players scored in double figures. Irish-American guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, agency: Diamond Sports) produced 17 points and Croatian point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 10 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Aris moved-up to fourth place. AEK Athens at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Aris: W.Cummings 24+3reb+2ast, T.Zaras 12+1reb, V.Xanthopoulos 12+6reb+6ast, V.Jankovic 10+6reb+1ast, S.Mourtos 9+4reb, M.Tsairelis 8+1reb+1ast
AEK Athens: D.McGrath 17+2ast, D.Sakota 15+2reb+1ast, R.Ukic 10+1reb+7ast, B.Newley 8+5reb+3ast, G.Larentzakis 8+7reb+1ast, M.Dixon 6+1ast
gschID: 493760


Olympiacos - Kymis 93-45

Leader Olympiacos delivered the twenty fifth victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked Kymis (8-18) 93-45 in Athens. The game without a history. Olympiacos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kymis to just 6 points in first quarter. Olympiacos dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Kymis' 34. They outrebounded Kymis 44-24 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Olympiacos looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Kymis' players. American center Patric Young (208-92, college: Florida) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five Olympiacos players scored in double figures. Center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds and forward Panagiotis Katranas (202-85) scored 6 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiacos (25-1) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position, which they share with Panathinaikos. Newly promoted Kymis keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Koroivos.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: P.Young 16+6reb+2ast, V.Spanoulis 14+4reb+5ast, I.Papapetrou 13+5reb, T.Zevgaras 12+5reb+1ast, G.Ballis 11+10reb+1ast, N.Milutinov 10+7reb+2ast
Kymis: S.Toutziarakis 11+9reb+2ast, J.Green 8+1reb+3ast, J.Cadee 7, C.Kostov 6+3reb, P.Katranas 6+4reb+2ast, V.Tzolos 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 493759





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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 KC20.6 
 3. Lilov, Szedeak19.3 
 4. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.4 
 5. Pacher, Vasas17.9 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari17.9 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.4 
 8. Saddler, Jaszbere.17.3 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.9 
 10. Sejfic, PVSK P.16.8 
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. Nelson, PVSK P.6.3 
 6. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 8. Johnson, Sopron KC5.9 
 9. Govens, Falco KC5.8 
 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. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 4. Smith, MAFC2.0 
 5. Pongo, KTE-Duna2.0 
 6. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 7. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.9 
 8. Frazier, Kaposvari1.8 
 9. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
 10. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.9 
 3. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 4. Keller, Alba0.9 
 5. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 6. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 8. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 9. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Cseh, Jaszberenyi0.6 


A Division Round 4 (Second Stage): Alba beats Szolnok in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Szekesfehervar. First ranked Alba faced 4th ranked Szolnok. Host Alba (22-7) defeated guests from Szolnok (19-11) 82-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Szolnok won fourth quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Three Eye Sports) fired 18 points for the winners. American forward James Farr (208-92, college: Xavier) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Montenegrin swingman Milos Borisov (201-85) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Alba maintains first position with 22-7 record. Defending champion Szolnok keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Alba are looking forward to face league's second-placed Kormend on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szolnok will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kaposvar. Second ranked Kaposvari faced 3rd ranked Szedeak. Host Kaposvari (17-12) defeated guests from Szeged (15-15) 70-66. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Roland Hendlein (206-86) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Winsome Frazier contributed with 19 points for the winners. Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Szedeak. Kaposvari keeps a position of league leader, which they share with PVSK Pannon. Szedeak at the other side keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Kaposvari will play against league's leader PVSK Pannon in Pecs in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szedeak will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked MAFC managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Wednesday night. This time they edged thirteenth-ranked Vasas in Budapest 84-82. Worth to mention a great performance of Deville Smith who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 assists. At the losing side Ronnie Taylor responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. MAFC (5-24) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated Vasas. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leader PVSK Pannon delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Sopron KC (13-16) 103-94 in Pecs. The winners were led by Chris Smith who scored that evening 36 points (!!!) (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. PVSK Pannon maintains first position with 17-12 record, which they share with Kaposvari. Sopron KC at the other side keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. PVSK Pannon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kaposvari at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sopron KC will play against KTE-Duna in Kecskemet and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kormend. Local Kormend (20-9) beat 5th ranked Falco KC (18-11) 102-86 on Thursday night. Sterling Gibbs fired 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Falco KC's coach Srecko Sekulovic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kormend maintains second position with 20-9 record having just two points less than leader PVSK Pannon. Loser Falco KC keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Kormend will face league's leader Alba in Szekesfehervar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Falco KC will play on the road against ZTE KK (#3) in Zalaegerszeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 4 Jaszberenyi defeated Atomeromu in a road game 75-64.
The best stats of 4th round was 11 points and 13 rebounds by Brent Arrington of Jaszberenyi.

Kormend - Falco KC 102-86

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kormend. Local Kormend (20-9) beat 5th ranked Falco KC (18-11) 102-86 on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. Falco KC was better in third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kormend looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Sterling Gibbs (188-92, college: Connecticut, agency: Interperformances) fired 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 19 points. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) produced 27 points and 4 steals and Belarusian-Russian Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Falco KC's coach Srecko Sekulovic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kormend maintains second position with 20-9 record having just two points less than leader PVSK Pannon. Loser Falco KC keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Kormend will face league's leader Alba in Szekesfehervar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Falco KC will play on the road against ZTE KK (#3) in Zalaegerszeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 27+4reb+1ast, A.Pustahvar 17+2reb+5ast, I.Zigeranovic 13+3reb+6ast, B.Varadi 11+6reb+4ast, L.Medford 9+3ast, K.Simon 3+1ast
Kormend: S.Gibbs 19+4reb+5ast, L.Smith Jr. 19+4reb+2ast, L.Kromah 19+2reb+2ast, T.Allen 13+7reb+4ast, P.Petty 10+3reb+2ast, M.Csorvasi 8+9reb+5ast
gschID: 543039


Alba - Szolnok 82-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Szekesfehervar. First ranked Alba faced 4th ranked Szolnok. Host Alba (22-7) defeated guests from Szolnok (19-11) 82-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Szolnok won fourth quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Three Eye Sports) fired 18 points for the winners. American forward James Farr (208-92, college: Xavier) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Montenegrin swingman Milos Borisov (201-85) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) added 16 points and 5 steals respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alba maintains first position with 22-7 record. Defending champion Szolnok keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Alba are looking forward to face league's second-placed Kormend on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szolnok will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Borisov 20+10reb+1ast, D.Vojvoda 16+3reb+3ast, L.Andric 13+3reb+3ast, N.Pavlicevic 12+3reb+4ast, K.Wittmann 5+2reb+2ast, A.Toth 4+1reb
Alba: A.Mohammed 18+4reb+2ast, J.Farr 16+6reb+2ast, W.Shepard 15+3reb+3ast, J.Edwards 14+7reb, A.Keller 8+9reb+1ast, B.Taylor 8+2reb+7ast
gschID: 543038


Atomeromu - Jaszberenyi 64-75

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Paks where 11th ranked Atomeromu (11-18) was defeated by twelfth ranked Jaszberenyi (9-20) 75-64 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 17 points at the halftime before their 46-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Jaszberenyi dominated on the defensive end, holding Atomeromu to just 5 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 36 of its points in the paint compared to Atomeromu's 14. American guard Brent Arrington (190-92, college: Morehead St.) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Serbian power forward Svetozar Stamenkovic (206-90) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. American point guard Talor Battle (182-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) produced 13 points and 7 assists and Lithuanian guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Jaszberenyi maintains twelfth position with 9-20 record. Loser Atomeromu keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: T.Battle 13+1reb+7ast, L.Samenas 12+5reb+2ast, T.Will 10+2reb, L.Gilbert 9+4reb+1ast, M.Medve 7+4reb, M.Tiby 7+5reb
Jaszberenyi: D.Saddler 18+1reb+5ast, S.Stamenkovic 18+8reb, B.Williams 16+4reb+1ast, B.Arrington 11+13reb+3ast, G.Cseh 7+3reb, T.Mandoki 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 544250


PVSK Pannon - Sopron KC 103-94

Leader PVSK Pannon delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Sopron KC (13-16) 103-94 in Pecs. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-26 Sopron KC's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 103-94 at the end of the game. PVSK Pannon shot 60.6 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The winners were led by American guard Chris Smith (193-94, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored that evening 36 points (!!!) (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and Croatian forward Veljko Budimir (199-85) supported him with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Even 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists by American guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Sopron KC. His fellow American import guard Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St., agency: HMS) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Four PVSK Pannon and five Sopron KC players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. PVSK Pannon maintains first position with 17-12 record, which they share with Kaposvari. Sopron KC at the other side keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. PVSK Pannon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kaposvari at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sopron KC will play against KTE-Duna in Kecskemet and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sopron KC: B.Johnson 22+5reb+7ast, N.Takacs 16+2reb+1ast, J.Mills 12+5reb+4ast, A.Myles 12+3reb+2ast, M.Spica 11+5reb+2ast, A.Dufault 8+4reb
PVSK Pannon: C.Smith 36+1reb+1ast, V.Budimir 19+5reb+2ast, I.Sejfic 17+6reb, A.Halasz 11+1reb+5ast, T.Harazin 10+5reb, Z.Supola 7+2reb+7ast
gschID: 543037


Kaposvari - Szedeak 70-66

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kaposvar. Second ranked Kaposvari faced 3rd ranked Szedeak. Host Kaposvari (17-12) defeated guests from Szeged (15-15) 70-66. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-9 Szedeak's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 70-66 at the end of the game. Kaposvari forced 19 Szedeak turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Roland Hendlein (206-86) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian guard Marko Boltic (193-87, agency: 011 Sports) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Szedeak. Kaposvari keeps a position of league leader, which they share with PVSK Pannon. Szedeak at the other side keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Kaposvari will play against league's leader PVSK Pannon in Pecs in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szedeak will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: N.Sulovic 18+10reb+3ast, M.Boltic 15+5reb+4ast, A.Ciric 13+3reb+1ast, L.Juhos 8+1ast, I.Lilov 7+2reb+1ast, M.Filipovics 5+2reb
Kaposvari: R.Hendlein 20+7reb, W.Frazier 19+2reb+1ast, J.Wisseh 14+3reb+3ast, K.Simms 6+5reb+1ast, G.Baki 5, M.Cooke 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 543036


MAFC - Vasas 84-82

Bottom-ranked MAFC managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Wednesday night. This time they edged thirteenth-ranked Vasas in Budapest 84-82. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 44-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Deville Smith (183-91, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 assists and Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (201-87) who added 13 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Ronnie Taylor (187-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and his fellow American import forward Sam Thompson (201-92, college: Ohio St., agency: Pensack Sports) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. MAFC (5-24) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated Vasas. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Vasas: R.Taylor 19+6reb+10ast, R.Wright 15+5reb+1ast, A.Horvath 15+3reb+5ast, S.Thompson 15+4reb+5ast, A.Pacher 10+10reb+2ast, R.Katona 3+4reb+1ast
MAFC: D.Smith 23+2reb+6ast, M.Poscic 19+7reb+3ast, R.Sihota 13+16reb+1ast, L.Misek 12+2reb+1ast, L.Polyak 10+5reb+3ast, M.Molnar 4+2ast
gschID: 543035





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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Valur celebrate playoff title - by Eurobasket News

Valur - Hamar 109-62

Valur drubbed Hamar in the fifth game of the playoff Finals and secured Dominos League promotion. The game without a history. Valur 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. Valur outrebounded Hamar 57-33 including a 23-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Valur made 9 blocks. American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. Naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) contributed with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hamar. 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:
Valur: A.Bracey 33+6reb, U.King 24+16reb+3ast, S.Stefansson 9+4reb, B.Petursson 8+5reb+1ast, I.Baldursson 8+3reb+1ast, I.Steingrimsson 7+1reb+2ast
Hamar: C.Woods 16+12reb+3ast, E.Stefansson 14+5reb+2ast, B.Asgeirsson 7, O.Sigurdarson 7+2reb+4ast, S.Thorvaldsson 5+1reb, H.Petursson 4+2ast
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Haukur Palsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against the eighth-ranked Poitiers (14-13) 90-81 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. Palsson scored 21 points and added 8 assists in 30 minutes on the court. SPO Rouen Basket (12-14) is placed 12th in the ProB. Palsson has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.8%, 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 75.0% in 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Aegir Steinarsson
Aegir Steinarsson
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain). Steinarsson led Burgos to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Cocinas.com (9-22) 100-89 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and making 13 passes. Steinarsson also added 8 rebounds. San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (21-10) is placed third in the LEB Gold. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Steinarsson averages: 6.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 26.4% and FT: 68.6%. Ex-KR Reykjavik player is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Boras Basket (17-15) to beat Uppsala Basket (18-14). Sigurdarson recorded 9 points and added 6 passes in 37 minutes. But Boras Basket was badly defeated 97-79 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Uppsala Basket. This year Sigurdarson has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 94.6%(106-112) in 35 games. He played for the Icelandic national team two years ago.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #4. Small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help Svendborg in their game against Bakken (24-4) in the Danish Ligaen. Karason scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Svendborg was defeated 85-70 at home by the leading Bakken. It was Svendborg's third consecutive loss in a row. Karason's overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Martin Hermannsson
Martin Hermannsson
   #5. International guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Charleville-Mezieres (15-12) in their last game. Despite Hermannsson's good performance Charleville-Mezieres was crushed 83-61 in Vichy by the league outsider (#18) JA Vichy. He was the top scorer with 10 points. Hermannsson also added 3 assists in 28 minutes. Hermannsson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 5.6apg in 27 games. Hermannsson plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Ragnar Nathanaelsson
   #6. Center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Albacete's surprising victory against the second-ranked Cambados (20-8) 80-71 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Arcos Albacete Basket (8-20) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the LEB Silver. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Nathanaelsson's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 6.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-G-88) plays for Bondi Ferrara in Italian Serie A2
Jovan Zdravevski (198-F-80) plays for IK Eos in Swedish Basketettan
Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) plays for AE Larissas in Greek A2



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Basketball star Vishesh Bhriguvanshi is the most decorated Indian athlete that you haven't heard of - by Anil Kumar

I was in the check-in line at the New Delhi airport one afternoon when I heard some commotion from the far end. From the distance, I couldn't identify the cause of the hysteria that followed: men and women screaming in jubilation, forgetting their usual travel routine to chase down a celebrity.

It didn't take long for the message to reach the lady behind my check-in counter: Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket captain and nationwide heartthrob, had graced the airport with his presence. He took a different flight to a different destination, and I never got to see him in person. But the hysteria, the undeniable electricity in the air, made the moment memorable.

After a temporary pause for bedlam, normal schedule ensued.

The basketball star who no one recognised.

Winters in Delhi are always colder than one expects them to be, and it's at midnight on a chilly November evening when I end up sharing travel plans with another Indian sports captain. It's platform 16 by Ajmeri Gate at New Delhi Railway Station, open to all elements of the environment and the populace, where I ran into the most-accomplished basketball star in the country: Vishesh Bhriguvanshi. The shooting-guard was taking the same overnight five-and-a-half-hour journey on the Nanda Devi Express with me to Dehradun; by sheer coincidence, we had even bought tickets for the same AC three-tier compartment.

Bhriguvanshi and I also share a hometown - Varanasi - and I've known him from his early days of becoming an Under-18 Most Valuable Player of the international Basketball Without Borders camp in New Delhi in 2008 till he became team India's captain and most-steady presence at the international stage. Bhriguvanshi was by himself, unbothered and undisturbed in a quiet corner waiting for the train to pull up. I was the only one to recognise him: my reaction to this chance meeting was with hugs and selfies, tweets and Instagram posts.

I spoke loudly as we chatted in the train that night, hoping that fellow travellers would understand and appreciate the unknown celebrity among them. But of course, no one was interested; outside the niche basketball obsessives in India, Bhriguvanshi is largely an unknown figure. He was dressed in a simple green shirt, carried an old sports backpack, and wore his trademark full-beard over his face, and nothing expect for his slightly taller height - six-foot-four - made him stand out. That height which had been Bhriguvanshi's gift on the basketball court for nearly a decade was unfortunately a curse on the train: his foremost concern that night was hoping for a berth where his legs would fit without having to buckle in his knees all night.

Bhriguvanshi smiled at my attempts to get him attention. Even for a leading basketball star like him, anonymity in India isn't an exception, it's the norm.

Lots of plans but no hype
Basketball has big plans for India. The Basketball Federation of India calls it the fastest-growing sport in the country. Earlier this year, the Managing Director of NBA India Yannick Colaco told me that the American league is investing big on basketball in India and has aims for it to become the 'clear number two sport' in the country. Those invested in basketball are hoping that India follows China's blueprint, where the success of superstar names like Yao Ming and a domestic league have made the country the world's largest market for the sport.

And yet, despite these efforts, the average Indian has little knowledge of the achievements of India's national teams or recognise star names like Bhriguvanshi, Amjyot Singh Gill, Amritpal Singh, and more. The most popular Indian basketballer in recent years has been Satnam Singh, a seven-foot giant from Punjab who was recruited to play high school basketball in the USA and became the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA in 2015. Since then, the 21-year-old has played in the NBA's Development League and became the subject of the Netflix documentary One in a Billion.

But Satnam, taking time to focus on his career overseas, hasn't been part of India's national team since 2013. He hasn't been responsible for the team's rapid rise at the Asian level over the past few years: India, ranked outside the top 50 in the FIBA World Basketball Rankings, have defeated Asia's top team China twice in international competitions, won the Lusofonia Games gold at home in Goa, and secured their best international performance in twenty-seven years with a seventh-place finish at the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge in Iran.

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It helps to be tall and athletic in basketball, and a lot of credit for India's success can be attributed to the never-ending supply of big talented players scouted from Punjab in recent years. Satnam Singh got drafted to the NBA. Palpreet Singh Brar was drafted to the D-League. Amjyot Singh and Amritpal Singh became two of the continent's most respected bigs and found success in professional leagues in Japan.

And then there's Bhriguvanshi, the smaller (in relative basketball sense) player from Uttar Pradesh who used technical skills and leadership to overachieve in the land of giants and by 25, become one the country's most-important players.

A difficult pathway to to the top for Bhriguvanshi

Bhriguvanshi was born in Varanasi in 1991, the son of educationalists: his father was a biology teacher at the Udai Pratap College and his mother a school principal. Vishesh, however, found a different calling: by the time he became a teenager, the Sports Authority of India brought in coach Amarjeet Singh to head the basketball programme at the UP College. Under Singh's tutelage, the UP College turned into an unlikely nursery for Indian basketball, producing the talented Singh Sisters (Divya, Prashanti, Akanksha, and Prashanti), all who played for India, and other international players like Trideep Rai and Arjun Singh.

Bhriguvanshi became emblematic of Varanasi's golden era, finding domestic and international success as a teenager, earning national captaincy by the time he was 19, and soon becoming a stalwart for the national team.

Success wasn't an easy road coming from a conservative city like Varanasi, as another Varanasi-born India captain Trideep Rai told me in an interview recently. 'The biggest challenge playing in Varanasi in 90s was not having enough role models, not only for ourselves but also for our parents,' Rai said. 'And being a boy in that region you have to be careful for career choice as one is not only answerable to parents but also to whole society.'

Bhriguvanshi confirms battling through family expectations. 'First there was pressure from my family, they wanted me to study more and focus on my academics. But I had to take a risk. You need to take a risk in life. For me, it was a mixture of hard-work and luck.'

Bhriguvanshi basketball's skills earned him a job with Western Railways, where, like most other national athletes in India, he had to play two roles. On court he was a shooting guard, capable of creating for himself and others. Off the court, he was a railway ticket checker, posted in Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh where he led this double life, working four hours a day checking tickets at the Ratlam Junction.

'It was fun back then,' Bhriguvanshi said. 'I was only 18 or 19 years old and had a lot of energy.'

Bhriguvanshi helped India won a 3x3 basketball gold medal at the 2008 Asian Beach Games and has played in every major FIBA Asia Championship for India since. He won three consecutive national champions domestically with Indian Railways. In 2011, he was hired by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and shifted to Dehradun, where he began to represent them and the Uttarakhand team. With Uttarakhand, Bhriguvanshi won three more nationals. Now in the prime of his career, he has found respect and admirers across the continent for his domestic and international performances.

Bhriguvanshi is a do-everything kind of player, able to play any perimeter position on the court with ease, excel as a ball-handler, a shooter, and in his explosive drives to the basket. His combination of intelligence, skills, and experience has him standing heads and shoulders above his competition; Bhriguvanshi is usually the best player in any domestic event he takes part in.

'My sense of the game has improved a lot,' Bhriguvanshi said of his on-court evolution. 'I have learnt how to beat the opponent mentally. I play with a mentality where losing is out of the question.'

Juggling a complicated calendar

A male basketball superstar in the United States has a streamlined schedule. Six months of regular season NBA basketball, followed by, if they are lucky, two months of the playoffs. During the summer, the cream of the crop occasionally get to represent their country at major international competitions. Otherwise, they rest, recuperate, and prepare for the next season.

But in India, where there is no full-time professional league, most of the top players are semi-professionals whose annual calendars are complicated jigsaw pieces, brought together with an ambition to maximise basketball opportunities as much as possible. For Bhriguvanshi, life is spent on the road: in September, he led India to a historically-successful performance at the FIBA Asia Challenge in Iran.

Later that month, he headed to Maldives to play in a short professional league and win the title for the 'T-Rex' team. In October, he was in an ONGC jersey playing at the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in China. In December, he carried India to a best-ever third-place finish at Hong Kong's Super Kung Sheung Cup and was named the tournament's best shooter. In January, he helped Uttarakhand win the Senior Nationals gold in Puducherry.

In February and March, he played his first season at the UBA Basketball League for the Bengaluru Beasts in Chennai and Goa, where he was named the league's Most Valuable Player and led his team to the final. Back with ONGC, he helped them win a fifth-consecutive gold medal at the Federation Cup as MVP in Coimbatore. Next, he is heading to Mizoram for a two-week 'Super League'. He will go to Australia for the National Basketball League tryouts in the summer. When he gets back to India, he will join India's national camp - most-likely at NIS Patiala - for the FIBA Asia Cup in August in Lebanon. And so on and so forth.

Unlike the Railways, ONGC doesn't require its sports recruits to actually contribute to office work until they retire. Bhriguvanshi is officially an HR Executive with them in Dehradun but only needs to show up to office for 'important work'. The focus, thankfully for him, remains completely on basketball, where ONGC has some of the best facilities and coaching available in the country.

But even with this complete dedication to the game, basketball fame is a rare thing. His greatest fan following is on Facebook, where he recently got his page verified. His recent stint with the UBA - which is broadcast live on Ten Sports - gave his fans nationwide a chance to watch his dominance instead of simply hear of its legend.

'Vishesh is a big star in the umbrella of Indian basketball, but 'big' is relative,' said Jamie Alter, sports editor at The Times of India. 'He is not recognised on the street, in malls or at airports. How many people know him within the basketball following that India has? A sportsperson like Vishesh, for all his success on the court, is going to be recognised only when he's visible far more than he is today. With the advent of the UBA there is at least the chance for a different audience to tune in.'

'To drive more attention to the likes of Vishesh, there needs to be an improvement in the standard of Indian basketball, more FIBA events in the country, and more games need to be televised,' Alter added. 'But since it's not a lucrative sport, advertisers won't flock and hence channels won't be interested. People are going to be attracted to someone and something they see a lot of.'


'My motivation is to play well for India'
Bhriguvanshi was at the airport in Mumbai a few weeks ago, transiting in his many travels after playing in the UBA Basketball League Finals in Goa en route to the Federation Cup in Coimbatore. He sat alone as usual, unrecognised and undisturbed, until an elderly gentleman approached him in the airlines lounge.

'He told me that he had seen me play on Ten Sports for the UBA and wanted to compliment my game,' Bhriguvanshi recalls. 'This never used to happen before, but now, there are many more moments of recognition when I travel. I was surprised: he didn't look like someone who followed Indian basketball!'

Athletes like Bhriguvanshi who choose non-cricket sports as a career have become familiar with public anonymity. In sports that don't bring the visibility and lucrative opportunities, there is little that these athletes can control beyond their own motivations. And Bhriguvanshi's direction, as always, points towards the national jersey.

'My motivation is to play well for India,' he says. 'As long as I'm playing, I want to bring a good standing for the country.'

Coutesy : Scroll.in



The potential of Indian College Basketball is yet to be tapped. - by Anil Kumar

On 18th March 2017, the most watched event on the CBS network on American television was a basketball game with more than 7 million viewers. That was three times more than the next watched show, the film Fast Five and four times more viewers than another basketball game airing at the same time on the ABC television network. What is interesting was that the second game was between Lebron James and his champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the powerful Los Angeles Clippers, packed with stars like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, while the ratings leading game was contested by college players from Texas Southern University and North Carolina.

In effect, the best and highest paid basketball players in the world took a back seat for a game involving teenage amateurs off which very few would ever make a professional NBA team. And therein lies a story that has defined the American sporting juggernaut, the strength and popularity of college sport in their country.

In 1936, Jesse Owens may have come to the attention of the world during the Munich Olympics. But he was already a star in America after setting three world records during an Inter University meet where he was representing Ohio State. John McEnroe was a star at Stanford before turning pro. In fact, Stanford University students and alumni won 27 medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics, just ahead of the University of California at Berkley and the University of Southern California with 22 and 21 apiece.
In effect college sport works as the main feeder system for both Olympic and professional sport. Why does it work so well in the USA? The strong alumni networks definitely work. But the appeal often extends beyond the immediate alumni. Notre Dame's fabled football programme, the Fighting Irish also has huge support among the almost 40 million American who claim Irish heritage. Similarly, the North Carolina basketball programme, which has produced stars like Michael Jordan and Vince Carter has supporters in almost every state in America and in many markets abroad.

While the more successful University programmes usually make millions of dollars from television deals for their games, it is also a great opportunity for the athletes. For some, it is a finishing school with a really good coach to hone their skills. There are more than thirty coaches who earn more than a million dollars in the college basketball circuit and Mike Krzyzewski, Duke's legendary coach makes more than seven million dollars annually. Any player would love to take his game to the next level under coach 'K'.

The other big reason for playing college ball is the national exposure. A reasonably well known school gives an athlete a chance to strut his skills in front of millions of fans and the pro scouts. And that could be the difference between getting picked or ignored by the professional teams.

But all this money is fuelled by the viewers. And the reason why college sport is so big in America comes from its core proposition, amateur athletes competing for just the glory of their institution. And it does not hurt that a player has just a few chances at glory as the system does not allow anyone to represent a university for more than four years.

Indian college tournaments like cricket's Rohington Baria once saw the biggest names participate. Sunil Gavaskar played for Mumbai University in the 1967 finals, Kapil Dev got a triple century for Chandigarh University in the seventies and Sanjay Manjrekar dominated with five centuries in the early nineties. More recently, age group tournaments have become the tournaments of choice as the players try and stay within the state system. But age group tournament create no new support bases for a sport and just serve as selection games.

Few support an U-17 or U-19 team, but there are many who would support a St. Xaviers Mumbai or a Loyola College Chennai team. And the hugely reduced cost of production and the option for live streaming means that just 5,000 dedicated viewers can make it worth telecasting a college match. And while the University Cricket League in 2013 may have been a bit too ambitious, there are compelling reasons to look at building a strong college sports network. This could be the next big thing in Indian sport.

Courtesy - Joy Bhatacharya



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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Cook, Chemidor24.4 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Hosley, Arak19.6 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 8. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
 9. Jones, Azad15.2 
 10. Williams, Arak15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Kazemi, Army11.6 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak9.0 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.7 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 9. Jones, Azad7.2 
 10. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Davarpanah, Naft A.4.0 
 3. Perkins, Naft A.3.8 
 4. Prince, Azad3.6 
 5. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.6 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.5 
 7. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.0 
 8. Davoudi, Arak2.9 
 9. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
 10. Williams, Arak2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hosley, Arak3.2 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.0 
 3. Kazemi, Army2.9 
 4. Perkins, Naft A.2.6 
 5. Prince, Azad2.5 
 6. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.2 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.0 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Jones, Azad1.7 
 10. Davoudi, Arak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 6. Torabi, Army0.8 
 7. Moradinasab, Gor.0.8 
 8. Riaie, Chemidor0.8 
 9. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.8 
 10. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.0.8 


Superleague Round 7 (Second Stage): Azad loses to Petrochimi in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bandar Imam. First ranked host Petrochimi (5-1) defeated their biggest opponent Azad (3-3) 80-64. The game was mostly controlled by Petrochimi. Azad managed to win second period 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. Australian power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine) helped adding 24 points. At the losing side American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) responded with 28 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place in Group 2 with 5-1 record, which they share with Naft Abadan. Azad at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Chemidor. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Abadan. First ranked host Naft Abadan (5-1) smashed their biggest opponent Arak (2-3) 113-71. It was an exceptional evening for the former international swingman Saeed Davarpanah (190-87, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 6 assists. Mohammad Hassanzadeh accounted for 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The former international Hamed Sohrabnejad (205-83) came up with 9 points and 12 rebounds for Arak 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. Naft Abadan maintains first place in Group 1 with 5-1 record, which they share with Petrochimi. Arak lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Kashan. Naft Abadan will play against league's second-placed Tabriz at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arak will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 7
In Group 1 Gorgan lost to Chemidor on the opponent's court 71-81.

Group 1
Chemidor - Gorgan 81-71

Rather expected game in Tehran where 5th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (1-4) was defeated by third ranked Chemidor (3-3) 81-71. It looked good early as Shahrdari Gorgan took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chemidor had a 23-16 second period charge getting the lead and Shahrdari Gorgan was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-81. Chemidor forced 22 Shahrdari Gorgan turnovers and had a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Amir Sedighi (203-93) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Chemidor players scored in double figures. The former international center Mohammad Shahsavand (210-77) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and center Mahdi Moradinasab (202-92) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Shahrdari Gorgan in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chemidor maintains third place in Group 1 with 3-3 record having just two points less than leader Petrochimi. Shahrdari Gorgan at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Chemidor: D.Cook 18+9reb, J.Davari 18+1reb+3ast, A.Sedighi 15+8reb+2ast, A.Azari 12+5reb+2ast, P.Kiani 8+6reb+2ast, K. Riaie 4+3reb
Gorgan: M.Shahsavand 27+11reb, M.Moradinasab 11+9reb+2ast, S.Mohammadi 11+1reb+3ast, S.Abramian 8+9reb+1ast, D.Izadpanah 4+3reb, S.Salehiyaneh 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 537386


Petrochimi - Azad 80-64

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bandar Imam. First ranked host Petrochimi (5-1) defeated their biggest opponent Azad (3-3) 80-64. The game was mostly controlled by Petrochimi. Azad managed to win second period 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. Australian power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine) helped adding 24 points. At the losing side American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) responded with 28 points and 4 assists and Irish-Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place in Group 2 with 5-1 record, which they share with Naft Abadan. Azad at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Chemidor. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: J.White 24+7reb+2ast, D.Johnson 24+3reb+2ast, M.Jamshidi 14+4reb+6ast, O.Sahakian 8+11reb+1ast, B.Yakhchali 5+4reb+5ast, M.Nabipour 3+2reb+1ast
Azad: D.Jones 28+4reb+4ast, A.James Ogilvy 17+14reb+2ast, S.Hadizadeh 8+7reb, A.Baheran 6+2reb+1ast, A.Doraghi 5+2reb+1ast, F.Sabouri 0
gschID: 537385


Group 2
Naft Abadan - Arak 113-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Abadan. First ranked host Naft Abadan (5-1) smashed their biggest opponent Arak (2-3) 113-71. The game without a history. Naft Abadan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Naft Abadan forced 28 Arak turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. Naft Abadan players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Arak's players. It was an exceptional evening for the former international swingman Saeed Davarpanah (190-87, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 6 assists. International Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) accounted for 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Five Naft Abadan players scored in double figures. The former international Hamed Sohrabnejad (205-83) came up with 9 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Mohammad Zarei (190-88) added 14 points respectively for Arak 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. Naft Abadan maintains first place in Group 1 with 5-1 record, which they share with Petrochimi. Arak lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Kashan. Naft Abadan will play against league's second-placed Tabriz at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arak will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: S.Davarpanah 21+3reb+6ast, M.Hassanzadeh 14+8reb+4ast, M.Reza Akbari 13+4reb+4ast, E.Salmani 11+1reb, D.Perkins 10+3reb+8ast, M.Mirzaei 10+5reb+1ast
Arak: M.Zarei 14+4reb+2ast, A.Davoudi 12+5reb+3ast, H.Afagh 10+5reb+1ast, M.Heydari 9+1reb+2ast, A.Kardoust 9+9reb+1ast, H.Sohrabnejad 9+12reb+1ast
gschID: 544355





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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. Simon, Maccabi .16.6 
 8. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.5 
 9. Holloway, Galil G.16.4 
 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. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.6 
 7. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.3 
 8. Iverson, Maccabi .7.3 
 9. Griffin, Galil Gilboa6.9 
 10. Williams, Hapoel T.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.7 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat5.9 
 3. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.8 
 4. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.8 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.2 
 6. Taylor, Hapoel Holon5.0 
 7. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.7 
 8. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.7 
 9. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 10. Wayns, Maccabi .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. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.8 
 5. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Kitchen, Ironi N.1.7 
 7. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 8. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 9. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Taylor, 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. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 4. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 
 6. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 7. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 8. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 9. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat0.9 
 10. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 


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 


Recap of National League Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel B/S - Macc.Rehovot 66-63

Hapoel B/S eked out a narrow home win over Maccabi Rehovot in the opener. Hapoel B/S forced 26 Maccabi Rehovot turnovers. Strangely Maccabi Rehovot outrebounded Hapoel B/S 48-34 including 17 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Rehovot helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) stepped up and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side forward Yonathan Levi (206-90) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Rehovot's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hapoel B/S: J.Allen 13+9reb+1ast, J.Williams 12+5reb+1ast, J.Lewis 11+5reb+1ast, A.Fisher 10+2reb+6ast, O.Cohen 8+6reb+2ast, T.Ariely 5+2reb+5ast
Macc.Rehovot: Y.Levi 18+9reb, M.Addison 12+5reb+3ast, I.Eiram 12+9reb+2ast, E.Yates 11+10reb+3ast, G.Porat 6+6reb+1ast, G.Eitan 2+3reb+4ast
gschID: 543769


Hapoel K/S - Ironi K-A 78-69

Hapoel K/S topped Ironi Kiryat-Ata to take 1-0 lead in the series. American forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and forward Eitan Rotemberg (197-91) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import swingman SirDominic Pointer (198-92, college: St.John's) added 17 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Ironi Kiryat Ata in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: T.Watson 21+12reb+3ast, E.Rotemberg 17+8reb+3ast, A.Cohen 14+4reb+4ast, M.Ruina 13+8reb+2ast, D.Livingston 10+9reb, I.Davidi 3
Ironi K-A: D.Joyner 26+13reb, S.Pointer 17+11reb, N.Matalon 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Ainhorn 7+2reb+9ast, G.Halamish 5+1reb+6ast, S.David 3+3reb
gschID: 543768


Maccabi Raanana - Maccabi H/H 69-73

Maccabi H/H upset Maccabi Raanana on the road to surge ahead in the series. Hasharon outrebounded Maccabi Raanana 49-29 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) fired a double-double by scoring 31 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi H/H: V.Teel 31+14reb+5ast, S.Warren 15+13reb, C.Bouchman 11+11reb+4ast, O.Shaashoua 10+3reb+4ast, I.Simin 3+7reb+2ast, S.Malkov 3+1reb
Maccabi Raanana: J.Hairston 16+10reb, S.Givens 15+6reb+3ast, Y.Zoosman 13+4reb+6ast, G.Beni 10+2reb+3ast, L.Moran 8+5reb, G.Lavie 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543767


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hap.R/G Givat. 90-82

Ironi Nes-Ziona got to the winning start of their playoff campaign as they beat Hapoel R/G. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 19 Hap.R/G Givat. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Hap.R/G Givat. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Welsh Tal-Michael Dunne (196-87) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hap.R/G Givat.Five Ironi Nes-Ziona and four Hap.R/G Givat. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: L.Roberts 19+8reb, T.Michael Dunne 16+6reb+7ast, G.Gutt 14+1reb+1ast, E.Hofman 14+4reb+2ast, J.Beal 12+3reb+5ast, G.Amitay 7+3reb+3ast
Hap.R/G Givat.: R.Madden 20+6reb+9ast, J.Olasewere 18+5reb+1ast, Y.Solomon 17+2reb, J.Nir 12+7reb+3ast, L.Lifshitz 9+3reb+3ast, L.Shem-Tov 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 543770






Hapoel Jerusalem lands Richard Howell - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) tabbed 27-year old naturalized American power forward Richard Howell (203-117kg-90, college: North Carolina State) from Hapoel Tel-Aviv. In 26 Winner League games he averaged 13.5ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg this season. The last season Howell played at Ironi Nahariya where in 34 Winner League games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 9.9rpg (#3 in the league), 1.7apg and 1.5spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements Howell's team won PBA Commissioner's Cup Regular Season in 2014. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Player of the Year award and Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Import Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Howell is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Howell has played previously professionally in France, Italy (Juvecaserta), Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), NBA (Portland Trail Blazers), D-League (Salt Lake City Stars and Austin Spurs) and Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo).
He attended North Carolina State until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alex Tyus selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to Galatasaray's victory against the closely-ranked Brose Baskets (10-20) 84-79 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Tyus scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes on the court. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (11-19) is placed 12th in the Euroleague. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. It's Tyus' first season with the team. This year he averages: 10.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 68.6%(129-188) and FT: 55.3% in 30 games he played so far. Tyus is a naturalized American. He played for the Israeli senior national team four years ago. Tyus used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

D'or Fischer
D'or Fischer
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in Latvia). He led Valmiera to a victory against the seventh-ranked BK Ogre (13-19) 101-91 in the Latvian LBL last Saturday. Fischer scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Valmiera/ORDO (20-11) is placed second in the LBL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Fischer has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 81.0%(17-21) and FT: 77.3%. He is a naturalized American. Fischer played for the Israeli national team in 2015. He used to play for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in Israeli league.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Omri Casspi (206-88, currently plays in NBA). Casspi could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-51) to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35). He recorded 7 points and had 3 steals in 17 minutes. The Minnesota Timberwolves (31-51) were edged 100-98 on the road by the Thunder. It was Timberwolves' sixth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Casspi's overall stats are: 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2FGP: 58.6%(17-29) and FT: 62.5% in 13 games. He played for the Israeli national team two years ago.

Anton Shoutvin
Anton Shoutvin
   #4. Center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to help Iskra Svit (22-18) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Shoutvin's good performance Iskra Svit was badly defeated 97-80 at home by the higher-ranked Prievidza (#3). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Shoutvin also added 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Shoutvin has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.2apg. Shoutvin used to play for the Israeli U22 national team back in 2011.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #5. Former international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Scafati's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Roma Virtus (16-12) 109-98 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Naimy recorded 11 points and added 9 passes in 33 minutes. Givova Scafati Basket (9-19) is placed 14th in West group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Naimy has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 7.5apg in 22 games. He used to play for the Israeli national team two years ago.

Anton Kazarnovski
Anton Kazarnovski
   #6. Power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for BG Karlsruhe (11-11) in their game against Weissenhorn Youngstars (15-7) in the German ProB (third division). Kazarnovski scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The sixth-placed BG Karlsruhe (11-11) was badly defeated 76-59 in Weissenhorn by the second-ranked Youngstars in the South group. It was BG Karlsruhe's third consecutive loss in a row. This season Kazarnovski has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 2.3apg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Israeli team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Amyntas Dafnis (12-14) 83-66 in a derby game in the Greek A2 (second division) last Wednesday. He scored 10 points in 17 minutes. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (23-3) is placed first in the A2. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Matalon's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.7apg in 26 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek. Despite Matalon's Israeli passport, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team.

   #2. Benji Tamir (192-G/F-91, currently plays in Australia) led McKinnon Cougars to a victory against the tenth-ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (1-5) 80-76 in the Australian State League (second division) on Friday night. Tamir scored 14 points. McKinnon Cougars (3-2) are placed fifth in Big V group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Tamir's total stats this year are: 9.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Australian.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Guy Aud (186-G-89) plays for USC Leipzig in German ProB
Mor Menashe (188-G-92) plays for Lakehead University in Canadian university league CIS
Aner Levron (192-G-84) plays for Aschersleben in German Regionalliga
Juan Carlos Bergel (188-SG-89) plays for C.Entrerriano in Argentinian TFB
Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88) plays for KL Dragons in Malaysian ASEAN League



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Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87, currently plays in France). Diabate could not help Chalons-Reims (9-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance Chalons-Reims was badly defeated 104-86 on the road by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. Diabate scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 27 minutes on the court. It was Chalons-Reims' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Diabate averages: 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 28.6% in eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Diabate played for the Ivorian senior national team two years ago.

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France). He led ALM Evreux to a victory against the 16th-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (10-17) 86-76 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Dibo scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. ALM Evreux Basket (15-12) is placed fifth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Dibo has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 89.5%. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Dibo played previously for the French U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). Amagou was not able to help Le Mans in their game against Hyeres-Toulon (10-17) in the French ProA. He scored 5 points and added 5 assists in 25 minutes. Le Mans was badly defeated 80-64 at home by the lower-ranked (#13) Hyeres-Toulon. It was Le Mans' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Amagou's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 2.3apg, 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 72.3% in 27 games. Similarly like Dibo and Diabate above he has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Amagou played for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Louri Frejus Zerbo
Louri Frejus Zerbo
   #4. Center Louri Frejus Zerbo (209-89, currently plays in France) managed to help Limoges CSP Elite to win against the league outsider Sluc Nancy (6-21) crushing them 95-74 in the French ProA last Saturday. Zerbo scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite (13-14) is placed tenth in the ProA. It's Zerbo's sixth season with the team. His total stats this year are: 2.3ppg and 3.1rpg. Zerbo also holds two passports: Burkinabe and Ivorian. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2013.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #5. Former international swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Denain Voltaire (13-14) in their game against Saint-Quentin (12-15) in the French ProB (second division). Abouo scored 7 points in 16 minutes. Denain Voltaire was edged 70-69 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#13) Saint-Quentin. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Abouo's total stats are: 9.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1apg in 27 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Abouo used to play for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Bryan Pamba-Juille
Bryan Pamba-Juille
   #6. Point guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (184-92, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lille Metropole (16-11) in their game against Nantes (13-14) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 7 points and added 5 assists. Lille Metropole was defeated 75-66 on the opponent's court by the much lower-ranked Nantes (#10). Pamba-Juille has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Pamba-Juille is also an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #7. An experienced international center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in France) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (15-12) in their game against JA Vichy (10-17) in the French ProB (second division). He was the second best scorer with 9 points. Kone also added 11 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. But Charleville-Mezieres was crushed 83-61 in Vichy by the league outsider (#18) JA Vichy. This year Kone has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in 26 games. He is also Ivorian national team player.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #8. Swingman Guy Landry Edi (202-88, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) couldn't help Saint Chamond (10-17) in their game against JL Bourg (19-8) in the French ProB (second division). Edi scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Saint Chamond was defeated 77-66 in Bourg by the leading JL Bourg. It was Saint Chamond's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Edi has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) led Pau-Lacq-Orthez to a 1-point victory against the 16th-ranked Olympique Antibes (8-19) 93-92 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 37 minutes. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (19-8) is placed third in the ProA. Koffi has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg and 6.4rpg in 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Doron Perkins (189-G-83, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Iran) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Arak (2-3) crushing them 113-71 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday. Perkins recorded 10 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Naft Abadan (5-1) is placed first in Group 2. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Perkins has relatively good stats this season: 13.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.8apg and 2.6spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #3. Adjehi Baru (206-F-91, college: Charleston, currently plays in Denmark) was the major contributor in SISU's victory against the closely-ranked Horsens IC (23-5) 93-85 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Baru's second season in pro basketball. SISU Copenhagen (6-12) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. This season Baru has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.3apg.

   #4. Dane Watts (203-F-86, currently plays in Germany) could not help Oettinger Rockets Gotha (16-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost 89-100 on the road to the second-ranked Crailsheim Merlins. Watts had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 15 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was Oettinger Rockets Gotha's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Watts has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 23 games. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities.

   #5. Armand Anebo (194-SF-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Leeds Force in their game against London Lions (16-13) in the British BBL. Anebo scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. Leeds Force was badly defeated 100-83 at home by the higher-ranked (#6) London Lions. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Anebo has been at the team for six years. He has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg in 14 games.

   #6. Salim Gloyd (198-F-92, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Hawaii-Hilo, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for CB Tarragona 2017 in their game against Zamorano in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Gloyd recorded 8 points. His team was defeated 84-79. He has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg and 4.4rpg. Gloyd also holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #7. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Orzinuovi GaGa's victory against the 16th-ranked Iseo 71-60 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points in 25 minutes. Toure has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg in 28 games. He has Ivorian and Italian nationalities. Despite Toure's Ivorian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.



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Kimani Ffriend selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia). He led Dynamic BG to a victory against the closely-ranked Beovuk 72 (14-12) 99-93 in a derby game in the Serbian KLS in Wednesday night's game. Ffriend scored 19 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 3 shots in 26 minutes on the court. Dynamic BG Beograd (20-6) is placed third in the KLS. The Regular Season already ended. It's Ffriend's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ffriend averages: 15.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 57.6%(76-132) and FT: 69.7% in 15 games he played so far. He played for the Jamaican senior national team five years ago.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain). Jordan led Joventut to a surprising victory over the sixth-ranked Gran Canaria (18-9) 86-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Jordan recorded 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (9-18) is placed 13th in the Liga Endesa. Jordan has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 61.5%(80-130) and FT: 78.4% in 21 games. He played for the Jamaican national team in 2014.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan). Reid could not help Shimane Magic (42-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Shimane Magic (42-9) was edged 66-64 on the road by the lower-ranked Kumamoto Vorters (#3) in the West group. Reid was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Reid's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 21.6% and FT: 70.5%. He is a naturalized American. Reid played for the Jamaican national team six years ago.

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #4. Swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Enel Brindisi in their game against VL Pesaro (8-18) in the Italian Serie A. He scored 5 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls in 40 minutes. Enel Brindisi was edged 94-93 at home by the one of league's weakest teams (#15) VL Pesaro. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Scott has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg in 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Scott used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2013.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #5. Former international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Durand Scott and both played together in the last Italian Serie A game. Samuels was not able to secure a victory for Enel Brindisi (12-14) in their game against VL Pesaro (8-18). He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Enel Brindisi was edged 94-93 on their home court in Brindisi by the one of league's weakest teams (#15) VL Pesaro. This year Samuels' overall stats are: 8.3ppg and 5.0rpg in three games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #6. Power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan) managed to help Kagawa Five Arrows to win against the fourth-ranked Orange Vikings (26-26) 87-79 in the Japanese B League D2 on Sunday night. Forbes scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Kagawa Five Arrows (16-36) are placed fifth in West group. Forbes' total stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3bpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) led La Union to a victory over the fifth-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (27-22) 78-69 in the Argentinian LigaA last Saturday. Francis was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 14 rebounds. La Union Formosa (9-27) is placed seventh in Norte group. Francis has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg and 8.7rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in France). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-12) to beat Paris-Levallois (17-10). Henry scored 7 points. Gravelines-Dunkerque was badly defeated 98-79 on the road by the higher-ranked Paris-Levallois (#6). This season Henry has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Jermaine Bucknor (201-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Gladiators' victory against the closely-ranked Chemnitz (21-9) 64-48 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. Bucknor scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. ROMERSTROM Gladiators Trier (13-7) is placed fourth in the ProA. Bucknor's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #4. Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Venezuela) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Marinos (6-10) crushing them 115-88 in the Venezuelan LPB on Tuesday night. Johnson scored 9 points in only 10 minutes. Toros de Aragua (5-13) is placed fifth in Western Conference. This year Johnson's total stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.5rpg in two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #5. Khalid Mutakabbir (193-G-91, agency: Duran International, college: Presbyterian, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Zornotza's victory against the closely-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (17-11) 77-65 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Mutakabbir recorded 15 points and added 3 passes. Ametx Zornotza (15-13) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mutakabbir has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg. Mutakabbir is a naturalized American.

   #6. Ryan Martin (206-F-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France) was not able to help STB Le Havre in their game against Chorale de Roanne in the French ProB (second division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Martin scored only 2 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 62-69. This year Martin's total stats are: 4.5ppg and 4.2rpg in 11 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and British.

   #7. Junior Cadougan (187-G-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in NBLCanada) contributed to a London Lightning's victory against the Saint John Riptide 124-119 in the NBL Canada in Wednesday night's game. Cadougan scored 13 points and added 8 passes in 32 minutes. This year Cadougan's total stats are: 6.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3bpg in 52 games. He has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities.

   #8. Kyle Hunt (208-F/C-89, college: Oklahoma S&A, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Yalova Bld (12-20) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Hunt's very good performance Yalova Bld was crushed 101-76 at home by the higher-ranked Samsun (#11). He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Hunt also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. This season Hunt has very high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.1apg. Hunt is a naturalized American.



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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)



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Higher League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Almat.Legion and Tobol record victories - by Eurobasket News

Kapshagay - Almat.Legion 95-96

Almat.Legion eked out a narrow win in Game 1 of the semifinal series versus Kapshagay. Almat.Legion forced 19 Kapshagay turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Kapshagay helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Vsevolod Fadeikin (206-85) fired 34 points (!!!) for the winners. Center Alexander Danilchenko (203-97) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. The former international swingman Konstantin Dvirniy (192-88) produced 26 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and point guard Daniil Seleznev (187-90) added 19 points, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Four Almat.Legion and five Kapshagay players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Almat.Legion: V.Fadeikin 34+3reb+2ast, A.Danilchenko 18+8reb+1ast, Y.Kozhanov 15+5reb+5ast, R.Aitkali 10+4reb+3ast, A.Litvinenko 7+2ast, A.Shakirov 6+4ast
Kapshagay: K.Dvirniy 26+4reb+6ast, D.Seleznev 19+4reb+6ast, V.Raguyev 15+9reb+3ast, V.Rogatkin 13+3reb, A.Moroy 10+5reb+2ast, K.Marzan 8+2reb
gschID: 543803


Tobol - Kazygurt 101-89

Tobol topped Kazygurt to gain 1-0 lead in the series. Tobol dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kazygurt's 32. They outrebounded Kazygurt 38-27 including 23 on the defensive glass. Tobol players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Anton Bykov (200-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Maksim Voeykov (195-85) contributed with 27 points for the winners. Five Tobol players scored in double figures. Guard Alymzhan Maxutov (181-94) answered with 26 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and point guard Viktor Sotov (173-78) added 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals in the effort for Kazygurt. Kazygurt's coach Muslim Shakirov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Tobol: M.Voeykov 27+2reb+2ast, A.Bykov 23+10reb+4ast, M.Shvab 15+6reb+5ast, F.Karimullin 14+5reb+3ast, V.Petrashinets 13+13reb+4ast, T.Sultanov 9+7ast
Kazygurt: A.Maxutov 26+4reb+5ast, V.Lopatin 14+1reb+3ast, V.Sotov 13+6reb+6ast, U.Polatov 9+7reb+2ast, B.Agabek 9+2reb+1ast, Z.Kaliyev 8+1reb
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Higher League Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Tobol and Almat.Legion to clash for title - by Eurobasket News

Kazygurt - Tobol 63-79

Tobol rallied past Kazygurt to sweep the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Tobol. Kazygurt managed to win second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tobol forced 22 Kazygurt turnovers and outrebounded them 36-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Kazygurt's players. The best player for the winners was swingman Maksim Voeykov (195-85) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Vasiliy Petrashinets (198-89) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Tobol players scored in double figures. Forward Zhandos Kaliyev (197-93) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Vitali Lopatin (190-81) added 9 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Tobol: M.Voeykov 16+5reb+2ast, M.Shvab 13+1reb+6ast, A.Bykov 12+3reb+3ast, V.Petrashinets 10+9reb+3ast, T.Sultanov 9+3reb+5ast, R.Valiev 6
Kazygurt: Z.Kaliyev 13+6reb, V.Lopatin 9+3reb+3ast, A.Kurochka 9+4reb+1ast, B.Agabek 8+3reb, A.Maxutov 7+2reb+2ast, S.Erzhigitov 6+2reb
gschID: 544174


Almat.Legion - Kapshagay 92-85

Almat.Legion overcame Kapshagay to secure the Finals birth. Almat.Legion made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Kapshagay was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Yuriy Kozhanov (190-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 assists. The former international center Vsevolod Fadeikin (206-85) contributed with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Almat.Legion players scored in double figures. Forward Vyacheslav Raguyev (195-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and the former international swingman Konstantin Dvirniy (192-88) added 25 points in the effort for Kapshagay.
Top scorers:
Almat.Legion: Y.Kozhanov 28+4reb+5ast, V.Fadeikin 19+9reb+7ast, R.Aitkali 17+9reb+3ast, I.Tinyaev 11+1reb, A.Shakirov 11+4reb+3ast, N.Timofeyev 4+1reb
Kapshagay: K.Dvirniy 25+3reb+2ast, V.Raguyev 24+12reb+6ast, D.Seleznev 12+5reb+6ast, L.Voronushkin 9+3reb+4ast, A.Moroy 8+6reb+1ast, K.Marzan 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 544173





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 2. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi20.3 
 3. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 4. Hajrizi, Sigal P.17.4 
 5. Veseli, Peja16.9 
 6. Zekiqi, Trepca16.2 
 7. Matoshi, Vellaznimi15.5 
 8. Wise, Trepca15.0 
 9. Grosha, Ylli14.2 
 10. Gashi, Rahoveci13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Dahlman, Peja8.1 
 3. Sinani, Bashkimi7.3 
 4. Locke, Bashkimi7.1 
 5. Matoshi, Vellaznimi6.8 
 6. Grosha, Ylli6.5 
 7. Kapiti, Kerasan6.2 
 8. Qallaku, Vellaznimi6.0 
 9. Veseli, Peja6.0 
 10. Shala, Kerasan5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fisnik JUNIKU
  Vellaznimi
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 2. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 3. Wise, Trepca4.7 
 4. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.4 
 5. Mekaj, Peja4.1 
 6. Scott, Trepca4.0 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.3.4 
 8. Hajrizi, Sigal P.3.1 
 9. Bunjaku, Rahoveci2.7 
 10. Dahlman, Peja2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Altin MORINA
  Ylli
  (194-PG-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Morina, Ylli2.0 
 2. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.8 
 3. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
 4. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.7 
 5. Hinds, Sigal P.1.5 
 6. Wise, Trepca1.4 
 7. Reed, Peja1.3 
 8. Tahiri, Bashkimi1.3 
 9. Qallaku, Vellaznimi1.3 
 10. Tmusic, Bashkimi1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dardan KAPITI
  Kerasan
  (204-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kapiti, Kerasan2.0 
 2. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 3. Zeka, Vellaznimi0.9 
 4. Reed, Peja0.8 
 5. Stutz, Trepca0.7 
 6. Morina, Ylli0.5 
 7. Matoshi, Vellaznimi0.5 
 8. Sinani, Bashkimi0.5 
 9. Zekiqi, Trepca0.5 
 10. Grosha, Ylli0.5 


Bashkimi 'revanche's to Peja - by Dren Shporta

KB Bashkimi Prizren has managed to gain victory over KB Peja in a delayed match of round 21 of Superleague, last night.

After a hard fought match, the oranges from Prizren beat KB Peja 82-73 to take lead in head to head matches 2-1 this season in Superleague.

Kayel Locke (196-F-94, college: NC-Greensboro) finished the match with 20 points and 7 rebounds for KB Bashkimi Prizren, while Justin Black (188-G-92, college: Morgan St., agency: Octagon Europe) added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Marko Popovic (200-SG-85) scored 15 points more.

At KB Peja, that registered 6th defeat of the season and 2nd from KB Bashkimi Prizren, Alban Veseli (202-F-90) scored 19 points and registered 6 rebounds, Noah Dahlman (201-F-89, college: Wofford) added 18 points and 7 rebounds white Robert Abramovic (185-PG-88) added 15 points.

After this match, all the teams in Superleague have 25 matches played. KB Bashkimi Prizren actually is second in classification with 20-5 record, while KB Peja is third with 19-6 record.

KB Peja will have a chance to make 2-2 head to head record with KB Bashkimi Prizren, if will win in a 28th round match.




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  LATVIA  

LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Barrett, Madona26.7 
 2. Miezis, Kekava24.4 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 4. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava21.3 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava17.5 
 8. Skute, Madona17.2 
 9. Bets, Ogre/Kum.16.8 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.11.5 
 3. Dubults, ViA11.1 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.7 
 5. Cavars, Kekava10.5 
 6. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.0 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 8. Adins, Turiba8.8 
 9. Metnieks, Marupe8.8 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Buikis, Saldus7.9 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava7.0 
 3. Endzels, Turiba7.0 
 4. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 5. Kohanovs, ViA5.8 
 6. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 7. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 8. Osins, Limbazi5.3 
 9. Zotovs, VEF skola5.2 
 10. Pabrieza, Livani4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aivars DAMBIS
  BJBS R.
  (183-G-0)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 2. Miezis, Kekava3.1 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 6. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 8. Osins, Limbazi2.3 
 9. Justovics, Jelgava2.3 
 10. Brants, Madona2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Skute, Madona1.3 
 3. Engers, ViA1.3 
 4. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.1 
 6. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 7. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 8. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 9. Hudins, VEF skola0.9 
 10. Viksna, Livani0.9 


Jogela's 23 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old power forward Tauras Jogela (202-PF-93, agency: Players Group) had a very impressive game in the last round for Barons Riga and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had the game-high 23 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Barons Riga in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ventspils (#1, 27-4) 94-89. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Barons Riga maintains the 4th position in Latvian league. Barons Riga is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 16-14 record. In the team's last game Jogela had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Barons Riga's top player in his first season with the team. Jogela has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 13.7ppg) and averages solid 52.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ervins Jonats (203-F-91) of league's second-best Valmiera/ ORDO. He is a forward in his second season at Valmiera. In the last game Jonats recorded impressive 25 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Valmiera lost that game 67-81 to slightly lower-ranked Jekabpils (#3, 17-14). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Valmiera still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 20-11 record is not bad at all. Jonats is well-known at Valmiera and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Janis Poznaks (203-F-83) of BK Ogre (#7). Poznaks scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of BK Ogre, leading his team to a 91-82 win against slightly lower-ranked LU (#9, 5-25). The chances of BK Ogre ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Poznaks could help BK Ogre to bring them higher in the standings. Poznaks has a very solid season. In 32 games in Latvia he scored 12.8ppg. He also has 4.5rpg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Harijs Rubenis (201-F-91) of LU - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) of Jekabpils - 17 points and 12 assists
6. Denis Krestinin (202-F-94) of Barons Riga - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kristaps Plavnieks (183-PG-95) of BK Ogre - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Modestas Kumpys (194-G-91) of Jekabpils - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Davis Geks (192-SG-95) of Barons Riga - 17 points and 3 assists
10. Edgars Lasenbergs (189-G-95) of LU - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Dairis Bertans selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Darussafaka's victory against the tenth-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (9-16) 87-77 in the Turkish BSL in Monday night's game. Bertans recorded 18 points in 26 minutes on the court. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (18-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bertans averages: 8.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 86.8% in 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Germany). Strelnieks led Brose Baskets to a victory over the closely-ranked BBC Bayreuth (19-8) 83-65 in the German BBL last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Strelnieks scored 17 points and added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Brose Baskets Bamberg (25-3) is placed second in the BBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Strelnieks has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 62.7%(32-51), 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 82.4%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Greece). Peiners contributed to PAOK's victory against the 11th-ranked Koroivos (8-18) 75-66 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He recorded 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. PAOK Thessaloniki (14-12) is placed fifth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Peiners has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 57.3%(63-110), 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 76.8% in 23 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #4. Forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Dallas Mavericks (33-49) 102-89 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Bertans scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 61-21 record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Bertans' first year with the team. His overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 1.5rpg. Bertans is also Latvian national team player.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #5. International center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Gran Canaria (18-9) to beat Joventut (9-18). Pasecniks recorded only 4 points and blocked 4 shots in 18 minutes. Gran Canaria lost 72-86 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#13) Joventut. They ended the series of eight consecutive victories. This year Pasecniks' overall stats are: 7.6ppg and 3.3rpg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Janis Timma
Janis Timma
   #6. Small forward Janis Timma (201-92, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Zenit Saint Petersburg to win against the closely-ranked Khimki (17-5) 74-66 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. Timma recorded only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Zenit Saint Petersburg (19-3) is placed second in group A. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Timma has reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #7. International power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Usak Sportlif in their game against Demir IBB (8-17) in the Turkish BSL. Freimanis recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. Usak Sportlif was badly defeated 103-87 in Buyukcekmece by the higher-ranked (#12) Demir IBB. It was Usak Sportlif's third consecutive loss in a row. Freimanis' stats this year are: 12.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg in 25 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #8. Power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to secure a victory for Telekom Baskets (5-1) in their game against JSF Nanterre (4-2) in the FIBA Europe Cup. Silins scored 5 points. The first-placed Telekom Baskets (5-1) was defeated 86-81 in Nanterre by the second-ranked JSF Nanterre in the group M of FIBA Europe Cup. It's Silins' first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg. Silins plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Davis Lejasmeiers
Davis Lejasmeiers
   #9. International guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Sodertalje Kings (23-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Sodertalje Kings lost 83-90 in Jamtland to the lower-ranked (#6) KFUM. Lejasmeiers recorded 14 points and added 9 passes in 30 minutes. Lejasmeiers averaged so far 11.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.2apg in 37 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Kristaps Kanbergs
Kristaps Kanbergs
   #10. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (189-88, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help Valga (12-20) in their game against Rapla (20-12) in the Estonian Alexela KML. Despite his good performance in Thursday night's game Kanbergs was the top scorer with 12 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Kanbergs' total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. He is a former U20 international player as nine years ago he still played for the Latvian national team.

   #11. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Targu Mures in their game against CSU Sibiu in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his good performance last Wednesday. Kalve recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. But his team lost 66-76. Kalve averaged so far 11.1ppg and 5.0rpg in 24 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international small forward Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kristaps Kanbergs and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Zvigurs couldn't help Valga in their game against Rapla. Despite his good performance on Thursday night He scored 11 points. Zvigurs averaged so far 14.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2015.

   #13. U20 international forward Verners Kohs (203-97, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the main contributor in a GBA Sparta's victory against the fourth-ranked Novy Jicin crushing them 91-71 in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division) in Sunday night's game. Kohs was the best player in that game. He recorded 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 30 minutes. Kohs averaged so far 12.6ppg and 4.1rpg in 20 games. He is also Latvian U20 national team player.

   #14. Former international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, also represented by HMS, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) helped Nantes win their game against the closely-ranked Lille Metropole 75-66 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Kuksiks scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Kuksiks' total stats this season are: 9.6ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2013.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Sandis Silavs (194-88, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kristaps Kanbergs. But that was another game of his team in Estonian Alexela KML which we would like to mention. Silavs couldn't help Valga in their game against Rapla. He recorded 5 points in 21 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 92-71. This year Silavs' total stats are: 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.0apg in 28 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team nine years ago.



LBL Round 30: Barons Riga defeats leader Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Ventspils (27-4) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Barons Riga (16-14) 94-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ventspils. Ventspils were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Lithuanian Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 17 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. The former international power forward Rolandas Zakis (206-87) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Ventspils. Ventspils' coach Karlis Muiznieks tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Barons Riga have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 16-14 record. Ventspils at the other side still keep top place with four games lost. Barons Riga are looking forward to face league's second-placed Valmiera at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ventspils will play against Jekabpils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Jekabpils (17-14) which played road game in Valmiera against second-best Valmiera (20-11). Third ranked Jekabpils managed to get a 14-point victory 81-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Valmiera. The former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Modestas Kumpys chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Jekabpils' coach Rudolfs Rozitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Ervins Jonats (203-91) with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Jekabpils maintains third position with 17-14 record having ten points less than leader Ventspils. Defending champion Valmiera keeps the second place with 11 games lost. Jekabpils will play against league's leader Ventspils at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Valmiera will play against Barons Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 30 LU was beaten by BK Ogre on the road 91-82.
The most impressive performance of 30th round was 24 points and 6 rebounds by Harijs Rubenis of LU.

BK Ogre - LU 91-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked BK Ogre's (13-19) home victory over 9th ranked Latvijas Universitate (5-25) 91-82. It looked good early as Latvijas Universitate took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BK Ogre had a 29-19 second period charge getting the lead and Latvijas Universitate was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-91. BK Ogre shot 61.8 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for BK Ogre especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The former international forward Janis Poznaks (203-83) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Kristaps Plavnieks (183-95) chipped in 17 points and 9 assists during the contest. Four BK Ogre players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Harijs Rubenis (201-91) with 24 points and 6 rebounds and guard Edgars Lasenbergs (189-95) scored 20 points and 5 assists. BK Ogre moved-up to seventh place. Latvijas Universitate lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 25 games lost. BK Ogre will play against higher ranked VEF Riga (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Latvijas Universitate will play against Jurmala and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LU: H.Rubenis 24+6reb+2ast, E.Lasenbergs 20+3reb+5ast, J.Eiduks 10+1reb+1ast, R.Krumins 9+6reb+4ast, R.Birkans 8+3reb+2ast, L.Jaunzems 8+6reb
BK Ogre: J.Poznaks 25+6reb+3ast, K.Plavnieks 17+2reb+9ast, K.Apsitis 15+1reb+3ast, G.Sipolins 12+7reb+1ast, R.Zebergs 9+1reb+2ast, M.Vitols 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 533078


Ventspils - Barons Riga 89-94

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Ventspils (27-4) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Barons Riga (16-14) 94-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ventspils. Ventspils were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Lithuanian Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 17 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. The former international power forward Rolandas Zakis (206-87) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Ingus Jakovics (186-93, college: Liepaja-2) added 20 points in the effort for Ventspils. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Ventspils' coach Karlis Muiznieks tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Barons Riga have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 16-14 record. Ventspils at the other side still keep top place with four games lost. Barons Riga are looking forward to face league's second-placed Valmiera at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ventspils will play against Jekabpils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: I.Jakovics 20+2ast, W.Deane 17+1reb+2ast, R.Zakis 15+8reb+2ast, F.Campbell 10+5reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 9+3reb+4ast, A.Ate 6+2reb+2ast
Barons Riga: T.Jogela 23+8reb+2ast, D.Krestinin 17+2reb+2ast, D.Geks 17+1reb+3ast, D.Rozitis 12+1reb+1ast, R.Freimanis 9+5reb+1ast, S.Metra 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 533077


Valmiera - Jekabpils 67-81

An interesting game for Jekabpils (17-14) which played road game in Valmiera against second-best Valmiera (20-11). Third ranked Jekabpils managed to get a 14-point victory 81-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Valmiera. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Jekabpils players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian guard Modestas Kumpys (194-91, agency: Players Group) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Jekabpils players scored in double figures. Jekabpils' coach Rudolfs Rozitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Ervins Jonats (203-91) with 25 points and 7 rebounds and forward Rinalds Malmanis (205-96) scored 9 points. Jekabpils maintains third position with 17-14 record having ten points less than leader Ventspils. Defending champion Valmiera keeps the second place with 11 games lost. Jekabpils will play against league's leader Ventspils at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Valmiera will play against Barons Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: E.Jonats 25+7reb, M.Laksa 12+1reb+3ast, R.Malmanis 9+4reb+3ast, L.Blaus 6+2reb, J.Kaufmanis 5+2reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 5+1reb+5ast
Jekabpils: M.Kumpys 18+6reb+2ast, R.Sirsnins 17+1reb+12ast, J.Aleksejevs 11+6reb+1ast, A.Selakovs 10+6reb, J.Antrops 8+4reb+3ast, K.Miglinieks 7
gschID: 533076





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  LEBANON  

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, Champville24.0 
 5. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 6. Jackson, Homen.23.4 
 7. Kemp, Tadamon23.3 
 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. Melvin, Moutahed9.9 
 6. Godfrey, Sagesse9.9 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.4 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Thomas, Hoops8.5 
 10. Johnson, Louaize8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.3 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.8 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.6 
 5. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 6. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Arakji, 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, Tadamon1.9 
 5. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 6. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 7. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 8. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos1.7 
 10. Mezher, Hoops1.6 
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. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 
 7. Melvin, Moutahed1.6 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.2 
 9. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 10. Johnson, Louaize1.1 


Pepsi LBL Round 6 (Second Stage): Louaize is defeated by Sagesse - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Beirut between third ranked Louaize (11-13) and fourth ranked Sagesse (8-16) on Tuesday night. Louaize was defeated by Sagesse in a tough game on the road 81-88. Sagesse looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sagesse made 8 blocks. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian-American guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, college: CS Northridge) chipped in 29 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Wendell Lewis (208-89, college: Alabama St., agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Sagesse maintains fourth position in LBL with 8-16 record. Louaize at the other side keeps the third place with 13 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Byblos. Second-best host Byblos (16-8) lost to first ranked Homenetmen (23-1) 73-65. American-Iraqi point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and Dewayne Jackson supported him with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) did not help to save the game for Byblos. Homenetmen maintains first position in LBL with 23-1 record. Byblos at the other side keep the second place with eight games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Zouk. Third ranked host Tadamon (10-14) defeated one of their biggest challengers Champville (9-15) 86-81. The best player for the winners was Mile Ilic who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Patrick Rembert who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Tadamon maintains third position in LBL with 10-14 record having eight points less than leader Al Riyadi. Loser Champville keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tripoli. Second-best host Al Moutahed (13-11) lost to first ranked Al Riyadi (18-6) 88-82. It was a good game for Alade Aminu who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first position in LBL with 18-6 record. Al Moutahed at the other side keeps the second place with 11 games lost.

Group A
Sagesse - Louaize 88-81

The most important game in the last round took place in Beirut between third ranked Louaize (11-13) and fourth ranked Sagesse (8-16) on Tuesday night. Louaize was defeated by Sagesse in a tough game on the road 81-88. Sagesse looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sagesse made 8 blocks. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian-American guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, college: CS Northridge) chipped in 29 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Wendell Lewis (208-89, college: Alabama St., agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and the former international Elie Stephan (193-86, college: Alabama So. CC) scored 22 points. Sagesse maintains fourth position in LBL with 8-16 record. Louaize at the other side keeps the third place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Louaize: W.Lewis 24+13reb+2ast, E.Stephan 22+4reb+3ast, T.McKie 14+8reb+2ast, M.Martinez 6+12reb+7ast, J.Bitar 5+4reb, R.Dib 5+2ast
Sagesse: M.Efevberha 29+4reb+4ast, C.Godfrey 27+17reb+2ast, P.Bou Abboud 13+5reb+3ast, S.Khoury 9+1reb+1ast, M.Ibrahim 7+5reb+8ast, B.Ammoury 3+13reb+2ast
gschID: 543091


Byblos - Homenetmen 65-73

The game between Top Four teams took place in Byblos. Second-best host Byblos (16-8) lost to first ranked Homenetmen (23-1) 73-65. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-19. But Byblos won second period 13-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Byblos 53-35 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-Iraqi point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and American forward Dewayne Jackson (203-90, college: Morgan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) supported him with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) did not help to save the game for Byblos. The former international Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Homenetmen maintains first position in LBL with 23-1 record. Byblos at the other side keep the second place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Byblos: C.Tucker 16+5reb+3ast, T.Ammoury 12+2reb, J.Youngblood 8+6reb+5ast, R.Akl 6+6reb+2ast, J.Aby Khers 6+1reb, A.Mahmoud 5+1ast
Homenetmen: D.Jackson 26+5reb, K.Galloway 15+11reb+7ast, N.Souaid 9+3reb, A.Majok 8+13reb, K.Mechref 5+10reb+3ast, N.Hawi 3+5reb
gschID: 543092


Group B
Tadamon - Champville 86-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Zouk. Third ranked host Tadamon (10-14) defeated one of their biggest challengers Champville (9-15) 86-81. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-18. But Champville won second period 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tadamon made 25-of-27 free shots (92.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Rony Fahed (184-81) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and his fellow American import forward Daniel Orton (208-90, college: Kentucky) added 19 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tadamon maintains third position in LBL with 10-14 record having eight points less than leader Al Riyadi. Loser Champville keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Champville: P.Rembert 23+6reb+10ast, D.Orton 19+13reb+5ast, B.Thomas 19+3reb, J.Assi 11+1reb, B.Bawji 4+2reb, M.Khoury 3+1reb
Tadamon: M.Ilic 21+8reb+2ast, R.Fahed 20+5ast, C.Pigram 17+1reb, G.Hadidian 10+8reb+1ast, M.Kemp 8+6reb+3ast, J.Khalil 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 543093


Moutahed - Al Riyadi 82-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tripoli. Second-best host Al Moutahed (13-11) lost to first ranked Al Riyadi (18-6) 88-82. Al Moutahed was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 52-40 second half run of Al Riyadi. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Egyptian power forward Ahmad Ismail (205-76) contributed with 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American guard Dewarick Spencer (192-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 24 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Al Moutahed. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position in LBL with 18-6 record. Al Moutahed at the other side keeps the second place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: D.Spencer 24+2reb+4ast, E.Rustom 15+4reb+3ast, C.Melvin 13+10reb+2ast, C.Tabet 13+6reb+1ast, R.Curry 7+1reb+3ast, O.El Ayoubi 5+4reb+1ast
Al Riyadi: A.Ismail 23+4reb+6ast, A.Aminu 22+9reb+3ast, B.Cvetkovic 19+9reb+4ast, E.Sosa 14+3reb+5ast, J.Abdel Nour 8+4reb+2ast, R.Samaha 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 543094





Efevberha left Sagesse - by Eurobasket News

33-year old Nigerian ex-international guard Michael Efevberha (193-89kg-84, college: CS Northridge) left Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL). In 15 games in Lebanon he had very impressive stats: 23.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.9apg and 1.5spg this season. Efevberha also played earlier that season for LG Sakers in South Korean KBL where in 14 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 14.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.1apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in first round (112th overall).
The former Cal State - Northridge standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Lebanese Cup final in 2016. Efevberha was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Guard of the Year back in 2011. Strangely he also played for Nigerian National Team in 2009.
Efevberha played at the WABA Club Championships this year.
He is quite experienced player. Efevberha's career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Efevberha tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Blue Whales, Xinjiang Flying Tige and Hualan), Dominican Rep., France (Cholet Basket), New Zealand (Saints), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and D-League (Springfield A.).

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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.14.7 
 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. Jankaitis, Vytis6.9 
 7. Simonis, Palanga6.9 
 8. Raupys, Silute6.8 
 9. Kieza, Suduva-M.6.5 
 10. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.6.5 
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.4.6 
 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. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Silute2.3 
 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. Massalski, Perla.0.9 
 5. Kieza, Suduva-M.0.9 
 6. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.9 
 7. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 
 8. Ramasauskas, Nafta.0.8 
 9. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.8 
 10. Udras, Suduva-M.0.8 


LKL Round 31: Bottom-ranked Siauliai wins against P.Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

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

Bottom-ranked Siauliai managed to get a fifth victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked P.Zvaigzdes 98-87. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. P.Zvaigzdes managed to win second period 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siauliai looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Tomas Lekunas (201-93) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Donatas Sabeckis (197-92) contributed with 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. The former international power forward Egidijus Dimsa (204-85) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for P.Zvaigzdes. P.Zvaigzdes' coach Ramunas Cvirka rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Siauliai maintains tenth place with 5-26 record. P.Zvaigzdes at the other side keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. Siauliai are looking forward to face higher ranked Nevezis (#9) in Kedainiai in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. P.Zvaigzdes will play at home against Vytautas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LKL top team - Zalgiris (28-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Vytautas (16-15) in Kaunas 84-59. It was a great evening for German power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98) who led his team to a victory scoring 10 points and 8 rebounds. Lukas Lekavicius helped adding 6 points and 8 assists. Zalgiris' coach Sarunas Jasikevicius felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Regimantas Miniotas (206-96) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Zalgiris have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 28-3 record. Defending champion Vytautas keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Juventus. Zalgiris will play against Neptunas (#4) in Klaipeda in the next round. Vytautas will play on the road against P.Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Alytus was also quite interesting. Second ranked Lietuvos rytas (23-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Dzukija (8-23). Lietuvos rytas managed to secure a 5-point victory 78-73 on Tuesday. It was an exceptional evening for Jimmy Baron who led the winners and scored 18 points and 4 assists. Lietuvos rytas' coach Rimas Kurtinaitis used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Paulius Morkeliunas came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds for Dzukija in the defeat. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Lietuvos rytas. They maintain second place with 23-8 record having five points less than leader Zalgiris. Loser Dzukija keeps the eighth position with 23 games lost. Lietuvos rytas will meet at home Juventus (#6) in the next round. Dzukija will play against Lietkabelis in Panevezys and hope to secure a win.
The game between fourth ranked Neptunas (18-13) and 9th ranked Nevezis (6-25) in Klaipeda ended with biggest points difference. Neptunas outscored guests from Kedainiai 90-53. Mindaugas Girdziunas fired 19 points for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Neptunas maintains fourth place with 18-13 record. Nevezis lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 25 games lost. Neptunas' next round opponent will be league's leader Zalgiris in Kaunas and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nevezis will play on the road against Siauliai (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 31 Juventus was beaten by Lietkabelis on the road 94-90.

Siauliai - P.Zvaigzdes 98-87

Bottom-ranked Siauliai managed to get a fifth victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked P.Zvaigzdes 98-87. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. P.Zvaigzdes managed to win second period 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siauliai looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Tomas Lekunas (201-93) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Donatas Sabeckis (197-92) contributed with 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. The former international power forward Egidijus Dimsa (204-85) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and naturalized Canadian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) added 21 points in the effort for P.Zvaigzdes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. P.Zvaigzdes' coach Ramunas Cvirka rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Siauliai maintains tenth place with 5-26 record. P.Zvaigzdes at the other side keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. Siauliai are looking forward to face higher ranked Nevezis (#9) in Kedainiai in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. P.Zvaigzdes will play at home against Vytautas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: T.Lekunas 23+9reb+5ast, D.Sabeckis 19+4reb+6ast, L.Aukstikalnis 17+8reb+3ast, V.Korenyuk 12+2reb+1ast, A.Cepulis 10+2reb+4ast, M.Echodas 8+8reb+1ast
P.Zvaigzdes: E.Zabas 21+2reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 20+6reb+2ast, K.Babkauskas 12+2reb, D.Low 12+3ast, O.Olisevicius 6+4reb+2ast, J.Tamulis 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 491597


Lietkabelis - Juventus 94-90

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Lietkabelis (22-9) beat 6th ranked Juventus (16-15) in Panevezys 94-90. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 31-21 run, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Juventus outrebounded Lietkabelis 38-25 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) fired 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Lietkabelis' coach Kazys Maksvytis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-88, college: Wofford, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 21 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and power forward Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 15 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Lietkabelis and five Juventus players scored in double figures. Lietkabelis maintains third place with 22-9 record having six points less than leader Zalgiris. Juventus at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Lietkabelis' next round opponent will be Dzukija (#8) in Alytus which should be theoretically an easy game. Juventus will play on the road against the league's second-placed Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 26+8reb+2ast, G.Leonavicius 22+1reb+4ast, L.Williams 14+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 10+5reb+2ast, M.Lukauskis 6+4reb+3ast, D.Lavrinovic 5+3reb+1ast
Juventus: J.Diggs 21+9reb+7ast, V.Sulskis 16+4reb+5ast, V.Cepukaitis 15+15reb, A.Best 14+4reb+3ast, O.Galdikas 10+3reb, V.Vasylius 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 491596


Neptunas - Nevezis 90-53

The game between fourth ranked Neptunas (18-13) and 9th ranked Nevezis (6-25) in Klaipeda ended with biggest points difference. Neptunas outscored guests from Kedainiai 90-53. The game without a history. Neptunas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nevezis to just 7 points in first quarter. Neptunas dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Nevezis' 24. They outrebounded Nevezis 39-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. The former international guard