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  ABA LEAGUE  



Djaletic replaced Zouros at Buducnost VOLI bench - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Ilias Zouros is unable to lead KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica in the season's ending, when the Blues will be playing in the Montenegrin domestic championship.

The Greek coach has to undergo the hip surgery and will have several months of treatement. In such of a situation the club's management decided to appoint the former assistant coach Igor Djaletic as the new head coach.

Ilias Zouros took over KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica team in the middle of November and led the team to the Semi-finals, where they were only one win away from reaching the Finals in the end.

Zouros stated after departing from Podgorica, that he would love to come back after the surgery: 'Unfortunately, I have to leave, but I hope that the team would successfully bring the season to an end. The team has good future ahead of itself and I hope to come back and continue the job next season. I am already in negotiations with the club's President and I hope that, after the treatement of course, everything is finished correctly and that we will all finish our business that we have started.'

The new head coach Igor Djaletic has thanked Zouros on cooperation and stated that he is satisfied with it: 'Above all I would like to wish successful recovery to coach Ilias and quick regeneration and to thank him on cooperation. We had plenty of beautiful and tough moments together and I am satisfied with our joint work so far.'



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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 34: Baldwin Braves beat Cutie Ovals Ojays to claim regular season title - 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





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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.4 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 3. Brown, La Union19.5 
 4. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 5. Cutley, Atenas C.17.8 
 6. Pais, Platense17.7 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 8. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 9. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.1 
 10. Geffrard, Villa S.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. Dodson, Petr.Arg.9.9 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 5. Cutley, Atenas C.8.6 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 7. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC8.3 
 9. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.2 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.4 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 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: 2.8
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.8 
 2. Pais, Platense2.3 
 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. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 9. Paletta, Hindu1.8 
 10. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 3. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 4. Deck, Obera TC1.3 
 5. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 
 6. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 7. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 
 10. Morales, Villa S.0.8 


Review of TNA Round 4 of 1/16 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Rocamora - Atenas Carmen 68-78

Atenas Carmen upset Rocamora on the road to force the decider. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Rocamora managed to win second period 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. Point guard Hernan Etchepare (180-86) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Point guard Ignacio Davico (188-92) replied with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Juan-Luis Abeiro (196-88) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Rocamora. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: H.Etchepare 21+2reb+1ast, S.Cutley 16+16reb+6ast, H.Wilkerson 15+5reb, G.Peralta 14+3reb, B.Oprandi 10+9reb, M.Percaz 2+3reb
Rocamora: I.Davico 18+6reb+4ast, M.Novello 15+4reb+2ast, J.Luis Abeiro 13+12reb+2ast, M.Cuello 11+7reb+1ast, F.Medina 11+2reb+1ast, T.Verbauwede 0
gschID: 544070


Petr.Argentino - Ciclista 82-72

Petr.Argentino rallied past Ciclista to seal their semifinal eighth-finals appearance. Petr.Argentino made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Italian point guard Mariano Castets (183-83) who added 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Petr.Argentino players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Aaron Harrison (198-93, college: Lynn) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Alvaro Merlo (182-95) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Ciclista's coach Facundo Sucatzky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Petr.Argentino: D.Dodson 23+13reb+1ast, M.Castets 19+2reb+4ast, L.Diaz 14+3reb+1ast, F.Gago 11+2reb+4ast, S.Gandolfo 11+4reb+2ast, D.Pineda 2
Ciclista: A.Harrison 18+9reb+1ast, A.Merlo 15+5reb+5ast, P.Martinez 14+4reb, X.Carreras 9+1reb, M.Araujo 8+3reb, G.Vismara 6+2reb
gschID: 544069


Platense - Temperley 90-71

Platense claimed the third straight win over Temperley and stayed in the title race. The game was mostly controlled by CA Platense. CA Temperley managed to win third quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CA Platense made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by guard Felipe Pais (185-90) who scored that evening 25 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) supported him with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Delwan Graham (203-88, college: Jacksonville) did not help to save the game for CA Temperley. Center Sebastian Chaine (201-86) added 14 points for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Platense: F.Pais 25+6reb+2ast, K.Gayden 18+8reb+1ast, I.Romani 15+1reb+1ast, F.Lopez 10+1reb, V.Facundo 10+1reb+4ast, D.Mansilla 7+3reb
Temperley: D.Graham 17+9reb, S.Chaine 14+4reb+2ast, A.Eiguren 11+3reb, L.Ortiz 11+3reb+1ast, R.Pelorosso 11+2ast, S.Egas 4+1reb
gschID: 544067


Gimnasia LP - Olimpo BB 80-71

Gimnasia LP rallied past Olimpo BB to clinch their next round birth. Point guard Leonardo La-Bella (180-86) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists for the winners. American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Five Gimnasia LP players scored in double figures. American Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) produced 29 points and center Franco Pennacchotti (202-90) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia LP: L.La Bella 19+3reb+10ast, M.Segon 17+7reb, J.Efese 15+11reb+1ast, R.Rosende 13+9reb+3ast, E.Rusconi 10+1reb+3ast, R.Salvatierra 4+5reb+1ast
Olimpo BB: D.Summers 29+4reb, F.Pennacchotti 12+10reb+3ast, C.Schoppler 11+4ast, T.Granado 8+13reb, L.Marin 7+3ast, A.Giarraffa 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 544068


Obera TC - BHY Tiro Federal 71-75

BHY Tiro Federal upset Obera TC to even the series at 2-2. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 22-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Spanish swingman Martin Maximiliano (189-90) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Guard Martin Gandoy (194-91) replied with 22 points and 8 rebounds and forward Joaquin Deck (198-92) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Obera TC. Four Obera TC players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: M.Maximiliano 21+4reb, E.Correa 20+10reb+1ast, M.Ceruti 16+7reb+2ast, D.Brezzo 8+5reb+1ast, P.Lockett 7+10reb+1ast, L.Strack 3+2reb+1ast
Obera TC: M.Gandoy 22+8reb+3ast, S.Luduena 13+5reb+2ast, J.Deck 12+9reb+3ast, J.Montero 11+5reb, A.Montes Cardozo 8+5reb+1ast, A.Joseph 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 544065


Villa San Martin - Barrio Parque 73-66

Villa San Martin held off Barrio Parque to win the series 3-1. The game without a history. Villa San Martin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a very good performance for Chilean swingman Alejo Toledo (194-80) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Agustin Carnovale (195-86) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Sebastian Cabello (202-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and Andres Mariani (188-87) added 17 points in the effort for Barrio Parque.
Top scorers:
Villa San Martin: A.Toledo 26+3reb, A.Carnovale 14+5reb+3ast, G.Saavedra 9+10reb, G.Mascaro 9+1reb+2ast, M.Cabrera 8+5ast, E.Pellot 4+4reb
Barrio Parque: A.Mariani 17+4reb+3ast, L.Guerra 16+3reb+4ast, S.Cabello 16+17reb, L.Rivata 6+5reb+2ast, E.Martina 5+5reb, E.Cantarutti 4+2reb
gschID: 544064


Independiente BBC - Salta Basket 77-70

Independiente BBC claimed the third consecutive victory over Salta Basket to reach the next round of playoffs. Independiente BBC made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Quite impressive performance for point guard Victor-Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 assists. Point guard Milton Vittar (185-91) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Independiente BBC players scored in double figures. Swingman Gregorio Eseverri (194-87) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Nicolas Copello (194-92) added 19 points in the effort for Salta Basket.
Top scorers:
Independiente BBC: V.Hugo Cajal 25+3reb+7ast, M.Vittar 16+5reb+6ast, B.Ingrata 13+7reb+2ast, M.Martinez 10+2reb+1ast, J.Aprea 10+14reb, R.Fernandez 3+3reb
Salta Basket: N.Copello 19+1reb+2ast, R.Haag 17+1reb+1ast, G.Eseverri 16+8reb+1ast, I.Okoye 8+12reb+2ast, L.Prowell 8+5reb+1ast, S.Punet 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 544066





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)



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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Miletic, Vienna19.0 
 3. Vay, Arkadia18.5 
 4. Stazic, Vienna17.9 
 5. Clemmons, Vienna17.7 
 6. Lamesic, Wels17.5 
 7. Rados, Klostern.16.7 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart16.7 
 9. Murati, Gmunden15.7 
 10. Jackson, Oberwart15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.5 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.3 
 5. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.5 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.5 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.4 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.9 
 9. Gaidys, Gmunden6.1 
 10. Cumberbatch, Oberw.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.0 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 4. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.3 
 5. Stazic, Vienna4.9 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.7 
 7. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 8. Friedrich, Gmunden4.4 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.4 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna1.8 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.8 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Trmal, Arkadia1.5 
 6. Stazic, Vienna1.5 
 7. Payton, Wels1.5 
 8. Vujosevic, Kapfe.1.4 
 9. Koch, Vienna1.4 
 10. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.3 
 4. Chan, Wels1.1 
 5. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 6. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 8. Koch, Vienna0.9 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 



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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 16: Lakers lose the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

There was a change at the BABA leadership position after last games. Round 16 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Lakers (8-3). They were defeated by second ranked Bridgetown (9-2) 81-73 on Thursday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Bridgetown have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Lakers at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Cavaliers. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in . Third ranked Pinelands (7-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Warriors (5-5) 80-77 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Warriors. Defending champion maintains third position with 7-3 record having just three points less than leader Cavaliers. Warriors at the other side keep the sixth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Pinelands - Warriors 80-77

Important game to mention about took place in . Third ranked Pinelands (7-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Warriors (5-5) 80-77 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Warriors. Defending champion maintains third position with 7-3 record having just three points less than leader Cavaliers. Warriors at the other side keep the sixth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 543706


Cavaliers - Lakers 81-73

There was a change at the BABA leadership position after last games. Round 16 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Lakers (8-3). They were defeated by second ranked Bridgetown (9-2) 81-73 on Thursday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Bridgetown have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Lakers at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Cavaliers. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 543707





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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.6 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Miller-M., Leuven16.6 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.7 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .14.8 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.2 
 7. Simpson, Liege13.9 
 8. Channels, Kango.13.8 
 9. Ubel, Brussels13.7 
 10. Ware, Antwerp13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.4 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.2 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes6.7 
 4. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 5. Ubel, Brussels6.6 
 6. Fields, Liege6.5 
 7. Simmons, Brussels6.4 
 8. Ware, Antwerp6.4 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .6.0 
 10. Dowe, Brussels6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.7 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.3 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.1 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.9 
 5. Anderson, Limburg .4.5 
 6. Marnegrave, Spirou4.3 
 7. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.1 
 8. Clark, Antwerp3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.7 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven2.0 
 2. Simpson, Liege1.6 
 3. Billbury, Leuven1.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 6. Hertay, Liege1.5 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 8. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 9. Clark, Antwerp1.2 
 10. Troisfontain., Aalst.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege1.0 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende0.9 
 4. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 5. Henry, Kangoeroes0.8 
 6. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 7. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 8. Ware, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Blair, Aalstar0.7 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


Hans Vanwijn signs at Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) landed 22-year old international power forward Hans Vanwijn (205-95). He started the season at Limburg United (Euromillions League). Vanwijn has played there for the last three years. In 18 Euromillions League games he averaged 7.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.6apg this season. Vanwijn helped them to make it to the cup final. The last season he played also at Hubo Limburg United (Scooore League) where in 35 games he had 7.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.0apg. Vanwijn contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Most Improved Player of the Year.
Vanwijn's team was regular season runner-up in Belgian D2 in 2013.
He has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Vanwijn has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2015.
He also represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.2ppg, 1.8rpg.
Vanwijn has played previously for two other teams: Leuven Bears and Houthalen.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I round 8 (Second Stage) best performance: Zlatko Jovanovic - by Eurobasket News

Former international Point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: BeoExcell) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Spars Sarajevo, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, two rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Zrinjski HT (#2, 5-3) 91-90. Spars Sarajevo maintains the 5th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Spars Sarajevo is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 5th lost game this season out of 8 games. Jovanovic just recently signed at Spars Sarajevo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Zlatko Jovanovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.8ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was young Stefan Mijovic (196-G-95) of Leotar. Mijovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Leotar cruised to a 91-79 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Gradjanski (#9, 3-4). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Leotar is still at the dead bottom 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Mijovic is one of the most experienced players at Leotar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Torrion Brummitt (201-F) of league's second-best Zrinjski HT. Brummitt scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Brummitt's great performance Zrinjski HT lost 90-91 to the lower-ranked Spars Sarajevo (#5, 3-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Zrinjski HT needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Brummitt has a very solid season. In 22 games in Bosnia he scored 12.5ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 61.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87) of Zrinjski HT - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Srdjan Milanovic (204-F/C-95) of Leotar - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Sasa Vasiljevic (183-PG-79) of Bosna-Royal - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Strahinja Micovic (205-F-92) of Igokea - 13 points and 8 rebounds
9. Nikola Milesic) of Gradjanski - 27 points and 6 rebounds
10. Strahinja Dragicevic (203-PF-86) of Bosna-Royal - 19 points and 4 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)



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
gschID: 540879


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
gschID: 540878


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
gschID: 540880


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
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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  Rilski
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Shelton, Rilski22.5 
 2. Semple, Akademik.20.3 
 3. Ivanov, Levski19.3 
 4. Petkov, Yambol18.3 
 5. Smith, Akademik PL17.9 
 6. Marincheshki, Spartak .17.0 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan16.9 
 8. Tsonkov, Cherno M.16.6 
 9. Savic, Spartak .16.3 
 10. Bozov, Rilski15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.0 
 2. Shelton, Rilski10.8 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.3 
 4. Sekulovic, Balkan9.0 
 5. Savic, Spartak .8.6 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.5 
 7. Varbanov, Yambol8.1 
 8. Bruinsma, Rilski7.7 
 9. Daniels, Balkan7.7 
 10. Jones, Beroe7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.6.5 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.1 
 3. Hott, Balkan5.5 
 4. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.1 
 5. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 6. Hadjirusev, Levski4.5 
 7. Dudev, Spartak .4.5 
 8. Marinov, Balkan4.4 
 9. Bozov, Rilski4.3 
 10. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deyan KARAMFILOV
  Cherno M.
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.1 
 2. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 3. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 4. Bellfield, Akademik.1.9 
 5. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 6. Gibson, Beroe1.7 
 7. Jones, Beroe1.7 
 8. Hott, Balkan1.6 
 9. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.6 
 10. Smith, Akademik PL1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.6 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.0 
 4. Varbanov, Yambol1.0 
 5. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.8 
 6. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 7. Savic, Spartak .0.8 
 8. Petkov, Yambol0.7 
 9. Marincheshki, Spartak .0.7 
 10. Daniels, Balkan0.6 


NBL Round 26: Beroe defeats Academik Plovdiv in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

An interesting game for Beroe (15-8) which played road game in Plovdiv against second-ranked Academik Plovdiv (16-7). Third ranked Beroe had an easy win 85-64. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Academik Plovdiv. Beroe made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Academik Plovdiv 41-24 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Beroe made 8 blocks. American guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Croatian power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St., agency: Octagon Europe) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for Academik Plovdiv. Beroe maintains third position with 15-8 record having six points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Beroe are looking forward to face Balkan (#5) in Botevgrad in the next round. Academik Plovdiv will play at home against Rilski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Lukoil Acad. (20-4) which hosted in Sofia 4th ranked Rilski (13-10). First ranked Lukoil Acad. had an easy win 108-76. American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) scored 17 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Hristo Zahariev chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. American forward DJ Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) responded with 15 points and 9 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. Lukoil Acad. have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-4 record. Rilski at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Balkan. Lukoil Acad. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rilski will play on the road against the league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 26 Spartak Pleven was smashed by Balkan on the road 95-71. Cherno More won against Yambol on its own court 85-80.

Akademik PL - Beroe 64-85

An interesting game for Beroe (15-8) which played road game in Plovdiv against second-ranked Academik Plovdiv (16-7). Third ranked Beroe had an easy win 85-64. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Academik Plovdiv. Beroe made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Academik Plovdiv 41-24 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Beroe made 8 blocks. American guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Croatian power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St., agency: Octagon Europe) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks and American point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) added 20 points in the effort for Academik Plovdiv. Beroe maintains third position with 15-8 record having six points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Beroe are looking forward to face Balkan (#5) in Botevgrad in the next round. Academik Plovdiv will play at home against Rilski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beroe: S.Tesija 16+8reb, S.Gibson 15+6reb+4ast, A.Jones 13+6reb, N.Nikolov 12+3reb+1ast, P.Aleksiev 10+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 9+7reb+4ast
Akademik PL: O.Bellfield 20+3reb+2ast, J.Semple 20+11reb+2ast, S.Smith 12+3reb+2ast, V.Bachev 5+2reb+2ast, V.Mihaylov 3, V.Aleksandrov 2
gschID: 536275


Balkan - Spartak Pleven 95-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Balkan's (13-10) home victory over 6th ranked Spartak Pleven (10-13) in Botevgrad 95-71. Balkan dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 30. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 45-29 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Balkan players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Travis Daniels (202-92, college: Mississippi St.) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. Coach Nebojsa Vidic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Konstantin Koev (196-91) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and international center Velislav Galabov (207-94) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Balkan have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rilski. Spartak Pleven lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Balkan will play against higher ranked Beroe (#3) in Stara Zagora in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Spartak Pleven will play at home against Cherno More and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: M.Sekulovic 21+12reb+1ast, S.Marinov 19+2reb+5ast, T.Daniels 18+18reb, A.Hott 12+5reb+7ast, N.Marinov 12+1ast, M.Durchev 7+1reb+5ast
Spartak Pleven: K.Koev 20+6reb+3ast, D.Marincheshki 13+5reb+1ast, V.Galabov 13+7reb, M.Marinov 12+2reb, M.Dudev 9+4reb+5ast, G.Nikolov 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 536273


Lukoil Acad. - Rilski 108-76

An interesting game for Lukoil Acad. (20-4) which hosted in Sofia 4th ranked Rilski (13-10). First ranked Lukoil Acad. had an easy win 108-76. Lukoil Acad. dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski's 44. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) scored 17 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. American forward DJ Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Lukoil Acad. and four Rilski 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. Lukoil Acad. have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-4 record. Rilski at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Balkan. Lukoil Acad. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rilski will play on the road against the league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: D.Gibson 17+1reb+4ast, D.Dimitrov 15+2reb+2ast, S.Zack 13+6reb+1ast, A.Beane 13+3reb+3ast, M.Korniyenko 12+3reb+4ast, H.Zahariev 12+5reb+5ast
Rilski: E.Bruinsma 16+6reb, D.Shelton 15+9reb+1ast, D.Ivanov 11+2reb+5ast, D.Vutev 11+2reb, Z.Georgiev 8+1reb+2ast, Y.Bozov 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 536274


Cherno More - Yambol 85-80

Everything could happen in Varna at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Cherno More and 8th ranked Yambol had identical 6-16 record. This time Cherno More used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Yambol 85-80. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 8-point deficit before their 27-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Cherno More dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Yambol's 28. Point guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-94) scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) chipped in 23 points during the contest. Guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91, agency: Interperformances) responded with 23 points and 9 assists and forward Stoyan Petkov (198-85) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cherno More maintains seventh position with 7-16 record. Yambol lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 17 games lost. Cherno More will play against higher ranked Spartak Pleven (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Yambol will play against Levski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: S.Tsonkov 23+3reb+1ast, D.Karamfilov 18+7reb+9ast, N.Djuric 16+9reb, V.Hristov 16+6reb+4ast, V.Georgiev 5+2reb+2ast, F.Dedijer 3+1reb
Yambol: V.Petkov 23+3reb+9ast, S.Govedarov 19+5reb, E.Ivanov 13+3reb+1ast, S.Petkov 13+13reb+1ast, T.Ostrev 6+2reb+5ast, N.Varbanov 6+3reb+1ast
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Anderson is back at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Canadian ex-international point guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham). It is actually his comeback to Chalons Reims as he has played here before. Anderson is a dual citizen owning also Jamaican passport. He just played at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga. But in 6 games he had only 1.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg this season. Anderson also played earlier that season for Chalons Reims where in 12 Erste Liga games he recorded 3.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson won Montenegrin League championship title in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention back in 2010.
Anderson represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Anderson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Braunschweig, Gladiators and Walter Tigers), Greece (Panionios), Poland (Swiecie), Russia (Zenit), Spain (Sevilla), Croatia (Cibona and Cedevita) and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen).
Anderson attended Fordham University until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Illinois stuns Indianapolis in rematch, Baltimore earns first win of the season in upset of Mississippi - by Eurobasket News

ILLINOIS 100, INDIANAPOLIS 88: (Danville, Ill.) - Two weeks ago, Indianapolis easily dismantled Illinois at home, and were looking to sweep the season series tonight across the state border in Danville. But tonight was not an evening for road teams in the CBA, as Illinois jumped out the gates with a 27-10 run and never looked back. They extended the lead to 19 points in the second quarter, and finished the third quarter with a 22-point lead at 76-53, ultimately cruising to their second consecutive home victory this season. Illinois (2-2) was led by Tyron Criswell (6'4''-G, college: Nevada) and Kashif Watson (6'4''-G-87, college: Idaho), with 18 points each, while Indianapolis (3-2) was led by Chrishawn Hopkins (6'2''-G-91, college: Wright St.) with 20 points, Anthony White, Jr. with 18 points, and Tyler Bibbs (6'6''-F-93, college: St.Francis, IN) with 17 points. Illinois travels to Fort Wayne tomorrow evening to face the defending champions, while Indianapolis embarks on a road trip to Mississippi and Bowling Green next weekend.
BALTIMORE 84, MISSISSIPPI 74: (Severn, Md.) - After completing a brutal four-game road trip to start the season, Baltimore enjoyed returning home to begin a four-game homestand, and looking for their first victory of the year this evening against a Mississippi club who had won three out of their last four contests. Baltimore, similar to their Illinois expansion team counterparts tonight, started the game strong, going on a 17-0 run midway through the first quarter to take a 28-10 lead after the first period. In the second quarter; however, Mississippi held the hosts to just nine points, to cut the deficit to two points with three minutes remaining in the first half. But that's as close as the visitors were able to get, as Baltimore pushed the lead to double-digits in the third quarter, and used a 9-3 run late in the fourth to hold off any potential Mississippi comeback. Baltimore (1-4) who earned their first win of the season was led by Torey Fassett (6'6''-F) (22 points), while Mississippi (3-3) was led by Marico Stinson (6'3''-G-88, college: Ky Wesleyan) and Jerry Hampton (6'9''-C, college: Le Moyne-Owen) with 18 points each. Baltimore hosts Middle Tennessee next Saturday evening, while Mississippi returns home for their final two games, hosting Indianapolis next Saturday night as well.
Courtesy of: playcba.com



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Will Bynum signs at Luoyang - by Eurobasket News

Luoyang (NBL) landed experienced 34-year old American point guard Will Bynum (183-84kg-83, college: Georgia Tech). He played recently at Windy City Bulls (D-League) in the U.S. In 22 games he averaged 14.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 6.5apg and 1.7spg this season.
In 2005 Roanoke Dazzle selected him as fifth overall pick in D-League draft.
The former Georgia Tech staris in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Bynum's team won Chinese CBA Regular Season in 2015. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention award in 2015 and 2016.
Bynum is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Bynum has played previously professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), NBA (Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards), China (Guandong Tigers) and D-League (Roanoke D.).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: An athletic point guard that can score from the perimeter and get to the basket. Will is both highly skilled and extremely athletic which makes him a joy to watch play basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jazine scored more than 100 points for the fourth time in a row (A2) - by Zeljko Zule

Jazine Arbanasi scored more than 100 points for the fourth time in a row in A2 League Championship Stage. The club from Zadar defeated Belisce 104-87 on road in Round 8. Ribola Kastela outscored Borovo 38-7 in the second quarter for a huge 117-87 road win. Graficar and Rudes both recorded home wins.

Graficar-Sanac 76-64: After trailing 48-49, Graficar went on a decisive 12-2 run for a 60-51 lead late in the third quarter and never looked back from there. Mario Novak (185-G-85) collected 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, Jaksa Petrovic scored 14 points, Tomislav Hatlak (202-C-89) 12 and Luka Prpovic (90) grabbed 10 rebounds. Sanac was outrebounded 28-40 and shot better from 3-point range (43-percent, 9-of-21) than from 2-point land (40-percent, 14-of-35). Antonio Kraljic (193-G-93) finished with 17 points and 7 assists, Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Tin Panjevic scored 10 points.

Borovo-Ribola Kastela 78-117: Belisce opened the game with a 7-0 run, Kastela later scored dozen straight points to go up 14-9 and took control of the game behind a 15-0 run for a 43-25 lead early in the second quarter. Kastela outscored the home team 38-7 in the second quarter and lead 77-32 early after the break. Kastela shot 66-percent (46-of-70) from the field and had 40 assists. Josip Matic (202-SF-92) just missed a triple -double with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, Nikola Roso came off the bench for 18 points, Dino Sipic (201-F-88) and Josip Karanusic (195-SG-98) both scored 13 points, Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) 12, Stanko Kujundzic (190-G-96) 11, Frano Marasovic (214-C-92) 10 and Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) handed out 19 assists. Belisce was led by Toni Kovac (97) with 18 points, Mihael Bekavac (193-F-85) scored 13 and Mario Rajsic (94) 11.

Belisce-Jazine Arbanasi 87-104: Jazine opened the game with an 18-2 run to take control. Belisce cut the deficit to 31-40 midway through the second quarter, but the visitors responded with none consecutive points for an 18-point lead, which which never dropped below double figures for the rest of the game. Jazine outrebouned Belisce 49-29, picking up 20 offensive boards. Mate Mrva (198-F/C-83) had 29 points and 14 rebounds, Goran Fodor (195-G-90) 24 points including six 3-pointers, Dino Palcic (185-G-90) poured in 17 points and 8 assists and Jurica Drazovic (201-F-86) collected 15 points and 18 rebounds, Josip Ceranja (203-G-90) came off the bench for 13 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double. Belisce shot 12-of-24 behind the 3-point line and just 11-of-20 from the free throw line. Marko Soldo (198-G-89) finished with 23 points including five 3-pointers, Juraj Boras (191-G-91) scored 17 points, Kristijan Preglej (206-C/F-79) had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Goran Vidakovic (197-F-84) posted 13 points and Antonio Bicvic (196-F-82) 12.

Rudes-Pula 1981 69-61: Rudes trailed just twice, at 3-4 and 5-8. The home team used a 7-0 run to build a 33-24 lead and later extended their advantage to 45-33. Pula cut the deficit to 38-46, but Rudes answered with a 15-5 run to go ahead 61-43 late in the third quarter. Rudes shot 10-of-21 behind the arc. Kresimir Ljubicic (210-C-98) came off the bench for a game-high 17 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Mario Galic (196-G-89) had 12 points and 8 assists and Tomislav Cvitkovic (206-SG-98) scored 11 points. Pula hit only three 3-pointers. Ante Bozic (208-F/C-90, college: SW Oklahoma St.) posted 15 points and Marin Djugum 14.

Podravac-AKK Vern 18/04



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Ligaen Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Bakken enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Svendborg 93-85

Bakken paved their way into Ligaen Finals after they completed the sweep of Svendborg. The hosts trailed by 15 points at the halftime before their 54-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bakken made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game, while Svendborg only scored twelve points from the stripe. They outrebounded Svendborg 42-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Bakken looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Svendborg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. Five Bakken players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Stefan Bonneau (177-87, college: LIU Post) with 28 points and international swingman Alexander Bak (193-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 19+5reb+3ast, J.Williamson 15+7reb, M.Diouf 13+15reb+2ast, T.Laerke 13+2reb+5ast, A.Darboe 11+6reb+5ast, N.Iversen 9+1reb+1ast
Svendborg: S.Bonneau 28+3reb+3ast, H.NaNa 18+3reb, A.Bak 13+6reb+8ast, A.Karason 9+7reb+3ast, D.Moten 7+3reb+2ast, M.Seilund 5+1reb
gschID: 543687


Horsens IC - SISU 74-61

Horsens edged visiting SISU to secure 2-1 lead in the series. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Horsens IC's pressure prevailed and they won that period 16-9 extending their advantage to 13 points. Horsens IC outrebounded SISU 36-25 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a quality performance for Bosnian swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) accounted for 10 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Ivorian forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, college: Charleston) came up with 10 points and 6 rebounds and American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for SISU in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: V.Borovcanin 17+8reb+1ast, W.Artino 14+6reb+1ast, L.Alexander 11+4reb+4ast, M.Mack 10+5reb+9ast, F.Rungby 8+5reb, D.Trist 8+7reb+1ast
SISU: K.Dranginis 13+1reb+5ast, A.Touray 12+1reb+1ast, A.Haas 12+2reb+2ast, T.McGrew 10+6reb+3ast, A.Baru 10+6reb+3ast, D.Wilson 4+8reb+2ast
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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



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Liga MB Round 28: Top-ranked Santa Tecla wins another game - by Eurobasket News

Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (17-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they beat eighth ranked El Rapido (8-9) 71-54. Santa Tecla forced 21 El Rapido turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Center Carlos Arias (200-89) contributed with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for El Rapido. Santa Tecla have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-2 record. El Rapido at the other side dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Denver-FAS. Santa Tecla are looking forward to face league's second-placed Brujos Izalco on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. El Rapido will play against Cojute (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in San Salvador. Fourteenth ranked Giants (4-14) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Santa Ana (4-14) 80-78 in the fight for the twelfth place. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and Macari Brooks who added 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Malcolm Tatum (188, college: Alders.-Broad.) responded with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Giants moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Santa Ana and Arcense. Giants will play against higher ranked 11 Lobos (#11) in Chalchuapa in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Santa Ana will play on the road against Arcense in San Salvador and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eleventh-ranked 11 Lobos (6-11) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Canarios (11-6) in Chalchuapa on Thursday. The visitors from Ahuachapan managed to secure only three-point victory 96-93. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by David Lawson who had that evening a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 37 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 4 assists by Joseph Antoine did not help to save the game for 11 Lobos. Canarios have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-6 record. Loser 11 Lobos keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Canarios will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. 11 Lobos will play against Giants (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sonsonate (9-9) and Cojute (9-8), which took place in Cojutepeque. 6th ranked Sonsonate was outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Cojute 110-80. Brandon Golden fired a double-double by scoring 32 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Cojute moved-up to sixth place. Sonsonate lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Cojute's next round opponent will be El Rapido (#9) in La Union. Sonsonate will play at home against 11 Lobos and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 28 Arcense was beaten by Halcones on the road 106-90.

Halcones - Arcense 106-90

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Halcones (12-5) beat 12th ranked Arcense (4-14) in Sonzacate 106-90. A Brewer fired 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. American Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Halcones players scored in double figures. Halcones' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Abilio Vadillo (180-78) produced a double-double by scoring 47 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and S Willis added 13 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Halcones have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-5 record. Arcense at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Halcones' next round opponent will be higher ranked Isidro Metapan (#3) at home and it may be the game of the week. Arcense will play against Santa Ana (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halcones: A. Brewer 37+7reb+1ast, J.Moss 23+10reb+6ast, R.Miller 16+15reb+3ast, J.Araujo 16+7reb+6ast, I.Andaluz 4+1reb+1ast, L.Valle 4
Arcense: A.Vadillo 47+12reb, L.Birdsong 14+10reb+4ast, S. Willis 13+17reb+8ast, C.Torres 8+1reb, J.Yanme 7+2reb+1ast, H.Mendez 1+6reb+1ast
gschID: 537066


11 Lobos - Canarios 93-96

Eleventh-ranked 11 Lobos (6-11) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Canarios (11-6) in Chalchuapa on Thursday. The visitors from Ahuachapan managed to secure only three-point victory 96-93. However their fans expected much easier game. Canarios made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import center Reginald Brown (202-91) supported him with 23 points and 21 rebounds. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 37 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 4 assists by Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) did not help to save the game for 11 Lobos. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) added 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks for lost side. Canarios have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-6 record. Loser 11 Lobos keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Canarios will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. 11 Lobos will play against Giants (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 35+10reb+6ast, R.Brown 23+21reb, W.Hepburn 23+11reb+5ast, I.Sandoval 6+6reb+2ast, E.Herrera 4+2reb, W.Quijano 3+1reb
11 Lobos: J.Antoine 37+17reb+4ast, A.Ruano 19+1reb+3ast, M.Montavious 15+15reb, M.Gonzalez 9+2reb+1ast, R.Aguiar 5+5reb, J.Cuestas 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 537067


Giants - Santa Ana 80-78

Important game to mention about took place in San Salvador. Fourteenth ranked Giants (4-14) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Santa Ana (4-14) 80-78 in the fight for the twelfth place. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) who added 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Five Giants players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Malcolm Tatum (188, college: Alders.-Broad.) responded with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Giants moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Santa Ana and Arcense. Giants will play against higher ranked 11 Lobos (#11) in Chalchuapa in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Santa Ana will play on the road against Arcense in San Salvador and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Giants: J.Milton 24+15reb+3ast, M.Brooks 15+11reb+1ast, L.Escoto 14+7reb+3ast, J.Kirksey 13+2reb+2ast, G.Sosa 10+7reb+2ast, J.Lopez 2+1reb+1ast
Santa Ana: M.Tatum 25+8reb+5ast, T.Butler 20+8reb+4ast, T.Dowdell 20+13reb+3ast, L.Gonzalez 3+3reb+2ast, F.Salazar 3+3reb+3ast, E.Guevara 3+2reb
gschID: 537064


Cojute - Sonsonate 110-80

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sonsonate (9-9) and Cojute (9-8), which took place in Cojutepeque. 6th ranked Sonsonate was outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Cojute 110-80. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Sonsonate's 52. Cojute forced 23 Sonsonate turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. American guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) fired a double-double by scoring 32 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists and 7 steals for the winners. The other American import power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) chipped in a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and Yoan Haiti added 20 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Cojute moved-up to sixth place. Sonsonate lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Cojute's next round opponent will be El Rapido (#9) in La Union. Sonsonate will play at home against 11 Lobos and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cojute: A.Moe 33+12reb+5ast, B.Golden 32+7reb+12ast, S.Sill 27+14reb+4ast, L.Quintanilla 7+3ast, B.Reyes 6+2reb, J.Quintanilla 5+3reb+7ast
Sonsonate: A.Rojas 21+13reb+5ast, Y.Haiti 20+9reb+3ast, M.Gudino 17+9reb, O.Tobar 6+1ast, C.Valle 6+10reb+3ast, J.King 5
gschID: 537063


Santa Tecla - El Rapido 71-54

Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (17-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they beat eighth ranked El Rapido (8-9) 71-54. Santa Tecla forced 21 El Rapido turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Center Carlos Arias (200-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for El Rapido. Santa Tecla have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-2 record. El Rapido at the other side dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Denver-FAS. Santa Tecla are looking forward to face league's second-placed Brujos Izalco on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. El Rapido will play against Cojute (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: L.Valdez 27+9reb+1ast, C.Arias 11+12reb+3ast, R.Martinez 11+2reb+8ast, O.Torres 9+6reb+3ast, E.Escalante 6+2reb+4ast, A.Arias Serrano 3
El Rapido: D.King 15+14reb+5ast, E.Ishman 12+10reb+2ast, S.Esperanza 11+1reb, O.Coreas 6+8reb+1ast, M.Lopez 5+3reb+2ast, M.Guevara 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 537062





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)



Golden's double-double lands him Liga MB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Guard Brandon Golden (193-G) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cojute and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 28.
He got a double-double of 32 points and 12 assists, while his team outclassed Sonsonate (#8, 9-9) with 30-point margin 110-80. Cojute is placed at 6th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Cojute is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. In the team's last game Golden had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cojute, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Midwestern State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Golden is in league's top in points (8th best: 25.5ppg) and averages solid 3.6spg and 50.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Anthony Moe (206-F/C). He is American forward in his first season at Cojute. In the last game Moe recorded impressive double-double of 33 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Golden he helped Cojute with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Sonsonate (#8, 9-9) 110-80. This victory allowed Cojute to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Moe is one of the most experienced players at Cojute and similarly like Brandon Golden has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.2ppg (#9). He also registered 13.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Joseph Antoine (203-PF-84) of 11 Lobos (#11). Antoine got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for seventeen rebounds and four assists. Despite Antoine's great performance 11 Lobos lost 93-96 to the higher-ranked Canarios (#5, 11-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of 11 Lobos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Antoine could try to bring 11 Lobos' a little bit higher in the standings. Antoine has a very solid season. In 15 games in El Salvador he scored 18.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Abilio Vadillo (180-G-78) of Arcense - 47 points and 12 rebounds
5. Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Lisvan Valdez (200-PF-88) of Santa Tecla - 27 points and 9 rebounds
7. A Brewer) of Halcones - 37 points and 7 rebounds
8. James Milton (203-C/F) of Giants - 24 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
9. David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios - 35 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Jeffery Moss (193-PF-93) of Halcones - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Antwan SCOTT
  KTP Basket
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 2. Jones, Lapua21.5 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.2 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.9 
 7. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.1 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
 10. Mullings, Kataja B.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.5 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 7. Williams, Salon V.7.7 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 10. Edwards, Salon Vilpas7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.3 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 7. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 8. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.1 
 9. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 10. Hirvonen, Kouvot3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto1.4 
 10. Gay, KTP Basket1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.8 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 4. Van, Korihait1.1 
 5. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 7. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Edwards, Salon Vilpas0.8 


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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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Clark, Chalon18.8 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.8 
 3. Gibson, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.6 
 5. Roberson, Chalon15.7 
 6. Prepelic, Limoges15.7 
 7. Dorsey, Le Portel14.5 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans14.4 
 9. Young, Chalons-.14.3 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Fall, Chalon8.9 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.8 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.1 
 4. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.0 
 5. Donaldson, Le Po.7.5 
 6. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel7.1 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
 10. Watkins, AS.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.1 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.4 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.0 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.8 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.7 
 6. Bost, Monaco5.1 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.1 
 8. Eito, Orleans4.4 
 9. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
 10. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 2. Wood, Limoges1.9 
 3. Holston, Dijon1.9 
 4. Eito, Orleans1.8 
 5. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Henry, Gravelines1.5 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 9. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
 10. Lacombe, Stras.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.1 
 5. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 6. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 
 8. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.9 
 9. Fair, Limoges0.9 
 10. Hassell, Le Portel0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 18
 1. Peacock, Bourg18.0 
 2. Williams, Boulazac17.7 
 3. Burton, Roanne17.5 
 4. Jones, Lille17.1 
 5. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.0 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.7 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.16.0 
 8. Obasohan, Provence.15.1 
 9. Bigote, Nantes15.0 
 10. Fairell, Rouen14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mohamed KONE
  Charleville
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kone, Charleville9.6 
 2. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.4 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg9.3 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes7.9 
 6. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.7 
 7. Traore, Lille7.7 
 8. Morin, Le Havre7.5 
 9. Diame, Blois7.3 
 10. Fall, Poitiers7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Threatt, Poitiers7.1 
 2. Turner, Blois6.2 
 3. King, Le Havre6.2 
 4. Ware, Vichy C.6.0 
 5. Rigaux, Maurienne5.9 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.6 
 7. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 8. Sim, Bourg5.5 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Burton, Roanne2.7 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.4 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.3 
 4. Turner, Blois2.1 
 5. Denave, Vichy C.2.0 
 6. Rigaux, Maurienne1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 8. Maille, Provence.1.8 
 9. Fouse, Charleville1.7 
 10. Moendadze, Boulo.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg1.3 
 4. Paumier, Boulogne1.2 
 5. Jones, Lille1.1 
 6. MBida, Lille1.1 
 7. Diame, Blois1.1 
 8. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 9. Traore, Lille1.0 
 10. Boateng, Blois1.0 


Anderson is back at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Canadian ex-international point guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham). It is actually his comeback to Chalons Reims as he has played here before. Anderson is a dual citizen owning also Jamaican passport. He just played at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga. But in 6 games he had only 1.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg this season. Anderson also played earlier that season for Chalons Reims where in 12 Erste Liga games he recorded 3.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson won Montenegrin League championship title in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention back in 2010.
Anderson represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Anderson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Braunschweig, Gladiators and Walter Tigers), Greece (Panionios), Poland (Swiecie), Russia (Zenit), Spain (Sevilla), Croatia (Cibona and Cedevita) and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen).
Anderson attended Fordham University until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FYR MACEDONIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Danilo MIJATOVIC
  Kuman.
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv18.8 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.4 
 4. Hawkins, Pelister.16.3 
 5. Jokic, Strumica16.3 
 6. Mijovic, Kozuv15.6 
 7. Ibitayo, Vardar15.3 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.13.5 
 9. Misanovic, Rabotnicki13.4 
 10. Andrejevic, Pelister.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.6 
 2. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.1 
 3. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 4. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.5 
 5. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.4 
 6. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
 7. Cekovski, Rabotnicki6.1 
 8. Ibitayo, Vardar6.1 
 9. Janevski, Kumanovo6.0 
 10. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.3 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Bogoev, Strumica5.1 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.8 
 5. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.5 
 6. Hawkins, Pelister.4.2 
 7. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.4.0 
 8. Hall, Kozuv3.9 
 9. Magdevski, Feni I.3.7 
 10. Stajic, Feni I.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Deji IBITAYO
  Vardar
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ibitayo, Vardar2.5 
 2. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.1.6 
 3. Brown, Kumanovo1.4 
 4. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 5. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 6. Robev, Vardar1.3 
 7. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.3 
 8. Mijatovic, Kuman.1.2 
 9. Milojevic, Ohrid A.1.1 
 10. Stajic, Feni I.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv0.9 
 3. Ibitayo, Vardar0.8 
 4. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.7 
 5. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.7 
 6. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 7. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 8. Djekic, Feni I.0.5 
 9. Vasilic, Ohrid AV0.5 
 10. Janevski, Kumanovo0.4 


Romeo Travis selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France). He led Strasbourg IG to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (17-10) 82-67 in the French ProA last Saturday. Travis scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Strasbourg IG (18-9) is placed fourth in the ProA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Travis' first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 13.3% and FT: 78.1%. Travis is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely Travis has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Gran Canaria (18-9) in their last game. Despite McCalebb's good performance Gran Canaria lost 72-86 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#13) Joventut. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in 22 minutes. They ended the series of eight consecutive victories. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 56.6%(99-175), 3FGP: 26.1% and FT: 75.0% in 27 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2015. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Argentina). Massey led Libertad Sunchales to a victory over the third-ranked Regatas Corrientes (29-18) 92-79 in the Argentinian LigaA in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Massey recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Libertad Sunchales (23-23) is placed seventh in Norte group. This season Massey has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 57.8%(122-211), 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 77.8%. He is a naturalized American. Massey played for the FYR Macedonian national team eight years ago. He used to play for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in FYR Macedonian league.

Aleksandar Kostoski
Aleksandar Kostoski
   #4. Point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Pitesti (11-17) in their last game. Despite Kostoski's very good performance the sixth-placed Pitesti (11-17) lost 90-105 in Bucuresti to the higher-ranked (#3) Steaua CSM in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 33 points. Kostoski also added 4 passes in 35 minutes. Kostoski has reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.6apg and 1.4spg in 21 games. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #5. Former international point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Scandone Avellino to win against the 13th-ranked AV Cantu (10-16) 92-86 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Green scored only 2 points and added 7 passes. Scandone Avellino (16-10) is placed third in the Serie A. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Green's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.7apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team seven years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #6. Power forward Pero Antic (211-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a 3-point Fenerbahce's victory against the 11th-ranked FC Barcelona (12-18) 68-65 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Antic scored only 3 points in 9 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Antic's overall stats are: 4.6ppg and 2.6rpg in 27 games. He is a former international player as he played for the FYR Macedonian senior team two years ago.

Richard Hendrix
Richard Hendrix
   #7. Former international power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bo McCalebb and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hendrix was not able to secure a victory for Gran Canaria (18-9) in their game against Joventut (9-18). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Hendrix recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Gran Canaria was defeated 86-72 in Badalona by the much lower-ranked Joventut (#13). Hendrix's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Hendrix used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago. However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #8. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Sevilla (8-18) in their last game. Despite Stojanovski's good performance Sevilla lost 73-85 at home to the higher-ranked (#9) RETAbet BB. He recorded 10 points in 21 minutes. It was Sevilla's third consecutive loss in a row. Stojanovski's stats this year are: 11.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg in 26 games. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Marko Dujkovic
Marko Dujkovic
   #9. International center Marko Dujkovic (226-90, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Metalac (12-14) in their game against Dunav SB (14-12) in the Serbian KLS. Dujkovic scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 5 blocks. Metalac was defeated 98-87 in Stari Banovci by the higher-ranked Dunav SB (#6). The Regular Season already ended. Dujkovic's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.4bpg. He is also in the roster of the FYR Macedonian national team.

Nenad Dimitrijevic
Nenad Dimitrijevic
   #10. Point guard Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-98, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Bo McCalebb in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Dimitrijevic contributed to Joventut's surprising victory against the sixth-ranked Gran Canaria (18-9) 86-72. He recorded only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. Dimitrijevic has been at the team for five years. This season Dimitrijevic's total stats are: 4.2ppg and 1.2apg in 13 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

   #11. U18 international power forward Elvis Hot (197-98, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Crnomelj's victory against one of league's weakest teams Pingvini 77-73 in the Slovenian 2SKL (second division) in Saturday night's game. Hot scored 5 points in 5 minutes. Hot has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 3.4rpg in 18 games. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Turkey) could not help Anadolu Efes (21-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Anadolu Efes lost 96-100 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Pinar Karsiyaka. Osman was the second best scorer with 19 points in 23 minutes. It's Osman's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg in 23 games he played so far. Osman has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

   #2. Dino Radoncic (202-F-99, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid II to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Rivas (6-21) crushing them 88-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Radoncic recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Real Madrid II (21-6) is placed second in Group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Radoncic averaged so far 14.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Montenegrin.

   #3. Experienced Ivan Todorovic (214-C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help L'Hospitalet in their game against Blancos de Rueda (15-13) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Todorovic cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. L'Hospitalet was edged 56-54 at home by the higher-ranked Blancos de Rueda (#9). It was L'Hospitalet's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Todorovic has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 5.4rpg.



Gostivar and Radovish seal Prva Liga promotion - by Mario Divanisov

Despite the fact that there is one more round before the Second League ends, the 18th round will just be a formality as Gostivar 2015 (15-1) and KK Radovish (13-4) managed to secure the first two positions that lead to promotion for the upcoming season.
Gostivar 2015 managed to fur full the favorite role they had since the beginning of the season, as the white and blues started the campaign with 11 wins in a row, while KK Radovish struggled in the beginning, but after managing to secure a new sponsor in mid season they turned their luck in their favor. With the signing of experienced players as Sinisa Avramovski (209-C-85, agency: Promotex), Marjan Mladenovic (180-PG-87), Zlatko Gocevski (205-C-82, agency: Interperformances) in addition of young prospects Andrej Cvetkovski (191-PG-96) and Goran Glavchev (191-G-93) among others the team managed to secure a 10 games winning streak including the win over the first placed Gostivar 2015 that brought them in the second place that is leading to promotion.

The key game for KK Radovish was played yesterday when they faced Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje away from home, their direct concurrent for the second place. On the wings of the team play KK Radovish started the game with a 24 points advantage after the first quarter (30-6) and set the path to victory. The rest of the game was only a formality where the home team managed to cut the difference to only 14 points (67-81) before the final buzzer.

As said before, the final round of the season will be only a formality as both the promotion and relegation teams are decided. At the bottom of the table, KK Angeli Skopje (2-14) and Fenix 2010 Skopje (0-16) have no chance in catching up to Teteks TTK Tetovo (6-10) and will have to fight their way back to Second League next season.



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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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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 


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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Kyan Anderson claims German BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Kyan Anderson (180-PG-92, agency: Pensack Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Bayreuth and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 24-year old playmaker had the game-high 24 points adding eight assists for Bayreuth in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Fraport SKY (#10, 12-17) 99-98. Bayreuth maintains the 4th position in German BBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bayreuth will need more victories to improve their 20-8 record. Anderson turned to be Bayreuth's top player in his first season with the team. Kyan Anderson averages this season 12.7ppg and 4.1apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American guard Quantez Robertson (188-G-84, agency: Interperformances) of Fraport SKY. Robertson impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Fraport SKY was edged by the higher-ranked Bayreuth (#4, 20-8) 99-98. Fraport SKY managed to keep the same 10th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-17 record. Robertson is one of the most experienced players at Fraport SKY and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Auburn University alumni Robertson played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was another Fraport SKY's star - American Mike Morrison (206-F-89, agency: Interperformances). Morrison scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Morrison's great performance Fraport SKY lost 98-99 to the higher-ranked Bayreuth (#4, 20-8). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Fraport SKY ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Morrison could help Fraport SKY to bring them higher in the standings. Morrison has a very solid season. In 29 games in Germany he scored 8.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89) of Telekom Bsk - 22 points and 5 rebounds
5. Augustine Rubit (201-F-89) of Ratiopharm - 16 points and 12 rebounds
6. Karvel Anderson (188-G-91) of Bremerhaven - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) of Braunschweig - 19 points and 13 rebounds
8. Joseph Lewis (188-G-92) of Bayreuth - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vladimir Lucic (201-SF-89) of B.Muenchen - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Thomas Klepeisz (186-PG-91) of Braunschweig - 23 points 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)



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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 


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





Steven Burtt claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American-Ukrainian Steven Burtt (189-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Apollon Patras and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 32-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding eight rebounds and six assists for Apollon Patras in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lavrio (#8, 11-15) 72-61. Apollon Patras maintains the 13th position in Greek A1. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Apollon Patras have already lost 19 games and recorded just seven victories. Burtt just recently signed at Apollon Patras, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Steven Burtt averages this season 19.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American center Patric Young (208-C-92) of league's best team Olympiacos. Young impressed basketball fans with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Olympiacos to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Kymis (#12, 8-18) 93-45. Of course Olympiacos still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 25-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Young is well-known by Olympiacos fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Haralampos Giannopoulos (200-F-89) of AGOR (#6). Giannopoulos scored 17 points. He was a key player of AGOR, leading his team to a 80-67 easy win against the lower-ranked Doxa Lefkadas (#14, 4-22). AGOR needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 13 lost games. Giannopoulos has a very solid season. In 25 games in Greece he scored 10.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Will Cummings (188-G-92) of Aris - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chris Singleton (206-F-89) of Panathinaikos - 17 points and 4 rebounds
6. Mike James (185-PG-90) of Panathinaikos - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ivan Maras (207-PF-86) of Doxa Lefkadas - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) of Olympiacos - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Christos Saloustros (201-SF-90) of Kolossos HH - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Juvonte Reddic (206-F-92) of Kolossos HH - 13 points and 5 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)



Cadarian Raines (ex Apollon Patras) is a newcomer at Sagesse - by Eurobasket News

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Cadarian Raines (206-108kg-90, college: Virginia Tech). He just played at Apollon Patras in Greek A1 league. In 12 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1bpg this season. Raines also played earlier that season for Apollon in Cypriot Division A where in 10 A1 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Cyprus League All-Star Game.
His team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2011.
Raines is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Raines has played previously professionally in Argentina (Villa Angela), Morocco (IRT Tanger), Qatar (Al Arabi) and Thailand (Mono Vampire).
He attended Virginia Tech until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A high-energy player who is physically strong and explosive. Hard to block out and is an excellent runner. Works extremely hard on his ability to finish around the basket. A shot blocker who protects the basket well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Four-star guard Jemarl Baker commits to Kentucky - by Eurobasket News

John Calipari picked up a commitment from four-star 2017 guard Jemarl Baker (6'4''-SG-98) on Tuesday. 2017 recruit Jemarl Baker verbally committed to Kentucky on Tuesday, he told Scout
"I'm honored and humbled by the experience and greatly appreciate coach Cal believing in my abilities," Baker said. "I work extremely hard and to see it paying off means the world to me. I know I'm going to be challenged and pushed every day by the coaching staff and it's something I look forward to. I get to compete with some of the best players on a daily basis." Baker, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Corona (Calif.) Eleanor Roosevelt, selected the Wildcats over offers from Arizona, Maryland, Marquette, Oregon and Utah. John Calipari and assistant Joel Justus conducted an in-home visit with Baker on Friday. Baker also met with Sean Miller, Dana Altman and Steve Wojciechowski over the weekend. Baker originally committed to California on December 31st of 2015, but when Cuonzo Martin left the Bears for Missouri, Baker opted to open up his recruitment. Playing for Earl Watson Elite, Baker averaged 16.8 points a game, was top 10 in scoring in the Under Armour Association and nailed 41 three-pointers in league play. "Jemarl is the best shooter in the country," Earl Watson Elite program director Ryan Silver said. "He has a relentless work ethic and is a proven winner." The Baker commitment only adds to Kentucky's top rated recruiting class in 2017.Their seven-man class also includes five-star prospects Hamidou Diallo, who enrolled in January, Jarred Vanderbilt, P.J. Washington, Nick Richard and Quade Green, as well as four-star recruit Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Courtesy of: scout.com



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Thomas van der Mars' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dutch players playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Estonia). van der Mars led Rapla to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Valga (12-20) crushing them 92-71 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Tuesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. van der Mars also added 3 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. AVIS Rapla (20-12) is placed second in the Alexela KML. van der Mars has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 12.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 63.8%(183-287) and FT: 69.9%. van der Mars is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Josh Duinker
Josh Duinker
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand). He was the major contributor in Saints' victory against the fifth-ranked Mountain Airs (3-4) 100-87 in the New Zealand NBL last Thursday. Duinker had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 25 minutes. Wellington Saints (7-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. Duinker has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 55.1%(38-69), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 86.2% in seven games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian. Former Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden starter played for the Dutch national team in 2013.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas van der Mars. But that was another game of his team in Estonian Alexela KML which we would like to mention. Kok led Rapla to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Valga (12-20) crushing them 99-70. He scored 12 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. AVIS Rapla (20-12) is placed second in the Alexela KML. Kok's overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 59.4%. He played for the Dutch U20 national team three years ago.

Nicolas de Jong
Nicolas de Jong
   #4. Center Nicolas de Jong (210-88, currently plays in France) could not help Chalons-Reims (9-19) in their last game. Despite de Jong's good performance Chalons-Reims was edged 84-82 at home by the higher-ranked (#10) Limoges CSP Elite. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was Chalons-Reims' fourth consecutive loss in a row. de Jong has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg and 3.3rpg in 26 games. He is also Dutch national team player.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #5. International guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) led MZT Skopje to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Feni Industries (1-6) 77-61 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Saturday. Kloof scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (7-0) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. So far his team won all seven games in the Second Stage. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Kloof's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg. Kloof is another player who holds two passports: Surinamese and Dutch. He plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Worthy de Jong
Worthy de Jong
   #6. Shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France) was not able to help SO Maritime Boulogne (10-17) in their last game. Despite de Jong's very good performance SO Maritime Boulogne lost 76-86 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#7) ALM Evreux. He was the second best scorer with 15 points in 20 minutes. This year de Jong's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg in 27 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #7. International power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Greece) managed to help A.G.O Rethymno Aegean to win against the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (4-22) 80-67 in the Greek A1 in Thursday night's game. Schaftenaar scored 5 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (13-13) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Schaftenaar's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Dutch national team player.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #8. Center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Zaragoza (8-19) in their game against FC Barcelona (18-8) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Norel recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 18 minutes. Zaragoza was edged 91-88 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked (#5) FC Barcelona. It was Zaragoza's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Norel is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Zaragoza's roster. This season his total stats are: 9.3ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2apg in 24 games. Norel used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2015.

Kevin Bleeker
Kevin Bleeker
   #9. Former international center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, also represented by Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) led Navarra to a victory against the closely-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (13-15) 76-68 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Bleeker also added and 3 steals; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Basket Navarra de Pamplona (15-13) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Bleeker has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 5.0rpg. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Jeroen van der List
Jeroen van der List
   #10. Power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Shinshu BW (12-41) in their last game. Despite van der List's very good performance the sixth-placed Shinshu BW (12-41) lost 71-77 in Tokyo to the higher-ranked (#3) Earthfriends Z in the Central group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. van der List also added 8 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. It was Shinshu BW's 13th consecutive loss in a row. van der List has reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5bpg in 20 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Dutch senior national team.

   #11. Former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Castello in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). van Wijk cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 10 minutes. His team lost 64-77. van Wijk has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg in 31 games. He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team twelve years ago.

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

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

   #2. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help CB Canarias in their game against Andorra (14-12) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his good performance last Saturday Doornekamp recorded 11 points. It's Doornekamp's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg. Doornekamp is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Dutch.

   #3. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the seventh-ranked VEF Riga (10-12) 80-69 in the VTB United League on Thursday night. He scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (16-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's third 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 is very crucial. This year Broekhoff averages: 7.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1apg in 21 games. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #4. Tom Slutsky (193-G-92, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Galil Elion (10-16) crushing them 94-66 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Saturday. Slutsky recorded 10 points. Hapoel Afula (12-14) is placed first in Play-Downs group. This season Slutsky averages only 3.8ppg. He also holds two passports: Dutch and Israeli. Despite Slutsky's Dutch nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dutch team.

   #5. Jamal Smith (197-F-92, college: Chattanooga St, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to secure a victory for Houthalen (15-11) in their game against Waregem (18-7) in the Belgian Top Division I (second division). Smith recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Houthalen was crushed 105-64 on the road by the higher-ranked Waregem (#3). Smith has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Smith used to play for The Bright Kings Den Helder in Dutch league.



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Best players of Hungarian A Division round 4 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

American Chris Smith (193-G-94, agency: Three Eye Sports) had a great game in the last round for league's leader PVSK Pannon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 22-year old guard had the game-high 36 points for PVSK Pannon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Sopron KC (#5, 13-16) 103-94. It allowed PVSK Pannon to consolidate first place in the Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. PVSK Pannon has a very solid 17-12 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got eight three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be PVSK Pannon's top player in his first season with the team. Utah State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in assists (7th best: 1.4apg) and averages solid 43.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American guard Brandon Johnson (183-G-86, agency: BeoBasket) of Sopron KC. Johnson impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Sopron KC lost that game 94-103 to the higher-ranked PVSK Pannon (#1, 17-12). Sopron KC managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-16 record. Johnson is one of the most experienced players at Sopron KC and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Brent Arrington (190-G-92) of second-ranked Jaszberenyi. Arrington scored 11 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Jaszberenyi, leading his team to a 75-64 win against the lower-ranked Atomeromu (#11, 11-18). The chances of Jaszberenyi not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Arrington could try to bring Jaszberenyi's a little bit higher in the standings. Arrington has a very solid season. In 29 games in Hungary he scored 12.0ppg. He also has 4.8rpg, 3.5apg, 2.2spg and FGP: 52.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronnie Taylor (187-PG-81) of Vasas - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Deville Smith (183-PG-91) of MAFC - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Milos Borisov (201-G/F-85) of Szolnok - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Svetozar Stamenkovic (206-F/C-90) of Jaszberenyi - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Falco KC - 27 points and 4 rebounds
9. Matija Poscic (206-C-85) of MAFC - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marko Boltic (193-G-87) of Szedeak - 15 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)



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





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  INDIA  


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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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





Iranian Superleague round 7 (Second Stage) best performance: Andrew James Ogilvy - by Eurobasket News

Irish-Australian Center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Azad, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds, while his team Azad maintains the 2nd position in their group in Iranian Superleague. Azad is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 6 games. Ogilvy just recently signed at Azad and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Andrew James Ogilvy averages just after two games 15.5ppg and 12.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old American James White (201-F/G-82, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Group 2 leader Petrochimi. White had a very good evening with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Petrochimi to another comfortable win 80-64 over slightly lower-ranked Azad (#2, 3-3) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Petrochimi still keep Group 1's top spot. His team lost just one game this Second Stage, while they won 5 matches. White is a newcomer at Petrochimi, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Mohammad Shahsavand (210-C-77) of Gorgan (#5). Shahsavand scored 27 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Shahsavand's great performance Gorgan lost 71-81 to slightly higher-ranked Chemidor (#3, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Gorgan can only dream about fighting for top spots in Group 1. They have extremely bad season and 1-4 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Shahsavand he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Shahsavand has a very solid season. In 18 games in Iran he scored 6.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Azad - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of Petrochimi - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Saeed Davarpanah (190-G/F-87) of Naft Abadan - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-PF-90) of Naft Abadan - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Doron Perkins (189-G-83) of Naft Abadan - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) of Arak - 9 points and 9 rebounds
10. Amir Sedighi (203-F-93) of Chemidor - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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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/G17.1 
 4. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.9 
 5. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.7 
 6. Simon, Maccabi .16.6 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi .16.4 
 8. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.4 
 9. Holloway, Galil G.16.2 
 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.9.8 
 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. Williams, Hapoel T.6.9 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi .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. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.8 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.8 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.2 
 6. Taylor, Hapoel Holon5.0 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.7 
 8. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.7 
 9. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 10. Wayns, Maccabi .4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Maccabi .
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Carter, Maccabi .2.0 
 2. Shuchman, Galil G.1.9 
 3. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.9 
 4. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.8 
 5. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .1.7 
 7. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 8. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 9. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.7 
 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. Holloway, Galil G.0.9 



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stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.6 
 2. Maggiotto, Senigallia20.2 
 3. Bagnoli, Cassino19.9 
 4. Centanni, Volpino .19.2 
 5. Boffelli, Scauri18.6 
 6. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.5 
 7. Grilli, Barcellona17.9 
 8. Bisconti, Valmontone17.9 
 9. Ghersetti, Bergamo17.8 
 10. Zampolli, Matera17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Cassino
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bagnoli, Cassino10.8 
 2. Bozzetto, Crema10.7 
 3. Ravazzini, Matera10.3 
 4. Toscano, Bottegone10.3 
 5. Chiacig, Taranto10.2 
 6. Zanotti, Monteroni10.0 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.2 
 8. Arrigoni, Omegna9.1 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 10. Papa, Teramo8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.4 
 2. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 3. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.5 
 4. Salari, Isernia5.5 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.3 
 6. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 7. Magini, Firenze Enic5.0 
 8. Rivali, Montegrano5.0 
 9. Bottioni, Campli5.0 
 10. Meini, Montecatini4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Demartini, Vicenza2.3 
 3. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.3 
 4. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 7. Ricci, Giulianova1.9 
 8. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.9 
 9. Busco, Patti1.9 
 10. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Corral, Omegna1.3 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 3. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 4. Laguzzi, Sestu1.0 
 5. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 6. Capitanelli, Pescara1.0 
 7. Mastroianni, Napoli C.0.9 
 8. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 9. Nobile, Padova0.8 
 10. Mercante, Valsesia0.8 


Best players of Italian Serie B round 28 - by Eurobasket News

Daniele Toscano (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Bottegone and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 23-year old had a double-double of 21 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Moncalieri (#1, 19-8) 73-67. Bottegone is placed at 7th position in their group in Italian Serie B. Bottegone is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-13 record. In the team's last game Toscano had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bottegone's top player in his first season with the team. Toscano has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 10.3rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old forward Marco Mollura (196-F-93) of Cefalu. Mollura impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Cefalu lost that game 82-90 to the higher-ranked Palestrina (#2, 22-7). Cefalu managed to keep the same 9th spot in Group C. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-14 record. Mollura is one of the most experienced players at Cefalu and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international Luca Bisconti (206-C/F-82) of Valmontone (#3). Bisconti scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Bisconti's great performance Valmontone lost 73-80 to #1 ranked Napoli Cuore. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Valmontone needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Group C. Their record is 21 victories and 7 lost games. Bisconti has a great season in Italy. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nicolas Morici (193-G-94) of Catanzaro - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Alessandro Azzaro (197-F-93) of Taranto - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Santiago Boffelli (197-G/F-83) of Scauri - 31 points
7. Simone Tomasini (196-G-93) of Sangiorgese - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Federico Bolzonella (184-PG-84) of Varese Robur - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Franco Migliori (199-F/G-82) of Venafro - 30 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Francesco Foiera (207-C-75) of Rimini - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Anderson is back at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Canadian ex-international point guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham). It is actually his comeback to Chalons Reims as he has played here before. Anderson is a dual citizen owning also Jamaican passport. He just played at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga. But in 6 games he had only 1.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg this season. Anderson also played earlier that season for Chalons Reims where in 12 Erste Liga games he recorded 3.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson won Montenegrin League championship title in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention back in 2010.
Anderson represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Anderson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Braunschweig, Gladiators and Walter Tigers), Greece (Panionios), Poland (Swiecie), Russia (Zenit), Spain (Sevilla), Croatia (Cibona and Cedevita) and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen).
Anderson attended Fordham University until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.8 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .22.0 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.4 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.3 
 5. Childress, Sanen19.2 
 6. White, Sendai18.9 
 7. Stone, Chiba Jets17.8 
 8. Garrett, Toyota A.17.7 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.3 
 10. Gillenwater, Toyota A.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.4 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Butts, SeaHorses11.8 
 4. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.5 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.7 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.4 
 7. Spangler, Toshi.9.1 
 8. Sacre, Hitachi SR9.0 
 9. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
 10. White, Sendai8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.3 
 2. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 3. Namizato, Shiga L.4.1 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.1 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.8 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.5 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.5 
 10. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.9 
 2. Vendrame, Hitac.1.8 
 3. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.8 
 4. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.7 
 5. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.6 
 6. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 7. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.6 
 8. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Brown, Hitachi SR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Chapman, Niigata .1.8 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 4. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 6. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 8. Nephawe, Sendai1.1 
 9. Bachynski, Nagoya D.1.1 
 10. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 



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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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  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, Jelgava20.8 
 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, Turiba9.0 
 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. Endzels, Turiba6.9 
 3. Justovics, Jelgava6.7 
 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. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 5. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 6. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 8. Osins, Limbazi2.3 
 9. Brants, Madona2.3 
 10. Justovics, Jelgava2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Engers, ViA1.3 
 3. Skute, Madona1.3 
 4. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.1 
 6. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 7. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 8. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 9. Viksna, Livani0.9 
 10. Hudins, VEF skola0.9 


LBL2 Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Turiba and ViA - by Eurobasket News

Turiba - Jelgava 85-77

Turiba outscored Jelgava to gain the lead in the series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-11. But Jelgava won second period 28-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Turiba made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Power forward Rihards Adins (200-94) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and point guard Arnis Ate (182-94) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Turiba's coach Ziedonis Jansons allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side guard Kalvis Krumins (185-90) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds and center Ronalds Elksnis (203-92, college: John Brown) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Five Turiba and four Jelgava players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Turiba: R.Adins 24+13reb+2ast, D.Muiznieks 14+1reb+3ast, A.Ate 11+3reb+4ast, A.Blumbergs 11+5reb+2ast, E.Endzels 11+3reb+2ast, E.Miculis 10+5reb+1ast
Jelgava: K.Krumins 22+5reb+2ast, G.Justovics 14+1reb+1ast, R.Elksnis 14+6reb+1ast, A.Justovics 14+3reb+3ast, J.Berzins 7+3reb+1ast, T.Bititis 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 543903


Kekava - ViA 72-84

ViA upset Kekava on the road in the opener. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 31-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. ViA looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Kekava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Toms Kohanovs (191-96) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists. Forward Klavs Dubults (198-96) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four ViA players scored in double figures. ViA's coach Roberts Zeile used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Nauris Miezis (189-91) answered with 32 points and 6 rebounds and forward Niks Saknitis (203-92) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kekava.
Top scorers:
ViA: T.Kohanovs 19+8reb+12ast, O.Grinbergs 11+3reb+3ast, K.Dubults 10+8reb+1ast, M.Riekstins 10+6reb+1ast, V.Veveris 9+3reb+1ast, E.Ivanovs 9+1reb+1ast
Kekava: N.Miezis 32+6reb+3ast, N.Saknitis 17+5reb+1ast, M.Steinbergs 8+5reb+6ast, A.Cavars 5+8reb+4ast, M.Gundegs 4+4reb+3ast, K.Steinbergs 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543902





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)



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Johnson, Louaize24.5 
 3. Khatib, Homenetmen24.2 
 4. Rembert, Champville24.0 
 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.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lebanese Pepsi LBL round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Calvin Godfrey - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Calvin Godfrey (206-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sagesse, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Louaize (#3, 11-13) 88-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sagesse maintains the 4th position in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Sagesse is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 16th lost game this season out of 24 games. Godfrey just recently signed at Sagesse, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Memphis star has very solid stats this year. Godfrey is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.9rpg) and averages impressive 2.1bpg and 58.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Daniel Orton (208-F-90) of Champville. Orton had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Champville lost that game 81-86 to slightly higher-ranked Tadamon (#3, 10-14). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Champville still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-15 record. Orton is one of the most experienced players at Champville and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, agency: Three Eye Sports) of league's top team Al Riyadi. Aminu scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Al Riyadi, leading his team to a 88-82 win against #2 ranked Moutahed. Al Riyadi confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 6 lost games. Aminu has a great season in Lebanon. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.3rpg (8th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 56.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wendell Lewis (208-C-89) of Louaize - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mile Ilic (215-C-84) of Tadamon - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84) of Al Riyadi - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dewarick Spencer (192-G-82) of Moutahed - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Homenetmen - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Ahmad Ismail (205-F/C-76) of Al Riyadi - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Michael Efevberha (193-G-84) of Sagesse - 29 points, 4 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)



Cadarian Raines (ex Apollon Patras) is a newcomer at Sagesse - by Eurobasket News

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Cadarian Raines (206-108kg-90, college: Virginia Tech). He just played at Apollon Patras in Greek A1 league. In 12 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1bpg this season. Raines also played earlier that season for Apollon in Cypriot Division A where in 10 A1 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Cyprus League All-Star Game.
His team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2011.
Raines is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Raines has played previously professionally in Argentina (Villa Angela), Morocco (IRT Tanger), Qatar (Al Arabi) and Thailand (Mono Vampire).
He attended Virginia Tech until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A high-energy player who is physically strong and explosive. Hard to block out and is an excellent runner. Works extremely hard on his ability to finish around the basket. A shot blocker who protects the basket well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  

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, Rasai15.7 
 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. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 4. Pukelis, Silute7.5 
 5. Jankaitis, Vytis7.1 
 6. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 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. Mikalauskas, Mazei.1.8 
 10. Narusis, Ezerunas.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.0 
 2. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 3. Pukelis, Silute1.1 
 4. 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 


NKL Round 3 of Finals. Suduva-Mantinga post first victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Suduva-Mantinga - Nafta-Uni. 96-70

Suduva-Mantinga snapped losing skid in the Finals and crushed Nafta-Uni to narrow the gap. The game without a history. Suduva-Mantinga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.0 percent from the field. Suduva-Mantinga had a 27-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 65.2 percentage. Suduva-Mantinga players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Gintautas Matulis (196-86) who led the winners and scored 29 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Tautvydas Kliucinykas (189-95) accounted for 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Four Suduva-Mantinga players scored in double figures. Center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and guard Erikas Kubilius (194-95) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Nafta-Uni. 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.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: G.Matulis 29+3reb+1ast, A.Udras 16+6reb+1ast, T.Kliucinykas 13+5reb+9ast, E.Saulys 12+2reb+4ast, D.Griskenas 8+3reb, K.Rochford 7+3reb+3ast
Nafta-Uni.: I.Ramasauskas 11+11reb+2ast, E.Kubilius 11+5reb+2ast, M.Stasys 10, E.Lengvinas 9+1ast, D.Anuzis 9+2reb+5ast, E.Alunderis 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 543279

3-4 Place
Rasai - Vytis 76-84

Vytis narrowed the deficit in the consolation finals. They edged Rasai on the road. Rasai trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 28-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-84 at the end of the game. Vytis made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Rasai helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Paulius Beliavicius (194-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Gytis Radzevicius (195-95) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Vytis players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Tomas Galeckas (183-94) with 37 points (!!!)and power forward Sarunas Beniusis (206-93) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Vytis: P.Beliavicius 20+5reb+2ast, G.Radzevicius 19+5reb+3ast, A.Jankaitis 15+6reb+1ast, T.Sebeziovas 11+2reb+1ast, M.Uzupis 9+4reb, E.Jezukevicius 8+10reb+3ast
Rasai: T.Galeckas 37+2reb+3ast, S.Vingelis 10+1reb+2ast, K.Okmanas 9+1reb+2ast, S.Beniusis 9+5reb, A.Aleksandrovas 4+6reb+1ast, D.Gricius 3



Madgen's 26 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old swingman Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lietkabelis and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had the game-high 26 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Lietkabelis in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Juventus (#6, 16-15) 94-90. Lietkabelis maintains the 3rd position in Lithuanian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lietkabelis will need more victories to improve their 22-9 record. In the team's last game Madgen had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Lietkabelis' top player in his first season with the team. Ben Madgen averages this season 12.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Donatas Sabeckis (197-F-92) of Siauliai. He is a forward in his first season at Siauliai. In the last game Sabeckis recorded impressive 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Siauliai cruised to a 98-87 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (#7, 13-18). Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Siauliai managed to get this year. Sabeckis is a newcomer at Siauliai and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jamar Diggs (188-PG-88, agency: Octagon Europe) of Juventus (#6). Diggs showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Diggs' great performance Juventus lost 90-94 to the higher-ranked Lietkabelis (#3, 22-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Juventus needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 15 lost games. Diggs has a great season in Lithuania. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.8ppg (8th best) and assists with 5.3apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomas Lekunas (201-G/F-93) of Siauliai - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) of Lietuvos rytas - 19 points and 4 rebounds
6. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C/F-89) of Juventus - 15 points and 15 rebounds
7. Egidijus Dimsa (204-F/C-85) of P.Zvaigzdes - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of P.Zvaigzdes - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83) of Lietkabelis - 22 points and 4 assists
10. Lukas Aukstikalnis (196-G/F-95) of Siauliai - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Gediminas Orelik selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Banvit (17-8) in their last game. Despite Orelik's very good performance Banvit lost 75-86 on the road to the leading Fenerbahce. He was the top scorer with 29 points. Orelik also added 4 rebounds in 40 minutes on the court. Orelik has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 61.8%(55-89), 3FGP: 43.2% and FT: 81.8% in 25 games he played so far. Orelik played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Martynas Sajus
Martynas Sajus
   #2. Second place goes to U20 international center Martynas Sajus (208-96, currently plays in Poland). He was the major contributor in Polpharma's victory against the closely-ranked Energa Czarni (16-12) 83-78 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Sajus recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks. Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (17-13) is placed seventh in the PLK. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sajus has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 58.4%(118-202) and FT: 69.0%. He is in the roster of the Lithuanian U20 national team.

Tauras Jogela
Tauras Jogela
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U22 international power forward Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Latvia). Jogela led Barons Riga to a victory over the league leader Ventspils (27-4) 94-89 in the Latvian LBL on Wednesday night. He was MVP of the game. Jogela scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Barons Kvartals Riga (16-14) is placed fourth in the LBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Jogela's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 72.9% in 27 games. Jogela played for the Lithuanian U22 national team two years ago.

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #4. Forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help CB Canarias (19-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance CB Canarias was edged 85-82 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Andorra (#8). Grigonis recorded 11 points. Grigonis' overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.3apg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Domantas Sabonis
Domantas Sabonis
   #5. International power forward Domantas Sabonis (209-96, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 2-point Oklahoma City Thunder's victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-51) 100-98 in the NBA last Tuesday. Sabonis recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. The Oklahoma City Thunder has 47-35 record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Sabonis' overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 3.5rpg in 81 games. He is a naturalized American. Sabonis plays currently for the Lithuanian national team. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

Modestas Kumpys
Modestas Kumpys
   #6. Guard Modestas Kumpys (194-91, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Latvia) was the main contributor in Jekabpils' victory against the closely-ranked Valmiera (20-11) 81-67 in the Latvian LBL on Wednesday night. Kumpys was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Jekabpils (17-14) is placed third in the LBL. Kumpys' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Kumpys has reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Lithuanian team six years ago.

Mantas Cesnauskis
Mantas Cesnauskis
   #7. An experienced former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, currently plays in Poland) faced previously mentioned Martynas Sajus in the Polish PLK last game. Cesnauskis was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Energa Czarni (16-12) in their game against Polpharma (17-13). Despite his very good performance last Saturday He was the top scorer with 17 points. Cesnauskis also added 4 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Cesnauskis' total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team seventeen years ago.

Denis Krestinin
Denis Krestinin
   #8. Forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tauras Jogela and both played together in the last Latvian LBL game. Krestinin contributed to a Barons Riga's victory against the league leader Ventspils (27-4) 94-89. He scored 17 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in a mere 18 minutes. This year Krestinin's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg in 30 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2014.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #9. International center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA) helped Toronto Raptors win their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31) 98-83 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Valanciunas scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 51-31 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. Valanciunas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Raptors' roster. This season he has very high stats. Valanciunas averages: 12.0ppg and 9.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Edvinas Seskus
Edvinas Seskus
   #10. Swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Estonia) helped Parnu win their game against the fifth-ranked TTU (16-16) 82-74 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Wednesday. Seskus recorded 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in 33 minutes. Parnu Sadam (4-0) is placed first in the Alexela KML. So far his team won all four games in the Quarter-Finals. Seskus has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in 28 games. He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former U22 international center Mindaugas Kupsas (217-91, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cocinas.com in their game against Burgos in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Kupsas was the top scorer with 31 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. But his team lost 89-100. Kupsas' stats this year are: 13.0ppg and 6.4rpg in nine games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U22 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Dovydas Redikas (192-92, currently plays in Greece) helped Arkadikos win their game against one of league's weakest teams GS Larissas 81-71 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Redikas was the top player that evening. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Redikas has very high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. Redikas used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2012.

   #13. Former international center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Italy) helped Banco di Srd win their game against the closely-ranked Dolomiti En. TR 66-57 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored 6 points in 19 minutes. Lydeka has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 4.7rpg in 24 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eleven years ago.

   #14. Former University international forward Arnas Labuckas (206-87, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help VEF Riga in their game against Enisey in the VTB United League. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Labuckas recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Labuckas has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 4.1rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Budivelnyk edge the closely-ranked Cherkasy 72-70 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Wednesday. Anisimovas scored 11 points in 22 minutes. Anisimovas averaged so far 11.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.9apg in 31 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in ABA League) could not help one of league's weakest teams Cedevita (20-6) in their last game. Despite Shurna's good performance Cedevita lost 73-84 on the road to the leading Crvena Zvezda. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. This year Shurna's total stats are: 8.2ppg and 2.9rpg in 23 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Apparently Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Nik Stauskas (198-SG-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Philadelphia 76ers (27-55) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Stauskas' good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (27-55) were defeated 102-90 in Chicago by the Bulls. He scored 13 points and added 4 assists. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Stauskas averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian.

   #3. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) contributed to COR-Borisfen's victory against the sixth-ranked BSEU-GrandPrint (13-19) 72-61 in the Belarusian Premier League last Friday. Kamarunas recorded 10 points and added 8 assists in 21 minutes. COR-Borisfen Mogilev (29-3) is placed first in the Premier League. Kamarunas averaged so far 13.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.7apg and 2.0spg in 28 games.

   #4. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Romania) led Steaua CSM to a victory over the sixth-ranked Pitesti (11-17) 105-90 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Thursday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Runkauskas scored 27 points (!!!) and added 5 passes in 33 minutes. Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (17-11) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. Runkauskas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg in 29 games.

   #5. Martynas Kuksta (203-C-89, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for Hoganas (3-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kuksta's very good performance the seventh-placed Hoganas (3-12) was crushed 96-72 in Lomma by the higher-ranked Lobas (#4) in the BEHS forts group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds. Kuksta also added 3 blocks and 3 steals. The Second Stage already ended. This season Kuksta has very high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0bpg.

   #6. Povilas Gaidys (208-C-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency, college: Southeastern, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Gmunden Swans in their game against Vienna in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Gaidys recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 89-69. Gaidys has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg.

   #7. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to a Tartu Ulikool's victory against the seventh-ranked TLU/Kalev 76-72 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Wednesday. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Milka averaged so far 12.6ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.3apg.

   #8. Experienced Tomas Taucius (200-F-78, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Martynas Kuksta and both played together in the last Swedish Basketettan game. Taucius couldn't help Hoganas (3-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the seventh-placed Hoganas was crushed 96-72 in Lomma by the higher-ranked Lobas (#4) in the BEHS forts group. Taucius was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Taucius averaged so far 10.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.6apg.

   #9. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Nassjo in their game against Norrkoping Dolphins in the Swedish Basketligan. He scored 7 points. His team was defeated 69-63. Griskenas has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #10. Mantas Kazonas (202-F-89, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lourdes-Tarbes (17-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Lourdes-Tarbes was badly defeated 101-81 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Lorient (#14). Kazonas scored 13 points. Kazonas averaged so far 10.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg.



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  MALI  


Cheick Diallo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Malians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Cheick Diallo
Cheick Diallo
   #1. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Cheick Diallo (206-96, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the New Orleans Pelicans (34-48) in their last game. Despite Diallo's very good performance the New Orleans Pelicans (34-48) lost 96-108 on the road to the Los Angeles Lakers. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. Diallo also added 2 blocks in 27 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Pelicans' fifth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Diallo averages: 5.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 48.0% and FT: 71.4% in 16 games he played so far. He played for the Mali U16 national team six years ago.

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). Sy contributed to Monaco's victory against one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (8-19) 78-74 in the French ProA last Tuesday. He scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. AS Monaco Basket (24-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Sy's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 17.4% and FT: 72.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali national team in 2011.

Boubacar Sidibe
Boubacar Sidibe
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a 2-point Blancos de Rueda's victory against the 13th-ranked L'Hospitalet (9-19) 56-54 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Sidibe recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (15-13) is placed ninth in the LEB Silver. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Sidibe's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 39.1%. Sidibe played for the Mali national team two years ago.

Sourata Cisse
Sourata Cisse
   #4. Swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86, currently plays in France) led Orchesien BC to a victory over the 14th-ranked CFBB (5-20) crushing them 88-68 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Cisse scored 18 points in 24 minutes. BC Orchies (19-13) is placed fifth in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Cisse has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg in 32 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Cisse played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #5. Former international power forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France) contributed to a SAP Vaucluse's surprising victory against the second-ranked Quimper UJAP (22-10) 83-78 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Soumaoro scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 28 minutes. Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (14-18) is placed 13th in the NM1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Soumaoro's overall stats are: 8.8ppg and 5.7rpg in 30 games. He used to play for the Mali national team six years ago.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #6. Power forward Sambou Traore (198-79, currently plays in France) managed to help Chorale de Roanne Basket to win against the sixth-ranked STB Le Havre (12-9) 69-62 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Traore scored only 2 points. Chorale de Roanne Basket (11-15) is placed 14th in the ProB. Traore's total stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 1.1rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team two years ago.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #7. Former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) helped Vendee Challans win their game against the closely-ranked UB Chartres (16-16) 84-80 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Saounera scored 12 points and added 4 passes in 30 minutes. Vendee Challans Basket (17-15) is placed seventh in the NM1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Saounera has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg in 32 games. He used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #8. Point guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) helped Caen win their game against the sixth-ranked Rueil (18-14) 86-78 in the French NM1 (third division) in Friday night's game. Chelle scored 6 points. Caen Basket Calvados (25-7) is placed first in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Chelle's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.1apg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Chelle is currently in the Mali national team roster.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (204-F-90, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France) could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 88-92 on the road to the leading Monaco. Sy scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. It's Sy's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.3rpg in 25 games he played so far. Sy has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93, currently plays in France) was not able to help Olympique Antibes in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (19-8) in the French ProA. Diarra scored 6 points. Olympique Antibes was edged 93-92 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#3). Diarra's overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.



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  MEXICO  


Gustavo Ayon selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Anadolu Efes (17-13) 97-80 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Ayon scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in only 13 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (23-7) is placed first in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ayon averages: 9.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 70.3%(130-185) and FT: 46.9% in 30 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-88, college: California, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Trabzonspor (8-17) in their last game. Despite Gutierrez's very good performance Trabzonspor was crushed 96-75 on the road by the higher-ranked (#8) Gaziantep. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Gutierrez also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. This year Gutierrez's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 22.6% and FT: 62.5% in 15 games. Ex-Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun player is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team.

Israel Gutierrez
Israel Gutierrez
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Israel Gutierrez (206-93, currently plays in Argentina). He was not able to help Argentino in their game against San Lorenzo (31-15) in the Argentinian LigaA. Gutierrez scored 9 points. But the fifth-placed Argentino (24-23) was crushed 95-67 in Almagra by the leading San Lorenzo in the Sur group. Gutierrez's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(15-27) and FT: 68.0%. Ex-Garzas de Plata Hidalgo player is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Orlando Mendez-Valdez
   #4. Point guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-86, agency: Pro Sports, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Hunter Haifa in a 2-point victory against the tenth-ranked Galil Gilboa (11-15) 84-82 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. He scored 5 points in 23 minutes. Maccabi Hunter Haifa (14-13) is placed fifth in the Winner League. It's Mendez-Valdez's first season with the team. This year Mendez-Valdez's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Mendez-Valdez is also Mexican national team player. He used to play for Halcones UV Xalapa in Mexican league.

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

   #1. Joseph Soto (190-G-93, currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help Vaqueros (1-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Soto's very good performance Vaqueros was defeated 87-82 on the road by the higher-ranked Atleticos (#6). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Soto also added 4 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Soto has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.8apg and 1.8spg. Soto has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Joel Gierbolini (203-F-89, college: USC Aiken, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joseph Soto and both played together in the last Puerto Rican BSN game. Gierbolini was not able to help Vaqueros in their game against Atleticos (2-2). He did not beat the league record on Thursday evening. Gierbolini recorded only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Vaqueros was defeated 87-82 in San German by the higher-ranked Atleticos (#6). Gierbolini has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 2.3rpg.

Other top Mexican players, who play abroad:

Paul Stoll (180-PG-85) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian VTB
Francisco Cruz (190-G-89) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa
Hector Hernandez (205-PF-85) plays for Vaqueros in Puerto Rican BSN
Edgar Garibay (208-F-90) plays for Guaiqueries in Venezuelan LPB
Mauricio Cheda (198-F-90) plays for Cambados in Spanish LEB Silver
James Anacreon (201-F-90) plays for Albacete in Spanish LEB Silver
Ivan Alvarez (189-F-82) plays for Independ. Oliva in Argentinian TFB
Braulio De La Cruz plays for Los Prados in Dominican Rep. District National
Diego Willis (192-PG-99) plays for Canarias Basketball Academy in Spanish 1 Div.

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



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

25-year old guard Michael Perez (190-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Hermosillo and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He got a double-double of 20 points and 12 assists, while his team crushed Navolato (#5, 6-6) with 16-point margin 102-86. It allowed Hermosillo to consolidate first place in the Mexican league. Hermosillo has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 11-1. Perez just recently signed at Hermosillo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Michael Perez averages just after three games 10.7ppg and 6.0apg.

Second best performed player last round was Sammy Yeager (193-F-89) of Guasave. He is American forward in his first season at Guasave. In the last game Yeager recorded impressive 27 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Guasave was edged by the higher-ranked Guaymas (#2, 8-4) 84-82. Guasave managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Yeager is one of the most experienced players at Guasave and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.6ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 4.4rpg and 5.3apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Hermosillo's star - forward Emmanuel Little (196-F-85). Little scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Hermosillo, helping his team with a 102-86 easy win against the lower-ranked Navolato (#5, 6-6). Many experts and fans count Hermosillo as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 11 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Little has a great season in Mexico. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (7th best). Little attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Provost (190-G-90) of Guaymas - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) of Obregon - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Benjamin Puckett (205-C-83) of Culiacan - 22 points and 11 rebounds
8. Elijah Pittman (206-F-91) of Guasave - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nick Leon (181-PG-88) of Obregon - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tamir Jackson (190-G-90) of Navolato - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Bojan Dubljevic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Valencia Basket (19-7) in their last game. Despite Dubljevic's very good performance Valencia Basket lost 75-88 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#9) RETAbet BB. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Dubljevic also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes on the court. It was Valencia Basket's first loss after four consecutive victories. It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 87.3% in 22 games he played so far. Dubljevic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Tyrese Rice
Tyrese Rice
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Euroleague). He was not able to help FC Barcelona (12-18) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Rice's very good performance FC Barcelona was edged 68-65 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked Fenerbahce (#5). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Rice also added 3 passes. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. It's Rice's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.7%, 3FGP: 32.0% and FT: 82.2%. Rice is a naturalized American. He played for the Montenegrin national team in 2014. Strangely Rice has never played in Montenegro.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland). He was the major contributor in Stelmet's victory against the ninth-ranked PGE Turow (16-13) 94-85 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Dragicevic scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. Stelmet Zielona Gora (22-7) is placed second in the PLK. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dragicevic has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 63.3%(88-139) and FT: 63.3% in 17 games. Former BC Buducnost Podgorica starter played for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #4. Center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA) led Orlando Magic to a victory against the Brooklyn Nets (20-62) 115-107 in the NBA last Thursday. Vucevic had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 34 minutes. The Orlando Magic has 29-53 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Vucevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Magic's roster. Vucevic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 14.6ppg, 10.4rpg and 2.8apg in 75 games. Vucevic is also Montenegrin national team player.

Taylor Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie
   #5. Former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in VTB United League) led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory over the seventh-ranked VEF Riga (10-12) 80-69 in the VTB United League on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Rochestie scored 18 points and added 3 assists. Lokomotiv Kuban (16-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's third 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 is very crucial. Rochestie's stats this season are: 11.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #6. Power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cedevita (20-6) 81-66 in the ABA League in Monday night's game. Bjelica recorded 13 points in a mere 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (25-1) is placed first in the ABA League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bjelica's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1apg in 31 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team three years ago.

Mihailo Sekulovic
Mihailo Sekulovic
   #7. Former University international center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the main contributor in Balkan's victory against one of league's weakest teams Yambol (6-16) 78-69 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Sekulovic was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 15 rebounds. Balkan Botevgrad (12-10) is placed fifth in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Sekulovic has very high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 8.9rpg and 2.2apg. Sekulovic used to play for the Montenegrin university national team two years ago.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #8. Forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Khimki (17-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the third-placed Khimki (17-5) lost 66-74 at home to the second-ranked Zenit in the group A of VTB United League. Todorovic recorded 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. Todorovic's stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.9apg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Ivan Maras
Ivan Maras
   #9. International power forward Ivan Maras (207-86, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Doxa Lefkadas (4-22) in their game against Aiolos Trikallon (10-16) in the Greek A1. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Maras recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Maras averaged so far 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.1apg. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

Halil Kanacevic
Halil Kanacevic
   #10. Forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-14) 75-60 in the Israeli Winner League last Wednesday. Kanacevic scored 10 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 33 minutes. Bnei Hertzeliyya (16-11) is placed fourth in the Winner League. This year Kanacevic's total stats are: 7.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.7apg in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Kanacevic is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Montenegrin national team. Interesting that he has never played in Montenegro.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Vladimir Bulatovic (196-92, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Mladost ZE in their game against Vrsac in the Serbian KLS. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Bulatovic was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Bulatovic has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U18 national team nine years ago.

   #12. International shooting guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Szolnok in their game against ZTE KK in the Hungarian A Division, despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game. Pavlicevic was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 4 passes (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 36 minutes. But his team lost 89-97. Pavlicevic averaged so far 15.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg and 1.6spg in 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

   #13. International power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dragicevic and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Djurisic contributed to Stelmet's victory against the ninth-ranked PGE Turow 94-85. He scored 11 points. Djurisic averaged so far 11.1ppg and 5.0rpg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

   #14. Former international swingman Milos Borisov (201-85, currently plays in Hungary) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nikola Pavlicevic. But that was another game of his team in Hungarian A Division which we would like to mention. Borisov couldn't help Szolnok in their game against Alba, despite his very good performance on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds in 34 minutes. But his team lost 75-82. Borisov has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 4.6rpg in 29 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014.

   #15. International point guard Derek Needham (180-90, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Grissin Bon RE's victory against the 12th-ranked Openjobmetis VA 73-68 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Needham scored 11 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Needham has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Needham is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team. However he has never played in Montenegro.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in NBA) led Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (27-55) 102-90 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Mirotic scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls have 41-41 record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mirotic's stats this season are: 10.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish.

   #2. Experienced Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83, currently plays in Bosnia) was the main contributor in Leotar's victory against the second-ranked Mladost (3-3) 86-80 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I on Sunday night. Pelkic was the top player that evening. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 39 minutes. Swisslion Leotar Trebinje (2-4) is placed fifth in Places 7-13 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Pelkic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg in 22 games he played so far.

   #3. Brion Rush (186-PG-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Grambling St., currently plays in France) could not help Sluc Nancy (6-21) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Rush's very good performance the bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy was crushed 95-74 on the road by the much higher-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#10). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Rush also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. This season Rush has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.1apg. Rush is a naturalized American. He used to play for KK Sutjeska Niksic in Montenegrin league.

   #4. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a Terme Olimia's victory against the second-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (10-5) 93-84 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Julevic scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. Terme Olimia Podcetrtek (8-7) is placed fourth in Places 7-12 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Julevic averaged so far 11.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg in 27 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Slovenian. Despite Julevic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #5. Stefan Ljubenkovic (197-F-95, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Spartak (16-10) in their last game. Despite Ljubenkovic's good performance Spartak lost 69-76 in Beograd to the much lower-ranked (#11) OKK Beograd. He recorded 10 points and added 4 assists in 25 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. Ljubenkovic has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg in 26 games. He has both Montenegrin and Serbian nationalities. Despite Ljubenkovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #6. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Gradjanski win their game against the leader Siroki Primorka 82-68 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I last Saturday. Marojevic had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes. Marojevic averaged so far 12.8ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.3apg in 24 games.

   #7. Milos Komatina (206-F/C-84, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for BC Timisoara (13-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance BC Timisoara (#5) was defeated 85-81 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Oradea (#4) in the Places 1-6 group. Komatina was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Komatina averaged so far 12.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg.

   #8. Filip Popovic (202-PF, currently plays in Serbia) helped Radnicki 1950 win their game against the closely-ranked Vojvodina NS 97-87 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) last Saturday. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Popovic averaged so far 10.3ppg and 5.1rpg.

   #9. Goran Bulatovic (186-PG-88, currently plays in Slovakia) helped Inter Bratislava win their game against the seventh-ranked Lucenec crushing them 92-72 in the Slovakian SBL on Saturday night. He scored 10 points and had 4 steals. Bulatovic has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg.

   #10. Nikola Rakocevic (191-G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket (13-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Caceres Basket lost 65-71 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#7) Ourense. Rakocevic was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 assists in 30 minutes. Rakocevic has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.0apg in 29 games.



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D1 Round 14: MAS Fes defeat WAC in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 14 in the D1 took place in Fes. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers WAC (8-3) to fifth ranked MAS Fes (8-4) 74-73 on Wednesday evening. MAS Fes have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with FAR Rabat. WAC at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. MAS Fes is looking forward to face FAR Rabat (#4) at home in the next round. WAC will play against IRT Tanger and is hoping to win this game.
D1 top team - ASS Sale (11-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked IRT Tanger (4-6) 89-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of IRT Tanger. ASS Sale have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-1 record. IRT Tanger at the other side dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. ASS Sale will play against FUS Rabat (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. IRT Tanger will play against WAC and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (0-11) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to seventh ranked KACM (6-6) 67-50 on Wednesday evening. KACM moved-up to sixth place. RSB Berkane at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 11 games lost. KACM will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RSB Berkane will play against KAC (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Marrakech was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked FUS Rabat (5-7) played at the court of seventh ranked KACM (6-6). KACM managed to secure a 6-point victory 85-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of FUS Rabat. KACM moved-up to sixth place. FUS Rabat at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. KACM will have a break next round. FUS Rabat will play at home against the league's leader ASS Sale (#1) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 14 IRAN lost to FAR Rabat on the opponent's court 82-90. FUS Rabat outscored KAC in a home game 64-43.

KACM - FUS Rabat 85-79

The game in Marrakech was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked FUS Rabat (5-7) played at the court of seventh ranked KACM (6-6). KACM managed to secure a 6-point victory 85-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of FUS Rabat. KACM moved-up to sixth place. FUS Rabat at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. KACM will have a break next round. FUS Rabat will play at home against the league's leader ASS Sale (#1) and hope to win that game.
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FAR Rabat - Iran 90-82

Very expected game when 10th ranked IRAN (1-11) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked FAR Rabat (8-4) 90-82. FAR Rabat maintains fourth position with 8-4 record, which they share with MAS Fes. IRAN lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. FAR Rabat's next round opponent will be MAS Fes (#5) on the road. IRAN will play against the league's second-placed CRA Hoceima (#2) in Al Hoceima and hope to win that game.
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KACM - RSB Berkane 67-50

Bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (0-11) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to seventh ranked KACM (6-6) 67-50 on Wednesday evening. KACM moved-up to sixth place. RSB Berkane at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 11 games lost. KACM will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RSB Berkane will play against KAC (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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MAS Fes - WAC 74-73

The most exciting game of round 14 in the D1 took place in Fes. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers WAC (8-3) to fifth ranked MAS Fes (8-4) 74-73 on Wednesday evening. MAS Fes have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with FAR Rabat. WAC at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. MAS Fes is looking forward to face FAR Rabat (#4) at home in the next round. WAC will play against IRT Tanger and is hoping to win this game.
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FUS Rabat - KAC 64-43

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked FUS Rabat (5-7) smashed at home 9th ranked KAC (3-9) 64-43. Despite that victory FUS Rabat went down to seventh position due to points difference. KAC lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. FUS Rabat's next round opponent will be league's leader ASS Sale at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KAC will play against RSB Berkane (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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IRT Tanger - ASS Sale 63-89

D1 top team - ASS Sale (11-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked IRT Tanger (4-6) 89-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of IRT Tanger. ASS Sale have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-1 record. IRT Tanger at the other side dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. ASS Sale will play against FUS Rabat (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. IRT Tanger will play against WAC and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Tony Allen Out Indefinitely With Calf Injury - by Eurobasket News

Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) has been diagnosed with a strain of the medial gastrocnemius muscle (calf) in his right leg. Allen is out indefinitely and will be continually re-evaluated while beginning rehab immediately. The Memphis Grizzlies are already without Chandler Parsons for the season on the wing.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Gamecocks' PJ Dozier declares for NBA draft, still eligible to return - by Eurobasket News

South Carolina guard PJ Dozier (6'6''-F/G-96) has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft, but the Gamecocks' sophomore point guard has also left the door open for a possible return. Dozier has not hired an agent, meaning he could return to South Carolina for his junior campaign if he changes his mind within 10 days of the end of the NBA draft combine, scheduled for May 9-14 in Chicago. The 6-6 Columbia native averaged 13.9 points per game this past season, and was the second-leading scorer on a USC team that reached the Final Four. 'Not a surprise at all. Quite frankly, I think most people expected it. I would go so far as to say even (head coach) Frank Martin expected PJ to go through the process,' said Carey Rich, a former Gamecocks point guard who remains closely tied to the USC program and the Columbia high school basketball scene. 'That's what the system is in place for. It's in place for these underclassmen to get genuine and sincere feedback from the NBA brass. Not the college coach, not the community, not your uncle, not your dad, not your high school coach. From the NBA brass, the people you're trying to impress.' Dozier said in a statement that he discussed his draft status with family members and Martin after USC returned from the Final Four in Glendale, Ariz. 'I'm looking forward to continuing to grow my game, and the draft process,' he said. Added Martin: 'We are all very excited for PJ and the opportunity that he has in front of him in taking full advantage of his ability to test the waters and submit his name for the draft.' Rich, who played at USC from 1993-95, said Dozier will go into the combine seeking advice from NBA executives about his potential draft status, but also trying to build momentum that could raise his stock. 'If he gets into these camps and he plays well enough to generate momentum, I think it could become a different story," Rich said. "I think that's the common notion for any kid who has a legitimate chance of getting drafted. You go in wanting the feedback, but also you hope at some point to generate some momentum that will give you an opportunity to ultimately get drafted." NBA scouts were on hand to watch Dozier at almost every South Carolina game this season. While fans saw a sometimes inconsistent scorer who occasionally struggled with his shot, scouts saw a 6-6 point guard with tremendous length who could be explosive in driving to the basket. Although Dozier fell into a midseason slump at about the same time he sat out a game at Kentucky with back spasms, the point guard blossomed in the NCAA Tournament, in which he more often heeded Martin's request to be aggressive with the basketball. The result was a scoring average of 15.6 points per game. Dozier led or shared the team lead in scoring 11 times, led USC in assists 17 times, and logged 25 double-figure scoring outings. He posted nine 20-point performances, including a career high 26 versus Clemson in late December, and hit 40.7 percent of his attempts from the field. "From what I've been told, the one thing that makes him really, really attractive is that you don't have a lot of 6-6 point guards," Rich said. "You don't have a lot of 6-6 decision-makers. That's one thing the NBA folks really, really love about him." Dozier's potential departure would be a blow to a Gamecocks squad that loses senior guards Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice. Should Dozier elect to stay for his junior season, USC would return three starters from the Final Four team, and add scoring guard Kory Holden, who sat out this past season after transferring from Delaware.
Courtesy of: postancourier.com




Phil Jackson Confirms Knicks Will Try To Trade Carmelo Anthony - by Eurobasket News

Phil Jackson confirmed in his end of season press conference that the New York Knicks will begin rebuilding again. Jackson also talked about the possibility of trading away Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse). "We've not been able to win with him on the court," said Jackson. "I think the direction with our team is that (Carmelo) would be better off somewhere else." Jackson said he met with Anthony and that it was a cordial conversation. Anthony has a full no-trade clause which means the Knicks will need his approval to execute any trade. Jackson said they had "an indication of teams" that Anthony would be amenable to joining. "That's a big hole to fill," said Jackson when asked about what they would seek in exchange for Anthony. "We want a significant player that can hopefully fill that role."
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Udonis Haslem Wants Another Season In Miami - by Eurobasket News

Veteran forward Udonis Haslem (6'8''-F-80, college: Florida) hopes to play at least one more season and he wants to stay with the Heat, according to Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel. The 37-year-old, who has spent his entire 14-year career in Miami, was motivated by the team's near miss in its run at a playoff spot. 'I would love to be here,' Haslem said. 'I would love to be a part of these guys' process and maturation. And when the time does come, I want to be in a situation where I was able to help those guys get to the playoffs. Not making the playoffs is not the way I want to end. I've still got a lot of gas in the tank. We will see what happens.' Haslem played sparingly this season, getting into just 17 games and averaging 7.6 minutes per night. But he understands his role as a mentor on a rebuilding team and is willing to continue it to remain in Miami. Haslem is the last link to the Heat teams that dominated the Eastern Conference in the early part of the decade. He says he was never tempted to look elsewhere, even after Dwyane Wade departed for the Bulls last summer. Haslem played this season on a one-year, $4MM contract, but will probably have to take a cut in pay if he returns. Between the Heat's cap concerns and the salary structure in the new CBA, Winderman states that Haslem can expect something close to the veteran minimum of $2.3MM next season. Keeping a roster spot open for Haslem could also be an issue, depending what happens with the Heat's large contingent of free agents. However, coach Erik Spoelstra loves having what amounts to a player/coach on hand and is expected to be an advocate for keeping Haslem. 'I love U.D. How else can I say it?' Spoelstra said. 'He's the last one, the last Samurai from the championship years. He has always embodied everything that we want from a Miami Heat player.' Haslem will spend the summer working with James Johnson and Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse), even though they are headed toward free agency, as well as Tyler Johnson (6'4''-G-93, college: Fresno St.).
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Blazers F Mo Harkless made $500K by not shooting 3-pointers in the season's final week - by Eurobasket News

Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless (6'8''-G/F-93, college: St.John's) attempted 194 3-pointers this season - the most in his career. That number likely would have been much higher if not for a contract bonus that hung over his head for the last few games of the season. As Bobby Marks of The Vertical pointed out on Wednesday ahead of the Blazers' last game, Harkless would receive a $500,000 bonus if he finished the season shooting above 35 percent from 3-point range. He entered the season finale at 35.1 percent, so one miss would have sent him below the 35-percent mark. Not surprisingly, Harkless didn't attempt a single 3-pointer in the season finale and shot only one in his last four games of the season. He had just six games all year where he didn't attempt a 3-pointer, and three of them came in the final three games of the season. Harkless absolutely knew what he was doing, and no one would blame him for it. He even joked about it on Instagram after Wednesday night's game. Add that $500,000 to his $8.9 million base salary and Harkless was paid fairly well this past season. His bonus secured, look for him to start taking a few more shots from long distance when the Blazers begin their playoff series against the Warriors this weekend.
Courtesy of: foxsports.com




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Windsor Express ink Logan Stutz - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) agreed terms with 29-year old American forward Logan Stutz (205-100kg-88, college: Washburn) from Niagara River Lions. In 15 NBL Canada games in Canada he had 11.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1apg this season. Stutz also played earlier that season for Cyberdyne (B League) in Japan where in 18 NBL Canada games he recorded 13.3ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Bulgarian League in 2014. Stutz was also voted USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Player of the Year and USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 1st Team in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Stutz has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Austria (Raiffeisen Wels), Germany (ETB Wohnbau and Baunach), Sweden (BC Lulea) and Bulgaria (Balkan).
Stutz attended Washburn University until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

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Cal loses its fourth starter after former four-star freshman says he is transferring - by Eurobasket News

Cal freshman guard Charlie Moore (5'11''-PG) is transferring from the university to seek an opportunity closer to his home in Chicago, the school announced on Thursday. The decision for Moore delivers a massive blow to new Bears coach Wyking Jones and his hopes for a seamless transition from the Cuonzo Martin era. Moore finished the 2016-17 season third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.2 points while also delivering a team-high 3.5 assists per game. He started in 34 games. "After many discussions with my family, I've made the decision to transfer to be closer to home," Moore said. "This was an extremely difficult decision for me, but the opportunity to be closer to my family is one that I feel is necessary for me at this time. I am grateful for my first year at California and for teammates who became my brothers. I look forward to supporting Coach Jones and the Bears in the future, and I also want to thank the fans for all their support this past season." In addition to Moore's transfer, Cal also lost Ivan Rabb (6'11''-F-97) to the NBA Draft, along with the team's leading scorer Jabari Bird (6'6''-G-94) who will graduate. Cal finished the season with a 21-13 record and missed the NCAA Tournament. Moore originally committed to Memphis in his recruiting process but landed with Cal after Josh Pastner was pushed out and took the coaching job at Georgia Tech. Cal returns just one starter from last season. On the bright side, however, Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee, a former five-star recruit, will be eligible after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Miles Bridges' unexpected return makes Michigan State a Final Four contender - by Eurobasket News

Almost every spring, college basketball gets lucky by way of having a possible/probably lottery pick-type talent opt to bypass the NBA to return to college. In 2016, it was Ivan Rabb at Cal. In 2015, it was Kris Dunn at Providence. Years before that, Creighton's Doug McDermott, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Indiana's Cody Zeller and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart chose similar paths. Often times, those decisions lead to the players coming back to earn All-American status. That should be the case for Miles Bridges (6'7''-F-98) next season. Michigan State is suddenly going from pretty good to very good, thanks to Bridges' unconventional choice. On Thursday night, in front of thousands on campus, Bridges officially announced he would return. "I want to win a national championship, my teammates are a big part of it. I love my teammates," Bridges said, adding shortly thereafter, "I knew I was going to get better, but I would rather stay here and get better with my teammates and become a better person with them." Bridges' return amounts to one of the biggest headlines of college basketball's offseason. With him coming back, MSU should be a unanimous top-five team heading into 2017-18. The Spartans will be a Final Four favorite. Tom Izzo will have reasonable expectations to win his second national title. Sparty will also have the strongest sophomore class in college basketball, thanks to Nick Ward, Cassius Winston and Josh Langford all returning. Bridges was a top-10 freshman in college hoops this past season. He averaged 16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 39 percent from 3 and 55 percent from 2. He was one of the most exciting players in the game. He'll certainly be one of the five most recognizable names in college hoops by the time we get to November. College basketball has a debatable group of teams vying for No. 1 status now: Kansas, Arizona, Michigan State, Louisville and North Carolina all have a case. It's been many years since we had five teams who could claim preseason status as the top team. Michigan State is undeniably in that class with Bridges back. He'll likely be a preseason First Team All-American choice and will enter next season with a chance to up his draft status even higher. Remember, the 2018 draft isn't perceived as strong at the top or as deep in the middle as 2017's. So Bridges takes a little gamble, but in the big picture, he's hoping to win a Big Ten title, get a top seed in the tournament, make a Final Four and go from a projected 10-15 pick to a top-seven choice. Hard to fault him there. This decision has huge upside for Bridges, Michigan State and college hoops.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



UMass forward Seth Berger transferring to Oregon State - by Eurobasket News

As was expected, Seth Berger is following his fellow juniors out of UMass. The Seattle native is transferring to Oregon State for his final season. Berger will have his degree at the end of the semester, allowing him to take advantage of the NCAA's graduate transfer rule, which allows players who have completed their undergraduate requirements with athletic eligibility remaining to transfer without sitting out. He announced his intention on Instagram: 'Looking forward to starting next season with Oregon State Men's basketball! Thankful to UMass for my 4 years but excited to start another journey. Go Minutemen and Go Beavers!' Berger is the third player to transfer since the season ended, following Zach Lewis and Zach Coleman. All three will be eligible right away with one year left to play. Fellow junior Donte Clark has put his name into the NBA draft but didn't sign with an agent. He said he'll determine whether to return or transfer after he decides whether to stay in the draft. The deadline to withdraw is May 24. C.J. Anderson is the only remaining junior on the roster. Berger started 16 games, but his minutes wildly fluctuated this past season. He averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game. He played just eight games as a sophomore in 2014-15, allowing him to take a medical redshirt. New coach Matt McCall has at least three scholarships to offer. Quinnipiac freshman guard Peter Kiss, who is also looking at St. John's and Seton Hall, met with McCall Saturday according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-5 New York native was UMass big man Chris Baldwin's high school teammate at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg. Kiss averaged 13.3 points and 2.8 assists and was named to the Metro Atlantic All-Rookie team. His backcourtmate Mikey Dixon, the MAAC Freshman of the Year is also looking at UMass after announcing his intention to transfer after coach Tom Moore was fired. Juwan Durham, a 6-foot-11 power forward, is one of a handful of players transferring out of UConn. The Tampa native has UMass on his list among several ACC schools, Northwestern and Butler. Point guard Stephan Jiggetts, a graduate transfer from Fairleigh Dickinson, is also looking at the Minutemen. The 6-foot-1 Maryland native averaged 13.5 points and 4.2 assists in 35.3 minutes per game. Brion Whitely, a 6-foot-5 Sarasota native who ESPN ranks as a three-star recruit, had committed to UNC-Wilmington, but reopened his recruiting when coach Kevin Keatts left for N.C. State. Whitely told Prep Hoops Florida that UMass was in consideration in addition to a handful of mid-majors.
Courtesy of: gazettenet.com



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Sewanee men's basketball coach Bradley Pierson resigns - by Eurobasket News

Bradley Pierson on Thursday became the third Sewanee coach to resign since February. Pierson stepped down after one season as the men's basketball coach to become the coach at his high school alma mater, Darlington School in Rome, Ga. Pierson's resignation followed those of football coach Tommy Laurendine, who stepped down in February, and women's basketball coach Tom Campbell, who stepped down in March. Travis Rundle was hired as the new football coach and Tracy Braden was as the new women's basketball coach. The men's basketball team posted a 15-12 record under Pierson in 2016-17. Pierson finished with the most wins as a first-year coach in program history. Prior to being named the Tigers head coach, Pierson served as an assistant for three seasons. "Coach Pierson has left an indelible impression on the Sewanee men's basketball program as a player, as an assistant coach, and finally as our head coach," Sewanee athletics director Mark Webb said. "His contributions are many, and he will certainly be missed by our players and athletic staff."
Courtesy of: tennessean.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Webster, Wellingt.28.6 
 2. Jones, Canterbury23.9 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.23.6 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.22.3 
 5. Kendle, Canterbury21.7 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.17.9 
 7. Bartlett, Taylor H.17.7 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers17.2 
 9. Te-Rangi, Southlan.17.0 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.6 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.9.8 
 3. Jones, Canterbury9.6 
 4. Egwu, SC Rangers9.4 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.9 
 6. Bailey-N., Taranaki.8.3 
 7. Duinker, Wellingt.8.1 
 8. Boucher, SC Rangers7.8 
 9. McCarron, SC Ra.7.6 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.9.5 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.7.1 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.9 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.5.4 
 5. Norton, Southlan.5.4 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.2 
 7. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.0 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.5.0 
 9. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 10. Jones, Canterbury4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mitchell MCCARRON
  SC Ra.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McCarron, SC Ra.2.4 
 2. Ongwae, Taranaki.2.0 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury1.9 
 4. Boucher, SC Rangers1.8 
 5. Webster, Wellingt.1.7 
 6. ORiley, Taranaki.1.7 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers1.6 
 8. Ili, Wellington S.1.6 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.5 
 10. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Nnanna EGWU
  SC Rangers
  (211-F/C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Egwu, SC Rangers1.8 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.1.6 
 3. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.6 
 4. Washington, Nelson G.1.2 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.1.0 
 6. Neighbour, Cante.1.0 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.0.8 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
 9. Jones, Canterbury0.7 
 10. Roberson, Taylor H.0.7 


Steven Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Steven Adams
Steven Adams
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) in their last game. Despite Adams' good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) was crushed 120-99 on the road by the Phoenix Suns. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Adams' fourth season with the team. Adams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(374-652) and FT: 61.1% in 80 games he played so far. Adams played for the New Zealand senior national team six years ago.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Zaragoza (8-19) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Fotu's good performance Zaragoza was edged 91-88 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked FC Barcelona (#5). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Fotu has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 67.9%(112-165), 3FGP: 8.7% and FT: 59.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia). He was not able to secure a victory for Eagles (4-12) in their last game. Despite Tawhiti's very good performance his team lost 83-96 in Northbridge to the leading Redbacks in the SBL group. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Tawhiti also added 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Tawhiti has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.5% and FT: 76.9% in seven games. He played for the New Zealand national team four years ago.

   #4. Forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia) contributed to Spectres' victory against the fifth-ranked Kilsyth Cobras (1-3) 84-73 in the Australian State League (second division) in Friday night's game. King-Hawea scored 7 points. Nunawading Spectres (3-0) are placed first in SEABL-East group. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. King-Hawea's overall stats this year are: 5.7ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2014.

Mike Karena
Mike Karena
   #5. International center Mike Karena (208-93, college: Wright St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Sammic ISB (21-7) in their last game. Despite Karena's good performance the league leader Sammic ISB lost 67-73 in Granada to the lower-ranked (#3) CB Granada. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Karena also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. They ended the series of seven consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Karena has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.0apg in 28 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #6. Forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Sabres (1-2) crushing them 107-82 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Newton scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Albury Wodonga Bandits (1-2) are placed fifth in SEABL-East group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Newton's stats this season are: 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team two years ago.

James Paringatai
James Paringatai
   #7. Former international forward James Paringatai (201-86, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Geraldton Buccaneers in a victory against the seventh-ranked Cougars (3-3) 89-75 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. He scored only one point in 16 minutes. Geraldton Buccaneers (4-1) are placed fourth in SBL group. This year Paringatai's overall stats are: 2.0ppg and 3.0rpg in five games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Thomas Giles (180-G-88, currently plays in Australia). Giles could not help Norths Soul Sports Bears (2-0) to beat Spiders (3-0). He cannot count it as his best performance. Giles scored only 3 points and added 3 passes in 7 minutes on the court. The third-placed Norths Soul Sports Bears (2-0) lost 69-75 on the road to the leading Spiders in the WARATAH group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Giles' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 1.4ppg and 1.4apg in five games he played so far.

   #2. Zeb Lovell (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Eastern Mavericks (2-0) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lovell's good performance the first-placed Eastern Mavericks (2-0) were badly defeated 85-69 in Gawler by the much lower-ranked Central District Lions (#8) in the Premier League. He scored 12 points. It's Lovell's first season with the team. Lovell's overall stats this year are: 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg.



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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ekpe Udoh selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Fenerbahce's victory against the fifth-ranked Banvit (17-8) 86-75 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Udoh recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (20-5) is placed first in the BSL. This year Udoh averages: 9.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 69.6% in 18 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Lebanon). Aminu led Al Riyadi to a victory against the second-ranked Al Moutahed (13-11) 88-82 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Thursday. He scored 22 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Second Stage. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. It's Aminu's first season with the team. Aminu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.5%(147-260), 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 62.5%. Aminu is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Lebanon). He led Sagesse to a victory over the second-ranked Byblos (16-8) 72-63 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL in Friday night's game. Efevberha was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 12 rebounds. Efevberha also added 3 assists. Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (8-16) is placed fourth in Group A. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. This season Efevberha has very high stats. He averages: 23.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 84.3%. Efevberha has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. He played for the Nigerian national team eight years ago.

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #4. Center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) was the main contributor in a Toyotsu FE's victory against the fifth-ranked Bambitious Nara (20-32) 96-86 in the Japanese B League D2 last Saturday. Alabi was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds in 34 minutes. Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya (37-15) is placed second in Central group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Alabi has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 13.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4bpg in 50 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2013.

Derrick Obasohan
Derrick Obasohan
   #5. International small forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, agency: BeoBasket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked ALM Evreux (15-13) crushing them 108-73 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Obasohan was the top player that evening. He recorded 29 points (!!!), 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes. FOS Provence Basket (19-9) is placed second in the ProB. Obasohan has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.5apg in 28 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Obasohan plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #6. Center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help Vaqueros (1-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Vaqueros was edged 87-86 on the road by the higher-ranked Fajardo (#3). Akindele was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Akindele has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3bpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team eight years ago.

Al-Farouq Aminu
Al-Farouq Aminu
   #7. International forward Al-Farouq Aminu (206-90, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-51) 105-98 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers have 41-40 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. This season Aminu has relatively solid stats: 8.6ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.6apg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Despite Aminu played previously for the USA U19 national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #8. Point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) helped Virtus Bologna win their game against the 14th-ranked Chieti (9-19) crushing them 91-71 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Umeh was the top player that evening. He recorded 22 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (20-8) is placed first in East group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Umeh has very impressive stats this year: 17.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg in 28 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Umeh plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Suleiman Braimoh
Suleiman Braimoh
   #9. International power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Enisey win their game against the closely-ranked VEF Riga (10-12) 88-71 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Braimoh recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Enisey Krasnoyarsk (12-10) is placed sixth in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. Braimoh has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Braimoh is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #10. Forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Umana Venezia in their game against Armani Milano (21-5) in the Italian Serie A. He scored 7 points in 23 minutes. Umana Venezia lost 80-88 in Milano to the leading Armani. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Ejim's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.8apg in 26 games. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) helped Gunma win their game against the sixth-ranked Iwate Big Bulls crushing them 85-65 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night. Kuso was the top player that evening. He scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 20 minutes. Kuso averaged so far 13.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7bpg in 52 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team ten years ago.

   #12. Former U22 international power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: Inception Sports, college: Illinois St., currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for STB Le Havre (12-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Odiakosa's good performance STB Le Havre was defeated 69-62 in Roanne by the much lower-ranked Chorale de (#14). He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Odiakosa's stats this season are: 13.9ppg and 9.4rpg. He used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team back in 2004.

   #13. Former international power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Banco di Sardegna Sassari to win against the closely-ranked Dolomiti En. TR 66-57 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Lawal scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lawal's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3bpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Lawal used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

   #14. International power forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-84, college: SMU, currently plays in Turkey) helped Balikesir win their game against the league outsider TED Kolejliler 86-73 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Ofoegbu recorded 9 points. Ofoegbu averaged so far 11.9ppg and 4.4rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ofoegbu plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #15. International swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, agency: Two Points, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in France) couldn't help Sluc Nancy (6-21) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy was crushed 106-74 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. Ere scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Ere averaged so far 12.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg in 11 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ere is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

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

   #1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) lost 89-104 on the road to the Indiana Pacers. Antetokounmpo was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 35 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Antetokounmpo is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Bucks' roster. Antetokounmpo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 22.9ppg, 8.8rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg and 1.7spg in 80 games he played so far. Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian.

   #2. Experienced Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, currently plays in Iran) led Tabriz to a victory over the fourth-ranked Arak (2-3) 67-58 in the Iranian Superleague on Monday night. Ebi was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 17 rebounds. Ebi also added 3 blocks and 4 steals. It was his first game for Tabriz this season. His team is placed second in Group 1. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial.

   #3. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help AEK Athens in their game against Aris (15-11) in the Greek A1. Elonu scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. AEK Athens lost 77-81 in Thessaloniki to the lower-ranked (#4) Aris. The Regular Season already ended. This year Elonu's overall stats are: 6.6ppg and 5.7rpg in 14 games.

   #4. Chris Otule (211-C-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a Olympique Antibes' victory against the closely-ranked Chalons-Reims (9-19) 82-69 in the French ProA last Friday. Otule was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Otule's third season in pro basketball. Sharks Antibes (9-19) is placed 15th in the ProA. Otule's stats this season are: 13.8ppg and 6.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #5. Etinosa Erevbenagie (186-G-95, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Kavala (8-17) in their last game. Despite Erevbenagie's very good performance Kavala was edged 67-65 at home by the second-ranked Iraklis. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Erevbenagie also added 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 35 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Erevbenagie averaged so far 12.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.5spg in 18 games. He has both Nigerian and Greek nationalities.

   #6. Nnanna Egwu (211-F/C-92, college: Illinois, currently plays in New Zealand) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Rangers (3-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Rangers were crushed 100-73 in Southland by the higher-ranked (#3) Sharks. Egwu was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Egwu has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.8bpg in five games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #7. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a RETAbet BB's victory against the 15th-ranked Sevilla 85-73 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Eric recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Eric's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg and 5.4rpg.

   #8. Daniel Ochefu (211-F-93, college: Villanova, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Washington Wizards in their game against the Miami Heat in the NBA. He scored 8 points in 17 minutes. His team lost 102-110 in the NBA. This year Ochefu's overall stats are: 1.3ppg and 1.2rpg in 19 games.

   #9. Talib Zanna (206-F-90, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France) managed to help JSF Nanterre to win against the 12th-ranked JDA Dijon 71-55 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Zanna's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 3.7rpg.

   #10. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, college: Siena, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Openjobmetis VA in their game against Grissin Bon RE in the Italian Serie A. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team lost 68-73. Anosike averaged so far 10.1ppg and 11.1rpg in 24 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.



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  PANAMA  


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

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

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Michael Hicks (196-76, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Uruguay). He led Hebraica to a victory over the eighth-ranked Trouville (2-12) 85-66 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Wednesday night's game. Hicks was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!) in 34 minutes on the court. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (10-4) is placed first in Promocional 1 group. Hicks has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 78.2% in 26 games he played so far. Ex-Toros del Chiriqui David player is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jaime Lloreda
Jaime Lloreda
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Jaime Lloreda (204-80, college: LSU, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Hicks and both played together in the last Uruguayan LUB game. Lloreda contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Trouville (2-12) 85-66 in a derby game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Lloreda also added and 4 steals. Lloreda has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 10.8rpg, 2FGP: 62.6%(92-147) and FT: 61.0%. Ex-Magnates de Calidonia player is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help Echague (8-38) in their last game. Despite Ayarza's very good performance the tenth-placed Echague (8-38) was badly defeated 86-68 on the road by the higher-ranked (#8) Penarol in the Norte group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Ayarza also added 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was Echague's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Ayarza's first season with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 55.5%(71-128), 3FGP: 42.4% and FT: 73.3% in 18 games. Ex-Aguilas de Rio Abajo Panama City player is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Ernesto Oglivie
Ernesto Oglivie
   #4. Forward Ernesto Oglivie (203-89, currently plays in Uruguay) faced previously mentioned Michael Hicks in the Uruguayan LUB last game. Oglivie was not able to help Trouville in their game against Hebraica (10-4). He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Trouville (#8) was badly defeated 85-66 in a derby game by the leading Hebraica in the Promocional 1 group. It was Trouville's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This season Oglivie has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3spg. Oglivie is also Panamanian national team player.

Gary Forbes
Gary Forbes
   #5. Former international swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Boca Juniors (14-33) in their game against Argentino (24-23) in the Argentinian LigaA. Forbes scored 6 points. Boca Juniors (#10) was defeated 78-74 in Junin by the higher-ranked Argentino (#5) in the Sur group. This season Forbes has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Forbes used to play for the Panamanian national team six years ago. Strangely he has never played in Panama.

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

   #1. Nate Butler Lind (198-SG-89, college: TCU, currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help Indios (1-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Indios lost 83-92 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Atleticos. Butler Lind scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Butler Lind's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.5apg in four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Puerto Rican. Despite Butler Lind's Panamanian passport, he previously played for the Puerto Rican U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Panamanian team.

   #2. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-C-89, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in ASEAN League) was not able to help Saigon Heat in their game against Hong Kong ELL (16-4) in the ASEAN League, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Henriquez-Roberts had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 19 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks in 39 minutes. But Saigon Heat lost 79-86 in Hong Kong to the leading Hong Kong ELL. It was Saigon Heat's third consecutive loss in a row. Henriquez-Roberts has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 15.7rpg, 1.8apg and 2.8bpg in 12 games. Henriquez-Roberts is a naturalized American. He used to play for Correcaminos de Colon in Panamanian league.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Jamaal Levy (206-F/C-83) plays for Weber Bahia in Argentinian LigaA
Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) plays for Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP
Levour Warren (196-SF-81) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Javier Carter (203-C-91) plays for Soles in Mexican LNBP
Gil Atencio (201-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Andres Bravo (203-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Tymell Murphy (196-F-90) plays for Kagoshima in Japanese B League D2
Antonio Bumpus (190-SG-89) plays for Pioneros in Mexican Regional
Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84) plays for Barva in Costa Rican LBS

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



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  PHILIPPINES  


Smith number one in Philippines for round 4 - by Eurobasket News

American Center Greg Smith (208-C-91) had a great game in the last round for Blackwater, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 40 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (1-4) 118-113. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Blackwater is placed at 9th position in Filipino PBA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Blackwater, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Fresno State University star has very solid stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (2nd best: 31.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 21.3rpg) and averages impressive 52.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra. Brownlee had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he led B.Ginebra to another comfortable win 113-98 over the higher-ranked Star Hotshots (#3, 4-1) being unquestionably team leader. B.Ginebra's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Brownlee is a newcomer at B.Ginebra, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.7ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 9.0rpg and 5.7apg. Former St.John's University star Brownlee is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Malcolm White (205-C/F-88) of Globalport (#10). White got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for seventeen rebounds . Despite White's great performance Globalport lost 113-118 to Blackwater (1-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Globalport can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for White he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. White has individually a great season in Philippines. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 16.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wayne Chism (206-PF-87) of NLEX RW - 35 points and 21 rebounds
5. Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces - 32 points and 13 rebounds
6. Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87) of Meralco Bolts - 17 points, 26 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jayson Castro William (180-PG-86) of TNT Ka Tropa - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of Globalport - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92) of Globalport - 35 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) of SM Beermen - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  PORTUGAL  

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 22
 1. Marcal, Maia B.22.0 
 2. Novak, Ovarense20.7 
 3. Pavlovic, Sampa.18.1 
 4. Martin, Sampaense17.9 
 5. Matagrano, Lusit.17.8 
 6. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.17.6 
 7. Lima, CAB Madeira17.4 
 8. Marzette, CAB M.16.5 
 9. Catarino, Maia B.16.3 
 10. Guillory, Sampaense16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio MONTEIRO
  Lusitania
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Monteiro, Lusitania10.1 
 2. Douvier, Ovarense9.5 
 3. Torrie, Electric.8.6 
 4. Marcal, Maia B.8.4 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto8.2 
 6. Grosey, Galitos-.8.0 
 7. Fernandes, Ovarense7.4 
 8. Lima, CAB Madeira7.4 
 9. Mendes, Sampaense7.3 
 10. Tadic, Illiabum7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Nick NOVAK
  Ovarense
  (182-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Novak, Ovarense5.9 
 2. Guillory, Sampaense5.1 
 3. Gameiro, CAB M.4.8 
 4. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.4.5 
 5. Simic, Lusitania4.3 
 6. Figueiredo, Illiabum4.3 
 7. Tinsley, FC Porto4.3 
 8. Pinto, Vitoria SC4.2 
 9. Robinson, Maia B.4.2 
 10. Ventura, Electric.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Frederick GENTRY
  CAB M.
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gentry, CAB M.2.1 
 2. Carvalho, Sampa.1.9 
 3. Guillory, Sampaense1.9 
 4. Marcal, Maia B.1.8 
 5. Novak, Ovarense1.7 
 6. Hallman, Oliveirense1.7 
 7. Robinson, Maia B.1.7 
 8. Lanzinha, Electric.1.6 
 9. Ellisor, Oliveirense1.6 
 10. Lima, CAB Madeira1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Angelo CHOL
  Illiabum
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Chol, Illiabum1.5 
 2. Moses, Vitoria SC1.4 
 3. Gomes, Maia Basket1.1 
 4. Mendes, Sampaense1.0 
 5. Gentry, CAB M.0.9 
 6. Washburn, FC Porto0.8 
 7. Coronel, Electric.0.7 
 8. Hollis, Benfica0.6 
 9. Bishop, Illiabum0.6 
 10. Matagrano, Lusit.0.6 



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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  Quebradillas
  (190-SG-90)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Rosario, Quebradillas28.3 
 2. Huertas, Arecibo22.3 
 3. De-Jesus, Mayaguez20.8 
 4. Phelps, Guayama20.3 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo20.0 
 6. Laury, Mayaguez19.8 
 7. Arroyo, Fajardo19.5 
 8. Mendoza, Aguada19.3 
 9. Warrick, Ponce19.0 
 10. Soto, Bayamon17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devon COLLIER
  Mayaguez
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Collier, Mayaguez12.8 
 2. Phelps, Guayama10.8 
 3. Akindele, Bayamon10.3 
 4. Lalanne, Arecibo9.7 
 5. Famous, Humacao9.0 
 6. Laury, Mayaguez9.0 
 7. Dawson, Ponce9.0 
 8. Gaston, Aguada8.8 
 9. Mendoza, Aguada8.8 
 10. James, Fajardo7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald FITCH
  Quebradillas
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Fitch, Quebradillas7.7 
 2. Browne, San German7.3 
 3. Torres, Ponce5.8 
 4. Soto, Bayamon5.8 
 5. Abreu, Aguada5.5 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas5.3 
 7. Guzman, Humacao5.3 
 8. Arroyo, Fajardo5.3 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo5.3 
 10. Huertas, Arecibo5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Carlos EMORY
  Ponce
  (196-F-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Emory, Ponce2.3 
 2. Orozco, Humacao2.3 
 3. Lalanne, Arecibo2.3 
 4. Liz, Ponce1.8 
 5. Soto, Bayamon1.8 
 6. Costner, Humacao1.8 
 7. De-Jesus, Mayaguez1.8 
 8. Graham, Bayamon1.8 
 9. Berdiel, Fajardo1.8 
 10. Belardo, Ponce1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Guayama
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Penn, Guayama2.0 
 2. Gaston, Aguada1.8 
 3. James, Fajardo1.5 
 4. Fells, San German1.3 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.3 
 6. Akindele, Bayamon1.3 
 7. James, Fajardo1.0 
 8. Behanan, Arecibo1.0 
 9. Dawson, Ponce1.0 
 10. Franklin, Bayamon1.0 


BSN Round 4: Santeros are defeated by Brujos - by Eurobasket News

BSN Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings.

The most surprising game was the first loss of Santeros (3-1) in Coamo on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by eleventh ranked Brujos (1-3) 75-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Santeros. Santeros were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Brujos dominated on the defensive end, holding Santeros to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists and the former international Elias Ayuso (190-77, college: USC, agency: Paris Global Sports) who added 22 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Gilberto Clavell (200-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brujos left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Santeros at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Fajardo. Brujos is looking forward to face Vaqueros (#9) in Bayamon in the next round. Santeros will play against Fajardo (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Atleticos' (#5) 87-82 road victory against 7th ranked Vaqueros. The winners were led by forward Benito Santiago (198-89, college: Cumberlands, agency: Paris Global Sports) who scored that evening 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Justin Keenan supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 10 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists by Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Vaqueros. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Atleticos maintains fifth position with 2-2 record, which they share with Humacao. Vaqueros at the other side keep the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Atleticos will play against league's leader Piratas in Quebradillas in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vaqueros will play on the road against Brujos (#10) in Guayama to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Juana Diaz was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Fajardo (3-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Leones (1-3). Fajardo defeated Leones 91-78 on Thursday. Carlos Arroyo fired 21 points and 6 assists for the winners. Hakim Warrick produced 22 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fajardo moved-up to second place, which they share with Aguada. Leones lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Fajardo will meet league's second-placed Santeros in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leones will play against Capitanes (#4) in Arecibo and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 4 Mayaguez lost to Humacao on the opponent's court 90-98.

Bayamon - San German 82-87

Very significant was Atleticos' (#5) 87-82 road victory against 7th ranked Vaqueros. Vaqueros were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 31-20 third quarter run of Atleticos. The winners were led by forward Benito Santiago (198-89, college: Cumberlands, agency: Paris Global Sports) who scored that evening 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 10 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists by Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Vaqueros. Naturalized Mexican guard Joseph Soto (190-93) added 23 points for lost side. Four Vaqueros players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Atleticos maintains fifth position with 2-2 record, which they share with Humacao. Vaqueros at the other side keep the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Atleticos will play against league's leader Piratas in Quebradillas in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vaqueros will play on the road against Brujos (#10) in Guayama to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Bayamon: J.Soto 23+4reb+2ast, C.Dalmau 14+3ast, J.Villegas 13+4reb+2ast, J.Akindele 10+14reb+8ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 9+4reb+1ast, P.Graham 5+1ast
San German: J.Keenan 16+6reb+2ast, I.Sosa Carrion 15+1reb+1ast, B.Santiago 14+8reb+5ast, Y.Perez 9+4reb, C.Fells 8+4reb+2ast, I.Romero 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540078


Humacao - Mayaguez 98-90

Everything could happen in Humacao at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Caciques and 9th ranked Indios had identical 1-2 record. This time Caciques used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Mayaguez 98-90 on Thursday night. Indios trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 32-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 90-98 at the end of the game. Strangely Indios outrebounded Caciques 44-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-Lebanese power forward Jarrid Famous (209-88, college: S.Florida) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. International Alexander Galindo (200-85, college: FIU) chipped in 24 points. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) produced 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Jezreel De-Jesus (185-91, agency: Interperformances) added 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Caciques and four Indios players scored in double figures. Indios' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caciques (2-2) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with San German. Loser Indios dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Caciques will again meet Indios (#8) in the next round. Indios will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: J.De Jesus 26+5reb+5ast, D.Laury 25+8reb+4ast, D.Collier 14+14reb+2ast, J.Rodriguez 11+5reb+3ast, N.Butler Lind 6+6reb+3ast, B.West 3+3reb+1ast
Humacao: A.Galindo 24+3reb+3ast, W.Martinez 18+1reb+1ast, B.Costner 16+5reb+2ast, J.Famous 16+14reb+1ast, A.Guzman 10+3reb+8ast, R.Cintron Cortes 6+2ast
gschID: 540077


Ponce - Fajardo 78-91

The game in Juana Diaz was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Fajardo (3-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Leones (1-3). Fajardo defeated Leones 91-78 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Fajardo. Leones managed to win third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fajardo looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. International point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) fired 21 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Hakim Warrick (206-82, college: Syracuse) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and Dominican Victor Liz (188-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 21 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fajardo moved-up to second place, which they share with Aguada. Leones lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Fajardo will meet league's second-placed Santeros in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leones will play against Capitanes (#4) in Arecibo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ponce: H.Warrick 22+7reb, V.Liz 21+4reb+4ast, C.Emory 12+4reb+2ast, E.Dawson 10+7reb+3ast, A.Torres 6+1reb+6ast, G.Belardo 6+3reb+2ast
Fajardo: C.Arroyo 21+2reb+6ast, D.James 16+8reb+3ast, F.Rivera 11+2reb+4ast, N.Peavy 10+4reb+2ast, R.Melendez 9+1ast, C.Ortiz 9+1reb
gschID: 540076


Aguada - Guayama 58-75

The most surprising game was the first loss of Santeros (3-1) in Coamo on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by eleventh ranked Brujos (1-3) 75-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Santeros. Santeros were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Brujos dominated on the defensive end, holding Santeros to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists and the former international Elias Ayuso (190-77, college: USC, agency: Paris Global Sports) who added 22 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Gilberto Clavell (200-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brujos left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Santeros at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Fajardo. Brujos is looking forward to face Vaqueros (#9) in Bayamon in the next round. Santeros will play against Fajardo (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aguada: G.Clavell 12+7reb+2ast, R.Mendoza 12+6reb+1ast, O.Perez 8+7reb+2ast, A.Abreu 7+2reb+5ast, J.Rodriguez 6+3reb, J.Guitian 6+2reb
Guayama: D.Wilkins 25+4reb+4ast, E.Ayuso 22+3reb+3ast, E.Phelps 15+10reb+2ast, D.Hinson 8+5reb+2ast, K.Penn 3+4reb, J.Pineiro 2+5ast
gschID: 540075





Wilkins number one in Puerto Rico for week 4 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) had a great game in the last week for Guayama, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 4.
The 36-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, four rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Aguada (#2, 3-1) with 17-point margin 75-58. Guayama is placed at 10th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Wilkins had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guayama and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

The second best player in last week's games was 26-year old American David Laury (206-F-90) of Mayaguez. Laury had a very good evening with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Mayaguez lost that game 90-98 to the higher-ranked Humacao (#5, 2-2). Despite lost game Mayaguez moved up to 8th position in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Mayaguez managed to get this year. Laury is one of the most experienced players at Mayaguez and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#6). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was another Mayaguez's star - former international guard Jezreel De Jesus (185-G-91, agency: Interperformances). De Jesus showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last week. Despite De Jesus' great performance Mayaguez lost 90-98 to the higher-ranked Humacao (#5, 2-2). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Mayaguez can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for De Jesus he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. De Jesus has a very solid season. In 4 games in Puerto Rico he scored 20.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarrid Famous (209-C/F-88) of Humacao - 16 points and 14 rebounds
5. Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83) of Bayamon - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Hakim Warrick (206-F/C-82) of Ponce - 22 points and 7 rebounds
7. Alexander Galindo (200-PF-85) of Humacao - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Benito Santiago (198-F-89) of San German - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) of Guayama - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Elias Ayuso (190-SG-77) of Guayama - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Mladen JEREMIC
  BC Timis.
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Jeremic, BC Timis.19.7 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .19.1 
 3. Hargrove, Craiova18.6 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.18.1 
 5. Dykes, UBT C.17.1 
 6. Runkauskas, Steaua C.16.7 
 7. Moldoveanu, UBT C.16.7 
 8. Abrams, Craiova16.5 
 9. Sutalo, Dinamo B.15.6 
 10. Taylor, Craiova14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Steaua CSM
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Falker, Steaua CSM8.5 
 2. Cooper, CSU Sibiu7.7 
 3. Tasic, Dinamo B.7.4 
 4. Barro, UBT C.7.4 
 5. Lee, Craiova7.3 
 6. Hardy, CSU Sibiu6.8 
 7. Dudzinski, Steaua C.6.3 
 8. Macura, Olimpic6.1 
 9. Bureau, Craiova5.9 
 10. Paul, Craiova5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Dinamo B.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.7.3 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.7.3 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.6.1 
 4. Franklin, Oradea5.6 
 5. Kostoski, Pitesti5.6 
 6. Long, Steaua CSM5.4 
 7. Taylor, Craiova4.8 
 8. Marinovic, Craiova4.8 
 9. Mirkovic, Oradea4.7 
 10. Mijajlovic, CSU S.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HARDY
  CSU Sibiu
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hardy, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .2.3 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.2.1 
 4. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.2.1 
 5. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 6. Otasevic, BC Timis.2.0 
 7. Gugino, Phoenix .2.0 
 8. Long, Steaua CSM1.9 
 9. Waters, Phoenix .1.9 
 10. Taylor, Craiova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo LAZAR
  Targu Mures
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lazar, Targu Mures1.8 
 2. Falker, Steaua CSM1.4 
 3. Hunter, Pitesti1.1 
 4. Tasic, Dinamo B.0.9 
 5. Denison, Oradea0.9 
 6. Dragusin, BC Timis.0.9 
 7. Barro, UBT C.0.9 
 8. Pavlovic, Olimpic0.9 
 9. Cooper, CSU Sibiu0.9 
 10. Gugino, Phoenix .0.8 


Recap of Liga Nationala Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

CSU Sibiu - Targu Mures 54-75

Targu Mures outgunned CSU Sibiu on the road to even the series. Targu Mures outrebounded CSU Sibiu 41-27 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American swingman Lamarcus Reed (196-88, college: Texas Arlington) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Targu Mures players scored in double figures. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: G.Martinic 20+6reb+7ast, R.Markovic 12+4reb+1ast, L.Reed 11+7reb+3ast, E.Kalve 11+4reb+1ast, D.Djapa 10+5reb, L.Lazar 4+3reb
CSU Sibiu: B.Popescu 15+7reb+1ast, K.Hardy 12+5reb+4ast, C.Cooper 9+5reb+1ast, I.Mijajlovic 8+1reb+2ast, M.Davis 4+4reb+1ast, D.Gheorghe 3
gschID: 543811


Oradea - BC Timisoara 85-81

Oradea held off BC Timisoara to gain the second straight victory. BC Timisoara was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 28-16 charge of Oradea, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. BC Timisoara was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Sean Barnette (197-86, college: Wingate) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian center Sean Denison (210-85, college: Santa Clara, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Milos Komatina (206-84) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Jonte Flowers (196-85, college: Winona St.) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for BC Timisoara. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oradea: S.Barnette 21+11reb+4ast, A.Mandache 14+1reb+1ast, T.Nicoara 12+3reb+1ast, W.Franklin 11+7ast, M.Pasalic 10+3reb+2ast, S.Denison 9+7reb+4ast
BC Timisoara: M.Jeremic 19+1reb+2ast, M.Komatina 16+8reb+2ast, A.Diaz 16+3reb+2ast, J.Flowers 15+5reb+4ast, O.Calota 6+1reb+3ast, N.Otasevic 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 543810


Steaua CSM - Pitesti 105-90

Steaua prevailed against Pitesti to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Steaua CSM. Pitesti was better in third quarter 29-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Steaua CSM shot 64.9 percent from the field and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Steaua CSM players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Pitesti's players. American power forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Lithuanian guard Marius Runkauskas (189-86, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 27 points and 5 assists for the winners. FYR Macedonian point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and Bulgarian Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Pitesti. Five Steaua CSM and four Pitesti players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Steaua CSM: M.Runkauskas 27+5ast, D.Dudzinski 18+4reb+4ast, N.Malesevic 16+4reb+3ast, M.Curry 15+4reb+8ast, R.Falker 14+11reb+8ast, V.Negoitescu 5+2reb+2ast
Pitesti: A.Kostoski 33+2reb+4ast, P.Marinov 16+5reb+5ast, T.Gabric 14+4reb+4ast, A.Mladenovic 13+2reb+2ast, V.Hunter 6+5reb+1ast, G.Balmus 5+1ast
gschID: 543809


UBT Cluj Napoca - Craiova 104-78

UBT Cluj Napoca cruised past Craiova to open 2-0 lead. The game without a history. UBT Cluj Napoca led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 22 long-distance shots on high 59.5 percentage. UBT Cluj Napoca players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Serbian-Bosnian point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian point guard Aleksandar Rasic (195-84, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 25 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. UBT Cluj Napoca's coach Mihai Silvasan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Christopher Lee (206-85, college: S.Carolina St., agency: Aspire Sports) replied with 12 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Travis Bureau (202-88, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Inception Sports) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Craiova. Four UBT Cluj Napoca and five Craiova players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
UBT Cluj Napoca: A.Rasic 25+4ast, K.Dykes 19+2reb+7ast, F.Adamovic 17+8reb+6ast, V.Moldoveanu 16+2reb+2ast, R.Torok 9+3reb, O.Barro 4+8reb
Craiova: C.Burlacu 18+3reb+1ast, C.Lee 12+8reb+3ast, T.Bureau 12+6reb+4ast, F.Popa 11+4reb+1ast, J.Abrams 10+6reb, V.Solopa 8+3reb
gschID: 543808





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Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Univ.Sur.
  (195-S/F-82)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Lepojevic, Univ.Sur.22.5 
 2. Klyuchnikov, Spartak-.20.6 
 3. Krivosheev, Spartak-.15.6 
 4. Sheleketo, Sakhalin15.0 
 5. Zakharov, Irkut14.7 
 6. Kuznetsov, MBA M.14.2 
 7. Tokarev, Novosybi.13.9 
 8. Mateyunas, Spartak-.13.8 
 9. Varnakov, Irkut13.7 
 10. Lekavicius, Univ.Sur.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maxim KRIVOSHEEV
  Spartak-.
  (207-F/C-88)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Krivosheev, Spartak-.9.3 
 2. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.8.6 
 3. Karaulov, TE.7.8 
 4. Kurtsevich, Novosybi.7.6 
 5. Karpeko, Kupol-Ro.7.1 
 6. Pateev, Khimky-P.7.0 
 7. Sheleketo, Sakhalin6.9 
 8. Martin, Spartak-.6.7 
 9. Gankevich, Spartak-.6.7 
 10. Lekavicius, Univ.Sur.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Andrey MATEYUNAS
  Spartak-.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Mateyunas, Spartak-.7.3 
 2. Glazunov, TE.6.9 
 3. Tokarev, Novosybi.5.8 
 4. Tkachenko, Ural E.4.0 
 5. Lekavicius, Univ.Sur.3.9 
 6. Klyuchnikov, Spartak-.3.8 
 7. Varnakov, Irkut3.8 
 8. Golyahov, Sakhalin3.7 
 9. Sopin, MBA Moscow3.5 
 10. Zibirov, Sakhalin3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  TE.
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Glazunov, TE.2.6 
 2. Sopin, MBA Moscow2.1 
 3. Zibirov, Sakhalin2.1 
 4. Zlobin, Irkut1.8 
 5. Mateyunas, Spartak-.1.8 
 6. Kiryanov, Kupol-Ro.1.7 
 7. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.6 
 8. Lekavicius, Univ.Sur.1.6 
 9. Zaryazhko, TE.1.5 
 10. Toporov, MBA M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexey KURTSEVICH
  Novosybi.
  (210-C-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kurtsevich, Novosybi.1.7 
 2. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.1 
 3. Fomin, Ryazan0.9 
 4. Pateev, Khimky-P.0.9 
 5. Yakovenko, Sakhalin0.9 
 6. Polyakov, TE.0.8 
 7. Karaulov, TE.0.8 
 8. Zozulin, Sa.0.7 
 9. Toporov, MBA M.0.7 
 10. Gornaev, Ural E.0.6 



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Roda JLS - Round 20 - by Nenad Ilijev

Round 20

Zarkovo - Nibak 96-60 (Gasic 35pts 20rebs 7ast 3blk, Vujic 24pts 10rebs 4ast - Milanovic 18pts 9rebs, Stankovic M. 16pts 5rebs 5ast)
Mladost Cacak - Dinamik 51-61 (Susic 12pts 3ast, Ocokoljic 11pts 6rebs 3stl - Mihajloski 17pts 6rebs 5stl 3blk, Beslac 14pts 12rebs)
Crvena Zvezda m:ts - Vojvodina 102-82 (Djordjevic 22pts 8rebs, Corovic 16pts - Birovljev 21pts 6rebs 3stl, Kovacevic 16pts)
Zdravlje - Mega Bemax April 19th
Radnicki Kragujevac - Partizan NIS 84-74 (Tomasevic 21pts 9rebs, Ristic 19pts 4ast - Latinovic 20pts, Adzic 19pts)
Polet - Zeleznicar Cacak 81-43 (Vukovic 20pts, Nesovic 18pts 7rebs 3blk - Jovanovic 13pts 3stl)

Standings

Crvena Zvezda mt:s 19-1, Dinamik 17-4, Mega Bemax 15-4, Zarkovo 13-7, Partizan NIS 13-6, Mladost 10-10, Radnicki 9-11, Vojvodina 9-11, Zdravlje 7-12, Nibak 2-19, Polet 3-16, Zeleznicar 2-18.



Stevanovic's 39-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

21-year old guard Andreja Stevanovic (189-G-95) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dynamic BG and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 39 points adding two rebounds and two assists for Dynamic BG in his team's victory, helping them to beat Beovuk 72 (#5, 14-12) 99-93. Dynamic BG maintains the 3rd position in Serbian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dynamic BG will need more victories to improve their 20-6 record. In the team's last game Stevanovic had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Dynamic BG's top player in his first season with the team. Stevanovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.2ppg) and averages solid 60.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Strahinja Jovanovic (180-PG-96) of OKK Beograd. He is a guard in his 4th season at OKK Beograd. In the last game Jovanovic recorded impressive 30 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. It was enough for OKK Beograd to edge the higher-ranked Mladost ZE (#8, 13-13) by 5 points 83-78. OKK Beograd's 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-15 record. Jovanovic is one of the most experienced players at OKK Beograd and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jovan Antic (189-G-89) of Konstantin (#14). Antic got into 30-points club by scoring 43 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Antic's great performance Konstantin lost 79-85 to slightly higher-ranked Smederevo (#13, 4-22). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Konstantin can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-23 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Antic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Antic has individually a great season in Serbia. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 52.6% and 3PT: 42.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nemanja Nenadic (185-G-94) of Dunav SB - 29 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Stefan Simic (193-F/G-96) of Smederevo - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Predrag Prlja (205-C-92) of Spartak - 10 points and 10 rebounds
7. Dejan Pejic (196-G-93) of Beovuk 72 - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Vuk Malidzan (193-PG-88) of Dunav SB - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77) of Dynamic BG - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Stefan Fundic (199-F-94) of Beovuk 72 - 13 points, 13 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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SBL Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Basket Kosice complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Kosice - Handlova 81-80

Kosice topped Handlova to advance into SBL semifinal stage. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Handlova won third quarter 28-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian guard Stefan Matovic (203-91, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Serbian guard Radenko Pilcevic (188-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) chipped in 15 points. Serbian guard Pedja Stamenkovic (190-88, agency: 011 Sports) responded with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the former international power forward Peter Sedmak (207-85, agency: 011 Sports) scored 26 points. Four Handlova players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kosice: S.Matovic 23+10reb+2ast, R.Pilcevic 15+2reb+3ast, M.Ziak 13+1reb+1ast, V.Ivelja 9+3reb, N.Nikolic 7+2reb+1ast, M.Batka 7+6reb
Handlova: P.Sedmak 26+4reb+1ast, P.Stamenkovic 23+7reb+7ast, N.Milosevic 13+3reb+4ast, N.Gudzic 10+9reb+4ast, L.Stria 5+2reb+1ast, O.Haviar 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 544151





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SD Medvode wins 3SKL League - by Eurobasket News

SD Medvode claimed 3SKL League title in Slovenia. The team finished the Second Round with a perfect 10-0 record. In the last game they overcame Litija 91-74. Zan Hribar (94) stepped up with 16 points, while Luka Novak (190-G-89) and Dejan Buncic (177-PG-77) added 15 each. Jaka Stemberger (92) replied with 25 points in the losing effort.


Zoltasti Troti celebrate 4 SKL title - by Eurobasket News

Zoltasti Troti celebrate 4 SKL title as they won Liga za prvaka with a 9-1 record. In their last game the winners posted an 84-59 win against Dravograd Koroska. Zoltasti Troti dominated the whole game and posted victories in all four quarters. Matic Janc (196-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Crt Ristic (180-G-89) netted 12. Rok Razdevsek (178-G-94) and Vito Torej produced 13 points each in the losing effort.


Rogaska scores only once in overtime to beat Zlatorog - by Zeljko Zule

Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) sank his lone 3-pointer of the night with 10 seconds left as Rogaska edged Zlatorog 77-75 in double overtime. Leon Santelj (204-F-95) led Rogaska with 17 points off the bench, Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier) (183-PG-93, college: Xavier) has 16 points and 10 assists, Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) scored 14 points and Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88) 12. Zlatorog outrebounded Rogaska 51-40, picking up 15 offensive boards, but shot just 13-of-26 from the free throw line. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) posted 23 points, Jan Span (187-PG-92) 15 and Igor Tratnik (207-F-89) 13.
Rogaska took their largest lead of the game at 24-16 early in the second quarter. At that point on, Zlatorog went on a 10-1 run to go up 26-25, their first advantage of the night. The visitors later extend their lead to 45-34 midway through the third quarter. Rogaska used a 16-2 run to jump ahead 54-40 early in the fourth quarter. Zlatorog re-take the lead at 55-54 and it would be the last advantage of the regulation for the visiting team. Rogaska pulled ahead 67-61 with just 19 seconds remaining. Igor Tratnik (207-F-89) halved the deficit with a lay-up and an additional free throw after being fouled. Zlatorog then fouled Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier) who calmy made both free throws for a 69-64 lead with six seconds to go. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) scored to cut the deficit to three with three seconds left. Zlatorog then stole the ball and Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Zlatorog never trailed in the first overtime. With his team leading 74-72, Igor Tratnik (207-F-89) missed both free throws with 40 seconds to go. Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) the made a jumper to tie the score and Zlatorog had the final possession. Nejc Baric (181-PG-97) missed a 3-pointer.
In the second overtime, both teams scored only once. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) made one of his free throws to put Zlatorog up 75-74 with half a minute remaining. Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) answered with a 3-pointer from long distance that gave Rogaska a 77-75 lead with 10 seconds left. Nejc Baric (181-PG-97) then again had the final shot, but his layup was off the mark.




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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Edwin JACKSON
  Estudian.
  (190-SG-89)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Jackson, Estudian.22.4 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid16.5 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.3 
 4. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.7 
 5. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia14.2 
 7. Campazzo, UCAM M.14.0 
 8. Benzing, Zaragoza13.8 
 9. Mumbru, RE.13.7 
 10. Nedovic, Unicaja13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  FC Barce.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Tomic, FC Barce.7.8 
 2. Shermadini, Andor.7.4 
 3. Diagne, Fuenlabrada6.7 
 4. Mahalbasic, Sevilla6.6 
 5. Ayon, Real Madrid6.3 
 6. Norel, Zaragoza6.2 
 7. Fotu, Zaragoza5.9 
 8. Musli, Unicaja5.8 
 9. Sikma, Valencia5.7 
 10. Whittington, Obrad.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Andorra
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Albicy, Andorra6.7 
 2. McConnell, Obradoiro6.1 
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