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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP  



Uganda to host 2017 FIBA-Zone V Club Championship - by Eurobasket News

FIBA Africa Zone V board has awarded the hosting rights for this year's Club Championship for Men and Women to Uganda. The annual regional basketball competition, staged by member countries on a rotational basis, will be staged in Kampala in October; however, the official dates will be announced at a later date. Zone V comprises 11 countries. Uganda hosts the event after Tanzania that staged last year's edition while Rwanda organized the 2015 edition. The regional club competition attracts the champion teams from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, S.Sudan, Burundi and Egypt. For the second time in a row, Rwanda will be represented by league champions Patriots and IPRC-South, the reigning playoffs champions, who will be making their debut appearance. Patriots made their debut last year in Dar-es-Salaam and reached the semi-finals. Rwanda's second representative Espoir were knocked out in the quarterfinals.
In the women category, Rwanda will be represented by APR and Ubumwe. Last year, only Ubumwe competed in the women category and finished third on their debut. Uganda's City Oilers and Kenya's Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) are the defending champions in the men and women categories respectively. Meanwhile, Kenya will host the 2017 U-16 Afrobasket preliminaries for boys and girls in May and June respectively as well as U-18 and Senior Afrobasket men and women 3x3.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  ALBANIA  


Superliga Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Vllaznia and SK Tirana reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Teuta - Vllaznia 62-87

Vllaznia overwhelmed Teuta to sweep the semifinal series. Teuta was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 29-10 charge of Vllaznia Shkodra, which allowed them to win the game.
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Kamza Basket - SK Tirana 79-118

SK Tirana outgunned Kamza Basket on the road and advanced into Superliga Finals. The game without a history. SK Tirana led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter.
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Klaudio Ndoja selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Virtus Bologna to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Chieti (10-19) crushing them 91-71 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Ndoja recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (20-9) is placed first in East group. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Ndoja's first season with the team. This year Ndoja averages: 8.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 39.0% in 10 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. Ndoja played for the Albanian senior national team five years ago.

Rashaun Broadus
Rashaun Broadus
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany). He could not help one of league's weakest teams SC Rasta Vechta (2-27) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Broadus' good performance SC Rasta Vechta was defeated 87-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Braunschweig (#16). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Broadus also added 4 steals. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Broadus' overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.2apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 19.4% and FT: 72.7%. He is a naturalized American. Broadus is in the roster of the Albanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Albania.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). Bushati was not able to help Brescia in their game against Umana Venezia (18-9) in the Italian Serie A. It was not his best game last Saturday. Bushati scored only 2 points in 22 minutes. Brescia lost 79-84 at home to the second-ranked Umana Venezia. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Bushati's overall stats are: 2.9ppg, 1.2rpg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 24.0% and FT: 52.4% in 27 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Bushati played for the Albanian national team five years ago.

Elvisi Dusha
Elvisi Dusha
   #4. Guard Elvisi Dusha (188-94, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for Plymouth Raiders (14-17) in their game against Leicester Riders (25-4) in the British BBL. He scored 8 points. Plymouth Raiders was crushed 99-69 in Leicester by the leading Riders. It was Plymouth Raiders' fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Dusha's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.1apg. He has both Albanian and British nationalities. Despite Dusha played previously for the British U20 national team, he is currently in the Albanian national team roster.

Celis Taflaj
Celis Taflaj
   #5. International small forward Celis Taflaj (201-98, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Viola RC in their game against Scafati (10-19) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Taflaj did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The tenth-placed Viola RC was edged 73-71 on their home court in Reggio Calabria by the lower-ranked Scafati (#14) in the West group. Taflaj's total stats this season are: 1.3ppg and 1.5rpg. He plays currently for the Albanian national team.

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

   #1. Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93, currently plays in Germany). Bekteshi could not help one of league's weakest teams SC Rasta Vechta (2-27) to beat Braunschweig (5-23). He did not have that impressive stats last Wednesday. Bekteshi scored only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. SC Rasta Vechta lost 73-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#16) Braunschweig. It was SC Rasta Vechta's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Bekteshi's total stats are: 3.7ppg and 1.7apg in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and German.

   #2. Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Isernia in their game against Senigallia (15-12) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Patani cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Isernia (#14) lost 67-75 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#7) Senigallia in the Group D. It was Isernia's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Patani's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Patani's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1spg in 28 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) plays for Krka in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Ergys Rrapi (200-C-83) plays for Ermis Lagkada in Greek B
Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) plays for Francavilla in Italian Serie C Silver
Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Vildan Mitku (200-F-83) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88) plays for Halle USV in German 2.Regionalliga
Grigoris Pappas (205-C/F-91) plays for Karditsas in Greek B

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



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  ANGOLA  


Division I Round 8: 1 De Agosto hands first loss to undefeated Libolo - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Libolo (23-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked 1 De Agosto (17-7) 86-83. Defending champion maintains third position in I with 17-7 record having just eighteen point less than leader ASA. Libolo at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. 1 De Agosto are looking forward to face Progresso (#6) in the next round. Libolo will play against the league's second-placed Petroleos (#2) in Luanda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Luanda: Interclube (#4) and Petroleos (#2). Petroleos were defeated at home 74-82 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Interclube maintains fourth position in I with 10-14 record. Petroleos at the other side keep the second place with six games lost. Interclube will play against Marinha (#5) in the next round. Petroleos will play against the league's leader Libolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 8
In I Vila Clotilde was beaten by Lusiada on the road 81-74.

Places 1-6
Libolo - 1 De Agosto 83-86

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Libolo (23-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked 1 De Agosto (17-7) 86-83. Defending champion maintains third position in I with 17-7 record having just eighteen point less than leader ASA. Libolo at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. 1 De Agosto are looking forward to face Progresso (#6) in the next round. Libolo will play against the league's second-placed Petroleos (#2) in Luanda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Petroleos - Interclube 74-82

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Luanda: Interclube (#4) and Petroleos (#2). Petroleos were defeated at home 74-82 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Interclube maintains fourth position in I with 10-14 record. Petroleos at the other side keep the second place with six games lost. Interclube will play against Marinha (#5) in the next round. Petroleos will play against the league's leader Libolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Places 7-9
Lusiada - Vila Clotilde 81-74

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Lusiada (5-14) beat at home bottom-ranked Vila Clotilde (5-16) 81-74. Lusiada moved-up to eighth place in I. Vila Clotilde at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost.
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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.1 
 2. Green, Instituto19.9 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.4 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.0 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.2 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.7 
 9. Horner, Obras B.16.6 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.3 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.5 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.9 
 7. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 8. Francis, La Union8.7 
 9. Wood, San M.8.6 
 10. Caracter, Echague8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.3 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 3. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.4 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 7. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Calfani, San L.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol0.9 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.4 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 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. Correa, BHY T.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Gonzalez, San I.13.1 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Dodson, Petr.Arg.9.9 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 5. Cutley, Atenas C.8.6 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 7. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 9. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 10. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
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. Cabrera, Villa S.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 TC1.2 
 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 



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  AUSTRIA  


Bogic Vujosevic claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kapfenberg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 24-year old playmaker had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and eight assists for Kapfenberg in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Vienna (#4, 16-14) in overtime 91-89. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kapfenberg maintains the 3rd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kapfenberg will need more victories to improve their 19-11 record. In the team's last game Vujosevic had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Kapfenberg's top player in his first season with the team. Vujosevic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 51.0% FGP and 41.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Arkadia. Vay impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Arkadia lost that game 70-79 to the higher-ranked Oberwart (#1, 25-4). This loss caused Arkadia to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-15 record. Vay is one of the most experienced players at Arkadia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 8.6rpg and 3.4apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Derek Jackson (185-PG-91, agency: Mansfield and Associates) of top-ranked Oberwart. Jackson showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, five rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Oberwart, leading his team to a 79-70 win against the lower-ranked Arkadia (#6, 14-15). Oberwart confirms their top position in the standings. Jackson has a great season in Austria. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (9th best) and assists with 5.3apg (4th best). He also has 2.7spg and FGP: 53.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of Vienna - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Anton Maresch (191-SG-91) of UBSC Graz - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. David Hasenburger (207-F-90) of UBSC Graz - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anthony Clemmons (186-PG-94) of Vienna - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Predrag Miletic (193-SG-84) of Vienna - 22 points and 4 rebounds
10. Marino Sarlija (207-C-89) of Furstenfeld - 14 points, 9 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)



A Bundesliga Round 32 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Vienna (#4) forced the game against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) into an overtime, but lost by two points 89-91 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Vienna. The best player for the winners was Bogic Vujosevic who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Michael Schrittwieser used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Kapfenberg Bulls (19-11) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position having five points less than leader Oberwart. Vienna at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will have a break next round. Vienna will play at home against Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) and hope to win that game.

The best stats of 32th round was 29 points and 14 rebounds by Fabricio Vay of Arkadia.

Arkadia - Oberwart 70-79

There was no surprise in Traiskirchen where 5th ranked Arkadia Lions (14-15) were defeated by first ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (25-4) 79-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-70. The best player for the winners was American point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) who scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) added 5 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists respectively for the hosts. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 25-4 record. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will face league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against Dukes in Klosterneuburg and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Jackson 22+5reb+6ast, B.Blazevic 14+4reb+1ast, J.Traylor 14+5reb+3ast, C.Kuakumensah 11+3reb+1ast, C.McNealy 8+5reb+2ast, A.Cumberbatch 4+3reb+1ast
Arkadia: F.Vay 29+14reb+3ast, J.Detrick 14+2reb+2ast, M.Draskovic 10+7reb, M.Trmal 6+4reb, F.Memcic 6+2reb, B.Danek 5+6reb+13ast
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Furstenfeld - Wels 80-70

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (13-17) defeated at home 5th ranked Raiffeisen Wels (14-15) 80-70 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Furstenfeld Panthers. Raiffeisen Wels was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Furstenfeld Panthers shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89) who scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Hannes Ochsenhofer (185-85) chipped in 21 points. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and Czech center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains seventh position with 13-17 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will face higher ranked Vienna (#4) in Wien in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Raiffeisen Wels will play at home against UBSC Graz and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: H.Ochsenhofer 21+1reb+2ast, S.Iliev 15+9reb, M.Sarlija 14+9reb+5ast, P.Radakovics 9+2reb+2ast, D.Jandl 9+8reb+5ast, C.Astl 7+3reb+1ast
Wels: A.Chan 16+5reb, D.Lamesic 16+7reb+1ast, D.Cigoja 14+4reb+1ast, K.Payton 11+3reb+3ast, T.Csebits 7+3reb+2ast, B.Mair 6+3reb+3ast
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Kapfenberg - Vienna 91-89 OT

Vienna (#4) forced the game against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) into an overtime, but lost by two points 89-91 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Vienna. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 18-16 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. American guard Marck Coffin (193-91, college: Idaho Coll.) chipped in 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Michael Schrittwieser used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) produced 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-94, college: Iowa) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls (19-11) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position having five points less than leader Oberwart. Vienna at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will have a break next round. Vienna will play at home against Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: B.Vujosevic 25+9reb+8ast, N.Krstic 15+1reb+1ast, K.Jamar 14+3reb+2ast, A.Woschank 11+1reb+1ast, M.Coffin 8+11reb+4ast, M.Stegnjaic 6+4reb
Vienna: S.Stazic 28+5reb+4ast, P.Miletic 22+4reb+1ast, A.Clemmons 19+5reb+7ast, S.Ray 10+9reb+3ast, S.Koch 8+8reb+1ast, D.Najdanovic 2+1reb
gschID: 495077


UBSC Graz - Klosterneuburg 69-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Dukes' (4-25) road loss to eighth ranked UBSC Graz (7-22) 63-69 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. UBSC Graz looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was international Anton Maresch (191-91) who scored 19 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward David Hasenburger (207-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. International center Jozo Rados (208-93) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (-98) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. UBSC Graz maintains eighth position with 7-22 record. Dukes lost seventeenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. UBSC Graz will face higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dukes will play against Arkadia Lions (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: A.Maresch 19+3reb+8ast, M.Krivokapic 16+3reb+5ast, D.Hasenburger 13+10reb+2ast, D.Brcina 10+4reb+2ast, A.Domitner 6+2reb, F.Richter 3+2reb+5ast
Klosterneuburg: J.Rados 17+10reb+3ast, G.Bezhanishvili 16+3reb+5ast, C.Greimeister 7+4reb, J.Blazevic 7+5reb+1ast, L.Burgemeister 7+4reb+2ast, T.Bas 4+2reb
gschID: 495076





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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 17: Winless Tridents loses another game - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Bottom-ranked Tridents (0-10) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to seventh ranked PanAm I.I. (3-7) 91-67 on Saturday evening. PanAm I.I. maintains seventh place with 3-7 record. Tridents at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. PanAm I.I. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tridents will play against Sonics (#4) and hope to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 17 Bulls lost to Sonics on the opponent's court 50-64.

Sonics - Bulls 64-50

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Bulls' (5-5) road loss to fourth ranked Sonics (7-3) 50-64 on Saturday. Sonics have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Pinelands. Bulls lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Warriors. Sonics is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Tridents (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bulls will have a break next round.
gschID: 543709


PanAm I.I. - Tridents 91-67

Bottom-ranked Tridents (0-10) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to seventh ranked PanAm I.I. (3-7) 91-67 on Saturday evening. PanAm I.I. maintains seventh place with 3-7 record. Tridents at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. PanAm I.I. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tridents will play against Sonics (#4) and hope to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 543708





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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.4 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven16.8 
 3. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.7 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.3 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.2 
 7. Simpson, Liege13.9 
 8. Ware, Antwerp13.7 
 9. Badji, Kangoeroes13.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.2 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes6.9 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.6 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Fields, Liege6.5 
 7. Ware, Antwerp6.4 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 9. Dowe, Brussels6.0 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.6 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.2 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.0 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.9 
 5. Anderson, Limburg .4.6 
 6. Marnegrave, Spirou4.3 
 7. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.1 
 8. Clark, Antwerp4.1 
 9. Hertay, Liege3.7 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Simpson, Liege1.6 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Hertay, Liege1.5 
 5. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 6. Billbury, Leuven1.4 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 8. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 9. Troisfontain., Aalst.1.2 
 10. Clark, Antwerp1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege1.0 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende0.9 
 4. Fusek, Spirou0.9 
 5. Henry, Kangoeroes0.8 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 7. Blair, Aalstar0.7 
 8. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 9. Ware, Antwerp0.7 
 10. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 20
 1. Celis, Oxaco20.0 
 2. Lhoest, Ninane19.9 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 6. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.5 
 7. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen16.4 
 9. Baptista, Gistel O.16.2 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.3 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.5 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 5. Celis, Oxaco7.5 
 6. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.4 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.3 
 8. Bogaerts, Soba7.0 
 9. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
 10. Fall, Ieper6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.5.4 
 2. Celis, Oxaco4.5 
 3. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.4 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.3 
 5. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.6 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen3.2 
 8. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 9. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.1 
 10. Beaujean, Gembo B.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.1 
 2. Benzouien, Royal B.2.1 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.8 
 4. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 5. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 6. Riahi, RPC A.1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Van-d., Ekeren1.5 
 9. Hockins, RPC A.1.4 
 10. Lamot, Melsele1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony VERMEERSCH
  Gembo B.
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 3. Fall, Ieper0.9 
 4. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.8 
 5. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 6. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.7 
 7. Samaey, Waregem0.6 
 8. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 9. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 10. Bouckaert, Gembo B.0.4 


Euromillions League Round 30: Antwerp Giants are upset by Belfius Mons-Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

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

The most important game in the last round took place in Antwerp between third ranked Antwerp Giants (19-11) and eighth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (13-17) on Wednesday night. Antwerp Giants were defeated by Belfius Mons-Hainaut in a tough game at home 80-85. 24 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) who scored 30 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Idris Lasisi (188-88, college: Whitworth) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds. Belfius Mons-Hainaut maintains eighth position with 13-17 record. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the second place with 11 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut are looking forward to face higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Antwerp Giants will play against Liege Basket and are hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Brussels. First ranked Oostende faced 3rd ranked Basic-Fit Brussels. Guests from Oostende (24-5) defeated host Basic-Fit Brussels (18-11) 58-53. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Basic-Fit Brussels. It was a good game for international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) who led his team to a victory with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Corey Walden contributed with 12 points for the winners. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American swingman Chris Dowe (193-91, college: Bellarmine) replied with 11 points and 5 rebounds for Basic-Fit Brussels. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-5 record. Basic-Fit Brussels at the other side keep the third place with 11 games lost. Oostende will play against Leuven Bears (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Spirou Charleroi (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was played in Jemappes where host Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) rolled over higher ranked Kangoeroes with 28-point difference 85-57 on Saturday evening. Tre Demps scored 22 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Pape Badji with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut maintains eighth position with 13-17 record. Loser Kangoeroes keep the fourth place with 14 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will meet at home higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kangoeroes will play against Leuven Bears and hope to secure a win.
Tenth-ranked Liege Basket (6-25) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Okapi Aalstar (16-15). The visitors from Aalstar managed to secure only three-point victory 86-83. However their fans expected much easier game. Bill Amis notched 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Okapi Aalstar's coach Steve Ibens used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Okapi Aalstar maintains fifth position with 16-15 record. Liege Basket lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Okapi Aalstar's next round opponent will be Spirou Charleroi (#7) at home. Liege Basket will play against the league's second-placed Antwerp Giants and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 30 Antwerp defeated Leuven in a road game 84-80. Limburg United beat Spirou at home 82-66.

Brussels - Oostende 53-58

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Brussels. First ranked Oostende faced 3rd ranked Basic-Fit Brussels. Guests from Oostende (24-5) defeated host Basic-Fit Brussels (18-11) 58-53. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Basic-Fit Brussels. They outrebounded Basic-Fit Brussels 38-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) who led his team to a victory with 8 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Corey Walden (188-92, college: E.Kentucky) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American swingman Chris Dowe (193-91, college: Bellarmine) replied with 11 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) added 11 points in the effort for Basic-Fit Brussels. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-5 record. Basic-Fit Brussels at the other side keep the third place with 11 games lost. Oostende will play against Leuven Bears (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Spirou Charleroi (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brussels: D.Loubry 11+4reb+3ast, C.Dowe 11+5reb+3ast, J.Simmons 9+2reb, A.Peciukevicius 8+2reb+1ast, B.Ubel 7+5reb+1ast, A.Lichodzijewski 7+2reb
Oostende: C.Walden 12+4reb+3ast, K.Boukichou 11+3reb, R.Katic 9+3reb+1ast, P.Gillet 8+9reb+3ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 7+5reb+1ast, V.Kesteloot 5+2reb
gschID: 478840


Leuven - Antwerp 80-84

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Leuven Bears (9-20) were defeated at home by third ranked Antwerp Giants (19-11) 84-80. They made 22-of-24 charity shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Swingman Jorn Van Hooydonk (193-97) notched 18 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) to lead the effort and American forward Ryan Anderson (206-92, college: Arizona) supported him with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Even 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) did not help to save the game for Leuven Bears. Australian swingman Clint Steindl (200-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 17 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Antwerp Giants moved-up to second place. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the ninth position with 20 games lost. Antwerp Giants' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Liege Basket (#10) in Liege and are hoping to win another game. Leuven Bears will play on the road against the league's leader Oostende and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Leuven: C.Miller-McIntyre 24+3ast, C.Steindl 17+2reb+1ast, K.Billbury 11+2reb+1ast, I.Bako 9+6reb, A.Goetgeluck 5+1reb+3ast, J.Delalieux 5+4reb+2ast
Antwerp: J.Van Hooydonk 18+6reb+2ast, D.Conger 16+4reb+2ast, G.Ware 16+6reb, J.Clark 14+9ast, R.Anderson 11+12reb+1ast, M.Smith 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 478838


Mons-Hainaut - Kangoeroes 85-57

An interesting game was played in Jemappes where host Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) rolled over higher ranked Kangoeroes with 28-point difference 85-57 on Saturday evening. Belfius Mons-Hainaut dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kangoeroes' 36. Belfius Mons-Hainaut forced 19 Kangoeroes turnovers. American guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) scored 22 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman JJ Mann (198-91, college: Belmont) chipped in 9 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut maintains eighth position with 13-17 record. Loser Kangoeroes keep the fourth place with 14 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will meet at home higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kangoeroes will play against Leuven Bears and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: P.Badji 16+11reb+2ast, T.Henry 16+6reb+1ast, A.Chada 10+4reb+2ast, W.Channels 7+4reb+2ast, D.Donkor 5, R.Oveneke 3+2reb
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 22+3reb+4ast, G.Green 12+1reb, A.Olah 11+5reb, J.Mann 9+4reb+3ast, I.Lasisi 9+5ast, A.Gorgemans 6+5reb
gschID: 478839


Limburg United - Spirou 82-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Limburg United's (15-15) home victory over 7th ranked Spirou Charleroi (13-16) 82-66. Limburg United players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) notched 29 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Jerime Anderson (187-89, college: UCLA) supported him with 14 points and 7 assists. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) by American Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) did not help to save the game for Spirou Charleroi. Slovakian center Michael Fusek (221-95, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limburg United maintains sixth position with 15-15 record. Spirou Charleroi at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Limburg United's next round opponent will be league's leader Oostende on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Spirou Charleroi will play against Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Spirou: K.Grant 23+6reb+2ast, M.Fusek 13+8reb+1ast, A.Libert 13+3reb+3ast, I.Radenovic 7+6reb+4ast, N.Marnegrave 6+4reb+3ast, A.Lambot 2+1reb+2ast
Limburg United: S.Tuttle 29+4reb, J.Anderson 14+4reb+7ast, B.Simons 11+3reb+2ast, Y.Desiron 9+7reb, W.Boss Mukubu 8+5reb+4ast, D.Jansen 8+1ast
gschID: 478837


Liege - Aalstar 83-86

Tenth-ranked Liege Basket (6-25) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Okapi Aalstar (16-15). The visitors from Aalstar managed to secure only three-point victory 86-83. However their fans expected much easier game. American Bill Amis (206-87, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) notched 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (196-89, agency: LBM Management) supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Troisfontaines is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Okapi Aalstar's coach Steve Ibens used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by American power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for Liege Basket. His fellow American import point guard Vincent Simpson (185-88, college: Hampton, agency: Promotex) added 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar maintains fifth position with 16-15 record. Liege Basket lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Okapi Aalstar's next round opponent will be Spirou Charleroi (#7) at home. Liege Basket will play against the league's second-placed Antwerp Giants and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Liege: V.Simpson 14+2reb+5ast, J.Fields 14+10reb+2ast, L.Giancaterino 13+2reb+2ast, D.Sweetney 12+3reb+2ast, L.Hazard 11+1ast, B.Penninck 10+4reb+3ast
Aalstar: O.Troisfontaines 19+3reb+4ast, Q.Taylor 15+4reb+2ast, B.Amis 15+9reb+2ast, J.Tofi 14+9reb+1ast, S.Geukens 12+1reb+3ast, B.Uzoh 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 478836


Round 28
Antwerp - Mons-Hainaut 80-85

The most important game in the last round took place in Antwerp between third ranked Antwerp Giants (19-11) and eighth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (13-17) on Wednesday night. Antwerp Giants were defeated by Belfius Mons-Hainaut in a tough game at home 80-85. 24 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) who scored 30 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Idris Lasisi (188-88, college: Whitworth) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) added 19 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Belfius Mons-Hainaut maintains eighth position with 13-17 record. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the second place with 11 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut are looking forward to face higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Antwerp Giants will play against Liege Basket and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: J.Clark 19+3reb+3ast, M.Smith 17+7reb+1ast, G.Ware 12+9reb+1ast, R.Anderson 11+11reb, D.Marchant 8+2reb+3ast, D.Conger 6+1reb+1ast
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 30+6reb+8ast, G.Green 17+1reb+1ast, I.Lasisi 11+6reb+3ast, J.Mann 11+9reb, A.Olah 8+3reb+1ast, A.Gorgemans 5+3reb
gschID: 543791





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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 3. Stallworth, Mogi19.8 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Andrade, Bauru18.6 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.3 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.0 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.9 
 9. Holloway, Pinheiros17.6 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.10.1 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.6 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.9 
 7. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 8. Lopez, Flamengo6.6 
 9. Andrade, Bauru6.6 
 10. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.7 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
 4. Borges, Franca5.5 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.4 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.2 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.9 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria4.8 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Fischer, Flamengo4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 6. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 7. Bresolin, Vitoria1.6 
 8. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 9. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 10. Schneider, Macae1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Lenz, Pinheiros0.8 
 4. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 6. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 7. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 8. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 
 9. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 10. Freitas, Campo M.0.5 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lucas VEZARO
  Joinville
  (188-G-96)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Vezaro, Joinville17.5 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 3. Gaines, Blumenau15.2 
 4. Maistro, Contagem13.4 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.12.9 
 6. Filho, Botafogo.12.6 
 7. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 8. Silva, Blumenau11.9 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.8 
 10. Dias, Joinville11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Prado, Brusque9.6 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.8.9 
 3. Silva, Blumenau8.7 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.2 
 5. Russell, Botafogo.7.0 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 7. Gaines, Blumenau6.5 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville6.4 
 9. Silva, Brusque6.4 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville4.0 
 3. Semmke, Blumenau3.8 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.8 
 5. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 6. Romualdo, Contagem3.0 
 7. Stocks, Blumenau2.8 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.2.6 
 9. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stocks, Blumenau4.3 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.3 
 3. Maistro, Contagem2.1 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.8 
 5. Moreira, Blumenau1.6 
 6. Vezaro, Joinville1.6 
 7. Romualdo, Contagem1.6 
 8. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
 10. Prado, Brusque1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.0 
 2. Perez, Botafogo.0.9 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.0.9 
 4. Maistro, Contagem0.8 
 5. Silva, Blumenau0.7 
 6. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 7. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 8. Oliveira, Contagem0.5 
 9. Tiago, Brusque0.5 
 10. Romualdo, Contagem0.4 


America adds Guilherme Do Carmo to their roster - by Paulo Freire

America/Unirp/Rodobens/Smel/Abzil (Paulista) added to their roster 20-year old guard Guilherme Do Carmo (195-97). He just played at Paschoalotto/Bauru in the NBB. In only one game he recorded 3 points this season. Paulista will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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NBB Round 4 of 1/8 Finals. Victories for Campo Mourao, Vasco Da Gama and Paulistano - by Eurobasket News

Campo Mourao - Vitoria 68-66

Campo Mourao nipped Vitoria to force the decisive fifth game in the series. Worth to mention a great performance of Douglas Nunes (208-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Isaac Thornton (190-91, college: Fairmont St.) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Keyron Sheard (188-86, college: Chattanooga, agency: Haylett Sports) added 18 points in the effort for Universo/Vitoria.
Top scorers:
Vitoria: K.Dawkins 19+7reb+5ast, K.Sheard 18+2reb+3ast, R.Scholz 12+5reb, A.Silva 7+1reb, A.Bresolin 5+8reb+5ast, E.de Oliveira 3+1reb+1ast
Campo Mourao: D.Nunes 17+10reb+2ast, I.Thornton 14+4reb+3ast, C.Freitas 9+5reb+4ast, W.Henrique 8+5reb, L.Da Silva 7+4reb, V.Oliveira 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544391


Vasco Da G. - Pinheiros 79-73

Vasco Da Gama held off Pinheiros to even the series at 2-2. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Murilo Becker (211-83) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds and American guard David Jackson (195-82, college: Penn St.) who added 14 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Vasco Da G. players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: C.Bennett 17+4reb+4ast, D.Holloway 10+6reb+6ast, G.Teichmann 10+4reb+2ast, L.Gustavo de Oliveira 9+2reb+1ast, R.Ansaloni 8+3reb+1ast, A.Neto 8+3reb+2ast
Vasco Da G.: M.Dornelles 14+6reb+1ast, M.Becker 14+8reb+1ast, D.Jackson 14+3reb+6ast, W.Dos Santos 14+4reb+4ast, G.Zilmer 8, H.Vitor Lima 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 544079


B.Cearense - Paulistano 67-82

Paulistano dropped Basket Cearense on the road to send the series into Game 5. Paulistano outrebounded SKY/Basquete 50-33 including 35 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by point guard George Lucas (195-96) who scored that evening 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Lucas Dias-Silva (209-95) supported him with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Four Paulistano players scored in double figures. Even 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists by the former international point guard David Rossetto (180-93) did not help to save the game for SKY/Basquete. The former international guard Eduardo Machado (193-82) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
B.Cearense: E.Machado 16+5reb+1ast, D.Rossetto 12+6reb+7ast, R.McLemore 10+6reb+1ast, L.Klassmann 9+2reb, M.Vinicius Toledo 9+8reb, L.Felipe Gruber 7+3reb
Paulistano: G.Lucas 17+9reb+6ast, L.Dias Silva 15+15reb+1ast, E.Carvalho 13+2reb+2ast, A.Pecos 10+3reb+2ast, R.Carbonari 9+8reb, G.Hubner 9+5reb
gschID: 544080





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  BULGARIA  


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

24-year old forward Travis Daniels (202-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Balkan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds, while his team crushed Spartak Pleven (#6, 10-13) with 24-point margin 95-71. Balkan maintains the 5th position in Bulgarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Balkan will need more victories to improve their 13-10 record. In the team's last game Daniels had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Mississippi State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Daniels is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.7rpg) and averages solid 63.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mihailo Sekulovic (206-C-91). He is Montenegrin center in his first season at Balkan. In the last game Sekulovic recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Daniels he helped Balkan with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Spartak Pleven (#6, 10-13) 95-71. Balkan's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sekulovic is a newcomer at Balkan and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#7). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94) of Cherno More (#7). Karamfilov showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of Cherno More, leading his team to a 85-80 win against slightly lower-ranked Yambol (#8, 6-17). The chances of Cherno More not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Karamfilov could try to bring Cherno More's a little bit higher in the standings. Karamfilov has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.1apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Semple (201-F-92) of Akademik PL - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Venelin Hristov (198-G/F-95) of Cherno More - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Steve Zack (211-C-92) of Lukoil Acad. - 13 points and 6 rebounds
7. Nikola Djuric (201-C/F-91) of Cherno More - 16 points and 9 rebounds
8. Ventsislav Petkov (188-G-91) of Yambol - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Stanimir Marinov (192-G-91) of Balkan - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Danny Gibson (177-PG-84) of Lukoil Acad. - 17 points 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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  CHILE  

Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.7 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 3. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas25.5 
 5. Robinson, Osorno23.0 
 6. Cheek, Las Animas21.2 
 7. McCombs, CDE T.21.0 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud20.8 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
 10. Centeno, AB Ancud20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.12.7 
 3. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas11.3 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 6. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 7. Bowdry, Los Leones10.8 
 8. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.6 
 9. Diaz, Puente Alto10.0 
 10. Lee, CD Castro10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.3 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.6 
 4. Munoz, Osorno4.9 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.5 
 7. Saez, Tinguiri.4.2 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.8 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.5 
 10. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 3. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 4. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 5. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
 7. Dickson, CDU C.1.6 
 8. Lopez, Puente Alto1.6 
 9. Del-Solar, Las A.1.6 
 10. Soto, CDU Catolica1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike PHILLIPS
  Puerto M.
  (201-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 2. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.2 
 4. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 5. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 6. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 
 7. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 8. Centeno, AB Ancud0.8 
 9. Valencia, Puerto M.0.7 
 10. Bravo, Tinguiri.0.7 


Liga Nacional Round 2 of Finals. Osorno earn second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Osorno - CDE Talca 101-65

Osorno outgunned CDE Talca to celebrate the second straight win in Liga Nacional Finals. The game without a history. Osorno Basquetbol led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Espanol de Talca's 30. They outrebounded Espanol de Talca 37-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Marcelo Hernandez (187-79) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Five Osorno Basquetbol players scored in double figures. Osorno Basquetbol's coach R Isbej felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vicente Guaico produced 18 points and guard Pablo Barraza (184-94) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Osorno: R.Okosa 19+10reb+2ast, M.Hernandez 15+6reb+4ast, J.Fontena 15+3reb, B.Robinson 14+7reb+3ast, S.Salamanca 13+1reb+1ast, F.Ibarra 10+2reb+1ast
CDE Talca: V.Guaico 18+2reb+1ast, D.Jones 11+2reb+2ast, P.Barraza 10+5reb+3ast, D.McCombs 8+3reb, F.Bravo 6+4reb+2ast, R.Gomez 5+1ast
gschID: 543995





Liga Nacional Round 1 of Finals. Osorno claim opening win - by Eurobasket News

Osorno - CDE Talca 84-67

Osorno coasted past CDE Talca in the championship series opener. The game without a history. Osorno Basquetbol led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International forward Juan Fontena (196-87) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: DTMones) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import swingman Decorey Jones (201-90, college: Faulkner) added 13 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Osorno: B.Robinson 27+11reb, J.Fontena 13+7reb+1ast, R.Okosa 10+6reb+4ast, R.Munoz 8+1reb+2ast, F.Ibarra 8+2reb, M.Schenoni 8+3reb+2ast
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 18+13reb, D.Jones 13+13reb+1ast, P.Barraza 8+1ast, E.Sepulveda 7+4reb+2ast, S.Bravo 7+4reb+2ast, V.Guaico 6+1reb
gschID: 543994





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  CHINA  


John Holland agreed terms with Beijing - by Eurobasket News

Beijing Dongfang (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Puerto Rican international swingman John Holland (195-93kg-88, college: Boston). He played recently at Canton Charge (D-League) in the U.S. In 39 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg this season.
Holland has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements his college team won AEC Tournament in 2011. Holland received also Eurobasket.com EuroChallenge All-Imports Team award back in 2012.
He represented Puerto Rico at the FIBA Americas in Caracas (Venezuela) four years ago. Holland's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 10 games: 9.4ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT: 68.0%.
Holland is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Holland has played previously professionally in France (Gravelines Dunkerque and Chorale de Roanne), Spain (Sevilla), Turkey (Besiktas), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs) and Puerto Rico (Manati).
He attended Boston until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A powerful swingman who shoots well from outside and has the driblling skills and the first pass to go inside to finish. Defense is not his preferred part of the game, but size and athleticism help him in getting the job done.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Quinn COOK
  Canton C.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 2. Harris, Texas L.25.6 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 6. Murphy, Grand R.23.0 
 7. Jackson, Texas L.22.5 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.5 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.3 
 10. Wiltjer, Rio G.20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.1 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Onuaku, Rio G.10.7 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.5 
 6. Costello, Iowa E.10.2 
 7. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 8. Sims, Salt L.9.2 
 9. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 10. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Magette, Los A.9.5 
 2. Marshall, Reno B.9.1 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.0 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.7 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.6 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.0 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 3. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.1 
 4. Tokoto, Rio G.2.1 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.2.0 
 6. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 7. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 9. Jackson, Texas L.1.9 
 10. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC3.0 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.8 
 4. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 7. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 8. Obekpa, Santa C.2.5 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 10. Jones, Santa C.2.1 


Vipers top Blue to force Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City couldn't match Rio Grande Valley's hot shooting night in Game 2 of the NBA D-League Western Conference Finals on Sunday. Rio Grande Valley forced a series-deciding Game 3 with a 118-105 win over the Blue at the Cox Convention Center. The Vipers never trailed, leading by as many as 18 points. Rio Grande Valley shot 52 percent from the floor to OKC's 38 percent. The Blue started cold before shooting 50 percent from the floor in the second. Despite the offensive boost, Rio Grande Valley extended its lead to 56-47 by halftime. The Vipers continued to push the pace in the second half, tying the series 1-1 with the double-digit win. Vipers forward Kyle Wiltjer (6'10''-F-92, college: Gonzaga) had a game-high 25 points, knocking down 5-of-8 from three. Guard Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) poured in 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting. The Blue were led by guard Reggie Williams (6'6''-G/F-86, college: VMI) and forward Josh Huestis (6'7''-F-91, college: Stanford). Williams scored a team-high 20 points, while Huestis added 19. Both Alex Caruso (6'5''-G-94, college: Texas A&M) and Dakari Johnson (7'0''-C/F-95, college: Kentucky) posted double-doubles for Oklahoma City. Caruso had 16 points and a game-high 10 assists. Johnson finished with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Courtesy of: newsok.com




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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


The semifinals are set in Baloncesto Superior de Santiago - by Eurobasket News

The semifinals are set in Baloncesto Superior de Santiago after the final matches of the season. Domingo Paulino will play against La Plaza Valerio, while Sameji will take on Pueblo Nuevo. In the latest games Sameji beat Cupes 92-87 as Kavon Lytch (199-PF-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: DTMones) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Nehemias Morillo (196-G-92, college: S.Florida) and Jerry Flores (PG) followed him with 15 points each, while Ramel Brown (180-PG) netted 14.
Earlier Club Domingo Paulino edged Sameji 106-101 as Adris De Leon (180-PG-84, college: E.Washington) scored 32 points.



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.19.0 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.3 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu17.0 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.16.1 
 6. Olmre, TTU16.0 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.7 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.7 
 9. Strupovics, Valga14.5 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.5 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.2 
 4. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.0 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU7.9 
 6. Lips, Tarvas7.6 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.3 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.8 
 10. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.9 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 6. Bratoz, Rapla3.8 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.3 
 10. Saage, TL.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.1 
 2. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 3. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 5. Paiste, Tarvas1.7 
 6. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 7. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 8. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 9. Post, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Kaldre, Noorteliiga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mickell GLADNESS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 2. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 3. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 4. Lips, Tarvas0.8 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 6. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 7. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 8. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 9. Saks, TL.0.6 
 10. Kok, Rapla0.6 


Overview of Alexela KML Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

TTU - Parnu 78-87

Parnu fired past TTU in Tallinn to take 2-0 lead in the series. TTU was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 32-20 charge of Parnu, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to TTU's 36. 25 personal fouls committed by TTU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Mihkel Kirves (190-96) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, agency: Players Group) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. The former international Toomas Raadik (202-90, agency: Promotex) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Sten Olmre (192-95) scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Parnu and five TTU players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
TTU: K.Akenparg 21+1reb, T.Raadik 16+10reb+1ast, S.Olmre 13+9reb+4ast, J.Jarvelainen 12+5reb+1ast, R.Koort 11+3reb, S.Viilup 3+1reb+3ast
Parnu: E.Seskus 21+3reb+5ast, R.Hallik 19+3reb+3ast, D.Bubalo 18+8reb+1ast, M.Kirves 17+14reb+2ast, K.Kask 5+2reb, R.Raap 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 543833


TLU/Kalev - Tartu Ulikool 68-94

Tartu Ulikool upset TLU/Kalev in the capital for the second straight win. It looked good early as TLU/Kalev took a 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tartu Ulikool took control winning next two quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 26 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to TLU/Kalev's 30. They outrebounded TLU/Kalev 48-28 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tartu Ulikool players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by TLU/Kalev's players. Australian forward Venky Jois (202-93, college: E.Washington) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international Janar Talts (206-83) supported him with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 15 points by the former international point guard Kristo Saage (186-85) did not help to save the game for TLU/Kalev. Serbian center Djordje Dzeletovic (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) added 11 points for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
TLU/Kalev: K.Saage 15+4reb+1ast, M.Jurtom 11+1reb+1ast, D.Dzeletovic 11+3reb+2ast, R.Tamm 11+3reb, J.Vahter 9+3reb+1ast, M.Kurg 5+3reb+3ast
Tartu Ulikool: V.Jois 18+11reb+1ast, M.Thomas 17+4reb+2ast, J.Talts 12+7reb+4ast, T.Sokk 11+4reb+5ast, G.Dorbek 8+3reb+5ast, M.Adam Konate 8+8reb
gschID: 543832


Valga - Rapla 70-99

Rapla coasted past Valga on the road to step closer to the semifinal stage. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 24-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-70. Rapla dominated on the defensive end, holding Valga to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Valga 44-28 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rapla looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican guard Rasham Suarez (190-92, college: S.Mississippi) who scored 23 points and 5 assists. Dutch center Jito Kok (206-94, college: San Diego, agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Naturalized American forward Renato Lindments (202-84, college: Westfield St.) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and Latvian guard Kristaps Kanbergs (189-88) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Valga players scored in double figures. 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.
Top scorers:
Valga: R.Raadik 12+3reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 12+5reb+1ast, R.Lindments 11+6reb+2ast, I.Rihards Zvigurs 11+2reb+1ast, R.Strupovics 10+3reb+2ast, V.Veski 5+1reb
Rapla: R.Suarez 23+3reb+5ast, D.Bratoz 14+2reb+2ast, J.Kok 12+8reb+3ast, M.Paasoja 11+5reb+2ast, T.van der Mars 8+11reb+4ast, I.Kajupank 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 543831


Tarvas - Kalev/Cramo 67-89

Kalev/Cramo outscored Tarvas in Rakvere to ensure 2-0 lead. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kalev/Cramo outrebounded BC Rakvere 49-29 including a 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international Timo Eichfuss (200-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Mickell Gladness (211-86) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Siim-Markus Post (183-97) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Karl-Johan Lips (198-96) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BC Rakvere. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Rakvere's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: S.Post 22+6reb+3ast, K.Lips 12+6reb+2ast, M.Paiste 12+3reb+1ast, T.Peil 10+5reb+1ast, A.Ehte 3+3reb, R.Lille 2+1reb+2ast
Kalev/Cramo: M.Gladness 13+8reb, T.Eichfuss 12+5reb+4ast, M.Dorbek 12+3reb+4ast, M.Tollefsen 11+7reb+2ast, E.Keedus 11+5reb+1ast, V.Liutych 10+6reb
gschID: 543830





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  EUROLEAGUE  


Demetris Nichols: Fans are our 6th man - by Uros Bajovic

Demetris talked about his European career, and how he sees his place in Athens for basketball website Double-Double. Source: http://www.doubledouble.rs/en/in-focus/demetris-nichols-fans-are-our-6th-man/

Last couple of seasons are clear peak of your career. What helped the most in your Euroleague breakthrough?

I started in Europe in Russia, in CSKA Moscow, they gave me the opportunity to put my name on the map, and playing for CSKA you get the experience that you need.

Experience with CSKA Moscow was special one-you have won European crown. How have you felt in that glory night?

It felt great, man. It felt like all the hard work just paid off, we had a goal, and we succeeded in pursuing it, and it really was something special.

What can you tell us about your working time with two fantastic coaches in CSKA and PAO? Can you compare working habits of Itoudis and Pascual for us?

Coaches are very similar, very serious, they have a lot of different schemes, and when you get to the certain level you need new ways to win, always have to think about new plays or a new strategy, new ideas, so both coaches are very similar in that level.

PAO is entering the final stage of this season. Crucial battles are in front of you. What do you personally expect of Euroleague playoffs and Greek Championship do or die games?

I think it is going to be a great Euroleague playoff and a great Greek Championship playoff, we face Fenerbahce, coach who coached here for many years and i expect the atmosphere to be really good. When it comes to Greek Championship, I don't know what to expect, because this is my first time playing here, but it should be exciting.

Your path with 'Greens' is not straightforward so far. Your minutes on the court flow from really high to almost non existent. Why is so?

Well, my minutes have been going up and down lately, but I am in the starting lineup right now and that is just the way it is, you know, sometimes you play sometimes you don't, I gave my team whatever team needs and wants at certain time, I always play hard and try to get my team better and try to get a win every time.

What can you tell us about the atmosphere in OAKA Arena? Do you enjoy playing there after quiet Moscow?

We really feed from our fans, and i think they also feed from us, I don't think we could do this without them, they are always our 6th man, they are always there for us, even when we have bad moments they are there for us, so I am glad that we have home court advantage because we play great at home.

PAO and Fenerbahce clashes would be like dessert for basketball lovers. Who do you highlight as the toughest opponent there?

I don't have anybody particular but I know it is going to be a great challenge for everybody at every position including coaches, and it should be a really good series because we have two great coaches, two great teams, but here in OAKA we have a chance to be something special.

You have been in NBA and close to NBA many times. What have you stopped to success overseas as well?

I played in the NBA for two years, but after I didn't get a lot of playing time I decided to go overseas and grabbed the opportunity to play, I am here for eight years and I hope for another successful eight years.

One technical question. You have struggled in shooting percentages during your first college year. What drill helped you to become so good shooter after it?

I didn't really play during my first three years in college, but I worked hard every single day, I had a shooting coach, I tried to perfect my crafts, I knew I was good at it, and that hard work just gave me confidence, it felt good to see that my hard work is paying off.

Your predictions about PAO-Fener games? Who do you see as favorite to win Greece this season?


I think that we are the favorites. We have the great advantage in starting and home, I know that we will have to go to their house, too, but I think that we have the advantage and I am really looking forward to it. Greek league, like I said, I never played in Greek Championship before but I expect to see some really good series.



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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.17.9 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.7 
 7. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.1 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.14.6 
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 Vilpas8.3 
 6. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 7. Edwards, Salon Vilpas7.7 
 8. Bristol, Kataja B.7.7 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 10. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.2 
 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, Kauhajoki1.8 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.4 
 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.1.9 
 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. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


Korisliiga Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Kataja and Salon Vilpas take victories - by Eurobasket News

Kataja Basket - Helsinki Seagulls 89-84

Kataja outgunned Helsinki Seagulls to secure 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-24. But Helsinki Seagulls won second period 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Joensuun Kataja won last quarter 22-19. Joensuun Kataja shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Joensuun Kataja made 7 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) fired 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Blacktop Management) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: J.Bradley 25+6reb, D.Bryant 16+2reb+2ast, I.Seppala 13+2reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 11+1reb+7ast, R.Brown 9+6reb+6ast, V.Makalainen 9+2reb+3ast
Helsinki Seagulls: R.Cowels III 22+12reb+1ast, J.Conley 13+5reb+2ast, G.Lee 13+2reb+2ast, C.Lindbom 10+5reb+2ast, A.Vaenerberg 9+3reb+5ast, A.Nikkarinen 8+2reb+7ast
gschID: 544036


Salon Vilpas - Kauhajoki 90-76

Salon Vilpas topped Kauhajoki to surge ahead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Salon Vilpas. Kauhajoen Karhu was better in fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 assists. Forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: J.Staten 21+4reb+6ast, O.Jarvi 13+3reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 12+1reb+2ast, A.Coleman 11+10reb+4ast, B.Edwards 10+5reb+1ast, M.Ojala 10+5reb+1ast
Kauhajoki: D.Giles 23+6reb+2ast, A.Hollins 18+5reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 11+2reb+9ast, S.Vanttaja 8+1reb, T.Unruh 6+5reb+2ast, J.Lehtoranta 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 544035





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Clark, Chalon18.6 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.9 
 3. Gibson, Gravelines17.0 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.5 
 5. Roberson, Chalon16.1 
 6. Rush, Nancy16.0 
 7. Prepelic, Limoges15.7 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans14.8 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.5 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Fall, Chalon9.0 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.8 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.3 
 4. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.8 
 5. Donaldson, Le Po.7.5 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre7.4 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel7.0 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans6.9 
 10. Watkins, AS.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.4 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.1 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.8 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.7 
 6. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.1 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.1 
 8. Eito, Orleans4.4 
 9. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.4 
 10. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 2. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 3. Wood, Limoges1.8 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 8. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
 9. Henry, Gravelines1.4 
 10. Lacombe, Stras.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fall, Chalon2.5 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.4 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.1 
 5. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 6. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 7. Fair, Limoges0.9 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel0.9 
 9. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 
 10. Hunt, Nancy0.8 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Jerrold BROOKS
  ALS Basket
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Brooks, ALS Basket18.4 
 2. Bradford, St Vallier17.4 
 3. Craion, Lorient17.3 
 4. Vaty, Lourdes17.2 
 5. Newson, Lorient17.0 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.4 
 7. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.16.3 
 8. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.16.1 
 9. Mitchell, Chartres16.1 
 10. Davis, Rennes16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.10.0 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.3 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.0 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.8.0 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket8.0 
 6. Cox, Challans7.8 
 7. Craion, Lorient7.8 
 8. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 9. Anderson, RAC B.7.5 
 10. Vaty, Lourdes7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Vitre
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Korac, Vitre7.7 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.5 
 3. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.4 
 4. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.4 
 5. Rathieuville, Rennes5.2 
 6. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 7. Suhard, Angers BC5.0 
 8. Delhomme, St Vallier5.0 
 9. Choplin, Quimper4.8 
 10. Smith, Orchies4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Craion, Lorient2.9 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.3 
 3. Newson, Lorient2.0 
 4. Neri, ALS Basket2.0 
 5. Cornely, Caen1.9 
 6. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.7 
 7. Monceau, Challans1.7 
 8. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
 9. Liorel, SAP V.1.6 
 10. Gibson, Challans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ludovic NEGROBAR
  Rennes
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Negrobar, Rennes1.4 
 2. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 3. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 4. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 5. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.0.9 
 6. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 7. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.8 
 8. Boucard, GET Vosges0.8 
 9. Felder, RAC Basket0.8 
 10. Kayembe, Souffel0.8 


Derrick Obasohan claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American-Nigerian Derrick Obasohan (198-SF-81, agency: BeoBasket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Provence Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 35-year old had the game-high 29 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Provence Basket in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Evreux (#8, 15-13) with 35-point margin 108-73. Provence Basket maintains the 2nd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Provence Basket will need more victories to improve their 19-9 record. In the team's last game Obasohan had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Provence Basket and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Texas at Arlington graduate has very impressive stats this year. Obasohan is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.1ppg) and averages solid 53.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old American guard Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre. King impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Le Havre lost that game 75-81 to the higher-ranked Poitiers (#7, 15-13). This loss caused Le Havre to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. King is a newcomer at Le Havre and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Wilbert Brown (200-PF-84) of Charleville (#3). Brown scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Charleville, leading his team to a 98-64 easy win against the lower-ranked St Quentin (#14, 12-16). Charleville needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 12 lost games. Brown has a very solid season. In 28 games in France he scored 13.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) of Bourg - 17 points and 11 rebounds
5. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) of Boulogne - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jarvis Williams (198-C/F-93) of Boulazac - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81) of Charleville - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Guy Landry Edi (202-F/G-88) of St Chamond - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Deonte Burton (183-PG-91) of Lille - 22 points, 5 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)



ProA Round 28: Monaco beats Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pau. First ranked Monaco faced 3rd ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Guests from Monaco (25-3) defeated host Pau-Lacq-Orthez (19-9) 85-73. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 48-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Monaco forced 27 Pau-Lacq-Orthez turnovers. American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) fired 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American center Brandon Davies (208-91, college: BYU) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds, 17 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Monaco have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Strasbourg and Nanterre. Monaco are looking forward to face Limoges CSP Elite (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they won against seventh-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque 83-72. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists. Brion Rush contributed with 15 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. American forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sluc Nancy maintains eighteenth position with 7-21 record. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Sluc Nancy will play against higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#9) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Twelfth-ranked JDA Dijon (10-18) made lots of trouble for ninth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (14-14) on Saturday. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Walter Hodge who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 4 assists. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach J.D. Jackson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side David Holston responded with 30 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Defending champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Limoges and Le Portel. JDA Dijon lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Cholet and Hyeres-Toulon. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will meet bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (#18) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JDA Dijon will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Strasbourg. Local Strasbourg IG (19-9) beat 14th ranked Cholet Basket (10-18) 85-68. The winners were led by AJ Slaughter who scored that evening 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Strasbourg IG have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Nanterre. Cholet Basket at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Strasbourg IG's next round opponent will be Hyeres-Toulon (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Cholet Basket will play against Chalons-Reims and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 28 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Nanterre defeated Orleans in a road game 92-86. Limoges beat Le Mans at home 79-68. Le Portel lost to Chalon on the opponent's court 76-83. Paris-Levallois managed to outperform Hyeres-Toulon in a home game 88-84. Chalons-Reims recorded a loss to Antibes on the road 82-69.

Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Monaco 73-85

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pau. First ranked Monaco faced 3rd ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Guests from Monaco (25-3) defeated host Pau-Lacq-Orthez (19-9) 85-73. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 48-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Monaco forced 27 Pau-Lacq-Orthez turnovers. American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) fired 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American center Brandon Davies (208-91, college: BYU) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Monaco players scored in double figures. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds, 17 assists and 4 steals and the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) added 22 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Monaco have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Strasbourg and Nanterre. Monaco are looking forward to face Limoges CSP Elite (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Monaco: D.Bost 20+7reb+5ast, B.Ouattara 15, B.Davies 15+5reb+1ast, A.Sy 13+5reb+1ast, B.Fofana 13+5reb, T.Jeram 3+1reb+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: D.Cooper 24+5reb+17ast, A.Koffi 22+8reb, J.Mipoka 13+5reb, D.Agbelese 7+9reb+1ast, T.Dean 4+4reb, L.Cavaliere 3+8reb
gschID: 486066


Strasbourg - Cholet 85-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Strasbourg. Local Strasbourg IG (19-9) beat 14th ranked Cholet Basket (10-18) 85-68. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Cholet Basket was better in third quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Strasbourg IG won last quarter 31-15. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Cholet Basket's 18. They outrebounded Cholet Basket 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Strasbourg IG players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The winners were led by American-Polish point guard AJ Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) who scored that evening 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) supported him with 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by the former international point guard Jonathan Rousselle (187-90) did not help to save the game for Cholet Basket. American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) added 15 points for lost side. Strasbourg IG have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Nanterre. Cholet Basket at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Strasbourg IG's next round opponent will be Hyeres-Toulon (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Cholet Basket will play against Chalons-Reims and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Travis 17+2reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 12+6reb+4ast, E.Walker 12+1reb+6ast, M.Howard 9+8reb+2ast, F.Ntilikina 9+2reb, J.Leloup 8+4reb+1ast
Cholet: M.Williams 15+3reb+1ast, B.Dewar 10+2reb+1ast, G.Bell 9+3reb, J.Rousselle 9+6reb+5ast, I.Almeida 6+4reb+3ast, D.Noel 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 486067


Orleans - Nanterre 86-92

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (8-20) was defeated at home by fifth ranked JSF Nanterre (19-9) 92-86. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The winners were led by American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) who scored that evening 26 points and 6 assists and Mathias Lessort (205-95) supported him with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre's coach Pascal Donadieu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists by American swingman Micah Downs (195-86, college: Gonzaga) did not help to save the game for Entente Orleans 45. His fellow American import forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) added 25 points for lost side. JSF Nanterre moved-up to third place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Strasbourg. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 20 games lost. JSF Nanterre's next round opponent will be Olympique Antibes (#15) at home which should be an easy win for them. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Paris-Levallois and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: C.Warren 26+4reb+6ast, M.Lessort 21+11reb, H.Schaffartzik 13+2reb+3ast, M.Riley 12+3reb+1ast, S.Butterfield 9+4reb+1ast, J.Morency 5+1reb+2ast
Orleans: M.Sommerville 25+4reb+2ast, M.Downs 19+6reb+6ast, J.Prince 12+2reb+7ast, K.McAlarney 7+1reb+2ast, A.Eito 6+3reb+3ast, G.Olaseni 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 486065


Limoges - Le Mans 79-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite's (14-14) home victory over 11th ranked Le Mans (11-17) 79-68. It looked good early as Le Mans took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Limoges CSP Elite had a 16-14 second period charge getting the lead and Le Mans was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-79. The winners were led by the former international center Ousmane Camara (202-89) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) supported him with 17 points and 5 assists. Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) did not help to save the game for Le Mans. His fellow American import point guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points for lost side. Le Mans' coach Alexandre Menard tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Limoges CSP Elite have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with ASVEL and Le Portel. Le Mans lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite's next round opponent will be league's leader Monaco on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Le Mans will play against Le Portel (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.Prepelic 17+3reb+5ast, O.Camara 16+12reb+2ast, C.Fair 12+4reb+1ast, W.Buford 9+2reb+2ast, L.Frejus Zerbo 8+1reb, J.Randle 7+2reb+4ast
Le Mans: R.Pearson 15+7reb, G.Watson 15+1reb+3ast, S.Shorter 12+1ast, M.Gelabale 9+4reb, W.Yeguete 8+3reb+2ast, O.Hanlan 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 486064


Gravelines - Nancy 72-83

Bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they won against seventh-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque 83-72. It looked good early as Gravelines-Dunkerque took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sluc Nancy had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Gravelines-Dunkerque was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-83. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists. American-Montenegrin point guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. American forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Kyle Gibson (196-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: BeoBasket) added 20 points in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sluc Nancy maintains eighteenth position with 7-21 record. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Sluc Nancy will play against higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#9) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nancy: D.Mallet 17+2reb, B.Rush 15+1reb+4ast, M.Trasolini 12+4reb+2ast, E.Brown 12+17reb+7ast, E.Ere 9+5reb+4ast, B.Sene 8+4reb+1ast
Gravelines: K.Gibson 20+4reb+2ast, R.Solomon 13+12reb+1ast, J.Cobbs 13+2reb+5ast, S.Henry 8+2reb+1ast, F.Pietrus 7+5reb+3ast, Q.Serron 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 486063


Chalon - Le Portel 83-76

Very expected game when 8th ranked Le Portel (14-14) was defeated on the road by second ranked Chalon/Saor (21-7) 83-76. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Le Portel won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by center Moustapha Fall (218-92) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 blocks and American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) supported him with 25 points and 5 assists. Even 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists by American center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) did not help to save the game for Le Portel. Guard Benoit Mangin (191-88) added 14 points and 7 assists for lost side. Four Chalon/Saor and five Le Portel players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-7 record having four points less than leader Monaco. Le Portel at the other side keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Chalon/Saor's next round opponent will be JDA Dijon (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Le Portel will play against Le Mans (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chalon: J.Roberson 25+1reb+5ast, J.Nzeulie 21+3reb+3ast, M.Fall 15+14reb+9ast, C.Clark 11+5reb+3ast, L.Harris 5, A.Bouteille 4+2reb
Le Portel: J.Donaldson 16+6reb+8ast, B.Mangin 14+2reb+7ast, D.Dorsey 11+2reb+4ast, G.Chathuant 11+3reb, F.Hassell 10+4reb+4ast, E.Lasisi 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 486062


Paris-Levallois - Hyeres-Toulon 88-84

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (18-10) beat at home 13th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-18) 88-84. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The winners were led by American guard Jason Rich (191-86) who scored that evening 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) supported him with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Even 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by William Howard (201-93) did not help to save the game for Hyeres-Toulon. Nigerian-American Ike-Joseph Udanoh (203-89, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Kyle Milling tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Paris-Levallois maintains sixth position with 18-10 record. Hyeres-Toulon at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Paris-Levallois' next round opponent will be Entente Orleans 45 (#17) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Strasbourg IG (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: J.Rich 20+6reb+5ast, R.Lesca 14+4reb+1ast, L.Sane 11+7reb+1ast, T.Harris 11, L.Labeyrie 10+11reb, L.Campbell 7+1reb+6ast
Hyeres-Toulon: T.Simpson 15+1reb+2ast, I.Joseph Udanoh 13+5reb, M.Acker 13+1reb+1ast, D.Michineau 12+2reb+3ast, W.Howard 9+7reb+5ast, P.Carter 7+2reb
gschID: 486061


ASVEL - Dijon 74-73

Twelfth-ranked JDA Dijon (10-18) made lots of trouble for ninth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (14-14) on Saturday. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-73. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 4 assists and American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse, agency: Inception Sports) who added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach J.D. Jackson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard David Holston (168-86, college: Chicago St.) responded with 30 points, 9 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import power forward Brandon Peterson (204-90, college: Arkansas St., agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Limoges and Le Portel. JDA Dijon lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Cholet and Hyeres-Toulon. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will meet bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (#18) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JDA Dijon will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: W.Hodge 19+1reb+4ast, N.Dragovic 13+6reb+1ast, D.Watkins 10+8reb+4ast, C.Ware 9+1reb+3ast, N.Lang 7+1reb+3ast, L.Jean-Charles 6+4reb
Dijon: D.Holston 30+9ast, B.Peterson 17+10reb+1ast, I.Miles 8+1reb, R.Brooks 6+1reb+1ast, M.Judith 4+1reb, J.Passave-Ducteil 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 486060


Antibes - Chalons-Reims 82-69

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 15th ranked Chalons-Reims (9-19) was defeated on the road by sixteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (9-19) 82-69. The game was mostly controlled by Olympique Antibes. Chalons-Reims was better in second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Chalons-Reims 49-30 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Chalons-Reims helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) who scored that evening 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) supported him with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Even 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by naturalized Ivorian point guard Mouloukou-Souleyman Diabate (181-87) did not help to save the game for Chalons-Reims. American swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) added 17 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Olympique Antibes moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with defeated Chalons-Reims. Chalons-Reims lost fourth consecutive game. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be higher ranked JSF Nanterre (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: C.Otule 20+10reb, J.Blassingame 19+6reb+8ast, I.Cordinier 13+6reb+2ast, T.Blue 9+9reb+3ast, J.Tornato 8+5reb, M.Kouguere 7+8reb
Chalons-Reims: A.Young 17+5reb+1ast, M.Payne 17+2reb+3ast, M.Souleyman Diabate 14+6reb+4ast, N.de Jong 12+4reb, S.Smith 4+3reb+3ast, M.Vasl 3
gschID: 486059





NM1 Round 33: No surprise as #1 Caen defeats Vitre - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NM1. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

NM1 top team - Caen (26-7) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixteenth ranked Vitre (13-20) 102-97. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 32-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Vitre outrebounded Caen 38-21 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Caen looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Vitre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Lithuanian forward Justas Sinica (203-85) stepped up and scored 26 points and 5 assists for the winners and guard Thomas Cornely (190-91) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-85, college: Pace) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Vitre's coach Zoran Durdevic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-7 record. Vitre at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Angers BC. Caen are looking forward to face Angers BC (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Vitre will play against UB Chartres and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-33) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 33th consecutive match to fourteenth ranked Lorient (15-18) 85-52. American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Milan Oluic accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds. Lorient's coach Philippe Maucourant felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Yanik Blanc (184-99) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds for CFBB in the defeat. Lorient moved-up to thirteenth place. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Lorient will play against higher ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (#12) in Bischwiller in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play on the road against Lourdes-Tarbes (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Fifteenth-ranked Angers BC (13-20) gave a tough game to third ranked Souffelweyersheim (22-11) on Saturday. The visitors from Souffelweyersheim managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Fabyon Harris who scored 20 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Rokas Uzas who recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Angers BC's coach Vincent Lavandier tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Souffelweyersheim have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 22-11 record having four points less than leader Caen. Loser Angers BC keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Vitre. Souffelweyersheim will meet at home ALS Basket (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Angers BC will play against the league's leader Caen (#1) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Bischwiller where higher ranked Orchesien BC (19-14) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (16-17) 80-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. It was a good game for Ahmed Doumbia who led his team to a victory with 22 points. Gries/Oberhoffen moved-up to tenth place, which they share with St Vallier and Chartres. Orchesien BC at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Gries/Oberhoffen's next round opponent will be Lorient (#13) on the road. Orchesien BC will play against GET Vosges (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked GET Vosges (20-13) crushed at home 17th ranked Union Rennes (12-21) by 51 points 111-60, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Steven Ricard stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Coach Laurent Mathis's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. GET Vosges have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 20-13 record. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the seventeenth position with 21 games lost. GET Vosges will face Orchesien BC (#5) in Orchies in the next round. Union Rennes will play at home against the league's second-placed Quimper UJAP (#2) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 33: St Vallier was destroyed by Quimper on the opponent's court 91-72. ALS Basket unfortunately lost to Lourdes in a home game 92-110. SAP Vaucluse recorded a loss to Challans on the road 70-74. RAC Basket defeated Chartres on its own court 79-65.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points and 6 assists by Jerrold Brooks of ALS Basket.

GET Vosges - Rennes 111-60

Fourth ranked GET Vosges (20-13) crushed at home 17th ranked Union Rennes (12-21) by 51 points 111-60, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. GET Vosges led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Union Rennes' 28. They outrebounded Union Rennes 49-22 including a 23-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. GET Vosges looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Union Rennes' players. Swingman Steven Ricard (200-90) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Masse Doumbe (203-87, college: Kaiser) chipped in 8 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Four GET Vosges players scored in double figures. Coach Laurent Mathis's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Serbian swingman Vukan Zivkovic (199-91) with 24 points and Senegalese guard El-Kabir Pene (190-84) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. GET Vosges have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 20-13 record. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the seventeenth position with 21 games lost. GET Vosges will face Orchesien BC (#5) in Orchies in the next round. Union Rennes will play at home against the league's second-placed Quimper UJAP (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
GET Vosges: S.Ricard 18+7reb+2ast, G.Boucard 16+6reb+2ast, S.Ocokoljic 14+4reb+2ast, M.Gountas 14+3reb+2ast, J.Kebe-nguema 13+4reb+3ast, A.Thomas 9+2reb+1ast
Rennes: V.Zivkovic 24+3reb+2ast, E.Kabir Pene 14+6reb+1ast, S.Ben Driss 9+5reb+6ast, E.Esneu Doguet 6+5reb+1ast, H.Guelet 3+1ast, P.Bertho 2+2reb
gschID: 485045


Quimper - St Vallier 91-72

Very expected game when 11th ranked Saint Vallier (16-17) was crushed on the road by second ranked Quimper UJAP (23-10) 91-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Quimper UJAP. Saint Vallier was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quimper UJAP forced 20 Saint Vallier turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Ukrainian forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-92) stepped up and scored 27 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Mathieu Tensorer (198-83) chipped in 10 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. Four Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. Quimper UJAP's coach Laurent Foirest used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Romain Gregoire (201-91) with 15 points and guard Jesse Delhomme (189-85) scored 13 points. Quimper UJAP maintains second place with 23-10 record having just three points less than leader Caen. Loser Saint Vallier dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. Quimper UJAP will face Union Rennes (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Saint Vallier will play against Vendee Challans (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Quimper: V.Bobrov 27+9reb+6ast, J.Bluntt 17+2reb, M.Tensorer 10+3reb+10ast, T.Prost 10+2reb+4ast, M. Hello 10+3reb+1ast, D.Burke 8+4reb+2ast
St Vallier: R.Gregoire 15+4reb+3ast, J.Delhomme 13+4reb+2ast, S.Aded Hussein 12+6reb, J.Biog 8+4reb, T.Lefebvre 8+1reb+6ast, O.Strong 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485050


Angers BC - Souffel 81-84

Fifteenth-ranked Angers BC (13-20) gave a tough game to third ranked Souffelweyersheim (22-11) on Saturday. The visitors from Souffelweyersheim managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Strangely Angers BC outrebounded Souffelweyersheim 93-76 including a 51-38 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Souffelweyersheim made 23 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Fabyon Harris (180-91, college: Texas A&M) who scored 20 points and 4 assists. Valentin Correia (192-93) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian forward Rokas Uzas (202-88) who recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Hugo Suhard (184-92) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Angers BC's coach Vincent Lavandier tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Souffelweyersheim have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 22-11 record having four points less than leader Caen. Loser Angers BC keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Vitre. Souffelweyersheim will meet at home ALS Basket (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Angers BC will play against the league's leader Caen (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Souffel: F.Harris 20+1reb+4ast, V.Correia 14+3reb+4ast, G.Staniulis 11+5reb+1ast, F.Ateba 11+2reb+5ast, A.El Gazhi 10+6reb, E.Mendy 6+11reb+1ast
Angers BC: H.Suhard 17+3reb+7ast, R.Uzas 17+8reb+5ast, W.Carter 14+5reb+1ast, A.Calhoun 14+5reb+1ast, A.Gabsi 7+5reb+1ast, T.Lonzieme 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 485047


ALS Basket - Lourdes 92-110

Everything could happen in Andrezieux at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Lourdes-Tarbes and 8th ranked ALS Basket had identical 17-15 record. But ALS Basket was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Tarbes 110-92 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 110-92. Lourdes-Tarbes shot 66.7 percent from the field and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Lourdes-Tarbes had a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Lourdes-Tarbes looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) stepped up and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international point guard Xane d'Almeida (181-83) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists. Five Lourdes-Tarbes players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jerrold Brooks (183-91, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Interperformances) with 32 points and 6 assists and the other American import forward Perris Blackwell (205-91, college: Washington) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Lourdes-Tarbes (18-15) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Challans. Newly promoted ALS Basket dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. Lourdes-Tarbes will face bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ALS Basket will play on the road against Souffelweyersheim (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lourdes: L.Vaty 23+8reb+4ast, A.Thimon 19+3reb+2ast, R.Sims 15+5reb+3ast, X.d'Almeida 15+5reb+14ast, M.Kazonas 12+2reb, E.Bosc 9+1reb+3ast
ALS Basket: J.Brooks 32+6ast, P.Blackwell 17+6reb+1ast, N.Kovanusic 14+7reb, J.Christnel 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Bassine 8+1reb+3ast, S.Neri 6+11ast
gschID: 485052


Challans - SAP Vaucluse 74-70

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked SAP Vaucluse (14-19) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Vendee Challans (18-15) 74-70 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-70. American center Demarco Cox (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Matthew Gibson (195-84) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was American point guard Deremy Geiger (180-90, college: Idaho, agency: Blacktop Management) with 21 points and guard Daye Kaba (191-86, college: Marist) scored 14 points. Vendee Challans maintains seventh place with 18-15 record, which they share with Lourdes. Loser SAP Vaucluse dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Vendee Challans will face Saint Vallier (#11) on the road in the next round. SAP Vaucluse will play against Rueil and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Challans: D.Petrovic 19+3reb+1ast, D.Cox 18+15reb, M.Gibson 10+5reb+8ast, D.Gentil 8+5reb+2ast, E.Monceau 7+6reb+1ast, I.Saounera 5+3reb+4ast
SAP Vaucluse: D.Geiger 21+1ast, D.Kaba 14+3reb+2ast, D.Tarvydas 13+3reb+2ast, B.Davis 5+6reb+1ast, R.Lopez 4+10reb, C.Soumaoro 4+5reb
gschID: 485046


RAC Basket - Chartres 79-65

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Rueil (19-14) beat at home 10th ranked UB Chartres (16-17) 79-65 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Rueil's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-15 extending their advantage to 14 points. American power forward Ron Anderson (205-89, college: S.Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian swingman Mantas Ruikis (194-85) with 16 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Olivier Romain (180-88) scored 5 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rueil moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Orchies. UB Chartres lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 17 games lost. Rueil will face SAP Vaucluse (#14) in Sorgues in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UB Chartres will play at home against Vitre (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
RAC Basket: D.Sencanski 20+2reb+1ast, R.Anderson 13+11reb+2ast, W.Felder 12+11reb+1ast, J.Bichard 11+1reb+3ast, L.Sambe 11+3reb+3ast, K.Gourari 8+9reb+4ast
Chartres: M.Ruikis 16+9reb+1ast, P.Clerence 13+4reb, J.Mitchell 12+4reb+4ast, K.Bichard 11+1reb+3ast, T.Toney 6+3reb, O.Romain 5+6reb+10ast
gschID: 485051


Vitre - Caen 97-102

NM1 top team - Caen (26-7) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixteenth ranked Vitre (13-20) 102-97. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 32-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Vitre outrebounded Caen 38-21 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Caen looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Vitre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Lithuanian forward Justas Sinica (203-85) stepped up and scored 26 points and 5 assists for the winners and guard Thomas Cornely (190-91) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-85, college: Pace) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and guard Antoine Belkessa (186-88) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Five Caen and four Vitre players scored in double figures. Vitre's coach Zoran Durdevic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-7 record. Vitre at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Angers BC. Caen are looking forward to face Angers BC (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Vitre will play against UB Chartres and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Caen: J.Sinica 26+3reb+5ast, T.Cornely 20+5reb+6ast, R.Gordon 15+4reb+3ast, L.Chelle 15+1reb+4ast, B.Pope 15+3reb+3ast, E.Plateau 7+3ast
Vitre: D.Quincy-Jones 26+14reb+3ast, S.Cretaux 11+3reb+4ast, N.Korac 11+3reb+4ast, A.Belkessa 11+4reb+5ast, G.Merie 9+7reb+4ast, E.Akadiri 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 485044


CFBB - Lorient 52-85

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-33) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 33th consecutive match to fourteenth ranked Lorient (15-18) 85-52. The game was mostly controlled by Lorient. CFBB was better in fourth quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lorient shot 23 for 35 from the free-throw line, while CFBB only scored six points from the stripe. They also forced 26 CFBB turnovers. American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds. Lorient's coach Philippe Maucourant felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Yanik Blanc (184-99) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Ivan Fevrier (203-99) added 10 points respectively for CFBB in the defeat. Lorient moved-up to thirteenth place. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Lorient will play against higher ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (#12) in Bischwiller in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play on the road against Lourdes-Tarbes (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lorient: M.Craion 29+11reb+1ast, J.Newson 17+2reb+3ast, M.Oluic 12+8reb+3ast, M.Bigote 8+1reb+3ast, R.Giaimo 4, S.Sautier 4+2reb
CFBB: Y.Blanc 21+5reb+3ast, I.Fevrier 10+3reb, J.Randriamananjara 9+2reb, Y.Choupas 8+2ast, S. Plaucoste 2+2reb, M.Dossou Yovo 2+9reb+1ast
gschID: 485048


Gries/Oberhoffen - Orchies 80-62

An interesting game took place in Bischwiller where higher ranked Orchesien BC (19-14) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (16-17) 80-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. It looked good early as Orchesien BC took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gries/Oberhoffen had a 17-14 second period charge getting the lead and Orchesien BC was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-80. Gries/Oberhoffen dominated on the defensive end, holding Orchesien BC to just 6 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Orchesien BC 42-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. Gries/Oberhoffen players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Orchesien BC's players. It was a good game for Ahmed Doumbia (195-89) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. Swingman Glenn Duro (193-88) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Gries/Oberhoffen players scored in double figures. American Marquise Simmons (203-89, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Orchesien BC. Gries/Oberhoffen moved-up to tenth place, which they share with St Vallier and Chartres. Orchesien BC at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Gries/Oberhoffen's next round opponent will be Lorient (#13) on the road. Orchesien BC will play against GET Vosges (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gries/Oberhoffen: A.Doumbia 22+4reb+2ast, G.Duro 16+5reb+5ast, O.Varanauskas 14+3reb+6ast, R.Jakstas 13+9reb+3ast, G.Thondique 9+12reb+5ast, R.Delar 4+7reb+3ast
Orchies: M.Simmons 19+8reb+2ast, B.Smith 14+6reb+2ast, C.Cairo 10+6reb, J.Verbeke 7+1reb+1ast, S.Cisse 6+3reb+2ast, A.Racine 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 485049





Moustapha Fall claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Chalon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 24-year old center had a double-double of 15 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Le Portel (#8, 14-14) 83-76. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 21-7 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Fall as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Fall has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 9.0rpg. Fall is in league's top in and averages solid 2.5bpg and 68.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American point guard D.J. Cooper (183-PG-90) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Cooper impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 17 assists. Bad luck as Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost that game 73-85 to the higher-ranked Monaco (#1, 25-3). This loss caused Pau-Lacq-Orthez to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 19-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cooper is a newcomer at Pau-Lacq-Orthez and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Mathias Lessort (205-PF-95) of Nanterre (#3). Lessort scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Nanterre, leading his team to a 92-86 win against the lower-ranked Orleans (#17, 8-20). Nanterre needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 9 lost games. Lessort has a great season in France. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elton Brown (206-C-83) of Nancy - 12 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) of Limoges - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Chris Warren (178-PG-88) of Nanterre - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Chris Otule (211-C-90) of Antibes - 20 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jason Rich (191-G-86) of Paris-Levallois - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81) of Antibes - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Brandon Peterson (204-C/F-90) of Dijon - 17 points and 10 rebounds

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



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.4 
 2. Knight, Jena18.3 
 3. English, Fraport .17.3 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA16.3 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.16.1 
 6. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 7. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.7 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.6 
 9. Lewis, Bayreuth15.4 
 10. Gaines, Vechta15.2 
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 .7.1 
 4. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 5. Marei, Bayreuth6.7 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.6 
 7. Knight, Jena6.5 
 8. Searcy, Vechta6.4 
 9. McGhee, Walter T.6.4 
 10. Gamble, Telekom .6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.8.0 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.5 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.8 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.7 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.0 
 8. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 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. Ruoff, Goettingen1.7 
 6. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.7 
 7. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 8. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 9. Anderson, Bayreuth1.7 
 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, Wuerzburg1.1 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. Marei, Bayreuth0.9 
 8. McGhee, Walter T.0.8 
 9. Horton, Telekom .0.8 
 10. Austin, Bremerha.0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Williams, Kirchheim18.9 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 6. Warren, MBC17.1 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.2 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.9 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. King, Koeln R.7.2 
 7. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 8. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
 9. Watts, Oettinge.6.7 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Love, Kirchheim6.9 
 2. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.9 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 5. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 8. Hatten, MBC5.2 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
 10. Zazai, MBC4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chase ADAMS
  Uni Baskets
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 2. Hatten, MBC2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.3 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 7. Tiggs, Crailsheim1.8 
 8. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
 9. Zazai, MBC1.6 
 10. Robertson, Koeln R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Koeln R.
  (206-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. King, Koeln R.1.6 
 2. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.3 
 4. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 5. White, Heidelberg1.2 
 6. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 7. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 8. van, Trier1.1 
 9. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 
 10. Wolf, Hamburg1.0 


Ich Bin Ein Oldenburger Ricky Paulding Remains Their Kennedy Staying Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The well known speech from John F Kennedy in Berlin where he uttered the famous and unforgetable words "ich bin ein Berliner" may be more than 53 years old, but that remains something that every kid learns about in the history books from Brooklyn, New York to Perth, Australia and yesterday Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82, college: Missouri) let "Ich bin ein Oldenburger" slip his tongue and got standing ovations for minutes in the EWE arena in Oldenburg. Paulding's 4 words won't ever get the world wide press or rememberance as Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner", but in Oldenburg Paulding will always be their Kennedy.The reason for the long standing ovations and fuss about Paulding was on account of the announcement that he will remain in Oldenburg until 2019 which would give him 12 years in the BBL with one team which is as seldom seen in the BBL as it is teammate Brian Qvale attempting more than one trey a game which he did against the Telekom Baskets Bonn this season and hit both and brings his total of three point attempts in 6 professional seasons to only 14. It is just not a given in todays age of where money rules and the game is a business that a player will remain with one team for that long a period. At the end of this contract extension he will have eclipsed the longevity of Fraport Skyliner legend Pascal Roller who was 11 years with Frankfurt. As a side note Paulding helped defeat medi Bayreuth scoring 16 points before the contract extension.

Paulding has had an amazing career with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and came to the team in 2007 after having played at the well known Missouri (NCAA) with good friend and ex Skyliner Jimmy Mckinney and then tested Europe playing his three two professionals seasons in Israel and France. With theWE Baskets Oldenburg he has won two titles including the 2009 BBL league title and 2015 cup. He has been a 6 time BBL allstar and currentlly rests at position 5 in the league all-time scoring. His middle name could be prolonged to Rickey Mr Oldenburg and consistency Paulding as he gives that name a special new meaning as he has averaged double digit scoring every season in the BBL and is having his best scoring season averaging 16,1ppg showing that he isn't slowing down with age as he is 34 years old. The club is proud to have such a great player and charachter in their organization. "Rickey has achieved something that not every athlete does. He has conquered the hearts of the fans. He has became one of them. We are experiencing a symbiosis here that goes far beyond the sport. And the history is fa from being over. We are looking forward to seeing more great things from the best player taht ever played in Germany", stressed EWE Baskets Oldenburg CEO Herman Schuller.

Source:EWE Baskets Oldenburg



D'Andre Bullard (PS Karlsruhe) I Know Where I Belong So I Just Use This Season As Motivation So One Day Get To Where I Want To Go - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


D'Andre Bullard (193-G-93, college: Virginia Union) is a 24 year old 193cm guard from Apopka, Florida playing his second professional season and first with PS Karlsruhe. Last season as a rookie he played for the Leeds Force (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 30 games averaging 7.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 61.1%. He started his basketball career in 2011 with Florida A&M (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playing a total of 83 NCAA games. In his senior year he played for Virginia Union (NCAA2) playing 18 games averaging 10.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 62.2%. He spoke to eurobasket about his basketball career.

D'Andre thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life for you at the moment?

Hello, I'm Currently In Karlsruhe Germany. Basketball has been Great, I'm loving the city and the fans and Organization are all like one big family.


Your playing your second professional season in Germany with PS Karlsruhe 2 and recently was promoted to being able to play with the Pro B team. What kind of experience has it been playing in Germany this season?

I've enjoyed my experience here thus far, the German style of play is a bit different from the states in which I've learned a few things and being able to play with the Pro B to get a feel for that level was also enjoyable.


How mentally challenging and tough has this season been for you playing in the German Regionaliga 2 coming from the British BBL which is the first division. Has there been a day where you didn't have to reassure yourself that you are a lot better than at the level your playing at?

I wouldn't say it was as challenging because i'm always grateful for the opportunity to play the game I love despite the level. I know where I belong so I just use this season as motivation and try and take advantage of every opportunity that come's my way so I can one day get to where I want to go.


You have been tearing up the German Regionaliga 2 and recently put up 44 points. Does it feel like you're a man playing among boys?

My Job is to go out and compete at the highest level no matter who my opponents may be. I treat every game the same and play every game like it's my last.


It is obviously important to put up big stats in the Regionaliga 2, but what else has been a big focus in your game?

This season I'm really focusing in on getting accustomed to the euro style of play and learning different reads within the game such as pick n roll situations, how to make my teammates better and just being an overall leader on the court.

Do you feel like you have been able to develop in the German Regionaliga 2 despite not having tough competition?

Well first I must admit, there are teams and guys in this league that can very well play so the competition wasn't to bad, but overall yes I've developed my mentality on how I approach the game more than anything, gaining more self confidence, doing things in the game that I've never done before and being successful at it so that's always good feeling.


You recently got promoted to the Pro B first team of PS Karlsruhe, but can only play a certain number of games. How have you been able to get the most of this opportunity?

Well it's been tricky situation due to the German rule where there are only allowed 2 imports on the court at same time and there are 4 of us, so coach has been trying to find time for me here and there but I just work hard every day and stay ready.


You recently played 16 minutes in a surprising loss to FC Bayern Munich 2 scoring 4 points and dishing out two assists and getting four steals. How did it feel playing at this level and how hungry are you to continue to show what you can do at that level?

Well that wasn't a good night for us all overall but with me it was more so just learning the chemistry with our guys because it's different in practice then in the game, but I'm confident enough to know I can play at this level so it was no different feeling at all it was just another game for me but I am hungry to prove myself each and every day.


How have you profited from the play of German guards Deon Mcduffie and Dmitrj Kreis? Is it more about learning from them or matching their skill in practice?

They both are really good guards who I enjoy playing with but we are 3 different style of players whom I feel we learn off each other and challenge each other in practice making us all better as a whole.

PS Karlsruhe have the most athletic front court with Jordan Talbert, Orlando Parker and Bill Borekambi. Which one of these players have you been most impressed by?

To be honest, all 3 of them impresses me the way they come out and compete each and every game and it starts with practice they all have incredible work ethic.


Last season as a rookie you played with the Leeds Force (United Kingdom-BBL): 30 games: 7.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 61.1%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in England where you knew that you were far away from Florida?

Well my rookie year didn't go as planned as I started out the first half season as one of the best guards in the league but then I hit the rookie wall, which taught me how to be strong mentally throughout the season and to remain consistent. So overall it was just a learning experience


You started your basketball career at Florida A&M (NCAA) in 2011 playing three seasons there and playing 83 games. You played for head coach Clemon Johnson and never played much of a role in gaining minutes. How were the three years still beneficial in your basketball development?

Each year I've always kept working no matter the situation I've always been a hard worker and knew it would one day pay off, that being said it was just another motivating tool to get to where I am today.


Most of your best scoring games at Florida A & M were losses, but do you still have the win against Allen as a Freshman as one of your fond memories?

To be honest I can't truthfully remember that game, But to take on a leading role starting as Freshman Point Guard leading a group of seniors on the D1 level was def an experience I've enjoyed and learned from. My up and down battles at A&M made me the guy who I am today so I'm thankful for the growth.


Would you agree that your ex teammate Amin Stevins has somewhat been off the radar in Europe to landing in a top league? After tearing up the Austrian league, he didn't take off in Germany last season, but this season has teared up Iceland with 28/15 stats. There have been guys to have lesser stats in Iceland and reach top leagues. Is this his real break out season that will get him to a top league next season?

Amin is like a brother to me, I know him very well and know what he's capable of, as shown before he can play in a top league Europe it's just matter of being in a good situation for him where he can showcase and utilize all his skills and abilities. There's no doubt in my mind he will be back to where he belong sooner than later.


As a senior you moved to Virginia Union (NCAA2, starting five): 18 games: 10.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 62.2%. You took a step back to play in the NCAA 2, but looking back at the decision was it the right choice?

I wouldn't say step back because D2 basketball competes on a high level just as D1 as I got to experience both, the level of talent is really not much different. I won't regret my decision for anything in the world because it again made me who I am today and it allowed me to just play freely and gain that ultimate confidence.


How did head coach Tony Sheals help groom and prepare you best for a professional career in your last year of school?

Well I had the honor of playing for Coach for 3 years as he recruited me to Florida A&M as well, He's always been like a father figure since coming to college as well as always believing in me which is why when he got the coaching job at Virginia Union was a no brainer for me to transfer and to play with him for my last season because I knew he'd prepare me.


Who won a one on one in practice you or Ray Anderson?

Haha unfortunately Me and Ray never played One on One, But he's a good guard who will be a Pro after his college days are over, But as a competitor I like Me against anybody.


Who was the best player that you battled in college that is in the NBA now?

For me it would have to be Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Detroit Pistons. He played for the UGA and It was my first game back from injury. It was a fun night as we went back and forth but we suffered a tough loss in the end.

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

Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Shaq, & of course MJ


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

Well for me to even be in the conversation for being the best all time he would still have to win at least 2 more titles to come face to face with MJ, but from a statistical standpoint he dominates in every way and will probably go down as the Best ALL-Around player of all time.


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

I Think KG is def a Top 5 PF ever to play this game the only difference from the guys ahead of him is that they were on better teams with better supporting casts as KG started it out his early years on a not so good team which he did manage to make an impressive run his MVP year so that tells a lot about his greatness and where he stands.


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

Simply one of the greatest performances I've ever seen and potentially ever that the league has seen, not to mention I believe he only took between 10-14 dribbles in al ,so that's very impressive.


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?

By far. Westbrook is my favorite player and he doesn't get the credit he deserves but I think he's gaining more respect game after game and after he wins MVP he'll be more respected.


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?

Because it takes a special kind of player to do this and Draymond fits the script perfectly.


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

Yes because I'm pretty sure no one expected them to make it this far so that makes them the Cinderella of it all.


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

Lonzo Ball is a special talent that only comes once every blue moon and it will be great to watch as he grows in the NBA. He seems like a guy who doesn't feed into the media or what his Father is saying to the public because he knows his Father.


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

Well the Okc Thunder are 31-7 whenever he gets a triple double, so It can't be that big of a problem to go grab a few more rebounds, it's all a scheme to their game plan and it shows a high level of success when it's done correctly.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Next Friday

Thanks D'Andre for the chat.



ProA Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Oettinger advance into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Heidelberg - Kirchheim 81-87

Kirchheim outgunned Heidelberg to even the series at 2-2. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and the other American import forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) who added 22 points during the contest. Four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Vance Hall (193-91, college: Bellarmine) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and center Phillipp Heyden (206-88) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: P.Heyden 20+6reb+1ast, V.Hall 18+6reb+5ast, B.Thompson 15+7reb+2ast, S.Ely 8+2reb, D.White 6+4reb, A.Kuppe 5+3reb+3ast
Kirchheim: C.Love 23+10reb+11ast, J.Williams 22+2reb+2ast, S.Hinrichs 15+5reb+1ast, A.Kronhardt 10+7reb+3ast, T.Koch 9+1reb+1ast, J.Maier 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544259


Oettinger R. - Crailsheim 95-70

Oettinger cruised past Crailsheim to secure the semifinal birth. Oettinger Rockets Gotha made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Crailsheim Merlins turnovers. American-Ivorian forward Dane Watts (203-86) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) produced 15 points and 6 assists and Finnish Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Oettinger Rockets Gotha and four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: C.Dunn 15+2reb+6ast, N.Hilliard IV 14+4reb+2ast, T.Kotti 12+8reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 11+2reb+1ast, K.Tiggs 6+5reb+2ast, M.Bogdanov 5+1reb+3ast
Oettinger R.: R.Oehle 19+5reb, M.DiLeo 18+2reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 14+1reb+10ast, D.Hicks 14+2reb, D.Watts 12+10reb+3ast, G.Gibbs 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544258


Trier - Chemnitz 74-57

Trier rallied past Chemnitz to force the decider. Worth to mention a great performance of American John Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Point guard Simon Schmitz (188-90) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Gladiators players scored in double figures. American power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) replied with 16 points and guard Malte Ziegenhagen (198-91, college: Kaiser) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Chemnitz. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: J.Lawson 16+4reb+1ast, M.Ziegenhagen 12+6reb+1ast, M.Seiferth 10+6reb+1ast, M.Fleischmann 8+2reb, S.Wess 6+1reb, C.Carter 5+2reb+4ast
Trier: J.Eggleston 18+7reb+2ast, B.Spearman 14+1reb+2ast, S.Schmitz 13+5reb+2ast, K.Smit 12+2reb+3ast, K.Dietz 6+2reb+2ast, S.Herrera 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 544257





ProB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Karlsruhe PS and Weissenhorn celebrate wins - by Eurobasket News

Karlsruhe PS - Elchingen 66-55

Karlsruhe PS held off Elchingen to spur ahead in the semifinal series. Karlsruhe PS outrebounded Elchingen 41-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Dmitrj Kreis (187-88) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Deon McDuffie (186-93, college: Rattelsdorf) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Canadian swingman Taevaunn Prince (191-91, college: Missouri So.) answered with 21 points and 4 assists and American guard Brandon Lockhart (185-90, college: Drury) added 7 points and 5 assists in the effort for Elchingen.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe PS: J.Talbert 16+6reb, D.McDuffie 15+6reb+2ast, D.Kreis 11+5reb+7ast, D.Jakolis 9+11reb+1ast, O.Parker 7+6reb+1ast, E.Curth 5+3reb+4ast
Elchingen: T.Prince 21+4reb+4ast, K.Kuhn 8+5reb, A.Didovic 8+3reb+2ast, B.Lockhart 7+4reb+5ast, B.Butler 6+5reb+2ast, F.Beck 2+1reb
gschID: 544059


Weissenhorn - Bochum 74-69

Weissenhorn dropped Bochum in the opener. It was a very good performance for power forward Nils Mittmann (201-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized Austrian point guard David Kramer (191-97) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Weissenhorn Youngstars players scored in double figures. Naturalized Tunisian guard Chamseddine Korbi (189-83) answered with 12 points and forward Alexander Angerer (203-96) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for AstroStars. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: D.Kramer 16+6reb, N.Mittmann 15+12reb+3ast, J.Ferner 12+4reb+1ast, M.Pongo 11+2reb+9ast, B.Rohwer 10+2reb, T.Pape 4+2reb+1ast
Bochum: F.Engel 13+3reb+1ast, C.Korbi 12+3reb+3ast, D.Feldmann 9+1reb+2ast, G.Johnson 9+5reb+2ast, A.Angerer 9+6reb+2ast, R.Howard 8+2reb
gschID: 544058





The Uni Riesen Leipzig Led By Cardell Mcfarland Live Another Day Escaping Rhondorf 85-73 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

If one was given a special helicopter ride as a 50th birthday present from your spouse and you could roam above the quant town of French Lick, Indiana and the tiny town of Rhondorf in Germany and have a nice birds eye view of the territory, one would come to the conclusion that there isn't much difference between the two. Population wise, French lick boasts 1,941 persons, while Rhondorf has 2,327 people making their home there while from a nature standpoint, there is a lot of greenery to enjoy. The two biggest differences between the two places is that French Lick has no major body of water while Rhondorf sits on the scenic and famous Rhein river that displays historic castles and many boats while French Lick has for many oldschool basketball fans the best basketball player that ever graced the planet with Larry Bird who grew up there and still has a residence there. After the last bitter loss in Nordlingen in the Pro B playdowns where the Dragons Rhondorf shot a miserable 30% from the parking lot and got the big goose egg of 0/16 from outside from their top players Canadian Mike Lucier, American Will Trawick and German Viktor Frankl- Maus, one could of asked manager Boris Kaminski just how good his connections were in the NBA and if threr was any spare change to book the Bird man for some extra shooting practice last week leading up to the game against the Uni-Riesen Leipzig. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig entered the game having a 2-1 record against the Dragons Rhondorf this season, but had lost the game in Rhondorf earlier in the season. Rhondorf had a four point lead over Leipzig in the Playdowns in the fight to stay in the Pro B and with a victory could have booked their Pro B ticket for next season, but instead have to wait another week and play a do or die game in Lich to see their fate as they fell to the Uni-Riesen Leipzig 85-73. The score definitely didn't tell the whole story as the Dragons Rhondorf dominated the boards with 15 offensive rebounds and forced their opponent to 24 turnovers and had 8 extra possessions, but that all didn't matter as they were unable to produce when it counted most in crunch-time. 'We really had our destiny in our own hands. We rebounded very well and defended very well also, but we couldn't take care of the little things. Down by four points, we didn't execute the game plan and a few of their scores and stops of us suddenly had us down by nine points. We fought really hard, but we were missing experience and a few missed lay ups and turnovers cost us the game', stressed Viktor Frankl-Maus. After the win, Uni-Riesen Leipzig guard Cardell McFarland (182-G-87, college: Ky Wesleyan) was very relaxed as if his furious fourth quarter outburst had been the most normal thing and he found the right words in victory. 'This was a big game for both teams and we knew that they were a very strong team at home. We came out very focused. Our defense was key for getting the win. Our zone at the end really hurt them. We gave up too many turnovers and offensive rebounds, but in the end all that mattered was the win', added ex Nordlingen guard Cardell McFarland. The game also displayed some BBL faces as Telekom Baskets Bonn players ex Giessen 46er Yorman Polas and ex Fraport Skyliner Johannes Richter took in the game on their free Staurday night. After the game, Richter Joked about the opportunity of having had a Larry Bird flown in for extra shooting practice. 'I actually rather would have had Dirk Nowitzki's shooting coach Holger Geschwindner. It was a very physical and hard fought game. Rhondorf had to win this game. I would have had liked to have seen Valentin Blass play more as he is very good on the pick and roll', stated ex Bamberg center Johannes Richter.

Both teams came out nervous not executing on their first few possessions, but then slowly found their rhythm. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig got aggressive in the paint early as California native Jordan Faison and German Jonas Nidermanner both made tips. The Dragons Rhondorf got on the board with a Michael Lucier pull up jumper and Thomas Michel trey for the 5-4 advantage. Both teams then traded buckets as Faison continued to be a menace early inside scoring a reverse lay up and New York native Will Trawick snuck inside for an offensive rebound and put back for the 7-6 Rhondorf lead. However the Uni Riesen Leipzig took advantage of three Rhondorf turnovers and converted that into a 11-0 run to lead 17-7. In the run, they were aided by ex Alba Berlin forward Sascha Leutloff who was unstoppable inside with seven points while Mcfarland used his speed for a basket inside and Faison converted on a step back jumper. However Rhondorf was able to get back into the game scoring 10 points in the last few minutes to trail only 23-17 after 10 minutes. German Yannik Kneesch dropped a trey while Frankl-Maus nailed a jumper. The guests got a clutch three from ex Regionalliga player Terence Billups who's minutes have been severely reduced since the arrival of Mcfarland. Rhondorf got a pretty tap in alley-op from 24 year old German Patrick Reus supplied by the Frankl-Maus pass. 'We were nervous and many players unsure in certain moments which led to dumb turnovers. Reusch and Lucier were playing well and carrying the team', stressed Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminski. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig were shooting 64% from the field and 33% from outside while the Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 35% from the field and 33% from outside. Rhondorf had the narrow 9-8 rebound edge and six turnovers while the Uni-Riesen Leipzig had nine turnovers.

The Uni-Riesen Leipzig stayed in front in the second quarter, but were unable to shake the Dragons Rhondorf off their door step. The Dragons Rhondorf halted the Uni-Riesen Leipzig's first two possessions and got a Florian Wendeler free throw and Reusch turn around shot to cut the lead down to 23-20. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig continued to rely on Leutlof who did a fine job taking advantage of the mismatch and scoring upping the Leipzig lead to 26-20. The Dragons Rhondorf didn't let up and got hot shooting from Frankl-Maus and Lucier to cut the Uni-Riesen Leipzig lead to 26-24. However the Uni-Riesen Leipzig then slapped the Dragons Rhondorf with a bitter 7-2 run to extend their lead to 36-26. They got timely shooting from ex Science City Jena guard Darias Cardenas, Mcfarland and Nidermanner. Rhondorf shot back at Leipzig with back to back transition baskets from Lucier and Reusch to cut the lead down to 33-30. The Dragons Rhondorf were unable to get over the hump in the last minutes as Leutloff continued to hurt them scoring six points. Reusch and Frankl-Maus would add on to the Rhondorf scoring, but at the break the Uni-Riesen Leipzig led 39-34. 'Coach Roijakkers has done a good job stressing rebounding and we did a good job on the offensive glass, but didn't have the confidence off trying for the instant put backs, but kept kicking it out. We defended well and kept Faison to zero points in the second quarter', added Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminksi. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig were shooting 50% from the field and 25% from the three point line while the Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 39% from the field and 25% from the three point line. Rhondorf had the 23-12 rebound edge and 11 turnovers while the Uni-Riesen Leipzig had 13 turnovers.

The Dragons Rhondorf started off well in the third quarter, but relinquished another run mid way through, but shortly before the end cut the lead down to three points again. The Dragons Rhondorf took advantage of their aggressive defense stopping Leipzig on their first three possessions and got free throws from Trawick and a Lucier reverse lay up to cut the lead down to 39-38. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig got hot shooting from Mcfarland and Cardenas, but the Dragons Rhondorf were held in the game by Frankl-Maus who scored five points cutting the Uni-Riesen Leipzig lead to 44-43. Mcfarland and Lucier then traded baskets as the game was dead locked 46-46. Even if his face looked normal, ex Cal Poly-Pomona forward Jordan Faison was fuming as he had been held in check for about 14 minutes without a field goal and suddenly remembered the advice by college coach Greg Kaminsky to play hard at both ends of the floor as he led the Uni-Riesen Leipzig on a 11-3 run to extend their lead to 57-49. He started the run with a block on Frankl-Maus which led to his lay up. Then The Germans took control as once again Leutloff took over scoring 5 points and Niedermanner dropped a trey. However as usual the Dragons Rhondorf once again didn't lay down and die, but closed out the third quarter with a 7-2 run to trail only 59-56. In the run, Rhondorf did a good job getting to the free throw line and got big buckets from Germans Reusch and Bastian Winterhalter. 'We went on a run and got some easy buckets and stops. Leutloff was running the floor well as usual and carried us', added Cardell McFarland. 'We had mental lapses. Since the departure of Aaron Nelson, more guys have to play more and suddenly are overwhelmed in certain situations', added Viktor Frankl-Maus. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig were shooting 49% from the field and 31% from the parking lot while the dragons Rhondorf were shooting 40% from the field and 33% from the parking lot. Rhondorf had the 30-26 rebound edge and 12 turnovers while the Uni-Riesen Leipzig had 19 turnovers.

The game remained tight in the fourth quarter, but the Dragosn Rhondorf couldn't hold their nerves in crunch time and let the little things cost them the game. Cardell McFarland took control in the first five minutes steering home 10 points including back to back three's as the Uni-Riesen Leipzig led 70-63. After the win, the American from Indiana didn't need to distribute the macho line implying that he felt the need to have to step up to score 10 points. 'I was just open and shot the ball. I just wanted to make these open shots and not force anything', smiled Cardell McFarland. Rhondorf did a good job getting to the free throw line and 61% free throw shooter Bastian Winterhalter kept his nerves sinking four free throws to cut the Uni-Riesen Leipzig lead to 70-67. Then came the turning point of the game as Rhondorf gave up a devestating 7-0 run to trail 77-68. In the run, the Uni-Riesen Leipzig got free throws from Niedermanner, a clutch three from Cardenas where Mcfarland made the unselfish kick out pass something a point guard should always live by and a Faison lay in. In the last few minutes, the Uni-Riesen Leipzig were able to nail their free throws as Leutloff, Mcfarland and Cardenas connected sealing the win for them. 'We did a good job playing with the momentum and not losing it. Faison didn't have the huge scoring game but got key blocks and rebounds', stated Cardell McFarland. 'It was one or two stops that cost us the win. Mcfarland did a good job finding Cardenas for the open three', added Viktor Frankl-Maus. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig were led by Sascha Leutloff with 24 points. Cardell McFarland added 20 points and Jordan Faison produced the double double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Dragons Rhondorf were led by Pastrick Reusch with 19 points. Viktor Frankl-Maus supplied 14 points and nine assists while Mike Lucier had 12 points. The Uni-Riesen Leipzig shot 49% from the field and 37% from outside while the Dragons Rhondorf shot 34% from the field and 35% from outside. The Dragons Rhondorf won the rebound battle 40-33, and had only 16 turnovers while the Uni-Riesen Leipzig coughed up the ball 24 times. On the last playdown game day next weekend, the Dragons Rhondorf have to win in Lich to remain in the Pro B. 'We have a realistic chance to win in Lich. We know that it won't be easy and just have to come to terms with the pressure', added Viktor Frankl-Maus.




Marinos sign Khalid El-Amin, ex Goettingen - by Francisco Vega

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) signed experienced 38-year old American point guard Khalid El-Amin (178-89kg-79, college: Connecticut). He played last season at BG Goettingen in German BBL league. El-Amin managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!).

In 16 BBL games he had 13.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.4apg and 1.1spg. He also played that season for Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. The team played in three different competitions that year, and El-Amin had a chance to explore basketball on different levels.

In 6 SuperLeague games he recorded 7.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. El-Amin also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.0apg. He also played 3 games in Balkan League where he got 12.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg (top 4) and 1.3spg.

In 2000 El-Amin was drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) in second round (34th overall). The former University of Connecticut standoutis in his 17th (!!!) season in pro basketball.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others El-Amin won Turkish TB2L championship title in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention in 2015.

El-Amin is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), France (Le Mans and Strasbourg IG), Israel (Ironi Ramat Gan), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Ukraine (Budivelnyk and Azovmash), NBA (Miami Heat) and Turkey (Trabzonspor and Besiktas).

El-Amin could be described: Great quickness. Not afraid to run on the basket in the traffic. Loved 1-on-1 game and fast breaks. Good shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  (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. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 10. James, Panathin.12.5 
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. Nixon, Lavrio3.9 
 9. Hall, Kolossos HH3.8 
 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 


Demetris Nichols: Fans are our 6th man - by Uros Bajovic

Demetris talked about his European career, and how he sees his place in Athens for basketball website Double-Double. Source: http://www.doubledouble.rs/en/in-focus/demetris-nichols-fans-are-our-6th-man/

Last couple of seasons are clear peak of your career. What helped the most in your Euroleague breakthrough?

I started in Europe in Russia, in CSKA Moscow, they gave me the opportunity to put my name on the map, and playing for CSKA you get the experience that you need.

Experience with CSKA Moscow was special one-you have won European crown. How have you felt in that glory night?

It felt great, man. It felt like all the hard work just paid off, we had a goal, and we succeeded in pursuing it, and it really was something special.

What can you tell us about your working time with two fantastic coaches in CSKA and PAO? Can you compare working habits of Itoudis and Pascual for us?

Coaches are very similar, very serious, they have a lot of different schemes, and when you get to the certain level you need new ways to win, always have to think about new plays or a new strategy, new ideas, so both coaches are very similar in that level.

PAO is entering the final stage of this season. Crucial battles are in front of you. What do you personally expect of Euroleague playoffs and Greek Championship do or die games?

I think it is going to be a great Euroleague playoff and a great Greek Championship playoff, we face Fenerbahce, coach who coached here for many years and i expect the atmosphere to be really good. When it comes to Greek Championship, I don't know what to expect, because this is my first time playing here, but it should be exciting.

Your path with 'Greens' is not straightforward so far. Your minutes on the court flow from really high to almost non existent. Why is so?

Well, my minutes have been going up and down lately, but I am in the starting lineup right now and that is just the way it is, you know, sometimes you play sometimes you don't, I gave my team whatever team needs and wants at certain time, I always play hard and try to get my team better and try to get a win every time.

What can you tell us about the atmosphere in OAKA Arena? Do you enjoy playing there after quiet Moscow?

We really feed from our fans, and i think they also feed from us, I don't think we could do this without them, they are always our 6th man, they are always there for us, even when we have bad moments they are there for us, so I am glad that we have home court advantage because we play great at home.

PAO and Fenerbahce clashes would be like dessert for basketball lovers. Who do you highlight as the toughest opponent there?

I don't have anybody particular but I know it is going to be a great challenge for everybody at every position including coaches, and it should be a really good series because we have two great coaches, two great teams, but here in OAKA we have a chance to be something special.

You have been in NBA and close to NBA many times. What have you stopped to success overseas as well?

I played in the NBA for two years, but after I didn't get a lot of playing time I decided to go overseas and grabbed the opportunity to play, I am here for eight years and I hope for another successful eight years.

One technical question. You have struggled in shooting percentages during your first college year. What drill helped you to become so good shooter after it?

I didn't really play during my first three years in college, but I worked hard every single day, I had a shooting coach, I tried to perfect my crafts, I knew I was good at it, and that hard work just gave me confidence, it felt good to see that my hard work is paying off.

Your predictions about PAO-Fener games? Who do you see as favorite to win Greece this season?


I think that we are the favorites. We have the great advantage in starting and home, I know that we will have to go to their house, too, but I think that we have the advantage and I am really looking forward to it. Greek league, like I said, I never played in Greek Championship before but I expect to see some really good series.



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Eredivisie Round 1 of Quarter-Finals. Amsterdam and Den Bosch enjoy victories - by Eurobasket News

Leiden - Amsterdam 79-82

Amsterdam nipped Leiden to surge ahead in the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Leiden helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international swingman Dimeo Van-Der-Horst (197-91) fired 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Jesse Markusse (206-92) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Five Amsterdam players scored in double figures. The former international Jessey Voorn (197-90, agency: Court Side) produced 31 points and American point guard Jonathan Lee (188-90, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: J.Markusse 16+6reb+1ast, A.Roye 16+6reb+1ast, D.Van Der Horst 15+5reb+7ast, S.de Randamie 12+7reb+3ast, H.Kherrazi 11+9reb+2ast, G.Slagter 8+1reb+1ast
Leiden: J.Voorn 31+3reb+1ast, J.Lee 13+4reb+5ast, D.Draper 13+2reb+1ast, R.Jansen 8+5ast, L.Enobakhare 8+6reb+1ast, T.Koenis 4+9reb+3ast
gschID: 543940


Den Bosch - Rotterdam 82-61

Den Bosch stormed past Rotterdam to take 1-0 lead. Den Bosch forced 20 Rotterdam turnovers and outrebounded them 50-32 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Stefan Wessels (203-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds. American forward Charles Mitchell (203, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Den Bosch players scored in double figures. American guard Jermaine Marshall (193-90, college: Arizona St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and forward Michael Kok (190-91) added 15 points in the effort for Rotterdam.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: D.Balentine 17+3reb+1ast, M.Bouwknecht 15+3reb, C.Mitchell 13+7reb+3ast, S.Wessels 10+17reb+3ast, S.McWhorter 10+3reb+5ast, J.Watts 10+5reb
Rotterdam: J.Marshall 19+10reb+2ast, M.Kok 15+2reb+2ast, G.Mays 10+5reb+1ast, S.Van Dijk 6+2reb, R.Krabbendam 4+8reb, L.Steijn 4+3reb
gschID: 543939





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  INDIA  


4 Indian Men players to tryout at the NBL Australia - by Anil Kumar

Four senior members of the Indian national basketball team - Amjyot Singh Gill, Amritpal Singh, Yadwinder Singh, and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, have been invited by the National Basketball League (NBL) - the professional basketball league of Australia, to participate in the NBL Draft combine for the upcoming season 2017-18.

The combine is set to take place on the 17th and 18th of April at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. A total of 80 players are expected to participate in the combine. These will include returning US college players, South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) players, Australian state league players, and members of Australia's national U18 and U20's teams. It is an opportunity for coaches and scouts of different NBL teams to gauge the talent at hand and sign the players they believe could help their team.

As standard practice, players participating in the NBL Draft Combine must pay an entry fee of AUD $250. However, this fee has been waived off for all the invited Indian players. The waiver of fees for the Indian contingent by the NBL is just another sign that the NBL has serious intentions to enter the Indian market. Last year, the NBL signed a historic deal with VEQTA to stream NBL games live in India.

Under the new rules of the NBL, the players belonging to the countries of the FIBA Asia zone would be given a separate spot that would not take up any of the three spots reserved for the foreign players. This move has been made to attract the top Asian talents and ensure that they consider the NBL as a serious destination to ply their trade.

The Indian players' participation in the NBL Draft Combine was made possible by Pursuit India and its Australian partner Danny Kordahi. Pursuit, which had previously worked with Kordahi and arranged the visit of Australian coach Damian Cotter to the national men's camp, has been working behind-the-scenes for months to identify suitable playing opportunities across the globe.

'It's the biggest platform our players have had so far to showcase their talent. The NBL is a highly competitive international league and it's a fantastic opportunity for our top Indian players to gauge their skill levels. Whatever the outcome, they will benefit a great deal from the experience itself,' says Mr. Vishnu Ravi Shankar, head of Pursuit India.



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Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.9 
 2. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 4. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.5 
 5. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.4 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.20.4 
 7. Brown, Ironi R.20.2 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.19.9 
 9. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
 10. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Germain JORDAN
  Galil Elion
  (198-C/F-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 2. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.1 
 3. Warren, Maccabi .11.1 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.11.0 
 5. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.4 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.2 
 7. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa9.8 
 9. Allen, Hapoel B/S9.8 
 10. Gaston, Hapoel M.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.8 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.7.0 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S5.9 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.5 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.5.1 
 7. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.6 
 8. Salz, Galil Elion4.6 
 9. Hofman, Ironi N.4.5 
 10. Fisher, Hapoel B/S4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.8 
 2. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.5 
 3. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.5 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .2.3 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.2 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A1.9 
 7. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 8. Cohen, Hapoel K/S1.8 
 9. Hofman, Ironi N.1.8 
 10. Zoosman, Maccabi .1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.2 
 2. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.9 
 3. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.8 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .1.4 
 6. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 7. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 8. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.2 
 9. Roberts, Ironi N.1.1 
 10. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.1 


Winner League Round 27: Hapoel Eilat defeats leader Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Hapoel Holon (18-9) on the court of third ranked Hapoel Eilat on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Hapoel Eilat 84-81. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Hapoel Eilat outrebounded Hapoel Holon 37-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international point guard Afik Nissim (185-81) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) contributed with 7 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) answered with 26 points for Hapoel Holon. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Eilat (17-10) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Holon at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. Hapoel Eilat is looking forward to face Bnei Hasharon (#4) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play at home against Hapoel Jerusalem and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Maccabi T-A (17-10) against sixth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (14-13) on Saturday night. Visiting Maccabi T-A was defeated by Hapoel Jerusalem in a tough game in Jerusalem 57-65. It was a great evening for the former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Travis Peterson helped adding 9 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Hapoel Jerusalem moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi T-A lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the second position with ten games lost. They share it with Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against league's leader Hapoel Holon on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Haifa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Nahariya between Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya. Ninth ranked Maccabi Rishon (13-14) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Ironi Nahariya (13-14). Maccabi Rishon managed to escape with a 1-point win 71-70 in the game for the seventh place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. It was an exceptional evening for Charles Thomas who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Skjoldebrand came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Ironi Nahariya in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel T-A and Ironi Nahariya. Maccabi Rishon will meet Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#7) on the road in the next round. Ironi Nahariya will play against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and hope to secure a win.
Twelfth-ranked Maccabi K/G (4-23) used its home court advantage to challenge tenth ranked Galil Gilboa (12-15) in Kiryat Gat. The visitors from Rosh Pina managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected easier game. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Murphy Holloway who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa maintains tenth place with 12-15 record. Maccabi K/G lost their seventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi K/G will play against Maccabi Ashdod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Maccabi Haifa (14-13) and Maccabi Ashdod (11-16), which took place in Haifa. Higher ranked Maccabi Haifa lost at home to eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod 77-82 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Maccabi Haifa. It was a good game for Chase Simon who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 4 assists. Maccabi Ashdod maintains eleventh place with 11-16 record. Loser Maccabi Haifa keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will face bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat in the next round. Maccabi Haifa will play on the road against the league's second-placed Maccabi T-A (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last game of round 27 Hapoel T-A was beaten by Bnei Hertzeliyya on the road 75-60.

Hapoel J-M - Maccabi T-A 65-57

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Maccabi T-A (17-10) against sixth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (14-13) on Saturday night. Visiting Maccabi T-A was defeated by Hapoel Jerusalem in a tough game in Jerusalem 57-65. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for the former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. American power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford) helped adding 9 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Hapoel Jerusalem moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi T-A lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the second position with ten games lost. They share it with Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against league's leader Hapoel Holon on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Haifa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: L.Eliyahu 14+12reb+2ast, J.Dyson 12+3reb+2ast, Y.Halperin 11+3reb+2ast, T.Peterson 9+9reb+1ast, A.Stoudemire 8+2reb, B.Timor 4+1reb+1ast
Maccabi T-A: G.Mekel 22+5reb+4ast, V.Rudd 11+7reb+3ast, J.Alexander 9+3reb, C.Iverson 8+8reb+1ast, D.Smith 5+6reb, G.Pnini 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 540735


Maccabi K/G - Galil Gilboa 79-82

Twelfth-ranked Maccabi K/G (4-23) used its home court advantage to challenge tenth ranked Galil Gilboa (12-15) in Kiryat Gat. The visitors from Rosh Pina managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected easier game. Maccabi K/G was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 44-40 second half run of Galil Gilboa. They outrebounded Maccabi K/G 40-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Murphy Holloway (201-90, college: Mississippi) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Michael Qualls (197-94, college: Arkansas) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded 21 points and 7 rebounds and forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa maintains tenth place with 12-15 record. Maccabi K/G lost their seventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi K/G will play against Maccabi Ashdod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: M.Qualls 19+6reb+1ast, E.Griffin 15+7reb, M.Holloway 13+16reb+3ast, J.Siggers 13+4reb+4ast, J.Shuchman 9+3reb+2ast, E.Skverer 6+1reb
Maccabi K/G: J.Carter 21+7reb+1ast, J.Selby 15+1reb+5ast, B.Bowman 13+8reb+4ast, E.Shulman 9+3reb+4ast, N.Laish 8+2reb+4ast, O.Solomon 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 540730


Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Ashdod 77-82

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Maccabi Haifa (14-13) and Maccabi Ashdod (11-16), which took place in Haifa. Higher ranked Maccabi Haifa lost at home to eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod 77-82 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Maccabi Haifa. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Maccabi Haifa won fourth quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import swingman Mario Little (198-87, college: Kansas) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International Oz Blayzer (199-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) added 17 points in the effort for Maccabi Haifa. Four Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod maintains eleventh place with 11-16 record. Loser Maccabi Haifa keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will face bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat in the next round. Maccabi Haifa will play on the road against the league's second-placed Maccabi T-A (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: C.Simon 22+4reb+4ast, M.Little 16+6reb+3ast, J.Carmichael 10+13reb, I.Ziv 9+3ast, K.Dillard 9+2reb+1ast, J.Cohen 7
Maccabi Haifa: G.Vargas 17+4reb+3ast, W.Graves 16+4reb+1ast, K.Pinkney 15+3reb+1ast, O.Blayzer 11+13reb+4ast, A.Simhon 9+4reb+5ast, J.DiBartolomeo 6+10reb+3ast
gschID: 540733


Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi Rishon 70-71

A very close game took place in Nahariya between Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya. Ninth ranked Maccabi Rishon (13-14) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Ironi Nahariya (13-14). Maccabi Rishon managed to escape with a 1-point win 71-70 in the game for the seventh place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Ironi Nahariya won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Cameron Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) accounted for 7 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Naturalized Swedish power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Ironi Nahariya in the defeat. Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel T-A and Ironi Nahariya. Maccabi Rishon will meet Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#7) on the road in the next round. Ironi Nahariya will play against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: C.Thomas 21+10reb, S.Dawson 11+3reb, P.Richard 8+2reb+3ast, O.Brandwein 7+2ast, C.Long 7+8reb+2ast, I.Zalmanson 7+5reb+2ast
Ironi Nahariya: J.Skjoldebrand 18+7reb+2ast, N.Faust 15+4reb+2ast, D.Kitchen 14+6reb+5ast, S.Douglass 10+2reb+2ast, T.Nash 7+6reb+3ast, Y.Gates 2+1reb
gschID: 540731


Hapoel Eilat - Hapoel Holon 84-81

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Hapoel Holon (18-9) on the court of third ranked Hapoel Eilat on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Hapoel Eilat 84-81. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Hapoel Eilat outrebounded Hapoel Holon 37-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international point guard Afik Nissim (185-81) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) contributed with 7 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) answered with 26 points and the other American import swingman James Bell (197-92, college: Villanova) added 18 points in the effort for Hapoel Holon. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Eilat (17-10) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Holon at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. Hapoel Eilat is looking forward to face Bnei Hasharon (#4) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play at home against Hapoel Jerusalem and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: A.Nissim 16+3ast, W.Daniels 13+3reb+1ast, C.Colman 12+2reb+1ast, L.Milbourne 12+6reb, R.Menco 8+1reb+1ast, R.Buckner 7+9reb+2ast
Hapoel Holon: T.Holloway 26+3reb+2ast, J.Bell 18+2reb+2ast, G.Israeli 9+3reb+5ast, A.Chubrevich 8+5reb, J.Taylor 7+2reb+4ast, D.Atkins 6+5reb
gschID: 540734


Bnei Hertzeliyya - Hapoel T-A 75-60

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Bnei Hasharon (16-11) beat 7th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-14) in Hod Hasharon 75-60 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Bnei Hasharon. Hapoel Tel-Aviv was better in second period 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American-Montenegrin forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's) who led his team to a victory with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. International forward Karam Mashour (198-91, college: Morehead St., agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. The former international Raviv Limonad (191-84) answered with 16 points and naturalized American power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bnei Hasharon maintains fourth place with 16-11 record. Loser Hapoel Tel-Aviv keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Bnei Hasharon will face higher ranked Hapoel Eilat (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Maccabi Rishon (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: T.Green 16+3reb+4ast, K.Mashour 15+9reb+2ast, J.Adrien 12+10reb, H.Kanacevic 10+8reb+9ast, O.Leumi 10+3ast, H.N'Diaye 6+2reb+1ast
Hapoel T-A: R.Limonad 16+3reb+2ast, M.Lyons 10+3ast, T.Ginat 8+6reb+2ast, R.Howell 8+6reb+3ast, B.Dawson 6+3reb+1ast, T.Blatt 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 540732





Williams left Hapoel Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

28-year old American power forward Darrell Williams (203-111kg-89, college: Texas A&M - Commerce, agency: BeoBasket) left Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League). In 23 games in Israel he recorded 11.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1apg this season.
The last season Williams played at Partizan in Serbian KLS where in 12 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. Williams also played 6 games in ABA League where he had 5.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0spg. The other team Williams played that season for was VOO Verviers Pepinster (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 10 games he got impressive 17.2ppg and 10.7rpg.
Williams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won LSC Tournament in 2015. Williams was also voted Daktronics NCAA D2 All-South Central Region Player of the Year in 2015.
He is a very experienced player.
Williams graduated from Texas A&M - Commerce in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Williams is a physical specimen, with NBA size and athleticism. He is a beast in the low post and is an above average shooter in the 15 foot range. Where Williams needs to improve is his 3 point shooting. At just above 20%. Williams has shown the ability to knock down some 3's, but just not the ability to do it with consistency. On defense, he has long arms and quick feet, allowing him to guard the 3,4 and 5. His motor and hustle resemble that of Kenneth Faried, but his lack of shot-blocking leave you wanting more. To succeed at the NBA level, Williams will need to show better ball handling and 3 point shooting. He can help a team immediately with rebounding and low post scoring.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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National League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Semifinals are all set - by Eurobasket News

Ironi K-A - Hapoel K/S 70-75

Hapoel K/S fired past Ironi K-A on the road to sweep the quarterfinal series. American forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) notched a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and center Miron Ruina (202-98) supported him with 11 points. Even a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds by American swingman SirDominic Pointer (198-92, college: St.John's) did not help to save the game for Ironi Kiryat Ata. His fellow American import power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Four Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: S.Pointer 23+12reb+1ast, D.Joyner 18+8reb+1ast, N.Matalon 13+4reb+4ast, G.Halamish 11+6reb+3ast, Y.Ainhorn 3+1reb+2ast, R.Yehia 2+1reb+1ast
Hapoel K/S: T.Watson 37+10reb+3ast, M.Ruina 11+4reb+3ast, D.Livingston 8+9reb+1ast, A.Cohen 8+5reb+5ast, E.Rotemberg 7+6reb, B.Azoulay 3
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Macc.Rehovot - Hapoel B/S 69-73

Hapoel B/S upset Maccabi Rehovot to advance into the semifinal stage. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Dudu Shamriz (194-91) chipped in 21 points during the contest. American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) responded with 5 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Gur Porat (197-79) scored 15 points. Maccabi Rehovot's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Macc.Rehovot: G.Porat 15+3reb+2ast, Y.Levi 13+5reb+1ast, D.Drapic 11+4reb, G.Eitan 10+1reb+7ast, M.Addison 8+7reb+2ast, E.Yates 5+14reb+6ast
Hapoel B/S: D.Shamriz 21+2reb, J.Allen 20+18reb+3ast, J.Williams 10+2reb+3ast, J.Lewis 7+5reb+1ast, A.Fisher 5, T.Ariely 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 543773


Maccabi H/H - Maccabi Raanana 83-81

Maccabi H/H held off Maccabi Raanana to seal their next round appearance. Hasharon outrebounded Maccabi Raanana 38-27 including 24 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hasharon made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. American forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Gil Beni (180-98) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Five Maccabi Raanana players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Raanana: G.Beni 18+2reb+2ast, S.Givens 18+10reb+5ast, Y.Zoosman 12+2reb+2ast, J.Hairston 11+6reb+3ast, G.Lavie 11+2reb+5ast, G.Karni 5+3reb+3ast
Maccabi H/H: S.Warren 32+13reb+1ast, O.Shaashoua 18+1ast, V.Teel 11+8reb+13ast, I.Simin 9+2reb, C.Bouchman 8+11reb+4ast, O.Menskey 3+2reb
gschID: 543771


Hap.R/G Givat. - Ironi Nes-Ziona 79-83

Ironi Nes-Ziona upset Hapoel R/G away from home to storm into the next round. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 19 Hap.R/G Givat. turnovers. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 4 assists. American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hap.R/G Givat.
Top scorers:
Hap.R/G Givat.: R.Madden 21+5reb+2ast, J.Olasewere 21+8reb+1ast, Y.Solomon 17+8reb, L.Lifshitz 8+2reb+4ast, J.Nir 5+8reb+2ast, U.Kokia 4+6reb+3ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: E.Hofman 17+4reb+4ast, T.Michael Dunne 16+3reb+4ast, J.Beal 13+7reb+5ast, L.Roberts 12+10reb, G.Gutt 12+2reb+1ast, I.Stolero 5
gschID: 543774






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

26-year old forward Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Galil Gilboa and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Maccabi K/G (#12, 4-23) 82-79. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Galil Gilboa maintains the 10th position in Israeli league. Galil Gilboa 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 12-15 record. Holloway turned to be Galil Gilboa's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Holloway is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.2ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.8rpg) and averages solid 56.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tu Holloway (182-G-89) of top-ranked Hapoel Holon. He is American guard in his first season at Hapoel Holon. In the last game Holloway recorded impressive 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Hapoel Holon was edged by slightly lower-ranked Hapoel Eilat (#3, 17-10) 84-81. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Hapoel Holon still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 18-9 record. Holloway is one of the most experienced players at Hapoel Holon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.8ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.8 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Justin Carter (193-G/F-87, agency: Pensack Sports) of Maccabi K/G (#12). Carter scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Carter's great performance Maccabi K/G lost 79-82 to slightly higher-ranked Galil Gilboa (#10, 12-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Maccabi K/G can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-23 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Carter he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Carter has a very solid season. In 23 games in Israel he scored 14.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) of Hapoel J-M - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jackie Carmichael (206-C-90) of Maccabi Ashdod - 10 points and 13 rebounds
6. Karam Mashour (198-F-91) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi T-A - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Charles Thomas (203-F/C-86) of Maccabi Rishon - 21 points and 10 rebounds
9. Oz Blayzer (199-PF-92) of Maccabi Haifa - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Chase Simon (201-SF-89) of Maccabi Ashdod - 22 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)



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Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 25
 1. Smith, Roseto25.0 
 2. Davis, Jesi24.2 
 3. Golden, Chieti21.3 
 4. Sims, Rieti20.0 
 5. Legion, Viola RC20.0 
 6. Brown, Roma Virtus19.8 
 7. Ferguson, Angelico.19.7 
 8. Bowers, Bondi F.19.7 
 9. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
 10. Harrell, Mens S.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella13.1 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Smith, Ravenna9.8 
 5. Poletti, Latina B.9.4 
 6. Mortellaro, Chieti9.4 
 7. Mosley, Legnano9.3 
 8. Perry, Treviso .9.2 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.9.1 
 10. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.3 
 2. Bowers, Jesi6.2 
 3. Moreno, Bondi F.6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.6 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.4 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.1 
 7. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 8. Ferguson, Angelico.4.6 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 10. Rosselli, Virtus B.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-F-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Green, Alma T.2.8 
 2. Spissu, Virtus B.2.1 
 3. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 4. Brown, Roma Virtus2.0 
 5. Fanti, Eurobask.1.9 
 6. Okoye, Udine APU1.9 
 7. Bowers, Jesi1.8 
 8. Smith, Ravenna1.7 
 9. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 10. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.8 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.0 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Bowers, Bondi F.1.3 
 6. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 7. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.3 
 8. Buford, Agrigento1.1 
 9. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 10. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 


Italian Serie A round 27 best performance: JaJuan Johnson - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward JaJuan Johnson (208-F/C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for AV Cantu, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out The Flexx PT (#8, 13-14) 73-71. AV Cantu maintains the 13th position in Italian Serie A. AV Cantu 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 11-16 record. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at AV Cantu and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Purdue University star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.2ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.4rpg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg,55.4% FGP and 44.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Marcus Landry (201-F-85) of Brescia. Landry had a very good evening with 32 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Brescia lost that game 79-84 to the higher-ranked Umana VE (#2, 18-9). This loss caused Brescia to drop to 11th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-15 record. Landry is a newcomer at Brescia, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.1ppg (#1). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Achille Polonara (203-F-91) of Grissin Bon RE (#5). Polonara scored 15 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Grissin Bon RE, leading his team to a 91-80 win against the lower-ranked Auxilium TO (#10, 12-15). Grissin Bon RE needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 11 lost games. Polonara has a very solid season. In 27 games in Italy he scored 10.4ppg. He also has 6.5rpg and FGP: 60.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) of Grissin Bon RE - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Zabian Dowdell (191-PG-84) of AV Cantu - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Vojislav Stojanovic (199-G-97) of Betaland Cdo - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89) of JuveCaserta - 19 points and 12 rebounds
8. Aaron Craft (188-G-91) of Dolomiti En. TR - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
9. David Logan (185-G-82) of Scandone AV - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) of Banco di Srd - 20 points, 2 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)



Serie A2 Round 29: Leader Virtus Bologna loses to F.Kontatto BO - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Serie A2. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Virtus Bologna (20-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of fifth ranked F.Kontatto BO on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by F.Kontatto BO 79-72. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. F.Kontatto BO maintains fifth place in A2 with 18-11 record. Virtus Bologna at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. F.Kontatto BO are looking forward to face Udine APU (#9) on the road in the next round. Virtus Bologna will play against Roseto (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Treviso. Ninth ranked Udine APU (15-14) saved a 3-point derby victory on the road edging second-ranked Treviso Basket (20-9) 65-62 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Naturalized Senegalese forward Abdel Fall (202-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Stan Okoye contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Udine APU's coach Lino Lardo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds for Treviso Basket. Newly promoted Udine APU maintains ninth place in A2 with 15-14 record. Treviso Basket at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Udine APU will play against higher ranked F.Kontatto BO (#5) in Bologna in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Treviso Basket will play on the road against Piacenza in Casalpusterlengo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ravenna (19-10) against fourteenth ranked Chieti (10-19) on Saturday night. Visiting Ravenna was defeated by Chieti in Chieti 85-75. The game was dominated by American players. Trae Golden stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 assists for the winners. Chieti's coach Maurizio Bartocci used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Taylor Smith responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Chieti maintains fourteenth place in A2 with 10-19 record. Loser Ravenna dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Chieti will meet Unieuro Forli (#15) on the road in the next round. Ravenna will play against Mantova (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Legnano (18-11) against sixth ranked Novipiu Casale (15-14) on Saturday night. Visiting Legnano was defeated by Novipiu Casale in Casale 73-61. Giovanni Tomassini nailed 11 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Novipiu Casale's coach Marco Ramondino allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Novipiu Casale went down to seventh position (A2) due to points difference. Legnano at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Novipiu Casale's next round opponent will be FCM Ferentino (#13) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Legnano will play against Viola RC (#15) and hope to win that game.
Leader Angelico Biella delivered the twenty third victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 12th ranked Mens Sana 1871 (13-16) 83-55. The best player for the winners was Jazzmarr Ferguson who scored 23 points and 4 assists. Angelico Biella's coach Michele Carrea felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Angelico Biella maintains first place in A2 with 23-6 record. Loser Mens Sana 1871 keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Angelico Biella will face Eurobasket Roma (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mens Sana 1871 will play against Roma Virtus (#5) and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 29 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In A2 Piacenza was defeated by Roseto in a road game 81-77. Bondi Ferrara was beaten by Verona at home 58-72. Recanati was destroyed by Mantova on the opponent's court 96-65. Imola managed to outperform Unieuro Forli in a home game 78-75. Alma Trieste managed to beat Jesi on the road 90-76. Roma Virtus defeated FCM Ferentino on its own court 97-84. Latina Basket was beaten by Treviglio in a road game 84-70. Viola RC lost to Scafati at home 71-73. Tortona managed to outperform Rieti on the opponent's court 67-58. Agropoli recorded a loss to Eurobasket Roma in a home game 68-77. Lighthouse TR was defeated by Agrigento on the road 76-72.
The best stats of 29th round was 19 points and 8 rebounds by Aristide Landi of Roma Virtus.

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Treviso Basket - Udine APU 62-65

Important game to mention about took place in Treviso. Ninth ranked Udine APU (15-14) saved a 3-point derby victory on the road edging second-ranked Treviso Basket (20-9) 65-62 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Strangely Treviso Basket outrebounded Udine APU 48-31 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Treviso Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Senegalese forward Abdel Fall (202-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Udine APU's coach Lino Lardo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) added 9 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Treviso Basket. Newly promoted Udine APU maintains ninth place in A2 with 15-14 record. Treviso Basket at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Udine APU will play against higher ranked F.Kontatto BO (#5) in Bologna in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Treviso Basket will play on the road against Piacenza in Casalpusterlengo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Udine APU: A.Fall 20+12reb+1ast, R.Veideman 19+3reb+3ast, S.Okoye 18+8reb+1ast, A.Traini 4, M.Pinton 3+1reb+2ast, V.Nobile 1+1reb+1ast
Treviso Basket: A.Ancellotti 15+18reb+1ast, A.La Torre 11+2reb, M.Fantinelli 9+11reb+3ast, D.Moretti 9+3reb+5ast, D.Malbasa 8+3reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 485774


Roseto - Piacenza 81-77

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Piacenza (12-17) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Roseto (17-12) 81-77 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The best player for the winners was American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 25 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Luca Infante (204-82) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) added 23 points respectively for the guests. Four Piacenza players scored in double figures. Roseto maintains sixth place in A2 with 17-12 record. Loser Piacenza keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Roseto will face league's leader Virtus Bologna on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Piacenza will play against the league's second-placed Treviso Basket (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Roseto: A.Smith 25+4reb+4ast, B.Sherrod 19+9reb+3ast, R.Fultz 13+1reb+7ast, V.Amoroso 7+7reb, G.Fattori 6+2reb+1ast, N.Mei 6+4reb+1ast
Piacenza: K.Hasbrouck 23+2reb, L.Infante 14+9reb+3ast, T.Raspino 10+6reb+2ast, M.Formenti 10+2reb+7ast, G.Biruta 9+6reb, V.Costa 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485773


Bondi Ferrara - Verona 58-72

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Verona (16-13) defeated on the road 12th ranked Bondi Ferrara (11-18) 72-58 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Giovanni Pini (200-92, agency: Two Points) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Riccardo Cortese (195-86) produced 29 points and center Francesco Pellegrino (210-91) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the hosts. Verona maintains seventh place in A2 with 16-13 record. Loser Bondi Ferrara dropped to the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Verona will face Jesi (#10) at home in the next round. Bondi Ferrara will play against Recanati and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Verona: M.Frazier 18+9reb+2ast, D.Brkic 10+4reb, G.Pini 10+5reb+2ast, D.Robinson 8+2reb+2ast, M.Portannese 7+3reb+2ast, D.Diliegro 6+6reb
Bondi Ferrara: R.Cortese 29+3reb+1ast, F.Pellegrino 10+8reb, Y.Moreno 6+2reb+5ast, L.Bowers 5+5reb+2ast, L.Molinaro 4+8reb, F.Ardizzoni 0
gschID: 485768


Chieti - Ravenna 85-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ravenna (19-10) against fourteenth ranked Chieti (10-19) on Saturday night. Visiting Ravenna was defeated by Chieti in Chieti 85-75. It was a great shooting night for Chieti especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 assists for the winners and swingman Cade Davis (197-88, college: Oklahoma, agency: Two Points) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. Four Chieti players scored in double figures. Chieti's coach Maurizio Bartocci used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Derrick Marks (190-93, college: Boise St.) scored 21 points. Chieti maintains fourteenth place in A2 with 10-19 record. Loser Ravenna dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Chieti will meet Unieuro Forli (#15) on the road in the next round. Ravenna will play against Mantova (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chieti: C.Davis 23+8reb+1ast, T.Golden 20+3reb+11ast, M.Allegretti 13+4reb+1ast, C.Mortellaro 12+11reb, M.Fallucca 7+1reb, D.Zucca 5+4reb+1ast
Ravenna: D.Marks 21+2reb+2ast, T.Smith 19+10reb, S.Masciadri 9+5reb, A.Chiumenti 8+1reb+1ast, A.Raschi 7+2reb+2ast, M.Tambone 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 485767


Mantova - Recanati 96-65

Very expected game in Mirandola where 16th ranked Recanati (7-22) was rolled over by eighth ranked Mantova (16-13) 96-65 on Saturday. Mantova made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Mantova outrebounded Recanati 47-30 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Recanati was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward DeAndre Daniels (206-92, college: Connecticut) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import LaMarshall Corbett (189-88, college: Angelo St.) chipped in 15 points. Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St.) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) added 8 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mantova maintains eighth place in A2 with 16-13 record. Loser Recanati keeps the sixteenth position with 22 games lost. Mantova will face higher ranked Ravenna (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Recanati will play against Bondi Ferrara (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mantova: D.Daniels 27+15reb, L.Corbett 15+2reb+3ast, L.Gergati 12+1reb+1ast, A.Amici 11+5reb+4ast, L.Vencato 8+1reb+2ast, F.Candussi 8+6reb+1ast
Recanati: E.Rush 22+10reb+3ast, A.Pierini 8+3reb+1ast, F.Infante 7+4reb+1ast, L.Marini 6+1reb, S.Spizzichini 5+5reb, T.Bader 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485772


Imola - Unieuro Forli 78-75

Rather predictable result when thirteenth ranked Imola (11-18) edged at home 15th ranked Unieuro Forli (8-21) 78-75 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was American point guard Travis Cohn (188-89, college: Jacksonville, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 18 points and 5 assists. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) chipped in 18 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). American guard Melvin Johnson (193-93, college: VCU) produced 24 points and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Imola moved-up to twelfth place in A2. Newly promoted Unieuro Forli keeps the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Imola will face higher ranked Alma Trieste (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Unieuro Forli will play against Chieti (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Imola: M.Maggioli 18+3reb+1ast, T.Cohn 18+1reb+5ast, R.Rogic 12+6reb+2ast, A.Ranuzzi 11+2reb+1ast, A.Tassinari 8+5reb+1ast, N.Hassan 7+3reb+1ast
Unieuro Forli: M.Johnson 24+3reb+4ast, O.Adegboye 14+2ast, D.Bonacini 10+6reb+2ast, R.Amoroso 10+5reb+4ast, S.Pierich 6, R.Castelli 5+5reb
gschID: 485770


Jesi - Alma Trieste 76-90

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Jesi (12-17) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Alma Trieste (20-9) 90-76 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Stefano Bossi (185-94, agency: Players Group) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Alma Trieste players scored in double figures. American forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) produced 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Alma Trieste moved-up to third place in A2. Loser Jesi keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Alma Trieste will face Imola (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jesi will play against Verona and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: S.Bossi 19+6reb+3ast, J.Parks 17+6reb+1ast, A.Cittadini 11+1reb, J.Green 11+8reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 10+8reb+7ast, R.Prandin 7+2reb+2ast
Jesi: D.Davis 31+6reb+4ast, M.Maganza 15+10reb+1ast, T.Bowers 14+7reb+8ast, G.Janelidze 5+2reb, M.Battisti 5+2reb+4ast, A.Benevelli 4+4reb
gschID: 485771


F.Kontatto BO - Virtus Bologna 79-72

Top ranked Virtus Bologna (20-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of fifth ranked F.Kontatto BO on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by F.Kontatto BO 79-72. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five F.Kontatto BO players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Marco Spissu (182-95) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. F.Kontatto BO maintains fifth place in A2 with 18-11 record. Virtus Bologna at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. F.Kontatto BO are looking forward to face Udine APU (#9) on the road in the next round. Virtus Bologna will play against Roseto (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: J.Knox 16+9reb+2ast, S.Mancinelli 15+9reb+4ast, A.Legion 15+4reb+6ast, M.Ruzzier 12+3reb+6ast, L.Candi 11+1ast, L.Campogrande 5+1reb
Virtus Bologna: M.Umeh 17+2reb+2ast, G.Rosselli 16+5reb+5ast, M.Spissu 15+3reb+5ast, K.Ndoja 9+5reb+2ast, K.Lawson 4+8reb, G.Spizzichini 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 485769


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Roma Virtus - FCM Ferentino 97-84

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Roma Virtus (17-12) won against at home 13th ranked FCM Ferentino (12-17) 97-84 on Saturday. Roma Virtus looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. The former international Aristide Landi (203-94) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (193-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Five Roma Virtus and four FCM Ferentino players scored in double figures. FCM Ferentino's coach Riccardo Paolini rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Roma Virtus maintains fifth place in A2 with 17-12 record. Loser FCM Ferentino keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Roma Virtus will face Mens Sana 1871 (#12) in Siena in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FCM Ferentino will play at home against Novipiu Casale and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Roma Virtus: A.Landi 19+8reb+1ast, A.Raffa 19+3reb+4ast, J.Brown 16+11reb+3ast, M.Chessa 14+4reb+4ast, T.Baldasso 13+3reb+5ast, D.Sandri 12+5reb+3ast
FCM Ferentino: B.Raymond 17+4reb+4ast, B.Musso 15+6reb+7ast, M.Imbro 15+6reb+2ast, I.Radic 13+2reb+1ast, L.Benvenuti 10+7reb+1ast, A.Gigli 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 486014


Treviglio - Latina Basket 84-70

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Treviglio and 9th ranked Latina Basket had identical 14-14 record. This time Treviglio used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Latina 84-70 on Saturday night. Treviglio made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Latina Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Tommaso Marino (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 28 points and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) produced 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American point guard Keron DeShields (190-92, college: Tennessee St.) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Treviglio (15-14) moved-up to sixth place in A2. Loser Latina Basket keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Treviglio will face league's second-placed Tortona on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Latina Basket will play against Rieti (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: T.Marino 28+3reb+6ast, A.Sollazzo 22+7reb+3ast, E.Rossi 9+7reb+2ast, P.Sorokas 8+7reb+6ast, C.Nwohuocha 6+4reb, A.Pecchia 5
Latina Basket: M.Poletti 19+8reb+5ast, K.DeShields 14+4reb+6ast, R.Rullo 9+1reb+1ast, J.Arledge 8+2reb, L.Uglietti 7+5reb, A.Pastore 7+2ast
gschID: 486013


Viola RC - Scafati 71-73

Everything could happen in Reggio Calabria at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Scafati and 15th ranked Viola RC had identical 9-19 record. But Viola RC was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Scafati 73-71 on Saturday night. They made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Viola RC was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Israeli point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Maltese-American Darryl Jackson (190-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian swingman Agustin Fabi (199-91) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Scafati and five Viola RC players scored in double figures. Scafati maintains fourteenth place in A2 with 10-19 record. Loser Viola RC keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Scafati will face higher ranked Agrigento (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Viola RC will play against Legnano (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Scafati: M.Santiangeli 16+3reb, D.Jackson 15+3reb+4ast, Y.Naimy 15+7reb+2ast, M.Ammannato 14+5reb+3ast, N.Crow 8+9reb+3ast, T.Fantoni 5+9reb
Viola RC: A.Voskuil 16+5reb+2ast, A.Fabi 14+8reb, M.Powell 12+4reb+1ast, L.Caroti 11+1reb+1ast, R.Rossato 11+5reb+4ast, R.Marulli 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 486012


Rieti - Tortona 58-67

Very expected game when 10th ranked Rieti (13-16) was defeated at home by second ranked Tortona (21-8) 67-58 on Saturday. Tortona outrebounded Rieti 38-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Tortona's coach Demis Cavina used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) produced 26 points and point guard Alessandro Zanelli (187-92) added 14 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Tortona maintains second place in A2 with 21-8 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Rieti dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Tortona will face Treviglio (#6) at home in the next round. Rieti will play against Latina Basket (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 19+7reb+5ast, P.Greene IV 14+3reb+3ast, L.Garri 10+10reb+2ast, V.Cucci 9+6reb, G.Ricci 6+4reb+2ast, G.Mascherpa 4+1reb+1ast
Rieti: D.Sims 26+3reb, A.Zanelli 14+3reb+7ast, D.Pepper 10+8reb+4ast, G.Della Rosa 3+2reb, N.Benedusi 3+3reb, M.Chillo 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 486011


Angelico Biella - Mens Sana 1871 83-55

Leader Angelico Biella delivered the twenty third victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 12th ranked Mens Sana 1871 (13-16) 83-55. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) who scored 23 points and 4 assists. American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Angelico Biella's coach Michele Carrea felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard KT Harrell (193-92, college: Auburn) produced 23 points and forward Giovanni Vildera (205-95) added 6 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Angelico Biella maintains first place in A2 with 23-6 record. Loser Mens Sana 1871 keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Angelico Biella will face Eurobasket Roma (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mens Sana 1871 will play against Roma Virtus (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Angelico Biella: J.Ferguson 23+2reb+4ast, N.De Vico 18+4reb+2ast, M.Hall 13+8reb+3ast, M.Udom 9+6reb, A.Tessitori 4+2reb+2ast, L.Rattalino 4+1reb+1ast
Mens Sana 1871: K.Harrell 23+2reb+1ast, D.Masciarelli 7+2reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 6+1reb+2ast, G.Vildera 6+5reb+1ast, J.Tavernari 4+4reb+1ast, M.Myers 4+5reb
gschID: 486009


Agropoli - Eurobasket Roma 68-77

Very predictable result when eleventh ranked Eurobasket Roma (14-15) beat on the road 16th ranked Agropoli (7-22) 77-68 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Alex Righetti (198-77, agency: Interperformances) who scored 22 points. Point guard Eugenio Fanti (184-91) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Eurobasket Roma players scored in double figures. Guard Marco Contento (190-91) produced 19 points and 4 assists and American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Eurobasket Roma moved-up to eighth place in A2. Loser Agropoli keeps the sixteenth position with 22 games lost. Eurobasket Roma will face league's leader Angelico Biella at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Agropoli will play against Lighthouse TR (#10) in Trapani and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Eurobasket Roma: A.Righetti 22+3reb+1ast, E.Fanti 15+8reb+2ast, M.Malaventura 13+1reb, M.Deloach 13+7reb+4ast, N.Stanic 8+4reb+1ast, T.Easley 6+6reb+1ast
Agropoli: M.Contento 19+4reb+4ast, K.Langford 18+4reb+4ast, G.Carenza 12+8reb+1ast, M.Soloperto 5+3reb, A.Marra 5+1reb, A.Delas 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 486008


Agrigento - Lighthouse TR 76-72

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Lighthouse TR (14-15) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Agrigento (17-12) 76-72 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Agrigento made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was point guard Alessandro Piazza (175-87) who scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Agrigento players scored in double figures. American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84) produced 22 points and the former international power forward Andrea Renzi (207-89, agency: Players Group) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Agrigento maintains fourth place in A2 with 17-12 record. Loser Lighthouse TR dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Agrigento will face Scafati (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lighthouse TR will play against Agropoli (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Agrigento: A.Piazza 12+8reb+7ast, M.Evangelisti 12+3reb, P.Buford 12+12reb+1ast, D.Bell-Holter 11+7reb+2ast, A.Chiarastella 9+4reb+2ast, R.Zugno 9
Lighthouse TR: K.Mays 22+4reb+3ast, A.Renzi 20+8reb, J.Crockett 18+4reb, D.Filloy 7+6reb+2ast, R.Tavernelli 4+6reb+4ast, K.Viglianisi 1+5reb+1ast
gschID: 486007


Novipiu Casale - Legnano 73-61

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Legnano (18-11) against sixth ranked Novipiu Casale (15-14) on Saturday night. Visiting Legnano was defeated by Novipiu Casale in Casale 73-61. Novipiu Casale players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Point guard Giovanni Tomassini (188-88) nailed 11 points and 9 assists for the winning side and American forward Jordan Tolbert (201-92, college: SMU) accounted for 12 points and 9 rebounds. Novipiu Casale's coach Marco Ramondino allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Federico Maiocco (200-83) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for Legnano in the defeat. Despite that victory Novipiu Casale went down to seventh position (A2) due to points difference. Legnano at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Novipiu Casale's next round opponent will be FCM Ferentino (#13) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Legnano will play against Viola RC (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: N.Martinoni 13+8reb+1ast, J.Tolbert 12+9reb+1ast, G.Tomassini 11+4reb+9ast, L.Severini 10+3reb+2ast, F.Di Bella 9+2reb+1ast, B.Blizzard 9+3reb+4ast
Legnano: N.Raivio 16+9reb+2ast, F.Maiocco 10+3reb+4ast, M.Palermo 9+4reb+3ast, M.Sacchettini 9+2reb, M.Martini 8+3reb, F.Ihedioha 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 486010





Serie B Round 29: Reggio Emilia defeats group leader Orzinuovi GaGa - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Serie B. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Orzinuovi GaGa (24-5) on the court of eighth ranked Reggio Emilia on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Reggio Emilia 75-73. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Orzinuovi GaGa. Reggio Emilia forced 20 Orzinuovi GaGa turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Reggio Emilia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Orzinuovi GaGa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Francesco Veccia (190-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Swingman Gioacchino Chiappelli (195-91, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Ivorian guard Mohamed Toure (190-92) answered with 18 points for Orzinuovi GaGa. Reggio Emilia (15-15) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Newly promoted Reggio Emilia maintains eighth place in B. Orzinuovi GaGa at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Reggio Emilia are looking forward to face higher ranked Cento (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Orzinuovi GaGa will play against San Vendemiano and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game for Fiorentina (16-12) which played on the court of Montecatiniterme (15-13). Fourth ranked Fiorentina won 61-55. Power forward Davide Rosignoli (203-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Davide Poltroneri chipped in 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Guido Meini (188-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Fiorentina maintains fourth place in B with 16-12 record. Newly promoted Montecatiniterme keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Fiorentina will play against Siena Virtus (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Montecatiniterme will play against USE Basket (#8) in Empoli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourteenth-ranked Oleggio (11-18) was very close to win a game against second ranked Omegna (19-10) on Saturday. Omegna managed to secure only three-point victory 60-57. However their fans expected much easier game. Giovanni Gasparin nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Shaquille Hidalgo came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Oleggio in the defeat. Omegna maintains second place in B with 19-10 record having three points less than leader Montegrano. Loser Oleggio keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Omegna will meet San Miniato (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oleggio will play against the league's leader Moncalieri (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Roma: Palestrina (#2) and Roma Luiss (#7). Palestrina (23-7) won against visiting Roma Luiss (15-14) 93-80. The best player for the winners was Luca Montanari who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Palestrina maintains second place in B with 23-7 record behind leader Montegrano. Roma Luiss at the other side keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Palestrina's next round opponent will be Forli Tigers (#6) on the road. Roma Luiss will play against the league's leader Napoli Cuore and hope to win that game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Bergamo (23-6) against ninth ranked Desio (14-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Bergamo was defeated by Desio in a tough game in Desio 64-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bergamo. Ariel Svoboda orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for Desio. They maintain ninth place in B with 14-15 record. Loser Bergamo keeps the second position with six games lost. Desio will face Padova (#10) on the road in the next round. Bergamo will play against Milano Urania (#11) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29:
In B Bottegone was beaten by Valsesia on the road 87-78. Siena Virtus won against Domodossola on its own court 79-72. San Miniato managed to outperform Sangiorgese in a road game 68-67. Moncalieri managed to beat Piombino at home 65-60. Cecina crushed Varese Robur on the opponent's court 81-55. Firenze Enic beat USE Basket in a home game 81-75. Cento lost to Lecco on the road 64-76. Milano Urania was outscored by Padova on its own court 73-93. Iseo recorded a loss to San Vendemiano in a road game 70-86. Volpino AltoSeb. was defeated by Faenza at home 76-80. Crema was smashed by Vicenza on the opponent's court 77-54. Piacenza destroyed Sestu in a home game 106-70. Cassino managed to outperform Scauri on the road 82-70. Catanzaro managed to beat Maddaloni on its own court 77-59. Cefalu was defeated by Teramo in a road game 80-74. Napoli Cuore beat Roma Vis Nova at home 80-75. Barcellona won against Viterbo SA on the opponent's court 81-67. Patti managed to outperform Valmontone in a home game 75-71. Forli Tigers recorded a loss to Roma S.Azzurra on the road 75-71. Senigallia defeated Isernia on its own court 75-67. Taranto was smashed by Porto S.Elpidio in a road game 87-57. Valdiceppo won against Bisceglie at home 70-65. Giulianova unfortunately lost to Campli on the opponent's court 79-83. Matera recorded a loss to San Severo in a home game 73-78. Pescara was defeated by Rimini on the road 68-76. Venafro smashed Ortona on its own court 102-80. Montegrano won against Monteroni in Montenegrano 65-59.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 29 points and 5 assists by Mattia Norcino of Isernia.

Group Group A
Montecatini - Fiorentina 55-61

Another exciting game for Fiorentina (16-12) which played on the court of Montecatiniterme (15-13). Fourth ranked Fiorentina won 61-55. Power forward Davide Rosignoli (203-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and swingman Davide Poltroneri (195-85) chipped in 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Guido Meini (188-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Marco Petrucci (195-92) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Fiorentina maintains fourth place in B with 16-12 record. Newly promoted Montecatiniterme keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Fiorentina will play against Siena Virtus (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Montecatiniterme will play against USE Basket (#8) in Empoli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Montecatini: M.Petrucci 12+6reb, G.Meini 10+11reb+4ast, V.Circosta 10+1reb+1ast, S.Stanzani 9+2reb, A.Tabbi 7+7reb, M.Caroli 5+6reb+2ast
Fiorentina: D.Rosignoli 22+10reb+1ast, D.Poltroneri 14+13reb+4ast, M.De Leone 10+4reb, F.Merengo 4+5reb+1ast, A.Longobardi 4+3reb, A.Mazzucchelli 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 531462


Valsesia - Bottegone 87-78

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Valsesia (16-12) beat at home 7th ranked Bottegone (15-14) 87-78 on Saturday. Valsesia made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Guard Nicolo Gatti (190-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Mattia Molteni (190-96) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Guard Lorenzo Maspero (-98) answered with 21 points and Daniele Toscano (196-93, agency: Players Group) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Bottegone. Four Bottegone players scored in double figures. Valsesia maintains fifth place in B with 16-12 record. Loser Bottegone keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Valsesia will face Cecina (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bottegone will play against Sangiorgese and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bottegone: L.Maspero 21+1reb+2ast, M.Divac 17+6reb, D.Toscano 12+9reb+3ast, E.Fontana 11+5reb+1ast, F.Toppo 5+5reb, R.Marconato 5+1reb+2ast
Valsesia: M.Molteni 23+1reb+2ast, N.Gatti 21+10reb+2ast, G.Lenti 10+8reb+1ast, M.Cozzoli 10+1reb+2ast, N.Savoldelli 8+1reb+7ast, E.Caversazio 8+8reb+3ast
gschID: 531461


Siena Virtus - Domodossola 79-72

Rather expected game when 15th ranked Domodossola (9-19) lost on the road to twelfth ranked Siena Virtus (13-16) 79-72 on Saturday. Domodossola was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Gerlando Imbro (188-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Guard Ferdinando Nasello (194-95) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Siena Virtus players scored in double figures. Power forward Daniele DAndrea (205-96) answered with 9 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Francesco Tuci (204-92) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Domodossola. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siena Virtus moved-up to tenth place in B, which they share with Padova. Domodossola at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Siena Virtus will face higher ranked Fiorentina (#4) in Firenze in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Domodossola will play at home against Firenze Enic (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Domodossola: A.Serroni 12+1reb, C.Bianconi 12+2reb, D.D'Andrea 9+9reb+1ast, F.Tuci 9+5reb+1ast, M.Realini 8+4reb+3ast, P.Avanzini 8+2reb
Siena Virtus: G.Imbro 20+4reb+1ast, G.Olleia 12+2reb+2ast, F.Nasello 11+7reb+6ast, S.Lenardon 11+4reb+5ast, A.Nepi 9+1reb, L.Bruno 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 531460


Sangiorgese - San Miniato 67-68

Very predictable result when third ranked San Miniato (18-11) edged 13th ranked Sangiorgese (12-17) in San Giorgio 68-67 on Saturday. San Miniato forced 26 Sangiorgese turnovers. Guard Francesco Stefanelli (190-95) saved the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. Senegalese Serigne-Sam Gaye (198-96) contributed with 16 points and 6 steals for the winners. San Miniato's coach Federico Barsotti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Daniele-Mario Benzoni (196-80) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Simone Tomasini (196-93) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sangiorgese. San Miniato maintains third place in B with 18-11 record having four points less than leader Montegrano, which they share with Faenza and Lecco. Loser Sangiorgese dropped to the eleventh position with 17 games lost. San Miniato will face league's second-placed Omegna at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sangiorgese will play against Bottegone (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sangiorgese: D.Mario Benzoni 23+6reb+2ast, S.Tomasini 15+6reb+1ast, F.Rossi 10+3reb+1ast, F.Gorreri 8+5reb, A.Tommei 4+1ast, F.Cuccarese 4+3reb
San Miniato: F.Stefanelli 17+6reb+2ast, S.Sam Gaye 16+3reb+1ast, O.Giacomelli 11+4reb+1ast, G.Giarelli 9+6reb+3ast, A.Benites 5+1reb, A.Zita 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 531459


Moncalieri - Piombino 65-60

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Piombino (14-15) lost on the road to first ranked Moncalieri (20-8) 65-60 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Forward Riccardo Coviello (197-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 14 rebounds. Point guard Allen Agbogan (182-97, agency: Players Group) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Moncalieri's coach Lorenzo Pansa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 17 points and 6 assists and forward Alessio Iardella (193-88, agency: Players Group) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Piombino. Moncalieri maintains first place in B with 20-8 record. Loser Piombino keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Moncalieri will face Oleggio (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Piombino will play against Varese Robur (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Piombino: S.Bonfiglio 17+4reb+6ast, A.Iardella 13+6reb+4ast, C.Bianchi 7+2reb+1ast, L.Malfatti 7+6reb+2ast, M.Franceschini 6+2reb, M.Jovancic 5+3reb
Moncalieri: A.Agbogan 13+5reb+1ast, D.Merletto 9+4reb+2ast, L.Gioria 9+4reb, M.Tassone 8+3reb+3ast, R.Coviello 8+14reb+1ast, G.Di Bonaventura 6
gschID: 531458


Omegna - Oleggio 60-57

Fourteenth-ranked Oleggio (11-18) was very close to win a game against second ranked Omegna (19-10) on Saturday. Omegna managed to secure only three-point victory 60-57. However their fans expected much easier game. Guard Giovanni Gasparin (187-91, agency: Interperformances) nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and forward Marco Arrigoni (199-91) accounted for 8 points and 11 rebounds. Dominican guard Shaquille Hidalgo (188-94) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds and center Stefano Colombo (200-95, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Oleggio in the defeat. Four Oleggio players scored in double figures. Omegna maintains second place in B with 19-10 record having three points less than leader Montegrano. Loser Oleggio keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Omegna will meet San Miniato (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oleggio will play against the league's leader Moncalieri (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Oleggio: S.Hidalgo 13+8reb+2ast, F.Testa 11+2reb+1ast, E.Gallazzi 10+4reb+1ast, A.Resca 10+2reb, S.Colombo 9+6reb+1ast, A.Spatti 4+4reb+2ast
Omegna: G.Gasparin 21+7reb+3ast, F.Fratto 10+6reb+1ast, F.Villa 8+2reb+3ast, M.Arrigoni 8+11reb+2ast, D.Corral 7+5reb+1ast, A.Dagnello 6
gschID: 531457


Varese Robur - Cecina 55-81

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked Cecina (13-15) outplayed on the road 10th ranked Varese Robur (13-15) 81-55 on Saturday. Cecina had a 33-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Cecina especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The former international forward Mario Gigena (198-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Andrea Spera (203-96, agency: Players Group) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Alessio Sabbadini (201-93, agency: Players Group) answered with 12 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84, agency: Players Group) added 9 points and 4 steals in the effort for Varese Robur. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cecina moved-up to tenth place in B. Cecina will face higher ranked Valsesia (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Varese Robur will play against Piombino (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Varese Robur: A.Sabbadini 12+5reb+1ast, F.Bolzonella 9+2reb+1ast, M.Santambrogio 8+2ast, M.Maruca 8+1reb, L.Matteucci 5+2reb, Trentini 4
Cecina: M.Gigena 24+6reb+2ast, A.Spera 14+6reb, S.Mazzantini 11+7reb+1ast, G.Biancani 8+4reb+2ast, L.Turini 8+3reb, A.Danna 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 531456


Firenze Enic - USE Basket 81-75

There was an upset when higher ranked USE Basket (14-14) lost on the road to sixteenth ranked Firenze Enic (10-19) 81-75 on Saturday. Swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Diego Terenzi (191-95) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Firenze Enic players scored in double figures. Guard Daniele Mariotti (186-84) answered with 20 points and power forward Michele Bei (200-90) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for USE Basket. USE Basket's coach Giovanni Bassi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Firenze Enic moved-up to fifteenth place in B. Loser USE Basket keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Firenze Enic will face Domodossola (#16) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
USE Basket: D.Mariotti 20+4reb+1ast, M.Bei 10+10reb+2ast, G.Terrosi 9+7reb+5ast, L.Raffaelli 8, A.Marusic 7+2reb+4ast, D.Sesoldi 6+3reb
Firenze Enic: L.Passoni 16+6reb+1ast, M.Magini 13+2reb+6ast, L.Galmarini 12+5reb+1ast, D.Terenzi 12+9reb+3ast, G.Rugolo 11+8reb+6ast, E.Di Giacomo 8+3reb
gschID: 531455


Group Group B
Lecco - Cento 76-64

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Lecco (18-11) beat at home 4th placed Cento (20-9) 76-64 on Saturday. Lecco made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Lecco outrebounded Cento 39-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Guard Daniele Quartieri (195-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 4 assists. Power forward Jacopo Balanzoni (203-93, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Lecco players scored in double figures. Lecco's coach Massimo Meneguzzo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and forward Luca Pignatti (198-86) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Cento. Lecco moved-up to fifth place in B, which they share with Faenza. Loser Cento keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Lecco will face Crema (#7) on the road in the next round. Cento will play against Reggio Emilia and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cento: M.Benfatto 13+6reb, A.Chiera 12+1reb+2ast, L.Pignatti 11+5reb+1ast, M.Caroldi 8+2ast, N.Sabbatino 7+1reb+2ast, L.Bedetti 6+4reb+2ast
Lecco: C.Fumagalli 14+1reb+1ast, D.Quartieri 14+2reb+4ast, M.Peroni 11+2ast, G.Siberna 10+4reb+2ast, J.Balanzoni 8+10reb, D.Todeschini 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 531582


Desio - Bergamo 70-64

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Bergamo (23-6) against ninth ranked Desio (14-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Bergamo was defeated by Desio in a tough game in Desio 64-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bergamo. Naturalized Argentinian guard Ariel Svoboda (192-85, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 assists. Center Filippo Politi (205-80) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Alessandro Panni (189-91, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Bergamo. Four Bergamo players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Desio. They maintain ninth place in B with 14-15 record. Loser Bergamo keeps the second position with six games lost. Desio will face Padova (#10) on the road in the next round. Bergamo will play against Milano Urania (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: R.Pullazi 15+8reb+1ast, S.Berti 13+3reb+2ast, A.Panni 13+6reb+4ast, P.Chiarello 10+3reb+1ast, D.Lauwers 7+1reb+2ast, T.Milani 4+3reb+3ast
Desio: A.Svoboda 23+4reb+9ast, F.Politi 14+5reb, M.Torgano 8+5reb+3ast, G.Poggi 7+5reb, E.Ruiu 6+3reb+1ast, D.Verri 4+7reb
gschID: 531581


Reggio Emilia - Orzinuovi GaGa 75-73

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Orzinuovi GaGa (24-5) on the court of eighth ranked Reggio Emilia on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Reggio Emilia 75-73. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Orzinuovi GaGa. Reggio Emilia forced 20 Orzinuovi GaGa turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Reggio Emilia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Orzinuovi GaGa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Francesco Veccia (190-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Swingman Gioacchino Chiappelli (195-91, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Ivorian guard Mohamed Toure (190-92) answered with 18 points and guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Orzinuovi GaGa. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Reggio Emilia (15-15) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Newly promoted Reggio Emilia maintains eighth place in B. Orzinuovi GaGa at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Reggio Emilia are looking forward to face higher ranked Cento (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Orzinuovi GaGa will play against San Vendemiano and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Orzinuovi GaGa: M.Toure 18+3reb+2ast, R.Valenti 16+3reb, A.Ruggiero 12+5reb+3ast, C.Cantone 12+4reb+2ast, A.Scanzi 5+1reb, D.Zambon 5+5reb
Reggio Emilia: F.Veccia 20+3reb, L.Malagutti 17+2reb+3ast, M.Farioli 13+7reb+2ast, G.Chiappelli 11+10reb+2ast, L.Bertolini 8+4reb+2ast, G.Astolfi 3
gschID: 531580


Milano Urania - Padova 73-93

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Padova and 11th ranked Milano Urania had identical 12-16 record. But Milano Urania was not able to use a home court advantage and was smashed by the opponent from Padova 93-73 on Saturday night. Naturalized Dominican guard Jean-Carlos Canelo (188-89, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Enrico Crosato (194-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Padova players scored in double figures. Point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) answered with 18 points and 4 assists and guard Lorenzo Bartoli (197-94) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Milano Urania. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Padova maintains tenth place in B with 13-16 record. Milano Urania lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Padova will face higher ranked Desio (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Milano Urania will play against the league's second-placed Bergamo and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Milano Urania: S.Ferrarese 18+2reb+4ast, M.Motta 16+2reb, L.Bartoli 12+7reb+2ast, N.Gorla 8+6reb+1ast, A.Ghiacci 8+5reb+2ast, L.Tortu 6+4reb+1ast
Padova: J.Carlos Canelo 25+10reb+5ast, E.Crosato 22+14reb+2ast, M.Lazzaro 14+2reb, G.Salvato 10+4ast, S.Stojkov 9+1reb+6ast, C.Nobile 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 531579


San Vendemiano - Iseo 86-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifteenth ranked San Vendemiano's (7-22) home victory over 16th ranked Iseo (5-24) 86-70 on Saturday. Iseo was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Andrea Carlesso (202-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Swingman Francesco Pin-Dal-Pos (193-85) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Gianluigi Prestini (200-89, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Diego Crescini (189-87) added 15 points in the effort for Iseo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted San Vendemiano maintains fifteenth place in B with 7-22 record. Iseo lost their ninth game in a row. Iseo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixteenth position with 24 games lost. San Vendemiano will face league's leader Orzinuovi GaGa on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Iseo will play against Volpino AltoSeb. (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iseo: D.Crescini 15+2reb+2ast, G.Prestini 12+5reb+4ast, M.Azzola 12+2reb+2ast, G.Giorgi 10+9reb, A.Acquaviva 8+2reb+2ast, S.Scuratti 5+5reb
San Vendemiano: F.Pin Dal Pos 18+1reb+3ast, A.Carlesso 15+15reb+1ast, D.Buscaino 11+2reb+2ast, E.Rossetto 10+8reb+1ast, M.Antelli 8+2reb+2ast, A.Muner 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 531578


Volpino AltoSeb. - Faenza 76-80

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Volpino AltoSeb. (9-20) lost at home to fifth ranked Faenza (18-11) 80-76 on Saturday. It was a great shooting night for Faenza especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Forward Emanuele Pini (197-95, agency: Two Points) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Swingman Alessio Donadoni (194-97, agency: SPORTlab Agency) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Faenza players scored in double figures. Faenza's coach Marco Regazzi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Simone Centanni (185-91, agency: Interperformances) answered with 28 points and 4 assists and naturalized Argentinian forward Andreas Bergamin (195-93, agency: Players Group) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Volpino AltoSeb.Faenza maintains fifth place in B with 18-11 record, which they share with Lecco. Volpino AltoSeb. lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 20 games lost. Faenza will face higher ranked Piacenza (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Volpino AltoSeb. will play against Iseo (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Volpino AltoSeb.: S.Centanni 28+3reb+4ast, A.Bergamin 15+9reb+1ast, A.Pilotti 12+8reb, F.Belloni 7+4reb+4ast, A.Esposito 5+2reb, M.Borghetti 5+2reb
Faenza: E.Pini 20+4reb+1ast, A.Donadoni 13+9reb+1ast, M.Perin 10+1reb+5ast, J.Silimbani 10+6reb, A.Maccaferri 8, L.Benedetti 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 531577


Vicenza - Crema 77-54

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Vicenza (9-20) outplayed at home higher ranked Crema (15-14) 77-54 on Saturday. Vicenza dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Crema's 22. They outrebounded Crema 39-25 including 31 on the defensive glass. Crema was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Umberto Campiello (198-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Point guard Daniele Demartini (187-84, agency: Players Group) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Vicenza players scored in double figures. Center Davide Bozzetto (207-89, agency: Players Group) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Daniele Manuelli (192-94) added 11 points in the effort for Crema. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vicenza moved-up to twelfth place in B, which they share with Volpino AltoSeb. Loser Crema keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Vicenza will face Sestu (#14) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Crema: D.Bozzetto 13+5reb+1ast, D.Manuelli 11+3reb, M.Pasqualin 9+1reb+2ast, T.De Min 7+4reb, D.Liberati 6+1reb+1ast, P.Del Sorbo 2+2reb+1ast
Vicenza: U.Campiello 17+6reb+2ast, A.Campiello 15+6reb+1ast, D.Demartini 12+7reb+4ast, F.Rizzetto 12+1ast, G.Basso 8+6reb+2ast, N.Boaro 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 531576


Piacenza - Sestu 106-70

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Sestu (9-21) was outleveled on the road by third ranked Piacenza (22-7) 106-70 on Saturday. Piacenza shot 67.2 percent from the field. Piacenza had a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Piacenza looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (205-82, agency: SPORTlab Agency) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Point guard Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-90) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Swingman Dario Scodavolpe (193-83) answered with 17 points and 5 assists and power forward Mauro Passaretti (198-93) added 18 points in the effort for Sestu. Five Piacenza and four Sestu players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Piacenza. They maintain third place in B with 22-7 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Montegrano. Sestu lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. Piacenza will face Faenza (#5) on the road in the next round. Sestu will play against Vicenza (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sestu: M.Passaretti 18+3reb+1ast, D.Scodavolpe 17+2reb+5ast, M.Graviano 14+4reb+2ast, G.Floridia 10+3reb+2ast, R.Trionfo 6+3reb+3ast, F.Villani 5+4reb+3ast
Piacenza: M.Rezzano 26+9reb+1ast, M.Magrini 15+3reb+5ast, M.Samoggia 14+2reb+3ast, E.Leonzio 12+7reb, T.Tempestini 11+3reb+3ast, G.Bruni 11+1reb+2ast
gschID: 531575


Group Group C
Scauri - Cassino 70-82

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Cassino (20-9) beat on the road 10th ranked Scauri (13-15) 82-70 on Saturday. The former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Center Biagio Sergio (199-86) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Joshua Giammo (190-93) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Luca Antonietti (198-94, agency: Octagon Europe) added 20 points in the effort for Scauri. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cassino moved-up to fourth place in B, which they share with Cento. Loser Scauri dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Cassino will face Teramo (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Scauri will play against Roma Vis Nova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Scauri: L.Antonietti 20+4reb, J.Giammo' 18+7reb, S.Boffelli 13+10reb, D.Richotti 10+4reb+6ast, E.Merella 9+1reb, L.Scampone 0
Cassino: B.Sergio 18+5reb+1ast, S.Bagnoli 18+9reb+3ast, N.Petrucci 15+5reb, D.Birindelli 10+6reb+1ast, L.Panzini 8+9reb+3ast, M.Del Testa 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 531702


Catanzaro - Maddaloni 77-59

Very expected game when 16th ranked Maddaloni (4-25) lost on the road to eighth ranked Catanzaro (15-13) 77-59 on Saturday. Forward Dario Guadagnola (198-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Nicolas Morici (193-94) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Ernesto Carrichiello (197-84) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and center Andrea Locci (203-93, agency: Players Group) added 8 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Maddaloni. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Catanzaro moved-up to seventh place in B. Loser Maddaloni keeps the sixteenth position with 25 games lost. Catanzaro will face higher ranked Basket Barcellona (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maddaloni will play against Viterbo SA (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maddaloni: E.Carrichiello 17+5reb+2ast, A.Guagliardi 12+8reb+1ast, A.Locci 8+13reb+2ast, A.Sabatino 7+4reb+3ast, D.Papa 5, A.Cioppa 3+3ast
Catanzaro: D.Guadagnola 28+8reb, L.Monacelli 13+3reb+4ast, N.Morici 12+8reb+6ast, D.Naso 9+3reb, T.Di Dio 7+2reb+2ast, L.Calabretta 4+3reb
gschID: 531701


Teramo - Cefalu 80-74

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Teramo (13-14) won against at home 9th ranked Cefalu (13-15) 80-74 on Saturday. Cefalu was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Andrea LaGioia (193-86, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Center Daniele Tomasello (205-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marco Mollura (196-93) answered with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Guglielmo Sodero (192-93) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Cefalu. Teramo moved-up to ninth place in B. Cefalu at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Teramo will face higher ranked Cassino (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cefalu will play against Patti (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cefalu: M.Mollura 19+9reb+6ast, G.Sodero 13+3reb+4ast, I.Biordi 10+7reb, R.Malagoli 8+3reb, D.Tinto 8+10reb+1ast, S.Paparella 7
Teramo: A.LaGioia 22+8reb+3ast, S.Salamina 19+3reb+6ast, D.Tomasello 18+11reb+1ast, F.Papa 8+13reb+2ast, S.Lucarelli 6+3reb, L.Nolli 4+2reb
gschID: 531700


Napoli Cuore - Roma Vis Nova 80-75

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Roma Vis Nova (9-18) lost on the road to first ranked Napoli Cuore (26-4) 80-75 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Napoli Cuore forced 23 Roma Vis Nova turnovers and outrebounded them 44-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Bosnian-Serbian forward Njegos Visnjic (199-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Andrea Murolo (180-96) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Napoli Cuore players scored in double figures. Guard Giulio Casale (187-91) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Tommaso Rossetti (185-88) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Roma Vis Nova. Newly promoted Napoli Cuore maintains first place in B with 26-4 record. Roma Vis Nova at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Napoli Cuore will face Roma Luiss (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Roma Vis Nova will play against Scauri (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roma Vis Nova: G.Casale 17+7reb+3ast, V.Staffieri 14, T.Rossetti 14+7reb+3ast, G.Coronini 9+5reb+4ast, M.Legnini 6+5reb+1ast, D.Fiorucci 6
Napoli Cuore: N.Visnjic 16+13reb+5ast, A.Barsanti 15+3reb+4ast, A.Murolo 14+7reb+3ast, M.Mastroianni 12+5reb+1ast, F.Matrone 9+6reb+2ast, D.Marzaioli 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 531699


Viterbo SA - Barcellona 67-81

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Basket Barcellona (21-7) defeated on the road 15th ranked Viterbo SA (4-25) 81-67 on Saturday. Naturalized Dominican guard Yancarlos-Jefferson Rodriguez (195-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Daniele Grilli (191-87) contributed with 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Polish power forward Sandro Listwon (204-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Fabio Marcante (196-80, agency: Players Group) added 9 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Viterbo SA. Four Viterbo SA players scored in double figures. Basket Barcellona moved-up to third place in B. Loser Viterbo SA keeps the fifteenth position with 25 games lost. Basket Barcellona will face Catanzaro (#7) at home in the next round. Viterbo SA will play against Maddaloni (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Viterbo SA: S.Listwon 17+10reb+1ast, G.Cianci 14+2reb+2ast, L.Fowler 12+2reb+1ast, R.Rovere 11+10reb+1ast, F.Marcante 9+11reb+3ast, L.Casanova 2+4reb+2ast
Barcellona: Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 29+4reb+6ast, D.Grilli 27+7reb+1ast, F.Stefanini 9+1reb+1ast, L.Brunetti 9+10reb, B.Milojevic 4+5reb+2ast, M.Teghini 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 531698


Palestrina - Roma Luiss 93-80

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Roma: Palestrina (#2) and Roma Luiss (#7). Palestrina (23-7) won against visiting Roma Luiss (15-14) 93-80. Palestrina forced 23 Roma Luiss turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Luca Montanari (181-92) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Forward Mathias Drigo (202-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Center Eugenio Beretta (206-96) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Francesco Ramenghi (209-92) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Palestrina maintains second place in B with 23-7 record behind leader Montegrano. Roma Luiss at the other side keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Palestrina's next round opponent will be Forli Tigers (#6) on the road. Roma Luiss will play against the league's leader Napoli Cuore and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Roma Luiss: L.Marcon 19+2reb+3ast, F.Ramenghi 19+9reb+1ast, E.Beretta 15+13reb+4ast, A.Scuderi 14+4reb+6ast, P.De Dominicis 9+1reb+2ast, M.Bonaccorso 2+1reb+1ast
Palestrina: M.Drigo 17+10reb+3ast, G.Rossi 17+1reb+3ast, L.Montanari 16+5reb+10ast, R.Pederzini 16+4reb+2ast, D.Serino 9+2reb+1ast, F.Gagliardo 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 531697


Patti - Valmontone 75-71

There was an upset when 3rd placed Valmontone (21-8) lost on the road to thirteenth ranked Patti (10-19) 75-71 on Saturday. Patti forced 24 Valmontone turnovers. Forward Luca Bolletta (198-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Antonino Sidoti (182-93) contributed with 22 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Swingman Andrea Martino (195-95) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Argentinian power forward Ignacio Ochoa (202-79) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Valmontone. Four Valmontone players scored in double figures. Patti moved-up to twelfth place in B. Loser Valmontone dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Patti will face higher ranked Cefalu (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valmontone will play against Roma S.Azzurra (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valmontone: A.Martino 18+6reb+5ast, I.Ochoa 17+8reb+2ast, M.Reali 12+3reb+4ast, M.Salari 11+3reb+4ast, A.Di Ianni 7+2reb, L.Bisconti 6+5reb+5ast
Patti: L.Bolletta 25+10reb+2ast, A.Sidoti 22+2reb+1ast, G.Busco 9+5reb+8ast, P.Cicive 7+9reb+2ast, G.Costantino 6+4reb+1ast, K.Cusenza 4+1ast
gschID: 531696


Roma S.Azzurra - Forli Tigers 75-71

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Roma S.Azzurra (7-22) beat at home higher ranked Forli Tigers (16-15) 75-71 on Saturday. They outrebounded Forli Tigers 41-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. Roma S.Azzurra looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Forli Tigers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian Lazar Nikolic (203-99, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Vincenzo Provenzani contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Christian Villani (200-82, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Francesco Forti (182-94, agency: Players Group) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Forli Tigers. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Roma S.Azzurra maintains fourteenth place in B with 7-22 record, which they share with San Vendemiano. Newly promoted Forli Tigers keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Roma S.Azzurra will face higher ranked Valmontone (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Forli Tigers: C.Villani 14+6reb+2ast, F.Forti 14+2reb+5ast, R.Rombaldoni 12+2reb+6ast, L.Fontecchio 8+4reb+3ast, J.Myers 8+5reb+2ast, A.Bartolucci 7+2reb
Roma S.Azzurra: V.Provenzani 19+5ast, L.Nikolic 13+15reb+10ast, E.Trapani 9+2reb+5ast, J.Mobio 8+11reb+2ast, G.Ianelli 8+1reb+1ast, D.Pazin 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531695


Group Group D
Senigallia - Isernia 75-67

Very expected game when 14th ranked Isernia (8-20) lost on the road to seventh ranked Senigallia (15-12) 75-67 on Saturday. Isernia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Andrea Maggiotto (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Michael Bertoni (192-94) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Mattia Norcino (185-93) answered with 29 points and 5 assists and guard Luca Lenti-Ceo (192-96) added 12 points in the effort for Isernia. Senigallia maintains seventh place in B with 15-12 record. Loser Isernia keeps the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. Senigallia will face higher ranked San Severo (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Isernia will play against Porto S.Elpidio (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Isernia: M.Norcino 29+2reb+5ast, L.Lenti Ceo 12+4reb+3ast, A.Sipala 11+3reb, M.Melchiorri 6+10reb, L.Gazineo 5+3reb, K.Patani 2+3reb
Senigallia: A.Maggiotto 16+9reb+3ast, M.Bertoni 14+7reb+1ast, F.Giampieri 14+4reb, Y.Fall 9+8reb+1ast, M.Caverni 7+5reb+5ast, U.Pietrini 7+2reb
gschID: 531822


Porto S.Elpidio - Taranto 87-57

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Porto S.Elpidio (15-14) rolled over at home 15th ranked Taranto (6-21) 87-57 on Saturday. They outrebounded Taranto 36-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Guard Stefano Cernivani (190-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 assists. Simone Fiorito (199-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Porto S.Elpidio's coach Massimiliano Domizioli felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74, agency: SPORTlab Agency) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Matteo Fioravanti (194-97, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Taranto. Porto S.Elpidio moved-up to seventh place in B, which they share with Crema. Loser Taranto keeps the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Porto S.Elpidio will face Isernia (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Taranto will play against Venafro and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Taranto: R.Chiacig 15+6reb+1ast, M.Fioravanti 11+5reb+1ast, A.Azzaro 9+5reb, G.Laquintana 8+2reb+1ast, A.Procacci 6+3reb+2ast, A.Ciampaglia 4+2reb
Porto S.Elpidio: S.Cernivani 20+4reb+5ast, S.Fiorito 14+3reb+1ast, A.Catakovic 11+5reb+1ast, F.Piccone 10+3reb, A.Cacace 10+3reb, A.Brighi 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 531821


Valdiceppo - Bisceglie 70-65

There was an upset when second-ranked Bisceglie (23-6) lost to thirteenth ranked Valdiceppo (9-19) in Perugia 65-70 on Saturday. Naturalized Czech guard Filippo Meccoli-Matejca (194-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 steals. Center Alessandro Panzieri (201-95, college: High School) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Valdiceppo's coach Paolo Pierotti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized Argentinian power forward Enzo-Damian Cena (201-92) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and guard Santiago Bruno (-93, agency: Players Group) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bisceglie. Newly promoted Valdiceppo maintains thirteenth place in B with 9-19 record. Loser Bisceglie keeps the second position with six games lost. Valdiceppo will face higher ranked Ortona (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bisceglie will play against Monteroni (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bisceglie: E.Damian Cena 17+8reb+1ast, S.Bruno 13+6reb+1ast, E.Di Emidio 8+2reb+2ast, M.Cucco 7+3reb+4ast, G.Esposito 5+2reb, R.Antonelli 5+2reb
Valdiceppo: F.Meccoli Matejca 21+4reb+1ast, U.Meschini 12+3reb+2ast, A.Panzieri 11+12reb+2ast, L.Negrotti 8+1reb+2ast, F.Burini 8+5reb+3ast, E.Casuscelli 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 531820


Campli - Giulianova 83-79

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Campli (19-7) defeated at home 11th ranked Giulianova (10-18) 83-79 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Campli had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Giulianova was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward Riziero Ponziani (204-94) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Campli's coach Piero Millina used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Antonello Ricci (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Simone Colonnelli (185-91) added 20 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Giulianova. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Campli moved-up to fourth place in B. Loser Giulianova dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Campli will face Pescara (#5) on the road in the next round. Giulianova will play against Rimini (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Giulianova: S.Colonnelli 20+2reb+1ast, A.Ricci 17+5reb+3ast, R.Bartolozzi 13+5reb, D.Gallerini 11+4reb, S.De Angelis 7+4reb, R.Rosa 7+2reb
Campli: R.Bottioni 23+5reb+6ast, R.Ponziani 16+8reb, O.Petrazzuoli 14+3reb, S.Gatti 12+7reb+2ast, D.Petrucci 9+1reb+2ast, N.D'Arrigo 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 531819


Matera - San Severo 73-78

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Matera (15-12) lost at home to third ranked San Severo (20-9) 78-73 on Saturday. Point guard Jordan Losi (182-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Iris Ikangi (200-94, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Alessandro Grande (185-94, agency: Two Points) answered with 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and point guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) added 17 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Matera. Four Matera players scored in double figures. San Severo maintains third place in B with 20-9 record having two points less than leader Montegrano, which they share with Cento. Loser Matera keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. San Severo will face Senigallia (#7) at home in the next round. Matera will play against the league's leader Montegrano in Montenegrano and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the Serie A2 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Matera: A.Grande 18+3reb+5ast, G.Zampolli 17+4reb+4ast, F.Lestini 16+2reb+4ast, S.Laudoni 11+7reb, N.Ravazzani 5+10reb, G.Pacifico 3
San Severo: L.Ciribeni 18+1reb+1ast, J.Losi 17+5reb+5ast, I.Ikangi 13+7reb+1ast, A.Cecchetti 8+2reb+1ast, I.Morgillo 8+6reb+1ast, A.Quarisa 6+8reb
gschID: 531818


Rimini - Pescara 76-68

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Rimini (13-14) beat at home 4th placed Pescara (19-10) 76-68 on Saturday. Pescara was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international center Francesco Foiera (207-75, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Leonardo Battistini (194-95) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Rimini's coach Andrea Maghelli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Jacopo Valentini (193-86) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Stefano Rajola (186-72) added 11 points in the effort for Pescara. Rimini maintains ninth place in B with 13-14 record. Loser Pescara dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Rimini will face Giulianova (#12) on the road in the next round. Pescara will play against Campli (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pescara: J.Valentini 18+5reb, S.Rajola 11+3reb+3ast, S.Pepe 9+6reb+1ast, P.Pelliccione 7+3reb, A.Grosso 6+6reb+1ast, P.Battaglia 5+1ast
Rimini: L.Battistini 22+5reb+1ast, F.Foiera 15+12reb+3ast, L.Pesaresi 9+3reb+6ast, P.Busetto 8+5reb+3ast, E.Tiberti 8+3reb, S.Poti 8+1reb
gschID: 531817


Venafro - Ortona 102-80

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Ortona (11-17) was smashed on the road by twelfth ranked Venafro (10-16) 102-80 on Saturday. Venafro made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Venafro outrebounded Ortona 38-22 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Venafro especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Power forward Mauro Liburdi (200-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Point guard Marco Rossi (183-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Four Venafro players scored in double figures. Power forward Gianluca Di-Carmine (200-86) answered with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Luca Castelluccia (202-86) added 18 points in the effort for Ortona. Ortona's coach Sandro Di Salvatore gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Venafro moved-up to eleventh place in B. Loser Ortona keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Venafro will face Taranto (#15) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Ortona: G.Di Carmine 27+6reb+4ast, L.Castelluccia 18+3reb, A.Martelli 10+1reb, V.Gustavo Musso 9+3reb+8ast, A.Agostinone 8+2reb, N.Bertocco 4+2reb+4ast
Venafro: F.Migliori 22+9reb+1ast, M.Liburdi 22+10reb+2ast, M.Tamburrini 17+1ast, M.Rossi 16+8reb+9ast, O.Kuschev 10+2reb, G.Moretti 9+3reb+5ast
gschID: 531816


Monteroni - Montegrano 59-65

Very predictable result when first ranked Montegrano (24-3) won against on the road 16th ranked Monteroni (5-24) 65-59 on Saturday. Point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Simone Zanotti (208-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 19 rebounds and Federico Ingrosso (187-94) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Monteroni. Montegrano maintains first place in B with 24-3 record. Loser Monteroni keeps the sixteenth position with 24 games lost. Montegrano will face Matera (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Monteroni will play against the league's second-placed Bisceglie (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Monteroni: S.Zanotti 19+19reb+1ast, A.Balic 13+1reb+1ast, F.Ingrosso 11+5reb+3ast, L.Calasso 7+1reb+2ast, F.Leucci 5+1reb+1ast, A.Paiano 4+3reb+1ast
Montegrano: N.Rizzitiello 14+9reb, E.Rivali 13+6reb+5ast, G.Broglia 11+5reb, M.Diomede 9+5reb+2ast, O.Gueye 8+1ast, V.Di Viccaro 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 531815





Best players of Italian Serie A2 round 29 - by Eurobasket News

American DeAndre Daniels (206-F-92) had a great game in the last round for Mantova and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Recanati (#16, 7-22) with 31-point margin 96-65. Mantova maintains the 8th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mantova will need more victories to improve their 16-13 record. In the team's last game Daniels had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Mantova's top player in his first season with the team. DeAndre Daniels averages this season 13.2ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Senegalese forward Abdel Fall (202-F-91) of Udine APU. Fall impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Udine APU to edge the higher-ranked Treviso Basket (#2, 20-9) by 3 points 65-62. Udine APU's 9th position in East has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fall is one of the most experienced players at Udine APU and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Tommaso Marino (192-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe) of Treviglio (#6). Marino scored 28 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Treviglio, leading his team to a 84-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Latina Basket (#9, 14-15). Treviglio needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in West. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 14 lost games. Marino has a very solid season. In 29 games in Italy he scored 15.0ppg. He also has 4.3apg and FGP: 52.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Erik Rush (196-SF-88) of Recanati - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Brandon Sherrod (198-F/C-92) of Roseto - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Taylor Smith (199-F/C-91) of Ravenna - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. Adam Sollazzo (198-G-90) of Treviglio - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-PG-89) of Angelico Biella - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Andrea Ancellotti (212-C-88) of Treviso Basket - 15 points and 18 rebounds
10. Justin Knox (205-F-89) of F.Kontatto BO - 16 points, 9 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)



Rezzano's 26 points and 9 rebounds give him Serie B Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

34-year old power forward Massimo Rezzano (205-F/C-82, agency: SPORTlab Agency) had a great game in the last round for Piacenza and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds for Piacenza in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Sestu (#14, 9-21) with 36-point margin 106-70. Piacenza maintains the 3rd position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Piacenza will need more victories to improve their 22-7 record. In the team's last game Rezzano had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Piacenza's top player in his first season with the team. Massimo Rezzano averages this season 12.9ppg and 5.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jean Carlos Canelo (188-G-89, agency: Interperformances) of Padova. He is naturalized Dominican Rep. guard in his second season at Padova. In the last game Canelo recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Padova to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Milano Urania (#11, 12-17) 93-73. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Group B. Padova keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-16 record. Canelo is well-known at Padova and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Yancarlos Jefferson Rodriguez (195-G-94) of Barcellona (#3). Rodriguez scored 29 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Barcellona, leading his team to a 81-67 easy win against the lower-ranked Viterbo SA (#15, 4-25). Barcellona needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group C. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 7 lost games. Rodriguez has a very solid season. In 25 games in Italy he scored 14.8ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and 3.5apg. Yancarlos Jefferson Rodriguez has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luca Bolletta (198-F-91) of Patti - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gianluca Di Carmine (200-F/C-86) of Ortona - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Simone Zanotti (208-C/F-92) of Monteroni - 19 points and 19 rebounds
7. Mario Gigena (198-F-77) of Cecina - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Riccardo Bottioni (190-PG-93) of Campli - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Giovanni Gasparin (187-G-91) of Omegna - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mauro Liburdi (200-F/C-82) of Venafro - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.6 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.8 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.2 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.1 
 5. White, Sendai18.9 
 6. Childress, Sanen18.9 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.18.0 
 8. Stone, Chiba Jets17.6 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.3 
 10. Gillenwater, Toyota A.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.6 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.5 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.7 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.7 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.5 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.4 
 7. Spangler, Toshi.9.1 
 8. Takeuchi, Toyota A.8.8 
 9. Nephawe, Sendai8.8 
 10. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
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.4.2 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.1 
 5. Suzuki, Sanen3.9 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.5 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.4 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi .3.3 
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. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 5. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.6 
 6. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.6 
 7. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 8. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Brown, Hitachi SR1.3 
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.1.5 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.5 
 7. Charlo, Kyoto H.1.4 
 8. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 9. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 10. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Scootie RANDALL
  Cyberdyn.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Randall, Cyberdyn.20.1 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.19.7 
 3. Rickert, Cyberdyn.18.2 
 4. Barone, Aomori W.18.0 
 5. Creekmore, Tokyo Z17.9 
 6. Alabi, Toyotsu FE17.8 
 7. Jones, Tokyo Z17.6 
 8. Stephan, Tokyo E.17.5 
 9. Woodbury, Bambitio.17.3 
 10. Wiggins, Aomori Watts16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Solomon ALABI
  Toyotsu FE
  (216-C-88)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Alabi, Toyotsu FE12.9 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.12.5 
 3. Andrews, Tokyo Z11.8 
 4. Posthumus, Shins.11.4 
 5. Davis, Shimane SM11.0 
 6. Stephan, Tokyo E.10.8 
 7. Creekmore, Tokyo Z10.7 
 8. Barone, Aomori W.10.6 
 9. Sanders-F., Yamag.10.4 
 10. Doaks, Iwate B.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.5.0 
 2. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE4.5 
 3. Sameshima, Kagos.4.4 
 4. Nishiyama, Tokyo E.4.0 
 5. Tapscott, Kagawa F.3.4 
 6. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.3.3 
 7. Watanabe, Tokyo Z3.1 
 8. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.1 
 9. Randall, Cyberdyn.3.1 
 10. Hirao, Bambitio.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.2.1 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.1.7 
 3. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE1.7 
 4. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.6 
 5. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.6 
 6. Kanbara, Kumamoto.1.5 
 7. Kasahara, Ehime OV1.5 
 8. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.5 
 9. Obuchi, Gunma1.4 
 10. Spikes, Fukushima1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Kagos.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Maduabum, Kagos.2.4 
 2. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.8 
 3. Kuso, Gunma1.7 
 4. Vandenberg, Nishinom.1.6 
 5. van-der-List, Shinshu .1.6 
 6. Spikes, Fukushima1.6 
 7. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 8. Marshall, Shima.1.5 
 9. Alabi, Toyotsu FE1.4 
 10. Davis, Shimane SM1.4 


JBL2 stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.18.2 
 2. Peppers, Fukuoka .17.2 
 3. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.16.9 
 4. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .16.8 
 5. Jennings, Saitama .16.7 
 6. Harper, Tokyo HT15.1 
 7. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.14.8 
 8. Wade, Saitama .14.4 
 9. Raymond, Otsuka A.14.0 
 10. Butch, Fukuoka .13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.10.6 
 2. Kendrick, Toyoda G.10.2 
 3. McElroy, Tokyo C.10.0 
 4. Pomare, Kanazawa.10.0 
 5. Anderson, Tokyo C.9.9 
 6. Butch, Fukuoka .9.6 
 7. Slawson, Tokyo C.9.2 
 8. Harper, Tokyo HT8.8 
 9. Jones, Tokyo HT8.2 
 10. Morris, Tokyo HT7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kyouhei KUMAZAWA
  Aisin AW
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kumazawa, Aisin AW4.0 
 2. Hasegawa, Otsuka A.3.5 
 3. Sumihiro, Toyoda G.3.4 
 4. Yonamine, Kanazawa.3.2 
 5. Tsukino, Kanazawa.2.9 
 6. Kato, Aisin AW2.8 
 7. Narumi, Tokyo HT2.7 
 8. Yamashita, Fukuoka .2.6 
 9. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.2.6 
 10. Yuji, Kanazawa.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brennan MCELROY
  Tokyo C.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McElroy, Tokyo C.3.1 
 2. Ikeda, Tokyo HT1.9 
 3. Yamashita, Fukuoka .1.9 
 4. Ito, Tokyo Big Blue1.7 
 5. Oogane, Tokyo HT1.5 
 6. Jennings, Saitama .1.5 
 7. Murray, Tokyo C.1.4 
 8. Kano, Fukuoka .1.4 
 9. Slawson, Tokyo C.1.3 
 10. Kato, Aisin AW1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew KENDRICK
  Toyoda G.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kendrick, Toyoda G.1.7 
 2. Anderson, Tokyo C.1.5 
 3. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .1.3 
 4. Harper, Tokyo HT1.3 
 5. Pomare, Kanazawa.1.2 
 6. Slawson, Tokyo C.0.8 
 7. Jones, Tokyo HT0.8 
 8. Heath, Tokyo C.0.8 
 9. Tate, Saitama .0.8 
 10. McElroy, Tokyo C.0.7 


B League Round 55: #1 Tochigi Brex is defeated by Hokkaido L. - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Tochigi Brex (42-11) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (21-32) 63-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tochigi Brex. It was a great evening for American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Asahi Tajima (173-88) helped adding 12 points. At the losing side American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hokkaido L. maintains fourth place with 21-32 record. Tochigi Brex at the other side still keeps top position with 11 games lost. Hokkaido L. are looking forward to face league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Tokyo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tochigi Brex will play on the road against Akita Happinets and is hoping to win this game.
Third-ranked Ryukyu GK (25-28) gave a tough game to first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (43-10) in Okinawa. The visitors from Kariya managed to secure only three-point victory 90-87. However their fans expected easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds. JR Sakuragi accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for Ryukyu GK in the defeat. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 43-10 record. Ryukyu GK lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 28 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will play against Shiga L-Stars (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ryukyu GK will play against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth-ranked Yokohama BC (15-38) gave a tough game to second ranked Sanen Neophoenix (29-24) in Hamamatsu on Sunday. Sanen Neophoenix managed to secure only three-point victory 76-73. However their fans expected easier game. Robert Dozier fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Takuya Kawamura produced 24 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Sanen Neophoenix maintains second place with 29-24 record having fifteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Yokohama BC lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 38 games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses and Shiga L-Stars. Sanen Neophoenix will meet Toyama Grouses (#5) on the road in the next round. Yokohama BC will play against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Nagoya. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Diamond Dolphins (23-30) to second ranked Osaka Evessa (26-27) 66-65 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Josh Harrellson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach Dai Oketani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Osaka Evessa. They maintain second place with 26-27 record having eighteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Diamond Dolphins lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with 30 games lost. Osaka Evessa's next round opponent will be Ryukyu GK (#3) in Okinawa, which may be the game of the day.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Niigata. 4th placed host Niigata Albirex (23-30) lost to third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (28-25) 85-73. It was a great evening for Ira Brown who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach BT Toews used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Hitachi Sunrockers. They maintain third place with 28-25 record having sixteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the fourth position with 30 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face league's leader Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Niigata Albirex will play on the road against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 55: Akita NH destroyed Sendai 89ers on the opponent's court 79-60. Kyoto Hannar. unfortunately lost to Shiga L-Stars in a home game 75-82. Chiba Jets managed to beat Toyota Alvark on the road 84-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 6 assists by Diante Garrett of Toyota Alvark.

Niigata Albirex - Hitachi SR 73-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Niigata. 4th placed host Niigata Albirex (23-30) lost to third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (28-25) 85-73. Hitachi Sunrockers had a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for international forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach BT Toews used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Hitachi Sunrockers. They maintain third place with 28-25 record having sixteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the fourth position with 30 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face league's leader Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Niigata Albirex will play on the road against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 22+5reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 14+1reb+4ast, C.Chapman 13+13reb+3ast, K.Sato 7+1reb, S.Van Treese 6+3reb, T.You 4+4reb+2ast
Hitachi SR: I.Brown 22+13reb+6ast, R.Sacre 19+5reb+1ast, R.Guinn 11+3reb, K.Hirose 9+7reb+2ast, Y.Otsuka 8+2ast, A.Chambers 6+4reb
gschID: 475235


Sendai 89ers - Akita NH 60-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Sendai 89ers' (13-40) home loss to fifth ranked Akita Happinets (17-36) 60-79 on Sunday. It was a great evening for American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) helped adding 11 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 8 points and 13 rebounds. Akita Happinets maintains fifth place with 17-36 record. Sendai 89ers lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 40 games lost. Akita Happinets will face league's leader Tochigi Brex at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sendai 89ers will play against Chiba Jets (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: G.Mangano 22+7reb, T.Kumagai 13+2reb+1ast, T.Nephawe 8+13reb, M.Kataoka 8+1reb+1ast, T.Shimura 5+1reb+7ast, M.Kikuchi 2+3reb+1ast
Akita NH: L.Lyons 23+8reb+5ast, S.Morrison 11+8reb+3ast, S.Taguchi 10+5reb+1ast, E.Ravenel 9+3reb+1ast, T.Nakayama 8+2reb+1ast, S.Ando 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 475233


Tochigi Brex - Hokkaido L. 57-63

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Tochigi Brex (42-11) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (21-32) 63-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tochigi Brex. It was a great evening for American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Asahi Tajima (173-88) helped adding 12 points. At the losing side American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hokkaido L. maintains fourth place with 21-32 record. Tochigi Brex at the other side still keeps top position with 11 games lost. Hokkaido L. are looking forward to face league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Tokyo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tochigi Brex will play on the road against Akita Happinets and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Furukawa 15+1reb+2ast, R.Rossiter 12+12reb+3ast, Y.Tabuse 10+1reb+2ast, J.Gibbs 9+9reb+1ast, T.Brenton 3+4reb+2ast, Y.Suda 3+1reb
Hokkaido L.: A.Tajima 12+2reb+3ast, D.Miller 12+10reb, J.Thorpe 9+3reb+1ast, J.Bachynski 8+5reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 7+2reb+1ast, T.Orimo 6+1ast
gschID: 475234


Sanen - Yokohama BC 76-73

Fifth-ranked Yokohama BC (15-38) gave a tough game to second ranked Sanen Neophoenix (29-24) in Hamamatsu on Sunday. Sanen Neophoenix managed to secure only three-point victory 76-73. However their fans expected easier game. American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Sanen Neophoenix players scored in double figures. The former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) produced 24 points and American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Sanen Neophoenix maintains second place with 29-24 record having fifteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Yokohama BC lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 38 games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses and Shiga L-Stars. Sanen Neophoenix will meet Toyama Grouses (#5) on the road in the next round. Yokohama BC will play against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: T.Kawamura 24+4reb+3ast, J.Parmer 19+6reb+2ast, J.Washburn 12+5reb+2ast, M.Masayuki 6+1reb+2ast, K.Takeda 5+1reb+1ast, P.Faye 5+11reb+2ast
Sanen: J.Childress 17+6reb+1ast, S.Tawatari 15, R.Dozier 11+12reb+2ast, A.Ota 11+6reb, T.Suzuki 8+7ast, J.Kano 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 475236


Nagoya DD - Osaka Evessa 65-66

A very interesting game took place in Nagoya. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Diamond Dolphins (23-30) to second ranked Osaka Evessa (26-27) 66-65 on Sunday evening. Osaka Evessa outrebounded Diamond Dolphins 44-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Osaka Evessa's coach Dai Oketani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and guard Seiya Funyu (190-93) added 14 points in the effort for Diamond Dolphins. Four Diamond Dolphins players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Osaka Evessa. They maintain second place with 26-27 record having eighteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Diamond Dolphins lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with 30 games lost. Osaka Evessa's next round opponent will be Ryukyu GK (#3) in Okinawa, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: J.Burrell 14+8reb+1ast, S.Funyu 14+3reb+2ast, T.Harimoto 11+4reb, A.Shuto 10+3reb+2ast, J.Tillman 6+3reb+1ast, T.Sasayama 6+1reb+3ast
Osaka Evessa: J.Harrellson 19+12reb+3ast, X.Gibson 15+13reb, S.Konno 11+5reb, H.Kinoshita 8+5reb+5ast, S.Negoro 6+2reb+1ast, T.Hashimoto 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 475237


Kyoto Hannar. - Shiga L-Stars 75-82

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (15-38) defeated on the road 4th placed Kyoto Hannar. (23-30) 82-75 on Sunday. Shiga L-Stars had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. It was a great evening for Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Narito Namizato (172-89) helped adding 20 points and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws). At the losing side American forward Mo Charlo (203-83, college: Nevada) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and the other American import forward Kevin Kotzur (203-89, college: St.Mary's, TX) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Shiga L-Stars. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Toyama Grouses and Yokohama BC. Kyoto Hannar. lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 30 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Charlo 20+8reb+1ast, K.Kotzur 10+9reb, M.Dove 9+5reb+1ast, H.Kawashima 8+3reb+3ast, T.Sato 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Okada 8
Shiga L-Stars: N.Namizato 20+8ast, J.Mavunga 19+9reb+3ast, Y.Sugawara 14+3reb, T.Hasegawa 9+1reb+1ast, S.Faye 8+8reb, C.Brackins 7+12reb+2ast
gschID: 475238


Toyota Alvark - Chiba Jets 78-84

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Tokyo where their biggest opponent Toyota Alvark (38-15) was defeated by third ranked Chiba Jets (37-16) 84-78 on Sunday. Chiba Jets made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Chiba Jets made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. His fellow American import center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) responded with 28 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Daiki Tanaka (191-91) scored 17 points. Chiba Jets maintains third place with 37-16 record having seven points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Chiba Jets will face Sendai 89ers (#6) at home in the next round. Toyota Alvark will play against Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: D.Garrett 28+2reb+6ast, D.Tanaka 17+3reb+2ast, K.Matsui 11+1reb, Z.Baranski 10+1reb, J.Ayres 5+5reb+2ast, T.Plaisted 4+4reb
Chiba Jets: M.Parker 19+12reb+2ast, R.Ono 15+2reb+1ast, H.Armstrong 14+5reb+2ast, Y.Togashi 9+2reb+1ast, T.Stone 9+6reb+3ast, S.Ito 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 475240


Ryukyu GK - SeaHorses 87-90

Third-ranked Ryukyu GK (25-28) gave a tough game to first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (43-10) in Okinawa. The visitors from Kariya managed to secure only three-point victory 90-87. However their fans expected easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds. The former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and forward Naoki Tashiro (188-93) added 12 points respectively for Ryukyu GK in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 43-10 record. Ryukyu GK lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 28 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will play against Shiga L-Stars (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ryukyu GK will play against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: R.Terry 29+10reb+3ast, S.Tsuyama 14+2reb, N.Tashiro 12+4reb+1ast, K.Hatano 10+2reb+1ast, L.Hamilton 8+7reb+2ast, S.Kinjo 7+3reb
SeaHorses: G.Edwards 30+17reb+1ast, K.Kanamaru 19+3reb, J.Sakuragi 14+7reb+3ast, M.Karimata 13+1reb+4ast, M.Hiejima 5+5reb+3ast, I.Butts 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 475239





B League D2 Round 56: Leader Gunma loses to Cyberdyne IR - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in B League D2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Gunma (35-19) recorded its nineteenth loss in Tsukuba on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Cyberdyne IR (26-28) 87-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gunma. Cyberdyne IR made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) produced 19 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cyberdyne IR moved-up to third place, which they share with Yamagata. Gunma at the other side still keeps top position with 19 games lost. Cyberdyne IR is looking forward to face Yamagata (#4) on the road in the next round. Gunma will play against Aomori Watts and is hoping to win this game.
Fifth-ranked Bambitious Nara (20-34) made lots of trouble for first ranked Nishinomiya S. (39-15). The visitors from Hyogo managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected much easier game. Guard Tadahiro Yanagawa (183-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Draelon Burns contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Atsunobu Hirao (178-89) replied with 19 points and 5 assists for Bambitious Nara. Bambitious Nara's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nishinomiya S. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 39-15 record. Bambitious Nara lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 34 games lost. Nishinomiya S. will play against Shinshu BW (#6) in Nagano in the next round where they are favorite. Bambitious Nara will play at home against Tokyo Z and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth-ranked Orange Vikings (27-27) made lots of trouble for second ranked Dragonflies (42-12) in Matsuyama on Sunday. The visitors from Hiroshima managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Aziz NDiaye who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds. Craig Williams responded with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Dragonflies maintains second position with 42-12 record having just three point less than leader Shimane SM. Loser Orange Vikings keep the fourth place with 27 games lost. Dragonflies will meet at home Kagawa FA (#5) in the next round. Orange Vikings will play against the league's leader Shimane Magic and hope to secure a win.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tokyo: Tokyo Z (#3) and Tokyo Excel. (#4). Tokyo Z (25-30) won against visiting Tokyo Excel. (20-33) 91-81. The winners were led by Deon Jones who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo Z have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 25-30 record having thirteen points less than leader Shimane SM. Tokyo Excel. lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 33 games lost. Tokyo Z's next round opponent will be Bambitious Nara (#5) on the road. Tokyo Excel. will play against the league's second-placed Toyotsu FE in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Yamagata (26-28) against sixth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (15-39) on Sunday night. Host Yamagata was defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in a tough game in Yamagata 63-72. The best player for the winners was Nicchaeus Doaks who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Iwate Big Bulls maintains sixth position with 15-39 record. Loser Yamagata keeps the third place with 28 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face league's second-placed Fukushima at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Yamagata will play against Cyberdyne IR and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 56 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Kagawa FA was defeated by Kumamoto V. in a road game 96-85. Shinshu BW was smashed by Toyotsu FE at home 46-82. Fukushima lost to Aomori Watts on the opponent's court 68-78. Shimane SM outscored Kagoshima in a home game 96-72.
The best stats of 56th round was 20 points and 13 rebounds by Joel James of Kumamoto V..

Kumamoto V. - Kagawa FA 96-85

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Kagawa FA (17-37) was defeated on the road by third ranked Kumamoto V. (40-14) 96-85 on Sunday. Kumamoto V. dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Kagawa FA's 30. They outrebounded Kagawa FA 45-24 including a 34-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kumamoto V. looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Yuji Kanbara (183-89) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. Guard Taku Bandoh (185-92) produced 28 points and American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) added 13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kagawa FA's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kumamoto V. maintains third position with 40-14 record having just one point less than leader Shimane SM. Loser Kagawa FA keeps the fifth place with 37 games lost. Kumamoto V. will face Kagoshima (#6) in Renova in the next round. Kagawa FA will play on the road against the league's second-placed Dragonflies in Hiroshima and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: Y.Kanbara 23+4reb+5ast, R.Nakanishi 20+6reb+2ast, J.James 20+13reb+1ast, P.Butorac 13+9reb+1ast, M.Fukuda 10+5reb+1ast, R.Warren 6+5reb+1ast
Kagawa FA: T.Bandoh 28+3reb+2ast, C.Tapscott 13+8reb+6ast, S.Kon 11+2reb, A.Osawa 10+1reb+2ast, S.Mizoguchi 7+3reb+1ast, N.Williams 6+4reb
gschID: 543413


Shinshu BW - Toyotsu FE 46-82

No shocking result in a game in Nagano where second ranked Toyotsu FE (38-16) smashed 6th ranked Shinshu BW (13-41) 82-46 on Sunday. Toyotsu FE dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Shinshu BW's 16 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Toyotsu FE forced 22 Shinshu BW turnovers and outrebounded them 43-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) who scored 15 points. Forward Yuto Otsuka (188-90) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Dutch power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC) produced 8 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Xavier Ford (201-93, college: Buffalo) added 11 points and 8 rebounds 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. Toyotsu FE maintains second position with 38-16 record behind leader Shimane SM. Shinshu BW lost thirteenth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 41 games lost. Toyotsu FE will face Tokyo Excel. (#4) at home in the next round. Shinshu BW will play against the league's leader Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toyotsu FE: R.Carney 15+4reb+2ast, S.Sow 14+6reb, S.Muto 11+3reb+1ast, K.Fukuzawa 10+3reb+3ast, Y.Otsuka 9+5reb+6ast, S.Kozu 7+7reb+2ast
Shinshu BW: X.Ford 11+8reb+1ast, K.Mitsui 11+2reb, J.van der List 8+12reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 5+1reb, H.Okamoto 3+1reb+2ast, Y.Kurihara 3
gschID: 543409


Ehime OV - Hiroshima D. 73-75

Fourth-ranked Orange Vikings (27-27) made lots of trouble for second ranked Dragonflies (42-12) in Matsuyama on Sunday. The visitors from Hiroshima managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Aziz NDiaye (213-88, college: Washington, agency: Babcock Sports) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds and Australian-Trinidad and Tobago guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, agency: Babcock Sports) who added 17 points during the contest. Four Dragonflies players scored in double figures. U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) responded with 30 points and 6 rebounds and Toshino Yoshihiko (186-92) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Dragonflies maintains second position with 42-12 record having just three point less than leader Shimane SM. Loser Orange Vikings keep the fourth place with 27 games lost. Dragonflies will meet at home Kagawa FA (#5) in the next round. Orange Vikings will play against the league's leader Shimane Magic and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: D.Dillon 17+1reb+3ast, D.Yamada 16+1reb+3ast, A.N'Diaye 15+6reb+1ast, S.Asayama 13+1reb+2ast, C.Lammert 7+11reb+2ast, S.Nakama 4+1reb
Ehime OV: C.Williams 30+6reb, T.Yoshihiko 14+5reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 12+2reb+3ast, Y.Sekido 6+6reb, Y.Nakajima 6+3reb+3ast, B.Kosei 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 543412


Cyberdyne IR - Gunma 87-68

Top ranked Gunma (35-19) recorded its nineteenth loss in Tsukuba on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Cyberdyne IR (26-28) 87-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gunma. Cyberdyne IR made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Cyberdyne IR players scored in double figures. Forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) produced 19 points and center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cyberdyne IR moved-up to third place, which they share with Yamagata. Gunma at the other side still keeps top position with 19 games lost. Cyberdyne IR is looking forward to face Yamagata (#4) on the road in the next round. Gunma will play against Aomori Watts and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: S.Randall 25+12reb+5ast, R.Rickert 14+10reb+2ast, J.Maniwa 13+2reb+5ast, S.Kouno 13+2reb+1ast, D.Larkai 9+7reb, S.Isshiki 3+1reb+4ast
Gunma: T.Kennedy 19+3reb, M.Cousin 12+7reb, H.Kondo 8+3reb+4ast, N.Kodai 8+2reb, A.Kuso 6+6reb+2ast, M.Obuchi 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 543411


Bambitious Nara - Nishinomiya S. 76-79

Fifth-ranked Bambitious Nara (20-34) made lots of trouble for first ranked Nishinomiya S. (39-15). The visitors from Hyogo managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected much easier game. Nishinomiya S. forced 19 Bambitious Nara turnovers. Guard Tadahiro Yanagawa (183-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Atsunobu Hirao (178-89) replied with 19 points and 5 assists and American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) added 15 points in the effort for Bambitious Nara. Four Bambitious Nara players scored in double figures. Bambitious Nara's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nishinomiya S. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 39-15 record. Bambitious Nara lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 34 games lost. Nishinomiya S. will play against Shinshu BW (#6) in Nagano in the next round where they are favorite. Bambitious Nara will play at home against Tokyo Z and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: T.Yanagawa 22+2reb+3ast, D.Burns 14+1reb+4ast, N.Douhara 10+4reb, N.Tani 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Ishitsuka 8+3reb+2ast, L.Owens 7+9reb+3ast
Bambitious Nara: A.Hirao 19+4reb+5ast, T.Woodbury 15+4reb, S.Komatsu 11+5reb+1ast, A.Ogide 10+7reb+2ast, J.Honda 6+1reb, R.Kato 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 543410


Tokyo Z - Tokyo Excel. 91-81

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tokyo: Tokyo Z (#3) and Tokyo Excel. (#4). Tokyo Z (25-30) won against visiting Tokyo Excel. (20-33) 91-81. The winners were led by American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Shimon Takayama (180-90) supported him with 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds by American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) did not help to save the game for Tokyo Excel.. Guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) added 10 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Four Tokyo Excel. players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo Z have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 25-30 record having thirteen points less than leader Shimane SM. Tokyo Excel. lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 33 games lost. Tokyo Z's next round opponent will be Bambitious Nara (#5) on the road. Tokyo Excel. will play against the league's second-placed Toyotsu FE in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Z: D.Jones 23+14reb+2ast, S.Takayama 20+10reb+2ast, S.Akiba 13+4reb+2ast, J.Liu 9+3reb+1ast, S.Watanabe 9+1reb+2ast, W.Creekmore 8+8reb+2ast
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 25+17reb+2ast, J.Herold 17+7reb+1ast, H.Tobita 15+4reb+1ast, T.Nishiyama 10+5reb+10ast, S.Izumi 9+3reb, Y.Saito 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543408


Yamagata - Iwate Big Bulls 63-72

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Yamagata (26-28) against sixth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (15-39) on Sunday night. Host Yamagata was defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in a tough game in Yamagata 63-72. The best player for the winners was American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. The other American import center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) chipped in 6 points and 16 rebounds. Point guard Yuichi Ishikawa (173-87) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and American swingman Seth Tarver (196-88, college: Oregon St.) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Iwate Big Bulls maintains sixth position with 15-39 record. Loser Yamagata keeps the third place with 28 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face league's second-placed Fukushima at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Yamagata will play against Cyberdyne IR and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: M.Sawaguchi 18+2reb+2ast, N.Doaks 12+16reb+2ast, K.Nagata 11+4reb+1ast, S.Onodera 10+2ast, O.Yoko 7+2reb+1ast, D.Lawson 6+16reb
Yamagata: M.Masanari 15+1reb, Y.Ishikawa 15+14reb+1ast, S.Tarver 13+6reb+5ast, M.Izawa 10+1reb, S.Murakami 4+4reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 3+2reb
gschID: 543407


Aomori Watts - Fukushima 78-68

There was a minor upset when second-ranked Fukushima (28-26) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Aomori Watts (24-30) 78-68 on Sunday. Aomori Watts outrebounded Fukushima 41-30 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Aomori Watts players scored in double figures. Forward Terrance Shannon (203-90, college: VCU) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Aomori Watts maintains fifth position with 24-30 record. Loser Fukushima keeps the second place with 26 games lost. Aomori Watts will face league's leader Gunma on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fukushima will play against Iwate Big Bulls and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: K.Barone 27+14reb, A.Wiggins 15+7reb+3ast, T.Kan 11+5reb+3ast, Y.Nagayama 10+5reb+3ast, D.Shimoyama 9+3reb+1ast, B.Sebirumbi 4+4reb
Fukushima: T.Shannon 20+11reb, C.Bozeman 11+5reb+2ast, S.Kanno 10+2reb, I.Wajima 7+1reb, Y.Masuda 7+1reb, W.Igari 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543406


Shimane SM - Kagoshima 96-72

Very predictable result when first ranked Shimane Magic (44-10) outscored at home 6th ranked Kagoshima (7-47) 96-72 on Sunday. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Kagoshima's 40. They outrebounded Kagoshima 44-18 including a 14-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). The other American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Canadian forward Bikramjit Gill (201-92, college: Ball St.) produced 25 points and guard Hiroshi Fujita (190-92) added 9 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Shimane Magic maintains first position with 44-10 record. Kagoshima lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 47 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Orange Vikings (#4) in Matsuyama in the next round. Kagoshima will play at home against Kumamoto V. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Davis 29+10reb+4ast, W.Marshall 23+11reb+2ast, H.Okamoto 12+2ast, Y.Tatsuhiro 8+4reb+3ast, K.Takabatake 8+5reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 5+4reb+5ast
Kagoshima: B.Gill 25+3reb, R.Nakazono 10+3reb+1ast, K.Sameshima 10+2reb+3ast, H.Fujita 9+2reb+5ast, D.Ankei 9+4reb, K.Matsuzaki 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543405





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

27-year old power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Tochigi Brex and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 54.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 24 rebounds, while his team beat Hokkaido L. (#4, 21-32) 78-68. It allowed Tochigi Brex to consolidate first place in the Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tochigi Brex has a very solid 42-11 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Rossiter has many years of experience at Tochigi Brex, through which he has constantly improved. Siena College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rossiter is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.3ppg) and averages solid 52.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Josh Harrellson (208-F-89) of league's second-best Osaka Evessa. He is American forward in his first season at Osaka Evessa. In the last game Harrellson recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 19 rebounds. Of course he led Osaka Evessa to another comfortable win 92-73 over the lower-ranked Nagoya DD (#5, 23-30) being unquestionably team leader. Osaka Evessa's second position in West has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 26-27 record. Harrellson is a newcomer at Osaka Evessa and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sam Willard (205-F-88, agency: Pensack Sports) of Toyama Grouses (#5). Willard showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Toyama Grouses, leading his team to a 83-80 win against the higher-ranked Toshiba BT (#1, 44-9). Toyama Grouses can only dream about fighting for top spots in Central. They have rather bad season and 15-38 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Willard he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Willard has individually a great season in Japan. After 53 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.4rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dexter Pittman (208-C-88) of Toyama Grouses - 23 points and 12 rebounds
5. Jeff Ayres (206-F-87) of Toyota Alvark - 23 points and 10 rebounds
6. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba BT - 27 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Yu Okada (184-SG-83) of Toyama Grouses - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Ryusei Shinoyama (178-PG-88) of Toshiba BT - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Craig Brackins (208-PF-87) of Shiga L-Stars - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tyler Stone (203-PF-91) of Chiba Jets - 19 points, 14 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)



Abdullahi Kuso's triple-double lands him B League D2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Nigerian Forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Gunma, receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 55.
The 32-year old player recorded a triple-double of 20 points adding also 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while his team beat Cyberdyne IR (#3, 26-28) 86-71. It allowed Gunma to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League D2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Gunma has a very solid 35-19 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Kuso turned to be Gunma's top player in his first season with the team. Abdullahi Kuso averages this season 13.5ppg and 8.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Nigel Spikes (208-C-89) of league's second-best Fukushima. Spikes had a very good evening with 32 points and 9 rebounds. It was enough for Fukushima to edge the lower-ranked Aomori Watts (#5, 24-30) 89-88. Fukushima's second position in East has not changed. His team's 28-26 record is not bad at all. Spikes is a newcomer at Fukushima, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Canadian center Chad Posthumus (211-C-91) of Shinshu BW (#6). Posthumus scored 22 points and grabbed twenty six rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Shinshu BW, leading his team to a 82-78 win against the higher-ranked Toyotsu FE (#2, 38-16). Shinshu BW can only dream about fighting for top spots in Central. They have rather bad season and 13-41 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Posthumus he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Posthumus has individually a great season in Japan. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.4rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) of Kagawa FA - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Wayne Marshall (211-C-86) of Shimane SM - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Tokyo Z - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Alan Wiggins (206-F-85) of Aomori Watts - 30 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Josh Davis (203-F-91) of Shimane SM - 13 points and 11 rebounds
10. Mitsutaka Izawa (194-F/G-93) of Yamagata - 23 points and 3 rebounds

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



B League Round 54: Toyama Grouses defeat leader Toshiba Thunders - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Toshiba Thunders (44-9) in Kanagawa on Friday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Toyama Grouses (15-38) 83-80. Toyama Grouses looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. The other American import center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses maintains sixth position with 15-38 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still keep top place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Tochigi Brex (42-10) which hosted in Tochigi 4th ranked Hokkaido L. (20-32). First ranked Tochigi Brex managed to get a 10-point victory 78-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hokkaido L.. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 24 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jeffrey Gibbs chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-89, college: Arizona St.) with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tochigi Brex maintains first position with 42-10 record, which they share with SeaHorses. Hokkaido L. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 32 games lost. Tochigi Brex will again play against Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro in the next round. Hokkaido L. will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Chiba Jets (36-16) which played road game in Tokyo against second-best Toyota Alvark (38-14). Third ranked Chiba Jets managed to get a 6-point victory 87-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. American players dominated the game. Tyler Stone notched a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Chiba Jets' coach Atsushi Ono used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Diante Garrett did not help to save the game for Toyota Alvark. Chiba Jets maintains third position with 36-16 record having nine points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second place with 14 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyota Alvark will play again against Chiba Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Hitachi Sunrockers (27-25) which played road game in Niigata against one of their biggest challengers Niigata Albirex (23-29). Third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers had an easy win 80-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The best player for the winners was Aki Chambers who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 27-25 record having eighteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the fourth place with 29 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round. Niigata Albirex will play again at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Aishin Sea Horses (42-10) which played road game in Okinawa against second-best Ryukyu GK (25-27). First ranked Aishin Sea Horses managed to get a 14-point victory 96-82. It was a good game for JR Sakuragi who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 42-10 record. Loser Ryukyu GK keeps the second place with 27 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round. Ryukyu GK will play again at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 54: Osaka Evessa smashed Nagoya DD on the road 92-73. Toshiba BT won against Toyama Grouses on its own court 78-63. Akita NH managed to outperform Sendai 89ers in a road game 66-48. Sanen managed to beat Yokohama BC at home 77-64. Shiga L-Stars defeated Kyoto Hannar. on the opponent's court 74-68.
The most impressive performance of 54th round was 23 points and 10 rebounds by Jeff Ayres of Toyota Alvark.

Nagoya DD - Osaka Evessa 73-92

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Osaka Evessa (25-27) crushed 5th ranked Diamond Dolphins (23-29) in Nagoya 92-73 on Saturday. Osaka Evessa dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Diamond Dolphins' 34. They outrebounded Diamond Dolphins 43-20 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Osaka Evessa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 19 rebounds. Power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) replied with 20 points and forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Diamond Dolphins. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Osaka Evessa moved-up to second place, which they share with Ryukyu GK. Diamond Dolphins lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 29 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round. Diamond Dolphins will play again at home against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: J.Tillman 20+2reb+3ast, J.Burrell 12+7reb, T.Sasayama 11+1reb+5ast, A.Shuto 8+2reb, T.Harimoto 5, S.Funyu 5+3reb
Osaka Evessa: J.Harrellson 24+19reb+1ast, X.Gibson 18+7reb+2ast, S.Negoro 14+5reb+2ast, T.Hashimoto 11+4reb+2ast, T.Soma 9+1ast, H.Kinoshita 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 475230


Tochigi Brex - Hokkaido L. 78-68

An interesting game for Tochigi Brex (42-10) which hosted in Tochigi 4th ranked Hokkaido L. (20-32). First ranked Tochigi Brex managed to get a 10-point victory 78-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hokkaido L.. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 24 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-89, college: Arizona St.) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tochigi Brex maintains first position with 42-10 record, which they share with SeaHorses. Hokkaido L. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 32 games lost. Tochigi Brex will again play against Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro in the next round. Hokkaido L. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: J.Thorpe 14+6reb+1ast, D.Miller 12+4reb+1ast, J.Bachynski 12+9reb, D.Noguchi 9+2ast, T.Nishikawa 7+1reb+2ast, A.Tajima 6+5reb+5ast
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 26+24reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 14+5reb, T.Furukawa 10+1reb+1ast, H.Watanabe 5+1reb+2ast, N.Kumagae 5+1ast, Y.Tabuse 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 475226


Toshiba BT - Toyama Grouses 78-63

Very expected game when 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (15-38) lost to first ranked Toshiba Thunders (44-9) in Kanagawa 63-78 on Saturday. Toshiba Thunders made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Toshiba Thunders outrebounded Toyama Grouses 39-21 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for international point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 assists. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) replied with 22 points and American center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Toshiba Thunders maintains first position with 44-9 record. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the sixth place with 38 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: T.Mito 22+2reb+3ast, D.Pittman 15+6reb, N.Uto 10+2reb+6ast, Y.Okada 7+2reb+3ast, S.Willard 6+8reb+2ast, R.Yamazaki 3+3ast
Toshiba BT: R.Shinoyama 22+3reb+5ast, N.Fazekas 17+8reb+1ast, Y.Fujii 13+3reb+7ast, T.Hasegawa 9+1reb+2ast, K.Nomoto 8+7reb+1ast, M.Diouf 4+10reb+3ast
gschID: 475227


Toyota Alvark - Chiba Jets 81-87

An interesting game for Chiba Jets (36-16) which played road game in Tokyo against second-best Toyota Alvark (38-14). Third ranked Chiba Jets managed to get a 6-point victory 87-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. American players dominated the game. Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) supported him with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets' coach Atsushi Ono used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) did not help to save the game for Toyota Alvark. Forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) added 23 points and 10 rebounds. Chiba Jets maintains third position with 36-16 record having nine points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second place with 14 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyota Alvark will play again against Chiba Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: J.Ayres 23+10reb+1ast, D.Garrett 23+7reb+5ast, D.Tanaka 15+3reb+3ast, Z.Baranski 9+5reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 6+7reb+2ast, T.Shonaka 5+2reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: T.Stone 19+14reb+4ast, R.Ono 17+4ast, K.Ishii 17+4reb+1ast, H.Armstrong 12+16reb+2ast, M.Parker 9+8reb, S.Hara 5+1reb
gschID: 544423


Sendai 89ers - Akita NH 48-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Akita Happinets' (16-36) road victory over 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (13-39) 66-48 on Saturday. Akita Happinets dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Sendai 89ers' 28. It was a good game for Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Akita Happinets' coach Makoto Hasegawa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) added 5 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 16-36 record. Sendai 89ers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 39 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Sendai 89ers will play again at home against Akita Happinets (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Nephawe 13+14reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 8+1reb+2ast, F.Satoh 5+1reb, G.Mangano 5+7reb, R.Yanagawa 5, M.Kataoka 4+1reb
Akita NH: S.Morrison 15+8reb+1ast, L.Lyons 11+6reb+2ast, D.Taniguchi 10+2reb, S.Taguchi 7+6reb+2ast, S.Ando 7+3reb+7ast, R.Shirahama 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 475225


Niigata Albirex - Hitachi SR 57-80

An interesting game for Hitachi Sunrockers (27-25) which played road game in Niigata against one of their biggest challengers Niigata Albirex (23-29). Third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers had an easy win 80-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The best player for the winners was naturalized American guard Aki Chambers (190-90, college: Cal Merced) who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward RT Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 27-25 record having eighteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the fourth place with 29 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round. Niigata Albirex will play again at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Chapman 18+11reb+2ast, D.Gardner 14+10reb+2ast, K.Sato 11+3reb+1ast, T.You 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Sato 4+1reb, S.Van Treese 3+2reb
Hitachi SR: Y.Otsuka 13+1reb, A.Chambers 13+5reb+3ast, L.Vendrame 12+3reb+3ast, R.Guinn 11+8reb+1ast, I.Brown 10+5reb+1ast, R.Sacre 10+7reb
gschID: 475228


Sanen - Yokohama BC 77-64

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Yokohama BC (15-37) lost to second ranked Sanen Neophoenix (28-24) in Hamamatsu 64-77 on Saturday. It was a good game for American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Shingo Okada (186-83) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Sanen Neophoenix's coach Hiroki Fujita allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) replied with 27 points and American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Yokohama BC. Sanen Neophoenix maintains second position with 28-24 record having seventeen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Yokohama BC lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 37 games lost. Sanen Neophoenix will face again Yokohama BC (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: T.Kawamura 27+2reb+3ast, J.Parmer 14+7reb, J.Washburn 9+6reb+2ast, M.Hosoya 7+5reb+1ast, P.Faye 7+9reb+1ast, K.Takeda 0+1reb+2ast
Sanen: R.Dozier 22+6reb+1ast, S.Okada 13+4reb+2ast, J.Childress 10+8reb, T.Suzuki 8+2reb+4ast, A.Ota 6+3reb+1ast, O.Ashaolu 5+2reb
gschID: 475229


Kyoto Hannar. - Shiga L-Stars 68-74

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (14-38) defeated on the road 4th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (23-29) 74-68 on Saturday. It was a good game for American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) replied with 7 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Mo Charlo (203-83, college: Nevada) added 14 points in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Shiga L-Stars maintains sixth position with 14-38 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fourth place with 29 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play again at home against Shiga L-Stars (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Charlo 14+4reb, S.Utsumi 9+7reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 8+1reb, S.Murakami 7+1reb+2ast, M.Dove 7+11reb, H.Kawashima 7+2reb+4ast
Shiga L-Stars: C.Brackins 19+10reb+3ast, J.Mavunga 12+8reb+1ast, T.Hasegawa 12+5reb, N.Namizato 10+1reb+2ast, S.Faye 9+9reb+1ast, Y.Karino 5
gschID: 475231


Ryukyu GK - SeaHorses 82-96

An interesting game for Aishin Sea Horses (42-10) which played road game in Okinawa against second-best Ryukyu GK (25-27). First ranked Aishin Sea Horses managed to get a 14-point victory 96-82. Aishin Sea Horses dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Ryukyu GK's 50. It was a good game for the former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. The former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. International guard Ryuichi Kishimoto (176-90) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) added 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Ryukyu GK. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 42-10 record. Loser Ryukyu GK keeps the second place with 27 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round. Ryukyu GK will play again at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: R.Kishimoto 21+6reb+1ast, A.McHenry 17+6reb+2ast, N.Tashiro 9+3reb, L.Hamilton 7+10reb+5ast, R.Terry 6+6reb, M.Yamauchi 5
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 23+1reb, J.Sakuragi 20+3reb+3ast, M.Hiejima 15+2reb+4ast, G.Edwards 12+8reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 11+2reb+2ast, I.Butts 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 475232


Toshiba BT - Toyama Grouses 80-83

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Toshiba Thunders (44-9) in Kanagawa on Friday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Toyama Grouses (15-38) 83-80. Toyama Grouses looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. The other American import center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds and international point guard Yuma Fujii (178-91) added 14 points in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses maintains sixth position with 15-38 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still keep top place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 27+14reb+2ast, Y.Fujii 14+3reb+3ast, T.Hasegawa 10+3ast, M.Diouf 8+3reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 8+4ast, Y.Nagayoshi 5+5reb
Toyama Grouses: Y.Okada 24+2reb+6ast, D.Pittman 23+12reb, S.Willard 17+16reb+10ast, R.Yamazaki 8+1reb, T.Mito 6+1reb+1ast, N.Uto 5+1reb+6ast
gschID: 475224





B League D2 Round 55: Fukushima defeats Aomori Watts in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Fifth-ranked Aomori Watts (23-30) gave a tough game to second ranked Fukushima (28-25) on Saturday. The visitors from Fukushima managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected easier game. Strangely Aomori Watts outrebounded Fukushima 46-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 9 rebounds (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field). Guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) helped adding 22 points. At the losing side forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. Aomori Watts' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukushima maintains second place with 28-25 record having ten points less than leader Shimane SM. Aomori Watts at the other side keep the fifth position with 30 games lost. Fukushima will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aomori Watts will play again at home against the league's second-placed Fukushima (#2) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Kumamoto. Fifth ranked Kagawa FA (17-36) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Kumamoto V. (39-14) 68-65 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Taku Bandoh accounted for 11 points. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds for Kumamoto V. in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kagawa FA maintains fifth place with 17-36 record. Kumamoto V. at the other side keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Kagawa FA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kumamoto V. will play again at home against Kagawa FA and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tokyo: Tokyo Z (#3) and Tokyo Excel. (#4). Tokyo Z (24-30) crushed visiting Tokyo Excel. (20-32) by 22 points 81-59. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Will Creekmore fired 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Justin Herold produced 13 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo Z have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 24-30 record having thirteen points less than leader Shimane SM. Tokyo Excel. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 32 games lost. Tokyo Z's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Tokyo Excel..
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Yamagata (26-27) against sixth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (14-39) on Saturday night. Host Yamagata was defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in Yamagata 74-62. Worth to mention a great performance of Nicchaeus Doaks who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 21 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Iwate Big Bulls maintains sixth place with 14-39 record. Yamagata at the other side keeps the third position with 27 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Yamagata will play again at home against Iwate Big Bulls and hope to win that game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Toyotsu FE (37-16) against sixth ranked Shinshu BW (13-41) on Saturday night. Visiting Toyotsu FE was defeated by Shinshu BW in a tough game in Nagano 78-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyotsu FE. It was a great evening for Chad Posthumus who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 26 rebounds. Shinshu BW's coach Ryutaro Onodera used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Shinshu BW maintains sixth place with 13-41 record. Loser Toyotsu FE keeps the second position with 16 games lost. Shinshu BW will have a break next round. Toyotsu FE will play on the road against the league's leader Shimane Magic and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 55: Nishinomiya S. won against Bambitious Nara on the opponent's court 92-76. Cyberdyne IR unfortunately lost to Gunma in a home game 71-86. Hiroshima D. recorded a loss to Ehime OV on the road 74-86. Shimane SM crushed Kagoshima on its own court 98-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 7 rebounds by Wayne Marshall of Shimane SM.

Tokyo Z - Tokyo Excel. 81-59

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tokyo: Tokyo Z (#3) and Tokyo Excel. (#4). Tokyo Z (24-30) crushed visiting Tokyo Excel. (20-32) by 22 points 81-59. Tokyo Z dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Excel.'s 34. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) fired 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four Tokyo Z players scored in double figures. Justin Herold (203-91, college: Sonoma St.) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and center Luke Evans (203-91, college: Cal.Baptist) added 5 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo Z have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 24-30 record having thirteen points less than leader Shimane SM. Tokyo Excel. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 32 games lost. Tokyo Z's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Tokyo Excel..
Top scorers:
Tokyo Z: W.Creekmore 20+9reb+3ast, D.Jones 18+11reb, S.Watanabe 11+1reb+3ast, M.Takumi 10+3ast, S.Takayama 6+5reb+1ast, K.Irabu 6+1reb
Tokyo Excel.: J.Herold 13+8reb, S.Izumi 8, H.Tobita 7+3reb+1ast, S.Miyata 7+4reb+2ast, T.Ishida 7+1reb+2ast, L.Evans 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 543396


Kumamoto V. - Kagawa FA 65-68

Important game to mention about took place in Kumamoto. Fifth ranked Kagawa FA (17-36) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Kumamoto V. (39-14) 68-65 on Saturday evening. Strangely Kumamoto V. outrebounded Kagawa FA 41-29 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Taku Bandoh (185-92) accounted for 11 points for the winning side. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Kumamoto V. in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kagawa FA maintains fifth place with 17-36 record. Kumamoto V. at the other side keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Kagawa FA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kumamoto V. will play again at home against Kagawa FA and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kagawa FA: C.Tapscott 29+10reb+5ast, T.Bandoh 11+3reb, S.Mizoguchi 7+2reb, T.Shuichi 6+3reb+1ast, A.Forbes 4+5reb, T.Maemura 3+2reb
Kumamoto V.: R.Warren 21+16reb, J.James 13+5reb, R.Nakanishi 11+3reb+2ast, Y.Kanbara 7+4reb+5ast, T.Furuno 6+7reb+5ast, S.Kobayashi 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543397


Aomori Watts - Fukushima 88-89

Fifth-ranked Aomori Watts (23-30) gave a tough game to second ranked Fukushima (28-25) on Saturday. The visitors from Fukushima managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected easier game. Strangely Aomori Watts outrebounded Fukushima 46-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 9 rebounds (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field). Guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) helped adding 22 points. At the losing side forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. Aomori Watts' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukushima maintains second place with 28-25 record having ten points less than leader Shimane SM. Aomori Watts at the other side keep the fifth position with 30 games lost. Fukushima will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aomori Watts will play again at home against the league's second-placed Fukushima (#2) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Fukushima: N.Spikes 32+9reb, C.Bozeman 22+2reb+2ast, S.Kanno 14+5reb+3ast, K.Tomori 8+1reb+5ast, A.Nogami 5+1reb, Y.Masuda 4+1reb
Aomori Watts: A.Wiggins 30+10reb+2ast, K.Barone 21+15reb+2ast, K.Aita 11+4reb+2ast, T.Kan 9+5reb+2ast, K.Tateyama 8+3reb+3ast, D.Shimoyama 4+2reb
gschID: 543398


Yamagata - Iwate Big Bulls 62-74

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Yamagata (26-27) against sixth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (14-39) on Saturday night. Host Yamagata was defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in Yamagata 74-62. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 21 rebounds. His fellow American import center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Point guard Yuichi Ishikawa (173-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Mitsutaka Izawa (194-93) added 23 points in the effort for Yamagata. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Iwate Big Bulls maintains sixth place with 14-39 record. Yamagata at the other side keeps the third position with 27 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Yamagata will play again at home against Iwate Big Bulls and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Lawson 19+10reb+1ast, S.Onodera 12+1reb+2ast, K.Nagata 11+4reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 11+1reb+1ast, N.Doaks 10+21reb+2ast, O.Yoko 7+2reb+1ast
Yamagata: M.Izawa 23+3reb, Y.Ishikawa 14+14reb+1ast, S.Tarver 9+5reb, S.Murakami 7+4reb+2ast, Y.Takahashi 4+5reb+5ast, M.Masanari 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 543399


Shinshu BW - Toyotsu FE 82-78

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Toyotsu FE (37-16) against sixth ranked Shinshu BW (13-41) on Saturday night. Visiting Toyotsu FE was defeated by Shinshu BW in a tough game in Nagano 78-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyotsu FE. Toyotsu FE was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Canadian center Chad Posthumus (211-91, college: Morehead St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 26 rebounds. Dutch power forward Jeroen van-der-List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC) helped adding 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Shinshu BW's coach Ryutaro Onodera used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Shinshu BW and five Toyotsu FE players scored in double figures. Shinshu BW maintains sixth place with 13-41 record. Loser Toyotsu FE keeps the second position with 16 games lost. Shinshu BW will have a break next round. Toyotsu FE will play on the road against the league's leader Shimane Magic and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: C.Posthumus 22+26reb, J.van der List 13+11reb+2ast, T.Hiroaki 11+2reb+4ast, Y.Yasuhiko 11+1reb+7ast, K.Mitsui 8+1reb, X.Ford 6+3reb+1ast
Toyotsu FE: R.Carney 18+9reb+2ast, S.Kozu 16+5reb, S.Alabi 15+14reb+2ast, S.Muto 13+4reb+1ast, K.Fukuzawa 12+2reb+1ast, Y.Otsuka 2+6reb+4ast
gschID: 543400


Bambitious Nara - Nishinomiya S. 76-92

Very expected game when 5th ranked Bambitious Nara (20-33) was defeated at home by first ranked Nishinomiya S. (38-15) 92-76 on Saturday. Nishinomiya S. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nishinomiya S. made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 9 assists. Guard Yuya Ishitsuka (187-92) helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) responded with 20 points and Nigerian forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., agency: HMS) scored 8 points and 13 rebounds. Five Nishinomiya S. and four Bambitious Nara players scored in double figures. Bambitious Nara's coach let to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Nishinomiya S. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 38-15 record. Bambitious Nara lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 33 games lost. Nishinomiya S. will have a break next round. Bambitious Nara will play again at home against the league's leader Nishinomiya S. (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: Y.Ishitsuka 19+6reb, D.Burns 16+3reb+9ast, N.Douhara 16+3reb+5ast, N.Tani 15+8reb+1ast, L.Owens 12+9reb, T.Yanagawa 7+1ast
Bambitious Nara: T.Woodbury 20+3reb+1ast, R.Boykin 12+3reb+1ast, H.Mato 10+4reb+3ast, J.Honda 10+3reb, A.Ogide 8+13reb+2ast, R.Kato 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543401


Cyberdyne IR - Gunma 71-86

Rather predictable result in Tsukuba where first ranked Gunma (35-18) defeated 4th placed Cyberdyne IR (25-28) 86-71 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Point guard Masashi Obuchi (182-83) helped adding 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Gunma players scored in double figures. Gunma's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds. They have a solid series of three victories in a row. Gunma maintains first place with 35-18 record. Loser Cyberdyne IR keeps the fourth position with 28 games lost. Gunma will have a break next round. Cyberdyne IR will play again at home against the league's leader Gunma (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gunma: A.Kuso 20+11reb+10ast, T.Kennedy 18+3reb, N.Kodai 16+4reb, M.Obuchi 12+6reb+4ast, D.Umetsu 8+1reb, N.Takumi 6+1reb
Cyberdyne IR: S.Randall 23+7reb+2ast, J.Maniwa 14+5reb+1ast, R.Rickert 10+15reb+1ast, S.Isshiki 8+4reb+2ast, M.Yosuke 7+4reb+3ast, D.Larkai 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543402


Ehime OV - Hiroshima D. 86-74

There was a minor upset in Matsuyama where much higher ranked Dragonflies (41-12) were defeated by fourth ranked Orange Vikings (27-26) 86-74 on Saturday. Orange Vikings dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Dragonflies' 36 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Orange Vikings had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for U.S. Virgin Islands center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Toshino Yoshihiko (186-92) helped adding 24 points. Four Orange Vikings players scored in double figures. Orange Vikings' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and Australian-Trinidad and Tobago guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, agency: Babcock Sports) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Orange Vikings maintains fourth place with 27-26 record. Loser Dragonflies keep the second position with 12 games lost. Orange Vikings will face again league's second-placed Dragonflies in Hiroshima in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: T.Yoshihiko 24+2reb+2ast, C.Williams 22+9reb+2ast, Y.Nakajima 17+4reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 11+11reb+2ast, J.Crawford 5+9reb+1ast, B.Kosei 5+5reb+4ast
Hiroshima D.: C.Lammert 22+13reb+1ast, D.Dillon 15+5reb+5ast, S.Asayama 9, S.Tanaka 8+2reb+3ast, A.Sakata 6+4reb, S.Ikaruga 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 543403


Shimane SM - Kagoshima 98-68

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Shimane Magic (43-9) outscored at home 6th ranked Kagoshima (7-46) 98-68 on Saturday. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Kagoshima's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) helped adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Kazuto Sameshima (171-92) responded with 13 points and 8 assists and forward Ryuichiro Nakazono (190-78) scored 20 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shimane Magic maintains first place with 43-9 record. Kagoshima lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 46 games lost. Shimane Magic will face league's second-placed Toyotsu FE in Nagoya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: W.Marshall 27+7reb+2ast, J.Davis 13+11reb+1ast, J.Abe 9+1ast, T.Goya 9+4reb+1ast, H.Okamoto 9+1ast, E.Yamamoto 8+3reb+3ast
Kagoshima: R.Nakazono 20+3reb, D.Ankei 14+1reb+1ast, K.Sameshima 13+2reb+8ast, B.Gill 9+10reb+2ast, K.Matsuzaki 4+5reb+2ast, H.Yamashita 3
gschID: 543404





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Higher League Round 1 of Finals. Tobol register first victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Almat.Legion - Tobol 89-100

Tobol claimed the opening victory in Higher League Finals. They rallied past Almat.Legion. Tobol forced 24 Almat.Legion turnovers. Strangely Almat.Legion outrebounded Tobol 42-26 including a 23-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Maksim Voeykov (195-85) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Mikhail Shvab (187-90) contributed with 22 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Tobol players scored in double figures. The former international center Vsevolod Fadeikin (206-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and international guard Yuriy Kozhanov (190-90) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Almat.Legion.
Top scorers:
Almat.Legion: V.Fadeikin 28+12reb+1ast, R.Aitkali 18+8reb+2ast, Y.Kozhanov 17+8reb+7ast, A.Litvinenko 9+2reb+1ast, A.Danilchenko 7+2reb, N.Timofeyev 5+2reb
Tobol: M.Voeykov 26+5reb+6ast, M.Shvab 22+4reb+6ast, T.Sultanov 16+1reb+10ast, V.Petrashinets 14+3reb, A.Derbush 9+2reb+1ast, R.Valiev 6+1reb
gschID: 544350

3-4 Place
Kapshagay - Kazygurt 92-82

Kapshagay surged ahead in the consolation final series. Kapshagay dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Kazygurt's 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Forward Vyacheslav Raguyev (195-93) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Andrey Moroy (198-99) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Alymzhan Maxutov (181-94) produced 23 points and 4 assists and forward Zhandos Kaliyev (197-93) added 17 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kazygurt: A.Maxutov 23+4reb+4ast, Z.Kaliyev 17+12reb+1ast, B.Agabek 13+7reb+6ast, K.Nikulochkin 13+5reb, V.Lopatin 9+3reb+6ast, A.Kurochka 4
Kapshagay: V.Raguyev 28+14reb+4ast, K.Dvirniy 17+4reb+6ast, A.Moroy 16+9reb+4ast, L.Voronushkin 12+2reb+5ast, I.Syubar 10+2reb+2ast, D.Seleznev 7+6reb+5ast



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 2. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi20.5 
 3. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 4. Veseli, Peja17.3 
 5. Hajrizi, Sigal P.17.1 
 6. Zekiqi, Trepca16.2 
 7. Matoshi, Vellaznimi15.5 
 8. Wise, Trepca15.0 
 9. Grosha, Ylli14.7 
 10. Locke, Bashkimi14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Dahlman, Peja8.1 
 3. Sinani, Bashkimi7.5 
 4. Locke, Bashkimi7.1 
 5. Matoshi, Vellaznimi6.8 
 6. Grosha, Ylli6.6 
 7. Kapiti, Kerasan6.2 
 8. Qallaku, Vellaznimi6.0 
 9. Veseli, Peja5.8 
 10. Shala, Kerasan5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fisnik JUNIKU
  Vellaznimi
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 2. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 3. Wise, Trepca4.7 
 4. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.4 
 5. Mekaj, Peja4.4 
 6. Scott, Trepca4.0 
 7. Latifaj, Kerasan3.7 
 8. Deihl, Rahoveci3.6 
 9. Mala, Vellaznimi3.4 
 10. Hinds, Sigal P.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Altin MORINA
  Ylli
  (194-PG-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Morina, Ylli2.0 
 2. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.9 
 3. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.8 
 4. Deihl, Rahoveci1.7 
 5. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
 6. Latifaj, Kerasan1.6 
 7. Wise, Trepca1.4 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.1.4 
 9. Qallaku, Vellaznimi1.3 
 10. Reed, Peja1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dardan KAPITI
  Kerasan
  (204-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kapiti, Kerasan2.0 
 2. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 3. Zeka, Vellaznimi0.9 
 4. Reed, Peja0.8 
 5. Stutz, Trepca0.7 
 6. Veseli, Peja0.6 
 7. Sinani, Bashkimi0.5 
 8. Grosha, Ylli0.5 
 9. Matoshi, Vellaznimi0.5 
 10. Zekiqi, Trepca0.5 


SuperLeague Round 26: Bashkimi defeats Trepca in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

An interesting game for Bashkimi (20-4) which played road game in Mitrovice against 4th ranked Trepca (17-9). Second ranked Bashkimi had an easy win 99-77. Bashkimi dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Trepca's 46. American guard Justin Black (188-92, college: Morgan St., agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The other American import forward Kayel Locke (196-94, college: NC-Greensboro) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Montrael Scott (190-93, college: Prairie View A&M) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for Trepca. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bashkimi have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-4 record behind leader Sigal Prishtina. Trepca at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Bashkimi are looking forward to face Rahoveci (#6) at home in the next round. Trepca will play against the league's leader Sigal Prishtina and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
An interesting game for Bashkimi (20-4) which hosted in Prizren one of their biggest challengers Peja (18-5). Second ranked Bashkimi managed to get a 9-point victory 82-73. American guard Justin Black (188-92, college: Morgan St., agency: Octagon Europe) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Kayel Locke chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Bashkimi's coach Dragan Radovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Alban Veseli (202-90) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bashkimi have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-4 record behind leader Sigal Prishtina. Peja at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Bashkimi will play against Rahoveci (#6) at home in the next round. Peja will play against Vellaznimi in Gjakove and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Kerasan managed to get a second victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked Vellaznimi in Gjakove 74-61. Alban Latifaj notched 21 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort. Even 25 points and 8 rebounds by Beqe Kovaqi did not help to save the game for Vellaznimi. Kerasan (2-24) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Vellaznimi. Vellaznimi lost fourteenth consecutive game. Kerasan will meet at home higher ranked Xhebrailat (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vellaznimi will play against Peja and hope to secure a win.
SuperLeague top team - Sigal Prishtina (21-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Xhebrailat (10-15) in Therande 110-96. The best player for the winners was Mike Moser who scored 29 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sigal Prishtina have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-3 record. Xhebrailat lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Sigal Prishtina's next round opponent will be Trepca (#4) in Mitrovice. Xhebrailat will play on the road against Kerasan in Prishtina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked Peja (18-5) and 6th ranked Rahoveci (9-15) in Peje on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Peja outscored guests from Rahoveci 118-80. Alban Veseli orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Peja maintains third position with 18-5 record having four points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. Newly promoted Rahoveci keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Peja will face bottom-ranked Vellaznimi (#8) in Gjakove in the next round where they are favorite. Rahoveci will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bashkimi in Prizren and hope to win that game.

Vellaznimi - Kerasan 61-74

Bottom-ranked Kerasan managed to get a second victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked Vellaznimi in Gjakove 74-61. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Kerasan's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-14 extending their advantage to 13 points. They also forced 22 Vellaznimi turnovers. Point guard Alban Latifaj (185-91) notched 21 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and forward Gent Shala (197-98) supported him with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four Kerasan players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 8 rebounds by Beqe Kovaqi (196-94) did not help to save the game for Vellaznimi. Brovina Dardan added 7 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts. Kerasan (2-24) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Vellaznimi. Vellaznimi lost fourteenth consecutive game. Kerasan will meet at home higher ranked Xhebrailat (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vellaznimi will play against Peja and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kerasan: A.Latifaj 21+9reb+8ast, G.Shala 15+11reb+2ast, R.Ahmeti 13+6reb+4ast, K.Mucolli 10+2reb+1ast, M.Jakupi 8+6reb, K.Sadiku 4+3reb+1ast
Vellaznimi: B.Kovaqi 25+8reb+1ast, M.Mala 11+6reb+3ast, A.Koshi 10+6reb+3ast, A.Kreshnik 8+3reb+1ast, B.Dardan 7+13reb+1ast, O.Shehu 0
gschID: 530108


Ylli - Sigal Prishtina 96-110

SuperLeague top team - Sigal Prishtina (21-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Xhebrailat (10-15) in Therande 110-96. Sigal Prishtina players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Mike Moser (203-90, college: Oregon) who scored 29 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The other American import point guard Willie Kemp (185-87, college: Memphis) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 assists. Five Sigal Prishtina players scored in double figures. American Trae Anderson (196, college: E.Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and center Ergin Grosha (211-93) added 26 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sigal Prishtina have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-3 record. Xhebrailat lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Sigal Prishtina's next round opponent will be Trepca (#4) in Mitrovice. Xhebrailat will play on the road against Kerasan in Prishtina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sigal Prishtina: M.Moser 29+9reb+4ast, N.Delic 15+6reb, F.Edwin 12+2ast, U.Zenelaj 11+8reb, W.Kemp 10+2reb+13ast, D.Hajrizi 10+3ast
Ylli: T.Anderson 32+13reb+6ast, E.Grosha 26+10reb+2ast, K.Brown 23+3reb+9ast, U.Karanezi 9+6reb, E.Asllanaj 6+2reb+1ast, G. Arifaj 0+3reb
gschID: 530107


Trepca - Bashkimi 77-99

An interesting game for Bashkimi (20-4) which played road game in Mitrovice against 4th ranked Trepca (17-9). Second ranked Bashkimi had an easy win 99-77. Bashkimi dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Trepca's 46. American guard Justin Black (188-92, college: Morgan St., agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The other American import forward Kayel Locke (196-94, college: NC-Greensboro) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Montrael Scott (190-93, college: Prairie View A&M) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Samir Zekiqi (202-95) added 18 points in the effort for Trepca. Both teams had four players each who 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. Bashkimi have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-4 record behind leader Sigal Prishtina. Trepca at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Bashkimi are looking forward to face Rahoveci (#6) at home in the next round. Trepca will play against the league's leader Sigal Prishtina and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Bashkimi: J.Black 31+6reb+4ast, K.Locke 22+8reb+2ast, T.Soyebo 19+5reb+5ast, G.Sinani 12+9reb, G.Adams 6+4reb, M.Popovic 3+1ast
Trepca: M.Scott 30+12reb+6ast, S.Zekiqi 18+3reb+1ast, V.Haxhiu 11+1reb+2ast, N.Ljujic 10+4reb+2ast, B.Azemi 6+7reb+1ast, B.Zekiqi 2+3reb
gschID: 530106


Peja - Rahoveci 118-80

The game between third ranked Peja (18-5) and 6th ranked Rahoveci (9-15) in Peje on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Peja outscored guests from Rahoveci 118-80. Peja forced 21 Rahoveci turnovers. Strangely Rahoveci outrebounded Peja 45-33 including a 25-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 58.6 percentage. Peja looked well-organized offensively handing out 37 assists. The former international forward Alban Veseli (202-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Arti Hajdari (190-93) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Valon Bunjaku (191-98) replied with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and American center Ronald Farmer-Blanchard (208-91, college: Wash.Adventist) added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Rahoveci. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Peja maintains third position with 18-5 record having four points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. Newly promoted Rahoveci keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Peja will face bottom-ranked Vellaznimi (#8) in Gjakove in the next round where they are favorite. Rahoveci will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bashkimi in Prizren and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Peja: A.Veseli 23+3reb+4ast, B.Matoshi 21+2reb+1ast, A.Qallaku 17+4reb+1ast, A.Hajdari 16+6reb+5ast, R.Abramovic 15+3ast, L.Mekaj 10+2reb+11ast
Rahoveci: M.Merovci 18+1reb+1ast, R.Bellinger 14+5reb+2ast, A.Gashi 11+3reb+4ast, V.Bunjaku 10+7reb+8ast, R.Farmer-Blanchard 10+13reb+1ast, A.Morina 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 530105


Bashkimi - Peja 82-73

An interesting game for Bashkimi (20-4) which hosted in Prizren one of their biggest challengers Peja (18-5). Second ranked Bashkimi managed to get a 9-point victory 82-73. Bashkimi dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Peja's 26. American guard Justin Black (188-92, college: Morgan St., agency: Octagon Europe) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Kayel Locke (196-94, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Bashkimi's coach Dragan Radovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Alban Veseli (202-90) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Noah Dahlman (201-89, college: Wofford) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bashkimi have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-4 record behind leader Sigal Prishtina. Peja at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Bashkimi will play against Rahoveci (#6) at home in the next round. Peja will play against Vellaznimi in Gjakove and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bashkimi: K.Locke 20+7reb+3ast, J.Black 18+6reb+7ast, M.Popovic 15+1reb+2ast, G.Adams 14, G.Sinani 5+12reb+2ast, Q.Biraj 3+1reb+1ast
Peja: A.Veseli 19+6reb+3ast, N.Dahlman 18+7reb+1ast, R.Abramovic 15+4reb+2ast, S.Miljanic 12+7reb+2ast, L.Mekaj 8+1reb+4ast, M.Ahmetbasic 1+4reb+4ast
gschID: 544371





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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.3 
 2. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.9 
 3. Blums, VEF Riga14.8 
 4. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.6 
 5. Pitts, Valmiera14.6 
 6. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.2 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils13.6 
 8. Jogela, Barons Riga13.4 
 9. Laksa, Valmiera13.3 
 10. Geks, Barons Riga13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga9.1 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala8.5 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.8.0 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.6 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.1 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.1 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.0 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera6.8 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.6.9 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.2 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.0 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Birkans, LU4.4 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga4.3 
 10. McMullan, Liepaja/.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.3 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 5. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 6. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 7. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 8. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.1 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils1.0 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 4. Krestinin, Barons R.1.0 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.8 
 6. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 7. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera0.7 
 9. Rozitis, Jurmala0.7 



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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.7 
 3. Baron, Neptunas13.6 
 4. Sulskis, Juventus13.2 
 5. Low, P.Zvaigzdes13.1 
 6. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.0 
 7. Diggs, Juventus13.0 
 8. Zabas, P.Zvaigzdes12.9 
 9. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.3 
 10. Korenyuk, Siauliai12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  Lietuvos.
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Gordon, Lietuvos.8.1 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.8 
 3. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.5 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.7 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.5 
 6. Echodas, Siauliai6.0 
 7. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.6 
 9. Kacinas, Neptunas5.4 
 10. Korenyuk, Siauliai5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Prostran, Nevezis6.9 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.8 
 3. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 4. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.4 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.3 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.6 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.1 
 8. Lekavicius, Zalgiris4.0 
 9. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
 10. Pangos, Zalgiris3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  Lietkabe.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.7 
 2. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.6 
 3. Diggs, Juventus1.6 
 4. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.5 
 5. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 6. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 7. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 8. Zabas, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 9. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.3 
 10. Sulskis, Juventus1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andriy AGAFONOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (208-PF-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.4 
 2. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 3. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 
 5. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 6. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.9 
 7. Lima, Zalgiris0.9 
 8. Hartenstein, Zalgiris0.8 
 9. Skucas, Lietkabelis0.8 
 10. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 


LKL Round 32: Juventus defeat Lietuvos rytas in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 32 in the LKL took place in Vilnius. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-ranked Lietuvos rytas (23-9) to fifth ranked Juventus (17-15) 76-75 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Lietuvos rytas. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Juventus made 30-of-36 free shots (83.