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  ABA LEAGUE  



Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 1st Team 2017
Stefan Jovic
Jovic
Charles Jenkins
Jenkins
Marko Simonovic
Simonovic
Novica Velickovic
Velickovic
Miro Bilan
Bilan

Finals MVP: Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89) of Crvena Zvezda
Player of the Year: Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94) of Un.Olimpija
Guard of the Year: Stefan Jovic (198-G-90) of Crvena Zvezda
Forward of the Year: Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) of Partizan
Center of the Year: Miro Bilan (213-C-89) of Cedevita
Top Prospect of the Year: Jonah Bolden (208-F-96) of FMP
Import Player of the Year: Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92) of Cedevita
European Player of the Year: Stefan Jovic (198-G-90) of Crvena Zvezda
Defensive Player of the Year: Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89) of Crvena Zvezda
Coach of the Year: Dejan Radonjic of Crvena Zvezda

1st Team
G: Stefan Jovic (198-G-90) of Crvena Zvezda
SG: Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89) of Crvena Zvezda
F: Marko Simonovic (201-F-86) of Crvena Zvezda
F: Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) of Partizan
C: Miro Bilan (213-C-89) of Cedevita

2nd Team
PG: Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84) of Partizan
PG: Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92) of Cedevita
SF: Luka Babic (201-SF-91) of Cedevita
F/C: Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) of Partizan
C: Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) of Crvena Zvezda

3rd Team
PG: Nate Wolters (193-PG-91) of Crvena Zvezda
SF: Marko Lukovic (207-SF-92) of Krka
PF: Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94) of Un.Olimpija
F/C: Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) of Zadar
C: Octavius Ellis (208-C-93) of Mornar Bar

Honorable Mention
Josh Scott (208-F-93) of MZT Skopje
Matic Rebec (181-PG-95) of Krka
Boris Barac (205-F-92) of Zadar
Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87) of Karpos Sokoli
Jonah Bolden (208-F-96) of FMP
Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91) of Un.Olimpija
Octavius Ellis (208-C-93) of Mornar Bar
Ante Zizic (210-F/C-97) of Darussafaka
Nate Wolters (193-PG-91) of Crvena Zvezda
Alpha Kaba (209-C/F-96) of Mega Leks
James Robinson (190-PG-94) of Igokea
Uros Lukovic (213-C-89) of Partizan
John Shurna (204-F-90) of Cedevita
Marko Guduric (196-SG-95) of Crvena Zvezda

All-European Players Team
G: Stefan Jovic (198-G-90) of Crvena Zvezda
SF: Luka Babic (201-SF-91) of Cedevita
F: Marko Simonovic (201-F-86) of Crvena Zvezda
F: Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) of Partizan
C: Miro Bilan (213-C-89) of Cedevita

All-Imports Team
PG: Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87) of Cibona
PG: Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92) of Cedevita
SG: Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89) of Crvena Zvezda
PG: Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84) of Partizan
C: Octavius Ellis (208-C-93) of Mornar Bar



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  ALBANIA  


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 9: Petroleos lose to Libolo in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Luanda. Second-best host Petroleos (18-8) lost to first ranked Libolo (25-1) 83-75. Libolo maintains first place with 25-1 record. Petroleos lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with eight games lost.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Third ranked 1 De Agosto (19-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Progresso (9-16). 1 De Agosto managed to secure a 8-point victory 83-75. 1 De Agosto have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 19-7 record having just eighteen point less than leader Libolo. Progresso at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Marinha.
The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Interclube (11-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Marinha (9-16). Interclube managed to secure a 5-point victory 78-73 on Saturday. Interclube maintains fourth place with 11-15 record. Loser Marinha keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Progresso.

Places 1-6
Progresso - 1 De Agosto 75-83

The game in was also worth to mention about. Third ranked 1 De Agosto (19-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Progresso (9-16). 1 De Agosto managed to secure a 8-point victory 83-75. 1 De Agosto have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 19-7 record having just eighteen point less than leader Libolo. Progresso at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Marinha.
gschID: 543905


Petroleos - Libolo 75-83

The game between Top Four teams took place in Luanda. Second-best host Petroleos (18-8) lost to first ranked Libolo (25-1) 83-75. Libolo maintains first place with 25-1 record. Petroleos lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with eight games lost.
gschID: 543906


Marinha - Interclube 73-78

The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Interclube (11-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Marinha (9-16). Interclube managed to secure a 5-point victory 78-73 on Saturday. Interclube maintains fourth place with 11-15 record. Loser Marinha keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Progresso.
gschID: 543904





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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, Instituto19.8 
 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.16.8 
 9. Harper, Quimsa16.6 
 10. Lampropoulos, Boca J.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.3 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.5 
 5. Johnson, Atenas8.9 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 7. Francis, La Union8.8 
 8. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 9. Wood, San M.8.6 
 10. Horner, Obras B.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.3 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.2 
 3. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.4 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.0 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.4 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ivan BASUALDO
  Quilm.
  (202-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 9. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 10. Lescano, San M.1.4 
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, Penarol1.0 


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. Pais, Platense17.7 
 6. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 7. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 8. Cutley, Atenas C.17.4 
 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. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 7. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 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 


Alexander Perez Kaufmann (ex Soles) agreed terms with San Lorenzo - by Eurobasket News

San Lorenzo de Almagra (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Mexican point guard Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-93, agency: Pro Sports). He played recently at Soles in Mexican LNBP. In 21 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 7.0apg (leader !!!) and 1.1spg this season. Perez Kaufmann helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. He also played earlier that season for Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel where in 11 LNBP games he averaged 10.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.7apg (leader !!!) and 1.9spg (in top 2).
Perez Kaufmann's team won Mexican LNBP Regular Season in 2016.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Perez Kaufmann has played previously professionally in Venezuela (Bucaneros).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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TNA Round 5 of 1/16 Finals. Atenas Carmen and BHY Tiro Federal advance - by Eurobasket News

Atenas Carmen - Rocamora 68-65

Atenas Carmen held off Rocamora to advance into the next round of playoffs. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Atenas dominated on the defensive end, holding Rocamora to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Rocamora's 22. Atenas forced 21 Rocamora turnovers. American forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Point guard Hernan Etchepare (180-86) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Power forward Juan-Luis Abeiro (196-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and point guard Ignacio Davico (188-92) added 9 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Rocamora. Four Rocamora players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: H.Wilkerson 20+3reb+1ast, H.Etchepare 16+4reb+3ast, B.Oprandi 12+5reb+1ast, M.Percaz 9+3reb, E.Agostino 5, S.Cutley 4+12reb+5ast
Rocamora: J.Luis Abeiro 18+11reb+1ast, F.Medina 18+4ast, M.Novello 10+6reb+1ast, M.Cuello 10+4reb, I.Davico 9+9reb+8ast, T.Verbauwede 0
gschID: 544420


BHY Tiro Federal - Obera TC 76-67

BHY Tiro Federal topped Obera TC to reach the eighth-final stage. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 32-27 Obera TC's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-67 at the end of the game. BHY Tiro Federal shot 25 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Obera TC only scored eight points from the stripe. Obera TC was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) stepped up and scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and power forward Diego Brezzo (206-84) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Martin Gandoy (194-91) responded with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Alejo Montes-Cardozo (188-91) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: E.Correa 26+8reb+4ast, D.Brezzo 15+5reb, P.Lockett 10+7reb, M.Ceruti 10+6reb+3ast, L.Cecchi 8+3reb, M.Maximiliano 7+5reb+1ast
Obera TC: M.Gandoy 17+9reb+6ast, A.Montes Cardozo 13+3reb+1ast, J.Montero 12+1reb, A.Joseph 11+4reb, I.Luna 8+2ast, J.Deck 4+9reb
gschID: 544421





Andres Nocioni selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (203-79, currently plays in Spain). He led Real Madrid to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Sevilla (8-19) 87-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Nocioni was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) in 27 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (20-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Nocioni averages: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 48.3%(28-58) and FT: 69.2% in 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). Campazzo was the main contributor in an UCAM Murcia's victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-16) crushing them 99-62 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Campazzo scored 18 points and added 6 assists in 23 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (11-16) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. Campazzo has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 81.3% in 26 games. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Brussino
Nicolas Brussino
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Nicolas Brussino (202-93, currently plays in NBA). Brussino contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (43-39) 100-93 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Brussino scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks have 33-49 record this season. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Brussino's overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 3FGP: 30.5% and FT: 77.3%. He is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #4. Forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) could not help Arkadia Lions (14-15) in their last game. Despite Vay's very good performance Arkadia Lions lost 70-79 on the road to the leading Redwell Gunners Oberwart. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 14 rebounds. Vay also added 3 assists and 2 blocks (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 40 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Vay's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Vay averages: 18.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg in 27 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Vay used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2009.

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #5. International point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz in a victory against the closely-ranked Gran Canaria (18-10) 95-90 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Friday night's game. He scored 5 points in 6 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (19-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. This year Laprovittola's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 3.1apg in 10 games. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #6. Guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) in their last game. Despite his good performance the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) were edged 99-98 in Portland by the Trail Blazers. Ginobili scored 11 points in a mere 16 minutes. It was Spurs' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 15th year in Spurs' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg in 70 games. Ginobili is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #7. International center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Delia helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-16) crushing them 99-62. He scored 8 points. Delia's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 3.1rpg. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #8. Point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for Svendborg (13-15) in their game against Bakken (24-4) in the Danish Ligaen. Despite his very good performance last Monday He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Porta also added 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Porta has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2008.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #9. Former international guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan (22-10) in their game against Araberri (14-18) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Fernandez cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 18 minutes. Leche Rio Breogan was edged 86-84 in Vitoria-Gasteiz by the much lower-ranked (#11) Araberri. It was Leche Rio Breogan's first loss after five consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Fernandez's first season with the team. This year Fernandez's total stats are: 8.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.9apg in 32 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team three years ago.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #10. Small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Valmontone (21-8) in their game against Napoli Cuore (26-4) in the Italian Serie B (third division), despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. Caceres recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 32 minutes. But the fourth-placed Valmontone (21-8) lost 73-80 at home to the leading Napoli Cuore in the Group C. It was Valmontone's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Caceres has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.5apg in 24 games. He is a former U16 international player as fifteen years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led Umana Venezia to a victory against the 11th-ranked Brescia (12-15) 84-79 in the Italian Serie A last Saturday. Filloy scored 12 points. Umana Reyer Venezia (18-9) is placed second in the Serie A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Filloy's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Tulio Cobos (197-F-86, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Venezuela) contributed to a 1-point Bucaneros' victory against the fifth-ranked Panteras (5-15) 93-92 in the Venezuelan LPB on Wednesday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Bucaneros de La Guaira (12-8) is placed second in Eastern Conference. This season Cobos has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg.

   #3. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) could not help Paulistano (11-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Hure's good performance Paulistano was defeated 85-81 at home by the much lower-ranked SKY/Basquete (#11). He scored 10 points. Hure's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg.

   #4. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led FCM Ferentino to a victory over the 16th-ranked Agropoli (7-22) crushing them 86-56 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Musso was the top player that evening. He recorded 21 points and added 4 passes in 32 minutes. FMC Ferentino (12-17) is placed 13th in West group. Musso's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Musso's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg in 29 games he played so far. Musso is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Dolomiti En. TR in their game against Openjobmetis VA (12-15) in the Italian Serie A. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Dolomiti En. TR was edged 83-80 on the road by the lower-ranked Openjobmetis VA (#12). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Forray has been at the team for six years. Forray's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #6. Experienced Santiago Boffelli (197-G/F-83, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in Scauri's victory against the 16th-ranked Maddaloni 82-65 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. Boffelli was the top player that evening. He recorded 31 points (!!!) in 39 minutes. Boffelli has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in 27 games. Similarly like Forray and Musso above Boffelli also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #7. Agustin Fabi (199-F/G-91, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Viola RC in their last game. Despite Fabi's very good performance the tenth-placed Viola RC was badly defeated 89-73 in Trapani by the lower-ranked (#10) Lighthouse TR in the West group. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. Fabi's stats this year are: 12.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in 28 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #8. Dante Richotti (180-PG-85, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Santiago Boffelli and both played together in the last Italian Serie B game. Richotti was the major contributor in Scauri's victory against the 16th-ranked Maddaloni 82-65. He recorded 20 points. Richotti's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #9. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85, currently plays in Brazil) managed to help CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro in a victory against the closely-ranked Pinheiros 79-73 in the Brazilian NBB last Saturday. Palacios recorded only 3 points in 10 minutes. This year Palacios' total stats are: 3.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.8apg in 32 games.

   #10. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Lighthouse TR in their game against Agrigento in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was defeated 76-72. Filloy's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.



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Daniel Johnson selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Iran). Johnson led Petrochimi to a victory over the second-ranked Azad (4-3) 80-64 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Johnson recorded 24 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group 1. Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (6-1) is placed first. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Johnson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 47.6% and FT: 91.7%(22-24). Former Adelaide 36ers starter played for the Australian senior national team four years ago.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania). Madgen was the main contributor in Lietkabelis' victory against the closely-ranked Juventus (17-16) 94-90 in the Lithuanian LKL on Wednesday night. He was the best player in that game. Madgen recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. Panevezys Lietkabelis (23-10) is placed third in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Madgen has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 44.1% and FT: 85.9% in 33 games he played so far. He played for the Australian national team in 2014.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Ryan Broekhoff (200-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League). Broekhoff was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the seventh-ranked VEF Riga (10-12) 80-69 in the VTB United League in Thursday night's game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (17-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Broekhoff's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 47.2%(34-72) and FT: 84.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Broekhoff is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #4. Center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Iran) faced previously mentioned Daniel Johnson in the Iranian Superleague last game. Ogilvy could not help Azad (4-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Azad (4-3) was badly defeated 80-64 on the road by the leading Petrochimi in the Group 2. Ogilvy had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Second Stage already ended. Ogilvy has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.3apg in three games. He is another player who holds two passports: Irish and Australian. Ogilvy used to play for the Australian national team back in 2013.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #5. International power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (23-10) crushing them 84-62 in the Lithuanian LKL on Monday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (30-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Motum's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #6. Swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help AEK Athens in their game against Aris (15-11) in the Greek A1. Newley scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes. AEK Athens lost 77-81 in Thessaloniki to the lower-ranked (#4) Aris. The Regular Season already ended. This year Newley's overall stats are: 4.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg in eight games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #7. An experienced international center David Andersen (213-80, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (14-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Andersen's good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was defeated 92-88 on the opponent's court by the leading Monaco. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Andersen's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg. He is also Australian national team player.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #8. Small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Utah Jazz's victory against the Golden State Warriors (67-15) 105-99 in the NBA on Monday night. Ingles scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 34 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 51-31 record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. This year Ingles has relatively solid stats: 7.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg in 83 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Lewis Thomas
Lewis Thomas
   #9. Former U19 international forward Lewis Thomas (203-92, college: W.Oregon, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Glasgow Rocks' victory against the seventh-ranked Plymouth Raiders (14-17) 88-84 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. Thomas was the top player that evening. He scored 16 points, had 9 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 3 shots; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Thomas' second season in pro basketball. Glasgow Rocks (19-11) is placed third in the BBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Thomas' first year with the team. His total stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.8apg. Thomas used to play for the Australian U19 national team six years ago.

Dan Trist
Dan Trist
   #10. Forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against the sixth-ranked SISU (12-16) 66-63 in the Danish Ligaen on Tuesday night. Trist was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only Trist's second season in pro basketball. Horsens IC (23-5) is placed second in the Ligaen. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Trist's first year with the team. He has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg and 6.5rpg. Trist is a former U22 international player as two years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. Former international guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Arizona, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Dragonflies (42-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Dragonflies (#2) lost 74-86 in Matsuyama to the lower-ranked (#4) Orange Vikings in the West group. Dillon was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a mere 19 minutes. Dillon's stats this year are: 12.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.6apg in 54 games. He used to play for the Australian national team eight years ago.

   #12. International point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs in their game against the Utah Jazz in the NBA. He scored 8 points and added 5 assists in 19 minutes. His team lost 97-101 in the NBA. Mills averaged so far 9.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.4apg in 81 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. International point guard Dante Exum (198-95, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joe Ingles and both played together in the last NBA game. Exum helped Utah Jazz win their game against the Golden State Warriors 105-99. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Exum's total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg. He is also Australian national team player.

   #14. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) helped Milwaukee Bucks win their game against the Toronto Raptors 97-83 in the NBA on Saturday night. He recorded 11 points. Dellavedova averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.6apg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #15. Former U22 international guard Daryl Corletto (193-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Plymouth Raiders (14-17) in their last game. Despite Corletto's very good performance Plymouth Raiders lost 87-93 in Worcester to the higher-ranked (#5) Wolves. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Corletto also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 36 minutes. Corletto has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg in 31 games. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team seventeen years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31) were edged 126-125 on the road by the Atlanta Hawks. Irving was the top scorer with 45 points. He also added 9 passes in 45 minutes. It was Cavaliers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Irving's sixth season with the team. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 25.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.8apg and 1.2spg in 73 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Milwaukee Bucks in their game against the Boston Celtics (53-29) in the NBA. He scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks in 27 minutes. But the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) were badly defeated 112-94 in Boston by the Celtics. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. This year Maker's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.1rpg in 57 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and South Sudanese.

   #3. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for PAOK (14-12) in their game against Panathinaikos (14-8) in the Greek A1. Sobey scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. PAOK was crushed 102-58 in Athens by the higher-ranked Panathinaikos (#3). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sobey averaged so far 12.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg.

   #4. Kyle Adnam (186-G-93, currently plays in New Zealand) led Giants to a victory over the closely-ranked Mountain Airs (3-5) 79-74 in the New Zealand NBL last Sunday. Adnam was the top player that evening. He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 36 minutes. Mike Pero Nelson Giants (1-6) are located at the very bottom in the NBL. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of six consecutive loses. Adnam averaged so far 14.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.5apg in four games.

   #5. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sharks (4-3) 111-93 in the New Zealand NBL last Thursday. Duinker scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wellington Saints (8-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all eight games in the Regular Season. Duinker averaged so far 14.8ppg, 7.4rpg and 2.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and Australian.

   #6. Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a Bristol Acadamy Flyers' victory against the tenth-ranked Cheshire Phoenix 89-83 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. Vigor scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Vigor's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.4apg.

   #7. Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Estonia) was the main contributor in a Tartu Ulikool's victory against the seventh-ranked TLU/Kalev crushing them 94-68 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Jois had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 24 minutes. This year Jois' total stats are: 9.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.3apg in 23 games.

   #8. Tony Tolovae (196-G-92, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Giants 81-63 in the New Zealand NBL last Sunday. He recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes. Tolovae averaged so far 11.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.2apg in six games. He has both Australian and New Zealand nationalities.

   #9. David Humphries (193-G-91, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Plymouth Raiders in their game against Worcester Wolves in the British BBL. Humphries cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. His team lost 87-93. This year Humphries' total stats are: 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg in seven games.

   #10. James Hunter (208-C-92, college: S.Dakota, currently plays in New Zealand) managed to help SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks to win against one of league's weakest teams Hawks 101-87 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. He scored only 2 points. Hunter's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 4.4rpg.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Miletic, Vienna19.0 
 3. Vay, Arkadia18.9 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna18.1 
 5. Lamesic, Wels18.0 
 6. Stazic, Vienna17.2 
 7. Rados, Klostern.16.9 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart16.3 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.8 
 10. Murati, Gmunden15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.7 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.6 
 6. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.6 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.9 
 9. Gaidys, Gmunden6.2 
 10. Cumberbatch, Oberw.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.1 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.3 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.2 
 5. Stazic, Vienna5.0 
 6. Friedrich, Gmunden4.7 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.6 
 8. ONeal, Wels4.5 
 9. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.9 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna1.9 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Payton, Wels1.4 
 6. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
 7. Koch, Vienna1.4 
 8. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 9. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 10. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 4. Chan, Wels1.1 
 5. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 6. Koch, Vienna0.9 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 


A Bundesliga Round 33: Redwell Gunners Oberwart defeats Gmunden Swans in the game between Top 4 teams - 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.

An interesting game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart (26-4) which hosted in Oberwart second-best Gmunden Swans (20-10). First ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart managed to get a 4-point victory 77-73. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart made 33-of-43 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while Gmunden Swans only scored twelve points from the stripe. Redwell Gunners Oberwart forced 21 Gmunden Swans turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Gmunden Swans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds for Gmunden Swans. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 26-4 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side keep the second position with ten games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart are looking forward to face Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gmunden Swans will play against Dukes and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game between sixth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (15-15) and 8th ranked UBSC Graz (7-23) in Wels ended with biggest points difference. Raiffeisen Wels outscored guests from Graz 84-65. Czech center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and Davor Lamesic chipped in 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was international Anton Maresch (191-91) with 21 points. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arkadia. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth position with 23 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will play against higher ranked Vienna (#4) in Wien in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UBSC Graz will play on the road against Arkadia Lions (#6) in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 33 Arkadia beat Klosterneuburg on the road 75-59. Vienna won against Furstenfeld on its own court 78-66.
The most impressive performance of 33th round was 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists by Jozo Rados of Klosterneuburg.

Wels - UBSC Graz 84-65

The game between sixth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (15-15) and 8th ranked UBSC Graz (7-23) in Wels ended with biggest points difference. Raiffeisen Wels outscored guests from Graz 84-65. It looked good early as UBSC Graz took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Raiffeisen Wels had a 24-16 second period charge getting the lead and UBSC Graz was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-84. They outrebounded UBSC Graz 45-17 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Raiffeisen Wels players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by UBSC Graz's players. Czech center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was international Anton Maresch (191-91) with 21 points and Montenegrin point guard Milos Krivokapic (185-96) scored 18 points and 4 steals. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arkadia. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth position with 23 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will play against higher ranked Vienna (#4) in Wien in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UBSC Graz will play on the road against Arkadia Lions (#6) in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wels: A.Chan 32+16reb+2ast, D.Lamesic 30+9reb+5ast, D.Cigoja 5+3reb, L.O'Neal 5+4reb+5ast, O.Schmit 5+1reb+3ast, T.Csebits 5+6reb+6ast
UBSC Graz: A.Maresch 21+1reb+1ast, M.Krivokapic 18+1reb+2ast, D.Brcina 8+6reb+4ast, A.Domitner 6+1reb, D.Hasenburger 4+5reb, M.Sliskovic 4+1reb+1ast
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Oberwart - Gmunden 77-73

An interesting game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart (26-4) which hosted in Oberwart second-best Gmunden Swans (20-10). First ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart managed to get a 4-point victory 77-73. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart made 33-of-43 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while Gmunden Swans only scored twelve points from the stripe. Redwell Gunners Oberwart forced 21 Gmunden Swans turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Gmunden Swans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Daniel Friedrich (181-92) added 10 points and 10 assists in the effort for Gmunden Swans. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 26-4 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side keep the second position with ten games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart are looking forward to face Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gmunden Swans will play against Dukes and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: A.Cumberbatch 23+7reb+1ast, D.Jackson 19+2reb+4ast, B.Blazevic 15+3reb, C.McNealy 12+3reb+1ast, J.Traylor 5+5reb, S.Kaeferle 2+1ast
Gmunden: T.Klette 27+7reb+1ast, A.Wesby 12+6reb+2ast, D.Friedrich 10+1reb+10ast, A.Mitchell 9+7reb+1ast, T.Blazan 6+2reb+4ast, P.Gaidys 5+8reb+3ast
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Klosterneuburg - Arkadia 59-75

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Arkadia Lions (15-15) beat bottom-ranked Dukes (4-26) in Klosterneuburg 75-59. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Arkadia Lions's pressure prevailed and they won that period 19-7 extending their advantage to 16 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Dukes to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Arkadia Lions forced 19 Dukes turnovers and outrebounded them 39-26 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and the former international Jason Detrick (195-80, college: Oklahoma, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international center Jozo Rados (208-93) with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (-98) scored 12 points. Dukes' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Arkadia Lions moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Wels. Dukes lost their eighteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Arkadia Lions will play against UBSC Graz (#8) at home in the next round. Dukes will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 19+13reb+3ast, J.Detrick 17+5reb+3ast, F.Memcic 12+4reb, M.Draskovic 11+9reb, B.Danek 6+1reb+3ast, M.Trmal 5+4reb+2ast
Klosterneuburg: J.Rados 20+11reb+7ast, G.Bezhanishvili 12+3reb+3ast, J.Blazevic 10+3reb+2ast, C.Greimeister 8+4reb, L.Burgemeister 7+1reb, T.Bas 2
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Vienna - Furstenfeld 78-66

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (13-18) lost to fourth ranked Vienna (17-14) in Wien 66-78. The game was mostly controlled by Vienna. Furstenfeld Panthers was better in second period 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vienna dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Furstenfeld Panthers' 20. They outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 39-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. American point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-94, college: Iowa) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners and Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Bulgarian forward Sim Iliev (204-89, agency: Interperformances) with 19 points and the former international point guard Hannes Ochsenhofer (185-85) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Vienna maintains fourth place with 17-14 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the seventh position with 18 games lost. Vienna will play against Raiffeisen Wels (#5) at home in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Vienna: A.Clemmons 31+13reb+4ast, P.Miletic 19+8reb, S.Ray 17+7reb+2ast, S.Koch 8+6reb+2ast, S.Stazic 3+2reb+7ast, D.Najdanovic 0
Furstenfeld: S.Iliev 19+4reb, H.Ochsenhofer 13+5reb+2ast, C.Astl 10+3reb, P.Radakovics 8+3reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 7+8reb+3ast, D.Jandl 6+2reb+5ast
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Benjamin Ortner selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the 11th-ranked Brescia (12-15) 84-79 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. Ortner scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Umana Reyer Venezia (18-9) is placed second in the Serie A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ortner averages: 3.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 51.3% and FT: 53.6% in 25 games he played so far. He played for the Austrian senior national team four years ago.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany). Klepeisz led Braunschweig to a victory over one of league's weakest teams SC Rasta Vechta (2-27) 87-73 in the German BBL on Wednesday night. He was MVP of the game. Klepeisz scored 23 points and added 7 passes in 32 minutes. Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (5-17) is placed 11th in the BBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Klepeisz's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 92.9%(52-56) in 25 games. Klepeisz is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Toronto Raptors' victory against the New York Knicks (31-51) 110-97 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Poeltl scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 51-31 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Poeltl's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%(67-115) and FT: 54.4%. He played for the Austrian national team two years ago.

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #4. Center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). Mahalbasic could not help Sevilla (8-19) to beat Real Madrid (20-7). He did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. Mahalbasic scored only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Sevilla lost 76-87 on the road to the leading Real Madrid. It was Sevilla's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Mahalbasic has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.6apg in 17 games. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Mahalbasic is also Austrian national team player.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #5. International forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Navarra in their game against Zamorano (10-19) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Navarra was defeated 72-62 at home by the lower-ranked Zamorano (#12). Hopfgartner's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3apg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) led Ovarense to a victory over the fifth-ranked Maia Basket (5-24) 97-80 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. Douvier was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 14 rebounds. Douvier also added 3 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Ovarense Dolce Vita (16-13) is placed second in Places 7-12 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Douvier has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.2apg. Douvier is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Austria.

   #2. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France). Asceric could not help Lille Metropole (16-12) to beat ADA Blois (15-12). He recorded 6 points and added 3 passes in 28 minutes. Lille Metropole lost 65-75 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) ADA Blois. This year Asceric's total stats are: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.1apg in 25 games he played so far.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Marvin Ogunsipe (204-F-96) plays for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL
David Kramer (191-PG-97) plays for ratiopharm Ulm in German BBL
Josip Popic (210-C-98) plays for Cibona in Croatian A1
Thomas Schreiner (195-PG-87) plays for Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa
Nikola Zdravkovic (197-F-0) plays for Borac in Serbian KLS
Moritz Lanegger (190-PG-90) plays for Naestved in Danish Ligaen
Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87) plays for Nantes in French ProB
Jakob Seifert (200-C-95) plays for Slavoj BK Litomerice in Czech Republic 1Liga

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



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)



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Buddy Hield's 30 points make him top Bahamas player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). He led Sacramento Kings to a victory over the Phoenix Suns (24-58) crushing them 129-104 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Hield was MVP of the game. He recorded 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hield's third season in pro basketball. The Sacramento Kings have 32-50 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Hield has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 42.8% and FT: 81.4% in 25 games he played so far. Hield played for the Bahamas senior national team three years ago.

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Argentina). He contributed to a 1-point Olimpico de La Banda's victory against the sixth-ranked Quimsa (24-26) 89-88 in the Argentinian LigaA last Saturday. Nesbitt scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Ciclista Olimpico de La Bandais placed in Norte group. Nesbitt's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 49.6%, 3FGP: 28.9% and FT: 81.3%. He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in France). Burrows was the major contributor in a Provence Basket's victory against the eighth-ranked ALM Evreux (15-13) crushing them 108-73 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. It was his first game for Provence Basket this season. His team is placed second in the ProB. Burrows is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #4. Swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Zornotza's victory against the tenth-ranked Alcazar (14-15) 87-82 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. Cadot scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ametx Zornotza (16-13) is placed sixth in the LEB Silver. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Cadot's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Bahamas national team player.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #5. An experienced former international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France). He could not help SAP Vaucluse (14-19) to beat Vendee Challans (18-15). Davis scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. SAP Vaucluse lost 70-74 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#7) Vendee Challans. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Davis has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in 16 games. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for the Bahamas national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to a victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (41-40) 121-109 in the NBA on Sunday night. Thompson recorded 15 points in 35 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 67-15 record this season. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Thompson averages: 22.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.1apg in 79 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) contributed to a SPO Rouen's victory against one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond (10-18) 85-77 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. SPO Rouen Basket (13-14) is placed 11th in the ProB. It's Fairell's first season with the team. Fairell has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #3. Robert Nortmann (205-F, college: Dalhousie, currently plays in NBLCanada) managed to help Island Storm to win against the Cape Breton Highlanders (11-22) crushing them 129-91 in the NBL Canada last Saturday. Nortmann scored only 2 points. The Island Storm has 14-19 record this season. This year Nortmann has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg. He has both Bahamas and Canadian nationalities.

Other top Bahamas players, who play abroad:

Zane Knowles (208-C-92) plays for Wilki Morskie in Polish PLK
Kevin Cooper (201-F-97) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Jordan Wilson (193-PF-96) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Van Hutchinson (193-G) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Kentwan Smith (203-F-91) plays for BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga
Trevon Grant (185-G) plays for Acadia University in Canadian university league CIS
Shamar Burrows (190-G-97) plays for Laurier University in Canadian university league CIS
Azaro Roker (198-F) plays for St.Francis Xavier in Canadian university league CIS
Nathan Anderson (198-F) plays for University of Prince Edward Island in Canadian university league CIS

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



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Innis eyeing pro league - by Don Farrell


JUSTIN MARVILLE, justinmarville@nationnews.com

TERRY INNISS wants to push the shorter format of the game on Barbados and, hopefully, the Caribbean.
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Professional three-on-three basketball could eventually make its way into the region, as Inniss is set to introduce a local 3x3 competition next month with an eye to creating a pro Caribbean league.

The former Barbados Amateur Basketball Association president explained his vision earlier this week while announcing details for May's Sunshine 3x3 League in Clapham.

'There's no reason to play basketball in Barbados other than you like it, so this is an avenue where people can make some money. Our idea is to play three-on-three so we can enjoy the basketball and use that as the impetus to get people playing the sport,' Inniss reasoned.
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Vitali Liutych selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Estonia). He led Kalev/Cramo to a victory over one of league's weakest teams BC Rakvere (9-23) crushing them 102-74 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Monday night's game. Liutych was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points in 29 minutes on the court. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (29-3) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Liutych has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 62.4%(58-93), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 77.1% in 18 games he played so far. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to a Brose Baskets' victory against the 14th-ranked Walter Tigers (9-23) 87-75 in the German BBL last Thursday. Veremeenko scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Brose Baskets Bamberg (27-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Veremeenko's first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 71.7%(33-46) and FT: 61.1%. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He played for the Belarusian national team in 2007.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in VTB United League). Parakhouski helped his Russian team Unics Kazan win their game against the eighth-ranked Astana (9-15) 83-78 in the VTB United League on Thursday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Unics Kazan (15-9) is placed fifth in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. This year Parakhouski has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 73.2%(123-168) in 23 games. He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #4. Guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) could not help Ironi Ramat Gan (4-22) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Gandlin's very good performance the sixth-placed Ironi Ramat Gan (4-22) was defeated 110-106 on the road by the higher-ranked Hapoel Migdal Haemek (#3) in the Play-Downs group. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Gandlin also added 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Gandlin has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.3apg. Gandlin used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2014.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #5. International small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to help Falco KC (19-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Falco KC (#3) was badly defeated 102-86 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Kormend in the Places 1-5 group. Pustahvar was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 passes in 28 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Pustahvar has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg in 30 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian. Pustahvar plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Anton Astapkovich
Anton Astapkovich
   #6. Forward Anton Astapkovich (202-94, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Avtodor (7-15) in their game against Enisey (13-10) in the VTB United League. He scored only 4 points. Avtodor (#10) was defeated 97-92 in Krasnoyarsk by the higher-ranked Enisey (#6) in the group A of VTB United League. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Astapkovich's overall stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 1.7rpg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Belarusian team six years ago.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Belarusian passport:

   #1. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania). Solopa could not help Craiova (8-16) to beat UBT Cluj Napoca (24-4). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. But Craiova (#2) was crushed 100-74 on the road by the leading UBT Cluj Napoca in the Places 7-10 group. This year Solopa's overall stats are: 3.9ppg and 2.6rpg in 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Moldovan. Despite Solopa's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Moldovan U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Roman Rubinshteyn (195-G-96) plays for Zlatorog in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Maalik Wayns (185-PG-91) plays for Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League
Maksim Salash (206-C/F-96) plays for Polfarmex in Polish PLK
Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87) plays for Ryazan in Russian Superleague 1
Kiryl Dziatchuk (202-F-98) plays for KK Warszawa in Polish 2Liga
Mikita Balaban (201-C/F-96) plays for KTU in Lithuanian NKL
Yauhen Massalski (204-F-99) plays for Perlas-MRU in Lithuanian NKL
Yevgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88) plays for Maccabi K/M in Israeli Artzit

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



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  BELGIUM  

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. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen3.2 
 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 


Top Division I Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Gent Hawks and Waregem reach semis - by Eurobasket News

Royal Brussels - Gent Hawks 58-74

Gent Hawks fired past Royal Brussels to sweep the series. Gent Hawks had a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Joeri Vermoessen (200-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Center Rik Van-den-Berghe (206-93) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Four Gent Hawks players scored in double figures. Forward Thomas Creppy (197-90) replied with 22 points and 4 steals and American swingman Adam Hall (198-80, college: Virginia) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Royal Brussels.
Top scorers:
Royal Brussels: T.Creppy 22+3reb, A.Hall 12+9reb+2ast, E.Vangu 8+5reb+1ast, R.Benzouien 8+1reb+1ast, C.De Medina 4+4reb+1ast, N.Botuli 4+2reb+1ast
Gent Hawks: J.Vermoessen 19+12reb, R.Van den Berghe 13+4reb+1ast, M.Verspeeten 12+4reb+2ast, J.Vermoessen 10+4reb+2ast, L.Lhote 8+3reb+6ast, R.Spaens 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 543667


Giants B - Oxaco 80-73

Giants B held off Oxaco to even the series at 1-1. Giants B made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Giants B outrebounded Oxaco 52-40 including 18 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Oxaco helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Roby Rogiers (202-97, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Point guard Marius Mwendanga (179-98, agency: Court Side) chipped in 22 points. Guard Nick Celis (196-88) produced 29 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: N.Celis 29+8reb+5ast, S.Van Hoey 17+3reb, C.Pegg 10+4reb+2ast, G.Nau 6+6reb+3ast, M.Van Gelder 5+6reb, M.De Meyer 4+6reb+1ast
Giants B: M.Mwendanga 22+4reb+3ast, R.Rogiers 17+13reb, L.Coppens 11+3reb+1ast, V.Peeters 9+3reb+3ast, P.Peeters 9+11reb+2ast, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 543666


Soba - Gembo BBC 62-80

Gembo BBC defeated Soba to draw things level in the series. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 18 points. Jens Bouckaert (-91) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Tomas Goethaert (183-83) chipped in 9 points and 5 assists during the contest. Forward Dries Bogaerts (200-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Soba: M.Gorremans 22+11reb, D.Bogaerts 21+13reb+1ast, R.Haerbos 12+3reb+1ast, Y.Deville 3+2reb, V.Vanden Berghe 3, J.Balanga 1+1reb+2ast
Gembo BBC: J.Bouckaert 19+3reb+1ast, E.Van Aken 13+2reb+1ast, B.Iliaens 12+2reb, T.Goethaert 9+3reb+5ast, P.Van Rillaer 9+2reb+1ast, T.Beaujean 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 543665


Houthalen - Waregem 79-85

Waregem overcame Houthalen to advance into the semifinal stage. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Houthalen won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Waregem made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Forward Thomas Foucart (192-84) notched 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and point guard Lars De-Lepeleire (175-91) supported him with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 26 points and 4 assists by forward Bart Maesen (198-89) did not help to save the game for Houthalen. Center Dario Clemente (204-86) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Five Waregem and four Houthalen players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Houthalen: B.Maesen 26+1reb+4ast, D.Snyers 18+3reb+3ast, D.Clemente 12+11reb+5ast, C.Koonings 11+3reb+4ast, K.Niayingwanda 3+4reb, S.Ceyssens 3
Waregem: A.Van Vooren 16+4reb+2ast, B.Willy Samaey 15+4reb, T.Foucart 15+7reb+4ast, B.Guillemyn 14+5reb+1ast, L.De Lepeleire 12+6reb+6ast, S.Naudts 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543664





Jonathan Tabu selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). He led RETAbet BB to a surprising victory over the second-ranked Valencia Basket (20-7) 88-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Tabu was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!) and added 4 assists in 26 minutes on the court. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (12-14) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. This year Tabu averages: 9.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 38.5% in 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. Tabu is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked BBC Bayreuth (20-9) 83-64 in the German BBL last Saturday. De Zeeuw recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (16-13) is placed seventh in the BBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. De Zeeuw's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(47-84), 3FGP: 43.6% and FT: 84.9%. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hervelle contributed to a RETAbet BB's shocking victory against the second-ranked Valencia Basket (20-7) 88-75. He scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes. It's Hervelle's seventh season with the team. This year Hervelle's overall stats are: 6.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3FGP: 27.1% and FT: 76.9% in 27 games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #4. Guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) helped Scandone AV win their game against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona (7-20) 85-78 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. Obasohan scored 6 points. Scandone Avellino (17-10) is placed third in the Serie A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Obasohan's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan is also Belgian national team player.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #5. International power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-16) crushing them 99-62 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in only 14 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (11-16) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. This year Tumba's total stats are: 3.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.4bpg in 11 games. He has both DR Congolese and Belgian nationalities. Tumba plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #6. Point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Van Rossom. He could not help Valencia Basket (20-7) to beat RETAbet BB (12-14). Van Rossom did not beat the league record on Wednesday evening. He scored only 2 points and added 3 assists. Valencia Basket was defeated 88-75 on the road by the much lower-ranked RETAbet BB (#9). Van Rossom has been at the team for four years. Van Rossom has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Elias Lasisi
Elias Lasisi
   #7. International swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92, currently plays in France) was not able to help Le Portel in their game against Chalon/Saor (21-7) in the French ProA. He recorded 8 points in 15 minutes. Le Portel lost 76-83 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Lasisi has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 2.2rpg in nine games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Quentin Serron
Quentin Serron
   #8. Guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-13) in their game against Sluc Nancy (7-21) in the French ProA. Serron recorded 6 points. Gravelines-Dunkerque was defeated 83-72 in Nancy by the league outsider Sluc (#18). It's Serron's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.6apg. Serron plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #9. Former international point guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Bergamo (23-6) in their game against Desio (14-15) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Lauwers scored 7 points in 23 minutes. The second-placed Bergamo (23-6) lost 64-70 on the opponent's court to the much lower-ranked (#9) Desio in the Group B. It was Bergamo's first loss after three consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Lauwers has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.4apg in eight games. He used to play for the Belgian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland). Enobakhare could not help Leiden (19-9) to beat Amsterdam (9-19). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 13 minutes. Leiden was edged 82-79 at home by the lower-ranked (#6) Amsterdam. Enobakhare has averaged so far 3.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg in 14 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Belgian.

   #2. Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Anwil's victory against the closely-ranked BM Slam Stal (20-10) 75-71 in the Polish PLK last Sunday. Haws scored 6 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Anwil Wloclawek (22-7) is placed second in the PLK. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Haws has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 2.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team. Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Monthey to a victory against the fourth-ranked Geneve Lions (14-10) 75-65 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. BBC Monthey (17-7) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Dubas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #4. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) managed to help ADA Blois Basket 41 to win against the closely-ranked Lille Metropole (16-12) 75-65 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. Pontens recorded 5 points. ADA Blois Basket 41 (15-12) is placed fifth in the ProB. Pontens has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 1.6apg. He has both Belgian and French nationalities.



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
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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
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Tre Demps claims Belgian Euromillions League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Tre Demps (188-G-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for Mons-Hainaut and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Mons-Hainaut in his team's victory, helping them to beat Antwerp (#2, 19-11) 85-80. Mons-Hainaut maintains the 8th position in Belgian Euromillions League. Mons-Hainaut is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-17 record. In the team's last game Demps had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Mons-Hainaut's top player in his first season with the team. Tre Demps averages this season 12.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United. Tuttle impressed basketball fans with 29 points and 4 rebounds. Of course he led Limburg United to another comfortable win 82-66 over slightly lower-ranked Spirou (#7, 13-16) being unquestionably team leader. Limburg United's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tuttle is a newcomer at Limburg United and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.9rpg and 3.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Keaton Grant (193-SG-86) of Spirou (#7). Grant scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Grant's great performance Spirou lost 66-82 to slightly higher-ranked Limburg United (#6, 15-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Spirou ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Grant could help Spirou to bring them higher in the standings. Grant has a very solid season. In 2 games in Belgium he scored 19.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jorn Van Hooydonk (193-F/G-97) of Antwerp - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. John Fields (205-F/C-88) of Liege - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar - 14 points and 9 rebounds
8. Bill Amis (206-PF-87) of Aalstar - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Michael Fusek (221-C-95) of Spirou - 13 points and 8 rebounds
10. Jerime Anderson (187-PG-89) of Limburg United - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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West victorious in IBL All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

The Bermuda Island Basketball Season came to a close inside the Cedarbridge Academy Gymnasium, with the playing of their All-Star Game. The West defeated the east 103 - 90 in a high scoring game. Jah'nique Hogan scored 22 points to lead the West to victory, while regular season and championship game MVP Dean Jones scored 20 points for the East. Ian Lim was named MVP of the Game, Jorel Smith won the Skills competition.
Courtesy of: islandstats.com



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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.19.5 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.7 
 3. Jovanovic, Spars S.17.7 
 4. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.7 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.1 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.15.7 
 7. Pelkic, Leotar15.3 
 8. Hasandic, Sloboda .15.1 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.2 
 10. Markovic, Gradj.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.6 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.7 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.8.3 
 4. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.6 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar7.5 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.4 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 8. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 9. Karacic, Siroki P.6.7 
 10. Durmo, Spars S.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.8 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.9 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.6 
 5. Luzajic, Leotar3.9 
 6. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 7. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.9 
 8. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.8 
 9. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.7 
 10. Jovanovic, Spars S.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.1 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .1.9 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Dreznjak, Siroki P.1.4 
 7. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.4 
 8. Sarajlic, Bosnjak1.4 
 9. Kovacevic, Spars S.1.4 
 10. Negovanovic, Gradj.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.1.0 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.7 
 6. Radmilovic, Leotar0.7 
 7. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 
 8. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.6 
 9. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 
 10. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 


Zack Wright selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play currently abroad.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in Monaco's victory against the ninth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (14-14) 92-88 in the French ProA in Sunday night's game. Wright scored 20 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 29 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (25-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Wright's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.6%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 75.4% in 25 games he played so far. Wright is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely Wright has never played in Bosnia.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). He led Bayern Muenchen to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams SC Rasta Vechta (2-27) crushing them 101-57 in the German BBL last Sunday. Djedovic recorded 17 points. FC Bayern Muenchen (26-3) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's 16th consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Djedovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Bayern Muenchen's roster. His overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 58.3%(60-103), 3FGP: 45.2%(28-62) and FT: 83.1%. Djedovic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in ABA League). Kuzmic led his Serbian team Crvena Zvezda to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cedevita (20-6) 81-66 in the ABA League on Monday night. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (25-1) is placed first in the ABA League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Kuzmic's overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 66.3%(116-175) and FT: 69.9% in 30 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Kuzmic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago.

Dejan Todorovic
Dejan Todorovic
   #4. Forward Dejan Todorovic (197-94, currently plays in Spain) could not help RETAbet BB (12-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance RETAbet BB lost 85-90 at home to the lower-ranked (#13) Blusens Monbus. Todorovic was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 steals in 29 minutes. This year Todorovic's total stats are: 4.8ppg and 2.0rpg in 26 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities. Todorovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team back in 2009.

Nikola Gajic
Nikola Gajic
   #5. International swingman Nikola Gajic (195-91, college: SF Austin, currently plays in Slovenia) led KK Primorska to a victory over the fifth-ranked LTH Castings (4-12) crushing them 87-47 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Gajic scored 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Sixt Primorska (13-3) is placed first in Places 7-12 group. Gajic has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Filip Adamovic
Filip Adamovic
   #6. Point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Craiova (8-16) crushing them 104-78 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Wednesday night. Adamovic scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (24-4) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. This year Adamovic has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 6.1apg and 2.1spg in 26 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team three years ago.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #7. International shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Cedevita in their game against Crvena Zvezda (25-1) in the ABA League. He scored 6 points. Cedevita was badly defeated 77-61 on their home court in Zagreb by the leading Crvena Zvezda. Musa has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 1.7rpg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Aleksandar Lazic
Aleksandar Lazic
   #8. Swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a Dynamic BG's victory against the closely-ranked Beovuk 72 (14-12) 99-93 in a derby game in the Serbian KLS last Wednesday. He scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Dynamic BG Beograd (20-6) is placed third in the KLS. The Regular Season already ended. Lazic has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

Alex Renfroe
Alex Renfroe
   #9. International point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) managed to help FC Barcelona Lassa to win against the 15th-ranked Zaragoza (9-19) 91-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Renfroe recorded 5 points. FC Barcelona Lassa (18-9) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. Renfroe has averaged so far 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

Jozo Brkic
Jozo Brkic
   #10. Power forward Jozo Brkic (211-86, currently plays in Croatia) helped Jolly win their game against the closely-ranked KK Split (20-4) crushing them 98-62 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. Brkic scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Jolly Jadranska Banka Sibenik (18-6) is placed third in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Brkic has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 4.7rpg in 22 games. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Brkic is also a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international small forward Mirza Bulic (207-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Magia Huesca (10-22) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Magia Huesca was defeated 86-78 on the road by the much higher-ranked Burgos (#3). Bulic was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Bulic has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help ALBA Berlin in their game against Brose Baskets in the German BBL. Kikanovic recorded 5 points. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 88-71. Kikanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5apg. Kikanovic is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Dejan Jeftic (197-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden) helped Norrkoping Dolphins win their game against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings 80-74 in the Swedish Basketligan on Thursday night. He recorded 14 points in 28 minutes. Jeftic has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg in 36 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team ten years ago.

   #14. International center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Demir IBB in their game against Istanbul BBSK in the Turkish BSL. Stipanovic scored only 4 points and added 3 passes. His team was defeated 86-79. Stipanovic has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.0apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. International forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Milwaukee Bucks in their game against the Boston Celtics in the NBA. Teletovic scored 7 points in 28 minutes. His team were badly defeated by 18 points 112-94 in the NBA. Teletovic has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 2.3rpg in 71 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

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

   #1. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) could not help Zlatorog (3-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Zlatorog (3-3) was edged in a double overtime (!!!) 77-75 on the road by the second-ranked Rogaska in the Places 1-6 group. Rizvic was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 6 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Rizvic has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.3apg.

   #2. Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88, currently plays in Slovenia) faced previously mentioned Ramo Rizvic in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last game. Djuranovic led Rogaska to a double overtime (!!!) victory against the fourth-ranked Zlatorog (3-3) 77-75. He scored 12 points, had 8 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 28 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This year Djuranovic has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2bpg and 1.2spg in 26 games he played so far.

   #3. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) led Movil Estudiantes to a victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-23) 95-90 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Movistar Estudiantesis placed second in the Liga Endesa. Suton has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #4. Dragan Bender (213-PF-97, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Phoenix Suns' victory against the Dallas Mavericks (33-49) 124-111 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Bender scored 9 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Phoenix Suns have rather weak 24-58 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Bender has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #5. Experienced Mile Ilic (215-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) led Tadamon to a victory over the fourth-ranked Champville (9-15) 86-81 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Thursday. Ilic was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 38 minutes. Tadamon Zouk (10-14) is placed third in Group B. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Ilic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.8ppg, 11.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8bpg in five games. Ilic has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities.

   #6. Dino Pita (195-G-88, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Krosno (15-15) in their last game. Despite Pita's very good performance Krosno lost 74-79 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Pita also added 3 passes in 30 minutes. Pita has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg in 16 games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Swedish.

   #7. Sead Hadzifejzovic (202-F/C-89, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in a Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj's victory against the sixth-ranked Portoroz crushing them 101-67 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Hadzifejzovic was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Hadzifejzovic has reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1spg.

   #8. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Helios in their game against Krka in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team was crushed by 24 points 89-65. Atanackovic has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1spg in 28 games. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #9. Vedran Borovcanin (200-G/F-85, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against the sixth-ranked SISU 74-61 in the Danish Ligaen in Thursday night's game. Borovcanin was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Borovcanin has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.2apg and 2.0spg.

   #10. Mirza Begic (216-C-85, currently plays in ABA League) couldn't help the league outsider one of league's weakest teams Cedevita in their game against Crvena Zvezda in the ABA League. Begic scored 6 points. His team was defeated 84-73. Begic has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1bpg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.



Division I Round 9 (Second Stage): Igokea beats Zrinjski HT in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Division I.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Mostar. First ranked Igokea faced second-best Zrinjski HT. Guests from Aleksandrovac (8-1) defeated host Zrinjski HT (5-4) 85-80. Igokea dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Zrinjski HT's 24. The best player for the winners was American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-93) who recorded 28 points. Defending champion maintains first place in I with 8-1 record. Zrinjski HT at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Igokea are looking forward to face Sloboda Tuzla (#4) at home in the next round. Zrinjski HT will play against the league's second-placed Bosna-Royal in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Kakanj (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 79-61 loss to fourth ranked Sloboda Tuzla (5-4) in Tuzla. It was a good game for American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Enes Latifagic contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Croatian swingman Zeljko Palavra (194-82) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for Kakanj. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sloboda Tuzla maintains fourth place in I with 5-4 record. Kakanj at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will play against league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kakanj will play at home against Spars Sarajevo (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Sarajevo was also quite interesting. Third ranked Bosna-Royal (6-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Spars Sarajevo (3-6). Bosna-Royal managed to secure a 4-point victory 80-76 on Saturday. Vladimir Djordjevic stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Stefan Djordjevic with 20 points. Spars Sarajevo's coach Marko Trbic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bosna-Royal moved-up to second place in I. Loser Spars Sarajevo keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Bosna-Royal will meet at home Zrinjski HT (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spars Sarajevo will play against Kakanj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Hadzici. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 10th ranked Bosnjak (2-5) to eleventh ranked Leotar (3-4) 88-86 in the game for the tenth place. Vladimir Aleksic nailed 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Leotar moved-up to tenth place in I. Bosnjak at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Leotar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Siroki Primorka (#7) in Siroki Brijeg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bosnjak will play on the road against Mladost (#9) in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 In I Mladost was defeated by Gradjanski in Bijeljina 86-80.
The best stats of 9th round was 14 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists by Milos Markovic of Gradjanski.

Liga 6
Zrinjski HT - Igokea 80-85

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Mostar. First ranked Igokea faced second-best Zrinjski HT. Guests from Aleksandrovac (8-1) defeated host Zrinjski HT (5-4) 85-80. Igokea dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Zrinjski HT's 24. The best player for the winners was American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-93) who recorded 28 points and Croatian center Ljubo Samadan (207-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Defending champion maintains first place in I with 8-1 record. Zrinjski HT at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Igokea are looking forward to face Sloboda Tuzla (#4) at home in the next round. Zrinjski HT will play against the league's second-placed Bosna-Royal in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: D.Knezevic 28+2reb+3ast, T.Brummitt 13+5reb, L.Samadan 12+5reb+3ast, B.Djurasovic 9+8reb+2ast, V.Princ 8+1reb+8ast, F.Bundovic 6+2reb
Igokea: J.Robinson 18+8reb+2ast, S.Micovic 17+5reb+3ast, D.Milosevic 16+7reb+1ast, N.Pesakovic 11+2reb, V.Radivojevic 11+5reb+3ast, M.Pasajlic 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 540883


Spars Sarajevo - Bosna-Royal 76-80

The game in Sarajevo was also quite interesting. Third ranked Bosna-Royal (6-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Spars Sarajevo (3-6). Bosna-Royal managed to secure a 4-point victory 80-76 on Saturday. Bosna-Royal dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Spars Sarajevo's 34. Vladimir Djordjevic (201) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Montenegrin center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Serbian center Stefan Djordjevic (206-89) with 20 points and Serbian guard Maksim Kovacevic (196-87) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Spars Sarajevo players scored in double figures. Spars Sarajevo's coach Marko Trbic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bosna-Royal moved-up to second place in I. Loser Spars Sarajevo keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Bosna-Royal will meet at home Zrinjski HT (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spars Sarajevo will play against Kakanj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spars Sarajevo: S.Djordjevic 20+4reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 17+5reb+2ast, Z.Jovanovic 16+1reb+6ast, I.Djukovic 11+6reb+3ast, A.Stepanovic 6+5reb, A.Zahiragic 5+3reb+3ast
Bosna-Royal: V.Djordjevic 18+6reb+3ast, M.Sturanovic 14+10reb+1ast, A.Sokolovic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Josilo 9+3reb+1ast, E.Residovic 7+2reb+2ast, L.Campara 6+3reb
gschID: 540884


Sloboda Tuzla - Kakanj 79-61

Bottom-ranked Kakanj (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 79-61 loss to fourth ranked Sloboda Tuzla (5-4) in Tuzla. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Kakanj's 22. It was a good game for American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Enes Latifagic (200-92, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Croatian swingman Zeljko Palavra (194-82) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and center Obrad Tomic (206-93) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kakanj. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sloboda Tuzla maintains fourth place in I with 5-4 record. Kakanj at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will play against league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kakanj will play at home against Spars Sarajevo (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: Z.Palavra 17+5reb+1ast, V.Svilar 11+2reb+1ast, O.Tomic 9+8reb+1ast, A.Muflizovic 9+3reb, T.Vranjes 5+3reb, D.Sakotic 3+1reb+1ast
Sloboda Tuzla: D.Brown 18+8reb+7ast, E.Latifagic 15+5reb+2ast, N.Muratovic 12+4reb, D.Petrov 9+4reb, M.Hrncic 7+2reb+1ast, E.Ahmedovic 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 540885


Places 7-13
Gradjanski - Mladost 86-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Bijeljina where 8th ranked Mladost (3-4) was defeated by ninth ranked Gradjanski (4-4) 86-80. 27 personal fouls committed by Mladost helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Serbian center Milorad Damjanac (205-82, college: S.Nazarene) accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds. Five Gradjanski players scored in double figures. Serbian point guard Milijan Bocka (185-82) came up with 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Mladost in the defeat. Mladost's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Gradjanski moved-up to eighth place in I. Mladost at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Gradjanski will have a break next round. Mladost will play at home against Bosnjak (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost: M.Bocka 19+1reb+5ast, B.Stanojevic 13+10reb+1ast, L.Markovic 11+3reb, O.Nisavic 9+1reb+2ast, D.Jotic 8+1reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 5+1ast
Gradjanski: M.Damjanac 21+5reb, D.Negovanovic 17+1reb+2ast, M.Markovic 14+16reb+5ast, N.Vukovic 13+2reb+2ast, N.Milesic 12+5reb+2ast, S.Svitlica 4+1reb
gschID: 540887


Bosnjak - Leotar 86-88

A very interesting game took place in Hadzici. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 10th ranked Bosnjak (2-5) to eleventh ranked Leotar (3-4) 88-86 in the game for the tenth place. Leotar players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. Swingman Vladimir Aleksic (198-87) nailed 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and guard Stefan Mijovic (196-95) accounted for 23 points and 6 rebounds. Four Leotar players scored in double figures. The former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Amir Dovadzija (193-84) added 11 points and 12 assists respectively for Bosnjak in the defeat. Leotar moved-up to tenth place in I. Bosnjak at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Leotar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Siroki Primorka (#7) in Siroki Brijeg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bosnjak will play on the road against Mladost (#9) in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosnjak: M.Tuljkovic 30+11reb+5ast, A.Dovadzija 11+3reb+12ast, R.Grosic 10+7reb+5ast, E.Mujic 8+2reb+1ast, S.Damjanovic 7+5ast, A.Sarajlic 6+1reb+3ast
Leotar: V.Aleksic 29+6reb+2ast, S.Mijovic 23+6reb+2ast, S.Milanovic 13+5reb+2ast, L.Radmilovic 10+2reb+4ast, B.Pelkic 9+4reb+9ast, S.Fekete 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 540886





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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. Holloway, Pinheiros18.2 
 8. Garcia, Bauru18.0 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia17.9 
 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, Pinheiros6.8 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo6.6 
 8. Andrade, Bauru6.6 
 9. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 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. Dawkins, Vitoria4.8 
 8. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 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. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 6. Bresolin, Vitoria1.6 
 7. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 8. Bennett, Pinheiros1.6 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 10. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
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. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 5. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 7. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 8. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 10. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 


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 


Augusto Lima selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Lithuania). He led Zalgiris to a victory against the closely-ranked Neptunas (18-15) 81-77 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Lima scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 17 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (30-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Lima's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 69.4%(75-108) in 29 games he played so far. Lima is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) crushing them 118-87 in the NBA last Sunday. Hilario recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets have a solid 55-27 record this season. Hilario has relatively good stats this year: 9.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 62.9%(249-396), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 59.1%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain). Hettsheimer could not help one of league's weakest teams Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 99-62 on the road by the higher-ranked (#11) UCAM Murcia. Hettsheimer scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Hettsheimer's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 3FGP: 43.5% and FT: 81.3% in 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Ex-Paschoalotto/Bauru player is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #4. Power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Philadelphia 76ers in their game against the New York Knicks (31-51) in the NBA. Despite his good performance in Wednesday night's game Splitter scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Splitter's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 2.8rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2014.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #5. Former international point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for La ICL Manresa (4-23) in their game against Movil Estudiantes (12-16) in the Spanish Liga Endesa, despite his very good performance last Sunday. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Machado also added 3 assists in 27 minutes. But the bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa lost 90-95 in Madrid to the much higher-ranked (#10) Movil Estudiantes. It was La ICL Manresa's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Machado's total stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #6. Shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Rafael Hettsheimer in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Benite contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-16) crushing them 99-62. He scored 7 points in 15 minutes. This year Benite has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg in 27 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #7. International power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Chicago Bulls to win against the Orlando Magic (29-53) crushing them 122-75 in the NBA last Monday. Felicio scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls have 41-41 record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Felicio has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 4.7rpg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Leonardo Demetrio
Leonardo Demetrio
   #8. Forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet (16-16) in their game against Barca II (12-20) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Demetrio scored 12 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Demetrio has reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg and 5.6rpg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #9. Former international center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Toronto Raptors (51-31) in their game against the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) in the NBA. Nogueira cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only one point in 1 minutes on the court. The Toronto Raptors (51-31) lost 83-97 in Milwaukee to the Bucks. Nogueira has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.6bpg in 56 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team six years ago.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #10. Small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mens Sana 1871 (13-16) in their game against Angelico Biella (23-6) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Tavernari scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The 12th-placed Mens Sana 1871 (13-16) was crushed 83-55 in Biella by the leading Angelico in the West group. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Tavernari averaged so far 10.1ppg and 4.6rpg. He is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.

   #11. Former U21 international point guard Paulinho Boracini (183-84, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Recanati in their game against Mantova in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). He scored only 4 points and added 3 assists. His team was crushed by 31 points 96-65. Boracini has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Brazilian U21 national team thirteen years ago.

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

   #1. Bruno Caboclo (206-SF-95, currently plays in NBA) led Toronto Raptors to an easy victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31) 98-83 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Caboclo scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 51-31 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Caboclo has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.3rpg.

   #2. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) could not help Ryukyu GK (25-28) in their last game. Despite Hatano's good performance the third-placed Ryukyu GK (25-28) was edged 90-87 at home by the leading Aishin Sea Horses in the West group. He recorded 10 points in 20 minutes. It was Ryukyu GK's third consecutive loss in a row. Hatano has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.6rpg in 51 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese. Despite Hatano's Brazilian passport, he previously played for the Japanese U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #3. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo in a victory against the ninth-ranked Palma (17-15) 83-69 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Dos Anjos scored 5 points in 16 minutes. Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (21-11) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1bpg in 30 games.

   #4. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to help Guifoes (9-10) in their last game. Despite Ribeiro's good performance his team was crushed 81-57 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Sanjoanense in the Places 9-16 group. He was the second best scorer with 10 points in 21 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Ribeiro has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 3.8rpg in 24 games.

   #5. Or Plavnik (202-F/C-92, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Hasharon (5-21) 106-87 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Hapoel Migdal Haemek (10-16) is placed third in Play-Downs group. Plavnik has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Israeli.

   #6. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked CFBB crushing them 85-52 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Faroux scored only 3 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 28 minutes. Faroux has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg in 30 games. He has both Brazilian and French nationalities.



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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Dee Bost selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). He led Monaco to a victory over the fifth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (19-9) 85-73 in the French ProA in Sunday night's game. Bost was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (25-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Bost's first season with the team. Bost has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 42.8%, 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 82.8% in 28 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Bost is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help Kalev/Cramo (5-18) in their last game. Despite Mirkovic's very good performance the 11th-placed Kalev/Cramo (5-18) lost 75-86 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) Lokomotiv in the group A of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Mirkovic also added 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 34 minutes. It was Kalev/Cramo's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Mirkovic has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.8apg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 85.7% in six games. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Bulgarian. Former Rilski Sportlist Samokov starter played for the Bulgarian national team in 2013.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). Ivanov was not able to help Yesilgiresun Bld (9-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Yesilgiresun Bld was edged 89-86 in Istanbul by the much higher-ranked Galatasaray (#3). Ivanov recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Ivanov has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 75.9%. He played for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Aleks Simeonov
Aleks Simeonov
   #4. Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in Gipuzkoa's victory against the eighth-ranked Melilla Baloncesto (18-14) 78-76 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. Simeonov was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points in a mere 19 minutes. RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (23-9) is placed first in the LEB Gold. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Simeonov's overall stats are: 6.4ppg and 3.4rpg in 30 games. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #5. Former international point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a 3-point Khimki's victory against the eighth-ranked Astana (9-15) 90-87 in the VTB United League on Monday night. Rowland scored 10 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). BC Khimki Moscow Region (18-5) is placed third in group A. His team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Rowland's stats this season are: 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Rowland used to play for the Bulgarian national team six years ago. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #6. Power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Tofas' victory against the league outsider TED Kolejliler (2-24) 85-75 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Ivanov scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Tofas Bursa (11-15) is placed ninth in the BSL. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Ivanov's stats this year are: 11.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.3apg in 25 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team four years ago.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #7. Former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an Istanbul BBSK's victory against the closely-ranked Demir IBB (8-18) 86-79 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Calloway scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi (10-16) is placed tenth in the BSL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Calloway averaged so far 10.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team seven years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #8. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Mirkovic. But that was another game of his team in Estonian Alexela KML which we would like to mention. Simmons contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Rakvere (9-23) crushing them 89-67. He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (29-3) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Simmons' total stats are: 9.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg in 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2012. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #9. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for BM Slam Stal (20-10) in their game against PGE Turow (17-13) in the Polish PLK. Nikolov recorded 9 points. But BM Slam Stal was crushed 97-74 in Zgorzelec by the lower-ranked PGE Turow (#8). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Nikolov averages: 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #10. Small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Pitesti (11-17) in their last game. Despite Marinov's very good performance Pitesti (#6) was crushed 84-61 in Bucuresti by the higher-ranked (#3) Steaua CSM in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 20 points in 34 minutes. Marinov averaged so far 14.3ppg, 4.4rpg and 3.9apg in 33 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. U18 international forward Yordan Minchev (202-98, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Vrsac's victory against the seventh-ranked Tamis 80-69 in the Serbian KLS in Wednesday night's game. Minchev scored 7 points in 15 minutes. Minchev has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.9rpg in eight games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian U18 national team.

   #12. International center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yokohama BC (15-38) in their last game. Despite his good performance Yokohama BC (#6) were edged 76-73 in Hamamatsu by the second-ranked Sanen Neophoenix in the Central group. Washburn recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Washburn has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg in 44 games. Washburn is a naturalized American. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. International shooting guard Chavdar Kostov (195-88, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kymis in their game against Olympiacos in the Greek A1. He scored 6 points. His team was crushed by 48 points 93-45. Kostov has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 2.9rpg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. Former international forward Sim Iliev (204-89, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Furstenfeld Panthers in their game against Vienna in the Austrian A Bundesliga, despite his very good performance last Monday. Iliev was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. But his team lost 66-78. Iliev averaged so far 14.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.9apg in 31 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

   #15. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Szedeak in their game against Kaposvari in the Hungarian A Division. Lilov recorded 7 points in 36 minutes. His team lost 66-70. Lilov has very impressive stats this year: 19.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.7apg and 1.6spg in 30 games. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) could not help Ventspils (27-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Deane's very good performance the league leader Ventspils was crushed 87-66 on the road by the lower-ranked Jekabpils (#3). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Deane also added 4 assists. The Regular Season already ended. This season Deane averages: 9.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Balkan League) was not able to help Kumanovo (5-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Karadzovski's good performance Kumanovo was crushed 84-55 in Stara Zagora by the higher-ranked Beroe (#5). He was the top scorer with 14 points. Karadzovski also added 3 assists. Karadzovski has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #3. Boris Matrakov (195-G-93, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Leeds Force (8-24) crushing them 92-61 in the British BBL last Friday. Matrakov scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Glasgow Rocks (19-11) is placed third in the BBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Matrakov has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.1rpg.

   #4. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) contributed to an Cholet Basket's surprising victory against the third-ranked JSF Nanterre (19-9) crushing them 85-54 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. Evtimov scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Cholet Basket (10-18) is placed 14th in the ProA. Evtimov averaged so far 10.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.7apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #5. Musa Gunes (201-C-85, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Istanbulspor Beylikduzu to win against the 15th-ranked Duzce Belediye (10-23) crushing them 90-63 in the Turkish TBL (second division) last Saturday. Gunes scored only 2 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Istanbulspor Beylikduzu (20-13) is placed seventh in the TBL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Gunes has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.5rpg. He has both Bulgarian and Turkish nationalities.



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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





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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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Marco Buljevic leaves Schalke - by Eurobasket News

30-year old naturalized Croatian guard Marco Buljevic (197-88kg-87) left ProB newcomer FC Schalke 04. In 20 ProB games he recorded 6.7ppg and 1.2rpg this season.
The last season Buljevic played at ETB Wohnbau (ProA) where in 28 games he averaged 8.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.1apg.
His team won German Bundesliga Regular Season in 2010.
Buljevic was a member of German U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
He has played previously for five other teams: Giessen 46ers, Licher Basket, EWE Baskets, Ehingen/Urspringschule and Urspring.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Marco Buljevic is a multi-talented swing man with an excellent attitude and work ethic. Add a sweet stroke and its easy to understand why Marco is considered one of the best young talents in all of German basketball. With good athletic ability and great insticts he is able to create open looks on offense and guard his opponent on defense. Marco posesses very sound fundamentals.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Germany



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LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Esteban MARTINEZ
  Santiago
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Martinez, Santiago28.4 
 2. Boffil, Villa Clara23.9 
 3. Oliva, Pinar del Rio18.9 
 4. Pons, Guantanamo18.5 
 5. Guzman, Capitalinos17.4 
 6. Molina, Matanzas15.9 
 7. Granda, Ciego d.15.5 
 8. Abreu, Villa Clara15.2 
 9. Rivero, Capitalinos15.2 
 10. Guerra, Guantanamo14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 9
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara9.0 
 2. Reyes, Ciego de Avila9.0 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago7.1 
 4. Tito, Guantanamo6.2 
 5. Garcia, Matanzas6.1 
 6. Alorda, Capitalinos6.1 
 7. Pons, Guantanamo5.7 
 8. Siria, Santiago5.6 
 9. Perez, Villa Clara5.6 
 10. Font, Capitalinos5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.3.7 
 2. Heredia, Santiago3.6 
 3. Abreu, Villa Clara3.6 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio2.6 
 5. Martinez, Ciego d.2.4 
 6. Deschapelles, Matan.2.2 
 7. Soltero, Capitalinos2.2 
 8. Molina, Matanzas2.2 
 9. Boffil, Villa Clara2.0 
 10. Francis, Camaguey1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Osmel OLIVA
  Pinar del Rio
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Oliva, Pinar del Rio4.5 
 2. Guerra, Guantanamo4.5 
 3. Monterrey, Pinar d.4.5 
 4. Perez, Villa Clara4.4 
 5. Boffil, Villa Clara4.1 
 6. Deschapelles, Matan.4.1 
 7. Soria, Guantanamo4.1 
 8. Martinez, Ciego d.3.9 
 9. Heredia, Santiago3.8 
 10. Baldo, Camaguey3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Abel FONT
  Capitalinos
  (206-C-97)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Font, Capitalinos1.8 
 2. Cubillas, Villa Clara1.8 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.4 
 4. Quintana, Pinar d.1.0 
 5. Castellanos, Ciego d.0.9 
 6. Garcia, Matanzas0.8 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara0.7 
 8. Soria, Guantanamo0.6 
 9. Romero, Villa Clara0.6 
 10. Coutin, Capitalinos0.6 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.4 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha17.6 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Thompson, Usti n.14.8 
 8. Skinner, BK Kolin14.7 
 9. Pecka, Usti n.14.3 
 10. Bakic, BK Kolin14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.2 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.9.1 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy7.4 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 8. Bohacik, USK Praha6.6 
 9. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 10. Kremen, MMCITE B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava5.8 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.5 
 5. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Kouril, BK Opava4.7 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 9. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.4 
 2. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 3. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 4. Sirina, BK Opava2.1 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 6. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 7. Smithson, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 9. Slezak, Svitavy1.7 
 10. Necas, BK Pardubice1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.0.7 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Pardu.0.6 
 10. Roseboro, Svitavy0.6 



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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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  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. Olmre, TTU16.0 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.9 
 7. Seskus, Parnu15.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas15.7 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
 10. Strupovics, Valga14.0 
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. Raadik, Valga6.3 
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. Veideman, Kalev/Cr.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. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 8. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 10. Post, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mickell GLADNESS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 2. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 3. Lips, Tarvas0.8 
 4. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 6. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 7. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 8. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 9. Kok, Rapla0.6 
 10. Saks, TL.0.6 


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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  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.17.8 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.7 
 7. Bryant, Kataja B.17.0 
 8. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 9. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.1 
 10. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
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. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 10. Williams, Salon V.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.1 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 7. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 8. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 9. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.1 
 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. Nelson, Pyrinto1.4 
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 2 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Helsinki Seagulls and Kauhajoki - by Eurobasket News

Helsinki Seagulls - Kataja Basket 93-87

Helsinki Seagulls held off Kataja to draw things level in the series. Joensuun Kataja was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 27-15 third quarter run of Helsinki Seagulls. The former international point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 assists. American swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ilari Seppala (188-93) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Darryl Bryant (185-90, college: W.Virginia) added 16 points and 7 assists in the effort for Joensuun Kataja. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: A.Nikkarinen 25+1reb+8ast, R.Cowels III 22+5reb+1ast, J.Conley 12+9reb+5ast, G.Lee 12+3reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 12+8reb, D.Upson 7+2reb+2ast
Kataja Basket: I.Seppala 23+5reb+1ast, R.Brown 17+5reb+4ast, D.Bryant 16+4reb+7ast, J.Bradley 14+7reb, K.Bristol 10+3reb, V.Makalainen 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544038


Kauhajoki - Salon Vilpas 82-78

Kauhajoki overcame Salon Vilpas to gain the first win in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-16. But Salon Vilpas won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kauhajoen Karhu won last quarter 22-20. The best player for the winners was American forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Guard Michael Pounds (189-88) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and Matias Ojala (199-89) added 14 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: D.Giles 19+5reb+4ast, A.Hollins 12+6reb+2ast, B.Sarcevic 11+7reb+6ast, T.Unruh 11+1reb+3ast, S.Vanttaja 9+2reb, D.Washington 8+8reb
Salon Vilpas: M.Pounds 19+6reb+3ast, M.Ojala 14+4reb+2ast, J.Staten 10+1reb+2ast, M.Koivisto 9+2reb+1ast, B.Edwards 8+11reb+1ast, A.Coleman 8+7reb+3ast
gschID: 544037





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  FRANCE  


French NM1 round 33 best performance: Vyacheslav Bobrov - by Eurobasket News

Ukrainian Forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-F-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Quimper, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, nine rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush St Vallier (#11, 16-17) with 19-point margin 91-72. Quimper maintains the 2nd position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quimper will need more victories to improve their 23-10 record. In the team's last game Bobrov had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Quimper's top player in his first season with the team. Vyacheslav Bobrov averages this season 12.2ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Lorient. Craion had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Lorient to another comfortable win outscoring CFBB (#18, 0-33) 85-52. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Lorient managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-18 record. Craion is a newcomer at Lorient, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#3). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-PF-85) of Vitre (#16). Quincy-Jones scored 26 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Quincy-Jones' great performance Vitre lost 97-102 to the higher-ranked Caen (#1, 26-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Vitre not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Quincy-Jones could try to bring Vitre's a little bit higher in the standings. Quincy-Jones has a very solid season. In 27 games in France he scored 11.7ppg. He also has 7.0rpg and FGP: 52.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Thomas Cornely (190-G-91) of Caen - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Lourdes - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Demarco Cox (203-C-90) of Challans - 18 points and 15 rebounds
7. Jerrold Brooks (183-PG-91) of ALS Basket - 32 points and 6 assists
8. Xane d'Almeida (181-PG-83) of Lourdes - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists
9. Marquise Simmons (203-PF-89) of Orchies - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Justas Sinica (203-F-85) of Caen - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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 .17.1 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA16.3 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.16.1 
 6. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 7. Odum, Wuerzburg15.6 
 8. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.6 
 9. Lewis, Bayreuth15.4 
 10. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.5 
 2. Eatherton, Goett.7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.7 
 6. Marei, Bayreuth6.7 
 7. Knight, Jena6.5 
 8. McGhee, Walter T.6.4 
 9. Searcy, Vechta6.4 
 10. Rubit, Ratiopharm6.2 
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. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.0 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.9 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.8 
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. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 7. Anderson, Bayreuth1.7 
 8. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 9. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.7 
 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. Gaffney, ALBA0.8 
 9. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Williams, Kirchheim18.8 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Warren, MBC17.1 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 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. Lawson, Chemnitz6.9 
 8. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 9. Kronhardt, Kirch.6.7 
 10. Watts, Oettinge.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Love, Kirchheim7.1 
 2. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.8 
 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, Kirchheim2.4 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 7. Tiggs, Crailsheim1.8 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.6 
 9. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
 10. Zazai, MBC1.6 
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 


Richard Freudenberg Watches The Fraport Skyliners Three Point Crunch Time Party Overpower Science City Jena 69-61 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The highlight for Easter for any child is too be able to go into the yard and explore and hunt for those chocolate easter eggs that are already melting in their mouth, but if you are an old school BBL basketball fan in Frankfurt the gigantic highlight on Easter Monday is entering the Fraport arena and seeing two real professional basketball dinosaurs playing together and still playing the game they love with Julius Jenkins and Immanuel Mcelroy. Which one of these BBL legends would come away with the most chocolate eggs if they would have a contest is difficult to determine, but it would definitely be a very competitive match. You obviously cant compare these two BBL veterans to future NBA legends, but their longevity, importance and play in the German BBL can be compared to the likes of the Lebron's and Melo's of the league. These two BBL players just keep coming back and don't want to retire. Jenkins is 36 and Mcelroy is 37 and still going strong. Their longevity speaks for itself as combined they have played up to this season a total of 630 BBL games and 201 international club games and share 10 titles between them. The massive experience doesn't end there as there is also Wayne Bernard who rounds out the trio as he is 35 and is only playing his 5th BBL season but 9th straight season in Germany and can boast 136 BBL games going into this season. Jenkins and Mcelroy have been BBL identity figures for over 10 years and it will be a sad day in German basketball when these two retire, so there were probably quite a few Skyliner fans that were hoping that this wasn't their last appearance in Frankfurt. However the Frankfurt fans only had Immanuel Mcelroy to observe as Julius Jenkins was out with an injury and saw how Science City Jena dominated in the first half, but fell apart in the second half as a hot shooting Jenkins was dearly missed as they lost 69-61. After the defeat, Mcelroy was stretching his sore muscles and if his words of retirement were really genuine after the loss was hard to tell, but if he keeps battling guys like Quantez Robertson on a regular basis who make him go to his limit then this might have been his last game in Frankfurt. 'It is always fun to play against a competitor like Robertson who does everything on the court. I respect him a lot and how he competes at both ends of the court', stressed ex Alba Berlin guard Immanuel Mcelroy. For Quantez Robertson, it is no different in that he is only 4 years younger than Mcelroy, but has had numerous battles with the ex Braunschweig player over the years. 'It is always fun to play against him, because he competes at both ends of the court. We both know each others moves well and try to trick the other one', stressed ex Auburn star Quantez Robertson.

A little side note to the game was that big German18 year old talent Richard Freudenberg attended the game with his new agent Ademola Okulaja who also represents NBA player Dennis Schroeder, Bamberg forward Daniel Theis and Fraport Skyliner Niklas Kiel and was taking in the game getting an impression of the team on the court. It has been rumored recently that the ex St Johns forward who played 26 NCAA games last season averaging 1,3ppg and 1,3rpg might sign with the Fraport Skyliners. Nothing official has come from the club about the future of Freudenberg who played for NBA legend Chris Mullin last season at St Johns, but with everyone smiling and seeming happy, it must only be a matter of time before a positive decision will be made. The German already made an impression with young fans in the Fraport arena as with 33 seconds to play two very young kids no older than 12 journeyed over to the big 206cm German and requested a foto opportunity and the blond haired German seemed embarrassed and shocked that someone even recognized him. Young Fraport Skyliner Isaac Bonga knew who Freudenberg is and already gave his stamp of approval for the young kid. 'Freudenberg is a good kid. I would be happy to be able to play with him if he came here', smiled Isaac Bonga. Both teams came into the game having recently lost their top scorers as Frankfurt's Shavon Shields left to finish the season with playoff team Dolomiti Energia Trento (Italy-Serie A) while Science City Jena's guard Marcos Knight fled for the dough in Spain for Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Spain-Liga Endesa). It was a tale of two halves as Science City Jena were fabulous in the first half, but stunk up the arena in the second half caving in in crunch time allowing a Frankfurt three point fest. 'We didn't play well in the first half and came out more focused in the second half. Coach was angry at us at the break. He tore a new butt hole in us. We started to rebound and shoot better and just found the open man better', stressed Quantez Robertson. 'Frankfurt got back in the game in the third quarter as they took advantage of our turnovers and got easy buckets. They were more aggressive in the second half and came back from 14. At the end, we missed some easy lay ups and free throws and they made three's', added ex Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule forward Julius Wolf.

The Fraport Skyliners found their rhythm quickly in the first quarter jumping out to a 9-4 lead where they were sharing the ball and with the playoffs out of reach head coach Gordon Herbert was able to focus more on giving the young Germans playing time and they scored the first nine points. Niklas Kiel set the tone early displaying his trusty inside out game nailing a trey and battling to the hoop in the paint for an easy lay up.17 year old German wunderkind Isaac Bonga was inserted early and made a difficult long rebound and used his unending wing span of 2.19 making the put back. However Science City Jena never gave up and began to claw their way back slowly and got command of the game closing out the first quarter with an annoying 15-4 run to lead 19-13. In the run, Science City Jena got very stable production from 5 players as they also were able to spread the ball around and get sufficient production from many different faces. Mcelroy nailed a three pointer as did California native Wayne Bernard and 27 year old Ermen Reyes-Naploes who had to toil 8 years in the Pro A with Science City Jena before returning back to the BBL where he got his first experience as a 16 year old in the 2007-2008 season. The club also did damage inside as ex Trier forward Oliver Clay scored as did 206cm ex Memphis (NCAA) forward Shaquille Goodman. 'We were the more aggressive team, moved the ball well and hit our shots', stressed Immanueel Mcelroy. Science City Jena shot 44% from the field and 33% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners shot 29% from the field and 14% from outside. Both teams had nine rebounds a piece and Frankfurt had five turnovers and Science City Jena had four turnovers.

In the second quarter, Science City had their strongest 10 minutes of basketball as they outscored the Fraport Skyliners 20-12 and led by as much as 17 points. Science City Jena stopped Frankfurt's first five possessions and were only able to get 5 points out of it. It was ex Nurnberg Pro A player Stephan Haukohl who delivered all the points being very active inside. Science City Jena continued to be lethal on offense going on a destructive 8-2 run to extend their lead to 32-17. The Germans continued to be unstoppable as they continued to score and had scored the teams first 13 points of the second quarter as Reyes Naploes and Wolf supplied trey's and Haukohl hit over Agva. The only place where Frankfurt could score from was the free throw line as Max Merz connected twice, but from everywhere else Frankfurt couldn't hit the ocean. Despite another Bernard three pointer, Frankfurt wasn't totally washed away as they got some much needed clutch back to back three's from Finish national player Shawn Huff. However Frankfurt couldn't prevent a mini 4-0 Science City Jena run in the last minute as Wolf and Haukohl secured free throws leading 39-25 at half-time. 'We moved the ball better on offense and continued to hit shots and on defense mixing it up between zone and man to man', added ex Cologne guard Immanuel Mcelroy. Science City Jena shot 52% from the field and 46% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners shot 26% from the field and 25% from the three point line. Science City Jena had the 18-16 rebound edge, but 10 turnovers while Frankfurt had nine turnovers.

In the third quarter, the Fraport Skyliners finally started to play Skyliner basketball letting their defense dictate the game which carried their offense. It did take a few minutes before they displayed their good basketball as Science City Jena stopped Frankfurt's first four possessions, but were already getting hit by the more aggressive and structured Frankfurt defense getting only two points on free throws by Mcelroy and Clay to extend their lead to 41-25. The Fraport Skyliners then slowly made their comeback run going on a 18-5 run to cut the Science City Jena lead to 46-43. In the run, Frankfurt got a lot of support from Huff who brought it at both ends of the floor getting a steal and lay in and hitting a three. Frankfurt also got big minutes from the bench from Bonga who continued to get more minutes and a feel for the BBL as he made a steal and went coast to coast for the lay in and also hit a 15 footer. At the end of the afternoon, Bonga brought 17 minutes to his stat sheet scoring eight points and grabbing four rebounds. It was without a doubt his breakout game in the BBL. 'I have an advantage against the smaller guards and can match up better against the bigger guys. I think I did a good job using my strengths and giving the team what it needed at that time', stressed Isaac Bonga. Frankfurt also got two buckets inside from Robertson as it seems like whenever they need production inside just give the ball to Tez and he will do the rest. Frankfurt also got a trey from A.J. English (192-G-92, college: Iona) who had put up the big goose egg in the first half. After a pretty Clay fade away over Robertson using the mismatching perfectly of 20 centimeters, Bonga made another bucket using his speed inside and Huff made free throws, but still trailed 49-47. 'We became more aggressive on defense and got deflections and in the passing lanes and used the open court to get baskets. Bonga was also a spark off the bench attacking the rim nicely', added Quantez Robertson. 'Frankfurt was more aggressive and our turnovers grew and we couldn't hit free throws', stressed Immanuel Mcelroy. Science City Jena shot 42% from the field and 38% from the parking lot as the Fraport Skyliners shot 35% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the slight 27-26 rebound edge and 12 turnovers while the guests had 15 turnovers. The Fraport Skyliners continued to bang at Science City Jena's back door letting them know that they were there and threatening them in the fourth quarter. English got Frankfurt it's first lead since the first quarter with a floater, but that was quickly erased as Mcelroy dropped a trey to give Science City Jena the lead back at 52-50. Florida native Mike Morrison who had been quiet on the afternoon made a pretty left handed shot to tie the score at 52-52. Then it seemed like the momentum was shifting back in favor of Science City Jena as they made three stops, but could only get four point out of three trips to the free throw line leading 56-52. Then with 3,43 minutes to play came the turning point of the game as the Fraport Skyliners suddenly went on a furious shooting rant shocking Science City Jena with a back breaking 14-1 run to gain the lead back at 66-57 and deciding the game. Frankfurt got four clutch three's as English nailed two making nine points in the destruction and Robertson and Huff also connected. 'English was key making two three's and also did a good job giving other guys open looks', added Quantez Robertson. 'Turnovers and missed fre throws cost us the game at the end and they made their shots', added Immanuel Mcelroy. Bernard did connect on a trey at the end, but it was too late English and Robertson closed out the win with free throws. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Shawn Huff with 16 points. A.J. English added 15 points and Quantez Robertson was his usual self filling up the stat sheet with 14 points, nine boards, four assists and two steals. Science City Jena was led by Immanuel Mcelroy with 10 points, five rebounds and six assists. The Fraport Skyliners shot 36% from the field and 33% from outside while Science City Jena shot 38% from the field and 35% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 38-35 and had 16 turnovers while Science City Jena coughed up the ball 20 times.




BBL Round 31: BBC Bayreuth loses to lower ranked EWE Baskets - 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.

Round 31 most important game was a victory of EWE Baskets over 4th placed BBC Bayreuth 83-64 on Saturday night. EWE Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) contributed with 6 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. The former international center Andreas Seiferth (209-89) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds for BBC Bayreuth. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. EWE Baskets (16-13) moved-up to seventh place. BBC Bayreuth at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. EWE Baskets are looking forward to face higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Bayreuth will play against Giessen 46ers and is hoping to win this game.
BBL top team - ratiopharm Ulm (28-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Giessen 46ers (15-14) 72-63. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Giessen 46ers. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. Augustine Rubit helped adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side forward Dwayne Evans (201-92, college: St.Louis) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Giessen 46ers' coach Ingo Freyer rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ratiopharm Ulm maintains first place with 28-1 record. Giessen 46ers at the other side keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#10) in Frankfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giessen 46ers will play on the road against BBC Bayreuth and hope to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between EnBW Ludwigsburg (15-15) and BG Goettingen (11-18), which took place in Goettingen. Higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg lost to twelfth ranked BG Goettingen in a road game 75-84 on Monday. American players dominated also this game. It was an exceptional evening for Jesse Sanders who led the winners and scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Jack Cooley came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the defeat. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BG Goettingen moved-up to eleventh place. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. BG Goettingen will meet higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against Walter Tigers and hope to secure a win.
Another upset was a game between Telekom Baskets (17-12) and Braunschweig (6-23), which took place in Braunschweig. Higher ranked Telekom Baskets lost to sixteenth ranked Braunschweig in a road game 84-92. Dyshawn Pierre fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Braunschweig maintains sixteenth place with 6-23 record. Defending champion Telekom Baskets keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Braunschweig's next round opponent will be higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#15) in Wuerzburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta (2-27) and third ranked Bayern Muenchen (26-3) in Vechta on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Muenchen outscored SC Rasta Vechta 101-57. It was a very good performance for Maik Zirbes who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain third place with 26-3 record having just two points less than leader Ratiopharm. SC Rasta Vechta lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 27 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will face EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg in the next round. SC Rasta Vechta will play on the road against Science City Jena (#12) and hope to win that game.

Other games in round 31 were not that significant. Jena was beaten by Fraport SKY on the road 69-61. Brose Bask. won against ALBA on its own court 88-71. Bremerhaven unfortunately lost to Wuerzburg in a road game 85-92.

Goettingen - Ludwigsburg 84-75

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between EnBW Ludwigsburg (15-15) and BG Goettingen (11-18), which took place in Goettingen. Higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg lost to twelfth ranked BG Goettingen in a road game 75-84 on Monday. BG Goettingen made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American players dominated also this game. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Jesse Sanders (190-89, college: Liberty) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) accounted for 8 points, 10 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Roderick Trice (185-84, college: S.Carolina) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BG Goettingen moved-up to eleventh place. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. BG Goettingen will meet higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against Walter Tigers and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: J.Sanders 14+5reb+5ast, B.Veikalas 14+4reb+2ast, A.Waleskowski 12+2reb+2ast, D.Carter 11+6reb+2ast, S.Eatherton 9+4reb, M.Monninghoff 8+3reb+2ast
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 20+10reb, R.Trice 12+4reb+4ast, J.Thiemann 10+3reb, C.Hammonds 10+1reb+4ast, D.Crawford 9+1reb, B.Loesing 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 528799


Braunschweig - Telekom Bsk 92-84

Another upset was a game between Telekom Baskets (17-12) and Braunschweig (6-23), which took place in Braunschweig. Higher ranked Telekom Baskets lost to sixteenth ranked Braunschweig in a road game 84-92. Braunschweig made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Braunschweig players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) chipped in 12 points, 7 assists and 5 steals (made all of his nine free throws !!!). American power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Braunschweig maintains sixteenth place with 6-23 record. Defending champion Telekom Baskets keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Braunschweig's next round opponent will be higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#15) in Wuerzburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Braunschweig: D.Pierre 21+12reb+4ast, G.Groselle 17+4reb, T.Schwartz 12+3reb+3ast, S.Theis 12+1reb, C.Medlock 12+3reb+7ast, J.Boykin 6+3reb
Telekom Bsk: J.Gamble 22+5reb+1ast, K.Horton 16+7reb, J.Mayo 14+2reb+6ast, T.DiLeo 14+2reb+3ast, F.Barovic 6+4reb, Y.Polas Bartolo 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 528798


Fraport SKY - Jena 69-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners' (13-17) home victory over 11th ranked Science City Jena (10-18) in Frankfurt 69-61 on Monday. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for guard Quantez Robertson (188-84, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard AJ English (192-92, college: Iona) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Robertson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Immanuel McElroy (194-80, college: Cincinnati) answered with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Science City Jena. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains tenth place with 13-17 record. Science City Jena lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face league's leader ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Science City Jena will play against SC Rasta Vechta (#17) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: S.Huff 16+4reb, A.English 15+5reb+4ast, Q.Robertson 14+9reb+4ast, I.Bonga 8+4reb, M.Morrison 7+7reb, N.Kiel 5+2reb
Jena: I.McElroy 10+5reb+6ast, S.Haukohl 9+6reb, W.Bernard 9+5reb+4ast, J.Wolf 9+1reb, O.Clay 7+4reb+3ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 528797


Vechta - B.Muenchen 57-101

The game between 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta (2-27) and third ranked Bayern Muenchen (26-3) in Vechta on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Muenchen outscored SC Rasta Vechta 101-57. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to SC Rasta Vechta's 22 and made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded SC Rasta Vechta 43-19 including a 37-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Bayern Muenchen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by SC Rasta Vechta's players. SC Rasta Vechta was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international center Maik Zirbes (208-90, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. American center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) answered with 14 points and American-Albanian point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points in the effort for SC Rasta Vechta. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain third place with 26-3 record having just two points less than leader Ratiopharm. SC Rasta Vechta lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 27 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will face EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg in the next round. SC Rasta Vechta will play on the road against Science City Jena (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: M.Zirbes 18+10reb+1ast, N.Djedovic 17+3reb+2ast, D.Booker 15+6reb+3ast, R.Redding 10+4reb+6ast, V.Lucic 10+2reb+3ast, D.Barthel 8+6reb+3ast
Vechta: F.Gaines 14+2reb, R.Broadus 11+1reb+3ast, K.Abif 7, D.Allen 7+2reb+3ast, M.Ehambe 6+4reb+2ast, C.Standhardinger 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 528796


Brose Bask. - ALBA 88-71

Rather expected game when 5th ranked ALBA Berlin (18-12) lost to second ranked Brose Baskets (27-3) in Bamberg 71-88 on Sunday. Brose Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to ALBA Berlin's 24. It was a great shooting night for Brose Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. ALBA Berlin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for French Fabien Causeur (195-87) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. International Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) answered with 21 points (made all of his eight free throws) and the other American import forward Malcolm Miller (200-93, college: Holy Cross) added 12 points in the effort for ALBA Berlin. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Brose Baskets. Defending champion maintains second place with 27-3 record behind leader Ratiopharm. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Brose Baskets will have a break next round. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: D.Theis 16+5reb+1ast, N.Melli 14+4reb, F.Causeur 13+6reb+4ast, N.Zisis 11+2reb+5ast, L.Radosevic 10+3reb+2ast, D.Miller 8+2reb+3ast
ALBA: G.Robinson 21+2reb+2ast, M.Miller 12+1reb+1ast, T.Gaffney 7+5reb, D.Milosavljevic 7+1reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 7+2reb+1ast, E.Atsur 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 528795


Ratiopharm - Giessen 46ers 72-63

BBL top team - ratiopharm Ulm (28-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Giessen 46ers (15-14) 72-63. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Giessen 46ers. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. Forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) helped adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side forward Dwayne Evans (201-92, college: St.Louis) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Cameron Wells (186-88, college: Citadel) scored 17 points. Giessen 46ers' coach Ingo Freyer rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ratiopharm Ulm maintains first place with 28-1 record. Giessen 46ers at the other side keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#10) in Frankfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giessen 46ers will play on the road against BBC Bayreuth and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: C.Babb 22+2reb, A.Rubit 13+8reb, C.Prather 10+3reb+2ast, R.Morgan 8+6reb+2ast, K.Tadda 5+1reb+1ast, T.Braun 4+4reb+2ast
Giessen 46ers: D.Evans 20+11reb, C.Wells 17+3reb+2ast, J.Saibou 6+2reb+1ast, A.Obst 5+2reb+1ast, J.Sears 4+5reb+1ast, J.Manigat 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 528794


Wuerzburg - Bremerhaven 92-85

There was a small surprise when fifteenth ranked s Oliver Baskets (8-21) won against 13th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (10-19) in Wuerzburg 92-85 on Saturday. s Oliver Baskets made 32-of-37 free shots (86.5 percent) during the game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Quite impressive performance for Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: HMS) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Jake Odum (193-91, college: Indiana St.) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and guard Karvel Anderson (188-91, college: Robert Morris) added 18 points in the effort for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. s Oliver Baskets maintains fifteenth place with 8-21 record. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will face Braunschweig (#16) in Braunschweig in the next round.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: B.Lane 21+3reb, L.Ulmer 20+6reb+5ast, J.Odum 20+3reb+3ast, M.Ugrai 12+1reb+2ast, V.Sanford 9+2reb+6ast, M.Cobbins 6+3reb+1ast
Bremerhaven: I.Elliott 18+9reb+3ast, K.Anderson 18+4reb+3ast, W.Austin 14+3reb, L.Wendt 10+1reb+7ast, N.Aleksandrov 7+1reb, H.Kamp 6+2reb
gschID: 528793


EWE Baskets - Bayreuth 83-64

Round 31 most important game was a victory of EWE Baskets over 4th placed BBC Bayreuth 83-64 on Saturday night. EWE Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) contributed with 6 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. The former international center Andreas Seiferth (209-89) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for BBC Bayreuth. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. EWE Baskets (16-13) moved-up to seventh place. BBC Bayreuth at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. EWE Baskets are looking forward to face higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Bayreuth will play against Giessen 46ers and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: B.Qvale 21+5reb, R.Paulding 16+4reb+1ast, P.Schwethelm 11+2reb+1ast, F.Massenat 11+3reb+9ast, M.De Zeeuw 9+4reb+1ast, V.Duggins 7+1reb+2ast
Bayreuth: A.Seiferth 12+6reb+2ast, D.Brooks 11+6reb, J.Lewis 11+3reb+2ast, A.Marei 6+5reb+1ast, R.Amaize 6+2reb+1ast, S.Wachalski 6+2reb
gschID: 528792





ProA Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Kirchheim and Chemnitz complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Kirchheim - Heidelberg 77-66

Kirchheim topped Heidelberg to advance into the semifinal stage. Kirchheim Knights outrebounded MLP Academics Heidelberg 45-31 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American Seth Hinrichs (201-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals. Four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. Center Phillipp Heyden (206-88) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian point guard Hrvoje Kovacevic (190-86) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: S.Hinrichs 20+9reb+3ast, J.Williams 16+8reb+2ast, A.Kronhardt 14+10reb+4ast, C.Love 13+6reb+12ast, B.Wenzel 8+3reb, T.Koch 4+4reb+1ast
Heidelberg: P.Heyden 20+5reb+1ast, H.Kovacevic 9+5reb+6ast, S.Ely 8+4reb+3ast, V.Hall 8+2reb, A.Kuppe 7+4reb, D.White 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 544443


Chemnitz - Trier 75-67

Chemnitz outgunned visiting Trier to punch their next round tickets. Chemnitz made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Chemnitz outrebounded Gladiators 41-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Gladiators helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Virgil Matthews (190-83, college: Montana) chipped in 14 points. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Chemnitz players scored in double figures. Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (201-83, college: Richmond) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91, college: Hawaii) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Gladiators' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: V.Matthews 14+4reb+3ast, J.Lawson 13+13reb+3ast, C.Carter 10+7reb+2ast, M.Fleischmann 10+7reb, M.Ziegenhagen 8+2reb+3ast, C.Bradshaw 7+1reb+3ast
Trier: B.Spearman 17+5reb+1ast, J.Bucknor 16+5reb+3ast, T.Gruen 13+3reb+2ast, S.Schmitz 7+2reb, S.Herrera 5+2reb+1ast, J.Joos 5+1reb
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ProB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Elchingen and Bochum - by Eurobasket News

Elchingen - Karlsruhe PS 78-77

Elchingen held off Karlsruhe PS to even the series at 1-1. Elchingen outrebounded Karlsruhe PS 42-30 including 34 on the defensive glass. American guard Brandon Lockhart (185-90, college: Drury) saved the victory by scoring 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Kristian Kuhn (208-87, college: N.Arizona) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Elchingen's coach Dario Jerkic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Dmitrj Kreis (187-88) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Deon McDuffie (186-93, college: Rattelsdorf) added 19 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Karlsruhe PS.
Top scorers:
Elchingen: B.Lockhart 26+8reb+7ast, F.Beck 14+2reb, K.Kuhn 10+7reb+2ast, B.Butler 8+8reb+1ast, M.Petric 6+3reb, N.Boakye 6+2reb+3ast
Karlsruhe PS: D.McDuffie 19+3reb+3ast, D.Kreis 19+7reb+5ast, J.Mampuya 12+3reb+1ast, J.Talbert 8+5reb+1ast, O.Parker 7+5reb+2ast, E.Curth 5+4reb
gschID: 544061


Bochum - Weissenhorn 83-79

Bochum topped visiting Weissenhorn to draw things level in the series. AstroStars made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. AstroStars outrebounded Weissenhorn Youngstars 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Naturalized American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Felix Engel (191-91) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists during the contest. Hungarian point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97) responded with 21 points, 5 assists and 6 steals and naturalized Austrian point guard David Kramer (191-97) scored 19 points. Four Weissenhorn Youngstars players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bochum: F.Engel 18+4reb+8ast, G.Johnson 18+6reb+7ast, R.Howard 17+7reb+3ast, D.Roberts 9+6reb+1ast, C.Korbi 8+4reb+4ast, M.Haucke 6+3reb+1ast
Weissenhorn: M.Pongo 21+2reb+5ast, D.Kramer 19+2reb+2ast, J.Ferner 13+4reb+2ast, B.Rohwer 12+2reb+1ast, T.Pape 7+4reb, N.Mittmann 5+7reb+4ast
gschID: 544060





Marco Buljevic leaves Schalke - by Eurobasket News

30-year old naturalized Croatian guard Marco Buljevic (197-88kg-87) left ProB newcomer FC Schalke 04. In 20 ProB games he recorded 6.7ppg and 1.2rpg this season.
The last season Buljevic played at ETB Wohnbau (ProA) where in 28 games he averaged 8.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.1apg.
His team won German Bundesliga Regular Season in 2010.
Buljevic was a member of German U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
He has played previously for five other teams: Giessen 46ers, Licher Basket, EWE Baskets, Ehingen/Urspringschule and Urspring.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Marco Buljevic is a multi-talented swing man with an excellent attitude and work ethic. Add a sweet stroke and its easy to understand why Marco is considered one of the best young talents in all of German basketball. With good athletic ability and great insticts he is able to create open looks on offense and guard his opponent on defense. Marco posesses very sound fundamentals.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.




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Jets edge Kwakwani to win LABA U23 competition - by Don Farrell



An Akini Wilson layup in the dying moments propelled Amelia's Ward Jets to the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) U23 title, edging Kwakwani 70-68 in the final on Saturday.

Wilson, following a Kwakwani turnover, nailed a clutch layup with 15.2 seconds remaining and the score tied at 68-68 at the Mackenzie Sport Club MSC Hard-court, to settle the outcome.

The eventual Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the final with 23 points in the win was Wilson while Vibert Benjamin, Keison Butters and George Yearwood assisted with 17, 12 and 10 points respectively.

For Kwakwani, the MVP of the tournament Troy David recorded 18 points. He was assisted by Leonard Primo and Domar Gladstone who scored 13 and 10 points respectively.

Meeting the teams prior to the start of the fixture were Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland and Region #10 Regional Executive Officer, Gavin Clarke.

by staff writer



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17-year-old senior Kevin Knox turned down a $1.4 Million offer to play in China - by Eurobasket News

According to the Tampa Bay Times, a professional basketball team in China offered 17-year old Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox II (6'9''-PF-99) $1.4 million to take his talents to the land of 1.4 billion people. 'I didn't put much stock into the offer,' said Knock's father. 'We politely said thanks but no thanks. He's going to college.' The big question is, 'What college?' The Knox has narrowed his list to Duke, North Carolina, Missouri and Florida State. He's expected to make an announcement in the next few weeks and since I'm a FSU alum, I'm hoping Knox doesn't break my heart the way Andrew Wiggins did a few years back. I'm also curious to how many other top prospects are being contacted by teams in China. In 2014, Emmanuel Mudiay (6'5''-G-96, agency: Three Eye Sports) took $1.2 million to spend a season over there, came back to the states and was the 7th pick by the Nuggets. And after watching a player like Jimmer Fredette (6'2''-PG-89, college: BYU) aka 'The King of Loneliness (that's his nickname in China)' put up 2007 Kobe Bryant numbers over there, I'm surprised a few top high school talents aren't willing to take the money now as opposed to taking the money under the table at a college (I'm kiddingsort of). Back to Knox, besides being one of the most talented players in the country, he has a 3.5 GPA, which means if he goes to North Carolina he can actually take the tests himself.
Courtesy of: ballislife.com



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Eredivisie Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Den Bosch enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Amsterdam - Leiden 70-78

Leiden rallied past Amsterdam on the road to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-12. But Amsterdam won second period 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Amsterdam's 22. The best player for the winners was international forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90) who scored 9 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. American point guard Jonathan Lee (188-90, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. The former international point guard Aaron Roye (184-88) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and Surinamese Sergio de-Randamie (201-84, college: Houston) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: A.Roye 23+7reb+2ast, D.Van Der Horst 17+2reb+3ast, S.de Randamie 16+6reb+2ast, J.Markusse 6+3reb, G.Slagter 6+3reb+2ast, H.Kherrazi 2+1reb+1ast
Leiden: J.Lee 21+2reb+4ast, D.Draper 19+6reb+1ast, T.Koenis 12+8reb+2ast, M.Kherrazi 9+13reb+7ast, J.Voorn 7+2reb+2ast, R.Jansen 5+2ast
gschID: 543942


Rotterdam - Den Bosch 65-79

Den Bosch knocked down Rotterdam away from home to sweep the series. The game was mostly controlled by Den Bosch. Rotterdam was better in second period 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Den Bosch had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Charles Mitchell (203, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Maarten Bouwknecht (185-94) contributed with 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Den Bosch players scored in double figures. Den Bosch's coach Sander van der Holst allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jermaine Marshall (193-90, college: Arizona St.) replied with 19 points and his fellow American import forward Greg Mays (203-93, college: Green Bay) added 8 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Rotterdam.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: J.Marshall 19+4reb+3ast, S.Van Dijk 10+4reb+3ast, T.Theeuwkens 9+3reb+2ast, G.Mays 8+11reb+1ast, L.Steijn 6+4reb, M.Kok 6+1reb+1ast
Den Bosch: M.Bouwknecht 19+4reb+5ast, J.Watts 17+3reb+4ast, C.Mitchell 16+15reb+2ast, D.Balentine 11+2reb+1ast, S.Wessels 9+10reb+2ast, K.Akerboom 5+6reb+1ast
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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.5 
 3. Lilov, Szedeak19.3 
 4. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.4 
 5. Frazier, Kaposvari18.4 
 6. Pacher, Vasas17.9 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.6 
 8. Saddler, Jaszbere.17.3 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC16.9 
 10. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.5 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Sihota, MAFC8.2 
 5. Pacher, Vasas8.0 
 6. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 7. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.8 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.3 
 10. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.2 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.0 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.9 
 4. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 6. Nelson, PVSK P.6.2 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 8. Govens, Falco KC5.9 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
 10. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.2 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 4. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 5. Smith, MAFC2.0 
 6. Pongo, KTE-Duna2.0 
 7. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.9 
 8. Frazier, Kaposvari1.8 
 9. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
 10. Govens, Falco KC1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 4. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 5. Keller, Alba0.8 
 6. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 7. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 8. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 9. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Cseh, Jaszberenyi0.6 


A Division Round 5 (Second Stage): Kormend defeats leader Alba - by Eurobasket News

A Division is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 5 rounds left.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Alba (22-8) on the court of second ranked Kormend on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Kormend 96-89. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strangely Alba outrebounded Kormend 40-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international Csaba Ferencz (194-85) contributed with 28 points for the winners. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for Alba. Kormend maintains second place with 21-9 record behind leader PVSK Pannon. Alba at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Kormend are looking forward to face ZTE KK (#5) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round. Alba will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Kecskemet. Fourth ranked KTE-Duna (15-15) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Sopron KC (13-17) 88-86 on Saturday evening. Naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Kemal Karahodzic chipped in 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. KTE-Duna have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Szedeak. Sopron KC at the other side keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost. KTE-Duna will play against league's leader PVSK Pannon in Pecs in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sopron KC will play on the road against Szedeak (#4) in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked ZTE KK (19-11) against fifth ranked Falco KC (19-11) on Sunday night. Host ZTE KK was defeated by Falco KC in Zalaegerszeg 80-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ZTE KK. Darrin Govens nailed 18 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Emanuel Ubilla came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds for ZTE KK in the defeat. Falco KC moved-up to third place, which they share with ZTE KK and Szolnok. Falco KC will meet at home Szolnok (#4) in the next round. ZTE KK will play against the league's second-placed Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for PVSK Pannon (18-12) which hosted in Pecs second-ranked Kaposvari (17-13). First ranked PVSK Pannon managed to get a 8-point victory 83-75. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The best player for the winners was Chris Smith who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. PVSK Pannon maintains first place with 18-12 record. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the second position with 13 games lost. PVSK Pannon's next round opponent will be KTE-Duna (#3) in Kecskemet, which may be the game of the day.

ZTE KK - Falco KC 68-80

Very important is a home loss of third ranked ZTE KK (19-11) against fifth ranked Falco KC (19-11) on Sunday night. Host ZTE KK was defeated by Falco KC in Zalaegerszeg 80-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ZTE KK. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Falco KC dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to ZTE KK's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) nailed 18 points and 9 assists for the winning side and Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Julian Norfleet (188-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's) added 14 points respectively for ZTE KK in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Falco KC moved-up to third place, which they share with ZTE KK and Szolnok. Falco KC will meet at home Szolnok (#4) in the next round. ZTE KK will play against the league's second-placed Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 18+2reb+9ast, I.Zigeranovic 14+10reb+1ast, B.Varadi 10+7reb+4ast, D.Barham 10+4reb, K.Bognar 8+1reb, N.Toth 8+6reb+1ast
ZTE KK: E.Ubilla 22+5reb+3ast, J.Norfleet 14+2reb+3ast, S.Benke 13+3reb+1ast, A.Drungilas 10+4reb+1ast, J.Wright 4+5reb, M.Mohacsi 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 543043


Kormend - Alba 96-89

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Alba (22-8) on the court of second ranked Kormend on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Kormend 96-89. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strangely Alba outrebounded Kormend 40-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international Csaba Ferencz (194-85) contributed with 28 points for the winners. Five Kormend players scored in double figures. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) added 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Alba. Kormend maintains second place with 21-9 record behind leader PVSK Pannon. Alba at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Kormend are looking forward to face ZTE KK (#5) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round. Alba will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kormend: C.Ferencz 28+2reb+1ast, L.Kromah 19+5reb+3ast, S.Gibbs 19+2reb+7ast, M.Csorvasi 17+4reb+1ast, L.Smith Jr. 13+13reb+9ast, T.Allen 0
Alba: P.Lorant 24+10reb+5ast, W.Shepard 19+15reb+6ast, A.Mohammed 19+1reb+3ast, J.Farr 9+1ast, A.Keller 7+7reb, B.Taylor 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 543042


PVSK Pannon - Kaposvari 83-75

An interesting game for PVSK Pannon (18-12) which hosted in Pecs second-ranked Kaposvari (17-13). First ranked PVSK Pannon managed to get a 8-point victory 83-75. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts were already 17 points ahead at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 22-10 last quarter charge of Kaposvari cut the lead to 83-75 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Chris Smith (193-94, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. American swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) produced 26 points and American-Liberian point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for the guests. PVSK Pannon maintains first place with 18-12 record. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the second position with 13 games lost. PVSK Pannon's next round opponent will be KTE-Duna (#3) in Kecskemet, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: C.Smith 24+6reb+2ast, I.Sejfic 14+7reb+1ast, A.Nelson 11+4reb+3ast, A.Halasz 11+4reb+3ast, Z.Supola 10+5reb+2ast, V.Budimir 7+5reb+3ast
Kaposvari: W.Frazier 26+4reb+3ast, M.Cooke 14+3reb+2ast, K.Simms 9+6reb, P.Grebenar 9+1reb, J.Wisseh 6+5reb+8ast, M.Fodor 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 543041


KTE-Duna - Sopron KC 88-86

Important game to mention about took place in Kecskemet. Fourth ranked KTE-Duna (15-15) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Sopron KC (13-17) 88-86 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sopron KC won third quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KTE-Duna made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) chipped in 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St., agency: HMS) scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five KTE-Duna and four Sopron KC players scored in double figures. KTE-Duna have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Szedeak. Sopron KC at the other side keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost. KTE-Duna will play against league's leader PVSK Pannon in Pecs in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sopron KC will play on the road against Szedeak (#4) in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTE-Duna: T.Ivosev 30+11reb+3ast, M.Djukanovic 14+2reb, M.Djerasimovic 14+4reb+3ast, M.Pongo 12+2reb+8ast, K.Karahodzic 11+9reb+4ast, G.Hegedus 5+3reb
Sopron KC: B.Johnson 21+8reb+4ast, J.Mills 18+9reb+4ast, M.Spica 16+6reb+3ast, A.Rujak 16+2reb+2ast, A.Myles 9+2reb, N.Takacs 3
gschID: 543040





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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

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


Superleague Round 8 (Second Stage): Arak beats Army in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Arak. Fourth ranked Arak faced 4th ranked Army. Host Arak (3-3) smashed guests from Tehran (1-4) 80-52. The game without a history. Arak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Army's 22. They outrebounded Army 45-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was international center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds. The former international Hamed Afagh (193-83) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. The former international center Mohammad Torabi (211-92) produced 4 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Arak moved-up to second place in Group 2, which they share with Chemidor. Army lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with four games lost. Arak is looking forward to face Shiraz a.s Pipe (#5) at home in the next round. Army will play against Tabriz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tehran. Second ranked Azad faced 3rd ranked Kashan. Host Azad (4-3) smashed guests from Kashan (2-4) 83-49. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Andrew James Ogilvy contributed with 17 points for the winners. The former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for Kashan. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Azad maintains second position in Group 1 with 4-3 record having just two points less than leader Petrochimi. Kashan lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leader Petrochimi delivered the sixth victory on Monday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (1-5) 83-47. Worth to mention a quality performance of Daniel Johnson who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. Mahdi Moradinasab responded with 14 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petrochimi (6-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Group 1. Shahrdari Gorgan at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

The best stats of 8th round was 10 points and 7 rebounds by James White of Petrochimi.

Group 1
Gorgan - Petrochimi 47-83

Leader Petrochimi delivered the sixth victory on Monday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (1-5) 83-47. The game without a history. Petrochimi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Shahrdari Gorgan to just 7 points in first quarter. Petrochimi dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Shahrdari Gorgan's 20. Petrochimi forced 22 Shahrdari Gorgan turnovers and had a 33-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of Australian power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds and international Mohammad Jamshidi (199-91) who added 11 points and 7 assists during the contest. Four Petrochimi players scored in double figures. Center Mahdi Moradinasab (202-92) responded with 14 points and the former international forward Karam Ahmadian (198-77) scored 12 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petrochimi (6-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Group 1. Shahrdari Gorgan at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gorgan: M.Moradinasab 14+3reb+1ast, K.Ahmadian 12+4reb, S.Abramian 5+10reb, M.GhasemZadeh 3+3reb, D.Izadpanah 3+3reb, M.Boroun 3+2reb
Petrochimi: D.Johnson 18+6reb, M.Atashi 13+2reb+1ast, M.Jamshidi 11+2reb+7ast, J.White 10+7reb+1ast, O.Sahakian 9+6reb+1ast, M.Esmaeili 8+2reb
gschID: 544470


Arak - Army 80-52

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Arak. Fourth ranked Arak faced 4th ranked Army. Host Arak (3-3) smashed guests from Tehran (1-4) 80-52. The game without a history. Arak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Army's 22. They outrebounded Army 45-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was international center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds. The former international Hamed Afagh (193-83) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. The former international center Mohammad Torabi (211-92) produced 4 points and 9 rebounds and the former international Vahid Dalirzahan (199-95) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Arak moved-up to second place in Group 2, which they share with Chemidor. Army lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with four games lost. Arak is looking forward to face Shiraz a.s Pipe (#5) at home in the next round. Army will play against Tabriz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Army: M.Tavana 10, N.Farahani 9+2reb, M.Sheikhi 8+4reb+2ast, A.Khalilnejad 6+4reb, M. Rajaei 6+1reb+1ast, V.Dalirzahan 6+6reb+2ast
Arak: A.Kardoust 23+18reb, M.Zarei 12+4reb+3ast, H.Afagh 11+6reb+2ast, A.Davoudi 9+6reb+4ast, P.Khoshdooni 8+3reb+2ast, M.Heydari 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 544469


Group 2
Azad - Kashan 83-49

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tehran. Second ranked Azad faced 3rd ranked Kashan. Host Azad (4-3) smashed guests from Kashan (2-4) 83-49. The game was mostly controlled by Azad. Kashan was better in fourth quarter 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Irish-Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) contributed with 17 points for the winners. The former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and forward Mohammadreza Rezaei (199-96) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kashan. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Azad maintains second position in Group 1 with 4-3 record having just two points less than leader Petrochimi. Kashan lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kashan: M.Soleimani 22+10reb+1ast, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 7+3reb, M.Rezaei 7+8reb+2ast, A.Najafi 5+1reb, H.Rahmati 4+4reb+1ast, M.Khaleghifar 2+2reb+1ast
Azad: A.James Ogilvy 17+4reb, D.Jones 17+7reb+6ast, A.Armen Allahverdi 10+1reb+1ast, M.Yousofvand 8+5reb, B.Koochoie 6+1reb, A.Baheran 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 537388





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  ISRAEL  


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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  ITALY  


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)



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)



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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 .14.5 
 9. Raymond, Otsuka A.14.0 
 10. Jones, Tokyo HT13.7 
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. Pomare, Kanazawa.10.0 
 4. McElroy, Tokyo C.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 D3 Round 20: Tokyo HT beats Tokyo Cinq R. in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in B League D3 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tokyo: Tokyo HT (#3) and Tokyo Cinq R. (#5). Tokyo HT (24-12) won against visiting Tokyo Cinq R. (14-22) 90-81. Tokyo HT shot 27 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Tokyo Cinq R. only scored six points from the stripe. 33 personal fouls committed by Tokyo Cinq R. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) chipped in 18 points and 14 rebounds. Power forward Josiah Heath (205-93, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tokyo HT maintains third position with 24-12 record having nine points less than leader Kanazawa Sam. Tokyo Cinq R. at the other side keeps the fifth place with 22 games lost. Tokyo HT are looking forward to face league's leader Kanazawa Sam. in Ishikawa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo Cinq R. will play at home against Saitama Broncos (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tokyo: Tokyo Cinq R. (#5) and Tokyo HT (#3). Tokyo HT was defeated at home 84-93 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. American forward RJ Slawson (206-92, college: Jacksonville) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Mitsuhiro Kamezaki contributed with 20 points for the winners. American power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for Tokyo HT. Tokyo Cinq R. maintains fifth position with 14-22 record. Tokyo HT at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Saitama Broncos (#7) at home in the next round. Tokyo HT will play against the league's leader Kanazawa Sam. (#1) in Ishikawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ishikawa. First ranked Kanazawa Sam. faced 4th ranked Otsuka A.. Host Kanazawa Sam. (33-3) defeated guests from Tokyo (20-16) 76-68. Worth to mention a great performance of Andrew Fitzgerald who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. Kyle Richardson responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Otsuka A.'s coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kanazawa Sam. have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 33-3 record. Otsuka A. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. Kanazawa Sam. will meet at home Tokyo HT (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Otsuka A. will play against the league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ishikawa. First ranked Kanazawa Sam. faced 4th ranked Otsuka A.. Host Kanazawa Sam. (33-3) smashed guests from Tokyo (20-16) 80-61. The winners were led by Tony Bishop who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kanazawa Sam. have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 33-3 record. Otsuka A. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. Kanazawa Sam.'s next round opponent will be Tokyo HT (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Otsuka A. will play against the league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Saitama supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Fukuoka Rizing (32-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Saitama Broncos (12-24). Fukuoka Rizing smashed Saitama Broncos 98-75 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Brian Butch who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 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. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 32-4 record behind leader Kanazawa Sam. Saitama Broncos lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face Otsuka A. (#4) in Tokyo in the next round. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against Tokyo Cinq R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 20 Fukuoka Rizing crushed Saitama Bron. in a road game 96-75.

Tokyo HT - Tokyo Cinq R. 90-81

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tokyo: Tokyo HT (#3) and Tokyo Cinq R. (#5). Tokyo HT (24-12) won against visiting Tokyo Cinq R. (14-22) 90-81. Tokyo HT shot 27 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Tokyo Cinq R. only scored six points from the stripe. 33 personal fouls committed by Tokyo Cinq R. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Power forward Josiah Heath (205-93, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward RJ Slawson (206-92, college: Jacksonville) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. 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. Tokyo HT maintains third position with 24-12 record having nine points less than leader Kanazawa Sam. Tokyo Cinq R. at the other side keeps the fifth place with 22 games lost. Tokyo HT are looking forward to face league's leader Kanazawa Sam. in Ishikawa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo Cinq R. will play at home against Saitama Broncos (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Heath 15+8reb+1ast, R.Slawson 15+5reb+2ast, M.Kamezaki 11+2reb+6ast, J.Green 11+3reb+2ast, T.Sano 10+3reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 7+6reb+4ast
Tokyo HT: B.Harper 24+9reb+1ast, A.Jones 18+14reb+2ast, H.Oogane 16+4reb+1ast, E.Morris 13+4reb+4ast, K.Kanai 9+3reb+1ast, R.Narumi 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 512759


Saitama Bron. - Fukuoka Rizing 75-98

The game in Saitama supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Fukuoka Rizing (32-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Saitama Broncos (12-24). Fukuoka Rizing smashed Saitama Broncos 98-75 on Sunday. Fukuoka Rizing dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 36. The best player for the winners was American center Brian Butch (211-84, college: Wisconsin) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) chipped in 12 points. American guard Brent Jennings (193-88, college: So.Poly State, agency: Interperformances) produced 23 points and his fellow American import forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette) added 17 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. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 32-4 record behind leader Kanazawa Sam. Saitama Broncos lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face Otsuka A. (#4) in Tokyo in the next round. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against Tokyo Cinq R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: B.Jennings 23+4reb, T.Wade 17+8reb+1ast, M.Ueda 11+3reb+2ast, C.Tate 7+5reb+2ast, N.Yutaro 7+7reb+3ast, Y.Sasaki 4+4reb
Fukuoka Rizing: B.Butch 20+13reb+3ast, Y.Kitamuki 14+1ast, D.Kobayashi 12+4reb+3ast, M.Bryan-Amaning 10+3reb, T.Komoda 10+2reb, S.Kano 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 512758


Kanazawa Sam. - Otsuka A. 76-68

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ishikawa. First ranked Kanazawa Sam. faced 4th ranked Otsuka A.. Host Kanazawa Sam. (33-3) defeated guests from Tokyo (20-16) 76-68. Kanazawa Sam. made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Kanazawa Sam. outrebounded Otsuka A. 41-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Andrew Fitzgerald (202-90, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds and American-Panamanian forward Gyno Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) who added 6 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. Four Kanazawa Sam. players scored in double figures. American forward Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Ray Raymond (203-84, college: Wisconsin) scored 14 points. Otsuka A.'s coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kanazawa Sam. have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 33-3 record. Otsuka A. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. Kanazawa Sam. will meet at home Tokyo HT (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Otsuka A. will play against the league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Otsuka A.: K.Richardson 19+5reb, R.Raymond 14+4reb+3ast, S.Samejima 6+3reb+1ast, J.Wolfinger 6+3reb, T.Hasegawa 5+4reb+3ast, Y.Sakamoto 5
Kanazawa Sam.: A.Fitzgerald 19+9reb+2ast, T.Tsukino 15+2reb+4ast, I.Yuji 13+3ast, T.Yonamine 11+2reb+3ast, T.Bishop 7+6reb, G.Pomare 6+16reb
gschID: 512757


Kanazawa Sam. - Otsuka A. 80-61

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ishikawa. First ranked Kanazawa Sam. faced 4th ranked Otsuka A.. Host Kanazawa Sam. (33-3) smashed guests from Tokyo (20-16) 80-61. Kanazawa Sam. forced 19 Otsuka A. turnovers. The winners were led by Panamanian forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and American-Panamanian forward Gyno Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) supported him with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 13 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Ray Raymond (203-84, college: Wisconsin) did not help to save the game for Otsuka A.. His fellow American import center Joe Wolfinger (216-85, college: Citadel) added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kanazawa Sam. have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 33-3 record. Otsuka A. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. Kanazawa Sam.'s next round opponent will be Tokyo HT (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Otsuka A. will play against the league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Otsuka A.: S.Samejima 16+4reb, R.Raymond 13+8reb+1ast, J.Wolfinger 12+10reb, K.Richardson 8+5reb+2ast, K.Takashi 7+4reb+3ast, S.Tamura 3+3reb
Kanazawa Sam.: T.Bishop 19+12reb+2ast, Y.Inoue 16+1reb, T.Tsukino 11+4reb+1ast, A.Fitzgerald 9+6reb+1ast, S.Goto 8+4reb, G.Pomare 6+8reb+5ast
gschID: 512754


Saitama Bron. - Fukuoka Rizing 75-96

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Saitama Broncos (12-24) were crushed at home by second ranked Fukuoka Rizing (32-4) 96-75 on Saturday. Fukuoka Rizing made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Saitama Broncos turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Saitama Broncos were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Ghanian-British forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Point guard Nishi Yutaro (176-92) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Brent Jennings (193-88, college: So.Poly State, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 32-4 record behind leader Kanazawa Sam. Saitama Broncos lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face Otsuka A. (#4) in Tokyo in the next round. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against Tokyo Cinq R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: N.Yutaro 16+8reb+2ast, M.Ueda 16+2reb+1ast, B.Jennings 14+7reb, C.Tate 8+1reb, T.Wade 7+4reb+2ast, T.Nakashima 6
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 21+8reb, M.Bryan-Amaning 20+7reb+3ast, D.Kobayashi 18+3reb+1ast, B.Butch 11+5reb+1ast, Y.Yamashita 8+3reb, M.Kano 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 512755


Tokyo HT - Tokyo Cinq R. 84-93

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tokyo: Tokyo Cinq R. (#5) and Tokyo HT (#3). Tokyo HT was defeated at home 84-93 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Tokyo Cinq R. players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American forward RJ Slawson (206-92, college: Jacksonville) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Mitsuhiro Kamezaki (189-86) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Edward Morris (204-84, college: Pittsburg St.) added 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Tokyo HT. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tokyo Cinq R. maintains fifth position with 14-22 record. Tokyo HT at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Saitama Broncos (#7) at home in the next round. Tokyo HT will play against the league's leader Kanazawa Sam. (#1) in Ishikawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo HT: A.Jones 18+12reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 16+2reb+2ast, E.Morris 14+11reb+4ast, R.Narumi 14+1reb+3ast, B.Harper 8+5reb+1ast, H.Oogane 8+4reb+2ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Slawson 24+11reb+6ast, M.Kamezaki 20+2reb+3ast, R.Takeda 16+3ast, K.Takahashi 15+3reb+3ast, J.Green 9+4reb+3ast, J.Heath 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 512756





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





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





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)



Louaize adds Harris to their roster, ex Iwate Big Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Louaize Zouk (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Alandise Harris (198-108kg-90, college: Arkansas, agency: Diamond Sports). He played last season at Iwate Big Bulls in Japanese B League D2. In 51 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Japanese BJ League All-Star Game.
Harris played in the final of SEC Tournament in 2015.
He graduated from University of Arkansas in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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Japanese B League round 55 best performance: Gavin Edwards - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked SeaHorses, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 55.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 17 rebounds, while his team edged out Ryukyu GK (#3, 25-28) 90-87. It allowed SeaHorses to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League. SeaHorses have a solid 43-10 record. In the team's last game Edwards had a remarkable 52.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at SeaHorses, through which he has constantly improved. Gavin Edwards averages this season 14.9ppg and 7.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84) of Ryukyu GK. Terry had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Ryukyu GK was edged by slightly higher-ranked SeaHorses (#1, 43-10) 90-87. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in West. Ryukyu GK still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 25-28 record. Terry is a newcomer at Ryukyu GK, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Diante Garrett (196-PG-88) of league's second-best Toyota Alvark. Garrett scored 28 points and passed six assists. Despite Garrett's great performance Toyota Alvark lost 78-84 to #3 ranked Chiba Jets. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Toyota Alvark needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in East. Their record is 38 victories and 15 lost games. Garrett has a great season in Japan. After 51 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (7th best) and assists with 3.9apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leo Lyons (206-F-87) of Akita NH - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Hitachi SR - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Chiba Jets - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Greg Mangano (208-PF-89) of Sendai 89ers - 22 points and 7 rebounds
8. Narito Namizato (172-G-89) of Shiga L-Stars - 20 points and 8 assists
9. Mo Charlo (203-F-83) of Kyoto Hannar. - 20 points and 8 rebounds
10. Josh Harrellson (208-F-89) of Osaka Evessa - 19 points, 12 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)



Best players of Japanese B League D2 round 56 - by Eurobasket News

American Josh Davis (203-F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Shimane SM and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 56.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 29 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Kagoshima (#6, 7-47) with 24-point margin 96-72. It allowed Shimane SM to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League D2. Shimane SM have a solid 44-10 record. It's Davis' second year at Shimane SM and it's hard to imagine this team without him. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Davis is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 11.0rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 61.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Cyberdyne IR. Randall impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Cyberdyne IR to another comfortable win 87-68 over slightly higher-ranked Gunma (#1, 35-19) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in East. Cyberdyne IR consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 26-28 record. Randall is one of the most experienced players at Cyberdyne IR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.1ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 8.8rpg and 3.1apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Tokyo Excel. (#4). Stephan scored 25 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Stephan's great performance Tokyo Excel. lost 81-91 to #3 ranked Tokyo Z. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Tokyo Excel. not to end season at such low position in Central, however are less than slim as they have already lost 33 games, recording just twenty victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stephan could try to bring Tokyo Excel.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Stephan has individually a great season in Japan. After 50 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 10.8rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts - 27 points and 14 rebounds
5. Craig Williams (206-C-89) of Ehime OV - 30 points and 6 rebounds
6. Wayne Marshall (211-C-86) of Shimane SM - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Shimon Takayama (180-PG-90) of Tokyo Z - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Joel James (208-F-94) of Kumamoto V. - 20 points and 13 rebounds
9. Deon Jones (198-G-93) of Tokyo Z - 23 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Aziz N'Diaye (213-C-88) of Hiroshima D. - 15 points and 6 rebounds

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



Best players of Japanese B League D3 round 20 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Brian Butch (211-C-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Fukuoka Rizing and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 32-year old center had a double-double of 20 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Saitama Bron. (#7, 12-24) with 23-point margin 98-75. Fukuoka Rizing maintains the 2nd position in Japanese B League D3. They are still close to the very top. Fukuoka Rizing would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 32-4 record. In the team's last game Butch had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Fukuoka Rizing, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Wisconsin graduate has very impressive stats this year. Butch is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 64.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward R.J. Slawson (206-F-92) of Tokyo Cinq R.. Slawson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Tokyo Cinq R. cruised to a 93-84 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Tokyo HT (#3, 24-12). Tokyo Cinq R.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-22 record. Slawson is a newcomer at Tokyo Cinq R. 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 Alex Jones (206-F/C-87) of Tokyo HT (#3). Jones scored 18 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tokyo HT, leading his team to a 90-81 win against slightly lower-ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (#5, 14-22). Tokyo HT needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 24 victories and 12 lost games. Jones has a great season in Japan. After 40 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Harper (208-F-85) of Tokyo HT - 24 points and 9 rebounds
5. Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) of Fukuoka Rizing - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tony Bishop (201-F-89) of Kanazawa Sam. - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing - 21 points and 8 rebounds
8. Edward Morris (204-C/F-84) of Tokyo HT - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Josiah Heath (205-F/C-93) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 15 points and 8 rebounds
10. Joe Wolfinger (216-C-85) of Otsuka A. - 12 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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Higher League Round 2 of Finals. Tobol celebrate the title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Tobol - Almat.Legion 97-98

Tobol celebrated Higher League title. They were narrowly defeated by Almat.Legion in the return leg of the Finals but managed to triumph on aggregate. Almat.Legion looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international center Vsevolod Fadeikin (206-85) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. International guard Yuriy Kozhanov (190-90) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Anton Bykov (200-89) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 19 rebounds and swingman Maksim Voeykov (195-85) added 29 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for the hosts. Five Almat.Legion and four Tobol players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tobol: M.Voeykov 29+1reb+4ast, A.Bykov 22+19reb+3ast, T.Sultanov 19+2reb+11ast, M.Shvab 16+2reb+5ast, A.Derbush 6+3reb+4ast, V.Petrashinets 3+3reb
Almat.Legion: Y.Kozhanov 22+5reb+4ast, V.Fadeikin 22+7reb+3ast, R.Aitkali 14+4reb+4ast, A.Litvinenko 12+3reb+2ast, V.Korzhov 11+1reb+11ast, A.Danilchenko 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 544352

3-4 Place
Kazygurt - Kapshagay 53-78

Kapshagay outgunned Kazygurt to claim Bronze medals. Kapshagay dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kazygurt's 24. They outrebounded Kazygurt 47-26 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kapshagay players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Kazygurt's players. Forward Ilya Syubar (193-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points. The former international swingman Konstantin Dvirniy (192-88) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Kapshagay's coach Dmitri Korovnikov felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Zhandos Kaliyev (197-93) replied with 8 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Seilhan Erzhigitov (178-88) added 15 points in the effort for Kazygurt.
Top scorers:
Kazygurt: S.Erzhigitov 15+1ast, K.Nikulochkin 10+1reb+1ast, Z.Kaliyev 8+8reb+2ast, S.Erzhigitov 6+2reb, V.Lopatin 5+7reb+4ast, A.Maxutov 4+2reb+2ast
Kapshagay: I.Syubar 16+3reb+2ast, K.Dvirniy 10+5reb+5ast, N.Zhanibek 10+4reb, D.Seleznev 9+4reb+4ast, V.Rogatkin 8+3reb+1ast, V.Raguyev 7+10reb+2ast



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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





Moser's 29 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Mike Moser (203-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Sigal Prishtina and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 29 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Sigal Prishtina in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ylli (#5, 10-15) 110-96. It allowed Sigal Prishtina to consolidate first place in the Kosovan league. Sigal Prishtina have a solid 21-3 record. In the team's last game Moser had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Sigal Prishtina, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Mike Moser averages this season 15.8ppg and 9.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Trae Anderson (196-SF) of Ylli. He is American in his first season at Ylli. In the last game Anderson recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Ylli lost that game 96-110 to the higher-ranked Sigal Prishtina (#1, 21-3). Ylli managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-15 record. Anderson is one of the most experienced players at Ylli and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Justin Black (188-G-92, agency: Octagon Europe) of league's second-best Bashkimi. Black got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Bashkimi, leading his team to a 99-77 easy win against #4 ranked Trepca in a game of the week. Bashkimi is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 20-4 record is not that bad... Black has a very solid season. In 9 games in Kosovo he scored 23.9ppg. He also has 8.0rpg, 4.6apg, 2.1spg and FGP: 66.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Montrael Scott (190-G-93) of Trepca - 30 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ergin Grosha (211-C-93) of Ylli - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Alban Latifaj (185-PG-91) of Kerasan - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Kayel Locke (196-F-94) of Bashkimi - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Alban Veseli (202-F-90) of Peja - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Kevin Brown (190-G-92) of Ylli - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Temi Soyebo (183-PG-84) of Bashkimi - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Stats Leaders

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. Sirsnins, Jekabpils13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga9.1 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 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.6.1 
 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, LU4.3 
 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. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 5. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 7. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 8. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.1 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils1.0 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.1.0 
 4. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.8 
 6. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 7. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera0.7 
 9. Niedra, BK Ogre0.7 


LBL Round 31: Ventspils are defeated by Jekabpils - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LBL just ended.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Ventspils (27-5) on the court of third ranked Jekabpils on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Jekabpils 87-66. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-66. Jekabpils outrebounded Ventspils 43-25 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Roberts Stumbris (199-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Modestas Kumpys (194-91, agency: Players Group) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 17 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Jekabpils maintains third place with 18-14 record having nine points less than leader Ventspils. Ventspils at the other side still keep top position with five games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Riga. 4th placed host Barons Riga (16-15) was smashed by second ranked Valmiera (21-11) 88-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Barons Riga. It was an exceptional evening for American-Israeli center Dor Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Damier Pitts accounted for 13 points and 8 assists. Center Davis Rozitis (215-90, college: Hawaii) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for Barons Riga in the defeat. 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. Defending champion maintains second place with 21-11 record having six points less than leader Ventspils. Barons Riga at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost.

In the last two games of round 31 Jurmala won against LU on the opponent's court 77-71. Liepaja/Triobet unfortunately lost to VEF Riga in a home game 75-84.

LU - Jurmala 71-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Latvijas Universitate's (5-26) home loss to eighth ranked Jurmala (13-19) 71-77. Latvijas Universitate was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 38-29 second half run of Jurmala. It was an exceptional evening for forward Arturs Duselis (201-89) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Four Jurmala players scored in double figures. Point guard Renars Birkans (184-97) came up with 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Roberts Krumins (187-93) added 9 points respectively for Latvijas Universitate in the defeat. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jurmala moved-up to seventh place, which they share with BK Ogre. Latvijas Universitate lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
LU: R.Birkans 16+4reb+3ast, R.Melderis 11+2ast, L.Jaunzems 10+2reb+1ast, J.Eiduks 10+2reb+1ast, R.Krumins 9+4reb+1ast, E.Lasenbergs 7+3reb
Jurmala: A.Duselis 16+7reb+3ast, E.Jeromanovs 16+4reb+2ast, M.Saulitis 11+3reb, A.Strelnieks 10+8reb+3ast, D.Gutmanis 8+3reb, V.Iljins 6+5reb
gschID: 533084


Barons Riga - Valmiera 58-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Riga. 4th placed host Barons Riga (16-15) was smashed by second ranked Valmiera (21-11) 88-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Barons Riga. It looked good early as Barons Riga took a 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Valmiera took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 30 points. They made 31-of-41 charity shots (75.6 percent) during the game, while Barons Riga only scored twelve points from the stripe. Valmiera forced 19 Barons Riga turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Barons Riga was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American-Israeli center Dor Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) accounted for 13 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Center Davis Rozitis (215-90, college: Hawaii) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Barons Riga in the defeat. 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. Defending champion maintains second place with 21-11 record having six points less than leader Ventspils. Barons Riga at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Barons Riga: D.Rozitis 15+13reb, D.Krestinin 10+9reb+1ast, R.Freimanis 9+2reb, K.Mediss 6+1reb, T.Jogela 5+4reb+3ast, D.Geks 5
Valmiera: D.Fischer 25+15reb+2ast, D.Pitts 13+1reb+8ast, A.Mitchell 9+2ast, M.Laksa 8+5reb+3ast, H.Karlis 7+3reb+2ast, R.Gabrans 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 533085


Liepaja/Triobet - VEF Riga 75-84

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked VEF Riga (14-4) defeated on the road 5th ranked Liepaja/Triobet (15-17) 84-75. The guests were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 12 after three quarters before a 26-23 last quarter charge of Liepaja/Triobet cut the lead to 84-75 at the end of the game. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja/Triobet's 30. VEF Riga forced 25 Liepaja/Triobet turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for international center Martins Meiers (208-91) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Player