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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  



Guinea and Rwanda awarded wild cards for FIBA AfroBasket 2017 - by Eurobasket News

FIBA Africa's Executive Committee on Tuesday awarded the two wild cards for FIBA AfroBasket 2017 to Guinea and Rwanda. The two teams complete the 16-team line-up for this summer's tournament due to take place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo from August 19-30. Guinea and Rwanda join hosts Republic of Congo, reigning champions Nigeria, along with Angola, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda and South Africa - who earned their places through the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Qualifiers - in Africa's flagship event. The Official Draw for FIBA AfroBasket 2017 will take place later this month.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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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. Horner, Obras B.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.9.6 
 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 


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





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  ASEAN LEAGUE  


Round 2 of Finals. Hong Kong ELL claim opening victory - by Eurobasket News

Hong Kong ELL - Singapore S. 92-84

Hong Kong ELL rallied past Singapore Slingers to even the Finals at 1-1. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Singapore Slingers won third quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hong Kong ELL forced 24 Singapore Slingers turnovers. American players dominated the game. Power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) contributed with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Hong Kong ELL players scored in double figures. Guard Xavier Alexander (198-88, college: S.Nazarene) replied with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and center Justin Howard (209-81, college: Mercer) added 19 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Singapore Slingers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong ELL: M.Elliott 26+6reb+4ast, J.Boone 23+16reb+2ast, T.Lamb 13+2reb+4ast, K.Lee 10+2reb+1ast, S.Wing Chan 7+1reb+6ast, S.Yee Fong 6+5reb+1ast
Singapore S.: X.Alexander 27+5reb+6ast, J.Howard 19+12reb+2ast, W.Long Wong 11+2ast, J.Urbiztondo 9+5reb+1ast, L.Kwek Wei 8+5reb, H.Ng 3+1reb
gschID: 544175





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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Miletic, Vienna19.0 
 3. Vay, Arkadia18.9 
 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
gschID: 495081


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
gschID: 495082


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
gschID: 495083


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
gschID: 495080





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

22-year old point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-PG-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Vienna and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Furstenfeld (#7, 13-18) 78-66. Vienna maintains the 4th position in Austrian league. Vienna 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 17-14 record. In the team's last game Clemmons had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vienna's top player in his first season with the team. University of Iowa graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clemmons is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.1ppg) and assists (9th best: 4.5apg).

Second best performed player last round was Ales Chan (215-C-80) of Wels. He is Czech Republic center in his second season at Wels. In the last game Chan recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he led Wels to another comfortable win 84-65 over the lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 7-23) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Wels to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Chan is well-known at Wels and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Wels' star - forward Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances). Lamesic got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds and five assists. He was another key player of Wels, helping his team with a 84-65 easy win against the lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 7-23). Wels needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 15 lost games. Lamesic has a great season in Austria. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 7.6rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Gmunden - 27 points and 7 rebounds
5. Andell Cumberbatch (196-G-93) of Oberwart - 23 points and 7 rebounds
6. Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Derek Jackson (185-PG-91) of Oberwart - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95) of Arkadia - 11 points and 9 rebounds
9. Predrag Miletic (193-SG-84) of Vienna - 19 points and 8 rebounds
10. Shawn Ray (194-G/F-80) of Vienna - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  BAHRAIN  


Manama lift basketball league title - by Eurobasket News

Manama were crowned Bahrain Zain Basketball League champions after defeating Muharraq 81-79 in the third final played at the Khalifa Sports City Hall in Isa Town last night. The quarters scores were 24-19 (Muharraq), 19-11 (Muharraq), 22-18 (Manama) and 29-18 (Manama). Manama's sealed their third consecutive win in the best of five series finals to retain the league title for the fifth year in a row. Muharraq led the first two quarters with 13 points difference (43-30) before Manama came back in the third and fourth quarters to win the title. Manama's main scorer was Georgian giant Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) with 23 points which included four three pointers and 11 rebounds. His teammate Maytham Jameel was also in form, scoring 13 points, while Ahmed Aziz and Mohammed Hussain scored 10 points each. The match was attended by Bahrain Basketball Association President Shaikh Isa bin Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, who presented the silver medals to Muharraq team members and the gold medals as well as the trophy to Manama team members.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Beroe capture maiden title - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - Beroe 73-77

Beroe celebrated Balkan League title. The Bulgarian side upset Kumanovo on the road to sweep the championship series. Kumanovo was trailing by 16 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 24-17 charge of Beroe, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi) chipped in 16 points. Beroe's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and Bulgarian-FYR Macedonian guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Kumanovo players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: M.Janevski 15+8reb+3ast, D.Karadzovski 14+8reb+3ast, S.Zivanovic 14+2reb+3ast, M.Pekovic 13+5reb+3ast, R.Pekovic 11+9reb, N.Karakolev 6+2reb
Beroe: B.Raley-Ross 17+6reb+5ast, A.Jones 16+2reb+1ast, O.Gudul 11+2reb+1ast, N.Nikolov 9+2reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 9+3ast, S.Tesija 8+7reb+3ast
gschID: 543166





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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

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


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 20
 1. Celis, Oxaco20.0 
 2. Lhoest, Ninane19.9 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 6. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.5 
 7. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen16.4 
 9. Baptista, Gistel O.16.2 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.3 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.5 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 5. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.5 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.5 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.4 
 8. Bogaerts, Soba7.0 
 9. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
 10. Fall, Ieper6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.5.4 
 2. Celis, Oxaco4.5 
 3. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.4 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.3 
 5. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.6 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen3.2 
 8. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 9. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.1 
 10. Wachowiak, Gembo B.2.8 
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. Riahi, RPC A.1.5 
 6. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Van-d., Ekeren1.5 
 9. Hall, Royal Brussels1.4 
 10. Lamot, Melsele1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Melsele
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 2. Fall, Ieper0.9 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 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 


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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Miguel Angel Justiniano joins Universidad Tecnica de Santa Cruz - by Francisco Vega

Universidad Tecnica de Santa Cruz (Libobasquet) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old international power forward Miguel Angel Justiniano (194-80) from Amistad.
Justiniano played in the final of Bolivian Libobasquet Clausura in 2015.
He also represented Bolivia at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.6ppg, 1.8rpg.
Justiniano has spent his entire career in Bolivia playing for four other teams: Real, Nonis, Univ.Domingo and Vikingos.
Justiniano is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Universidad Tecnica de Santa Cruz.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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La Salle Tarija signs Vincent Dillard - by Francisco Vega

Entretanto Meta La Salle Tarija (Libobasquet) signed 25-year old American swingman Vincent Dillard (196-91kg-92, college: Charleston). He just played at Orlando Lightning (ABL) in the U.S. Dillard missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Dillard won ABL in 2015.
He graduated from University of Charleston, WV in 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Devonte Brown claims Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Devonte Brown (188-G-92) had a great game in the last round for Sloboda Tuzla and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 18 points adding eight rebounds and seven assists for Sloboda Tuzla in his team's victory, helping them to crush, Second Stage bottom-ranked team Kakanj (#6, 0-9) with 18-point margin 79-61. Sloboda Tuzla maintains the 4th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Sloboda Tuzla will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Devonte Brown averages this season 8.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 37-year old former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-F-79, agency: BeoBasket) of Bosnjak. Tuljkovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Bosnjak was edged by slightly higher-ranked Leotar (#10, 3-4) 88-86. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Bosnjak dropped in the standings to 11th position. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Bosnjak managed to get this Second Stage. Tuljkovic is one of the most experienced players at Bosnjak and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#2). He also registered 6.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Stefan Mijovic (196-G-95) of Leotar (#4). Mijovic scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Leotar, leading his team to a 88-86 win against the lower-ranked Bosnjak (#11, 2-5). The chances of Leotar ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mijovic could help Leotar to bring them higher in the standings. Mijovic has a very solid season. In 24 games in Bosnia he scored 9.5ppg. He also has 4.3rpg and FGP: 64.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Aleksic (198-F/G-87) of Leotar - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Maksim Sturanovic (209-C-88) of Bosna-Royal - 14 points and 10 rebounds
6. Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84) of Gradjanski - 14 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) of Zrinjski HT - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. James Robinson (190-PG-94) of Igokea - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Milijan Bocka (185-PG-82) of Mladost - 19 points and 5 assists
10. Djordje Milosevic (199-SG-93) of Igokea - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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



Division I Round 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. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 8. Andrade, Bauru6.6 
 9. Lopez, Flamengo6.6 
 10. Mariano, Brasilia6.4 
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.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria4.7 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.5 
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. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 6. Bresolin, Vitoria1.6 
 7. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 8. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 9. Bennett, Pinheiros1.6 
 10. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
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. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 7. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 
 8. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 10. Camilo, Macae0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lucas VEZARO
  Joinville
  (188-G-96)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Vezaro, Joinville17.5 
 2. Gaines, Blumenau16.6 
 3. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 4. Maistro, Contagem13.4 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.12.9 
 6. Filho, Botafogo.12.6 
 7. Stocks, Blumenau12.3 
 8. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.8 
 10. Dias, Joinville11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Prado, Brusque9.9 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.8.9 
 3. Silva, Blumenau8.7 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.2 
 5. Russell, Botafogo.7.0 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 7. Gaines, Blumenau6.6 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville6.4 
 9. Silva, Brusque6.4 
 10. Perez, Botafogo.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville4.0 
 3. Perez, Contagem3.8 
 4. Semmke, Blumenau3.7 
 5. Romualdo, Contagem3.0 
 6. Stocks, Blumenau3.0 
 7. Prado, Brusque2.8 
 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: 3.9
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.9 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.3 
 3. Maistro, Contagem2.1 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.8 
 5. Vezaro, Joinville1.6 
 6. Romualdo, Contagem1.6 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 8. Moreira, Blumenau1.4 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
 10. Prado, Brusque1.2 
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. Tiago, Brusque0.7 
 6. Silva, Blumenau0.7 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 8. Oliveira, Contagem0.5 
 9. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 10. Henrique, Brusque0.4 


NBB Round 5 of 1/8 Finals. Vitoria, Paulistano and Pinheiros enter quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Vitoria - Campo Mourao 73-60

Vitoria held off Campo Mourao to advance into the quarterfinal stage. Universo/Vitoria dominated down low during the game scoring 38 of its points in the paint compared to Campo Mourao's 16. They outrebounded Campo Mourao 42-29 including a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Renato Scholz (197-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Universo/Vitoria players scored in double figures. American guard Greg Brown (188-94, college: St.Francis, PA) answered with 9 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import Jordan Montgomery (199-93, college: Union, TN) added 11 points in the effort for Campo Mourao. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Vitoria: K.Dawkins 15+5reb+4ast, R.Scholz 14+10reb+1ast, A.Bresolin 11+4reb+6ast, A.Silva 10+8reb+2ast, A.Coimbra 7+4reb, K.Sheard 7+1reb+3ast
Campo Mourao: J.Montgomery 11+3reb+1ast, I.Thornton 9+1reb+2ast, G.Brown 9+6reb+3ast, D.Nunes 9+1reb, V.Oliveira 8+3reb, C.Freitas 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 544460


Paulistano - B.Cearense 76-72

Paulistano overcame Basket Cearense to reach the next stage of playoffs. Paulistano made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Point guard Arthur Pecos (183-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Point guard George Lucas (195-96) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Paulistano players scored in double figures. The former international point guard David Rossetto (180-93) answered with 13 points and American guard Rashaun McLemore (193-86, college: CS Northridge) added 16 points in the effort for SKY/Basquete. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: A.Pecos 19+4reb+3ast, L.Dias Silva 16+4reb, G.Lucas 16+4reb+4ast, G.Hubner 12+7reb+1ast, R.Carbonari 4+2ast, Y.Dos Santos 3
B.Cearense: R.McLemore 16+2reb+1ast, D.Rossetto 13+4reb+3ast, G.Lima 12+1reb, M.Vinicius Toledo 7+6reb, L.Felipe Gruber 7+6reb+1ast, T.Lima 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544459


Pinheiros - Vasco Da G. 93-82

Pinheiros reached the quarterfinal stage following home win over Vasco Da Gama. Pinheiros made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. American guard David Jackson (195-82, college: Penn St.) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Welington Dos-Santos (185-81) added 27 points in the effort for Vasco Da G.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 36+3reb+4ast, C.Bennett 18+1reb+4ast, A.Neto 13+2reb+6ast, R.Lenz 11+3reb+1ast, G.Barbosa 7+3reb, G.Teichmann 4+11reb+3ast
Vasco Da G.: W.Dos Santos 27+1reb+3ast, D.Jackson 22+7reb+3ast, M.Dornelles 14+6reb+2ast, G.Zilmer 6+3reb+1ast, M.Becker 4+2reb+2ast, D.Palacios 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544458





Brusque tabs Pedro Rio - by Paulo Freire

Brusque Basquete/ADB (Liga Ouro) inked 21-year old forward Pedro Rio (202-96). He played in the summer at Ginastico in the Liga Ouro. The last season Rio was tested by Macae (NBB).

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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.



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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.



Beroe is the new Balkan League champion - by Vladislava Lazarova

Bulgaria has its third SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League champion. After Rilski sportist in 2009, and Levski in 2010 and 2014, Beroe is now the third Bulgarian team to ever win the competitions trophy.

The Greens celebrated a first BIBL title in the club history after defeating KK Kumanovo 2009 first by 84:55 in Game 1 of the Finals in Stara Zagora, and 77:73 in Kumanovo, with a total 33-point advantage in both matches.

Strong first quarter gave the guests an early double-digit advantage, 22-9. Beroe extended its lead to 16 points at half-time, but nothing was over yet. High-flying Kumanovo after the break cut its deficit and tied the result at 44-44. The Macedonian side limited the opponent to only three points in the first seven minutes of the third frame and took control at 46-45. They made an 18-0 run as the visitors stayed nine minutes with a field goal.

Beroe, though, re-gained the lead on a three-point shot by Aaron Jones (206-F-93, college: Mississippi), followed by his back-to-back dunks for a 62-59 with 7:18 minutes to go, and never looked back. Brandis Ross led the winners with 17 points. Aaron Jones added 16, and Omari Gudul (206-F-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) finished with 11. The captain of Kumanovo Marjan Janeski answered with 15 points.


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Jeremy Nzeulie selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #1. This week's number one is former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in Chalon/Saor's victory against the eighth-ranked Le Portel (14-14) 83-76 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Nzeulie recorded 21 points and added 3 passes in 29 minutes on the court. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (21-7) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Nzeulie's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 76.5% in 28 games he played so far. Nzeulie has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. He played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Mbah a Moute led Los Angeles Clippers to an easy victory against the Houston Rockets (55-27) crushing them 125-96 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 15 points and added 3 assists. The Los Angeles Clippers have a solid 51-31 record this season. It was his team's seventh 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. Mbah a Moute's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 67.4%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Landry Nnoko
Landry Nnoko
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Landry Nnoko (208-94, college: Clemson, currently plays in Italy). Nnoko contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Juvecaserta (10-17) 83-67 in the Italian Serie A on Saturday night. He scored 9 points, had 14 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 34 minutes. Consultinvest VL Pesaro (9-18) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the Serie A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Nnoko's overall stats are: 6.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 2FGP: 51.1% and FT: 50.9% in 27 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #4. Power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey). Kadji could not help Trabzonspor (8-18) to beat Anadolu Efes (22-4). He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Trabzonspor was crushed 100-77 on the road by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. It was Trabzonspor's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Kadji has relatively good stats this season: 14.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3bpg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #5. An experienced former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help Svendborg (13-15) in their last game on Monday. Despite NaNa's very good performance Svendborg was defeated 85-70 at home by the leading Bakken. He was the top scorer with 23 points. NaNa also added 4 passes. This season NaNa has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #6. Guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie. But that was another game of his team in French ProA which we would like to mention. Pitard managed to help ES Chalon-Sur-Saone in a victory against the league outsider Sluc Nancy (7-21) crushing them 106-74. He scored 5 points in 14 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (21-7) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Pitard's total stats are: 1.9ppg and 1.1apg in 28 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #7. Former international center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Lille Metropole (16-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite MBida's good performance Lille Metropole was defeated 75-65 in Blois by the lower-ranked ADA Blois (#5). He was the second best scorer with 10 points. MBida also added 6 rebounds. MBida has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Seidou Njoya
Seidou Njoya
   #8. Point guard Seidou Njoya (188-89, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) couldn't help STB Le Havre (12-9) in their game against Poitiers (15-13) in the French ProB (second division). Njoya cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. STB Le Havre lost 75-81 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#7) Poitiers. Njoya has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.3apg in 28 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Pascal Siakam (206-F-94, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31) 98-83 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Siakam scored 8 points and grabbed 10 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. Siakam's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 3.3rpg.

   #2. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Lukoil Academic Sofia to a victory over the closely-ranked Rilski (13-10) crushing them 108-76 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Gibson scored 17 points and added 4 passes in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lukoil Academic Sofia (20-4) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Gibson has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.1apg and 1.3spg in 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #3. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy). Biligha could not help Vanoli Cremona (7-20) to beat Scandone AV (17-10). He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona lost 78-85 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Scandone AV. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Biligha has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg in 27 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #4. Jean-Dieudonniz Biog (205-C-95, currently plays in France) was not able to help Saint Vallier in their game against Quimper UJAP (23-10) in the French NM1 (third division). Biog scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Saint Vallier was badly defeated 91-72 in Quimper by the second-ranked UJAP. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Biog has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 2.7rpg. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities. Despite Biog's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Cameroonian team.

   #5. Brylle Kamen (201-F-88, agency: Promotex, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Belgium) was not able to secure a victory for Liege Basket (12-10) in their game against Spirou Charleroi (13-16) in the Belgian Euromillions League. Kamen scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes. Liege Basket lost 76-80 in Charleroi to the lower-ranked (#7) Spirou. Kamen has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 3.3rpg in 27 games. He also holds two passports: French and Cameroonian.

   #6. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Jean-Dieudonniz Biog in the French NM1 last game. Temgoua managed to help Quimper UJAP to win against the 11th-ranked Saint Vallier 91-72. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Temgoua has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.1apg. Similarly like Kamen and Biog above he holds both Cameroonian and French passports.

   #7. Johan Bitjaa (207-C-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Zamorano's victory against the closely-ranked Navarra 72-62 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. Bitjaa scored 7 points in 17 minutes. Bitjaa has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 6.0rpg in 25 games.



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Melvin Ejim selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). He led Umana Venezia to a victory over the 11th-ranked Brescia (12-15) 84-79 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. Ejim was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ejim's third season in pro basketball. 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. Ejim has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 44.9% and FT: 69.2% in 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Jamal Murray (198-97, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Denver Nuggets' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) 111-105 in the NBA last Wednesday. Murray scored 27 points (!!!) and added 6 assists; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. The Denver Nuggets have 40-42 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Murray has relatively solid stats: 9.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 33.5% and FT: 88.3%. He played for the Canadian national team in 2015.

Aaron Best
Aaron Best
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international guard Aaron Best (193-92, college: Ryerson, currently plays in Lithuania). Best could not help Juventus (17-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance Juventus lost 90-94 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Lietkabelis. Best recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Best's overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 30.3% and FT: 74.4% in 33 games. He played for the Canadian university national team two years ago.

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins
   #4. Guard Andrew Wiggins (203-95, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves in their game against the Houston Rockets (55-27) in the NBA. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game Wiggins scored 21 points and added 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Wiggins has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 23.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.3apg. Wiggins used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

Evaldas Zabas
Evaldas Zabas
   #5. Former U18 international point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to secure a victory for P.Zvaigzdes (15-18) in their game against Siauliai (6-27) in the Lithuanian LKL, despite his very good performance last Wednesday. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Zabas also added 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 33 minutes. But P.Zvaigzdes lost 87-98 on the opponent's court to the league outsider (#10) Siauliai. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Zabas has reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg in 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lithuanian. Despite Zabas played previously for the Lithuanian U20 national team, he is currently in the Canadian U18 national team roster.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #6. Guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Venezuela) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Panteras (5-15) crushing them 94-67 in the Venezuelan LPB on Tuesday night. Joseph scored 20 points and added 6 assists. Bucaneros de La Guaira (12-8) is placed second in Eastern Conference. Joseph's total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.3apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team four years ago.

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #7. Former international guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Gaziantep (13-13) in their game against Fenerbahce (20-5) in the Turkish BSL, despite his good performance in Friday night's game. Rautins scored 12 points and added 4 passes in 33 minutes. But Gaziantep lost 92-97 in Istanbul to the leading Fenerbahce. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Rautins' stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg in 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Rautins used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Greg Surmacz
Greg Surmacz
   #8. Forward Greg Surmacz (203-86, agency: Promotex, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Energa Czarni's victory against the 12th-ranked Wilki Morskie (14-15) 84-77 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Energa Czarni Slupsk (17-12) is placed seventh in the PLK. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Surmacz's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2009.

Dyshawn Pierre
Dyshawn Pierre
   #9. Former U19 international forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in Braunschweig's victory against the sixth-ranked Telekom Baskets (17-12) 92-84 in the German BBL in Monday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Pierre recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (5-17) is placed 11th in the BBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Pierre averaged so far 13.8ppg, 7.5rpg and 2.8apg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team six years ago.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #10. Point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in a victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (23-10) crushing them 84-62 in the Lithuanian LKL last Monday. Pangos scored only 2 points and added 12 assists in 30 minutes. 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. This year Pangos' total stats are: 8.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.0apg in 32 games. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. International guard Tyler Ennis (188-94, college: Syracuse, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. Despite his very good performance on Wednesday night Ennis was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 assists. Ennis averaged so far 7.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.4apg. He plays currently for the Canadian national team.

   #12. International center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Greece) helped Olympiacos win their game against the ninth-ranked Promitheas 72-53 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Birch recorded only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. Birch has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 5.2rpg in 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

   #13. Former international shooting guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Philadelphia 76ers in their game against the New York Knicks in the NBA. Despite his good performance last Wednesday Stauskas scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Stauskas averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) helped Boston Celtics win their game against the Brooklyn Nets 114-105 in the NBA on Monday night. Olynyk scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in a mere 15 minutes. Olynyk averaged so far 9.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.0apg in 76 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Japan) helped Hitachi Sunrockers win their game against the fourth-ranked Niigata Albirex 85-73 in the Japanese B League in Sunday night's game. Sacre recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Sacre averaged so far 14.2ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87, college: Houghton, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a BC Lulea's victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (18-14) 72-59 in the Swedish Basketligan on Thursday night. Anzuluni recorded 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Lulea (24-8) is placed first in the Basketligan. Anzuluni averaged so far 15.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg in 35 games he played so far.

   #2. Chad Posthumus (211-C-91, college: Morehead St., currently plays in Japan) led Shinshu BW to a victory over the second-ranked Toyotsu FE (38-16) 82-78 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night. Posthumus was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 26 rebounds in 32 minutes. Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (13-41) is placed sixth in Central group. It was his team's first victory after thirteen consecutive loses. Posthumus has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg and 11.4rpg in 23 games.

   #3. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon). Kanaan could not help Byblos (16-8) to beat Homenetmen (23-1). He scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. The second-placed Byblos (16-8) lost 65-73 at home to the leading Homenetmen in the Group A. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. It's Kanaan's fourth season with the team. Kanaan has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4apg in 21 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #4. Experienced Michael Fraser (203-C-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Polfarmex (5-25) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Fraser's good performance Polfarmex was crushed 94-48 on the road by the second-ranked Stelmet. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Fraser also added 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Fraser has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 8.8rpg.

   #5. Jabs Newby (188-G-91, college: Gannon, currently plays in Mexico) was not able to secure a victory for Pioneros Los Mochis (2-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis lost 85-90 in Mazatlan to the higher-ranked (#7) Lobos UAD. Newby was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in only a mere 1 minutes. It was Pioneros Los Mochis' sixth consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Newby averaged so far 13.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg in 12 games.

   #6. Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Philippines) couldn't help Phoenix (3-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Phoenix were edged 96-94 in Manila by the higher-ranked (#4) Rain or Shine. Wright scored 12 points and added 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 21 minutes. Wright has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg in four games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Filipino. Despite Wright's Canadian nationality, he previously played for the Filipino U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Canadian team.

   #7. Robbie Sihota (201-F-87, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to a 2-point MAFC's victory against the fourth-ranked Vasas 84-82 in a derby game in the Hungarian A Division last Wednesday. Sihota had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 16 rebounds in 35 minutes. Sihota averaged so far 14.9ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.4apg in 29 games. He has both Indian and Canadian nationalities.

   #8. Bikramjit Gill (201-F-92, college: Ball St., currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Kagoshima in their game against Shimane Magic in the Japanese B League D2. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Gill was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 3 steals. Gill averaged so far 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg.

   #9. Jermel Kennedy (201-F-89, college: Lander, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Worcester Wolves' victory against the closely-ranked London Lions 94-90 in the British BBL on Friday night. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Kennedy also added 6 assists in 34 minutes. Kennedy averaged so far 13.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.7spg in 30 games. He also holds two passports: Canadian and British.

   #10. Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Hungary) faced previously mentioned Robbie Sihota in the Hungarian A Division last game. Wright couldn't help Vasas in their game against MAFC, despite his very good performance last Wednesday. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Wright also added 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 39 minutes. But his team was edged 84-82. Wright averaged so far 12.5ppg and 6.9rpg in 17 games.



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (18-9) 76-59 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Sato scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (20-7) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 5.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 82.1% in 25 games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #2. Second place goes to former international small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France). He could not help Olympique Antibes (9-19) in their last game on Monday. Despite Kouguere's good performance Olympique Antibes was edged 93-92 on the road by the much higher-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5). He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Kouguere's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 80.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere played for the Central African national team in 2015.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in France). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Gravelines-Dunkerque in their game against Paris-Levallois (18-10) in the French ProA. Djimrabaye scored 7 points in only 11 minutes. Gravelines-Dunkerque was badly defeated 98-79 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#6) Paris-Levallois. This year Djimrabaye's overall stats are: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 3FGP: 42.9% in 19 games. He played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #4. Power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France) contributed to a 1-point Boulazac Basket's victory against the 15th-ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-17) 83-82 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Zianveni recorded 10 points. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (15-12) is placed sixth in the ProB. It's Zianveni's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 7.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Zianveni is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. He used to play for the Central African national team back in 2013.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

James Mays (206-F/C-86) plays for LG Sakers in South Korean KBL
Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) plays for Fubon Braves in Taiwanese SBL
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (184-G-86) plays for Lorient in French NM1
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Martial Gotagni (190-G/F-79) plays for Chateauroux in French NM2
Jonathan Alalengbi (192-F-92) plays for Toulouse in French NM2

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



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Guizhou lands Tyrone Brazelton, ex Rosa Radom - by Eurobasket News

Guizhou (NBL) landed 31-year old American point guard Tyrone Brazelton (184-103kg-86, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played recently at Rosa Radom in Polish PLK league, but was released by the team last month. In 11 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 5.1apg this season. Brazelton also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 5.1apg.
The most of last season he spent at Gravelines Dunkerque in French ProA. In 23 games he recorded 7.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.3apg. The other team Brazelton played that season for was Konyaspor in Turkish BSL. In 8 games he got 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.0apg. His team won Polish Supercup.
Brazelton received All-Sun Belt 2nd Team award back in 2008 at his college time.
Brazelton is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in nine different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Brazelton has played previously professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and Nuernberg), Iran (Petrochimi), Latvia, Lithuania (Neptunas and Nevezis), Ukraine (BC Odessa), France (STB Le Havre) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).
He attended Western Kentucky University until 2008 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Brazelton's outlook: Tyrone is a consumate point guard who can always reach high assist and point values per game. He is a tireless defender and very quick off the dribble. He can play at the highest level of European competition and can even play combo guard alongside another point guard because he defends so well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.0 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.0 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.18.7 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.9 
 7. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.4 
 8. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.3 
 9. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.2 
 10. Sakic, Cibona16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.7.4 
 2. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.2 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.1 
 4. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.9 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.5 
 6. Rajic, H.Analitica6.2 
 7. Sakic, Cibona6.1 
 8. Mazalin, Zadar6.0 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj5.8 
 10. Bundovic, Cedevita5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.3 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS6.1 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 5. Filipovic, KK Split5.4 
 6. Vrbica, Gorica5.0 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 8. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 9. Raic, H.Analitica4.7 
 10. Sarac, Vrij.Osijek4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Sirko, KK Split2.0 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 5. Mazalin, Zadar1.7 
 6. Scott, Jolly JBS1.6 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.6 
 8. Katic, Cedevita1.5 
 9. Brzoja, Zadar1.5 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 5. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.8 
 6. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 7. Loncar, Cedevita0.6 
 8. Spralja, Jolly JBS0.6 
 9. Papac, Jolly JBS0.6 
 10. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.6 


Vern survive poor free-throw shooting to beat Podravac (A2) - by Zeljko Zule

AKK Vern missed 18 free throws, but hung on to beat Podravac 75-65 on road in the last game of the Croatian A2 League Championship Stage Round 8. Luka Zivko (202-C/F-96) finished with 17 points, Filip Kordic (196-SG-92) had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Ivan Penic (202-F-89) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds and Luka Jelinic (190-G-98) added 10 points.
After trailing 35-38 late in the second quarter, Podravac went on an 11-0 run spanning halftime for their largest lead of the night, 46-38. Vern responded with night consecutive points to re-take a 47-46 lead. At that point, the home team made an 8-0 span to go ahead 54-47. Vern then used a decesive 19-4 run for a 66-59 lead with a two and a half minute remaining and missed 10 free throws in that span. Podravac was led by Stefan Zadravec (186-PG-92) with 21 points and Dean Krajinovic (76) added 12.
Vern made just 14 of its 32 free throw attempts.



Zadar top Cedevita, extend win streak to 10 - by Zeljko Zule

Zadar extended their winning streak to 10 game wit a 71-63 victory over an injury-plagued Cedevita in the last game of Round 24. Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) scored 15 points, Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) 14 and Mislav Brzoja (198-G-94, college: Evansville) came off the bench for 10 points. Cedevita was led by Miro Bilan (213-C-89) with 16 points and 11 rebounds, John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern) added 13 points and Toni Katic (188-PG-92) 12.
Both teams played in spurts opening the game, Zadar started the game with a 6-0 run and Cedevita responded with dozen straight points. Zadar re-take the lead at 23-21 late in the first quarter and extended their advantage to 42-31.Cedevita went on a 17-5 run spanning halftime to go up 50-49. However, that was their last lead of the night. The home team used a 7-2 span to go ahead by four and, after a 3-pointer by Toni Katic, scored the next 13 points to take a 69-55 lead with less than two minutes remaining.



Rok Stipcevic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Italy). He led Banco di Srd to a victory over the closely-ranked Betaland Cdo (14-13) 74-64 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. Stipcevic was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and added 3 assists in 31 minutes on the court. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (16-11) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth 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. Stipcevic has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 43.2%, 3FGP: 39.9% and FT: 84.6% in 27 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain). Tomic could not help FC Barcelona (18-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance FC Barcelona was badly defeated 76-59 on the road by the second-ranked Valencia Basket. Tomic recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. It's Tomic's fifth season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 63.6%(131-206) and FT: 63.3%. Tomic played for the Croatian national team in 2015.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Gran Canaria in their game against Baskonia (19-8) in the Spanish Liga Endesa, despite his very good performance on Friday night. Planinic scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 22 minutes. But Gran Canaria lost 90-95 in Vitoria to the higher-ranked (#4) Baskonia. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Planinic's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 59.5%(44-74) and FT: 79.0% in 17 games. Ex-KK Cibona VIP Zagreb player is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #4. An experienced point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for AEK Athens (19-7) in their game against Aris (15-11) in the Greek A1. Despite his good performance in Thursday night's game He scored 10 points and added 7 passes. The Regular Season already ended. It's Ukic's first season with the team. Ukic has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.7apg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Josip Sobin
Josip Sobin
   #5. International center Josip Sobin (203-89, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) was the main contributor in Anwil's victory against the fifth-ranked Rosa (18-11) 80-74 in the Polish PLK last Monday. Sobin was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. Anwil Wloclawek (23-7) is placed first in the PLK. It was his team's 13th 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. Sobin's stats this year are: 11.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in 30 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #6. Power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (18-12) 88-71 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Radosevic recorded 10 points. 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 extremely important. This season Radosevic averages: 7.2ppg and 2.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Stjepan Tesija
Stjepan Tesija
   #7. Former U18 international power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Academik Plovdiv (16-7) crushing them 85-64 in the Bulgarian NBL in Friday night's game. Tesija was the top player that evening. He scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Beroe (9-7) is placed third in the NBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Tesija's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Tesija's total stats are: 9.5ppg and 5.7rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team ten years ago.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #8. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Armani Milano (21-6) in their game against Enel Brindisi (13-14) in the Italian Serie A. Simon scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The league leader Armani Milano was edged 70-68 in Brindisi by the much lower-ranked Enel (#9). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Simon's stats this season are: 12.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.8apg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Ivan Buva
Ivan Buva
   #9. Former U20 international power forward Ivan Buva (208-91, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a RETAbet BB's surprising victory against the second-ranked Valencia Basket (20-7) 88-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Wednesday night. Buva scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (12-14) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. Buva averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.4rpg in 27 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

Dario Saric
Dario Saric
   #10. Power forward Dario Saric (207-94, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Philadelphia 76ers (27-55) in their game against the Indiana Pacers (42-40) in the NBA. Despite his good performance in Monday night's game Saric scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Saric has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.2apg. Saric is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to Parnu's victory against the fifth-ranked TTU 82-74 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Wednesday. He was the top player that evening. Bubalo had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. Bubalo has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.7apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid to win against one of league's weakest teams Sevilla 87-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Draper scored only 3 points. Draper has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Draper is also in the roster of the Croatian national team. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

   #13. International center Justin Hamilton (213-90, college: LSU, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Brooklyn Nets in their game against the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. Hamilton scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. His team were crushed by 39 points 112-73 in the NBA. Hamilton has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 4.1rpg in 64 games. He is a naturalized American. Hamilton is also Croatian national team player. He used to play for KK Cibona VIP Zagreb in Croatian league.

   #14. International swingman Mario Hezonja (202-95, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Orlando Magic's victory against the Detroit Pistons 113-109 in the NBA last Wednesday. Hezonja scored 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Hezonja has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 2.3rpg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #15. Former international power forward Damir Markota (209-85, another player represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an Istanbul BBSK's victory against the closely-ranked Demir IBB 86-79 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. Markota scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. Markota has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg in 25 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) was the major contributor in a PVSK Pannon's victory against the fifth-ranked Sopron KC (13-17) 103-94 in the Hungarian A Division last Wednesday. Budimir recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (18-12) is placed first in Places 6-10 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. Budimir is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in PVSK Pannon's roster. He averaged so far 13.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 30 games he played so far.

   #2. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to Oostende's victory against the closely-ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (18-11) 58-53 in the Belgian Euromillions League in Sunday night's game. Jagodic Kuridza scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet BC Oostende (24-5) is placed first in the Euromillions League. Jagodic Kuridza has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg in 28 games. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Croatian.

   #3. Marin Mornar (205-F-93, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Denmark) led Horsens IC to a victory over the sixth-ranked SISU (12-16) 84-77 in the Danish Ligaen last Tuesday. Mornar was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Mornar's third 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. Mornar has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 2.9rpg.

   #4. Experienced Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Monthey's victory against the fourth-ranked Geneve Lions (14-10) 75-65 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. He recorded 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 38 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. Barac averaged so far 14.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in six games.

   #5. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked KFUM Jamtland (16-16) 83-74 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Bizaca scored 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Sodertalje Kings (23-9) is placed third in the Basketligan. Bizaca is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Sodertalje Kings' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Bizaca averages: 17.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg.

   #6. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers 86-68 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Monday. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Stegnjaic averaged so far 10.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Austrian.

   #7. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, also represented by PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked BK Opava crushing them 74-49 in the Czech Republic NBL in Wednesday night's game. Primorac scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. He has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg.

   #8. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to Prievidza's victory against the closely-ranked Inter Bratislava 90-78 in the Slovakian SBL in Saturday night's game. Maric recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. He averaged so far 13.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in 40 games.

   #9. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help KK Vrsac Swisslion to win against the seventh-ranked Tamis 80-69 in the Serbian KLS last Wednesday. Pavlovic scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. Pavlovic has both Croatian and Serbian nationalities.

   #10. Matija Poscic (206-C-85, college: De Paul, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to a 2-point MAFC's victory against the fourth-ranked Vasas 84-82 in a derby game in the Hungarian A Division on Wednesday night. Poscic recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. He averaged so far 11.4ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.



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Javier Justiz's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Cubans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He led Estudiantes Concordia to a victory over the ninth-ranked Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (17-31) 75-67 in the Argentinian LigaA in Tuesday night's game. Justiz was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 20 rebounds. Justiz also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes on the court. Estudiantes Concordia (32-16) is placed second in Norte group. Justiz has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 60.7% in 46 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). Garcia contributed to a San Martin Corrientes' victory against the sixth-ranked Obras Basket (23-24) 84-77 in the Argentinian LigaA last Monday. He scored 15 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. San Martin Corrientes (34-13) is placed first in Norte group. This season Garcia has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 28.2% and FT: 69.5%. He played for the Cuban national team in 2009.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in Germany). Bartolo could not help Telekom Baskets (17-12) to beat Braunschweig (6-23). He recorded 5 points in 27 minutes. Telekom Baskets lost 84-92 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#16) Braunschweig. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Bartolo averages: 7.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 63.3%(69-109), 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 62.4% in 29 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo played for the Cuban national team six years ago.

Enrique Ramos
Enrique Ramos
   #4. Center Enrique Ramos (202-89, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was not able to help Brujos in their game against Vaqueros (2-3) in the Puerto Rican BSN. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But Brujos was defeated 77-67 in Bayamon by the higher-ranked Vaqueros (#7). But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Ramos' overall stats this year are: 3.7ppg and 2.0rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2012.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #5. Former international power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for SO Maritime Boulogne (10-18) in their game against Chorale de Roanne (12-15) in the French ProB (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Paumier recorded only 3 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. SO Maritime Boulogne was defeated 86-73 in Roanne by the higher-ranked Chorale de (#13). It's Paumier's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3bpg. Paumier used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #6. An experienced forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) helped Albacete win their game against the closely-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (13-16) 81-63 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. Elias scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Arcos Albacete Basket (9-20) is placed 14th in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Elias' overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked BK Usti nad Labem (14-18) crushing them 114-78 in the Czech Republic NBL on Tuesday night. Sant-Roos recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (31-1) is placed first. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Sant-Roos has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg and 2.2spg in 31 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Yudniel Perez (189-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help one of league's weakest teams Atleticos in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance Atleticos was defeated 112-107 on the road by the higher-ranked Caciques (#3). Perez was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Perez has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg and 3.3rpg.

   #3. Ismael Romero (203-C-91, also represented by Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Yudniel Perez and both played together in the last Puerto Rican BSN game. Romero was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Atleticos in their last game. Despite his very good performance Atleticos lost 107-112 in Humacao to the higher-ranked (#3) Caciques. Romero scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Romero has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg in six games.

   #4. Adrian Diaz (213-C-93, college: FIU, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for BC Timisoara (13-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed BC Timisoara (13-15) was defeated 85-81 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Oradea (#4) in the Places 1-6 group. Diaz scored 16 points. It's Diaz's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg and 5.0rpg. Diaz has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely he has never played in Cuba.

   #5. Juan Pineiro (193-G-90, another player represented by Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Brujos (1-5) in their game against Indios (1-5) in the Puerto Rican BSN. Pineiro scored 8 points and had 3 steals in 18 minutes. Brujos lost 90-94 in Mayaguez to the higher-ranked (#9) Indios. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Pineiro's overall stats are: 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.8apg in six games.

   #6. Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-G-97, currently plays in Belgium) managed to help Proximus Spirou Charleroi in a victory against the league outsider Liege Basket 80-76 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Tuesday. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. This year Casero-Ortiz averages just 0.5ppg in four games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and Belgian.

   #7. Yankiel Moreno (189-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Bondi Ferrara in their game against Verona in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Moreno scored 6 points and added 5 assists in 30 minutes. His team lost 58-72. This year Moreno's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.1apg and 1.3spg in 25 games. He has both Cuban and Italian nationalities. Despite Moreno's Cuban passport, he previously played for the Italian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cuban team.



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  CYPRUS  

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Baden JAXEN
  Etha
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Jaxen, Etha21.9 
 2. Brezec, AEK16.9 
 3. Abukar, Keravnos16.1 
 4. Ray, Enosis15.1 
 5. Bussey, Apoel14.5 
 6. Blakes, Enosis14.3 
 7. Pittakas, Apollon13.8 
 8. Walker, Etha13.6 
 9. Wright, Apoel13.2 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Thomas, Enosis8.3 
 2. Parks, Keravnos7.7 
 3. Dasic, AEK7.3 
 4. Mobley, Apoel7.2 
 5. Brezec, AEK6.4 
 6. Blakes, Enosis6.2 
 7. Barnes, Etha6.1 
 8. Wright, Apoel6.1 
 9. Thomas, AEK6.1 
 10. OBrien, Keravnos6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Barker, Keravnos5.9 
 2. Thomas, AEK5.2 
 3. Washington, Enosis4.7 
 4. Ross, Keravnos4.2 
 5. Jaxen, Etha4.1 
 6. Bussey, Apoel4.0 
 7. Koronides, Apollon3.8 
 8. Blakes, Enosis3.1 
 9. Brown, Apoel3.1 
 10. Walker, Etha3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.2 
 2. Thomas, AEK2.0 
 3. Washington, Enosis1.9 
 4. Dasic, AEK1.8 
 5. Pittakas, Apollon1.7 
 6. Barker, Keravnos1.6 
 7. Blakes, Enosis1.5 
 8. Parks, Keravnos1.5 
 9. Burnatowski, Apoel1.3 
 10. Jaxen, Etha1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.1 
 2. Suleiman, Apollon0.9 
 3. Mobley, Apoel0.9 
 4. Ortiz, Etha0.6 
 5. Parks, Keravnos0.6 
 6. Trisokkas, AEK0.5 
 7. OBrien, Keravnos0.5 
 8. Burnatowski, Apoel0.5 
 9. Brezec, AEK0.4 
 10. Biggs, AEK0.3 


Division A Round 4 of Semi-Finals. AEK advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Apoel - AEK 64-73

AEK outgunned Apoel on the road to seal Division A Finals appearance. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Apoel to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five AEK players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Vassilis Kounas (194-84) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Robert Brown (196-92, college: UAB) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Apoel: R.Brown 16+2reb, V.Kounas 13+5reb+1ast, T.Bussey 12+4reb+1ast, M.Best 8+5reb+1ast, G.Pantouris 8+1reb+3ast, B.Mobley 5+7reb
AEK: P.Brezec 17+6reb, A.Sizopoulos 14+3reb+1ast, L.Anderson 14+4reb+4ast, T.Petrovic 11+4reb+2ast, T.Thomas 10+13reb+7ast, T.Biggs 5+1reb
gschID: 544177





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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 Praha17.4 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.9 
 8. Pecka, Usti n.14.3 
 9. Thompson, Usti n.14.3 
 10. Allen, CEZ Nymburk14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.2 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.8.9 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy7.4 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Bohacik, USK Praha6.7 
 8. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 9. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 10. Kremen, MMCITE B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava5.6 
 4. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.3 
 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. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Smithson, Svitavy1.8 
 9. Slezak, Svitavy1.7 
 10. Bannister, Svitavy1.6 
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.0.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Pardu.0.6 
 10. Roseboro, Svitavy0.6 


Jan Vesely selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce to a victory against the eighth-ranked Gaziantep (13-13) 97-92 in the Turkish BSL in Friday night's game. Vesely scored 18 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (20-5) is placed first in the BSL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Vesely has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 72.3%(102-141) and FT: 75.4% in 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Turkey). Schilb was the major contributor in Galatasaray's victory against the 11th-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (9-17) 89-86 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. He scored 13 points and added 4 passes. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (19-6) is placed third in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Schilb has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 59.5%(50-84), 3FGP: 53.3%(32-60) and FT: 88.9%. He is a naturalized American. Schilb is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman David Jelinek (195-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). Jelinek could not help one of league's weakest teams Andorra (14-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Andorra was crushed 93-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) Unicaja Malaga. Jelinek scored 10 points and added 4 assists in 22 minutes. Jelinek has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 80.4% in 27 games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #4. Center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria) led Raiffeisen Wels to a victory over one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz (7-23) 84-65 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Monday night's game. Chan was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 16 rebounds. Chan also added 2 blocks. WBC Raiffeisen Wels (15-15) are placed fifth in the A Bundesliga. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Chan's stats this season are: 11.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2014.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #5. International point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Washington Wizards' victory against the Detroit Pistons (36-45) 105-101 in the NBA last Monday. Satoransky scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. The Washington Wizards have 49-33 record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Satoransky averages: 2.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.6apg in 58 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #6. Power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, another player represented by Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help La ICL Manresa in their game against Movil Estudiantes (12-16) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Auda scored 13 points. Auda averaged so far 10.1ppg and 4.1rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Filip Halada
Filip Halada
   #7. Former U20 international forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia) helped Rieker KN win their game against the closely-ranked Levice (1-11) 104-86 in the Slovakian SBL last Tuesday. He recorded 16 points and added 3 passes. MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno (24-16) is placed fifth in the SBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Halada averaged so far 10.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team five years ago.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #8. Shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in France) helped JL Bourg win their game against the league outsider JA Vichy (10-18) crushing them 98-58 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. Kyzlink recorded 9 points in 16 minutes. JL Bourg Basket (20-8) is placed first in the ProB. Kyzlink's stats this year are: 10.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.2apg in five games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81, currently plays in Slovakia) led Handlova to a surprising victory over the league leader Kosice (34-6) 80-74 in the Slovakian SBL in Tuesday night's game. Stria was the best player in that game. He recorded 23 points in 30 minutes. MBK Handlova (17-23) is placed eighth in the SBL. It's Stria's first season with the team. This year Stria's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg in 40 games he played so far.

   #2. Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) led Valdiceppo to a shocking victory over the second-ranked Bisceglie (23-6) 70-65 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Saturday night's game. Meccoli Matejca was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Basket Academy Valdiceppo Perugia (9-19) is placed 13th in Group D. Meccoli Matejca's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Meccoli Matejca's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.



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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.2 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.3 
 3. Bello, Randers19.0 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC16.6 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.6 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 9. Bonneau, Svendborg15.7 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. McGrew, SI.10.6 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.8 
 5. Baru, SISU8.8 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.8 
 7. Diouf, Bakken7.5 
 8. Moten, Svendborg7.0 
 9. Carter, Randers6.9 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Mack, Horsens IC4.5 
 4. Wilson, SISU4.3 
 5. Gesell, Bakken4.3 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 7. Dranginis, SISU4.2 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.2 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 4. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 5. Akoon-P., Bakken1.8 
 6. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 7. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 8. Nielsen, Horsholm1.6 
 9. Ross, Naestved1.6 
 10. Bello, Randers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 4. Diouf, Bakken0.9 
 5. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 6. Baru, SISU0.8 
 7. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 
 9. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.8 
 10. Colas, Randers0.8 


Chanan Colman selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel). He led Hapoel Eilat to a 3-point victory against the league leader Hapoel Holon (18-9) 84-81 in the Israeli Winner League in Wednesday night's game. Colman scored 12 points in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Eilat (17-10) is placed third in the Winner League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Colman averages: 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 81.0% in 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish senior national team nine years ago.

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Italy). Shields could not help Dolomiti En. TR (15-12) to beat Openjobmetis VA (12-15). He scored 8 points. It was his first game for Dolomiti En. TR this season. 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. So now every game will be critical. Shields played for the Danish national team in 2015.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden). He was not able to help Norrkoping Dolphins (23-9) in their last game. Despite Plannthin's very good performance Norrkoping Dolphins was edged 74-72 in Sodertalje by the lower-ranked (#3) Kings. He scored 15 points in 27 minutes. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. It's Plannthin's first season with the team. This year Plannthin's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 78.6% in 37 games. He played for the Danish national team two years ago.

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #4. Guard Darko Jukic (199-90, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Helios (0-6) crushing them 89-65 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Saturday night's game. Jukic scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Krka Novo Mesto (5-1) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Jukic's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Danish national team player.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #5. Former international power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (15-15) crushing them 97-68 in the German ProA (second division) last Wednesday. Larsen scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (27-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Larsen's total stats are: 3.1ppg and 3.4rpg in 14 games. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #6. Guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Viola RC in their last game on Saturday. Despite Voskuil's very good performance the tenth-placed Viola RC was edged 73-71 at home by the lower-ranked Scafati (#14) in the West group. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Voskuil also added 5 rebounds. Voskuil has relatively good stats this season: 14.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil is an international player who is currently on the senior Danish National Team roster. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #7. International center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Massagno to a victory against the fifth-ranked Winterthur (3-21) 89-81 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Bergstedt recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno (8-15) is placed fourth in Places 7-11 group. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. Bergstedt has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.7apg in 23 games. Bergstedt is also Danish national team player.

Zarko Jukic
Zarko Jukic
   #8. Forward Zarko Jukic (201-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Ourense (18-14) in their game against Palencia Baloncesto (21-11) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Ourense was defeated 76-68 on their home court in Ourense by the higher-ranked Palencia_Baloncesto (#5). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Jukic has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 1.8rpg. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Stefan Jevric (200-F-98) plays for Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa
Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) plays for Beroe in Bulgarian NBL
Nicolai Andersen (203-C-96) plays for Kouvot in Finnish Korisliiga
Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) plays for Leche Rio Breogan in Spanish LEB Gold
Mads Sturup (195-F/G-97) plays for Fontedoso Carrefour in Spanish LEB Silver
Lasse Elbaek (208-C-94) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketligan
Sebastian Petersen (188-G-95) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketligan
Mikkel Andersen (194-G-95) plays for Gimle BBK in Norwegian BLNO

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



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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, TTU17.1 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.8 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.9 
 6. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.7 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.5 
 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, Parnu8.3 
 4. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.0 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU7.8 
 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. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 5. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 6. Bratoz, Rapla3.8 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.3 
 10. Saage, TL.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.1 
 2. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 3. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 5. Paiste, Tarvas1.7 
 6. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 8. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga1.5 
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 



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  EUROLEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Langford, Unics21.8 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.0 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA16.3 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.2 
 6. Llull, Real Madrid16.1 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener.14.2 
 8. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.2 
 9. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.2 
 10. Larkin, Baskonia13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.4 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Voigtmann, Basko.7.2 
 4. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.1 
 5. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.8 
 7. Dunston, Anadolu .6.4 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.1 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.0 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.8 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 6. Colom, Unics5.7 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia5.6 
 8. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.6 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.5 
 4. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 5. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 6. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 8. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 9. Papanikolaou, Olympiac.1.2 
 10. Bogdanovic, Fener.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 4. Parakhouski, Unics1.2 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 6. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 8. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 9. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos0.9 


Fenerbahce surprise Panathinaikos in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Fenerbahce 58:71

Fenerbahce got to the winning start of their EuroLeague playoff campaign. The Istanbul powerhouse shocked Panathinaikos in Athens to take 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) tossed in 23 points to lead the visitors.
Fenerbahce managed to steal a narrow 16:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Panathinaikos though turned things around in the second quarter. The Greek side went on a furious 27:12 run to establish a 42:28 halftime advantage. But the hosts could not maintain the tempo. Fenerbahce stiffened defensively in the second half. The Turkish side limited Panathinaikos to just 16 points after the big break and raced to a comfortable victory. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) had 16 points, while Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points for the winners. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) responded with 16 points for Panathinaikos. Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar) banked in 14 points in the loss.

Panathinaikos: K.C. Rivers 16, Mike James 14
Fenerbahce: Bogdan Bogdanovic 23, Nikola Kalinic 16, Bobby Dixon 13



CSKA outlast Baskonia in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Baskonia 98:90

CSKA captured the opening victory in the EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Baskonia. The Moscow team claimed a tough home win in the opener. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) nailed 22 points to lead the winners.
CSKA Moscow dropped 26 points in the first period to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Baskonia managed to pull within 4 points at the interval 40:44. CSKA stepped on the gas in the third term. The Moscow side exploded with 28 points and secured a 72:62 lead heading into the fourth period. Baskonia though erased the deficit in the final term. Shane Larkin (180-PG-92, college: Miami, FL) and Tornike Shengelia helped the Basque team grab a 90:88 lead late in regulation. But CSKA wrapped up regulation with 10 straight points and rallied to the victory. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) provided 17 points, while Cory Higgins (195-G-89, college: Colorado) added 12 points for the winners. Shane Larkin responded with 17 points for Baskonia. Rodrigue Beaubois (185-G-88) tossed in 13 points in the loss.

CSKA: Milos Teodosic 22, Nando De Colo 17, Cory Higgins 12
Baskonia: Shane Larkin 17, Rodrigue Beaubois 13



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Sodertalje
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Bizaca, Sodertalje19.9 
 2. Clark, Chalon19.7 
 3. Allen, Kormend19.7 
 4. Jeter, Groningen19.4 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines18.9 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.7 
 7. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
 8. Roberson, Chalon17.5 
 9. Denmon, Gaziantep17.1 
 10. Jefferson, Gazia.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  Enisey
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Elegar, Enisey10.2 
 2. Jefferson, Gazia.9.9 
 3. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.1 
 4. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk8.2 
 5. Fall, Chalon8.2 
 6. Lipkevicius, Vytautas7.6 
 7. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
 8. Adrien, Bnei H.7.4 
 9. Barro, UBT C.7.3 
 10. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 2. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.8.3 
 3. Petty, Kormend6.8 
 4. Roberson, Chalon6.7 
 5. Jeter, Groningen6.4 
 6. Massamba, Soder.5.6 
 7. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 8. Green, Bnei H.5.4 
 9. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.4 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 2. Petty, Kormend2.2 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.2 
 4. Eldridge, Demir I.1.9 
 5. Cherry, Gaziantep1.9 
 6. Denmon, Gaziantep1.9 
 7. Edwards, Alba1.9 
 8. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.1.9 
 9. Wall, BK Pardubice1.8 
 10. Maric, Prievidza1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Chalon1.8 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.7 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.6 
 4. Elegar, Enisey1.5 
 5. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.4 
 7. Fieler, Groningen1.2 
 8. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.1 
 9. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk1.1 
 10. Johnson, Sodertalje1.1 


Chalon and Nanterre draw Finals opener - by Eurobasket News

Chalon - Nanterre 58:58

Chalon and Nanterre have not decided on the winner in the opening leg of FIBA Europe Cup Finals. The return leg is scheduled for April 25th in Nanterre.
The teams went neck and neck in the opening period. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Nanterre surged ahead in the second frame to take a 41:28 halftime advantage. Chalon came back to life in the third term. The hosts pulled within 8 points heading into the fourth frame. Chalon held their opponents to just 8 points in the final period and managed to erase the deficit tying the final score. Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91, college: Oklahoma) netted 16 points for the hosts. Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Chalon. Spencer Butterfield (190-G/F-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 15 points for Nanterre. Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 12 points for the visitors.

Chalon: Cameron Clark 16, Moustapha Fall 11+11 boards
Nanterre: Spencer Butterfield 15, Hugo Invernizzi 12



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  FINLAND  


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)



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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Dynamic BG Beograd lands Devin Brooks, ex Ohrid AV - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Dynamic BG Beograd (KLS) tabbed 25-year old American guard Devin Brooks (186-73kg-92, college: Creighton). He played recently at KK Ohrid AV in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 8 games he averaged impressive 24.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 4.3apg and 2.6spg this season. Brooks also played for another team Windy City Bulls in U.S. semi-pro league D-League earlier that season. But in three Prva Liga games he had just 1.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.7apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Estonian League Semifinals in 2016. Brooks received also Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Imports Team award in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in Estonia (Rapla) and D-League (Long Island Nets).
Brooks attended Creighton University until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)

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  GERMANY  


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

23-year old forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for Braunschweig and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Telekom Bsk (#6, 17-12) 92-84. Braunschweig maintains the 16th position in German league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 23 games and recorded just six victories. In the team's last game Pierre had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Braunschweig's top player in his first season with the team. University of Dayton graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pierre leads league in rebounds with 7.5rpg. Pierre is in league's top in and averages solid 56.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jack Cooley (206-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Ludwigsburg. He is American forward in his first season at Ludwigsburg. In the last game Cooley recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Ludwigsburg lost that game 75-84 to slightly lower-ranked Goettingen (#11, 11-18). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Ludwigsburg dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cooley is a newcomer at Ludwigsburg and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Gerald Robinson (185-PG-89) of ALBA (#5). Robinson scored 21 points. Despite Robinson's great performance ALBA lost 71-88 to the higher-ranked Brose Bask. (#2, 27-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing ALBA needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 12 lost games. Robinson has a very solid season. In 3 games in Germany he scored 15.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maik Zirbes (208-C-90) of B.Muenchen - 18 points and 10 rebounds
5. Brendan Lane (206-C-90) of Wuerzburg - 21 points and 3 rebounds
6. Ivan Elliott (203-F-86) of Bremerhaven - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Wuerzburg - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets - 6 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Dwayne Evans (201-F-92) of Giessen 46ers - 20 points and 11 rebounds
10. Devin Booker (205-C-91) of B.Muenchen - 15 points, 6 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)



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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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





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.



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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
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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. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 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. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 7. Nelson, PVSK P.6.1 
 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. Smith, MAFC2.0 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.9 
 7. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.9 
 8. Frazier, Kaposvari1.8 
 9. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
 10. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 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 


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

26-year old forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-F-90, agency: 011 Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for KTE-Duna and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Sopron KC (#5, 13-17) 88-86. KTE-Duna maintains the 3rd position in Hungarian league. KTE-Duna is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 15th lost game this season out of 31 games. In the team's last game Ivosev had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at KTE-Duna, through which he has constantly improved. Tomislav Ivosev averages this season 16.2ppg and 7.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) of top-ranked Alba. He is former international forward in his second season at Alba. In the last game Lorant recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Alba lost that game 89-96 to slightly lower-ranked Kormend (#2, 21-9). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Alba still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 22-8 record. Lorant is well-known at Alba and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Alba's star - forward Winston Shepard (203-F-93, agency: Diamond Sports). Shepard showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Shepard's great performance Alba lost 89-96 to #2 ranked Kormend. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Alba needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 22 victories and 8 lost games. Shepard has a very solid season. In 29 games in Hungary he scored 11.3ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 53.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Julien Mills (193-G-85) of Sopron KC - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Emanuel Ubilla (188-PG-86) of ZTE KK - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Lenzelle Smith Jr. (193-G-91) of Kormend - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Chris Smith (193-G-94) of PVSK Pannon - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Brandon Johnson (183-G-86) of Sopron KC - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88) of Kormend - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Malik Cooke (201-F-89) of Kaposvari - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Best players of Iranian Superleague round 8 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Irish-Australian Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Azad and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old center had the game-high 17 points adding four rebounds for Azad in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Kashan (#4, 2-4) with 34-point margin 83-49. Azad maintains the 2nd position in their group in Iranian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Azad will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. Ogilvy just recently signed at Azad, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Andrew James Ogilvy averages just after three games 16.0ppg and 9.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old international center Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) of Group 2 second-ranked Arak. Kardoust impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he led Arak to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Army (#4, 1-4) 80-52. This victory allowed Arak to move up to second position in Group 1. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Kardoust is well-known by Arak fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international center Masoud Soleimani (207-C) of Kashan (#4). Soleimani scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Soleimani's great performance Kashan lost 49-83 to #2 ranked Azad. 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 Kashan not to end season at such low position in Group 2, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Soleimani could try to bring Kashan's a little bit higher in the standings. Soleimani has a very solid season. In 23 games in Iran he scored 10.6ppg. He also has 6.2rpg and FGP: 65.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James White (201-F/G-82) of Petrochimi - 10 points and 7 rebounds
5. Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Azad - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of Petrochimi - 18 points and 6 rebounds
7. Ali Baheran (188-SG-86) of Azad - 5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91) of Petrochimi - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Oshin Sahakian (200-PF-86) of Petrochimi - 9 points and 6 rebounds
10. Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83) of Arak - 11 points, 6 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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Superleague Final 6: Al Mina loses to Al Shurtah - by Greg

Al Shurtah - Al Mina loses to 97-80

Al Shurtah defeated Al Mina 97-80 in first game of Final 6 stage of Superleague. It was a superb battle of both teams superstars - Justin Hawkins (203-SF-85, college: N.Mexico St.) and Bobby Brown (201-G/F-94, college: Alabama St.). Hawkins led the winners with 45 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists on 53 shooting. On the other side Brown responded with double-double of 29 points, 12 rebounds and added 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block on 50% shooting.



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Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.9 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.22.4 
 3. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 4. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 5. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.5 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.4 
 7. Brown, Ironi R.20.2 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.19.9 
 9. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
 10. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Germain JORDAN
  Galil Elion
  (198-C/F-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 2. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.1 
 3. Warren, Maccabi .11.1 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.8 
 5. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.4 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.2 
 7. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa9.8 
 9. Allen, Hapoel B/S9.8 
 10. Gaston, Hapoel M.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.8 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.7.0 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S5.9 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.5 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.5.1 
 7. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.6 
 8. Salz, Galil Elion4.6 
 9. Hofman, Ironi N.4.5 
 10. Fisher, Hapoel B/S4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.8 
 2. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.5 
 3. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.5 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .2.3 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.2 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 7. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 8. Pointer, Ironi K-A1.9 
 9. Olasewere, Hap.R/G.1.8 
 10. Rosenberg, Hapoel M.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.2 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 3. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.9 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .1.4 
 6. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 7. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 8. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.2 
 9. Roberts, Ironi N.1.1 
 10. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.1 


Rest of the World celebrate victory in 2017 All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

Rest of the World - Israel 139:127

Rest of the World selection claimed victory in today's All-Star Game. Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) posted 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. The forward was named the MVP.
World eked out a 33:32 lead after the opening frame. The import players extended the lead in the second term. Rest of the World side accumulated a 70:57 halftime advantage. Rest of the World stretched the margin at 21-point mark heading into the fourth period. Israel selection unleashed 43 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss. Charles Thomas (203-F/C-86, college: Arkansas) and Nick Faust (198-G-93, college: Long Beach St.) accounted for 17 points each in the victory. Itay Segev (205-PF-95) answered with 20 points for Israel. Tamir Blatt (180-PG-97) produced 14 points in the loss.
Eric Griffin (203-F-90, college: Campbell) celebrated victory in traditional Slam Dunk Contest, while Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-PG-86, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Pro Sports) earned win in Three-Point Shootout Contest.

Rest of the World: Amare Stoudemire 18, Charles Thomas 17, Nick Faust 17
Israel: Itay Segev 20, Tamir Blatt 14



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Capo d'Orlando signed Pawel Kikowski - by Nico Silvestri

Betaland Capo d'Orlando signed 30-years old polish guard Pawel Kikowski (193-G/F-86). This will be only his second experience outside Poland.
He started the season in Poland, playing with King Szczecin (third consecutive season there). In 29 games he averaged 14 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.2 apg. He had impressive stat at free throw line, with 92,2% (94-102).
In 2015-2016 he played his second season in King Szczecin. In 36 games he had 14.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.4 apg.
In 2014-2105 he had 13.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.5 apg.
Previously he played for Kotwica Kolobrzeg, Polpak Swiecie, Olimpija Ljubiana, Trefl Sopot, Czarni Slupsk and Slask Wroclaw. He was also member of the polish national team.

A small outlook of him: "Pawel is a member of the Polish Mens National team and was voted to the Polish All-Star Game in 2008... he is one of the most promising and talented young players in Poland... naturaly a shooting guard but who also can play some minutes on the small forward position because of his physical abilities... tremendous athlete with great leaping ability. extremely versatile on offense, possesses all the tools to beat his defender and to score, high percentage 3-point range as well as middle range jump shots, floating lay-ups, and dunks. he's an exceptional defender who can stop dribble penetration, while also working the passing lanes for steals.... on top of his talent he shows super work ethics, always staying after practice to work on his ballhandling, one-on-one, or just shooting."



Pawel Kikowski (ex Szczecin) signs at Betaland Cdo - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) landed 31-year old Polish international swingman Pawel Kikowski (193-86). He started the season at King Szczecin in Polish PLK league. Kikowski has played there for the last three years. In 29 PLK games he averaged 14.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg this season. The last season he played also at Wilki Morskie (TBL) in Polish league where in 36 games he had 14.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements Kikowski's team won Polish Cup in 2009 and 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga 1st Team award back in 2013.
Kikowski has been a member of Polish international program for some years. He has been regularly called to Polish senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006.
Kikowski has played previously professionally also in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Poland (Slask, Kotwica, Energa Czarni, Swiecie and Trefl II Sopot).
His game is described as: Pawel is a member of the Polish Mens National team and was voted to the Polish All-Star Game in 2008... he is one of the most promising and talented young players in Poland... naturaly a shooting guard but who also can play some minutes on the small forward position because of his physical abilities... tremendous athlete with great leaping ability. extremely versatile on offense, possesses all the tools to beat his defender and to score, high percentage 3-point range as well as middle range jump shots, floating lay-ups, and dunks. he's an exceptional defender who can stop dribble penetration, while also working the passing lanes for steals.... on top of his talent he shows super work ethics, always staying after practice to work on his ballhandling, one-on-one, or just shooting.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  LATVIA  

LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Barrett, Madona26.7 
 2. Miezis, Kekava24.6 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 4. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava20.8 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava17.4 
 8. Skute, Madona17.2 
 9. Bets, Ogre/Kum.16.8 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.11.5 
 3. Dubults, ViA11.1 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.7 
 5. Cavars, Kekava10.4 
 6. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.0 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 8. Adins, Turiba9.0 
 9. Metnieks, Marupe8.8 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Buikis, Saldus7.9 
 2. Endzels, Turiba6.9 
 3. Justovics, Jelgava6.7 
 4. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 5. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 6. Kohanovs, ViA5.7 
 7. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 8. Osins, Limbazi5.3 
 9. Zotovs, VEF skola5.2 
 10. Pabrieza, Livani4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aivars DAMBIS
  BJBS R.
  (183-G-0)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 2. Miezis, Kekava3.1 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 5. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 6. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 8. Osins, Limbazi2.3 
 9. Brants, Madona2.3 
 10. Justovics, Jelgava2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Engers, ViA1.3 
 3. Skute, Madona1.3 
 4. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.1 
 6. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 7. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 8. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 9. Viksna, Livani0.9 
 10. Hudins, VEF skola0.9 


Latvian LBL round 31 best performance: D'or Fischer - by Eurobasket News

American-Israeli Center D'or Fischer (211-C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Valmiera/ ORDO, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 35-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds, while his team outclassed Barons Riga (#4, 16-15) with 30-point margin 88-58. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Valmiera maintains the 2nd position in Latvian LBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Valmiera will need more victories to improve their 21-11 record. Fischer just recently signed at Valmiera, being already a very valuable addition to the team. D'or Fischer averages this season 15.2ppg and 8.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old American Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of league's leader Ventspils. Deane had a very good evening with 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Ventspils lost that game 66-87 to slightly lower-ranked Jekabpils (#3, 18-14). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Ventspils still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 5th loss this season, while they won 27 other games. Deane is a newcomer at Ventspils and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Arturs Ausejs (192-G-90) of Liepaja/Triobet (#5). Ausejs scored 28 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Ausejs' great performance Liepaja/Triobet lost 75-84 to slightly lower-ranked VEF Riga (#6, 14-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Liepaja/Triobet ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ausejs could help Liepaja/Triobet to bring them higher in the standings. Ausejs has a great season in Latvia. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.2ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martins Meiers (208-C-91) of VEF Riga - 16 points and 5 rebounds
5. Davis Rozitis (215-C-90) of Barons Riga - 15 points and 13 rebounds
6. Renars Birkans (184-PG-97) of LU - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Arturs Duselis (201-F-89) of Jurmala - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Roberts Stumbris (199-SF-93) of Jekabpils - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-C-85) of Jekabpils - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mareks Mejeris (208-F-91) of VEF Riga - 10 points and 7 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)



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: Players Group) accounted for 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. VEF Riga's coach Janis Gailitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Arturs Ausejs (192-90) came up with 28 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Liepaja/Triobet in the defeat. VEF Riga maintains sixth place with 14-4 record. Liepaja/Triobet at the other side keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Ausejs 28+6reb+2ast, A.Butjankovs 11+2reb, M.Jurevicus 9+5reb+4ast, C.Montgomery 8+7reb+2ast, R.Krastins 7+5reb+1ast, J.Steele 6+4reb+5ast
VEF Riga: M.Meiers 16+5reb, J.Blums 13+2reb+3ast, M.Mejeris 10+7reb+1ast, K.Richard 10+2reb, A.Skele 9+2reb+4ast, A.Gaddy 7+3reb+6ast
gschID: 533080


Jekabpils - Ventspils 87-66

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) and the former international forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. 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.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: W.Deane 17+2reb+4ast, K.Janicenoks 13+1reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 8+2reb+1ast, T.O'Brien 6+5reb, F.Campbell 6+2reb+5ast, A.Ate 4+4reb
Jekabpils: R.Stumbris 20+5reb, M.Kumpys 18+5reb+1ast, J.Aleksejevs 13+6reb+2ast, R.Sirsnins 9+8reb+5ast, A.Selakovs 7+6reb, P.Veselovs 6+3reb
gschID: 533082





Rodions Kurucs Enters 2017 NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs (6'9''-SF-98) has declared for the 2017 NBA draft as an early entrant, according to agent Arturs Kalnitis. The 1998-born prospect will have until June 13 to reverse course and withdraw his name, though he appears likely to remain in the draft pool based on expert projections. A 6'8 wing for Barcelona 2 in Spain, Kurucs is the 21st-best prospect on DraftExpress' big board, and comes in at No. 33 on Chad Ford's board at ESPN.com. According to Ford, Kurucs remains a 'major work in progress,' since he still doesn't play a ton in Spain. However, the 19-year-old has displayed good athleticism and length, as well as solid shooting range. Assuming Kurucs remains in this year's draft, he's a candidate to be drafted-and-stashed by a team in the second half of the first round, writes Ford. Teams with multiple first-round picks, in particular, could be landing spots for the Latvian - in Ford's most recent mock draft, he had Kurucs coming off the board at No. 24 to the Magic, with Orlando's second first-rounder.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Khatib, Homenetmen24.2 
 3. Johnson, Louaize24.1 
 4. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 5. Rembert, Champville23.5 
 6. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 7. Kemp, Tadamon23.2 
 8. Jackson, Homen.22.7 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed22.6 
 10. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Majok, Homenetmen11.7 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse10.0 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed10.0 
 7. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.5 
 8. Bawji, Champville9.4 
 9. Johnson, Louaize8.5 
 10. Thomas, Hoops8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.2 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.8 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.4 
 5. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 6. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Spencer, Moutahed4.9 
 9. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
 10. Curry, Moutahed4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.7 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.6 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.0 
 4. Curry, Moutahed1.9 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos1.7 
 10. Mezher, Hoops1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.6 
 3. Townes, Champville2.2 
 4. Godfrey, Sagesse2.0 
 5. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed1.7 
 7. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.5 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.2 
 9. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 10. Johnson, Louaize1.1 


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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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Baron, Neptunas13.6 
 3. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.5 
 4. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.4 
 5. Diggs, Juventus13.2 
 6. Zabas, P.Zvaigzdes13.1 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus13.0 
 8. Low, P.Zvaigzdes13.0 
 9. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.3 
 10. Madgen, Lietkabelis12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  Lietuvos.
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gordon, Lietuvos.8.0 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.9 
 3. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.8 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.6 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.5 
 6. Echodas, Siauliai6.0 
 7. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.8 
 9. Korenyuk, Siauliai5.4 
 10. Lekunas, Siauliai5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Prostran, Nevezis6.9 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.7 
 3. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 4. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.5 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.6 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.1 
 8. Pangos, Zalgiris4.0 
 9. Lekavicius, Zalgiris4.0 
 10. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  Lietkabe.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 2. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.6 
 3. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.6 
 4. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.5 
 5. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 6. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 7. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 8. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.1.4 
 9. Zabas, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 10. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andriy AGAFONOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (208-PF-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.4 
 2. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.3 
 3. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 
 5. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 6. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.9 
 7. Lima, Zalgiris0.9 
 8. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 9. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 10. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Jonathan HUDSON
  Palanga
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 2. Vingelis, Rasai18.6 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.4 
 4. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 5. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.3 
 6. Galeckas, Rasai16.1 
 7. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 8. Beliavicius, Vytis15.1 
 9. Saulys, Suduva-M.14.7 
 10. Pukelis, Silute14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.0 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.1 
 3. Pukelis, Silute7.5 
 4. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 5. Jankaitis, Vytis7.2 
 6. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 7. Simonis, Palanga6.9 
 8. Raupys, Silute6.8 
 9. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.6.6 
 10. Valukonis, Suduva-M.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.0 
 2. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 3. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.6.0 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.4 
 5. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 6. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 7. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 8. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.4.6 
 9. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
 10. Wanamaker, Silute4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Telsiai
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Razutis, Telsiai2.5 
 2. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 3. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Silute2.3 
 5. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.2 
 6. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Mikalauskas, Mazei.1.8 
 9. Jonuska, Mazeikiai1.8 
 10. Narusis, Ezerunas.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.0 
 2. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 3. Pukelis, Silute1.1 
 4. Massalski, Perla.0.9 
 5. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.9 
 6. Udras, Suduva-M.0.8 
 7. Ramasauskas, Nafta.0.8 
 8. Kieza, Suduva-M.0.8 
 9. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 
 10. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.7 


Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 33 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Former international Guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Vytautas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 34-year old guard got a double-double of 30 points and ten assists, while his team beat Neptunas (#4, 18-15) 96-89. Vytautas is placed at 5th position in Lithuanian LKL. Vytautas 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 17-16 record. In the team's last game Delininkaitis had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Vytautas' top player in his first season with the team. Tomas Delininkaitis averages this season 13.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American power forward Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89) of Neptunas. Grant impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Neptunas lost that game 89-96 to slightly lower-ranked Vytautas (#5, 17-16). Neptunas managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 18-15 record is not bad at all. Grant is well-known by Neptunas fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Vytautas' star - Laurynas Birutis (213-C/F-97). Birutis scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Vytautas, helping his team with a 96-89 win against slightly higher-ranked Neptunas (#4, 18-15). Vytautas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 16 lost games. Birutis has a very solid season. In 2 games in Lithuania he scored 18.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) of P.Zvaigzdes - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Regimantas Miniotas (206-C/F-96) of Vytautas - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) of Dzukija - 5 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Donatas Sabeckis (197-F-92) of Siauliai - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Jamar Diggs (188-PG-88) of Juventus - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86) of Lietuvos rytas - 18 points and 2 rebounds
10. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84) of Zalgiris - 15 points and 4 rebounds

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



LKL Round 33: Zalgiris beat Lietkabelis in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kaunas. First ranked Zalgiris faced 3rd placed Lietkabelis. Host Zalgiris (30-3) smashed guests from Panevezys (23-10) 84-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lietkabelis. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Lietkabelis' 22. Zalgiris forced 20 Lietkabelis turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Zalgiris especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) who scored 15 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) who recorded 18 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 30-3 record. Lietkabelis at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Zalgiris are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Siauliai (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lietkabelis will play against the league's second-placed Lietuvos rytas (#2) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Prienai was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Neptunas (18-15) played at the court of sixth ranked Vytautas (17-16). Vytautas managed to secure a 7-point victory 96-89. It was a good game for the former international guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 assists (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!). Regimantas Miniotas contributed with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for Neptunas. Neptunas' coach Dainius Adomaitis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Juventus. Neptunas at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. Vytautas will play against Nevezis (#9) in Kedainiai in the next round. Neptunas will play on the road against P.Zvaigzdes (#7) in Pasvalys and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kedainiai. Local Nevezis (6-27) was outscored by third ranked Lietuvos rytas (24-9) 92-56 on Monday night. Arturas Gudaitis stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Lietuvos rytas' coach Rimas Kurtinaitis felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Karolis Petrukonis with 17 points. Lietuvos rytas moved-up to second place. Nevezis lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 27 games lost. They share it with Siauliai. Lietuvos rytas will meet at home Lietkabelis (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nevezis will play against Vytautas (#5) in Prienai and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 33 Siauliai was defeated by Dzukija in Alytus 69-51. Juventus was beaten by P.Zvaigzdes at home 91-97.
The best stats of 33th round was 12 points by Brock Motum of Zalgiris.

Dzukija - Siauliai 69-51

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Siauliai's (6-27) road loss to eighth ranked Dzukija (9-24) 51-69 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Dzukija. Siauliai managed to win third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Siauliai 54-40 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Karolis Guscikas (205-92, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Spanish guard Alejandro Hernandez (189-90) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Dzukija's coach Andrej Urlep used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Donatas Sabeckis (197-92) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Tomas Lekunas (201-93) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Dzukija maintains eighth place with 9-24 record. Loser Siauliai dropped to the bottom. They share the position with Nevezis. Dzukija will meet higher ranked Juventus (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Siauliai will play against the league's leader Zalgiris (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: D.Sabeckis 14+10reb+6ast, T.Lekunas 13+7reb+1ast, M.Echodas 8+5reb, V.Korenyuk 5+6reb+1ast, L.Aukstikalnis 3+3reb+1ast, P.Hill Jr. 3+4reb+1ast
Dzukija: A.Hernandez 14+5reb+4ast, J.Gavin 14+1reb+1ast, K.Guscikas 11+12reb+2ast, G.Navickas 9+2reb+1ast, A.Kashirov 8+9reb, P.Morkeliunas 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 491608


Vytautas - Neptunas 96-89

The game in Prienai was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Neptunas (18-15) played at the court of sixth ranked Vytautas (17-16). Vytautas managed to secure a 7-point victory 96-89. Neptunas was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Vytautas, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Neptunas was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 assists (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!). Power forward Regimantas Miniotas (206-96) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Chris Lofton (188-86, college: Tennessee) added 17 points in the effort for Neptunas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Neptunas' coach Dainius Adomaitis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Juventus. Neptunas at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. Vytautas will play against Nevezis (#9) in Kedainiai in the next round. Neptunas will play on the road against P.Zvaigzdes (#7) in Pasvalys and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: C.Lofton 17+1ast, J.Grant 15+11reb+1ast, A.Siksnius 13+1reb+1ast, L.Beliauskas 10+2reb+1ast, D.Ewing 8+1reb+6ast, M.Kacinas 8+1reb+1ast
Vytautas: T.Delininkaitis 30+3reb+10ast, L.Birutis 19+6reb, D.Gvezdauskas 14+1reb+2ast, R.Miniotas 12+10reb+3ast, A.Valeika 9+3reb, M.Linkevicius 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 491606


Zalgiris - Lietkabelis 84-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kaunas. First ranked Zalgiris faced 3rd placed Lietkabelis. Host Zalgiris (30-3) smashed guests from Panevezys (23-10) 84-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lietkabelis. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Lietkabelis' 22. Zalgiris forced 20 Lietkabelis turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Zalgiris especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) who scored 15 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) who recorded 18 points and American point guard Lorenzo Williams (190-84, college: Rice) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 30-3 record. Lietkabelis at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Zalgiris are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Siauliai (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lietkabelis will play against the league's second-placed Lietuvos rytas (#2) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 18+3reb+3ast, L.Williams 10+2reb+5ast, D.Tarolis 10+1ast, Z.Skucas 7+2reb+2ast, M.Lukauskis 6+1reb, K.Lavrinovic 6+3reb+1ast
Zalgiris: A.Kavaliauskas 15+4reb, B.Motum 12+4reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 11+3reb+4ast, G.Masiulis 9+1reb, P.Jankunas 8+3reb+2ast, A.Milaknis 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 491609


Juventus - P.Zvaigzdes 91-97

There was a small surprise in Utena where seventh ranked P.Zvaigzdes (15-18) defeated 5th ranked Juventus (17-16) 97-91 on Monday. Juventus was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. P.Zvaigzdes made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-93) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Canadian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. P.Zvaigzdes' coach Ramunas Cvirka used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-88, college: Wofford, agency: Octagon Europe) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Dovis Bickauskis (188-93) scored 15 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. P.Zvaigzdes maintains seventh place with 15-18 record. Loser Juventus keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Vytautas. P.Zvaigzdes will meet at home higher ranked Neptunas (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Juventus will play against Dzukija and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Juventus: J.Diggs 19+5reb+5ast, D.Bickauskis 15+4reb+2ast, D.Salenga 15+4reb+1ast, V.Vasylius 11+6reb+2ast, V.Cepukaitis 10+6reb, O.Galdikas 8+4reb+1ast
P.Zvaigzdes: E.Zabas 16+2reb+4ast, O.Olisevicius 15+5reb+2ast, E.Dimsa 13+4reb, J.Tamulis 13+4ast, K.Babkauskas 11+1reb+5ast, D.Low 9+4ast
gschID: 491607


Nevezis - Lietuvos rytas 56-92

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kedainiai. Local Nevezis (6-27) was outscored by third ranked Lietuvos rytas (24-9) 92-56 on Monday night. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Nevezis' 36. Lietuvos rytas forced 26 Nevezis turnovers. International power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 18 points. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Lietuvos rytas' coach Rimas Kurtinaitis felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) with 17 points and forward Paulius Petrilevicius (200-91) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Lietuvos rytas moved-up to second place. Nevezis lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 27 games lost. They share it with Siauliai. Lietuvos rytas will meet at home Lietkabelis (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nevezis will play against Vytautas (#5) in Prienai and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: K.Petrukonis 17+3reb, P.Petrilevicius 9+9reb+1ast, I.Smiljanic 7+6reb+2ast, I.Vaitkus 6+2reb, J.Love-Roberts 6+5reb+4ast, V.Volkus 6+3reb+1ast
Lietuvos rytas: J.Baron 18+2reb+1ast, A.Gudaitis 14+6reb+1ast, C.Hannah 12+1reb+3ast, C.Fisher 10+1reb+6ast, J.Jucikas 8, T.Brown 7+1reb
gschID: 491605





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  LUXEMBOURG  

Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Tabb, Arantia28.6 
 2. Morgan, Contern27.2 
 3. Reese, Sparta26.5 
 4. Richardson, Resid.25.8 
 5. Gulley, Musel Pikes25.7 
 6. Sims, Arantia25.1 
 7. Johnson, T7123.8 
 8. Leonard, Bascharage23.6 
 9. Mondy, Arantia23.0 
 10. Atkins, Contern22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Tabb, Arantia15.4 
 2. McNutt, Etzella12.5 
 3. Stephens, T7111.5 
 4. Coleman, Amicale11.4 
 5. Barden, Etzella11.1 
 6. Johnson, T7110.8 
 7. Atkins, Contern10.6 
 8. Rugg, Musel Pikes10.4 
 9. Robinson, Sparta10.4 
 10. McDaniel, Amicale9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bob MELCHER
  Amicale
  (189-G-94)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Melcher, Amicale6.9 
 2. Birenbaum, Contern5.1 
 3. Mondy, Arantia4.8 
 4. Richardson, Resid.4.6 
 5. Schumacher, T714.5 
 6. Leonard, Bascharage3.5 
 7. Biever, Basket Esch3.2 
 8. Ruffato, T713.2 
 9. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.9 
 10. Delgado, Etzella2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Duke MONDY
  Arantia
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Mondy, Arantia3.1 
 2. Tabb, Arantia2.6 
 3. Richardson, Resid.2.3 
 4. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.1 
 5. Morgan, Contern2.1 
 6. Birenbaum, Contern2.1 
 7. Atkins, Contern2.0 
 8. Barden, Etzella1.9 
 9. Nunes, Arantia1.6 
 10. Reese, Sparta1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Titus ROBINSON
  Sparta
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Robinson, Sparta2.1 
 2. McNutt, Etzella1.7 
 3. Melcher, Amicale1.0 
 4. Coleman, Amicale0.9 
 5. McDaniel, Amicale0.8 
 6. Barden, Etzella0.8 
 7. Rugg, Musel Pikes0.7 
 8. Reese, Sparta0.7 
 9. Atkins, Contern0.6 
 10. Feipel, Bascharage0.6 


Total League Round 11 (Second Stage): Racing is defeated by Bascharage - by Eurobasket News

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 Racing (25-3) in Luxembourg on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Bascharage (4-23) 66-62. Strangely Racing outrebounded Bascharage 45-28 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Phillip Leonard (188-93, college: Mercer) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Emilio Parks (198-92, college: Johnson C. Smith) helped adding 11 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Mark Ogden (206-94, college: Dixie St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. Bascharage maintains fourth place in League with 4-23 record. Newly promoted Racing still keeps top position with three games lost. Bascharage are looking forward to face league's second-placed Residence in Bereldange in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Racing will play on the road against the league's leader Basket Esch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Heffingen. First ranked Basket Esch (17-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Heffingen (18-10) 73-70 in the game for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in League. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian swingman Marko Latinovic (203-87, college: Erskine) who led the winners and scored 22 points. Bill Clark accounted for 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American power forward Mike Jones (203-83, college: N.Texas) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 22 rebounds for Heffingen in the defeat. Basket Esch maintains first place in League with 17-11 record. Newly promoted Heffingen keeps the second position with ten games lost. Basket Esch will play against league's leader Racing in Luxembourg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Heffingen will play on the road against Kordall Steelers in Rodange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Etzella (17-11) against sixth ranked Sparta (13-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Etzella was defeated by Sparta in a tough game in Bertrange 82-86. Sparta maintains sixth place in League with 13-15 record. Etzella at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Steinsel. First ranked host Amicale (25-3) smashed 4th placed T71 (15-12) 108-81. Shavon Coleman orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Amicale's coach Ken Diederich felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 25-3 record. T71 at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Larochette. Third ranked host Arantia (8-21) defeated 3rd placed Kordall Steelers (16-12) 94-90. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a great evening for Ladarius Tabb who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Arantia maintains third place in League with 8-21 record having sixteen points less than leader Amicale which they share with defeated Kordall Steelers. Newly promoted Kordall Steelers keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Arantia will face BC Mess (#4) in Mondercange in the next round. Kordall Steelers will play at home against the league's second-placed Heffingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 11
In League Musel Pikes won against Contern on the opponent's court 82-75. Residence outscored BC Mess in a home game 103-70.

Places 1-6
Amicale - T71 108-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Steinsel. First ranked host Amicale (25-3) smashed 4th placed T71 (15-12) 108-81. Amicale players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American forward Shavon Coleman (196-92, college: LSU, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). International guard Bob Melcher (189-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Amicale's coach Ken Diederich felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International point guard Tom Schumacher (190-87) answered with a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and American power forward Cory Johnson (202-88, college: Valparaiso) added 24 points in the effort for T71. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 25-3 record. T71 at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Amicale: S.Coleman 31+12reb+3ast, B.McDaniel 24+9reb+2ast, B.Melcher 20+5reb+11ast, S.Picard 14+1reb+4ast, P.Koster 7+3reb+3ast, A.Laurent 3+5reb+1ast
T71: C.Johnson 24+4reb+1ast, E.Anderson 18+9reb, T.Schumacher 17+11reb+10ast, T.Schmit 16+5reb+1ast, C.Laures 4+3reb+1ast, M.Berens 2
gschID: 534554


Contern - Musel Pikes 75-82

Rather expected game in Luxembourg where 5th ranked Contern (13-15) was defeated by second ranked Musel Pikes (20-9) 82-75 on Saturday. It was a great evening for American power forward Clancy Rugg (203-91, college: Vermont, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import swingman Jarmar Gulley (196-91, college: Missouri St.) helped adding 24 points and 11 rebounds. International point guard Raul Birenbaum (182-89) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Jesse Morgan (196-91, college: Temple) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Musel Pikes maintains second place in League with 20-9 record having four points less than leader Amicale. Loser Contern keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: C.Rugg 38+10reb+5ast, J.Gulley 24+11reb+3ast, L.Schwartz 10+1reb+1ast, J.Kox 6+3reb+4ast, T.Welter 2+2reb+2ast, J.Kalmes 2+8reb+1ast
Contern: J.Morgan 18+6reb+3ast, R.Birenbaum 17+5reb+6ast, R.Wolzfeld 17+5reb+3ast, M.Atkins 6+10reb+3ast, B.Goergen 6+1reb, Y.Besch 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 534553


Sparta - Etzella 86-82

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Etzella (17-11) against sixth ranked Sparta (13-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Etzella was defeated by Sparta in a tough game in Bertrange 82-86. Sparta maintains sixth place in League with 13-15 record. Etzella at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 534552


Playdowns
Heffingen - Basket Esch 70-73

Important game to mention about took place in Heffingen. First ranked Basket Esch (17-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Heffingen (18-10) 73-70 in the game for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in League. Strangely Heffingen outrebounded Basket Esch 44-19 including a 16-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian swingman Marko Latinovic (203-87, college: Erskine) who led the winners and scored 22 points. American forward Bill Clark (196-88, college: Duquesne) accounted for 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Four Basket Esch players scored in double figures. American power forward Mike Jones (203-83, college: N.Texas) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 22 rebounds and the other American import guard Evrik Gary (191-91, college: Francis Marion) added 25 points respectively for Heffingen in the defeat. Basket Esch maintains first place in League with 17-11 record. Newly promoted Heffingen keeps the second position with ten games lost. Basket Esch will play against league's leader Racing in Luxembourg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Heffingen will play on the road against Kordall Steelers in Rodange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: M.Latinovic 22+4reb, P.Arbaut 12+3reb+2ast, A.Rodenbourg 12+2reb+2ast, B.Clark 11+8reb+7ast, P.Biever 7, J.Biever 6+1reb+3ast
Heffingen: E.Gary 25+1reb+3ast, M.Jones 21+22reb, J.Thesen 10+2reb, Y.Bellwald 8+6reb+4ast, C.Zender 4+11reb+2ast, A.Borbon 2
gschID: 534555


Arantia - Kordall Steelers 94-90

The game between Top Four teams took place in Larochette. Third ranked host Arantia (8-21) defeated 3rd placed Kordall Steelers (16-12) 94-90. Arantia made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game, while Kordall Steelers only scored six points from the stripe. Arantia forced 27 Kordall Steelers turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a great evening for swingman Ladarius Tabb (196, college: Alabama A&M) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Guard Duke Mondy (193-90, college: Oakland) helped adding 21 points and 4 assists. Forward Antonio Bivins (198-92, college: Mass.-Lowell) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and forward Marlin Mason (201-93, college: Cleveland St.) scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Arantia and five Kordall Steelers players scored in double figures. Arantia maintains third place in League with 8-21 record having sixteen points less than leader Amicale which they share with defeated Kordall Steelers. Newly promoted Kordall Steelers keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Arantia will face BC Mess (#4) in Mondercange in the next round. Kordall Steelers will play at home against the league's second-placed Heffingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arantia: L.Tabb 24+13reb+5ast, D.Mondy 21+3reb+4ast, L.Kirpach 19+2reb, J.Pedro Nunes 11+4reb+5ast, S.Ferreira 9+8reb, P.Oly 5+3reb
Kordall Steelers: A.Bivins 33+11reb+1ast, S.Muepu 16+3reb, M.Mason 16+7reb+5ast, T.Kaspereit 11+1reb+2ast, Y.Neves 11+5reb+4ast, C.Weiler 3+4reb
gschID: 534558


Racing - Bascharage 62-66

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Racing (25-3) in Luxembourg on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Bascharage (4-23) 66-62. Strangely Racing outrebounded Bascharage 45-28 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Phillip Leonard (188-93, college: Mercer) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Emilio Parks (198-92, college: Johnson C. Smith) helped adding 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four Bascharage players scored in double figures. Forward Mark Ogden (206-94, college: Dixie St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Scott Morton (195-87, college: Geneseo St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Bascharage maintains fourth place in League with 4-23 record. Newly promoted Racing still keeps top position with three games lost. Bascharage are looking forward to face league's second-placed Residence in Bereldange in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Racing will play on the road against the league's leader Basket Esch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bascharage: P.Leonard 23+7reb+1ast, S.Kuhlmann 12+4reb, E.Parks 11+10reb, S.Mersch 10+3reb+1ast, L.Arendt 9+4reb, M.Feipel 1
Racing: L.Soragna 17+5reb+1ast, M.Ogden 13+18reb+5ast, S.Morton 12+13reb+6ast, M.Hilger 9+1reb+4ast, M.Gillardin 6+4reb+1ast, G.Bernimont 3+2reb
gschID: 534556


Residence - BC Mess 103-70

Rather predictable result in Bereldange where second ranked Residence (14-14) smashed 4th placed BC Mess (12-16) 103-70 on Saturday. Residence maintains second place in League with 14-14 record having eleven points less than leader Amicale. Newly promoted BC Mess keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. Residence will face Bascharage (#4) in Kaerjeng in the next round. BC Mess will play at home against Arantia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 534557





Heffingen welcomes back Gary - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen (Total League) landed 26-year old American guard Evrik Gary (191-83kg-91, college: Francis Marion). It is actually his comeback to Heffingen as he has played here before. He played recently at Iowa Energy (D-League) in the U.S. In three games he averaged 5.0ppg and 1.0rpg this season. Gary also played for another team Salt Lake City Stars in U.S. semi-pro league D-League earlier that season where in four games he had 5.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg.
Last year (two years after he left the college) Gary was drafted by Raptors 905 (D-League) in fifth round (88th overall).
The former Francis Marion University (NCAA Div.II) staris in his third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Gary's team made it to the Balkan League Semifinals in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team award in 2016.
Gary has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Beroe).
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Luxol take the lead in the 2017 finals - by Bernard Vassallo

Bank of Valletta 2017 Finals Series
Game 1

BUPA Luxol 80 Floriana MCP Car Parks 72
(16-18, 24-13, 20-15, 20-26)

Luxol: CJ Cordina, M. Mercieca, M. Sjoberg, J. Maistre , JP Schembri 11, K. Dimech 7, W. Ahlberg 12, P. Cumpstone 16, S. Deguara 28, S. Cappello 6
Floriana: C. Patus 34, D. Schembri 11, S. Borg, D. Agius, N. Vasovic 18, C. Calleja 2, A. Axiaq 2, A. Micallef 5, N. Andrejevic
Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, I. Simic

BUPA Luxol continued on their play-offs winning streak by registering a win against Floriana in the first game of the 2017 BOV Finals.

The greens did try to offer a stern challenge and had their good moments in the game, although Luxol managed to open a considerable double digit lead in the third quarter, only for Floriana to pull up their socks once again and managing to come quite close.

The finals got off with sharp long distance shooting from Luxol as four different players managed to respectively score early from downtown. In fact, import player Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill), local foreigner William Ahlberg (91) and local youngsters Jean-Paul Schembri (182-G-92) and Keith Dimech (178-F-00) were all precise from behind the 6.75 metre arc.

However Floriana were not overawed and were also notching up their early points led by Canadian Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey) who had eight personal points, including two treys. Shorly afterwards Floriana also managed to take the lead after a Dirk Schembri (193-F-85) close range basket and this marginal lead was maintained till the end of the first quarter, 18-16.

Luxol started winning the defensive boards in the second quarter and had their towering pivot Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) more in the action and they overturned the score with a 13-2 run. Despite Floriana's treys from Patus and Nikola Vasovic (180-PG-92), who both played all throughout the match, there was still a nine point margin between the two finalists at the interval, 40-31.

Luxol maintained their tempo when play resumed and led by their trio Cumpstone, Deguara and Ahlberg, who all were on the court for the whole 40 minutes of playing time, they had another positive run, this time 14-2, to open a hefty plus twenty lead, 54-33.

Floriana did not throw in the towel and they retorted with nine consecutive points, managing also to bring down some offensive rebounds and the margin came down to 60-46 at the end of the third quarter.

The last quarter produced the most points of the lot. Floriana put in a good effort to try to claw back into the game and were momentarily managing to find their way to the opponents' basket and an 11-2 mid-quarter run moved the greens closer to their adversaries. However Luxol did not let the game slip away and obtained some important hoops and controlled the final moments of the game.

Game 2 of this best-of-five Finals series will be played tomorrow at 7.30pm.



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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Franklin, Guasave28.6 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis26.7 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.9 
 4. Mitchell, Navolato23.6 
 5. Ammons, Navolato23.5 
 6. Zamarco, Durango21.9 
 7. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 8. Glover, Obregon21.2 
 9. Tucker, Mazatlan20.4 
 10. Rice-Jr, Obregon19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis14.2 
 2. Ammons, Navolato12.5 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.3 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana10.0 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan9.3 
 6. Little, Hermosillo9.2 
 7. Glaze, Culiacan8.8 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana8.1 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana7.7 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Steve MONREAL
  Hermosillo
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Monreal, Hermosillo5.7 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana5.5 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.3 
 4. Mitchell, Navolato5.0 
 5. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.3 
 6. Kabongo, Hermosillo4.2 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan4.0 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 9. Lathan, Tijuana3.6 
 10. Casillas, Mazatlan3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Durango
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Grier, Durango2.1 
 2. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.9 
 3. Hutchingson, Obreg.1.6 
 4. Morrison, Tijuana1.5 
 5. Mitchell, Navolato1.5 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana1.4 
 7. Tucker, Mazatlan1.3 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 9. Giron, Guaymas1.2 
 10. Gardner, Tijuana1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.3 
 2. Ammons, Navolato1.8 
 3. Gibson, Tijuana1.2 
 4. Puckett, Culiacan1.2 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana0.9 
 6. Pegues, Los Mochis0.7 
 7. Keller, Durango0.7 
 8. Pittman, Guasave0.6 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 
 10. Hutchingson, Obreg.0.6 


Marinos add White to their roster, ex Garzas - by Francisco Vega

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Tyrone White (201-84kg-90, college: CSU Bakersfield). He started the season at Garzas in Mexican LNBP. In 45 games he had 14.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.2apg this season.

A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.

The last summer White played at Garra Canera de Navolato (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league where in 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. Great season indeed as he was named to Mexican CIBACOPA All-Star Game.

Three years ago (a year after he left the college) White was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in third round (50th overall).

He attended Cal State - Bakersfield until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others White won Independent championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He was also voted All-Independent 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.

White is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. White tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos), Poland (Polpharma) and IBL (Salem S.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MONTENEGRO  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko KOLJEVIC
  S.Centar
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Koljevic, S.Centar19.0 
 2. Knezevic, Lovcen17.9 
 3. Latkovic, Lovcen17.1 
 4. Bogojevic, S.Centar17.1 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.16.4 
 6. Draskovic, Jedin.16.0 
 7. Lekovic, Jedinstvo15.3 
 8. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad15.1 
 9. Salic, Sutjeska14.9 
 10. Bacovic, Primorje.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen10.0 
 2. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.9.6 
 3. Jocovic, Primorje.9.5 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.8.2 
 5. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.0 
 6. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 7. Bacovic, Primorje.7.0 
 8. Popovic, Teodo T.6.9 
 9. Cekic, S.Centar6.7 
 10. Knezevic, Lovcen6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen6.2 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.4 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.5 
 4. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.3 
 5. Jovanovic, Lovcen3.8 
 6. Fisik, Jedinstvo3.5 
 7. James, Sutjeska3.4 
 8. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.1 
 9. Bogojevic, S.Centar2.9 
 10. Djurisic, Teodo Tivat2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen2.8 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.0 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad2.0 
 4. Lalic, Sutjeska1.9 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.1.9 
 6. Ivanovic, Danilovgrad1.8 
 7. Koljevic, S.Centar1.7 
 8. Djokovic, Sutjeska1.6 
 9. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje1.5 
 10. Felec, Ibar Rozaje1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.2 
 2. Cekic, S.Centar1.4 
 3. Vujovic, Sutjeska1.3 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.1 
 5. Lopicic, Lovcen0.8 
 6. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.0.7 
 7. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 
 8. Marojevic, Teodo T.0.6 
 9. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.5 
 10. Rondovic, Ibar R.0.5 



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.5
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.5 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.2 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.28.9 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.2 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.5 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.8 
 10. Irving, Cleveland C.25.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.8 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.7 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.0 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.2 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.7 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.3 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.0 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Golden S.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Green, Golden S.2.1 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 4. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 5. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 6. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.7 
 9. McConnell, Phi.76ers1.7 
 10. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 5. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 9. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 10. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


Bulls beat top-seeded Celtics 111-97 to take 2-0 series lead - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls talked often during the regular season about believing they had the personnel to play as a physically imposing team. Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason. Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and the Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their series against the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. While some might be shocked by how Chicago has played as a No. 8 seed that was just 41-41, Butler made it clear he's not one of those folks. "I'm not surprised because everybody's so locked in right now," said Butler, who added eight rebounds and eight assists. Rondo had 11 points and 14 assists on a night when all five Bulls starters reached double figures. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) had 22 points, including 16 in the second half, and Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) added 18 points and eight points. "Everybody's putting in each work, watching film, working on their game," Butler said. "That's where your confidence always comes from." The Bulls host Game 3 on Friday. After a better start by the Celtics, a familiar theme started to take hold as the Bulls took control by again dominating on the offensive glass. Chicago held a 43-38 rebounding edge for the game. Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston. Boston got within 91-82 early in the fourth before Chicago went on a 14-4 run to push its lead up to 19. The Celtics did a much better job containing reserve Bobby Portis (6'10''-PF-95, college: Arkansas) in Game 2 after he hurt them with 19 points off the bench in Game 1. But Paul Zipser (6'8''-G/F-94, agency: BeoBasket) picked up the slack in Game 2, scoring 16 points in 29 minutes. After getting thoroughly pushed around underneath in Game 1, the Celtics grabbed the first four rebounds of the night while scoring the game's first seven points. That changed quickly, though, as the Bulls responded with a 20-4 run. Boston's early rebounding edge evaporated just as fast, with all five Bulls starters grabbing an offensive rebound in the first six minutes of action. Boston shot 46 percent for game, but too many times was just one-and-done in the half court. Chicago again used its big men to push the Celtics out of the paint and was quicker to the ball in a lot of 50-50 situations. The Bulls outscored the Celtics in the paint 32-20 for the half. "I feel like in the second half, the ball stopped moving. It wasn't moving at all," Celtics guard Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) said. "Even when we made a good play, got a steal, got an offensive rebound, we were just thinking quick 3s. As a polished team we have to know when to take those shots and when not to."
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Lowry lifts Raptors to 106-100 Game 2 win over Bucks - by Eurobasket News

Three nights after a horrible outing in Game 1, Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) more than made up for it in Game 2. Toronto's three-time all-star scored 22 points, including the game-clinching shot with nine seconds to play as the Raptors defeated the Bucks 106-100 on Tuesday, sending the best-of-seven playoff series to Milwaukee tied at one win apiece. DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 23 points, while Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89), playing on a sprained left ankle, added 16 points and seven rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas (7'0''-C-92) added 10 points and 10 boards, and Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) chipped in with 11 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) led the Bucks with 24 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. A quick guide to tonight's Game 2 of the NBA playoff series between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks.
Courtesy of: thestar.com



Clippers bounce back with a 99-91 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

A critical moment arrived sooner than the Clippers expected, putting the team in a tenuous state that required an urgent response Tuesday night in Game 2 of its Western Conference playoff series. So it was essential that the Clippers answer what had become a tough call, which they did by grinding out a 99-91 win over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center to ensure the best-of-seven first-round series did not reach a dire point. 'We had to win tonight. We wanted to win the first game, but we didn't,' said center DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M), who got the Clippers off to a great start by scoring 10 of his 18 points in the first quarter. 'We just take each day a game at a time, and just play, man. We can't go back and fix it so we just got to go with it and worry about Game 3.' Losing the first game here, and home-court advantage in the process, meant it was imperative for the Clippers to even the series 1-1. Now they will hit the road and attempt to reclaim home court, beginning with Game 3 Friday night in Salt Lake City. Game 4 will also be in Utah. 'It's a great arena,' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said about the Jazz's home court. 'It's one of the few basketball arenas. They are sitting right on top of you. The fans are terrific there. And the noise is not going to be for you. 'Having said that, I've never seen a fan block a shot or get a steal. So at the end of the day, it's going to be only 10 guys out on the floor. You just got to keep your composure and your trust.' Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) did yeoman work to make sure the Clippers didn't fall into a hole, scoring seven of his 21 points in the fourth quarter. He also had 10 assists and played his customary strong defense, getting three steals. His pass for a Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) three-pointer increased the Clippers' lead to nine points late in the game. Then Paul stole the ball from George Hill (6'3''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) on the next possession to basically seal the game for the Clippers. 'He was good through adversity, which I thought was really good,' Rivers said about Paul, who had three fouls in the first half that forced him to the bench. 'He got in foul trouble early. And we weathered that storm as a team. . . . I thought it never threw him off.' Paul had more than enough help this time around. Griffin scored 24 points and Jordan had 15 rebounds before he fouled out with 52.2 seconds left. The Clippers had a better flow on offense, making 52.4% of their shots. 'We had two days of being [upset],' Griffin said. 'It's never fun coming in and watching film after that Game 1 loss. We had a good practice [Monday]. I thought our spirit was great.' The Clippers took good care of the basketball, turning it over just 11 times. And they made Utah All-Star Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler) work for his 20 points, holding him to five-for-15 shooting. Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas), who hit game-winning shot for the Jazz in Game 1, had 13 points, but he was just six for 15 from the field. 'I know that we feel good,' Utah coach Quin Snyder said. 'It's hard to feel good after a game. If you step back and we'd have lost the first game and won tonight, we'd probably feel good. It's 1-1, just kind of what it is.' From the start, the Clippers made sure they instigated the action, on offense and defense. And this time they took advantage of Jazz center Rudy Gobert's absence due to a hyperextended and bruised left knee, regularly going inside to big men Jordan and Griffin in the first half. 'We won so I would say we responded,' Rivers said. 'I liked our physicality tonight and theirs too. It was a physical game. We had 60 points in the paint and only eight free throws.'
Courtesy of: latimes.com



Suns Plan To Keep GM Ryan McDonough Through 2017/18 Season - by Eurobasket News

The Suns will keep Ryan McDonough on as GM through the 2017/18 season, sources tell Marc Stein and Chris Haynes of ESPN.com. McDonough's contract is set to expire next offseason. Drafting Devin Booker is widely regarded as McDonough's best move, Stein notes. The scribe adds that Phoenix may be in for a busy offseason, citing the team's surplus of backcourt talent and the draft, which is heavy on point guards. The Suns have a 19.9% chance at landing the No. 1 overall pick, as Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors recently detailed. Phoenix had the second-worst record in the league this season, as our Reverse Standings show. The team has gone 134-160 since McDonough took over GM duties.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Andre Iguodala Likely To Re-Sign With Warriors - by Eurobasket News

If the Golden State Warriors are able to retain Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona)'s Bird Rights, they are almost assured of re-signing him. The Warriors would need Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) to take a 20 percent raise from this season's salary of $26.5 million up to $31.8 million to not need to fit him into cap space in order to re-sign Iguodala above and beyond their cap. An NBA source said the only real open question for Iguodala to re-sign is the number of seasons on the deal with the Warriors. 'The people that need to know, they know the situation, and there's not going to be any issue,' Iguodala said this month on Tim Kawakami's podcast. 'I didn't say that,' Iguodala said. 'But Bob and I have conversations all the time about different scenarios and different things, not just about me, but about the rest of the team.. 'So I don't see it being a big problem at all. And here right now will probably be the best place.'
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Leonard's 37 points lead Spurs by Grizzlies 96-82 - by Eurobasket News

The Spurs responded to another late-game meltdown as they have all season: relying on a little 3-point shooting and a whole lot of Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.). They also got an assist from the officials, according to Memphis coach David Fizdale . Leonard had a postseason career-high 37 points and added 11 rebounds, and San Antonio beat the Memphis Grizzlies 96-82 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Game 3 is Thursday night in Memphis. San Antonio led for all but 13 seconds in winning its 10th consecutive postseason game over Memphis. "This team has character, besides the talent and the desire to win," Spurs center Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) said. "We have to keep that up every single night. We responded well when they made their run, and that's the mindset we have to have every night." Leonard finished 9 for 14 from the field and was 19 for 19 on free throws. Leonard attempted more free throws than Memphis had as a team, which infuriated Fizdale. "We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) doesn't go crazy, he has class and he just plays the game," Fizdale said. "But I'm not going to let them treat us that way. I know (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has) got pedigree and I'm a young rookie, but they are not going to rook us. That's unacceptable, that was unprofessional. My guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game, and they did not even give us a chance." Memphis closed within 75-71 early in the fourth quarter, but San Antonio responded with 3-pointers by Parker and Pau Gasol in rebuilding their double-digit lead. The Grizzlies forced seven turnovers while outscoring the Spurs 34-19 in the opening 16 minutes of the second half. Conley, Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) and Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) accounted for 21 points. Conley finished with 24 points, Randolph had 18 points and Marc Gasol added 12 points for the Grizzlies. Tony Parker added 15 points for the Spurs, who had three others score in double figures. San Antonio had a better start than in Game 1. Leonard made sure of that. Leonard opened the game by making his first three shots and four free throws as the Spurs built a 13-point lead, the same deficit they faced in the opening period Saturday. Unlike Game 1, there was no coming back from that deficit for Memphis. San Antonio had a 26-point lead in the first half on the strength of its outside shooting. The Spurs only had 12 points in the paint, but got two 3-pointers from Parker and Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina), in building a 26-point lead in the first half.
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Pacers fall to the Cavs 117-111 in second game of playoff series - by Eurobasket News

Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 37 points, Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) added 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers avoided another fourth-quarter collapse in Game 2, beating the Indiana Pacers 117-111 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series. After squeaking out the opener by a point, LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and Co. showed more intensity on defense, more swagger in general and won their 10th straight first-round game over the past three seasons. However, they nearly blew an 18-point lead in the fourth as the Pacers got within four before Cleveland closed it out at the line. James added 10 rebounds and seven assists, but had eight of Cleveland's 19 turnovers. Game 3 is Thursday night. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 32 and Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest) 23 for Indiana, which showed more fight, but now has a steep hill to climb to get back in the series. Cleveland is 12-0 when starting 2-0 in the postseason.
Courtesy of: fox59.com



Rodions Kurucs Enters 2017 NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs (6'9''-SF-98) has declared for the 2017 NBA draft as an early entrant, according to agent Arturs Kalnitis. The 1998-born prospect will have until June 13 to reverse course and withdraw his name, though he appears likely to remain in the draft pool based on expert projections. A 6'8 wing for Barcelona 2 in Spain, Kurucs is the 21st-best prospect on DraftExpress' big board, and comes in at No. 33 on Chad Ford's board at ESPN.com. According to Ford, Kurucs remains a 'major work in progress,' since he still doesn't play a ton in Spain. However, the 19-year-old has displayed good athleticism and length, as well as solid shooting range. Assuming Kurucs remains in this year's draft, he's a candidate to be drafted-and-stashed by a team in the second half of the first round, writes Ford. Teams with multiple first-round picks, in particular, could be landing spots for the Latvian - in Ford's most recent mock draft, he had Kurucs coming off the board at No. 24 to the Magic, with Orlando's second first-rounder.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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New Mexico State hires Wichita State assistant Chris Jans to replace Paul Weir - by Eurobasket News

Wichita State associate head coach Chris Jans has accepted an offer to become New Mexico State's next head coach, a source told CBS Sports on Monday. A formal announcement is expected soon. A press conference is tentatively scheduled for later Monday. Jans agreed to a four-year contract that will average $275,000 a year plus incentives, a source told CBS Sports. The 48-year-old was previously the head coach at Bowling Green, where he went 21-12 in 2014-15 before being fired when a video of him acting inappropriately toward a woman in a bar was given to school officials. Wichita State's Gregg Marshall subsequently rehired Jans -- he'd previously worked for Marshall from 2007-2014 -- in an administrative role in 2015 and then promoted him earlier this month when Greg Heiar left for LSU. New Mexico State assistant Jesse Bopp was the other finalist, a source told CBS Sports. Jans is replacing Paul Weir. Weir left last week to coach New Mexico.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



VCU lands Rice sit-out transfer Marcus Evans - by Eurobasket News

VCU has landed Rice transfer Marcus Evans (6'2''-G-96), arguably the nation's best available sit-out transfer. Evans, a 6-foot-2 guard from Chesapeake, Virginia, visited VCU this past weekend and also had Arizona and Miami on his final list. He was coached at Rice by Mike Rhoades, who was hired last month at VCU to replace Will Wade. "Just feels right," Evans told ESPN. "Being home has always been a dream, and looking forward to finishing what Rhoades, the rest of the staff and I started." Evans averaged 19.0 points and 3.7 assists as a sophomore this season, after averaging 21.4 points as a freshman. He will have two years of eligibility after sitting out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Courtesy of: espn.com




South Florida lands Penn State graduate transfer Payton Banks - by Eurobasket News

South Florida has landed Penn State graduate transfer Payton Banks (6'6''-F-94), a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The Bulls have quickly tried to turn its roster around by going with veteran players as Banks is the team's third graduate transfer commitment in the last week. The 6-foot-6 Banks averaged 10.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game while shooting 36 percent from three-point range for the Nittany Lions last season. Banks joins Fairleigh Dickenson point guard Stephan Jiggetts (6'1''-G-95) and another Penn State transfer in guard Terrence Samuel (6'3''-G-94) as recent players to join the Bulls. New head coach Brian Gregory clearly wants to add some experience to a roster that was last in the American last season and Jiggetts and Banks are potential starters that he can potentially lean on during his first season.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



LIU Brooklyn hires Derek Kellogg as new head coach - by Eurobasket News

LIU Brooklyn will hire former UMass head coach Derek Kellogg to be its next head coach, according to a report from ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman. Kellogg spent the past nine seasons as the head coach of the Minutemen as he made one NCAA tournament appearance and two trips to the NIT. After a third consecutive season without making a postseason appearance, UMass moved on from Kellogg earlier this offseason. The Blackbirds are coming off of a very solid 20-12 season and second-place finish in the NEC but they opted to move on from former head coach Jack Perri. A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Kellogg has recruited both the Northeast and nationally at a very high level but that didn't always translate to on-court success at UMass. It'll be intriguing to see what kind of talent Kellogg can get into LIU Brooklyn as he's got a fertile recruiting ground to work with.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Duke's Grayson Allen skipping NBA Draft, will return for his senior season - by Eurobasket News

Duke's Grayson Allen (6'5''-G-95), an All-American as a sophomore, announced Tuesday that he's bypassing the NBA Draft and returning to school for his senior year. "I'm a firm believer that when something feels right, you go with it," Allen said. "The chance to play with next year's team just felt right. I'm completely focused on helping [coach Mike Krzyzewski] and our staff lead this team to a special season. I love being a Duke student -- and continuing to be part of the university culture is something I don't take for granted." Allen averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season while helping Duke win 28 games and the ACC Tournament title before South Carolina upset the Blue Devils in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-5 guard was famously suspended in December after a tripping incident that turned him into one of the sport's most controversial figures. His return should make Duke a top 10 team and provide college basketball with another recognizable face. Duke is No. 7 in the CBS Sports preseason Top 25 (and one) rankings.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Rice transfer Marquez Letcher-Ellis commits to Nevada - by Eurobasket News

Former Rice forward Marquez Letcher-Ellis (6'7''-F-97) has verbally committed to transfer to Nevada, multiple sources reported Tuesday. Letcher-Ellis, a 6-7, 205-pound forward by the way of Houston, spent his first two seasons with the Rice Owls. He averaged 8.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in his first 67 career games. Due to NCAA eligibility rules, Letcher-Ellis will have to sit out a season before playing with the Wolf Pack, which means his UNR career will begin as early as November of 2019. He will have two seasons left of NCAA eligibility. According to Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette, Letcher-Ellis is good friends with current Nevada forward Josh Hall. Both players committed to Rice on October 25, 2014. He was a 3-star recruit and also received offers from Georgia, Texas, VCU and Xavier.
Courtesy of: mwcconnection.com



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Salem ain't so: Men's title game on the move - by Eurobasket News

After more than two decades, the Division III men's basketball championship will call some place other than the Salem (Va.) Civic Center home, starting in 2019. The NCAA announced the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne, Ind., will be the host for NCAA Division III men's basketball national semifinals and national chanpionship games in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. The NCAA announced the host site for all of Division III's championships through the end of the 2021-2022 athletic season. Three separate sites will host the Division III women's basketball championship game. Salem has hosted the national semifinals every year since 1996 and hosted the national championship every year but 2013 when all three Divisions played their national title game in Atlanta. The 2017-18 national semifinals and championship game will be played in the Salem Civic Center before the move takes effect the following season. The Salem Civic Center is part of the James E. Taliaferro Sports and Entertainment Complex, along with Salem Stadium which has hosted the NCAA Division III football national championship game every year since 1993. The Stagg Bowl will played one more time in Salem in December 2018 before it moves to Shenandoah, Texas, for two years. The Civic Center, which opened in October 1967, seats around 5,000 for basketball. The move will likely separate national championship weekend from the Jostens Trophy award ceremony, which has traditionally taken place on Thursday of championship weekend. The Jostens Trophy is administered by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and given out by the Salem Rotary Club to one player from Division III men's basketball and one from Division III women's basketball in honor of excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
Courtesy of: d3hoops.com



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.31.8 
 2. White, Mahindra30.5 
 3. Smith, Blackwater28.8 
 4. Chism, NLEX R.28.3 
 5. Taggart, Rain o.27.5 
 6. McKay, Phoenix25.6 
 7. Greene, TNT K.24.0 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.23.7 
 9. Rhodes, SM Beermen23.3 
 10. Mitchell, Star H.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Meralco .
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. Stepheson, Meralco .22.0 
 2. Smith, Blackwater19.8 
 3. McKay, Phoenix18.6 
 4. White, Mahindra18.5 
 5. Chism, NLEX R.18.2 
 6. Williams, Globalport15.0 
 7. Greene, TNT K.14.3 
 8. Mitchell, Star H.13.7 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.13.2 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.12.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.8.8 
 2. Cabagnot, SM Be.6.7 
 3. Romeo, Globalport6.0 
 4. Thompson, B.Gin.5.7 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.7 
 6. Ross, SM Beermen5.0 
 7. Jazul, Phoenix4.7 
 8. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.6 
 9. Smith, Blackwater4.4 
 10. Amer, Meralco .4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mark BARROCA
  Star H.
  (178-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Barroca, Star H.3.2 
 2. Brownlee, B.Gin.3.0 
 3. Ross, SM Beermen2.3 
 4. Jalalon, Star H.2.2 
 5. Cabagnot, SM Be.2.0 
 6. McKay, Phoenix1.8 
 7. Pringle, Globalport1.8 
 8. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.8 
 9. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.8 
 10. Jazul, Phoenix1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  B.Ginebra
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Aguilar, B.Ginebra3.0 
 2. Mitchell, Star H.3.0 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.7 
 4. White, Mahindra2.5 
 5. McKay, Phoenix2.4 
 6. Williams, Globalport2.3 
 7. Greene, TNT K.2.0 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.1.8 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.1.7 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.1.5 


PBA Coach being recommended for Knicks staff - by Aris Ignacio

The name of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings coach Tim Cone was being floated to the National Basketball Association's (NBA) New York Knicks president Phil Jackson to be part of the teams' coaching staff.

The most accomplished coach in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) with 19 titles under his belt including two grand slams was recommended by American sportswriter and book author Ronald Lazenby to the Knicks due to his deep understanding of running the Triangle (Triple Post) Offense, a system used by Jackson during his Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers championships.

The Knicks went into another losing season, their fourth straight, after finishing the season with a 31-51 win-loss record and failing to advance in the playoffs despite having a roster of former all-stars that included Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse), Derrick Rose (190-G-88, college: Memphis), Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) and sophomore Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95).

News that Cone will graciously decline in case that there will be an offer in the table.

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.



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Guizhou lands Tyrone Brazelton, ex Rosa Radom - by Eurobasket News

Guizhou (NBL) landed 31-year old American point guard Tyrone Brazelton (184-103kg-86, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played recently at Rosa Radom in Polish PLK league, but was released by the team last month. In 11 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 5.1apg this season. Brazelton also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 5.1apg.
The most of last season he spent at Gravelines Dunkerque in French ProA. In 23 games he recorded 7.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.3apg. The other team Brazelton played that season for was Konyaspor in Turkish BSL. In 8 games he got 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.0apg. His team won Polish Supercup.
Brazelton received All-Sun Belt 2nd Team award back in 2008 at his college time.
Brazelton is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in nine different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Brazelton has played previously professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and Nuernberg), Iran (Petrochimi), Latvia, Lithuania (Neptunas and Nevezis), Ukraine (BC Odessa), France (STB Le Havre) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).
He attended Western Kentucky University until 2008 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Brazelton's outlook: Tyrone is a consumate point guard who can always reach high assist and point values per game. He is a tireless defender and very quick off the dribble. He can play at the highest level of European competition and can even play combo guard alongside another point guard because he defends so well.

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PLK Round 28: Anwil keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Anwil as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Anwil defeated 5th ranked Rosa in Wloclawek 80-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rosa. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian center Josip Sobin (203-89, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian guard Nemanja Jaramaz (200-91, agency: BeoBasket) who added 14 points during the contest. At the losing side international swingman Michal Sokolowski (196-92) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anwil (23-7) have an impressive 13-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Stelmet ZG. Rosa at the other side keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Rosa will play next round against Krosno trying to get back on the winning streak. Anwil will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Twarde Pierniki in Torun.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked BM Slam Stal (20-10) against ninth ranked PGE Turow (17-13) on Saturday night. Visiting BM Slam Stal was crushed by PGE Turow in Zgorzelec 97-74. The winners were led by American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) who scored that evening 22 points and Michal Michalak supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for BM Slam Stal. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. PGE Turow moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Polpharma. BM Slam Stal at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. They share it with Torun. PGE Turow will play against higher ranked Rosa (#5) in Radom in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BM Slam Stal will play at home against the league's second-placed Stelmet having rather not much hope for a victory.
Fourteenth-ranked Start (8-22) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Twarde Pierniki (20-10) in Lublin on Saturday. The visitors from Torun managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected much easier game. Obadiah Trotter fired 20 points for the winners. Nick Kellogg produced 20 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Twarde Pierniki moved-up to third place, which they share with Stal Ostrow. Start lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Twarde Pierniki will meet at home league's leader Anwil in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Start will play against Trefl (#10) in Sopot and hope to secure a win.
Fifteenth ranked AZS Koszalin (9-21) crushed at home 17th ranked Siarka (4-26) by 51 points 105-54, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a very good performance for Kenny Manigault who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. AZS Koszalin's coach Piotr Ignatowicz felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. AZS Koszalin moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Asseco. Siarka lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. AZS Koszalin's next round opponent will be higher ranked Polpharma (#9) in Starogard and it may be quite challenging game. Siarka will play at home against Asseco (#13) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 28: MKS DG won against Krosno on the opponent's court 79-74. Asseco unfortunately lost to Trefl Sopot in a home game 79-94. Szczecin recorded a loss to Energa Czarni on the road 77-84. Stelmet ZG crushed Polfarmex Kutno on its own court 94-48. MKS DG beat Torun in Dabrowa Gornicza 89-81. AZS Koszalin was destroyed by PGE Turow at home 74-95. Polpharma managed to outperform Polfarmex Kutno on the opponent's court 86-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 11 points and 11 rebounds by Kirk Archibeque of PGE Turow.

Anwil - Rosa Radom 80-74

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Anwil as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Anwil defeated 5th ranked Rosa in Wloclawek 80-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rosa. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian center Josip Sobin (203-89, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian guard Nemanja Jaramaz (200-91, agency: BeoBasket) who added 14 points during the contest. At the losing side international swingman Michal Sokolowski (196-92) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Darnell Jackson (206-85, college: Kansas) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anwil (23-7) have an impressive 13-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Stelmet ZG. Rosa at the other side keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Rosa will play next round against Krosno trying to get back on the winning streak. Anwil will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Twarde Pierniki in Torun.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: M.Sokolowski 18+7reb+2ast, R.Harrow 17+2reb+5ast, D.Jackson 16+9reb+1ast, J.Zyskowski 7+2reb, I.Zaytsev 6+2reb, D.Szymkiewicz 5+2reb+4ast
Anwil: J.Sobin 16+11reb, N.Jaramaz 14+4reb+3ast, P.Leonczyk 12+2reb+3ast, T.Haws 9+3reb, K.Mlynarski 7+3reb, K.Laczynski 6+3reb+6ast
gschID: 489422


Krosno - MKS DG 74-79

Very expected game when 11th ranked Krosno (15-15) was defeated at home by sixth ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (18-12) 79-74. It was a very good performance for the former international Bartlomiej Woloszyn (196-86) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American point guard Kerron Johnson (183-90, college: Belmont) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza's coach Drazen Anzulovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Devante Wallace (196-92, college: High Point) replied with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Bosnian-Swedish guard Dino Pita (195-88) added 17 points in the effort for Krosno. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 18-12 record. Krosno lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 15 games lost. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza's next round opponent will be Energa Czarni (#7) in Slupsk. Krosno will play on the road against Rosa (#5) in Radom and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Krosno: D.Pita 17+3ast, D.Wallace 13+7reb+4ast, D.Oczkowicz 9+1reb+3ast, K.Maddox 9+4reb+1ast, S.Rduch 8+1reb, D.Brek 6+2reb+3ast
MKS DG: B.Woloszyn 23+6reb+1ast, K.Johnson 13+2reb+6ast, B.Wesley 9+3ast, P.Szymanski 9+4reb, J.Wilson 8+2reb+1ast, L.Chatkevicius 7+2reb
gschID: 489428


PGE Turow - Stal Ostrow 97-74

Very important is a road loss of third ranked BM Slam Stal (20-10) against ninth ranked PGE Turow (17-13) on Saturday night. Visiting BM Slam Stal was crushed by PGE Turow in Zgorzelec 97-74. They made 35-of-43 charity shots (81.4 percent) during the game. BM Slam Stal was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) who scored that evening 22 points and international swingman Michal Michalak (197-93) supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for BM Slam Stal. American point guard Aaron Johnson (173-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) added 14 points and 7 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. PGE Turow moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Polpharma. BM Slam Stal at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. They share it with Torun. PGE Turow will play against higher ranked Rosa (#5) in Radom in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BM Slam Stal will play at home against the league's second-placed Stelmet having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Stal Ostrow: S.King 15+13reb, A.Johnson 14+3reb+7ast, M.Antonio Carter 11+4reb+2ast, H.Nikolov 9+2reb+1ast, M.Kostrzewski 6+2reb+1ast, R.Tomaszek 6+5reb
PGE Turow: T.Carter 22+3reb+3ast, M.Michalak 19+4reb+4ast, K.Archibeque 14+9reb, D.Ikovlev 12+5reb, D.Jackson 8+1reb, B.Brown 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 489421


Asseco - Trefl Sopot 79-94

Rather predictable result in Gdynia where tenth ranked Trefl (16-13) defeated 13th ranked Asseco (9-21) 94-79. 26 personal fouls committed by Asseco helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for the former international Filip Dylewicz (202-80) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (196-95) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Piotr Szczotka (196-81, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Asseco. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Asseco's coach Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Trefl have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 16-13 record. Asseco lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 21 games lost. Trefl's next round opponent will be Start (#15) in Lublin where they are favorite. Asseco will play on the road against Siarka in Tarnobrzeg and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Asseco: P.Zolnierewicz 18+5reb+5ast, K.Szubarga 16+2reb+3ast, P.Szczotka 13+7reb+2ast, M.Witlinski 10+6reb+3ast, B.Jankowski 9+3reb, F.Put 7+1reb
Trefl Sopot: P.Smigielski 21+5reb+1ast, F.Dylewicz 17+9reb+2ast, A.Ireland 15+1reb+4ast, N.Markovic 13+7reb, T.Laser 8+1reb+1ast, J.Karolak 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 489424


Start Lublin - Torun 69-72

Fourteenth-ranked Start (8-22) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Twarde Pierniki (20-10) in Lublin on Saturday. The visitors from Torun managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected much easier game. Twarde Pierniki made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) fired 20 points for the winners. American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St.) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Nick Kellogg (190-91, college: Ohio) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Jason Boone (203-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) added 15 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Twarde Pierniki moved-up to third place, which they share with Stal Ostrow. Start lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Twarde Pierniki will meet at home league's leader Anwil in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Start will play against Trefl (#10) in Sopot and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Start Lublin: N.Kellogg 20+5reb+3ast, J.Boone 15+8reb, S.Balmazovic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Dziemba 9, D.Wiggins 8+2reb+9ast, P.Kowalski 3+1ast
Torun: O.Trotter 20+4reb+3ast, K.Weaver 15+6reb+2ast, K.Sulima 12+4reb+2ast, T.Snieg 8+5reb+3ast, J.Skific 7+1reb+2ast, A.Perka 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 489423


AZS Koszalin - Siarka 105-54

Fifteenth ranked AZS Koszalin (9-21) crushed at home 17th ranked Siarka (4-26) by 51 points 105-54, which is the biggest margin this round. AZS Koszalin dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Siarka's 28. They outrebounded Siarka 55-24 including a 39-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. AZS Koszalin shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Siarka's players. It was a very good performance for American swingman Kenny Manigault (196-91, college: Pikeville) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Daniel Wall (196-82, agency: Promotex) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five AZS Koszalin players scored in double figures. AZS Koszalin's coach Piotr Ignatowicz felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Jan Grzelinski (180-94, college: Canisius) added 12 points in the effort for Siarka. AZS Koszalin moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Asseco. Siarka lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. AZS Koszalin's next round opponent will be higher ranked Polpharma (#9) in Starogard and it may be quite challenging game. Siarka will play at home against Asseco (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Siarka: T.Wojdyla 16+7reb+1ast, J.Grzelinski 12+2reb+1ast, G.Malecki 8+1reb+2ast, A.Welsh 5+6reb, P.Pandura 5+1reb, J.Patoka 4+5reb+2ast
AZS Koszalin: K.Manigault 21+10reb+4ast, M.Nowakowski 17+4reb+3ast, D.Wall 16+9reb+3ast, C.Millage 16+2reb+1ast, J.Zalewski 15+5reb+3ast, R.Nelson 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 489425


Energa Czarni - Szczecin 84-77

Not a big story in a game in Slupsk where 12th ranked Wilki Morskie (14-15) was defeated by eighth ranked Energa Czarni (17-12) 84-77. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Quite impressive performance for American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Energa Czarni players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Pawel Kikowski (193-86) replied with 29 points and Guinean-American guard Russell Robinson (185-86) added 16 points and 4 steals in the effort for Wilki Morskie. Energa Czarni moved-up to seventh place. Wilki Morskie at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Energa Czarni's next round opponent will be higher ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Wilki Morskie will play against Polfarmex (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Szczecin: P.Kikowski 29+4reb+2ast, R.Robinson 16+3reb+2ast, T.Releford 14+5reb+2ast, R.Skibniewski 6+3reb+3ast, M.Nowakowski 4+10reb+1ast, S.Lukasiak 4+2reb
Energa Czarni: M.Ginyard 16+9reb+5ast, C.Lewis 16+4reb+4ast, G.Surmacz 16+7reb, A.Goods 13+2reb+5ast, D.Kravish 9+11reb, M.Cesnauskis 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 489427


Stelmet ZG - Polfarmex Kutno 94-48

Everything went according to plan in Zielona Gora where second ranked Stelmet (23-7) outscored 16th ranked Polfarmex (5-25) 94-48. Stelmet dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Polfarmex's 26. Stelmet forced 25 Polfarmex turnovers and outrebounded them 38-23 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Polfarmex's players. Stelmet brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 27 personal fouls committed by Polfarmex helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Quite impressive performance for Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). International guard Filip Matczak (187-93) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Canadian center Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklah.Baptist) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Grzegorz Grochowski (180-93) added 8 points and 5 assists in the effort for Polfarmex. 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. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Anwil. Polfarmex at the other side keeps the sixteenth place with 25 games lost. Stelmet's next round opponent will be BM Slam Stal (#3) in Ostrow Wlkp., which may be the game of the day. Polfarmex will play on the road against Wilki Morskie (#12) in Szczecin and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Polfarmex Kutno: M.Fraser 13+9reb, D.Thompson 10+1reb+1ast, G.Grochowski 8+3reb+5ast, S.Kowalczyk 7+2reb, O.Emegano 4+1reb+1ast, A.Kobus 4+4reb+1ast
Stelmet ZG: V.Dragicevic 16+5reb+2ast, N.Djurisic 12+4reb+2ast, F.Matczak 10+6reb+7ast, A.Hrycaniuk 9+6reb+1ast, K.Gruszecki 9+3reb, J.Florence 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 489429


Torun - MKS DG 81-89

There was a minor upset in Torun where 4th ranked Twarde Pierniki (20-10) was defeated by sixth ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (18-12) 89-81. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Quite impressive performance for the former international Piotr Pamula (195-90) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. International center Jakub Parzenski (212-91) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St.) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Aleks Perka (200-87, college: Rice, agency: Promotex) added 17 points in the effort for Twarde Pierniki. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 18-12 record. Twarde Pierniki at the other side dropped to the third place with ten games lost. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza's next round opponent will be Energa Czarni (#7) in Slupsk. Twarde Pierniki will play at home against the league's leader Anwil (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Torun: A.Perka 17+3reb, L.Wisniewski 13+2reb+1ast, K.Weaver 13+6reb+3ast, C.Mbodj 10+6reb+2ast, T.Snieg 8+3reb+3ast, O.Trotter 8+4reb+3ast
MKS DG: P.Pamula 24+2reb+1ast, J.Parzenski 16+8reb+2ast, K.Johnson 13+1reb+7ast, B.Woloszyn 10+4reb+4ast, B.Wesley 9+1reb+1ast, L.Chatkevicius 8+4reb
gschID: 489430


AZS Koszalin - PGE Turow 74-95

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked PGE Turow (17-13) outleveled on the road 15th ranked AZS Koszalin (9-21) 95-74. PGE Turow made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. PGE Turow outrebounded AZS Koszalin 38-20 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by AZS Koszalin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Quite impressive performance for international swingman Michal Michalak (197-93) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international Piotr Stelmach (205-84, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoExcell) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Curtis Millage (188-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Octagon Europe) added 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for AZS Koszalin. Both teams had four 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 get some rest. PGE Turow moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Polpharma. AZS Koszalin lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. PGE Turow's next round opponent will be higher ranked Rosa (#5) in Radom and it may be quite challenging game. AZS Koszalin will play on the road against Polpharma (#9) in Starogard and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: C.Millage 16+1reb+3ast, I.Wadowski 14+1reb, P.Stelmach 14+5reb+2ast, R.Nelson 10+3reb+3ast, K.Manigault 7+1reb+4ast, K.Johnson 6+7reb
PGE Turow: M.Michalak 19+6reb+1ast, B.Bochno 14+2reb+2ast, D.Jackson 14+4reb+2ast, B.Brown 14+2ast, K.Archibeque 11+11reb+2ast, U.Nikolic 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 489431


Polfarmex Kutno - Polpharma 72-86

Very expected game in Kutno where 16th ranked Polfarmex (5-25) was defeated by eighth ranked Polpharma (17-13) 86-72. It was a great shooting night for Polpharma especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Quite impressive performance for point guard Marcin Flieger (185-84, agency: Promotex) who helped to win the game recording 29 points. Serbian power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-82, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Polpharma players scored in double figures. Point guard Sebastian Kowalczyk (188-93) replied with 23 points and Canadian center Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklah.Baptist) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Polfarmex. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Polpharma have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 17-13 record, which they share with PGE Turow. Polfarmex at the other side keeps the sixteenth place with 25 games lost. Polpharma's next round opponent will be AZS Koszalin (#14) at home where they are favorite. Polfarmex will play against Wilki Morskie in Szczecin and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Polfarmex Kutno: S.Kowalczyk 23+1reb+1ast, O.Emegano 11+3reb+1ast, M.Fraser 10+10reb+2ast, M.Gabinski 8+6reb+1ast, G.Grochowski 6+2reb+8ast, A.Kobus 4+1reb
Polpharma: M.Flieger 29+1reb+3ast, U.Mirkovic 22+4reb+2ast, A.Miles 15+5reb+5ast, M.Sajus 13+5reb+1ast, L.Diduszko 4+8reb+2ast, T.Davis 3+9reb+4ast
gschID: 489426





Pawel Kikowski (ex Szczecin) signs at Betaland Cdo - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) landed 31-year old Polish international swingman Pawel Kikowski (193-86). He started the season at King Szczecin in Polish PLK league. Kikowski has played there for the last three years. In 29 PLK games he averaged 14.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg this season. The last season he played also at Wilki Morskie (TBL) in Polish league where in 36 games he had 14.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements Kikowski's team won Polish Cup in 2009 and 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga 1st Team award back in 2013.
Kikowski has been a member of Polish international program for some years. He has been regularly called to Polish senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006.
Kikowski has played previously professionally also in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Poland (Slask, Kotwica, Energa Czarni, Swiecie and Trefl II Sopot).
His game is described as: Pawel is a member of the Polish Mens National team and was voted to the Polish All-Star Game in 2008... he is one of the most promising and talented young players in Poland... naturaly a shooting guard but who also can play some minutes on the small forward position because of his physical abilities... tremendous athlete with great leaping ability. extremely versatile on offense, possesses all the tools to beat his defender and to score, high percentage 3-point range as well as middle range jump shots, floating lay-ups, and dunks. he's an exceptional defender who can stop dribble penetration, while also working the passing lanes for steals.... on top of his talent he shows super work ethics, always staying after practice to work on his ballhandling, one-on-one, or just shooting.

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Manigault number one in Poland for round 28 - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Kenny Manigault (196-G/F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for AZS Koszalin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Siarka (#17, 4-26) with 51-point margin 105-54. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. AZS Koszalin is placed at 14th position in Polish PLK. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 21 games and recorded just nine victories. In the team's last game Manigault had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Kenny Manigault averages this season 8.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Polish swingman Pawel Kikowski (193-G/F-86) of Szczecin. Kikowski had a very good evening with 29 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Szczecin lost that game 77-84 to the higher-ranked Energa Czarni (#7, 17-12). Szczecin managed to keep the same 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-15 record. Kikowski is one of the most experienced players at Szczecin and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international Bartlomiej Woloszyn (196-SF-86) of MKS DG (#6). Woloszyn scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of MKS DG, leading his team to a 79-74 win against the lower-ranked Krosno (#11, 15-15). MKS DG needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 12 lost games. Woloszyn has a very solid season. In 30 games in Poland he scored 10.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shawn King (208-C-82) of Stal Ostrow - 15 points and 13 rebounds
5. Piotr Pamula (195-SG-90) of MKS DG - 24 points and 2 rebounds
6. Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (196-G/F-95) of Asseco - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jason Boone (203-F/C-85) of Start Lublin - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) of Stelmet ZG - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sebastian Kowalczyk (188-PG-93) of Polfarmex Kutno - 23 points
10. Travis Releford (198-SG-90) of Szczecin - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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