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  ABA  



Jacksonville and Windy City advance to ABA Final remake - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Semifinals ended as follows:
Chicago Windy City Groove - DMV Warriors 124-121 in OT
Jacksonville Giants - Mobile Bay Tornados 109-107

This all means that the Jacksonville Giants will meet Chicago Windy City Groove in the remake of 2016 Championship Game this evening in Baltimore. Last year Finals were played in Laredo, Tx, and Jacksonville won 93-90 the title game



ABA semifinals to be played today - by Gianni Pascucci

The last two Quarterfinal games played yesterday ended as follows:
Windy City 103 vs Orlando 97
Mobile 122 vs Austin 102
In consequence, the Semifinal pairings are:
#1 DMV Warriors vs #6 Windy City Groove
#2 Jacksonville Giants vs #5 Mobile Bay Tornados

Game 1 will be played at 4:00pm and Game 2 at 6:45pm
The two winners will meet themselves tomorrow evening in ABA Championship Game



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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 27: HL Rockersville tries to escape the last position defeating HS Outlaws - by Eurobasket News

Bottom-ranked HL Rockersville managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted HL Rockersville edged sixth-ranked HS Outlaws 75-72. HS Outlaws cut a 13-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. HL Rockersville dominated on the defensive end, holding HS Outlaws to just 4 points in first quarter. HL Rockersville (3-9) moved-up to seventh place. HS Outlaws lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with Freetown T.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
5th ranked Ottos (4-10) were defeated at home by eighth ranked Yorks Crushers (4-10) with the biggest margin this round 62-53. Yorks Crushers moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Ottos. Ottos lost fourth consecutive game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Ottos - Yorks Crushers 53-62

5th ranked Ottos (4-10) were defeated at home by eighth ranked Yorks Crushers (4-10) with the biggest margin this round 62-53. The game without a history. Yorks Crushers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Yorks Crushers moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Ottos. Ottos lost fourth consecutive game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 539392


HL Rockersville - HS Outlaws 75-72

Bottom-ranked HL Rockersville managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted HL Rockersville edged sixth-ranked HS Outlaws 75-72. HS Outlaws cut a 13-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. HL Rockersville dominated on the defensive end, holding HS Outlaws to just 4 points in first quarter. HL Rockersville (3-9) moved-up to seventh place. HS Outlaws lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with Freetown T.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 539391





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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, Instituto20.2 
 3. Solano, Echague19.5 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.19.0 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.1 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Harper, Quimsa16.9 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas16.8 
 9. Horner, Obras B.16.7 
 10. Gadson, Argentino16.4 
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.9.8 
 5. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.8 
 7. Wood, San M.8.8 
 8. Francis, La Union8.6 
 9. Justiz, Estudian.8.5 
 10. Caracter, Echague8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Pedro BARRAL
  Obras B.
  (186-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Barral, Obras B.6.1 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.5 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.6 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 3. Solano, Echague2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.1.5 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.6 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Calfani, San L.1.3 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol0.9 


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

32-year old center Chris Daniels (205-C-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Quimsa and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 41.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Penarol (#8, 17-30) 65-64. Quimsa maintains the 6th position in their group in Argentinian league. Quimsa 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 23-23 record. In the team's last game Daniels had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Quimsa, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Chris Daniels averages just after three games 18.0ppg and 8.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Fotios Lampropoulos (206-PF-83) of Boca Jrs. He is Greek forward in his first season at Boca Jrs. In the last game Lampropoulos recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Boca Jrs was edged by the higher-ranked Instituto (#4, 26-20) 87-83. Boca Jrs managed to keep the same 10th spot in Sur. 32 lost games are too many comparing to just thirteen victories Boca Jrs managed to get this year. Lampropoulos is a newcomer at Boca Jrs and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88) of Weber Bahia (#3). Johnson scored 25 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Johnson's great performance Weber Bahia lost 80-82 to #3 ranked Regatas C.. 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 last thing Weber Bahia needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Norte. Their record is 23 victories and 16 lost games. Johnson has a great season in Argentina. After 38 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94) of Echague - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Juan Brussino (185-PG-91) of Libertad S. - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Javier Justiz (205-C-92) of Estudiantes C. - 23 points and 15 rebounds
7. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Olimpico LB - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Jerome Meyinsse (207-C-88) of San Lorenzo - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Dennis Horner (205-F-88) of Obras Basket - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) of Weber Bahia - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists

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



Rodrigo Sanchez claims Argentinian TNA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Rodrigo Sanchez (200-PF-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Estudiantes O. and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com TNA Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 17 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Gimnasia LP (#6, 13-23) 92-87. It allowed Estudiantes O. to jump to the first place in the Argentinian TNA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Estudiantes O. has a very solid 23-13 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Sanchez has many years of experience at Estudiantes O., through which he has constantly improved. Rodrigo Sanchez averages this season 13.9ppg and 6.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Nigerian power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-F/C-93) of second-ranked Alianza Viedma. Nwogbo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Alianza Viedma lost that game 76-81 to slightly lower-ranked Huracan (#4, 20-16). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in South. Alianza Viedma still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 23-13 record is not bad at all. Nwogbo is a newcomer at Alianza Viedma 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 Mauro Araujo (186-G-94) of second-ranked Ciclista. Araujo scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Araujo's great performance Ciclista lost 69-79 to #3 ranked Temperley. 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 last thing Ciclista needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Center South. Their record is 20 victories and 16 lost games. Araujo has a very solid season. In 34 games in Argentina he scored 10.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Thomas Granado (208-C-88) of Olimpo BB - 25 points and 10 rebounds
5. Christian Schoppler (185-G-86) of Olimpo BB - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Cedric Blossom (198-F) of Petr.Argentino - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Darnell Dodson (201-F-89) of Petr.Argentino - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. Leandro Portillo (185-G-85) of Estudiantes O. - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lisandro Ruiz Moreno (183-G-89) of Huracan - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Martin Trimboli (196-F/C-85) of Temperley - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Exequiel Cassinelli joins Ramos Mejia - by Eurobasket News

Ramos Mejia LTC (TFB) agreed terms with 25-year old swingman Exequiel Cassinelli (196-92). He started the season at Platense in the TNA. In 21 games he had 11.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Cassinelli played at MH Basket (also in TNA) where in 35 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg.
He has played previously for six other teams: Echague, GECR Indalo, San Martin Marcos Juarez, San Isidro, San Lorenzo and SL Chivilcoy.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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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, Vienna18.6 
 3. Vay, Arkadia18.5 
 4. Stazic, Vienna18.2 
 5. Clemmons, Vienna17.8 
 6. Lamesic, Wels17.7 
 7. McNealy, Oberwart17.1 
 8. Rados, Klostern.16.5 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.8 
 10. Murati, Gmunden15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.7 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.7 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.0 
 5. Traylor, Oberwart7.5 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.5 
 7. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.1 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.0 
 9. Gaidys, Gmunden6.2 
 10. Cumberbatch, Oberw.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.3 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 4. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.2 
 5. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 6. Stazic, Vienna4.6 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.5 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.4 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.1 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna1.8 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.7 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Trmal, Arkadia1.5 
 6. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 7. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
 8. Koch, Vienna1.4 
 9. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 10. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.3 
 4. Chan, Wels1.1 
 5. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 6. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 7. Koch, Vienna0.9 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Sarlija, Furstenfeld0.6 



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  AZERBAIJAN  


NTD celebrate win in Finals opener - by Eurobasket News

NTD celebrated win in the Finals opener against 80-ies. In Game 1 the winner of the regular season posted a 66-57 win. NTD dominated the majority of the game and rightfully sealed the victory. Game 2 will be played next weekend.
In the series for the third place Dervish outscored Marshals 98-73.



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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 11: Sonics are defeated by Warriors - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Sonics (4-2) and sixth ranked Warriors (3-4) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Sonics were defeated by Warriors at home 74-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sonics. Warriors maintains sixth place with 3-4 record. Sonics at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Bulls. Warriors are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Tridents (#9) in the next round. Sonics will play against Cavaliers (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Cavaliers (5-2) crushed at home 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (1-5) by 25 points 87-62, which is the biggest margin this round. Cavaliers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. PanAm I.I. lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. Cavaliers will play against Sonics (#5) in the next round. PanAm I.I. will play against Bulls to get more than just one victory in their record.

Cavaliers - PanAm I.I. 87-62

Fourth ranked Cavaliers (5-2) crushed at home 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (1-5) by 25 points 87-62, which is the biggest margin this round. Cavaliers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. PanAm I.I. lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. Cavaliers will play against Sonics (#5) in the next round. PanAm I.I. will play against Bulls to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 539159


Sonics - Warriors 63-74

The game between third ranked Sonics (4-2) and sixth ranked Warriors (3-4) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Sonics were defeated by Warriors at home 74-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sonics. Warriors maintains sixth place with 3-4 record. Sonics at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Bulls. Warriors are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Tridents (#9) in the next round. Sonics will play against Cavaliers (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 539160





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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.20.8 
 2. Aladko, Vitebsk18.8 
 3. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.1 
 5. Shustov, Impuls B.17.0 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.16.8 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.16.2 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.15.0 
 9. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.14.9 
 10. Ignatev, Impuls B.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.4 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.9.0 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.9 
 5. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.3 
 6. Chumakov, Prine.8.2 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.0 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.6 
 9. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.7 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.6 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 4. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.8 
 5. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.8 
 6. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-934.7 
 8. Aladko, Vitebsk4.6 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.4 
 10. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 2. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 3. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.3 
 4. Suvorov, Prine.2.2 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.1 
 6. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.2.0 
 7. Malkov, COR-Bori.1.9 
 8. Zahar, Impuls B.1.8 
 9. Tatur, COR-Borisfen1.8 
 10. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikita KUCHKOU
  BSEU-Gr.
  (182-G/F-99)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuchkou, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kruk, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Radishevskiy, Impuls B.0.0 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.0.0 
 6. Pogrebickiy, Tsmoki I.0.0 
 7. Kozhdan, Impuls B.0.0 
 8. Pishcheyko, Vitebsk0.0 
 9. Kovalev, GO.0.0 
 10. Palanevich, Tsmoki I.0.0 



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  BELGIUM  

D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lhoest, Ninane19.9 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.1 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.7 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 7. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 8. Baptista, Gistel O.16.2 
 9. Kotrulja, Gistel O.15.7 
 10. Gorremans, Soba15.7 
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, Oxaco7.2 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.0 
 8. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
 9. Fall, Ieper6.8 
 10. Van-D., Giants B6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.5.4 
 2. Celis, Oxaco4.6 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.5 
 4. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.3 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.7 
 6. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen3.4 
 8. Kanda-K., Giants B3.3 
 9. Benzouien, Royal B.3.0 
 10. Beaujean, Gembo B.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rochdi BENZOUIEN
  Royal B.
  (184-PG-96)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Benzouien, Royal B.2.2 
 2. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.1 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.0 
 4. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 5. Hall, Royal Brussels1.6 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 7. Van-d., Ekeren1.4 
 8. Riahi, RPC A.1.4 
 9. Celis, Oxaco1.4 
 10. Snyers, Houthalen1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony VERMEERSCH
  Gembo B.
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 3. Fall, Ieper0.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.7 
 5. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 6. Samaey, Waregem0.7 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 8. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.6 
 9. Bouckaert, Gembo B.0.5 
 10. Rogiers, Giants B0.5 



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  BELIZE  


NEBL Round 10: Belmopan B. defeats Orange Walk RR in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Fifth-ranked Orange Walk RR (3-5) gave a tough game to second ranked Belmopan B. (7-3) on Thursday. Belmopan B. managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected easier game. Orange Walk RR was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Belmopan B., which allowed them to win the game. Belmopan B. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record behind leader San Pedro T. Orange Walk RR at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Belmopan B. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Orange Walk RR will play on the road against Cayo Western B. (#3) in San Ignacio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in San Ignacio. Third ranked Dangriga W. (5-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Cayo Western B. (5-5) 84-83 in the fight for the third place. Dangriga W. maintains third position with 5-5 record having just three points less than leader San Pedro T., which they share with defeated Cayo Western B. Dangriga W. will play against league's leader San Pedro T. on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cayo Western B. will play against Orange Walk RR and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Dangriga W. (5-5) against seventh ranked Smart Belize H. (3-6) on Saturday night. Host Dangriga W. was defeated by Smart Belize H. in a tough game in Dangriga 69-78. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Loser Dangriga W. keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Cayo Western B.. Smart Belize H.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Belize City Belize City NL.
NEBL top team - San Pedro T. (8-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Belize City NL (2-7) 70-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belize City NL. San Pedro T. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record. Belize City NL at the other side dropped to the bottom place with seven games lost. San Pedro T.'s next round opponent will be Dangriga W. (#4) at home. Belize City NL's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Belize City to the arena Smart Belize H..

Dangriga W. - Smart Belize H. 69-78

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Dangriga W. (5-5) against seventh ranked Smart Belize H. (3-6) on Saturday night. Host Dangriga W. was defeated by Smart Belize H. in a tough game in Dangriga 69-78. Dangriga W. trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 18-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-78 at the end of the game. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Loser Dangriga W. keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Cayo Western B.. Smart Belize H.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Belize City Belize City NL.
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San Pedro T. - Belize City NL 70-65

NEBL top team - San Pedro T. (8-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Belize City NL (2-7) 70-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belize City NL. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Belize City NL won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Pedro T. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record. Belize City NL at the other side dropped to the bottom place with seven games lost. San Pedro T.'s next round opponent will be Dangriga W. (#4) at home. Belize City NL's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Belize City to the arena Smart Belize H..
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Cayo Western B. - Dangriga W. 83-84

Important game to mention about took place in San Ignacio. Third ranked Dangriga W. (5-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Cayo Western B. (5-5) 84-83 in the fight for the third place. Cayo Western B. was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of Dangriga W., which allowed them to win the game. Dangriga W. maintains third position with 5-5 record having just three points less than leader San Pedro T., which they share with defeated Cayo Western B. Dangriga W. will play against league's leader San Pedro T. on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cayo Western B. will play against Orange Walk RR and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Belmopan B. - Orange Walk RR 70-69

Fifth-ranked Orange Walk RR (3-5) gave a tough game to second ranked Belmopan B. (7-3) on Thursday. Belmopan B. managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected easier game. Orange Walk RR was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Belmopan B., which allowed them to win the game. Belmopan B. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record behind leader San Pedro T. Orange Walk RR at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Belmopan B. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Orange Walk RR will play on the road against Cayo Western B. (#3) in San Ignacio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Division I Round 5 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Division I is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 5 rounds left. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most interesting game of round 5 in the Division I was a home defeat of 4th placed Sloboda Tuzla (3-2) to second ranked Igokea (4-1) 74-60. It was a key game for the top position in I. The former international center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) stepped up and scored 15 points for the winners and Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian power forward Bozo Djumic (208-92) responded with 14 points. Defending champion keeps a position of I leader. Sloboda Tuzla at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Igokea are looking forward to face Bosna-Royal (#4) in Sarajevo in the next round. Sloboda Tuzla will play on the road against Spars Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Mostar. Second ranked Zrinjski HT (4-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Bosna-Royal (3-2) 81-78 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the second position in I. Zrinjski HT maintains second place in I with 4-1 record having just one point less than leader Siroki Primorka. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Zrinjski HT will play against Kakanj (#6) at home in the next round. Bosna-Royal will play against the league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Spars Sarajevo has registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Kakanj (0-5) 78-70 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Stefan Djordjevic who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Vojin Svilar produced 22 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spars Sarajevo (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifth place in I. Loser Kakanj still closes the standings with five games lost. Spars Sarajevo will meet at home higher ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kakanj will play against the league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Leotar (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to leader Siroki Primorka (4-0) 95-77. Mateo Colak orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Siroki Primorka's coach Romeo Bilinovac allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Siroki Primorka maintains seventh place in I with 4-0 record. Leotar at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Siroki Primorka's next round opponent will be Mladost (#8) in Mrkonjic Grad.
Important game to mention about took place in Hadzici. Eighth ranked Mladost (3-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Bosnjak (1-3) 91-88 on Saturday evening. Bojan Stanojevic stepped up and scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Mladost's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Mladost maintains eighth place in I with 3-1 record. Loser Bosnjak keeps the tenth position with three games lost. Mladost will face higher ranked Siroki Primorka (#7) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bosnjak will play at home against Gradjanski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group Liga 6
Zrinjski HT - Bosna-Royal 81-78

Important game to mention about took place in Mostar. Second ranked Zrinjski HT (4-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Bosna-Royal (3-2) 81-78 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the second position in I. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bosna-Royal won fourth quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zrinjski HT maintains second place in I with 4-1 record having just one point less than leader Siroki Primorka. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Zrinjski HT will play against Kakanj (#6) at home in the next round. Bosna-Royal will play against the league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Sloboda Tuzla - Igokea 60-74

The most interesting game of round 5 in the Division I was a home defeat of 4th placed Sloboda Tuzla (3-2) to second ranked Igokea (4-1) 74-60. It was a key game for the top position in I. The former international center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) stepped up and scored 15 points for the winners and Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian power forward Bozo Djumic (208-92) responded with 14 points and the former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Defending champion keeps a position of I leader. Sloboda Tuzla at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Igokea are looking forward to face Bosna-Royal (#4) in Sarajevo in the next round. Sloboda Tuzla will play on the road against Spars Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: B.Djumic 14+4reb+1ast, A.Hasandic 11+2reb+5ast, E.Latifagic 10+4reb, D.Petrov 7+2reb, E.Ahmedovic 6+2reb+1ast, N.Muratovic 4+11reb+1ast
Igokea: D.Albijanic 15+4reb+3ast, D.Milosevic 11+5reb+5ast, J.Robinson 11+1reb+3ast, S.Glogovac 10+3reb+2ast, N.Pesakovic 8+1reb+1ast, D.Sibalic 8+3reb+1ast
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Spars Sarajevo - Kakanj 78-70

Spars Sarajevo has registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Kakanj (0-5) 78-70 on Saturday. Spars Sarajevo made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Stefan Djordjevic (206-89) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Maksim Kovacevic (196-87) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian guard Vojin Svilar (187-86, college: W.Georgia) produced 22 points and center Obrad Tomic (206-93) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Kakanj players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spars Sarajevo (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifth place in I. Loser Kakanj still closes the standings with five games lost. Spars Sarajevo will meet at home higher ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kakanj will play against the league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: V.Svilar 22+4reb+2ast, Z.Palavra 15+6reb, O.Tomic 12+10reb+1ast, H.Curevac 10+3reb, A.Dzelmo 5+4reb, D.Sakotic 3+2reb+3ast
Spars Sarajevo: S.Djordjevic 20+10reb+1ast, M.Kovacevic 12+5reb+3ast, Z.Jovanovic 12+2reb+3ast, S.Kocic 9+2reb, I.Djukovic 8+3reb, A.Zahiragic 5+2reb+2ast
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Group Places 7-13
Bosnjak - Mladost 88-91

Important game to mention about took place in Hadzici. Eighth ranked Mladost (3-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Bosnjak (1-3) 91-88 on Saturday evening. Mladost shot 61.9 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) stepped up and scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and Montenegrin Filip Patkovic (200-90) chipped in 18 points. Four Mladost players scored in double figures. Mladost's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 32 points and 8 rebounds and guard Amir Dovadzija (193-84) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 assists. Mladost maintains eighth place in I with 3-1 record. Loser Bosnjak keeps the tenth position with three games lost. Mladost will face higher ranked Siroki Primorka (#7) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bosnjak will play at home against Gradjanski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosnjak: M.Tuljkovic 32+8reb+3ast, A.Dovadzija 22+2reb+10ast, E.Mujic 12+3reb+1ast, S.Damjanovic 8+2reb+9ast, R.Grosic 6+4reb+1ast, A.Sarajlic 3
Mladost: F.Patkovic 18+3reb+2ast, A.Vuckovic 18+3reb+1ast, B.Stanojevic 12+6reb+7ast, N.Djurdjevic 10+11ast, O.Nisavic 10+2reb+2ast, M.Ljuboja 9+1reb
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Siroki Primorka - Leotar 95-77

Bottom-ranked Leotar (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to leader Siroki Primorka (4-0) 95-77. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Siroki Primorka outrebounded Leotar 42-27 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Power forward Mateo Colak (206-98) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Slovenian point guard Jan Mocnik (178-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 assists for the winners. Siroki Primorka's coach Romeo Bilinovac allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Hungarian-Serbian point guard Stefan Fekete (190-86) answered with 14 points and 6 assists and swingman Vladimir Aleksic (198-87) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Leotar. Five Siroki Primorka and four Leotar players scored in double figures. Siroki Primorka maintains seventh place in I with 4-0 record. Leotar at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Siroki Primorka's next round opponent will be Mladost (#8) in Mrkonjic Grad.
Top scorers:
Leotar: S.Milanovic 15+5reb+3ast, S.Mijovic 15+4reb, S.Fekete 14+3reb+6ast, V.Aleksic 14+6reb+3ast, M.Luzajic 9+3reb+5ast, M.Kovacevic 5+2reb+1ast
Siroki Primorka: M.Colak 25+11reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 15+2reb+14ast, D.Persic 13+12reb+2ast, D.Dreznjak 12+9reb, J.Zubac 11+2reb+2ast, M.Dreznjak 8+3reb+1ast
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Jusuf Nurkic Out At Least Two Weeks With Fibular Fracture - by Eurobasket News

Jusuf Nurkic (7'0''-C-94) has been diagnosed with a nondisplaced fibular fracture in his right leg. Nurkic will be out two weeks and then reevaluated. In 20 games since joining Portland, Nurkic is averaging 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.25 assists in 29.2 minutes. The Blazers are currently considered the favorites for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tarvin GAINES
  Blumenau
  (198-SF-91)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Gaines, Blumenau17.7 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.16.6 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.14.3 
 4. Vezaro, Joinville14.0 
 5. Maistro, Contagem13.9 
 6. Lazzaris, Blumenau12.3 
 7. Silva, Brusque12.0 
 8. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.9 
 10. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Diego SILVA
  Blumenau
  (206-C/F-90)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Silva, Blumenau8.5 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.8.4 
 3. Prado, Brusque8.3 
 4. Russell, Botafogo.7.1 
 5. Gaines, Blumenau7.0 
 6. Jeronimo, Joinville6.7 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau6.5 
 8. Alvim, Contagem6.4 
 9. Silva, Brusque6.2 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Smith, Botafogo.5.1 
 2. Semmke, Blumenau4.2 
 3. Romualdo, Contagem4.0 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.7 
 5. Froehlich, Joinville3.6 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.0 
 7. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
 8. Moreira, Blumenau2.3 
 9. Silva, Blumenau2.2 
 10. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stocks, Blumenau4.3 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem2.3 
 3. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.3 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.9 
 5. Maistro, Contagem1.9 
 6. Moreira, Blumenau1.7 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.6 
 8. Froehlich, Joinville1.4 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
 10. Alves, Contagem1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Silva, Brusque1.2 
 2. Maistro, Contagem1.0 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.1.0 
 4. Perez, Botafogo.0.9 
 5. Silva, Blumenau0.7 
 6. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 7. Dias, Joinville0.6 
 8. De-Oliveira, Blumenau0.5 
 9. Oliveira, Contagem0.5 
 10. Souza, Santos/M.0.4 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  Rilski
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Shelton, Rilski23.2 
 2. Semple, Akademik.20.4 
 3. Ivanov, Levski19.7 
 4. Petkov, Yambol18.7 
 5. Smith, Akademik PL17.6 
 6. Marincheshki, Spartak .16.8 
 7. Tsonkov, Cherno M.16.5 
 8. Sekulovic, Balkan16.5 
 9. Savic, Spartak .16.2 
 10. Bozov, Rilski16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.3 
 2. Shelton, Rilski11.0 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.3 
 4. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.7 
 5. Sekulovic, Balkan8.6 
 6. Varbanov, Yambol8.6 
 7. Savic, Spartak .8.3 
 8. Bruinsma, Rilski7.8 
 9. Delic, Rilski7.6 
 10. Jones, Beroe7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.6.5 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.5.9 
 3. Hott, Balkan5.5 
 4. Gruev, Spartak .5.4 
 5. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.1 
 6. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 7. Dudev, Spartak .4.5 
 8. Bozov, Rilski4.3 
 9. Hadjirusev, Levski4.3 
 10. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deyan KARAMFILOV
  Cherno M.
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.2 
 2. Semple, Akademik.2.1 
 3. Bellfield, Akademik.2.0 
 4. Jones, Beroe1.9 
 5. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 6. Gibson, Beroe1.7 
 7. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.7 
 8. Hott, Balkan1.7 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 10. Smith, Akademik PL1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Semple, Akademik.1.9 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.5 
 3. Varbanov, Yambol1.1 
 4. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.0 
 5. Savic, Spartak .0.9 
 6. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 7. Petkov, Yambol0.7 
 8. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.7 
 9. Marincheshki, Spartak .0.7 
 10. Delic, Rilski0.7 


NBL Round 24: Rilski loses to Beroe in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 3 rounds.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Stara Zagora. Third ranked host Beroe (14-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers Rilski (13-9) 79-74. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Beroe made 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) who added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Beroe maintains third position with 14-7 record having five points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Rilski at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Beroe are looking forward to face league's leader Lukoil Acad. in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rilski will have a break next round.
NBL top team - Lukoil Acad. (18-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Spartak Pleven (10-11) 82-76. The winners were led by American guard Anthony Beane (188-94, college: S.Illinois) who scored that evening 16 points and 4 assists and Danny Gibson supported him with 15 points and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) did not help to save the game for Spartak Pleven. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-4 record. Spartak Pleven at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Lukoil Acad. will play against Beroe (#3) in Stara Zagora in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against the league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Yambol was also quite interesting. Second ranked Academik Plovdiv (15-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Yambol (6-15). Academik Plovdiv defeated Yambol 89-78 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yambol. The best player for the winners was Oscar Bellfield who scored 22 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Nikolay Varbanov who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Academik Plovdiv have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-6 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Loser Yambol keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Academik Plovdiv will meet at home Spartak Pleven (#6) in the next round. Yambol will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth ranked Balkan (11-10) crushed at home 9th ranked Levski (4-18) by 26 points 96-70, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Stanimir Marinov who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Balkan moved-up to fifth place. Levski lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Balkan's next round opponent will be Yambol (#7) at home. Levski will play against Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Balkan - Levski 96-70

Sixth ranked Balkan (11-10) crushed at home 9th ranked Levski (4-18) by 26 points 96-70, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Balkan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Levski's 42. They outrebounded Levski 37-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international guard Stanimir Marinov (192-91, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 4 assists. Montenegrin guard Amin Hott (192-92) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Balkan players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Pavel Ivanov (200-88, agency: Interperformances) replied with 24 points and Angel Peychinov (201-95) added 15 points in the effort for Levski. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Balkan moved-up to fifth place. Levski lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Balkan's next round opponent will be Yambol (#7) at home. Levski will play against Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: S.Marinov 25+2reb+4ast, A.Hott 22+5reb+3ast, M.Sekulovic 15+8reb+5ast, D.Cvetkovic 10+7reb+2ast, M.Durchev 7+2reb+3ast, N.Marinov 5+1ast
Levski: P.Ivanov 24+1reb+1ast, A.Peychinov 15+3reb+3ast, E.Hadjirusev 9+3reb+7ast, I.Alipiev 8+3reb+1ast, V.Veselinov 6+4reb+1ast, S.Slaveykov 4+4reb
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Spartak Pleven - Lukoil Acad. 76-82

NBL top team - Lukoil Acad. (18-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Spartak Pleven (10-11) 82-76. Spartak Pleven was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 37-28 second half run of Lukoil Acad.. The winners were led by American guard Anthony Beane (188-94, college: S.Illinois) who scored that evening 16 points and 4 assists and American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) supported him with 15 points and 6 assists. Five Lukoil Acad. players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) did not help to save the game for Spartak Pleven. Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) added 18 points. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-4 record. Spartak Pleven at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Lukoil Acad. will play against Beroe (#3) in Stara Zagora in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against the league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: A.Beane 16+4reb+4ast, D.Gibson 15+3reb+6ast, S.Zack 14+6reb+2ast, D.Dimitrov 12+6reb+2ast, M.Korniyenko 11+5reb, B.Avramov 7+2ast
Spartak Pleven: D.Marincheshki 19+12reb+4ast, M.Savic 18+4reb+2ast, M.Marinov 10+2reb+1ast, M.Dudev 9+5reb+8ast, K.Koev 6+1reb+2ast, G.Nikolov 5+1ast
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Yambol - Akademik PL 78-89

The game in Yambol was also quite interesting. Second ranked Academik Plovdiv (15-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Yambol (6-15). Academik Plovdiv defeated Yambol 89-78 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yambol. Academik Plovdiv shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) who scored 22 points and 5 assists. French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St., agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and forward Stoyan Petkov (198-85) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Academik Plovdiv and four Yambol players scored in double figures. Academik Plovdiv have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-6 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Loser Yambol keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Academik Plovdiv will meet at home Spartak Pleven (#6) in the next round. Yambol will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: S.Smith 27+1reb, O.Bellfield 22+4reb+5ast, J.Semple 10+16reb+2ast, V.Aleksandrov 10+3reb+1ast, M.Sutulovic 10+3reb+2ast, V.Bachev 5+2reb+2ast
Yambol: S.Petkov 18+7reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 17+11reb+2ast, V.Petkov 17+4reb+4ast, E.Ivanov 13+4reb+1ast, T.Ostrev 7+1reb+2ast, S.Govedarov 6+3reb+1ast
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Beroe - Rilski 79-74

The game between Top Four teams took place in Stara Zagora. Third ranked host Beroe (14-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers Rilski (13-9) 79-74. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Beroe made 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) who added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and forward DJ Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Beroe maintains third position with 14-7 record having five points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Rilski at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Beroe are looking forward to face league's leader Lukoil Acad. in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rilski will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Beroe: S.Gibson 18+6reb+6ast, B.Raley-Ross 16+7reb+4ast, A.Jones 16+6reb+1ast, O.Gudul 11+9reb+2ast, S.Tesija 7+6reb, T.Tenchev 6+1reb
Rilski: E.Bruinsma 25+11reb+3ast, D.Shelton 14+11reb, Z.Georgiev 12+3reb+3ast, Y.Bozov 9+5reb+7ast, S.Francis 9+1ast, D.Vutev 5
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  CANADA  


Highlander edge Hurricanes 100-99 - by John Gary

Courtesy oursportscentral.com Chad Frazier made the first of two free throws with .8 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Cape Breton H ighlanders a 100-99 victory over the Halifax Hurricanes at Scotiabak Center. It was the second time this season that Cape Breton has defeated their principle rivals on Halifax home court. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 30-23 advantage following the quarter. Cape Breton stormed back in the second to cut the deficiency too just 2 points as the teams headed to the locker rooms at halftime 49-47. The Hurricanes outscored the ighlanders 30-28 in the third quarter. Halifax held a 99-96 lead with 39 seconds left in the fourth but the H ighlanders Billy Rush hit a clutch three pointer to tie the game at 99. Michael Poole had 26 points and 7 rebounds to pace Halifax after Antoine Mason chipped in with 20 points and 4 rebounds .Frazier led Cape Breton with 20 points and 6 rebounds while Charles Mann Jr. and Hank Thomas had 17 points each.


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In a battle between the two expansion CBA teams, Illinois edges out Baltimore, 98-97, in final minute - by Eurobasket News

In a contest between the two expansion teams in the league, the fans certainly got their money's worth in Danville, as Illinois and Baltimore went back and forth in a thrilling contest featuring 14 lead changes and ties. The visitors from Maryland, who were making their season debut, got off to a quick start, leading by as many as nine points in the opening period. But Illinois jumped out in the second quarter scoring seven consecutive points to start the frame, ultimately going on a 40-24 run, appearing to have seized control of the game towards the end of the third quarter. Baltimore; however, came firing back with a 30-18 run of their own, regaining their first lead since the first quarter, 81-78, with eight minutes left in the final period. A couple minutes later, though, Illinois, went on a mini run of their own, to take the lead 90-85 with under four minutes to play. And just when the momentum seemed to be with the hosts, Baltimore made one final push, going on a 12-5 run to regain the lead back, 97-95, with just over a minute remaining. But that was it for the Shuckers, as the Coal Miners tied the game on the ensuing possession, and then subsequently hit the game-winning free throw with thirty seconds remaining, to squeak out a 98-97 victory at home. Illinois (1-1), who earned their first ever league win, was led by Kashif Watson (6'4''-G-87, college: Idaho) with 21 points, and Ayron Worthington (6'7''-F-91, college: Wayne St., NE) with 18 points, while Baltimore (0-1) was led by Damarius Cruz (6'0''-PG, college: St.Cloud St.) with a game-high 33 points, of which 27 points came from beyond the arc, and Jermaine Bolden (5'10''-PG-86, college: Morgan St.) with 16 points. Illinois travels 90 minutes eastward tomorrow night for their first road game of the season as they face off against Indianapolis, while Baltimore finishes the second leg of their road trip with a contest versus the defending champions, Fort Wayne, tomorrow night as well.
Courtesy of: playcba.com



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.4 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.18.9 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.5 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.4 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.9 
 8. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.5 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.4 
 10. Konjevic, Skrljevo15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.3 
 2. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.3 
 3. Halilovic, GKK S.7.3 
 4. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 5. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 6. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.6 
 7. Mazalin, Zadar6.2 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica6.0 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj5.7 
 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 Zagreb6.4 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS6.1 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.6 
 5. Filipovic, KK Split5.5 
 6. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 7. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 8. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 9. Vrbica, Gorica4.7 
 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 .2.4 
 3. Sirko, KK Split2.1 
 4. Mazalin, Zadar1.9 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.7 
 7. Rozic, Cibona1.6 
 8. Brzoja, Zadar1.6 
 9. Scott, Jolly JBS1.5 
 10. Katic, Cedevita1.5 
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. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 6. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 7. Loncar, Cedevita0.6 
 8. Spralja, Jolly JBS0.6 
 9. Milicevic, Kvarner .0.6 
 10. Papac, Jolly JBS0.6 


Split erase 23-point deficit, improve to 20-3 - by Zeljko Zule

Split used a 39-9 run spanning halftime to erase a 23-point second quarter deficit in a 77-71 win over Zagreb in Croatian A1 League Round 23.

Split-Zagreb 77-71: The game featured just two lead changes. Split opened the game with a 5-0 run and then Zagreb scored 10 straight points. The visitors had their first double-digit advantage at 22-10 late in the first quarter. Zagreb used a 12-0 run for their largest lead of the night, 45-22 late in the second quarter. At that point, Split went on an 18-0 run spanning halftime to cut the deficit to 40-45 and later made a 19-2 run to go up 61-54 and never looked back from there. Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) had 21 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds for Split, Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) added 17 points, Josip Jukic (207-F/C-96) 12 and Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) 11. Zagreb was led by a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds by Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89). Martin Junakovic (193-PG-94) and Antonio Vlaic (205-C-91) both added 12 points, Ivan Majcunic (193-SG-96) and Toni Vitali (203-F-91) netted 11 points apiece.

GKK Sibenik-Jolly 87-77: Sibenik scored five straight points to go up 13-9 midway through the opening quarter and never looked back for the rest of the game. Jolly tied the scored at 14-14, but Sibenik responded with a 19-6 run spanning the first and second quarters and had their largest lead of the night at 52-36 early in the second half. Jolly halved the deficit, 56-64. At that point, Sibenik made an 8-0 run and were up 76-61 with five minutes remaining, Sibenik hit six 3-pointers in the opening quarter. Ivan Siriscevic finished with 18 points on shooting 4-of-5 behind the 3-point line, Teo Petani (190-G-88) added 13 points, Ive Ivanov (200-C-85) 12, Roko Badzim (197-G-97) and Domagoj Basic (193-G-86) both scored 11 points. Jolly was led by Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) with 21 points, Mike Scott (183-PG-93, college: Idaho) (191-G/F) scored 19 and Nemanja Maric (198-G-83) 10.

Hermes Analitica-Kvarner 2010 81-78: After trailing 59-68 with less than five minutes left, Kvarner cut the deficit to point, 70-71 and 74-75 in the final minute. Hermes' Hrvoje Garafolic made a lay-up and then Ivan Svoboda (190-G-87) made three of his four free throws for a 80-76 lead with 13 seconds to go. Josip Barnjak (190-G/F-98) cut the deficit to two and Kvarner then fouled Hrvoje Garafolic. He made first free throw and intentionally missed the second, Hermes had all five starters in double scoring figures. Ivan Svoboda posted 23 points, Marko Raic (190-G-87) 17, Julijan Rajic 14, David Usic (206-F-93, college: Florida Tech) had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Hrvoje Garafolic scored 11 points. Kvarner was led by Mauro Veljacic (183-PG-93) who scored 18 points on shooting 6-of-20 from the field, Dino Butorac (191-G-90) scored 16 points and Mate Vucic (203-F/C-97) 10.



Ankle sprain sidelines Los Angeles Lakers' Ivica Zubac for rest of season - by Eurobasket News

Rookie center Ivica Zubac (7'1''-C-97, agency: BeoBasket) will miss the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers' season because of a high ankle sprain. Zubac was hurt in the first quarter of a loss to Minnesota on Thursday night. X-rays were negative Friday, but an MRI exam confirmed the sprain of his right ankle. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks, but the last-place Lakers (21-54) have only seven games left. They're in the worst four-year stretch in franchise history. The 7-foot-1 Zubac has completed a promising debut season with the Lakers, averaging 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks. He played in 38 games with 11 starts, getting extensive time in recent weeks after Los Angeles shut down veteran Timofey Mozgov. The 20-year-old Zubac was a second-round pick out of Croatia.
Courtesy of: nba.com



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.5 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha18.0 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.17.1 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.6 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.9 
 8. Thompson, Usti n.14.8 
 9. Pecka, Usti n.14.6 
 10. Painter, NH Ostrava14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.5 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.9.2 
 3. Painter, NH Ostrava7.3 
 4. Mickelson, Svitavy7.3 
 5. Ware, MMCITE B.7.2 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Norwa, Prostejov6.6 
 8. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 9. Bohacik, USK Praha6.5 
 10. Skinner, BK Kolin6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.0 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.6 
 5. Simmons, Prostejov5.5 
 6. Kouril, BK Opava4.9 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Sotnar, Usti n.4.4 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 10. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.5 
 2. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava2.1 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Canada, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Slezak, Svitavy1.7 
 9. Bannister, Svitavy1.6 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 4. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy1.0 
 7. Kvapil, BK Opava0.7 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Pecka, Usti n.0.7 
 10. Svrdlik, BK Pardu.0.7 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.7 
 2. Peterka, Nymburk B24.1 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B23.6 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice22.1 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.3 
 6. Streba, USK P.19.2 
 7. Fait, Sokol Pisek18.9 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.8 
 9. Sebela, Sokol S.18.1 
 10. Nehoda, Zlin17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.1 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.5 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov9.9 
 4. Kvapil, Opava B9.1 
 5. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.9.1 
 6. Bubak, Vysocina8.9 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin8.9 
 8. Streba, USK P.8.7 
 9. Novak, Vysocina8.6 
 10. Pelikan, Novy Jicin8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.3 
 2. Petric, Pardubice4.8 
 3. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.5 
 4. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 5. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.1 
 6. Jancik, Havirov3.8 
 7. Dlugos, Nymburk B3.7 
 8. Novak, Vysocina3.6 
 9. Goga, Prostejov B3.5 
 10. Gavenda, Sokol P.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.7 
 2. Potocek, Pardubice2.3 
 3. Nehoda, Zlin2.1 
 4. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.1 
 5. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 6. Novak, Olomouc SK1.9 
 7. Branda, Opava B1.9 
 8. Dragoun, Opava B1.9 
 9. Honomichl, Loko Plzen1.9 
 10. Novak, Vysocina1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.4 
 2. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 3. Szabo, Prostejov B1.3 
 4. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 5. Goga, Prostejov B1.1 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 7. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.0 
 8. Hlobil, Prostejov B0.9 
 9. Vasat, Prostejov B0.8 
 10. Zlamal, Olomouc SK0.8 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Quinn COOK
  Canton C.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.0 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.8 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.23.1 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.23.0 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.7 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.4 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.3 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Onuaku, Rio G.10.7 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.5 
 6. Costello, Iowa E.9.5 
 7. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 8. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 9. Jones, Maine RC9.1 
 10. Sims, Salt L.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Magette, Los A.9.5 
 2. Marshall, Reno B.9.1 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.0 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.7 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.6 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.0 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.4 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.1 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 6. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 7. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 10. Millsap, N.Arizon.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 3. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 4. Tavares, Raptors .2.7 
 5. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 7. Obekpa, Santa C.2.2 
 8. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 9. Jones, Santa C.2.1 
 10. Davis, N.Arizona S.2.0 


Red Claws clinch 3rd straight Atlantic Division title - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, have clinched a playoff spot and their third consecutive Atlantic Division title tonight, thanks to Delaware's loss. The Red Claws lost to Greensboro tonight, 122-105. Guerschon Yabusele (6'7''-PF-95), the first round NBA Draft pick of the Boston Celtics, made his Red Claws debut tonight, scoring 17 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU, agency: Babcock Sports), on assignment from the Celtics, led the Red Claws with 24 points tonight. Despite the Red Claws' loss, Delaware lost to Raptors 905 tonight, 123-103, clinching the division for Maine. The Red Claws' magic number was one going into the evening. This marks a 3rd straight playoff appearance for head coach Scott Morrison , who has three division titles in three years at the helm of the Red Claws. The Red Claws will be the #2 seed in the NBA D-League Playoffs, and will face either Canton or Fort Wayne in the opening best-of-three series. Game 1 will be on the road, with Game 2 and (if necessary) Game 3 at home. Playoff dates and times are yet to be announced.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Mickey, Yabusele lead Red Claws in Finale - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, finished the regular season in style with a 93-82 win over Windy City Saturday night. Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU, agency: Babcock Sports), on assignment from the Boston Celtics, led Maine with 26 points and 8 rebounds, while Celtics first round NBA Draft pick Guerschon Yabusele (6'7''-PF-95) added 20 points (7-9 FG, 4-5 3pt FG) and 11 rebounds in just his second game with the team. Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame), also on assignment from the Celtics, finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists, while Arthur Edwards (6'6''-G, college: Alabama) added 11 points. Marcus Georges-Hunt (6'5''-F-94, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pensack Sports), Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) and Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93, college: Texas A&M) did not play in tonight's game. The playoff-bound Red Claws finish the regular season with a 29-21 record. During the game, the #2 Red Claws learned they will face #3 Fort Wayne in the opening round of the NBA D-League Playoffs. Details on the schedule will be announced soon. Mickey got things started with a scorching-hot start, making his first five baskets and scoring the first 11 points for Maine. Yabusele followed that up with four quick points, and the Red Claws led 15-8 early in the 1st. Windy City struggled from downtown early, and Josh Hagins made them pay with a three-ball that gave Maine a 28-19 lead. Yabusele drained a three of his own, and Maine enjoyed a 31-23 lead after one. The Red Claws shot 55% (12-22) in the opening quarter, including 5-7 from downtown. Windy City went 0-8 from beyond the arc in the period. Yabusele opened the 2nd with a driving finger roll to extend the lead. Edwards' corner three made it 39-26 Maine, just 2:30 into the quarter. Yabusele showed off the range, as the Claws extended to a 13 point lead. The Bulls went on a run, finally getting some long-range shots to fall. With 4:24 to go in the half, Windy City had cut it to 46-43. Jackson put in a couple tough lay-ups at the end of the half, and Maine enjoyed a 55-49 lead at the break. Yabusele finished the first half a perfect 6-6 from the floor, including 3-3 from downtown. Mickey opened the second half with a quick bucket. Cartier Martin hit a three to make it a 62-61 ball game. It was a back-and-forth quarter, with Maine holding on to a 66-64 lead after three. Windy City took the lead early in the 4th quarter, with Asauhn Dixon-Tatum (7'0''-C-91, college: Auburn)'s free throws evening the score at 68-68. Yabusele drained his 4th three-pointer to right the ship, as Maine went back up by six with 7:35 to play. The Red Claws cruised to victory down the stretch.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Erie Bay Hawks waived Robert Vaden - by Eurobasket News

Erie Bay Hawks waived 32-year old swingman Robert Vaden (196-102kg-85, college: UAB, agency: Inception Sports). In 21 D-League games he recorded 7.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg this season. Vaden also played earlier that season for another team Knicks where in 12 D-League games he averaged 6.0ppg and 1.7rpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (54th overall). The former University of Alabama at Birmingham standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Belgian League in 2014. Vaden was also voted Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Imports Team back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Vaden has played also professionally in Germany (Telekom Baskets), NBA (San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves), Italy (Imola), Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Slovakia (Nitra) and other D-League teams (Oklahoma City Blue and Northern Arizona Suns).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @THSports13)

Check also Complete Transfers List in D-League



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  EL SALVADOR  


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

27-year old guard Wali Hepburn (193-G-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Canarios and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 36 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed Quezaltepeque (#5, 8-6) with 20-point margin 106-86. Canarios is placed at 7th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Canarios 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 7-6 record. In the team's last game Hepburn had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Canarios, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Lock Haven University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hepburn is in league's top in points (4th best: 28.3ppg) and averages solid 2.4bpg and 2.1spg.

Second best performed player last round was Yoan Haiti of Sonsonate. He is a in his first season at Sonsonate. In the last game Haiti recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he led Sonsonate to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Santa Ana (#13, 3-11) 97-65. Sonsonate's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Haiti is one of the most experienced players at Sonsonate and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos (#11). Montavious scored 13 points and grabbed twenty seven rebounds (!!!). Despite Montavious' great performance 11 Lobos lost 77-80 to the lower-ranked Giants (#15, 1-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of 11 Lobos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Montavious could try to bring 11 Lobos' a little bit higher in the standings. Montavious has individually a great season in El Salvador. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 21.7rpg (#1 in league). He also has 4.4bpg and FGP: 51.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido - 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Canarios - 21 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jonathan King (198-F/G-90) of Sonsonate - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios - 35 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Daniel King (203-PF-87) of El Rapido - 18 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Duane James (196-F-83) of Isidro Metapan - 23 points, 13 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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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.19.2 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU16.9 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu16.8 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.16.6 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 8. Strupovics, Valga15.5 
 9. Seskus, Parnu15.4 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga14.5 
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. Jarvelainen, TTU8.2 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu8.1 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.0 
 6. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.5 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Raadik, Valga6.5 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.4 
 10. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.8 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.2 
 5. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 6. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.7 
 8. Saage, TL.3.4 
 9. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.4 
 10. Post, Tarvas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.2 
 2. Sutt, Parnu1.9 
 3. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 6. Olmre, TTU1.7 
 7. Zvigurs, Valga1.7 
 8. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 9. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 10. Kaldre, Noorteliiga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.1 
 2. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 3. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 5. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 7. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 8. Saks, TL.0.6 
 9. Talts, Tartu Ulikool0.5 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga0.5 



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Euroleague round 29 best performance: Brad Wanamaker - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) had a great game in the last round for Darussafaka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, six rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Brose Bask. (#12, 10-19) 99-97. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Darussafaka maintains the 9th position in Euroleague . Darussafaka is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-14 record. In the team's last game Wanamaker had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Darussafaka's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Pittsburgh star has very solid stats this year. Wanamaker is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.0ppg) and averages impressive 40.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was another Darussafaka's star - 26-year old American Will Clyburn (201-F-90). Clyburn had a very good evening with 26 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for Darussafaka to edge the lower-ranked Brose Bask. (#12, 10-19) 99-97. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Darussafaka keeps 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Clyburn is a newcomer at Darussafaka, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.3ppg (#7). He also registered 5.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of FC Barcelona (#11). Tomic showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of FC Barcelona, leading his team to a 76-71 win against the lower-ranked Maccabi T-A (#14, 10-19). The chances of FC Barcelona ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tomic could help FC Barcelona to bring them higher in the standings. Tomic has a very solid season. In 28 games in Euroleague he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 52.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adrien Moerman (202-PF-88) of Darussafaka - 19 points and 12 rebounds
5. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85) of Olympiacos - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89) of Anadolu Efes - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Alex Tyus (203-C-88) of Galatasaray - 14 points and 8 rebounds
8. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) of Baskonia - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90) of Anadolu Efes - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88) of Baskonia - 20 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)



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jones, Lapua22.1 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.6 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki18.1 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.1 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.1 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.0 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.4 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua8.1 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto7.7 
 8. Williams, Salon V.7.6 
 9. Edwards, Salon Vilpas7.6 
 10. Morris, Lapua7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.4 
 2. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.8 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.4 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.2 
 8. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 9. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.1 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Minard, Pyrinto1.9 
 4. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 5. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 6. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 7. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.6 
 8. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.5 
 10. Duren, BC Nokia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Kataja B.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bristol, Kataja B.1.9 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 4. Van, Korihait1.1 
 5. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 6. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 8. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 9. Edwards, Salon Vilpas0.8 
 10. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18
 1. Clark, Chalon18.0 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.3 
 3. Gibson, Gravelines17.2 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.5 
 7. Dorsey, Le Portel14.6 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans14.4 
 9. Smith, Chalons-Reims14.3 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Fall, Chalon8.8 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.6 
 3. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.2 
 4. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre7.6 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.4 
 8. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
 9. Hassell, Le Portel6.8 
 10. Watkins, AS.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.5 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.1 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.9 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.8 
 6. Bost, Monaco5.3 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.0 
 8. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.5 
 9. Payne, Chalons-.4.5 
 10. Eito, Orleans4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.5 
 2. Eito, Orleans2.1 
 3. Holston, Dijon1.9 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Wood, Limoges1.8 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 8. Dorsey, Le Portel1.5 
 9. Henry, Gravelines1.5 
 10. Lacombe, Stras.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 5. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 6. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 7. Fair, Limoges0.9 
 8. Joseph, Orleans0.9 
 9. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.9 
 10. Hassell, Le Portel0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Peacock, Bourg18.3 
 2. Burton, Roanne17.4 
 3. Williams, Boulazac17.2 
 4. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.2 
 5. Jones, Lille17.1 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.4 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.8 
 8. Walker, Evreux15.1 
 9. Broussard, Provence.14.9 
 10. Rozenfeld, Roanne14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.8 
 2. Kone, Charleville9.8 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg9.1 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.0 
 6. Traore, Lille7.9 
 7. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.6 
 8. Morin, Le Havre7.5 
 9. Diame, Blois7.5 
 10. Paumier, Boulogne7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Threatt, Poitiers7.1 
 2. Turner, Blois6.3 
 3. Rigaux, Maurienne6.2 
 4. Ware, Vichy C.6.1 
 5. King, Le Havre6.1 
 6. Sim, Bourg5.6 
 7. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.4 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Burton, Roanne2.6 
 2. Threatt, Poitiers2.4 
 3. Henry, Evreux2.4 
 4. Turner, Blois2.2 
 5. Denave, Vichy C.2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 7. Fouse, Charleville1.8 
 8. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 9. Maille, Provence.1.8 
 10. Walker, Evreux1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg1.3 
 4. MBida, Lille1.2 
 5. Paumier, Boulogne1.2 
 6. Jones, Lille1.1 
 7. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 8. Diame, Blois1.1 
 9. Kone, Charleville1.0 
 10. Boateng, Blois1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.0 
 2. Brooks, ALS Basket17.9 
 3. Vaty, Lourdes17.3 
 4. Craion, Lorient16.7 
 5. Newson, Lorient16.7 
 6. Mitchell, Chartres16.2 
 7. Geiger, SAP V.16.2 
 8. Smith, Orchies16.1 
 9. Strong, St Vallier15.8 
 10. Thondique, Gries/Ob.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.9 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.0 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.2 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.8.1 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket8.1 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.6 
 7. Cox, Challans7.5 
 8. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 9. Vaty, Lourdes7.4 
 10. Anderson, RAC B.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.2 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.1 
 3. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.5 
 4. Rathieuville, Rennes5.3 
 5. Delhomme, St Vallier5.3 
 6. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 7. Suhard, Angers BC4.9 
 8. Smith, Orchies4.9 
 9. Choplin, Quimper4.8 
 10. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Craion, Lorient2.9 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.2 
 3. Neri, ALS Basket2.1 
 4. Cornely, Caen2.0 
 5. Demuynck, Lourdes1.9 
 6. Newson, Lorient1.9 
 7. Monceau, Challans1.8 
 8. Gibson, Challans1.7 
 9. Liorel, SAP V.1.7 
 10. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ludovic NEGROBAR
  Rennes
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Negrobar, Rennes1.2 
 2. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.0 
 3. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 4. Monteiro, Caen1.0 
 5. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 6. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 7. Thondique, Gries/Ob.0.8 
 8. Tresnak, GET Vosges0.8 
 9. Kayembe, Souffel0.8 
 10. Boucard, GET Vosges0.8 


ProB Round 25: Lille Metropole is upset by JA Vichy - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Lille Metropole (15-10) and eighteenth ranked JA Vichy (9-16) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Lille Metropole was edged by JA Vichy in a tough game in Vichy 67-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lille Metropole. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 38-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Carl Ona-Embo (185-89, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 23 points for the winners. Power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. JA Vichy's coach Stephane Dao used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Thomas Ceci-Diop (199-92) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. JA Vichy moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with Boulogne. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. JA Vichy is looking forward to face SO Maritime Boulogne (#17) in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the next round. Lille Metropole will play at home against Saint Chamond (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader JL Bourg delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Boulazac Basket (13-12) 78-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Boulazac Basket. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Youssou Ndoye contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) answered with 11 points for Boulazac Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JL Bourg maintains first place with 18-7 record. Boulazac Basket at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Evreux and Poitiers. JL Bourg will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#5) on the road in the next round. Boulazac Basket will play against STB Le Havre and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Blois between ALM Evreux and ADA Blois. Tenth ranked ALM Evreux (13-12) got a very close victory on the road over 4th placed ADA Blois (14-11). ALM Evreux managed to escape with a 2-point win 76-74 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ADA Blois. Caleb Walker stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Frank Turner responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds. ALM Evreux moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Poitiers and Boulazac. Loser ADA Blois keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Le Havre and Charleville. ALM Evreux will meet at home Nantes (#10) in the next round. ADA Blois will play against the league's second-placed Provence Basket (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Rouen was defeated by Le Havre in a road game 79-69. St Chamond was beaten by Denain at home 69-75. St Quentin lost to Provence Basket on the opponent's court 76-89. Poitiers managed to outperform Roanne in a home game 85-68. Charleville managed to beat Nantes on the road 79-68. Maurienne defeated Boulogne on its own court 90-76.

Le Havre - Rouen 79-69

There was no surprise when 12th ranked SPO Rouen (11-14) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked STB Le Havre (14-11) 79-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by STB Le Havre. SPO Rouen managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. STB Le Havre outrebounded SPO Rouen 40-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Josh Greene (183-92, college: CS Northridge) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. STB Le Havre's coach Jean Manuel Sousa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American-Bahamas forward Jonathan Fairell (201-93, college: Murray St., agency: Duran International) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard James Woodard (191-94, college: Tulsa) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. STB Le Havre have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Blois and Charleville. Loser SPO Rouen keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. They share it with St Quentin. STB Le Havre will meet at home Boulazac Basket (#7) in the next round. SPO Rouen will play against Chorale de Roanne (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Fairell 21+7reb+1ast, S.Ho You Fat 16+2reb, J.Woodard 11+4reb+4ast, G.Curier 10+6reb+2ast, S.Bangura 3+1reb, H.Palsson 2+4reb+4ast
Le Havre: B.King 17+4reb+6ast, D.Odiakosa 15+7reb, J.Greene 15+3reb+6ast, F.Paschal 10+4reb, N.Pope 8+8reb+6ast, R.Martin 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 484490


Vichy Clermont - Lille 68-67

The game between third ranked Lille Metropole (15-10) and eighteenth ranked JA Vichy (9-16) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Lille Metropole was edged by JA Vichy in a tough game in Vichy 67-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lille Metropole. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 38-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Carl Ona-Embo (185-89, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 23 points for the winners. Power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Ona-Embo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. JA Vichy's coach Stephane Dao used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Thomas Ceci-Diop (199-92) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Burkinabe Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. JA Vichy moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with Boulogne. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. JA Vichy is looking forward to face SO Maritime Boulogne (#17) in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the next round. Lille Metropole will play at home against Saint Chamond (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lille: T.Ceci-Diop 19+9reb+1ast, J.Traore 14+9reb+2ast, D.Burton 11+3ast, J.MBida 8+3reb+1ast, M.Queta 6+2reb, P.Duwiquet 5+3reb+2ast
Vichy Clermont: C.Ona-Embo 23+2reb+1ast, C.Bronchard 13+7reb+4ast, D.Denave 10+3reb+1ast, S.Doucoure 7+4reb+1ast, J.Cole 6+2reb, R.El Amrani 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 484495


St Chamond - Denain 69-75

No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked Denain Voltaire (12-13) defeated on the road 14th ranked Saint Chamond (10-15) 75-69 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-69. Power forward Jerome Cazenobe (203-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Pierric Poupet (192-84) chipped in 13 points and 9 assists. Denain Voltaire's coach Jean-Christophe Prat allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side power forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) responded with 9 points and 7 rebounds and American guard BA Walker (184-84, college: VCU, agency: Inception Sports) scored 7 points and 7 assists. Denain Voltaire moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Nantes. Loser Saint Chamond keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Roanne and Maurienne. Denain Voltaire will meet at home Aix-Maurienne (#16) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Saint Chamond will play against Lille Metropole and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: J.Rinna 9+7reb+2ast, M.Guichard 9+3reb+1ast, P.Turpin 9+3reb+1ast, J.Hoyaux 8+4reb+3ast, S.Gombauld 8+4reb, B.Walker 7+2reb+7ast
Denain: J.Cazenobe 17+12reb+1ast, C.Abouo 15+4reb+3ast, P.Poupet 13+4reb+9ast, B.Gillet 9+1ast, T.Tarpey 6+8reb+1ast, K.Harley 6+2reb
gschID: 484494


Provence Basket - St Quentin 89-76

Very expected game in Fos-sur-Mer where 13th ranked Saint-Quentin (11-14) was defeated by second ranked Provence Basket (17-8) 89-76 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 46-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Provence Basket made 19-of-19 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American-Nigerian Derrick Obasohan (198-81, college: Texas Arlington, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American swingman Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Provence Basket's coach Remi Giutta allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (196-90) responded with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and American center Ryan Rhoomes (203-92, college: Fordham) scored 20 points. Four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Provence Basket maintains second place with 17-8 record behind leader Bourg. Loser Saint-Quentin dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Rouen. Provence Basket will meet at home ADA Blois (#6) in the next round. Saint-Quentin will play against Poitiers (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: R.Rhoomes 20+4reb, R.Nyakundi 13+3reb, P.Drouault 12+8reb+6ast, A.Charles 12+3reb+2ast, J.Robinson 7+3reb+4ast, E.Maraux 6
Provence Basket: A.Broussard 19+1reb+4ast, D.Obasohan 15+5reb+5ast, R.Desroses 14+2reb+2ast, L.Akono 9+1reb+6ast, J.Maille 8+4reb, B.Waldow 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 484493


Poitiers - Roanne 85-68

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Poitiers (13-12) beat at home 15th ranked Chorale de Roanne (10-15) 85-68 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-68. Poitiers forced 21 Chorale de Roanne turnovers and outrebounded them 32-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Chorale de Roanne's players. American swingman Drake Reed (194-87, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Inception Sports) stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St.) chipped in 6 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side point guard Arthur Rozenfeld (178-95) responded with 24 points and American forward Joe Burton (201-90, college: Oregon St.) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Poitiers moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Evreux and Boulazac. Loser Chorale de Roanne dropped to the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Maurienne and St Chamond. Poitiers will meet Saint-Quentin (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Chorale de Roanne will play against SPO Rouen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roanne: A.Rozenfeld 24+1reb+2ast, J.Burton 18+5reb+2ast, A.Gavrilovic 9+5reb+2ast, A.Kanervo 5+2reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 3+2reb, R.Nelson 3+1reb
Poitiers: D.Reed 15+7reb+2ast, S.Omar Doumbouya 11+5reb+1ast, M.Joseph 10+1reb, C.Leonard 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Fall 8+5reb+1ast, J.Greer 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 484492


Nantes - Charleville 68-79

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Nantes (12-13) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Charleville-Mezieres (14-11) 79-68 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Charleville-Mezieres. Nantes managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nantes to just 7 points in third quarter. American guard Jordan Fouse (201-94, college: Green Bay, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Ivorian center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Charleville-Mezieres' coach Cedric Heitz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American-British power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne) scored 17 points. Charleville-Mezieres moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Le Havre and Blois. Loser Nantes dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Denain. Charleville-Mezieres will meet at home league's leader JL Bourg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nantes will play against ALM Evreux (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nantes: L.Ekperigin 17+4reb+1ast, C.McKnight 17+11reb+1ast, V.Fofana 9+2reb+3ast, V.Bigote 9+2reb+1ast, K.Mitchell 8+2reb+5ast, A.Desespringalle 4+2reb+1ast
Charleville: J.Fouse 19+7reb+3ast, W.Brown 17+5reb, M.Kone 16+9reb+2ast, M.Hermannsson 9+7reb+6ast, V.Mukuna 8+4reb, S.Buterlevicius 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 484491


Bourg - Boulazac 78-60

Leader JL Bourg delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Boulazac Basket (13-12) 78-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Boulazac Basket. It looked good early as Boulazac Basket took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then JL Bourg had a 16-14 second period charge getting the lead and Boulazac Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-78. JL Bourg made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) answered with 11 points and Jerome Sanchez (197-90) added 14 points in the effort for Boulazac Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JL Bourg maintains first place with 18-7 record. Boulazac Basket at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Evreux and Poitiers. JL Bourg will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#5) on the road in the next round. Boulazac Basket will play against STB Le Havre and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: J.Sanchez 14+1reb, J.Williams 11+3reb+2ast, A.Salmon 8+4reb+1ast, G.Clerc 8+1reb, M.Zianveni 5+5reb+1ast, A.Tanghe 4+1reb+4ast
Bourg: Z.Peacock 22+4reb, Y.Ndoye 18+7reb, M.Courby 12+1reb, G.Sim 10+1ast, M.Houmounou 9+6reb+5ast, P.Pelos 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 484489


Maurienne - Boulogne 90-76

Everything could happen in Aix-les-Bains at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Aix-Maurienne and 17th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne had identical 9-15 record. This time Aix-Maurienne used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Boulogne-sur-Mer 90-76 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 34-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Aix-Maurienne looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Rayvonte Rice (193-92, college: Illinois, agency: Two Points) stepped up and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Guyanese forward Gide Noel (198-93) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side American guard Teddy Gipson (191-80, college: Arkansas) responded with 16 points and Kadri Moendadze (191-94) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne (10-15) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Roanne and St Chamond. Loser SO Maritime Boulogne keeps the seventeenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Vichy Clermont. Aix-Maurienne will meet higher ranked Denain Voltaire (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against JA Vichy (#18) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: T.Gipson 16+4reb+3ast, K.Moendadze 16+7reb, X.Corosine 15+1ast, G.Jordan 11+5reb+1ast, G.Paumier 7+9reb, W.de Jong 5+2reb
Maurienne: G.Noel 17+1reb+3ast, R.Rice 17+5reb+2ast, P.Dambrauskas 15+3reb+2ast, R.Dardaine 14+6reb, K.Atamna 11+2reb+1ast, A.Williamson 6+4reb
gschID: 484488


Blois - Evreux 74-76

A very close game took place in Blois between ALM Evreux and ADA Blois. Tenth ranked ALM Evreux (13-12) got a very close victory on the road over 4th placed ADA Blois (14-11). ALM Evreux managed to escape with a 2-point win 76-74 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ADA Blois. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard Caleb Walker (194-89, college: Nebraska) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Ivorian forward Remi Dibo (201-91, college: W.Virginia, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Florian Thibedore (195-90) scored 14 points and 4 assists. ALM Evreux moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Poitiers and Boulazac. Loser ADA Blois keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Le Havre and Charleville. ALM Evreux will meet at home Nantes (#10) in the next round. ADA Blois will play against the league's second-placed Provence Basket (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Blois: F.Turner 14+5reb+3ast, F.Thibedore 14+3reb+4ast, E.Boateng 12+7reb, B.Monclar 11+2ast, F.Tortosa 8+4reb+3ast, L.Wilson 8+5reb+3ast
Evreux: C.Walker 18+6reb+3ast, R.Dibo 16+4reb+3ast, C.Henry 10+4reb+7ast, L.Kante 9+3reb+2ast, S.Mekdad 9+7reb+1ast, A.Anagonye 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 484487





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  FYR MACEDONIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kozuv
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19
 1. McNeaill, Kozuv19.0 
 2. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.5 
 4. Jokic, Strumica16.3 
 5. Hawkins, Pelister.16.0 
 6. Mijovic, Kozuv14.6 
 7. Misanovic, Rabotnicki14.2 
 8. Ibitayo, Vardar13.6 
 9. Nikolovski, Feni I.13.5 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.7 
 2. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.1 
 3. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 4. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.6 
 5. Cekovski, Rabotnicki6.6 
 6. Ibitayo, Vardar6.3 
 7. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.2 
 8. Golubovic, Pelister.6.2 
 9. Janevski, Kumanovo6.1 
 10. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.3 
 2. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.9 
 3. McNeaill, Kozuv4.9 
 4. Bogoev, Strumica4.8 
 5. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.2 
 6. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.4.0 
 7. Hawkins, Pelister.4.0 
 8. Magdevski, Feni I.3.7 
 9. Stajic, Feni I.3.7 
 10. Hall, Kozuv3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Deji IBITAYO
  Vardar
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ibitayo, Vardar2.8 
 2. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.1.6 
 3. Jokic, Strumica1.6 
 4. Makenadziev, Strum.1.5 
 5. Robev, Vardar1.5 
 6. Brown, Kumanovo1.5 
 7. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.3 
 8. Mijatovic, Kuman.1.2 
 9. Hall, Kozuv1.1 
 10. Magdevski, Feni I.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.4 
 2. Ibitayo, Vardar1.0 
 3. Krstevski, Kozuv0.9 
 4. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.8 
 5. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.8 
 6. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 7. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 8. Djekic, Feni I.0.6 
 9. Talevski, Pelister.0.5 
 10. Vasilic, Ohrid AV0.5 


Prva Liga Round 4 (Second Stage): MZT Skopje defeats group leader Karpos Sokoli - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Karpos Sokoli (3-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by MZT Skopje (4-0) 87-85. It was a key game for the top position in Liga. MZT Skopje looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Karpos Sokoli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) contributed with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Karpos Sokoli. Defending champion keeps a position of Liga leader. Karpos Sokoli at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. MZT Skopje are looking forward to face Kumanovo (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Karpos Sokoli will play against Kozuv (#5) in Gevgelija and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Skopje. Third ranked Rabotnicki (2-2) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Kozuv (1-3) 68-67 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 6 rebounds and Vlado Ilievski who added 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) responded with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Rabotnicki maintains third position in Liga with 2-2 record having just two points less than leader MZT Skopje. Kozuv at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Rabotnicki will play against Feni Industries (#4) in Kavadarci in the next round. Kozuv will play at home against the league's second-placed Karpos Sokoli to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Kavadarci between Feni Industries and Kumanovo. Sixth ranked Feni Industries (1-3) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Kumanovo (1-3). Feni Industries managed to escape with a 1-point win 99-98 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Mladen Pantic who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Even 27 points by Dimitar Karadzovski did not help to save the game for Kumanovo. Feni Industries left bottom position moving up to fourth place in Liga. Feni Industries will meet higher ranked Rabotnicki (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kumanovo will play against the league's leader MZT Skopje and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Ohrid. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Pelister Bitola (1-3) to eighth ranked Ohrid AV (3-1) 53-51 in the fight for the eighth place. Devin Brooks fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Ohrid AV's coach Petar Chochoroski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Ohrid AV maintains eighth position in Liga with 3-1 record. Pelister Bitola at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 4
In Liga Strumica beat Vardar on the road 55-50.

Places 1-6
Karpos Sokoli - MZT Skopje 85-87

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Karpos Sokoli (3-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by MZT Skopje (4-0) 87-85. It was a key game for the top position in Liga. MZT Skopje looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Karpos Sokoli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (208-88) added 25 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Karpos Sokoli. Defending champion keeps a position of Liga leader. Karpos Sokoli at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. MZT Skopje are looking forward to face Kumanovo (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Karpos Sokoli will play against Kozuv (#5) in Gevgelija and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: M.Simonovski 16+4reb, C.Kloof 16+9reb+10ast, S.Gjuroski 15+5reb+2ast, J.Lalic 13+4reb+1ast, D.Mijatovic 11+10reb+3ast, D.Drenovac 9+1reb+1ast
Karpos Sokoli: B.Trajkovski 25+6reb+1ast, K.Perry 23+5reb+5ast, D.Labovic 20+8reb+2ast, D.Zekovic 6+3reb, Z.Comagic 6+6reb+4ast, D.Sokolov 3+3reb+4ast
gschID: 539653


Rabotnicki - Kozuv 68-67

Important game to mention about took place in Skopje. Third ranked Rabotnicki (2-2) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Kozuv (1-3) 68-67 on Saturday evening. Kozuv was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Rabotnicki made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Vlado Ilievski (188-80, agency: BeoBasket) who added 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) responded with 9 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 13 points and 7 assists. Rabotnicki maintains third position in Liga with 2-2 record having just two points less than leader MZT Skopje. Kozuv at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Rabotnicki will play against Feni Industries (#4) in Kavadarci in the next round. Kozuv will play at home against the league's second-placed Karpos Sokoli to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: V.Ilievski 13+1reb+4ast, G.Cekovski 12+6reb+2ast, P.Nikolic 11+4reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 11+7reb, N.Misanovic 10+7reb, D.Mirakovski 9+2reb+3ast
Kozuv: K.McNeaill 13+2reb+7ast, A.Shterjov 12+3reb+1ast, N.Djurasovic 11+1reb, M.Mijovic 9+12reb+3ast, K.Anikenko 8+5reb, I.Dimcevski 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 539652


Feni Industries - Kumanovo 99-98

A very close game took place in Kavadarci between Feni Industries and Kumanovo. Sixth ranked Feni Industries (1-3) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Kumanovo (1-3). Feni Industries managed to escape with a 1-point win 99-98 on Saturday evening. Feni Industries looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: 011 Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and the former international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) supported him with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Even 27 points by the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) did not help to save the game for Kumanovo. American point guard Yonel Brown (175-94, college: Kennesaw St.) added 23 points and 5 assists for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Feni Industries left bottom position moving up to fourth place in Liga. Feni Industries will meet higher ranked Rabotnicki (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kumanovo will play against the league's leader MZT Skopje and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Feni Industries: M.Pantic 27+11reb+3ast, K.Nikolovski 20+10reb+1ast, B.Stajic 14+1reb+7ast, B.Djekic 12+4reb, P.Pajic 11+5reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 8+4reb+2ast
Kumanovo: D.Karadzovski 27+4reb+2ast, Y.Brown 23+2reb+5ast, M.Pekovic 12+7reb+2ast, N.Karakolev 12+2reb, M.Janevski 10+9reb+1ast, S.Zivanovic 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 539651


Places 7-10
Vardar - Strumica 50-55

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Strumica (3-1) beat bottom-ranked Vardar (1-3) in Skopje 55-50. The guests were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 17-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Strumica dominated on the defensive end, holding Vardar to just 6 points in first quarter. They also forced 23 Vardar turnovers. The former international forward Vladimir Brckov (200-89, agency: BeoBasket) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Serbian forward Petar Jokic (201-91) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. American-Nigerian guard Deji Ibitayo (193-93, college: Akron) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Daniel Kalov (204-89) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Vardar's coach Gjorgi Kocov tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Strumica maintains seventh position in Liga with 3-1 record. Newly promoted Vardar stay at the bottom place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Strumica: P.Jokic 20+6reb+1ast, V.Brckov 17+13reb+1ast, E.Bogoev 9+2reb+5ast, A.Stefanovski 6+9reb+1ast, D.Makenadziev 2+2reb+1ast, D.Delipetrov 1+3reb
Vardar: D.Ibitayo 15+7reb+2ast, D.Kalov 9+8reb, B.Serafimov 7+3reb, B.Mitkov 6+10reb, M.Mitev 4+1reb+1ast, V.Levkoski 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 539678


Ohrid AV - Pelister Bitola 53-51

A very interesting game took place in Ohrid. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Pelister Bitola (1-3) to eighth ranked Ohrid AV (3-1) 53-51 in the fight for the eighth place. It looked good early as Pelister Bitola took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ohrid AV had a 13-10 second period charge getting the lead and Pelister Bitola was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 51-53. American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Slobodan Mihajlovski (202-82) chipped in 7 points and 8 rebounds. Ohrid AV's coach Petar Chochoroski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard Phil Hawkins (186-90, college: Texas St.) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian forward Milos Andrejevic (198-89) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Newly promoted Ohrid AV maintains eighth position in Liga with 3-1 record. Pelister Bitola at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ohrid AV: D.Brooks 22+12reb+3ast, L.Milojevic 10+4reb, S.Mihajlovski 7+8reb, S.Gligorijevic 5+4reb, B.Janevski 3+7reb+1ast, S.Janeski 2+1reb
Pelister Bitola: P.Hawkins 21+9reb+3ast, M.Andrejevic 9+8reb, B.Davkov 5+2reb, M.Golubovic 5+8reb, G.Anakievski 4+3reb+1ast, N.Talevski 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 539679





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Superleague Round 24: Derby game ends with Dinamo Tbilisi's defeat of Sokhumi - by Eurobasket News

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

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#1) and Sokhumi (#5). Dinamo Tbilisi (23-1) smashed visiting Sokhumi (9-15) by 43 points 95-52. The game without a history. Dinamo Tbilisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 32. Dinamo Tbilisi forced 19 Sokhumi turnovers and outrebounded them 42-30 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for the former international Mikheil Berishvili (204-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for Sokhumi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dinamo Tbilisi have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. Sokhumi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Mgzavrebi.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Mgzavrebi (#8) and Olimpi (#6). Olimpi was defeated at home 70-77 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and Otar Pkhakadze who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Mgzavrebi maintains eighth position with 7-17 record. Olimpi at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Mgzavrebi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
An interesting game for Kutaisi (17-6) which hosted in Kutaisi one of their biggest challengers Energy Invest (13-11). Second ranked Kutaisi managed to get a 10-point victory 87-77. The winners were led by Giorgi Tsintsadze who scored that evening 28 points and 6 assists. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by Thomas Spagnolo did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kutaisi have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-6 record having seven points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Loser Energy Invest keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Kutaisi will meet Olimpi (#6) in the next round. Energy Invest will play against Batumi and hope to secure a win.
The game in Batumi was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (10-14) played at the court of 7th ranked Batumi (8-16). Cactus Tbilisi managed to secure a 7-point victory 92-85. The best player for the winners was Terik Bridgeman who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Cactus Tbilisi maintains fourth position with 10-14 record. Batumi at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.

Kutaisi - Rustavi 87-77

An interesting game for Kutaisi (17-6) which hosted in Kutaisi one of their biggest challengers Energy Invest (13-11). Second ranked Kutaisi managed to get a 10-point victory 87-77. The game was mostly controlled by Kutaisi. Energy Invest managed to win third quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kutaisi won last quarter 24-16. They made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Kutaisi had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by international point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) who scored that evening 28 points and 6 assists and forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by American forward Thomas Spagnolo (201-91, college: Appalachian St.) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. His fellow American import forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock) added 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kutaisi have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-6 record having seven points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Loser Energy Invest keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Kutaisi will meet Olimpi (#6) in the next round. Energy Invest will play against Batumi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: M.Lewis-Briggs 16+7reb+2ast, T.Spagnolo 14+8reb+3ast, S.Atuashvili 12+6reb+2ast, C.Kasperbauer 11+2reb+3ast, C.Lee 9+3reb+6ast, T.Qitoshvili 6+1reb+2ast
Kutaisi: G.Tsintsadze 28+3reb+6ast, G.Barbakadze 17+4reb+4ast, B.Bekauri 16+5reb+2ast, L.Tsekvava 10+4reb+2ast, A.Lomouri 5+4reb+1ast, T.Babunashvili 4+2reb
gschID: 540349


Batumi - Cactus Tbilisi 85-92

The game in Batumi was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (10-14) played at the court of 7th ranked Batumi (8-16). Cactus Tbilisi managed to secure a 7-point victory 92-85. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Batumi won third quarter 28-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Terik Bridgeman (198, college: William Pater.) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Beqa Chikviladze (196-91) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Ukrainian forward Igor Krivtsov (201-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and international Besik Lezhava (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cactus Tbilisi maintains fourth position with 10-14 record. Batumi at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
Batumi: I.Krivtsov 26+11reb+1ast, B.Lezhava 22+6reb+7ast, K.Jintcharadze 13+7reb, I.Shemosiuk 10+4reb+1ast, N.Tenieshvili 7+3reb+1ast, I.Maisuradze 7+1reb+2ast
Cactus Tbilisi: T.Bridgeman 24+13reb+2ast, B.Chikviladze 23+6reb+9ast, J.Florveus 17+15reb, D.Lomidze 11+1reb+1ast, I.Chlaidze 7+2reb+2ast, T.White 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 540348


Dinamo Tbilisi - Sokhumi 95-52

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#1) and Sokhumi (#5). Dinamo Tbilisi (23-1) smashed visiting Sokhumi (9-15) by 43 points 95-52. The game without a history. Dinamo Tbilisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 32. Dinamo Tbilisi forced 19 Sokhumi turnovers and outrebounded them 42-30 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for the former international Mikheil Berishvili (204-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) added 9 points and 5 assists in the effort for Sokhumi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dinamo Tbilisi have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. Sokhumi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Mgzavrebi.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: O.Tishchenko 13+10reb+1ast, O.Buliava 12+3reb, D.Lathan 9+1reb+5ast, D.Barbakadze 5+1reb+1ast, K.Tomaradze 5+1reb+1ast, V.Beruashvili 4
Dinamo Tbilisi: M.Berishvili 23+10reb+4ast, I.Londaridze 22+7reb+2ast, N.Gogodze 13+6reb+1ast, D.Vaughn 9+3reb+3ast, L.Patsatsia 8+5reb+2ast, M.Tchotchua 6+2reb+7ast
gschID: 540347


Olimpi - Mgzavrebi 70-77

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Mgzavrebi (#8) and Olimpi (#6). Olimpi was defeated at home 70-77 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Olimpi was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Otar Pkhakadze (188-93, college: Simpson, CA) who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Mgzavrebi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Nick Schlitzer (198-92, college: Philadelphia) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Mgzavrebi maintains eighth position with 7-17 record. Olimpi at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Mgzavrebi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: N.Schlitzer 17+11reb, T.Burnette 17+10reb+1ast, R.Rogava 11+4reb+6ast, W.Pitchford 5+5reb, I.Mikeladze 5+1reb+5ast, G.Baqradze 5+3ast
Mgzavrebi: K.Ransom 18+8reb+1ast, O.Pkhakadze 17+3reb+5ast, C.Allen 13+6reb+6ast, D.Taylor 11+9reb+4ast, R.Murphy 6+3reb+1ast, G.Turdzeladze 5+3reb
gschID: 540346





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Roland Nyama (Stony Brook) Athletically I Think I Can Play In The BBL - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Roland Nyama (198-G/F-93) is a 23 year old 198cm forward from Frankfurt, Germany that has the German/Cameroonian t citzenship and recently finished his college career at Stony Brook (NCAA) after three seasons. He started his basketball career with the FTG Frankfurt junior team. He then got further valuable basketball experience with Eintracht Frankfurt (2.Regionalliga) in 2008. He then continued to play with Eintracht Frankfurt (2.Regionalliga) from 2009-2011 while also playing for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt II (Germany-ProB) where he played 6 games in two years. In 2011, he came to the United States and played for the Holderness School. He came to Stony Brook in 2013 and in his first full season played 34 games averaging 7.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 69.2%. In his last season he played 32 games averaging 10,3ppg, 4,4rpg and 1,4apg He spoke to eurobasket after announcing he would turn professional and before signing with German agency Scorers First.

Roland thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You recently played your last college game against Illinois-Chicago. Did you know after the completion of 40 minutes that it would be your last NCAA game?


Hey miles thanks for having me. Yea I've known for a while that's why I wanted to advance as far as possible in our season. I was actually sick that game and wanted to help contribute.


Last season Stony Brook made the last dance March Madness, but this season you lost the final ACE game too Albany 63-56. How crushing was it losing this game and did this loss have an effect on you deciding to leave school after only three seasons?


No the loss didn't really have anything to do with it. Obviously I would've loved to go out winning the conference again but overall we exceeded expectations and had a successful season.


You recently announced that you were leaving school forgoing your last year of elegibility to turn professional. How did this whole process come about and how difficult or easy was it making this decision?

The first time I thought about leaving early was when I was hurt with my knee injury and realized that a basketball career can be over in a heartbeat. So I wanted to maximize my potential playing career but get my degree first. It was tough since I've made so many connections here and Stony Brook became my second home but at the end of the day I felt like it was the best decision to leave.

Before we continue to talk about your future, let us look back at your season at Stony Brook. How much of a chip on your shoulder did you have coming into this season after last season where you came off knee surgery and had a reduced role on the team?


I wanted to make sure to do whatever it takes to not be in that position again. It was eye opening and very frustrating to not be capable of playing the way you know you can. Coach always said don't play with a chip but with a boulder on your shoulder and I did that. I wanted to bring it every game every practice and every lift. My competitiveness kicked into another gear.


Did you feel pressure coming into this season after your tough season last year. How did you handle the first few months mentally being able to come back and get back into the swing of things with your game?

Not really pressure but more of an excitement to show people what I can do when I'm healthy. The first few months were rusty but as the year progressed I found my rhythm.


How important was it for your self-confidence having that 16 point game in the season opener against Columbia in the 73-66 victory?

Confidence is key in all sports. It helped a lot starting out strong especially since I came off the bench for the first 4 or 5 games. I was able to carry that production over and as I got more confident I played better.

In your last season at Stony Brook you played 32 games averaging 27,7 minutes, 10,3ppg, 4,4rpg, and 1,4apg. How content were you with your season?

I'm pretty content. I didn't know if I was able to perform at a high level again.

How do you feel were you able to progress at Stony Brook (NCAA). How did your game develop this season?


My former rep was that I was a spot up jump shooter and so I tried working on other aspects such as my midrange and post game. Unfortunately my shooting percentages tanked this year from three but overall I had lots of success this year putting the ball on the floor and making the right reads. Coaches helped me with player development and extra film sessions.


What was the deciding factor in your game that told you that you were ready for a professional basketball career?

The deciding factor was probably my love for basketball and the idea that if I do what I love for a living it's a win win situation.


You scored in double figures this season 15 times. Was your 26 point game performance in the 67-66 loss to Maine your most memorable game? How much did the loss overshadow your performance?


The Maine game we won and it's probably up there since I had the game winning free throw with .5 seconds to go. But my most memorable game was probably much earlier in a game vs LIU Brooklyn. We played at MSG and that was my first good game of my career as I scored 16 and had 8 boards. It was kind of my breakout game.


How challenging was it battling fellow junior Tyrell Sturdivant in practice day in and day out? How did you guys profit from each other's games?


He's a very skilled yet strong player with a beautiful midrange jumper which makes him tough to stop. Practicing against him helped me to learn how to defend in the post against arguably stronger and taller players.


Were you a type of mentor for British-Ghanian 198cm freshman forward Akwashi Yeboath this season? How much potential does he have?

Yea absolutely we're also living in the same apartment here. He's kind of like my little brother. I have tried to help him with my knowledge of the college scene and wherever else I can. He has the potential to be a player of the year type caliber player in our conference. He's big strong fast and can shoot the three at a high clip. He just needs to her more consistent but that will come with maturation.


Your teammate Lucas Woodhouse had a solid senior season averaging 15,1ppg, 3,3rpg and 5,1apg. Is he a guy that will turn professional and test the European waters. Could you see him being a Pro A type player in Germany?

I think he'll turn pro in Europe. He has great basketball IQ and I think he can go pretty high in terms of the level he can play at.


Your ex teammate Jameel Warney has had a super rookie season in the D-league with the Texas Legends (D-League) averaging 16,5ppg, 7,8rpg, 1,2pg, 1,0spg and 1,2bpg. How disappointed have you been that he hasn't had a NBA call up? Is there really anything missing for him to be an NBA player?

Pretty disappointed. I think he's done everything he needs to do to get a call up. Sooner or later a team will take a chance on him and they won't be disappointed.


Last season you reached the NCAA tournament losing to Kentucky (NCAA) 85-57. You played only one minute, but saw future NBA player Jamaal Murray drop 19 points. When you watch a guy like him play, how much does it motivate you to keep working hard to improve your game?


It motivates me because those guys, those NBA guys are incredibly under control and very rarely get sped up by the defense. I've tried to add that to my game.


How did head coach Jeff Boals help fine tune your game this season to help you make that last important step towards a professional career?

He did a great job looking at places on the court where I'd be the most effective. The plays he ran created miss matches so I'd have match ups that I could exploit. Besides that he always encouraged me and believed in me which I think was then biggest factor to success.


You will be testing the professional waters now. If you had a choice how big is your desire to play in Germany?


I'd love to play in Germany since that's home and I'd get to be able to see family and friends more often.


Where do you see your game in comparison to the leagues in Germany? Are you bold enough to say that you could play in the BBL or is the Pro A league where you really belong?

I'm not sure yet. Athletically I think I can play in the BBL but the pro game is so different and there's things I still have to learn. The most important thing is that I'll be in a good situation where I have the chance to grow as a player regardless of whether it's the BBL or Pro A


What do the next months have in store for you? Have you signed with an agent yet and how quickly will you be in the gym working on your game?

My next moves are probably deciding on an agent within this week. I'm taking this week off from basketball but I'm doing cardio and lots of yoga to stay in shape but not out too much stress on my joints. Basketball workouts start next week.

Who was the toughest player that you battled one on one in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

Toughest player that is in the NBA was probably Kris Dunn. His ability to change speeds and finish in the lane are amazing. I had to guard him my freshman year when we played Providence. Besides that, TJ Williams from Northeastern was a tough cover this year and Maodo Lo probably ranks among the top guys I had to defend in my NCAA career.


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


He's the best player right now and probably top 3 all time.


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


Kg in my opinion ranks probably at 4 behind Hakeem, Tim Duncan and Dirk


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


The most efficient performance in basketball from a guard. Teaches you that you don't have to dribble the ball to exhaustion in order to be successful.


One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?

It's not even close too. He is the best right now.


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


Because it is really tough and I feel like players egos get in the way as they want to score a lot. A guy like Draymond just wants to win and that's what makes him so valuable.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Last movie I saw was "get out"


Thanks Roland for the chat.



The Canadian Sensation Mike Lucier Leads Rhondorf to 80-78 Play Down Grind Out Win Over Nordlingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



If one had been away from the Dragon Dome the last few weeks concentrating more on the fabulous and always exciting March Madness in the States where a team like South Carolina stole the hearts of possibly even some loyal North Carolina Tar Heel fans or been outside enjoying the early spring weather and returned back to basketball in Rhondorf this last weekend, two major things would have caught the observer. The first most drastic item that one would not have seen cleaning up and dominating the paint area on both ends of the court would have been the big Dawg from Bloom Township, Illinois Aaron Nelson. He had abruptly departed from the club and returned back to the States listing homesickness as the reason. For many this may have been a true fact, but for others there seemed to be more behind the surface that just wasn't communicated and for the club a very bitter event since now the club was missing 23 points and 12 rebounds a game and had to get more input from every other player under the boards. The other major development was not seeing a tall man in black, for some possibly a younger version of a Dirk Bauermann in attire as the GQ like figure of head coach Matthias Sonnenschein was missing as he had been dismissed by management and replaced by experienced Dutch man Thomas Roijakkers who's name is familiar as his brother Johan coaches 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen. Thomas Roijakkers last coached Pro B north team Stahnsdorf and gained further experience with Pro B team Recklingshausen from 2013-2015. He is known for his knowledge, work ethic and versatility. He is a specialist regarding digital video team and player scouting / analyzing. He also has a lot of experience in individual skill development and guidance of players. The Dragons Rhondorf had started off poorly in the play downs with a 0-2 record having lost to Lich and Leipzig and now were meeting the Giants Nordlingen who had a 1-1 record having beat Leipzig and lost to Lich. The only good news for Dragon fans was that they had their pro B basketball destiny in their own hands as they had two wins more than Leipzig and would fight for that last Pro B spot for next season as Lich is on it's way to staying in the Pro B having two wins more than Rhondorf. After 40 minutes Aaron Nelson still wasn't there, but new head coach Thomas Roijakkers still was and was very happy having been able to win his first game as Dragon head coach 80-78 over the Giants Nordlingen who's come back attempt fell short in the last seconds. After the victory game top scorer Mike Lucier who dropped 25 points and had 11 rebounds was thrilled about the win as well as relieved as the last weeks have been difficult with so much drama within the organization. 'It has been tough as we didn't want to be in this position now when the season started. We all have jobs to do and know that we have to win. I just try to stay focused and help the team win. I have a bigger role now. We started strong in the first and third quarters, but not in the second and fourth quarters where we were slowed down. We had too many break downs, but at the end of the day we needed a win and I am happy that we got it', stressed Dragons Rhondorf forward Mike Lucier (201-F-92, college: Lambton) The Giants Nordlingen had to fight back the whole game and could have won it at the end, but came up short. With all their bad luck this season, it seemed only normal that they wouldn't grind out the win. 'It was a tough battle and we fought until the end, but we just couldn't get the win. We really wanted to stay in the league, but couldn't make shots. I felt that we moved the ball well, hit open shots and adjusted well to their zone. We didn't start well at all and at times played selfish which resulted in fast break baskets for them. They had too many runs that we couldn't rebound from', added Giants Nordlingen forward Adrein Coleman.

The Dragons Rhondorf were 0-2 in the playdowns and needed a win badly and came out focused and controlled the game right away jumping all over the Giants Nordlingen quickly leading 11-3 after only three minutes. In the run, the Dragons were led by Mike Lucier who was aggressive scoring five points with his versatile inside out game and was also aided by German Thomas Michel who dropped a trey and American Will Trawick who like Lucier was active in the paint drawing two fouls and accumulating three points. Rhondorf had their defense set early stifling Nordlingen in their first four possessions until 22 year old 204cm forward Adrian Lind tested his 41,7% three point shooting making the first points. Nordlingen then got some timely energy from 20 year old German Eddy Edigin who scored twice in the paint cutting the Rhondorf advantage to 11-7. This sudden burst of energy from Nordlingen didn't cut into Rhondorf's game plan as they closed out the first quarter strong going on a 10-3 run to lead 21-10 after one quarter.In the run, the Dragons Rhondorf displayed superb team basketball spreading the ball around and getting buckets inside from their big men Florian Wendeler and Bastian Winterhalter as well as a trey from Mike Lucier and ex Bayer Uerdingen guard Patrick Reusch who used his immense speed made a lay in. 'We started out strong and really did everything right, getting defensive rebounds and not allowing second chances. Our two imports Lucier and Trawick took responsibility and did a good job. Lucier hit shots while Trawick was aggressive with his penetration. Our defense held Smith in check as he had done a good job steering his team the last weeks', added Dragons Rhondorf manager Boris Kaminski. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 44% from the field and 75% from outside while the Giants Nordlingen were shooting 22% from the field and outside. Rhondorf had the 15-9 rebound edge and four turnovers while Nordlingen had three turnovers.

In the second quarter, the Dragons Rhondorf lost concentration and control of the game as the Giants Nordlingen came back taking their first lead of the game as there were four lead changes, but Rhondorf still led at the break. It took the Giants Nordlingen some time to come back, but they were chipping away at the Rhondorf lead. Rhondorf got on the board first as versatile German Anton Geretzki who is having an outstanding NBBL season having registered a triple double against Cologne and 30 points against Hamburg dropped a trey for the 24-12 lead. However Nordlingen started to fight back going on a 6-2 run to cut the Rhondorf lead to 26-18. The run was led by American Terence Smith who made a lay in, free throws and set up Edigin with the most spectacular pass of the evening as he made a no look over the shoulder pass between two Dragons. Rhondorf was otherwise doing a good job limiting the scoring of Smith, but could contain 21 year old ex Crailsheiom Merlin German Leon Friederici who led Nordlingen on a destructive 15-5 run dead locking the game at 33-33. In the run, Friederci added seven points, while Lind dropped another trey and Smith hit a pull up jumper. After Lucier scored in the paint, it was German veteran Fabian Brueting who played 31 Pro A games with Bayreuth connecting on a trey giving Nordlingen it's first lead 36-35. Reusch and Edigin traded buckets and leads, but Wendeler got the lead back for good at 40-39 with a free throw. 'We recently had this problem in Leipzig where after one or two bad plays, we get a mental block and that happened again in the second quarter. We didn't see that team basketball of the first quarter. We were finishing at 80% instead of 100%. We held Smith in check, but Friederici hurt us', added Boris Kaminski. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 45% from the field and 75% from the three point line while the Giants Nordlingen were shooting 38% from the field and 32% from the three point line. Rhondorf had the 22-20 rebound edge, but nine turnovers while Nordlingen had seven turnovers.

In the third quarter, the Dragons Rhondorf found their magic of the first quarter going on a 12-4 run to extend their lead to 52-43. Lucier was the spark plug again scoring six points and twice perfected the pick and pop with Trawick and Frankl-Maus. 'I was feeling good the whole game. I worked on putting myself in better positions to score. I also stayed aggressive and just kept making shots', added Mike Lucier Michel also converted on a trey and Geretzki made a key offensive rebound and put back. Whereas it was Edigin bringing some much needed energy in the first half, it was now Georgia native Adrien Coleman who hit back to back baskets with a jumper and fast break lay up cutting the Rhondorf advantage to only 52-48. However Rhondorf closed out the third quarter in strong fashion going on a 8-3 run to lead 61-51 after 30 minutes. Key in the run where three fast break buckets in a row as Reusch, Trawick and Lucier all connected. Nordlingen got a key three pointer from ex BG Karlsruhe center Adrian Lind to somewhat tame the lead. 'We wanted to play faster in the second half and those three transition baskets were key in the third', stated Mike Lucier 'They made a good start and whenever they made a run, we came back only to see them make another run. In the end we just didn't have any energy left', stressed Adrien Coleman. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 43% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while the Giants Nordlingen were shooting 34% from the field and 26% from the three point line. Rhondorf had the 37-32 rebound advantage and both teams had 12 turnovers apiece.

In the fourth quarter, the Dragons Rhondorf continued to supply the pressure and witnessed Nordlingen come back twice, but to no avail. The Giants Nordlingen didn't waste anytime on their come back trail as they went on a quick 7-2 run to trail Rhondorf only 63-58. In the run they got a key trey from Bruetting and two buckets in the paint by Edigin. Rhondorf responded with a 4-0 run as Frankl-Maus supplied free throws and Telekom Baskets Bonn license player Valentin Blass who has played 14 BBL games made an offensive rebound and put back for the 67-58 Rhondorf lead. Whenever Rhondorf tried to sneak away, Nordlingen came up big on offense as 23 year old German Jonas Zink connected from the corner from downtown as did Bruetting cutting the Rhondorf lead to only 69-65. Nordlingen was threatening, but Rhondorf got instant power from Trawick who scored inside and then got an extra pass from Lucier dropping the trey for the 74-65 Rhondorf lead. Smith and Edigin got to the free throw line, but it was Lucier hitting a 20 footer and diminutive 186cm guard Frankl-Maus snuck inside for the tip in giving Rhondorf the seeminly game ending 80-71 cushion lead with a few minutes to go, but Nordlingen had one last gasp left. Nordlingen went on a 7-0 run as Smith and Lind nailed three's to cut the Rhondorf lead to 80-78 and one could feel the pain in the Dragon Dome as fan's hearts sank fast. Wendeler then coughed up the ball and Nordlingen could have won the game with a last second trey from Lind who was all alone, but he missed and Reusch sealed the win with a free throw. 'It was an ugly end. It was a game of runs and we didn't do a good job sticking to defensive assignments. I was a little scared with Lind's last shot as he had a good look, but happy it didn't fall', stressed Mike Lucier 'On the last play, Rhondorf played off me and Smith and left Lind wide open, but the shot didn't want to fall', added Adrien Coleman. The Dragons Rhondorf were led by Mike Lucier with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Will Trawick added 12 points and Patrick Reusch ahd 10 points. The Giants Nordlingen were led by Fabian Bruetting with 18 points. Eddy Edigin added 14 points and Terence Smith had 13 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Leon Friederici had 12 points and Adrian Lind had 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Dragons Rhondorf shot 44% from the field and 39% from outside while the Giants Nordlingen shot 37% from the field and 33% from outside. Rhondorf won the rebound duel 50-39, but they had 19 turnovers while Nordlingen coughed up the ball 17 times.



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  GHANA  


Braves rekindle dominance in Accra League - by Yaw Mintah

After a jerky start to the 2017 Accra Basketball League (ABL) season, Braves of Customs is back on track in the wake of impressive wins in recent outings. Braves Male side obliterated Adenta Leopards in the Men's Division I while its Female side recorded a 45-28 win over University of Ghana (UG) in the Women's Division.

Braves completed dominated play from start to finish over Leopards who have been handed a rude awakening in the division after an impressive start. Following a 64-39 beatdown by Tema Youth earlier in an outstanding game, Leopards completely lost it to the veteran side.

A 70-31 lead after the third quarter courtesy a Jeffrey Djimatey buzzer beating three point shot, quickly turned into a comfortable showing for Braves in the final quarter as several players were rested for Suleman Abubakar to slam dunk the emphatic win.

In the following game, Ghana Navy lost its fourth straight game of the season off a 38-50 loss to Tudu Magic. Matters remained close in the early minutes of the game as Magic took a 19-14 lead as it trio of Guards Nii Lamptey, Elvis Pobi-Siaw and Eric Quaye got hot from the three point line.

Navy got quality production from big Center Eric Adorku down the stretch but the damage had already been done.

Navy's Female side fared better in the Women's Division with a 46-37 win over Fire Service; the win was Navy's second of the season.Braves on the other hand got past UG 45-28 as it recovers from the disappointing season opening loss to Tudu Galaxy.




UPAC knockout phase to take place on April 7 and 8 - by Yaw Mintah

The 2017 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship knock out stages will take place on April 7 and April 8 per reports gathered from competition organizers Rite Sports Limited.

The knockout games will be staged at the home of reigning champions University of Ghana (UG) with seven other teams challenging for the chance to unseat the host team. A special draw for the quarter final pairings will be done during a live transmission of basketball television show, 'Courtside'.

The program airs on Ghana channel Kwese Free Sport between 14:00 and 16:00 GMT respectively. Some team representatives are expected in the studio for the live balloting as the eight qualified teams will be put in two groups with each group containing four teams each.

The top two teams from each group qualify to the semifinals of the competition.

UG headlines a top class which has Marshalls University College, All Nations University College, Accra Technical University College and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

University of Cape-Coast and University of Development Studies (UDS-Tamale) and University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) complete the list.



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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Starks, Koroivos14.2 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Cummings, Aris13.8 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos13.3 
 7. Fitzpatrick, AGOR12.8 
 8. Harris, Doxa L.12.8 
 9. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 10. Releford, Kolossos.12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.7 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Singleton, Panathin.6.8 
 4. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.8 
 5. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 6. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.3 
 7. Faye, Promitheas6.0 
 8. Vasilopoulos, Kolossos.6.0 
 9. Reddic, Kolossos HH5.9 
 10. Elonu, AEK Athens5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.3 
 4. Starks, Koroivos5.2 
 5. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 6. Talton, AGOR4.0 
 7. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 8. Ukic, AEK Athens3.6 
 9. Hall, Kolossos HH3.6 
 10. Releford, Kolossos.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 3. Releford, Kolossos.1.7 
 4. Hickey, Apollon .1.7 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.6 
 7. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 8. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Gotcher, Koroivos1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Clanton, PAOK1.2 
 3. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 4. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 5. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.0.9 
 7. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 
 8. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 
 9. Cobbins, Apollon .0.8 
 10. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.8 


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas18.8 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.9 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos17.7 
 4. Milosevic, Holargos16.5 
 5. Redikas, Arkadikos16.2 
 6. Gioulekas, GS Laris.15.5 
 7. Gagaloudis, Iraklis15.4 
 8. Liakopoulos, Faros15.1 
 9. Macheras, Ethnikos14.5 
 10. Tsougarakis, Arkad.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.5 
 2. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.5 
 3. Rubio, Doukas8.0 
 4. Lolas, Irakleio8.0 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.6 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.0 
 7. Koutroulias, Holargos6.7 
 8. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.6 
 9. Charismidis, Aiolos A.6.6 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 8
 1. Nikou, Psychiko8.0 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.8 
 3. Liakopoulos, Faros5.4 
 4. Koutras, GS Laris.5.4 
 5. Milosevic, Holargos5.3 
 6. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.3 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Faros4.7 
 8. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.7 
 9. Karydas, Panionios4.7 
 10. Koukas, Doukas4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Sakis KARYDAS
  Panionios
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Karydas, Panionios1.9 
 2. Nikou, Psychiko1.8 
 3. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.7 
 4. Prodromou, Arkad.1.7 
 5. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.6 
 6. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.6 
 7. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.5 
 8. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 9. Laane, Ethnikos1.5 
 10. Milosevic, Holargos1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sigurdur THORSTEINSSON
  AE Laris.
  (204-C-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.3 
 2. Sklivas, Kavala1.3 
 3. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.9 
 4. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Jawara, Doxa P.0.8 
 7. Papadionysio., Aiolos A.0.8 
 8. Skordilis, Faros0.8 
 9. Paulos, Pagrati0.6 
 10. Antonakis, Ethnikos0.6 



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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.1 
 3. Lilov, Szedeak19.9 
 4. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.7 
 5. Pacher, Vasas18.0 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari17.3 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.1 
 8. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.0 
 9. Sejfic, PVSK P.16.8 
 10. Tiby, Atomeromu16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.1 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.8 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 5. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 6. Pacher, Vasas7.8 
 7. Watkins, Atomeromu7.7 
 8. Sihota, MAFC7.7 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.4 
 10. Wright, Vasas7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.2 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak7.9 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.4 
 4. Nelson, PVSK P.6.3 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 6. Smith, MAFC6.2 
 7. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.0 
 8. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.9 
 10. Hill Jr., Atomeromu5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.4 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.2 
 3. Smith, MAFC2.1 
 4. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 5. Boltic, Szedeak2.0 
 6. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.9 
 7. Frazier, Kaposvari1.9 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.9 
 9. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.8 
 10. Edwards, Alba1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 4. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 5. Keller, Alba0.8 
 6. Benke, ZTE K.0.8 
 7. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 8. Wright, Vasas0.7 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 10. Farr, Alba0.6 



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  ICELAND  

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik28.5 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.7 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik21.6 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 8. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
 9. Sigurdarson, IR19.9 
 10. Caird, Tindastoll18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.9 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Hester, Tindastoll10.8 
 5. Hankins-Cole, IR10.5 
 6. Carberry, Thor T.10.4 
 7. Ermolinskij, KR9.8 
 8. Olafsson, Grindavik8.7 
 9. Wright, Haukar8.5 
 10. Saevarsson, Grind.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pavel ERMOLINSKIJ
  KR
  (202-G-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Ermolinskij, KR6.9 
 2. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.6 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik5.0 
 8. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.0 
 9. Carberry, Thor T.4.6 
 10. Stefansson, KR4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Petur BIRGISSON
  Tindastoll
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 2. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 3. Olafsson, Grindavik2.0 
 4. Stevens, Keflavik1.9 
 5. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 6. Thomas, Thor AK1.6 
 7. Wright, Haukar1.5 
 8. Bjornsson, Skallagr.1.5 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik1.5 
 10. Odunsi, Stjarnan1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR2.0 
 3. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 4. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 5. Saevarsson, Grind.1.2 
 6. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.2 
 7. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 
 8. Stefansson, Haukar1.0 
 9. Stevens, Keflavik1.0 
 10. Bowen, KR0.9 


Dominos League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Grindavik and KR post wins - by Eurobasket News

Stjarnan - Grindavik 78-96

Grindavik cruised past Stjarnan in the semifinal series opener. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-78. Grindavik made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up and scored 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and guard Dagur Jonsson (185-95, college: St.Francis, NY) chipped in 26 points. At the losing side the former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian-American guard Anthony Odunsi (193-92, college: Houston Baptist, agency: SDJ Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: L.Clinch 29+6reb+6ast, D.Jonsson 26+2reb+3ast, T.Olafsson 16+4reb+2ast, O.Olafsson 11+11reb+3ast, O.Saevarsson 7+9reb, T.Finnbogason 5+3reb
Stjarnan: A.Odunsi 14+10reb, T.Tomasson 13+3reb+4ast, J.Shouse 13+3reb+5ast, T.Hilmarsson 11+3reb, H.Baeringsson 10+14reb+4ast, E.Aevarsson 9+6reb+4ast
gschID: 542916


KR - Keflavik 90-71

KR marched past Keflavik for 1-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. KR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Swingman Darri Hilmarsson (190-87) nailed 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winning side and forward Thorir Thorbjarnarsson (196-98) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four KR players scored in double figures. American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and naturalized American guard Reggie Dupree (183-87, college: Faulkner) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Keflavik in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
KR: D.Hilmarsson 18+8reb+2ast, B.Bjornsson 15+4reb+3ast, T.Thorbjarnarsson 14+9reb, P.Alawoya 11+4reb+1ast, S.Thorvaldsson 11+3reb+4ast, J.Stefansson 10+3reb+5ast
Keflavik: A.Stevens 25+24reb+4ast, R.Dupree 14+5reb+4ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 8+3reb+5ast, M.Traustason 8+2reb, G.Jonsson 8+1reb+1ast, A.Orrason 6
gschID: 542915





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  INDIA  


The Andheri YMCA Story of Basketball - by Anil Kumar

Joota kya dekh raha hai, game dekh,' giggles Amar Gaikwad. (What are you looking at my shoes for, check out my game instead!)

The line, Gaikwad says, is his favourite memory playing basketball at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) sports complex in Andheri, Mumbai. 'I was never a person who spoke trash, but if someone looked down at my torn shoes, I had to let them know, 'Who's the boss!'' Gaikwad, now one of the most successful school coaches in Mumbai, says he owes it all to the game he learnt on the outdoor court at Andheri YMCA.

The Co-ordinates

Andheri YMCA opened in 1964 with an intention of providing top notch coaching in multiple sports. Located in DN Nagar, near the Versova Police Station in Andheri West, the YMCA is one of the largest among the nine branches of the Bombay YMCA. Flanked by a Boys Home on three sides and a tennis court on the fourth, the YMCA's basketball court was constructed in 1995.

More Than Just Basketball

The very first court had an asphalt base, and the children living in the Boys Home took to the sport like fish to water! Allowed three hours of daily play time by the Home, the kids looked to make the most of it. However, playing on the hard surface under the blazing sun proved challenging. 'We either played with torn shoes or barefoot, and as the court was hot we would get blisters. To save our feet, we would squeeze our chappals inside our shoes,' says Gaikwad, recalling his Boys Home experiences. It was a jugaad (improvisation) move that he believes, showcased their street smarts.

Soon, at the behest of the YMCA members and with the availability of funds, the surface was re-laid to concrete and floodlights were installed. But the Boys Home kids had to continue sweating it out in the middle of the day. There was one incentive to improve though: the best among them would be selected to play in the evenings against the regular members of the YMCA. 'Evening sessions were great for us. The members would often support us by providing us with shoes to play. It was always competitive,' says Ganesh Chawan, another alumnus of the Boys Home who too is now a professional coach.

While initially, basketball had been introduced by the YMCA purely as an activity for its members, the realisation dawned that it was a perfect tool to develop youngsters' all-round personalities. 'While practising our basics, we were often taught things like communication, teamwork and selflessness. Things that holds relevance for us even today,' says Chawan.

Despite having a strong team from the get-go - comprising majority of players from the Boys Home along with a few kids from the neighbourhood - the Andheri YMCA club side opened on a losing streak. All this changed when Peter Norrel, a basketball coach from Switzerland, arrived. 'We learnt the right way to play basketball under coach Peter. He taught us everything we know and teach the children today,' says Chawan. Soon after, the young boys of Andheri YMCA began making a name for themselves, winning local tournaments and with many of its squad members getting selected to the district and state teams.

After Norrel, former India internationals and legends like Rajesh Srivastava and Abdul Hamid have taken it upon themselves to regularly play and guide the others at Andheri YMCA. 'Just like we had Peter sir, these guys are blessed to have Rajesh sir and Babu sir [as Abdul Hamid is popularly known] and just like us, they have the best seats in the house to watch them in action,' says Gaikwad.

Replicating The YMCA Andheri Model

The example set by YMCA Andheri is one that is inspiring many others throughout the city of Mumbai. All branches of the Bombay YMCA now run free basketball coaching sessions for underprivileged children. They are using the sport not just as a vehicle for physical development but also as a means to inculcate moral values for holistic growth. The YMCA-Boys Home model has also been replicated by its former graduates Chawan and Gaikwad who have launched their own NGO called '360 Life Changer Charitable Trust'. 'While my income from coaching may not rival incomes of those working in big companies, I finish each day with a smile, knowing that I made a difference by sharing my knowledge of basketball with the children,' says Gaikwad.

Over the last 22 years, the basketball court at Andheri YMCA has seen over 5000 kids from the Boys Home and from the local neighbourhood train there. In doing so, the court has worn multiple hats, from being a classroom that teaches life lessons, to transforming into a daily battleground for evening pickup games, to becoming a competitive venue that hosts Mumbai's budding athletes. But above all, YMCA Andheri has had the unique legacy of being a career-defining lifeline to over a dozen kids from the Boys Home, who have gone onto become full-time basketball coaches. These grassroots trainers are 'paying it forward' by bringing other marginalised children from India's 'maximum city' under their care, away from the mean streets and towards a more secure future.

Courtesy - Ekalayas Jason Dsouza



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gary JACOBS
  NSH G.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Jacobs, NSH G.27.9 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.26.4 
 3. Corbin, Bima P.24.9 
 4. Crump, Satya W.24.3 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya22.6 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .22.3 
 7. Seagers, Pacific .21.4 
 8. Smith, Hang Tuah21.2 
 9. Ware, Garuda16.5 
 10. Brand, JNE B.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Barfield, NSH G.14.4 
 2. Maxey, Satya W.13.9 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .13.8 
 4. Brand, JNE B.13.2 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya13.1 
 6. Henderson-N., Aspac11.1 
 7. Smith, Hang Tuah10.7 
 8. McKinney, CLS K.10.6 
 9. Gunawan, Garuda9.9 
 10. Seagers, Pacific .8.9 
Assists Per Game
 David SEAGERS
  Pacific .
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Seagers, Pacific .6.1 
 2. Wuysang, CLS K.6.0 
 3. Jacobs, NSH G.5.5 
 4. Smith, Hang Tuah5.2 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .4.9 
 6. Purwanto, Hang T.4.3 
 7. Hardianus, Satria M.4.3 
 8. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.2 
 9. Grays, Pelita Jaya4.0 
 10. Corbin, Bima P.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Corbin, Bima P.2.9 
 2. Seagers, Pacific .2.6 
 3. Smith, Hang Tuah2.4 
 4. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.1 
 5. Grays, Pelita Jaya2.0 
 6. Jewell, Satria Muda2.0 
 7. Hardianus, Satria M.1.9 
 8. Barfield, NSH G.1.8 
 9. Joni, Hang Tuah1.6 
 10. White, Pelita Jaya1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Maxey, Satya W.4.9 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.5 
 3. Ware, Garuda2.0 
 4. Loiselle, Pacific .1.6 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.1.2 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya1.1 
 7. Nugroho, CLS K.1.0 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .0.9 
 9. Jacobs, NSH G.0.8 
 10. Smith, Satria Muda0.8 



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Al Rayyan lands Jacob Lawson, ex UCC Demons - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Al Rayyan Doha (D1) tabbed 25-year old American forward Jacob Lawson (203-104kg-92, college: Appalachian State). He started the season at UCC Demons in Irish Super League. In 22 games he averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.7apg and 3.2bpg this season.
Lawson graduated from Appalachian State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

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Templeogue and Tralee reach Champions Trophy Final - by Eurobasket News

Templeogue and Tralee Warriors advanced into the Champions Trophy Final. They earned victories in the respective semifinals on Saturday.
Tralee Warriors nipped Swords Thunder 66:64. Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) provided 24 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. The Warriors jumped to a 36:27 halftime lead. Swords Thunder went on a determined comeback rally in the final period but came up short at the end. Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) and Ricardo Leonard (201-C-70, college: ODU) netted 13 points each in the win. Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) responded with 13 points for the Thunder.
Templeogue knocked down UCD Marian 71:64 behind 21 points and 14 rebounds from Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta). The teams went neck and neck throughout first three periods. However Templeogue used a 22:14 rally in the fourth frame to ice the win. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) produced 17 points and 7 boards in the victory. Conor Meany (185-PG-86) responded with 17 points for UCD Marian. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) chipped in 16 points in the loss.



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  ITALY  

stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.6 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino20.6 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia20.1 
 4. Centanni, Volpino .19.3 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Zampolli, Matera18.2 
 7. Ghersetti, Bergamo18.1 
 8. Bisconti, Valmontone17.8 
 9. Grilli, Barcellona17.7 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Cassino
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bagnoli, Cassino11.3 
 2. Bozzetto, Crema10.5 
 3. Ravazzini, Matera10.4 
 4. Zanotti, Monteroni10.3 
 5. Chiacig, Taranto10.0 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.0 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.3 
 8. Arrigoni, Omegna9.1 
 9. Papa, Teramo9.0 
 10. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.4 
 2. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 3. Salari, Isernia5.5 
 4. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.5 
 5. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 6. Rivali, Montegrano5.3 
 7. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.3 
 8. Magini, Firenze Enic5.1 
 9. Bottioni, Campli5.0 
 10. Centanni, Volpino .4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.6 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.3 
 3. Demartini, Vicenza2.3 
 4. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.3 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Busco, Patti2.0 
 7. Ricci, Giulianova2.0 
 8. Balanzoni, Lecco1.9 
 9. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 10. Toscano, Bottegone1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Corral, Omegna1.4 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni1.2 
 3. Galmarini, Firenze .1.2 
 4. Laguzzi, Sestu1.1 
 5. Capitanelli, Pescara1.0 
 6. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 7. Mastroianni, Napoli C.0.9 
 8. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 9. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 10. Bozzetto, Crema0.8 


Treviglio extend Adriano Vertemati through 2020 - by Eurobasket News

Treviglio and head coach Adriano Vertemati (agency: SPORTlab Agency ) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The specialist will stay with the team through 2020. Adriano Vertemati (agency: SPORTlab Agency ) has worked with Treviglio since 2011. He previously guided Benetton Treviso and Monza. Vertemati steered Benetton Treviso junior team to U19 title in 2011.



Paleari's double-double lands him Serie B Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

35-year old power forward Andrea Paleari (202-F/C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Milano Urania and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Faenza (#5, 16-10) 73-59. Milano Urania is placed at 8th position in their group in Italian Serie B. Milano Urania is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-14 record. Paleari has many years of experience at Milano Urania, through which he has constantly improved. Andrea Paleari averages this season 16.0ppg and 7.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Simone Bagnoli (205-F/C-81) of Cassino. He is former international forward in his first season at Cassino. In the last game Bagnoli recorded impressive 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Cassino to another comfortable win 92-78 over slightly higher-ranked Palestrina (#3, 20-7) being unquestionably team leader. Cassino's 5th position in Group C has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bagnoli is a newcomer at Cassino and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#2). He also registered 11.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mario Gigena (198-F-77) of Cecina (#13). Gigena scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Gigena's great performance Cecina lost 66-69 to slightly higher-ranked Siena Virtus (#11, 12-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Cecina ranking at the top of Group A, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gigena could help Cecina to bring them higher in the standings. Gigena has a very solid season. In 6 games in Italy he scored 21.8ppg. He also has 4.8rpg and and 3PT: 50.0%. Mario Gigena has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leonardo Ciribeni (190-G-92) of San Severo - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Nicolo Ravazzani (200-C-85) of Matera - 14 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Emanuele Trapani (181-PG-99) of Roma S.Azzurra - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Simone Zanotti (208-C/F-92) of Monteroni - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michele Antelli (183-PG-98) of San Vendemiano - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Todor Radonjic (200-F-97) of Roma S.Azzurra - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fabio Stefanini (196-F/G-93) of Barcellona - 20 points and 12 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.7 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.8 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.6 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.6 
 5. Childress, Sanen19.2 
 6. White, Sendai18.9 
 7. Stone, Chiba Jets17.7 
 8. Burrell, Nagoya DD17.6 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.17.5 
 10. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.5 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.4 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.8 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.8 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.3 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.3 
 7. Spangler, Toshi.9.1 
 8. Miller, Hokkaido L.8.9 
 9. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
 10. White, Sendai8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.3 
 2. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 3. Namizato, Shiga L.4.1 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.8 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.5 
 9. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi .3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.8 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 4. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.7 
 5. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.6 
 6. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.6 
 7. Vendrame, Hitac.1.6 
 8. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.5 
 10. Brown, Hitachi SR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.2.0 
 2. Chapman, Niigata .1.9 
 3. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.8 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 6. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 7. Nephawe, Sendai1.1 
 8. Dozier, Sanen1.1 
 9. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 
 10. Bachynski, Nagoya D.1.1 


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chehales TAPSCOTT
  Kagawa F.
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Tapscott, Kagawa F.19.5 
 2. Randall, Cyberdyn.19.1 
 3. Rickert, Cyberdyn.18.5 
 4. Alabi, Toyotsu FE18.0 
 5. Woodbury, Bambitio.17.7 
 6. Jones, Tokyo Z17.5 
 7. Barone, Aomori W.17.5 
 8. Stephan, Tokyo E.17.5 
 9. Wiggins, Aomori Watts15.7 
 10. Carney, Toyotsu FE15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Solomon ALABI
  Toyotsu FE
  (216-C-88)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Alabi, Toyotsu FE13.1 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.12.6 
 3. Andrews, Tokyo Z11.8 
 4. Davis, Shimane SM11.3 
 5. Posthumus, Shins.11.1 
 6. Creekmore, Tokyo Z10.9 
 7. Stephan, Tokyo E.10.8 
 8. Barone, Aomori W.10.4 
 9. Sanders-F., Yamag.10.4 
 10. Doaks, Iwate B.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.4.9 
 2. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE4.5 
 3. Sameshima, Kagos.4.4 
 4. Nishiyama, Tokyo E.3.8 
 5. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.3.3 
 6. Watanabe, Tokyo Z3.2 
 7. Tapscott, Kagawa F.3.1 
 8. Randall, Cyberdyn.3.1 
 9. Sawaguchi, Iwate B.3.0 
 10. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.2.1 
 2. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE1.7 
 3. Tapscott, Kagawa F.1.7 
 4. Andrews, Tokyo Z1.7 
 5. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.6 
 6. Kasahara, Ehime OV1.6 
 7. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.6 
 8. Kanbara, Kumamoto.1.4 
 9. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.4 
 10. Obuchi, Gunma1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Kagos.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Maduabum, Kagos.2.3 
 2. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.9 
 3. Vandenberg, Nishinom.1.7 
 4. Kuso, Gunma1.7 
 5. van-der-List, Shinshu .1.6 
 6. Spikes, Fukushima1.6 
 7. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 8. Marshall, Shima.1.5 
 9. Davis, Shimane SM1.4 
 10. Alabi, Toyotsu FE1.4 



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  KAZAKHSTAN  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trevin PARKS
  Barsy Atyrau
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Parks, Barsy Atyrau21.4 
 2. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.15.2 
 3. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.13.6 
 4. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau12.9 
 5. Yargaliev, Astana11.9 
 6. Micheev, Barsy A.10.2 
 7. Ponomaryov, Astana9.9 
 8. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.9.6 
 9. Gavrilov, Astana9.4 
 10. Kuanov, Kaspiy A.7.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mikhail YEVSTIGNEYEV
  Barsy A.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.6.6 
 2. Micheev, Barsy A.5.6 
 3. Ponomaryov, Astana5.6 
 4. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.5.4 
 5. Gavrilov, Astana5.0 
 6. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.4.8 
 7. Bazhkin, Barsy A.4.6 
 8. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.4.6 
 9. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau4.2 
 10. Parks, Barsy Atyrau4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Azim YAGODKIN
  Kaspiy A.
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.5.0 
 2. Parks, Barsy Atyrau4.0 
 3. Yargaliev, Astana3.2 
 4. Murzagaliyev, Ast.2.9 
 5. Savchenko, Barsy A.2.7 
 6. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.2.6 
 7. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau2.3 
 8. Kuanov, Kaspiy A.2.1 
 9. Marchuk, Kaspiy A.1.8 
 10. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.1.6 
Steals Per Game
 Azim YAGODKIN
  Kaspiy A.
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.2.9 
 2. Parks, Barsy Atyrau2.9 
 3. Gavrilov, Astana1.8 
 4. Savchenko, Barsy A.1.8 
 5. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.1.7 
 6. Yargaliev, Astana1.7 
 7. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau1.7 
 8. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau1.5 
 9. Bazhkin, Barsy A.1.5 
 10. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikhail YEVSTIGNEYEV
  Barsy A.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.0.4 
 2. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.0.4 
 3. Bazhkin, Barsy A.0.4 
 4. Marchuk, Astana0.3 
 5. Gavrilov, Astana0.3 
 6. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau0.3 
 7. Matyukevych, Barsy A.0.3 
 8. Formazonov, Kaspiy A.0.2 
 9. Ponomaryov, Astana0.2 
 10. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau0.2 


National League Round 12: Barsy Atyrau and Kaspiy Aktau trade victories - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Barsy Atyrau (6-10) which hosted in Atyrau one of their biggest challengers Kaspiy Aktau (2-14). Second ranked Barsy Atyrau had an easy win 95-67. Barsy Atyrau looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 8 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Ryan Cook (191-90, college: UMBC, agency: HMS) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Denis Degtyarev (200-90) replied with 18 points for Kaspiy Aktau. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Mikhail Karpenko gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains second position with 6-10 record having ten points less than leader Astana. Kaspiy Aktau at the other side stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost.
An interesting game for Kaspiy Aktau (2-14) which played road game in Atyrau against second-best Barsy Atyrau (6-10). Third ranked Kaspiy Aktau managed to get a 10-point victory 90-80. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Sean Hill (188-92, college: Chicago St.) who helped to win the game recording 40 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Azim Yagodkin who added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Mikhail Karpenko allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international forward Pavel Micheev (201-83) with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Kaspiy Aktau maintains third position with 2-14 record having fourteen points less than leader Astana. Barsy Atyrau lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the second place with ten games lost.

Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy Aktau 95-67

An interesting game for Barsy Atyrau (6-10) which hosted in Atyrau one of their biggest challengers Kaspiy Aktau (2-14). Second ranked Barsy Atyrau had an easy win 95-67. Barsy Atyrau looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 8 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Ryan Cook (191-90, college: UMBC, agency: HMS) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cook is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Barsy Atyrau players scored in double figures. Forward Denis Degtyarev (200-90) replied with 18 points and the former international forward Vitaliy Lapchenko (207-92) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Kaspiy Aktau. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Mikhail Karpenko gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains second position with 6-10 record having ten points less than leader Astana. Kaspiy Aktau at the other side stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kaspiy Aktau: D.Degtyarev 18+2reb+3ast, A.Satkeyev 11+1ast, S.Kuanov 9+2reb+4ast, V.Formazonov 9+4reb, V.Lapchenko 7+9reb+2ast, S.Kazantcev 6+1reb+2ast
Barsy Atyrau: T.Parks 27+3reb+8ast, R.Cook 18+6reb+2ast, M.Yevstigneyev 13+8reb+3ast, N.Bazhkin 13+8reb+3ast, P.Ilin 10+3reb+6ast, P.Micheev 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 511128


Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy Aktau 80-90

An interesting game for Kaspiy Aktau (2-14) which played road game in Atyrau against second-best Barsy Atyrau (6-10). Third ranked Kaspiy Aktau managed to get a 10-point victory 90-80. Kaspiy Aktau had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Kaspiy Aktau especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Sean Hill (188-92, college: Chicago St.) who helped to win the game recording 40 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and point guard Azim Yagodkin (185-92) who added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Mikhail Karpenko allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international forward Pavel Micheev (201-83) with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Mikhail Yevstigneyev (201-84) scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Barsy Atyrau players scored in double figures. Kaspiy Aktau maintains third position with 2-14 record having fourteen points less than leader Astana. Barsy Atyrau lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the second place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Barsy Atyrau: P.Micheev 19+5reb+3ast, T.Parks 15+4ast, M.Yevstigneyev 12+7reb+4ast, P.Ilin 11+6reb+4ast, V.Savchenko 11+3reb+4ast, N.Bazhkin 7+5reb+1ast
Kaspiy Aktau: S.Hill 40+6reb+4ast, V.Lapchenko 11+7reb+3ast, A.Yagodkin 10+5reb+7ast, R.Marchuk 7+3reb+4ast, S.Kazantcev 7+5reb+4ast, S.Kuanov 7+1ast
gschID: 511127





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  KOSOVO  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 2. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi20.2 
 3. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 4. Hasani, Rahoveci16.7 
 5. Veseli, Peja16.4 
 6. Hajrizi, Sigal P.16.3 
 7. Zekiqi, Trepca15.8 
 8. Matoshi, Vellaznimi15.5 
 9. Wise, Trepca15.0 
 10. Grosha, Ylli14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Dahlman, Peja7.9 
 3. Locke, Bashkimi7.1 
 4. Matoshi, Vellaznimi6.8 
 5. Grosha, Ylli6.6 
 6. Kapiti, Kerasan6.2 
 7. Qallaku, Vellaznimi6.0 
 8. Veseli, Peja5.8 
 9. Shala, Kerasan5.6 
 10. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fisnik JUNIKU
  Vellaznimi
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 2. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 3. Hasani, Rahoveci5.9 
 4. Wise, Trepca4.7 
 5. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.5 
 6. Balluku, Rahoveci4.0 
 7. Scott, Trepca3.9 
 8. Mekaj, Peja3.9 
 9. Hinds, Sigal P.3.5 
 10. Dahlman, Peja2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Altin MORINA
  Ylli
  (194-PG-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Morina, Ylli2.0 
 2. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.8 
 3. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.8 
 4. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
 5. Hinds, Sigal P.1.6 
 6. Wise, Trepca1.4 
 7. Tahiri, Bashkimi1.4 
 8. Qallaku, Vellaznimi1.3 
 9. Reed, Peja1.3 
 10. Matoshi, Vellaznimi1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Dardan KAPITI
  Kerasan
  (204-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kapiti, Kerasan2.1 
 2. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 3. Zeka, Vellaznimi0.9 
 4. Reed, Peja0.8 
 5. Stutz, Trepca0.7 
 6. Rugova, Sigal P.0.6 
 7. Morina, Ylli0.5 
 8. Grosha, Ylli0.5 
 9. Zekiqi, Trepca0.5 
 10. Matoshi, Vellaznimi0.5 



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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Larson, Barons Riga17.3 
 2. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.15.0 
 3. Pitts, Valmiera15.0 
 4. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.9 
 5. Jogela, Barons Riga14.3 
 6. Blums, VEF Riga14.3 
 7. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.6 
 8. Ausejs, Liepaja/.13.6 
 9. Laksa, Valmiera13.5 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpils13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Liepaja/.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.8.3 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.2 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.6 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.3 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.3 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.2 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera7.0 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.6 
 10. Zakis, Ventspils6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.6.9 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.3 
 3. Pitts, Valmiera5.8 
 4. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.5 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.7 
 8. Birkans, LU4.6 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga4.5 
 10. Richard, VEF Riga4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.4 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera1.8 
 3. Skele, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Richard, VEF Riga1.7 
 5. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 6. Krestinin, Barons R.1.6 
 7. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga1.5 
 9. Jakovics, Ventspils1.4 
 10. Mitchell, Valmiera1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrejs GRAZULIS
  Ventspils
  (202-C-93)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Grazulis, Ventspils1.1 
 2. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.1 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.9 
 5. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 6. Iljins, Jurmala0.8 
 7. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera0.7 
 9. Niedra, BK Ogre0.7 
 10. Rozitis, Jurmala0.7 


Recap of LBL2 Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Turiba - Marupe 98-92

Turiba outgunned Marupe in the opener. It looked good early as Marupe took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Turiba had a 29-21 second period charge getting the lead and Marupe was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 92-98. They outrebounded Marupe 39-22 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Turiba players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Marupe was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Rihards Adins (200-94) stepped up and scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and swingman Davids Muiznieks (196-94) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side forward Armands Senkans (200-90) responded with 25 points and guard Karlis Vecens (185-95) scored 18 points and 6 assists. Four Turiba and five Marupe players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Turiba: D.Muiznieks 23+6reb+3ast, R.Adins 23+9reb+6ast, A.Blumbergs 21+2reb+2ast, A.Ate 13+6reb+6ast, E.Miculis 9+10reb, M.Liberts 7+2reb+2ast
Marupe: A.Senkans 25+1reb+1ast, K.Vecens 18+2reb+6ast, N.Metnieks 17+7reb, A.Kramins 12+3reb+1ast, M.Zemturis 10+2reb+2ast, R.Paze 10+5reb+6ast
gschID: 543126


Jelgava - Livani 69-61

Jelgava held off Livani to spur ahead in the series. It looked good early as Livani took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jelgava had a 20-11 second period charge getting the lead and Livani was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-69. Forward Andris Justovics (200-89) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and center Ronalds Elksnis (203-92, college: John Brown) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Juris Kalnins (200-93) responded with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Eduards Viksna (198-93) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: A.Justovics 19+4reb+3ast, R.Elksnis 16+9reb, G.Justovics 11+6reb+6ast, E.Krumins 6+4reb+5ast, K.Krumins 6+2reb+1ast, M.Husko 4
Livani: J.Kalnins 15+9reb+4ast, E.Viksna 12+6reb+2ast, M.Caune 11+5reb+3ast, D.Pabrieza 7+4ast, R.Klims 6+3reb, A.Strelis 3+6reb
gschID: 543127


ViA - Ogre/Kumho Tyre 77-74

ViA narrowly edged Ogre/Kumho in the quarterfinals opener. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. ViA had a 33-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ViA made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Klavs Dubults (198-96) who helped to win the game recording 6 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Ervins Ivanovs (185-96) contributed with 18 points for the winners. ViA's coach Roberts Zeile used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Raimonds Pabrieza (189-88) answered with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Janis Lasmanis (199-87) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ogre/Kumho Tyre. Four Ogre/Kumho Tyre players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
ViA: E.Ivanovs 18+1reb+2ast, J.Engers 13+6reb+1ast, O.Grinbergs 12+5reb+2ast, R.Eglitis 9+6reb+4ast, T.Kohanovs 7+3reb, V.Veveris 6+1reb+2ast
Ogre/Kumho Tyre: R.Pabrieza 23+5reb+4ast, S.Jekabsons 15+4reb+3ast, J.Lasmanis 13+7reb+2ast, S.Bets 12+6reb+2ast, D.Atelbauers 6+3reb+4ast, M.Kokins 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543128


Kekava - Limbazi 92-64

Kekava cruised past Limbazi for the opening win. The game without a history. Kekava led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kekava outrebounded Limbazi 50-28 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Forward Nauris Miezis (189-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and forward Agnis Cavars (196-86) chipped in 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Cavars is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Kekava players scored in double figures. Kekava's coach Edgars Teteris felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Vents Veinbergs (188-93) responded with 15 points and 5 assists and forward Rolands Brencs (198-86) scored 14 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Kekava: N.Saknitis 17+6reb+2ast, N.Miezis 17+12reb+6ast, A.Cavars 15+14reb+5ast, K.Steinbergs 12+3reb+2ast, M.Steinbergs 12+6reb+5ast, M.Gundegs 6+3reb+4ast
Limbazi: V.Veinbergs 15+3reb+5ast, R.Brencs 14+4reb+4ast, A.Osins 11+6reb+1ast, G.Licitis 8+2reb+1ast, E.Ozols 6+2reb, P.Penka 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 543129





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  LEBANON  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Jones, Mayrouba24.9 
 3. Johnson, Louaize24.7 
 4. Rembert, Champville23.9 
 5. Jackson, Homen.23.9 
 6. Kemp, Tadamon23.9 
 7. Khatib, Homenetmen23.6 
 8. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed22.5 
 10. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Townes, Champville13.3 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 5. Majok, Homenetmen11.1 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed10.0 
 7. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.2 
 8. Bawji, Champville9.2 
 9. Kemp, Tadamon8.7 
 10. Johnson, Louaize8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.4 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.8 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.7 
 5. Rembert, Champville5.9 
 6. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Efevberha, Sagesse5.4 
 8. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed5.2 
 10. Cage, Mayrouba4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dewayne JACKSON
  Homen.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Homen.2.6 
 2. Johnson, Louaize2.6 
 3. Kemp, Tadamon2.2 
 4. Galloway, Homen.2.2 
 5. Curry, Moutahed2.1 
 6. Tucker, Byblos1.9 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos1.8 
 8. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 9. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 10. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 3. Majok, Homenetmen2.4 
 4. Townes, Champville2.2 
 5. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 6. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.7 
 7. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.3 
 8. Melvin, Moutahed1.3 
 9. Johnson, Louaize1.2 
 10. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 


Pepsi LBL Round 2 (Second Stage): Al Moutahed loses to Tadamon - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Pepsi LBL.

The most important game in the last round took place in Zouk between Al Moutahed (11-9) and Tadamon (7-13) on Thursday night. Al Moutahed was defeated by Tadamon in a tough game on the road 71-75. American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) replied with 19 points and 6 assists for Al Moutahed. Tadamon are looking forward to face Champville (#3) in Dik El Mehdi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Al Moutahed will play on the road against Al Riyadi in Beirut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Homenetmen (19-1) which played road game in Zouk against Louaize (10-10). Homenetmen had an easy win 96-62. The former international swingman Fadi El-Khatib (198-79) scored 29 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ater Majok chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. International guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Homenetmen will play against Byblos at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Louaize will play against Sagesse and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Byblos (15-5) which played road game in Beirut against Sagesse (6-14). Byblos managed to get a 10-point victory 86-76. Tarek Ammoury notched 24 points to lead the effort. Even 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists by Michael Efevberha did not help to save the game for Sagesse. Byblos will meet Homenetmen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sagesse will play against Louaize in Zouk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Al Riyadi (16-4) which played road game in Dik El Mehdi against Champville (8-12). Al Riyadi managed to get a 11-point victory 79-68. The best player for the winners was Mohamad Haidar who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. Al Riyadi's next round opponent will be Al Moutahed in Tripoli and it will be for sure the game of the week. Champville will play at home against Tadamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group A
Louaize - Homenetmen 62-96

An interesting game for Homenetmen (19-1) which played road game in Zouk against Louaize (10-10). Homenetmen had an easy win 96-62. Homenetmen players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international swingman Fadi El-Khatib (198-79) scored 29 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Five Homenetmen players scored in double figures. International guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American Travis McKie (201-92, college: Wake Forest, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 10 points and 6 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. Homenetmen will play against Byblos at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Louaize will play against Sagesse and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Louaize: G.Johnson 21+9reb+4ast, T.McKie 10+6reb, W.Lewis 8+2reb+1ast, R.Dib 6+1ast, R.Bechara 4+2reb, J.Bitar 4+6reb+1ast
Homenetmen: F.El Khatib 29+5reb+2ast, A.Majok 12+11reb+3ast, D.Jackson 11+4reb+1ast, K.Galloway 11+6reb+6ast, N.Souaid 10+4reb+3ast, E.Chamoun 7+2ast
gschID: 543077


Sagesse - Byblos 76-86

An interesting game for Byblos (15-5) which played road game in Beirut against Sagesse (6-14). Byblos managed to get a 10-point victory 86-76. The game was mostly controlled by Byblos. Sagesse managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized American swingman Tarek Ammoury (196-90, college: Marymount) notched 24 points to lead the effort and French power forward Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 21 points. Even 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists by Nigerian-American guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, college: CS Northridge) did not help to save the game for Sagesse. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) added 21 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Byblos will meet Homenetmen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sagesse will play against Louaize in Zouk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sagesse: C.Godfrey 21+8reb, M.Efevberha 18+6reb+9ast, P.Bou Abboud 12+2reb+4ast, K.Adeleke 10+9reb, M.Ibrahim 8+2reb+4ast, B.Ammoury 7+3reb
Byblos: T.Ammoury 24+4reb+1ast, A.Traore 21+4reb+2ast, C.Tucker 12+1reb+3ast, S.Roundtree 11+13reb+2ast, O.El Turk 9+2reb+1ast, R.Akl 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 543078


Group B
Tadamon - Moutahed 75-71

The most important game in the last round took place in Zouk between Al Moutahed (11-9) and Tadamon (7-13) on Thursday night. Al Moutahed was defeated by Tadamon in a tough game on the road 71-75. American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) replied with 19 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Al Moutahed. Tadamon are looking forward to face Champville (#3) in Dik El Mehdi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Al Moutahed will play on the road against Al Riyadi in Beirut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: R.Curry 19+3reb+6ast, C.Melvin 14+9reb+2ast, C.Tabet 12+7reb+3ast, E.Rustom 9+6reb+2ast, D.Spencer 9+2reb+6ast, T.Makluf 5+1reb
Tadamon: M.Kemp 24+5reb+2ast, M.Ilic 18+7reb+3ast, B.Tabbara 12+8reb, G.Hadidian 9+5reb, C.Pigram 4+3reb+6ast, J.Khalil 4+1ast
gschID: 543075


Champville - Al Riyadi 68-79

An interesting game for Al Riyadi (16-4) which played road game in Dik El Mehdi against Champville (8-12). Al Riyadi managed to get a 11-point victory 79-68. Al Riyadi dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Champville's 38. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Mohamad Haidar (201-90, college: Michigan Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. Dominican-American point guard Edgar Sosa (190-88, college: Louisville) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. American point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) produced 25 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Darian Townes (208-84) added 10 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Al Riyadi's next round opponent will be Al Moutahed in Tripoli and it will be for sure the game of the week. Champville will play at home against Tadamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Champville: P.Rembert 25+3reb+5ast, B.Bawji 11+3reb+2ast, M.Cummings 10+6reb+1ast, D.Townes 10+16reb+4ast, J.Assi 7+1reb+1ast, R.Dagher 3+1reb+2ast
Al Riyadi: M.Haidar 29+11reb, E.Sosa 17+2reb+5ast, B.Cvetkovic 13+4reb+6ast, J.Abdel Nour 10+6reb+2ast, A.Aminu 4+2reb+2ast, A.Ismail 4+6reb+4ast
gschID: 543076





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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.9 
 3. Baron, Neptunas13.6 
 4. Low, P.Zvaigzdes13.5 
 5. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.2 
 6. Korenyuk, Siauliai13.1 
 7. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.13.0 
 8. Sulskis, Juventus12.8 
 9. Diggs, Juventus12.7 
 10. Prostran, Nevezis11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  Lietuvos.
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Gordon, Lietuvos.8.5 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.6 
 3. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.4 
 4. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.5 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.3 
 6. Smiljanic, Nevezis6.2 
 7. Echodas, Siauliai6.1 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.7 
 9. Korenyuk, Siauliai5.7 
 10. Kacinas, Neptunas5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.3 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.9 
 3. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 4. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 5. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.8 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.4 
 8. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
 9. Lekavicius, Zalgiris3.7 
 10. Janavicius, Lietkabe.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  Lietkabe.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.7 
 2. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.6 
 3. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.5 
 4. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 5. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.1.4 
 6. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.4 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus1.4 
 8. Diggs, Juventus1.4 
 9. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.3 
 10. Sirutavicius, Juven.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.0.9 
 6. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.9 
 7. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 8. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 
 9. Hartenstein, Zalgiris0.8 
 10. Lima, Zalgiris0.8 



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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Franklin, Guasave29.4 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato25.2 
 3. Gray, Mazatlan25.2 
 4. Glover, Obregon24.0 
 5. Yeager, Guasave24.0 
 6. Ammons, Navolato23.8 
 7. Keller, Durango21.5 
 8. Zamarco, Durango21.3 
 9. Forte, Los Mochis21.0 
 10. Puckett, Culiacan19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael GLOVER
  Obregon
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Glover, Obregon12.0 
 2. Glaze, Culiacan10.0 
 3. Ammons, Navolato10.0 
 4. Forte, Los Mochis9.4 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan9.2 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana9.2 
 7. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 8. Gibson, Tijuana8.3 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana7.8 
 10. Marigney, Guaymas6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.0 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana5.4 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.2 
 4. Provost, Guaymas5.0 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana4.0 
 6. Mensah, Mazatlan4.0 
 7. Kabongo, Hermosillo3.8 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo3.6 
 10. Casillas, Mazatlan3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Durango
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Grier, Durango2.8 
 2. Shabazz, Durango2.7 
 3. Mitchell, Navolato1.8 
 4. Zamarco, Durango1.7 
 5. Gardner, Tijuana1.7 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.6 
 7. Kabongo, Hermosillo1.6 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana1.5 
 9. Ammons, Navolato1.4 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mychal AMMONS
  Navolato
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ammons, Navolato2.4 
 2. Heyward, Guaymas1.8 
 3. Puckett, Culiacan0.8 
 4. Avalos, Durango0.7 
 5. Salcedo, Guaymas0.6 
 6. Gibson, Tijuana0.5 
 7. Scott, Tijuana0.5 
 8. Cervantes, Guasave0.4 
 9. Pittman, Guasave0.4 
 10. Coleman, Durango0.4 


CIBACOPA Round 6: Tijuana Zonkeys lose to Rayos de Hermosillo - by Eurobasket News

After 6 rounds played we can already see who rules in the CIBACOPA and who belongs to weaker ones.

Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Tijuana Zonkeys (4-2). They were defeated by third ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (4-1) 91-81 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Rayos de Hermosillo looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. DR Congolese-Canadian guard Myck Kabongo (191-92, college: Texas) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Rayos de Hermosillo will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys at home.
Pioneros Los Mochis has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. The win is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (2-3) 69-68. American forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Jabs Newby supported him with 22 points and 4 assists. Even 21 points and 6 assists by American guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) did not help to save the game for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Pioneros Los Mochis (1-4) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Culiacan. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Mazatlan. Pioneros Los Mochis will again play against higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
The game in Mazatlan supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Frayles de Guasave (4-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (2-3). Frayles de Guasave smashed Lobos UAD Mazatlan 120-99 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Sammy Yeager who scored 25 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Mike Liabo who recorded 28 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. Frayles de Guasave have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hermosillo. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan keeps the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Guaymas. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play again against the league's leader Frayles de Guasave (#1) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Durango. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (1-4) to ninth ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (2-4) 78-77 in the fight for the eighth place. It was a good game for Dominique Keller who saved his team from a defeat with 18 points. Aguilas Doradas de Durango moved-up to eighth place. Caballeros de Culiacan lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Aguilas Doradas de Durango's next round opponent will be again Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) at home.

In the last game of round 6 Obregon won against Navolato on the opponent's court 94-86.

Navolato - Obregon 86-94

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Garra Canera de Navolato (3-2) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (3-2) 94-86. 25 personal fouls committed by Garra Canera de Navolato helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) replied with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) added 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Navolato. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play again at home against Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obregon: M.Glover 32+7reb, L.Atterberry 20+2reb, J.Hutchingson 17+3reb+2ast, O.Quintero 7+4reb, N.Leon 6+4reb+3ast, I.Leon 4+1reb
Navolato: D.Mitchell 25+5reb+6ast, M.Ammons 23+11reb+1ast, J.McIntosh 21+7reb+2ast, T.Jackson 6+3reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 5, C.Uribe 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 536304


Durango - Culiacan 78-77

A very interesting game took place in Durango. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (1-4) to ninth ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (2-4) 78-77 in the fight for the eighth place. It was a good game for American power forward Dominique Keller (205-88, college: Illinois) who saved his team from a defeat with 18 points. Martin Zamarco contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Worth to mention Keller played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. American center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Langston Morris-Walker (196-94, college: Oregon St., agency: SDJ Sports) added 23 points in the effort for Caballeros de Culiacan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aguilas Doradas de Durango moved-up to eighth place. Caballeros de Culiacan lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Aguilas Doradas de Durango's next round opponent will be again Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) at home.
Top scorers:
Durango: D.Keller 18+4reb+2ast, M.Zamarco 16+2reb+5ast, V.Grier 15+3reb+2ast, R.Dorsey 13+1ast, I.Avalos 8+7reb+1ast, S.Coleman 4+2reb+2ast
Culiacan: L.Morris-Walker 23+4reb, B.Puckett 22+15reb+3ast, G.Glaze 10+12reb, M.Ayala 10+3reb+5ast, I.Young 6+5ast, R.Valle 6+1ast
gschID: 536303


Mazatlan - Guasave 99-120

The game in Mazatlan supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Frayles de Guasave (4-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (2-3). Frayles de Guasave smashed Lobos UAD Mazatlan 120-99 on Friday. Frayles de Guasave made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game, while Lobos UAD Mazatlan only scored seven points from the stripe. Frayles de Guasave shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 58.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) who scored 25 points and 5 assists. The other American import forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 30 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Mike Liabo (198-91, college: Tenn-Martin) who recorded 28 points and the former international swingman Jorge-Alfredo Casillas (196-90) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively. Four Frayles de Guasave and five Lobos UAD Mazatlan players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Frayles de Guasave have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hermosillo. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan keeps the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Guaymas. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play again against the league's leader Frayles de Guasave (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guasave: T.Franklin 30+2reb+1ast, S.Yeager 25+4reb+5ast, G.Mondragon 23+3reb+2ast, E.Pittman 17+4reb, T.Rosemond 9+5reb, A.Cervantes 8+3reb
Mazatlan: M.Liabo 28+2reb+3ast, T.Gray 17, J.Alfredo Casillas 15+3reb+6ast, D.Onofre 10+2reb, C.Tucker 10+4reb+1ast, J.Valdez 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 536306


Los Mochis - Guaymas 69-68

Pioneros Los Mochis has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. The win is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (2-3) 69-68. American forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Canadian guard Jabs Newby (188-91, college: Gannon) supported him with 22 points and 4 assists. Even 21 points and 6 assists by American guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) did not help to save the game for Ostioneros de Guaymas. His fellow American import forward Matt Gwynne (208-87, college: Campbell) added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pioneros Los Mochis (1-4) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Culiacan. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Mazatlan. Pioneros Los Mochis will again play against higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: J.Newby 22+4reb+4ast, C.Forte 18+13reb+3ast, A.Pegues 14+4reb+1ast, M.Hernandez 11+1reb+2ast, G.Ball 4+8reb+2ast, L.Olvera 0
Guaymas: B.Provost 21+2reb+6ast, M.Gwynne 13+7reb, P.Marigney 12+6reb+2ast, R.Woods 10+5reb, S.Heyward 7+7reb+1ast, D.Giron 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 536307


Hermosillo - Tijuana 91-81

Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Tijuana Zonkeys (4-2). They were defeated by third ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (4-1) 91-81 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Rayos de Hermosillo looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. DR Congolese-Canadian guard Myck Kabongo (191-92, college: Texas) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import center Leon Gibson (206-91, college: Houston) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Rayos de Hermosillo will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys at home.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: M.Kabongo 24+5reb+7ast, T.Spurlock 17+6reb+3ast, S.Monreal 12+5reb+2ast, J.Camacho 12+4reb+4ast, E.Little 11+13reb+3ast, A.Bell 6+3reb
Tijuana: T.Lathan 25+13reb+6ast, S.Gardner 18+2reb, K.Scott 15+2reb+2ast, L.Gibson 11+12reb+2ast, L.Ramirez 6+2reb+2ast, J.Zesati 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 536305





Franklin's 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old forward Travis Franklin (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Guasave and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 35 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Guasave in his team's victory, helping them to beat Los Mochis (#10, 1-4) 96-90. It allowed Guasave to take over top position in the Mexican league. Guasave have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Franklin had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guasave, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Colorado State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Franklin is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.4ppg. Franklin is in league's top in and averages solid 68.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Navolato. He is American forward in his first season at Navolato. In the last game Ammons recorded impressive 33 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Navolato cruised to a 89-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Culiacan (#9, 1-4). Despite this victory Navolato slide down in the standings to 5th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ammons is one of the most experienced players at Navolato and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.8ppg (#6). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Michael Glover (203-F-87) of Obregon (#4). Glover scored 24 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). Despite Glover's great performance Obregon lost 91-105 to #2 ranked Hermosillo. 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 last thing Obregon needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Glover has a great season in Mexico. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 12.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benjamin Puckett (205-C-83) of Culiacan - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dominique Keller (205-F/C-88) of Durango - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cameron Forte (201-F-93) of Los Mochis - 26 points and 6 rebounds
7. A'Darius Pegues (208-F-89) of Los Mochis - 25 points and 10 rebounds
8. Sammy Yeager (193-F-89) of Guasave - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Tamir Jackson (190-G-90) of Navolato - 28 points and 6 assists
10. Shane Heyward (200-C-92) of Guaymas - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



LNBP Round 5 of Finals. Soles de Mexicali narrow the deficit - by Eurobasket News

Soles - Fuerza Regia 90-70

Soles de Mexicali fired past Fuerza Regia to stay alive in the title series. The game was mostly controlled by Soles. Fuerza Regia managed to win third quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Soles dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Fuerza Regia's 28 and made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Fuerza Regia 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who scored 31 points and 5 rebounds. American-Panamanian center Javier Carter (203-91, college: S.Alabama) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. The former international Hector Hernandez (205-85, college: Fresno St., agency: BeoBasket) produced 19 points and Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia's coach Paco Olmos rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Soles: J.Keenan 31+5reb+2ast, J.Carter 14+7reb+2ast, O.Richards 11+5reb, A.Perez Kaufmann 11+4reb+8ast, J.David Estrada 9+5reb+1ast, L.Martinez 6+4reb+3ast
Fuerza Regia: H.Hernandez 19+1reb+3ast, J.Akindele 13+7reb, A.Panko 11+5reb+3ast, J.Anderson 11+5reb+3ast, C.Cortes 9+3ast, P.John Hernandez 5+3reb
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Prva B Round 20: Berane Bobcats finish on top of standings - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Prva B just ended.

An interesting game for Berane Bobcats (12-4) which hosted in Berane one of their biggest challengers Zeta (8-8). First ranked Berane Bobcats managed to get a 10-point victory 81-71. Newly promoted Berane Bobcats maintains first position with 12-4 record. Zeta lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second place with eight games lost. They share the position with Centar BP.
Bottom-ranked Strsljen managed to get the fourth consecutive victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked Rudar in Pljevlja 73-66. Strsljen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Rudar.

Rudar - Strsljen 66-73

Bottom-ranked Strsljen managed to get the fourth consecutive victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked Rudar in Pljevlja 73-66. Strsljen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Rudar.
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Berane Bobcats - Zeta 81-71

An interesting game for Berane Bobcats (12-4) which hosted in Berane one of their biggest challengers Zeta (8-8). First ranked Berane Bobcats managed to get a 10-point victory 81-71. Newly promoted Berane Bobcats maintains first position with 12-4 record. Zeta lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second place with eight games lost. They share the position with Centar BP.
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D1 Round 13: ASS Sale beats FAR Rabat in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sale. First ranked ASS Sale faced 4th placed FAR Rabat. Host ASS Sale (10-1) defeated guests from Rabat (7-4) 86-81. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of FAR Rabat. ASS Sale have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. FAR Rabat at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with MAS Fes. ASS Sale are looking forward to face IRT Tanger (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FAR Rabat will play against IRAN and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Leader ASS Sale delivered the tenth victory. This time they crushed bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (0-10) 93-63. ASS Sale have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Newly promoted RSB Berkane still closes the standings with ten games lost. ASS Sale will play against IRT Tanger (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. RSB Berkane will play against KACM (#8) in Marrakech and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-76 loss to eighth ranked FUS Rabat (4-6) in Berkane on Saturday evening. FUS Rabat moved-up to seventh place, which they share with KACM. Newly promoted RSB Berkane still closes the standings with ten games lost. FUS Rabat will meet KACM (#8) in the next round. RSB Berkane will play against KACM in Marrakech and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Marrakech was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked MAS Fes (7-4) played at the court of 6th ranked KACM (4-6). MAS Fes managed to secure a 6-point victory 69-63. MAS Fes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with FAR Rabat. KACM lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. MAS Fes' next round opponent will be higher ranked WAC (#3) in Casablanca and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KACM will play at home against FUS Rabat (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 13 WAC defeated IRAN in Casablanca 78-66. KAC was beaten by CRA Hoceima at home 76-83.

KACM - MAS Fes 63-69

The game in Marrakech was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked MAS Fes (7-4) played at the court of 6th ranked KACM (4-6). MAS Fes managed to secure a 6-point victory 69-63. MAS Fes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with FAR Rabat. KACM lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. MAS Fes' next round opponent will be higher ranked WAC (#3) in Casablanca and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KACM will play at home against FUS Rabat (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Iran - WAC 66-78

There was no surprise when 10th ranked IRAN (1-10) was defeated at home by third ranked WAC (8-2) 78-66. WAC maintains third place with 8-2 record having just three points less than leader ASS Sale. IRAN lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. WAC's next round opponent will be MAS Fes (#5) on the road. IRAN will play against FAR Rabat (#4) and hope to win that game.
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RSB Berkane - FUS Rabat 76-83

Bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-76 loss to eighth ranked FUS Rabat (4-6) in Berkane on Saturday evening. FUS Rabat moved-up to seventh place, which they share with KACM. Newly promoted RSB Berkane still closes the standings with ten games lost. FUS Rabat will meet KACM (#8) in the next round. RSB Berkane will play against KACM in Marrakech and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
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KAC - CRA Hoceima 76-83

No shocking result in a game in Kenitra where second ranked CRA Hoceima (9-1) defeated 9th ranked KAC (3-8) 83-76. CRA Hoceima maintains second place with 9-1 record behind leader ASS Sale. KAC lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. CRA Hoceima will have a break next round. KAC will play on the road against FUS Rabat (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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ASS Sale - FAR Rabat 86-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sale. First ranked ASS Sale faced 4th placed FAR Rabat. Host ASS Sale (10-1) defeated guests from Rabat (7-4) 86-81. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of FAR Rabat. ASS Sale have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. FAR Rabat at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with MAS Fes. ASS Sale are looking forward to face IRT Tanger (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FAR Rabat will play against IRAN and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 543180


ASS Sale - RSB Berkane 93-63

Leader ASS Sale delivered the tenth victory. This time they crushed bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (0-10) 93-63. ASS Sale have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Newly promoted RSB Berkane still closes the standings with ten games lost. ASS Sale will play against IRT Tanger (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. RSB Berkane will play against KACM (#8) in Marrakech and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.8 
 2. Thomas, Boston C.29.2 
 3. Harden, Houston R.29.2 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.27.8 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.4 
 7. Lillard, Portland.26.8 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.1 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.9 
 10. Durant, Golden S.25.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.1 
 2. Drummond, Detro.14.0 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.6 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.9 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.9 
 6. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.2 
 7. Towns, Minnesot.12.1 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.10.9 
 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.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.2 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.7 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.2 
 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. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 4. Ariza, Houston R.1.9 
 5. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 6. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 7. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.1.8 
 9. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.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.2.3 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.6 


Leonard scores 27, Spurs rally to top Thunder 100-95 - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs are quick learners. Two days after they blew a 22-point lead in a loss to Golden State, the Spurs overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-95 on Friday night. Oklahoma City led 69-48 with 5:56 left in the third quarter. ''It's a great win,'' Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) said. ''We needed one like this. We didn't play good for 30 minutes of the game, but we bounced back. We were aggressive, we stayed together and we bounced back.'' Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 27 points for the Spurs, who didn't lead until the final minute. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas)'s dunk with 20.7 seconds left put the Spurs up 96-95. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) drove to the hoop, but Aldridge blocked his shot. Leonard then drove the length of the floor, scored and was fouled. His free throw with 5.8 seconds left put the game out of reach. ''I was real impressed with the grit of the whole group,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''That's late to be down 21, and they just kept motoring along and trying to be disciplined, and it worked out.'' Westbrook had 32 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists for his 39th triple-double of the season. He needs two more to tie Oscar Robertson's single-season record of 41 set during the 1961-62 season. He was disappointed in the result, but said his young teammates will learn from it. ''It happens like that sometimes,'' Westbrook said. ''Sometimes you don't win a game. Stick with it. We'll be all right.'' Westbrook was coming off a 57-point performance in an overtime win over Orlando during which he set an NBA record for most points scored in a triple-double. He had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the first half to help the Thunder take a 54-41 lead. Leonard and Aldridge shot a combined 5 for 18 before the break. Westbrook got his 10th rebound early in the third quarter, but after that, the Spurs started rolling and cut their deficit to 76-71 at the end of the period. Leonard, who had been bottled up in the first half, got loose for 13 points in the third quarter. The Thunder led 80-75 when Westbrook re-entered the game in the fourth quarter after a short rest. He clinched the triple-double on a floater by Steven Adams (7'0''-C/F-93, college: Pittsburgh) with 6:15 remaining, but San Antonio continued to inch closer after that. Westbrook made just three of 12 shots in the second half and shot 2 of 7 in the fourth quarter. ''We just tried to slow Russell down a little bit and make him give up the ball,'' Leonard said. ''He was going to the line and getting his teammates wide-open shots very easily in the first half. That's basically it. We've got to try to do what we can to slow him down. He played a great game.'' Westbrook felt the pressure. ''They was bringing the whole team,'' he said. ''That's what they do. I've just got to try to make the right play.''
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Warriors use big fourth quarter to hold off Rockets 107-98 - by Eurobasket News

Just this week, Golden State has handled West powers Memphis and San Antonio and taken down Houston twice. The next step is wrapping up the No. 1 seed and take some momentum into what they plan to make a special postseason run. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored 24 points, Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) had 20 and Golden State got key plays down the stretch from just about everybody, using a big fourth quarter to hold off the Rockets 107-98 on Friday night. "I kind of feel like these last four games have all had playoff intensity and we've come out on top of all of them just winning all sorts of different ways," Curry said. Andre Iguodala's left-handed drive and layup tied it with 7:07 remaining and he finished with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists. Ian Clark hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:58 to play before Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) delivered a clutch basket. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had another tough shooting night for Houston, held to 17 points while going 4 for 18 from the floor and 2 of 9 from beyond the arc. He also had 12 rebounds and eight assists. JaVale McGee contributed 13 points and a season-best five blocked shots off the bench in a 10th straight win for the Warriors. "We have six games left," coach Steve Kerr said. "We don't have the 1 seed locked up yet, so we've got to keep going and we'll see how it all plays out." Houston took an 85-83 lead into the fourth after officials reviewed Samuel Dekker (6'9''-F-94, college: Wisconsin)'s earlier jumper at the 2:59 mark of the third that was initially called a shot clock violation. Then Curry and Golden State went to work wrapping up a sixth straight victory at home in raucous Oracle Arena, where an electric crowd booed Harden at every chance as these teams met for the second time in four nights. The Warriors won 113-106 Tuesday at Houston. Iguodala continued his brilliant stretch - Kerr is calling him the top Sixth Man of the Year candidate - and hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer and pull the Warriors within 61-56 at the break as they ended the half with a 10-2 spurt. This is Golden State's second-longest winning streak this season behind a 12-game unbeaten run. The Rockets are just 38 of 147 from deep in four matchups with Golden State. Harden is shooting 29.4 percent (20 for 68) his last three games and 7 for 39 from 3-point range in the past four. "Three days ago at home, we spotted them 17 points and then we got back in the game, and it didn't work our way," Harden said. "Tonight, the same way, we controlled most of the game, we couldn't score the last seven minutes or whatnot." Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) became the first Warriors player ever with 150 steals and 100 blocks in a season, and the first in the NBA to do so since Dwyane Wade in 2008-09. Green said Harden pinched him near his right hip at one point, "so I punched his wrist. ... He does it often, actually, which is kind of adolescent." Harden called it "a closed-fist hit."
Courtesy of: nwitimes.com



Jusuf Nurkic Out At Least Two Weeks With Fibular Fracture - by Eurobasket News

Jusuf Nurkic (7'0''-C-94) has been diagnosed with a nondisplaced fibular fracture in his right leg. Nurkic will be out two weeks and then reevaluated. In 20 games since joining Portland, Nurkic is averaging 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.25 assists in 29.2 minutes. The Blazers are currently considered the favorites for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Robert Covington Out For Season With Torn Meniscus - by Eurobasket News

Robert Covington (6'9''-F-90, college: Tennessee St.) will miss the remainder of the season with a slight tear of his lateral meniscus in his right knee. Covington will miss the final seven games of the Philadelphia 76ers' season. Covington averaged 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 67 games this season. The 76ers' own a team option on Covington's contract for the 17-18 season.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Ankle sprain sidelines Los Angeles Lakers' Ivica Zubac for rest of season - by Eurobasket News

Rookie center Ivica Zubac (7'1''-C-97, agency: BeoBasket) will miss the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers' season because of a high ankle sprain. Zubac was hurt in the first quarter of a loss to Minnesota on Thursday night. X-rays were negative Friday, but an MRI exam confirmed the sprain of his right ankle. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks, but the last-place Lakers (21-54) have only seven games left. They're in the worst four-year stretch in franchise history. The 7-foot-1 Zubac has completed a promising debut season with the Lakers, averaging 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks. He played in 38 games with 11 starts, getting extensive time in recent weeks after Los Angeles shut down veteran Timofey Mozgov. The 20-year-old Zubac was a second-round pick out of Croatia.
Courtesy of: nba.com



The Magic adds Georges-Hunt to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Magic added to their roster 23-year old naturalized Virgin Islander forward Marcus Georges-Hunt (196-97kg-94, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pensack Sports). He just played at Maine Red Claws. In 44 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 4.5apg and 1.0spg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to D-League All-Star Game. Georges-Hunt was called during the season by the Miami Heat.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Georges-Hunt has played previously for Boston Celtics.
He attended Georgia Tech until 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Varied skill set, size, strength and athletic ability, his ability to score in a variety of ways and ability to create shots for teammates.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Bucks add Payton II to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks added to their roster 25-year old guard Gary Payton II (190-79kg-92, college: Oregon State). He started the season at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In 49 D-League games he recorded 14.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg this season.
Payton II has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NJCAA Region XVIII championship title in 2014. Payton II was also voted All-Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Payton II has played previously for Houston Rockets.
He attended Oregon State until 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Blazers at .500 with 6th straight win, 130-117 over Suns - by Eurobasket News

Damian Lillard (6'3''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) joked that no team goes into the season hoping to play at .500. Yet the Trail Blazers were happy to pull to 38-38 on the season Saturday night with a 130-117 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Lillard had 31 points as Portland continued its late-season push for the playoffs with a sixth straight victory. "We feel like we're the team right now that we should have been all along, the way we're playing. And all that matters is getting that playoff spot," Lillard said. "I guess it's good to be .500, but nobody comes into the season saying, 'Let's play .500 basketball.' We wish we were in a better position." C.J. McCollum (6'4''-G-91, college: Lehigh) added 29 points for Portland, which holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Blazers (38-38) led by as many as 25 points and got back to .500 for the first time since they were 12-12 on Dec. 9. Devin Booker (6'6''-SG-96, college: Kentucky) had 31 for the Suns, who lost their 11th straight for the fifth-longest losing streak in franchise history. Phoenix was just ahead of the Lakers at the bottom of the Western Conference. "We're here to get better by not making the same mistakes," Booker said. "We're getting a chance to play, but we need to treat it like it's do-or-die time. It's not often that rookies get this many minutes so as a young group we need to come together and play like we're trying to do something here." The Blazers played their first game without Jusuf Nurkic (7'0''-C-94) since announcing that he had a fractured right leg and will miss the rest of the regular season. The 7-foot center was credited with boosting Portland's late-season surge. In 20 games since coming to the Blazers in a trade with Denver, Nurkic was averaging 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. Nurkic, who has a non-displaced right leg fibular fracture, will be re-evaluated in two weeks. It was unclear when the injury occurred. "The goal is still to make the playoffs and everybody will have to do more," coach Terry Stotts said. Grateful that the injury wasn't more serious, Nurkic said he will follow what the team doctors say so that he can return quicker. "It's part of the life, part of the job. I'm not going to be negative," he said before the game. Meyers Leonard started in Nurkic's place. The Suns pulled within four at 99-95 on Alan Williams (6'8''-C-93, college: UCSB)' layup early in the fourth quarter. But after a pair of free throws, Al-Farouq Aminu (6'9''-F-90, college: Wake Forest) dunked to extend Portland's lead to 103-95. The Blazers jumped out to an early 20-6 lead after C.J. McCollum's 3-pointer. Aminu pushed the lead to 32-15 with another 3. The Suns had no spark and Portland extended its lead to 48-25 on Maurice Harkless' reverse layup and Evan Turner's 3-pointer in the second quarter. Phoenix closed the gap to 61-53 on a follow dunk from Marquese Chriss (6'9''-F-97, college: Washington) and T.J. Warren's fast-break dunk late in the half, and the Blazers went into the break with a 63-53 lead. C.J. McCollum led all scorers with 14 points. Booker's layup got the Suns within 63-55, but C.J. McCollum and Lillard made consecutive 3-pointers to pull away again. Lillard hit a 3-pointer from about 30 feet out to give Portland an 84-69 lead, then raised his arms as the crowd erupted in cheers. "Our guys are young, they're still fighting," Phoenix coach Earl Watson said. "They're still trying to create an identity."
Courtesy of: usatoday.com




Butler scores 33, Bulls beat Hawks 106-104 - by Eurobasket News

Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) saw confidence and swagger, a team embracing the moment. No one welcomed it more with open arms than he did. Butler scored 33 points and hit two free throws with 2.1 seconds left to lift the Chicago Bulls to a 106-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. "I see guys doing what they're supposed to be doing - playing hard, shooting the ball when they're open, not trying to do too much," Butler said. "That's what we need." Butler scored the Bulls' final nine points. His free throws gave them a two-point lead and capped a 15-4 run. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) Jr. then missed a 3-pointer for Atlanta as time expired, giving the Bulls their third straight win. Chicago also moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are tied with Miami and Indiana at 37-39 but own tiebreakers over the Heat and Pacers. Sixth-place Atlanta (39-37) - which had won two straight after dropping seven in a row - trails Milwaukee by a game. Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) had a season-high 25 points and added 11 rebounds. Denzel Valentine (6'5''-G-93, college: Michigan St.) scored 13 points, hitting two 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Bulls stop a seven-game losing streak to Atlanta. The win comes on the heels of a victory over LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. "We had a great win a couple of days ago, but it means nothing if we came out and laid an egg tonight," Rondo said. "Also, these guys have beaten us seven straight times." Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) led the Hawks with 29 points. Hardaway scored 20, and Dwight Howard finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds. "They responded well and you have to give them credit," Schroder said. "We've got to execute better in crunch time and just do a better job, screening, rolling to the basket and taking care of the ball."
Courtesy of: bostonherald.com



Alex Poythress agreed terms with Phi.76ers - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers inked 24-year old forward Alex Poythress (203-108kg-93, college: Kentucky). He played recently at Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In 46 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4bpg this season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to D-League All-Star Game. Poythress was called during the season by the Indiana Pacers.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Poythress' college team won SEC Tournament in 2016. He received also CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 2 1st Team award in 2016.
Poythress graduated from University of Kentucky in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Alex is prolific scorer with a multi-dimensional game. He''''s big enough that he can take smaller players down low and create problems, but he''''s too quick and too athletic for your typical forward to play him straight up.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HoopsHype)

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Commons is back at Riptide - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) added to their roster 33-year old American forward Chris Commons (206-100kg-84, college: USC Aiken). It is actually his comeback to Riptide as he has played here before. Commons He just played at Niagara River Lions in Canadian NBL. In 25 NBL Canada games he had 12.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0bpg this season. Commons also played earlier that season for Riptide.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NBL Canada Central Division championship title in 2015. Commons was also voted PeachBelt Player of the Year back in 2009 at his college time.
Commons is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Commons tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Bahrain (Al Ittihad), Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat), Germany (BSV Wulfen), Brunei (Barracudas) and IBA-PBL (Scranton/W-B).
Commons attended Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
On Commons: Chris has the ability to play both inside and out and is a 2-time consensus NCAA All-American. At 6-8 he has no problem taking a defender off the dribble and shooting over them or bringing them to the low block and posting up an opponent. An athletic player who can run the floor and can play anywhere on the basketball court, Chris has good shooting range out and can knockdown the 3-point shot. Chris is a good rebounder on both ends of the court and is a shot-blocker. Chris has a great work ethic and the hunger to improve. With his length and ability to create off the dribble and score, Chris will draw the attention of professional teams at all levels.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBL Canada



Cape Breton Highlanders down Miracles in NBL Canada action - by Eurobasket News

The Cape Breton Highlanders got back in the win column on Friday, defeating the Moncton Miracles 119-110 in National Basketball League of Canada action at Centre 200 on Friday. The win comes after the Highlanders dropped a 133-105 decision to the Saint John Riptide on Tuesday at Centre 200. In Friday's game, Cape Breton held a 31-17 lead after the first quarter, before taking a 59-44 lead into half time. Despite a pushback by the Miracles in the third, the Highlanders continued to lead 88-75 after the third quarter, before securing the win, dropping 31 points in the fourth quarter. Booker Woodfox (6'1''-G-86, college: Creighton, agency: Interperformances) led the offence for the Highlanders with a game-high 28 points in the win. Chad Frazier (6'4''-G-92, college: UAB) scored 25 points, and Charles Mann (6'6''-G-94, college: Georgia) Jr. netted 17 points. Russell Byrd (6'7''-G-92, college: Michigan St.) scored a team-high 25 points in the loss for the Miracles. Tim Mitchell added 21 points and Melvin Johnson III chipped in with 20 points. The Highlanders (9-18) will be back in action on Sunday when they host the Orangeville A's (11-19). Tip off is set for 3 p.m. at Centre 200. Following Sunday's game, Cape Breton will hit the road for four games, starting on Wednesday in London, Ont., against the first-place Lightning. The team will continue their Ontario road trip with games against the Niagara River Lions on April 7 and A's on April 8, before wrapping up the road trip April 15 in Charlottetown against the Island Storm. Cape Breton will return to home court on April 16, hosting the Niagara River Lions.
Courtesy of: capebretonpost.com



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Neal is out as UNM basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

The Noodles era is over for Lobo basketball. Four years after he was hired amid great fanfare to be the head coach of the University of New Mexico men, Craig Neal and the school late Friday night parted ways to end a tumultuous relationship. The University confirmed just before midnight Friday that Neal will not return. 'The University of New Mexico is grateful for the service and dedication that Coach Neal gave to Lobo basketball,' UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs wrote in an email a half hour after the news broke. 'He led us to a Mountain West Tournament championship as head coach and his guidance and leadership of student-athletes off the court should be highlighted. Lobo Basketball set records for GPA, graduating players, and Coach Neal ran a program that the community can be proud of. He's a good man and a winning coach, but the time has come to move Lobo Basketball in a new direction. We will begin a search for a new coach immediately and look forward to building on the winning tradition of Lobo Basketball.' A message seeking comment left by the Journal with Neal early Saturday morning shortly after the news was confirmed was not returned. Neal's contract, which was to run through the 2019-20 season, included a $1 million buyout and a requirement to pay him the rest of that contract year's base salary of $300,000 if the school fired him. The contract year starts on April 1, which is why talks about his future, and angst among an increasingly frustrated fan base, grew so intense this week. His total salary and compensation was $950,000 per year, making him the highest paid public employee in the state. Neal replaced Steve Alford in April 2013. Alford left for UCLA after six seasons at UNM with Neal as his associate head coach. The two had the same positions at Iowa prior to coming to Albuquerque in 2007. UNM athletic director Paul Krebs, who is in Glendale this week for the Final Four as a member of the NCAA Selection Committee, will begin immediately a national search for Neal's replacement. On March 10, the day after UNM's 2016-17 season came to an end with loss to Fresno State in the Mountain West Tournament quarterfinals, Krebs sent out a statement announcing Neal would return next season as head coach. 'In order to end speculation, I'm announcing that Craig Neal will return and coach the men's basketball team next season,' Krebs wrote in a prepared statement. Three weeks later, and after four Lobo players with eligibility remaining announced they were transferring and with two more thinking about doing the same, it became apparent the fan base was desperate to force the hand of the administration and make it revisit the situation. 'With the challenges facing UNM, every decision we make must reflect the best interests of the UNM community, and in this particular case, the men's basketball program, as well as student-athletes and Lobo fans,' said acting UNM President Chaouki Abdallah. 'The decision made late (Friday night) comes after lengthy consideration in light of recent developments that cannot be ignored. We understand the frustration being voiced by Lobo fans and hope they will see us through this time of transition and continue to support UNM athletics.' In his four seasons, Neal posted 76-52 record, 42-30 in Mountain West play. Despite losing a first-round NBA Draft pick (Tony Snell) only weeks after accepting the job, Neal set records for success as a rookie head coach season with 27 wins, 15 conference victories, a Mountain West tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth. The 7th-seeded Lobos lost to No. 10 Stanford in their only game. Neal also received a contract extension after that season for two years through the 2019-20 season and a $200,000 raise. In addition to the initial success on the court, the Lobos also set program records for ticket revenue on Neal's watch for the 2014-15 season, bringing in $4.8 million. The Lobos have also set program records for success in the classroom under Neal. But, since his rookie campaign, Neal's team was just 49-45 (27-27 MWC) and didn't play in a postseason tournament each of the past three years. Fans seemed to grow tired of Neal's penchant to be very critical publicly of his players while also being defensive when questioned about his coaching decisions or his team's struggles. Season tickets dropped below 9,000 this past season and the average home attendance in the Pit of 11,769 for the 2016-17 season ranked No. 28 in the nation, the first time in the 51 seasons of the arena's existence UNM did not rank in the Top 25 in the nation in average home attendance. His son, Eldorado High School graduate Cullen Neal, was on the team for three seasons, playing in two and receiving a medical redshirt in the 2014-15 season with a high ankle sprain. Cullen Neal's presence on the team, and how Craig Neal handled the father/son relationship, was harshly criticized by fans. During the 2015-16 season, Craig Neal announced the vitriol against his son grew so intense there were 'death threats' on social media made against him. Those allegations were not substantiated by UNM police, but after the season Cullen Neal decided it was best to transfer away from UNM. He recently completed his junior season of eligibility at Ole Miss. This past season, with preseason all-conference selections Tim Williams and Elijah Brown, the Lobos were expected to compete for a league title. But they finished 17-14, 10-8 in the league and as the No. 5 seed in the postseason tournament lost their opener to Fresno State. Williams was injured for seven games in February, but even when healthy the team never seemed to reach its potential.
Courtesy of: abqjournal.com



North Carolina holds off Oregon 77-76, advances to face Gonzaga in NCAA final - by Eurobasket News

One year after a stunning loss to Villanova at the buzzer, North Carolina secured a return to the championship game with a resilient 77-76 win over Oregon on Saturday night. In what was a sloppy game at times, the tandem of Kennedy Meeks (6'10''-F-95) and Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) led the Tar Heels. Meeks had 25 points, 14 rebounds and three steals and Jackson added 22 points, including four made threes. Both teams struggled to score down the stretch, the Ducks eventually pulling within five with three minutes to go. Tyler Dorsey (6'4''-SG-96) hit a three-pointer to pull Oregon within three with 42 seconds left, and the Ducks managed a stop on the other end, leading to a broken possession and layup by Keith Smith that brought it to one point. Carolina was bailed out by clutch rebounding late, after Kennedy Meeks missed two free throws with 5.8 seconds left, and a huge rebound by Theophilus Pinson Jr. (6'6''-F-96) bailed the Tar Heels out. Joel Berry missed the ensuing free throws, but Meeks dug up another board to save the game and ice it. Oregon was led by Dylan Ennis (6'2''-G-91)'s 18 points and six rebounds. The Ducks also got 13 and 15 from big man Jordan Bell (6'9''-F-95), who briefly left the game due to an injury late in the first half. Stars Dillon Brooks (6'6''-F-96) and Dorsey struggled at times, combining for 31 points and going a combined 18-18 from the line, but making just five field goals between them. The Ducks shot just 7-26 from three as a team. North Carolina will face Gonzaga on Monday night, after the Bulldogs beat South Carolina 77-73 on Saturday.
Courtesy of: si.com



Gonzaga Holds Off South Carolina 77-73 To Advance To National Championship Game - by Eurobasket News

Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94) scored 23 points, Gonzaga's big men combined for 27 and the Bulldogs used some last-second strategy for a 77-73 victory over South Carolina on Saturday in a matchup of first-time teams at the Final Four. The Bulldogs' 7-footers, senior Przemyslaw Karnowski (7'1''-C-93) and freshman Zach Collins (7'0''-F-97), took care of things on both ends of the court as they combined for 18 rebounds. Collins also had six blocks. Gonzaga (37-1) will face the winner between North Carolina and Oregon for the national championship on Monday night. Williams-Goss missed a shot with 12.7 seconds left and South Carolina rebounded and called a timeout trailing 75-72. South Carolina passed the ball around and Gonzaga fouled Sindarius Thornwell (6'5''-G-94) with 3.5 seconds left. He made the first and missed the second on purpose. Killian Tillie (6'9''-F-98) rebounded for Gonzaga, was fouled and made two free throws with 2.2 seconds left to cement the game. Williams-Goss, a second-team All-American, led the Bulldogs to a 14-point lead in the second half but it disappeared quickly as the Gamecocks (26-11) went on a 14-point run to grab a 67-65 lead with 7:06 to play. Collins and Karnowksi then accounted for the next 7 points, including a 3-pointer by Collins and a thundering dunk by Przemyslaw Karnowski. Still, South Carolina wasn't done. The seventh-seeded Gamecocks scored 5 straight to get within 74-72 with just over 2 minutes left. PJ Dozier (6'6''-F/G) led the Gamecocks with 17 points and Thornwell, the leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament at 25.8 points per game, finished with 15 on 4-for-12 shooting after starting slow. Przemyslaw Karnowski went down on the court in the first half after being hit in the face as he took a shot underneath the basket. He left for the last 5 minutes of the half, but Collins picked him up, finishing with 8 points at halftime.
Courtesy of: cbslocal.com



NCAA study with Eurobasket shows extent of international opportunities for top men's basketball players - by Igor Obradovic

When we survey NCAA student-athletes about their expectations of moving on to professional athletics careers, the results indicate surprising confidence in that possibility. The reality is that very few go pro.

Estimated probability of competing in men's college basketball

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Sources: High school figures from the 2015-16 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations; data from club teams not included. College numbers from the NCAA 2015-16 Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report.

Estimated probability of competing in men's professional basketball

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-NBA draft data from 2016. There were 60 draft slots in that year, but only 44 went to NCAA players (others chosen were international players not attending U.S. colleges). Percentage NCAA to Major Pro calculated using the 44 NCAA selections. Since 2006, 12 international players have been drafted on average each year.

-On 2016-17 opening day NBA rosters, former NCAA players filled 80% of roster spots (all were from Division I schools). (Source: Jim Sukup, College Basketball News).

-Data on other professional opportunities in men's basketball were collected by NCAA staff with the assistance of Marek Wojtera from eurobasket.com. Tracking 2016-17 international opportunities for the 2016 draft cohort, it was determined that an additional 751 former NCAA student-athletes played internationally, in the NBA D-League, or in the NBA as undrafted players (535 from Division I, 181 from Division II and 35 from Division III) after leaving college; this includes international players who attended NCAA institutions (previous versions of this document did not include these players). These numbers were combined with the NBA draftees to calculate an approximate NCAA to Total Professional opportunities figure (calculated as [44 + 751] / 4,152 = 19%).

-We estimate that 3.6% of draft-eligible Division I players were chosen in the 2016 NBA draft (44 / 1,216). However, in total, 48% of draft-eligible Division I players competed professionally (NBA, D-League, or internationally) in their first year after leaving college (calculated as [44 + 535] / 1,216). Approximately 14% of draft-eligible players from the five Division I conferences with autonomous governance (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) were drafted by the NBA in 2016 (32 / 225), while 74% played professionally somewhere in their first year post-college (calculated as [32 + 134] / 225).

*Percent NCAA to Major Pro figures are based on the number of available draft slots in the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, NHL and MLS drafts only. See methods notes for important details on the definition of NHL draftee in men's ice hockey. Column percentages were calculated as (#NCAA Drafted) / (Approximate # Draft Eligible).

^Percent NCAA to Total Pro takes the number of pro opportunities from the '% NCAA to Major Pro' calculation and adds in some additional professional opportunities that we were able to quantify. So, for football, this calculation includes NFL, Canadian Football League and Arena League slots available to first-year professionals. For men's basketball we accounted for NBA, NBA D-League and international opportunities. For women's basketball, we assessed WNBA and international roster slots. See methods notes for details on these calculations. Data on full-time international professional opportunities available in baseball, men's ice hockey and men's soccer were not analyzed here.

Courtesy of NCAA



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mitchell MCCARRON
  SC Ra.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. McCarron, SC Ra.27.7 
 2. Webster, Wellingt.27.3 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury23.4 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.22.8 
 5. Jones, Canterbury22.6 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers20.7 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.19.3 
 8. Bartlett, Taylor H.19.3 
 9. Ruscoe, SC Rangers18.3 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA12.5 
 2. Egwu, SC Rangers10.3 
 3. Jones, Canterbury10.0 
 4. Kay, Southland S.8.8 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers8.7 
 6. Pledger, Southlan.8.0 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.8.0 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.7.3 
 9. Fiorentinos, Taylor H.7.0 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.11.0 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.6.5 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury5.8 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.5.3 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers5.0 
 6. Norton, Southlan.5.0 
 7. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.4.8 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers4.7 
 10. Jones, Canterbury4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tylor ONGWAE
  Taranaki.
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ongwae, Taranaki.2.8 
 2. Kenny, Taylor H.2.5 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.2.0 
 4. ORiley, Taranaki.2.0 
 5. Bartlett, Taylor H.2.0 
 6. Burton, Taranaki.1.8 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers1.7 
 8. Boucher, SC Rangers1.7 
 9. Norton, Southlan.1.5 
 10. Bailey, Southland S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA2.0 
 2. Neighbour, Cante.1.4 
 3. Washington, Nelson G.1.0 
 4. Wesley, Wellington S.1.0 
 5. Delany, Nelson G.1.0 
 6. Kenny, Taylor H.1.0 
 7. Henry, Wellington S.1.0 
 8. Egwu, SC Rangers1.0 
 9. Kay, Southland S.0.8 
 10. Jones, Canterbury0.8 



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

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

Jamaal Levy
Jamaal Levy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Argentina). He led Weber Bahia to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Argentino (22-22) crushing them 108-65 in the Argentinian LigaA in Monday night's game. Levy scored 14 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in a mere 19 minutes on the court. Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (23-16) is placed third in Sur group. This year Levy averages: 7.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 61.1%(88-144), 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 57.1% in 38 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Ernesto Oglivie
Ernesto Oglivie
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Ernesto Oglivie (203-89, currently plays in Uruguay). Oglivie could not help Trouville (2-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Trouville (2-12) was badly defeated 89-73 in a derby game by the leading Hebraica in the Promocional 1 group. Oglivie was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Oglivie has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 62.8%(49-78) and FT: 71.4%. Ex-Correcaminos de Colon player is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Michael Hicks (196-76, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Uruguay). Hicks led Hebraica to a victory over the eighth-ranked Trouville (2-12) 68-57 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Hicks scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (10-4) is placed first in Promocional 1 group. It's Hicks' first season with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 44.6% and FT: 75.2% in 23 games. Ex-Toros del Chiriqui David player is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jaime Lloreda
Jaime Lloreda
   #4. Center Jaime Lloreda (204-80, college: LSU, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Hicks and both played together in the last Uruguayan LUB game. Lloreda contributed to Hebraica's victory against the eighth-ranked Trouville (2-12) 68-57 in a derby game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 19 rebounds. Lloreda has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg and 10.6rpg. He is also Panamanian national team player.

Gary Forbes
Gary Forbes
   #5. Former international swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Boca Juniors (13-32) in their last game. Despite Forbes' very good performance Boca Juniors (#10) was edged 76-75 on the road by the higher-ranked (#9) Atenas in the Sur group. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Forbes also added 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes. It was Boca Juniors' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Forbes has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 3.2apg in 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Forbes used to play for the Panamanian national team six years ago. Strangely he has never played in Panama.

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

   #1. Javier Carter (203-C-91, college: S.Alabama, currently plays in Mexico). Carter could not help one of league's weakest teams Soles (23-13) to beat Fuerza Regia (32-4). He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. Carter scored only 3 points. Soles was badly defeated 66-49 on the road by the leading Fuerza Regia. It was Soles' first loss after six consecutive victories. Carter's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Carter used to play for Caballos de Cocle Aguadulce in Panamanian league.

   #2. Tymell Murphy (196-F-90, college: FIU, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Kagoshima (6-42) in their last game. Despite his good performance Kagoshima (#6) was crushed 91-67 in Kumamoto by the higher-ranked (#3) Vorters in the West group. Murphy recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. It was Kagoshima's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Murphy has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in 45 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Murphy has never played in Panama.

   #3. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-C-89, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in ASEAN League) was not able to secure a victory for Saigon Heat (8-12) in their game against Singapore Slingers (13-7) in the ASEAN League. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 13 rebounds. Henriquez-Roberts also added 4 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the ASEAN League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Henriquez-Roberts has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 15.8rpg, 1.9apg and 2.7bpg. Henriquez-Roberts is a naturalized American. He used to play for Correcaminos de Colon in Panamanian league.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) plays for Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP
Levour Warren (196-SF-81) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) plays for Echague in Argentinian LigaA
Andres Bravo (203-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Gil Atencio (201-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Nate Butler Lind (198-SG-89) plays for Indios in Puerto Rican BSN
Antonio Bumpus (190-SG-89) plays for Pioneros in Mexican Regional
Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84) plays for Barva in Costa Rican LBS

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



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  PERU  


LBL Round 2: Inmaculada lose to Real Club - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in LBL.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Inmaculada (1-1) in Lima on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Real Club (2-0) 49-38. Real Club is looking forward to face Circolo (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Inmaculada's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Ejercito.
Very significant was EOFap's (#7) 73-62 road victory against Ejercito. EOFap's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena La Family.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: San Marcos (#4) and La Family (#8). La Family was smashed at home by 24 points 40-64 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. San Marcos' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.

In the last game of round 2 winless Circolo lost to undefeated Regatas on the opponent's court 56-68.

Inmaculada - Real Club 38-49

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Inmaculada (1-1) in Lima on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Real Club (2-0) 49-38. Real Club is looking forward to face Circolo (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Inmaculada's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Ejercito.
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La Family - San Marcos 40-64

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: San Marcos (#4) and La Family (#8). La Family was smashed at home by 24 points 40-64 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. San Marcos' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.
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Regatas - Circolo 68-56

Rather expected game in Lima where Circolo (0-2) was defeated by Regatas (2-0) 68-56 on Friday. Regatas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima San Marcos.
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Ejercito - EOFap 62-73

Very significant was EOFap's (#7) 73-62 road victory against Ejercito. EOFap's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena La Family.
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LBL Round 3: San Marcos lose their first game against Regatas - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of San Marcos (2-1) in Lima on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Regatas (3-0) 75-57. Regatas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Real Club.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#5) and Ejercito (#7). Inmaculada (2-1) crushed visiting Ejercito (0-3) by 16 points 68-52. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena La Family.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Lima: EOFap (#4) and La Family (#8). La Family was crushed at home by 25 points 30-55 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. EOFap's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena San Marcos.
Real Club (3-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed Circolo (0-3) 74-49. Real Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.

Inmaculada - Ejercito 68-52

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#5) and Ejercito (#7). Inmaculada (2-1) crushed visiting Ejercito (0-3) by 16 points 68-52. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena La Family.
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La Family - EOFap 30-55

Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Lima: EOFap (#4) and La Family (#8). La Family was crushed at home by 25 points 30-55 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. EOFap's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena San Marcos.
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Circolo - Real Club 49-74

Real Club (3-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed Circolo (0-3) 74-49. Real Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.
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Regatas - San Marcos 75-57

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of San Marcos (2-1) in Lima on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Regatas (3-0) 75-57. Regatas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Real Club.
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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Ireland, Trefl S.17.8 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Szubarga, Asseco16.8 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Berisha, Polfarme.15.9 
 7. Miles, Polpharma15.5 
 8. Brown, Siarka14.9 
 9. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 10. Balmazovic, Start L.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Stal Ostrow
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. King, Stal Ostrow11.2 
 2. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 3. Markovic, Trefl S.8.9 
 4. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 5. Harris, AZS K.8.5 
 6. Fraser, Polfarme.8.2 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.7.4 
 9. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
 10. Wojdyla, Siarka6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.6.6 
 3. Grzelinski, Siarka5.8 
 4. Robinson, Szczecin5.8 
 5. Laczynski, Anwil5.7 
 6. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 7. Szubarga, Asseco5.2 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Koszarek, Stelm.5.2 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.2.1 
 3. Lewis, Energa C.2.0 
 4. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 5. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 6. Laczynski, Anwil1.9 
 7. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.8 
 8. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 9. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
 10. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 4. Wyka, Krosno1.2 
 5. Robbins, Szczecin1.2 
 6. Mirkovic, Polpharma1.1 
 7. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 
 8. Harris, AZS K.1.0 
 9. Fraser, Polfarme.1.0 
 10. Kravish, Energa C.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Filip ZEGZULA
  Rosa I.
  (188-SG-94)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Zegzula, Rosa I.19.6 
 2. Grod, Notec Inowr.17.1 
 3. Prostak, Pogon P.16.9 
 4. Kowalewski, Notec I.16.5 
 5. Dymala, Spojnia15.9 
 6. Mazur, GKS Tychy15.6 
 7. Sroka, Sokol Lancut15.5 
 8. Wrobel, AZS A.14.8 
 9. Gospodarek, Astoria .14.6 
 10. Lenczuk, Nysa K.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maciej KLIMA
  Sokol Lancut
  (203-C/F-82)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.9 
 2. Bodych, Kotwica8.3 
 3. Struski, Biofarm .7.7 
 4. Nowerski, Pogon P.6.9 
 5. Maj, AZS A.6.8 
 6. Grod, Notec Inowr.6.8 
 7. Kulikowski, Sokol L.6.7 
 8. Kiwilsza, Polonia .6.6 
 9. Cechniak, Znicz B.6.6 
 10. Bluma, Nysa K.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa7.1 
 2. Plawucki, SKK S.6.0 
 3. Dymala, Spojnia5.8 
 4. Kordalski, Znicz B.5.1 
 5. Zegzula, Rosa I.5.1 
 6. Filipiak, GTK G.5.1 
 7. Zywert, Sokol L.4.9 
 8. Dzierzak, Kotwica4.9 
 9. Gospodarek, Astoria .4.7 
 10. Mieczkowski, Kotwica4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa2.7 
 2. Zegzula, Rosa I.2.4 
 3. Filipiak, GTK G.2.1 
 4. Zych, AZS A.2.0 
 5. Zywert, Sokol L.1.9 
 6. Mazur, GKS Tychy1.9 
 7. Tokarski, Znicz B.1.9 
 8. Prostak, Pogon P.1.8 
 9. Stepien, Polonia .1.7 
 10. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian CECHNIAK
  Znicz B.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Cechniak, Znicz B.1.7 
 2. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.4 
 3. Lisewski, Notec I.1.4 
 4. Nowerski, Pogon P.1.1 
 5. Pytys, Spojnia1.0 
 6. Nowakowski, Pogon P.0.9 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut0.9 
 8. Kiwilsza, Polonia .0.9 
 9. Bodych, Kotwica0.9 
 10. Kukielka, Legia W-wa0.8 


David Logan selected the top Polish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Logan
David Logan
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Scandone AV (15-9) in their last game. Despite Logan's very good performance Scandone AV was badly defeated 94-74 on the road by the lower-ranked (#8) Enel Brindisi. He was the second best scorer with 23 points in 33 minutes on the court. Logan has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 72.7%(16-22), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 76.9% in five games he played so far. Logan is a naturalized American. He played for the Polish senior national team eight years ago. Logan used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

A.J. Slaughter
A.J. Slaughter
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in a Strasbourg IG's victory against the closely-ranked Chalon/Saor (18-7) crushing them 84-60 in the French ProA last Sunday. Slaughter scored 15 points. Strasbourg IG (16-9) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Slaughter's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 40.5% and FT: 78.8%. Slaughter is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Polish senior national team. Strangely Slaughter has never played in Poland.

Mateusz Ponitka
Mateusz Ponitka
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93, currently plays in Turkey). He led Pinar Karsiyaka to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Istanbul BBSK (9-14) crushing them 92-65 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. Ponitka scored 11 points and had 5 steals in 32 minutes. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (12-11) is placed seventh in the BSL. This year Ponitka has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 61.2%(85-139), 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 69.1% in 22 games. He is also a member of the Polish senior national team.

Damian Kulig
Damian Kulig
   #4. Power forward Damian Kulig (205-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Banvit's victory against the eighth-ranked Gaziantep (11-12) 83-77 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Kulig scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (16-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. Kulig's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the Polish national team back in 2015.

Adam Waczynski
Adam Waczynski
   #5. International swingman Adam Waczynski (199-89, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the league leader Valencia Basket (6-0) 79-71 in the Eurocup last Friday. Waczynski scored 6 points in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Unicaja Malaga (3-3) is placed second in the Eurocup. This year Waczynski's overall stats are: 7.8ppg and 2.6rpg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
   #6. Center Marcin Gortat (214-84, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Washington Wizards' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (21-54) 119-108 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. The Washington Wizards have a solid 46-30 record this season. Gortat is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wizards' roster. Gortat has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 10.6rpg and 1.5apg in 76 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Polish senior team two years ago.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #7. International power forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in France) helped Gravelines-Dunkerque win their game against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (16-8) crushing them 88-67 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Cel scored 10 points in 22 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (14-10) is placed seventh in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Cel's total stats are: 7.9ppg and 4.1rpg in 15 games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Cel is currently in the Polish national team roster.

Jakub Wojciechowski
Jakub Wojciechowski
   #8. Power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Vanoli Cremona (6-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona was edged 78-77 in Sassari by the much higher-ranked Banco di Srd (#6). Wojciechowski scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Wojciechowski has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Polish national team back in 2013.

Adam Lapeta
Adam Lapeta
   #9. International center Adam Lapeta (217-87, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in a victory against the league outsider Siauliai (4-25) crushing them 87-63 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. Lapeta recorded only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (20-8) is placed second in the LKL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Lapeta has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 3.2rpg